Batshuayi planning Chelsea return

first_imgMichy Batshuayi says he wants to return to Chelsea following his loan spell at Valencia and still has ambitions in the Premier League.The Belgian has been a bit-part player for the Blues since joining in 2016 and was loaned out to Borrussia Dortmund in January last season, with a spell in Germany seeing him net seven times in nine league games. Since linking up with Valencia over the summer, Batshuayi has made just three starts and scored only one goal as his new team have struggled in La Liga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Los Che have picked up a solitary win and sit 14th in the league table, while they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Juventus in their Champions League opener.When asked whether he would like to make a permanent move to the Mestalla after his loan spell ends, Batshuayi told the Times: “No. I’ve so much respect for Chelsea and I love them.“This loan is important for my development, to show how good I am so that I can go back to Chelsea a better player.”“Everyone knows there’s real emphasis on technique in La Liga and I’m a technical player; in that sense it’s a good fit.”But all leagues are a good fit for me – I can play anywhere. Germany and England were good fits too.”Asked whether he has been in contact with his parent club since moving to Valencia, the striker said: “I haven’t spoken to them, not at all.“That’s something for my agent and Chelsea to take care of, but I’ve not spoken to the club or [Maurizio] Sarri.”Batshuayi also opened up on the difficulties he faced when he arrived at Stamford Bridge from Marseille as a 22-year-old.“Initially it was difficult for me,” he said. “I was a young guy arriving at such a huge club, a changing room filled with stars.”Fortunately I had Eden [Hazard] and [Thibaut] Courtois who took me under their wing and explained how things were done.”Batshuayi will be looking to impress when Valencia take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.last_img read more

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David Warner arrives in Sydney but refuses to speak on ball-tampering scandal

first_imgSacked Australia vice-captain David Warner on Thursday avoided questions on the ball-tampering scandal upon his arrival at Sydney airport but promised that he will speak on the issue in a couple of days time.Warner, who was sent back home by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test last weekend, landed in Sydney with his wife and two daughters but avoided the media due to the presence of his family members.”As you can understand, it has been a tough, emotional time for my wife and kids,” he said, when asked if he knew head coach Darren Lehmann had just resigned in South Africa.Steve Smith’s tearful apology for ball-tampering: It hurts and I am deeply sorry”At the present time, you’ll hear from me in a couple of days.”At the moment, my priority is to get these kids in bed, and rest up and get my mind a bit clear so I can think, and talk in a couple of days. Thanks guys.”Earlier in the day, Warner took to social media to apologise for his “mistakes” and took “responsibility for it.”Warner further said the ball-tampering incident was “a stain on the game we all love” and informed that people “will hear” from him in a few days.”To cricket fans in Australia and all over the world: I am currently on my way back to Sydney. Mistakes have been made which has damaged cricket. I apologise on my part and take responsibility for it.advertisement”I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans. It’s a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy. I need to take deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers. You will hear from me in a few days,” Warner wrote on Instagram.Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson devastated after Steve Smith breaks downSteve Smith, who was also sent packing with Warner and Cameron Bancroft, broke down during a press conference at the Sydney airport upon his return from South Africa.WATCHSmith took full responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal and said he was deeply sorry for the episode that rocked Australian cricket.”I am sorry. What happened in Cape Town has already been laid down by Cricket Australia. I made a serious error of judgment and I take full responsibility.”It hurts … I’m deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket. I love entertaining young kids … I just want to say sorry for the pain I’ve brought to Australia, to the fans and the public.Ball-tampering row: Steve Smith consoled by father as he breaks down during press conference”If any good can come from this, it can be a lesson to others. I know I will regret this for the rest of my life. I am sorry,” said Smith as he tried to control the tears.”I want to say that I’m very sorry … I’m very disappointed and I regret my actions… It is something I will regret for the rest of my life.”Smith and David Warner were banned for a year by Cricket Australia. Following CA’s decision, BCCI barred the duo from playing in the Indian Premier League this year.Ball-tampering scandal: I panicked, I lied and I am devastated, says Cameron BancroftCameron Bancroft, who was caught by TV cameras trying to tamper the ball, was banned for nine months. Smith has also been banned from leading Australia for a futher 12 months after his return to international cricket. Warner will never be allowed to lead Australia again.last_img read more

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Have kept an empty space in cabinet for Olympic gold: PV Sindhu

