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‘EC machinery working at behest of BJP’

first_imgPune: Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) Prakash Ambedkar on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and the Election Commission of sabotaging the Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha bypoll by tampering electronic voting machines (EVMs).“The election authorities had tested all EVMs by May 22 and declared them to be tamper-proof. Then how is it possible for so many machines to break down in less than a week’s time?” asked Mr. Ambedkar, while alleging the election commission machinery of working at the behest of the ruling party [the BJP].The BBM chief further alleged that most of these so-called machine breakdowns occurred in the tribal and Adivasi areas of Bhandara-Gondia.“The Maharashtra BJP government, is attempting to put down the Adivasi candidate for the constituency. The voting process was scuppered in at least 35 centres, thus deliberately preventing the Adivasi voters from exercising their franchise,” he said.Owing to the extreme temperatures, with the mercury touching 47 degree Celsius, Mr. Ambedkar said that maximum voting in the Bhandara and Gondia districts usually took place in the crucial morning hours. “But due to this alleged ‘malfunctioning’ of EVMs, vital voting time was lost. We demand a re-election,” he said.The BBM has fielded Adv. L.K. Madavi, a highly qualified and noted lawyer and author whose candidacy is in stark contrast to the career politicos fielded by the BJP and the NCP.last_img read more

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Ebondo, Scorpions move on from tough semis Game 1 loss

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Congolese big man did all he could, firing 20 points and 27 rebounds in the defeat. Unfortunately, he had the ignominy of being the one to commit the charging foul on Gab Banal in the waning seconds that took the fight out of the Scorpions.Still, Ebondo lauded CEU’s efforts after they came just within breaks away from dealing Flying V its first loss of the conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We just wanted to give them their first loss. We really played hard, but we just have to move on and adjust next game. We want to be more mature, especially in the end game,” he said.Ebondo also seeks to be more of a veteran as he wants to calm his fellow teammates in the clutch. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Rod Ebondo. PBA IMAGESSeeing his herculean effort go down the drain, Rod Ebondo opted to move on rather than dwell on Centro Escolar University’s sorry 65-61 Game 1 loss to Flying V in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals on Thursday.“This is basketball. We can’t say anything about it. It just happened,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES “Our team has many young players and sometimes, they panic in the crucial moments of the game. But next game, we will just try to be more confident so maybe we can force a Game 3 and go to the Finals.”The Scorpions now that if they want to extend their stint in the Foundation Cup, they have no choice but to fight harder in game 2 on Tuesday.“In basketball, nothing is impossible. We just have to deal with it and focus on the next game. This is a do-or-die for us,” he said. “We just have to come back stronger. We hope that we give our best and play hard to force a Game 3.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers PBA opens doors to 2017 draft applicants Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Tuchel breaks PSG record with dominant win

first_imgThomas Tuchel has set a new Paris Saint-Germain record after winning each of his first six competitive matches in charge.PSG beat Saint-Etienne 4-0 at the Parc des Princes on Friday to extend a perfect start to the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season under their new head coach.Neymar was rested for the game and Kylian Mbappe was suspended but goals from Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Moussa Diaby earned a comfortable victory. 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! PSG’s latest win adds to Ligue 1 successes collected against Caen, Guingamp, Angers and Nimes, as well as a 4-0 demolition of Monaco in the Trophee des Champions.Tuchel’s men move six points clear of nearest rivals Dijon ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Liverpool in their first Champions League match under the German’s stewardship.Carlo Ancelotti previously held the record for most successive wins at the start of his PSG reign.The Italian took his side to five straight victories in 2011. 5 – Thomas Tuchel has became the first Paris’ manager to win his first five games in Ligue 1 after his arrival. Qualität. #PSGASSE pic.twitter.com/8a3mNkiyjF — OptaJean ⭐⭐ (@OptaJean) September 14, 2018 PSG are already six points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table, though their Friday fixture means most of the league have a game in hand on the defending champions.last_img read more

