Kohli might break most batting records barring Tendulkar’s 200 Tests: Sehwag

first_imgVirat Kohli’s run-scoring feats ever since he made his debut in 2008 have been second to none and along the way he has broken a plethora of records, some of which were set by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar himself.Tendulkar’s opening partner Virender Sehwag feels Kohli has the capability to break most of his records except the 200 Tests record.”Everybody has this feeling that Virat Kohli will break all batting records. I have also said this many times that he is meant to break all records. Just one record which I feel won’t be broken is playing 200 Test matches, which Sachin Tendulkar has set. For that you need to play cricket for at least 24 years.”Barring that Kohli might break all the records. Another thing which everybody keeps saying is the lack of good quality bowlers that Kohli is facing now. Other batsmen are playing against the same kind of bowlers but they aren’t scoring as many runs.READ – Don’t like our batsmen, leave! Is Kohli too impulsive as a captain?”There is something special about him which is why he is scoring runs consistently. I have played with players like Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Dravid. Even they had ups and downs in their careers. But Kohli hasn’t had that in his career till now,” Sehwag told AajTak.Sehwag’s former teammate Zaheer Khan concurs with his views but added that in terms of stats alone, Rohit Sharma is giving Kohli a run for his money and India is lucky to have two match-winners in limited-overs cricket.advertisementREAD – Virat Kohli turns 30: Another record-breaking year for India skipper”If you just look at the stats then Rohit’s record is quite similar to Kohli’s since he started opening in limited-overs cricket. India’s success is based on the top-three batsmen scoring runs. Kohli and Rohit have defined their own success with the bat by scoring runs consistently.”Then you have quality spinners and fast bowlers who get you the wickets regularly. All these factors have contributed in India’s success rate in the last few years. Indian team is fortunate to have two match-winners in Kohli and Rohit,” Zaheer added.The duo also spoke about the recent controversy surrounding Kohli and his leave India comment. But the matter has been blown out of proportion in media and social media, feels Sehwag.READ – Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becomes fastest to 10,000 ODI runs”Everybody has the right to speak. I have also been asked who my favourite player is and I have taken taken names like Roger Federer, Brian Lara and Adam Gilchrist. Fans have the right to choose their favourite players and so does Virat. Only the media blows up incidents like these and creates controversies,” Sehwag said.Zaheer meanwhile, said that Kohli was probably misunderstood the first time around which is why he had to clarify his point on Twitter after the controversy erupted.”Fans and Virat have equal freedom of speech. India is a democractic country and everybody has freedom of speech. Even the clarification Virat gave, it came because he wanted to clearly state his feelings on the matter,” Zak said.last_img read more

10 months agoPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviour

first_imgPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviourby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG chief Antero Henrique has hit out at Barcelona over their attempts to sign Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot has been banished to the stands for refusing to consider new contract talks at PSG, where his current deal expires in June.Henrique suspects the influence of Barca and snapped: “Mrs. Rabiot said that we had received an offer this summer. That’s right, a bid on August 29, twenty hours before the end of the transfer window. “It is then simple: Barcelona first had to reach an agreement with Rabiot before we were being talked to. And you also need to know that the Barcelona offer was ridiculous.”We, the club, were surprised by the low bid. It was disrespectful for someone with the status of Rabiot. I continue to emphasise: it is not possible to reach agreement within 24 hours on a player like Rabiot. It seems clear to me that Barcelona already had an agreement with Adrien. “I’m sure he has an agreement with another club anyway. Whether he can leave in the winter? He told me he does not want to stay.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Rutgers QB Ryan Hart Calls Out Kyle Flood’s Decision To Switch Quarterbacks At Halftime

first_imgRutgers is in control of its season opener today, leading FCS Norfolk State 42-13 in the third quarter in Piscataway. It’s been a rough week for the Scarlet Knights, with five players arrested and later dismissed, and four more players suspended for the first half of today’s game. One of the players punished for the first half was quarterback Chris Laviano, who spent the entire off-season in a battle for the starting job with LSU transfer Hayden Rettig. Laviano’s suspension, for breaking curfew and using a fake ID, made Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood’s decision easy, as Rettig started this afternoon and played well in the first half. He completed 9-of-11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score. Somewhat surprisingly, Flood elected to begin the second half with Laviano under center. It’s a choice that seems to indicate Laviano originally won the competition and Rettig only started because of circumstance. Or maybe Flood just wanted give both guys a shot. Whatever the reasoning, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart was not happy with the move.  hart tweetsTwitter/ @RyanHart13Hart played for the Scarlet Knights from 2002-05. During his senior season, Flood was an assistant under Greg Schiano. He subsequently tweeted that he still supported the embattled coach despite the decision, but he clearly did not approve of it.For what it’s worth, Laviano has connected with wide receiver Leonte Carroo for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Looks like there could be a QB controversy in New Jersey.last_img read more

