Xiaomi to launch Mi 4 64GB variant on Feb 24 at Rs 23,999

first_imgChinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced that the official 64GB variant of its popular Mi 4 handset will go on sale on February 24, 2015 exclusively via online retailer Flipkart. The much awaited 64GB variant of the Xiaomi Mi 4 has been priced in India at Rs 23,999.Xiaomi took to its official Facebook page to make the formal announcement, a day before the Mi 4 16GB variant goes on sale via Flipkart.The Mi4 is quite an amazing device for its price range. Well until now, only the 16GB variant of the device was available in the country. The impressive specifications set of the handset was however marred by the availability of just the 16GB variant here. The lack of a micro-SD card support on the device meant somewhere down the line, the Mi 4 was unable to make its presence felt as an all-rounder.Now that the 64GB variant has been announced, buyers can breathe a sigh of relief. That said the 16GB variant of the device goes on sale tomorrow. The new announcement from Xiaomi’s camp is surely going to affect the flash sale, for consumers will of course want to grab the 64GB variant as it is a much sweeter deal in comparison.However, there is also a significant difference in pricing between the two variants. The 16GB variant that goes on sale tomorrow is available in India at Rs 19,999.According to Flipkart, the Xiaomi Mi 4 has so far seen over 2,50,000 registrations. Registrations will last until midnight and the flash sale shall commence at 2PM IST tomorrow.  advertisementLet’s take a brief look at the specification of the device. The Mi 4 features a 5-inch full HD 1080p display. It is powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor alongside 3GB of RAM.It sports a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. The device runs Android KitKat with the company’s MIUI 6.0 on top and is backed by a 3,080mAh battery.last_img read more

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‘What she says goes’: meet the woman in charge of a men’s team

first_imgWomen’s football Clàudia Pina celebrates after scoring one of her two goals that won Spain the Under-17 World Cup final. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Fifa via Getty Images Sportblog Facebook Natasha Orchard-Smith says: ‘There’s no reasons why anyone couldn’t do it. You’ve just got to be given the opportunity.’ Photograph: Lydia Goldsmith/Arlesey Town “We sat down and thought it would be brilliant. Men’s football goes one way completely. Men’s football: male coaches. Nah, let’s forget this. Natasha is intelligent, she’s detailed, she’s technical. I played semi-pro for 20-plus years and she’s got to be one of the best coaches I’ve come across. We said: ‘Let’s do this. Let’s bring a female in.’”They knew it was unusual. They just did not realise how unusual. The FA has confirmed that Orchard-Smith is the only female head coach from the National League down.“There’s no reasons why anyone couldn’t do it,” says Orchard-Smith. “You’ve just got to be given the opportunity.”Now they know how rare their decision was, they are hoping it will help others take the same step. “We’re hoping that other managers in non-league and maybe pro look at it and go: ‘They hired a female coach, what’s wrong with that? Why can’t we do it?’” says Endersby. “Some of these women coaches coming through are so good and they just need to be given a chance.”Has it changed the club? “The dynamic has changed, the crowd is different, the management in the other dugout don’t know what to do. There’s more respect. The players here have absolutely warmed to her, they’ve got respect for her. What she says goes. No one ever questions it and, to be honest, if they did, they aren’t the right player for my and James’ team.” Topics But success on the pitch is not the be all and end all for Endersby and Hatch. “We can see the long-term goal. What this can do for female footballers and women in football. There are probably 10 other Natasha’s sitting round the country going, ‘You know what, if she can do it, I can do it.’“It takes one person to break the mould. I think it’s great for women’s football and I think it’s great for men’s football. We’ve landed on gold. She’s Uefa B. We want to go higher in the game, me and James, and we’ve always said we’d like to bring her with us. We now joke that it’ll be us trying to go up with her.”Talking points• Uefa have announced that the Football Association has been successful in its bid to host the 2021 European Championship – very much a formality as England were the only bidders. The final will be held at Wembley, with eight other venues listed as part of the bid, including Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Arena and Southampton’s St Mary’s. Pinterest Twitter Twitter Facebook Pinterest Share on LinkedIn The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018center_img features • Clàudia Pina’s first-half double secured the Under-17 World Cup for Spain in a 2-1 win against Mexico. Denise Castro reduced the deficit in Uruguay but Mexico failed to find the leveller. Pina finished joint top scorer with Ghana’s Mukarama Abdulai on seven goals.• The draw for next summer’s World Cup in France takes place on Saturday and will be aired live on BBC2. England are in Pot 1 with France, USA, Germany, Australia and Canada. Scotland are in Pot 3.• Manchester United’s assistant manager Willie Kirk has left the club after four months to take the helm at Everton. The former Bristol City and Hibernian manager led the club to their first win of the season against Liverpool in his first match.• The next round of the Continental League Cup kicks off on Wednesday evening. Highlights include a second Merseyside derby in four days, Manchester United hosting Durham – the only side to have taken points off of Casey Stoney’s side – and Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace. You see men going into women’s football; the door should be open for women to come into men’s. It sounds sort of obvious. So why is it so rare?Two former semi-pro players, Matt Endersby and James Hatch, took charge of the Bedfordshire club Arlesey Town, in the ninth tier of English football, at the start of June. Following relegation there were no players, they had no coaching staff and they had very little time to settle in. The first thing they needed to do was find a head coach and they phoned Natasha Orchard-Smith.For them it was obvious. They knew Orchard-Smith. “When I was coaching at Barton she was stood behind the dugout one day,” says Endersby. “I was listening to everything she was saying and I was like: ‘Who is this woman? This information she’s coming out with is spot on.’ Orchard-Smith is a remarkably experienced coach. As a player “not playing at a very high level” she was encouraged to do her FA Level 1 badge by a friend.“I did it and then didn’t really do anything with it,” she says. “But when my lad got to about seven and started to show an interest in football I took him to a local club and then kind of became part of the club. They needed a manager, under-eights, and because I had done my Level 1 they were like: ‘Yep, bang, thank you, we’ll have you.’ I did that for 10 years, under-eights to under-18s.”She completed her Level 2 and Uefa B licences, her goalkeeping Level 2, has worked as an FA skills coach in Bedfordshire, has her own coaching business, a degree in coaching for performance from Anglia Ruskin and is currently undertaking her goalkeeping Uefa B.But when her son reached 18 and shifted his focus from football, she thought she would have a step back and reclaim her evenings and weekends. Then Arsenal approached her and she started working with their under-10 girls in their Regional Talent Centre. She had been there for 14 months and was lined up to be there this season – but then Endersby called to offer a bit of an alien project.“I wasn’t sure because I hadn’t worked in the men’s game before, I’d mainly worked 5-11s and youth/grassroots. Which is completely different to semi-pro,” says Orchard-Smith. “I went in and I’ve never really looked back. It’s very different but I’ve loved every minute of it. I think I’ve been very lucky, the lads have taken to me from the moment I came in. Ones that moved from other clubs, they knew I was already there. They’ve been very receptive.”It was a big learning curve. Having always been in development, switching to success-reliant football took time to adjust, but to say she has flourished is an understatement. The team are fourth in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division with 12 wins from 17 and sit six points off the top.“I’m ecstatic because sometimes it takes two to three years for a team to build. We are doing really, really well,” says Endersby. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Rob Howley faces uncertain future with long wait for betting verdict