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Wind River to showcase edge cloud compute applications at Mobile World Congress

first_imgWind River will be demonstrating edge cloud technologies with its partners from across the Wind River Titanium Cloud ecosystem at Mobile World Congress. Showcasing a variety of use cases, Wind River Titanium Cloud virtualization platform will be featured in demonstrations at partners’ booths.Through the collaboration of industry-leading software and hardware companies, the Titanium Cloud ecosystem ensures the availability of interoperable standard products optimized for NFV deployment with Titanium Cloud to help accelerate time-to-market for service providers and telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs). The Titanium Cloud ecosystem program currently includes more than 50 members.Demonstrations with ecosystem partners include:Amdocs: This demo highlights the Intel TrueVR application that utilizes Titanium Cloud with Amdocs NFV powered by ONAP service orchestration to enable service providers to deploy services faster, at lower cost, with guaranteed uptime to extend the benefits of virtualization form the core the edge.Altiostar:  This demonstration from Altiostar includes one of the industry’s first virtualized 5G cluster, highlighting vRAN utilizing mmWave.Blue Planet, a division of Ciena: A showcase of 5G orchestration and automation, this demo features Blue PlanetÒ multi-domain service orchestration from Ciena, edge cloud infrastructure from Titanium Cloud, CDN technologies, and a data center running vEPC technology to show an end-to-end 5g environment.Kontron: Kontron’s commercial-off-the-shelf hardware platforms combined with Titanium Cloud demonstrates how a branch office deployment can be done in a more cost effective, easier to operate and flexible way, with ultra-reliability, performance and security.Lenovo: Combining technologies from Lenovo and WiZR AI-enabled video analytics along with Wind River Titanium Cloud, this Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) demonstration showcases how Lenovo’s edge servers can help monetize network assets and accelerate time to revenue. In this MEC use case, a high bandwidth application (eg:  WiZR video processing) is migrating to the edge of the network, closer to where data is created and illustrate how service providers can more effectively offer new services.Mavenir: A leader in transforming mobile network economics, Mavenir will be showing demonstrations of its packet core solutions which will be powered by Titanium Cloud as the NFV infrastructure platform.RIFT:  RIFT.ware showcases Zero Touch Provisioning of a Carrier Grade Geo-Redundant Launch with Palo Alto FW VNF in Active/Standby mode across Multi-Cloud Wind River Environment.Sandvine: Highlighting Sandvine’s cloud-ready network policy control solutions with Titanium Cloud, this demo shows how business intelligence can be added to a network, as well as increase revenue, reduce network costs, and improve subscriber quality of experience.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous HCC: SafeTCPIP off-the-shelf network stack for integration with automotive systemsNext LDRA: tool suite selected to ensure safety in power wheelchair head controllast_img read more

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India and Pakistan series is much bigger than the Ashes: Javed Miandad

first_imgIndia and Pakistan haven’t played a bilateral cricket since 2008, except for a short limited over series held in 2012-13 in India as a goodwill gesture. Former Pakistan Test captain Javed Miandad has come out and advised the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Pakistan Cricket Board to work together for the resumption of cricket between the two neighbouring countries.”It is high time the two boards got on one platform and tried to convince the governments to give clearance for resumption of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan,” Miandad said in an interview.The 124 Tests veteran said it was a shame that despite having good teams and exciting young talents, India and Pakistan are not compete against each other on regular basis.READ – Umar Akmal claims he was approached to underperform vs India”What is the purpose of this World Test Championship or any other ICC backed league if India and Pakistan don’t play against each other,” he said.Miandad said he had lost all hope in the ICC in playing any role to get India and Pakistan to resume bilateral cricket.READ – 2019 Cricket World Cup to begin on May 30, final on July 14″India and Pakistan series is much bigger than the Ashes and if we work out our issues the two countries can rule the cricket world,” he said.”No matter the level of political relations in the past we have played cricket in very tense conditions and it has eventually helped the governments,” Miandad stated.advertisementREAD – Miandad, Pakistan’s controversial but legendary batsman, turns 61He said if bilateral cricket was held it would help in easing relations between the two countries.Miandad said that if India and Pakistan can play in ICC events like the World Cup or Champions Trophy or in the Asia Cup, why not in bilateral matches.READ – “We have got Indians and Pakistani cricketers sharing a dressing room””One could reconcile to the situation if there were no matches between the two countries at all but if we can play in ICC events then why not otherwise,” he asked.The batting great also asked the ICC to keep a close eye on the mushrooming of T20 leagues to prevent any fixing scandals.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: No one in team takes my bowling seriously but I do, jokes Kohli

