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Thai street kid skate champ ‘Oat’ sows seeds for Tokyo tilt

first_imgPalembang, Aug 29 (AFP) From runaway street urchin eating out of a trash can to Thai national skateboard champion, “Oat” Athiwat is a graduate of life’s school of hard knocks. But the 24-year-old, abandoned by his parents at a young age and beaten by relatives, is daring to dream about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after a promising fourth place finish at the Asian Games in Jakarta. Oat never knew his mother and his father left him to pursue a monk’s life in a monastery. At the tender age of eight, he shuffled around between different relatives living in Suphanburi, a city a couple of hours from Bangkok. Often the victim of violence by those looking after him, he would sleep rough on the street, permanently feeling hungry and with nowhere to turn. “I used to eat anything I could find, even gum on the floor or the leftovers I found in the trash bin,” Oat told AFP, his voice faltering as he wipes a tear from his cheek. “I didn’t have any friends.” Oat’s way out of poverty came when a university student showed him some skateboarding tricks one day and he became instantly hooked. “I felt I could be a real skateboarder,” he said. “When I mastered new tricks, I would go to sleep with good dreams.” A happy twist of fate saw the Thai national team train occasionally in Suphanburi. Impressed by the boy’s dedication, they brought a skateboard for him on their next visit as part of their outreach project.advertisement “When we travelled throughout Thailand, there were boys like that all the time,” said Apichat Rutnin of the Thailand Extreme Sports Association. “It’s a child’s dream to run away with the circus.” – Waif skater -=============== At 11-years-old the waif skater stowed away in a bus to reach the capital, found his way to the team’s training park and waited 10 hours for them to show up. “We were moved by his tragic story and we took him in,” said Apichat. “Normally a guy who joins our team must qualify at a certain level but we thought we’d try him out.” Oat was not the most gifted skater, according to Apichat. But he was confident, determined and disciplined. “He didn’t watch TV or play games like other kids,” he said. “He was always the first one there and the last one to leave.” Oat flunked his first competition — coming in last — but it only strengthened his resolve. By 14, he ranked number one in the amateur skating ranks and joined the top tier. Two years later, he was Thailand’s number one skater, a place he has kept for the past eight years. Grinning broadly, Apichat described the gamble to take in Oat as a “very good decision”. – ‘It’s a real sport’ -======================= At the Asian Games, Oat narrowly missed out on a medal — appropriately in the ‘street’ category — demonstrating a slick array of tricks on the rails, stairs and ramps. But he already has his sights fixed on Tokyo 2020 in the hipster sport’s Olympic debut. The Thai government has paid for the team to train in California, where Oat “hit a new level”, according to coach Eric Kirkwood. Skaters in the United States and elsewhere in the West have been able to carve out a career thanks to sponsorship deals, until recently resisting overtures to join the Olympics. That’s not the case for most skaters in Asia, which has few homegrown skate brands with cash to burn. But training for an Olympic sport adds a degree of legitimacy — for government ministries and concerned parents. “The same guys that would have had to stop (skateboarding) are now being supported by the government,” said Kirkwood. “They just get to skate.” Oat has been back many times to Suphanburi to train. One day, he passed his aunt’s house and when his relatives heard he was in the national team, they hugged him for the first time.Gone were the days when they used to tell him off for “hanging out with drug addicts” at the skate park. “They’re not drug addicts,” he would snap back. “They’re athletes — and it’s a real sport!” (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

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De Gea feels ‘happy’ at Man Utd

first_imgTransfers De Gea ‘happy’ at Man Utd amid fresh Real Madrid rumours Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:38 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Real Madrid David de Gea Manchester United The Spanish goalkeeper has long been linked with a return to his homeland, but he claims to be settled and focused on World Cup duty this summer David de Gea is “happy where I’m at”, with the Manchester United goalkeeper ignoring the latest round of rumours suggesting a move to Real Madrid could be on the cards.Since overcoming a testing start to his career at Old Trafford to establish a reputation as one of the top performers in world football, the 27-year-old has long been linked with a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.Real have never made any secret of their desire to return a former Atletico Madrid star to his roots, with several attempts having been made to get a deal over the line. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now De Gea has, however, remained loyal to United and insists that his sole focus this summer is on World Cup 2018 duty, not speculation hinting at another big-money transfer.He told reporters ahead of a friendly clash with Switzerland on Sunday: “I’m always calm.“The important date is June 15.“The World Cup is important, for us to deliver a good performance, for the team to do well and for things to go as well as possible.“Personally, I’m happy where I’m at, happy and at the same time I’m focused on the national team.”David de Gea Manchester United happy where I'm atThose at Old Trafford have already endeavoured to curb the incessant rumours regarding a possible move to Madrid for their prized No.1.United boss Jose Mourinho stated back in April that he doubts a sale will be sanctioned, claiming there is “no chance” that he will give the green light to a deal.The Portuguese added: “I see him here – I don’t know what the intentions are of Real Madrid but they should think about another player.”With the Red Devils under no pressure to sell, De Gea’s focus can remain locked on a World Cup campaign due to kick off against Portugal on June 15.last_img read more

