Cricket: Jordan Clark picks up a dream Hat-trick

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Image Courtesy: Lancashire Cricket Club)Lancashire pacer Jordan Clark picked up a magnificent hat-trick that one could only dream of. Playing against a strong Yorkshire side Jordan Clarke managed to pick up the wickets of Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow off successive deliveries.The Yorkshire team stood stunned to a superb spell of bowling from Clark. Clark until then had played 40 First Class matches picking up 70 wickets in them.Root and Williamson who are currently considered one of the bests in the world were trapped LBW while England’s wicket keeper Bairstow edged it behind to his National team mate Jos Buttler.Later Clark also went on to run out Tim Bresnan with a no-look throw to the non-striker’s end.Here are some of the videos showing Jordan Clark’s heroics:Joe Root ✖️Kane Williamson ✖️Jonny Bairstow ✖️@Clarksy16 takes an incredible hat-trick for @lancscricket in the Roses matchVideos & scorecards:— County Championship (@CountyChamp) July 22, 2018 And now Jordan Clark is doing no-look run outs at the non-striker’s endWhen it’s your day, it’s your day. Well played, @Clarksy16 👏👏FOLLOW:— County Championship (@CountyChamp) July 22, 2018Also Read:Sachin Tendulkar explains Joe Root’s success against Kuldeep Yadavlast_img read more

Claudio Ranieri hopes attacking trio can link up to terrorise defences

first_imgLeicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is holding special training sessions for Jamie Vardy, Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez and hoping they can forge a prolific attacking threat capable of terrorising Premier League defences.Leicester relied heavily on goals from Vardy and Mahrez when they romped to a maiden league title by a 10-point margin last season but this term have scored just eight times in seven league matches.Ranieri is convinced the work he is putting in on his strike trio will pay dividends, however.”In the training sessions, I often put the three together to manage better and better in every situation. Then I believe in these three guys,” Ranieri told British media.”There are special sessions, and also when we play matches they stay always together so they can link every time better, to get a better understanding.”There is a very good link between the three and I think this is a strength of our future.”Slimani has hit the ground running since joining the club for record fee in August with three goals in five appearances but Vardy has not scored since the Algerian’s arrived. (Also read: Islam Slimani scores again as Leicester City beat Porto in Champions League)”It’s important he (Slimani) understands our movement. And his team-mates, understand his movement, he is strong in the air, can hold a ball, it’s important the others get around him,” Ranieri said.”He has to improve more how we play and how we move … he has to understand the Premier League and he can improve more.”advertisementLeicester, who are 12th in the table, travel to face seventh-placed Chelsea on Saturday.last_img read more

Super League: Tie (1-1) in Tripoli

first_imgAsteras Tripolis and Atromitos Athens couldn’t be separated Saturday (2/23). In an evenly matched game, both sides scored a goal apiece at the Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium in Tripoli during the 22nd round of the Greek Super League. The home side, Asteras, have only themselves to blame as they missed a few good chances. On the other side, Atromitos played well in defense but struggled in the middle of the field. The first good scoring chance came in the 12’ for the home side with a free kick taken by Rolle from the left side of the field that was crossed into the center of Atromitos’ defense where unmarked Nikos Kaltsas missed a golden opportunity with no pressure around him and sent his shot wide of the net. Three minutes later, a similar play developed with Umbides again taking a corner, found Amr Warda who shook free from Asteras’ defenders and sent a header into the back of the net that Papadopoulos had no chance in saving. In the 85’ from another corner taken by Umbides, Asteras’ defense was left exposed but Koulouris was unable to finish his chance and score to win the game for Atromitos. What Asteras’ attacker failed to do in the ‘12, he made up for in the 24’ after a long spell of possession for Tripoli. On another set-piece taken by Rolle, the ball got to Ortega who headed the ball. The shot was parried away by Megyeri where the rebound fell to Kaltsas who reacted first to the ball and sent it into the back of the net. The goal was the culmination of a higher-tempo pressing game from Asteras. In the following minutes, Atromitos evened up the level of play and looked generally more comfortable as the game wore on. Despite this, they had no immediate answer for Asteras and Atromitos was unable to truly pose a threat to Papadopoulos’ goal. In the second half, Atromitos entered the game in a more self-assured and aggressive manner. Atromitos adopted tactics at the half which emphasized pressing further up the field so that they could coax Asteras into a mistake and equalize the match. Even though there was noticeably higher pressing, Asteras’ players were still able to keep possession and move the ball around the field well. It took until the 79’ for the first good chance to develop for the Peristeri-based club with Javier Umbides taking a corner kick from the left side finding Manousos’ head but Atromitos was thwarted once again by Papadopoulos. The referee of the match, Kostas Kotsanis (Dramas) showed the yellow card to Kaltsa and Kivrakidis, Karasalidis.ASTERAS TRIPOLIS (Paraschos): Papadopoulos, Kotsiras, Pasalidis, Triantafyllopoulos, Ortega, Bellocq, Kyriakopoulos, Kaltsas (89 ‘Douikas), Rolle (69’ Tsilianides), Fernandez, Aravidis (75 ‘Manias).ATROMITOS (Canadi): Megyeri (46 ‘Theodorakis), Kivrakidis (74’ Manousos), Karassalidis, Chatzisiaias, Katranis, Madson, Umbides, Bruno, N’Sikulu (46 ‘Vassilakakis), Warda, Koulouris.Video Highlights of the match: Shareslast_img read more

