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first_imgDefending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad strengthened their hold on the fourth and final play-offs spot of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as they thumped top-placed Mumbai Indians by seven wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Monday.Playing their final home game of the league stage, Hyderabad restricted Mumbai to 138/7 in 20 overs, before Shikhar Dhawan (62 not out off 46 deliveries) and Moises Henriques (44 off 35) shared a 91-run stand for the second wicket to steer them home with 1.4 overs to spare.Following this win, Hyderabad, having 15 points from 13 games, eliminated Delhi Daredevils (eight points from 11 games) from the race to the play-offs. But Hyderabad’s place in the knock-outs are not confirmed, as fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab (10 points from 11 matches) can still qualify for the play-offs.Only Mumbai have sealed their berth in the play-offs, while Kolkata Knight Riders (16 points from 12 matches) and Rising Pune Supergiant (16 points from 12 matches) are strong contenders.Punjab will have to win all of their remaining three games to be in the hunt for the play-offs.Hyderabad will travel to Kanpur to face Gujarat Lions in their final league game. Hence, going by their poor away record this edition, it was important for the David Warner-led side to win at home on Monday.Coming into the game on the back of two consecutive losses, they needed to raise their game and they did.Winning the toss and electing to bat, Mumbai initially struggled on a slower pitch and needed Rohit Sharma’s sublime 67 off 45 deliveries to get to 138/7 in a crucial match for Hyderabad as far as play-offs chances are concerned. Mumbai’s second-highest scorer was Parthiv Patel with 23.advertisementThe classy stroke-maker that he is, Rohit was the only batsman who could take on against Siddharth Kaul (3/24), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/29), Mohammad Nabi (1/13) and Rashid Khan (1/22).Hyderabad captain Warner exploited the slowish nature of the wicket, as he introduced Afghan off-spinner Nabi in the second over and the latter gave no rooms for the Mumbai batsmen to go for shots.Nabi struck in his fourth delivery, running through the defence of Lendl Simmons (1). Nabi’s efective bowling resulted in another wicket as a desperate Nitish Rana (9) pulled medium pacer Kaul to Bhuvneshwar at mid-off, as Mumbai were reduced to 22/2 in 4.1 overs.The next delivery could have been Mumbai three wickets down but Parthiv, at the personal score of 10, was dropped by Vijay Shankar at point off Kaul.However, the left-handed batsman couldn’t make most of it as exactly 12 deliveries later, he hit straight a Kaul delivery to David Warner at long-on, as Mumbai reeled at 36/3.Then, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya (15) forged a 60-run stand for the fourth wicket to bail the team out of the trouble.Rohit started slowly with ones and twos but got into groove once set his eyes in. He hoicked a leg-spinner Rashid Khan delivery over long-on to launch his attack. He targeted medium pacer Moises Enrique in the 14th over and collected three fours in the Australian’s over.In the next over, Pandya lost his wicket, top-edging Rashid to Enriques at cover in the second ball, as Hyderabad lost their fourth wicket for 96.Rohit then completed his fifty and further threatened the hosts with a four and a six against Mohammed Siraj and Bhuvneshwar respectively.His innings ended when he played a Kaul delivery on to his stumps in the first delivery of the 19th over.The edition’s leading wicket-taker Bhuvneshwar then did the job for Hyderabad by removing Kieran Pollard (5) and Karn Sharma (5) as Mumbai were restricted to 138/7.Chasing the small target, Hyderabad suffered an early nightmare as captain and leasing run-scorer Warner (6) was plumbed in front of the wickets against left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan in the first ball of the second over.Then Henriques joined hands with Dhawan and the pair kept patience and played riskfree cricket after initial few quiet overs. By the end of Powerplay overs (6), they took Hyderabad to 43/1.Having got a grip of the pitch, they stepped up the gear as Henriques employed hook and pull shots against medium pacers to good effect, while Dhawan used his feet and experience beautifully against the spinners, especially leg-spinner Karn Sharma.Having collected 40 runs in the next four overs, the left-right combo put the hosts in command, with only 56 required from 10 overs.The partnership was broken by paceman Jasprit Bumrah, who found a leading edge off Henrique and was holed out at short cover by Rohit.Dhawan, however, completed his half-century in 35 deliveries, as he drove Hyderabad near Mumbai’s total.Yuvraj Singh (9) continued his inconsistent show as he drove a delivery from Malinga to Pandya at cover, with the home team at 112/3 in 14.4 overs. Dhawan and Vijay Shankar (15 not out) then saw the team home as Hyderabad posted their sixth win out of seven games at this stadium.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAuthorities have arrested a grandson of an 84-year-old man whose body was found by firefighters in Rock Valley, Iowa.Rock Valley Police say 19-year-old Santos Rodriguez Jr. is charged with first-degree murder and arson in the slaying of Luis Luevanos.Luevanos’s body was found October 29th after firefighters extinguished the blaze at the home he shared with Rodriguez.Investigators have since learned that Luevanos had been stabbed several times.Police say Rodriguez left for Utah after the fire and was taken into custody there.Iowa investigators went to Utah to interview him, and police say Rodriguez admitted stabbing his grandfather and setting the fire.Rodriguez remains in custody in Utah on one million dollars bond pending extradition.last_img read more

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first_imgOfficials in Dakota Dunes have increased their projection to 1092.The Big Sioux River stage projection has also increased to 33.4 which will equate to an elevation of about 1091.The levee elevation at Dakota Dunes is 1098 so the river elevation projections are still within their protection parameters.Dunes officials do say that it appears the water elevations will be higher this time than they saw in March.The Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District is asking residents and commercial customers to minimize water and sanitary sewer consumption during this event to help preserve water and sewer utilities.Residents should also plug all lower level drain pipes and make sure your sump pump is discharging outside the home.Plugging floor drains may help keep sewers from backing up into the basement.Residents should also consider moving furniture or valuables to upper levels and prepare their property so they can evacuate on short notice if conditions change.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Holiday Bowl logo.Twitter/@holidaybowlLooking for a Minnesota vs. Washington State preview ahead of their matchup in the Military Bowl? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the big game.Tuesday, Dec. 27, the Minnesota Golden Gophers take on the Washington State Cougars in the Holiday Bowl. The game, to be played at Qualcomm Stadium, is slated for a 7:00 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Minnesota vs. Washington State preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Washington State wins the matchup between the two teams 70.5% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Cougars favored as well.Spread: Washington State -5.5Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNMinnesota vs. Washington State preview:Minnesota (8-4) ended the regular season with a 31-17 loss at Wisconsin giving the Gophers their second loss in their final three games. Washington State (8-4) had a chance to make it to the Pac-12 Championship and possibly even the College Football Playoff, but dropped its last two games to Colorado and Washington.Washington State was out scored 83-41 in the two losses to close out the season. In the Apple Cup against the Huskies, Washington State was held to just 334 yards while giving up 510 yards to Washington. Luke Falk ended the regular season with 4,204 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Minnesota’s offense struggled in its last game of the season as well putting up just 286 yards against Wisconsin. The Gophers also had four turnovers in the loss. Running back Rodney Smith was the team’s workhorse as he rushed for 1,084 yards and 15 touchdowns on 223 carries as the brightest spot on the Gophers’ offense.Minnesota beat Central Michigan 21-14 in last year’s Quick Lane Bowl while Washington State beat Miami 20-14 last year in the Sun Bowl.Minnesota vs. Washington State Prediction:This is a game of two opposite styles. Washington State likes to get up and down the field through the air while Minnesota pounds away on the ground.The Cougars sit second in all of college football averaging 370.8 yards through the air per game. Minnesota’s defense ranks 67th in the land in allowing just over 228 yards through the air.Washington State will have a nice day through the air and grab the win.Washington State 37, Minnesota 27,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Washington State wins the matchup between the two teams 70.5% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Cougars favored as well.Spread: Washington State -5.5Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNMinnesota vs. Washington State preview:Minnesota (8-4) ended the regular season with a 31-17 loss at Wisconsin giving the Gophers their second loss in their final three games. Washington State (8-4) had a chance to make it to the Pac-12 Championship and possibly even the College Football Playoff, but dropped its last two games to Colorado and Washington.Washington State was out scored 83-41 in the two losses to close out the season. In the Apple Cup against the Huskies, Washington State was held to just 334 yards while giving up 510 yards to Washington. Luke Falk ended the regular season with 4,204 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Minnesota’s offense struggled in its last game of the season as well putting up just 286 yards against Wisconsin. The Gophers also had four turnovers in the loss. Running back Rodney Smith was the team’s workhorse as he rushed for 1,084 yards and 15 touchdowns on 223 carries as the brightest spot on the Gophers’ offense.Minnesota beat Central Michigan 21-14 in last year’s Quick Lane Bowl while Washington State beat Miami 20-14 last year in the Sun Bowl.Minnesota vs. Washington State Prediction:This is a game of two opposite styles. Washington State likes to get up and down the field through the air while Minnesota pounds away on the ground.The Cougars sit second in all of college football averaging 370.8 yards through the air per game. Minnesota’s defense ranks 67th in the land in allowing just over 228 yards through the air.Washington State will have a nice day through the air and grab the win.Washington State 37, Minnesota 27,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Washington State wins the matchup between the two teams 70.5% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Cougars favored as well.Spread: Washington State -5.5Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNMinnesota vs. Washington State preview:Minnesota (8-4) ended the regular season with a 31-17 loss at Wisconsin giving the Gophers their second loss in their final three games. Washington State (8-4) had a chance to make it to the Pac-12 Championship and possibly even the College Football Playoff, but dropped its last two games to Colorado and Washington.Washington State was out scored 83-41 in the two losses to close out the season. In the Apple Cup against the Huskies, Washington State was held to just 334 yards while giving up 510 yards to Washington. Luke Falk ended the regular season with 4,204 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Minnesota’s offense struggled in its last game of the season as well putting up just 286 yards against Wisconsin. The Gophers also had four turnovers in the loss. Running back Rodney Smith was the team’s workhorse as he rushed for 1,084 yards and 15 touchdowns on 223 carries as the brightest spot on the Gophers’ offense.Minnesota beat Central Michigan 21-14 in last year’s Quick Lane Bowl while Washington State beat Miami 20-14 last year in the Sun Bowl.Minnesota vs. Washington State Prediction:This is a game of two opposite styles. Washington State likes to get up and down the field through the air while Minnesota pounds away on the ground.The Cougars sit second in all of college football averaging 370.8 yards through the air per game. Minnesota’s defense ranks 67th in the land in allowing just over 228 yards through the air.Washington State will have a nice day through the air and grab the win.Washington State 37, Minnesota 27last_img read more

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first_imgImtech Marine, March 13, 2014; Image: My location Print  Close zoom Imtech Marine has expanded its training facilities in the Middle East with a new Training Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.The training centre, hosted by Imtech Marine’s company Radio Holland Middle East, has started with a type specific ECDIS Training Course for Navigators and Masters to meet the high demands for ECDIS familiarization.The Imtech Marine Training Centre offers this type specific Training Course as a turnkey solution for safe maritime purposes to the global shipping industry, upgrading Navigators and Masters with specific knowledge of the functionality and effective use of ECDIS. The Training Centre is equipped with Furuno FEA and FMD stations, supported with simulated surroundings and open sea areas. The program of the Training Course has been designed according to the IMO regulations and is kept up-to-date with the current flag state requirements.This audited and certified Training Course is