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UDC Stages Fireworks on the Kingston Waterfront and in Ocho Rios

first_imgStory Highlights “Last year, we extended the event to Ocho Rios through our subsidiary company, the St. Ann Development Company. So this year, we will again be doing two events with the St. Ann event being dubbed, ‘Fireworks on the Bay’, at the Ocho Rios Bay,” said Director of Corporate Communications at the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Lorna Clarke, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on December 27. The Kingston Waterfront will come alive on New Year’s Eve with the 17th staging of the Urban Development Corporation’s ‘Fireworks on the Waterfront’, under the theme ‘Feel the Magic, Be the GLOW’.The event, which is the “the largest family-oriented event that takes place anywhere in Jamaica”, will once again branch out to include the northern half of the island.“Last year, we extended the event to Ocho Rios through our subsidiary company, the St. Ann Development Company. So this year, we will again be doing two events with the St. Ann event being dubbed, ‘Fireworks on the Bay’, at the Ocho Rios Bay,” said Director of Corporate Communications at the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Lorna Clarke, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on December 27.The St. Ann and Kingston Fireworks will begin at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively, and will include a kiddie’s village, a vending village, an early show and a main stage event, which will culminate with fireworks at midnight.The main stage event will feature artistes, such as Agent Sasco, Bugle and Kevin Downswell in Kingston, and Ernie Smith and Devin di Doctor in Ocho Rios.Fireworks on the Waterfront will include two new additions this year – a second VIP package (VIP Sky), and a park-and-ride service with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).“We have included VIP Sky at Victoria Pier, which is up and running and in our event space. So, there are two experiences that will be had — Front Row, up close to the stage; and VIP Sky. You will still be able to see the stage but the view of the fireworks will be spectacular from the deck,” Ms. Clarke said.Both VIP sections will serve hors d’oeuvres and complimentary drinks. Tickets for these areas are: Adults, $7,000; couples, $12,000, and children $3,000 for VIP Front Row; and Adults, $8,500; couples, $15,000, and children $4,000 for VIP Sky. These can be purchased at the UDC Head Office on Ocean Boulevard in downtown Kingston.“We have provided satellite parking areas at the National Heroes Circle and Garmex, if you are coming from Portmore; and Bellevue, if you are coming from the East. You’ll pay $300 to park in those areas, and the shuttle (to the Waterfront) is free. That service is ongoing from the start of the event until the end, so there is no fear that when you are ready to leave, you are not going to get back to your car,” Ms. Clarke said.Private security will be provided at all designated parking areas, and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is on board for security at the Fireworks event.The  Fireworks on the Waterfront Kingston event is sponsored by CHASE Fund; Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF); Digicel; Jamaica Properties/Pan Jamaican Investment Trust; Airports Authority of Jamaica; Jamaica Freight & Shipping; GraceKennedy Limited; Main Event Entertainment Group; Pepsi Jamaica; National Commercial Bank (NCB) and Television Jamaica. The event, which is the “the largest family-oriented event that takes place anywhere in Jamaica”, will once again branch out to include the northern half of the island. The Kingston Waterfront will come alive on New Year’s Eve with the 17th staging of the Urban Development Corporation’s ‘Fireworks on the Waterfront’, under the theme ‘Feel the Magic, Be the GLOW’.last_img read more

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Amy Schumer Offers Disappointing Lap Dance For Charity

first_imgAmy Schumer, writer and star of the upcoming comedy, TrainWreck, has promised a ‘disappointing lap dance’ for the winner of Universal’s TrainWreck Premiere Experience hosted on CrowdRise to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, an organization that is very dear to her heart.As a child, Schumer’s father was diagnosed with MS. Watching the disease progress had a profound impact on her, and it’s a storyline that features in the movie. The fundraiser will raise money and support for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone, like Schumer, affected by MS.The contest launched this week and ends July 6th at www.CrowdRise.com/TrainWreck. Fans of Schumer, director Judd Apatow, and the comedian-heavy cast can donate for a chance to win a VIP experience that includes 2 tickets to the New York Premiere of TrainWreck on July 14th, round-trip airfare, 2 nights in a 4 star hotel, a walk down the red carpet and a photo opp session with the cast of the film.Schumer and Apatow explain everything in a launch video here.A $10 donation gets participants 1 entry for the grand prize; a $25 donation gets participants 3 entries and a digital thank you from TrainWreck director Judd Apatow; and a $50 donation gets participants 7 entries and a digital thank you from Judd Apatow plus a shout out on Twitter from Amy Schumer.The premiere contest follows a previous charitable endeavor framed around the film as well. During the month of June, stars from the movie went on a comedy tour to benefit various charities in seven cities.last_img read more

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10Kg of Cannabis Resin Seized at Bab Sebta Crossing Point

Rabat – Moroccan authorities seized on Thursday 10 kg of Chira (cannabis resin) at the Bab Sebta crossing point during an operation that led to the arrest of a Moroccan national living in the occupied city of Sebta, a source from the customs services said.During a joint operation, the customs and police services seized 10 kg of chira hidden in a car registered in Sebta and driven by a Moroccan national who was trying to smuggle the drug into the occupied city of Sebta, the source added.The suspect, who was accompanied by his wife, was handed to the Tetouan judiciary police to complete the investigation before being brought to justice. read more

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McDonalds says its offering training to combat harassment

