IPL 2016: Yusuf Pathan rebukes Sunil Gavaskar’s jibe at Royal Challengers Bangalore’s ‘popatwadi attack’

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders all-rounder on Monday refused to agree with Sunil Gavaskar in calling the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowling as ‘popatwadi attack’. While RCB have a strong batting line-up, their bowling has somewhat looked quite weak as compared to the other Indian Premier League teams. (Kohli slams lack of composure in RCB bowling attack)Yusuf Pathan, whose unbeaten 60 off just 29 balls helped KKR chased down 186-run target, defended Virat Kohli’s bowlers.”Any team playing, or for that matter any batting lineup, and especially any bowling lineup cannot be called Popatwadi Attack, when teams are participating in big tournaments as IPL,” Pathan told reporters during the post-match press conference.During a studio discussion, Gavaskar had called RCB bowling as “popatwadi attack.””It is his viewpoint and his perception. Whatever he said, it is according to his understanding. But look at Varun Aaron and Shane Watson, they both have represented their country for their achievements,” he said.Pathan said when RCB’s bowling will start clicking it will become a different team.”Unfortunately for RCB, compared to their batting strengths, their bowling has not been clicking. It is a matter of two to three games, and if their bowling clicks the team will look altogether a different side,” said.Pathan said the 96-run partnership for the fifth wicket between him and Andre Russell played a crucial role to clinching a victory against RCB in their backyard.”In the initial period of our partnership, Russel took the role of going after the bowling, and I steadied the innings, which helped us build a good partnership, and from there on the target began to look small,” he said.advertisement”We were just thinking of staying on the wicket and play shots, when the team was struggling at 69 for four,” he said.On Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy, Pathan said he is a very good captain, and most importantly he trusts and backs his players in good or bad situation.”Trusting and backing players in any situation boosts the morale of the players,” he said.Replying to a query on middle and lower order batsmen hardly getting chance to bat in the event of top-order batsmen blazing all guns, Pathan said the team is prepared for this eventuality as was reflected in today’s win.”One thing however is good about KKR – even if the top order fails, the middle order comes to the party as we did today, after the early collapse. They came out good and snatched victory from the jaws of RCB,” he said.On KKR’s new head coach Jacques Kallis, Pathan said the South African legend has played lot of cricket for KKR and makes right decisions knowing the potential of each player.Pathan also said all the four coaches – Kallis, Simon Katich (assistant coach), Wasim Akram (bowling coach and mentor) and W V Raman (batting advisor) – work in unison and consequently the team has enjoyed positive results.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Double gold for India in Commonwealth Shooting Championship

first_img(Eds: Updating with more details)Brisbane, Nov 1 (PTI) India continued their strong showing at the Commonwealth Shooting Championship, winning a gold each in the mens 10m air pistol and womens 10m air rifle events, respectively, here today.Indian pistol shooters pulled off a clean sweep in the 10m air pistol event with Shahzar Rizvi, Omkar Singh and Jitu Rai winning gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.In the womens 10m air rifle event, Pooja Ghatkar bagged a gold, while her countrymate Anjum Moudgil won the silver medal. The bronze in this event went to Martina Lindsay Veloso of Singapore. The third Indian in the final, Meghana Sajjanar, finished fifth.Youngster Rizvi finished ahead of established shooters Omkar and Jitu.The day started with Shahzar topping the 16-man qualification round with a score of 581. Omkar and Jitu followed him into the eight-man final with 576 and 571 respectively.The order did not change in the final, although Jitu led the trio briefly after the first series of five-shots with Omkar second and Shahzar in third.Omkar then led till the 18th shot before the youngster took control from the 20th shot. By the end of the allotted 24 shots, Shahzar ended with 240.7, while Omkar came second with 236, thanks to four out of his last six shots being in the 8s.Jitu won bronze with 214.1.In the womens 10m air rifle, Singapores star rifle shooter, Jasmine Xer, topped the qualification with 419.8 and her teammate, Martina Veloso shot 417.5 to finish second.Jasmines was a Commonwealth qualification record.advertisementMeghana, with 416.6, Pooja with 415.3 and Anjum with 414.1 qualified in third, fourth and sixth positions respectively.In the eight-woman final however, it was Anjum who started the strongest, leading the field after five shots. But Pooja soon showed her class, to take the lead after 10 shots and held on to win with a final score of 249.8.Anjum ended with 248.7 to win silver while Veloso won bronze with a score of 224.8. Meghana shot 183.8.Ghatkar is supported by the Gagan Narang Sports Foundation.In the mens Skeet, the Indian trio of Mairaj Ahmad Khan, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Sheeraz Sheikh shot 119 each out of 125 in qualification to get into a shoot-off and qualify for the finals.Mairaj and Angad made it through to the six-man final to eventually finish fifth and sixth respectively.On the first day, India had won gold in the womens 10m air pistol through Heena Sidhu and a bronze in the mens 10m air rifle through Deepak Kumar. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

