19 Nov

Maria Sharapova slams International Tennis Federation for lack of doping warning

first_imgMaria Sharapova hit out at tennis authorities today for failing to warn her that a drug she had been taken had become a banned substance.Sharapova, a five-times Grand Slam champion, had an initial two-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) reduced to 15 months after she tested positive at the 2016 Australian Open for meldonium.This was a medication the Russian had been taking when it was within the rules but which was later reclassified as a prohibited drug.”Why didn’t someone come up to me and have a private conversation, just an official to an athlete, which would have taken care of the confidentiality problem they talked about later?” Sharapova told The Times.However, she did accept she had become “complacent”, saying she was responsible for failing the drug test.”Ultimately the fault was mine,” she added. “I had been getting clearance on everything I was taking for seven years and I became complacent.”Meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency list of banned substances at the start 2016 after increasing evidence that it enhanced performance.Sharapova is set to make her return to competitive tennis at the WTA Stuttgart Grand Prix, which starts on April 24.last_img read more

16 Nov

Advantage Sweden as Johansson downs Italy

first_imgSweden 1 Italy 0: Johansson leaves Azzurri and Ventura on the brink Dom Farrell 05:45 11/11/17 Sweden - cropped Getty Images Jakob Johansson came off the bench to give Sweden a 1-0 first-leg win and leave Italy staring at the ignominy of World Cup elimination. Italy face failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after substitute Jakob Johansson gave Sweden a 1-0 first-leg lead in their play-off encounter.Questions over Gian Piero Ventura’s abilities as head coach of the Azzurri must now be met with a decisive answer in Monday’s return at San Siro after a disjointed display in Solna.Watched on by the iconic Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the stands, Sweden’s robust forward duo Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen proved a handful for the unusually discomforted Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini in Italy’s defence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player AEK Athens midfielder Johansson had not been on the field for four minutes as Albin Ekdal’s replacement when Italy failed to deal with a long throw just after the hour and he beat Gianluigi Buffon via a deflection.Matteo Darmian came closest to finding an equaliser when he was denied by the post but a tough task awaits in Milan, especially after influential midfielder Marco Verratti collected a booking to rule himself out of Ventura’s date with destiny.The tone was set for a bustling, frenetic opening inside the first minute when Toivonen caught Bonucci with an elbow. The AC Milan defender writhed on the floor and Berg received a booking for dissent as he did so.RB Leipzig playmaker Emil Forsberg skied a fourth-minute free-kick – Bonucci tugging Berg to the floor to continue his inauspicious start – before Andrea Belotti headed Darmian’s searching left-wing cross narrowly wide on Italy’s first attack.Toivonen than pulled a drive just past Buffon’s right-hand post following cute work by Forsberg, who lifted wastefully off target again when the ball broke to him on the edge of the Italy box in the 25th minute.Italy were struggling to gain a foothold in the contest and Verratti encapsulated their simmering frustration with an ill-judged challenge on Berg that brought a yellow card to rule him out of the second leg.Buffon was forced to fling himself expertly at the feet of Toivonen after Chiellini became the latest of his old defensive lieutenants to err under pressure from Berg.| The #Azzurri have struggled to show much in attack with the hosts pressing hard so far. Another 45 minutes to go in the away leg. #SwedenItaly 0-0 pic.twitter.com/nPyoiGqtLo— Italy (@azzurri) November 10, 2017The visitors began the second half with greater conviction – Antonio Candreva’s devilish cross from the right sewing confusion between Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen and captain Andreas Granqvist, almost forcing the latter into an own-goal.As the hour approached, the teams were involved in an increasingly fractious contest, with Berg orchestrating much of the disquiet.The Al Ain striker barged Chiellini to instigate a collision with Buffon before catching Daniele De Rossi with another of his wandering elbows.Italy were increasingly irked as a collective and it was in this state that they fell behind.Toivonen outmuscled Chiellini to get his head to Emil Krafth’s long throw and Johansson, with his first meaningful contribution, smashed goalwards to see a telling deflection off Marco Parolo do the rest.Ventura sent on Eder for the ineffective Belotti in a bid to force a reply, which almost arrived from an unlikely source – Manchester United wing-back Darmian clattering a thunderous drive against the post with Olsen rooted to the spot.A convincing final rally failed to materialise, even with Lorenzo Insigne on in Verratti’s place.Ventura could do worse than trusting in-form Napoli attacker Insigne to salvage matters when the teams reconvene. If Italy do not escape, Antonio Conte’s successor will surely see his reign end in ignominy. read morelast_img read more

