Aziz Akhannouch Preparing Sheep and Goats for Eid Al Adha

Rabat – The Minister of Agriculture, Sea Fisheries, Rural Development, Water, and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch, has discussed preparations for Eid Al Adha with Mohamed Karimine, the president of the Interprofessional Federation of Red Meat (Fiviar).The meeting, which took place Tuesday in Rabat, was attended by several organizations, including the National Office for Food Safety (ONSSA) and the National Agricultural Advisory Board (ONCA).The meeting is part of the kingdom’s preparation operation for the sacrificial Eid, when thousands of sheep and goats will be slaughtered for the holy day. The objective of the meeting was to ensure better animal traceability and transparency in commercial transactions.The meeting was an opportunity to check the progress of the operation. Previously, ONSSA had run a registration campaign of the breeding and fattening processes. Fiviar is currently in charge of the identification operation through the free installation of a special “Eid Al Adha” tag for the livestock destined to be sacrificed.All of these parts of the Eid operation, supported by ONCA services and the regional services of the Department of Agriculture, are strongly mobilized to carry out large-scale awareness-raising actions to ensure that farmers and breeders adhere to the program.The Rabat meeting also aimed to coordinate the actions of the different stakeholders, to ensure quality to the consumer.All necessary measures have been taken and any failure or non-compliance with quality requirements of any link in the chain will cause all stakeholders to be severely punished. read more

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Gas price drop likely temporary

Just when gas prices were flirting with record highs, prices through the region dropped roughly nine cents this afternoon.  But don’t expect them to stay that low.  Experts say the unexpected dip is fleeting.Hamilton gas stations saw a steady flow of customers this evening“Didn’t have any plans to fill up and I just saw the price drop.”Most pumps dropped prices to under a buck 31 per litre. 9 cents lower than yesterday’s rate.“I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. Maybe it might go up it might go down, so I’m just taking a chance.”Experts say it was the right chance to take. Dan McTeague says: “There’s no doubt that by this time tomorrow morning prices will be back up to $139.6 on average in the Hamilton area.”The drop came as a surprise to even the most avid pump watchers. So what triggered the sudden turnaround? Wholesale prices haven’t changed.Dan McTeague of tomorrowsgaspricestoday.com says it could be an attempt to squeeze independent stations out of the market or to get rid of cheaper winter gas they didn’t sell during the harsh season — and make way for pricier summer fuel: “The summer gasoline is the stuff the oil companies love to sell because it’s an opportunity to make a lot more money.”Regardless of the cause, yo-yoing prices are getting to drivers.“It’s a shame — it really is. It would be nice if they could set it at one price and it stayed there for a little while.”That’s unlikely with another big dip predicted overnight. McTeague is predicting another significant jump as early as Friday morning. And while today’s 9 cent drop is highly unusual, we’ll likely see numbers bobbing up and down for a little while yet. read more

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Ecopassages in dispute

A battle could be brewing over responsibility for the eco-passages and wildlife fencing installed in recent years along the Long Point Causeway.The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation, in partnership with other conservation groups, raised $2.5 million over several years for the installation of the infrastructure along the 3.5-kilometre causeway.The three culverts, nine wildlife tunnels and fencing is credited with reducing reptile mortality on the causeway, which separates the Big Creek Marsh from Long Point Bay.The biosphere foundation is weighing an appeal to the Ministry of the Environment if Norfolk County refuses to accept responsibility.“We have to decide whether we need to take it up with the minister,” Rick Levick, president of the foundation, said Tuesday.“It’s not our preferred option. We don’t want to delay the project. The road is a mess. The bridge is a mess.”Levick and others raised the money for the causeway infrastructure, which was installed in phases, over several years.At the outset, former public works general manager Eric D’Hondt was careful to link responsibility for the care and upkeep of the eco-passages, culvert and fencing to the promoters of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project in any agreement they entered with the county.With the causeway set to be rebuilt, Levick says the time has come for Norfolk to assume responsibility for infrastructure it is about to disturb.Levick says the private-sector entities that raised money for the causeway may’ve saved Norfolk millions of dollars. Levick said the province very easily could have ordered the county to undertake this work itself due to the high mortality rate of turtles, snakes and other species-at-risk due to traffic on the causeway between Port Rowan and Long Point.Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele is sympathetic to these arguments. He has tabled a motion for an upcoming meeting calling on Norfolk to assume responsibility for this infrastructure.Levick’s comments came after a presentation by Henry Huotari, a program director with the environmental consulting firm Parsons in London. Parsons recently completed an environmental assessment regarding the $12-million causeway rebuild.Key findings of the Parsons’ report include:Parsons is discouraging the construction of a four-kilometre multi-use pathway offset from the road allowance on the west side of the causeway. Huotari said this would require a lengthy, complicated negotiation for land with the Canadian Wildlife Service that could delay the causeway rebuild. Parsons estimates that the causeway project will begin in the spring of 2020. The road itself should be rebuilt by late fall of next year. Replacement of the failing bridge over the causeway near George Lane would also begin in 2020 but not be finished until sometime in 2021. Huotari gave assurances that traffic in and out of Long Point will continue for the duration of the project. This includes the access and egress of heavy vehicles, RVs, boats and trailers and the like. “We simply cannot hold up an ambulance or a fire truck,” Huotari said. Norfolk will consider the possibility of removing the old willow trees on either side of the causeway later this year. If the county decides to get this work out of the way early, it will have to wait till late summer or in the fall when birds are finished nesting. MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Somalia UN envoy shocked and saddened by cowardly attack in Mogadishu

