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I was not given any reasons: Coach Phil Simmons on Afghanistan captaincy change

I was not given any reasons: Coach Phil Simmons on Afghanistan captaincy change

first_imgCoach Phil Simmons was not given any reasons when the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) decided to change the captain, months ahead of the World Cup, but the West Indian said he was trying to ensure that the change didn’t impact their preparations.The ACB removed Asghar Afghan as the national team’s captain and named three different captains for Tests, ODIs and T20Is with less than than two months to go for the World Cup.Gulbadin Naib was named the ODI skipper, meaning the 28-year-old all-rounder would lead the team at the World Cup, while spin sensation Rashid Khan, who criticised the move along with Mohammad Nabi, was named the vice-captain.”I was home (in London). No, I was not aware of it. I was not given any reasons. It was the decision of the ACB and the selectors,” Simmons told ESPNCricinfo in an interview.”I have got on with what I have to do and make sure the squad is preparing in the way I wanted them to, baring the (captaincy) change. I am trying to make sure the captaincy change doesn’t have an impact on our World Cup preparations,” the 56-year old West Indian said.Simmons, who represented the West Indies in 26 Tests and 143 ODIs, also revealed he would not renew his contract after the World Cup. “I have thought about it. I have actually given the ACB my notice that I will not be renewing my contract. I will move on to something different once my contract expires on July 15.”advertisementRemarking that he had signed up originally for 18 months, Simmons said, “I think I have done a lot in this period. It is time for me to move on to something else.”Simmons said, “I am going to do something in the Caribbean Premier League, one of my favourite competitions. God guides my path and we will see where he takes me.”On Rashid, the face of Afghan cricket and someone the nation would bank heavily on, Simmons said his lack of wickets in the Indian Premier League would not be a factor, and added the 20-year old leg spinner was a leader.”The professional that Rashid is, I don’t think the IPL form will play on his mind. His assessment of what he does is so good, that he would sit down and he would still come to the World Cup and take each game at a time.”The relevance of not picking up wickets in the IPL will not affect him because his experience now at international level tells him that it’s not every day I can take wickets and it’s not every day I have to bowl to get wickets. His professionalism will carry him through this.”He is a leader. You can see the way he does things on the field even when he is not bowling. These days he has been working a lot on his batting because he knows at some point he might be required to add those 20-30 runs to win a match,” Simmons said.On the question if he feels batsmen have started to figure him out, Simmons said, “People started to figure out (Anil) Kumble and everyone else, but they still ended up with all those wickets. The bowlers themselves need to assess the batsmen and how they assess what they want to do on the day is important. You have to make sure you have the right plans.”On off spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman who was also ineffective during the IPL and picked an injury, Simmons said, the 18-year old was still learning and would receive guidance from Nabi and Rashid during the tournament.”He did not play a lot in the IPL, so that is not a concern. Once he starts playing consistently everything will get better. He will get tighter. You have to remember Mujeeb is still a young man in international cricket.”He is still learning. A lot of time when Nabi and Rashid are around, they help him with his confidence, which helps him bring his game to a level where we want him to be,” the Afghan chief coach said.Rashid and Mujeeb have been the highest wicket-takers from the World Cup Qualifier. Asked if the team can squeeze in Rashid, Mujeeb and Nabi into the playing XI on a regular basis, Simmons said: “We just hope in the World Cup it is sunny and we just get a few drier wickets.”These guys are accustomed to bowling on flat wickets. It’s not strange to them. Their desire to do well in this World Cup is high. Drier the wicket, the more opportunity of the ball turning. It’s an advantage for us if the batting-friendly conditions persist.”advertisement”We’ve been really good — haven’t lost a series in a couple of years. And our IPL players have had rest and are back. We are in good shape,” Simmons said.last_img read more