22 Oct

Province Wins First Civil Forfeiture Case

first_imgThe province won its inaugural court case under new legislation that helps make sure that crime doesn’t pay. The lawsuit was filed with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Sydney by the new civil forfeiture unit. It sought $5,725 that was seized Feb. 18, during a drug raid in Sydney Mines by Cape Breton Regional Police Service. “The success of this case sends a message that crime will not pay in Nova Scotia,” said Graham Steele, acting Justice Minister. “Government and police are collaboratively using this tool to deter criminal activity and help make our communities safe for families.” A Supreme Court judge in Sydney ruled in government’s favour Tuesday, Sept. 20. Law enforcement agencies refer cases to the civil forfeiture unit where there is evidence of wrong-doing but criminal charges are not laid, such as bootlegging or selling stolen property. The unit seeks civil court approval to have the property or cash from the wrong-doing turned over to the province. In cases where charges are laid, and property is not seized by an enforcement agency or forfeited by the criminal court, the unit can seize the property and ask civil court for it to be turned over. Revenues from the program will provide financial support for crime prevention and victim services programs, and also fund the civil forfeiture unit. The Civil Forfeiture Act and Assets Management and Disposition Act, the legislation that makes the process possible, came into force April 29.last_img read more

20 Oct

Bolton warns Iran to not mistake US prudence for weakness

first_imgJerusalem: US National Security Advisor John Bolton warned Tehran on Sunday of misinterpreting as “weakness” President Donald Trump’s last-minute cancellation of a retaliatory strike on Iran. “Neither Iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness,” said Bolton ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. “No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East,” he added. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London “Our military is rebuilt new and ready to go,” said Bolton, after Trump called off a planned attack on Iran in response to Tehran downing a US drone on Thursday. Bolton, who was in Israel for a pre-scheduled trilateral meeting with his Israeli and Russian counterparts, Meir Ben-Shabbat and Nikolai Patrushev, noted that the “current circumstances in the region make our conversations even more timely.” In a Saturday tweet, Trump had pledged to hit Iran with “major” new sanctions on Monday. Washington has imposed a series of measures against Tehran since Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear accord between Iran and world powers last year. “We expect that the new sanctions president Trump referred to in preparation for some weeks will be announced publicly on Monday. Stay tuned,” Bolton said in Jerusalem.last_img read more

12 Oct

Royal Air Maroc Gets International Five Star Diamond Award

Rabat- The Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has bagged for the second year in a row the International Five Star Diamond Award of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS).Like 2013, this award recognizes the achievements made by RAM in the hospitality field while operating long-haul flights between Morocco and North America, the Casablanca-based airliner said in a statement.The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences is the world’s premiere organization for awarding excellence in travel, cuisine, luxury products and services. Each year, the Academy bestows its coveted International Star Diamond Award a recognition that many strive for but few achieve on superlative establishments that are deemed to be of pinnacle quality. read more

12 Oct

UN appeals for aid to help Central Africans break circle of poverty

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the aid programme launched by the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the CAR this year needs $116 million in funding, but has received only $90 million so far.UN agencies have vastly expanded the number of programmes they provide in the CAR to help the growing numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees now living in neighbouring countries such as Cameroon, Chad and Sudan.Humanitarian agencies have also strengthened their presence outside the capital, Bangui, by increasing their number of offices from seven just two years ago to 46 this month.OCHA said the money provided by donors this year has already made “a tremendous difference” to the estimated 1 million people affected by conflict and banditry across the CAR, especially in the north.“There is a real window of opportunity now to help the Central Africans break the circle of poverty and conflict,” OCHA said. “But the international community needs to show a real and sustained interest in the country.”Health care, food access to clean water, housing and basic social services are among the priorities for relief workers in the CAR, one of the poorest countries in the world.About 108,000 IDPs are currently still too scared to return home, with the majority living in the bush outside towns and villages, where they do not have access to food, water and basic social services, after their own villages were attacked by armed groups or bandits.Some 85,000 have returned to their home villages in the past year and a half, but found many of them to have been largely destroyed as a result of the conflict. 14 October 2008The United Nations humanitarian wing today appealed for donors to provide another $26 million to support its aid activities in the impoverished Central African Republic (CAR), where more than 200,000 people remain displaced from their homes by persistent conflict and banditry over the past two years. read more

8 Oct

BC backtowork legislation to end Vancouver port truckers strike includes fines of

VICTORIA — B.C.’s Liberal government has followed through with its promise to table back-to-work legislation for unionized truckers on strike at Port Metro Vancouver, with heavy penalties for not complying.Labour Minister Shirley Bond says the legislation calls for a 90-day cooling off period and applies only to the 250 unionized truckers who serve at Canada’s largest port.The legislation includes penalties of up to $400 per day for workers and $10,000 per day for the union or employer for contravening the legislation.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck Bond says the province has secured the services of veteran labour mediator Vince Ready to help negotiate a settlement, but she says talks will only start once the members of the Unifor union return to work.Union officials have said they don’t know how their members will react to the back-to-work legislation.The strike also involves more than 1,000 non-union truckers, who are demanding shorter wait times at the port and standardized rates of pay across the sector to prevent undercutting.Port Metro Vancouver has also warned that any unionized or non-unionized drivers who are not on the job won’t be able to get their licences renewed.The Canadian Press read more

