I am supporting France because of Pogba, says Yuvraj Singh

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) For Yuvraj Singh, it is his favourite club Manchester United that has forced him to switch loyalties from his perennial favourite Brazil to supporting France in the ongoing FIFA World Cup. And the reason is his favourite player Paul Pogba plays for the ‘Red Devils’. “Past few World Cups, I supported Brazil, but this year I am supporting France because it has Paul Pogba, who is a Manchester United player”, said Yuvraj on Youtube channel SportScreenIndia. Yuvraj is a self-confessed football buff, who has often dropped in at the Old Trafford to enjoy United’s Premier League home games. The Indian team also plays football as a part of its warm-up and the witty Yuvraj provided his expert comments on his teammates’ football skills. “Virat is really fit and can run the length and breadth of the pitch with high speed, but unfortunately, he can never score goals. He has a lot of skills but sadly lacks the finish. I think he needs to work on that,” said the hero of India’s 2011 World Cup victory. But he had some honest advice for Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya — football is not a sport for them. “Jasprit Bumrah shouldn’t play football. Hardik Pandya is a really bad footballer. He too needs to improve his football skills”, he says jokingly. Carrying on in a lighter vein, Yuvraj adds: “Rohit Sharma is a horrible soccer player. He just passes the ball and then doesn’t move. He is always standing in an off-side position. Zaheer Khan is also like Rohit, barely wants to run on the football ground. Ashish Nehra, I would advise shouldn’t play football because everytime he plays, he gets injured.”advertisement So who is a good footballer according to Yuvraj? “Mahi (Dhoni) is an excellent soccer player”, he said. PTI KHS BS KHS BSBSlast_img read more

Usman Khawaja’s brother Arsalan re-arrested for trying to influence witness after bail

first_imgAustralia cricketer Usman Khawaja’s brother Arsalan Tariq Khawaja was re-arrested on Thursday afternoon by Australian Federal Police and NSW Crime Commission investigators from his Sydney house on charges of breaching his bail conditions. Arsalan has now been accused of attempting to influence a witness in his case. Earlier in December, Arsala was arrested by counter-terrorism police over forging a fake terror-plot that led to his colleague, Mohamed Nizamdeen spending four weeks in solitary confinement.Arsalan’s lawyer did not apply for his release after his bail was revoked at Parramatta Bail Court on Friday. He was refused a bail ahead of his court appearance in Sydney later on Friday.According to Australian media, Arsalan Khawaja was given a bail on a $50,000 surety on December 4 and the conditions stated that he was not to go within 100 metres of the University of NSW’s Kensington or Cliffbrook campuses. On top of that, he was absolutely barred from approaching any witnesses or employees of the university’s IT department.However, he was found to have breached the conditions and will now remain in custody until his matter is heard again in February next year.Arsalan’s brother Usman Khawaja is currently playing for Australia in the Boxing Day Test against India, where the visitors have an upper hand.Arsalan, 39, was arrested in early December after being pulled over while driving in western Sydney, according to a spokesperson for New South Wales state police.Arsalan was questioned over an attempt to pervert justice and forgery by making a false document. Over rivalry with Nizamdeen due to a common love interest, Arsalan is alleged to have set up a fake plot to get his colleague arrested.advertisementThe police operation stemmed from the discovery in an office at the University of New South Wales of a laptop which contained an alleged hit-list naming former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and his deputy Julie Bishop.The device also reportedly contained blueprints for attacks on train stations and landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House.Also Read | Usman Khawaja’s brother arrested by counter-terrorism police over fake terror plotAlso See:last_img read more

Herrera in Champions League warning to Man Utd

first_imgAnder Herrera Herrera fires Champions League warning to Man Utd team-mates Stephen Darwin Last updated 2 years ago 15:51 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ander Herrera Man Utd 2017 Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Basel Basel UEFA Champions League The Spaniard urges his side to remember where they came from having triumphed in the Europa League and that they can’t take any opponent lightly Ander Herrera has a stark warning for his Manchester United team-mates, insisting it would be a mistake to underestimate their Champions League opponents.The Red Devils were drawn in what, on paper, appears to be one of the easier groups in this season’s competition, with the Premier League club facing Basel, CSKA Moscow and Benfica.Man Utd 5/2 to win PL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing United sealed their progression to the Champions League by winning the Europa League last term and Herrera insists that Jose Mourinho’s side must now take it game-by-game in Europe’s premier club competition.He said, as quoted by ESPN: “We have to know where we come from. We have come from the Europa League, we won it and it is very important and it is a very good title but it is the Europa League.”We were sixth in the Premier League [last season] so we have to respect every team we face because they deserve to be in the Champions League.”Basel have been champions of Switzerland for many years, they have a talented team. They sell players to the world with a lot of talent. We have to respect them. We are ready but we have to respect every opponent and realise where we have come from.”We are a big club and maybe the biggest in the world but we were not in the Champions League last season and we have to take it step by step. First aim we have is Basel. We cannot think of winning the Champions League now, we have to take it one step at a time.”Herrera also praised the impact of summer signing Romelu Lukaku and believes he is capable of delivering in the Champions League.He added: “Last season we won three titles because we had one of the top scorers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic. If you want to be a champion and win titles you need a guy like him and Romelu is doing fantastic for us.”Paul Pogba is there to score goals, Marcus [Rashford] will score, Anthony [Martial] is scoring, Juan [Mata] will score because it is in his DNA so we cannot give all the responsibility to Romelu. It is important to have him though.”It doesn’t matter that he hasn’t played Champions League before, he has scored goals and played in the best league in the world so he will score goals for us. He is so hungry, he wants to win things, he wants to score goals and he wants to be important.”last_img read more

