Garbine Muguruza tops Venus Williams for 1st Wimbledon title

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress It was as if getting out of that jam freed up Muguruza – and failing to capitalize on the opportunity deflated Williams. That began the match-closing nine-game run for Muguruza.Williams began faltering, spraying her shots to unintended spots – long, wide, into the net – while the younger, less-experienced Muguruza stayed steady, pounding groundstrokes with all her force. Williams finished with 25 unforced errors, 14 more than Muguruza made.It was an anticlimactic conclusion for Williams, who was the oldest Wimbledon finalist since 1994. Diagnosed in 2011 with Sjogren’s syndrome, an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, she learned to deal with that condition by turning to a plant-based diet and altering other routines. It took a while for her to get back to her best tennis.Her resurgence began in earnest at Wimbledon a year ago, when she made it to the semifinals. Then, at the Australian Open in January, Williams reached the final, where she lost to her sister.Serena is off the tour for the rest of this year because she is pregnant, and Venus spoke this week about missing her and wanting to put “Williams” on a trophy once again.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Spain’s Garbine Muguruzam hold the trophy after defeating Venus Williams of the United States in the Women’s Singles final match on day 12 at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, July 15, 2017. (Photo by TIM IRELAND / AP)LONDON — Garbine Muguruza already knew what it was like to lose to a Williams in the Wimbledon final. Now she knows how it feels to beat one for a championship at the All England Club.Muguruza powered her way to her first title at Wimbledon and second at a Grand Slam tournament Saturday, beating a fading Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 by claiming the final’s last nine games.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img She came close to achieving that, but Muguruza would not allow it.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim At 37, Williams was bidding for her sixth championship at the grass-court major, 17 years after her first. And she was so close to gaining the upper hand against Muguruza, holding two set points at 5-4 in the opener. But Muguruza fought those off and did not drop a game the rest of the way.In 2015, in her first Grand Slam final, Muguruza lost to Williams’ younger sister, Serena, whom the Spaniard then defeated in the French Open title match last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThis time, with the Centre Court roof closed because of rain earlier in the day, the 23-year-old Muguruza was too good down the stretch.Williams twice was a point away from winning the opening set, ahead 5-4 while Muguruza served at 15-40. On the first set point, a 20-stroke exchange ended when Williams blinked first, putting a forehand into the net. On the second, Williams sent a return long, and Muguruza pumped her fist. MOST READ Power Smashers post 1st win, top Perlas in 5 sets Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Minus coach, San Juan trips Davao to near title

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Mike Ayonayon finished with 15 points, but it was unheralded forward Johnard Clarito who delivered down the stretch as the Knights grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.Clarito finished with 12 points, including a crucial putback with a minute left. The extra possessions that he gifted his team proved key with 12 of his 18 rebounds coming off the offensive glass.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess A night that started with plenty of uncertainty ended in triumph for the San Juan Knights, who are now just one win away from the MPBL Datu Cup National title.The Knights survived the absence of head coach Randy Alcantara and the strong start from the Davao Occidental Tigers for a 67-62 win in Game 3 on Tuesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Coup attempts versus Vargas belied Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

160 people killed since 2011 in clashes between indigenous people and alleged Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants in Assam

