Heavy discharge of water from China, the highest in 50 years, is threatening to submerge at least 12 villages along the river Siang in Arunachal Pradesh.Hydrological experts said the “unusually high” discharge indicates sudden release of water from man-made barriers or a natural dam that was formed due to landslips caused by major earthquakes in the Tibetan region of China in November 2017.T. Tatak, the Deputy Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang district, had on Wednesday issued an advisory, warning the people of the 12 villages to be on alert because of the sudden surge in the Siang’s water level. The villages are near district headquarters Pasighat, about 560 km northeast of Guwahati.He cited a report received by New Delhi from the Chinese government, saying the Yarlung Zangbo (Tsangpo) was swelling with observed discharge of 9,020 cumec due to heavy rainfall in Tibet. But the “incremental discharge of 950 cumec” compared to a discharge of 8,070 cumec in the Tsangpo reported on August 14 “should not be a cause for panic”, he said.Assam followsLaya Madduri, the Deputy Commissioner of Assam’s Dibrugarh district downstream of Siang, issued a similar alert on Thursday in view of the rise in water levels.But people in the 12 vulnerable villages in Mebo circle of East Siang district are worried. The Siang has already eroded 12 acres in Borguli village while at least 10 families of Seram village nearby have dismantled their houses and shifted to a safer location.“The situation is grim, and the government needs to come up with effective anti-erosion measures, besides talking to China, for ensuring safety of downstream areas in India,” H. Tayeng, a local leader, said.Guwahati-based water expert Partha Jyoti Das said agencies such as the Central Water Commission need to closely monitor the level and quality of Siang’s water. “There is a lot of concern at the international, national and local levels about the geologically and strategically important Siang that impacts Bangladesh too,” he said.“The unusualness lies in the highest discharge of water in decades. It has all the indications of water being suddenly released from a natural or man-made dam. When earthquakes triggered landslides and dammed Tsangpo last year resulting in Siang’s water turning muddy, many in India talked about sudden collapse of the earthen dam in the future leading to moderate to big flood downstream in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam,” Mr. Das told The Hindu.But there was no serious follow-up action by the government, he said.Congress MP Ninong Ering, who represents Arunachal East in the Lok Sabha, attributed the turbidity of Siang’s water last year to China’s plan to divert Tsangpo to the parched Xinjiang province via a 1,000 km tunnel.
In an effort to enhance public participation in running its schools, the Delhi Government has decided to allow parents of students studying in a particular school to contest elections to managing committees of that institution.The government has asked schools all over the city to send out invitations to parents for the elections to School Management Committees (SMC) where 12 parents will be elected for each school.”At least 12 parents would be elected to each school’s managing committee which would be headed by the principal of the institution. The area legislator, a teacher representing the school’s teachers and an educationist would also be members of the committee,” a senior Delhi government official said in a report to PTI.”The parents elected to the committee will have the task of keeping an eye on the functioning of schools, monitoring the attendance of both teachers and students, analysing the progress of the students and suggesting changes in governance of a particular school,” he added.The elections for parent Representatives in SMCs will be held on September 15 and the results will be declared on September 16. Parents who wish to participate in the voting exercise have been asked to send a signed consent to the respective schools.The invited group of parents will cast their vote by raising hands in classrooms in presence of a teacher.The SMCs are constituted every two years but there has been no representation of parents in the committees. Though there exists a provision for it under the Right to Education Law 2009, it was not implemented, till now.advertisementThere are 924 government-run schools in the national capital and the government provides financial aid to another 221 schools. A total of 1,145 schools will elect their management committees this month. The last SMCs were elected in March 2013.