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 13:28 IST PV Sindhu in action during a match (FIle Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSSindhu clinched the historic World Championship gold at Basel after beating Japan’s Nozomi OkuharaI can say I gave the answer with my racquet, said SindhuSindhu says the path to the Tokyo Olympic gold will be a tough oneThe World Championship gold has healed the wounds of all past final debacles except the Rio Olympics, says Indian badminton ace P V Sindhu, who has kept an empty space in her trophy cabinet for the top prize, which she hopes to claim in Tokyo next year.An Olympic silver-medallist, Sindhu clinched the historic World Championship gold at Basel after beating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in her third successive final.Before that historic day, the 24-year-old Indian faced incessant for losing lost in the finals of major events such as the Rio Games, World Championships (2017, 2018), 2017 Dubai Super Series Finals, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Jakarta Asian Games.”It (World Championships gold) takes care of all those losses. People have been talking about my final phobia, how I take pressure in the finals and I can say I gave the answer with my racquet,” Sindhu, who has been recommended for Padma Bhushan, told PTI in an interview.”But Olympics is a completely different feeling. Rio (Games) and World Championship gave me different memories, but, yeah, one gold medal is missing, so definitely I will work hard for that and would love to see myself win that Olympic gold at Tokyo.”There is a vacant space (laughs) in my cabinet for that gold. The Olympic qualification is on and this win will give me the confidence to go further.”Sindhu, however, says the path to the Tokyo Olympic gold will be a tough one as now her opponents will look to exploit her weaknesses and she will need to add something new to her game to achieve success.advertisement”(Rio) 2016 was my first Olympics and nobody knew me much. I was just one of the players but after Rio, everything changed and now after the world championship, everybody will try and learn new things. I should also learn new things in each tournament, because people will have some kind of strategy for me,” she said.”I have been working with Kim. She had some changes for me and it helped me. But now I have to learn few new things. I need to work on net-play.”Ranked fifth in the World currently, Sindhu has virtually sealed her Olympic qualification.A higher ranking will help her avoid meeting top players when the draw is made at the Tokyo Games but Sindhu said she is unfazed about standings.”Ranking matters because the draw depends on it but I don’t really think about it because if I can play well, it will come up. At the end of the day, you will have to beat these top players again to achieve the gold,” she said.Asked if achieving the world No.1 ranking is on her mind, the former world No.2 said: “Yeah.. but I am not very particular about ranking and for now it is Olympics, it is ultimate goal, so after that it will be step by step.”Next for me is China, so focusing on that,” said the Hyderabadi, who is taking part in the China Open (September 17) and Korea Open (September 24) in the next two weeks.While Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have put Indian badminton on top, there is a dearth of quality women’s singles players in the country beyond them.On whether she is concerned about lack of women’s singles players, Sindhu said: “Well, after me and Saina, there is a little bit of gap. There are some junior players but it will take time. It is not going to be easy.”A lot of players from other countries are doing well at the junior level whether it is Korea, Thailand or China. So I think it will take a few years till we have some players coming up.”But they need to work hard. They have to be smart and be strong themselves about what they want,” she signed off.Also Read | I’ll be marked now, need to find new strategy every time: SindhuAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Tokyo Olympics 2020 Have kept an empty space in cabinet for Olympic gold: PV SindhuPV Sindhu, who recently clinched the historic World Championship gold at Basel, said there is a vacant space in my cabinet for Olympic gold.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Funding to Improve Services for Survivors of Sexual Violence

first_imgMore victims of sexual violence throughout the province will benefit from improved services through funding for community-based projects. Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard today, Feb. 10, announced the community groups that will receive funding announced in May as part of the work of the Action Team on Sexual Violence and Bullying. In August, community organizations were invited to submit expressions of interest for projects to improve services for survivors of sexual violence. The funding will allow communities to improve supports for victims, which will also guide the prevention and education sections of the province’s first sexual violence strategy. “Government is committed to helping victims of sexual violence and building the capacity of communities to provide support and services to victims,” said Ms. Bernard. “Effectively addressing sexual violence requires a long-term commitment by all of us, government, community and citizens. Enhancing local communities’ ability to respond to victims is an initial, and important, step for us to address the broader issue together.” The projects will allow communities to explore innovative ways to better meet the needs of sexual violence victims while increasing collaboration among people and organizations. Funding will be provided to the Every Women’s Centre in Sydney, the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre in Truro, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Society in Halifax, Second Story Women’s Centre in Lunenburg, The Red Door in Kentville and the Tri-County Women’s Centre in Yarmouth. “Second Story Women’s Centre applauds the government’s decision to fund community-based women’s centres and to develop a provincial strategy to address the sexual violence which continues to ravage girls and women, boys and men in communities here in Lunenburg and Queens counties and across Nova Scotia,” said Jeanne Fay, executive director of Second Story. “With this funding, we can work toward a woman-centred, collaborative model of sexual-assault service delivery, where anyone who reports sexual violence will be cared for and supported from the beginning of the process to its conclusion. This will be a huge improvement and hopefully encourage more women to come forward and seek help.” Each recipient will receive $55,000 a year over two years, and will work collaboratively to improve service delivery, responses and co-ordinate services. Examples are creating sexual response teams, identifying training needs and developing response procedures. Recipients will also work with the sexual violence strategy co-chairs to develop evaluation tools to measure service delivery results. The projects, and insight from across the province, will help develop the province’s first sexual violence strategy. “These projects are an example of the good work communities do to address sexual violence,” said Ms. Bernard. “As we move forward with Nova Scotia’s sexual violence strategy, the exploring opportunities to partner with communities will be a priority. We will incorporate their wisdom, realities and innovation.”last_img read more