Watch: Mark May Doesn’t Think Ohio State Should Get Into The Playoff Without Conference Title

first_imgMark May picking against Ohio State yet again.Twitter/@TheSpunOhio State will likely be one of the four teams selected for the College Football Playoff. ESPN’s Mark May, who often criticizes the Buckeyes, does not like it.Ohio State is ranked second in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings, released on Tuesday night, behind only Alabama. We only have two years of data to work with, but thus far every team to make the field has been a conference champion. Ohio State lost a tiebreaker with Penn State, which beat the Buckeyes head-to-head, and does not play in tonight’s Big Ten Championship. Still, FiveThirtyEight‘s most recent College Football Playoff forecast gives the Buckeyes a rock solid 92-percent chance to make the Playoff, in part because they do not have a chance to lose today.Mark May, often an antagonist of Ohio State football, does not like that the Buckeyes could get in over Penn State, even if the Nittany Lions win the conference championship. On ABC opposite Mack Brown, May expressed his disagreement with the Buckeyes’ candidacy.Mark May, still biased as hell when it comes to Ohio State pic.twitter.com/Jco6E21E58— The Spun (@TheSpun) December 3, 2016Penn State fans are also not big on May, and couldn’t believe that the former Pitt Panther stood up for the Nittany Lions.Mark May advocating for #PSU. Has hell frozen over?— (((Der Kommissar))) (@RadarPSU) December 3, 2016@BlueLion13126 i’m assuming this is a different Mark May and not the one that once played for Pitt . Is this like Mark May the plumber?— Cliff Dressler (@CliffDressler) December 3, 2016And 2016 continues to be weird as Mark May said Penn State should get in over Ohio State if they win tonight…— Jim (@PandaPSU) December 3, 2016Penn State has the head-to-head win over Ohio State, and can win the Big Ten with a win over Wisconsin tonight, but two losses—including a 39-point drubbing at the hands of Michigan—could be too much for James Franklin’s club to overcome.last_img read more

Former Florida State Star Going Off On Seminoles During Performance vs. Clemson

first_imgDeondre Francois being hit by a Clemson defender.TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 27: Deondre Francois #12 of the Florida State Seminoles throws a pass while under pressure in the second quarter of the game against the Clemson Tigers at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The Clemson vs. Florida State game, usually one of the most anticipated of the season, is an absolute joke this year. The Tigers currently lead the Seminoles 59-3 early in the fourth quarter. One former FSU star is losing his mind on Twitter.Jacobbi McDaniel, who played at Florida State from 2009-2013 and helped the program win a national title, has taken to Twitter with some thoughts on the contest. In short, he’s beyond disappointed with what the Seminoles are doing on the field.It’s hard to blame him. Florida State, after holding Clemson scoreless in the first quarter, has given up 59 points since. The team’s offense hasn’t been much better.Here’s what McDaniel had to say. Some of it is quite colorful.Debo tryna put up 35 in the first half! Sheesh lol.— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018They out there being friendly with Clemson players. And literally getting their ass beat… wow.— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018During the play you Tuck your tail between your legs,but after the play you stick ya chest out. That’s ass backwards. Am I the only one that notice that? During the play it’s nothing but after the play or side liners notice how all that wolf talk come about?? #ass #backwards— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 201852 points in your house?! This is a fucking(sorry for my language) disgrace. All of you need ya ass whipped! This has to do with pride pride pride. It’s no way Fsu should get their ass beat this bad.. what’s really going on man. Frfr. Trash as hell! Unacceptable— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018Wanna be fucking(sorry for my language once again) fashion designers and shit. I normally hold my thoughts but ya boys trash! About to get 60 hung on ya at ya own fucking stadium.— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018At an fsu game.. psh. Smh https://t.co/4TCGABP9Hz— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018It’s these players man. It’s pride!! It ain’t coaching its pride! https://t.co/1Wo50njdh6— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 201870 points?! In house??In ya house??!!!! Evrybody souls leave the stadium. They don’t deserve no ones time. This is pride man. Coaching has nothing to do with it. Jimbo has nothing to do with it. So don come at me about Jimbo nor the coaches now. Hold these kids accountable!— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018With the remaining schedule Fsu may go 4-8 wowww.— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018Clemson, with the win, is now 8-0 on the season and looks like a virtual lock for the College Football Playoff.Florida State, meanwhile, falls to 4-4. The Seminoles will need to finish 2-2 to compete in a bowl game.last_img read more

