Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run Martinez, 21, wasn’t even supposed to make it to the Games after finishing eighth in the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, which served as an Olympic qualification last September.READ: Martinez finishes 28th, fails to advance to Olympics free stake roundFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut after the pullout of Swedish figure skater Alexander Majorov, he was given the last quota spot and earned his ticket to PyeongChang.Despite the short notice, Martinez still pulled off a clean performance, scoring 55.56 in his short program performance, which was only good for 28th place among 30 competitors. Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim It may not have been enough to advance to the free skate round, where Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu claimed the gold medal, but Martinez was satisfied with what he was able to showcase.“A lot of people knew about it and very surprised that the fact I am back on doing my triple jumps again and be able to skate a clean program is truly something else,” he shared. “Usually it takes two to three months to get the jumps the way it was before, and need at least another two months of training to be able to prepare for a competition, but I only did it in three weeks.”With another Olympic experience under his belt, Martinez hopes that his showing would serve as an inspiration for the young figure skaters as he seeks to continue hoisting the Philippine flag in the Winter Games.“I really worked so hard for me to be able to do what I needed to do out there. I really am proud that I get to represent our country at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. To be part of this Olympic Journey is truly amazing,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines reacts as his score is posted following his performance in the men’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Though he failed to improve his standing in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Michael Christian Martinez is proud with his showing in the men’s figure skating given the circumstances he had to deal with.“With three weeks to prepare for PyeongChang and to be able to perform what I just did, that was just unbelievable,” he told INQUIRER.net in an online interview.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid
Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Sassuolo forward Kevin-Prince Boateng on a six-month loan deal with an €8 million (£7m/$9m) option to buy.Goal understands the 31-year-old said his goodbyes to his team-mates on Monday and is now set to fly to Catalunya before completing his medical with the Liga champions.Barcelona will also pay a €2m loan fee as they look to complete their attack, having sought back-up players all January to support the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele – the latter of whom has been ruled out for two weeks with an ankle injury . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! They had previously been linked with Girona forward Cristhian Stuani while they were reportedly interested in Alvaro Morata, though the Chelsea forward is now set to sign for Atletico Madrid .Sassuolo have a good relationship with the Catalan giants having signed Marlon from them in the summer, meaning the move has been completed quickly and with few issues.Ghana international Boateng has scored five goals in 15 appearances in all competitions so far this season, having been deployed as a false nine following his arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt during the summer window,He has plied his trade in La Liga before, having previously represented Las Palmas.Barcelona will mark the 10th club of his storied career, having previously played for the likes of AC Milan, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Portsmouth.It is unlikely Boateng’s signing will be finalised in time for him to play against Sevilla in the first leg of Barca’s Copa del Rey quarter-final on Wednesday, meaning he could make his debut on Sunday against Girona.He will become Ernesto Valverde’s second signing of the January window following Jeison Murillo’s arrival from Valencia while a deal was also struck this month to bring Toulouse centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo to the club at the end of the season.Barca currently sit five points clear at the top of the Liga table and 10 points ahead of third-placed Real Madrid.
Mirabai Chanu and P Gururaja brought cheers to the whole nation as they claimed gold and silver medals respectively to give India to good start in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) at Gold Coast, Australia.Chanu stood at the top of the podium as the Indian national anthem played for the first time in this year’s CWG while a perseverant Gururaja settled for a silver medal.Chanu smashed the CWG record with every lift and even broke her personal record and remained in a league of her own. She received a thunderous applause from the Australian fans, who queued up to take her autograph after the medal ceremony. Chanu managed to lift 196kg (86kg+110kg) in a remarkable effort.”I was not expecting to break records but I certainly wanted to break them when I came here. I can’t put in words, how it feels right now,” an exhausted but jubilant Chanu told PTI. (CWG 2018, Day 1 highlights: India open with 2 medals, England on top with 11)CWG 2018: Mirabai Chanu heals ‘wounds of Olympic heartbreak’ with Gold medal in Gold CoastEarlier, Gururaja survived a few anxious moments after two failed attempts in clean and jerk to claim a silver medal.The 25-year-old son of a truck driver equalled his personal best of 249kg (111kg+138kg) to finish second in the event and ensure that India woke up to the news of a medal on the very first day of competitions.”After I failed the first two attempts, my coach reminded me how much my life depends on this. I remembered my family and my country,” he said when asked what went through his mind in those nervy moments. (Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 1: Medals Tally)advertisementM Raja (62kg) was the third weightlifter in contention today but he lost out to much superior competition and finished sixth overall with a total effort of 266kg (116kg+150kg).INDIAN BADMINTON STARS SHINEWeightlifting was not the only reason why India could boast of a good opening day. The much-hyped shuttlers also made a winning start to their campaign, defeating Sri Lanka and Pakistan 5-0 respectively in the mixed team event matches.Saina Nehwal, who was making headlines for her ferocity in getting Games Village accreditation for her father, brought quite a lot of it on court as well and dispatched her rival Madushika Beruelage in a mere 22 minutes.She was later in action against Pakistan as well and was her usual clinical self against Mahoor Shahzad, claiming a straight-game triumph in 26 minutes to ensure that India had a winning day to celebrate.Kidambi Srikanth also registered two wins in both the matches while the doubles specialists Chirag Shetty, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, N Sikki Reddy, Ashwini Ponappa, Ruthvika Gadde and Pranaav Jerry Chopra, all put their best foot forward.Veteran Manoj Kumar (69kg) was the lone boxer in action today and the 2010 CWG gold-medallist hammered Nigeria’s Osita Umeh to move into the pre-quarterfinals. The former Asian medallist won on a unanimous decision.On the squash court, Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinnappa, who would be defending their women’s doubles gold medal, made winning starts in their singles competitions.While Pallikal got the better of Trinidad and Tobago’s Charlotte Knaggs, Chinnappa sailed past Papua and New Guinea Lynette Vai.But Saurav Ghosal’s shock 2-3 defeat to Jamaica’s Chris Binnie came as a massive shocker even though Harinder Pal Sandhu and Vikram Malhotra won their respective opening matches.”It’s hard because this is the biggest thing for us squash players and I planned a lot over the last year and put in a lot of hard work. Obviously it hasn’t worked out and it’s something I have to live with for the rest of my life,” the dejected world No.13 Ghosal said after the loss.”It wasn’t the best match to play from the first point. It was not the way I was taught to play squash. I guess you have to find a way whatever circumstances you are in, but I couldn’t find that way to win,” he added.TABLE TENNIS MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TEAMS ADVANCEIndia’s men’s and women’s table tennis teams topped their respective groups to advance to the knockout stages at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.While the men’s team defeated Trinidad and Tobago and Northern Ireland in Group 1, the women’s team came out on top against Sri Lanka and Wales in Group 2.Apart from Ghosal, the other major disappointment was the women’s hockey team’s stunning 2-3 defeat against Wales in its lung-opener.In the swimming pool, Virdhawal Khade qualified for the semifinals of the 50m men’s butterfly event but could not make the final, finishing 15th overall. Sajan Prakash failed to even make the semifinals in the same event.advertisementThe Indians were not much of a force on the cycling track either, finishing sixth in the Women’s Team Sprint, which ruled them out of medal contention. The men’s team did even worse, finishing seventh in their competition.(With inputs from PTI)
Bundesliga Stoger sacked by Bundesliga strugglers Cologne after 14-game winless streak Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 20:51 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Bundesliga Köln Schalke 04 v Köln Schalke 04 After collecting no wins in the league so far, a side rooted to the foot of the German top-flight have mutually agreed the departure of their coach Cologne have parted company with head coach Peter Stoger following Saturday’s draw with Schalke, a result that left them winless and rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga.Stoger has led Cologne since 2013 and, after winning promotion, secured European football for the first time in 25 years last season with a fifth-placed finish.However, the 2017-18 campaign has been an abject failure, with Cologne collecting three points from their opening 14 games, and facing elimination from the Europa League should they fail to beat Red Star Belgrade on Thursday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Last weekend’s loss to Hertha Berlin appeared to be the final straw for Stoger, who has mutually agreed to bring his four-year tenure to an abrupt end.”It was clear to us on Friday that the Schalke match would be our last,” Stoger told the club’s official website.”We decided to wait until Sunday to communicate this in order to fully concentrate on the match. “It is in the best interest of the club and especially the team that a decision was made and clarity restored. “To the players, the staff at the club, the fans, and the city of Cologne: you have grown dear to the hearts of Manni Schmid [his assistant] and I, we will keep our fingers crossed that my successor manages to keep Cologne in the Bundesliga.”Werner #Spinner: “Until recently, we had hoped that we could stay up in the league with this constellation including Peter, his staff, and the players.” #effzeh— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) December 3, 2017Achieving survival looks to be a huge task for whoever replaces Stoger, as Under-19 coach Stefan Ruthenbeck takes temporary charge until the mid-season break.”We would like to thank Peter for four-and-a-half years of excellent work,” the club’s chief executive Alexander Wehrle said. “Peter has written an unprecedented success story with Cologne.”Both Peter and us have felt in recent days that our joint path was coming to an end, regardless of the result against Schalke.”The team is now, more than ever, expected to build on the hope that was created through that result.”I refuse to talk about [relegation] to the second league at this point. There are still 20 league matches to play and it is our responsibility to attain the maximum out of what remains.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton legend Southall rages against Sky for Spurs biasby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton legend Neville Southall has ranted against Sky Sports for their coverage of Sunday’s rout by Tottenham.Ahead of the game at Goodison Park, Sky employed former Liverpool stars Craig Bellamy and Graeme Souness to discuss all the talking points in the build up.With neither on-duty pundit having played for Everton, iconic goalkeeper Southall took exception and made his feelings known in a series of tweets on Sunday afternoon.Southall tweeted: “Sky falling over themselves with the x Everton players at home and they cannot find one. Bizarre”Sky wants Spurs to win it is so so biased. Nothing against spurs at all great club good team But sky not interested in us Poor”I am not bothered who pundits are but let’s have one from each team Fair to both clubs”.
India Open 2019: Sindhu eases into 2nd round, Praneeth, Srikanth survive tough testsPV Sindhu needed just 23 minutes to edge past compatriot Mugdha Agrey into the second round. However, India men’s singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Praneeth were made to work hard in their first round matches on Wednesday. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 19:54 IST Former champion PV Sindhu made a strong start to her India Open campaign on Wednesday (BWF Facebook Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu stormed into the second round with a comfortable win over Mugdha Agrey in New Delhi on WednesdayFormer champions Kidambi Srikanth was made to work hard during his first-round win over Wong Wing Ki VincentSai Praneeth, Swiss Open finallist, also needed three games to beat compatriot Gulshan Kumar Ace India shuttler P.V. Sindhu started her Indian Open 2019 campaign with a bang as she thrashed compatriot Mugdha Agrey while B. Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth also won their respective first-round matches.Sindhu took just 23 minutes to outclass Mugdha 21-8, 21-13 in a women’s singles match while Praneeth also did well to bounce back after losing the first game 22-24 but take the next two games 21-13, 21-8 in the hour-long men’s single affair.Meanwhile, Srikanth also held his nerve in a tight contest to beat Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong 21-16, 18-21, 21-19 the 56-minute affair.Earlier in the day, Sameer Verma also advanced to the next round with a 21-18, 21-12 win over Rasmus Gemke of Denmark.2017 #YonexIndiaOpen winner, @Pvsindhu1 had an easy win 21-8; 21-13 over #MughdhaAgrey. She had special words for the Crowd who were present to cheer the Champ! Hear what she had to say right after the win. #IndiaontheRise #YonexSunriseIndiaOpen2019 #badminton pic.twitter.com/blfuKJDx9jBAI Media (@BAI_Media) March 27, 2019Also, H.S. Prannoy came from a game down to beat Tahliland’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen 14-21, 21-18, 21-14.Later on Wednesday, Parupalli Kashyap will be up against Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India Open 2019Follow PV SindhuFollow Sai PraneethFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow India badminton news Next
Bahrain GP: Lucky Hamilton grabs first win after Leclerc’s Ferrari faces engine troubleBahrain Grand Prix: The luckless Charles Leclerc had looked like becoming Ferrari’s youngest ever race winner, at 21, after starting on pole position and leading comfortably. Instead, the Monegasque ended up third.advertisement Next Reuters BahrainApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 09:11 IST Lewis Hamilton stayed 2nd in the championship but is now just one point shy of overall leader Bottas (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHamilton won in Bahrain ahead of teammate Bottas and Ferrari’s LeclercHamilton’s win was the 74th of his career but first this seasonThe reigning world champion is now 17 wins short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91Five times world champion Lewis Hamilton took a lucky Bahrain Grand Prix win for Mercedes on Sunday after engine trouble in the dying stages denied Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc a first Formula One victory.The luckless Leclerc had looked like becoming Ferrari’s youngest ever race winner, at 21, after starting on pole position and leading comfortably. Instead, the Monegasque ended up third.Hamilton and team mate Valtteri Bottas, lapping far faster than the stricken Ferrari, reeled him in and breezed past to secure the team’s second one-two finish in as many races and against the odds.”That was extremely unfortunate for Charles,” said Hamilton after starting in third place and behind the Ferraris.”He drove such a great race. We’ve got work to do to keep these guys off our tails,” added the Briton, who embraced Leclerc after they stepped out of their cars and offered commiserations.The race finished with the field following the safety car, deployed as marshals removed Daniel Ricciardo’s stranded Renault.”I was not expecting that result,” added Hamilton, who had complained earlier of feeling like a sitting duck with his fading tyres.Hamilton’s win was the 74th of his career but first this season. He is now 17 wins short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91.The Briton stayed second in the championship but is now just one point shy of overall leader Bottas, who won and scored the extra point for fastest lap in the season-opener in Australia two weeks ago.Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said it was always a balance between performance and reliability.advertisement”Charles was very unfortunate today,” he agreed. “He was the quickest guy and should have won the race but then things swing in the other direction.”Third place was still a first Formula One podium for Leclerc, and he also took an extra point for setting the fastest lap of the race, but that was scant consolation considering how much more he could have had.”It’s a very hard one to take,” said the youngster, in only his second race for Ferrari. “It’s a shame to only finish third, but it’s part of racing and we’ll come back stronger.”VETTEL SPINSLeclerc’s problems capped an already difficult day for Ferrari, with team mate Sebastian Vettel having a nightmare of his own.The German, who led initially but finished fifth, spun while defending second place from Hamilton and then lost his front wing in a spectacular shower of sparks.”I really struggled at the beginning of the race,” said a downcast Vettel. “Overall, there was not the pace I wanted to have today. Then obviously on top I had the mistake with the spin, so not a good evening”.”I lost the car very suddenly and once I spun it was too late. (It was) unfortunate that we had so much damage with the tyres that it caused the front wing to fail.”Dutch 21-year-old Max Verstappen finished fourth for Red Bull ahead of Vettel.British rookie Lando Norris put in a fine drive for McLaren to finish sixth, and score his first points in Formula One, ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen.”Just the whole race today was a lot more fun than Australia,” said Norris.”I could do a bit of overtaking… I could enjoy the experience of Formula One much more here. We just had better pace than we thought we were going to have.”Frenchman Pierre Gasly brought his Red Bull home in eighth ahead of Toro Rosso’s Thai driver Alexander Albon and Mexican Sergio Perez, who rounded out the top 10 for Racing Point.Canadian Lance Stroll made contact with the Haas of Romain Grosjean at the start, pitting for a new front wing, while McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Verstappen came together early. Grosjean and Sainz both retired.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Bahrain Grand PrixFollow Bahrain GPFollow Charles LeclercFollow Lewis HamiltonFollow Valtteri BottasFollow Mercedes AMGFollow Scuderia Ferrari
zoomImage by WMN Greece-based ship manager Thenamaris has placed an order for a large liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier with South Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).Under the deal, signed on June 13, the shipbuilder is scheduled to deliver the new unit in September 2020.The 81,500 dwt vessel will have a capacity of 174,000 cbm, data provided by VesselsValue shows.Hyundai Heavy Industries hired the French engineering company GTT to design the tanks of the new LNG carrier.The tanks will be equipped with the Mark III Flex membrane containment system.“This new order reinforces our long-term partnership with Hyundai Heavy Industries, with whom we have managed more than 50 new builds. We are also very pleased to accompany, once more, Thenamaris on its vessels projects,” Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, said.
BELLA BELLA, B.C. — The company responsible for a fuel spill that contaminated the fishing territory of a First Nation on British Columbia’s central coast has been fined $2.9 million but the Heiltsuk Nation says the sentence is “a long way from justice.”A tug boat owned by Texas-based Kirby Corp. ran aground and sank, spilling 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils in October 2016.Kirby pleaded guilty in May to separate counts under the Fisheries Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act and the Pilotage Act for the spill that damaged both fish and birds, and for failing to have a pilot aboard the vessel.Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Nation says the company should be banned from its territorial waters until there is proper restitution in accordance with the nation’s traditional laws.Slett, members of the community and representatives for Kirby participated in a sentencing circle during provincial court proceedings held in a gym in Bella Bella before Judge Brent Hoy announced the sentence.Kirby spokesman Paul Welsh says the company sincerely regrets the spill and has amended its operating procedures, training and equipment to help reduce the potential for future accidents. The Canadian Press
(From left): Brad May, manager, Adaptation and Impacts Research Section, Environment Canada; Ryan Plummer, associate professor, Tourism and Environment, Brock University; Heather Auld, associate director, Adaptation and Impacts Research Section, Environment Canada; Don MacIver, director, Adaptation and Impacts Research Section, Environment Canada; Ian Brindle, Vice-President Research; Thomas Dunk, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences.Brock University, Environment Canada and the Stockholm Environment Institute have formalized plans to collaborate on a climate change research initiative that will benefit both Canada and Sweden.Adapting national and international climate-change research to local level strategies is the aim of a new tripartite agreement involving researchers from all three institutions. Each group brings integral skills and background to the agreement, which is intended to advance both knowledge and practice.Don MacIver, director of Environment Canada’s Adaptation and Impacts Research Section, visited Brock yesterday along with Heather Auld, associate director of Adaptation and Impacts Research Section, and Brad May, manager, Adaptation and Impacts Research Section, to hand deliver the Letter of Agreement, which confirms the federal government’s financial contribution through their Grants and Contributions Process.The letter confirms $50,000 for the first year of a multi-year agreement.As part of the arrangement, May will become an adjunct professor at Brock in the Department of Tourism and Environment beginning July 1. He will also act as a link to Environment Canada’s vast national and international climate change science and research networks.“Environment Canada is happy to contribute to this initiative both financially and scientifically,” said MacIver.Environment Canada will also provide scientific expertise and an historical perspective concerning large, national output models as they relate to climate change adaptation research.“This agreement will significantly enhance our capacity to conduct climate-change and sustainability research that will have an international impact and appeal,” said Ian Brindle, Vice-President Research. “It demonstrates Brock’s ability to collaborate on timely research initiatives and represents a bold first-step in the development of this joint project.”“This tri-partite agreement will enable us to better understand and apply adaptive climate change strategies that are participatory, learning oriented and concerned with governance,” said Ryan Plummer, associate professor, Tourism and Environment at Brock.
They spend their lives in the cloistered world of the Royals, with endless official engagements, carefully-managed public appearances and, this week, a publicity drive on the weighty issue of mental health.Little wonder, then, that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took the chance to let their hair down, in an extraordinary Radio 1 interview which saw him ticked off over texting in the car, joke about his “dad dancing” and asked who would win in a fight between the Duke and his brother. Show more The Duke revealed how he is “clinging on” to listening to the youthful Radio 1 at the ripe age of 34, conceding they could go undercover at music festivals in false beards, and detailing their love of box sets including Homeland and the bloodthirsty Game of Thrones “once the kiddies are in bed”. Have you tried on your digital #HeadsTogether headband yet? Here is The Duke & Duchess wearing theirs. Download yours via the Snapcode pic.twitter.com/aUJcGSdKUw— Heads Together (@heads_together) April 21, 2017 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave unprecedented insight into their home lifeCredit:BBC In a final video for Heads Together, the brothers yesterday morning admitted they failed to talk to one another enough about the death of their mother, saying they had been been “uniquely bonded” by their trauma and urging others to speak out earlier. In an unusual question for royal interviews, Mills asked him: “If there was a fight between you and Harry, who would win?”“That’s clearly obvious,” the Duke replied. “Me. Because I’m bigger.”He also called for a re-run of the sprint race with Prince Harry, done in front of the cameras for Heads Together earlier this year.“There was definitely some steward inquiry needed on that race because we agreed we’d do a show run. Then I see the glint in my brother’s eye, and the little cheeky grin that my wife’s got.” He also got a light-hearted ticking off from his wife for saying he had texted in to Radio 1 using an alibi while driving to work for an early morning air ambulance shift. “Some of them are really good, but you have to pretend you’re really interested in it because George gets very upset if you’re not showing due diligence to the characters.”Prince George is besotted with Fireman Sam, he added, but had outgrown Peppa Pig, with Princess Charlotte about to be the right age to watch it.“It’s your turn to sit with them next time,” the Duke told his wife. Scott Mills interviews the Royal couple along with DJ Adele, who is running the marathonCredit:BBC The Duchess giggles are a range of frank questions about their habits By the end of the interview, they had descended into hysterics after presenting Adele with some Vaseline to help her marathon on Sunday which listeners quickly dubbed “royal lube”.The interview was a light-hearted end to a serious week, which has seen the Duke, Duchess and Prince Harry each speak frankly about their own mental health. Prince William reads texts from listeners about “Royal lube” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. On their television viewing habit, the Duke said wearily: “A lot of children’s programmes, my goodness. The Duchess interjected: “What are you doing texting in the car?” before he rapidly assured listeners he had pulled over in a lay-by.The couple appeared on the Scott Mills show for 15 minutes alongside DJ Adele, who is running the marathon for the royals’ charity Heads Together. It is their first joint interview to be broadcast live on air. But after a short conversation plugging the charity, the London Marathon and the importance of speaking about mental health issues, they got down to the questions many normal people would have loved to ask.They told listeners the use their phones “far too much”, that the Duchess will “answer to most things” when it came to her name, and that their favourite takeaway is curry despite the Duke being “not so good with spicy food”. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have been undertaking publicity for Heads Together all week The Royal couple gave an unprecedented insight into life behind Kensington Palace doors, descending into fits of giggles as they were gently teased on air about their television habits, takeaways and what to buy for the Queen on her 91st birthday. With only a little encouragement, the Duke and Duchess shared details of their home life which will ring true with parents all over the world, including how they are compelled to feign real interest in the intricacies of children’s television so as not to upset Prince George. On what to buy his grandmother for her 91st birthday, the Duke admitted: “It’s quite hard to know what to give the Queen. “We’ve tried making a few things. Now the great-grandchildren are around, they can make things and of course that goes down really well.”Prince George, he added, was “very good at arts and crafts”.“Are you taking credit for the arts and crafts?” the Duchess wondered, laughing.“This is putting the marriage on the line,” the Duke told the audience. At one point, the Duke joked about his now infamous “dad dancing” on the ski slopes of Verbier, answering the question of whether he goes to many music gigs by joking: “You know I’ve got in enough trouble with my dancing recently, so it’s best to keep away from that.” While visiting Radio 1, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made an appearance on Scott Mills showCredit:BBC On Sunday, the trio will attend the London Marathon to cheer on charity runners, the culmination of a year of campaigning to start a “national conversation” about mental health.
The trip will have been deemed particularly inflammatory by the Russians and came amid heightened tensions between the two countries.The following year, British troops arrived in Estonia as part of a major Nato mission in the Baltic states to deter Russian aggression after its annexation of Crimea in 2014 heightened fears of attack.A US think tank has warned that Russian tanks could be in the Baltic capitals within 60 hours.The trips were kept secret, known only to a select few intelligence agents.They were likely approved and facilitated by the British authorities as a means of both helping allies and providing Col Skripal with an income. Although not illegal, or particularly unusual for defectors, the briefings will have helped intelligence officers working to thwart Russian operations in Europe.Col Skripal began spying for MI6 in 1995 and worked as a double agent in Spain.Spain’s foreign intelligence agency, CNI, declined to discuss whether he had collaborated in recent years with Madrid, saying the question was “a red line we cannot cross”. Police officers work near the scene Sergei Skripal and his daughter were foundCredit:Jack Taylor/Getty Images In 2006, Col Skripal was sentenced to 13 years in a Russian jail for spying for Britain and released to the UK in a 2010 spy swap.He remains in Salisbury District Hospital following the nerve agent attack and the NHS has expressed hope that he will be discharged in due course. The former spy is said to have visited Estonia as recently as June 2016, in which “very sensitive information” was discussed with a “select group of intelligence officers”.MI6 helped facilitate the meeting, it is claimed. British security services sent Sergei Skripal to Eastern Europe to share Russian spy secrets, it has been claimed.The former Russian spy is said to have travelled widely, offering information on Russian espionage to security officers in both Prague and Estonia.Such briefings were on Monday cited as a possible motive for Russia’s attempt to kill both Col Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, with a powerful nerve agent at their Salisbury home in March.He met with Czech intelligence officials on several occasions, according to the New York Times.A visit to Prague in 2012, when he reportedly provided information about Russian espionage methods and the activities of his former colleagues operating in Europe, was described as “beneficial” and his information, although dated, was deemed valuable.He arrived in the city shortly after his wife, Lyudmila, died. But although he was grieving, he was in “good spirits,” drinking with intelligence officers and joking that his doctor had prescribed whiskey for high blood pressure.One agent suggested that although he was in poor health, his mind was sharp.In fact, Col Skripal was so helpful that Czech intelligence officers continued to meet with him, reportedly making several trips to Britain in subsequent years. Sergei Skripal is said to have been briefing European intelligence officersCredit:YURI SENATOROV/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. His daughter is at a secret, secure location after being released from hospital last month. She is expected to be kept under tight security while she continues to recover.Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, publicly identified the Kremlin as responsible for the nerve agent attack on the Skripals, in a speech to security chiefs in Berlin on Monday.He accused Vladimir Putin’s regime of conducting an unprecedented campaign of disinformation following the attempt to kill the Skripals and highlight the need “to shine a light through the fog of lies, half-truths and obfuscation that pours out of their propaganda machine”.In his first public remarks since the poisoning, he condemned the “reckless” attack, saying it put “numerous” lives at risk and said the Skripals had only been saved thanks to “near miraculous” medical treatment.Russia has denied any involvement in the attack and criticised the British investigation for a lack of transparency.
India’s Kolkata Municipal Corporation has ordered an investigation into the alleged sale of “artificial eggs” made of “plastic” in the city’s markets, the KMC mayor said on Thursday.Acting on a police complaint by Anita Kumar, who discovered “artificial eggs” once she cracked a couple open, the civic body has asked police and municipal officials to check all municipal markets.“These eggs are being sold in the Tiljala market. As soon as I got to know about the complaint, I let the police know so that we can carry out checks of all municipal markets. I have also received some documentary evidence,” KMC mayor Sovan Chatterjee said.According to Anita Kumar, the “fake egg” had a strange “plastic-like quality” when it was spread out on a pan.“I tested my suspicion by putting a match to it and it caught fire. The shell also looked plastic. I was sure that this was not natural and, being a mother, I felt I should alert the public,” Anita said.
The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs’ Baltimore City Club are hosting their “Making History…Leaving a Legacy” luncheon on March 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St, Mary the Virgin, 3121 Walbrook Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216. Contact Rochelle Purnell at 410.365.9662 for more information.
Gracenote has been in the music data business for close to 20 years. Originally, the company helped consumers automate the copying of audio CDs with a giant database of albums and sound recordings that still powers apps like Apple’s iTunes. In recent years, Gracenote has expanded to not only catalog sound recordings, but also classify them to help music services and other curators.To do so, Gracenote is using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies, effectively teaching computers to listen to millions of tracks and make sense of what they’re hearing. Until recently, these efforts only focused on moods and vibes, with categories like “sultry,” “sassy” and “gentle bittersweet.”With Sonic Styles, the company expanded its AI work to include close to 450 style descriptor values. “Sonic Style applies neural network-powered machine learning to the world’s music catalogs, enabling Gracenote to deliver granular views of musical styles across complete music catalogs,” said Hamilton.Gracenote executives previously told Variety that using AI for music recognition can come with its own set of challenges. For instance, computers can listen to characteristics of an audio file that aren’t actually music and determine that they are part of a certain mood or genre.“It can capture a lot of different things,” said Gracenote’s VP of research Markus Cremer for a previous behind-the-scenes look at the company’s AI work. Unsupervised, Gracenote’s system could for example decide to pay attention to compression artifacts, and match them to moods, with Cremer joking that the system may decide: “It’s all 96 kbps, so this makes me sad.”However, categorizing music on a song level can ultimately help make it more accessible — especially now that people don’t spend a long time navigating through their carefully curated collections anymore, but simply ask their smart speaker to start playing something. Said Hamilton: “These new turbo-charged style descriptors will revolutionize how the world’s music is organized and curated, ultimately delivering the freshest, most personalized playlists to keep fans listening.” Nielsen-owned media data specialist Gracenote wants to help music services make better mixes with fewer outliers: The company announced a new music dataset called Sonic Style Wednesday that classifies 90 million tracks not by the genre the artist is known for, but the actual style of the recording.This will allow services making use of Gracenote’s data to for instance compile a playlist of all of Taylor Swift’s dance pop hits, while keeping anything that sounds too much like country out of the mix. Or combine The Clash’s old-school punk tracks without adding some of the bands new wave fare.“Now that playlists are the new albums, music curators are clamoring for deeper insights into individual recordings for better discovery and personalization,” said Gracenote music and auto GM Brian Hamilton. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Netflix has persuaded everyone’s favorite naturalist, David Attenborough, to voice its forthcoming original nature documentary series, Our Planet, which is slated to put conservation squarely in the frame, not just offer glorious animal eye-candy.It’s a timely moment to focus on conservation, with climate change posing existential threats to global biodiversity — unless humans act to limit temperature rises.Since the 1970s, Attenborough has voiced and fronted myriad major BBC nature documentaries, including the recent critically acclaimed Blue Planet series.Some of his output has been available to stream on Netflix. But now the on-demand video platform has signed the 92-year-old to voice an eight-part original nature series it’s been creating in collaboration with Silverback Films — whose director, Alastair Fothergill, was the creator of both Blue Planet and the also critically acclaimed Planet Earth documentary series — and conservation charity WWF.Our Planet is due to premiere on Netflix on April 5 next year and is slated to showcase the planet’s “most precious species and fragile habitats,” making use of “the latest in 4k camera technology.”Netflix said yesterday it is “delighted” that Attenborough will voice the series, which will be made simultaneously available to its subscriber base, spanning more than 190 countries.Filming for the series has been taking place in 50 countries across all continents of the world, with 600+ crew members capturing more than 3.5k filming days to bring the project together.Speaking at WWF’s State of the Planet Address event in London yesterday, Attenborough said: “Our Planet will take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery showcasing the beauty and fragility of our natural world. Today we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home but there’s still time for us to address the challenges we’ve created, if we act now. We need the world to pay attention. Our Planet brings together some of the world’s best filmmakers and conservationists and I’m delighted to help bring this important story to millions of people worldwide.““We hope it will inspire and delight hundreds of millions of people across the world so they can understand our planet, and the environmental threat it faces, as never before,” added Fothergill in another supporting statement. “By launching on Netflix at the same time all over the world, this series will enable people to connect to and understand the shared responsibility we all have. We are genuinely all in this together.”Netflix’s says the partnership with WWF means the series will be part of a wider global project that’s intended to promote conservation awareness, including via online resources and educational programs for schools.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The occupants of the Avanza were returning home after work.Paramedics and other emergency services arrived at the scene shortly after 6.30pm, finding two wrecked vehicles on opposite sides of the road.The exact cause of the crash is unknown and the Pietermaritzburg Collision Unit is investigating the case.Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the deceased.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! 6 people were injured and 5 tragically lost their lives in a head-on collision between a Toyota Avanza and a Land Rover on the Bergville road last night (September 4).“A female is currently in ICU, fighting for her life, and another passenger is in hospital in a stable condition. The remaining four passengers were seen to in hospital and later discharged,” said Ladysmith Provincial Hospital PRO Thabo Sithole.In the Land Rover was Chief Hlongwane from the Bergville area. He was returning from an ANC meeting in Ladysmith when the horrific collision occurred.Also read: Update: 5 dead in crash near Ladysmith (video included)Read initial story: 5 dead in crash near Ladysmith
NASA opens International Space StationNASA opens International Space StationNASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit.This move comes as NASA focuses full speed ahead on its goal of landing the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, where American companies also will play an essential role in establishing a sustainable presence.NASA officials, including the agency’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWit, will discuss details of the five-part near-term plan in a news conference at 10 a.m. EDT today. The news conference will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.NASA will continue research and testing in low-Earth orbit to inform its lunar exploration plans, while also working with the private sector to test technologies, train astronauts and strengthen the burgeoning space economy. Providing expanded opportunities at the International Space Station to manufacture, market and promote commercial products and services will help catalyze and expand space exploration markets for many businesses.The agency’s ultimate goal in low-Earth orbit is to partner with industry to achieve a strong ecosystem in which NASA is one of many customers purchasing services and capabilities at lower cost.NASA’s plan addresses both the supply-side and demand-side for a new economy, enabling use of government resources for commercial activities, creating the opportunity for private astronaut missions to the space station, enabling commercial destinations in low-Earth orbit, identifying and pursuing activities that foster new and emerging markets, and quantifying NASA’s long-term demand for activities in low-Earth orbit.Commercial Activities Aboard the Space StationMore than 50 companies already are conducting commercial research and development on the space station via the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, and their results are yielding great promise. In addition, NASA has worked with 11 different companies to install 14 commercial facilities on the station that support research and development projects for NASA and the ISS National Lab.This effort is intended to broaden the scope of commercial activity on the space station beyond the ISS National Lab mandate, which is limited to research and development. A new NASA directive will enable commercial manufacturing and production and allow both NASA and private astronauts to conduct new commercial activities aboard the orbiting laboratory. The directive also sets prices for industry use of U.S. government resources on the space station for commercial and marketing activities.Pricing released Friday is specific to commercial and marketing activities enabled by the new directive, reflects a representative cost to NASA, and is designed to encourage the emergence of new markets. As NASA learns how these new markets respond, the agency will reassess the pricing and amount of available resources approximately every six months and make adjustments as necessary.To qualify, commercial and marketing activities must either:require the unique microgravity environment to enable manufacturing, production or development of a commercial application;have a connection to NASA’s mission; orsupport the development of a sustainable low-Earth orbit economy. NASA’s directive enabling commercial and marketing activities aboard the space station addresses manufacturing, production, transportation, and marketing of commercial resources and goods, including products intended for commercial sale on Earth. NASA astronauts will be able to conduct coordinated, scheduled and reimbursable commercial and marketing activities consistent with government ethics requirements aboard the station.To ensure a competitive market, NASA initially is making available five percent of the agency’s annual allocation of crew resources and cargo capability, including 90 hours of crew time and 175 kg of cargo launch capability, but will limit the amount provided to any one company.Private Astronaut MissionsNASA also is enabling private astronaut missions of up to 30 days on the International Space Station to perform duties that fall into the approved commercial and marketing activities outlined in the directive released Friday, with the first mission as early as 2020. A new NASA Research Announcement focus area issued today outlines the path for those future private astronaut missions.If supported by the market, the agency can accommodate up to two short-duration private astronaut missions per year to the International Space Station. These missions will be privately funded, dedicated commercial spaceflights. Private astronaut missions will use a U.S. spacecraft developed under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.The commercial entity developing the mission will determine crew composition for each mission and ensure private astronauts meet NASA’s medical standards and the training and certification procedures for International Space Station crew members. Market studies identified private astronaut missions to low-Earth orbit as a key element to demonstrate demand and reduce risk for future commercial destinations in low-Earth orbit.Commercial Destinations in Low-Earth OrbitIn the long-term, NASA’s goal is to become one of many customers purchasing services from independent, commercial and free-flying habitable destinations in low-Earth orbit. A robust low-Earth orbit economy will need multiple commercial destinations, and NASA is partnering with industry to pursue dual paths to that objective that either go through the space station or directly to a free-flying destination.As a first step, NASA is making one space station port and utilities available for industry to attach a commercial module to support commercial activities, and today is releasing a synopsis as Appendix I in NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) 2 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). NASA expects to release the solicitation June 14, with awards made by the end of the fiscal year. The forward port of the station’s Harmony module will be available to industry for a finite period of time.NASA will follow up with a synopsis for NextSTEP 2 Appendix K in July to partner with industry in the development of future free-flying commercial stations in low-Earth orbit.Stimulate Sustainable DemandNASA continues to seek and pursue opportunities to stimulate sustainable commercial demand in low-Earth orbit and, to that end, has added two new focus areas to the NASA Research Announcement soliciting proposals for commercial concepts. these focus areas include in-space manufacturing, regenerative medicine, bioengineering, and other fields that may lead to a scalable, financially self-sustaining demand for low-Earth orbit capabilities.In addition, NASA is seeking targeted studies to better understand real and perceived barriers of potential new market entrants and to address broad ideas which could help stimulate demand. Successful proposals will define the path to broadly foster market growth, provide data-driven rationale to support the defined path, and lead to recommendations on which NASA, industry or other organizations could act. More details are available in the synopsis for NextSTEP 2 BAA Appendix J. NASA expects to release the solicitation for Appendix J on June 14 with awards made by the end of the fiscal year.NASA also is working to increase the research and development community’s understanding of the potential value of microgravity research and the path to conducting research in low-Earth orbit by coordinating across the microgravity community to lower barriers to entry and refinement of research via drop towers, parabolic, and suborbital flights.Quantify NASA’s Long-term DemandNASA is providing a forecast of its minimum long-term, low-Earth orbit requirements, representing the type and amount of services that NASA intends to purchase when those services become commercially available. The goal is to reduce uncertainty for commercial destination providers about NASA as a customer, and to help them make decisions about which NASA requirements they are interested in fulfilling.NASA also is providing details and estimated quantities for NASA crew accommodation, human research, biological and physical science research, technology demonstrations, and hosted science instruments. In addition, NASA intends to continue purchasing services for a national laboratory capability in low-Earth orbit. For example, NASA’s strategy research in the areas of space biology, physical sciences, and fundamental physics is driven by recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Fundamental research and applied exploration research are not mutually exclusive, and advances in one area often enable advancements in the other. NASA’s Space Life and Physical Sciences Research Applications division has identified the highest research priorities for long-term use of low-Earth orbit: in life sciences, the priorities are studies of plants, model organisms, and of the microbiome of the built environment; and in physical sciences, the priorities are studies into combustion and phase change-associated energy transfer.To improve the agency’s five-part plan and its effectiveness, NASA is seeking feedback from industry and others through a request for information, with responses due by July 3.For more than 18 years, humans have lived and worked aboard the International Space Station, conducting thousands of experiments in areas such as human research, biology, and physical science, as well as advanced technology development. Many of these experiments, conducted via the ISS National Lab, have been research and development with commercial objectives. New opportunities are needed to move beyond research and development, and the station will play an essential role in enabling those opportunities for new commercial markets needed to build a sustainable ecosystem in low-Earth orbit.Learn more about opportunities for commercial activities aboard the International Space Station:https://www.nasa.gov/leo-economy/low-earth-orbit-economySource = NASA
Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Clear Capital Evaluates Recent FHFA Data Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News FHFA Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-01-27 Abby Gregory The “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA) reported a 1.0 percent rise in U.S. house prices between the timeframe of October to November. “”The previously reported 0.2 percent decrease in October was revised downward to reflect a 0.7 percent decrease,”” according to FHFA. “”For the 12 months ending in November, U.S. prices fell 1.8 percent. The U.S. index is 18.8 percent below its April 2007 peak and roughly the same as the February 2004 index level.”” [IMAGE]Dr. Alex Villacorta, director of research and analytics at “”Clear Capital””:www.clearcapital.com/ commented that “”the latest readings from the FHFA Home Price Index (HPI) indicate that home prices have risen 1 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis, yet the more stable and indicative measure of overall market performance can be found in the 1.8 percent decline on a yearly basis.”” Villacorta continued, “”Much of the growth that we are seeing in home prices are coming from areas where there is significant investor activity, and all-cash purchases.””The FHFA monthly index is calculated by taking the purchase prices of houses backing mortgages that have either been sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and/or Freddie Mac. The nine different census divisions displayed a range from -0.2 percent in the Mid-Atlantic division to +2.1 percent in the West South Central division. This range was shown through the seasonally adjusted basis of October to November. “”As this index is calculated using sale prices from only the conforming loan segment of the market, it has a tendency to understate both gains and losses than the broader market,”” says Clear Capital’s Villacorta. “”While the latest FHFA reading is within 1 percentage point to our 2.8 percent yearly decline published in our [Clear Capital] October Market Report, our data through the end of January 2012 suggests that these short gains are quickly diminishing as the traditionally slow winter season takes hold, particularly in the Midwest markets,”” concluded Villacorta on the topic. The next release of information by FHFA will be towards the end of February, which will include the monthly HPI regarding the month of December, as well as quarterly HPI data concerning the fourth quarter of 2011. January 27, 2012 413 Views