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Origin of mummies pushed back 1500 years

first_imgMummification in prehistoric Egypt, between 4500 and 3100 B.C.E., occurred naturally: The hot, dry desert did the work of desiccating the bodies. It wasn’t until much later, around 2200 B.C.E., that artificial embalming using resins began—or so scientists thought. New evidence pushes back the origin of mummification in ancient Egypt by 1500 years, researchers report online today in PLOS ONE. The scientists examined funeral wrappings excavated from pit graves in the earliest recorded cemeteries, dating to between 4500 and 3350 B.C.E., in the Badari region in Upper Egypt. Using biochemical analysis, the team identified complex embalming agents on the linen wrappings, pictured above, made from ingredients such as pine resin, gum, aromatic plant extract, and natural petroleum. The researchers say recipes using the same ingredients in similar proportions would eventually produce the more well-known mummies at the height of the Pharaonic period, some 3000 years later.last_img read more

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Champagne stuff from a true great

first_imgIt is turning out to be an extremely profitable summer for the Indian sporting stars in Great Britain. Just a few days after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Young Turks emerged as the lords at Lord’s, the motley mix at the Commonwealth Games has launched India’s medal campaign in right earnest at Glasgow.Abhinav Bindra won the mens 10m air rifle gold on Friday.First things first, this cricket team was not given a ghost of a chance at the start of the series to win a Test in England. Both history and geography were not on India’s side said the cricket pundits.At least, most of us were made to believe that before the commoners grabbed the chances which came their way at Lord’s. Be it centurion Ajinkya Rahane, who batted with elegance at the world’s most famous cricket venue, or tried and tested fast bowler Ishant Sharma, their exploits were scintillating.For long, Ishant has promised more and delivered less. His devastating spell which won India the Test will be remembered for long as the lanky Delhi man showed he could bounce out the opposition even on a worn out browntinged track on the fifth day.Dhoni and his team have their tails up and as the battle resumes in Southampton on Sunday against beleaguered Alastair Cook’s side, another bunch of Indians are on fire in Glasgow.Just as there was pessimism before the cricket series, not many were giving the multidiscipline stars from India the thumbs up to win medals in Glasgow. But one man who has been an integral part of India’s sporting glory for now over 16 years raised the bar once again with his air rifle as he gunned down gold.advertisementAt two months short of his 32nd birthday, Abhinav Bindra won his maiden Commonwealth Games individual gold medal very forcefully. It seems just like yesterday Bindra won India its maiden individual gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.Two years later, when the Commonwealth Games were held in New Delhi, Bindra was a superstar who wanted a few extra ‘favours’. He was against the National Rifle Association of India’s policy of constant trials to check for consistency and thought an Olympic gold medalist needed a separate weightage. Matters came to a boiling point before the federation, the Sports Authority of India and the Games Organising Committee boss Suresh Kalmadi had to call Bindra for a cool-down meeting!Looking at Bindra today, it’s tough to believe this seasoned pro actually fussed over something so small four years ago. Then again, as someone so mature with a no-nonsense approach in life, Bindra’s tweets a day before his pet event were uncharacteristic as he asked people for their best wishes and prayers.Frankly speaking, someone like Abhinav does not rely on luck and prayers. He lets his beautiful air rifle do the talking. Taking aim at the target situated 10 metres away, freezing his body before pulling the trigger gently, Bindra has been perfecting the art for over 16 years now.In one of his first interviews to me in Sydney, 2000, Bindra had mentioned how he took to shooting. He had gone with his family to the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and fell in love with shooting. Four year later, Bindra was amongst the best in Sydney before he came out tops in Beijing.Unlike Jaspal Rana, who started as a prodigy, competed in a clutch of different pistol events and then faded away after the Doha Asian Games, Abhinav Bindra has slogged day in and day out. He has battled back pain, complained of boredom and how doing the same thing day in and day out is not very exciting.Yet, for the champion to continue like this after achieving the biggest goal on the world stage is an example of how much he motivates himself and how his support team works with him.Age is on Bindra’s side, which is why his Twitter announcement that this will be his last Commonwealth Games is a bit surprising. In shooting, one can continue beyond the age of 45. Ask Mansher Singh and Baba Bedi, they are still shooting and part of the Indian squad in Glasgow!In Bindra’s case, he alone will decide when he wants to quit. Motivation for a shooter comes from within and how hard he or she wants to push himself or herself is decided very easily.Bindra will want to continue hard till the 2016 Rio Olympics. Unlike a Leander Paes, who wants to keep pushing simply for the sake of competing in the maximum number of Olympics, each time Bindra shoots, he is a serious medal contender.advertisementThe global shooting community fears him for his hard work and skills and in India, he is a huge role model. Knowing the champion, when he comes home for a short break, he will have a short celebration and then start training for the World Championships and the Incheon Asian Games this September.At a macro level, it is heartening to see new Indian champions crowning themselves in glory in Glasgow, be it in shooting or weightlifting. And I do hope the Narendra Modi government will show a large heart in releasing more funds for athletes’ training. We need to celebrate just as the athletes do.last_img read more

