SAI Sonepat gets Hypoxic Chamber

first_imgNew Delhi, June 28 (PTI) Sports Authority of India today inaugurated a Hypoxic Chamber at its Northern Regional Centre at Sonepat, which will help elite athletes in achieving top fitness levels and in fast recovery and rehabilitation. SAI DG Injeti Srinivas inaugurated the chamber today through a remote control from SAI Head Office here and dedicated it to all athletes of the centre. NRC Sonepat is the fourth centre after ASI, Pune and sport department of Kerala and Maharashtra to have one of its kind Hypoxic Chamber in India. “It will open a new chapter in the training system and I am sure with the improved system of training athletes will be benefited during international competitions,” Srinivas said. “It will surely reduce the foreign dependency for recovery and rehabilitation training,” Olympics medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt said in a SAI release. All Olympic-bound wrestlers at the centre welcomed this initiative. The SAI said its continuously endeavouring to modernise the sports coaching system in the country and to improvise the Sports Science to provide the best available systems for strengthening and recovery to the athletes. “In this stride, Northern Regional Centre, Sonepat has set up SAIs maiden the Hypoxic Chamber in its Sports Injury & Rehabilitation Centre. As one of the most advanced technology, Hypoxic Chamber, creates an environment of High Altitude which helps elite athletes in fitness and fast recovery & rehabilitation,” the SAI release said. “It reduces the amount of oxygen in the air which forces cardio-respiratory systems to work even harder to deliver sufficient oxygen to the working muscles which enhances performance of the athlete significantly. “It helps efficient and effective utilization of Oxygen which improvises the endurance for competitive sports. As a matter of fact, low oxygen environment brings plethora of beneficial changes in human body which helps in building stamina, endurance and cognitive ability of sportsperson,” the release said. PTI PDS CMadvertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Archer must be licking his lips after watching Pakistan collapse, says Waqar

first_imgEngland quick Jofra Archer will be salivating at the prospect of bowling at Pakistan’s batsmen after witnessing the South Asian side’s meek surrender against the West Indies pacemen, the team’s former captain and coach Waqar Younis has said.A blistering Oshane Thomas-led pace attack swept Pakistan away for a dismal 105 at Trent Bridge on Friday as West Indies wrapped up a seven-wicket victory in under 14 overs in their World Cup opener.Pakistan’s total was their lowest World Cup score since making 74 against England at Adelaide in 1992, the year Imran Khan’s team went on to lift their only 50-overs crown.But any hopes of repeating that feat will face its sternest test as soon as Monday when Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side take on tournament hosts and favourites England, the world’s top-ranked side in the format.”It will be difficult for the team to bounce back quickly enough for Monday against England a team who are on such a high,” former Pakistan captain Younis wrote in a column for the governing body International Cricket Council.”They have probably never played better, and I think they have all the ingredients to go all the way and end their long wait for a World Cup.”Barbados-born Archer represented West Indies at youth level and was named in England’s 15-man squad despite only having made his one-day international debut last month.He picked up three key South African wickets in England’s comprehensive 104-run win on Thursday, bowling with lot of pace and bounce in London.”… you can be sure that a certain Jofra Archer will be licking his lips,” said Younis, himself a tearaway fast bowler in his playing days.advertisement”I have loved what I have seen of him so far. He is going to be the man that the world will remember when all is said and done at this World Cup.”He has just got something about him, a bit of stardust. He is nippy and bowls with that extra bounce and most importantly, he takes wickets. I am sure he will leave a mark on this World Cup and probably on Pakistan on Monday.”Younis, however, feels it would be foolish to write off Pakistan given the format of the tournament during which all 10 sides face each other before the semi-finalists are decided.”A lot has been said before about Pakistan’s record in the past, the unpredictable nature of this side. They lost heavily in their first game in 1992 and bounced back to win that tournament after all,” Younis said.”But we cannot really dwell on what happened 27 years ago. Winning the 2019 tournament is going to take some doing this time around.”A defeat like that damages the confidence and we need to make sure that we take our time to try and bounce back, think positive and turn the ship around.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar, Ramiz Raja horrified after Pakistan’s abject batting showAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Oshane Thomas and Chris Gayle star as West Indies hammer Pakistanlast_img read more