Sourabh Verma wins Hyderabad Open

first_imgReigning National champion Sourabh Verma capped an impressive week at the Hyderabad Open with a thrilling win over Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew in the summit clash to claim the men’s singles title here Sunday.The 26-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, who had won the Slovenian International in May this year, showed great composure as he outwitted World No. 44 Kean Yew 21-13, 14-21, 21-16 in a 52-minute final clash at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here.Sourabh made a good start as he jumped to a 6-2 lead in the opening game, before grabbing a 11-4 advantage. The Indian kept moving ahead to comfortably pocket the first game to earn the bragging rights.In the second game, Sourabh once again jumped to a 5-0 lead but Kean Yew clawed back at 10-10. The Indian held a slender 11-10 lead at the break but the Singaporean reeled off five straight points from 14-13 to eventually roar back into the contest.The decider was a close affair as Sourabh and Kean Yew started on an even knell before the Indian grabbed a 11-10 lead at the interval. Sourabh then kept extending his distance from the Singaporean to comfortably shut the door on his rival.Sourabh had won two Super 100 titles last year at the Dutch Open and Russian Open.Also Read | PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal could face each other in semis after redraw at World ChampionshipsAlso Read | P V Sindhu only Indian among Forbes list of world’s highest-paid female athleteslast_img read more

MS Dhoni plays 150th IPL match for Chennai Super Kings, 50th in Chepauk

first_img scorecard advertisement No data available! Ritayan Basu ChennaiApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 6, 2019 17:11 IST IPL 2019: MS Dhoni became the second player after Suresh Raina to play 150 IPL matches for CSK ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni played his 150 matches for CSK in the India Premier LeagueDhoni also completed 50 matches for CSK at the MA Chidambaram StadiumSuresh Raina had reachedboth those landmarks against RR last SundayMS Dhoni entered the 150-matches club for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, as CSK took on Kings XI Punjab at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai Saturday.Dhoni became the second player to play 150 IPL matches for CSK after Suresh Raina, who had achieved the distinction last Sunday against Rajasthan Royals.Incidentally, Dhoni is playing his 50th IPL match for CSK at Chepauk, something Raina against has achieved in the previously mentioned match against RR.In that game, as Raina completed the milestone, Dhoni finished with an unbeaten 75 – his second highest score in the IPL and his highest in Chennai..@msdhoni makes his 150th #VIVOIPL appearance for @ChennaiIPL #CSKvKXIP (@IPL) April 6, 2019Lion King’s 150th match as the Pride’s #Thala and what better than a game at #AnbuDen! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #CSKvKXIP Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 6, 2019In those match, Dhoni has scored a total of 3561 runs for Chennai Super Kings at an average of 23.8. including 20 fifties.Last year, MS Dhoni led from the front with 455 runs as Chennai Super Kings won the IPL for the third time. It was also last year that Dhoni made his IPL best – an unbeaten 79 against Kings XI Punjab. His IPL form had pleased Virat Kohli but Dhoni failed to replicate that on the international arena.Overall, Suresh Raina leads the chart for most matches played for CSK with 176 (includes matches played in the Champions League) as MS Dhoni is second on that list too, with 174. The third on that list is Ravichandran Ashwin with 121 matches for CSK.advertisementOn Saturday, in Dhoni’s opposite corner was R Ashwin -who was playing his first match against CSK in Chennai.”It’s quite emotional to be honest. I am very happy to be back playing here in Chennai and looking forward to it. I’m looking for the crowd to back us, which I guess is not going to happen,” Ashwin said at the toss.Also Read | R Ashwin on return to Chepauk: Playing in front of Chennai crowd always specialFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow 150th IPL matchFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow CSKFollow Chepauk graphscenter_img view more view less commentary MS Dhoni plays 150th IPL match for Chennai Super Kings, 50th in ChepaukIPL 2019: MS Dhoni stepped onto the MA Chidambaram to represent Chennai Super Kings for the 50th time as he also completed 150 matches for CSK in the India Premier League.last_img read more