The bombing occurred near Villa Somalia in the vicinity of the National Theatre in Mogadishu, according to a news release issued by the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS). Initial reports say that at least seven people were killed by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. There are also reports that a senior Somali security official may have been targeted in the attack. “Today’s assault was entirely unacceptable,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNPOS, Augustine P. Mahiga.“Somalia has made great strides forward on the path of progress and stabilization and these cowardly terrorist attacks will only reinforce the determination of the Somali people to persevere.”Somalia, which has been affected by conflict for more than two decades, has recently made some significant political gains. It marked a historic political watershed last August when it swore in the first formal parliament and ended a nine-year political transition period, followed by the appointments of a new President and a new Prime Minister. read more

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Ja Morant Would Like Your Attention

Morant’s scoring acumen often manifests in transition, where he spends more time (6.8 possessions per game) and pours in more points (8.4) than any player in the country. With the dexterity to finish with either hand, around or over defenders, he doesn’t lack efficiency, scoring 1.24 points per possession on the break with an adjusted field-goal percentage of 74.7, according to data provided by Synergy Sports.Morant lives at the rim, where he attempts more than half of his shots, according to Hoop-Math.com. Every player this season7With at least 40 percent of a team’s minutes. with a better field-goal percentage at the rim than Morant’s 61.6 percent is at least 4 inches taller than he is.Defensively, Morant has work to do. But his long arms make him a nuisance for opposing ball handlers, and he’s tied for second in the OVC in steals per contest (2.0). Despite his thin frame, Morant has been particularly efficient in isolation and against screens, where he’s allowed a combined 19 points on 29 possessions, according to data provided by Synergy Sports. Total Win Shares 201010P. GeorgeFresno St.WAC33.663.1+29.5 201310C.J. McCollumLehighPatriot33.626.3-7.3 It seems that a stat line can only stay quiet for so long.Morant is putting up unprecedented numbers: 23.9 points, 10.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game, with a true shooting percentage of 61.1. Nobody at the college level has come close to hitting those benchmarks,4Since the 1992-93 season, the earliest for which Sports-Reference.com has data. and only James Harden has done it in the pros. Morant is vying to become the first player since assist leaders were recognized to average 20 points and 10 assists over a season. Only 10 players in the past 25 years have even averaged 16 and 8.Morant’s high-flying heroics give off the impression of a trapeze artist. But he’s more of a tactician, capable of diagnosing a defense in a split second and shredding it.There has perhaps never been a better facilitating season than the one Morant is producing, which includes, but isn’t limited to, half-court lobs, off-handed flicks and peek-a-boo bullets to the baseline. “I’ve never seen anyone, ever, able to pass like him,” Bradley said. “He’s stunning and seems to be a couple steps ahead of everybody.”Morant’s 53.3 percent assist rate is projected to be the top mark ever measured5Since 2009-10. and is 6.1 percentage points higher than this year’s second-place mark.6From Sam Houston State’s Xavier Bryant. In total, Morant is projected to finish the regular season with 296 dimes, which would be the sixth most over the past 25 years in a single season.As his talent suggests, Morant is heavily relied upon. Only five players have logged a higher percentage of minutes played than Morant’s 93.1, and coach Matt McMahon is using his star on 35.8 percent of possessions, the fifth-highest rate in the country. Turnovers have come easily for Morant, but it would tough to blame the kid for coughing it up when he’s tasked with operating the offense each time down the court. With fewer than 15 seconds to go in a November game, Ja Morant received an inbounds pass, dribbled the length of the court with his left hand, slipped past a would-be double team, skied over two defenders, pulled the ball back as far as his right shoulder would allow and threw down a ferocious tomahawk dunk. Moments later, the Murray State guard corralled an errant 3-pointer by a teammate in midair and jammed in his 37th and 38th points of the night.The Racers ultimately lost on the road to Alabama, but Morant earned a standing ovation at Coleman Coliseum.Afterward, Alabama coach Avery Johnson compared the skill set of the 6-foot-3 sophomore, who scored more points against Alabama than all but two players had since 2010, to that of Isaiah Thomas, John Stockton and Russell Westbrook.