England will treat India decider as World Cup dress rehearsal, says Wood

first_img Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up The Hampshire batsman became surplus to requirements following a disappointing winter in Australia and New Zealand when his weakness outside off stump was brutally exposed.But after decent 50-overs form for his county, including a knock of 171 in last month’s Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final against Yorkshire, Vince was called into England’s one-day squad as cover once Dawid Malan, himself an injury replacement for Alex Hales, was commandeered by England Lions on Sunday.Now Roy’s injury means Vince is on the verge of winning his sixth ODI cap, and first since October 2016, when this series against India, currently standing at 1-1, concludes at Headingley on Tuesday.Sam Billings, who was called up as further batting cover late on Monday, appears the only barrier to that happening.Billings’ last ODI appearance came in the defeat against Scotland in Edinburgh last month but he appears behind Vince given the vacant slot would be as an opener, not his preferred role, and he has been parachuted into the squad at such a late stage.The absence of Roy, who has 416 ODI runs at an average of 52 this summer, is a setback for England as they seek to win their eighth 50-over series in succession.Wood, though, says the winner-takes-all nature of this match will offer Eoin Morgan’s team invaluable preparation before next year’s World Cup. The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Read more Topics Share on Messenger England won their last one-day series decider against New Zealand in Christchurch in March and, as the world’s No 1 ranked team, are favourites to do so again in Leeds.Asked if this match might have an impact on the five-Test series between England and India to come this summer, Wood said: “I think for the Test-match side of things, it is great to get certain people out or get runs against them but it is more of an impact for the World Cup.“If we can treat this game as a semi-final, a must-win with the pressure on, we can learn what we are doing wrong if we don’t win or what we are doing right if we do. Over the past year we have dealt with these situations well and hopefully we can carry on that trend tomorrow. England v India 2018 … 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. Share on Twitter Read more Share via Email Share on Pinterest England cricket teamcenter_img Eoin Morgan’s flexibility sets up England for India decider “We’ve prepared the same [as any other game], it’ll be the same preparation in the morning before the game so I’d imagine it’s pretty much the same feel. It’s just whether or not we can come out on top but I think we have got to treat it that way [as a knockout game] for things to come.”Big games require big players to come to the fore and for Ben Stokes, the most expensive overseas signing in Indian Premier League history, Headingley offers a stage for the all-rounder to show he is completely over the torn hamstring he sustained in May.Stokes returned for the T20 series decider against India in Bristol this month but has so far failed to take a wicket in three matches and his only significant score with the bat came in the opening ODI at Trent Bridge last week when he hit the slowest 50-over half-century for England in 13 years.However, Wood believes his Durham teammate is close to his best. “I think it’s a chance for Ben to prove how good he is again,” he said. “He doesn’t need to – everyone knows how good a player he is – but obviously coming back from a bit of time out, he’s probably desperate to do well and be that match-winner again.“It takes a bit of time to get your form and your rhythm back so I’m sure the more he plays the better he’ll get. India are a quality team so maybe they’ll have a game plan for him and it might just take him a little bit of time to work out certain situations.” news Mark Wood says England will use the deciding match of the one-day series against India as a dress rehearsal for a potential knockout match when they host next year’s World Cup.It will be highly instructive then to see how they cope under pressure and encumbered by a major injury blow after the opener Jason Roy was rated only a “30-70” chance to recover from the lacerated little finger on his right hand sustained fielding in his side’s series-levelling victory at Lord’s on Saturday.Roy’s misfortune – and the pessimistic prognosis given to him by England suggests he is almost certain to miss out – gives an unexpected opportunity to James Vince two months after he was discarded from England’s Test squad. 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2017 Open Trans Tasman Teams and Referees Announced