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Rafael Nadal puts an end to 2016 season to recover from left wrist injury

first_imgRafael Nadal is cutting short his 2016 season so he can fully recover from a left wrist injury.The 14-time Grand Slam champion said Thursday he is still bothered by the injury that kept him out of action for more than two months this season and wants to treat it properly before coming back in 2017.”Now it is time to rest and start preparing intensively (for) the 2017 season,” the 30-year-old Spaniard said in a statement.Nadal said he will miss indoor tournaments in Basel, Switzerland, next week and Paris next month. He is also ruled out of the season-ending ATP Finals in London next month.FORCED RECOVERY FOR RIONadal said he forced his recovery to be able to play in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and that caused him to be in pain in every tournament since then.Nadal has slipped to No. 6 in the rankings. He won back-to-back clay-court titles in Barcelona and Monte Carlo last spring but has not won any tournaments since then.The statement said the original injury healed properly but the pain in the wrist area kept bothering him and kept him from performing at 100 percent.”It is no secret that I arrived to the Olympic Games short of preparation and not fully recovered, but the goal was to compete and win a medal for Spain,” he said. “This forced recovery has caused me pain since then and now I am forced to stop and start preparing the 2017 season.”Nadal won the doubles gold medal in Rio. He lost in the singles semifinals and also in the third-place match.advertisementThe injury had forced Nadal to withdraw from the French Open before the third round and skip Wimbledon altogether.”I am very saddened for not being able to play next week in Basel since I have a great memory of the tournament and the final played against Roger Federer last year,” he said. “I won’t be able to compete either in Paris-Bercy, where the crowds and the staff have always treated me so well.”last_img read more

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Redknapp: Kane an obvious target for Madrid

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Redknapp: Kane an obvious target for Real Madrid Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 10:52 10/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() HarryKane-cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The former Tottenham manager does not see the need for the England striker to leave north London if he’s rewarded financially Jamie Redknapp believes Harry Kane is an obvious transfer target for Spanish and European champions Real Madrid, but feels the Tottenham star will stay put if he is paid similarly to Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero.Kane has been linked with Madrid, and the England forward will have the chance to impress his potential suitors during Tuesday’s Champions League showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu.The two-time reigning Premier League Golden Boot winner has enjoyed another lethal start to the season, scoring 15 goals in all competitions for club and country, earning praise from Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane — who branded Kane the “complete forward”. 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. However, former Tottenham midfielder Redknapp does not see the need for Kane — under contract until 2022 after signing a new deal in December — to leave Spurs if he is rewarded financially.”He is a long way past that [interest from Real Madrid], of course he is a target,” Redknapp told Omnisport.”But I think if Tottenham give him the money he wants and pay him like they should do, why would you want to go anywhere?”He is playing with some good young players, but the only problem is now the way the game has gone you need to be earning the big money.”He should be on what Lukaku is on and [Manchester City forward] Aguero is on and all the best players in the world because he is up there with them.”A big test tomorrow against the holders. Looking forward to it. #COYS #UCL pic.twitter.com/3TrkDdTXjk— Harry Kane (@HKane) October 16, 2017Kane has scored six goals in eight Premier League matches this season, one behind Manchester United’s Lukaku.The 24-year-old netted 29 goals last term, four more than Lukaku, and former England international Redknapp expects the pair to fight it out again for goalscoring honours in 2017-18.Redknapp said: “I do [expect Kane’s form to continue] because he works so hard and is a master of his craft.”You know he plays every single game and gives 100 percent and keeps fit and I think between him and [Romelu] Lukaku we will have a good race for the golden boot.”last_img read more

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College Football’s 10 Best 2020 Recruiting Classes Right Now

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)This past weekend consisted of several huge days of recruiting for some of the top programs in the country. At its conclusion, dozens of commitments to the 2020 recruiting class were announced, altering the college football recruiting landscape.247Sports has updated its 2020 recruiting class rankings to reflect the changes. While there was no movement in the top two – Clemson and Alabama still dominate the field – there was plenty of movement in the remaining top ten.Here are the current 2020 recruiting rankings, with the star rating of the committed prospects included.From 247Sports: 10. Texas A&M – One 5-star / five 4-stars / seven 3-stars9. Michigan – Seven 4-stars / 10 3-stars8. Miami (FL) – One 5-star / six 4-stars / 12 3-stars7. Ohio State – Two 5-stars / six 4-stars / five 3-stars6. Florida – Nine 4-stars / Nine 3-stars5. Notre Dame – One 5-star / eight 4-stars / five 3-stars4. Georgia – Two 5-stars / 10 4-stars / one 3-star3. LSU – Two 5-stars / 13 4-stars / five 3-stars2. Alabama – Two 5-stars / 14 4-stars / four 3-stars1. Clemson – Five 5-stars / nine 4-stars / four 3-starsUnsurprisingly, the SEC makes up the bulk of the top 10 with six teams on the list, including three of the top four. The Big Ten and ACC each had two representatives, while independent Notre Dame also made the cut.Clemson, the country’s leader, has not made much noise since securing a commitment from five-star defensive tackle Demonte Capehart earlier this month. But they are still trending for several more five-star prospects that could make their 2020 recruiting class a historic one.As always, Alabama is high on the list as Nick Saban is putting together yet another class of NFL-quality players.last_img read more

