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Will evaluate how long I can continue playing after India series: Lasith Malinga

first_imgVeteran Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga says he will assess his future in international cricket after the current limited overs series against India, saying he will call it quits the moment his performance drops.Malinga took his 300th ODI wicket when he dismissed Virat Kohli in the fourth match, which the hosts lost by 168 runs to concede a 4-0 series lead last night.”I’m playing after 19 months following a leg injury. In the Zimbabwe and India series I couldn’t play well. I’ll see where I’m at after this series, and evaluate how long I can play given the way my body is.”No matter how experienced I am if I can’t win a match for the team and do what the team needs, there’s no point in me being here. I’ll see if I can make up for that 19 months and regain that form over the next 3 or four months,” Malinga said.A day before the match, which the hosts lost by 168 runs, he had expressed hope of playing until the next World Cup. But based on his form lately, he admitted that the future is up for consideration.”I’ll see the number of games that I get. If not I’ll have to consider the state of my body, and what is expected of me. If I can’t deliver that, then I’ll happily retire.”The stand-in skipper has said that the 219-run partnership between Kohli and Rohit Sharma took the game away from them as they couldn’t counter their attacking hundreds.advertisement”Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma played really well. We didn’t consistently bowl a good line and length. I think on this kind of wicket our length is very crucial and we have to concentrate more on that. The first 30-40 runs Virat got very quickly,” Malinga said at the post-match press conference.The pace spearhead added, “I feel there was a bit of grass on the wicket and bowling first, we tried to swing the ball. Then we went for a bit of runs. It’s a learning process for the young players. We tried to swing the ball earlier, and that’s why we went fuller. But it didn t happen. That’s the game of cricket.”Kohli (131 runs off 96 balls) and Rohit (104 off 88) made merry on a batting beauty to guide India to 375 for five, the highest total posted by a visiting team in an ODI in Sri Lanka.”Today was a very hot day. I feel it’s hard for everyone to concentrate on long spells in that kind of heat. That’s why we realised that we needed to bowl short spells and get maximum from the player. Then they have good energy for 2-3 overs,” he added.Malinga absolved the Lankan batsmen from any blame once again, highlighting that they are still gaining in experience and it was the bowlers’ job to contain the scoring on a flat batting track.”We didn’t bowl well in this game. With the batsmen, we only had one experienced batsman Angelo Mathews. Others are young players, but they need time. They are still learning, I feel. I feel they don’t have much confidence to play their natural games, because the last couple of matches they lost and everyone wants to get runs.”That’s why they really concentrated on trying to get runs, I feel. They aren’t playing natural game. Everyone is waiting for a win,” he said.”In the last couple of matches we lost and they didn’t get much runs, they feel they have to score every single match. That’s why we can’t get their maximum in this period. I think maybe in the next couple of months they will work hard and get good mentality. I hope for Sri Lankan cricket they perform well,” he added.He talked about how this has been a trend since the loss to Zimbabwe at home, but again highlighted the inexperience in the side.”Since the last match of the Zimbabwe series, we couldn’t be successful across batting, bowling and fielding in the same match. In that match we only got about 200 and since then we haven’t been able to pass 250.”I think, personally, if we are playing at the international level, it’s when you get experience at that level that you understand how to handle difficult situations.A lot of our players are inexperienced at international level.”I think if we gave some chances to the young players here, we will get players who can play for a long time. If we can give them experience to the team that goes to the 2019 World Cup, then you will have players who have played 30-50 ODIs.advertisement”In previous teams, you had players who had played a 100 ODIs, or at least 50 ODIs. We need that. Every other team in the world has that experience in their XI. We need to get there.last_img read more

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Fans Were Not Happy With The CFB Playoff Halftime Show

first_imgAlabama players walk out onto the field before the Orange Bowl against Oklahoma.MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Members of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field during the College Football Playoff Semifinal prior to the game against Oklahoma Sooners at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Having been subjected to a lopsided first half between Alabama and Oklahoma, fans were hoping that the CFP Playoff Halftime Show might provide some added entertainment. But what ESPN did for the halftime production has fans furious.During the broadcast, rather than let viewers watch the live performance by rapper and recording artist Flo Rida, ESPN instead showed a pre-recorded performance by the Dave Matthews Band.Whether you think DMB is objectively better than Flo Rida or not, viewers on Twitter were furious and quickly tore ESPN to shreds for the decision.Nothing gets me amped for a second half of a college football semifinal like a pre-taped Dave Matthews Band performance!— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 30, 2018As if the first half wasn’t bad enough for Oklahoma fans at the #OrangeBowl, they also have to listen to the Dave Matthews Band at halftime.— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 30, 2018Dave Matthews Band? What is this 2005?— Tyler Jones (@TylerJonesLive) December 30, 2018Viewers also noted that it appeared to be the exact same performance that ESPN showed during the Peach Bowl halftime show earlier in the day.Isn’t this the same Dave Matthews Band song they showed during the Peach Bowl???????? Am I going crazy????— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) December 30, 2018Meanwhile, the fans who were in attendance at Hard Rock Stadium for the Orange Bowl game got to enjoy a terrific Flo Rida performance.Flo Rida coming with hit after hit. pic.twitter.com/VhqBD93Gcg— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) December 30, 2018Now for the reason we are all here: Flo Rida’s halftime performance. pic.twitter.com/of9CIVnDpo— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) December 30, 2018The Alabama fans in attendance were likely having a blast all night.Nick Saban’s team steamrolled Oklahoma, scoring 28 unanswered points in the first two quarters, and went into halftime with a 31-10.The game is on ESPN.last_img read more