first_imgCongratulations to the following athletes and referees who have been selected to represent Australia in the Open Divisions at the 2017 Trans Tasman.Men’s OpenDaniel Barton NSW – Parramatta District Touch AssociationStuart Brierty WA – Southern District Touch Association Sam Brisby NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Scott Buckley NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationScott Bundy NSW –  Doyalson Touch Association Shaun Francis QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch Association Nick Good NSW – Penrith Touch Association Cody Green QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Dylan Hennessey NSW – Hornsby Touch Association Cormac Hoch QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association Jordan Marshall NSW – Paramatta District Touch Association Ben Moylan NSW – Penrith Touch Association Peter Norman QLD – Gold Coast Touch Association Jonathan Palau NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Matt Prowse NSW – Canterbury Touch Association Ciaran Toner NSW – Hornsby Touch Association Coach: Tony TradAssistant Coach: Paul SfeirAssistant Coach: Phil GyemoreWomen’s OpenElizabeth Campbell QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Tayla Clifford NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Madison Crowe NSW – Central Coast Touch Association Danielle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Rachelle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Hannah Dyball NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Emily Hennessey QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Ashleigh Kearney QLD – Ipswich Touch Association Hayley Maddick QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Patricia Michaelopoulos NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Laura Peattie NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Samantha Rodgers NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Catherine Sargent QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Kimberley Sue See QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Tamika Upton QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association Marikki Watego QLD – Gold Coast Touch Association Coach: Swain RovelliAssistant Coach: Craig MorrowManager: Kim SolmanMixed OpenJayden Benbow QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association James Blackwood NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Justin Costello NT – Darwin Touch Association Tim Glazebrook SA – City Touch Touch Association Simon Lang NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Jackson Mills NSW – Parramatta District Touch Association Cameron Nicholls NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Adam Pryde QLD – Redlands Touch Association Michael Singh QLD – Labrador Touch Association Jared Townson QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch Association Elin Mortimer NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationZara Nicholas NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Leah Opie NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Paige Parker QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Leah Percy VIC – Melbourne City Lions Touch Association Katherine Stevens QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Coach: Mick LovettAssistant Coach: Justin CreightonAssistant Coach: Dave NolanManager: Mark HarringtonReferee Contingent Dave Baggio NSW – Wagga Wagga Touch AssociationRob Bowen NSW – Berkley Vale Touch AssociationBrett Freshwater QLD – Redcliffe Touch Association Luke McKenzie QLD – Wagga Wagga Touch Association Kim Skelly NSW – Central Coast Touch AssociationRelated Files2017_open_trans_tasman_teams_and_referees-pdfRelated Links2017 Trans Tasmanlast_img read more

9 days agoArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’

first_imgArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’by Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar was the best teammate he has ever had.The pair played together for three seasons at Benfica, and the Argentine had a profound impact on his then Brazilian teammate.”A lot of players have helped me in my career,” Luiz said at a commercial event with Arsenal. “But Pablo Aimar stood out.”We must always be open to learning, whether it’s with younger players or those with more experience.”One day, Pablo came into my room and began to teach me how to pass from a ball in defence to one in attack.”He taught me how to create spaces and how to hide a pass to try to get it between the lines.”This was advice I had never had before.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Boateng’s Bayern future remains ‘undecided’

first_imgJerome Boateng’s future has not yet been decided, according to Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, despite reported interest from Manchester United.The defender was widely expected to move on from the Allianz Arena this summer after falling down the pecking order under Niko Kovac. Boateng flew home early from the Bundesliga champions’ pre-season tour of the USA on Sunday due to private reasons, which are not thought to be related to his transfer situation.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Speaking at a trip to NASA’s base in Houston, Texas, Rummenigge said of the 30-year-old defender’s future: “It’s not yet finally decided.”We’ll wait and see what’s going on in the transfer market, and then we’ll discuss with him how we’ll proceed.”Boateng made just 20 Bundesliga appearances last season as Bayern again retained the German title. The former Germany international, who is no longer being considered for national selection by Joachim Low, could provide some stability at the back for the Bavarians, though, as Mats Hummels has already departed this summer.Hummels returned to Borussia Dortmund last month in a deal reportedly worth €38 million (£34m/$43m).And Kovac now appears happy with Boateng.Niko Kovac Bayern Munich 2019Speaking to the media over the weekend, the Bayern boss said: “I’m very pleased with Jerome, as well as with the rest of the squad, so he’s extremely focused and good, and the training and performance against Arsenal was very good.”The German also confirmed he expects midfielder Renato Sanches to stay put despite rumours he could leave.”Renato Sanches stays,” Kovac added of the Portugal international.”He sees his future here. I am convinced that he will get more appearances this season than last season.”Sanches has previously said he expects to be given more game time in 2019-20, claiming he is needed by Kovac.Bayern also appear in need of some attacking signings after losing Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez at the end of last season. Leroy Sane has been heavily linked with a move back to Bundesliga and Rummenigge has admitted Bayern’s interest in the Manchester City winger, but the two clubs are yet to come to an agreement.last_img read more