first_img Warren Gatland must plough on regardless amid Wales turmoil news Share on Facebook Read more The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Howley was always going to leave his Wales role at the conclusion of the Japan tournament along with all of Warren Gatland’s coaching team, but a lengthy investigation could rule the former scrum-half out of considering any potential roles. Howley was understood to be among the contenders to succeed Conor O’Shea with Italy and work alongside Gatland on what would have been his fourth Lions tour at the end of the World Cup.Howley’s departure has been the biggest news of the tournament in the buildup to Friday’s kick-off. Somehow Wales have to put it to one side before their first match against Georgia on Monday.Wales travelled from Kitakyushu to Toyota via bullet train on Thursday for their opener. Among it all there is a game for which to prepare.Robin McBryde, the Wales forward coach who has played and coached at international level alongside Howley, said: “We’ve had to get on with it. It’s our opening game of the World Cup and that has taken precedent over anything else. There is a little bit of a feeling of circling the wagons and not allowing anything to influence the environment. It’s important we start with a bang.“It’s been tough. It’s unfortunate he has to go through this. We’ve been together for quite a bit of time. He’s been a great servant both as a player and a coach. This was our swan song as a coaching group and he’s a good man and a good friend. He was keen to explain the news to the other coaches rather than us finding out second‑hand. He did that.”Wales have been boosted by a positive fitness update on Rhys Patchell, who is available after recovering from concussion. The fly-half sustained his fourth head knock in 18 months in the warm-up clash with Ireland on 7 September. “It’s an occupational hazard,” said Patchell, the back-up to Dan Biggar. “These things take the time they take. I’ve learned that over the years. There is no point worrying and you’ve got to be philosophical. The more worked up you get the chances are the more your symptoms will persist.”Aaron Wainwright, 21, is poised to start against Georgia and McBryde believes the rookie flanker can top what the former Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton achieved in his career. “Aaron is very reminiscent of a young Sam with the way he carries the ball,” McBryde said. “He’s very physical both in attack and defence. He could even be better than Sam!” Rugby World Cup 2019center_img Wales rugby union team Share on Messenger Rugby World Cup Rugby union Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Rob Howley faces a long and anxious wait for the investigation into his suspected breach of rugby’s betting rules to conclude, a delay that could affect his chances of coaching with Italy or the British & Irish Lions.The Wales attack coach was sent home from their camp in Japan on Monday to allow an investigation into a possible breach of World Rugby’s regulation six, which covers gambling and anti-corruption. With the Welsh Rugby Union keen to follow due process it could be months before a decision is reached on whether or not the 48-year-old has a case to answer.last_img read more

