Garry Sobers, the cricketing genius, turns 80,Garry Sobers, the cricketing genius, turns 80

first_imgA collage of pictures of West Indies cricketer and all-rounder Garry Sobers’ playing days. (from left) Garfield Sobers hits Trueman for four during his fine innings which pulled the West Indies from an early collapse against England in the fourth Test match on the opening day at Leeds on July 25, 1963. (Pubd. in Sport and Pastime on August 10, 1963); a close-up of Sobers’ lively bowling action from December 1965; Sobers hits a might drive off the bowling of Ray Inningworth (not in picture) at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on July 4, 1966. — The Hindu Archives SHARE COMMENT COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL × He was one of a kind who put West Indies on topcenter_img Published on A collage of pictures of West Indies cricketer and all-rounder Garry Sobers’ playing days. (from left) Garfield Sobers hits Trueman for four during his fine innings which pulled the West Indies from an early collapse against England in the fourth Test match on the opening day at Leeds on July 25, 1963. (Pubd. in Sport and Pastime on August 10, 1963); a close-up of Sobers’ lively bowling action from December 1965; Sobers hits a might drive off the bowling of Ray Inningworth (not in picture) at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on July 4, 1966. — The Hindu Archives cricket It may seem almost laughable today but growing up as a lefthander in India during the 1960s and ‘70s was not the easiest of things. People stared at you in restaurants while temple priests frowned at the use of my ‘wrong’ hand.These were difficult times for a youngster and my father would then talk to me about this left-handed wizard called Garry Sobers and his artistry on the cricket field. I saw his pictures in magazines and was delighted to know that here was a southpaw who was a hero in everyone’s eyes. Being a lefthander did not seem so morbid anymore and Sobers became my hero even though I never saw him bat or bowl.It was during my teenage years that I read more about this incredible cricketer who was clearly one of a kind. Today, as Sobers turns 80, it is with a sense of gratitude and admiration that I salute him on this momentous occasion. Over the years, I have devoured so much information about this remarkable individual that it is impossible to think that there will be another like him on the cricket field.His records are staggering with over 8,000 runs as a batsman and well over 200 wickets with the ball, where he could conjure up just about anything from raw pace to swing and spin. For nearly 35 years, he held the highest Test score record of 365 not out till a fellow West Indian, Brian Lara, surpassed it in the mid-1990s.While these are one part of the genius that was Garry Sobers, it was his ability to change the script of a Test match which was well and truly awesome. You only need to see the video of that breathtaking 254 for the Word XI against Australia to understand this better. Here was a 36-year-old Sobers against a ferociously quick Dennis Lillee and smashing him to all ends of the ground. It won the match for the World XI when all seemed lost at one point.Then you need to read about his incredible 163 not out against England at Lords in 1966. This was the time the West Indies had their backs to the wall with just a nine-run lead and half the side down in the second innings. Along came Sobers’ cousin, David Holford, and the two put on an unbeaten stand of 274 runs, which saved the game for the West Indies.It was during this series against England that the cricketing genius was at his best with the bat and ball. He had three big 100s in addition to a 94 and 81, which catapulted his tally to 722 runs in the five Tests. In addition, he picked up a pile of wickets which ensured that the West Indies walked away comfortably with a 3-1 win.Yet, my favourite anecdote is the Kingston Test of 1968 when Sobers proved yet again why he was simply the best of all time. The opponents were England again and the match was played on a treacherous wicket. Sobers was out for a duck in the first innings and, when his side followed on with a deficit of over 200 runs, scored a masterly 113 not out.There was more to come, though. After establishing a lead of 150-plus runs, he declared and threw down the gauntlet to England. Sobers then opened the bowling and the wickets began falling as the West Indies nearly pulled off a miraculous win. Imagine something like this happening after being in a bottomless abyss; only someone like Sobers could have written such a script.Ironically, it was this same kind of challenge which cost his side the series when he abruptly declared the West Indies’ second innings at Port of Spain, setting England a target of 215. This time around, there were no hiccups like the one seen at Kingston and the match was won. It was a crushing blow for the West Indies even though Sobers almost single-handedly won them the decider at Georgetown even while England’s last pair hung in there to claim the series 1-0.Today, on his 80th birthday, the gift he would cherish the most is to see West Indies cricket emerge a force to reckon with all over again. The absence of Tony Cozier, the celebrated West Indian journalist, who died a couple of months ago, will doubtless be felt too. Garry Sobers was an extraordinary cricketer to whom we owe plenty for those extraordinary moments. He deserves a special birthday treat. July 28, 2016last_img read more

Kejriwal posts cartoon, sets social media afire

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 16 (PTI) A section of the twitterati today attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for posting a cartoon which shows a Hanuman-esque figure assuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi that public attention has been diverted towards JNU from other pressing issues.Kejriwal posted the cartoon, published in a leading national daily, on his Twitter account. Within minutes, #Kejriwalinsultshanuman started trending.A person lodged a police complaint against the Delhi CM in Hyderabad seeking “appropriate action” against him for “hurting religious sentiments”.The point of contention appeared to be a character sporting a tail which can be seen flying towards Modi while assuring him, “Done Sir, all attention is on JNU”. The PM is shown standing amid raging fires over several socio-economic and security issues. #KejriwalInsultsHanuman. Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal must apologies unconditionally for mocking India & insulting Hanumanji,” one Arvind Gupta tweeted.Amit Malviya, in-charge of BJPs national IT department, tweeted, “If Kejriwal is benchmarked to the logic seculars applied after the Charlie Hebedo act, he should be at least in jail. #KejriwalInsultsHanuman”.Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay condemned Kejriwal for “hurting the sentiments of crores of Hindus” by portraying their revered Hanumanji in “bad taste”.”We feel that this bad portrayal has been intentionally done to please the Leftist section which is responsible for anti-national propaganda at Jawaharlal Nehru University,” he alleged.”Kejriwal must immediately apologize to the nation, especially to Hindus, for hurting the religious sentiments,” he said. PTI VIT SBR RCJ PAL RCJlast_img read more

