India’s wrestling hero Sushil Kumar’s mentor Satpal has alleged that he was insulted by Sports Minister M.S. Gill during a function to facilitate the new world champion in the national capital on Tuesday. The function was organised at the minister’s residence. Gill was posing with Sushil for the media when Satpal also appeared in the frame. Gill then promptly asked Satpal to move away as he posed alone with Sushil. Gill also asked the coach who accompanied Sushil to Russia to pose for pictures instead of Satpal, who was in Delhi during the recently held championship in Moscow. Sushil returned Delhi with his gold medal in 66 kg freestyle category on Monday night. Incidentally, Satpal was a gold medallist in the 1982 Asian Games and is also a Dronacharya awardee.
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“There’s no such thing as perfect volleyball,” she said. “We just have to look at things that we’re still missing” and improve on them.UP head coach Godfrey Okumu has an inkling on what the Lady Maroons need to work on.“We had many unforced errors and we should correct that,” he said, pointing to the 42 points UP gave UE through unforced errors. “Our defense was up to standard. And when we focus we play well.”UE had a seven-point edge off unforced errors, yielding 35 to UP. But mostly, the Lady Warriors’ defense was also up to the task, especially in the back row, where UE kept several UP kill attempts in play.That defense backstopped an offense that was shouldered mostly by springy Judith Abil, who peppered UP with 20 points. In the middle of UE’s defense was skipper Kath Arado who said the Lady Maroons did a good job of trying to keep her out of play.ADVERTISEMENT “This isn’t the best UP team,” she said in Filipino, after the Lady Maroons weathered quite a storm before hammering out a 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12 victory over University of the East on Saturday at the start of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.“We’re just trying to become a better version of UP,” she added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Lady Maroons need a sense of urgency, too. In the offseason, they played like a team rushing to fulfill a potential people saw when Molde and fellow stars Tots Carlos and Justine Dorog joined the squad. They won two offseason titles heading into this UAAP season.But at the Filoil Flying V Centre Saturday, UP wobbled like an inexperienced squad and trailed after three sets before relying on Molde, Carlos and Dorog to see off scrappy UE. “I wasn’t receiving any attacks since the first set so I kept trying to find good positions for myself because nothing came my way,” Arado said in Filipino. “I got fired up and I think … UP’s game plan was to really avoid me.”Arado also summed UE’s newfound confidence despite finishing poorly last season—proof that the Lady Warriors no longer think of themselves as just another easy schedule on their opponents’ calendars.“We have 13 more games and some additional in the Final Four,” Arado said. “We just didn’t have it in the end; we ran out of gas.”UE had UP on the ropes in the opening match of Saturday’s doubleheader—Far Eastern University dismantled National U, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-12, in the second game—and the Lady Maroons needed to gut out a strong fourth set to stay alive.It went back-and-forth at the start of the fifth set, before Jessma Ramos and Molde exchanged hits for a 10-7 lead.Molde finished with 23 points to lead the Lady Maroons while Carlos and Dorog had 17 points and 12 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Thirdy hopes to crack Gilas roster Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Isa Molde has seen better versions of University of the Philippines’ women’s volleyball team before.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes
Although not in uniform for Game 1 against the Bucks, Griffin received a technical foul while on the bench in the third quarter for protesting teammate Andre Drummond’s ejection. Drummond was issued a Flagrant 2 foul when he shoved Bucks’ MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo to the ground with both hands after Antetokounmpo grabbed an offensive rebound. The Bucks led by 41 at the time.Griffin averaged 24.5 points during the regular season to lead the Pistons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Antetokounmpo’s 2nd half explosion leads Bucks past Pistons for 2-0 lead He took part in light drills at Wednesday morning’s shoot around while wearing a heavy brace on his leg. He had been listed as questionable and had been openly lobbying coach Dwane Casey to let him return to the court.Casey said before tipoff Wednesday that Griffin has good days and bad, and the knee might different at different times of the day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“He’s got the situation with his knee where there’s good days and bad days,” Casey said before Wednesday’s game. “It may feel good in the morning and feel bad at night. He wants to go and I want him to go, but it’s a medical decision. Hopefully, at some point, he can go.”After missing three games with a sprained knee, Griffin returned on April 5 against Oklahoma City and scored 45 points. However, he experienced recurring swelling in the knee and struggled two nights later against Charlotte. He played limited minutes against Memphis on April 9 and sat out the regular-season finale against New York the next night. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin, right, watches from the bench during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Detroit Pistons’ big man Blake Griffin was out of the lineup for the second game of the team’s first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.Griffin sat out Game 1 of the series with left knee soreness. The Pistons lost the opener by 35 points. They also lost Game 2 to trail 0-2.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments
Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga has been reported for suspect bowling action after the conclusion of the second Test against England in Chester-le-Street. A report was handed over to the touring Sri Lanka team by the match officials, citing doubts over the bowler’s action.Eranga has to get his action tested within 14 days at an ICC accredited centre. Loughborough University in England will be a viable option, but till then he is permitted to continue bowling till the results of the test are out.This is the first time Eranga has been reported for suspect bowling action and if found illegal he would be banned from international cricket, until he corrects his action.Sri Lanka are presently in England with the tour turning disastrous after losing two Tests out of three. The visitors are also without the services of their first-choice seamers – Dhammika Prasad and Dushmantha Chameera, due to injury. However, Eranga has not been impressive in the ongoing Test series and has claimed only one wicket from three innings.He has taken 53 wickets in 18 Tests since his debut in 2011.
The much-awaited players’ association of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to be called the Indian Cricketers Association and should be in place in the next two to three weeks.The name has already been referred for registration and the body is set to come into existence before the next annual general meeting (AGM) of the cricket board.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI functionary said that things were under process and it should be a matter of a couple of weeks before Indian cricket has its players’ association as per the diktat of the Lodha panel.”Indian Cricketers Association is the name and it has been sent for registration. Once that is through, all the processes will start. We must have the players’ association before the next AGM of the BCCI. It will be a sub-committee,” the functionary explained.Commenting on the role of the players’ association, the functionary said: “Two people from the players’ association will be nominated for the apex council. It will be completely different from the technical committee of the BCCI. The names for the executive committee will come in only after the states register their constitution and conduct their elections.”The official said that all decisions regarding the composition of the players’ association will be taken by the steering committee which consists of Kapil Dev, Bharath Reddy, Anshuman Gaekwad and former India women’s team captain Shantha Rangaswamy.”The number of players who will be part of the executive committee and their scope of work will be decided by the four members along with convenor G.K. Pillai. They also have a legal advisor in Nandan Kamath,” the functionary explained.advertisementNoting on the need to have a players’ association, the Lodha panel had said: “There shall be a Cricket Players’ Association affording membership to all international and most first class men and women retired cricketers. This Association shall discharge assigned functions with the financial support of the BCCI. It shall be brought into existence by an independent steering committee.”A senior BCCI executive though said that a couple of things needed to be kept in mind with regards to the formation of the sub-committee. “The real concern here is that this process has been limited to a very small group of people and this may give them a first mover advantage over the other ex-players in making it to the BCCI’s apex council. Therefore the ones involved in the process must on all fairness cool off before participating in elections. There also seems to be no check on people suspected of or punished for immoral conduct and anti-corruption violations,” the executive pointed.Also Read | First in Indian Cricket: Women state captains to have voice at BCCI Conclave
Harry Kane Harry Kane goal breaks Premier League scoring record Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:53 12/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Getty Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton Southampton Premier League The England international’s strike against Southampton saw him break the record set by Alan Shearer 22 years ago Harry Kane set a new record for Premier League goals in a calendar year with a hat-trick against Southampton on Tuesday.The Tottenham star’s first Boxing Day goal was his 37th in the English top flight in 2017, breaking the record set by Alan Shearer in 1995, the year he won the title with Blackburn Rovers.It has taken 22 years, but few will be surprised that it is Kane who has ended the England great’s hold on the record. 