Young Persons with Disabilities Invited to Apply for Scholarships

first_img Executive Director of the JCPD, Dr. Christine Hendricks, told JIS News that scholarships available to persons with disabilities include the Margaret Moody Scholarship, the Jamaica Society for the Blind Scholarship and the Marlon King Memorial Scholarship. The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is encouraging young persons with disabilities to take advantage of scholarships being offered at both the secondary and tertiary levels. Story Highlights The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is encouraging young persons with disabilities to take advantage of scholarships being offered at both the secondary and tertiary levels.Executive Director of the JCPD, Dr. Christine Hendricks, told JIS News that scholarships available to persons with disabilities include the Margaret Moody Scholarship, the Jamaica Society for the Blind Scholarship and the Marlon King Memorial Scholarship.The Margaret Moody Scholarship, administered by the JCPD, is open to persons pursuing studies at the diploma, associate degree or bachelor’s degree level.Dr. Hendricks said the scholarship scheme was established with the objective to provide financial assistance to persons with disabilities to enable access to tertiary education and courses for specialist qualification, and to encourage academic excellence among persons with disabilities.She further said that the scholarship aims to impact the ability of disabled persons to integrate into the employment sector and to strengthen the sector through improved self-advocacy; leadership for community development; and the stimulation of a more positive attitude for self-actualisation among persons with disabilities.The Margaret Moody Scholarship is named in honour of a former nurse, who bequeathed a grant of $582,392 to the community of disabled persons when she died in 1985. The money was invested on behalf of the sector and the interest from the investment is used to finance the scholarship annually.Scholarship grants do not exceed $150,000 per student per annum and can be used for tuition, boarding and other academic material.Dr. Hendricks said the Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB) Scholarship is for persons who are blind or visually impaired, while the Marlon King Memorial Scholarship is for persons with all types of disabilities, except blindness or visual impairment.Scholarships are valued at $50,000 at the secondary level and $100,000 at the tertiary level.The deadline for application to the three scholarships is July 31, and applicants must be registered with the JCPD to be eligible.All application forms are available on the JCPD’s website at and at the JCPD’s office at 18 Ripon Road in St. Andrew. The application forms for the JSB Scholarship and the Marlon King Memorial Scholarship are also available at the Jamaica Society for the Blind at 111½ Old Hope Road.Interested persons may also contact the JCPD at 968-8373, 968-0623 or 926-9374-6.“We want to encourage persons with disabilities, some who may never have heard about [these scholarships], to apply. We know that from time to time persons have challenges finding money for tuition, particularly at the higher level. So, we want them to know assistance is available,” Dr. Hendricks said.She added that the scholarships are particularly important to the disabled community, as they give a fair opportunity for access, without the possibility of discrimination.Dr. Hendricks also encouraged persons with disabilities to check with the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Office, for Special Student Services; and the UWI Centre for Disability Studies for additional scholarship options. Dr. Hendricks said the scholarship scheme was established with the objective to provide financial assistance to persons with disabilities to enable access to tertiary education and courses for specialist qualification, and to encourage academic excellence among persons with disabilities. last_img read more

UN agency moves to assist Central Africans uprooted by rebel attacks

27 August 2010The United Nations refugee agency has moved to improve the plight of about 1,500 Central African refugees scattered along the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a spokesperson said today. The refugees, who had been scattered following attacks between March and May by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a notorious Ugandan rebel group, are being moved to a newly constructed refugee camp where they will be at less risk.In addition to protection and shelter, the new camp provides safe drinking water and allows better humanitarian access, said Adrian Edwards of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It is located some 70 kilometres inside the DRC.Following the attacks, the refugees had found shelter in several, isolated border villages in Bas-Uélé district in northern DRC, Mr. Edwards said. Yet their situation remained precarious, as the LRA has displaced some 280,000 people in DRC’s Haut and Bas-Uélé districts since December 2008.Owing to difficult access conditions where the refugees had settled, many have been compelled to move to the new camp by foot – although the most vulnerable are being transported on motorbikes.Together with the Congolese authorities, UNHCR has set up way stations and a transit centre along the route, where refugees get cooked meals. On arrival at the camp, all refugees are registered and receive food and other aid.The new site is located at Kpala-Kpala, where the rocky terrain had posed challenges in establishing the camp. However, in June and July, UNHCR and its partners were able to construct emergency shelters and latrines, as well as several water points. The operation is being run in close cooperation with UNHCR’s partners and other UN aid agencies.Unfortunately, owing to logistical challenges in gaining access to refugees along the border, it is feared that some may be beyond the agency’s reach.The LRA has been active in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR) since 1993 and in Uganda since 1986. It has left a trail of killings and mayhem, and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes in the DRC and other neighbouring countries. Since December 2008, it has forced nearly 20,000 Congolese to seek refuge in Sudan and the CAR. read more

Canadian housing market still cooling as prices decline for fifth month straight

TORONTO — The Teranet-National Bank index of Canadian housing prices continues to show the effects of a cooling trend that has hovered over the real estate market for more than a year.The index was at 153 last month, up just 2.7% from January 2012 — the lowest 12-month growth rate since November 2009.It was also the 14th consecutive month of shrinking year-over-year price increases and the fifth consecutive month-to-month decline, with the index was down 0.3% from December.Vancouver, which is Canada’s most expensive residential real estate market, was the only city on the index to show a year-over-year decline, dropping  2.5% compared with January 2012.Victoria, on the other hand, had its first year-over-year gain in 13 months, while three other cities showed month-to-month gains.The composite index covers 11 major urban centres.Seven of 11 local markets tracked by the Teranet land registry system showed month-to-month declines: Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.The four local markets that saw increases were: Halifax, Ottawa, Quebec and Victoria.It was the third month-to-month decrease in a row for Toronto and the fourth consecutive for Montreal.The Canadian Press read more