‘Nonsense’ – Man Utd dismiss Mourinho sack talk

first_imgManchester United have dismissed reports Jose Mourinho will be sacked as the club’s manager this weekend as “nonsense”.Mourinho has come under increasing pressure after United’s poor start to the season, with talk of disputes with players, most notably Paul Pogba, heightening amid a four-game winless streak.The former Chelsea boss admitted in a tetchy news conference on Friday the Red Devils’ recent results had been unacceptable and the Mirror alleged that even victory against struggling Newcastle United on Saturday would not be enough to keep him in his job. 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! However, the club insist that is not the case, with a spokesperson telling Goal’s sister site Omnisport: “It’s all nonsense.”Zinedine Zidane has been linked as a potential replacement for Mourinho, having quit Real Madrid at the end of last season after three consecutive Champions League successes.Mourinho won the Community Shield, the EFL Cup and the Europa League in his first season at Old Trafford after taking over in 2016.But despite finishing second in the Premier League last term, United have failed to mount a series title tilt under the 55-year-old and were 10th after a 3-1 loss to West Ham last weekend.United suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats against Brighton and Tottenham in August but looked to have turned a corner by winning three games in a row.Mourinho’s men bounced back by downing Burnley, Watford and Young Boys, but they have since failed to win any of their last four matches.After drawing with Wolves in the league, United were dumped out of the Carabao Cup on penalties by Championship side Derby County.And more pressure has been heaped on Mourinho after United lost against West Ham in the top flight and drew 0-0 with Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.last_img read more

Japanese teen Naomi Osaka stuns Venus Williams in Hong Kong

first_imgJapanese teenager Naomi Osaka fought back from an early break to stun Venus Williams in straight sets and move through to the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open on Wednesday.Osaka, who prevailed 7-5 6-2 for her best career win by ranking, double-faulted early in the opening set to hand seven-times grand slam champion Williams the advantage.The 19-year-old broke back and levelled at 5-5 as the world number 5 looked to serve for a 1-0 lead. Osaka then pounced on Williams’s serve to break again and took the first set.”I feel like even if I hit one semi-short ball she would come in and crush it, so I had to play really well,” Osaka said after the match.Ranked 64 in the world, Osaka began to dictate terms in the second set, racing to 5-0. Williams held her serve to avoid the humiliation of a bagel and broke Osaka to make it 5-2.A double fault by the 37-year-old handed Osaka two match points and the youngster took the first in style to gain revenge for her loss to the American in the third round at Wimbledon.Williams has already qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore. Others who have booked spots in the Oct. 22-29 event are Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Ostapenko.Meanwhile, Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova powered past American Jacqueline Cako 7-6 (3) 6-1 to set up a clash with Osaka, while seventh seed Daria Gavrilova of Australia rallied to beat Shelby Rogers of the U.S. 6-1 2-6 6-2.advertisementlast_img read more

MS Dhoni has no immediate plans to retire, says longtime friend

first_imgMS Dhoni has no immediate plans to retire despite the intense speculation surrounding his future, his longtime friend and business partner Arun Pandey said Friday.Speculations over Dhoni’s future intensified ever since India lost their big-ticket World Cup semifinal against New Zealand earlier this month.”He has no immediate plans to retire. The constant speculation over the future of a great player like him is unfortunate,” Pandey told PTI.Pandey’s comments came ahead of Sunday’s team selection for the West Indies tour. The picture on Dhoni’s plans will be clearer once the squad is picked for the tour beginning August 3.BCCI officials are expected to speak to the two-time World Cup winning captain.Pandey has been associated with Dhoni for a long time and also handles his business interest besides heading Rhiti Sports, a sports management company.With the selectors looking at the future following the World Cup, the 38-year-old may not be an automatic pick in the team.The speculation surrounding Dhoni’s retirement is only growing by the day with many of his countless fans wanting him to carry on while some questioning his waning abilities as a batsman.Dhoni has captained India to titles in all major ICC events — World Cup, World T20 and Champions Trophy.His last international innings of 50 ended in heartbreak for the entire nation as he was run out with a brilliant direct hit from the deep by New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, effectively ending India’s hopes in the knock-out game.Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja had brought back India into the game with a 116-run stand after they were reeling at 24 for four chasing 240.advertisementThe man from Ranchi have turned up for the country in 350 ODIs, 90 Tests and 98 T20 Internationals. He has amassed 10,773 ODI runs at an average of over 50 while in Test cricket, Dhoni accumulated 4876 runs at 38.09.Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar reveals most memorable moment of career after ICC Hall of Fame honourAlso Read | MS Dhoni mature enough to take decision on retirement: Sanjay JagdaleAlso See:last_img read more

