World Cup theme song ‘De Ghumaa Ke’ picking up pace

first_imgThe official song of the World Cup scheduled from February 19 to April 2 – “De Ghumaa Ke” is already making its presence felt in the sub-continent.Its composers Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy say that they created it keeping in mind every section of the society. “We thought about what one should expect of an anthem, and we wanted to compose a song that appealed to every cross-section of society.”The trio, critically acclaimed music directors in Bollywood, have created versions in Hindi, Bangla and Sinhalese that will feature widely in the build-up to and during the tournament to be hosted jointly by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.”The title De Ghumaa Ke (literally meaning ‘Hit it Hard’) is a term you use whether you’re watching your own local team or Sachin Tendulkar hit a six. That’s the whole idea, a fun song that will catch on and we hope it gets the crowds chanting and dancing in the stands throughout the ICC Cricket World Cup,” the composers said in an ICC statement issued from Dubai.last_img read more

Sania-Vesnina rank 2nd after Wimbledon

first_imgThe semifinal appearance in the women’s doubles event at the just concluded Wimbledon championships catapulted Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina to number two slot in the WTA Race to year-end Championships.Sania-Elena pair have 4506 points in the list, headed by Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, who have 6865 points. The top-four pairs compete in the prestigious year-end championship.”The partnership with Elena has been great in the last four months, specially the Slams. When we started playing together last year at Dubai, and had somebody said that we will be number two after Wimbledon, we would have laughed,” Sania told PTI from Dubai.Sania has taken a three-week break from the circuit to recover from the injury in the left knee.”It’s (knee) sore since I am off the pain killers. I am recovering. Hopefully it will be okay after 10 days rest.” Sania’s first tournament after the break will be the WTA event in Washington from July 25.The good show at the Wimbledon also resulted in Sania achieving the career-best doubles rank of 11, an improvement of three slots. In the singles though Sania slid to 63, a loss of three position, after a first round exit.In the ATP rankings, Somdev Devvarman rose to career-best 63 in the singles.Leander Paes also improved his doubles rankings by getting back into the top-10. He is placed eighth while his partner Mahesh Bhupathi is highest ranked Indian in the list at number five.Rohan Bopanna is at number 10, just behind his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Warriors’ Curry AP’s Top Athlete

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry’s greatness as a basketball player can be measured by his record-setting shooting numbers that are changing the game.His immense popularity derives from something less tangible.While many NBA greats rely on uncommon height and athletic ability that average fans can only dream of having, Curry’s game relies on the traits that every casual player can work on: shoot, dribble and pass.The difference is, perhaps nobody ever has put those three skills together the same way Curry has the past year as he has dominated on the court and made the once downtrodden Golden State Warriors the NBA’s must-watch team.“The way that I play has a lot of skill but is stuff that if you go to the YMCA or rec leagues or church leagues around the country, everybody wants to shoot, everybody wants to handle the ball, make creative passes and stuff like that,” he said. “You can work on that stuff. Not everybody has the vertical, or the physical gifts to be able to go out and do a windmill dunk and stuff like that. I can’t even do it.”That’s about all Curry is unable to do on the basketball court. His amazing year, in which he won an MVP, led Golden State to its first title in 40 years and helped the Warriors get off to a record-setting start this season, earned him The Associated Press 2015 Male Athlete of the Year.Curry finished first in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors, with the results released Dec. 26. He joined LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as the only basketball players to win the honor in the 85 years of the award.Curry beat out golfer Jordan Spieth, who won two majors, and American Pharoah, who became the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown.While American Pharoah got three more first-place votes than Curry’s 24, Curry appeared on 86 percent of the 82 ballots that ranked the top five candidates. More than one-third of the voters left American Pharoah off their list.“That’s a real honor,” Curry said. “I’m appreciative of that acknowledgement because it’s across all different sports. … It’s pretty cool.”Curry has become the face of the NBA this past year. His jersey is the best-seller in the league, his team’s games get record television ratings at home and in opposing markets and even his 3-year-old daughter Riley became a star by overshadowing her dad at playoff news conferences.Even his intricate warmup routine has become a show for fans who get out early or even sometimes on TV pregame shows.He does an elaborate two-ball dribbling routine, works on passes and shots with both hands, takes jump shots from just inside half court and then caps it with a long-range shot from the tunnel on the way back to the locker room.“Steph actually looks different,” ESPN analyst Jalen Rose said. “Like the best player in the league usually is also physically opposing — 6-6 plus, scowl on his face, menacing. With the attitude that we appreciated because like a Michael Jordan or Shaquille O’Neal, or Kobe Bryant, you know, just a cutthroat nature. Steph allows us into his living room. We see him on a national stage be a son, a dad, a husband, a father, a brother. And he does all of it while continuing to improve.”Curry has improved his scoring from 23.8 points per game to 30.8 — the biggest one-year jump ever by an MVP — prompting Rose to say that Curry could be the most improved player and repeat as MVP this season in a remarkable tribute to the offseason work he put in even after winning a title.He has become much more efficient scoring on drives and has amazingly added range to his already record-setting 3-point shooting. Curry can consistently make shots from 28 feet out as he is on pace to shatter his own record of 3-pointers made in a season.The drive to succeed is fueled by the fact that Curry got no major scholarship offers coming out of high school, he was the third point guard taken in the 2009 draft and he settled for a below-market contract extension three years ago because people questioned his durability following ankle injuries.“The thing I would say about Steph, what makes him who he is, is that nobody has to challenge him to get to the next level because he does it on his own,” coach Steve Kerr said.“I didn’t think he could get that much better from last year but I do think he’s gotten considerably better, which is quite a feat when you’re the reigning MVP.”(JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Putin: Olympic ban on Russian athletes is result of political plot