first_imgHe broke many a records with his batting but Virat Kohli, the medium-pacer, could have had a lot more than eight international wickets if his teammates believed in his bowling ability like he himself does.Kohli, albeit in a lighter vein, explained why he has not bowled in international cricket since December 2017.”It was the during the ODI series in Sri Lanka (in 2017) where we had almost won everything, I asked MS (Dhoni) if I could bowl. Just when I was getting ready to roll my arm over, Bumrah (Jasprit) shouted from the boundary and said ‘no joking around, it is an international game’.”No one in the team believes in my bowling but I do. After that I had back issues and then never bowled (in the middle),” said the Indian captain in an interview to host broadcaster of the World Cup.A little warm-up before hitting the nets for #TeamIndia Skipper @imVkohli.#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/OlwbKq0czD BCCI (@BCCI) May 30, 2019Kohli, however, still bowls in the nets, most recently in a practice session here earlier this week.He has taken four wickets in ODIs and as many in T20s. He has bowled 163 balls in Test cricket but the wickets column remains empty.The star batsman also shared an anecdote which shows that he has always taken his bowling seriously.”I used to follow James Anderson’s action when I was at the academy (in Delhi). Later, when I got to play alongside him, I told him about that story. We both had a good laugh over it,” Kohli quipped.advertisementAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Pakistanis love Virat Kohli, says Younis KhanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa off to their worst ever start in World Cup historyAlso Seelast_img read more

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GOOD LUCK TO ONE OF OUR YOUNG TOUCHIES

first_imgIt looks like Touch Football is about to produce another potential Rugby League star, with the Northern Territory’s former Under 18 representative player Michael Fairweather, chosen for the North Queensland Cowboys Young Guns squad for 2005. Michael and his family are from Katherine, although he has been boarding in Yeppoon for the past two years and represented Central Queensland at the recent National 18 Years Championships. His brother Willy has also represented the Northern Territory at the Under 18 Championships and the Barbarians (combined NT and WA side) in the Mixed division at the National Touch League. No doubt all involved with Touch Football wish Michael all the best as he follows in the footsteps of other players such as Benji Marshall, Joe Williams and Matt Bowen, all past Touch representatives creating a name for themselves in Rugby League. While we hope he continues to excel in the sporting arena, we are also hopeful that we will see him back on the Touch field in the not-to-distant future! Please note: The following story comes from the Queensland Rugby League Website, www.qrl.com.au : NORTH Queensland speedsters Matt Bowen, Matt Sing and Ty Williams could be left choking on dust in future years, with the Cowboys’ set to unveil one of the code’s fastest talents. Plucked from Katherine in the Northern Territory, Michael Fairweather will join the club at the end of the year, following the completion of his studies. Presently attending school at St Brendan’s Yeppoon, 18-year-old Fairweather created a frenzy of excitement on the weekend when he beat Olympic sprint hopeful Wagui Anau in a 100m scratch race. Anau, 26, himself a former rugby league player, boasts a personal best over the distance of 9.94sec wind-assisted. The untimed race between the pair was a highlight of the two-day Ted Mosby Memorial Indigenous Challenge in Cairns. Initially, Fairweather’s pace came to the attention of the Cowboys at a pre-season development camp, when school teacher Terry Hansen bet $10 his student could beat all comers. Cowboys officials Peter Jones, Adrian Thomson and Dave Roberts placed their hard-earned on a more well-credentialed athlete, but came up with empty pockets. “The first time they raced, Michael won by about 10m,” laughs Hansen. “The others were complaining that their runner didn’t get a fair start so we re-ran the race. I think he beat him by 12m the second time and I collected.” Originally placed on a scholarship, Fairweather had his status upgraded after an impressive performance at the 2004 Confraternity Shield. St Brendan’s walked away as champions of the prestigious carnival and Fairweather was ear-marked for the North Queensland Young Guns squad of 2005. His accomplishments have an undeniable fairytale ring about them. Back in Katherine, Fairweather’s father was one 50 police responsible for a 22,500 sq km district, roughly 20 times the size of Brisbane. Michael’s ticket to the Eastern Seaboard came when good friend Mitch Jones was recruited by St Brendan’s and requested that he be able to take a friend. In the long run, the school was forced to release Jones, while Fairweather went on to make the most of his opportunities. Even for this year’s Confraternity success, the team undertook special fund-raising to get their cash-strapped speedster his ticket to Townsville. “He was selected in the Capricornia athletics team for just about everything as well, but he chose not to go to that because of his financial background,” says teacher Hansen. “It’s funny to think he came here by mistake. His mate brings him and he’d probably played two games of rugby league before in his life. “Michael’s been like a duck to water; just learning, learning, learning. Here’s a kid with not much money and he’ll be on $25,000 in his first year out of school.” Prior to the weekend’s victory against Anau, Hansen timed Fairweather running 11.1sec into a headwind, on grass, wearing sneakers. Story written by QRL.last_img read more