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Report: West Brom 1 Southampton 2

first_imgWest Brom 1 Southampton 2: Rondon stunner in vain as Baggies drop out Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 00:58 2/18/18 Tadic - cropped Getty Images Salomon Rondon’s stunning volley proved in vain for West Brom as they fell out of the FA Cup fifth round with a 2-1 loss to Southampton. West Brom’s difficult week off the pitch culminated in disappointing fashion on it as Alan Pardew’s side crashed out of the FA Cup fifth round with a 2-1 defeat to fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton.Pardew’s preparations for Saturday’s encounter had been marred by the actions of Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill, who were reportedly interviewed by Spanish police after they allegedly stole a taxi during the club’s training camp in Barcelona.Evans and Barry nevertheless started at the Hawthorns, but the hosts were up against it from the 11th minute when Wesley Hoedt capitalised on dreadful defending to volley home from James Ward-Prowse’s corner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jay Rodriguez’s early opportunity set the tone for a much-improved second half for the Baggies, but West Brom found Alex McCarthy in superb form before Dusan Tadic doubled Southampton’s tally on the counter.Salomon Rondon’s extraordinary strike set up a grandstand finish, Ahmed Hegazi denied an equaliser by both McCarthy and the crossbar.A leveller was not forthcoming for West Brom, however, as Southampton held firm to secure their spot in the last eight.Evans, stripped of the captaincy following his alleged indiscretions in Barcelona, was the first to go close for either side, McCarthy making a fine stop to keep out the defender’s looping header.West Brom were a goal down two minutes later as Hoedt, unmarked from Ward-Prowse’s corner, side-footed a cushioned effort into the bottom-left corner.Smart finish, @wesleyhoedt! #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/0eeikEIp7E— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 17, 2018Southampton could smell blood, and only a last-ditch clearance from Craig Dawson prevented Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg doubling their advantage.James McClean finally offered some threat going the other way, the Republic of Ireland international’s long-range effort flashing inches wide of the upright.Evans’ inclusion was justified prior to half-time, as the Northern Irishman got across to make a vital challenge on Tadic following good work from Nathan Redmond.Rodriguez could have made his mark against his former club just after the restart, but McCarthy reacted brilliantly to tip the striker’s effort wide.Southampton’s goalkeeper was at his best again from the resulting corner, somehow keeping out Dawson’s close-range header.But West Brom’s rally was dealt a blow in the 56th minute, with Guido Carrillo teeing up Tadic, who kept his composure to loft a tidy finish over Ben Foster.The visitors’ two-goal cushion was cut short after just two minutes, however, as Rondon hammered in a venomous volley that gave McCarthy no chance.We aren’t done yet… #EmiratesFACup #WBASOU pic.twitter.com/dn1GpEAOMQ— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) February 17, 2018Hegazi saw his effort clawed off the line by McCarthy as West Brom piled on the pressure, while Matty Phillips should have done better with a strike from the edge of Southampton’s box.Egypt defender Hegazi did get the better of McCarthy with 10 minutes remaining, but the woodwork came to Southampton’s rescue before Ryan Bertrand cleared Rondon’s effort off the line from the rebound as the Saints managed to claim just a fourth away win of the campaign. KEY OPTA STATS- Southampton have reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2004-05.- Since beating Liverpool in the last round of the FA Cup, West Brom have lost all four of their matches, conceding at least twice in each match.- Southampton won twice away from home in the same calendar month against an opponent for the first time in their entire history.- Hoedt scored his first Southampton goal and his first since netting in a 7-3 win for Lazio against Sampdoria in May 2017.- Ward-Prowse has had a hand in five goals in his last five appearances against West Brom in all competitions (three goals, two assists).- Since his debut for West Brom in August 2015, Rondon has scored 25 goals in all competitions – 15 more than any other Baggies player in that time. read morelast_img read more

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Playing For Life – Touch Football

first_imgTouch Football Australia has partnered with the Australian Sports Commission, through its Active After School Communities (AASC) program, to provide children with an introductory Touch Football program. The Playing for Life – Touch Football coaching manual consists of seven sequential, game-based lessons suitable for primary school-aged children of all abilities. The lessons are designed to assist people with minimal experience in touch football, to deliver fun, inclusive games in line with the Playing for Life philosophy.Playing for Life is an approach to coaching that uses games rather than drills to introduce the skills and tactics of a particular sport, or structured physical activity, being delivered. Each session is designed purposefully, so that the games progressively introduce and develop a particular skill that is the focus of the session. The emphasis is on providing safe, fun, engaging activities that ensure maximum participation from all children, regardless of their level of ability.The Playing for Life – Touch Football resource has also been designed to strengthen the link between school and community participation, supporting the AASC program as a link in the junior participation pathway. To view the Playing for Life – Touch Football coaching manual, please click on the attachment below.Related Filesplay_for_life_-_touch_football-pdfRelated LinksPlaying For Lifelast_img read more

