Chocolate milkshake for Pujara after magnificent Test hundred in Australia

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara defied Australia’s bowling attack and overcame stifling conditions at the Adelaide Oval with a century on the opening day of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.India were in danger of being bowled out cheaply after reckless batting in the opening two sessions, but Pujara scored 123 runs as India reached 250/9 at stumps.The 30-year-old notched his 16th century and also passed 5,000 Test runs in the process. Just before the close, Pujara was run out by a direct hit from Pat Cummins to end his marathon innings.Pujara played with the determination and patience, which was lacking from the rest of India’s specialist batsmen. He scored his first hundred on Australian soil and joined an elite list of players courtesy his outstanding knock.Pujara became the sixth Indian batsman to score a hundred on the opening day of a Test match outside Asia after Vijay Manjrekar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay.Kohli is the only Indian batsman to achieve the feat twice in his career so far.Pujara meanwhile, also hit the third highest score by a visiting batsman on the first day of a Test in Australia.Incidentally, Pujara and Rahul Dravid have reached the 3000, 4000 and 5000-run mark in Test innings in equal number of innings. Pujara, like Dravid, has taken 67 innings to reach 3k, 84 innings to reach 4k and 108 innings to complete 5k runs in the longest format.After the end of play on the first day, where the temperatures soared to about 39 degrees, Pujara toiled hard for every run.advertisement”Although we play a lot of our cricket in India, the heat in Australia is different. It was a tough surface to bat on, initially, but after I settled down after a couple of sessions, I was confident,” Pujara said in the video posted by bcci.tv.”Once we lost Ashwin, I had to accelerate, I started playing my shots. This was one of my best Test innings. After batting for almost,” Pujara added.After batting for 246 balls on the first day of the tour, he said that he will be visiting the physio and even though he doesn’t like to take ice baths, he will have to for another gruelling day on Friday.Why @cheteshwar1 wants a ‘milkshake’ post his Adelaide ton.Man of the moment does a quick walkie talkie in under a minute post his energy sapping ton at Adelaide – by @28anandhttps://t.co/6lk6v6Z7bd #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/rP1wVSRP0KBCCI (@BCCI) December 6, 2018″I’ll have to recover a lot, will see the physio and get a massage. The weather has been really hot and humid. Although, we play a lot of cricket in India, but the heat in Australia is different. I’m not a big fan of ice bath but will have to take it today,” Pujara said.”I did take my protein shake for recovery, hopefully, it will give me some protein today. I should be back on the field tomorrow. Has to be a chocolate milkshake,” he added.(With inputs from AP)Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara hundred one of the very best in Adelaide: Darren LehmannGallery | Cheteshwar Pujara India’s lone bright spark as Australia bowlers dominateAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar blasts India batsmen after poor shot selection in Adelaide TestAlso Read | One good day isn’t going to win a series, says Mitchell StarcAlso watch –last_img read more

Russian chess grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik retires

first_imgRussian chess grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik, regarded as one of the strongest players in the world, announced on Tuesday he was retiring from professional competition.Kramnik, 43, made waves in 2000 when he defeated defending champion Garry Kasparov at the World Championship. Currently ranked seventh by the World Chess Federation, he became the undisputed world champion in 2006.”I already decided to finish my professional chess career a couple of months ago and now, after having played my last tournament, I would like to announce it publicly,” he said on the website of the Tata Steel Chess tournament that ended in the Netherlands on Sunday.Today, Vladimir Kramnik announces the end of his chess career. He has won virtually all top tournaments, including #TataSteelChess (1998). We would like to thank him for his many participations in our tournament and wish him all the best! Read: https://t.co/OKHwDYBjis pic.twitter.com/LNMEgPseD7Tata Steel Chess (@tatasteelchess) January 29, 2019Vlady,a friend,rival and confidant. One of the most influential chess players of our times.His rivalry was a constant inspiration.I will miss his dry humour at tournaments. For me you will always be the Big Vlad from 89. All the best Vlady in your new avatar.#VladimirKramnikViswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) January 29, 2019He said he was quitting to focus on chess education projects.last_img read more

Man vs Wild No eating of grubs in episode featuring PM Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Although Man vs Wild presenter Bear Grylls is often seen eating weird insects and animals, which are otherwise considered unpalatable, there will be “no eating of grubs” in the episode which features Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Talking to news agency ANI, Grylls said, “PM (Modi) is vegetarian, so there was going to be no eating of grubs or anything.”Grylls also made it clear that it is not necessary to feed upon wild animals or insects to survive in wild, varieties of herbs and fruits can do the work and since PM had spent his early days in the wild, he was quite comfortable with that. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “In the wild, you can survive very well off berries, roots, plants and certainly, PM spent his younger years in the wild, so he was very comfortable with that,” he said.Grylls also said Modi was “very calm” during filming. “Whatever we were doing, he was very calm. That was cool to see… What shone bright for me was his humility,” he said. “PM Modi is a man who cares deeply about the environment. That is why he came on this journey with me. He has actually spent time in the jungle as a younger man and I was surprised how comfortable he was out there and how calm he was,” he added, reported ANI. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Modi is all set to appear on a special episode of the popular wildlife show with Grylls at 9 pm on August 12 on Discovery India. They will be seen spending time in Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. Grylls said that the global broadcast will see the “unknown side of PM Modi” as he ventures into Indian wilderness to create awareness about animal conservation. In a clip released earlier by the makers, Grylls could be seen talking to PM Modi about the dangers of spending time in a wildlife area and how he has to keep ‘the most important man in India’ safe.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Stars Give Tree Top Troubadour A Boost