McDonald’s Corp. says it’s enhancing training and offering a new hotline for workers in response to mounting allegations of sexual harassment.On Tuesday, the labour group Fight for $15 filed 25 sexual harassment charges against McDonald’s with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund are providing legal support.It’s the third time in three years that the group has filed harassment charges on behalf of McDonald’s workers. Some workers say they were demoted or fired when they complained about harassment.The fast food chain says it sent posters to its 14,000 U.S. restaurants clearly defining harassment and offering the hotline, which is managed by a third party. In August, it will begin training store workers about harassment and bias.The Associated Press read more

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Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 15.53 points to 14,967.41, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 131.34 points to 21,835.09. The S&P 500 index up 16.25 points to 2,444.62 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 63.10 points to 6,276.23.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.73 cents US, up from Monday’s average price of 79.52 cents US.The October crude contract was up 42 cents to US$47.95 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was down two cents to US$2.94 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $5.50 to US$1,291.20 an ounce and the September copper contract was unchanged at US$2.98 a pound. read more

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UN envoy to make routine visit to Sudans wartorn Darfur region

Following his two-day visit, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Jan Pronk will go to the Nigerian capital of Abuja for Saturday’s summit meeting of the African Union (AU), where the Darfur issue is high on the agenda.Tens of thousands of people have been killed and at least 1.85 million people forced from their homes in Darfur since rebels took up arms against the Sudanese Government in early 2003 in protest partly at the distribution of economic resources.In the latest fighting in South Darfur, the UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) said, the village of Hamada was nearly totally destroyed and that 105 civilians may have been killed, with the majority of the victims women and children. A number of relief agencies, both UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), are assisting the survivors.Agencies are continuing to prepare for the relocation of the displaced from over-crowded camps in Nyala and Kalma. read more

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Security Council unanimously renews UN mission in Iraq for another year

“The United Nations should play a leading role in assisting the efforts of the Iraqi people and Government in developing institutions for representative government, and in promoting national dialogue and unity,” Resolution 1619 stated, reaffirming the independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Iraq. “This Iraqi national dialogue, which UNAMI should assist, is crucial for Iraq’s political stability and unity,” it stressed, adding that the Council intended to review the mandate of UNAMI in 12 months or sooner, if requested by the Government of Iraq. The mission was initially established for a 12-month period by Security Council resolution 1500 of 14 August 2003, when Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for it to have a staff of over 300, both international and local. read more

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A small Canadian invention marks special anniversary in space

MONTREAL – One of this country’s most notable achievements will be spending Canada Day weekend marking its own milestone anniversary in a unique place, floating up in space.After 10 years in the ether, several times farther from Earth than the International Space Station, it remains the world’s smallest space telescope.MOST was also Canada’s first-ever space telescope when it was launched into space on June 30, 2003.Project head Jaymie Matthews just can’t stop singing its praises. Why? Because the suitcase-sized satellite, which cost the federal space program $10 million, has been helping to lay a roadmap for where to search for life outside our planet.It has helped make Canada a leader in the field of micro satellites.But Matthews is particularly enthused about all the other possibilities that might be opened up by the 60-kilogram MOST.The colourful University of British Columbia astrophysicist firmly believes there is life outside our solar system.“Certainly simple forms of life like microbial life is probably very common — and I hope complex life,” Matthews said in a recent interview. “If it’s out there, we’re finding the places where it’s most likely to live.”MOST stands for “microvariability and oscillations of stars,” the type of data it has been collecting over the past decade.The space telescope, which is orbiting 820 kilometres above the Earth, was only supposed to have an 18-month mission to observe 10 stars.But it’s looked at more than 5,000 stars over 10 years.Matthews said MOST has been doing science it was never intended to do and looking at parts of the sky he never thought would be accessible.The Canadian Space Agency mission has determined the characteristics of two exoplanets that are circling two bright stars.Exoplanets are planets that orbit a star outside our solar system.“One of them (55 Cancri e) is this super-exotic, super-Earth that goes around its star in 17 hours and 41 minutes,” Matthews said.“Science is now outpacing science fiction.”A super-Earth is a planet that has a mass larger than our own planet, but smaller in size than a planet like Uranus which is 14 times larger than Earth.“Our determination of the planet’s properties led theorists to claim this planet has a carbon-rich interior and the core could be essentially diamond.”“The other (HD 97658 b) is a planet that may have a rocky, maybe solid metallic, core and liquid mantle atmosphere,” he said.Just recently, three planets that could potentially support alien life were discovered by researchers around a star (Gliese 667C) that’s orbited by at least six planets.The U.B.C. scientist even boldly predicted that one of the hundreds of Grade Four students he’s met may eventually be making a big announcement.“On a time scale of 10, maybe 20 years, there will be somebody who will be announcing the first evidence of life,” he said.Matthews also boasted that MOST could even outlast two bigger and more expensive space telescopes.NASA’s $600 million Kepler telescope, which also hunts planets, recently lost two of its four reaction wheels which act as gyroscopes. The 1,000-kilogram satellite was sent into orbit around the sun in 2009 and scientists are trying to save it.The main computers have also failed on the COROT space telescope, a French space agency mission launched in 2006, which Matthews said cost $250 million.“We went up three-and-a-half years before the COROT mission and more than six-and-a-half years before the NASA Kepler mission,” he noted.“Suddenly Canada had a front-row seat doing the kind of science which normally had an admission price of millions of dollars and we did it first and set the way.”David Cooper, is the CEO of Microsat Systems Canada Inc. That company used to be the space division of Dynacon Inc., which was the lead contractor for MOST.He said that when the space telescope was being built, his engineers were concerned it would have a short lifespan because of radiation from the sun.“They were predicting 18 months, maybe because they thought the radiation by that time would kill the electronics as it had killed other satellites,” Cooper said.“But we chose the parts very well and, 10 years later, the proof is in the pudding.”Cooper also said he expected MOST to continue to operate for several more years until it runs out of power that’s being supplied by its solar panels.“There’s no reason that the satellite couldn’t at least be partially functional, to do what its doing for another three or four years,” he said.The technology developed for MOST has created a niche for Canada, which has become a developer of small, inexpensive satellites.In February, an Indian rocket helped launch NEOSSat, a $12 million Canadian Space Agency asteroid-hunting satellite, which is a clone of MOST.It was joined by Sapphire, Canada’s first military satellite, which was also launched by the Indian Space Research Organization. Sapphire had a price tag of $65 million.Two other car-battery-sized satellites, which are part of the BRITE Constellation series of six satellites, were also on board. They will eventually make up the first space astronomy mission, which will use “nanosats” to study the evolution of stars.All six were designed by the Space Flight Laboratory at UTIAS, the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies.The BRITE (Bright Target Explorer) nanosatellites, a Canadian-Austrian-Polish collaboration, each weigh about seven kilos.A nano satellite is described as a small satellite between one and 10 kilograms, while a micro satellite weighs between 10 and 100 kilograms.Simon Grocott, the head of engineering at the U of T’s SFL, said in an interview that the space-flight lab was first organized in order to build MOST.Now, 10 years later, the Toronto lab is producing small satellites for countries that include Norway, Australia, and Slovenia which has ordered an Earth observation micro satellite.Grocott said that when it comes to nano satellites, the Space Flight Lab is one of the most successful groups in the world.“We’ve got 14 satellite programs in development — that’s certainly more than any nanosatellite manufacturer around the world,” he added.“People are coming to us because of our experience and our capabilities in our area.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2013 8:00 am MDT A small Canadian invention marks special anniversary in space read more

