A CRPF jawan shot himself dead after firing at two of his colleagues inside a camp here, police said on Sunday.The incident took place late on Saturday night and the slain jawan has been identified as Mukesh Bhawuk, a police official said. He said Bhawuk got into a verbal duel with one of his colleagues over some issue at the Pantha Chowk camp of 29 Battalion of CRPF, following which he opened fire using his service rifle. Two jawans were injured in the firing, the official said.Later, Bhawuk shot himself dead with his service rifle, he said. The injured jawans are stated to be stable. The police official said the CRPF has ordered a departmental inquiry to find out the cause of the incident.
From K J M VarmaBeijing, Feb 26 (PTI) Any move by India to join the US Navy for jointly patrolling the disputed South China Sea will be against its national interest, would divide Asian countries and further escalate regional tensions, a state-run Chinese daily said today.Chinese medias reaction came after it was reported last month that the US and India had talked about launching joint naval patrols in the South China Sea for safeguarding freedom of navigation. But India clarified there would be no such patrols and the US also subsequently denied having any such plan.”Military collaboration between Washington and New Delhi has been heating up in recent years. Nonetheless, the only purpose of the latter to conduct bilateral naval patrols with the former without its interests being hurt is to meet the demand of the largest world power,” an article in the state-run Global Times today said.”In this way, the US can include India as a vassal state like Japan and Australia, which will damage Indias dignity and deter its pursuit to become a great power,” it said.Playing up Indias concerns over the USs move to sell F-16 fighters to Pakistan, the article said “even though New Delhi obeys Washington, its not likely that it will see the desired return.””The White Houses sale of fighter planes to Pakistan provides the latest example,” it said.”India once mulled over deepening its military cooperation with the US in hope that the latter would cancel the endorsement for its perennial regional rival. But the US has its strategic needs by the sale of weapons and has never changed minds despite Indias long-running objection,” it said.advertisementPlaying down reports that India may join joint patrols with the US in the South China Sea where Beijing is locked in a major confrontation, the article said any such move by India would divide Asian countries.”Indias interests in the South China Sea are not threatened. The country boasts close trade relations with East Asian nations. Despite a close military bond with Vietnam, then Manmohan Singh administration rejected Hanois invitation to the Indian navy to set up a military base at Na Thrang port,” it said.If New Delhi chooses to follow in the US footsteps, it means the country is taking part in US “pivot to Asia” strategy and adopting a major strategic shift, the report said.”This move will inevitably divide Asian nations into two camps, further giving rise to regional tensions,” it said.”Nonetheless, if India takes a neutral stance that tallies with its cultural tradition, it will better realise its national interest,” it said.The article said India needs to develop more friends instead of making more enemies.China claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, resulting in overlapping claims with several other Asian nations like Vietnam and the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. PTI KJV UZM NSA ASK AKJ UZM
New Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI) Taking strong exception to BCCI “misleading” everyone on key issues such as disbursement of large amount of funds to state associations, the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha Panel today said it was unfortunate that their directions have been “misinterpreted”. On behalf of the panel, secretary Gopal Shankarnarayan emailed board president Anurag Thakur, secretary Ajay Shirke, treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry and CEO Rahul Johri, highlighting a number of statements that has been attributed to the key functionaries of Indias richest sporting body. The email states: “It is unfortunate that the directions/contents of the e-mail have been misinterpreted, as is evident from the press reports to state that the present India-New Zealand series is at stake.” The e-mail clearly mentioned once again that banks have not been instructed to freeze BCCI accounts. “The Supreme Court Committee has not frozen the bank accounts of BCCI. Nor has it objected to the banking operations/payments relating to routine administration and conduct of cricket matches/tournaments/activities. “This has been clarified in express terms to the banks concerned, so that cricket and the public are not made to pay for the actions of the BCCI governors.” The e-mail clarified the exact objection of the panel. “What was objected to was the decisions said to have been taken at the Emergent Working Committee meeting of BCCI on 30.9.2016, to disburse large funds to the various Member Associations under the guise of increasing the annual infrastructure subsidy and to divide the proceeds of the Champions League compensation. We understand that these may run into figures of more than Rs 500 crore. Such decisions were neither routine nor emergent.” The e-mail mentioned some of the press statements made by BCCI President Anurag Thakur regarding a forced