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Expansion at Dartmouth General Hospital Moving Forward

first_imgGovernment awarded the contract today, Oct. 5, for construction management services for the Dartmouth General Hospital expansion and renovation project to PCL Constructors Canada Inc. The planned expansion and renovations are part of the QEII redevelopment project and include construction of space for 48 beds on the fifth floor, eight operating rooms to replace four existing operating rooms and adding four more, and extensive upgrades to outpatient and diagnostic imaging areas. This is in addition to work already underway on the third and fourth floors. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017. “The Dartmouth General Hospital expansion project is a key part of modernizing our provincial health system and better connecting Nova Scotians with the care they need,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. “We have asked the project partners to keep us informed and updated on each major element of the QEII redevelopment project. These checks and balances are part of our accountability to Nova Scotians to ensure the overall project and project costs are managed closely.” The cost estimate for the entire Dartmouth General Hospital project remains between $132 million and $138 million, announced earlier this spring. “This is an exciting step forward as we work to expand services at the Dartmouth General Hospital,” said Dr. Todd Howlett, site leader at Dartmouth General Hospital and acting medical executive director for Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Central Zone. “When completed, Dartmouth General will play a more significant role in providing care to the community of the greater Halifax area. “We are excited to be part of the transformation of health care within our province.” Once complete, some patients and surgeries that do not require the specialized care provided by the QEII Health Sciences Centre will be moved to Dartmouth. Some others will be provided through outpatient services. Updates on the QEII redevelopment project can be found at: http://QE2redevelopment.ca.last_img read more

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Honda profit slips on airbag woes despite sales growth

first_imgTOKYO – Honda Motor Co.’s fiscal second quarter profit slipped compared to a year ago as costs related to a massive air-bag recall erased the perks of strong sales, the Japanese automaker said Wednesday.Honda reported its July-September profit totalled 174 billion yen ($1.5 billion), down 1.7 per cent from 177 billion yen a year earlier.Quarterly sales jumped nearly 16 per cent on-year to 3.78 trillion yen ($33 billion), according to the Tokyo-based maker of the Accord compact, Odyssey minivan and Asimo robot.In September, Honda and some people suing the automaker over faulty Takata Corp. air-bag inflators agreed to a $605 million settlement in the U.S.Honda was among Takata’s biggest customers. The defective inflators are linked to 19 deaths and dozens of injuries. Some 100 million air-bag inflators were recalled worldwide.Honda raised its full year forecast through March 2018, to 585 billion yen ($5.1 billion) from 545 billion yen ($4.8 billion) projected earlier, but that’s still 5 per cent lower than what it earned the previous fiscal year.For the latest quarter, a favourable currency rate helped Honda’s bottom line. A weak yen is a plus for giant Japanese exporters like Honda, whose overseas earnings rise in value when converted into yen.The biggest sales growth for Honda is recently being marked in China, where demand is strong for the Civic compact, as well as the UR-V and Avancier sport-utility vehicles.Honda is also banking on electric car sales growth in China, where the government is pushing EVs as a major policy, the company said.Honda’s sales did well in Japan as well, where its N-Box series, a tiny car that looks like a box, was a hit.Its motorcycle sales rose 15 per cent during the quarter compared to the previous year on healthy demand in India, Indonesia and Vietnam, the company said.Honda recently marked a milestone with its Super Cub motorcycle, reaching 100 million units of global production. Super Cub production began in 1958, and the small scooter-like motorcycle is now produced in 15 countries and sold in more than 160 countries.Although the U.S. auto market lagged in recent months, Honda marked solid sales of its new Accord sedan, Civic Hatchback and Acura RDX luxury crossover, doing better than the overall market trend, it said.___Yuri Kageyama can be reached at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyamalast_img read more

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Pending issues between Sudan and South Sudan having negative security effects –

“Lack of progress in resolving the outstanding security, economic and political issues between the two countries continued to directly impact stability and security inside the country, at the expense of efforts and investments towards peacebuilding and state-building activities and the delivery of essential service delivery to its citizens,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council. South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July last year, six years after the signing of the peace agreement that ended decades of warfare between the north and the south. However, the peace between the two countries has been threatened recently by clashes along their common border and outstanding post-independence issues that have yet to be resolved.Mr. Ladsous, who presented the Secretary-General’s latest report on South Sudan, stressed that tensions between the two States have subsided since they signed the 27 September Cooperation Agreements, which created a roadmap to facilitate post-secession relations. However, the slow implementation of these pacts could adversely impact economic and social stability in South Sudan, particularly if the export of oil is delayed.“Given the dependency of South Sudan on oil revenues, further delay in generating them would not only continue to negatively affect all Government development programmes but could also lead to tensions within its different components, including security services,” he said.While the country has remained stable for the past four months, the situation in the state of Jonglei is still challenging, Mr. Ladsous told the 15-member body. In December last year, inter-communal violence in the state between the Lou Nuer and Murle groups led to nearly 900 deaths, incidents of abductions of women and children, the destruction of homes and the displacement of thousands of civilians. Violence resurged this August, as a renegade group of armed youth killed 24 members of the South Sudanese army and displaced more civilians.Mr. Ladsous said progress towards inter-communal reconciliation has been slow, and urged a comprehensive and inclusive political process led by the Government to address the core grievance of constituencies.He added that the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reinforced its presence in the state and remains in constant touch with the Government to counter violent activities and prevent abuses against civilians.Efforts to support capacity-building for South Sudan police forces are also critical, Mr. Ladsous said. “However, progress in this area requires key complementary legal and administrative reforms and significant resources which have been lacking so far,” he said, adding that the country will require sustained attention and investment to successfully build its infrastructure and resources in this regard. read more

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Ilija Brozovic to replace Toft Hansen in HSV

← Previous Story Hansen and Gensheimer flying to Kiel with Turkish Airlines? Next Story → Every Team Wins with the Charity Programme of MVM EHF FINAL4 HSV HandballIlija BrozoicIlija Brozovic Surprised or not, but HSV Handball have found the replacement for line-player Henrik Toft Hansen who goes to SG Flensburg, right after departure was announced. The new member of Hamburg handball family is Croatian line-player Ilija Brozovic. The 24 years old member of Croatian NT and PPD Zagreb signed two years contract with the Germans.