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Ronaldo Scores in Portugal’s 1-0 Win, Morocco Eliminated

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo made European soccer history by scoring in Portugal’s 1-0 win over Morocco on Wednesday, a result that makes the North African team the first to be eliminated from the World Cup.Ronaldo’s header in the fourth minute was his fourth goal at this year’s tournament, and his 85th for his country. That moved him ahead of Hungary great Ferenc Puskas and alone in second place worldwide behind Ali Daei’s 109 goals for Iran.The Portugal forward celebrated his goal with a trademark run and soaring leap toward the corner flag at the Luzhniki Stadium.Morocco lost 1-0 for the second straight Group B match and is out of contention for a spot in the next round.The North Africans had several chances against Portugal, nearly all from set pieces, and three of them came in a five-minute spell early in the second half. Younes Belhanda was twice denied by goalkeeper Rui Patricio’s diving saves, and defender Mehdi Benatia scooped a shot over the bar.In injury time, Benatia lifted another shot too high with an even clearer chance.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, with blue captain’s armband, heads the ball to score the opening goal during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)Ronaldo’s four goals tops the individual scoring chart at the World Cup. Buoyed by his hat trick against Spain on Friday, including a spectacular free kick late in the game, Ronaldo scored against Morocco with his first meaningful touch early in the match.He was too strong for marker Manuel Da Costa and found space in the goalmouth to meet Joao Moutinho’s cross after a corner.Ronaldo had two more free kick chances, though each from less than 20 yards (meters). He could not get the ball up and over a solid wall of defenders on either occasion.Benatia, a rugged defender who plays for Juventus, led the efforts to stop Ronaldo. His hard tackles from behind, however, earned him a yellow card.GROUP DYNAMICSPortugal looks well set to advance to the round of 16 while Morocco will certainly be going home.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, left, prepares to shot a free kick during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Portugal now has four points and leads Group B ahead of the late match between Iran and Spain.The Portuguese will face Iran in their final match on Monday in Saransk.KEYS TO SUCCESSRonaldo was a clinical finisher and also one of Portugal’s best defenders. His headed clearances helped out a back line that seems vulnerable to corners and free kicks despite the height of veteran center backs Pepe and Jose Fonte.Morocco, playing in its first World Cup in 20 years, linked play neatly through midfield but relied on set-pieces for its clearest chances — a growing theme at this year’s tournament.Its clearest shooting chances fell to a defender, Benatia, who could not keep them on target.—By GRAHAM DUNBAR , AP Sports WriterPortugal’s Goncalo Guedes, right, shots on target as Morocco’s Manuel Da Costa, center, challenges for the ball during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo holds his leg during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)A Morocco fan wearing a lion costume arrives at Sportivnaya metro station to attend the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Axiomtek: versatile, thin and affordable Mini-ITX motherboard