‘Aguero is selfish and unprofessional’

first_imgSergio Agüero Aguero is ‘selfish’ and ‘unprofessional’ for flying to Dutch concert, claims Keown Goal Last updated 2 years ago 18:02 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(12) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Sergio Agüero Manchester City Chelsea v Manchester City Chelsea Premier League The striker will miss Saturday’s match with Chelsea and the former England centre-back says that it was a situation that was entirely avoidable Sergio Aguero has come under fire from former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, who has labelled him “selfish” and “unprofessional”.The Manchester City striker travelled to Amsterdam on Thursday on his day off to attend a concert by Colombian singer Maluma but hit the headlines when he was involved in a taxi crash.Man City 9/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Aguero sustained a rib injury that will keep him out of the Premier League meeting with Chelsea on Saturday, and Keown has slammed the 29-year-old’s actions. “As a professional player, you need to prioritise football,” he told the Daily Mail. “There is no room in the calendar to jet off to concerts. At the end of the season you get four weeks off and that is the time to cram in what you want to do.“In a way it is selfish that he should choose to go to Holland just before this huge match. It feels unprofessional.“Aguero may not have broken City’s code of conduct but there are still professional boundaries he needs to adhere to.”The incident may have wide-reaching consequences for the whole of the City squad, according to the centre-back.“Guardiola is without a key member of his attacking weaponry and the fans will be denied a chance to see a star player in a box-office clash,” he pointed out. “I would not be surprised if Guardiola curtails the number of days off he gives his players from now on.”A timeline for Aguero’s return to competitive action has not yet been provided by City.last_img read more

Nick Saban Reveals What He Tells His Players Who Talk Trash

first_img The full video is below.I know we haven’t played a game and there’s no post-game rants yet, but this is an early contender for Saban soundbite of the season. pic.twitter.com/7Kee8jhN1B— Chicago Gump (@GriffinTSmith) August 30, 2019Nick wouldn’t have done well as the head coach of those Miami teams back in the dynasty years. However, the way he runs things clearly works for him and ‘Bama.Saban and the Crimson Tide open up the 2019 season on Saturday against Duke. They will likely put a massive beating on the overmatched Blue Devils.But if Saban has his way, they will be sportsmanlike as they do it. A closeup of Nick Saban wearing a headset.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Nick Saban is known as a no-nonsense head coach. Alabama is typically one of the most disciplined, buttoned-up teams in college football every year.If you needed another example of Saban’s approach, take his comments on radio tonight regarding players who trash talk. He’s clearly not a fan, and he doesn’t want his guys doing it.In fact, Saban’s NSFW quotes on the subject are going viral.“I tell our players, if you want to talk shit to the other team, join the goddamn debate team,” Saban said. “Excuse my language. I’m really sorry about using the Lord’s name in vain but I just really get hot about what I see in sports.”last_img read more

The Roaring Brook Dairy Mozzarella Cheesemaking Kit

first_img How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home The New Gerber Explore Collection Offers Up Great Holiday (or Anytime) Gift Ideas 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts We don’t know about you, but we love cheese. We love eating it in sandwiches, salads, on pizza, and with crackers. Also, we don’t care how stinky it is. With the holidays just around the corner, what better way to show up to a holiday potluck than with some homemade cheese? Homemade cheese, you ask? Yes, you don’t have to be like the founders of San Francisco’s famed Cowgirl Creamery and hone your craft for many years. All you have to do is purchase a Roaring Brook Dairy Mozzarella Cheesemaking Kit.Once you get the kit, it’s pretty easy. Just pick up a gallon of milk from the grocery store — we prefer the organic variety — and if you want flavored cheese, get any herbs you want to use to add a little extra spunk. Now once you get home, pull out your kit and get out the directions. Now prepare the rennet water solution and the citric acid solution as directed. Next, get a huge pot and pour the milk — not the ultra-pasteurized variety — into it. Boil it to 85 degrees and stir in the citric acid mixture. When it rises to 100, stir in the rennet mixture and then use and up and down motion to mix everything up well. You’ll start to see that curds and whey that would make Little Miss Muffet envious. Check on the curds, and when they bounce back drain the whey out with a strainer. Next, use a colander to get rid of more whey. Next you go through a microwaving process of heating and draining out more whey. Keep on repeating until the curds have hardly any whey left, then add salt and if you want, herbs like dill or basil.Microwave again, and then knead knead knead until it gets to a nice consistency, mix it into one ball or several and knot — the kit yields four pounds. Either mix it up with some tomatoes and olive oil for a nice salad, or heck, bring it to your next holiday function. We promise your friends will be quite impressed when you show up with your very own artisanal ball of cheese.Roaring Brook Dairy Mozzarella Cheesemaking Kit, $17.99 at amazon.com. Editors’ Recommendations Say Cheese: Your Guide to the Most Popular Cheeses in America How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smokelast_img read more

