Zidane upbeat despite derby stalemate

first_imgReal Madrid ‘Barca will lose points’ – Zidane keeping up hope despite derby stalemate Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 07:23 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Zinédine Zidane Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid Atlético Madrid Primera División Real Madrid are now 10 points behind their high-flying rivals, but the manager remains confident that his side can cut that deficit Zinedine Zidane is refusing to be downbeat after Real Madrid’s derby stalemate against Atletico Madrid and insists his side are on “the right path”.The 0-0 draw means that both sides are now 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after they cruised past Leganes 3-0 earlier on Saturday.Las Palmas 7/1 to beat Levante 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player No side has ever come back from that deficit to win the title, but Zidane remains confident his team can turn things around and put Ernesto Valverde’s high-flying Catalans under pressure.”We played a great game and deserved more tonight, but it was not to be,” Zidane told reporters after the game.”We should be patient. We are on the right path.”Barca will surely lose points. We have to continue with our work and that’s it.” Here are some photos from tonight’s draw against @atletienglish . #RMDerbi | #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/wf2YgZkERI — Real Madrid C.F (@realmadriden) November 18, 2017 Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema’s travails in front of goal continued at the Wanda Metrpolitano and the pair have now only scored two goals in 16 combined league appearances this season.Zidane, however, believes that the goals will start flowing again soon for his beleaguered strikers.He added: “Sometimes there are times when it [the ball] does not want to go in. I cannot explain it to you.”The good thing about tonight is that we played very well. But it’s true, we are lacking goals.”It will come. You have to be positive and we are positive.”last_img read more

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Mexico falls to Denmark in final tuneup

first_imgDenmark 2 Mexico 0: Poulsen beauty awakes goal-shy attack Ben Spratt 04:26 6/10/18 YussufPoulsen - cropped Getty Images Denmark are heading into the World Cup on a high after their difficulties in front of goal were ended by Yussuf Poulsen against Mexico. Yussuf Poulsen’s stunning strike awoke Denmark’s goal-shy attack from its slumber to inspire a 2-0 defeat of Mexico in their final World Cup warm-up match.Denmark struggled to find the net after thrashing Republic of Ireland 5-1 in the qualifying play-offs and looked set for a third consecutive goalless draw in Brondby.But after toiling in front of goal, Poulsen bent a glorious 71st-minute effort into the top-left corner to lift the mood, before Christian Eriksen netted a quickfire second. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The result will be a boost for Denmark ahead of their World Cup opener against Peru next Saturday, while Mexico face the even more daunting task of defending champions Germany the day after.#DENvMEX | FT | We suffered a defeat against Denmark.#NadaNosDetiene pic.twitter.com/k79XoctvXS— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) June 9, 2018Denmark started brightly and Nicolai Jorgensen glanced an early header wide before seeing a close-range effort blocked by Guillermo Ochoa, who soon denied new Borussia Dortmund signing Thomas Delaney.However, Mexico, led by the dazzling Jesus Manuel Corona on the left, built some momentum and tested Kasper Schmeichel through Hector Herrera’s strike.Schmeichel saved again when Oribe Peralta volleyed on target, but Denmark regained a measure of control with the impactful half-time introductions of Martin Braithwaite and Kasper Dolberg.Braithwaite centred for his fellow substitute to stab wide, before twice failing to beat Ochoa from a tight angle on the left.It looked like Denmark would be frustrated once again until Poulsen cut inside from the left and lifted a gorgeous curler over Ochoa and into the net.That was the lift the home side needed, with Eriksen bursting through on the right three minutes later to hammer a low finish past the goalkeeper and seal a fine win. read morelast_img read more

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USMNT vs Guyana: Zardes and Boyd start