Five great Brazil-Colombia clashes

Five great Brazil-Colombia clashes

first_imgColombia v Brazil From Evaristo’s magic to Neymar’s injury: Five great Brazil-Colombia clashes Raisa Simplicio Last updated 2 years ago 23:23 5/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Brasil vs Colombia amistoso 25 01 2017 Buda Mendes/Getty Images Colombia v Brazil Brazil Colombia WC Qualification South America The two nations first played each other officiallly in 1945, and renew their rivalry on Tuesday in Barranquilla Barranquilla plays host to Brazil on Tuesday as the already-qualified Selecao take on Colombia in their latest World Cup qualifier. Keen to keep up their invincible record in the competition since Tite took over, Brazil will also be heartened by a historical record in the fixture heavily weighted in their favour.READ MORE: Coutinho shines in new role | Neymar merely Brazil’s star | IN STATS: Brazil-EcuadorThe Cafetero have won just two matches against their neighbours in the entire history of the match. Brazil have won 16 of the 26 clashes disputed between the two nations, with eight draws. But this Colombia team are a different prospect, and the fixture has never been as hard-fought as in these recent years. Brasil Global Tour looks back at five of the most memorable Brazil-Colombia games since the nations’ first meeting back in 1945.THE FIRST CLASHHeleno de FreitasBrazil and Colombia took their time to meet in an official match. The first competitive fixture was in the 1945 South American Championship, the Copa America’s forerunner, in Chile. A Brazil team managed by Felipe Costa set the tone with an easy 3-0 win over their rivals, with all three goals coming in the first half from Jorginho, Heleno de Freitas and Jayme de Almeida.THE BIGGEST WIN AND EVARISTO’S SHOW Evaristo de MacedoBrazil’s biggest win over Colombia came in 1957, again in the South American Championship. In Peru one of the best Selecao line-ups of all time destroyed their rivals 9-0, playing them off the park. Evaristo, the future Barcelona star, was unstoppable as he smashed five goals, while Didi pitched in with a double and Pepe and Zizinho rounded off the rout. Just a year later, and with the addition of a young promise by the name of Pele, that same team would lift Brazil’s first World Cup.COLOMBIA’S FIRST WIN Brasil x Colômbia 1991Colombia had to wait 46 years from their first encounter to beat Brazil, meaning when the victory finally came it was fully enjoyed. With stars like Carlos Valderrama, Rene Higuita and Freddy Rincon in the team, 1991 saw the Cafeteros down Falcao’s side 2-0 in a Copa America group match, confirming a golden age for the nation with one of their finest generations of players in history.A TENSE WORLD CUP BATTLE Neymar Camilo Zuniga Brazil Colombia World Cup 04072014Having dumped Chile out of the 2014 World Cup on penalties, Brazil faced another South American opponent in the quarter-finals in the shape of Jose Pekerman’s Colombia. Fortaleza played host to a clash that was gripping to watch, if not without its controversy. Goals from David Luiz and Thiago Silva sent the hosts into the semis, although a yellow card for the latter would later have catastrophic consequences for the Brazil backline against Germany. Robbed of Silva for the semis, Brazil also saw standard-bearer and star Neymar hobble out of the World Cup. A heavy tackle from Zuniga caused the Barcelona youngster to fracture a rib, ruling him out of the decisive stages of the tournament. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 THE FRIENDSHIP GAME +Follmann Neto Henzel Brasil vs Colombia amistoso 25 01 2017Rivals on the pitch for more than 60 years, in 2016 Brazil and Colombia were united by tragedy. Chapecoense’s plane crashed on the way to a Copa Sudamericana final clash against Atletico Nacional, killing 71 people on board. In a touching gesture of solidarity, the two nations came together to play a tribute match to those lost in the disaster.Dudu’s goal helped the Selecao to a 1-0 win, but the result was almost irrelevant on a magic night in Rio de Janeiro’s Engenhao stadium, where the two countries remembered those lost on the LaMia flight. The tension present in recent matches gave way to a respectful atmosphere in which football was the only real winner.last_img read more

