Mumbai, Jun 21 (PTI) Mexican Navy Ship ARM Cuauhtemoc began its five-day Mumbai visit from today, with its chief thanking the Indian Navy for launching search and rescue operations recently to find a Mexican naval cadet who fell overboard around 550 nautical miles off the Goa coast.The visit will conclude on June 26, a Defence spokesperson said.The ship is commanded by Captain Rafael Antonio Lagunes Arteaga and has a complement of 184 personnel, including 40 officers, 13 Petty Officers and 131 sailors.”The ship was received with traditional fanfare and in accordance with Naval customs.”The Commanding Officer thanked the Indian Navy for the extended search by Naval Aircraft P8I and warships INS Teg and INS Mysore, for the missing cadet who had fallen over board,” the spokesperson said.Captain Arteaga is scheduled to call on Rear Admiral R B Pandit, NM, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet. The crew of the ARM Cuauhtemoc will also visit Indian Naval Ship INS Mumbai. Professional sports and social events are being organised for the crew of the ARM Cuauhtemoc during her stay at Mumbai.The ship last visited Mumbai in July 2002, the spokesperson said. PTI VT NRB
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The MVP was good. The USA was better.And the Antetokounmpo getting talked about most by the Americans when this much-anticipated World Cup matchup was over wasn’t Giannis — but rather Thanasis, the younger brother, who sent U.S. forward Harrison Barnes sprawling with an ill-advised foul from behind on a fast break in the final moments.Barnes avoided injury, and the U.S. avoided defeat. Kemba Walker scored 15 points and handed out six assists, Donovan Mitchell scored 10 on his 23rd birthday and the U.S. beat Greece 69-53 to move on the cusp of qualifying for the quarterfinals.“We played well,” Walker said. “We had a great game plan and we stuck to it and we were able to come out with a big win.”Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA’s MVP from the Milwaukee Bucks, scored 15 points but sat out the fourth quarter in a move Greek officials said was made to rest him for the team’s last-ditch effort to make the quarterfinals on Monday. He didn’t make himself available for postgame comment, telling officials that he was too upset.United States’ Harrison Barnes dunks during a phase two match against Greece for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beats Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)The U.S. national team has won 57 consecutive games in international tournaments with NBA players, starting with the 2006 world championships bronze-medal game and continuing through every FIBA Americas, world championships, World Cup and Olympic event since. The streak started after a 101-95 loss to Greece in 2006 — a defeat that forced the U.S. to change its program.The Americans haven’t lost in the biggest tournaments since.“It was a good test for us,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. “And it helped us get better. That’s our goal, to get better in every one of these games.”Barnes and Derrick White each scored nine for the U.S., which can clinch a quarterfinal berth Monday in multiple ways — the simplest being a win over Brazil. There also are ways for the U.S. to move on even if it loses Monday.It was the first time a reigning MVP faced the U.S. in a major tournament, and Giannis Antetokounmpo has made no secret of how much this event means to him. His eyes were closed as he mouthed along with the words of Greece’s national anthem pregame, and when the ball went up he came out firing.He spun his way to a layup on the first possession, made a 3-pointer on Greece’s second possession and got fouled on a baseline drive on the next trip down the floor. That was five points in the first 43 seconds for Antetokounmpo — but nothing came easy the rest of the way, as the U.S. used no fewer than five different defenders on him at times.United States’ Kemba Walker, right fights for the ball against Greece’s Georgios Printezis during phase two for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beats Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)Barnes drew the initial assignment, followed by the MVP’s Milwaukee teammate Khris Middleton, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Myles Turner.“We just wanted to make it as hard as possible for him, and I think we did a good job,” Smart said.Antetokounmpo had a steal and dunk late in the third, which got plenty of fans out of their seats and Greek fans waving flags. But his night ended soon afterward, although the drama was still going.His brother’s foul from behind on Barnes came with 1:43 left in a 13-point game — Barnes jumped a pass for a steal near midcourt, had a clear path for a dunk and Thanasis Antetokounmpo sent him tumbling to the court with a hard hit that was ruled a common foul. Players from both teams engaged in words immediately after the play and again after the horn, and Barnes said he never got an apology.