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How AB de Villiers’ wife inspired him to play a breathtaking knock on IPL comeback

first_imgAB de Villiers came back from an injury and played like he was never away from the game. He did not play any international cricket after June 24, 2016 and returned to action only in January. (IPL 2017: Brilliant AB de Villiers shines on return from injury)The South African run-machine blasted four half-centuries in 10 ODIs on his comeback and looked set to light the Indian Premier League up before a back injury laid him low once again.After missing RCB’s first two matches in IPL 2017 against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils, de Villiers returned to action against Kings XI Punjab. (IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Shane Watson blames himself for defeat against Kings XI Punjab)Even as the rest of the RCB line-up caved in, de Villiers stood firm and smacked nine massive sixes to remain unbeaten on 89 off only 46 balls.Speaking to the commentators during KXIP’s successful chase of RCB’s modest total (despite the ABD fireworks), the Proteas superstar said he surprised himself with his knock. (AB de Villiers returns to show what Royal Challengers Bangalore were missing)How did he not have any kind of rustiness? He had sat out for half of 2016 and has only a handful of matches this year before the IPL.”I surprised myself. It is more a  mental thing than anything else. It’s not like you become a bad player overnight. The rustiness was more self doubt which was there over the last few days,” de Villiers said.Image Courtesy: @ABdeVilliers17 So how did he overcome that mental block? What inspired him to go out and play those big shots again?advertisement”I called my wife before the game (and told her) that I am doubting myself a bit but I surprised myself… I played a few good shots.”She was actually lying next to my boy, sleeping, when I asked her for advise and I had to call back a few minutes later.”She told me that she backs me and asked me to stay calm and she told me that she was on her way just arriving (on Tuesday). So, I think that was the inspiration.”last_img read more

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Sister’s blackmail, torture forced me to reveal my same-sex relationship: Dutee Chand

first_imgWomen’s 100 metre national champion Dutee Chand on Tuesday alleged that her eldest sister’s blackmailing and physical torture had forced her to come out in the open about her same-sex relationship.Dutee Chand, winner of two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games, on Sunday became the first Indian sportsperson to admit being in a same-sex relationship with a girl from her hometown Chaka Gopalpur in Orissa.”My own sister is blackmailing me, she asked me for Rs 25 lakh. She had once beaten me, I’d reported to the police. Since she was blackmailing me, I was forced to come out about my relationship,” Dutee Chand told ANI.However, Dutee’s sister had her own version of the story as she had earlier alleged that the ace sprinter’s partner was pressurising her to get married and appealed to the government to provide protection and security to Dutee.”She is an adult. It’s her decision whether she wants to marry a girl or a boy. But Dutee has been forced to speak all this. Otherwise, a decision about marriage could have been discussed later,” Dutee’s sister Saraswati has said.After making the revelation two days ago, Dutee has faced expulsion from the family and her mother has refused to accept Dutee’s same-sex relationship.”Dutee wants to marry a girl, who is the daughter of my niece, so she is my grand-daughter. In this relation, Dutee will be like a mother of that girl. Then how will it be possible in our society in Odisha,” Dutee’s mother Akhoji told ANI.advertisementOn Tuesday, Hollywood’s popular comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres came out in support of Dutee. DeGeneres, who came out as a homosexual, over two decades ago on national TV, said she was proud of the Indian sprinter.She’s the 100m record holder and the first openly gay sportsperson in India. I guess she knows a thing or two about being first. I’m so proud of her. DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 21, 2019Dutee Chand is only the third Indian woman to ever qualify for the Women’s 100 metres event at the Summer Olympic Games. Dutee clinched silver in women’s 100m at the Jakarta Asian Games to become the first player to win a medal at the event since 1998.Also Read | Ace sprinter Dutee Chand reveals she is in same-sex relationship with ‘soulmate’Also Read | Dutee Chand faces family’s wrath after revealing same-sex relationshipAlso Seelast_img read more

