Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic named top seeds at US Open

first_imgSerena Williams is the No. 1 seeded woman for the U.S. Open after barely holding on to the top spot in the rankings, and Novak Djokovic is No. 1 among the men.Neither Williams nor Djokovic has played a match since early exits at the Rio Olympics. Williams later said she was dealing with a right shoulder problem, while Djokovic said his left wrist was sore. (Also read: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal to team up in Laver Cup)Williams could have been overtaken atop the WTA rankings by No. 2 Angelique Kerber but stayed at No. 1 this week. The U.S. Tennis Association adhered to the men’s and women’s rankings in announcing the seedings Tuesday.This is the fifth time Williams is the top seed at Flushing Meadows; she has won the tournament six times. Last year, she was stunned in the semifinals by Roberta Vinci, stopping the American’s bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam. Garbine Muguruza is seeded No. 3, and Agnieszka Radwanska is No. 4. (Also read: Roger Federer plans January return in Australia)Djokovic, the defending champion, is followed by No. 2 Andy Murray, No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and No. 4 Rafael Nadal.The draw for the year’s last major tennis tournament is Friday. Play begins Monday.last_img read more

Report: AEK Athens 2 Benfica 3

first_imgBenfica ended their Champions League hoodoo as Alfa Semedo scored a stunning goal to secure a 3-2 victory at AEK Athens in Group E.Viktor Klonaridis’ second-half double looked to have clinched a share of the spoils for AEK, who had taken full advantage of Ruben Dias’ red card late in the first half.Yet Benfica, who were 2-0 up by the 15th minute thanks to Haris Seferovic and Alex Grimaldo, rallied through substitute Semedo’s solo effort on his debut in the Champions League proper. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The victory ends Benfica’s eight-match losing streak in the competition, getting them off the mark in a tightly-contested Group E.Benfica were ahead inside six minutes, Seferovic reacting sharply to tuck home on the rebound after Vasilios Barkas parried Gedson Fernandes’ strike.AEK were carved open again not long after, Grimaldo making no mistake with a neat header from six yards.The hosts were handed a boost on the stroke of half-time, however, when Dias picked up a second booking for a high kick on Ezequiel Ponce.Dias’ recklessness was soon punished – Klonaridis getting the better of his marker to turn in Niklas Hult’s low cross.AEK’s pressure told again after the hour, Marios Oikonomou’s knock-down leaving Klonaridis with a simple finish.Klonaridis should have completed the turnaround with 19 minutes remaining, only to fire straight at Odisseas Vlachodimos, and Semedo soon made the hosts pay.Having picked up the ball inside Benfica’s half, the youngster powered through AEK’s midfield before dispatching coolly to clinch the points.Those 3 points are ours!Now, let’s breathe! #AEKSLB #UCL pic.twitter.com/aSMzYJ2EEg— SL Benfica (@slbenfica_en) October 2, 2018 What does it mean: Benfica’s torrid run comes to an endBenfica lost all six games in last season’s competition and seemed to try their best to throw this result away in Athens, but Rui Vitoria’s side ultimately held firm to claim a first Champions League win in nine attempts. AEK, meanwhile, are rooted to the bottom of Group E.Debutant Semedo salvages the spoilsSemedo wasted little time in stamping his authority on proceedings, with his pace and power proving too much for AEK to handle. To round it off, the 21-year-old supplied an unerringly accurate finish following his wonderful solo run.Dias makes life difficult for BenficaBenfica were in complete control until Dias’ reckless challenge just before the break, and the defender can count himself lucky that Semedo spared his blushes.Key Opta Stats100 – Haris Seferovic has scored SL Benfica’s 100th Champions League goal – Benfica have become the 27th team to reach 100 goals in the competition and just the second Portuguese side after FC Porto. Centennial.#AEKSLB #ChampionsLeague— OptaJoao (@OptaJoao) October 2, 2018- Benfica have won an away Champions League game in which they received a red card for the first time since October 2011 vs FC Basel (2-0).- Since the start of last season, no team has been shown more red cards in the Champions League than Benfica (3, also Juventus and FK Qarabag).- Benfica netted twice inside the opening 15 minutes against AEK Athens; it was the first time they have ever done so in the Champions League.- Seferovic’s sixth-minute strike was Benfica’s 100th goal in the Champions League, making them the 27th side to reach that total, and just the second from Portugal (also Porto).What’s next?There are two huge games coming up for both of these sides. While Benfica host Porto in the first O Classico of the season, AEK will look to bounce back against Olympiakos.  read morelast_img read more