Test cricket must jazz itself up to survive T20 onslaught: Gautam Gambhir

first_imgTest cricket must jazz itself up to survive T20 onslaught: Gautam GambhirFormer India batsman Gautam Gambhir said in a time where T20 cricket is gaining popularity, it is important for Test cricket to go for alternate entertainment options in order to survive.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 18:27 IST Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGauatm Gambhir said Test cricket should go for alternate entertainment optionsFormer India batsman Gambhir said Test cricket must appeal to millennialsICC has already come out with the concept of World Test Championship to add excitement to the formatFormer India opener Gautam Gambhir believes in the present era of T20 and ODIs, Test cricket should become more appealing to the new generation and must address some core issues.In order to add more excitement to the longest format of the game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has already come out with the concept of World Test Championship.The ongoing first edition of the World Test Championship will see the teams — Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies — fight for top honours across 71 Test matches in 27 series over the next two years, the winner of which will be crowned in 2021.”It is a no-brainer that Test cricket must jazz itself up to survive the onslaught of T20s and alternate entertainment options. I am a die-hard traditionalist, but Test cricket needs to appeal to the millennials. The core issues need to be addressed,” Gambhir wrote in his column for The Times of India.The cricketer-turned-politician, who represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is, also called on the ICC to standardise cricket ball used in Test matches.While SG balls are used in India, Dukes balls are used in England, Ireland and the West Indies while the rest of the countries use Kookabura balls.”I can understand the commercial compulsions of this but it is strange to be in a common competition with variable apparatus,” he said.”Maybe ICC can list out standard parameters for a cricket ball to be used in Test cricket and float a tender for the manufacturers. Whoever meets them at a desired cost can be the ‘bowling partner of the ICC’. A spinner like R. Ashwin will be thrilled if he gets a cricket ball with the healthy seam of SG, or Dukes,” he added.advertisementAlso Read | Kapil Dev, Gautam Gambhir hail MS Dhoni’s decision to serve Indian ArmyAlso Read | Gautam Gambhir on MS Dhoni’s future in international cricket: Necessary to take practical decisionsAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Gautam GambhirFollow Test cricketlast_img read more

Inflate Summer Fun With ULI Boards

first_img What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey Editors’ Recommendations There’s nothing that says “summer” quite like water sports. From sailing to surfing, hitting the beach for more than a tan and a few mai tais always keeps us coming back for more. We want to squeeze as much out of these warm-weather months as possible, so having the top gear is an absolute must. We no doubt turn to ULI Boards for the best around.ULI is a trailblazer in the water sports market. Founder Jim Weir has surfed for 50 years, so he is no rookie when it comes to knowing the difference between quality gear and the cheap stuff. The brand was the first to introduce inflatable boards and have been manufacturing and perfecting its products for the past eight years. A family-owned and operated company, ULI prides itself in knowing exactly how and why its product works, unlike companies that have simply sent similar molds to Asia for duplication.So why an inflatable board? The answer is really very obvious. It’s summer and you’re traveling, whether it’s an hour to the beach or road tripping across the country. An ULI surfboard or stand-up paddle board saves you many things like overweight baggage fees, time lugging a heavy board around and the headache of worrying about someone tossing your gear haphazardly onto the luggage belt. And don’t worry about durability either – ULI Boards are firm enough to handle the roughest of waves. Actually, because they are so buoyant, they are easier to paddle than most. Simply inflated in minutes, you can either deflate your board or leave it as is for months when you’re done using it.Not convinced yet? Head over to to do some shopping and check out the brand for yourself. Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashionlast_img read more

