Nielsen says 29 million people watched wedding in US

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Perhaps getting married to a U.S. television star helps in the royal wedding ratings.The Nielsen company says 29.2 million people in the United States watched the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle early Saturday. The London ceremony aired starting at 7 a.m. Eastern time and was carried live on 15 different networks.The telecast topped the 22.8 million people who watched Harry’s older brother, Prince William, marry Kate Middleton in 2011.By a whisker, NBC earned network bragging rights. Nielsen said an estimated 6.42 million people watched NBC’s coverage while 6.35 million watched it on ABC. The CBS audience was 4.79 million people.last_img

New York teenagers take on challenge of boosting environmental awareness – UN

A joint initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Foundation (UNF), the New York City Department of Education, the New York Public Library and others, the “One Planet, Many People” competition asks high school students to create Internet presentations, performances and products.Winning entries will be announced on 21 May, with prizes including college scholarships, attendance at the UNF Youth Leadership Summit on Climate Change and summer internships at the Library.“UNEP is proud to be affiliated with this initiative, and congratulates both the students and teachers for their commitment and hard work, which resulted in an impressive body of work that reveals a high level of environmental awareness,” said Amy Fraenkel, Director of the agency’s Regional Office for North America.Throughout their spring semester, students from 17 high schools met in classrooms and libraries to work on their projects and had access to UN and Library resources.“This project allowed me to get more in-depth with a topic I knew a little something about,” said Pedro Crespo, a 10th grader, whose report focused on globalization. “My view on how the world operates is now different. I now realize that when things happen to people how it influences decisions our politicians make.” 19 May 2009New York City teenagers have taken on the challenge of inspiring environmental action in a United Nations-backed contest, whose winners will be announced later this week. read more

UFA Cooperative closing 12store Wholesale Sports chain at cost of 545 jobs

CALGARY — The Wholesale Sports chain of a dozen hunting, fishing and camping supply stores in Western Canada is shutting down after 30 years in business, leaving 545 workers without jobs.The operation owned by Calgary-based UFA Co-operative Ltd. closed stores on Thursday afternoon to tell workers their jobs would be ending by year-end. Inventory liquidation sales are to begin on Friday and run until Dec. 28.No new online purchases are to be processed, the company said, adding all current online orders will be filled.CEO Carol Kitchen said UFA — the former United Farmers of Alberta — bought the retail chain in 2008 in an attempt to diversify the member-owned company away from its traditional agricultural and fuel services.But stiff competition and falling sales convinced the UFA board it was time to go back to its traditional focus.“If you think about Cabela’s, Bass Pro and others entering the marketplace, they were not in place 10 years ago in 2008,” she said in an interview.“We are a 109-year-old organization that has its roots in rural Alberta and that’s where our focus will be in the future.”Kitchen said the company considered selling the chain with stores in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba but concluded shutting it down was the best option. She said it has been profitable over the time it was owned by UFA.The chain reported revenue of $103 million in 2016, down nine per cent from $113 million in 2015.Kitchen wouldn’t say how much it will cost UFA to end the leases on its stores.The news comes at a time of consolidation for outdoors destination superstores with American giant Bass Pro Shops snapping up rival Cabela’s in a US$4.5-billion deal announced a year ago. Both U.S. companies operate stores in Canada.Kitchen said the growth in online purchasing has also hurt sales at Wholesale Sports’ brick-and-mortar outlets.Retail analyst John Williams of J.C. Williams Group said website stores are hurting all big box chains because they offer consumers more choices. He said he expects more consolidation to come in most big box store categories.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

New common natural gas rate across province will mean savings FortisBC

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 18, 2014 10:57 am MDT New common natural gas rate across province will mean savings: FortisBC SURREY, B.C. – Energy utility FortisBC is preparing to introduce a common provincial rate for natural gas, resulting for some customers in annual savings of more than $200.The company says the B.C. Utilities Commission has approved its request to modify rates provincewide, and most customers will now pay the same for natural gas no matter where they live.Starting Jan. 1, 2015, a consistent rate of $3.781/gigajoule will be phased in over three years for all customers in B.C. except those in Fort Nelson.The company says the change means that its customers in Whistler will save about $212 every year on their natural gas bills, while those in Revelstoke will see a decrease of about $154.Customers on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Powell River will pay about $98 less annually, while customers everywhere else, including the Lower Mainland, will only save about $6 per year.The estimates are based on average residential use in each area, with storage and transport rates also be slightly lessened which factors into the decrease. read more