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This Bucket-List-Worthy Cruise Will Visit 26 Countries and 5 Continents in 111 Days

first_imgAn ordinary seven-day cruise spent tooling around the Caribbean isn’t likely to top most traveler’s must-do lists. But, a newly announced 2020 excursion from Princess Cruises is slated to be a monster of a sea journey. With stops in 26 countries over 111 days, it might just cross off half of the to-dos on your bucket list.The itinerary will be a reboot of an already over-the-top world cruise announced for 2019. The numbers are impressive; over a total 34,287 nautical miles, passengers will visit 42 destinations, including 12 late-night stays on five continents. The trip includes mainstay travel hotspots like Melbourne, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa; and Seychelles France. But, the big get is the long list of more exotic stops like Kaikoura, New Zealand, and Mayotte, a tiny French protectorate in the Indian Ocean. Passengers will also visit 20 UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Stone Town, the old part of Zanzibar, Tanzania.The host ship, the Pacific Princess, has a 670-passenger capacity. It’s too small for the “typical” resort-loving cruisegoers who often prefer town-sized, 6,000-passenger mega cruisers like Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas. The Princess experience instead tends to be more intimate, upscale, and relaxed — a throwback to the classic transoceanic cruises of yore. The Adastra Trimaran Is a Luxury Adventure Yacht Unlike Any Other World’s First Hybrid-Electric Cruise Ship Sails the Northwest Passage Not long ago, passing through the Panama Canal or completing an open-ocean crossing of the Pacific was considered epic. Since the 1990s, however, it seems cruise lines around the world have engaged in a heated arms race to outdo their competition with bigger ships, a dizzying array of amenities, and weeks- (sometimes months-) long itineraries. This latest Princess cruise actually pales in comparison to Viking’s Ultimate World Cruise, a 245-day, six-continent, 59-country epic that makes no less than 113 ports of call. However, the former is also half the cost.The price tag for this once-in-a-lifetime cruise is every bit as epic as the journey itself. Per-person rates start at $22,999, but the all-in price rises fast for upgrades like balcony room categories. Early bookers can enjoy additional perks like onboard credits and complimentary gratuities. Passengers can also shave a bit off their vacation cost by opting for shorter, multi-day segments of the entire journey. 1. Mini-suite. 2. Oceanview suite. 3. Full suite. 4. Pacific Princess. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Editors’ Recommendations Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical Witness Antarctica’s 2021 Total Solar Eclipse on an Exclusive Cruise last_img read more

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Campaign and Website Encourage Nova Scotians to Drive Wiser

first_imgThe province is helping Nova Scotia drivers put the brakes on fuel consumption. Conserve Nova Scotia, the province’s energy-efficiency agency, is launching an information campaign today, Aug. 29, to promote the agency’s DriveWiser program and website. “Achieving energy efficiency on the road can save drivers up to 35 per cent on fuel,” said Bill Dooks, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “We’re encouraging drivers to make small changes that can lead to cash savings, reduced emissions, and cleaner air in our province.” The campaign will target Nova Scotia drivers through billboards, and French and English radio advertisements. Conserve Nova Scotia is also partnering with the Retail Gasoline Dealers’ Association to distribute signs to service stations across the province. “We’re pleased to be partnering with Conserve Nova Scotia to help deliver this important message about conservation to Nova Scotians,” said Graham Conrad, executive director of the Retail Gasoline Dealers’ Association. “When drivers stop by service stations in the province for a fill up or a tune up, they are also learning ways to reduce their fuel consumption.” The campaign will focus on proper vehicle maintenance, driving the speed limit to save fuel and anti-idling. In Nova Scotia, about 90 per cent of households own or lease at least one vehicle. Nova Scotians also drive more kilometres in their vehicles than any other province. The national average is 16,000 kilometres per year while Nova Scotians drive about 17,500 kilometres per year. For DriveWiser program co-ordinator Gina Patterson, these figures translate to a lot of air pollution and more fuel for Nova Scotians. “The DriveWiser website is a must-see for anyone who drives a car in Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Patterson. “This campaign and the new website will help drive home the message to Nova Scotians that there are ways to be a car owner and still be environmentally responsible.” The DriveWiser program is administered by Clean Nova Scotia, and funded by Conserve Nova Scotia. For more information on the campaign or the DriveWiser program, see the new website at www.drivewiser.ca .last_img read more

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Unique Furniture Making Workshops at Sutherland Steam Mill

first_imgNova Scotians interested in the fine craft of furniture making will be able to learn more from a master of the art form. Sutherland Steam Mill Museum in Denmark, Colchester Co., near Tatamagouche, will offer weekend workshops on Sept. 13 and 14, and Sept. 20 and 21 with renowned Nova Scotia furniture maker Jonathan Otter. Mr. Otter is well known as both a craftsperson and teacher whose reputation extends beyond Nova Scotia. “This is a fine example of museums highlighting, sharing and building on traditional wisdom and skills,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “Visitors to Sutherland Steam Mill will get a hands-on learning opportunity to explore Nova Scotia’s craft and design heritage by meeting and working with an accomplished Nova Scotia artisan.” The unique workshops will teach the basic skills of chair-making with the construction of a shaving horse. The shaving horse is an ancient woodworking tool combining a workbench with a vise that allows the work while seated. The earliest illustration of a shaving horse dates back to the 15th century. This versatile tool is being rediscovered today. With a shaving horse and the right tools and techniques participants will have everything needed to make chairs, stools and other projects. “Sutherland Steam Mill is a perfect backdrop to share the experience of furniture making with Nova Scotians who want to explore their creative nature through such a beautiful and functional art form,” said Mr. Otter. The workshop is largely hands-on and all work is done with hand tools. There is a limit of five participants per workshop which will ensure an intimate experience with lots of opportunity for one on one time with Mr. Otter. For more information or to register, visit http://museum.gov.ns.ca/ssm/en/home/default.aspx or call 902-657-3016.last_img read more

