4-Star Recruit Joseph Johnson Announces Commitment

first_img Blessed pic.twitter.com/pPvIhG4XMW— (J3)Joseph Johnson lll (@joseph_johnson7) July 2, 2019Johnson is now the second defensive back to commit to the Nittany Lions’ 2020 recruiting class, joining safety Ji’Ayir Brown.Here is Johnson’s official announcement:247Sports lists Johnson as the No. 20 cornerback and No. 7 recruit from Virginia in his class. His six-foot-two frame should allow him to fend off bigger wideouts at the collegiate level.Coming into Tuesday, the Nittany Lions held the No. 11 recruiting class in the entire country. That ranking should change due to the program landing commitments from Johnson and three-star wideout Parker Washington.Penn State only trails Ohio State and Michigan in 247Sports’ recruiting rankings for the Big Ten.After going through a rough patch throughout June, the Nittany Lions are gaining momentum on the recruiting trail heading into the rest of the summer. Long shot view from fan's perspective of Penn State's Beaver Stadium.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 11: Penn State fans take in the game during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Beaver Stadium on November 11, 2017 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)With programs around the country adding several recruits at this time of the year, four-star cornerback Joseph Johnson announced his commitment to a powerhouse in the Big Ten.Johnson originally commit to N.C. State in the spring, but then decided to reopen his recruitment. The Wolfpack remained in the hunt even during the second time around.The other programs in the mix for Johnson were Ohio State, Penn State and Texas A&M.It turns out that the winner of the sweepstakes is Penn State, as Johnson announced his commitment to the school on his Twitter account.last_img read more

Tourism Minister Highlights Need For Increased Funding For Tourism

first_img Mr. Bartlett said the big challenge for participants at the conference is to respond to these critical prerequisites for tourism development by addressing the need for public and private investment/finance and how it can be expanded through innovative linkages. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has pointed to the need for increased international funding for tourism projects.He said that despite the positive impact of the tourism on economies worldwide, the industry remains under-represented in funding by bilateral and multilateral donors.Mr. Bartlett, who was speaking at a press conference on June 6 at the Consulate General of Jamaica during Caribbean Week in New York, said funding to the sector represented less than half per cent of gross development finance in 2015 or a paltry US$253 million.“Over the past decades, tourism has experienced significant growth and has become one of the fastest growing socio-economic sectors in the world. In 2016, international tourist arrivals totalled over 1.2 billion and are expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030,” Mr. Bartlett said.He noted further that tourism accounts for more than 10 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP), 30 per cent of the world’s trade in services and one in 11 jobs worldwide. “It is evident then that tourism is an economic powerhouse that creates opportunities to improve the livelihoods of millions,” he contended.Minister Bartlett said the linkages between tourism and other economic sectors are often overlooked by planners and policymakers “which diminish the industry’s ability to magnify economic and development gains, both at the national and global level.”He noted that the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism is expected to provide solutions on how the Caribbean can better leverage this industry.The event is slated for November 27-29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James.Mr. Bartlett said the staging of the conference is important, given the region’s dependency on tourism.“The conference programme, though global in nature, is highly significant to the Caribbean. We felt that we should incorporate a programme specific to the Caribbean and some of the issues we grapple with. This programme will take place on the first day of the conference on November 27,” Minister Bartlett noted.Mr. Bartlett said the big challenge for participants at the conference is to respond to these critical prerequisites for tourism development by addressing the need for public and private investment/finance and how it can be expanded through innovative linkages. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has pointed to the need for increased international funding for tourism projects. Story Highlights Mr. Bartlett, who was speaking at a press conference on June 6 at the Consulate General of Jamaica during Caribbean Week in New York, said funding to the sector represented less than half per cent of gross development finance in 2015 or a paltry US$253 million. last_img read more

