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Press Trust of India Over 90,000 trucks stayed off the road in Punjab on Sunday to protest against the State government’s move to disband truck unions. There was a complete ‘chakka jam’ in the state as 93,000 trucks stayed off the road, All Punjab Truck Operators’ Union, president, Happy Sandhu said. “We neither transported goods nor foodgrain in protest against the State government’s move of disbanding the 134 truck unions operating in the State,” said Sandhu. Truck operators have been protesting against a recent decision of the Punjab cabinet, which had approved the Punjab Goods Carriages (Regulation and Prevention of Cartelisation Rules), 2017, which bars goods carriage operators from forming cartels or unions in the state. The truckers’ protest remained by and large peaceful, but protesting truck operators blocked traffic at a few places, said Sandhu. The truckers also raised anti-government slogans at several places, he said. Sandhu said the truckers will intensify their protest if the State government did not roll back its decision. “Punjab Markfed Chairman Amarjit Singh Samra today met us at Nakodar. He assured us that the issue would be addressed,” said Sandhu. Truck operators claimed that because of the abolition of truck unions, small truck operators would suffer the most as the big companies would take over the operations. There are at present 134 truck unions comprising 93,000 trucks in the state, he said, adding that 70 per cent of the truck operators were engaged in the transportation of foodgrain.
Jaipur, Apr 5 (PTI) A museum will be opened at Nahargarh Fort here which will showcase wax and silicon figures of famous national and world personalities.”The Jaipur Wax museum would provide an opportunity for the visitors to have a closer look at the statues of famous persons, cultural figures, stars from Bollywood, Hollywood, sports, history, music, literature and pop stars,” a release stated.The statues will have an unique background and surroundings, complimenting each figure to enhance the look, it said.An interactive area is proposed to be landscaped outside the venue surrounding the museum, the release stated. PTI SDA NSD
By Saumojyoti S Choudhury Taipei City (Taiwan), Aug 19 (PTI) Hosts India were among the nations which missed the opening ceremony at the 29th World University Games after the contingent was stuck amidst protest from senior citizens. The opening ceremony was adversely affected by a protest by retired government employees against the ruling Democratic Progressive Partys new legislation to slash 40 per cent of veterans pensions across the board starting next year. Although the veterans are not against the staging of the Games, they gathered outside the venue just before the start of the opening ceremony, to grab eyeballs of the large media contingent. Their efforts bore fruit as most of the participating nations could not take part in the opening ceremony parade initially as they got stuck in their team buses because of police restrictions following the protests. Barring the unfortunate incident, the opening ceremony, otherwise was near perfect in-front of 21,000 packed stadium. But the organizers heaved a sigh of relief, when the police finally managed to clear the way for athletes of all competing nations to be part of the opening ceremony. Smartly dressed in sky blue shirts, silver coloured trousers, blue blazers and red stripped ties, the mid-sized Indian contingent looked dapper once they reached the venue. The 29th edition of Universiade as it is known, will witness the participation of over 11,000 athletes from more than 140 nations in 22 disciplines. The Games will be played at 38 competition venues, which include two newly built stadiums (Taipei Tennis Center and Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium) from August 19 to 30. The biggest draw of the games is certainly not any athlete but a coach. The legendary Carl Lewis, who is here as the sprint coach for the United States University team. Hosts Chinese Taipei fielded the biggest contingent with 368 athletes followed by Russia, USA and China, Argentina Canada among others. Hosts Taiwan, a diplomatically isolated island nation, which is forced to compete as Chinese Taipei in international sporting events, and India were among the affected countries was also forced to miss the parade, in which only 20 nations took part initially. The focal point of the ceremony presented an interpretation of Taiwans past, present and future. The entire programme was divided into three chapters based on the themes of nature, city and technology. The first chapter ? ?Vibrant Island? focused Taiwans diverse and colourful local culture, while “Hybrid Taipei” highlighted the taste, smell and friendliness of the city which engages in a dialogue between the traditional and contemporary. “Global Tribe”, the last chapter, showcased the countrys foray into the digital era. The Opening Ceremonys cultural performance presented the story of Taiwan, the lifestyle of urban and country lives, and the imagination of future trend from young artists? perspectives. A video message wishing good luck to the organizers and athletes from International Olympic Association (IOA) President Thomas Bach was also played at the stadium screen during the ceremony. The Universiade was officially declared open by Taiwan President Ing-wen. The three-hour long ceremony culminated with an eye- catching acrobatic performances by small children, musical performances followed by a dazzling firework show. The Universiade, is held every alternate year and is considered second only to the Olympics. It is a multi-sport event organised under the governance of International University of Sports Federation (FISU). The previous summer event was held in Gwangju in South Korea in 2015. PTI SSC KHS KHSadvertisement
TweetPinShare0 Shares BALTIMORE — When he tells his kids about his first complete game in the majors, Kevin Gausman will have a heck of a story to share — if he skips the part about the game being called by rain after 4 1/2 innings.Chris Davis hit a two-run homer, Gausman allowed one run in five innings and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-1 Sunday night in a game shortened by rain.“It’s great,” Gausman said. “Complete game in 78 pitches. I think that’s got to be a record.”The Orioles scored all their runs in the fourth inning before Gausman (4-2) got three straight outs in the fifth. After Steve Pearce drew a walk in the bottom half, the rain came.The game was finally called after a delay of 2 hours, 22 minutes.“It’s extremely disappointing,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “If the game would have been 10 minutes slower, we would never have got to that spot. It’s unfortunate.”Baseball rules deem that a game is official if the home team is winning after the top of the fifth. Girardi would like to see that change.