Russian doping controversy: Is the Cold War back?

first_imgOne of the biggest newspoints ahead of the Rio Olympic Games was the ban of the Russian athletic contingent. This was because of an organised state sponsored doping system in Russia, which allowed athletes the use of banned substances. While Russia was not altogether banned as a country, 118 athletes from their originally selected 389 missed out on Olympic participation. And in the ongoing Paralympics, Russia is banned in totality.The Russian story, many say, constitutes the biggest doping scandal ever and has resulted in a bitter power struggle in Olympic circles. While the Russian state maintains that it is being wronged and is being targeted, leading Olympic nations have supported the strong action taken against the Russians in the name of clean sport and in advocating zero tolerance against performance enhancement drugs. (Rio 2016: USOC chairma Larry Probst defends stance on Russian doping)WADA DATABASE HACKEDAnd now in a new twist a Russian company has hacked into the WADA database leaking confidential medical records of US athletes like Serena Williams and Simone Biles. (Also Read: Russia stripped of two Beijing Olympic medals for doping)Question is if this is an act of settling on scores from the Russian side? Why have the hackers revealed records of leading US athletes first? Is there a story behind the story? Is the cold war back in the sporting domain?While the Russian state has distanced itself from the hacking, suspicions will remain. And it will only add to the already brewing bitterness in Olympic circles over what is going on. The hacking also exposes the fragility of the WADA system and asks serious questions about the relevance and efficiency of the organization.advertisementMore importantly, it asks serious questions of US athletes like Biles. The quadruple gold winner has tweeted saying she has had the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder since childhood and has been on medicine for this problem for a long time. She has also said that she believes in clean sport and has not broken any rule. Biles, for the record, did obtain the necessary TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemptions) and is thus allowed the use of certain banned substances.However, did the world know about this problem before? Can the TUE be misused by athletes the world over? The US history over doping – the Balco scandal for example is enough to make the world suspicious. What were the mitigating circumstances that forced US authorities to give Biles the necessary permission? Has the case been reviewed ever and do these stimulants give her any added advantage over other athletes?These are uncomfortable questions that have cropped up in the backdrop of the hacking. While it is indeed despicable that confidential medical records are hacked, it is also true that sport should be above suspicion at every level. And the hacking has done exactly the opposite. It has ended up sowing the seeds of suspicion. Sad but true.As I said earlier, may be the cold war is back again and we have not seen the last of this doping scandal.last_img read more

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Being part of World Cup-winning team was my only childhood dream: Gambhir

