first_imgStreet construction that will last through the summer and fall will begin again next week on Morningside Avenue in Sioux City.The reconstruction project will run the length of Morningside Avenue stretching from South Lakeport Street to South Nicollet Street.The project will reconstruct the roadway and sidewalks plus replace water lines, storm sewers and street lights.The project will be constructed in four stages beginning with closing South Clinton from Morningside Avenue to Garretson Avenue.The Contractor plans to begin construction next Wednesday, May 9th.The work is anticipated to completed sometime in November.last_img

Bemusement in Crawley over Ronnie O’Sullivan’s ‘hellhole’ comments

first_img Ronnie O’Sullivan hits out over ‘urine’ smell at English Open snooker venue Barry Hearn, the chairman of World Snooker, insinuated O’Sullivan was taking the proverbial piss with his remarks. “The cynics would say, bless his socks, Ronnie has not been in the news much and likes to be a bit controversial. He loves to be the centre of attention, but his view is not shared by anybody else.”Hearn also defended his record since taking over at World Snooker, saying he had expanded the sport from five events to more than 30 a year as well as significantly increasing the prize money from £3.5m to £15m. And he said playing the English Open in a leisure centre was a matter of hard economics.“The English Open is a great event but it’s not the biggest on the calendar,” he said. “It’s an event that serves 128 players and part of the home nations. We run a business. We don’t go out to save money, but don’t have unlimited budgets. We don’t live on fantasy island, we live in the real world.”That much is true. For while snooker has reasonable TV audiences – Eurosport broadcasts to 57 countries and matches involved Chinese players can attract 10 million viewers back home – the appeal of the early rounds of the English Open is largely confined to diehards and the extremely curious. By mid-morning on Tuesday there were barely 100 seats filled, although ticket sales are strong for later in the week. Twitter Stephen Hendry: ‘Yips trivialises it. It was much more than that’ Share on Messenger Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Topics Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Snooker featurescenter_img Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn It is not – you suspect – a question that the four-times world champion John Higgins has been asked before during his 26 years as a professional. “So John. Did you notice a smell of urine out there?” To his credit the Wizard of Wishaw raised a bushy eyebrow, shook his head, then offered a polite “No”.How did it come to this? Blame Ronnie O’Sullivan. Twenty-four hours earlier, he had serenely breezed past his first-round opponent, Kurt Maflin, in the English Open before blindsiding world snooker by suggesting the venue, the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley, which was built in 2005, was “a hellhole” that “smelled of urine”. Jimmy White plays a shot during his first-round win. Photograph: James Drew Turner/The Guardian Read more Share via Email It turned out O’Sullivan, a renowned break-builder, was only getting started. On Tuesday, he also slammed World Snooker for cost-cutting by holding the 128-player event in a local leisure centre before revealing that Peter Ebdon had been shouted at for walking too loudly by a “really angry” bowls player after his match.“I was walking down with Peter when one old boy went: ‘Can you stop walking while I am trying to play bowls?’” O’Sullivan said. “Peter thought he was joking but he was really serious. The old boy said: ‘I am going to start walking through while you’re playing snooker.’”O’Sullivan also expanded on his urine claims, saying it had “got into his system” after he posed for photographs. “It was quite off-putting,” he said. “Nobody wants to be subject to smelling urine. Maybe about 30 seconds when you are in the toilet. That is what toilets are for. But five or six minutes posing for photographs, it gets into your system.”When the Guardian retraced O’Sullivan steps, accompanied by an official who had walked with him on Monday, we failed to detect anything more pungent than chlorine in the air. Darryl Keech, the manager of the K2, said O’Sullivan was the first person to call the centre, which has an athletics track, martial arts room and gymnastics area, a “hellhole”. “We have 1.3 million visitors a year, which speaks volumes to how popular we are,” he added.Keech said he was also disappointed by O’Sullivan’s remarks about urine. “The areas he is in are not located near toilets,” he said. “No one else has complained. The players have been mingling with the public, posing for photos and signing autographs, and the feedback has been really positive.”Not from O’Sullivan it hasn’t. But his criticisms of the K2 were part of a broader critique of World Snooker, which he criticised for holding major events in leisure centres open to the public. Certainly, here he had a point – the walk to the main playing hall is hardly the most glamorous in sport. There is the smell of pie, beans and chips – yours for £5.95 – from the cafe, while soft play, squash courts and plenty of punters have to be passed on the way to the practice tables.O’Sullivan pointed out: “As a player you don’t want to be traipsing through families and kids, who are going swimming, got their flip-flops and snorkels, and you are about to play a match. You want to be in your bubble sometimes.” Share on Facebook Ronnie O’Sullivan John Higgins “Trust me, we would be in Wembley Arena every week if we could,” Hearn said. “But there’s no point hiring Wembley and having 400 people.”That view was backed by the world champion, Mark Williams, who has made £1m over the past year. “We play in leisure centres all over the place and this is one of the better ones,” he said.O’Sullivan got the backing of local resident and autograph hunter Robert Montgomery, who came armed with a large number of photos of players and referees for them to sign.“It’s a nice leisure centre but I don’t think it’s a snooker venue,” said Montgomery, who was proudly wearing a Keep Calm and Play Snooker T-shirt. “There’s not a lot of privacy for the players. Some of them don’t look comfortable.”As he prepared for his opening match, Noppon Saengkham, the world No 36 from Thailand, was keen to stress the positives of playing in Crawley. “This is certainly better than Barnsley, where we played last year,” he said. Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Vine: R.J. Hunter’s Cold-Blooded Three-Pointer Stunned No. 3 Seed Baylor

