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Australian Camp Diary – Peter Norman

first_imgFollowing last weekend’s training camp in Parkes, Australian Men’s Open player, Peter Norman tells us about how the camp went, what the team got up to in Parkes and how the team is feeling in the lead up to the 2013 Trans Tasman Series. For those who don’t know me, my name’s Peter Norman and I’m from the Gold Coast and play for SQBD Sharks. I made my Open’s debut for the Australian Mixed Open side in Auckland at the 2010 Trans Tasman, then in 2011 I had to withdraw from the Mixed Open World Cup side due to Rugby League commitments with the Titans under 20’s. At the start of this year I was again chosen in the Mixed Open squad however I wasn’t selected in the final side to play against New Zealand in Mudgee. Even though at the time it felt like a massive kick in the guts, in hindsight this was exactly what I needed to take my game to the next level. After speaking with various coaches and getting feedback, I worked hard on fixing the flaws in my game in order to try and reach my goal of representing my country at the Men’s Open level. When I found out that I had made the final side I was so stoked and I owe Trady and Sfeirsy big time for putting their faith in my abilities come game time in February.Over the weekend our Men’s Open team and the Mixed side had a training camp in Parkes. On Friday I was the last to fly into Sydney, arriving at 7.00pm before hopping straight on the bus where everyone was already waiting. The six hour bus trip to Parkes flew past thanks to Phil Dunphy’s (Dan Withers) bus driving skills as well as Ziade’s pranks and Stowey’s stories keeping everyone entertained on the way out. We arrived at Parkes at 1.00am and everyone was ready to go straight to sleep after hearing Trady and Sfeirsy’s golf story for the 100th time.  After breakfast on Saturday morning the boys headed out to the fields to conduct a coaching clinic for the Parkes juniors. It was a great turn up with teams from the under 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s Boys and under 14’s and 16’s Firls. The coaching clinic seemed like a great success and all of the kids had an awesome time and hopefully took something home from it. Highlights from the coaching clinic included crowd favourite, Georgie (Jonathon Palau) getting swamped by all of the kids in Parkes enough to make Justin Beiber jealous, Ziade teaching his under 16’s Girls how to cheat in offside Touch because they were getting carved by the immaculately drilled under 14’s Girls coached by Stuey Brierty and myself. Another highlight was thinking we had lost Goody for a couple of hours until we realised he was actually coaching the under 12’s and wasn’t a part of the team. Captain Steve Roberts even made a late appearance once the UV rays had settled down to an appropriate level only to find that Ranga (Ben Moylan) had used up all five litres of the sunscreen. After running the kids through various drills and games we escaped the heat and had a lunch break in the shade with the Parkes Touch club providing the food and Matt Tope’s nose providing the shade. After lunch we got down to business and went back to the hotel to have a video session. Once we finished the video session everyone came out on the same page and knew what direction we wanted to go in so it was time to put it to practice. We headed back out to the fields to have a run against the Mixed team to work on what we had just talked about and also to put on a show for the kids to see what Touch is like at the elite level. The game was fast paced and ensured both teams came out of it with things to work on over the rest of the weekend. After the game finished we trained for another hour or so then headed back to the hotel for some much needed R&R.At 7.00pm we had a private dinner, which we were privileged to have the mayor of Parkes attend and speak at. On Sunday we were up bright and early (except master splinter aka Dyl Thompson who missed breakfast because it takes him two hours to brush his teeth). After another awesome breakfast put on by Ace and Beryl, we were off to the fields to work on our line attack and line defence. The boys put in a massive effort in the 5000 degree heat leaving nothing in the tank. After a solid training session Trady was happy with where the team is at so we pulled up stumps and headed back to the hotel for showers. As Dylan Thompson and myself are the only two debutants in the side on arrival back at the hotel we received our official welcome into the team, which was an experience in itself to say the least. After everybody was showered up and ready to go we grabbed a quick feed and began the drive back to Sydney.Overall the camp was a great success and a lot of fun was had by all involved. As a team the boys are as pumped as ever to keep the winning tradition continuing and we are by no means taking the New Zealand side lightly as we’re more than aware of their capabilities, especially on home turf.  I’d also like to thank Wayne Grant and Cathy Gray as well as everyone at TFA for all their efforts in the elite program and in making this camp happen. On behalf of the Men’s Open side I would like to say a huge thanks to Ace from the Comfort Inn for putting up with us and always ensuring we had everything we needed. As well as a huge thanks to Al and his sideburns for helping organise and run the camp, we appreciate it mate!Related LinksCamp Diary – Pete Normanlast_img read more

a month agoHector Bellerin enjoys full 90 for Arsenal U23 in Liverpool draw

first_imgHector Bellerin enjoys full 90 for Arsenal U23 in Liverpool drawby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Hector Bellerin completed 90 minutes as they came from two goals down to draw with Liverpool at Meadow Park.The Spaniard came close to an opener when he drove through the visitors’ defence and fired a shot at goal but Ben Winterbottom saved well at his near post. Matt Macey then made a brilliant recovery save to keep out Rhian Brewster’s looping header from close range.Liverpool’s pressure paid off when Curtis Jones tapped in following Luis Longstaff’s low cross.The second then came when Jones met another Longstaff cross to head home. The Gunners were back in it on the stroke of half-time when Nathan Tormey beat the offside trap to slot the ball past Winterbottom.Early in the second half Folarin Balogun levelled the scores when he made no mistake from close range following Bellerin’s low cross. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

