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Polling for Punjab rural polls ends amid clashes

first_imgPolling to the Zila Parishads and Panchayat Samitis took place in Punjab on Thursday amid stray reports of clashes between Congress and SAD workers. The voting began at 8 a.m. and went on till 4 p.m. The counting of votes will take place on September 22. Opposition party Shiromani Akali Dal accused the ruling party of electoral fraud. Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Muktsar claimed that a large number of Congress workers, brandishing swords, were involved in booth capturing. He accused the police of being “mute spectator”. “Booth capturing is taking place and as an MLA I will not tolerate this in my area. Police was not performing its duty. What kind of elections were these, where booths were captured and nomination papers of Akalis rejected,” he asked. Further, the SAD alleged bogus votes were polled at some locations. Clashes between Congress and Akali workers were reported from Raja Sansi in Amritsar, Jhoke Harihar in Ferozepur, Lodhi Gujjar in Ajnala and Sohia Kalan in Majitha. During the clashes members of both factions pelted stones at each other and used sticks as weapons causing minor injuries to a few. In Bathinda, former Minister and Akali leader Sikandar Singh Maluka accused Congress workers of booth capturing at Kangar, Bhai Rupa and Salabatpura. Akali workers led by Maluka blocked Bhagta Bathinda Road to register their protest against the ruling party. A total of 17,268 polling booths were set up, 35 observers appointed and around 50,000 police personnel deployed for the polls in Punjab. The Opposition parties had on Tuesday expressed fear of “large-scale booth capturing”. They had claimed the ruling party wanted to win the polls “by hook or by crook”. With the Congress touted as the favourite to win the Zila Parishads and Panchayat Samitis after a gap of 10 years, the main contest will be between the ruling party and the SAD-BJP alliance.last_img read more

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Durant’s MVP prediction a ‘great compliment’ for Antetokoumpo

first_imgPingris aims to return next month Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The 22-year-old finished the 2016-2017 season with 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 1.6 steals and was just the fifth player in league history to lead his team in all five categories.He was also the first player in the NBA to finish in the top 20 of the five statistical categories. Antetokounmpo said he’s received compliments from other NBA players including LeBron James and Stephen Curry, but getting better starts with putting in the work and not just mere praise. “I got compliments from LeBron, KD, and Steph when I was a rookie and nobody knew me back then,” said Antetokounmpo. “But if you put in work every year, and get better every year you will achieve it.”RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Durant’s MVP prediction a ‘great compliment’ for Antetokoumpo2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet And on Sunday, Antetokoumpo thanked Durant for the kind gesture.“That was a great compliment,” said Antetokoumpo during his media availability at Fairmont Makati for “Greek Freak Invades Manila” event with King Bally Entertainment Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAntetokoumpo, though, knows he still has a lot of work to do if he ever hopes to win the most prized individual award in the NBA.“I just try to listen and be like ‘yeah but I still got to work’ because if I worked hard enough everybody can say ‘you can be great, you can do great things,’ but most of the time when people say that it puts pressure on you,” said Antetokounmpo. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Giannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen Giannis Antetokoumpo won the 2017 NBA Most Improved Player award, 2014 Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant congratulated the Milwaukee Bucks star and predicted an even bigger future for the 22-year-old.“It’s guaranteed that he will be an MVP,” said Durant in a video on YouTube. ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

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Murray outclasses Berdych to reach Wimbledon final

first_imgtennis July 08, 2016 × SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED Published on COMMENTS SHARE Britain’s Andy Murray tormented Tomas Berdych to claim a 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory and reach his third Wimbledon final on Friday, setting up a weekend showdown with Canadian Milos Raonic.The second seed was totally dominant in the early-evening sunshine on Centre Court, ruthlessly dispatching the burly Czech who never threatened to stop the Murray bandwagon.The Scot’s only brief wobble came early on when he dropped serve in the third game, having broken in the game before.Some poor errors from Berdych gifted Murray another break, though, and the 29-year-old pocketed the first set.A flat atmosphere, a contrast to the nerve-jangling one earlier when sixth seed Raonic beat seven-times champion Roger Federer in five sets, livened up when Murray flirted with danger at 2-3 in the second set, brilliantly saving two break points.From then on it was a one-sided procession as Murray broke 10th seed Berdych twice in a row to move two sets clear and again early in the third as he closed in on his 11th grand slam final, one more than Fred Perry. COMMENT Britain Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England – 8/7/16 Great Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his match against Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge   –  REUTERS null WIMBLEDON 2016Murray ready to dodge Raonic bullets in final showdown Murray outclasses Berdych to reach Wimbledon final Britain Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England – 8/7/16 Great Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his match against Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge   –  REUTERSlast_img read more

