TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardoner admits Barcelona players pushed board to bring back Neymarby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner admits the players pushed the board to bring back Neymar last summer.It’s been confirmed Barca twice had offers for Neymar turned down by PSG.And Cardoner says it was the players who were eager to see the deal happen.He told Catalunya Ràdio: “Neymar, in addition to having a good relationship with the locker room, is a great player. “Hence our desire to have him in our ranks. The players have suggested him to us, but we are the ones who weigh the pros and cons.”
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s government says Hurricane Maria had a $43 billion impact on the U.S. territory’s economy, $1 billion more than originally estimated.The report by the Puerto Rico Planning Board takes into account millions of dollars received so far in federal hurricane recovery funds and insurance money.The report says the capital of San Juan was among the six most affected cities on the island after the Category 4 storm hit in September 2017.Economist Jose Caraballo said Monday that federal aid and insurance payouts so far have covered only 24 per cent of the losses reported.The Associated Press
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Millions of Canadians are cramming shopping centres to find the best deals on Boxing Day while others are staying home.A new survey released by the website RetailMeNot.ca shows that a large majority of Canadians surveyed won’t be at the mall on Wednesday.The survey found that 74 per cent of Canadians will avoid shopping malls during Boxing Day and Boxing Week due to the crowds.That number is even higher for Albertans who took the survey as 79 per cent will likely stay home.Public Relations manager with Retail Me Not Katie Hammill, said online shopping is likely the reason for these numbers.“It’s definitely continuing to grow for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now Boxing Day, we’re definitely seeing a shift in trend of more online shopping.”That part of the survey found that just over half of respondents (55 per cent) think there are better Boxing Day deals online than there are in bricks & mortar stores.Hammill said there was one aspect of the survey that really caught her attention.“Over 20 per cent of Millennial parents say that they’re willing to call in sick or skip work to go shopping so while as a whole, not as many people are going out to shop, those Millennials are willing to do anything at all costs to get out there.”The survey took in about 1000 respondents from across Canada.
Morrison says unusually wet weather in Alberta in September will contribute to soft third-quarter earnings reports from oilfield services companies.The analyst says Western Canada will remain short of pipeline capacity even if Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement pipeline is completed by 2020, thus adding 370,000 barrels per day of capacity.He says the short-term situation will improve but not enough to allow growth in activity if crude-by-rail exports double, as he expects, to a record 450,000 barrels per day by the end of this year.“We believe this reality will start to percolate into 2019 capex budgets, with a number of producers likely to delay the issuance of formal guidance until January and then we believe many are likely to announce development programs that show little to no incremental production growth,” Morrison’s report says. CALGARY, A.B. – An energy analyst warns the Canadian oil and gas sector is in a holding pattern in which spending and production growth can’t occur until new ways to get products to export markets are found.CIBC analyst Jon Morrison says in a report that steep discounts being paid for Canadian heavy and light oil production compared with U.S. benchmarks won’t end soon and that means there’s no money for producers to increase their drilling budgets.The report bodes poorly for Canada’s energy services sector as the industry enters the winter drilling season, its traditionally busiest time of the year as the frozen ground allows more access to backcountry sites.
New Delhi: Indian shooters continued their dominance claiming five gold medals on the final day of the Asian Airgun Championships to sign off with a total of 25 medals in Taoyuan, Taipei. India finished with 16 gold, five silver and four bronze. On the last day of the competition, Yash Vardhan and Shreya Agrawal bagged three gold medals each. Yash finished on top in 10m Air Rifle men’s junior event. He then clinched the yellow metal in Team competition with his partners — Keval Prajpati and Aishwary Tomar. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Yash scored 249.5, while Keval and Aishwary shot 247.3 and 226.1 for silver and bronze respectively. Earlier Vardhan and Shreya combined to win the Mixed Team Rifle junior event. Shreya won the gold in the 10m Air Rifle women’s junior event. She also won the Team gold along with Mehuli Ghosh and Kavi Chakkaravarthy. Shreya’s gold winning 24-shots ended on an impressive 252.5, while Mehuli settled for individual bronze with an effort of 228.3. Kavi was fourth. Indian shooting’s next assignment is scheduled at Al Ain, UAE where the ISSF Shotgun World Cup stage two commences on April 5.