North American stock indexes finish week flat Canadian dollar up

first_imgTORONTO – North American stock indexes capped of the week on a flat note amid heightened North Korea-U.S. tensions, as the loonie strengthened against a weakening greenback.Rallying gold and materials stocks weren’t enough to lift Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index out of the red, which dropped 0.69 of a point to 15,454.23 in a largely broad-based decline.Despite the TSX’s minor slip Friday, the commodity-heavy index has gained more than 280 points on the week.“We had a decent run,” said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice. “We’ve got to take the positives out of the week.”In New York, stock indexes finished the day uneven with little movement in either direction.The Dow Jones industrial average gave back 9.64 points to 22,349.59, while the S&P 500 index edged up 1.62 points to 2,502.22 and the Nasdaq composite index added 4.23 points to 6,426.92.The small trades on Wall Street suggested investors were shrugging off the latest wave of ramped-up tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank.He also noted that the VIX, a measure of how much volatility investors expect in stocks, was little changed.Geopolitical tensions ratcheted up after President Donald Trump authorized stiffer sanctions in response to North Korea’s nuclear weapons advances, drawing a furious response from Pyongyang. Trump expanded the Treasury Department’s ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the U.S. financial system.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un retaliated by calling Trump “deranged” and saying he’ll “pay dearly” for his threats.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.19 cents US, up 0.15 of a cent.On the commodities front, the November crude contract added 11 cents at US$50.66 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up one cent to US$2.96 per mmBTU.The December gold contract advanced $2.70 to US$1,297.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was up one cent at US$2.94 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Saskatchewans climatechange plan includes buying carbon offsets no carbon tax

first_imgREGINA – The Saskatchewan government has introduced a climate-change strategy that inches toward a price on carbon emissions, but leaves large parts of its economy untouched.And it doesn’t include a carbon tax, which Environment Minister Dustin Duncan was happy to point out Monday.“I believe it will achieve as much, if not more than, a carbon tax ever would,” Duncan said after introducing the plan.It calls for performance standards on facilities that emit more than 25,000 tonnes annually of carbon dioxide equivalent. Facilities that exceed their limit will have to pay.They will be able to buy carbon offsets from farmers or foresters, a carbon credit from another company with emissions under its allotment or pay into a provincial fund.The standards are to be developed next year, Duncan said.“We want to see the economy continue to grow and, for some industries, that means that their emissions will grow. It’s not a cap-and-trade program where we’re capping absolutely the amount of emissions.”Duncan said standards will recognize investments companies have already made to reduce their emissions, something the energy industry has been lobbying for.The document contains no goals or targets and doesn’t include estimates of how much greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be reduced. There is an undated pledge to have SaskPower, a Crown-owned utility, generate half its electricity from renewables.“They’re going to great pains to say they’re not doing carbon pricing and then implementing a policy which, everywhere else it’s implemented, is called carbon pricing,” said University of Alberta energy economist Andrew Leach.The biggest hole in Saskatchewan’s plan is its limited scope, said Leach.“They’re not touching their transportation, home heating, commercial and industrial energy use at all with this policy.”Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec all have more inclusive plans, he said.Leach also noted the government hasn’t specified how high the emissions standards will be. Too high, he said, and carbon becomes worthless and few emissions will be cut.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the plan is a good step toward carbon pricing.“Saskatchewan’s new plan proposes a performance standard for heavy industry that includes a carbon market. Momentum for carbon pricing is growing.”But she said it will have to be wider to satisfy Ottawa.“Based on what’s in today’s plan, Saskatchewan’s price likely wouldn’t hit our standard, because it applies only to heavy industry instead of being economy-wide.”Brad Herald of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers welcomed Saskatchewan’s plan.“There’s a great range of compliance options for us there.”He declined to say whether Saskatchewan’s plan is more favourable to industry than Alberta’s, which includes a carbon tax.“Both are legitimate,” he said.The Agricultural Producers of Saskatchewan also praised the plan. It leaves agriculture, the source of about one-quarter of the province’s emissions, largely exempt.“We also strongly reject the imposition of a carbon tax on our sector,” said association president Todd Lewis.Erin Flanagan of the Pembina Institute, a clean energy think-tank, said Saskatchewan’s plan is an improvement over previous positions.“It’s still not a credible approach to climate change,” she said. “They are last to the party, but it’s good they are moving forward with some pieces of an approach.”Flanagan said it’s tough to know how much difference the plan will make.“The fact they haven’t said what these (carbon) prices will be makes it difficult to know what kind of impact this is going to have. Saskatchewan doesn’t have an economy-wide (reduction) target.Saskatchewan has remained opposed to the federal government’s insistence that all provinces must have a price on carbon in place by 2018.Duncan said Monday’s plan doesn’t change that.“We’re prepared to defend our position. If that means go to court, so be it.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Deep freeze offers only cold comfort for natural gas producing firms

first_imgCALGARY – Analysts say the cold snap that continues to blanket many parts of North America is driving short-term natural gas prices higher but the trend is unlikely to significantly affect either Canadian consumer bills or producer profits.Cold weather typically increases demand for the home heating fuel, which draws down storage levels and pushes prices higher, but the affect is being blunted this year because North America is awash in gas from U.S. and Canadian shale wells.Gerry Goobie, a principal with Calgary-based consulting company Gas Processing Management Inc., says higher prices are generally passed through to consumers but the distribution companies that buy the gas have long-term contracts to mitigate price spikes and can draw from storage to handle higher demand.GMP FirstEnergy commodity analyst Martin King says U.S. prices have recently rallied to about $3 per million British thermal units, but points out similar cold weather events in previous years would likely have resulted in prices spiking into the US$4 or US$5 per mmBTU range.King says Western Canada gas production fell by as much as two billion cubic feet per day on some days in the last week of December due to supply interruptions caused by extreme cold weather that froze gas well production equipment.last_img read more