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ISL 2019-20: Sergio Castel Winner Helps 10-man Jamshedpur FC Down Odisha FC

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. indian super leagueIndian Super League 2019-20islISL 2019-20 First Published: October 22, 2019, 10:04 PM IST Jamshedpur: A 10-man Jamshedpur FC overcame the odds and put up a spirited fight to defeat Odisha FC 2-1 in their Indian Super League 2019-20 clash at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Tuesday.Farukh Choudhary broke the deadlock in the 17th minute fortuitously, but the lead was put in danger by a red card that Bikash Jairu picked up with 10 minutes to go for the half-time whistle. Aridane Santana stuck soon after to restore parity for Odisha FC but a fighting second-half culminated in Sergio Castel finding a winner in the 85th minute for the hosts. The teams looked to get on the scoresheet early and it were Odisha FC that threatened first. Xisco Hernandez fed Jerry Mawhmingthanga down the right flank and the winger’s floating cross was headed just wide by Aridane Santana.Odisha continued to push and went close again four minutes later. Xisco split the Jamshedpur defence to send Jerry free down the right flank but the former Jamshedpur winger’s curling effort ricocheted off the post.Fortune, however, favoured Jamshedpur as they eased into a one-goal lead in the 17th minute. Noe Acosta found Farukh Choudhary in space on the right flank and the Indian forward’s drilled effort into the box took a deflection off defender Rana Gharami and bulged the net.Jamshedpur bossed the midfield after scoring the opening goal but Odisha’s efforts to get back into the game were helped by a straight red card for Bikash Jairu. With Jerry getting in behind the defence and having just the goalkeeper to beat in the 35th minute, Jairu slid in and brought the 22-year-old down.The visitors made the most of the one-man advantage and equalised five minutes later. Jerry was influential again as he sent a low cross into the centre from the right for Santana who produced a stunning first-time strike to silence the home crowd.Odisha had more of the ball after the break, utilising the space that was opened up due to the sending off. However, there were chances created at both ends of the field.Santana set Nandhakumar Sekar up perfectly inside the box after a neat one-two but Joyner Lourenco’s timely intervention denied the visitors a shot on target. Jamshedpur then found themselves in a two-on-one attacking scenario but Farukh’s cross, intended for Castel in the centre, was cut off by Shubham Sarangi just in time.The game was stretched and the teams found space on counter-attacks. Farukh missed a glorious chance to score in one such speedy push forward as Piti lobbed the ball into space for Sergio Castel to chase. The striker squared it to the Indian forward who wrongly chose to return the favour and lost the ball.A 10-man Jamshedpur were finally rewarded for their resilience in the 85th minute. Piti found Castel in space once again on the counter and the striker dinked the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro to net what turned out to be the crucial match-winner. last_img read more

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Tennis Dream

first_imgAnkita Raina, tennis player, on winning a bronze medal at the Asiad, and inspiring women.Q. Tell us about your experience of playing in the semi-finals of the Asian Games?When I won a match, I kept thinking that I had to win another. I thought my job isn’t done. Zhang Shuai,Ankita Raina, tennis player, on winning a bronze medal at the Asiad, and inspiring women.Q. Tell us about your experience of playing in the semi-finals of the Asian Games?When I won a match, I kept thinking that I had to win another. I thought my job isn’t done. Zhang Shuai (world No. 34) is a top player, but I fought hard. Winning a medal is like a dream.Q. How big is the achievement, personally as well as from the point of view of Indian women’s tennis?It’s a huge achievement. I am the second player after Sania Mirza to win a singles medal in women’s tennis. It’ll be great if I can inspire girls to take up tennis.Q. The fourth Indian woman to enter the top 200 in singles tennis-does it also tell you that there’s a long way to go.I’m proud of that, it makes me want to work harder and achieve new things. There’s absolutely nothing holding me back. I am 25. For some, it comes earlier. For some, like Flavia Pennetta, who won the US Open at 33, it takes time. What matters is getting there and achieving it.Q. What are those goals, how far can you go?The Asian Games medal has given me the confidence and belief that I am prepared. I think I can definitely win a medal at the Olympic Games. I am hungry for more. Earlier, I wanted to be India No. 1. Now I want to win a Grand Slam. I want to be the world No. 1.advertisementlast_img read more