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Delhi Metro Govt approves additional 5000 CISF troops new DIG post for

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has accorded its final sanction for the deployment of an additional 5,000 CISF personnel to better guard the increasing network and burgeoning passenger load on the Delhi Metro network, officials said Sunday. They said the Union home ministry has also enhanced the security-command structure of the force, deployed at the mass rapid rail network, with the sanction of one more supervisory post in the rank of deputy inspector general (DIG). Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items With the new manpower, the Delhi Metro will become the largest single unit under the security cover of the Central Industrial Security Force in the country. The about 1.70-lakh-personnel force is a paramilitary that functions under the home ministry and is tasked to guard 61 civil airports of the country. The Delhi Metro network, at present, has about 9,000 personnel deployed to guard about 270 stations over a 370-km network spread in the national capital region, including adjoining cities of Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Out of the 9,000 CISF personnel in Delhi Metro security unit, about 7,000 are deployed on a regular or sanctioned basis while the rest are deputed on an ‘internal security pattern’ or loan basis to meet the increasing demand of manpower owing to opening of new routes and stations, a senior home ministry official told PTI. The CISF and central intelligence agencies had sought regularising the loan component and sanction for more personnel to effectively guard the ever-increasing network which receives a heavy footfall each day and is sensitive from the point of a threat perception like a terrorist attack or sabotage, he said. Hence, the government has now accorded full sanction for deploying over 5,000 more personnel of the force in the Delhi Metro network and with this addition, the total strength of the force will now be over 12,000 troops, he said. An in-principle approval to the proposal was given by the government last year but the financial sanction was received recently, the official said. Given this strength-enhancement, the government has also sanctioned another DIG-rank post which will soon be made operational, he said. At present the CISF security unit in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is headed by a DIG-rank officer and with the posting of the second such officer, the operations of the multiple lines of the network is expected to be divided between the two, a senior CISF officer said. The enhanced strength of the force also makes the Delhi Metro as CISF’s largest deployment unit in the country as the other big ones like Delhi and Mumbai airports have only about 6,000-6,500 personnel each, he said. This metro security component will have about about 1,500 women personnel, he added. The force, that is deployed on a manpower requirement basis, has units ranging from 30 troops to 6,500 personnel at airports and strategic installations in the aerospace, nuclear, historical monuments and private sector domain. The Delhi Metro network is now spread across three phases with about 270 stations and it witnesses a footfall of about 27 lakh passengers daily. The force is in-charge of overall security of the Delhi Metro where it not only frisks commuters and scans their baggages, it also provides an armed anti-terror cover to the facility.last_img read more

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Accused tells Winnipeg letterbomb trial his exwife may be real perpetrator

first_imgWINNIPEG – A man accused of sending letter bombs to two law offices and his ex-wife has suggested that she is the real culprit and went so far as to send a bomb to herself.Guido Amsel, being tried on five counts of attempted murder and several explosives-related charges, pointed the finger at his former wife, Iris, as he told court Wednesday that he is innocent.“I have the assumption that Iris Amsel is behind it, yes,” Amsel, 51, said under cross-examination.“You’re assuming that, sir, because you have no evidence,” replied Crown attorney Chris Vanderhooft.“Maybe she hired someone. I have no idea,” Amsel said later.Amsel was arrested after a letter-bomb exploded on July 3, 2015, inside the Winnipeg law office of Maria Mitousis, who had represented his wife in a long-running battle over money from an autobody shop the couple had co-owned before their divorce a decade earlier.The explosion severely injured Mitousis and cost her a hand. Other letter bombs were found later that week at Iris Amsel’s workplace and at the law firm that had represented Guido Amsel in the money dispute. Police detonated both devices safely.Amsel was later charged in a 2013 explosion outside his former wife’s home. The blast left a crater but did not cause any injuries.He told court he was not behind any of the packages and doesn’t have any experience putting together explosive materials.“I have not sent explosives to anyone, any time,” he said.Amsel’s lawyer, Saheel Zaman, suggested during Iris Amsel’s testimony last month that she was behind the letter bombs. She replied: “No, that is not correct.”She was never charged.Court documents show the Amsel divorce started in 2004 and dragged on for years. Even after the couple’s relationship was formally severed, Amsel accused his ex-wife of siphoning more than $3 million from the autobody business and filed a lawsuit.She denied all allegations and sued him for money she felt she was still owed from their joint business.The acrimony appeared to end at a pre-trial conference in March 2015. A memorandum from the meeting said Amsel agreed that he owed his ex-wife $40,000 plus interest, dropped his lawsuit and agreed to sell off vehicles and equipment to get the money.He told court Wednesday he had decided he wanted to focus on his new life with his second wife and two children.“I had a wife, kids … it was time to move on.”The Crown attorney suggested it is hard to believe that Amsel suddenly felt serene after years of legal proceedings.“Suddenly, you let it go because you were happy?”A few months before the bombs were found, Amsel agreed to hold an auction of his body shop’s equipment and vehicles to pay his ex-wife the $40,000.Eight days before the auction was to be held, the bomb in Mitousis’s office exploded. The auction was cancelled after Amsel’s arrest.last_img read more