“Game was over, so probably was a frustration play or something of that nature,” Barnes said.TIP-INSU.S.: Mitchell’s birthday came a day after Joe Harris turned 28. … Smart, who has twice missed time with leg injuries this summer, slipped and fell as he chased a loose ball out of bounds with 1:11 left in the first. He stayed in the game. … The U.S. shot only 36%.Greece: The outcome came five years to the day after the Greeks were ousted by Serbia in the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup. … Nick Calathes became the third Florida player to be part of a loss to the U.S. this summer; Andrew Nembhard played in the Americans’ pre-World Cup win over Canada in Australia, and Scottie Wilbekin played for Turkey in its overtime loss to the U.S. in the group stage.HOLDING LEADSThrough four games, the U.S. has trailed for all of 7 minutes, 48 seconds — out of a possible 165 minutes. The Americans have led for 147:02, and games have been tied for 10:10.United States’ Harrison Barnes at reaches for the ball near Greece’s Thanasis Antetokounmpo, left and Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo at center during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beats Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)CLAMPING DOWNThe U.S. has held Japan and Greece to a combined 98 points in the last two games. That represents the fewest points the U.S. has allowed in consecutive games of a major international tournament since the 1988 Olympics, when the Americans gave up 92 in a two-game stretch against Egypt and Puerto Rico.UP NEXTU.S.: Face Brazil (3-1) in a second-round finale Monday in Shenzhen.Greece: Face the Czech Republic (3-1) in a second-round finale Monday in Shenzhen.___By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball WriterUnited States’ Khris Middleton reacts near Greece’s Georgios Papagiannis, second from left and Greece’s Ioannis Papapetrou at right during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beats Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)United States’ Harrison Barnes reacts after he is fouled by Greece’s Thanasis Antetokounmpo, center during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beats Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to block United States’ Donovan Mitchell during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beats Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)United States’ Harrison Barnes dunks against Greece during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beats Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to block United States’ Donovan Mitchell during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beat Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to get past United States’ Harrison Barnes during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.United States beat Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)TweetPinShare1717 Shares
THE ICE STORM HAS AFFECTED MANY CITY SERVICES TODAY.TRASH AND RECYCLING PICKUP IN SIOUX CITY IS SUSPENDED AND COLLECTION WILL BE PUSHED BACK ONE DAY THE REST OF THE WEEK.THERE IS NO CITY TRANSIT BUS SERVICE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.ALL OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN SIOUX CITY AND SOUTH SIOUX CITY ARE CLOSED.STREET CREWS HAVE BEEN CONCENTRATING ON CLEARING THE MAIN ROADS IN THE METRO AREA.SIDE STREETS MAY BE EXTREMELY SLICK.POLICE SAY MOST PEOPLE HAVE STAYED OFF THE STREETS WITH JUST FIVE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS REPORTED IN SIOUX CITY BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 11AM.POLICE SAY MANY SIDEWALKS AND PARKING LOTS ARE ICE COVERED, AND ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO WALK ON.MANY BUSINESSES AND CLINICS ARE CLOSED.CALL AHEAD TO SEE IF YOUR PROVIDER IS OPEN BEFORE VENTURING OUT.
2016 Oklahoma State signee Tramonda Moore, who is spending the season in the junior college ranks at Independence Community College, took some time to answer some questions regarding his recruitment, Oklahoma State’s renewed interest and more.Of note, Moore confirmed that his classification, officially is 2018. So he is a ways away from making a decision on where he will sign at his next school.KB: So are you planning to classify as a 2017 player?Tramonda: No sir. Fall of 2018. I really want to take my time with making a decision.KB: So when you say you want to take your time with your decision — what are you looking for in a school this time around?Tramonda: Less depth. Not saying I am afraid of competition, but I want to go somewhere I can make an immediate impact.KB: Have you narrowed a list of top schools yet? If not, where does OSU stand?Tramonda: Well .. I honestly don’t have a top school at this point. I am still waiting and observing. Oklahoma State will always be home. But at the end of the day I have to do what’s best for me and my future / career!KB: So you stay in contact with Coach Adkins (offensive line coach)?Tramonda: Oh yeah we are really close!! We talk almost everyday.Tramonda confirmed his current offer sheet includes Oklahoma State, Iowa State, UCLA, UTSA, and Mississippi State.When he signed the last time around, he took his decision down towards the end before committing late in the process and signing with Oklahoma State.He made it clear he wants to take his time again on this one. He will be available to sign and play in the fall of 2018 at his next school — so I would expect his decision could come at some point in 2018, if I were guessing. But he still has not made his decision on that, and it’s a long process in recruitment. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