given by experienced and qualified trainers and will take two days in total. The program consists of theoretical and practical training on the first day and a compulsory test and evaluation on the second day. Part of the program is also to discuss practical examples and specific questions from participants. After successful completion of the type specific ECDIS Training Course, a certificate will be issued. The Training Course is offered including a certificate and study material. The course is appreciated by the attending participants, who describe the training in their evaluation as very useful and at a high professional level.IMO regulationDynamic technical changes have taken place in the Maritime Industry. The computer-based navigation, ECDIS, has taken over the traditional way of navigation by paper charts. According to the IMO regulation all commercial vessels have to be equipped with an ECDIS system by the year 2018. This means that with the implementation of ECDIS, familiarization and training will be mandatory. Practical knowledge of standard procedures and familiarization with the system will be required in order to ensure that all Navigators and Masters are fully competent in using ECDIS. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

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first_imgdmca, March 24, 2014 zoom A delegation from Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, took part in the 30th annual ‘Cruise Shipping Miami’ conference in Miami, Florida.The delegates briefed the attendees on the strategic advantages enjoyed by the maritime sector in Dubai. They highlighted the available possibilities in the emirate, which are capable of attracting major marine tourism companies and discussed Dubai’s Maritime Sector Strategy (MSS) and the various aspects related to the maritime sector.Through its participation, DMCA aimed to highlight the vital role of Dubai in the region’s maritime sector because of its strategic location, which is capable to meet the needs of cruise ships through the infrastructure and logistical resources.Participants were briefed on the marine strategy pursued by the emirate in consolidating its leading role, compliance to international and local standards in the fields of maritime safety and security, and the preservation of the marine environment.The delegates also discussed the significance of developing laws, legislation and regulations, which have had an active role in positive changes within the local maritime sector along with providing investment-friendly environment to attract marine industries from across the world.Ali Al Dabbous, Executive Director of Operations, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “The participation of DMCA in ‘Cruise Shipping Miami’ conference year after year proves the competitiveness of Dubai at the maritime level regionally and globally and activates the tourism role of the Emirate worldwide. The conference is an ideal platform to highlight the achievements of Dubai to promote its maritime sector to become a world-leading maritime centre and a prime destination for international cruise ships in line with the highest standards and international best practices.”The Maritime Sector Strategy enjoys a particular importance, as it is the first plan in the history of Dubai, which centered on the organization, development and promotion of the maritime sector. It is implemented under the supervision of an integrated team of leading experts and specialists based on the clear standards in order to support efforts to create a renewable, safe maritime sector, which is capable of advancing sustainable economic development.last_img read more

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first_imgPress Release; August 25, 2014; Image: Port de Liège zoom CGI of the future Trilogiport TerminalFollowing the previous investments in the Beverdonk Container Terminal at Grobbendonk, DP World has taken over all the shares Euroports owned in Trilogiport (Liège container terminal).With this, the international terminal operator takes full responsibility for the development of Trilogiport, the company said in a release.“DP World thus confirms its confidence in Belgium as a logistics hub and base for the hinterland,” the release read.Trilogiport is the planned container terminal at Liège Port, which is yet to be developed: a project that is part of the Marshall Plan of the Walloon Government, a key objective of which is the development of Liège as a logistics hub.Louis Bertrand, Director – General of the Liège Port Authority said: “DP World supports our strategy to connect Antwerp and Rotterdam to Germany, the Netherlands and France via Liège.”The project, set to be completed in 2015, is expected to create more than 1,000 associated jobs in the long term. Liège Port will itself invest in the construction of the platform and a bridge linking the site directly to the motorway; on the other hand, a logistics park adjacent to the terminal will be developed by WDP and D.L. Trilogiport Deutschland GmbH / Cetim.The Albert Canal is one of the most important traffic arteries for multimodal transport from and to the Port of Antwerp as well as an alternative to the increasing amount of traffic on the motorways.DP World has been operating the Beverdonk Container Terminal in Grobbendonk since the end of 2011. With the operation of two terminals, at the beginning and at the end of the Canal, synergies can be achieved in terms of the optimisation of lighter transport and provision of appropriate solutions for customers.Rob Harrison, CEO DP World Antwerp, said: “In this way we can immediately bridge the gap from the Port of Antwerp to the Walloon region and subsequently, to the rest of Europe. There are also environmental benefits in using the Canal, taking lorries off the road and reducing carbon emissions.”last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai: Shashank Khaitan was gearing up to make an action adventure film with Varun Dhawan but the director has now put a hold on the project as he was not finding “anything new to say” with it. Last year, Shashank revealed he was working on the film which would have terrorism as its backdrop. Dhawan, who worked with the filmmaker on “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” and “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”, was set for the lead part. The director said he wrote a lot on it and felt he had cracked a great first half but then “somewhere along the second half I became very rehearsed.” Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ “As a writer director, you can’t live in isolation. Everyday there’s so much material coming out on shows, films and TV on this (subject), that if I don’t have anything new to say, I shouldn’t say it. “That’s what happened with that film, at least as of now, that I’m not finding anything new to say. So I’ve kind of kept it on the backburner,” Shashank told PTI. The director, who last directed Dharma Productions’ “Dhadak”, said he did not want to tell a story “just because it’ll be a cool action film”. Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’ “There needs to be a story to tell. But right now I’m not finding enough purpose in the story. You need this honesty because even before a filmmaker, I’m a consumer. “I see movies, digital content all the time and when I’m seeing these shows being made and if I don’t have a newer perspective then what’s the point of telling a story.” Before the untitled film was announced, Shashank was set to make his ambitious warrior film “Rannbhoomi”, featuring Varun. The director says the film will take a lot of time due to the research and VFX. “It’s not a film that I can depend on others to do it. Every person who comes on board I need to learn from them and say this is what I want to do. It’s something which unfortunately I can’t give a timeline too. “However excited we are about it and the script which we — Varun, Karan (Johar) and me — love a lot, we cannot commit to it immediately till we have more clarify on when are we going to execute it. Till we are not clear on budgets and VFX, we can’t give a timeline.” The director, meanwhile, will be seen as a judge on the second season of Colors dance reality show “Dance Deewane”, scheduled to air from June 15.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Two separate incidents of disruption in Metro services occurred on Saturday, leading to inconvenience for the passengers. The first incident took place in Netaji Bhavan at around 3.45 pm, when a Kavi Subhas bound rake developed technical snag. A door of the Metro rake did not open at the station, triggering panic among the commuters. The rake was halted at the station and the passengers were asked to deboard. Metro staff members posted at the station rushed to the spot, along with Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawans. After the passengers were evacuated, the empty rake was taken to the car shed. Metro Railway officials did not take any risk, keeping in mind the recent incident in which a middle-aged man was killed after falling from a running train inside the tunnel between Park Street and Maidan stations. In the second incident, another Kavi Subhas bound rake was halted at Jatin Das Park station after two doors of a coach remained shut owing to some technical problems. All the passengers travelling in the rake were eventually evacuated to avoid any untoward incident.last_img read more

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first_imgFBI agents are still reeling from Director James Comey’s unceremonious dismissal, their surprise at the manner of his ouster coupled with questions about who will next lead the bureau.Many agents working in field offices across the country learned Tuesday about their director’s firing in much the same way he did: from news reports that flashed on television screens and buzzed on phones.They privately described a day afterward spent processing the news, swapping praise about their former boss, and grappling with angst that Comey wasn’t given a chance to notify employees. Many saw him as a strong and supportive leader even if some believed he at times set the bureau on the wrong path. And many did not want to see him go, especially in the midst of the bureau’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s meddling in the election.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that “countless” FBI employees had lost faith in Comey’s leadership. But the president of the FBI Agents Association, Thomas O’Connor, said he was known to be responsive to their concerns, and he called the firing a “gut punch.”As part of the backup for the firing, the White House released a memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that blasted Comey’s handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails, namely his announcement that Clinton should not be charged before reopening the investigation days before voters went to the polls. That placed FBI agents in an uncomfortable position of having their historically apolitical work thrust into the centre of a national election.Retired FBI assistant director Ron Hosko said some agents believed Comey went too far.“There are those voices inside, but I think he still enjoyed broad support and great respect by the workforce,” Hosko said.In New York, where Comey once headed the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, agents were told stories about the former director, including how he used to call agents’ cellphones to congratulate them after finishing big cases, said a current official. Most current employees spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of restrictions about interactions with the media.Across the FBI’s field offices, Comey was known for a plainspoken speaking style, peppering prepared remarks with avuncular advice, life lessons and humour. His casual demeanour – he’d regularly appear without a suit coat at freewheeling meetings with reporters, dabbled with Twitter and joked often about the toll the job had taken on his imposing height – served for many agents as a welcome change from the bureau’s historically buttoned-up culture.At speaking appearances, he’d urge young agents to relish their lives outside the FBI, demanding that they take time to tend to their families – and to sleep. He’d say how he strove to be sensitive to the feelings of subordinates, aware that cross words or a bored look during a conversation could “hurt them in ways that would last.”A farewell letter from Comey that circulated among friends and colleagues said he does not plan to dwell on the decision to fire him or on “the way it was executed.”He said in the letter that though he’ll be fine, he will miss the FBI and its mission “deeply.” Comey said that “in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence.’He also said “it’s very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing.”The letter was posted online by CNN Wednesday night. A person who had seen the note confirmed to The Associated Press that the online version was authentic.Andrew Arena, a former special agent in charge, said current FBI employees he spoke with as news of Comey’s ouster spread worried about the future of the bureau.“Where are we going, and what’s our direction, and are we going to be politicized?” Arena said. “Uncertainty is not a good thing.”As Justice Department leaders interviewed four candidates for the role of interim FBI director, some were anxious about whom Trump would select as Comey’s permanent replacement. Jack Eckenrode, a former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia division, said the administration “will be hard-pressed to find someone who possesses his unique combination of personal qualities as well as his respect for the rule of law.”Associated Press Writers Jake Pearson in New York, Denise Lavoie in Boston, Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles, Amy Forliti in Minneapolis and Michael Melia in Hartford, Conn., contributed to this report.last_img read more