first_imgClick here to EnlargeIn the first week of September, a video released by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the launch of a new group called Qaedat al-Jihad to wage jihad in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar and establish a new caliphate in the region. If that was not enough to,Click here to EnlargeIn the first week of September, a video released by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the launch of a new group called Qaedat al-Jihad to wage jihad in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar and establish a new caliphate in the region. If that was not enough to jolt security agencies in the country, Zawahiri named Kashmir, Gujarat-and surprisingly- Assam, as the focus of future al Qaeda activities.Initially, the mention of Assam created a stir across the state. But as the news was absorbed, analysed and put in perspective, the import of the threat facing the state, that has been roiled by ethnic and insurgent violence for decades, began to dawn.Nearly 160 people have been killed in Assam in the last three years between Muslims alleged to be infiltrators from Bangladesh and non-Muslims or “indigenous people”, as they are referred to. Eighty per cent of the 160 victims were Muslims. Fifty Muslims were killed this year alone, in fact all of them in May by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants for apparently supporting a non-Bodo candidate in the Lok Sabha polls. The violence, observers say, is a manifestation of a deeper realignment of identities in the traditionally troubled state-an ongoing upheaval which is witnessing all fragmented non-Muslim communities coming under a pan-Hindu umbrella seeking strength in numbers.Alarmingly, the realignment is playing into the hands of political forces looking for new openings to push their cause in the state and tensions are getting further stoked in a cycle where the line between cause and effect is getting erased. Zawahiri’s announcement, as a result, fell right into this pattern.advertisementBodies of victims killed in bodo-Muslim violence in Khagrabari,200 km from Guwahati, in MayThe BJP, which hopes to win the 2016 Assembly polls riding on the most communally provocative issue in Assam- the threat to the existence of locals from illegal Muslim Bangladeshi infiltrators-latched on to it and not unexpectedly. “The video proves what every person in Assam has been experiencing for decades. There is a design to turn Assam into an Islamic state and illegal Muslims are their playing fields,” says Bijon Mahajan, a senior Assam BJP spokesperson.The BJP has reason to raise temperatures, observers say. The party won seven Lok Sabha seats this summer, its best tally in the state, and the party’s then prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi thundering in April that all Bangladeshi Muslims would be driven out after the party comes to power is seen as a key contributing factor. And unlike in other parts of the country where polarisation had little impact on the bypolls this month, the BJP performed better than expected in Assam. It snatched the Silchar seat from Congress and significantly increased its votes in Jamunamukh and Lakhipur, both Muslim-dominated areas. In fact, it came second in Jamunamukh, the home turf of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal. Political experts say the BJP did not need to work too hard as there has always been a strong undercurrent of xenophobia against immigrant Muslims in the state.Badruddin Ajmal”The Muslim votes, both in Lakhipur and Jamunamukh, got divided between the Congress and the AIUDF while Hindus stood united behind the BJP. The growth and success of AIUDF, which represents in-your-face minority politics, has brought together non-Muslims in Assam divided along the lines of ethnicity and language,” says Nani Gopal Mahanta, associate professor, Gauhati University. That’s also the reason why Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi could not salvage his party in Silchar even after announcing Bangla as the official language in the Barak Valley ostensibly to woo the Hindu Bengali voters. In 2011, Gogoi won Barak Valley for the Congress by announcing refugee status to Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh, a plot hijacked by Modi in 2014.This sense of a threat from Islamist aggression coupled with a silent and systematic mission for Hindu resurgence, has turned Assam into a perfect laboratory for communally divisive politics. Assam’s location is strategically significant to Islamist terror groups as it shares a porous border with Bangladesh. “This is not a threat to Assam; it’s a national security issue.Once they cross over to Assam, miscreants can spread across the country,” says a top Special Branch officer. Political observers believe that Assam has turned into a fertile breeding ground for Islamist terror because of the rising Muslim population in certain districts, specially along the Bangladesh border, the economic backwardness of Muslims in lower Assam and violence against alleged illegal immigrants. And with assembly elections 20 months away, the battle lines are drawn.advertisementThe BJP is aiming to bring together Assamese caste Hindus, other non-Muslim communities and tribes under one platform against the common enemy-the “illegal Muslim immigrants”. The action plan for ‘Mission 84′- a three-fourth majority in the 126-seat Assam Assembly-is ready with illegal influx as the fulcrum. The BJP is also working on a strategy to engage tribal groups in the state and the Union Government is planning to give Scheduled Tribe status to six more communities, a move that would take the tribal population in the state to 40 per cent, besides consolidating BJP votes among tribals. The party plans to project Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, a tribal, as the next chief minister.Sarbananda Sonowal”This issue affects every indigenous person of Assam because it will change the demography of the state forever. There is no place for illegal Muslims from Bangladesh in the state. We have to finish the unfinished agenda of the Assam agitation. Our Prime Minister has made it crystal clear,” says BJP poll in-charge for Assam, Sudhanshu Mittal. Unlike the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) which led the Assam agitation in the 1980s, the BJP’s rhetoric is unambiguously aimed at Muslim infiltrators. Although not included in election speeches yet, the BJP is “softlaunching” its ‘Love Jihad’ campaign in Assam. “It’s a fact. Look at the number of women kidnapped in certain areas of Assam,” says a top Assam BJP leader who did not want to be identified. BJP leaders are also indulging in loose and dangerous talk about sex crimes targeting Hindu women in the state. This year, Assam has also witnessed a spate of incidents of meat being thrown at temples.Rumours of beef being discovered in a Narasimha temple in Silchar created tension, leading to clashes where at least 30 people, including the superintendent of police (SP) and six policemen, were injured. “This was just a rumour fuelled by some anti-social elements. Nothing actually happened in that temple,” says Diganta Bora, SP, Cachar.Similar incidents were reported from Dhubri and Dhing in Nagaon district around the same time. “There was no reaction in Dhubri as the Hindu population is minuscule but in Dhing there was tension. We later arrested some local youth who indiscriminately threw mutton bones after a drunken revelry,” says an IGP of Assam Police.RSS leader Uma Shankar Goswami, based in Hojai in the same district, however, refuses to buy the police theory and claims local madrasas are the hub of all anti-social elements and illegal weapons. More than 70 per cent of Hojai’s population is Muslim and it is also the hometown of perfume-baronturned politician Badruddin Ajmal, who runs several schools, madrasas and hospitals in the region. It also houses one of the biggest centres of RSS which conducts examinations for pracharaks in the Northeast. “It was a well-designed plot and it hasn’t happened for the first time. The local media has started reporting these incidents now,” says Goswami, who claims that the RSS is working silently and at the grassroots level to awaken the sense of religious identity among Hindus.advertisementIn fact, the success of BJP’s ‘Mission 84’ depends on the groundwork of the RSS which was behind the saffron sentiment making inroads into Assam’s tea gardens. The party has already started enrolling new members and training them at district headquarters in the core principles of the BJP.But it is not as if the polarisation is one-sided. On September 9, during an assembly bypoll rally in Jamunamukh, Sirajuddin Ajmal, Barpeta Lok Sabha MP and brother of Badruddin, announced that the AIUDF chief would be the next CM of Assam. Sirajuddin’s statement was prompted by the growing base of AIUDF, which was founded in 2005 by Ajmal and has since projected itself as the saviour of Muslims. The largest opposition party in the Assembly is now expecting at least 35 seats in 2016 and hopes to be the kingmaker. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls it won three seats, the same as Congress, up from one in 2009.Ajmal, however, refuses to directly take on the BJP’s aggressive campaign against Muslim infiltrators, a vote bank that is increasingly shifting from the Congress to the AIUDF. “We support that anyone who entered Assam after March 25, 1971, decided by the 1985 Assam Accord as the cut-off year for detection of illegal immigrants, must be thrown out of India. Many organisations are creating panic among minority communities in Assam raising this issue of illegal influx. Let’s decide once and for all the actual number of Bangladeshis in Assam,” says Ajmal. He even goes a step further to warn al Qaeda’s Zawahiri to stay away from Assam. “They are not jihadis, they are terrorists. Assam’s Muslims are mature enough. We don’t need al Qaeda support to protect ourselves,” says Ajmal.But not all Muslims are assured. Ashiq Zaman, an IRS officer who runs an NGO called Muslim Youths Forum Against Communalism, Terrorism and Sedition recounts an incident during a visit to a relief camp of Muslim victims rendered homeless in 2012 in the Bodoland violence. “We went there to distribute clothes and books. Many youngsters asked if I could provide them with guns. These camps are the most fertile ground for spread of Islamist terrorism,” says Zaman.Some security officials and representatives of public interest NGOs fear a spike in violence before the assembly elections as militants who have signed ceasefire agreements with the government and are living in 22 camps across the state could be used as mercenaries by political groups. The Congress, crippled by the lacklustre performance of CM Gogoi, has joined issue and is further fanning tensions. “On April 1, immediately after Narendra Modi’s rally in Biswanath Chariali, a local BJP leader, Bhavdev Goswami, told a TV channel that BJP had the support of NDFB rebels. I’m sure the party will now use other terror outfits to execute its communal agenda in the state,” Congress MLA from Roha, Piyush Hazarika, told INDIA TODAY.Over the next 20 months, this blame game is expected to run along a track parallel to the tensions and violence. And religious insecurities could become the primary platform to win votes in what is becoming a communal cauldron. But the dread goes far beyond politics and is already spilling over to damage the social fabric of Assam.The fear of being outnumbered has created communal tension in the most cosmopolitan city of the state, Guwahati. IRS officer Ashiq Zaman, who hails from Goalpara, was refused a house on rent in Guwahati because he is a Muslim.TISS student Abul Kalam Azad recounts how he too had a harrowing time renting a house in Guwahati and when he finally found one, the landlord sternly warned him against consuming beef at home. In 2012, a Dhing college lecturer, who is into archaeological research, and his photographer friend from Delhi were held captive by Muslim villagers for three days when they went on a field visit to Vaishnavite saint Shankardev’s birthplace in Bordowa in Nagaon district.Their captors, suspected to be illegal immigrants, thought the duo was collecting evidence against them. They were eventually rescued by the police. Locals say these are not isolated incidents. And therein lies a larger threat to Assam, where religious intolerance could become the new dimension to further divide an already heterogeneous society and spill more blood.Follow the writer on Twitter @KDscribeTo read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Nagaland bands to perform in metro cities at Hard Rock Cafe