British driver Lando Norris makes a fast start on F1 track bow for McLaren

British driver Lando Norris makes a fast start on F1 track bow for McLaren

first_img“It’s good I managed to do some longer runs, good to know we can get through a whole day with no big problems,” Norris said. “But it is only day two. We want to get through this test and identify any problems there might be and make sure we figure them out before Australia. It’s good confidence for myself and for the team.”He believes the team and car have made a step forward since their difficult 2018 season. “The motivation, how everyone works, seems to be going in the right direction,” he said. “Some of the niggles we have had to overcome have been ironed out. Everyone is working together in the correct way and everyone is very motivated.”Williams are hopeful they will be able to run their car for the first time in testing on Wednesday. The team missed the first two days because their car was still being worked on at the factory. It is expected to arrive from the UK in the early hours of Wednesday morning and they are aiming to make it ready for the afternoon session.Ferrari were once again on top with Leclerc, in his first time behind the wheel for the team, putting in an impressive performance and racking up 157 laps.Lewis Hamilton took the Mercedes out in the morning, completing 74 laps of consistent running in 10th place. Daniel Ricciardo set some good times for Renault until part of his rear wing came off in the morning run, ending his session. Red Bull, too, looked competitive and reliable until Pierre Gasly went off having completed 92 laps. Mercedes enjoy constructive winter but Williams sleep through alarm Richard Williams Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook news Support The Guardian Formula One 2019 Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIncenter_img Read more Topics Motor sport Formula One McLaren Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Lando Norris, who took to the track for the first time as a Formula One driver in testing on Tuesday, capped a strong performance by setting the second-fastest time. The 19-year-old McLaren driver will be the youngest British driver to take part in F1 when he makes his debut at the Australian Grand Prix in March and has made a controlled and confident start to his new career.Norris has already shown promise and he was able to exploit McLaren making a far stronger start in testing than they have in the previous four years. His time, set in the last hour of a day during which he completed an impressive 104 laps, was just over three-tenths down on Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari, who led the timesheets throughout.last_img read more

Sands at Salter on Halifax Waterfront Opening Soon

Sands at Salter on Halifax Waterfront Opening Soon

first_imgNova Scotians and visitors will soon have a new public outdoor space to enjoy on the Halifax waterfront, at the foot of Salter Street. About one third, or an acre, of the site next to Bishop’s Landing, will be converted into green space as a temporary use and called Sands at Salter. “Our goal remains the same, we want to see this site developed. But in the interim, we have an opportunity to create another destination, create a space for people to enjoy,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO of Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. “We have this window of time to try ideas, gauge what people like over the next couple of years, and assess what concepts work well in key waterfront spaces.” An informal session with interested community members and public feedback generated ideas to combine a mix, from beach-like spaces to areas for leisure activities and events. Starting this month, sections will be phased in, including grassy and sandy areas, creating an urban beach feel, green space for people to take part in leisure activities and new seating. The boardwalk on both sides will be connected to the extended portion built in 2009. A parking section will re-open today, June 20. The site will also be the venue for two signature event, the 25th anniversary of the TD Bank Jazz Fest in July, and 2011 SWATCH Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Junior World Championships starting in August. As a legacy, close to 2,000 tonnes of sand used for the volleyball courts will remain. Donated by FIVB host Sports and Entertainment Atlantic, it is a key feature in the interim plan. Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of the Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg waterfronts. Revenues are reinvested in the waterfronts to drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism and reflect and protect marine heritage.last_img read more

US State Dept approves sale of 66 F16 fighters to Taiwan

US State Dept approves sale of 66 F16 fighters to Taiwan

first_imgWashington: The US State Department on Tuesday approved the sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan, in a move expected to anger Beijing. Taiwan will get the latest version of the Lockheed Martin-built fighter, the F-16C/D Block 70, in the 8 billion deal, the State Department said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that President Donald Trump had green-lighted the proposed sale after Congress was notified last week. The F-16s “are deeply consistent with the arrangements, the historical relationship between the United States and China,” Pompeo said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Our actions are consistent with past US policy. We are simply following through on the commitments we’ve made to all of the parties.” Taiwan’s plan to upgrade its air defenses comes amid increasing Chinese military incursions into its air space. A spokesman for the Taiwanese president released a statement saying the jets would “substantially enhance our air defense capabilities to help Taiwan’s self-defense and maintain the people’s freedom and welfare.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe sale’s approval will have a key role in “peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and region, especially in the wake of China’s frequent military actions… in the region in recent years,” the statement said. Beijing regards Taiwan as a part of China awaiting reunification, but the island is self-ruled and is a close ally of the United States. In a statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees US foreign military sales, said Taiwan’s purchase of the F-16s “will not alter the basic military balance in the region.” “This proposed sale will contribute to the recipient’s capability to provide for the defense of its airspace, regional security, and interoperability with the United States.” On Monday, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said US arms sales to Taiwan “severely violate” agreements between Washington and Beijing and “constitute severe interference in China’s internal affairs.” The United States should “immediately cancel the planned arms sales, and stop selling weapons and military contact with Taiwan,” he said. “Otherwise, the US will have to bear all the consequences.” Taiwan already has a fleet of old-model F-16s purchased in 1992, which have undergone several crucial upgrades. Manufacturer Lockheed Martin says the newest version, the F-16 Block 70/72, includes many avionics, weapons and radar technologies not in existence when earlier models were created. It is structurally stronger, the company says, so that it “can fly and fight to 2070 and beyond.” The approval of the sale comes as Washington and Beijing face off in tough trade negotiations that economists say are hurting both of the superpowers, as well as dragging down the global economy.last_img read more