first_imgR.J. Hunter hits huge three vs. Baylor.Georgia State, the No. 14 seed in the West Region, just ended the game on a 13-0 run to shock No. 3 seed Baylor, 57-56. Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter, the son of GSU head coach Ron Hunter, hit the game-winning three-pointer from way downtown with 2.8 seconds remaining.Hunter struggled much of the day, scoring just two points in the first half. His dad coached the whole game in a rolling stool after tearing his left achilles tendon celebrating the team’s Sun Belt Conference championship last week.This is what happened to Ron Hunter when R.J. made his game-winner. March Madness is amazing.last_img

Arsenal, Chelsea reach Europa League semi-finals after hard-fought wins

first_img Next Reuters NaplesApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 09:53 IST Alexandre Lacazette struck in the 36th minute for Arsenal (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlexandre Lacazette struck in the 36th minute to earn Arsenal a semi-final tie vs ValenciaNapoli’s loss ended Serie A’s interest in European competition this season.Chelsea booked a tie vs Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four after beating Slavia Prague 4-3A magnificent Alexandre Lacazette free kick sent Arsenal into the Europa League semi-finals with a comfortable 1-0 win away to a toothless Napoli on Thursday, ending Serie A’s interest in European competition this season.The Frenchman struck in the 36th minute to earn Arsenal a tie against Valencia, just as Napoli, trailing 2-0 from the first leg, were threatening to take control of the game.Carlo Ancelotti’s team lost their way after that and, although the hosts had 67 percent of possession, Arsenal were able to sit out the second half to reach the semi-finals for the second season in a row with a 3-0 aggregate win.”We came here with ambition, we wanted to win, to score some goals. We did it, and kept a clean sheet as well, which is important for the confidence,” said Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.Ancelotti said that “the game lasted 30 minutes.””We had two chances to score and we didn’t succeed,” he added. “We have not been as lucid in the last two months, we are more predictable and because of that, we have difficulty with our finishing.”In a lively opening half hour, Napoli threatened to make a breakthrough as Jose Callejon’s effort was saved by Petr Cech’s legs and Arkadiusz Milik had a goal chalked off for offside.The Pole should have put Napoli ahead minutes later when compatriot Piotr Zielinski’s cross found him unmarked in the penalty area but he headed wide.Arsenal also lost Aaron Ramsey to an apparent hamstring problem but, just as it seemed things were going against them, they went ahead as Lacazette curled his free kick around a poorly organised wall from 25 metres.advertisementArsenal should have wrapped up the game four minutes into the second half but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with only Alex Meret to beat, placed his shot too near the goalkeeper who was able to save.The second half petered out after that as Arsenal sat back and Napoli enjoyed most of the possession but did little with it.Lorenzo Insigne shot weakly at Cech after getting clear of the Arsenal defence and was immediately substituted, a decision which infuriated the forward who watched the rest of the match on the touchline with his arms folded.Fabian Ruiz summed up their evening by firing their last chance wildly over the crossbar in stoppage time.”Insigne was just disappointed with the way the match went, he had believed in our chances like everyone else” said Ancelotti. “His reaction was not linked to the substitution.”Chelsea reached the Europa League semi-finals by beating Slavia Prague 4-3 in a roller-coaster game on Thursday, helped by a Pedro brace in a first-half onslaught before withstanding a comeback bid by the Czechs after the break.Chelsea, who will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four, were cruising 4-1 at halftime but Slavia’s Petr Sevcik slammed home two strikes early in the second half, narrowing the aggregate score to 5-3.With the Stamford Bridge crowd increasingly unsettled, and Slavia being roared on by their travelling fans, Sevcik spurned a chance to cut the deficit further.But Chelsea, having won the first leg 1-0, held on to set up a semi against Eintracht, who beat visiting Benfica 2-0 to go through on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate scoreline.A Chelsea triumph in the Europa League, a trophy they won in 2013, would secure a way back into the prestigious Champions League if they finish outside Premier League top four this season. They currently sit fifth in the table.”As usual in the last two months we started very badly in the second half,” Sarri told reporters. “It’s a big problem… We need a solution, we need to solve this problem.”Sarri, who has never won a major final as a coach, said he was determined to see his side triumph this time.”For me, I think it is very important first of all to get to the final, but this time I don’t want to just get to the final, I want to win the final,” he said.Slavia coach Jindrich Trpisovsky lamented his side’s defensive performance in the opening 45 minutes.”If we had managed the first half better, I think we could have gone through,” he said. “Everyone says the English Premier League is the example to follow and that we cannot play against teams like this. But I think we showed today that we can.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Arsenal FCFollow Chelsea FCFollow NapoliFollow Europa LeagueFollow Slavia Prague Arsenal, Chelsea reach Europa League semi-finals after hard-fought winsArsenal registered a 1-0 away win against Napoli while Chelsea reached the semi-finals by beating Slavia Prague 4-3 in a roller-coaster game on Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Archer must be licking his lips after watching Pakistan collapse, says Waqar