UK: National Oceanography Centre Expands Its AUV Fleet

first_imgzoom Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. has recently supplied five new Seaglider Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) systems to the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, UK. The AUVs were ordered by NOC’s Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems facility (MARS), and will become part of a fleet of underwater gliders that are made available to research institutes around the United Kingdom. With this delivery, MARS will now have 10 Seagliders in its pool of AUVs.MARS supplies and supports gliders for scientists at the NOC, as well as institutes and Universities around the UK, to carry out their research programmes. 2013 has seen significant investment by the UK government in this technology, furnishing the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) with a fleet of over 30 gliders. These gliders are being used to support and enhance oceanographic research by UK scientists around the world, and the new KONGSBERG Seagliders will see service from home waters to the Antarctic.The new systems will immediately be put to use by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), which also owns two of its own Seaglider AUVs. All of the vehicles will be used in three ongoing, long term research programs: FASTNEt, the Extended Ellet Line and OSNAP.FASTNEt is a four year program to study the ocean/shelf exchange using novel observations and model techniques to resolve the key seasonal, interannual and regional variation absent from existing knowledge.Stretching across the Atlantic Ocean between Scotland and Iceland, the Extended Ellett Line is a major gateway for water exchange between the Nordic seas and the Atlantic. Regular in-situ monitoring is essential to develop the understanding of circulation in this area, which has a significant impact in the moderation of Western Europe’s climate.OSNAP is an international program started in 2013 and is designed to provide a continuous record of the full-water column, trans-basin fluxes of heat, mass and freshwater in the subpolar North Atlantic. It will generate new knowledge and understanding of the gyre’s wider impacts on climate and will help improve long term climate predictions and weather forecasting. “Due to their ability to operate in adverse weather, gliders are an essential component of our strategy for wintertime observations, which, in the past, have been very difficult to achieve. Clearer insight into wintertime conditions will shed new light on our understanding of upper ocean variability,” remarked Dr. Stefan Gary, a research associate at SAMS.In all three programs, Seagliders will be a vital tool in the collection of physical oceanographic data over extended durations and geographic areas.April 29, 2014last_img read more

Seventh North Atlantic right whale found dead in Gulf of St Lawrence

first_imgHALIFAX – More research is needed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to determine if it has become an emerging habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales, experts said Friday after the badly decomposed remains of a seventh whale were found floating in roughly the same area as six others.The overturned male was seen bobbing on the surface of the water north of the Magdalen Islands late Wednesday, but it was not yet clear what may have caused this latest death.It follows the deaths of two female and four male North Atlantic right whales found last month.Tonya Wimmer of the Marine Animal Response Society said scientists need to intensify efforts to find out if the lumbering giants are making the Gulf one of their primary feeding grounds in a shift away from their traditional habitats in the Bay of Fundy and Roseway Basin.“All of that together is saying there needs to be a very strong focus on the Gulf to really look at what’s going on and potentially try to figure out where they are and then what can be done to protect them,” she said.“It’s a really important animal to look at in the realm of this larger picture of incidents that have been happening in that southern Gulf of St. Lawrence area.”Wimmer is hoping Fisheries officials will arrange to do necropsies, or animal autopsies, on the latest dead whale as well as a right whale named Panama that has washed ashore on the Magdalen Islands to determine what killed them.Fisheries spokeswoman Krista Petersen said she didn’t know if a decision had been made about the examinations.Three of the other six North Atlantic right whales were necropsied after being hauled on shore in P.E.I. late last month. Scientists say inspections suggest two suffered blunt trauma injuries consistent with ship strikes — one of the deadliest threats to the animals.The third died from a chronic entanglement in fishing gear that was wrapped around a fin and inside its mouth.The deaths are a devastating blow to the whale’s fragile population and the scientists who have been working for decades to rebuild a species that was once hunted to the brink of extinction and now numbers about 525.Robert Michaud of the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals in Quebec said he was stunned to hear of such a high number of casualties in one season, when they would normally see about two cases involving whales being hit by ships or getting entangled in fishing gear.He added that an eighth right whale was freed from a snarl of fishing line on Wednesday by a team on board a research vessel in the same area.“It raises our concerns — when will this ever stop,” he said from Tadoussac. “It is a problem. We don’t know exactly what’s going on.”The losses also come after a low calving season, with the deaths now outpacing the number of babies born this year.Moira Brown, a right whale expert with the Canadian Whale Institute, said she had begun shifting her research attention to the Gulf region several years ago when she and her team noticed there were fewer North Atlantic right whales in their traditional haunts in the Bay of Fundy.In 2015, they found 35 of the whales in the area where the most recent carcasses were spotted. In a survey last year, they found 17 of the whales in the area.The challenge, she said, is determining that this is a whale habitat and then working with the fishing and shipping industries to come up with ways to protect the animals as has been done in other parts of the Maritimes by rerouting shipping lanes, alerting fishermen to whales’ presence and setting speed limits for vessels.“I think they’re shifting based on lack of sightings in the Gulf of Maine and less sightings in the Bay of Fundy,” she said.“The fishing industry and the shipping industry are aware of right whales elsewhere, but they’re not aware of them there because it’s really early days in us figuring out whether the whales are using this habitat.”last_img read more