Raj govt clears rule for appointmnet in sports quaota

first_imgJaipur, May 17 (PTI) The Vasundhara Raje dispensation today approved rules for giving out-of-turn appointments to the national and international medal winning sportspersons from the state in the government jobs.”The Cabinet today approved rules of Rajasthan Out-of- Turn appointment to Sports Medal Winner, 2017 for giving government jobs to medal winners.”The gold medal winners in the Olympics, Asiad and Common Wealth games will get direct appointment to the posts in the Rajasthan Administrartive Service (RAS) and Rajasthan Police Service (RPS),” state parliamentary affair minister Rajendra Rathore told reporters after the cabinet meeting here today.The silver and bronze medal winners in Asiad and the winners and the runners-up of other world-level sports championship and those taking part in the Olympics, following qualifying will be given appointment in the state sub-ordinate services, the minister said.He added that Paralympics medal winners will also be given appointment on state subordinate services on direct- basis.Rathore said that medal winners in senior category in national games, medal winners of national championship, winners and runners-up sportspersons and those participating in Paralympics following qualifying will be given appointment on ministerial services.He said that eligible sportspersons will have to apply within three years post winning medals.There will be no age-bar and to seek an appointment sportsperson will have to complete necessary educational qualification in five years time.Apart from sports, to fill the gap of specialist doctors in the state, the government has signed a contract with College of Physician/Surgeons, Mumbai.Under the contract, doctors from the selected medical institutions will be able to do two-year diploma and three- year fellowship in various subjects, Rathore said.advertisementThe selected medical institutions will have 21 diploma and five fellowship courses having total 266 seats, of which 50 per cent will be reserved for in-service doctors.The state cabinet also discussed Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) scheduled from May 24 to 26 in Kota.It will be a divisional level meet in which more than 27,000 farmers have registered.Representatives from The Netherlands, Morocco and two other countries will be take part in the meet, he added. PTI AGRaj govt clears rule for appointment in sports quotaJaipur, May 17 (PTI) The Vasundhara Raje dispensation today approved rules for giving out-of-turn appointments to the national and international medal winning sportspersons from the state in the government jobs.”The Cabinet today approved rules of Rajasthan Out-of- Turn appointment to Sports Medal Winner, 2017 for giving government jobs to medal winners.”The gold medal winners in the Olympics, Asiad and Common Wealth games will get direct appointment to the posts in the Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) and Rajasthan Police Service (RPS),” state parliamentary affair minister Rajendra Rathore told reporters after the cabinet meeting here today.The silver and bronze medal winners in Asiad and the winners and the runners-up of other world-level sports championship and those taking part in the Olympics, following qualifying will be given appointment in the state sub-ordinate services, the minister said.He added that Paralympics medal winners will also be given appointment on state subordinate services on direct- basis.Rathore said that medal winners in senior category in national games, medal winners of national championship, winners and runners-up sportspersons and those participating in Paralympics following qualifying will be given appointment on ministerial services.He said that eligible sportspersons will have to apply within three years post winning medals.There will be no age-bar and to seek an appointment sportsperson will have to complete necessary educational qualification in five years time.Apart from sports, to fill the gap of specialist doctors in the state, the government has signed a contract with College of Physician/Surgeons, Mumbai.Under the contract, doctors from the selected medical institutions will be able to do two-year diploma and three- year fellowship in various subjects, Rathore said.The selected medical institutions will have 21 diploma and five fellowship courses having total 266 seats, of which 50 per cent will be reserved for in-service doctors.The state cabinet also discussed Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) scheduled from May 24 to 26 in Kota.It will be a divisional level meet in which more than 27,000 farmers have registered.Representatives from The Netherlands, Morocco and two other countries will be take part in the meet, he added. PTI AG SMJlast_img read more

MS Dhoni first ever captain to win 100 matches in IPL history

first_imgMS Dhoni on Thursday created yet another record as he became the first captain in Indian Premier League history to register 100 wins in the tournament. As captain, MS Dhoni has won 29 matches more than Gautam Gambhir, who is second on the list with 71 wins (129 matches).MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings to a 4-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Thursday to create history.The Super Kings chased down the target of 152 with Dhoni top-scoring with 58 runs while Ambati Rayudu made 57 as the defending champions consolidated their position at the top of the table with 12 points from 7 games.MS Dhoni is the most experienced captain in the Indian Premier League. He has led Chennai Super Kings in 152 matches. In 2016, Dhoni led Rising Pune Supergiant in 14 matches. Overall, MS Dhoni has been captain in 166 IPL matches.Dhoni has led Chennai Super Kings in 152 matches and won 95 matches as captain. He won only five matches as captain of Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016.Adding another feather to his cap @msdhoni as he becomes the first Captain to win 100 #VIVOIPL games #MSD pic.twitter.com/3O8qxhMt8KIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 11, 2019In the 12 editions of the IPL, the only season MS Dhoni did not lead a team was in 2017 when RPS named Steve Smith their skipper.Chennai Super Kings were out of the IPL for two years in 2016 and 2017 due to their suspension. In 2018, MS Dhoni took charge as CSK captain again and led the team to their third title. The win last year also saw Dhoni equalling Rohit Sharma’s record of 3 IPL wins.advertisementChennai Super Kings’s match against Kings XI Punjab last week was Dhoni’s 150th for the Super Kings which made him the second player after Suresh Raina to reach the landmark.Overall, MS Dhoni has played 182 matches in the IPL and scored 4172 runs at an average of 41.30 with 21 fifties (19 for CSK and 2 for RPS) and 121 dismissals as wicketkeeper.Dhoni has been in fine form in IPL 2019 with the bat. Having played a few match-winning knocks already, the wicketkeeper-batsman has collected 156 runs from six matches and has remained unbeaten on three of those occasions.Apart from MS Dhoni, another Chennai Super Kings player also reached a special milestone in the game on Thursday.Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who has been a consistent performer for CSK, entered the 100 wickets club in his 161st match in the Twenty20 league. He is the first left-arm spinner to reach the landmark but the slowest bowler overall to get there.last_img read more