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Alberta energy regulator turns to Supreme Court on well abandonment ruling

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 5, 2017 11:58 am MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Alberta’s energy regulator has asked the Supreme Court of Canada to review a ruling that could allow energy companies to walk away from cleaning up abandoned oil wells and affect industrial sites across the country.In documents filed Tuesday, the regulator formally applied to the top court for leave to appeal the so-called Redwater decision.In May 2016, an Alberta Queen’s Bench judge ruled in favour of the bankruptcy trustee of Redwater Energy Corp. The court ruled the sale of assets from bankrupt energy companies should go first to creditors, not to cleaning up the mess from the company’s operations.“The decision’s resulted in unacceptable risks to Albertans and it presents an environmental risk across Canada to all industrial sectors,” said Ryan Bartlett, spokesman for the Alberta Energy Regulator.The Redwater Energy Corp trustee and its lender, ATB Financial, wanted to sell off the company’s remaining producing wells to pay creditors. They argued a bankruptcy trustee is free to pick and choose from among the company’s assets and disclaim unproductive oil and gas wells.Disclaimed wells would be abandoned and left to the Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded and government-backed group, to clean up.The regulator argued money from the sale of the productive wells must be used to cover cleanup expenses for the unproductive wells.But in a 2-1 decision released in April, Alberta’s Appeal Court backed the original judge, saying federal bankruptcy law takes precedence over provincial environmental rules.Bartlett said that position creates an incentive for producers to offload the costs of cleaning up old, declining wells — especially since the drop in oil prices over the last couple years has increased the number of bankruptcies in the oilpatch.“Disclaiming unprofitable sites allows companies to reap the benefits of natural resources while avoiding the costs to repair the land,” he said. “It can permanently impair the environment, the economy and safety of Albertans.”Legal experts have also pointed out the case exposes a conflict between federal and provincial law.“The practical effect of this decision is that the (regulator’s) authority to enforce abandonment orders at the cost of the licensee is unenforceable at precisely the time when the (regulator) most needs to be able to exercise that power — i.e. when the licensee is insolvent,” Nigel Bankes, chairman of resource law at the University of Calgary, wrote in an Alberta law blog.“The entire provincial scheme for protecting Albertans from the abandonment costs in relation to non-productive wells is seriously compromised.”The case is being watched across Canada. Both British Columbia and Saskatchewan have backed the regulator’s request for an appeal. The Farmers’ Advocate Office and Dene Tha’ First Nation also support it.The regulator said that since the Redwater decision came down, about 1,000 sites have been disclaimed with estimated liabilities of more than $56 million. The Orphan Well Association’s inventory has more than doubled from almost 1,200 to more than 3,200.In May, the growing backlog of abandoned wells prompted the Alberta government to loan the association $235 million to hasten their clean-up.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960. Alberta energy regulator turns to Supreme Court on well abandonment ruling read more

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UN chief urges Burundian President to pursue path of inclusivity and reconciliation