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Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube power India A to unassailable 3-0 lead against South Africa

first_img Next Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube power India A to unassailable 3-0 lead against South AfricaIn a rain-reduced match, Shivam Dube hit an unbeaten 45 off 28 balls while captain Manish Pandey smashed 81 off 59 balls as India A sealed the unofficial 5-match ODI series against South Africa A.advertisement Press Trust of India ThiruvananthapuramSeptember 2, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 19:25 IST Manish Pandey helped India A win the third ODI and seal the series against South Africa. (Reuters Photo)Captain Manish Pandey and Shivam Dube produced power-packed knocks to pave the way for India A’s four-wicket win over South Africa A in the third unofficial ODI here on Monday, giving the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Dube smashed an unbeaten 45 off 28 balls while Pandey plundered 81 off 59 balls as India A overcame a poor start to win the rain affected match rather comfortably in the end. Chasing 208 in 30 overs, India A reached the target in 27.5 overs.India A were in a spot of bother at 25 for 3 in the 7th over, having lost Ruturaj Gaikwad (1), Ricky Bhui (0) and Krunal Pandya (13) before Ishan Kishan (40 off 41 balls) and Pandey steadied the ship.The aggressive Jharkhand southpaw Kishan, who starred in the second match, again underlined his talent with a fluent knock.He was not afraid to go for the big shots and helped the team keep up with the climbing run-rate with some splendid shots.Pandey, who started rather slowly, opened up after Kishan fell to left-arm spinner George Linde. The Karnataka right-hander smashed five sixes and powered the team’s chase.Dube, who walked in at the fall of Nitish Rana (13), added 41 runs with Pandey.The skipper fell to a catch by Lutho Sipamla off left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin.India A needed 32 runs from as many deliveries at this stage but Dube’s pyrotechnics helped the team romp home with 13 balls remaining.Linde and the pacy Anrich Nortje took two wickets each for South Africa A.Earlier, keeper Heinrich Klaasen hit a 21-ball 44 to set up South Africa A’s total.advertisementThere were also useful contributions from Janneman Malan (37), Matthew Breetzke (36) and captain Temba Bavuma (27).Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya took two wickets each.The visiting team looked set for a much bigger total before the India A bowlers pulled things back in the the last few overs. Deepak Chahar bowled a superb final over, giving away just three runs.Pandey was named man of the match.Brief scores: South Africa A 207 for 8 in 30 overs (H Klaasen 44, J Malan 37, M Breetzke 36, Krunal Pandya 2/23, D Chahar 2/42) lost to India A 208 for 6 in 27.5 overs (M Pandey 81, Shivam Dube 45 not out, Ishan Kishan 40, A Nortje 2/41, G Linde 2/41).Also Read | Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha to share India A captaincy against South Africa AAlso Read | Ishan Kishan quick fire fifty helps India A take 2-0 lead over South Africa AAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India A vs South Africa AFollow Manish PandeyFollow Shivam Dubelast_img read more

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Statement from Premier Stephen McNeil Recognizing Davis Day

first_imgNinety-three years ago today, June 11, striking coal miners in Cape Breton marched to the Waterford Lake power plant, as they battled against harsh treatment by their employer. After reaching their destination, company police began firing at the unarmed miners, killing William Davis and wounding others. On this day, Davis Day, we pay tribute and reflect on the memory of William Davis, all miners who have lost their lives on the job and what their sacrifices have meant for workers’ rights and workplace safety in our province. Today is also a chance to acknowledge the legacy of our coal miners, whose hard work sustained communities and is a significant piece of Nova Scotia’s rich history. Davis Day serves as an important reminder of the tremendous contributions those before us have made, and that every employer in Nova Scotia must remain vigilant to ensure the health and safety of all workers is at the forefront of every workplace. On this day, we all must renew our commitment to workplace health and safety, so that every Nova Scotian who goes to work in the morning returns home safely at the end of the day. -30-last_img read more

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France Aims to Remain Moroccos Key Partner in All Fields French

Paris –  France aims at maintaining its position as Morocco’s key partner in all fields, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday in Paris.Speaking at a joint press briefing with Head of the Government Abdelilah Benkirane at the end of the 12th French-Moroccan high level meeting, Valls said that the two countries are set to reinforce cooperation notably in the fight against terrorism and radicalisaiton.The French-Moroccan partnership acts as a safeguard to bilateral security of the two countries, he said. The French Prime Minister also pointed to the importance of the meeting as far as it enabled the drawing of a road map concerning a range of priorities for the two countries. In this regard, he stressed the importance of training saying that the agreements signed at the end of the meeting provide for new commitment of the French Development Agency (AfD) concerning funding to projects aiming at enhancing education and vocational training in Morocco.These commitments are also geared towards promoting the teaching of French in Morocco through launching the option of the Moroccan highschool degree in French, he said.The setting up of French educational institutions in Morocco will continue to enable Moroccan and African students to benefit from French know-how, he added.Concerning Africa, the French Prime Minister said that i twas agreed to work together with Morocco in joint projects in the continent. “We would like to encourage new French-Moroccan partnerships in Africa notably in fields relating to food security, economic investments and higher education”.Valls expressed satisfaction regarding French investments in Morocco where 750 French companies have generated 120,000 jobs.He said that Morocco and France are set to harmonise stands ahead of the COP 21 and COP22 negotiations.The 12th French-Moroccan high level meeting opened on Thursday in Paris under the co-chairmanship of Head of the Government Abdelilah Benkirane and Manuel Valls. read more