India succumb to 0-4 loss against Australia in first hockey test

first_imgThe Indian men’s hockey team were blanked 0-4 by world no.2 Australia in the four match of the tour Down Under with Blake Govers and Jeremy Hayward scoring a brace each for the hosts, here Wednesday.After remaining unbeaten in their first three matches of the tour, world No.5 India were handed a lesson in hockey by the Kookaburras with Govers (15th, 60th minutes) and Hayward (20th, 59th) finding the net twice each.India started the match well as they pressed Australia higher up the field, but were dealt two successive blows in five minutes.The visitors had earlier earned themselves an early penalty corner in the fifth minute, but Harmanpreet Singh’s shot was successfully blocked by the first rusher.In the 12th minute, Harmanpreet was in action again as he played one-two with Nilakanta Sharma on the right flank, who played in a well-calculated through-ball back to the defender, but he failed to reach the ball quickly enough.Seconds from the first quarter Australia secured their first penalty corner, which resulted in a penalty stroke for the hosts and Govers made no mistake from the set-piece.Five minutes into the second quarter, Australia earned back-to-back penalty corners and from the second chance Hayward beautifully flicked the ball low into the right side of goal past India goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak to double their lead.But three minutes later, Pathak came to India’s rescue to deny Australia from another penalty corner opportunity.Aaron Kleinschmidt then missed a great chance for Australia in the 25th minute as he found himself unmarked inside the box, but shot just wide of the post.advertisementStruggling to keep the possession, India won their fifth penalty corner through Sumit Kumar, but Australian goalkeeper Johan Durst made a brilliant double-save to deny Harmanpreet.Australia’s fifth penalty corner in the last minute of the second quarter saw Trent Mitton’s shot forcing a great save from Pathak on his right, which meant Australia took their two-goal advantage into the half-time break.The third quarter, however, witnessed a close battle between both the teams but Australia defended stoutly to keep Indian strikers at bay.India started the last quarter well and it was captain Manpreet Singh who created the first chance as he ran into the striking circle and shot at goal, but Australia’s Durst made a diving stop on his left side to deny the visitors.India secured another penalty corner in the 51st minute but Harmanpreet’s effort was once again saved by the Australian custodian.Desperately in search of goals, India withdrew their goalkeeper for an extra outfield player but the move backfired as Australia scored two goals in the last two minutes.Australia’s third goal came off a penalty corner conversion by Hayward before Govers scored through a fierce reverse shot to round off a disappointing day for the Indians.India will again play Australia on Friday in their fifth and last match of the tour.Also Watch:last_img read more

Lalas: World Cup failure will make USA stronger

first_imgUnited States Lalas: World Cup failure will make USA stronger Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 2 years ago 12:03 10/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Alexi Lalas Kyle Terada United States WC Qualification CONCACAF Trinidad and Tobago v United States Videos The former U.S. defender has an optimistic view of the future after the Americans failed to qualify for Russia 2018 Former U.S. defender Alexi Lalas believes the men’s national team will use its failure to qualify for the World Cup to come back stronger.The U.S. has failed to secure a place at the showpiece event for the first time since 1986, dropping a 2-1 result to Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday that allowed Panama to secure CONCACAF’s final automatic slot while Honduras moved into an intercontinental playoff with Australia.Coach Bruce Arena announced his resignation Friday, though U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati has declined to follow suit. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. As U.S. fans grapple with a five-year wait until potentially playing in another World Cup — and a gap of nearly two years before the team’s next competitive match at the 2019 Gold Cup — Lalas made the argument on FS1 on Sunday that supporters must be patient.After a rough week, @AlexiLalas gives his take on the state of American soccer. https://t.co/3UStlaIcgw— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 15, 2017″Everyone is looking for answers,” said Lalas, who earned 96 caps for the U.S. from 1991 to 1998. “Everyone wants to lay blame — ‘heads should roll, things should change, fix it and fix it quickly.’ But you know what? There is no quick fix, there is no magic bullet and no one person has all of the answers.”The system we built is unique, it is complex and it is imperfect — just like our nation — but it is better than anything that we have had before. Despite what some people tell you, we don’t need to tear it down and start over.”The Americans’ failure to secure a spot in Russia has steered renewed scrutiny toward the “pay-to-play” model that many believe hinders youth development stateside, and Lalas put forth his own suggestion to potentially solve the issue.”Maybe we should require that any MLS club or any pro club in the United States have a free academy, from the first division on down,” Lalas said. “But you know what? This idea, like all of the others I’ve heard this week, it takes time. That’s not what anyone wants to hear, but it’s the truth.”And we will get better, and we will use this failure to come back stronger. Because you know what? The U.S. soccer community, despite all of our differences, our agendas and our insecurities, has come together again and again and affected positive change. I just hope it’s change that values and builds on the past while demanding a better future.”last_img read more

NFL quarterbacks are breaking records: what’s behind the passing explosion?

