Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade waves to the crowd after playing his final home game, against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Miami. Wade is retiring. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Dwyane Wade’s wife was slapping his backside in celebration.His oldest son, the heir to the Wade basketball throne, was on the Miami bench for the final minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Former President Barack Obama sent a video. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen were courtside. The “M-V-P” chants rained down while Wade played, one more time, the last Miami steps in this season-long One Last Dance.Wade’s final game in Miami was everything he wanted, and then some. He scored 30 points in the tribute-filled game, and the Heat sent him off a winner by defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 122-99 on Tuesday night. It was festive, all the way to the end, even though the Heat learned during the third quarter that they were eliminated from playoff contention.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “To see him be celebrated that way was the only positive of the night,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.Wade scored the first basket of the game on a dunk, Philadelphia scored the next eight — and it was all Miami the rest of the way. Winslow had three 3-pointers and Wade scored six points in a 22-2 Heat run that put Miami in control early, and the outcome was never in question again.The final minutes were all Wade. He swished a 3-pointer. He banked in a pair of them. He got slapped on his backside by a fan — in this case, it was permitted, since the fan was his wife Gabrielle Union-Wade. He scored 14 of his points in that final quarter.It was his night.The game was the sideshow.The 20,153 fans came to see him.Wade did not disappoint, one last time.“I’m the most thankful person in this city,” Wade said.TIP-INS76ers: This is the first time Philadelphia has posted consecutive seasons of 50 or more wins since 1984-85 and 1985-86. … Philadelphia missed 17 of its first 18 tries from 3-point range. Bam Adebayo scored 19, Justise Winslow scored 16 and Hassan Whiteside added 15 for the Heat. The Heat were aware that Memphis had a big lead against Detroit, a must-win for the Grizzlies to keep Miami alive in the playoff race, but the Pistons rallied.“It still was a beautiful night,” Spoelstra said.Wade’s career will end Wednesday in Brooklyn, when Miami plays its regular-season finale. He checked out for the last time with 1:02 left, embracing teammates and his son Zaire — who was on the Heat bench.We’re not crying. You’re crying. 😭 pic.twitter.com/fC47gyDGgy— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 9, 2019Greg Monroe scored 18 points and Ben Simmons scored 16 for Philadelphia, which entered Tuesday already locked into the No. 3 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs and rested Joel Embiid and J.J. Redick. Simmons played only 21 minutes, Tobias Harris shot 3 for 16 in 20 minutes and Jimmy Butler scored only four points in 16 minutes.Butler did get one prize — he was the recipient of Wade’s final postgame jersey exchange with an opponent.“Special, to see my brother get as much love as he deserves,” Butler said. “He’s one of the greatest to play this game and I’m so happy he gets to go out on his terms.”Jonathon Simmons scored 14 for the 76ers, who knew they were witnessing Wade history. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Miami exit spoils Dwyane Wade farewell as Detroit edge closer to playoff spot DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES — NBA (@NBA) April 10, 2019“Wade County,” Wade shouted to the crowd after the game after he jumped up onto the courtside table where Heat managing general partner Micky Arison sits, one last time, one last celebration. “I love you.”They loved him back. They have for 16 years. They will for 16 more, and 16 more after that, and 16 more after that, too.“I’m still just amazed, even after all these years,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I’ve seen him go into his bag of tricks so many times and just compartmentalize. But I’m truly amazed that he was able to perform like that tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated ⚡️3⃣⚡️The @MiamiHEAT honored @DwyaneWade ahead of his final home game! #OneLastDance #L3GACY #HEATCulture https://t.co/e9tUsNSUFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heat: Udonis Haslem — also a three-time Heat champion, like Wade — played most of the fourth quarter with Wade. It took Haslem less than a minute to do one of the things he does best — take a charge. … Wade played in 575 games in a Heat uniform at home. Miami won 401 of them, and he scored 13,323 points in those contests.McGRUDER DECISIONMiami will not be a tax team this year, saving about a $5 million payment because Rodney McGruder was claimed Tuesday by the Los Angeles Clippers — two days after he was waived by the Heat. If Miami had won at Toronto on Sunday, McGruder would likely still be with the Heat. “That was one of the tougher franchise moves our organization has had to make,” said Spoelstra, who raves about McGruder.REST DAYThe 76ers plan to sit Embiid and Redick again Wednesday, and will also give Ben Simmons and Harris the night off. “Some people like to have a rhythm going into it, some people like to have time off. I don’t think you can appoint the perfect formula,” Brown said.UP NEXT76ers: Host Chicago on Wednesday.Heat: Visit Brooklyn on Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments
Ravichandran Ashwin has been honoured with the coveted International Cricketer of the Year award at the CEAT Cricket Rating International awards 2017.The Indian off-spinner received the prestigious award from the former India skipper, legendary Sunil Gavaskar and Harsh Goenka, Chairman of RPG Enterprises, at a ceremony held at the Cricket Club of India.In the past 12 months Ashwin has taken 99 wickets.He was the one who created maximum destruction during the home season, where India won 10 of their 13 Tests played against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.First autograph takenSpeaking on the occasion, Ashwin recalled that the first autograph he had taken was from Gavaskar at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai.Ashwin also praised Tamil Nadu offie Washington Sundar for his impressive show in the IPL while playing for Rising Pune Supergiant, team.”Washington did really well in the Vijay Hazare trophy. I had heard from a couple of people that he is doing well. He has got good idea of how to bowl in T20s and to ball with the new ball is a massive challenge.”The first scar which you will inflict will always have value and he initially bowled well. The pace and the length which he hit was very critical,” said Ashwin, according to PTI.Young player of the yearMeanwhile, young batsman Shubhman Gillwon the Young player of the year award. He bagged the award for hissuperb performance during the India-England U-19 ODI series, which wasplayed in Mumbai.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Indian fielding coach R Sridhar has said that the team will not be deterred by the middle-order collapse in the second ODI against Sri Lanka, and continue with experimentation in the matches to come.India lead the five-match series 2-0 with the third ODI to be played on Sunday.”The way we look at every game is that we take something into the next game and the remaining part of the series. I think the way the last game shaped up was a wonderful learning curve for us,” Sridhar said.”Even before the series started, we all knew that there was going to be some experiments from us going ahead over the next 18 months. It has been a great learning.”India recovered from a precarious 131 for seven to record only their second win at the Pallekele International Cricket ground on Thursday.”Akila Dananjaya bowled brilliantly in the last game. We take that forward, and we’ll make sure we won’t repeat the same mistakes going forward.#TeamIndia fielding coach @coach_rsridhar addresses the media on the eve of the 3rd ODI against #SL pic.twitter.com/EQ2lmIEhGk- BCCI (@BCCI) 26 August 2017″We wanted to give the other players a hit because Rahul hadn’t batted in the middle in a one-day game so we wanted to give him that opportunity. It was just an experiment. (But) It won’t stop.”We will try out different players in different slots to get the best exposure to get the best out of each player. That’s the endeavour of the team management,” he added.advertisement#TeamIndia batsman @klrahul11 sweating it out in the nets ahead of the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/uv81j4VCmN- BCCI (@BCCI) 26 August 2017PANDYA AVAILABLE FOR SELECTIONSaturday was an optional net session for the Indian team. Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was among the few players who came for practice. Sridhar outlined that Hardik Pandya has recovered sufficiently from cramps and is available for selection for the next game.”MS leaves no stone unturned to make sure he is at his best going into every game. He knows his body best and he knows what he needs to do. He is such a thorough professional.”On Thursday, Hardik Pandya was cramping. He’s perfectly alright now. He should be ready for the next game,” Sridhar said.Hitman @ImRo45 waiting for his turn in the net session #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/gcCGao6uA5- BCCI (@BCCI) 26 August 2017Along with fitness as a prime parameter, India also aim to be the best fielding unit on the field, as skipper Virat Kohli had put it before the second ODI. As such, Sridhar’s task in this long limited-overs’ schedule as well as in the build-up to the 2019 ODI World Cup is cut out.”There is no dearth of motivation as far as the players here are concerned because the biggest motivation is that they are representing the country. As far as differing fielding drills: it all depends on the workload. If someone is playing five or eight games on the trot, we are very careful with workload.”We design drills and the loading of the fielding drills is very much tune with that. For somebody who is not playing, the workload is a bit more. That is something we monitor very closely, reason being we want them to be at their best whenever we take the ground,” he explained.IMPROVED FIELDING UNITSridhar seemed satisfied with the improvements in ground fielding.”Compared to the Test side, I think our ground fielding has improved significantly over the last three or four years. We have affected probably the most number of run-outs in Test cricket over the last few years.”In ODIs, we have been a very high-intensity fielding unit on the field. Odd errors happen here and there, that’s just the nature of the beast, but we pride in our intensity and our energy and that comes down right from the core group of Virat and Ravi bhai. They always feel the 10 best fielders along with the wicketkeeper will walk onto the field.”In ODI, there is more buzz, there is more energy on the field. You have better fielder manning the high-traffic zones, so it’s quite a busy three and a half hours and it in turn reflects in our performance. I think we have one of the best fielding sides in the world at the moment and we look forward to make it the best in the world going forward,” he added.advertisementWhile ground fielding is always a primary matter of concern, Sridhar has also been working hard on getting India’s slip cordon right across all formats.”It all depends on the personnel we have. We really can’t decide, ‘oh, these three are going to stand in these positions!’ There are a lot of variables involved. Somebody might get injured; somebody might not be part of team. We take that call only once the team is decided.”Once we get the 15 in hand, Virat, Ravi bhai and I sit down, have a chat and figure the people manning key positions. We try and make our practices as specific to positions and we go into player specifics too,” said the fielding coach.”There were a few lapses during the England and Australia Test series. We addressed that during our preparation phase during the first seven days in Sri Lanka. I am glad it paid off.”Sridhar had words of praise for a few players.”Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane plucked some great catches close-in and Virat himself picked up some good catches close-in. Of course, Wriddhiman Saha was good. We worked on the positioning and their technique.”More importantly, the players themselves were driven. They were motivated to make every opportunity count. That helped us improve from those earlier series to now,” he signed off.