Carbon dioxide levels surge to new high in 2016 UN weather agency

Carbon dioxide levels surge to new high in 2016 UN weather agency

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), issued the warning in Geneva, at the launch of the organization’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The report indicates that carbon dioxide concentrations reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400 ppm in 2015. “We have never seen such big growth in one year as we have been seeing last year in carbon dioxide concentration,” said Mr. Taalas, telling journalists that it is time for governments to fulfil the pledges they made in Paris in 2015 to take steps to reduce global warming. Emphasizing that the new figures reveal “we are not moving in the right direction at all,” he added that “in fact we are actually moving in the wrong direction when we think about the implementation of the Paris Agreement and this all demonstrates that there is some urgent need to raise the ambition level of climate mitigation, if we are serious with this 1.5 to 2C target of Paris Agreement.” The report’s findings are based on observations taken around the globe by the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch Programme. It found that rapidly increasing atmospheric levels of CO2 and other greenhouse gases have the potential to initiate unprecedented changes in climate systems, leading to “severe ecological and economic disruptions.” Population growth, intensified agricultural practices, increases in land use and deforestation, industrialization and associated energy use from fossil fuel sources have all contributed to increases in concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere since the industrial era, beginning in 1750. Oksana Tarasova Chief of Atmospheric Environment Research Division at WMO, explained that last year’s elevated CO2 levels happened because of a combination of human activities and a strong El Niño event. The climatic phenomenon is associated with warmer-than-average sea temperatures that is believed to be responsible for triggering droughts in tropical regions, as well as unprecedented hurricanes and wildfires elsewhere around the globe. Atmospheric change occurring 10 to 20 times faster than ever observed in the planet’s historyHowever, at 3.3 parts per million, the 2016 increase in carbon dioxide levels was significantly higher than an El Nino-influenced spike in 1998, which was measured at 2.7 ppm. To put that into perspective, WMO says that before the industrial era, a CO2 change of 10 parts per million took between 100 and 200 years to happen. “What we are doing now with the atmosphere is 10 to 20 times faster than ever been observed in the history of the planet,” Ms. Tarasova said. According to the WMO report, which covers all atmospheric emissions, CO2 concentrations are now 145 per cent of pre-industrial levels. After carbon dioxide, the second most important greenhouse gas is methane; its levels rose last year but slightly less than in 2014. Nitrous oxide is the third most warming gas; it increased slightly less last year than over the last decade. The release of the WMO report coincides with Tuesday’s Emissions Gap Report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which tracks how governments are taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Together, both publications will serve as a scientific base for policy decisions at the UN climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany, beginning Monday 7 November. read more