choice between conducting IPL or playing Champions Trophy in England due to less than 15-day gap. “The Committee is also surprised at the Press Statement attributed to the President of BCCI that if the recommendations of the Committee are implemented, BCCI will have to either abandon the plans to host the 10th edition of the IPL or pull the Indian Team out of the Champions Trophy to be held in England in June 2017. The out-of-context statement by the President is misleading. “While dealing with IPL, the report had merely suggested that while drawing up the cricket calendar for a year, a gap of 15 days may be provided after a strenuous IPL season before the commencement of events in the National Calendar, to ensure that a cramped cricketing year does not take a toll on the cricketers body and longevity of their career. This does not in any way prevent some flexibility where the calendar has already been declared for 2017 when the Champions Trophy has already been scheduled.” The panel instructed the BCCI to submit all minutes of last SGM/EGM by tomorrow morning. PTI KHS AH AT KHSadvertisement
PARIS — Neymar won’t play again at the Parc des Princes this season.The Paris Saint-Germain striker was given a three-game ban on Friday for lashing out at a fan following a loss in the French Cup final last month, a punishment that capped another disappointing season for the Brazilian.The French soccer federation’s disciplinary commission added a suspended two-match ban to its punishment.PSG said in a statement it finds the sanction “severe” and has decided with Neymar to appeal the decision.After Rennes beat PSG 6-5 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the final at the Stade de France, Neymar reacted angrily to a fan who was filming and verbally goading players as they walked up the stairs to collect their runner-up medals. Other PSG players, including Gianluigi Buffon and Marco Verratti, were verbally abused by the same person and ignored him.PSG coach Thomas Tuchel criticized Neymar for the spat and the Brazilian player later apologized.The ban starts Monday, ruling Neymar out of PSG’s last two league games. He can, however, play with the French champions at Angers on Saturday.The Brazil forward will also miss the Champions Trophy between the French champions and the French Cup winners on Aug. 3.Neymar has also been suspended for three games by UEFA for insulting the video review officials who awarded Manchester United’s stoppage-time penalty when PSG was eliminated from the Champions League in the last 16.Neymar became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Barcelona to PSG for 222 million euros (about $250 million) in 2017. But his two seasons with the French champions have been quite disappointing in comparison with the huge expectations.Neymar, who is in the second year of a five-year deal with PSG, has missed large chunks of both seasons because of a right foot injury that ruled him out of big games. He has scored 50 goals in his 57 matches with PSG but was unable to help the club in its goal to win the Champions League, the main reason behind his arrival in Paris.Neymar injured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot last year and missed the return leg of his club’s last 16 Champions League game against Real Madrid. He was also absent for both matches against United because of a recurrence of the injury.PSG has lost at that stage of the tournament in three straight seasons.By: Samuel Petrequin, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
TOKYO — With exactly one year to go until the Tokyo Olympics open, organizers marked the day by unveiling the gold, silver, and bronze medals that will symbolize the 2020 Games.Thousands of politicians, sponsors, and fans jammed a massive exhibition hall in central Tokyo on Wednesday, piling on speeches, musical interludes, and dancing performances to celebrate the one-year mark.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a cameo appearance to welcome the guests. And IOC President Thomas Bach repeated what he has said often in various places around the world.“I can truly say,” Bach said, “I have never seen an Olympic city as prepared as Tokyo with one year to go before the Olympic Games.”Despite all the talk and theatrics, the center stage belonged to the medals by Japanese designer Junichi Kawanishi.Kawanishi wrote that the medals are to “resemble rough stones that have been polished and which now shine with light and brilliance.”The front side carries the Tokyo Olympic emblem, with the Greek goddess of victory on the back.Bach, a fencing gold medalist in the 1976 Olympics, conducted a mock fencing duel earlier in the day with a junior high student — another chance to draw attention to the one-year milestone. The games will be held July 24-Aug. 9, 2020.IOC President Thomas Bach, right, performs mock fencing with Japanese junior high school student Yui Hashimoto during a Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 One year to Go ceremony event in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Bach is a former Olympic fencer and won a team gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Games. Fans, sponsors and politicians celebrated the day around the Japanese capital, displaying placards and clocks showing 365 days to go until the opening ceremony on July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)Tokyo is spending about $20 billion to prepare the city to host the games, though exact Olympic spending is disputed and difficult to track. Five of the eight new venues are already finished, and the centerpiece, the $1.25 billion National Stadium, is to open by the end of the year.Ticket demand by Japanese residents appears to be a least 10 times above supply — maybe more — with demand also surging abroad. A recent law banning unauthorized ticket resales in Japan is sure to be tested because of glaring loopholes.Organizers are also preparing for Tokyo’s typically hot summer weather, though this summer has been wet and cool. Traffic and subway congestion is also a concern, as is earthquake preparedness.