Ingredients Curacao Syrup 50 ml Sprite 250 ml Lemon Juice 2 tsp Sugar Syrup 2 tbsp Mint & Lemon to garnish Ice Cubes as requiredPreparation Add sugar syrup, lemon juice and curacao syrup in a glass and stir with a spoon. Now add sprite and give a quick stir. Quickly add a handful of ice, some mint leaves and lemon slices to garnish. Serve chilled. (Courtesy: Sanjay, Mellow Garden, New Delhi)
Brooklyn Nets70– The Rockets shoot from (way, way) downtownNBA teams with the most 3-point attempts from 28-35 feet, 2017-18 Golden State Warriors84– Indiana Pacers107– Cleveland Cavaliers93– Portland Trail Blazers108– Detroit Pistons77– Houston Rockets178– DALLAS — The Houston Rockets, who at the moment seem to be the only team worthy of challenging the defending champion Warriors, just might be the NBA’s most unapologetic club.The team set fire to the record books last season by launching more than 40 3-point attempts per night, which shattered their own record from 2014-15 and was over six 3s a night more than the team with the second-most attempts. Yet entering this campaign, reigning Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni still wanted more, saying that Houston could realistically take 50 per game. Houston may not be quite that extreme so far, but they are on pace to become the first team in history to shoot more 3s than 2s — which is mind-boggling in its own right.Yet for all the attention paid to how many 3s the Rockets are taking, there’s been less attention paid to where, exactly, the club is hoisting them from, and the positive difference it’s making for their offense even if the shots don’t all go in.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/andersonspace.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/gordonhorse.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Going into their nationally televised matchup Friday night with the Pelicans, the Rockets were spotting up from a different zip code far more than any other team. Houston’s taken a whopping 178 three-point attempts from the 28-to-35 foot range, according to data from James Jackson of ESPN Stats & Information Group. For context, the teams right behind Houston on this list, Portland and Indiana, have taken just 108 and 107 attempts from this distance which is at least 4 feet behind the line. But after those three teams, no one else has even managed to crack 100 so far. This number is unusually high for the 3-point-obsessed Rockets, too: They’ve already taken more 3s from that range in 46 games this season than they took during last year’s entire 82-game slate. Charlotte Hornets78– Boston Celtics93– Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Team3-point Attempts Miami Heat70– Of course, it’s not like Houston — which entered Friday as the No. 2 seed, at 34-12 — is regularly canning these looks. The Rockets are connecting on just under 30 percent of their shots from that deep,1When the Rockets take 3s from above the break, their average shot distance is 25.8 feet from the basket, the second-farthest in the NBA. a far cry from the 36 percent league-average mark from 3-point range in general.Still, there are several reasons that those shots help the team even if they don’t go in, and just about all of those reasons stem from the spacing these long shots create. Chris Paul and James Harden certainly benefit from the extra room, and they already rank among the NBA’s best playmakers, even without the help.Watch this pick-and-roll play against Utah, where Paul comes down and finds big man Clint Capela for a dunk. Jazz swingman Joe Johnson was prepared to help at the rim, but began scrambling back toward sharpshooter Ryan Anderson, even though he was standing nearly 30 feet from the basket. Johnson’s recognition that Anderson can make shots from that distance was enough to send him rushing away from Capela.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/spreadpr.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Capela, who’s in the middle of his best season and is currently leading the NBA in field-goal percentage, has been perhaps the biggest beneficiary of the additional spacing. Harden and Paul, two of the best no-look passers, have had a field day throwing him lobs (He’s second in the league in dunks). His average shot attempt this season is coming fewer than 2 feet from the basket.“Having all that extra space definitely enhances Clint’s game,” said D’Antoni, who told me he gave a handful of players (namely Anderson, Harden and Eric Gordon) the green light last season to experiment with the longer 3-point tries.The importance of Capela’s vertical floor-spacing role within the offense can’t be overstated. For starters, the Rockets run an NBA-high 62 direct2Meaning an action that led directly to a shot, foul or change of possession. pick-and-rolls per 100 possessions, according to Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats, meaning he’s involved in dozens of scoring opportunities each game, with both Paul and Harden. One thing worth noting about this trio: Paul, Harden and Capela have led the Rockets to a 19-0 mark this season when all three suit up and play. The team is just 15-12 when one or more of them doesn’t play.When I asked Paul what it’s like playing in an offense with so much space, he explained that he’s still learning to adjust to how open some of his teammates are. “My friends joke with me and tell me I’m a new player now, but it’s a cool way to play,” he told me. “Nobody argues about shots or anything. When you see us get frustrated, a lot of the time it’s because we’re not defending. The offense is free-flowing, and guys just let (long shots) go.”Giving players like Paul and Harden more space to work with is almost cruel. A weak-side defender’s inability to help leaves primary stoppers on an island, and the star point guards are happy to take their chances with those matchups. The result so far: The Rockets go 1-on-1 more than any other NBA team and are the league’s most efficient isolation team by a wide margin.3Their current scoring rate is the highest on record in the Synergy Sports database, which goes back 14 years. Similarly, Harden and Paul rank No. 1 and No. 2 in isolation efficiency among those who go 1-on-1 at least three times per contest. (Harden is somehow scoring nearly 53 percent of the time in iso scenarios to this point.)But the isolation plays are just one way the extra spacing has helped Harden this year, after he showed himself to be perhaps the NBA’s best passer last season. The extra room has also enabled him to toy with defenses at times. In this first video of the Rockets playing against Sacramento, Harden draws three defenders at once — two of whom run into each other — and feeds the ball to Capela after the Kings fail to account for him in the paint. Less than two minutes later, knowing that the defense won’t make the same mistake and leave Capela open again, Harden makes it look as if he’s going to throw the ball back to his center but instead swings the ball to a wide-open Anderson, who’s waiting 5 feet above the top of the key.