Saints activate Davenport scratch TreQuan Smith

NEW ORLEANS — Saints receiver Tre’Quan Smith, Drew Brees’ top target just last Sunday, has been scratched from the lineup with a foot injury for Thursday night’s game against Atlanta.However, rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport, a first-round draft choice who has missed the previous three games with a sprained toe, is available to play, bolstering the pass rush.The Saints kept recent free-agent pickup Brandon Marshall inactive for a second straight week. Other than Michael Thomas, the receivers available against Atlanta were second-year pro Austin Carr, undrafted rookie Keith Kirkwood and recently activated return man Tommylee Lewis, who spent the previous nine weeks on injured reserve.The Saints already had listed left tackle Terron Armstead out with a chest injury. Healthy scratches for New Orleans include offensive lineman Will Clapp, defensive ends Trey Hendrickson and Mitch Loewen and linebacker Manti Te’o.The Falcons scratched six healthy players after announcing on Wednesday that linebacker Deion Jones was not ready to return from his Week 1 foot injury.Atlanta de-activated tackle Matt Gono, kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, defensive end Steven Means, defensive tackle Deadrin Senat and safety Keith Tandy.___More AP NFL: and Associated Press read more

Stephen I think hes got the best job Succession plan a talking

first_img‘Stephen, I think he’s got the best job’ – Succession plan a talking point after Bulgaria win Mick McCarthy also explained what Troy Parrott will have to do to force his way into his plans at senior level. Gavin Cooney reports from the Aviva Stadium “You do realise that the U21s and the [Tottenham] U23s where he’s playing is far-removed from where we are playing, don’t you?“There’s a huge difference. If I think he’s right, I’ll take him. We’ll try and get him watched. It’s interesting if he hadn’t come on and scored his goal:  I wonder what would the questions have been had he not come on, because Stephen’s not played him?“It’s nice when it works.“So yes, but James Collins has nailed his place, I would say, after tonight, so I’ll see who we’ve got; see who’s injured, see who’s fit.” At the end of the press conference, McCarthy was asked whether he could see the succession plan altered or kicked a little further down the road, given the fact that there has been so much change at the FAI since it was agreed. “No. You know the situation”, said McCarthy. – Originally published at 00.20With the warm-up games out of the way, Murray, Bernard and Gavan discuss the renewed cause for optimism, impressive individual player form, and a potential quarter-final versus either South Africa or New Zealand. Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 12:00 PM 30,356 Views Short URL 29 Comments WITH IRELAND’S SENIOR and U21 sides playing within hours of each other last night, the succession plan for the Irish job came into focus. Mick McCarthy is in charge of the senior side at the moment, with his sole brief to take them to Euro 2020. He’ll vacate the job after that, at which point Stephen Kenny will be promoted from U21 boss to the senior gig. The timing means that Kenny won’t even be able to complete the U21s’ present qualification campaign for the 2021 U21 Euros. With all that has tumbled out of the FAI in the last few months relegating the McCarthy/Kenny handover to the background, it hasn’t hogged headlines to the extent it might have to date. Last night, however, the issue stalked Mick McCarthy’s post-match press conference. Prior to McCarthy’s side’s 3-1 friendly win over Bulgaria, Kenny’s U21s were highly impressive in coming from behind to beat Sweden 3-1 in Kalmar, maintaining their 100% record in the process. Troy Parrott was sprung from the bench in the second-half by Kenny, and responded with two classy goals, the first an instinctive first-time shot, and the second a delicate, dead-eyed chip. Having paid tribute to the players at the Aviva who impressed him most, McCarthy was asked about the U21s result, and whether there’s a “freshness of options” among Kenny’s squad. “I’ve just been saying to the TV, the 21s have never qualified for anything, have they? I sent Stephen a text today, I said ‘Good luck, all the best.’ Share Tweet Email Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO By Gavin Cooney They’ve got a good team, that is a good team, and I said that before the game. I think they’re solid in all departments. For me to take them unnecessarily away from that… unless of course, Troy Parrott gets in the team at Tottenham or [Aaron] Connolly gets in the team [at Brighton], [Jayson] Molumby I really like. If I’d have taken them today and gave them half a game, and the 21s got beat – you might give me a bit of credence for that.“Stephen, I think at the moment, he’s just got the best job. I’ve come in and we’ve got the results and build the momentum, however we’ve done it.“Stephen’s got the 21s, they’re his team, you’re all talking about coming into the first team, but when he gets the job – it’s not going to be that long now – he’s perfectly placed.“It’s me that’s come in, could’ve quite easily took the brickbats had we drawn in Gibraltar or lost in Gibraltar, that’s protected him from that.“Hopefully we qualify, we get to the Euros and it will be seen as a really good decision to have done what we did.“I’m delighted for him, Keith Andrews, Jim Crawford and the rest of his staff. I thought Friday night [against Armenia] they were different class.“I didn’t think the opposition were great but they’ve gone today and beaten Sweden and in fairness, Troy Parrott has gone with them and Stephen didn’t pick him. “So what I do love about Parrott is that when he is left out of the team he came on and had an effect instead of sulking. Fair play to him I’m delighted for him.” Stephen Kenny at his unveiling as Irish U21 manager and Irish senior manager-in-waiting. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOTroy Parrott’s name was raised on a couple of different occasions during the press conference, and McCarthy was asked specifically what Parrott would have to do in the next three weeks to be included in his matchday squad for next month’s qualifiers away to Georgia and Switzerland. 17-year-old Parrott has yet to make a competitive senior appearance for Tottenham, although did appear in a number of pre-season friendlies during the summer and made McCarthy’s 40-man provisional squad for these games with Switzerland and Bulgaria. “Get in the first team”, replied McCarthy.  Wed 12:21 AM Mick McCarthy ahead of last night’s win over Bulgaria. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud Mick McCarthy ahead of last night’s win over Bulgaria. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Lacteur Ashton Kutcher devient le 500e touriste à réserver son billet pour