Province to help fund homeless count in Fort St John

first_imgThe homeless count will occur over a span of 24 hours, beginning the night before April 18th and will include counts in shelters, RCMP holding cells, hospitals, and other known places where at-risk individuals stay overnight. During the day, the same procedure will occur; with mechanisms in place to avoid duplicating persons who have been counted already.Each person that is counted will be asked to complete a survey about their living situation to highlight needs for at-risk individuals, which can give feedback on potential future funding to help combat homelessness. The survey’s full results should be publicly available several months after the count is completed.The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is currently searching for volunteers to help with this year’s homeless count. Each volunteer must be available the day of the count, and for a training session that is taking place the evening of Tuesday, April 10th. A survey has been created to identify the commitments of each volunteer best and can be found at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FSJ2018.The Province is investing $550,000 to fund the counts in the 12 communities and plans to report on the preliminary results by early summer. The Homelessness Action Plan is expected to be released later this year. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province will coordinate homeless counts in up to 12 communities around B.C. including here in Fort St. John.The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society announced earlier this month; they would take on coordinate Fort St. John’s first-ever homeless count.Homeless counts provide vital information, including the demographics and service needs of people experiencing homelessness. They also help establish a benchmark to measure the progress made to reduce homelessness over time.  Staff from the Women’s Resource Society also appeared before Fort St. John City Council Monday to talk more about the plan and how the community can help.last_img read more

Jhargram Police launch Lakhyabhed to help students with competitive exams

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to provide a platform for students to perform well in the competitive examinations and gain employment, the Jhargram District Police has launched a new project named ‘Lakhyabhed’.The project that was officially launched on February 1 already has 150 students getting free coaching for preparation of different competitive examinations like West Bengal Civil Services, Public Service Commission, Railways, Staff Selection Commission and others. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe project, a brainchild of Superintendent of Police, Jhargram, Arijit Sinha, is a holistic approach to help aspiring students achieve their dreams of civil service and ensure employment for them. “Apart from free training we will be providing information of all competitive examinations, their syllabi, assist the candidates in filling up forms and provide logistics arrangement to take candidates to their respective examination centres. All the services will be provided free of cost,” said Kunwar Bhusan, Additional SP (Operations), Jhargram, who is the nodal officer of the project. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaClasses are held thrice a week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at two separate centres – Binpur police station and Jhargram Raj College. The duration of the training will be six months. The selection of students was done police station wise, through a written screening test that was held on January 15 at two centres in the district. 20 students who had performed very well during the screening, were handed over competitive examination books, bags and other equipment needed for their examination, free of cost. “The entire cost of running the project is being borne from the community policing fund allocated by the state government,” a senior police officer in the district said. The senior police official said that anyone interested to teach or guide the students is welcome in the Lakhyabhed initiative. At present, senior police officials in the district and faculties from various institutions in the district are taking classes on the basis of their specialisation in subjects. “There is no fixed duration of the classes that vary from one hour to three hours, depending on the work schedule of the faculties,” the official added.last_img read more