first_imgAxiomtek announce the MANO311, a mini-ITX motherboard powered by the Intel Celeron processor N3350. Its customizable I/O interfaces, wide voltage and stunning graphics performance were designed to reduce time-to-market and facilitate quick deployment. The feature-rich MANO311 is an ideal solution for healthcare, automation, retail, digital signage and other Industrial IoT-related applications.The Intel Atom-based MANO311 has one 204-pin DDR3L-1867 SO-DIMM socket with up to 8GB of system memory; moreover, it supports 4GB memory down for options. It features one SATA-600 connector, one mSATA socket and one SDXC slot for storage devices. A wide range DC input of 12V to 24V makes the power input selection more flexible for various applications. Furthermore, the newest mini-ITX motherboard features one PCIe x1 slot and one PCI Express Mini Card slot to enhance its expansion. Triple-display capability is available through the dual HDMI and LVDS.The MANO311 comes with rich I/O interfaces including one RS-232/422/485 port, five RS-232 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two Gigabit LAN ports, two HDMI ports, one LVDS port, one eDP port (optional), 8-channel digital I/O port, and one PS/2 keyboard/mouse. There are one PCI Express Mini Card slot and one SIM card socket for 3G/4G, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, as well as a PCIe x1 slot for integration with a variety of add-on cards. To ensure reliable operation, the industrial motherboard offers watchdog timer to detect and recover from malfunctions and supports hardware monitoring features to monitor temperature, voltage, fan speed, etc.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Why FIR sensing technology is essential for achieving fully autonomous vehiclesNext Rohde & Schwarz: RTP family combines innovative signal integrity with high acquisition ratelast_img read more

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‘Gaj Mahotsav’ to raise awareness for conservation of Asian elephant

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) A festival of 101 life-sized elephant art installations will celebrate the grandeur of the Asian elephant while trying to raise awareness for conservation efforts to protect the national heritage animal.Organised by wildlife conservation NGO, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), the first edition of ‘Gaj Mahotsav’ will be held from August 12 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) here.Apart from 101 life sized elephant art pieces representing as many elephant corridors of India, the four-day event will also see dance and music performances by artists such as Mallika Sarabhai and Astad Deboo, films and talks by filmmakers Mike Pandey and Krishnendu Bose, an exhibition of elephant-themed art and photographs curated by Ina Puri and Alka Pande. In addition, there will be various workshops like Bulbul Sharma’s story telling for children, shadow puppet workshop by Dadi Pudumjee and a cartooning workshop by Rohan Chakravarthy.Vivek Menon, Executive Director and CEO-Wildlife Trust of India. expressed the urgent need to protect “our biggest national treasure”. “While we are privileged to have the largest population of these majestic beings in India, our ignorance for their safety and basic right for safe and secure movement across the elephant corridors is also putting human lives in danger. In order to protect Indias rich biodiversity, it is imperative for each one of us to recognise that elephants need right of passage,” he said.The event will see active participation from policy makers, industry leaders, influencers from the world of entertainment, sports, arts and culture, eminent conservationists and artists.advertisementTalking about Asian elephant’s importance in the Indian culture and tradition, curator Alka Pande, who has curated two shows for the event, said, “The elephant not only has an important physical presence in Indian tradition and culture but is also a metaphor for many elements of a civil society – emotion, intelligence, memory and most importantly, living in herds which teaches us the importance of a family.”The two shows — 101 elephants and 51 significant photographs — will draw attention to the “overarching presence of the elephant in our religion, mythology, history and literature with an appeal to give this majestic being its due right to flourish in peace and safety,” she added.India has a little over 27,000 wild Asian elephants, about 55 per cent of the species’ estimated global population, yet these natural nomads face an increasingly uncertain future in the country due to growing human population and depleting areas available for elephants to roam.”Elephants are known as the gardeners of the forests, dispersing seeds far and wide with some plant species relying entirely upon them. Securing safe corridors for these intelligent creatures is vital not just for maintaining biodiversity but for the very survival of the majestic species,” Atul Bagai, Head, UN Environment, India Country office, said. PTI MAH MAHMAHlast_img read more