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Over 40000 displaced Somalis return to capital despite clashes says UN agency

27 February 2009Although the Somali capital is witnessing some of the worst clashes in months, more than 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned to Mogadishu in the last six weeks, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) reported today. Although the Somali capital is witnessing some of the worst clashes in months, more than 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned to Mogadishu in the last six weeks, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) reported today.The violence has led to civilian casualties and the agency is currently assessing the scale of displacement caused by this latest round of fighting, spokesperson William Spindler told reporters in Geneva.“UNHCR is not encouraging returns to Mogadishu at this juncture, as the security situation is volatile and the conditions are certainly not conducive,” he said, noting that there is limited access to basic services and very few international aid agencies on the ground due to the violence.“Nevertheless, we are preparing to help returnees or those who wish to return in the near future, in the hope that the security situation will improve,” Mr. Spindler said.There are some 1.3 million Somalis uprooted within their own country, while last year alone, 100,000 people fled to neighbouring Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Yemen, and the total number of Somali refugees in asylum countries numbers nearly 450,000.The majority of the IDPs who have recently returned to Mogadihsu have come from the southern and central regions, which have faced a combination of renewed conflict and severe drought.Many are returning as complete families, while some are heads of households who have left their relatives behind in camps who have gone to the capital to check on their properties. The returnees are going back to neighbourhoods in northern Mogadishu that are virtually empty after two years of conflict.Somalia has been beset by factional fighting and has not had a functioning central government since 1991.In a related development, the so-called International Contact Group welcomed progress in the Horn of African nation, namely the creation of an enlarged and more inclusive Parliament and the election of President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed.Chaired by Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, the Group, which today wrapped up a two-day meeting in Brussels, also lauded the extension of the transitional period and the appointment of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.“The ICG acknowledges and supports this new Somali-owned and led peace and reconciliation process,” it said in a communiqué.The Group strongly condemned the suicide attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base in Mogadishu, which caused the deaths of more than 10 Burundian peacekeepers and injured 17 others on 22 February.“It appreciates the continued commitment of AMISOM and its troop contributing countries performing under extremely difficult conditions and calls on all Somali parties to support those working to bring peace and stability to the country,” the communiqué noted. read more

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UN nuclear agency calls highlevel meeting on Japanese power plant crisis

28 March 2011The head of the United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety today called for a high-level conference within three months to strengthen safety measures and emergency responses in light of the Japanese power plant crisis. The head of the United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety today called for a high-level conference within three months to strengthen safety measures and emergency responses in light of the Japanese power plant crisis. “The Fukushima crisis has confronted the agency and international community with a major challenge,” UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano told a news briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Vienna, referring to the earthquake- and tsunami-stricken nuclear power plant that has been spewing radioactive contamination into the environment since 11 March. “It is vitally important that we learn the right lessons from what happened on March 11 and afterwards in order to strengthen nuclear safety throughout the world,” he said. “I would therefore like to propose that a high-level IAEA conference on nuclear safety should take place here in Vienna before the summer.” Outlining the meeting’s agenda he cited an initial assessment of the accident, its impact and consequences; lessons that need to be learned; launching the process of strengthening nuclear safety; and strengthening the response to nuclear accidents in an emergency. “The work ahead will be substantial. I firmly believe that the IAEA is the best venue for the follow-up on the Fukushima accident. We have the necessary expertise, extensive membership, and can assure transparency,” he said of the body, which has 151 Member States. Mr. Amano noted that many countries had joined the call for robust follow-up action that he made at a meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors a week ago following his visit to Japan, in which he stressed the need to reassess the international emergency response framework for dealing with nuclear power plant accidents and to improve communications. He said the situation remains very serious and IAEA is doing “everything in its power to help Japan,” with two radiation monitoring teams on the ground and a joint IAEA-UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) food safety team meeting with officials in affected prefectures. “It will take some time to stabilize the reactors,” he added. “For now, radioactivity in the environment, foodstuff and water, including the sea, is a matter of concern in the vicinity of the Fukushima plant and beyond. Current levels indicate the need for further comprehensive monitoring. On the positive side electrical power has been restored at units one, two and three and fresh water is now available on the site.” It was the destruction of power lines by the quake and tsunami and the subsequent failure of back-up diesel generators to pump in cooling water that caused the nuclear reactors to overheat and release radiation into the environment. Before and during his visit to Japan Mr. Amano called for faster and fuller information on the crisis from the Japanese authorities and this has now improved. “In a crisis of this nature it is vital to provide and share speedy and accurate information,” he said today. “My visit to Tokyo and the presence of IAEA staff on the ground have improved both the flow of information and the level of mutual understanding of a variety of technical issues. This has been an interactive process; as well as receiving information we have been asking questions, providing advice and obtaining clarifications.” Last Friday, Mr. Amano joined in a video conference with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other agency heads to discuss the crisis and they will all be having further talks on the issue later this week in Nairobi, Kenya. He will meet Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other agency heads in Kenya later this week at a regular meeting of the UN Chief Executives Board. read more

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Nepal experts begin postdisaster work at quakedamaged UNESCO heritage sites

