Tokyo prepares for 2020, facing rising costs, new sports,Tokyo prepares for 2020, facing rising costs, new sports

first_img COMMENT Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is preparing for a strenuous workout with the next Summer Olympics headed her way.The practice started when she received the Olympic flag Sunday in the official handover ceremony from her Rio counterpart, Mayor Eduardo Paes.“I hope the flag is not too heavy,” she joked the day before. “Although I have trained my muscles to receive it properly.”The next three Olympics are in Asian countries that have already held Games: Tokyo’s Summer Games in 2020, sandwiched between Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018 and in Beijing in 2022.This will come as a relief to the International Olympic Committee after two trying games in Sochi, Russia, and Rio.That doesn’t mean they’ll be easy, particularly for Tokyo.“I don’t think that you can ever relax,” said John Coates, the IOC member who heads the inspection team for Tokyo. “There are some big issues, even for Tokyo.”Here’s a look at some of them.THE COSTSThe new national stadium is an example of Tokyo’s rising costs — or underestimating costs. The original bill was expected to be $1 billion, but the price soared to three times that much in a design by the late architect Zaha Hadid.Organizers scrapped that design and adopted a new one by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The cost will still be at least 50 percent more than the original estimate with completion set for November 2019.“I will not leave white elephants for the taxpayers,” Kioke told reporters in Rio, just weeks after being elected Tokyo’s first female governor. “The citizens of Tokyo are the taxpayers. We must have the understanding of the taxpayers about whatever we do.”Costs are rising elsewhere, too.The Tokyo organizing committee’s operating budget was 350 billion yen ($3.5 billion) in the original bid document. But officials say it will be revised upward to account for inflation and unexpected costs.This is the budget for running the Games themselves, and does not include building roads and other infrastructure.Tokyo organisers say 50 per cent of the venues already exist, though they have not made public the cost for building new venues and preparing the city.Constructing scaled-down venues — following Rio’s model — could still be costly in Japan. The buildings must be earthquake-proof, and Japanese taste might not accept stripped-down architecture.TRANSPORTATIONTokyo proposed compact games in its winning bid three years ago. But venues have been spread out to save money and take advantage of existing structures.Tokyo’s games are divided into two basic sectors — a zone around Tokyo Bay, and a so-called Heritage Zone, which is anchored around the new national stadium.The remaining venues are scattered around, from cycling in Izu, southwest of Tokyo, to soccer venues in Sapporo, Miyagi, Saitama, and Yokohama.“You’ll travel a lot because there isn’t the concentration,” Coates said. “If you go to the heritage area, they’re all stand-alone (venues) largely.”Tokyo has a sophisticated transport system, but it’s crowded and not particularly foreigner-friendly. Coates said getting around might be more complex than Rio, which was difficult in a city sliced up by the sea, mountains and poor roads.“They have a very good transport infrastructure that connects all parts of the city,” Coates said. “I think they’re up for it, no worry about that, but you can’t say it’s going to be easy.”Tokyo’s narrow roads are a problem, and so are the 3 million who commute daily from the outskirts to the city’s centre.“We’ll have to ask the citizens for various forms of cooperation,” Kioke said.THE EVENTSFive sports have been added to Tokyo’s program: baseball-softball, skateboarding, surfing, karate and sport climbing. They enter under new IOC rules that allow cities to propose events from their own games.The new sports will add 18 events and 474 athletes to the program. The Tokyo Games will feature 33 sports and about 11,000 athletes, compared to the usual number of 28 sports and 10,500 athletes.The new sports may give Japan some advantages, particularly in baseball and softball, which are very popular in the country.Japan won 41 medals in Rio, topping its previous record of 38. Look for the home nation to get another medal bounce from being host.The competition schedule is sure to create tension.Evening events in Tokyo will take place in the early morning in North America — and vice versa. This isn’t ideal for US rights-holder NBC. Some events might be moved around to work better on television. August 23, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE sport 0 Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

Dawid Malan leads England to T20I series win over South Africa

first_imgEngland debutant Dawid Malan’s hard-hitting 78 helped the hosts to a 19-run victory over South Africa in their Twenty 20 international at Cardiff on Sunday to secure a 2-1 series win. (Scorecard)The 29-year-old left-hander Malan, who was born in London and brought up in South Africa, blasted 78 from 44 balls, including 12 fours and two sixes as England, whose captain Eoin Morgan was rested, made 181 for eight.South Africa were never really in the run chase, especially after captain AB de Villiers was caught in the deep by Alex Hales off the spin of Mason Crane for 35, leaving his team at 82 for four. They eventually fell short on 162 for seven.Chris Jordan picked up three wickets for England who will be delighted to have won the series while also blooding new talent.One of those prospects, Crane, was delighted to have kept his nerve whilst facing a pounding from De Villiers.The South African carted him for two sixes and a four before holing out and giving the 20-year-old his first wicket in international cricket.But it was Malan who did the most to boost his chances of forcing his way into the England team on a longer-term basis, showing enormous confidence as he smashed his second ball over mid-wicket for six.Malan has had to wait for his ability to be rewarded by the England selectors but he showed that, even when the likes of Joe Root and Ben Stokes return to the side, he could be a very useful option.”I didn’t think (the chance) would ever come but nice to show what I can do. It’s tough but you try and keep things in perspective and wait for an opportunity,” he said.advertisement”To play for your country is a fantastic achievement. I’ve only played one game, especially with the guys we’ve got — hopefully they rest a few in the next game as well.”Jos Buttler, who stepped in as captain in the absence of Eoin Morgan, was full of praise for Malan.”Dawid batted on a different wicket to the rest of us, made it look really good on debut. All the best teams have very good players missing out, with injuries, and with guys coming in there is pressure on you, you feel like you need to perform and it was a fantastic show of character from Dawid Malan,” he said.The two countries will now face each other in a four-match test series starting at Lord’s on July 6.last_img read more