first_imgKohima, Apr 12 (PTI) To promote local musical talent, Nagaland Government would be taking eight local bands to perform in metro cities of the country. Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Resources and Sports, State Lotteries and Music Task Force, Khriehu Liezietsu today said Music Task Force has initiated the Tour in coordination with Dream Corp Nagaland.Khriehu said the tour would be undertaken to promote professional Naga bands around the country with the support of The Hard Rock Cafe and Rollingstone India.Under this music initiative, the best bands from Nagaland will be selected to perform at two Hard Rock Cafes in Delhi and Mumbai every month starting May till December, he said.”We have already signed Memorandum of Understanding with The Hard Rock Cafe and Rollingstone India,” he said. Alobo Naga and The Band will kick-start the Tour on May 12 at Hard Rock Cafe, New Delhi, which will be followed by Divine Connection in June 2016, he said.”The vision for such an initiative is to associate Nagaland and its musicians with International brands and also to expose our musicians to serious music audiences across the country, give them greater visibility and earning pportunity,” Khriehu added. PTI NBS CR BKlast_img read more

Olympiacos Ready for Its Sixth Final Four in the Past 9 Years

first_imgCONSTANTINOPLE – When Olympiacos Piraeus arrives for its sixth Final Four in the past nine years, it will do so in a city – Istanbul – where it has made the best of memories. Sinan Erdem Dome, site of Final Four games, is where Olympiacos authored a spectacular comeback in the 2012 championship game to beat CSKA Moscow in the closing seconds for the first of its historic, back-to-back EuroLeague titles. This season, the Reds already survived a must-win game in the city to overcome Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Game 4 of their playoff series before taking Game 5 at home.The path that leads to challenging for a European crown is by now a very familiar one for this team. Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis – the two players who hooked up on the title-winning basket in 2012 – highlight a roster that has four former EuroLeague champions and three more players who partook in the team’s 2015 championship game loss to Real Madrid in the Spanish capital. As such, Coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos came into this season knowing he had a squad with the experience to go far.The Reds’ recipe for success is no secret: elite defense. With newcomers who bought into the team’s defensive work ethic, Olympiacos allowed its opponents the lowest average performance index rating and two-point shooting accuracy, fewest assists and second-fewest points in the EuroLeague this season.Read more at Euroleague.netTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Leinster’s James Ryan spearheads twin Irish assault on Champions Cup

first_imgRugby union Champions Cup Share on Messenger Ryan is part of the crop of Irish youngsters emerging from age-grade level tailor-made for the big stage. Not all have his impeccable record but they do not experience defeat often and, having swept all before them in the pool stages and overpowered Saracens in the last eight, Leinster face Scarlets in Saturday’s semi-final as the favourites, not least because it takes place at the Aviva Stadium, their second home.Ryan has dismissed any suggestions he is a lucky charm but considering he attended all three of Leinster’s European Cup final wins – in 2009, 2011 and 2012 – as a supporter, there is a sizeable body of evidence to the contrary. “We’re lucky at Leinster at the moment in that there are a lot of lads coming through, it’s all over the country,” said Ryan. “It’s very positive to have the younger lads coming through to push the older heads. There’s a lot of work being done at the moment on the schools game and the club game, a lot of people put a lot of time into that.”Much has been made of their “home advantage” – the Scarlets centre Scott Williams described it as “not exactly a neutral venue, it’s basically Leinster’s home ground” – and while Ryan acknowledges it works in his side’s favour, he knows better than to look towards Bilbao and a potential showdown against Munster in what would be a further demonstration of Irish rugby’s current might.After the two-times defending champions Saracens were knocked out, English involvement is conspicuous by its absence but the flag is flown by Stuart Lancaster, whose renaissance since carrying the can for the 2015 World Cup debacle continues apace. “He’s had a big influence on the squad,” added Ryan. “He likes us to express ourselves and play that ball-in-hand Leinster rugby. He wants us to show people what we can do and what we’ve got. He encourages us to back ourselves and when it’s on to have a go. He tells us to go for it.” news Share on LinkedIn Robbie Henshaw returns for Leinster but the New Zealand wing James Lowe is omitted because of restrictions on non-European players. For the Scarlets, Rhys Patchell lines up at full-back with Leigh Halfpenny on the wing and Dan Jones named at fly-half.Munster, meanwhile, face Racing 92 in Bordeaux after both teams emerged from the same pool, each winning their home matches against the other. Munster, who were beaten in the semi-finals last year and who last reached the final in 2008, welcome back Keith Earls from a knee injury. Simon Zebo, who joins Racing next season, is on the bench while Dan Carter also has to make do with a place among the replacements for the French side with Pat Lambie preferred at fly-half. Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share via Email Support The Guardian Scarlets’ James Davies: ‘I’d rather have fun than be boring and have more Welsh caps’ Leinster Read more Munstercenter_img Read more Share on Twitter Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Racing 92 Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content It bears repeating that James Ryan, the Leinster and Ireland lock, is yet to lose a senior first-team match for club or country. It is now 19 and counting for the 21-year-old who began the season with more Ireland caps than Leinster appearances, and may finish it with a grand slam, Pro14 title and a Champions Cup winners medal. Scarlets Since you’re here…last_img read more

