first_imgDabangg girl Sonakshi Sinha who is being paired with forty-plus actors in the films is now being linked with a divorcee, who is bit elder to her.Sonakshi Sinha has been able to maintain her single status in public is reportedly dating a divorcee.As per the buzz, Sonakshi is dating Bunty Sachdeva, sports and celebrity manager, and also brother-in-law of Sohail Khan. Bunty mostly handles Sonakshi’s endorsements, and is learnt to be more than a manager to her.Bunty earlier came in limelight when he dated Sushmita Sen, he has also been in news for dating Neha Dhupia.According to reports, Sonakshi Sinha is quite possessive about her beau and gets angry whenever someone brings up the name of his former wife and ex-flames. Bunty was even present when Sonakshi’s dad Shatrughan Sinha was hospitalised.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia bowling coach Troy Cooley has no plans to carry on the role full-time after this year’s Ashes series and expects to head back to his usual job at the national cricket academy after plotting England’s downfall.Cooley, who helped England win back the urn in the memorable 2005 series, left his post as head bowling coach at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane to join the Australian camp for the recent one-day series against Pakistan and India.Although announced as bowling coach for the Ashes last week, Cooley confirmed he would be in the role for a good time, not a long time.”Ashes, it gets me out of bed in the morning,” the 53-year-old said in Dubai, where Australia completed a 5-0 whitewash of Pakistan on Sunday.”It’s one of the best jobs going around.”You could not pass up an opportunity like this.”But I would probably be more inclined to continue the (NCC) head coaching role.”Also Read | David Saker resigns as Australia’s bowling coach ahead of 2019 ICC World CupCooley replaced David Saker, Australia’s last full-time bowling coach, for the India and Pakistan ODI series, but governing body Cricket Australia have yet to decide on a long-term appointment.As one of the principal architects of England’s droughtbreaking 2-1 series win in 2005, Cooley’s involvement is a boost for an Australian team hoping to claim the urn on English soil for the first time since 2001.He said reverse swing might not have as much of an impact on the series as it had in 2005 because of stadium upgrades.advertisement”It really depends on Mother Nature,” Cooley said.”We’ll exploit that if we get an opportunity to, depending on the conditions.”But a lot of English grounds now have got irrigation and been redone, so you don’t have those real dry outfields like in ’05.”Even with first choice quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood currently injured, Australia are unlikely to be short of quality pacemen.Cooley said Australia’s whole attack would need to be versatile to have success in England when the series gets underway in August.”The fast bowlers and the spinners have got to work as a team and I know ‘JL’ (head coach Justin Langer) is really keen to make sure that pack mentality is tight and they’re covering all bases,” he said.”So if we rock up and get a green seamer or a dry one we’ve got enough skillset and enough coverage to be able to take 20 wickets.”Also Read | Ashes 2019 may see player names and numbers on shirts, a first in Test cricketAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstanceslast_img read more

first_imgTo Kill a Mockingbird, written by American novelist Harper Lee was first published in July, 1960 by the Lippincott company from Philadelphia, and soon became very successful, even picking up a Pulitzer Prize in 1961. The book was loosely based on a child’s view of the world of the 1936 Monroeville, Alabama, where Lee lived as a 10-year-old.Month Club and the Library of Congress Center for the Book carried out a survey in 1991, where they found that as a book, Mockingbird stood only behind the Bible as “most often cited as making a difference”. Some consider it to be the Great American Novel.When the news of Harper Lee publishing her second novel Go Set A Watchman came out, we could only imagine the happiness on the faces of people who have read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee also received the Presidential Medal for Freedom in 2007 for her contribution to literature.She was named Nelle Harper Lee by her parents as a tribute to her grandmother Ellen. However, she omitted the first name in her books as the name Nelle (rhyming with Bell) might have been confused with Nellie. She was one of the most famous novelists of the twentieth century. Harper Lee died on February 19, 2016, aged 89, when she was sleeping at her residence in Monroeville, Alabama, USA.As we remember the legendary writer, here are some quotes from the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird:Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