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Dyche: Palace were the better team

first_imgPremier League Palace were the better team, admits Burnley boss Dyche Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 06:06 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sean Dyche and Frank de Boer - cropped Getty Images Premier League Burnley v Crystal Palace Burnley Crystal Palace The Burnley boss sympathised with opposition manager Frank de Boer following a narrow 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace Burnley boss Sean Dyche agreed with Frank de Boer’s assessment that Crystal Palace deserved more from Sunday’s encounter, admitting the visitors were the better side.Chris Wood’s third-minute strike proved enough for a 1-0 home win as a fourth straight Premier League defeat increased the pressure on Eagles boss De Boer.Burnley 5/1 to draw vs Liverpool Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Palace are yet to score this season despite attempting 23 shots in total at Turf Moor, managing five on target compared to Burnley’s two, with defender Scott Dann the main culprit for failing to convert a late header from point-blank range.Dyche considered his side fortunate to escape with three points from “probably the worst performance” of their season so far.”[Palace] were the better side. They had a couple of very good chances,” Dyche told BBC Sport.”Sometimes it is just not going with you. We had it against West Brom recently where I thought we were excellent and we got nothing.”We did not get into our stride, ironically, after scoring early. You would think that would help, but I weirdly thought it helped them. They seemed to play well more or less for the game after that.”Over a season you just hope it balances up.”What a start to his Burnley career for @officialcwood!#TwoinTwo— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) September 10, 2017Dyche also praised the immediate impact of new signing Wood after the striker bagged his second goal in as many matches for Burnley, capitalising on Lee Chung-yong’s poor back-pass.The New Zealand international, a club-record £15 million signing from Leeds United, has already earned the Clarets four points following his late equaliser against Tottenham last time out.”He wants the challenge of being in the Premier League. I like that about players,” the manager said of Wood’s mentality.”That is why we sometimes do recruit from the Championship. You want players with that desire to prove themselves and he certainly looks full of that. And it was a sublime finish.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Response to H1N1

first_imgAs we look forward to 2010 and the work that still needs to be done in light of the H1N1 pandemic, I’d like to pause and take this opportunity to give thanks to the scores of people who have had a hand in the success of Nova Scotia’s response to the H1N1 pandemic to date. First and foremost, I’d like to thank Nova Scotians for their support and understanding as we continue to manage the H1N1 pandemic. I’d also like to thank those Nova Scotians who have stepped up to get vaccinated, and do their part to keep their communities, their families and themselves healthy. The people of this province are renowned for their caring nature and for coming together in difficult times. These last few months have certainly been no exception. Thousands of you have gotten vaccinated, and many of you have followed simple preventative measures to stay well. You’ve cared for sick family members and friends, and you’ve lent a helping hand to a sick neighbour. I’d also like to thank our public health staff, other health care workers and the volunteers – you’ve all done a tremendous job in preventing disease and providing care. These are dedicated individuals who have worked tirelessly in a continually evolving situation. Responding to H1N1 has kept them away from friends and families, in addition to their regular day-to-day work, yet they have remained committed to serving Nova Scotians. Thank you to communications teams across government, the media and other organizations such as municipal governments and business, for the role you played in getting clear, consistent and factual information to the general public. To employers across the province who were flexible with employees’ working hours and allowed their staff to get vaccinated, thank you. Giving the time needed to get immunized kept your employees healthy, and reduced the number of sick days used. And to those employers who held workplace clinics, thank you for your proactive efforts to keep your work environment healthy. The latest information shows that over 50 per cent of Nova Scotians have already been vaccinated. While we are pleased with the number of people who have taken the time to get immunized, the pandemic is not over yet. Our efforts will continue into the new year to prevent another possible wave of H1N1 activity. For those who have yet to be vaccinated, please consider doing so over the holidays, or in the new year. Remember, aside from public clinics and workplace clinics, vaccine is available in most physician offices across the province. It is a privilege to serve the people of Nova Scotia, and I look forward to leading the pandemic response into the new year. I wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas, and a safe new year. To view a holiday message from Dr. Strang, visit . -30-last_img read more

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Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station will be countrys 1st mega transit hub