“I saw flashbacks of a lot of guys I played against,” Johnson said.Morant is months away from possibly making mid-major history in the NBA draft. While plenty of players have been drafted out of mid-major programs, few have been lottery picks — and fewer still came from conferences that have made fewer than 100 tournament appearances.1This excludes the Power Five conferences, the Big East, the American, the Atlantic 10, the Mountain West, the West Coast and Conference USA. Morant will likely become the first player this century from such a school to be selected in the top 5 of the NBA draft. Some mocks have him going as high as second. As the chart below demonstrates, there haven’t been many NBA lottery picks from mid-major conferences lately. But some of these picks have gone on to dominate: Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Paul George. Jacksonville State2,2323,718+66.6 UT Martin1,2533,114+148.5 Total Includes only schools from conferences with fewer than 100 NCAA men’s tournament appearances; based on conference alignment at the time.Win shares through Feb. 13, 2019.Source: Sports-Reference.com 200812J. ThompsonRiderMAAC30.223.8-6.4 20069P. O’BryantBradleyMVC35.60.5-35.1 Home TeamNon-Murray State Avg.Vs. Murray% Change Eastern Illinois1,2112,410+99.0 Players who got their start at small schoolsExpected career win shares based on draft position and actual win shares to date for NBA draft lottery picks from mid-major and low-major schools, 2000-2018 It isn’t all that uncommon for NBA teams to take a flier on a mid-major player in the draft. But Morant hardly has the typical backstory of an under-the-radar prospect, nor the skill set. With abnormal athleticism and uncanny court vision, Morant will be playing on national television sooner rather than later.“It’s been a lot of fun,” Bradley said of Morant’s rise. “It’s the craziest stuff I’ve ever seen.” Compared with its other conference home games, Eastern Illinois brought in nearly twice as many fans when it played Murray State. Jacksonville State sold out Pete Mathews Coliseum for the first time since the program turned Division 1. Bradley said he’s seen a noticeable attendance bump wherever Morant goes. About 50 Tennessee Tech fans lined up after their game in the hopes of taking a photo with the soon-to-be pro, according to Bradley. Morant obliged. SIU Edwardsville1,1272,178+93.3 200013C. AlexanderFresno St.WAC28.74.1-24.6 20126D. LillardWeber St.Big Sky43.266.3+23.1 SE Missouri St.1,3913,143+126.0 20036C. KamanC. MichiganMAC43.224.6-18.6 Sources: Sports-Reference.com, ESPN YearPickPlayerSchoolConf.ExpActualDiff 20097S. CurryDavidsonSouthern40.3100.5+60.2 379.5327.7-51.8 201410E. PaytonLa. LafayetteSun Belt33.612.2-21.4 200212M. ElyFresno St.WAC30.24.0-26.2 When he’s inevitably drafted, Morant will be the third Murray State guard taken since 2013. Isaiah Canaan and Cameron Payne have struggled to secure a foothold in the league. But Neal Bradley, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who has spent nearly three decades covering the Racers, told me that he doesn’t think the upgraded competition will flatline Morant, pointing to his strong outings against Auburn and Alabama, two teams projected to appear in the NCAA Tournament. Morant earned a co-sign from Kevin Durant on The Bill Simmons Podcast. Missouri State coach Dana Ford, who coached against Morant and his Racer predecessors, didn’t mince words: “He is by far the best prospect of the three. … He’s a little bit of John Wall mixed with Chris Paul. He’s special.”Morant’s ascension is the stuff screenwriters dream up. He was a mostly overlooked kid from rural South Carolina who landed at an out-of-state university after a coach almost literally stumbled upon him. A year ago, he wasn’t even named the top freshman in the Ohio Valley Conference. Now, he’s a bona fide star and budding internet sensation.But those YouTube clips are the extent of Morant’s exposure. While Zion Williamson, who almost certainly will be the first name called by Adam Silver, effectively plays only on major networks, the Racers have yet to appear on ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1 or CBS. Murray State’s tilt Thursday against Austin Peay is slated to be televised on ESPN2, but that’s the only remaining game scheduled for the aforementioned networks.2Of course, this is because of conference broadcast agreements — or lack thereof — for the Ohio Valley Conference, which has a partnership with recently launched ESPN+. During an interview on the ESPN show “Get Up!,” one of Morant’s questions was even about Williamson.Morant’s second triple-double in less than a year — and the school’s third ever — came in front of a crowd of 2,701. When he became the first Division 1 player in 20 years to put up 40 points, 11 assists and five steals in a game,3As well as the first player in two decades to sink all 21 free-throw attempts in a game. fewer than 2,200 people were there. A viral leapfrog dunk over 6-foot-8 Quintin Dove was seen in person by 3,114.However, within the OVC, the interest bump created by Morant’s presence is evident. Each of the six conference teams that have hosted Murray State drew their largest home crowds of the conference season when Morant came to town. 201514C. PayneMurray St.OVC27.32.3-25.0 Morant is a hot ticketAttendance this season in the Ohio Valley Conference for teams hosting Murray State vs. their other home conference games Tennessee Tech2,0075,250+161.6 read more