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10 months agoMounie thanks Huddersfield away support after Fulham defeat

first_imgMounie thanks Huddersfield away support after Fulham defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town striker Steve Mounie praised the traveling support after defeat at Fulham.Over 2,000 Huddersfield supporters were in London for the 1-0 loss.Mpounie told htafc.com: “Our fans are always amazing and amazing to me as well.“I will thank them for that, they are always behind us and appreciate us and we all appreciate that.“That’s why I am sad today because we don’t give them enough, give them wins or draws to cheer and that’s why I’m really sad.“I hope they will keep going because we need that, we need their full support until the end of the season.“The dressing room, today, is very sad with the result, but we have the quality to change these results.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Farmers to Learn about Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices

first_img Some 5,000 farmers from the parishes of St. Thomas, St. Mary and Portland are to benefit from a €400,000 (J$5.6-million) project, aimed at increasing their capacity to implement climate-smart agricultural practices. He was speaking to JIS News during the National Conference on ‘Accelerating the Application of Climate-smart Agriculture Innovations and/or Technologies’, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on March 25.Mr. Thompson said while the bulk of the island’s production is from the parishes of St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Trelawny, the targeted parishes have also contributed significantly to the sector.“When we look at the three regions, St. Mary to a lesser extent, we see the state of degradation in those parishes – slash and burn, malpractices on the steep hillsides and continuous bush fires during periods of drought. We need to educate farmers that bush fires should not be used as a means of clearing land for production, because you destroy the biological agents in the soil that help in the building of the soil for it to be more fertile,” he said.Mr. Thompson encouraged farmers to utilise methods such as contour cropping, and barrier farming, which will serve as a protector to soil movement.Mr. Thompson noted that climate change is threatening the food security in the country, and so farmers need to be properly educated to address the issues.“What we are trying to do is to educate the farmers on how to be more resilient, so we take into consideration their knowledge and how to go forward with that knowledge in terms of implementing strategies,” he said.Meanwhile, Senior Director, Adaptation, Climate Change Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Le-Anne Roper, said the programme is building the capacity of the farmers.“The farmers will also be trained to better use information and communication technology and to innovate in their practices,” she said.Climate-smart agriculture has been developed as an approach to attain ‘triple wins’ in agriculture, through increased agricultural productivity, adaptation (supporting crops and livestock to grow in changing climatic conditions) and mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions where possible). The project is being funded by the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), based in the Netherlands. Dubbed, ‘Accelerating the Uptake of Climate-smart Agriculture in Jamaica’, the project is to strengthen the resilience to climate extremes and improve agricultural productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers in Jamaica through the promotion of widespread adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices that are most aligned with national policy priorities.center_img Some 5,000 farmers from the parishes of St. Thomas, St. Mary and Portland are to benefit from a €400,000 (J$5.6-million) project, aimed at increasing their capacity to implement climate-smart agricultural practices.Dubbed, ‘Accelerating the Uptake of Climate-smart Agriculture in Jamaica’, the project is to strengthen the resilience to climate extremes and improve agricultural productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers in Jamaica through the promotion of widespread adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices that are most aligned with national policy priorities.The project is being funded by the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), based in the Netherlands.Chief Executive Officer, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Peter Thompson said increased adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices in those parishes is critical and will guide farmers in using best practices for farming.Chief Executive Officer, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Peter Thompson (left), listens keenly to Senior Director, Technology, Training and Technical Information, RADA, Winston Shaw, during the National Conference on ‘Accelerating the Application of Climate-smart Agriculture Innovations and/or Technologies’, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, on March 25. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Petrobras Hires One from McDermott

first_imgzoom McDermott International, through one of its subsidiaries, today entered into an agreement with Petrobras for the supply of its subsea Lay Vessel North Ocean 105 (LV105).The LV105 will carry out deepwater umbilical and flexible pipe installation in the pre-salt region and Campos Basin area offshore Brazil.“This new contract award highlights Petrobras’ ongoing confidence in McDermott to deliver leading subsea installation solutions,” said Tony Duncan, Executive Vice President, Subsea. “The charter also supports our vessel utilization targets as during the second half of 2014 McDermott will have three deepwater vessels on charter to Petrobras.”Expected to commence during the third quarter of 2014, the term of the charter is approximately 200 days, with an option to extend. mcdermott, March 20, 2014last_img read more