first_imgShare on Twitter Read more Topics Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Why the Seahawks’ Earl Thomas flipped off his own team after fracturing his leg Read more US sports Support The Guardian It’s not that players throw footballs better or more accurately these days than the likes of Dan Marino or Jim Kelly, it’s that the league’s middle class is stronger than in the past. The gap between the fifth- and 20th-best quarterback in the league is narrower than you may think. The new crop of young studs – Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield et al – are playing a different sport to the veterans. They play with a fearlessness the league has been lacking. It’s a cautious aggression, a deadly cocktail brewed up in the college ranks. Finally, it’s translating to the pro game. Offensive and defensive schemes are evolvingThe NFL can only use the talent that college provides. That’s always been true: the professionals like to the think of themselves as the wise ones. They send down football decrees from on high and the rest of the football universe takes note.The reverse is actually true. High school coaches innovate. College guys steal and evolve those ideas. And the NFL folks do the same, pinching players and ideas from college, before twisting and contorting them to fit their own needs. Evolution in high school takes weeks. It’s a genius born of desperation. Evolution in the NFL, meanwhile, takes decades.We’re finally seeing the fruits of the changes at the high school and college level paying dividends in the NFL – if you like high-scoring games, that is. College style offenses – which feature multi-receiver sets, an emphasis on spacing the field, switch releases to attack man-coverage (receivers crisscrossing at the line of scrimmage), spread formations, and all manner of pre-snap deception – make the game easier for quarterbacks. There’s no other way to say it. It’s how schools routinely chuck out 4,000-yard passers, regardless of the individual player’s talent.Past NFL coaching staffs have been hesitant to change. Their way was the best way. They were the pros. They were smarter. Now, pace-and-space principles are rampant across the league. The line between a college and NFL offense is blurring (it’s still amusing that things such as “touch” passes, which West Virginia ran 15 years ago, are now seen as new-wave and innovative in the NFL).This new-look league is here to stay. Scoring may dip slightly as defensive coordinators become familiar with the tendencies of new play-callers and the concepts they’re running. Some quarterbacks, particularly the young pups, may experience a drop in form. But this is the modern NFL. A systematic, philosophical overhaul of the sport has led us slowly but surely to this kind of offensive output. Get used to it. It’s going to be fun.  features NFLcenter_img Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content And the more draconian interpretation of the roughing-the-passer rule has changed things too. Why would quarterbacks be intimated about standing in the pocket in this era? They have every protection imaginable. Defenders have to play a tick slower, wondering whether they’re hitting at the right angle or whether they can keep their body weight from tumbling on the poor, helpless quarterback (sarcasm intended). It’s a major psychological edge. Teams are passing more oftenIt seems the league as a whole has cottoned on to the idea that passing is more efficient than running. Teams are slinging the ball on first down – traditionally a run down – more than ever before.That’s partly because fossilized coaches have made way for a slew of wunderkinds, and a fresh batch of offensive coordinators has pushed the quarterback-driven league into overdrive, down-and-distance be damned.It seems that every down is now a passing down. Kirk Cousins is on pace to attempt 756 passes, despite having an exciting, explosive running back accompanying him in the backfield, and the very worst offensive line through four weeks in league history.Meanwhile, teams such as Miami and Atlanta use the quick passing game as an extension of the run game. They rely on yards after the catch. They use similar run-game principles, get the ball to the perimeter and force the defense to drive downhill and pursue. Only the approach is different to slamming the ball into one guy’s belly in the backfield. Any eligible player could get the ball, not one. Screen passes continue to steadily rise year on year.There’s an intangible effect to that, too: quarterbacks juice their efficiency numbers, completing more balls and lowering their interception and sack rates. That breeds confidence.Quarterbacks are getting betterAt this point, you may be wondering whether the league-wide trends are being pumped up by a couple of pass-happy teams. That’s not the case. True, the Chiefs and Rams have been at the forefront of the bombs away movement, but this evolution is taking place everywhere. If you erase the Rams and Chiefs passing offense, the NFL league average quarterback rating drops from 94.5 to 90.5, according to Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders. That’s still four points higher than the league average quarterback a year ago. The NFL is the middle of an offensive explosion, and it is the jump in passing production that has been most jarring. Teams have thrown more passing touchdowns in the first four weeks – 228 – than ever before, shattering the previous record of 205, which was set in 2003. The average yards per attempt has also skyrocketed. In 1977, teams averaged 6.5 yards per pass attempt (YPA). In 2001, it was 6.8. That figure has jumped to 7.5 in 2018.Below we’ll look at the reasons for the astonishing rise (the statistics below do not include Thursday night’s game between the Colts and Patriots).Penalties are helping the passing gameThis is the one fans instinctively point to. Rules have changed up and down the field: roughing the passer; hand fighting; pass interference calls; freedom for skill talent to go over the middle of the field without fear their head will be dislodged from their neck. It’s tough to be a defender these days. The effect is undeniable. First, there’s the fact that more penalties lead to extended drives, which leads to more opportunities to catapult the ball all over the field. Further, offensive coaches know the rules are in their favor and that breeds bravery. Coaches, by their nature, often coach to minimise risks. But this new breed of head honcho seems a little different. They go for it on fourth down. They’re unafraid to drop their quarterback back 50 times. Why? All the advantages are in their favor.Throwing the ball deep in the NFL is a gigantic market inefficiency, particularly because pass interference is a spot foul. The reward far outweighs the risk: any semblance of contact and the call is going to the offense. Teams still are not going far enough with deep shots.Think of this as similar to when the NBA discovered the efficiency of the three-point shot. For years, slow, methodical, pound-the-ball-inside offenses dominated basketball. And it was nonsense! There was a more valuable shot a couple of feet away. Sure, you’d miss more, but the ones you did make more than made up for that fact. 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Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Is the ‘leftwing’ roughing-the-passer rule at risk of ruining the NFL? Since you’re here…last_img read more

