Hardik Pandya recalls his first meeting with Sachin Tendulkar: ‘Nearly dropped my plate’

first_imgHardik Pandya, who is currently playing his first Test at Galle against Sri Lanka, recalled that the first time he met Sachin Tendulkar, he was left completely starstruck.Pandya had a good debut outing in the Indian Premier League in 2015 with Mumbai Indians and in the first season itself he played a decisive innings of right-ball 21 against Chennai Super Kings to secure the victory for Mumbai, coming to bat when the team needed 30 runs from 2 overs.Overall, Pandya scored 112 runs from 9 matches that season, with 61 not out being his highest score.The all-rounder recalled his first day in the Mumbai Indians dressing room when he was eating and Sachin came up to him and greeted him.”I was eating and I suddenly heard a hi, he tapped me and greeted me. I turned around and look at him and the plate started slipping from my hands. I kept the plate aside and went into a corner and just kept looking at him while he greeted everyone. It took me 20-25 minutes to get out of that state,” Pandya said on ‘What the Duck’ with Vikram Sathaye.Pandya went on to say that even before he debuted for India in October 2016, Sachin had told him during his season IPL season that he will soon play for India.”As soon I went to him, he first said that you’re doing well. Then, he was like ‘I shouldn’t say this to you but I am doing so. The way you’re playing and the kind of potential and talent that you have, you’ll play for India in another one to one and a half years.advertisement”I called up Krunal and when my family came to know that Sachin sir had said that (will debut for India in a year or so) to me, the environment was such that it didn’t matter anymore if I would play for India or no,” Pandya said.The India all-rounder said that after Tendulkar had said that to him, he made his India debut just 5-6 months later.Pandya is an animated character on the field and just like his captain Virat Kohli, he wears his heart on the sleeve. When asked of his imfamous expression on the field, Pandya said that it just comes naturally to him.”That’s my personality, I can’t hide my expressions. Even when I am alone and something happens, it shows on my face. People think I am a drama queen, but it’s just natural to me,” Pandya told.The all-rounder got his first Test cap on July 26, 2017 for India’s first Test against Sri Lanka in the three-match series.He has impressed on his Test debut scoring a good half-century and picking up the wicket of Nuwan Pradeep in the first innings.last_img read more

Colin Munro becomes fourth batsman to slam two Twenty20 international hundreds

first_imgColin Munro became the fourth batsman in Twenty20 International cricket to hit two centuries.Munro smashed an unbeaten 109 off 58 balls at a strike-rate of 187.93 against India during the second T20I at  the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.The other three batsmen are Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum and Evin Lewis.Two 100s in T20Is by…Brendon McCullumChris GayleEvin LewisColin Munro#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 4, 2017Munro, who was given four lives made the most of the given opportunities to bring up his second ton in the shortest format of the game. He was dropped thrice on 42, 45 and 79 while the hosts passed on an easy run-out opportunity when the opener was batting on 51.The 30-year-old started slowly as Martin Guptill was taking the bowlers to the cleaners but he soon joined the party and started smashing the bowlers around the park. He completed his fifty of 26 balls when Shreyas Iyer dropped him off the bowling of Axar Patel at long-on, parrying it for a six.The southpaw continued the onslaught and tore apart the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, debutant Mohammed Siraj and Axar and finally brought up his century off 54 balls with a two of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 19th over.A second T20I century for Colin Munro, coming off just 54 balls. He becomes just the fourth player to hit two T20I 100s. #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/KOTDeDSKfY- ICC (@ICC) November 4, 2017He hit seven fours and sixes each in his unbeaten 58-ball innings.Munro’s previous ton came against Bangladesh earlier this year at Mount Maunganui. He hit 101 off 54 balls at the strike-rate of 187.03.advertisementlast_img read more

Ranveer Singh and Meezaan recreate Padmaavat moment dancing to Malhari at a wedding. Watch video

first_imgRanveer Singh and Meezaan relived the Padmaavat days recently at a wedding when they set the dance floor on fire dancing to the song Malhari from the film. In a viral video, Ranveer is seen dancing to his hit dance number from Padmaavat with Malaal actor Meezaan.In the video, while Ranveer and Meezaan are seen dancing like there’s no tomorrow, Abhishek Bachchan is also seen having a gala time. The video is from a wedding which was attended by many Bollywood celebrities.Ranveer Singh knows Meezaan since Padmaavat days. Meezaan worked as an assistant director for the film. Interestingly, the newcomer, while he was still an AD, stepped in for the Gully Boy actor for two scenes in Padmaavat.In a recent interview on Zoom TV, the actor revealed that he appeared in two scenes in Padmaavat when Ranveer Singh couldn’t shoot, due to some brand commitments. He said, “I was assisting Sanjay [Leela Bhansali] sir on Padmaavat. I was on the set when they were discussing how it was going to be difficult to shoot some scenes because Ranveer was unavailable due to a brand commitment. But Sanjay sir said ‘we’ll do it’, and to my surprise, he turned to me and said I should do it. The next day on the set, they asked me to memorise all Ranveer’s gestures and lines.”advertisementMeezaan added, “There are two scenes in Padmaavat where I stood in for Ranveer Singh.”Meezaan is making his Bollywood debut with director Mangesh Hadawale’s Malaal. The film is being produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Padmavat director’s niece, Sharmin Segal, is also making her big screen debut with the film. Malaal is set to release on July 5.ALSO READ | Malaal actor Meezaan stepped in for Ranveer Singh in Padmaavat. Details hereALSO READ | Meezaan on being called love child of Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh: It’s a big compliment ALSO READ | Meezaan wants to marry Navya Naveli Nanda. But there is a twistALSO WATCH | Ranveer Singh on 83: It is one of the greatest sports stories recorded in historylast_img read more