first_imgFormer India cricketer Gautam Gambhir considers himself fortunate that he could part of two World Cup-winning teams and do “something special” in both those finals. In the 2007 World T20 final, Gambhir top-scored with 75 runs and then four years later in the 2011 World Cup final, Gambhir played a match-winning 97-run knock to guide India to glory.The 2011 World Cup victory is best remembered by the winning six of MS Dhoni but Gambhir stabilised the Indian innings after their stalwarts Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar had departed early. He stitched a match-winnning partnership with captain Dhoni but fell just three runs shy of a magical hundred.Gambhir describes being part of a World Cup-winning team as the only thing he wanted while growing up and all he regrets when he thinks of the 2011 final is that he could not take the team over the line.”When I look back now, it has been a very long journey and a very satisfying one. I was just 2 years old when India won the first World Cup but my childhood dream was always to be part of a World Cup-winning team, that was probably my only dream as I was growing up.”I remember so many times in the morning I used to wake up thinking that I’ve been a part of a World Cup-winning team and my grandmother used to tell me I wanted that every day and I had to wait for a very long time. Gautam Gambhir (right) scored 97 as India won the 2011 World Cup in Mumbai. (Reuters Photo)”Yes you regret those three runs because you could have got a hundred and not because of a hundred but I wanted to finish the game. I think more than the hundred, I wanted to be part of the game till the end and finish it so my regret was not about the hundred. Even if I would have scored a hundred, I would have had the same feeling when I scored 97. Probably that was the regret I had but all is well that ends well. Very happy that we could fulfill the dreams of millions of people,” Gambhir told ICC in a video.advertisement”When I look back now obviously it’s been a long journey but it’s been a satisfying journey.”Following his retirement from cricket in December, ICC Cricket 360 caught up with @GautamGambhir – watch the full interview at the link below!ICC (@ICC) February 4, 2019Gambhir said he doesn’t feel it was something extraordinary that he or the team won the World Cup for India. He comes from the school of thought that you are expected to win the World Cup when you are selected for the country and all he did was his job.”For me I think it was very satisfying. I feel when you are selected for your national team, you are expected to win the World Cup, you don’t go there to fill the numbers on the sheet. Ultimately your job is to win the World Cup for the team. I remember saying after winning the World Cup that mission accomplished, we have done the job that was expected of us and that is how I am. I don’t think I did anything extraordinary, that was my job to do it.”Before from the 2011 World Cup victory at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Gambhir played a brilliant 75-run innings in the final of World T20 against Pakistan. When none of the other Indian batsmen even went beyond 30, Gambhir stood tall with a massive innings to guide India to a total above 150.Eventually, India beat their arch-rivals by just five runs and Gambhir was one of the heroes of that win.”That time T20 was not how it is now. It was just the start of the T20 format and lots of teams did not know how to approach T20 games and stuff. We approached it like the 50-over game that the openers should try to bat till the 15th-16th over, if one can do that we’ll get to 150-160, which was going to be a very good total.”Not like these days when you get 150-160 and it gets easily chaseable because people were not used to playing a lot of T20 format. We were losing wickets at regular interval and so I had to bat till the 15th or 16th over and I was actually happy that I could manage to do that.” Gautam Gambhir was the top-scorer for India in the 2007 World T20 final victory over Pakistan. (Reuters Photo)Gambhir said he has had some extremely special moments in his career and to be part of that brilliant time for India, he considers himself very fortunate. Looking back at the World Cup finals, he feels it cannot be “bigger than that”.advertisement”I was part of some very special things what the team did. If you ask me personally, during that phase we became the No.1 Test side in the world. We were able to win the first CB series in Australia. We were able to win a Test series in New Zealand. We were able to draw a series in South Africa. So from that point of view it was very, very special and then we won the World Cup as well. That phase was very special for me because as a team we could achieve a lot that we had dreamt of.Ultimately you want to be part of something special for your country, do something for your country and not many people get that opportunity and honour to represent their country in the World Cup. When I look today, how fortunate can someone be that he got the opportunity to be a part of two World Cup-winning team and doing something special in two World Cup finals, it can’t get bigger than that,” Gambhir expressed.Now he is a retired cricketer, off the charts and he felt a massive amount of pressure has been lifted off his shoulders. He said he does miss cricket but it felt more relaxed now.”It was tough initially because obviously you have done something for the last 25 years so it’s always difficult to let that thing go but yes there’s a lot of pressure that’s off now. Irrespective of what level you play, you still want to be the best you can so till the last moment of my career, I wanted to be the best I could be. So I used to train in the same way and bat the same way in the nets also with that kind of motivation so all that is gone now and the pressure is off.”Also Read | Gautam Gambhir and his love for World Cup finals: A brief recapAlso Read | Ranji Trophy 2018: Gambhir scores farewell hundredAlso Read | Anil Kumble was the best leader that I played under: Gautam Gambhir to India TodayAlso Read | Never had any differences with Dhoni, we spent memorable times together: GambhirAlso Read | Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awardslast_img read more

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Fermeture de certains parcs provinciaux en raison de la tempête

first_imgDes parcs provinciaux à usage diurne et de camping dans les comtés de Shelburne, Yarmouth, Queens, Annapolis et Digby seront fermés au public en raison des conditions météorologiques qui seront causées par la tempête tropicale Kyle. Le parc Sand Hills, dans le comté de Shelburne, le parc de la plage de Port Maitland, dans le comté de Yarmouth, le parc Valleyview, dans le comté d’Annapolis, le parc Thomas Raddall, dans le comté de Queens, et les parcs de la plage de Mavillette et de Smugglers Cove, dans le comté de Digby seront fermés à compter de 19 h. Au parc provincial de la plage Rissers, dans le comté de Lunenburg, les sites boisés de North Rissers et tous les sites de Little Rissers seront fermés, y compris les sites 1 à 75. Ceux qui souhaitent faire du camping dans le parc ce soir peuvent toujours le faire, mais uniquement dans le champ situé à North Rissers. « La fermeture de ces parcs est tout simplement une mesure de précaution, » a dit Gerry Joudrey, directeur régional du ministère des Ressources naturelles. « Nous voulons assurer la sécurité de nos visiteurs et de nos employés en tout temps. » Ces parcs devraient ouvrir de nouveau lorsque la tempête sera passée et que les employés pourront évaluer si des dommages ont eu lieu et s’assurer qu’il n’existe aucun problème de sécurité. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les parcs provinciaux, consultez le www.novascotiaparks.ca .last_img read more