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MSI unveils worlds thinnest and lightest 17inch gaming laptop

first_imgGaming laptops are a always stuck with a bit of a problem. On the one hand you want as much performance packed into the case as possible, but on the other you don’t want it to weigh a ton and be so thick it won’t fit in most laptop bags.MSI believes it can offer the best of both worlds, by launching what it claims is the world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop.The MSI GS70 weighs just 5.73lbs and measures 16.47 x 11.29 x 0.85-inches. Yet inside you’ll find a Core i7-4700HQ processor running at between 2.4 and 3.4GHz. That’s combined with 16GB DDR3 RAM, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics card with 2GB GDDR5, and a 1920 x 1080 17-inch Anti-Reflective display.The specification is pretty much set in stone, but there are two models of the GS70. The only difference between them is the storage they ship with. The 002US model includes two 128GB mSATA SSDs in RAID configuration alongside a 1TB hard drive and costs $1,999.99. The 001US model on the other hand only includes a single 128GB mSATA SSD coupled with a 750GB hard drive for $1,799.99.The components are housed in an aluminum chassis complete with a 2.1 speaker system that is capable of 5.1 surround using a built-in sub-woofer and Sound Blaster Cinema. What’s most impressive is how this laptop handles video output, though. As well as the 1080p display it comes with, you can hook up to three external displays via HDMI or choose to output at 4K resolution if you have the TV to handle it.Finally, the GS70 has a novel cooling system. It incorporates two fans, one of which pulls heat away from the top of the laptop, where your hands will sit, and another that blasts the heat away at a 45 degree angle. Not only does this keep the components inside cool, it should also stop you getting sweaty palms and fingers during a long gaming session. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY MSI GS70MSI GS70MSI GS70MSI GS70MSI GS70MSI GS70MSI GS70MSI GS70MSI GS70MSI GS70last_img read more

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ODCE is investigating a second official complaint regarding FAIs finances

first_imgODCE is investigating a second official complaint regarding FAI’s finances The FAI is due before an Oireachtas Committee on Wednesday. Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie Monday 8 Apr 2019, 9:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/4573457 Apr 8th 2019, 9:01 PM A SECOND COMPLAINT regarding alleged discrepancies in the FAI’s finances has been made to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE), TheJournal.ie has learned. The first complaint was made two weeks ago after former CEO John Delaney said he issued his employers a personal cheque worth €100,000 in April 2017 which he described as  “a once-off bridging loan to the Association to aid a very short-term cash flow issue”. That complaint was filed by Fine Gael TD Noel Rock. In a letter to Sport Ireland on 20 March, the FAI said it had written to the ODCE to notify it about the short-term €100,000 loan that was omitted from its 2017 accounts. The new complaint which was made in the last two weeks was made in relation to another matter regarding the FAI’s finances, it is understood.Sport Ireland appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport last week.The body is the statutory agency that provides Exchequer funding to sporting organisations across the country, including the FAI. Last year, it gave the FAI almost €3 million. It said it was not informed at any point about any problems with the FAI’s financial position.Delaney said that the money was repaid in full in June 2017, and that it was the only occasion on which he issued the association with a loan.  Sport Ireland said that the FAI did not give it a full explanation about all circumstances surrounding this loan. Addressing this aspect this afternoon, the FAI’s president Donal Conway said in a statement: “The Association has advised Sport Ireland that we are moving as fast as we can, being mindful of the complexity involved and the need to ensure that all statements we make are accurate and processes are fair and robust. “We also advised that some recent comments made by the FAI did not accurately reflect the Board’s level of awareness of the existence of the €100,000 issue in 2017. This matter is being considered by the Board sub-committee.” Related Read John Delaney’s €100k loan to the FAI is one of the matters under investigation. Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie 39 Comments The FAI has also been in correspondence with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and said it “remains available to assist in dealing with its particular inquiries”.The ODCE was contacted for comment but said it could not comment on individual cases.The FAI was contacted for comment on this matter.In the latest episode of our weekly podcast, The Explainer, we look at the reasons why the FAI’s John Delaney has been the focus of media attention of late. Find more ways to listen here. By Garreth MacNamee Short URL Share7 Tweet Email 08.04.19 John Delaney will appear before Oireachtas Committee – FAI 31,176 Views Source: The Explainer/SoundCloud John Delaney’s €100k loan to the FAI is one of the matters under investigation. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Japanese WWII Battleship Sunk By US Found Off Solomon Islands