HOW DRUGTRAFFICKING DRAMA PURE WAS RESURRECTED FOR A SECOND SEASON

first_imgTelevision, however, sometimes works in mysterious ways.After a two-year hiatus, national premium pay-TV service Super Channel will start airing the six original episodes Jan. 22 and then pick up the story with a second season starting in the spring. Both will air on Super Channel Fuse.On a sunny day late last summer, cast and crew assembled on a rolling hillside to film a scene from one of the new six episodes. Director Ken Girotti was overseeing a tense standoff between Mennonites and mobsters. On one side, a Klondike workhorse stood hitched to a boxy wagon. Its passenger, straw-hatted pastor Noah Funk (Ryan Robbins), seemed hopelessly outmatched opposite gun-toting cartel leaders. Their getaway ride was very 21st century: a gleaming white helicopter.The key season 2 confrontation brought the modern Mennonite dilemma into sharp focus.But last year, Girotti had begun to doubt the scene would ever be shot.“I thought this was six feet under, absolutely done,” says Girotti. “And then, all of a sudden, somebody tells me it’s got a pulse. I don’t want to get all biblical on you but this is a whole Lazarus situation.”Halifax-based executive producers and showrunners Michael Amo (“The Listener”) and David MacLeod (“Haven”) also had their faith tested. “This series has always seemed star-crossed in its fortunes,” says Amo, whose grandparents were Mennonites.“Pure” was originally developed at Shaw Media before CBC made it their last pick up of the 2016-17 season. It bowed in January of 2017 to more than 850,000 overnight viewers and far exceeded the average take for several other CBC shows.Dark, edgy and controversial, CBC nevertheless found it an odd fit and passed on more episodes. The producers credit Cineflix Studios, the company that distributes the series, for pushing forward.“They just wouldn’t give up,” says MacLeod.Cineflix had U.S. deals pending, but those depended on the series lasting at least two seasons. When CBC backed out, the distributor shopped the series to Super Channel just as it was emerging from creditor protection. The Edmonton-based network saw “Pure” as pure gold for its new Fuse brand. The casting of Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) as a lapsed Mennonite peaked U.S. interest; Zoie Palmer and Victor Gomez have also joined the series.Hanging by the phone through all these ups and downs was Ryan Robbins (“Battlestar Galactica,” “The Killing”). The Victoria, B.C., native loved playing tormented Mennonite pastor Noah Funk and was “devastated” when the show was cancelled. “I wasn’t 100 per cent ready to give up on it,” he says.When the option on his contract expired, however, Robbins accepted an offer to join “Sacred Lies,” the first scripted series for Facebook. Shortly after, of course, Super Channel stepped in and rescued “Pure.” Amo and MacLeod pushed production back three weeks and shot around Robbins for another in order to allow him to finish on “Sacred Lies” and go directly back into “Pure.”Joining Robbins on season 2 is Alex Paxton-Beesley as Noah’s wife Anna Funk. Her character goes rogue in the new episodes. “We knew the second six were going to focus on Anna being forced into the drug business,” says MacLeod.Also going through a dramatic transformation is Noah’s son Isaac Funk, played by Toronto native Dylan Everett. “If you see where he ends up this season, it’s such a crazy turn,” says Everett, interviewed between takes on that Nova Scotia hillside. “It’s very ‘Breaking Bad.”‘Girotti had no doubt that the young actor was ready to tackle the dark side.“We saw the writing on the wall last year,” he says. In the six new episodes, “you can see the burgeoning shoots of the badass he’s going to have to be in season three.”A third season? Perhaps — even CBC has retained a streaming window on the second.Amo has six more episodes all mapped out. He is, after all, a man of faith.By Bill Brioux | The Canadian Press–Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont. While in Nova Scotia he was a guest of Super Channel. Login/Register With: WINDSOR, N.S. — It takes faith to make a Canadian TV drama about a Mennonite community coerced into the dirty business of drug trafficking — especially when it appears that all hope is lost.Take “Pure,” described as an Amish “Breaking Bad,” which took years to sell and get into production. It ran one six-episode season early in 2017 and then was abruptly cancelled by CBC. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Ryan Robbins and Alex Paxton-Beesley are pictured as Noah and Anna Funk in season one of “Pure” premiering January 22 on Super Channel Fuse. It takes faith to make a Canadian TV drama about Mennonites, especially when it appears that all hope is lost. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Pure Season 1 Inc. *MANDATORY CREDIT*last_img read more

Manchester United Beats Wolfsburg 21 in the Champions League

Rabat – Manchester United won their comeback match in this season’s Champions League against German team Wolfsburg on Wednesday night in a 2-1 victory for the Red Devils.The British club recovered from their loss against PSV Eindhoven (2-1) and pushed through to prove their worth against the German club and show why they are called the “biggest football club in the world.”In a match that started with a goal by Wolfsburg’s midfielder Calguiri, (4’) the Red Devils charged up their game and fought back to strike their first goal by midfielder Juan Mata (34’) resulting from a penalty. The solid victory for Manchester came in the second half in minute 53’ when a strike by Red Devil’s defender Chris Smalling gave the British team their second goal of the night and Smalling’s first in the season.The English international was assisted by Spanish star Juan Mata with a corner strike. The 27-year-old midfielder turned out to be United’s saving grace against Wolfsburg.After the match, Smalling was quoted as saying, “We started up against it after conceding a goal.” He went on to add, “But we created a lot of chances and deserved the win.” read more

