San Sebastian hopes to check rash of visitor wins, hosts Jose Rizal

first_imgMOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “We know that the visiting teams really step up their games,” said SSC coach Egay Macaraya. “It’s really up to us to handle the pressure of playing at home and the challenge posed by the visiting team.”Mapua also lost in its home debut to Perpetual Help at the newly refurbished Mapua Gym.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHolding a 1-2 record, the Stags can gain a share of third spot with Arellano and Emilio Aguinaldo College, while defeat will send them to the cellar. The Heavy Bombers, who own a 2-2 record, can climb up to third spot with a victory.Although they lost their previous outing to Lyceum, Macaraya was pleased to see his team put up a gallant stand. “I’m happy with the team despite our record,” Macaraya said. “They don’t give up no matter what happens.”JRU coach Vergel Meneses, meanwhile, has unearthed a gem of a guard in Jed Mendoza, who scored 17 points in a 65-62 win over Letran last Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian tries to buck the trend of teams losing on their home floor as the Stags host the Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers on Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 Basketball Tournament at SSC-R Gym in Mendiola, Manila.Having beaten Arellano on enemy ground two weeks ago as part of the NCAA On Tour this season, the Stags are hard pressed to avoid a similar fate against the Heavy Bombers in the 4 p.m. clash.ADVERTISEMENT NLEX hikes win run to 3 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Lodha panel rejects BCCI request to defer key meeting,Lodha panel rejects BCCI request to defer key meeting

first_imgsport cricket BCCI president Thakur, secretary Shirke to meet Lodha panel Published on SHARE Rahul Johri takes charge as first ever BCCI CEO Lodha panel gives BCCI time till Oct 15 to comply with proposals BCCI President Anurag Thakur (left) and Secretary Ajay Shirke (file pic) COMMENT August 08, 2016 The Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha panel today declined the request of the Indian cricket board to defer the scheduled meeting tomorrow on implementation of reforms within the next six months.The request came a day after the BCCI’s newly appointed legal advisor, Justice Markandey Katju, told BCCI to file a review petition against the apex court verdict to a bigger bench and not meet the committee, terming the recommended reforms “null and void”.“Ajay Shirke (BCCI Secretary) finally wrote to the Committee late last night requesting that the meeting on Tuesday with him and Anurag Thakur be deferred. The request has been declined,” a source close to the panel told PTI on conditions of anonymity.It is learnt that both Thakur and Shirke may face Contempt of Court if they don’t meet the panel tomorrow at the proposed time of 11 am.A senior BCCI official said the move was a deliberate delaying tactic which the BCCI wanted to employ with the aim of getting a stay order on the July 18 verdict passed by the two-member bench comprising CJI TS Thakur and Justice FMI Khallifullah.“The board could not have got a stay order before 11 am on Tuesday, which is the scheduled time for Thakur and Shirke to meet panel members. A delay would have enabled the BCCI lawyers to file a review petition and seek a stay on verdict. But after Justice Katju’s attack, we know that bridges have been burnt,” the senior official said.Justice Katju, who had prepared an interim report, termed the Supreme Court verdict and appointment of the Lodha panel as “unconstitutional and illegal”.He also criticised the apex court, saying that it is not the judiciary but the legislature’s prerogative to make laws.He said the apex court cannot “outsource” (Lodha panel) a body to give punishment to BCCI. × SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED null BCCI President Anurag Thakur (left) and Secretary Ajay Shirke (file pic) COMMENTSlast_img read more

Cricket: India take control of the 3rd test vs England at the end of…

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: India Today)Hardik Pandya picked up his maiden five wicket haul in test cricket as India sit comfortably in the driver’s seat at the end of day 2 in the 3rd test vs England here at Nottingham.Put into bat by the host’s, team India ended the first day on 307-6 after Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane put on a 159 run stand for the fourth wicket. Coming on to continue where they left off, team India set out to add some crucial runs to their overnight score.But to their dismay they could add only 22 runs to as Anderson and Broad came on to pick two apiece to bundle out India for 329. Woakes, Anderson and Broad each ended up picking 3 wickets while Adil Rashid picked up the only wicket of Virat Kohli.England batsmen who then set out in pursuit of this total got off to a brisk start putting on 54 runs for the first wicket. This was then quickly followed by two wickets of successive balls that saw both the openers back in the dressing room.The batsmen who followed never hung in for huge periods and threw away their wickets in quick successions. Hardik Pandya came on into the attack to pick up his first 5 wicket haul in tests in just 6 overs. His 5 wicket haul included price scalps of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow which put a stop to the run flow.Bumrah then returned to pick up the final wicket of Jos Buttler to end England’s innings at 161. This gave India a lead of 168 runs going into the second innings. Hardik stood as the pick of the bowlers picking up 5 while both Bumrah and Ishant chipped in with a couple of wickets.With a healthy lead behind their back, India once again set out to bat on the same day. Similar to the first innings the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul gave India a solid start. Going into stumps, India stood on 124-2 with a lead of 292. Kohli and Pujara were unbeaten at the crease after Dhawan and Rahul had scored 44 and 36 earlier.A day which saw 16 wickets fall clearly proved to be the moving day in the test match. With the match clearly in India’s hand it will be interesting to see how much long they bat from here before handing over the bat to England.Also Read:Cricket: Will be ready to open the batting if an opportunity comes calling says Rohit Sharmalast_img read more

Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Dominic Thiem in 3 sets to win ATP Finals title

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Greek has already grown quite the fan base, partly because of a Bjorn Borg-style haircut and partly because of an aggressive playing style that is a bit old-school with frequent forays to the net.”He’s great for tennis, because he has a very attractive game style, one-handed backhand, comes in a lot,” Thiem said. ”It’s great that he’s up on the top. It’s great that he’s going to fight for the big titles in the future. I’m 100% sure of that. I’m also very sure of the fact that I can challenge him in every single match we’re going to play. … I really hope that we’re going to have a lot of big matches coming, the two of us.”Thiem beat both Federer and five-time winner Djokovic in the group stage but lost another big final after twice finishing runner-up to Nadal at the French Open.This one was much closer than his losses to Nadal, though, which made it tougher to swallow.”That’s why it’s probably mentally the most brutal sport existing, because you can play such a great match and end up losing in the championship match,” Thiem said. ”From that point of view, it’s a very disappointing loss, very hard to digest. But on the same hand, I had some amazing wins also.”It is the fourth year in a row that there is a first-time champion at the ATP Finals, following wins by Andy Murray in 2016, Gregor Dimitrov in 2017 and Alexander Zverev last year.Earlier, French duo Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won the doubles title by beating Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand 6-3, 6-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Far from done What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “I remember myself watching this event on TV and thinking, ‘Oh, these guys have done an insane year to be playing here,’” said the 21-year-old Tsitsipas, who was making his first appearance at the tournament. ”And now I’m in the position to be champion, so it feels awesome.”It’s been quite a journey for Tsitsipas, who first met Thiem at the O2 Arena in 2016 when he was the world’s top-ranked junior and was invited to be a hitting partner for the ATP Finals participants.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice”That is unbelievable,” Tsitsipas said when reminded of that day. “I just remembered (that), first time I met Dominic was I came here as a sparring partner. I think my first hit was with Dominic. It’s unbelievable, isn’t it? We are now facing each other in the final.”It was quite a final, too. Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after defeating Austria’s Dominic Thiem to win their ATP World Finals singles final tennis match at the O2 arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Three years after coming to the ATP Finals as a hitting partner to the top pros, Stefanos Tsitsipas is leaving the tournament as champion.Tsitsipas rallied to beat Dominic Thiem 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Sunday for the biggest title of his career, becoming the youngest champion at the season-ending event in 18 years.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 issuecenter_img The 21-year-old Greek bounced back from dropping a tight first set by racing out to a 4-0 lead in the second, and then held off the Austrian’s comeback in the third.Tsitsipas couldn’t capitalize on another early break and a 3-1 lead in the deciding set but won the last three points of the tiebreaker, clinching the win when Thiem sent a return wide.”I missed some very close balls in the tiebreak,” Thiem said. ”But I cannot do anything now about it. It was a great match from both of us.”The win caps a breakthrough season for Tsitsipas, who reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, won two ATP titles and became the first Greek man to break into the top 10.He also leaves London with $2.6 million in prize money for this win and joins a group of young players — including last year’s ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev and U.S. Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev — who are seen as the top up-and-coming talents and challengers to the sport’s Big Three of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Rice industry paralysis Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View commentslast_img read more

World Cup success can spur England to Ashes glory: Joe Root

first_imgEngland’s Cricket World Cup triumph can be the perfect launch pad to complete a memorable double by winning the Ashes series against Australia this year, test skipper Joe Root has said.Hosts England ended a 44-year wait to win the World Cup as they beat New Zealand side on boundary count after a tied Super Over in a dramatic final on Sunday.Shifting focus to the five-match Ashes series, which begins on Aug. 1, the 28-year-old said England were full of confidence as they bid to reclaim the urn having already achieved one of their targets.”It’s what we set out to do two or three years ago and we’re halfway there,” Root told reporters.”This will give the guys confidence and we’ve talked about taking that forward into a series like that.”England beat Australia in the World Cup semi-finals at Edgbaston, the venue for the first Ashes test, and Root said they were looking forward to getting back there.”The way we played against Australia in that semi-final… the guys who were involved relished it and will want a bit more: the feeling of euphoria we felt at that ground,” Root added.”To potentially be able to experience all that again is very exciting. Ashes cricket always has a different edge to it so that in itself will get everyone going.”The atmosphere, the way it builds up and the way the guys get excited about it, it’s like no other series in test cricket.”However, England must ensure their ODI success does not affect preparations, all-rounder Ben Stokes said.advertisement”Everyone here deserves to feel like a champion because we’ve just won it, but when it comes to the Ashes it’s going to be heads on again because it has to be,” Stokes said.”Whether you’re winning or losing, you’ve just got to wipe the slate clean.”England warm up for the series with their first ever test against Ireland, a four-day contest, starting on July 24.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Diverse and talented, England cricket champs come from afarAlso Read | World Cup 2019 Final: Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherAlso See:last_img read more