“Creation of risk maps and identification and characterization of subsurface archaeology will facilitate the future protection, preservation and presentation of the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site, specifically, the severely damaged sites of Hanuman Dhoka, Patan and Bhaktapur” said Christian Manhart, Representative of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to Nepal in a press release issued today.The 7.8 magnitude earthquake which hit Nepal in April this year, caused over 8,000 fatalities, devastated large areas of county and neighbouring regions, including destruction of Nepal’s unique monuments within the UNESCO Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site of Universal Outstanding Value.The monuments of the Kathmandu Valley were a major source of income and economic growth through national and international tourism for the local residents and a key source of foreign currency in Nepal. The severely damaged ornate temples of wood, brick and tile were not only of intangible value, but they also were places of worship for the residents who ‘reach out and commune with their guiding goddesses and gods’ through these temples.Prior to rebuilding the experts will undertake rescue and survey excavations in the damaged medieval city squares of Patan, Hanuman Dhoka and Bhaktapur.They will create Archaeological Risk Maps heritage within the three Darbar squares using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), which will provide a detailed layout of archaeological features such as walls and buildings below the surface. This will be critical in guiding the laying of new service infrastructure, protecting key elements of Kathmandu’s underground heritage for future generations.“This project offers archaeological expertise in the post-disaster recovery effort for Nepal, not only affording the opportunity of identifying earlier cultural phases of human activity in the Kathmandu Valley, of which there is a current paucity of evidence, but also mitigating the risk, and affording protection to subsurface heritage, prior to the post-disaster reconstruction of these World Heritage Sites,” said Professor Coningham, the UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage at Durham University in the United Kingdom. read more

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Ohio State baseball looking to establish itself as one of Big Tens

Junior outfielder Pat Porter (3) slides into home during a game against Toledo April 3 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 7-2.Credit: Elliot Schall / Lantern photographerIf the Ohio State baseball team wants to be considered as one of the best teams in the Big Ten, making a statement in its first conference road series will go a long way.After getting swept in a three-game series at home by Indiana last weekend, the Buckeyes (18-10, 2-3) have a season-defining series this weekend at Nebraska (16-13, 1-2). OSU cruised in two midweek games against Ohio and Toledo that resulted in 31 hits for the Buckeyes, and coach Greg Beals said after feeling the pressure last weekend, the team has to step up against another one of the Big Ten’s top teams.“They were picked to be second in our conference preseason, so we’ve got to go defend ourselves. We didn’t have a good conference weekend last weekend and we can’t afford to have two bad weekends in a row in conference,” Beals said.Junior catcher Connor Sabanosh said the team realizes how important this weekend is if it wants to make a run at winning the Big Ten.“It’s going to be a big series for us after the tough three losses against Indiana,” Sabanosh said. “We’re really looking forward to our hitting to continue, these last two games have been big for us pounding out some hits and some runs. So we’re looking forward to keep it going through the weekend.”Pitching is key for OSU — the team is 13-0 when leading after seven innings and 17-2 when limiting opponents to five runs. Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer said heading into another Big Ten series, the pitchers have to build on the momentum they gained this week.“We’re on a roll right now and we just have to keep it going,” Farmer said.Against Indiana, pitchers were trying too hard and not sticking to the game plan, Sabanosh said.“Last weekend I thought they left a few too many balls over the middle of the plate. We have our best success working down on the corners,” Sabanosh said. “I think if they can stick with their game plan working down on the zone, we’ll be pretty effective out there.”In his first year at OSU after playing two years at a junior college, Sabanosh said he is excited to see what the Big Ten games look like on the road.“I’m hoping for a big one. It’s been fun on the road,” Sabanosh said. “We’ve been fortunate. The Oregon series was a lot of fun, great energy in the crowd. I’m really looking forward to the Nebraska series and I’m expecting a big crowd.”Beals said he expects the series to be exciting.“It’s a very good college baseball atmosphere there,” Beals said. “We’re going to have a good challenge here. We’re going on the road to play a good team.”First pitch in Lincoln is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. Friday. read more

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Buckeyes fall at the hands of Sparty 107

Ohio State football’s defeat to Michigan State on Saturday was more than a setback in the Big Ten standings. It was nearly a loss of historic proportions. A 33-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kirk Cousins to senior receiver B.J. Cunningham midway through the first quarter put the Spartans up early, 7-0. A field goal in the fourth quarter by Dan Conroy proved to be enough for the Spartans who went on to win, 10-7. With 10 seconds to go in the game, red shirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman found Evan Spencer for a 33-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 10-7. But it was too little, too late for the Buckeyes. OSU was only able to accumulate 178 yards of total offense in the game against MSU’s 324 yards. The Buckeyes were only 10 seconds from being shutout for the first time since a 1993 blanking at the hands of Michigan. It would have been the first shutout at Ohio Stadium since October 1982, against Wisconsin. The Buckeyes started the game slowly with freshman quarterback Braxton Miller leading the offense, which accumuled only 42 yards of total offense in the first quarter. In the mean time, Cousins found Cunningham in the back of OSU’s end zone to open the scoring. Cousins rolled out to the right of his pocket and found the streaking Cunningham, who made the catch despite double coverage from OSU. In the second quarter, Miller completed a 33-yard pass on third-and-13 to push OSU into Spartans’ territory for the first time. The drive ended with 7:39 remaining in the first half after Miller’s next pass was thrown into double coverage and intercepted by MSU sophomore corner Darqueze Dennard. By the end of the first half, the Buckeyes’ offense had been out-gained by the Spartans, 170-87. OSU’s defense stopped MSU scoring threats twice in the second quarter, however. A fumble recovery by sophomore defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins with under one minute remaining preserved the 7-0 deficit. The Buckeyes attempted to salvage a score from the remaining 50 seconds of the half, but Miller took a sack and the clock then ran out. Michigan State jumped and celebrated as it headed for its locker room with the lead still intact — the Buckeyes exited the field to a chorus of boos. After the intermission, OSU’s defense held the Spartans again. MSU drove 52 yards from its own 14-yard line to set up a long field goal attempt. Conroy pushed his 51-yard try wide right of the uprights and OSU’s deficit remained at 7-0. OSU’s offense continued to sputter — Miller led the team to only 16 total yards of offense in the third quarter as redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman began to throw a ball behind the Buckeyes’ bench. MSU moved into scoring position again late in the quarter when Cousins completed a 52-yard pass to Cunningham. The Spartans eventually moved to the Buckeyes’ 5-yard line, but Cousins’ pass on third-and-goal was intercepted in the end zone by sophomore safety C.J. Barnett. Then Bauserman went under center for the Buckeyes, though he didn’t fare much better, going 0 of 1 passing on his first drive before being sacked on third down. The Buckeyes’ never found their footing with either Bauserman or Miller leading the offense. Conroy’s 50-yard field with 10:35 remaining put the Spartans up 10-0 and proved to be the game-winning score. OSU (3-2) will continue conference play next Saturday when it makes its first-ever trip to Nebraska. read more