England’s age-group teams might have dazzled on the global stage in various youth tournaments in 2017 but the senior side is not yet of a standard to be a serious title contender at next year’s World Cup, former striker Alan Shearer told Reuters.Gareth Southgate’s side went unbeaten in their qualifying campaign for Russia but has been criticised for lacking a creative spark after scoring only 18 goals in 10 games in a group containing lowly-ranked Lithuania and Malta.”I don’t expect us to win the World Cup in Russia next year, even with the success of our teams underneath that level, be it the under-21s, the under-19s or the under-17s,” Shearer said in an interview from Bengaluru.”I don’t see us going to Russia and winning the tournament. No.”England’s recent record at the quadrennial showpiece event has not been inspiring with the 1966 champions, who reached the quarter-finals in 2002 and 2006, exiting at the round of 16 stage in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.Their worst performance came at the last edition in Brazil when they failed to get past the group stage, while the Euro 2016 exit at the round of 16 stage after defeat to Iceland left little optimism among England’s supporters.Shearer, who was in India for a Premier League fan park event where roughly 40,000 spectators watched the top matches of the weekend on a giant screen, thinks that will prove to be a nadir.”What I would expect is to see an improvement on what we saw in France in the European Championships 18 months ago,” said Shearer, who scored 30 goals in 63 appearances for England.advertisement”It shouldn’t be too difficult to improve on that when you consider the performance we had in the game against Iceland when we were knocked out of the tournament.”Very much similar to other campaigns when we had results in the qualifiers. We are there now but we have to go one step further and we have to show improvement.”In stark contrast to the national side, the England Under-20s won the World Cup in South Korea in June before their Under-19 team became European champions in Georgia the following month.The young Lions have also won the Toulon Tournament this year and are through to the last 16 of the ongoing Under-17 World Cup in India.Shearer, who scored twice in four appearances at the 1998 World Cup finals in France, felt one of the reasons why England were unsuccessful at the top level was because young English players are not playing in the Premier League.YOUNG ENGLISH COACH”Part of the problem is lot of these boys in the league teams with England are not getting the chance to play at the club level,” Shearer said.”Clubs like Man City, United, Chelsea and Arsenal tend to spend big on foreign players who the managers or the clubs feel are pretty much guaranteed for success. It’s difficult for these managers as they have to deliver success tomorrow.”To put in a young player, he needs time to settle and feel his way into the Premier League and clubs are not prepared to do that.”Shearer has, however, backed former team mate Southgate to succeed as the national team manager.”I am pleased that we were able to give an English player, an young English coach the opportunity to try and do it at that level,” Shearer said.”More often than not over the past years we have gone and spent big on foreign managers and they haven’t proved successful at all.”I am pleased we have given the job to an English guy who has played in tournaments, I have played with Gareth in tournaments also, so he is aware what tournament football is about and what you need to try and do to get to the latter stages. Hopefully that will stand him in good stead.”
KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) — The choice was entirely hers. Only there really wasn’t of one for Simone Biles to make.Sure, she could have taken her triple-twisting double-flip (aka “the triple-double”) out of her floor exercise routine during the final night of the U.S. women’s gymnastics championships on Sunday. She surely didn’t need it to assure herself of another national title.Still, even as her coach Laurent Landi left the option up to her after the Olympic champion’s bid to become the first woman to complete the triple-double in competition came up a bit short on Friday, he knew the answer.Spend enough time in the gym around the 22-year-old who is redefining what’s possible in her sport one exhilarating routine at a time and it quickly becomes evident that sidestepping a challenge isn’t really her thing.So she threw it at the end of her first tumbling pass, fueled by adrenaline, ambition and otherworldly skill. When the dizzying combination ended with her feet firmly on the floor — if barely in bounds — the jolt through the packed arena was palpable. The smile on her face unmistakable. And the competition — just like it has been for six years and counting whenever Biles is involved — was over.The triple-double served as the exclamation point on her sixth national championship. Her two-day total of 118.500 was nearly five points clear of 16-year-old Sunisa Lee in second and more almost seven points ahead of third-place finisher Grace McCallum.Yet Biles doesn’t pay too much attention to the margin or her scores for that matter. She’s been a fixture atop the podium for six years and counting. Attempting to find the boundaries of her immense talent is what drives her.It’s why she got so angry after putting both hands down as she tried to land the triple-double on Friday. It’s why she never thought about ditching it on Sunday. And it’s why she sneaked a peek at her phone while rotating from floor to balance beam, typically a no-no during a meet. Well, at least for anyone not named Simone Biles.“I wanted to see how it looked,” she said.Here’s a word: historic.“It’s like she hit a hole in one and we were all there,” USA Gymnastics high performance director Tom Forster said. “It’s a big deal and we all know it. No one in the world has done it before in the women and actually, she does it better than most of the men who have done it. She should be super excited about that.”She was. When Biles finished off a two-hour showcase that highlighted how wide the gulf between herself and the rest of the world has become by drilling her dismount on uneven bars: she danced.Well, sort of. Biles gave Landi a relieved high-five before sticking out her tongue and waving her arms as she ran to hug the rest of competitors in her rotation.The anger of Friday night — when she openly seethed after shorting the triple-double and making a bit of a mess on bars — was gone.“I was a lot happier today,” Biles said. “I feel I haven’t been as confident on bars this year as I was last year. To finally do a good routine like I can do it, I was really happy. I was very happy and the last event, so I was like, ‘Thank God we’re done.’”For now anyway. Biles is two months away from a trip to the world championships — where her 20 medals are tied for the most by a female gymnast — and a year away from a return to the Olympics. She was a sensation in 2016, cementing her status as one of the best ever with two weeks of gymnastics that came as close to perfection as the sport allows.A year to go before a return trip to the games, Biles is even better. And really, it’s not close.“She’s a freaking beast,” said MyKayla Skinner, an alternate on the 2016 Olympic team who clinched a spot on the national team by finishing eighth. “Like, I don’t even understand. I always ask her, ‘Do you realize how good you are?’ And she’s like ‘Yeah, but I don’t know.’ It just comes so naturally, it’s amazing.”In a sport that sometimes forces athletes to choose between skill and execution, Biles doesn’t have to. She not only puts together the most difficult routines in the world, she does them better than anyone else. Biles won floor, balance beam and vault and finished third on bars even with her “meh” set on Friday.“She does stuff that I never thought people could do,” Lee said.Lee and 2017 world champion Morgan Hurd were the only women in the field to place ahead of Biles on any event, finishing one-two on bars, solidifying their chances of joining Biles at world championships in Germany in October in the process.Hurd rebounded from a rocky floor exercise on Friday that dropped her to eighth overall to zoom up to fourth despite admitting she “wanted to throw up a little” when the night began. She promised she would be better on Sunday and she was, despite a technical glitch before her floor when the music started before she took her starting position. She walked off the podium, exhaled and then went out and drilled her set.“I think more than anything, tonight just really helped my confidence,” Hurd said.Something every gymnast struggles with sometimes. Biles included. Yes, really. It speaks to her inner perfectionist that even after finishing the triple-double, she still knows it wasn’t quite her best.“It wasn’t as good as in some of the trainings,” she said. “But I’m just happy that I landed it because after night one, my confidence got shot down. So I was really worried about it going into today and that was all I could worry about.”Not anymore.By Will GravesTweetPinShare0 Shares
Huawei is ready to bring its Mate-series to India for the first time ever. It plans on kicking things off with the Mate 20 Pro, which is the company’s latest flagship smartphone that offers a stunning curved glass design, notched display, triple rear cameras and a new Kirin 980 chipset, among other things. The event begins at 11am IST and you can catch the livestream of the event here.The Mate 20 Pro succeeds the Mate 10 Pro that never made it to the country. The phone was first unveiled in Europe last month where it carries a price tag of EUR 1049 (approx Rs 89,100). The Mate 20 Pro’s price in India is expected to be more aggressive as the company looks to bite into the premium market in the country. We expect a price tag of around Rs 70,000, which would keep this in the company of the Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XR. It will go on sale exclusively on Amazon India and we will know the sale date later today. As of now, we are not sure if the regular Mate 20 model will be launching in India as well.The Mate 20 Pro is as top-end premium as they come. It sports a large 6.39-inch QHD+ (1440×3120) curved OLED display with a 3D glass on the front and back. The rear panel comes in a gradient Twilight, Emerald Green and Black colours. It is powered by the company’s latest Kirin 980 chipset that is based on a 7nm process and comes with dual NPU. The Mate 20 Pro is also offered with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage with support for expandability up to 256GB via microSD card. The Mate 20 Pro offers an in-display fingerprint sensor and 3D facial recognition as biometric options.advertisementOne of the many highlights of the Mate 20 Pro is its triple rear camera system on the back that Leica-branded. The system includes a 40MP wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 20MP Ultra wide-angle lense with f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The cameras also support laser and phase detection auto focus as well as AIS (AI-based stabilisation). On the front, the Mate 20 Pro sports a 24MP 3D depth sensing camera.The dual-SIM Mate 20 Pro houses a 4,200mAh battery with 40W SuperCharge support. The Mate 20 Pro also supports 15W wireless charging support and Huawei will be bringing its wireless charger to India as well. Connectivity options for the Mate 20 Pro include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS and USB Type-C support.ALSO READ: Huawei Watch GT launched with 2-week battery life, continuous heart-rate monitoring and 5ATM waterproofingThe Mate 20 Pro ships with EMUI 9 based on Android 9 Pie. The latest custom software from Huawei offers a more minimalistic design and advanced AI predicting abilities. It also brings new gesture navigation controls for full-screen phones. The Mate 20 Pro is heavy on features such as Reverse Wireless Charging, underwater camera mode, the world’s first 1.4Gbps LTE Cat.21 smartphone, AI image stabilisation, among other things.