On October 31, 2015, during a Halloween game in Lubbock, Jalen McCleskey fielded a high-bouncing punt, went right and proceeded to break the hearts of the tortilla faithful as he followed blockers into the end zone. The Cowboys would beat the Red Raiders 70-53. That was also the last time a Cowboy scored on a punt or kickoff return.Over Mike Gundy’s tenure, the presence of a dynamic kick returner had almost become the norm. There were guys like Dez Bryant, Perrish Cox and Josh Stewart. Justin Gilbert. Tyreek Hill.Each one of them had the ability to take the most redundant part of a football game and turn it into a dramatic momentum shift, in no time at all. Unfortunately for Gundy, the Cowboys have hit a bit of a dry spell in highlight-worthy return plays over the past couple of years.In 2015, a good chunk of kick return reps fell to a pair of true freshmen in running back Jeff Carr and wide receiver Jalen McCleskey. At times, their inexperience showed. Neither really struck fear into the hearts of opposing coaches.In 2016, it looked like prodigal son Barry J. Sanders might reignite the return game. After that exhilarating 57-yard punt return in the season opener against SE Louisiana — that probably should have been a TD — Sanders didn’t gain more than 12 yards in any single punt return the rest of the year. Neither did McCleskey, who split punts with the former Stanford tailback.It’s not just that the Cowboys couldn’t score on a single return last season. They were never able to find “that guy,” even with the multitude of playmakers at different skill positions on the roster.During practice this week, our own Hayden Barber asked Gundy if he has anyone in mind to resurrect that crucial role.“McCleskey catches, Carr catches, Tyron Johnson will catch,” said Gundy. “And then we have to get a freshman. One of those guys. We have enough skill coming in between the running backs, receivers and corners that one of those freshmen needs to emerge back there, whoever we end up playing, we need to have one of those guys back there returning.”McCleskey and Carr are both experienced in the role, no doubt. We know both are bigger and stronger now. We know both can make plays. Maybe just more experience is the key.Then there’s the apparent 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, Tyron Johnson. Maybe he is the x-factor the Cowboys have been waiting for. There’s also a couple of redshirt freshmen backs in speedster La’Darren Brown and Ja’Ron Wilson who may get a shot by this fall. Or it could be Chuba Hubbard, who hasn’t even showed up for school yet.It could be someone we’re not even talking about.But if you’re in attendance for the Spring Game, you’ll get just a small glimpse at the kick returners. There will be no punt returns and scores will be followed by a spot on the 25-yard line but each half will have an opening kickoff.So fight the urge to check your phone during those kickoffs. You might miss that juke or wiggle that starts a renaissance in the return game. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Indian Women’s League 2017-18 Final Round to start on March 25 Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:21 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() AIFF Media The IWL will begin later this month in Shillong, Meghalaya. The second edition of Indian Women’s League (IWL) is set to kick start in Shillong on March 25. The tournament will witness seven teams participate where the top four will qualify for the semi-final. The semi-final will take place on April 12 while the finale is set to be played on April 15.The inaugural match will see title defenders Eastern Sporting Union take on Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports & Education. Gokulam Kerala FC, who are the only side from I-League to field a women’s team, will lock horns with Rising Student Club of Odisha on the opening day too.The development of women’s football remains a priority for the All India Football Federation (AIFF), claims General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das. “We at AIFF understand the future and potential of women’s football in India. The second edition of the IWL will provide an opportunity to many budding woman footballers to pursue her dreams of playing top-flight football in India. The first edition was a huge success for which I need to thank all the various stakeholders as we aim to carry on the momentum,’’ he commented. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The teams participating in the league are Eastern Sporting Union, Rising Student Club, KRYHPSA, India Rush Scocer Club, Sethu FC, Gokulam Kerala FC and Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports & Education.
WTF PAOK president apologises after invading pitch with gun Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 01:08 14/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) WTF Super League 1 PAOK v AEK Athens PAOK AEK Athens After the Greek Superleague was suspended indefinitely, Ivan Savvidis could not help criticising the country’s football even as he tried to apologise PAOK president Ivan Savvidis has apologised for storming the field while armed with a gun during Sunday’s match against AEK Athens at the weekend – an incident that led to the Greek Superleague being suspended indefinitely by the country’s government.Savvidis invaded the pitch along with members of his security detail after PAOK’s Fernando Varela had what he thought was an 89th-minute winner rule out for offside.The Georgian-born tobacco and media tycoon was wearing a pistol in a holster on his hip, although he did not brandish it in the ensuing furore that saw AEK players leave the field before the match was abandoned at 0-0. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Greece’s Deputy Minister of Sport George Vassiliadis announced on Monday that the country’s top flight was “on an indefinite interruption”, pending proposals from the Superleague and the Greek Football Federation (HFF).In a statement on PAOK’s official website, Savvidis offered a lengthy apology, albeit one peppered with references to what he believes to be a “totally ill soccer establishment” in his adopted country.”I want to apologise to all the fans of PAOK, all Greek fans, the global football community. I am very sorry for what happened. Clearly I did not have the right to go out on the pitch in this way,” Savvidis said.”My emotional reaction has been caused by the generalised negative situation prevailing in Greek football lately and by all the unacceptable, non-athletic events that took place towards the end of the PAOK-AEK – the actions of the referee and the supervisor (goal – offside – goal), the interruption of the match, the protests and the entry into the playing field of dozens of people of both teams.”Savvidis went on to claim his intention was to protect PAOK fans and made further allusions towards football in Greece being systematically unfair.”All of this created a degraded situation on the pitch and my only goal was to protect tens of thousands of PAOK fans from provocations – complications – human casualties,” he added.”Believe me, I had no intention of interference with the opposing team or the referees. And I certainly did not threaten anyone.”Unfortunately, both me and my family, as well as my colleagues, have been hostages of the totally ill soccer establishment.”I am struggling and will continue to strive, despite the constant attacks I take at all levels, for a fair football with honest arbitration in all the races and for winning the championships on the courts rather than in the courts.”Once again, I apologise.”Despite Savvidis’ apology, the European Club Association – the UEFA-recognised body representing the interests of professional clubs across the continent – has moved to suspend PAOK’s membership on account of his actions.In a statement, the ECA said it “strongly condemns” Savvidis’ behaviour and added: “In light of this, and in accordance with the ECA Statutes, the ECA Executive Board unanimously decided to suspend, with immediate effect, PAOK FC as member of the European Club Association.ήλωση Ιβάν Σαββίδη – https://t.co/NdmGjpgzd9 #PAOK #football #IvanSavvidis pic.twitter.com/BGRMN6rvnj — PAOK FC / ΠAOK (@PAOK_FC) March 13, 2018 “ECA exists to protect the integrity and regularity of competitions and matches as well as the sporting values and principles on which European football is based.”The suspension will be reported to the ECA general assembly in Roma on March 27.Controversy has marred Greek football over recent years.Games were suspended in all divisions after referee’s chief Giorgos Bikas was the victim of an arson attack in November 2016, while investigations into a match-fixing scandal that came to light in 2011 remain ongoing.Two weeks ago, PAOK’s home game with Olympiacos was abandoned before kick-off when visiting coach Oscar Garcia was struck by an object thrown from the stands. PAOK were initially docked three points but overturned the decision on appeal.
zoom Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has won an order to build up to five Suezmax tankers for an undisclosed European customer.Under the deal, Sungdong has received a firm order for three 158,000 DWT and two optional tankers, worth a total of USD 330 million, local media report.The vessels, featuring 277 meters in length, 48 meters in breadth, and 23.1 meters in height, are slated for delivery by 2017.The shipyard has been on a winning streak after its restructuring, having secured a dozen orders for Suezmaxes since April 2014, including the most recent ones from Nordic American Tankers and Tsakos Energy Navigation.In addition, Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering agreed with Scorpio Bulkers at the end of January this year to convert two Capesize vessels, under construction at the yard, into two LR2 product tankers that are held for sale.World Maritime news Staff
New Delhi: India on Thursday said it was evaluating Pakistan’s offer of granting consular access to Indian death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav on Friday.External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India is examining the proposal in the light of the judgement of the International Court of Justice relating to Jadhav’s case. “We have received a proposal from Pakistan. We are at this point of time evaluating the proposal in the light of the judgement of the International Court of Justice. We will maintain communication with Pakistan in this matter through diplomatic channels,” he said during a weekly media briefing. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” in April 2017 following which India had moved the ICJ. The Hague-based ICJ last week ordered Pakistan to grant consular access to Jadhav without further delay and undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence awarded to him. Asked whether Pakistan has put some conditions for granting consular access to Jadhav, Kumar refused to give a direct answer. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”I do not think this is the appropriate forum for me to get into the kind of modalities which are being discussed between India and Pakistan,” he said. There were reports that Pakistan has put a condition that a Pakistani official will have to be present when Jadhav is given consular access. Sources said Pakistan set the proposal to India through Indian High Commission in Islamabad three days ago. In Islamabad, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said his government is awaiting India’s response to the proposal of granting consular access to Jadhav on Friday. Following the ICJ’s order, India has asked Pakistan to grant full consular access to Jadhav at the earliest in “full compliance and conformity” of the world court’s verdict. In its 42-page order, the court, while rejecting Pakistan’s objection to admissibility of the Indian application in the case, held that “a continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review” of the sentence of Jadhav. The bench, however, rejected some remedies sought by India, including annulment of the military court’s decision convicting Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India. The ICJ upheld India’s stand that Pakistan is in egregious violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 on several counts in the case.