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/capelakings.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/andersonkings.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In just those two plays, the Rockets illustrate how easily they can break a defense. If you pay too much attention to Harden or Paul, they’ll simply go over the top to Capela. Pay too much attention to someone cutting through the paint? There’s a good chance it’s going to cost you 3 points, given the caliber of shooters they have lining the perimeter. And it goes without saying that if you neglect Harden or Paul driving into the paint, Houston will either score or draw a shooting foul, which the Rockets do better than anyone.All of this explains why Anderson likes to stand so far off the line: It forces the defender to make a choice: Am I going to come out and guard him up to 30 feet from the basket and be too far away to provide help on James or Paul, or do I want to be in position to guard against the drive and risk letting Anderson or Gordon get an open 3 from basically another county?“I kind of like shooting it from that deep. Most times, no one wants to come out that far, so it feels kind of like a free throw, where there’s no pressure,” said Anderson, who was prodded by D’Antoni to start taking that shot based on what his coach had seen in shootarounds and practices. “And if they do hug up on me, like Harrison Barnes was doing tonight, all it does is leave room for James and Chris.” (Harden finished Wednesday’s game with 25 points, 13 assists and one turnover.)You might think this sort of dilemma might send a defense scrambling, but opposing teams sometimes treat the court like a minefield: Often they’re a bit too confused about who they should shade toward and wind up unwilling to make a definitive step in any direction. Houston’s opponents move at the league’s seventh-slowest rate on defense, according to Second Spectrum. On the flip side, the Rockets know exactly what they want to do when they have an open look, regardless of how far away they may be from the basket.“They’re really comfortable out there,” D’Antoni said of his players, who get more wide-open 3s per game than any other team. “If it’s just as comfortable [as a shorter 3], why not shoot it? I’m willing to live with that.”
Life as a longtime “Jeopardy!” champion is a strange one, chronologically speaking. Holzhauer has been watching the world wonder when his streak will end, all the while knowing exactly when it would happen. On its taping dates, the show records five episodes back-to-back, with just a change of clothes in between. The episodes don’t air until much later. If he could alter time, maybe buy a time machine with that $2,462,216, would he have approached the game any differently?“The only things I would do differently from the start of my run: never wear a sport coat, which interfered a little with my buzzer form, and use gel insoles in my dress shoes,” Holzhauer said.“Both were fixed by the second taping day.” Note: This article discusses the results of the June 3, 2019, episode of “Jeopardy!”James Holzhauer claims not to remember many particulars of how he lost on “Jeopardy!” for the first time, other than that he blanked on a clue about the city of Albany and his opponent quickly took control of the board, landing a game-changing Daily Double. Before long, it was all over. Monday’s episode marked the end of Holzhauer’s two-month reign as one of the winningest, and certainly the most radical, champions in the decades-long history of the trivia game show “Jeopardy!”Holzhauer finished Monday’s game in second place with $24,799 behind Emma Boettcher’s $46,801. But during his 32-win run, he averaged about $77,000 per game — an average nearly identical to the record for the single richest game ever played before he took the podium in early April. In the process, he laid claim to the entirety of the top 10 highest-scoring games of all time, including one single half-hour haul of $131,127. It was a historic run driven by immaculate trivia knowledge, disciplined strategy and calculated aggression.But other records will forever remain just out of reach. Holzhauer’s streak ended with total winnings of $2,462,216 — less than $60,000 shy of Ken Jennings’s record $2,520,700 which was amassed over a nearly incomprehensible 74 straight wins in 2004. Holzhauer will sit second on the all-time money list until the arrival of some other great champion. (Or he might sit there forever, which seems more likely.)1These records are for the show’s “regular season” play, ignoring its occasional special tournaments.“I played every day exactly according to my game plan, so I have no regrets,” Holzhauer told FiveThirtyEight a few days before the fateful episode aired. Holzhauer rewrote swaths of the show’s record books. But his biggest contribution may be to “Jeopardy!” strategy. Holzhauer exploited the game’s Daily Doubles to their fullest, hunting them down and betting big on them. Over his 32 wins (and one loss), Holzhauer — a professional sports bettor from Vegas — not only got significantly richer but likely changed how the venerable game show will be played. Holzhauer was such an effective and alien force that opponents began to mimic his style out of desperation, like growling at a hungry lion in hopes of scaring it away. They hopped wildly around the game’s board whenever they could, picking big-dollar clues early, searching madly for the Daily Doubles and betting big when they found them — just the sort of unalloyed aggression that had quickly become Holzhauer’s trademark and the fuel for his success.