Kochi face uphill task against Bangalore

first_imgOn a high after beating the inform Kolkata Knight Riders, Kochi Tuskers Kerala would be wary of the Chris Gayle threat when they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match on Sunday. Their bowling might have kept them in good stead in the 17-run victory against Kolkata earlier this week, but Tuskers will be faced with a much-stiffer Gayle challenge in Bangalore. The towering West Indian has been in rollicking form, notching two centuries since joining the RCB ranks.His punishing 49-ball 107 against Kings XI Punjab on Friday was full of brutal aggression and disdain. Interestingly, 96 of his runs were conjured from 10 fours and nine sixes, some heaves clearing the pickets by a mile. If he continues to smash the ball the way he has been doing even the likes of R Vinay Kumar and Sreesanth would be stressed to contain him on a wicket on which the ball has come nicely to the bat.The Tuskers think-tank would have to devise a strategy to rein in the marauding lefthander. But it would be hugely challenging to contain him as he strides down the deck to hit the fast bowlers on the up and stays within the crease to plunder anything that has been dropped short of length. Apart from Gayle, Tuskers will have to contend with the class and aggression of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. While Kohli and de Villiers have been in prime form, Dilshan is yet to live up to his billing as a specialist opener in Twenty20 cricket.advertisementThough Zaheer Khan has been deprived of wickets, the RCB bowling has come good in the last two games with Sreenanth Aravind picking up wickets at crucial junctures. Tuskers will look up to Brendon McCullum, skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Brad Hodge to come up with scores in excess of 30 to either stitch a defendable total or chase a par score.The Royal Challengers, who have collected 11 points from nine matches, would seek to earn two points from a game which would be a revenge match for them. If they do so, they would augment their chance of advancing to the qualifiers. On the other hand, Tuskers, who have eight points from nine matches, would put everything they have to garner the much-needed two points to keep themselves in the race for a slot in the qualifiers.last_img read more

Jimmy Buckets: Butler does it, leads 76ers past Raptors to force Game 7

first_imgGoing ahead Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “It was amazing focus. Everybody was locked in,” Simmons said. “We knew what was at stake.”Joel Embiid had played through a bad left knee and a stomach bug for most of the playoffs and the entire team had reason to be ill after the Raptors crushed the Sixers by 36 in Game 5.“I knew I had to come in with high spirits,” Embiid said. “If I’ve got to play 45 minutes and push myself out there, that’s what I’ll do.”Embiid had a burst of energy late in the third when he blocked a driving Leonard, and Simmons capitalized with a basket for an 18-point cushion. Embiid, who gingerly walked into the postgame press conference with his left knee packaged in ice, had 17 points and 12 rebounds in 35 minutes.Embiid didn’t do much early in Game 6, but Butler and Simmons built some needed separation.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler, left, tries to get past Toronto Raptors’ Patrick McCaw during the first half of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Jimmy Butler lived up to his Jimmy Buckets nickname.With “Jimmy! Butler!” chants ringing from the rafters, he helped Philadelphia force a seventh game against Toronto in the Eastern Conference semifinals, hitting big baskets in bunches and scoring 25 points in the 76ers’ 112-101 victory over the Raptors on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s not unlike where we’ve been a couple of times already this series,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “I play to win,” Butler said. “Right now, this is what I have to do in order to give us a great chance at winning.”Game 7 is Sunday night in Toronto. The Milwaukee Bucks await the winner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKawhi Leonard, who scored 30-plus points in the first four games in the series, was finally tied up early by the Sixers and hit 29 points well after the game was out of hand.Leonard and the Raptors had no answers for Butler and All-Star guard Ben Simmons. Simmons broke through and scored 21 points — more than his combined total of Games 4 and 5 — and helped show the Sixers still had some fight after a brutal Game 5 loss. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Butler about did it all, and showed in the first half why the free agent will command a max contract — $188 million over five years — in the offseason.Butler, disgruntled in Minnesota before he was traded to Philadelphia in November, scored 19 points in the half and all of them seemed worthy of the highlight reel. He took a bit of a trick shot when he rebounded his own missed jumper and was fouled by Kyle Lowry on an off-balance attempt. The basket was good and so was the free throw. Butler stole the ball from Leonard and capped the half with a fast-break dunk for a 58-43 lead.“Game is simple. I shoot the ball when I’m open,” Butler said. “Sometimes I shoot it when I’m not open.”He forced his way open in the first half, making 9 of 15 shots in the first and he gave the Sixers the confidence they needed to know another game wasn’t going to turn into a rout.“He was all over that game,” coach Brett Brown said. “The mood in the locker room, you could sense the serious side. They got the moment and I think he got it as much as anybody and led us.”Simmons was called out by Butler about the need to attack the basket and play more off screens to become the triple-double threat he was in the regular season and not the non-factor he was against the Raptors. Simmons did it all early (eight points, five assists in the first quarter) and the Sixers got the outside shots to fall — an early domination that happened even as Embiid was held scoreless until he hit a 3 early in the second quarter.Simmons had no turnovers and six assists in 34 minutes.“What he did today was lot of the reasons he was an NBA All-Star at age 22,” Brown said.TIP-INSRaptors: Missed 14 of 17 3s in the first half. … Scored four fast-break points in the first half. 76ers: Hall of Famer Julius Erving had a lengthy courtside pregame chat with Simmons. … The Sixers borrowed a page from the Eagles’ Super Bowl run and had Chris Long and Lane Johnson ring the ceremonial Liberty Bell. Long and Johnson wore their dog masks used when they embraced the underdog theme in the 2018 postseason.EMBIID EFFECTThere was one cause for concern late in the fourth when Embiid was whistled for a flagrant 1 foul when hit Marc Gasol in the face and now faces a one-game suspension if he earns another in the playoffs. Embiid, playing in garbage time because he has no reliable backup, has three flagrant fouls in the postseason.“It’s annoying. It’s stupid,” Embiid said. “I saw the video of it. It doesn’t look that bad. I guess I’ve got one more and I’m gone for one game so I’ve got to look out for it.”Embiid missed the entirety of Toronto’s 12-0 run that cut a 19-point lead to seven and had fans booing as the All-Star big man took a breather. Embiid couldn’t afford to rest, backup Boban Marjanovic checked in at minus-15 in just 4 1/2 minutes of playing time in the half.LONG TIME COMINGThe Sixers and Raptors are playing each other in Game 7 for the first time since Philadelphia won the 2001 East semifinal. Lowry, who scored 13 points, knows he’ll have to contribute more to get the Raptors to their first conference final since 2016.“I think I could have pushed a little bit more, tried to get in the paint a little more,” Lowry said.UP NEXTGame 7 is Sunday night in Toronto. The Raptors are 2-1 at home in the series.last_img read more