Madagascar UN agency provides food for 35000 malnourished children

WFP said it would provide 350 tons of a corn soya blend – a highly nutritious mixture to make porridge – to feed 18,000 children in the capital, Antananarivo, as well as 17,000 children in five other major cities across the country.In some areas, malnutrition levels among children under five have risen up to 45 per cent as a result of the crisis that has gripped the country following the presidential elections held last December.”There is a serious food crisis, particularly among the urban population,” said WFP’s Country Director for Madagascar, Bodo Henze. “Emergency food relief is absolutely crucial at this stage if we want to prevent a tragedy. Even if political reconciliation is achieved in the short run, the effects of the crisis will be felt for months to come.” read more

Toronto stock market advances on earnings news oilpatch acquisition

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday amid a major oilpatch acquisition along with earnings disappointments and dividend cuts in the resource sector.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 42.26 points to 14,119.73 as investors also considered another example of how the U.S. economy is being hit by severe winter weather.The Canadian dollar fell 1.08 cents to 90.24 cents US.New York indexes were lower as the U.S. Commerce Department reported that U.S. housing starts fell by 10 per cent to an annualized rate of 899,000 in January, down 16 per cent from December. In December, construction had fallen almost five per cent.“The housing data was soft and, to a certain extent, I think the ongoing weather distortions will probably continue through another month because February hasn’t been any better in the U.S.,” said Colin Cieszynski, senior markets analyst at CMC Markets.The Dow Jones industrials fell 89.84 points to 16,040.56, the Nasdaq was 34.83 points lower at 4,237.95 and the S&P 500 lost 12.01 points to 1,828.75.Markets also reacted negatively to the mid-afternoon release of the minutes from the January meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve, where officials decided to further cut back on Fed bond purchases.Officials discussed the need to stress to investors that the Fed’s key short-term interest rate would remain near zero but they couldn’t agree on how to modify their commitment to keep the rate near zero “well past” the time unemployment falls below 6.5 per cent. The rate is now 6.6 per cent.On the earnings front, Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) reported a $38.1-million adjusted net loss in the fourth quarter, equal to 13 cents per share as it recognized a $466.8-million impairment loss related to the sale of its coal business. Analysts had expected Sherritt’s adjusted earnings would break even.Sherritt also cut its quarterly cash dividend to one cent from about four cents per share. Its stock fell 41 cents or 11.95 per cent to $3.02.Cargojet (TSX:CJT) shares jumped $3.72 or 25.91 per cent to $18.08 after the cargo carrier was awarded a domestic air cargo network services contract for the Canada Post group of companies, including Purolator’s national air cargo network.The energy sector led advancers, up one per cent as the March crude contract in New York gained 88 cents to US$103.31 a barrel.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) jumped $1.45 or 3.7 per cent to C$40.63 as it said that it will pay $3.125 billion in cash to buy conventional oil and gas assets near its core areas in Western Canada in a major land deal with Devon Canada.“And it’s a conventional pickup, which is not a bad thing for them because they have such a big piece of oilsands and this is more conventional oil so it probably balances out their production a bit more,” Cieszynski said.Financials were supportive with the group up 0.57 per cent.The gold sector led decliners, down about two per cent as April bullion faded $4 to US$1,320.40 an ounce.The base metals sector was down 0.69 per cent while March copper was unchanged at US$3.29 a pound. Toronto stock market advances on earnings news, oilpatch acquisition by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2014 6:31 am MDT read more