first_imgOn Saturday 2nd June, tree surgeon Ben Trevor will scale the tallest tree in his home county of Surrey, serenading his audience and entertaining music enthusiasts all over the world by performing a mini-concert at the top.His Tree Top Troubadour charity campaign, which has already attracted the attention of local media and celebrities and raised over £1000 in sponsorship for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, will be filmed and turned into a documentary with the help of fellow climbers and local filmmakers.Saturday’s event is the first in a series of three climbs which Ben hopes will continue to raise awareness and funds for the cause – chosen after his mother was successfully treated for breast cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital.‘We were all so relieved when my mum got the all clear, and obviously very thankful for the amazing care she’d received,’ explains Ben.‘After her recovery, mum did the Marsden March and a few other events to raise money. Seeing what she had achieved inspired me to do something myself to continue our support of this wonderful charity.’Following Saturday’s performance at the top of a 140ft Douglas Fir just off the A24 in Surrey, the intrepid tree surgeon’s sights are firmly set on the tallest trees in the UK and the World respectively. He is already working with top tree expert Iain Duncan towards a second performance atop the 210ft Grand Fir in Scotland before the end of Summer 2012.For his third and final concert, he will travel to the Redwood National Park in California, where Hyperion, the tallest tree on earth, stands at over 379ft. Almost three times the height of the Surrey tree, this is the ideal venue for a third and final Tree Top Troubadour gig, after which Ben willauction his own guitars to raise further money for the charity.The unusual method of fundraising has already grabbed the attention of former motor-cycle world champion James Toseland, who has pledged his support; and actors Andy Beckwith and Brian Blessed, who have agreed to record video messages of encouragement and inspiration.Rock star John Parr has agreed to perform a version of his classic hit St Elmo’s Fire at the start of the Scotland tree, and is currently assisting Ben in rewriting the lyrics for the Tree Top campaign.The Tree Top Troubadour in his natural environmentBen, a father of two, also plays in his own band, Bommerillo. It was his combined love of music and climbing which led to the idea for this unique charity stunt: ‘I was planning on climbing the Surrey tree at some point anyway, just for the achievement. There is a tradition among tree surgeons to leave a souvenir at the top, so I was going to leave my band’s CD. Then I realised it would be a good way to raise money, and before I knew it I’d committed myself to playing at the top of the tallest tree in the world!’Ben is well-qualified for his task in every respect, having been a tree surgeon for 8 years and played music since childhood. For him, the two activities complement one another perfectly: ‘the physical challenge and mental discipline of tree work balance the creative processes of songwriting andperformance.’More information about the Tree Top Troubadour campaign can be found on their Facebook page.Information about the Royal Marsden Hospital and Cancer Charity can be found at www.royalmarsden.org.Donations are welcome at www.justgiving.com/treetoptrobadour or you can show your support by following @treetoptroub on twitter.last_img read more

James Cromwell Arrested During Cat Abuse Protest

first_imgAcademy Award nominee and longtime PETA activist James Cromwell was arrested Thursday morning after interrupting a University of Wisconsin (UW) Board of Regents meeting to demand an end to cruel and deadly brain experiments on scores of cats at UW-Madison.Shouting “Shame on UW for mutilating and killing cats!” and holding graphic blown-up photos showing how UW drilled into, deafened, and decapitated a cat named Double Trouble, Cromwell and PETA supporters were surrounded by university police and taken out of the building. Video of the event will be available shortly.“The University of Wisconsin may think that grant money matters more than animals’ suffering, but the public who unwittingly funds this cruelty demands an end to these hideous experiments,” says Cromwell. “My friends at PETA and I will continue to call on UW-Madison to stop cutting into and killing cats in this useless experiment.”Thursday’s protest follows a January 22 letter sent by PETA to the UW Board of Regents describing the abuse of nine other cats in the same laboratory where Double Trouble was experimented on and killed, as documented by UW’s own records. PETA asked the regents for an immediate end to the cruel experiments but received no response.Double Trouble and other cats developed bacterial infections from the traumatic head and eye wounds inflicted on them, were starved for days at a time, and had their heads mutilated and stainless-steel posts screwed to their skulls. They were deafened and forced to work for small bits of food. Double Trouble was killed and decapitated. Some of the other cats may still be alive in a UW laboratory.More than $3 million in federal funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been wasted on this ongoing project, even though leading clinicians in the field have never cited the published study as contributing to improving human hearing. More than 200,000 people have used PETA’s website to ask the NIH to cut funding for these experiments.For more information, please visit PETA.org/DoubleTrouble.Source:PETAlast_img read more