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Havyard Names State-of-the-Art Fish Carrier

first_imgzoom Havyard’s newbuild 117, the live fish carrier “FS Stormy” was duly named on Saturday 29th March in Fosnavaag town centre.In addition to invited guests, many of the open ship visitors also joined the ceremony. And they got to listen to dashing brass music by Herøy Janitsjar (a janissary / brass band) and observed godmother Kathrine Andersen Remøy smashing the bottle against the side of the hull as she wished ship and crew good fortune out at sea.After the naming, FS Stormy with guests onboard, sailed to Quality Waterfront Hotel in Aalesund where a gala dinner duly awaited the party, including entertainment and speeches lasting into the early hours.FS Stormy, live fish carrier of Havyard 587 design, attracted plenty of attention, many visitors gathered to see this state-of-the-art vessel docked at the quay in the middle of Fosnavaag town centre.A steady flow of  people, younger and older, carefully inspected the advanced ship from keel to mast and in particular the size of the ship was commented on by many people. The beautiful lines of the vessel were also topic for many conversations as it adorned the quayside. Main data Havyard 587Length: 84.6 mBreadth: 16.9 mCapacity: Three cylinder tanks totalling 3250 cubicMain engine: 3000 kWCrew: 12 persons havyard, April 1, 2014last_img read more

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Minister Sets Halifax Regional School Boards Salary

first_imgHoward Windsor will be paid $72,000 per year to run Nova Scotia’s largest school board. The retired provincial civil servant and former deputy minister was appointed by Education Minister Karen Casey in December to replace Halifax Regional School Board’s 13 elected members after she determined they had failed to meet performance standards set out under the Education Act. Mr. Windsor’s salary has been calculated using the average salary of a Nova Scotia deputy minister, the pay of the highest earning principal in the board, and the number of days anticipated to do the job. “I believe this represents a fair wage for a job that carries great responsibility,” said Ms. Casey. “I also believe that it represents good value for the taxpayers of the province.” Halifax Regional School Board spent $221,200 last year on its elected officials, paying out $118,800 in honoraria and medical benefits, as well as an additional $103,000 on local travel, meals, professional development, office supplies and technology support. Mr. Windsor’s appointment runs to October 2008 when the new board is sworn in.last_img read more

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Runners Prepare for Morocco’s Marathon des Sables, World’s Longest Desert Race