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10 months ago​PSG captain Thiago Silva: Man Utd still dangerous team

first_img​PSG captain Thiago Silva: Man Utd still dangerous teamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveParis Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva insists they will not underestimate Manchester United.PSG had received a favourable draw for the round of 16, where they will battle the Red Devils.And now United are without manager Jose Mourinho, who was fired this week.But Silva believes the quality in United’s squad makes them a threat.”United, it is always a dangerous team,” said the Brazilian centre-back.”Under Mourinho, I think they could have done better.”The motivation of the players is very strong, they will be motivated to play well, to win matches, and this is a team that will cause us a lot of difficulties so we will have to prepare.”Many people think that the draw is good because Manchester are not playing well, but they still a very good team.”They have a history in football, experienced players, and with the change of coach, they will try to push a little more. But we are very motivated too.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: These LSU Fans Are Going Viral At The Fiesta Bowl

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The UCF Knights completed their second-consecutive undefeated regular season this year. Their reward was a Fiesta Bowl appearance against No. 11 LSU.The Knights entered the game as the underdog – like they were last year against Auburn in the Peach Bowl – but UCF is showing everyone it belongs at the table.UCF holds a 14-3 lead over the Tigers with just under seven minutes left to play in the first quarter. After UCF’s latest touchdown, a pick-six thrown by Joe Burrow, LSU fans were less than pleased with their team’s performance today.pic.twitter.com/6HoDilYiqO— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) January 1, 2019UCF is well on its way to knocking off another SEC program in a major bowl game. The Knights are doing so without star quarterback McKenzie Milton, who suffered a devastating leg injury earlier in the season.Can the Knights do it again?last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Slept well last night, says Oshane Thomas after destroying Pakistan

first_img Anita Jat NottinghamMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 19:55 IST West Indies pacer Osane Thomas picked 4 wickets as Pakistan suffered a 7-wicket defeat in World Cup 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets in their first World Cup 2019 match FridayOshane Thomas starred with the ball as he picked 4 wickets in his 5.4 oversChris Gayle hit a half-century as West Indies achieved the 105-run target in 13.4 oversYoung West Indies bowler Oshane Thomas sent shivers down the Pakistan batting line-up’s spine with his pace to bundle them out for a paltry 105. His fiery bowling helped West Indies trounce Pakistan by 7 wickets in their first World Cup 2019 match Friday at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.Oshane Thomas picked 4 for 27 off 5.4 overs as Pakistan produced their shortest innings World Cup since 1992, and all he credited for his fiery bowling was a ‘good sleep’ a night before the match.”I had a good sleep last night,” Oshane Thomas, who was named man-of-the-match said in a post match interview.”We executed our plans well. Anywhere I get to bowl I’m happy to run in and bowl… want to keep winning games for West Indies. I just want to keep working hard and do my things”Oshane Thomas started his show with the ball by sending back in-form Babar Azam (22). He then picked Mohammad Hafeez (16), Shadab Khan (1), and Wahab Riaz (18) to finish with figures of 4 for 27.After winning the toss, West Indies put Pakistan to bat in first. The Pakistan batsman immensly struggles against West Indies pace as they failed to kep their wickets together and surrendered in mere 21.4 overs.While Oshane Thomas was the star with the ball, Jason Holder scalped 3 wickets before Chris Gayle smashed a 34-ball 50 to send West Indies over the line in just 13.4 overs.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed unfazed after Pakistan crash to humiliating defeatAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar, Ramiz Raja horrified after Pakistan’s abject batting showAlso See https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/video/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-how-well-do-you-know-cricketers-1539519-2019-05-31advertisementFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow West Indies Vs PakistanFollow Oshane Thomas World Cup 2019: Slept well last night, says Oshane Thomas after destroying PakistanWorld Cup 2019: Young pacer Oshane Thomas was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his 4 wickets as West Indies thrashed Pakistan by 7 wickets to kick-off their World Cup campaign on a positive noteadvertisementlast_img read more