8 Oct

UNESCO denies reports Dambulla at risk of being delisted

“In the press conference, the Director-General made reference to a Reactive Monitoring Mission dispatched by ICOMOS, our Advisory Body for cultural properties, in March 2015 to assess this question. As a result, a number of recommendations were put forth in order to improve the conservation and management of the site,” UNESCO said. With regard to the media reporting on the state of conservation of Dambulla Temple, the Office of the Director-General reiterated that the Organization is engaged in a process of dialogue with national authorities on this matter, and that no reference was ever made to its delisting as a World Heritage Site. The UN’s cultural agency, UNESCO, today denied reports that the Dambulla Temple is at risk of being delisted as a World Heritage Site.The Office of the Director-General of UNESCO noted that inaccurate representation had been made in the media on the remarks made by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokovain following a press conference in Colombo this week. UNESCO said that during the press conference, the Director-General had emphasized that UNESCO is committed to working through dialogue with the Government to implement these recommendations.The Organization says it stands ready to support the Government through capacity building and technical support as recommended by the Mission. (Colombo Gazette) read more

8 Oct

Muslim MPs brief Chief Prelates in Kandy

The Chief Prelates in Kandy had earlier urged the Muslim MPs who had resigned from their portfolios to resume their Government duties. The Chief Prelates had been of the opinion the resignation of the Muslim Ministers should not have happened. (Colombo Gazette) The MPs have been briefing several people following their resignation, including diplomats and members of the opposition. All Muslim Parliamentarians who resigned from their Ministerial portfolios recently briefed the Chief Prelates of the Asgiriya and Malwatte Chapters in Kandy today on the reasons for their resignation.Former Minister Rauff Hakeem tweeted saying they were elated to have had the opportunity to appraise the monks on the reason for their collective resignations. read more

2 Oct

Thousands continue to flee Boko Haram attacks on Niger town – UN

“As of this morning, the situation in Bosso is unclear,” spokesperson Adrian Edwards of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told the regular bi-weekly news briefing in Geneva, recalling that UNHCR had warned this past month that the security and humanitarian situation was worsening in the Diffa region. “We have not been working directly in Bosso since February 2015, when the insurgency spread from Nigeria to Niger, but we operate through local implementing partners to deliver help,” he added. The attacks occurred on Friday, 3 June; Sunday, 5 June; and Monday, 6 June. Mr. Edwards said that UNHCR is working with authorities and partners on a coordinated response to the displacement, and that an emergency team will be deployed to the Diffa region this week. The most recent attacks follow rising violence in and around Bosso in recent weeks. An assault on 31 May in the nearby town of Yebi that killed nine people forced an estimated 15,000 residents and displaced people to seek shelter in Bosso. Many had been evacuated a year ago from islands in Lake Chad for security reasons, the spokesperson noted. An estimated 50,000 people fled Friday’s attack, mainly walking westward to Toumour, some 30 kilometres west of Bosso. Many people are traumatized and worried about their safety, and some are sleeping in the open and urgently need shelter and other assistance, Mr. Edwards said. Some of the displaced have moved on from Toumour and are heading to the town of Diffa, which is located 140 kilometres west of Bosso, and northward towards Kabelawa, where a camp for the internally displaced is near capacity with some 10,000 people. “The welfare of these people and others forced to flee the violence in Bosso is of great concern,” Mr. Edwards said. “Insecurity and lack of access have long hampered humanitarian operations in parts of the Diffa region, though Bosso is the only area where we do not implement projects directly,” he added. There are at least 240,000 displaced people in Diffa region, including Nigerian refugees, returnees and the internally displaced. Before the latest attack on Bosso, one in every three inhabitants of the Diffa region was forcibly displaced. Since February 2015, UNHCR has been providing protection and assistance to the displaced in Bosso through local and international non-governmental partners. Mr. Edwards stressed that additional support from the donor community is urgently required. “This is a desperately poor area where the general insecurity has destroyed the socio-economic fabric. The self-reliance capacity of the displaced and their hosts is extremely limited,” he said. The attacks on Bosso came just ahead of the start of a high-level meeting from Monday to Wednesday in Abuja to discuss the major protection challenges in the Lake Chad basin, including Niger. Organized by the Government of Nigeria, with technical support from UNHCR, the dialogue participants include senior officials from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger. read more

2 Oct

Lightstone given Chamber of Commerce leadership award

Jack LightstoneThe St. Catharines-Thorold Chamber of Commerce has presented Brock President Jack Lightstone with its 2011 Community Leadership Award in recognition of the University’s efforts to help advance the greater Niagara community.The award was given Oct. 27 at the chamber’s Business Achievement Awards gala, where presenter Phil Ritchie, of Keefer Developments, called Lightstone “a beacon of transformational change.”The University under Lightstone’s leadership is benefiting the community on numerous levels, Ritchie said. He cited the downtown home for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, whose business incubator will be “a place where ideas can be turned into profitable businesses that will benefit our children and grandchildren.”Nancy Diamond, chair of the chamber’s board of directors, said Lightstone “has connected Brock into the economic and social fabric of the community at a time when partnerships are needed if we are to truly build astronger Niagara.”The recognition belongs “to all my colleagues at Brock,” Lightstone said. “They work very hard to continually find ways to enhance the Niagara community economically, socially, culturally and intellectually, and we will continue to work very hard on that.” read more