Sporting meltdown casts shadow over Portugal’s World Cup buildup

first_img Twitter Portugal World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions Share on Facebook World Cup 2018 Topics “Spoiled kids, let’s resolve this then …” wrote the Sporting president, Bruno de Carvalho, on his personal Facebook account at the start of April. Two months on, after a period in which 19 players have been suspended and a group of hooded men forced their way into the club’s training ground armed with sticks after defeat in the final league match of the season, it’s fair to say things have not worked out quite the way the man some have labelled the “Donald Trump of football” would have planned. He has even been known to sit on the bench during matches – “creating a presence” as he described it – and also regularly texted his players after matches to make plain his dissatisfaction with their performances. But despite the controversial appointment of Jorge Jesus as manager after he left Benfica, Sporting’s season unravelled after the 2-0 defeat to Atlético Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League tie that prompted De Carvalho’s Facebook post.Having previously promised to stay away from social media after one outburst in 2015, the president’s accusation that members of his team had committed “grotesque mistakes” understandably did not go down well. Nineteen players subsequently posted their own statement on Facebook noting their “displeasure with the public declarations of our president” – a move that prompted De Carvalho to threaten them with suspension. Pinterest The prolific social media postings of Sporting’s president, Bruno de Carvalho, have prompted comparisons with Donald Trump. Photograph: Pedro Nunes/Reuters Read more World Cup Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger European club football Sporting Share on Pinterestcenter_img “The environment became awful,” says Travassos. “The players said in their resignation letters that the president and the board are responsible for this situation because they contributed to this bad environment and didn’t assure the security conditions of the team. That’s why they say they have reason to leave.”Patrício, the 30-year-old goalkeeper who has won nearly 70 caps, was the first to tender his request to terminate his contract after a proposed €18m transfer to Wolves was vetoed by De Carvalho at the last minute, while the winger Martins and midfielders Carvalho and Fernandes have also been linked with moves to the Premier League in recent days. Whether they get their wish remains to be seen, with De Carvalho having since offered to resign if all the players who want to leave reverse their decision, although the Portugal coach, Fernando Santos, may fear the damage has already been done.“Some of them are experienced players but obviously it’s something that they would have wanted to avoid,” says Travassos. “Usually the only thing we talk about in press conferences is Ronaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldo but this time, there is more about Sporting.” Reuse this content But with a squad that contains 13 of the 23 players who helped win the country’s first major silverware at Euro 2016, Portugal supporters have every reason to feel quietly confident of their chances. A comparison with the 1986 World Cup – when a talented squad went home bottom of their group after falling out with the Portuguese FA over bonuses – is tempting, especially given the presence of Morocco, to whom they lost 3-1 in their final match 32 years ago after defeating England, in their group. Yet with top-level players throughout the squad led by Cristiano Ronaldo in what is likely to be his last appearance at a World Cup, anyone who writes off Santos’s side does so at their peril.“I don’t think this has changed anything among the fans,” says Travassos. “It’s a bad situation of course but expectations are still the same. The players will be focused and if there is a problem, the coach has others to replace them. We don’t have the options of many countries but we have very good quality.” Read more Paulo Futre picks his all-time Portugal XI features Facebook Portugal World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the denouement of the season was a disaster as Sporting finished third in the table, failing to qualify for the Champions League, before the damaging defeat to the minnows Aves in the Portuguese Cup final, who have been a top-flight side for only three seasons. Having already complained about fans being allowed access to the private car park at the club’s training ground, the attack on Dost, Jesus and several other members of staff a few days before the final proved to be the final straw. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp While Spain have problems of their own as the Iberian nations prepare to meet in their opening match at th e 2018 World Cup, the fallout from the Sporting soap opera has marred the buildup to the tournament for the reigning European champions. On Monday Gelson Martins, William Carvalho and Bruno Fernandes joined the goalkeeper Rui Patrício in cancelling their contracts, citing “valid motives” for their decision. The Netherlands international Bas Dost, who was one of the players injured in the training ground attack, has also indicated his desire to leave one of Portugal’s most famous clubs, even accusing the president of perpetrating of “psychological violence” towards him, with the law courts now set to rule on the case.“It’s a big mess,” admits Nuno Travassos of the Portuguese website maisfutebol.pt. “He was seen as the saviour and even now the club is split in two. There are still many people who support De Carvalho and want him to stay, even after all this controversy. He has always liked to speak about the team’s performances and uses social media a lot. That’s why some of the newspapers have made the comparison with Trump.”Surprisingly elected in March 2013, De Carvalho has proven to be a popular choice among supporters for his frequent attacks on the Portuguese football establishment, including accusing their Lisbon rivals Benfica of offering gifts to referees. 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Videos: LSU 2017 5-Star RB/LB Commit Dylan Moses Has Really, Really Good Footwork

first_imgDylan Moses of LSU works on his footwork.Dylan Moses LSUDylan Moses, the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class committed to LSU, is a player Tigers’ fans should be very, very excited about. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect out of Baton Rouge, La., has been committed to LSU since 2013. He’s rated the No. 1 linebacker in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings but he can also play running back. Moses is ridiculously athletic. For further proof of his athletic prowess, check out these workout videos of him posted today. LSU’s 2017 class only has two commits – Moses and five-star defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin – but it’s ranked the No. 5 class in the country and the No. 2 class in the SEC by 247 Sports. [Tiger Droppings]last_img read more

Minister Comments on Discipline from Taping Incident

first_imgEducation and Early Childhood Development Minister Ramona Jennex thanked the Halifax Regional School Board today, May 24, for its quick action after an incident at a Bedford school last week. The board has confirmed two employees of the Excel after-school program at Bedford South School are no longer employees of the board after it was alleged several students in the child-care program had tape applied to their mouths on May 16. “Our schools must be safe havens for our children,” said Ms. Jennex. “This incident is very concerning. The board’s quick action shows it also finds this type of behaviour unacceptable.” The board is not disclosing more details about the incident as it is under police investigation. The board will review practices to ensure the health and safety of students in its before and after-school programs. “I am reassured that the school board continues to follow up, to reinforce proper policies and training for their employees, so that they understand that neither this situation, nor anything like it, will be tolerated in our schools,” said Ms. Jennex.last_img read more

