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Laxman draws the curtains on a ‘Very Very Special’ career

first_imgVVS Laxman shocked his team-mates and fans on Friday by announcing his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.Laxman was expected to play some part in the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand, for which he was picked by the BCCI earlier this month. Speculation was that the first Test of the series, to be played on his home ground in Hyderabad, would allow for a fond farewell for the ‘Miracle Man’ of Indian cricket.However, Laxman dashed all hopes of a grand send-off by quitting with immediate effect.Annoncing his decision, Laxman thanked his family, his mentors, his team-mates and his fans.134 tests and 86 ODIs later, here is what the stylish batsman had to say at a press conference in Hyderabad where he announced his decision: 16 years since my intenational debut and I feel it’s time for me to call it a day.I have always kept the nation’s ambitions ahead of my personal aspirations and would like to keep doing so.I would like to contribute to the team’s success so I think it is the right time to give opportunities to the youngsters waiting in the  wings.Fortunate to have played in an era where Indian cricket played some of the best cricket not only at home but also across the world.I would lke to thank all my teamates, and all others involved with me oer the course of my career.I would like to thank all those who gave me the freedom and independance to pursue my brand of cricket.Announcing his retirement with immediate effects, Laxman indicated that he will not play the New Zealand series.Getting emotional, Laxman reminiscised and said , “I always wanted to become a doctor, but my inner voice somehow picked up on cricket as my path in life.It was a very tough decision and till late last night I was not too sure. The “Very Very Special” batsman, who has been out of form for the last two seasons, reportedly told his close friends in the field and a couple of sports correspondents on Friday that he had decided to retire from international cricket and would like to make an announcement to this effect before the commencement of the India-New Zealand Test series for which he was picked up.”I would take a final call after discussing with my parents, wife, well-wishers, coaches and other friends,” he is learnt to have said.Laxman, who made his debut in 1996 against South Africa, has played 134 Tests scoring 8,781 runs, including 17 centuries and 56 fifties, at an average of 45.97. He has also played 86 ODIs, scoring 2,338 runs with six hundreds. (with inputs from Mail Today)advertisementlast_img read more

Panathinaikos Snatches 1-1 Home Draw Against Asteras

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Robin Lod’s 87th-minute equalizer allowed once mighty and now financially troubled Panathinaikos to escape against Asteras with a 1-1 home draw in the Greek league on Saturday.Panathinaikos was level with Xanthi in seventh place. Xanthi hosts Panetolikos on Sunday.Asteras, just a point above Panathinaikos, was level with Panionios, which surrendered a two goal advantage to draw with visiting Atromitos 2-2.Atromitos was joint third with Olympiakos, which plays at last-place Platanias on Sunday.League leader AEK travels to second-place PAOK on Sunday.Michalis Manias opened the scoring for Asteras in the 69th with a header off Costas Giannoulis’ cross.Lod, despite being closely covered by three defenders, unleashed a shot into the top right corner.Also, Larissa and Kerkyra ended 0-0.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

MORE LOCAL SCHOOL WALKOUTS MAY HAPPEN IN MARCH

first_imgMore local school student walkouts similar to the one Thursday at West Middle School may occur locally in the near future.South Sioux City Superintendent Todd Strom says groups around the country are planning national school walkouts for 17 minutes on March 14th at 10 a.m in response to the Parkland, Florida tragedy to honor each person killed at Stoneman Douglas High School.A statement from Strom says the district feels that it would be safest and most productive to allow South Sioux students to participate in the event that day within the security of their buildings district wide.The superintendent is sharing the information with parents, teachers and students to observe, help plan and participate in an event within the safety of the South Sioux buildings.Strom says students and their principals will be able to structure those 17 minutes on the14th at 10 a.m. to have a voice and platform to express themselves with others should they wish to do so.last_img read more

10 days ago​Murphy questions Man Utd winger James for ‘weird’ acting

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Murphy questions Man Utd winger James for ‘weird’ actingby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy was not impressed with Wales’ concussion protocol in their game against Croatia.The Welsh were involved in a Euro 2020 qualifier, which finished 1-1.An incident involving Manchester United winger Daniel James took fans by surprise.The player appeared knocked out after a rough challenge, but eventually got up and carried on for the rest of the game.Wales manager Ryan Giggs later said that James was not concussed, but merely play acting to waste time.Murphy said on talkSPORT about the situation: “He wasn’t trying to stop them on the counter, it was Wales on a break, I don’t think he was tired. “So what was his reasoning?”If he is telling the truth, let’s believe the lad, if he is saying he made the most of it – why?”I’ve not seen that before, I think that’s a bit weird.” last_img read more

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS launched in India at Rs 7.46 lakh