“My preference would be that you come back and finish it,” he said. “We’re coming back, why don’t we finish it? It would be changing what they’ve done in the past, but I think it would be something to look at.”Gausman gave up four hits, struck out two and walked none. The right-hander retired 12 of the final 13 players he faced to improve to 3-1 lifetime against the Yankees.Things didn’t look so promising after Gausman gave up a leadoff homer to Brett Gardner, but the Yankees didn’t get a runner past first base the rest of the way.New York starter Chase Whitley (4-3) gave up three runs and five hits in 3 2-3 innings. He had been relegated to the bullpen after going 0-3 with a 14.81 ERA in his last three starts.Gardner gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead with his ninth home run — a career high — on the fourth pitch of the game. It was the second homer allowed by Gausman this season, the first in 27 innings.“I knew right away that it was a bad pitch location. It was right down the middle,” Gausman said. “Honestly, I think it kind of woke me up a little bit.”Baltimore loaded the bases with two outs in the second before rookie Jonathan Schoop hit a routine fly ball to center.Whitley struck out two in a perfect third, but couldn’t get out of the fourth. Nelson Cruz walked and Davis snapped an 0-for-13 skid with his 15th homer, an opposite-field drive to left. J.J. Hardy followed with a double and Schoop chased Whitley with a two-out RBI single.In the top of the fifth, the grounds crew positioned itself behind the rolled-up tarp in anticipation of a rainstorm. As a fierce wind swirled around Camden Yards, lifting hot dog wrappers high in the air, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis fell over after struggling to catch a knuckleballing fly for the second out.Soon after that, the rain came. Very long after that, the game was called.“It was kind of getting ridiculous because it was 12:15,” Gausman said. “I made the joke, ‘We’re pretty much on the All-Star break.’”Baltimore hit the break in first place in the AL East for the first time since 1997.“We have a goal of going out and winning the division this year,” Davis said. “We wanted to kind of control our own destiny. We’re definitely in the driver’s seat right now and hopefully we can keep it going.”Injury-riddled New York reached the midpoint at 47-47, five games back in third place.“With everything that we had go wrong, we’re still in it,” Girardi said. “That’s the big thing. We’ve got to take advantage of that when we get back to work on Friday.”NOTES: Gardner has three career leadoff HRs, two this season. … The Orioles formally put RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) on the 15-day disabled list to make room for Gausman, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. … The Yankees recalled RHP Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre and optioned OF Zoilo Almonte to the same club. … Baltimore’s Manny Machado singled in the second inning to reach base for a 16th consecutive game, tying his career high.DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer
Associated Press DohaSeptember 28, 2019UPDATED: September 28, 2019 09:07 IST Ruth Chepngetich, of Kenya, celebrates winning the women’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships in Doha (AP)The 68 women who lined up for the marathon in a virtual steam bath off the bay fronting Doha’s downtown were posed with one not-so-simple question when the clock struck midnight Saturday: How much are you willing to suffer?Suffer to win? Suffer for a medal? Suffer just to say you finished?On a night in which 28 of those runners didn’t get to the finish line, Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya had all the answers. She took the gold medal at world championships in 2 hours, 32 minutes, 43 seconds. It was the slowest winning time in three-and-a-half decades’ worth of these events, but one that made absolute sense on this night.”It was not bad for me,” Chepngetich said.For everyone else, miserable.The temperature when Chepngetich crossed the finish line first at 2:34 a.m. was 88 degrees (31 Celsius). The humidity was 77 percent. The heat index was 105 (40). The wind: none.”Those who win, they are heroes,” Israel’s Lonah Salpeter said. “Those who finish, I tell them they are strong. Even those who didn’t finish, they’re also strong. They tried their best.”Small swaths of hard-core fans lined the 7-kilometer loop and watched runner after runner fill towels and hats brimming with ice, then pick it out to drop it into their sweat-saturated tank tops and bottoms.They saw runners double-fisting electrolyte drinks, and running with drenched towels wrapped around their necks, and wringing cool water from sponges they plucked off tables that were scattered around the course.They saw … suffering.”I didn’t know what to expect,” American Roberta Groner said after making it through her six laps of hell. “The goal was to finish and not hurt myself.”advertisementNo matter how they spin it, the IAAF’s plan to run the race at night to beat the heat was something less than a success. As the federation’s president, Sebastian Coe, paced near the finish line, his pink button-down polo completely sweated through, runner after runner buckled over, or tumbled to the ground, and had to be placed gingerly into golf carts, or wheelchairs, and transported off the course into the medical tent.Defending champion Rose Chelimo came in 63 seconds back of Chepngetich to take the silver medal, and Helalia Johannes won the bronze to become the first female from Namibia to win a medal at worlds.”I cannot say I enjoyed the event,” Johannes said.Salpeter had been considered a contender. But a slip-up in grabbing a water bottle and a towel at around the 5-kilometer mark cost her precious time and energy and after racing hard, and in vain, to catch back up to the lead pack, she dropped out at the 20-mile mark.Groner, a 41-year-old mother from New Jersey, never adjusted to the time change from her home, and came out pretending like it was the middle of the afternoon. She took things slow and steady and finished sixth.Consider it a victory.And really, there were no losers on this night only those willing, or crazy enough to want to do this on one of the toughest nights this sport has ever seen.Sviatlana Kudzelich of Belarus is a steeplechaser-turned-marathoner who, halfway through this midnight run, must have been wondering why she switched. She finished 32nd.But she finished.”A real accomplishment,” she said. “I can’t describe the joy.”Neither could Spain’s Marta Galimay.She raised both fists to the sky and acted like a winner when she crossed the line in 16th place. Her coaches from Spain draped a flag around her neck, then placed an icepack there as they shared a long embrace. Sixty seconds later, she was drooping into a wheelchair, skipping the traditional trip to the interview area for a stop in the medical tent.She had plenty of company there.Also Read | IAAF World Championships: Jabir Pillyalil finishes 3rd in 400m hurdles heats, Ayyasamy misses out on semis berthFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow IAAF World Championships 2019 Next World Athletics Championships: Ruth Chepngetich battles extreme heat to win marathon goldRuth Chepngetich overcame extreme heat and humidity to win the world championship midnight marathon on Friday, in a grueling test of survival that saw nearly a third of the 70 starters fail to reach the finish line.advertisement