LEONARD COHEN LIGHTS UP MONTREALS NIGHTS

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Facebook MONTREAL – The mural paying homage to Montreal icon Leonard Cohen will now cast its benevolent gaze over the city at night. In response to public demand to have the monumental artwork lit up, the charitable organization MU has secured permanent lighting for the mural with support from the Ville-Marie borough and Tourisme Montréal. Project partners and collaborators were gathered this evening at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in presence of Montreal Mayor, Valérie Plante; President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal, Mr. Yves Lalumière; and representatives of the Cohen family to celebrate this defining moment for Montreal.Tower of Songs, MU‘s 100th mural, was completed by artists El Mac and Gene Pendon in 2017. It was unveiled during the week of events commemorating the legendary artist’s death and is part of the cultural legacies left by Montreal’s 375th anniversary.“Our administration is pleased to contribute to illuminating this mural commemorating the great Montréal poet whose work has brightened millions of lives all over the world. From now on, the memory of Leonard Cohen will shine in the heart of downtown Montréal in both the literal and figurative sense” said Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal.Photo taken of the lighting tests, Credit: Olivier Bousquet The 21-storey portrait of Leonard Cohen is Montreal’s largest mural and has become a signature landmark in the city. It has contributed to Montreal’sinternational renown and has affirmed the city’s standing in the urban art scene. Tourisme Montréal acknowledged the artwork’s major impact by awarding MU the Innovation Award, for companies with less than 50 employees, during the Distinction Awards ceremony held last March.“Leonard Cohen is a Montréal legend. The Tower of Songs mural was created in honour of his legacy and quickly became a key feature in our urban landscape. This year, as Tourisme Montréal celebrates its 100th anniversary, we are offering permanent lighting for the mural as a gift to Montrealers and tourists alike,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. “Founded in 1919, our organization is the rallying force behind the city’s tourism ecosystem and plays a key role in defining tomorrow’s tourism trends by supporting innovative initiatives that help Montréal shine on the world stage. We’re confident that the new lighting will make our city brighter than ever. »The Tower of Songs mural is part of MU‘s “Montreal’s Great Artists” collection, which pays tribute to the creative minds and forces who have made outstanding contributions to Montreal’s cultural scene. It includes murals of Alanis Obomsawin, Michel Tremblay, Alys Robi, Janine Sutto, Oscar Peterson, Émile Nelligan, Dany Laferrière and Oliver Jones, among others. Beyond celebrating Montreal’s cultural ambassadors, both past and present, the collection also contributes to the city’s cultural legacy, providing Montrealers with opportunities to discover and connect with the history of their city and its neighbourhoods.Earlier in 2019, MU won the 34th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal, an important recognition within the city’s cultural community. The award recognizes the expertise which the organisation has developed over the last 12 years, as well as its social inclusion work and its positive impact on the city’s urban landscape.About MUMU‘s is a charitable non-profit organization whose mission is to beautify the city of Montreal by creating murals that are anchored in communities. At the heart of its approach is the desire to see and experience art on a daily basis, to trigger a social transformation and to turn Montreal into an open-air MUseum. In 12 years, MU has produced more than 120 large-scale murals in 17 neighbourhoods of the city and over 300 community-youth murals. In 2019, the organization was awarded the 34th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal in recognition of its social inclusion work and its murals, which have become true Montreal landmarks. www.mumtl.orgFacebook: facebook.com/MUMTL  | Twitter: @MUMTL  |  Instagram:@MUMTL Advertisementlast_img read more

Approval of legislation eases US government shutdown crisis

first_imgWASHINGTON- US House Representatives approves $1.1 trillion spending billThe Republican led House of Representatives have approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill. The massive spending measure eases many, but not all, of the automatic spending cuts that took effect last year.The legislation was approved with 359 votes against 67 in House which the Republican-controlled mostly. The document, 1,582 pages in length, covers everything from airports to agriculture and is expected by the Federal government to be funded until September 30. The Democratic led Senate is also expected to pass it this week. Lawmakers from both parties had little taste for an election-year standoff that might have triggered another unpopular government shutdown.last_img read more

Technology stocks push the market lower Dow falls 140

NEW YORK — A broad slide by technology companies pushed U.S. stocks lower in morning trading on Wall Street Monday, extending losses into another week.The U.S. decision to ban technology sales to China’s Huawei hammered the technology sector, particularly chipmakers. Investors are worried that the move could crimp sales for companies with revenue heavily tied to China. Broadcom and Qualcomm are both suppliers of Huawei’s and each get at least half their revenue from China. Their stocks, along with Micron Technology and Xilinx fell sharply.The ban is also adding more anxiety to a market worried about further escalations in the trade war between the U.S. and China. Both sides have gone back and forth raising additional tariffs on goods. The uncertainty is putting a dent in investor confidence and has pushed stocks lower for the last two weeks.Consumer-related stocks also fell heavily, led by Amazon and a smattering of other companies, including Nike and Starbucks.T-Mobile and Sprint were among the few companies to make gains. An expected favourable regulatory decision is going to speed up their $26.5 billion merger.Utilities and energy were the only sectors to post gains as investors looked for less-risky holdings. Utilities typically benefit when investors are concerned about a slowdown in economic growth and want to put their money into safer holdings.Companies are nearing the end of the latest earnings season. The results have not been as bad as Wall Street feared, with profit in the broad S&P 500 index contracting less than 1%. Home repair and supplies behemoth Home Depot will report its quarterly results Tuesday and retail giant Target will report results Wednesday.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 0.8% as of 10 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 139 points, or 0.6%, to 25,622. The technology heavy Nasdaq composite fell 1.6%.GOOD CONNECTION: T-Mobile and Sprint appear closer to completing a $26.5 billion merger after the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said he plans to recommend approval of the deal.T-Mobile rose 6% and Sprint surged 25.6%.The deal would position the companies to deploy a 5G network that would cover 97% of the U.S. population within three years of the closing of the merger and 99% of Americans within six years.CHIPPED SALES PROSPECTS: Chipmakers fell broadly as the sector deals with the fallout from The U.S. ban on technology sales to Huawei.The U.S. government says that Chinese suppliers, including Huawei and its smaller rival, ZTE Corp., pose an espionage threat because they are beholden to China’s ruling Communist Party.Qualcomm, which gets about 65% of its revenue from China, fell 5.4%. Broadcom, which gets nearly half of its revenue from China, fell 4.4%. Intel fell 1.7% and Xilinx fell 5.9%.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Maldives President sends his special envoy to Colombo