29 Sep

The Case For LeBron James MVP

But volume isn’t everything. Westbrook and Harden are having historic offensive seasons, but James has them beat on efficiency (while being only a hair behind in volume). James’s true shooting percentage is higher than both Harden’s and Westbrook’s, and LeBron generates more points per potential assist than the two.3An NBA player-tracking statistic that covers all passes that lead to a shooting foul, generate an assist or would generate an assist if the shot were made. Through April 10Source: NBA LeBron James26.422.749.1 James Harden29.127.256.3 Through April 10Source: NBA And then there’s the other side of the ball, where only Leonard rivals James. Harden’s defense generally falls on the wrong side of average, often to a comical degree. Westbrook racks up his share of rebounds and steals, but the consensus is that he’s nowhere near elite. And Curry is the soft spot in the Warriors’ defense despite having made great strides. That leaves LeBron and Leonard — and while Kawhi has won the last two defensive player of the year awards, ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus estimates that LeBron’s defensive impact has been nearly twice as great this season.4Leonard’s wonky defensive metrics have been the subject of much discussion this year, and should likely be taken with a grain of salt because Kawhi may be suffering from the random noise of unexpectedly hot opponent shooting from the free throw line and on 3-pointers.So there’s a statistical case for LeBron as MVP — both offensively and defensively. But the MVP award isn’t an objective one — there’s no agreed-upon definition of value. And that means voters’ decisions often come down to the narratives that wrap around the numbers. The 1961-62 MVP award, for example, didn’t go to Oscar Robertson and his season-long triple-double, nor did it go to Wilt Chamberlain and his 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game. The winner was Bill Russell — who had lesser, albeit still eye-popping, numbers — because leading the Boston Celtics to the league’s best record and top defense proved more compelling.And it’s in this category of narrative that LeBron suffers the most by comparison. His Cavaliers have slid in the second half of the season, dragged down by atrocious defensive performances. He isn’t breaking any records. At 32 years old and with 14 seasons and an absurd numbers of minutes behind him, LeBron is “only” as good as he’s ever been. But that might make him the best two-way player in the NBA this season. His story just happens to be a rerun in syndication, an episode we’ve seen a half-dozen times before.So, forget the numbers.The MVP argument for LeBron goes something like this: Measure the man against himself. If you watched LeBron carry the Cavaliers back from the brink in last year’s NBA Finals, you know he’s the best player in the NBA, full stop. Nothing he’s done, or not done, this season has changed that basic fact. Look past the glitter of round numbers and records broken. LeBron James is your MVP. Stephen Curry1.3662.5% PLAYERPOINTS PER POTENTIAL ASSISTTRUE SHOOTING PERCENTAGE Kawhi Leonard25.78.934.6 PER GAME Greatness is often easier to recognize when it looks like nothing we’ve seen before.To a large degree, this is the MVP case for Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard: The first shoulders offensive responsibility to a previously unimagined degree, piling up counting stats at a historic pace. The second leans into the hyper-efficient idiosyncrasies of his game and leads one of the most extreme and extremely efficient offenses we’ve ever seen. The third has blossomed from a defensive stopper into a two-way superstar, one of the most efficient volume scorers in the league. Each is an MVP candidate not only because he played phenomenal basketball this season but also because he is so unlike recent MVP winners.And then there is LeBron James.Statistically speaking, LeBron has been at least as productive as the rest of that group, among the other elites in any metric chosen. But he’s been so good for so long that an incredible season doesn’t stand out. For LeBron, the incredible has become mundane.This is the third entry in our series making the case for five NBA MVP candidates. We’ve also made the case for James Harden and the case for Kawhi Leonard. Still to come: Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook. Also, check out our NBA predictions.Much of the MVP conversation, for better or worse, is likely to center on volume. That’s what happens when one candidate is averaging a triple-double and another threatened to lead the league in both scoring and assists. James’s averages — 26.4 points, 8.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game1All stats in this piece are current through April 10. — are not as flashy as Westbrook’s or Harden’s, but he’ll join them, Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan as the only players to average 26, 8 and 8 across a full season. So James isn’t that far behind Westbrook and Harden in how much offense he creates — and he has a sizable advantage on Curry and Leonard. We can see this by adding up the points each player scored and those he created for teammates with assists2Courtesy of the NBA’s player tracking statistics.: PLAYERPOINTS SCOREDPOINTS CREATED BY ASSISTTOTAL POINTS CREATED LeBron James1.3661.9 Russell Westbrook31.923.855.7 Kawhi Leonard1.2961.2 James Harden1.2761.2 Russell Westbrook1.2155.5 LeBron is more efficient than Westbrook or Harden Stephen Curry25.415.540.9 LeBron generates more offensive volume than Curry or Leonard read more