First Ship through St. Lawrence Seaway in 2015 Runs Aground

first_imgzoom The first ship of the 2015 season to travel up the St. Lawrence Seaway, the waterway link between North America’s Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, ran aground after hitting a large floe of ice near Beauharnois, Quebec, on April 3.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has deployed a team of investigators to Beauharnois to gather information and assess the conditions under which the 2014-built bulk carrier CWB Marquis ran aground. At the time of the incident, the bulker was laden with 29,000 tonnes of iron ore.The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 57th navigation season April 2, with the transit of the CWB Marquis through the St. Lambert Lock.The vessel is the first of two Equinox-class lakers ordered by Winnipeg-based grain marketer CWB that are being purpose-built for trade in the St. Lawrence Seaway.SLSMC says that the CWB Marquis, managed by Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation, is part of a CAD 4 billion (USD 3.2b) fleet renewal program being undertaken by various Great Lakes / Seaway System carriers over a span of 10 years (2009-2018).Image: CWBlast_img read more

Pacific Jewel to Leave PO Cruises Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Cruise company P&O Cruises Australia will be bidding farewell to one of its older vessels, Pacific Jewel, as part of its commitment to refresh the fleet.As informed, Pacific Jewel’s final cruise will be on February 24, 2019, before being transferred to a new operator following its sale.The 1990-built vessel will leave the P&O Cruises fleet in March 2019, by which time it will have served the brand for almost ten years.The company said that it will welcome a second Grand Class ship to its fleet. Carrying more than 3,100 passengers, Star Princess will join its sister ship, Golden Princess, in the P&O Cruises Australia fleet from the end of 2021.Star Princess will replace the considerably smaller Pacific Jewel which can carry around 2,000 passengers and crew.Sture Myrmell, President of P&O Cruises and Carnival Australia, said welcoming two Grand Class ships — Star Princess and Golden Princess — was part of the evolution of the P&O Cruises fleet. In September last year, P&O Cruises announced its plan to renew its fleet over time.Myrmell said P&O Cruises would continue to base ships year-round in its key homeports of Sydney and Brisbane as well as offering seasonal sailings from other Australian states and New Zealand.A transformed Golden Princess will join the P&O Cruises fleet in October 2020 while its sister ship, Star Princess, will join P&O Cruises at the end of 2021.last_img read more

UN AIDS programme criticizes South African police action at hospital protest

The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) cited news reports that about 40 people were injured, one seriously, following a peaceful protest for HIV treatment at Frontier Hospital in Queenstown, Eastern Cape Province.“UNAIDS has long supported and will continue to support the freedom of assembly and association of people living with AIDS,” it said in a statement issued in Geneva.“It is imperative for people living with HIV to be able to openly share information about the disease, to learn about options for treatment and to advocate for better care – including access to life-saving treatment,” it added.“UNAIDS calls on leaders across the globe to ensure that people living with HIV are not deprived of these rights.” read more