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Sarai Kalen Khan RRTS station will be the country’s first mega transit hub as three Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridors will converge at it, an official said Wednesday. On the RRTS corridors, trains will run at an average speed of 100 kmph, according to officials, who said the system will provide convenient commuter movement and encourage people to use public transport.Besides this, the station will also be integrated with the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, the Delhi Metro’s Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsSarai Kale Khan station and the Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, the official said. The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) plans to converge the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat RRTS corridors at the station. These will make the Sarai Kalen Khan RRTS station India’s first mega transit hub, he said. The NCRTC, which is the implementing agency of the RRTS, will develop several multi-modal integrations along the high-speed corridors, as per a plan. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe official said in view of high-passenger flow at the Sarai Kalen Khan RRTS station, the NCRTC has planned that it will have separate platforms for boarding and de-boarding from trains as the doors will open on both sides. The “unique system” will help in optimising passenger flow and facilitate convenient commuter movement, he said. “When commuters are provided seamless integration with different public transport modes, it encourages them to leave their private vehicles behind. We have planned the network keeping demand and commuter convenience in mind” Sudhir Kumar Sharma, NCRTC’s Chief Public Relation Officer, told . The RRTS trains will have a design speed of 180 kmph while the operational speed will be 160 kmph. The average speed will be of 100 kmph. Trains will be available every five to 10 minutes. TheDelhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor will have 22 stations and two depot-cum-stations at Duhai and Modipuram. The distance will be covered in around 55 minutes. Construction work on the 17-km long prioritized section between Sahibabad and Duhai of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor is in full swing and piers and viaducts will be visible soon, an official said. While this part of the corridor will become operational by March 2023, the commercial operations on the entire Delhi-Meerut corridor will commence by 2025, the official said. Last month, the Rajasthan government had approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Delhi-Gurugram-SNB ((Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror Urban Complex) corridor — the first phase of the Delhi-Alwar rapid rail project.last_img read more

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Norway arrests Iraqi preacher convicted in Italy for terrorism

first_imgOslo: Norway has arrested controversial Iraqi Kurdish fundamentalist preacher Mullah Krekar after he was convicted in Italy of “terrorist” conspiracy, the PST intelligence service said Tuesday. A refugee in Norway since 1991, 63-year-old Krekar — whose real name is Najumuddin Ahmad Faraj — is accused by Italy of leading the Rawti Shax, a network with alleged links to the Islamic State group and which is suspected of planning attacks in the West. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping In his absence, a court in Bolzano in northern Italy sentenced him Monday to 12 years’ imprisonment on a charge of “terrorist conspiracy”. It also sentenced five co-accused. “The PST, with the assistance of Oslo police, arrested Mullah Krekar on Monday evening under an international search warrant and an Italian arrest warrant,” the agency said on Twitter. Krekar must appear in court on Wednesday to be placed in provisional detention. “He has no connection with IS,” his Norwegian lawyer Brynjar Meling told AFP after the court ruling. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang “His only goal is to come back to Kurdistan in Iraq and be able to (be a) politician there, set up a political party he wants to establish in Iraq as a free man”. Considered a threat to national security and featuring on UN and US terror lists, Krekar has been at risk of deportation since 2003. Norwegian law, however, bars his deportation to Iraq because he risks the death penalty there. Italy in 2016 cancelled a request for Krekar’s extradition, disappointing Norwegian officials who viewed this as a chance to be rid of the mullah they perceive as troublesome. He had spent several years in jail in Norway for threats and inciting violence, but was freed in November 2016 after Italy’s withdrawal.last_img read more

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QuickList June inflation rate for selected Canadian cities

OTTAWA — Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.0 per cent in June, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 1.6 per cent (3.0)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.1 (1.4)— Halifax: 0.5 (0.5)— Saint John, N.B.: 2.1 (2.4)— Quebec: 0.6 (0.6)— Montreal: 0.8 (0.8)— Ottawa: 1.0 (1.0)— Toronto: 2.1 (1.9)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 0.9 (0.9)— Winnipeg: 0.2 (1.1)— Regina: 0.4 (0.9)— Saskatoon: 0.7 (1.0)— Edmonton: 0.4 (1.3)— Calgary: 0.7 (1.4)— Vancouver: 1.8 (1.8)— Victoria: 1.8 (2.0) read more

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Les Waas creator of the Mister Softee jingle dies at 94