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RM Lodha, BCCI stunned by CEO Johri’s mail to ombudsman DK Jain

first_imgJustice RM Lodha while proposing recommendations for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had put special emphasis on the conflict of interest clause.In fact, that the Ombudsman DK Jain has asked Sourav Ganguly to explain his position as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and Delhi Capitals (DC) advisor is due to the Lodha panels proposals. But the former Chief Justice of India is saddened how his proposals have been taken for a ride.This is after BCCI CEO Rahul Johri wrote to the ombudsman, asking him to allow the former India skipper to continue in his role if Ganguly makes ‘full disclosures’ of his interests.Johri on behalf of the board wrote to Jain that if full disclosures were made, Ganguly for his ‘vast knowledge’, should be allowed to continue. This is a clear case of interfering in the functioning of the ombudsman and Lodha isn’t too pleased.Speaking to IANS, Lodha rued how Johri’s act is a clear example of people holding positions in the board trying to interfere in the transparent functioning of the BCCI.”Very true (it is interference). Look those who are tasked to enforce the rules, if they themselves seek relaxations, God help them. What can I say? My whole idea is being spoilt. If they want to relax conflict of interest, this doesn’t happen actually and unfortunately it is a sad state of affairs,” he explained.Echoing the sentiments, another BCCI official said while the panel had gone overboard in some cases and it looked as an attempt to keep individuals out rather than address situations. But all that doesn’t matter as the order of the Supreme Court is final.advertisement”See, the whole Lodha Committee edifice was based on the perception of eradication of issues of conflict of interest. I think the Lodha Committee did go overboard in their articulation of what defines conflict of interest and the resolution of conflict. Certain illustrations seem as if an effort has been made to keep individuals out rather than to address situations of conflict. I also feel that they failed to take into account the ecosystem of a sport that was doing well.”However, what I or for the other matter anyone else feels is immaterial. There is an order of the Supreme Court which must be followed. If such a letter has indeed gone out (from Johri to Jain), it is ill advised in terms of law but in terms of conflict (in violation of Lodha reforms) it may possibly be correct.”The issue however is that practically we all knew how difficult these rules were and we knew that the real resolution of the conflict is in full disclosure to all the stakeholders and decision makers. We had raised the issue repeatedly but it had been ignored and we were marked as the ones resisting even by the CoA.”We were told that we were doing it out of some self-interest but now if even the CEO has written a letter under the instructions of the CoA, it validates our long standing view,” the official pointed.Another board official said that the mail vitiates the process. He feels this also needs examination if other issues have also seen such interferences.”Whether a letter could have been written to the Ethics Officer is another story altogether. Writing to him vitiates the process as it has the effect of influencing the decision of the ethics officer. I wonder if they have expressed their opinions on other issues till date as well. I wonder if this was done at the time of MV Sridhar as well when he resigned under pressure,” he said.Also Read | Ombudsman DK Jain to double up as BCCI’s Ethics Officer: COAAlso Read | After Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul deposes before BCCI Ombudsman over TV show controversylast_img read more

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Global Announces New and Returning Sponsors for a Heavenly Season of Big