Residents Work on More Than 190 Projects in Western Jamaica

first_img The parish hosted one of the two national projects at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School, where a ramp was installed as well as other refurbishing work carried out. Work was carried out on Labour Day, May 23 on more than 190 projects registered across the parishes of St. James, Hanover, St. Ann, Trelawny, Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth. Work was carried out on Labour Day, May 23 on more than 190 projects registered across the parishes of St. James, Hanover, St. Ann, Trelawny, Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth.In St. James, residents came out to work on more than 58 projects, with the major focus on Lethe Primary and Infant School and the St. James Type V clinic.This was in keeping with the national focus on repairing health centres and building ramps in schools under the theme ‘Ramp it Up…Fix it Up’.The work undertaken involved construction of rails and ramps, painting of exterior walls and repairs to bathroom facilities, among others. The parking lot at the health centre was also remodeled and a chain link fence installed at the school.Additionally, the parish staged its annual floral tribute in honour of the Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe, who was hanged in Sam Sharpe Square on May 23 for his role in the 1831 Christmas rebellion.In Westmoreland, where 36 projects were registered, residents came out to install a ramp at the Little London Post Office. The grounds of the facility were also paved.The parish of Hanover also had full support for its Labour Day activities. Scores of persons turned out to assist with work at the Kingsvale Health Centre, where a ramp was built, the building painted, doors replaced, desks and chairs repaired, and flood lights installed.In Trelawny, the Falmouth Health Centre was also fitted with a ramp, the driveway paved, exterior walls painted and the property beautified.Parish Manager, Trelawny Health Services, Lorene Whinstanley, expressed her gratitude for the partnership with the Trelawny Municipal Corporation.“We value the partnership and just trust that the community will appreciate the effort being made and will do everything to keep our facilities as comfortable as we try to make them,” she said.Over in St. Ann, major improvement work was carried out on the Teachers’ Cottage at the Free Hill Primary School, where the walls were stripped and painted, the roof replaced, overgrown vegetation cut and areas whitewashed.The parish hosted one of the two national projects at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School, where a ramp was installed as well as other refurbishing work carried out. This was in keeping with the national focus on repairing health centres and building ramps in schools under the theme ‘Ramp it Up…Fix it Up’. Story Highlightslast_img read more

India beat SA 51 to win FIH Series Finals

first_imgBhubaneswar: India lived up to their billing and thrashed South Africa 5-1 in the summit clash to win the FIH Series Finals hockey tournament here Saturday. Coming into the tournament as overwhelming favourites, world no. 5 India played like champions and remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. Dragflickers Varun Kumar (2nd and 49th minutes) and Harmanpreet Singh (11th and 25th) scored a brace each, while Vivek Sagar Prasad (35th) was the other goal scorer for India. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevSouth Africa’s lone goal was scored by Richard Pautz in the 53rd minute. India and South Africa have already qualified for the final round of the Olympic qualifiers before Saturday’s summit clash. Earlier in the day, Asian Games champion Japan defeated USA 4-2 to finish third in the competition. The top two finishers of this tournament make it to the final round of the Olympic qualifiers to be held later this year. Going by world rankings, the Indians were expected to control the proceedings and they exactly did that from the word go. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsIndia secured their first penalty corner as early as in the second minute and Varun made no mistake in converting the opportunity into goal. In the 11th minute, India got another penalty corner and this time Harmanpreet slammed home to make the scoreline 2-0 in favour of the hosts. Seconds before the end of the first quarter, South Africa got a rare opportunity but Nqobile Ntuli’s reverse hit was kept away by Krishan Bahadur Pathak in front of the Indian goal. Five minutes from half time, India were awarded a penalty stroke when Birendra Lakra was stick-checked inside South Africa’s ‘D’ by Jethro Eustice and Harmanpreet made no mistake to make the scoreline 3-0. The flow of the match continued in the same vein after the change of ends with India dominating the proceedings. Five minutes into the third quarter, India extended their lead when Vivek Sagar Prasad scored from close range after being set up by Simranjeet Singh. India secured their third penalty corner in the 41st minute but this time Amit Rohidas’ try was saved by the South African goalkeeper. India kept up the pressure and earned their fourth penalty corner in the 49th minute and Varun scored from a variation to make the scoreline 5-0 in the home team’s favour. South Africa finally had something to cheer about when they secured back-to-back penalty corners in the 53rd minute and from the second chance, Pautz deflected in Eustice’s flick to reduce the margin to 5-1. Four minutes from the final hooter, India secured two more penalty corners but failed to utilise the opportunities. South Africa too got a last chance to pull another goal back in the form of their third penalty corner but to no effect.last_img read more

Arresting officers actions one shining moment in Toronto van attack

first_imgTORONTO – The president of Toronto’s police union said an officer’s actions in arresting a suspect in Monday’s deadly van attack without firing a single shot was “one shining moment” in an otherwise horrific day.Mike McCormack of the Toronto Police Association said the arrest, caught on videos that have been widely circulated on social media, has served as a glimmer of hope for a city caught in tragedy.“It’s one shining moment in an absolutely game-changing, abysmal, horrific day in the city of Toronto,” McCormack said in a phone interview Tuesday. “The one … positive to take-away from that day was his behaviour.”At a news conference Tuesday, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said he attributes the nonviolent resolution to de-escalation training.But Saunders, who said he had spoken with the officer, said the handling of the situation was “nothing short of remarkable.”Police sources identified the officer as Const. Ken Lam, with the force’s 32 Division.With the city still on edge following Monday’s incident, many social media users have hailed the officer as a paragon of restraint based on footage of his tense standoff with the alleged van driver. It happened not far from the stretch of Yonge Street where a van mounted a sidewalk and rammed into pedestrians, killing 10 and injuring 14.In one of the videos of the arrest, a man, asking to be killed, stands by a damaged white rental van and points a dark object towards the officer. The officer refuses to shoot and repeatedly yells for the man to get down.The suspect warns he has a gun in his pocket.“Shoot me in the head,” the man can be heard saying on the video.From a highrise window, another video appears to show the suspect walking backwards with his arms raised as the officer moves toward him.The suspect eventually goes to the ground and street-level footage shows the officer kneeling over him as he lies on the pavement.“It could have gone either way. Any time if that threat escalated, we could have had a different outcome,” McCormack said of the arrest.“He reacted to what he was seeing, what his training taught him, and we’re extremely proud of him. He may have prevented additional deaths.”McCormack said the officer was one of many first responders who ran towards the danger as the van mounted the sidewalk between Finch Avenue and Sheppard Avenue.Officers pushed pedestrians out of the van’s path, performed CPR and attended to “mangled” victims, said McCormack.Even for seasoned officers, he said, the carnage was among the worst they had ever witnessed.McCormack has been in touch with the officer, who he said is overwhelmed with emotion, but eager to get back on the streets.“He’s more concerned with the victims … than what he has done.”McCormack said that while the officer maintains his actions were “no big deal,” as the adrenaline fades, he will have to face the magnitude of what he’s gone through.“(There’s) this whole notion that police officers go out and shoot first and ask questions later,” he said. “Many times our officers are dealing with people in situations that’s resolved in a peaceful way.“It was demonstrated in an overwhelmingly clear fashion … what police officers are really about, and what they really do.”last_img read more

Is Saïd Bouteflika the new Unelected President of Algeria

Washington DC – The latest abrupt changes at the helm of Algeria’s Presidential security apparatus add to the mounting fears that a developing power struggle among ruling clans in Algeria could plunge the country into political and security chaos. As concerns grow over the health of President Bouteflika, the succession rivalry between the Presidential camp led by Bouteflika’s brother Saïd and the Military camp led by the Intelligence Chief General Toufik Mediene has intensified to levels not seen before.The swift decision to dismiss the Chief of the Republican Guard, Major General Melliani, and the head of Presidential Security, Major General Mejdoub and the Director of Internal Security Major General Bendaoud stunned, perplexed and panicked the Algerian public. Furthermore, newsIn a bizarre and disquieting move, the fired Generals learned of their fate through the media. In a country where the armed forces is “the supreme leader”, sacking high ranking officials in this manner is an affront to the institution which begs the question: Who made the decision to fire? According to AFP news agency, the Algerian daily Al-Watan reported that the sacking was a result of “errors” and “negligence.” It spoke of an “accident” last week in which two security guards sparked panic at the Zeralda presidential residence west of Algiers by firing shots.Was it an attempt coup d’état, a turf dispute between clans, or just disciplinary actions that led to this rude dismissals? Algiers is rife with conspiracy theories and anecdotes but short on facts and official statements.The absence an official bulletin announcing the firing is a sign of a fractured and nervous military establishment concerned for its feature in a post-Bouteflika reign. Furthermore, some Algerian news sites have reported that before the end of the summer the Presidency will publish a list of purged military officers who will be “asked: to retire.As the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and defense minister, President Bouteflika is the only authority who can issue such orders. However, is he healthy and of sound mind to render such verdicts? The answer is NO.How can a leader who has been only shown, but not heard, on national television in few engineered video clips rule a byzantine country like Algeria?  In the absence of official statements, it will be safe to assume that Bouteflika has been physically diminished and lost some of his functions. As such, his brother Saïd must be running the presidency behind closed doors.Saïd Bouteflika, 57 years old, holds the officials position of special advisor to the president. He has been his “brother’s keeper” since the President’s aneurysm. According to several Algerian activists, some close to the military establishment, Saïd is the brain behind the throne.With Each clan trying to stock key positions with leadership loyalist to its camp hoping to emerge stronger in the new era, some observers view these changes in key security positions as a maneuver by the Bouteflika camp led by Saïd to consolidate power and centralize decision-making at Al-Mouradia (Presidential Palace).The acrimony within the Algerian ruling clans is nothing new. However, the quick and insulting manner in which these high ranking military officials were fired is an ominous sign that the decades long delicate power sharing agreement between the Presidential camp, the Military establishment (i.e. the National Armed Forces or ANP) and the Intelligence agencies (i.e. the Directorate of Intelligence and Security or DRS) is on the verge of collapse.If this is the case, Algeria will inter a turbulent and a dangerous zone that will further jeopardize the security and stability of North Africa and Southern Mediterranean.Algerians have been frustrated with the lack of political and economic reforms. The economy has been beset by slumping oil revenues. The decline in hydrocarbon income will reduce government subsidies which in turn will lead to social upheaval and insecurity.Europe and the United States never voiced concerns that President Bouteflika is too ill to govern. The upheaval in Libya, the deteriorating security situation in Tunisia and the political turmoil in Egypt should serve as a lesson to the West. Yet, Western governments are more interested in Algeria’s oil and gas riches than its political stability.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permissionThe views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy read more

Another Quebec businessman expresses interest in buying Transat AT

Company in this story: (TSX:TRZ, TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — The list of Quebec players interested in acquiring Transat AT is getting longer with the addition of a group led by the head of financial services company FNC Capital, The Canadian Press has learned.Dominik Pigeon, whose firm specializes in management buyouts, has confirmed his group’s interest in the tour operator.“I have a great interest in the company, they know it,” Pigeon said in an interview. “Our goal is not just to buy it, but to grow it, and to support the management team in place.”The group is supported by BCF Business Law, which did not respond to questions.Pigeon, who has worked for institutions such as Desjardins Group, Export Development Canada and BNP Paribas, did not want to reveal the identity of his partners, but confirmed that he was not alone. According to a source familiar with the file, who requested anonymity because he is not allowed to speak publicly, it is a “Quebec financial solution” with local institutional actors and the support of Quebec Inc.On its website, FNC Capital says it raises funds for “lending and investing with the management team to buy control of their business” in transactions generally priced between $5 million and $200 million.In addition to Pigeon, Vincent Chiara, president of real estate developer Groupe Mach, has confirmed that he has submitted an offer for the parent company of Air Transat, while the president and CEO of Quebecor, Pierre Karl Peladeau, confirmed he’s requested a financial analysis of the company for a personal investment.Despite disappointing results in 2018 — including an adjusted loss of $24.5 million — Transat AT is continuing efforts to build a network of hotels at sun destinations in the hope of better positioning to compete against rivals such as Air Canada Rouge, WestJet Vacations and Sunwing.Jean-Marc Eustache, 71, has been in charge of the company since it was created in 1987. His successor will be chief operating officer Annick Guerard.Transat’s shares gained 57 cents or 6.14 per cent to $9.86 in Friday trading, giving the company a $371.6-million market capitalization, up about $150 million since confirmation of talks surrounding a potential sale. read more

BMW Group display demonstrates Olympic bid success

An Olympic-themed exhibition has been unveiled at SMMT’s Westminster showroom with BMW and MINI cars on display from the Official Automotive Partner of London 2012.The BMW Group was awarded the contract based on its submission that centred on the low carbon performance of its fleet. The BMW and MINI fleet surpassed this target with average CO2 emissions of 116g/km CO2 (or 64.5mpg). The EfficientDynamics, hybrid and zero emissions cars, motorcycles and bicycles provided by BMW Group for London 2012 provide mobility for athletes and officials that is vital for the operational success of the Games.BMW Group is also providing a number of adapted vehicles, enabling disabled people for the first time to volunteer as drivers during the Games.80% of the BMW London 2012 fleet fulfils Euro 6 emission standards already – two years before they become mandatory. As of September 2014, Euro 6 will be the mandatory emission limit for all new cars.The display at SMMT includes a BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid that mates a 1.35kWh lithium ion battery and 40kW electric motor to a petrol engine. This drivetrain delivers 306bhp with just 149g/km CO2. The second BMW model on display is its 320d EfficientDynamics, the most fuel-efficient variant of 3 Series, which is the Upper Medium segment’s best seller in the year-to-date.As part of the Group’s display, a MINI Countryman Cooper D is also on display. The first model in the MINI range with four doors; the Countryman bridges the gap between the classic concept of the MINI and a modern Crossover. With the extra space and flexibility, it is a fun and efficient SUV.BMW’s official vehicle fleet comprises:1,550 BMW 3 Series 320d EfficientDynamics700 BMW 5 Series 520d EfficientDynamics400 BMW 3 Series 318d Touring200 MINI Countryman Cooper D160 BMW 1 Series ActiveE (electric vehicle)40 MINI E (electric vehicle)20 BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid17 BMW X3 xDrive20d10 BMW X5 xDrive30d25 BMW F 650 GS, R 1200 GS, R 1200 RT motorcycles400 BMW Cruise bicyclesClick through for more information about the BMW Olympic Fleet and the 2012 London Olympic Games.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Julian Assange has dropped appeal against 50week jail term court confirms

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. His eviction from the embassy on April 11 came after a souring of relations, with Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno claiming Assange had tried to use the Knightsbridge site for spying. Julian Assange has dropped an appeal against his 50-week jail term for jumping bail by going into hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy.The WikiLeaks founder entered the embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted in connection with sexual offences allegations.He spent nearly seven years living in the embassy until being dramatically dragged out by police in April after Ecuador revoked his political asylum.The 48-year-old was jailed for 50 weeks for breaching his bail conditions, just short of the one-year maximum for the offence.He lodged an appeal against the length of his sentence and a hearing was due to take place at the Court of Appeal in London on July 23.But Assange is no longer pursuing the appeal and a spokeswoman for the judiciary confirmed on Thursday that the planned hearing had been cancelled.Assange entered the embassy on June 19 2012 while under intense scrutiny over the leaks of hundreds of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables on his whistle-blowing website.The drastic move came after he exhausted all legal options in fighting extradition to Sweden over two separate allegations – one of rape and one of molestation.Assange, claiming he was the subject of an American “witch hunt”, said he was at risk of being taken to the US if he was sent to the Scandinavian nation. read more

Thickener modelling and capturing tailings benefits

first_imgThe project budget is A$4.7 million over 3 years and sponsorships range from A$40,000/y for a Supplier Sponsor, A$90,000/y for an Operator Sponsor and A$140,000/y for a Major Operator Sponsor. Work is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2012.More information on either projec: Contact gray.bailey@amirainternational.com With International Mining’s ever popular Paste Supplement coming up in the April issue, we have news of two interesting AMIRA projects. Heading towards a predictive full thickener model, the proposal for P266G, the new phase of the successful Improving Thickener Technology project, is now in circulation. New project P1087, Integrated Tailings Management will focus on paste and thickened tailings (P&TT) technologies and an integrated suite of measurement and modeling tools linking the thickener, to tailings transport and the tailings storage facility (TSF). Over its 20+ year life, the thickener project has delivered considerable benefits to sponsoring companies. Sponsors have acknowledged direct financial benefits of A$500+ million (NPV) from implementation of P266 project outcomes within their operations. P266G will build upon this success.Sponsorships are available. In an overall project budget of A$5.3 million, the leverage on research investment for individual sponsors will substantial; up to 25 times for an operating sponsor, AMIRA says.The project scope is broad, with the over-riding goal being the completion and application of a full thickener model, able to fully predict shifts in output properties on the basis of feed, flocculant or operating condition changes. Technology transfer is a strong component of the project and sponsors get exclusive access to the research team and their measurement/modelling capabilities for optimising operating conditions, design evaluation and problem-solving. Web-based resources include the Online Thickener Self-appraisal tool, Knowledge Base, and Sedimentation and Rake Torque models.Work is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2012.Acquire the tools to capture tailings benefits, take the opportunity to participate in this new AMIRA project. Companies involved with operating, designing, supplying equipment or reagents to tailings operations will benefit, whether evaluating P&TT options for existing or planned operations, or considering changing from hydraulic disposal.Technical expertise will be provided by CSIRO, ATC Williams, the University of Western Australia and Monash University.Sponsor benefits will include: Improved ability to make reliable predictions about TSF performance under a range of conditions, such as the mineral system, throughput, climate, topography, etc over the life of the mineImproved water recoveryOptimised TSF footprintA techo-economic model to investigate prospective scenarios.last_img read more

SwiftKey 3 beta available as free download

first_imgThere are a few big names in Android text input, and one of the biggest is SwitfKey. This keyboard’s claim to fame is its aggressive, but almost clairvoyant autocorrect feature. The new SwiftKey 3 beta has been released, but you have to sign up for the SwiftKey VIP forums to get access. Sound like a hassle? It might be worth your time.SwiftKey has had excellent set up screens since version 2, and the new version 3 beta is no exception. It walks you through enabling SwiftKey and setting it as the default input device. SwiftKey’s autocorrection gets better the more data is has on you. You can feed words in as you type, or allow the keyboard to access and analyze your Twitter, Facebook, or Gmail. This too is covered in the setup, but is explicitly optional. This massive influx of data will make SwiftKey more useful, faster.The user interface has been redesigned for SwitfKey, and it was definitely time. The old version had a distinctly Gingerbread look that clashed with Android’s new blue aesthetic in Ice Cream Sandwich. The default theme is called Cobalt, and it’s largely gray and blue. However, the keys are bizarre curved shapes. I found that off putting, but the new Holo theme is much more understated, and just fits in with Android 4.0.As for typing, there is definitely some new magic in SwiftKey. If you set it to speed mode, it will correct more words, and it’s actually very accurate. If you’re a more careful typist, the precision mode still works fine. SwiftKey is picking up more errors from missing spaces than it once did, and the borderline-creepy prediction bar is still alarming. You can just load up suggestions instead of typing and get coherent sentences — sometimes even sentences you want.This beta download is free, but once it is ready for general consumption, you’ll have to buy SwiftKey in the Play Store to continue using it. So far, I’m impressed.SwiftKey VIP via SlashGearlast_img read more

STEM success charges up local students mentors

first_imgMentors can play a significant role in education by helping many more students succeed in challenging courses and also by supporting teachers. Southwest Washington’s efforts connecting students with professionals in science, technology, engineering and math — collectively known as STEM — were celebrated Thursday night inside an nLight Corp. warehouse packed with educators, students and professionals volunteering as mentors.The STEM mentoring nonprofit organization called nConnect was founded in 2005 by Scott Keeney, chief executive officer of nLIGHT, a leading manufacturer of semiconductor lasers.“My whole life has changed,” said Reem Sabha, a Mountain View High School junior who is being mentored by an nConnect volunteer in her Advanced Placement calculus class. “I love calculus now, and I want to be an engineer.”Sen. Patty Murray was there Thursday night, lauding the program’s success.“We have an education deficit in this country,” Murray said. “Investing in STEM programs is absolutely critical for our future.”In 2005, Murray attended the nConnect kickoff event at the nLight warehouse. In its pilot program year of 2005-2006, there were seven physicist-mentors from nLight, seven high school physics teachers, 36 students and one intern. In contrast, in 2011-2012, there are 232 mentors, 144 mentor businesses, 100 internships and a total of 1,650 students participating in nConnect’s programs. All students — not just the privileged — should have the opportunity to succeed in these rigorous courses. More rigorous courses are needed in high school if U.S. students are to be competitive in the global economy. 2005-06 pilot year:o mentors: 7o mentor businesses: 1o student internships: 1o students: 362011-12 year:o mentors: 232o mentor businesses: 144o student internships: 100o students: 1,650www.nconnectnw.orgCore beliefs:last_img read more

99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Wilmington Pop Warner On June 27

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?Wilmington Pop Warner is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from 4pm to 11pm.Bring the flyer below and 15% of your bill will be donated to Wilmington Pop Warner.  Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)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… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Cops With Kids For Cancer On June 5In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On May 29In “Community”last_img read more

49 celebrities write to PM on lynching

first_imgMumbai: Eminent filmmakers and actors such as Adoor Gopalkrishnan, Mani Ratnam, Anurag Kashyap, Aparna Sen, Konkona Sensharma, Soumita Chatterjee have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing concern over the growing the cases of lynching. A total of 49 celebrities have signed the letter expressing regret that ‘Jai Shree Ram’ has become a war cry today. The letter also states, “Ram is sacred for the majority community, stop defiling the name of Ram.” Also Read – INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended for three days till September 2 Advertise With Us Talking about the number of lynching cases witnessed in the country, the celebrities have said, “Over 254 religious identity-based hate crimes. 840 incidents of atrocities against the Dalits. Dear Prime Minister, what action has been taken?” The letter expresses deep concern over the growing trend of lynching by a mob in this country. They also demanded non-bailable, exemplary punishment for those found guilty of the crime. Also Read – Pakistan ISI agents copy most hi-tech feature of Rs 2,000 notes Advertise With Us People like Binayak Sen, director Anjan Dutta and Gautam Ghosh, who have signed the letter, also expressed the tendency of those in power of tagging someone an ‘anti-national’ or ‘urban Naxal’ whenever he or she tries to show dissent against the ruling government. Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy weighs in on the letter written by 49 celebrities voicing concern over lynching and saying that Jai Shri Ram has been reduced to a provocative war cry. Roy tweeted, “I have nothing against their holding such a view and petitioning the Prime Minister. All I ask is, have they said the same thing about ‘Allahu Akbar’? I’m sure they haven’t; and that is proof of their hypocrisy, their malafide intentions, their #DespicableDoubleStandards.”last_img read more

Trumps excampaign manager Manafort indicted

first_imgPaul Manafort hides behind his car visor as he leaves his home in Alexandria, Virginia, on Monday morning. — ReutersPaul Manafort, a former campaign manager for president Donald Trump, was indicted on charges of money laundering and conspiracy against the United States, the most serious step yet in a special counsel investigation into Russian links with Trump’s 2016 White House campaign.Manafort, 68, a longtime Republican operative, arrived at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington field office on Monday morning to hand himself in after being indicted by a federal grand jury.Manafort associate Rick Gates was also indicted. He was also due to surrender, the New York Times reported.The 12-count indictment was the first from the investigation by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump’s favor.Lawyers for Gates and Manafort did not immediately return calls for comment.The Russia investigations by Mueller and by several congressional panels have cast a shadow over the Republican’s nine-month-old presidency and have widened the rift between Republicans and Democrats.Manafort ran the Trump campaign from June to August of 2016 before resigning amid reports he might have received millions in illegal payments from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.It was not immediately clear if the charges, some of which go back at least a decade, related to Manafort’s work as campaign manager. Neither Trump nor his campaign were mentioned in the indictment.“Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????,” Trump said in a Twitter post on Monday morning, referring to his Democratic rival last year, Hillary Clinton.”As it relates to the president, this is nothing,“ a Trump adviser said of the charges, speaking on condition of anonymity. ”It had nothing to do with their tenure at the campaign as far as I can tell,” he said.CONSPIRACY AGAINST USThe indictment contains counts of conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, acting as unregistered agents of Ukraine’s government, false and misleading statements and failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, the federal special counsel said.The charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer called for the Trump administration to avoid interfering with the special prosecutor’s probe.“The rule of law is paramount in America and the investigation must be allowed to proceed unimpeded. The president must not, under any circumstances, interfere with the special counsel’s work in any way,” Schumer said.Trump, who has denied any allegations of collusion with the Russians, has expressed frustration with the Mueller probe and called it “a witch hunt.” He reiterated his denial of any collusion in a Twitter post on Monday.The Kremlin has also denied the allegations of campaign meddling.US intelligence agencies say Russia interfered in the election to try to help Trump defeat Clinton, by hacking and releasing embarrassing emails and disseminating propaganda via social media to discredit her.Wall Street opened lower on Monday, pulling back from a strong rally last week, as investors assessed the fallout of the indictment.Mueller has been investigating Manafort’s financial and real estate dealings and his prior work for that political group, the Party of Regions, which backed former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich.A federal grand jury issued the indictment on Friday and a federal judge ordered it sealed, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters.Gates was a long-time business partner of Manafort and has ties to many of the same Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs. He also served as deputy to Manafort during his brief tenure as Trump’s campaign chairman.Manafort was indicted on nine counts and Gates was indicted on eight counts.last_img read more