28 Sep

Football How much will special teams impact the Fiesta Bowl for Ohio

Penn State freshman punter Blake Gillikin (93) and OSU redshirt sophomore wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) rush towards the ball after a blocked punt in the second half of the Buckeyes game on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For weeks, much of the talk for the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl has been about the offensive and defensive capabilities of both No. 3 Ohio State and No. 2 Clemson. However, there has been little discussed in terms of special teams, the unit that the Buckeyes take extremely seriously. Kerry Coombs, the secondary and special teams coach for the Buckeyes, has a knack for coaching some of the best special teamers in the nation year after year. According to him, the effort of his gunners and kick coverage unit could make the difference in a game as evenly matched as OSU versus Clemson.“I think they’re very, very good just like I think we’re very, very good,” he said. “I think there’s going to be a couple of areas in the game … I know that their national championship game last year hinged on some big special teams plays. I think that our kids are extremely well prepared, and I know that there’s are too. So, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I think it will be a factor in the game.”One of the biggest weapons on Coombs’ special teams unit is senior punter Cameron Johnston. Johnston, a native of Melbourne, Australia, who has been punting for the Buckeyes for four years now, and is in his fifth year with the team.Averaging a career-best 46.2 yards per punt in 2016, the Australian born punter has a few goals in mind against Clemson. The most prominent of those goals is limiting the returning ability of the Tigers’ returners.“You never know how many times you’re going to punt, but when you do, you got to make sure it’s in the right area,” Johnston said. “If you get zero return yards for the day, you’ve had a good day.”While netting zero return yards on punts has a lot to do with how the ball is kicked and the trajectory it takes before striking the turf the proper way, having help from teammates is necessary to limiting return yardage. Wide receivers like redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin have been instrumental on kick coverage success, playing predominantly at the outside coverage positions.The players at those positions, known predominately as “gunners,” are known for their speed and athleticism, as well as the ability to hunt down the ball and bring down the returner quickly, or forcing him towards the middle of the field. For McLaurin, the chance to cut his teeth as a special teamer has resulted in his development as a well-rounded player.“You kind of get your feet wet playing special teams,” he said. “Once you start making plays on special teams, you’re going to be making plays on offense. You see it all the time with guys coming through this program. That’s what we preach about competitive excellence.”Although the Buckeyes have yet to score on a punt return this year, it is worth noting OSU has not given up a touchdown on a punt either this season. Part of that statistic has to do with McLaurin’s ability, while another part comes down to how well Johnston has played.With a punter like Johnston who is a master at hang-time on punts, as well as a speedy player on the outside to get to the returner quickly, OSU might very well dictate the game. Pinning an offense deep in its own territory is something that Coombs feels could be the difference maker come Saturday.“All the difference,” he said. “And not just big (plays), but just the innate field position difference. If we can gain yards with special forces throughout the game, which is our objective, it doesn’t show up as a big play. But it makes a dent in the scoreboard.”OSU squares off against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the University of Phoenix Stadium. read more

21 Sep

Gorillaz Make Album on iPad Releasing it For Free on Christmas

first_imgAlbarn, also taking part in the interview, added,I wanted to make sure that it came out at the end of the tour because I don’t want anyone to think I’d tampered with it. I literally made it on the road in America over a month. I didn’t write it before; I didn’t prepare it. I just did it day by day as a kind of diary of my experience in America. If I left it until the New Year to release it, then the cynics out there would say, “Oh well, it’s been tampered with.” But if I put it out now, they’d know that I haven’t done anything because I’ve been on tour ever since. Gorillaz mastermind Damon Album has been hard work on a follow up to March’s Plastic Beach. The former Blur frontman has eschewed all of that fancy studio nonsense, recording the thing on the road at piecing it together on his iPad. Last month he told NME, “I’ve made it on an iPad–I hope I’ll be making the first record on an iPad. I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I’ve made a completely different kind of record.”In that interview, Albarn said that he was attempting to get the thing out before Christmas. According to a new interview with Gorillaz co-founder cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, however, it looks like we’re going to have to settle for on Christmas,At the moment, we’ve got an Advent calendar on our website, and there is a daily door that opens to reveal a gift. On Christmas Eve, a video for one of the new songs from the iPad album will be released. Then, on Christmas Day, fans get the whole album downloaded to their computer for free as a gift. There you have it, Cynics, no tampering. Now merry Christmas.last_img read more

21 Sep

Namco decides to make 3DS save games permanent

first_imgToday we have proof that game publishers in Japan either don’t keep up with the news, or just don’t care. Proof of this comes in the form of Namco deciding it’s a good idea to ship 3DS games with save games that you cannot delete.It was only a month ago that Capcom caused uproar among gamers by not allowing the save games on Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D to be deleted. That meant if you sold the game, whoever bought it used would be stuck with your saves. We thought it was a sneaky way to discourage the game being traded in and sold used, but Capcom insisted it was purely a design feature.AdChoices广告The amount of negative feedback Capcom got over that decision made them admit it was unlikely to use the feature again. But Namco clearly weren’t listening to what gamers were telling Capcom and have implemented it for the just released 3DS game Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions.If anything, this is much worse than having the feature on Mercenaries 3D. Namco has apparently decided not to include a high score table, instead just replacing the highest score when you beat it. So if you let anyone else play your copy of the game, and they beat your score, there is no comparison, their score just replaces yours.The game also contains content that needs to be unlocked by gaining achievements across the four included games. Such a feature and reward system can be a lot of fun, but in this case once the content is unlocked, it is permanently unlocked as it is tied to that permanent save.If Namco’s goal in doing this was to deter sales of the game used, then it has succeeded. Anyone picking up this game with all the content unlocked, and a high score that will take hours of practice to even get near, is going to be rather upset.Hopefully Namco notices the poor feedback this decision is getting and decides like Capcom it was a very bad idea. We’d also love to know why they decided against including a high score table, a feature so integral to these types of game for as long as we can remember.More at Wired, via Destructoidlast_img read more