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2018 – Amplifying the highly anticipated premiere of Big Brother Canada, Global announced today new and ongoing partnerships, organic integrations, and prizing for Season 6. Returning once again this season to revamp the house and reward houseguests is The Brick, along with new sponsors Air Transat, Wendy’s, Hasbro, SkipTheDishes, Shaw Communications, as well as Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ Tomb Raider movie. Houseguests will battle until the end in hopes of taking home this season’s grand prize of $100,000, a European dream vacation for two courtesy of Air Transat, and a $30,000 home furnishing makeover from The Brick. Advertisement “Heading into season 6, we made a commitment to work with our new and returning partners to deliver more organic and elevated integrations in and out of Big Brother Canada,” said Lynn Chambers, VP, Corus Tempo. “With the unique format of the series, these brands will directly impact the in-show experience for the houseguests, from challenges and tasks to rewards and prizing, while also reaching the series’ extensive fan base in broadcast and across digital platforms.”In addition to supplying a $30,000 grand prize gift card to the winner, principal sponsor The Brick returns for a sixth year as the exclusive #BBCAN home furnishing provider. This season, houseguests will live in paradise as The Brick furnishes themed rooms throughout the house, allowing them to strategize in comfort once again. For a first look at the house, fans can tune in to ET Canada on Monday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET for a grand tour hosted by #BBCAN’s Arisa Cox. Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Then, vacation awaits for the Season 6 winner as new grand prize provider Air Transat is offering the experience of a lifetime with a European dream vacation for two. In addition, houseguests can expect to be whisked away in a challenge that will knock them off their feet and force them to up their game.Also this season, the victorious Head of Household (HOH) will have their hunger satisfied with weekly rewards from new sponsor Wendy’s®, serving up a wide selection of delicious meals in the new “Drive Thru” pantry, including their fresh never frozen hamburgers and freshly prepared salads. Wendy’s® continues to bring the heat all season long with a spicy new challenge and a juicy task that are sure to work up the houseguests’ appetites.Hasbro Gaming is getting the party started in the Big Brother Canada house by providing houseguests with unique games that will put their strategy, tricks, and stunts to the test. Every week, the HOH will be awarded with a personalized basket, including one game from the Hasbro House Party umbrella. From Hasbro’s exciting portfolio of games, fans can pick which game the houseguests will play by voting at BigBrotherCanada.ca, and then tune in to find out if their game choice made it into the house.BBCAN also has food cravings covered this season with new partner SkipTheDishes serving up rewarding moments and a tasty challenge. Plus, viewers at home can play to win voucher codes for SkipTheDishes meals of their own by checking out the ‘Dish of the Week’ featuring weekly word scrambles across Global’s social platforms. With a wide selection of restaurants available at the swipe of a finger, both the houseguests and viewers can satisfy their taste buds this season.Also joining the roster of partners is Shaw Communications, whose WideOpen Internet 150 plans provide fast, affordable speeds, and unlimited data. Each week, Shaw will reward all weekly HOH winners by helping deliver a video from home to connect them with their loved ones. Shaw is also coming on board as the presenting sponsor of After the Eviction, an exclusive weekly series hosted by Arisa Cox available across all social platforms. Following Wednesday night’s Power of Veto episodes, fans can submit all their burning questions on the Big Brother Canada Facebook pageand catch the answers on After the Eviction on Fridays at 10 a.m. ET as part of the evicted houseguests’ extended interviews. In addition, Shaw will be sponsoring an exciting veto challenge for the houseguests this season – tune in to find out more.As part of their in-house experience this season, houseguests will be put to the ultimate test during the first sponsored POV challenge of the season provided by Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ highly anticipatedTomb Raider movie. In addition to conquering the challenge, the winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a private advance screening of the movie before it premieres in theatres on March 16.Airing exclusively on Global, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests. This season, the winner of Big Brother Canada will take home a grand prize of $100,000, a European dream vacation for two courtesy of Air Transat, and a $30,000 home furnishing makeover from The Brick.Big Brother Canada continues to offer unparalleled digital extensions that augment the social dynamics and real-time momentum of the 24/7 television production. #BBCAN6 extends from series to site at BigBrotherCanada.ca with exclusive content, full episodes, 24-hour live feeds, and a host of surprises and opportunities that allow fans to directly impact the show.Big Brother Canada premieres Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, and continues to air Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Viewers who miss the premiere can catch up on Big Brother Canada following the broadcast the next day On Demand, and on GlobalTV.com and Global GO (now available on Apple TV). For even more behind-the-scenes action, fans can watch the live feeds on BigBrotherCanada.ca.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:#BBCAN6Twitter: @BigBrotherCA@GlobalTVFacebook:www.facebook.com/BigBrotherCAwww.facebook.com/GlobalTVInstagram: @BigBrotherCA@globaltvGlobal Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Insight Production Company, Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content. Erin Brock serves as showrunner on Big Brother Canada – the most watched reality program across specialty channels in Canada. Big Brother Canada, The Amazing Race Canada, The JUNO Awards 2017, Top Chef Canada, Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast, and Canada’s New Year’s Eve – Countdown to 2017 were collectively nominated for 24 Canadian Screen Awards in 2018. Other productions include The Launch, Intervention, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, Hatching, Matching & Dispatching, A Fury Christmas, and Canadian Idol. In 2017, Insight produced The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content.last_img read more

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EVMs already in strong room under three tier security CEO

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi CEO office claimed the polled EVMs and VVPATs are already in a the strong room under three tier tight security– Outer layer from police and Middle layer from Armed Police and inner layer from CAPF. The form 17C which contains number of polled votes in each EVM/CU and copy of 17 C has already been given to all the polling agents who were present in that polling station. Hence, there is no chance for any manipulation. The Election Commission of India has ordered re-polling at a polling booth in Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency. The poll body declared re-poll at polling station no. 32 of Chandni Chowk Assembly Segment after the presiding officer forgot to delete the test votes before the actual polling on May 12. The Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat recorded 62.69 percent turnout while the Chandni Chowk Assembly segment saw 59.36 percent polling.There are about 300 houses that fall under the polling station, they added. Officials had reported the non-deletion of test votes at two polling stations but the report found repoll was needed only in one polling station. The re-poll will be conducted on Sunday. In Chandni Chowk, sitting BJP MP Dr Harsh Vardhan is contesting against Congress leader Jai Prakash Agarwal and Aam Aadmi Party’s Pankaj Gupta.last_img read more