Virat Kohli today heaped praise on milestone-man Ravichandran Ashwin after India whitewashed New Zealand in a three-match Test series in Indore. Ashwin took 6/81 and career-best 7/59 to finish with his best match figures of 13/140 as India annihilated New Zealand by 321 runs in the third and final Test of the series.Ashwin also finished as the highest wicket-taker in the series with 27 wickets to his credit and was instrumental in India’s fourth series sweep in the history of the game. He was adjudged Man of the Series for his exploits to take his tally to seven, which is the most awards won by an Indian cricketer in Tests.Captain Kohli was simply ecstatic with the victory and minced no words in singing praises for Ashwin, who bagged his sixth 10-wicket haul.”We don’t have to remind Ashwin about the numbers. We are keeping a check, we keep discussing number five, number six (on his Man of the Series awards). He has been a champion. Ashwin’s stats is a topic of discussion. Credit to him. Hope he performs like this throughout the long home season and keeps us at the top,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. (Scorecard | Match Highlights)Kohli also credited the whole team for maintaining their dominance over the visitors throughout the series.”This is a proper team series win. It wasn’t just one individual. You can leave Ash aside, he is not to be mentioned in the XI,” Kohli said. (Kohli gets ICC Test Championship mace, calls it ‘special’)advertisement
Rohit Sharma was all praise for paceman Jasprit Bumrah, who earned his maiden Test call-up for the upcoming South Africa tour. India will begin their tour of South Africa with a two-day warm-up match at Boland Park in Paarl from December 30-31. The first Test of the three-match series will get underway at Newlands from January 5.Rohit himself is all set to make his international captaincy debut when India host Sri Lanka in first of the three one day internationals in Dharamsala on Sunday. Rohit has led Mumbai Indians to three championships in the Indian Premier League and is the only captain to achieve the feat in the cash-rich T20 league.Rohit was named the 24th captain of India when Virat Kohli was rested for the ODI and three-match T20 International series against Sri Lanka.”It’s a great boost for him to be a part of the Test team. He was looking forward to it, he was for a while wanting to be a part of the Test team. It’s all the reward for what he has done in the ODI and T20 formats. Over the last year and so, how he has improved himself, on his bowling and fitness as well…it is a reward for all of those things and it shows. It’s a lesson for all those cricketers that if you put in all those hard yards, you will get the result…you will get rewarded. And Bumrah has actually been rewarded for the things that he has done in the past few years,” Rohit said on the eve of the first ODI.advertisementBumrah first came into the limelight in the Indian Premier League in 2013. Playing for Mumbai Indians, he picked up three wickets from two matches but was noticed for his slinging action. The following year, he played 11 matches and finished with five wickets but his death bowling made him a potent weapon for the Rohit-led team. The following year was also not that great in terms of wickets but he delivered when the captain needed him.Bumrah will once again spearhead India’s pace bowling attack alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar when they face Sri Lanka in the first ODI on Sunday.”Yes! He has played with me at Mumbai Indians. Every game, every series we’ve played, he has come up with new strategies, new plans and it’s good to see that he has matured as a bowler. He understands what he needs to do and what the team expects out of him. And he is very focused guy, very disciplined in terms of his work ethic and that is what is giving him the results on the field. He had a good month-month and a half time off and he went to NCA and worked on his body again and rejuvenated and he looks a lot fresher now. And hopefully he can do the job for us, the way he was doing in the past,” the stand-in skipper added.Looking at this abilities, Bumrah was called up for the Australia tour Down Under and made his international debut during an ODI series in January 2016. He was impressive in his debut game and finished with 2/40 as India defeated the hosts by six wickets in the last match of the series.Impressed with his solid performances, the team management then handed the pacer his maiden T20I cap during the three-match series against Australia. He pocketed six wickets in three matches as India swept Australia aside in their own backyard.And he has not looked back ever since and only got better.He came back into the IPL and had his best two seasons in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, he picked up 15 wickets from 14 matches while this year, he starred for Mumbai in the championship winning campaign with 20 wickets from 16 games. Currently, the pacer has 46 wickets from 47 IPL matches.He recently became the second quickest Indian to bag 50 wickets in ODI and rose to No.3 spot in ICC rankings. He is also the No.1 bowler in T20 cricket.The 22-year-old now has 52 wickets from 28 ODIs and he has got 40 scalps from 30 T20Is.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Willian urging Chelsea to deal in David Luizby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillian is urging Chelsea to offer his fellow Brazilian David Luiz a new deal. Luiz is in a stand-off with the club as they refuse to offer contracts longer than 12 months to players over 30 years of age.Willian said: “David has a lot of quality to do these kind of passes. Of course. I want him to stay. We have to see if the club will want him. I think they want him. For me, I want him to stay.”The Brazil forward also has 18 months left on his Stamford but he said: “I’m fine, I’m fine. No rush about that.“We can talk about that in the future, no problem.”
