Sporting Lisbon May Rename Stadium After Cristiano Ronaldo Once He Retires

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Cristiano Ronaldo is the most famous product of the Sporting Lisbon academy and now the club are planning to honour their historic connection, exploring the chance of changing the name of their stadium after the Portuguese superstar.Sporting Lisbon’s 50,000-seater stadium is currently called Estadio Jose Alvalade, a name it has taken from the club’s founder and first member. However, in a few years from now, it may bear the name of Cristiano Ronaldo. “It’s a theory we will not shelve and obviously we’d be very proud to have his name associated with us. Cristiano is and always will be one of the greatest symbols in the history of our club,” Sporting president Frederico Varandas told Tuttosport.He further said that it is Ronaldo’s legacy that inspires the next generation at the club.”We’re already keeping his values on the walls of the youth academy, focusing on passion, sacrifice, discipline, leadership and determination. “Cristiano is certainly the best Portuguese player of all time and one of the best athletes in the history of the sport,” Varandas added.It is now 17 years since Ronaldo made waves at the Sporting academy. He began his club career with Sporting and back in the 2002-2003 season, Ronaldo became their first player to play under-16, under-17 and under-18 teams, the B team, and the first team, all within a single season.Incidentally, it was at the inauguration of Estadio Jose Alvalade in August 2003 that Sporting Lisbon defeated Manchester United 3-1, a match where Sir Alex Ferguson saw Ronaldo for the first time and immediately wanted to sign him.It was at that very ground that Ronaldo’s decorated career began and it might end up having his name. cristiano ronaldofootballPortugalSporting Lisbon First Published: October 13, 2019, 1:34 PM ISTlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton tops second practice in Russia

first_imgLewis Hamilton set the fastest time in Friday’s second practice session for the Russian Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel stopped his Ferrari on the track and faces a grid penalty.Ahead of qualifying on Saturday, both practice sessions were topped by Mercedes, underlining the dominance of a team which has been on pole for 39 of the last 41 races.Hamilton edged Vettel by .652 seconds in the second session, and set the fastest time over the two sessions. A longer run showed good indications for race pace, he said.”It seemed to go well, seemed to be quite smooth and generally quite good pace, so I’m quite happy with it,” Hamilton said.His teammate and the championship leader, Nico Rosberg, was top in the first session but third in the second, .867 seconds behind Vettel. Rosberg has won all three races, and said Mercedes was adapting well to the smooth, rarely used asphalt in Russia.”It’s different to everywhere else,” he said. “It’s not easy to get it right, car-wise and driving-wise, you know, so it’s been an interesting day but good. We got off to a good start, all of us, so I’m pleased with that.”Vettel was fast early on but came to a halt on the start-finish straight just before the halfway point of the 90-minute session, saying over the team radio he “lost electronics.”Ferrari later said it would change his gearbox, which will earn Vettel a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race. The change was due to collision damage from the last race in China and unrelated to the electronics problem, the team said.advertisementDespite losing valuable running time to the electronics error, Vettel said after practice that the car was in good shape.”The feeling was alright, the balance wasn’t yet where I want it to be, but we can improve,” he said, adding that Sochi’s Olympic Park was “a circuit which should come our way.”Near the end of the second session, Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein stopped on the track, too, telling his team he suffered a power failure.In the first session, Rosberg led Hamilton by .722 seconds. Vettel was third fastest, trailing Rosberg by 1.048, with his teammate Kimi Raikkonen in fourth, and the Williams of Felipe Massa in fifth.Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo did a brief stint at the start with the team’s “aeroscreen” concept, which works like a reinforced windshield.The team released video of the screen deflecting a wheel at high speed, and also a one-kilogram metal projectile similar in size to the metal spring which left Massa with a fractured skull in 2009, when he was driving for Ferrari.The screen is a rival to a metal “halo” tested by Ferrari last month. Both concepts have come in for criticism over the way they look.The series is looking at ways of improving cockpit security to leave drivers less exposed to the risk of head injuries after French driver Jules Bianchi and British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died last year.Two test drivers took part in the first session: Russian Sergei Sirotkin was 14th for Renault and 19-year-old Mexican Alfonso Celis 22nd and last for Force India.There were some struggles for the American Haas team, which stunned the F1 world when Romain Grosjean was sixth and fifth in the team’s first two races but made little impact at the last race in China.On Friday, Haas’ best result was 16th in each session and principal race engineer Ayao Komatsu said the team was having difficulties getting the best out of the tires.”Every day we’re finding some new problems, areas we need to improve,” he said. “So it’s just a matter of prioritizing them because we haven’t got many people, so we need to be realistic.”last_img read more

Geneva Open: Mischa Zverev beats Kei Nishikori to keep up with younger brother

first_imgMischa Zverev took some of the limelight back from younger brother Alexander when he beat second seed Kei Nishikori to reach the Geneva Open final on Friday.The German, whose younger sibling Alex won the Italian Open last week to reach number 10 in the rankings, produced some dazzling serve-and-volley tennis to beat Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.Moscow-born Zverev, ranked 33, will face home favourite Stan Wawrinka in the final. The top seed beat Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 7-6(4).Zverev, 29, stunned the tennis world at the Australian Open when he beat world number one Andy Murray before losing to eventual winner Roger Federer.The last time he reached an ATP Tour final was in 2010 when he was beaten by Frenchman Gilles Simon at the Moselle Open.last_img read more

Chris Carson’s Squat Max is Otherwordly

first_imgFor perspective, first round running back pick Melvin Gordon put up 510 pounds on the squat rack at the start of last season, and first round wide receiver Devante Parker, who went No. 14 overall, squat 455 pounds going into his senior season.There’s a difference between being able to perform in the weightroom versus performing on the field, but so far it appears Chris Carson is checking off all the boxes and well on his way to becoming a solid option in the backfield this season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Robert Allen of gopokes.com jumped on an interview this morning with The Buzz radio station in Tulsa, and quietly dropped a bomb that many people may already be aware of: Chris Carson is an animal.According to Allen, the strength staff was concerned with his squats during a session in which the players “maxed out”, or attempt to see what their ceiling is for various workouts.Carson reportedly had 500 pounds on the squat rack and went so low coming up on his second attempt that, in Allen’s words, his butt cheeks nearly hit the floor.500 pounds is VERY impressive for the junior running back, who has earned praise for his attitude and work ethic already in his short time in Stillwater. “Carson’s attitude’s been terrific,” Gundy told The Oklahoman. “His work habits, his testing, his speed, his footwork – all the things that we would want to see in a back that’s going to be successful at this level, he’s shown us up to this point.”Check out this video from the spring of Carson squatting. He didn’t go nearly as low in this video, but his ability and gifts in the weightroom are undeniable.last_img read more

Piatek dreams of playing alongside Ronaldo

first_imgAC Milan forward Krzysztof Piatek says Cristiano Ronaldo would be a dream strike partner, but he is determined to prove himself deserving of the No. 9 shirt at San Siro.The prolific Poland international has been a revelation since arriving in Serie A as a stunning impact in 2018-19 saw him score 19 goals in 21 appearances for Genoa, before then recording 11 in as many appearances after securing a big-money move to Milan.His 30-goal haul is two more than five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo managed in his debut campaign at Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Piatek acknowledges he could not have wished for a better start to life in Italy and is eager to push on further from this point.Quizzed by Gazzetta dello Sport on who he would like to play alongside, the 24-year-old said: “Who would be my dream strike partner? Cristiano Ronaldo and Andriy Shevchenko.“When I arrived in Italy, who would have thought that I would have scored more than CR7. But I want to improve and become top scorer. I will do everything to succeed.”Piatek has quickly become the main man at Milan and considers the No. 9 jersey he has inherited to be a blessing, rather than a curse.He added: “Nine is an important number for a striker, all the best have it – [Robert] Lewandowski, [Luis] Suarez, [Karim] Benzema, [Harry] Kane.“I am happy because the club believed in my qualities, they told me that I should have the shirt, while I said that I would have fought with all my strength to get it, and I did. “I don’t believe in superstition and this curse. For me, nine is normal, everything will be fine like with 19. It’s not scary to me.”Piatek Milan FrosinonePiatek will be chasing down more goals in 2019-20 under the guidance of Marco Giampaolo.Milan have made a change in the dugout after seeing Gennaro Gattuso walk away from a post that meant so much to him as a Rossoneri legend.Piatek said of the managerial movement: “Giampaolo is a master of football.“I like the 4-3-1-2 because it gives us many offensive solutions.“In Italy I have already had four coaches, he is the fifth, but tactically he is certainly the best.“Gattuso is a legend and also a bit crazy. He loves Milan with all his heart, he has taken on many responsibilities and came to the end tired and drained.”last_img read more

Where Sporting News Ranks Ohio State, Michigan Heading Into 2019 Season

first_imgAn Ohio State football player deflecting a Michigan pass.(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Big changes are coming to the Big Ten in 2019. Ohio State has a new coach, Michigan has a new offense, and Nebraska looks poised to take the conference by storm. Ahead of the 2019 season, Sporting News has released its rankings and has some interesting takes on Ohio State and Michigan.In Sporting News‘ top 25 preseason ranking, writer Bill Bender placed Ohio State ahead of Michigan. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 4 – on pace for a spot in the College Football Playoff – while the Wolverines ranked No. 10.It’s a strong selection for the Buckeyes to be sure as they head into the season with Ryan Day as a first-year head coach. Day managed Ohio State as an interim head coach to start last season, but has had the entire offseason to mold the team.As for Michigan, finishing ranked tenth would be well outside expectations. Many believe the time is now for Jim Harbaugh to lead the Wolverines to a Big Ten title. No. 1⃣ @AlabamaFTBL No. 2⃣ @ClemsonFB No. 5⃣ @OU_FootballNo. 8⃣ @GatorsFBNo. 🔟 @UMichFootballAlabama and Clemson lead the way, but who else follows behind?Check out SN’s preseason Top 25. 👇https://t.co/cgXcklYhuH— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 29, 2019As for the rest of the Big Ten, Penn State came in at No. 12, Wisconsin at No. 21, and Nebraska at No. 25.Penn State has been a top-three team in the conference for several years now. Wisconsin has been one of the powers in the Big Ten West division, making three Big Ten title games in the past five years.Nebraska is coming off back-to-back losing seasons, but after a strong 2018, are a sleeper pick to dominate the Big Ten West.The 2019 college football season is only a few weeks away, and the AP preseason poll is even closer.last_img read more

Premiers 2007 Holiday Message

first_imgThe holiday season is a time to gather with our friends and families to enjoy the blessings in our lives. It is also a time when we reflect on the passing year, look ahead to the future and make goals for ourselves. As premier, when I reflect on the past year I am proud of the progress we have made as a province and I know the challenges we have faced are only stepping stones to a stronger year ahead. I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season and a new year filled with peace and happiness. May the blessings of the season be with you now and always. -30-last_img read more

Senate lawyers to ask court to remove upper chamber from Duffy lawsuit

first_imgOTTAWA – The Senate wants an Ottawa judge to remove it from a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by Sen. Mike Duffy, arguing that the upper chamber is protected by parliamentary privilege.Duffy is seeking more than $7.8 million in damages from the Senate and the RCMP in the wake of the high-profile investigation and suspension surrounding his expense claims, which culminated in a dramatic trial that found him not guilty on 31 charges in April 2016.The portion of the lawsuit against the Senate hinges on Duffy’s arguments that senators acted unconstitutionally and violated his charter rights when they decided to suspend him without pay in 2013.Senate lawyers plan to file a motion by the end of the week in an Ontario court to have the upper chamber removed from Duffy’s lawsuit.The Senate says the decision to suspend Duffy is protected by parliamentary privilege, a centuries-old right designed to shield legislators in the course of doing their jobs.“The courts cannot consequently examine the exercise of a privilege and find the Senate liable for these actions,” a Senate spokeswoman said.If the court agrees, Duffy would only be able to sue the federal government for the RCMP’s actions during its investigation.The former newsman filed his claim in Ontario Superior Court in late August, claiming that the Senate’s decision to suspend him before any criminal charges were filed was “an unprecedented abuse of power.”Duffy was charged in July 2014 with 31 counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery — all of which were later dismissed in a lengthy and dramatic ruling in April 2016.At the time of the suspension debates, Conservative senators maintained the Senate had the exclusive power to govern its internal affairs and impose sanctions as part of any administrative penalties.The House of Commons website says Parliament doesn’t have the authority to set the limits of its own privileges, but instead must rely on the courts to determine the scope of the shield. Usually, judges defer to the idea of protecting the autonomy of parliamentarians from the courts.Privilege protects parliamentarians when they are making laws, but the Senate wasn’t considering legislation when it suspended Duffy — rather, it was punishing a fellow senator, said Lawrence Greenspon, Duffy’s lawyer.“The doctrine of privilege was not intended to deny Sen. Duffy or any Canadian due process or the protection of the charter.”The Senate’s motion is to be heard in late June.Duffy’s lawsuit alleges RCMP investigators failed to give him a chance to respond to the allegations he faced and appeared to ignore evidence that would have proved his innocence.last_img read more

Harvey Cant Mess With Texas A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief

first_imgHarvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief will take place on Friday, September 22 at the Frank Erwin Center from 7pm-11pm, and broadcast on 11 TEGNA stations and stream internationally on YouTube.com/TexasStrong from 9-10 p.m. CT.The largest live concert benefit in Texas will feature exclusive performances and rare collaborations from Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham, Ha*Ash, and multiple special guests. The evening will include special appearances by Matthew McConaughey, Dan Rather, Renee Zellweger, Luke Wilson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo, and many more. Charlie Sexton will serve as Music Director, with Asleep at the Wheel sitting in as the house band. Tickets for the four-hour live concert will go on sale today at 3:00pm CT at www.RebuildTX.org, with prices ranging from $30-$199.As the exclusive statewide broadcaster, TEGNA will air “Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” without commercial interruption across their 11 Texas stations, reaching more than 80% of the state. Made possible by Google, the concert will stream internationally during the broadcast hour on YouTube.com/TexasStrong. Google will match the first $500,000 of donations through a pledge challenge. Volunteers from Google’s Austin office and TEGNA employees will staff the phone banks at select station locations across the state. All viewers can support the relief efforts in post-Hurricane Harvey Texas by donating via telephone or online at www.RebuildTX.org.“We are proud to stand with Texas and present ‘Texas Strong’ across our stations,” said Dave Lougee, President and CEO of TEGNA. “The outpouring of support from the local community and communities across the nation is a testament to the spirit, grit and determination of the people of Texas. We are proud to work alongside our partners to help bring aid and healing to those impacted by Harvey.”TEGNA stations airing the broadcast concert include: WFAA, Dallas; KHOU, Houston; KVUE, Austin; KENS, San Antonio; KBMT, Beaumont; KCEN, Waco-Temple-Bryan; KAGS, College Station; KIII, Corpus Christi; KYTX, Tyler; KIDY, San Angelo; and KXVA, Abilene.“We got lucky when Hurricane Harvey avoided Austin, but though it missed us, it hit our neighbors hard. Every time I’ve asked you to help our neighbors you’ve risen to the challenge,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler. “Now we have an opportunity to do good by being our best, and that means putting on a show and having a good time. Let’s show the world what it means to be the Live Music Capital of the World in the greatest state in the Union. I’ll be there and hope to see you, too.”Proceeds will benefit Rebuild Texas Fund which was created by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in collaboration with the OneStar Foundation. The four focus areas of the fund include: health and housing; schools and child care; workforce and transportation; and capital for small businesses. The Dells are working to raise a total of $100 million for the long-term relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts for all affected communities in Texas. “For us, this is personal,” said Susan Dell. Both Michael and Susan Dell are Texas natives, and Michael Dell is from Houston. “This fund was created to help rebuild all of the communities – big and small – that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. We will be rebuilding for years to come,” said Michael Dell.Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief is generously organized with donated efforts and services by Springboard Productions, Solomon Group, Big House Sounds, Soundcheck Austin, The University of Texas Frank Erwin Center, Hotel Van Zandt, Sodexo, GSD&M, Andy Langer, Texas Music Office, and the City of Austin, as well as media partners KUT/KUTX, 93.3 KGSR, 103.5 BOB FM, 101X, 93.7 KLBJ, MIX 94.7, Majic 95.5, 95.9 R&B, 98.1 KVET, Austin American-Statesman, Austin360, The Austin Chronicle, and Do512. TEGNA (NYSE: TGNA) is producing the broadcast in partnership with Debra Davis Productions. Austin-based C3 Presents will proudly produce the live event with all services donated.last_img read more

Peak hour demand likely to touch 7,400 MW during summer

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi’s burgeoning peak power demand is expected to cross 7400 MW during the summers of 2019. Since four years, power supply were held smoothly without any major power cut, because arranging adequate power have been made. BSES discoms officials claim that apart from making adequate power arrangements, BSES ( BYPL and BRPL) discoms have also ramped-up the network capacity by deploying both conventional and innovative solutions. “To strengthen the distribution network, BSES discoms invested a capex of over Rs 800 crore (BRPL ~ Rs 525 crore, BYPL Rs 300 crore) in FY 2018-2019 and ramped-up the network capacity by around 750 MVA. BSES discoms also installed (new) and augmented around 600 distribution transformers and laid over 650 Kms of cable to strengthen the network,” claimed in discoms statements. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAdditionally, BSES is also working in tandem with generation and transmission companies to ensure that the entire generation, transmission and distribution system is aligned to meet the summer load. Peak power demand in BRPL’ area of South and West Delhi, which had reached 3081 MW during the summers of 2018, is expected to touch around 3,200 MW this year. In BYPL’ area of East and Central Delhi, the peak power demand which had reached 1561 MW last year is expected to touch around 1640 MW. ” During the year, BSES discoms invested substantial resources to strengthen the network. Besides making arrangements of adequate power, BSES discoms have undertaken several unique measures to ensure reliable power supply during upcoming summer months,” said discoms officials. Despite all possible measures, there can be several reasons for outages, many of which are not in a discom’s control. But many of these are easily preventable. Our analysis has shown that unplanned digging (for road repair or to lay cables/ pipelines) is a major cause for scores of outages across South, West Delhi, East and Central Delhi.last_img read more

Nova Scotia pulls plug on financially troubled marine turbine project

HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government has ordered the removal of a massive tidal turbine from the bottom of the Bay of Fundy after revoking the company’s licence.The government says Cape Sharp Tidal does not have the financial ability to deliver the project, breaching the terms of its renewable electricity licence.The company has been ordered to remove the in-stream turbine “within a reasonable time frame.”The project was among the first to generate electricity from the bay’s strong currents, but it was plagued by financial and technological woes.The turbine was left in the water when OpenHydro Ltd., based in Ireland, filed for liquidation, and Nova Scotia partner Emera Inc. pulled out shortly after.An Irish technical team was called in last year to determine why the turbine’s rotor stopped turning.The turbine has been monitored by the Nova Scotia government since last fall.The Canadian Press read more

Hundreds arrested in India during Lanka protests

Led by U. Kannan, headquarters secretary of the TVK, staged a demonstration in front of the Salem Railway Junction, raising slogans highlighting the demands. The Indian police have arrested hundreds of cadre of the Tamilaga Valvurimai Katchi (TVK) when they attempted to picket the trains in Salem city and two other centres in the district in Tamil Nadu yesterday demanding an international probe into the alleged massacre of innocent Tamils during the military offensive by the Sri Lankan Government in 2009.They also demanded the Centre to implement the resolutions adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly on this issue, The Hindu newspaper reported. They came in a procession from Kalai Maadu statue and staged a demonstration. All the protestors were released later in the day, police sources said. (Colombo Gazette) The State Assembly recently asked the Centre to move a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for an international probe into the alleged war crimes and genocide in the final phase of the civil war in Sri Lanka. Later, they attempted to enter the Railway Junction, when the police prevented and took about 350 of them into preventive custody.The TVK cadre attempted similar rail roko agitation in Omalur and Magudanchavadi Railway stations too. The police arrested 330 at Omalur and another 332 at Magudanchavadi, police source said.Meanwhile, the cadre of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) staged a demonstration in front of the head post office in the city demanding international probe into the massacre of innocent Tamils in the island.In Namakkal, cadre of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhatgam staged a demonstration in front of the Anna statue in the town. In Erode, over 150 members of the TVK were arrested when they attempted picketing at the Railway Junction. read more

CEB strike expands Ministry makes appeal to prevent crisis

The strike by trade unions attached to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) expanded today with more trade unions extending support to the strike. Meanwhile, the Power and Energy Ministry appealed to all CEB employees to return to work and prevent a power crisis.The Ministry also announced that employees who did not report to work on September 13 and 14 will be granted paid leave. (Colombo Gazette)

Security Council told that Sudan Government is closer to agreeing on UN

Briefing the 15-member Council, British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said that the visiting delegation was in full agreement with the view of the African Union (AU), which is currently providing a peacekeeping force to Darfur, that the UN should take over this role at “the earliest opportunity.”“By the end of our visit the mission felt that we’d edged further towards the probability of the Government of Sudan accepting such a deployment,” Ambassador Parry said, referring to a UN role to replace the 7,000-strong AU force that has long been seen as inadequate to halt the bloodshed in such a vast region and to implement a peace accord signed by the Government and the main Darfur rebels.Throughout the mission, Ambassador Parry said, the delegation had emphasized its “respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sudan” and stressed that the Security Council wished to work “in partnership” with the Government and the other main actors to tackle the range of problems that the country faces.Also briefing the Council today, and further emphasizing the need to look at the Darfur situation in the context of regional peace, Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sablière of France – who jointly led the trip to Chad – said the mission’s visit there had shown how important it was to look at this country as well, particularly as Chad’s refugee camps were partially filled with Chadians who had fled attacks by Janjaweed militia in Darfur.The Council also heard from Tanzanian Ambassador Augustine P. Mahiga who stressed that expanding assistance to Darfur was “not an optional choice but an obligation,” adding that in the coming days the Council should work to ensure the continued implementation of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement that was signed in May.Speaking at a press conference in New York today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan also emphasized the importance of the Agreement and repeated his earlier calls for the AU force on the ground to be strengthened.“We need to maintain the pressure on those who have signed the Agreement to live up to the Agreement that they have signed,” he said. “That goes for the Sudanese Government that has responsibility for the disarmament of the Janjaweed, and for the rebel groups, and to maintain the pressure on the two rebel groups that are outside the Agreement to join the process.”“And the African Union forces on the ground should be strengthened to do what they can. We are not on the ground yet, and cannot therefore take this on.”A joint UN-African Union team arrived in Darfur on Tuesday aiming to strengthen the AU monitoring force already there and to prepare for its possible transition to a full-fledged UN peacekeeping operation. read more

Spotifys Top 10 most streamed tracks

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, April 22, to Sunday, April 28:UNITED STATES1. Daft Punk, “Get Lucky — Radio Edit” (Columbia Records)2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us” (Macklemore)3. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (Interscope Records)4. Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors” (RCA Records)5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore)6. P!nk, “Just Give Me a Reason” (RCA Records)7. Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man” (Atlantic Records)8. Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie” (RCA Records)9. Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX, “I Love It” (Big Beat Records/Atlantic)10. Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” (The Island Def Jam Music Group)UNITED KINGDOM1. Daft Punk, “Get Lucky — Radio Edit” (Columbia Records)2. Bastille, “Pompeii” (Virgin Records)3. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (Interscope Records)4. Calvin Harris, “I Need Your Love” (Columbia Records)5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us” (Macklemore)6. Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors” (RCA Records)7. P!nk, “Just Give Me a Reason” (RCA Records)8. Nelly, “Hey Porsche” (Republic Records)9. Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre, “Waiting All Night” (Asylum)10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2013 12:49 pm MDT read more

On World Philosophy Day UN lauds role of dialogue diversity in multicultural

“Philosophy is an invaluable ally that draws on reflexive reasoning and engagement in dialogue, to open our minds to a wide variety of opinions and views,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in her messasge for the Day, which this year in on the theme “Social Transformations and Intercultural Dialogue.”“Such a shift of focus is crucial in a world of rising diversity,” Ms. Bokova continued. “This is both the foundation on which tolerance and peace rest and a means of releasing the creative energy that drives societies forward, while respecting human rights.World Philosophy Day has been observed every third Thursday of November since 2002, with the aim of making philosophical reflection accessible to all – professors and students, scholars and the general public – thereby enlarging the opportunities and spaces for the stimulation of critical thinking and debate.This year, the Day is being celebrated with a number of events, including roundtables, debates and concerts, held in Paris, where UNESCO is headquartered, and at other venues around the world. In addition, a roundtable discussion in Paris will see the launch of the Philosophy Manual, a South-South Perspective which UNESCO describes as an innovative tool designed to facilitate the discovery of philosophical texts from Africa, the Arab region, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean, while also promoting their full understanding through a critical apparatus which enables easily adapted educational use. read more

Jamaica women create history by qualifying for 2019 World Cup

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedReggae Boyz dumped out of 2018 World Cup in PanamaSeptember 3, 2016In “latest news”Honduras to Host CONCACAF Under-17 Championship in 2015July 31, 2014In “Sports”‘About time we win a World Cup’ – HolderFebruary 27, 2018In “latest news” Texas (CMC) – Jamaica became the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a senior Women’s World Cup by defeating Panama 4-2 on penalties to claim third place in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament here Wednesday.Dominique Bond-Flasza scored the winning spot-kick after both teams had battled to a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation and extra-time.Both USA and Canada who competed in the final in the qualifying tournament had already secured their places at the 2019 World Cup slated to be held in France, with the third-placed team also earning a spot in the prestigious competition.The Reggae Girls celebrating their victory over Panama which sent them to the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.In so doing, the Reggae Girls who are ranked No. 64 in the world, became the first Caribbean team to earn a spot in the World Cup. The island nation re-started its women’s national team program in 2014 after a six-year hiatus.The Jamaica women opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Khadija Shaw buried her shot past Panama’s outstanding goalkeeper Yenith Bailey.It was Shaw’s 13th goal for the Reggae Girls in her last 12 national team matches.However, Panama drew level in the 74th minute thanks to a strike from Natalia Mills.The scored stayed that way at the end of 90 minutes, but Jamaica pulled ahead once again courtesy of 16-year-old Jody Brown’s goal in the 95th minute.But just five minutes from time, Panama was able to lock the scores at 2-2, with Lineth Cendeno’s goal sending the game to penalties.However, after a pair of Panama misses, Bond-Flasza placed her shot past Bailey to send Jamaica to France. read more

Biocarburants les EtatsUnis dominent la production mondiale

first_imgBiocarburants : les Etats-Unis dominent la production mondialeA la fin de l’année 2010, les Etats-Unis étaient en tête des plus gros producteurs de biocarburant à travers le monde. C’est ce qu’indique une étude publiée par le pôle GBC (Global Biofuels Center) de Hart Energy Consulting. Selon ces mêmes travaux, Brésil et Chine se placent en seconde et troisième positions en matière de production d’éthanol renouvelable.Les Etats-Unis se placent largement en tête de ce classement avec des capacités de production de plus de 51 milliards de litres d’éthanol, rapporte cette étude citée par 20minutes. En 2009, l’industrie américaine de l’éthanol comptait 170 usines en activité, pour passer à la fin 2010 à 187 installations, note Michael Marshall, l’un des auteurs principaux du rapport.À lire aussiUn lion retrouve la liberté après avoir vécu en cage pendant 13 ans (Vidéo)A la seconde position avec 27 milliards de litres environ, le Brésil représente avec les USA quelque 82% des capacités de production d’éthanol dans le monde. Troisième du classement, et très loin derrière, la Chine dispose de capacités supérieures à 2,7 milliards de litres. C’est ensuite la France qui s’installe à la quatrième place, suivie par le Canada.Quant à la production de biodiesel, elle est là encore dominée par les Etats-Unis, qui avec des capacités de production en fonctionnement de 5,9 milliards de litres, se placent juste devant l’Allemagne et ses 5 milliards de litres. Espagne et Indonésie s’offrent les troisième et quatrième positions, tandis que le Brésil se contente de la cinquième place du classement. Toutefois le pays devrait en 2011 et 2012, connaître une importante croissance de cette production.Le 25 février 2011 à 10:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Powerful Solar Flare Wreaks Havoc On GPS Systems

first_img Earlier this week Earth got slammed by the largest solar flare in 12 years. Thankfully those of us on the ground were (obviously) just fine. That’s because Earth’s relatively thick atmosphere and sturdy magnetosphere deflected the majority of the radiation and charged particles hurled our way. Our satellites, however, weren’t quite so lucky.According to a NASA release, at about 12pm UTC on Sept. 6, the Sun popped out a tremendous flare. The flare received an X9.3 rating — one of the strongest recorded. The classification system used for solar activity follows a relatively simple lettering order, followed by a number to denote specific strength.“The biggest flares are known as ‘X-class flares’ based on a classification system that divides solar flares according to their strength,” a 2011 NASA blog post reads. “The smallest ones are A-class (near background levels), followed by B, C, M and X. Similar to the Richter scale for earthquakes, each letter represents a 10-fold increase in energy output. So an X is ten times an M and 100 times a C. Within each letter class there is a finer scale from 1 to 9.”So, with that, Wednesday’s burst ranks just about at the top of the scale. That’s particularly unusual because the Sun is currently nearing the calmest stage of its typical 11-year cycle. That doesn’t mean bigger flares can’t happen, but that they are far less common.Thankfully, for all the damage we’ve done to Earth, nothing humans could (or likely will ever) do will have any effect on the Sun at all. We’re just along for the ride.If it wasn’t clear already, this flare was a doozy, and it was actually big enough to knock out some communications temporarily. GPS and radio signals, in particular, went dark for a few moments, buffeted and eventually overwhelmed by a blast that started out as a twisting ring of plasma dozens of times larger than Earth.While the hit could have been much worse, we seem to have gotten off with a hefty, but relatively ineffectual, slap. A large enough storm could have taken out power and disrupted communications for months on end, but nothing that size has hit in decades and probably won’t in the next couple years. This is a gentle reminder, though, that while we may enjoy a lot of comforts in our modern lives, the sun could, at any point, take most or all of them away. Just by doing its thing. It’s comforting that there’s nothing we could ever possibly do to stop it, though. It’s a pleasant fatalism. Humans might be screwing a lot of stuff up, but this just is what it is.There is an upside, too. If you’re a stargazer, NOAA predicts that you should be able to see some pretty sweet aurora as far south as Chicago over the next few days. You will probably want to get out of a major city, though, to avoid light pollution and really take in the majesty of the Northern Lights. Those who still have their eclipse glasses can also see the sunspots that birthed the flare. You can also check out these awesome recordings from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory positioned near our parent star.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

Learn about measures to address sickness absence of the future at Employee

first_imgDelegates who attend Employee Benefits Connect 2016 can gain insight into the importance of early intervention for sickness absences.In a session entitled ‘Taking measures to protect businesses from sickness absence costs of the future – the benefits of early intervention’, Beth Rose Husted, vocational rehabilitation services manager at Unum UK, will discuss what could happen as the number of older employees in the workplace increases, how employers can support staff in the early stages of sickness to reduce the length of absence, and what services are available to support both physical and mental health in the workplace.The session will also delve into The benefits to business and the economy of early intervention and rehabilitation report, published by Unum and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) in October 2015, such as its finding that providing support early on using early intervention services can reduce absence length by 17% on average.Husted said: “Employers need to begin focusing on what services they have in place to keep staff well and at work, and whether [these services] are the right ones for their employees. Benefits are not beneficial for employers or employees unless they’re actually used.“Line managers also need to be trained to spot the signs of potential employee absence and consider the financial effects of someone not being at work.”She adds: “Keeping employees at work shows them that their employer cares about them and represents something tangible that their colleagues can see and experience.”Employee Benefits Connect 2016 will take place on 9 March at the Lancaster London.For more information and to register to attend, visit www.employeebenefitsconnect.co.uk.last_img read more