first_imgStay on target In 2015, the survey team also found another Imperial Japanese Navy battleship, the Musashi, on the seabed of the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines.According to Todaka, this latest discovery offers “an opportunity to reconsider the misery of the war.”The Imperial Japanese Navy ship Hiei was sunk by U.S. forces on Nov. 14, 1942.More on Geek.com:Florida Man Fishes Out WWII Grenade, Drives It to Taco BellRuins of WWII Village Unearthed Due to Low Water LevelsCentury-Old Shipwreck Discovered on New Jersey Beach Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists center_img The wreckage of the first Japanese battleship to be sunk by U.S. forces during World War II has been discovered off the Solomon Islands by a research organization set up by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen.The discovery of the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Hiei, which was found upside-down on the seabed northwest of Savo Island, was made on Jan. 31 by the Research Vessel (RV) Petrel.A set of the 127mm (5″) guns in the wreckage of the Japanese battleship Hiei, found off the Solomon Islands. (Photo Credit: RV Petrel)The 492-foot-long rear section of the Hiei was found at a depth of 3,231 feet (985 meters), and the ship’s bow section, some 229 feet long, has so far not been found.Hiei, which was part of the strike force that attacked Pearl Harbor, was sunk during WWII on November 14, 1942. It was was crippled by a shell from the USS San Francisco on Nov. 13, 1942, which disabled the steering gear. For the next 24 hours it was attacked by multiple sorties of torpedo, dive, and B-17 bombers. It sank sometime in the evening with a loss of 188 of her crew, according to the Japan Times.A porthole on the hull of the wreckage of the Japanese WWII battleship Hiei. (Photo Credit: RV Petrel)Eerie images posted to the RV Petrel Facebook page show Hiei’s five-inch guns and intact glass portholes in the ship’s barnacle-encrusted hull.“It is highly likely that an ammunition room on the battleship’s bow side exploded for some reason,” Kazushige Todaka, director of the Kure Maritime Museum in Hiroshima Prefecture, told the Japan Times after viewing the footage and images of the wreckage.This may have been the base for one of the masts on Hiei. (Photo Credit: RV Petrel)RV Petrel also posted sonar images of the battleship and her debris field on the seafloor.Equipped with two onboard robots — an AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) and a ROV (remotely operated vehicle) — the RV Petrel is able to search more than three miles below the sea. It has been used to discover other historic military wrecks, such as the wrecks of the USS Helena, USS Lexington, and the USS Juneau.last_img read more

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Man Paddles 2900 Miles Across Pacific to Help Curb Ocean Pollution

first_imgDe la Rosa, who runs a Spain-based adventure tourism company, said the paddleboat weighed over 1,500 pounds and didn’t come with a motor, so he had to use his arms and legs during the trip. His journey, which was documented over Facebook Live, required him to paddle for eight to ten hours a day.De la Rosa said the hardest part of the trip was traveling through coastal waters.“The current and winds are hard and it’s so difficult to get out of the coast,” De la Rosa told KHON-TV. “I had 10 days with problems very close the coast.”Along the way, De la Rosa noticed a lot of garbage next to his paddleboard, including plastic fishing nets, which may have been part of the Great Pacific garbage patch, a large area of the ocean where fishing gear, litter, microplastics, and marine debris form a “whirlpool” from ocean pollution, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).De la Rosa took the trip to educate others on the consequences of ocean pollution. His paddleboard reads “SAVE the OCEAN. No plastics, NO nets, RECYCLE.” He hopes that his solo journey will inspire others to pursue more sustainable practices and work together to curb ocean pollution, which negatively impacts marine life, the San Fransisco Chronicle noted.De la Rosa, who claims he’s the first person to stand-up paddle board across the Pacific Ocean, has previously participated in extreme ocean trips, including crossing the Atlantic by himself in a rowboat in 2014 and paddling through the Arctic Circle three years ago.More on Geek.com:Baby Dugong That Became Internet Star Dies After Ingesting PlasticHumans Consume More Than 70,000 Plastic Particles a YearScientist Creates Bioplastic From Mango Peels and Seaweed A man recently paddled more than 2,900 miles from California to Hawaii to raise awareness about ocean pollution and encourage people to recycle.Antonio de la Rosa completed the 2,951-mile solo trip from San Francisco to Honolulu in 76 days on a stand-up paddleboard, which was equipped with a water desalinator, food, a sleeping area, and solar panels to help power his communications equipment and GPS, Newsweek reported. Marriott Swaps Tiny Toiletries For More Sustainable OptionsScientist Creates Bioplastic from Mango Peels and Seaweed center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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1000 new hotel rooms per year a sustainable target for Macau