Framing the best Ohio State sports moments of 201213

Fans of Ohio State sports are lucky, spoiled even, you could say. Not only is Columbus home to one of the country’s best football programs with Urban Meyer at the helm, but the basketball team, under the watch of Thad Matta, has developed into a national power. Over the last five years, OSU leads all schools in the two-sport winning percentage of football and men’s basketball. The past academic year witnessed a flawed but driven football team go undefeated and a basketball squad, having to replace a two-time all-American and the program’s third all-time leading scorer, come within a game of matching its NCAA Tournament run from a season ago. As the photo editor of The Lantern, I was privileged to witness each of OSU’s 12 football games in person. I also covered the majority of the basketball team’s contests, including all of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and the NCAA Tournament games in Dayton and Los Angeles. Here’s the best that was on the gridiron and the hardwood in 2012-13 at OSU: Best game: OSU 73, Arizona 70, NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Playing in one of America’s basketball cathedrals, OSU advanced to its second Elite Eight in as many seasons at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The No. 6-seeded Wildcats, coached by Sean Miller, Matta’s former assistant at Xavier, raced out to a 26-17 lead. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas hit a couple 3-pointers to help the Buckeyes claw back to within four points at halftime. Out of the break, No. 2 seed OSU used a 10-2 run to take hold of the contest. The Buckeyes lead got as high as eight points with 7:42 to play, but an and-one layup from senior guard Mark Lyons tied the game at 70-70 with 21 seconds remaining. With the ball in his hands less than a week after hitting the game-winner in a third round contest against Iowa State, junior guard Aaron Craft passed to LaQuinton Ross with two seconds left. The sophomore forward and occupant of Kobe Bryant’s locker during the stay in L.A. hit a 3-pointer from the left arc to catapult the Buckeyes past the Wildcats. Best player: Then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller Thomas made a strong case for himself being the name in this category, leading the Big Ten in scoring and being OSU’s only offensive option for the most of the season. But as much as the junior forward was relied on this winter, Miller was to an even greater extent with the football team. The then-sophomore set a school record for total yards in a season and was a serious Heisman contender until the trophy’s finalists were announced in early December. In 2012, Miller totaled 3,310 yards and 28 touchdowns. With Thomas declaring himself eligible for the NBA Draft, Miller is likely to see his name in this category again next year. Best play: Craft’s game-winning 3-pointer vs. Iowa State Two plays made by players on the football team came to mind when trying to decide who would win this category. There was the scrambling run for a touchdown by Miller at Penn State that involved multiple juke moves before a leap into the end zone. And the superman-esque dive by then-sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier into Wisconsin then-senior running back Montee Ball forced a fumble at the goal line and stopped history (Ball was a touchdown away from setting the NCAA career record). But neither of those, nor any play made by the football or basketball team this year, were better than the 3-pointer Craft hit in Dayton against Iowa State to send OSU into the Sweet 16. Dribbling the ball at the top of the key, the junior guard waved off calls for the ball by Thomas and junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. With Cyclone freshman forward Georges Niang isolated on him, Craft waited until there was one second left before firing a 3-pointer that found nothing but the bottom of the net. “I hope someday they put a statue in front of our building of him,” Matta said on CBS after the game. “Coaches were telling me he’s exhausted. He’s too tough to be tired. What a big-time shot.” Best moment: Then-redshirt junior quarterback Kenny Guiton leads comeback against Purdue OSU’s dream of an undefeated season nearly came to a screeching halt at the end of the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ Oct. 20 game against Purdue in Columbus. Miller had just suffered an injury, left the field on a cart and exited the stadium in an ambulance. OSU was trailing the Boilermakers, 20-14, and with its best player out, the team’s perfect 7-0 record was almost assuredly going to be handed a blemish. In stepped Guiton, who did little to help the Buckeyes’ cause until the game was just about over. With 2:40 left and the score 22-14, the then-redshirt junior threw an interception. Meyer grabbed Guiton, who was noticeably distraught. “I said, ‘You’re going to win us a game,’” Meyer said. “He looked right at me. I think he was down but I think that moment kind of picked him up.” OSU got the ball back, and Guiton led a 61-yard drive with 47 seconds left that ended with a touchdown pass to then-redshirt junior wide receiver Chris Fields. The Buckeyes tied the game with a two-point conversion on a lobbed throw to then-freshman tight end Jeff Heuerman and won the contest in overtime. Best underdog story: Zach Boren’s move to linebacker OSU’s defense had shredded in back-to-back games against Nebraska and Indiana in mid-October. The Buckeyes allowed a combined 87 points in those two contests, and at the heart of Meyer’s concerns about his defense was the linebacker position. Boren, then-senior and 30-game starter at fullback, had played linebacker in high school and was recruited to OSU to play that position. Sensing that his team needed someone to step up and fill a void, Boren asked Meyer if he could play linebacker during an October practice. Meyer obliged to the request, and Boren responded by helping revamp a defense that allowed just 57 points in November. The Pickerington native recorded 50 tackles on the season and averaged 8.2 tackles per game in his six games at linebacker, including a career-high 12 in the overtime win at Wisconsin. “Talk about Zach Boren. You want someone to write a book on, wow, that would be good if you go write a book on Zach Boren,” Meyer said. Best team: Football The basketball team can make its arguments: Big Ten Tournament champions, an Elite Eight Appearance and an 11-game winning streak. The football team only needs to make one, though. Undefeated. Meyer and his squad literally accomplished everything they could in 2012, winning all 12 of their games and recording the school’s first perfect season since 2002. read more

5 things to watch for Ohio State v Penn State

3. Braxton Miller’s rollercoaster season.Since spraining the MCL in his left knee in OSU’s win against San Diego State, junior quarterback Braxton Miller has struggled to play consistently. After a four-touchdown performance against Wisconsin, Miller played poorly against Northwestern, turning the ball over three times and failing to find the end zone. Now Miller heads into the game against Penn State on the heels of a performance against Iowa in which he threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and added 102 yards on the ground. If Miller wants to lead the Buckeyes to another undefeated season, he will need to find more consistency in his play and keep his mistakes to a minimum. Although he was successful against the Hawkeyes, it remains to be seen which Miller will show up Saturday. If Miller can avoid turning the ball over and instead score a couple of touchdowns, it will go a long way to pushing the Buckeyes to 8-0 overall on the season. 4. Can Ohio Stadium and Buckeye Nation rattle Christian Hackenberg?True freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been all Penn State could have asked for this season. The 6-foot-4-inch Palmyra, Va., product has thrown for 1,672 yards and 11 touchdowns so far in 2013, against six interceptions. His three first-half scoring tosses kept the Nittany Lions afloat early on in their quadruple overtime win against Michigan two weeks ago, and the freshman is only getting better. OSU’s secondary has taken multiple hits this season, with the loss of senior safety Christian Bryant to a broken ankle against Wisconsin Sept. 28 and Roby last week to the ejection. If Hackenberg is able to find holes and complete big plays to Robinson and others, the team could light up the scoreboard. 5. Will the pressure get to OSU?The Buckeyes currently sport the nation’s longest winning streak at 19 games, and with the opportunity to take another step toward a Leaders Division title, will the pressure finally get to the team? The last time OSU boasted a 19-game winning streak, Meyer was on the other sidelines with Florida when it ended in the 2006 BCS National Championship. A victory against conference rival Penn State (8 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium) would surely vault the Buckeyes ahead into their next two games on the road against Purdue and Illinois. 2. Will Bradley Roby be ready to step up?This year hasn’t gone exactly how redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby had planned. After being named a preseason All-American, Roby was then suspended for the season opener after a July incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar. He has been outplayed during games against California and Wisconsin and was then ejected from the game against Iowa for targeting. Roby is expected to play the whole game against the Nittany Lions and will likely be matched up against Penn State junior wide receiver Allen Robinson. Robinson is averaging 117.5 receiving yards per game, the highest among players that OSU has faced so far in 2013. It will be another test for Roby, who continues to watch his NFL Draft stock plummet with his struggles. If Roby can contain Robinson, it could be a long day for Penn State. Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) dives forward during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor1. How many yards does Carlos Hyde gain?Let’s face it: The lead running back role in the Buckeye offense belongs to Carlos Hyde. Although redshirt-senior Jordan Hall played well during Hyde’s three-game suspension stemming from an incident at a Columbus bar in July, Hyde has completely taken over No. 4 Ohio State’s (7-0, 3-0) backfield. In the four games since returning from suspension, Hyde has rushed for 41, 85, 168 and 149 yards, respectively, and five total touchdowns. Two of those games came against then-top 10 rushing defenses in Wisconsin and Iowa, and Hyde was still successful. Penn State (4-2, 1-1) comes into the game Saturday with the No. 21 rushing defense in the country, so Hyde will look to have another big game to help OSU win its 20th straight game. read more