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 Kane scored 21 times in the second half of last term from the beginning of the year, including hat-tricks against West Brom, Stoke and Hull, with four in one game coming against Leicester City. Despite yet again failing to score in August, the 24-year-old has been on fire again in 2017-18 with doubles against Everton, West Ham, Huddersfield, Liverpool and Stoke before netting three times against Burnley on December 23.The Three Lions star is now leading the league scoring chart with 18 goals for this season, having netted another two times to rack up 39 Premier League goals across all 2017.He sits ahead of Liverpool’s high-flying attacker Mohamed Salah, who is on 15 before their game against Swansea later in the day.Kane also has six goals from five Champions League appearances and is now on 49 club goals in all competitions in 2017, bettered only by Lionel Messi and Edinson Cavani (both 50).Spurs icon Gary Lineker and Newcastle United legend Shearer were quick to praise compatriot Kane for his goalscoring antics in 2017, with the latter former striker holding no resentment for having his record broken.Congratulations to @HKane on breaking the record for most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year. Thoughts are with @alanshearer at this difficult time.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 26, 2017You’ve had a magnificent 2017 @HKane. You deserve to hold the record of most @premierleague goals in a calendar year. Well done and keep up the good work. 👏🏻🙋🏼♂️— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 26, 2017
Mithali Raj likely to retire from T20Is after home series vs EnglandIndia, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, will play a three-match T20I series vs New Zealand from Wednesday. However, it’s still not clear if Mithali Raj will be part of the playing XI.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 21:12 IST It is understood that Mithali can read the writing on the wall and the cricket board will give her chance to retire on her own terms (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMithali Raj has played 85 T20Is and scored 2283 runs at 37.42Concerns were raised over her scoring rate in T20Is during last year’s World T20Mithali Raj dropped for the all-important Women’s World T20 semi-final against England last yearIndian women cricket team’s seniormost player Mithali Raj in all likelihood will bring down curtains on her T20 International career after the home series against England while continuing in the 50-over format where she is still the captain of the side.While India’s three-match T20 series against New Zealand starts in Wellington on Wednesday, it is still not clear whether Mithali will be a part of the playing XI.Even if Mithali Raj is picked in the playing XI, it has been learnt that the 36-year-old will not continue beyond the three-match T20 series against England, starting March 4 in Assam’s Barsapara.”Mithali understands that skipper Harmanpreet Kaur will like to concentrate on building a team for the 2020 World T20 and that she is unlikely to feature in that tournament,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity. “But a player of her stature should get a warm send-off and that is likely to be against England,” the official said.There are indications that Mithali may not be selected in all the matches against the ‘White Ferns’ and she has been made aware by a senior member of the team management.It is understood that Mithali can read the writing on the wall and the cricket board will give her chance to retire on her own terms from the shortest format.”It is still not sure whether she would like to play the full series against England or like former men’s team pacer Ashish Nehra, play the first game of the series and retire,” the official further added.advertisementMithali Raj’s place in the T20I side under the scannerMithali’s place in the T20 side has been under scanner due to her slow strike-rate and waning fielding abilities which led to her being dropped for the all-important Women’s World T20 semi-final against England.The ouster from the playing XI led to a public spat with Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji, whom she accused of trying to “finish her career” along with interim chief coach Ramesh Powar.Powar didn’t get an extension in his role and WV Raman was appointed coach before the New Zealand series.Mithali has so far scored 2283 runs from 85 T20 Internationals with the highest score of 97 and 17 half-centuries to her credit.Also Read | Pant should play 2019 World Cup, New Zealand T20Is great opportunity for him: HarbhajanAlso Read | ‘Hardik Pandya was disturbed by Koffee with Karan row but he learnt from his mistake’Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav will be our number one spinner in overseas Tests now: Ravi ShastriAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mithali RajFollow India women’s cricket teamFollow MithalI Raj retirementFollow India vs New ZealandFollow India women T20Is