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Ohio State looks to get rid of bad taste after loss to

Members of the Ohio state football team run out of the new players’ enterance tunnel before a matchup with Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU los, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFor players like Michael Thomas, losing wasn’t a reality until after nearly two full seasons at Ohio State.Since that first loss, it’s become commonplace, as the Buckeyes have now lost three of their last four games.Thomas, a redshirt-sophomore wide receiver, said the time since OSU lost to Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 has left him and his teammates itching to have another shot to prove themselves on the Ohio Stadium field.“We just want to get that bad taste out of our stomach,” Thomas said Wednesday. “(To) a lot guys, it seems like it’s been the longest week ever.“We’re just waiting to get back in the ‘Shoe and make Buckeye nation proud.”After winning their season-opening game against Navy in Baltimore on Aug. 30, the Buckeyes took on the Hokies and fell, 35-21, after falling behind, 21-7, at halftime. Previously, OSU started slowly against the Midshipmen, going into the half with a 7-6 deficit before taking a 34-17 victory.OSU coach Urban Meyer said Buckeye teams of old have been known for fast starts, and added he believes his team has to put that tradition in motion to have more success going forward.“We had a pretty good reputation for a while there of coming out of the gates real fast, real hard and we haven’t done that yet,” Meyer said Wednesday. “I did some research on that, it was brought to my attention a while back and we haven’t. So we got to go take the lead and play Ohio State-style football.”While starting slowly has been the Buckeyes’ problem lately — even dating back to the 2013 Big Ten Championship game against Michigan State when the Spartans jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half — they’ve been able to get back in the game late. Each time — the Virginia Tech game included — OSU has come back to at least tie it up in the second half.But each of the four games dating back to Michigan State has led to an OSU loss — save the game against the Midshipmen — as the Buckeyes followed a slow start with a slow finish. Meyer said finishing the game strong will be a focus as well on Saturday against Kent State.“Of course that’s the message, and it’s all about execution,” he said.Regardless of what happened to end last season, or what has happened so far in 2014, at least one Buckeye doesn’t see his team’s long-term goals changing just yet.“Season’s not over,” senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said Wednesday. “We’ve still got however many games. There have been one-loss teams that have won the national championship before. It’s happened.”Bennett said his team doesn’t have time to worry about what those outside the program are saying about the Buckeyes after the loss to the Hokies, despite OSU dropping to No. 22 from No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.“We’ve just got to keep chugging along, keep getting better and then just whatever happens, happens and they can say whatever they want,” Bennett said.The first step along the road to achieving the team’s goals is set to come against Kent State on Saturday, marking the first time in 36 years the Buckeyes will be playing their second home game without an Ohio Stadium win already under their belt.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott said the team is “hungry” to get back on the field to “make up for last Saturday.”“It’s just crazy, it’s that feeling in your stomach,” Elliott said Wednesday. “You just ready to go, we’re going to come out angry on Saturday and work hard.”Kickoff against the Golden Flashes is set for noon. read more

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Women more likely to quit social media during scrollfree September says Royal