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 20:40 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe bike is available in two colour options — Champion Yellow and Pearl Glacier White.The instrument cluster on the new 650 now has a large analogue tachometer.The new V-Strom features tubeless tyre-applicable wire-spoked wheels.Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd has introduced an upgraded variant of its all-terrain touring bike V-Strom, the V-Strom 650XT ABS, for a price starting at Rs 7.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new generation has been given several tweaks for better performance, more control and ample versatility.The 2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS gets a four stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC with 90 degree and 645 cm3 V-twin engine having new technology such as the resin-coated pistons. Over 60 engine components have been revised for higher output in a broad area of the rev-range, while keeping the unique V-Twin character with low fuel consumption. The bike is available in two colour options — Champion Yellow and Pearl Glacier White.The instrument cluster on the new 650 now has a large analogue tachometer and digital readouts for the gear position and speedometer. The digital section below displays the odometer, twin-trip meter, clock, fuel level, coolant temperature, ambient temperature, battery voltage, range on remaining fuel, average and instantaneous fuel consumptions and traction-control modes.The new V-Strom features tubeless tyre-applicable wire-spoked wheels. The Champion Yellow coloured model features gold-anodised rims in contrast to the black-anodised items on the Pearl Glacier White. Wheel sizes are 19-inch on the front and 17-inch on the rear. The advanced traction control system on the bike monitors its front and rear wheel speeds, throttle position, crank position, gear position with various sensors and controls the engine output by managing the ignition timing and air delivery.The traction control system can be switched off or to either of two modes. Mode one allows modest rear wheel spin for more advanced riding, while mode two activates traction control at the slightest loss of rear-wheel grip to help the rider on slippery surfaces or in the rain.advertisementThe 2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS comes equipped with 310 mm diameter twin discs with twin two piston calipers on the front and a 260 mm diameter single disk with a single piston caliper on the rear. The company also claims that the compact and light-weight ABS has been upgraded to the next generation with advanced settings.Talking about the overall dimensions of the new bike, its length is 2,275 mm, width 910 mm, height 1,405 mm, wheelbase 1,560 mm, ground clearance 170 mm, seat height 835 mm and kerb mass 216 kg.The refurbished tank on V-Strom 650XT ABS has a capacity of 20 litres. Also by eliminating the plastic covers on both sides of the tank from the previous model, the company has made it slimmer and it can now accommodate magnetically attachable tank bags.The accessory bar on the new bike underlines the adventure touring look for it. It has been given a matte black powder coat finish and 2 mm thick steel tube for mounting LED fog lights. The top case has a capacity of 55 litres and can accommodate two helmets. The chain guard has been made out of powder coated aluminium and displays the V-Strom logo.ALSO READ | Land Rover launches 2019 Discovery Sport Landmark Edition, price starts at Rs 53.77 lakhALSO READ | Tata Motors increases prices of Hexa, SUV now starts at Rs 12.99 lakhALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 safety features revealed, company claims several segment-first attributes in the new SUVGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow New bike launchFollow New Suzuki bikeFollow Bike launchFollow Suzuki bike launchFollow Suzuki bike Next Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS launched in India at Rs 7.46 lakhThe 2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS gets a four stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC with 90 degree and 645 cm3 V-twin engine having new technology such as the resin-coated pistons.advertisementlast_img read more

Craig McMillan to step down as New Zealand batting coach after 2019 ICC World Cup

first_img Asian News International LondonFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 13:08 IST Craig McMillan to quit as New Zealand batting coach because of personal reasons (Photo tweeted by @cmacca10)HIGHLIGHTSCraig McMillan said that with “more and more” cricket every year his family had to make a lot of sacrificesUnder McMillan’s guidance, New Zealand had made it to the final of the 2015 World CupKane Williamson praised McMillan’s cricketing knowledge and said that the team would definitely miss himNew Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan will step down from the position after the 2019 cricket World Cup.The 42-year-old, who is holding the position for the past five years, said that with “more and more” cricket every year his family had to make a lot of sacrifices. Within myself I knew that it is time for change, he continued.”I spoke to the family because they are the ones that have had to make a lot of sacrifices over the last five years, just with the amount of cricket in this day and age. It just gets more and more every year. And I sort of knew within myself that it was time for a change for me,” ESPNcricinfo quoted McMillan, as saying.Under McMillan’s guidance, New Zealand had made it to the final of the 2015 World Cup. The coach admitted that the achievement is “really special” for him.”To be involved in such an incredible World Cup on home soil and see the way the country embraced the team was really special. It’s been a privilege to be able to work with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor day-in and dayout and to see the records they’ve accomplished has been very satisfying; as has the development of younger players like Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls,” he said.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson praised McMillan’s cricketing knowledge and said that the team would definitely miss him.”Macca has a huge passion for the game and he’s constantly trying to challenge players to get better. He has a lot of cricket knowledge and will certainly be missed by the group, although maybe his fielding warm-ups on those cold mornings won’t be,” Williamson said.advertisementAccording to New Zealand Cricket (NZC) CEO David White, the new batting coach will be appointed before their Test tour of Sri Lanka in August.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Craig McMillanFollow New ZealandFollow New Zealand Cricket Craig McMillan to step down as New Zealand batting coach after 2019 ICC World CupCraig McMillan, who is the New Zealand batting coach for the past five years, said that with “more and more” cricket every year his family had to make a lot of sacrifices.advertisementlast_img read more