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Archer must be licking his lips after watching Pakistan collapse, says WaqarFormer Pakistan captain Waqar Younis believes that England pacer Jofra Archer would be eager to bowl against Pakistani batsmen after they collapsed in spectacular fashion versus West Indies in their World Cup 2019 opener on May 31advertisement Reuters NottinghamJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 13:11 IST Archer reacts after dismissing Faf du Plessis (AP)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan batsmen surrendered meekly to high-quality pace bowling from West Indies on May 31Pakistan were shot out for 105 – their lowest World Cup score in 27 yearsWaqar Younis believes England pacer Jofra Archer would be excited to bowl at Pak batsmen in their next encounterEngland quick Jofra Archer will be salivating at the prospect of bowling at Pakistan’s batsmen after witnessing the South Asian side’s meek surrender against the West Indies pacemen, the team’s former captain and coach Waqar Younis has said.A blistering Oshane Thomas-led pace attack swept Pakistan away for a dismal 105 at Trent Bridge on Friday as West Indies wrapped up a seven-wicket victory in under 14 overs in their World Cup opener.Pakistan’s total was their lowest World Cup score since making 74 against England at Adelaide in 1992, the year Imran Khan’s team went on to lift their only 50-overs crown.But any hopes of repeating that feat will face its sternest test as soon as Monday when Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side take on tournament hosts and favourites England, the world’s top-ranked side in the format.”It will be difficult for the team to bounce back quickly enough for Monday against England a team who are on such a high,” former Pakistan captain Younis wrote in a column for the governing body International Cricket Council.”They have probably never played better, and I think they have all the ingredients to go all the way and end their long wait for a World Cup.”Barbados-born Archer represented West Indies at youth level and was named in England’s 15-man squad despite only having made his one-day international debut last month.He picked up three key South African wickets in England’s comprehensive 104-run win on Thursday, bowling with lot of pace and bounce in London.”… you can be sure that a certain Jofra Archer will be licking his lips,” said Younis, himself a tearaway fast bowler in his playing days.advertisement”I have loved what I have seen of him so far. He is going to be the man that the world will remember when all is said and done at this World Cup.”He has just got something about him, a bit of stardust. He is nippy and bowls with that extra bounce and most importantly, he takes wickets. I am sure he will leave a mark on this World Cup and probably on Pakistan on Monday.”Younis, however, feels it would be foolish to write off Pakistan given the format of the tournament during which all 10 sides face each other before the semi-finalists are decided.”A lot has been said before about Pakistan’s record in the past, the unpredictable nature of this side. They lost heavily in their first game in 1992 and bounced back to win that tournament after all,” Younis said.”But we cannot really dwell on what happened 27 years ago. Winning the 2019 tournament is going to take some doing this time around.”A defeat like that damages the confidence and we need to make sure that we take our time to try and bounce back, think positive and turn the ship around.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar, Ramiz Raja horrified after Pakistan’s abject batting showAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Oshane Thomas and Chris Gayle star as West Indies hammer PakistanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Waqar YounisFollow Jofra Archerlast_img read more

Nigeria Signs Off on Ibom Seaport Project

first_imgzoom Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council has formally approved the ongoing development of the Ibom Deep Seaport & Free Trade Zone in Akwa Ibom State. The country’s President Muhammadu Buhari granted approval for the development of the project, providing the port with the official status of a Free Trade Zone.The project is monitored by the Ministerial Project Development and Steering Committee (MPDSC).FEC approval paves the way for the upcoming Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) Concession tender by means of which international port investors and operators are identified and selected for the development.The Ibom Deep Sea Port & Free Trade Zone is a Greenfield port and FTZ development in Akwa Ibom State in southeast Nigeria.The port is projected to become a cargo gateway for the vast central and eastern Nigerian markets and beyond.Felak Concept Limited (Abuja, Nigeria) and MTBS (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) are the transaction advisors for the project.last_img read more

Quebec rejects bid for 2021 Francophonie Games bid citing cost and time

first_imgQUEBEC — The Quebec government has abandoned the idea of bidding to hold the 2021 Francophonie Games in Sherbrooke, Que.Maeva Proteau, a spokeswoman for International Relations Minister Nadine Girault, says the conditions were not right to stage a successful games.New Brunswick abandoned the games in January, citing ballooning costs after the budget rose to $130 million from an original bid of $17 million.The event brings together 3,000 athletes and artists from la Francophonie’s more than 50 member states.After Sherbrooke came forward as a potential host, the Quebec government said it was prepared to pay $17 million, but Ottawa would have to pay the majority of the bill if the event were to be staged in the province.Proteau said today that for the games to go ahead, Quebec would have had to spend more than $30 million, and with the tight deadline there was a risk of cost overruns. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Celebrity Guests Announced For Long Island Music Hall Of Fame Fundraising Gala