Report: Michigan 4-Star Sophomore Is Transferring

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan’s football program is currently in the middle of Jim Harbaugh’s best season in Ann Arbor, but the Wolverines have suffered a loss tonight.Drew Singleton, a four-star sophomore linebacker, has opted to transfer out of the program.247Sports has confirmed news of the transfer with a Michigan spokesman.From the report:247Sports confirmed with Michigan spokesman Dave Ablauf on Wednesday afternoon that second-year linebacker Drew Singleton has asked for and received a release from the program.Singleton, a Paramus (NJ) Catholic native, was once a Top100 recruit who committed to Michigan over a plethora of programs back in the 2017 recruiting cycle. He injured his knee his senior year at Paramus Catholic, but had worked his way back to full health this season and saw considerable time on special teams early on in the year.The former four-star’s transfer marks the fourth player to depart Michigan’s 2017 recruiting cycle, joining Corey Malone-Hatcher, Ja’Raymond Hall and Deron Irving-Bey.Singleton was ranked the No. 5 OLB and No. 79 overall recruit by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings coming out of high school in 2017.Michigan is set to play Michigan State on Saturday.last_img read more

5 Travel Flasks to Show the World What a Sophisticated Drinker You Are

first_img 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Misc Goods Co.Just because you fancy day drinking from a flask doesn’t mean you need to feel — or look — like the degenerate you are. From hand-etched to limited edition to sailor-inspired kitsch, these five flasks ensure you’re carrying your booze like a gentleman.Misc. Goods Ceramic Flask – $92Leave it to Kentucky — the state that blessed the world with bourbon — to devise a handsome and deceptively simple flask. The aptly named Ceramic Flask from Louisville-based Misc. Goods is unlike most any flask we’ve seen before. The brand sidesteps the cold sleekness of stainless steel for the warmth of quarter-inch white slip-cast ceramic. While the black version seems the obvious choice, we’re partial to the unconventional ivory, which offers a bit of old-world explorer nostalgia. Two leather straps and a brass stud and button secure the natural cork to ensure your 11 ounces of tipple don’t wind up on the airport floor.Sip It The Sneerwell Noble Flask- $65Imagine someone was to dredge up a crateful of one-of-a-kind vintage flasks from the staterooms of the RMS Titanic — beautifully aged, but well-preserved. The Noble Flask by The Sneerwell is a bit like that. The husband-and-wife duo behind the brand carefully hand-etch every flask they sell. A proprietary aging process than finishes each piece with a unique patina ensuring no two are alike. If you’re a salty old sailor at heart, this is the flask for you.Sip ItIzola ZYX Flask – $35If you prefer the sleekness of stainless steel and the timeless, goes-with-anything versatility of jet black, the ZYX Flask by Izola might be what you’re after. It’s simple, straightforward, and six-ounce capacity should be enough to get you through a cross-country flight. Plus, in a pinch, the raised letter grid on the front serves as an impromptu eye chart to determine how much of that six ounces you consumed en route.Sip ItCork Pops Nicholas Portside Flask – $25The frustrating thing about most flasks is that you’re always wondering how close to empty they are. Wonder no more! The Nicholas Portside Flask from Cork Pops solves this problem with a “porthole-style” glass window that’s not only functional and clever but stylish as well. While the flask’s design borders on nautical kitsch, the polished stainless steel case ensures it’s more sophisticated than it sounds.Sip ItOdeme Red Flask – $32If traditional stainless steel and ceramic aren’t disco enough for you, Odeme’s Red Flask offers a unique, eye-popping design. The old-school, curved shape and bold red powder-coated finish stand out unlike any other on this list. The limited three-ounce capacity should keep you from getting into too much trouble. Think of it as your personal “in case of emergency, break glass” last round of booze for when the bartender closes shop a little earlier than you were expecting.Sip It Uball Is the New Portable Basketball Hoop That Lets You Play Ball Anywhere Editors’ Recommendations Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking Aboutlast_img read more

