Serena doubles up with Venus for 14th Grand Slam title,Serena doubles up with Venus for 14th Grand Slam title

first_imgIt’s their 14th doubles triumph as a team at the majors and their 22nd in 23 finals overall. USA’s Serena Williams and Venus Williams celebrate winning their womens doubles final against Hungary’s Timea Babos and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova with the trophies.   –  Reuters USA’s Serena Williams and Venus Williams celebrate winning their womens doubles final against Hungary’s Timea Babos and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova with the trophies.   –  Reuters SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED Serena Williams followed up her seventh Wimbledon singles title and record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam crown with victory in the women’s doubles alongside sister Venus here.The unseeded Americans defeated fifth seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4 to claim their sixth Wimbledon doubles title.It was also their 14th doubles triumph as a team at the majors and their 22nd in 23 finals overall.The sisters last lost a doubles final in 1999 in San Diego. “It’s awesome to win another doubles at Wimbledon,” said Serena.Venus said, “I never want to make a mistake. I don’t want to let Serena down. She brought the energy from the singles on to the doubles court.”Serena and Venus hadn’t played together for two years before this year but reunited as part of their build-up for the Olympic Games next month.Earlier yesterday, Serena had defeated Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the women’s singles final. × SHAREcenter_img tennis WIMBLEDON 2016Serena beats Kerber in Wimbledon final to match Graf’s record COMMENT July 10, 2016 Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

Browns’ Beckham fined for fighting, questions NFL’s system

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I don’t do physics, but if I get hit, this is not going to protect me. It’s just stuff like that. I feel like we can come to a better agreement and simplifying things and not taking the money out of the pockets of the players who are putting money into this entire game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ “We’ll appeal it and see what they say, but I think common sense should hopefully rule.”Earlier this week, the Ravens posted a slow-motion video on their website claiming it showed proof that Humphrey didn’t choke Beckham and that he was only trying to protect himself.Beckham was aware of the video, but refused to prolong the dispute with one of Cleveland’s AFC North rivals.“It’s done,” he said. “We play them twice. We’ll see them again.”Beckham said the video doesn’t provide an accurate account of everything that transpired. His experience is that he’s often made to look like the villain when he may be a victim.“That’s the funny thing about TV, is you can see what you want to be seen,” he said. “You can show what you want to be shown. That’s what game clips are for, the game film is for. It’s a completely different angle. It’s like what I said a long time ago when it came down to the other altercation (with Norman) I had. Only clips that were being shown are exactly what they want to be shown. That’s how this world works. I’m not naive. I’ve grown up a lot.”None of this is new to Beckham, who feels targeted by opposing teams as well as the league.Beckham was recently reprimanded for wearing a nearly $200,000 watch during the Browns’ opener, and the 26-year-old said it was only an issue because he was the one with it on. The following week, he was sent off the field by officials during a game in New York because they said his helmet visor was too dark.He feels the league’s policy on fines is far too arbitrary.“It’s crazy,” he said. “The NFL finds ways to just take it (money). They’re going to take it from you. I understand a penalty, getting fined for that. But pants above the knees, a shirt hanging out, and you’re getting $5,000 taken from you? Pads above your knees? You really think that this little knee pad covering my kneecap is going to affect, if somebody hits me, weighs 250 pounds, running 18 mph. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LA Sparks fire GM Penny Toler after postgame tirade FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, center, and Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) grab each other during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens wants more consistent NFL officiating after wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was choked during Sunday’s game. Beckham got into a skirmish with Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who pinned the three-time Pro Bowler and had his hands around his neck before being pulled away. Both players were assessed personal fouls, but neither was ejected. Kitchens said he planned to reach out to the league about that situation in particular and officiating evenness in general. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)BEREA, Ohio — Odell Beckham Jr. would rather not fight. That doesn’t mean he won’t.Cleveland’s star receiver was fined an undisclosed amount by the NFL for his heated skirmish last week with Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who appeared to choke Beckham after throwing him to the ground.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Beckham and Humphrey tangled throughout the Browns’ 40-25 win on Sunday. The most violent exchange came in the third quarter when the pair squared off at the end of a running play and were flagged for personal fouls.In the heat of the moment, Beckham said he didn’t know if Humphrey choked him, but said he resisted other chances to retaliate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“He was on the ground, I was standing up still and I kind of just let the moment pass and I sort of regret letting the moment pass, but I’ve come a long way,” he I said. “I probably would have been suspended for the next game if I had done what I wanted to do, knowing how I’ve been treated. It was just something where I had to look out for my teammates and not hurt them even more than the 15-yard penalty and be sitting out a whole other game.“This is football. This isn’t MMA. This isn’t Street Fighter.” Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Beckham, though, has a history of violations for aggressiveness. He was suspended one game for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Carolina’s Josh Norman in 2015, and had been fined over $220,000 before his altercation with Humphrey.Beckham initially joked that his latest punishment was for $250,000, but he wouldn’t reveal the actual charge. Because of his previous offenses, this one will cost him at least $70,000 (the league’s standard for a second fight). He plans to appeal.He also offered to pay the $14,029 fine assessed Browns center JC Tretter, who came rushing to Beckham’s defense during the scuffle.Tretter said he would react the same way.“I wouldn’t have changed anything I did,” he said. “I understand the intent of the rule. … But when you have a guy mounted on top of another choking him, if the answer is ‘We want you to just stand there,’ I’ll take the fine for that. I didn’t throw a punch. I didn’t think I escalated the situation. I was there to de-escalate the situation.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