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CONSOL Energy selects Veolia for mine water treatment system

first_imgCONSOL Energy has selected Veolia Water to design, build and operate a new state-of-the-art mine water treatment system to be located near Mannington, West Virginia. Construction of the Zero Liquid Waste Discharge system is slated to begin in July 2011. The agreement includes a 10-year operating partnership with CONSOL, plus additional 5-year options to operate the facility, coupled with an environmentally sustainable design and construction approach. Veolia Water will be treating mine water from CONSOL’s Blacksville #2, Loveridge, and Robinson Run mining operations.Full operation of the treatment facility is expected to commence by May 2013. The project is expected to create approximately 200 construction jobs over the next two and a half years and will require about 20 permanent employees to operate the facility. The Veolia team will be utilising local construction partners and personnel from its Pittsburgh office. Veolia Water is a division of Veolia Environnement, a global leader in sustainable environmental services, with more than 155 years of global water treatment experience. The company believes that this expertise will be key to the design and operation of this new system which will treat high-volume mine water with numerous constituents. “Veolia is the perfect partner with which to collaborate,” said Katharine Fredriksen, CONSOL senior vice president environmental strategy and regulatory affairs. “They bring design and operational experience with over 75 Zero Liquid Discharge plants around the world.”last_img read more

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HP Fans prediction AG wins up to 3

← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014 Draw in Copenhagen Next Story → Women’s Junior World Championship in Czech Republic – Groups are decided AG CopenhagenDanish handballEHF Champions LeagueF.C BarcelonaHandball at Parkenhandball fans recordhandball recordsParken stadium First match of the EHF Champions League quaterfinals between AG Copenhagen and F.C Barcelona starts in a few hours (20) and it will be the most crowded match in the history of EHF competitions with almost 22.000 spectators at Parken Stadium in Danish capital.  On our Poll question about match results in Copenhagen, most of the Handball-Planet.com visitors think that AG will win up to +3 goals. That is opinion of 58% of voters.About 17% of fans think that Barcelona will celebrate minimal win. About 8% of all voters have opinion that clash will be without winner or that AG (or Barca) will win with more that three goals difference. read more

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FOG PROBLEMS Macedonians came to Herning 19 hours before match

EHF EURO 2014 Macedonian NT had a lot of problems during preparation for the EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, losing of Naumce Mojsovski and Filip Lazarov, two important players from the back-line, but moreover headcoach Ivica Obrvan and his staff had troubles in preparation for the first match against Denmark tonight, 20.30 hrs. Strong fog caused a lot of delays during Saturday of their flight from Skopje to Copenhangen, so after a few hours, whole Macedonian expedition went by buses to Bulgaria – Sofia, to reach the next flight to Denmark.Finally, tonight one hour after the midnight, Macedonian team came to Herning, the place in which they will play at Preliminary Round. ← Previous Story Mads Mensah follows Jacobsen in Rhein-Neckar Lowen Next Story → MODESTLY HOTEL IN AARHUS: “Serbia and Denmark can’t be compared” read more

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Larry Gogan The Golden Hour isnt going anywhere

first_imgHe won’t be resting on his laurels during the week though.Gogan confirmed he’ll be hard at work in the office from Wednesday each week, and revealed that he won’t miss his Friday and Saturday nights on the town.“You can always go out some other nights”, he said.2FM has described Gogan as “the master of timing and lord of the links” and the future “lynch-pin” of Irish weekend radio.Head of 2FM Dan Healy said that Gogan is:The greatest of them all… 2FM may be changing but Larry Gogan is constant.Other changes in the shake up include the new breakfast team of Bernard O Shea, Keith Walsh and Jennifer Maguire, while Colm Hayes is moving to drivetime pushing Will Leahy to weekends.Nicky Byrne will be taking on the mid-morning slot and further changes are expected to be announced in the coming days. – Additional reporting by Sarah DoranLarry Gogan’s Golden Hour gets the chop in 2fm schedule shake-up>Nicky Byrne announced as new 2fm mid-morning host> IT WAS LIKE a dagger in our hearts when yesterday the news came that Larry Gogan’s weekday Golden Hour is to be no more.RTÉ revealed that Nicky Byrne is taking on the mid-morning slot on 2FM, and it became all too clear that Larry, dear dear Larry, was moving to other pastures.But wait! He’s not leaving us completely, he’s just heading for weekends.2FM has confirmed today that Gogan has signed a new contract with the station and that he’ll now present a two hour show on Saturdays and Sundays which will incorporate the Just a Minute Quiz and The Golden Hour.The veteran broadcaster told DailyEdge.ie that he’s excited about his move to weekend radio, where former RTE pal Terry Wogan holds court in the UK.Gogan is excited about what the future holds for him at 2fm, and said he thinks change is definitely a good thing:You have to change, you have to move forward, or else you might die off. It’s a slightly different audience but it’s the same Golden Hour.last_img read more