first_imgL’acteur Ashton Kutcher devient le 500e “touriste” à réserver son billet pour l’espaceLundi, le milliardaire britannique Richard Branson, patron de Virgin Galactic, a annoncé qu’un 500e touriste venait tout juste de réserver son billet pour partir à bord du vaisseau spatial. Il s’agit de l’acteur américain Ashton Kutcher. Le groupe de futurs touristes du Virgin Galactic s’agrandit. Un 500e touriste vient en effet tout juste de réserver son billet contre la modique somme de 200.000 dollars : l’acteur américain Ashton Kutcher. C’est du moins ce qu’a annoncé lundi, Richard Branson le milliardaire britannique et patron du Virgin Galactic. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreVisiblement réjoui par le succès de sa proposition de tourisme spatiale, celui-ci a écrit via son compte Twitter : “il est aussi ravi que nous à l’idée d’être parmi les premiers à traverser la dernière frontière (et à en revenir!), et à ressentir en personne la magie de l’espace”, évoquant son nouveau futur passager.De son côté, l’acteur âgé de 34 ans a renvoyé vers le message de M. Branson sur son compte Twitter, mais sans faire de commentaire. Selon les dires du patron de Virgin Galactic, le vaisseau est actuellement en “phase finale” des essais en vol. Le départ des premiers touristes de l’espace se rapproche donc de plus en plus. Le décollage pourrait ainsi avoir lieu dès 2012 ou en 2013. En octobre, Richard Branson a d’ailleurs dévoilé une autre partie du projet en inaugurant le premier aéroport spatial de l’histoire, le Spaceport America installé au Nouveau-Mexique.Le 20 mars 2012 à 10:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Womans body found in pieces in dumping station

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationPolice have recovered the body of an unidentified woman cut into six pieces from a waste dumping station in Savar’s Baliapur, reports UNB.Additional superintendent of police (crime) of Dhaka Saidur Rahman said on information, a team of police first recovered the decapitated body without hands and legs from the garbage dumping station of Dhaka North City Corporation on Monday.Later, they found the head and legs from a separate spot of the station, he said, adding that the body was sent to Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital for autopsy.He said the woman might have been killed 2-3 days ago and the dismembered body was dumped into the dumping station.last_img