first_img Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch The head of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, says Macau should aim to add around 1,000 new hotel rooms each year in order to encourage more overnight visitation.The conservative estimate was offered during an interview with Inside Asian Gaming on Wednesday in which she highlighted the need to increase supply given Macau’s limited hotel offerings and extremely high occupancy rates. Macau currently boasts only around 40,000 hotel rooms – a long way from the 175,000 on offer in Las Vegas – while the average annual occupancy rate sits at 83% across the whole market with higher end properties close to full capacity throughout the year. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More RelatedPosts While those figures suggest the need for greater capacity is urgent, Senna Fernandes said it is important to take a measured approach to the problem.“You can’t build 10,000 rooms overnight,” she said. “I would say adding 1,000 to 2,000 new rooms every year would be a sustainable level of development because you also need to give people an opportunity to sell the rooms and use up that additional capacity. A rate of increase of 1,000 rooms per year would be a good number to increase supply but allow us to effectively market that capacity.”However, the MGTO boss noted that the addition of more hotel rooms remained a vital component in the government’s goal of increasing the length of stay of visitors. According to statistics released last month by the Statistics and Census Service, the average length of stay for visitors to Macau increased to 1.4 days in 3Q18, up from 1.3 days.“The number of rooms does impact the possibility of people staying longer in Macau – the more rooms the higher the possibility there is for people to be enticed to stay longer,” Senna Fernandes said. “Obviously there is a need to continue to have more hotel rooms.“Having such a high occupancy rate at this point in time, only about 53% of our visitors actually stay overnight so in order to increase the ratio of overnight visitors we definitely need to have more rooms.”last_img read more

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AK The unique international agreement behind the Log Cabin Ski Trails

first_imgAric Baldwin and Stephanie Ryan hit the trail at Log Cabin. (Photo by Claire Stremple, KHNS – Haines)The 33rd annual Buckwheat International Ski Classic is this month. You may know the Log Cabin Ski trails where the event is held, but did you know those trails are maintained as part of an international partnership? Skagway’s Log Cabin Ski Society and the BC Ministry of Forests work together to maintain a ski site that’s remote for Canadians, but local to Alaskans. Aric Baldwin and his wife Stephanie Ryan are clipping into their cross country skis at the Log Cabin Ski Trails. They’re only a twenty-minute drive from Skagway, but you need a passport to get here.“We are actually currently in British Columbia, in BC and we are ten minutes over the border,” Ryan laughed. “We’re deep into Canada.”“I’m starting to get a Canadian accent!” Baldwin joked.Baldwin and Ryan are part of the crew that maintains the trails. They were just up here working yesterday, so the trails are freshly set. A perfect path winds through the trees in turns and loops for 25 kilometers. That’s about 15 miles. The path looks like someone ran a huge comb through the snow, which is basically what they did, using snow machines.“We have to go over with snow machines, let it set up a bit, and and come back over with the grooming equipment,” Baldwin explained. “And do a bunch of shoveling and trimming of trees. So, over the course of the winter the trail will get put in and get better and better.”The trails may be on Canadian soil, but they’re much closer to Skagway than any Canadian city. The Log Cabin Ski Society has been maintaining the trails officially and unofficially for decades.Tim Bourcey is the president of the Log Cabin Ski Society. He’s been with the Log Cabin Ski Society since the beginning, and was part of the group that blazed the trails originally. In 2011, Bourcey got a call from the District Recreation Officer for the Ministry of Forests in British Columbia.“He calls me on the phone and he goes, ‘I’m looking at this map of ski trails. Do these actually exist?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah!’ And he goes, ‘Oh, okay. Well, we need to formalize some kind of agreement here,’” Bourcey said.Carl Johansen was that district recreation officer. “I was sort of a late arrival on the scene,” he said.The land in his purview included everything in northwestern BC to the Yukon boundary. Johansen retired a few years ago.“A file ended up on my desk for the log cabin ski trails,” he said. “And it was quite an old one and it didn’t have much paperwork in it, so I decided to investigate a bit.”Johansen says he’s glad he did. It was a case of the government catching up with paperwork. The Log Cabin Ski Society had to become a legal non-profit before the Ministry of Forests could help them out. It took about a year to legally establish the trails.“It’s pretty much a unique partnership agreement,” Johansen said. “We know there are no other groups in Alaska doing something like this.”Johansen says as far as he knows, it’s the only case of a group from the United States managing a Canadian recreation area.The BC Ministry of Forests funds some parts of the Log Cabin project, like trail markers, brochures, and pit toilets. And because of the formal agreement, the trails are legally protected. If someone wants to develop that land, say for logging, they can’t touch the trails because they’re officially part of the BC trail system.Johansen says it works out well for everyone — his management office in Terrace is a long way from the trails.“The dynamic of it it’s 1,400 km from Terrace, so it’s not a place you’re going to be able to manage on a day to day basis,” Johansen said. “A lot is left for the club to shoulder, so my hat’s off to ’em. They do 99 percent of the work. We do the one percent.”It may be a heavy lift, but it’s a recreation area that anyone with cross country skis can enjoy. But if you’re coming from Alaska, don’t forget your passport.The log Cabin Ski Society’s 33rd annual Buckwheat Ski Classic is on March 23rd. Registration is open now. There will be a Ski Club Lesson at Log Cabin on March 3rd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.last_img read more

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Asus 6Z users must drop everything for this update Heres why