“Many of my opponents played like I do, but I’m not sure they would have done so without provocation,” Holzhauer said. “You don’t want to inadvertently make your opponents play a better strategy. In a sense, I may have helped bring about my own downfall.” The insoles seem to have worked. Holzhauer has earned a spot in the pantheon of the “Jeopardy!” greats, and he gives himself prominent placement there. “I think there is a nebulous top three of Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and me,” he said. “Ken’s 74-game streak remains the most impressive achievement in the show’s history.”Rutter is no slouch, either — he has won more money than any other “Jeopardy!” contestant, and he’s a man who has never lost to a human. Rutter’s initial winning streak was ended by the show’s rules at the time, which limited a defending champion to five appearances. But between those appearances and the show’s Tournament of Champions, Ultimate Tournament of Champions and Million Dollar Masters, Rutter won $4,688,436. (Here’s a free idea for the “Jeopardy!” producers: Holzhauer vs. Jennings vs. Rutter in the Ultimate Tournament of Ultimate Champions.)A couple of days after we first emailed, however, Holzhauer followed up to amend his initial assessment. “Amidst all the people comparing me to Ken and Brad, I totally forgot about the two greatest Jeopardy champions of all time: Cindy Stowell, who won six games while dying of cancer, and Eddie Timanus, who’s … blind and was an undefeated five-time champ in his initial run. It’s impossible for me to compare myself to them, so perhaps they should be in their own category.”Holzhauer’s plan for now is a return to normalcy. “The 19-year-old version of James would be thrilled by the opportunities” that the winning streak has brought his way, “but married parent James is hoping to keep his home life settled.”The game that made him famous, however, has been left unsettled. Lots of esteemed competitive pursuits have been “broken” lately. Baseball. Basketball. Even the spelling bee just last week. An innovative strategy or an outlier talent can deeply alter the games we’ve played for decades. In the process, the cadence or tenor of the game might be rendered unrecognizable for someone who hadn’t seen it in a few years. These innovative strategies are often driven by mathematical analysis, data and statistical rigor — things that a sports bettor from Vegas must embrace in order to eat. I asked Holzhauer if “Jeopardy!” now belonged in this category of sabermetrically altered pursuits.“I can see the parallels, for sure,” he said. “At its heart, all these shifts are just attempts to increase your chances of winning. Why would anyone not want to maximize their chances?”Plenty of outlets have written that, thanks to Holzhauer, “Jeopardy!” is now broken. But there’s art in that. While the game may look a bit different than it did before, it may also be closer to perfection — to an ideal expression of trivia game-show strategy. Broken is beautiful. 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The Ohio State football team moved up two spots to No. 6 in the College Football Playoff standings, which were announced Tuesday evening, marking the second consecutive week OSU went up in the rankings.The Buckeyes’ move in the rankings comes on the heels of their second consecutive win against a team ranked in the College Football Playoff top 25. OSU beat No. 25 Minnesota, 31-24, on Saturday after topping then-No. 8 Michigan State, 49-37, a week earlier.OSU is the highest ranked Big Ten team in the poll for the second week running, while the Spartans checked in at No. 11, and Wisconsin moved up to No. 16 after topping then-No. 16 Nebraska, 59-24, over the weekend. The Cornhuskers’ second loss of the season dropped them to No. 23 in the latest poll.After falling to the Buckeyes, Minnesota stayed in rankings for the second week in a row.The Golden Gophers’ and Michigan State are the only teams currently in the College Football Playoff rankings on OSU’s schedule. The Buckeyes need just one more win — or a Spartan loss — to clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, where they would likely face Wisconsin.The Badgers currently top the Big Ten West Division, while Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa are tied for second with 4-2 records in conference play. OSU is alone on top of the East Division, with a one-game lead on Michigan State.Alabama climbed to No. 1 in the poll while Oregon stayed at No. 2 and Florida State and Mississippi State rounded out the top four.The College Football Playoff rankings were decided by a panel of 12 members, including Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In total, the panel is set to consist of 13 members, but former Mississippi and NFL quarterback Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence because of health concerns.OSU is scheduled to return to the field Saturday against Indiana at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.Complete standings:AlabamaOregonFlorida StateMississippi StateTexas Christian UniversityOhio StateBaylorMississippiUCLAGeorgiaMichigan StateKansas StateArizona StateAuburnArizonaWisconsinUtahGeorgia TechUSCMissouriOklahomaClemsonNebraskaLouisvilleMinnesota
Jurgen Klopp recently announced Liverpool would not be changing their famous attacking approach for the final of the Champions League against Real Madrid.With only six days left ahead of the last fixture of the Champions League, Liverpool vs. Real Madrid, which will take part at Kiev on May 26, Klopp had his say on Liverpool’s future behaviour.Despite the fact that Real Madrid will be looking for getting their hands on the third consecutive Champions League win – a task rather daunting – the Reds will not be making any special changes.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“If I was to ask the boys, ‘What do you want to do in this game?’ they would say, ‘What we always did’. I am pretty sure that would be the answer,” explained Klopp, according to the official website of Liverpool.“In football you always have to try to create a plan to deny the qualities of an opponent, but you also have to bring through your own qualities. If we would only think about trying to deny their qualities, that would be quite difficult.”“It’s not that we go there, run like crazy and have no clue how to defend, it won’t be like that. But we will play our football and hopefully at the highest level,” Klopp went on to add.