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Haiti UN Council mission reports strides in security worrisome poverty

19 March 2009Haiti is making strides in security sector and judicial reform but continues to grapple with widespread poverty and vulnerability to disasters, the leader of a United Nations Security Council mission to the impoverished Caribbean nation said today. “It does appear that there is a window of opportunity to enable the consolidation of stability and the undertaking of a process of sustainable development,” said Ambassador Jorge Urbina of Costa Rica,” who had led the four-day fact-finding visit that concluded on 14 March.“It was evident to the mission,” Mr. Urbina noted, on the other hand, “that the current levels of extreme poverty, in which 80 per cent of the people live on under two dollars a day and 50 per cent on under one dollar are incompatible with the goal to establish stability in the short term.” He said that in the last five years, Haiti had reached its goal of putting 14,000 police officers on the streets, and a successful anti-violence programme, carried out in partnership with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), had brought stability to formerly lawless urban areas.Border security had also been strengthened with the assistance of MINUSTAH, he said, and the country was also moving forward with an ambitious programme of judicial and constitutional reform eight elections scheduled over the next three years, which officials assured would be free and fair.However, in addition to the high levels of extreme poverty, local governments were limited in their capacity to provide basic services, even though the Government and MINUSTAH, he were working together to expand the country’s administrative capacity, Mr. Urbina said.In addition, he said, Haiti’s limited economic, social and cultural rights proved worrisome, a situation that was exacerbated by natural disasters, particularly the hurricanes last year that slammed into the city of Gonaïves, as well as the current food and financial crises.During the mission, he said, Japan’s representative had expressed concern that agricultural production, which employed more than half the population, barely covered 48 per cent of Haiti’s food needs. He and other Council members urged Haitian authorities to adopt agricultural policies that would spur production.On the regional front, Council also met with members of the core group of countries interested in Haiti and had observed a high level of commitment to the country among Latin American nations. In addition, he said, Haitian authorities had repeatedly noted their growing interest in South-South cooperation, and the importance of the continued involvement of regional and subregional organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for Haiti’s hemispheric integration. read more

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UN agency links with Pakistan government to help rural poor tap into

The loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will help finance the $30.5 million Microfinance Innovation and Outreach Programme, meant to support pilot projects that will test new microfinance products and services for Pakistan’s rural poor. At least 180,000 households are expected to benefit.“This innovative programme will ensure that Pakistan’s rural poor will be able to access a wider range of sustainable financial services and products that respond directly to their needs,” said Nigel Brett, IFAD’s Country Programme Manager for Pakistan. IFAD is working closely with the World Bank on the initiative.IFAD will also work with the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund to develop a variety of new microfinance products and services aimed at reducing debt, minimizing risk and generating income and assets. These could include livestock insurance, equity partnerships, leasing arrangements, Islamic modes of financing and other innovative financing systems. Islamic financing mechanisms must adhere to a set of rules and laws collectively known as the Sharia.The development programme will also strengthen local lending institutions so they can expand and improve their services throughout rural areas. And it will expand employment opportunities as young graduates gain practical experience by training as interns and then secure employment in local microfinance institutions. read more

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Toronto Stock Exchange makes tiny gain as crude prices settle at fiveyear

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto Stock Exchange makes tiny gain as crude prices settle at five-year low The fading name on the building in Toronto that used to house the Toronto Stock Exchange is pictured on August 18 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2014 7:03 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market eked out a small gain on Friday as crude oil prices settled at a five-year low.The S&P/TSX composite index closed relatively flat, up 3.75 points to 14,473.70. The TSX was down 1.8 per cent for the week.The Canadian dollar ended at 87.47 cents US, down 0.44 of a cent, after a slight increase in the country’s unemployment rate in November.TSX energy stocks pulled back 0.1 per cent as January’s crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 97 cents at US$65.84 a barrel — its lowest level since May 2009.Crude oil prices have plunged about 38 per cent since mid-summer because of lower demand and a glut of supply, due in large measure to greatly increased production in the U.S. Midwest.Economists and traders have questioned how much further the price could decline in the coming months.“From my experience, the market overshoots to the upwards or downside,” said Allan Small, a senior adviser at HollisWealth.“So it wouldn’t surprise me if the price of oil fell a lot more and became something ridiculous before it snapped back to a more reasonable level.”Helping keep the TSX positive were mining stocks, which rose 1.2 per cent, and the information technology sector, which climbed 2.5 per cent following a deal by OpenText (TSX:OTC).The Waterloo, Ont., business software company announced it was buying software analytics company Actuate Corp., based in Silicon Valley, for US$330 million. OpenText intends to fund the takeover with cash on hand, and said the agreement has already been approved by boards at both companies. Shares of OpenText rose 2.9 per cent, or $1.91, to $68.Financial stocks on the TSX were 0.09 per cent lower, weighed by a selloff in banks, as the country’s biggest financial institutions wrapped up a disappointing earnings season.Profits at Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) weakened in the fourth quarter as it recognized severance expenses for a recently announced downsizing and other items. The bank’s net income fell 14 per cent from last year to $1.438 billion. Its shares fell $1.38 to $66.20.National Bank (TSX:NA) boosted its profits a modest three per cent to $330 million and said its quarterly dividend will rise by four per cent to 50 cents per common share with the next payment. Its shares were off 70 cents to $49.70.In commodities, February bullion dropped $17.30 to US$1,190.40 an ounce, while March copper declined about a penny to US$2.90 a pound.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials gained 58.69 points to 17,958.79. The Nasdaq picked up 11.32 points to 4,780.76 while the S&P 500 index inched ahead 3.45 points to 2,075.37.U.S. employers added 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years. The U.S. Labor Department also said Friday that 44,000 more jobs were added in September and October combined than the government had previously estimated.Meanwhile, Canada’s unemployment rate nudged up in November to 6.6 per cent as 10,700 jobs were lost last month. However, Statistics Canada said the decline was within its survey’s margin of error and noted that it followed two months of strong employment growth.In other corporate news, the merger between Tim Hortons Inc. (TSX:THI) and Burger King Worldwide Inc. was approved late Thursday by the federal government, with a list of stipulations that include a five-year promise on jobs for employees at its restaurant locations and a continuation of its current community support levels. Tim Hortons shares gained 1.7 per cent, or $1.58, to $96.97.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. read more