first_imgThe U.S. national team get their Gold Cup campaign underway against Guyana in Minnesota on Wednesday, with their preparations cast under a cloud after defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela.While the USWNT is at the Women’s World Cup justifying their tag as tournament favorites, back home Gregg Berhalter’s side have a good deal of work to do if they are to turn their fortunes around and regain the title they won in 2017.Against Guyana, the lowest FIFA-ranked team in the tournament and a nation making its debut on the major tournament stage, they are expected to win – and win handsomely. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game USA vs Guyana Date Tuesday, June 18 Time 3:00am BST / 10:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on BeINSports and  live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 1 / Univision Deportes / UniMas fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be available to watch via FreeSports. UK TV channel Online stream FreeSports N/A Squads & Team News Position USA squad Goalkeepers Steffen, Johnson, Miller Defenders Lima, Gonzalez, Zimmerman, Ream, Cannon, Lovitz, Miazga, Long Midfielders Bradley, Trapp, McKennie, Pulisic, Roldan, Mihailovic Forwards Arriola, Zardes, Morris, Altidore, Lewis, Boyd Tyler Adams and Duane Holmes withdrew from Gregg Berhalter’s initial squad and have been replaced by Reggie Cannon and Djordje Mihailovic respectively.USMNT starting XI: Steffen; Lima, Zimmerman, Long, Ream; McKennie, Bradley, Pulisic; Arriola, Zardes, Boyd Position Guyana squad Goalkeepers Clarke, Murray, Roberts Defenders Layne, Daniel, Dover, Marsh-Brown, Cox, Gordon, Vancooten, Briggs Midfielders Bonds, Wilson, Danns, Duke-McKenna, Creavalle, Jeffrey Forwards Marsh-Brown, Holder, Welshman, Harriott, Schultz, Ondaan Guyana boss Michael Johnson is expected to set up his team very defensively.The Golden Jaguars were hit with the withdrawal of Philadelphia Union midfielder Warren Creavalle, arguably their star player, shortly before the tournament began.Possible Guyana starting XI: Murray; Layne, Gordon, Briggs; Duke-McKenna, Cox, Danns, Bonds, Daniel; Harriott, WelshmanBetting & Match Odds The U.S. are super-hot favourites to win this match with Bet365, priced 1/50. Guyana are 50/1 outsiders and a draw is priced at 14/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Gregg Berhalter USMNT Costa Rica 02022019The USMNT has not played a competitive match since the team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals nearly two years ago and recent friendly defeats against Jamaica and Venezuela have shown that Gregg Berhalter’s outfit is still one that is being molded.However, the expectation levels upon the team are high ahead of a Gold Cup that they host: this team is expected to reach the final – if not successfully defend its trophy.The Americans have been forced to wait patiently to join their own party, with the USA and Guyana the last teams to play their first matches.Mexico, its main rivals for the title, have already served notice of their intent with a stunning 7-0 win over Cuba, a side a couple of spots higher than Guyana in the FIFA Ranking.Guyana, meanwhile, is in the competition to play the role of spoilers. This is the first major tournament for a team, of which 11 play in England, eight of which are drawn from non-league football.It qualified off the back of finishing seventh in the CONCACAF Nations League, though their pre-tournament friendlies do not bode well for their chances this summer, with a 1-0 loss against fellow debutants Bermuda followed by a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Haiti.With few expectations upon their performance, the best they can realistically hope for is simply to be competitive among the big boys for the first time, with forward Emery Welshman hoping to catch the eye after scoring seven times in nine previous internationals.“We’ll show no fear,” head coach Michael Johnson has promised. “We didn’t come this far to not go out on the pitch and give our best, so expect the boys to have a go at the USA.“I’ve seen statements that don’t give us a chance, written us off; we won’t score a goal, easy game for America.“But internally, I think there is an inner belief and a real resilience that that’s the case and I think that’s where the pressure comes from us in our own environment, thinking we can do a lot better than the so-called armchair pundits, press, players from America and coaching staff have said.”This will be the first meeting of the countries and it is one that the USA is expected to win comfortably.last_img read more

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Star Bulk Prices Shares

first_imgzoom Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has priced its underwritten public offering of 49,000,418 of its common shares at a price of USD 5.00 per share. The offering is expected to close on January 14, 2015, subject to customary conditions.The company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for its newbuilding program and general corporate purposes.Star Bulk has 34 newbuilding vessels currently under construction at shipyards in Japan and China, which are all expected to be delivered during 2015 and 2016.Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., Angelo, Gordon & Co., Monarch Alternative Capital, LP and family members and entities owned and controlled by affiliates of the family of Mr. Petros Pappas, are expected to purchase approximately 37,250,418 of the common shares in this offering.Jefferies LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering.ABN Amro N.V., Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, DNB ASA and DVB Bank SE are acting as co-managers for the offering.The underwriters have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,762,500 common shares.The company will also add 5 second hand vessels to be delivered in early 2015.On a fully delivered basis, Star Bulk will have a fleet of 102 vessels, with an aggregate capacity of 11.8 million dwt.last_img read more

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NETFLIX JUST THREW SOME MAJOR SHADE AT THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENTS SEX ED