13-year-old Luke Robinson bags six wickets in an over

first_imgLuke Robinson, a 13-year-old English schoolboy cricketer, produced a perfect over as he bagged six wickets in six balls, all of which were clean bowled.Robinson achieved the feat for Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Under-13s in a cup game at Langley Park, near Durham City.Interestingly, Luke’s family was all on the crease to witness his remarkable match-winning performance.While his father Stephen was umpiring at the bowler’s end at the time, the schoolboy’s mother Helen was scoring the match.Luke’s younger brother Matthew was fielding in the match while his grandfather Glenn was watching from the boundary.Stephen, who plays for the senior side, admitted that it was a surreal experience.”It was surreal. I have been playing for 30 years and have taken hat-tricks but never anything like this. Time stood still and I thought, ‘is this really happening?,” Sport24 quoted Stephen as saying.According to reports, the club officials are now finding out that if the record has ever been achieved in its 149-year history.last_img read more

English Soccer Wows New York

first_imgNEW YORK — Simon Mignolet saved two penalty kicks and Lucas Leiva scored in the fourth round to lift Liverpool past Manchester City after they tied 2-2 on July 30 night in an International Champions Cup game.Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling curled in a goal in the 85th minute to tie it at 2 at Yankee Stadium in front of 49,653 fans. Emre Can and Jordan Henderson also converted penalty kicks for Liverpool in the Pool B game.Stevan Jovetic scored two goals, for a second consecutive match, for Premier League champion Manchester City.Jesus Navas crossed a ball into the 6-yard box through the legs of Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, and Jovetic touched it home the 53rd minute. A deflected ball fell to his feet in the 67th minute and he punched it under the outstretched arm of Mignolet.Henderson tied it for Liverpool at 1 when he bent a ball around second-half goalkeeper Joe Hart. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mandira Bedi and Parineeti Chopra show off their enviable figures on Yoga Day 2019

first_imgIt’s International Day of Yoga 2019, and like everyone, Bollywood stars, too, are busy celebrating it by flaunting their fit side through pictures and videos.Mandira Bedi and Parineeti Chopra also joined band of celebrities in showing off their fit bodies while doing yoga asanas.Parineeti took to her Instagram account to share a picture of her nailing a yoga pose, while showing off her stretching skills and enviable body.She captioned the picture, “For flexibilty, strength and mental peace. I love yoga. #InternationalYogaDay.”For the picture, Parineeti donned an all-black ensemble and looked undeniably hot in it.She opted for a black sheer sports bra and black gym mini shorts with black ankle supports and gloves. She styled her look with a sleek ponytail and no-makeup look.As for Mandira, she posted her yoga video with the caption, “Wishing a healthful year ahead to all on the occasion of #internationalyogaday. #day39 #40daychallenge 2km run, 1 hour session of Yoga.”In the video, Mandira can be seen nailing a headstand, which is a part of a workout challenge that she has taken up for a healthy lifestyle.advertisementBaring her washboard abs, she opted for a multi-coloured sports bra and black gym tights for her yoga session.This is the fifth edition of Yoga Day, after UN General Assembly had declared in December 2014 that June 21 would be observed as International Day of Yoga every year.ALSO SEE | International Yoga Day 2019: Shilpa Shetty to Bipasha Basu, Bollywood stars nail yoga asanasALSO WATCH | PM Modi leads 5th edition of International Yoga Day in Ranchilast_img read more

JORDAN HENRY CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER

first_imgTHE SUSPECT CHARGED WITH STARTING A FATAL HOTEL FIRE IN SIOUX CITY LAST THURSDAY NIGHT IS NOW CHARGED WITH MURDER.29-YEAR-OLD JORDAN HENRY HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF 40-YEAR-OLD ELIZABETH BOCKHOLT OF HINTON AT THE WINGATE BY WYNDOM HOTEL ON SOUTHERN HILLS DRIVE.SIOUX CITY POLICE SAY AN AUTOPSY BY THE STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER REVEALED THAT BOCKHOLT HAD BEEN STRANGLED.HENRY WAS PREVIOUSLY CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE ARSON, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND TRESPASSING.SEVERAL WITNESSES TOLD POLICE THEY SAW HENRY RUN OUT OF THE HOTEL ROOM WITH SMOKE COMING FROM IT, AND THEN FLEE THE HOTEL.HENRY IS BEING HELD IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON AN INCREASED BOND OF$552,000.Updated 10:26pm 1/29/19last_img read more

