As many as 34,000 professional and ordinary runners are participating in the Delhi half marathon this Sunday. But with pollution levels still hovering around the very poor mark, many are asking if the health benefits of running a marathon are being outweighed by health risks of running right now.Environmental activist Jai Dhar Gupta in fact filed a petition in the Supreme court on Friday to bring the issue to notice. After speaking to many parties associated with the event, like the organisers, Airtel and even Max Hospitals, who are the official medical partners of the race, Gupta felt their last resort was to file a petition even if too late in the day.In the event that organisers themselves didn’t see reason to postpone the event, he felt at least the court can ask authorities to issue proper advisories to warn delhiites.”This is personal to me. My lungs were compromised when I was training for a marathon three years ago. We want people to see that this is not corporate responsibility but corporate irresponsibility. Our city in under an environmental emergency and running a marathon right now can cause significant damage.” Former media professional, Ravina Raj Kohli was a co-petitioner with Gupta and while they didn’t get a hearing, she says that just registering a protest of this sorts was important to make people understand the issue and they will continue to pursue it to ensure in future guidelines are set. “I felt people knew the hazards but were not listening. Heavy worded advisories that don’t even reach the people are not enough. The government can use it’s machinery to ensure people are made aware. People may think they are indulging in a healthy activity but this is not healthy right now.”advertisement”Small changes could have been done like doing away with the race for elderly and children. Like changing the time from 8 am, when levels are really poor, to something less dangerous like noon,” she added.On Friday itself though, the Delhi High court did ask the Delhi govt to actively issue an advisory on running in prevalent conditions while hearing a larger pollution crisis matter. The court noticed that levels are 4 times of prescribed standards.Friday average numbers of particulate matter 2.5 (155 gm-3) and 10 (318 gm-3) continued to be in the very poor to poor range. And that is the same forecast for the coming three days too, coinciding with the marathon. Exposure to fine particles can cause short-term health effects such as eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, coughing, sneezing, runny nose and shortness of breath. Exposure to fine particles can also affect lung function and worsen medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease.
India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will hopefully get a chance to play atleast a couple of warm-up matches before the England ODI series starting in Pune on January 15. (Kohli’s batting average better than Tendulkar, Dravid as Test captain)Before the start of the limited overs series, England are scheduled to play warm-up matches (50 overs) against India A on January 10 and 12 at the CCI ground in Mumbai.Dhoni, who has not been playing since the home series against New Zealand in October, would have gone into the ODI series without proper game time for 77 days. (No similarities in playing style between me and Kohli: Tendulkar)Dhoni has been training regularly with the Jharkhand Ranji team which has qualified for the knock-out stages of the Ranji Trophy.However JSCA secretary Rajesh Verma had made it clear that Dhoni was only a ‘mentor’ to the team and will not be donning whites since he has already retired from Test cricket.It will be interesting to see whether the selectors also pick young Rishabh Pant as a back-up or a pure wicketkeeper knowing his big hitting skills in domestic cricket. (Parthiv Patel retained for Mumbai Test, Ishant Sharma released )It will not be a bad idea if both Dhoni and his heir apparent play in the same game which could be a treat for the handful who will be attending the match.
A 86-run defeat against Australia has put uncertainty over New Zealand’s place in the knock-out stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as the Black Caps have 11 points from eight games. The Kane Williamson-led side will not only have to win it’s last league game but will also have to expect that host England and Pakistan lose their remaining games.In their contest against the defending champions on Saturday, the Kiwis restricted the Aussies at 243 but failed to overhaul the target as their entire team was bundled out for 157 runs, courtesy Mitchell Starc’s 5/26. The defending champions were once reeling at 92/5 but it was Usman Khwaja’s 88 and a valiant 71-run knock by wicket-keeper Alex Carey which took Australia to a fighting total.As Aussie skipper Aaron Finch praised Carey for making the difference, Williamson also felt that the stumper’s innings on a slow wicket was something which took the game away from them.Speaking at the post-match presentation, the Kiwi skipper said: “We weren’t able to break that partnership (Khwaja and Carey) and Carey came and took the game away — a brilliant innings on that surface. I think Australia adapted better than we did.”Williamson meanwhile, also felt the pitch at Lord’s was difficult to bat on and said: “It was a challenging surface if you could hit the wicket hard. The nature of the slope here always brings about movement and some uneven bounce. We were in a position of strength in the first half of the first innings at 92/5. Credit to the way they rebuilt and got themselves to a competitive total.”advertisementThe Kiwis will face host England in their next and last league group game of the showpiece event and another loss will make their chances of entering the knock-outs tough. Facing such a crunch situation, Williamson said he and the team management will need to read the wicket perfectly beside making the right moves.”It’s important that we move on quickly from this game. We need to do better on the next surface. We need to have a look at the surface when we get there and make the right decisions accordingly. The wickets haven’t been what most people expected, and they’re getting tired towards the end of the tournament,” he concluded.The Black Caps, who have 11 points from eight games and their semi-final berth is still uncertain, will be up against the hosts on July 3, while defending champions Australia, who have 14 points in their kitty, will take on South Africa in their last league affair at the Old Trafford, Manchester on July 6.Also Read | India vs England, Weather Updates: Will rain play spoilsport in Birmingham?Also Read | World Cup 2019: England’s struggle leaves Virat Kohli surprisedAlso See
Mens 30 years: By Rachel Moyle The Mens 30 years final was the mirror image of 2003, with the Sydney Scorpions and the Sydney Mets facing off again. Determined to reverse last year’s result, the Scorpion’s case was strengthened when Mets’ star and Australian Mixed Captain Tony El-Takchi was sidelined in their semi final with a knee injury. Within one minute both sides had scored once and excitement lifted about the speed and intensity already being shown. With beautiful passing, stepping and chasing from players like Garry Sonda and Jason Yee, who were part of the Mets winning Mens Open side earlier in the week, the Mets came back from a 3-1 deficit just before half time to take it to 3-3. John Moujali and Scott Danswan scored to give the Mets a 5-3 lead, with Danswan running the length of the field to cross the line. Jason Yee’s no-look pass was once again the catalyst allowing Michael Fahat to cross the line for a 6-3 lead. Yee’s passing was a game-long highlight. Coach Michael McDonald was certainly relieved when the siren sounded. The Sydney Mets were back-to-back Champions and also the Champion Permit for 2004 after claiming five titles between the 20 years, Open and Senior Divisions. “This is great”, said McDonald, “There’s been a lot of tough competition out here this week and it’s a relief to have won this, the guys have done really well this week, they were the best team, they deserve it.” Player of the Final: Garry Sonda- Sydney Mets Player of the Series: Tony El-Takshi – Sydney Mets Mens 35 years: By Rachel Moyle The Sydney Scorpions were favourites to take out the title in this division, having several past and present Australian representatives out on the field. Ex-Australian player and current coach of the 20 years Mens side, Sam Ayoub, started well for the Scorpions, combining with another World Cup representative in Jeff Cheung for the first score in just 2 minutes. Jeff Cheung then scored again off a great step to beat the defender to give the Scorpions a 2-0 lead and shock the Mets with a quick start. The Mets looked slow in attack and headed continually to the right, but after pushing forward and passing left, they crossed for their first touchdown and Kevin Thorsby brought the score to 2-1. After a clash of heads, Kevin Thorsby then had to leave the field for treatment with blood pouring from a cut under his eye. The defense picked up just before half time, with the Scorpions looking like they would hold the Mets away from their line. John Schembri somehow managed to make it across though and it looked like the Scorpions would take just a 3-2 lead into half time. A brilliant pass from David Cheung put his other brother Michael across the line right on the stroke of half time though and the Scorpions took a 4-2 lead. When the Mets scored immediately after half time, the match lifted in intensity and the crowd sensed the match tightening. The Sydney Scorpions had other ideas though and kicked into another gear, piling on four touchdowns in the last ten minutes. David Cheung led the way with his Player of the Final performance and a great touchdown stepping his way past three players before diving over the line to seal the match 8-3. Player of the Final: David Cheung- Sydney Scorpions Player of the Series: John Samin- ADF Warriors Mens 40 years: By Rachel Moyle: In the Mens 40 years final the local Northern Eagles were out to claim the title for the first time in NTL history. Standing in their way however, were the ACT, the defending Champions and team that had beaten the then-undefeated Sydney Scorpions in the semi final. The Northern Eagles started well but beautiful passing from Captain and experienced Australian representative, Gary Lawless, kept the ACT in the game. Player of the Final and also Player of the Series, Mark Jansson, put the Eagles in front right on half time with an incredibly quick run past three ACT defenders to put the ball down. Jansson continued his good form in the second half with another touchdown and several more good runs and passing. With just five minutes to go and the score at 4-3, the ACT dropped an almost certain touchdown, with the Northern Eagles capitalising to take a 5-3 lead. Tony Cox sealed the win for the local team, intercepting a loose pass and running the length of the field for his touchdown. For the ACT and retiring Captain Gary Lawless, the loss was disappointing, but for the Northern Eagles it was the culmination of many long and hard years of work. “A lot of us have been playing together for years”, said Captain/Coach Paul Seward. “We’ve been contenders in the past, but we have never won it. This is the first time we’ve done it and it’s great, I’m just so proud of the boys.” Player of the Final: Mark Jansson- Northern Eagles Player of the Series: Mark Jansson- Northern Eagles Mens 45 years: By Lisa Plummer The Mens 45 years final saw the Sydney Mets come from second in their pool to defeat first placed Northern Eagles. The Mets nearly went through on their first set of six touches and the Eagles answered back just as strongly, indicating the crowd should be prepared for an exciting match. The Mets scored early on, just five minutes into the first half. Wasted opportunities and careless penalties frustrated players on both sides throughout the first half, and the Mets went into half time leading 1-0. Whatever coach John Delpech said to his players at half time worked, and Lindsay Delpech made a great run from dummy half, putting Ray McIlhoney over the line. While John Delpech nervously paced the sideline, his team continued to dominate the try line with Wayne Brennan crossing the line to take the Mets to a 3-0 lead. With just five minutes remaining the Mets’ Bob Behnke crossed the line to seal victory for his side. The Eagles finally put two touchdowns on the board after Bram Carey and Tony Webb scored to leave the score at 4-2 at fulltime. Mets coach, John Delpech praised the strength and performance of the Eagles but “this time we were way too good on the day”. Player of the Final: Lindsay Delpech- Sydney Mets Player of the Series: Mick McAll- Southern Suns Mens 50 years: by Rachel Moyle The Mens 50 years final saw the Gold Coast Sharks come from fourth in their pool to face the defending Champions, the Hunter-Western Hornets. Dave Bull set the game alight for the Hornets and within the first few minutes had scored two touchdowns. The Hornets started the second half with a 3-0 and continued to build on that as the match went on. The defending Champions had a 7-0 lead before the Gold Coast Sharks managed to register a score, but when they did it was a good one, with Ted Bryant bringing the Sharks fans alive with a brilliant effort. In the end it was the Hornets with a 8-1 victory, coach Kim Miller wanting to congratulate the Sharks. “They did a great job to make the grand final from fourth position, but we really lifted in the final, everyone played well and it was just a real team effort.” Player of the Final: Michael Gallagher- Hunter-Western Hornets Player of the Series: Colin Thomas- Sydney Mets Womens 30 years: By Lisa Plummer The Womens 30s final saw Sydney Scorpions taking victory over the Sunwest Razorbacks six touchdowns to four. Razorbacks Teena Jennings crossed the line in the first two mins of play, followed by a second try by Sue Ginns not long after. The Razorbacks drove the ball strong and hard while simple mistakes saw the Scorpions dominated early in the match. Dianne Pierce put the Razorbacks over the line again, stretching their lead to 3-0. A dive over the line by Maria Sonda half way through the first half put the Scorpions back into the game. Great defence lifted the spirits of the Scorpions and Cristy Hornery crossed the line. Within just a few minutes, great hands saw winger Christine Beynon cross the line, and the scores were tied at 3-3. Kim Melville was the next to cross the line for the Scorpions and tight defence saw them hold out the Razorbacks for the rest of the first half. The Scorpions came out firing, with Christine Beynon scoring her second try of the match in the first set of six of the second half. After a tough decision by the referees, the Scorpions scored again, making the score 6-3. Strong defence and attack saw the Scorpions clearly dominate the Razorbacks throughout the second half of the match, and a runaway try by Razorbacks Toni Brown saw the score rest at 6-4 at full-time. Scorpions Womens 30s manager and Tournament Leader Gary Croft was happy with the way his team performed. “It’s a great honour to be involved with such a great group of players, and to see players like these ladies play the game in such good spirit.” Player of the Final: Sue Hamill- Sydney Scorpions Player of the Series: Tracey Elliot- Sydney Scorpions Womens 35 years: By Lisa Plummer An outstanding hat trick of tries to the Southern Suns Annette Mounsey saw the Suns take out the title in the Womens 35s division over the Hunter Western Hornets. The Suns scored their first try of the match after just three minutes with the Hornets hitting back after a great dummy by Michelle Brown saw her put Gai Taylor over the line. Annette Mounsey’s first try came with under a minute left to go in the second half, and on the half time siren, Suns Captain and Coach, Allyson Fisher crossed the line to make the score 3-1 going into half time. The second half saw wasted opportunities for both teams, and Suns player Jill McGuiness put Annette Mounsey through for her second try early on. Strong, tireless defence by the Suns held the Hornets out and their fast driving of the ball saw them and Allyson Fisher once again put Suns player Annette Mounsey over the line, to secure the full time score at 5-1. Great sportsmanship was shown at the end of the game and Player of the Final and also Player of the Series, Allyson Fisher was relieved for her girls. “Thank god, finally!”. Player of the Final: Alison Fisher- Southern Suns Player of the Series: Alison Fisher- Southern Suns Womens 40 years: By Rachel Moyle The Womens 40 years final saw last year’s Champions, the local Northern Eagles out to defend their title against the undefeated Sydney Scorpions. The Scorpions opened the scoring quickly, with Carol Furlonge crossing in the first minute of the game, while the Northern Eagles took several minutes to put pace into their attack. Gabby Whelan took advantage of the Eagle’s slow start and dished off well to Mary Wachman for their second touchdown before the Northern Eagles hit back with a touchdown to Karen Mooney. After half time it was a complete Scorpions affair, after the constant fumbling by the Northern Eagles and the Scorpion’s good running allowed another three touchdowns. The Sydney Scorpions claimed the title with a 5-1 victory and Coach Paul Malcolm praised the effort of his team. “We were expecting a very tough game today, we were close in the minor rounds, but the girls just put in such a good team effort”, he said. For the players, it was a win for their captain, Judy Malcolm, who had been unable to take the field in the final. Player of the Final: Jan Rose- Sydney Scorpions Player of the Series: Heather Desbois- Tropical Queensland Cyclones
World Cup 2019: Genuine all-rounders need of the hour, says Mohinder AmarnathStressing that an all-rounder need not necessarily be the fourth or the fifth bowling option but can be a third seamer and a top-order batsman, India’s 1983 World Cup hero Mohinder Amarnath highlighted the need for genuine all-rounders in the side. advertisement Reuters MumbaiMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 12:39 IST Hardik Pandya is likely to be India’s 1st choice all-rounder at the 2019 World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia have quite a few all-rounders in their World Cup-bound squadMohinder Amarnath said a genuine all-rounder balances the team wellIndia begin World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa on June 5Genuine all-rounders can help with the balance of a team at the World Cup but they should be good enough to play leading roles with both bat and ball, the hero of India’s 1983 triumph Mohinder Amarnath told Reuters.Amarnath was one of the architects of India’s maiden 50-over World Cup triumph in 1983, winning player-of-the-match awards both in the semi-final and final to deny Clive Lloyd’s West Indies a title hat-trick.”If you have two-three quality all-rounders, that balances the team very well,” Amarnath, now 68, said in an interview.”It gives you a choice of how you want to go about with the rest of the team.”Amarnath started off as a medium-pace bowler before developing into a reliable batsman highly regarded for his gutsy batting against quality fast bowlers.He believes all-rounders need to work on their games to ensure they do not just end up being bits-and-pieces players.”The white ball won’t seam around or do much and we don’t see many green wickets in England anymore,” he said before being named the winner of Ceat Cricket Rating’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”Probably the weather will also have a role to play.”But all said and done, you need the right balance, a quality all-rounder need not necessarily be the fourth bowler or the fifth but he can be the third bowler, a regular bowler.”He should be a top-order batsman, that balances the team very well.”Amarnath, who played 69 Test matches and 85 one-day internationals for India, said the sport had changed drastically from his era and rued the current imbalance between bat and ball in limited-overs cricket.advertisementWith current rules allowing a maximum of four fielders outside the 30-yard circle between overs 10 to 40, captains find it difficult to stack their teams with frontline batsmen and rely on part-timers to pitch in with the bowling.Amarnath implored all-rounders to grab their chance of making an impact by finding a batting spot high up the order and bowling their entire quota of overs.”Somebody coming in at seven, eight and nine, it probably becomes too late to make a difference,” he said.”So there I would think you need someone who can bat from number one to six and bowl the 10 overs.”Not everyday is going to be Sunday for you, you are going to have ups and downs.”You should concentrate, understand the conditions and play to your limitations and make lesser mistakes. The mistakes come when you want to achieve too much, when you try too hard.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of India’s bowling attack, says Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | Dale Steyn: Want to finish career with a World Cup medalAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Mohinder AmarnathFollow India national cricket team
Parents, please take a note. Researchers have found that trolley bags are better than backpacks for schoolkids for their movement and body posture. They also suggest that children should not carry over 20 per cent of their body weight in their backpack trolleys as it hampers their movement. For the study published in the journal Applied Ergonomics, researchers from the University of Granada and Liverpool John Moores University assessed 49 primary school pupils from Spain. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn Spain, more than 40 per cent of the children use trolley backpacks, and until now there have been no studies making weight recommendations for this type of backpack, said researchers. For the study, a kinematic analysis of the children (posture of the trunk and lower limbs) was conducted while they walked freely; carrying no weight; carrying a traditional backpack; and while pulling a backpack trolley with different loads (10 per cent, 15 per cent and 20 per cent of their respective body weights). Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIt was found that pulling the backpack trolley produces fewer changes in the child’s kinematics and, therefore, resembles more closely their movement when walking free of any load, compared to carrying backpacks, even when it weighs very little. Findings also indicate that the greatest alterations were produced in the hip and trunk when using trolleys or backpacks while there was little difference in the kinematics of the knee and ankle. The study also confirmed that schoolchildren who use backpacks should avoid carrying loads greater than 10 per cent of their body weight.
SOREL, Que. – The Nature Conservancy of Canada says it is expanding a wetland conservation area in southern Quebec that is home to several bird and wildlife species.The conservation group says it’s adding 25 hectares to its 305-hectare preserve on Ile de Grace, about 95 km northeast of Montreal.The island located between Sorel and Trois-Rivieres consists of forested wetlands — an important habitat for many bird species including the least bittern, which is considered threatened under the Canadian Species at Risk Act.The wetland also home to waterfowl, wildlife, and several species of flowers, according to the group.The Nature Conservancy announced the creation of the new protected area on Feb. 2, which is World Wetlands Day.They also announced new conservation areas in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.
HALIFAX — Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall in Nova Scotia later today, unleashing a barrage of torrential rain, pounding surf and howling gusts reaching up to 140 kilometres per hour along the Atlantic coast.The Canadian Hurricane Centre says hurricane warnings remain in effect for much of mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for P.E.I., southeastern New Brunswick and western Newfoundland.Dorian is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane before moving into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where it is expected to transform into a strong post-tropical storm.The hurricane centre in Halifax says the eye of the storm is likely to land near or just east of Halifax by this evening, when gusts reaching 140 kilometres per hour are expected to uproot trees, damage roofing and pull down power lines.Emergency officials in the Halifax region have called for a voluntary evacuation of homes and businesses along the municipality’s Atlantic shoreline.With the forecast calling for a significant storm surge and wind-driven waves reaching 15 metres, coastal communities are facing potential flooding.Officials say the high-risk zones include the Sambro area, Peggys Cove and along the province’s Eastern Shore, which extends east of Halifax.“Citizens are encouraged to be in alternative locations prior to the arrival of the storm,” the regional government said in a statement.“While this is a voluntary evacuation, the municipality is urging everyone in high-risk areas to find alternative shelter arrangements for the weekend.”The Red Cross says it will be opening three evacuation shelters at noon.Residents are being warned to prepare for extended power outages, and flooding — which means stocking up on food, water and gasoline. Long lineups were reported Friday at Halifax-area gas stations and grocery stores.The Canadian Press
A French court Wednesday convicted a young woman for wearing a full-face Islamic veil in public and threw out her bid to have the country’s controversial burqa ban declared unconstitutional.Cassandra Belin, 20, was also convicted for insulting and threatening three police officers at the time of her arrest, which sparked two days of rioting in the town of Trappes, near Paris, in July, 2013.She was given a one-month suspended prison sentence for the clash with the police and a 150-euro ($200) fine for wearing the veil. Her lawyers, who argued that the burqa ban impinges on religious freedom and unfairly target Muslims, had asked for an emergency ruling on the constitutionality of the ban before sentencing.But that request was rejected on the grounds that the Constitutional Council had previously upheld the 2011 law.Belin’s lawyer, Philippe Bataille, said he would consider an appeal and pledged to continue to fight to have the ban overturned. “I’m not throwing in the towel,” he said.Thibault de Montbrial, the lawyer for the three police officers, welcomed the court’s ruling. “We cannot tolerate exceptions to the law of the land,” he said.The European Court of Human Rights is expected to rule later this year in a case brought by a French Muslim who argues that the burqa ban violates her rights to freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, and breaches a prohibition against discrimination.France argues that the ban is necessary for security reasons and to uphold the country’s secular traditions.But critics say if security is a consideration, then motorcycle helmets should also be outlawed. In theory the ban covers all face coverings, but in practice the only arrests have been of women wearing Muslim veils.Source: Al Arabiya
Rabat – Morocco’s strategy for the development of digital technology was highlighted Thursday, October 5 in Paris at the third annual Digital Africa Conference.The conference organized by the French news magazine Le Point Afrique, aimed to give a digital identity to the continent, taking as its theme “The Digital Revolution on the Move: How to Transform the Trial by Addressing the Technological, Regulatory and Societal Challenges?”Participants sought to determine if African states will be able to build an integrated digital ecosystem, allowing both common legal rules and the pooling of funding to be managed in order to accelerate the deployment of an efficient internet network. Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Morocco’s ambassador to France, Chakib Benmoussa, underlined the efforts made by the Kingdom to develop this sector, referring to Morocco’s Numeric Plan and Morocco Digital Plan 2020.The diplomat recalled the recent adoption of a bill for the creation of a digital development agency, which he said has made Morocco a regional hub and African leader in the field. Benmoussa also highlighted the special role of digital technology in the cooperation policies between the Kingdom and several African countries.The participants also answered a number of questions regarding the training of African populations in the digital world, the development of secure infrastructures, and the ability of the tremendous digital advances in the continent to assist Africans and their exchanges with the world.
TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is venturing into the Malaysian real estate business for the first time.The CPPIB has purchased a 49 per cent stake worth about $170 million in a joint venture to invest in a mixed-use development in the capital of Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia’s Pavilion Group.They will develop Pavilion Damansara Heights, a project integrating corporate towers, luxury residences and a retail galleria in one of the most affluent sections of Kuala Lumpur less than 10 kilometres from the Petronas Twin Towers.Jimmy Phua, the managing director of CPPIB’s real estate investments in Asia, says the joint venture is a “great opportunity to work with a smart partner in a high-quality real estate asset that will provide attractive risk-adjusted returns over the long term.”The CPPIB invests funds not needed by the Canada Pension Plan to pay current benefits.As of the end of June, the fund totalled $268.6 billion.
Hong Kong civil servants return to work as pro-democracy protests dwindle AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Elaine Kurtenbach And Wendy Tang, The Associated Press Posted Oct 5, 2014 3:41 am MDT HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s civil servants returned to work and schools were reopening Monday as a massive pro-democracy protest that has occupied much of the city centre for the week dwindled.Student demonstrators say they have taken early steps to begin talks with the government on their demands for wider political reforms, but actual negotiations have not started and many disagreements remain.At the government headquarters, where some protesters agreed to remove barriers blocking roads Sunday ahead of the government’s deadline to scale back their protests, the scene was orderly as government officials arrived for work. About 25 or so remaining protesters, mostly young students, looked on as a dozen police stood guard nearby.The crowds had thinned markedly after a week that saw tens of thousands of people fill the streets in peaceful protest. In Mong Kok, another protest site across the harbour where protesters had clashed violently with their opponents, a few hundred activists were staying put at the sit-in site.Some activists disagree with the partial withdrawal at government headquarters, and an alliance of students say they will keep up their protests until details of the talks are worked out. They say they will walk away from the talks as soon as the government uses force to clear away the remaining protesters.Alex Chow, a student leader, said he was not worried about the crowd dwindling.“Because people need rest, but they will come out again. It doesn’t mean the movement is diminishing. Many people still support it,” Chow said.But Louis Chan, who still plans to stay at the government headquarters for “as long as he can,” is not sure achieving universal suffrage — the students’ original goal — is now likely.“I think it was possible, but now I don’t think so because they (the Hong Kong government) don’t give any response and China is also very much against this,” he said.Students occupying an area just outside city government headquarters agreed to remove some barricades that were blocking the building’s entrance, after the government said it would do whatever was necessary to ensure 3,000 civil servants would have full access to their offices on Monday.The partial withdrawal appeared to be part of a strategy to regroup in another part of town, as protesters were urged to shift from other areas to Hong Kong’s Admiralty shopping and business district, a central location near the government’s main offices that has served as an informal headquarters for the protests.Protesters had feared that officials may clear the streets by force, but by Monday it’s clear the government was settling for a partial victory in clearing some roads. A main road on the Hong Kong Island remains partly closed, and the government indicated some disruptions were likely to continue.“To restore order, we are determined, and we are confident we have the capability to take any necessary action,” police spokesman Steve Hui said. “There should not be any unreasonable, unnecessary obstruction by any members of the public.”Television footage showed a man shaking hands with a police officer outside government headquarters and the two sides removing some barricades together. About 300 demonstrators stood by outside the government building’s main entrance, but then many sat back down and refused to leave.“I’m against any kind of withdrawal or tendency to surrender,” said Do Chan, a protester in his 30s. “I think withdrawing, I mean shaking hands with the police, is a very ugly gesture of surrender.”Tens of thousands of people, many of them students, have poured into the streets of the semi-autonomous city since Sept. 28 to peacefully protest China’s restrictions on the first-ever direct election for Hong Kong’s leader, promised by Beijing for 2017. The protests are the strongest challenge to authorities in Hong Kong — and in Beijing — since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.China has promised that Hong Kong can have universal suffrage by 2017, but it says a committee of mostly pro-Beijing figures must screen candidates for the top job. The protesters also are demanding the resignation of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, the city’s current leader. He has refused to step down.Police said they had arrested 30 people since the start of the protests. Protesters, meanwhile, complained the police were failing to protect them from attacks by mobs intent on driving them away.___Associated Press writers Sylvia Hui and Louise Watt contributed to this report.
In his briefing to the Council, Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, said that the majority of Libyans and the international community continued to strongly support the political agreement and its institutions and recognized the Presidency Council as the sole national executive authority. “Both Libyans and the international community support the Agreement. Yes, it can be amended. But no, there is no alternative, there is no ‘plan B.’ And there is no need for one,” he said, underscoring: “If the parties do not uphold their responsibility in the Libyan Political Agreement, there is no reason to think that they will have any greater commitment to an alternative agreement.” Turning to the many other signs of positive developments in the country, including recent developments in the fight against terrorism and the improvement of the security situation in Tripoli, Mr. Kobler said that on the economic front, Libyan wages are on the rise and oil production has increased. Despite progress, uncertainty contributing to ‘dangerous political power vacuum’But the optimism generated by the signing of the Agreement has diminished, reported Mr. Kobler, emphasizing that instead of the “sharp horizon” established by the Agreement he now sees instead “frustration, disappointment, sometimes anger, and often it is justified.” He cited rising criminality, which remains widespread throughout the country, the division of institutions and the lack of guarantee of public services for the population.The country’s gross domestic product (GDP), he added, has been steadily declining since 2012, not to mention the persistence of the parallel economy and illegal activities.Mr. Kobler regretted that the current political vacuum is hampering efforts to create a united security force, to the point where some actors are considering a return to a military solution. “Competition for the control of national resources risks generating new violence,” he said, adding: The results of these divisions are setting Libya on a worrying path. Public services, including access to electricity, health, education, water, are failing many.” Against this backdrop, he said the time has come to return to the negotiating table and “regain the spirit of Skhirat,” referring to the seaside Moroccan town where the deal was reached. For this, he said, the country needs a strong international support, not only from an institutional point of view. He thus defended the creation of partnerships with Libyan society.Seven steps to peaceWith all this in mind, Mr. Kobler called on all political actors to agree on a fair and inclusive process to amend the political agreement. Secondly, he called for an immediate end to violence, including in the south of the country, as well as establishing unified security and confidence-building measures. In this regard, he said, the Committee responsible for supervising the ceasefire in Tripoli is an excellent starting point.He went on to call for improving cooperation between the Presidency Council and all the economic players. The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), which he heads up, should help them to do so, he said. Finally, the Special Representative called on the international community, including the UN, regional organizations and neighbouring States, not only to react after the fact but to anticipate the Libyan problems.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) evades the Detroit Lions’ Kyle Van Noy (95) during the second quarter in exhibition action on Aug. 9, 2014 at Ford Field in Detroit. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cleveland Browns are taking their training camp south in August for a stop in Columbus.The team announced Thursday morning that the “Orange & Brown Scrimmage” will be held at Ohio Stadium on Aug. 7.“The intrasquad scrimmage is an important element of our preparation for the 2015 season,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said in a press release. “Ohio Stadium will provide a great atmosphere for our team to compete, and I’m confident our players and fans will enjoy the experience.”Pre-game activities are scheduled to begin three hours prior to the scrimmage with a fan fest at St. John Arena, featuring autographs, music, food and more.“We are excited to host the Browns and have them in Columbus,” OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith said in the release. “The Browns are a class organization, and it will be exciting for the citizens of Columbus to enjoy this experience.”The Browns currently feature two OSU alumni on their roster: safety Donte Whitner, who played at OSU from 2003-2005, and wide receiver Brian Hartline, who donned the scarlet and gray from 2006-2008.“It’s going to be huge for us,” Whitner said in the release. “It means a lot to me personally because I lived in Columbus, played for the Buckeyes and know what type of fan base is there for the Buckeyes and for the Cleveland Browns. It’ll be special.”After the 2015 OSU spring game broke the all-time spring game attendance record with 99,391 people packed in The Horseshoe, Columbus mayor Michael B. Coleman said he hopes to see the same for a training camp event.“Our entire community is thrilled to host the Cleveland Browns in Columbus at the iconic Ohio Stadium,” Coleman said in the release. “This is an exciting opportunity for Columbus sports fans and we hope to set a new attendance record and continue to show the nation how great our sports community is.”The Browns took their scrimmage on the road last season as well, drawing over 20,000 fans to Akron’s InfoCision Stadium.There is no time listed yet for the game, but it is set to be played in the late afternoon, according to the release.Tickets are general admission and free to all attendees. Tickets for the public will be released June 20.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A photo posted recently on National Geographic’s Instagram account, capturing the Athenian skyline under a full moon and with Acropolis as a backdrop was guaranteed to vow audiences around the world.Having attracted over 1.2 million likes, the impressive image earned a place among the magazine’s online community most popular photos for 2018.National Geographic photographer, Muhammed Muheisen, took the picture on 22 December from a rooftop at the Greek capital during the last full moon of the year.“The last full moon of 2018 rises above Propylaea, the monumental gate of the ancient Acropolis hill, next to the 2500 BC Parthenon temple in Athens, Greece,” notes the photo’s caption, credited to the 37-year-old Jordanian.Muheisen, a two-times Pulitzer prize winner, uploaded a time-lapse video on his personal account showing him setting up the camera during the day to capture the stunning image.
Rayman has endured as a video game character for over 20 years, first appearing on the Atari Jaguar way back in 1995. But what you may not know is that the original Rayman game was meant to be a SNES title including a two-player mode. However, Ubisoft decided the game should be released on CD-ROM, so when the SNES CD-ROM add-on got canceled, so did Rayman for SNES.Rayman as a character was created by Michel Ancel, Frederic Houde, and Alexandra Steible, and over the weekend Ancel made a surprising discovery. He found the prototype development cartridge for the SNES version of the original Rayman game. Better yet, it still works when plugged into a SNES.Here’s a shot of the prototype board plugged into a SNES:Announcing the news through his Instagram account, Ancel commented, “It was sleeping for 24 years ….. Time to wake it up !!!!”Until now, only 4 people had seen the game running, and it runs at 60fps. He even suggests that Ubisoft should consider porting the game and releasing it as a Nintendo Switch title. I’m sure Rayman fans and Nintendo would be on board with that idea.Here’s a great video comparing the original Rayman on the Atari Jaguar and the PlayStation. Now imagine this updated and running on the Switch (on the go and hooked up to your TV):Rayman sold incredibly well. shifting millions of copies. If a Switch version did happen, I doubt just doing Rayman would be good enough. I’d want all Rayman releases bundled along with the SNES prototype as an added bonus on the cartridge.
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Master Blockchain With These Easy Online CoursesAtari Explains What ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon’ On Blockchain Even Means Amazon Web Services last week announced a new blockchain program—with a little help from The Not Ready For Prime-Time Players.“Many of today’s discussions around blockchain technology remind me of the classic [Saturday Night Live] Shimmer Floor Wax skit,” AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr wrote in a blog post.Dan Aykroyd believes Shimmer is a dessert topping, while Gilda Radner claims it’s a floor wax. Chevy Chase confirms it’s both.“Some of the people that I talk to see blockchains as the foundation of a new monetary system and a way to facilitate international payments,” Barr said. “Others see blockchains as a distributed ledger and immutable data source that can be applied to logistics, supply chain, land registration, crowdfunding, and other use cases“Either way,” he continued, “it is clear that there are a lot of intriguing possibilities and we are working to help our customers use this technology more effectively.”So the cloud computing firm launched AWS Blockchain Templates, providing a fast and easy way to create and deploy secure blockchain networks using the Ethereum or Hyperledger Fabric networks.Invented in 2008 for use in the cryptocurrency bitcoin, blockchain remains a mystery to many. The technology allows for information to be managed and organized without an intermediary like a bank, government, or accountant.Its best-known (but by not means only) application is the digital payment system bitcoin, which cuts out the middleman to enable direct electronic cash transfers.The scheme relies on members of the general public to validate and timestamp transactions. Those transactions are then added as “blocks” to a cryptographically protected, unalterable chain (hence the name) and shared on a private (with restricted membership) or public network.AWS Blockchain Templates comes just six months after Oracle unveiled a cloud service built on the open-source Hyperledger, and about a year after IBM revealed its own Hyperledger-based blockchain-as-a-service offering. Stay on target
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 15, 2017 – Nassau – The Acting Postmaster General wishes to advise the public that the General Post Office, East Hill Street, will open 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday to Friday until further notice due to malfunctioning of the air-conditioning system.The public is further advised that full services are available at all sub-post offices in New Providence. The Acting Postmaster General wishes to apologize for any inconvenience caused.The Government and Minister of Transport regret the situation and are doing all possible to repair the air-conditioning for the comfort of the staff, in the shortest possible time.Press Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 21, 2019 Updated: 6:13 PM 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) – Murder and other felony charges were filed today against a 20-year-old probationer who allegedly fired a gunshot toward his brother, missing him but inadvertently killing a next-door neighbor asleep inhis bed.Manuula Save is accused in the Saturday morning death of Michael Walker, 38, who was shot about 1:45 a.m. by a bullet that traveled through a bedroom wall in the defendant’s apartment and into the victim’s unit in the 13400 block of Midland Road. Walker was hit once in the abdomen and died at a hospital about an hour later.Save faces life imprisonment if convicted of murder, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, assault with a semi-automatic firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty.Deputy District Attorney Kristie Nikoletich said the shooting stemmed from a verbal argument and physical fight between Save and his older brother. Following the argument, Save retrieved a gun and fired at his sibling “to show his brother he wasn’t scared of him,” the prosecutor alleged.Save then allegedly hid the 9mm firearm, which he was not allowed to possess due to a previous hit-and-run conviction involving the death of an elderly woman, Nikoletich said. Save was sentenced to probation in that case,she said.Nikoletich said Save was charged with murder due to “the defendant’s conscious disregard for human life.”Save, who’s being held in lieu of $3 million bail, is due back in court Aug. 29 for a readiness conference. Man who shot sleeping neighbor in Poway charged with murder, pleads not guilty KUSI Newsroom,
Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See It Sprint Turo: Save $30 on any car rental I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Angela Lang/CNET Uber,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 0 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Share your voice $6 at Tidal Post a comment Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $59 at eBay Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET Rylo See it Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Turo Post a comment Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Google Home Hub review See It Tags $60 at Best Buy $210 at Best Buy $999 Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy Apple iPhone XS $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The Cheapskate Mobile Roadshow Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Uber is going public. Hemant Mishra/Mint via Getty Images Uber on Friday set a price range of $44 to $50 a share for its initial public offering, according to an updated filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The ride-hailing company plans to offer 180 million shares and seeks to raise about $9 billion in its IPO.The San Francisco-based company will list on the New York Stock Exchange using the ticker symbol UBER. Its IPO could come as soon as early May.On Friday, payment service PayPal also said it’ll invest $500 million into Uber as it extends a partnership the companies have maintained since 2013.In its IPO filing, Uber said it has operations in more than 700 cities in 63 countries on six continents. More than 91 million people use one of its services, which includes food delivery, at least once a month, the company said. Its drivers reportedly complete 14 million trips every day. If all goes as planned, 2019 will be a big year for tech IPOs. Airbnb, Pinterest and Slack are also expected to go public. Uber arch-rival Lyft issued its IPO in March with a strong stock market debut, but has faltered some since then. Lyft shares were trading around $56 on Friday, well below their $72 IPO price. Uber didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. $520 at HP $999 Boost Mobile DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 $299 at Amazon 0 $155 at Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Turo