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DavidsTea director Roland Walton resigns from board

first_imgMONTREAL – DavidsTea Inc. says Roland Walton has resigned as a director.Walton was elected to the company’s board of directors last month as part of a group of dissident nominees that replaced the existing board.He is a former president of Tim Hortons Canada.DavidsTea co-founder Herschel Segal led the shareholder revolt to replace the board at the company’s annual meeting in June.The fight also resulted in the resignation of chief executive Joel Silver and saw Segal become executive chairman and interim CEO.Segal has pledged that the chain of tea shops will become profitable within a year and focus on its Canadian roots.“We thank Roland Walton for his contribution, particularly in the period leading up to the recent annual meeting of shareholders, and wish him the very best,” Segal said in a statement.last_img read more

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Benins former environment minister named to head UN antidesertification body

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Luc Gnacadja, a former environment minister from Benin, as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).“My objective is to make the Convention a forum for dialogue between the North and the South on how to use this instrument as a tool for poverty eradication and sustainable development for over 1 billion people suffering from the scourges of desertification and land degradation,” Mr. Gnacadja said in a recent statement.The former Minister of Environment, Housing and Urban Development in Benin, Mr. Gnacadja has been an active participant in UNCCD meetings. For several years he headed Benin’s delegation to talks on major environmental treaties and also served as Chairman of the African Ministers Conference on the Environment.In March 2003, Mr. Gnacadja received the “Green Award 2002” from the World Bank in recognition of his contribution to the improvement of the global environment. The incoming Executive Secretary will succeed Hama Arba Diallo of Burkina Faso, who resigned on 19 June. 7 September 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Luc Gnacadja, a former environment minister from Benin, as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). read more

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Germanys Continental restructuring may affect 20000 jobs

BERLIN — German tire and auto parts supplier Continental says that up to 20,000 jobs worldwide will be affected over the next decade by a restructuring program.The company said Tuesday that as many as 20,000 of over 244,000 jobs will be “affected by changes,” around 15,000 by the end of 2023, including an unspecified number of job cuts.Continental said changes may also result from the possible sale of parts of the business and from jobs being transferred to other company locations, or to technologies such as electric mobility.It plans to close a site in Henderson, North Carolina, where some 650 employees produce hydraulic brake systems, and said discussions will soon begin aimed at closing a plant in Newport News, Virginia, where some 740 people make hydraulic components for engines.The Associated Press read more

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Discussing the role of newspapers at Geography MA speaker series

The Geography MA speaker series at Brock University returns Oct. 9 with Associate Professor of Geography Phillip Gordon Mackintosh.Phillip Gordon MackintoshIn his talk Newspaper City: The difficulties of making historical cities from broadsheets, Mackintosh explores how the antagonisms between newspapers and journalism as fourth estate caretakers of public idealism and peddlers of salaciousness make the newspaper an ironic primary source.In filling their pages with advertising from anyone willing to pay, while positioning their editorials to reflect ownership, from political, to economic, to religious ideologues, newspapers taint the information they pass – and we accept – as history.Mackintosh, whose primary research interest is the role of bourgeois culture in the historical production of public space in the North American modern city, will speak from noon-2 p.m. in Room MC C405. read more

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When Roy met John the All Blacks hurling replays I wish I