Stars Help amfAR Raise Over 35 Million At Hong Kong Gala

first_imgCharlize Theron, Naomi Campbell, Jackie Chan, Charli XCX, Mark Ronson, CL, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole were among those who gathered at the third annual amfAR Gala Hong Kong at Shaw Studios to honor Pansy Ho for her commitment to the fight against AIDS.Jackie Chan at amfAR Gala Hong KongCredit/Copyright: amfARThe event, presented by Harry Winston and AMTD Group, raised over $3.5 million for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.Other guests in attendance included Park Seo Joon, Ahn Jae-hyun, Rosamund Kwan, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Josie Ho, Budi Tek, Sir David Tang, Timmy Xu, Lorraine Schwartz, Gu Youming, Gaile Lok, Myolie Wu, Kimbee Chan, Michelle Cheng, Yvette Yung, Charles Ho, Kent Ho, Emily Lam Ho, Allan Zeman, Chairmaine Zeman, Fernando Botero, Marines Botero, Maisy Ho, Sabrina Ho, Chairmaine Ho, Claudine Ying, Winnie Chiu, Josephine Chiu, Harris Chan, Tina Leung, BryanBoy, Yi Zhou, Faye Tsui, Myolie Wu, Alex Lam, Lelia Chow, Tina Leung, Ricky Kwok, Calvin Choi, Zou Tao, Jean-Marc Lacave, Achille Boroli, and René Koneberg among others.Charlize Theron at amfAR Hong Kong GalaCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesNaomi Campbell opened the evening by welcoming guests and introducing amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, who thanked event sponsors and spoke about amfAR’s TREAT Asia program and the organization’s Countdown to a Cure initiative, which is dedicated to finding the scientific basis of a cure for AIDS by 2020.Cole then introduced Honorary Chair Charlize Theron, who stressed the challenges of HIV and urged focused efforts on “the communities that are most vulnerable, that are most in need of prevention, education, and support.” She ended by thanking all guests, describing their attendance as “a symbol of generous support and commitment to bringing this epidemic to an end in our lifetime, to removing it as a threat to our children and to future generations.”Sir David Tang introduced the amfAR Award of Courage to his friend, businesswoman and philanthropist Pansy Ho, describing her commitment to giving back as “nothing short of admirable” and recognizing her efforts for the past three years in supporting the amfAR Gala Hong Kong. In her remarks, Ms. Ho dedicated her gratitude to all who have supported the amfAR Gala Hong Kong and invited everyone to keep working together towards finding a cure on behalf of the 37 million people around the world who are living with HIV/AIDS.The evening also featured spectacular live performances. Grammy-nominated British pop sensation Charli XCX ended the evening with a set of her top hits Boom Clap, Fancy, and I Don’t Care that brought the crowd to their feet.Five-time Grammy Award-winning musician Mark Ronson then kicked off the after-party with a DJ set that kept guests dancing until the morning.K-Pop superstar CL (Lee Chae-rin) also took the stage during the program to perform her debut American singles, Lifted and Hello Bitches.Guests enjoyed bidding on exclusive items during the live auction, conducted by Simon de Pury and Shally Lin. Highlights included:· Jackie Chan surprised guests and auctioned an opportunity for one lucky guest to appear in his upcoming film with Sylvester Stallone and to attend the movie’s premiere in Beijing. This once-in-a-lifetime role sold for the highest amount of the evening, $300,000.· Charlize Theron offered an opportunity for two to attend the New York City premiere of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the epic Fast and the Furious franchise, along with tickets to the VIP after-party following the screening and a suite at The Peninsula New York, which sold twice for a total of $200,000.· An Andy Warhol print of amfAR Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, titled Liz, 1964, sold for $130,000. · A seven-night stay for twelve people at Leonardo DiCaprio’s iconic Palm Springs home, originally built for beloved entertainer Dinah Shore and neighbored by homes to stars such as Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Dean Martin, Liberace, Elvis Presley, and amfAR’s Founding International Chairman Elizabeth Taylor, sold for $100,000.· Moët & Chandon offered, for the first time ever in Asia Pacific, the opportunity for a guest to purchase theirvery own Moët & Chandon vending machine, which holds 315 Moët & Chandon mini bottles and sold for $80,000.· Herb Ritts’ 1986 photograph of Madonna, which became the cover of her third studio album True Blue and was later named one of Billboard’s 50 Greatest Album Covers of All Time, sold for $55,000 to Ms. Pansy Ho.· Isla Flouo Mossi, a work by American artist Donna Huanca, and Under Heaven-3309CF0162, a work by Shanghai-based artist Xu Zhen, both sold for $130,000 each.Charlize Theron served as the event’s Honorary Chair. Naomi Campbell, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Michelle Rodriguez, Michelle Yeoh, Nayla Hayek, Daisy Ho, Vin Roberti, Budi Tek, Yvette Yung, and amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby served as Event Chairs. Event Co-Chairs included Achille Boroli, Guy Bradley, Harris Chan, Angelica Cheung, Winnie Chiu, Calvin Choi, Josie Ho, Louise Hung, Miky Kambara, René Koneberg, Jean-Marc Lacave, Su Mang, Dee Poon, and Oscar Wang. Vice Chairs of the event included Frank Cancelloni, Zou Tao, and Teras Young.Harry Winston and AMTD Group served as the event’s Presenting Sponsors. Audi Hong Kong and Moët Hennessy were the Signature Sponsors. HANXI was the Associate Sponsor. The Upper House was the event’s Hospitality Partner. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR. amfAR Gala Hong Kong was produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions and Josh Wood/Josh Wood Productions.In 2001, amfAR launched TREAT Asia, a cooperative network of clinics, hospitals, and research institutions working together with civil society to ensure the safe and effective delivery of HIV/AIDS treatments across Asia and the Pacific. TREAT Asia now encompasses 20 adult and 16 pediatric clinical sites across the region.last_img read more

PM Modi deplores attacks on Kashmiris across nation

first_imgKanpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday asked state governments to take stern action if there is any attack on Kashmiris, calling those who targeted them recently in Lucknow “crazed people”.In an apparent reference to remarks by opposition leaders after the recent air strikes against the Balakot terror camp in Pakistan, Modi also lashed at those demeaning the valour displayed by the armed forces after the Jaish-e-Mohammed attack against the CRPF in Pulwama. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuAddressing a public meeting here, Modi brought up the Lucknow incident in which two Kashmiri vendors were thrashed on Wednesday, allegedly targeted by members of a right-wing group over the Pulwama attack that killed 40 paramilitary personnel last month. The prime minister called the perpetrators sirphirey log (crazed people) in near identical remarks at the meeting and on Twitter. “It is very important to maintain an atmosphere of unity in the country,” Modi said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyHe congratulated the Yogi Adityanath government for acting promptly over what some crazed people did to our Kashmiri brothers in Lucknow. “I would also like to request other state governments to take the strongest action possible wherever there is an attempt to do something like this,” he said. The prime minister was addressing the meeting after flagging off the commercial run on Lucknow Metro’s North-South corridor, through video conferencing from Kanpur itself. Modi also symbolically laid the foundation stone for the Agra Metro Rail project at the same event. He visited Varanasi and Ghaziabad too on Friday, launching development projects and addressing public meetings.last_img read more

You can still save lives UN aid chief urges Security Council action

“What we need is a sustained cessation of hostilities and we need it desperately,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the Council via video conference, adding: “Millions of battered and beleaguered children, women and men depend on meaningful action by this Council.”He told the gathering that as UN Member States, they are all aware that their obligations under international humanitarian law are just that; legally binding. “They are not favours to be traded in a game of death and destruction. Humanitarian access is not a ‘nice-to-have.’ It is a legal requirement.”Counter-terrorism efforts, Mr. Lowcock continued, cannot supersede the obligation to respect and protect civilians. “They do not justify the killing of civilians and the destruction of entire cities and neighborhoods.”“When an entire generation is robbed of its future, when hospital attacks have become the new normal, when sieges of entire cities and neighbourhoods have become a lasting reality for hundreds of thousands of people, the international community must take urgent and concrete action,” he told the members of the Council, who remain divided after nearly a week of consultations on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in eastern Ghouta.Reading out to the Council excerpts of thousands of text messages and social media posts received over the past three days by the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria in Geneva, from civilians in eastern Ghouta pleading for help, Mr. Lowcock said one aid worker had lamented:Air raids have targeted residential buildings. Whole families have died under the rubble. Today, as the battles intensify I call on you […]  to act to stop the systematic operations against civilians and open the roads for humanitarian assistance— ERC Lowcock, reading a message from an aid worker in east Ghouta“Most air raids have intentionally targeted civilian residential buildings. Whole families have died under the rubble. Today, as the battles intensify I call on you […]  to act to stop the systematic operations against civilians and open the roads for humanitarian assistance.”Mr. Lowcock recalled that the Council had been briefed “in minute detail – month after month – on the scale of the suffering of the Syrian people,” with endless reports on dead and injured children, women and men.“Airstrikes, mortars, rockets, barrel bombs, cluster munitions, chemical weapons, thermite bombs, suicide bombs snipers, double-tap attacks on civilians and the essential infrastructure they depend on, including hospitals and school, rape, illegal detention, torture, child recruitment and sieges of entire cities reminiscent of medieval times,” he detailed the situation.He updated the members that over the past 24 hours, heavy shelling and aerial bombardment on multiple communities in East Ghouta continued, killing at least 50 and wounding some 200 people adding that according to some sources, the death toll since 19 February is close to 300 people.Mr. Lowcock, noting that half of Syria’s population has either fled the country or faced repeated internal displacement.“Eastern Ghouta is a living example of an entirely known, predictable, and preventable humanitarian disaster unfolding before our eyes,” he said, enumerating that nearly 400,000 people have been besieged for more than four years, thousands upon thousands of children face acute malnutrition and 700 people are in need of urgent medical evacuation to hospitals – just miles away from Damascus.He highlighted that as the “appalling violence” ensues, accessing people in hard-to-reach and besieged areas remain elusive.“Access is not only limited on aid deliveries, but we are also seeing growing challenges to our ability to independently assess needs on the ground and to monitor aid delivery,” he explained.“You can still save lives in eastern Ghouta – and elsewhere in Syria. I urge you to do so,” the Emergency Relief Coordinator said. read more