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter The modernized sex-ed program, which has been referred to as “controversial,” is opposed by social conservatives, covers topics like sexual orientation, same-sex relationships, sexting, and consent.“We expect our teachers, principals, and school board officials to fulfil their obligations to parents and children when it comes to what our students learn in the classroom,” Ford said.“We will not tolerate anybody using our children as pawns for grandstanding and political games. And, make no mistake, if we find somebody failing to do their job, we will act.”And this December, Netflix brought back a classic, and decided to let Canadians know in the best way possible.“Since the Ontario sex-ed curriculum has gone back in time, you can ‘learn’ about sex the way teens in the ’90s did: all the American Pie movies are now on Netflix,” they tweeted.since the Ontario sex-ed curriculum has gone back in time, you can “learn” about sex the way teens in the ’90s did: all the American Pie movies are now on Netflix— Netflix Canada (@Netflix_CA) December 5, 2018And if all else fails, remember, this one time, at band camp… Facebook Advertisement Netflix has thrown some shade at Doug Ford’s government.As the Ontario government continues to work on the Education Ministry’s decisions for the 2019-2020 school year, teachers in the province were advised to use a revised interim curriculum, which will include a health and physical education curriculum used from 1995 to 2014.Ford also issued a warning to teachers considering whether to teach the current sex-ed curriculum introduced by former premier Kathleen Wynne in 2015, saying the province “will act” if a teacher fails to do their job. Advertisementlast_img read more

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CocaCola sells more drinks but soda dips first global soda decline since

by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2014 5:56 am MDT This Oct. 15, 2012 photo shows eight ounce bottles of Coca Cola arranged for a photo in Surfside, Fla. Coca-Cola Co. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Coca-Cola, the world’s biggest beverage maker, said Tuesday that the amount of soda it sold globally fell for first time in 15 years.The drop in the first quarter was offset by stronger sales of its noncarbonated drinks that include Minute Maid, Powerade and Dasani bottled water. Overall volume rose 2 per cent, an improvement from the 1 per cent increase the previous quarter.But the 1 per cent decline in global soda volume is notable for Coca-Cola: The last time the figure fell was in 1999, according to the company.Gary Fayard, the company’s outgoing chief financial officer, attributed the drop partly to the timing of Easter, which falls in the second quarter this year instead of the first.“It’s not as concerning to us as it would look at first pass,” he said in a phone interview.He also cited a double-digit soda decline in Great Britain, where the company stood by its pricing despite switching to smaller bottles. For the full year, Fayard said he expects global soda volume to be positive.The decline in global soda volume comes as Coca-Cola increasingly is relying on non-carbonated beverages to boost sales as sodas continue to face pressure, both at home and abroad. In developed nations like the U.S., soda has been under fire for years over concerns that it fuels weight gain. More recently, executives have blamed declines in diet sodas on concerns about artificial sweeteners.For the quarter, Coca-Cola’s soda volume slipped 1 per cent in North America and 5 per cent in Europe. It also took a hit in Mexico as the country instituted a tax on the sugary drinks, although the company didn’t specify the severity of the decline.For now, sodas still account for 75 per cent of the company’s case volume outside the U.S. Overall, 81 per cent of the company’s case volume comes from overseas.Going forward, CEO Muhtar Kent stressed during a call with reporters that the company would pursue “balanced growth between stills and sparkling,” as well as different regions of the world.Coca-Cola isn’t alone in its struggles to boost soda sales. PepsiCo Inc., which reports its quarterly results Thursday, has suffered even steeper declines despite stepped-up marketing, including sponsorship of the Super Bowl halftime show.Although both companies sell a wide array of beverages, sodas remain a big part of their businesses and they’re scrambling to figure out ways to stop the declines even as they rely more heavily on other types of drinks.In the year ahead, Coca-Cola plans to increase its marketing budget by $400 million to “north of $4 billion,” Kent said. The company also introduced a version of its namesake soda sweetened with a mix of stevia and sugar in Argentina, with plans to eventually introduce the drink elsewhere.For the quarter that ended March 28, unfavourable currency exchange rates contributed to an 8 per cent decline in profit.Adjusted for such one-time factors, earnings per share were in line with Wall Street expectations and Coca-Cola shares rose 3 per cent to $40.09.Net income fell to $1.62 billion, or 36 cents per share. That compares with net income of $1.77 billion, or 39 cents per share a year ago.Excluding one-time items, net income was 44 cents per share.Revenue fell 4 per cent to $10.58 billion, but was above the $10.5 billion Wall Street expected.____AP Business Writer Mae Anderson contributed to this report.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi Coca-Cola sells more drinks but soda dips; first global soda decline since 1999 read more

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Bus and coach market booms in first half of 2015