Venezuelan Government Defiant as US Moves to Sanction Oil Industry After Move

first_img Share Ten people were killed in clashes following Venezuela’s election to choose an assembly to create a new constitution:— CFR (@CFR_org) July 31, 2017 Venezuela’s socialist government claimed a popular mandate to dramatically recast the country’s political system even as the United States pledged potentially devastating oil sanctions on Monday and condemnations of the process poured in from governments around the world and the opposition at home. Electoral authorities said more than 8 million people voted Sunday to create a constitutional assembly endowing President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling party with virtually unlimited powers — a figure widely disputed by independent analysts. The official result would mean the ruling party won more support than it had in any national election since 2013, despite a cratering economy, spiraling inflation, shortages of medicine and malnutrition. Opinion polls showed 85 percent of Venezuelans disapproved of the constitutional assembly and similar numbers disapprove of Maduro’s overall performance. Independent analysts and opposition leaders estimated the real turnout at less than half the government’s claim in a vote watched by government-allied observers but no internationally recognized poll monitors. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, the governor of the central state of Miranda, urged Venezuelans to protest Monday against an assembly that critics fear will effectively create a single-party state. In a strike at Venezuela’s already flailing economy, U.S. officials said the Trump administration is preparing to levy new sanctions on Venezuela, following through on threats to impose penalties if the country went through with the weekend election. The officials said the new sanctions could be imposed as early as Monday and will likely target Venezuela’s oil sector, including possibly its state owned petroleum company. One official said an announcement was imminent. The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Maduro has said the new assembly will begin to govern within a week. He said he would use the assembly’s powers to bar opposition candidates from running in gubernatorial elections in December unless they sit with his party to negotiate an end to hostilities that have generated four months of protests that have killed at least 125 and wounded nearly 2,000. Venezuela’s chief prosecutor’s office reported 10 deaths in new rounds of clashes Sunday between protesters and police. Seven police officers were wounded when a fiery explosion went off as they drove past piles of trash that had been used to blockade a street in an opposition stronghold in eastern Caracas. Maduro says a new constitution is the only way to end such conflicts. “The people have delivered the constitutional assembly,” Maduro said on national television. “More than 8 million in the middle of threats … it’s when imperialism challenges us that we prove ourselves worthy of the blood of the liberators that runs through the veins of men, women, children and young people.” National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena announced just before midnight that turnout in Sunday’s vote was 41.53 percent, or 8,089,320 people. The electoral council’s vote counts in the past have been seen as reliable and generally accurate, but the widely mocked announcement appeared certain to escalate the polarization and political conflict paralyzing the country. “If it wasn’t a tragedy … if it didn’t mean more crisis, the electoral council’s number would almost make you laugh,” opposition leader Freddy Guevara said on Twitter. Maduro has threatened that one of the constitutional assembly’s first acts would be jailing Guevara for inciting violence. An exit poll based on surveys from 110 voting centers by New York investment bank Torino Capital and a Venezuela public opinion company estimated 3.6 million people voted, or about 18.5 percent of registered voters. “The results thus suggest that the government maintains an important loyal core of supporters that it can mobilize in both electoral and non-electoral scenarios,” the report concluded. The same pollsters noted that Venezuela has an estimated 2.6 million government employees, “suggesting that a large fraction of the votes could have not been voluntary.” The European Union and nations including Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Spain, Britain and the United States criticized Sunday’s vote. The Trump administration again promised “strong and swift actions” against Venezuelan officials, including the 545 participants in the constitutional assembly, many of them low-ranking party members. Maduro said he had received congratulations from the governments of Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua, among others. Opposition leaders had called for a boycott of the vote, declaring it rigged for the ruling party. Ahead of the vote, the opposition organized a series of work stoppages as well as a July 16 protest referendum that it said drew more than 7.5 million symbolic votes against the constitutional assembly. The president of the opposition-led National Assembly, Julio Borges, told Venezuelan news channel Globovision Monday that Maduro’s foes would continue protesting until they won free elections and a change of government. He said Sunday’s vote had given Maduro “less legitimacy, less credibility, less popular support and less ability to govern.” Maduro called the vote for a constitutional assembly in May after a month of protests against his government, which has overseen Venezuela’s descent into a devastating crisis during its four years in power. Due to plunging oil prices and widespread corruption and mismanagement, Venezuela’s inflation and homicide rates are among the world’s highest, and widespread shortages of food and medicine have citizens dying of preventable illnesses and rooting through trash to feed themselves. The 545-seat constituent assembly will have the task of rewriting the country’s constitution and will have powers above and beyond other state institutions, including the opposition-controlled congress. Maduro made clear in a televised address Saturday that he intends to use the assembly not just to rewrite the country’s charter but to govern without limitation. Describing the vote as “the election of a power that’s above and beyond every other,” Maduro said he wants the assembly to strip opposition lawmakers and governors of constitutional immunity from prosecution — one of the few remaining checks on ruling party power. Declaring the opposition “already has its prison cell waiting,” Maduro added: “All the criminals will go to prison for the crimes they’ve committed.” ___ By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Presslast_img read more