Oxbridge applicants try to outLeft each other

Oxbridge applicants try to outLeft each other

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. There has been surge of middle-class youngsters who were very politically engagedCredit:Press Association She said: “Picking a definitive issue can show passion. And it’s fine to have strong political opinions.”But students have to show they can argue their case. Radical slogans are no substitute for reasoned arguments.” jeremy corbyn “It is very common for anyone with different views to be shouted down. So I understand the temptation to conform and to conform loudly.”I’m very interested in politics but I also made the mistake in my draft personal statement of being long on outrage and short on argument.”center_img ‘Creeping inflexibility’But interviewers report a creeping inflexibility among applicants keen to show off their political credentials.Ms Williams, whose firm provides guidance and support for students applying to Oxford and Cambridge, said: “I recently asked a candidate who wanted to study politics what books he had read by Conservative thinkers, only to get the response, ‘I don’t read anything by Tories.'”That is shockingly shortsighted. You won’t impress an Oxbridge interviewer by closing down dialogue with an unsubstantiated viewpoint.”The Cecil Rhodes effectMs Williams said the recent controversies over the Rhodes statue and the Benin bronzes at Cambridge had increased awareness of political activism at both universities.Her views were backed up by one sixth-former and Cambridge hopeful, who said: “There is enormous pressure among my peer group to be Left-wing and unquestioningly Left-wing. Her warnings follow a series of protests at universities. Earlier this year Oxford students campaigned for the removal of the statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes because of his controversial views over race.Others have protested over tuition fees or transgender rights. Sixth formers applying to university may be limiting their chances by vying to show off radical credentials, in a move described by admissions tutors as “out-Lefting” each other.Candidates are increasingly writing or expressing statements such as “Boris is a monster”, “All Tories are vile” and “Jeremy Corbyn speaks for me” to appear as radical as possible.But Rebecca Williams, head of the admissions consultancy Oxbridge Applications, said while there was nothing wrong in having strong views, candidates had to be able to back them up.last_img read more

GTU President calls off strike says teachers will resume fully on

GTU President calls off strike says teachers will resume fully on

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeachers’ strike: Gov’t reconvening meeting with GTU tomorrowSeptember 5, 2018In “latest news”GTU, MoE set to go to arbitration- Chief Labour OfficerSeptember 6, 2018In “latest news”Schools reopen with Teachers supporting GTU strike action over salary impasseSeptember 3, 2018In “latest news” File photo: GTU President Mark Lyte speaking to media operatives at the protest on Monday last in front of the Ministry of the PresidencyPresident of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) Mark Lyte, on Thursday afternoon called off the Teachers’ countrywide strike, citing the negotiation impasse now heading to arbitration as the deciding factor.Moreover, Lyte posited that teachers will resume fully on Monday, September 10 and has advised those who can turn out tomorrow (Friday) to do so.According to the GTU head, a press conference will be held tomorrow to update teachers on the way forward and explain the arbitration process in detail.Earlier on Thursday, Chief Labour Officer (CLO) Charles Ogle during a meeting with the GTU and the Education Ministry revealed that the parties are set to go to arbitration.Ogle disclosed that while no new offers were made to the Union, the discussions were based on reintegration of the teachers back into schools across Guyana without salary cuts.In arbitration, the Union and Government are expected to put forth evidence to justify their cause and the decision made would be final.Scores of teachers who were protesting the Ministry of Brickdam had anxiously assembled outside of the meeting to hear the deliberations.Teachers are seeking increases of 40 per cent under a multi-year arrangement up to 2020. However, Government maintained that it just cannot afford this proposal.The Opposition and other commentators have argued however, that if Government reduces its bloated and unnecessary expenditures they could find the monies to pay the teachers. read more

VIDEO What Nenad Perunicic doing with baseball bat

VIDEO What Nenad Perunicic doing with baseball bat

Do you remember one of the best left back players between 1995-2005, Nenad Perunicic? The 45-years old Serbian coach working at RK Crvena zvezda, currently the leader of Serbian Super liga, but that isn’t a reason why we write about him. The former “terminator” of THW Kiel, SC Magdeburg and FC Barcelona was a guest star in spot of Serbian pop band “Nicim Izazvan” for the song about “killing the radio” as medium.Perunicic symbolised the guy who will “kill the radio” with baseball bat, but at the end, kids helped him and take him to the right side of the story. ← Previous Story Eight years without Marian Kozma Next Story → EDITION No.7: Goalkeepers’ paradise in Omis in July Nenad Perunicic read more