Knicks Solve The Magic, 108-95

first_imgNEW YORK — The Knicks pounced on a Magic team that still appeared staggered from the beating they took the night before.Carmelo Anthony had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and New York quickly picked up where Stephen Curry left off in defeating Orlando 108-95 on Feb. 26.A night after yielding 51 points and 10 3-pointers to Curry in a 130-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors, the Magic were barely in a game after the first 10 minutes that their coach said they needed to win.“Everybody goes through that and we’ve just got to do our jobs at home,” Knicks guard Jose Calderon said. “I think we did it tonight.”Rather than ignore their previous effort, coach Scott Skiles chose to show the Magic clips of Curry’s performance a night earlier so they could see where their defense was allowing easy baskets.But they couldn’t correct all their errors, allowing seven Knicks to finish in double figures and giving up 62 points in the first half.“No, as a matter of fact in many ways we were a little bit worse,” Skiles said. “We just looked completely fatigued, is what we looked like.”Kristaps Porzingis added 18 points for the Knicks, who won for only the third time in 16 games. Calderon, Robin Lopez and Arron Afflalo all finished with 14.“I think that’s the way we need to play,” Porzingis said. “Everybody was involved. Everybody was attacking. Everybody was trying to be aggressive when we had the opportunity.”Nikola Vucevic scored 18 for the Magic, and Aaron Gordon had 17 points and eight rebounds.With his team running low on time to mount a playoff push, Skiles called this a “must-win game,” a rarity from an NBA coach whose club isn’t facing elimination.But it didn’t appear his players heard or understood that message, and Gordon wasn’t sure if the back-to-back was the reason.“It’s a lot of travel, it’s a lot of games, but that’s our job,” he said. “We’ve got to be prepared and we’ve got to be able to execute.”Calderon did a decent Curry impersonation in the opening minutes, making his first five shots for 10 points midway through the first quarter. The Knicks led 32-23 after one and put up 30 more points in the second to lead 62-44.The lead ballooned to 24 early in the third before Orlando trimmed it to 82-69 heading to the fourth. Porzingis had a big dunk early in the period as the lead quickly grew back to 18.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Clientron debuts flexible thin client S810 with innovative Port-on-Foot design

first_imgClientron unveils its new flexible thin client S810, which is based on the latest Intel Celeron quad core processor to enable energy-saving, performance improvement, and a better user experience. With flexible I/O expansion and multimedia capacity in virtualized environments, the S810 thin client provides outstanding media experience, power-efficient value and high security for end user computing and virtual desktops solutions.The Clientron S810 thin client is based on the Intel Celeron J4105 quad-core processor, offering CPU clock speed up to 2.5GHz, 4K media support, integrated connectivity up to Gigabit Wi-Fi and improvements in security and performance. The S810 thin client supports up to 8GB DDR4 memory and offers optional TPM 2.0 modules that are critical to providing a secure computing environment.Its basic I/O ports include dual LAN (optional fiber optic LAN), dual DisplayPort, four USB2.0 ports, two USB3.0 ports, audio ports and optional WiFi module. In addition, innovative Port-on-Foot design features a variety of I/O configurations such as parallel port, COM port or more USB ports for additional expansion.The S810 thin client is a mainstream and valued thin client that can be adopted for banking, government, SMB office and medical care solutions. It supports major VDI protocols, including VMWare Horizon View, Citrix HDX, and Microsoft RemoteFX, to optimize the user’s virtual desktop experience. The S810 thin client supports Linux and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Mouser receives distribution accolade from FTDI ChipNext PORT: SoM IoT / Industry 4.0 modules for integration into LINUX environmentslast_img read more