DGCA suspends SpiceJet pilot for mishearing ATC which led to runway incursion

first_imgNew Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA on Saturday suspended a first officer of SpiceJet for three months for mishearing an Air Traffic Control clearance, due to which he gave incorrect direction to the pilot-in-command (PIC), causing runway incursion at Mumbai airport, said a source. “DGCA probe found that Atul Yadav, who was first officer on Surat-Mumbai flight on July 5, told the PIC that their plane was cleared by ATC to cross runway 14. The truth is the clearance was given to the IndiGo plane that was ahead of his plane,” the source told PTI. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe SpiceJet plane had the call sign SEJ2763. When the regulator issued a show-cause notice to Yadav on August 19, he responded by admitting his mistake and stating the incursion happened on July 5 because another plane with a similar call sign which was ahead of their plane had received the ATC clearance to cross runway 14, the source said. The aircraft ahead of the SpiceJet plane was of IndiGo and it had a call sign IGO063, the source said. In the last few weeks, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has suspended many pilots of SpiceJet and other airlines for similar runway incursion or excursion incidents. “Yadav has been suspended for a period of three months. This period would be calculated from July 10, 2019,” the official added.last_img read more

Football DreMont Jones establishing himself as heavyweight presence in the middle of

OSU linebacker Raekwon McMillan and defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones tackle and Indiana player during the first half against Indiana on Oct. 8. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWhen thinking of Ohio State’s defensive line, most people immediately turn their attention to defensive ends like sophomore Nick Bosa, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, or Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis.But last season, the leading tackler on that line was none other than then-redshirt freshman defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones.Jones finished 2016 with 52 total tackles — four of which were for a loss — in what was an impressive debut season for the now-third-year defensive lineman.Coming off a strong freshman season, Jones has only made improvements in the spring, so much so that coach Urban Meyer has called him “the most improved” player this offseason.“Dre’Mont Jones is really turning into a fine player here for us,” Meyer said.It has taken Jones some time to work himself into this position. He missed his true freshman season while recovering from a torn ACL he suffered while playing basketball at his high school, St. Ignatius in Cleveland. Jones said it took him about 10 months to make the full recovery.Once he joined the Buckeyes, his work began with trimming down weight. He entered OSU weighing about 285 pounds and said he dropped that number down to around 260 in an effort to change “baby fat into real muscle.” “I was a little heavy when I first got here, had to drop about 30 pounds and then get it all back,” Jones said. “I don’t want to be all blobby.”Defensive line coach Larry Johnson said that Jones’ shape has improved as he plays, thanks in large part to a game built around running and rushing the offensive line.“Dre’Mont can run like a running back,” Johnson said. “Very smooth, transitional player and he’s in great shape. Dre’Mont’s one of the guys who’s in shape all the time because he’s running. I think that’s what makes the difference. He can go get the football.”Johnson added that Jones has demonstrated talent not only on the field, but in the classroom, helping make him stand out.“He’s doing a great job academic wise in the classroom. He’s a really smart football player, IQ football is really high and now just to be able to continue to grow,” Johnson said. Back when Johnson was the defensive line coach at Penn State, he coached a linebacker named Tamba Hali, who has since gone on to become a five-time Pro Bowler and enjoyed an 11-year career in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson said Jones reminds him a lot of Hali in how their speed and athleticism translate to success on the defensive side of the ball.“He’s close to Tamba Hali,” Johnson said. “Tamba Hali was like that. He would run all day long.”The other defensive lineman have taken note of Jones’ presence on the line, including Lewis, who said Jones’ versatility and speed that Jones provides can be a huge asset for the defense.“He’s a high motor guy,” Lewis said. “He does a lot of things for us. He moves around a lot. He’s all over the place. I don’t think nobody could outrun him. It’s like he doesn’t get tired so he’s all over the place. It’s hard not to love him on the field.”That versatility might be tested in 2017 with OSU possibly looking at running out a new-look defensive line. Meyer spoke on Tuesday about out a line that featured four defensive ends and Dre’Mont Jones in a heavy-loaded front five.“I would like to see all five on the field at one time,” Meyer said on Tuesday. “Coaches like to say that we have to hold the checkers. You got five really good checkers right there, play them all at once.”Lewis said such a defensive alignment could be dangerous, but also added that he doesn’t know if the five-man front is a reality yet.Regardless of what players are out on the field, Jones knows that he will need to make improvements in his own game to really help out the team. “Last year, one of the things we evaluate, we thought he did a great job playing the run, great job affecting the pass, but not a lot of sacks,” Johnson said. “So what we worked on this spring, improving that and that’s a matter of technique. This spring, he’s been very effective and he’s bought into it.”With an experienced defensive line coach in Johnson to help him become a better pass-rusher, Jones is making sure to put in all the hard work and is excited to get back onto the field in games and prove that he can get after the quarterback in his second season.“That’s what coach Johnson emphasizes a lot. Just getting to the quarterback, getting to the quarterback, getting to the quarterback so that became my philosophy too,” Jones said. “So I’m eager to get the quarterback every trip. Doesn’t matter, run  or pass.” read more