San Diego Police find a man fatally wounded inside vehicle

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Officers found a man fatally wounded inside a vehicle in the Bay Terraces community of San Diego, a police lieutenant said today.Officers discovered the vehicle off the road with no other vehicles around and it did not appear to have been involved in a traffic crash, San Diego Police Lt. Paul Conley said.Officers dispatched to the location a little before midnight in the 7000 block of Paradise Valley Road walked up to the vehicle and discovered a man behind the wheel suffering from a gunshot to the upper body, Conley said.Paramedics rushed the man to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries, he said.The San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit asked anyone with information regarding the shooting to call them at 619-531-2293. San Diego Police find a man fatally wounded inside vehicle KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 13, 2019last_img read more

Soldotna Man Arrested Following Two Early Morning BreakIns

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers responded to two reported break-ins at Moose River Dental and the True Blue coffee stand off the Sterling Highway early Tuesday morning. He was arrested for two counts Burglary 2nd, as well as one count each of Criminal Mischief 3rd and 4th, Theft 3rd, and Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 4th.  He was remanded at Wildwood Pretrial and held with no bail pending arraignment. Troopers responded to a triggered alarm around 3am and upon arrival discovered that the front door of Moose River Dental had been smashed and entry made into the business.  According to an online Trooper dispatch, property was damaged, but no items were stolen. Troopers patrolling located a suspect in the area and after pursuing on foot for over an hour in the woods, identified the man as Mike Danny Sandback, age 36 of Soldotna. Investigation revealed it was Sandback who had burglarized the Dental clinic and True Blue. At 5:30am, another burglary was reported at the True Blue coffee stand on the Sterling Highway.  A box containing over $100 cash was stolen.last_img read more

Firefighters Helicopters Working On New Fire Outside Sterling

first_imgThis helicopter was diverted back when winds kicked up activity on the Swan Lake Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, according to DOF officials. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Firefighters and helicopters are aggressively working on a half-acre fire burning southwest of the confluence of Killey and Kenai rivers. It was reported at 3:20pm, Sunday by firefighter personnel aboard an aircraft guiding water-scooping airplanes flying between Skilak Lake and the Swan Lake Fire. In a release from DOF, they are busy cutting in a saw line around the fire that is burning in heavy dead and downed trees from the 2014 Funny River Fire. Two helicopters were dropping large buckets of water on the fire, including one that was pulled from the nearby Swan Lake Fire. The Killey Fire is burning in a full protection area east of Browns Lake and to the west of the Killey River near Sterling.  A Division of Forestry Kenai – Kodiak Area helitack crew with four firefighters responded and three other Division of Forestry firefighters traveled by four wheelers to reach the fire. Firefighters reported the fire is burning deep underneath surface layers and was proving to be resistant to suppression. They will continue overnight into Monday  to work toward fully suppressing the fire.For more information, contact the Alaska Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511. More details will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more

Did Amitabh Bachchan sense trouble minutes before Vivek Oberoi tweeted about Aishwarya

first_imgAmitabh Bachchan and Vivek OberoiInstagram/Varinder ChawlaVivek Oberoi made headlines recently for his “insulting” tweet involving Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. But just some time before the controversial tweet, the actress’ father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan made an advisory tweet that goes perfectly for Vivek.Vivek tweeted out a meme that involved him, Salman Khan and Abhishek Bachchan with Aishwarya. The tweet did not go down well with majority of people, who trolled and lambasted the actor on social media.The concerned meme involved three pictures of Aishwarya – one with Salman, one with Vivek and the last one with Abhishek, referred to as “opinion polls”, “exit polls” and “results” respectively. This co-incidence came to notice of a lot of people, who were surprised to see the veteran actor making this tweet just some minutes before Vivek created the controversy. While some called it a mere co-incidence, some felt it to be Amitabh’s strong “sixth sense”.”Must say that AB’s tweets have prophetic tendencies. He had put out a tweet shortly before Sridevi’s death, and this tweet was put at 12:07 pm & at 1:23 pm Vivek Oberoi tweeted about Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan & Abhishek Bachchan,” one person replied to Amitabh’s tweet. A lot of people agreed to it as well.It is to be mentioned, something similar had happened before Sridevi’s death. Just a few hours before the news of Sridevi’s death had broken, he had made a tweet that many felt was a premonition from the megastar.Just a few hours before Sridevi’s demise, Amitabh had made a tweet expressing a sense of unease. While Vivek eventually deleted his tweet and apologised for it as well, he might have refrained himself from making this tweet if he had seen Big B’s advice. Just some time before Vivek made the tweet, Amitabh  tweeted advising people to be careful with their posts on social media.”Social media par soch samajh kar zikr karo, ae-dost, kahin saamajik aitabaar se gair munaasib na ho,” his tweet in Hindi read.last_img read more