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first_imgClyde Wagner, Luminato’s executive producer, is leaving the arts festival to take charge of the three theatres owned by the City of Toronto – the Sony Centre, the St. Lawrence Centre and the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts.I’d call it a rescue mission, because each of these three theatres has lost its way in recent years. Now, they need to be reinvented in order to help Toronto solidify its place as one of North America’s top theatre destinations – a reputation that also depends on the Mirvish organization with its four theatres, a lively fringe scene and two internationally renowned summer festivals (Stratford and Shaw) within easy reach of the city.Despite a spiffy renovation, the Sony Centre (formerly the O’Keefe Centre) has never quite recovered from the departure of the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada to the new Four Seasons Centre opera house a decade ago. In the same period, its neighbour, the St. Lawrence Centre, lost its mandate as the place where original Canadian plays could draw large audiences and achieve mainstream success, instead relying first on shows already certified as hits in London or New York, and later driving away long-time subscribers with obscure plays from Europe.Further north, the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts has never recovered from the shock and damage inflicted when its former operator, Livent, crashed amid charges of fraud – which eventually landed Garth Drabinsky and his Livent partner Myron Gottlieb in jail. The largest of its four spaces, once the home of major Livent musicals, became a white elephant; eventually, it was reconfigured as two smaller spaces, entailing a loss of almost 1,000 seats.That’s why Toronto City Council decided the three theatres should be merged, under the name Civic Theatres Toronto (CTT). In 2015, veteran cultural activist Robert Foster and councillor Gary Crawford were appointed as a task force to deal with the future of the three theatres. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Marrakech – The European Union (EU) signed, Wednesday in Marrakech, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) and with the Employers’ Association (CGEM), to support the Moroccan non-state actors in their activities on the sidelines of the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.Signed on the sidelines of the Pre-COP (held on October 18-19), this MoU aims to support financially the Moroccan non-state actors.This financial support is part of the EU’s program “Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities” that aims to promote partnerships and synergies between the local players in fighting poverty and achieving sustainable development. Several participants in the signing ceremony stressed the importance of the COP22, slated for November 7-18, as an essential step in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, adding that the EU’s support to the Moroccan civil society confirms its strategic role in the implementation of the said Agreement. read more

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WASHINGTON – A Federal Reserve survey says economic growth increased throughout the United States from April through mid-May, fueled by home construction, consumer spending and steady hiring.Eleven of the Fed’s banking districts reported “modest to moderate” economic growth, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday. The 12th, in Dallas, reported strong growth.The survey is based on anecdotal reports. The mostly favourable results of the latest survey suggest that the economy and the job market are improving despite tax increases and government spending cuts that took effect this year.But the modest or moderate improvement reported for most regions appears to fall short of the strong and sustained growth that several Fed members have said is needed before the Fed starts tapering its bond purchases. Those purchases have helped keep interest rates at record lows.The Fed has been assessing the job market’s health in considering when to start scaling back its support for the economy, including $85-billion-a-month in Treasury and mortgage bond purchases. The information from the latest Beige Book will discussed along with other economic data at the Fed’s next policy meeting on June 18-19.Investors are paying closer attention to the Fed after minutes of the past meeting showed that several members favoured reducing the bond purchases if the economy demonstrates strong and sustained growth. And Chairman Ben Bernanke told a congressional panel last month that the Fed could slow the pace of the bond purchases over the next few meetings, if the job market shows “real and sustainable progress.”Still, most of Bernanke’s testimony last month focused on the many risks the U.S. economy still faces and the help the Fed’s support programs have provided.And recent data paint a mixed picture of the economy’s health.Home sales and prices are rising, helped by the Fed’s low interest-rate policies that have helped make mortgages cheaper. The auto industry is also on pace for another solid year, in part because rates on auto loans remain low.Steady job growth and low inflation have allowed consumers to keep spending, even after higher Social Security taxes have reduced their paychecks this year.Still, U.S. factories are feeling the impact of weaker global growth and deep cuts in U.S. government spending that have made businesses more cautious. The Institute for Supply Management’s index of manufacturing activity fell in May to its lowest level since June 2009, the last month of the Great Recession.And while the service sector continued to expand in May, the ISM’s survey of those firms showed many held back on hiring. Service firms have been the main source of job gains in the past several months.The biggest measure of the economy’s health comes out Friday when the government releases the May employment report.Economists forecast that employers added 170,000 jobs, roughly in line with April’s pace, while the unemployment rate remained at a four-year low of 7.5 per cent.The overall economy grew at an annual rate of 2.4 per cent in the January-March quarter but many analysts believe growth is slowing in the current April-June period to around 2 per cent. Fed Survey: Economic growth improves modestly in most of US, giving Fed leeway with stimulus AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2013 2:16 pm MDT read more

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The NBA Playoffs Are Finally Getting Faster

2016Round 194.99 Since 1996, the regular season has indeed been played at a faster pace than the postseason in all but one year. But based on how the playoffs are thought of as a slog, you would expect the rate of slowdown to be massive. That has not actually been the case. On average, playoff games over the past 22 years have been played 2.42 possessions per game slower than regular-season games — roughly 2.6 percent slower than regular-season games in that span. But even the rate of the postseason slowdown has been dropping off of late.In 1997, the playoffs were 3.4 percent slower than the 1996-97 regular season. By 2000, the drop in pace reached 5.7 percent. In other words, the truism, back then, actually was true. Since the turn of the century, however, it has become increasingly less true. And in 2015, the playoffs were faster than the regular season for the first time in at least 20 years.This year’s conference finals figure to see an even smaller drop-off in pace. The Celtics ranked 23rd in pace during the regular season at 98.24 possessions per game, the slowest among the four remaining teams. The three regular-season matchups between the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers were played at an average of 101.71 possessions, while the three Golden State Warriors-Houston Rockets games averaged 103.57 possessions. Even if the Cavs-Celtics series is slower, the rate at which the Warriors and Rockets rack up possessions should make these conference finals one of the fastest playoff rounds in recent memory — especially if that Western Conference series is as close as many think it will be and lasts six or seven games. (The first two games of the Eastern Conference finals averaged 95.20 possessions, per NBA.com’s calculations; while the West’s opening game was played at a 100.12-possession pace, confirming the expectation that it will be the faster series.)But the expected difference in pace between the conference finals highlights one other NBA perception that has largely held true over the years: Western Conference games are a bit faster than those in the Eastern Conference, and Eastern Conference basketball slows down in the playoffs more than Western Conference basketball does.Thanks to the NBA Advanced Stats database, we are able to isolate games played between Eastern Conference teams and those played between Western Conference teams for every regular season since 1996-97. The West has been the faster conference in 18 of the 22 seasons. The gap between the conferences has at times been portrayed as wide, and for a good while (from 2006-07 to 2014-15), this was true. But the East has rapidly caught up over the past few years, and it has actually been the faster conference each of the past two regular seasons.The playoffs are another story. While regular-season games played between West teams since 1997 have been 1.36 possessions faster than those contested between teams from the East, the average West playoff game since 1997 has been 2.88 possessions faster than the average East playoff contest. 2017Finals103.14 2015Finals94.78 2016Finals95.38 2018Round 299.94 2018Round 197.52 Source: NBA Advanced Stats The fastest playoff rounds have been in recent yearsNBA playoff rounds with the most possessions per 48 minutes, 1997-2018 Based on possessions per 48 minutes, the recently completed second round of the 2018 playoffs was the third-fastest playoff round since 1997, which is as far back as the NBA Advanced Stats database reaches. Not only that, but this year’s first round was the sixth-fastest. And of the 15 fastest rounds in the past 22 years, 14 of them have come in the past four years.Of course, it makes a good deal of sense that playoff basketball is getting faster, because regular-season basketball is getting faster as well. The league average pace during the 2017-18 regular season was 99.57 possessions per 48 minutes. That’s nearly 10 full possessions faster than the 1996-97 campaign, which was played at an 89.78-possession pace. The rate of change is also quickly rising: This year’s regular season was more than five possessions per game faster than the league was even five years ago.1The 2012-13 season was played at a 94.44-possession pace. With the game getting faster each season, it’s worth examining just how big the drop-off between regular-season and postseason basketball really is — if it exists at all. 2016Round 295.89 When the NBA regular season winds down, fans most likely hear some variation of this old adage on one studio show after another: “In the playoffs, when the games slow down, they’re going to have some problems.”The idea is that run-and-gun teams will see their pace come to a grinding halt once the postseason starts; teams will focus on getting back on defense and will give away less in transition. How much this hurts up-tempo teams in the playoffs is hotly debated. The idea that the game slows down, though, is not. It’s just a truism. But is it even true? 2002Conf. finals97.14 2016Conf. finals97.28 YearRoundPace 2015Conf. finals97.71 2017Conf. finals100.24 2015Round 196.85 2017Round 195.85 2015Round 297.21 2017Round 298.08 Even the conferences’ drop-offs from their regular-season pace has been starker in the East than in the West. On average, Eastern Conference playoff games have been 3.06 possessions slower than those played during the regular season. In the West, the differential has been just 1.54 possessions.Much of this can be pinned on one man: LeBron James. James’s teams — a constant presence in the East playoffs for more than a decade — not only play slower than most believe, they also like to slow the pace even more during the playoffs, in an effort to allow James to control every inch of the floor. His teams, either the Cavaliers or the Miami Heat, have played slower in the Eastern Conference portion of the playoffs than in the regular season in 12 of the 13 years he has made the playoffs, including this year. On average, they’ve played 3.40 possessions slower, and this year they’re 6.70 possessions slower.Interestingly, James’s opponents have been able to speed his team up in all but one of his NBA Finals appearances.2The exception was 2007, James’s first trip to the championship round, when his Cavaliers were swept by the San Antonio Spurs. If the Cavaliers beat the Celtics and get to the finals again, the smart bet would be on the Warriors or Rockets being able to speed up the Cavaliers this year as well. If that happens, and if the conference finals are played at as fast of a pace as I think they’ll be, it’s possible that this year’s playoff pace will surpass that of the regular season. And if that happens for the second time in four years, we have to start rethinking the idea that getting to the playoffs slows down the game at all.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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first_imgEarlier this month during a talk focused on developments in Caterpillar’s underground division, more details emerged of the proof of concept battery-electric trial carried out underground earlier this year on its R1300G LHD.Susan Gaugush, Commercial Manager for Caterpillar Underground, said in tests at a mine in Sudbury, eastern Canada, against its diesel-equivalent, the R1300G had surpassed the company’s expectations.“What we were expecting versus what we got was very interesting,” she told a group of journalists, including IM, at the company’s Tinaja Hills facility in Tucson, Arizona.The trial involved the LHD performing a brake test (to simulate driving the bucket into the muck pile), travelling forward, stopping and performing the bucket cycle (lifting and lowering) and reversing back to the brake test location. This was repeated for 30 cycle runs.The company assumed the results would show a three times reduction in terms of heat generation when comparing the battery-electric LHD to its diesel counterpart. “We actually saw a seven-and-a-half times improvement,” Gaugush said.Also, the energy cost was ten times less for the battery LHD based on the equivalent duty cycle, coming in at $3.66/run compared with the diesel machine’s $37.50/run.The company is still a good few years away from launching a battery-electric machine as it looks to tackle the industry need to improve safety, reduce ventilation requirements and operate at increasing depths, but its initial trial bodes well for future developments.Gaugush said the company had taken a lot of what Caterpillar has applied in other parts of its business – in track-type tractors, electric-drive haul trucks and micro-grids, for example – and “leveraged it into a battery-electric motor”.While Cat and Gaugush did not want to reveal what battery chemistry the company was using for this trial – explaining this could change in the future as the sector continues to evolve – she did say the trial involved the use of fast-charging technology, which saw the loader’s battery go from a 20% capacity to full charge in around 15 minutes.The company’s aim is to eventually create a battery-electric loader that can work continuously for some four hours before requiring re-charge, while it hopes to remove the need for continuous battery change-out through an underground charging system.Gaugush said there was potential for the company to apply the testing process it used on this LHD to underground truck technology, but Cat, which has partnered up with at least one undisclosed company on this project, is currently pursuing further test work on the R1300G.Jay Armburger, Caterpillar’s Product Manager for Underground Technology, previously said underground electrification will bring with it substantial industry benefits, not just a reduction of greenhouse gases.“Mining operations are going deeper and deeper in search of larger reserves and higher-grade ore,” Armburger said. “With that depth comes significant challenges with ventilation and temperature management. It takes a lot of capital investment to put in the infrastructure for ventilation systems and air conditioning systems. Battery electric machines really bring significant cost savings to these customers.”One customer working with Caterpillar on this solution estimated a $40 million or more saving on capital expenses by reducing the volume requirements of ventilation shafts, he said. “Their vent reduction requirements can be reduced by 40%, and inlet and return shafts can be reduced up to 24%.”last_img read more

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first_img Share885 Tweet Email2 By Cianan Brennan Dáil welcomes Bill to ban fracking in Ireland The Bill to ban the controversial fossil fuel exploration process has passed its first stage in the Dáil. http://jrnl.ie/3050702 Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 9:42 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,902 Views Oct 27th 2016, 9:42 PM 41 Comments Short URL Source: Shutterstock/Christopher BoswellA BILL CALLING for the banning of fracking in Ireland has passed its first stage in Dáil Éireann.The Bill, a private members’ motion brought by Fine Gael Sligo TD Tony McLoughlin, received cross party support in the Dáil chamber.A relatively new industry, hydraulic fracturing or fracking is the process of blasting deep through shale rock to access gas and fuel deposits contained therein.The process is currently under moratorium in Ireland pending the publication of a report on it from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).That report is due in six months time. The Bill was previously expected to be delayed until that time.There are no outstanding applications for a licence to frack in Ireland.This evening in the Dáil, environment minister Denis Naughten, a native of Roscommon which forms part of the shale-rich area in Ireland’s north-west, welcomed the bill as “another step in protecting our environment and future”.“To be quite clear, there is no great strategic imperative or agenda by Government to pursue the use of fracking,” the Minister said.The primary aim, as legislators, is to ensure that we give proper consideration to the issues and evidence, avoid unintended consequences, and provide legal clarity.The Bill will now move forward to the committee debate stage.Read: Corbyn’s Labour are dead against it, but what’s the up-to-date situation with fracking in Ireland?Read: Poll: Should fracking be banned in Ireland?last_img read more

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first_imgHe doesn’t give us a whole lot to work with. Just his face next to Nick Fury’s nameplate. That’s enough to get us excited to see Coulson again. As great as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has become, it’s just not the same as seeing Coulson in the movies, palling around with Marvel’s biggest heroes. That includes Nick Fury. Those two haven’t appeared together since the season one finale of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is still one of my favorite episodes. It was so cool watching them take on embedded Hydra agents mutated by Kree blood. I can’t wait to see them in action together again in a proper MCU movie.Paul Bettany as Vision in Avengers: Infinity War (Photo via Marvel Studios)Of course, before any of that, we still have Avengers: Infinity War coming up in just two weeks. We’re certainly excited for it, and a whole bunch of other people are too. By all accounts, this is going to be the biggest Marvel movie made yet. Not just in terms of scope or the number of superheroes in it. Fandango managing editor Erik Davis told Variety that Infinity War is pre-selling more tickets than the last seven MCU movies combined. That’s a wild amount of money this movie has already made before anyone has even seen it yet.And the last seven Marvel movies have been pretty successful themselves. Black Panther is currently the highest-grossing movie Marvel has ever made. Pre-sale tickets for that movie were so hard to find, Lupita Nyong’o had trouble getting opening night tickets, and she’s in the movie. Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Captain America: Civil War also made serious bank. And Avengers: Infinity War is on track to outpace all of those movies combined.“Infinity War’ has built up such unprecedented anticipation that it’s pacing to break records, the likes of which we have never seen before for a superhero movie,” Davis said in the interview. “Moviegoers are rushing to guarantee their seats in advance for what is sure to be one of the most talked-about movies of the decade.” He’s not wrong about that.Peter Dinklage (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)We’ve been hearing about this movie for so long now; you almost have to wonder what surprises Avengers: Infinity War has in store for us. And the answer is still “all of them.” Disney and Marvel Studios have gone to great lengths to make sure as few people know about what’s going to happen in this movie as possible. Now, they’re teasing another secret. Who is Peter Dinklage going to play?That’s right, Tyrion Lannister is in Infinity War too, and the directors are being very coy about who exactly he’ll be in the movie. All we really know about it is it’ll be a significant part that will feature in Avengers 4 as well. That’s not a lot to go on. During an interview with Joe.ie, they remained very tight-lipped about any details we didn’t already know.All they said about Dinklage’s role: “It may take you a beat or two, but you’ll certainly recognize him.” That was Joe Russo, with Anthony adding that that’s all they can say. What makes this even harder is in a Marvel movie, Dinklage can be playing almost anyone. In Game of Thrones, you knew exactly which character he was going to be. That’s not the case here. Especially with the Joe Russo’s admission that it’d take us a beat or two to recognize Dinklage. That means he’ll probably be in makeup or some form of CGI. Not very helpful at all. Fortunately, we don’t have much longer to wait to find out. We can all look closely for Dinklage to show up in Avengers: Infinity War on April 27. Stay on target James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Great news for fans of private investigators and unhealthy drinking habits. Just over a month after the second season of Jessica Jones dropped onto Netflix, the show would come back for a third, the streaming service announced. While the second season never quite reached the highs of the first, and suffered from plodding pacing at times, it became a fantastic, emotionally affecting season of superhero TV. A great character can make up for a lot of shortcomings in the story department, and Jessica Jones had two. We watched Jessica deal with the fallout of her encounter with Killgrave and the trauma in her past. We also got to see Trish Walker slowly become Hellcat.That alone makes season three a must for this show. You can’t give us a whole season of turning these friends into rivals and not give us the fight. Jessica Jones has always been more than that. It’s an exploration of trauma and abuse. It’s a smart, stylish noir mystery. All centered around a heavy-drinking woman with super strength. It’s only been a month and a half since the last new Jessica Jones, and I already want more. Though my liver could probably use a break. I know Jessica’s drinking is presented as a problem, but the show makes all the whiskey look so good.That’s not the only TV news to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe today, though. Freeform put out a new trailer for their upcoming series, Cloak and Dagger. This one has more in common with Hulu’s Runaways than it does Jessica Jones. It stars two teenagers in New Orleans with very different, but somehow linked superpowers. As they begin seeing each other, they realize their powers become stronger when they’re together. So far, the show looks pretty cool.I love the light and dark effects, and it looks like a very good teenage superhero shows. If the past year of Riverdale and Runaways have taught me anything, it’s that I secretly love teen dramas. But only if they’re based on comic books. The doomed romance angle of this show could be really interesting. Despite a similar tone and age group to Runaways, there are no plans for any crossovers yet. The two shows are an entire country apart. But certain MCU elements will show up. The Roxxon Corporation features heavily, for example. The 10-episode first season of Cloak and Dagger premieres on June 7.Over on the movie side of the MCU, one character is preparing to make the jump back from TV to the big screen. Clark Gregg hasn’t been seen in a Marvel movie since The Avengers, when Loki stabbed Agent Coulson through the back. He’s since only appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where we learned Coulson underwent a hellish procedure to keep him alive. No one in the movies outside of Nick Fury knows that, though. As far as they’re concerned, he’s still dead. Fortunately for him, Captain Marvel takes place in the past. He’s not dead yet, and as evidenced by Clark Gregg’s Instagram post, he’s in a Marvel movie again. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_img WWE posted a video on Christmas Eve to Twitter featuring current RAW stars Zack Ryder, The Riott Squad and Mojo Rawley revealing their Christmas wishes.You can check out the post featuring the video below:EXCLUSIVE: #MerryChristmas from The #RiottSquad, @ZackRyder & @MojoRawleyWWE! #Raw pic.twitter.com/1oXXQ8WtBX— WWE (@WWE) December 24, 2018The New Day tell the story of “The Night Before Christmas”WWE posted a video on Christmas Eve to Twitter with current Smackdown stars The New Day telling the story of “The Night Before Christmas.” The trio even brought in some of their humor into the storytelling. You can check out the post featuring the video below:Simply put: #TheNewDay are great #Christmas storytellers. pic.twitter.com/N3fzwenWp9— WWE (@WWE) December 24, 2018 Twitter Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img WhatsApp Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

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first_img“We’re in a relatively enviable position because we have a successfulpublication already,” Wolff told FOLIO: at the time. “All we’re doing is going to themarketplace and saying, ‘You were OK with a crappy product, now how canyou not be even more enthusiastic about an obviously better product?’” First it was rumors that investors in Prometheus Global Media were looking to unload the company, which publishes The Hollywood Reporter and AdWeek. Now CEO Richard Beckman, who’s giving up day-to-day oversight for a new “brand development” assignment that will take him out of the country for extended periods of time, is denying speculation in a New York Post story that he will be leaving the company (The Post broke the news of Beckman’s new role). Beckman [pictured] tells the Daily Beast that he’s not leaving and the change in responsibility is “not out of the ordinary for a small company.” Prometheus Global Media (previously called e5 Global Media), backed by Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners, bought the Adweek Media Group titles, along with The Hollywood Reporter and four other brands from Nielsen Business Media in late 2009. Beckman, who previously served as CEO of Conde Nast’s Fairchild Group (where he picked up the nickname “Mad Dog’), has attempted to “consumerize” the trade titles, hiring former Us Weekly editor Janice Min as editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter and Newser founder and controversial Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff as editorial director of Adweek (in a letter introducing the revamped Adweek-which merged sister titles Mediaweek and Brandweek–Wolff said, “this is not your father’s trade magazine”) last_img read more

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