“This study puts initial numbers on the idea of using abandoned oil and gas fields, to generate geothermal energy and heat in northeastern British Columbia,” said Geoscience BC Executive Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer Carlos Salas. “The electricity used in the area is mostly gas-generated, or imported from Alberta, so as well as increasing local electricity generation, there is real potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to bring new and diversified economic opportunities to the area.” There is the potential for a combined geothermal power and heat plant the report concludes. The payback period on development costs would be between 12 and 24 years. The report identifies potential customers for power and uses for heat including public building heating and industrial customers. The report also identifies future opportunities that a geothermal plant could help to generate facilitate, including greenhouses that use heat from the plant and the potential to attract cryptocurrency mining operations. The cost and payback estimates in the pre-feasibility study are accurate to within 50 percent. The report proposes next steps for anyone looking to develop sites in the area, including more detailed engineering design and analysis, and gauging energy and heat customer interest. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Geoscience BC has released a new pre-feasibility study that evaluates the potential to repurpose the Clarke Lake Field natural gas field to host a pilot plant to generate geothermal energy and heat. According to Geoscience BC the study called ‘Clarke Lake Geothermal Pre-Feasibility Study’, assesses two potential sites close to the Clarke Lake Gas Field south of Fort Nelson. It outlines the potential costs and revenues as well as technology recommendations and permitting requirements as a first step to understanding economic viability. “Fort Nelson First Nation is grateful for the studies by Geoscience BC that have highlighted geothermal resource opportunities immediately adjacent to our home community and located in our territory where our people have lived for thousands of years,” said Fort Nelson Chief Sharleen Gale “There aren’t many places in the world where you can access geothermal energy – it could revolutionize the north! We are grateful for this unique opportunity to pursue clean, renewable energy that can provide us with food security, energy independence and diverse economic opportunities in our territory, the possibilities are endless,”
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Las Vegas Sands Corp. said Wednesday that second-quarter profit tumbled by 35 per cent as the casino operator’s table winnings fell at home and in Asia.Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson said the results didn’t meet his expectations. They didn’t meet Wall Street’s, either.Shares of Las Vegas Sands fell 88 cents, or 2.3 per cent, to end regular trading at US$37.51. In about an hour of extended trading after the results came out, the shares lost another $2.56, or 6.8 per cent, to $34.95.The company said its net income fell to $240.6 million, or 29 cents per share, from $367.6 million, or 45 cents per share, a year earlier.Excluding items, the company said it would have earned 44 cents per share.Analysts were looking for 60 cents per share, according to FactSet.Revenue rose 10 per cent to $2.58 billion, but that, too, didn’t impress analysts, who had expected $2.77 billion.Adelson said earnings were hurt by lower hold on table games, more accounts receivable in Singapore and higher legal expenses. He found solace in the higher revenue and said the company expected strong growth from its new Sands Cotai Central resort in China’s Macau region.The company operates The Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas. Customers played more at slots and baccarat, less at other table games, which it said reflected overall conditions in the gambling mecca. by News Staff Posted Jul 25, 2012 5:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Casino operator Las Vegas Sands sees 35% drop in 2Q profit on lower table winnings
by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2015 3:12 pm MDT Kinder Morgan fails to answer hundreds of questions: Vancouver, Burnaby mayors VANCOUVER – Kinder Morgan has come under fire from two Metro Vancouver mayors for failing to answer hundreds of questions about a proposed $5.4-billion pipeline expansion.The mayors of Vancouver and Burnaby issued a news release Friday criticizing the company for only answering half of their questions during the final round of National Energy Board consultations on the Trans Mountain project.Of the nearly 600 questions submitted by Vancouver, the company failed to adequately answer 291, and of the 688 questions submitted by Burnaby, the company didn’t fully answer 315, they said.“The city continues to find very significant gaps in the information that Kinder Morgan has provided for a project that puts our environment and our economy at risk,” Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said.Trans Mountain spokeswoman Ali Hounsell said the company tried to thoroughly answer all the questions it could, but some were outside the scope of the NEB process.The proposed expansion would triple the bitumen-carrying capacity of the pipeline that runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. Almost 1,000 kilometres of new pipe would be built near the pre-existing line.Sadhu Johnston, Vancouver’s deputy city manager, said the questions were “basic” and very much within the energy board’s parameters.“Emergency response is very, very squarely in scope,” said Johnston in an interview.He said it’s “absolutely ridiculous” for the company to say questions dealing with the definition of “emergency” and the consequences or impacts of an earthquake are out of scope.“It really builds further concern for us about Kinder Morgan’s transparency and their willingness to give us the kind of information we need to review this proposal.”Other questions that received “inadequate” responses focused on the time it would take company first responders to get to an incident site, how contaminated groundwater is monitored and detected and the findings of emergency drills, he said.Johnston said the city has asked for clarification on 291 questions and Kinder Morgan now has two weeks to revise the answers or provide more information.Meantime, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said his city has significant questions that focus on the hundreds of ways the project could threaten Burnaby’s safety and livability, and he blamed the NEB for not requiring Kinder Morgan to disclose more details.