During the meeting, the Special Envoy of the President also handed over to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Ravi Karunanayake, MP, financial assistance from the Government of Maldives to the Government of Sri Lanka. The Special Envoy of the President was accompanied at the meeting by the Ambassador of Maldives to Sri Lanka Zahiya Zareer, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms Aminath Abdullah Didi and Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Maldives to Sri Lanka, Ms Khadeeja Najeeha. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Asim in his capacity as the Special Envoy of the President of Maldives met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Ravi Karunanayake, the Maldives President’s office said.During the meeting, the Special Envoy conveyed condolences from the Government and the people of Maldives to Sri Lanka following the flooding and landslides that occurred due to torrential rains resulting in the loss of several innocent lives, damages to infrastructure, and a significant disruption of the lives of hundreds of people; and informed that the Maldives stands with Sri Lanka during this difficult time. read more

No taxpayer payout needed for coalfired power shutdown in Alberta study

EDMONTON – Alberta power generators have no right to billions of dollars in compensation if the province shuts down coal-fired plants as part of its climate change strategy, says a study from a clean energy think-tank.The Pembina Institute says deals the companies agreed to long ago give them plenty of time to recoup their investments without big payouts from taxpayers.Nor should Albertans cover costs for coal-fired plants built after it was clear that climate change would affect government policy, says the institute’s report.“Now that we’d like to move away from your type of electricity, we don’t need to pay you off — you’ve been paid off for that capital,” summarized co-author Ben Thibault.Don Wharton, TransAlta’s vice-president of policy and sustainability, said recouping capital doesn’t account for the money generators are forced to spend to keep their coal plants operating safely.Shutting those plants too soon would weaken the very companies Alberta will depend on to finance the transition to cleaner power, he said.Retirement of coal-fired power is expected to be a major part of the Alberta government’s climate change policy, which is expected before the end of the month.Companies, using terms such as “expropriation,” have argued that taxpayers should compensate them for that. Some have warned that requiring them to close coal-fired plants before the companies want could put the government on the hook for as much as $4.6 billion.Not so, said Thibault.Sixteen of Alberta’s 18 coal-fired plants have power purchase agreements with the government that run out in 2020.Nine of those agreements expire at about the same time the plants are deemed in their agreements to have earned back their original investment. The rest would take a decade or so longer.Taxpayers have no obligation to compensate companies for facilities that have already earned back their capital, said Thibault.“The public doesn’t owe you anything given that we’ve accomplished our terms of the contract.”Plants that still have some value left in 2020 can earn back the rest of their capital on the open market, he suggested.The two plants without such agreements were built after it was clear that climate change was going to affect the regulatory environment. Their owners should have accounted for that risk, the report says.Equating the worth of those plants to their book value is too simple, said Wharton.“TransAlta spends tremendous amounts of capital every year to maintain those plants. They’re ignoring tens if not hundreds of millions in investment.“We’re required to do exactly that — we can’t let them die and be zero value at some book date.”Wharton emphasized TransAlta is not looking for a cheque.The company, together with Atco and Maxim, proposes it be exempted from future carbon taxes if it reduces its coal-fired generation to conform with the government’s current reduction targets for major emitters.“That, in our estimation, is adequate compensation for the lost production that we would incur by dialling back.”Wharton said retiring coal plants too quickly could slow the growth of renewable energy in Alberta. Forced to rapidly add generating capacity, companies would probably build natural gas facilities — substituting one fossil fuel for another.“We need to be cognizant of how we treat coal in order to get renewables.”Independent energy economist David Gray said Pembina is right to suggest taxpayers have no obligation to compensate power generators.“There’s no legislative requirement or anything else for the government to pay compensation,” said Gray.“They have those power plants fully paid off at the end of a power purchase agreement and they were looking forward to years of gravy.” No taxpayer payout needed for coal-fired power shutdown in Alberta: study by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 10, 2015 11:12 am MDT Last Updated Nov 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Some winners some losers emerge from first federal Liberal budget

OTTAWA – Budgets giveth and they also taketh away. Here is a look at some of the winners and losers in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s debut budget:Winner: First Nations. The budget allocates $4.22 billion over five years for improvements, including $2.6 billion for on-reserve education, $1.8 billion for water and wastewater infrastructure, $634.8 for child and family services, $969.4 million over five years for education infrastructure and $554.3 million for housing needs.Winner: Veterans. The disability award for vets will rise to $360,000, retroactive to 2006, while the earnings loss benefit to injured vets will rise to 90 per cent of pre-release salary. The government will re-open nine veterans’ service offices across the country and add a 10th office. The government says this means $5.6 billion more in direct payments to veterans and families over five years.Winner: Students. Canada student grants will rise to $3,000 from $2,000 for low-income students, to $1,200 from $800 for middle-income students and to $1,800 from $1,200 for part-time students. Total: $1.53 billion over five years.Winner: Families. The new $10-billion Canada Child Benefit will provide tax-free cheques of as much as $6,400, depending on the family situation.Winner: Those seeking EI benefits. Rules will be changed to make it easier for new entrants to the job market and for those re-entering the market to qualify for benefits. The wait period for the first EI cheque will drop to one week from two. Benefit periods will be extended by five weeks in areas with the sharpest increases in unemployment.Winner: Infrastructure plans. The document sets aside $11.9 billion for improvements to transit, water and green infrastructure and social infrastructure.Winner: Arts and Culture. The CBC will get $675 million over five years, with another $550 million for the Canada Council for the Arts.Winner: Canadian Coast Guard. The Kitsilano search and rescue lifeboat station, closed under the previous government, will re-open as a coast guard base with an expanded environmental response capability: Cost: $23.6 million over five years.Winner: The environment. A low-carbon economy fund gets $2 billion over two years beginning in 2017-18. Another $1 billion over four years goes to support future clean technology investments, as well as $130 million over five years to support clean technology research and development.Losers: Small businesses. The government will not proceed with reductions in the small business tax rate promised in the last Conservative budget. They would have dropped the rate from 11 per cent to nine per cent on the first $500,000 of qualifying income as of Jan. 1, 2019. Instead, the rate will fall to 10.5 per cent, and future cuts are being deferred.Losers: National Defence. Billions in planned equipment spending is pushed off past the next election.Losers: Tax breaks. The budget undoes some of the former Conservative government’s targeted tax breaks, including tax credits for tuition and textbooks and children’s fitness and arts costs and income-splitting for families with children. Some winners, some losers emerge from first federal Liberal budget by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2016 2:11 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Backup QB Who Gets Paid A Lot To Never Play