Priti Patel takes charge as first British Indian home secretary

first_imgLondon: Priti Patel, an ardent Brexiteer who was among the most vocal critics of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, took charge as Britain’s first Indian-origin home secretary as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top team on Thursday.She replaces Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid, who moves to the Treasury department as the first ethnic minority Chancellor of the Exchequer.”I will do everything in my power to keep our country safe, our people secure, and also to fight the scourge of crime that we see on our streets. I look forward to the challenges that now lie ahead,” Patel said, in reference to her new job at the helm of the UK Home Office. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsPatel had been a prominent member of the “Back Boris” campaign for the Conservative Party leadership and was widely tipped for the plum post in the prime minister’s frontline team.”It is important that the cabinet should represent modern Britain as well as a modern Conservative Party,” she said, hours before her appointment was announced on Wednesday.A long-standing Eurosceptic, Patel had steered the “Vote Leave” campaign in the lead-up to the June, 2016 referendum in favour of Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU). Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe 47-year-old was first elected as a Conservative MP for Witham in Essex in 2010 and gained prominence in the then David Cameron-led Tory government as his Indian Diaspora Champion.She went on to be appointed to junior ministerial posts, treasury minister in 2014 and then employment minister after the 2015 general election, before May promoted her to the position of secretary of state in the Department for International Development (DfID) in 2016, until she was forced to quit the post in 2017. “With Boris Johnson leading the Conservative Party and as prime minister, the United Kingdom will have a leader who believes in Britain, will implement a new vision for the future of the country and a roadmap to move forward and thrive as a self-governing nation that re-establishes our ties with our friends and allies around the world such as India,” Patel told PTI after Johnson secured a landslide victory in the Tory leadership contest earlier this week.”He is committed to securing new and improved trading relationship with our friends in India and ensuring that the values we share — the rule of law, democracy, and dynamic entrepreneurial spirit — should be at the heart of one of our most important partners on the global stage,” Patel, who has been a champion of India-UK ties ever since her time as Indian Diaspora Champion, said.The Gujarati-origin politician, who is a prominent guest at all major Indian diaspora events in the UK, is seen as an avid supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the UK.As a member of the UK Parliament’s influential Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC), she was part of the team that recently released its damning report warning that the UK was falling behind in the race to engage with India at the end of a lengthy Global Britain and India parliamentary inquiry.”Our report calls for the government to look again at the relationship between the UK and India,” Patel said, in reference to the “Building Bridges: Reawakening UK-India ties” report released last month to mark the first-ever India Day in the UK Parliament.”This should be a special relationship based upon the living bridge between our two great countries and a partnership we should be nurturing. The report covers many of the missed opportunities where the UK should be proactively and bilaterally enhancing our ties. We are soon to have a new PM in the UK, which will provide a welcome change in how we engage with India’s re-elected PM Modi,” she said at the time.Patel once again returns as the seniormost British Indian member of the UK cabinet, having been forced to resign in November, 2017 as International Development secretary amid a scandal over allegedly failing to disclose meetings with officials in Israel without informing the UK Foreign Office.She had maintained that it was a private visit and Johnson, then the UK foreign secretary, spoke out to back her.Describing Patel as a “good friend” with whom he worked closely together for Global Britain, he had said it was “quite right that she meets with people and organisations overseas”.But Patel was effectively sacked by May, forcing her to the Parliament backbenches, from where she continued to voice her criticism of May’s Brexit plan.She was among the rebel Tory MPs who consistently voted against the former prime minister’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU as a “bad deal for Britain”, which ultimately sealed May’s term at the top post.last_img read more

Scientific reticence A threat

first_imgThe philosophy of science is of rigour and caution. Scientists are trained to look at a problem from multiple perspectives and use all available tools to arrive at the most robust conclusion. In the case of peer-reviewed journals, scientists and experts assess the validity and accuracy of the findings in an extensive review process. This is the best system we have come up with, over multiple generations, to produce the most accurate and reliable knowledge. Also Read – A special kind of bondUnfortunately, when it comes to climate change, the need for excessive caution and absolute certainty of results is manifesting as silence from the mainstream science on the worst yet probable consequences and the worst-case scenarios that are looking increasingly likely. To better understand this, let us consider two examples where this silence is most prominent and also most concerning. The first is related to the debate around the global warming targets set by the United Nations’ IPCC in the landmark Paris agreement. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn the 2015 agreement, countries pledged to restrict greenhouse gas emissions “well below” 2 degrees Celsius and 1.5°C, above pre-industrial levels (around 1850s). It was signed by almost all countries of the world. Over the past couple of years, these targets have been largely accepted in the scientific community and among policymakers as “safe” guardrails beyond which we might be in serious trouble. However, warming, even at 1.5°C, could essentially lock-in irreversible collapse of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and raise global sea-level by multiple metres, argued experts who study land and sea-ice. While the amount and rate of sea-level rise are uncertain, the basic ice-sheet physics shows that it will certainly happen, at a rate that will be faster than ever seen before. The changes will also be irreversible. Moreover, some studies have also shown that even a 1.5°C or 2°C temperature rise could be enough to trigger a number of self-reinforcing warming feedback loops. The loops include physical processes caused by rising global temperatures that themselves cause more warming. Some of such loops have already started rolling, for instance, the vanishing Arctic sea-ice loop. When these processes are triggered they will naturally and certainly lead to greater warming, which would essentially be out of human control. In light of these facts, the idea that 1.5°C and 2°C are ‘safe’ seems more like a failure in the effective communication of consequences by the mainstream scientific community. Second, what is largely ignored in climate debates is the way that the IPCC suggests to achieve 1.5°C and 2°C targets. The global body inherently assumes the use of technologies for carbon capture and sequestration to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. While science shows that we can, in principle, capture CO2 directly from the atmosphere, it has not yet been achieved at the scale that is needed or in a way that is remotely cost-effective. This raises the question: Are we basing our climate change goals and consequently the future of human civilisation along with that of all the other species on the planet on a technology that does not exist yet? This would seem like an absolutely critical point of discussion in the climate debate but, the mainstream scientific community — the IPCC, the policymakers and the governments pay little or no emphasis to this. These are just two examples, which suggest that scientists and experts around the world must speak out more on nuances and the worst-case scenarios that are certainly not obvious to the general public. Given the high stakes and far-reaching human consequences of climate change, it could be argued that it should almost be a moral obligation for the scientists to speak out more than they have been. “Challenges faced by scientists in finding the right balance between reticence and speaking out are both ethical and methodological,” according to a study published last year in the journal Ethics, Policy and Environment. “Scientists need a framework within which to find this balance. Such a framework can be found in the long-established practices of professional ethics (for example, that followed by engineers and medical practitioners),” it added. The study discusses plausible reasons (good and bad) for scientific reticence, ranging from a simple and understandable fear of being wrong because of uncertainty in predictions to other reasons like fear of losing funding and facing disapproval from colleagues and the community at large. It goes on to propose that scientists may be subject to the same code of moral ethics — Duty to Report and Epistemic Privilege — as other professionals in fields such as engineering and medicine. The Duty to Report says, “[they] must act out of a sense of duty, with full knowledge of the effect of their actions, and accept responsibility for their judgement [in a way that is] open, personal, [and] conducted with the interest of the public in mind.” Epistemic Privilege means that professionals are presumed to have access to knowledge that is not available to other members of society. It is entirely appropriate, and indeed it may be required, for them to speak out — even if there is an appreciable chance that they are wrong. (Pushp Bajaj is a freelance science journalist. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Antibullying speaker to give presentation to SD 60 parents this evening