$49 Million Set Aside for Poverty Reduction Programme

first_imgA sum of $49 million has been set aside for the Poverty Reduction Programme II in the Ministry of National Security.This has been outlined in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project, which is being financed by the European Union, seeks to contribute to poverty alleviation through sustainable growth with emphasis on the promotion of community safety and the reduction of criminal behaviour in volatile and vulnerable communities.Activities to be undertaken this financial year include: renovation of the Tivoli Gardens, Hunts Bay and Spanish Town Police Stations; provision of furniture and equipment for all three stations; and furnishing and equipping the community rooms of the Half-Way Tree and Hunts Bay Police Stations.Achievements up to March 2013 include completion of drawings and Bills of quantities for the Tivoli Gardens Police Station.The project which commenced in April 2009 is slated to end in May 2014, following a number of extensions.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Scrubber Proposal from European Commission Raises Concerns

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) has expressed strong concerns about a proposal submitted by the European Commission which urges the International Maritime Organization to change its exhaust gas cleaning system guidelines.The proposal, which the Commission submitted to IMO on the February 8 deadline, calls for “evaluation and harmonization” of scrubber discharges across all ports, world-wide. The proposal is intended for consideration by the 74th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) which meets in May, in London.“This proposal is an attempt by the European Commission to push forward restrictions on scrubbers, which are accepted globally by the IMO, EU and others as acceptable means of improving air emissions quality in controlled areas,” Ian Adams, CSA 2020 Executive Director, said.CSA 2020 members, who represent over 30 leading commercial and passenger shipping companies, have been investing for years to prepare their ships in time to meet emissions abatement targets in accordance with existing IMO and EU rules, “which endorse the use of open and closed-loop scrubbers in all waters,” Adams added.Noting the broader issues facing the industry, he continued: “The EC initiative is needlessly creating baseless concerns at a time when there are already very real issues in the maritime industry regarding the future availability, suitability and cost of fuels and the effects on global trade and shipping that this will have. There could also be safety implications should ships be required to change fuels in high traffic areas close to ports.”In a letter to its membership seen by CSA 2020, a European national shipowners’ association said that the EC submission “does not identify any scientific evidence of potential risks but is lost in assumptions and speculation about possible contaminant levels and claimed risk potentials.”In its proposal, the Commission refers to the interim result of a study to be completed in May 2019 by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) for the investigation of scrubber wash water from closed-loop and open-loop systems.But as the preliminary conclusions of the BSH study do not appear to align with the Commission’s proposal, it is far from clear whether it will contain any suggestion of new restrictions on scrubber wash water, CSA 2020 said.last_img read more