On Monday Nate Silver of the New York Times put together a fascinating study of how college football fans are dispersed throughout the United States.Many of you have undoubtedly already perused his work, but I wanted to re-post a few things on here and talk about what this means for OSU and conference realignment.First, I’m not wild about his method of data collection,One way to estimate the regional variances is to look at Google search traffic. For instance, according to Google Insights for Search, the term “college football” is searched for about 5 times as often in Birmingham, Alabama as it is in New York City, relative to overall search traffic.…mostly because I have literally never googled “college football” in my entire life and neither have any of my friends who actually follow and/or watch college football. I’m not going to rip his study apart because there’s a wealth of incredible info in there and like he said, there’s absolutely no way to do this correctly, I’m just not crazy about the premise.One of the more fascinating things to me was this,Nebraska has about two-thirds as many football fans in Omaha as Rutgers does in New York, even though the market is about 18 times smaller.He seemed surprised (or mildly amused) that Nebraska had anywhere near the same amount of fans in Omaha as Rutgers has in NYC and yet I would have thought it to be the other way around. We lose sight of the enormity of some of these markets sometimes because we only exist within the parameters in which we choose to exist.Here are the Big 12 figures:I’m not surprised Texas Tech has more fans than Oklahoma State (that would also explain this), but I am a little surprised they have a Baylor’s worth more. Again, we live in this Tulsa/OKC/Stillwater world and the Dallas/Houston/San Antonio markets eat markets like ours for breakfast. It’s another reason the Oklahoma schools should get out (if they really want to) while they still can.It is interesting how these numbers conflict with this survey done by Williams Perkins Allen Opinion Research that said 8 in 10 (or almost 3 million) Oklahomans are OU fans, and you’re not even stepping foot outside the state at that point. Granted, 100% of humans in the state even like football as that research implies.Obviously the New York Times article an incomplete study (and the author admits as much), but it’s an interesting look behind the curtain at what some conference commissioners and school presidents are probably taking into account.The bottom line for OSU is that they would not be in the position they’re in without Boone’s money and the recent success of the football squad.In fact, what’s the big difference between OSU five years ago and Kansas State right now? Kinda scary, huh?This is part of our series on OSU possibly heading out west to the Pac-12. You can read the rest of those posts here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Arsenal chief Kroenke only Prem owner never to spend on their clubby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStan Kroenke has not spent a penny of his personal fortune on Arsenal, it has been revealed.The Sun says he is the only Prem club owner not to dig into his own pocket to fund the team over the past decade.Arsenal owner Kroenke sits on a massive personal fortune of £7billion but has been unwilling to spend any of that money on the club.Instead the 71-year-old has restricted the Gunners to only using money the club brings in itself – leading to them falling behind their Premier League rivals.Arsenal’s business model means that, unlike the rest of the Prem, their spending was entirely funded from self-generated revenues – through television, sponsorship and marketing income, plus prize money.