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban took note of President Nkurunziza’s inauguration and reiterated his call for all Burundian stakeholders to undertake an inclusive and transparent political dialogue under the leadership of the East African Community (EAC) Facilitator, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. “He reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to support such a dialogue,” the statement continued, adding that the creation of a government of national unity, as called for in the 6 July EAC summit communiqué, needs to derive from “such a genuine and open dialogue, which is necessary to overcome existing deep political divisions.” The Secretary-General also noted President Nkurunziza’s stated intention to serve as President of all Burundians and “he urges the President to pursue a path of inclusivity and reconciliation in this spirit,” the statement concluded.Burundi has been in the grips of a political crisis since late April, when Mr. Nkurunziza was put on the ballot for a controversial third term. Tensions intensified when he won the July 21 election. More than 100,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries in the weeks ahead of and following the polls.Tensions remain high – just last week, the UN human rights office warned that the situation is spiralling out of control amid a spate of deadly election related violence – and Mr. Ban has repeatedly appealed for an end to politically – motivated violence and urged all Burundians to peacefully settle their differences without delay. During a phone call with Mr. Nkurunziza on 6 August, the Secretary-General urged him to resume the political dialogue, which had been suspended since 19 July. He also encouraged the Burundian authorities to work closely with the Ugandan-led facilitation on behalf of the East African Community. read more

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Computers Are Haunting The World Chess Championship Which Yes Is Still Tied

87654321abcdefgh Back to Monday’s chess: On his 13th move, Carlsen pushed his black pawn forward to a5. Pieces were exchanged on that square over the next few moves, and the queenside became wide open — a vast Wild West of squares marauded by rooks and queens. Game 3 of the World Chess Championship in London, like the two games that came before it, ended in a draw — 49 moves and a touch more than four hours. The best-of-12 championship is currently level at 1.5 points apiece in a race to 6.5 points and the game’s most important prize.1Wins are worth 1 point, draws 0.5 points and losses 0 points.Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the three-time defending world champ and world No. 1, is looking for a fourth crown. Fabiano Caruana, the U.S. challenger and world No. 2, is trying to become the first American to claim the world title since Bobby Fischer in 1972. It’s the first time since 1990 that the world’s two top-rated grandmasters have met in this match — but it’s been a bloodless battle thus far.On Monday, Caruana controlled the white pieces and Carlsen the black. The pair began Game 3 with an opening called the Sicilian Defence, specifically its Rossolimo Variation. It was the same opening they played in Game 1 — which ended in an epic seven-hour draw — and the first five moves exactly matched those from that earlier game. But they deviated dramatically from this familiar ground on move 6, when Carlsen moved his queen to the c7 square. Caruana glanced around the soundproof glass room in which they played, looking slightly befuddled.But Caruana responded quickly, and after his move (rook to e1), the position on the world championship board had cropped up only once before in a high-level game, according to ChessBase — an otherwise forgotten game played in Hanoi in 1995. That rare position looked like this: A quick word on this opening’s eponymous Rossolimo himself seems warranted, given that Monday’s game was lacking in fireworks and Rossolimo’s name has figured more prominently thus far in this world championship than any but Caruana and Carlsen. He was Nicolas Rossolimo, Renaissance man: one of the U.S.’s 12 grandmasters at the time, fluent in Russian, Greek, French and English, and the “proprietor of a chess studio,” which became a second home to some players. He was also a judo master and a New York City cab driver and recorded an album of Russian folk songs, according to The New York Times. He died in 1975 after a fall near the storied Marshall Chess Club in Manhattan. Magnus Carlsen ponders his next move against Fabiano Caruana during Game 3 of the 2018 World Chess Championship. World Chess read more

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Opinion Ohio State shouldnt be considered top team after shaky start

Redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) tries to shake off a tackler during a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19. OSU won 20-13.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorComplacency.It’s a word to be scared of and to not be associated with.The bad news for Ohio State football: The word complacency describes the team’s play really well thus far in the season.After topping Northern Illinois 20-13 at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, the Buckeyes are 3-0. Though a win’s a win, the way this team won its first three games of the season isn’t championship football.“We are not the No. 1 team in the country. … We definitely have the potential to be, but not right now,” junior running back Ezekiel Elliott said.Elliott is right. This team should not be the No. 1 team in the country. The motivation isn’t there. The panic should start.The toughest opponent for coach Urban Meyer’s team is themselves. This is normal among championship teams. The hardest hurdle the year after a successful run is to not feel entitlement. This is poisonous in a locker room. And junior defensive end Joey Bosa’s tweet post-NIU might say it all.Hey everyone we were 2-1 this time last year…. Relax.. This trains about to get rolling— Joey Bosa (@jbbigbear) September 19, 2015OSU does have the talent to potentially repeat as College Football Playoff National Champions once again this season. To do this, however, the offense needs to sync better.After uncertainty of who should be under center coming into the season against Virginia Tech, redshirt junior Cardale Jones got the start in each of the first three games of the season.All due respect to Jones, as talented as he is, Meyer likely handed him the starting position because he believes the position belongs to him. After all, he won the championship, though redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett appears to be the better quarterback with more experience.Come Saturday against NIU, the inexperience showed. He was benched after two early interceptions, giving way for Barrett to take most of the second quarter and all of the second half.“We felt like he gave us the best chance to move the ball down the field,” Meyer said of Barrett.But when asked about the quarterback position, Meyer was unsure.“I don’t know that right now,” he said. I haven’t had time to think about it.”The quarterback position needs to be solidified before OSU football can return to the level of performance it’s accustomed to.Meyer deciding on a starting quarterback to lead the team, and sticking with him, will give the players assurance. Having a familiar leader snap the ball consistently is key to minimize confusion and to rally a team. One voice is more transparent than multiple coming from all sides.Regardless of who Meyer decides to have at the helm of the quarterback position, both Jones and Barrett are not playing up to par.Jones has completed only 26 passes out of 46 for 334 yards with three interceptions in three games, and Barrett has completed 20 of 46 for 120 yards with one interception.This has to be frustrating for Meyer. He’s known for his offense stemming from strong quarterback play from his time in Utah with Alex Smith and in Florida with Tim Tebow.“I’m not OK with five turnovers and lacking execution and not being able to control the line of scrimmage,” Meyer said. “That’s a recipe for failure.”The good news for this team is its defensive secondary, which has caused five interceptions and recovered two fumbles. And it has only allowed 357 yards passing through three games, an average of 119 yards per game.Redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee acknowledged the team’s defensive play this season on Saturday.“When the offense needs a minute to find their rhythm we know we have to go out there and do our job,” Lee said.The Buckeyes had doubters coming into the season, including Arkansas coach Bret Bielema who made what some call a “bold statement” a week ago about OSU having an easy schedule, and thus not earning its standing and prestige.The teams on OSU’s schedule receiving votes in the Associated Press poll are Virginia Tech, which the Buckeyes beat 42-24 and has two votes in the poll, and No. 4 Michigan State, which is scheduled to meet OSU in Week 12.Here’s the thing: If the Buckeyes are struggling this badly with non-conference games, Big Ten play will hurt even more.So once again, someone please hit the panic button. read more

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Thierry Omeyer extends with PSG Handball until 2018

← Previous Story Pots are ready for WCh 2017 Play-Off Next Story → Dutch girls for the first medal at EURO – Denmark want on podium after three years PSG HandballThierry Omeyer Paris Saint-Germain Handball is pleased to announce that Thierry Omeyer’s contract has been extended by one year. The French goalkeeper is now linked to the club until June 2018.Thierry Omeyer, who arrived at the club in July 2014, is a pillar of the team, with 117 matches played, including 40 in the Champions League.The France international has won two French league titles, three Trophées Des Champions and one Coupe de France with Paris.After celebrating his 40th birthday in early November, Thierry is now looking to win a fifth world title – next month in France, with the France team. Should he achieve his goal, he will add a 52nd trophy to his cabinet, which is surely one of the most impressive in French sporting history.After putting pen to paper on his new deal, Thierry Omeyer declared: “I’m very happy to be able to continue the adventure with Paris Saint-Germain Handball, and I’m proud of the faith the club has shown in me. Being part of Paris Saint-Germain Handball’s project, with the enormous sporting ambition and the incredible personal adventure, is really an exceptional thing in a player’s career.”“Thierry Omeyer is an exceptional player who has brought the club so much since his arrival, and who has an unquenchable thirst for victory. We’re very proud to extend his deal; he symbolises Paris Saint-Germain Handball’s great ambitions,” said Jean-Claude Blanc, Paris Saint-Germain’s General Manager. read more

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280 jobs lost as Wicklow pharma plant closes

first_imgIn a statement, MSD said the decision comes as the firm reviews its worldwide manufacturing capabilities “that has resulted in sites being sold, closed or consolidated in all regions of the world”.“Rathdrum has been a significant manufacturing site since 1961 and has a long history of operational excellence,” according to John Smith, site director. “The proposal to cease operations is not a reflection of the site’s performance or the highly skilled people working there. The proposed action is the result of MSD’s ongoing review of the global manufacturing capacities needed to support its growth, business goals, product portfolio and pipeline.”Consultation between employee unions and management is expected to begin shortly. MSD said its staff will be treated with “dignity and respect”.“[We] will provide appropriate support between now and the cessation of manufacturing activities at the site.”As a result of the proposed closure, the company plans to relocate products manufactured in Rathdrum to MSD sites in Ballydine, count Tipperary and Singapore, as well as to third-party manufacturers.The Department for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation along with IDA Ireland will now look for a buyer for the facility and MSD said it is committed to “seeking an alternate future for the site”.The company’s operations in Carlow, Cork, Dublin and Tipperary are not impacted by today’s announcement.Read: Examiner to be appointed to Sunday Business Post EMPLOYEES AT MSD’s Wicklow operation have been told the company is to cease operations at the site by the end of 2015.All 280 jobs at the facility will be lost.Manufacturing activities will be phased out in 2014 but no staff reductions are expected until the end of next year.last_img read more