The Jamaica Fire Brigade’s (JFB) ‘Mek Wi Fix It’ campaign is being expanded to focus on, among other things, bush fire prevention.This is against the background of an increase in the occurrence of bush fires and resulting casualties, according to JFB statistics for 2018.Senior JFB Deputy Superintendent for Fire Prevention and Public Relations Officer, Emeleo Ebanks, cited one primary factor.“Last year was one of the hottest years we have had on record across the world and this would have impacted, certainly in the summer months, the number of bush fires that we saw,” he told JIS News.Mr. Ebanks also noted an increase in the number of electrical and structural fires occurring, which he attributed to, among other things, gang activities and violence.Consequently, he advised that the ‘Mek Wi Fix It’ programme has been tweaked to address these, adding that public sensitisation will be heightened.The JFB Officer said there has been positive feedback to the initiative since its launch, after six children perished in fires in January 2018.“We got very good response from that programme and we saw where the numbers were trending down. We have tweaked that intervention programme to now include [among other things] how to deal with and prevent bush fires. We will be [expanding] this programme to address the other ills that we are seeing,” Mr. Ebanks indicated.He advised that the JFB continues to work with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in various farming communities to educate farmers on the dangers of the slash-and-burn land preparation method and provide them with alternatives.He assured that the JFB remains committed to its vision of providing a citizen-centred fire and rescue service and initiating various fire prevention programmes and interventions islandwide. Senior JFB Deputy Superintendent for Fire Prevention and Public Relations Officer, Emeleo Ebanks, cited one primary factor. Story Highlights This is against the background of an increase in the occurrence of bush fires and resulting casualties, according to JFB statistics for 2018. The Jamaica Fire Brigade’s (JFB) ‘Mek Wi Fix It’ campaign is being expanded to focus on, among other things, bush fire prevention.
VICTORIA COUNTY: Little Narrows Ferry The Little Narrows Ferry is back in service. It had been out of service since Tuesday, Dec. 21, to replace the cable. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 -30-
SANTÉ ET MIEUX-ÊTRE—Le vaccin antigrippal de la Nouvelle-Écosse est sécuritaire Les réserves de vaccin antigrippal de la Nouvelle-Écosse ne sont pas touchées par l’ordonnance de Santé Canada visant à cesser temporairement d’utiliser le produit. « Nous souhaitons rassurer les Néo-Écossais qui ont reçu ou qui prévoient recevoir le vaccin antigrippal offert par le gouvernement que le produit est sécuritaire et fiable, a dit le Dr Robert Strang, administrateur en chef de la santé publique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Nous avons été avisés de la situation dans les autres provinces, et nous poursuivons les discussions avec nos collègues au niveau national. » L’ordonnance temporaire visant à cesser d’utiliser le produit est une mesure de précaution prise par Santé Canada. Les réserves de la Nouvelle-Écosse proviennent d’autres fabricants qui ne sont pas affectés. On rappelle aux gens que la meilleure façon de se protéger contre la grippe est de se faire vacciner. Le vaccin est offert gratuitement à tous les Néo-Écossais. Le vaccin contre la grippe saisonnière est disponible auprès des médecins de famille, des infirmières en milieu familial, des infirmières praticiennes et des cliniques offertes par les Services de la santé publique, les cabinets de médecin et les employeurs. Bien que le vaccin soit recommandé pour tous, il est particulièrement important pour les personnes à risque élevé de complications, notamment les aînés, les enfants de six mois à cinq ans, les Autochtones, les femmes enceintes et toute personne souffrant d’une maladie chronique telle que les maladies du cœur, l’asthme et le diabète. Ces directives s’appliquent également aux personnes qui habitent avec une personne incluse dans les groupes à risque élevé ou qui en prennent soin. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/cdpc/influenza_fr.asp.
UNICEF is continuing its relief operation amid what it describes as a “grim humanitarian situation” with tens of thousands of people, including many children, still stranded in remote areas. Many of them are living in the open, staying on highlands along river tributaries or on the side of the road, and many have moved more than once to escape rising flood waters. “The displacement of people has been massive as people continue to flee or are evacuated from marooned areas. Many have settled in relief camps, but some of these have also been flooded,” UNICEF said in a press release. Some three quarters of a million people have been evacuated from their homes and villages while 285 relief camps have been set up to shelter the displaced from the flood-stricken area, according to the UN humanitarian chief. “This is damage on an extremely large scale,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes at a press briefing today. “The Indian authorities are well equipped and are dealing with this from their own resources, but we have offered them help and there is the possibility of funding,” Mr. Holmes added.The relief and rehabilitation operation in Bihar could be needed for several months, according to UNICEF aid workers on the ground in the flood-afflicted area. The agency is concentrating their efforts on delivering life-saving supplies such as clean water, medicines and shelter equipment, much of which was already stored in the region before the floods struck Bihar.“Last year, flooding had affected other areas in Bihar and since then UNICEF had stockpiled emergency material there,” the agency’s spokesperson Veronique Taveau told reporters in Geneva.“Therefore, it was able to immediately help affected people with plastic sheets, hygiene kits and other aid,” she added. 5 September 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) expressed grave concern today over the worsening humanitarian situation in Bihar, where more than 3 million people have been uprooted and at least 60 killed in the worst flooding to hit north-east India in 50 years.