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Maersk Tankers Closes Sale Leaseback for MR Quartet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Maersk Tankers Danish tanker shipping company Maersk Product Tankers has entered into a sale and leaseback agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) for four medium range (MR) vessels.The tankers, which have not been identified, were built in 2015 and 2016.Maersk Tankers said it will bareboat charter-in the vessels for a period of ten years and has continuous purchase options.In addition, the company will continue to undertake commercial and technical management of the vessels.The first tanker has been delivered to ICBC, with the remaining ones to be delivered in the second quarter of 2019.“The agreement will increase financial flexibility and strengthen the financial position of Maersk Product Tankers,” Morten Mosegaard, Chief Financial Officer at Maersk Product Tankers, commented.“The sale and leaseback agreement releases significant capital, which gives us additional optionality to act if the right opportunity materialises,” Mosegaard added.Based in Copenhagen, Maersk Product Tankers owns more than 80 vessels, which are carrying refined oil products worldwide. The company is owned by A.P. Møller Holding A/S and Mitsui & Co. Ltd.Read more: Maersk Product Tankers Ends Challenging Year in Losslast_img read more

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Talks with NB premier buy Elsipogtog three days of peace

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION, N.B. – Ongoing talks between Premier David Alward and Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock has bought at least three days of peace at an ongoing highway anti-fracking blockade in the northern region of the province.Sock and a group of band councillors met with lawyers representing SWN Resources Canada late Sunday evening in Moncton. The lawyers reportedly stated that SWN would not be making any legal maneuvers to press enforcement of an injunction against the blockade handed down by a provincial judge Thursday as long as talks continued with the premier, according to Sock.Alward and Sock met earlier in the day Sunday in Moncton and both said they planned to talk again Monday in Fredericton.The time and place for the meeting was still being worked out as of this article’s posting.Sock said Monday morning he expected at least three more days of talks which would lead to “peace” during that time.The injunction, which names several individuals at the protest site, has not yet been served.The blockade has sealed-off a compound holding several SWN trucks. SWN has been conducting shale gas exploration work in the province.The company has faced fierce opposition to its work not only from the Mi’kmaq, but also from Acadian and Anglophone residents in the area.The RCMP arrested dozens of people over the summer as protests raged throughout the area.The blockade is on Route 135, in Rexton, N.B., which sits about 80 kilometres north of Moncton and about 15 kilometres northeast of Elsipogtog First Nation.RCMP vehicles have sealed off the blockade on both sides.Celebrations commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation are also planned for Monday at the blockade site.Jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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OPP and Labour Ministry investigating mans death following an accident at the

MATHESON, Ont. — Provincial police said Thursday one man is dead following an accident at a mine in northeastern Ontario.The incident happened around 5 p.m. Wednesday on the surface at the Holt Mining Project, about 60 kilometres east of Matheson on Highway 101, near the Quebec border.Police say the man’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.The coroner’s office has been advised of the death and police say a post-mortem examination will be scheduled.The scene is being held under the control of provincial police, who are working with Ministry of Labour to investigate the incident.The Holt Mining Project is an operation of St Andrews Gold Ltd. read more

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TransAlta shareholders elect slate of directors despite activist complaints

CALGARY — Power utility TransAlta Corp. shareholders shrugged off the interventions of a U.S. activist investor and elected the company’s preferred slate of directors at its annual meeting.All 12 recommended directors were endorsed by shareholders, including Harry Goldgut and Richard Legault, nominees put forward by Brookfield Renewable Partners whose election was a condition of its $750-million partnership deal with TransAlta.New York-based Mangrove Partners launched a lawsuit in Ontario earlier this week to try to derail the deal, after it filed and then withdrew a request for the Alberta Securities Commission to delay the annual meeting and require a separate vote on the partnership.Mangrove claims the deal was rushed, failed to properly consider other options and puts the interests of the board ahead of the interests of the shareholders.TransAlta CEO Dawn Farrell has defended the Brookfield deal as good for shareholders and insisted the company thoroughly investigated other options before signing.Mangrove and an entity controlled by Bluescape Energy Partners had agreed to join forces to employ their combined 10.1 per cent ownership of TransAlta to force change but then ended the partnership. Mangrove says it owns about 7.1 per cent.TransAlta has said it plans to spend $350 million of the Brookfield investment to speed its coal-to-gas power generation transition strategy in Alberta and will use up to $250 million to buy back shares over three years.Companies in this story: (TSX:TA, TSX:BEP.UN) read more

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UNassisted forum on the purposes of scientific inquiry opens in Hungary