Brazil didn’t dominate, but showed why it is the main favorite with a 2-0 victory over Serbia. Paulinho and Thiago Silva were the goalscorers.The big matches don’t stop coming.Here are the teams for #SRBBRA and #SUICRC! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/YGLcioHceA— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018Report: Neymar blocked Paul Pogba move to PSG Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba allegedly agreed on a shock deadline day transfer to Paris Saint-Germain only for Neymar to block the deal.Brazil’s star left back Marcelo had to be subbed off in the 10th minute of the match at Spartak Moscow’s stadium because of what looked like a muscle injury. He waited for a while on the sidelines while Filipe Luis prepared and then limped off the pitch. During the first 20 minutes, Serbia’s high press was disturbing Brazil’s organization and didn’t allow them to play their game. In the 25th minute, Serbia’s defenders couldn’t take the ball away from Gabriel Jesus and Neymar inside the box. They kept pushing until Neymar finally made a left-footed attempt that Vladimir Stojkovic deflected with his fingertips. Gabriel Jesus avoided an offside trap in the 30th minute and had a great opportunity to score. However, he didn’t seem to be convinced he was not offside and reacted somewhat slowly. After faking out the first defender, the second one blocked his shot.In the 32nd minute, Adem Ljajic received a yellow card for a rough challenge on Neymar. Four minutes later Brazil took the lead. Paulinho escaped his marker and made a forward run. Coutinho saw him, sent a perfect high ball and Paulinho poked it over the keeper. Simple as that. Stojkovic’s indecisiveness cost him. Just like in the match versus Switzerland, Serbia started enthusiastically and then became inferior as the half moved along.Just as Serbia got some pressure on Brazil, The Green Canaries went on a lightning quick counter attack that ended with Stojkovic saving Neymar’s shot. In the 61st minute, Alisson punched Rukavina’s cross right into Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbian forward’s header was way too weak to cause problems. A tremendous opportunity missed. Mitrovic had another header in minute 65. The Eagles were getting more aggressive. Tite felt the need for a refreshment, so he replaced the goalscorer Paulinho with Fernandinho. Serbia’s hopes were buried in the 68th minute, when Neymar found Thiago Silva during a corner kick and the PSG center back smashed a header at the near post to give his team a 2-0 advantage.Three minutes later, Filipe Luis forced Stojkovic to make a save with a long-range bomb. Thiago Silva’s goal woke up the Brazilian crowd and the team played on the wings of that support. Meanwhile, the goal really demoralized the Serbians. Adem Ljajic gave way for Andrija Zivkovic in the 75th minute. Next up to leave the field was Philippe Coutinho. Renato Augusto was his replacement. Then, Nemanja Radonjic came in for Filip Kostic.The Brazilians were routinely bringing the game to a close. Neymar had a chance in the 83rd minute, but his shot from inside the penalty area bounced off the grass and went over the bar. He tried to get fancy three minutes later when the ball deflected off a Serbia player, leaving him alone with Stojkovic. The goalkeeper read Neymar’s lob idea and prevented it. Stojkovic blocked Neymar for one last time in the 93rd minute. After that, the referee blew the final whistle and we were done. Brazil finished first and will play Mexico, while Switzerland will take on Sweden.
This photo taken on 27 February, 2018 shows Myanmar army personnel keeping watch as Myanmar workers build a fence along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, as seen from Tombru in the Bangladeshi district of Bandarban. Photo: AFPHundreds of Rohingya living in no man’s land have left their makeshift camp and crossed into Bangladesh after soldiers from Myanmar used loud hailers to threaten them, community leaders said Wednesday.Around 6,000 Rohingya have been living on a thin stretch of land between the two countries since fleeing Myanmar in the wake of a brutal military crackdown on the Muslim minority in late August.They were among the first to flee Myanmar when the violence erupted last year and set up makeshift shelters in no man’s land in the weeks before Bangladesh agreed to let the Rohingya into the country.In recent weeks they have come under pressure from soldiers who have stepped up patrols along the barbed wire border fence just yards (metres) away from the camp and broadcast messages using loud hailers ordering the Rohingya to leave.Community leader Dil Mohammad said the messages had spread panic through the camp.”We can’t now sleep peacefully. Most of the Rohingya in the camps now want to flee and take shelter in Bangladesh,” Mohammad said.”Around 150 families have already left the camp for Bangladesh as they were afraid they might be forcefully sent back to Rakhine,” he told AFP, referring to the area of Myanmar where the Rohingya used to live.One Border Guard Bangladesh official said the Myanmar soldiers were playing the announcement at least 10 to 15 times a day.In it, they urge the Rohingya to leave, saying the land they are on is under their jurisdiction and threatening them with prosecution if they remain.Last week Bangladesh and Myanmar officials visited the camp and urged the refugees to return to Rakhine.But community leaders have said they won’t go back unless their demands for citizenship and security guarantees are met.Myanmar views the Rohingya as illegal settlers from Bangladesh and has long denied them citizenship and basic rights.Nearly 700,000 have fled since the military backed by Buddhist mobs launched a brutal crackdown last year in the wake of militant attacks on police posts.Doctors without Borders has said 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the first month of the violence alone in a campaign the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.Most of the refugees are now living in camps in Bangladesh.The Bangladesh government has signed an agreement with Myanmar to repatriate them, but the refugees themselves say they do not want to return.Bangladesh was supposed to start the repatriation process last month but it has been delayed amid concerns over a lack of preparation.Myanmar forces have also erected a kilometres-long barbed wire fence along the border in recent weeks and installed multiple outposts with armed guards and loudspeakers, the refugees said.