Poll Do you use your phone at mealtimes

first_img Want more? Get this wellness series emailed to you every Friday this month: ALL THIS MONTH, we’re running a series to advise and help you to have a better relationship with your phone.Most of us need (or want) a smartphone in our pocket – but there’s a fine balance between enjoying being connected and letting it run your life.Some of the feedback you have given us already outlines daily situations where your phone (or someone else’s) is ruling the roost. Let’s focus on one that has popped up:Do you use your phone at mealtimes? Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 12:45 PM 18 Comments Yes, but only if on my own (3188) Never (1339) Rarely (1263) Share Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3345124 Apr 18th 2017, 12:45 PM Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions YesYes, but only if on my ownSometimesRarelyNeverVote Short URL Poll Results: Sometimes (1407) Yes (1893) By Fora Staff Poll: Do you use your phone at mealtimes? Your daily bite-sized ballot break. Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions 15,539 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Marée noire BP consacre 500 millions de dollars à la recherche sur

first_imgMarée noire : BP consacre 500 millions de dollars à la recherche sur son impact environnementalÉtats-Unis – Le groupe pétrolier britannique BP s’est engagé à consacrer jusqu’à 500 millions de dollars à un programme de recherche visant à étudier les impacts de la marée noire sur l’environnement. Rappelons que la catastrophe a été engendrée par l’explosion puis le naufrage d’une plate-forme que le groupe exploitait dans le golfe du Mexique.Alors que le gouvernement américain commence à hausser le ton face aux échecs successifs des tentatives de colmatage de la fuite de pétrole, BP a annoncé qu’il versera 500 millions de dollars destinés à la recherche sur les conséquences de la marée noire sur l’environnement.À lire aussiMaladie d’Alzheimer : les femmes discriminées dans la recherche ?”BP s’est engagé à faire tout ce qu’il pouvait pour amoindrir l’impact de cet incident tragique sur les riverains et l’environnement de la côte du golfe du Mexique”, a assuré dans un communiqué le directeur général du groupe pétrolier, Tony Hayward. Et d’ajouter : “Nous devons faire tous les efforts nécessaires pour mesurer cet impact”.Le programme de recherche que financera BP, d’une durée de 10 ans, sera dirigé par un comité “indépendant”. Ce dernier devra répartir les fonds en fonction des différentes études que mèneront des équipes de spécialistes de la biologie marine et de l’océanographie. Pour débuter ce programme de recherche, une première somme dont le montant n’a pas encore été précisé, sera versée à l’université de l’État de Louisiane.Depuis l’explosion et le naufrage de la plateforme pétrolière Deepwater Horizon dans le golfe du Mexique, ce sont chaque jour plusieurs centaines de milliers de litres de pétrole brut qui continuent à se déverser dans la mer.Le 26 mai 2010 à 09:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une expo exceptionnelle les Mayas au Musée du quai Branly

first_imgUne expo exceptionnelle : les Mayas au Musée du quai BranlyDepuis le 21 juin et jusqu’au 11 décembre, le Musée du quai Branly, à Paris, propose une exposition retraçant toute l’histoire de la civilisation maya, permettant notamment d’admirer des trésors archéologiques du patrimoine national guatémaltèque.Les Mayas : du IIIe millénaire avant J.-C. à l’arrivée des conquistadors espagnols au XVIe siècle de notre ère, ils ont régné sur le sud du Mexique, le Belize, le Honduras,, le Salvador et le Guatemala. C’est de ce dernier pays que proviennent les céramiques peintes, les stèles, les pierres taillées, les vestiges funéraires et architecturaux – au total quelque 150 objets exceptionnels – que le public peut admirer du 21 juin au 11 décembre au Musée du quai Branly. Une exposition intitulée : “Mayas, de l’aube au crépuscule au Guatemala”.Pédagogique, la muséographie mise en œuvre informe aussi des résultats de la recherche archéologique et propose des animations multimédia et des photographies. Tout ce qu’il faut pour mieux comprendre les différentes périodes – préclassique, classique et postclassique – de l’occupation maya dans les trois grandes régions du Guatemala : les hautes terres, les basses terres et la côte Pacifique. À noter : la présence, au fil de l’exposition, d’éléments tactiles à destination des visiteurs non-voyants ou malvoyants. Le 2 juillet 2011 à 11:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dismantling of derelict Davy Crockett about 80 complete

first_imgWith more than 80 percent of the vessel now gone, the dismantling of the Davy Crockett continues at a steady clip.But even with an aggressive work pace — crews have pulled as much as 50,000 pounds of steel from the broken vessel in a single day — officials now say it could be late August or September before the broken liberty ship-turned-barge is gone from the north bank of the Columbia River near Camas.“They’ve been pretty much working on this thing seven days a week, almost nonstop,” said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Shawn Eggert.The numbers continue to climb — 3.6 million pounds of steel removed, another 730,000 pounds of debris, more than 13,000 gallons of bunker oil and almost 5,000 pounds of asbestos.And the cost stands at $16.6 million to date, paid for by the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.At this point, most of the work is taking place underwater, said Kim Schmanke, a Washington State Department of Ecology spokesperson. Recent photos show little remaining of the 431-foot vessel.“We’re down to about the last 100 feet of bow section,” Schmanke said.Owner investigatedThe saga began in January, when Davy Crockett owner Brett Simpson attempted to scrap the damaged vessel while it was afloat. Instead, the vessel buckled and partially sank, releasing oil and debris into the Columbia River.last_img read more