NAFTA US says auto irritant nearly solved other snags remain

first_imgWASHINGTON – The United States has confirmed a breakthrough in the NAFTA negotiations unlocking a major irritant involving automobiles, while stressing that a few remaining disagreements need to be settled before a deal is concluded.A sense of optimism that the unofficial No. 1 issue in the NAFTA talks might be close to resolution lifted the Canadian dollar more than a cent Wednesday, while the U.S. trade czar confirmed the positive developments on autos.“We’re finally starting to converge,” Robert Lighthizer said, while delivering a progress report to the U.S. Congress.“I think we’re in a pretty good place.”The U.S. is pushing for a deal within weeks. Otherwise, the process risks being punted into 2019. By mid-spring, it will be too late to complete the legal steps that would allow a ratification vote in the U.S. before midterm elections usher in a new Congress.Lighthizer summarized the state of the talks this way: “I believe that we have made a great deal of progress — but we still have a ways to go. I have urged our trading partners to recognize that time is short if we are to complete a deal in time for consideration by this Congress.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he believes that a deal is “eminently possible.”“There seems to be a certain momentum around the table now that I certainly take as positive,” he said at a Toronto news conference.That said, serious irritants remain.The blunt-spoken Lighthizer minced no words while listing several of them — he referred specifically to Canadian policies on dairy, culture, wine, and intellectual property. Dispute settlement rules and Buy American issues are also sticking points.— Of Canada’s intellectual-property rules, Lighthizer said: “Canada has Third World intellectual property protection. Getting them to accept First World is not easy.” In its annual report on the topic, the U.S. lists its main concerns as Canada’s enforcement of counterfeit crimes, and its looser rules for educational exemptions.— On cultural protections: A lawmaker complained that Canada has abused the exemption on cultural products. He referred to Canada’s blocking the QVC shopping network on cultural grounds. Lighthizer replied: “There’s a legitimate case for some cultural exceptions. But it’s not for this kind of thing. … The cultural exemption is very often just cultural protectionism.” Trudeau, though, tied culture to bilingualism, “which highlights just how incredibly important it is for us to protect our culture, our languages, our creative sectors, our artists.”— Online shopping: The U.S. wants more online purchases of American goods. Lighthizer ridiculed the disparity between what the U.S. allows citizens to import duty-free versus what Canada allows — US$800, versus $20 in Canada: “(That’s) just ridiculous… There’s no one that can argue that.”— On wine sales, the U.S. is already fighting Canada at the WTO for discriminatory rules on store shelves. Lighthizer said: “It’s just rank protectionism at the provincial level in Canada.”— Dairy remains a major problem. Lawmaker Devin Nunes, a third-generation dairy farmer, lamented Canada’s limits on imports under supply management. “Canada has been getting away with murder in their dairy industry,” he said. “It’s causing tremendous problems for farmers here in the United States.”Lighthizer concurred. He said it’s also a problem in other supply-managed sectors, poultry and eggs. He expressed some sympathy for Canada’s challenges in dismantling the system, but he said he hopes to negotiate reforms.“It’s difficult for them to change their policies in these areas,” Lighthizer said.“Having said that it’s a very high priority to make changes in the Canadian dairy programs. … I’m hopeful that when we put the final deal together it’s something we will make real headway on.”Trudeau suggested that will mean a fight: “We’re going to continue to defend supply management, because it works.”Lighthizer predicted how the final hours of bargaining will unfold: he said the last issues to be sorted out will include sensitive agricultural areas, such as dairy and wine, as well as intellectual property.But he said he envisions a new NAFTA with 33 chapters — up from the current 22 — that benefits every country.He said his primary goal is to steer back some manufacturing from Mexico, through several means: driving up wages in Mexico, new auto rules and weakening the investor-state protections that allow companies to sue foreign governments under Chapter 11.“The Canadians, to be honest, have a similar objective,” Lighthizer said.He said he wants guarantees that Mexican workers will get to vote by secret ballot on collective bargaining agreements. On dispute resolution, he was pressed by 103 Republican lawmakers who released a letter demanding that he maintain the investor-state system.Lighthizer pushed back.If an American company wants to move a plant from Texas to Mexico, and is frightened that, for example, socialist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador might win the presidential election and discriminate against foreign companies, why, Lighthizer asked, should U.S. trade policy help provide reassurance?last_img read more

Canadian lumber producers get reprieve with end of 20 of preliminary duties

MONTREAL — Canadian softwood lumber producers are getting a temporary reprieve as a large portion of preliminary duties in place for four months have ended pending a final decision.Most lumber companies will pay 6.87 per cent in anti-dumping tariffs after a 19.88 rate for countervailing duties formally ended as of Saturday.Five producers singled out have paid duties between 9.89 and 30.88 per cent. All others paid 26.75 per cent.U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced late Monday that the Department of Commerce postponed the final determinations in the anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty investigations of imports of softwood lumber from Canada until no later than Nov. 14“I remain hopeful that we can reach a negotiated solution that satisfies the concerns of all parties,” Ross said in a statement. “This extension could provide the time needed to address the complex issues at hand and to reach an equitable and durable suspension agreement.”Although countervailing duties formally came off in recent days, Canadian producers have been able to ship products south of the border without CVDs since Aug. 14 by delaying paperwork by up to 10 days, says lumber analyst Hamir Patel of CIBC World Markets.Countervailing duties target what the U.S. considers unfair subsidies, while anti-dumping tariffs go after the alleged selling of softwood below market value.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Monday that higher lumber prices have raised prices for American consumers buying new homes and hurt U.S., not Canadian, workers.“It will become more and more apparent that the most threatened jobs by these policies are not Canadian but American jobs in several states, notably in the construction sector,” he told reporters after a meeting in Charlottetown between eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors.Lumber prices, which ran up in anticipation of export duties, have begun to soften partly due to the lowering of duties.Western SPF prices were US$398 per thousand board feet on Friday, said Madison’s Lumber Reporter, which tracks prices. That’s down four per cent from US$414 a month ago but up from US$330 a year ago.Lumber prices are typically weaker in the fall after the main home building season.“This is sort of this limbo period of 10 days or two weeks,” said Madison’s editor and publisher Keta Kosman.“It will be interesting to see what the new floor is now.”Hurricane Harvey, which has battered Texas, and the impact from wildfires in Western Canada could be factors influencing lumber prices this year.Canada’s share of the U.S. softwood lumber market fell to 23 per cent in July, down from 32 per cent in September 2015 before the expiry of the 2006 softwood lumber agreement, according to monthly Canadian government reports.The Conference Board of Canada has said U.S. softwood lumber duties paid at current export levels will cost Canadian producers $1.7 billion a year and cut about 2,200 jobs until a settlement is reached.Efforts to reach a new softwood lumber agreement appear to have been overtaken by the United States’ efforts to negotiate an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. read more