Throne Speech Key Points King Mohammed VI will Likely Discuss

Rabat – As part of King Mohammed VI’s yearly speech to commemorate Throne Day on Sunday, July 30, the Ministry of Moroccans Residing Abroad (MRE) revealed that the Western Sahara and the kingdom’s return to the African Union would be covered, but many people expect the King to discuss the Hirak protest movement in the Rif region too.Unlike his father and predecessor, the late King Hassan II, King Mohammed VI rarely makes speeches, so Moroccans both in the kingdom and abroad are waiting eagerly to see what topics the King deems most important to raise.Return to African Union Morocco’s “triumphant return” to the African Union (AU) on January 31 following a 33-year absence is the result of on-going efforts by the King since his ascension to the throne in 1999.The kingdom left the AU in 1984 as a response to the organization’s recognition of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as a fully-fledged member state. However Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita said in June this year that the AU was no longer “hostage” to the Polisario agenda.Through its re-admission to the AU, Morocco is and will continue benefit politically and economically cross the world. The kingdom will also demonstrate its status as one of the continent’s most stable and reliable countries, helping develop fellow African nations.Western SaharaDespite problems with Polisario inside the kingdom, the Western Sahara has benefitted from mostly positive reactions in an international sphere during the past twelve months. These include: a Panama court dismissing a Polisario-attempt at stopping a Moroccan phosphate shipment, a European Parliament rejection of an anti-Moroccan amendment, and a new pro-Morocco US Appropriations Bill.Tension in Al HoceimaThe death of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri in Al Hoceima on October 28, 2016, sparked the Hirak protest movement, which led regular protests across the Rif region and called for social demands to improve the region’s lack of healthcare, education, employment and infrastructure.Following the arrest and ensuing imprisonment of leading activist Nasser Zafzafi in May for interrupting a Friday mosque sermon, protests intensified, leading to a wave of arrests, causing around 180 Rif protesters to be imprisoned.The government has tried to respond to the socio-economic demands by quickening the pace of the area’s development projects, but many have argued this is not enough, as evidenced by the nationwide march on July 20.Possible Royal PardonsThe King offers royal pardons to prisoners on public holidays each year, reducing convictions and sometimes removing them completely. On Throne Day in 2016, 1,272 former prisoners were pardoned, while during the coronation anniversary in 2009, a record 24,000 achieved the royal pardon.A Hirak sympathizer told Spanish media that 60 Al Hoceima detainees had applied for a royal pardon, and the Moroccan National Human Rights Council (CNDH) was “acting as a mediator between the prisoners and royal palace.”Aside from Hirak protesters, a video by the nine-year old son of Moroccan mother-of-three Hind El Achchabi released this week has motivated many citizens to call on the King to pardon her. El Achchabi was sentenced to a three years in prison (shortened to two years), after adultery charges were filed by her husband, Kuwaiti ambassador to Austria, Sadiq Marafi.King Mohammed VI’s speech will be broadcast across national television and radio channels at 21:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. read more

As mortgage rates drop the trick is finding a house

Wall Street’s anxiety over the Trump administration’s trade war with China could herald lower mortgage rates for homebuyers, but a chronic shortage of houses for sale will keep prices high.Investors fearful that the trade war could sharply slow global economic growth have been buying bonds, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury note to its lowest level since October 2016.The average rate on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, which tracks the trajectory in 10-year Treasurys, fell this week to 3.60%, its lowest level since November 2016, according to Freddie Mac. It was 3.75% last week. A year ago the rate stood at 4.59%.If the slide in bond yields continues, the average rate on the benchmark 30-year home loan could fall below 3.5%, housing economists say.Lower mortgage rates give homebuyers more purchasing power, which could entice them to go house-hunting.But with the supply of homes for sale down 15% since December, sales are lagging last year’s pace. The supply shortage is likely to limit any surge in sales.“Demand can pick up, but if the supply does not pick up it just means prices will be accelerating higher,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors. “Supply has been a major bottleneck.”Also, homebuyers may not be immune to Wall Street’s jitters about a slowing economy, which could make them feel uneasy about buying a home.“Given that a home is a major expenditure, people need to be confident about economic prospects over the long haul,” Yun added.Investors have sought out safety in U.S. government bonds this week as the trade dispute between Washington and Beijing escalated again. President Donald Trump announced a new 10% tariff set to go into effect next month on Chinese imports that haven’t already been hit with prior tariffs. China retaliated by allowing its currency, the yuan, to weaken against the U.S. dollar.On Wednesday, the yield on the 10-year Treasury touched its lowest level in nearly three years, falling as low as 1.60% from 1.74% late Tuesday, before climbing back to 1.72%. It was above 3% in late November.The spread between the 10-year Treasury yield and the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has historically been about 1.7 percentage points, said Odeta Kushi, deputy chief economist at First American Financial.That means, if the bond yield for 10-year Treasurys drops back to 1.60%, the average rate on a 30-year mortgage could drop as low as 3.3%, though 3.54% is more likely, she said.At bond yields’ current levels, Yun expects the average rate on the 30-year fixed rate mortgage to drop to around 3.4% or even 3.3%.Such low rates could spur a pickup in home loan refinancing. The last time average weekly long-term mortgage rates were below 3.5% was three years ago.The scarce supply of homes on the market has kept prices rising this year. The median sales price of a previously occupied U.S. home climbed 4.3% in June from a year earlier to $285,700. By comparison, wage growth has averaged about 3%.The trend has held back home sales, which were down 2.2% over the 12 months that ended in June. Sales of newly built homes jumped 7% in June, but through the first half of the year have only risen 2.2% from a year earlier, despite such positive trends as a robust job market and falling mortgage rates.Lower rates may prove irresistible for would-be homebuyers, especially those struggling to keep up with rising home prices. The price for a previously occupied U.S. home climbed 4.3% in June from a year earlier, according to NAR.“It certainly will help to make housing more affordable, obviously, as mortgage rates come down,” Kushi said. “The issue will be will folks have something to buy?”Alex Veiga, The Associated Press read more