BlackBerry earnings will offer clearer glimpse into new smartphone sales

TORONTO – BlackBerry (TSX:BB) will reveal some of the most important sales figures yet for its new smartphones on Friday as the company issues its latest quarterly results and provides a glimpse of whether the phones are catching on with customers.Analysts have offered optimistic, yet cautious, expectations for the Waterloo, Ont.-based company’s first-quarter performance.It will be the first time BlackBerry has provided shipment numbers to the crucial U.S. market for its touchscreen phone, and also the first sign of whether anticipation for the keyboard model translated into sales in several major markets like the U.K. and Canada.“Expectations have been rising,” said Richard Tse, a technology analyst with Cormark Securities Inc.“I think that broadly, people believe that the initial rollout of these BB10 devices into the carrier channels potentially gives them a bit of momentum in terms of stocking the inventories.”Investors will be looking for any signs that BlackBerry has turned itself around on sales of its new BlackBerry10 devices and whether the trend is expected to continue.BlackBerry launched its Z10 touchscreen phones, equipped with its new BlackBerry 10 operating system in January. The keyboard Q10 versions were launched months later in Canada, the U.K. and other markets.The complex rollout of the devices has made it difficult for the technology community to conclude whether the phones are a widespread success.The U.S. market has lagged behind much of the world, and didn’t begin stocking the latest keyboard phone until early June, which means it will take another quarterly report before shipment figures are made public.Edward Jones analyst Bill Kreher said BlackBerry’s biggest draw in the upcoming months is the launch of its lower-priced BlackBerry Q5 phone, which will appeal to customers in emerging markets outside of the U.S.“The company has lost relevance in the U.S. but still holds some significant share in emerging economies in areas like Indonesia,” Kreher said from St. Louis, Mo.“So it would be critical for them to get those consumers from (the older models) and maintain their subscriber base.”He said sustaining growth will be key to the company’s comeback and return to profitability.“I think the product cycle continues to shorten, particularly given the number of partners in the Android eco-system. It will be difficult for BlackBerry to stay top-of-mind unless it can continue to develop hit products,” said Kreher.In the last quarter, BlackBerry reported that it shipped about one million smartphones on its new BlackBerry 10 operating system. Kreher estimates that number might be upwards of 3.5 million phones in the first quarter.The company, which formerly called itself Research In Motion, reported a surprise profit of US$98 million or 19 cents per share for quarter ended March 2, compared with $125 million or 24 cents per share loss a year ago. Revenue increased to $2.68 billion.In a note Monday, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue forecasted BlackBerry’s revenues at $3.5 billion, slightly above the $3.4 billion consensus estimate provided by Thomson Reuters. They put earnings per share at nine cents, compared with a consensus of six cents.Despite the forecast, the note warned that BlackBerry will face challenges in attracting and growing its customer base.“Competitive device launches in the second half (of the year) may mean increased spending for BlackBerry to sustain its product refresh,” wrote Sue.“Samsung and Apple, who have significantly more resources, are having a tough time growing their units, so it may be even more difficult for BlackBerry, which is much smaller and still playing catch up.”The note said investors should also anticipate lower profit margins in the next few quarters, with the anticipated launch of the BlackBerry Q5.Investment firm Raymond James questioned whether the BlackBerry Q5 device would be enough to satiate customers in emerging markets, which was BlackBerry’s largest growing subscriber base last year and where it has long benefited from name recognition.Earlier this week, BlackBerry launched its business service platform for corporate and government workers for rival Google Android and Apple smartphones.The operating system, called Secure Work Space, allows Apple and Android users to separate their data and work apps, such as email and calendars, from their personal apps bringing a greater level of security.This feature is already available on BlackBerry 10 phones.It also announced that it be the official mobile computing partner of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, as part of a sponsorship agreement with the company that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto Marlies.BlackBerry said the partnership will mean the development of new, interactive apps for sports fans who use the Blackberry 10 devices.Founded in 1984, BlackBerry devices are now sold through 650 wireless carriers in 175 countries. It has about 76 million subscribers worldwide.BlackBerry shares closed down 58 cents, or 3.71 per cent, at $15.05 Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BlackBerry earnings will offer clearer glimpse into new smartphone sales by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 27, 2013 9:59 am MDT read more

Its Always A Bull Market For Tom Thibodeau

Among the stranger storylines this NBA offseason is the near-constant Thibs Watch, which lights up like a Bat Signal whenever a former player of the Timberwolves coach becomes available on the free-agent market.The legend grew a bit more Monday when Luol Deng, who played for Tom Thibodeau in Chicago, reached an agreement to rejoin his old coach in Minnesota, pushing the total number of former-Bull Thibs disciples to four before training camp even starts.We’ll come back to the questions about whether this is actually a good thing, but it’s worth noting that Thibodeau and the Wolves are flirting with NBA history.With four of Thibodeau’s former players on the roster,1The Timberwolves also had four former Thibodeau pupils last year, when they featured Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks. the club again sits in a second-place tie for the largest collection of former pupils that a coach has ever accumulated.2Larry Brown and the 2009-10 Charlotte Bobcats also had four. The record for ex-players being reunited with a coach is five, set by Kevin Loughery and the Washington Bullets in 1986-87, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Thibodeau could tie this mark if center Joakim Noah — reportedly on his way out of New York, perhaps through the stretch provision — eventually ends up joining the Timberwolves, too.Of course, the key difference here is that Thibodeau, unlike Loughery, also serves as Minnesota’s team president and has final say over personnel matters. None of the four TimberBulls were on the roster before Thibodeau joined the organization3Charles Jones, Dan Roundfield and Ennis Whatley had all been on the Bullets before Loughery was installed as the head coach there. in 2016. Butler was acquired via trade, while Gibson, Rose and Deng were all picked up in free agency.And to an extent, what Thibodeau is doing makes sense. Minnesota transitioned somewhat quickly from being an upstart with a pair of young, talented players to having very real expectations after the trade for Butler. Having familiar veterans around can potentially flatten a young team’s steep learning curve. In trying to change the team’s culture — especially the way Thibodeau goes about establishing his — it’s helpful to have people in place who set the tone at a previous stop. Thibodeau’s standards on defense and in practice sessions are well-known, yet not everyone is prepared to give the effort that he requires on a daily basis. Deng understands that better than most.“I came in here, and I thought no one was here,” Deng told ESPN’s Nick Friedell years ago about a practice in Chicago. “And I tried to get some shots up, and then he came down [from his office]. He put me through one of the toughest workouts I’ve ever done. That’s when I knew [that playing for him] was going to be no joke.”Deng’s comment touches on an inherent problem with the sort of continuity Thibs is keeping: The coach appears to be drawn to players he knows he can push to the limit physically.4This isn’t to blame Thibodeau for the injuries many of his key players have suffered. There isn’t any evidence to draw a direct correlation between his coaching style and the injuries of those players.This stood out to me a year ago when I was in Minneapolis for T-Wolves media day. Thibodeau was asked whether he planned to dole out minutes more conservatively, and he reeled off these numbers: Minnesota was going into the 2017-18 season with five of the NBA’s 17 players who had appeared in all 82 games the year before. His response may have been read as suggesting that he doesn’t need to dial back certain players’ minutes because they’ve shown before that they can handle the workload. (Point guard Jeff Teague, one of those who had played all 82 the year before — and then missed time with an injury this past season — was on record saying he felt the Wolves’ bench needed to play more and that Minnesota starters got tired.)Beyond that, there’s also the question of whether some of Thibodeau’s former players really fit together on the court anymore. Almost no one would turn down an opportunity to have Butler or Gibson on their team, obviously. But Rose, despite being a bright spot during the playoffs, was a controversial signing, and he took playing time from Tyus Jones, who is one of the more efficient players in the entire league. The dynamic is obviously different than it was in Chicago; this is clearly Butler’s team. But Rose and Butler never truly jelled in Chicago, and ball movement wasn’t particularly crisp in the limited moments they shared this past season. (Minnesota reversed the ball less than once per 48 minutes when that pair played together — down from almost 13 reversals per 48 minutes when Butler played without Rose, according to Second Spectrum.)5In fairness, the Timberwolves did produce a whopping 20 net rating in that limited 32-minute sample that Butler and Rose played together, according to NBA Advanced Stats, perhaps providing some hope for next season.There’s reason to believe in the Deng signing — regardless of his history with the coach — as he fills a positional need and has suffered limited wear and tear on his body the past two seasons, since the Lakers hardly used him. Deng may not be a particularly solid scorer anymore, but the Timberwolves — top four on offense but bottom 10 on defense — can likely do without his offense if he has anything left to give on D. It would seem harder to advocate for a Noah signing, should he and the Knicks part ways in the coming weeks. While the former defensive player of the year could potentially mentor Karl Anthony-Towns, who still has much to learn as a rim protector, there isn’t as natural a spot in the rotation for him, given that Towns, Gibson and Gorgui Dieng can all play center.In any case, if Noah becomes a free agent in the coming weeks, don’t be surprised if Thibs’s Bat Signal lights up the sky. At this point, it would be more surprising if it didn’t. read more