Click through to download the full June 2015 bus and coach news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) New bus and coach registrations grow 17.2% to 4,679 units in the first six months of 2015.Demand for new buses and coaches rose in June with 32% growth.June figures driven by converted bus market, which saw 76.9% surge in the month to 490 units.“Demand for buses and coaches has seen a resurgence in 2015, as the first six months of the year demonstrate continued confidence of UK operators as they invest in their fleets,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “We have seen significant growth in all sectors of the market so far this year – but with the holiday season well underway and demand for coaches easing, it was the bus market that led the way in June.” read more

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Miners and farmers sign agreement

first_imgThe Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and the Minerals Council of Australia, Victorian Division (MCA) have signed off today on two significant documents regarding exploration and mining on Victorian private land.The first document is a guide for landowners regarding exploration and mining on private land, the second is a standard agreement for compensation for mineral exploration on private land. Both documents have been updated to reflect current legislation and industry practice. VFF President, Simon Ramsay and Victorian Division, MCA Chairman, Charlie Speirs said that these agreements would help good relations between the two industries.Ramsay: “This guide should be of considerable use to any farmer whose land may become of interest for mineral exploration. I strongly recommend that it be referred to by farmers prior to any discussion or negotiation with representatives of the mining industry.”“The Minerals Council of Australia has been pleased to prepare this booklet in the interests of ensuring that landholders are fully aware of the laws relating to minerals exploration and mining on their land,” Speirs said.“This guide lays out clearly and in plain language the rights and responsibilities of each party when a company wants access to private land for either exploration or actual mining. The booklet is about explaining the situation so that farmers and miners know exactly what they can and can’t do. With the benefit of these guidelines, farmers will be able to approach this process with increased confidence,” Ramsay said.Speirs: “Over the past decade or more we have all learnt a considerable amount about sustainable land management. Members of the Council are committed to achieving the highest standards in caring for the land and consulting with key stakeholders. Today’s agreement further illustrates the mineral industry’s commitment to multiple and sequential land use – ensuring that lands on which exploration and mining activities are undertaken are available for use by other users both concurrently with the mining activity and following its completion.”“It is testament to the effectiveness of these agreements that whilst more than 50% of Victoria is covered by exploration and mining licenses; in the past five years, the State Mining Warden has dealt with fewer than 20 cases involving a dispute between a landholder and licensee. None of these cases have been referred to VCAT or the Supreme Court,” Ramsay and Speirs said. They concluded: “Agriculture and mining are the two great primary industries of Australia and we look forward to continuing this partnership.”The guide was last updated and published in 2000 and the compensation agreement in 2002. Copies of the Guide to Private Landowners can be obtained from either the VFF or MCA or from the web site at www.minerals.org.au/victorialast_img read more

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Was the TMobile G2x designed for the ATT purchase

first_imgWith the announcement of the AT&T&T merger, you’ve no doubt had an opinion, good or bad, on the topic. For some, it’s been a run-fast-run-now kind of emotional response or maybe an angry letter to T-Mobile corporate. Regardless of your opinion, things are definitely going to change, especially for T-mobile customers who have been told that their existing handsets will need to be replaced when the merger is complete, since they will noot work on the correct frequencies. The recent release of the specs under the hood of the LG G2x on T-Mobile might be the first in a line of phones that nullifies that previous statement.Buried deep in the T-Mobile website for the release of this device was the frequency list that the G2X will operate on. As expected, the LG superphone is keyed to the standard T-mobile frequencies, as well as a few global ones. What was unusual, however, was the appearance of the AT&T frequencies on the device as well, making it capable of surviving the transfer from AT&T to T-Mobile with very little issue.850 MHz; 900 MHz; 1800 MHz; 1900 MHz; UMTS/HSPA+: AWS Band IV / 2100 / 1900 / 850The assumption that this device has been prepared for the merger is high speculation at best, though it’s quite convenient given the timing of everything here. In order for a production-ready device to be aware of the merger, that would have meant that AT&T and T-Mobile had made this concession together some time ago, and given the rate of speed that even the smallest piece of technology news has these days, it seems a bit unlikely. Take this for what you will, but rest assured that T-Mobile customers who snatch up the G2x will in face have a “merger-proof” phone.last_img read more

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Jury considers bikie brawl verdict