“This year Tokyo is chilly rather than hot,” Yoshiro Mori, the president of the organizing committee, said. “It’s quite different from what we experienced last year.”Mori said Japanese Emperor Naruhito had accepted a role “as honorary patron” of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. He will be expected to announce the opening of both the Olympics and Paralympics.Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike was asked a few days ago to justify spending billions on the Olympics. Organizers have been under pressure to cut costs, and they say they have cut billions by using existing venues. Tokyo is building eight new venues, but using 35 “temporary” or older venues.Koike described the Olympics and Paralympics as an “accelerator” to get things done, though research shows that the Olympic deadlines drive up costs. And Tokyo is famous for building things — with or without the Olympics.“I’d like the legacy of the 2020 Games to be something more intangible, a new way of thinking for people and for society,” she said. Koike described the Paralympics, which open Aug. 25, 2020, as a “springboard” to make the city more accessible to people with disabilities.The goals for next year are more modest than they were in 1964 when the Tokyo Olympics showcased bullet trains, futuristic designs, and a new expressway to document Japan’s recovery following World War II.A group of anti-Olympic activists, many from outside Japan, have held small protests and other events in recent days under the Japanese title “Hangorin no Kai” — which translates roughly to No Olympics. They oppose Olympic spending, which they say cuts into budgets for local housing and environmental issues.They also call for more money to rebuild Fukushima prefecture located northeast of Tokyo. Organizers say Fukushima is a main focus of the Olympics, locating baseball, softball and soccer games there to persuade the world the area is safe.“For us, the Olympics are a disaster,” Misako Ichimura, a spokeswoman for the anti-Olympic group, said on Tuesday. She said the billions spent on the Olympics should be used instead in to rebuild Fukushima, which was devastated by a 2011 earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of three nuclear reactors.“The Olympics is scary entertainment for us,” she added.Tokyo organizers have shattered records for local sponsorship revenue, which has passed $3 billion — about three times more than any previous Olympics. Much has been raised by giant Japanese advertising company Dentsu Inc.There have also been glitches and scandal.Tsunekazu Takeda, the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee , was forced to quit earlier this year when he was implicated in a vote-buying scheme to land the games. He has denied wrongdoing, but acknowledged he signed off on about $2 million that French investigators allege went to buy votes.The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics are implicated in the same kind of vote-buying bribery.Tokyo organizers were also forced to redesign their logo when the original draft faced charges of plagiarism, and an international labor union has alleged work-safety violations at Olympic venues, largely regarding migrant labor.A futuristic design for the new stadium by the late British architect Zaha Hadid was scrapped when costs soared to $2 billion. Japanese architect Kengo Kuma was chosen instead with a design focused on wood lattice and greenery.By: Stephen Wade, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
I compiled a list of the eight stages of Mike Gundy’s mullet today because he went on ESPN Radio to discuss it recently. I thought it was hilarious. You can listen to the whole interview here, but I pulled the mullet-related stuff.“All this football talk is great, but I want to talk about the mullet,” said the ESPN Radio host. “I was up at West Virginia last week, and they actually had a FatHead cutout of you in one of the windows just of the mullet.”Side note: I think he was talking about being in Stillwater for the West Virginia game and Gundy misunderstood thinking he was actually in West Virginia.“Once it started taking off, I saw potential free marketing on social media,” said Gundy. I’m more or less certain Gundy could not explain marketing on social media if you gave him $3.75 million to do so.“Why would a guy not want free marketing in West Virginia with a mullet. It would probably become very popular there. They probably have a few mullets and they’re down-to-earth salt of the earth people over there.“The younger generation, it’s somewhat foreign to them. But I’m a big 70s and 80s music guy, and every once in a while it’s OK to bring the mullet back and have some fun with the team. We know the real mullet was if you permed it a little on the ends and had it bi-leveled. This is kind of a millennial mullet.”Incredible. You can listen to the entire thing here.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!