first_imgHe has kept up a childhood routine of going down to his local field to practice kicks for a couple of hours on Christmas Day each year. The time spent on that field paid off as he kicked the Lions to success against the Wallabies. Nothing could beat the drama of that First Test — Folau’s double, North’s wonder try and Beale’s late slip — I just wish I was there to see it unfold.Niall KellyWhen Ryan Crotty raced into the corner to break Irish hearts, I was thousands of miles away watching over breakfast in a Manhattan bar. Even at that distance, the energy and passion that was flowing down from the Aviva stands was clear to see.As the second half wore on and Ireland kept battling against the All Blacks’ onslaught, there seemed to be a moment of unanimous belief – this was actually going to happen. Despite the result, I don’t think anyone who was there will ever forget it.Paul HosfordMy brother’s stag weekend meant that I missed the All-Ireland hurling final replay. But, it meant that I got to watch the game with 20 Cork men in a pub in Cardiff. The atmosphere was unreal as the goals rained in. In the end, Cork lost, but where would you rather be on All Ireland final Sunday than HQ?Pic: INPHO/James CrombieTomorrow on TheScore.ie: ‘I was there’, the best sporting events of 201319 of our favourite Zlatan Ibrahimovic quotesAnalysis: Two minutes of hell for Ireland against the All Blacks Adrian RussellThe meeting between John Delaney and Roy Keane. The pair sat down with Martin O’Neill when they set out their plans for the next two years as Ireland’s management ticket. Was there talk of car parks, islands in the south Pacific, various barbs about ‘that man’ in the intervening years and, more importantly, who picked up the bill?Murray KinsellaSouth Africa v All Blacks. I’m sure this is the game most rugby folk wish they had been able to watch in the flesh this year. Easily one of the best matches I’ve ever seen, the skill level and physicality were out of this world.There were too many brilliant tries to choose one favourite, while Nigel Owens was excellent as referee. The All Blacks showed their world-class mental strength, while the ‘Boks demonstrated that they have the athletes to compete at RWC2015.YouTube credit: nzUploader01Fintan O’TooleThe hype about Ronaldo v Zlatan overshadowed the fact that two countries were vying to reach the World Cup in their playoff in November. The first leg was a damp squib but the second leg in Stockholm rose to the expectations. In 29 second-half minutes, two of the world’s greatest footballers divvied up five goals in a blaze of drama. It was magnificent stuff with Ronaldo the winner at the finish.Pic: Steven Governo/Atlantico/Press Association ImagesSinead O’CarrollWhen Andy Murray finally put the ghost of Wimbledon’s past to bed. The power of his performance and the strength he pulled from somewhere not to collapse after losing three match points proves he’s a force to be reckoned with – mentally and physically.And he’s only 26 years old. He has shrugged off a lot of the on-court antics over the last couple of years, making him a player you want to root for – and want to see in many a Grand Slam final.Rónán DuffyEvery so often the Irish team brings such intensity to a rugby match that we look like we can beat anyone. Australia and England in 2011, Wales in 2013. We almost proved that to be the case by beating arguably the best sports team on the planet in the All Blacks. Almost.Paul FennessyIreland v New Zealand – Granted, it is somewhat sad that I dream of attending a game that Ireland eventually lost in the cruellest circumstances imaginable. However aside from its depressing climax, there were plenty of reasons why I regretted not being at the game on the day. The atmosphere at the Aviva had been criticised in the past, but none of those complaints applied on this occasion.In contrast with the lacklustre spectacle at the previous two November Tests, against the almighty All Blacks, the supporters’ fervent passion was starkly evident even from the relative distance of a TV screen. The phrase ‘nothing beats being there’ is an over-used cliché, but this was one of the rare occasions where it genuinely applied.Pic: INPHO/James CrombiePatrick McCarryLions Test Series. I got a one-on-one interview with Leigh Halfpenny out at Carton House before the Lions flew out to Hong Kong and Australia. The Welshman came across as incredibly humble and dedicated to his profession.last_img read more

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Adobe développe sa technologie sur les smartphones téléviseurs ordinateurs et tablettes

first_imgAdobe développe sa technologie sur les smartphones, téléviseurs, ordinateurs et tablettesÉtats-Unis – La technologie Air 2.5 à peine présentée, Adobe l’installe sur plusieurs terminaux allant de la télévision au smartphone, en passant par les tablettes et les ordinateurs. Les développeurs peuvent s’en donner à cœur joie.Air 2.5, la nouvelle technologie d’Adobe, permet à la firme de s’imposer sur plusieurs terminaux. Respectant Flash, la technologie permet d’utiliser des applications en utilisant Internet en local : “Plus de 3 millions de développeurs Flash peuvent à présent concevoir un jeu ou une application, et le déployer facilement sur plusieurs terminaux et magasins d’applications”, se réjouit Adobe. Cette innovation supporte essentiellement les captures photos, les interfaces tactiles et, la mode du moment, la géolocalisation. Air 2.5 est disponible sur Mac, PC, Smart TV de Samsung, Linux et la tablette Playbook de RIM.Le 27 octobre 2010 à 12:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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WWE ring announcer Lillian Garcia releases new single