Conflict taking immense toll on Yemen civilians UN relief official warns

“Fighting and coalition airstrikes have impacted virtually the entire country. The toll on civilians has been immense,” said a press statement from Johannes Van Der Klaauw, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. Since 19 March 2015, conservative estimates indicate that over 1,080 people have been killed, with some 4,350 people injured, and more than 150,000 people displaced, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The supply of food, fuel, water and electricity across the country has been disrupted. Schools, health facilities and private homes have been damaged or destroyed. An estimated two million children are unable to attend school. The country’s health system is at imminent risk of collapse due to shortages of medical supplies and fuel for generators. Further, the United Nations and its partners have not been spared. In the capital, Sana’a, the offices of several UN agencies and partner organizations were damaged by explosions on 21 April, forcing at least one agency to suspend operations. Following temporary relocations, the UN and partners are now exploring ways of redeploying staff to Yemen to support the response. “The country’s airports and seaports constitute a lifeline given that Yemen relies on imports for 90 per cent of its food and most of its fuel. However, these lifelines have been hampered as most airports are not open to civilian traffic, and transports by sea are subject to the coalition’s inspection regime related to the arms embargo mandated by the UN Security Council,” Mr. van der Klaauw said.He said it is imperative that all parties to the conflict protect civilians from the effects of the fighting in compliance with international humanitarian law and that humanitarian pauses are urgently needed to safely bring aid workers and supplies into the country and for the aid to reach millions of people in need. “This requires the support of all parties to the conflict to facilitate the safe passage of aid and unimpeded access for humanitarians to affected areas,” he emphasised. Humanitarian operations by some 90 organizations are ongoing where possible, mainly through national staff and partners, but these efforts are far from enough given that imports of commercial supplies have also been hampered, increasing the vulnerability of ordinary Yeminis. The Humanitarian Coordinator said that the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, which will be revised in the coming weeks, will require additional support for the remainder of 2015 to ensure that the entirety of needs are met and that aid organizations can directly assist all those affected. “We count on the continued support of all parties to the conflict and the international community to help save and protect lives across Yemen,” he said. read more

An Ode To Kobe Bryant In Two Charts

O Kobe! My Kobe! On Sunday night, after publishing a retirement poem that no one was waiting for, Bryant went 4 for 20, including a ghastly air ball in crunch time. It was yet another ugly loss for the Los Angeles Lakers and yet another data point suggesting that Bryant is toast. Sunday’s verse fit nicely in the sad ballad of the gray mamba — a morose composition marked by terrible shot selection, poor lift on a rickety jumper and a stubborn commitment to taking too many shots. But that’s not what Kobe has always been.Bryant is a shell of his former self, and he knows it. “My body knows it’s time to say goodbye,” he wrote in the poem. His numbers suggest the same: This season, Bryant has been the worst volume shooter in the NBA. So far this year, 57 players have attempted at least 200 shots from the field; within that group, the 37-year-old Bryant ranks dead last in effective field goal percentage.If shot charts could talk, this one would apologize: That’s one of the saddest charts I’ve ever made. On the one hand, it’s unsurprising to see aging scorers start to slip; on the other, it’s always alarming to see someone as iconic as Bryant slip so far so fast.Over the next few months, recency bias may be very unkind to Bryant. But his NBA career started the same autumn that Bill Clinton was elected to his second term in office. Kristaps Porzingis was 1-year-old and Karl-Anthony Towns hadn’t even had a birthday when Kobe made his debut. If those guys play as long as Bryant, they will retire in 2035.Still, as bleak as this year has been, this is not the Kobe Bryant we will remember.During the preseason, I went to Staples Center to interview Chris Paul. We were talking about his all-world ability to knock down elbow jumpers, when he suddenly had a flashback: “Do you remember Lakers versus Phoenix, a playoff game in 2006? Kobe. There was a jump ball. I think the game was tied up. Lakers won the tip. Kobe got it. And he just sort of dribbled. Dribbled. Dribbled. And he got over to the right elbow. And he just shot it.”“Kobe never even looked at the rim,” Paul continued. “It’s like he was getting to a spot. Looking at that play, it’s like there was an ‘X’ somewhere on the court and Kobe was like, ‘Once I get to it, I’m like, boom.’ ”That shot to beat the Suns happened almost a decade ago. From a scoring standpoint, that season — 2005-06 — might be Bryant’s finest hour. He averaged 35.4 points per game. Only three scoring champs in NBA history have averaged 35 points per game: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Bryant. If shot charts could talk, this one would talk all kinds of smack. When he was on the floor, Bryant used a ridiculous 38.7 percent of the Lakers possessions in the 2005-06 season but still somehow managed to perform pretty efficiently. That’s the Kobe to remember, the one who created, took and sunk any shot he wanted. The one who thumbed his nose at the very idea of a usage-efficiency curve. The one who was one of the most truly versatile scoring threats the NBA had ever seen. read more