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Jet rips tourists boot off its hinges

first_imgTourists on the Greek Island of Skiathos will now think twice before parking so close to an airport runway.Rummaging for things in their boot, some unlucky holiday makers were caught in a powerful draft of jet engine exhaust from a Monarch Airlines Boeing 757 taxing for take off at the nearby airport.The wind from the plane ripped the open boot door right off its hinges, smashing into the roof. The whole ordeal captured on video from a nearby tourist and was posted on video sharing website Youtube about a month ago. The runway at Skiathos airport is particularly short, narrow and in close proximity to the car park. It’s also very close to the beach, where many thrill-seeking tourists put themselves in the path of the jet exhaust. Many cling to the fences of the airport, trying to stay upright under the pressure of the wind.Landing at Skiathos isn’t an easy task either, with many pilots receiving extra training to make the trip. See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4ptkKK4I4cSource: 9 News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Cuisine  quand les mathématiques aident à réaliser un curry idéal

first_imgCuisine : quand les mathématiques aident à réaliser un curry idéalMark Hadley, un physicien de l’université anglaise de Warwick a récemment mis au point une formule mathématique permettant de réaliser un curry idéal.Les mathématiques s’invitent dans la cuisine. Mark Hadley, un physicien de l’université anglaise de Warwick a récemment découvert une formule pour réussir à coup sûr ses plats à base de curry. Pour parvenir à mettre au point sa recette idéale, le chercheur a dans un premier temps examiner les ingrédients à la base de ces plats épicés.Selon sa théorie, le curry idéal doit pouvoir passer avec succès le “test de la fourchette”, de sorte que chaque bouchée contienne tous les ingrédients clés à égale mesure à savoir : un tiers de viande (ou éventuellement de légumes), un tiers de sauce et un tiers de riz. 
Par ailleurs, pour que la réussite soit totale, l’esthétique du plat doit répondre à la règle du nombre d’or. Pour ce faire, le tas de riz disposé dans l’assiette doit avoir un diamètre de 61% plus large que celui de la nappe de sauce qui le recouvre. Un espace doit également être laissé entre le monticule de riz et les bords de l’assiette de manière à ce que le rendu final soit propre et ordonné. La formule peut être appliquée au plat quelle que soit sa taille. La recette du curry idéalÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?A titre d’exemple, une assiette de 27 cm de diamètre doit être recouverte de riz disposé selon un disque de 23 cm de diamètre et recouvert d’une couche de sauce de 14 cm de diamètre. “Nous sommes partis du principe qu’avec une assiette de 27 cm, nous voulons une bande nette d’assiette propre autour du riz. C’est dans une visée esthétique et aussi pour laisser de la place afin de ‘casser’ le cercle de riz lorsqu’on mange”, a expliqué le Dr Hadley repris par le Daily Mail. Près de 40 heures auront été nécessaire à l’élaboration de cette formule et de la recette du curry idéal. “L’aspect floconneux du riz est la clé de la formule, dans la mesure où, avec des grains séparés, il y a autant de riz que d’air une fois étalé sur le plat. Ceci affecte l’aspect du riz et la sensation ressentie en bouche”, a encore commenté le chercheur.  Finalement, pour réaliser un plat scientifiquement convenable il vous faudra utiliser : 100 grammes de riz cuit par personne (soit 60 grammes de riz cru à faire cuire dans l’eau bouillante), 200 grammes de curry pour un bel esthétique, et 100 grammes de viande ou de légumes. Ne reste plus qu’à laisser parler son imagination en ce qui concerne le choix de la viande et des légumes. Le 10 novembre 2013 à 12:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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La Liga players not happy about North American match

first_imgThe Spanish Footballers Association disagrees with taking one official match to the United States and believes La Liga doesn’t think about the playersAfter news broke out about the plans for at least one La Liga official match to be played in the United States, opinions were divided.To some, this was a logical way of promoting the Spanish brand on the global stage.Meanwhile, to others, it was a rude way of slapping regular season fans on the face.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.But on Thursday night, the Spanish Football Association (AFE in Spanish) released an official statement as was reported by The Sports Man.“As per usual, LaLiga has dispensed with the opinions of the players and has undertaken actions that only benefit them, regardless of the health or risks to the players,” the press release said.“And even less the feelings of the following masses of the clubs who are being “forced” to compete in North America once a season.”“Faced with such manifest arbitrariness, David Aganzo, president of the Spanish Footballers Association (AFE), has made his complaint public and points out that footballers are not currency, that can be used in business to only benefit third parties. United we are stronger.”last_img read more