UN expert urges halt to potential execution of Nigerian after death penalty

“These executions undermine previous trends towards abolishing, in law and practice, the death penalty in the country,” UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, said in a statement.“I am concerned that capital punishment appears to have been imposed without due process safeguards in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria acceded to on 29 July 1993,” the Special Rapporteur underscored. He added that without full respect for due process guarantees, capital punishment constitutes a summary or arbitrary execution.The independent UN expert also noted that the Government of Nigeria had in 2009 reaffirmed its commitment to a de facto moratorium on the death penalty when the situation of human rights in the country was studied under the UN Universal Periodic Review. The Geneva-based Council’s Periodic Review subjects each country’s human rights record to a State-led peer examination on the basis of information submitted by the country concerned, UN entities, civil society and other stakeholders.“I call on the Government of Nigeria to refrain from executing further individuals and to return to the moratorium on the use of death penalty in the country,” Mr. Heyns said.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

Wrestling Ohio State volunteer coach Anthony Ralph finds talent in overlooked recruits

Anthony Ralph joined the Ohio State wrestling program as a volunteer assistant coach in October 2016. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsAnthony Ralph started in collegiate wrestling as a competitor at Kent State, but it wasn’t until he took a post-graduation job as an assistant coach at Notre Dame College that he realized the nuances of recruiting.“It was selling a school, getting the people to trust in you, building relationships that start through the recruiting process,” Ralph said. “If the student-athlete trusts you enough to come to a school that you believe in, it kind of builds that bond and friendship.” Now, as a volunteer assistant coach for the Ohio State wrestling team, Ralph has taken his love of recruiting and combined it with an analytical approach to find unheralded recruits who might bring success to the program. He calls his strategy “moneyball,” a reference to the analytics-driven success the Oakland Athletics had in 2002. “At Notre Dame, myself and a couple of the other coaches kind of came up with a system, an algorithm to find value in guys that other schools don’t see,” Ralph said. “It’s recruiting those guys that aren’t getting the everyday call from Penn State or Michigan, Iowa, Oklahoma State.”Ralph came to Notre Dame College in 2006 at the invitation of his former Kent State coach, Frank Ramano, who was creating the Falcons’ wrestling program. By 2012, Ralph had helped bring in No. 1 recruiting classes in the NAIA from 2012-16. During his time as an assistant coach, he helped lead the Falcons to three NAIA national titles as well as an NCAA Division II team championship in 2014, producing 18 national champions and 62 All-Americans. “Before I left, I think we were No. 1 in the country the last five years,” Ralph said. “So, something I kind of took pride on because I couldn’t compete anymore. That was kind of my way of competing, as far as with other programs.” Ohio State associate head wrestling coach J Jaggers noticed Ralph’s success and kept his childhood friend from northeast Ohio on his radar.By December 2016, the old friends were reunited in Columbus, using the same algorithm that brought him success with the Falcons. “What his system is designed to do is provide depth, find value in some kids that the [recruiting] rankings may not indicate at the time,” Jaggers said.Ralph said the secret of the algorithm is to focus on wrestlers who specialize in scoring. It spots kids who are taking the most risks on the mat, showing consistency in shot attempts and points scored. This helps find wrestlers who are assertive rather than passive, head coach Tom Ryan said.“There are a lot of guys that win at the high school level that are not points scorers, lots of state champions, lots of highly ranked guys that are not point scorers,” Ryan said. “When you look at one of the critical ingredients to success at the next level, it’s a desire to put yourself in scoring positions all the time, so a lack of fear.”Ryan said Ralph has already become a key part of the coaching staff, pointing to the amount of work he does to find guys who fit the culture of Ohio State wrestling. “The biggest thing in the biggest way is that he digs so much that he finds people that want to be here,” Ryan said. “We need depth and I would say that he has already, in his short time here, helped a lot with our depth.”Ralph said “moneyball” is more than just finding athletes to round out the wrestling roster. It is to continue to build what Ryan and the rest of the coaching staff has built at Ohio State. “Using that ‘moneyball’ system, we are not just looking for depth,” Ralph said. “We are looking for guys that can wrestle at the Big Ten level and become All-Americans and national champs.”Jaggers said he thinks Ralph could become the nation’s best recruiter. “When he put his mind to, ‘I’m trying to be the best recruiter in college wrestling,’ with his personality and his skill set, yeah it could easily happen,” Jaggers said. read more

Hot Takedowns 2016 MLB Preview

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Hot Takedown Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (March 29, 2016), we try and understand Syracuse’s miraculous run to the Final Four in both the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments, Ben Lindbergh joins the crew as we preview the 2016 baseball season and wonder whether this just might be the Cubs’ year, and we gab about the Cricket World Cup with Cricinfo’s Andrew Miller and ask whether there is greater parity in the shorter, 20/20 form of the game than there is in test matches. Plus, we check in on our bracket competition and find out which of our hosts is in the lead going into the last weekend of games.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discuss are here:Neil Paine explains how the hell Syracuse made it to the Final Four.Reuben Fischer-Baum and Neil Paine discuss the parity in this year’s men’s NCAA tournament.Kate Fagan’s tweets about whether UConn’s women’s team is ruining the sport.There’s an 85 percent chance the Cubs won’t win the World Series this year, says Neil Paine.Rob Arthur asks whether 2016 will herald the end of balance in basketball.The Royals will look to be projection breakers once again, writes CBS’s Matt Snyder.The Guardian’s Vic Marks says anyone can win this year’s Cricket World Cup.Sexist discrimination is happening in cricket, according to the Telegraph’s Jonathan Liew.The English cricket team is rough and aggressive but raw around the edges, says ESPN’s Andrew Miller. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Father sues £28kayear boarding school after son passes just one GCSE exam