The 5year bootstrapped odyssey of SnoGo a snow bike for the

first_imgSkiing has always been something of a nightmare for me. I first “learned” how to ski in middle school, and still to this day don’t really understand how to stop. I once went to a “black diamond” mountain in Minnesota (read: gently sloping Midwest hill) and had to slam myself into the ground before skiing straight into the ski chalet.I’m hardly alone in my fear of skiing. The ski and snowboard industry is suffering a generational downturn in the sport, driven by less snow due to climate change as well as an increasingly sedentary population of young athletes more addicted to their smartphones than to the slopes. While several top resorts are growing exceptionally well, many other locations are shrinking and at risk of disappearing.Cue Sno-Go. The product, the brainchild of Utah-based co-founders Chase Wagstaff and Obed Marrder, is a “snow bike” with three skis and handlebars that allows any person to get back onto the mountains.Riding the bike is simple. Riders stand on the back two skis just as they normally would with traditional skis, but instead of holding ski poles, they grip the handlebars connected to the front ski. The whole bike articulates as you move your weight from one side of the bike to the other, allowing the rider to navigate hills with ease.[embedded content]For Wagstaff and Marrder, the product — and the startup they are building — is the culmination of a years-long pursuit of a better ski experience.The two first met in seventh grade, and both faced similar challenges with skiing. “I come from a family of five boys, and all of my brothers are practically professional skiers, so from an early age I was forced to go to the mountains,” Wagstaff explained. Yet, he didn’t like skiing, and couldn’t get into snowboarding either. Marrder tried skiing, but on his first attempt broke his wrist, and on his first attempt to snowboard, broke a thumb.Instead, the two got into mountain biking, and biked every summer. That worked great when the mountains were clear, but was hard in winter when snow made biking impossible. “Winter-time was just dreadful since we didn’t participate in any winter sport,” Wagstaff said, and so he and Marrder would be left behind as his family and friends headed up to the ski resorts for a weekend of fun.After graduating high school, the two hatched a variety of businesses, together and separately, including businesses in auto detailing, mobile phone repair, and nutrition supplements. Despite hard work around each of their entrepreneurial ventures, the two walked away with a string of failures, and their goal of becoming millionaires impossibly distant. Then an epiphany came. “Our businesses were all failing, and we hadn’t had much success,” Wagstaff explained. “We realized we weren’t passionate about what we were doing, and we were just starting businesses.”The two ran into the snow bike concept online and were intrigued by the technology. They ordered a couple of models and for the first time, started to enjoy their time on the ski slopes.The two decided to try prototyping some snow bike concepts. Wagstaff noted that at the time, only one resort in all of Utah would allow ski bikes — Brighton Ski Resort. So the two started inquiring what the resorts concerns were. Two main issues came up that blocked allowance: the challenge of getting a ski bike onto a chairlift, and the risk that the bike would cut deep treads into the snow, making the mountain unsafe for other skiers.Most ski bikes at the time used two skis, but the two founders realized that a three-ski model made far more sense. They could align the three skis in such a way that the treads they left behind were identical to a standard pair of skis. They now had a concept, but prototyping a bike was expensive. Engineering and production would cost tens of thousands of dollars to get a model out, and unlike in Silicon Valley, there wasn’t an immediate rush of venture capital to launch the company, nor was their exit money from a pervious venture return.So Wagstaff and Marrder did what any bootstrapped entrepreneur knows dearly: they worked side gigs to fund their dreams. “What we did was do door-to-door sales every summer, and then we just poured that money into development,” Wagstaff said. Over a period of five years, the pair built a series of seven prototypes, each one getting better and more focused on their vision of what a snow bike could be.In 2015, they were ready to go. The two scouted out a manufacturing partner in Utah with factories in China to produce the units. And then they launched a Kickstarter, which raised $42,710 from more than one hundred backers, with sales to more than 15 countries. “We realized we were on to something, so we started talking with some local investors,” and the two built a syndicate of local Utah business leaders to fund the first round into the company.Fast-forward a season, and Sno-Go has launched an Indiegogo that has already raised almost $60,000. The base cost of their bike is $1,699, with a special rate for Indiegogo backers of $1,399. Part of that cost is the state-of-the-art Rockshox fork, which itself is hundreds of dollars per unit. Moving forward, the company intends to build a kids bike targeting a $700-800 price point so that whole families can come together skiing.For Wagstaff, seeing the vision for the product come to life has been rewarding, but the true value has come from customers who have suddenly gained the ability to ski for the first time. “We get a ton [of customers] from the adaptive community,” Wagstaff said. He noted that several customers are veterans with injuries who can’t use traditional skis, but can ride a snow bike because it gives them more stability while riding.Wagstaff noted that, “When we started this business, it was just for us, we didn’t have any intentions of impacting the lives that we are. So many people can benefit from us.” For two bootstrapped founders, toiling summer after summer has suddenly meant building a far more vibrant winter, and a path to becoming the ski business moguls they always dreamed about.Featured Image: Sno-Golast_img read more

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More AMRewards perks to come in 2018 following a record-breaking 2017 Travelweek Group Monday, January 15, 2018 Posted by NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA — It was a record-breaking third consecutive year for AMResorts’ agent loyalty program, with over 30,000 travel agents registered and millions of dollars’ worth of rewards redeemed.According to the company, AMRewards experienced unprecedented growth in Canada and the U.S. last year, having its highest participation to date with a 65% increase in total bookings entered in the program year over year.Looking ahead, the company says agents will experience even more AMRewards contests and benefits in 2018, plus enhanced platforms and programs featuring an improved user experience and more educational opportunities.Starting this month, AMRewards newly launched Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa campaign allows agents to receive double points in January when entering bookings for this family-friendly property in the Riviera Maya.Additionally, there are two major relaunches planned for the travel agent community in 2018. In the first quarter, the all-new will make its debut with new content, sales tools and personalized options for agents. In the second quarter, agents can expect the new and improved Master Agent Program, which will be re-platformed with enhanced content and gamified testing, as well as new certifications for agents. In addition to the standard AMResorts Master Agent certification, agents may choose to become a Brand Specialist or an AMResorts Master Wedding Agent.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthOver the past year, AMRewards has received several enhancements, including a new online booking engine that allows agents to redeem points for stays, discounts on transfers and excursions when booked in conjunction with stays, and new branded tote bags and redemption items. Plus, agents enjoyed 5% cash back on select retailers with new AMRewards Visa prepaid cards, as well as a new landing page on“Following the incredible success of 2017, AMResorts will be investing more in its loyal agent community with a commitment to continue to raise the bar even higher for the AMRewards program,” said Jan LaPointe, Vice President of Strategic Planning Retail Sales North America, AMRewards and Sales & Marketing for Canada. “Beyond providing agents with tools to help their sales and even more opportunities to reap the rewards, AMRewards continues to evolve and support agents in delivering personalized and customized travel experiences to their clients.” Share Tags: Agent Incentives << Previous PostNext Post >> read more