The Forum, which runs through tomorrow, was organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the International Council for Science, around the theme Knowledge, Ethics and Responsibility.”The questions we have to address today are: Knowledge for what? What is the impact of knowledge and human welfare and on living organisms, the environment and future generations? How should knowledge be developed and applied so that its impact is beneficial and enhances both human dignity and human potential?” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura explained.UNESCO has organized two special sessions during the Forum. The first will discuss “Science for a Democratic World: the role of parliaments.” The second, organized with the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization will discuss “Science for Peace.”Analysis of the approaches taken by scientists and decision-makers, the role of the private sector in scientific inquiry, the education of future generations and the future of the environment are among other topics to be discussed at the Forum, UNESCO said.The opening of the Forum coincided with the World Science Day for Peace and Development, marked each year on 10 November. On that day, seven UNESCO prizes were awarded in such areas as the popularization of science, dialogue between scientists and the public, microbiology, environmental science, and encouragement for young scientists.The Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in partnership with UNESCO and the International Council, established the World Science Forum in 2003 as a follow-up to the first World Conference on Science, which took place in Budapest in 1999. The aim of the Forum is to promote dialogue concerning the new roles and challenges of scientific knowledge. read more

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Annan appoints fivemember Panel of Experts monitoring Liberian sanctions

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed a five-member Panel of Experts to monitor the renewed sanctions regime the Security Council imposed on Liberia after receiving reports that the West African country’s natural resources were not being used to benefit its people.The latest Panel of Experts comprises Arthur Gregory Blundell of Canada, who will be the chairman, Damien Callamand of France, Caspar Fithen of the United Kingdom, Tommy Garnett of Sierra Leone and Rajiva Bhushan Sinha of India, Mr. Annan said in a letter to the Council.Last month the Security Council renewed the sanctions it had first imposed on the war-torn country in May 2001 and which now include timber, travel, arms and diamond embargoes. The Council also re-established the Panel of Experts to conduct follow-up assessments of the sanctions and said it would review the measures, with a view to ending them, at the request of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s new Government.The Council has welcomed the determination of President Johnson-Sirleaf to meet its conditions and has encouraged her Government to implement reforms, especially in the management of the country’s timber and diamond resources.The Council initially approved the Liberian sanctions after determining that former President Charles Taylor’s Government had helped the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone fight against the Government there during the country’s brutal decade-long civil war.In 2003, citing Liberia’s “active support” of rebel groups which were having a destabilizing effect on West Africa, the Council renewed and expanded the sanctions, and decided the measures would remain in effect until peace was maintained, export transparency was established and the Government controlled the national forests.A Panel of Experts appointed last July to assess the implementation and impact of the sanctions regime in Liberia noted that the requirements for lifting the embargo on Liberian rough diamonds and timber had not been met. In addition, agreements reached on iron ore exports suggested that Liberians could not rely on their Government or on the international community to protect their interests.Instead, it said, the country needed transparent business negotiations. read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State pulls out ugly win over NC Central Tate

OSU junior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) looks for an open teammate during the Buckeyes home opener against North Carolina Central. The Buckeyes won 69-63. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team opened up its 2016-17 home schedule on Monday night against the North Carolina Central Eagles out of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. In front of a crowd that seemed to be less than the 9,787 reported people in attendance, the Buckeyes underwhelmed in what many thought would be an easy blowout victory.OSU won Monday night’s affair versus the Eagles 69-63 in what was a flashback to the 2015-16 team that strung together several games of uninspired play. OSU was still able to come away with a victory in a game that looked similar to last season’s early losses to Texas-Arlington and Louisiana Tech. However, there were hardly any positives other than it was a win. The performance was so discouraging that junior forward Jae’Sean Tate offered an apology to the Buckeye faithful after the game.“We didn’t come ready to play today,” Tate said. “This one is on us, as the players. We didn’t come out like we had practiced. I apologize to Buckeye Nation and we’re going to try our best to go out there on Thursday and play as hard as we can.”After Friday’s season-opening victory in Annapolis, Maryland, against Navy, OSU coach Thad Matta said that there were times in which he could tell his players weren’t “thinking the game.” Monday at the Schottenstein Center was a bit more concerning to Matta, who said he couldn’t pinpoint the reason behind the absence of a competitive mindset.“We, for whatever reason, we weren’t thinking. Some things happened that I’ve never seen happen before in terms of 38 practices,” he said. “We weren’t mentally and physically very tough. We obviously got to get that corrected.”In the Navy game, the Buckeyes struggled at times to figure out the Midshipmen’s zone defense. Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams, sophomore point guard C.J. Jackson and redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson all came off the bench and provided a spark that ignited a sluggish offense.On Monday against NC Central, the difficulties against a zone were still present, but the bench was not there to boost the OSU attack. Williams scored 23 points in the first game of the season, including 5-for-6 from 3-point land. It took him until 6:24 remaining in the second half for him to cash in his first 3-point bucket of the game. He scored just nine points in 31 minutes.Thompson grabbed seven rebounds and scored six points in 17 minutes and was a factor in the second half. However, the amount of dispassionate play on defense left much to be desired after 40 minutes.Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop followed up his 14-point, 14-rebound game against Navy with just nine points and two rebounds on Monday night. After the game, Matta said that Bates-Diop had been out of practice for the past two days with an illness, which contributed to his lack of production.Without Bates-Diop and senior forward Marc Loving, who sat with foul trouble for much of the game, OSU couldn’t produce a lot of offense against several zone and man-to-man looks NC Central threw at the Buckeyes.“We did some things that were so uncharacteristic … we never had that flow,” Matta said. “We got work to do.”With OSU up 12, Jackson made a steal off of an inbounds pass and patiently waited for Williams to dart down the lane. Williams bobbled the pass and his shot was blocked, which turned into a transition three on the other end. NC Central guard Patrick Cole then hit another three on the next possession, trimming the lead to six for OSU. Cole torched the Scarlet and Gray with 26 points on 10-for-19 shooting.Another major factor was free-throw shooting. OSU shot just 11-for-23 from the line, including 1-for-4 down the stretch.Jackson played more minutes than sophomore starting point guard JaQuan Lyle for a second straight game. Lyle had a minus-six plus-minus rating while Jackson had a plus-three. Jackson had eight assists compared to just two from Lyle.Matta said that before Thursday’s game against Providence, there could be a few changes in the lineup. For Tate, he knows that OSU can’t win many games based on its play on Monday.“We just got to make sure it’s not a repeat of last year. We can’t be lackadaisical. We got to be the first team to punch the other in the mouth.” read more