“I don’t believe the National Energy Board is protecting our interests or even acting in the public interest,” he said in an interview.“I don’t blame Kinder Morgan … What do you expect from them except to only do what they are required to do?”A NEB spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Natural Resources Canada issued a statement that said the board was a “robust, independent regulatory body” that conducts a science and fact-based review process.“We have been clear: no project will proceed unless it is safe for Canadians and safe for the environment,” it said.Hounsell said Kinder Morgan received 5,600 questions during this round of questioning and got about 1,200 motions back from interveners including Burnaby and Vancouver asking for further information.“We’ll be reviewing all the motions, looking at each answer that we provided or didn’t provide, and get back to the interveners and the National Energy Board.”Hounsell said the topics of earthquakes, safety, emergency response and groundwater monitoring are all “in scope” as long as they relate to the proposed pipeline and terminal facilities.But she said the wording of the questions matters, for example if they relate to the existing pipeline. Further, she said Kinder Morgan may have provided an answer but the cities may simply feel it’s not “adequate.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The Duke of Cambridge has spoken of how he wishes he could ask his late mother’s advice today, disclosing his sadness that his own young family will never meet her.The Duke, whose mother Diana, Princess of Wales, died 20 years ago this August, said he would have loved her to meet his wife, Catherine, and watched children Prince George and Princess Charlotte grow up. Prince William and his daughter Princess Charlotte He added: “It has taken me almost twenty years to get to that stage. I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw. “And also it is not like most people’s grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her. “It is a different situation for most people who lose someone they love, it can be hidden away or they can choose if they want to share their story.”The interview was conducted by Alastair Campbell, the former Labour spin doctor who has made his own video for Heads Together discussing his depression.The Duke was photographed at home by Norman Jean Roy, along with the Duchess and their two children. The Cambridge family Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the wedding of their aunt, Pippa Middleton “I could not do my job without the stability of the family,” the Duke said. “Stability at home is so important to me. I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world and that is so important to both of us as parents. “I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there.“The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life.” Prince William with his mother, Diana “I rely on people around me for opinions, and I am a great believer in communication on these issues. “I cannot understand how families, even behind closed doors, still find it so hard to talk about it. I am shocked we are so worried about saying anything about the true feelings we have. “Because mental illness is inside our heads, invisible, it means others tread so carefully, and people don’t know what to say, whereas if you have a broken leg in plaster, everyone knows what to say.”The full interview appears in the July issue of British GQ, on sale from June 1, and available to download from May 30. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess CharlotteCredit:Norman Jean Roy/GQ In an interview with GQ magazine, to publicise charity Heads Together, he said stability at home is “so important” to his family, vowing to bring his children up outside palace walls, just as his mother tried to do with him. Saying the bereavement had been “so raw”, particularly in the limelight, he confirmed is has taken nearly 20 years for him to become comfortable speaking about it.”I would like to have had her advice, “ he told the magazine. “I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won’t, that they will never know her.” Of the purpose of the Heads Together Campaign, he said it was intended to “smash the taboo” of speaking about mental illness and eradicate any shame about seeking help. Diana, Princess of Wales, at work in 1997 “I’ve been really shocked how many people live in fear and in silence because of their mental illness,” he said. “I just don’t understand it. “I know I come across as quite reserved and shy, I don’t always have my emotions brewing, but behind closed doors I think about the issues, I get very passionate about things. But, he added, the 20th anniversary of her death, which he and brother Prince Harry will be commemorating this summer, sees him “in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better.” The interview is out on June 1Credit:Norman Jean Roy/GQ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Services such as Skype allow us to easily hold video calls with people around the world. But what if you wanted to hide your identity, yet still interact naturally on video through an avatar? That’s where a new system developed by a team at Keio University comes in.Professor Yasue Mitsukura has lead a group that developed the system which uses a typical USB webcam to track a user’s facial expressions and some upper body movement. That data can then be applied in real-time to an avatar. So you can sit there talking into the camera, and a digital character on-screen will mirror your actions.The potential uses for such tech are wide and varied. Mitsukura believes it will be popular with anyone who does 3D modeling and animation and wants a simple solution for bringing their characters to life. I can also see it being integrated into online games allowing your characters to react in-game realistically as you speak, as well as acting as a quick solution for gathering facial data from actors recording voiceover, be it for games or anime.As the system just uses a webcam and software, it is very cheap to implement. The facial recognition is done by identifying a user’s eyes, nose, and mouth, as well as face orientation. In total only 14 tracking points are required to get quite precise facial expression feedback. That’s not a lot of data, which also means it can keep up tracking even very fast movement.The software is capable of interpreting different expressions, and is pre-configured to tell when you are happy, sad, surprised, or even laughing. This could easily be tweaked on the final avatar to portray a better smile, laugh, or angry reaction.Professor Mitsukura expects to continue developing the software so that it can be distributed for use on PC by anyone with a webcam. As it’s just a software product that requires a webcam, we shouldn’t expect it to cost anymore than a typical off-the-shelf video editing or graphics application.Read more at DigInfo.tv