March Madness Crib Notes For Fridays Games

Midwest RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 10 Indiana (84.6) at 2:45 p.m. on CBSUpset alert! No. 12 Buffalo (32 percent) vs. No. 5 West Virginia at 2:10 p.m. on TNTMost lopsided matchup: No. 2 Kansas (89 percent) vs. No. 15 New Mexico State at 12:15 p.m. on CBSIN DEPTHWichita State (72 percent win probability) vs. IndianaPlayer to watch: Fred VanVleet, Wichita StateA year removed from a magical, near-undefeated season, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall has led the mid-major standard-bearers to a round-of-64 game against Indiana, thanks to an excellent, balanced team. Both teams are great at protecting the basketball (and Indiana is one of Division I’s worst defenses at forcing takeaways), so don’t expect this game to be decided by points off turnovers. Instead, the Hoosiers’ path to the upset would seem to involve — what else? — 3-point shooting, a skill in which they ranked 7th nationally during the season. But Indiana also has a very shaky defense that placed among the bottom half of all Division I schools, and it could prove the ultimate liability against a Wichita State squad that shoots and rebounds well on offense and hardly ever gives the ball away. West RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State (82.5) at 6:50 p.m. on TBSUpset alert! No. 9 Oklahoma State (59 percent) vs. No. 8 OregonMost lopsided matchup: No. 1 Wisconsin (98 percent) vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina at 9:20 p.m. on TBSIN DEPTHOregon vs. Oklahoma State (59 percent win probability)Player to watch: Phil Forte, Oklahoma StateOregon is the No. 8 seed, with a 25-9 record, but our model has 18-13 Oklahoma State favored, with a 59 percent probability of pulling the “upset.” Why? The Ducks are a small, one-dimensional team with a great offense but a vulnerable defense, while the Cowboys have greater balance, better size and the stronger backcourt combination with Phil Forte and Anthony Hickey. (Oklahoma State also played the tougher schedule during the season, which accounts for its superior power rating despite an inferior record.) Oregon’s chances, then, might depend on the play of big man Jordan Bell — a relative offensive non-entity but one of the nation’s top defensive players. His ability to block shots and shore up the Ducks’ interior defense could make him an equalizing force against the Cowboys. South RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 10 Davidson (a harmonic mean of 83.6) at 7:20 p.m. on TNTUpset alert! No. 9 St. John’s (42 percent win probability) vs. No. 8 San Diego State at 9:40 p.m. on CBSMost lopsided matchup: No. 1 Duke (98 percent) vs. No. 16 Robert Morris at 7:10 p.m. on CBSIN DEPTHIowa (62 percent win probability) vs. DavidsonPlayer to watch: Aaron White, IowaIowa has an experienced, balanced team with great size, and its dynamic front-court duo of Aaron White and Jarrod Uthoff will be difficult for Davidson to match. It’s in the top 40 in both offense and defense, according to Ken Pomeroy, dean of college basketball stats.For the Wildcats to win, they probably need to catch fire from the 3-point arc: During the season, Davidson ranked 16th among Division I schools in 3-point accuracy and ninth in the percentage of field-goal attempts devoted to 3-pointers. We give Iowa a 62 percent chance of moving on, but Davidson’s long-distance shooting prowess does give it a fighting chance at the upset. That and its apparent love of advanced basketball statistics. After an upset-filled opening Thursday, the 2015 NCAA men’s tournament rolls on with 16 more games Friday. The marquee matchups of the day aren’t quite as strong as they were Thursday, but there are a few good 7-versus-10 games to keep an eye on, as well as an 8-versus-9 pairing (Oregon vs. Oklahoma State) pegged as a likely upset by our model and a compelling tossup between Providence and play-in winner Dayton.Read on for more of what to look for in the NCAA tournament Friday. East RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Georgia (84.4) at 12:40 p.m. on TruTVUpset alert! No. 11 Dayton (49 percent) vs. No. 6 Providence at 9:57 p.m. on TruTVMost lopsided matchup: No. 2 Virginia (96 percent) vs. No. 15 Belmont at 3:10 p.m. on TruTVIN DEPTHMichigan State (62 percent) vs. GeorgiaPlayer to watch: Denzel Valentine, Michigan StateWe’ve written before about the incredible record of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, who has led the Spartans to six Final Fours (and was about 16 minutes away from a seventh last March) starting from a collection of seeds unlikely to produce that many deep tourney runs. History may not repeat this year, though; Michigan State is a No. 7 seed (no Izzo Final Fours have come from a seed worse than 5th). Even Georgia is a tough draw — a matchup between the Spartans’ offense (15th-best, according to Pomeroy) and the Bulldogs’ defense (24th). Georgia’s style of play isn’t necessarily ideal for producing upsets, though — the team doesn’t shoot a lot of threes or force a lot of turnovers, which are some of the gambling hallmarks of strong underdog candidates. Still, Michigan State has its own Achilles’ heel: free throws. The Spartans were one of the worst foul-shooting teams in Division I, and it wouldn’t be surprising if that weakness becomes a real factor if the game comes down to the wire. read more

Giants Fan Throws Banana Near Orioles Adam Jones Apologizes

Photo by Giants fan, 48-year-old Alexander Poulides, insists he did not intend to throw a banana at the Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones after doing just that.Jones, who is black, did not take kindly to the act—which had strong racial tones.Poulides told the San Jose Mercury News that he grabbed a banana off a catering cart at AT&T Park and threw it toward the field in frustration near the end of the Orioles’ 10-2 victory over the struggling Giants. That says a lot about a grown man right there.The banana landed  in the vicinity of Jones, who angrily tweeted about the incident following the game, criticizing people who apparently defended the incident and hinting that he may no longer participate in social media.Poulides said he had no idea of the controversy until he got home and watched the local news.“Oh, my god,” Poulides told the newspaper he thought when he watched the broadcast. “I threw a banana on my way out. . . I’m embarrassed and shocked by the outcome. In hindsight, I wish I didn’t do it and I apologize. I’m very sorry.”“It’s unfortunate that things happen like that,” Jones said ,”but it ain’t going stop me, myself and the Orioles, We have games to win. It’s mid-August. I’ve got a bigger concern in my head than someone’s ignorance or act of whatever. You know what I mean?”The Giants released a public statement earlier Monday, saying:“We were extremely disappointed to learn about the incident involving Adam Jones at AT&T Park yesterday. The Giants have a zero tolerance policy against this type of behavior, which results in immediate ejection from the ballpark. While we have been investigating the matter since we learned of the situation, unfortunately we have been unable to identify the person responsible.“We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Adam and the entire Orioles organization for this unfortunate incident. The inappropriate actions of this individual in no way reflect the values of our organization and our fans.”Jones, who scored a home run and had four RBIs in the game, tweeted to his more than 129,000 followers: “I want to thank whatever slapd— threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u jacka–.” read more