first_imgThe Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) will celebrate its 2014, and fifth Class of Honorees, at its star-studded red carpet Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala this Thursday, October 23, 2014, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.Special guests Roger Waters, Dionne Warwick, Felix Cavaliere and more will join in celebrating an extraordinary night in music. Performances in R&B, Oldies, rock and a musical tribute to Gerry Goffin featuring members of the Tokens, Toys and Cookies will all take place in one amazing evening.The fifth induction class includes: Record Producer and Music Industry Executive Clive Davis Concert Promoter Ron Delsener Billy Joel Band: Liberty DeVitto — drums, percussion Doug Stegmeyer (posthumous) — bass guitar, backing vocals Russell Javors — rhythm and lead guitars, harmonica, backing vocals Richie Cannata — keyboards, saxophones, flute, clarinet, percussion Lyricist Gerry Goffin (posthumous) Record Producer and Remixer Steve Thompson Singer Debbie Gibson Rapper and Record producer Kurtis Blow 2014 Harry Chapin Award recipient and previous LIMHoF inductee DMC of Run DMC Jim Faith, Founding Member, Vice Chair, and LIMHoF Gala Producer states, “It’s been an honor to be a part of this organization from its inception. As producer of the past five galas, it’s humbling to not only celebrate our history, but play a part in making it! This year’s gala may be the most historic event to date.”“I couldn’t be more happy and proud to be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame,” says Richie Cannata of the Billy Joel Band.LIMHoF will also honor Music Educator of the Year, Student Music and Non-Profit Scholarship recipients and present a special award paying tribute to an accomplishment to mark the anniversary of Billy Joel’s trip to Russia.Tickets on sale now. General seating tickets are $75 and $150, and are available through The Paramount box office at 631-673-7300 or online at here. Premium VIP seating is available, toinclude full dinner and show. For information about Premium seating, please contact LIMHoF at 631-331-0808 or are selected by the LIMHoF Board of Directors from an evolving and growing list of people, artists, and entities that were born, raised, founded, or have resided on geographic Long Island (Brooklyn/Queens/Nassau/Suffolk) for a significant portion of their career. Induction is based on historical importance and the significance of their contribution to Long Island’s rich musical heritage. Complete induction criteria and more about previous inductees at here.Past inductees include: Billy Joel, Lou Reed, Carole King, George M. Cohan, Louis Armstrong, Eddie Money, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, Mariah Carey, The Ramones, Barbra Streisand, John Coltrane, Peter Criss (KISS), LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Taylor Dayne, Salt N Pepa, Randy Weston, Zebra, Lovin’ Spoonful’s Joe Butler and Steve Boone, Ervin Drake, Gary U.S. Bonds, Stanley Drucker (New York Philharmonic clarinetist), Simon & Garfunkel, Tony Bennett and more.Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) is a 501c3 organization dedicated to the idea that Long Island’s musical heritage is an important resource to be celebrated and preserved for future generations. The LIMHoF was created as a place to inspire in each person the desire to explore and celebrate music in all its forms and to be a place where the music community will find the support, resources and leadership necessary to aim them in that exploration. For more information about the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, visit read more

Toronto stock market starts November by posting third day of positive growth

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index started November by notching a third straight day of positive growth led by higher metals and materials.Despite the bounce back from a very weak October, it may be premature to celebrate just yet, says Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc.“We’re not getting overly enthused or turning positive just yet because we feel that it’s still too early to say we have turned the corner,” Pashootan said in an interview.Being late in the bull run, he said it’s difficult to see how equities will generate even high single-digit increases amid volatility.Some of the tech and industrials names that led the correction have regained some footing over the past three days amid strong third-quarter corporate results that helped to inject positive sentiment.But Pashootan said some big companies that have yet to report could be a determining factor if the bounce back will stick — chief among them is Apple Inc.“We’re going to need the world’s largest company to have solid numbers reported, or otherwise you could see a quick reversal of this three-day optimism that’s come back,” he said.The company reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of US$14.13 billion after markets closed. The net income of $2.91 per share surpassed Wall Street expectations of $2.79 per share. But its holiday outlook suggested weaker demand for expensive new iPhones.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 122.87 points to 15,150.15. Metals, materials and gold rose by at least 3.7 per cent, while utilities, financials, utilities and consumer staples led on the downside.It’s been a good week for the Toronto Exchange.“You’re seeing this tug of war continue between the market trying to decide if overall it’s feeling optimistic because of Q3 earnings or it’s still trying to finish the cleansing process of the correction that started a couple of weeks back,” Pashootan said.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 264.98 points to 25,380.74. The S&P 500 index was up 28.63 points to 2,740.37, while the Nasdaq composite was up 128.16 points at 7,434.02.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.41 cents US compared with an average of 76.09 cents US on Wednesday.The December crude contract was down $1.62 to US$63.69 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down 2.4 cents at US$3.24 per mmBTU.Crude is down about five per cent for the week but more decreases are likely, noted Pashootan.“Investors should be watching in the coming months because the real reasons why the commodity price rose in the first place not being supply and demand, but more so supply disruptions.”The December gold contract was up US$23.60 at US$1,238.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 6.25 cents at US$2.72 a pound.last_img read more