Spray Areas for Blackheaded Budworm Identified

first_imgTwenty areas located in the Cape Breton Highlands have been identified for a proposed spray trial to determine the effectiveness of a biological control product on the blackheaded budworm. Large concentrations of the insect were discovered in the forest last summer. The blackheaded budworm can cause damage comparable to that caused by the spruce budworm in the 1970s and 1980s. Recovery costs following that outbreak totalled almost $38 million. The proposed spray trial is one part of a broader research program, which the Department of Natural Resources has contracted to the Canadian Forest Service. The trial will determine the effectiveness of the biological control product Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (Btk) against the blackheaded budworm. Btk is currently registered for use in Nova Scotia in the forestry and agriculture industries against other defoliating insects. Btk is used by organic farmers. The research program will also: A maximum of 5,000 hectares will be sprayed as part of the trial. Canadian Forest Service scientists expect to conduct the spray trial from mid-June to mid-July, contingent on weather conditions, the developmental stage of the insect, and approval by the Department of Environment and Labour. A map of the proposed spray areas is available for review at Natural Resources offices in Cape Breton, Antigonish, and Guysborough. Additional information, including the map, is available on the department’s website at . develop a monitoring tool to be used as an early-warning system; study the effect of natural predators and diseases on the insect; study the impact of the defoliation on forest stands; use the other research to develop forest management tools for the future.last_img read more

Sickly southern resident killer whale found and given antibiotic dart

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. – Biologists have managed to administer what they believe is a full dose of antibiotics to an emaciated killer whale in the waters off British Columbia.Michael Millstein with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Portland, Ore., says the female, southern resident killer whale was spotted Monday and researchers were able to deliver a dart filled with the potentially life-saving medication.“Martin Haulena, the veterinarian from Vancouver Aquarium who administered it, believes that most of the dose was delivered,” Millstein said in a telephone interview.He said team members were pleased with the outcome because the first time a dart was used to deliver medication to the animal in early August, Haulena suspected it fell out before releasing a full dose.The nearly four-year-old orca, known as J50, is staying close to her mother and is active as the pod of whales moves toward the mouth of the Fraser River where they are expected to continue foraging for salmon.“The teams did remark on just how emaciated J50 is,” said Millstein after researchers located the young whale.J50 has often lagged far behind other members of the pod as it travels through coastal waters from B.C. to California and back. Concern that the young whale was dead rose over the long weekend when she wasn’t seen with the rest of her pod in waters between Victoria and Seattle.“They have never seen a whale this emaciated hang on for this long so she has some fight in her, it seems,” Millstein said of the researchers who have been watching the whale.J50 has been in poor condition for months and her death would further devastate the dwindling southern resident population where only 75 orcas remain.In May, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the species faces imminent threats to survival and recovery and the government limited the chinook fishery off the B.C. coast in an effort to increase the main food source for the whales.Biologists were not able to administering a deworming medication to J50 on Monday, but Millstein expected further attempts would be made, depending on available boats, crews, water conditions and the location of the pod.“There are indications that J50 may have some parasitic worms that are common among marine mammals and typically are not a problem, but in compromised animals they can be, so that is the next step,” he said.Because the whales appear to be travelling north toward the Fraser River, Millstein said Fisheries and Oceans Canada would be the lead agency while the pod is in Canadian waters.A range of options for treatment of J50 has been discussed, including the possibility that she could be captured and held for life-saving treatment before being released to rejoin her pod, but Millstein said that would be a very last resort.He said if she was found on a beach and the only alternative was her death, then they would likely intervene.“There are many advantages to her being with the other whales and we know they share prey so that’s something we certainly want to respect as long as she is still with them and active with the pod.”last_img read more