PHILADELPHIA – Les Waas, the advertising legend behind the Mister Softee jingle heard in hundreds of ice cream trucks for more than half a century, has died. He was 94.Waas died April 19 at Abington Hospice in Warminster, according to Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael-Sacks funeral home.The Mister Softee song, originally written in 1960 for the company started in his Philadelphia hometown just a few years earlier, played in the company’s ice cream trucks as a way to signal their approach. Soon, the song became ubiquitous with ice cream, summer and fun as the opening notes became instantly recognizable to anyone within earshot — sparking a craving they didn’t realize existed.Both loved and loathed, the jingle remains a lasting part of the collective American childhood.The tune has also been used by competitors to lure children out of their homes and into the streets for frozen treats. During his advertising career, which spanned more than five decades, Waas wrote and produced more than 970 jingles for advertisers, according to the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia — where he served as president and chairman of the board.The Mister Softee song, officially titled “Jingle and Chimes,” is his greatest legacy. Although most people know the notes of the twinkling, looping cadence, the song also has lyrics, including: “The creamiest dreamiest soft ice cream you get from Mister Softee” and “Listen for my store on wheels ding-a-ling down the street.”Mister Softee has over 600 trucks and over 350 franchise dealers operating in 15 states plus China.Waas was also known for his sense of humour. University of Calgary psychology professor Piers Steel wrote in a 2011 “Psychology Today” article that in 1956, Waas and some of his fellow admen posted a sign in a Philadelphia hotel reading, “The procrastination’s club meeting has been postponed.” The sign drew attention from local press, prompting Waas to eventually hold the meeting — the start of a long-running prank. Waas served as president of the Procrastinators Club of America, which even today claims thousands of members.Waas’ wife, Sylvia, died in 2006. He is survived by his children, Sherri Waas Shunfenthal and Murry Waas. Les Waas, creator of the Mister Softee jingle, dies at 94 by The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2016 9:51 am MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Kai Red Sox Take Championship Game in Helper

Photo by Jeff BarrettOn championship day of the 13U Pacific Southwest Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament on Friday, the Kai Red Sox came out swinging. They pounced on El Segundo and exacted revenge with a 10-0 beating. Caleb Kim only gave up one hit in his shutout performance while the win forced a winner-takes-all championship game.El Segundo scored its first run of the day in the opening inning but the Red Sox answered back with three runs to take the lead and maintain the momentum. The Red Sox were not to be denied and completed an excellent day with a 11-1 win to take the tournament. They will go on to play in the Babe Ruth World Series in Massachusetts in the second week of August. read more

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Gallery Purdue upsets Ohio State in Big Ten womens basketball tournament 7160

INDIANAPOLIS — The Purdue Boilermakers upset top-seeded Ohio State in the 2017 Big Ten women’s basketball tournament. Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) facilitates the offense against Purdue during the Boilermakers’ 71-60 win against the Buckeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports Director

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Babies benefit from pioneering miniature MRI scanner in Sheffield

first_imgProfessor Paul Griffiths from @ShefUni_IICD discussing the groundbreaking miniature MRI scanner helping to diagnose brain defects in babies— Sheffield Uni news (@ShefUniNews) 23 January 2017 Our researchers have shown that additional MRI scans could provide more certainty in diagnosing foetal abnormalities— Sheffield University (@sheffielduni) 15 December 2016 Doctors in Sheffield are testing a tiny neonatal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner to improve diagnostic accuracy in paediatric brain scans.The ‘miniature’ scanner being pioneered at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, which is one of only two in the world, is part of a two-year research project into the feasibility and benefits of scanning babies in the neonatal unit.Its size – not much bigger than a washing machine – means the scanner can be metres away from the neonatal intensive care unit allowing specialist staff to be close by in case of issues.At present, ultrasound imaging is normally used to scan the brains of newborns. However, research has shown that magnetic resonance imaging is a better tool to visualise the brain conditions seen in neonates, said the Wellcome Trust, which funded GE Healthcare to build the machines.”Key reasons for the lack of utilisation of magnetic resonance in neonate imaging are that the equipment is often bulky, difficult to site and therefore usually placed in separate and often distant areas of hospitals. There is a huge need for a dedicated, bespoke magnetic resonance imager that addresses these issues,” the Wellcome Trust said in a statement explaining the reasons for founding the project. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img So far the scanner, built by GE Healthcare with funding by the Wellcome Trust, has been used to scan 40 babies.Prof Griffiths and Prof Martin Paley, Professor of Biomedical Imaging at the University of Sheffield, have been working on the concept and design of a dedicated neonatal MRI for 12 years.Two prototype 3 Tesla neonatal MRIs were eventually built, the other is in Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts and is not currently in use. Both machines are still used purely for research and have not received the green light for clinical use yet.Another machine, called a 1.5 Tesla MR scanner, was created at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where a small-bore magnet designed for imaging adult knees was adapted into one suitable for imaging an infant’s whole body. Prof Griffiths told BBC that the next step would be to do a trial in premature babies to compile definitive evidence that MRI produces a better diagnosis and whether it altered the clinical management of children.In the UK, five in every 1,000 newborns suffer brain injury, and nearly one in five die from it, GE said in a statement released when it received the grant to build the machines in 2011. Survivors are at risk of developing long-term neurological problems. Faster and more accurate diagnosis could help improve clinical outcomes, the company said.  Prof Paul Griffiths, who teaches radiology at the University of Sheffield and is specialised in diseases of the developing brain, said that MRI was better at showing the structures of the brain and abnormalities more clearly.Ultrasound of the brain is possible in newborn babies only because the bones in their skull are not yet fused, meaning sound waves can travel through the two soft spots between the bones, the fontanelles.”Ultrasound is cheap, portable and convenient, but the position of the fontanelles means there are some parts of the brain which cannot be viewed,” Prof Griffiths told BBC.”MRI is able to show all of the brain and the surrounding anatomy, making the images easier to explain to parents.”From a diagnostic point, the big advantage is that MRI is able to show a wider range of brain abnormalities, in particular those which result from a lack of oxygen or blood supply.”last_img read more