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Naomi Osaka forgets her victory speech after Australian Open glory

first_imgNaomi Osaka was over the moon after winning her second Grand Slam title on Saturday. The 21-year-old Japanese star was ranked as low as 72 a year back but cut to January 2019, she is the winner of two back-to-back majors.With the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup in hand, Osaka began her victory speech with an apology to the crowd at Rod Laver Arena that was packed to the rafters for the women’s singles final between the fourth seed and former Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova.”Hello. Sorry, public speaking isn’t really my strong side so I’m hoping I can get through this,” Osaka said.Osaka is slowly gaining the reputation as one of the most entertaining characters on the tour. Her funny, and sometimes witty, one-liners are a big hit among the tennis fraternity.On Saturday, she was at it again even as she conceded she wasn’t able to recollect what she had wanted to say despite looking at a few notes after the three-set thrilling win at the Melbourne Park.”I read notes before this but I’ve still forgotten what I’m supposed to say. I’m really honoured to play in this final so thank you,” Osaka conceded.Tears of joy @Naomi_Osaka_ #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ckfLkGG6kf#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2019What a moment. @Naomi_Osaka_ wins her second Grand Slam in a row #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/9TTskXIH9E#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2019However, she hardly missed a beat during the fiercely-fought women’s singles final against Kvitova, who was looking determined than ever to complete a remarkable comeback from a career-threatening knife attack in 2017 and win her first-ever Australian Open title.advertisementOsaka, who was serving well and hitting winners at will, was unstoppable in the first-set tie-breaker. She was cruising to a straight-set win but Kvitova saved three championship points and put the pressure back on Osaka.From being 5-3 down, Kvitova fought back and won five straight games, which includes an early break in the deciding set of the match. Osaka nearly suffered a meltdown when the second set slipped away from her hands.However, the 21-year-old showed immense composure and found ways to stay in the game. From being down 2-0, she broke back and held her serve to take the lead and there was no stopping her from thereon.Osaka thanked her opponent, Kvitova for coming up with her A game in the final and credited her team for the big win.”Congratulations Petra, I’ve always wanted to play you, you’ve been through so much and I didn’t want this game to be our first [meeting]. I’m so honoured to play you,” Osaka said.Thanking the crowd support, Osaka said, “I want to thank you guys for coming and watching. Even though it’s really hot, you guys come and show support so I really want to show my gratitude to you.””Thanks to my team, I don’t think I would have made it through this week without you. Behind every tennis player is a great team.””We didn’t even know if I would be able to hold the racquet again.”@Petra_Kvitova’s comeback story is one in a million #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/XLz2tc703i#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2019Meanwhile, Kvitova congratulated Osaka for becoming the new world number one in women’s singles.”Hello everyone. it’s crazy I cannot believe I just played a final of a Grand Slam again so … It was a great final, well done Naomi. To your team as well, you really played well and congratulations for being (world) No1 as well,” Kvitova said.Also Read | Australian Open: Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova to win her second Grand Slam titleAlso Read | Davis Cup: Prajnesh Gunneswaran confident ahead of World Group Qualifiers vs ItalyAlso See:last_img read more

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Umtiti ‘very happy’ at Barca amid Man Utd links

first_imgTransfers Umtiti ‘very happy’ at Barcelona amid Manchester United links Sacha Pisani 07:55 4/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) SamuelUmtiti-cropped Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Barcelona Primera División Premier League The French defender has responded to rumours linking him with a move away from the Camp Nou Samuel Umtiti is aware of interest from Manchester United and other clubs in Europe but the Barcelona centre-back said he is “very happy” at the La Liga leaders.Umtiti is believed to be a top target for Jose Mourinho and United as the 24-year-old France international reportedly pushes for a new contract at Barca.Asked about links to United, Umtiti – who revealed discussions over a new Barca deal have not started – told Canal+: “There is interest from several clubs but, I said it again, I have so many objectives to reach with Barcelona that for the moment the question does not arise. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “In this world, it goes very fast. But what I can say is that I am very happy.””My future is a subject that I don’t want to talk about too much,” he added. “I haven’t started anything yet. Maybe there is an interest from Barca [for an extension], but nothing has started.”Umtiti’s buyout clause is set at €60 million, making him an appealing target for clubs throughout Europe.”A payout clause does not mean much, everyone is aware of it,” Umtiti said.”It concerns me, but it does not interest me. I am interested by [what I do on] the pitch and have fun.”Umtiti has made 22 La Liga appearances as Barca top the standings, and 34 in all competitions ahead of the club’s Champions League quarter-final showdown with Roma.last_img read more