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One of Manchesters biggest mosques refuses to bury Salman Abedis body

first_imgOne of Manchester’s biggest mosques has refused to bury the body of the Manchester terrorist who killed 22 last week.It is thought his body remains unburied and councils, funeral directors and now the city’s mosques, refuse to deal with it.According to the Daily Mail, the bomber’s body has been kept in a morgue outside Manchester.The Manchester Evening News has reported that the city’s authorities are reportedly doing “everything in their power” to stop him being cremated, buried, or laid to rest in any way in the Greater Manchester area. Salman Abedi Salman AbediCredit:Twitter A source told the Manchester Evening News: “Just like Ian Brady, every effort is going in to making sure that there is not a chance Abedi can be buried or cremated in Greater Manchester.”Inquest proceedings will soon be heard, and the disposal of his body will be decided by the coroner.A source told the MEN that his body has never been kept in the same place as his victims.Now, at least one mosque is taking the same course of action as the council.center_img 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. Manchester Central Mosque, one of Manchester’s largest Muslim funeral providers, has said it will have nothing to do with the body.A spokesman from the place of worship told the Evening Standard that its executive committee had met and agreed not to inter the remains of Abedi if his family made a request.last_img read more

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Pandora Sends User Data Report

first_imgNew details have emerged about the lawsuit against Pandora . Data security company Veracode looked into the troubled app, and found that the data was indeed being stored. According to Veracode, Pandora has sold info such as birth dates, location, and gender. Once Pandora collected all of this data, it was sold to ad networks. Granted, Pandora never claimed that no user data was sold-so this does not come as a big shocker. It should also be noted that Veracode only did this research on a Android device, so no word on whether the iOS version suffers the same issueAdChoices广告Pandora has yet to release a statement regarding the research. Nor has the courts issued a statement based on the findings. Veracode has not said if similar research will be done on the iOS device anytime soon or not. Via Ars Technicalast_img read more

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Michigan Technological University is making autonomous boats a lot smarter

first_img Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Post a comment 30 Photos Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show Roadshow’s favorite 2019 Detroit Auto Show debuts More From Roadshow Detroit Auto Show 2019 Share your voice See All •center_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageMichigan Technical University’s water scooter can’t run autonomously yet, but once it collects enough data, it should be able to navigate itself through rough seas with ease. Michigan Technical University Autonomous cars may be getting most of the ink these days, but autonomous boats are totally a thing too, and the tech behind them is fascinating. The problem with the current state of technology is that it cannot make navigational decisions based on wave conditions and weather in the same way that a human could.Michigan Technological University is working to change that with a DARPA-funded program designed to navigate rough seas autonomously. The program has been going on for approximately a year and a half and is based at MTU’s Marine Autonomous Research Site on Michigan’s upper peninsula, and a couple of folks from the program were on hand at the Detroit Auto Show to show off the hard work done by the team there.The program is currently being developed using a watercraft that is equipped with a nine-axis gyroscope, dual GPS systems, stereoscopic cameras and a whole host of data capturing devices. It’s currently able to be piloted as usual by a human onboard or via remote control. Once sufficient data is collected to accurately predict and recreate a skilled human pilot’s decision-making process, the team will focus on making the water scooter fully autonomous. It is essentially a 1/3 scale model of the rigid-hulled inflatable boats that are popular with both the US Coast Guard and the Navy.Part of what makes programming an autonomous watercraft challenging is the constantly changing surface of the water. A huge number of variables combine to influence wave size and frequency and the MTU team is using the scooter’s onboard sensors to help generate accurate wave maps alongside data from a quadcopter drone.Future incarnations of the tech could use small semi-autonomous short-range sensors that are out in the water and using accelerometers, GPS, and gyros to help the larger vessel plot its course through the waves more effectively. Remember SeaQuest DSV? Think of the “WSKRS” that it used — same idea.The MTU program is still in its relatively early stages but it’s pretty cool, and it goes to show you that sometimes it’s worth checking out all the weird stuff in the basement at the Detroit Auto Show. Self-driving cars 0 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value reading • Michigan Technological University is making autonomous boats a lot smarter Tags Detroit Auto Show 2019 Self-driving cars Auto Tech 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

