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Ind vs Eng: Tendulkar’s intervention led to Bell’s reinstatement, says report

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni is getting the applause but it was actually Sachin Tendulkar’s intervention that led to Ian Bell’s reinstatement after his bizarre run out in the just-concluded India-England second cricket Test at Trent Bridge, a media report has claimed.According to The Daily Mail, Dhoni refused to entertain England skipper Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower’s request for reinstating Bell, who was run out after leaving his crease claiming to be under the impression that tea break had been taken on the third day of the match which England won by 319 runs on Monday.”Sachin Tendulkar has emerged as the key figure behind India’s dramatic change of heart that led to them recalling Ian Bell after controversially running him out,” the newspaper reported.The Indians had appealed for Bell’s dismissal and got the umpires’ decision in their favour but decided to allow the batsman’s reinstatement during tea break when requested by Strauss and Flower.”Dhoni was asked three times on the field whether he was appealing and each time he said yes. Then when Flower and Strauss went to see Dhoni and Fletcher they said their captain insisted the decision would stand. Tendulkar was the voice in the dressing room that got Bell reinstated,” the daily quoted a source as saying.The newspaper said Tendulkar successfully managed to avert a major controversy.”It is no surprise that one of the greatest players to ever grace the game would be such an influential figure in such a big decision and would be aware of the implications of the run-out standing. The atmosphere between the teams would have been tense for the rest of the summer while the sometimes fraught relationship between the two countries’ boards would have been further stretched,” the report said.advertisementDescribing Tendulkar as the “most influential person in Indian cricket”, the newspaper said, “Once Tendulkar had spoken Dhoni listened and a decision that according to the letter of the law was perfectly fair was swiftly overturned.””It was also one that was quickly accepted by the rest of the India side who hold their illustrious team-mate in such high regard. The England team quickly emerged on their balcony to applaud the Indians as Bell ran out after tea. By then they knew that it was Tendulkar they were applauding.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Inquirer 7 top UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 4