I wanted this drawing simple and without malice Quebec cartoonist apologizes

first_imgCartoon by the Quebec artist Yannick Lemay – Posted on the @JdeMontreal Twitter accountAPTN NewsYannick Lemay, the artist whose cartoon has been widely condemned online says he wants “to apologize to anyone that I have offended.”The cartoon by the Quebec artist depicts former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson Raybould in a buckskin dress, feather in her hair, holding a tomahawk delivering a knock out punch to a battered Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Lemay, in an email to APTN News says he was, “surprised at the reaction to this caricature. The job of a caricaturist is to exaggerate situations.  Since we do no use words, we use visual codes to represent concepts,” he said.“Ms. Wilson-Raybould is a great representative of the aboriginal community who proudly defends herself, so I wanted to build her up.  I wanted this drawing simple and without malice.”On twitter, people referred to the cartoon as deeply offensive, stereotypical, racist, disgusting and despicable.Lemay said in the email, “I realize today that I used bad visual codes to elevate her Aboriginal ancestry.“I draw a great lesson.”This is the latest cartoon depicting Wilson Raybould to come under fire in the last week.Political cartoonist and author, Michael de Adder depicting Wilson Raybould in a boxing ring tied to a chair with tape over her mouth while former advisor Gerald Butts gives advice to Trudeau, also was lambasted.De Adder apologized and today responded to Lemay’s cartoon in a tweet.“Editorial cartoonists need to have a serious discussion about our craft and how we depict gender and race.“We need to try harder. Re: @ygreck,” he wrote.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Indigenous group says Trans Mountain bid could be ready next week

first_imgThe Canadian PressAn Indigenous-led group says it will soon be ready to make a bid for majority ownership of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline currently owned by the federal government.The group, called Project Reconciliation, says it will be prepared as early as next week to talk with Ottawa about its proposal for a 51 per cent stake in the pipeline.Project Reconciliation says the bid will be underwritten by contracts with pipeline customers and not rely on taxpayers.The group says almost 340 Indigenous communities across B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan could choose to share ownership of the pipeline, which is designed to ship crude oil from the oilsands to the West Coast.“There’s real momentum towards Indigenous ownership,” said Delbert Wapass, founder and executive chair of Project Reconciliation in a statement.“It’s exciting to see support is growing in governments and among Indigenous people. There is a pipeline to reconciliation and we should take it.”Project ReconciliationProject Reconciliation says it plans to set aside 80 per cent of future proceeds from the pipeline into a type of sovereign wealth fund to ensure longer-term benefits for Indigenous communities in Western Canada.A separate Indigenous-led group called the Iron Coalition is looking to secure ownership of the pipeline for First Nations and Metis communities in Alberta. The group says it would distribute proceeds to member communities based on ownership share and population.The government says it is open to Indigenous ownership of the project and will host discussions in Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton and Kamloops, B.C. later this month with Indigenous groups to further discussions on potential participation in the economic development of the project.Ottawa reapproved the pipeline last month after its initial go-ahead was quashed by the Federal Court of Appeal over incomplete Indigenous consultations and a faulty environmental review. The government bought the pipeline for $4.5 billion last year in an effort to keep the expansion project alive.The project has support from some Indigenous groups along the route, but faces intense opposition from others, especially on the coast.In May, the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs warned First Nations in an open letter that they should reconsider investing in the pipeline because it faces many hurdles, including Indigenous land claims, and it is unlikely to be as profitable as the government says.Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation said after the most recent approval that it will appeal Ottawa’s decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.last_img read more

UNESCO condemns killing of Somali television reporter

20 December 2011The head of the United Nations agency charged with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of a Somali television journalist in Mogadishu. Abdisalam Sheikh Hasan was shot in the head as he left his office at Horn Cable TV in the Somali capital. He was transported to the hospital where he later died. “Securing safer working conditions must be made into a priority in Somalia’s effort to establish democracy and rule of law,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“I therefore call on the transitional government to investigate this crime against a journalist and against society as a whole,” Ms. Bokova added.According to the National Union of Somali Journalists, Sheikh Hasan is the third Somali journalist killed in Mogadishu this year. read more