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SAS says 6day pilot strike cost it 68 million

COPENHAGEN — Scandinavian Airlines says that a six-day pilot strike that led to the cancellation of 4,000 flights and affected more than 370,000 passengers cost 650 million kronor ($68 million).SAS says that the walkout, which ended May 2 when the sides reached a three-year collective bargaining agreement, “negatively impacted” its second quarter, for which it reported a 1.2-billion kronor ($125 million) loss.CEO Richard Gustafson says it “added to the challenges already faced by SAS,” which include tough competition, increasing fuel prices and a weakening Swedish currency.Gustafson said Tuesday the result for the three-month period that ended April 30, “is far from satisfying.”The strike started April 26 after talks collapsed between the airline and SAS Pilot Group, which represents 95% of the company’s pilots in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.The Associated Press read more

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Dozens of ecofriendly initiatives bestowed UNbacked award

The Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Award recognizes promising new locally-driven enterprises that work to improve livelihoods, tackle poverty and manage the sustainable development of natural resources in developing countries. The SEED initiative was founded by the UN Environnment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. “The SEED Award winners exemplify the strong spirit of entrepreneurship in the developing world and its significance in creating a Green Economy,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “While the Awards recognize individual outstanding projects, governments must also show leadership in supporting grassroots efforts through diverse and dynamic standards, forward-looking policies and incentives to further catalyze corporate and community-led change.” In addition to seeking innovative start-ups throughout the developing world, this year, the awards had a special focus on Africa, placing particular emphasis on initiatives from South Africa, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda and Senegal. All 30 winners will be honoured at award ceremonies in their home countries and will receive a prize comprising a package of individually-tailored support for their respective businesses, including technical assistance, developing business plans and identifying finance sources. 3 November 2010A solar device turning waste heat into electricity in rural China and an Ugandan business manufacturing stationery from agricultural waste are among the dozens of winners of a United Nations-backed sustainable development award, it was announced today. read more

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Algonquin Power buys Missouribased utility company in US24 billion deal

Algonquin Power buys Missouri-based utility company in US$2.4 billion deal by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 9, 2016 2:37 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OAKVILLE, Ont. – Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (TSX:AQN) plans to buy the Empire District Electric Co., a Missouri-based utility, in an all-cash deal valued at US$2.4 billion, including debt.Under terms of the friendly deal, Liberty Utilities, a subsidiary of Oakville, Ont.-based Algonquin, will pay US$34 per share for the company, while assuming US$900 million in Empire debt.The companies said in a joint news release Tuesday that the purchase price represents a 21 per cent premium to the closing price of Empire stock (NYSE:EDE) on Monday.The Empire District Electric Co., headquartered in Joplin, Mo., is a regulated electric, gas and water utility serving about 218,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.The transaction, which has the approval of the boards of both companies but is subject to shareholder, state and U.S. federal approvals, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017.Empire will then become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Utilities and cease to be a publicly-held corporation.“The acquisition of Empire represents a continuation of our disciplined growth strategy, which strengthens and diversifies Algonquin’s existing businesses and strategically expands our regulated utility footprint in the Midwest United States,” Algonquin CEO Ian Robertson said in a statement.Algonquin said it has obtained US$1.6 billion in bridge financing from CIBC Capital Markets, J.P. Morgan, Scotiabank and Wells Fargo to help pay for the transaction. read more

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It Looks Like The Baseball Is Behind MLBs Power Surge