Man held for duping homebuyers and investors of Rs 435 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police Economic Offences Wing arrested a man in a case related to cheating investors to the tune of approx. Rs 4.35 crores.The Delhi Police said that the accused with their agents lured people that they had acquired 30 acres land and enrolled 700 members for membership of flats near Bakhtawarpur in Delhi. Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary confirmed the arrest. “We have arrested Jitender Saini in the case,” said additional CP. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe investigating agency said that in the year 2016, a case under sections 406/420/120B of IPC was registered on the complaint of RN Govil at Subhash Place police station. Police said that later the case was transferred to EOW pursuant to PHQ order. The complainant had alleged that the officials of a welfare society including Saini along with the agents allured that they had acquired 30 acres land and enrolled 700 members for membership of flats near Bakhtawarpur in Delhi. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”The complainant was also assured of membership and share certificates. Believing the accused, the complainant along with his family members booked 4 flats and paid approx. Rs. 34 lakhs,” police said. Similarly, 47 more victims (investors) also filed complaints alleging the same allegations. Thus the accused have cheated them to the tune of approx. Rs. 4.35 Crores. Engineer files complaint: An executive engineer had filed a complaint against a proprietor in a cheating case. According to the case filed with EOW, the suspect through forgery procured tenders/work orders. “It is to inform that it has also come to notice that during the investigation that the suspect had provided the fake sales tax and fake sales tax return acknowledgement for the year 2008,” complainant told police. According to police, the complainant is executive engineer, PWD, Health Maintenance Division (Central) Delhi based hospital. The documents further read that the enquiry conducted has substantiated that the allegations of the complainant wherein the alleged obtained tender on the basis of the forged officer orders. Police have registered a case under sections 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (Using as genuine a forged 1[document or electronic record) and 120 B ( Punishment of criminal conspiracy) with EOW. Another case has been filed a case against Noida bases construction company.last_img read more

Moroccan Greenpeace Activist Faiza Oulahsen Released on Bail

first_imgCasablanca- Faiza Oulahsen, a Dutch woman of Moroccan origins, has been released on bail along with other Greenpeace activists after they were arrested on September 18th over protest on an Arctic oil rig owned by state-controlled firm Gazprom, Greenpeace recently announced on its official website. According to the same source, 26-year-old Faiza Oulahsen has been granted bail in Primorskiy District Court.The appeal to release Faiza on bail was initially rejected by the Regional Court of Murmansk. Faiza was at the head of the Greenpeace mission, onboard a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace ship named Sunrise, to protest Russia’s offshore oil drilling in the Arctic. Along with the 30 other Greenpeace activists, Faiza ended up arrested and detained in the Russian city of Murmansk after they attempted to board the Prirazlomnaya platform, Russia’s first offshore oil rig in the Arctic.Videos and pictures shared on Greenpeace’s official website showed Russian agents masked in balaclavas pointing guns and knives at the activists. The same pictures and videos stirred a massive public outrage in different corners of the world.Faiza and the rest of the Dutch crewmembers were subsequently charged with piracy.Thousands of people, from 263 cities in 43 countries, took part in peaceful protests in to express their solidarity with the detained 30 activists. Faiza has been with Greenpeace since, 2011. “It is her sincere indignation and concern that convinced her to join the Arctic Sunrise on its journey of peaceful protest in the Arctic,” read a biographical description of her on Greenpeace official website. “It is now busier than ever in the ‘climate and energy’ corner of our office, but also strangely quiet without Faiza. We talk about her and miss her and worry about her. In the NOS news we heard her joke that she is fine, but she’s not in a five star Hotel. Maybe we will have a good laugh about this together some day, but now we are long way from that,” read a note at the bottom of her profile. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Security Council extends UNs Western Sahara mission through April 2008

31 October 2007The Security Council today extended through next April the mandate of the United Nations mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO), which has been in the Territory since 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario. The Security Council today extended through next April the mandate of the United Nations mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO), which has been in the Territory since 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario.In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council called on the parties “to continue to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue in order to engage in substantive negotiations.”In a bid to break the impasse, the UN sponsored talks between Morocco and the Frente Polisario in Manhasset, just outside New York, in June and again in August. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his latest report on Western Sahara, said the two sides held mutually exclusive positions that prevented them from seriously discussing each other’s proposal during the talks.Morocco holds that its sovereignty over Western Sahara should be recognized, while the Frente Polisario’s position is that the Territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum that includes independence as an option.The Secretary-General’s report also recommended a six-month extension of MINURSO’s mandate, set to expire today. In adopting that proposal, the Council called on the parties to continue negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary-General “without preconditions and in good faith… with a view to achieving a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations.”It also noted “the role and responsibilities of the parties in this respect.” read more