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Two women sentenced to prison over seized cigarettes

first_imgTWO WOMEN IN their twenties appeared in court today charged with evading duty on cigarettes.Two female Lithuanian nationals appeared before Judge Denis McLouglin today following the seizure of 35,400 cigarettes by officers from Revenue’s Customs Services at Dublin Airport last week.They each received a five month custodial sentence.The two women were aged 25 and 26 and were both sentenced to five months in prison for evasion and attempted evasion of duty in respect of the “NZ Gold” and “Kent” cigarettes. The women’s sentence was backdated to 8 October 2013.The cigarettes had a retail value of €16,890 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €14,524.Revenue said that if any businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes, they can contact them in confidence on (free phone) 1800 295 295.Read: Harvey the Revenue’s sniffer dog uncovers tobacco worth €10k in Cork>last_img read more

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Human skulls found inside teddy bears at Mexico airport

first_imgINSPECTORS DISCOVERED TWO skulls and other human remains hidden inside teddy bears at a Mexico City airport shipping company.Company employees made the find when they ran the plush bears under an x-ray machine during a routine inspection, the Mexico City public prosecutor’s office said on Sunday.The human remains “appear to have been recently exhumed,” the office said in a statement.Authorities contacted and arrested the man who was mailing the package, who said he bought the skulls at a popular downtown Mexico City market.The man said the skulls “are in demand abroad by people who practice santeria,” an Afro-Caribbean syncretic religion.Santeria, which mixes west African Yoruba traditions with Catholic rites, grew out of the slave trade to the Americas and is practiced in the Caribbean as well as places like Florida and Brazil.The statement did not say where the teddy bears were being mailed to.© – AFP 2014last_img read more

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32GB Microsoft Surface has just 16GB available to users

first_imgThe Microsoft Surface has finally arrived, and that means it’s time to start digging down into the specs and features to see what this device is really made of. The Surface is Microsoft’s first-party attempt at making a consumer-friendly Windows RT device. It runs on an ARM processor, has a funky optional keyboard cover, and comes in 32 and 64GB storage varieties. As it turns out, this works out to be less storage than expected — the 32GB tablet has only 16GB free upon first boot.Differing storage numbers are nothing new in the realm of computing, but this is a fairly significant drop. As is the case with all Windows devices, part of the missing space is not actually missing. Storage is usually advertised using decimal numbers — assuming that a gigabyte is 1,000 megabytes. Windows and most other operating systems calculate storage using binary, so a gigabyte is 1024 MB. That accounts for 3GB of the difference.Windows RT devices also have a partition for recovery tools. Since the platform is much less open than full Windows, these tools are necessary in the event of system failure. These tools take up a whopping 5GB of the remaining space. The operating system itself, as well as the built-in apps, takes up another 8GB of space. This leaves us at 16GB remaining out of the total 32GB. The 64GB tablet has 46GB remaining for users.This is a big chunk of storage, but it’s not the end of the world. Windows RT supports external storage, and the Surface has a microSD card slot for up to 64GB of additional space. Microsoft is also keen to point out that SkyDrive is built into the OS for a few more gigabytes of online storage.Now that we know how much space Windows RT takes up, it’s no surprise Microsoft has opted not to make a 16GB version of the Surface. With just 16GB of internal space, that would leave the user with less than 2GB to play with.via Microsoftlast_img read more