first_imgIowa Senator Chuck Grassley is using some blunt language to describe the E-P-A’s decision to grant waivers to big oil companies, reducing the amount of ethanol that must be blended into gasoline.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/SCREW1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….that was bad.” :09Grassley says the waivers were intended for small refineries, but are now being granted to the likes of Exxon and ChevronAudio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/SCREW2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….aren’t hardship.” :06Last year the E-P-A granted 38 ethanol waivers to oil companies and this year has granted 31, but Grassley says there’s “no victory” here for farmers.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/SCREW3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….in the past.” :06Grassley says he’s lobbied President Trump and Ivanka Trump on the issue — and Trump heard from farmers when the president visited a western Iowa ethanol plant earlier this summer.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/SCREW4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..pro-famer.” :08But Grassley says officials in Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency are blocking ethanol’s progress.Grassley made his comments during taping of the Iowa Press program that airs Friday on Iowa Public Television.last_img read more

first_imgU17 World Cup U17 World Cup: Luis Norton hails Paulo Grilo’s work with goalkeepers Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 21:46 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paulo Grilo India U17 Anselm Noronha/Goal U17 World Cup India U17 v Colombia U17 India U17 Colombia U17 The Portuguese coach explained as to why his team’s goalkeepers have improved in the last month… Dheeraj Singh’s performances have caught the attention of everyone in the country. The goalkeeper has made a string of saves in the two games of the Under-17 World Cup.Luis Norton de Matos explained the reason as to why his performance has improved by leaps and bounds. “In our Mexico trip, we played Mexico, Chile and Colombia. It’s good to play competitions and sometimes when you lose, you do learn important lessons. We conceded nine goals of which seven were from set-pieces.“It was very important to have a top goalkeeper coach. I brought a top goalkeeper coach for the last month of preparation,” he mentioned. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Norton had requested the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to bring Paulo Grilo on board. The goalkeeper coach was earlier coaching with the Philadelphia Union in the Major League Soccer (MLS). He had also worked with Orlando City’s ‘B’ team in the past.“His work has been incredible. The work he achieved with the three goalkeepers has been exceptional. To control the space of the ball and to be honest, this is not my area of expertise. Today nutrition, recovery, the mental aspect, prevention of injury and more, every area is different and we need professionals for this.“We are lucky to have Paulo. He is a fantastic goalkeeper coach. Of course, the quality of the player is also important but the position-specific training has helped.”last_img read more

first_imgPremier League Can you name all the Premier League Golden Boot winners? Goal 04:04 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Tottenham Burnley Ian MacNicol Premier League Polls & Quizzes Harry Kane is on his way to winning the Golden Boot for the third straight season, but we can’t forget about those who came before the Tottenham star With Harry Kane once again lighting up the Premier League, it made us think about the players of the past who have gone on scoring sprees to win the Golden Boot.The Tottenham star set a new record for Premier League goals in a calendar year with a hat-trick against Southampton on Tuesday.Kane’s first Boxing Day goal was his 37th in the English top flight in 2017, breaking the record set by Alan Shearer in 1995, the year he won the title with Blackburn Rovers. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The race for the 2017-18 Premier League Golden Boot is now truly on, with Kane overtaking Mohamed Salah as we move towards the New Year.Kane was the clear winner of last season’s crown, bagging 29 goals in 30 appearances for Tottenham, and he’s on his way to winning his third straight award.There have been 20 Golden Boot winners since the Premier League was founded in 1992, with three players sharing the honors in both the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons and two in 2010-11. Can you name the winners who came before Kane burst onto the scoring scene during the 2015-16 season?  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Espanyol appoint Rubi as new head coach Guy Atkinson 19:52 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rubi - cropped Getty Images Transfers Espanyol Primera División After guiding Huesca into LaLiga for the first time in their history, Rubi has been appointed Espanyol’s new head coach. Espanyol have appointed Rubi as their new head coach.The 48-year-old joins from Huesca after successfully guiding them into La Liga for the first time in their history.He replaces Quique Sanchez Flores, who was sacked in in April after a run of five games without a win or a goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Reserve team coach David Gallego ensured the season ended with a flourish, guiding them to four wins and a draw in their remaining five matches to secure an 11th-placed finish.  