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SWAT officers lead raid in Minnehaha area

first_imgHeavily armed SWAT officers led a raid for stolen property and methamphetamine Tuesday in the Minnehaha area near St. James Road, north of state Highway 500.The SWAT officers made entry about 3:15 p.m. in the 3300 block of Northeast 49th Street, said Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department.The Safe Streets Task Force, which focuses on gang-related crimes, had obtained a search warrant to look for meth and property that was stolen in a recent burglary.As a result of what officers found, Kristopher L. Ludahl, 19, was taken to the Clark County Jail on suspicion of possessing meth with intent to deliver and possessing stolen firearms, Kapp said.last_img

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Germany makes it easier for manufacturers to offer diesel emissions fixes

first_imgEnlarge ImageAs diesel bans loom, the German government is trying to make it easier for older vehicles to meet newer emissions standards. picture alliance/Getty Images Typically, getting vehicle modifications approved for use on public roads in Germany is a long, drawn-out and expensive process but according to a report published Friday by Reuters, the German government could be easing that process to help get diesel vehicle emissions retrofit parts out as soon as possible.While Germany speeding the release of these parts sounds like a good thing, issues remain. For example, Volkswagen is willing to spend up to $3,431 per vehicle to upgrade its engine management system to help clean its emissions but it’s not clear that this would bring the cars into compliance.Daimler and the Volkswagen group have agreed to cover some of the costs for consumers to retrofit their older diesel vehicles, but that will still require owners to spend what is likely to be a hefty chunk of change.BMW isn’t even pitching in for the cost of updating its out-of-spec vehicles. Instead, it’s offering incentives toward the purchase of a new vehicle for those who trade in their older diesel because the company says the cost of retrofitting would be too high and take too long to develop.As more of the world’s major cities seek to ban diesel-powered vehicles from their centers, others look to ban the sale of internal combustion-powered vehicles entirely; automakers may be on a bit of a ticking clock even as car buyers help pay the price. 2017 BMW X5 xDrive35d is a diesel-powered road trip machine More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Audi BMW Mercedes-Benz Porsche Volkswagen 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voicecenter_img Comment 25 Photos Car Industry Diesel Cars 1 Tags Volkswagen BMW Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more

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Rare heart surgery performed at Capital Hospital

first_imgVijayawada: A rare and complex heart surgery was performed successfully on a 41-year-old patient at Capital Hospital. Speaking to the media on Saturday, cardiologist Bhopal said that G Udayashankar suffered heart problem last month and was rushed to nearby hospital. Later, the patient was shifted to Capital Hospital. After thorough check, stent was implanted by the doctors. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Later, the doctors identified ventricular septal defect (VSD), a hole in the patient’s heart, which was a serious situation. The doctor said that in 90 per cent of cases, VSD will prove fatal. With the advance technology (ASO Lifetech Device), surgery was performed successfully and the VSD problem was rectified. He further said that for the second time this unique procedure was done successfully in AP at Capital Hospital with the support of other doctors and nursing staff.last_img read more

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Maruti Suzuki brand value surges breaks into list of global top 10