It Turns Out The Vintage Warriors Are Still Pretty Good At Basketball

sara.ziegler: What, if anything, can the Blazers do to turn the tide as the series heads back to Portland?chris.herring: I think it goes without saying that they did enough to win Thursday.You’d imagine they can control the tempo better at home than they did at Oracle, where the Warriors play extremely fast and in transition during those ridiculous comebacks. I think maybe Terry Stotts would call timeout when he feels one of those runs coming on. And they need to clean up some mistakes, in terms of fouling and taking care of the ball. Andre Iguodala made a great steal on Lillard on the final play, and Lillard had that pretty brutal foul on Steph while he was shooting a three late.tchow: I’m actually not sure what else they can do. They played well on Thursday and still lost. I feel for Portland fans, I really do. But our predictions give them a 6 percent chance of making it to the finals which seems … high?chris.herring: Realistically, unless Golden State has another major injury, that was probably it. I don’t see a whole lot of adjustments for a scenario where you were in control most of the game. You just have to finish the game. Period.natesilver: I guess the one piece of good news for Portland is that it’s not obvious that KD’s going to play any time soon.tchow: Chris mentioned that they needed another huge bench performance to have a chance, but both Rodney Hood and Seth Curry had pretty decent games. I don’t know where else it could come from. Zach Collins?sara.ziegler: Meyers Leonard! He had a pretty good game.chris.herring: Collins had five fouls in eight minutes yesterday, somehow. Leonard was impactful, though.tchow: Yeah, some of those Collins fouls were bad fouls, too.chris.herring: That’s why it’s hard to see Portland doing this: Everything seems really scattered right now.Also, props to Draymond Green for raising his game to a ridiculous level lately. You can’t mention the Warriors looking like the Warriors of old without talking about how incredible he’s been on both ends.natesilver: Maybe Draymond secretly hates KD and so ups his effort level when KD is out?sara.ziegler: LOL. I kind of want that to be true. Since the NBA is just a soap opera, at its core.tchow: “The Plays of Our Lives”I’m sorry.sara.ziegler: OMG, yes.Moving on to the East: Chris, you wrote after Game 1 that the Raptors would likely be kicking themselves for letting that get away from them. How important was that outcome to the series?chris.herring: Not nearly as much of a killer as Game 2 for Portland. But still potentially big.There’s that saying that a series hasn’t begun until a road team wins a game. And on some level, that may be true. I just think that if you’re going to beat Milwaukee, it makes sense to grab the winnable game when it’s there. And the Bucks played really poorly in some regards, yet they still won. They are a complete team, whereas the Raptors look very stilted on offense at times.And it’s part of why I continue to like Milwaukee’s chances of winning this whole thing.tchow: It’s been really impressive seeing how well the Bucks have continued to play when Giannis Antetokounmpo is not on the floor.natesilver: The thing I’d hate if I were a Raptors fan is that I felt like my team played pretty well in Game 1, and it still wasn’t enough. Obviously, not everything was perfect — the cold shooting in the fourth quarter — but it felt like a relatively fair contest.chris.herring: Yeah. I guess there are two ways to view it:1) Lowry is probably never going to shoot like that again.2) There’s probably no way they’ll ever get less of a contribution from the rest of the team than they did in Game 1.tchow: 3) Brook Lopez will not have a game like that again.sara.ziegler: Lopez was EVERYWHERE.chris.herring: I’m not completely sure about No. 3! If Toronto doesn’t go smaller, the Raptors are going to have to sacrifice something defensively. I don’t know that he’ll have almost 30 again, but the Raps are going to dare Brook and guys like him to prove they can make that shot as opposed to letting Giannis run wild in the paint.That’s the risk.sara.ziegler: To your second point, Chris, you can’t imagine a scenario happening again where no Raptor aside from Lowry makes a single shot in an entire quarter.chris.herring: Yeah, those stats — 0 for 15 aside from Lowry in the fourth, and 1 for 23 in the second half outside of Lowry and Leonard — were some of the more insane ones I’ve ever seen.And the one second-half basket that someone else made was a buzzer-beating 3 by Pascal Siakam in the third! One he wouldn’t have even taken if not for how much time was left.tchow: The last time Lopez had a double-double while scoring more than 20 points was … one second, I’m still scrolling up on Basketball-Reference.sara.ziegler: LOLchris.herring: That part is true. But him scoring a bunch wouldn’t shock me based on how they’re defending him. Brook isn’t the biggest rebounder, in part because he’s more concerned with boxing out and making sure a teammate collects the miss. (But also, their minutes are longer in the playoffs, meaning he’ll have more chances.)tchow: Found it! Nov. 3, 2017, when he was on the Lakers. And it was the Lopez revenge game because they played the Nets.chris.herring: Remember: Milwaukee was 11 of 44 from three! That’s 25 percent. So the Bucks left a ton of points on the table. And many of them were wide-open shots.As I was saying, I think Toronto may want to consider playing a little smaller. That would potentially crank up the tempo to a level Lopez isn’t comfortable with, and potentially give him more defensive responsibility, to where he has to come out farther to defend.natesilver: I dunno, I feel weird about slicing-and-dicing the Raptors’ shooting stats into so many little pieces. Overall, they shot 15 of 42 on threes, which is pretty average/good.chris.herring: Lowry was 7 of 9 by himself!natesilver: They didn’t shoot great on twos, but a lot of teams don’t do that well against MIlwaukee. They made 85 percent of their free throws.chris.herring: The other Raptors will likely shoot better. But Milwaukee did plenty to make Kawhi Leonard get his points. This team is really great at pushing star scorers to drive with their weaker hand.tchow: Sixers should take note. Too soon?sara.ziegler: LOLchris.herring: The statistics illustrated that in Game 1. Leonard drove 15 times, and 11 of them were to his left. During the season, he drove to his right a little more than 57 percent of the time.sara.ziegler: That seems to be a huge focus for the Bucks — and it looks like it’s paying off. But again, the Raptors almost stole Game 1. It would be huge for them to get Game 2 tonight.chris.herring: Agreed.While I still think Milwaukee is clearly the stronger team in this matchup, I wouldn’t be foolish enough to say that Toronto is out of this, regardless of what happens tonight. This is a more evenly matched set of opponents than with Portland and Golden State, clearly.sara.ziegler: So let’s end on some soft predictions. How long will each series go?tchow: I’m predicting a gentleman’s sweep for the Western Conference finals.natesilver: Yeah, five games seems like the smartest bet.sara.ziegler: It would be only fair to the Curry parents.tchow: I believe Dame and CJ can do enough to get at least one win in Portland.chris.herring: Agreed on the West.In the East, I’ll go six, with the Bucks winning. Though if Milwaukee wins tonight, I wouldn’t be shocked if they closed it in five.natesilver: I’m going to go seven games for the East. Despite what I said earlier about Game 1 being a bearish indicator for Toronto, I still think they’re a liiiiiiittttle underrated, and Nick Nurse probably has more ways to make adjustments than Mike Budenholzer does.tchow: I think it’ll be Bucks in six, too.natesilver: I have a hot take.sara.ziegler: 🔥natesilver: Steve Kerr’s comments about Kevin Durant’s injury sound fairly ominous.WHAT IF DURANT HAS PLAYED HIS LAST GAME FOR THE WARRIORS?!?!?sara.ziegler: Ooooooohtchow: * searches in google * Durant Knicks jerseychris.herring: That doesn’t sound as crazy to me as some people might think.If it’s a more serious strain, and it’s closer to a month than it is a one-week or two-week injury, then the NBA Finals or the middle of the finals would be more realistic for him.But if the finals aren’t competitive …natesilver: So Knicks fans should be rooting for a Warriors sweep?chris.herring: I don’t know. It would be really interesting. If the Warriors win easily without him, it would be weird for him to stay if he wants validation. If the Warriors LOSE, it gets interesting. Because, obviously, the last time the Warriors lost, he went and signed with them.tchow: I just really want Curry to win his first finals MVP trophy.sara.ziegler: Would THAT push KD to the Knicks?natesilver: I think the BEST-case scenario for the Knicks would be if the Warriors are like up 3-1 over Milwaukee in the finals, and then KD comes back and they LOSE.tchow: grinchgrin.gifCheck out our latest NBA predictions. sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): The NBA conference finals are just three games old, but we’ve already seen two of the most entertaining games of the entire playoffs.After Golden State easily dispatched Portland in Game 1 in the West, Milwaukee needed a furious comeback to take down Toronto in the East’s first game. And then came Thursday night, when the Trail Blazers led the Warriors by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, but Golden State used a 27-8 run to get back into the game. The teams traded leads down the stretch, but the Warriors prevailed.Let’s start with the Golden State-Portland series. What have you made of these first two games?tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): The “Warriors are better without Kevin Durant” crowd has gotten REALLY loud.I’m not stupid enough to say they’re better without KD, but I can see the argument being made that they might be more fun to watch?natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): Tony, that feels like a way to rationalize the idea that KD will feel dejected or something by the Warriors because they can win without him so he’ll have to come to the Knicks.sara.ziegler: LOLtchow: I’m still auditioning for my Knicks GM job, Nate.chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): I think they are more fun to watch this way, for sure. It’s a good reminder of what they were before Durant ever signed with them. The up-tempo, heavy ball-movement, “we can be down by 15, but still come back to beat you” Warriors.I think Portland losing on Thursday was pretty brutal. It’s sounding more and more like Durant won’t be back in the conference finals, and a win would have gone a long way toward making this a series again. It’s hard to imagine them winning four of the next five.tchow: You’re not kidding about the heavy ball movement, Chris. Per Second Spectrum, the Warriors have averaged 42 more passes per 100 possessions when KD was not on the floor during these playoffs.natesilver: I guess the question is whether the Warriors could win grind-it-out, slower-paced, half-court-type games at the same rate without KD.chris.herring: And that’s the thing. When the Warriors play that way, it’s changing the pace of the game. If you have a game with fewer possessions, I’d venture to guess it leaves things to random chance more often and helps the underdog.Kind of why Virginia was seen as vulnerable in the NCAA Tournament for so long. (A loss to UMBC helps with that, too.)natesilver: Beating Portland twice at home is just not all that rigorous a test, however.tchow: That’s important to keep in mind. All the Warriors did was hold home court.chris.herring: It may not be. But the Blazers played really well on Thursday, and then that third quarter happened. I just think we’re used to these sorts of onslaughts at this point.tchow: Yeah, even with that scoreline at halftime, after the first three minutes of the third quarter, I think all of us kinda went, “Oh, the Warriors are winning this.”natesilver: The Game 6 closeout against Houston, in a game where the Rockets played pretty well, was impressive. But I’m still not sure I really have a great sense for how Golden State is going to match up with Milwaukee or Toronto, with or without KD.sara.ziegler: A Portland win would have completely changed the tone of this series. And it was close to happening — even after the Warriors stormed back!natesilver: “Were the Blazers actually close to winning or was it all just an illusion” is a fun epistemological question. I mean, obviously, a win probability model or whatever would have them ahead for a lot of the game. But the Warriors have made SO many third-quarter comebacks over the years that I just don’t really know.sara.ziegler: When the Blazers were up 8 with 4:28 left, I thought they could really win it.Silly me.chris.herring: I grow somewhat tired of the Curry vs. Curry storyline at times. But it was pretty awesome to see Seth play so well last night, and to try to get into his brother’s head at one point.Crazy to think that, if Pau Gasol were healthy, there would be two sets of brothers playing against each other this round.tchow: That’s very interesting. I’m kinda loving the Curry vs. Curry storyline. It’s pretty cool IMO to have siblings play against each other at such high stakes.I found myself pingponging between “Where’s Steph? OK, where’s Seth now?” when they were both on the court.chris.herring: I like the storyline. I just think it’s being milked pretty heavily in terms of showing their parents in the crowd, that’s all. But Seth was huge last night.I think the challenge for Portland is that there’s a lot of “your turn, my turn” from Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. McCollum owned the first half, and then Dame got hot in the second half.And it kind of feels like they may need more of a balance, or another huge bench performance from someone, to get over this hump.natesilver: What if Seth Curry woke up one day and had Steph Curry’s skills, and vice versa? That feels like a weird/bad movie plot.tchow: “Freaky Friday 2”natesilver: Would the Blazers play McCollum at the 3 or something? It would be a really weird team.chris.herring: I already feel like it’s a weird team as is.Credit to them for adjusting heavily after how bad Game 1 was.tchow: You knew they had to do something about that pick-and-roll defense.chris.herring: Enes Kanter was back at the free-throw line in Game 1 and then moved much farther up to contain their pick and rolls in Game 2. That made Golden State’s looks far more challenging, which you almost have to do in order to have a chance.sara.ziegler: The Blazers didn’t get much on offense from Kanter on Thursday, though. What was going on there?chris.herring: His impact is going to be a bit less on a night where they shoot as well as they did from three. Because he doesn’t get any offensive rebounds that way.But also, when he’s playing so much higher up on D, it probably wears him down a bit.Not to mention the fact that he’s fasting during daylight hours, which seems like such a tough thing to do during such a high-stakes series.sara.ziegler: That does seem brutal.chris.herring: Now THAT storyline I find fascinating.sara.ziegler: I can barely edit when I’m hungry. Can’t imagine trying to play basketball at the highest level!natesilver: If I fasted during daylight hours, I don’t think I could even do a Slack chat, let alone play in an NBA game.sara.ziegler: Hahatchow: Muslim soccer players do it all the time! (during Ramadan)It is pretty cool the Blazers have three Muslim players on the roster (Kanter, Jusuf Nurkic and Al-Farouq Aminu).chris.herring: Hakeem Olajuwon did it as well, and apparently Kanter reached out to him to figure out what all he did to maintain his game during that stretch of the postseason.natesilver: I didn’t realize that the dates of Ramadan shift around a lot from year to year. It doesn’t always coincide with the playoffs. read more