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A speaker who has been giving a series of anti-bullying presentations at schools around Fort St. John this week is going to be giving a presentation for an older audience this evening.Scott Graham, who is a bestselling author and a winner of the Governor General of Canada Award, has hosted leadership and anti-bullying school assemblies at four schools in Fort St. John this week.He visited Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School on Monday, Dr. Kearney on Tuesday, Robert Ogilvie Wednesday, and spoke at Bert Bowes earlier today. Graham, who was also one of the speakers at the 2012 TEDx Conference in Burlington, has been teaching students the skills to stand up to bullies for 25 years, having spoken in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, and as far away as Scotland.Graham’s presentations allow children develop their leadership abilities and learn anti-bullying skills.Graham will also be giving his presentation to the parents of students who attend Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Middle Schools on Thursday evening.The presentation is taking place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bert Bowes School.last_img read more

MI eye revenge against KXIP

first_imgMumbai: Revenge will be on their mind when Mumbai Indians lock horns with Kings XI Punjab, the hosts looking to stretch their winning run in the Indian Premier League here on Wednesday. The previous encounter between the two teams in Mohali had ended in a comprehensive eight-wicket win for Kings XI, but home conditions at the Wankhede Stadium are expected to favour MI. MI enter the match high on confidence following successive victories over holders Chennai Super Kings and last edition’s finalists Sunrisers Hyderabad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSignificantly both these victories came mostly because of MI’s all-round bowling strength as the bowlers defended totals successfully. MI are also blessed with splendid batting firepower in the end overs from West Indian Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. Kings XI, who too have been given a shot-in-the-arm by their six-wicket victory Monday night over Sunrisers, need to chip away at the top of the MI batting as well as ensure that the big-striking Pollard and Hardik don’t take away the game like they did when carving 45 runs in the last two overs against CSK to turn the game around. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMI don’t even have anyone in the top-20 run scorers’ list this season, an indication of the depth in their batting, and have a superior fast bowling attack bolstered by the inclusion of West Indian pacer, Alzarri Joseph, who blew away Sunrisers with his record-breaking haul of 6/12 in Hyderabad in their previous game. The hosts have a formidable pace attack with Jasprit Bumrah and left-arm Jason Behrendorff also there, along with Joseph and Hardik, to utilise the bounce and carry on the Wankhede track. Kings XI, third on the table with eight points, have been top heavy in batting with K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal leading the way with 200-plus aggregates and the indomitable Gayle too not far behind. In bowling, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (7 wickets) has done well in five out of six games that the team has played and has got good support from the likes of Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami and Murugan Ashwin.last_img read more