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 1. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/AEya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Rookie of the Year race has been blown wide open and Eya Laure has left destruction at her wake.UST’s super freshman was nothing short of spectacular in Week 4, leading the Golden Tigresses to two straight wins with victories over defending champion De La Salle and National University.The Golden Tigresses’ win over NU meant more to Laure since it was the Lady Bulldogs’ high school team that tormented the UST star and foiled her attempts to get another UAAP title in the girls’ high school division.Laure released some of her frustration and punished the Lady Bulldogs with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed As for the bigger picture, Domingo is fifth in the Best Scorers table with 83 total points.6. Dimdim Pacres (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ADimdim Pacres. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDimdim Pacres is never considered as one of the top stars in the UAAP but she’s always there when UST needs that valuable third option on offense.When Season 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini went down with an injured left knee, Pacres took it upon herself to become UST’s third asset.Pacres has been a reliable third fiddle to UST’s star duo of Cherry Rondina and Eya Laure.In UST’s pair of wins this week, Pacres scored a total of 20 points and it wasn’t just her offense that made her of value for the Golden Tigresses.Pacres was UST’s best digger this week tallying a total of 28 excellent digs.7. Heather Guino-o (Far Eastern University, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AHeather Guino-o. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEU has had a stable week and there was one Lady Tamaraw who was polarizing in every sense of the word.The Lady Tamaraws went 2-0 this week with Heather Guino-o going from dormant to blazing. 4. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AMaddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo has managed to shrug off its opening weekend loss to La Salle and has so far racked up four straight wins to capture the top spot of the standings when it pummeled University of the Philippines in its lone game this week.It was a game that had so much hype since the winner gets the No. 1 seed after Week 4 while the loser ends up in fifth.And the Lady Eagles made sure they would leave the week as the league’s queens after a resounding sweep of the Lady Maroons.Leading Ateneo’s romp of UP was Maddie Madayag.Mainly a defensive force, Madayag was Ateneo’s top scorer against UP with 14 points, highlighted by six blocks.5. Celine Domingo (Far Eastern University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ACeline Domingo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCeline Domingo is living up to her position.Middle blockers are there to provide stability for their teams and Domingo has definitely brought that to FEU.Domingo has been solid for the Lady Tamaraws in their two wins this week, putting up 17 points against UE and 14 points against the Adamson. More importantly, Laure’s combined 35 points in the week made her the second-leading scorer in the league with a total of 102 points.2. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/ACherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netC“The Cherry Bomb” is explosive as ever and no shelter is strong enough to protect the league from Cherry Rondina.UST’s superstar is still the offensive mayhem that she is and after leading the Golden Tigresses to two wins this week she’s racked up a total of 105 points to take the top spot of the league’s Best Scorers table.If Rondina let Laure had her fun against the Bulldogs, she made sure that she was front and center when the Golden Tigresses humbled the Lady Spikers.Rondina wasn’t fazed with the defending champions pedigree and she proceeded to put up 19 points in the Golden Tigresses sweep of La Salle.3. Lycha Ebon (Far Eastern University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ALycha Ebon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLaure may have been this season’s favorite for the top rookie honors but Far Eastern University’s Lycha Ebon has also been impressive in her own way.After her first five games in the collegiate level, Ebon has emerged to be the third-best scorer in the league with a total of 86 points. She’s also led the Lady Tamaraws to two wins this week.Ebon shone in FEU’s five-set win over University of the East with 21 points and she remained impactful in the Lady Tamaraws’ second victory of the week with 17 points against Adamson. After scoring just seven points in FEU’s win over the Lady Warriors, Guino-o fired 20 points to lead the Lady Tamaraws in their five-set win over the Lady Falcons.Her 20-point explosion pushed Guino-o from the 14th spot in the Best Scorers table to eighth, overtaking the likes of  Eli Soyud, Mary Ann Mendrez, and Isa Molde.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.MANILA, Philippines—This year may be the Year of the Pig but Week 4 of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament is the week of the Golden Tigresses.ADVERTISEMENT Steve Kerr laughs off lipreading criticism of Draymond Green MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end University of Santo Tomas racked up two straight wins this past week to create a pileup in the second seed of the standings with a 4-2 record to tie La Salle and Far Eastern University.Ateneo is at the helm with a 4-1 card while University of the Philippines dropped all the way to fifth with a 3-2 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNational University and Adamson University are tied in sixth with 1-4 records while University of the East is at the bottom at 1-5.With that out of the way, here are the top seven players that made this week as maddening as it can be. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

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T20 format a challenge for all-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan

first_imgBangladesh’s premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan believes Twenty20 cricket is a challenge for players of his kind but it is something he relishes.The left-armer is currently in the middle of his Caribbean Premier League (CPL) stint with Jamaica Tallawahs.”It’s challenging (being an all-rounder in T20 cricket), but I love this kind of challenge,” the 29-year-old was quoted as saying by bdnews24.com on Monday.”Obviously I’d love to contribute more, but at this moment with the way things are going, I’m happy. But as a team, and myself, we can always improve.”Shakib’s team has won two matches and lost another in the three games it has played so far in the tournament.Having played all three matches, Shakib has grabbed two wickets and scored 32 runs in two innings.Looking to give his team a boost, he is determined to help Tallawahs earn a victory in their next match, against Barbados Tridents — his previous CPL side in 2013.LONE BANGLADESH STAR AT CPLShakib is the only Bangladeshi player featuring in the CPL, where he is playing for the second time.”It’s a very proud moment for me to represent Bangladesh and all of the Bangladeshis are cricket fanatics and they love their sports. So, they will be supporting me in the CPL,” he said.Shakib, who is the top all-rounder in One-Day Internationals (ODI) and second in T20s and Tests at the moment, also plays domestic T20 tournaments in India (Indian Premier League) and Australia (Big Bash T20 League).advertisement”So far the CPL has been going really well. I hope that it will only get better and better, hopefully a lot of runs and a lot of sixes and a lot of wickets so the crowd enjoys it.”In the home matches the crowds have been terrific, so hopefully it will be the same in all of the other venues that we play.”He was the first Bangladeshi to play county cricket for Worcestershire in England in 2010. He was also signed by Uthura Rudras for the 2012 Sri Lanka Premier League.last_img read more