Sudans cooperation external funds for Darfur crisis needed now UN says

In a closed briefing of the Security Council on what he has called the biggest humanitarian disaster today, the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Jan Egeland, said time was running out.”We are racing against the clock for three related reasons – the access restrictions that have severely constrained our ability to operate, serious funding shortfalls and the slow build-up of our capacity and response over the past moths by some organizations that were absorbed by the ongoing humanitarian challenges in southern Sudan, the Upper Nile and other parts of the country,” he said according to the text of his briefing made available afterwards.On the day the new procedures were announced, 93 visas were outstanding, but with the reduction in the time needed to get visas, OCHA, which had had no permits for two months, was able to send in six additional staff members today, he said.Several major non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were still waiting for visas for more than 60 relief workers, however, he said.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was told recently that its exemption to import drugs could be revoked, making it liable to experience delays of several months while emergency medical supplies were tested in Sudanese laboratories, he said.”One NGO was told that its food shipment in Port Sudan was not covered by the new emergency procedures because it had arrived by sea and not by air,” Mr. Egeland said.Apparently based on a ministerial decree issued earlier this month, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) was told that it had to use NGOs to distribute food supplies although the capacity of Sudanese NGOs was almost non-existent in some needy areas, he said.In addition, although local trucking capacity is insufficient for the vast quantities of food to be distributed, the Sudanese Government was insisting that only Sudanese trucks be used, he said.Meanwhile, the rainy season was fast approaching, which could make roads impassable for periods of time and the appeal for funding to aid IDPs and Sudanese refugees in Chad has raised only $50 million of the $171 million needed, Mr. Egeland said.With the co-chairmanship of the European Union and the United States, he said, OCHA would convene a high-level donors’ meeting in Geneva on 3 June.”This funding is needed in cash and it is needed now – not in one, two or three months,” Mr. Egeland said. read more

Ahead of rains UN staff rush to relocate refugees in southern Chad

“Our Chadian partners say that by mid-July, wide areas will likely be cut off by flooding,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva today. “So we will need to move fast.”UNHCR is deploying 11 logisticians, field officers, protection officers and extra drivers to relocate the 10,000 refugees, many of whom fled with nothing and are now scattered among 17 villages near the Chadian town of Gore. One option being considered is to move them to Amboko camp near Gore, which already hosts some 13,000 CAR refugees, could hold up to 27,000 people and could provide health care services, water and sanitation facilities.Pending relocation, UNHCR has been distributing emergency plastic sheeting, blankets and high-protein biscuits provided by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Local villagers are also offering what help they can. The refugees have been living in flimsy, makeshift shelters built of leaves and sticks.They brought no food with them, and many children and women are showing signs of malnourishment. They are eating whatever they can find in the bush – mainly roots, wild fruit and leaves. They are drinking local river water and there is no proper sanitation.The latest refugees fled northern CAR during the first three weeks of June following an incident between Government forces and unidentified armed groups. Although no new attacks have been reported since 3 June, they say they have no intention – at this point at least – of returning anytime soon, citing fear of further violence.There are already 30,000 CAR refugees in southern Chad. The majority of them arrived in 2003 after a military coup. Chad is also hosting more than 200,000 refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan who are currently housed in 12 camps in the eastern part of the country. read more

UN community makes New Yorks diversity more vibrant – new report

According to the report, in 2014, almost 16,000 people representing the UN community went to work in New York. Their household earnings of approximately $1.64 billion have helped to create and sustain 7,940 jobs throughout New York City. In terms of direct employment, the UN, its agencies and affiliates in New York City are the 22nd largest employer in the New York metropolitan area. “This study shows the strength of the long-standing partnership between the United Nations and New York City. The Organization brings enormous value to its host city, and UN staff members actively contribute to the communities where they live, while the City continues to support our diverse UN family,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the press release. In addition to its employees, the UN issued more than 30,000 accreditations for visitors attending meeting and conferences at headquarters. On average, these visitors stayed in New York City for two weeks and spent roughly $258 per day, generating an additional estimated 1,210 jobs in the city. “From increased foot traffic to local businesses from international visitors, to the impacts of household spending of UN community employees throughout the five boroughs, the presence of the UN in New York City is helping to create and sustain additional jobs for New Yorkers,” announced NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. The costs that New York City incurs for supporting the United Nations are projected to be $54 million, which includes costs for security and education expenses for staff members who enrol their children in public schools. After taking these costs into account, the UN community contributed some $56 million in net fiscal benefits to New York City. The UN Community’s tax-exempt status meant that New York City forewent an estimated $99 million in tax revenue in 2014. “I thank Mayor de Blasio and all New Yorkers for their steadfast support. We look forward to continuing to work together towards our shared goals of global peace, harmony and prosperity for all,” said Mr. Ban. New York City competed with cities including London and San Francisco in 1946 to become the official headquarters of the United Nations. The report’s website shares a quote from John D. Rockefeller, Jr.: “New York is a center where people from all lands have always been welcomed and where they have shared common aspirations and achievements. It is my belief that the City affords an environment uniquely fitted to the task of the UN and that the people of New York would like to have the UN here permanently.” Penny Abeywardena (center), New York City Commissioner for International Affairs, briefs the press during the launch of a report on the United Nations’ economic impact on the city of New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten “New York City is not only an economic and cultural capital, but a diplomatic one. We are proud to be the host city to the United Nations headquarters and the largest diplomatic community in the world,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press release. “The impact of the United Nations stretches far beyond New York City and this study reflects the city’s enduring commitment to supporting this critical institution,” he added. The report, which offers an analysis of the economic costs and benefits to New York City based on data from 2014, was produced in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).It was launched today at UN Headquarters by Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, at a press conference moderated by Joined by Cristina Gallach, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Public Information, who noted the strong partnership between the UN Department of Public Information and the City, in particular in promoting key areas of UN policy and public advocacy, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. read more