The great home run mystery of 2015-17 has been solved. Maybe.Yesterday, former FiveThirtyEight writer Ben Lindbergh and prominent sabermetrician Mitchel Lichtman published a piece at the Ringer with evidence showing that alterations to the ball might partially explain the spike in home runs over the past two seasons. By physically testing the balls, they found that in addition to changes that make the ball come off the bat faster, the seams were made flatter in a way that could affect the ball’s aerodynamics. With their findings in mind, I examined the rate of home runs per fly ball and found further evidence suggesting that the ball itself may be the culprit.Just after the All-Star Break in 2015, MLB’s home run rate increased without warning or explanation. Since then, it has continued rising, and it now threatens the all-time record set in the heart of the steroid era. In a series of articles at FiveThirtyEight, Lindbergh and I ruled out various explanations for the home run surge, including weather, a wave of young talent, and steroids, leaving alterations to the ball as the most likely answer. It’s either that, or 750 MLB players woke up one morning in 2015 with more pop in their bats. Despite MLB’s repeated denials, Lindbergh and Lichtman reveal that the 2016-17 baseballs have different physical properties — and those changes could explain the record-breaking home run rates. The primary alteration to the ball affected its bounciness, making it come off the bat faster. But Lindbergh and Lichtman also uncovered evidence that the ball’s seams are lower and that its circumference has decreased. Those changes should decrease the ball’s air resistance, so that a new ball should go farther than an old ball that leaves the bat at the same speed.And it turns out the new balls do tend to travel farther. I built a model to predict whether a given fly ball would go over the fence in 2015, based on the launch angle, exit velocity and stadium.1I defined a fly ball as one hit with launch angle greater than 20 degrees. Then I used that model to predict how many home runs there were in 2016.2I used a random forest to produce the results discussed in this article. I also ran a logistic regression, which produced similar findings.If the ball stayed the same, the model should be able to forecast the right number of homers. Instead, the league hit about four percent (201 total) more home runs hit than expected in 2016, even accounting for the higher exit velocities and better launch angles. That’s significantly more than you’d see by chance.3The p value was less than 0.01. The changes can also be seen in the trends of the last few years: If you focus on balls hit with launch angles of between 20 and 40 degrees and exit velocities higher than 100 miles per hour (roughly corresponding to the league’s definition of “barreled balls”), 72.9 percent of those flies ended up over the fence in 2015, compared to 74.7 percent in 2016 and 76.4 percent so far this year. Of course, another possibility is that MLB recalibrated Statcast, the radar tracking system that maps the trajectory of every batted ball, which could cause the same ball to be listed with different exit velocities in 2016 to and 2015. But even if that did happen, it would not resolve the mystery, it would only shift responsibility for the home run spike to inexplicably harder hitting, instead of more favorable ball aerodynamics.It’s possible that weather (temperature, wind or humidity) could be affecting home run rates, but when I examined only domed stadiums, I found the same increase in dingers. I asked baseball physicist Alan Nathan to calculate what effect the new balls could have, and he found that the changes in the seam height and circumference would increase average batted-ball distance something like 1 or 2 feet, raising home run rates by approximately 4 percent — identical to what I observed.Reached for comment, Major League Baseball noted that the league regularly tests baseballs to ensure that they meet established standards, and that recent tests have found that the balls are within those standards. MLB also said that an outside consultant has examined their results and found no reason to suspect that the baseballs in use today would cause an increase in offense.To be sure, the league-wide impact of tweaking the ball’s aerodynamics is small. According to Lindbergh and Lichtman, who note that their experiments are not definitive, the seam height and circumference changes only appeared in 2016, well after the midyear adjustment in 2015 that kicked off the home run surge (that part of the increase is likely attributable to increases in the balls’ bounciness). It’s likely that many factors are contributing to the ongoing spike in home run rates, including hitters adjusting their approaches and favorable weather conditions, but we now have a compelling explanation for the bulk of the spike. read more

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Microsoft offers Office 365 to students for 167 a month

first_imgIf you manage to get an individual using your software for an extended period of time, chances are they will stick with what they know in the future and buy your products again. That’s a system that has worked very well for Microsoft over the years, and it’s one the company fully intends to use when pushing Office to students.Office 365 is Microsoft’s answer to a cloud/subscription version of its Office suite of applications. In the case of students, they will be able to purchase Office University 2010 for PC or Office University for Mac 2011 for just $79.99. In return, they get a four-year subscription to Office 365 University.The suite of apps includes Microsoft Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Powerpoint, Publisher, and of course Word. It gives the student pretty much everything they need for producing work for their course as well as handling online communication and note taking. Microsoft is also being quite relaxed on how long university/college can last, and will happily extend the offer to eight years if your course goes on for more than the typical four.Even though there are free alternatives (OpenOffice, LibreOffice), students may be tempted by the additional benefits Microsoft is including. There’s a promise of free upgrades to the latest versions of Office during the subscription, each students get an additional 20GB of SkyDrive storage on top of the standard 7GB, and every month there’s 60 free world minutes to use on Skype. International students studying away from home will especially like that last one.Office 365 University is expected to become available in the first quarter of 2013, at which point you’ll be able to buy it at Microsoft Stores as well as from the usual retailers and e-tailers. You will need to prove you are enrolled in higher education to secure the cheap subscription, but that’s usually easy to prove using a registered email address.Is $80 for Office a good enough deal to tempt students? I suspect it will be parents Microsoft targets with advertising to send their kids off with the right tools on their new laptops.More at Microsoft Office blog, via Engadgetlast_img read more