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Gabriella Papadakis Wins Ice Dance Gold Medal at Worlds

first_imgSAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Defending champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won the free dance on Saturday to win gold in the ice dance competition at the figure skating world championships.Papadakis and Cizeron, first after the rhythm dance, received 134.23 points for their free dance for a total of 222.65 and their fourth ice dance world title.Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia were second with 211.76 points followed by Madison Hubble and Zachary Donahue of the United States who moved up from fourth place to finish third with 210.40.The men’s free skate closes out the competition later Saturday. Defending champion Nathan Chen led after the short program and has a 12.53-point lead over two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan.Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform in the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform in the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform in the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France embrace after their performance in the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, back to camera, hug Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the U.S. during the medal ceremony for the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France stand on the podium with their gold medals for the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France enter the ring to receive their gold medal for the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)TweetPinShare130130 Shareslast_img read more

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Official Apathy: Deputy CDM Sacheti upgrades himself to business class while players travel economy

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Jakarta, Sep 3 (PTI) The deputy chef de mission of the Indian contingent, R K Sacheti, was flying back home on a business class ticket while the athletes who competed at the Asian Games were made to travel economy class. Most Indian athletes fly economy and they are okay with that as long as the officials do the same. “They are here because of us. Not the other way around. I am okay flying economy but not if these officials are given better seats,” said a member of the Indian volleyball team on board SQ 967 from Jakarta to Singapore. Sacheti, in his defence, said he used his air miles to upgrade to business. “We too are supposed to fly economy but I have used my air miles to upgrade,” the top official from Boxing Federation of India (BFI) reasoned. The sports ministry had objected to this controversial official’s presence as one of the four deputy CDMs at the Games that concluded yesterday. But IOA cleared him on its own expense. PTI BS KHSKHSlast_img read more

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10 months agoKoulibaly thanks Napoli teammates and fans after Bologna win

first_imgKoulibaly thanks Napoli teammates and fans after Bologna winby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKalidou Koulibaly has thanked Napoli teammates and fans for their support during the weekend’s defeat of Bologna.While suspended for the game, Koulibaly dominated the proceedings after last week’s racist insults from Inter Milan fans.After the 3-2 win, he took to social media to say: “The emotions of this day and this victory will remain forever in my heart: thank you”.Le emozioni di questa giornata e questa vittoria resteranno per sempre nel mio cuore: grazie #NapoliBologna 3-2 #ForzaNapoliSempre#KK26#famiglia#DifendoLaCittàpic.twitter.com/tYiY6jrDGP— Koulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) December 29, 2018 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoSheffield Utd midfielder John Lundstram happy with Everton revenge

first_imgSheffield Utd midfielder John Lundstram happy with Everton revengeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United midfielder John Lundstram was delighted to beat former club Everton on Saturday.Lundstram was happy to take revenge.”I had people coming out of the woodwork on Saturday morning texting me for tickets,” Lundstram, who resurrected his career at Oxford before joining United, told the Sheffield Star. “I tried to do my best for everyone to try and get them in. I was raring to go and it was always the one I was looking forward to when the fixtures came out. I have finally got it over with and to get a win has just makes it really special.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Former NFL Exec “Wouldn’t Be Shocked’ If Kyler Murray Returned To Oklahoma

first_imgkyler murray in the fourth quarter against alabamaMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)It’s no secret Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has a major decision to make. The star quarterback signed with the Oakland Athletics after the team made him the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.Oakland reached an agreement with Murray, allowing him to play football for the Sooners this season. However, after Oklahoma’s berth into the College Football Playoff, many wondered if Murray would either take his talents to the NFL or return to Oklahoma to finish what he started.Murray and the Sooners lost to Alabama in the Orange Bowl and after the game the star quarterback said this year was “not satisfying.”Longtime NFL analyst and executive Gil Brandt made a bold prediction for Murray. He “wouldn’t be shocked” to see Murray back on the Oklahoma sideline in 2019.Two things I wouldn’t be shocked if they happened in 2019:1. Kliff Kingsbury was an NFL HC2. Kyler Murray returned to OU— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 3, 2019Oklahoma fans would be thrilled with the return of the Heisman Trophy-winner. Would Murray spurn the Athletics to return for another year of college football?We’ll have to wait and see.last_img read more