In Washington DC Guterres signs pact with World Bank meets US President

World Bank/Grant EllisSecretary-General António Guterres (left) and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim (right), in Washington, D.C., at the signing a Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF), on joint commitment to cooperate in helping countries implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They will also jointly spur global action on climate change and work hand-in-hand in post-crisis and humanitarian situations.Adopted by UN Member States in 2015, the landmark Agenda and its 17 Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.The SPF, signed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim in Washington, will build on past collaborations between the two entities and foster a new partnership. UN Photo/Cia PakSustainable Development Goals is projected onto UN Headquarters.Specifically, SPF initiatives include:• Mobilizing increased and better finance from all sources, including through domestic resources, and helping countries attract and manage private capital;• Improving implementation capacity to achieve the SDGs, particularly at the national and local levels;• Promoting joint action and investments to improve infrastructure and build human capital, including education and health;• Convening governments, financial institutions, private investors, and development banks to mobilize, coordinate, and deliver financing to help countries make the transition to a low-carbon, resilient future;• Strengthening collaboration and joint action in post-crisis and humanitarian settings to build resilience for the most vulnerable people, reduce poverty and inequality, enhance food security, prevent conflict, and sustain peace;• Improving national statistical systems and enhancing countries’ digital data capacities to improve implementation and maximize positive development impacts, and;• Expanding and deepening partnerships in policy development and advocacy, joint analysis and assessments, and program design and delivery.Guterres meets US President TrumpMeanwhile, UN chief Guterres met with US President Donald Trump this afternoon at the White House.“The Secretary-General and the President discussed the situation in the broader Middle East, the Korean Peninsula and the ongoing United Nations reform. The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation for the continued US engagement in the work of the United Nations,” stated a read-out issued today by the UN. The agreement, known as the Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF), includes four key areas of cooperation.The two institutions will cooperate in finding financial and other necessary resources to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and harness data to improve development outcomes. read more

Brock University marks Chinese New Year Saturday

The Niagara community is invited to help ring in the Year of the Rooster.The Chinese Cultural Association of Niagara, the Confucius Institute at Brock University and the Goodman School of Business are together hosting what is expected to be the largest celebration of the Chinese New Year in Niagara.Also known as Spring Festival, this important cultural event marks the turn of the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It kicks off a two-week celebration leading up to the traditional Lantern Festival in February.This year’s Chinese New Year event will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Merritton Community Centre. After a buffet dinner, the celebration will feature Chinese cultural and artistic performances.More than 550 people are expected to attend. Tickets are $20 or $10 for kids 10 and under. For more information, email or phone 905-688-5550 x6013. read more