10 months agoEverton chief Moshiri adamant new stadium will be built

first_imgEverton chief Moshiri adamant new stadium will be builtby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton chief Farhad Moshiri is determined for their new stadium to be built.Planning permission is set to be submitted in the second half of this year, with the first ‘spade in the ground’ anticipated in early 2020.After a number of false dawns over previous projects Moshiri is adamant the stadium will be built.”It has nothing to do with my vision, it is a necessity. That must be understood – we don’t have a choice, we don’t have a Plan B or a Plan C,” he said at their AGM.”Very much like Arsenal and Tottenham that had to build a stadium – they were not given stadiums like West Ham or Manchester City.”We have a lot of experience so I think we will complete this stadium, be sure that will happen. And I will throw as much money as needed.”Private markets will provide £350m, naming rights will give us some more and we maybe have an equity gap of £100m.”I think this club, under the management of Marcel and leadership of Denise (Barrett-Baxendale, the club’s chief executive) is sufficiently robust to see the project through. It is no luxury, we have to get it done.”If we want to have a big club we need a modern stadium and we will get it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Tim Tebow’s New ‘Heisman House’ Commercial Is Amazing

first_imgTim Tebow wearing an orange beanie, a gold chain and a green vest in a commercial.The new Tim Tebow Heisman commercial is amazing. Watch it below.Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, who has been in the news recently for his attempt to play baseball professionally, is the new star of a Nissan ‘Heisman House’ commercial that is sure to make the rounds. In the clip, Tebow and fellow former Florida signal-caller Danny Wuerffel are the stars of a music video that is dedicated to the Gators.It’s eventually revealed that Tebow is fast asleep in his bed at the ‘Heisman House’ – he’s dreaming.Tebow was also part of another Nissan ‘Heisman House’ commercial that was released yesterday. In that one, which is focused on former Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Tebow is lifting weights with one arm.Tebow shared the new video with his followers on social media on Thursday.In Tebow’s illustrious college career, he helped Florida win two national titles. In four seasons, he threw for 9,286 yards and 88 touchdowns against just 15 interceptions. He also rushed for 57 scores.Tebow won the 2007 Heisman Trophy in a close race over Arkansas running back Darren McFadden. The rest of the top ten featured Hawaii’s Colt Brennan, Missouri’s Chase Daniel, Oregon’s Dennis Dixon, West Virginia’s Pat White, Boston College’s Matt Ryan, UCF’s Kevin Smith, LSU’s Glenn Dorsey and Virginia’s Chris Long.Tebow’s NFL career was not quite as successful, but he did help the Denver Broncos win a playoff game back during the 2011 season. He signed with the New York Jets in 2012 but never got another shot at being a starter. In his there years as a pro, he threw for 2,422 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He started 14 of his 34 games.In addition to trying his hand at baseball, Tebow is a college football analyst for the SEC Network. It’s unclear whether he’ll have to give that up if he signs with a team.last_img read more

Look: Fans Put Up Billboard To Protest Star Player’s Suspension

first_imgLSU's Devin White hit with targeting call.LSU football already faced an uphill battle against Alabama on Nov. 3, when both teams return from bye. After Saturday’s game, the Tigers will also be without star linebacker Devin White to start the game.White, one of the top players on a really dangerous LSU defense, was hit was an abysmal targeting call during the Tigers’ win over Mississippi State last weekend.As a result, he was ejected from the game, and will not miss the first half against Alabama.Targeting calls are often controversial, but you can usually see where the decision was made. On this one, however, it looks pretty clear that White did not lead with his helmet in a dangerous manner in hitting Nick Fitzgerald.#LSU LB Devin White will miss the 1st half of the #Alabama game for this targeting penalty: ? pic.twitter.com/TDqZQlmFsU— ESPN NOLA ? 100.3 FM (@ESPNRadioNOLA) October 21, 2018The SEC has already decided to uphold the suspension. That hasn’t stopped LSU fans from doing whatever they can think of to try and exert pressure on the league.A group of LSU football fans have already raised thousands of dollars to put up a “Free Devin White” billboard near the SEC’s offices in Birmingham, Ala.The cost of the billboard was far exceeded, so the rest of the donations are going to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.BOOM!All credit goes to Smalls on @TigerDroppings. Thanks to his efforts, the #FreeDevinWhite campaign raised over $6200, as of 3pm. Excess funds will go to the LSU Vet School Equine department. That donation currently sits at close to $2,500. pic.twitter.com/EsN9YMjxrl— Bradford (@LSUbradford) October 23, 2018Since the SEC has already come down with a decision, it doesn’t sound like there’s much hope for this to be reversed, but you can’t really blame Tiger fans for trying, given the absurdity of the call and the magnitude of the game against Alabama.The Tigers and Crimson Tide are set to kick-off at 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 3 in Baton Rouge. Alabama will be a heavy favorite in that one, with or without White on the field in the first half. It would be nice to see both teams with their full compliment of playmakers, though.last_img read more