4 in custody for money changers murder 2 of whom robbed

Detectives probing the murder of money changer Shawn Nurse, have arrested four suspects for questioning, two of whom reportedly robbed him before but had their charges dropped after they subsequently returned the money they took. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAlleged ‘shooter’ arrested for America Street money changer’s murderJune 8, 2018In “Crime”Another suspect charged with America Street money changer’s murderMay 10, 2018In “Court”Main suspect arrested for money changer’s murderJune 8, 2018In “Crime” Murdered: Shawn NurseAccording to the police in a released statement, a red Honda CG motorcycle suspected to have been used in the commission of the crime, based on CCTV footage, and found in possession of one of the suspects is impounded.Nurse, 47, also called “Fabulous”,  who resided at the Shopping Plaza, South Ruimveldt Georgetown, had been sitting in a chair at the corner of Avenue of the Republic and America Street when he was approached by a man armed with a handgun.The man demanded that Nurse hand over a bag he had been carrying, which contained an undisclosed sum of local and foreign currencies.Nurse resisted the man, and in retaliation he pulled the trigger, shooting Nurse once to his head. Nurse collapsed and died almost immediately.Police had retrieved a 9MM spent shell at the scene, and questioned several persons, who gave a description of the shooter.At the time of the shooting incident, the suspect was reportedly clad in a red hoody and a pair of brown trousers.Nurse had been robbed two months ago, when gunmen had swooped down on him as he was entering his yard. The money ($500,000) and other valuables they had taken were reportedly returned, and the matter was quashed.According to the police, two of the suspects currently in custody were from that previous robbery. read more

Mechel resumes mining at NewOlzherassk underground top coal caving mine

first_imgMechel OAO, one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announced that coal mining at New-Olzherassk Underground mine has been resumed following spontaneous combustion problems. By the year’s end, New-Olzherassk’s section # 21-1-7 is planned to yield some 352,000 t of coal. The reserves of this longwall face are estimated at some 3 Mt. The face is equipped with mechanised shield supports made by ZF of China and a shearer, a face conveyor and outbye conveyor from Joy Mining Machinery in the UK.This equipment allows the company to “use a unique top coal caving method enabling thick seam mining in one coal layer of up to 10 m. This technology proved the best for the mine’s geological conditions,” Mechel says.“Mining in the production area of New-Olzherassk Underground mine, which belongs to Southern Kuzbass Coal Company, was suspended in August 2010 due to coal self-heating.”last_img read more

AUZ enters research partnership to develop scandium alloy

first_imgAustralian Mines Ltd (AUZ) remains committed to maximising revenue and value from its Sconi project in Queensland, Australia through the commercialisation of the high-purity scandium oxide which is scheduled to be produced alongside the project’s cobalt sulphate and nickel sulphate output. It has entered into a partnership with United Kingdom-based technology company Metalysis, to support its continued research and development program around a solid-state process to produce a low-cost yet superior aluminium-scandium alloy for potential use by the automotive and aerospace industries.The innovative solid-state process, originally invented by the University of Cambridge (UK) before being commercialised by Metalysis, has already demonstrated an ability to produce an aluminium-scandium master alloy containing 15 times the amount of scandium compared to conventional industry processes.A master alloy is a pre-alloyed concentrate of, in this case, scandium metal that is added to an aluminium melt to produce the desired final product (being the aluminium-scandium alloy used by automotive and aerospace manufacturers, which generally contains only 0.2% scandium metal).The ability for Australian Mines to produce a scandium-rich master alloy via Metalysis’ solid-state process that contains up to 30% scandium metal (compared to the industry’s current 2% scandium metal), could result in up to a 93% reduction in the amount of scandium master alloy required to produce the final aluminium – scandium metal requested by end-users.This could equate to a significant reduction in the cost of producing the final aluminium – scandium metal to a level that the contract price offered by Australian Mines for these light-weight aluminium products are materially lower than most other specialty metals currently available on the market.The ability to provide such a vastly superior aluminium-scandium master alloy to the automotive and aerospace industries at a substantially lower price may enable Australian Mines via Metalysis to deliver a highly cost-competitive scandium alloy that could position the company as a global leader in the emerging light-weight alloy sector.Australian Mines is utilising its demonstration plant in Perth to deliver the high-purity scandium oxide to Metalysis, under this R&D partnership.last_img read more

Poll Should Alan Shatter have made his Prime Time comments

first_img I don’t know (2382) Yes (799) YesHe should have made the information public but in a different mannerNoI don’t knowVote INDEPENDENT TD MICK Wallace is to file a complaint about the Minister for Justice’s use of information on RTÉ’s Prime Time last week.Alan Shatter said on live television that the Wexford deputy benefited from garda discretion when he was cautioned for using a mobile phone – but not given penalty points. Wallace insists he is not aware of such an incident.Shatter has stood by his remarks and he has also been backed by the Taoiseach who said that “people can’t have it both ways”. “You cannot be saying no discretion and at the same time availing of discretion.”Labour Deputy Kevin Humphreys told Newstalk Breakfast this morning that he thought making the remarks was “poor judgement” on the minister’s part. He called on Shatter to explain how he received the information. Others have claimed the information could have been made public in a different manner, and not on live television without giving Wallace prior warning.In today’s poll, we ask: Should Alan Shatter have made his comments about Mick Wallace on Prime Time? He should have made the information public but in a different manner (1483) Poll Results: No (3919)last_img read more