Wasted green power tests Chinas energy leadership

In this Nov. 9, 2015 photo, workers set up a ladder near a wind turbine power generator at a Goldwind wind turbine factory in Beijing. Increasing amounts of green energy have gone unused in China as it struggles to integrate wind and solar power into a dated electricity network dominated by coal. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2017 10:40 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2017 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wasted green power tests China’s energy leadership BEIJING, China – Its efforts to cut pollution have made China the world leader in renewable energy development, yet that green power has been wasted as the country struggles to integrate wind and solar farms into an outdated and balkanized electricity network dominated by coal.The problem threatens to slow China’s progress in clearing its air and controlling the greenhouse gas emissions that make it the top contributor to climate change. It also could hamper any desire among Chinese leaders to fill the leadership gap left by President Donald Trump’s move to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.As energy ministers from around the world gather in Beijing this week to promote renewables, China’s difficulty maximizing its green resources reflects the challenges they face over how best to transition to cleaner electricity.“They installed too much too fast,” said Qiao Liming, China director for the Global Wind Energy Council. “A real market should allow electricity to flow between two provinces. That is currently lacking” in China, she said.Thousands of new wind turbines and solar panels were installed in China’s remote provinces over the past several years as the country’s leaders sought to alleviate choking urban smog without slowing economic expansion. China now has more renewable power capacity than any other nation.Two nagging problems have dampened that success, however, according to industry representatives and outside observers: China’s sprawling power grid has been unable to handle the influx of new electricity from wind and solar, while some provincial officials have retained a preference for coal.In western China’s Gansu province, 43 per cent of energy from wind went unused in 2016, a phenomenon known in the energy industry as “curtailment.” In the neighbouring Xinjiang region, the curtailment figure was 38 per cent and in northeast China’s Jilin province it was 30 per cent. The nationwide figure, 17 per cent, was described by Qiao’s organization as “shockingly high” after increasing for several years in a row.The problem has improved some this year, according to the China Electricity Council. Power demand in general increased in the first quarter, giving a boost to renewables after the economy regained momentum from 2016’s slowdown.However, experts say wasted energy will continue to be a drag on Chinese renewable power potential until the country’s electrical grid is modernized and provincial officials end their preference for coal, which provides almost two-thirds of the country’s energy.The problem is worst in winter, when many coal plants provide electricity for the power grid and send out excess heat to keep homes and businesses warm.That’s led provincial officials to keep coal plants running — and to reject available wind-generated electricity — despite pressure from the central government to use more renewables, said Lu Xi, a professor at Tsinghua University’s School of Environment in Beijing.“On paper they express quite clear attitudes to promote renewables, but in reality they promote coal interests,” said Frank Yu, a renewables specialist with the consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.To help address the issue, China’s National Energy Administration has pushed for more wind turbines to be installed closer to Beijing and coastal cities, where demand is highest. That should allow renewable energy to bypass part of the dated transmission system that’s been blamed for impeding its use. It also would give more populated provinces a greater stake in making sure renewables get used.In a separate effort, at this week’s energy ministers meeting in Beijing, Chinese officials are expected to launch a campaign to make its power supply system more flexible. The goal is to create a power grid that can more easily absorb the highs and lows associated with weather-dependent wind and solar electricity, said Christian Zinglersen, the head of the Clean Energy Ministerial, which is hosting the meeting.Still, the problem of electricity going unused could get worse before it gets better, said Liutong Zhang, a senior manager with the Lantau Group, a Hong Kong-based energy consulting firm. More solar and wind is planned in Chinese provinces that already have more power-generating capacity than they use. Additional coal plants also are slated to come online, Zhang said.China’s difficulties, while more pronounced than in other countries, are not unique. Western countries have experienced their own renewable struggles as utilities tried to integrate weather-dependent wind and solar power into electricity grids built around coal plants, which are more polluting but also more reliable.But over the next two decades, events in developing nations including China and India are expected to play a magnified role in addressing climate change.“Developing nations with aggressive wind and solar deployments do face and will face these same challenges,” said Edward Cunningham, director of China programs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.The United States, meanwhile, appears headed for a diminished presence as Trump and fellow Republicans back away from the climate policies of former President Barack Obama.Almost all of the increased electricity demand in coming years is expected to come from developing nations, according to projections from the International Energy Administration.China alone will account for about half the total.China’s struggles to maximize its use of renewables won’t necessarily prevent it from meeting international emissions targets that aim to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. But it will make it much more expensive unless China is able to adapt its power supply system while it’s still in development, Zinglersen said.___Follow Matthew Brown on Twitter at twitter.com/matthewbrownap read more