Motorola One Power passes through TENAA, may launch soon

first_imgThe Motorola One Power is getting closer to being official after being spotted on Chinese certification website, TENAA this week. We have been hearing about the Motorola One Power for a few months now and in June some live images of the phone leaked out giving us a look at what it could look like. Now that the Android One smartphone has been listed on TENAA along with some renders, we can expect it to launch soon enough.The TENAA listing its model number being XT1942-1 and the network bands it will be supporting. It also lists its measurements at 155.8x 75.9 x 9.98mm and its weight at 170 grams. Additional details about the Motorola One Power includes a 6.2-inch FHD+ display, a 4,850mAh battery and colour options which includes black, white, gold and silver. The listing also reveals RAM variants starting from 3GB going up to 6GB. As for the storage, the device will be offered with 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage depending on the RAM.Soon after the Motorola One Power was listed, the website also uploaded some renders giving us another look at its design. Notably, the back of the device looks identical to the live image that was leaked last month. The phone seems to have a metal and plastic rear panel and you can see a vertical dual camera setup on the top left corner and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor embedded in the Moto logo.The render does not clearly reveal the display, but past leaked images suggest the phone will sport a display notch. In fact, the notch is expected to be as wide as the iPhone X. The TENAA listing mentions that the Motorola One Power will brings a 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the back while the selfie camera will get an 8-megapixel sensor.advertisementThe biggest rumoured highlight of the Motorola One Power is that it will be an Android One device running stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. This means that the phone will receive monthly Android security patches and Android P and Q in the future. This will come as a delight for Moto fans who have been disappointed with the company’s slow update releases.There are also rumours about a Motorola One which is expected to be cheaper than the One Power, but there’s nothing new regarding the second model as of now. We should hear more about both the phones in the days leading up to their launch. Motorola is holding an event on August 2 in Chicago where the company is expected to announce the Moto Z3. There is a possibility that the Motorola One and One Power will be announced at the same event as well.last_img read more

Hong Kong beat United Arab Emirates to qualify for Asia Cup 2018

first_imgHong Kong will be the sixth team to take part in the Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) starting September 15.Hong Kong have been placed in Group A along with India and Pakistan and will start their campaign against the 1992 World Cup winners on September 16. Hong Kong will then play defending champions India on September 18.Hong Kong qualified for the Asia Cup after beating UAE by two wickets (DLS method) in the Asia Cup Qualifier 2018 final in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.A fine five-wicket haul from Aizaz Khan first helped Hong Kong restrict UAE to 176/9 in 24 overs, the innings affected by a long rain break, before Hong Kong found enough contributors right through their chase to get to their revised target of 179 with three balls left.@ACBofficials@BCBtigers@BCCI@TheRealPCB@OfficialSLC@CricketHKThe line-up for the men’s Asia Cup 2018 is complete!Who are you backing to go all the way? (@ICC) September 6, 2018Hong Kong, with the benefit of knowing their target and the number of overs at their disposal, started well with Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath, two of their most pedigreed batsmen. The two added 64 runs in just six overs to put Hong Kong in front before Nizakat fell for a 20-ball 38.Also read – Virat Kohli rested for Asia Cup 2018, Rohit Sharma named India captainThen followed a good phase for UAE as Babar Hayat and Kinchit Shah followed Nizakat to the pavilion to leave the scoreboard reading 68/3, which became 82/4 in the 10th over when Ahmed Raza bowled Rath for 28.advertisementUAE were in front at that stage but Christopher Carter (33 in 32 balls) and Ehsan Khan (29 in 24) made sure the game was back on an even keel with a 53-run stand for the fifth wicket. A dramatic game took another turn when Carter was run out and Mohammad Naveed struck twice in one over to leave Hong Kong at a precarious 147/7.It could have gone either way then, with the target still some runs away, but Scott McKechnie and Tanwir Afzal swung it back, this time decisively, Hong Kong’s way. Afzal fell off the last ball of the 23rd over for a 12-ball 15, but Hong Kong only needed three runs then, and they crossed the line without much fuss. McKechnie remmained unbeaten on 14 from 11 (@ACCMedia1) September 6, 2018Earlier, the UAE innings was a two-part affair, of 15.2 overs first and then 8.4 overs, broken by a long interruption because of rain and a wet outfield.Off the last ball before the players had to go off the field, Aizaz hit Rameez Shahzad’s stumps to send the No.4 batsman back. That left UAE on 65/3 – a slightly slippery slope for a 50-over innings.But Ashfaq Ahmed was still there, unbeaten on 43 off 40 balls at that stage, and he really turned it on once play resumed. When Aizaz came back to finish his over, Ashfaq sent him for a six and a four, and Shaiman Anwar joined the party with six, four and six in the very next over, bowled by Ehsan, as the ball started going to and over the boundary ropes with alarming frequency.Also read – Rohit Sharma unfollows Virat Kohli on Twitter: ReportsThere was a brief roadblock in the 20th over of the innings, with both Anwar (22 in 14 balls) and Ashfaq sent back by Nadeem Ahmed, but the blitz didn’t stop. Each of Muhammad Usman, Adnan Mufti, Naveed, Amir Hayat and Abdul Shakoor hit one maximum in their brief stays in the middle, and UAE reached a relatively strong score as a result.Despite the carnage, Aizaz was hugely impressive, his five overs – 3.2 overs before the break and 1.4 after – going for 28 runs as he picked up five wickets with his medium pace.last_img read more