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. Women make up the majority of the 300,000 people planning to quit “toxic” social media during “scroll-free September”, the Royal Society for Public Health has announced. The organisation, which has masterminded the NHS-backed campaign, said that three times more women than men were set to take part because social media leaves women feeling inadequate and with low self-esteem from being bombarded with perfect body images on platforms like Instagram.Other experts blamed the chauvinism and trolling of women on networks such as Twitter for the disproportionate desire by women to give social media a break.At least 300,000 Britons – about 12 per cent of those who have heard about the campaign – are expected to take part in scroll-free September which starts tomorrow (Sat) and invites people to give up or cut back usage of sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, RSPH polls show.Of those who said they would take part, three quarters are women. Most likely to quit are 25-34 year olds (34 per cent), followed by 18-24 year olds (16 per cent) against under 10 per cent among older age groups. According to the RSPH poll, more than a third (34 per cent) of the public believe quitting for a month would have a positive impact on them, rising to almost two thirds (63 per cent) of 18-24 year olds.Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s national director for mental health, said the campaign was right to highlight growing concerns that social media is contributing to mental ill health in young people.“We need to see concerted action with everyone taking responsibility including social media giants, so the NHS is not left to pickup the pieces of a mental health epidemic in the next generation,” she said.The campaign coincides with one of the biggest-ever studies into the impact of new media. It found teenagers who were heavy users of social media were twice as likely to be unhappy as those who spent more time talking with friends face to face, exercising and doing their homework.About a fifth (20.3 per cent) of those who spent more than 40 hours a week on social media or gaming were rated unhappy based on wellbeing questionnaires compared to 12 per cent of those who limited their online activity to just three to five hours a week.The study which tracked 1.1m US students aged 13 to 18 over 25 years also found 16 per cent of those who spent no time on social media were unhappy, confirming previous research that some time online is beneficial but declines for every additional hour.The research, led by Dr Jean Twenge from San Diego State University, found a dramatic decline in teenagers’ happiness and wellbeing from 2012, a point when smartphones started to saturate the teenage market with ownership doubling from 37 per cent to nearly 80 per cent.The Daily Telegraph is campaigning for a statutory duty of care on the social media and gaming firms to better protect children from online harms. RSPH spokesman Ed Morrow said: “Image-heavy social media platforms like Instagram can be a particularly toxic environment for young women who are often left with feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem from the barrage of images of unattainable body image ideals that tend to flood such platforms.”Its research has suggested as many as nine out of 10 teenage girls are unhappy with their bodies, while a UCL study found girls who spent longer online were more likely to suffer depression than boys who tended to be video gaming rather than on social media.“This is a problem that has been fuelled by TV and magazines for years, but social media makes it all the more inescapable,” said Mr Morrow. “Women also tend to be more open to discussing mental health issues than men.”Tanya Goodin, a tech detox expert and author of Stop Staring at Screens, said Twitter could be a “hostile” environment where “there’s a definite issue around women being targets for trolls.” read more

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Sir Elton John leaps to Harry and Meghans defence revealing he supplied

After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquility of our home. To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight.— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 19, 2019 It was, according to reports, their fourth private jet flight in 11 days – they had previously flown to and from Ibiza to celebrate the duchess’s 38th birthday – prompting cries of hypocrisy. The couple have campaigned on green issues and earlier this month the prince said he and his wife would have “two children, maximum” as part of their contribution to saving the environment “To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint™.”Sir Elton then praised the Duke and Duchess for their charitable work, concluding in his fifth and final  tweet: “I highly respect and applaud both Harry and Meghan’s commitment to charity and I’m calling on the press to cease these relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted on an almost daily basis.” The star, 72, was a guest at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding last year Sir Elton insisted he and his husband David Furnish had made “an appropriate contribution” to a company that specialises in offsetting carbon emissions. The flights, said Sir Elton, were as a consequence carbon neutral.The Duke and Duchess were photographed with their three-month-old son arriving in Nice in the south of France on a £15 million Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign jet on Wednesday. They left France three days later on Saturday afternoon. The star, 72, was a guest at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding last yearCredit:Ian West/AFP In a series of emotional postings on Twitter, Sir Elton said on Monday: “I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week.“Prince Harry’s Mother, Diana Princess Of Wales was one of my dearest friends. I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death.”The singer, who loaned the couple the use of his home on the French Riviera, went on: “After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquillity of our home. To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight. Sir Elton John by his own admission counted Princess Diana as “one of my dearest friends” and famously and movingly sang at her funeral. On Monday, the rock star leapt to the defence of her youngest son, in an attempt to shield the Duke of Sussex and his wife from “relentless and untrue assassinations” amid allegations of hypocrisy over private jet flights taken by the couple.In putting a metaphorical arm around the Duke and Duchess, Sir Elton disclosed that he had paid for Prince Harry and his wife to fly on a private jet to his home in the south of France. He said Prince Harry, his wife and their son Archie needed the “safety and tranquillity” offered by his palatial villa on the French Riviera.  I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week. pic.twitter.com/WjVRDSMX0z— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 19, 2019 Buckingham Palace declined to comment on Sir Elton’s twitter posts. Earlier in the day, on the Duke and Duchess’s Instagram account they published a quote from Archbishop Desmond Tutu which said: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Carbon Footprint Limited was unavailable for comment on Monday evening.  Another organisation C-Level, which also offsets carbon emissions, calculated a carbon footprint for the return flight at seven tonnes, assuming the Duke and Duchess and their son travelled with two protection officers.The emissions are seven times greater than had they flown with a regular airline. The cost to Sir Elton of offsetting the private flight would have been about £108, money which can fund tree-planting schemes and other projects, according to Daren Howarth, founder of C-Level.Mr Howarth said: “Private jets are problematic. What is wrong with the train? Are they so short of time?” read more

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Cell Service Down After Japan Earthquake

first_imgA massive 8.9 off-shore earthquake struck Japan earlier today, at around 2:46 PM local time. The impact of the quake is being felt as far away as Hawaii and California, where authorities have notified citizens to brace for Tsunamis. The quake has also impact Japanese cell service, with the country’s three largest providers, NTT DoCoMo Inc., KDDI Corp., and Softbank Corp.all reporting major service disruptions in the wake of the quake, as people from inside and outside the country attempt to check on the status of loved ones.last_img read more