Mexico Mexico set for November friendlies in Europe against Belgium and Poland Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 00:53 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ezequiel Becerra Mexico World Cup El Tri will play the fifth- and sixth-ranked teams in the FIFA rankings during the final FIFA window of the year Mexico will head to Europe for its final two matches of 2017, facing off against Belgium and Poland.The matches, announced Thursday, will mark the first time El Tri have played friendly games in Europe since November 2014 when they traveled to face the Netherlands and Belarus in a pair of friendly games.This time around, the national team will be facing stiff competition as part of coach Juan Carlos Osorio’s efforts to get the team ready for the 2017 World Cup. Belgium currently is ranked fifth in the FIFA World rankings with Poland one spot behind in sixth. The games also could boost Mexico’s own FIFA ranking ahead of December’s World Cup draw. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. ¡Dos grandes rivales nos esperan!Enfrentaremos @Belgianfootball y @pzpn_pl en suelo europeo.: https://t.co/DuyzXFGQks#PasiónyOrgullo pic.twitter.com/TMNTW83v6y— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) September 28, 2017El Tri will meet Belgium on Nov. 10 in a city to be confirmed later before traveling to meet Poland in Gdansk on Nov. 13.More than half of Osorio’s squad for the summer’s Confederations Cup plays with European teams and the November dates in Europe will make it easier for those players to join the national team and still return to their clubs ready for the next matchday.
Topics Winter Olympics doping ban met with righteous anger in Russia Read more Reuse this content Disability and sport Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp While the voice sounded familiar, Seppelt sensed something was amiss when “Craven” did not respond to his questions in the manner he would expect. He contacted IPC officials and gave them the UK phone number that called him.Craig Spence, the IPC communications director, called the number and it was answered by an “east European voice”. He asked to speak to “Sir Philip” and was told he would call back in five minutes. Spence immediately phoned back and the call first went to a Russian voicemail message.However, five minutes later, with the Bolton-born Craven sitting alongside Spence in a meeting room at the IPC’s Bonn headquarters, the number called back and “Craven” started to ask Spence questions.“We thought at the very most it was going to be some poor impersonation of a Bolton accent,” Spence said. “But as soon as Sir Philip heard it he mouthed an expletive to me and wrote on a notepad: ‘That’s definitely my voice.’”Craven suspects the questions had been spliced together from recordings of several of his speeches.Spence said: “This highlights the lengths people are willing to go to in an attempt to trip up sports administrators in the current period. We told the IOC about it because someone could be attempting to impersonate Thomas Bach.”Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, enforced a blanket ban on Russia participating at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics , ruling clean athletes from the country could compete only as neutrals. Paralympics Read more Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian news Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share via Email The former head of the International Paralympic Committee suspects he was targeted by Russian hoaxers for the second time in a year on the day the country was banned from the Winter Olympics.Sir Philip Craven has warned other sporting administrators to be wary of impersonators after recordings of his voice were used in a series of phone calls to various high-profile figures. The German journalist Hajo Seppelt, who played a key role in exposing systematic doping in Russia, answered a phone call on Tuesday by someone claiming to be Craven. … 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. British Olympians back IOC’s decision to ban Russia from Pyeongchang 2018 Share on Messenger He followed the lead of Craven, who resigned as IPC president in September but had banned Russia from the Rio Paralympics in 2016. He fell foul of a similar prank call in October that year when someone claiming to be the double Olympic 400 metres hurdles champion Edwin Moses phoned him.During that call, Craven made some critical remarks about Bach and a recording of the call was later released by the Russian broadcaster RT.The IPC passed on the details of the most recent hoax call to the IOC and the German police. The calls were taken largely in good humour by Craven but sporting bodies are increasingly wary of Russian interference since Fancy Bears hackers leaked confidential medical details of scores of athletes after breaching the database of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Both parties still held opposing views over the recommendations of the NEC produced in 2008, that the State of Origin is best served biannually in March in line with the NTL, with NSWTA in favour and the QTA against. After discussion, negotiation and review of a reinvigorated proposal put to both parties by Touch Football Australia of a 2004 NSWTA suggestion, an acceptable common ground result has been achieved. Both bodies have agreed to invite Touch Football Australia to once again be a part of the State of Origin and accept their invitation to hold the event in line with the National Youth Championships biannually. It was also agreed that while both NSWTA and QTA will remain primarily in charge of the direction of the SOO, TFA will play an integral part of the delivery of this high end market product. Meetings will now be scheduled with all three parties to map out the plans for the 2012 event. Both bodies, while feeling that the position of the event is not optimal are extremely pleased that a solution to allow SOO to resume from 2012 has been found.