RelatedPosts China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he regretted running for the nation’s highest office at the height of numerous corruption scandals – most notably the decision by Nayong Pilipino Foundation to award Hong Kong-listed Landing International Development Ltd a land lease to develop a US$1.5 billion casino resort.During a speech at a swearing-in ceremony for newly elected officials in Cagayan de Oro this week, Duterte said he “lost interest at work” after firing the entire Nayong Pilipino Foundation board on the same day that Landing held a groundbreaking ceremony for the IR in Manila’s Entertainment City. Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Load More “Actually, I regretted it. I regretted running for President,” he recalled.“They allowed a casino to be erected there without a public bidding. I got so angry … what’s the essence of a casino inside Nayong Filipino? Why would you put it there? How stupid.”The government described Landing’s 50-year land lease deal at the time as “grossly disadvantageous” and later cancelled the deal altogether. It also cancelled a provisional gaming license granted by PAGCOR just weeks before the groundbreaking ceremony last August – the second time a provisional gaming license was deemed invalid following a similar saga involving Galaxy Entertainment Group’s plans to develop a US$500 million casino resort in Boracay.Duterte also revealed this week that he had told his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, also known as Inday Sara, not to run for President in 2022 due to widespread corruption within the government. Duterte-Carpio is currently Mayor of Davao and seemingly following in her father’s political footsteps.“That is why when people speculated Inday to run for President,” he said. “I told her, ‘Don’t do it. You will not be able to control it. They will disrespect you, those sons of bitches’.”
You can hear the new Yorke tunes here. “Don’t Fear the Light” comes on around the 27:30 mark and is a three-part work for two pianos, electronics and modular synthesizer at the request of sisters Katia and Marielle Labeque, who also perform the song with Yorke. In a special note written about the song, Yorke talked about collaborating with the French piano duo. “The best part for me was watching the basics of what I’d written being brought to life by the [Labeque] sisters and their interpretation, making the notes their’s,” said Yorke, adding, “I can only take part responsibility for the results. It’s been fascinating.” The other new song, the drone- and piano-based “Gawpers,” can be heard starting around 47:20. While Yorke had performed this song on tour in the past, his “Minimal Dream House” performance, also featuring Katia and Marielle Labeque, stands as the first time the song is available in full.Yorke recently composed music for the recent remake of Suspiria, considered his foray into classical composition. The Radiohead frontman has also promised a new solo album this year.MusiCares “Concert For Recovery Honoring Macklemore” May 16 At The Novo In L.A. – Tickets Avalable Now Hear Two New Songs By Radiohead’s Thom Yorke hear-two-new-songs-radioheads-thom-yorke Hear Two New Songs By Radiohead’s Thom Yorke News Email Facebook BBC Radio 3 premiered the two new songs Yorke was commissioned to write by the Philarmonie de ParisNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 29, 2019 – 3:44 pm Radiohead’s Thom Yorke debuted two new songs on BBC Radio 3’s “Unclassified” show. The new original songs, “Don’t Fear the Light” and “Gawpers,” were commissioned by the Philarmonie de Paris, according to a post by Yorke, and performed as part of Yorke’s “Minimalist Dream House” show in Paris earlier this month. Twitter
The Open North American Sled Dog Championship gets underway Friday (March 17) in Fairbanks. 23 mushers will compete for $40,000 in prize money over three days of sprint racing, with the fastest combined time winning.Listen nowThe field for this year’s ONAC, includes last year’s winner Buddy Streeper of Fort Nelson British Columbia and his wife Lina, who placed third in 2016, as well as local Roxy Wright, who came out of a 20-year retirement to take second in last year’s Open North American, and won the Fur Rondy in Anchorage last month. All races will start and finish at the Mushers Hall on Farmers Loop Road. Alaska Dog Mushers Association President Paula Ciniero said there will be no down town starts for the third year in row. She said conditions are too rough on Noyes Slough.”The worst in three years,” Ciniero said. “We’ve got so much bank erosion, like big pieces of the bank in the middle of the trail. And we are not allowed to dump snow in the slew and there’s not enough to make ramps and things to get around it. It’s not safe for a big string of teams to run through.”Ciniero said conditions are good on the trails around Mushers Hall, but heavy snow that fell late last month, has been a challenge to groom into a firm race trail.”When you have a dump of 17 inches or however much we got, it kinda creates an air space,” Ciniero said. “So we’ve worked hard, we’ve gotten our big drag. We ran around with that. We’ve borrowed another drag. And I think we’ve got it in pretty good shape. The shoulders are are still soft.”Ciniero asked that snow machines stay off the race trail, to keep it from being chewed up, and to prevent incidents like last weekend, when a snow machine hit a dog sled in a Limited North American race.”Fortunately, nobody was hurt and no dogs were hurt and it was a four dog team,” Ciniero said. “Had it been a longer string, they would’ve hit the dogs. We hae long strings running really fast. And we just don’t wanna have any accidents.”The Open North American gets underway with a 19.8 mile heat. Racers will go 20 miles again Saturday, and conclude with a 25 mile run Sunday.