8 grams of thorium could replace gasoline in cars

first_imgThe price of oil is on an upward spiral due to increasing demand and diminishing supplies. Short of finding vast new untapped reserves buried somewhere under out feet, we need to find an alternative sooner rather than later.Unless you have a lot of money to spend on an electric vehicle, everyone who drives a car today relies on oil for the gasoline that keeps it running. Although replacing the petrol engine with a battery and electric motor seems to be where we are heading, it only really shifts the problem to the power stations rather than the fuel pumps.There may be another way to power our cars, however, and it would mean never having to refuel you car–be it with gasoline or an electric charge.Charles Stevens is an inventor and CEO of Laser Power Systems. His idea is to replace the gasoline engine with an electricity generator that doesn’t require a battery. He is proposing the use of the rare earth mineral thorium in conjunction with a laser and mini turbines that easily produce enough electricity to power a vehicle.Thorium is abundant and radioactive, but much safer to use than an element such as uranium. When thorium is heated it becomes extremely hot and causes heat surges allowing it to be coupled with mini turbines producing steam that can then be used to generate electricity. It also helps that it has a very large liquid range between melting and boiling point.Combining a laser, radioactive material, and mini-turbines might sound like a complicated alternative solution to filling your gas tank, but there’s one feature that sells it as a great alternative solution.Stevens has worked out you’d require a 227kg, 250MW thorium engine in order to power a typical road car. Within that system 1 gram of thorium produces the equivalent of 7,500 gallons of gasoline. So if you fit the Thorium engine with 8 grams of Thorium, it will run the vehicle for its entire lifetime without needing to be refueled while all the time not producing any emissions. The engine lasts so long in fact, that it could be taken from one vehicle and used in another as and when they wear out.The issues to overcome are the radioactivity and the mining of thorium to make this engine possible. Stevens says the radioactivity can easily be contained with aluminium foil. As for the mining, the reserves are there, with 440,000 tons alone in the U.S., we just need the mining facilities to extract it in large enough quantities. With the potential benefits that is sure to happen.Stevens admits that his biggest hurdle isn’t the thorium and laser aspects of the system, but the mini turbines which have to be made small enough to fit inside a vehicle while generating enough electricity. Even so, Stevens believes he’ll have a working prototype by 2014 and the potential to not only replace, but improve upon the gasoline-powered engines we rely on today.Read more at Wardsauto.comlast_img read more

MIT student constructs Mario Kart racer power slides through hallways with impunity

first_imgHere’s a story for all of you out there that had parents that told you that playing video games would never make you any money. Charles Guan, a MIT grad student, successfully created a working replica of the vehicles from Super Mario Kart. Powered by four individual motors attached to its wheels, Guan’s kart can reach speeds upwards of 26 mph and has the ability to make some insane turns when the pilot uses their weight to lean into the curves. Even more impressive is the fact that he fabricated it in just three weeks, using some brilliant ideas, possibly instilled in him from that excellent technical education he received.Officially known as the “Chibikart,” the miniature vehicle employs some interesting mechanics to achieve those speeds and cornering abilities. First, as you will notice from the picture above, it’s built to be as light weight as possible. In comparison to a fellow student’s kart project that is to the right of the Chibikart, Guan’s version looks stripped down and has noticeably smaller wheels. With  a frame that is a mere 30-inches long and 18-inches wide, there really isn’t much room to put much on the vehicle anyways as the racer is built for speed and efficiency.Of course, the question on everyone’s mind is exactly what did Guan use to make this little rig travel so fast? The answer comes in the form of some simple electronics that come from China, and a battery that “isn’t supposed to exist yet.”Because Guan fancies himself more of a tinkerer rather than an inventor, he’s always on the lookout for different kinds of parts that he can scavenge and repurpose or are available at a lower cost than normal market prices. It also helps that he’s in the middle of a university that can get its hands on items that aren’t available on the open market as of yet. Taking advantage of this fact, Guan installed a 32-volt battery and electrical system along with an e-bike controller straight from China to run the power plant of the vehicle. Installed underneath the seat, this combination is enough to power each of the electrical motors installed in the four small wheels and hurtling a rider along at an impressive clip.Guan states on his blog that the theoretical top speed of the Chibikart is around 26 MPH, factoring in estimates for air resistance and the grade of the ground being traversed. Rider weight comes largely into play as well, so a real-life Bowser would slow down the kart, especially when going uphill.To recreate the Chibikart for yourself would be a bit of an expensive venture. While Guan estimates that he put about $1750 in the project between parts and outsourcing some of the metal fabrication, he says in actuality it would cost a consumer up around $3000 since they would have to pay for the battery he got given to him for being an MIT student. Still, if we ever see some hardcore kart street racing happening Fast and Furious style, you can bet we’ll see replicas of this beauty cranking around cones and obstacles. Hopefully they will leave the banana peels at home!Read more at Guan’s site, via Kotakulast_img read more