Kim Jong Un file photoNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing starting Tuesday and is expected to discuss with Chinese leaders his next steps after his nuclear summit with president Donald Trump last week.Kim’s visit to Beijing, while expected, is one way for China to highlight its crucial role in US efforts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. The US has long looked to China to use its influence with North Korea to bring it to negotiations, but the visit comes as ties between Beijing and Washington are being tested by a major trade dispute.Chinese president Xi Jinping “is exerting a lot of influence from behind the scenes,” said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Glaser said it was predictable Xi would want to be briefed by Kim directly about the North Korean leader’s talks with Trump.”I expect they will talk about the path going forward and where priorities should lie,” Glaser said. Those priorities, from China’s perspective, would be to ensure that Beijing is included in any in peace treaty talks and for creating an environment on the Korean Peninsula that will make it unnecessary for US troops to remain.Security was tight Tuesday morning in the Pyongyang airport, where another flight was unexpectedly delayed and later at the Beijing airport where paramilitary police prevented journalists from shooting photos. A motorcade including sedans, minibuses, motorcycles and a stretch limo with a golden emblem similar to one Kim used previously was seen leaving the airport.Roads near the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where senior Chinese officials meet with visiting leaders, were closed and the same motorcade with motorcycle escorts was later seen heading into the compound. A ring of police vehicles and black sedans surrounded the perimeter of the guesthouse where Kim stayed on his first visit earlier this year. Kim’s presence there and the schedule of his visit, including any meetings with Xi, have not been confirmed.Kim was diplomatically isolated for years before making his first foreign trip as leader in March to meet with Xi in Beijing. This would be his third visit to China, North Korea’s main ally and key source of trade and economic assistance. Following his summit with Trump, Kim was expected to meet with Chinese leaders to discuss progress in halting his country’s missile and nuclear weapons programs in exchange for economic incentives.The Singapore meeting resulted in a surprise announcement of a US suspension of military drills with its South Korean ally, a goal long pursued by Beijing and Pyongyang. That move is seen as potentially weakening defences and diplomacy among America’s Asian allies, while bolstering China and Russia.The US has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the Korean War, in which China fought on North Korea’s side and which ended in 1953 with an armistice and no peace treaty.The state media treatment of Kim’s visit departed from past practice of not announcing his travels until Kim returned home. Analysts said Beijing appeared to be trying to normalize such visits.Cheng Xiaohe, an associate professor at Renmin University’s School of International Studies in Beijing, said the frequency of Kim’s visits was “unprecedented.” He noted that unlike on previous visits, China’s state broadcaster CCTV announced Kim’s visit before his departure.”This is an improvement. This shows that China is moving toward a healthier and more normal direction in relations with North Korea,” Cheng said.The visit comes as a dispute over the large trade imbalance between China and the US has been escalating, straining ties between the world’s two largest economies and moving them closer to a potential trade war.Trump recently ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in retaliation for intellectual property theft. The tariffs were quickly matched by China on US exports, a move that drew the president’s ire. On Tuesday morning China woke to news that Trump directed the US Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports, a move swiftly criticized by Beijing.A trade war with the US could make it less attractive for China to use its influence over North Korea to help the US achieve its objectives of denuclearization.”The potential comprehensive trade war will make the cooperation between China and US in North Korea’s nuclear issue more complicated,” Cheng said. “There will be a big question mark over whether China and US will continue this cooperation.”