Espanyol marks the 12th job of Rubi’s nomadic managerial career, which has seen him take in spells at Girona, Valladolid, Levante and Sporting Gijon before taking charge of Huesca at the start of the 2017-18 campaign.Despite the range of clubs he has worked at, as well as a playing career which saw him line out as a winger for a number of lower division sides in Spain, Rubi has yet to win any trophies.His best season was his most recent, having helped Huesca secure their first-ever promotion to Spain’s top tier, finishing a point behind Rayo Vallencano at the top of the Segunda Division.Rubi will be officially presented as the new Espanyol head coach on Monday, June 4, where he will give his first interview as boss of the Catalan club.last_img read more

first_imgLeeds: A wobbly middle order has been a cause of concern despite the winning run and India would be desperate for the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni to find some form ahead of the semifinal when they take on Sri Lanka in their last preliminary World Cup clash here Saturday. Already assured of the second spot and a last-four spot, a win against Sri Lanka can take Virat Kohli’s men to the top of the points table provided Australia lose their final game against the already ousted South Africa. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherSo they might have a lot to play for as a pole position and a possible semi-final against a New Zealand team on a downward spiral will be more welcoming than facing a dangerous England which is on an upswing. The middle-order puzzle has remained unsolved and it has increasingly looked that Indian team management has been heavily dependent on Plan A, which is success from their top-order. Vice-captain Rohit Sharma, with 544 runs that include record-equalling four tons, has been the stand-out player and skipper Virat Kohli, with five half-centuries and 400 plus aggregate, has also had a good World Cup but perhaps not exceptional by his standards. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenIn this backdrop, there cannot be a better opposition than Sri Lanka for Dhoni to check his bat swing at the death overs when Lasith Malinga will be firing in at the block-hole or bowl his variation of slower deliveries. Sri Lankan off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva has been pretty economical, going at sub-5 rate in the matches that he has played. If Dhoni gets to play more balls during the middle overs against De Silva and score some runs, it will only boost his confidence. In all the matches so far, Dhoni has managed only 47 runs in 81 balls against the spinners, his widely accepted weakness against the slower bowlers during middle overs coming to the fore. Dimuth Karunaratne may fancy using his left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana knowing Dhoni’s problems against slow left-arm orthodox bowlers. No one more than captain Kohli will like his “guiding light” to succeed as his role will be immense should India remain in the competition for the final next Sunday. But the Sri Lanka game is also one such encounter where Indians can breathe a bit easy and check out some other combinations, including giving the fiery Ravindra Jadeja, some game time ahead of the last four clash. Jadeja is the only player, apart from the the just joined Mayank Agarwal, who hasn’t yet got a game but it is unlikely to happen considering there are too many left-handers in the Lankan line-up. However, this could prompt Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri to bring back Kedar Jadhav in the middle-order for his off-breaks. But that could be a bit unfair on Dinesh Karthik, who didn’t get to face too many balls against Bangladesh in their last game. Kohli till now hasn’t shown any inclination of pushing Dhoni up the order beyond number five. And it could turn out to be an interesting ploy if the former captain bats at number four, while the power hitters like Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya play their natural game down the order. Vijay Shankar’s replacement Mayank is already here but his best friend KL Rahul, with a couple fifties, has ensured his place at the top of the order alongside Rohit, who would would be gunning for a fifth World Cup hundred. Rohit has scored two ODI double hundreds against this attack and it will be imtimidating for the likes of Isuru Udana. They will bank on Malinga’s intelligence gathered from the Mumbai Indians dressing room to break the ‘hitman code’. India’s fast bowlers, led by Jasprit Bumrah (14) and well supported by Mohammed Shami (14 wickets), would have ideally liked some rest before semi-finals. But with the top position on the points charts in line, Kohli may just be tempted to go with at least one of them if not both. Squads: India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav. Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Jeevan Mendis, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kasun Rajitha, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Milinda Siriwardana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Avishka Fernando. Match Starts at 3 pm.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Maharashtra NCP leader Dhananjay Munde on Saturday launched a veiled attack on the ruling BJP, saying it has turned his home district, Beed, into “mini Bihar” and called for dislodging the “wily clique” from power. “Unemployment, female foeticide, malnutrition and increased criminal activities…Our Beed district’s identity has been changed to mini Bihar,” the Leader of the Opposition in the state Legislative Council tweeted. “The wily cabal, which shrouds the burning reality of the society faking development, must be thrown out of power,” said Munde. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Munde, the estranged cousin of BJP minister Pankaja Munde, also shared a video clip alleging that some farmers in Beed have committed suicide and that some girls from the district taking the extreme step due to eve-teasing under the BJP’s watch. He also alleged through the clip that corruption was rampant in Beed and that the state’s home department, headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has been proved “ineffective” in the district.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Using artificial intelligence (AI), researchers have distinguished five types of breast cancer, which were earlier lumped into one. Published in the NPJ Breast Cancer journal, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, applied AI and machine learning (ML) to gene sequences and molecular data from breast tumours, to reveal crucial differences among these cancer types. According to researchers, two of them are more likely to respond to immunotherapy, one was more likely to relapse on tamoxifen. “We are at the cusp of a revolution in healthcare as we get to grips with the possibilities AI and ML can open up,” said study leader author Anguraj Sadanandam from the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Our study has shown that AI can recognise patterns in breast cancer that are beyond the limit of the human eye, and to point us to new avenues of treatment among those who have stopped responding to standard hormone therapies,” Sadanandam said. The majority of breast cancers develop in the inner cells that line the mammary ducts and are “fed” by oestrogen or progesterone. These are classed as ‘luminal A’ tumours and often have the best cure rates. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India However, patients within the group respond differently to standard treatments, like tamoxifen, or new treatments — needed if patients relapse — such as immunotherapy. The researchers applied the AI-trained computer software to a vast array of data available on the genetics, molecular and cellular make-up of primary ‘luminal A’ breast tumours, along with data on patient survival. Once trained, the AI was able to identify five different types of disease with particular patterns of response to treatment. Women with a cancer type labelled ‘inflammatory’ had immune cells present in their tumours and high levels of a protein called PD-L1, suggesting they were likely to respond to immunotherapies. Another group of patients had ‘triple negative’ tumours, which don’t respond to standard hormone treatments but various indicators suggest they might also respond to immunotherapy. Patients with tumours that contained a specific change in chromosome 8 had worse survival than other groups when treated with tamoxifen and tended to relapse much earlier. These patients may benefit from an additional or new treatment to delay or prevent late relapse. The markers identified in the study don’t challenge the overall classification of breast cancer, but find additional differences within the current sub-divisions of the disease, with important implications for treatment.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative party members have begun voting to select their new leader, with mail-in ballots now returning to a depot in Toronto ahead of the official vote count on Saturday.Here are five things to know about the process.1. There are 14 names on the ballot — including Kevin O’Leary, who dropped out too late for his name to be removed. The party doesn’t expect many members to still vote for him, but if they do those votes will still be counted.2) Voting is underway. Members must mail in their ballot by Friday, or can vote in person on Saturday either at the convention location or at one of the polling stations being set up across Canada. The party is opening mailed-in ballots to verify voters also submitted a copy of their ID and a signed declaration form along with their choices. But the votes won’t be actually be counted until Saturday.3) There are 259,010 party members eligible to vote. But while it’s one vote per member, the