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Mark Wahlberg And Michael Bay To Host Big Game Big Give Party

first_imgMark Wahlberg and Michael Bay will be among the hosts of this year’s Giving Back Fund’s Big Game Big Give party on January 31.The 2015 BGBG will be held at the private estate of the 2014 MLB National League Manager of the Year Matt Williams and his wife, former television broadcaster, Erika Williams in Paradise Valley, AZ. Matt is the only current or former MLB player to hit at least one World Series home run for three different Major League baseball teams (Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks).Beneficiaries of this year’s event include the Giving Back Fund, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.Check out some amazing auction lots here.Each year, The Giving Back Fund holds an annual fundraiser, Big Game Big Give (BGBG), at a private estate in the Super Bowl city the Saturday night before the big game. Previous celebrity hosts for Big Game Big Give have included Alec Baldwin, Michael Bay, Hilary Swank and Ashton Kutcher. The Giving Back Fund’s 2010 Big Game Big Give, hosted by director Michael Bay in his Miami home, was selected as the # 1 party of Super Bowl XLIV by ESPN.Big Game Big Give is an exclusive invitation-only cocktail party for 500 celebrities, businesspeople and other VIPs. To keep the event enjoyable for our guests, a limited number of people are invited by GBF, or on the recommendation of the BGBG’s prestigious Host Committee, to purchase tickets for $2,500 every year.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Lok Sabha polls EC appoints special observers for 8 states

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday appointed four special observers, two retired IRS and two IPS officer, to spearhead its efforts to check the abuse of black money and illegal inducements to voters and monitor deployment of security forces in select sensitive states during the Lok Sabha polls.The poll-body appointed Gopal Mukherjee as special expenditure observer for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and D D Goel for Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. Mukherjee, a 1980-batch officer of the Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) retired as Member (Investigations) in the Central Board of Direct Taxes, while Goel, a 1982-batch officer of the same service, superannuated as Director General of I-T (Investigations). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Election Commission also appointed former BSF chief and retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer K K Sharma as the special central police observer for the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand. Mrinal Kanti Das, a 1977-batch IPS officer of Manipur-Tripura candre, has been assigned as police observer for the states of Tripura and Mizoram. The Election Commission, last week, had appointed the two special expenditure observers — IRS officers Shailendra Handa and Madhu Mahajan. While they were assigned the states of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu initially, the Election Commission Tuesday said Handa will also supervise the EC machinery to check illegal cash and inducements to voters in Gujarat and Mahajan has been additionally assigned Karnataka.last_img read more

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Bangladesh Ban Kimoon pledges full support of UN in wake of deadly

18 November 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his mounting concern today at the trail of devastation and increasing death toll left by Cyclone Sidr after it tore into Bangladesh and he stressed that the United Nations stands ready to do all it can to help in the relief effort. Media reports say that more than 2,000 people have been reported killed as a result of Cyclone Sidr, which struck the southwest coast of Bangladesh late on Thursday local time, bringing winds of more than 240 kilometres per hour and a water surge that created waves up to five metres high. The death toll is expected to climb further.Thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed, large tracts of cropland have been wiped and hundreds of thousands of people have had to evacuate their home villages and towns and now depend on aid for basic necessities.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban expressed “his profound condolences to the people and Government of Bangladesh for the many deaths and the destruction involved, and the full solidarity of the UN system at this time of crisis.”The statement noted that UN humanitarian agencies on the ground in Bangladesh are already responding to the basic needs of some of the hundreds of thousands of people estimated to have been affected, while UN assessment teams are also ready to be deployed.On Friday, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said the UN would make available several millions of dollars from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which was established to expedite aid operations following disasters. read more

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Magna Carta and Anne Frank diaries among items joining UNESCO register

30 July 2009The diaries of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, the Magna Carta and the royal archives of Madagascar and Thailand are among 35 items of documentary heritage that are being added to a United Nations register designed to preserve them for future generations. Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, announced today that these items will be inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register after they were recommended by a panel of international experts who have gathered in Barbados this week.There are now 193 inscriptions on the register, which began in 1997 and aims to preserve and promote documentary heritage that is considered to be of global significance and often endangered.The newly inscribed items include the Magna Carta, the English legal charter from 1215 that is considered highly influential to the development of liberty, law and democracy worldwide, and the diaries of Anne Frank, the Jewish schoolgirl whose account of her family’s daily life in hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam before she was killed is now one of the world’s most read books.This year’s additions also include the royal archives of Thailand and Madagascar; the so-called Archives of Terror from Paraguay, which document police repression during 35 years of dictatorship that ended in 1989; the archives of the League of Nations, the forerunner of the UN; and the archives of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia, which contain photographs and other documents showing the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.Another archive joining the list is that of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which began operations in 1949.One of the newest items to be inscribed is the collection of documents recording the 600-kilometre-long peaceful human chain that formed in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 1989 to press the case for freedom in those Baltic countries, which were then part of the Soviet Union.Other additions include more than 34,000 Vietnamese woodblocks depicting the official literature and history of the country; the collected works of Canadian animator Norman McLaren; Song of the Nibelungs, the heroic poem from mediaeval Germany; a registry of slaves of the British Caribbean from the early 19th century; and an encyclopaedia of medical knowledge and treatment techniques compiled in Korea in 1613.The other items to be inscribed either come from or relate to the following countries and territories: Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherland Antilles, Poland, Russia, Saint Lucia, Spain, Ukraine and the United States.Mr. Matsuura also announced that this year’s UNESCO/Jikji Prize has been awarded to the National Archives of Malaysia in recognition of its outreach, educational and regional training programmes on preservation. read more

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Annan calls on international regional bodies to unite in fighting terrorism

“The vicious sting of terrorism has been felt by the world’s most powerful country, by its biggest democracy, by its largest state, by its most populous Muslim nation, and by the home of Islam’s holiest sites – indeed by all of us,” Mr. Annan said in opening remarks to the Fifth High-Level Meeting of the United Nations and Regional Organizations at UN Headquarters in New York.“And we now see weapons of mass destruction threaten us not only by their very existence, but also by the potential that they might fall into the hands of terrorists who are difficult to deter and extreme in their methods and objectives,” he added.Those attending included the African Union, Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), European Commission, League of Arab States, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the international police organization INTERPOL and several UN agencies, including the nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).Mr. Annan said civil wars and the disintegration of states “create conditions where civilians are brutalized and warlords, terrorists and traffickers are empowered,” while the question of when and on whose authority military force should be used, “be it to protect the innocent or achieve other aims, arouses great passions” around the world.“While many of these problems have long been with us in one form or another, the range and diversity of the challenges presented by this environment are unprecedented,” he stressed, listing four essential basic points.“First, we must remember we are all in this together,” he said. “Let us not add to our burdens by descending into unproductive polarizing over our differences.”Second, institutions must keep pace with a rapidly changing world. Third, action must be taken not only against common enemies and threats but also against factors that allow them to thrive by removing the sense of political grievance and economic despair.Finally, the basic principles of protecting human rights must never be forgotten. “If we compromise on human rights in seeking to fight terrorism, we hand terrorists a victory they cannot achieve on their own,” he declared.“If we build on these fundamentals, I believe we can develop a new vision of global security,” he added. “A vision that respects human rights while confronting the threats of our age – including the threat of terrorism. A vision that draws upon the resources and legitimacy of a network of effective and mutually reinforcing multilateral mechanisms – regional and global – which are flexible and responsive to our rapidly changing and integrating world.” read more

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Local TV news coverage more important than station finances says CRTC chair

CRTC Commissioner Jean-Pierre Blais waits to appear before the Commons heritage committee in Ottawa, Thursday October 20, 2016. The head of the country’s broadcast regulator says TV stations have a responsibility to produce local news, even if it hurts their bottom line. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 20, 2016 9:04 am MDT Last Updated Oct 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – TV stations have a responsibility to produce local news, even if it hurts their bottom line, the head of the country’s broadcast regulator told a Commons committee Thursday.Financial profits aren’t everything, said Jean Pierre Blais, chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. He lamented the “disturbing number of television stations” that have cut staff, centralized operations and reduced the length of their newscasts.“We do not believe that local television news can be allowed to fall by the wayside simply because it doesn’t look good on the balance sheet,” Blais told the heritage committee, which is studying the future of local media.“The marketplace of products, revenues and profits is not the only marketplace that counts,” Blais said. “Far from it. There is also the marketplace of ideas and information. That marketplace trades in a kind of wealth that supports every aspect of our Canadian society.”His comments came as news conglomerate Postmedia announced a plan to reduce its salary costs by 20 per cent through voluntary staff buyouts — just the latest in a string of cuts being made across Canada’s media landscape as newspapers and other news organizations struggle with declining ad revenues and increased online competition.While digital platforms offer an alternative source of coverage, they don’t have the funding and expertise in gathering information possessed by professional TV news outlets, Blais told the committee.“They’re accessible and gaining in popularity,” Blais said, acknowledging the appeal of social media sites to which more and more news consumers have turned.“But so far they lack the funding, the experience and the news-gathering expertise to offer the focused, professional coverage that Canadians have a right to expect.”In June, the CRTC announced changes to the way broadcasters can pay for local TV news and required licence holders in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary to produce at least 14 hours a week of local news content — and to keep all of their stations running.In smaller English-language markets, minimum programming was set at seven hours a week.French-language stations are to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but must produce five hours a week of local programming.But it was another decision, issued over the summer, that had committee members questioning whether the CRTC was harming Canadian TV production rather than bolstering it.The broadcast and telecommunications regulator announced a change in August to the point system that determines producers’ access to funding and tax credits for creating Canadian content, reducing the number of points required to be eligible for funding to six from eight.Critics have warned this could mean fewer Canadian creators and stars on the airwavesThe Writers Guild of Canada has said the shift could make it easier to hire more Americans and called the decision a direct attack on Canadian creators.In announcing the decision, the CRTC acknowledged the concern that the change could result in “fewer opportunities for Canadians.”But at committee, Blais defended the new system, arguing that it offers producers a small amount of flexibility in order to qualify for larger grants through other programs.“There’s been much ado about this particular decision when the funding from this represents less than two per cent of all the federal funding available,” he noted.As Blais spoke, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, an Ottawa-based think tank, issued a report calling for massive reforms to the CRTC that would shrink the agency’s mandate.The institute also recommended the regulator end Canadian content requirements for all broadcasters except the CBC/Radio Canada and stop dictating to cable and satellite TV providers what kind of channel selections they should offer.“Regulating how much Canadian content is shown on traditional over-the-air television when Canadians are spending roughly one-third of a day per week watching Internet-based content, for instance, seems like a losing battle,” stated the report written by Len Katz, former CRTC commissioner and a cable and telecom executive, and Sean Speer, a former Harper government economic adviser.The report was similar in tone to those published earlier this year by the Fraser Institute and the C.D. Howe Institute, which declared the CRTC outdated in the Netflix era.The Department of Canadian Heritage has been canvassing Canadian businesses, interest groups and individuals on the government’s approach to cultural industries in cross-country hearings that are set to conclude Nov. 25.Follow @tpedwell on Twitter Local TV news coverage more important than station finances, says CRTC chair read more

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Atletico Madrids Costa to undergo left foot surgery