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Mauro Icardi fuels transfer talk after flying to England

first_imgInter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has fuelled transfer talks after he was reported to have flown to England after recent links to Chelsea and Real Madrid.The Argentine has been in an impressive run of form in Italy scoring nine times this term in the Italia Serie A.The 25-year-old was on target for Inter Milan last weekend after scoring the winner from a spot kick to gift the Nerazzurri three points and keep them third in Serie A table.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.A current release clause for the Italian is set at €110 million (£98 million) and that is affordable for most of Europe’s biggest clubs  and with the exit of Inter in the Champions League group stage, Icardi could be on his way to one of the teams hoping to lift the coveted Champions League trophy, according to the Mirror.The January transfer window could spring up surprises across Europe as a number of clubs look to strengthen their team.last_img read more

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Town Hall Meeting With Representative Knopp

first_imgA town hall meeting will take  place at the Kenai River Suites, in Soldotna, at 5:30pm. It is open to the the public. Representative Knopp: “It’s an opportunity to get with everybody and explain why I’m doing what I’m doing. Everyone has an opinion, but they don’t get to see all of the issues surrounding it. This is a chance to have a conversation, see where we are at, and what we are doing.”  KSRM News spoke with Knopp on Wednesday and asked if he had any intention of resigning and he stated, “absolutely not”. Knopp will also be speaking to a joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Friday, February 15.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representative Gary Knopp will be on the Kenai Peninsula this Friday speaking to residents about the current status this legislative session. On Monday, Republican officials for District 30 put forth a resolution asking Knopp to either join the Republican majority or resign. The resolution failed in a vote of 10 to 8.last_img read more

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WCTV Announces Summer Youth Workshops

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — It may be winter, but WCTV is now accepting sign-ups for its summer youth program.Want to write, record and produce your own movie?  How about hosting or competing in a game show?  Want to be star interviewer or interviewee?Available Dates:June 24th-28th (9-11 year olds)July 8th-12th (12-14 year olds)July 22rd-26th (9-11 year olds)August 5th-9th (12-14 year olds)August 12th-16th (13-16 year oldsWhat does the program involve?Children ages 9 to 16 are invited to sign up (with the final week geared specifically to teens who have WCTV experience). Each day, from 9AM to 3PM, kids will learn the basics of TV. Specific skills include:Operating a CameraPlanning Out a ProjectWriting a ScriptActingEditingThe program will include a mini field trip in town to film a scene or two. At the end of each week, there will be a showing for both kids and parents in WCTV’s studio to get a look at the finished projects!What Else?Participants will need to bring lunch three days during the week, with WCTV providing lunch the other two days.The end-of-week showing will be at 2PM each Friday in our studio.Please let WCTV know of any allergies or medications so staff can plan accordingly on food and filming locations.COST$125 per childFamily discount (more than one participant): $100 per childInterested parents can contact WCTV Youth Director Marty McCue at mmccue@wctv.org or call the studio at (978) 657-4066.  Or if you know you want to sign up, here’s the form. Fill it out and return it to Marty.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Television.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”WCTV Announces Summer Youth Workshops, Registration Now OpenIn “Community”WCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”last_img read more

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Game of Thrones season 8 leaked promo shows Jon Snow riding a

first_imgJon Snow and Tormund running away (maybe from White Walkers).YouTube/ScreenshotGame of Thrones season 8 latest promo is finally here and it has brought the reunion we all have been waiting for from season one — Jon Snow meeting his sister Arya Stark after almost eight years.Ever since Jon Snow (Kit Harington) left for the Wall in Game of Thrones, he could not come in contact with his step-sister (now a cousin) Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). From the very first episode of Game of Thrones, we got the idea that Jon has a soft place for Arya in his heart and he would do anything for his baby sister. Over the years, their path came pretty close but they didn’t get to meet with each other.However, things are going to change in the upcoming season 8 of Game of Thrones. As we earlier discussed, in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1, we are finally going to the witness the heartbreaking reunion between Jon Snow and Arya Stark. Earlier today, HBO released a brand new promo trailer in which we finally got to see Jon and Arya sharing the same screen space. Jon Snow and Daenerys TargaryenTwitter/Official Game of Thrones pageIn addition to this, for the very first time, we saw Jon Snow riding Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) dragon. It was revealed in Game of Thrones season 7’s last episode, The Dragon and the Wolf that Jon Snow is not a bastard son of Ned Stark but he truly is a Targaryen. It means that he is the rightful heir to the throne. Seeing him riding that dragon has made many to assume that he now knows about his parentage and has accepted it with open arms.Although, him being a Targaryen would certainly create issues between him and Daenerys as he is in love with her but as per his family tree, she is his aunt.Apart from these two important yet much needed shots, we got to see Beric Dondarrion with his flaming sword. The shot is also accompanied by a scene featuring Hound wincing. Since Beric is now in Winterfell, it seems possible that he would have told Jon, Daenerys, and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) that Night King has finally destroyed the Wall which was protecting everyone from the Northern terrors.You can watch the promo here:Game of Thrones season 8 will return this April on several streaming platforms.last_img read more