winner isn’t chosen based on those totals. Instead, each of the 338 federal ridings in Canada are allocated 100 points. How many points each candidate gets is determined by what percentage of the vote they get in a given riding. To win, a candidate will need 16,901 points.4) It’s a ranked ballot. Party members can choose up to 10 people they’d like to see as leader, ranking them from first to last. But even if they only choose one, that ballot will still be counted. The votes are counted electronically, and the machines being used can process about 20 batches of 100 votes per hour.5) Second choices matter. Ranked ballots are counted in rounds. If in the first round no candidate gets the majority, the person with the lowest number of points is removed from the ballot. Those who voted for that person will then have their ballots counted again, with their second choice being counted. The process continues until a winner is selected. The party expects to announce the winners of each round of balloting, until the overall winner is identified.last_img read more

first_imgThe Children’s Defense Fund-California will host its 23rd Annual Beat the Odds Awards on Thursday, honoring Chase Moore, Elizabeth Lopez, Sequoia Canada, Timothy Walker, and Zachary Byrge – five incredible Los Angeles area high school students who “beat the odds.”Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman and Hollywood’s supporters will celebrate these high school “stars” for overcoming tremendous personal obstacles in order to achieve academic excellence.Expected to attend are J.J. Abrams & Katie McGrath, Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Laphonza Butler, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, Liza & Conan O’Brien, Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth, as well as Jordana Brewster, Matt Barnes, Chris Messina and more.Each student honoree will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and support services including: private tutoring, one-on-one college counseling, ongoing mentoring, internship placements, life skills development, SAT prep, and week-long college tours at no cost.Since its inception in 1990, the Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds program has identified and rewarded remarkable high school students who have overcome tremendous obstacles, surpassed their full potential in overall academic excellence, and given back to their community. These impressive scholars have clearly demonstrated the qualities necessary to become future leaders.WHEN: Thursday, December 4, 2014WHERE: The Book Bindery8870 Washington BlvdCulver City, CA 90232The Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is the California office of the Children’s Defense Fund, a national, non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for over 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF-CA champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care and quality education. For more information visit www.cdfca.org.last_img read more

first_imgLast week, TransCanada Corporation submitted a letter to the NEB in response to Mr. Sawyer’s jurisdictional challenge.Today, the City of Fort St. John issued a press release saying that mayor Lori Ackerman, along with the mayors of Burns Lake, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Houston, Kitimat, Mackenzie, New Hazelton, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, Terrace, Tumbler Ridge, and Vanderhoof, had penned a letter to Mr. Sawyer and the West Coast Environmental Law Association.In their letter, the mayors express support for the proposed LNG Canada project and disappointment with the timing of Mr. Sawyer’s jurisdictional challenge.“Both the proposed LNG Canada export facility and Coastal GasLink pipeline have been subject to very extensive and rigorous assessment and review processes that actively sought public comment,” the letter reads. “There has been opportunity to challenge the jurisdiction of these projects for years.”“It is with these sentiments that we find it disappointing that your challenge is being raised at this point in time, when the respective project partners are on the verge of making an investment decision on what could be the single largest private investment in our nation’s history; an investment decision that could deliver an abundance of benefits to so many people in our communities, region, province, and across our entire nation.”The District of Kitimat’s Director of Economic Development Michael Dewar said that not all communities that were invited to participate in the open letter had sufficient time to make a decision on whether or not to participate. He said that the letter will be re-released if additional communities decide to partner in the following weeks. The full letter can be read below. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The mayors of fourteen communities in Northern B.C. released an open letter to the resident of Smithers that launched a jurisdictional challenge against the Coastal GasLink pipeline last month.Michael Sawyer, a former environmental consultant who worked in the oil and gas industry submitted the challenge, arguing that the $4.7-billion TransCanada pipeline should have faced a federal environmental review instead of a provincial one.Mr. Sawyer previously launched a similar challenge against TransCanada’s proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline, but that was rejected by the National Energy Board. However, last year the Federal Court of Appeal ruled against the NEB, saying that it must consider whether the pipeline fell under federal jurisdiction.last_img read more