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:46 Amy BishopRiders from Pennsylvania taking part in Buffalo Soldiers commemorationThe Buffalo Soldiers were African-American men who served in the U.S. Army until the mid-20th century. On a sweltering hot afternoon at Houston’s Tom Bass Park, about a dozen young African-American teenage boys are on horseback, dressed in traditional cavalry attire. They’re taking part in a ceremonial ride to commemorate the Buffalo Soldiers.One of the teens involved is Michael, whose group came from Pennsylvania for the event.“I didn’t know too much about the Buffalo Soldiers,” he admits. “But when I got into it, and the riding and things like that, I started researching a little more to get a better understanding of what I’m doing it for.”Amy BishopTeenage riders from Pennsylvania taking part in Buffalo Soldiers commemoration at Tom Bass ParkThis week marks the 150th anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers and Houston is hosting the celebration. People from around the country have been here for events all week, including 92-year-old Henri Legandre, a World War 2 vet from North Carolina. He was part of the last chapter of the soldiers before they were disbanded in the 1950s when the military became integrated. “In World War 2, we really fought two wars,” Legandre explains. “We fought the war for the United States, but we also fought the war for segregation.”On Saturday, a parade of about 150 horses and wagons went through Houston’s Midtown and Third Ward, beginning at Emancipation Park and ending at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.“The Buffalo Soldiers is a missing link in the American history story,” says Cpt. Paul J. Matthews, the museum’s founder, who was instrumental in organizing the week’s festivities. “And so most people think this is an African-American museum, but this is an American history museum.”The museum will also serve as the new national headquarters of the Buffalo Soldiers Association.Amy BishopTeenage riders from Pennsylvania taking part in Buffalo Soldiers commemoration at Tom Bass Park Listen X Share
Muffet McGraw Notre Dame ACC Vic Schaefer Mississippi State SEC Louisville needs 12,900 fans to attend the game on Thursday to eclipse an average attendance of 10,000 for the season. It would mark the first time since the first two seasons (2010-11 – 10,859, 2011-12 – 10,670) at the KFC Yum! Center to eclipse 10,000-plus fans per game for a season. Jeff Walz Louisville ACC Carolyn Kieger Marquette BIG EAST Kelly Graves Oregon Pac-12 Geno Auriemma UConn AAC Tara Vanderveer Stanford Pac-12 ATLANTA (February 27, 2019) – The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today that University of Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz is one of 15 coaches in the running for the 2019 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year honor.Walz has led the No. 3 Cardinals to a 25-2 record this season and at 12-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, they are two wins away from clinching a share of their second consecutive regular season conference title.The winningest coach in Louisville women’s basketball history, Walz recorded his 300th career victory earlier this season at Western Kentucky, where he began his coaching career under the tutelage of Paul Sanderford.The Cardinals host Senior Night vs. No. 10 NC State on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET. Lisa Bluder Iowa Big Ten NAME SCHOOL CONFERENCE Print Friendly Version Amanda Butler Clemson ACC Katie Meier Miami ACC Wes Moore North Carolina State ACC Story Links Lynne Roberts Utah Pac-12 Scott Rueck Oregon State Pac-12 Lisa Fortier Gonzaga WCC Kim Mulkey Baylor Big 12 Park Community Credit Union will donate $1 to Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana for every fan over 8,000 at Thursday’s game. For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB.
Popular on Variety “The innovative and creative content currently being produced in China can build a genuine fan base in the U.S., and young adults are eager to learn about this fascinating country and its rich culture,” said Bill Sondheim, president of Cinedigm Entertainment Group and international distribution.The upcoming launch of Bambu comes after Cinedigm last year sold a majority stake in the company to Bison Capital, a Hong Kong-based investment firm. Cinedigm currently operates six other niche-oriented OTT streaming networks: mixed-martial arts channel CombatGO; CONtv, geared around pop-culture and fandom; documentary service Docurama; the faith-and-family Dove Channel, HallyPop, and esports channel Wham.The move by Cinedigm to expand its specialty OTT services comes amid a pullback on the niche-SVOD front by AT&T’s WarnerMedia, which pulled the plug on s pulled the plug on K-drama service DramaFever and FilmStruck, catering to fans of classic, arthouse and indie films. Cinedigm, the operator of specialty OTT services in North America, has signed a deal with China’s Starrise Media to release several Starrise productions on its soon-to-launch Chinese content streaming service, Bambu.The company has also signed deals with Alibaba-owned Chinese streaming giant Youku to distribute 30 original Chinese feature films. The deal covers release on all platforms including Bambu, digital, physical DVDs and Blu-Ray. It recently struck another deal with China International TV Corporation to bring over 500 hours of popular Chinese content to Bambu. This includes “Nirvana in Fire,” “A Bite of China,” “The Advisors Alliance,” and “Diamond Lover,” a current hit series. The Starrise title selections have not yet been released.Bambu will launch in North America in early 2019. It aims to expand American appreciation of Chinese entertainment by providing going beyond martial arts and period epic genres. It will include contemporary action epics, serial dramas, romantic comedies, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy adventure sagas, music and reality series, and educational programming. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Airports Authority of India (AAI), the mainstay of Civil Aviation in the country, celebrated its 23rd Annual Day on April 1, at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi with a cultural extravaganza – ‘Horizon.’ Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation was the Chief Guest of the event.The colourful evening of music and celebration started with the felicitation of AAI airports that made a mark in ACI-ASQ and CSI awards respectively. While the Airport Directors of Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Indore, and Pune were felicitated for their respective airports making it under various categories of the coveted list of ACI-ASQ Awards 2017, APDs of AAI’s Raipur, Udaipur and Dehradun were felicitated for their respective airports achieving first, second and third ranks in the Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Survey. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfApart from various airports, Subhash Kumar, General Manager (Fire), the recipient of President’s Medal for Fire Safety was also felicitated. While addressing the audience, Jayant Sinha congratulated AAI family and acknowledged the significant role it plays in the growth of the civil aviation sector in India. He applauded significant strides that AAI made in the last year in terms of financial performance and also commended its CSR initiatives in serving the society. This was followed by an exciting cultural evening.