first_imgAbbotsholme School’s GCSE results from the summer of 2015 were lower than the national average, with just 60 per cent of pupils received five grades between A* and C.Figures released by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) show the national average for the same grades was 69 per cent.Just 8.2 per cent of Abbotsholme students received an A* or an A, which is almost three times lower than the national average of 21.2 per cent.Abbotsholme’s 2015 figures were also lower than the school’s results for 2014 where 27.7 per cent of pupils got an A* or an A and 76.5 per cent got between an A* and a C. A father is suing a private school for the £125,000 he paid for his son’s education after the teenager left with just one GCSE.Scott Craddock, 57, has served papers on Abbotsholme School, claiming it did not deliver on its promises with his 17-year-old son David.The retired truck driver worked in the Middle East to pay for his son to have the best education at the independent boarding and day school in Rocester, Staffordshire.Mr Craddock paid £28,000 each year for five years for David to go to Abbotsholme, but the teenager left last year with just a single GCSE out of eight – a grade C in science.He said he did not believe David was the only pupil with poor results because GCSEs and A-levels at the school were down across the board last year.Abbotsholme headmaster Steve Fairclough admitted that last year’s exam results at the school were “not as good” as in previous years. Mr Craddock, a divorced father of two, of Burntwood, Staffordshire, said: “David was disheartened when he got his results. He said ‘you spent all that money on my education and I walk away with one GCSE’.”I was always told my public school was a privilege – but I think he would have done better at a local comp. They have not provided what they promised in any shape or form.”The teachers said he would come away with at least five GCSE’s – but he has got one. He wasn’t the only one to underachieve so the standard of teaching there is way below what one would expect from a public school education.”Mr Craddock served legal papers to headmaster Mr Fairclough and the chairman of the governors at the school’s summer gathering.He also asked the pair what they were going to do about the school’s failings in the middle of their speeches.Mr Craddock added: “I wanted David to have the same access to education I did, so I saved in order to provide him with the opportunity.”Public school should give you a leg up in life, but £125,000 is a lot of money and I have not got what I paid for.”I feel like I’ve been ripped off, they just don’t do what they say on the tin. I paid money for a public school education and I did not get a public school education.”They are obliged to meet certain results and should be held accountable for not providing the standards they should be achieving.”The money I spent could have paid for a house for him when he turns 18. I will be taking legal action to try and get this money reimbursed.” I think he would have done better at a local comp. They have not provided what they promised in any shape or formScott Craddock Scott Craddock (left) claims the school did not deliver on its promises with his 17-year-old son David, who is now at collegecenter_img Scott Craddock (left) claims the school did not deliver on its promises with his 17-year-old son David, who is now at collegeCredit:SWNS.com Mr Fairclough said: “I am unable to comment on any contact or dealings that Abbotsholme School has with Mr Craddock for legal reasons.”The school has followed our published complaints procedure to the letter and Mr Craddock has had every chance to present his case in the appropriate manner.”In regard to last year’s results, we recognised at the time that our results were not as good as in previous years, and have taken a number of steps this year – and for future years – to reverse this situation.”In doing so, we are now on course to receive excellent results this year due to the hard work of all the teaching staff.”Abbotsholme School prides itself on providing a balanced education and creating an environment where a passion for learning and continuous improvement is the norm for both pupils and staff.”Our balanced approach to education encourages both academic excellence and character development through outdoor activities and practical learning – both are treated with equal importance.”This means our pupils leave Abbotsholme confident, resilient, and respectful of others and their abilities, and are able to adapt to life’s challenges both personally and in the workplace.”David is now studying arboriculture and horticulture at Reaseheath College, in Nantwich, Cheshire, and has passed the second part of his horticulture diploma with merits. He is also re-sitting some of his GCSEs. 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Male pedestrian hit by van on the N4

first_imgA PEDESTRIAN WAS hit by a van on the N4 outbound at the Palmerstown Bypass today.The man in his 5os was struck by the van at approximately 12.15pm and gardaí and the ambulance service were called to the scene.The gardaí confirmed that he was taken to St James’s Hospital in a “serious condition”.The road was reduced to one lane following the incident today but it has since reopened.Read: Man dies in road traffic accident in Galway>Read: Man reunited with rescue workers who helped save his leg>last_img read more