World female handball left back 2017

World Female left back 2017? Lois Abbingh (Issy Paris Hand – The Netherlands) Veronika Kristiansen (FC Midtjylland – Norway) Cristina Neagu (CSM Bucharest – Romania) Andrea Penezic (ZRK Vardar Skopje – Croatia)View Results World female handball left back 2017?  Loading …CLICK, VOTE AND CHECK RESULTSWORLD BEST LEFT WING 2017WORLD BEST LEFT BACK 2017WORLD BEST PLAYMAKER 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT BACK 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT WING 2017WORLD BEST LINE-PLAYER 2017WORLD BEST GOALKEEPER 2017WORLD BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2017 ← Previous Story World Female left wing 2017? Next Story → World Female handball playmaker 2017? read more

What to expect from the 126 Xbox 360 dashboard update

first_imgThe long wait for an updated look and feel to your Xbox 360 dashboard is almost over. Microsoft has announced the new Metro dashboard will go live on December 6th, and will be free for all users to install. Along with the improved visuals, there are some new goodies being included in the update, especially if you have a Kinect.Redmond is continuing to move forward on its goal to turn the Xbox 360 into a true all-in-one media streaming box. The theory being that if it can keep a user inside the Xbox 360 ecosystem, then it can capture the revenue to be generated from watching and listening to content. In this vein, Xbox Live TV is included in the download, allowing Gold members to watch live and premium programming.Having announced that users can watch content from channels like SyFy it was also mentioned that some 39 other content providers had signed up, with a few committed to creating interactivity with Kinect. It’ll be interesting to see if any of them can come up with a creative way to integrate the motion detecting device for more than just channel surfing. Even if the Kinect integration does not happen, it’s feasible to think that people will be taking advantage of the Black Friday deals on the Xbox with the intent of using it for all their media needs.But the perks don’t stop there. Many gamers are excited that there are some features arriving that will allow a user to interact with the menu system using a Kinect device. Xbox 360 players will be able to use their voices to search the internet with Bing and browse other websites. This will certainly increase the usability instead of having to type in a letter at a time. Along with this, a player will be able to push and slide menus, which while not a new concept, is certainly welcome.As far as social integration, Xbox Beacons are going live with the ability for a user to set a flag on a game they want to play with others, which will then notify people in the users friend list so they can set up a game. This should make it easier for you to locate and play games with your real life friends on Live.As a side note, this update will also seek to close holes that have been exploited for piracy as well as detecting those that have hacked their boxes in an effort to ban them from live. Expect a pretty broad ban hammer come the first week of December!via Winrumorslast_img read more

NASA Announces First Commercial Moon Partnerships

first_img Americans are heading back to the Moon. But they won’t be going alone.NASA unveiled a set of new “Moon partnerships” with nine U.S. companies at a press conference Thursday afternoon. According to a press statement, the nine companies are Astrobotic Technology, Inc., Deep Space Systems, Draper, Firefly Aerospace, Inc., Intuitive Machines, LLC, Lockheed Martin Space, Masten Space Systems, Inc., Moon Express, and Orbit Beyond.At 2 p.m. ET, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine made the announcement live on NASA Television and the official website. “Today’s announcement marks tangible progress in America’s return to the Moon’s surface to stay,” said Bridenstine in the press statement. “The innovation of America’s aerospace companies, wedded with our big goals in science and human exploration, are going to help us achieve amazing things on the Moon and feed forward to Mars.”The event is available to watch via social media, Twitch TV, and YouTube. The public are invited to ask questions using the Twitter hashtag #askNASA, or by leaving a comment on the NASA Facebook livestream.Joining Bridenstine and TBA “future partners” were folks from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Johnson Space Center, and Goddard Space Flight Center, as well as local FIRST Robotics students.On Tuesday, Bridenstine hinted in a tweet that the US is “returning to the surface of the Moon … sooner than you think.” BREAKING: We are announcing new Moon partnerships with American companies at 2pm ET this Thursday. The U.S. is returning to the surface of the Moon, and we’re doing it sooner than you think!— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) November 27, 2018Nearly 50 years after Neil Armstrong became the first human to step onto the surface of Earth’s satellite, President Trump signed a mandate to send U.S. astronauts back to the planetoid.“Under Space Policy Directive-1, the agency will lead an innovative and sustainable exploration of the Moon together with commercial and international partners,” NASA wrote in its blog.The United States remains the only country to have successfully conducted manned missions to the Moon, the last departing the lunar surface in December 1972.In the years since, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has landed rovers on Mars, studied Saturn and its moons, collected data on Pluto, discovered thousands of possible exoplanets, and allowed astronauts to conduct experiments in low-Earth orbit.This afternoon’s announcement comes days after NASA’s InSight Mars lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet, ready for a two-year mission to study its deep interior.More coverage on Moon Rocks Expected to Fetch $1M at AuctionThe Full Moon is Electric, Boogie Woogie WoogieNASA’s Kilopower Project Could Enable Crewed Missions to Moon, Mars Stay on targetcenter_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor last_img read more