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Continuing absence of political solution to IsraelPalestine conflict undermines and compounds UN

Rosemary DiCarlo was briefing the UN Security Council on the latest situation in the Middle East and said hopes for two States living side by side in peace, “continue to be replaced by the rising fears of future annexation. The possibility of establishing a viable and contiguous Palestinian State continues to be eroded by facts on the ground.”The UN had “repeatedly warned that the conflict cannot be managed in perpetuity”, she said, adding that without any change in approach, there would only be more deterioration, “radicalization on all sides, more suffering and conflict.”The political and peacebuilding chief told Council members that Israeli settlements continue to expand, despite having “no legal effect” and constituting a “violation of international law”.In a continuing cycle of violence, Ms. DiCarlo noted that out of seven Palestinians overall, four children had been killed in Gaza by Israeli forces in the first quarter of the year, with 1,316 injured during ongoing protests, centred around the border fence. She condemned violence on both sides, and reminded Israel lethal force could only be used “in response to an imminent threat of death or serious injury as a last resort.”Gaza crisis deepens, while needs riseThe DPPA chief said that was making “important progress” in implementing a programme of humanitarian aid and economic support to stabilize the situation in the Gaza Strip, which continues to be blockaded by Israel, and subject to intra-Palestinian strife, between the extremists of Hamas and the West Bank-based Fatah faction.“As we consistently reiterate, at its core the crisis in Gaza is political”, she said. “Significant progress on the lifting of the closures and advancing intra-Palestinian reconciliation remain essential.”She said over the past year, $110 million had been raised for fuel, health, water, sanitation and job programmes in Gaza, while $4.6 million had been put aside since September to help delivery essential medications and support some 9,500 surgeries.Five tunnels under ‘Blue Line’Turning to the border demarcation between southern Lebanon and northern Israel, or “Blue Line”, Ms. DiCarlo said the situation was calm, although the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, has now confirmed the existence of five tunnels which have been dug under the border, “three of which it has confirmed cross the Blue Line, and constitute a violation of resolution 1701”, said Ms. DiCarlo.As we mobilize in each crisis to address the critical needs of the Palestinian population, be it in Gaza or the West Bank,” she concluded, “we shall not lose sight of the core political issue, namely the prospect of two peaceful and secure states living side by side in harmony.“This imperative compels us all to work with the parties, bring them back to the negotiation table and urge them to avoid unilateral actions that undermine the prospect for peace” she added. “Only determined action by the parties themselves can salvage the two-State solution.” read more

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James Harden Gets Fouled On 3s More Than Any NBA Team