World Cup 2019: The C-Word, you mean the Cup? – Jonty RhodesSpeaking to India Today, former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes talked up the Proteas chances of lifting their first-ever World Cup trophy in the upcoming edition of the quadrennial tournament, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiMay 24, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 18:01 IST Faf du Plessis will lead South Africa in 2019 World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa will bid to win their maiden World Cup title this yearFaf du Plessis will lead a relatively younger side in Englandbeing uncooked may only benefit South Africa: Jonty RhodesTwenty seven years after the infamous rain rule was their undoing in the 1992 World Cup semi final, South Africa is yet to taste World Cup success. Back then in Australia, the tournament which marked their return to World Cup cricket from apartheid, the Proteas won a lot of hearts with their valiant fight.In every subsequent World Cup campaign, South Africa, despite having quality squads all along, have capitulated under pressure. So often that sympathy has turned into slagging. Choking’ if you like. A South African would know!”By the C-Word, you mean the Cup? No, I know the other word,” joked Jonty Rhodes when India Today ribbed him.Coach Ottis Gibson ‘no comments’ policy over the choking question is unlikely to comfort the dressing room for good.Jonty has lived around the choking chorus in three World Cups from 1992 to 1999 where they fell short in knockouts. Over the years on four occasions in World Cup semi-finals, twice agonizingly in last over finishes in 1999 and 2015, South Africa failed to hold their nerves.The only comforting thing this time in England 2019 is, minus AB de Villiers, South Africa are not carrying the burden of being tournament favourites.”They have got quite a young side. The concern for me from the South African point of view is they don’t know their best eleven yet. There was a discussion if Hashim Amla should even be picked which is hard to believe. He is such a leading performer and frontrunner for such a long time,” Jonty told India Today.advertisementDespite the presence of experienced campaigners like 36-year-old Hashim Amla, 40-year-old Imran Tahir and captain Faf Du plessis, the rest of the squad is young and not everyone is in red hot form.On second thoughts, fielding sensation Jonty says, being uncooked may only benefit South Africa. “Maybe it’s not a bad thing that they don’t know their best side because if you think that everything is settled and under control, cricket usually turns around to bite you on the backside. They know they have to scrap and fight and pull together. That might just be the answer we have been looking for, for a long time,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa thrash Sri Lanka in warm-up matchAlso Read | What happened to India when England last hosted a World Cup 20 years ago?Also 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow South Africa cricket teamFollow Faf Du PlessisFollow Jonty RhodesFollow 2019 World Cup
IAS officer Kundan Kumar appointed private secretary to Defence Minister Rajnath SinghKundan Kumar, a 2004 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, will have a tenure up to Februray 3, 2020.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 19:45 IST IAS officer Kundan Kumar | Photo: TwitterIAS officer Kundan Kumar was on Thursday appointed Private Secretary to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, according to a Personnel Ministry order.Kumar, a 2004 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, will have a tenure up to Februray 3, 2020, it said.Navneet Mohan Kothari will be Private Secretary to Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.Kothari is a 2001 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.IAS officer Sachin Shinde has been appointed PS to Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. Rijiju is also the Minister of State for Minority Affairs.Manoj Kumar Singh will be Private Secretary to Power, and New and Renewable Energy Minister Raj Kumar Singh. Manoj Kumar Singh is a 2009 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.IRS officer Raj Kumar Digvijay has been appointed PS to Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Minister Giriraj Singh.Also Read | Mumbai IAS officer Nidhi Choudhari pens down poem after controversial tweet on GandhiAlso Read | Ex-IAS officer and former Chief Secretary of J&K C Phunsog to become first VC of Ladakh UniversityAlso Watch | Watch: Shah Faesal’s emotional account post-Pulwama Kashmir panicFor 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 bySrijit Das Tags :Follow Private SecretaryFollow Rajnath Singh
The project is the largest and one of the most technically complex maritime salvage jobs ever done.The slow and precise tow of the disabled cruise ship is being made by a convoy comprised of at up to a dozen other vessels. There are two tugs, with a combined 24,000 horsepower and 275 tons of bollard pull, at the ship’s bow towing the hull.Another two auxiliary tugs are positioned aft. The other vessels in the convoy, including a pontoon with a 200-tonne crane, are carrying personnel and equipment. Take a look at how it all looks at sea:A team of marine biologists are present during the tow and the convoy is being preceded by a specialized marine mammals-watching vessel.The convoy is anticipated to arrive in Genoa on Saturday, July 26, about mid-day pending favorable weather and vessel traffic in the area, according to the salvage team.TITAN Salvage’s Nick Sloane, senior salvage master, and Rich Habib, salvage director, are onboard the Costa to provide around-the-clock, hands-on monitoring of the vessel’s list, ballasting, speed and more.The sailing route will take the vessels south between the island of Giglio and Giannutri before heading west-southwest to a point south of the island of Montecristo. The convoy will then head west-northwest to a position south of the island called Scoglio d’Africa before crossing the Ligurian Sea to the Port of Genoa Voltri.World Maritime News Staff, July 24, 2014 zoom The final voyage of the ill-fated wreck of Costa Concordia has kicked off and the wreck is being moved at the walking speed toward its final destination, scrapping yard in Genoa.