Attic fire damages West Hazel Dell home

first_imgFirefighters were able to extinguish a Tuesday afternoon fire at a west Hazel Dell house in about 25 minutes. A fire that appeared to have started in the attic caused significant damage to a west Hazel Dell house Tuesday afternoon.The fire was reported at 1:51 p.m. at 801 N.W. 79th St., a quiet residential street southeast of Jason Lee Middle School.Clark County Fire District 6 firefighters arrived to find heavy brown and white smoke coming from both ends of the L-shaped ranch-style house, said Assistant Chief Dave Taylor.Three District 6 engine companies attacked the fire, assisted by an engine and a truck company from the Vancouver Fire Department.The fire was initially difficult to reach. It was burning toward the middle of the house, and the roof was weakened by the blaze. So firefighters attacked the fire from the ground, pulling down several ceilings to reach the attic.The fire was declared under control in about 25 minutes.Taylor said no one was home at the time the fire was reported. County property records show the ranch-style house, built in 1958, is owned by Victor Von Fumetti Jr.According to Columbian records, Vic Fumetti died June 23 at age 83. His wife, Bettye, died in 2004. The couple had lived at the home for many years.The house sustained significant damage to the roof and attic, and its interior was damaged by smoke and the remains of the pulled-down ceilings and blown-in attic insulation. A damage estimate had not been determined Tuesday.last_img read more

2000 Dancers Make Grand Entrance To Celebration

first_img(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)More than two-thousand Southeast Alaska Natives danced their way to Juneau’s Centennial Hall on Wednesday evening for Celebration 2014.The biennial festival is the largest cultural event in the state. Organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute, it brings multiple generations of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people together to celebrate their culture.Download AudioThe Saanya Kwaan, Cape Fox dancers, were chosen to lead the processional of 50 dance groups in the Grand Entrance.Harvey Shields is the leader of the Chief welcome dance.“We are the Saanya Kwaan people and we originate about 50 miles south of Saxman,” he says.Like other groups here, the Saanya Kwaan range in age from about 5 years old to elders.“At two and three years old, they put regalia on them and then they start walking around and as they get older they find their place of where they need to be,” Shields says.The Johnson O’Malley dance group from Wrangell is further down the street.“I was still sewing on the ferry,” Sandra Churchill says, laughing. She made two button robes this year for Celebration.“I know we know it’s every two years, and we still put it off ’til the last minute, but it’s worth it,” she says.Celebration started in 1982 and Churchill has been to all 16 events. Her dance group has been practicing for months for this year’s festivities.“It’s important for the young children,” she says, “to see the elders and how much they love it and instill that so they will carry it on for us.”The sidewalks were clogged with people snapping pictures and taking videos. Patricia McGraw and her husband Gary looked like they were on a safari. They had traveled from Pensacola, Florida to Juneau specifically for Celebration.McGraw grew up in Juneau. She chokes up as she recalls that time.“When I was young the Native traditions were totally disrespected. And you know kids knew. I was told not to play with the Native kids. But kids know what’s right, what’s wrong, and I’ve always felt quite strongly that they needed their traditions and we needed to honor their traditions,” she says.And as a non-Native, Celebration is a homecoming McGraw embraced.At age 75, Ken Grant says his dancing days are over. But he’s danced at many Celebrations with the Mount Fairweather group from Hoonah.Grant works for the National Park Service and lives in Bartlett Cove, where he has a spectacular view of the Fairweather range on clear days.His formal Tlingit name even comes from Mount Fairweather.“It means being proud, and having pride in the mountain and all that it stands for; the songs, the regalia and the stories that come from it,” he says.Much like Celebration, he says.“Most of all I think it builds in pride, it builds in passion, which I think is really important. For anything to function properly you need to have that pride and passion,” he says. “And I think that Celebration is a good source for pride and passion.”Celebration continues through Saturday with dance performances, Native Art, Native language sessions, lectures, a parade and the Grand Exit.last_img read more