Rabat – Minister of Energy, Mining, and Sustainable Development Aziz Rabbah has emphasized that Morocco is interested in a joint venture with Germany in the energy sector.“Morocco is a promising destination for German energy investors,” said Rabbah.Rabbah made the remarks in a meeting with German energy officials during the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on Monday. Rabbah informed German officials of Morocco’s ambition to have, in the coming years, an electricity exchange between Africa and Europe.  The minister stated that although Morocco is a “small” country, it contains plenty of opportunities. He supported his declaration by highlighting Morocco’s continuous reforms to establish a business climate conducive to foreign investments.Germany, a world leader in renewable energies, industrialism, and sustainable development, pays particular attention to forging partnerships with Moroccan enterprises to get into African markets, especially to promote efficient energy solutions, Rabbah noted.Read also: Morocco on Track to Generate 42% of its Electricity from Renewable Energies by 2020: CNNRecognizing Germany’s expertise in the sector, Rabbah spoke about Morocco’s potential and its focus on renewable energy.Morocco launched an energy strategy in 2009 to reduce the country’s electricity consumption levels. Morocco’s first center for the development of renewable energies dates back to 1982 and its first wind stations date back to 2002, said Rabbah.Since launching the national energy strategy, Morocco’s reliance on foreign countries for electricity reduced from 98 percent to 92 percent.Khaled Al Hussaini, in charge of Moroccan embassy affairs in Berlin, reviewed cooperation between Germany and Morocco. Al Hussaini stressed that the various reforms Morocco established, its presence in African countries, and its many free trade agreements all make Morocco suitable as a major destination for German investments.He added that the German Siemens group is active in Morocco’s solar energy program through significant investments in wind energy. The group has industrial units in Tangier and production projects on the Atlantic coast in southern Morocco.The aim of the meeting was to enable a dialogue between German businessmen and Moroccan officials on the business climate and investment opportunities in Morocco.Read also: Aziz Rabbah: Morocco Continental Leader in Renewable EnergyNoor project to generate 35% of Morocco’s electricity needsMorocco’s energy bill is estimated at MAD 70 billion ($7.3 billion) annually, of which MAD 14 billion ($1.5 billion) is spent on subsidies for butane gas.Morocco has a long-term strategy to switch to the use of photovoltaic solar panels in for energy instead of using gas.To do so, Morocco has launched the world’s largest solar energy project, the Noor Solar Plan, in the Sahara desert, 10 kilometers from Ouarzazate.Read also: Sener to Complete Morocco’s Noor Ouarzazate III Solar Plant SoonThe Noor project has three phases and four parts: Noor I, Noor II, Noor III, and Noor IV. The three solar stations have cost Morocco MAD 24 billion ($2.5 billion). The projects are set to generate 35 percent of Morocco’s electricity consumption by 2020.The German Development Bank (KfW) has helped finance the project with an estimated MAD 659 million ($68.5 million) loan. Morocco also received a $400 million loan from the World Bank and $216 million from the Clean Technology Fund. read more

Russia is in talks with Sri Lanka on a “hardware” deal, Russia’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alexander Karchava said.He said that Sri Lanka had in the past purchased military helicopters from Russia and both countries are now in talks over a new hardware deal. The Ambassador however refused to divulge more details on the deal as discussions are still ongoing. (Colombo Gazette)

Someone in Hamilton may be holding onto a lottery ticket worth $10,000 and they only have two weeks left to claim it.The Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation (OLG) says the winning LOTTARIO ticket was sold in the city nearly a year ago on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.The winning numbers were 10 – 15 – 23 – 30 – 39 – 42 with bonus number 32. The winning ticket matched five of the six main numbers plus the bonus number.The OLG says the ticket’s owner must contact the Prize Centre at 20 Dundas St. West in Toronto before 6 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2019.For more information on unclaimed tickets, click here to visit the OLG’s website.