London: Steve Smith marked his Test return after suffering concussion by helping Australia recover from the early loss of their openers on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Australia were 98-2 off 26 overs at lunch after Stuart Broad’s double strike, which included David Warner’s exit for a duck, reduced them to 28-2. Marnus Labuschagne was 49 not out and on the verge of his fourth successive Test fifty since coming in as Smith’s concussion substitute. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSmith, felled by a 92 miles-per-hour (148 kph) Jofra Archer bouncer in the drawn second Test at Lord’s, was 28 not out after adding an unbroken 70 for the third wicket with Labuschagne. Ashes-holders Australia were looking to bounce back from a stunning one-wicket defeat in the third Test at Headingley where Ben Stokes’s 135 not out saw England square the five-match series at 1-1. Australia captain Tim Paine took the bold decision to bat first after winning the toss, even though both top orders have struggled this Ashes. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBut just four balls into the innings Broad, again leading England’s attack in the ongoing absence of regular new-ball partner James Anderson, had Warner caught behind for nought as he tried to withdraw his bat — a carbon copy of one of the left-hander’s dismissals earlier this series. It was the fifth time Broad had snared Warner this series. Marcus Harris had kept his place alongside Warner at the top of the order after Australia dropped the struggling Usman Khawaja. But the left-hander fell for 13 when Broad trapped him lbw from around the wicket with a ball that nipped back. Kumar Dharmasena eventually responded to Broad’s prolonged appeal by raising his finger, with his decision upheld on umpire’s call after Harris’s review, leaving Australia in trouble at 28-2. Harris’s exit brought Smith to the crease for his first Test innings since Lord’s, a match where he made 92 despite being struck by Archer. Smith, who had scored 144 and 142 in Australia’s 251-run win in the series opener at Edgbaston — his first Test since a 12-month ball-tampering ban — left his first ball, from Archer. But Smith, top of the world Test batting rankings, got off the mark fifth ball by expertly driving Archer through extra-cover for four. All-rounder Stokes did cut one back sharply to Labuschagne but England’s review of Marais Erasmus’s not out lbw decision foundered on umpire’s call. Smith was soon back in the old routine, pulling Stokes for four, with Labuschagne square-driving fast bowler Craig Overton, the only change to England’s side, for his eighth boundary.
EDMONTON – Another Albertan who lost a home in Fort McMurray has had a change of luck, winning a luxury condo and an Italian sports car in an Edmonton hospital fundraising lottery.Michael Marchand was shopping for flowers when a representative from the Full House Lottery phoned on Wednesday to tell him he’d won the early-bird draw.The condo has a view of Rogers Place arena, and the car is a Maserati GranTurismo MC.A video of Marchand being told he had won was posted on the lottery’s Facebook page.After exclaiming disbelief that the call was actually real, Marchand said that he’d lost his home last year in Fort McMurray.Chris Flett, who lost his home in the Fort McMurray wildfire in May 2016, also came up a winner late last year, taking home more than $400,000 in a Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation lottery.The Full House Lottery supports the Royal Alexandra and University Hospital organizations in Edmonton.“This is real, right?” Marchand can be heard saying over a speaker phone.“You know, I lost my home in Fort McMurray, so this is amazing.”The revelation clearly surprised the hospital foundation representative.“Oh my goodness,” she replied.The car and condo are worth $656,873.The fire, nicknamed “the beast”, began burning deep in the bush about May 1 and spread into the northern Alberta city on May 3, forcing 88,000 people from their homes for a month or more.In all, almost 2,600 dwellings were destroyed.
During the talks on 4 October, both Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, and Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani raised the issue of pending electoral legislation, according to a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).Mr. Melkert underscored the urgent need for the Council of Representatives to pass the Election Law, while Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani expressed his strong support for the electoral process and for broad participation in next year’s parliamentary elections.The Special Representative, who also heads UNAMI, told the religious leaders of how the mission has stepped up its work in the political, humanitarian and human rights fields.Last month, he welcomed what he described as growing confidence in the electoral process in Iraq, giving his backing to the voter registration process ahead of the polls.“The importance of next January’s elections for the future of Iraq cannot be overstated,” Mr. Melkert said in remarks at a voter registration centre at Omar Mukhtar Secondary School in the capital, Baghdad.“The number of people taking part in the registration update is an indicator of the growing confidence in the electoral process and the will of the Iraqi people to rebuild their country.” 6 October 2009The top United Nations envoy to Iraq has discussed next January’s Iraqi elections with Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Al-Sistani and other senior religious officials in the holy city of Najaf.