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Too tight to call Heres what to know as France votes for

first_img Share Tweet Email1 On the phone with @BarackObama.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 20, 2017 Too tight to call: Here’s what to know as France votes for a new president The topsy-turvy election means the result is next to impossible to predict. Apr 22nd 2017, 6:30 AM Marine Le Pen and supporters in the Marseille earlier this week. Source: Jim Roberts/Twitter Independent former Socialist Emmanuel Macron is looking like her most-likely opponent. He’s solidified his place in the race but the staunchness of his supporters remains a concern.He’s currently the favourite to win the presidency outright but there are some things going against him. Having being a senior civil servant in François Hollande’s government, he’s never been elected before.And as a former investment banker, a perception that he’s simply a rebranded elite insider might count against him.The biggest development in the past two months has been the performance of a Communist-backed eurosceptic Jean-Luc Melenchon.In an election season marked by widespread disillusionment with the political class, the head of La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) has risen from about 11% in the polls in February to being closer to 20%. Latest from France:Macron (center) 23.5Le Pen (far right) 22.5Fillon (Conservative) 19.5Mélenchon (far left) 19— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) April 19, 2017 By Rónán Duffy Image: Twitter/MarineLePen 42 Comments center_img IF YOU’VE BEEN following the French presidential election it’s been one hell of a ride.At its tightest, one poll showed four front-runners with 21% of the vote each and everyone watched on as another unpredictable election began to unfold.But the polls weren’t the only things that shocked the race. Scandals turned into arrests and outsiders muscled their way into a position to cause a serious upset.Back in February, put together an explainer on ‘Everything you need to know about the French presidential election’. Ten weeks later, it feels as if everything has changed and nothing has changed.Back then former frontrunner Francois Fillon was bumbling his way through a sleaze scandal that was threatening his very candidacy. Now, despite a raid on his home and a court summons, he’s still bumbling his way through the race.Albeit still with a realistic shot at winning.Ten weeks ago, it was looking like Marine Le Pen was leading the pack but was struggling to get enough votes from outside her far-right base to win the second round of voting.That’s still the case and Le Pen is still odds on the reach the run-off vote, but her ultimate opponent is far less clear.While some have speculated that Thursday’s attack in Paris may help her chances, France has lived in a state of emergency for more than 18 months and the security situation hasn’t been dramatically altered by the attack. Marine Le Pen and supporters in the Marseille earlier this week. Image: Twitter/MarineLePen Source: Emmanuel Macron/Twitter Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 6:30 AM Short URL Melenchon’s emergence as a genuine contender has clearly shaken the race. A potential runoff between him and Le Pen would rock global markets because both want to tear up agreements that bind together the 28 EU states.Following the UK’s Brexit vote, the election of either could deliver a knockout punch to the stated EU ambition of ever-closer union.Melenchon has said “the Europe of our dreams is dead.”He proposes “disobeying treaties from the moment we take power” and negotiating new EU rules — followed by a referendum on whether France should leave the bloc it helped found.“We either change the EU or quit it,” Melenchon’s manifesto says. A hologram Jean-Luc Melenchon projected in Grenoble as the candidate spoke live in Dijon. Source: Laurent Cipriani/PAWhile Melenchon’s anti-EU stances may have gained international headlines other policies, such as a pledge to reduce the retirement age to 60 and a promise to make France nuclear power-free, are also behind his national appeal.In total, there are 11 contenders in the first round who will be competing for votes from 47 million registered electors.The candidate with over 50% of the popular vote is elected as president, but it usually takes two votes for this to happen.In tomorrow’s first round the wider field is put to the electorate and if no candidate secures a majority then there’s a runoff election between the top two candidates.That runoff vote will be held two weeks from tomorrow on 7 May.- With reporting by Associated PressRead: Le Pen promises to suspend all immigration if elected >Read: Latest poll has Le Pen and Macron head-to-head in French presidential race > 12,799 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Le soussol de Mars susceptible dabriter la vie