MADRID — Striker Diego Costa will undergo foot surgery and is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.Atletico Madrid says Costa will be operated on his left foot this week in Brazil with the supervision of Atletico doctors.The Brazil-born player had been bothered by the foot injury for a few weeks. He said he wasn’t being able to play at full strength because of the injury.Costa needed similar surgery on the same foot 12 years ago.Atletico is third in the Spanish league, three points behind leader Barcelona after 14 matches.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Underground battery options increase again with new Sandvik machines

first_imgSandvik has introduced two new battery powered underground mining machines this week at MINExpo – a battery-powered LHD, the Sandvik LH307B, with new technology for emission-free underground loading and hauling; and a battery powered dozer, the Sandvik LZ101LE.Sandvik states that the new LHD will help customers address ever-increasing requirements to reduce emissions and fuel costs, reducing total cost of ownership. The LH307B “brings the best of both worlds to underground mines: utilizing electrical power providing the independence of movement similar to diesel loaders, yet without the related diesel emissions and costs.”The payload of 6.7 t will be moved using components that are shared with the diesel Sandvik LH307, with much the same performance characteristics. Using the charging station’s “quick charge,” Sandvik LH307B can be ready for use in approximately 15 minutes. Sandvik LH307B is also compatible with Sandvik mine automation and information management systems. Its lithium titanate oxide (LTO) battery technology enables rapid recharging, providing continuous operation with a single battery pack – there is no need to swap batteries during or between shifts. Liquid cooling guarantees a long battery lifetime across a broad range of ambient temperatures – in fact, sufficient to cover the useful service life of the loader itself. The single-battery strategy offers several tangible benefits: eliminating the need for spare batteries and/or a dedicated crane and battery swap area effectively cuts capex costs.The Sandvik LH307B is available with a service pack designed to keep the loader productive 365 days a year. The service pack includes maintenance kits for each and every service interval, together with planned repairs of major components over the equipment’s life. These repairs will be planned in line with actual component condition, giving consideration to the mine’s production schedule and minimising downtime.For many years Sandvik has also been developing its low-profile range of equipment to offer customers increased safety, improved productivity and reliability while reducing operating costs in low-seam operations. To complement its low-profile range of equipment, Sandvik is now launching its new fully battery-powered dozer Sandvik LZ101LE. The battery functionality will improve the underground working environment since there are no emissions or increased heat generation from the engine. “Battery charging is done during the drilling and blasting cycle, ensuring that the dozer is always ready to do its job. The battery power also reduces the need to transport diesel in the mine.”The Sandvik LZ101LE has a push capacity of up to 4 t and is remotely operated, enabling operators to work at a safe distance and avoid spending time under an unsupported roof. The battery power pack is mounted on Sandvik LZ101LE, reducing the risk of running over cables.“The Sandvik LZ101LE dozer is an important addition to the low-profile Sandvik portfolio as the supplier aims to help customers mechanise the entire operating cycle. With improved safety, productivity and minimized ore dilution, Sandvik low-profile drill rigs are an ideal choice for working in tabular ore bodies, such as platinum and chrome mines. These rigs have been designed for development, rock support and production drilling in sections as low as 1.7 m with optimum drilling coverage and performance.”last_img read more

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VIDEO PSG Handball in football class

MEGA HANDBALL project PSG Handball began preparation for the upcoming season in which French team wants to repeat success from the previous, but also to attack the VELUX EHF Champions League trophy in Cologne 2014. The first part of preparation is organised in Qatari Doha and from the video sources it is easy to realise that handball team has fantastic condition as their older brother – one of the world’s richest team – Paris Saint German.photo: https://twitter.com/psghand handballhandball projectParis Saint German handballPSG Handball ← Previous Story Russian Medvedi still strong – Dinamo Minsk to find the form Next Story → BREAKING NEWS: IVANO BALIC TO HSG WETZLAR read more

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Ramos not happy with Abu Dhabi win says the whistles are

Ramos not happy with Abu Dhabi win says the whistles are

first_imgReal Madrid took their third Silverware in Abu Dhabi as they grabbed their third consecutive Club World Cup .However, it appears Madrid’s captain Sergio Ramos is unhappy with the whistles he received throughout as it seemed fans in the United Arab Emirates are still angry at him for the injury Mohamed Salah sustained during the last 2018 Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.“The whistles are inexplicable,” he said to TVE after the game as quoted by Marca.“I think you have to respect the figures of football.”And even with a poor start to the season, Ramos claims Real Madrid are still alive and kicking in all competitions.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We are doing well in every competition,” he said.“Real Madrid cannot be considered dead.“In the end, we will be up there fighting for all of the titles.”Having lost out to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, this is the first trophy of Los Blancos’ seasonlast_img read more

