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AdvertisementBarcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that Ernesto Valverde would stay as the manager of the Catalan Giants in the next season also. According to the President of Barcelona, Ernesto Valverde is going to be the right man for them to continue his successful story at Barcelona.The Catalan Giants have comprehensively won La Liga this season. They are also in the final of Copa Del Rey this season. It was really unfortunate for them not to be in the final of the UEFA Champions League as well. Liverpool made an impossible come back in the second leg at Anfield to knock the Catalan Giants out of the biggest event of Europe.Barcelona were ahead in the first leg of the semifinal of the Champions League with a margin of 3-0 at Camp Nou. So, it would be a big mistake to replace Ernesto Valverde with some other manager at this moment. Through out the whole season, the Catalan Giants played really well.The President of Barcelona clarified that the Board would certainly back Ernesto Valverde to continue as the manager of Barcelona in the next season. However, the fans might not be happy with the decision of the club management in this circumstances. Wilfried Zaha seeks new challenge, hands transfer request at Crystal Palace Advertisement
Bhuvneshwar Kumar starred for India with a five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 238 in the fifth and final ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.Bhuvneshwar returned with figures of 5/42 from 9.4 overs, with an economy of 4.34. This is also his maiden five-wicket haul in the 50-over format. His previous best was 4/8 from six overs against the same opposition at Port of Spain in 2013.Before this ODI, he failed to pick up a single wicket from the first three ODIs and was rested for the fourth match as Shardul Thakur was handed his debut. But he came back strong in the last ODI. (MS Dhoni strikes a hundred in ODI stumpings, overhauls Kumar Sangakkara)Bhuvi got the dangerous Niroshan Dickewella out in the third over with a well disguised knuckle ball. The 27-year-old struck again three overs later when Dilshan Munaweera went for a wild slog and handed an easy catch to the Indian captain Virat Kohli.Bhuvi was at the thick of things again when India needed him the most. Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne built a strong partnership for the fourth wicket and were looking dangerous when Kohli called upon Bhuvi again.He replied in fine fashion and castled the southpaw Thirimanne, sending him back to the pavilion for 67and denting Sri Lanka’s hopes for a strong finish. The hosts were stuttering towards the end of the innings and the Uttar Pradesh pacer finished the innings in fine fashion to pick up his maiden ODI fifer.advertisementHe got the wickets of Milinda Siriwardana and Lasith Malinga in quick succession to wrap the Sri Lankan innings with two balls to spare.Reuters PhotoThis is the second time an Indian bowler picked up a five-wicket haul in the series. Earlier, Jasprit Bumrah snapped up 5/27 in the third ODI to help India restrict Sri Lanka to 217 at Pallekele. This was also his career-best performance.Not only that, Bumrah is also the highest-wicket taker in the series with 15 scalps in the series. It is also the most wickets picked by a bowler in a bilateral five-match series.Bhuvi and Bumrah’s brilliant bowling performances mark the great progress in the pace department of Indian cricket. The visitors decided to rest two of their premier pacers in Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav and go with Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah and Shardul for their visit to the emerald islands.Bumrah responded in fine fashion and so did Shardul in the fourth ODI. The Mumbai pacer picked up 1/26 on his debut game as India crushed Sri Lanka by 168 runs at Colombo on August 31.Shami, Umesh and Ishant have also performed exceedingly well in the Test arena as well. They have guided the team to world No. 1 position in Test cricket and are greatly backed by Bhuvi when called upon. This is the first time for quite a while that India have had a flurry of pace bowling options, who can make a mark in different conditions.As India get ready for tougher tests ahead against South Africa and England in the coming year, this problem of plenty will certainly be a welcome headache for Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri as they look to maintain their domination in world cricket.Congratulations, @BhuviOfficial! ??? #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/wGzHnh7U3P- ICC (@ICC) September 3, 2017
ICC umpire Richard Illingworth, who officiated as the third umpire in the fifth One Day International between India and Australia in Nagpur has been hospitalised, following chest pain.The umpire from England was hospitalised on Monday, Director (Operations), Alexis Hospital, Suresh Tripathi told PTI.Sources from Vidarbha Cricket Association said the umpire was admitted following complaint of chest pain.”Two doctors including a cardiologist are attending him. His condition is stable,” Tripathi added.On October 1, Rohit Sharma achieved a memorable milestone with his classy century as India outplayed Australia by seven wickets in the fifth ODI to seal the series 4-1 and cement their number one spot in the ICC rankings.
By C Shyam Sundar Chennai, Mar 20 (PTI) Dinesh Karthik has become the toast of the nation with his 8-ball-29 against Bangladesh in the tri-series final but he still feels like a “student in an University where Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a topper”, when comes to the tag of a best finisher.”When it comes to Dhoni — I am studying in an university where he is the topper. He is one of the guys I have always looked up to. It is unfair to compare me with him,” Karthik told mediapersons during an interaction, here today. Interestingly, Karthik made his international debut in September 2004 during Champions Trophy in England, three months before Dhonis debut against Bangladesh in a bilateral series in December. In the next 14 years, Dhoni became Indias most successful captain and one of its greatest limited overs exponent while Karthik struggled in the fringes, waiting for his chances. “His (Dhoni) journey has been totally different and my journey is a different one. He is a terrific guy. He is somebody who used to be reserved, shy. Today, he is a person, who is really vocal in helping the youngsters. I feel these comparisons are very unfair. As I said, he is probably a topper in an university, where I am studying. I am just happy in the space I am in,” Karthik said. Having been around for a decade and a half, Karthik is finally enjoying his time under spotlight, something he has so richly deserved. He attributes it to his good karma and divine intervention.advertisement “It feels good that all the attention is on me. All the good karma and good things I have done over the years helped me hit that six. It is just that the shot went for a six… probably the two mm extra that it went for it became a six.” The feeling is yet to sink in and Karthik admitted it. “It is hard for me to put in words. I am just happy to play this sport. When you play domestic cricket, it is a hard grind, To suddenly get so much attention feels so good but you also know that you want this to be a start of something special,” he added. Karthik also said the time spent with Mumbai cricketer Abhishek Nayar over the years had helped him strengthen the mental aspect of his game. “He (Abhishek Nayar) has been the most important factor in the last two and half years in my career. He has helped me prepare for games. He has made me think in terms of strategy. He also knows what is the right way to work hard. He has been the river and I have been the boat,” he added. Karthik also defended rookie Vijay Shankar who didnt have the experience of tackling Mustafizur Rahamans slower deliveries. “Vijay Shankar has the skill. He has done really well as a bowler. For someone, who is a batting all-rounder, he did well under pressure. I see a really good future for him. He has got a good attitude. He is a special talent and he has it in him to play for a long, long time,” the 32-year-old stumper said. He may have been a bit upset with Rohit Sharmas decision to promote Shankar ahead of him but lavished praise on Mumbaikars style of captaincy. “His (Rohit Sharmas) biggest strength is that he has won three IPLs as skipper and has immense belief in his ability to lead a team. He does a lot of homework. He is strategically very strong. He is a very thorough captain and is someone who is highly-skilled,” Karthik said. He has been named captain of Kolkata Knight Riders for the upcoming IPL and he would like to grow in stature after the platform that Nidahas Trophy has provided him. “(The forthcoming) IPL is extemely imporant. It is a fabulous tournament. Indian cricket is where it is because of the IPL. We get to rub shoulders with the best. On a personal note, it is very important tournament for me,” Karthik said. The feisty Karthik is excited about his new role and wants to live up to the legacy left behind by Gautam Gambhir. “I am very excited about the captaincy role. May be, it is time for me to embrace captaincy. The team has a very good bowling attack. I have to sit down with the coaches and see where I need to bat,” he added. About the return of CSK and Rajasthan Royals, he said it will be a totally different dynamics to the touramment.advertisement “CSK and Rajasthan Royals bring a totally different dynamics to the game. I am sure it is going to be a fabulous tournament,” Karthik said. PTI SS KHS KHS
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Les élèves des écoles du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial pourront profiter d’un plus grand nombre de choix alimentaires sains et d’occasions de faire de l’activité physique grâce à un investissement de 12 500 $ de la province. Cette subvention a été offerte au CSAP afin d’aider les écoles à devenir des écoles pour la promotion de la santé. « L’initiative des écoles pour la promotion de la santé constitue un parfait exemple de collaboration pour assurer la santé de nos enfants dans leur communauté scolaire », a déclaré le ministre de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé, Barry Barnet. « Cette subvention permet la mise en oeuvre de ce programme dans les écoles du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. » L’initiative des écoles pour la promotion de la santé inclut toute une gamme de programmes, d’activités et de services qui ont lieu dans les communautés scolaires. L’initiative vise non seulement à améliorer la santé de chaque élève, mais également à rendre plus sains les endroits où les enfants vivent et apprennent. Des recherches démontrent que la combinaison d’une alimentation saine et de l’activité physique est la meilleure façon de promouvoir un style de vie sain. Les écoles sont reconnues comme des environnements idéaux pour promouvoir l’alimentation saine et l’activité physique. Grâce à cette subvention, le CSAP prévoit créer des équipes de santé dans chaque école. Ces équipes seront formées d’enseignants, de parents, d’élèves et de membres de la communauté. Elles détermineront les besoins en matière de santé des écoles et établiront des objectifs précis pour promouvoir davantage la santé auprès des élèves. « Nous espérons que grâce à cette subvention, tout le monde apprendra à connaître les avantages d’un style de vie sain », a affirmé Lori Ann Comeau, enseignante-facilitatrice des jeunes apprenants actifs et en santé du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. « Un plus grand intérêt a été créé par Promotion de la santé, et les enseignants et le personnel sont motivés à transmettre cet intérêt aux élèves. » Le responsable de l’animation sportive et le consultant en matière de style de vie sain du CSAP travailleront en collaboration pour appuyer la mise en oeuvre des nouveaux programmes et des nouvelles activités. Ils travailleront également avec de nombreux partenaires dans le domaine de la santé, y compris les nutritionnistes de la santé publique des régies régionales de la santé, dans le cadre de la stratégie Healthy Eating Nova Scotia. Les familles, les professionnels de la santé, les éducateurs, les écoles, les organismes communautaires et les jeunes doivent tous travailler ensemble pour réussir à créer une école pour la promotion de la santé. Des données récentes de Statistique Canada démontrent que 32 pour cent des enfants et des jeunes néo-écossais ont un excès de poids ou sont obèses, ce qui est supérieur à la moyenne nationale. Les avantages des écoles pour la promotion de la santé sont de grande envergure, que ce soit l’amélioration de la santé des élèves et des environnements scolaires ou encore l’amélioration de la réussite des élèves du point de vue de l’apprentissage. Les écoles qui font la promotion d’un style de vie sain peuvent également inciter les jeunes à prendre en compte leur santé, à être fiers de leur école et à prendre en charge les politiques scolaires.
A new stone wall is being added to the traditional hebridean style blackhouse at Highland Village Museum this summer. The addition will be used to fence in livestock. Made of dry fieldstone and boulders, the stone wall is about one metre high and wide. Like the blackhouse, it is built in the traditional style of dry stonework. The fence connects directly to the blackhouse, allowing animals access to the byre, a part of the home that, at times, was used to house the animals. Stonemason John Urich, and builders Steve Griffiths and Sandy MacNeil, are constructing the wall. Originally from Austria, Mr. Urich has been doing masonry work since 1954. Over the years, he has done restoration work on various historic sites throughout Canada, including the Fortress of Louisbourg and Ben Breagh. The Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach is located in Iona overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. It is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum family. For further information call 902-725-2272, e-mail email@example.com , or visit the website at http://highlandvillage.museum.gov.ns.ca .
The province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team is investigating an incident that happened early morning Sunday, July 22 in Halifax. At about 2:30 a.m., Halifax Regional Police were called to assist staff at The Palace nightclub. As officers approached a group outside the club, a man fled and ran down Carmichael Street. As police chased him, the man fell and broke a bone in his arm. In accordance with the Police Act, the Halifax Regional Police referred the incident to the Serious Incident Response Team, who has assumed responsibility for the investigation. The Serious Incident Response Team is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call 424-2010 or toll-free 1-855-450-2010. The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. A referral does not necessarily require an allegation of wrongdoing on the part of the police. Its investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. The Serious Incident Response Team can independently launch an investigation or begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the results of the investigation within three months after it is finished.
By Jonathan Walsh,Rabat – Government ministers in Austria have announced in a report that they will now consider North African countries including Morocco and Algeria to be safe enough to deport migrants to. This comes in the wake of rising European skepticism towards the refugee crisis.The announcement is a clear shift in initiative, and comes as far right groups in Austria gain increasing levels of support in their opposition to the Liberal and Conservative coalition government. In a bid to limit the number of refugees in the country, the report also states that they will place a cap of 127,500 people seeking asylum until 2020, whilst aiming over the same four year period to deport 50,000.These numbers are in stark contrast to the reported 90,000 refugees Austria took in 2015 alone, and the government had already announced plans to take less than half of this number in 2016 (37,500).Austrian Interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner praised the new change of direction in a statement, saying that whilst Austria are “Among the countries with the most deportations” They will “Step up the pace and increase the upward trend,”Alongside these developments the report also states that Austria will increase the number of charter flights to repatriate failed applicants of refuge and give them around €500, as a financial incentive, should they accept deportationInterestingly, Austria’s change of heart also comes less than three weeks after it was reported by PRESS TV that the country has been receiving up to 200 migrants a day from neighboring Germany since the turn of the New Year.These recent revelations are a far cry from the initial message of hope for refugees sent out by European leaders in the region, and many will feel that now is the time for these leaders to show that they do have a long-term vision for the crisis and are not simply adapting to newly increasing pressures.
TORONTO — Soaring metal and energy shares helped push Canada’s main stock index higher today, as commodity prices rose on global positive sentiment from China and OPEC.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 73.68 points to 15,202.37.The metals sector was the leading advancer, climbing nearly five per cent as the September copper contract gained 11 cents to US$2.85 a pound, hitting a five-month high.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.96 cents US, up. 0.04 of a U.S. cent.In New York, markets were back on their winning streak following better-than-expected earnings from corporate heavyweights McDonald’s and Caterpillar.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 100.26 points to 21,613.43. The S&P 500 index gained 7.22 points to 2,477.13 and the Nasdaq composite edged up 1.36 points to 6,412.17, both eclipsing record highs.In commodities, the September crude contract was up $1.55 to US$47.89 per barrel and the September natural gas contract advanced five cents to US$2.93 per mmBTU. The August gold contract was down $2.20 to US$1,252.10 an ounce.
“As we strive to meet the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Secretary-General encourages all governments to enhance international development assistance,” he said in a statement issued through his spokesperson.The statement comes ahead of this weekend’s summit of major economies of the world at the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, where the UN chief will attend working sessions with the world leaders gathered, including on development.“With the world facing the largest crisis of forced displacement since the Second World War, the Secretary-General calls on the international community to meet this immense challenge without lessening its commitment to vitally needed official development assistance,” the statement said.Mr. Ban’s statement underscored the importance of fully funding both efforts to care for refugees and asylum-seekers as well as longer-term development initiatives.“Resources for one area should not come at the expense of another,” the statement said. “Redirecting critical funding away from development aid at this pivotal time could perpetuate challenges that the global community has committed to address.”Furthermore, he said, “Reducing development assistance to finance the cost of refugee flows is counter-productive and will cause a vicious circle detrimental to health, education and opportunities for a better life at home for millions of vulnerable people in every corner of the world.”“Helping people in need should not be a zero-sum game,” he said.Earlier this week, the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, had appealed to humanitarian and development stakeholders that developmental responses which aim to build the resilience of people and communities are needed alongside humanitarian responses in responding to crises in Syria and elsewhere like Yemen and Libya.
LOS ANGELES – The comeback fell short and so did Ohio State. After desperately whittling down a 20-point lead in the waning minutes of its Elite Eight bout against Wichita State, an exceptionally poor half of basketball ultimately and abruptly ended an 11-game winning streak and the Buckeyes’ season. With its dreams of returning to the Final Four left to fester in the Los Angeles sun, No. 2-seeded OSU watched its NCAA Tournament run collapse as the Shockers toppled them, 70-66, at the Staples Center Saturday evening. No. 9 Wichita State jumped OSU early, laying the foundation for a steady cushion that would force coach Thad Matta’s squad to play from behind for nearly 34 of 40 minutes of play. OSU cut the deficit to just three points with 2:49 to play, but it was too little too late for a Buckeyes squad that appeared overwhelmed from the game’s start. In a dizzyingly woeful outing, OSU shot 31 percent and, more miserably, connected on just 5 of 25 tries from 3-point range in its first loss since Feb. 17. “I thought we had some pretty good looks – they just weren’t going down for us,” Matta said in a somber Buckeye locker room following the game. “It’s been a great season for this basketball team. It never ends the way you want it to, but I love the fact of what this team was able to accomplish in terms of sitting at 18-7 (on Feb. 17) and finishing 29-8. They hit their stride at the right time.” But against Wichita State, OSU finally stumbled. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 23 points but struggled to do so. Thomas made just 8 of 20 attempts in addition to missing all six of his shots from behind the arc. Sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross added 19 points, but he too found a well-glued Wichita State defense to be problematic. So did the rest of OSU. “Those are shots you have to make – that we’ve been making in this tournament, that we’ve been making in the Big Ten. Guys had good looks,” Matta said. “Unfortunately, they didn’t go down. And a lot of times that becomes contagious. A guy hits one, another guy hits one, things kind of pick for you. It just didn’t happen tonight.” In a first-half performance worthy of elimination, the Buckeyes clanked and clunked their way to 24 percent shooting and found themselves down by as many as 13. Namely, Thomas, a beacon of scoring consistency for OSU, found it difficult to connect on much of anything early. The Big Ten’s leading scorer mustered nine points on 4 of 13 shooting and 0-for-5 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. “(It was) very frustrating, very, very frustrating,” Thomas said. The recent development of scoring accomplices like Ross and junior guard Aaron Craft were missing, too. The two combined for seven points on 2 of 11 shooting in the game’s first act. Also nowhere to be found was the swagger that often comes with a team playing for a chance at venturing back to college basketball’s mecca. On the boards, the Buckeyes (29-8) were outmuscled, 27-17, in the first. Any attempt to puncture the Shockers’ interior defense, headed by senior forward Carl Hall, who finished with six blocks, was rendered futile. Admittedly, OSU players have said they’re at their best when playing in transition. But against Wichita State (30-8), such movement was non-existent in the first period as the Buckeyes failed to score a single point off fast breaks. “The funny thing about it, I looked at the box scores, we didn’t have no fast break points,” Thomas said. “You ain’t got no fast break points, you can’t (get them to turn the ball over) and you’re shooting 24 percent. It’s hard to win in the Elite Eight.” They went into the half down, 35-22. Matta said his message in the locker room during intermission was simple. “We talked about it at halftime, let’s just cut (the lead) under 10 in the first four minutes,” he said. “We got off to a not-so-good start in the second half and it got kind of deep.” Deep as in the worst deficit OSU had faced since its lost to Wisconsin in Madison more than a month earlier. The shooting woes continued. So did the inability to attack the basket and – perhaps more importantly – defend its own. Time and again, Wichita State gashed OSU’s interior defense for the type of layups you might see during shootaround before the game. On the other end, Hall defended the rim and refused the advances of Craft, among others. “They played Big Ten defense, that’s what you see in the Big Ten,” Matta said. “It’s a loaded box and what you have to do is be able to knock a couple shots down and get some points in transition. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do either today.” Thomas said the Shockers’ defense reminded him of a particular conference foe. “They packed it real well. They was physical. That was a physical team. They reminded me of a Michigan State a little bit in the Big Ten. They was physical, they had shot blockers. They packed it in, they dared us to shoot the 3,” he said. For most of the contest, it worked. But Behind Ross and Thomas, though, the Buckeyes would rally and cut the hole to eight points with 3:55 to play. “We was down like that against Michigan State in the first half, like 12 or 13 points. When we dug ourselves (in a hole), we came back. And we tried to do that this game,” Thomas said. While the momentum continued and brought fans clad in scarlet and gray to their feet, it would inevitably come to a halt against a Shockers squad that remained posed down the stretch. Sophomore forward Shannon Scott hit a pair of free throws to make it 62-59 with 2:49 remaining, but Wichita State sophomore guard Tekele Cotton answered with a gut-punch 3-pointer to again extend the Shockers’ lead. After a layup by Thomas on the ensuing possession, Shockers freshman guard Fred VanVleet’s jumper would make it 67-61 with a minute to play. While the Buckeyes heaved desperate shots in the game’s final 60 seconds, it was ultimately too little, too late against a Wichita State squad on the cusp of reaching its first Final Four since 1965. In his last game, OSU senior forward Evan Ravenel said had his team put the pieces together Saturday, it might’ve been a different story. “If we played a complete game of basketball today,” he said, “we would definitely would be going out to Atlanta.” Instead, the Buckeyes will travel about 2,250 miles back to Columbus.
After Missouri’s Michael Sam revealed he is the first openly gay NFL prospect, NFL Nation and ESPN The Magazine combined to conduct an anonymous survey last week that indicated most players would have few objections to a gay teammate.Fifty-one players, almost an entire team roster, responded to four true-false questions. Although the survey showed that most players aren’t concerned with another’s sexual orientation, it also made clear the concerns that players would have with learning how to relate to an openly gay teammate.Forty-four players said a teammate’s sexual orientation didn’t matter to them, and 39 said they would be comfortable showering around a gay teammate. But 32 players said they had teammates or coaches who used homophobic slurs last season, and when asked whether an openly gay player would be comfortable in an NFL locker room, just 25 players said yes; 21 said no; while five declined to answer.One concern for players appeared to be learning how they could relate to a teammate they knew was gay, and whether they would need to behave any differently around him.According to one starting receiver, “Whoever takes [Sam in the draft] should have an open talk at the beginning of camp, where everybody can ask what he’s comfortable with, what offends him, what boundaries there should be. When it comes to race, people already know the boundaries, to a certain extent. But I don’t think football players are overly familiar with what can and can’t be said around a gay person.”Sam, who announced he is homosexual on Feb. 9, said his Missouri teammates rallied around him last season after he revealed his sexual orientation to them.“I’m telling you what: I wouldn’t have the strength to do this today if I didn’t know how much support they’d given me this past semester,” he said in the interview on ESPN.But one NFL starting tight end, who believes Sam will encounter some difficulties in the league, said: “There is a little more of a family environment in college. It was more like having brothers. In the NFL, you have friends, but it’s a more work-oriented environment. I hope guys can be professional and respect who he is and leave his personal life out of it.”Sam, who was co-SEC defensive player of the year last season, is expected to be drafted between the third and fifth rounds in May. He had 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss in 2013, leading the SEC in both categories.
A baby was spotted in the Royal parks for the first time in more than a decade Experts suggested a 30pc decline in tawny numbers was being caused by light pollution and urbanisation Credit:Paula Redmond Tawny owls are stocky, medium-sized birds, equivalent in shape to the common woodpigeon, which are usually seen in woodland as well as urban parks and suburban gardens.Their trademark “twit-twoo” is a combination of the female call, described as a “kewick” sound, and the male’s response, a long and wavering hoot. Royal Parks officials suspect sightings of the nocturnal birds will become more commonplace with callings heard more frequently over the past 18 months.Paul Stancliffe, from the British Trust for Ornithology, said: “It is great to hear that Tawny Owls are once again breeding in The Royal Parks after an absence of more than a decade. “Hopefully, when we crunch the numbers from this winter’s Tawny Owl survey we will see this reflected elsewhere in the country, and a welcome upturn in this beautiful owl’s fortunes.” “We don’t know if there are more youngsters or where they’ve bred but it may well be that our longer grass areas and meadows are encouraging them by providing habitat for small mammals as food source,” he added. Tawny owls are making a comeback, wildlife experts hope after a baby was spotted in the Royal parks for the first time in more than a decade. The last official survey carried out in 2005 estimated there were around 50,000 tawny owls across Britain but experts said evidence suggested numbers had fallen by 30 per cent.Concern peaked last September when the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) took the step of issuing an appeal for people to dedicate 20 minutes a week to listen out for the owl’s “twit-twoo” call.The unusual move came amid growing fears the hoot could be lost for good with light pollution and urbanisation credited as driving the demise.However, the species is now said to be flourishing across London’s Royal Parks. On Tuesday, gardeners found a baby owl perched on a tractor in St James’s Park, marking the first discovery of its kind in the grounds in 12 years. Mark Wasilewski, St James’s Park Manager, said: “Our gardeners were delighted to discover a baby tawny owl sat on their tractor, right in the centre of London. “The last time we were aware of any breeding of these birds in St James’s Park was about 12 years ago when we observed four youngsters perched on a branch, although we don’t know where they bred.” The conservation status of the tawny owl changed from green to amber last yearCredit:Paula Redmond Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The conservation status of the tawny owl changed from green to amber last year, signalling a growing concern for the species.The Tawny Owl Calling Survey, which is running again this year until 31 March, is hoped to help researchers locate where the birds are and to pinpoint the areas where the species was missing. An RSPB Spokesperson said:“It’s brilliant to hear that tawny owls are breeding again in St. James’s Park. It just goes to show how important our urban green spaces are for both wildlife and people.” The baby tawny owl we found in St James’s Park earlier this week enjoying some winter sun. We’ve since seen two adults and two youngsters, fantastic news! pic.twitter.com/sxIPL2x9zf— Royal Parks (@theroyalparks) February 28, 2019
The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) today commenced what it said is the beginning of a much-needed sensitisation program with municipalities on the rules that govern building regulations.Germene Stewart, CH&PA’s Chief Development PlannerAccording to DPI, the first session was held this morning at the Regency Suites in Georgetown. CH&PA said the local authority areas need to be aware of the functions and responsibilities that were delegated to the them in this regard.The outreach was aimed at building a stronger inter-agency relationship with all local authority areas. According to the CH&PA, there is need for clarity and collaboration between the housing authority and municipalities on the issues relating to building laws.Some of these include unauthorized developers-businesses and large residential buildings that are constructed without guidance and permission by the relevant authority.CH&PA’s Chief Development Planner Germene Stewart said: “Sometimes it is not within the building regulations for example setback instances; a lot of persons complaining, people building too close to the boundary lines, they are putting in sheds, water getting into the light, privacy and those things. Those are the issues.”These issues affect persons across Guyana. According to Senior Planning Officer Fayola Azore, the CH&PA believes that if it can reach and educate the major players within the local organs, the issues can be nipped in the bud.Apart from the actual building of structures, persons also need to consider some other things, that, if not observed could be deemed a contravention. These include persons building at locations that are unsuitable for a particular business and even playing loud music in similar communities.The CH&PA said it will first serve a contravention notice. The relevant persons are then given a 28 day grace period , before they are taken before the court. The actual fine is very minimal, the CH&PA, however, there are plans to increase it.The CH&PA hopes to take its outreach to the 10 administrative regions to meet with Neighborhood Democratic Councils (NDC’s), DPI said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCH&PA says thousands to benefit from home constructions with IDB loanOctober 4, 2018In “Business”Poor home owners to get subsidies for home improvements- CH&PAOctober 30, 2018In “latest news”Pastor replaces Green as chair of new CH&PA Board of DirectorsMarch 27, 2017In “latest news”
In a move that is sure to cause increased platform confusion but ultimately be better for everyone, Google has added ARM support to Chrome OS.In a recent FCC filing, Sony revealed their intent to release a VAIO-branded laptop running Chrome OS. The laptop will join Samsung and Acer’s attempts in the Chrome OS space, but with one critical difference: the Sony Chromebook will sport an Arm Cortex A9 processor, instead of the Intel Atom processor we’ve seen from other OEMs. Now, as the lines blur even further between Chrome OS and Android with Chrome, where does a laptop like this fit in?According to the filing, the new Chromebook has an 11.6-inch display, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, an HDMI output, and SD card slot. Basically, all the trimmings you’d expect from a Chromebook, plus Bluetooth. The other way to look at it, is that this has everything an 11.6-inch tablet with a keyboard dock would have, minus the functionality of the Android OS.To add to the confusion, the FCC filing doesn’t give a terribly specific description of the processor, on that it is a “T25” which could be a Nvidia Tegra 250 T25. Will we also see a Chrome OS “Tegra Zone” with games optimized for this particular Chromebook?This filing comes in right behind some news that popped up in the Chrome OS world as Thomas Taschauer discovered a reference to a new device type in the Chromium OS issue tracker. The mentions of the product, which had been codenamed “Daisy”, referenced a device sporting an ARM processor onboard. The bug report mentions that there is no config file for that device, and that the person filing the report uses the SMDK 5250 config file. Now, the SMDK 5250 is actually a Samsung Exynos processor, which is also a Cortex A9 chip. There’s no confirmation that “Daisy” is this Sony VAIO Chromebook, but if it isn’t then there appears to be more than one ARM-based Chrome OS device on the way.It would make the most sense to assume that we’ll see something like this Sony VAIO Chromebook announced at Google I/O, alongside the UI refresh that is currently being tested. The current iteration of the Chrome OS UI forces the browser into a full screen experience all the time, where the web page is all there is to the OS. The latest update, with the Aura window manager, will allow for various page sizes and a more layered windows experience, similar to OS’ everyone is more familiar with. If this Chrome OS reboot is to go down at I/O this year, the biggest question about the life of the platform still remains: how will this experience be different or better than Chrome for Android?In case you need a refresher course, the biggest selling point to a Chromebook is the total lack of effort needed to maintain them. Chrome is famous for being able to perform most updates in the background, and with no need for regular maintenance items like antivirus or disk maintenance, the OS has the ability to offer many less technical people a way to experience using the internet without frustration. Unfortunately, this selling point hasn’t been enough to see them flying off the shelves, due mostly to a lack of in-store appearances and the lack of education at the point of sale. The best case for adoption that has been seen so far are places like Virgin Air, who offer a Chromebook experience and free WiFi during certain flights. At that point the user has time to spend with the device and walk away with an understanding of how it is different.via Ars and Liliputing
ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas Stay on target SpaceX’s silver Starhopper prototype could complete its biggest hop test this weekend, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.Starhopper, which is an early prototype for SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft, has completed a couple of tests so far. According to Musk, the Starhopper’s next challenge will be to fly roughly 650 feet off the ground. Musk recently tweeted that the prototype’s next major hop could take place on Aug. 16, Aug. 17, or Aug. 18, as long as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gives SpaceX permission to conduct the test flight.Just spoke with FAA, so hopefully yes— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 9, 2019On July 25, SpaceX’s Starhopper prototype completed its first untethered hop test at SpaceX’s Texas-based facility. At the site, the Starhopper fired up its single Raptor engine and conducted a straight hop 65 feet up and down without any issues, Space.com reported.Drone cam pic.twitter.com/gVdMrMgUZq— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 26, 2019SpaceX is also working on two orbital Starship prototypes, Mk1, which is being built at SpaceX’s Texas-based facility, and Mk2, which is being constructed in Florida. On Thursday, Musk tweeted an update on Mk1’s progress, which showed four photos of the nine-meter dome rotation that’s being prepared to be placed on the stainless steel frame of the Starship prototype vehicle. Mk1 also featured a “windbreak,” which is used to protect the prototype from Texas winds.Just left Starship Texas build site. Very proud of progress SpaceX team has made! Pics are of 9m dome rotation & Starship airframe behind windbreak. pic.twitter.com/1cmOzkPlkn— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 5, 2019Mk1 and Mk2 will have a different design and layout from the Starhopper. Both orbital prototypes will have at least three Raptor engines that are made to reach orbit, unlike the Starhopper, which only has one Raptor engine.Following testing, SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy rocket could be ready for a flight in 2021, according to SpaceX officials. While the first few missions are expected to launch commercial communications satellites, passenger flights could soon follow after that.More on Geek.com:SpaceX’s Starhopper Prototype Completes First Free-Flying Test HopSpaceX Makes Progress on Starship Prototype DesignSpaceX’s Starhopper Prototype Survives Rigorous Static-Fire Test in Texas
A transient man who allegedly attacked and raped a woman who was walking to her mother’s residence in February 2017 made a first appearance Thursday in Clark County Superior Court.Damdee Soungpanya, 39, whose last known address was in Spokane, appeared on a warrant for second-degree rape. He entered a not-guilty plea, and a trial date was set for Dec. 17. Judge John Fairgrieve set Soungpanya’s bail at $150,000.On Feb. 18, 2017, the victim was intoxicated and walking to her mother’s residence when a man hit her from behind and sexually assaulted her, she said. The victim did not know the assailant, she said, and told him “no” as he assaulted her. She said she didn’t have a clear recollection of the assault, according to an affidavit of probable cause.However, the victim participated in a sexual assault exam, which resulted in DNA being matched to Soungpanya, the affidavit states.Court records show Soungpanya has criminal convictions in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Utah.He has pending criminal cases in Idaho and Spokane for possession of a controlled substance and second-degree assault, respectively. Both cases are from earlier this year.
Item Publications—which has partnered with Nxtbook to produce the digital editions (U.S. and Japan) of its engineering market Interface Technology magazine—charges its U.S. digital edition advertisers 12 percent of what it would cost to run an equivalent ad in the print edition, vice president Graham Kilshaw says.“The key is to package digital ads with print and price them in a simple way for your customers to buy,” he says. “This has worked for us and we currently have 66 percent penetration of our print customers also buying the digital edition.” As of late 2008, Item’s revenues from its digital editions were about $150,000, or approximately 10 percent of overall revenue. In 2009, Kilshaw says he hopes to build revenue from digital editions by roughly 10 percent.Earlier this year, Terrence O’Hanlon, publisher of industrial maintenance and reliability portal Realityweb.com, partnered with Nxtbook to launch a digital edition of his bi-monthly print magazine, Uptown. O’Hanlon also packages digital ad sales with print.“The Nxtbook format gave us the ability to add value to existing advertisements by increasing [circulation],” he says. “It also allowed us to sell the ‘sizzle’ of high tech features.” Those features include edition sponsorship (the ad displayed to the left of the cover upon loading), toolbar banner (which is included in RSS feeds and more recently the Liberty mobile platform for Kindle and smartphones), jolt ads (adding Flash animation to a print ad) direct response forms, tabs and video or audio insertion.While he declined to say how much revenue he’s been able to bring in from the digital edition, O’Hanlon says he has already sold nearly half of his 2009 ad programs and roughly 40 percent of his “every issue” publishers increased their ad spend between 10 percent and 20 percent on average.Charge the ReadersConsumer off road enthusiast publisher Hi-Torque Publications has taken the opposite sales strategy by targeting readers for revenue (Hi-Torque partnered with Zinio to digitize its Road Bike Action, Mountain Bike Action and Dirt Wheels magazines). “We don’t charge [print advertisers] additional fees to be in the digital issues,” Road Bike Action editor Brad Roe tells FOLIO:. “For the short term it is an added bonus for our advertisers and a way for us to grow circulation in a relatively cost-efficient way.”Hi-Torque charges users fees for a 12-month subscription or for individual issues (the same price as the print edition). According to Roe, Mountain Bike Action, Hi-Torque’s best selling digital edition, sold more than 3,000 digital issues ($4.99 for single issues and $14.99 for 12-month subscriptions) through November 2008.Next year, Hi-Torque is looking to offer advertisers a print/online/digital package for its coverage of the Tour de France. “In this economic climate, we want to make sure we are offering more than our competitors in both the editorial and advertising realms, and are working harder and more creatively to earn their business,” says Roe.Digital Editions: A Work in Progress?Despite some publishers having reasonable success monetizing their digital editions, others say they aren’t seeing the results they were hoping for.“We charge advertisers a fixed price, and I guess we’re doing reasonably well, but I’m honestly not sure the digital product has evolved to where it should be,” says one b-to-b publisher who has partnered with one of the major digital magazine vendors. While the publisher declined to say how much profit, if any, he’s been able to turn on his digital editions, he said he brings in “a couple thousand dollars” in sponsorships per issue. “Obviously, reader behavior patterns are different digitally than in print, but we’ve seen them go to the table of contents, search for a feature they want, read it and then maybe pass it along to one of their associates,” he says. “I’m not sure, at least for our markets, that our open rates, or our ad sales, are as good as we would like. The maturation of the product just isn’t there yet.”One possible explanation for lower advertiser engagement, according to Smart Media Sales president Josh Gordon, is because little is known about how well digital ads are performing. “Many media buyers do not understand the value of digital magazines as an advertising medium,” Gordon wrote in a recent blog post on Foliomag.com. “I believe this is because the basic research to measure the impact digital magazines have as a unique advertising medium has not been done.” From Texterity, to Nxtbook and Zinio, to others like Zmags, Advanced and iMirius, digital platform vendors have been cropping up left and right over the last few years. It’s no wonder. With consumer and b-to-b both realizing a precipitous decline in print ad pages through the first nine months this year, publishers are looking for new ways to monetize their editorial content. “Digital magazine editions are the natural and logical extension of paginated media for the successful future of the publishing industry,” says Bob Sacks, an industry consultant and frequent proponent of digital technology. “Magazines that have been designed [to be digital editions] are and can be brilliant, easy to read with no zooming of text and a comfortable and relaxing reading experience.”Most publishers acknowledge digital editions are a useful, cost-savings tool for serving readers, particularly international audiences, but one that has fallen short when it comes to actually generating revenue. Some include digital editions as value-adds, but as more publishers begin producing digital editions, the challenge is how to effectively monetize them. How do publishers convince advertisers to take the plunge? And with no such thing as a digital edition rate card, are publishers charging advertisers a flat rate or a rate based on impressions? Are they charging users registration or subscription fees?Package Digital Ads With Print