Exploring Tutankhamuns tomb

first_imgA tomb that remained intact for 3,000 years. A mystery in the deserts of Egypt and a popular tourist attraction. Tutankhamen’s tomb in spite of its popularity it is now deteriorating. So what will be in store for this wonderful tourist destination of mystery and marvel.Source: BBClast_img

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first_imgStansted Airport has confirmed it will be withdrawing its application to develop a second runway.The decision was taken after indications that the new government’s policy towards airports will be different to that of the old government.David Johnston, Stansted’s managing director, said he and his colleagues “have reflected carefully” on the government’s policy towards airports and “have moved quickly” to withdraw the application for the second runway.”Stansted Airport is a key driver of economic growth in this part of England, and we will continue to work hard to bring new business here and to work with our neighbours and the wider community to provide jobs and strong business and travel opportunities in the months and years ahead,” he commented.Mr Johnston went on to say that he still believed additional airport capacity is needed in the south-east in order to boost the country’s links with international trade.Stansted is the UK’s third busiest airport and accommodates flights to 160 destinations in 30 countries around the world.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedStansted reveals expansion plansStansted Airport in Essex has unveiled expansion plans which would see the building of a second runway.Runway charge price caps for StanstedPlans to scrap runway charges at Stansted Airport have been sidelined, after the government overruled the proposal.Stansted expansion given go-aheadStansted expansion given go-aheadlast_img read more

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first_imgSuper Bowl reaches 100.7 million people, down from 2018 by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2019 6:15 am PDT Last Updated Feb 5, 2019 at 6:51 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Super Bowl 53 was seen by 100.7 million people on television and streaming servicesThe Super Bowl had the smallest audience for football’s annual spectacle in a decade New England Patriots’ Lawrence Guy kisses the trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) PASADENA, Calif. — The New England Patriots’ competitive but action-starved Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams was seen by 100.7 million people on television and streaming services, the smallest audience for football’s annual spectacle in a decade.A boycott by disgruntled New Orleans Saints fans, a campaign by fans of quarterback Colin Kaepernick and a game with only one touchdown combined to shrink the audience. On CBS alone, the game was seen by 98.2 million people, compared to 103.4 million who watched on NBC last year, according to the Nielsen company.Since reaching a peak of 114.4 million viewers for the Patriots’ 2015 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, the Super Bowl audience has slipped each year since. The Super Bowl is traditionally the most-watched television event of the year in the U.S., and its audience hadn’t dipped below 100 million since the Pittsburgh Steelers-Arizona Cardinals game in 2009.CBS dealt with a city that held a major grudge. Many fans in New Orleans, where the hometown Saints were victimized by a blown referee’s call toward the end of its loss to the Rams in the NFC championship, skipped the game entirely. Preliminary ratings from New Orleans showed that Super Bowl viewership this year was half what it was in 2018.New Orleans’ Times Picayune newspaper printed a mostly blank front page on Monday with the words, “Super Bowl?” What Super Bowl?”The newspaper asked, “you think the NFL is sad that the Saints weren’t in it to spice up the night?”There was also a campaign on Twitter by people who said they would not watch the game because of Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who hasn’t been able to land a job in the NFL since leading demonstrations in protest of police treatment of minorities.After a season of offensive fireworks and conference championships that both went into overtime, Sunday’s game was a defensive struggle where the teams were tied 3-3 entering the fourth quarter. That’s a tough slog for the casual fan, and the Super Bowl draws millions who don’t watch football regularly.At one point CBS commentator Tony Romo said, “this is hard to watch.” Others were blunter still. The website The Ringer said that “the historically boring Super Bowl sent football back to the Stone Age.”Cindy Boren of The Washington Post wrote that it was “a snore of a Super Bowl.” The New York Times headlined a story: “How boring was the Super Bowl? The punts got exciting.”The words “boring” and “Super Bowl” appeared in the same tweets more than 70,000 times in the past 24 hours. The words “worst” and “Super Bowl” were matched more than 50,000 times.If anything, football fans have been spoiled by a string of competitive Super Bowls after many years in which big game blowouts became commonplace. This year the game’s outcome was in doubt until the final seconds, but it had only one touchdown and few scoring threats.The one growth area for CBS was streaming. The network said an average of 2.6 million people streamed the game, up 31 per cent over last year.CBS did achieve its goal of having a large audience sample its new talent show, “The World’s Best.” Nielsen said 22.2 million people watched the show’s debut, the most-watched entertainment show since the Oscars last year and the biggest entertainment premiere on TV since “Undercover Boss” debuted after the Super Bowl nine years ago.___Associated Press reporter Eric Carvin in New York contributed to this report. Summary down|Los Angeles Rams|new england patriots|stream|Super Bowl|TV|viewerslast_img read more

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