Hulugalle said that currently, there are nearly 100 NGOs operating in the country, and a large number of them have been identified to be surreptitiously engaging in activities inimical to the state by hatching various conspiracies through opposition politicians.Investigations have also revealed that some of them had fraudulently evaded registration as NGOs and obtained registration from the Department for the Registrar of Companies as non-profit organizations by duping certain officials. Hulugalle said that legislation has been enacted making every NGO to comply with regulations and conditions stipulated in the amended gazette notification published in 2006 after registering it with the Office for the Registration of NGOs on February 26,1999. The government has appointed a special Board of Intellectuals to probe charges and allegations being made against NGOs and their operations, the government information department said today.The government says it has also been made compulsory for all NGOs operating in the country to register themselves with the Office for the Registration of Non Governmental Organizations. Accordingly, NGOs should submit a report to the government listing its role, staff and funding and donations received from abroad, their manner of expenditure and their proposals and plans, he said. Their assets should also be registered with the relevant unit of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The Director General of Media Centre for National Security Lakshman Hulugalle was quoted by the information department as saying that strict legal action will be taken against NGOs failing to comply with this registration rule it will result in the eviction of such NGOs. The Registration of NGOs has been brought under the purview of the Defence Ministry with effect from 2010. The registration process of NGOs is implemented under the supervision of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. “This step is being taken to thwart certain NGOs from hatching conspiracies to effect regime change by engaging in politics in the guise of doing social work in the country,” the information department said.
Mining company OZ Minerals and energy and resources open innovation platform Unearthed have partnered to launch the Explorer Challenge.This online crowdsourcing competition calls for geologists and data scientists from across the globe to develop ground-breaking approaches to discover new exploration targets at a site near Oz Minerals’ Prominent Hill copper-gold mine in South Australia, with a A$1 million ($722,497) prize pool to be awarded to winning ideas, Unearthed said.Prominent Hill sits within the Mount Woods exploration tenements in northern South Australia. The mine has been in operation since 2009. The site for this competition is the remaining land of the Mount Woods exploration tenements surrounding Prominent Hill.OZ Minerals’ Chief Executive Officer Andrew Cole said: “We’ve taken an approach from outside our industry and applied it to the challenge. This gives us potential access to thousands of scientists’ ideas and data, compared to our relatively small team of in-house geologists – a different and diverse perspective to interpret our exploration data.“The challenge presents a number of benefits and, importantly, helps us gain new insights and find new approaches to push the boundaries of our geological understanding of the area.“The challenge is a continuation of our digital transformation journey, which we started two years ago when we migrated all our exploration data to the Amazon Web Service cloud. We want to find ways to work smarter with all the data we’ve got, not just geological data, and challenge existing concepts of how we are harnessing it.”The Explorer Challenge seeks to test how the global mining and resources industry may leverage data science to its full potential in the future.Unearthed Founding Director Justin Strharsky said mineral exploration is difficult and economic mineral deposits are rare: “During the exploration process, the iterative process of collecting different datasets, followed by geological interpretation, can take a very long time. Vast amounts of data are collected and processed, and very often this does not result in a discovery.“The Explorer Challenge will speed up the exploration lifecycle and allow us to analyse information at a much faster rate than before. This competition represents a fundamental change in approach to problem-solving. Data science techniques can be used for exploration and many other challenges faced by the industry.“This is a very real example of the future of work within the industry in general and exploration, in particular. Organisations must understand the business-as-usual approach in this industry will no longer suffice. The traditional borders of our companies must be expanded virtually to include people with different skills and perspectives from around the world. If your approach to digital skills is to hire people who happen to live near your HQ on the basis of a CV or a degree from a school you recognise, you’re doing it wrong.”Participating innovators will put their skills to the test and develop solutions for the duration of the 10-week online competition and compete for not only A$1 million in prize money, but also the chance to have their winning model tested in real life, with the top targets scheduled to be drilled next year, Unearthed said.OZ Minerals will announce the Explorer Challenge at the South Australian Exploration and Mining Conference held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on December 7, 2018.Interested participants can register their interest at the Explorer Challenge site and will be notified when the competition opens in February 2019. Entries close May 2019, and winners will be announced in June 2019.