Can This New Crop Of Players Erase Englands Underachieving Past

Tottenham HotspurPremier League7.60 4Uruguay0.832+1.17 UnderachieversExpectedActualDifference 5Mexico0.520-0.52 Southgate’s plan seems to be to put the players from these teams into a compatible lineup before re-creating their off-the-ball tactics. As I noted in my Group G preview, of all the teams to qualify for the World Cup, England ranks third in breaking up an opponent’s possession before it completes three passes, behind only Germany and Spain.England’s famed problem has been getting its generational talents to click together. For once, the big teams in the Premier League are kindred spirits tactically, and this will have an impact on the national team’s ability to leverage the players provided by those clubs.Young attackersEngland is fielding an extremely young side in Russia, with an average age of 26 — only Nigeria is younger. And England’s average of 19 caps per player makes it the most inexperienced side in the competition.2Tied with Tunisia. But while they may be relatively new to the international stage, these youngsters are by no means immature in terms of elite soccer. England’s attack, in particular, is filled to the brim with talent just ready to peak. England features cohorts from aggressive-pressing clubsThe 10 big five European club teams best at pressuring opponents, 2017-18 2Netherlands0.670-0.67 4Russia0.600-0.60 Cups won Cups won 2Germany2.044+1.96 1Hungary0.920-0.92 1Brazil3.015+1.99 5Argentina1.442+0.56 Manchester CityPremier League6.71 sec. Hamburger SVBundesliga8.22 Nonetheless, the team that will face Tunisia on Monday is new and exciting. Gone are the mainstays from the past three World Cups, players like Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Because of the players’ age and inexperience, this team is free of the weight of expectation — despite having the seventh best pre-tournament chance of taking the trophy home, according to FiveThirtyEight predictions. And for the neutral fan, too, England has a lot to offer.Tactical coherencePep Guardiola — the current manager of Manchester City, which became the first team in history to break the 100-point mark in the Premier League — has had an indirect hand in the past two World Cup-winning teams. In the final against the Netherlands in 2010, eight players featured on the pitch for Spain had been coached by Guardiola in his time at Barcelona. When Mario Götze broke Argentinian hearts in 2014, he was one of seven German players in the final to have played under the Catalan manager that season at Bayern Munich.This is likely to be less about Guardiola specifically, despite his brilliance, and more about his indirect influence on the tactical coherence of a national team. With him at the helm of the country’s best side, his players would naturally get national team starts; the ability of those players to click when on the pitch together meant that they had more coherent tactics than other teams stacked with good players. Indeed, Italy, which won the 2006 World Cup with a quintessentially Italian style of football, featured a spine of five Juventus players in the final.With only four Manchester City players on the squad, manager Gareth Southgate will pay homage to Guardiola’s team in style more than in personnel. Man City midfielders David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne are playing for Spain and Belgium respectively, but Southgate will try to replicate them by using Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli as “free eights” in the midfield. England has six more players total from Tottenham, managed by Mauricio Pochettino, and Liverpool, managed by Jürgen Klopp. These teams, like City, press the opposition extremely aggressively out of possession, with all three in the top 10 in Europe’s biggest competitions this season in terms of how quickly they shut down their opponents: Tottenham’s Harry Kane, for example, is one of the best goal-scoring strikers in the world at the tender age of 24. Somewhat terrifyingly, he is still improving: He was even better at getting off quality shots this season than he was the year before. The expected goals per 90 minutes from his shots in the Premier League rose from 0.45 in 2016-17 to 0.75 this year.Dele Alli, 22, will support Kane for their country as he does for their club. His 2017-18 season was marred for some by the idea that it was a regression compared with the year before. What really happened, though, was that he got fewer chances but created more. He also experienced a downturn in chance conversion, from scoring 44 percent more than might be expected based on chance quality in 2016-17 to underachieving it by 12 percent this season. All that made people forget that Alli is one of the brightest under-23 talents in the world. And nobody — apart from maybe Denmark’s Christian Eriksen — is better at supplying Kane.Man City’s Raheem Sterling may have made recent headlines for getting a rifle tattooed on his leg, but the more important of his designs is the one on his arm of a young boy, wearing England’s No. 10 shirt, looking up at Wembley Stadium, the home of English football. He’s my player to watch for Group G because of his electric ability to both get and create chances, coming off the back of an incredibly productive league season with 18 goals and 11 assists. And he’s only 23.Dark horses?The biggest problem for England in terms of being a dark horse in Russia is its likely post-group opposition. The English have a good shot of making the quarterfinal (58 percent when the tourney began) but will probably have to face Germany or Brazil at that point, depending on whether England finishes above Belgium in their group. Winning a matchup against one of those powerhouses is a long shot, though anything can happen in a World Cup.England has an exciting team of young stars, playing at stylistically compatible clubs, and a manager who seems tactically savvy despite his relative inexperience. Even if they don’t manage to bring home the trophy this summer, the future looks bright for The Three Lions for the first time in a generation.Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. OverachieversExpectedActualDifference Expected goals1388 Goals3528 Bayern MunichBundesliga7.51 England’s youth movementRanks of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in key offensive statistics in the English Premier League, 2017-18 teamleagueAvg. Opponent Possession Duration *Among attackers with at least 850 minutes playedSource: Football Whispers Borussia DortmundBundesliga7.91 LiverpoolPremier League7.92 EibarLa Liga7.23 Rank per 90 minutes* The big five leagues are the Premier League (England), Bundesliga (Germany), Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain) and Serie A (Italy).Source: Football Whispers Assists93158 Expected assists76127 3England1.621-0.62 There is an uncharacteristic air of hope this year surrounding an uncharacteristic England team. To be an England supporter is to inherit a contradictory combination of utter nihilism and raging anger, expecting nothing and everything at the same time. English players have developed an unfortunate reputation: They will wilt under the brightest lights, typified by the inability to hold their nerve during penalty shootouts.But the perception of mental weakness between generations is, to some extent, a consequence of the spread-out nature of international tournaments. The World Cup is rare and unpredictable: Germany, the defending champion, had just a 13 percent chance of winning in Russia going into the tournament, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model, and even Brazil, the favorite, had less than a 20 percent chance.Using pre-tournament Elo ratings going back to 1930, we can construct a logistic regression to look at how many World Cup trophies each country might have expected based on team strength, the competition format and whether the country was hosting.1Historically, having a home advantage makes a big difference, so the model adjusts for the advantage that comes with hosting responsibility.Brazil, Germany and Italy have roughly a pair of trophies each more than the model’s predictions based on their strength before the tournament, which illustrates that the World Cup is hardly a tale of who the favorite is going in.England has underachieved, winning a solitary trophy relative to 1.62 expected World Cups. By our measure, only Hungary, which was one of the world’s best in the 1950s, and the three-time runner-up Netherlands have seen a bigger discrepancy. English supporters born after 1966 are justified in feeling a tad underwhelmed by the team’s performances on the world stage, but it could be worse — of the underachievers, England is the only team to actually have managed a win at all. England should have more trophiesTop five under- and overachievers by actual World Cups won vs. expected Successful dribbles666831 MarseilleLigue 18.15 RomaSerie A8.36 3Italy2.144+1.86 Based on a logistic regression that uses each team’s pre-World Cup ELO rating, accounting for host country and size of field. Germany’s history includes West Germany, while Russia’s includes the Soviet Union.Source: EloRATINGS.NET RB LeipzigBundesliga7.88 StatisticHarry KaneDele AlliRaheem Sterling read more

Womens Basketball Linnae Harper added to USA Basketball Womens Under23 National Team

Ohio State then-redshirt junior Linnae Harper takes the ball up the court against Purdue in a Big Ten tournament semifinal game in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThe USA Basketball Women’s Under-23 National Team added the second Buckeye to its roster when Ohio State redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper was selected as an injury replacement Saturday evening.Harper joins Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell on the team, replacing South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson who will not play due to a groin strain. Harper and Mitchell are the only two Big Ten athletes on the roster.The Ohio State duo spent the past week competing at the national team training camp along with 34 other players. Thursday afternoon, USA Basketball announced a roster of 12 players that would travel to Tokyo to take part in the Four Nations Tournament.“I’m just grateful for the opportunity,” Harper said in a press release. “This past week was great for me, being able to play with the best players and coaches in the country. I’m very excited that I have the chance to compete and represent the USA again and play in Tokyo.”This isn’t Harper’s first time playing in international competitions. Harper has earned six medals while playing for USA Basketball, including three gold medals in the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and 2011 FIBA Under-16 World Championship.“We are excited to welcome Linnae, and I’ve got no doubt that she will pick things up quickly,” said Under-23 coach Jeff Walz, who also coaches at Louisville.Last season for Ohio State, the 5-foot-8 guard averaged 8.4 points, five rebounds and 1.9 assists per game and was honored as the 2017 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year.The United States will begin play against Australia Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. On Aug. 13 at 4:30 p.m., Harper and her team will face off against Canada before concluding with a game against Japan on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. read more