Meet the first nonwhite circuit judge at the Old Bailey

first_imgJudge Anuja Ravindra DhirCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA Wire Judge Anuja Ravindra Dhir However, she has faced prejudice elsewhere, including security staff frequently mistaking her for a defendant. “I remember going to a crown court out of London and the man at the gate didn’t believe I was a barrister. In the end I had to show him my wig and gown before they would actually let me into the building.”Dhir also confounded teachers at her school in Dundee, where she struggled with dyslexia. She recalled: “When I first said to a teacher at school I wanted to go to university when I was older, she told me that I should aim a little lower and suggested I try hairdressing instead.” 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. Working women impose their own ‘glass ceilings’, according to the Old Bailey’s first non-white circuit judge, who said she had succeeded despite not being an Oxbridge-educated man.Anuja Ravindra Dhir QC is the youngest circuit judge currently sitting at the Central Criminal Courts in London.“I’m often asked if there is a glass ceiling. I think sometimes there are two ceilings, or no glass ceiling at all,” she said.“There is one glass ceiling that’s in our mind, that’s what we think we can achieve. So perhaps we imposed our glass ceiling, and that has happened to me several times.”Dhir, 49, said she was “surprised” not to encounter discrimination at the bar. “I was not expecting to be treated like a white Oxbridge male at all,” she said.last_img read more

Australian minerals sector supports ambitious and pragmatic trade policy

first_imgBrendan Pearson, Chief Executive, Minerals Council of Australia says the minerals sector supports an ambitious and pragmatic approach to trade liberalisation in the wake of the US administration’s decision to opt out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).“The absence of the US need not kill the TPP.“For Australia (which already has an FTA with the US) there is still much to gain in a ‘TPP minus one’ approach. For the mining and mining services sectors this includes market and investment opportunities in nations like Peru, Vietnam and Canada as well as other economies.“A ‘TPP minus one’ won’t be easy but there is clearly considerable momentum amongst the negotiating partners to take fullest possible advantage of the deal on the table.“Meanwhile Australia should also work with its 15 East Asian partners to intensify the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations. This negotiation includes the 10 ASEAN economies plus China, Japan, India, New Zealand, Korea as well as Australia. That’s a market of 3.5 billion people with a collective GDP of $22.5 trillion.“In recent days, Chinese President Xi Jinping has signalled that China will embrace further market opening. We and other RCEP partners should take him at his word and seek to intensify the RCEP negotiations.“On the bilateral front, deals with India, Indonesia and the United Kingdom should all be pursued vigorously.”last_img read more

SeaWorld offers new inside look of animal exhibits

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- SeaWorld offers shows, rides and attractions but have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of their animal exhibits? SeaWorld’s new Inside Look gives guests the chance to see what the vets see, go where the rescuers go, and learn for themselves hoe San Diego’s premier marine-life park cares for thousands of animals every day.KUSI’s Allie Wagner was there to get a sneak peak of their new program. SeaWorld offers new inside look of animal exhibits KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Sherwin Williams employees beautify Miami Ronald McDonald houses