Quarterback Chase Daniel is guaranteed to make at least $7 million over the next two years playing football for the Chicago Bears. But Daniel is unlike most of the NFL signal callers who lock in that type of money: There’s a very good chance he won’t actually be playing football.Teams usually deal with the backup quarterback position in one of two ways: Invest in young talent to push the incumbent starter to a higher level of play — and potentially usurp the starter down the road — or hire a veteran with a dad bod to effectively be another coach with a clipboard, providing mentorship and game-management advice. Daniel is certainly the latter. And yet, after a season in which a backup quarterback hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and another brought his team to the NFC Championship Game, the position is unquestionably important.It also might be the best gig in the NFL. The backup QB is the player who sees the least amount of time on the field — and has an infinitesimal chance of injury — while still cashing a hefty paycheck. In nine seasons as a professional, Daniel has started two games and attempted 78 passes. To put that in perspective, Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger attempted 66 passes in a single game last season.But what the 31-year-old Daniel lacks in experience, he makes up for in income. Perhaps no player in the history of the sport has monetized the position of backup quarterback to the degree the Missouri graduate has. This offseason, Chicago signed Daniel to back up its franchise quarterback of the future, Mitch Trubisky. If Daniel plays a significant amount this year, something has gone very wrong for the Bears. But the team still rewarded him with a two-year, $10 million deal with $7 million guaranteed. Only 18 quarterbacks currently have a higher percentage of guaranteed money, and that list is largely made up of marquee players, like Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins, and novice quarterbacks who were taken early in the NFL draft — players whose contracts are locked in by the rookie wage scale.1Daniel trails just 35 quarterbacks in terms of total guaranteed money.Daniel has generated $24.3 million over his career. That equates to $311,594 per pass thrown or $261,337 per yard ran. Daniel is No. 72 on the all-time earnings list among quarterbacks. Should he receive all $10 million of his deal, his career earnings would stretch to $34.3 million; only 51 quarterbacks have ever netted that much over a career.2Clearly, resources have changed. The 2018 NFL salary cap reached $177.2 million, a 412 percent increase from the $34.6 million it was set at in 1994, the year the cap was introduced. Contracts signed even five years ago hardly compare with the ones signed this offseason. There’s a reason that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly earned less total money than Joey Harrington.Consider that, among the top 100 quarterbacks all time in career earnings, the average gunslinger started 93 games, threw for 21,817 yards and amassed 134 touchdowns through the air. Daniel’s figures scarcely compare. In his first four seasons carrying a clipboard in New Orleans, Daniel attempted just nine passes. Then came two productive seasons in Kansas City in 2013 and 2014 in which he started a game each. But over the past three seasons, Daniel has heaved precisely three passes. By comparison, Johnny Hekker has attempted three times as many passes over that stretch. Johnny Hekker, by the way, is a punter.All this isn’t to say that Daniel can’t sling the ball around. When he was a Heisman Trophy finalist at the University of Missouri, Daniel threw for at least 400 yards four separate times. But since he made it to the NFL, he has as many interceptions as he does touchdowns.3One of each.We can use Approximate Value4Pro-Football-Reference.com’s method of approximating a player’s value in any given season. to evaluate a player’s on-field impact more comprehensively. Offensive standouts like Aaron Rodgers, Todd Gurley II and Antonio Brown might produce a single-season AV of 15. League-average offensive players might produce a single-season AV of around 5. Daniel has produced a career AV of 2. The last time Daniel brought measurable on-field value to his team was 2014, when he played for the Chiefs. In fact, the only quarterback since the 1970 merger who accumulated less approximate value over the first eight years in which he accumulated any statistics was Doug Pederson, now the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.5Daniel played for Pederson in 2016. In the same time frame, only 24 players across all positions accumulated less approximate value than Daniel over their first eight years in the league.To get a better understanding of suitable player compensation, we can divide a player’s career earnings by his AV to roughly distill how much the player was paid to perform. Daniel has earned $12,152,158.50 per AV point. No other active player ranked in the top 250 in career earnings has netted more than $3.4 million per AV point, with the average player on the list earning less than $900,000 per AV point.A sizeable portion of this has to do with opportunity. Daniel has barely seen the field in the past three seasons, appearing in only four total games. It’s no wonder he hasn’t been getting the reps, though. Upon entering the league, Daniel served as a backup to Drew Brees from 2009 to 2012, Alex Smith from 2013 to 2015, Carson Wentz in 2016 and Brees again last season. Playing second fiddle (or, in some cases, third) to an all-time great, an above-average talent and a recent MVP candidate is nothing to sneer at. And given that understanding, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Daniel has thrown fewer passes over his first eight NFL seasons than any quarterback in league history.The average NFL career is short — about 3.3 years. That’s what happens when you play a sport where each play feels like a car crash. Quarterbacks fare longer, with an average career span of 4.4 years. Daniel has more than doubled that. It can’t hurt that he’s only been sacked seven times in his career; no quarterback has been dropped less over his first full eight seasons. For comparison, at this point in his career, Steve Young had already been tackled behind the line of scrimmage 146 times. As Daniel told The Athletic, “I don’t have any mileage on my body.”Despite hardly playing, Daniel is a success story in many respects. Only 21 undrafted quarterbacks since the 1970 merger saw in-game action in at least nine seasons. Daniel will likely be the 22nd. And while his career has been a far cry from the Warren Moons and Tony Romos of the world, he at least has a Super Bowl ring.Right now, even Daniel’s own teammates don’t always recognize him (for real). One injury could change that and thrust Daniel into a role of utmost importance. This would be the opportunity that has eluded him his entire career — even if his bank account suggests otherwise. read more