Australia unchanged for 2nd Test vs Sri Lanka: We are leaving nothing to chance, says PaineAustralia vs Sri Lanka: Since their 4-0 Ashes victory at home in 2017-18, Australia have been beaten away by South Africa and Pakistan and lost their first ever home series to India earlier this month.advertisement Reuters CanberraJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 14:23 IST Australia’s win against Sri Lanka in Brisbane was only their second Test victory of the summer (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia and Sri Lanka are set to play the first ever Test at the Manuka Oval in Canberra from February 1Tim Paine’s team had defeated the tourists by an innings and 40 runs in the day-night Test in BrisbaneAussies haven’t won a Test series since their 4-0 Ashes victory at home in 2017-18Australia have left no stones unturned in their preparation as they chase their first Test series win in over a year, captain Tim Paine said on Thursday confirming an unchanged playing XI for the second and final Test against Sri Lanka.Since their 4-0 Ashes victory at home in 2017-18, Australia have been beaten away by South Africa and Pakistan and lost their first ever home series to India earlier this month.Their comprehensive win against Sri Lanka in Brisbane was only their second Test victory of the summer and the hosts are determined not to take their foot off the pedal in the first ever Test at the Manuka Oval.”We have spoken a little bit just about our attitude and the way we turn up firstly for our two training sessions here and then tomorrow morning,” Paine told reporters.”We had a great win in Perth against India and we turned up pretty poorly and really flat in Melbourne and started that Test match pretty ordinarily.”It’s just been making sure our attitude to this Test is spot on and we are leaving nothing to chance.”The picturesque ground in Australia’s capital has hosted nine one-day internationals in the past and is known to be a high-scoring ground.Paine said that would mean a few more overs to bowl for his leg-spinning all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne.”I think it will be a good batting track. It looks like there’s bit of grass on it which hopefully means there will be a bit of pace,” Paine said.advertisement”Traditionally here it’s been a very, very good batting wicket. It will probably favour batting quite heavily.”Australian batsmen have gone without a Test hundred in the summer and the Canberra Test will be their last opportunity to tick that box off before they embark on their tour of England for the Ashes series later this year.”In every team, scoring hundreds becomes a mental challenge more than it is technical, a lot of the times,” Paine said. “The longer you go without it, the more you want it, the harder you try and sometimes the further away you can get from it.”We are working really hard on it from a mental and technical aspect. Sometimes you just need that one sort of breakthrough.”Another change in fortune Paine would be desperate to achieve is with the coin toss. The 34-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has won toss only once in his eight Tests in charge.Tim Paine suggests radical shake-up on the eve of the second #AUSvSL Test…. pic.twitter.com/0lfWrGQZgPcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 31, 2019″I can guarantee I will try something different tomorrow,” Paine said amid a roll of laughter at his news conference. “I might go left hand, I do need to try something.”Can’t keep doing the same thing and get the same result. Need to change.”Australia: Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson, Tim Paine (captain-wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Tim PaineFollow Australia vs Sri LankaFollow Canberra TestFollow AUS v SL 2nd Test
Print Close My location Jaya Holdings, February 11, 2014 zoom Jaya Holdings Limited, has delivered its second new build ice class anchor handling tug supply vessel to Canadian buyers, Atlantic Towing Limited.The 16,000 BHP vessel was delivered on 7 February 2014 in Singapore and was christened the “Atlantic Merlin” at a naming ceremony held earlier today. She was previously known as “Jaya Sovereign” until her delivery to Atlantic Towing. Atlantic Merlin is a sister ship of “Atlantic Kestrel”, which was delivered to Atlantic Towing in November 2012.“This delivery once again demonstrates our capabilities as builder of high quality vessels built to the most stringent international specifications,” said Jaya’s Chief Executive Officer Venkatraman Sheshashayee, “Atlantic Towing are important customers to us, and we hope that Atlantic Merlin delivers them the same reliability and operational excellence which her sister ship has already demonstrated.”Atlantic Towing’s Vice President Wayne Power said : “The addition of this new vessel continues to add to our fleet’s capability and allows us to offer our customers, vessels that meet both current and expanding needs, as offshore oil and gas projects grow.”Mr Sheshashayee added: “This delivery begins another busy period for us and is the first of four new buildings for Jaya in 2014 and the other three ships will be operated in Jaya’s growing fleet. This transaction is an important milestone for Jaya’s corporate development as it frees up a significant amount of cash to support our growth.“Shortly, we will take delivery of another large anchor handler from our Singapore yard, the 150 tonner “Jaya Majestic”, a 12,000 BHP vessel, which is currently fitting out alongside in Tuas. We expect her to go out on sea trials in May. Jaya Majestic is another high specification DP2 vessel with two bow thrusters and two stern thrusters.