Motherson Sumi Systems to raise 300 million to repay debt shares down

first_imgMotherson Sumi Systems, a Delhi-based auto component maker, will be raising $300 million through its subsidiary to repay loans and for general corporate purposes.”Our subsidiary, Samvardhana Motherson Automotive Systems Group B.V. (the Company) has announced the pricing of its U.S.$ 300 million 5.5-year non-call 3 year senior secured Notes offering at 4.875% per annum, due December 2021 (the 2016 Notes),” the company said in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on Thursday.”This is the third successful issue of Notes by the Company and marks its successful debut in the U.S. dollar bond markets,” it added.Samvardhana Motherson International Limited (SMIL) is the principal holding company of the Samvardhana Motherson Group.Motherson Sumi Systems also said that it has applied to the Irish Stock Exchange to list the debt instrument. The offer will close on June 16.The debt issue, proceeds of which will be used for repaying existing debt, capital expenditure and for general corporate purposes, will be managed and coordinated by ANZ, DBS Bank Ltd., Deutsche Bank and HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, the company said in its regulatory filing.For the financial year ended March 2016, Motherson Sumi Systems reported a consolidated net profit of Rs. 1,274 crore on consolidated sales of Rs. 10,068 crore, marking a growth of 48 percent and 8 percent, respectively, on a year-on-year basis.The Motherson Sumi stock was trading at Rs. 287.50 on the BSE at around 1 p.m., down 0.84 percent from its previous close. The company had given a guidance of reaching $18 billion in total revenues by FY2020, according to CNBC-TV18. The Group’s turnover was about $6.9 billion in 2014-15.The Samvardhana Motherson Group has 180 manufacturing facilities and 24 design centres worldwide.last_img read more

IBM India refutes reports of mass layoffs in the coming months appraisal

first_imgReutersAmid reports of IBM India following in the footsteps of Infosys, Wipro, and others and planning the layoff of a large number of employees in the coming months, the IT giant has refuted the rumours and said that there aren’t such massive layoffs in the offing.”This is factually incorrect. We are not going to comment further on rumours and speculation,” NDTV Profit quoted a statement from IBM. The company has about 1,50,000 employees in the country and it was earlier said that about 5,000 of them were likely to be shown the door in the next few months.IBM has denied reports of the mass layoffs, but the ongoing performance appraisal may affect a few of the employees. Speaking of the same, a source told ET Now: “The process has started. Managers have been asked to identify underperformers,” and another revealed that the company is also not hiring anyone as of now.While the layoff reports may have created quite a buzz among employees in the IT sector, IBM explained that a few may be affected by the performance-based appraisal, which happens every year. “Re-skilling and rebalancing is an ongoing process as we accelerate the benefits of cognitive and cloud technologies for clients around the world,” the US-based firm said in a statement. Infosys campus in Bengaluru.Reuters FileIn the last week, a number of IT giants have made headlines for the job cuts planned in 2017. Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, Capgemini, and many others were said to be laying off employees in the country. While some were accused of cutting jobs in India to hire workers in the US, others were said to be concentrating on cost optimisation.However, the companies later clarified through official statements that there were no mass layoffs in the pipeline and the sackings were on the basis of the employees’ performance. Sluggish global economy and automation were also said to be the reasons behind the job cuts. Hiring and headcount details based on company filings.Quarterly results and statements.Apart from laying off its employees, IT giants are also hiring a lesser number of employees each year as most of the companies now rely on digital services.”With automation, the number of people we are hiring in the past will not be the same. It will slow down a little bit. We are also looking at hiring very differential kind of people,” Indian Express quoted Krishnamurthy Shankar, executive vice-president, group head, human resource development, Infosys, as saying.Pankaj Bansal, co-founder and chief executive officer of PeopleStrong, noted that the job cuts due to automation may not show a drastic impact right away, but it will be visible by around 2020. “The change has started, with companies introducing bots for customer service, managing warehouses, etc.,” he told LiveMint.last_img read more

After Controversial Comments EPA Administrator Makes No Mention Of Climate Change At

first_img 00:00 /01:07 Florian MartinEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt addresses attendants of CERAWeek at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston.In a live interview from Houston Thursday morning, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the science wasn’t settled on man-made climate change:“No, I would not agree that (carbon dioxide) is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” he told Joe Kernen at CNBC’s Squawk Box.Pruitt is at odds with scientific evidence presented by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among others.He made no mention of CO2 during a luncheon event at CERAWeek.Instead, he spoke about his agenda for the EPA, outlining how it will be different from when it was led by the Obama administration.“For the last several years, we have adopted a mindset that you can’t be pro-energy and pro-environment, that if you’re pro-environment, you’re anti-energy,” he said. “And that’s just simply a narrative that I utterly reject.”To achieve his goal, Pruitt said the EPA will do less suing and more taking public comments before making new rules.He also wants to eliminate what he calls “regulatory uncertainty” and give more power to the states when it comes to environmental regulations.When Pruitt was Oklahoma’s attorney general, he took legal action against the EPA more than a dozen times for what he saw as regulatory overreach. Share Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