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5 reasons why Manchester United will miss Alex Ferguson

first_img(Ferguson sold David Beckham to Real Madrid despite his status as an English icon – John Walton/EMPICS Sport)Despite being such a hugely successful manager, Ferguson’s judgement was constantly doubted. Countless people questioned the wisdom of the manager on many occasions, such as during the departures of high-profile players, including Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Roy Keane. There were invariably newspaper articles forecasting the end of an era at Old Trafford, suggesting that football had moved on and left Ferguson’s archaic ideas behind. However, with each setback, Ferguson seemed only more determined to prove his critics wrong, and generally, he succeeded in doing so. He always seemed to be thinking three steps ahead of the naysayers. Therefore, it was no surprise that, after their agonising final-day title loss against City last season, they came back as strong as ever in this latest campaign, reclaiming the Premier League crown comfortably, and narrowly missing out on the league’s record points tally in the process.4. He was an immensely powerful and respected figure in the game(For years, Ferguson refused to give interviews to the BBC – Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images)There is surely no manager in the modern game who holds the level of power that Ferguson enjoyed over the past few years, and it’s highly unlikely that there ever will be again. For a manager to remain in the same role for over 26 years is unthinkable now. Yet aside from a shaky period towards the start of his reign, there was seldom any indication of Fergie being indulged in anway, as 13 league titles in 27 seasons, among numerous other achievements, effectively made him unsackable. One telling example of the respect in which he was held was when rules were installed which deemed it mandatory that Ferguson would have to end his long-held boycott with the BBC and accede to their request for him to partake in post-match interviews. The manager refused to back down initially, and rather than rebuking him, the club stood by their man and agreed to pay the automatic fines imposed for refusing to abide by these rules. For a club to willingly lose money primarily in order to support a manager’s principled stance was an incredible testament to the power Ferguson wielded and the unique influence he had on the Old Trafford hierarchy.5. He invariably put the club first(Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane in happier times – Phil O’Brien/EMPICS Sport)One of the main reasons behind Ferguson’s longevity was his tendency to immediately ostracise anyone who threatened to undermine his power or harm the club in anyway. His decision to sell David Beckham was largely due to the fact that he felt the winger’s off-field distractions were hampering his performances and affecting the side. Similarly, Roy Keane and Jaap Stam were let go after making comments that were perceived as being harmful to the team. The veteran coach’s ruthlessness in these instances may not have made him a particularly empathetic or pleasant person, but it clearly strongly contributed to his success as a manager. Keane perfectly conveyed the manager’s rigorous lack of sentiment in pursuit of success during an interview with The Sunday Times back in December 2011. Reflecting on his own unceremonious exit from the club, the ex-Ireland international said: “I look back at the relationship and I sometimes wonder if it wasn’t about me being good for him and good for the club. People say he stood by me in difficult times. But not when I was 34, not when I was towards the end and had a few differences with Carlos Queiroz. All of a sudden then, ‘Off you go, Roy, and here’s the statement we’ve done, and here this and here’s that’.” Accordingly, no player was ever allowed to act as if he were bigger than the club, and Ferguson wasn’t afraid to emphasise this point in the harshest manner possible.Manchester United confirm Alex Ferguson to retire at the end of the season 1. His eye for a player(Cantona’s five-year spell at United will never be forgotten – Malcolm Croft/PA Archive/Press Association Images)More often than not, Alex Ferguson had an uncanny knack for spotting talent. This was perhaps most evident in the manner in which he transformed the United side at the beginning of the 1995/96 season. Many, most notably Alan Hansen, believed he was unwise to sell stalwarts of the side including Paul Ince and Mark Hughes, while putting faith in then-unknown footballers such as David Beckham and Paul Scholes. He was also astute in the transfer market, with Roy Keane, Eric Cantona and more recently, Robin van Persie being among his most important acquisitions. Of course, in a career as long as his, there’s bound to be the odd dud purchase such as Eric Djemba Djemba or Kleberson, but overall, one of the integral reasons behind United’s consistent success was his instinctive ability to pick the right players at the right time.2. His willingness to adapt and innovate(Real Madrid’s players celebrate victory after the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final in 2000 – l-r Roberto Carlos, Raul and Fernando Redondo)Ferguson’s no-nonsense demeanour and attitude prompted many commentators to describe him as ‘old-fashioned’. However, the same cannot be said in relation to his knowledge of the game. The veteran coach has always showed a willingness to alter and improve his tactics and ensure United’s training methods were as modern and innovative as possible. For instance, in 2000, after the Red Devils were knocked out of the Champions League by a Redondo-inspired Real Madrid, rather than brushing off the defeat and putting it down to bad luck or a poor refereeing decision as many managers would have, the loss inspired the manager to radically alter his style in Europe and curb their original tendencies to adopt an overtly attacking approach. More recently, the comprehensive Champions League final defeat against Barcelona convinced him that the team needed a significant injection of speed, hence the subsequent signing of Ashley Young among others, and the selling on of the less pacy likes of Dimitar Berbatov. His astute hiring of well-respected assistants throughout his reign, such as Brian Kidd and Carlos Queiroz, also added to the immense level of footballing knowledge permeating the club.3. He wasn’t afraid of making bold decisionslast_img read more