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Alert Heavy Rain Street Flooding Possible Friday Afternoon

Alert Heavy Rain Street Flooding Possible Friday Afternoon

first_imgNWS HousA strong storm system is expected to approach the Houston area Friday afternoon, bringing the potential for strong winds and isolated areas of street flooding from heavy rain, according to National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Office.“While it’s difficult to say for sure, the highest threat remains in the southern part of the Houston metro area, with some storms bringing isolated amounts of 2-3″, which could quickly fill streets, underpasses and low-lying areas,” the agency said in a new release Friday morning. Residents are asked to be aware of changing conditions throughout the day and to be prepared to make extra time during the day’s commute.More InformationNational Weather Service Houston/Galveston forecast updates: weather.gov/houston.Harris County Rainfall Totals: www.harriscountyfws.orgHigh Water Locations: traffic.houstontranstar.orgCity of Houston Emergency Information Site: houstontx.gov/emergency. Sharelast_img read more

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You can now access a decentralized version of Archiveorg

You can now access a decentralized version of Archiveorg

first_imgYou can now access a decentralized version of Archive.org by Martin Brinkmann on August 04, 2018 in Internet – 9 commentsIf you point your favorite browser at https://dweb.me/ right now you will access a decentralized version of the archiving site Archive.org.Dweb, which may stand for decentralized or distributed, stands for a system that is not centralized. Popular examples of such systems are Napster or Bittorrent.The core difference between decentralized and distributed is that nodes are interlinked in a variety of ways in distributed systems whereas they may not be in decentralized systems.Centralized systems put a lot of control into the hands of a few. If a site or service gets taken down for whatever reason, it is gone and cannot be accessed anymore. This won’t happen with decentralized systems which make it a lot harder or even impossible to remove a resource.Mozilla talked about Dweb recently on the organization’s Hacks blog that is aimed at developers and promised to publish follow-up articles on Mozilla’s stance on a decentralized or distributed version of the Internet.The Internet Archive has not announced the launch of the decentralized version of its website anywhere as far as I can tell. The official Internet Archive Blog offers a series of stories and reports about the decentralized web, and it is there that you may receive some information about the current implementation of the decentralized Archive.org resource.A FAQ answers popular questions about the decentralized web.It explains its componentsA new Decentralized Web requires a decentralized way to store and retrieve the files that make up websites, decentralized log-ins so users can interact, and a peer-to-peer payment system.why it mattersThe original vision of the World Wide Web was to empower users, but many users now complain that too much power and user data is concentrated in the hands of too few corporate and government players, making it easier to conduct warrantless surveillance, feed the public disinformation and impose censorship. It also makes it possible for state-sponsored or criminal hackers to scoop up personal data and passwords of millions of users at a time, and to use that information to create false identities, steal money and more. And over time, huge amounts of creative content—essays, musings, personal messages, photos, videos and other data— have disappeared when commercial entities shut down, or even when they just change their protocols.and what decentralized storage meansDecentralized storage means that rather than the current system under the World Wide Web, where a file exists in one physical location on a server, a file can instead be stored in multiple computers around the world, possibly with just bits of the file in each one, that all come together and get sent to a user who requests that file.The Dweb version of Archive.org appears to use a variety of protocols including GUN, Webtorrent, IPFS, and YJS.It is a bit on the slow side of things right now but works fine for the most part. You may notice, however, that images are not loaded right now. While it is unclear why that is, one possible explanation is that it takes time to make resources truly decentralized.Now You: What is your take on the Dweb?SummaryArticle NameYou can now access a decentralized version of Archive.orgDescriptionIf you point your favorite browser at https://dweb.me/ right now you will access a decentralized version of the archiving site Archive.org. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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