first_imgLe sous-sol de Mars susceptible d’abriter la vie ? Selon des scientifiques australiens, de “vastes régions” des profondeurs du sous-sol de Mars sont susceptibles d’abriter une vie microbienne. Cette affirmation, se base sur la comparaison effectuée entre les conditions de vie telles qu’on les connaît sur la Planète rouge et celles de la Terre.Alors que seulement 1% du volume total de la Terre (du noyau à la haute atmosphère) abrite une forme ou une autre d’organismes vivants, la proportion atteint en théorie 3% du volume de Mars, principalement dans ses régions souterraines. C’est du moins ce qu’affirment des chercheurs de l’Université nationale d’Australie emmenés par Charley Lineweaver. Alors que des études précédentes adoptaient une approche parcellaire, étudiant la capacité de sites martiens spécifiques à abriter une forme de vie, Charley Lineweaver affirme que ses recherches représentent une “compilation exhaustive” des conditions de vie sur la Planète rouge, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. “Ce que nous avons essayé de faire, c’est simplement de prendre quasiment toutes les informations dont nous disposions, de les assembler et de poser la question ‘est-ce que le tableau d’ensemble est cohérent avec la vie sur Mars ?'”, a expliqué l’astrobiologiste à l’AFP.”Et la réponse est oui… De vastes régions de Mars sont compatibles avec la vie terrestre”, en tout cas si l’on compare les températures et la pression terrestre à celles de l’ensemble de la planète Mars. Selon le scientifique, dont l’étude est parue hier dans la revue Astrobiology, les faibles pressions et les températures qui règnent (-60°C) à la surface de Mars ne permettent pas à l’eau d’exister à l’état liquide, c’est vrai. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn revanche, dans les profondeurs de la planète rouge, la pression serait suffisante pour créer de l’eau liquide. De plus, en souterrain, la chaleur émise depuis le noyau martien permettrait aux bactéries et à d’autres micro-organismes de se développer, estime l’étude.Une hypothèse bientôt confirmée ?  Avec le lancement fin novembre de Curiosity, le robot explorateur le plus sophistiqué et le plus lourd jamais déployé sur une autre planète, la NASA devrait pouvoir confirmer ces calculs et déterminer pour la première fois si la vie a pu exister sur la Planète rouge. Le robot doit se poser sur Mars à la mi-août 2012 au pied d’une montagne de 5.000 mètres de haut à l’intérieur du cratère Gale.Avec ses six roues, son mât muni de caméras à haute définition et un laser il pourra étudier des cibles jusqu’à une distance de sept mètres. D’autres instruments embarqués scruteront l’environnement pour y détecter surtout des molécules de méthane, un gaz souvent lié à la présence de la vie sur la Terre et déjà détecté sur Mars. Le 13 décembre 2011 à 13:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Allegri admires Sarris work at Napoli

first_imgJuventus are about to face Napoli at home in a crucial title battle and Massimiliano Allegri admitted that it will be a tough task for his team to beat the Partenopei.The Old lady manager admitted that Maurizio Sarri has been doing an amazing job at Napoli and the title race is still far from being over – and this match, it can change everything so they have to remain focused.The former AC Milan coach spoke about the upcoming game as he said, according to Calcio Mercato:“Tomorrow begins a ‘mini-league’ in which we have a four-point lead with five matches left. Juventus vs. Napoli is important and will be a great game, but not decisive.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Napoli are having a great season. They have been going for the title since the start and we know that this is a crucial match for them.”“We must be ready not only for tomorrow’s match against Napoli but this final stage of the season in which we also face Inter, Roma and AC Milan in the TIM Cup final.”“Sarri has done an extraordinary job at Napoli. He has technically gifted players and he has created a team that plays a great brand of football.”last_img read more

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BAHAMAS Guy Fawkes Viewing at Chippie Chipmans Home Before the Weekend Festivities

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 2, 2017 – Nassau – “Chippie” Chipman (left) and Herbert Styles, Sr. beat the drums in anticipation of the return of ‘Guy Fawkes Celebrations’ this weekend, November 4 and 5, at the Botanical Gardens.   “Chippie,” Mr. Styles, and Guy — captured at Mr. Chipman’s home today by BIS photographer, Derek Smith, before the fireworks excitement.Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Overflow crowd meets to discuss recall other options of Madore Mielke

first_imgCommunity members listen through windows Saturday after an overflow crowd showed up Saturday afternoon for a meeting at a union hall in Vancouver’s Fruit Valley neighborhood to discuss recall and other options about Clark County commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke. An overflow crowd turned up Saturday to hear options for putting pressure on Republican Clark County commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke.The two commissioners have drawn strong protest in the aftermath of their surprise May 1 decision to appoint State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, to the position of director of environmental services without vetting him through the county’s typical hiring process.The two commissioners said they bypassed the normal process because of the critical need to have someone in the role as the building season begins. Democratic commissioner Steve Stuart was furious with the move, and stormed out of the meeting.In response, nearly 100 people signed up to speak at the commissioners’ public hearing Tuesday. But the comment period was pushed back for nearly four hours by Madore and Mielke, causing many to leave before commenting.Angry over the series of events, people packed into the International Association of Fire Fighters Union Hall on Saturday to see if there was recourse to challenge the commissioners. Some stood outside near open doors and windows to listen in on the discussion.The prospect of a recall election was briefly discussed, with former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard noting the effort would be an uphill battle.“It’s very tough,” Pollard told the group as he described the recall process.Pollard said a successful recall campaign would require financial support to procure an attorney. Also needed would be a volunteer effort to gather the 50,000-some signatures to put such a vote on the ballot.last_img read more