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Whistle Acquires New Form the Digital Studio Backed by Discovery ITV Ron

first_imgWhistle, a sports and entertainment internet media company, acquired New Form, a digital entertainment studio whose owners included Discovery, ITV, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed. Under the pact, New Form’s owners are making a cash investment in return for equity stakes in Whistle. Founded in 2014, New Form had raised $30 million. Current stakeholders Discovery, ITV, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Jim Wiatt, Craig Jacobson, Ed Wilson and Michael Rosenberg are now shareholders of Whistle through the transaction.New York-based Whistle, also launched in 2014, has raised over $100 million from investors including Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo, Aser Media, Liberty Global, NBC Sports, Sky Sports, Tegna, Beringea and Emil Capital. It was originally called Whistle Sports, specializing in aggregating sports video content targeted at younger audiences. Popular on Variety According to Whistle, the deal immediately expands its overall content slate to “create a balanced collection of premium original scripted and unscripted content” that it can shop to a wider base of potential partners.“With New Form’s content slate, we are excited to build a bigger portfolio to serve our ever-growing global audience and distribution partners,” Whistle CEO and founder John West said in announcing the pact.Among their recent content deals, Whistle sold its first documentary series to Katzenberg-led short-form video startup Quibi called “Benedict Men,” executive produced by Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media. New Form’s daily docuseries for Facebook Watch, “365 Days of Love,” featuring and executive produced by Sofia Vergara and co-produced by Raze, launched earlier this month.As part of Whistle, New Form will continue to be led by CEO Kathleen Grace, who will report to Whistle president Michael Cohen. According to the companies, all New Form productions currently in the works will proceed as planned. “We believe we will be stronger as we tap into Whistle’s experienced creators to develop premium series for all platforms and further accelerate the growth of our business,” Grace said in a statement.L.A.-based New Form has 20 employees, all of whom are joining Whistle. New Form has produced some 30 original series to date, including Olan Rogers’ animated space comedy “Final Space” for TBS, as well as high-school comedy “Mr. Student Body President” and sci-fi adventure series “Miss 2059” for Verizon’s now-defunct Go90.According to the companies, Whistle and New Form expect to “realize meaningful synergies” as well as increased access to talent through Whistle’s creator network and the companies’ respective CAA affiliations. Whistle claims to reach an audience of around 518 million across platforms including YouTube and that its channels generate 2.1 billion video views monthly. The parties see an opportunity for New Form to tap into that audience with content like New Form’s “TXT Stories” short-form scripted series, shot entirely through group-chat messages. Pictured above: Whistle CEO John West (l.), New Form CEO Kathleen Grace ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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New luxury gaming resort to debut next month near Washington DC

first_img NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The U.S. Capital Region is set to welcome its first luxury gaming resort next month, just minutes from Washington D.C. on the banks of the Potomac River.The US$1.4 billion MGM National Harbor will make its highly anticipated debut on Dec. 8, featuring 308 rooms and suites ranging in size from 400 to 3,210 square feet, both upscale and casual dining options, a European-inspired pastry shop with a 26-foot-tall chocolate fountain, and entertainment programming at The Theater at MGM National Harbor.Other amenities and facilities include a two-storey Conservatory, 50,000 square feet of meeting space, an outdoor plaza, a bar and cocktail lounge, spa and salon, a 125,000 square-foot casino, as well as 18,000 square feet of luxury retail space. In addition, beginning in spring 2017, hotel guests will be able to enjoy an outdoor, heated, infinity-edge pool, complete with private cabanas and poolside cocktail service.“After years of planning, designing and developing, we are thrilled that the moment is almost upon us to share this very special resort with the community and visitors from around the world,” said Lorenzo Creighton, president of MGM National Harbor. “We are grateful to Prince George’s County, the state of Maryland and all of the local designers, artisans and businesses that have collaborated with us to deliver this international resort with very local roots.”More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The resort is offering nightly room rates starting at $399, and suite rates from $599, and is now accepting room reservations for stays beginning Dec. 10. For more details go to mgmnationalharbor.com. New luxury gaming resort to debut next month near Washington D.C. Posted by Share Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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