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2018 Yass Valley Touch Football Knockout – Celebrating 30 Years!

first_imgAustralia’s favourite knockout event will be turning the big 3-0 in 2018!The Yass Valley Touch Football Knockout is a hugely successful club and affiliate team competition that caters for all levels of participation. The 2018 event will be held on the 27th & 28th January at Walker Park Yass and will have over $15,000 n prize money on offer.Nomination DetailsNominate and register your players online at www.yasstouch.com.au with a team nomination fee of $300 to be paid online.Players must be registered in a 2017 Season 1 or Season 2 competition affiliated with NSWTA, TFA or FIT to qualify to play in the 2018 Yass Touch Football Knockout. Team nominations will be limited to 120 teams and the Knockout will only be played at Walker Park, Yass.Nominations Close 12 January 2018For more information and to read the history of the Yass Touch Knockout, please click here.last_img read more

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Black Eyed Peas Taboo To Rock The World For Charity

first_imgOn Saturday, September 29th, Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo will bring his high energy performance to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, CA to support music education at the inaugural Rock Their World Celebration, a fundraiser and celebration of national nonprofit Little Kids Rock’s decade of service, restoring and revitalizing music education for disadvantaged public schools nationwide.He’ll join “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician and Adopt the Arts founder Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), as well as local Little Kids Rock students at this musical fundraiser.More information on this event and Taboo’s participation is available here.Taboo has been a vocal supporter of Little Kids Rock, a leading nonprofit provider of free musical instruments and music classes to underprivileged children. Started by a single Bay Area teacher in California in 2002, it has since grown to attract the support of over 1,200 public school teachers who have proactively banded together to provide free, Little Kids Rock music classes to children in their schools. Over 200,000 public school children in 24 cities in 12 states have since benefited from the program.Taboo first got involved with Little Kids Rock more than a year ago when he surprised students at their end-of-year concert by hopping onstage with them to perform the Black Eyed Peas hit, I Gotta Feelin’. “I am all about the youth,” Taboo said. “I am all about the next big thing. Our kids are the next big thing and I will do anything I can do to support them. That’s why I support Little Kids Rock.” The kids inspired him so much that he brought them to a recording studio to record an original song with him.“Our students are so fortunate to have the support of Taboo, who is an inspiring performer, but also an engaged and committed philanthropist,” says Little Kids Rock Founder and Executive Director, David Wish.last_img read more

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Neighbours vs Canada Post

Push back against community mailboxes in one Hamilton mountain neighbhourhood ended peacefully Saturday.After much protest, Canada Post installed a superbox at Brucedale and East 34th Street.Some residents here have been keeping a 24 hour watch on this site for about a week to prevent Canada Post from putting up a superbox but after some negotiations, it was installed Saturday morning.Canada Post contacted Hamilton police about today’s work at Brucedale and East 34th after resident Rick Davidson was arrested and charged with mischief last time contractors tried to install the boxes.Last month a judge ruled that a Hamilton bylaw meant to regulate the installation of the unpopular community mailboxes, violated Canada Post’s jurisdiction on the matter. Hamilton city council has voted to appeal.There are still two more mailboxes to be installed – both on Miles Rd. Canada Post says they’re still looking at ways to make them safely accessible. read more

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At World Ecotourism Summit UN agency highlights sustainability issues

As the World Ecotourism Summit got under way in Québec City, Canada, over the weekend, the top United Nations environment official hailed the forum’s thrust to examine vital issues related to the tourism industry in the context of sustainable development. “The Summit will help towards the development of well-managed tourism – tourism which takes account of its environmental, economic and social impact,” said Klaus Toepfer, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), addressing participants on Sunday. Its conclusions, he stressed, will be “a valuable contribution” to the World Summit on Sustainable Development set to convene in Johannesburg at the end of August.”We welcome the opportunity offered by the Summit to highlight and promote sustainable tourism – of which ecotourism is a part – as an important component of sustainable development,” Mr. Toepfer said in his address to the forum, which has attracted over 1,000 participants from some 130 countries.The four-day Summit, an initiative of UNEP and the World Tourism Organization, was convened in partnership with Tourisme Québec and the Canadian Tourism Commission. Key topics under discussion include the regulation, marketing and promotion of ecotourism. Participants will also discuss how to ensure that ecotourism’s benefits are equitably distributed among all stakeholders. read more