“We also have two Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) delivering in the middle of the year from a third party yard, which are already contracted to go on charter to a new client in the Americas.“In 2015, we take delivery of the most sophisticated subsea vessels we have ever built, “Jaya Pinnacle” and “Jaya Prestige”. These are under construction in our Batam yard, along with a third DP2 work boat. Jaya Pinnacle and Jaya Prestige will have deep-water active heave compensated cranes rated for 100 ton lifts as well as 100 man accommodation and large under deck capacities for speciality products such as methanol”.For emergency oil spill response purposes, both Jaya Sovereign and Jaya Majestic feature oil recovery tanks, and dispersant booms. Jaya Sovereign is the larger vessel with a 22-metre beam, whilst Jaya Majestic has a beam of 19.5 metres, wider than most comparable ships in the region, thus giving enhanced stability. Jaya Sovereign is fitted with a 400 tonne line-pull Brattvaag anchor handling and towing winch, whilst Jaya Majestic has a 300 tonne line pull winch from the same manufacturer. Jaya Sovereign was built to Wartsila’s VS4622 design, and the specifications will be familiar to those in the offshore industry. Jaya Sovereign achieved a continuous bollard pull of over 200 metric tons on her sea trials.“Jaya leads the field in building high value and high specification vessels and is one of few shipbuilders in Asia to have built ice class anchor handlers and subsea vessels,” Mr Sheshashayee noted. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
TORONTO – Toys “R” Us Canada sought creditor protection largely due to the financial woes of its U.S. parent company, which filed for bankruptcy, but consumers may still be wary of its Canadian stores due to the hit to the global brand’s reputation, experts say.Retail analyst Bruce Winder says Canadian consumers may hesitate to shop at Toys “R” Us this fall, worrying about whether they will be able to access product warranties or return items in the coming months.“What customers hear is that Toys “R” Us is in bankruptcy protection, or going bankrupt,” said Winder, who is the co-founder and partner of Retail Advisors Network.“They won’t be able to differentiate that Canada or the U.S. is profitable.”Toys “R” Us Canada was granted creditor protection in Ontario Superior Court under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act on Tuesday, one day after Toys “R” Us started bankruptcy proceedings south of the border.The Canadian subsidiary said in court documents filed Tuesday that it is performing well financially, with net earnings doubling and sales revenues increasing at a compounded annual rate of 5 per cent over the last three years.The Canadian arm, operating legally under the name Toys Canada, does not have any obligation to its parent company’s Chapter 11 debtors, it added. However, the bankruptcy proceedings south of the border resulted in a default and termination of the company’s loan facilities — including the main source of financing for Toys “R” Us Canada, the filings said. In turn, the Canadian subsidiary was required to repay the outstanding loans, which it is not in a position to do.“Toys Canada has been cut-off from its primary source of financing during the midst of its inventory build for the holiday season,” it said in the court documents.“Without creditor protection and access to [debtor-in-possession] financing, Toys Canada will lack sufficient liquidity to operate its business in the normal course within approximately two weeks.”Toys “R” Us Canada has now secured interim debtor-in-possession financing from a new group of lenders led by JPMorgan Chase Bank, including a US$200 million term loan and US$300 million revolving credit facility, it said.The Canadian subsidiary says the “breathing room” afforded by the creditor protection and new financing will facilitate continued operation of its 82 stores across Canada, as well as its e-commerce websites, as the company restructures.Melanie Teed-Murch, president of Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us Canada, said in a statement on Tuesday that it would continue to honour all gift cards, warranties and returns as normal.“The restructuring is intended to facilitate the continued success of our iconic brands; building a stronger company for our customers, business partners and team members…. We are confident that this process will enable us to leverage Toys “R” Us’ existing strengths to succeed.”The retailer’s Canadian arm was already feeling the pinch from its U.S. parent company’s struggles before initiating proceedings on both sides of the border.Toys “R” Us Canada said in the court filings that a number of its suppliers have recently “sought to reduce their potential exposure” by “requiring deposits, cash on delivery or compressed payment terms.”Winder says vendors may also start to ship reduced amounts to the retailer in a bid to protect themselves, resulting in thinner shelves and further sending a negative signal to customers.Alfonso Nocilla, a law lecturer at the University of Western Ontario, also said the toy chain’s Canadian arm may be impacted by “potential damage to the brand name” as the company goes through the restructuring process.Still, although the toy chain’s U.S. parent company may try to tap assets in Canada to pay off its creditors, it will want to avoid disruption in its Canadian subsidiary, he said.“To the extent that the Canadian operations remain profitable, and that the stores are doing well, practically speaking… they’re going to want to protect that and enhance that.”
GM reports record 3Q earnings despite slowing US sales FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, file photo provided by General Motors, GM President North America and Global Chevrolet Brand Chief Alan Batey introduces the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV, in Chicago. General Motors reports financial results Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. (Brian Kersey/General Motors via AP, File) by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Oct 25, 2016 5:32 am MDT Last Updated Oct 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – General Motors doesn’t seem too worried about slowing U.S. auto sales or economic troubles in Europe. If third-quarter numbers are any indication, the company has numbers to back that up.The Detroit automaker reported a record profit on Tuesday that doubled results in the third quarter a year ago. And the automaker put a little more swagger behind its full-year guidance, predicting pretax earnings at the high end of previous forecasts of $5.50 to $6 per share.GM earned $2.77 billion, or $1.76 per share, compared with $1.36 billion, or 84 cents per share a year ago. Revenue hit a record $42.8 billion.The performance is largely because the company shunned low-profit sales to rental car companies in the U.S., keeping prices and profits high. GM also made $500 million off its Chinese joint venture and reduced losses by about $100 million each in Europe and South America.“Very much on track to deliver the performance that we promised at the beginning of the year, which is higher profit, higher margins,” Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens said. “In essence, another record year.”The numbers came despite sales falling 4 per cent through September in the U.S., GM’s most lucrative market, and market share dropping almost a full percentage point year-over-year to 16.9 per cent. And it came despite worries about increased competition in the U.S. with automakers fighting over a slightly smaller pie. Sales have hit a post-recession plateau after last year’s record of 17.5 million. Crosstown rival Ford already is feeling the pain with slower sales forcing it to temporarily idle four factories.But at GM, revenue rose 10 per cent over a year ago largely because it’s getting stronger prices for cars and trucks in North America. Pickup sales are still healthy, and the company rolled out strong new vehicles such as the Chevrolet Malibu midsize car and the Cadillac XT5 SUV, GM said.Although overall sales dropped, Stevens said GM raised its U.S. share of the more profitable retail sales to individual buyers by 0.5 percentage points. He expects pickup sales to remain strong but says the company will balance supply and demand.It all fueled a record North American pretax profit of $3.5 billion, giving the region an 11.2 per cent profit margin. The margin is the per cent of revenue that the company gets to keep.Stevens said prospects are good, too, because GM is rolling out important new vehicles. “We’re entering the heart of our product launch cadence,” Stevens said, adding that within the next 18 months, GM will replace its compact and midsize crossover SUVs in the hottest part of the U.S. market.Excluding a 4-cent benefit from an unspecified ignition-switch recall recovery, GM earned $1.72 per share. That soundly beat Wall Street estimates of $1.46 per share.Wall Street, though, was still cautious on GM stock. Shares fell $1.23, or 3.7 per cent, to $31.76 in morning trading. They’ve ranged from $26.69 to $36.88 during the past year but recently have been below the company’s $33 initial public offering price in 2010.Jefferies analyst Philippe Houchois said he’s concerned that the company pulled fourth-quarter sales forward. He has a “Hold” rating on the stock with a $33 one-year price target on concerns that sales have peaked in North America.GM also said it completed a $5 billion stock buyback a quarter early during the July through September period. Stevens said the company will start on its second tranche of buybacks worth $4 billion in the fourth quarter.
5/11/69Qualifier1455Haiti1453✓64.3 The worst USMNT World Cup losses everMatches for which the U.S. men’s soccer team had the highest probability of winning (according to Elo ratings) but ultimately lost, 1885-2017 Only includes matches that were at the World Cup or World Cup qualifying level (i.e., excludes continental championships, friendlies and minor tournaments). Games played in neutral locations denoted with a dash.Source: eloratings.net 9/1/01Qualifier1791Honduras1734✓71.2 6/22/06World Cup1797Ghana1682—66.0 5/31/85Qualifier1558Costa Rica1505✓70.7 All newsletters 10/15/08Qualifier1813Trinidad & Tobago153373.8 DATESTAGEU.S. ELOOPPONENTOPP. ELOHOME?WIN PROB. 9/1/17Qualifier1789Costa Rica1741✓70.1 3/25/16Qualifier1749Guatemala146074.8 6/14/02World Cup1832Poland1653—73.7 7/23/00Qualifier1799Costa Rica157167.6 Before coach Bruce Arena gets too much of the blame, it’s important to remember that it was the failures of the team under his predecessor, Jurgen Klinsmann, that put the Americans in this position in the first place. The team lost to Mexico and Costa Rica last November in this qualifying cycle, which led to Klinsmann’s ouster. And, ultimately, losing those points made what should have been a meaningless game against Trinidad a must-win. Earlier last year, the same Klinsmann team also inexplicably dropped a game to Guatemala in the group stage of qualifying, the second-worst loss by Elo.The advantages the U.S. squandered are many. America finally has a legitimate men’s soccer superstar in Christian Pulisic, but he alone could not score two goals for the team. (He got one.) And it’s not just a question of talent: The U.S. towers over these CONCACAF opponents when it comes to resources. Trinidad and Tobago, after all, has a population of 1.2 million — or roughly the size of the greater Hartford metro area. Here is how the 12 countries that made the group stage of the 2018 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying compare in gross domestic product and population — it probably won’t be hard to spot the U.S. 10/10/17Qualifier1761Trinidad & Tobago138982.7% A chart of the U.S. team’s Elo rating over the past two decades shows not so much steady growth but a series of peaks and valleys with, at the moment, no overall progress to speak of. No one still believes that we will win.On Tuesday night, it all fell apart for the U.S. men’s national soccer team. A seven tournament, 24-year streak of consecutive World Cup berths was snapped in cartoonishly heartbreaking fashion.Coming into the match, American fans were rightfully confident. All it would take to qualify for the World Cup was a win or a tie against Trinidad and Tobago, a team that had nothing to play for but pride and only one win in nine matches in the final qualifying group. And even if somehow the U.S. lost, Honduras and Panama would both need victories over the top two teams in the group, Mexico and Costa Rica, to complete the elimination. If the USMNT lost and only one of Honduras or Panama won, the US would be headed for a playoff against Australia. By ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, the United States had a 93 percent chance of reaching its eighth consecutive World Cup.Then the U.S. conceded two goals in the first half — first an own goal and then a blistering 35-yard strike — despite giving up little in the way of high-quality chances. And despite a halftime switch to bring on Clint Dempsey and line up two attackers behind strikers Bobby Wood and Jozy Altidore, the U.S. could not create the chances to level the score. USMNT fans could only watch in horror, and Panama and Honduras both clawed back first-half deficits to knock the U.S. out of World Cup qualification.U.S. men’s soccer is obviously no stranger to embarrassment and heartbreak on the international stage. In the 1998 World Cup and the 2006 World Cup — the last two on European soil — it combined for one tie and five losses. In 2015, the team was stunned at home in the Gold Cup semifinal by Jamaica, which at the time was ranked 76th in the world by FIFA. But what happened Tuesday night may stand alone.Looking only at World Cup matches and qualifiers, it was the worst loss in USMNT’s history based on the Elo rating system. Going into the game, Elo gave the U.S. an 83 percent chance of beating Trinidad and Tobago, making the Americans huge favorites even after accounting for the fact that they were playing on the road. Going back to 1885, the American men had never lost a match at that level when they had such a high probability of winning. And it came with all the chips on the table. You cannot blame U.S. soccer fans for being a little woozy this morning. For every step taken, there’s been a step back — no matter who has been the coach. The team made a breakthrough in 1994 when it reached the knockout stage for the first time in the expanded World Cup era.1It was expanded to 24 teams in 1982 and to 32 teams in 1998. It followed that by crashing out in 1998. The Americans stunned Portugal in the group stage in 2002 and made its first modern-era quarterfinals with a win over Mexico in the round of 16. It followed that by being a complete also-ran in 2006. So if the heroics in 2010 and 2014 — when the team fought through tough groups to survive and advance in dramatic fashion — gave the U.S. any confidence, it has just been completely wiped out. This is not to say that money and size are everything in international soccer. The two biggest countries in the world by population — China and India — have made the World Cup just once (China in 2002), whereas Iceland, a country of just 340,000, will play in its first next summer. But the U.S is different. It has spent the last decade talking about long-term plans for soccer development. The U.S. Soccer Federation increased its staffing and pay for national team coaches and introduced new youth initiatives to build a better team from the ground up. It is hard to see the results of these ambitions on the field. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe
Apple took a severe hit in the press a few months back when it switched from Google Maps to the new Apple Maps service. They fell far short of the standard set by Google. Now early reports indicate that BlackBerry’s new BB10 mapping app has plenty of issues, and it might even be worse than Apple Maps.BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone itself has been getting reasonably good reviews. The OS is described as fast and modern-looking — impressive when you consider BlackBerry (or as it was previously known, RIM) essentially built this OS from scratch in about a year. As with all new platforms there are bound to be problems, but mapping is one of the primary uses for a smartphone and BB10 is missing the boat.Among the complaints being registered, there is absolutely no satellite view, let alone a Street View alternative. Users also get no public transit directions, which makes the lack of apps in the store that much more annoying. BlackBerry chose not to partner with a review service of any kind, meaning there are no reviews attached to map search results like you’d see in other apps.The missing features are irksome, but it also looks like the app has trouble with basic functionality. Local venues often fail to pop up in search results, but chain stores and landmarks come up no problem. If you’re trying to find that little corner deli you like, good luck. The app also can’t show you directions from anywhere but your current location. Apple famously misplaced entire cities in its mapping app, but it’s unclear if BB10 will suffer similar issues on that front.The new BlackBerry phones will be available in the US sometime in March. Some other regions have already seen the first phones trickling out. I’m sure we’ll hear more about BB10’s shortcomings in the coming weeks. It’s a new OS, after all.
Mar 29th 2017, 10:29 PM Image: Shutterstock/ANURAKE SINGTO-ON 58 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3314205 Helicopter destined for Dublin goes missing over the Irish Sea Five people are on board the helicopter. Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 10:29 PM 77,237 Views Share562 Tweet Email3 By Garreth MacNamee Image: Shutterstock/ANURAKE SINGTO-ON Updated: 10.30A HELICOPTER CARRYING five people has gone missing over the Irish Sea and search and rescue operations are currently underway, according to the UK Coastguard.In a statement released this evening, a ”privately-owned twin squirrel red helicopter with five people on board is believed to have left Milton Keynes earlier today en route to Dublin, via Caernarfon Bay”.Earlier this afternoon, radar contact was lost with the helicopter. The UK Coastguard contacted all nearby airbases which reported no sighting or radio contact from the helicopter.The flight took off from Milton Keynes at around midday. It should have arrived in Dublin before 6pm.It is understood that five men were on board the aircraft, all of whom are from the UK.According to a spokeswoman from the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard: “Searches are being hampered due to poor visibility and low cloud cover. The helicopter departed Milton Keynes at around noon today. It is a UK registered helicopter.”UK Coastguard duty commander Peter Davies said: ”We have established a search plan between Caernarfon Bay and the shore of Dublin and currently have two coastguard helicopters searching the route.“We are in the process of contacting all the vessels in the Irish Sea that were in the vicinity around midday and we are continuing mayday broadcast action for any vessels currently in the area to contact us if they have further information.“At the moment we are appealing to these vessels and to the public that if they have seen a twin squirrel red helicopter to please contact 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”The Irish Coastguard is also helping with the operation.Read: Murders up 31% in Ireland with 38 in 2016 > Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Tigres : un accord historique pour les protégerSaint-Pétersbourg, Russie – Alors qu’il ne reste aujourd’hui plus que 3.200 tigres à l’état sauvage, les treize pays dans lesquels vivent encore les félins viennent de signer un accord visant à protéger l’espèce de la menace d’extinction qui pèse sur elle. Un traité historique qui a pour objectif de doubler le nombre de tigres d’ici à 2022.Il y a un siècle, 100.000 tigres vivaient à l’état sauvage à travers le monde. Victimes du braconnage, comme de la perte de leur habitat naturel peu à peu rongé par l’Homme, ils ne sont aujourd’hui plus que 3.200, quatre des neuf sous-espèces de tigres ayant disparu. Face à cette situation alarmante, la préservation des félins est devenue l’une des préoccupations majeures de nombreuses associations de protection de l’environnement telles que le WWF qui estime que sans mesures strictes, seuls quelques spécimens auront survécu dans dix ans.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosRéunis à Saint-Pétersbourg à l’initiative de la Russie et de la Chine, les treize pays qui abritent des tigres à l’état sauvage ont signé hier un accord historique pour sauver l’espèce. Quelque 350 millions de dollars (environ 263 millions d’euros) seront ainsi consacrés à ce programme de sauvetage au cours des cinq prochaines années. Un plan dont l’objectif annoncé est de doubler d’ici 2022 le nombre de tigres. Responsable de la lutte contre la fraude à la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (Cites), John Sellar estime qu’il est primordial de se concentrer sur la lutte contre les trafics, sans quoi l’argent investi ne servira à rien. Les tigres survivants sont en effet menacés par les braconniers qui vendent à prix d’or certaines parties de leur anatomie, auxquelles sont prêtées des vertus médicinales ou aphrodisiaques.Comme a tenu à le souligner le Premier ministre russe Vladimir Poutine, “ce que tout le monde doit comprendre, c’est que nous n’avons pas conclu un accord pour un seul animal, le tigre, mais pour notre compréhension globale, au plus haut niveau, du problème de la préservation de la vie sauvage”.Le 24 novembre 2010 à 15:34 • Emmanuel Perrin
Amiante : définition, danger, qu’est-ce que c’est et pourquoi est-ce dangereux ?L’amiante est un isolant thermique qui a été interdit en 1997 à cause de son fort risque cancérigène et respiratoire. Il existe encore des endroits où l’amiante est présente, auquel cas il est important de le faire diagnostiquer. Voici un rapide tour d’horizon sur l’amiante et ses risques.Qu’est-ce que l’amiante ?L’amiante est un matériau réfractaire qui résiste à de très grandes températures. Il a ainsi longtemps été utilisé dans de nombreux domaines et notamment comme isolant thermique dans la construction. L’amiante était généralement mélangée à du ciment ou utilisée dans la garniture de freins ou d’embrayages. L’amiante a été interdite en 1997 car elle représentait un danger respiratoire. L’amiante : quel danger pour la santé ?À lire aussiLa tour centrale de Jussieu désamiantée et entièrement reconstruiteL’emploi de l’amiante a été progressivement interdit dans la plupart des applications. L’amiante a en effet tendance à se déliter en fines particules qui, une fois inhalées, sont susceptibles de provoquer de graves maladies respiratoires et notamment l’asbestose. L’asbestose est une affection liée à l’absorption de fortes doses. Elle se caractérise par l’apparition d’une fibrose au niveau du tissu pulmonaire, qui entraine de sérieuses difficultés respiratoires. Inhalée à faibles doses, l’amiante peut entraine au bout de 20 à 30 ans des cancers, en particulier du poumon, de la plèvre et du système digestif. Toutes les variétés d’amiante sont actuellement classées comme substances cancérogènes avérées pour l’Homme par le Centre International de Recherche sur le Cancer (CIRC).Le 3 juillet 2015 à 08:00 • Maxime Lambert
Tiny Countertop Dishwasher Cleans Your Dishes in Just MinutesThe Best Robots of CES 2018 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Being able to connect multiple displays to your computer is awesome — especially for gaming. Not so awesome: the chunky bezels that break up your expansive desktop.Monitor makers have gotten pretty good at minimizing bezels in recent years, but they’re still there. At CES, however, Asus is showing off a piece of gaming gear that can make bezels magically disappear. All you have to do pop a connector between two screens.Asus decided to go with a straightforward name for this particular piece of gear. They call their creation the ROG Bezel-Free Kit. Despite being revealed in a Vegas hotel its ability to erase bezels isn’t magic. It’s pure science that allows the monitor-melding kit do what it does.Specifically, it’s the phenomenon of refraction. A pair of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) lenses are included in the kit so that you can stitch together up to three displays — as long as those three displays are either the Asus ROG Swift PG258Q or Strix XG258Q. Asus says that “proper fit and alignment are extremely important” when convincing “optical obfuscation” is your goal.The lenses allow an impressive 90% of the light a monitor outputs to shine through. That does mean that the image will be ever-so-slightly dimmer in the bezel zone, but Asus had to balance usability with durability. Using glass lenses would do the trick, but that would lead to a dramatic increase in things other than just the 90% barrier getting broken.Though it’s currently only compatible with two Asus models, the company says that the Bezel-Free Kit could be easily adapted to fit additional displays. It’s probably safe to assume they mean additional Asus display, so you’ll likely have to budget for more new gear than just the Bezel-Free Kit itself if you want to get in on the action.For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.
Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler) Google+ WhatsApp Twitter WWE Studios going multiplatformWWE.com has announced that WWE Studios will be going multiplatform to feature scripted, non-scripted, family and animated television and digital content.Vince McMahon spoke in detail about the announcement.“Given the size of our fan base and their appetite for WWE programming well beyond our core in-ring shows Monday Night Raw and SmackDown LIVE, this is the ideal time to further establish the WWE brand with new genres across platforms. WWE Studios is open for business with this new TV and digital initiative.”WWE NXT preview for November 29WWE NXT returns to the WWE Network tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).Scheduled for tonight’s show is Kairi Sane vs. Peyton Royce.Wrestleview.com will have a full NXT report later tonight. Pinterest Miz and Mrs. Season One coming to the WWE Network Friday, September 20 First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, July 23rd 2015 – Industry insiders, consumers and stakeholders from across Europe are being urged to cast their ballots ahead of the deadline for votes at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2015.The ceremony will take place at Forte Village, Sardinia, Italy, on September 5th, with voting scheduled to close on July 26th.Ahead of the Europe Gala Ceremony 2015 World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “Preparations for the next stop on our annual Grand Tour are well underway and we are looking forward to our time in Sardinia with Forte Village later this year.“With just days to go until voting for the Gala Ceremony closes, now is the time to make your voice heard.“Recognition by the World Travel Awards is rightly seen as the highest accolade in the industry, and your vote can really make a difference.“Register for your chance to vote now.”A full list of nominees can be seen here, while interested parties are urged to head over to the official World Travel Awards website and register to vote here.World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media. Premier Of The Turks And Caicos Islands, Dr. The Honourable Rufus W. Ewing Addresses The Foreign Affairs Committee On Governance In London Related Items:Forte Village, Italy, london, Sardinia, world travel awards, World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2015 Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
At least one local candidate in Washington’s U.S. Senate race was considering whether to continue Monday after the Associated Press reported that Republican Dino Rossi will enter the race as early as Wednesday.Republican Craig Williams, a Vancouver Realtor and energy trader, said he would be talking to his campaign staff over the next few days. He admitted frustration at reports that Rossi will jump into the contest to challenge U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. Nearly a dozen Republicans have announced their intent to run in the top two primary, and most are actively campaigning.“The reason I got into the race was to provide opposition to Sen. Murray when there wasn’t any,” Williams said. “I spent five months searching for a candidate to support and nobody was willing to run at that point. It’s unfortunate that Mr. Rossi has waited this long to get into the race.”Williams said he does not know Rossi’s positions on national issues, but fears that the state GOP is about to repeat history by backing the former state senator and two-time candidate for governor.“Having reviewed the last three elections, we have thrown three strong candidates at Murray: Rod Chandler, Linda Smith and George Nethercutt,” Williams said. “We are 0 for 3 with that formula of finding someone with name recognition and money. We are doing the same thing now.”