HIGH PERFORMANCE COORDINATOR POSITION NOW AVAILABLE

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) invites applicants to fill the new position of High Performance Coordinator in the TFA Brisbane Office.  This is an ideal ‘entry’ level position for persons interested in pursuing a career in high performance or general sport management and would suit a recent graduate with a few years experience in the field.The position will coordinate and drive the delivery of the TFA high performance program.  Key functions include the organisation of camps and tours and working with the national coaches and other personnel on the construct and delivery of a comprehensive high performance program for the sport.Applicants should email a brief overview of their qualifications and experience as they relate to the selection criteria, together with a resume containing contact details of referees to TFA Game Development Manager, Colm Maguire, at colm@austouch.com.au  by COB Friday 20 October 2006. Employment will be subject to conditions as outlined in the TFA Certified Agreement.For further information please contact Colm Maguire 0402 893 104High Performance Coordinator Descriptionlast_img read more

Georgia vs. Murray State Game Time, Spread, Channel, Announcers

first_img Here are the details for the game:Game Time: 4 PM ETChannel: ESPN2Spread: Georgia -48.5Over/Under: 61.5Announcers: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht and Rocky Boiman.As expected, the Bulldogs are big-time favorites according to the odds heading into the game. A 48.5 spread is one of the larger spreads Georgia has had in some time.Last season when facing a similar opponent, Georgia’s offense and defense dominated the game. The Bulldogs defeated Austin Peay 45-0 in 2018.Can Georgia cover the spread on Saturday against Murray State? Or will the Racers find some success on offense? Two Georgia Bulldogs football helmets sitting on a field.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 2 of college football is here. Several games take place of Friday night with the full slate of games on Saturday.No. 3 Georgia, coming off an SEC victory last week, gets an easier test on Saturday. The Bulldogs face Murray State in week two.Georgia beat Vanderbilt 30-6 last Saturday. The Bulldogs’ offense produced 429 total yards led by running back D’Andre Swift (16 carries for 147 yards). Quarterback Jake Fromm didn’t do anything flashy on the stat sheet, but minimized mistakes and threw for 156 yards and one touchdown.Murray State is 1-0 so far after defeating Pikeville 59-20. The Racers rushed for 249 yards and four touchdowns in the win. But facing Georgia’s rush defense will be a whole different beast.last_img read more

FSG Delivers Another RoRo to Siem

first_imgzoomIllustration. Moby Vincent. Image Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) Germany’s shipbuilder Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has delivered an 11,900 dwt roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel to Siem Shipping. The newbuild, Maria Grazia Onorato, was handed over to its owner in Flensburg on March 14, 2019. The vessel left the shipyard today, heading for the Port of Odense, Denmark.It is the sixth RoRo ship that FSG has delivered to Siem and is identical to its sister vessel Alf Pollak, according to the shipbuilder.Featuring a length of 209.8 meters and a width of 26 meters, the newbuild has a gross tonnage of 32,887 tons.The Malta-flagged Maria Grazia Onorato will be chartered out to Moby Lines Europe and deployed in the Mediterranean area on the routes to and from Sardinia and Sicily.Together with Alf Pollak, the ship will be amongst the newest and most modern RoRo ferries in the Mediterranean area, accommodating up to 310 semi-trailers and having a capacity of 4,076 lane meters.FSG revealed it is also building another two RoRo ships of this series for Siem, scheduled for delivery in 2019 and 2020.last_img read more