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:14Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:13?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Asus 6Z, also known as Asus Zenfone 6Z and Zenfone 6 ZS630KL in other markets, is one of the few smartphones worthy of praise in its price range. Through software updates, companies improve features critical to enhancing the user experience and Asus 6Z users are getting their second software update since the launch and it is worthwhile.Asus is rolling out the latest update with the build number 16.1220.1906.167, which improves the camera, call quality and battery life of the smartphone. The Taiwanese smartphone brand shared the complete changelog of the latest update, which users must know before installing the new update.Asus 6Z (Review) users will see a whole lot of changes in the camera department. For instance, the camera rotation stability is improved, which will allow for smoother camera mechanism during different scenarios such as Panorama shots. The update also improves EIS in videos for smoother recording. If you have an eye for low light shots, the update also enhances Super Night Mode on the 6Z to capture dark images with higher details and lesser noise. Asus 6ZIBTimes India/Sami KhanAdding to the camera enhancements, Asus added a “Retract Camera” button in the quick settings to easily access the camera in case the flip module hasn’t retracted the way it is supposed to.Besides the focus on the camera, the latest FOTA update improves the call quality and extends battery life by optimising the power consumption. There’s also a Mobile Manager and Clean-up system apps in the launcher as shortcuts for those who frequently use these integrated exclusive features. Asus 6ZIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus 6Z users in India are being treated with system language translation. Finally, the overall system and app stability should be improved with the update.It’s worth pointing out that the FOTA update is being rolled out in phases, so it may take some time before all the phones receive the update depending on their serial numbers. Stay tuned for updates.center_img ROG Phone II is an ultimate flagship with added benefit of optimum gaming experiencelast_img read more

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Gov Greg Abbott Signs 116 Billion School Finance Measure Into Law

first_imgOffice of the GovernorGov. Greg Abbott, center, holds up House Bill 3, the school finance bill, after signing it into law at an Austin elementary school on June 11, 2019.Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law one of lawmakers’ biggest achievements this year, a massive overhaul of Texas’ long-beleaguered school finance system.Abbott put his signature on House Bill 3 during a triumphant ceremony Tuesday at Parmer Lane Elementary School in Austin. The governor was flanked by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and several lawmakers involved in the effort.“You could not overstate the magnitude of the law that I’m about to sign because this is a monumental moment in public education history in the state of Texas,” Abbott said. “We did something that was considered to be highly improbable, and that is to be able to transform public education in the state of Texas without a court order forcing us to do so.“This one law does more to advance education in the state of Texas than any law that I have seen in my adult lifetime in the state of Texas,” Abbott added.The bill’s signing represented a capstone to state leaders’ laser-like focus on reforming school finance and property taxes since the beginning of the 2019 legislative session session. Abbott is set to sign the priority property tax legislation, Senate Bill 2, during a ceremony Wednesday at a burger joint in Austin that says it is struggling to keep up with rising property taxes.The $11.6 billion school finance measure includes about $6.5 billion in new public education spending, plus about $5.1 billion devoted to lowering Texans’ property tax bills.The spending will increase per-student base funding by about 20%. It includes money to give teachers raises, fund free full-day pre-K for eligible 4-year-olds and reduce the amount of money wealthy districts must spend to subsidize poor districts through the state’s recapture program known as “Robin Hood.”It also, controversially, includes money for districts that want to start merit pay programs, giving bonuses of between $3,000 and $12,000 to their higher-rated teachers. And it provides money for high-needs and rural school districts that need help to incentivize teachers to work there.Lawmakers have estimated that the bill will lower tax rates by an average of 8 cents per $100 valuation in 2020 and 13 cents in 2021. That would mean a tax cut of $200 for the owner of a $250,000 home in 2020 and $325 in 2021.At the bill-signing ceremony, state leaders hailed the unity that they say allowed them to finally get school finance reform across the finish line.“I love showing Texans that when your governor, your lieutenant governor and your speaker say, ‘We’re going to be a team,’ we do great things,” said Bonnen, who just completed his first session behind the gavel.Democrats countered that it was their gains in November, including 12 seats in the House and two in the Senate, that made House Bill 3 possible.“If Democrats continue to win elections, bills like HB 3 will become the norm, not the exception,” state party spokesman Abhi Rahman said in a statement.Matthew Watkins contributed reporting.This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sharelast_img read more

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Galaxy NGC 1132 has a disturbed hot halo study finds