Restoring wildflower meadows could bring new era of superorganic food

first_imgThe decline is threatening once-common British flowers such as ragged-robin and harebell, which are closed to being listed as “threatened with extinction”.The Prince of Wales is calling for more Coronation Meadows to be planted to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.The project, which began in 2014, has so far seen 90 new meadows established across the country, including the recently completed Queen’s Meadow in Green Park, London.Ahead of National Meadows Day on July 1, homeowners are also being urged to leave a section of their garden unmowed to allow wildflowers to reestablish.  Cow grazing on Farthing Downs, an area of open space owned by the City forming part of green belt land to the south of London. Grazing cattle on wildflower meadows can improve health and the nutrition of meat Credit:Alamy Stock Photo Marian Spain, Plantlife chief executive, said: “Meadows, once a feature of every parish, are now an increasingly fragile part of our national heritage, but all is not lost.“Coronation Meadows is the largest initiative of its kind in the UK and it’s thrilling to see the ambitious challenge sown by the Prince of Wales being brought to life.”Besides being a quintessential sight of summer which enrich our lives, wildflower meadows are also a haven for wildlife; meadow plants like ragged-robin, lady’s mantle, burnet saxifrage and eyebright support an astonishing variety of wildlife from bees to butterflies to skylarks and lapwings.” Flowers flourish in Priddy churchyard, Somerset, as part of the parish meadows project Credit:Plantlife  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. A Marsh Fritillary butterflyCredit:Giles Knightcenter_img Studies have shown that the meat of animals grazed on biodiverse pasture contains high levels of Vitamin E, and quantities of omega-3 fatty acids previously only found in oily fish. Dr Trevor Dines, Botanical Specialist at Plantlife, said: “Essentially you are what you eat. Animals that are able to graze on rich, diverse sources of plants will be healthier and their meat will be better. And livestock make meadows, they help them to thrive and improve diversity.“We would like to see a wildflower meadow on every farm and we would like to see more food branded as ‘wildflower meadow grazed’ as a sign of quality, one step up from organic.” A Marsh Fritillary butterfly The UK has lost more than 97 per cent of its wildflower meadows since the 1930s, an area equivalent to one-and-a-half times the size of Wales. Grazing farm animals in wildflower meadows could reverse the disastrous decline of Britain’s plants and wildlife and usher in a new era of super-organic food, the charity Plantlife has said.Conservationists at the charity, of which the Prince of Wales is a patron, are calling for every farm in Britain to plant at least one wildflower meadow on which cattle and sheep can live.Animals which graze on species-rich natural meadows of flowers, herbs and wild grasses consume far more minerals, proteins, and amino-acids, making them healthier and their meat more nutritious. In the past, Welsh farms often kept a wildflower-rich field called a “Cae Ysbyty” or “hospital field” where sick or recuperating animals were grazed so they could benefit from the mixture of herbs to aid their recovery.  Flowers flourish in Priddy churchyard as part of the parish meadows project last_img read more