Ford determined to scrap Ontarios disastrous capandtrade system spokesman

first_imgTORONTO ONTARIO, – A spokesman for Doug Ford says Ontario’s incoming premier is determined to deliver on his campaign promise to scrap the “disastrous” cap-and-trade system and fight a federal carbon tax.Ford’s pledge is causing concern in Quebec, a province that introduced a cap-and-trade system in 2013 and shares a carbon market with Ontario and California.Ford, whose Progressive Conservatives won a majority of seats in the Ontario legislature, is currently meeting with his transition team to select his cabinet and prepare for his official swearing-in on June 29.Quebec’s environment minister, Isabelle Melancon, says she is watching closely to see who Ford will appoint as her counterpart and plans to stress the benefits of the cap-and-trade system.She says Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard did not raise the issue when he met with Ford a few days ago, but the two are set to meet again in July during the Council of the Federation, an annual meeting of provincial and territorial leaders.A spokesman for Ford says the Tory leader is also committed to fighting federal rules set to kick in next year that require provinces to have carbon pricing in place — rules already being challenged by the governments of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.“Doug Ford is committed to stopping Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax and pulling Ontario out of the disastrous cap-and-trade scheme,” said Jeff Silverstein. “Doug Ford campaigned on this promise and he will deliver for the people of Ontario.”The cap-and-trade system aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit. If they exceed those limits they must buy allowances at quarterly auctions or from other companies that come in under their limits.The cap declines about four per cent each year to 2020, and as it decreases, the government hopes companies have more incentive to cut their emissions.Ontario has made close to $3 billion in a series of auctions since the system was introduced last year.Asked what it would mean for Quebec if Ontario pulled out of the carbon market, Melancon said it was too early to comment on that possibility.“I want to have those discussions before talking about a possible withdrawal,” she told The Canadian Press in French. “There are international treaties, we have signatures with the Western Climate Initiative, that are important,” she said.“Quebec has always been a leader when it comes to fighting climate change. We would like to continue to do so…with Ontario by our side in this carbon market,” she said.States such as Oregon and Vermont, as well as jurisdictions such as Mexico, are currently interested in the carbon market, she said, adding that cap and trade is expected to raise billions for green energy projects in Quebec over time.Ford has consistently opposed carbon pricing and has come under fire for failing to explain how he would make up for the lost revenue.If Ford gets rid of cap and trade, the federal measures will kick in, said University of Calgary economics professor Trevor Tombe.Those include a carbon tax that affects people’s heating bills and what they pay at the gas pumps, and a separate one for large emitters who are essentially the same entities covered by Ontario’s cap-and-trade system, he said.Firms that hold compliance permits in Ontario under the cap-and-trade system would be able to use them under the federal system, he said.“In terms of timing, there’s more gradual ways of doing it that might be less of an administrative burden and that is to time the transition for when the current batch of permits expires,” which would be after 2020, he said.Ford could, however, take a middle-ground approach and simply eliminate the portion of cap and trade that applies to fuel distributors, which would lower the price of gasoline — a key commitment the Tory leader made during his campaign, Tombe said.“I would go that halfway route, I would carve out fuel distributors — that would be incredibly easy to do and could be done instantly — but I would keep the cap and trade for all other large emitters,” Tombe said. That would allow Ford to show he is taking action on climate change.“That would make it very easy for the feds to snap in their backstop because they wouldn’t need to apply the large-emitter system in Ontario,” he said.Meanwhile, an economic paper issued Wednesday by the Montreal Economic Institute, a non-profit think-tank, says the cap-and-trade system won’t help reduce greenhouse gas emissions unless the price of carbon increases dramatically.Carbon currently costs roughly $20 per tonne, with the price expected to rise to $30 to $100 per tonne by 2030, but even that won’t be enough to bring down emissions, the organization says, predicting that people will simply pay more and continue to produce as much gas.A significant increase in cost may succeed in discouraging emissions, the paper suggests, but would likely lead business to uproot for jurisdictions with more lenient rules.In order to cut greenhouse gas emissions, governments must take a global approach, said Mark Milke, a policy analyst and the paper’s co-author.“You have to look around the world and say, ‘OK how can we, in conjunction with other jurisdictions, get (emissions) down,’ which would mandate a rethink of current policy,” he said. “Or you wait for technology to solve the problem.”last_img read more

Indigenous designers getting ready for the biggest day of year across the

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN National NewsFor some Indigenous designers, there is no bigger day than Aboriginal Day.That’s when APTN will broadcast concerts and events from coast to coast to coast – and designers get to dress the hosts with their latest fashions.“We talk a lot about honour and it’s really the only word I can say. I feel honoured to do this. To be a part of this celebration and to be recognized,” said designer Andreanne Dandeneau .Here is a link to everything going on June 21 – Aboriginal Day Live bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