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As cleanup ends Chichagof Island mine goes wild in Southeast

first_imgA wooded area of the “Boomer Lands.” It’s located on Chichagof Island. (Photo courtesy of the Forest Service)Although Alaska’s Gold Rush never really paid off in the Sitka area, that didn’t stop people from trying. On neighboring Chichagof Island, thousands of prospectors are thought to have combed the valleys and mountain sides looking for gold in the late 1800s.Mining took place for the next hundred years or so. The last working stake on West Chichagof shut down in the 1980s, and reverted to ownership by the City of Sitka.Now, Sitka is getting out as well. As part of the Blue Lake Dam hydro expansion, the city is trading its old mining property back the U.S. Forest Service in exchange for land flooded by the Blue Lake reservoir.Southeast Alaska was inundated with gold miners in the 19th century — and West Chichagof was a popular destination. Although mines never approached the size and wealth of Juneau’s Silverbow Basin or Douglas, there was enough paydirt to keep people interested.In fact, at one time the West Chichagof mine and the community associated with it were bigger than Sitka.“In the 1800s when people settled that area they probably came from all over the place, and you had a combination of small claims, people who were pan gold finders and speculators came up,” says Andrew Thoms, Executive Director of the Sitka Conservation Society.Thoms says eventually companies came in and bought up smaller mining claims and began larger excavations. But in time, as the gold ran out, so did the people.The City and Borough of Sitka acquired the property in 1971, when the original land owners stopped paying taxes on it.A map of Chichagof.The city subsequently leased the area to an outside company, which eventually prospected the land for minerals in the 80’s and left the property badly damaged.“The Boomer property that we’re talking about up there is not the whole mine area,” Thoms says. ” That is an inholding that somebody had as a mining claim, and they did work up there, and did some pretty bad damage up there while they were working that,” he says.Now, Sitka is handing over the Boomer Lands to the Forest Service, but it’s not a giveaway.When the city raised the Blue Lake dam by 83 feet last year, the reservoir grew in size and flooded the surrounding U.S.-owned wilderness. In exchange, the Sitka-owned Boomer property on Chichagof is now being surrendered back into the Yakobi wilderness and into the hands of the United States.Making the 48-acre plot wild again is no easy task. The parties in the land swap have worked out a cleanup plan, with the help of the Conservation Society.“The person who owned it left a ton of trash up there, some of it was toxic, just stuff you can’t have out there in the forest,” Thoms says.The project has been in the works for a while now. Crews had to remove old sheds, a camping trailer, a bulldozer and other wastes.The Sitka Assembly authorized $79,600 for the Boomer cleanup, which includes the cost of the junk disposal.After the area was cleared, it was just that — empty, damaged land with no vegetation.An area of the Boomer Lands that lacks vegetation. (Photo courtesy of the Forest Service)“By the time the SCS and forest crew got there, it was literally a case of trying to restore the hydrology of the site,” says Luke A’Bear, Conservation and Management Resident at SCS. “The water is just running down these roads, and not flowing where it should, stopping plants from regrowing on it,” he says.The crew started by laying down mats of vegetation sourced from around the area on top of the bare rock surface. They put down woody debris and other organic materials to serve as a nursing ground for future plants and grass to grow. Channels were also dug in the area to reroute streams into their original channels.“We spread a native Southeast Alaskan grass seed, because it will grow quickly and stabilize the soils,” A’Bear says. “We also transplanted little spruce seedlings and hemlock seedlings from the surrounding area,” he says.The project is now in the hands of the Forest Service’s Alaska Lands Team. When the Boomer Lands are fully restored, they will be another area people can go to enjoy the Tongass.“A lot of people from Sitka go up to West Chichagof,” Thoms says. “People really appreciate it because it’s wild country, you can go out and enjoy the wilderness and Alaska as it was before people were here.”The next time locals go up to West Chichagof for a deer hunt, there won’t be any worry of running across a dilapidated mining tractor.last_img read more

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