In solemn session UN marks 65th anniversary of end of Second World

6 May 2010The United Nations today marked the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War by paying homage to the “extraordinary bravery” of those who waged the “epic struggle for freedom and liberation” and vowing to banish the prospect of a repeat of such a scourge. “It is fitting, today, that we commemorate the war’s end at a moment when nations are gathered to advance the cause of peace,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a commemorative special session of the General Assembly, citing the five-yearly review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) currently under way.“The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is also a document of hope, a vision for a nuclear-weapon-free world,” he said. “Thank you for helping us to remember the past, so that we may better shape our future.”Mr. Ban, who last month praised the agreement by Russia and the United States to reduce their nuclear arsenals, told reporters afterwards that progress was being made along the road to a nuclear weapons-free future. “I am confident that we will continue to do so, if only because we must,” he said.In his address to the Assembly, he recited a litany of major battles, horrors and terrible costs of the war. “The names and places resonate, despite the passing of many years – Stalingrad and Kursk, Auschwitz and Dachau (death camps), D-Day and the final battle for Berlin,” he said.“Its cost was beyond calculation, beyond comprehension ¬– 40 million civilians dead, 20 million soldiers, nearly half of those in the Soviet Union alone. Those were years of unspeakable atrocities, of lost faith and lost humanity. Those years saw extraordinary bravery, as well. World War II was one of the most epic struggles for freedom and liberation in history. And in the end, idealism had its triumph, too.”He stressed that the end of the war coincided with the San Francisco conference that established the UN “an organization founded on that most human of hopes, an end to the ‘scourge of war’.”Acting Assembly President Abdalmahmoud Mohamad, Ambassador of Sudan, said the commemoration was a wake-up call to intensify efforts to settle all disputes by peaceful means.“As we celebrate the end of one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, we also reflect on the immeasurable human cost of war,” he added. “Collectively, and with the needed political will, we can reinforce international peace and security around the globe, and ensure a better future for the coming generations…“The international community has strived to achieve progress towards reconciliation, cooperation and the promotion of democratic values, human rights and fundamental freedoms. We must renew this commitment. We must continue our path towards a world that reigns with peace, security and prosperity for all. Today’s meeting is an excellent opportunity to renew our resolve to achieve this goal.”Although the Second World War continued in Asia until August 1945 beyond May’s end of fighting in Europe, the General Assembly unanimously resolved in March to hold a special solemn meeting in the second week of May “in commemoration of all victims of the war.” read more

Fox News has strong ratings week not so for Fox broadcasting

Fox News has strong ratings week, not so for Fox broadcasting by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2015 1:36 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 9, 2015 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The television ratings story was a tale of two Foxes.Fox News Channel was the highest-rated cable network for the fifth straight week last week, the Nielsen company said. The network has reached that milestone only once before, during the breakout of the Iraq War more than a decade ago.Post-labour Day, and with the college football season about to begin in earnest, the streak is likely to end. But it was a reflection of the strong interest in politics last month during the Summer of Trump, which Fox News covered heavily even as it became involved in the story given Trump’s unhappiness with debate inquisitor Megyn Kelly.Fox News’ average of 1.82 million viewers in prime time was less than 200,000 fewer than the much bigger Fox broadcast network had in what is likely to rank as that network’s low-water mark.The season has not been kind in the ratings to Fox, which hasn’t minted a summertime hit along the lines of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” or “American Ninja Warriors.” Only “Master Chef,” with 4.7 million viewers last week, recorded much of a pulse.Behind the two summer competition shows and a NASCAR race, NBC was the most-watched network, averaging 5.4 million viewers in prime time last week. CBS had 4.8 million, ABC had 4.1 million, Univision had 2.2 million, Fox had 2 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million, the CW had 1.1 million and ION Television had 1 million.After Fox News, the top cable networks were ESPN, with a 1.77 million average, the Disney Channel with 1.53 million, USA with 1.452 million and HGTV with 1.448 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.3 million viewers. ABC’s “World News Tonight” was second with 7.7 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.5 million viewers.For the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 6, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.55 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 9.29 million; College Football: Wisconsin vs. Alabama, ABC, 7.97 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 7.86 million; “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 7.32 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.88 million; “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 6.58 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 6.09 million; “Zoo,” CBS, 6.02 million; Auto Racing: NASCAR Sprint Cup, Darlington, NBC, 5.92 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online: read more