Varsity sports cut at Newark campus

The OSU-Newark branch campus. Credit: Courtesy of OSUFor Chelsea Dobson, a fourth-year in art at Ohio State’s Newark campus, basketball games are a time for the campus to get together and share in one experience of fandom.“The main sport that I feel like gets the most attention is the basketball team. Usually, those are the best crowds,” said Dobson, who works as a student athletic assistant at OSU-Newark. “They will cheer, they yell crazy things when we have the ball and things like that.”But students at OSU-Newark will not get the chance to cheer on their team next year after it was announced on April 10 that varsity sports will no longer be offered beginning in the fall, because of budget reduction initiatives by the school.The school announced the decision as part of an email sent out to faculty and staff that said, as part of the budget planning for fiscal year 2016, the varsity athletic teams will be discontinued, effective June 30.OSU-Newark offers six varsity sports: women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, softball, men’s basketball, baseball and golf. The sports teams compete in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference, which is an “independent sports organization that serves the regional campuses of Ohio,” according to the email.The school’s recreational and intramural sports will continue on campus, the email said.William MacDonald, dean and director of OSU-Newark, said he understands the impact this decision will have on both student-athletes and the general student population.“It certainly will have an impact on them and I have talked to several of them,” he said. “I had a meeting with our student government and students they invited. Several athletes attended and they made a very well-reasoned argument as to how athletics can benefit students.”During the 2014-15 academic year, OSU-Newark had 70 student-athletes involved in the school’s athletic teams, said Holly Mason, director of student life at OSU-Newark.“Depending on the year and student interest, we typically have 70 – 100 student-athletes competing in varsity athletics in the course of an academic year,” Mason said in an email.MacDonald said the decision to cut varsity sports is part of one set of cuts that have been proposed to balance the budgets for both OSU-Newark and the Central Ohio Technical College, which shares the campus.The budget reduction plans are a necessity because of several economic factors related to the cost of tuition, MacDonald added.“Part of the budget that we built this year (was) based on the assumption that we would have a 2 percent tuition increase, but of course, we didn’t increase tuition by 2 percent,” he said. “The university plugged that hole for all units. And so that helped us this year, so looking to next year, that was one-time money that is going to go away, so we have to cover that gap.”In addition to this expense, which MacDonald said is approximately $290,000, another cost the school has to plan for is caused by the fact that fewer students are enrolling at COTC and that enrollment at OSU-Newark is predicted to remain relatively stagnant.“(COTC’s) enrollment has declined a little bit, our share of expenses will increase because our proportion of the student body is going to increase,” he said. “And then we have all of the uncertainty of the subsidies and tuition. We are not expecting growth in enrollment, at least not in the next couple of years. And so we won’t be seeing new revenue there.”MacDonald said the school has taken precautionary measures by reducing the budget so that these impending costs will be covered in the upcoming years. In total, he said, the school is looking to offset approximately $915,000 in possible expenses with cuts.“It’s conservative, but we have to balance the budget, so that is why we are setting that target,” he said.Although he said it is hard to decide what to cut, MacDonald added that he thinks the cuts the school is making are the ones necessary to preserve the services students need the most.“I would argue that right now, there are other things that we have wanted to do, but haven’t been able to do and probably won’t be able to do until we are able to get through this period of budget pressure,” he said. “If we were, let’s say three or four years from now, we had some sort of boost to our revenue, we know there are things that we want to do that we think will improve student success. Things like expanding our first-generation student learning community (or) providing more scholarships.“Those kind of things would all take priority over varsity athletics.”But it is not just athletics that are on the expenditure chopping block for next year. Other budget cuts announced in the Friday email include the restructuring of the Office of Student Life and the Office of Financial Aid, changes in the hours of operation of the Warner Library, the elimination of at least eight univeristy positions and the discontinuation of large-scale food events such as the fall welcome lunch, spring picnic and holiday reception.Dobson said students were surprised and disappointed upon hearing of these expected cuts, especially the elimination of varsity sports.“General student reaction has just been complete shock, especially with the student-athletes,” she said. “We had no idea that it was even up in the air. It was extremely shocking, just because there was no prior knowledge. It makes it even harder and it is really sad, especially because we felt like this coming year was going to be our year for sports.”Mason said discussions and planning are “currently taking place,” and the school is looking into ways to increase options for recreational and intramural sports, as well as other student organizations“Budget cuts are extremely difficult to endure,” she said. “My heart goes out to our student-athletes, our staff – both administrative and coaching and all that have participated in or been an influence to our program.”MacDonald said even though he understands why students are upset, he hopes they will continue to find ways to be involved in the campus community.“I am hoping that they will realize the value of an Ohio State degree and stick with it, even though they won’t have that opportunity to play varsity sports,” he said. “In the scheme of things, of course, we are looking at preserving the things that are most vital to student success. And in the scheme of things, varsity sports are just not that closely connected to the core of our mission.” read more

Football 2019 wide receiver Jameson Williams commits to Ohio State

Ohio State added the second wide receiver to its 2019 recruiting class Friday as four-star receiver Jameson Williams committed to the Buckeyes. Williams is the No. 24 wide receiver in the 2019 recruiting class and is the No. 2 recruit in the state of Missouri according to the 247Sports composite rankings, coming from Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis. Williams will join five-star 2019 recruit Garrett Wilson, the No. 2 receiver in the class, in Ohio State’s recruiting class. With Williams being commitment No. 15 for the Buckeyes, Ohio State, according to 247Sports, has the second-best recruiting class in the Big Ten and the No. 15 2019 recruiting class in the country. Williams is one of 10 four-star recruits in Ohio State’s 2019 class, joining Wilson and offensive lineman Harry Miller, the two five-star 2019 recruits. read more

Mbappe on winning the Ballon dOr I couldnt care less

first_imgUnlike Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the young rising star in Kylian Mbappe “couldn’t care less” about the Ballon d’Or award following a brilliant World Cup campaignThe 19-year-old is being tipped as a dark horse to put an end to Ronaldo and Messi’s dominance of the highly-coveted award this year and may well in with a shot, depending on the final outcome of France’s World Cup campaign.Mbappe’s meteoric rise in the football world has been undeniable following his standout performances at Russia, which even left a five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Messi in the shadows after the Paris Saint-Germain inspired France to a 4-3 over Argentina in the last-16.While many had expected his illustrious PSG teammate Neymar to be the one to end Ronaldo and Messi’s decade-long dominance of the Ballon d’Or, it appears that it could be Mbappe instead.But it winning the historic award, that has been awarded to greats like Michel Platini and Marco van Basten since it was introduced in 1958, is something that doesn’t seem so appealing to the young man.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I couldn’t care less about that,” he told TF1, via Express.“I want the World Cup. I want to sleep with it.“I wasn’t born in 1998, so I have never seen people on the Champs-Elysees celebrating.Mbappe has been linked with a move to Real Madrid to replace Ronaldo after his exit to Juventus on Tuesday.last_img read more

International Experts Alarmed Over Bimini Development

first_img Tropical Storm Kate now formed, almost all Bahamas on alert Musical Legend KB’s Latest Save The Bays Release ‘Das What Real Bahamians Do’ Tackles the Silent Tough One, the PSA Related Items:bimini, Save The Bays, sea turtle conservancy Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA group of international conservation experts has expressed serious concern over the environmental impact of ongoing resort construction on and around the island of Bimini.The experts, hosted on a tour of Bimini by fast-growing social and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays (STB), said they fear the work may destroy some of the most significant coral reefs in the region and put the island’s traditional industries at risk (see video at SaveTheBays Bahamas youtube site: http://bit.ly/1nNEXKF).“The Bahamas are some of the most beautiful and wonderful places in the world,” said Marydele O’Donnely, director of international policy for the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC). “I’ve traveled extensively and I have been absolutely amazed by how the habitat looks here.“But when I see developments like what is happening in North Bimini I am not only alarmed and concerned, but really saddened. Things have happened here that shouldn’t have happened.“You can have development but you need to do it properly, and it hasn’t been done properly.”Archie Carr III, also an STC director, called what he saw in Bimini “quite depressing” – particularly the impact of a massive seafloor dredging operation undertaken to make way for a 1,000 foot pier and cruise ship terminal, right at the heart of Bimini’s most valuable reefs and dive sites.Carr said the operation resulted in “enormous siltation”, which locals say continues to blanket the surrounding sea floor and suffocate struggling marine life.Many of the visitors were senior members of the global Waterkeeper Alliance, a leading NGO that coordinates more than 200 stewards of the marine environment, or Waterkeepers, who monitor and help safeguard rivers, bays, lakes and coastal areas around the world.Noting the importance of Bimini marine environment, both ecologically and in economic terms, Rachel Silverstein, the Waterkeeper for Biscayne Bay, Florida said: “The development that’s going on here is threatening the livelihood of Bahamians who have businesses here that support the tourism industry.”The developer, Resorts World Bimini, owned by Malaysian conglomerate Genting, has claimed its presence will boost the local economy, but Biminites have grown increasingly concerned that the property will end up monopolizing the tourism business.One said: “They are now advertising their ‘six restaurants and bars and world class casino’, as well as a variety of water sports, a beach club and restaurant and a craft market, all within their walls.“At what point are the day guests supposed to contribute to the local economy in the six hours they spend on the island?”Alex Matthiessen, former Hudson Bay Waterkeeper, now CEO of the Blue Marble Project, concurred with this assessment and noted that the concern runs even deeper.“No one, even we environmentalists or the Biminites here, are against development, we’re ok with development. The issue is local Biminites who have been making a healthy living off the natural resources here for many generations are being violated, when this kind of development happens.”Meanwhile, local efforts to bring preserve Bimini’s marine habitat and traditional local economy took a significant blow recently when a court ruled that STB affiliate Bimini Blue Coalition had to pay more than $300,000 before their legal challenge of the development could be heard by a judge.Despite battling tirelessly for many months, the grassroots coalition was forced to admit defeat, with attorney and STB legal director Fred Smith, QC, lamenting the fact that conservationists had been “priced out of justice”Smith said it should be very troubling to all Bahamians when citizens with no personal axe to grind, who are merely seeking to defend the public interest, are denied their day in court due to their financial stature.However, concerned citizens have vowed to continue closely monitoring developments in Bimini, particularly with an eye to blocking the plan to fill in North Bimini’s mangrove swamp and transform it into a golf course.This same area was listed as the highest-priority site in the Bahamas for a proposed Marine Protected Area in the year 2000 by the Government of The Bahamas in recognition of its ecological and economic value of its habitat.Fourteen years later, the North Bimini Marine Reserve is still not a reality.During a recent visit to Bimini, Minister Alfred Gray advised Biminites to learn more about the trade of turf maintenance, spurring concerns that Resorts World was going to pursue filling in north Bimini’s mangroves and turning what was to become a marine protected area into a golf course. “This crucial area is a nursery for an abundance of marine species which are significant for the fishing industry not just in Bimini, but many of the surrounding islands as well,” Smith said. “We cannot allow that to happen.” To learn more about the conservationists’ tour, and the ongoing efforts to protect the environment and traditional way of life in The Bahamas, visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/ProtectCliftonBay. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police makes $2.3M Drug Bust in Biminilast_img read more

Beach warning issued for increased bacteria levels after rainfall

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County officials Thursday warned people to avoid swimming and surfing in the ocean for a few days due to potentially high levels of bacteria from rainstorm runoff.People should avoid entering oceans and bays for 72 hours following a storm, according to the Department of Environmental Health.Runoff from urban areas into bodies of water can contain large amounts of bacteria from animal waste, soil and decomposing vegetation. This is especially true near storm drains, creeks, rivers and lagoon outlets, according to the DEH.Precipitation is forecast to return to Southern California Friday night and end Saturday morning. Beach warning issued for increased bacteria levels after rainfall Posted: March 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 15, 2018last_img read more

Kenai Hosting TRASHersize Hike This Thursday

first_imgFor additional information call 907-283-8262 or 907-283-8235. All volunteers will meet at the Kenai Public Library, and maps will be provided upon arrival. The next event is scheduled for Thursday, October 4, beginning at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Spruce Street. The first event took place on August 30, and volunteers collected four trash bags with garbage along Ryan’s Creek Trail greenbelt. Each hike will be from noon to 1pm, at Ryan’s Creek Trail, and is family friendly. The city will provide bags, gloves, and water.center_img This event is hosted by the City of Kenai Parks & Recreation: “Use your lunch break to experience Kenai’s parks, exercise, and extinguish trash” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai will be hosting the second in a series of ‘TRASHercize Hike’ events on Thursday, September 20.last_img read more