MS Dhoni slams Chennai pitch again: Don’t want to play on wickets like these

first_img scorecard commentary MS Dhoni slams Chennai pitch again: Don’t want to play on wickets like theseChennai Super Kings have won all four of their home games at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Indian Premier League 2019 but captain MS Dhoni isn’t impressed with the sluggish nature of wicket on offer.  advertisement No data available!center_img view more view less Akshay Ramesh ChennaiApril 10, 2019UPDATED: April 10, 2019 10:45 IST Chennai Super Kings are on top of the IPL 2019 points with five wins from six matches ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSChennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets on TuesdayKolkata Knight Riders batsmen struggled on a sluggish Chennai pitch and were bowled out for 108Chennai moved to the top of IPL 2019 points table after their fourth straight win at homeChennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni on Tuesday expressed his disappointment at the pitch conditions in MA Chidambaram Stadium despite the defending champions winning all their four matches at home in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Chennai Super Kings clinched a comfortable seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders to seal the top spot of the eight-team IPL 2019 table. KKR struggled to get going on a sluggish pitch wherein batsmen were finding it difficult to put bat to ball. Andre Russell though managed to work his way to a half-century helping KKR go past the 100-run mark in the 20th over of the innings.In reply, Chennai Super Kings never even got to the fourth gear while batting but still managed to get home in 17.2 overs.Shedding light on how difficult it has been for batsmen in Chepauk this year, Dhoni said: “I don’t think we want to be playing on these tracks. It becomes too low scoring. It becomes slightly difficult for our batsmen as well. After losing (Dwayne) Bravo, it is slightly difficult for us to get the combination right.”We have been cribbing about the track but we have ended up winning the game.”Notably, Dhoni had slammed the pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium after the IPL 2019 opener wherein Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for just 70 runs. Even Kohli had expressed his disappointment at the rank turner that was on offer during the first match of the season.Chennai Super Kings spinners, including veterans Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir, have relished bowling on this wicket. The seasoned campaigners were at it again on Tuesday as they picked up four wickets between them, conceding just 36 runs in 8 overs.advertisementMeanwhile, young fast bowler Deepak Chahar won the Man of the Match award for his match-winning spell of 4 for 20. While Chahar had been completing his four-over quota inside the powerplay, unavailability of West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo due to an injury forced Chennai Super Kings to give the right-arm pacer overs at the death.Chahar responded well on Tuesday and even went on keep the big-hitting Andre Russell quiet in the 19th over of KKR’s innings.”I think I knew we are going to play a lot of games at Chennai. So, I worked on my slower ball and yorkers. I spend a lot of time in the dressing room with MS while playing Table Tennis and I have got to learn a lot from him. With Bravo injured, I have got opportunity to bowl at the death,” Chahar said.Also Read | Tahir, Harbhajan maturing like fine wine: Dhoni after CSK outclass KKR in ChennaiAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow IPL 2019Follow MA Chidambaram StadiumFollow MS DhoniFollow ChepaukFollow Deepak ChaharFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Andre Russell graphslast_img read more