Ava and Mining3 partner up to provide condition monitoring solution for conveyors

first_imgAva Risk Group has signed a development and commercialisation agreement with Mining3 aimed at launching an “innovative new performance management solution” that could revolutionise the condition monitoring of conveyors, the ASX-listed risk assurance company said.The agreement will strengthen the recently announced strategic alliance between Future Fibre Technologies (FFT), an Ava Group division, and Mining3, a leading global mining research and innovation company.Ava explained: “Conveyor maintenance is a significant daily problem for the mining, cement, pulp and paper and agriculture sectors. Conventional methods of advanced detection of failure in conveyors are unreliable, time-consuming and labour intensive.”Under the three-year agreement, FFT will use its Aura Ai-2 advanced fibre optic sensing platform, combined with Mining3’s signal processing algorithms, to bring to market a new FFT product that provides the world’s “most advanced predictive conveyor condition monitoring system for the global mining industry”, Ava said. The product will provide wear detection to pre-empt roller failure using FFT’s fibre optic solutions, with FFT investing up to A$250,000 ($177,437) to develop and market the new jointly created product. FFT will also have worldwide rights to the commercialisation of the technology.This solution is expected to launch later this year and, Ava said, “provides a first mover advantage for the Ava Group, in a potential total addressable market of up to A$300 million”.Ava Group CEO, Chris Fergus, said: “Mining companies are striving to realise the full benefits of evolving digital capabilities to sustain and enhance improvements in productivity, including looking at ways of using data more effectively to enhance asset management, improve reliability and introduce predictive capability.“This partnership is a result of our focus towards providing innovative solutions to clients in key strategic sectors. The potential opportunity for Ava Group is transformational as we begin to execute and leverage on our strong portfolio of intellectual property to address our adjacent market solution strategy”.Prof Paul Lever, CEO of Mining3, said: “We believe that partnerships such as this will drive the industry forward, building trust with suppliers by turning vendors into partners. Ava Group’s approach to collaborative innovation with service companies and suppliers is to be commended and we look forward to working with the FFT team to extend the application of their world-class technology beyond the initial solution.”The Ava Group is a leader in the provision of risk management services and technologies and features a range of complementary solutions including intrusion detection for perimeters, pipelines and data networks, biometrics, card access control and locking as well as secure international logistics, storage of high value assets and risk consulting services.Mining3, meanwhile, is a leading research organisation, directed by its global mining industry members to develop and deliver transformational technology to improve the productivity, sustainability, and safety of the mining industry.last_img read more

Repeal bus to distribute abortion pills in cities and colleges around Ireland

first_img 24,804 Views By Órla Ryan Share Tweet Email Briana O’Doherty at Connolly station in 2014, after she took a train with other pro-choice campaigners from Dublin to Belfast to bring back abortion pills. Source: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA ImagesROSA IRELAND IS planning to distribute abortion pills to cities and universities around Ireland.The organisation is part of the movement calling for the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which gives equal status to the unborn and the mother, to be repealed.The ‘Bus 4 Repeal’ will start its journey in Dublin on 6 March before travelling to a number of cities and universities, and returning to the capital on 8 March.In a statement, Rosa said the purpose of the tour is “both to provide direct assistance to those in need of safe abortion pills and to campaign for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to legalise abortion in Ireland”. 171 Comments Source: RosaThe planned route is as follows:Monday 6 MarchUniversity College DublinWaterford ITCork CityTuesday 7 MarchUniversity College CorkLimerick CityGalway CityWednesday 8 MarchNUI GalwayNUI MaynoothDublin CityThe Citizens’ Assembly, made up of a chairperson and 99 citizens, has held a number of hearings about abortion and is expected to deliver a report in the coming months on whether or not a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment should take place.The assembly received over 13,000 submissions about the issue. Both pro- and anti-amendment groups had encouraged members of the public to submit their views for consideration.Read: Citizens’ Assembly given extra day to discuss abortion issueRead: Citizens’ Assembly receives over 13,000 submissions about abortionRead: Study shows vast majority of Irish women who took abortion pills feel they made right decision http://jrnl.ie/3216154 center_img Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 7:57 AM Feb 1st 2017, 7:57 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL ‘Repeal’ bus to distribute abortion pills in cities and colleges around Ireland Rosa said the tour will “provide direct assistance to those in need of safe abortion pills”. last_img read more