GAME SUMMARY Wilmington Little Leagues AAA AllStar Game

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Little League’s annual AAA All-Star Game took place on Saturday June 23rd at Rotary Park. Team White included four players each from the Braves, Astros, and Rays plus two from the Cardinals while Team Blue had four each from the Giants, Royals, and Pirates plus two others from the Cardinals. White prevailed over Blue 15-7 in a very well-played affair.Team White’s Will Poyant held Blue scoreless in the first, striking out one and giving up only a single to Ronin Uftring. Poyant was helped by some stellar defense by Tommy Pereira, Jake Banda, and Joe Gronemeyer.White got off to a fast start in their half of the first with four runs. Tim Watson, Henry Santini, Jonathan Stokes, and Gronemeyer all singled and scored as Kenny Branley ripped a double to clear the bases.Team Blue’s Noah Titterington got their only hit in the second off of Team White’s Luke Cushing who kept Blue off the board again. Blue’s Mikey Ware, Riley Morell, and Conner Lynch did hit the ball well but some more excellent glove work by White’s Braedon Almas, Cam O’Connell, Cushing, and Watson kept them off the bases.Team White was held to one run in the second by Team Blue’s Gavin Poirior. Pereira made solid contact but Team Blue’s solid fielding kept him off the bases. Eric Banda then hit a shot to Ryan Gray at second but a great play by Gray resulted in the second out. Luke Kitanov then walked and scored and Poyant drew a walk as well.Team Blue finally did some major damage in the top of the third scoring five runs. Jake Driscoll and Ryan Gray both singled and scored as Ronny Jordan walked and Chase Kennedy was hit by a ptich driving in a run. Gray scored as Will Biscan singled and Poirier doubled scoring Biscan. Uftring singled and Andrew Almeda ripped a ball to short but Gronemeyer made a good play firing to Pereira at first for the final out.Team White then got most of them back in their half of the third as Watson singled again, O’Connell and Santini walked, and Stokes singled. All of them scored as Gronemeyer blasted a double to finish the action.Team Blue stormed right back in the fourth as Ware (double) and Morell (walk) scored. Titterington singled and Connor Lynch was hit by a pitch but Team White’s Branley, who was pitching, made a great play at home as catcher Theo Bryson flipped him the ball to nail the runner at the plate trying to score. Branley then struck out the next batter and induced a ground out to Almas at short to end the threat.In the bottom of the fourth, Team White returned serve again as Bryson singled, Pereira walked, and Eric Banda singled. All three scored as hard hits by Kitanov and Poyant cleared the bases. Jake Banda doubled but was unable to advance.In the top of the fifth, Team Blue’s Jordan was hit by a pitch while Gray, Charlie Roy, and Kennedy hit the ball hard but pitcher Almas kept them from scoring with a nice play at the mound and some other fielding help from O’Connell, Santini, and Jake Banda.The game was still close thanks to the defense of Team Blue’s Jackson Hegarty and Almeda among others but the bottom of the inning saw Team White’s relentless bats get right back in gear. Watson doubled and O’Connell drove him in. Santini singled and Stokes doubled to drive him in. Gronemeyer’s single plated Stokes.Biscan led off the top of the sixth with a single off of closer Gronemeyer but two strikeouts and a great short-hop pickup by Kitanov at first ended the game.Team White’s manager Stew Pruslin remarked, “I was not only proud of my four Astros players for representing our team so well, but I was impressed with everyone on both teams. It was exciting to coach such a high-level collection of players from different teams who came together for a common goal.”BLUE TEAM: Front row: Jake Driscoll and Riley MorellSecond row: JR Hegerty, Ronin Uftring, Ronny Jordan, Noah Titterington, Ryan Gray, Chase KennedyThird Row: Coach Phil Gray, Andrew Almeda, Mikey Ware, Charlie Roy, Will Biscan, Connor Lynch, Gavin Porier, Coach Bill Almeida, Manager Mike HegertyWHITE TEAM: Front Row: Jake Banda, Will PoyantSecond Row: Jonathan Stokes, Luke Cushing, Tommy Pereira, Henry SantiniThird Row: Cam O’Connell, Luke Kitnov, Manager Stew Pruslin, Tim Watson, Braden Almas, Joe Gronemeyer, Kenny Branley, Theo Bryson, Eric Banda, Coach Brian Burke(NOTE: The above game summary was provided by Wilmington Little League.)Like 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 Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

Plantronics is transforming into a new brand called Poly

first_img Mobile Accessories 9 Photos Cisco Microsoft Share your voice Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 go true wireless “Today feels like my first day as CEO of a new company,” said Joe Burton, Poly’s president and chief executive officer. “We see limitless opportunity for how people communicate and collaborate today. With advancements in AI, machine learning and new technologies, we see a future where Poly makes the connection, then quietly steps out of the way to become the one thing you don’t notice in the meeting.”The origin of the prefix poly is from an ancient Greek word which means “many.” Poly The company said the Poly logo “honors the company’s new path forward as well as its legacy.” Its lava red color and angle of letters form a propeller reflecting Plantronics’ 60-year aviation lineage while its three legs pay homage to the design of Polycom’s iconic conference phone.Don’t expect the Plantronics name to disappear immediately, however. At the Enterprise Connect 2019 conference, Poly is unveiling new products and services, some of which confusingly retain the Plantronics and Polycom names. Here’s a look at some of the products Poly is rolling out, according to the company:Polycom Studio, a video USB bar that upgrades huddle rooms to business class and works with services like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype for Business, Google Meet, Cisco Webex or Amazon Chime.Plantronics Elara 60 Series, a mobile phone station designed for the “increasingly mobile-first worker” and provides users with a one-touch Microsoft Teams experience.Eagle Eye Cube, a video conference camera with 4K sensors and rich sound to upgrade meetings in small to midsized rooms. Blackwire 7225, a new boomless UC headset designed for open offices. It’s equipped with active noise cancellation to muffle sounds around you when taking calls or listening to music on a Windows PC or Mac.The Plantronics Status Indicator, a wired presence indicator that sits on your desktop and connects with whatever communications platform you’re using to let others know if you’re available, on a call or away from your desk.center_img Comments Tags Headset manufacturer Plantronics acquired Polycom for $2 billion last year. After the deal closed, Reuters reported that the company was trying to sell itself and Logitech was interested in acquiring it. But no sale transpired, and instead the company has decided to rename itself Poly and recalibrate its mission.Poly will focus on “the human experience of communications and collaboration, aiming to make communication as rich and natural as in-person,” according to a press release announcing the new name. 2last_img read more