CANADAS SMARTEST PERSON REVEALS 30 NEW COMPETITORS FOR SEASON 3 PREMIERING NOVEMBER

first_imgEpisode 305 – airing Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Tristan Campus, registered nurse from Mississauga, ONMelissa DeCiantis, 25, arborist from Mississauga, ONDustin Herbison, 29, high school shop teacher from Kelowna, BCMichelle Salt, 31, Paralympian from Calmar, ABWali Shah, 21, rapper and spoken word poet from Mississauga, ONEric Yue, 39, commissioner recreational hockey league from Victoria, BC Episode 302 – airing Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Christine Cho, 36, makeup artist from Toronto, ONDonna Hartt, 46, psychic medium from Cranbrook, BCJennifer Martin, 33, copywriter from St. Phillip’s, NLChad “CJ” Studer, 38, physical education teacher from Miscouche, PEChris Williams, 54, innkeeper from Round Hill, NSJoshua Williams, 25, youth worker from Edmonton, ABEpisode 303 – airing Sunday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Rebecca Bromwich, 39, lawyer from Calgary, ABFrankie Cena, 24, international speech and debate coach from Vancouver, BCRyan Coelho, 30, millennial consultant from Toronto, ONGwyneth Foster, 16, high school student from Uxbridge, ONMaria Samson, 33, professional rugby player from Calgary, ABVanessa Vakharia, 35, math tutor and entrepreneur from Toronto, ON Login/Register With: CBC’s hit competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON has narrowed down the field to 30 remarkable Canadians from coast to coast to coast who will put themselves to the test, squaring off each week for their latest chance to take home the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person.” From ages 16 to 62, and with diverse occupations including psychic medium, pro video gamer, neuroscientist, cancer researcher/fashion blogger, Paralympian, and law student/Miss Universe Canada, the competitors are ready to show the country what they’ve got as they tackle challenges that offer a new spin on what it truly means to be smart. CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON returns for Season 3 Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC.Each week, host Jessi Cruickshank (The Goods), with special guest judges, guides the competitors and viewers through the hour-long competition series, which illuminates how Canadians are smart based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In each of the first five episodes, six competitors go head-to-head in a series of fun and revealing challenges that test six areas of intelligence: linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical, with one winner advancing to the championship finale. Then, in the climactic season finale, five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. New this season is CSP SmartPlay, where viewers can join in on the fun from home by playing along in real-time on the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON Facebook page.Introducing this season’s CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON competitors: About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Episode 301 – airing Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Susan Forgues, 54, retired military helicopter pilot from Orleans, ONJonathan Gagnon, 31, engineer from Vancouver, BCStephanie Harvey, 30, pro video gamer from Québec City, QCVincent Law, 33, cancer researcher and fashion blogger from Calgary, ABRup Magon, 41, musician from Montréal, QCSteve Norn, 40, insurance broker from Yellowknife, NT Advertisement Episode 306 – airing Sunday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)The five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON: Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/ Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPersonFacebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson Instagram: CanadasSmartest-30-About Media Headquarters Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded by executive producer Robert Cohen. The company is recognized worldwide for producing popular and innovative original content. Media Headquarters’ productions have earned dozens of international awards and the company consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters specializes in the creation of unscripted series, formats, drama and children’s programming. For more information visit mediahqs.net/. Advertisement Episode 304 – airing Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Brittain Bancroft, 30, mechanic from Minto, NBSiera Bearchell, 23, law student and Miss Universe Canada 2016 from Moose Jaw, SKDarryl Gidyk, 42, neuroscientist from Lethbridge, ABDevon Jones, 37, personal trainer from Winnipeg, MBBruce Tsuji, 62, university professor from Ottawa, ONMichelle Zakrison, 33, lawyer from Iqaluit, NU Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Manhunt continues in northern Manitoba Monday

first_imgbandrews@aptn.ca Beverly AndrewsAPTN NewsThe search for the two men wanted in connection to the death of a young couple and another man in British Columbia continues in northern Manitoba.And RCMP got some help from Winnipeg’s own Bear Clan Patrol – an Indigenous neighbourhood watch group.So much so, that Bear Clan volunteers think they spotted the suspects scrounging in the landfill in York Landing.last_img

Canadas privacy commissioner launches investigation into Equifax data breach

Canada’s privacy watchdog said Friday it has opened an investigation into the massive Equifax Inc. data breach after receiving several complaints and dozens of calls from concerned Canadians.“The investigation is a priority for our office given the sensitivity of the personal information that Equifax holds,” the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada said in an announcement on its website.It added that the credit monitoring company will notify all impacted Canadians in writing as soon as possible. Equifax is used by many creditors to get reports on consumers’ credit histories, which include information such as social insurance numbers, credit card numbers and home addresses.Equifax said on Sept.7 that it was the victim of a massive cyberattack that may have compromised the personal data of as many as 143 million Americans and a limited number of Canadian and U.K. residents.Canada’s privacy watchdog first said on Tuesday that it was “prioritizing” an examination into Equifax’s hack and would work with data protection authorities in Canada after news of the leak was made public, months after it first learned about the breach.The watchdog said Tuesday it asked the credit monitoring company to tell Canadians as soon as possible if their information was stolen and to adopt measures to help them. However, in its update Friday it said that Equifax would not be calling individual consumers and warned about potential scam phone calls from those trying to take advantage of the breach.It advised Canadians to hang up if anyone calls them claiming to be affiliated with Equifax — regardless of what the caller ID says.On Friday, the company said fewer than 400,000 British consumer had some of their personal information compromised, but it was more limited in scope and unlikely to lead to identity theft.Equifax has yet to specify how many individuals in Canada were impacted. Equifax has not responded to multiple requests for comment.The credit monitoring company’s call centre staff have told callers that only Canadians that have credit files in the U.S. were likely to be impacted. However, the privacy commissioner said that at this point, it is not clear that the affected data was limited to Canadians with U.S. dealings.Some consumers have expressed concern about the lack of information and communication about the breach, one of the largest online data breaches in history.“The company was a victim of fraud and didn’t alert its consumers,” said Bethany Agnew-Americano, the lead plaintiff in a proposed class action filed in Ontario on Sept. 12.She said the credit monitoring company makes money from offering identity theft protection and fraud alert services, and it needs to be held accountable.The Canadian Automobile Association said Thursday it partnered with Equifax on its identity protection program and is notifying the roughly 10,000 members who participated that they may have had sensitive data divulged in the security breach made public last week. It said that it was writing to the privacy commissioner to ask that the office push Equifax to provide more information to Canadians, adding that “Equifax has not been forthcoming with information to us despite our repeated requests.”The privacy commissioner’s office said that Equifax will also offer free credit monitoring to Canadians that are affected. Equifax also said Friday it is offering identity protection services to British consumers, similar to the program it had already been offering to Americans.There have been at least two class actions filed on behalf of Canadians whose information was stored on Equifax databases, alleging Equifax breached its contract with class members as well as their privacy rights, was negligent in handling their information, and breached provincial privacy statutes.Equifax identified a weakness in an open-source software package called Apache Struts as the technological crack that allowed hackers to heist Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and full legal names from a massive database maintained primarily for lenders.— With files from The Associated Press read more