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Employees from Sherwin Williams teamed up to transform all the Ronald McDonald houses in Miami.The volunteer crew put a fresh coat of paint on one location near Northwest 11th Street and 14th Terrace, Thursday.The company donated more than 50 gallons of paint and supplies to brighten up the place.“The colors are just refreshments we’re doing for them, so we’re using a lot of material, using a lot of manpower to beautify the Ronald McDonald House,” project organizer Anthony LaCroix said.The special paint volunteers used prevents the hospitalized children at Ronald McDonald houses from breathing in bad fumes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Air Force Plans to Shave Civilian Workforce

first_imgThe Air Force could be forced to lay off hundreds of civilian employees this year to meet funding targets and rebalance its civilian workforce, officials said Wednesday.Officials last year identified “more than 1,000 civilian overages” across 48 installations going into fiscal 2016, according to a press release. As a result, “some Air Force installations will implement civilian reduction in force (RIF) authorities effective through April 4.“Having the RIF authorities will assist in the placement of employees not assigned against funded positions and allow greater flexibilities for employees to be placed at their installations while retaining their grade or pay,” the release stated.Officials will attempt to reassign civilians to other positions, with the remaining employees eligible for future vacancies.Over the last two years, the service has relied on several rounds of voluntary separation and retirement programs as well as reassignments to vacant positions to reduce its civilian workforce. Those efforts “have moved us significantly closer to our target manning levels,” said Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services.“We will take care of our civilian airmen by using every possible measure to minimize personal financial hardship for our civilian workforce and their families,” Grosso said. “We are committed to assisting each individual through this transition,” she stated.The Air Force’s use this year of RIF authorities is separate from sequestration actions, according to the release.Under a plan submitted to Congress in February, DOD is attempting to bring its total civilian workforce — minus exclusions for certain positions — from 238,000 in 2012 to 221,000 by 2017, reported Air Force Times. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of November 18 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of November 18, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Thomas H. Deechan, Jr., 71Louise (Nardo) Russo, 87Previously Lived In Wilmington:Thomas Joseph Donahue, 75Michael O’Brien, 62Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

After Harvey Is Houston Heeding The Call To Change Its Growth Model

first_img Listen For decades, the story of Houston has been of growth – growth that sometimes meant Houston led the nation in creating jobs and in gaining new residents.But what if in coming decades that growth slows or stops?A new report commissioned by the Center for Houston’s Future raises concerns.It found three big factors that could limit growth: not enough educated workers, a diminishing oil industry, and a region plagued by too much traffic and too little done to prevent flooding.In the first of three installments, News 88.7 looks at specifically how flooding could stymie growth in the decades ahead.Houston has long been known as a business-friendly city with few regulations and of course, no zoning.“Discover the unlimited opportunities awaiting you in Houston: the city with no limits,” narrates a video as part of the Greater Houston Partnership’s City with No Limits marketing campaign, underscored by positive, dramatic music.But how “limitless” should Houston be after the destruction Harvey caused last summer?That’s a question policy makers have been asking themselves a lot lately.Stephen Klineberg is a sociologist at Rice University and author of the annual Houston Area Survey. He says at least twice before did Houstonians experience wake-up calls that led to changes in how things are done here.The first was in 1999 when Houston made national news as the nation’s smog capital. The second was in 2002, when Houston lost its bid to host the 2012 Olympics. The reasoning: Houston was too ugly. “Got the business world’s attention, major improvements in quality of life in the city and Discovery Green and Buffalo Bayou Greenways Initiative,” Klineberg said. “Will Harvey be a wake-up call like that?”If you ask Houstonians, it may have been. The Houston Area Survey revealed two-thirds believe stricter regulations would have reduced the damage from Harvey. Seventy-one percent want to prohibit new construction in flood-prone areas.“It’s not a question of alternatives to growth but of alternative ways of growing,” Klineberg said. “How do we grow in a way that makes us more resilient, less prone to flooding, more attractive to the people who we need to attract into this city.”The city of Houston, for one, has been working on more stringent building regulations.The City Council recently passed changes to its Chapter 19 floodplain ordinance. Starting in the fall, new construction must be built at least two feet above the 500-year floodplain.“We want you to build, we want you to develop in the city of Houston,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “But we have to do it in a more resilient manner.”In another vote on April 25, the City Council hammered home its willingness to balance its business friendliness with the need to do more to prevent the impact from flooding.In a unanimous vote, council members supported a developer’s plan to build homes in a west Houston floodplain.Jim Blackburn, co-director of Rice University’s severe storm center, or SSPEED Center, calls it a bad decision.He said it’s a sign that Houston is not quite where it should be in this post-Harvey world.“Nothing less than our economic prosperity is at stake,” he said. “I just don’t think it’s being perceived that way. And I think that’s where I talk about the fact that there’s an urgency to addressing these problems. There’s a need for a vision and there’s a need for leadership that I have not seen so far.”That’s echoed by that report by the Center for Houston’s Future. It warns that the city’s existing growth model is not sustainable. “Flooding is only one of our problems,” Brett Perlman, the Center’s CEO, said. “We need to look at a broader definition of resilience to understand that there might be other shocks – cybersecurity, coastal storm surge, drought – that need to be dealt with.”The report suggests looking at what other cities have done to deal with similar challenges.For example, after the 1989 earthquake, San Francisco redesigned some of its infrastructure.In part 2 of this series, we’ll look at how Houston’s dependence on oil and gas may have to change for the city to remain on top. Share Xcenter_img Wikimedia CommonsDowntown Houston, the I-45 freeway and Buffalo Bayou, taken from Sabine Street. 00:00 /04:02 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more