15 Sep

Canes Johnny Ruiz Edgar Michelangeli on their big win over BC

first_imgUniversity of Miami Baseball players Johnny Ruiz and Edgar Michelangeli joined 7SportsXtra on Sunday to talk about their big win over Boston College. The Hurricanes now head to Omaha for the College World Series.7 SportsXtra airs Sundays at 11:30 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

11 Sep

WHS SOFTBALL Wildcats Win BackToBack Games Moran Gives Up 3 Hits While

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (8-5) defeated Wakefield High by a score of 6-1 on Thursday, May 16, 2019.Both teams scored a run in the third inning. Jenna Sweeney got on by an error and proceeded to steal second. She advanced to third on a sacrifice fly to right by Ashley Crawford. Ryan Bailey came up to the plate and got the RBI.In the fifth inning, the Wildcats scored another going up 2-1. Kacie Bourrell singled sharply over shortstop. Unfortunately, she was forced at second by Jenna Sweeney. Ashley Crawford and Ally Moran each had singles, with Sweeney scoring her second run of the contest.In the sixth inning, Wilmington scored four runs by playing the short game and forcing Wakefield to make the plays. Gianna Brunetto laid down a great bunt from the left side of the batters box. Pinch hitter Tori Gemellaro singled for her first varsity hit. Kacie Bourrell hit it sharply to the third baseman, who couldn’t make the play. Jenna Sweeney and Ashley Crawford each added singles. After a couple of fielders choices, the Wildcats wound up with the four runs.Good defensive plays were made by Chase Anderson on back-to-back plays in the bottom of the fifth inning.“Ally Moran pitched great again today,” said coach Audrey Cabral. “She only allowed 2 hits while striking out 10.”—The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (9-5) defeated Melrose High by a score of 1-0 on Saturday, May 18, 2019.Wilmington scratched out their only run in the bottom of the second inning on a lead off single by Kayla Bourrell.  She moved to second on an error and wound up taking third and home on passed balls.The Wildcats got out of trouble in the top of the fourth inning with runners on first and second and no outs.  Ally Moran bore down and struck out the cleanup batter.  The next batter hit a scorching line drive to right field where Gianna Brunetto made a great catch and immediately doubled off the runner at first for an inning ending double play.Hitting was at a premium for both teams. Each team tried working the short game just to get runners on.  Ryan Bailey led the charge offensively for the wildcats going 2-3 on the day.Ally Moran pitched another great game, striking out 12 and giving up only one hitter in the win.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Winchester, Lose To Arlington In Close GamesIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Lexington, Moran Picks Up Another WinIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats’ Offense Explodes For 15 Runs In Win Over NewburyportIn “Sports”last_img read more

9 Sep

New capital budget is much lower than previous budgets

first_imgA conceptual rendering of the Knik Arm Bridge. Construction industry advocates support the project, but Gov. Bill Walker hasn’t pursued it. (Image courtesy Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority)State lawmakers who voted to pass the capital budget Thursday said it will help the economy. But it will provide less help than it did just a few years ago.Listen nowIt was more than twice as large then — $3.6 billion in 2013, in contrast with $1.4 billion in the new budget.When oil prices fell in 2014, so did the amount of money available for Alaska to repair and expand roads and other infrastructure.The state spent more than $2 billion on the capital budget in 2013. The new budget includes less than a tenth of that.Fairbanks-based Exclusive Paving contract administrator Sarah Lefebvre noted the state has stopped funding its own construction projects.Now, most of the capital budget comes from federal spending.“Once upon a time, the state was able to do state-funded transportation and infrastructure projects,” Lefebvre said. “That would include not just highways, but airports and that type of things. … Those state-funded projects are done.”This decline has contributed to an overall decline in construction jobs across Alaska.According to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, there’s been a one-sixth drop in construction jobs over the past three years.Some trades have been hit particularly hard.Juneau district representative Corey Baxter expressed anguish on the effect on the members of his union, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302.“It’s huge for our members,” Baxter said. “I’d say over 90 percent of our work has to deal with the capital budget. And with the huge cut we’ve had over the last couple of years, it’s hurt us big time. A lot of our members are thinking of moving out of state.”The capital spending decline has hit regions in different ways. Southeast Alaska already was affected by the overall decline in state spending.Rain Coast Data director Meilani Schijvens said the region lost roughly 50 construction jobs last year and could lose a projected 100 this year.“You’re having an enormous impact, a negative downward impact on jobs, on population, on spending, and so it’s been really frustrating and disappointing to watch,” Schijvens said.Without a sudden surge in oil prices, the state won’t be able to fund projects like it used to.There are steps that the Legislature can take to increase capital spending, according to some construction industry advocates.Associated General Contractors of Alaska executive director John MacKinnon said state support for three often-maligned mega-projects would help. They are the Juneau Access road, the Knik Arm bridge and the Susitna-Watana dam.Gov. Bill Walker has decided against pursuing the projects.MacKinnon said $150 million in state spending for those projects would draw much more federal spending that would put contractors to work.“If you look at some of the greatest projects that have been done in this country – the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, the coastal highway that went down through the Florida Keys – the projects were done in and around the depth of the Depression,” MacKinnon said.MacKinnon’s wife Anna MacKinnon is a Republican senator who oversees the capital budget as co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee.John MacKinnon said the capital budget decline has affected private spending.“Part of that has to do with the optimism out there of investors, private investors and private money,” MacKinnon said. “You don’t see a lot of private money being spent out there.”But the oil price decline has also had a large effect on private construction.The Institute of Social and Economic Research at University of Alaska Anchorage projects overall construction spending will be down $700 million dollars this year.Most of the decline is from the private sector.last_img read more