JHU says will oppose 20th Amendment to the Constitution

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says it will strongly oppose the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.JHU General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the 20th Amendment to the Constitution will cause instability in the country and pose a threat to democracy. He said that the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which was submitted to Parliament by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) last week, proposes that the Executive Powers with the President be removed and transferred to the Prime Minister and the cabinet. Ranawaka said that the position of the JHU is that matters like National security should be in the hands of the President and so the President must remain as the Executive President. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN agencies vow to implement millennium development report

A host of specialized United Nations agencies today rallied behind a new strategy report for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of slashing the world’s ills by 2015, pledging their specific expertise in sectors ranging from feeding the hungry to treating the sick to empowering the rural poor.“In a world that has abundant resources and can produce sufficient food to feed everybody, the extent of hunger is not only a moral outrage but a manifestation of the world community’s collective failure to put in place policies and programmes with long-term vision,” the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said in a joint statement.“We believe that there is no choice but to meet the goals,” the statement issued by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf, WFP Executive Director James Morris and IFAD President Lennart Båge said of the Millennium Project report – “Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals” – launched yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York with a call for rich countries to double their investments in poor nations.The three Rome-based agencies advocated a twin-track strategy to combat hunger and poverty by investing in improved infrastructure, sound natural resource management and increased access to jobs while providing direct, sustained and well-targeted assistance to put food into hungry mouths, prevent disease, send children to school and rebuild infrastructure shattered by armed conflicts.Despite concern that many countries, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa, are falling behind in attempts to achieve the MDGs, the three reconfirmed their belief that the targets could be reached if both the developing and developed world take immediate action.The MDGs, drawn up at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, seek among other targets to halve extreme poverty and malnutrition, slash infant and maternal mortality, and boost access to health care and education, all by 2015.More than 1 billion people – one sixth of the world’s population – live in extreme poverty, lacking the safe water, proper nutrition, basic health care and social services needed to survive. Almost 11 million children die each year, 6 million of them under the age of five from preventable diseases, 500,000 thousand women do not survive pregnancy or childbirth, and there are presently 40 million people living with HIV/AIDS.The World Health Organization (WHO) said the report provided detailed recommendations on how the world must immediately and massively increase investment in health programmes to achieve the MDGs, including programmes to deliver AIDS treatment, improve maternal and child health, control and treat tuberculosis and malaria, and make more medicines affordable.“We have the means to achieve those goals. We have the technology. What we need are the resources and the political will,” WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said. “We cannot wait any longer to do what we have promised to achieve in the coming decade.”For its part, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that the report’s proposals, including bed nets to fight malaria, vaccinations to fight infectious disease, wells for safe drinking water and antiretroviral therapies to fight AIDS, if implemented on a wide scale, could make a measurable difference in the lives of children.“The MDGs are all about investing in children, and this report is fundamental to the global effort to create a world that is fit for children,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said. “We could not support it more strongly.”And the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) noted the report’s focus on ensuring universal access to reproductive health as critical to attaining poverty reduction and development goals and stressed the urgency in ending discrimination against women.“The 20th century was known for ending political apartheid,” UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, said. “Since this report says our generation has a chance to halve extreme poverty, let us all – developing and developed nations – seize this one moment in time to do so by also freeing women from all forms of discrimination, bias and violence.“In doing so, we will make our generation and the 21st century remembered in history for ending gender apartheid. I pledge UNFPA’s commitment to this cause.”The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) noted that the report finds that environmental sustainability is a critical foundation for ending poverty. “The environment has for too long been the poor relation to economic growth,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said. “This very welcome report makes it clear that real, long-lasting and secure development can only be achieved if the environment is put at the centre of decision-making.” read more

Conflict prevention mediation among most important tools to reduce human suffering Guterres