Planning has been completed on the new site at Gizosi as well as a previously agreed location at Giharo, both in southeastern Burundi, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.”We are ready to start preparing the camps as soon as the government gives the final green light, which is expected on Monday,” Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.Some refugees remain reluctant to move and are seeking reassurance that they will be safe in the new location, he said. The victims of last week’s massacre – for which Burundi’s ethnic Hutu rebel Forces Nationales de Liberation (FNL), the only group which has not joined the country’s peace process, claimed responsibility – were among 860 Banyamulenge (ethnic Tutsi) at a transit centre in Gatumba, midway on the 30-kilometre route between the Burundi capital of Bujumbura and the DRC border town of Uvira. They represented a fraction of 20,000 Congolese who have fled the DRC’s South Kivu province since disgruntled commanders protesting the alleged mistreatment of the Banyamulenge rebelled in June.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today it was providing food to the wounded and other survivors of the Gatumba camp massacre, and that it was ready to help refugees from the DRC when they are transferred to safer sites.It added that it has been feeding tens of thousands of refugees who fled into Burundi from the DRC – with 1,000 tons of food aid delivered to them since June – but the extra load is hampering its capacity to cover food needs for Burundi from September to January. read more

The signature event of LeBron James’s first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers was probably his 48-point outburst against the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 the 2007 Eastern Conference finals. His performance in that game said everything about the team James carried to the NBA Finals that year. In a game that was 3.1 times as important as the average playoff contest, James used 43 percent of the team’s possessions and scored 29 of its final 30 points en route to victory. He essentially rendered his supporting cast superfluous: Aside from James, the ’07 Cavs still rank among the least-talented teams ever to reach the brink of an NBA title.Upon joining the Miami Heat in 2010, James of course enjoyed a far better set of teammates, including future Hall of Famers Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen (and borderline candidate Chris Bosh). But now James is back with the Cavaliers — and back to carrying a mediocre set of teammates through the playoffs.While we speculated last August that this year’s Cavs might actually represent the best group of players James has ever taken the court with (All-Star Games and the Olympics notwithstanding), that was before Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao were lost for the postseason, and before Kyrie Irving was hobbled with a knee injury. As a result, James’s best teammates of late have been the solid-but-unspectacular trio of Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert — a far cry from Wade, Bosh and Allen.1And truth be told, even when healthy, the Cavs were never as good as expected this season. According to statistical projections, Cleveland’s efficiency differential was in the fourth percentile of what could have been expected of the team before the season began — even after accounting for its many injuries — in part because of the diminishing returns of mashing together multiple stars on the same team.If we look at a multi-year Statistical Plus/Minus talent projection for every NBA Finals team,2Weighted by a combination of leverage index and minutes played in the playoffs through the conference final. this Cavs team ranks as the ninth-least talented NBA finalist since 1985. (By contrast, Cleveland’s opponents, the mighty Golden State Warriors, rank as the 14th-most talented.) Remove James, and things get even more dire; his supporting cast ranks as the third-worst team carried by its best player3As measured by a combination of the player’s multi-year talent rating and his leverage-weighted minutes in the playoffs through the conference final. to the NBA Finals since 1985.For James, though, this year’s supporting cast still eclipses the group he dragged to the Finals in 2007 — if barely so. Replacing James with a league-average player (rated 0.0) would drop this season’s Cavaliers from a +5.4 talent rating to -0.1. Yanking James off the 2007 Cavs would make a +6.2 team play to a rating of -0.2. James’s own rating was marginally better that year, but the 30-year-old has also relied more heavily on his teammates this season, playing 10 percent fewer minutes per game (weighted by the leverage of each game) than when he was an up-and-coming 22-year-old.Either way, these are not the types of teams Lebron took to the Finals as a member of the Heat. Then again, it also bears mentioning that his supporting cast in Miami in last year’s playoffs wasn’t much better. That team was soundly beaten in the Finals by the San Antonio Spurs — as were James’s 2007 Cavs — so there’s a reason the Warriors are favorites in Vegas this year. But it’s also a testament to James that he’s carried the load for two of the bottom three — and three of the bottom eight — Finals supporting casts of the past 30 years. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLusignan prisoners access generator fuel; attempt to raze facility over flooded conditionsJuly 14, 2017In “Crime”Lusignan prison break: 86 ‘real bad’ prisoners will return to Camp Street today – RamjattanJuly 24, 2017In “Crime”Prison fallout: Govt to request over $500M for temporary structures, cleanup – RamjattanJuly 21, 2017In “Crime” Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan says the disclosure that 300 prisoners were released was a mistake, and it should have been that they were in fact “removed” from  the Lusignan “walled area.”Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, at the press conference held on ThursdayIn providing a breakdown, Ramjattan posited that 463 persons have been removed from the total of 1018 prisoners who were relocated to the Lusignan “walled area”  after the Camp Street Prison was set alight by prisoners on Sunday last.The Minister explained today that 83 inmates were transferred to the Mazaruni Prison, 90 to the New Amsterdam Prison, 48 to the Timehri Prison and 151 were placed into the Lusignan Prison itself.Furthermore, he noted that while utilizing his power under the Prison Act, he approved the early release of 57 prisoners, while the Magistrates have granted a total of 34 persons bail.As such, a little over 500 prisoners remain in the “walled” area located in the compound of the Lusignan Prison.Meanwhile, Ramjattan said that the conditions for the 500 prisoners at Lusignan are expected to improve as emergency works are ongoing at the facility.According to the Public Security Minister, during a press briefing held on Thursday, prisoners that are currently in the open area of the Lusignan Prison will have better facilities within the next 24 hours as contractors are doing the emergency works, which are expected to be completed by Friday midnight.He explained that constructions works are ongoing, “We have a tarmac and (will be) putting up sheds with roofs and better washroom facilities so that they can be in better conditions.”However, Minister Ramjattan stated that once the debris is removed from the Camp Street Prison some prisoners will be transferred back to the Camp Street ‘brick prison’, which was the only part of the penitentiary that remained unscathed throughout the disastrous fire.An aerial view of the Camp St. prison following the disastrous Sunday fireHe explained that repairs are being carried out to the brick prison’s roof, the locking system, the kitchen area and the administration centre.“The structure in the new brick prison that is standing there can accommodate another 250 prisoners, so from that 500 plus we will be shifting across to the new prison, the brick prison”, said Ramjattan. read more

first_imgEl Gordo, le plus grand amas de galaxies jamais observé dans l’Univers lointain A l’occasion de la 219e assemblée de la Société Américaine d’Astronomie à Austin, au Texas, des chercheurs ont décrit le plus grand amas de galaxies jamais observé dans l’Univers lointain. Baptisé El Gordo (“le gros” en espagnol), il a été étudié depuis le Chili.Situé à sept milliards d’années-lumière de la Terre, et affichant une masse deux millions de milliards de fois plus importante que notre Soleil, le plus grand amas de galaxies jamais observé dans l’univers lointain a été étudié par des chercheurs, qui l’ont baptisé El Gordo (“le gros” en espagnol).À lire aussiSpaceX : la Tesla envoyée dans l’espace a déjà franchi une étapeLes astronomes qui l’ont observé depuis le Chili, grâce au télescope Atacama Cosmology, ont présenté leurs travaux lors de la 219e séance American Astronomical Society, organisée à Austin au Texas. Ils ont expliqué que cet amas continue de fusionner avec d’autres galaxies pour devenir de plus en plus grand, rapporte la BBC. Grâce à l’étude d’El Gordo, les chercheurs espèrent parvenir à mieux comprendre comment les amas se forment, se développent et entrent en collision avec d’autres.La formation des amas, une fusion de galaxies, dépend de la quantité de matière noire et d’énergie noire se trouvant dans l’Univers. En étudiant ce phénomène, les astronomes pourraient obtenir de précieuses informations sur les composants de l’Univers. “En regardant et en comprenant les propriétés d’El Gordo, nous seront en mesure de comprendre l’évolution temporelle de la formation des structures de l’Univers” soulignele professeur Jack Hughes, de l’université Rutgers dans le New Jersey.Le 11 janvier 2012 à 17:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more