6 Sep

ICC Cricket World Cup Abdul Razzaq praises Mohammed Shami

first_imgFormer Pakistani all – rounder made it to the headlines again when he reviewed the 2019 World Cup match between India and England. He criticized other bowlers while praising Shami for being a Muslim and giving his best to save the match. He says, “Shami hai bhi tho Musalman, achi baat hai.” Which means, it’s a good thing that he is a Muslim. These comments were made on a local TV channel. There have been quite a few social appearances from various people of Pakistan, among which one is Basit Ali, who said, India will not play to their ability to Ensure that, Pakistan doesn’t enter the semi finals. Also Read – India vs West Indies 2nd Test: Agarwal, Kohli steer India to 72-2 at lunch Advertise With Us After the match with England, India’s sportsmanship has been questioned by Pakistani Pacer, Waqar Younis, who also tweeted, “It is not who we are, it is what we do in life defines us. Me not bothered if Pakistan gets to semis or not, but the sportsmanship of few cricketers have been tested and they failed miserably.” Mohammed Shami becomes the second bowler after Afridi to take 4 wickets in 3 consecutive matches in a world cup. Indian fans are More disappointed with the performance of Dhoni and Kedar, where they did not accelerate their performance though we had a chance at winning, than the match with lost with England.last_img read more