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Microsoft corrige six failles grâce au Patch Tuesday

first_imgMicrosoft corrige six failles grâce au Patch TuesdayLe Patch Tuesday de Microsoft pour Windows peut être téléchargé et corrige une faille critique.Le traditionnel Patch Tuesday de Microsoft peut enfin être téléchargé. Il concerne toutes les versions de Windows, de XP à Server 2008, et corrige, ce mois-ci, une faille critique parmi les six mises à jour proposées.Une faille “modérée” permettant une attaque par messagerie instantanée est également corrigée. Les autres bugs concernent le logiciel Expression Design, qui peut être touché par une injection de fichier DLL et Visual Studio, touché par une vulnérabilité moindre. Enfin, le kernel, le système DNS et les API de DirectWrite sont corrigés. Le 15 mars 2012 à 09:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Dates For 2020 And 2021 GRAMMY Awards Announced

first_imgNews Twitter “Los Angeles loves the GRAMMYs — a celebration of the artists who transform how we think about music, and the behind-the-boards talent that makes their excellence possible,” said L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The music industry is integral to L.A.’s economy, and reflects the spirit of the city itself: diverse, imaginative, and always ready to break new ground.”STAPLES Center and the adjacent L.A. Live have also been leaders in representing the spirit of new growth revitalizing downtown L.A. — known as “DTLA” — an accompaniment to the next three dates for Music’s Biggest Night that provides crescendos and excitement of its own. Big things are ahead as the next three annual dates to honor music’s best are now set in place. Mark your calendars!2019 GRAMMY Awards To Air Feb. 10, 2019, From Los Angeles Plans are revealed for more of Music’s Biggest Night, as the 62nd and 63rd GRAMMY Awards ceremonies will remain in Los Angeles and will return to the month January after 2019Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 23, 2018 – 7:01 am On Oct. 23 the Recording Academy and CBS announced more to look forward to, setting the date for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, January 26, 2020, and the 63rd GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, January 31, 2021. Like the upcoming 61st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, both will air live on CBS from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. “Our return to Los Angeles and the debut of the GRAMMY Awards in January for 2020 and 2021 should prove to be exciting for our industry and the music creators we honor,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “The Recording Academy is pleased to call Los Angeles, STAPLES Center, and CBS our partners in celebrating musical excellence, and we look forward to furthering the synergistic and successful relationship we’ve cultivated over the years.” Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jan 29, 2018 – 9:16 am 60th GRAMMYs: What You Didn’t See On TV 62nd And 63rd GRAMMY Awards Dates Announced dates-2020-and-2021-grammy-awards-announced Dates For 2020 And 2021 GRAMMY Awards Announced Email https://twitter.com/MayorOfLA/status/1054185128228880384last_img read more

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Airline employee who stole and crashed Horizon Air plane had Wasilla roots

first_imgRichard Russell’s YouTube channel shows Russell, an airline ground agent. (YouTube screenshot via AP)The airline worker authorities say stole a commercial plane Friday at Sea-Tac International Airport before crashing on a Puget Sound island is a former Alaskan and 2008 graduate of Wasilla High School.Richard “Beebo” Russell, 29, had been a star athlete for the Wasilla Warriors, competing in football, track and field and wrestling, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Russell had been a ground agent for Horizon Air — apparently acting alone in the hijacking — and died in the crash after performing dangerous loops in the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.Matt Tunseth reported on Russell’s Alaska ties for the Anchorage Daily News and spoke to Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove.Listen nowGROVE: When did you first put it together that Russell had connections to Alaska?TUNSETH: Well, I had worked at the (Mat-Su Valley) Frontiersmen newspaper out in Wasilla, so I recognized his name when I heard it. He was a fairly prominent athlete out there.So I knew who he was. I didn’t know him, but it was certainly a name that I recognized. I had watched him play football. He was a big kid. He was fast. He was a pretty good player. He played fullback, runningback for Wasilla. I think he scored six touchdowns his senior year. The kind of energetic, fast, big running back on their football team.GROVE: You talked to some of his former coaches and I want to ask you about that in a second. But what else did you learn about his time in Alaska? I think I read that his family moved to Wasilla when he was kind of young, is that right?TUNSETH: That’s my understanding, and I know that he grew up in Wasilla, at least spent a lot of his time as a kid in Wasilla.He attended both Wasilla High sShool and Teeland Middle School out in Wasilla as well.GROVE: Over the weekend you reached out to his former coaches, and what did they tell you about him?TUNSETH: Yeah. I talked to his former track coach and his former wrestling coach. The wrestling coach, Shawn Hayes, has been there for many, many years. He remembered him as a tough kid; a hard worker is how he was described. Shawn told me that he was shocked to hear that Beebo had done something like this.His track coach, a guy named Gary Howell, has also been at Wasilla for quite some time, and he painted a picture of an outgoing kid somebody who was liked at Wasilla. The way that he sort of described it was this was the kind of kid that you’d give a high-five to in the hallway, even if you didn’t know him. Just a very exuberant, fun-loving, kind of popular student athlete at Wasilla. And he also, like Coach Hayes, described being kind of utterly shocked that be doing anything like this. It was a surprise to everyone at seems.GROVE: His family described him in a statement as a big, gentle guy. We actually have some tape of a sort of press conference from a family friend:MIKE MATHEWS (RUSSELL FAMILY FRIEND): On behalf of the family, we are stunned and heartbroken. It may seem difficult for those watching at home to believe, but Beebo was a warm, compassionate man. It is impossible to encompass who he was in a press release. He was a faithful husband, a loving son and a good friend.GROVE: And Matt, it sounds like you reached out to his family.TUNSETH: We weren’t able to get in touch with any of the family members, and they just elected to handle it with that statement, kind of the same things that I had heard from other people, which was the this seemed very out of character for him, that he they would like him to be remembered for how he lived his life, as opposed to this incident, which was that he was very well-liked, very outgoing, fun guy to be around.last_img read more

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