DC Orgs Step Up to Fight Breast Cancer

first_imgIf you’re a woman of a certain age living in the District and receiving Medicaid benefits, don’t be surprised if AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia reminds you that it’s time for a mammogram.AmeriHealth, one of four Medicaid-managed care organizations, is ratcheting up its efforts to ensure all women due — or overdue — for a mammogram undergo breast-cancer screenings, Keith Maccannon, director of marketing, community relations and outreach for AmeriHealth Caritas in the District, told the AFRO.Victorianne Russell Walton is a breast cancer survivor and founder of It’s in the Genes. (Courtesy photo)One of the ways AmeriHealth reaches out to those women is by partnering with It’s In the Genes, a nonprofit, breast-cancer advocacy group based in Southwest D.C., to hold “PINKIE” parties at all of the major hospitals in the District and surrounding areas. PINKIE stands for “Purposely Involved N Keeping Individuals Educated.” At the events women chat with breast cancer survivors and get mammograms in a fun, festive environment complete with spa services, a deejay, swag bags and more.“Even though they know they’re due for a mammogram, they may need a little extra support to go out and get that done,” Maccannon said of women.Typically, between 25 and 35 women at the parties get mammograms on the spot, Maccannon said. If the women don’t want them done at the parties, they can sign up to get one at another time for free or at a reduced price. According to costhelper.com, a privately-held Internet startup located in Silicon Valley that provides consumer information about thousands of goods and services, the average cost of a mammogram is about $102. As part of its ongoing outreach, AmeriHealth plans to hold more “PINKIE” parties this year. AmeriHealth is focused on getting women aged 40 and above in for mammograms. Women between ages 50 and 54 are supposed to get mammograms annually, while women 55 and above should have them every two years, MacCannon said. “Our goal as a managed care organization is to make sure that all of the members enrolled in our plan get those screenings and those healthcare exams that they are supposed to get according to their age and gender,” Maccannon said.Mammograms, which allow doctors to help see when there’s a change in the breast can be a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer. Besides the PINKIE parties, AmeriHealth also gets the word out about mammograms by way of phone calls, targeted mailings, automated phone reminders, text messages, the George Washington University Mobile Mammography Van, and sponsorships from local groups that emphasize the importance of mammograms.In 2016, AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia had roughly 4,047 members meeting the criteria for a breast cancer screening exam, MacCannon said. Of those members, AmeriHealth’s outreach efforts led to nearly 63 percent of them getting the exam in 2017, he said. The District appears to be ground zero for breast cancer. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the District has the eighth highest mortality rate from breast cancer in the U.S. Nationwide, Black women are also most likely to die from the disease than any other group, statistics show. Victorianne Russell Walton, 52, founder of It’s in the Genes, is a breast cancer survivor who had health insurance at the time of her 2007 diagnosis. She alleges that in her case, her doctor was at fault for misdiagnosing her four times. “If you can’t trust your doctor and if your doctor of years is misdiagnosing you, who can you trust?” Walton asked.She was convinced she had breast cancer because it ran in her family, so she kept persisting. “They didn’t analyze the tumor, they were analyzing fatty tissue,” Walton said. “Each time they said, ‘It’s benign.’ I said, ‘No, it’s not.’”She was up against a doctor who initially thought her health problems had to do with her being an overweight Black woman who ate a lot of salt. Walton said she cut back her salt intake years before. She declined to name the doctor, citing ongoing litigation. “We have these stereotypes against us before we even walk in the room. I think it’s a form of same old, same old,” she said.By the time Walton was finally diagnosed in May 2007, she had a 50 percent chance of living. Today, she encourages women to be just as pushy as she was with her doctor. They should also take the initiative and get their scheduled mammograms“Superman is not coming; Superwoman is not coming,” Walton said.last_img read more