In May, American billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle origins announced his $200 million donation to a new cancer research center.The interdisciplinary facility, to be called Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC, is expected to break ground by November. The center’s goal, as reported by Fortune.com, is to bring experts from different specialties together “to transform the way cancer is treated”. Besides medical scientists, this would even include chefs to advise on diet in medicine.Meanwhile, billionaire Sean Parker of Napster announced his own $250 million contribution to form the Parker Institute. His funding, he says, will be divided over time amongst six partner centers: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Stanford Medicine, Penn Medicine, UCSF and UCLA.This collaboration aims to accelerate the progress in scientific discoveries in the field of cancer immunotherapy because the centers will be able to collaborate and pool their intellectual property so that scientists at any center will have access to any breakthroughs at any other of the centers.Parker says that immunotherapy has seen success in some areas, such as melanoma and blood cancers, and believes there is no reason why it shouldn’t be applicable to all tumor types.“At some point I had a hunch that the immune system played a really important role in protecting us from cancer,” he says. “That was, for a long time, a very controversial theory.”This is the basis for his bringing scientists into an environment where they can cooperate and collaborate and where the best ideas can get funded.“I’ve been interested in life sciences for as long as I can remember,” says Parker. “I have a deep personal interest in immunology because I have autoimmune diseases myself. Cancer knows no boundaries. It afflicts people everywhere.”Copyright ©2016Look to the Stars
DENVER — Attorneys for a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds say the state is punishing him again for not baking a cake celebrating a gender transition.Lawyers for Jack Phillips argued Tuesday in U.S. court in Denver to try to stop the state from taking action against him over the new discrimination allegation.The U.S. Supreme Court issued a limited ruling for the baker in the gay couple’s 2012 case.Phillips is suing to overturn the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s June finding that he discriminated against Denver attorney Autumn Scardina because she’s transgender.The state has asked the lawsuit to be dismissed, but Senior Judge Wiley Y. Daniel said he was inclined to let it go forward. He said he’d issue a ruling later.Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press
A woman from Binbrook got an early Christmas present this year after winning $100,000 in the lottery. Heather Morrison, 51, said she checked her first two free tickets at the retailer but it wasn’t until she scanned the third ticket that she realized she had won. “The third ticket said, ‘Big Winner’ but I thought it was a thousand dollars,” she laughed.The last six of the seven LOTTO 6/49 Encore numbers on Morrison’s ticket matched to win her the prize. “This is my first big win,” said Morrison, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto.Morrison is the mother of four boys and says she plans on have an “awesome” Christmas and taking her family on a vacation. “It still doesn’t feel real yet – but I’m so happy!” she said.The winning ticket was purchased at Dollar Star on Highway 56 in Binbrook.The next LOTTO 6/49 draw is Saturday with a jackpot of $9 million plus one guaranteed $1 million prize.
Jumping29 Kick Power20 CATEGORYRATING Consistency0 Catch in Traffic14 Awareness10 Agility23 Juke Move28 Overall12 Catching29 Spin Move24 Ball Carrier Vision8 Injury99 Release7 Good luck out there. Keep us posted on how it goes. ‘Win with Walt’ Madden challenge detailsThe goal: Win the Super Bowl in Madden 2016 with Walt Hickey as your starting quarterback.How to participate:Make a custom player on a team of your choice with the Madden ratings below.In the event we haven’t listed a rating — I wasn’t evaluated for several defensive categories — just enter the overall rating of 12 in that field.Make this person your quarterback, on whatever team you’d like.Release all other quarterbacks on the team and play through a season of football, make it through the playoffs and then win the Super Bowl on an All-Pro or higher difficulty setting.Don’t egregiously cheat. That means don’t tinker with player ratings and don’t spend the whole season just running the ball. Mitigate my weaknesses and take advantage of my strengths (such as they are).UPDATE (Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m.): A few people have written in to ask for more details in creating their Walt avatar. Here’s some more guidance:Height, Weight, Age: 6’2”, 210 lbs., 25College: William & MaryInjury: If you are dropping all your other quarterbacks, you are allowed to give Walt a 99 injury rating. We’ve updated the spreadsheet below. You may also want to create a number of Walts for your roster in order to bring one in if your first Walt still gets injured.Run/pass ratio: In the spirit of fairness, we advise that you try to pass the ball at least 40 percent of the time.The entry: Email email@example.com with any details of your journey, strategy, photos, screenshots or videos.The prize: The first person to do this gets a shout-out on Hot Takedown and a signed glossy of Walt Hickey in full pads mailed directly to your house, if you’re willing to give us your home address.The ratings: Stiff Arm9 Ever wonder how a normal person would fare in the NFL? Last February, we found out when we teamed up with the folks at EA Sports to turn a normal, lazy, non-athletic lout into a Madden NFL avatar. That lout happened to be me.I attended a private, faux combine and was thrust into a series of simulations to figure out just how bad walk-ons like me would be in the NFL. While I ran around a football field in Florida, the Madden ratings team was measuring my football skills — things like throw accuracy, speed, trucking and kick power.When the EA Sports people used me as a quarterback, the Giants went an average of 2.9 wins per simulated season. Now it’s your turn. Our sports podcast Hot Takedown is launching a crowdsourced challenge to find out if someone has stick skills so profound that they can use a weak, slow and inaccurate average-Joe QB to win it all. Watch us discuss the project here or listen to the latest episode of Hot Takedown; full details about the challenge are below. Strength14 Trucking9 Route Running8 Elusiveness10 Throw Ball Away traitYes Play Action5 Tuck and Run traitSometimes Stamina69 Force Pass traitConservative Toughness40 Deep Accuracy3 Speed33 Carrying15 Acceleration35 Throw on Run15 Sense Pressure traitParanoid Tight Spiral traitNo Kick Accuracy10 Short Accuracy20 Throw Power17 Mid Accuracy13 Spectacular Catch22