Tayto Parks House of Horrors has been given the green light to

first_img 23 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3052479 TAYTO PARK WILL re-open its House of Horrors attraction tonight after a number of people were injured there last week.Nine people were taken to hospital after a lower portion of a permanent staircase leading to the attraction collapsed last Saturday.A spokeswoman for the theme park said this evening: “Tayto Park can confirm that the House of Horrors will re-open this evening, Friday 28 October.“Tayto Park has fulfilled all requirements as outlined by the relevant authorities.The House of Horrors evening event is sold out tonight, the 29 and 30 October.”HorrorPreviously, witnessed described what happened on the night. Nine people were hospitalised last week. Source: Brian Lawless/PARian O’Kelly (25) from Dublin, told BBC Radio Ulster that she had just stepped off the staircase when it collapsed.She brought her sister and two of her sister’s friends to the event. They queued for an hour to get into the House of Horrors, and she said the queue reached up two flights of stairs. Oct 28th 2016, 4:57 PM Friday 28 Oct 2016, 4:57 PM We had just stepped on to kind of like a landing and there is another flight of stairs going up. And basically we heard this big creaking noise and we thought it was part of the show, like it was trying to be scary, but next of all the people behind us suddenly dropped and the whole staircase collapsed.“And then obviously everyone got really afraid and everyone started crying and screaming and running because we thought we were going to drop as well.”‘People are making a career out of bogus claims’: TD hits out as car insurance costs set to rise again >Luas crash: Eight hospitalised as tram and tourist bus collide in Smithfield > Short URL Share26 Tweet Email1 center_img Image: Brian Lawless Image: Brian Lawless 12,363 Views Tayto Park’s House of Horrors has been given the green light to re-open tonight The attraction is sold out tomorrow and Sunday but tickets are available for Halloween. By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Legends of Tomorrow Makes an Alternate Universe Matter

first_img Legends of Tomorrow continues to be the perfect palate cleanser after a not-so-great episode of The Flash. It remembers how to have fun, even when its story turns a little dark. Now, it’s even doing the alternate universe thing better. Remember how Flashpoint lasted a single episode before Barry returned things to mostly-normal? Well, now Legends has Doomworld, and it looks like we’re stuck here for a while.The Legion of Doom activated the Spear of Destiny at the end of the last episode, and this week’s throws us right into the middle of the reality they created. Sara and Amaya are chasing down a costumed superhero in Star City. Who is it? Surprise! Felicity from Arrow has put on a suit. As cool as it is to see Felicity get into the action, it doesn’t last long. Sara and Amaya catch her and take her to see the mayor. As you might have guessed, Oliver isn’t the mayor in this reality. It’s Damian Darhk. Sara and Amaya now work for him. Following his orders, they kill this version of Felicity. (Don’t worry, she’s still alive in Arrow‘s universe.)Despite the Legion having won, not everyone in the group is entirely happy with the outcome. Darhk and Malcolm Merlyn have noticed that Eobard Thawne got his ideal world, and hasn’t given them everything they want. Worse yet, he’s holding onto the spear and destroyed the book that taught him how to use it. The Legends are all still alive at Rory’s insistence, but they all work for the Legion now. Sara and Amaya are henchmen for Darhk. Martin is a scientist working on some kind of project for Thawne. Jax is his harsh, overbearing supervisor. Ray cleans toilets.Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)It’s not long before Rory grows tired of all this. He and Snart can rob banks with no risk. The cops just stand by and let them go. With no chase and Snart owning all the banks, the life of crime is boring. He also doesn’t like being summoned to meet with Thawne. During the meeting, we see Nate run into the Thawne’s office claiming to have seen scars in reality. He figures out that this reality isn’t right, but doesn’t realize Thawne is the one responsible. Thawne orders Snart and Rory to kill him, but Rory refuses. He decide’s he’s had enough of this reality and brings Nate to Ray’s apartment to figure things out. Luckily, Ray has stolen a gun from Thawne’s lab that can restore people’s memories. Yes, it’s a huge plot convenience, but we had to get the Legends back somehow. It also leads to a great running gag where, upon regaining their memories, each Legend immediately punches Rory in the face.Eventually, they’re able to restore everyone’s memories (but not their powers) except for Martin, whose been locked away in his lab until Thawne’s project is finished. The Legends figure out that Thawne is having Martin build a device that can destroy the Spear of Destiny. That would make the Doomworld reality permanent. They infiltrate the lab and Jax try to restore Martin’s memory. Unfortunately, Martin thinks Jax is trying to kill him and destroys the gun. He also triggers a silent alarm and Thawne comes running. Martin’s device is finished, and Thawne is about to destroy the spear. Fortunately, Rory has told the rest of the Legion of Doom about Thawne’s plan.Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)The Legion shows up, and a massive fight ensues over the spear. The fights in this episode have all been fantastic, but this tops them all. The camera follows the spear as it gets tossed among the Legends, each fighting a member of the Legion. There’s a great comedic moment where Nate and Darhk work together to knock Thawne away from the spear and almost high five. Then, they remember they’re enemies and Darhk punches Nate. The spear ends up in Rory’s hands, and Snart assumes he’ll turn it over to the Legion again. Realizing he’ll never be anything more than a dog to Snart, he redeems himself and gives it to Amaya.This is where the episode takes a serious and fairly shocking turn. Amaya begins to use the spear to undo reality, but Snart freezes her with his cold gun. He then walks over to her and tips her frozen body over. Amaya shatters into pieces, killing her instantly. Doomworld just became much more dangerous. As everyone stares in shock, Thawne wakes up, grabs the spear and destroys it. Doomworld is permanent. Sara brings up the possibility of the Legends and Legion working together to defeat Thawne, which would make for a great season finale. Thawne says seeing them try and fail would be more satisfying than killing them all now and lets them go. It’s another instance of a solution being too easy this week, but we have to get to the season finale somehow.Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)The team regroups in Nate’s mom’s basement, and Sara comes up with an idea. They travel back in time and stop Thawne from getting the spear. They’ll risk time folding in on itself, but at this point, there’s no choice. They just need a time machine. Fortunately, Rip Hunter is still in the Waverider. He’s been drinking heavily and making beautiful cakes, but Gideon has been rerouting enough power to allow Rip to make a distress call. Rip snaps out of his depression and starts acting like a captain again.Things worked out a little too easy for the Legends this week. As fun an episode as it was, it was a little unbelievable that Ray just happened to steal a device that would give them their memories back. Likewise, Thawne just letting everyone go didn’t seem to happen for any reason other than we need to have an episode next week. Despite those two problems, Legends of Tomorrow still turned in a good episode. Not the best it’s ever had, but good nonetheless. It was nice to see them raise the stakes with Amaya’s apparent death and the destruction of the spear. They’ve managed to make an alternate universe matter in a way no other DC show has. On top of that, they’ve set us up for an exciting season finale next week. Although, with how good this half of the season’s been, I almost wish it didn’t have to end so soon. Stay on target DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked last_img read more