“When we act early, and are united, we can successfully prevent crises from escalating, saving lives and reducing suffering – fulfilling the most fundamental mandate of the United Nations”, he continued. To further these aims, Mr. Guterres told the chamber that the UN was working with various parties to conflict, together with partners for peace, in regions and countries across the world.  He noted some “encouraging signs”, such as successful constitutional transfers of power in Mali and Madagascar; the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea; the revitalized agreement in South Sudan; and, after decades of dispute, “the designation of the Republic of North Macedonia to be internationally recognized”.    UN Photo/Loey Felipe | Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the UN Security Council during a meeting on conflict prevention and mediation. (12 June 2019) ​​The UN also continues to push back against serious challenges posed by complex conflicts.  While the Stockholm Agreement in Yemen between Government and Houthi opposition was “an important step”, the UN chief noted that “that must now move to a negotiated settlement”. In the Central African Republic, the UN is helping to implement the African Union-mediated peace agreement; conducting robust operations to ensure armed groups’ adherence and facilitating local peace accords. And in Burkina Faso, it is working with a wide range of national actors to strengthen infrastructures for peace in response to rising sectarian violence.   Obstacles abound Despite these efforts, enormous obstacles remain, including wars that continue to rage as “external actors dither or even fuel the violence” and as non-State armed groups and militias fragment, causing even greater chaos.  Moreover a resurgence of populism and policies contribute to resentment, marginalization and extremism, even in societies that are not at war, rolling back human rights and the progress that has been made over recent decades on gender and inclusion, said the UN chief.  It’s civilians “who pay the price”, he underscored. Solutions prevail Mr. Guterres elaborated on a broad range of tools set out in Chapter VI of the UN Charter and urged government to “make full use” of them. “Sustainable Development is an end in itself, but it is also one of the most effective tools we have to prevent conflict”, Mr. Guterres stressed. “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is our blueprint to create resilient, stable societies and to address the root causes of violence of all kinds”.  He spelled out that his means “a strong focus on inclusivity, with a special emphasis on mainstreaming women’s rights and gender equality across our prevention and mediation work”. While progress on women’s participation in formal peace processes is “still lagging”, the UN chief said, “we will continue to use creative strategies to advance women’s participation, building on previous efforts including the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board and the Yemeni Women’s Technical Advisory Group”.  Prevention and mediation will not work without broader political efforts – UN chiefNoting that some 600 million youth in fragile and conflict-affected states have a vital contribution to make to mediation and peacebuilding processes, he drew attention to the first International Symposium for Youth Participation in Peace Processes earlier this year as “an important step forward”.   “Independent actors and non-governmental organizations, including the Elders, are a critical complementary element to our efforts”, added the UN chief.  “But let’s not fool ourselves,” he continued. “Prevention and mediation will not work without broader political efforts”. The Secretary-General urged the Council and all Member States, “to strive for greater unity so that prevention and mediation efforts are as effective as possible” calling it “the only way to meet our responsibilities to the people we serve.” Spirit of inclusive dialogue  Speaking as Chair of The Elders, a group of independent global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, to promote good governance and ethical leadership, former Irish President Mary Robinson urged the Council to approach the topics in the “spirit of inclusive dialogue and willingness to work for compromise and consensus in the interests of peace”.  “This strong, common voice is needed more than ever at this current time, when the deceptive allure of populism and isolationism is growing across all continents, from North and South America to Africa, Asia and Europe” he stated. Faced with complex, multi-faceted and gravely serious challenges, Mr. Ban said it was “profoundly irresponsible”, that politicians “collude in or deliberately stoke illusions” for their own gain, in full knowledge that no one country, however powerful, will be able to meet the global challenges on its own. “The working methods of the Council could be improved” he maintained, advising members to “agree on a joint common position to address conflicts in their early stages”, including through timely and strong statements. Turning to the nuclear threat, Mr. Ban that said the “risks of nuclear conflict are higher than they have been in several decades”. There is also the risk, he said, that “the whole architecture of arms control and nuclear non-proliferation that was built up during the decades of superpower confrontation may collapse, through a combination of neglect, hubris and ill-founded threat analysis…The consequences of failure do not bear contemplation”, he concluded. UN Photo/Loey Felipe | Mary Robinson, former Irish president and a member of The Elders, addresses a UN Security Council meeting on conflict prevention and mediation. (12 June 2019) ​​​​​​She painted a picture of fear, conflict and despair “from the streets of Khartoum to the townships of Harare; the bombed-out hospitals of Idlib to the ruined schools of Yemen; and the slums of Gaza to the Rohingya refugee camps of Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh”.  “Over the decades the Council – and, particularly, its five permanent members – has failed to live up to its responsibilities and has favored realpolitik or short-term power stratagems rather than meeting the solemn commitments outlined in the UN Charter, she spelled out. “Nowhere has this been more apparent than in the repeated use of the veto by certain permanent members on resolutions aimed to prevent mass atrocities, including the use of chemical weapons on civilians” she stressed, adding that “the international community must not wait until a major tragedy”. Council’s strong voice needed ‘more than ever’ – former UN chief When the Security Council can cooperate and speak with a strong common voice, “its decisions can have a decisive impact, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Chamber. “When the Council can cooperate & speak with a strong common voice, its decisions can have a decisive impact.” –Elders’ Deputy Chair Ban Ki-moon, addressing the UN Security Council. #UNSC pic.twitter.com/PqLVfizgxF— The Elders (@TheElders) June 12, 2019 read more