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An incomparable talent Tributes paid to awardwinning composer Andre Previn

first_img‘An incomparable talent’: Tributes paid to award-winning composer Andre Previn The German-American musician had won four Oscars and 10 Grammys during his career. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article It is with deep sadness that we learnt of the passing of André Previn. A wonderful performer, conductor and composer as well as an eloquent communicator we look back in thanks and pleasure on many special projects together. pic.twitter.com/OOlz2fYIeG— Deutsche Grammophon (@DGclassics) February 28, 2019 Friday 1 Mar 2019, 7:12 AM By Hayley Halpin 10,533 Views 5 Comments Share91 Tweet Email Mar 1st 2019, 7:12 AM Source: Stephen Fry/TwitterPrevin’s lifeBorn Andreas Ludwig Priwin in Berlin on 6 April 1929, Previn was enrolled at the Berlin’s Conservatory of Music at age six.The family fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and moved to Los Angeles, where Previn’s great-uncle was the music director for Universal Studios.An accomplished jazz pianist, he began working at MGM in 1946 while still in high school. During his career in Hollywood, Previn won four Academy Awards for film composing, including for Porgy and Bess (1960) and My Fair Lady (1964).  Andre Previn’s during the ISO’s 75th Anniversary Concert in June 1979 Source: Keystone Press AgencyHowever, he left the studio in the 1960s to focus on classical music.Previn has also served as music director for the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as the Houston and Pittsburgh Symphonies, and frequently guest conducted worldwide.Over the years, he has collaborated with musicians such as opera singer Renee Fleming and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.  So very saddened by the loss of the great André Previn. The @NYTimes says his music knew no boundaries, but I would say that of his talent and humanity as well. https://t.co/4YLByyO4dt— Renee Fleming (@ReneeFleming) February 28, 2019center_img He will be hugely missed by everyone at the LSO and remembered with great affection. May he always play all the right notes in the right order.The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy awards gala, has praised Previn’s “ability to effortlessly combine genres”. “Andre was an incomparable talent, and his legacy will live on through his countless compositions,” it said. Actor Stephen Fry said: “Farewell, André Previn. He played all the right notes, and usually in the right order. What a life.” “So very saddened by the loss of the great Andre Previn,” tweeted Fleming. “The @NYTimes says his music knew no boundaries, but I would say that of his talent and humanity as well.”Includes reporting by © – AFP 2019 Source: Deutsche Grammophon/Twitter Andre Previn in 2004 Source: Urs FlueelerKEYSTONE via PA ImagesTRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid to Oscar and Grammy-award winning composer Andre Previn who has died aged 89. The prolific German-American musician had won four Oscars, 10 Grammys and a Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement honour during his long career. “We are deeply saddened to hear of the death this morning of our Conductor Emeritus Andre Previn,” the London Symphony Orchestra – where Previn once served as principal conductor – said in a statement.  Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4518721 Source: Carnegie Hall/Twitter We remember pianist, composer, and conductor, Sir André Previn who made his debut in 1960 with the @nyphil. He performed more than 50 times here, with his last performance leading the @NHKSO_Tokyo as part of the citywide festival JapanNYC in 2011. pic.twitter.com/Aw6AXZCH6k— Carnegie Hall (@carnegiehall) February 28, 2019 Source: Renee Fleming/Twitterlast_img read more

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Rodriguez keen on Bayern Munich stay

first_imgColombia skipper James Rodriguez has reiterated his interest to remain at Bayern Munich beyond his two-year loan but may ‘need to leave because of a lack of minutes’.The star man joined Bayern in the summer of 2017 on a two-year loan deal from Madrid but is no longer in the pecking order under new boss Niko Kovac.Bayern equally have a €35m option to buy the playmaker at the end of his current spell but there have been various reports that this will not be exercised and the player will return to Los Blancos.“It’s a different situation to last year because I’m playing less,” James is cited as saying via Football Espana.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“If I need to leave because of a lack of minutes I will but I would like to stay because I feel the love from all the fans and the Bayern family.”The 27-year-old has recently suffered an ankle ligament injury which is likely to keep him out of action for at least a month, meaning he is recovering currently in the Spanish capital.last_img read more

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Community fills bus with school supplies for underprivileged children

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A back-to-school drive in West Miami-Dade helped fill an entire school bus with supplies for underprivileged kids.Multiple communities partnered with “Taylor and Mathis of Florida” to donate notebooks, pens, folders and anything a child may need to be ready for the first day of classes.The school supplies will be handed out to students at 15 schools throughout Miami-Dade County.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Former Nikiski Man Sentenced For Illegally Possessing 29 Firearms

first_imgAs part of the plea agreement, Bush surrendered his law enforcement memorabilia, holsters, andammunition boxes. The Court also ordered forfeiture of firearms and ammunition that Bush owned. Bush had falsely represented himself as a member of law enforcement and possessed a fake Alaska StateTroopers badge, along with a t-shirt indicating the wearer was an agent of the U.S. Department ofHomeland Security. Bush has a previous felony conviction in Virginia for embezzlement. As someone convicted of afelony, Bush was prohibited from possessing firearms. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A former Nikiski man was sentenced in U.S. District Court yesterday to serve 45 months in prison for  illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon. A search of Bush’s shared residence in Kenai revealed that he was in possession of 28 firearms, including a fully automatic Sten MKII machinegun. Bush also possessed another firearm in one of his former residences in Danville, Virginia. According to court documents, on February 8, 2017, the Soldotna Police Department received a call from a resident of the Kenai Peninsula who claimed Bush was carrying a firearm while demanding payment for construction work. Steven Andrew Bush, 56, a former Nikiski resident, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess.last_img read more