first_img Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Zooey Deschanel And Husband Jacob Pechenik Announce Divorce Now Playing Up Next Brie Bella Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Videos Articles Courtesy of WWE.com:Get Lilian’s new single ‘Stung’Lilian Garcia fans, don’t miss your opportunity to download the Diva’s new single, “Stung,” for free!Go to liliangarcia.fanbridge.com to sign up for Lilian’s e-mail list and join the #LilRockers. As a thank you, Lilian will send a link to download her latest single, “Stung,” for free. Stay up to date on all of Lilian’s latest events, exclusive offers, giveaways and meet-and-greet opportunities, or send in your questions for Lilian at liliangarcia.fanbridge.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipE! Orders Two More Seasons Of Total DivasVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:37/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 40.81%0:03Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions E! Orders Two More Seasons Of Total Divascenter_img Facebook SPOILERS: 3/22 and 3/23 Impact TV taping results from Windsor, Ontario, Canada Insight Editions announces “WWE: The Official Cookbook” set for release on March 19 Eva Marie Now Playing Up Next Jon Moxley To Go To NJPW Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Billie Eilish Talks About Being Born With Big Boobs Videos Articles Pinterestlast_img read more

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More details about incident at Performance Center updated

first_img Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Twitter NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Results – 8/31/19 (Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE UK Title) Ronda Rousey Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Pinterest AEW All Out Results – 8/31/19 (Jericho vs. Page, Cody vs. Spears, Omega vs. PAC) Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Facebook Update (7:38 p.m. ET): The 29-year-old man shot today has been identified as Armando Montalvo according to TMZ.com. WWE filed a restraining order against Montalvo earlier this month after a “string of violent run-ins at the facility.” Earlier this summer, Montalvo spread his urine and feces on the building and posted a video of himself online mixing human waste and milk inside a bucket. Montalvo showed up at the facility on multiple occasions dressed in a wrestling outfit, banging on windows and threatening to “kick everyone’s ass” because they wouldn’t hire him for a job at the Performance Center.WESH in Orlando has provided new details on the incident at the WWE Performance Center on Monday afternoon in Orlando where a man was shot.A 29-year-old man described as being “fixated on a female wrestler” who has yet to be named was shot by a deputy outside the Performance Center in Azalea Park. Sheriff Jerry Demings told the media that police had responded to a trespassing call around 1:30 p.m. Eastern. The man, believed to be armed with a knife, charged deputies and was shot by Cpl. Steve Wahl. The man was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening gunshot wounds.The identity of the man has not been released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as of early Monday evening. This had been the third time in the last 30 days that the man had been approached by deputies. The female wrestler the man was reportedly stalking, according to authorities, was not present on Monday. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be investigating the shooting in the weeks going forward.As reported earlier, WWE issued the following statement about the incident.“Unfortunately a deranged individual with no WWE affiliation, who had a court order prohibiting him from being on WWE property, was involved in an incident with an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy in the parking lot of the WWE Performance Center. We defer to the Orange County Sherriff’s department for further comment and information.”Source: WESH OrlandoRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey Highlighting WWEs ProblemsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Google+ Wrestleview Live #64: Reviewing and discussing AEW All Out and a new AEW World Champion WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Rawlast_img read more

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Chelsea reject Willian bid for the third time

first_imgChelsea have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for winger Willian Borges, according to Sky Sports.The Blues are believed to have rejected a third bid in excess of £55million from the Spanish champions for the former Anzhi man.Barcelona have been linked with a move for the Brazil international all summer as they look to strengthen their attack after Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann said no to a move to Barcelona last month.The Catalans made the third bid for Willian last Friday as they step up the hunt to bring the winger to the Nou Camp but Chelsea have subsequently turned down their offer.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Willian representatives are expected to travel to Spain to meet with Barcelona officials as they seek to make the move to Spain go through.The 29-year-old was a part of Brazil’s squad to the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia where he featured in all five games his country played in.Chelsea are keen to retain the services of the Brazil international as well as those of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian duo have been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge to join Spanish side Real Madrid.last_img read more

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Clark County sets rules for wineries operations

first_imgClark County commissioners approved language Tuesday updating limits on noise and food service at local wineries.Commissioner Steve Stuart called the changes part of “an evolutionary process” in a county that’s experiencing a burgeoning wine industry.The changes update rules the commissioners adopted in 2010, which allowed wineries to open tasting rooms.Over the years, some neighbors’ patience waned as wineries worked to build business by hosting events, and offering live music and food.In response, commissioners unanimously approved two major changes to the ordinance.The first change puts a halt to amplified music between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. The intent, commissioners said, is to help alleviate the thumping of bass and loud sounds that neighbors have complained about at some local wineries.Commissioners also approved language that states no interior seating will be allowed for food service, and that food cannot be cooked to order. The language does not stop wineries from serving food but is intended to keep eateries or taverns from popping up in the countryside.A smaller change made to the ordinance says that 100 people constitute an “event,” an important designation because the county allows only 50 events per winery per year.Steve Syverson, who has had noise issues with the Rusty Grape Vineyard near his home in Battle Ground, spoke at the meeting to encourage commissioners to approve limiting amplified music.Syverson spoke with The Columbian in February on the matter, saying winery activities hurt his quality of life.Jeremy Brown, the owner of the Rusty Grape Vineyard, also spoke at Tuesday’s meeting. He said he has been working with his neighbors to reduce the local impact.last_img read more