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The trial over a fatal bikie brawl at Sydney Airport has come to a standstill as the jury retires to consider their verdict.Seven men stood trial over a fight in 2009 that caused the death of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas, who received multiple stab wounds and blows to the head. The public melee broke out after threats were exchanged mid-flight between members of rivaling gangs Hells Angels and Comancheros. Both gangs broke into a fight in the arrivals hall after calling for backup on the ground. Six of the accused are members of Comancheros and stand accused of murder, while the seventh accused stood trial for riot and affray. Over a four-moth trial, the court heard evidence from airport staff and passengers who witnessed the incident. Justice Robert Hulme summed up the Crown and defence cases last month and directed jurors to assess all evidence and cases presented and come up with a unanimous verdict. The New South Wales Government has considered legislation to outlaw clubs as a result of gang-related incidents including this one.last_img read more

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Lor noir du Groenland très convoité

first_imgL’or noir du Groenland très convoitéLes compagnies pétrolières se ruent sur le Groenland afin de mettre en place des plateformes pétrolières dans l’Arctique. Les défenseurs de l’environnement semblent impuissants face à cette déferlante.Au Groenland, sept sites ont déjà été achetés par des compagnies pétrolières. En effet, comme l’indique l’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS), 13% des ressources planétaires en pétrole et 30% des ressources en gaz seraient présentes au nord du cercle polaire arctique.Les estimations tournent autour de 51 milliards de barils de pétrole rien que dans les eaux situées à proximité du Groenland. Et le gouvernement groenlandais ne s’y trompe pas : “Le pétrole représente le plus grand potentiel pour nous rendre indépendant économiquement”, indique Ove Karl Berthelsen, ministre des Ressources minérales, cité par Sciences et Avenir. A l’heure actuelle, les 56.000 habitants du pays sont essentiellement des Inuits qui se nourrissent de leur pêche.Trois forages ont déjà été perturbés par les actions des écologistes. Mais un quatrième est prévu prochainement. La compagnie Cairn Energy indique que “2011 constitue notre troisième année d’opérations au Groenland où nous allons investir quelque 500 millions de dollars, portant nos investissements totaux à plus d’un milliard de dollars”.À lire aussiPourquoi l’hélium change-t-il la voix ?Le gouvernement précise avoir pris ses précautions pour que “la prospection pétrolière ne vienne pas à détruire notre première ressource, la pêche, et l’environnement”, mais Greenpeace dénonce “une course suicidaire aux hydrocarbures” et le secrétaire général nordique estime que “le gouvernement groenlandais n’a pas les capacités pour contrôler les forages des compagnies”.Greenpeace peine à se faire entendre, les compagnies comme la Cairn estimant que “Greenpeace fait preuve d’arrogance” et les gouvernements estimant que les écologistes “freine[nt]encore une fois les possibilités d’assurer un meilleur avenir” aux Inuits. Encore une fois car, l’organisation se bat déjà contre la chasse aux phoques.Le 21 février 2011 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Natural gas leak closes roads at Hotel Circle North

first_img Posted: January 31, 2019 Natural gas leak closes roads at Hotel Circle North KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:25 PM January 31, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A natural gas leak at a construction site in the 500 block of Hotel Circle North has prompted closures of traffic lanes in the immediate area while utility crews work to fix the problem, according to the San Diego Fire- Rescue Department.Both directions of traffic are blocked on Camino De La Reina at Avenida Del Rio, Hotel Circle South at the southbound state Route 163 onramp, Hotel Circle North at the westbound Interstate 8 onramp and Fashion Valley Road at Riverwalk Drive.No injuries have been reported. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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One week later Death to USA chant back in vogue in Iran

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran — The emblematic “Death to U.S.A” chant resounded through the Iranian capital anew Friday, one week after it appeared that the signature slogan could be sidelined as part of a possible thaw in long-acrimonious relations between Iran and the United States.At the formal Friday prayers ceremony, hard-line Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami labeled President Barack Obama a “liar” and revived the “Death to USA” mantra, whipping up worshippers with a series of denunciations of the “Great Satan,” another term he repeated with considerable relish.“Americans have tried in the past 35 years to topple the Islamic system but failed,” Khatami told worshippers at the heavily choreographed Friday prayer ceremony, referring to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which took place a year earlier according to the Persian calendar.The handling of the chant reflects the deep divisions within the Iranian establishment about the prospect of any kind of détente with Washington and the West.Last week, in the aftermath of new President Hasan Rouhani’s conciliatory comments at the United Nations, the chant was muted at Friday prayer proceedings. A prominent speaker last week even seemed to chide a worshipper who ventured a “Death to USA” declaration out of habit.However, in his sermon Friday at Tehran University, Ayatollah Khatami reinstated “Death to the USA” to its elevated stature, providing historical perspective about the slogan’s origins and its importance to the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who headed the Islamic Revolution.last_img read more