A Buyers And Sellers Guide To The MLB Trade Deadline

Cubs0.7C. GomezLF+1.6K. Schwarber+0.01.1 Dodgers1598101.898.5%26.5%2.2 Twins147574.518.70.50.3 CAUTIOUS BUYERSELO RATINGEXP. WINS PER 162 GAMESDIV. SERIES ODDSWORLD SERIES ODDSDOYLE NUMBER Brewers1.3Z. CozartSS+3.1O. Arcia+1.02.7 Blue Jays149478.84.30.20.1 Brewers151282.864.2%4.3%1.3 Yankees0.9T. Frazier1B+2.3J. Choi+0.12.1 Astros2.2Y. DarvishSP+3.1M. Fiers+1.14.3 Orioles147474.33.10.10.1 For most Major League Baseball teams, the trade deadline is a chance to step back and take stock of the franchise’s trajectory. Although only a small fraction of rumored deals actually end up happening, a team’s willingness to swap assets — as either a buyer or a seller — says a lot about where it is in the cycle between contending for a World Series and playing for the future.For a few teams, the choice has already been made. These are the clubs on the ends of the baseball spectrum: the bottom dwellers already committed to punting the present in order to stockpile young talent and the clear front-runners who can begin fine-tuning their playoff rosters in July.But the bulk of the league faces a fork in the road and doesn’t have the luxury of soul-searching with the trade deadline less than two weeks away. The decision to buy or sell is both critical — botched maneuvers can cripple a franchise for years — and further complicated by whether teams are getting a “rental” player (with an expiring contract) or someone who can help them for the next few years. But fear not, baseball general managers, we are here to help.A few years ago, my colleague Nate Silver and I developed a statistical framework for trade-deadline strategy: the Doyle Number (named for a certain pitcher the Detroit Tigers mortgaged their future to acquire at the 1987 deadline). Doyle represents the number of future wins a team should be willing to part with in exchange for adding an extra win of talent this season. So a Doyle of 1.00 means a team should be indifferent to buying or selling — a one-win improvement this year adds as much to its current World Series odds as a future win would add over the long term.1Specifically, its odds over the next six seasons. If its Doyle rises any higher, it should probably be buying (since wins this year are more valuable than future wins); any lower, and it should be selling.For example, the Cleveland Indians currently have a Doyle Number of 1.48. With a good (though not quite great) roster and decent (but not quite ironclad) division-series odds,2Doyle focuses on the division series rather than the wild-card playoff, because the latter’s single-elimination format truly is a crapshoot. they should probably be trying to add talent over the next few weeks to bolster their chances of returning to the World Series. Meanwhile, the New York Mets’ Doyle is 0.08; their injury-riddled talent base is mediocre, and they have very little shot at the division series, so they should be selling off anyone that isn’t nailed down.With those ground rules in place, here’s every team’s Doyle number as of July 16:3The only change I’ve made to the model for this season is that it now uses the future wins (per 162 games) implied by a team’s Elo rating to assess a team’s talent at the deadline, rather than its rest-of-season projected winning percentage from FanGraphs (which is slower to incorporate changes in a team’s play than Elo). Phillies143365.20.00.00.0 Giants147574.50.00.00.0 Rockies0.6J. BruceRF+2.0G. Parra+0.21.1 Red Sox1.6A. AvilaC+2.3C. Vazquez-0.24.0 Talent is an estimate of a player’s current projected wins above replacement (WAR) per 162 games.Sources: RosterResource, Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, Tangotiger Expected wins are derived from the team’s current Elo rating.Source: FanGraphs Mets150380.93.20.20.1 The Doyle topples one of the most common perceptions of the deadline: The team most in need of a trade is the team that is one bat (or one arm) away from making a postseason run. By contrast, Doyle shows that the the teams who should be most willing to buy are the teams having the best seasons — not teams merely on the cusp of the playoffs. It’s a consequence of how random the MLB playoffs are: When even the best teams have long odds of winning, there’s practically no amount of talent a team can add that will cause its World Series probability to hit diminishing returns.This year, the top Doyle teams are the historically dominant Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros — and, to a lesser extent, the Indians, Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox. With the possible exception of Houston, each team has at least one position where it can substantially improve, and Doyle indicates they should focus on shoring up those weaknesses in preparation for a World Series run.More interesting, however, are the clubs near the threshold between buying and selling. These are teams for whom there is less of a clear-cut direction to take — but some decision must be made, since any direction would add more total future championships than merely standing pat. One archetype for that group is the unexpected contender: Think of the Milwaukee Brewers, who find themselves in first place in the National League Central division despite a relatively unimpressive collection of talent. Milwaukee’s 1.26 Doyle suggests it should lean toward buying, since an improved core will become much more valuable in the postseason.The opposite model might be that of Milwaukee’s division rival, the Chicago Cubs: an expected favorite to whom Doyle gives a disappointingly low World Series probability. The defending champs are having a well-documented down year, and although they’re talented enough to have decent title odds if they make the playoffs, that’s far from guaranteed no matter what deadline moves they make. As a result, their 0.66 Doyle suggests they should lean toward punting on this season.The Cubs, however, don’t seem willing to give up just yet, trading for starter Jose Quintana last week. They weren’t necessarily wrong to do it, either; it’s important to remember that the Doyle Numbers above mostly apply to rental players. After I tweaked the model to account for the remaining years on Quintana’s contract,4Specifically, I gave Chicago 3.2 wins above replacement of talent this season — Quintana’s current talent level, per Tom Tango’s WAR projection system — with an annual half-win decline over each of the next three seasons. Quintana’s total four-year contribution to Chicago’s talent level (9.8 WAR) was then subtracted, spread evenly over the three seasons after his contract expires. Chicago’s Doyle for this specific trade became 1.31 — meaning it was probably worth it to give up top prospects in exchange for improving its talent base over multiple seasons.Those are exactly the kinds of extenuating circumstances a team in Chicago’s current situation needs in order to justify buying instead of selling. Any team with a Doyle north of 0.60 or so could probably do a similar calculation, which means 11 clubs — the Dodgers, Astros, Nationals, Red Sox, Indians, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Rays, Cubs and Rockies — could reasonably call themselves buyers this season under the right circumstances.So we know who’s at the restaurant, and we know who’s on the menu — but what is everyone ordering? We can also use Doyle to build a trade deadline plan for each team, pairing them with players who fit a need and make sense given how realistic a club’s World Series chances are. For each of the 11 teams above, I gathered their current starters5The cutoff for pitchers was either the No. 4 slot in the rotation (for starters) or the setup man role (for relievers). and tracked how good each is this season, according to Tom Tango’s WARcel projections. I also pulled a list of deadline rental targets6So, expiring contracts only. from the excellent RosterResource.com, calculating their WAR talent as well. Multiplying a team’s Doyle Number by the difference in WAR talent between a rental target and its current starter at the same position, we came up with a “deadline index” that indicates how good of a match the player is for the team. After assigning duplicated targets to the team whose index for the player was highest, here are the best pairings between team needs and available players, according to Doyle: Pirates149679.25.50.30.1 Red Sox154489.869.28.31.6 Marlins149478.72.50.10.1 Diamondbacks152084.641.83.31.0 Astros1591100.399.724.62.2 Doyle’s deadline shopping listThe top targets for each potential buyer based on deadline index, which is the difference in talent between an available ‘rental’ and the team’s current starter at his position, multiplied by the team’s Doyle Number Rays0.9C. MaybinLF+1.8S. Peterson+0.21.4 Tigers148977.63.30.10.1 Rangers152585.714.7%1.3%0.4 Where each team stands at the deadlineTeams ranked by Doyle Number — how many future wins of talent a team should trade away to acquire 1 win this season White Sox146772.71.10.00.0 TOP TARGETCURRENT STARTER FOR TARGET POSITION Padres144467.60.20.00.0 Braves147875.35.60.20.1 Cubs153587.822.02.30.7 Nationals155191.593.812.81.9 Indians1.5J.D. MartinezRF+2.4T. Naquin+0.33.1 Athletics147875.21.30.00.0 SELLERSELO RATINGEXP. WINS PER 162 GAMESDIV. SERIES ODDSWORLD SERIES ODDSDOYLE NUMBER Reds146371.80.70.00.0 TEAMDOYLEPLAYERPOSTALENTPLAYERTALENTDEADLINE INDEX Obviously, here are other layers of complexity involved in actually pulling off these deadline deals, including the quality of the trading team’s farm system, which of its existing players might return from injury before the playoffs, and the possibility of a contract extension with the player being acquired. But the general idea of Doyle is that it provides a flexible framework for trade-deadline decisions, based on how valuable it is to add or shed current talent with an eye on the future.Keep that in mind as we watch whatever deals unfold over the next couple of weeks. A team’s Doyle Number is a rough guideline, the starting point for thinking about trade possibilities. What happens after that is a combination of reading the market, picking the right moment to strike and then making endless phone calls until that forgettable middle reliever is finally yours.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Cardinals150781.610.20.60.3 Nationals1.9J. DysonLF+2.7C. Heisey-0.45.8 Rays151583.535.72.50.9 Mariners151383.19.30.60.3 Dodgers2.2A. ReedRP+1.9P. Baez+0.82.3 Indians154489.857.46.91.5 D-backs1.0C. GrandersonLF+2.0D. Descalso+0.02.0 Angels150280.45.20.30.1 SOLID BUYERSELO RATINGEXP. WINS PER 162 GAMESDIV. SERIES ODDSWORLD SERIES ODDSDOYLE NUMBER Rockies150480.927.71.50.6 Royals149578.915.30.70.3 Yankees153186.934.13.30.9 read more