Methane gas continues to leak in Montney Basin finds recent study

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – A new video has been released showing methane leaking from gas wells in the Montney Basin.In December, non-profit organization Earthworks and the Pembina Institute used optical gas imaging cameras to document methane leaking from polluting gas wells and other facilities.According to scientists, methane is a greenhouse gas that traps 84 times as much heat as carbon dioxide. It is invisible to the human eye but responsible for 25 percent of already observed changes to Earth’s climate. “With the release of the CleanBC climate plan this month, the government re-energized its global leadership on climate change.  We trust that B.C. will apply that same ambition and strengthen the draft methane pollution framework to ensure industry is a responsible partner in the province’s climate plan.”Although there are strong elements to reduce reported and vented emissions, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission’s draft regulatory framework would exempt 93 percent of sites from frequent leak detection and repair and 35 percent of sites from modern instrument-based inspection.The B.C. Government plans to finalize methane regulations in 2019.You can view the methane gas leak video below. The images of leaking methane come in the wake of the David Suzuki Foundation’s peer-reviewed research showing methane pollution from B.C.’s oil and gas industry is much higher than reported. According to the research, 47 percent of active oil and gas wells in the study area were found to emit methane-rich plumes.Jan Gorski, of Pembina Institute, says oil and gas projects release methane pollution into the atmosphere through intentional venting and unintentional leaks.“Oil and gas operations, including those that will supply future LNG projects, release methane pollution into the atmosphere through intentional venting and unintentional leaks. B.C.’s draft regulations do not address the full scale of the province’s methane pollution problem.”In early 2018, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission said it would be developing new ways of monitoring methane emissions and implementing a fugitive emissions management program after a report from the David Suzuki Foundation confirmed the findings of a study released in 2017.The report suggests the regulations under development should include more frequent site inspections of oil and gas operations and stronger policies to address intentional methane venting.Ian Bruce, David Suzuki Foundation science and policy director, says the Foundation trusts that the Province strengthen the draft methane pollution framework to ensure the industry is a responsible partner in the province’s climate plan.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2017 3:10 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,160.42, down 9.71 points):ENTREC Corporation. (TSX:ENT). Transportation and Logistics. Down 2.5 cents, or 14.29 per cent, to 15 cents on 6.9 million shares.Spartan Energy Corp. (TSX:SPE). Oil and gas. Down four cents, or 1.99 per cent, to $1.97 on 5.8 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 66 cents, or 5.35 per cent, to $11.67 on 5.7 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up 28 cents, or 0.43 per cent, to $64.99 on 5.7 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Down 28 cents, or 6.93 per cent, to $3.76 on 5.4 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 48 cents, or 4.38 per cent, to $10.47 on 4.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Up $1.54, or 12.7 per cent, to $13.67 on 3.8 million shares. Company shares were up Thursday since it reached settlements in two cases that could have complicated efforts to recover from a damaging loss in investor confidence. The Toronto-based mortgage lender’s stock rose $1.83 to $13.95 per share shortly after markets opened. The rebound in the stock follows an announcement late Wednesday that Home Capital has agreed to pay $30.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit and a matter before the Ontario Securities Commission concerning allegations of misleading disclosure. read more

BBC dramas scrap paper scripts to cut down on carbon footprint

first_imgBBC drama Casualty Quiz show Mastermind has cut travel by conducting auditions online instead of in person.Mandatory green targets will apply to all the BBC’s shows,  from factual and daytime to comedy, drama and entertainment as part of the broadcaster’s environmental efforts.BBC director of content Charlotte Moore said: “The BBC is an industry leader in sustainable television production, and the Albert scheme has played a large part in that.”Making the calculator mandatory is a practical way to help production teams reduce their impact on the environment and to embed sustainable production values in all our shows.”The Albert scheme to assess environmental impacts of programmes and promote sustainable working was devised by the BBC, and is managed by the Bafta Albert Consortium backed by major UK broadcasters and production companies.Calculating a show’s footprint can help identify carbon “hot spots” in the production process, and allow them to take steps to cut the impact on the environment.Shows that reduce their negative environmental impact, boost green behaviour with cast, crew and the supply chain, and promote sustainable production more widely can receive certification.The BBC’s move is backed by trade association Pact, which represents UK independent television and media companies. BBC dramas will scrap paper scripts to cut down on their carbon footprint as part of the corporation’s new energy-saving targets for shows.From April, all programming will have to calculate their environmental impact using the “Albert” carbon calculator.Shows such as Casualty have already halved the paper they use from scripts as part of their green measures, estimating they have saved the equivalent of 90 trees. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. BBC drama CasualtyCredit:BBCcenter_img Judges from a series of Dragons’ DenCredit:BBC Judges from a series of Dragons' Den The Casualty production team has adopted an ‘opt in’ system for paper scripts, where the cast have to actively choose to be sent paper scripts.Actors have also been encouraged to use digital scripts with people using their own tablet devices on set instead of printing additional copies. Springwatch has reduced carbon emissions by using waste vegetable oil and solar-powered generators to power their base on location at RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk.The Dragons’ Den team uses low energy lighting to keep temperatures – and the pressure on contestants – down, while BBC Breakfast has focused on reducing emissions from transport. last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #GUERIN REPORT Alan Shatter has blasted the Guerin report for ‘completely failing to follow fair procedure’. He said Guerin was wrong, and that he did listen to the whistleblower’s allegations. Here’s his speech in full.2. #LETTER Fianna Fáil justice spokesperson Niall Collins said he sent a letter to a judge about a convicted drug dealer to inform him that the mother of the accused’s four children had died by suicide. Collins has been heavily criticised for the decision.3. #CHARITY A report into the Central Remedial Clinic’s finances said that the CRC set up its charitable arm for the sole purpose of making sure it got as much money as possible from the HSE. It recommends that the Friends and Supporters of the CRC be wound up.4. #BUSINESS Dunnes Stores has suffered a legal blow: the European Court of Justice has sided with fashion designer Karen Millen in a dispute over a shirt and top. In essence, the court ruled that designs don’t need to be specifically registered to benefit from legal protection.5. #DATALINK A Canadian court has ordered Google to remove links relating to a company called Datalink. The case involves an industrial manufacturer, Equustek, which claimed Datalink ripped off its network device technology and sold it online through 300 websites – and wants Google to remove all searches that link to the sites.last_img read more

46 dead after landslide at Ethiopian rubbish dump

first_img 3 Comments By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 46 dead after landslide at Ethiopian rubbish dump Around 300 people live on the site. Share Tweet Email1 8,647 Views Mar 13th 2017, 8:02 AM Short URL Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Image: SIPA USA/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3284159 Monday 13 Mar 2017, 8:02 AM AT LEAST 46 people died and dozens more were hurt in a giant landslide at Ethiopia’s largest rubbish dump outside Addis Ababa, a tragedy squatters living there blamed on a biogas plant being built nearby.Saturday’s landslide flattened dozens of homes of people living in the Koshe dump when part of the largest pile of rubbish collapsed, an AFP journalist said.Dagmawit Moges, head of the city communications bureau, said 46 people had died — 32 female and 14 male, including some children.Many of the victims were squatters who scavenged for a living in the 30-hectare dump, she said.Musa Suleiman Abdulah, who lost his wooden shack topped with plastic sheeting in the disaster, said when it happened, he heard “a big sound”.“When we came out, something like a tornado is rushing to us. We started to collect family members” and escape, he said. “People helped. My child and family left before the destruction happened.”The streets in the neighbourhood below were filled with women sobbing and wailing.Bystanders said there were still people trapped under collapsed mounds of rubbish, but police were preventing locals from getting close to the site.Just six people were seen digging through the rubbish yesterday looking for survivors and bodies.Ibrahim Mohammed, a day labourer living at the landfill whose house was narrowly spared destruction, said the disaster happened in “three minutes”.He estimated that more than 300 people live on the landfill.Construction materials, wooden sticks and plastic sheeting could be seen in the wreckage, the AFP journalist said.© – AFP, 2017Read: Could horses be the way forward for women in Saudi Arabia?last_img read more

Anger over shocking sevenhour delay in deploying Air Corps to fight wildfires

first_img Apr 23rd 2019, 8:17 AM Source: Pearse Doherty/Twitter Tuesday 23 Apr 2019, 8:17 AM Source: Pearse Doherty/Twitter Air Corps is in the air and will arrive in west Donegal at 5pm, 36 troops from Finner also deployed great news. But the request for support went in at 9am what took so long. Fire services, emergency services and locals have gone beyond the call of duty. Fire still raging— Pearse Doherty (@PearseDoherty) April 22, 2019 Anger over ‘shocking seven-hour delay’ in deploying Air Corps to fight wildfires in Donegal The Air Corps responded in the afternoon but noted that it did not run a dedicated firefighting service. Share Tweet Email2 Fitzgerald also described how the Air Corp is tasked to assist:We are tasked by the primary tasking agencies in the state, they’ll make an official request to whichever department it is. We’ll come to the Department of Defence who will assess whether or not we have the resources, whether it’s something that we can help out with. And once they do that they’ll task it out to Air Corp headquarters.Also speaking on Morning Ireland, Gary Martin of Donegal Co Council said it was “very fortunate” there were no serious injuries from the fires and that there was only minimal damage to property. “There was a huge community response, I couldn’t thank the local community more for their help, both in fighting the fires and supporting our crews,” Martin said. In a post on Facebook yesterday, Donegal County Council said there remains a high fire risk in the area.“Donegal County Council appeals to landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires involving material such as gorse, heather and similar,” the council said.“Land owners and members of the public are urged to be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the Fire Service by dialling 999 or 112.”“The Council is also urging landowners and members of the public not to engage in activities that could cause wildfires.”“Donegal County Council would also like to remind landowners and members of the public that under the Wildlife Act 1976 and the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 it is an offence to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated between 1st day of March and 31st day of August in any year.” A picture of Air Corps operations in Kincasslagh. Image: Twitter/PearseDoherty A picture of Air Corps operations in Kincasslagh. By Rónán Duffy https://jrnl.ie/4602662 Well put Greg but serious questions why it took 7-8 hours for Air Corp. Contacted the minister this morn and again in the afternoon looking for the Air Corp. Council had requested their support early this morn. Why should we put up with this? We are not second class citizens.— Pearse Doherty (@PearseDoherty) April 22, 2019 104 Comments THERE HAS BEEN intense criticism from local politicians of a delay in Defence Forces air support to help fire crews and locals battling gorse fires in Donegal. Fianna Fáil TD Pat the Cope Gallagher and Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty have both stated that a request for air support was made after 9am yesterday but that it did not arrive in Donegal until about 5pm.An estimated 100-200 people including firefighters from the Donegal Fire Service and locals were battling the fires in Annagry and Loughanure yesterday. There were also 15 fire brigade units from 12 different stations present at the scene. The fires have been brought under control and there were no serious injuries but a large area of vegetation was destroyed. Speaking to TheJournal.ie yesterday morning, local councillor Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said volunteers were “coming from everywhere” to help fight the fires and he made an appeal for an emergency to be declared. An Air Corps helicopter arrived in Donegal in the afternoon to help with the effort but the time it took for the deployment has been criticised.“It is absolutely shocking the delays which occurred before the Air Corps helicopter arrived on the scene of the gorse fires in west Donegal, the delay in mobilising the helicopter certainly left the entire situation very dangerous, and potentially threatening to numerous properties and indeed life in the areas of the fires,” Gallagher said last night. A private helicopter was also on site from earlier in the afternoon which was arranged by Donegal County Council. When the Air Corps helicopter did arrive, it played a significant role in controlling the fire. But, the issue here is why it took a full seven hours to get the helicopter cover, which was so badly needed earlier in order to control this raging inferno that threatened property and life in West Donegal.In a series of tweets, Doherty said there are “serious questions” about the delay.  Image: Twitter/PearseDoherty 29,705 Views The Defence Forces said yesterday afternoon that an AW139 helicopter equipped for fire fighting operations was deployed to the scene and that 36 troops based in Finner Camp deployed to assist with fire fighting operations on the ground.Asked about the delay in deployment on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Captain Kevin Fitzgerald said the Air Corps does not operate a dedicated firefighting service and the response required mobilising a crew “from all four corners of the country”.“Firefighting is not the primary task so when we got the tasking we had to mobilise a crew, we don’t really have the resources for a dedicated fire fighting aircraft service. So once the task was approved by the department we just had to mobilise a crew, it came in from all over the country, technicians, pilots and crewmen.”Our tasking was approved from the department in the afternoon at about 1300 hrs but the morning would have been spent chasing down crews, ringing people, people had to come from all four corners of the country to get the aircraft in the air. Once they had mobilised and come in, the firefighting from the air is a relatively high risk operation, so there’s a lot to prepare, the crews have to be briefed, they have to manage the latent risk involved in something like this, so it isn’t something that can be launched when it’s not a dedicated service. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

Non les neutrinos ne sont pas plus rapides que la lumière

first_imgNon, les neutrinos ne sont pas plus rapides que la lumièreLes neutrinos sont-ils capables de dépasser la vitesse de la lumière ? “Non”, affirme l’équipe de chercheurs du Centre européen de recherches nucléaires (CERN) de Genève qui avait elle-même remis en doute la véracité de la théorie de la relativité d’Einstein en novembre dernier.Einstein avait raison ! C’est ce que vient d’affirmer ce vendredi 8 juin une équipe de chercheurs du CERN, quelques mois après avoir bouleversé le monde de la physique et toute la communauté scientifique en annonçant que les neutrinos, particules élémentaires de la matière, pouvaient voyagerà une vitesse supérieure à celle de la lumière.Cette découverte remettant en cause la théorie de la relativité d’Einstein émise en 1905 avait quelques jours plus tard été confirmée par une seconde étude, puis démentie au mois de mars  par de nouveaux tests. Antonio Ereditato, le coordinateur italien de l’expérience Opera ayant abouti fin 2011 aux révolutionnaires résultats, avait alors démissionné de son poste, après qu’une motion a été déposée pour réclamer ce départ. Une affaire qui a valu au chercheur le surnom “physicien du flop”, inventé par le journal italien Corriere della Sera.Aujourd’hui, dans le cadre d’une conférence internationale sur la physique des neutrinos et sur l’astrophysique organisée à Kyoto, et rapportée par l’AFP, les scientifiques du CERN ont affirmé qu’ils avaient effectivement commis une erreur. “Les premières données mesurées jusqu’en 2011 avec le faisceau de neutrinos entre le CERN et Gran Sasso ont été révisées en prenant en compte des effets d’instruments attestés”, ont-ils expliqué. “Une image cohérente a émergé grâce à la fois aux données antérieures et à de nouvelles mesures qui aboutissent à une vitesse des neutrinos cohérente par rapport à la vitesse de la lumière” ont ajouté les physiciens.Deux défaillances qui ont conduit à des résultats erronés À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est donc une erreur expérimentale, une défaillance de connexion entre un GPS et un ordinateur, qui aurait conduit à ces résultats faussés. Un problème de branchement qui a réduit de 74 nanosecondes le voyage des neutrinos. Cette hypothèse confirmée par les chercheurs avait été évoquée dès le mois de février par un article publié sur le site Internet de la revue Science.Une seconde défaillance a en outre contribué à fausser les résultats de l’expérience Opéra, cette fois liée à une horloge qui a ajouté au temps de parcours des particules quinze nanosecondes. Les deux problèmes ont donc été corrigés, et l’expérience réitérée, pour cette fois confirmer la théorie d’Einstein.Le 9 juin 2012 à 12:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Technology gains drive Nasdaq composite to an all-time high

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks rose for the second consecutive day Monday with technology companies, retailers and household goods companies in the lead. Indexes of technology companies and smaller, more U.S.-focused companies both hit all-time highs.Major technology companies including Google’s parent company, Alphabet, made big gains, while Apple rose as it previewed new features and software updates at its Worldwide Developers Conference. Microsoft edged higher after it said it will buy the coder platform GitHub, while new privacy concerns weighed on shares of Facebook.Retailers including Target, Walmart and Under Armour rallied, as did Amazon. Energy companies fell as the price of oil continued to slide.After an up and down week last week, the S&P 500 index, a market benchmark used by many index funds, is on its first winning streak in three weeks. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite finished at a record high, above a mark it set March 12, while the smaller Russell 2000 surpassed a record it set last week.Last week investors reacted to political turmoil in Italy and rising trade tensions as the U.S. continued to hold talks with Chinese officials and placed tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from Europe, Mexico and Canada.Stocks have wobbled in the last few months as investors worried that tariffs and other barriers to trade will reduce economic growth and corporate profits. But Wall Street has mostly treated the tough talk and proposed tariffs as a negotiating tactic. Invesco Chief Global Market Strategist Kristina Hooper said the U.S. crossed an important dividing line last week when, after months of talks, its aluminum and steel import duties went into effect.last_img read more

The State of App Advertising

first_imgMobile apps, while heavily reliant on Internet connectivity, are fundamentally different from traditional, browser-based media. Unlike the wide-open, essentially borderless Web environment, apps are closed systems—each one a hybrid of device-resident software and media content. Some of that media may be viewable only when connected, but much of the content, and all of the navigation and functionality, are self-contained.For publishers, this means greater control over the content experience—and far less dependence on browser capabilities or installed plugins. Not only can content be better protected from unauthorized use, it can also be made more interactive and responsive to the end user.Many analysts have predicted that HTML5 will eventually bring publishers away from dedicated apps for Apple or Android and back to the browser environment. However, even when that happens, users will demand the rich, self-contained experience that apps deliver today.Engagement, Engagement, EngagementFor advertisers, the app experience offers multiple levels of engagement that were problematic on the Web—and impossible in print. Audio and video footage is the most obvious of these, ranging from simply repurposing TV ads to creating shorter original footage. Multi-photo galleries, panoramas, and 360° views are gaining in popularity as well. While all these rich media can be found on the Web, their use in apps seems to have greater traction, mainly because smartphones and tablets are primarily “touch” environments. Users are already tapping, pinching, and swiping the screen, so interacting with on-screen ad elements is already second nature.What makes app ads even more engaging is the potential for including games or game-like modules. These can be simple—like quizzes, drawings, or contests—or sophisticated, animated widgets. They can also take advantage of the device’s built-in capabilities (MP3 player, camera, phone, gyroscope, GPS, whatever comes next) in ways that PCs never could. Claudia Malley of National Geographic describes this level of app-based interaction as “a storytelling medium” that advertisers and sponsors have barely begun to explore. The device-app combination, she maintained, is a medium that gives each user the opportunity to know more, and therefore potentially buy more, by experiencing multiple levels of potentially customized information.Advertiser interest levels are extremely high. However, “advertisers and publishers should not use traditional models for this new medium,” she says. Tablet interactivity is also not yet reflected in a standardized National Geographic rate card or other list of options, but it has become part of every new ad proposal.Under current auditing practices, most print ads appear in the mobile app, although relatively few have availed themselves of the opportunity to augment or replace their print ad with something more interactive—at least so far. Mark Tavarozzi of Entrepreneur feels that advertisers are curious about the added value of app interactivity, but are still learning about the medium. The fact that mobile apps are paid for by subscribers—departing from the free Web content model—also fuels advertiser excitement, he said.Brands and Social MediaOne feature of magazine apps that has garnered both editorial and advertising interest is the social media connection. Brand campaigns on Facebook and Twitter can, potentially, be extended to the app universe without taking the reader outside the app. Users of Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) can achieve this by creating Web views within the app page—a feature common to most app development environments.We found that editorial efforts were further along in integrating social media with their app content, but that advertisers and sponsors were following close behind. In both cases, the social media component is also in the experimental stage, with app integration taking a slightly lower priority.The Commerce ConnectionAnother use of Web views—probably the most important of all for advertisers—is direct e-commerce. Increasingly, customized HTML storefronts are being set up, to be viewed and used directly from the app. (In most environments, a separate window containing the storefront is used. However, once the purchase is made, closing the window returns the user to the app.)E-commerce is not limited to storefronts. Many publishers and advertisers are developing innovative ways to bring buyers and sellers together. In the new Alternative Press app, music reviews are accompanied by a direct link to the artist on iTunes, according to Director of New Media Robert Ortenzi. Revenue from songs purchased through this process is shared with the magazine, through a partnership agreement with Apple. Other commerce-enabling features are being planned for the magazine’s ads, which have featured integrated video from the advertiser’s Web site.Measuring Success: The New Ad CurrencyPerhaps the most challenging (and promising) aspect of app advertising is the need to develop a new ad currency. Declan Moore, President of Publishing and Digital Media at National Geographic, notes that existing metrics, such as rate base, impressions, and CPM, do not really measure the value of engagement with an interactive tablet ad. A new class of measurement standards is needed, he said.Even with the current lack of standards, the early metrics for interactive app ads is impressive. Most of the publishers we spoke to cited metrics—from Adobe Omniture and other providers—indicating that users spent minutes, not seconds, on ads that facilitated hands-on interaction by the reader. All expressed the desire for more detailed data, including time spent with specific features in the app, as well as e-commerce sell-through and brand following trends in social media.Trends and ConclusionsWe found that the vast majority of ads are still facsimiles of their printed originals. This is due in part to auditing rules requiring content parity. It is also due to advertiser unfamiliarity with the medium. Enhancements to print replica ads are growing, slowly, as advertisers experiment with ways to induce readers to spend more time on the page. Fully enhanced ads—with a print counterpart, but clearly designed for the new medium—will become increasingly common as tablet market penetration approaches 10 percent of the subscriber base.What will drive this trend faster is measurement of user engagement. Time spent with a brand, and especially time spent approaching or even making a purchase decision, will overturn conventional thinking about what an ad is—not just a story and a call to action, but a bridge to the action itself. In the heyday of print advertising, the rules seemed simpler. Competition from television, radio, and other forms advertising was a factor, but each medium was distinct—with its own attributes, value propositions, and measurements. The Web changed all that. Along with the suicidal dilemma of free editorial content, the Web brought in a whole new (and volatile) system of measuring success. Impressions,  “eyeballs,” and other metrics became a science—more or less—while the value of traditional display ads seemed to founder.If early indicators prove true, the rise of multi-function tablets is about to change all that. Although lacking the screen real estate to fully bring back the visual impact of a full color display ad, tablets bring a different level of engagement to advertising. Advertisers are only just beginning to realize this potential.Part of the transition is ruled by the market share of each channel. Today, print is still a very large percentage of the subscriber base—with a correspondingly high percentage an advertiser’s non-broadcast spend. However, tablet adoption is exceeding initial projections, which means that advertisers must embrace the potential of this medium a lot sooner than anticipated.The App is Not the Weblast_img read more

New Hearing Held On Fairbanks Four Case

first_imgThere was a hearing in the Fairbanks Four case Monday. The hearing in state court was requested by the Alaska Innocence Project, which is attempting to overturn guilty convictions of George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent, the 4 men imprisoned for the 1997 beating death of John Hartman.Download Audiolast_img

Alaska News Nightly Monday Dec 24 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsNew Alaska wildlife managers could revive old fights over federal protections, bear- and wolf-killingNathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageDunleavy’s administration is likely to shift the complex dynamics between the different entities and interests involved in Alaska’s fish and wildlife politics – from the state and federal governments to tribes, hunting organizations and fishing groups.Anchorage Assembly sends alcohol sales tax to April ballotAssociated PressA proposal to set a 5-percent sales tax on alcohol to fund services that address homelessness and substance abuse will go before Anchorage voters next year.Delta flight from Beijing to Seattle diverted to Aleutian islandAbbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFlight 128 had a potential engine issue, according to a statement from Delta Air LinesPurchase finalized: PenAir now officially a part of Ravn Air GroupAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamThe air carrier that long served as Bristol Bay and the Aleutian-Pribilof regions’ primary service to Anchorage is now a part of Ravn Air Group.These priests abused in Native villages for years: Part OneEmily Schwing, Northwest News Network – WashingtonBehind the radio station’s closed doors, Poole was a serial sexual predator. He abused at least 20 women and girls, according to court documents.The year and a half of reporting behind exposing Jesuit priests for misconductCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageLast week, Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove spoke with Emily Schwing about her reporting, which took a year and a half of research.When a step back into prison is really a jump forward on the road to recoveryAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlexandria Niksik has been in and out of prison for seven years. Her most recent return home only lasted 16 days. But what might look like failure from the outside is actually a key step toward success and recovery from alcohol misuse.River otter moved to Detroit Zoo after rescue in AlaskaAssociated PressAn orphaned North American female river otter found by hikers in southeastern Alaska has been moved to the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.last_img read more

Watch West Bengal BJP youth wing recites Hanuman Chalisa on

first_imgHowrah: Members from the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) recited Hanuman Chalisa near Bally Khal in Howrah to protest against alleged blocking of roads by Muslims for offering namaz every Friday. The agitated protesters gathered in large numbers on the streets on Tuesday night. The BJYM members have threatened to block all main roads to recite Hanuman Chalisa on Tuesdays. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us “In Mamata Banerjee’s rule, we have seen Grand Trunk Road and other main roads are blocked on Fridays for namaz. Patients die as ambulances get stuck, children and people cannot reach their schools and offices on time. As long as it continues, we will recite Hanuman Chalisa on Tuesdays on all main roads near Hanuman temples,” BJYM Howrah District President OP Singh told ANI. Also Read – Demanding Scindia as MP Congress chief, supporters threaten mass resignation Advertise With Us b#WATCH WB: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha recite Hanuman Chalisa near Bally Khal in Howrah. OP Singh, BJYM Pres, Howrah says, “GT Road is blocked to offer Friday namaz. Patients die,people can’t reach office on time.Recitation continues till Friday Namaz like that is offered (25.6) pic.twitter.com/BscHgYJt2C— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2019 The political temperature in West Bengal continues to be high ever since the BJP made deep inroads in the state after winning 18 Lok Sabha seats and limiting the TMC to 22 seats in the national elections. Advertise With Us Although the polls have come to a close, both BJP and TMC are still at loggerheads, with instances of political violence marring the state. Banerjee has also criticised BJP for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan in a “misconceived manner” and accused them of mixing religion with politics, an allegation the BJP has repeatedly denied. On Tuesday, a BJP delegation led by MP SS Ahluwalia submitted its report to party’s national president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the alleged killing of its workers and violence in Bhatpara in North 24 Parganas district.last_img read more