UN launches SaveKidsLives campaign to boost road safety for children

Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2010 *Children under 19 years of age “Really what [the Week] aims for is to draw attention to the appalling number of 186,000 children dying in road traffic crashes every year,” said Dr. Krug, who is the Director at WHO’s Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention said. “We should plan our transportation system in such a way that children can be safe when they go to school, where they go to the park, when they go visit a friend,” he added.Key facts Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2010 *Children under 19 years of age The new WHO document 10 strategies for keeping children safe on the road proposes ways to keep children safe on the roads. These include building road safety management capacity, improving the safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks, producing safer vehicles, enhancing the safety of road users through enacting and enforcing legislation around key risks, such as speeding, drinking and driving, helmets, seat-belts and child restraints behaviour of road users, and improving post-crash emergency and trauma care for the injured. In 2007, 400 delegates to the first World Youth Assembly for Road Safety, in Geneva, adopted the Declaration, committing to practical measures to improve road safety and calls on adults to play their part as parents and leaders. The Declaration calls on all young people to “stand up and participate in local and national campaigns and programmes” and urges adults to do more. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on 10 April 2014 to improve road safety. Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2010 *Children under 19 years of age The highest rates of deaths are found in middle and lower income countries, he continued. Countries that are “rapidly motorizing” in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Eastern Mediterranean have “more and more cars, and more and more roads” but an absence of road safety measures. Political will is needed for change to happen and leaders to take action. In Sweden, where the Government has taken initiative to combat traffic deaths, there has not been a single child death on the road in the past few years, Dr. Krug said.Key strategies Each day some 500 children die from road traffic crashes, thousands more are injured and the situation is only getting worse, the United Nations warned today as it launched #SaveKidsLives, a global campaign to generate action to make streets safe for children. According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), every four minutes, a child dies from a traffic accident. For adolescents aged 15 to 17, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death worldwide, with boys accounting for nearly twice as many road traffic deaths as girls. And one third of these deaths are children in cars but two thirds outside cars. “It’s a manmade disaster where we are killing our young children on the roads by not providing them with safe places to play, safe places to walk, or cycle to school,” Dr. Etienne Krug of WHO said in an interview with UN Radio. The third UN Global Road Safety Week, which kicks off today and runs through 10 May, under the theme ‘Children and road safety,’ features hundreds of events to highlight WHO’s package of 10 key strategies for keeping children safe on the road. The campaign is part of a larger Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020 plan of action to save five million lives across the world.Key facts read more

Ban urges borders and ports be kept open to thousands stranded at

“The Secretary-General is concerned about the crisis evolving in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca, where several thousand people are believed to be stranded on smugglers’ boats,” said a statement issued through his spokesperson. “He is alarmed by reports that some countries may be refusing entry to boats carrying refugees and migrants.” In the statement, Mr. Ban also urged governments in the region to ensure that the obligation of rescue at sea is upheld and the prohibition on ‘refoulement’ is maintained. Refoulement is the forcible return of individuals to their country of origin where they could face persecution.The Secretary-General “also urges Governments to facilitate timely disembarkation and keep their borders and ports open in order to help the vulnerable people who are in need,” the statement said. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has also expressed alarm at reports suggesting that Indonesia and Malaysia may have pushed back boats carrying vulnerable people from Myanmar and Bangladesh.UNHCR said it has asked countries in Southeast Asia to approach this issue as a regional one with real human consequences and has offered to support States to interview the different groups and to help target solutions to their specific needs, as those being rescued are likely to be a mix of refugees, economic migrants, victims of trafficking, unaccompanied and separated children among those being smuggled.In his statement today, the Secretary-General said he “has taken note of the efforts to organize a regional summit and calls on all leaders of Southeast Asia to intensify individual and collective efforts to address this worrying situation and tackle the root causes, of which the push factors are often human rights violations.”“In this regard, he reminds States of their obligations under international law; he emphasizes the need for a timely, comprehensive, rights-based, predictable and effective response,” according to the statement. read more

Arctic tern numbers soar after National Trust babysits chicks roundtheclock for four