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Your YouTube copyright claim now needs to be more specific

first_img Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 0 6:06 Share your voice Mobile Mobile Apps Digital Mediacenter_img YouTube Tags YouTube needs a time stamp to weigh a claim. Angela Lang/CNET YouTube is seeking to clear up some of the confusion over its copyright rules. The video site said it’s important for creators accused of a violation to understand where the supposed infringement occurred and what the next steps are.”Starting today, we will require copyright owners to provide timestamps to indicate exactly where their content appears in videos … and we’re improving our video editing tools in Creator Studio to make it easier for creators to remove the content associated with these claims,” Julian Bill, YouTube product manager, wrote in a blog post Tuesday. If you think someone has used some of your content without permission (and YouTube’s Content ID didn’t catch it), you’ll still use Manual Claim, a tool in Content ID, but now it’ll be more specific. From there, YouTube will evaluate the accuracy of the assertion. With the updated editing tools, creators can mute the segment in question, remove a violating song or trim out content. If creators think a claim is incorrect, YouTube lets them dispute it.  Finding stuff on YouTube to get easier, Note 10 pics…last_img read more

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Qualcomm slapped with US antitrust suit for unfair trade practices

first_imgMobile chipmaker Qualcomm said on Wednesday that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint against the company alleging that its certain business practices are in violation of US competition law. Rolls-Royce to pay $817 million in penalties to settle bribery chargesThe FTC, in its complaint in the US District Court in the Northern District of California, said that the San Diego-based company used its dominant position as a supplier of certain mobile phone chips to withhold or threaten to withhold chip supply in order to obtain agreement to unfair or unreasonable licensing terms. The US agency also accused Qualcomm of refusing to license some standard essential patents to rival chipmakers and of entering into an exclusive deal with Apple Inc.”Qualcomm’s customers have accepted elevated royalties and other license terms that do not reflect an assessment of terms that a court or other neutral arbiter would determine to be fair and reasonable,” the FTC said.In its response, Qualcomm said the portrayal of facts offered by the FTC is significantly flawed and it will “vigorously contest complaint and defend its business practices.””The complaint seeks to advance the interests and bargaining power of companies that have generated billions in profit from sales of products made possible by the fundamental 3G and 4G cellular technology developed by innovators like Qualcomm,” the chipmaker said.Qualcomm clarified that despite an appeal from members of Congress to refrain from “midnight litigation” with novel and untested legal theories that could damage competition in the US, the FTC accelerated the investigation of Qualcomm and directed the filing of the complaint just days before the change of the Administration though only three of five FTC commissioners are in place. “This is an extremely disappointing decision to rush to file a complaint on the eve of Chairwoman Ramirez’s departure and the transition to a new Administration, which reflects a sharp break from FTC practice,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel, Qualcomm.Edith Ramirez is the current FTC Democratic chairwoman appointed by the Obama Administration. Ramirez will step down on February 10 as Donald Trump is expected to name Republican Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen as acting FTC chairwoman and will fill three more vacancies at the agency. Ramirez and fellow Democrat Terrell McSweeny voted to approve the complaint, but Ohlhausen dissented, saying that the lawsuit was based on a “flawed legal theory … that lacks economic and evidentiary support.”last_img read more