Corps of Engineers halts cleanup after workers discover buried DDTtainted junk

first_imgDEC Contaminated-Site Specialist Danielle Duncan says she thinks it’s unlikely the DDT and chlordane present a threat to human health, because it’s been re-buried and because so far only residues of the toxins have been found. (Eielson AFB file photo)The Army Corps of Engineers last fall halted cleanup of fuel-tainted soil near Birch Lake, about 60 miles south of Fairbanks, when workers uncovered buried junk that included barrels with residues of a different contaminant – the banned pesticides DDT and chlordane.Listen nowCleanup project manager Beth Astley says contractor workers discovered the junk while excavating soil contaminated by leaky fuel-storage tanks in an area that’s now part of the Birch Lake State Recreation Site.“We ran into some trash, some buried metal, some drums that were empty,” Astley said. “And when we got to some rusted-out cans of insecticide that were labeled as containing DDT, we stopped.”Astley says Anchorage-based Bristol Environmental Remediation Services had to stop excavating the site because its contract called for removal of soil contaminated by fuel.“That’s a different contaminant than we thought we were removing, which is petroleum,” Astley said. “So we stopped, we sampled, and at that point, we decided to terminate the removal effort until we could determine the full extent of this buried debris that may contain pesticides.”The Birch Lake cleanup is one of several the Corps has conducted in recent years along the old Haines to Fairbanks Pipeline, a 626-mile, 8-inch line built by the military in the 1950s and shut down in 1973.Astley and other Corps officials talked about the discovery of the toxins last week at a public meeting in Delta Junction.“The pesticide contamination is different,” Astley said, “Because it requires us to ship soil out of the state for disposal, because there’s no permitted landfills in the state of Alaska that will accept this soil contaminated with pesticide.”Astley says workers found the debris about three feet below the surface in an area between where two large above-ground tanks were located. She couldn’t say exactly how much of the debris is buried at the site. She says a geophysical survey the Corps conducted at the site last month may help agency officials estimate the amount of excavation that’ll be needed to remove the junk, which includes some crushed 55-gallon drums that may have been used to mix the pesticides.The fuel- and pesticide-contaminated soil and junk is located in a military-personnel recreation area built by the Air Force when it was managing the Birch Lake Tank Storage Site that was part of the old Haines-Fairbanks Pipeline. (Alaska Department of Fish and Game)“So we have a better idea of the area that contains this buried waste, which includes mostly crushed drums,” Astley said. “But we don’t know how much of that might contain residue from pesticide drums that were crushed and disposed of.”Astley says the DDT and perhaps the chlordane were being used to kill mosquitoes. That was a common use for DDT from when it was developed in 1940s until it was outlawed in 1972. It’s categorized it as a carcinogen, and tests have shown other health impacts.Chlordane was used as a pesticide from 1948 until it was banned in 1988 after tests linked it to neurological and reproductive systems disorders. But Astley says the toxins shouldn’t present a health threat now that the junk has covered with a plastic liner and re-buried with clean fill.“And so now the next step is to go back and to investigate the extent of this buried debris and to remove any hazardous debris or soil remaining at that site,” Astley said.Astley says once that analysis is done, Corps officials will develop a new contract would to remove the junk and contaminated soil. She says if all goes well the work could be done in the summer of 2020.Astley’s state counterpart agrees the junk shouldn’t threaten human health, both because it’s been re-buried and because it appears there were only small, residual amounts of the pesticides in the crushed drums and cans.“This isn’t something that’s on the surface – this isn’t something that if you were to be on-site you’d encounter,” Danielle Duncan, a contaminated-site program specialist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said. “So, as far as an immediate threat to human health and the environment, that’s not the case.”Duncan, who’s been working with Astley on the cleanup projects, says the Corps’ tests showed the presence of the pesticides in soil around the buried junk, but she thinks it’s unlikely to have seeped into the groundwater or the lake’s surface water. She says DEC will, however, likely conduct tests to confirm that.“That is on our radar, as is groundwater (testing),” Duncan said.Astely says the Corps has finished its cleanup of the Birch Lake site and another near Quartz Lake. She says the Corps officials now plan to study another lesser-known site near Tenderfoot Creek, just north of Shaw Creek, where the pipeline burst in 1971 and spewed fuel into the creek.last_img read more

Is Indian team afraid of playing daynight Tests Cricket Australia tries to

first_imgDay-night Tests have become an integral part of Australian seasonReutersThe relations between Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) have become strained over the last few months. The Indian board flexed its muscle and got its Australian counterpart to take the unprecedented step of organising an away tour in the middle of the Australian season – to India.But there is more than scheduling that has been keeping the two boards apart. There are no Australian cricketers taking part in the ongoing Women’s T20 challenge in India. This too was a result of tensions between the two bodies.Disagreement over D/N TestTwo senior officials of the CA – chairman Earl Eddings and chief executive Kevin Roberts – are coming to India for holding talks with the BCCI and improving relations. While there would be many issues that will be brought up, the matter of Australia playing day-night Tests against India might be among the trickiest.Day-night Tests have been a regular part of the Australian season ever since their introduction in 2015 during the series against New Zealand. CA wanted one of the four Tests against India played in the last season to be a day-night affair as well. But the Indians rejected the proposal due to worries about the home team getting too much of an advantage. Indians didn’t play any day-nighters in their last Test series in OzMark Kolbe/Getty ImagesHowever, the Australians are hopeful that they would get BCCI to agree to playing a day-nighter on their next tour of the country, set to take place during 2020/21 season. This won’t be easy for the two-member delegation. Considering India’s clout and the vulnerability shown by the team in swing-friendly conditions during their tour of England last year, Aussies will have a hard time getting them to agree.Characteristics of D/N Tests in OzAll day-night Tests held so far in Australia have been highly favourable to swing bowlers due to the propensity of the pink ball to move in the air. But, unlike the very first day-nighter in Australia, played at the Adelaide Oval, where the ball swung so viciously that the match ended in less than three days, the subsequent matches saw an exciting contest between bat and ball.Besides, India now possess a very capable bowling attack that can exploit seamer-friendly conditions as well as any other line-up. So, there is a possibility that BCCI may relent and let the Australians have their wish. Then again, the Aussies have won all five day-night Tests they have hosted – including against teams like South Africa and England. So, getting the Indians to concede such a big advantage may prove a tough task.last_img read more