James Harden has become an occupational hazard for referees. Earlier this month, the Jazz were up seven on the Rockets with just over a minute to play, and Utah players were at their wit’s end with the officials. Following a signal that the Jazz had committed yet another foul, Joe Johnson threw his right hand up in disgust. Rudy Gobert shook his head in disbelief. Rodney Hood, who was charged with the foul, looked for a ref with whom he could plead. Joe Ingles had both palms out, confused as to how so little contact could prompt a call.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jazz4thfoulagainstharden.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The whistle marked the fourth time that night that Utah had been charged with fouling Harden in the act of shooting a 3-pointer. And while that might sound unbelievable, it wasn’t even the first time this season that the MVP frontrunner had drawn four shooting fouls from the arc in a game.1He also drew four shooting fouls while attempting 3-pointers during a Dec. 31 victory over the Knicks.Harden has long been great at drawing fouls no matter where he is on the court, but he has taken the art form to new heights on his 3-point attempts this season. After drawing 27 fouls while trying to shoot a triple in 2014-15 and inducing 46 such fouls last season,2According to Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index. Harden has drawn a whopping 108 shooting fouls from distance this year with 11 games left to play. For context, consider that, outside of the Rockets, no team has garnered more than 73 of those calls.3Amazingly, if you limit Harden to just the 12 games in which he drew at least three 3-point shooting fouls, his 38 fouls drawn in those contests would outpace 21 teams’ totals for the season so far.If you subtract Harden’s numbers from the rest of the league’s, the average NBA player has drawn fouls on 1.6 percent of his 3-pointers this season, according to BigDataBall, which tracks the league’s play-by-play logs. Harden is drawing 3-point shooting fouls at a 16.7 percent clip, or more than 10 times as often. How is he so good at this? PLAYER/TEAMSHOOTING FOULS DRAWN ON 3-POINT ATTEMPTS James Harden: This season’s MVP of drawing 3-point shooting fouls Russell WestbrookOKC482224.6 Lou WilliamsHOU3925012.8 Stephen CurryGSW682223.2 Mike ConleyMEM346236.6 Isaiah ThomasBOS550224.0 “As an opponent, no, I don’t admire it,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters when asked about Harden’s tactics. “As a fan, [I] admire it. Because we as offensive guys, guys who like to score, always try to find tricks that can work in our favor. He found something that’s working for him. So no, as an opponent, I hate it.” (I asked a league spokesman about this issue as it relates to Harden — particularly since the NBA stopped awarding shooting fouls for a similar rip-through move years ago — but he said it’s against league policy to discuss how a particular player is officiated.)Harden isn’t oblivious to the perception that he draws more shooting fouls than he probably should. But the crafty guard makes no apologies, either, saying a defender making contact on a jump shot should merit a foul just like someone bumping a shooter near the basket would. “A foul is a foul no matter how it’s committed,” he told Time in a Q&A this season.Sometimes Harden’s strategy backfires in embarrassing fashion, as he’ll incorrectly anticipate contact and throw up a wild shot in hopes of drawing a foul that never comes.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/hardenflailing.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/hardenflailing4.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more often than not, it’s been a worthwhile gamble for Harden and the Rockets to go for the foul. That’s become even more true in the past month, since Houston traded for Lou Williams, the player who’s drawn the second-most 3-point shooting fouls in the NBA this season — trailing, of course, only Harden. I asked Houston general manager Daryl Morey about having both of the league’s top two guys in such an odd category, and he said he and others in the Rockets’ front office had noticed Williams’s unusual ability to draw contact from the perimeter, but that it wasn’t the overriding reason they made the swap with the Lakers.“We knew that both Lou and James are extremely good shooters that are hard to guard. So, going over the screen and being physical with them is one of the only ways to guard them, which causes them to get fouled more than others,” Morey said. “That said, we focused more on their overall efficiency than how people have to foul them to stop them.”Teams will do their best to stop Harden from using the trick once the postseason starts. But if last year’s playoffs are any indication, that may not work, either: Harden drew five whistles on just 42 3-point attempts. Three of those fouls came in one half, in a game against the Warriors.Neil Paine assisted with research for this story.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Nicolas BatumCHA347246.9 Harden has drawn more 3-point shooting fouls than any other NBA team PLAYERTEAM3PT ATTEMPTS3PT FOULS DRAWN3PT FOUL RATE Kemba WalkerCHA502244.8 Damian LillardPOR484255.2 Jeff TeagueIND2012210.9 Harden plays on the Rockets, who have drawn 132 total shooting fouls, including his 108. Stats are for the 2016-17 season as of March 21.Source: BigDataBall Hornets68 Trailblazers41 Goran DragicMIA248249.7 James Harden108 Lakers73 Stats as of March 21. Restricted to players who drew at least 20 fouls on 3-point attempts.Source: BigDataBall Raptors52 James HardenHOU64710816.7% The Rockets star has a couple patterns he uses to consistently get these calls. Unlike Jamal Crawford, who has drawn dozens of perimeter shooting fouls as players barrel into his legs during close-outs, Harden would seem to be the one initiating contact on many of his fouls.In particular, Harden has found a way to turn even solid, respectable defenders into victims. He generally waits until his man puts a hand up to defend, then locks arms with him and jumps to begin a shot, making the defender appear guilty. Harden basically forces perimeter defenders to play with their hands down along the 3-point line.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/harden4.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/harden101.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Back on New Year’s Eve, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek vented about this after a loss in Houston, saying it’s impossible to defend Harden given his ability to trick officials. “He grabs with his left arm, has the ball in the right hand and wraps his left arm with your hand,” said Hornacek, whose team fouled Harden from 3-point range four times4He drew all four of them in an 18-minute span during the second half. that night while Harden racked up a 53 points, 16 rebounds and 17 assists. “To me, that’s an offensive foul. But he does it fast, quick — it’s hard to see.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/usethisharden16.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The other thing Harden does well: Stop on a dime and pop jumpers just as he’s navigating around screens. That trick makes life hell for the defenders who are sprinting to go over the pick to stay with him. Harden’s world-class ability to stop abruptly means that defenders frequently can’t hit the brakes as quickly as he can, which leads to players running into him from behind, prompting 3-shot fouls. This has been especially true this season, as defenders have tried to stay on Harden’s hip more than usual5Defenses have been guarding Harden more and more closely over the past four years. Opponents have been within four feet of him for 65 percent of his shots this season, up from 51, 61 and 62 percent, respectively, during the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons, according to NBA.com. to prevent him from spraying the ball wherever he wants in Houston’s spacious offense. Kyle LowryTOR444306.8 Pacers51 Eric BledsoePHX309237.4 read more