PepsiCo Tests SelfDriving Snack Robots at College Campus

first_img Vending machines are so… 2018. At one college campus, students are getting their snacks and beverages delivered via self-driving robot.PepsiCo today rolled out “snackbots” at the University of the Pacific campus in Stockton, Calif.  The robot delivers snacks from Hello Goodness, which PepsiCo created in 2015 to provide “healthier snacks and beverages to consumers on the go.”From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., students can order food and drinks to one of more than 50 locations across the 175-acre campus through the snackbot app.The snackbots deliver snacks such as Smartfood Delight, Baked Lay’s, SunChips, Pure Leaf Tea, bubly, LIFEWTR, and Starbucks Cold Brew.“We’re thrilled to launch our Hello Goodness autonomous delivery snackbots and reimagine college snacking for the future,” Vice President Innovation and Insights of PepsiCo Foodservice Scott Finlow said in a statement.According to Finlow, the University of the Pacific will serve as a test site with three to five snackbots roaming across campus starting today, following several weeks of testing.Students can order food and drinks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. via the snackbot App, to be delivered to more than 50 designated areas across the campus. (Photo Credit: PepsiCo)The snackbot, created in partnership with Bay Area-based Robby Technologies, is part of PepsiCo’s efforts to expand the Hello Goodness vending platform and concept of “curated convenience” into new formats, locations and experiences to deliver 50,000 touchpoints by the end of the year.The robots have a range of more than 20 miles on a single charge, and are equipped with camera and headlights that allow it to see and navigate carefully in full darkness or rain, as well as all-wheel drive capabilities for handling curbs and steep hills.“We’re thrilled to welcome snackbot to our campus, along with its convenient and nourishing options,” said Matt Camino, Director of e-Commerce at University of the Pacific Stockton.More on Geek.com:Food Delivery Robot Catches Fire on UC Berkeley CampusThere’s Now a Bacon Vending Machine at Ohio State UniversityPostmates’ Adorable New Robot Will Bring You Deliveries Stay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower last_img read more

Emery urges Ramsey to focus on his performances for Arsenal

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has urged Aaron Ramsey to focus on his football rather than his prolonged contract drama at the clubThe Wales international has spent over a decade at the Emirates but only has under 12 months left on his current contract.Ramsey was left surprised to be left out of Emery’s starting lineup in last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea.And it is uncertain whether he will start in today’s home game against West Ham United.“I spoke with him last week,” said Emery, according to The Guardian.“I said: ‘I want you focused only on training and only on the match, you show us the capacity to help the team.’“The contract is another thing for his agent and the club but we want and I need his focus only on training, only on the match and on his performance each day.”The Spaniard suggested that Ramsey’s omission against Chelsea was only for tactical reasons.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Chelsea are different to other teams,” he said.“We have to work very specifically to prepare for them.“Saturday is also a difficult match but we are thinking more we can control the match with our personality.“Against Chelsea and Manchester City we wanted to but there were more times in the 90 minutes that the opposition didn’t let us.”Arsenal are currently suffering their worst start to a league season in 26 years after losing their first two games to Manchester City and Chelsea.“We need to win this match against West Ham. I think it’s very important to show [the supporters] a better performance than in the two first matches,” said Emery.“We are preparing well. I am feeling well when I look at the players in training.”last_img read more