Some of us need to be a little more connected than others. While smartphones are getting better at handling some of the one-off tasks we once had to open a laptop for, the truth is that neither a smartphone or tablet can replace my laptop 100% of the time. As a result, my laptop still travels with me most of the time. Like many people, my laptop doesn’t have a dedicated mobile connection, and I’m not always near free WiFi. This leaves me with one of two options, I can either pay for the hotspot service on my phone, or I can carry around a separate mobile hotspot. Both of these options accomplish the same task, but which option is the best way to offer my laptop a mobile data connection?Since three of the four major US carriers are either already deploying or about to unveil their LTE network, we’re going to be talking about LTE today. If I’m going to pay for a separate data connection for my WiFi-only devices, I’m going to want the best performance and the fastest connection possible. For the tests, I compared the LTE hotspot function in the Verizon Wireless HTC Rezound and the MiFi 4620L, more commonly known as the Verizon Jetpack. Each device was subjected to 25 speed tests back to back, followed by streaming two HD movies to two devices, simultaneously.SpeedTest – HTC RezoundData speedsDuring our speed evaluations, the HTC Rezound routinely came out on top. Out of 25 speed tests performed on SpeedTest.net, the Rezound averaged 18Mbps down and 9.5Mbps up, with a ping of 34. The Jetpack averaged a much lower 12Mbps down and 6.3Mbps up, with an average ping of 71.These tests were performed moments apart, and when once device was broadcasting a hotspot the other device was completely powered down. There were instances where the Jetpack would have a burst of speed that brought the device much closer to 18-19Mbps, but this would only last for a moment, and the speed would immediately drop back down. The Rezound’s connection was routinely more stable, offering a significantly more consistent connection.When placed in between two laptops to stream HD versions of Tron and Iron Man 2 on two different laptops, each device was the only thing in the room that was powered on. Both devices streamed the entirety of both films, but in two different points during the run with the Jetpack playback was temporarily stopped so the laptop could buffer more of the film. This didn’t happen with the Rezound at all, in fact the videos loaded faster and played without incident until the end. Despite being able to offer the faster, more stable connection, the Rezound also gets ridiculously hot when it streams for particularly long. If you are running the device as a hotspot for more than an hour, you’re not likely to want to use it as a phone without a Bluetooth headset. The Jetpack did get noticeably warmer, but since you don’t have to hold that to your face it’s not nearly such an issue.Battery lifeThe real benefit to having a dedicated mobile hotspot comes in when you consider battery life. It’s already somewhat challenging to get your HTC Rezound through a full 14 hour day without killing the battery, but it’s impossible when forcing the device to act as an internet connection for other devices. In order for the Rezound to act as a hotspot and a phone, you’ll need either and extra battery or an external power supply of some kind. The Jetpack 4620L comes with a 1500 mAh battery that, according to Verizon Wireless, will get you through about five hours. I found it to get a little closer to three hoursif you’re really trying to get some data out of it. The Jetpack has an option for a 3000 mAh battery, which is much better at getting you through the day. Essentially, unless you only need the hotspot for an hour or two, you’re looking at an extended battery either way, it’s just whether or not that battery is for your phone or for the hotspot.In the end it all comes down to price for many people. You’ve already shelled out the cash for the phone, so you have to choose between just adding the hotspot data to your phone, or pay for a new device on a new 2year agreement with a monthly fee attached. Data plans for smartphones that include a data plan start at $50/month, which is the same amount as the monthly rate for a standalone hotspot, only the hotspot has 5GB of data at that price instead of 4 that you share between the phone and the hotspot. The highest plan for a hotspot is $80/month, which gives you 10GB of data. For your phone, you can get 12GB that you share between your phone and your hotspot feature for $100/month. If you go with a 2 year agreement the Jetpack will only run you $50, but you’re tied to that device and that data plan for the next two years.When you’re limited to 2GB or 5GB in a month, whether or not you’re able to reach 12Mbps or 19Mbps doesn’t matter quite as much, since you’re likely to eat up your data pretty quickly if you’re consuming enough data that speeds like that matter on a regular basis. While a detached hotspot may take less stress off of the device, the added cost in having to maintain and pay for yet another device just doesn’t offer enough of a benefit to justify carrying it around all of the time. It seems like it woudl make much more sense to pay for the hotspot service on the phone, and invest in an extra battery or maybe a Powerbag or something to keep the device charged when absolutely necessary.