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Two men accused of hogtying injuring endangered Key deer

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — Deputies arrested two men Sunday after they found several endangered Key deer hogtied in a car.A Monroe County deputy pulled over the car due to a broken tail light Sunday morning. That’s when he noticed two of the deer struggling in the backseat. He then found a third in the trunk.The deputy contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after he discovered the endangered deer bound with heavy twine in the back of the vehicle.Wildlife officials released all three deer back into the wild to prevent further stress. Two ran off directly into the woods, but one is still in the area and being monitored.The two men in the vehicle, 18-year-old Erik Acosta of Miami Gardens and 23-year-old Tumani Younge of Tamarac, were arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including injuring an endangered species and animal cruelty.last_img read more

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Hearst to Launch Cosmo for Guys for iPad

first_imgHearst staple Cosmopolitan is entering new territory in the digital realm with Cosmo For Guys, an exclusively digital offering available on the iPad August 1.Kate White, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, is also at the helm of the new app. Working with a staff of about 10 editors, art department members and digital developers from the Cosmo team, White is confident she has a unique offering with Cosmo For Guys (dubbed CFG). Aimed at the male demographic of 25 and up, White says, “It’s advice from women for guys, straight from the source. Men circulate the same myths about women to one another; this is women telling guys what they really want.”CFG is set to include several interactive features including 3D how-to’s, live polls and quizzes. Editorial content includes columns such as “Dating Dilemmas”, in which women answer oft-asked questions, and CFG staff supplies further explanation. Other features include “Will She Like It?”, supplying women’s viewpoints on fashion and a gift buying guide with “Tap to Buy” options.In order to promote the new effort, CFG is heavily touted in Cosmopolitan magazine, as well as on its website and other digital properties. White says there will also be a large social media effort, combined with advertisement through Cosmo Radio. Once launched, there will also be a radio show under the CFG moniker. A book set for release in the fall, “Satisfy a Woman Every Single Time,” will feature the CFG logo as well.White says of the launch, “The great part is that it’s not a huge investment. If it turns out that it isn’t a success, it’s something that was worth the risk and been a heck a lot of fun to work on.”Available in the iTunes store on August 1, the app is priced at $1.99 per month for a subscription paid on a monthly basis; $3.99 per single copy purchase and $19.99 for an annual subscription.last_img read more

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Stench spreads far as drain overflows

first_imgUppal: The overflow of drainage has become one of the most common problems in the city. The locals have been complaining about the issue to the officials concerned but no action has been taken till now.Speaking to The Hans India here on Monday, N Sagar, a resident of the area said, “The condition of the drainage system in this area has become worse. The blockage of drainage is causing a lot of inconvenience to the locals of this area. The drainage was blocked and the water has been continuously overflowing from the manhole. The road is completely filled with the drainage water which is also emitting foul smell. It has become difficult for the locals to take a walk in this road.”last_img

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Police fire tear gas at Hong Kongers defying ban on antitriad