The United States says the government has to have an action plan that deals with reconciliation issues.During a live video online chat with journalists from around the world including Sri Lanka, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner said that as far as the U.S is concerned there is a big unfinished agenda in Sri Lanka. “Every country is evaluated by the same set of standards or criteria. It gives us a basis for making policy but it’s not a policy making document. It’s a tool for diplomats on how to deal with a country,” he said. Asked if the human rights report can be used as a tool to take action against Sri Lanka or any other country, Posner said that the purpose of the report is to give the US a baseline of information on what’s going on in every country in the world. The online discussion was mainly focused on the U.S State Department’s annual global human rights report released recently. Posner recalled the discussions he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had with External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris in Washington recently.He said that a range of issues were discussed including issues which continue to be of concern and the U.S government will continue to push on those issues. “We are going to continue to raise those issues with the government,” Posner said in response to a question raised by a Sri Lankan journalist. “We are happy that there is a Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission but the government has to have an action plan that deals with reconciliation issues, deals with the issues of discrimination still going on in the north and a range of other things to incorporate the Tamil population into the life blood of Sri Lanka,” he said.He also said that the U.S has not singled out Sri Lanka and that U.S will apply the same standard under the universal declaration to Sri Lanka as is applied with other countries.Posner meanwhile rejected the characterization that the US has become an arbitrator to human rights around the world.
While welcoming Myanmar’s decision to release human rights defender Su Su Nway, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the authorities to follow this with further measures to promote national reconciliation, including lifting the remaining restrictions on democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders.Mr Annan said such moves would “alleviate the political atmosphere in the country,” remarks that were also echoed today by the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar who repeated his call that the authorities “unconditionally release all remaining prisoners of conscience.”“This will be critical in facilitating national reconciliation and democratic transition, to which the Myanmar leadership has committed itself, again most recently during the visit to Myanmar by United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari,” Special Rapporteur Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said in a statement.Su Su Nway was released on 6 June, after being incarcerated since October 2005, and her health condition had been a cause for concern, the rights expert noted, adding that she had been the first person in Myanmar to successfully prosecute local Government officials for imposing forced labour. Subsequently, she was prosecuted by other local officials for alleged criminal intimidation.At the end of last month, Mr. Annan vowed to continue working for the release of Ms. Suu Kyi, whose house arrest the authorities extended, saying that “the international community cannot abandon the search for improvements in the difficult situation in Myanmar.” The democracy leader has now been under house arrest for 10 of the past 16 years.Welcoming the recent release of Su Su Nway, a spokesman for Mr. Annan today urged the Myanmar “authorities to follow up this measure with further action that will alleviate the political atmosphere and promote national reconciliation, including the lifting of remaining restrictions” on Ms. Suu Kyi and other political leaders. Special Rapporteurs are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity who received their mandate from the now defunct UN Commission on Human Rights and will report to the newly established and enhanced Human Rights Council.
American Express says President Ed Gilligan dies suddenly after falling ill on flight by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2015 1:18 pm MDT Last Updated May 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email American Express said company President Ed Gilligan died suddenly Friday after falling ill while flying on a corporate plane to New York.Gilligan, 55, was coming back from a business trip. The plane made an emergency landing in the U.S., an American Express spokeswoman said. She declined to say where Gilligan had been.“This is deeply painful and frankly unimaginable for all of us who had the great fortune to work with Ed,” said American Express CEO Ken Chenault, in a letter to employees Friday.Gilligan began working at the New York credit card issuer and global payments company 35 years ago as an intern. He was named president of the company in 2013 and reported to Chenault.American Express said he is survived by his wife and four children.In his time at the company, Gilligan worked on just about every area of American Express’ business, including commercial card, small business, merchant services, travel and, most recently, digital partnerships and payments.As a result, Gilligan was viewed as a potential candidate to eventually succeed Chenault, said Jim Shanahan, financial services analyst at Edward Jones.“In my mind, he would have probably been one of a few people on a very short list, at least of internal candidates, to replace him at some point,” Shanahan said. He noted, however, that he doesn’t believe Chenault, 63, is likely to retire any time soon.American Express has a “very deep management team,” and it’s possible someone else could be promoted to a more senior role and groomed for leadership of the company, Shanahan added.Gilligan’s passing comes at a challenging time for American Express.Earlier this year, the company lost its exclusive relationship with Costco and lost a U.S. antitrust suit. A stronger U.S. dollar also dampened its revenue in the first quarter.At the same time, the company has benefited from growing spending by cardholders.In April, the company announced it would increase the annual fee on some of its popular charge cards, while also noting it would be beefing up some of those cards’ benefits as well.The New York-based company’s shares are down 14 per cent this year.