Baltimore City Hall Sitin Follows Decades of Festering Ills

first_imgProtesters are placed into a van by police early Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in Baltimore. Police officers have converged on Baltimore’s City Hall where protesters could be seen being led away to vans and vehicles after an hourslong occupation of the building to protest moves to make permanent the appointment of the city’s interim police commissioner. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)(Updated 10/15/2015) BALTIMORE (AP) — Young, Black residents of Baltimore hoped a public act of civil disobedience in the heart of local government would force their troubled city to deal with the decades-old problems of police misconduct, housing inequality and systemic disenfranchisement.All they got from their overnight sit-in at City Hall were arrests and trespassing charges.Many on Thursday said they were frustrated and felt increasingly marginalized and under siege.“The politicians, they failed us today,” said Kwame Rose, a 21-year-old activist who was one of the protest’s organizers.More than 30 activists disrupted a meeting Wednesday night where city officials were recommending the permanent hiring of interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. They demanded a voice in the process. Since the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man who suffered a critical spinal injury in police custody, the police department and its leaders have taken the brunt of criticism for decades of government failures to address the city’s woes.Davis was appointed interim chief when his predecessor, Anthony Batts, was fired in the wake of violence after Gray’s death and a sharp spike in homicides.Baltimore is a city with roughly 17,000 vacant homes concentrated in its poorest neighborhoods. Its public schools are underfunded and underperforming, and its unemployment rate is far above the national average. Over the years, recreation centers for young people have shuttered and job opportunities for those living in de facto segregated communities have remained scarce.Police stand near vans holding protesters early Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in Baltimore. The Baltimore Uprising coalition had occupied City Council chambers at city hall to pretest a council subcommittee’s vote in favor of making the interim police commissioner permanent. Police led protesters to vans and other vehicles. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)The protesters gathered in the balcony of the council chambers chanted, “All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray!” They refused to leave, insisting Davis meet with them and consent to a list of demands that included reducing the use of armored vehicles and riot gear during protests. They also called on Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to fire the housing commissioner, whose department was recently sued over allegations maintenance workers routinely sexually abuse women residents of a public housing complex.But their main concern was their lack of input in the police chief decision as the department faces a federal probe into allegations of excessive force, and remains at the center of the debate over how poor, Black men are treated by the officers and public officials tasked with protecting them.Davis tried to defuse the situation.“I’d like to propose this to you, because we can accomplish a lot more at a table where we can all fit,” he said.“You have our demands, you let all your supporters speak,” someone in the balcony yelled back.“I will be more than happy to meet with your entire group,” Davis said.“Now! This is the space where we can talk,” someone yelled back.Davis eventually left.Yet even with the protest ongoing, he continued to strike a conciliatory tone, telling The Associated Press that civil disobedience was “part of the healing process.”“It’s just part of where the city is right now,” he said, as chants of “No justice, no peace,” echoed through the chambers. “I understand where they are, I understand their frustration. But civil disobedience occurs at critical times, and the city’s in a critical time right now.”Police kept the demonstrators sequestered in the balcony, and the protest dragged on for eight hours into Thursday morning, when some activists left after being threatened with arrest and the last 16 were escorted out in plastic handcuffs about 4 a.m. Police said those arrested ranged in age from 16 to 38, and included three juveniles.“All we are doing is peacefully demonstrating. We were disrespected by Kevin Davis. He didn’t take us seriously,” said Kevin Wellons, 19, who left the sit-in around 3:30 a.m. with several others.Speaking Thursday on “The Norris and Davis Show” on WJZ-FM, Davis said the arrests were “the last thing we wanted to do.” He says that, “in a perfect world, they probably wouldn’t have stayed that long.”Three of the committee’s five members voted Wednesday to recommend Davis for the permanent post. His appointment must still be confirmed by the City Council at a vote scheduled for Monday.Addressing the committee Wednesday, Davis said he remained committed to training officers to actively engage and interact with community members, and he emphasized his commitment to “respect and fight for the right for Americans to assemble and peacefully protest.”Rawlings-Blake, who recently announced she would not seek re-election, did not attend Wednesday’s hearing. She came under fire from both residents and Maryland’s Republican governor, who complained she disappeared from public view for hours during rioting on the day of Gray’s funeral.She said Thursday she was confused about the purpose of the demonstration.“They requested a meeting and the commissioner made it very clear that he would meet with them — so clear that he gave them his cellphone number so they could arrange it. And instead of using that as an opportunity for communication, they tweeted his phone number to the world. So, I’m not clear on their goals,” Rawlings-Blake said.___Associated Press writer David Dishneau contributed to this story.last_img read more

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