New Dark Phoenix trailer hints at end for XMen

first_img #XMenDay wouldn’t be complete without a ticket drop for #DarkPhoenix: https://t.co/oHiDXbIICC pic.twitter.com/dCCEfMjHIV— Fandango (@Fandango) May 13, 2019 More on movies Tolkien movie taught me I’ve been saying Tolkien wrong all this time It: Chapter 2 teaser trailer delivers a spooky look at upcoming film Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner marries Joe Jonas in Las Vegas In the new Dark Phoenix trailer, released Monday, Turner’s Gray admits that “when I lose control, bad things happen, but it feels good.”It might not be all good for her fellow X-Men, however, who suddenly must face off against one of their own. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender,  James McAvoy, Tye Sheridan,  Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters reprise their roles from previous X-Men movies. Jessica Chastain  joins the series as a  mysterious shape-shifter.Dark Phoenix is expected to bring the past 20 years of X-Men movies to a close, CNET sister site ComicBook.com ratings.Twentieth Century Fox Studio declared Monday to be “X-Men Day,” and also released a video looking back at the series.Tickets for the movie also went on sale Monday. Tags 57 Photos 1 Commentcenter_img Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today Marvel Target X-Men Dark Phoenix opens June 5 in the UK, June 6 in Australia, and June 7 in the US. TV and Movies Forget Sansa Stark. Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, who played Ned Stark’s beautiful and battered daughter in the HBO hit series, has more power than ever before. Share your voicelast_img read more

3 killed in RAB gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationThree people were killed in what the members of Rapid Action Batttalion (RAB) called gunfights in Chattogram and Chapainawabganj districts on Thursday night and early Friday.In Chattogram, two persons were shot dead in a ‘gunfight’ with the elite force members during an anti-drug raid in Madarbari Barishal colony of Sadarghat police station on Thursday night.ASP Mimtanur Rahman of RAB-7 said a team of the force conducted a special raid at the colony, which is popularly known as a drug den, around 11:30pm.Sensing the presence of RAB members, the criminals opened fire, prompting the law enforcers to retaliate, leaving two people dead on the spot, he said.In Chapainawabganj, an alleged drug peddler was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between his cohorts and RAB members at no 4-Beribadh ghat area of Padma river in Shibganj upazila early Friday.The deceased could not be identified yet.Squadron leader Syeed Abdullah Al Murad said a team of RAB-5 conducted a regular drive in the area to seize drugs.Sensing the presence of the elite force members, the criminals opened fire on RAB members, prompting them to fire back that triggered the gunfight.One of the criminals was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot while the others managed to flee, he said.Five RAB members were injured during the gunfight, Murad added.The law enforcement recovered 6.70 kgs of hemp, two pistols, five bullets and two magazines from the spot, the RAB officer said.RAB’s versions of the events were, however, could not be verified independently as no versions of the incidents were available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victims’ families.last_img read more

Trump not yet as damaging to environment as feared

first_imgFormer US vice president Al Gore listens to a question during an interview in Greensboro, NC on 13 August. Photo: APThe Trump administration has made some dangerous changes to environmental policy, but the damage so far has been less than it initially appeared, former vice president Al Gore said in an interview Monday.“He (president Trump) has had less of an impact so far than I feared that he would. Someone said last year his administration is a blend of malevolence and incompetence,” Gore said in an interview with The Associated Press in Greensboro. “I think they’ve made some mistakes in some of the moves they’ve made. The courts have blocked some of what they wanted to do as a result.”Even the Republican-controlled Congress has stepped in at times, he said. “The US system has a lot of inherent resilience,” Gore said. “It’s hard for one person, even the president, to change things very quickly if the majority of American people don’t want them changed.”Gore was in North Carolina on Sunday and Monday to speak on behalf of the Poor People’s Campaign, which names “ecological devastation” as one of the problems hurting poor people. Gore shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his campaign to protect the environment. He authored a 1992 book on the climate, “Earth in the Balance,” just before he became vice president. His work also includes the 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” More recently he founded The Climate Reality Project .Historians say a 1982 campaign against a PCB landfill in North Carolina’s majority-black Warren County helped give birth to the environmental justice movement so it’s especially appropriate that the Poor People’s Campaign has its roots in the state, Gore said. The campaign’s co-chair is the Rev. William Barber, who founded the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina and has served as president of the state NAACP chapter.Low-income communities typically suffer the brunt of environmental damage because they lack the “economic and political clout necessary to make their case and defend themselves” so they’re more likely to become locations of “these pollution streams and waste sites,” Gore said.He said current dangers include the loosening of regulations for dumps for coal ash, which contains toxic metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic. The new acting secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, was quick to ease rules for handling the toxic ash from more than 400 US coal-fired power plants. Coal ash is a particular issue in North Carolina, where a major leak from a Duke Energy site in 2014 left coal ash coating 70 miles (110 kilometers) of the Dan River on the North Carolina-Virginia border.“And there are hundreds of other environmental procedures and regulations that Trump’s group has begun to undo,” Gore said. “So he’s doing some damage, but overall I would say less than I had feared.”Gore cited the Paris Climate Accord as one example of the Trump administration failing to change environmental rules as quickly as it might want. While the United States withdrew from the accord, he says the first date that can become official is the day after the 2020 presidential election.“If there’s a new president—excuse me for a moment,” Gore said as he placed in hands together as if in prayer, “then a new president could simply give 30 days’ notice, and we’re right back in the Paris agreement.”last_img read more