first_imgIn 2016 just two Arctic terns and five little terns managed to take flight because of the threat from stoats, foxes, marine pollution and tidal surges.But this year numbers have surge. The vigil is part of ongoing conservation efforts to protect the birds, which flock to the Northumberland Coast each summer to breed.This summer, the National Trust bought 200 acres of saltmarsh, woodland, hedgerows, pasture and sand dunes at Tughall Mill, to make sure the birds were undisturbed. Arctic tern numbers are soaring after National Trust rangers babysat fledgling chicks round-the-clock for four months to make sure they were protected from high tides and predators.More than 500 Arctic terns, and five internationally threatened little terns, have flown their nesting sites in Northumberland unscathed after wildlife experts set up a non-stop vigil,  between May and August.Erecting tents close to breeding areas, the team have monitored the birds 24 hours a day. In caring for the land, the National Trust will link up hedgerows to create wildlife corridors as well as improve woodland areas through the removal of non-native invasive species.The ranger team will also plant native woodland and hedgerow trees, and through careful grazing management, encourage native plant species found in the dunes and grasslands, including rare calcareous plants such as purple milk vetch and autumn gentian. This work will also allow the shorebird colonies, farmland birds and declining waders such as curlew, lapwing and ringed plover, to flourish. Simon Lee, General Manager of National Trust Northumberland Coast, said: “We are passionate about looking after special places for the benefit of people, wildlife and nature.“We already care for 12 miles of the Northumberland Coast. Now we will be able to look after the wider landscape helping wildlife and nature flourish, as well as safeguarding the site for future generations.”Only around 1,800 breeding pairs of Arctic terns return to the Long Nanny from Antarctica each year, between May and July. Last year one tagged tern from the Farne Islands clocked up 59,650 miles in one migration, more than twice the circumference of the planet.The land was acquired through the Trust’s Neptune campaign which, for more than 50 years, has enabled the conservation charity to care for Britain’s coastline. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. National Trust Rangers Jane Lancaster and Kate Bradshaw on new land purchased by the National Trust by Long Nanny Reserve on the Northumberland coast. National Trust Rangers Jane Lancaster and Kate Bradshaw on new land purchased by the National Trust by Long Nanny Reserve on the Northumberland coast.Credit: Paul Kingston/NorthNews The birds fly in from the Arctic to breed in the summer Credit: Paul Kingston/NorthNewcenter_img The rangers have been monitoring the birds since May David Feige, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Officer for the Northumberland Coast, said: “The site at Tughall Mill is a very significant part of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, especially as it hosts such an important colony of little and Arctic terns, and fantastic dune grassland.“It also has great potential to support a wide range of other declining wildlife, and so the AONB Partnership is delighted that the National Trust has been able to buy this site and we look forward to seeing it flourish in the Trust’s care.” Fewer than 10 chicks fledged last year  The rangers have been monitoring the birds since May The birds fly in from the Arctic to breed in the summer  Fewer than 10 chicks fledged last year last_img read more

Sean OBrien in France as contract negotiations drag on

first_imgLEINSTER AND IRELAND openside flanker Sean O’Brien is in France this evening to meet with Toulon representatives, has learned.O’Brien’s current contract is set to expire this summer and the reigning European champions are clearly the club most interested and capable of tempting the Carlow man abroad.O’Brien is currently sidelined after undergoing surgery on a dislocated shoulder and is free to assess the options that are open to him as an alternative to remaining in Ireland.While O’Brien’s contract negotiations with the Union hang in the air, the 26-year-old could be present for Toulon’s Heineken Cup Pool 2 clash with Cardiff Blues tomorrow (kick-off 15.40) at Nice’s Allianz Riviera stadium.O’Brien’s agent Fintan Drury could not be reached for comment.Snapshot: Sean O’Brien is lending a hand to Carlow’s senior footballersWallabies captain Mowen takes up French offerlast_img read more

Most profitable Final Fantasy game is an MMO

first_imgIn a list of most successful video games IP, Final Fantasy would certainly appear somewhere in the top ten. And the most well-known game in the series? It has to be Final Fantasy VII, which ranks second on the list of best selling games for the PlayStation.What may surprise you though, is which of the Final Fantasy games turns out to be the most profitable. FFVII sold over 10 million copies, and each new game release in the series continues to see sales in the millions. But the number one spot doesn’t go to a typical Final Fantasy title. Square Enix has made the most money from Final Fantasy XI–the series’ first, and now decade-old MMO.The game was released back in 2002 on the PlayStation 2 and PC. It then saw a release four years later on the Xbox 360. According to Square Enix, players have logged over 200,000 years of play time during its first 10 years. I say first because it seems the game will continue to get support and has a new expansion incoming called Seekers of Adoulin.The MMO landscape has changed significantly since Final Fantasy XI saw a release. World of Warcraft continues to dominate the market, many other subscription-based MMOs have made the switch to free-to-play to boost player numbers and generate revenue, and Square Enix’s own Final Fantasy XIV has failed to perform anywhere near as well as FFXI.The revelation that an MMO tops the profit charts for the series was made by Square Enix president Yoichi Wada during the Vana Fest 2012 event. It was also revealed that Hiromichi Tanaka, a Square Enix producer who worked on Final Fantasy I, II, III, and XIV, as well as Chrono Cross and Xenogears, is leaving the company due to health issues. However, he plans to continue making games as an indie, which could prove very interesting for gamers.More at Andriasang, via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