Guitar maker Fender among firms raided in pricefix probe

Singer/songwriter Gary Barlow has used Korg musical equipment Credit:LEON NEAL/AFP Singer/songwriter Gary Barlow has used Korg musical equipment  “We are a very small part of the overall music industry and we are concerned that we have warranted this investigation.” The world-famous guitar maker Fender and four leading keyboard manufacturers are at the centre of a price fixing investigation after “dawn raids” were carried out at their British offices.In total, four keyboard companies and the American guitar giant were targeted by staff from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).Although the companies have not been officially named, The Sunday Telegraph understands they include Yamaha, one of the biggest musical instrument manufacturers in the world, Roland, Korg, Casio and Fender.The CMA website states that five separate “initial investigations” have been launched into “suspected breaches of competition law by various parties”. It adds that inquiries “relate to alleged anti-competitive agreements and/or concerted practices in relation to musical instruments and equipment”, adding that it is focusing on “suspected anti-competitive agreements”.The investigations all began in April, when CMA officers arrived unannounced at the five offices. Its officers can enter a business without needing a warrant and demand documents.However, the CMA stresses that the investigations are “at an early stage and no assumptions should be made that competition law has been infringed”. After the initial “information gathering” operation, the CMA will decide whether to open a formal investigation. The inquiry is thought to be focusing on whether any attempt has been made to manipulate sales of musical instruments and pro-audio equipment with, among other things, price fixing or controlled sales to specific areas of the country.A music industry source said as many as 10 CMA staff visited the offices of the music manufacturers, some carrying out searches for up to four days. Meanwhile, 14 leading music shops have been asked to provide details of their dealings with the companies. The shops are not under any suspicion of wrongdoing.The sale of musical instruments and sheet music in online and from shops is worth around £500 million a year in Britain.A CMA spokeswoman said: “We are in the initial, informal evidence gathering stage of five investigations in the musical instrument sector.” Yamaha, established in 1887, produces high end electric guitars, pianos, synthesizers, drums and stringed instruments.Roland makes keyboards used by top musicians including the Brockett Parsons who performs with Lady Gaga. Korg is also a famous keyboard manufacturer with the likes of British pianist Rick Wakeman, who played with Yes, and Gary Barlow, from Take That, using their gear.While it is not clear what triggered the investigations, one music industry insider said it may be linked to a complaint from Germany. Spokespeople for the UK operations of Fender, Yamaha, Roland and Korg refused to comment. Casio failed to respond to repeated telephone calls and emails.In response to the inquiry the Music Industries Association (MIA), the UK trade body for the musical instrument industry, reissued advice explaining the intricacies of competition law.It advises both suppliers and retailers not to agree with one another to sell an instruments at a set price or denote specific geographical areas as exclusive to one store.The article warns that the CMA can carry out “dawn raids” on businesses it suspects may have rigged the market, adding that staff should not shred any documents.“Any business, regardless of its size, could be under suspicion, and subject to a dawn raid. All staff should cooperate with the lawful requests of the investigators (not doing so is an offence in itself),” it says.It warns that breaking competition laws can see companies fined up to 10 percent of their global turnover, prison terms of up to five years and company directors being disqualified for up to 15 years.Paul McManus, chief executive of the MIA, said: “As the trade body for the UK musical instrument industry we have naturally offered all possible support and help to the CMA in their investigation. UK offices of Fender, the American guitar manufacturer, have been visited by Companies and Markets AuthorityCredit:Dan Kitwood/ Getty Images David Gilmour with his Fender Telecaster guitarCredit:Steve Gillett/Livepix Fender has been a household name since its iconic Stratocaster was the instrument of choice for guitar heroes including Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour and Eric Clapton. The instrument was designed in the US in 1954 by Leo Fender. UK offices of Fender, the American guitar manufacturer, have been visited by Companies and Markets Authority 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. David Gilmour with his Fender Telecaster guitar read more

Obama Administration duckingandcovering in a nuke attack can really save lives

first_imgAn entire generation of film and science-fiction have trained us to believe that there’s no way to survive a direct nuclear attack on a major American city, at least without holing up in a nuclear bunker. But maybe it’s not as dire as all that: the government’s now saying that even a nuclear attack on a major city could be a lot more survivable than you’d think.According to the New York Times, the Obama administration has commissioned a study on emergency protocols in the aftermath of a direct nuclear attack… and that the actual fatality estimates aren’t nearly as bad as people feared. In fact, the Obama Administration wants to make sure that people know how to react in a nuclear attack, because if people keep their heads, the fatalities will be mininal.According to an anonymous source speaking to the New York Times, assuming you’re not caught in the blast of a nuke, the attacks are “more survivable than most people think. The key is avoiding nuclear fallout.”How? Well, one simple way is simply to stay in your car for several hours, which they think will reduce fatalities up to 50%. Basements are even safer. Using Los Angeles as the example, 285,000 people would die of nuclear fallout if they didn’t take shelter, while — if people take shelter in a car — only 125,000 would die. If people hid in their basement, only 45,000 would die.Sure, that’s of fallout, not nuclear obliteration, but it does indicate that if you’re outside the blast zone, “duck and cover” might well work after all.Read more at New York Times (via Gizmodo)last_img read more

Acer Iconia Tab A200 combines Ice Cream Sandwich Tegra 2

first_imgSo you’re still holding off on an Android tablet because you want a 10-inch model sporting Ice Cream Sandwich, but you’d rather not blow $400-plus? Acer’s got your back. The upcoming Iconia Tab A200 will feature a last-gen Tegra 2 processor and rock-bottom pricing.Or so it would seem, at any rate. Acer hasn’t made any kind of pricing announcement yet, but you’ve got to believe that a Tegra 2 tablet will sell for a whole lot less than, say, the Asus Transformer Prime with a quad-core Tegra 3 chip under the hood.But the Tegra 2 is certainly a capable chip, and it should provide plenty of speed for the A200. The tablet will also offer 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of internal storage, a 3260mAh battery good for about 8 hours of video playback, and a 2MP rear-facing camera for video chats. It’s not razor-thin at 12.4mm, and it’s not a featherweight at 720 grams, but the A200 does come in a snazzy metallic red finish and it’s still plenty portable. It also features the Acer Ring UX, which allows for slick switching between apps, taking screenshots, and adjusting volume (among other things).Interestingly enough, Acer’s press release did provide some insight as to when the A200 would hit retail shelves: very, very soon. It’s been shipping to select countries since some time in November, though it was obviously packing Android 3.2 at that point and not ICS. An OTA update will be offered to those who pick the A200 up early on, but the next round of shipments — slated for January — will feature Android 4.0.More at Netbook Newslast_img read more