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Coaching centers to remain closed for one month

first_imgDipu MoniThe government has decided to keep all the coaching centres across the country closed between 27 January and 27 February to prevent leak of question papers during the Secondary School Certificate examinations.This year, the SSC and equivalent examinations will start on 2 February.The decision to keep the coaching centers closed was taken at a meeting of the education ministry on Sunday. There have been widespread allegations of question paper leaks in different public exams in recent years.Newly appointed education minister Dipu Moni on 8 January said that tackling the issue would be her main challenge.No one except the secretary of the exam centre will be able to carry mobile phone in the centre. The secretary can only carry a feature phone during the exam, said the minister after the meeting. Moreover, to curb the leak, Dipu Moni said, the ministry has taken a series of measures, including wrapping up the the question papers by aluminium foil paper prior to sending them to the exam centres and imposing section 144 in the vicinity of the exam centres. The minister said stringent measures will be taken against people spreading rumour over leak of question papers. This year, a total of 213,7307 students will sit for SSC exams, 310,172 will sit for Dakhil exams under Madrasa education board and 126,371 will sit for vocational exam under the Bangladesh Technical Education Board.Deputy education minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, secondary and higher education department secretary Md Sohorab Hossain, technical and madrasa education department secretary Md Alamgir, and Dhaka education board chairman Md Ziaul Haque were also present at the meeting.last_img read more

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EU to launch moves to block US sanctions on Iran Friday Juncker

first_imgEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker along with European Council president Donald Tusk. Photo: AFPThe EU will on Friday begin moves to block the effect of US sanctions on Iran in the bloc, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said, as part of efforts to preserve the nuclear deal with Tehran.”We will begin the ‘blocking statute’ process, which aims to neutralise the extraterritorial effects of US sanctions in the EU. We must do it and we will do it tomorrow morning at 10:30,” Juncker said at a summit in Sofia on Thursday.The European Union is trying to find ways to keep Iran in the 2015 accord by safeguarding the economic benefits Tehran gained in return for giving up its nuclear programme, after US president Donald Trump abruptly pulled out of the deal.The “blocking statute” is a 1996 regulation originally created to get around Washington’s trade embargo on Cuba.It prohibits EU companies and courts from complying with specific foreign sanctions laws and says no foreign court judgments based on these laws have any effect in the EU.But the row with the United States over the Cuba embargo was settled politically, so the effectiveness of the blocking regulation has never been put to the test.Its value may lie more as a bargaining chip with Washington than its legal effectiveness, and last week an EU source acknowledged that the “political symbolic effect is potentially bigger than the economic effect”.last_img read more

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Bengal MPs to heighten glam factor in LS

first_imgKolkata: Bengal is set to raise the glam quotient in the upcoming Lok Sabha with a number of celebrity candidates sailing through the bitterly fought elections in the eastern state. Making their debut in the lower house of Parliament are two young Bengali actresses and Trinamool Congress winners — Nusrat Jahan (Basirhat) and Mimi Chakraborty (Jadavpur) — both famed for their oomph factor. Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee’s decision to nominate the two political greenhorns had created quite a sensation, and they even became the butt of distasteful trolls on the social media. When the TMC announced its decision, there was a flurry of memes, jokes and comments. There were reports that several netizens were disgruntled with the development and quoted someone saying that Mamata Banerjee should know that unlike the Indian Premier League, politics does not need cheerleaders. However, the counting of votes has proved otherwise and shown that Tollywood celebrities can not only make the audiences flock to the theatres, but can also get a sweeping victory on the political battlefield. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee’s gamble paid off as both actors defeated their BJP rivals by handsome margins. Chakraborty triumphed by a margin of 2,95,239 votes over Anupam Hazra, while Jahan left her nearest rival Sayantan Basu behind by 3,50,369 votes. Bollywood singer-actor-turned-politician Union minister Babul Supriyo retained his Asansol seat, but his victory robbed Parliament of the presence of yesteryear actress Moon Moon Sen, who lost out in the race. Bengali superstar Deepak Adhikari (Dev) retained the Ghatal seat for Trinamool, humbling BJP nominee and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh. Deb’s winning margin was 1,07,973 votes. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAll the hard work of BJP’s Locket Chatterjee, who had failed to turn the tables on her opponents during the 2016 Assembly elections, brought cheer to the party as she won the Hooghly seat defeating Trinamool’s sitting MP Ratna De Nag by 73,362 votes. Another yesteryear actress and the Trinamool’s Birbhum candidate, Shatabdi Roy, posted a hat-trick of Lok Sabha wins by getting the better of BJP’s Dudh Kumar Mondal by 88,924 votes. However, theatre personality and Trinamool’s Lok Sabha sitting member Arpita Ghosh fell by the wayside in Balurghat, from where her BJP opponent Sukanta Majumdar won with a 33,293-vote margin.last_img read more