first_imgPresident Vladimir Putin said a shadowy political plot had succeeded in unfairly stripping some Russian sportspeople of the right to compete at the Rio Olympics over doping allegations and promised to defend Russia’s tarnished sporting reputation.Addressing members of Russia’s Olympic team in the Kremlin on Wednesday, Putin said a decision by global sporting organisations to ban Russian track-and-field athletes and sportspeople in everything from swimming to rowing flew in the face of common sense and legality.“The deliberate campaign targeting our athletes was characterised by so-called double standards and opted for the idea of collective responsibility, which is not compatible with sport, justice, or the basic norms of law,” said Putin.“It is an attempt to apply the rules which unfortunately dominate in geopolitics to the sporting world,” he said, hitting out at what he called “short-sighted political schemers.”With Russia months away from parliamentary elections and stuck in an economic crisis, the scandal, which centres on allegations the Russian government and the FSB security service covered up doping for years, has rocked the Russian sports world and tarnished Putin’s showcase 2014 Winter Olympics.But his tactic of pinning the blame on a shadowy plot, which he has previously suggested emanates in the West, taps into voters’ patriotism and analysts say the imbroglio is unlikely to hurt his stratospheric ratings.THE RUSSIAN CHARACTERPutin, a keen practitioner of judo and ice hockey, made his comments to over 100 sportspeople, some of whom have been banned from going to the Rio Games next month because of doping allegations by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and other federations.He spoke after the IAAF said there were “no grounds for further review” of its original decision.Occasionally looking glassy-eyed and emotional, Putin complained that many of those prevented from going had not been served with specific or proven doping accusations.“It is obvious that the absence of Russian sportspeople – leaders in many sporting disciplines – will significantly affect the intensity of the competition and diminish the spectator value of the forthcoming events,” said Putin.Any medal won in Rio in the absence of Russian athletes would be worth much less than usual, he added, predicting many victories would be hollow.Pledging tough action against any sportspeople guilty of doping as well as the creation of a system to prevent the practice, Putin said someone was trying to rewrite the Olympics’ founding principles – of equality, fairness and mutual respect.The atmosphere at the meeting, held in a glittering hall in the Kremlin, was sombre.Double Olympic champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, one of the athletes unable to attend Rio because of the scandal, became emotional when she spoke after Putin, saying her Olympic dream and that of others had been stolen.Putin said Russians excelled in the face of adversity.“There is an important and wonderful quality about the Russian character,” said Putin. “Difficulties only unite us and make us stronger.” Source: ReutersTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Leander Paes in no mood to slow down even at 45: Feel fit, strong and healthy

first_imgIn his 28th season on tour and even after winning 18 Grand Slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles, the 45-year-old Leander Paes still feels the need to reinvent himself to keep up with the changing times in professional tennis.Born to parents from sporting backgrounds, the Indian turned professional in 1991 as a singles player rising to world number 73 with his serve-and-volley game.He went on to win the Olympic bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Games in men’s singles, quite a feat in a cricket-mad country starved of individual success in Olympic sports.He has not tasted grand slam success since he and Martina Hingis won the mixed doubles title at the 2016 French Open but Paes is not ready to put his racket down yet.”Passion, I love the game,” Paes told Reuters when asked what keeps him going. “I love fitness and the hard work that goes behind it. I really, really enjoy being on the court and the competition and the fierceness.”Just to go out there and learn new shots, learn new movements, learn new things with the diet, with the scientific training the young kids are teaching me.”At the ongoing Australian Open, Paes made a first round exit in men’s doubles with partner Mexican Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela and suffered a second round defeat with local Samantha Stosur in mixed doubles.Paes has partnered 121 players in men’s doubles at the last count but was not sure if the number was 22 or 23 in mixed doubles.Paes remains popular in tennis circles and a sizeable number of fans turned up to watch him play at the Australian Open.advertisement”It’s pretty special. I am very blessed to have an unbelievable following and that’s one of the huge reasons that keeps me going,” he said.”I love to entertain people, I love to bring them some happiness in their lives. I like to give them a sense that they can achieve their dreams as well, especially the young kids.”Paes holds a career Grand Slam in both forms of doubles and says he is still highly sought after as a doubles partner.”This time in the locker room I have got 23 guys who have asked me to play. It’s been quite fun,” he said.The former doubles number one has slipped out of top 50 but is determined to work his way up the rankings ladder.Known for his athleticism on the court that has endeared him to fans, Paes promised to be even fitter in 2019 having also added a “bit” of martial arts to his training schedule.”I do a little bit, there are a bunch of different things I do. I look at the modern training, I look at my body type, my speed, my health and I have done quite a few different things.”Paes said he was not thinking about an eighth Olympic appearance in Tokyo next year but was not contemplating retirement either.”One day it will come to an end for sure, I know that. Everything that starts comes to an end, that’s just the circle of life,” he added.”But as far as I am concerned I have never ever quit in my life. I am going to be 46 in a few months but I feel fit, I feel strong, I feel healthy and happy. I am living my dream.”Also Watch:last_img read more

Hebei CFFC & Barca reach Mascherano deal

first_imgTransfers Hebei CFFC and Barcelona reach Mascherano agreement Zhicheng Hu Last updated 1 year ago 14:34 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Javier Mascherano Barcelona Getty Images Transfers Hebei CFFC Barcelona CSL Primera División After protracted negotiations, the Spanish giants have come to an agreement with the Chinese side over the transfer of the Argentine veteran Wantaway Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano is finally set to leave the Liga giants after the club accepted a bid for the player from the CSL outfit Hebei China Fortune, Goal understands.The two clubs have been wrangling hard over the final transfer fee, with Barca demanding at least €10 million for the Argentinian. However, Hebei China Fortune are reluctant to pay more than €5.77 million, which would trigger a 100 per cent levy on the payment for the transfer.The Chinese Football Association announced last June that any loss-making club in China’s top two divisions that pays more than 45 million yuan (€5.77 million) for a foreign player transfer must pay the same amount to a CFA youth development fund.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The CFA made its presence felt on Tuesday by issuing a harsh warning that it would severely punish clubs who flagrantly violate its transfer rules, following reports that Guangzhou Evergrande and Beijing Guoan are engaging in a bidding war over Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Sources have told Goal that Hebei China Fortune held their ground in protracted negotiations with Barcelona for fear of incurring the wrath of the CFA, and eventually managed to convince the Blaugrana to accept a fee less than €5.77 million for Mascherano.The 33-year-old is set to earn €7m-per-year in Hebei where his compatriot Ezequiel Lavezzi and former Arsenal forward Gervinho also ply their trade.last_img read more

Matches across UK called off amid snow chaos

first_imgPremier League Will snow forecast impact UK football matches this weekend? Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 21:59 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Southampton snow Getty Premier League Championship Premiership WTF Freak Arctic weather has been wreaking havoc on everyday life across the United Kingdom, including weekly football games A weather front dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’ is making its way across Europe, bringing freezing temperatures and disrupting everyday life.Football does not exist in a bubble so it too is at risk of disruption, with games at all levels equally susceptible to being postponed until later dates.The usual calendar of fixtures has already been impacted across the continent and in Britain, but the weather is expected to get worse in the coming days. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player As the United Kingdom finds itself cloaked in snow, Goal takes a look at what games are likely to be affected by the ‘Beast from the East’.What games are at risk due to snow? According to the Met Office , the freezing weather is forecast to last until the weekend, meaning that, in theory, a lot of games in the UK are at risk of being affected.Premier League action kicked off on Thursday evening as Arsenal hosted Manchester City in a repeat of the Carabao Cup final and the game was unaffected by the weather.The rest of the games take place on Saturday and Sunday, so clubs involved in those games – including the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City – will be hoping that the worst of the weather will have passed.Manchester United are not in action until Monday evening, so, based on the current forecast, it is not under threat of being called off.Tottenham’s home clash with Huddersfield Town is set to go ahead, although the club have suggested that fans set off an hour earlier to avoid being impacted by travel delays.Five Championship matches on Saturday have been postponed: Aston Villa vs QPR , Barnsley vs Norwich City , Brentford vs Cardiff City, Wolves vs Reading and Sheffield Wednesday vs Burton Albion .#LondonSnow — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 28, 2018 Only five games in League One and League Two are still scheduled, with the other 16 having been forced to cancel and replay at a later date.In Scotland, two of Saturday’s Premiership matches were called off (St Johnstone vs Hamilton Academical and Ross County vs Partick Thistle) but both the Scottish Cup games, including Celtic vs Morton, will go ahead. Every single game in Ireland has been called off.You can keep an eye on which games are going ahead on Goal’s live scores centre .Have any games already been called off due to snow? Juventus Atalanta Serie A snowYes, a number of games have already been affected by the inclement weather and in some cases entire rounds have been postponed.In Europe, the Coppa Italia match between Juventus and Atalanta was called off at the last minute after heavy snow pounded Turin on Sunday.In the UK, six games in Scotland’s Championship, League One and League Two were postponed on Tuesday due to the weather, but some Premiership matches went ahead.However, Wednesday’s Premiership games, including Celtic versus Dundee, were called off. A further eight games were called off on Friday and Saturday.GAME OFFTonight’s #SPFL Premiership match against Dundee at Celtic Park has been postponed due to the severe weather.Details of the re-arranged date for #CELDUN will be announced in due course. — Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 28, 2018 Some matches in England’s lower leagues were cancelled on Tuesday too, while an entire round was nearly held back because of the weather.A humourous incident occured during a League One game between Peterborough United and Walsall as heavy snowfall threatened to end the game prematurely.However, some Peterborough players helped ground staff to clear the areas around the 18-yard box and perimeter to ensure the game was completed, thus allowing them to clinch a 2-1 win.What is ‘The Beast from the East’? Arsenal Etihad Stadium snowThe so-called ‘Beast from the East’ is a polar vortex and it is bringing snow, ice and cold winds with it as it passes over Europe.Its official name is ‘Storm Emma’ but it has been dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’ because it is moving from Siberia in Russia, sweeping west across the continent towards the Atlantic Ocean.As a consequence of the vortex, Arctic conditions are to be expected, such as sub-zero temperatures, heavy snowfall and frost.Temperatures in parts of central Europe have reached minus 20 degrees and, while the UK is not experiencing such drastic cold, it is expected to reach minus 10 degrees in places.Red weather warnings are in place in many countries with places – such as schools and businesses – shutting down to encourage the avoidance of travel. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Our Champions Take On The World

first_imgFour Australian Touch Football representatives have been named in the Australian Women’s squad with just under a month to go before the start of the Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 event in Moscow.Emilee Cherry, Charlotte Caslick, Nikki Etheridge and Rebecca Tavo were all selected for the tournament as Australia looks to defend its title as world champions of the newest Olympic sport.Rebecca Tavo has achieved World Cup success before, both in Rugby Sevens and Touch Football. While she was a part of the Sevens squad that won the last Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in 2009, Tavo also contributed to the success of the Australian Touch Football Women’s Open team in the 2010 Trans Tasman Series and the 2011 World Cup, while she was also a member of the Mixed Open side at the 2007 World Cup. Emilee Cherry is another member of the squad that has achieved a World Cup victory in Touch Football, having also played in the Australian Women’s Open team at the 2011 World Cup in Scotland. To add to this international experience, Cherry has competed in four Trans Tasman clashes; two at an Open’s level and two Youth tours, including debuting for the Women’s Open team at just 17 years of age.Cherry has proven her skills on the Touch Football field are interchangeable across the two codes, being awarded the Australian Rugby Union Women’s Player of the Year in 2012.Charlotte Caslick is another proven international, having represented Australia in Touch Football in the 2012 and 2013 Trans Tasman Series events in the Women’s Open division after debuting as a 15-year-old in the Australian 18’s Girls team at the 2011 Youth Trans Tasman Series. Nikki Etheridge is another Touch Footballer who will draw on her international experience to help during the Women’s Sevens campaign. Etheridge made her Australian Touch Football debut in the 2009 Trans Tasman Series in the Mixed Open division, an achievement she repeated at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Rebecca, Emilee, Charlotte and Nikki on their selection and we wish them the best of luck in Moscow.Related LinksFour In World Cup Squadlast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham striker Kane best no.9 in the world says Keane

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane best no.9 in the world says Keaneby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane is the best number nine in the world, according to former Spurs star Robbie Keane.The Englishman has quietly gone about his business this season, once again blasting in goals left, right and centre.Kane currently has 20 goals in 30 appearances this season, which has taken him to fourth on the all-time scoring list at Tottenham. And Keane thinks he will continue adding to that tally.”I’m sure he’ll stay at this club for a long time. He loves it here. There’s no question that he cannot get to Jimmy Greaves’ record,” Keane, who banged in over 100 goals for Spurs, told Sky Sports.”What I like about Harry is that… everyone keeps talking about ‘ah, next year is he going to be good?’ He keeps doing it.”I’m sick of people saying ‘is he tired?’ because he keeps banging the goals in and that spurs him on.”When you speak to him he gets annoyed when people keep mentioning it and then he just keeps coming on the pitch and keeps scoring goals.”For me at this moment in time, he’s the best No. 9 in the world.” last_img read more

In the news today July 18

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, July 18———SCHEER CALLS TRUMP’S COMMENTS OFFENSIVEFederal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says there is no place in society for comments such as the ones U.S. President Donald Trump has made about four Democratic congresswomen. Scheer says he believes people should be free to criticize their governments without having their backgrounds questioned or being told to leave the country. Trump is being called a racist for suggesting on Twitter that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from if they don’t like America. Scheer didn’t go so far as calling the tweets racist when asked by reporters in Saskatoon, but he said they were offensive. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Trump’s comments would not fly north of the border because diversity is one of Canada’s strengths. ———MANY TSX 60 FIRMS’ OPAQUE ON DIVERSITY DATAOn Tricia Davis’s first day of work at a coal mine in B.C.’s Elk Valley, she says she spotted a heart and a penis scrawled on some dusty equipment. And on a bus ride home one day from the Teck Coal Ltd. operation, Davis — who started there as a truck driver in June 2017 — says two male co-workers insinuated she was working as a prostitute. They allegedly told her: “Oh look it’s your corner, that’s where you belong.” “I waited for two years to finally have the opportunity to work at Teck and have never been so humiliated in my life,” Davis, who quit that job, said in a complaint filed to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.———CDN MILLENNIALS WANT ELECTION CLIMATE DEBATESeveral hundred Canadian millennials planned to rally in at least 30 cities across the country Wednesday, demanding a federal leaders’ debate on climate change. Emma Jackson, a field organizer with the group Our Time, said the science is clear that humanity only has 11 years to get a grip on greenhouse-gas emissions before global warming becomes catastrophic and irreversible. Last fall, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report warning that the world was nowhere near being on track to cut emissions enough to hit the Paris climate-accord target to keep global warming to as close to 1.5 C above pre-industrial times as possible. We are already close to 1 C of warming, and a recent report from Environment and Climate Change Canada warned this country is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world.———STUDY DETAILS RENT AFFORDABILITY IN CITIESA minimum-wage worker could afford to rent in just a few neighbourhoods in Canada, suggests a new analysis of the country’s rental market that also raises questions about a promised federal rent-supplement program. The report being released Thursday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says someone earning minimum wage would only be able to afford a one-bedroom rental in nine per cent of 795 neighbourhoods in Canadian cities in the study. The figure drops to three per cent of neighbourhoods when looking at the affordability of two-bedroom units. The federal Liberals’ decade-long national housing strategy includes programs to build more rental housing, hoping a boost in supply will drive down costs.———SUMMER TRAVEL DEALS REQUIRE FLEXIBILITYAs social media feeds fill up with pictures of friends and family on vacation and last-minute deals on flights become harder to score, the fear of missing out is real for procrastinators who have not yet booked their summer holiday. But Elyshia Derbach of Flight Centre says there are still deals to be had on great trips, if you are flexible and open to considering alternatives you might not have thought about. Being open to different styles of travel than what you’re used to, such as a cruise or tour, could also help score you a deal, she added. Before starting your search, Derbach says it is important to know when you are able to travel. Some deals come and go quickly, she says, so if you’re looking for a deal you might want to avoid having to check with your boss or travel partners before you book.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— WTO panel holds its first substantive meeting with the parties Thursday and Friday, and then a third party-session Friday over Australia’s complaint in how B.C. governs wine sales at grocery stores.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins supporters for an armchair discussion at a Liberal fundraising event.— Finance Minister Carole James releases the provincial public accounts for 2018-2019. The event starts with a presentation by James, goes to a non-for-attribution technical briefing and then James will be back for follow-up questions.— Edmonton police media availability on fake Connor McDavid hockey jerseys being sold.— The Tsilhqot’in Nation holds a ceremony to commemorate the wrongful trial and hanging of Chief Ahan.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mikmaq warriors in court after RCMP crackdown

first_imgAPTN National NewsMembers of the Mi’kmaq warriors society were in court in Moncton, New Brunswick, Tuesday.They’re facing various charges after that RCMP crackdown on the anti-fracking barricade in Rexton, New Brunswick last week.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has been following this story and joins APTN from the court house in Moncton.last_img

Passion for Caftan More than a runway show

first_imgBy Najoua Bijjir – Rotterdam, NetherlandsPassion for Caftan is a fashion event held twice a year in Belgium. On Sunday, March 30, the sixth edition of the event will take place in the city of Antwerp. Nasim Tesoudali, an organizer of the event, reveals secrets behind the successful event.What can you tell us about Passion for Caftan? “Passion for Caftan is a fashion event, which focuses on Moroccan and Arab haute couture. With this event we want to make a contribution to the fashion industry, where the caftan certainly has earned its place,” Tesoudali said.What can the audience expect during the upcoming event?“This year we have 24 designers from Europe, Morocco and Dubai. Every year we invite special guests of honour to participate in the event. And I’m proud to announce that this year our guests are actresses Samia Akkariou, Nora Skali, Leila Hadioui, and TV-host Samira el Beloui. Furthermore, we have a few surprise acts in store. This way Passion for Caftan is more than a runway show. It’s also an experience reminiscent of a fashion gala.What is the secret behind the success?The first edition of Passion for Caftan was held in 2009, and was officially opened by former Prime Minister Yves Leterme. Since then, the event has grown each year. Even though the caftan is a Moroccan gown, our visitors have different ethnical backgrounds, and are interested in wearing a caftan as well. The Moroccan caftan is similar to the Moroccan kitchen, it’s rich in ingredients and everything is possible. Therein lies the success of Passion for Caftan. We’re especially looking forward to cross borders with our concept.The gown that never disappeared What makes the caftan a special gown?To answer this question, we asked the Moroccan couture designer and Passion For Caftan ambassador, Amine M’rani, about his experience with the upcoming event. “Passion for Caftan is the number one caftan event in Europe. We’ve never imagined it could be such a success. We are the place for brides-to-be looking for a Moroccan wedding gown. We always add a new twist to the caftan, and make the gown look very stylish in each collection we present.”“The caftan is actually a very rare gown among others, and through the ages it never disappeared. In fact, the caftan keeps developing and modernizing. It’s the only gown that is suitable for different styles and different purposes, such as a modern soiree or a very traditional one. The caftan is very suitable to wear in every country, that’s because the gown blends easily in different cultures. This is what inspires me most about the caftan,” M’rani said.How did you begin designing caftans?“I was born into a family that always was into fashion and designing. From my father’s side as well as my mother’s. I’ve always been surrounded by the most beautiful fabrics and craftsmanship of a high quality. When it comes to designing a caftan I always keep this in mind.”What can we expect from your collection during the upcoming event?“We are the first doorsteps to weddings. Therefore our upcoming collection focuses especially on bridal collection. We added many new twists to the Caftan, as a wedding gown, in our new collection.”Arab fashion meets the westDuring Passion for Caftan we will not only admire the works of Moroccan fashion designers, but also that of the Dutch fashion designer Irving Vorster, head designer at the label IRVINX. We asked Irving Vorster to tell us about his contribution to the fashion event. “For the upcoming show I was asked to design a special caftan gown. Previously, I designed a dress for Kristiane Backer, author of the book From MTV to Mecca, and enjoyed working on this dress. Now, I’m looking forward to designing a unique caftan, featured with my design mark. These are my distinctive asymmetric lines in every gown.”Dutch fashion designer Irving VorsterWhat do you think about a fashion event dedicated to the Caftan?“Passion for Caftan is a beautiful concept where the Arab fashion meets the West.As a designer I am very excited to discover the Moroccan culture, and I am even considering designing an exclusive collection of caftans within my regular collection.”What do you think about Moroccan and Arab fashion in general?“What strikes me most about many Muslim women in the West, is that they always look very groomed and beautiful. In my opinion, a woman doesn’t necessarily have to be naked to look her best. When a woman looks grooming, she looks very feminine. This is clearly reflected in the Islamic culture.”Dutch fashion designer Irving Vorster, showing a caftan in progress© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Top UN envoy repeats need for all sectors to take part in

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Iraq Ashraf Qazi met with Farouq Abdel Rahman, head of the Iraqi Turkoman Front, Hussein Al-Shahristani, a leading member of the United Iraqi Coalition, and Interim Minister of Planning Mahdi Hafed, the latest in a long line of political, religious, ethnic and tribal leaders he has consulted since almost as soon as the ballot closed on 30 January. Since then he has repeatedly stressed the need for all Iraqis to take part in shaping their country’s future following very low voter turnout in Sunni Arab areas amid boycott calls and ongoing violence. Shiite Muslim Arabs, who voted in large numbers, are estimated to constitute about 60 per cent of the population, while Kurds – who also turned out en masse for the polls – and Sunni Arabs make up about 20 per cent each. Mr. Qazi again emphasized today that the UN will continue to promote a broad-based national dialogue among all Iraqi political powers in implementation of its mandate under Security Council resolution 1546 to promote national dialogue and coordinate international aid to the country. Twenty-three funds, programmes and agencies are working together under the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) to support the reconstruction process in the country. read more

£16m Harrods customer loses bid to keep her £22m homes

Mrs A yesterday lost her appeal against the two orders after Mr Justice Supperstone dismissed her application to discharge the UWOs.Mr Justice Supperstone noted that “independent of the conviction there is evidence which provides some corroboration for the allegations made against him [Mrs A’s husband] relating to the misuse of the bank’s funds of which he was found guilty”.He stated that “three separate loyalty cards were issued to Mrs A by department store Harrods, where she spent more than £16 million between September 2006 and June 2016, which the court heard was “far in excess” of her husband’s income.Each week the woman spent tens of thousands of pounds on luxury goods, while her child has a share fund worth £15m.James Lewis QC, for Mrs A, said that her husband was a “fat cat international banker” whose wealth covered his wife’s expenditure.Sitting at the High Court Mr Justice Supperstone also discharged an anonymity order preventing the identification of the couple, the non-EEA country, the bank, the two properties and Mr A’s lawyers in the non-EEA country.Mr Justice Supperstone said he was “not satisfied” that the anonymity order was necessary in order to protect their interests. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He concluded that “identification of Mrs A and her husband, the non-EEA country involved and the state-owned enterprise that employed him are all matters of very real public interest”.However, he directed that the anonymity order stay in place until noon on October 10, pending the outcome of an application for permission to appeal over both the ruling on the UWO and on the anonymity order.Indicating that Mrs A would seek to take the case to the Court of Appeal Mr Lewis said the case raised “clearly important issues”.Donald Toon, NCA director for economic crime, said: “I am very pleased that the court dismissed the respondent’s (Mrs A’s) arguments. This demonstrates that the NCA is absolutely right to ask probing questions about the funds used to purchase prime property.”We are determined to use the powers available to us to their fullest extent where we have concerns that we cannot determine legitimate sources of wealth.”Legal commentators say that if the UWO against Mrs A stands, it is likely to pave the way for more orders against suspects, including Russian oligarchs with property in Britain. The wife of an international banker who spent £16 million at Harrods has lost her bid to keep hold of two opulent properties worth £22m.The woman, who had three separate loyalty cards for the Knightsbridge store, was the subject of the first two orders issued under so called McMafia laws.Two Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) were obtained by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in February in relation to the two properties; a £11.5m home purchased in 2009 by a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands and a London home bought the same year for a similar sum.Mrs A’s husband was the chairman of a bank in a non-European Economic Area (EEA) country, in which the state had a controlling stake. Following his resignation in 2015 he was convicted of fraud and embezzlement, sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay the bank approximately 39 million US dollars.As a result the NCA obtained two UWOs against his assets on the grounds the funds used to purchase the properties were bought with cash stolen while he was working for a state bank in their home country.The NCA has the power to seize assets if officials believe the owner is a politically exposed person (PEP) – someone from outside the EEA in a position of power that makes them liable to bribery or corruption – or someone with suspected links to serious or organised crime, and they are unable explain the source of their wealth. read more

Dronebased mapping

first_imgAnya Lamb, Marketing Manager @DroneDeploy notes that drone-based mapping is “already bringing enormous insights and efficiency gains to a variety of industries. The ability to quickly get an overhead view of a job site is very useful for site planning and communication — but for many industries, particularly mining, using drones to understand elevation data is even more valuable.“In February, we released our initial elevation and volume tools, which gave users a way to capture relative elevation data and measure stockpile volumes in a way that was faster and more cost-effective than ever before. With just one 15 minute flight, users can collect elevation data that would have taken hours — if not days — to collect with traditional ground-based surveying methods.“That initial release was just the beginning. In the last four months, we’ve worked with our users to better understand how they use elevation data in their businesses, and we are excited to announce several new improvements to help make the elevation data in DroneDeploy even more powerful.“It sounds like a simple thing, but the ability to immediately view the elevation of any point when you drop a marker on your map can be used for a variety of different purposes. With this new capability, it’s easy to measure the height of a structure or use the elevation and distance between points to calculate slopes, and more.” As shown in the diagram.The original version of the volume tool released back in February allows users to outline a formation, e.g., a stockpile, and then instantly calculate the volume with a click of the button. Behind the scenes, DroneDeploy used the outline to define the “base” of the stockpile, and then compares the base to the surface of the pile to make the calculation.The first version of the tool worked great for calculating stand-alone stockpiles on flat surfaces. In one case study, drone service provider Dallas VanZanten discusses how he used the DroneDeploy volume tool to calculate stockpile volumes at a granite processing plant to within 1% accuracy in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods.“Drones are safer, faster, and about half the cost as compared to traditional ground-based volumetrics.” — VanZanten, Skymedia NorthwestBut what if you need to calculate the volume of a bench in an open-pit mine or walled stockpile where the base of the structure can’t be easily defined by drawing a perimeter on the ground? A small adjustment to the volume tool now allows you to use the lowest selected point to define the base of the volume want to calculate, making the volume calculation useful and accurate for a broader range of volume calculations.last_img read more

The Peoples Daily building in China looks like a gigantic goldplated um

first_imgTrump carries a wad of cash for tipping people in his back pocket instead of a wallet Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide 10 things in tech you need to know today via moonchild888/Instagramvia peekaboo_lu/Instagramvia theslawdr/Instagram These photos make us feel very insignificant>Do you remember photographer Arthur Fields of O’Connell Bridge?> THE HEADQUARTERS OF the Chinese newspaper People’s Daily has been likened to gigantic part of the male anatomy, reports Shanghaiist.That much has been observed for awhile, but now final stages of construction are taking place, and it turns out the building is going to be gold-plated, which makes the whole thing even more garish.It is in Beijing if you ever happen to be there and want to swing by to inspect it for yourself.Here are some images of the building from Instagram.last_img read more

Michael Wolff Named Editorial Director of Adweek Media

first_imgTrouble or not, e5 has at the very least secured impressive media buzz from the Min and Wolff appointments, not to mention Beckman himself, who left a president and chief executive post at Condé Nast’s Fairchild Fashion Group in January to head up e5.e5 Global Media, backed by Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners, bought the Adweek Media Group titles, along with The Hollywood Reporter and four other brands from Nielsen Business Media in late 2009. Michael Wolff, Newser founder and Vanity Fair columnist, has been named editorial director of Adweek Media, a group of trade magazines including Adweek, Mediaweek and Brandweek owned by e5 Global Media. Wolff is the second high-profile appointment since e5 CEO Richard Beckman hired Janice Min as editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter. Wolff [pictured] is known for his aggressive take on the media business and it appears that this sensibility was key to his appointment and one he will continue to exploit. Beckman told the New York Times that Wolff is “…controversial. Which is good. If you want to make an omelet you have to break some eggs.”Likewise, Wolff said of his hire that he plans on having a lot of fun covering the media business and that he wants to “make some trouble.”last_img read more

MISSING CAT Have You Seen Stella

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMISSING CAT: Have You Seen Mic?In “Missing Pets”MISSING CAT: Have You Seen Lakshmi?In “Missing Pets”MISSING CAT: Have You Seen Loki?In “Missing Pets” WILMINGTON, MA — Stella, a female Bengal cat, has been missing from the Royal Street/Salem Street area since Wednesday, August 22. If seen, please call 781-420-0678.Stella(NOTE: The above information & photo was shared by the Wilmington Animal Control Officer.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email

Late 2016 MacBook Pro 13 Touch Bar Gets a Teardown by iFixit

first_img iFixit Breaks Down What Killed Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charging MatApple’s Durable HomePod Makes Home Repairs Impossible Laptops have never been designed to be all that easy to repair or upgrade. Fitting the power of a desktop into a package compact enough to carry about with you requires weird shoehorning of permanently fixed components, that usually ends up with most people either spending an unreasonable amount of money getting their laptop repaired, or just throwing it away and getting a new one.The team at iFixit aren’t deterred by that sort of challenge, though. To see how repairable the new Late 2016 Macbook Pro 13″ Touch Bar is, as well as what makes it tick, they’ve done a full teardown of Apple’s latest laptop. They’re no stranger to taking a look at new tech and stripping it down to its barest of components for our viewing pleasure, and the fact that this is a new laptop isn’t any reason for them to stop caring now.The addition of the LED Touch Bar that replaces the function keys above the keyboard is the latest Macbook Pro’s killer feature, but with LED screens being so fragile, it seems like this new model is even harder to repair than the last version…if you can believe that, anyway.The verdict is that the latest Macbook Pro 13″ is almost impossible to repair yourself and if you could parts would be very expensive. An obnoxious amount of screws and glued down components hamper the process of disassembly. Even when they finally got to the point they could remove the Touch Bar resting at the top of the keyboard, they accidentally separated the digitizer from the LED screen of the Touch Bar. Ouch.If iFixit, which has torn down hundreds of devices, has trouble disassembling something without breaking it, then you can be sure that 99% of people at home will run into the same issue. As it stands, it seems that if you opt to buy a Late 2016 Apple Macbook Pro 13″ Touch Bar, and it happens to get damaged, the only option will be to go through Apple for a repair or replacement. And don’t go delving into your Macbook unless you actually know what you’re doing or warranty doesn’t matter to you. Chances are you’re not going to do nearly as great of a job as the pros.Looks like your  best option if your new Apple nest egg runs into issues is to definitely take it in for repairs. Hopefully it doesn’t ever come to that! Stay on targetlast_img read more

Using magnets to control chemical reactions that target release of medicines inside

first_img(—A team of researchers with the University of Georgia in Athens has developed a technique for controlling chemical reactions that release drugs inside the body. In their paper published in the journal Nature Catalysis, the group describes coating chemicals to prevent a reaction from occurring until the application of a magnetic field that releases a desired drug. In some medical applications, it is better for a medical treatment if a chemical can be applied directly to a certain part of the body and nowhere else. Chemicals meant to treat tumors are the prime example—chemotherapy drugs act on every cell they contact, causing a host of negative side effects. In this new effort, the group took a novel approach to solving this problem, using a magnet to force coated chemicals together, prompting a drug releasing reaction.To provide a means for controlling when chemicals come into contact inside the body, the researchers created tiny packets by first coating iron oxide nanoparticles with silica and then coating them further with two types of polymers, which, when combined, form a brush-like structure. Each of the packets was then loaded with either an enzyme or a substrate meant to react with the enzyme, and, of course, the drug to be released. In practice, the packets would be released into the body of a patient, where they would make their way to the whole body, behaving harmlessly, as the brushes prevent them from reacting whenever they meet. When the packets made their way to a site where a reaction was wanted, the researcher applied a magnet that forced them close together—close enough that they could react, releasing the drug. The other packets not involved in the reaction would slowly be flushed out of the body naturally, without causing harm.The researchers tested their packets in vitro using a real chemotherapy drug and cancer cells. They report it worked just as they had envisioned. More testing is required, of course, to ensure the technique is safe, but if all goes well, it could eventually be used to treat a wide variety of cancers. Multi stimuli-responsive nanocapsules selectively deliver drugs to exactly where they are needed Journal information: Nature Catalysis Explore further E- and S-type superparamagnetic nanoparticles carrying the enzyme and the substrate. a,b, Cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) image (a) and schematic (b) explaining the concept of the magnetic-field-triggered biocatalysis. The particle superparamagnetic core is made of Fe3O4 nanoparticles enveloped by silica. The silica envelope is labelled with covalently bound fluorescent dyes (red for E-particles and green for S-particles). In the magnetic field, due to dipole–dipole interactions, the particles are brought into contact, so that the brush-like double-layer shells merge and intertwine, enabling interactions between the enzyme and substrate. The inner layers of the brush-shell are made of polyacrylic acid (PAA), which carries conjugated molecules of enzymes and substrates and provides the acidic environment for hydrolytic reactions. The external shell of poly(ethylene glycol methyl ether acrylate) polymer (PPEGMA) secures a barrier function to block ‘unauthorized’ or premature reactions of the enzyme and the substrate. The biocatalytic reaction is localized within the biocatalytic nanocompartment, which is generated in the magnetic field. The reaction is monitored by detecting the released cargo molecules. Credit: (c) Nature Catalysis (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41929-017-0003-3center_img More information: Andrey Zakharchenko et al. Magnetic field remotely controlled selective biocatalysis, Nature Catalysis (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41929-017-0003-3AbstractMany applications for medical therapy, biotechnology and biosensors rely on efficient delivery and release of active substances. Here, we demonstrate a platform that explores magnetic-field-responsive compartmentalization of biocatalytic reactions for well-controlled release of chemicals or biological materials on demand. This platform combines two different kinds of core–shell magnetic nanoparticle: one loaded with enzymes and another with substrate-bound therapeutic (bio)chemicals. Both cargos are shielded with a polymer brush structure of the nanoparticle shell, which prevents any enzyme–substrate interactions. The shield’s barrier is overcome when a relatively weak (a fraction of 1 T) external magnetic field is applied and the enzyme and the substrate are merged and forced to interact in the generated nanocompartment. The merged biocatalytic nanoparticles liberate the substrate-bound therapeutic drugs when the enzymes degrade the substrate. The developed platform provides a proof of concept for the remotely controlled release of drugs or (bio)chemicals using the energy of a non-invasive, weak magnetic field. © 2017 Citation: Using magnets to control chemical reactions that target release of medicines inside the body (2017, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more