zoom The new-build subsea support vessel, named MV Deep Helder, was launched at De Hoop’s Foxhol Yard in Groningen on 23rd April.Deep Helder will be equipped with Survey and ROV systems, an offshore crane and 3 moonpools. The vessel will be ready for operations by July this year. A total of 50 personnel can be accommodated on the vessel.“Deep Helder will be a cost effective vessel that we plan to operate on Survey (Geophysics, Inspection & Geotechnical) , IMR and light weight trenching, excavation and Mattress Installation projects for our customers in the oil & gas and renewable markets” says Rick Green, DeepOcean’s General Manager of DeepOcean B.V.The 65 m long DP2 class & 4 point mooring vessel is designed for low fuel consumption, clean ship/green passport/SPS2008 and high comfort class notation (Comf1). The ship management and marine crewing shall be undertaken by Seamar Subsea B.V and the vessel shall sail under Dutch Flag. April 24, 2014; Video: HD PP
Les représentants du comité de candidature de la ville d’Halifax aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014 vont se joindre cette semaine à des délégués de Glasgow, en Écosse, et d’Abuja, au Nigeria, pour participer à un colloque de trois jours sur le processus de candidature aux Jeux du Commonwealth. La Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth a invité 10 représentants de chaque ville candidate à l’organisation des Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014 à participer à ce colloque, qui se déroule à Melbourne, en Australie, du 10 au 13 juillet. « Avec notre équipe de gestion qui est entièrement en place, c’est une occasion fantastique pour nous de poursuivre notre apprentissage sur le processus de candidature avant la date limite du 9 mai 2007 », déclare Scott Logan, président-directeur général du comité Halifax 2014. « Les organisateurs des Jeux de Melbourne en ont appris beaucoup sur ce qui s’est bien passé et ce qui aurait pu se passer de façon différente, et nous souhaitons vivement profiter de leur expérience. » Les représentants des villes candidates assistent à 17 conférences et reçoivent les instructions définitives concernant les exigences pour la préparation et la présentation des candidatures. Les Jeux du Commonwealth sont un événement sportif et culturel d’envergure internationale qui se déroule tous les quatre ans avec des athlètes en provenance des 71 pays et territoires du Commonwealth. En décembre 2005, la ville d’Halifax a été retenue pour être la ville candidate du Canada aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014. Le comité organisateur d’Halifax est en compétition avec la ville de Glasgow, en Écosse, et la ville d’Abuja, au Nigeria. Il se concentre à l’heure actuelle sur ses efforts pour préparer et remporter la candidature internationale, qui sera décernée par la Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth le 9 novembre 2007 au Sri Lanka. Une liste des représentants d’Halifax 2014, participant au colloque pour les villes candidates, est disponible au www.2014halifax.com.
The Clinton Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a new partnership to gather and analyze data about the status of women and girls’ participation around the world, as part of the Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings initiative.The partnership was announced during a discussion between Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Melinda Gates hosted by New York University and moderated by Chelsea Clinton.The partnership teams the Foundations to work with leading technology partners to collect these data and compile them into a compelling and publicly accessible review that will identify the progress that has been made, and the gaps that remain, in the 20 years since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. It will also provide evidence of the strong connection between rights and opportunities for women and girls and prosperity, stability and security around the world.The data will be released in digital and written forms as part of a progress report in 2015 in advance of the anniversary of the Beijing Conference.In order to narrow the gender gap and advance the status of girls and women, girls and women must be counted. Data not only measures progress—it inspires it. In 1995, at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, 189 nations agreed to an ambitious Platform for Action that called for the “full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life.” At this conference, Secretary Clinton memorably declared that “women’s rights are human rights.”Nearly twenty years later, progress has been made, with greater participation in public life and nations enacting public policies to promote full equality. Yet for all of this progress, women and girls still comprise the majority of the world’s unhealthy, unfed, and unpaid, and hard-won rights and legal protections remain elusive on the ground. Advancing the status of women and girls remains the unfinished business of our time.Secretary Clinton launched No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project to galvanize the world’s support for the full participation of women and girls. Through No Ceilings, the Clinton Foundation will evaluate and share progress, chart the path forward, and mobilize the private sector, governments, civil society and individuals to accelerate full participation for women and girls in the 21st century.Source:Clinton Foundation
HAMILTON – The Hamilton Spectator newspaper says it’s rolling out a new version of the paywall system on its website on Tuesday.The daily publication says in a notice on its website that starting Nov. 7, non-subscribers will have access to five locked articles per month.After reaching the limit in a 30-day period, users must subscribe for full access to thespec.com.Customers who receive the newspaper at home will automatically get online access, while digital subscriptions alone will cost roughly $1 for the first month, and $9 per month afterwards.The Spectator is one of several publications owned by Torstar Corp. which also publishes the Toronto Star and Waterloo Record and holds a stake in The Canadian Press.The company reported a $6.6 million loss in its third quarter amid continued declines in print advertising revenue.
4 March 2008Although southern Lebanon is relatively stable at present, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses deep concern over the effects of the ongoing political crisis, arms smuggling and Israeli overflights there in a new report on compliance with the Security Council decision that helped end fighting between Israel and Hizbollah in 2006. “I am pleased to report that both the Governments of Lebanon and Israel express continued commitment to the implementation of resolution 1701,” Mr. Ban says in the report on the decision, which called for renewed respect for the Blue Line separating Israeli and Lebanese forces, the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling, among other measures.“Only the enduring commitment of the parties to all the provisions of the resolution, without selectivity, will create the required basis for a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution,” he adds in the report, which covers the period since the end of October last year.He states that the expanded activities of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces have contributed a new strategic environment, acknowledged by Israel, in the area south of the Litani River. At the same time, however, Lebanon has remained in the grip of an intense political crisis which has shut down the work of key State institutions, he says, with continuing assassinations heightening tensions throughout the country.Though Mr. Ban affirms that UNIFIL has found no evidence of new military infrastructure in its area of operations, rocket firings against Israel and attacks against the mission “indicate that there are still hostile elements and unauthorized arms.”In addition, Hizbollah has admitted, on several occasions, replenishing its military capacity since the 2006 war, indicating that the Syrian border remained vulnerable to arms smuggling, he adds.For that reason, he says he intends to dispatch a team to Lebanon to look at the implementation of the recommendations of the Lebanon Independent Border Assessment Team: “It is clear that significant challenges remain to be addressed in effective border management.”The report also highlights the Secretary-General’s concern at Israel’s continuing air violations, and the limited data it has provided for cluster bomb clearance.He also expresses great concern at the threats of open war against Israel, made by the Secretary-General of Hizbollah on both 14 and 22 February. “This goes against the spirit and intensions of resolution 1701 (2006), which aims to achieve a permanent ceasefire.”