File Photo Image: Shutterstock/DrimaFilm No Comments File Photo Share57 Tweet Email3 19,249 Views By David Raleigh The court heard Collopy, a father of three, was “selling drugs to break even”. “He had a €200 a day drug habit,” McGrath added.Judge Tom O’Donnell remanded Collopy in custody for sentencing on December 16.Read: From 0.03% to 91%: Just how pure are the illegal drugs sold in Ireland?> Image: Shutterstock/DrimaFilm http://jrnl.ie/3050512 Lunchbox of cocaine found in ice-cream van used as cover for major drugs business, court hears Gardaí also found a drugs invoice which showed €45,000 worth of cocaine had been sold. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 8:11 PM Oct 27th 2016, 8:11 PM A MOBILE ICE-CREAM van, which sold ice-lollies and cones to children around parks and sports venues, was being used as a cover for a major drugs distribution business, Limerick circuit criminal court heard today.The owner of the van, Paul Collopy (41), started out in life transporting coal on a horse and cart from the age of 10, but after venturing into the ice cream business, he discovered it was the perfect way to hide and sell drugs.Paul Collopy pleaded guilty at Limerick circuit court to one count of possessing cocaine for sale or supply at his home, Glenbrook, Bloodmill Rd, Ballysmion, on November 25, 2014Detective Garda David McGrath, Limerick Drugs Squad, told the court that when gardaí searched the van they discovered over €6,000 worth of cocaine, one batch was found in a lunchbox concealed under the bonnet near the engine, while the other was discovered in “a money bag” near a window in the van where ice-cream would be served to unsuspecting members of the public.The bag also contained two “tick lists” in which the names of people, “who owed money for drugs”, appeared. The drugs invoice showed €45,000 worth of cocaine had been sold.When gardaí approached Collopy, who had been standing under the bonnet of the van, he slammed it shut and was seen dropping a spoon and a digital weighing scales.Gardaí also found €5,000 in cash in Collopy’s house at Glenbrook, Bloodmill Road, Ballysimon.Collopy, whose family have no criminal connections, had amassed 70 convictions prior to his arrest, the court heard.Collopy was convicted in December 2007 of selling €17,000 worth of cocaine, and sentenced to five years in jail. He was released in 2011, however in October 2014, he was caught in Ennis with heroin worth €28,000 for sale or supply and was sentenced to six years with the final two year suspended last November.Detective Garda McGrath said Collopy was a “chronic cocaine and crack cocaine addict”.My own opinion and the opinion of the divisional drugs squad would be that he is a drugs wholesaler rather than a street dealer. He would be giving the drugs to others to break down for street dealing. Short URL
Udinese Spanish football club manager Julio Velazquez has declared that Udinese’s return from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Parma was “worth the same as a victory.”The Spanish manager was getting his first bite of Serie A football as it didn’t start well for him, however, his team managed to recover at the Stadio Tardini.“I think we did well and it’s a positive result,” Velazquez told DAZN as quoted in Football Italia.“It wasn’t easy to play against a Parma side that had been missing from Serie A for a few years and was highly-motivated to start strong.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I think this draw is worth the same as a victory. Our idea is always to try and win, but today a draw in the circumstances was positive.“We did better in the second half and that is also a good sign for our fitness levels. We could even have won towards the end and kept pushing.”