Get By Without Planned Parenthood One Texas Effort Stumbles

first_imgCarrie Feibel In pushing a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that cuts off funds for Planned Parenthood, Republicans are out to reassure women who rely on the major health care organization that other clinics will step up to provide their low-cost breast exams, contraception and cancer screenings.Texas is already trying to prove it. But one big bet is quietly sputtering, and in danger of teaching the opposite lesson conservatives are after.Last summer, Texas gave $1.6 million to an anti-abortion organization called the Heidi Group to help strengthen small clinics that specialize in women’s health like Planned Parenthood but don’t offer abortions. The goal was to help the clinics boost their patient rolls and show there would be no gap in services if the nation’s largest abortion provider had to scale back.The effort offered a model other conservative states could follow if Republicans make their long-sought dream of defunding Planned Parenthood a reality under President Donald Trump. Several states are already moving to curtail the organization’s funds.But eight months later, the Heidi Group has little to show for its work. An Associated Press review found the nonprofit has done little of the outreach it promised, such as helping clinics promote their services on Facebook, or airing public service announcements. It hasn’t made good on plans to establish a 1-800 number to help women find providers or ensure that all clinics have updated websites.Neither the group nor state officials would say how many patients have been served so far by the private clinics.The Heidi Group is led by Carol Everett, a prominent anti-abortion activist and influential conservative force in the Texas Legislature.In a brief interview, Everett said some of the community clinics aren’t cooperating despite her best efforts to attract more clients.“We worked on one Facebook site for three months and they didn’t want to do it. And we worked on websites and they didn’t want to do it,” Everett said of the clinics. “We can’t force them. We’re not forcing them.”Everett said that advertising she planned was stalled by delays in a separate $5.1 million family planning contract.Everett proposed helping two dozen selected clinics serve 50,000 women overall in a year, more than such small facilities would normally handle. Clinic officials contacted by the AP either did not return phone calls or would not speak on the record.The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which awarded the funding to the Heidi Group, acknowledged the problems. Spokeswoman Carrie Williams said in an email that the agency had to provide “quite a bit” of technical support for the effort and make many site visits. She disputed that the contract funding has been as slow as Everett alleged.“The bottom line is that we are holding our contractors accountable, and will do everything we can to help them make themselves successful,” she said.In August, the state had lauded Everett’s pitch for taxpayer funds as “one of the most robust” received.Planned Parenthood and its supporters say the failures show the risks of relying on unproven providers to serve low-income women, and that Republicans’ assurances about adequate care are only political rhetoric.“Every time they try to relaunch one of these women’s health programs, without some of the most trusted providers in women’s health, every single time they come up short,” said Sarah Wheat, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman in Texas. “And they show their lack of understanding and respect for what women need.”On Tuesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that 15 percent of low-income people in rural or underserved areas would lose access to care if Planned Parenthood loses funding. The analysis also projected several thousand more births in the Medicaid program in the next year.The Heidi Group is an evangelical nonprofit that started in the 1990s and is best known for promoting alternatives to abortion. It operates with a relatively small budget, taking in about $186,000 in grants and donations in 2015, according to tax records, and had not been doing patient care.State officials say the year-old women’s health program includes about 5,000 providers. Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are banned from participation.Federal dollars comprise nearly half of the Planned Parenthood’s annual billion-dollar budget, and although government funds don’t pay for abortions, the organization is reimbursed by Medicaid for non-abortion services that it says the vast majority of clients receive. Missouri is planning to reject federal funding just to keep some of it away from Planned Parenthood, and Iowa is also considering giving up millions in federal Medicaid dollars to create a state-run family planning program that excludes abortion providers.U.S. House Republicans’ health care bill would freeze funding to Planned Parenthood for one year. House Speaker Paul Ryan has suggested other clinics will pick up the slack.“It ends funding to Planned Parenthood and sends money to community centers,” Ryan said last week.Democrats argue that other clinics are already overloaded and wouldn’t be able to meet increased demand.After Texas state funding was cut off to abortion providers in 2011, 82 family planning clinics closed in the state, a third of which were Planned Parenthood affiliates. A state report later found that 30,000 fewer women were served through a Texas women’s health program after the changes. Planned Parenthood now has 35 clinics in Texas and served more than 126,000 individual patients last year, including those seeking abortions. The state has provided no estimates of low-income women served by other clinics.Asked whether the Heidi Group would meet the patient targets in her contract, Everett said her own goal was to serve 70,000 women.However, “it’s not as easy as it looks because we are not Planned Parenthood. We are working with private physicians and providers,” Everett said after leaving a committee hearing this week at the Texas Capitol. She said the clinics she is working with are busy seeing 40 to 50 women a day. “They don’t have time to go out and do some of the things that we would really like to help them do. But we’re there if they want to. And we’re there when the need it. And we’re in their offices and we’re helping them.”She had been at the Capitol to support a bill that would require abortion clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains. 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Forum Caterers Black Girls Vote

first_imgBlack Girls Vote is hosting a girl’s night out at the Forum Caterers, 4210Primrose Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215 for an evening of networking and political empowerment on Feb. 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  RSVP your attendance to www.eventbrite.comlast_img