Lacidification des océans progresse à une vitesse sans précédent

first_imgL’acidification des océans progresse à une vitesse sans précédent Monde – Engendrée par l’augmentation des concentrations de dioxyde de carbone, l’acidification des océans progresse à une vitesse jamais observée depuis 65 millions d’années. D’après des scientifiques britanniques, cette augmentation extrêmement rapide du phénomène d’acidification aura rapidement un impact néfaste sur de nombreux organismes marins.Selon Andy Ridgwell de L’École des sciences géographiques et Daniela Schmidt du département des sciences de la Terre de l’université de Bristol, l’augmentation des concentrations de dioxyde de carbone dans l’eau de mer va conduire à une acidification progressive des océans. Se basant sur un nouveau modèle capable d’évaluer la vitesse à laquelle les océans s’acidifient, les scientifiques ont découvert que les changements de composition chimique du carbone de l’océan profond dépassent tout ce qui a pu se produire depuis 65 millions d’années.Cette acidification aura très probablement un impact sur la capacité d’adaptation des organismes marins calcifiants, entre autres les coraux. Toutefois, rien est encore certain. “Les expériences de laboratoire peuvent nous dire comment les organismes marins réagissent.Mais ces expériences ne peuvent nous dire si les organismes marins seront capables de s’adapter à l’acidification des océans par la migration ou l’évolution” explique Daniela Schmidt. Les sédiments océaniques permettent de comprendre l’évolution des espèces face au réchauffement climatique lié à l’effet de serre et à l’acidification des océans. Lors du Paléocène-Eocène, période durant laquelle les températures étaient les plus élevées, la biodiversité des organismes benthiques calcifiants avait diminué de façon très importante.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Les simulations réalisées prédisent un rythme d’acidification sans précédent. La sous-saturation du carbone dans l’océan profond dépassera celle enregistrée au cours du Paléocène-Eocène, ce qui pourrait menacer de nombreux organismes marins. “Un changement géochimique important et rapide de leur environnement pourrait rendre leur survie précaire. […] L’extinction généralisée dans ces fonds océaniques durant le réchauffement par effet de serre et l’acidification des océans du passage Paléocène-Eocène nous indique que des extinctions similaires dans le futur sont possibles” avertitAndy Ridgwell.Qui plus est, les simulations menées par les chercheurs britanniques montrent que l’ampleur des variations environnementales de la surface océanique est plus importante que celle liée à la période du Paléocène-Eocène. Cela pourrait avoir un impact sur la capacité d’adaptation du plancton, qui constitue le premier maillon de la chaîne alimentaire et est à la base des écosystèmes marins. Le 24 février 2010 à 10:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Eruption du volcan Sinabung nouvelle vague dévacuations