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Multotecs mineral processing highlights at Electra Mining

first_imgAt Electra Mining Africa 2010, Multotec is exhibiting an extensive suite of products. Engineers on the booth explain how advanced technologies have been applied to the specific requirements of each minerals processing application. There is likely to be considerable interest in the Multotec Max 1450 cyclone, the Multotec spiral and Multotec Wear Lining’s exhibit, all of which have already been attracting significant attention in the market.Said to be one of the most cost-effective solutions in DMS, the Max range of hydrocyclones, developed by Multotec, are a great advance in alumina-tiled cyclone engineering design. Designed using extensive field experience and using computational fluid dynamic analysis and 3D CAD, the Max range offers a number of major features. The ‘Max’ designation is derived from the maximum efficiency of separation and maximum wear life provided by these cyclones.The Max 1450 cyclone boasts a number of innovative design features, including the inlet head which reduces wear and turbulence, lengthening the life cycle of the inlet and increasing capacity. The scrolled evolute inlet also provides for a higher capacity compared with a traditional tangential inlet, while the smooth evolute entry into the inlet results in a more efficient separation process within the cyclone. The inlet head can also be custom designed to meet the specific capacity requirements of customers.The parallel throat spigot design eliminates the initial high wear rate and maintains the spigot size for longer, while the overflow design enables any leak to be noticed immediately, eliminating the potential for the loss of product or mate- rial to the overflow.The major advantages of this more specialised design include the easy removal of the lightweight vortex finder and the ease of inspection to determine internal wear within the cyclone.The design of the flanged joints eliminates the possibility of efficiency losses through inward steps. The wetted joints are sealed with epoxy, thereby avoiding the problem of gaskets protruding into the cyclone body. Separation is enhanced, producing less misplaced material. Finally, pre-engineered tiles are designed to ensure that lining failure is prevented while the wear life of the cyclone is extended.Also on display, will be the Multotec 420 high-capacity cyclones which offer significant advantages in reducing maintenance and operating costs. These cyclones are equipped with weep holes to prevent damage to cyclone housings and prolong operational life.There are also the Multotec SX7 coal spirals which are provided with auxiliary splitters that allow for easier control and a more flexible operating range for the discard cut. Spirals are supplied with pipe launders for product collection. Pipe launders are lightweight, durable, spillage free and corrosion resistant.Another highlight on the outside stand is the Multotec Wear Linings display. This group company is intent on showing that ceramic as a lining material can, contrary to popular perception, in fact, withstand impact. A selection of liner panels with ceramics of different thickness embedded in various matrices will be impacted on by a 120-mm rock dropped from a height of 2.5 m. For the purposes of the test, material will be fed by conveyor through a lined chute onto easily interchangeable panels.The working Rondo chute system display discharges material onto a return conveyor, with transfer between feed and return conveyors taking place through a vibratory feeder lined with removable, bolt-on and rubber-backed ceramic liners. The closure of the circuit between the feed and return conveyors at the opposite end is through a Multotec-designed transfer chute. Ceramic pulley lagging will be displayed at the drive and tail ends of both feed and return conveyor pulleys.Multotec Manufacturing launched its injection-moulded modular rubber screen panels for small aperture sizes, a P3P adaptor sleeve for screens with conventional angled runners, a reversible sievebend housing manufactured from high-density polyethylene, which is lighter than conventional steel housings and does not require special linings for corrosive environments and its modular trommel panels for heavy-duty applications, which reduce cost and manufacturing time.Multotec Magnetics, a subsidiary company which specialises in the separation of minerals and materials on the basis of their magnetic properties, is showcasing a number of new developments, including low-intensity drum separators which have been completely re-engineered for improved performance, serviceability and durability. Visitors can also see the new overband tramp removal magnets, which are compliant with underground requirements, and the high-intensity ‘dewatering’ magnet used in dense-media separation circuits and iron-ore beneficiation.last_img read more

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Antequera with an emergency meeting

Antequera board of directors has called for a new emergency meeting for this week, a meeting of urgency in which the financial situation of the club will be discussed. A lot of proposals will be talked, mainly how to save the Malagan club from the bad financial situation, before the season restarts again in February. The club has a deficit of almost 600,000 Euros, and this means that the club needs to find a solution if they are to compete in the ASOBAL. One solution is to give the club to the Malaga CF. ← Previous Story HSV thanks Carlen – seeks new coach! Next Story → Slovenia without Bilbija at EHF EURO 2012