Kristian Kjelling begins successfully coaching career

2.Haslum151212427:36525 1.Arendal151401405:34128 9.Drammen14509369:35710 7.Bodo15708363:40014 STANDINGS: 3.Elverum151104440:37020 12.Stavanger151113383:463-1 8.Runar15618421:43513 1996–19971997–19981998–20012001–20062006–20092009–20132013–20152015–​Kjelsås ILVestli ILDrammen HKAdemar LeónPortland San AntonioAaB HåndboldBjerringbro-SilkeborgDrammen 6.Kolstad15717369:38215 5.Halden15906424:40818 11.Stord151113363:4473 10.Baekkelaget15429396:41510 4.Fyllingen16916453:43019 DrammenKristian Kjelling Norwegian Drammen have a new coach – Kristian Kjelling! With him on the bench one of the best Scandinavian club ever won the first match in 2016. The former Norwegian NT star led his players to the away success against Runar Sanderfjord 31:23. Drammen are in bad series this year with only 10 points from 14 matches…– This means a lot. What matters most is that we have had two training sessions where we’ve trained on two specific things and it works. I am relieved. It meant a lot to the guys and the whole club. It has not had many pleasant experiences in this t-shirt during season, says Kjelling.The 36-years old left back had great career abroad: ← Previous Story THW Kiel beat Gummersbach in 2016 opener Next Story → VIDEO: Kung Fu goalie sent off in Sweden read more

Are these horrors awaiting you in your Facebook Other inbox

first_imgDID YOU KNOW that your Facebook has two inboxes?A lot of people don’t. There is one inbox, the main one you know and use, that receives messages from your Facebook friends.Then there’s the Other inbox. See?Anyone who is not friends with you and sends you a message? Their message winds up in there.Which is basically like it landing straight into the bin, because you don’t receive message notifications for the Other inbox.As a lot of people don’t know about the Other inbox’s existence, these earnest messages are being flung down into an abyss. Messages can languish there for months – unread.Let’s take a look at the festering nuggets awaiting you in your Facebook black hole.1. The creepersYou know the ones. The ones who are, essentially, looking for a little lovin’.Charming. Utterly charming.2. The randomersYou told someone to add you while you were out one night. “Yeah, sure!” you cried giddily, throwing caution to the wind, sucking on your pint. “Find me on Facebook!”Turns out they sent you a message about 3 months ago – and it will definitely give you a late-onset case of The Fear. Who the HELL ARE THEY?3. The spammersFrom a page you liked about a million years ago, still plugging away. Constantly sending you unheeded missives, shouting them into the wind forever.4. The actually helpful information that is now utterly uselessThat piece of information you needed about 18 months ago?Yep. It’s there. Useless, now, of course. And way too embarrassingly late to reply. Fire it into space.5. The confused family membersAh, God love them. They haven’t a breeze what they’re at.You can just go ahead and pretend you never got that one. We won’t tell your Mam.Go on – uncover the stone that is your Facebook Other inbox and reveal the woodlice beneath. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!Read: 12 reasons Snapchat is worth way more than $3 billion>Read: ‘Catholic memes’ are a thing on Facebook>last_img read more