The college football playoff committee didn’t make much news when it released its new rankings Tuesday: The top seven teams remained the same. The biggest shift was for Mississippi, which lost badly last week and fell from No. 8 to No. 19.This was in line with what our college football forecast model expected. Because the model is based mostly on a historic analysis of the Coaches Poll, this means the committee behaved in the same boring way the coaches usually do — keeping the teams in the same order except when one drops a game and loses its place in line. So, our national championship and playoff odds look very much like they did Sunday.Here’s the more comprehensive version of that chart, which includes the entire Top 25 as they might appear when the committee releases its final standings Dec. 7.The lack of movement may also have been because last weekend was a sleepy one on the college football calendar. This upcoming weekend features much higher stakes, with the top teams facing more formidable opponents and entries into the conference title games on the line.I’m going to run through the top 11 teams in the committee’s rankings as the model sees their chances. In each case, we’ll look at how much a win or loss this weekend would affect the team’s playoff odds along with some more complex scenarios: for instance, if the team loses this week but wins its conference championship next week. Some of the more involved scenarios will expose potential blind spots in the model; we hope it’s still a helpful tool for thinking through the various possibilities.No. 1. Alabama Crimson TideOpponent: No. 15 Auburn on Saturday night. Alabama is a 70 percent favorite according to the model; win probabilities are derived from a simplified version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI).Overall chance of making playoff: 75 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 87 percentChance with a win but a loss in SEC Championship: 60 percentChance with a loss against Auburn: 48 percentChance with a loss but a win in SEC Championship: 75 percentChance with a loss and Mississippi State win (Alabama misses SEC Championship): 40 percentYou might expect the No. 1 team’s path to be straightforward. But Alabama’s is one of the more complex cases. That’s because there are really five scenarios to analyze. Two are straightforward: If Alabama defeats Auburn and wins the SEC Championship game, it’s in the playoff, very likely as the No. 1 seed. And if it loses twice, it’s probably out — unless there’s a ton of chaos behind it.The other three are trickier. Alabama could win this week then lose in the SEC Championship. It could lose this week and win the championship. Or it could lose this week and fail to make the championship, which will happen if Mississippi State wins.Failing to make the championship at all is the most dangerous for Alabama; their chances of reaching the playoff would be just 40 percent in that scenario. But the ranking of the other two is debatable.It’s hard to imagine Alabama would be left out if it lost to Auburn but made the SEC title game and won it. The model puts their chances at 75 percent in this case. And that seems too conservative — the alternative would probably entail no SEC team making the playoff at all. Sure, it’s technically possible. If Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State and either Baylor or TCU all win out, the committee would have to bump a zero- or one-loss conference champion for two-loss Alabama. That would be a predicament. But anything short of that exact scenario, and SEC fans from Gainesville to College Station would put aside their differences and come at the committee with pitchforks.A more acute danger might be a win against Auburn followed by a loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship. That way, the committee might get an SEC team into the playoff by choosing Georgia. Georgia needs some help to get into this position. The Bulldogs need Missouri to lose this weekend (Missouri probably doesn’t have the resume to make the playoff even if it wins out) and probably to defeat nonconference foe Georgia Tech on Saturday (otherwise, Georgia’s case will be too weak also).A lot of these questions boil down to how much the committee will emphasize conference championships as opposed to everything else. We don’t have much data on that yet, and neither do the folks in Tuscaloosa. Until we learn more, the only totally safe course for Alabama is simply to win twice.No. 2. Oregon DucksOpponent: At Oregon State on Saturday night (Oregon is a 90 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 76 percentChance with a win: 81 percentChance with a win but a loss in Pac-12 Championship: 42 percentChance with a loss: 32 percentChance with a loss but a win in Pac-12 Championship: 49 percentWe might ask the same question for Oregon: If it must lose again, is a loss this week or in the Pac-12 Championship better? This case is simpler because Oregon is already assured of making its championship game.The model’s answer is that it’s slightly better for Oregon to lose this week — even against unranked Oregon State — and come back to win the Pac-12 title. The danger of losing the Pac-12 Championship is that Oregon’s Pac-12 opponent could possibly get in ahead of them, especially if it’s UCLA.No. 3. Florida State SeminolesOpponent: vs Florida on Saturday afternoon (Florida State is a 74 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 59 percentChance with a win: 75 percentChance with a win but a loss in ACC Championship: 18 percentChance with a loss: 15 percentChance with a loss but a win in ACC Championship: 22 percentFlorida State isn’t at risk of being overtaken by anyone in its conference. (It’s clinched a spot in the ACC Championship and its opponent in that game, No. 16 Georgia Tech, almost certainly won’t make the playoff even if it wins out.) But the committee seems to be down enough on FSU that it probably can’t afford a loss at all. Some of FSU’s problem is strength of schedule, as it has been all year. Neither Florida nor Georgia Tech is likely to impress the committee as an acceptable loss for the Seminoles, even if it wins the other game.No. 4. Mississippi State BulldogsOpponent: at No. 19 Mississippi on Saturday afternoon (Mississippi State is the underdog; it has a 41 percent chance to win)Overall chance of making playoff: 33 percentChance with a win: 74 percentChance with a win and an Alabama win (Mississippi State misses SEC Championship): 77 percentChance with a win and an Alabama loss (Mississippi State advances to SEC Championship): 65 percentChance with a loss: 4 percentMississippi State has to win this week against Mississippi. FPI has them as underdogs to do so. But the Bulldogs’ chances of making the playoff will more than double to 74 percent if they do.But now we’re going to get a little crazy. Surely, things would be even better for Mississippi State if it won while Alabama lost, which would get them into the SEC Championship game?The model says no: Instead, the Bulldogs should be rooting for Alabama!Here’s why: If Mississippi State wins this week and completes its regular season, that’s probably good enough. It’s already No. 4 and will have