November 16

Boone Pickens Is Still Upset About Mike Gundy’s 2-9 Bedlam Record

first_imgIt got a little lost because Oklahoma State blew the doors off Southeastern Louisiana, but Boone Pickens kinda, sorta called out Mike Gundy on Saturday before the game.“You remember what I said? I didn’t say we had to win. I said we had to be competitive,” Pickens told the Tulsa World. “We’ve sure been competitive with some of them, but we’re still struggling with OU. Les Miles beat OU, didn’t he? Two out of four? Yeah. That’s competitive.“Damn sure is [the game I want],” he added to the Oklahoman. “It is. By gollee, we beat Texas. We’re the only team that has ever beaten Texas four in a row in Austin. If we can beat Texas, we sure ought to be able to beat OU.”This was a theme this week for Boone. He talked about it with Lou Holtz in a different interview.“I have to take my hat off to ol’ Les,” said Pickens. “He beat Oklahoma and we haven’t had anyone who could beat Oklahoma. Every once in awhile is kind of the way it goes. When I signed on there for the stadium, I said we are now going to be competitive. And we have been every place but one place — we’ve struggled with the Oklahoma Sooners.”So that’s something. We are on the precipice of Mike Gundy winning 100 games and cementing his legend in Stillwater, and Boone is talking Bedlam. It’s interesting if nothing else.“He’s going to be the first coach to win 100 games,” Mike Holder told the Oklahoman recently about Gundy. “That means a lot more than a contract.”I don’t necessarily disagree with Pickens that you need to beat OU if you’re coaching OSU, but it seems like an odd time to bring it up. On the eve of one of the more-anticipated seasons in recent memory with one of the better teams Gundy has ever had as Les gets upset at Lambeau by a two-touchdown dog.Do I wish his Bedlam record was better? Sure. Should it be better? OSU should have won in 2012 and 2013 so yes, it should be. It should be 4-7, not 2-9. But it’s not, and that hangs over Gundy’s head for sure.However the whole of Gundy’s tenure far outweighs that 2-9 blemish. Far, far outweighs it. Pickens knows that. Everybody knows that. Mike Gundy is pretty easily the best football coach OSU has ever had, Bedlam record or not.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

November 16

Martin Adams: ‘Men are terrible at talking about our health, aren’t we?’