Rural fire chiefs keeping residents informed

first_imgClark County’s rural fire chiefs have been fielding hundreds of calls over the past week from residents concerned about the Eagle Creek Fire.One question is on everybody’s mind, and with good reason: Should I evacuate?Fortunately for Clark County, the answer seems to be no, although there’s plenty of reason to stay alert.“There are no evacuations in Washougal or in Clark County,” said Fire Chief Nick Swinhart of East County Fire & Rescue.Even so, Swinhart, who is also chief of the Camas-Washougal Fire Department, stressed that Clark County, particularly its eastern edge, “is under extreme fire danger right now.” Swinhart advised that east county residents seek out the Skamania County Sheriff’s website and Facebook page for up to date information regarding the fire and evacuations.“Most of the people that have been calling, unfortunately, have been concerned about incorrect information or rumors,” Swinhart said.Fire Chief Steve Wrightson of Fire District 3 said that much of the confusion surrounding evacuations stems from the presence of two identically named mountains on both sides of the Columbia River. An evacuation notice has been issued for Larch Mountain in Oregon, but not Larch Mountain in Washington, which sits at the eastern edge of Clark County.“There’s bits and pieces of information that go out, and people just hear parts of it,” Wrightson said.Fire District 3 encompasses about 84 square miles and is responsible for roughly 40,000 people. The Camas-Washougal Fire Department protects about 40,000 people, while East County Fire and Rescue serves more than 50,000.Despite the high fire risk, Wrightson said that Clark County had no active fires at the moment and was not threatened by the fires in the Gorge or in Skamania County.last_img read more

Cancelo pays tribute to Ronaldo

first_imgFor the Portugal international footballer, the impact his fellow countryman had in Real Madrid was gigantic and cannot be equalAfter Real Madrid lost 5-1 against a Lionel Messi-less Barcelona team, Portugal international footballer Joao Cancelo paid tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo.“Every day I train with Cristiano Ronaldo and so far he has won five editions of the Ballon d’Or,” Cancelo told Sky Sport Italia as quoted by Football Italia.“If Cristiano doesn’t win it this year, it’s just incredible. He is the best of them all and last season he was more decisive than any other player.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“The Ballon d’Or can’t just be decided by the World Cup, because that tournament can only be won by a certain number of select nations,” he said.“If you are born in France, Germany or Brazil, clearly sooner or later you’re going to win a World Cup. Seeing Portugal win the Euros, that is a huge achievement and very rare.”“Cristiano won the Champions League as an absolute protagonist, scoring 15 goals. When he plays for a team, that team becomes the best there is,” he commented.“The proof is in the latest Clasico result. Barcelona without Lionel Messi win 5-1, Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo lose 5-1. That is the difference.”last_img read more

Two people drown in Noorvik police report

first_imgState troopers reported the drowning death of two people from the Northwest community of Noorvik this week. According to a press release, Merna Sheldon, age 54, and her son Albert Sheldon, age 34, were thrown from a skiff that had spun out of control on the Kobuk River Monday. 4-year-old Jim Sheldon, Merna’s grandson, remained onboard until the skiff ran aground on the river bank.Listen nowThe trio did not return on time from their trip to pick berries downriver, and a concerned friend went in search the next day. Jim Sheldon was found on the river bank alone, and was able to relay the details of the accident.Albert Sheldon’s body was recovered from the river Tuesday evening, and Merna Sheldon was found Wednesday evening.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday June 5 2019

first_imgJuneau’s homeless population declines for first time since 2016 Erosion threatens village of Huslia Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. State unveils draft hemp regulations Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome The numbers are in from the most recent survey of Juneau’s homeless population, and things appear to be improving. North Pacific fish council enters Pebble debate, over state’s objections Akiak seeks funds to move homes away from river Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau Nome has a new city commission: the Public Safety Commission. This commission comes after months of work between civilian activists and the local city government. US House calls for more research on ocean acidification Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Nome establishes new public safety commission An Alaska community whose riverbank is quickly eroding is seeking funding to relocate homes. This week, high school students from around the state attended a three-day camp at the University of Alaska Anchorage to learn skills in one of the most in-demand job fields in the state: nursing. It’s part of a UAA program designed to get more Alaska Natives into the medical field. The state of Alaska believes the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is overstepping its bounds, by weighing in on the Pebble Mine Project in Bristol Bay. Alaska awards contract to study Medicaid block grant system Associated Press Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNews In a rainforest, Southeast Alaska towns face extreme drought Associated Press June Leffler, KSTK – Wrangell High water and erosion are threatening homes and infrastructure in the Koyokuk River village of Huslia. Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks Alaska took a big step this week toward regulating industrial hemp, a versatile and non-psychoactive form of marijuana. The state Department of Natural Resources unveiled draft regulations for the industry on Monday. The change in ocean chemistry is alarming to subsistence communities and the fishing industry. Alaska has awarded a contract to study whether the state can become the first in the nation to change its Medicaid program into a block grant system. Ground zero for the drought is Wrangell, a city that’s struggled for years to keep up with summer water demand. Alaska Native students get hands-on medical experience at UAA nursing camp Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitkalast_img read more