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Oil gains most in 2 weeks as factory data boosts US economic

The price of oil rose the most in two weeks Tuesday in the wake of strong U.S. factory data and an apparent easing in tensions over Ukraine.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery gained $1.62 to US$99.70 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was oil’s biggest gain since March 3.Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties, gained 55 cents to US$106.79 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Data from the Federal Reserve showed that U.S. factory output in February rose at its fastest clip in six months after disruptions from severe winter weather. That bodes well for demand for oil in the world’s largest economy.Oil prices were also underpinned by the narrow scope of U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia for its intervention in Crimea. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty to annex Crimea but suggested his country was not seeking to take over other parts of Ukraine.Investors are also awaiting fresh information on U.S. stockpiles of crude and refined products.Statistics for the week ended March 14 are expected to show a build of 2.6 million barrels in crude oil stocks and a decline of 1.6 million barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline inched up two cents to US$2.90 a U.S. gallon (3.79 lites), heating oil gained two cents to US$2.92 a gallon and natural gas fell eight cents to US$4.46 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) Oil gains most in 2 weeks as factory data boosts US economic outlook by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Mar 18, 2014 3:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Yemen UN envoy urges 72hour extension of ceasefire

Furthermore, he reiterated his call for the immediate reactivation of the De-escalation and Coordination Committee (DCC) and the deployment of its members to Dhahran Al Janoub as agreed during the talks held in Kuwait. “I expect all sides to strictly adhere to their commitments and work toward a definitive cessation of violence through a political process. In case parties agree to the extension, the Cessation of Hostilities must be fully respected,” he said. “Our aim is that it will lead to a permanent and lasting end to the conflict.” “Yemenis deserve to live in peace and have access to their basic rights and all parties must assume their responsibility in protecting them,” he concluded. “The ceasefire was largely holding despite reported violations from both sides in several areas,” said the Special Envoy, Ismail OuldCheikh Ahmed, in a statement.“We noted over the last days that food and humanitarian supplies were provided to several affected neighborhoods and that UN personnel were able to reach areas that were previously inaccessible. We would like to build on this and we aim for a wider outreach in the next few days,” he added.Our aim is that it will lead to a permanent and lasting end to the conflictYemen is one of the poorest countries on earth and the 18-month-old conflict has had a terrible effect on its people, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which estimates that nearly half the population – or just over 12 million people – are now in need of some form of assistance. Earlier this year, the Yemeni parties agreed on the terms and conditions of the Cessation of Hostilities, which went into effect on 10 April 2016, but violations have occurred. The United Nations had since facilitated peace negotiations in Kuwait between a Yemeni Government delegation and a delegation of the General People’s Congress and Ansar Allah. But the talks ended on 6 August. According to the Special Envoy, all Yemeni parties have recently assured him that they would recommit to the terms and conditions of the Cessation of Hostilities, and it re-entered into force at 23:59 Yemen time on 19 October 2016, for an initial period of 72 hours, subject to renewal.The Special Envoy reminded all parties that these terms and conditions include an obligation to allow free and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies and personnel to all parts of Yemen, in addition to a full and comprehensive halt to military activities of any kind. “This must be respected at all times, in all areas,” he said.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is hoping that the halt in fighting will allow it access to areas it has been unable to reach for some time in Yemen. Photo: OCHA Yemen read more