Children raised without pets in an urban setting are more vulnerable to mental illness than those raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, says a new study. Kids raised in rural settings may grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness, according to the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).The study adds to mounting evidence supporting the “hygiene hypothesis,” which posits that overly sterile environments can lead to health problems. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe research also suggests that raising kids around pets might be good for mental health.”It has already been very well documented that exposure to pets and rural environments during development is beneficial in terms of reducing risk of asthma and allergies later in life,” said study co-author, Christopher Lowry, Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the US. “This study moves the conversation forward by showing for the first time in humans that these same exposures are likely to be important for mental health,” Lowry added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, led by Professor Stefan Reber of the University of Ulm in Germany, the scientists recruited a small group of healthy German men between ages 20 and 40. Half had grown up on a farm with farm animals. Half had grown up in a large city without pets.On test day, all were asked to give a speech in front of a group of stone-faced observers and then asked to solve a difficult math problem while being timed.Blood and saliva were taken five minutes before and five, 15, 60, 90 and 120 minutes after the test. “People who grew up in an urban environment had a much-exaggerated induction of the inflammatory immune response to the stressor, and it persisted throughout the two-hour period,” Lowry said.Previous studies have shown that those with an exaggerated inflammatory response are more likely to develop depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later in life.Research has also shown that our immunoregulatory response to stress develops in early life and is shaped largely by our microbial environment.More than 50 per cent of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, meaning humans are exposed to far fewer micro-organisms than they evolved with, the authors noted.”If you are not exposed to these types of organisms, then your immune system doesn’t develop a balance between inflammatory and anti-inflammatory forces, and you can develop a chronic, low-grade inflammation and exaggerated immune reactivity that makes you vulnerable to allergy, autoimmune disease and, we propose, psychiatric disorders,” Lowry said.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Tags: Alaska, Promotions, Regent Seven Seas Cruises Posted by Travelweek Group MIAMI — Free and unlimited shore excursions are the norm while onboard an Alaska cruise with Regent Seven Seas Cruises.Its Seven Seas Mariner ship will sail Alaskan waters from late May through August 2017, providing passengers an expansive catalog of free and unlimited shore excursions for the best value. Plus, travellers can take advantage of Regent’s limited-time ‘Book Now Bonus’ offer to receive US$500 shipboard credit per new suite booking to apply toward select Alaska adventures while sailing aboard the ship.“Shore excursions are particularly important in order to experience the most of Alaska, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers up to 43 free, unlimited shore excursions on our seven-night Alaska voyages,” said Jason Montague, president and CEO of the cruise line. “And with our limited-time ‘Book Now Bonus’ offer, travellers receive a generous shipboard credit to apply toward some incredibly breathtaking, supplementary experiences while sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner.”More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckFor example, sample shore excursions on Seven Seas Mariner’s July 5 voyage include witnessing iceberg calvings atop Hubbard Glacier, panning for gold in Skagway, hiking at Tongass National Forest (the world’s largest temperate rainforest) in Sitka, cruising in George Inlet, and a catamaran sail in Juneau.Passengers can apply their $500 shipboard credit toward Regent Choice options, a curated collection of immersive experiences that are available at an additional charge.On the same July 5 voyage, guests can utilize their shipboard credits on a three-hour sport fishing excursion from Sitka, a rafting ride through the Valley of the Eagles, or a short floatplane ride to Prince of Wales to spot black bears in their natural habitat.The ‘Book Now Bonus’ offer is valid for bookings made from April 1 through May 31 on all 2017 Alaska voyages. It is combinable the doubled Ambassador Offer for 25th Anniversary voyages, public National Account promotions, and Seven Seas Society savings of up to $700 per suite for returning guests.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyCanadian and U.S. travel agents will receive up to a $200 gift card for each new booking they make for their clients in these regions. Guests must register the code ‘Book Now’ at the time of reservation in order to receive the offer. Travel agents must register for the gift card at RSSC.com/booknow by June 14. Free shore excursions & shipboard credit offer with Regent Seven Seas << Previous PostNext Post >> Share
Czech broadcaster FTV Prima has upped research director Roman Mrazek to the role of programme director, effective as of this week. Mrazek first joined FTV Prima in 2008, prior to which he worked for firms including Starcom MediaVest, Leo Burnett Advertising and Mediacom.Among Mrazek’s first tasks will be to prepare the network’s programming schedule for next spring, which it will present at the beginning of 2014, FTV Prima said.