Researchers Accidentally Discover Possible Toddler Planet

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Science isn’t always, well, an exact science: Some breakthroughs are nothing more than a crazy, random happenstance.Like the toddler planet spotted by astronomers on the edge of the young double star CS Cha.While examining the dust disc around CS Cha, the cosmologists saw a small dot on the edge of their images. That speck turned out to be a small planet only a few million years young, moving along with the binary star.According to the international group, headed by Dutch researchers from Leiden University, CS Cha and its “special companion” are suspended about 600 light years away from Earth, in the constellation Chameleon.A T Tauri star formed only two to three million years ago; CS Cha is the subject of study by astronomers searching for a dust disc and planets in the making.This is exactly what the team stumbled upon early last year while using the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch (SPHERE) tool on Chile’s Very Large Telescope.In blue, it is viewed with special polarization filters that make dust discs and exoplanets visible (via Christian Ginski/SPHERE)With a little help from the telescope archives, researchers discovered the same dot (albeit much fainter) in photos taken 19 years ago with the Hubble Space Telescope and 11 years ago with the Very Large Telescope.“Thanks to the old photographs, the astronomers were able to show that the companion moves with the binary and that they belong together,” a Leiden University press release said.No further details have been revealed; scientists have not yet determined what the companion looks like or how it was formed.“We suspect that [it] is surrounded by its own dust disc,” lead study author Christian Ginski said in a statement. “The tricky part is that the disc blocks a large part of the light and that is why we can hardly determine the mass of the companion.“So it could be a brown dwarf but also a super-Jupiter in his toddler years,” he continued. “The classical planet-forming-models can’t help us.”Moving forward, researchers hope to examine the star and its companion in more detail using the international ALMA telescope on the Chajnantor plateau in the North Chilean Andes.The full study will be published soon by the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.center_img Astronomers Discover Planet With Strange, Egg-Shaped OrbitChandra X-Ray Data May Have Revealed Most Distant ‘Cloaked’ Black Hole last_img read more

SDSU astronomers discover third planet in twostar solar system

first_img Posted: April 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, April 16, 2019 SDSU astronomers discover third planet in two-star solar system SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A group of researchers led by astronomers at San Diego State University Tuesday announced the discovery of a third planet in the Kepler-47 solar system, making it the only known system with multiple planets that orbit two stars.The researchers spotted the Neptune-to-Saturn-sized planet between the system’s two previously observed planets while monitoring data from NASA’s Kepler telescope. SDSU astronomers believe the planet has gone largely unnoticed until now because it may have passed in front of one of the system’s two stars, weakening its transmission signal.The planet has been dubbed Kepler-47d.“We saw a hint of a third planet back in 2012, but with only one transit we needed more data to be sure,” said SDSU astronomer Jerome Orosz, the lead author of the study published in the Astronomical Journal. “With an additional transit, the planet’s orbital period could be determined, and we were then able to uncover more transits that were hidden in the noise in the earlier data.”In addition to confirming the planet’s existence, the research team discovered that it is the largest body on record in the Kepler-47 system. All three planets also have a lower density than Saturn, our solar system’s least dense planet. Kepler 47 is roughly 3340 light-years from Earth toward the northern constellation Cygnus.The system itself is fairly compact and could fit within Earth’s orbit around our sun. One of the system’s stars is roughly similar in size to the one in our solar system while the other is roughly one-third that size. All three planets are at least three times larger than Earth, with Kepler-47d registering at seven times larger.“This work builds on one of the Kepler’s most interesting discoveries: that systems of closely-packed, low-density planets are extremely common in our galaxy,” said Jonathan Fortney, a UC Santa Cruz astronomer who was not involved in the study. “Kepler-47 shows that whatever process forms these planets — an outcome that did not happen in our solar system — is common to single-star and circumbinary planetary systems.” KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Campaign Trail 49th District

first_img49th District Position 1 House race: State Rep. Sharon Wylie, a Vancouver Democrat who is seeking re-election, will host a “coffee and conversation” event from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Latte Da Coffee, 205 E. 39th St. For more information, contact Kasey Cote at 360-601-4749 or

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Class D Delivery Driver at J. Polep Distribution ServicesFull-Time Production Technician at CutisPharmaPart-Time Medical Assistant at AllOne HealthFull-Time Credit Analyst at Standard ElectricFull-Time Human Resources Manager at Northland Industrial Truck CompanyFull-Time Line Cook at Red Heat TavernFull-Time Drivers & Movers at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time/Part-Time Cooks & Servers at 99 RestaurantPart-Time Afternoon Route Delivery Driver at OptimaPart-Time Cargo Van Delivery Driver at Optima(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more