PodcastPayment Startup Glow Raises 23 Million From Greycroft Nas Jeffrey Katzenbergs WndrCo

first_img Related Nas, in a statement, said, “The direct relationship between artists and their fans is more important than it’s ever been, and podcasting is the perfect medium to build that relationship. Five years from now, people are going to be earning annuities off of podcast content, and Glow is going to help make that happen.”Glow co-founder and CEO Amira Valliani previously served as an adviser in the Obama administration and a special assistant in the U.S. State Department, before launching a career in tech and media. says she started the company after launching a local news podcast only to find that despite her listeners’ willingness to pay for more content, she lacked the infrastructure to be able to turn her hobby into a business.Valliani teamed with Ben Gilbert, co-host of tech podcast “Acquired,” who was looking to solve the same problem. They collaborated on launching Glow out of Pioneer Square Labs, the startup studio Gilbert co-founded. Glow now powers subscriptions for the premium version of “Acquired,” which generates more revenue than the original ad-supported podcast.Also coming on board for the company’s launch was chief product officer Brian Elieson, a former Amazon exec who most recently was senior manager of product and engineering for Alexa Shopping.Glow isn’t trying to build a “Netflix for podcasts,” according to Valliani — that’s closer to the model of Luminary Media, which offers a $7.99 monthly subscription-based service for access to exclusive content. Rather, Glow is like the “Shopify for podcasts,” she said, referring to the company that lets merchants set up their own ecommerce businesses. “Glow is building a solution targeted at these hundreds of thousands of podcasters feeling the pain of this monetization gap,” Valliani said.Greycroft, whose portfolio focuses on internet and mobile companies, has made other investments in the podcast space including Hernan Lopez’s Wondery and analytics platform Chartable.“We’ve been looking for a company tackling the subscription business model in podcasting in the right way that’s native to the medium,” Alan Patricof, founder and managing director of Greycroft said in a statement. “Creators have relied solely for advertising for too long, and we love the sustainable way that Glow enables podcasters to thrive in this incredibly fast-growing media category.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Nas, Mass Appeal and Universal Music Launch Hip-Hop Label in India, Sign Divinecenter_img Glow said that down the line, it plans to build additional “richer and deeper” tools for creators to connect with their audiences and build sustainable businesses.Mikel Ellcessor, an independent podcast producer/consultant and co-creator of WNYC Studios’ Radiolab podcast, serves as an adviser to Glow. “Despite the incredible amount of attention going toward podcast listening in 2019, creators have lacked the tools to be able to monetize the incredible relationship they have with their audience,” he said.Pictured above: Glow co-founders Brian Elieson (l.) and Amira Valliani Glow Technologies, a startup whose platform lets podcast creators set up payment options for fans to fund their shows, has raised $2.3 million in seed financing from backers including venture-capital firm Greycroft, rap artist Nas and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo investment company.Greycroft led the round with participation from WndrCo, Norwest Venture Partners, PSL Ventures, and Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. Angel investors in the round included Nas and Electronic Arts CTO Ken Moss.Seattle-based Glow (glow.fm) positions its platform as enabling podcasters to build media businesses, initially through tools to let them generate revenue directly from listeners. The startup launched in beta in June. Glow hosts a web page for customers’ podcasts, processes payments, and lets listeners to access content in multiple podcast players. Over 100 podcasts have begun to use Glow, including Twenty Thousand Hertz, Techmeme Ride Home and The Newsworthy. Nas, Florence + the Machine, Vince Staples Rocked Governors Ball Before the Delugelast_img read more

PS Vita Memory Card prices leak they are very high

first_imgUS retail prices for the PlayStation Vita‘s proprietary memory cards have appeared on the website of game retailer GameStop, and they look to put the hurt on players who were initially attracted to the upcoming handheld’s otherwise attractive base price tag.The prices start at $29.99 and go all the way up to $119.99 – for a mere 32GB. The full range of prices includes:4GB: $29.998GB: $44.9916GB: $69.9932GB: $119.99The prices are generally in line with those in other territories, including Japan, which is notorious for high-priced electronics. Over there, a 32GB Vita card is set to cost 9,500 yen, or roughly $120.Meanwhile, a cursory Google search yields 32GB SD cards selling online for less than $40. However, SD Cards or even the PSP’s old Memory Stick Pro cards will not be usable, as Sony has adopted a completely proprietary storage format.Worse, 7 of the 21 upcoming launch titles (in Japan) will require the Vita card, which means that players will have to further pay up for the privilege of playing Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Ridge Racer or Disgaea 3 Return, among others. External storage is also required to acquire games by download from the PlayStation Store, so those who were hoping to turn their Vita into a primarily cloud system will ultimately pay a heavier price.The PS Vita launches on December 17 in Japan and February 2012 in the US.via CVGBlake’s OpinionSony appears to be adopting the razor-and-cartridge model with the Vita, telling by accessory prices. A simple USB cable? $17, at current exchange rates. How about that carrying case that got its own 8-minute video? $23. Earbuds? $36.It’s been a proven model for decades that console makers sell the hardware at a loss and make the loss back up with software royalties. Making up the loss on required, not included, proprietary accessories may or may not be new, depending on how you view the Xbox 360‘s hard drive options.last_img read more