first_imgWhen you are a professional darts player called ‘Wolfie’, a former three‑times world champion still grounded enough to enjoy playing for free in the local leagues, it is obvious why a pub will open just for you before 10 o’clock on a Friday morning. Murky sunlight seeps into The Bell in Deeping St James, not far from Peterborough, as Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams discusses a silent killer.“A lot of people call it the silent killer because there are not necessarily any symptoms,” Adams says of prostate cancer, which took hold of him in the spring of 2016. “I didn’t have any symptoms and I know lots of people that have never had any symptoms – or it’s been minor stuff they’ve brushed aside.”Even when there are early warnings, men still succumb. “Yeah,” Adams says, “men are terrible at talking about our health, aren’t we? It’s one of those things we’ve got to learn to do. You can’t leave it to the women chattering in the corner. You’ve got to talk amongst yourselves.”Even the landlord has stopped hoovering, and pulled up a chair at the bar, so he can listen in at a discreet distance. Wintry light catches the chunky sovereign rings on Adams’s fingers as his voice resounds around the hushed pub. “Some of my friends found it quite difficult to talk to me. I used to drink in here with a guy and when it came out in the public domain that I’d got prostate cancer I was chatting to him down the rugby club. He went: ‘You didn’t know I had it, did you? I had the operation a few years ago and you never knew, did you?’ I said: ‘No, because you never bloody told me.’ Us blokes just don’t talk about it. We should do.” Share on WhatsApp Topics Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Facebook Facebook Pinterest I have been sent some stark statistics by Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity which helps so many people when they face the suddenly brutal prospect of death. Men are 14% more likely to be stricken with cancer than women; and 37% more likely to die than female cancer patients. They are also much less likely to ask for help.“One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer,” Adams says. “And if you’re black it’s one in four. Unbelievable. It shouldn’t just be down to charitable organisations – the government should be doing more. They should stop wasting money elsewhere and channel it into cancer research. But our government does some bloody silly things.”The 61-year-old Adams will lead a Macmillan campaign “aimed at working men. Blokes on the building site. You come in the pub but, instead of talking about football, talk about your health. You can bet your life if you’ve got eight blokes in here one of them could have prostate cancer and not know it.”How did Adams discover he had cancer? “Purely by chance. I was giving up smoking and I was going on the Champix tablets. My GP is very good and said: ‘If you want to do that we’ll do a full set of blood tests first. So he did the blood tests and then I had a phone call: ‘We’ve booked you an appointment with oncology in Peterborough.’”Adams shakes his head at the memory of the blood tests, MRI scans and biopsies that consumed him. “I remember the consultant showed me the MRI and said: ‘My interpretation is there are cancer cells just there and unfortunately that’s the most difficult part of the prostate to reach for biopsies. So we want you to do it again.’ They found cancer on the second lot of biopsies. You then go through a full-body bone scan to make sure it’s not gone in the bones. That was all clear. So I had 20 radiotherapy sessions over four weeks.” The Recap: sign up for the best sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action The trip that turned Rob Cross from pub player to world darts champion He talks cheerfully about hoping to play county darts until he is 75 but Adams is more intent on raising awareness of cancer. Rightly praising the tests for cervical cancer in women, he laments the absence of screening for prostate cancer in men. “There’s a drive within Prostate Cancer UK to have a screening process implemented. That will happen.”In the meantime, the Wolfman will keep fighting cancer. He opens his phone and shows me a photograph of his black van which has been painted with a huge Man of Men silver badge and the Prostate Cancer UK website. Adams planned to pay for the paintwork himself. “I went to see the people who will do it and I asked the young man for a quote. He said: ‘I had a word with the boss. He really likes it. Provided we can take some photos of the van with you, you can have it free.’”Adams laughs when I say I can imagine him driving around in his Man of Men black van, blasting out his walk-on darts music, Hungry Like The Wolf. “I’ll always be hungry like a wolf. You’ve got to enjoy life, haven’t you? I think my van is going to be noticed. It’s definitely going to spread awareness about prostate cancer.”Macmillan Cancer Support works with the construction, electrical and home improvement sectors to support men with cancer – www.macmillan.org.uk/saytheword … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Darts Share on LinkedIn Read more “Money isn’t everything,” Adams says, looking bemused by the hugely successful PDC world championships at Alexandra Palace which precedes the less overblown BDO version. “I’ve got no desire to go to Ally Pally. Most people are there just for the drink and the party and I find that strange. A ticket is £30 or £40. Imagine if you said to someone coming into the pub: ‘I’m going to charge you £30 to come in and you can get as drunk as you like, sing as much as you like and I’m going to overcharge you on the beer.’ Would they come in? No. Why they do it at Ally Pally is beyond my belief. Lakeside is true darts supporters. If somebody tries a sing‑song people shut them up. We have a fantastic atmosphere at Lakeside. It’s proper darts.”The best players today are all on the PDC circuit but Adams shrugs when asked if Taylor and Michael van Gerwen are the greatest he has faced. “They’re great on their day and when they’re hitting it they’re unbeatable. But for me the greatest player of all time is Eric Bristow [who won five world titles compared to Taylor’s 16]. Eric got to two world finals with dartitis [the equivalent of the yips in golf]. He didn’t win either but that shows his true grit.”Adams is less glowing towards Taylor, whom he played against so often before they ended up in the rival BDO and PDC camps. It is hard to imagine Taylor emulating Adams by playing in the local leagues for free. “Not really, no,” Adams agrees. “I’m not sure he’s got any mates, to be honest. He’s a great dart player, Phil, but he’s not someone I’d ring up and say ‘Do you fancy a beer?’, because he’d only want to talk about darts. That would bore me.” Cancercenter_img Reuse this content Support The Guardian Prostate cancer Health interviews Twitter One hundred and eighty – a darts photo essay Has cancer changed him? “Yeah, it made me value the simple things in life. My gardening got brilliant. It’s very peaceful in the garden, tinkering away, and this time of year is great because I just put my tomato seeds in. My tomatoes and marrows are brilliant.”Adams has slipped to 27th in the BDO rankings since his cancer treatment began. Last month he lost narrowly, 3-2, in the first round against the organisation’s No 1 player Mark McGeeney. It was his 25th successive appearance in the BDO’s landmark tournament at Lakeside and he is proud not to have left to play on the much richer and far more popular PDC circuit – where his old rival Phil Taylor reached the final this year in his last match before retiring. Has it changed me? It’s made me value the simple things in life. My gardening got brilliant Share on Twitter Read more Martin Adams at The Bell pub in Deeping St James, Lincolnshire. ‘I got through the radiotherapy and then you wait eight weeks – and that is the longest eight weeks of your life’. Photograph: John Robertson/Guardian Adams could not be sure if the cancer would be destroyed but he says: “I never thought about death. I had a lot of good friends who said you’ve got to remain positive. I got through the radiotherapy and then you wait eight weeks – and that is the longest eight weeks of your life.“That last week drags and drags. You’ve got to have your PSA [prostate specific antigen] blood test first and mine was 0.01, virtually untraceable. I said: ‘Is that an all‑clear?’ The consultant said: ‘It’s as good an all-clear as we can give.’ They would never give you 100% because, unfortunately, cancer has a habit of coming back. It’s not something you dwell on. You just carry on.“But with all the hormone treatment during radiotherapy you get emotional. You cry for no reason. Leigh [his partner] would say: ‘What are you crying for?’ I would say: ‘I don’t know.’ [Adams laughs.] Straight after radiotherapy I did the British Classic on a Saturday, the British Open on the Sunday. Played all right in the Classic but the following day I couldn’t hit a thing.”Adams twirls his big Wolfman ring and cackles. “It got into the public domain because I chatted with Bob French – the local sports editor. We were talking about an upcoming event and I said: ‘Experience tells me I’ll be good one day and rubbish the next.’ He went: ‘Why?’ I said: ‘I’ve been struggling and the prostate cancer isn’t helping.’ He said: ‘Pardon?’ I went: ‘Oops. It’s out there now.’ The support I’ve had from people is incredible. I go to Tesco on a Monday morning and they’re all asking: ‘How’s your health?’ My checks are every six months and the next one is in May – which will be the two-year mark.” You can bet your life if you’ve got eight blokes in the pub one of them could have prostate cancer and not know it Share on Messenger Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

November 9

Emery satisfied with Arsenal squad he will inherit

first_imgArsenal ‘I believe in the players who are here’ – Emery satisfied with Arsenal squad Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 23:25 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) UnaiEmery-cropped AFP Arsenal Premier League The manager is happy to work with the players he will inherit at the Emirates Stadium, calling his new job a dream come true New Arsenal head coach Unai Emery believes he already has the players at his disposal to challenge for major honours.The former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla boss takes on a club without Champions League football after the final season of Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign ended in a sixth-place Premier League finish.Emery impressed Arsenal’s selection panel of chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and head of football relations Raul Sanllehi to win their unanimous approval out of an eight-man field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The 46-year-old does not believe major surgery is required at Emirates Stadium and is satisfied by the quality of the players he will inherit.”I know all the players and think all the players are very important,” he said. “All the players, for me, I think I want.”I will be with them in this way but I will speak individually with all the players face to face.”I believe in the players who are here. The objective is to work hard together with these talented players.”Arsenal won three FA Cups in Wenger’s final five seasons at the helm but they have tended to view the Premier League title race from a distance over recent years – something Emery is keen to change.”All the titles that will be in the next season and the future [the aim is] to be a candidate and challenge for all the titles,” he said.”That is very important for the club after two years outside the Champions League.”We need to arrive and be with the best clubs in the Premier League and the best clubs in the world.”Our new head coach walks out at Emirates Stadium for the very first time #WelcomeUnai pic.twitter.com/hjko6iCwsR— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 23, 2018Emery, who arrives having won the domestic treble in France with PSG, is relishing the task at hand.”It’s a big challenge but in my career, every year I grow up with new challenges,” he said. “For me, the challenge is a dream come true.”It’s a big challenge for me but I worked also with other big projects and, for me, I am proud to be here and work after Arsene Wenger.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

October 26

Nebraska Has Named Its Week 1 Starting Quarterback

first_imgScott Frost roams the sideline for Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches late game action against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska head coach Scott Frost has named his starting quarterback for the 2018 season opener taking place on Saturday night. It’s a popular pick.Adrian Martinez, a four-star true freshman, has been named QB1 for the Huskers’ season opener Week 1. Nebraska is set to host Akron in Lincoln, Neb.The choice of Martinez is not that surprising, but the true freshman quarterback was in a heavy competition with Tristan Gebbia, another former four-star recruit.Martinez was arguably the biggest recruit of Frost’s initial 2018 recruiting class at Nebraska. The Huskers received his commitment late in the cycle following his hiring.The 6-foot-2, 220-pound quarterback has now been listed Nebraska’s starting quarterback for the season opener on Sept. 1.And there it is! @HuskerFBNation just announced Adrian Martinez as the #1 QB for Akron…plenty of chatter about that and the first game week on @HuskerSports Sports Nightly tomorrow at 6! #Huskers pic.twitter.com/ZxccztMgmJ— Nate Rohr (@RohrOfTheCrowd) August 26, 2018Martinez was one of the top quarterback recruits in the country in the 2018 class. He has now become the first-ever true freshman to start behind center for a Nebraska season-opening game.Bruce Feldman is impressed.“True freshman Adrian Martinez is listed as Nebraska’s starting QB.. impressive kid. A very fast, mature 220-pounder from California who is a good fit for Scott Frost’s system,” he tweeted.True freshman Adrian Martinez is listed as #Nebraska’s starting QB.. impressive kid. A very fast, mature 220-pounder from California who is a good fit for Scott Frost’s system.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 26, 2018Nebraska and Akron are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Sept. 1. The game will be televised on FOX.last_img read more

October 25

Feel sorry for Rohit Sharma but Ajinkya Rahane lived to team’s faith: Pravin Amre

first_img Press Trust of India MumbaiAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 17:36 IST Ajinkya Rahane hit his 10th Test hundred in first Test against West Indies. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAjinkya Rahane hit his 10th Test hundred as India crushed West Indies in first TestRahane scored 81 and 102- his first hundred in 2 yearsRahane’s personal coach Pravin Amre praised the batsman after his impressive knockPravin Amre feels sorry for Rohit Sharma but at the same time, he is happy that his protege Ajinkya Rahane managed to live up to the faith of the team management in the first cricket against West Indies in Antigua.India Test vice-captain Rahane scored 81 and 102 — his first Test hundred in two years during India’s 318-run victory, which also earned him the ‘Man of the Match’ award.”I felt sorry for Rohit. I personally feel Rohit should have been given opportunity also after scoring those five hundreds. We know that he is a player capable of doing great things. But overall the team management backed Ajinkya and he returned that faith, which is important from Ajinkya’s prospective,” Amre told PTI here on Monday.And according to Amre, Rahane’s personal coach, hard work and patience finally paid off for the right-hander.”God is kind. It was really his hard work because the past two years hasn’t been easy for him (Rahane). I will give him the credit for the way he handled himself. He was never frustrated and worked hard,” he said.”Even if you see the last six months, how he handled himself. He went to England, played with the Duke ball (in county cricket). One week he was in Bengaluru (at the National Cricket Academy). So he has done what was in his hands. That was very important,” added Amre, best remembered for his debut hundred at Durban against South Africa.Amre felt the 81-run knock in the first innings gave Rahane the much needed confidence.advertisement”The 81 he hit in the first innings was so crucial from the team’s perspective. That innings was motivating for him. Even though he did not get a hundred, still he played crucial innings in England and South Africa. Apart from Sri Lanka, he has done very well. I was sure the hundred was around the corner,” he said.”The Indian team is now No.1 in Tests and his contribution has always been always there. The was he handled the situation in the first innings after India were reduced to 25 for 3 was commendable),” added Amre, a former Mumbai coach.Skipper Virat Kohli before leaving for the Caribbean tour had backed Rahane to come good.Asked Amre whether Rahane reposed his captain’s faith, he said, “The pressure is different when Virat (Kohli) and (Cheteshwar) Pujara get out (early). Ajinkya is the player who handles pressure well because he has got the temperament, technique and the tactics..”Amre gave all the credit to Rahane for his resurgence.”My contribution is not that much because ultimately a player’s hard work is important. We are there to give them moral support and keep motivating. One innings can give you back that confidence and exactly that happened,” Amre signed off.Also Read | Dedicate it to people who backed me through times: Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma script record Test victory for India over West IndiesAlso See 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India VS West Indies Feel sorry for Rohit Sharma but Ajinkya Rahane lived to team’s faith: Pravin AmreIndia vs West Indies: Ajinkya Rahane scored 81 and 102 in the two innings. Impressed with his batting, Rahane’s personal coach Pravin Amre said the India Test vice-captain returned the faith the team showed in him.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

October 18

ExAP speaker Prasada Rao found dead suicide suspected

first_imgHyderabad: In a suspected case of suicide, senior TDP leader and former Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao died here on Monday, police said.Based on eye-witness accounts, Rao was suspected of having committed suicide, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Zone) A R Srinivas said without elaborating. Replying to questions, he, however, said it could be confirmed only after post-mortem. The 72-year old leader was last month slapped with a criminal case by the Andhra Pradesh police for alleged illegal possession of furniture of the assembly. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHe is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter. Rao was rushed to the Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital in an ‘unresponsive’ state from his house here around 11 am, but died without responding to efforts to revive him, the DCP and the hospital said. “The family members are telling that he was under stress for the past few days, but the reasons for it are still not known,” the DCP said. The hospital in a release said Rao was brought at 11.35 am “in an unresponsive state”. As per protocol, resuscitative measures were initiated immediately.last_img read more

October 16

David Beckham Brings Voices Of Children To United Nations General Assembly

first_imgA unique installation that brings the voices of children and young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly was unveiled today by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and two young people from UNICEF Voices of Youth initiative.Noor Samee, 16, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham and Rodrigo Bustamante, 17, stand in front of the unique new digital installation Assembly of YouthCredit/Copyright: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-2369/TijerinaAs the UN prepares to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, the Assembly of Youth, a digital installation created for UNICEF by Google, harnesses mobile technology and social media to deliver personal messages from children and young people across the globe directly to world leaders. The messages highlight the challenges they face in their homes and communities – including extreme poverty, inequality, violence, deadly disease and conflict – and express their hopes for the future.At the unveiling, David Beckham urged world leaders to listen to these messages – and to take action – to transform the lives of millions of children by putting the most disadvantaged children and young people at the centre of all decisions and investments in the new 15-year development agenda.“It breaks my heart to see the struggles that children and young people across the world face every day,” said Beckham. “I’ve met children and mothers in South Africa living with HIV, I’ve met children living in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and I’ve met children who have experienced violence in Cambodia. Whatever challenges they face, they all share the same hope for a better future – and we have an opportunity this year – with the world focused on the new global goals – to make that hope real for millions of children.”“I want a world where children can grow up safe from war, violence, poverty and preventable disease – a world where every child has a fair chance. I hope everyone will join me in asking world leaders to put children, especially the most disadvantaged, at the heart of the new global goals.”Earlier this year, Beckham marked his 10th year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador with the launch of 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to use his powerful voice, influence and connections to raise vital funds, fight inequality, and rally for lasting positive change for the world’s most vulnerable children. The Assembly of Youth is the latest initiative from UNICEF and David Beckham that brings the voices of children and young people to a global audience with the aim of inspiring action.“The Sustainable Development Goals speak to all people in all countries, especially children,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The voices of young people helped forge the bold new 2030 agenda. Now the world must do more to involve young people in achieving the goals and building a world of peace, prosperity and justice for all on a healthy planet.”Despite the progress made toward realizing the Millennium Development Goals, millions of children are still left behind. Nearly 6 million children under the age of five still die every year from mostly preventable causes. More than 120 million children and adolescents are still not in school and many millions more are not receiving a quality education. The Sustainable Development Goals present a critical opportunity to extend progress to every child, but only if the world makes reaching the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children a policy and political priority.“Unless we invest in the most disadvantaged children from the earliest years, we will continue to see in the next generation the same poverty and inequalities that divide and destabilize our world today – and rob us of the potential of so many young people,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “To realize tomorrow’s goals, we need to listen to children and young people today – for who knows better than children and young people themselves what their needs are? And we must do more than hear these voices, we must heed them.”Data displayed in the installation is drawn from U-Report, a free SMS-based system that allows young people to speak out on the issues they face and what is happening in their communities. Data is also derived from outreach to children and young people across UNICEF social media channels.Share your views and hopes for children across the world here, and your voice will be added to the installation, to remind world leaders that children must be at the heart of the new global agenda.last_img read more

October 12

Uber, Cabify stop services in Barcelona due to tighter laws

BARCELONA, Spain — Ride-hailing companies Uber and Cabify say they will stop operating in Barcelona after the regional government in northeastern Spain passed tighter regulations.Uber says in a statement Thursday that the law requiring users of the ride-hailing apps to contract services 15 minutes beforehand was “totally incompatible with the immediacy of on-demand services.”The regional government of Catalonia is imposing the restriction after taxi drivers went on strike for several days in Barcelona. The protest included taxi drivers blocking a major boulevard and trashing cars used by ride-hailing companies.Cabify says that it is disappointed that authorities “gave in to the pressure and demands of the taxi sector.”Taxi drivers are striking in Madrid for similar restrictions on ride-hailing services.The Associated Press read more

October 8

HMowned clothing brand COS launching in Canada

TORONTO — A contemporary clothing brand owned by the same group that operates H&M is coming to Canada.COS — short for Collection Of Style — has announced plans to open its first Canadian stores in the coming fall and winter.The first COS store will be a three-floor location at 85 Bloor St. in Toronto.Its Montreal store will be housed at 1310 Ste.-Catherine W.The clothing label, with products for men, women and children, launched in London in 2007 and has opened stores in 26 countries.H&M blacklists spinning mill in India after reports of child labour and ‘appalling’ work conditionsBoutique Jacob relaunching operations with five Quebec stores read more

October 8

More Lankans reach Australia

“One beckoned to his mouth. Whether they were thirsty or hungry I was not sure but my wife Lyn gave them water and an apple each and there wasn’t a core left.“They were skinny guys. They are not dangerous people, just very desperate, gentle Tamils.” “They got to shore about half-eight and were quite exhausted,” Mr O’Donnell said. Cocos Islands residents fear a large loss of life if Australia-bound Tamil asylum seekers continue their ploy of sailing direct from Sri Lanka.Their fear was stoked with the arrival yesterday of another boatload of Tamils, the fourth since Friday. The men indicated 65 other people were on the boat and Mr O’Donnell raced on his motor scooter to alert police who sent out a tender to help navigate the boat safely into the lagoon.Mr O’Donnell, who runs a Perth electronics business for eight months of the year, said he was worried about what would happen if people smugglers continued their tactics during the monsoon season, which begins in November.“What they have discovered is that Cocos is halfway between Sri Lanka and Perth and some whiz-kid has worked out they can cut out the middle men in Indonesia by going direct,” he said. (The West Australian) Cocos resident Jack O’Donnell spotted the boat about 8am about 300m offshore at the edge of a treacherous coral reef when four men started swimming for shore through big surf. read more

October 6

UN staff begin relocating Sudanese refugees to safer sites in Chad

The first convoy of 147 refugees left Tine on Saturday, bound for a camp at Touloum, about 80 kilometres from the vulnerable Chadian-Sudanese border. A second batch of 225 refugees followed yesterday.The refugees – who fled western Sudan’s Darfur region because of violent civil conflict – are being relocated because their camps near the border have been attacked by armed militias.Late last month the Sudanese section of Tine, which straddles the border, also came under aerial bombardment. Three people were killed in the attack.A staff worker for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today described the scenes at Tine as “apocalyptic…goats and donkeys lying dead as families of refugees hid behind bushes to protect themselves from the wind and sand.”The agency is providing mats, blankets, soap and jerry cans to the refugees arriving in Touloum, as well as 15 days worth of food rations from the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP).Yvan Sturm, the head of UNHCR’s emergency team in the region, said the transfer of the refugees took place under such harsh conditions that the agency had to limit the number of people it could transport. The sandstorms reduced visibility to zero, he said.Over 4,300 refugees registered in and around Tine are designated to be moved to Touloum over the coming days.UNHCR estimates at least 110,000 refugees have left Darfur since fighting erupted last March between the Sudanese Government and the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA).Most of the refugees live in rudimentary shelters along the Chadian-Sudanese border, with little protection from the blistering heat of the day and the freezing weather at night. The agency is aiming to relocate as many refugees as possible before the onset of the rainy season in May, when the area’s few roads are likely to become impassable. read more

October 6

UN officials welcome election of new President of Somalia

Reacting to Mr. Yusuf’s election Sunday by the Transitional Federal Parliament of Somalia, a spokesman for Mr. Annan reiterated the UN’s readiness “to do its utmost to support the return of normalcy and good governance in Somalia” and urged all Somalis to “be part of the effort to restore peace and security in their country.”Both the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council said they looked forward to the formation in the near future of a transitional federal government for Somalia.The two officials also commended the efforts of those involved in the negotiation process, particularly Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, his Government as well as other members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).Delivering the Council’s press statement, Ambassador Adam Thomson of the United Kingdom, which holds the 15-member body’s rotating presidency for the month, said it would hold consultations on Somalia on 26 October. The Secretary-General is due to submit a report to the Council before that date. read more

October 2

Eliminating hepatitis calls for bold political leadership with investments to match UN

A new study by WHO, published on Friday in Lancet Global Health, found that investing $6 billion per year in eliminating hepatitis in 67 low- and middle-income countries would avert 4.5 million premature deaths by 2030, and more than 26 million deaths beyond that target date.  The Government of Pakistan has also been able to procure hepatitis C curative treatment at similarly low prices. Providing curative treatment to all those currently diagnosed with hepatitis C could also reduce healthcare costs in Pakistan within three years. Meanwhile, Pakistan is faced with one of the highest new annual infection rates of hepatitis C virus and is launching a new infection control and injection safety plan on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day to stop transmission. World Hepatitis Day WHO’s global hepatitis strategy, endorsed by all WHO Member States, aims to reduce new hepatitis infections by 90 per cent and deaths by 65 per cent between 2016 and 2030. On the 2019 edition of World Hepatitis Day – the Day is marked on 29 July – WHO ins calling on all countries to “invest in eliminating hepatitis” through costing, budgeting and financing of elimination services within their universal health coverage plans.  While there has been broad support among WHO Member States in adopting the WHO hepatitis elimination strategy, with 124 out of 194 countries developing hepatitis plans, over 40 per cent of country plans lack dedicated budget lines to support elimination efforts. There are five types of viral hepatitis infections – A, B, C, D and E. Over 95 per cent of deaths are caused by chronic hepatitis B and C infections, while hepatitis A and E rarely cause life-threatening illnesses. Hepatitis D is an additional infection occurring in people living with hepatitis B. Listen to or download our interview with WHO’s hepatitis team leader, Dr. Marc Bulterys, on SoundCloud: “Today 80 per cent of people living with hepatitis can’t get the services they need to prevent, test for and treat the disease,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.  “On World Hepatitis Day, we’re calling for bold political leadership, with investments to match. We call on all countries to integrate services for hepatitis into benefit packages as part of their journey towards universal health coverage,” said the top UN health official.    According to WHO, some countries are already taking action. The Government of India, for example, has announced that it will offer free testing and treatment for both hepatitis B and C, as part of its universal health coverage plan. This has been facilitated through the reduction in prices of medicines. In India, a hepatitis C cure costs less than $40 and a year of hepatitis B treatment costs less than $30. At these prices, hepatitis C cure will result in healthcare cost savings within three years.  A total of $58.7 billion is needed to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat in these 67 countries by 2030. This means reducing new hepatitis infections by 90 per cent and deaths by 65 per cent.  By investing in diagnostic tests and medicines for treating hepatitis B and C now, countries can save lives and reduce costs related to long-term care of cirrhosis and liver cancer that result from untreated hepatitis.  read more

September 24

9th International Brown Coal Mining Congress in Bełchatów

first_imgBrown coal as an alternative to other primary energy sources in the world’s power industry of the present century. The European Emissions Trading System (ETS). Poland as a country endowed with brown coal deposits, utilising its resources wisely and prudently. Reclamation and revitalisation of mining areas. Environmental impact of opencast mines. Open-cast lignite mining – the time consuming investment in new deposits and mining areas. PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A., PGE GiEK S.A. Bełchatów Lignite Mine Division and SITG Bełchatów Branch Office are organising the 9th International Brown Coal Mining Congress, April 11 to 13 in the Bełchatów – Sport Hotel, Poland. Brown coal as a safeguard of energy security is the theme of the meeting. The organisers intend to include the following issues in the subject scope of the Congress:Lignite resources as a guarantee of energy security. European climate policy and the striving towards carbon emission reduction. Continuous improvement of the efficiency of lignite fired power plants as a precondition for maintaining the competitiveness among energy producers in Poland and worldwide.Papers with abstracts in Polish and English are accepted until December 15th, 2015. www.kwbbelchatow.pgegiek.pl; www.sitgbelchatow.pl Overcoming threats in mining activities. Lignite as a competitor to other energy sources. Maintaining the current level of lignite excavation and its prospective increase. Modern carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.last_img read more

September 22

Some of the many things we learned from Chris Hadfields time in

first_imgBut seriously, how does he maintain that immaculate moustache?Surprisingly, it’s just a normal razor and normal procedure. We’re not sure if he’s joking about the vacuum cleaner here: What does one eat in space?Well, coffee and cake goes down a treat:What happens to our five senses?In a five-part series, Commander Hadfield explains what happens to the crew’s sense of smell, eyesight, hearing, touch and taste.Space doesn’t smell like a “spring garden”:Vision can become blurred, maybe because of extra fluid:Spicy food is king in space:Don’t bother screaming in space:A divided foot?And finally, can you catch some z’s in space? ASTRONAUTS CAN CRY in space but their tears won’t fall, they can brush their teeth but they don’t spit out the paste, they eat (relatively) normal food but can’t taste much and velcro is their most indispensable material.Not since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon have ‘ordinary people’ been so in tune with what is going on in the other-worldly realm of space exploration.But in the past six months, one man has made the work of countless scientists, engineers and astronauts more relevant than it has been in decades for those with their feet well-grounded on Earth.Commander Chris Hadfield’s use of social media to show us stunning photographs of where we live and provide us with informative videos about living in space have resonated with citizens across the globe.Not only has he entertained, he has also educated. So, what have we learned from the charismatic and moustachioed Canadian commander of the International Space Station? A lot, is what. We’ve been cramming:Can you well up, up there?You can cry, but your tears won’t fall:Where do you spit out your toothpaste?You don’t. Commander Hadfield even gave us dentistry tips from space: Column: Chris Hadfield is inspiring a new generation of astronautslast_img read more

September 21

Samsung experimenting with edgetoedge display for Galaxy B phone

first_imgAccording to a Korean newspaper exclusive, Samsung is preparing to launch an edge-to-edge smartphone in the late second or early third quarter of this year. The source is short on details — and heavily butchered by Google Translate — saying little more than a Samsung official said that the razor-thin bezel on this device was “difficult to implement.” Right now, it’s being referred to as the Samsung Galaxy B.One possible (if not likely) target for such a design would be the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3. An slideshow image of the S3 leaked last October, and its display certainly appeared to have almost no visible side borders. The top and bottom aren’t bezel-free, nor would you really expect them to be. The gentle curve would allow the S3 to glide in and out of pockets easily (as most phones aim to do) and top edge also needs some room to incorporate the phone’s speaker and front-facing camera.Details on the Galaxy S3 remain sketchy, but most insiders are guessing that it will feature one of Samsung’s latest Exynos processors. That early slide mentioned a dual-core 1.8GHz chip, but more recent rumblings are leaning towards the quad-core Exynos 4412. Beyond that, a high-res 4.6-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, 2GB of RAM, and a 12 megapixel rear camera have also been mentioned. With several other quad-core phones due to hit the floor at MWC 2012 in a few days, it’s also been tipped that Samsung might be bringing the Galaxy S3 to the show.Samsung, for its part, has said that won’t be happening, but they are going to be showing off the Exynos 4412 — so you’ll at least get to see what might be the phone’s powerplant.More at Slashgear and Maeli Business Newspaper Image by Admost Photo Lablast_img read more

September 20

iPhone 4 cest le jour J pour tous les passionnés du smartphone

first_imgiPhone 4 : c’est le jour J pour tous les passionnés du smartphoneFrance – Ça y est : l’iPhone 4 est disponible dès aujourd’hui dans toute la France dans les boutiques Orange, SFR et Bouygues. Les trois opérateurs se sont préparés à cette sortie tant attendue.Après plusieurs semaines d’attente, l’iPhone 4 est enfin disponible depuis ce matin en France. Pour accueillir le dernier produit sorti des usines d’Apple, les trois principaux opérateurs de l’Hexagone ont adopté différentes stratégies.Ainsi, Orange a ouvert trois de ses boutiques la nuit dernière à Paris, Lyon et Lille, dès minuit. SFR a, quant à lui, opéré via des réservations possibles dès le 15 juin. Il a cependant dû rapidement cesser cette activité, face au manque de stock imminent. Bouygues Telecom n’a, de son côté, pas élaboré de plan particulier. Tout comme Apple, qui a ouvert ses deux magasins à Paris et Montpellier sans événement extraordinaire. A son plus bas prix, l’iPhone 4 est disponible à 199 euros avec un forfait, quel que soit l’opérateur.Le 24 juin 2010 à 12:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

September 20

What you should know about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child spoilerfree

first_imgHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, the newest dispatch from the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling has officially hit stores, physical bookstores, as well as eBook stores around the world. The play on London’s West End has officially premiered, transitioning out of previews and into a running show. The play, both published and running, are important to the full story of Harry Potter, which began with the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997 (1998 in the United States). After digesting the play in the printed form, here are some things that every Harry Potter fan should know even if they haven’t read the book yet.It is officially the eighth and last Harry Potter story, but it is not written by J.K. Rowling.The official Harry Potter canon now includes a very lengthy play with none of J.K. Rowling’s prose ending up on the page. There are recreations or flashbacks to some events from earlier in the book series (Sorcerer’s Stone, Goblet of Fire, and the epilogue from The Deathly Hallows), but not all of them include all of the original dialogue or even the original events as portrayed in the novel. Instead, J.K. Rowling oversaw a story devised by theater folk Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Thorne ended up writing the actual text and getting to conclude the story of Potter on the page. Rowling confirmed at the official premiere for the West End play that this was the end of Harry’s story and that she doesn’t plan to write any new books about Harry Potter and his family in the future.The book that came out on Sunday is not a novelization, it’s the rehearsal draft of the play.People who have not secured copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child but who hear the hype about a new Harry Potter book should know that this is a different format than the Wizarding World content you are used to. The book is a play and is comparatively brief with the descriptions in-between dialogue. An active imagination and a familiarity with some locations and characters from the novel series helps the first time reading it.Harry (Jamie Parker), Albus (Sam Clemmett), and Ginny (Poppy Miller)The play picks up where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows epilogue left off, but quickly skips forward in time to deal with Albus Potter’s fourth year.You get to see Harry Potter tell Albus Severus Potter, who was afraid of being sorted into Slytherin, about the origin of his name, just like in the epilogue of the final novel. We follow Albus onto the train where he meets Scorpius Malfoy, Draco’s son, and they become friends before a montage of scenes quickly fast-forward to Albus and Scorpius’ fourth year. The rest of the play is set, more or less, during that school year.The main characters are Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy and the thematic material of the play wrestles with the relationships between fathers and sons.It’s not clear, even after reading the play, just who the Cursed Child of the title is. It could apply to Albus, Scorpius, Harry himself, or even the late-revealed villain of the play that is suspected of plotting the return of He Who Must Not Be Named. Overall, the play tells the story of Harry and Draco’s struggles to raise and protect Albus and Scorpius who both struggle to live lives independent of their public reputations. Albus doesn’t feel like he’s living up to his father’s expectations and there’s a rumor that Scorpius is secretly Voldemort’s son, something that isolates the kid while angering Draco. Eventually, Albus decides to do something against the wishes of the magical community to save someone his father won’t, and that’s what kicks the plot into high gear.Ron (Paul Thornley), Hermione (Norma Dumezweni), and their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley (Cherrelle Skeete)There are going to be a lot of mixed opinions because of how it treats existing Harry Potter canon.All the information we read after Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is up for grabs in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. From how you thought about the Tri-Wizard tournament to the real relationship between Harry and Dumbledore. Nothing major gets altered from the Harry Potter books – Ron and Hermoine don’t get a divorce or anything – but the plot that Rowling, Thorne, and Tiffany devised doesn’t assume the events of those books are written in stone.last_img read more

September 16

Police ID man found dead outside burning home

first_imgThe Vancouver man who apparently died by suicide after setting his home on fire Monday has been identified as Douglas A. Larsen.Larsen, 37, worked in construction and was a resident of the home at 212 N. Lieser Road, according to Vancouver Police.Vancouver firefighters were called to the scene early Monday morning after neighbors reported hearing an explosion. Firefighters arrived at 2:35 a.m. to find the single-story home engulfed in flames. As they began battling the blaze, firefighters circled the exterior, where they found Larsen’s body.Earlier this week, officials said they believed Larsen, whose identity had not been released at the time, started the fire and then died by suicide. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and determined Larsen died from a shotgun wound to the head.The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Team and Vancouver Arson Team are continuing their investigation. The house is owned by David Delano and has an estimated value of $50,942, with the land valued at $57,100, according to county property records. The house, which was built in 1954, was a total loss, officials saidlast_img read more

September 16

Video claims hostage dead Abe speechless

first_imgTOKYO — Japan’s prime minister said Sunday he was “speechless” after an online video purported to show one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and demanded the release of the other. Shinzo Abe said on NHK TV that the video was likely authentic and offered condolences to the family and friends of Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old adventurer taken hostage last year.He declined to comment on the message on the latest video, demanding a prisoner exchange for journalist Kenji Goto, the other hostage, noting that the government was still working on the situation. He didn’t elaborate, but reiterated that Japan strongly condemns terrorist acts.“I am left speechless,” he said, stressing he wants Goto released unharmed. “We strongly and totally criticize such acts.”Yukawa’s father, Shoichi, also faced Japanese media Sunday and said he hoped “deep in his heart” that the news of his son’s killing was not true. “If I am ever reunited with him, I just want to give him a big hug,” he said. President Barack Obama condemned what he called “the brutal murder” of Yukawa, saying he stood by Japan to get Goto released.The Associated Press could not verify the contents of the message, which varied greatly from previous videos released by the Islamic State group, which now holds a third of both Syria and Iraq.last_img read more