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong police fired tear gas Saturday at protesters holding a banned rally against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators near the Chinese border last weekend, tipping the finance hub further into chaos. Riot police fired dozens of rounds of tear gas in Yuen Long, a town close to the border, after tense standoffs with protesters, some of whom were throwing projectiles and had surrounded a police van. Public anger has been raging since last Sunday when a gang of men in white T-shirts, armed with poles and batons, set upon anti-government protesters and bystanders in Yuen Long station. The brazen assault — which left at least 45 people needing hospital treatment — was the latest escalation in seven weeks of unprecedented political violence that shows little sign of abating as the city’s pro-Beijing leaders refuse to budge. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us Police have been heavily criticised for being too slow to respond to Sunday’s violence, fueling accusations of collusion or turning a blind eye to the pro-government mob — allegations the force has denied. Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history after millions of demonstrators took to the streets and sporadic violent confrontations erupted between police and pockets of hardcore protesters. The demonstrations were triggered by a controversial bill which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but have evolved into a call for wider democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms. Saturday’s violence compounds the political crisis with the city’s pro-Beijing leadership seemingly unable, or unwilling, to end the chaos. Yuen Long is in Hong Kong’s New Territories, a rural area where many of the surrounding villages are known for triad connections and their staunch support for the pro-Beijing establishment. Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us Police say they have arrested 12 people so far in connection with Sunday’s violence, nine of whom have known triad links. The white shirt mob ran into two villages near Yuen Long station after their attack and later left without police making any arrests despite a large presence of officers. These two villages became the focus of protester anger on Saturday. The rally began peacefully. But small groups of more hardcore protesters, many in helmets and carrying shields, confronted police outside the villages and accused them of protecting triads. Tensions soon escalated with projectiles hurled and a police van containing officers also surrounded and daubed in graffiti. Advertise With Us Soon tear gas rounds were arcing through the air and a now-familiar pattern of running battles between police and protesters began. Throughout the afternoon protesters formed shield walls of umbrellas, scattering each time new volleys of tear gas came their way. In a rare move, police banned Saturday’s rally saying they feared reprisal attacks against villagers from protesters, a decision that only heightened anger towards a force already perceived to be protecting pro-government aggressors. Social messaging channels used to organise the largely leaderless movement quickly filled up with calls for people to have a “shopping spree” in Yuen Long or play the popular mobile game Pokemon Go there. Crowds spilled out of Yuen Long’s main station on Saturday afternoon as the illegal march began peacefully. Many shops were shuttered. “Everyone of us came here on our own initiation,” a 25-year-old medical worker surnamed Ng told AFP. “So I don’t think this is an illegal assembly, I’ve just come here as an individual to tell people my thoughts.” Another woman, surnamed Cheung, said she wanted to show “we are not afraid and that Hong Kongers won’t cower in fear”. “The police and (the government) are together suppressing people’s freedom to express their views,” she added. Weeks of unprecedented protests with huge turnouts — as well as frequent clashes and the sacking of parliament — have had little luck persuading Beijing or Hong Kong’s leaders. Beijing has issued increasingly shrill condemnations in the last fortnight, but has left it to the city’s semi-autonomous government to deal with the situation. City leader Carrie Lam has shown no sign of backing down beyond agreeing to suspend the extradition bill. On Friday thousands held a 10-hour protest at the airport arrival hall in a bid to “educate” visitors about their movement — especially those on the Chinese mainland where news is heavily censored. The protest was peaceful and there was no disruption to flights. Protesters also plan to march on Sunday through a district where riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at projectile-hurling protesters the week before. Police have allowed a rally to take place, but denied protesters permission to march, raising the likelihood of further confrontations.last_img read more

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PM opens main construction of Rooppur NPP

first_img.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the main construction work on the much-awaited Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, the maiden nuclear plant of the country, reports UNB.She formally launched the main construction work on the plant by pouring concretes at the plant site at Rooppur in Iswardi, north off Pabna, Thursday morning. With the inauguration, Bangladesh entered the nuclear world.Science and technology minister architect Yeafesh Osman, PM’s economic affairs adviser Moshiur Rahman, energy adviser Towfique-e-Elahi Chowdhury, security adviser retired major general Tariq Ahmed Siddiq, chief of army staff general Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, PM’s principal secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, press secretary Ihsanul Karim, Russian ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Ignatov, Russia’s state-run atomic energy body Rosatom’s director general Alexey Likhachev, chief engineer of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Md Abdur Razzak and project director of the plant and senior officials of Bangladesh and Russia were present on the occasion.The Rooppur plant is expected to add 2,400MW of electricity to the national grid by 2024, helping the country meet the increasing demand for electricity.The mega project is being implemented by state-run Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) under the science and technology ministry, with financial, technical and technological supports given by Russia through its state nuclear agency, Rosatom.The BAEC and Russian company JSC Atomstroyexport signed a general contract for construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) on 25 December 2015.BAEC chairman Md Monirul Islam and vice president of Atomstroyexport Vladimir N Savuskhin signed the contract on behalf of their respective organisations.Atomostroyexport, the contractor appointed by Russia’s state-owned atomic power body Rosatom, will construct the NPP at a cost of $12.65 billion, out of which, $10.1 billion has been fixed as base price, $1 billion for soil stabilisation and further cost, and the remaining $1.65 billion for price escalation.On 15 December 2015, the government finalised the amount for the biggest-ever investment project in the country’s history by inking an initial agreement with Russia.Earlier in January 2013, an inter-governmental agreement was signed for the provision of a $500 million Russian loan to finance engineering design, site development and personnel training.On 2 November 2011, Bangladesh signed a deal with Russia’s state-owned nuclear giant Rosatom to construct the nuclear plant.Russia will provide all assistance under the agreement for setting up the plant, including providing the fuel and taking back the used fuel.A total of 262 acres of land have been acquired to set up two units of the plant with a capacity of 2,400-MW.On 2 October 2013, prime minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant at Iswardi.last_img read more