first_imgA model poses with a Maruti Suzuki Ciaz car at the Indian Auto Expo 2016Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty ImagesThe top 10 most valuable auto brand list has been revealed by BrandZMaruti Suzuki is ranked ninth ahead of VolkswagenToyota leads the pack followed by Mercedes-Benz and BMWBrandZ, a brand equity database managed by the marketing firm Millward Brown conducts the global survey every year which ranks companies according to their brand value. In the latest 2018 report, Maruti Suzuki has managed to break into the global top 10 list for the auto sector.Maruti Suzuki — the Indo-Japanese outfit — is the ninth most valued auto brand according to BrandZ survey. India’s largest carmaker, valued at $ 6,375 billion, beat Volkswagen (the brand, not the group) which ranked tenth on the list and is valued at $5,986 billion. 2018 Maruti Suzuki SwiftmarutisuzukiThe feat is not surprising considering the robust sales of Maruti Suzuki cars in India even though the brand is getting featured in the top 10 list for the first time. The carmaker has an enviable nearly 50 percent market share in the Indian automobile industry.Maruti Suzuki has sold a total of 16,02,522 cars in 2017, registering a double-digit growth once again. To put it into perspective, the company is gaining about three buyers each minute, selling 4,390 cars every single day in 2017.According to BrandZ, the new premium dealership chain ‘Nexa’ is the key contributor that aided Maruti Suzuki to the ninth spot in its list. Premium dealerships selling affordable luxury models through Nexa met the aspirations of the rising middle class, particularly young people, the report added. Japanese auto giant Toyota tops the list with a value of a whopping $ 29,987 billion. The company also registered 5 percent growth in the brand value compared to 2017. German carmakers Mercedes-Benz and BMW are in the second and third sport, respectively, and both the premium brands increased the brand value against 2017. BrandZ’s top 10 global auto brands list for 2018BrandZFord has been ranked fourth while it is the only brand in the list that showed a dip in value by two percent. Japanese carmaker Honda and Nissan are placed fifth and sixth on the list followed by Audi. Tesla Model 3Tesla MotorsMeanwhile, American premium electric carmaker Tesla witnessed a huge jump in the brand value. Helmed by Elon Musk, the company ranked eighth with a massive 60 percent growth in the brand value compared to last year. The Model 3, Model X and Model S maker has been valued at $ 9,415 billion. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Can Maruti Suzuki NEXA change the dimensions of Indian auto market?last_img read more

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Obama speech to mark Mandelas birth centenary

first_imgFormer US president, Barak Obama, gestures as he makes an address on 16 July, 2018 against a projected backdrop of a section of his father`s home village, the hamlet of Nyang`oma in Kogelo, during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. Photo: AFPFormer US president Barack Obama will deliver a speech to a crowd of 15,000 people in South Africa on Tuesday as the centrepiece of celebrations marking 100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth.Obama has made relatively few public appearances since leaving the White House in 2017, but he has often credited Mandela for being one of the great inspirations in his life.He will deliver the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at a cricket stadium in Johannesburg in an address which will urge young people to fight to defend democracy, human rights and peace.Mandela, who died in 2013, remains a global icon for his long struggle against white-minority apartheid rule and for his message of peace and reconciliation after being freed following 27 years in prison.Obama met Mandela only briefly in 2005 but gave a eulogy at his funeral saying Mandela “makes me want to be a better man” and hailing him as “the last great liberator of the 20th century”.Tuesday’s speech comes on the eve of “Mandela Day” — his birthday, which is marked around the world every year on July 18.The “Mandela 100” anniversary has triggered a bout of memories and tributes to the late anti-apartheid leader, as well as a debate over his legacy and South Africa’s fate since he stepped down in 1999.- Legacy threatened? -South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said he would mark the day by donating half his salary to charity to honour “the great sacrifices he made and his tireless commitment to improving the lives of the most vulnerable.”Key dates in the life of Nelson Mandela. AFPBut F.W. de Klerk, the former president who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela in 1993, told AFP: “I’m convinced that President Mandela would be deeply concerned, as I am, about the present state of affairs in South Africa.””His vision of a reconciled South Africa has become almost non-existent within the (ruling) ANC at the moment,” he said.Before arriving in South Africa, Obama paid a brief visit to Kenya, his father’s home country.He opened a youth centre run by his half-sister and visited the home of his step-grandmother in the village of Kogelo, where his father was born and was buried.Obama will also host a town hall event in Johannesburg on July 18 for 200 young leaders selected from across Africa to attend a five-day training programme.Mandela was imprisoned under apartheid rule in 1962 and only freed in 1990, when he went on to lead the African National Congress party to victory in the first multi-race elections in 1994.The anniversary includes a string of other events such as a walk in Johannesburg led by Mandela’s widow Graca Machel, the release of letters Mandela wrote from his prison cell and the printing of a commemorative banknote.last_img
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Amid Controversy Tarantino Calls New Movie his Most Personal Film