3 Sep

Voting ends amid violence 13 killed

first_imgMiscreants snatch a ballot box from the voting centre at Shohagpur Dakhin Government Primary School at Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria-2 constituency. Later two youths recovered the ballot box and brought it back to the polling station. Photo: Shahadat HossainVoting in the 11th national election concluded at 4pm on Sunday amid allegations of irregularities, including overnight stuffing of ballot boxes and capturing of polling stations, and violence in different parts of the country, leaving 13 people dead, reports UNB.In Noakhali, Nurun Nabi, an Ansar member, was shot dead by some miscreants at Tulachara Primary School polling station of Noakhali-3 constituency, said presiding officer professor Suchon Chowdhury.In Chattogram, Ahmed Kabir, 45, an activist of Jatiya Party, was killed in a clash between Awami League and Jatiya Party activists in Banskhali upazila early in the morning.In Rangamati, Bashir Uddin, general secretary of Kashkhali union Jubo League unit, was killed in an attack allegedly by some BNP activists at Kashkhali union in Kaukhali upazila in the morning.In Cumilla, Bachchu Mia, 35, a resident of Sundial village in Nangalkot upazila, was killed in a clash between the supporters of AL and BNP in the morning, said district police special branch sub-inspector Mahbub Morshed.Besides, a rickshaw-puller, Muzibur Rahman, 35, son of Sujat Ali of Muradnagar village of the upazila, was killed in a clash between ruling Awami League and BNP men at Paschim Belashwar village in Chandian upazila.In Rajshahi, Merajul Islam, 30, son of late Abdus Sattar and an Awami League supporter, was killed in a clash between BNP and AL men in Pakuria Government High School centre in Jahanabad union of Mohanpur upazila around 11am over capturing a polling centre of Rajshahi-3 constituency, said Rajshahi district police superintendent Shahidullah.Besides, Modasser Ali, 40, organising secretary of Awami League No-8 ward in Panchandar union of Tanore upazila, was killed in a clash between BNP and Awami League men over capturing Mohammadpur High School polling station of Rajshahi-1 constituency, said officer-in-charge Rezaul Islam of Tanore police station.In Tangail, police recovered the body of BNP ward unit president Abdul Aziz, 65, who remained missing since Saturday from Nagda Shimla area in Gopalpur upazila.In Natore, Hussain Ali, an Awami League supporter, was stabbed to death by his nephew Ratan Fakir following an altercation over casting vote at Samskholsi village in Naldanga upazila.In Narsingdi, Milon Miah, 35, an Awami League polling agent, was hacked and slaughtered allegedly by supporters of opposition (independent) candidate at Kundarpara Primary School centre of Shibpur of Narsingdi-3 constituency around 12:30am, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Shibpur police station.In Bogura, Awami League activist Azizul Islam, 30, was killed and five others injured in a clash between AL and BNP activists at Bagil polling station in Kahalu upazila around 11:3am over capturing polling station, said Paikor union parishad chairman Mitu Chowdhury.In Brahmanbaria, Israil, 19, son of Sayedul Islam of Rajghar village in Sadar upazila, was shot dead and three others suffered bullet wounds ‘in police firing’ during a clash between supporters of AL and BNP at Rajghar Government Primary School polling centre of Brahmanbaria-3 constituency.In Cox’s Bazar, Abdullah Al Faruque, 25, son of Abul Kalam of Rajakhali union in Pekua upazila, was killed in a clash between BNP and AL men in Rajakhali Government Primary School polling station of Cox’s Bazar-1 constituency around 10am, said Tanzir Hossain, officer-in-charge Pekua police station.Voting was suspended at Sharifpur Primary School centre of Begumganj upazila under Noakhali-3 constituency and Nawabpur Government Primary School centre under Noakhali-1 in the early morning as miscreants snatched ballots and election materials from there.In Satkhira, four people were injured in a clash between BNP and Awami League supporters in Dhalbaria polling station in Satkhira-2 constituency in Sadar upazila around 10am.In the capital, BNP candidate for Dhaka-4 constituency Md Salahuddin Ahmed was hacked allegedly by ruling party activists when he went to cast his vote at Shyampur Model High School voting centre in the morning.Meanwhile, 22 Jatiya Oikya Front candidates and one independent contestant have announced to boycott the election, citing various irregularities, including vote rigging and capturing of polling stations by ruling party men.They made the announcement halfway through as they alleged that ruling party men captured polling stations, rigged votes and barred voters from casting votes in their constituencies.Situation in capitalGrand Alliance candidate Rashed Khan Menon, BNP candidate Mirza Abbas and Md Eunus Ali Akando of Jatiya Party are contesting the election from the Dhaka-8 parliamentary seat.However, no Jatiya Oikya Front supporters were seen around these polling centres though few supporters of the JaPa candidate were seen. Female voters’ presence was remarkable until 9:30am.”I’m so happy to cast my vote without any fear. I hope this peaceful environment will prevail till the end,” Nishat Tasnuva, a first-time voter, told UNB after casting her vote at Shantinagar Ideal School centre.The presence of voters at Mirza Abbas Mohila Degree College in the city’s Shahjahanpur area was huge. Some voters said they faced difficulties in finding out their exact polling booths to cast their votes due to the absence of representatives of candidates who were supposed to guide the voters.Presiding officer at Mahbub Ali Institute in Shahjahanpur Ashiqul Islam told UNB that some 35 per cent votes were cast by 12pm. “Law enforcement agencies are very active. I hope this peaceful environment will remain until the end of voting.”Ainul Kabir, presiding officer at Siddheswari Boys’ Higher Secondary School centre in the city, told UNB that they did not receive any complaint from anybody and voters cast their votes with much enthusiasm.Visiting MDC Model Institute in Mirpur, the UNB correspondent found that there was no agent of BNP in the polling centre.When a BNP agent tried to enter the polling station, Awami League supporters chased him. As the BNP agent took shelter in a club of Agrani Kalyan Samiti, the AL supporters beat him up.The AL men also snatched a mobile phone of a reporter as he took photo of the incident, said witnesses.At Ekramunnesa Degree College centre which is an all-female one, voter presence was satisfactory, said Ahsan Ullah, presiding officer of the centre.”Around 300-400 votes have been cast here since morning,” he said.Iqra Bangladesh School and College, another nearby centre, saw voter turnout of above 20 per cent in the morning.Anisur Rahman, presiding officer of the centre, said, “Overall voting has been peaceful so far, I pray for remaining till the end.”South Point School and College had an impressive turnout since morning similar to previous centres.A UNB correspondent found no agent of BNP in any of the centres while visiting those.The turnout of voters was good in the polling centres but no representative from BNP or Jatiya Oikya Front was seen.During the visit of Nakhalpara Primary School polling centre (female) at 9:15am, it was found that about 250 votes were cast out of 2,521.Presiding officer of the centre Mamun Rashid said the agents of AL, Jatiya Party and Islami Andolon Bangladesh were present in his centre. But no agent from BNP came to his centre.Presiding officer of a male centre at the same school Alimur Rahman said about 350 votes were cast till 9:20 am.He also said the agents of different parties, including AL, except BNP were present in his centre.The same scenario was found in Tejgaon Civil Aviation Centre in Shahinbagh area. The school housed a total of 10 booths with 9,888 voters.Where top leaders cast voteAwami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina cast vote at Dhaka City College centre in the capital at 8am, while Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader cast his vote at Udayan Kindergarten centre in Basurhat municipality under Noakhali-5 constituency at 8:50am.Jatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain cast vote at Viqarunnisa Noon School and College centre in the capital around 8:56am and BNP general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir cast his vote at the Thakurgaon Government Girls’ School around 8:30 am.last_img read more