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Philippine hotel fire kills 3

first_imgHeavy smoke engulfs the Waterfront Manila Pavilion building, after a fire broke out at the hotel and casino complex in Manila on 18 March, 2018. Photo: AFPThree people were killed and 23 injured by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on Sunday, with others plucked by helicopter from the rooftop of the building engulfed in thick black smoke, authorities said.The blaze at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion, a high-rise hotel and casino complex, was still raging nine hours after it began on Sunday morning, with two people missing as hundreds fled the area.Authorities initially said four people had died but later clarified that one victim had been revived in hospital, according to Metro Manila Development Authority acting chief Jojo Garcia.The three who died had likely suffocated while another 23 people had been taken to hospital, said Manila city’s disaster risk reduction chief, Johnny Yu.”The smoke is very heavy and the wind is strong. That is our enemy now — the smoke and the wind — which is why our firefighters are having a hard time,” Yu told reporters.Clouds of smoke covered several floors of the building and swathed ladders of firefighters, some of whom had difficulty breathing, according to an AFP photographer on the scene.Fire authorities were investigating the cause of the blaze, which is believed to have begun in the casino or mezzanine area of the 21-floor hotel which regularly hosted both locals and foreigners, Yu added.Responders sent a helicopter to rescue people trapped on the roof while crews battled to evacuate others from lower floors.Manila is one of 16 cities making up Metro Manila. Nearby cities were helping put out the blaze, Manila’s fire department said.”This is a major fire. There were those who inhaled the smoke and were brought to the hospital,” senior fire officer Marlon Banaag told AFP.On Sunday afternoon, President Rodrigo Duterte conducted an aerial survey of the fire aboard a helicopter, photos from his aide showed.Deadly blazes break out regularly in the Philippines, particularly in slum areas where there are virtually no safety standards.The deadliest in recent years was in suburban Manila where 72 people died in 2015 at a factory which makes rubber slippers.In the southern city of Davao, 38 people were killed in December by a fire that ravaged a shopping mall and a call centre.And in June last year, an armed attacker set the Resorts World Manila hotel-casino complex on fire, claiming the lives of 37 people.last_img read more

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Nanocones could be key to making inexpensive solar cells

first_img Explore further (Phys.org) — One of the biggest challenges facing the silicon photovoltaic industry is making solar cells that are economically viable. To meet this goal, the module cost, which is currently about $1/watt, needs to be decreased to just half that. Much of this cost comes from the silicon material and the expensive fabrication processes often used. In a new study, a team of scientists and engineers has demonstrated that a hybrid solar cell covered in silicon nanocones and a conductive organic polymer can address both cost-cutting areas while providing excellent performance. Citation: Nanocones could be key to making inexpensive solar cells (2012, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-nanocones-key-inexpensive-solar-cells.html USC team develops promising polymer for solar cells Journal information: Nano Letters Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img More information: Sangmoo Jeong, et al. “Hybrid Silicon Nanocone-Polymer Solar Cells.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl300713x (a) Fabrication process of the solar cells, in which silicon nanocones are coated with a polymer. (b), (c), and (d) show scanning electron microscope images of the nanocones after each step. Image credit: Jeong, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers, led by Professor Yi Cui and Professor Michael D. McGehee from Stanford University, have published their study in a recent issue of Nano Letters.The hybrid solar cells’ use of nanoscale texturing has two advantages: it improves light absorption and reduces the amount of silicon material needed. Previous nanoscale texturing of solar cells has involved nanowires, nanodomes, and other structures. Here, the researchers found that a nanocone structure with an aspect ratio (height/diameter of a nanocone) of around one provides an optimal shape for light absorption enhancement because it enables both good antireflection (for short wavelengths of light) and light scattering (for long wavelengths). In previous designs using nanoscale texturing, the space between structures has normally been too small to be filled with polymer, so a full second layer is required. But the tapered nanocone structure demonstrated here allows for the polymer to be coated in the open spaces, eliminating the need for other materials. By forming this nanocone/polymer hybrid structure with a simple, low-temperature method, processing costs are also reduced.After testing the solar cell and making some improvements, the researchers produced a device with an efficiency of 11.1%, which is the highest among hybrid silicon/organic solar cells to date. In addition, the short-circuit current density, which indicates the largest current that the solar cell can generate, is only slightly lower than the world record for a monocrystalline silicon solar cell, and very close to the theoretical limit. Due to the hybrid silicon nanocone-polymer solar cells’ good performance and inexpensive processing, the researchers predict that they could one day be used as economically viable photovoltaic devices.last_img read more

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