A bank employee holds a pile of 500 euro notes at a bank branch in Madrid January 13, 2011. [ File photo]REUTERS/Andrea ComasA deepening political crisis in Italy provoked a second day of heavy selling on European financial markets, with the euro cut to a 6-1/2 month low, stocks punished and short-term borrowing costs surging for the government in Rome.Investors fear that repeat elections – which now seem inevitable in the euro zone’s third largest economy – may become a de facto referendum on Italian membership of the currency bloc and the country’s role in the European Union.Short-dated Italian bond yields — one of the most sensitive gauges of political risk — soared as much as 80 basis points to their highest since late 2013 as investors’ anxiety deepened.The euro dropped below the $1.16 line for the first time in 6-1/2 months, down 0.3 percent on the day. Against the Swiss franc, it fell by a similar margin at 1.1528 francs.Stocks in Milan slid 2.6 percent on the main index after a 2.1 percent fall on Monday. Bank shares slumped another 5 percent, having lost 4 percent in the previous session, bruised by the sell-off in government bonds, a core part of Italian banks’ portfolios.”It is just a slide and as the slide continues, you ask where is the end,” said Saxo Bank’s head of FX strategy John Hardy. He added that there was a risk of global contagion, with the benchmark U.S. S&P 500 stocks index also close to breaching some key support levels.Hardy recalled a promise made in 2012 by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi to keep the euro intact.”If this continues for another couple of sessions I think you will have to see some official (European) response. A ‘whatever it takes’ kind of moment,” he said.Adding to the uncertainty, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will face a vote of confidence in his leadership on Friday.Spain’s bond-yield spread with Germany was also at its widest in seven months at 122 bps. Madrid’s IBEX bourse was down almost 2 percent.Asia flinched too. Japan’s Nikkei slipped 0.6 percent. Chinese shares were in the red, too, with the blue-chip index down 0.6 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index off 0.7 percent.E-Mini futures for the S&P500 also gave up early gains to be down 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, the dollar was up against almost all major currencies except the safe-haven Japanese yen.The U.S. currency is heading for its best month in 1-1/2 years – a move that is hurting many emerging market countries that borrow in dollars.”This should keep the risk trades pressured to the downside,” Nick Twidale, Sydney-based analyst at Rakuten Securities Australia.Away from Europe, the focus was also on the on-again, off-again U.S.-North Korean summit and the U.S.-China trade relationship.An aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore on Monday night, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported, and the White House said a “pre-advance” team was travelling to the city to meet the North Koreans.The reports indicate that planning for the summit, initially scheduled for June 12, is moving ahead after President Donald Trump called it off last week. A day later, Trump said he had reconsidered, and officials from both countries were meeting to work out details.PLAY IT SAFEIn another sign that investors were flocking to safer bets, the euro hit a 11-month low versus the yen and fresh 6-1/2 low against the Swiss francElsewhere in bonds, U.S. 10-year Treasury yields were at six-week lows at 2.883 percent after a U.S. holiday on Monday. Yields move inversely to price.Analysts are awaiting U.S. inflation data later in the week which could provide clues to future interest rate rises ahead of the Federal Reserve policy meeting next month.Oil prices remained under pressure from expectations that Saudi Arabia and Russia would pump more crude, even as U.S. oil output rises.U.S. crude futures tumbled to six-week lows and looked set for a fifth straight day of declines. The July contract was last down 1.6 percent at $66.81 a barrel.Brent crude futures edged up 0.3 percent after dropping to $74.49 per barrel on Monday, their lowest in about three weeks. They were last at $75.53.Spot gold was barely changed at $1,298.01 an ounce.[Source- Reuters]
When Kevin Durant went down with a sprained MCL, Colin thought they were in danger of not making it out of the Western Conference. Golden State looked lost in the immediate aftermath of the injury, and it wasn’t clear if Steph still had any of last season’s MVP mojo left in the tank.That was then.Since their struggles, the Warriors are steamrolling teams without Durant, and Curry has returned to his pre-KD form.Today in The Herd, Colin said that he thinks the Warriors look more dangerous without Durant. Steph, who has stepped back offensively for most of the year to accommodate Durant, has rediscovered his killer instinct and the team chemistry is reminiscent of their championship team from two years ago.“KD added a layer that they were already filled to the brim with, and it looks like without him their chemistry is better than it’s been the entire year.He added, “Have you noticed Steph Curry’s game in the last two weeks? It’s Steph’s symphony again.”Watch Colin’s full rant on the Warriors: