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Jazz pull away for 117-96 win over BlazersJazz pull away for 117-96 win over Blazers

first_imgJazz: Gobert has logged a double-double in nine of his last 10 games against the Blazers. . Dante Exum matched his season-high with 15 points off the bench. . Utah shot 13-of-21 (61.9 percent) from 3-point range over the final three quarters.UP NEXTBlazers visit the Warriors on Thursday.Jazz host the 76ers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Jazz extended their lead to 68-51 on back-to-back baskets from Ricky Rubio early in the third quarter.Portland chipped away at the lead and finally cut it to 92-83 on a floater from Seth Curry early in the fourth quarter. That’s as close as the Blazers got.Gobert answered with a dunk to push Utah’s lead back to double digits. It sparked a 14-2 run that slammed the door shut on any potential comeback. Mitchell punctuated the run with a 3-pointer, putting the Jazz up 106-85 with 4:49 remaining.TIP INSBlazers: Lillard did not attempt a free throw. He came into the game ranked fourth in the NBA in free throws made and eighth in the league in attempts. . Portland scored 14 points off 17 Utah turnovers. . The Blazers made just 35 baskets against the Jazz for the second time this season.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Damian Lillard score 20 points to lead Portland. Evan Turner added 12 points off the bench. The Blazers (19-15) lost to Utah for the second time in five days after shooting just 39 percent from the field.Jae Crowder scored seven of Utah’s first nine second-quarter points, starting with the team’s first 3-pointer of the game, to cap a 9-0 run that gave the Jazz a 33-26 lead. The Blazers pulled within three on three different occasions. Lillard hit a couple of baskets to cut the deficit to a basket, then fed Jusuf Nurkic for a layup to trim Utah’s lead to 43-40.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Jazz pulled away before halftime behind hot shooting from the perimeter. Joe Ingles and Crowder buried back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 16-5 run. Mitchell finished it off by beating the shot clock with another outside basket, giving the Jazz a 59-45 lead.Utah went 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the second quarter after going 0-of-8 in the first quarter. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, rear, dunks on Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks while Donovan Mitchell added 19 points to lead Utah to a 117-96 victory over Portland on Tuesday night.Joe Ingles chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists for the Jazz (17-18), who won for the fifth time in their last six home games while shooting 55 percent from the floor.ADVERTISEMENT The half-dozen times sports made you smile in 2018center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

None better than Harendra Singh as India hockey coach: former captain Sandeep SinghNone better than Harendra Singh as India hockey coach: former captain Sandeep Singh

first_imgFormer captain Sandeep Singh on Wednesday slammed the frequent change of coaches in Indian hockey, asserting that there was none better for the job than the recently-removed Harendra Singh.Harendra was sacked as India coach earlier this month following a disappointing 2018 and offered another stint with the junior squad. He became the sixth coach to be sacked in as many years.”You can’t be changing coaches this frequently. The crucial Olympic qualifier [FIH Series Finals in June] is ahead of us and we should not be experimenting too much. I don’t think I have worked with a better coach than Harendra sir,” Sandeep said at the launch of Flickers Brothers hockey academy, his joint venture with brother Bikramjeet.”There are a few coaches [in India] who can coach at the highest level and Harendra paaji is one of them. He should have been given more time.”Any new coach takes about six months to adjust to the system and players also need time to understand his methods. The team doesn’t have that kind of time [ahead Olympic qualifiers],” he said.India have had a variety of foreign coaches and Harendra helming the national team was a rarity in recent times. But he could not even last 12 months after taking charge, following the team’s medal-less showing at the Commonwealth Games in April.Hockey India has invited fresh applications for the post and Sandeep, who was best known for his ferocious drag-flicks, feels an Indian coach will be most beneficial for the team.advertisement”There is no language barrier and more importantly, you don’t hesitate while interacting with an Indian coach. Indian coaches are strict on the field but off the field they take very good care of you,” he explained.The phenomenon of dropping players without giving them ample opportunities is another aspect that bogs down Indian coaches, said Sandeep.”In 2007-08, India and Belgium played a series in Chennai and we beat them easily though I was not a part of that team. If you look at the Belgium side, which won the World Cup last month, it had most of the players that played against India 10 years ago, while India had only one or two.”So continuity is important. Rupinder Pal Singh should have played the World Cup and Sardar Singh should have been allowed to retire post the World Cup,” said the 32-year-old.The biggest worry for the national team, according to Sandeep, is lack of world-class goalkeepers.”My biggest worry is when P R Sreejesh retires, who will be replace him? I don’t see anyone matching up to his standards. We have to prepare goalkeepers. Strikers and drag-flickers keep coming but not goalkeepers. I hope he plays for another five to seven years.”He concluded by saying that the head coach should be involved in selection matters as is the case with top foreign teams like the Netherlands and Germany.last_img read more

The politics of fashionThe politics of fashion

first_imgHeat and dust and a melange of bright colours alternating with the quintessential white could be the mood board for fashion in election season in India if one were to look at the analytics of fashion of politicians as a communication tool. For long, politicians have used clothes, accessories and stylised hair as positions of power to communicate ideologies and identities. Rhetoric, slogans and of course, the fashion. In other words, power can be a relation created through performance, or a residual property of previous or repeated performances, writes Robert Hariman in Political Style: The Artistry of Power.During the election campaigns, one of the most interesting things is the style stories of women politicians, who have more room to experiment with ambiguity and can be more potentially controversial given the diversity of choice vis-à-vis men who are almost in uniform’ in India with the age old khadi’ kurtapyjama set in white.While men have been experimental in a contained manner still largely wearing the white kurta-pyjama, which is also distinctly Indian, women politicians have been using their sartorial choices to challenge the marginalisation of feminists in the political sphere by a more measured and confident style that they have made their own. The media’s attention to the fashion choices of women in politics is problematically gendered but compared to men, women politicians in India have mastered the art of political messaging via their sartorial choices such as Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who has always invoked nostalgia with her dressing or former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati, whose style is dictated by the Dalit story of oppression and aspiration.advertisementSonia Gandhi has been featured on the best-dressed list of many international publications and has been known for her ethnic handspun saris that are very sentimental to rural India. In channelising the same associative fashion technique, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who has been at the forefront of campaigning, has been seen wearing local weaves as per the place she is in just like her mother who chose chanderi or maheshwari in Madhya Pradesh, or an ikat in Odisha. There is an instant throwback to her grand-mother who also sported short hair and wore woven saris as opposed to zari or even very garish colours. She is an inheritor of her grandmother’s legacy. She knows her country manifested in her choice of weaves. And because Sonia Gandhi has often been referred to as a foreigner’, the daughter and mother both have made it a point to only wear saris for their political appearances. In fact, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been wearing red and other bright colours like purple and yellow on campaign tours signalling a subtle shift.In fact, the power of appearance is something that women politicians have known and used to their advantage in a country as diverse as India. If one looks at the Dalit history of imposed deprivation where they weren’t allowed to wear the sacred thread, Mayawati has hit at the core of identity politics with her handbag, which signifies social and economic mobility. From ponytail to memsaab bob cut, designer handbags, diamond earrings and pink salwarkameez, Mayawati’s sartorial choices echo the aspirations of Dalit empowerment. For her followers, especially the Dalit community, the fact that she can afford a conspicuous lifestyle that was earlier seen as a privilege of the upper caste sends forth a strong message of pride and a sense of achievement. On the other hand, short hair, based on anecdotal views of how it relates to masculinity and rejects gender norms, can also be used as a statement of confidence and strength in a space dominated by men.From Angela Merkel to Hillary Clinton and Theresa May to Julia Gillard, think of the powerful women leaders across the globe, all of them sport short hair, says Nandita Abraham, President, Pearl Academy. In her recent poll campaign rally in Odisha, the BSP leader was seen wearing her customary off-white salwar-kurta. It was perhaps the women’s liberation movement in the mid-1960s with its anti-feminine and anti-fashion message that unisex looks emerged. Mayawati’s chosen silhouette is a reflection of the same.While Mayawati’s style symbolises aspiration and ambition, Mamata Banerjee’s white saris are an ode to poverty. She is called didi’ and most recently made a strong fashion statement at the Ambani wedding of their daughter, where she wore her customary white sari with her slippers among the sea of people dressed in utmost luxury. She was provocative in her message this is India’s common woman and she can assert her presence everywhere without being unnerved by wealth and capitalism. It also invokes an image of Mother Teresa who wore the customary white sari with a thin blue border. For the common people, it creates an impression of sacrifice of luxurious pleasures that they are clean and has no materialistic desire, they are just there to serve the people and power has not gone to her head.advertisementWhat I feel is each of them is making a statement of who they are. Clothing is a way to communicate your clothing. For instance, women in Indian politics mostly wear saris. Everyone becomes amma Urmila Matondkar was all flashy and now it is sari and no glamour. Entire politics has that image of Bharat. Sari is very strong. White and khadi have always been strong in india and representative of the freedom movement. White is supposed to symbolise power, says Nandita Abraham.While the Gandhis are known for minimalist fashion, Smriti Irani, who is heading the textiles ministry in the current government, wears a lot of colours and it works for her because she is representing every part of India. It is fun and vibrant. She has got dynamism, says Sunita Shanker, a Delhibased textile designer. And although chiffon-and-pearl look might not be the best look in Uttar Pradesh’s fractured land, BJP’s Vasundhara Raje’s chiffons and colourful motifs work in her native Rajasthan. She is sticking to Rajasthan. Bold and colourful and relatable to Rajasthan’s bleak landscape, says Nandita Abraham. With her towering personality, and excellent oratory skills combined with colourful leheriyas and diamonds, Vasundhara Raje’s power dressing has its own way of commanding respect in a conservative men-centric electoral constituency.As we inch towards the end of election season, the women politicians have dealt with insults, name-calling and trolling but they have surged ahead with determination wearing bright colours to stake a claim to power in style.last_img read more

Health and Wellness Ministry to Implement Salt Reduction ProgrammeHealth and Wellness Ministry to Implement Salt Reduction Programme

first_img Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says that as part of continuous measures to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the Ministry will be implementing a National Salt Reduction Programme.Speaking at the opening of a two-day Regional Meeting on ‘Reduction of Salt for Prevention and Control of NCDs’ at the University of the West Indies in St. Andrew today (June 4), Dr. Tufton said the programme, which aims to “reduce blood pressure and associated cardiovascular diseases”, carries a $23-million budget.The Minister pointed out that the project will run for 18 months in partnership with the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), which organised the meeting.Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, addresses the opening of a two-day Regional Meeting on ‘Reduction of Salt for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), today (June 4), at the University of the West Indies in St. Andrew. The meeting is organised by the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR). He shared that across the Caribbean, persons are exceeding the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation of daily intake of salt, which is less than 2,000 milligrams, with the consequence that “we are killing ourselves at an increasingly rapid rate”.The high-level meeting is intended to review actions to reduce salt and sodium in the food environment, and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences among stakeholders. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says that as part of continuous measures to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the Ministry will be implementing a National Salt Reduction Programme. “The project is to capture baseline data on salt consumption, as well as salt content in packages and restaurant foods,” Dr. Tufton said.He pointed out that the 2018 Investment Case for NCDs in Jamaica predicts that the economy stands to gain more than $77 billion over a 15-year period “from investing in a package of interventions for tobacco, alcohol, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases”.Noting that the region has a blood pressure problem, the Minister said statistics show that many of the territories have similar issues with NCDs, and that countries must work together to tackle the problem.Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left), in discussion with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandhi, at the opening of a two-day Regional Meeting on ‘Reduction of Salt for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) today (June 4), at the University of the West Indies in St. Andrew. The meeting is organised by the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR). Story Highlights The Minister pointed out that the project will run for 18 months in partnership with the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), which organised the meeting. Speaking at the opening of a two-day Regional Meeting on ‘Reduction of Salt for Prevention and Control of NCDs’ at the University of the West Indies in St. Andrew today (June 4), Dr. Tufton said the programme, which aims to “reduce blood pressure and associated cardiovascular diseases”, carries a $23-million budget.last_img read more

Offshore Mediterranean Conference Kicks OffOffshore Mediterranean Conference Kicks Off

first_imgTitone said that it was unrealistic for Europe to manage without imports, urging the European Union countries to support domestic production through searching for new resources and maximizing production in the existing reservoirs as a way of improving its energy efficiency and balance diversification of primary energy mix.The three-day conference will also host a number of technical sessions, with a special attention given to the latest developments in Enhanced Oil Recovery methods (EOR), the latest EU directives for the offshore sectors, as well as the ways of reducing safety and environmental risks.World Maritime News Staff zoom The twelfth bi-annual Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC 15) started in Ravenna, Italy on March 25, attracting 680 exhibiting companies from 23 countries.The opening session titled ‘Focus on Change: Planning the Next 20 Years,’ chaired by Giuseppe Tannoia, Executive VP for Central and Southern Europe at Eni, offered an insight into short-term and mid-term outlook for the oil and gas industry.Tannoia said that after a long period of stable and high oil prices, the industry has recently seen a drastic change in its fundamentals, namely a decline in oil demand and prices, a steady increase in the US production, and geopolitical uncertainty in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.However, Tannoia said that even though the short-term outlook is negative, the mid-term outlook for the industry looks more promising, as the low price of energy is forecast to increase economic growth.“If the drop in investment continues, the industry will not be able to counter the decline in existing fields,” Tannoia said. “We will have a situation in the mid-term where we will see an increase in demand, due to the economic growth, with a decrease in supply, due to the cuts in investments and declining production from the existing fields. It is reasonable to assume, therefore, that the oil price will increase in mid-term, even without OPEC’s intervention.”Giuseppe Tannoia, Eni’s Executive VP, Central and Southern EuropeTannoia added that already now gas is the fuel for the transition to an economy based on renewables and a less pollutant source. Speaking about the European independence in short and mid-term period, he said that investments are of major importance for creating a positive effect on the national perspectives in the oil and gas industry.Touching upon the effects of the energy related challenges, the OMC Chairman, Innocenzo Titone said that the development of the unconventional hydrocarbon development, especially in the United States and Canada, has provided high availability of resources which brought about a dramatic drop in oil prices causing a slump in investments. This has also brought about a drop in LNG prices.last_img read more

Costly citrus Floridas decimated crops could send prices climbingCostly citrus Floridas decimated crops could send prices climbing

first_imgVANCOUVER – The price of a mimosa at brunch or bag of oranges at the grocery store may jump in the coming weeks, experts say, after hurricane Irma left some of the state’s citrus producers completely depleted.“If you take a big chunk out of our supply, it means that prices are going to go up,” said Michael von Massow, an associate professor at the University of Guelph.Hurricane Irma led to dozens of deaths in the Caribbean and southeastern United States, and left more than one million homes and businesses without power in Florida.“It is devastating. It has decimated our industry,” said Adam Putnam, the state’s commissioner of agriculture, at a Florida citrus commission meeting last week.“The path of this storm could not have been any worse for Florida agriculture and Florida citrus, specifically.”In the state’s south-west, about 70 to 100 per cent of orange crops were lost, he said.Before the hurricane, the Florida Department of Citrus expected more than 75 million boxes worth of oranges on the trees this season, said executive director Shannon Shepp in a statement.Now, she said, they have “much less.”Last year, Canada imported nearly nine-million kilograms of oranges worth more than $10 million from Florida, according to Statistics Canada. The country also brought in about $39 million worth of orange juice, according to Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.So far, Joe Siegal has been ordering oranges from California for his company Hilite Fine Foods Inc., a Toronto-based wholesale produce supplier.But in about two to three weeks, Siegal said, he would typically start ordering the fruit from Florida and that’s when he expects citrus prices will rise.“Once we need them, then the problem will start.”Von Massow estimates the price hike will be more than five pre cent, but is likely to happen gradually.Companies won’t want to bump prices too much and tempt budget-conscious consumers to switch to other alternatives — like apples or apple juice, he said.Once people shift to another product, it’s hard to bring them back even if prices eventually fall, said von Massow, who teaches University of Guelph’s food, agricultural and resource economics department.It could be even tougher considering orange juice has been falling out of favour as a beverage of choice for some time now, he said, as lifestyle changes, for example, mean fewer people sit down for a traditional breakfast most days.Also unclear is for how long oranges and orange juice will be more expensive, as the full extent of the damage is still unknown.“We don’t know what the long-term damage to these trees (is),” said von Massow.If farmers have to replant trees, the supply shortage could extend well beyond one season, he added.For Siegal, one thing is clear as the world grapples with climate change: “The produce industry is really going to be changing.”More produce will be grown under glass, he said, adding he’s increasingly asking his tomato grower to build more greenhouses. Produce grown in greenhouses provides the peace of mind of nearly guaranteed supply and quality, Siegal said, rather than fighting volatile climates.“We just can’t keep going on like this.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Migiro warns that economic turmoil has exacerbated violence against womenMigiro warns that economic turmoil has exacerbated violence against women

9 September 2009The scourge of violence against women has worsened as a result of the global financial downturn over the past year, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today as she urged some of the world’s richest countries to lead the way in turning the many international pledges to support women and girls into concrete results. In a keynote address in Rome to a ministerial-level conference on violence against women, being held under the auspices of the Italian presidency of the Group of Eight (G8), Ms. Migiro said there is evidence that women and girls are exposed to a greater risk of violence during times of hardship.“We have seen rising levels of despair and frustration in families and communities around the world, exacerbating violence against women,” she said.“In a recent survey of more than 630 domestic violence shelters in the United States, 75 per cent reported an increase in women seeking help for abuse since September 2008, coinciding with a major downturn in the US economy. We must remain especially vigilant through these tough times.”Ms. Migiro detailed to the conference some of the steps taken by the UN to end violence against women and girls, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE campaign, which calls on world leaders to launch national campaigns aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.She noted that the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, which is nearing the thirtieth anniversary of its adoption, and several landmark Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security indicated that the international community has taken “significant” steps towards protecting women from violence.However, “we still have a long road to walk before the full meaning of these international agreements is fully transformed from words on paper to reality on the ground.”Ms. Migiro urged participants at today’s conference to put into practice two earlier recommendations calling on G8 members to enhance the rights of women.The first calls on G8 members to back programmes that promote women’s rights and make information about sexual and reproductive health widely accessible, while the second calls for support for peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations worldwide so as to emphasize security, the protection of civilians and action against sexual and gender-based violence.“Ending violence against women will not be easy. It will require sustained dedication and collaboration,” she said.While in Rome Ms. Migiro is scheduled to meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican and to hold bilateral discussions with Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini and its Equal Opportunities Minister Mara Carfagna.She is also expected to meet with staff from the UN’s Rome-based agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). read more

As Haitis election campaign opens UN pledges security and logistical supportAs Haitis election campaign opens UN pledges security and logistical support

“Only a government that bears national consensus, armed with a vision based on the common good and determined to tackle the true causes of the current problems, can confront the challenges,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Edmond Mulet said in a statement.He cited the urgent need to resettle hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the quake and the longer-term challenge of re-establishing a fully functioning state of law with security and jobs.“The 28 November elections offer the unique opportunity to define the path to follow for the next five years,” he said of the presidential and parliamentary vote.He stressed the major importance of issuing new identity cards on time and the duty of all candidates to campaign in a calm, respectful way and to prevent their followers from resorting to violence. “A special responsibility falls to party currently in power to ensure that they do not abuse their access to State resources, which must never be used for partisan purposes,” he said.Haiti’s election commission in August published a list of 19 eligible candidates in the presidential race. The elections will take place as the country is still reeling from January’s quake, which killed an estimated 200,000 people and displaced about 1.3 million others.Mr. Mulet heads the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, which now has nearly 12,000 military and police personnel deployed around the country and has been on the ground since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. 1 October 2010As Haiti’s electoral campaign opens, the top United Nations official in the impoverished and earthquake-devastated country today pledged full security and logistical support to ensure a successful outcome of the 28 November vote. read more

Residents fear fishery damage from oil pipeline leak into Alberta riverResidents fear fishery damage from oil pipeline leak into Alberta river

SUNDRE, Alta. — Fishing guides and local residents fear a pipeline leak into the Red Deer River could do long-term damage to one of Alberta’s premier sport-fishing destinations and are demanding ongoing monitoring to track the spill’s effects.“They’ve got to be here for as long as it takes to monitor what’s going on along that river, for sure,” guide Garry Pierce of Tailwater Drifters said Monday.“I just hope they’re not going to come in for three weeks or a month and say ’Oh yeah, we’re good. We’ve got it cleaned up, and off we go.’ That’s just not going to be good enough.”“I just hope they’re not going to come in for three weeks or a month and say ‘Oh yeah, we’re good. We’ve got it cleaned up, and off we go.’ That’s just not going to be good enough.”Kelsey Kure, who lives on about two kilometres of waterfront along the affected part of the river, agreed.“There has to be a study done to determine the effects of this. You can’t just go on pretending that nothing happened, that there are no impacts.”On Thursday night, a section of pipeline owned by Plains Midstream Canada running under the river near Sundre leaked up to 475,000 litres of oil.The company has said high river levels flushed most of the oil downstream into Gleniffer Lake, a man-made reservoir and popular recreational area.On Monday, Plains Midstream said the oil release had been stopped within booms placed on the lake. A skimmer was removing oil from the lake and absorbent pads were soaking up oil at the site of the leak. Wildlife deterrents have been placed to try and keep animals from the water.Crews were working to clean shorelines and remove contaminated debris. More than 170 people were working on cleanup and remediation, the company said in a release.But that doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences. Kure, a water resource technician for a forestry company, said oil is pooling up along the river’s margins.“(Oil) got mixed in with all the silt and sediment in the river. So wherever there’s sediment, there’s oil particles.”He also points out the affected stretch of river is highly braided.“You’re not talking about one channel. You’re talking six to seven to 10 channels. That just increases your impact area.”As well, oil is fouling a number of protected spots along the river, such as the Butcher Creek Natural Area, home to 58 bird species.Both Kure and Pierce fear the spill will kill off many insects in the water that are just now emerging from their eggs. It could also contaminate river bottom gravel, a spawning habitat for trout.They said that’s going to damage a fishery that people come from around the world to enjoy.“I got an email from one of my clients two days ago, from Denmark, who’s already heard about the oil spill and wants to know the impact it’s going to take on the rivers I guide him on,” Pierce said. “I told him what I could tell him — we got our fingers crossed that things are going to get cleaned up fast.”Phil French, head of the Red Deer River Naturalists, was at the spill site over the weekend. He said although water levels have begun to recede, it won’t be possible to estimate the damage until river flow is back to normal.“There was oil everywhere there,” he said.“It’s going to affect the ecology of that part of the Red Deer River valley for a long, long time. I’m pretty sure I’ll be in my grave and they’ll be still feeling the effects of this oil spill.”French said his group is already preparing a request to the Alberta government for long-term monitoring of the spill’s after-effects.“We are calling for that — long-term environmental monitoring of that part of the river,” he said. “We really don’t know what the long-term effects are going to be.”A spokesman for Alberta Environment was not immediately available for comment. read more

Instagram to remove number of likes on photos and videos in CanadaInstagram to remove number of likes on photos and videos in Canada

Facebook Inc.’s Instagram is considering removing the number of “likes” on posts, a move that mirrors efforts by social media companies like Twitter Inc. to make their platforms healthier places for their users.“Later this week, we’re running a test in Canada that removes the total number of likes on photos and video views,” Facebook said in a blog post Tuesday ahead of the company’s F-8 developer conference. “We are testing this because we want your followers to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get.” Instagram will now let you buy things directly through the app Instagram’s digital ad share to double despite Facebook issues Who needs the Kardashians — Meet the new breed of influencers tapping social media’s ‘gold rush’ In recent years, social media companies have come under fire for contributing to technology addiction and aiding the spread of abusive information. According to a recent study published in Psychological Science, the same brain circuits that are activated by eating chocolate and winning money are triggered when teenagers see a large number of “likes” on their photos. The teens were also more likely to click on types of photographs that had more “likes” on them.Twitter released a prototype app earlier this year that makes the number of likes and retweets less visible in tweet threads, in an effort to make the service more conversational by having people focus more on the content, rather than the number of engagements. If a user wants to see the number of likes and retweets on a reply to a conversation, the person will have to click into the individual read more

UN task forces battle misconceptions of avian flu mount Indonesian campaignUN task forces battle misconceptions of avian flu mount Indonesian campaign

Governments, local authorities and international agencies need to take a greatly increased role in combating the role of factory-farming, commerce in live poultry, and wildlife markets which provide ideal conditions for the virus to spread and mutate into a more dangerous form, the Task Force convened by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) said today.At the same time in Indonesia, where several human death cases from the avian flu have recently been recorded, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is busy coordinating a health response from the national level on down to the many districts and local communities.”We are wasting valuable time pointing fingers at wild birds when we should be focusing on dealing with the root causes of this epidemic spread which are clearly to be found in rural poultry practices, the movement of domestic poultry, and farming methods which crowd huge numbers of animals into small spaces,” Task Force observer, and director of Field Veterinary Programme of the Wildlife Conservation Society, William Karesh said.The CMS Task Force is opposed to a general policy of culling wild birds, supports tough controls on trade of wild and domestic birds, and warned against the used of uncertified vaccines. “Some have already been found to increase resistance to drugs,” said John O’Sullivan of Birdlife International.Ever since the first human case of bird flu, linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand, was reported in January last year, UN health officials have warned that the avian flu, otherwise known as the H5N1 virus, could evolve into a global influenza pandemic if it mutates into a form which could be transmitted easily between people.Some of the key issues are lack of knowledge about how the virus is transmitted between wild and domestic birds, how it behaves in wild birds, and which migratory routes pose the most risk. The Task Force recommended that Governments and international agencies use research and risk assessment to determine the answers, act quickly when the virus appears, and cooperate with other Governments to avoid duplication.The CMS Task Force also considered a list of 36 waterbird species which are already threatened in the wild, and are considered vulnerable, including the Lesser White-Fronted Goose, Red-breasted Goose, Swan Goose, Oriental Stork and Siberian Crane, among others.In Indonesia, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Joseph Domenech said “The bird flu is threatening to become endemic in several parts of the country.” FAO is setting up a task force with national veterinary authorities, ministries and the World Health Organization (WHO) to monitor the situation, and to create awareness among rural and suburban communities about how the virus can be spread to humans and among animals, said Mr. Domenech, noting that most big poultry producers have already managed to protect themselves with biosecurity and virus control.Animal health workers will go from house to house in search of sick birds, and will decide in conjunction with Indonesian authorities whether slaughtering, vaccination, or biosecurity measures are required.”This military-like approach against avian influenza has proved very successful in Thailand,” Mr. Roeder said, adding that FAO, with $1.5 million in funding from US Agency for International Development (USAID), will be bringing Thai experts to train hundreds of animal health technicians in Indonesia.What’s still missing is an in-the-field kit for detecting the presence of the flu. Specimens still have to be sent to a lab for results, a laborious, time-consuming process. “FAO therefore appeals to researchers in universities and biotech companies to urgently develop such an important tool,” Mr. Domenech added. read more

Arizona severs ties with private prison operator over violent July riotsArizona severs ties with private prison operator over violent July riots

FILE – In this July 4, 2015 file photo, prison inmates stand in the yard at Arizona State Prison-Kingman in Golden Valley, Ariz. Arizona is severing ties with the private prison operator over what the state says was a string of security and training lapses that led to violent riots in July. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced the action against Management and Training Corp. after the state released a scathing report about numerous issues at the prison. Ducey said what happened at the prison was “frightening, disturbing and completely unacceptable.”(Patrick Breen/The Arizona Republic via AP, File) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT – NO MAGS- NO SALES – MANDATORY CREDIT by Bob Christie, The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2015 7:16 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PHOENIX – Arizona severed ties Wednesday with a private prison operator over what the state says was a string of troubling security and training lapses that led to violent riots in July.Gov. Doug Ducey announced the action against Centerville, Utah-based Management and Training Corp. after the state released a scathing report about numerous issues at the Kingman prison, including a “culture of casual indifference toward staff and training” that contributed to the riots.The state said the prison completed none of the mandated supervisor training for the 2015 fiscal year and claimed the company offers minimal training in the area of communication skills and crisis intervention for its guards.“What happened at Kingman was frightening, disturbing and completely unacceptable,” Ducey said at a news conference.A report on the riots released just as the governor was preparing to speak said the private prison operator actively discouraged its employees from being truthful with state Department of Corrections officials onsite.“I think you’ll see the Arizona Department of Corrections take a look in the mirror as to how they can improve. But they were not getting information from the private prison operator,” Ducey said. “When they are not telling our monitors what’s happening, when they’re actually being encouraged by their company to not be forthright, it made it very difficult for them to do their jobs.”Ducey said none of the blame should rest on the Corrections Department, which has had heightened monitoring of MTC’s Kingman operations since three violent criminals escaped in 2010 and went on a multi-state crime spree. He brushed off questions as to whether state prisons Director Charles Ryan or any of his staff had responsibility for the breakdowns that led to the riot.“If you want to talk about accountability, here you’ve got a prison operator that is being terminated,” he said.MTC strongly refuted the conclusions made in the report in a lengthy statement.“We take significant issue with the conclusions in this report,” the statement said. “ADC took staff and inmate allegations as facts and drew conclusions from them without giving us an opportunity to respond.”The company noted that it had gotten glowing reviews from state inspectors, and there were five state prison officials assigned to the prison.“The notion that we had a “culture of disorganization, disengagement, and disregard of ADC policies and fundamental inmate management and security principles” based on one investigation that spanned a few weeks — doesn’t consider the overwhelming positive audits ADC has conducted over the last five years,” the company said.MTC spokesman Issa Arnita said the company does not plan to challenge the contract cancellation.“It’s not in MTC’s nature to do that, and we want to do what’s best for the state,” Arnita said.Ducey said the state will do an assessment of the five other private prisons in the state — including one in Marana operated by MTC. And he defended the state’s use of private prisons and a plan to contract for 1,000 new beds in the coming months.“This is the most effective way for us to provide public safety to the public in a financially responsible way,” the Republican governor said.The prison was the site of a 2010 escape in which three inmates broke out with the help of an accomplice. Two of the inmates killed a New Mexico couple.Prisons Director Charles Ryan promised after the escape that the Kingman facility would be under heightened scrutiny. But the report released Wednesday said more than one-third of the deficiencies found in the prison in 2010 still existed five years later.The unrest began July 1 in a minimum-security unit when private corrections officers tried to stop an inmate-on-inmate assault. A full-blown riot broke out the next day in the prison’s medium-security unit. It left some housing units so badly damaged that more than 1,100 prisoners had to be moved to other facilities. Nine corrections officers suffered minor injuries.The report painted a picture of a violent riot over the July 4th weekend prompted by a confrontation between a private prison guard and an inmate where the guard used “excessive and unjustified force.”Over the next 10 hours, inmates rampaged through several housing units, trashing the facilities. Efforts to use pepper spray and non-lethal crowd control projectiles failed, and order wasn’t restored until past dawn the next day.Inmates threw rocks, broom handles and liquids at a tactical response team. They shattered windows, damaged surveillance cameras, used mattresses to block officers and stormed a shift commander’s office using tables as shields.The report blamed MTC command staff for refusing to use its own tactical units or those from corrections to try to stop the riot early.The root cause of the riot was inmates rebelling against prison conditions and staff who had been treating them poorly. 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Amid dramatic climate changes UN launches plan to stepup polar weather andAmid dramatic climate changes UN launches plan to stepup polar weather and

VIDEO: This video explains the background, methods and aims of the WMO Year of Polar Prediction.Improving Artic forecastsPolar and high mountain activities are among WMO’s top strategic priorities because of the growing impact of climate change from greenhouse gas emissions. The Arctic and Antarctic are currently among the world’s most poorly observed regions. Lack of data along with limitations of models, impact the quality of forecasts while insufficient information about polar weather will also the affect quality of weather forecasts in other parts of the world. WMO therefore expects that advances in Polar prediction will lead to improved weather forecasts and climate predictions both for Polar Regions as well as densely populated countries in other parts of the world. Polar conditions are changing dramatically, impacting weather across the globe, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, launching the Year of Polar Prediction, which will aim to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic.“Because of teleconnections, the poles influence weather and climate conditions in lower latitudes where hundreds of millions of people live,” warned WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. “Warming Arctic air masses and declining sea ice are believed to affect ocean circulation and the jet stream, and are potentially linked to extreme phenomena such as cold spell, heat waves and droughts in the northern hemisphere,” he added. Scientists, with the help of data from operational forecasting centres, will observe, model, and improve forecasts of weather and climate systems to learn more about and improve the understanding of the weather changes at the poles. In light of The Year of Polar Prediction, special observing periods will be added to improve the number of routine observations, for example by weather balloon launches, and buoy deployments from research vessels to measure atmospheric and oceanographic conditions. Climate change at the PolesThe effects of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, one of the leading causes of global warming, are felt more intensely in the Polar Region as anywhere else. According to WMO, both the Artic and Antarctica are warming twice as fast as the rest of the world causing melting of glaciers and ice shelves, shrinking sear ice and snow cover. Polar wildlife ecosystems and indigenous population are already feeling the impact of climate change. “Arctic sea-ice maximum extent after the winter re-freezing period in March was the lowest on record because of a series of ‘heat-waves.’ Antarctic sea ice minimum extent after the most recent Southern Hemisphere summer melt was also the lowest on record,” explained Thomas Jung of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, and chair of the Polar Prediction Project steering committee. “The rate and implications of polar environmental change is pushing our scientific knowledge to the limits,” he warned.WMO further predicts that the noticeable changes in weather, climate and ice conditions at the poles are leading to increased human activities such as transportation, tourism, fisheries are and natural resource exploitation and extraction.“The expected increase in activity comes with its own share of risks to both the environment and society, including traditional indigenous livelihoods”, said Mr. Taalas. “Ice-laden polar seas are a challenge to navigate, whilst any oil spills could be catastrophic.” “Accurate weather and sea-ice information will thus become increasingly vital in order to improve safety management in Polar Regions and beyond,” the WMO chief concluded. read more

Ohio State mens volleyball takes 2 against Grand CanyonOhio State mens volleyball takes 2 against Grand Canyon

Freshman outsider hitter Miles Johnson (13) attempts to spike the ball during a match against Grand Canyon Feb. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Jonathan McAllister / Lantern photographerThe Buckeyes were successful at their chance for revenge against the Grand Canyon Antelopes, finishing with a clean sweep.The No. 14 Ohio State men’s volleyball team took down Grand Canyon 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-20) Saturday and 3-0 (25-18, 31-29, 25-23) Friday in Columbus.The Buckeyes (7-6. 4-2) were preparing their offense all week prior to the match against the Antelopes (6-9, 0-6), said coach Pete Hanson. OSU put the offensive practice to work and averaging 45 kills during the two matches against Grand Canyon.“If the offense is producing at a very high level, it can erase some of your bad spots that you are trying to cover up … If we can get our offense to play at a steady level, we are going to have the chance to be successful night in and night out,” Hanson said.During Saturday’s match, redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous had a match-high 11 kills for OSU and finished the match with a .474 attack percentage. Freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson added nine kills and two solo blocks, while junior middle blocker Dustan Neary and redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz each totaled eight kills. Freshman setter Christy Blough had a match-best 37 assists and chipped in two solo blocks and two kills.Senior middle blocker Jonathan Newton said winning the match came down to stopping the Antelopes early.“We knew that to be able to control the game, we had to stop their (Grand Canyon) momentum from the beginning,” Newton said.Lutz led the squad with 13 kills Friday, while Johnson added a career-best 11. Guessous and junior outside hitter Michael Henchy finished with nine and eight kills, respectively. Blough had a match-best 40 assists Friday night.Henchy said Saturday the Buckeyes are on the cusp of reaching the level of play they have been striving to acheive.“We are coming more and more into form and we’re not too far away from being a great team,” Henchy said.OSU is set to close out its five-match home stand as it hosts No. 13 Ball State Wednesday. The No. 14 Buckeyes and the Cardinals are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more

HSEs 2014 acute cuts criticised as unsustainableHSEs 2014 acute cuts criticised as unsustainable

first_imgTHE HSE HAS released its Acute Division Plan for 2014, which shows that the acute hospitals have a budget of €3.7billion.The document shows that acute hospitals will be required in 2014 to meet the full value of cost containment plans, amounting to €5om.Work will also be done on developing an “effective approach” to non-consultant hospital doctor (NCHD) recruitment, “to ensure a more sustainable focus on NCHD numbers into the future”.In addition, it will further roll out its graduate nurse employment programme that was initiated in 2013, involving the recruitment of up to 1,000 nurses on two-year contracts.Last year’s programme was criticised by the INMO, which called on graduate nurses to boycott it.There will be a particular focus on achieving full compliance with the European Working Time Directive amongst NCHDs by the end of 2014.TargetsA 2014 Haddington Road Agreement target of €60m and a reconfiguration target of €7.5m have also been applied.The HSE said that provision for an additional €50m for acute hospitals has been made in 2014, in order to meet the full year costs of the demand for services in 2013.There will be a target of saving €7.5m for reconfiguration and reorganisation plans for 2014.€80m in relation to Haddington Road will be held centrally by the HSE and will be allocated to individual services.PrioritiesThe document also sets out the key priorities for 2014, including ensuring patient safety and quality in acute hospital.It sets out a target of having 95 per cent of all attendees at Emergency Departments discharged or admitted within six hours of registration, with 100 per cent discharged or admitted within 9 hours.The plan notes that the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) predicts that a total of 22,360 people will be treated for cancer in 2014, and on average 80 per cent of these people will be treated in the public system.The Acute Hospital Division also has an allocation of €7.7m for “demographic pressures” and €38.4m for the “maintenance and expansion of critical services”.BudgetsThis table sets out the budget for a number of acute hospitals:The employment ceiling in the acute services is expected to decrease to 46,612 in December 2014. The HSE said that the continuing reduction in employment in 2014 will be pursued through natural turnover (ie retirements and resignations) and other targeted measures.There will be an additional 40 posts made available in 2014.Hospitals will be required to deliver on cost containment plans as well as improvements in income collection in 2014.CriticismSinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD described the plans as “unsustainable”.Deputy Ó Caoláin said “the bottom line is that these plans implement the cuts of at least €619 million imposed by the Government’s 2014 Budget and the HSE Service Plan”.“Already struggling acute hospitals face an average reduction of 4 per cent in their funding,” said Ó Caoláin.He described the target to reduce the delayed discharge of patients from acute hospitals by 4 per cent as “an example of how unrealistic these plans are”.Read: Health Minister calls for report into the death of babies at Portlaoise hospital>last_img read more

Bus Éireann workers vote to accept LRC plan and abandon strikeBus Éireann workers vote to accept LRC plan and abandon strike

first_imgBUS ÉIREANN WORKERS have voted in favour of accepting a package of proposals from the Labour Relations Commission aimed at permanently averting strike action.Members of SIPTU and the National Bus and Rail Union voted by a strong margin to accept the LRC’s proposals.The LRC’s proposals followed the suspension of industrial action by the NBRU, which SIPTU had set about joining, in opposition to cost-cutting plans at the bus operator aimed at helping it stem its massive losses.The NBRU opposition had resulted in a two-day strike earlier this month, which virtually shut down the entire national bus network when 1,100 of Bus Éireann’s 2,500 drivers went to the picket lines.The strike had been frozen when the LRC invited both sides to talks on how the savings could be achieved.Acceptance of the LRC’s proposals, which include contributions from the pay of top earners at the bus carrier, mean the industrial action will now cease.The deal: Bus Éireann proposals cut executive pay, restore driver premiumslast_img read more

Three smugglers of precious Hellenic and Roman antiquities arrestedThree smugglers of precious Hellenic and Roman antiquities arrested

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek police have manage to break an antiquity smuggling ring, after receiving a tip off two months ago.Operating out of Sparti in the southern Peloponnese region of Greece, three men aged 44, 48, and 57 were arrested in the town’s main square, and have been detained on pending charges of illegally trading antiquities.As a result of the arrests, police also managed to seize a marble statue believed to date back to the Hellenistic era, which the smugglers were looking to sell on the black market for €500,000. Standing at 55 centimetres tall and without a head, it is believed to represent the ancient goddess of health (Ygeia).On Friday, undercover police posing as interested buyers met with the men to negotiate the purchase.Further investigations have also been carried out of the detainees homes, revealing four other antiquities from the Hellenistic and Roman eras that have since been seized. While of lower value to the statue, which archaeologists believe could be worth a lot of money, all the objects hold great historic and cultural value.Also found on the premises and confiscated were metal detectors, pistols, flares, and pepper spray.last_img read more

Une application Facebook bientôt sur iPadUne application Facebook bientôt sur iPad

first_imgUne application Facebook bientôt sur iPad ?Mardi, le site Techcrunch a révélé avoir trouvé des traces et même avoir pu tester l’application Facebook pour iPad. Celle-ci se cachait alors dans la dernière mise à jour de la version iPhone de l’application. Attendue par tous les utilisateurs de l’iPad, l’application Facebook devrait bientôt faire son apparition. Relayé par 20, le site Techcrunch explique que la récente version 3.4.4 de l’application Facebook pour iPhone cachait en son sein la version adaptée à la tablette d’Apple. Pas encore activée par les développeurs, elle était pourtant exécutable, en modifiant quelques données du code, ce qu’a réussi un des journalistes de Techcrunch. À lire aussiIpad, sclérose en plaques et barbecue, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 30 maiQualifiée d'”excellente”, cette application Facebook pour iPad utilise un menu de navigation sur la partie gauche de l’écran. Lorsque la tablette est placée en mode paysage, la liste des amis en ligne apparaît sur le côté droit comme sur la version web classique. Au niveau des albums photos, il semble que la présentation ressemble fortement à l’application “Photos” native de l’iPad. Quant à la fonction de géolocalisation “Places”, elle prend la forme d’une carte montrant les amis se trouvant à proximité de l’utilisateur.Grâce à leur trouvaille, les journalistes de Techcrunch comme certains utilisateurs de l’iPad ont déjà pu accéder à l’application. Néanmoins, Facebook a dû avoir vent de l’astuce puisque quelques heures après cette annonce, il n’était plus possible d’accéder à l’application. Il faudra donc attendre sa mise en service officielle pour en bénéficier. Le 27 juillet 2011 à 09:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New Species of DuckBilled Dinosaur IdentifiedNew Species of DuckBilled Dinosaur Identified

first_imgStay on target Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursEgg Fossils Provide Glimpse Into Prehistoric Parenting The most complete skull of a duck-billed dinosaur discovered in Big Bend National Park turns out to be a new genus and species.Aquilarhinus palimentus, named for its beaked nose and wide lower jaw, is described in a paper published this week by the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.Texas Tech University professor Tom Lehman was a lowly Master’s student conducting research on rock layers at Rattle Snake Mountain in the 1980s when he found badly weathered bones.Some stuck together (and therefore impossible to study), the fossils were thought to be distinctive of the hadrosaurid Gryposaurus.It wasn’t until a recent analysis, though, that scientists realized the specimen was even older than either of the two major groups of duck-billed dinosaurs.The dentary of Aquilarhinus, showing the unusual upturned end of the mandible (via Albert Prieto-Marquez)“This new animal is one of the more primitive hadrosaurids known, and can therefore help us to understand how and why the ornamentation on their heads evolved, as well as where the group initially evolved and migrated from,” according to lead study author Albert Prieto-Márquez, from the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, near Barcelona.“Its existence adds another piece of evidence to the growing hypothesis, still up in the air, that the group began in the southeastern area of the US,” he added.Herbivorous duck-billed dinosaurs, also known as hadrosaurids, all had similar-looking snouts: The front of the jaws met in a U-shape to support a cupped beak used for cropping plants.Sure, some beaks were broader than others, but there was no evidence of a significantly different shape, and therefore different feeding style—until Aquilarhinus came along.Illustration of Aquilarhinus palimentus (via ICRA Art)Unlike its later counterparts, the primordial creature’s lower jaws met in a “peculiar” W-shape, creating a wide, flattened scoop, useful for shovelling through loose, wet sediment and scooping loosely rooted aquatic plants.The outsider doesn’t fit with the preeminent Saurolophidae group of duck-billed dinos, though both sported bony cranial crests of varying shapes and sizes.This discovery supports the hypothesis that all crests derived from a common ancestor with a simple humped nose.More on Massive Dinosaur Skeleton Would Look Great In Your FoyerConstruction Workers Unearth Dinosaur Fossils in Denver SuburbFossil Discovery Offers Glimpse Into ‘Dinosaur-Killer’ Impactlast_img read more

Mae Young Classic Parade of Champions big names backstageMae Young Classic Parade of Champions big names backstage

first_img Now Playing Up Next So if we pick our winner based on crowd reactions, Candice LaRae and Kairi Sane are going into the final with Kairi winning. Also, Sage Beckett (the former Rosie Lottalove in TNA) looks damn good. Way better than the last time I saw her (in TNA). Tessa Blanchard and Rachael Evers are both going to be big stars in the Women’s Division regardless of outcome of the tournament. I hope they sign quite a few of these ladies after the tourney is over to bolster their divisions across all three brands. July 15, 2017 at 12:49 pm Google+ Videos Articles Twitter Shawn Michaels Breaks Down His Mid-Air Sweet Chin Music Move 6 COMMENTS TheCyberZon Videos Articles Pinterest WhatsApp Seth Rollins July 14, 2017 at 7:37 am July 14, 2017 at 8:51 am Can’t wait, I’m glad there’s no current WWE Women involved. Now Playing Up Next Marvin Washington Rousey: First UFC Fight More Important Than Wrestlemania Videos Articles Ronda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleMania Facebook Ronda Rousey sustains a gruesome finger injury on the set of “9-1-1”, underwent surgery July 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Another Top UFC fighter Is Calling Conor McGregor ‘Irrelevant’ David Wells Marvin Washington Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey July 14, 2017 at 8:23 am I’d have loved to see Mickie involved. I think she’s more than earned it. Comments are closed. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE has started taping the Mae Young Classic tournament today at Full Sail UniversityAll 32 women competitors were officially introduced in a “Parade of Champions” live stream airing on YouTube and Facebook Live earlier this evening.Triple H posted a photo from the tapings today noting that former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey was in attendance tonight. Rousey’s friend and former MMA fighter Shayna Baazler is part of the women’s tournament.The #MaeYoungClassic will celebrate and showcase female competitors from around the world. Great to have @RondaRousey join us tonight.— Triple H (@TripleH) July 13, is reporting that WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels is also attending.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey, Sonya Deville join Total Divas Season 9 cast, will premiere on October 2 WWE RAW Results – 8/5/19 (Final show before SummerSlam, HBK and Trish Stratus appear) At 9:48, Mya Yim. Is that Jade from TNA? Andrew Renaldo Shawn Michaels Nevermind. It is. Woot. She’s awesome.last_img read more