Ouarzazate – All eyes were on Jay Batchen as he began unpacking his bag to show a cluster of runners what he would be using to survive the Sahara Desert for a week while running the Marathon des Sables (MDS) in Morocco.The 49-year-old’s bruised rib throbbed as he tugged out a venom extractor, knife, signal mirror, compass, and an assortment of other tools. Each item Batchen pulled from his bag came with a story from one of the 14 times he had run the MDS.“You can never pack too much toilet paper. It’s a lot less embarrassing to throw it out than ask other runners on the side of the trail for some of theirs,” Batchen said, speaking from experience, as he showed-off a four-pack of toilet paper. As the US representative of the MDS, Batchen’s job is to make sure each of the 32 runners, who were in the US just days ago, were ready to tackle the world’s longest desert race.Before the start of the Marathon des Sables, Jay Batchen gives US participants a pre-race bag-check on Thursday, April 4. The group will be spending a week running, eating and sleeping together in the Sahara Desert. Photo by Anton L. Delgado/Morocco World News.But the veteran runner knew that tools and gadgets could only get you so far—what mattered the most was attitude.“Your goal should always be just to finish,” Batchen said to the runners attending his pre-race bag-check. “Do what works best for you. Learn from each of your mistakes and try not to make them again. And if you ever think about quitting, tell yourself you’ll quit tomorrow.”The first time Batchen finished the MDS was in 2000. Since then he has earned 13 finisher medals. But that’s not why the race has changed his life.In 1999, Batchen attended the MDS as a documentarian for Discovery Channel. He was following the story of Lisa Smith, a female participant of MDS, who that year became the first American to win the women’s race.Several years later she became Lisa Smith-Batchen.“This race has become a part of who I am,” Batchen told Morocco World News. “I’m not the same person I was when I first came. And in a few days, when I hopefully finish this race, I won’t be the same person I am right now—it changes you.”Behind the starting lineThe MDS was founded in 1984, after Patrick Bauer spent 12 days alone crossing 350 kilometers of the Sahara Desert on foot. Bauer wanted to share his experience with any willing to join him.“The MDS is a powerful inner journey, a true introspection and a life path where you will find answers to questions you had never even thought of asking yourself before the start,” Bauer said in a press release.The MDS’s inaugural race in 1986 had just 23 runners. More than 30 years later, the race has had more than 20,000 participants. This year during the 34th MDS, there will be nearly a 1,000 people representing 51 countries running the marathon. Many, like Batchen, keep coming back for more.Which is why Bauer spends months charting a new race course each year. No two MDS routes are ever the same.“This is really a course that pays tribute to the great diversity of terrains of the Marathon des Sables. We will cross all the wonders the region has to offer…” Bauer said in a press release. “…And the icing on the cake: two brand new stages, capable of satisfying those competitors who are returning again and again.”In keeping with tradition, the course is kept a closely guarded secret until the day before the starting pistol goes off.The 250-kilometer race is broken down into six timed stages, each stage ranging from 30 to 90 kilometers. At the end of each stage, runners spend the night in tents together.“Tent time” each night is Batchen’s favorite part of the MDS.“Every night in the tent is spent bonding as a family. There are people from all over the US, coming from very different walks of life sharing the same highs and lows as you each day,” Batchen said. “The fact that you help pull each other through is what separates this ultra-marathon from other running events. You rely on them to make you laugh and keep you going.”Another unique aspect of the race is its last leg, known as the “solidarity stage.” This section is timed, but does not count in the overall ranking of the race, allowing the fastest and slowest runners to tackle the end of the MDS together.Batchen believes the way the race is structured allows elite marathoners and weekend runners to share the same experience of pushing themselves to their limits.Read Also: Moroccan Runner Rachid El-Morabiti wins Marathon des Sables for the 5th timeEach person running the race inspires their loved ones at home, and, according to Batchen, this is a huge source of motivation during the hardest days of the marathon.“When I’m running up the highest dunes or facing the hottest days, I just keep reminding myself to be a good example to my kids,” Batchen said. “Just by being here, I am showing them that with perseverance and dedication you can do anything you want.”Day before the desertPlacing the venom extractor neatly into its pouch and burying it back in his bag, Batchen wrapped up his pre-race bag-check. Early the next morning, the group would be taking a six-hour bus ride to the still-unknown location of the race’s start.As he continued packing up, all the runners split off to buy some last-minute items and double check their equipment. All but one.Despite being an experienced ultra-marathoner, Juliet Brundige wanted to perfect how to use a compass before entering the desert and starting her first MDS—she asked Batchen to help her practice.Her first attempt failed. Her second followed suit.As Batchen took the compass to demonstrate again, he reminded Brundige of how tricky compasses could be. Especially when running in the dunes of the desert.“The important thing is to stay relaxed and not to give up,” Batchen said. “We will all make mistakes out there. But if we keep learning from each mistake, eventually we’ll stop making them.”He gave Brundige back the compass.“Now, try it again,” he said. read more

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Kinder Morgan stops pursuing BC court action against antipipeline protesters

BURNABY, B.C. – Kinder Morgan says it will not continue court action against protesters who demonstrated against the proposed expansion of a pipeline while survey crews drilled on Burnaby Mountain.The company has filed a discontinuance of its B.C. Supreme Court civil lawsuit against five people who protested at the site last November and December.It says it approached all the defendants last month and offered to stop its proceedings and that two of the defendants agreed but discontinuing the court action doesn’t require agreement from all the activists.In late November, a judge tossed out civil contempt charges against dozens of activists who were arrested after Kinder Morgan admitted it provided incorrect GPS co-ordinates when it sought an injunction.The injunction kept away protesters, and the company wanted to extend it beyond a Dec. 1 deadline.A judge refused to grant that request, forcing Kinder Morgan to pack up before it completed the work. Kinder Morgan stops pursuing B.C. court action against anti-pipeline protesters by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2015 4:59 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Football Raekwon McMillan forgoes senior year enters NFL draft

OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) looks across the line of scrimmage during the game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 27-30. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorFor a third consecutive day, a member of Ohio State’s defense announced his intentions to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.Junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, the soul of OSU’s defense, said in a tweet that he will forgo his final season in Columbus and enter the draft.“Everyone around me molded me to become who I am today, that is why it was a difficult decision but I have chosen to forgo my senior season and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft,” he said in a tweet.The two-year starter and 2016 team captain was a leader in the middle of a defense that ranked sixth in total defense. He led the team with 102 tackles in 2016, including 31 against Michigan and Clemson combined, and 275 total tackles in his three year career at middle linebacker for coach Urban Meyer.McMillan was a factor in the run defense as well as getting to the quarterback. He had seven tackles for loss and two sacks this season, totaling 17.5 and six for his career. As the key member of former coach Luke Fickell’s linebackers, McMillan was responsible for all pre-snap reads, directing each and every member of the defense in the 20-25 seconds before the snap of the ball.The Hinesville, Georgia native is rated as the No. 4 linebacker in the 2017 draft class by Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley also turned pro.https://twitter.com/Kwon_daTRUTH/status/816713621308702720 read more

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Police Find Gun That Could Link Aaron Hernandez to

Photo by Getty Images.Massachusetts state police have located the gun that could link former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez to the double murder from last year, according to CBS 3 of Springfield, Mass.Police discovered the gun following a June 21 car crash on Interstate 91 in Springfield, Mass., during an inventory of the wrecked car. The car belonged to Jailene Diaz-Ramoz of Bristol, Conn.A .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver was in the car’s trunk inside a briefcase. Ballistics testing matched the gun with the bullets fired in the death of two men in Boston in 2012.Hernandez is already facing a charge of murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, and that case led them to the as-yet-unsolved July 2012 double homicide of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado.Hernandez’s possible connection to the murders of Abreu and Furtado remains under investigation. On July 16, 2012, Hernandez and his associates were allegedly involved in a fight with Abreu and Furtado at Cure, a Boston nightclub. Soon afterward, the two men were gunned down in their vehicle when an SUV with Rhode Island license plates pulled up alongside them and opened fire. Police believe that an SUV towed from the home of Hernandez’s uncle was the one used in the homicides.CBS 3 of Springfield reported that the gun belonged to a friend who Diaz-Ramos called “Chicago.” She said “Chicago” is a football player, and that he and his friends wanted to leave the gun with her so that they didn’t have to bring it with them.Diaz-Ramos was arraigned in Springfield District Court on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and was later released on $1,000 bail. read more

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Troika report card Steadfast implementation but watch for health and mortgages

first_imgTHE TROIKA MAY have officially completed their final review of Ireland’s bailout programme but they weren’t slow giving some advice as they finished up.“The implementation of the programme, which will expire in the coming months, has been steadfast, ” an official statement issued by the European Commission, the ECB and IMF said today.The Troika sounded one major warning, however, and it focused squarely on the health service. They say that budget figures remained on track to October but that “spending control must be maintained, in particular in the healthcare sector.”Echoing the continued debate surrounding the feasibility of saving in the Department of Health, the Troika sounded a note of concern, “Realising the proposed savings in health expenditure, while protecting core services, will require particular attention”.The second area of continued concern for the Troika was a call for a durable resolution of mortgages in arrears. They called on the banks to do more:The introduction of a target regime for arrears resolution has been helpful, but greater efforts are required by banks to find long-term sustainable solutions for borrowers in genuine mortgage distress. In other arrears cases, there is a need to restore full debt service payments.Credit facilityThe Troika were giving very little away about post-bailout financing options for Ireland, merely saying that “discussions continued” on “related options following the expiry of the current EU-IMF arrangements.”The conclusion of this twelfth Troika review would allow for the disbursement to Ireland of the final €1.4 billion of loans under the bailout arrangement.The Troika issues a positive not on Ireland’s growth prospects saying that Ireland’s economy has been growing above the euro area average since 2011 and is on target to record low growth in 2013.Read: The reviews are over but we may not leave for “a number of years” — IMF Mission Chief >Read: After 12 reviews and at least a few “discordant words,” Noonan and Howlin bid farewell to the troika >last_img read more

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Keep track of Santa this Christmas via NORAD and Google Earth

first_imgThere is one day a year that NORAD let’s its hair down so to speak to provide an important service to the citizens of the world. On December 24th, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) uses all the tools at its disposal to track the progress of Santa Claus and his reindeer!NORAD will once again be teaming up with Google to allow users to watch Santa as he travels around the globe, all in 3D thanks to the Google Earth service. Guided by Rudolph’s famous red nose, Google Earth will have Santa’s location on lock and will offer a visual play-by-play as St. Nick flies over various landmarks around the world. The jolly elf’s progress will also be available on Google Maps in both its mobile and desktop forms so no one has to miss any of the action if they are travelling.Acting as a strong piece of evidence for the existence of Santa, the NORAD and Google tracking partnership has become a Christmas tradition for families, and can warm the heart of even the most grinchy of non-believers. Starting at the international date line and traveling West because of the different time zones, Santa gets going promptly at midnight, and zooms to all the homes in the world by 6am (local to each child’s house of course).All the fun starts at 2am EST on the 24th, as Santa begins his journey around the world to bring happiness to all! Make sure to mark your calendars! You can check out the archive of last years tracking below.Read more at Google’s Lat Long bloglast_img read more