Africa is burning of Beach Handball

African handballBeach handballKenya handball October 2018 is time when all best that global sports have will gather in Buenos Aires in ocassion of new Youth Olympic Games. For the first time, Beach Handball will be on the programme of the Games. It is one more proof that sand version of our sport is already well spread around the World. Anyway it’s not reason to stop with expansion through “IHF trophy project” for Beach Handball.April was dedicade for further development in the countries of East Africa. First, Uganda’s city of Entebbe, situated on lake Victoria, hosted basic course which was combination of theoretical classes with practical training sessions.Later, similar course but of higher level, was held in Mombasa, Kenya. Crowdy city on the cost of Indian ocean “saw” 5-days course which was crowned by one day tournament for female and male teams, with participation of four teams in each. Best of the players were elected on the lists of first Kenyan ever Beach Handball national teams.Last month, Morocco hosted lecturer Khaled Hassan and soon IHF lecturer Tom van Linder will visit Togo.Soon, as part of mentioned developing project of IHF, players in national teams from Beach Handball’s emerging countries in this part of Africa will be able to play first matches under thier national flags.This summer will be “marked” by VII Beach Handball World Championship that will be held from July 12 till July 17 in Hungarian capital Budapest.TEXT: X.Q ← Previous Story Czechoslovak handball league starts from season 2017/2018! Next Story → Vote for the VELUX EHF CL 2015/2016 All Star Team read more

Aspiring geek musician plays Still Alive using old floppy drives and an

first_imgBefore you throw out those old floppy drives you had stored in a box in the garage, you may want to take a look at a code project that breathes new life into those doorstops. How so you ask? By making sweet, sweet music for gaming geeks across the world. Introducing Moppy, a musical floppy controller that was written to run on an Arduino Uno.Created by user SammyIAm, Moppy uses a Java interface with the Arduino to send MIDI tracks to each drive, forcing them to use their distinctive reading noises to create full length songs. For demonstration purposes, SammyIAM recreated the tune “Still Alive” from Portal, which you can watch in the video below.Making floppy drives sing for the world isn’t as daunting a process as one might think. If you have an Arduino and some old drives, you simply need to hook up the STEP pins on the floppy readers to the even pins on the board, then connect the DIRECTION pins on the drives to the odd numbered posts to complete the loop. (Sammy also stresses that users should ground the board with the drives, so make sure to do that)The software side is pretty basic, you need the drivers for the Arduino, some Java code, and, of course, the Moppy controller. These magical pieces of software combine to allow you to play any MIDI you can get your grubby little hands on, at whatever tempo you wish. It certainly takes some fine tuning, but in no time you will be conducting a full floppy orchestra, who knows you may even be the Bach of the geek world.Read more on Sammy’s GitHublast_img read more

Pour séduire leur femelle ces poissons poussent des grognements

first_imgPour séduire leur femelle, ces poissons poussent des grognementsChez certaines espèces de poissons comme les cabillauds et les colins, le mâle séduit la femelle en lui jouant une étrange sérénade à base de grognements. C’est ce que suggère une nouvelle étude menée par des chercheurs de l’Association écossaise pour les sciences marines. Pour séduire une femelle il faut savoir chanter… Ou plutôt grogner, si l’on en croit certains poissons qui peuplent les mers du globe. Une récente étude menée par des chercheurs de l’Association écossaise pour les sciences marines, affirme les mérites d’une bonne sérénade à base de grognements. Une discipline dans laquelle cabillauds, colins et morues font preuve d’un incroyable talent.Pour en arriver à de telles conclusions, les chercheurs ont examiné attentivement le comportement de ces poissons lors de la saison de reproduction. Leurs sujets d’études appartenaient alors à deux populations distinctes capturées en Ecosse d’une part dans le Firth of Clyde, une vaste étendue d’eau côtière, d’autre part dans le détroit d’Arisaig.Leurs observations indiquent que pour convaincre une femelle de s’accoupler, le mâle se lance dans une performance vocale composée de sons très similaires à des bourdonnements. La prestation dure environ 15 minutes et est généralement répétée pour chaque partenaire potentielle.Un gage de qualité ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon les biologistes marins, les grognements pourraient représenter un gage de qualité pour la potentielle partenaire. Celle-ci de son côté choisirait le prétendant à la voix la plus grave et profonde. Un grand classique. Attention toutefois à ne pas se méprendre. La séduction du cabillaud et de ses congénères ne se limite pas au simple fait de faire du bruit comme le souligne Lindsay Wilson, doctorante impliquée dans le projet de recherche. Elle souligne au Telegraph : “Les poissons ne produisent pas seulement des grognements, mais les produisent de manière rythmique, selon un certain modèle”.D’après les chercheurs, ces performances sont effectuées majoritairement la nuit. Elles requièrent par ailleurs un grand investissement énergétique pour le mâle. Après 15 minutes de grognements, les colins prennent 45 minutes pour se reprendre avant de retenter. Cette période de récupération s’élève à plus d’une heure chez les morues et cabillauds. Le 21 avril 2014 à 16:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more