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Petitions in three Irish cities to mark World Death Penalty Day

first_imgAMNESTY INTERNATIONAL IRELAND is to collect signatures in three Irish cities today, seeking to stop the execution of a Texan death row inmate who is scheduled to be executed later this month.The petition, which will be circulated in Dublin, Galway and Cork, is to mark World Death Penalty Day – an international event hoping to encourage the last few countries with capital punishment to abandon the practice.Amnesty’s Colm O’Gorman said while the vast majority of countries had now abandoned the death penalty, there was “a tiny, and increasingly isolated, group of governments” who continued to put prisoners to death for certain crimes.There are 21 countries left who still put prisoners to death, including the United States, where a growing number of states have placed moratoriums on any further executions.The example of Anthony Haynes has attracted particular attention, because Texan law only permits executions if the prisoner is deemed to pose a threat even to other inmates.Haynes had no criminal record prior to his conviction for shooting an off-duty police officer in 1999, and Amnesty argues that his defence case was botched – as it did not mention the fact that Haynes had taken crystal meth for the first time two days before the shooting.The jury was also not informed of Haynes’ diagnosis with ADHD and mental health problems. He is to be executed on October 18.“The momentum around the world is towards ending executions, but men and women like Anthony Haynes are still at risk,” O’Gorman said.“Every signature collected tomorrow is another voice against the death penalty, another voice raised in protest to prevent a man being put to death.”last_img read more

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Jordi Alba is confident his contract will be renewed

first_imgThe Barcelona left-back is hoping to sign a new contract, as his current contract will end in June 2020 and he has no intention of leaving the club.Spanish footballer Jordi Alba has been playing professionally since 2007 when he started playing with Valencia B.He was loaned for a year in 2008 with Gimnastic, before completely moving in 2009 to Valencia.In there, he enjoyed his best football at the time and he was under Barcelona’s radar for a while, until the Blaugrana bought him in 2012.The left-back has a current deal with the team until June 2020, but he hopes he can sign a renewal soon as he doesn’t want to leave.“I’m optimistic about the renewal,” he told Marca.“It is clear that my dream is to stay at Barcelona.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It would be difficult to have come so far to then leave. I have my family here, their support, as well as the fans and my teammates,” he added.“I don’t think I could be happier than [I am] here.”“In football, you never know, but I have repeated that my intention is to stay here,” he continued.“No, I’ve never seen myself away from Barcelona since being at Barcelona is my dream.”“Over the years, I have improved a lot and [now] I notice the affection of the supporters a lot more. I have always seen myself at Barcelona and my dream is to retire at Barcelona,” he explained.“He has given me great confidence since the first minute,” said Alba about coach Ernesto Valverde.“I hope that he renews. Hopefully, we will both renew!”last_img read more

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Gun rights supporter brings message to county commissioners

first_imgA Vancouver man who belongs to a national gun advocacy group made the same plea to Clark County commissioners on Tuesday as he did to the Vancouver City Council on Monday: update local codes regarding guns in parks so they are in accordance with state law, which says people may openly carry weapons in a non-threatening manner.Joe Winton, 26, said signs in county parks are in conflict with the state law. He said he and his wife frequent the Lacamas Heritage Trail along Lacamas Lake and recently attended a family reunion at Hockinson Meadows Community Park. Both parks have signs that say weapons are prohibited. On Monday, Vancouver City Attorney Ted Gathe said that Vancouver’s code on firearms in parks was written in the 1970s, when cities could decide whether a resident could have a gun in a city park or not. Since then, the state’s open-carry law has passed, superseding city code.Clark County Administrator Bill Barron said Tuesday that county staff members will be looking at changing park signs and county code, which, like the city code, pre-dates state law.Commissioner Tom Mielke, who has a concealed weapons permit, asked Winton why it’s important to him to be able to openly carry his gun.last_img read more

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Aberdeen hunter shoots self in foot

first_imgABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — An Aberdeen man accidentally shot himself in the foot during a hunting trip.Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott says the man was driving with two friends in a truck Tuesday when his rifle fired.The Aberdeen Daily World reports the bullet went through his right foot, through the floorboard and punctured a tire.He was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen.Information from: The Daily World, http://www.thedailyworld.comlast_img