Final Predictions: Oklahoma State-Kansas

first_imgOklahoma State travels to Kansas on Saturday as a 24-point favorite over one of the worst teams in the country. Losing to Kansas would, both on paper and anecdotally, be worse than losing to Central Michigan. So yeah, let’s not lose to Kansas. Predictions for Saturday.Kyle PorterPlayer of the game: Ashton LampkinBold prediction: Oklahoma State has more interceptions than Mason Rudolph has TDs.Final score: Oklahoma State 30  | Kansas 20I said this on the podcast on Friday, but I think slow starts against bad teams and letting them hang around might just be what this squad is. I don’t have much evidence to the contrary over the last two seasons. That’s unfortunate, because you want to rout teams like KU, but at least we get the joy of playing a lot of tight games (if you can call that feeling “joy”).Kyle BoonePlayer of the game: Justice HillBold prediction: Chris Carson returns and both he and Justice Hill combine for 200 yards rushing.Final score: Oklahoma State 35 | Kansas 24I think Oklahoma State will start slow today, especially with an 11:00 kick and it being against arguably the worst football team in the country. The Pokes will elect not to show anything today on film for future opponents, which could make things interesting-ish, but OSU is far superior talent-wise and they will come home unscathed to set up a big matchup next weekend.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Public Accounts for 201718 Released

first_imgGovernment released the public accounts for the 2017-18 fiscal year today, July 26. The annual audited financial statements report a surplus of $230 million. The net position is $120 million. “By managing the budget throughout the 2017-18 year and with one-time revenue from the offshore arbitration award, we were able to make key investments that set up our province for success for years to come,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board. “Our fiscal plan provides financial flexibility and sustainability and has allowed us to invest in the priorities of Nova Scotians. “Last year, we reduced taxes while investing more in primary health care, in youth and young people, in infrastructure, including new health-care facilities and roads, and in new ideas that will create a better economy.” The province will invest an additional $73 million in the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust to help fund the expansion of high-speed internet to underserviced homes and businesses across the province. This is on top of the $120 million forecast in March. When the trust was established it provided for additional funding, based on the size of the surplus. The annual public accounts report the actual financial results at the end of the fiscal year and compare actuals to the budget approved at the beginning of the fiscal year. A set of three volumes of accountability documents, the public accounts include, consolidated financial statements of the province and financial information of departments, financial statements of Crown corporations and funds, and departmental details about salaries, payments to suppliers, travel and other expenses. The audited financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2018, and show a final surplus of $230 million, $98.4 million higher than the budgeted surplus of $131.6 million. The surplus includes a one-time revenue increase of $110.3 million because of federal and municipal contributions for the convention centre in Halifax. The $110.3 million will go towards the debt to provide the fiscal capacity in future years for the continuation of the QEII Health Sciences Centre redevelopment, enhancing care for Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians. The resulting net position is $120 million. This was the second consecutive year Nova Scotia finished in a surplus. In 2016-17, the surplus was $151.2 million. Consolidated revenue was up $454.4 million from budget, to $11.98 billion, primarily due to increased revenue from income taxes, an offshore petroleum royalties award and equalization. Consolidated expenses were up $356 million to $11.75 billion, primarily due to an increase in the estimated costs to remediate Boat Harbour and funding for both the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust and the Nova Scotia Research Trust. At year end, net debt was $14.96 billion. Net debt to GDP ratio for 2017-18 was 34.6 per cent, down 1.2 percentage points from 2016-17. The net debt to GDP ratio has declined 3.6 percentage points since 2014. Auditor General Michael Pickup has provided an unqualified opinion on the province’s consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. Government entities also released compensation over $100,000 for individuals as required by the Public Sector Compensation Disclosure Act. The documents are online at .last_img read more

Local resident warning locals selling goods online to be aware of overpayment

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Fort St. John resident is wanting to alert members of the public who are selling goods online about a new scam that could cause them to lose a decent amount of money.Justin Thomas said that he was contacted by someone claiming to be interested in the motorhome he was selling online.He explained that the potential buyer claimed to be from out of town and was purchasing the motorhome on their clients’ behalf, adding that the buyer’s financial secretary had mailed a cheque for RV. Thomas said that around a month later a cheque showed up, but it was issued in U.S. dollars for much more than his asking price for the RV.When he texted the buyer back saying that the cheque was for more than the asking price, he received a response saying that the financial secretary had issued the cheque for a number of items that the client was supposedly buying in Fort St. John, and accidentally issued the cheque for the cumulative total.“I knew then that, to me, it was a scam.”He said that he went in to speak to his bank manager, who told him that the cheque definitely looked legitimate but that she knew about the scam, which has also been reported in the Metro Vancouver area.The scammers will send the cheque to a seller for a much greater amount than their item’s asking price, and will ask the seller to then deposit the cheque and then transfer the remainder back to the buyer.Since the cheque has been issued in American dollars, Thomas said that his bank told him it would take at least 15 days for the cheque to clear. Instead of clearing, the cheque will bounce, leaving people scammed potentially out of a large sum of money. A similar scam was reported by the Dawson Creek RCMP six years ago, when a mail scam asked residents to cash a cheque and then wire $4,000 through Western Union to residents in the States and keep the remainder.Anyone who suspects a scam is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, their local police, or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at files from CTV Vancouver: read more