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Galaxy NGC 1132 has a disturbed hot halo, study finds (2017, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-galaxy-ngc-disturbed-hot-halo.html Gargantuan galaxy NGC 1132 — a cosmic fossil? Explore further (Phys.org)—A new study recently published on arXiv.org reveals that the fossil group galaxy NGC 1132 (also known as UGC 2359) has a disturbed and asymmetrical hot halo. The findings provide new insights into the formation and evolution of this galaxy and could improve our understanding of fossil groups in the universe. © 2017 Phys.org Temperature maps obtained with two methods: (Left) 2-dimentional adaptive binning by contour binning (Sanders 2006). (Right) Hybrid binning (O’Sullivan et al 2014). The temperature scale is given at the bottom and ranges from 0.8keV (green) to 1.4 keV (yellow). Marked are the location of the discontinuity and the D25 ellipse. Credit: Kim et al., 2017. More information: Disturbed Fossil Group Galaxy NGC 1132, arXiv:1706.04609 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1706.04609AbstractWe have analyzed the Chandra archival data of NGC 1132, a well-known fossil group, i.e. a system expected to be old and relaxed long after the giant elliptical galaxy assembly. Instead, the Chandra data reveal that the hot gas morphology is disturbed and asymmetrical, with a cold front following a possible bow shock. We discuss possible origins of the disturbed hot halo, including sloshing by a nearby galaxy, ram pressure by external hotter gas, merger and nuclear outburst. We consider that a minor merger with a low impact parameter is the most likely origin: NGC 1132 may be a rare example of unusual late mergers seen in recent simulations. Regardless of the origin of the disturbed hot halo, the paradigm of the fossil system needs to be reconsidered. Located some 318 million light years away from the Earth, NGC 1132 is a well-known fossil galaxy group. The so-called “fossil group” is an isolated elliptical galaxy embedded in an extended halo of X-ray emitting gas the size of a galaxy group. Such groups are believed to be the end result of galaxy merging within a normal galaxy group, leaving behind the X-ray halo of the progenitor group.When it comes to NGC 1132, it is similar to other fossil groups. Previous observations show that it has an extended X-ray luminous halo, as in other fossil groups. It is also known to be a slow rotator with a core radial profile at the center, which is similar to typical old giant elliptical galaxies. All in all, NGC 1132 is expected to be old and relaxed long after the giant elliptical galaxy assembly.However, the new research presented by a team of researchers led by Dong-Woo Kim of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, suggests that NGC 1132’s hot gas morphology is disturbed and asymmetrical, with a cold front following a possible bow shock.”We found that the hot gas is disturbed, in contrast to the conventional view that the hot halo in the fossil system would be relaxed and undisturbed,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Kim’s team has analyzed archival data provided by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory as part of the Chandra Galaxy Atlas project. The spacecraft observed NGC 1132 in 1999 and 2003 with its Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS). The analysis revealed important details about NGC 1132’s hot gas morphology. The new results indicate that the system is quite disturbed with an asymmetric hot halo, including a sharp edge to the east and extended emission to the west.”The Chandra data revealed a cold front at r~10 kpc to the east of the center and an extended hot gas region toward the west. There may be a possible shock at r~20 kpc just ahead of the cold front,” the paper reads.The researchers noted that the disturbance in the hot halo of NGC 1132 is most likely caused by a recent minor merger of a small galaxy with a low impact parameter.”This hypothesis is consistent with recent simulations of rejuvenated fossil systems and the evidence of recent galaxy interactions provided by optical observations,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.According to the authors of the paper, the new findings show that the paradigm of the fossil system needs to be reconsidered. The researchers also underlined the need of further Chandra observations of the NGC 1132 system in order to put their results on a stronger statistical base.last_img read more

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U2s Bono writes Paris attacks song ahead of French gigs

first_imgRelated posts:France, allies signal major response after Paris attacks leave at least 127 dead World leaders map out plan to solve Syria crisis through negotiations The Islamic State’s trap for Europe France launches new airstrikes on Syria and more anti-terrorism raids in France PARIS – U2 frontman Bono has written a song about theParis attacks ahead of a defiant return to the French capital on Sunday for gigs that may feature the Eagles of Death Metal whose show was targeted by the jihadists.The Irish rock band cancelled their shows in Paris which were due to start the day after the attacks on Nov. 13 that left 130 people dead.But they quickly rescheduled them and will appear at the 16,000-capacity AccorHotels Arena in the French capital on Sunday and Monday.“We think of music as the sound of freedom,” U2 guitarist The Edge said in an interview with CNN.“We think rock and roll has a part to play, so going back to Paris to us is not just symbolic. I think we’re actually starting the process of resistance, of defiance against this movement,” he said, referring to the Islamic State group that carried out the killings.In the same interview for CNN, Bono recited lyrics from a new song called “Streets of Surrender” that touched on the violence. He said he had started writing the song for Italian singer and long-time friend, Zucchero.City of libertyThe lyrics include the lines:Every man’s got one city of liberty, for me it’s Paris, I love it.Every time I get lost down these ancient streets, I find myself again. I didn’t come here to fight you. I came down these streets of love and pride to surrender.The song also touches on the refugee crisis, with a lyric mentioning the young Syrian boy photographed dead on a Turkish beach earlier this year:Everybody’s crying about some kid that they found lying on a beach, born in a manger.The worst of the violence took place at the Bataclan music venue, where 90 people were killed during a gig by the Eagles of Death Metal.Rumors have been circulating in the music press that the band will join U2 on stage in Paris for Monday’s show, though neither camp has yet confirmed the appearance.Bono said they had tried to help the Eagles of Death Metal after the violence.“We tried to find a plane for them to get out and things like that,” he told CNN. “Turns out the best way to help them was finding them phones, because their phones had been left in the venue.”Bono told CNN that the Islamic State’s ban on music was perverse.“Think about the idea of outlawing music. A child sings before it can speak. It’s the very essence of our humanity,” he said.Bono and The Edge are both francophiles who share a house in the south of France, and there are rumours the singer also has a home in Paris.“It seemed like the target was culture and every kind of expression of the best of humanity: great music, restaurants, French food — everything that we hold dear,” said The Edge of this month’s attacks, which hit several restaurants and bars as well as the Bataclan venue. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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