Panda Yuan Zi et Huan Huan sont arrivés au zoo de Beauval

first_imgPanda : Yuan Zi et Huan Huan sont arrivés au zoo de BeauvalLes deux pandas géants prêtés par la Chine au zoo de Beauval sont arrivés dimanche matin à l’aéroport de Roissy. Ils ont été accueillis en grandes pompes par l’ambassadeur chinois, les responsables du zoo et des centaines de journalistes.C’est un véritable tapis rouge qui leur a été déroulé. Dimanche matin, Huan Huan (“joyeuse” en chinois) et Yuan Zi (“rondouillard”) ont atterri à l’aéroport de Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle devant un parterre de journalistes et des officiels qui les attendaient de pied ferme. Leur avion “Panda Express”, un Boeing 777F spécialement affrété par la société Fedex et décoré d’un portrait de panda, s’est posé sur le tarmac vers midi sous les applaudissements notamment de Kong Quan, ambassadeur de Chine en France. Les deux “trésors nationaux” chinois sont arrivés après 8.833 kilomètres de vol direct, soit onze heures et quart de voyage, entre la province de Chengdu et Paris. Apparemment à l’aise dans des cages perforées avec des feuilles de bambous tout autour, ils ont débarqué sur des palettes porteuses avant d’être réembarqués dans un camion à destination de Saint-Aignan, où se trouve le zoo de Beauval, rapporte l’AFP. Un dernier périple qui s’est fait sous bonne escorte. Le convoi est arrivé vers 17H30 et a été accueilli en grandes pompes par des curieux brandissant des drapeaux ou arborant des casquettes à l’effigie de pandas.  “Ils ont apprécié le transport, ils ont beaucoup mangé, ils commencent à apprendre le français. Je ne doute pas qu’ils fassent encore des progrès”, a plaisanté l’ambassadeur chinois. “C’est un vrai bonheur. Aujourd’hui, c’est un jour exceptionnel”, a commenté de son côté Rodolphe Delord, directeur du zoo qui a accompagné les plantigrades depuis leur départ de Chine. La consécration de six années d’effort À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousC’est la première fois depuis 1973 qu’un zoo français accueille des pandas géants. Le couple d’animaux “symbolise l’amitié entre la Chine et la France, entre le peuple français et le peuple chinois (…) c’est un geste extrêmement fort dans l’image amicale entre nos deux peuples”, s’est réjoui Kong Quan. Si la direction du zoo a refusé de donner le prix d’un tel prêt, une source citée par l’AFP a évoqué une somme de 750.000 euros. Bien arrivés au zoo, Huan Huan et Yuan Zi vont désormais faire connaissance avec leur nouveau domaine qui a été spécialement conçu pour eux : deux enclos intérieurs climatisés de 400 mètres carrés, deux enclos extérieurs de plus de deux hectares, vidéosurveillance et bambous à volonté ou presque. Mais les animaux ne sont pas venus tout seuls, ils sont arrivés accompagnés de deux experts chinois en soin animalier et de leur gardien qui restera six mois à Beauval le temps que les pandas s’acclimatent. Au cours des jours prochains, le couple recevra de nombreuses visites, notamment celle du président Nicolas Sarkozy mais le public devra attendre jusqu’au 11 février pour découvrir ces “trésors” chinois. Pour sa part, Françoise Delord, fondatrice du zoo, a salué la “consécration” de son zoo, fruit de six années d’efforts : “ce n’est pas seulement parce que l’animal est beau. C’est une consécration pour un parc zoologique qui fait de la conservation”, a-t-elle commenté très émue et citée par le Nouvel Obs.  Le 16 janvier 2012 à 10:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Local firefighter military heads to Texas for Harvey relief

first_imgA local firefighter-paramedic has joined a group of medical professionals who have deployed to Texas to assist in the emergency response to Hurricane Harvey.Mark Widlund, who works at Camas-Washougal Fire Department, deployed Saturday as part of the National Disaster Medical System. He is joining a team of 65 nurses, physicians and other medical professionals to help with disaster relief.The team was given orders to assemble at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport where they will be deployed in the field to assist with disaster relief efforts.Coast Guard personnel from the region, including a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, have also deployed to Texas to help with those affected by the flooding.The Coast Guard has 20 helicopters in the area to conduct rescue operations and the agency has helped rescue more than 1,450 people as a result of the hurricane’s impact.last_img read more

Ode To Reverb 8 Examples Of Delightful Decay

first_img Ode To Reverb: 8 Examples Of Delightful Decay Email Ode To Reverb: 8 Classic Examples ode-reverb-8-examples-delightful-decay Facebook Twitter News A look at some of the finest uses of one of music’s most powerful studio effects: reverb Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 19, 2017 – 5:12 pm Reverb on a song is a lot like salt on a meal: The right amount can make it exponentially better, but add too much and it’s ruined. So which songs offer the best examples of the perfect pinch of reverb? The LANDR Journal recently rounded up their list of eight songs that belong in the “reverb hall of fame.”The selections cover a wide range of eras and genres, but in each instance, the mixing engineer struck the right balance of utility and style. For the former, reverb gives each sound a certain sonic space and can help organize disparate elements by placing certain instruments closer up or farther back in the mix. For the latter, style, reverb can be heavily manipulated and experimented with to create a signature sound.Such is the case with perhaps the most famous example on LANDR’s list, Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic “When The Levee Breaks” from Led Zeppelin IV. John Bonham’s drums for this song were famously recorded in the hallway of a three-story staircase with microphones placed all the way at the top of the stairwell, giving the drums a massive sound that engineers have referenced (and tried to duplicate) ever since.Other notables on the list include Phil Collins’ signature use of gated reverb in his 1981 hit “In The Air Tonight,” and more recent examples like Grimes’ ethereally angelic vocal sound on 2010’s “Venus In Fleurs” and inventive artist/producer Blake Mills’ convincing and tasteful room sounds on his 2014 instrumental “Shed Your Head.”The next time you’re working on a song and need to choose a tracking room or reach for your favorite DAW plug-in, Lexicon 480L or EMT-250, remember to use reverb responsibly but don’t be afraid to experiment.Read More: Kanye West To The Beatles: 5 Expensive Albums By GRAMMY WinnersRead morelast_img read more

5 Seconds Of Summer Land Third No 1 Album With Youngblood

first_img Email Facebook 5 Seconds Of Summer first became popular posting covers on YouTube in 2011. With Michael Clifford and Luke Hemmings on guitar, Hemmings sings lead vocals, and bassist Calum Hood and drummer Ashton Irwin sing too. Their successful third album arrives just in time to make a mark on summer 2018 that will be truly long-lasting.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more This week’s charts extend the young Aussie rockers’ unprecedented sales streakPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jun 25, 2018 – 11:35 am On June 25 preliminary news of toppers for Billboard’s June 30 chart rankings placed Australian rockers 5 Seconds Of Summer’s third studio album Youngblood at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The band previously hit No. 1 with their self-titled 2014 album followed by 2015’s Sounds Good Feels Good, a record-breaking streak for any band, broken again by their threepeat.5SOS took to social media to push their LP sales over the top in a successful last minute surge, and they took to social gushing thanks for the accomplishment they shared with their fans. The No. 2 slot was taken by the Carters’ Everything Is Love, which might have been hampered by its slightly late release for the chart period and its initial exclusivity on Tidal. https://twitter.com/5SOS/status/1011027676885405697 Twitter 5 Seconds Of Summer Land Third No. 1 Album With ‘Youngblood’ NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 2, 2014 – 10:58 pm How 5SOS Used YouTube To Gain Fans Nasir from Nas came in at No. 5 and Liberation from Christina Aguilera at No. 6. Post Malone was at No. 4. The tragic killing of rapper XXXTentacion propelled his former No. 1 album ? to No. 3 and his album 17 to No. 7. The other three artists rounding out the top 10 album spots were Juice WRLD, Cardi B and Jason Aldean. 5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Youngblood’ Hits No. 1 5-seconds-summer-land-third-no-1-album-youngblood News last_img read more