notched another big win, on the road, against a ranked rival. Sure, it could eventually be surpassed by a team like TCU, but it could also see a team like Florida State ahead of it lose. It’s a reasonably sound position.But now imagine that Mississippi State wins this week and makes the SEC Championship but loses that game. Instead of a one-loss non-champion, it’s a two-loss non-champion — not so attractive. Furthermore, Alabama would also be a two-loss non-champion in this scenario and one that beat Mississippi State head-to-head late in the regular season. The risk-reward ratio would be poor for the Bulldogs.No. 5. TCU Horned FrogsOpponent: at Texas on Thursday night (TCU is a 65 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 53 percentChance with a win: 79 percentChance with a win if current top four also win this weekend: 50 percentChance with a loss: 5 percentTCU was helped by the committee this week, which left it at No. 5 even though it was idle. Indeed, the committee’s affection for TCU is a bit bizarre. TCU lost to No. 7 Baylor in October and the more sophisticated computer systems like FPI also have Baylor ranked higher. There’s some thought that Baylor will suddenly jump ahead of TCU if both teams win out. But if the committee has been placing TCU ahead of Baylor for weeks now despite its head-to-head loss, why would it suddenly shift gears?In any event, the model now has TCU’s chances of making the playoff at slightly better than even — and their chances will jump to 79 percent with a win against Texas. However, some of that possibility is contingent on one of the teams ahead of them losing. If the top five teams all win out, TCU’s playoff chances will be stuck at about 50 percent.No. 6. Ohio State BuckeyesOpponent: vs. Michigan on Saturday afternoon (Ohio State is an 89 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 42 percentChance with a win: 47 percentChance with a win and a win in Big Ten Championship: 73 percentChance with a win and a loss in Big Ten Championship: 6 percentChance with a loss: 2 percentThis is one of the simpler cases. Ohio State isn’t assured much of anything, but the team has about a 3-in-4 chance of making the playoff if it wins out, mostly because there’s likely to be some attrition ahead of it.One question is whether the Buckeyes will be ranked ahead of teams like Alabama, Oregon and Florida State if any of the three do lose this week. Those could be close calls for the committee. Not that it needs extra motivation against the Wolverines, but Ohio State might be helped by turning up with a dominant performance against Michigan instead of just getting by.No. 7. Baylor BearsOpponent: at Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon (Baylor is a 94 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 29 percentChance with a win: 31 percentChance with a win and a win against Kansas State next week: 40 percentChance with a loss: 1 percentThis is a low-stakes weekend for Baylor as compared with the rest of the top teams. The Bears are huge favorites against Texas Tech, and that probable win is already priced into their playoff odds. They have a bigger game against Kansas State next week.Unlike the six teams ahead of it, however, Baylor would be under 50 percent to make the playoff even if it wins out, according to the model.No. 8. UCLA BruinsOpponent: at Stanford on Friday afternoon (UCLA is a 69 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 13 percentChance with a win: 18 percentChance with a win and a win in Pac-12 Championship: 47 percentUCLA is about even-money to make the playoff if it wins out and has almost no chance otherwise.No. 9. Georgia BulldogsOpponent: vs. No. 16 Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon (Georgia is an 81 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 13 percentChance with a win: 16 percentChance with a loss: 1 percentChance with a win and a Missouri loss (Georgia advances to SEC Championship): 22 percentChance with a win and win in SEC Championship: 44 percentOur model thought Georgia might be at some risk of ranking worse than No. 9 in this week’s committee standings; it played a Division I-AA opponent last week, Charleston Southern, while several of the teams ranked just behind them won against (slightly) better competition.The reaffirmation from the committee helps keep Georgia dangerous. The Bulldogs have one more hurdle than UCLA — they need Missouri to lose to make their conference title game while UCLA is in with a win. But if they make the SEC championship and win it, their odds of making the playoff will be close to even.No. 10. Michigan State SpartansOpponent: at Penn State on Saturday afternoon (Michigan State is a 78 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 1 percentChance with a win: Still about 1 percentChance with a win, if at least 3 teams ranked ahead of it lose this weekend: 3 percentChance with a win, if at least 6 teams ranked ahead of it lose this weekend: 16 percentI list this case to demonstrate that when you’re on the outside looking in, you’d rather take a high-stakes path (like the one Georgia has). As I mentioned last week, Michigan State — locked out of its conference title game and with a middling opponent this week — just can’t do enough to impress the committee to jump into the top four. Even if there’s total and utter chaos ahead of Michigan State, its best-case scenario is probably finishing at No. 5 or No. 6.No. 11. Arizona WildcatsOpponent: vs. No. 13 Arizona State on Friday afternoon (Arizona is a 64 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 2 percentChance with a win: 3 percentChance with a win and a UCLA loss (Arizona advances to Pac-12 Championship): 7 percentChance with a win and a win in Pac-12 Championship: 24 percentArizona, like Georgia, at least has a specific path to follow: It’ll need to beat Arizona State, hope UCLA loses so it can make the Pac-12 title game, then beat Oregon there, then hope that one or two teams lose ahead of it. It’s not likely. But the committee might want to find a spot for the Pac-12 champion; it seems to like the conference; the committee ranks Oregon, UCLA and Arizona higher than the AP poll has them.There are a few other teams with a snowball’s-chance-in-hell. Arizona State’s case isn’t fundamentally that different than Arizona’s. Kansas State has an outside chance to finish as the Big 12 champion — again, without the benefit or risk of playing in a championship game — and could be more attractive than the likes of Michigan State if the committee is desperate. Wisconsin could also be a two-loss conference champion if it beats both Minnesota and Ohio State. The model says there’s almost no chance Missouri will get in even with an SEC title, but if the SEC goes haywire and the committee is struggling to represent it, who knows.In any event, here is the model’s probabilistic take on how the standings might look a week from now, accounting for both the uncertainty in this weekend’s games and in how the committee will react to them.CORRECTION (Nov. 30, 11:31 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly claimed that the Big 12 uses head-to-head records as a tiebreaker to determine its conference champion. It does not.