seha gazprom league SEHA GAZPROM League will have the final weekend in Varaždin between April 1 and 3, where four best teams will compete for the title at Final4 event.Reigning champions are coming from Veszprem.Take a look on the best goals in regional competition in February 2016.PHOTO: Mandatory Credit ©SEHA/ Zsolt Melczer ← Previous Story HANDBALL SELFIE MIT MUTTI: Golden Germans with Angela Merkel Next Story → 2019: Andreas Nilsson to stay in Veszprem
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has already done a lot to impress the tech community this year simply by releasing such a cheap computer. A complete platform the size of a credit card for $35 is an achievement many would have never believed possible, but the foundation has now gone one better.The only version of the Raspberry Pi currently available is the Model B with 256MB of RAM. That’s just enough to allow you to run most applications, but not really enough to have a few big apps running at any one time or to use a platform like Java comfortably. It has been suggested that the Foundation release a more expensive model of the machine to solve this problem, but a price increase would be detrimental to what the Raspberry Pi is trying to offer: very cheap computing that’s accessible to anyone.Working with their hardware partners Samsung, Sony, and Broadcom, the Foundation has instead managed to achieve the unthinkable. All future Model B Raspberry Pi boards will ship with 512MB of RAM as standard at no additional cost. So that’s double the RAM at the same $35 price point.If you have a Raspberry Pi on order it is likely you will receive the 512MB version as they have already started shipping. The only other thing you’ll need is a firmware update to unlock the other 256MB of memory for the RP-focused Linux distributions to use.Back when the Raspberry Pi first started being produced 512MB of RAM was unthinkable in terms of cost, but things change and costs come down with scale. The Raspberry Pi is now being manufactured in the UK at a rate of 30,000 units per month. Such large orders would have brought the price of bulk buying RAM chips down and that’s what most likely made the 512MB modules affordable.The Foundation has no plans to double it again to 1GB in the near future, and they have confirmed the Model A will ship with 256MB, not 512MB. It’s perfect timing for this upgrade to happen too, as a number of Raspberry Pis will be ordered for under the Christmas tree this year.Read more at Raspberry Pi
The American Soybean Association (ASA) endorses the recently released Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and calls on Congress to take up and approve the agreement as quickly as possible.”The TPP is a good deal for soybean farmers and our livestock customers. We back it and we will push Congress to do the same,” said ASA President Wade Cowan, a farmer from Brownfield, Texas. “We know that this will further expand our access to valuable markets in Asia and Latin America, but specifically, there are several key sections of the agreement that will move our trade significantly forward. The sanitary and phytosanitary provisions contained in the TPP will help eliminate many of the non-scientific barriers to market entry that hang us up in particular markets, and the biotechnology provisions in the agreement will help to ensure that from export partner to export partner, science is the common framework on which our soybean technology is regulated.”The TPP, if approved, will eliminate tariffs on soybeans, soybean oil and soybean meal in each of the 12 TPP nations within a set timeframe. In Japan, tariffs on soybean oil will be eliminated within six years. In Vietnam, tariffs will be eliminated in 11 years per the agreement, and in Peru the TPP eliminates tariffs my 2018. Immediately, the agreement lifts tariffs for soybeans, meal and oil in New Zealand, Malaysia and Brunei, as well as on soybean meal in Japan.”The U.S. and our 11 partner nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership represent 500 million potential customers and more than 40 percent of the global economy. What’s more important, though, is that these partner nations represent many of the most promising established and emerging markets for U.S. soy and meat,” said ASA First Vice President and Delaware farmer Richard Wilkins. “The TPP helps grow the markets in these economies, and as they grow, their demand for American products grows as well. Most importantly for soybean farmers, their demand for meat protein grows. That drives production here in the States, which creates demand for our soybean meal as livestock feed.”Cowan and Wilkins also praised the administration for its work in bringing the TPP to its current state.”A huge amount of credit goes to Ambassador Froman, Ambassador Vetter and the entire team at USTR,” said Cowan. “They brought our needs and concerns to the table, along with our nation’s massive range of other industries, and crafted a deal that will help grow our economy, both on the farm and in the city.””A significant thank you goes to Secretary Vilsack, Deputy Secretary Harden, Under Secretary Scuse, and Administrator Karsting at USDA for the work they’ve put in to ensure that this deal was struck in such a way that is workable and practical for American farmers,” Wilkins added.The spotlight now shifts to Congress, where the agreement faces a stiff political headwind, an issue that Cowan says is significant but not insurmountable.”We’ve seen climates like this before, complete with political polarization and the added stress of an election year, but even in those times, we’ve still managed to put together a coalition of industries and congressional allies to move beneficial packages through,” Cowan said. “Trade Promotion Authority was no easy lift, but we found Democrats and Republicans alike that saw the distinct promise of trade for our businesses. That sensible, middle-ground coalition will be key to approving TPP as well, and we call on Congress to take up this effort and approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership as quickly as possible.”