“Insecurity was the main cause of internal displacement, with some 38,000 people fleeing their homes because of military conflict,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists in Geneva.According to Mr. Baloch, approximately 7,000 people have fled the ongoing military offensive in South Central Somalia in the past eight months. While the displacement is likely to be temporary, assistance is still largely in need. However, due to military activity, access to towns is so limited that using expensive airlifts is often the only way to reach people. “UNHCR is engaged in dialogue with its counterparts in the Somali authorities to ensure that such evictions did not violate basic human rights,” said Mr. Baloch, given the fact that almost 33,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been uprooted from private and Government owned land and buildings. In the port city of Kismayo, where some 15,600 have been affected, UNHCR has distributed basic relief items to 3,000 displaced families in recent weeks. However, additional distributions are required. “Many people are living in sites lacking basic services in shelters made of sticks, grass and empty cardboard boxes,” said Mr. Baloch, adding that “incidents of gender based violence, and rape of young girls and women by militias operating outside the settlements had been reported.”In this regard, Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of UN Information Centre in Geneva, said that the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) is committed to the respect of human rights and the protection of Somalia’s most vulnerable communities, especially women and children. She added that the UN and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) have been working closely to tackle such issues, and AMISOM troops have undergone a human rights pre-deployment training.In addition to those internally displaced in the Horn of Africa nation, some 23,000 have fled across its borders to Yemen, Kenya, and Ethiopia in the previous eight months. Yemen, for example, has received 11,000 new arrivals from South Central Somalia, mostly affected by drought, food insecurity and poverty. About 9,000 Somalis have arrived in Kenya while Ethiopia has registered over 3,000 refugees. There are a total of 957,000 Somali refugees in the region.
Almost 60 per cent of drivers are unaware of the stiffer fines for speeding that came into effect on Monday.According to a poll of drivers in the UK, only 38 per cent of drivers above the age of 25 knew about the changes, while 44 per cent of drivers under the same age were aware of them. Regardless of age, 58 per cent of the 304 respondents did not know that speeding fines have significantly increased.The new fines, which apply to England and Wales, are divided into three categories. The most minor offences incur a Band A fine, which applies to those caught driving at less than 10mph over the prevailing speed limit, of 50 per cent of the driver’s weekly income.A Band B fine, between 11 and 20mph above the speed limit, is 100 per cent of the driver’s weekly income; and a Band C fine, for those caught travelling at more than 20mph over the speed limit, is up to 150 per cent of their weekly income. In addition to the greater fines, drivers still face penalty points on their licence or disqualification, depending on the severity of the offence.Before the changes, which came into effect on Monday April 24, the maximum fine for breaking the speed limit was £1,000, or £2,500 if the offence occurred on a motorway.The changes to the speeding fine system came from a Sentencing Council consultation held last year, which hoped to ensure a ‘‘clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases’’. Crispin Moger, CEO of Marmalade, the telematics insurer for young drivers, which carried out the poll, said: ‘‘Rather than increasing fines in an attempt to promote road safety, we need to work on improving and informing our drivers. Hiking up fines won’t slow people down – especially if drivers aren’t aware of the change.‘‘The good news for young drivers is that they are less likely to be affected by these changes: according to a recent Freedom of Information request, young drivers are less likely to commit a speeding offence than drivers aged 25-54, making up less than 8 percent of speeding offences.’’ Show more The poll, conducted by Marmalade, the specialist telematics insurer for young drivers, also For more tips and advice, visit our Advice section, or sign up to our newsletter hereA-Z Car Finder Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Professor Andy Meharg, lead author of the study and Professor of plant and soil sciences at Queen’s, said: “This research has shown direct evidence that babies are exposed to illegal levels of arsenic despite the EU regulation to specifically address this health challenge.”Babies are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of arsenic that can prevent the healthy development of a baby’s growth, IQ and immune system to name but a few.”A Food Standards Agency spokesman said: “It is the responsibility of food manufacturers to ensure that products comply with this legislation. Local authorities enforce this legislation in the UK and report any non-compliant results to the FSA.” Around half of baby rice sold in major UK supermarkets contains illegal levels of inorganic arsenic which could stunt children’s growth and intelligence, a study has found.Despite new stricter rules on how much arsenic children’s food can contain being introduced in January, researchers from Queen’s University Belfast found levels had actually risen. Rice contains higher levels of arsenic than other food Some 50 per cent of baby rice food products contains an illegal level of inorganic arsenic, it found.In January 2016, the EU imposed a maximum limit of inorganic arsenic on manufacturers in a bid to mitigate associated health risks. Rice has, typically, ten times more inorganic arsenic than other foods and chronic exposure can cause a range of health problems including developmental problems, heart disease, diabetes and nervous system damage. Babies are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of arsenic that can prevent the healthy development of a baby’s growth, IQ and immune systemProfessor Andy Meharg