Senior coal company executive and Peabody Australia President George J. Schuller Jnr. has been appointed by the Board of the COAL21 Fund as its new Chair. Schuller succeeds David Moult, who has joined the board of Yancoal Australia. The Board thanks Moult for his significant contribution as a board member and Chair. The board also appointed Bloomfield Coal Chairman John Richards as its new Deputy Chair.Schuller’s appointment marks the start of an exciting next phase for the Fund, which in mid-2017 announced a A$255 million commitment to fund a range of projects over the decade to 2027.COAL21 Fund Chief Executive Greg Evans welcomed Schuller’s appointment and said the value and contribution of Australia’s coal industry had never been greater. “The COAL21 Fund has a strong long-term focus on low emission technologies such as advanced coal generation and carbon capture and storage, and we are delighted to have appointed Mr Schuller to lead our efforts,” Evans said.Schuller said he was proud to lead the industry-funded COAL21 Fund in its wide-ranging work. “With our strong coal resource base, continuing demand growth and the need to reduce emissions, Australia is fortunate to have the COAL21 Fund to support research, development and demonstration of how modern technology can help reduce emissions from coal,” he said.Australia is a large domestic user of coal – which powers 75% of the National Electricity Market – a significant exporter of high-quality thermal coal for power generation, and produces some of the world’s best metallurgical coal suitable for modern steel making. Coal was also Australia’s second-largest export by value in 2017 at A$57 billion.The COAL21 Fund – owned by Australian coal producers and funded by a voluntary levy based on coal production – plays an important role as the black coal industry’s contribution to the research, development and demonstration of low emissions coal technologies.The future project portfolio for the COAL21 Fund includes CO2 capture, geological storage and abatement of fugitive emissions from coal mines. The Fund is also focused on options for the uptake of High Efficiency Low Emission (HELE) coal-fired generation in Australia.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Hayley Halpin Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 11:15 AM Sep 4th 2019, 11:15 AM Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she will withdraw controversial extradition bill Withdrawing the bill is a key demands of protesters who have taken to the streets in their millions in recent weeks. Short URL Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam https://jrnl.ie/4795204 Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Share7 Tweet Email1 22 Comments Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images HONG KONG’S EMBATTLED pro-Beijing leader has announced she will permanently shelve a loathed extradition bill that sparked three months of pro-democracy protests which have plunged the city into crisis.“The government will formally withdraw the bill in order to fully allay public concerns,” chief executive Carrie Lam said in a video statement released via her office.Withdrawing the bill is one of the five key demands of protesters, who have taken to the streets in their millions in the biggest challenge to China’s rule of Hong Kong since its handover from the British in 1997. The protests began as opposition to efforts by Lam’s government to introduce the legislation that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China.After millions of people took to the streets, Lam suspended efforts to have the legislation passed but infuriated protesters by repeatedly refusing to formally withdraw it.The movement also evolved into a much broader campaign to include demands for an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality against the protesters, and an amnesty for those arrested.Another demand is for Hong Kongers to be able to directly elect their leaders – a major red line for Beijing that allows the city a limited degree of autonomy under a “one country, two systems” framework.Protester angerOnline message forums used by the largely leaderless democracy movement were on today filled with angry comments saying a withdrawal of the bill would not end the protests. “More than 1,000 people have been arrested, countless injured,” one widely shared message on the Telegram messaging app read.“Five major demands, not one less. Liberate HK, revolution now,” it added.For much of the last three months Lam has struck a defiant tone, appearing either unwilling or unable to make any concessions.Then an audio recording emerged this week of her telling business leaders she wanted to quit but she was hamstrung by Beijing, which now viewed the protests as a national security and sovereignty issue.In the audio recording, obtained by the Reuters news agency, Lam said she wanted to take responsibility for triggering the unrest with the extradition plans.“For a chief executive to have caused this huge havoc to Hong Kong is unforgivable,” an emotional Lam said in the audio recording.“If I have a choice,” she said, speaking in English, “the first thing is to quit, having made a deep apology”.But after the audio recording was released, Lam held a press conference yesterday to insist she had never contemplated resigning.Includes reporting by – © AFP 2019 10,694 Views
Thibaut Courtois believes Real Madrid teammate Vinicius Junior shares some similarities to his former Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard.Vinicius, 18, was provided an assist and found the back of the net in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Alaves with the goalkeeper heaping praise on his display and potential.The youngster completed a £38.7 million move from Flamengo last summer and has attracted admirers including the Belgian shot-stopper who has seen similar qualities like in his national team skipper, Hazard.wonderkid Vinicius Junior dribbles towards goal, displaying his skills to the Bernabeu crowdWinger Mariano celebrates by pointing to the heavens after scoring a superb stoppage time headergoalkeeper Courtois begins a counter attack by launching the ball to a team-mate pic.twitter.com/EDYBBl44yp— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) February 3, 2019“Yes he does remind me of someone – Eden Hazard,” Courtois told reporters, as cited by Football Espana.“He has so much self-confidence and belief at his age, and he plays boldly and without fear, so they are very similar.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Courtois equally highlighted the importance of the victory over Alaves, citing they are a difficult opposition to break down.“This victory (over Alaves) is important because they defend well and are a tough opponent, so we are happy.“We are now in a good run of form but we are happy to be in a winning run, we have won every game since Real Sociedad and even then we deserved to win.“Now there is an important run of games…the Copa, the game against Atletico and the Champions League.”Madrid are still in the third position despite closing the gap to two points on Atletico Madrid and eight behind leaders Barcelona who they play next on Wednesday.Thibaut Courtois is our unsung hero. He has saved us a lot of points this season but people only criticize him because they love Navas. I also love Navas but Courtois is a better goalkeeper and should start our games when fit. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/LKagov12ZS— Vinicius Jr (@VintageVinicius) January 30, 2019
Eighteen miniature horses are back home after escaping their pasture and wandering onto Northeast 88th Street near Andresen Road.Four Clark County Animal Control officers responded to the intersection where they found the horses in the northeast corner of the road at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.Witnesses reported that the animals were on the road, but when Clark County sheriff’s deputies first responded, the horses were already out of the way of traffic, animal control manager Paul Scarpelli said. The 18 horses had escaped by going underneath the fence of a nearby pasture, Scarpelli said. Animal control officers corralled the animals, ushering them back underneath the spot in the fence from where they had escaped, he said. Within about an hour to an hour and a half, the animals were back in the pasture and the owner was notified and repaired the fence, Scarpelli said.