first_imgEruption du volcan Sinabung : nouvelle vague d’évacuations Indonésie – Lundi 30 août, une nouvelle éruption contraint les autorités à faire évacuer les pentes du mont Sinabung, dans le nord de Sumatra. Le volcan s’était réveillé dimanche, à la surprise des volcanologues. 21.000 personnes ont été déplacées.Dimanche, une première éruption du volcan Sinabung endormi depuis quatre siècles avait déclenché l’alerte rouge, avec une série d’évacuations. Lundi matin, un deuxième épisode éruptif avec émission d’un nuage de cendres et de fumée à 2.000 mètres d’altitude a entraîné l’évacuation de nombreux autres habitants vers seize centres de refuge : au total, 21.000 personnes ont fui les abords du volcan.    À lire aussiDes scientifiques capturent de rares images de l’éruption d’un volcan sub-antarctiqueOn déplore deux victimes indirectes, l’une par crise cardiaque, l’autre par insuffisance respiratoire. Le trafic aérien a été en partie détourné ou interrompu dans le secteur à cause du manque de visibilité. Les habitants des villages menacés ont pu prendre quelques effets personnels, mais ont dû abandonner habitations et champs cultivés, couverts de suie et de vapeurs sulfurées. 17.000 masques respiratoires ainsi que des tentes, des médicaments et des vivres ont été distribués dans les centres d’hébergement.Situé dans le nord de l’île de Sumatra, à 2.460 mètres d’altitude, le volcan Sinabung n’avait pas donné signe de vie depuis 1600. Les volcanologues, qui le surveillent comme les soixante-neuf autres volcans actifs de l’archipel indonésien, manquent totalement de données statistiques permettant de prévoir l’évolution du phénomène. Le 30 août 2010 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Wilmington Youth Soccers Latest InTown Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are Wilmington Youth Soccer in-town game summaries from Saturday, May 12, 2018.Boys Grade 2 Games:Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls:The Columbus Crew would not back down from this back and forth match. The offensive pressure from Griffin Crowe, Matthew Lawler, Sanjeev Puvanendrakumar and Nathan DiSchino brought the crowd to a frenzy. A spectacular display of defensive skills was shown by Jonathan Poulose and Tristan DeHart. In addition, the midfield play of Marcus Dawson, Scott Anderson and Bijon Pourshadi kept constant pressure on the opponent’s net. The goalkeeping tandem of Christopher Cali and Brendan Cohen made timely saves, standing strong the entire match.DC United vs. New England Revolution:The air was full of excitement, as the much-anticipated match between DC United and New England Revolution commenced. Fantastic ball skills were displayed by Caden Merritt and Ryan Fitzgerald resulting in goals by Garrett Lanagan, Chase Daly, Jake Gryglik, and Connor Jamieson. The midfield and defensive play of Ryan Hudd, David Poulose, Ryan Fitzgerald, Jacob McGahey and Jacob Afthim kept DC United in excellent shape. The crowd roared to their feet when Caden Merritt, Chase Daly, Jacob Afthim and Ryan Fitzgerald made some spectacular saves.Girls Grade 2 Games:Chicago Red Stars v. Orlando Pride:Proving they were also World Cup Competitors Ava Szczesuil and Georgia Hanson scored for the Orlando Pride in this hard fought game. Anna Ward, Emily Laquidara and Jacqueline Warren added the offensive punch and Courtney Perkins, Julie McMullen and Chloe Stryhalaeck held up the defense. It was an outstanding team effort capped off with great goal keeping by birthday girl Hanna Hadzic and Georgia Hanson.Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars:Top-Notch play kept people watching this one. Excellent offensive plays by Julia Navarro, Molly Kenney and Niamh McNeil applied heavy pressure causing the NC Courage to back pedal. Defensive positioning by Olivia Long and Abigail O’Donoghue fended off any threat that came thru making it tough for the Courage. The goalkeepers also played a great game in net, keeping the game in hand. Boys Grade 1 Games:Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo:The crowd was kept on the edge of their seats this week as the Philadelphia Union, led by the offensive skills of Michael Belanger and Cameron Jones resulted in scoring opportunities by Davio Dicenso and Sean Marzani. The defense was not to be left out of this one either as Andrew Poyant kept the ball out of their zone for much of the game.Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United:The air was full of excitement, as the much-anticipated match between Chicago Fire and D.C. United commenced. Fantastic ball skill were displayed by Benjamin Card and Matthew Roque resulting in goals by Jacob Schoenholtz, Nathan Ricciarelli and Lucas Pereira.  The midfield and defensive play of all players kept the Chicago Fire in excellent shape. Top-Notch play kept people watching this one.Girls Grade 1 Games:NC Courage vs. Portland Thorns:The NC Courage’s Emily Falk, Allaina Holman and Isabella DeOliveira stayed on their toes creating many scoring opportunities. The play of Olivia Howie, Alaina Roy, Olivia Smith shut down the other end of the field on defense that set the tone for this game.Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dash:Proving they were also World Cup Competitors Kaitlin Pryse, Taylor O’Connell, Emily Ruzzo and Taylor Stone scored for the Houston Dash in this hard-fought game. Grace Daley and Kiera Barry, added the offensive punch and Olivia Marasca and Bridget Bloom held up the defense. It was an outstanding team effort.Boys Kinder Games:Seattle Sounders vs. Philadelphia Union:The Philadelphia Union would not back down from this back and forth match. Goals by Charlie Kennedy (2), Rowan Norton, Brody Aprile, and Declan Riley brought the crowd to a frenzy. A spectacular display of defensive skills was shown by Mikey Doucette and Maxwell Madore. In addition, the midfield play of Connor Mangini and Andrew Power kept constant pressure on the opponent’s net. Girls Kinder Games:Orlando Pride vs. NC CourageThe crowd was kept on the edge of their seats this week as the Orlando Pride, led by the offensive skills of Alaina Wang, Kyla Pereira, Sofia Gomez and Sofia DeLucia resulted in scoring opportunities by Maeve Hennigan, Aubrey Coyne and Adalyn Maloney. The defense was not to be left out of this one either as Abigail Coyne and Olivia Downing kept the ball out of their zone for much of the game.Pre-K Girls Games:Harvard vs. NortheasternThe crowds gathered at the Shawsheen fields for this back and forth game. The Harvard led by Sophia Rocco, Quinn Moulden and Parker Pryse got the crowd jumping out of their seats. Brooke Spirito and Paityn Loughran led the scoring charge, while the great defensive effort of Olivia Contarino and Lily Falk kept the action going.Boston College vs. Boston University:The crowd was kept on the edge of their seats this week as Boston College, led by the offensive skills of Sofia Hunt, Amara Chimwanda  Katie Downing and Grace Connolly resulted in scoring opportunities by McKinleigh Frizol, Lillian Bastien. The defense was not to be left out of this one either as Emily Lane, Emilia Gregorio Ariana LaRosee and Madelyn Peltz kept the ball out of their zone for much of the game.(NOTE: The above game summaries were submitted by Wilmington Youth Soccer.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest In-Town Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest In-Town Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest In-Town Game Summaries (May 1)In “Sports”last_img read more

Kenai Peninsula Southcentral brace for high winds flooding

first_img(Image via the National Weather Service)High wind warnings go into effect Tuesday night throughout the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage.Listen nowThe National Weather Service predicts hurricane-force winds throughout the Kenai to Anchorage, with strongest winds heightening late Tuesday through Wednesday morning.A High Wind Warning goes into effect starting 9 p.m. Tuesday until 1 p.m. Wednesday for East Anchorage, the Lower Hillside and Eagle River.The high wind warning for Turnagain Arm and higher Hillside elevations starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday and continues through Wednesday afternoon.“We have not seen any major changes in the storm,” NWS meteorologist Jason Ahsenmacher said. “It does look like it is coming in slightly faster, which may change the end time tomorrow.”“The low is developing as expected and it is pretty much a game of wait and see now. ”The strongest winds are predicted for Turnagain Arm and Anchorage’s Hillside.Gusts of 75mph up to 90mph are predicted for much of the area, including Eagle River, East Anchorage and the Anchorage Bowl. Gusts of 100 miles an hour are possible in Turnagain Arm.“These types of wind events are tricky, because there are different phases to the actual event,” Ahsenmacher said. “So right now, we’re seeing already are seeing gusts, we actually got a gust of 70 mph on the Hillside, upper Hillside, De Armoun Road area. Whereas in town, we are getting gusts into the 20 to 25 mile an hour range. In mountain ranges, like Eagle River, we are seeing gusts of 40 mph. So it depends on where you are at.”Ahsenmacher says the strongest winds will come as the front moves to the north Wednesday morning.NWS has extended the high wind warning to Tatitlek through Cordova, as the storm progresses toward Prince William Sound.The storm coming in from the Bering Sea is expected to affect aviation and marine activities, and a storm warning is in effect for lower Cook Inlet and the entire Gulf of Alaska.Heavy rains are coming along with the high winds, starting Tuesday.Flood watches have been issued for Seward and Eastern Kenai Peninsula starting Tuesday and extending through Wednesday.Weather forecasters are predicting 5 to 7 inches of rain in the Seward area.The flood watch includes the cities of Whittier, Girdwood and Moose Pass, and continues through Thursday morning.last_img read more

BJP base expanding rapidly in state

first_imgMadinaguda: State BJP Executive Committee member Gnyanendra Prasad, who on Wednesday, participated in the party’s membership drive here described BJP as the largest party in the whole world. BJP was the only party which was relentlessly striving daily for the country’s betterment and that many people were joining BJP for doing ‘seva’ and strengthening the nation, he added. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us He claimed that it was only the BJP which could ensure justice for the people of Telangana. Hence, more and more people in the State were looking up to the party and taking its membership, having been attracted by the welfare programmes, being taken up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom Prasad described as a leader working day and night for the welfare of the people. “Even leaders of various countries were praising Modi’s welfare and development policies,” the BJP leader claimed. Among those present during the membership drive were district leaders Koteshwara Rao, division president Varaprasad, Ravi, Ashok, Anjaneyulu, BJYM division president Naveen, Shiva.last_img read more