Galaxy appoints Michael Mecca to board

first_img Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Galaxy boss Francis Lui pleased by Yokohama’s IR bid JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) has announced the appointment of Michael Mecca as a non-executive director, effective immediately.The 69-year-old, who joined the group as President and Chief Operating Officer in 2009, had previously announced his retirement in April after nine years with the company. Load More RelatedPosts In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE), GEG said Mecca had entered into a three-year service contract with GEG which will see him subject to retirement by rotation and re-election in accordance with company and HKSE regulations. He will be paid an annual fee of HK$240,000 plus bonuses.“The board would like to express its warmest welcome to Mr Mecca on his appointment,” GEG said.Mecca is also a member of the board of directors of GEG’s strategic partner in Japan, Société Anonyme des Bains de Mer et du Cercle des Étrangers à Monaco (“SBM”), of which GEG holds a 5% equity interest. He remains licensed by the Gaming Commissions in Macau and Australia as well as those in both Nevada and Michigan in the US, is Honorary President of The Macau Gaming Management Association (MGMA), sits on the Advisory Board of Macau University Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming, is a member of the G2E Asia Executive Non-Gaming Advisory Board, an Honorary Advisor of the International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) and Honorary President of Macau Responsible Gaming Association.last_img read more

Employer recruits tweeting chicken

first_imgSomething for the weekend…What kind of benefits should an employer offer to poultry employees? This is a question that Employee Benefits never imagined it would be asking, but it is in fact one that Australian fast food chain Chicken Treat may have to consider.The firm has taken on a new member of staff, Betty the tweeting chicken. Betty will be in charge of Chicken Treat’s social media feed until she manages to tweet a five-letter word.This could be a tall task for the feathery recruit as most of her tweets are thus far unintelligible, for example: “QQ 0U8 BCUIJCN3WQBVHCXQQWRSqwxq xcghxg q #chickentweet.”However, if she succeeds, she may gain entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, which is a pretty impressive form of reward and recognition for any employee. A video of the ‘training’ she has received to help her achieve this goal has also been released by the food chain.Not everyone is a fan of the PR stunt though, with some suggesting that hiring a chicken is in bad taste for a business that serves them up as food. Others, such as animal rights organisation Peta, have pointed to the poor conditions in which many chickens are bred and kept.Chicken Treat has responded by tweeting: ”We are happy to assure everyone that Betty is well looked after and is very happy at her home at Chicken Tweet HQ.”At Employee Benefits we are wondering what kind of motivational benefits would best suit poultry, or whether the chance to avoid ending up on a plate is enough to keep Betty from tweeting that elusive five-letter word…last_img read more

Do not miss the opportunity to enter the Employee Benefits Awards 2018

first_imgReward, benefits and HR professionals should not miss the opportunity to showcase their benefits strategies and successes, as entries begin to roll in for the annual Employee Benefits Awards.The Employee Benefits Awards 2018, which returns for its 16th year in 2018, provides employers with the chance to showcase and celebrate the outstanding work they have carried out on their reward and benefits strategies, as well as demonstrate the difference this has made to their organisations and employees.The wide range of categories includes: best defined contribution (DC) pensions strategy, best mental health strategy, best flexible benefits plan, best benefits to support diversity and inclusion, best benefits to support working carers, best benefits communications, and most motivational benefits, among many others.Winners will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, which will be held on 8 June 2018 at The Pavilion at The Tower of London. The lunchtime awards ceremony is a must-attend event, giving the industry the opportunity to come together to network and celebrate employers’ achievements.Ensure your organisation has a chance to make the final shortlist by submitting your entry by Monday 8 January 2018.A 10% discount on all award entries is available until Friday 8 December 2017.Read more information, obtain the discount code and enter the Employee Benefits Awards 2018.last_img read more