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Wreckage of Coast Guard helicopter located off Mayo coast

first_img Image: Peter Byrne By Daragh Brophy Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 1:06 PM Share1337 Tweet Email Image: Peter Byrne http://jrnl.ie/3300601 Mar 22nd 2017, 1:06 PM Short URLcenter_img Operations are continuing but are weather dependent.No bodies have been recovered.The remotely operated vehicle being used to search the waters off Black Rock has cameras, sensors and grabbers that can be used at depths of up to 3 kilometres. It was briefly deployed yesterday, before being put into use again today.It was sent to the area where signals from the black box recorder were found last week.Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was found in the initial search and rescue operation after contact was lost with the helicopter on Tuesday last. She later died in hospital.Her crewmates Captain Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith remain missing.Investigators said on Monday night that the helicopter may have hit rocks at Black Rock lighthouse.Poor weather conditions have hampered the search over the past few days. It’s hoped conditions will improve by the end of the week.Read: Underwater device with cameras and grabbers used in search for Rescue 116 >Read: Snow and ice grip the country as weather warning in place on frosty morning > Wreckage of Coast Guard helicopter located off Mayo coast A statement has been issued by investigators this afternoon. 14 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated at 1.10pm THE WRECKAGE OF the Rescue 116 helicopter has been found off the coast of Co Mayo, investigators have confirmed.According to a statement from the Air Accident Investigation Unit, the discovery was made by teams working near Black Rock island earlier today.Here is the statement:The AAIU in consultation with An Garda Síochána, the Navy, the Coast Guard, the GSI and the Marine Institute wish to advise that following initial Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) operations the wreckage of R116 has been positively located on the sea bed on the Eastern side of Black Rock, at a depth of approx. 40m. 82,163 Views last_img read more

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The Doctors Sonic Screwdriver Added to OED

first_imgDoesn’t kill, doesn’t wound, doesn’t maim. But I’ll tell you what it does do: It is very good at opening doors.The Doctor’s trusty multi-functional tool, the sonic screwdriver is second only to the TARDIS regarding iconic Whovian technology.But how exactly do you explain the lock-picking, laser-pointing, sound-wave-amplifying, matter-scanning, glass-shattering flashlight/microphone/lighter, which also happens to tighten and loosen screws?According to its new entry in the Oxford English Dictionary: “a (hand-held) electronic device which uses sound waves to perform various mechanical and technical functions.”The OED recently announced the addition of “sonic screwdriver” to the revised, third edition text, expected this June; the term will join existing definitions for “TARDIS,” “Dalek,” and “Cyberman.”The Eleventh Doctor baits a fish with his sonic screwdriver (via BBC America)Introduced by the Second Doctor in 1968 serial “Fury from the Deep,” the gadget was used twice more during Patrick Troughton’s tenure (in “The Dominators” and “The War Games”), and became popular with the Third (Jon Pertwee) and Fourth (Tom Baker) Doctors.Despite being written out of the show in 1982, the screwdriver was featured briefly in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, before making a prominent return in the 2005 reboot.And, much like the TARDIS and Time Lord himself, the Doctor’s favorite utensil has been through various redesigns and refits. The Twelfth incarnation caused an uproar among fans when he replaced his lost screwdriver with a pair of sonic sunglasses.Clara Oswald and the sonic screwdriver (via BBC)The out-of-this-universe tool even inspired a real-life attempt to mimic the Gallifreyan technology: Researchers at Dundee University in 2012 unveiled a machine that uses ultrasound waves to turn objects, rather than just push them.“The sonic screwdriver won’t get you out of every tricky situation (as the Fourth Doctor had to admit). But it [is] definitely worth having in your TARDIS toolbox, and, pretty soon, it’s going to be available in that other big blue cabinet of endless curiosity, the OED,” Jonathan Dent, a senior assistant editor on the Oxford English Dictionary, wrote in a blog post.last_img read more

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