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8 things you need to stay healthy at college

first_imgSam Edwards/Getty Images College kids don’t have the best reputations for staying healthy. Long hours studying mean you’re more sedentary, living with other people means getting sleep can be tough and partying simply wears you out. The eight essentials below will help you stick to healthy habits while you’re away at school, so that you have the energy to make it through your classes and have fun too. reading • 8 things you need to stay healthy at college Share your voice • Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Even though the Freshman 15 is a myth, you should still strive to get some exercise while off at school. Not only does it help you better cope with stress, it can give you more energy and more restful sleep.Even if you don’t practice yoga, a yoga mat can be a good addition to your dorm room because it gives you a space to stretch, do push ups and any other floor-based exercise. Dorm room floors aren’t the cleanest, so you’ll want some kind of barrier if you plan to workout in your room.For most college students, all you’ll need is this budget-friendly BalanceForm mat. It’s soft, cushioned and versatile for any workout. $10 at Amazon Living in close quarters with hundreds of other students means being surrounded by a lot of noise. When you need to sleep but your dorm neighbor wants to blast music at 2 a.m., a white noise machine can be a godsend.This one from Marpac is considered to be the original white noise machine and is still very popular, or you can try the $20 Big Red Rooster White Noise machine, which also offers rain, ocean and other natural sounds.  $39 at Amazon 2 Ritual, Care/of or Rootine vitamin subscription services VicTsing Cool Mist Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser: $33 $14 at Amazon $30 at Amazon Between long nights studying (or partying), eating junk food and being in close quarters with people, staying healthy can be a challenge at college. Trust me, you don’t want to get the flu during the first week of the semester — all you want to do is stay in bed, but you have to show up to classes or else you’ll get dropped.Vitamins can help make up for a nutritionally unbalanced diet and keep your overall health in good shape. Rather than having to run to the store to get them, get them delivered. Services such as Care/of, Ritual and Rootine deliver personalized vitamins for your specific needs.Check out our list of the best vitamin subscription services for more info. Flent Quiet Please Earplugs (50 count): $14 Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets If the light from your roommate’s laptop bothers you more than the noise from them typing, you’ll want a sleep mask. This one is enticing because it’s inexpensive, has several layers of fabric to block out light, and has a flap for around your nose to prevent light from creeping in there.If you hate the feeling of a mask pressing against your eyes all night, get one that has a contoured fit, which gives you breathing room for your eyes — like this one. See All Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. When the white noise machine isn’t enough to drown out background noise when you need to sleep, it’s time for earplugs.These ones from Flents are easy to use, small enough to work with anyone’s ear and they do a great job of blocking sound. For $14, you get 50 pairs of ear plugs. Your school will have a student health center, but you won’t want to have to go there every time you have a headache or get a paper cut. Most first aid kits have a bunch of stuff you’ll likely never use (like tongue depressors or finger splints), but this Johnson & Johnson kit has just the essentials: a few types of adhesive bandages, Tylenol, anti-itch cream, a cold compress and some gloves. And of course, you can also supplement it with more items too. Tagscenter_img Wellness Johnson & Johnson Johnson & Johnson Portable First Aid Kit: $12 Marpac Dohm Classic white noise machine: $39 $12 at Amazon Marpac Ritual Hydroflask Wide Mouth: $30 Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask: $10 $11 at Amazon Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 $33 at Amazon Flents Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 College is stressful, so why not make your dorm a bit more peaceful when you pull those all-nighters with an essential oil diffuser? Not only can it make your room smell good, and provide relaxing or energizing effects, it can also double as a mini humidifier.Our favorite on Amazon is the VicTsing Cool Mist Ultrasonic Diffuser because it’s super quiet, can run for up to 10 hours and has an autoshutoff. Comments VicTsing Hydroflask Mavogel BalanceForm One of the easiest ways to stay healthy at college is to stay hydrated. And if you’re spending most of your day away from your dorm or the dining hall, you’ll want to stash a water bottle in your bag so it’s always there when you need it.My personal favorite is a wide-mouth Hydroflask because not only can they keep water ice-cold for hours, they’re easy to clean and come in tons of colors. Want other options? Check out our list of best water bottles. BalanceFrom GoYoga mat: $11last_img read more

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