Inondations en Australie le pic est passé

first_imgInondations en Australie : le pic est passéCe matin à l’aube, les inondations ont atteint leur pic à Brisbane, en Australie. Une personne a trouvé la mort et 30.000 habitations ont été endommagées. L’Etat du Queensland affiche désormais un paysage de désolation.L’eau est montée à 4,45 mètres en centre-ville, selon les service météorologiques australiens. Des quartiers entiers ont été submergés et, pour éviter les électrocutions, l’électricité a été coupée pour un peu plus de 100.000 foyers. Les bâtiments historiques de Brisbane sont aujourd’hui défigurés. Anna Bligh, premier ministre de l’Etat du Queensland, a estimé que les efforts de reconstruction seraient “dignes de l’après-guerre”. Elle a également déclaré sur Sky News : “Le sentiment est très mitigé aujourd’hui. Il y a du soulagement et je suis reconnaissante que Mère nature n’a pas été aussi terrible qu’elle aurait pu, mais les gens de notre ville sont assaillis, à leur réveil, par un insupportable sentiment d’angoisse”.Un administrateur de la Banque d’Australie a estimé que les inondations pourraient coûter plus de 13 milliards de dollars, soit un point de pourcentage à la croissance économique du pays.D’après LeMonde.fr, le bilan officiel de ces inondations sans précédent depuis un siècle est de 18 morts et 78 disparus, après les crues violentes qui ont balayé des communes à l’ouest de Brisbane dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, qualifiées par certains de “tsunami intérieur”. Au total, 11.900 propriétés, dont 2.500 entreprises, ont été totalement inondées et 14.700 l’ont été partiellement, selon le maire de Brisbane.La saison des pluies ne prenant fin qu’au mois de mars, il craint de nouvelles inondations dans les semaines à venir. Pendant ce temps, les digues censées protéger Brisbane sont proches de leur point de rupture.Le 13 janvier 2011 à 10:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

ISS les mécanismes aromatiques du whisky étudiés en apesanteur

first_imgISS : les mécanismes aromatiques du whisky étudiés… en apesanteur Dévoilée par le Centre scientifique international d’Édimbourg, une recherche expérimentale d’un nouveau genre est en cours dans la station spatiale internationale (ISS) : l’étude des effets de l’apesanteur sur les mécanismes chimiques… de fabrication du whisky. En octobre dernier, une navette spatiale acheminait vers la station spatiale internationale (ISS) une cargaison un peu spéciale : des échantillons de malt immature ainsi que de bois de chêne (dont on fait les tonneaux) tout droit venus de la distillerie de whisky Ardbeg, à Islay (archipel des Hébrides, en Écosse). Le but : comprendre comment les molécules qui les composent interagissent dans un milieu où la gravité est quasi-nulle.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreLa société américaine NanoRacks LLC, qui mènera ces recherches durant au moins 2 ans, s’intéresse à ces terpènes – hydrocarbures végétaux aux propriétés aromatiques – tout autant qu’Ardbeg, qui produit du whisky depuis plus de 300 ans. Des scientifiques reproduiront en parallèle les mêmes expériences sur Terre, à titre de comparaison.”Nous allons apprendre beaucoup sur les saveurs, avec des applications s’étendant même à l’alimentaire et aux parfums”, a déclaré Michael Johnson, directeur technique de NanoRacks LLC cité par la BBC. “Cette expérience jettera un nouvel éclairage sur l’effet de la gravité sur le processus de maturation. Nous sommes tous très enthousiasmés par cette expérience – qui sait où cela mènera ?”, a conclu pour sa part le Dr Bill Lumsden, cadre technique chez Ardbeg. Le 14 avril 2012 à 14:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Astronomers Spot Cannonball Pulsar Hurtling Through Space

first_img Astronomers discovered a “cannonball pulsar” speeding through space at almost 2.5 million miles per hour using the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.According to a NASA press release, pulsars are superdense, spinning neutron stars that are left behind when a giant star explodes. This pulsar, which is called PSR J0002+6216 (J0002 for short), has a radio-emitting tail that’s pointing directly at expanding debris from a recent supernova blast.“Thanks to its narrow dart-like tail and a fortuitous viewing angle, we can trace this pulsar straight back to its birthplace,” Frank Schinzel, a National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) scientist, said in a NASA Fermi Space Telescope blog post. “Further study of this object will help us better understand how these explosions are able to ‘kick’ neutron stars to such high speed.”J0002, which is located roughly 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia, was found in 2017 by Einstein@Home, a citizen-science project that uses idle time on volunteers’ computers to process Fermi gamma-ray data. This pulsar spins 8.7 times of second and generates a pulse of gamma rays with each of its rotations.An artist’s pulsar concept. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)J0002 is about 53 light-years from the center of supernova remnant CTB 1. Its fast motion through interstellar gas causes shock waves that produce the magnetic energy tail and accelerated particles. The magnetic energy tail extends 13 light-years and points back to CTB 1’s center.Thanks to a technique called pulsar timing and Fermi data, the team measured the time and direction the pulsar was moving across our line of sight. J0002 is hurtling through space five times faster than the average pulsar and faster than 99 percent of pulsars with measured speeds. It’s expected to eventually escape our galaxy down the line.The team plans to conduct additional observations using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA). NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on targetcenter_img More on Geek.com:NASA Detects Giant Meteor Explosion Over Bering SeaJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Will Drop an Explosive on Asteroid RyuguImages of Historic Nebraska Flooding From Space Show Stunning Detaillast_img read more

Quintero gives River Plate a historic Copa Libertadores

first_imgAn absolute screamer from the Colombian in extra time against Boca Juniors, gives River Plate the Copa Libertadores at the Bernabeu.After so much drama during the last couple of weeks with the Copa Libertadores final, Sunday finally arrived with Boca Juniors and River Plate playing a very anticipated match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.The tension was quite evident after so much talk that was barely related to football, the loser from today’s match would live with that stigma of losing this final against the hated rival forever.The stadium was filled with people who were impatiently waiting for the match to begin, many football personalities attended this match and watched it from the VIP rooms inside the Bernabeu.People like Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi were spotted in there as none of them wanted to miss this final. Even a Juventus contingent attended the match with Cristiano Ronaldo nowhere to be seen, but Dybala and Bentancur were part of that expedition.All the players who were playing the match didn’t seem comfortable, having this final in the city of Madrid was already pretty weird in the first place and it was going to have to take a little getting used to.Both squads started this match with a 2-2 aggregate after the draw from the first match at La Bombonera, both sides were literally starting with no advantage.¡ASÍ FUE EL GOLAZO DE BENEDETTO!#LibertadoresxFOX El ‘Pipa’ recibió un pase magnífico por parte de Nández y con mucha clase, definió ante la salida de Armani para el 1-0 de Boca.Revive la definición del examericanista desde nuestro #AnguloFOX pic.twitter.com/oJX9Lxu68c— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) December 9, 2018The first half was a huge reminder of how massive the difference between European and South American football really is, with several interruptions in this match and much less fluidity throughout the whole 90 minutes.The first half was more dominated by Boca Juniors and their ability to prevent River Plate to create spaces and link passes in midfield, they were waiting for a lost ball to get a chance that could give them the initial advantage.This moment came near the halftime whistle, as skipper Pablo Perez recovered a ball, served it to Nandez and the Uruguay international saw Dario Benedetto making the move for a pass between the lines.As soon as ‘Pipa’ intercepted the pass from Nandez, he only needed a single touch to position himself alone in front of the goalkeeper and bury his shot to the right bottom corner.Boca Juniors was winning it thanks to another crucial goal scored by Benedetto, ‘Pipa’ had now scored in both semifinal matches and both of the final games.The second half would be more fluid for the fans, for River Plate as well.¡PRATTO LO EMPATÓ CON UNA GRAN JUGADA!#LibertadoresxFOX Una pared entre ‘Nacho’ Fernández y Palacios terminó con un centro atrás para que el ‘Oso’ consiguiera la igualada.Revive la jugada desde el #AnguloFOX pic.twitter.com/yzEWIT9ucRRiver Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) December 9, 2018The ‘Millonarios’ took control of the ball during the second half, they were able to control the ball for extended periods of time and managed to create more opportunities due to how tired the Boca Juniors players were.After several opportunities in which River was denied by the defense, a chance finally appeared for Lucas Pratto before the 70th minute, in which he was able to finish a collective effort in which Exequiel Palacios produced an exceptional skill that gave Nacho Fernandez the chance to assist Pratto.Lucas scored his fifth Copa Libertadores goal in this fashion, he became the tournament’s top scorer with this one.It was only fitting that the world’s longest football final in history would go to extra time, fortune was better for River Plate as Wilmar Barrios got booked for a second time at the start of the first extra time and left Boca Juniors with 10 players.This advantage was all that River needed, the critical moment of the night came from Colombian Quintero’s left foot in the form of a potent screamer from outside of the box that went in through the top corner for River Plate’s goal that gave them the trophy.At the end with Boca playing with 9 after Fernando Gago’s injury, Martinez sealed the result with an easy goal with no goalkeeper to stop him.River Plate is the worthy and historic Copa Libertadores champion after beating Boca Juniors 3-1 (5-3 ag.).❤ ¡Impresionante zurdazo y GOLAZO de Quintero! ❤Lo gana River#CopaLibertadores2018River 2-1 Bocapic.twitter.com/bC2n9hHTNb— MedioTiempo (@mediotiempo) December 9, 2018¡RIVER SENTENCIÓ!#LibertadoresxFOX Ya sin portero, Gonzalo Martínez hizo el 3-1 definitivo, que le da el campeonato al Millonario pic.twitter.com/vpdtZZF85K— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) December 9, 2018What did you think about the whole drama of this Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Duncan Hunter Sr remembers late President George HW Bush

first_img Posted: December 4, 2018 December 4, 2018 Duncan Hunter Sr. remembers late President George H.W. Bush 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Former congressman Duncan L. Hunter worked alongside the late President George H.W. Bush.Hunter discussed the life & legacy of the 41st President on Good Morning San Diego. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Nottingham and Derbyshirebased Trentbarton bus drivers strike in pay dispute

first_imgAround 160 bus drivers at transport organisation Trentbarton in Nottingham and Derbyshire, who are members of the trade union Unite, are undertaking strike action today (Monday 10 September 2018) in a dispute over pay.Unite members who work at Trentbarton voted 70% in favour of strike action, after rejecting the organisation’s offer of a 2.5% pay increase for the period of April 2018 to April 2019.The dispute concerns the fact that Trentbarton proposed a 3.5% pay increase, which combined a 2.5% pay rise and the employer’s statutory 1% pension contribution, required under auto-enrolment regulations. Unite stated that pension contributions made through auto-enrolment should be distinct from annual pay, and not combined to present a more attractive pay package.Scott Lennon, regional officer at Unite, said: “The management have muddied the waters by adding in their 1% auto-enrolment pension contribution to make the pay offer look much more attractive than it actually is. Our members would also contribute 2% of their pay towards auto-enrolment.“We believe that pay and pensions should be decoupled as they are different issues; one refers to present day pay and the other towards retirement income.”Trentbarton bus drivers plan to participate in further industrial action on 17 and 24 September 2018. Additional dates in October and November are also being reviewed.Lennon added: “We are calling on the management to get around the table and negotiate in a constructive fashion to achieve a fair pay deal for our members.“I appreciate that this industrial action will cause problems for the travelling public, but our members’ wages are lagging behind as the cost of living soars. The drivers have seen reductions in their shifts and potential earning capacity cut drastically.“Our members are living hand to mouth and some are even having to use food banks, which is a disgrace for a dedicated workforce in 2018. We have been informed of at least five cases of our members who have had to resort to food banks to augment their poverty pay.”Trentbarton is part of the Wellglade Group, which operates bus services in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire, as well as the Nottingham Express Transit tram system in Nottingham.Trentbarton is unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

OBITUARY Thomas A Feindel 22

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Thomas A. Feindel, “Tom”, age 22, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on January 13, 2019 at the Winchester Hospital.Tom was born on February 24, 1996 in Winchester, MA; he was the cherished son of Kenneth and Janice Feindel. Tom attended Wilmington Public Schools and went on to attend Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica where he studied plumbing. Tom graduated Shawsheen Tech with the Class of 2014. While attending Shawsheen Tech, Tom went to work for Houghton Plumbing in Stoneham during his “shop weeks”. Tom loved his job and his co-workers; he was knowledgeable about plumbing and had great people skills when it came to dealing with the customers. Tom was still employed for Houghton Plumbing at the time of his death.Throughout his life, Tom was very involved with the Boy Scouts; he earned the rank of Eagle Scout by completing his Eagle Project which consisted of him adding a two bay wash sink at Camp 40 Acres in Wilmington and building a roof shelter over it for the campers. Tom enjoyed all the outdoor activities and camping that came with scouting and he met some great people along the way that became lifelong friends.Tom was a great kid who had a big heart and was always looking out for others; he took the time to listen, help, stand up for the “little guy” and he would go out of his way to do something nice for someone. Tom was not judgmental and never turned anyone away who needed help. Tom also enjoyed volunteering and he took several mission trips with his friends through the Wilmington Methodist Church; this was an eye-opening experience for this young man to see how other parts of the country and world lived. Tom always came back feeling very fortunate to have the loving family and support system that he called home.Tom’s family was the center of his life; he had wonderful parents and brothers whom he adored. Tom looked forward to the time they spent together, the fun they had, and all the wonderful memories they shared. Tom was also fortunate enough to have a great extended family and a “village of friends” who he loved dearly. Tom will forever be in the hearts of those he loved.Tom was the cherished son of Kenneth and Janice (McLean) Feindel, beloved brother of Christopher Feindel and Bryan Feindel & his girlfriend Allison Rotger all of Wilmington, dear grandson of Mary & the late Gordon “Mac” McLean of Woburn and Dorothy Nickerson & the late Kenneth Feindel of Melrose. Loving Nephew of Cheryl & Scott Reynolds of Yonkers, NY, Rick Feindel & Christine Twombly of Plaistow, NH, Robyn Feindel of Wadsworth, OH, Robert McLean of Woburn, Deb Fournier and Larry Nickerson and the late Donna Feindel. Tom is also survived by his girlfriend Morgan VanValkenberg of Danvers, his godfather Donald Wheaton & wife Kathy of Stoneham, his godmother Elaine Rockwood of Wakefield, his loving dog Diesel as well as many cousins and his village of friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Friday, January 18th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, January 17th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Thomas’ memory may be made to Neurofibromatosis Northeast, 9 Bedford St., Burlington, MA 01803.Thomas A. Feindel(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Carl J. Giangregorio, 37In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Stocks to watch on March 12 Bharti Airtel Jet Airways Shree Renuka

first_imgA stock broker looks at a television screen in Mumbai as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents India’s first unified budget on February 1, 2017.IANSHere are a few stocks that are likely to move in trades on Monday:Bharti Airtel: The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore on Airtel Payments Bank for breaching operating guidelines and Know Your Customer norms.Tata Motors: The automaker’s global wholesales up 18 percent year-on-year to 1.21 lakh units in February.ONGC: The state-owned oil and gas firm will sell stake in Gujarat Petrochem project to fund Hindustan Petroleum Corp acquisition.Jet Airways: A consortium of Jet Airways, France-KLM and Delta is understood to have expressed interest in national carrier Air India, news agency PTI reported.Shree Renuka Sugars: Wilmar Sugar to make an open offer to buy 26 percent stake in Shree Renuka Sugars at a price of Rs 16.29 each.Union Bank of India: The lender has direct credit exposure of about Rs 295 crore to Nirav Modi and Gitanjali Group companies, its chief executive told Reuters.Reliance Communications: The promoter firm pledges shares worth Rs 300 crore.Oriental Bank Of Commerce: The lender will increase some marginal cost loan rates by 5-15 basis points from March 12.Aarti Drugs: The company said that its unit in Tarapur MIDC got affected by explosion.Avanti Feeds, Apex Frozen Foods, Waterbase: U.S. Department of Commerce has suggested a hike in anti-dumping duty on Indian shrimp to 2.34 percent from 0.84 percent.last_img read more

TrumpKim summit pleases China while Japan puts on brave face

first_imgDonald Trump and Kim Jong UnWith U.S. president Donald Trump setting the course for normalising ties with North Korea and even saying war games with South Korea would end, China appeared a winner from Tuesday’s summit, as Japan tried putting a brave face on the outcome.Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged on Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, and signed a “comprehensive” document at a landmark summit in Singapore.In turn, Washington committed to provide security guarantees for North Korea, though the joint statement was light on specifics.At a post-summit press conference, Trump said Washington would end “very provocative” and costly military exercises with South Korea, a move that would rattle Seoul and Tokyo, which rely on the U.S. military for their own security.China, North Korea’s most important economic and diplomatic supporter despite its anger at Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests, wasted little time with a reminder that U.N. sanctions could be adjusted if North Korea behaved itself.”The U.N. Security Council resolutions that have been passed say that if North Korea respects and acts in accordance with the resolutions, then sanction measures can be adjusted, including to pause or remove the relevant sanctions,” a foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said at a daily news briefing.The Global Times, an influential Chinese state-run newspaper, said in an editorial that the time was right to consider “an appropriate reduction of the sanctions”.Brad Glosserman, visiting professor at Japan’s Tama University, said China would be pleased with the outcome.He said that North Korea would be as well.”Kim – wants a photo op, gets it, got an invitation to the White House,” he said. “He has an open door to the weakening of sanctions, no one is going to be putting on the squeeze. Everything North Korea wanted – I see no downside.”Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe put a positive spin on the summit, welcoming the fact that Trump told a news conference he had raised the issue of Japanese abductees, though there was no mention of that in the document signed by Kim and Trump.Yoji Koda, a retired admiral who commanded the Japanese naval fleet, and is a fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, said the statement contained nothing new or concrete.”One of the key points that Trump and his advisers made was that the U.S. will not repeat the mistakes of previous deals,” he said. “From reading this document I don’t think the U.S. will be successful.”TROOP COMMENTSSouth Korea’s presidential office said it needs to seek clarity on Trump’s intentions after he said Washington will stop joint military exercises.South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in, who has been front and centre in efforts to engage the North and Kim himself, pledged complete cooperation.”My administration will spare no effort in cooperating with the United States, North Korea and the international community to ensure that the agreement can be implemented in its entirety,” Moon said in a statement.But Koda, the retired Japanese admiral, said ending the exercises would be a “clear mistake” and was “too early”.”Alliances are a key element of U.S. global strategy and exercises are a right of the U.S. to use to protect allied nations,” he said. “The U.S. should continue joint exercises, they are a signal to China too.”China, which has long suggested a “dual suspension” whereby North Korea suspends its weapons tests and the United States and South Korea suspend military drills, could effectively claim that as an outcome despite not being a party to the summit.”This joint declaration is in line with the three principles of ‘no chaos, no war, and peaceful settlement’ proposed by the Chinese government,” said Liang Yabin, an associate professor at Beijing’s Central Party School, which trains rising officials.Resolving tensions on the Korean peninsula has obvious benefits for China, especially in bolstering the development of its rust-belt and landlocked northeast.Beijing has also long feared that a collapse of its isolated neighbour could push waves of refugees into northeastern China, or that nuclear war on the Korean peninsula could contaminate swathes of the country.The emotional ties are deep too. The two countries fought side by side in the 1950-53 Korean War – a son of Mao Zedong died in the conflict – and China has long viewed North Korea as a useful buffer between it and U.S. forces in South Korea.While China was not a direct party to the summit, it was nonetheless a presence: Kim met with president Xi Jinping twice in the run-up, and even borrowed an Air China 747 to get to Singapore so he didn’t have to rely on his own Soviet-era plane.last_img read more