Draymond Green Is Better Than Ever On Defense

2016-173.4%6.4% Draymond Green’s block rate usually increases during the playoffs 2013-143.04.5 2015-163.03.8 Blocked dunks are not only difficult to accumulate, players also run the risk of becoming a potential poster. “There’s definitely a sense of urgency, but it’s also [me] not caring if I get dunked on,” Green said when asked by FiveThirtyEight about his spike in blocked dunks. “Because every time you do it, you put yourself in that position. I like the reward we can reap from getting a block. That outweighs getting dunked on. The way I see it, it’s still just two points. I try to read what the offense is trying to do and be a step early, if I can.”Green, who’s averaging just under five blocks and steals a game combined this postseason, knows his aggressive approach is inevitably going to cause some embarrassment. And that was on display in Game 4 when Utah’s Derrick Favors got the best of him on one play.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more important than a few blocked dunks, the Warriors rely heavily on Green’s instincts to read the opposing team’s offense. Many times, his ball denial or ability to close out on someone like Gordon Hayward forces the opponent to look elsewhere to get a shot; a huge accomplishment in the postseason, when teams learn which role players can handle the moment versus which ones can’t.Earlier in the series, acting Warriors coach Mike Brown was asked to compare or contrast Green’s defensive ability with that of Ben and Rasheed Wallace, from the mid-2000s Detroit Pistons teams. In his response, Brown praised Green, saying he was more versatile than those two while saying that Green took a similar leadership role in terms of how much he communicated with teammates on the court.“They anchored whatever defense they were a part of, and they did a lot of things that were kind of on the fly, that they felt,” Brown said. “That’s something Draymond does. I mean, he has carte blanche. Steve [Kerr] has empowered him since day one to quarterback the defense, and he does a heck of a job in that regard.”And as long as Green keeps improvising the way he has, it will be tough for anyone to challenge the Warriors.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Block percentage is a rate estimate of how many 2-point shots a player blocks while he’s on the court.Source: 2012-131.83.5 SEASONREG. SEASONPLAYOFFS Much like the regular season that preceded it, this NBA postseason has been marked by some eye-popping individual performances. As he tries to reach the NBA Finals for the seventh-straight year, LeBron James has been phenomenal, even by his own ridiculous standards. Meanwhile, point guards Isaiah Thomas and John Wall have been throwing haymakers at one another for the right to face James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.But perhaps no star has raised the level of his game in the postseason as much as Golden State’s Draymond Green. Yes, he was great on offense in Game 4, recording a triple-double as his team finished a sweep of the Jazz1He averaged 16 points, nearly nine rebounds and seven assists for the series.. But it was his defense — both in this series and all postseason — that made his performance as special, if not more so, as Stephen Curry’s or Kevin Durant’s.Utah scored a meager 95 points per 100 plays with Green on the floor (down from 105 points per 100 with Green on the sidelines), connecting on just 52 percent of its shots inside of five feet with Green on the court (down from a respectable 61 percent with him on the bench), according to But Green’s raw defensive numbers in the series weren’t the real surprise — the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner was statistically the best interior stopper in the NBA this season2Among players who played at least 50 games and defended three or more shots per game from close range — rather it was the emphatic way in which he repeatedly shut down the Jazz at the rim.On Monday night, Utah tried and failed to score on Green at the basket, shooting just 3 of 10 from close range with him nearby. You would have thought the Jazz had learned their lesson earlier in the series: In Game 2, they tried sneaking three alley-oops past Green, including two to Rudy Gobert, a skilled big and Defensive Player of the Year candidate in his own right. In all three instances, Green snuffed out the play.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Those plays came on the heels of a series against Portland in which Green had a couple of similar rejections at the rim.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In all, he’s blocked four dunk attempts in 283 minutes this postseason, the most in the league. It’s important to remember here that blocking the dunks of 7-foot-1-inch NBA players is about as hard as it sounds. During the regular season, players were successful on better than 90 percent of their dunk attempts, according to To give Green’s postseason performance even greater context, consider this: In his entire career — five seasons and 10,627 regular-season minutes — he had four such blocks, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. 2014-152.92.5 read more