Switch Games That Arent Zelda HasBeen Heroes

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.I thought my confessional on why I don’t like roguelikes might be the last thing I’d ever have to write about the genre. However, a significant amount of the intriguing indie games coming to Nintendo Switch That Aren’t Zelda draw inspiration from this accursed unforgiving strain of permadeath RPGs. Beloved blasphemy blaster The Binding of Isaac is already available and soon we’ll get to play Enter the Gungeon and Tumbleseed and Gonner and who knows what else. So if I’m going to keep writing these columns, roguelikes are still in my future, roguelikes such as Has-Been Heroes (also available on other platforms).Published by GameStop’s new indie label GameTrust, Has-Been Heroes has a slight but serviceable set-up. Players control three warriors, two of whom used to be glorious heroes before they got old, escorting twin princesses across monster-infested lands. Once you inevitably die, a friendly deity collects the souls of monsters you have slain and gives you rewards as well as a new chance at life. Roguelikes tend to find clever ways to justify their endless loops, and Has-Been Heroes opts for a comedic, Groundhog Day tone.The story may be shallow, but the mechanics are the exact opposite, and somewhat difficult to describe in words. Three face buttons correspond to the three heroes in three different lanes. As monsters walk down one lane and can attack them. With the right timing, you can swap heroes in and out of lanes for combo attacks.It’s a lot of coordination to wrap your head around, but elaborate attacks aren’t optional. Enemies get tough quick, often dealing one-hit kills once they reach you, and they usually need to be stunned before they can be damaged. So you’ll have to use tactics like breaking a monster’s guard with the Rogue’s multi-strike attack and then dealing damage with the Warrior’s massive sword swing or the Monk’s staff, all while making sure attacks will be recharged in time for the next closest enemies.Combat is technically real-time, but you can pause at will to plan your next moves and reduce tension somewhat. If you are in a pinch, you can also use spells that shoot fireballs or multiply your attacks. In-between battles make sure to visit shops that sell random new spells and items.These mechanics aren’t immediately intuitive, but after enough deaths and restarts, I did begin to respect their fascinating complexity. I enjoyed pulling off smart and efficient combos that made use of every party member’s unique strengths. It’s almost like fantasy RPG Plants vs. Zombies. I just wish this gameplay was in a game that wasn’t a roguelike.I promise not to repeat this every time I write about roguelikes but it’s hard for me to get invested in a game where progression constantly slips between your fingers. I would be very interested in a proper RPG with these mechanics alongside persistent stats and spells and items earned. But fighting the same early enemies and bosses with the same base abilities over and over again is just boring as well as frustratingly hard.I also wish Has-Been Heroes looked a bit better. The heroes themselves have nice cartoon designs and unlocking more of them is the game’s greatest reward, but the art style is a little flat and sparse. This is especially disappointing since developer Frozenbyte’s Trine games paired three-character, The Lost Vikings action with gorgeous visuals back on the Wii U.If you enjoy roguelikes and are looking for a Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda, you can disregard much of what I just said and seriously consider giving Has-Been Heroes a shot. And even as a roguelike hater the unique mechanics were addictive enough to keep me coming back more often than I would’ve expected. But this wasn’t the game to change my mind about roguelikes. Until next time!Check back next week for another Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessorieslast_img read more

New wine spritzer coming to Vancouver store shelves

first_imgStarting this month, Vancouver shoppers might notice a colorful new addition to the wine and beer lineup at the supermarket. The city is set to become a test market for a new wine spritzer line from MillerCoors, the American branch of multinational brewing company MolsonCoors.The new product line, called Movo, is part of an effort by the company to branch out and establish itself in other markets beyond beer.“You either innovate or you die,” said Sofia Colucci, vice president of innovations for MillerCoors. “We recognize that we have not done enough. We need to do more and we are going faster, taking risks and listening to our distributors because they know the business better than anyone.”The 100-calorie Movo spritzers are available in Raspberry Rose, Peach White Blend and Blood Orange Sangria flavors, and are sold in 8.4-ounce cans that are 5.5 percent alcohol by volume. MillerCoors prominently declares that the sparkling beverage is made with “real wine, natural ingredients and no sugar added.”According to MillerCoors spokesman Marty Maloney, Movo was scheduled to roll out in Vancouver around the end of April, and will be sold at approximately 150-200 locations including grocery stores, convenience stores, liquor stores and at bars and restaurants for on-premises consumption.last_img read more

Lendlease links physical environment to its employees wellbeing

first_imgLendlease has linked its physical office environment to its employees’ health and wellbeing.The property and infrastructure organisation has partnered with Delos to develop a building standard that actively contribute to employees’ health, wellbeing and performance, and it intends to lead by example by implementing the initiative among its own workforce.The employer is introducing the standard as part of its commitment to the health and wellbeing of its employees. As part of the initiative, Lendlease will evaluate its regional offices for health and wellness performance.Geoff Dutaillis, group head of sustainability at Lendlease, said: “The built environment has a critical role to play in helping cities and governments transition towards a low carbon future; however, it’s the direct impact on human capital and productivity through increased focus on supporting health and wellbeing which is the untapped potential.”last_img read more

DEC says about 3000 gallons of diesel spilled near village of Beaver

first_imgBeaver is a village in the Yukon Flats in the Interior .(Alaska DEC graphic)There’s been a large fuel spill in the Yukon Flats village of Beaver.A report from the Alaska Department of Environment Conservation says an estimated 3,000 gallons of diesel were released at the village school Tuesday. The DEC says a heavy equipment operator plowing snow damaged piping at a tank farm. It says a school maintenance worker closed a valve to halt the release. The fuel impacted area is about 600 feet from the Beaver Village well and the Yukon River.DEC says the Yukon Flat School district and Beaver Village Tribal Council are working with the agency on response to the spill, including a plan to excavate impacted soilslast_img read more

After Ruling On Texas Sanctuary Cities Law Opponents Say Theyre Down But

first_imgJulian Aguilar/The Texas TribuneOn the last day of the 85th legislative session, protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4 — the “sanctuary cities” law — fill up the rotunda of the state Capitol in Austin on May 29, 2017. After opponents of Texas’ immigration-enforcement law were delivered what they said was a “punch to the gut” by a federal appellate court, they stressed Wednesday that they weren’t completely out of the fight.A panel of three 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled Tuesday that most of Senate Bill 4 can remain in effect while the case plays out. That came after it was partially blocked by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio last summer.Attorneys and immigrants’ rights groups who fought against SB 4 said their next move isn’t clear but that they’re considering seeking a hearing before the entire 5th Circuit.“There are a lot of parties [involved], so we are coordinating on this,” Efrén Olivares, the racial and economic justice director for the Texas Civil Rights Project, told reporters during a conference call. “But procedurally, the next step would be to request an en banc hearing.” There is also the possibility of asking the U.S. Supreme Court, he said. Share The plaintiffs’ attorneys admitted Wednesday that they were not surprised at the ruling due to the 5th Circuit’s conservative leanings, so it’s unclear how much faith they will have in pleading their case before the entire court. But, they said, there remains the option to show that in its implementation, SB 4 leads to several constitutional violations.The legislation prohibits law enforcement supervisors from preventing their local law enforcement officers from questioning the immigration status of people they detain or arrest. It also punishes local government department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration “detainers” — requests by agents to turn over immigrants subject to possible deportation — in the form of jail time and penalties that exceed $25,000, and it prohibits local entities from pursuing “a pattern or practice that ‘materially limits’ the enforcement of immigration laws” or prohibits “assisting or cooperating” with federal immigration officers as reasonable or necessary.Olivares said that while the next step in the appeals process is being considered, the lawyers and their supporters will also prepare for the case to head back to San Antonio. Tuesday’s ruling was only on the temporary injunction of SB 4; now, the district court is set to consider the law itself.In a statement released after Tuesday’s ruling, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the decision shows the law doesn’t run afoul of the U.S. Constitution. “I’m pleased the 5th Circuit recognized that Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans,” he said. “Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes.”One of the most controversial components of SB 4, what opponents call the “papers please” provision, was never halted and has been law since September. In his August ruling, Garcia allowed that part of the law to go into effect but said officers cannot prolong a stop for longer than necessary and can’t make an arrest solely based on immigration status. Olivares said he’s already heard this hasn’t always been the case and said that’s one of the challenges to the law that could be presented to the district judge.“Police officers are prolonging the stops on purpose just to allow for Border Patrol or [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] agents, and that is unconstitutional,” he said. “We know that is happening around the state and particularly in border areas, so we are keeping track of that.”Another option is for local governments to adopt or continue policies where being charged for an alleged misdemeanor doesn’t trigger automatic arrest, said Bob Libal, the executive director of Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based immigrant rights and private-prison watchdog group.“Local officials need to act swiftly to stop the arrest-to-deportation pipeline that will be accelerated by SB 4,” Libal said. “They can start by enacting policies that end discretionary arrests while ensuring that scarce public resources are not wasted on unnecessary immigration enforcement actions that terrorize the immigrant community.”last_img read more

How to Back Up an iPhone iPad or iPod Touch Using iTunes

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read If you own an Apple mobile device, you have no excuse for not backing it up, because Apple gives you two very simple and free ways for duplicating and storing a copy of your information: iCloud and iTunes.The benefit of backing up using iCloud is that it’s largely automated and can happen wirelessly. The downside is Apple only gives you 5GB space for free, so if you need more, you have to pay for it.With iTunes, you don’t face quite the same space limitations. It creates backups of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch right on your computer. Therefore, the amount of space allotted to your backups is fully in your control. It’s a slice of the free space on your PC or Mac. If you back up using iTunes, you can do it by connecting your iO device to your computer or by turning on wireless syncing with iTunes over Wi-Fi. Let’s see how it’s done.How to back up iPhone or iPad using iTunesBefore you make a backup of your iPhone or iPad using iTunes, it’s a good idea to check whether you have the latest latest version of iTunes (go to Help > Check for Updates), but it’s often not necessary.Wireless syncMake sure iCloud is turned off. On your iPhone, go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup and toggle iCloud Backup to off. Then go to Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, which will prompt you to connect your iPhone to your PC. Sign in to iTunes using your Apple ID and look for the small iPhone icon.In the menu that appears on the left, select Summary and scroll down to Options. Select “Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi” and click Apply on the bottom right.Disconnect your iPhone from the PC; if your PC and iPhone are on the same Wi-Fi network, your phone should appear in iTunes and allow for wireless backups.With a CableConnect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and launch iTunes. Your phone will appear as a small icon up top.Click that phone icon, and in the left-hand menu under Summary, click the items you want to back up. If it’s music, for example, click Music and check the box next to Sync Music. Choose whether you want to back up your entire library or select tracks and albums. Click Apply and do the same for movies, TV shows, and whatever else you want to sync. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. September 20, 2017 Listen Nowlast_img read more