GTA V and GTA Online are coming to PC PS4 and Xbox

first_imgRockstar has had PC gamers a little bit concerned in recent months. Typically a new Grand Theft Auto game is launched on the major consoles first, then a few months later the PC version is announced. But GTA V launched back in September last year, and until yesterday there was no sign of a PC version. But thankfully, Rockstar was just waiting for E3 to make the announcement.As many of us expected, Rockstar has been hard at work readying the game for release not just on PC, but on PS4 and Xbox One simultaneously. The video below, which was captured from the PS4 version of the game, clearly shows how the visuals have been enhanced to take advantage of the extra performance offered by the next-gen machines and latest PC hardware.If you already played through the game on the Xbox 360 or PS3 there’s no new gameplay on offer here, but the graphical enhancement is being accompanied by an improved weather system, better damage effects, and a lot of new detail in the game.Grand Theft Auto Online is also making the trip to these new platforms. All the content available in GTA Online today will be available at launch for PC, PS4, and Xbox One players, but there will also be new properties and customizations to play with. The good news for existing GTA Online players is that your characters and progression can be transferred. So nothing is lost if you decide to make the switch to one of the newer platforms.I’m sure there will be very little to choose between the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game. However, the PC version of GTA V will include a video editor allowing for the creation of movies. Don’t forget there’s bound to be a pretty active modding community supporting the game on PC, too.Rockstar hasn’t announced a specific release date for the game yet beyond saying “Fall.” I am sure gamers everywhere are hoping the date ends up falling in September, though, or at the very latest early October.last_img read more

Twitch thinks you want to watch people gorging themselves on food

first_imgWhen it comes to watching game streams online, Twitch is the king of the hill. As you can tell from our most streamed games and channels posts, millions of people tune in each week to watch others play video games. Twitch has expanded to include non-gaming streams that feature artists creating works for a live audience. With Twitch Creative becoming a hit of its own, the channel is further broadening its programming once again to include streams of people eating. You read that correctly — you’ll soon be able to tune into Twitch to see people gorge themselves on food.Unlike Twitch Creative, which garnered a lot of media attention because it launched with a 200-hour stream of Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting, the “Social Eating” channel was launched with little to no fanfare. The Social Eating channel is similar to South Korean online broadcasts called “muk-bang,” where people eat a ton of food while talking to their viewers. In fact, Twitch’s Social Eating channel even references muk-bang.Currently, the channel only features a handful of people gorging in front of a camera, but it’s possible that we’ll see more folks becoming involved as time passes. If this channel is anything like Twitch gaming, don’t be surprised if you eventually see girls with low cut shirts eating entire boxes of pizza or multiple Chinese good lunch specials. Let’s just hope whoever participates in these streams eats responsibly. The last thing we’d want is for someone to choke while livestreaming.last_img read more

Beijing bid faces same old questions ahead of 2022 IOC vote

first_img Top holiday drink recipes KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two of China’s most storied winter Olympic athletes faced tough questions about Beijing bid’s for the 2022 Winter Games — namely about air pollution and a lack of snow.Gold medalist pairs figure skaters Shen Zue and Zhao Hongbo came out of retirement to win gold at Vancouver in 2010, then retired again. The husband and wife are two of the Beijing bid’s ambassadors trying to convince the IOC that the Chinese city should be given hosting rights over Almaty, Kazakhstan. The vote will be here on Friday.On the sidelines of the IOC executive board meetings on Tuesday, the couple was asked about pollution in the Chinese capital and the lack of snow at the mountain venues of Yanqing and Zhangjiakou. Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Olympics, is trying to become the first city to host a summer and winter games.Shen said many Olympic ski competitions need artificial snow and “that is something that happens at many Winter Games.”“Often it is for the safety of the competitions and the athletes,” Zhao added.Beijing bid official Xu Jicheng, responding to persistent questions about the air quality for competing athletes, said pollution had improved since the 2008 Olympics and that will continue in the lead-up to 2022 if Beijing gets the games.“We can promise blue skies and white clouds,” Xu said at a packed news conference at a downtown hotel.Other bid officials were asked about corruption surrounding the bid after last week’s firing of a senior Chinese sports official.Xiao Tian was removed as a vice minister of the General Administration of Sport of China. Xiao was placed under investigation for possible corruption in June. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Xiao was also a vice chairman of China’s Olympic committee, and last September he was elected as one of three vice presidents of FIBA, basketball’s world governing body.On Tuesday, bid spokesman Wang Hui said “corruption is a common enemy.”“The Chinese government’s position is one of zero tolerance, that is also the wish of all Chinese people,” Wang added. “These cases are irrelevant for the bid. They (individuals) attended bid committee meetings because we wanted broad support. But they assumed no responsibilities whatsoever.”Also, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masssimov arrived in Kuala Lumpur to lead Almaty’s delegation.As the 15 members of the IOC executive board began meeting, they discovered that Boston dropped out of the bidding for the 2024 Olympics.Beset by poor communication, low public support, and an active opposition group, Boston was cut by the U.S. Olympic Committee. With a Sept. 15 deadline for official submission of candidates, the USOC could turn to Los Angeles as a new bidder.On other issues, the IOC board:— recommended formal recognition of South Sudan, a move that would clear the way for the African country to send a team to the Rio Games. The motion is expected to be ratified by the full IOC on Sunday. — said the host city contract for the 2022 Games will be made public, including new clauses on non-discrimination, labor laws, and other protections.— cut the service fee for future Summer Olympic bid cities from $650,000 to $250,000.— agreed to increase funding to the International Paralympic Committee from $6 million to $7.5 million, and increase the number of athletes at the Paralympics from 750 to 850.— approved the addition of kiteboarding, BMX freestyle, and beach handball for the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.On Wednesday, the executive board will receive updates on preparations for the Rio Olympics, the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.___AP Sports Writer Stephen Wilson contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach chairs the IOC Executive board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,Tuesday, July, 28, 2015. Malaysia is hosting the 128th International Olympic Committee executive board meeting where the vote for the host cities of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and for the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games will take place. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)last_img read more