TACOMA — Police are investigating the suspicious death of a woman in her 20s in a Tacoma alley.Police told The News Tribune there was blood at the scene and the body was frozen when it was found Sunday afternoon by a nearby homeowner.Spokeswoman Loretta Cool says detectives collected evidence and canvassed the area.
FriendFinder’s offer comes on the heels of an announcement this week that Hefner is looking to purchase all of Playboy’s outstanding shares of Class A and Class B common stock for $5.50 per share (he already owns 69.5 percent of its Class A and 27.7 of its Class B stock) and aims to take the company private. By way of public announcements, Hefner has made it clear that he does not intend to sell his stake in PEI to any third party.FriendFinder—which retained Imperial Capital, LLC as financial advisor for the bidding process—says its offer represents a 10 percent premium over Hefner’s offer. See below for the entire text of FriendFinder’s proposal to PEI’s board of directors:Gentlemen:We understand that you have received a proposal from Hugh Hefner to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Class A and Class B common stock of Playboy for $5.50 per share in cash, implying an equity value for Playboy Enterprises of approximately $185 million.We believe that we can structure an offer to acquire Playboy Enterprises, Inc. in a transaction worth over $210 million of equity value (which could increase based on our receipt and review of certain due diligence information including updated financial data), and would propose a meeting with your board to discuss this opportunity on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. This would represent at least a 10% premium over the proposal made to you by Mr. Hefner and Rizvi Traverse.We would propose an arrangement where we would partner with Mr. Hefner in our efforts to drive shareholder value. We envision that following the completion of the proposed transaction, Mr. Hefner would retain editorial control of Playboy Magazine and would be entitled to reside in the Playboy Mansion.We believe our proposal is in the best interests of Playboy Enterprises and its minority stockholders. Our proposal provides an excellent opportunity for the minority stockholders of Playboy Enterprises to realize liquidity for their shares at a significant premium to market values, provides a basis for future growth, and would reinvigorate the company and enhance the legacy of the Playboy brand.We would expect continuity of senior management through completion of the transactions contemplated by this proposal, and we are open to participation by continuing members of senior management on a going forward basis.We have spoken with our financial advisors and have contacted major lenders regarding potential financing for this transaction. We are very confident that ample financial resources will be available to complete this transaction. We contemplate that the definitive agreements will not contain a financing contingency.This indication of interest is non-binding and no agreement, arrangement or understanding between FriendFinder Networks and Playboy Enterprises, Inc. has been or will be created until such time as definitive documentation has been executed and delivered by all appropriate parties, any requisite consents are obtained and any proposed agreement, arrangement or understanding has been approved by any special committees and the Boards of Directors, as appropriate.We believe that together we can create a 21st century media powerhouse and generate tremendous synergies through the combination of Playboy’s iconic brands and licensing engine with the Penthouse brands and the demonstrated technological innovations of FriendFinder Networks.Sincerely,FRIENDFINDER NETWORKS INC.Marc H. BellPresident and Chief Executive Officer As promised, Penthouse magazine publisher FriendFinder Networks has announced that it has made a proposal to acquire Playboy parent Playboy Enterprises Inc. for $210 million. The proposal was sent to PEI’s board of directors today.PEI released it’s own statement confirming that it had recievedFriendFinder’s offer and that it will “give it appropriateconsideration.” A Playboy spokesperson did not immediately return arequest for comment.In connection with its proposal, FriendFinder says it would leverage its 200,000 affiliates in its network of Web sites and social networking companies to extend Playboy’s global reach. “We are very excited about the prospect for the combination of Playboy Enterprises and FriendFinder Networks,” CEO Marc Bell says in the announcement. “We look forward to [Playboy founder Hugh Hefner] and other key members of management being an integral part of the combined companies.”