Top Gun 2 Filming on a Real Aircraft Carrier

first_imgThe sequel to 1986’s hit Top Gun is taking off from a real aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, off Norfolk, Virginia, according to the U.S. Navy. The first day of shooting of Top Gun: Maverick took place at Naval Air Station North Island in California, the Navy said. In mid-August, shooting moved to the East Coast for at least a week.The Abraham Lincoln is the fifth vessel of the Nimitz-Class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The vessel is homeported in Norfolk.The USS Abraham LincolnTom Cruise and Val Kilmer have both returned to the cast of the sequel, slated to hit the big screen in July 2019. Media reports say Cruise plays an instructor instead of a fighter pilot this time. However, no one expects Maverick to stay on the ground when the plot’s action kicks in.New cast members: Whiplash actor Miles Teller as the son of Maverick’s former wingman, Goose, who was played by Anthony Edwards in the first film; Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), as a single mother running a bar; Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit) as the daughter of Connelly’s character; Charles Parnell (A Million Little Pieces) as an admiral; Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW) as an engineer; and the trio of Jay Ellis (Insecure), Danny Ramirez (Assassination Nation), and Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop) as pilots.Miles Teller. Photo by Mingle Media TV / CC BY-SA 2.0According to Digital Trends, “Paramount Pictures isn’t revealing too many details about the sequel’s plot, but the story is rumored to explore the relationship between human pilots and unmanned drones in the modern military.”Kenny Loggins is planning to record a new version of his song “Danger Zone” for the Top Gun sequel.Tom Cruise, who recently rebooted his Mission Impossible character, said in an interview with Access Hollywood on Top Gun‘s new chapter, “Stylistically it’ll be the same. We’ll have big, fast machines. … It’s going to be a competition film like the first one and it’s going to be in the same vein, the same tone as the first one, but a progression for Maverick.”The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was also used as a filming location for the 2004 movie ‘Stealth’Oblivion’s Joe Kosinski is directing the film. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced Top Gun with the late Don Simpson, has returned to produce the sequel.Pilot Online reports: “A 15-person crew from Paramount Pictures and Bruckheimer Films went aboard the Lincoln on Sunday and will remain through Saturday”, said Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesman Cmdr. Dave Hecht. He said no actors are aboard and that the crew is shooting footage on the flight deck of air operations, which include F/A-18 Super Hornets from Virginia Beach-based Carrier Air Wing Seven taking off and landing as part of their carrier qualifications.”Tom Cruise in San Diego filming “Top Gun” sequel“This opportunity is one of many aircraft carrier embarks planned pierside and at sea on both coasts coordinated by the Commander, Naval Air Forces,” Hecht said in an email from aboard the Lincoln.“Top Gun inspired countless men and women to volunteer to protect and defend our country as Naval aviators and the crew of USS Abraham Lincoln are excited to play a small role in bringing this story back to the silver screen and inspiring another generation to serve in the world’s finest Navy,” he continued.This image shows the Naval aircraft carrier the USS Abraham Lincoln docked in Everett, WA, March 21, 2010.The original Top Gun earned more than $300 million at the box office and is considered one of the quintessential 80s movies, the highest grossing film of 1986.In the original film, Cruise’s character, U.S. Naval aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, attends the Top Gun school at the Naval Air Station in Miramar, California. Between beach volleyball games and dating astrophysicist Charlie, played by Kelly McGillis, Maverick pulls reckless maneuvers in a fight with Kilmer’s “Iceman” to prove who is the best pilot of the class.Val Kilmer at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0After the sequel was confirmed, Kilmer posted on Instagram, wearing a T-shirt bearing the face of his character, saying, “#TOPGUN2 was announced today. I’m ready Tom–still got my top gun plaque! Still got the moves! Still got it!”Read another story from us: Top Gun: Maverick returns to the Danger Zone with co-stars Tom Cruise and Val KilmerThe film was inspired by an article in California magazine about the Navy’s “Top Gun” school.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

VIDEO Johnny Manziel openly discusses substance abuse depression admits wrongdoing in precomeback

first_imgJohnny Manziel has embarked on his pro football comeback, and offered some insight into his mindset interview with Good Morning America.A newly engaged Johnny Football spoke openly about his battles with substance abuse and depression and accepted responsibility for the hard partying that ended up seeing him bounced all the way from the NFL to Coachella and wrecked L.A. mansions. He revealed that he has been medically diagnosed as bipolar and is taking medication to treat it.“[I’m] Watching other guys doing what I want to be doing, and I’m sitting on the couch being a loser.”He did not address anything regarding domestic violence allegations against his ex-girlfriend that landed him in legal trouble. Johnny sounds like he’s in a far better place than the ‘going to Vegas dressing in a blonde wig’ days, but he’ll have to walk the walk for a long time, likely in the CFL, before getting another crack at the NFL. He acknowledges as much.Best of luck to staying straight in his comeback szn.Former NFL star @JManziel2 reflects on ‘mistakes,’ reveals bipolar diagnosis in an exclusive interview with @tjholmes. https://t.co/gZfdnK5Ybz pic.twitter.com/eZl0XPpUzN— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 12, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

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