Five UK terror plots disrupted in past two months as MI5 battles

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The source said MI5 was managing around 500 active investigations, involving some 3,000 subjects of interest at any one time.The source said: “Abedi was one of a larger pool of former subjects of interest whose risk remained subject to review by MI5 and its partners.The source said where former subjects of interest seemed to show a risk of heading back into terrorism “MI5 can consider re-opening the investigation, but this process inevitably relies on difficult professional judgements based on partial information.”A terror attack in the UK is expected imminently after the threat level was raised to critical in the wake of Tuesday’s attack. The question of whether counter terrorism forces have enough funding or resources for the fight against terrorism is now likely to become a General Election issue.One former senior security figure said: “Knowing of someone’s radical sympathies and knowing they present a real and present danger are very different things.”So the essence of the security dilemma is triage, how to assess who and when to investigate very deeply given the resources needed for 24/7 surveillance. Armed British Transport Police Specialist Operations officers on board a Virgin train to Birmingham New Street at Euston station in London as armed police officers are patrolling on board trains nationwide for the first time The threat from battle-hardened jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria and the peril of online radicalisation are contributing to highest threat seen in decades by MI5. “For every suspect that appears to be high priority another has to be pushed down the list.”So who not to investigate urgently is as important a decision as who might be worth investigating.”Shashank Joshi, senior research fellow at security think tank the Royal United Services Institute, said: “It’s easy, with the benefit of hindsight, to argue that these warnings were opportunities to stop the bomber.”However, it’s also possible that these warnings were followed up, surveillance was conducted, and nothing was discovered.”Authorities cannot keep monitoring a suspect indefinitely, given limited resources.”There may however be questions over his travel to Libya, Germany, and perhaps Syria, and his ease of return to the UK afterwards.”It may point to weaknesses in the system of monitoring onward travel, especially as the number of UK nationals visiting Libya is likely to be fairly small.” Britain is dealing with an unprecedented terrorist threat which has seen MI5 and police disrupt five terror plots in the past two months alone, a senior Whitehall source has said.The threat from Islamist terrorists intent on committing attacks in the UK is so high that the security services are currently running 500 active investigations looking at some 3,000 potential suspects.Counter terrorism officials on Thursday sought to disclose the scale of the menace as MI5 and police faced accusations they had missed chances to stop the Manchester bomber when he was repeatedly flagged to authorities as a danger. Armed police are patrolling trains for the first time after the terror threat level was raisedCredit:PA A total of 18 plots have been wound up since 2013, including five in the two months since Khalid Masood killed four people during a car and knife rampage in Westminster. Family, friends and the local community are understood to have informed the authorities of the danger posed by Salman Abedi on at least five separate occasions before he blew himself up at a Manchester Arena pop concert killing 22 people.As the country remained on its highest terror alert for a decade, it was announced armed transport police would patrol trains for the first time.With the public urged to be vigilant, police were called to a string of incidents that turned out to be false alarms. Bomb squad officers were called to a school in Manchester, while Westminster Bridge and a shopping centre in Newport were both closed over fears of a suspicious car and Swansea Magistrates court was evacuated over a suspect package.last_img read more

Key Newcrest projects remain on schedule

first_imgThe year to end-June 2012 was one of significant investment in growth for Newcrest, with total capital expenditure in the year of A$2,556 million. Significant progress was made on advancing the company’s two major growth projects: as at June 30, 2012 the $1.3 billion Lihir Million Ounce Plant Upgrade (MOPU) was approximately 91% complete and the A$1.9 billion Cadia East project was approximately 80% complete.The company stated that the successful delivery of these two projects “underpins Newcrest’s future production growth profile” and that “both projects remain on schedule for completion (Lihir MOPU) and first commercial production (Cadia East) in the December 2012 quarter.” In addition, the Wafi-Golpu pre-feasibility study in PNG is nearing completion and, subject to joint venture partner approval, an updated ore reserve estimate is likely to be provided on 29 August 2012.Interestingly, the company detailed that corporate administration costs of A$140 million were A$47 million higher than the prior year and stated that a key driver of this increase was “higher expenditure on innovation and technology targeting the future generation of significant step change improvements in production.” The company also highlighted centralisation of operational control areas into designated hubs, an elevated spend on safety and health initiatives including major hazard management and higher IT system support costs following the investment in standard systems across the business, and increased investment in training and the group graduate programme.last_img read more

VIDEO Lets hear some noise – Lets watch some TOP handball

Velux EHF Champions League Final4 ← Previous Story Mamdouh Ashem Shebib believes in Montpellier at Final4: This team has winning mentality Next Story → Thierry Anti knows who is the first favorite to win Final4: PSG, they are built to win this The ninth VELUX EHF Champions League Final4 officialy began with official presentation of the teams in front of 3.000 fans. Stage in front of Lanxess Arena was, once again, the meeting point of all the teams with thier fans, who enjoyed sunny afternoon in the city on Rhein river.All four teams covered by lovely voice of Anett Sattler shared some moments with the fans, threw some balls and made a selfie…“Let’s hear some noise”.Let’s enjoy some handball… read more

Telephone allowance maternity benefit and medical cards hit hard in Budget

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT IS to target pensioners, sick people and pregnant women as part of its range of social welfare and health cuts unveiled in today’s Budget.Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said there will be no reduction in basic social welfare rates for people of working age or pensioners.However other measures will see the telephone allowance for older people discontinued from 1 January, which Minister Howlin said will save €44 million.Jobseeker’s Allowance is to be decreased to €100 for people aged 24 and under who are new claimants from the start of next year. Another reduced rate of €144 will apply to jobseekers who reach 25 fro January next year.Maternity benefit is to be standardised at €230 per week from January for new claimants, while the number of days before illness benefit is paid by government to employers for sick employees is to increase from 3 days to 6 days.Separately, under the aegis of the Department of Health, a review is to be carried out of all medical cards to look for any people who may be ineligible for their cards, or any cards which are now redundant. Minister Howlin said he expects the Government to claw back €113 million from the review.The announcement of the medical card review was greeted with jeers from members of the opposition parties.Prescription charges – which were originally introduced several years ago and were set at 50c per item before rising to €1.50 – are to increase to €2.50 per item, with a monthly cap of €25 per family.In response, Minister Howlin emphasised that social welfare benefits, including child benefit rates and the fuel allowance, will not be cut.A helpline for older people has said that abolishing the telephone allowance will heighten the isolation of older people and reduce their quality of life.“The ability to phone family and friends is an important link,” said Anne Dempsey of Senior Help Line. “This cut will drive people into further isolation, will contribute to greater stress on our health services and will ultimately cost more money than it will save.”The total cuts in the Department of Social Protection will total €290 million this year.Liveblog: Budget 2014 as it happens >last_img read more

Nick Leeson Ive observed the need for debt solution – now Im

first_imgTHE LAST TIME I wrote for, I addressed my concerns that the crisis in banking was continuing to cause us all stress and concern.My new appointment, as a principal of GDP Partnership, a debt solution agency with new offices in Dublin, puts me in the position of addressing those concerns. In many ways it was a natural progression from observing and writing about the problems to actually trying to do something about them.Financial difficulties are most often the hardest to deal with, they embarrass, overwhelm and push people into corners quite unlike any other form of problem that we face in our lifetime. I’ve witnessed this on many occasions – as well as experiencing my own difficulties many many years ago. They will never go away. They have to be dealt with.The normal course of events sees people struggling to cope and, more often than not, failing quite miserably. It’s a problem that has existed equally as long as the world of Finance: wherever there is lending, there is difficulty in repaying and ultimately an amount of default. So what we are currently experiencing is nothing new, what is new is the widespread nature of the debt problem and, like you and I, the banks themselves have never experienced such an enormity of a problem.There are solutionsHowever, there are solutions. The problem is that not everyone understands the problems and rather more worryingly, some of the misinformation and the sensational way that the small amount of information is reported causes further distress, rather than reducing the enormous pressure that everyone is already under. That is where a mediation service like the one I am working with can help, by engaging and communicating with the lender on your behalf and presenting solutions that will allow both parties to move forward.It never ceases to amaze me listening to a number of economists and financial journalists who fail to understand the depth and scale of this issue. I am in no doubt that the island of Ireland, north and south, will not move forward economically until we deal with the debt problems facing the country. We have way too much debt in our society right now, from sovereign debt, to SME debt, to personal debt.The favoured sovereign solution seems to be to kick the debt down the road over a longer period of time. Some might agree this is the best solution however it wouldn’t be my preference. From an SME point of view, I would suggest if you offered any CEO in the country an extended 20 years or so on their debt they would bite your arm off – I doubt there is any bank in Ireland in this space so that’s not an option.There is a lot of bad advice out thereFrom a personal debt perspective, there is new legislation out this year in the Republic, and it is hoped that the new rules will be the answer to the debt problems out there. I suspect it won’t be that straightforward in practice as there is a lot of bad advice out there. Many people are fast-forwarding in the direction of the insolvency and bankruptcy option, I still maintain that this should and can be avoided in most circumstances.The Central Bank came out this week in Ireland to say that SMEs had some €50bn of debt and more than half of this was impaired. The huge concern from the Central Bank’s perspective is that the majority of this debt is property-related. This is a major cause for concern for everyone. The lack of progress Irish banks are making in terms of dealing with these problems is now under scrutiny from the IMF and the Central Bank. Our view at GDP is that both borrower and bank need to fully engage and mediate a solution to each of the loan books under pressure. I feel that we can no longer sit back and expect the whole thing to blow over – it’s just not an option. There will be pain on both sides, and facts remain that until we sort these issues the economy is in a spiral.Banks have their own policies in dealing with these matters and interestingly these vary greatly depending on the institution. Our practice has been making huge in roads on behalf of borrowers with our very unique approach to dealing with the debt problem in recent times and we would hope that as time moves on, the banks become more co-operative and transparent so that we can all arrive at the solutions much quicker.The short to medium term for Ireland looks extremely challenging. However, I would prefer to approach this as an opportunity to solve the many issues that are currently out there.For more information or to receive a monthly e-zine, please contact info@gdpni.ieNick Leeson: The banks don’t care so we need to look after each other>Read all of Nick Leeson’s columns here>last_img read more

115 year old electric car gets same mileage as Chevy Volt

first_imgThe owner of this vintage electric powered car is laughing all the way to the bank. As Chevy Volt owners dish out almost $32,000, he is driving this 115 year old vehicle with the exact same mileage around town.Built in 1896, the Roberts electric vehicle gets 40 miles to a charge, just like the Volt. The owner of the vehicle says that it runs like a top, even competing in some classic car derbies and doing well.Now before you go scouring the want ads to find one of these bad boys, the one pictured above is unfortunately the only one in the world. It was built before mass production, so it is a handmade vehicle, a true one of a kind. The steering mechanism is a tiller rather than a wheel, which makes driving this antique rather interesting to say the least.It may have caught many by surprise that there was actually an electric vehicle made so long ago. But it seems that there was quite the battle back then between gas, electric and steam powered engines. Gas won out of course, but it is cool to think that the innovation was there in 1896.With government subsidies what they are in the States these days, it will be interesting to see if electric powered vehicles can become the norm on the roads. Perhaps it is worth taking a look at the market surrounding what spurred the creation of the Roberts vehicle to see if it can spur similar innovation today.via The Daily Callerlast_img read more

French president Macron apologises to Albania over anthem blunder

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 39,647 Views FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL Macron apologised to his Albanian counterpart after the Football Federation of France played the wrong national anthem when the sides met in Paris yesterday.Kick-off was delayed by 10 minutes whilst the blunder was corrected ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier at the Stade de France, with stadium staff compounding their error by apologising “to Armenia” over the PA system.The stunned visitors lined up to a rendition of the national anthem of Andorra – which was played in full – instead of their own tune Himni i Flamurit – the Pledge on the Flag. And the French premier was quick to offer his apologies to Albanian president Edi Rama for the mix-up.Rama said in a statement: “President Macron has offered me his sincere apology for the scandalous blunder of the French Football Federation with our national anthem. The French president considered this blunder an ‘unacceptable mistake’ and appreciated the reaction of our players.”France ran out easy 4-1 winners against the team from the Balkans, thanks to two goals from Kingsley Coman and one each from Olivier Giroud and debutant youngster Jonathan Ikone.It puts the world champions comfortably clear at the top of the group and looking likely qualifiers for next summer’s Europe-wide finals.They’re tied on 12 points with Turkey and Iceland, with matches still to come against both, and with just the top two teams in the group making it to the finals.Albania’s defeat leaves them lying in fourth, six points off a qualification spot and looking doubtful for making a reappearance at the Euro finals following their tournament debut in France four years ago. 33 Comments Albania’s players pictured during the playing of the national anthems. Follow us: Sunday 8 Sep 2019, 9:20 PM By The42 Team Share Tweet Email The anthem blunder is reminiscent of a similar mishap that occurred during last year’s Nations League, when stadium staff at Armenia’s Hrazdan Stadium played the national anthem of Liechtenstein ahead of a game against Gibraltar. But neither episode was as ludicrous as when staff played the opening bars of a song by rock band Linkin Park instead of the national anthem of Malta when the team played Slovakia in 2014.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! French president Macron apologises to Albania over anthem blunder Kick-off was delayed after the national anthem of Andorra was played before the game against France. Albania’s players pictured during the playing of the national anthems. Short URL Sep 8th 2019, 7:49 PM last_img read more

Dalic Argentina is the easiest game for us at the World

first_imgCroatia boss Zlatko Dalic is certain that they can defeat Argentina today in what will be their “easiest” game at the World CupThe Group D leaders are hoping to secure back-to-back wins in the World Cup for the first time since their impressive debut campaign in 1998, where they secured a third-place finish.With the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Luca Modric forming part of a star-studded midfield, Croatia head into today’s game at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium hoping to book their place in the knockout stages by beating Argentina.And Dalic is confident that his players can do it after defeating Nigeria 2-0 in the World Cup opener.“I infinitely and endlessly believe in my team,” said Dalic, as stated on Complete Sports Nigeria.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“We will have to play well if we want to win, as always some luck will be needed as well.“We have to show our quality and this is a real test for this generation.“The match against Argentina is the easiest game for us at the World Cup, because we have three points and we play against big opponents.“We have nothing to lose in that game. I’ll tell my players before the start of the game just to enjoy the spectacle.”The match will begin at 20:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Queens Baton arrives in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos, July 11th 2017: The long awaited Queen’s Baton is here in the Turks and Caicos, arriving shortly after 11am on Tuesday at the Providenciales International Airport.The Baton will make its way across the islands as it soaks up the rich culture and sportsmanship spirit that embodies the TCI.Daniel Brisco, FormerTCI Weight lifting ChampionPresent for the arrival on Tuesday, were two athletes who represented the TCI flag at the Calgary Commonwealth Games back in 1979, Daniel Brisco who competed in the Weight lifting challenge then, and Albert Grant, a professional shooter.Both men, though never won a medal at the Calgary games, say holding the Queen’s baton in their hands so many years after has brought joy to their hearts.Albert Grant, Former TCI professional shooter, represented country at Calgary ’79Brisco speaking to Magnetic Media described the feeling as elation, as he said he “never thought this day would come”. In expressing what the years has done to him, he says this moment holding the baton cancels the feelings of being a forgotten athlete, and a long wait that has been paid off.Albert Grant echoed similar sentiments, welcoming Her Majesty the Queen’s Baton to his home nation, the Turks and Caicos Islands, something he says he will treasure along with his moments lived out 38 years ago in Calgary, Canada. The two men were part of the first leg of relay shortly after its arrival in the TCI. #MagneticMediaNews#QueensBatonArrives in the TCI Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Vancouver police officer pleads guilty to obstruction charges

first_imgA Vancouver police officer was sentenced Thursday in Camas-Washougal Municipal Court to 10 days of community service and a fine of $746 for obstructing Washougal police officers who were investigating him in November for suspected drunken driving.Jeremy Free, 40, of Washougal also will be required to serve two years of bench probation.He pleaded guilty Thursday in front of Judge John Hagensen to two counts of gross misdemeanor obstructing law enforcement. As part of a plea deal with Free, Washougal City Attorney Scott Russon dismissed a charge of first-degree negligent driving and a traffic citation for failure to stop at a stop sign.Free entered an Alford plea, a legal maneuver in which he did not admit guilt but acknowledged there was enough evidence for a jury to convict him.“He thought he had a right to do exactly what he did,” said Jon McMullen, Free’s attorney. “The Washougal Police Department felt they were doing the right thing.”Free’s conviction will trigger an internal administrative review by the Vancouver Police Department to determine the future of his employment, said department spokeswoman Kim Kapp.last_img read more