Five Mount Edgecumbe High School students took part in a film-making class last year and will showcase their work at a screening in Sitka tonight. The films focus on place, culture, and climate change in a handful of villages across the state.Emmett Williams has been in the film industry for decades. His work has taken him to Africa, South America and to big cities like New York and London. Most recently though, Sitka has been the focus of his storytelling career.Listen Now “When I came to Sitka I met Peter Bradley at the Island Institute and we became not only good friends, but we had a lot of creative ideas that were similar,” Williams explained.One of those ideas involved students at Mount Edgecumbe. The Island Institute, a Sitka-based nonprofit, was looking to start a storytelling program at the school. Williams, on the other hand, wanted to teach students about the more technical aspects of filmmaking.“I was having a conversation about that with Annika Ord, the program manager of the Island Institute at the time, and we said, ‘We should do it together,’ and so Annika and I started working together and it’s been an amazing partnership,” Williams said.That partnership resulted in a class at Mount Edgecumbe. With a $20,000 grant from the Crossett Fund, the Island Institute paid Williams and Ord and purchased eight high-quality audio and video kits for the students to use.Williams said, in the beginning, students learned the basics of storytelling and documentary filmmaking.“We also said, ‘These are examples of climate change stories. These are examples of stories about culture. These are examples of stories about place,’” Williams said. “And then we said, ‘Forget all that, what do you care about?’’”Williams said it was important to let the students decide what each of their stories would be about. Once they had the basic training, each went home for the summer with film equipment in hand and an idea in mind.“The five stories are based in Craig, Bethel, New Stuyahok, Klawock and Old Harbor,” Williams explained.And their stories ended up being just as diverse as the places where they were filmed. Williams was careful not to give anything away, but he did say how impressed he is with each of the students.“You know when you work with teenagers or kids sometimes you think, ‘You know, whatever they come back with I’ll be happy,’” Williams said. “‘I’m just happy they come back with something,’ but we were literally in shock at how amazing the footage and the interviews are.”Williams has no doubt moviegoers will be just as amazed as he.The films are being screened at Sitka’s Coliseum Theater Thursday, 6:00pm, followed by a question and answer with the student filmmakers. The event is free and open to the public.
Amaravati: AP Irrigation Minister Anil Kumar Yadav has made serious comments of TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu that he used his experience to exploit the state. During the debate on irrigation projects, Minister has made allegations on the opposition leader. He also commented that huge corruption and irregularities happened in the irrigation department during the earlier TDP government’s rule. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said by forming the ring, they have shared the projects across the state and raised the rates by Rs 16,000 crore. Minister Anil Kumar said Chandrababu has no intention to complete the projects, expect to lay the foundation stones. He said the government is bringing the reverse tendering process to put a check on the corruptions in the projects. He also said the Judicial Commission is also being set up for the transparency in the contracts.