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Overnight Fire Destroys Former Anchor Point Seafoods Building

first_imgMutual aid was requested from Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Ninilchik Emergency Services. HVFD responded with a Tanker and Utility vehicle and 4 firefighters and NES with a Tanker and 2 firefighters. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchor Point Fire & EMS and Alaska State Troopers were dispatched to a fully engulfed structure fire at 34621 North Fork Road on Saturday January 26, at 11:42 pm. Marsh: “Although the fire was brought under control within 30 minutes, complete suppression efforts were delayed by nearly 2 hours until crews from HEA arrived to shut down the power to the structure in order to ensure the safety of firefighters working on scene.” Jon Marsh Deputy Chief Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Services: “Eleven firefighters from Anchor Point responded with an Engine, Tanker, Ambulance and multiple utility vehicles. Crews arrived to find an approximately 3000 square foot structure fully involved.”The building, the former location of Anchor Point Seafoods, was reported by neighbors present on scene to be vacant for several years. Crews remained on scene until shortly after 5am on Sunday in order to fully extinguish the fire. The structure is considered to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.last_img read more

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Tesla Model 3 finally gets Qi wireless charging

first_img More From Roadshow Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode 1 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 50 Photos If you’re a Model 3 owner who’s been lamenting the sad state of charging in your car, having to go through the positively draconian process of plugging your car in to juice it up while driving, we have good news for you: Tesla has finally released a wireless upgrade for the Model 3. As noted over at Engadget and Electrek, the new component recently appeared on Tesla’s site. Interestingly, this isn’t the first wireless charger from Tesla. The company also sells a standalone Qi-enabled pad and power pack — but that one isn’t designed to integrate into its cars.  This new one is. It’s a $125 accessory that slots in the center console of the Model 3 and can charge two Qi-enabled phones, such as the new iPhone XR or the Galaxy S10, at the same time. The price tag makes it roughly two times as expensive as some third-party wireless charging pads that have hit the market since the Model 3’s release. This one on Amazon can also charge two phones at once:Bordan Model 3 wireless chargerThere’s still no word on when or if you’ll actually be able to wirelessly charge your Tesla itself, so for now you’re going to have to stick with the aftermarket.  Share your voice Tags Comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tesla Auto Tech Electric Carslast_img read more

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Nissan and Mobileye are teaming up on ProPilot 20

first_img Intel Nissan Nissan Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 26 Photos 2:57 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car Enlarge ImageProPilot 2.0 allows for hands-free driving on the highway and that ability is powered by Mobileye’s EyeQ4 SOC. Nissan Nissan’s ProPilot Assist was one of the first super-advanced driver-aid suites to be made widely available in an affordable car. It worked well when we tested it, and we were pretty excited when Nissan announced it was working on a Version 2.0.Now we know that Nissan’s not doing Version 2.0 by itself, and that has us even more excited — because it’s working with Intel’s Mobileye to power its hands-off freeway driving feature. Mobileye confirmed the partnership, along with a similar partnership with China’s NIO on Thursday.Specifically, Mobileye’s EyeQ4 system-on-a-chip will be employed by both Nissan and NIO to do some of the computational heavy lifting on the complicated task of safely allowing hands-off, navigated highway driving. Nissan’s version gets a further boost, thanks to Mobileye’s RoadBook system.RoadBook is unique in that it uses aggregated data from vehicles around the world and across a range of manufacturers (so long as they’re equipped with an EyeQ4 system, which Mobileye estimates will be around 20 million vehicles in the next few years) to create high-definition maps for use in self-driving. Nissan will be the first manufacturer to employ the system en masse.Mobileye and Nissan already worked together on a project in 2018 to map all 15,000 miles of Japan’s expressways using an earlier version of RoadBook, and because the maps are being continuously updated and added to in almost real-time, these maps can be used in the development of autonomous vehicles. 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Originally publsihed Aug. 22.Update, Aug. 23: Removes a quote from Mobileye’s CEO at Mobileye’s request.center_img Take an assisted ride with Nissan ProPilot tech on 2018… 2019 Nissan Murano review: Freshened, but not fresh enough 0 Share your voice Tags Intel Mobileye’s autonomous cars in Jerusalem Auto Tech Autonomous Vehicles More From Roadshowlast_img read more

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