Genes may play role in tooth decay gum disease

first_imgHereditary traits and factors such as obesity, education and personality may play a role in tooth decay and gum disease, according to a study. Tooth decay and periodontitis, also known as gum disease, are among the most common diseases around the world but unlike many other well-known diseases knowledge of how genes affect the risk of developing these dental diseases is still limited, said researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK. Two people who eat the same things and take care of their mouth the same way may end up with a different number of cavities but researchers have not been able to explain why until now, they said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The study makes it clear that teeth are part of the body. Among other things, we can see that there seems to be a causal link between risk factors for cardiovascular disease and tooth decay,” said Ingegerd Johansson, from the Institute of Odontology at Umea University, Sweden. Previous research has suggested several genes may be involved but none had been confirmed. This is partly because complex diseases, such as tooth decay and periodontitis, require large studies to draw firm conclusions. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study, published in the journal Nature Communications, combined data from nine international clinical studies with 62,000 participants together with data on self-reported dental health from the UK Biobank including 461,000 participants, making it the largest study of its kind. The analysis involved scanning millions of strategic points in the genome to find genes with links to dental diseases. The researchers were able to identify 47 new genes with connections to tooth decay. The study also confirmed a previously known immune-related gene is linked to periodontitis. Among the genes that could be linked to tooth decay are those that help form teeth and the jawbone, those with protective functions in saliva and those which affect the bacteria found on the teeth. The researchers also looked at the genetic link to cardiovascular and metabolic health factors such as smoking, obesity, education and personality to try and understand connections with dental health. Using a technique called Mendelian randomisation, it appears there may be more than correlation but also a causal link between decay and some cardiovascular-metabolic risk factors. “In the future, studies like this may pave the way to identifying people who are at particular risk of dental problems,” said Simon Haworth, from Bristol Population Health Science Institute. “However, no matter what genes people carry, good oral hygiene and diet are the most important things people can do to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease,” Haworth said.last_img read more

How to dispose of your trash during the Pikitup strike

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Residents around Johannesburg are in an uproar as 4 000 Pikitup striking workers face disciplinary action this week following an unprotected strike.City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau held a press conference yesterday (29 March) to address the issue that has been plaguing Johannesburg for a few months. He said that the illegal Pikitup strike would no longer be tolerated.The City has a mandate to keep the streets clean and protect the health of residents against disease but the mayor said that the money that has been paid to contractors who have stepped in, is too much.#Pikitup Tau says hearings have started we can’t preempt outcome of dismissals. @KayaNews pic.twitter.com/2LwFA0RsS2— KhayelihleKhumalo (@KhayaJames) March 29, 2016Residents still have to pay for the services of Pikitup even though this has been the fourth strike since December. This is how they responded on twitter:Here are six ways you can dispose of your trash during the strike:Organise a group collection for your trashMany people around Johannesburg have come together to collect their trash in groups. Some community entrepreneurs have taken it upon themselves to collect people’s trash at a low cost. Neighbours can come together, create a small fund to pay someone with a truck who can collect the rubbish and dump it at any of the 12 waste management depots strategically located throughout the city. Most schools and communities have depots where you can dispose of the trash.Take trash to a landfillThere are four landfills around Johannesburg. The landfill is a popularly used method of waste disposal. If you take your trash to any of the landfills in Johannesburg, the waste is buried in the land and the process used also eliminates the odours and dangers of waste before it is placed into the ground. This is not the most responsible waste management system because of the numerous landfill gases and methane presence.Dump trash at incineration/combustion centresThere is one incineration or combustion disposal method in Johannesburg. This method burns waste to convert it into residue and gaseous products reducing the volume. Thermal treatment where solid waste materials are converted by incinerators into heat, gas, steam and ash. Here are a few places that manage waste in Gauteng.  RecycleSeparating your trash into glass, metals, plastic and compost makes it easier to take to different recycling centres around Johannesburg. There a few recycling centres around Johannesburg but you have to pay for their services:Lonehill Kerbside Recycling Programme is a pilot project of the Lonehill community to recycle waste at source. Bring banks garden refuse sites are also used for the recycling of glass, paper, cans and plastic. Glass Recycling Company also makes it easy for people to recycle their glass materials at their designated glass banks.Ecomonkey’s collection service operates in Johannesburg in the following suburbs:DouglasdaleLonehillJukskei ParkMagaliesigDainfernOlivedaleSharonleaJukskei ParkJohannesburg NorthNorthwold, Kya SandsHoneydewMama She’s Waste Recyclers offer a kerbside collection service. They operate in the following areas:LonehillMagaliessigFourwaysDouglasdaleNorscotFourways GardensCedar LakesChartwell Country EstatesWitkoppen Ext. 3Elma Park- EdenvaleSunninghillPaulshofEdenburgRivoniaBedfordviewIn Northern suburbs, Whole Earth collects for a monthly fee but they provide bags and bins for recyclables and do fortnightly collections.Create your own garden compost heapThere are 33 garden refuse sites around Johannesburg. You can create your own garden compost heap by collecting perishable items such as egg shells, fruit and vegetables. Buy a compost bin and place it in a good drainage spot and let the worms do all the work.Take trash to buy-back centresAt Buy-back centres, waste materials with an economic value are bought from the community and resold to markets outside for a small profit. To utilise these waste sorting facilities you would have to separate your recycled materials at home before dropping them off at a Buy-back centre or Pikitup garden sites.Remade is one of the companies operating in Johannesburg that caters to 1000 street hawkers who make a living through collecting recyclable material and selling it to the buy-back centres. It operates in Germiston, Johannesburg, Springs, Pretoria and Northern Suburbs. Other companies include:Collect-a-canMondiPlastics SAMy WasteWaste PlanWastemanlast_img read more