first_imgThe ninth film directed by Quentin Tarantino promises to be one of his most controversial, since Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place not only in 1969 but in the period leading up to the untimely ends of Sharon Tate and seven others over two days. In the film, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a fading actor in Western television shows–with Brad Pitt as his stunt double–who lives next door to Tate in the Hollywood Hills. For five years, Tarantino worked on this story as a novel, before deciding after all to make it into a film. The director of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction has said that this is his most personal film. In 1966, when he was three years old, Tarantino moved to Los Angeles with his divorced mother and was obsessed with the film business throughout his childhood. He wrote his first screenplay at 14 and dropped out of high school.Quentin Tarantino in Paris at the César awards ceremony. Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0After finishing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, he had one copy of the script, and he would only allow DiCaprio and Pitt to read it from start to finish while in his house. The film has multiple storylines, much like Pulp Fiction. The title is an homage to Once Upon a Time in the West and Once Upon a Time in America, directed by Sergio Leone, who was a major influence on Tarantino.View the trailer here:The relationship of DiCaprio and Pitt is based on that of Burt Reynolds and stunt man turned director Hal Needham, who worked on almost everything together, from Gunsmoke to The Cannonball Run. The 1960s was the era of the stunt man, as any fan of Star Trek can tell you that in the blink of an eye, the stars are replaced by stunt doubles in action scenes. One critic who saw the movie in Cannes said the heart of the film is a “wackily obsessive buddy movie” and Pitt plays the part as as a “longtime stunt double, driver, and best friend, a surfer-type golden boy a bit over the hill.”Brad Pitt. Photo by DoD News Features CC BY 2.0Al Pacino plays the fictional Hollywood agent Marvin Schwarz in the movie. Korean American Mike Moh is cast as Bruce Lee, and British actor Damian Lewis (Homeland, Billions) plays Steve McQueen.In the film, DiCaprio’s character is struggling with whether a cowboy actor is still relevant in an American in love with the counterculture. His agent tells him it may be time for DiCaprio to head for Italy to make a spaghetti Western, a career path followed by the real Clint Eastwood, who became a major star after working with Sergio Leone.Leonardo DicaprioIt is the storyline devoted to Sharon Tate and to Charles Manson and his followers that has raised questions from the beginning, as some people criticize Tarantino for exploiting the brutal events. Margot Robbie plays Tate, Emile Hirsch plays her friend Jay Sebring and Samantha Robinson plays her house guest Abigail Folger. Damon Herriman plays Charles Manson; Bruce Dern plays George Spahn; and Dakota Fanning plays Squeaky Fromme. Other actors play roles ranging from Tate’s husband Roman Polanski to Manson follower Susan Atkins.Sharon TateManson died in prison in 2017. Another of the convicted Manson family, Leslie Van Houten, was recently granted parole but it was blocked for the third time by the California governor.Tarantino did not consult Roman Polanski while developing the story but he has met with Debra Tate, the sister of Sharon Tate. She was initially opposed to the film. After Tarantino talked to her and explained his intent, her opposition lessened. She was also glad that the original release date was changed–it is no longer opening on the anniversary of the events depicted.After the film was seen in Cannes, some criticized how few lines Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate has in the film. Tarantino said to one journalist who questioned his treatment of Robbie and other women in his films, “I reject your hypothesis.” When asked why he was fascinated with the Manson family, Tarantino said it was because they were “unfathomable” and that “the more you learn, the more concrete it gets; it doesn’t make it clearer, it make sit more obscure the more you know.”Related Article: The London Wedding of Roman Polanski and Sharon TateBrad Pitt in a press conference said, “When the tragic loss of Sharon and others happened, what scared many even does so today. It was a sobering dark look at the dark side of human nature. That pivotal moment was a real loss of innocence, and what’s what the film addresses.”At the Cannes Film Festival, the movie received a six minute long standing ovation. We shall see what happens with the 9th film of Quentin Tarantino.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

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WTTC suggests government focus on travel and tourism

first_imgThe WTTC is spearheading strategic priorities to support sustainable economic development within Australia’s travel and tourism industry. Underlying trend that travel and tourism in Australia is beginning to slow “Mexico held the G20 chair last year and President Calderón took our research on visas all the way to the meeting of the heads of state, where our industry was discussed for the very first time as a growth engine for the global economy and stimulator for jobs. “Policies for growth, the freedom to travel and tourism for tomorrow are three key areas in which Australia’s government and tourism industry must work together in order to move forward,” Mr Scowsill said. Australia is ranked 167th out of 184 countries in regards to long term growth in travel and tourism economic contributions; one of the lowest growth rates among the G20 countries. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has suggested Australia’s future government must place travel and tourism front and centre when hosting and overseeing the 2014 G20 summit. “There is an underlying trend that travel and tourism growth in this region is perhaps beginning to slow, probably through a lack of investment and certainly through a lack of government focus,” Mr Scowsill said. Addressing delegates at the Centre for Aviation (CAPA) Australia Pacific Aviation Summit 2013 in Sydney, WTTC president and chief executive David Scowsill suggested priority be placed on developing Australia’s travel and tourism industry. “Now think about next year; I would urge the new Australian government, whoever it is, to hold a meeting of the tourism ministers – a T20 meeting – as a formal part of the G20 process, in order to demonstrate a commitment to this under-developed industry.” “It doesn’t seem to make sense to me, when this country has so much to offer international visitors,” Mr Scowsill said. Mr Scowsill emphasised that “there is no other industry bound up in so much historical and governmental red tape,” when speaking about Australian aviation. Source = ETB News: P.T. Australia’s travel and tourism industry generates approximately 10 percent of the country’s total GDP each year, while supporting 12 percent of all jobs in Australia.last_img read more

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