GHMC closes plaint without solving issue

first_imgLB Nagar: The locals of Sadhguru Nagar Road no 1, LB Nagar are distressed as GHMC sanitation wing personnel are not visiting the area, leading to piling up of garbage everywhere. The locals alleged that the garbage has not been cleaned for past two weeks and is emitting foul smell. It also has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies, they complained. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us A local resident said, “Our grievance complaints are closed without even attending to the problem. The garbage has piled up, during rains, the ground becomes slushy with filth spreading. A few days back, I received a message from GHMC which said your grievance is now closed, but, in reality, nobody visited the place and the garbage issue is still the same.”last_img read more

Gupta Brothers Meet Indian tycoons from UP who felled S African President

first_imgAn entrance to the ANN7 Television and The New Age newspaper offices, owned by the Gupta family, is seen in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.ReutersThe embattled Gupta family – a clan of Indian-born businessmen – have found itself in the midst of a fresh turmoil following the accusations of corruption links to South Africa’s Jacob Zuma.The controversial Gupta family is known to wield substantial influence in South Africa through its close ties with Zuma, who resigned from the presidency after intense pressure from his own party on Thursday.Who are the Guptas?The Gupta family had its origins in Saharanpur, a small industrial town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.Their father, Shiv Kumar Gupta, was a trader in spices and soapstone powders. The three boys, Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, were encouraged to explore the world and that’s how their South African journey began in 1993.As South Africa opened up to foreign investment, the Guptas built a sprawling empire involved in computers, mining, media, technology and engineering.They later launched the New Age, a pro-Zumma newspaper, in 2010 and a news channel ANN7 in 2013.By then the trio had developed close ties with the then ruling African National Congress (ANC) party focussing particularly on Zuma, well before he became president in 2009.What ties does Guptas share with Zuma?The Guptas share a close bond with the family of Zuma. Since the early 1990s, the Guptas have hired members of Zuma’s family, including the president’s son, Duduzane, his twin sister, Duduzile, and Bongi Ngema-Zuma, one of Zuma’s four wives.Misuse of power?Reports suggest Gupta brothers were using their power to influence political decisions and Nhlanhla Nene was one such example.Nene, who lost his job as finance minister in December 2015, was becoming a hindrance for the Guptas. Later Nene’s deputy Mcebisi Jonas was summoned to the Gupta family estate, where he met the eldest Gupta brother Ajay.The Gupta family was happy to transfer 600 million rand into Jonas’s bank account if he was willing to take over the top treasury post, according to news reports.The Gupta family has, however, denied ever meeting Jonas.According to Bloomberg, Pravin Gordhan, who later filled the treasury role, had resisted a nuclear deal between South Africa and Russia, which was being pushed by Zuma after the Gupta family’s investment company borrowed about 250 million rand from a state bank to buy a South African uranium mine.What’s next?Earlier on Wednesday, police raided on the Johannesburg home of the wealthy Gupta family.Local media reported that Ajay Gupta, the eldest of the siblings, and one or two of the family’s associates were officially under arrest.They were scheduled to appear before a South African court on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.last_img read more

Trumps Treatment Of Women Dominant Issue In Second Debate

first_imgListen Share 00:00 /01:27 Andrew SchneiderPatrons of Axelrad Beer Garden watch the second 2016 presidential debate, projected on the side of neighboring Luigi’s Pizzeria.It’s been a rough weekend for Donald Trump. Friday’s revelations of a tape, in which the presidential candidate boasted his fame meant he could force himself on women with impunity, cast a long shadow over Sunday’s second presidential debate.That was evident from the mood of the crowd at a watch party at Midtown’s Axelrad Beer Garden. The audience at Axelrad largely favored Hillary Clinton to begin with. Trump’s response, when asked about the tape, didn’t win him any converts.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“I think it’s insulting to men to say that men in general are openly advocating sexual assault, as he is implying by saying that it’s just locker room banter to say those kinds of things,” says Clinton supporter Kris Kory. “And I think it’s insulting to women that he keeps glossing over it and saying that we’re just interpreting it the wrong way or he’s sorry if we’re offended. It’s an offensive and a disgusting thing that he’s said.”There were some Trump supporters in the audience. Zeljko Stajnovic says the Republican candidate defended himself well.“In my honest opinion,” Stajnovic says, “touching upon a locker room conversation that all men have had between each other – when he said it as a private citizen, nonetheless, who had no political aspirations at the time – trying to play that off politically is a low blow.”Tamara Sell, a volunteer deputy voter registrar, had a table set up at the front of the beer garden. She says the debate helped get people involved. “One young lady, she was Hispanic, came earlier and she said, ‘I’m not really sure if want to register to vote.’ And then after hearing the debate, she came back and she’s like, ‘I have to register.’”Sell says she registered more than 70 new voters over the course of the debate. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Heres why you should drink green tea

first_imgYour love for green tea may help improve memory as well as insulin resistance in the brain caused by a high-fat and high-fructose diet, researchers say. A study, involving mice, showed that green tea contains an ingredient known as EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the most abundant catechin and biologically active component. This component has the potential to alleviate insulin resistance – a precursor to type II diabetes – that is induced by obesity as well as improve age-related cognitive decline, accompanied by peripheral inflammation, the researchers said. “Green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, and is grown in at least 30 countries,” said Xuebo Liu from the Northwest A&F University in Yangling, China. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The ancient habit of drinking green tea may be a more acceptable alternative to medicine when it comes to combatting obesity, insulin resistance, and memory impairment,” Liu added. Previous research pointed to the potential of EGCG to treat a variety of human diseases such as bone marrow disorders, reducing the kidney toxicity and damage caused by cancer drug, as well as some heart conditions.Being the healthiest beverage on the planet, Green tea does more than that. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. Here are some health benefits of green tea (sic) that have been confirmed in other human research studies: Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive1. Green Tea contains bioactive compounds that improve health Green tea is more than just green liquid. Many of the bioactive compounds in the tea leaves do make it into the final drink, which contains large amounts of important nutrients.It is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases. Try to choose a higher quality brand of green tea, because some of the lower quality brands can contain excessive levels of fluoride.2. Compounds in Green Tea can improve brain function and make you smarterGreen tea does more than just keep you awake, it can also make you smarter.The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is a known stimulant.It doesn’t contain as much as coffee, but enough to produce a response without causing the “jittery” effects associated with too much caffeine. Caffeine has been intensively studied before and consistently leads to improvements in various aspects of brain function, including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory.However, green tea contains more than just caffeine. It also has the amino acid L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier.3. Green Tea increases fat burning and improves physical performanceIf you look at the ingredients list for any fat burning supplement, chances are that green tea will be on there. This is because green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate. Some studies show that green tea leads to increased weight loss. It is particularly effective at reducing the dangerous abdominal fat.4. Green Tea may protect your brain in old age, lowering your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’sThe bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders.5. It may reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseaseStudies show that green tea can improve some of the main risk factors for these diseases. This includes total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.Green tea also dramatically increases the antioxidant capability of the blood, which is half the way to cut the risk of heart attacks.ptilast_img read more