Nicole Newman, 23, died at the sceneCredit:Facebook A baby boy who was hit by a car as he lay in his pram has died.Eight-month-old Luciano Newman was critically injured in the collision in south London on January 13.His mother Nicole Newman, 23, who was pushing the pram at the time of the crash, died at the scene in Croydon Road, Penge. Luciano died one week later, on Sunday.The driver of the car, who stopped at the scene and was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries, is co-operating with police, Scotland Yard said.Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses and have urged anyone with dash cam footage, including footage from the minutes leading up to the collision, which happened at 8.08pm, to come forward. One witness of the aftermath of the incident described the scene in a video on Facebook.”Boy what a sad start for 2019. (I was) just passing, going about my business and I came across such a horrific accident. A car hit a babymother while she was trying to cross the road.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Le zoo de Zurich annonce la naissance historique d’un hippopotame nainLundi, un hippopotame nain a vu le jour au zoo de Zurich en Suisse. Il s’agit de la première naissance depuis 13 ans au sein de cette espèce dans le parc animalier. Le zoo de Zurich a de quoi se réjouir. Dans la nuit de lundi, un hippopotame nain est né du couple hébergé par le parc animalier depuis 2009. Or, cela faisait 13 ans qu’il n’y avait plus eu de naissance d’hippopotames nains dans le zoo suisse, note tdg.ch. Contrairement à leurs congénères, les hippopotames amphibies dont le poids peut atteindre 3 tonnes, les spécimens de cette espèce pèsent entre 180 et 260 kilogrammes, d’où leur petit nom. Mais c’est également une espèce menacée et protégée, alors que seuls quelque 3.000 animaux vivraient encore dans le monde selon l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature. À lire aussiAssistez à la naissance fantastique d’un petit caméléonLundi, en entrant dans le quartier des hippopotames, les surveillants du zoo de Zurich ont constaté que le nouveau-né était déjà capable de se tenir sur ses quatre pattes. Il reste ainsi auprès de ses parents Anaïs née en 1988 et originaire du zoo de Vincennes de Paris et Boseda en provenance du zoo Attica en Grèce, note un communiqué du parc suisse. Toutefois, il est encore trop tôt pour savoir si le petit est un mâle ou une femelle. Par ailleurs, le zoo de Zurich a également assisté à la naissance de dix cochons Turoplje. Une espèce de cochons dalmatiens croates également menacée d’extinction et qui compte aujourd’hui moins de cinquante spécimens depuis la guerre des Balkans des années 90. Le public pourra découvrir les petits Turopolje dans les prochains jours. Le 9 septembre 2011 à 17:09 • Maxime Lambert
Vancouver – Additional Vancouver, Battle Ground, Washougal and Ridgefield police officers, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol, will be on the road today and Saturday to watch for impaired drivers, according to the Vancouver Police Department.The aim of the extra patrols is to keep drunken or otherwise impaired drivers off the road.The extra shifts are paid for through a state grant.The Vancouver police asked weekend revelers to plan a safe ride home, and asked anyone who sees someone who appears to be driving impaired to call 911.
Reward Gateway is to share £6.5 million among its employees following a deal that will see technology investor Great Hill Partners buy the organisation from current owners Inflexion Private Equity.The £6.5 million sum will be shared among all 269 employees below board level.Staff below management level hold a 5% stake in the organisation through Reward Gateway’s employee share plan.The more than 100 employees that have joined the organisation since the last share allocation in 2014 will receive a bonus equating to one month’s salary.This is the second time that the employee engagement software provider has distributed a shared payment among its employees. It shared more than £1 million among 70 staff members in 2010 when Inflexion acquired a majority stake in the organisation.A third such programme will launch in the next few weeks.At present, management and staff have a 40% shareholding in the organisation through its shared ownership scheme. This will increase to 45% once the deal is complete.The deal with Great Hill Partners aims to drive the expansion of Reward Gateway’s product portfolio and presence in additional geographical markets.Glenn Elliott (pictured), chief executive officer of Reward Gateway, said: “Employee engagement has become central for a number of forward-thinking successful organisations.“They have realised that engaged employees make better decisions, as they understand more.“Engaged employees are more productive, as they enjoy what they are doing, and engaged employees innovate more, as they want their organisation to succeed.”