A full trailer for the live-action Aladdin movie has materialized.The trailer for the Guy Ritchie-directed film was released Tuesday during Good Morning America, just a month after footage from the upcoming Disney movie came out at the Grammy Awards. Will Smith plays the prankster Genie, a role made famous by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated version. Mena Massoud plays Aladdin, with Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. Smith’s blue-skinned appearance in the Grammy footage already has sparked plenty of social buzz. But as the new trailer makes clear, blue is an optional choice for this Genie. There are times when he’s not tinted in that color, whether to attend a party or just to lounge around.Massoud is loving his whole new world. “Still pinch myself sometimes at the idea of playing this iconic character,” the actor tweeted. “His journey in this film is only something I could have dreamed of playing with. This trailer is only a sliver of the adventures you’ll see this May.” 1 Tags Ok, the musical numbers in the new #Aladdin are looking pretty spot-on 🕺 pic.twitter.com/KbCr5WjG3d— Fandom (@getFANDOM) March 12, 2019 Disney Yikes. This is just one of those movies that was never meant to be live action. Jasmine should be smoking hot. Jafar should be scary. The lead looks mad lame. Will Smith is so obnoxious and not funny. It was a classic. A classic. Now this trash.— Liz 🏳️🌈 (@bklyn_goes_hard) March 12, 2019 much better but what an awful Jafar casting, doesnt look scary and his voice, omg his voice isnt intimidating, wth people, your are crippling one of the greatest villains of all time.— Guillaume Dauphinais (@delphs) March 12, 2019 Amazing the difference a full trailer can make….definitely more interested in #Aladdin now. pic.twitter.com/N4BDyq2iFd— Jordan Maison (@JordanMaison) March 12, 2019 Aladdin opens May 23 in Australia and May 24 in the US and UK. Comment 77 Photos Some fans gave the new trailer a thumbs-up. Still pinch myself sometimes at the idea of playing this iconic character. His journey in this film is only something I could have dreamed of playing with. This trailer is only a sliver of the adventures you’ll see this May. Get ready for a whole new world. #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/XQgcG6LI75— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) March 12, 2019 TV and Movies Others were down-right harsh, complaining that Marwan Kenzari, who plays villain Jafar, doesn’t seem evil enough. 2019 movies to geek out over Share your voice
Tags 2020 Chevy Silverado is all about that V8 More about 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2.7T More From Roadshow Review • 2019 Chevy Silverado 2.7T review: Turbo tradeoffs 2020 Chevy Silverado Diesel first drive: A smooth and torquey operator Chevrolet just redesigned the Silverado for the 2019 model year, so for 2020, it’s focusing on enriching its lineup by offering more variety and some extra tech.Chevrolet on Wednesday announced a raft of updates for the 2020 Silverado light-duty pickup truck. Perhaps the most interesting change is the expanded availability of the optional 6.2-liter V8, which puts down 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It’s now offered on more than half of Silverado trims, covering Custom Trail Boss, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ and High Country trims. It comes paired with GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission, and in the right spec, it can offer up to 13,400 pounds of towing capacity. There’s also an optional performance upgrade package that can boost output to 435 hp and 469 lb-ft, thanks to a new exhaust and intake.Enlarge ImageThe Silverado looks pretty aggressive in its Trail Boss trims. Chevrolet For 2020, GM has also introduced a new 3.0-liter diesel inline-6. Putting out 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, it’s available on higher trims of the Silverado, including LT, RST, LTZ and High Country. Chevrolet still hasn’t divulged towing or fuel economy specs for this engine yet, but we’ll find out those figures before the diesel goes on sale this summer.GM has also seen fit to mate its 5.3-liter V8 with its 10-speed automatic. It’s standard on LT Trail Boss and available on High Country. Lesser trims like LT and RST make do with the same engine, but it’s tied to the older eight-speed automatic. The Silverado Custom trim has also been updated to include an available 2.7-liter turbocharged I4.In terms of tech, Chevrolet brought down some bits from the Silverado HD. The regular Silverado now packs 15 different camera views, including the clever “transparent trailer” feature that uses cameras to show the driver what’s behind the trailer while driving or backing up. The Silverado is now also available with adaptive cruise control, which uses a single camera (GM tends to prefer camera-based ACC over radar) to maintain a set distance with the vehicle ahead, even as speeds rise and fall. It’s available on the LT, LTZ and High Country trims. 12 Photos 2019 Chevy Silverado 2.7T review: Turbo tradeoffs Chevrolet Preview • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2.7L Turbo: A better base offering 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Share your voice 0 Post a comment Trucks Chevrolet
Hold onto those aluminum cans. Recycling is returning to Bethel, and ONC’s Environmental Coordinator Mary Matthias is leading the way. KYUK traveled with Matthias to what is potentially the largest site of used cans in Bethel and ground zero of where Matthias’ work will begin.Listen nowMary Matthias opening a conex of aluminum cans at the abandoned Bethel Recycling Center.(Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel)Transcript:KYUK: Okay, so this is the Bethel Recycling Center.Matthias: Yes, it is. We see a lot of the pop cans outside.The city abandoned the recycling center and all the recyclable material in it two years ago. The center sits just outside of the Bethel landfill.KYUK: They’re four conexes, and in two of the conexes, the doors are open and they’re these plastic bags filled with aluminum cans just spilling out. A lot of the bags are busted and the cans are just strewn across the gravel here.Matthias: They could be recycled instead of sitting here, wasting away. They still have value to them.Twenty-eight cents per pound to be exact. That’s how much ALPAR – Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling – pays for aluminum cans. But Matthias says ONC doesn’t expect to turn a profit, even though Northern Air Cargo has said it will fly 10 bags of cans a day to Anchorage, free of charge, for the tribal council.The abandoned Bethel Recycling Center.(Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel)KYUK: So you’re going to sort through all this by hand? All these conexes?Matthias: Yeah, I’ll be wearing rubber gloves, the kind that don’t tear.So far Matthias has two entities who’ve signed up to give her their cans: the City of Bethel and AVCP, the Association of Village Council Presidents. Other groups or residents who also want to recycle their cans can contact Matthias directly.KYUK: It kind of smells. Does that bother you?Matthias: I’m just glad it’s not summer when it’s hotter and the smell would be more intense.Matthias will start recycling cans when the green recycle bags arrive from ALPAR, which should be any day. She hopes to soon expand the program to recycle both No. 1 and No.2 plastic.