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Tips for studying abroad

first_imgAmong the more important things we do in life is to take decisions. At a time of information overload, this can be particularly challenging. And yet, this is the time of year when students have to make up their minds on their future course of study. It is one of the most difficult and important decisions they would need to take and would, most certainly, impact them for the rest of their lives. Trends suggest that there would be an increasing number of Indian students who would be opting for higher studies, particularly in Australia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf What are some of the key things to keep in mind? Do your homework, but don’t get bogged down: Doing your homework and basic research are important, but too much information can make decision-making difficult and even confusing. It is important to decide what subject you would like to pursue, where you would like to study, whether you meet the entry and eligibility criteria and, finally, do you have the required funds to pay for it. Given the Indian Rupee-Australian Dollar exchange rate, studying in Australia is significantly cheaper than opting for the US and the UK, which pose additional and new challenges. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKnow how to apply: If you are going through an education agent, first find out which education agents have been empanelled by the university of choice. For instance, the internationally-ranked University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, has only 12 registered India-based education partners. No one else is authorised to process student applications. The list is available on the university’s website. Furthermore, empanelled agents are not authorised to charge students for services they render. Such payments, or commissions, are paid by the university. Know why you are pursuing higher studies: Simon Sinek, in his path-breaking book, ‘The Power of Why’, emphasised the misplaced emphasis that so many place on “what” and “how” without ever knowing “why”. If we know “why” we are planning on a particular course of action, other things fall in place. In terms of sequencing, “why” is where we first start. You can decide, for instance, to pursue an undergraduate course in Finance and Accounting if you are clear in your mind as to why you would like to do so. Once you know your “why”, the “where” is easy. Embrace Change: Often our parents, in particular, and sometimes even we, fear the uncertain. Living abroad, especially if it is the first time, can be challenging. Is it safe? What is the culture like? Would my son or daughter make friends? Would the studying and living culture cause problems? These are all legitimate questions and anxieties. At the same time, if the decision is to study abroad, it is important to be open to change. Some things might be similar to what we are used to but there would be big differences in several other aspects. What is particularly fascinating is that “other cultures” open up the mind to new ways of seeing and thinking – and even behaving. Learn with Passion: We can learn every single day but only if we are open to it. “Smell the roses” we are told and yet, we rarely do. Employability is not a quotient of how many books we have read or quotations we know by heart but how we are able to relate with our external environment. This is what employers look for because what they want are persons who can work in a team, who can take decisions and, consequently, who anticipate and solve problems without compromising on integrity and values. Great educational institutions recognise this and embed it into their pedagogy. It is what makes them stand out.last_img read more

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Agents can earn cash gift cards and win a trip to Ireland

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Agent Incentives, Insight Vacations Thursday, February 7, 2019 Posted by TORONTO — Insight Vacations is celebrating two of its most popular destinations with a new travel advisor incentive and grand prize campaign.Called ‘Set Your ‘I’ on a Magical Journey’, the campaign will feature both Italy and Ireland until March 31. Each week Insight will highlight a different unique selling point, while offering engaging content for agents to use to help close their bookings.Plus, agents who book any journey offered by Insight Vacations has a chance to win prizes including a trip to Italy or Ireland for one top selling travel advisor.Advisors must be a member of ‘The IV Insider’ Facebook page to be eligible for the campaign incentive and offer.“There are many unique brand selling points packed into our 13 journeys to Italy, and seven to Ireland, with our magical Insight Experiences truly bringing a destination to life and designed to invite our guests to experience the country like a local,” says Brad Ford, President of Insight Vacations.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“Whether Travel Advisors choose to set their client’s eye on Italy and embrace the enchanting dolce vita, or Ireland, to revel in the emerald countryside, we hope to inspire our terrific Advisors with engaging content and rewarding incentives as a show of appreciation for their continued support.”Here’s a look at the prizing available (agents must sign up/be a member of the IV Facebook agent page ‘The IV Insider’ to be eligible)…Book 5 passengers & receive a $200 cash gift cardBook 10 passengers & receive a $500 cash gift cardBook 15 passengers & receive a $1,000 cash gift cardBook 20 passengers and receive a $1,500 cash gift card and be entered into a draw for a free Insight Vacations journey to Italy or Ireland (excluding Irish Elegance), for travel before June 2020$50 optional experience voucher per person will also be offered for consumers to use on all trips to Italy and IrelandThe incentive is valid on new bookings only and must be made between Feb. 1 and March 31 at 11:59 p.m. Bookings will be calculated and reported by Insight Vacations Canada on March 31 for gift card eligibility.center_img Share Agents can earn cash gift cards and win a trip to Ireland or Italy with Insight’s new incentive << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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