Mesoscale eddies found to move far more ocean water than previously thought

first_img More information: Oceanic Mass Transport by Mesoscale Eddies, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1252418ABSTRACTOceanic transports of heat, salt, and fresh water, dissolved CO2 and other tracers regulate global climate change and distribution of natural marine resources. While the time-mean ocean circulation transports fluid as a conveyor belt, fluid parcels can also be trapped and transported discretely by migrating mesoscale eddies. By combining available satellite altimetry and Argo profiling float data, we show that the eddy-induced zonal mass transport can reach a total meridionally integrated value up to 30-40 Sv (1 Sv = 106 m3 s−1), and it occurs mainly in subtropical regions where the background flows are weak. This transport is comparable in magnitude with that of the large-scale, wind- and thermohaline-driven circulation. Three-dimensional structure of an oceanic mesoscale eddy and the fluid trapped by this eddy. Credit: Sergey Kryazhimskiy Journal information: Science Explore further First direct evidence that breaking waves cause horizontal eddies (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers, two from the Ocean University of China, and a third from the University of Hawaii, has found that mesoscale eddies—swirling masses of water that travel westward in the subtropics—appear to carry far more water with them than scientists have realized. In their paper published in the journal Science, Zhengguang Zhang, Wei Wang and Bo Qiu discuss the study they undertook of the water vortices using altimetry and data from ARGO submersibles to measure the size of the eddies and to track their movements over time.center_img Mesoscale eddies are spinning masses of water (50 to 300 miles in diameter) that fall between observable eddies such as those created by ships and very large ones known as gyres. Scientists have known about them for quite some time, but till now, very little was known about their size and movements. To find out more, the researchers analyzed data from both satellites and submersible probes.Satellites operated by NASA have radar onboard that is sensitive enough to measure the altitude of the Earth’s surface to within inches—and that includes the oceans. Mesoscale eddies can be detected due to depressions formed as they spin. The researchers collected a decade’s worth of such data allowing them to create an animated map that shows the movement of multiple mesoscale eddies across the oceans—always moving east to west, and generally in subtropical regions, where background flows are weak. The team also studied data from the more than 3,000 ARGO submersibles that have been deployed to various depths in the world’s oceans—that allowed them to create 3D renderings of the eddies as they exist beneath the surface.Putting all the data together, the team was able to see that such eddies can live for months, or even years—it also allowed for calculating how much water they carry, approximately 30-40 Sv (1 Sv = 106 m3 s−1), which is roughly equivalent to the amount of ocean water moved by wind or due to temperature variations. The amount is far more than most oceanographers had imagined, and stirs questions regarding the role they may play as the oceans grow warmer.The researchers plan to continue their research, focusing most specifically on how tightly the eddies hold on to material they capture, such as floating debris, pollutants, heat and carbon. © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Mesoscale eddies found to move far more ocean water than previously thought (2014, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-mesoscale-eddies-ocean-previously-thought.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Cricket mania looms large

first_imgAs the eighth edition of Indian Premier League concluded with the Mumbai Indians taking home the crown for the second time post a massive 41-run victory over two-time champions Chennai Super Kings, the IPL fever is refusing to die out among cricket fanatics. Despite being a punching bag for critics, who see it as nothing but cheap commercialisation of the game, the ground reality is strikingly different with its ever surging viewership according to TAM ratings. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The tournament continues to be hugely popular among children, who are not bothered by the controversies surrounding the tournament and watch it to get their dose of entertainment. The conclusion of this season, however, has created a void and has left many miserable as no major sporting tournament is scheduled to catch their fancy anytime soon, India being majorly a cricket loving nation.Sarthak Saini, 16, has mixed feelings over the ending of this season. He is ecstatic as his favorite team has taken the title, but at the same time gloomy as the good times have ended. “This season of the IPL has been special as my favourite team has won the title. But there is nothing interesting to catch up on television now,” he said. His opinion is similar to that of Vaibhav, 15, a CSK fan and budding cricketer. He said, “Although CSK eventually lost, overall the tournament has been exciting. I have watched almost every match since the beginning of my summer holidays and now the rest of my vacation is going to be quite boring.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn the other hand, Ayachi, 22, does not care much.” I supported KKR and lost interest in the tournament once they were out. I am disappointed, but hope to see them buckle up for next season. Being a sports aficionado, I have much to look forward to with the French Open in tow”, she said.The Indian Cricket team has a packed schedule this year. The team would be heading to Bangladesh for a test and then leave for the Zimbabwean shores in July to play a bilateral series comprising three One Day Internationals and two T20 ventures. However, both these series cannot match up to the excitement of IPL for youngsters. However, 15-year-old Smriti Jha said: “I am waiting for the series against Pakistan in December as that promises some real action.”  The reason for IPL’s high popularity among children seems to be its perfect amalgamation of cricket, glamour and entertainment. The tournament also gives fans a chance to see their favorite players from across the world on the same platform. “Although IPL cannot compete with other formats of Cricket in terms of standard, still I like it because it gives me an opportunity to see the likes of Kohli, De Villiers and Gayle playing together”, said Sanjeev,19, a diehard RCB fan. Since its inception, the tournament has been raising bars and has touched pinnacle this year. Although the cricket extravaganza has ended for this session, it promises to be back with a bang next year. Wait for the action!last_img read more

Governor releases ASSOCHAM Knowledge Report

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi today said there is increased realisation on quality of education at school level. Delivering his address at the ‘ASSOCHAM EduMeet 2018’ here, Tripathi said, Centre is working on certain focus areas like school curriculum, teachers skill with the intention to develop new ways and “create an eco-system which is self-sustainable and ever evolving.” “Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working hard on creating a framework,” Tripathi said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The Governor said, “There is increased realisation on quality of education at school level with both government and private participation.” Stating the government was giving focus on pre-school, Tripathi said right to pre-school education was essential to help build up the formal education system. “In this regard private and government partnerships can help in sharing resources, experiences and help build a strong foundation,” he said. Pointing out India had immense potential to be an education hub and attract students and faculties across globe, Tripathi said, “In ancient days we had centres of excellence which attracted foreign learners.” Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP “Time has come up again in the present age to build modern centres of excellence which will put increased focus on learning outcomes,” he said. Talking about various methods of education in modern world, Tripathi said “education has evolved with times. Technological interventions will help to take education to masses,” propel economic and social growth and expand the educational social system. Tripathi said quoting a study that “We have 497 million people in education seeking category within the age of 5-24 years or 37.1 per cent of country’s total population.” “They form an important segment in accelerating economic growth,” he said. Tripathi also released the ASSOCHAM Knowledge Report on the occasion. Heads of different educational institutions from all over the country and ASSOCHAM Education Council members were present at the one-day meet.last_img read more