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Lingerie Football League to hold open tryouts in Dublin

first_imgTHE LINGERIE FOOTBALL league say they are set to hold open trials for a new Dublin team.The controversial LFL — which recently rebranded as the Legends Football League — say they plan to recruit Irish women for an ‘Irish franchise’ to compete in their European league of American football teams who play in skimpy uniforms.“This is certainly an exciting time to be part of the LFL and a fan as the sport continues its unprecedented growth globally,” a statement reads. “It’s amazing to think that women from places like Germany, Italy, Russia and other places all over the world are aware of our sport and aspire to play on the now global stage of LFL Football.”Details of the Dublin trials will be made publicly soon, they say.Here’s a promo video from the league’s recent relaunch:YouTube: Legends Football LeagueWhat do you think?Conor Cooney to sit out Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final‘Let them come at us’: Ireland oozing confidence ahead of Scotland showdownlast_img read more

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Mourinho should be advised to change his approach

first_imgFormer Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder McMahon thinks someone at Manchester United should have advised Mourinho to change his approach with the media if he wants to remain a successful coach.“You have to give him kudos for winning the trophies he has done but I don’t think there’s any need for him to come out and give himself a pat on the back. Top managers don’t do that, they leave it to other people to gauge how successful you are or you’re not,” McMahon said, according to Sky Sports.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Someone should have reined him in. It’s Manchester United, say ‘excuse me, this is not about you, can you talk about the game or Manchester United and how you can make it better’.McMahon also played for Everton, Aston Villa and Manchester City. After his playing career ended, he began his coaching and managing career with Swindon Town, and later managed Blackpool, winning a promotion with both of these clubs. He later had a brief spell as manager of Perth Glory in Australia.last_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time QA Supervisor at Spectra Medical DevicesFull-Time IT Manager at Spectra Medical DevicesPart-Time Receptionist at CareOneFull-Time/Part-Time Crew at McDonald’sFull-Time/Part-Time Department Manager at McDonald’sFull-Time/Part-Time Maintenance Person at McDonald’sPart-Time Nanny For 1 Wilmington ChildFull-Time CNC Machinist at TecometFull-Time Customer Service Coordinator at DSM Full-Time Shipping & Receiving Associate at Locus Robotics(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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Dick Gregory Paul Mooney to Perform at Washingtons Howard Theatre

first_imgComedians Paul Mooney and Dick Gregory. (Facebook Photo)(Updated 11/03/2015) Comedians Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney will once again grace the stage on Dec. 6 to mark their second appearance at Washington D.C.’s Howard Theatre in 2015, offering racial satires filled with activism that will not only entertain but teach.Gregory, a St. Louis native, is an activist, philosopher, anti-drug crusader, comedian, author, actor, recording artist, and nutritionist. He also participated in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.After serving in the U.S. Army, Gregory first entered the national comedy scene in 1961 at Chicago’s Playboy Club. According to various websites, his break came as a direct request from publisher Hugh Hefner.  According to The Howard Theatre website, Gregory spent more time on social issues and less time on performing during the 1960s, protesting several issues and participating in marches and parades to support a range of causes, including opposition to the Vietnam War, world hunger, and drug abuse.According to the Americans Who Tell The Truth organization, founded in 2002, Gregory ran for president as a write-in candidate for the Freedom and Peace Party in 1968. His campaign ran on a platform of civil rights, peace in Vietnam, and racial and social justice, the organization’s website stated.Oakland, Calif. native Mooney entered the entertainment field through the Charles Gody Circus, where he was a ringmaster, and later wrote comedy material for Richard Pryor’s “Saturday Night Live” appearances and “The Richard Pryor Show.” He also co-wrote Pryor’s albums “Live On Sunset,”  “Bicentennial Nigger,” and “Is It Something I Said,” as well as Pryor’s film “Jo Jo Dancer.”In addition to writing for Pryor, Mooney also wrote material for “In Living Color,” and co-starred with Damon Wayans and Jada Pinkett-Smith in the Spike Lee film “Bamboozled.”For more information or to purchase tickets for the show, visit thehowardtheatre.com/show/2015/11/03/paul-mooney-dick-gregory-2/. Tickets can also be purchased at ticketmaster.com.last_img read more

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Brian Bumbery Publicist for Metallica Madonna and Green Day Joins Apple Music

first_imgBumbery’s appointment is not a total surprise, as his firm, particularly longtime associate Sam Citron, has been working with Apple Music for many months.Prior to joining Warner Bros. in 2002, Bumbery was a partner at the independent PR company Score Press, where he worked closely with Dashboard Confessional, Pet Shop Boys, Saves the Day, and others. He also represented the independent label Vagrant Records.An announcement of the full BB Gun roster is expected in the coming weeks. Popular on Variety Veteran public relations strategist Brian Bumbery – who has worked closely with Metallica, Green Day, Chris Cornell and Madonna and spent eight years at Warner Bros. Records, before launching his own BB Gun Press firm in 2011 — has joined Apple as Director, Apple Music Publicity, Variety has learned. BB Gun will continue under the leadership of Luke Burland, Bumbery’s former WBR colleague, who joined the firm in 2016 along with clients Fergie, Meghan Trainor, Shania Twain and Josh Groban, among others.The move comes in the context of a larger transition at Apple Music, as former head Jimmy Iovine recently completed his move to a consulting role this month. Apple Music named Oliver Schusser, formerly in a senior role in the company’s European operation, as its new head in April. Apple chief Tim Cook announced in May that the company had passed 50 million subscribers (including free trials) in May; the company is on track to overtake global market leader Spotify in the U.S. within the next few months, sources tell Variety.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more