Greece has a friend in me says Hahn

Greece has a friend in me says Hahn

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “Greece has made significant steps forward but there’s a long road ahead to exit the recession tunnel, despite the fact we can see light ahead,” Johannes Hahn, the EU Regional Policy Commissioner said this week. Speaking in Athens during the signing of an agreement to set up a Guarantee Fund for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), Hahn emphasised that the forthcoming general elections in the country should not become a hurdle in implementing funding programs agreed to help economic recovery. “There are changes, steps are being made, but more things are necessary to support the policies of the Greek government,” he said referring to combating bureaucracy, restructuring public administration, accelerating major work projects and speeding up justice procedures, noting that many investors hesitate in investing in Greece. “Greeks can count on the European Commission and me personally,” Hahn said. Greek banks play a strategic role in the success of a Guarantee Fund, Development, Competitivenes and Shipping Minister Anna Diamantopoulou and European Investment Bank’s vice-president Plutarhos Sakellaris said. The Greek minister urged bankers and banks to proceed, giving priority to the disbursement of funds earmarked to supporting SMEs, saying this activity was a national need. The Guarantee Fund, will begin operating in a few weeks and will use community funds, up to 500 million euros, which will be leveraged by the European Investment Bank offering at least 1 billion euros to Greek SMEs by the end of 2013. The Fund will offer new capital for investments and working capital to SMEs, with priority given to enterprises already included in structural funds programs. EIB offered funds to 1,600 Greek SMEs and the program will become a model for use to other EU countries, first in Portugal. Hahn said the European Commission will announce a program aimed at speeding up progress in major works on April 16, while Diamantopoulou underlined the need to boost liquidity in the market. Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

Paris veut interdire les voitures les plus polluantes

Paris veut interdire les voitures les plus polluantes

first_imgParis veut interdire les voitures les plus polluantesL’agglomération parisienne est actuellement en train de travailler sur l’interdiction dans le futur de l’accès aux voitures les plus polluantes à certaines zones de la capitale. Une mesure qui entrerait dans le cadre d’une expérimentation de “zones d’action prioritaires pour l’air” (Zapa) prévues par le Grenelle de l’environnement. L’annonce a été faite par Denis Baupin, adjoint Europe Ecologie-Les Verts à l’environnement. Six collectivités locales avaient déjà été retenues pour mettre en oeuvre cette expérimentation d’ici la fin 2011. Ainsi, un comité de pilotage a été créé à Paris, a révélé le quotidien Le Parisien. Il réunit la mairie, les villes voisines de banlieue, la région Île-de-France et la préfecture de police.Denis Baupin a précisé à l’AFP : “Nous allons faire une étude sur l’année 2011 pour une expérimentation qui pourrait prendre place en 2012”. Les 4×4 et les vieux diesels, véhicules les plus polluants, sont en ligne de mire.Quatre scénarios sont envisagés selon l’élu : “Deux scénarios concernent la zone à l’intérieur du périphérique, ou le périphérique, l’A86 et les autoroutes d’Île-de-France. Deux autres scénarios concernent des axes que sont Paris intra muros ou tout ce qui est à l’intérieur de l’A86″.Les critères retenus pour choisir entre ces différents scénarios : la faisabilité, les impacts environnementaux, sociaux et économiques.Le ministère de l’Ecologie devrait ensuite créer un étiquetage des véhicules, précise l’AFP.”On souhaite inciter les gens à acheter les véhicules les moins polluants et les constructeurs à arrêter de construire des véhicules polluants”, conclut l’adjoint au développement durable. Le 23 décembre 2010 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Overwatch Coming to Nintendo Switch… In Case Form

Overwatch Coming to Nintendo Switch… In Case Form

first_img Lego Adds Two More ‘Overwatch’ Sets: Wrecking Ball and Junke…Toy Tuesday: Best Overwatch Toys Stay on target Tons of surprising big third-party games have found their way to the Nintendo Switch. You can play Doom: Eternal and The Witcher 3 on a Nintendo handheld. That owns! Even Blizzard has shown some support after years of absence with the excellent Diablo 3 port. However, that’s not the only game from the Activision-shackled publisher people want on the console/handheld hybrid.As one of the most popular and horniest games of the modern era, Overwatch seems like a no-brainer for Nintendo Switch. Its colorful art style never looked too technically taxing and its alternative combat mechanics for a team shooter would pair nicely with Splatoon. Plus it’s one of the biggest eSports cash cows so why not make the potential audience as big as possible Fortnite-style?Well now it seems Overwatch is coming to Switch. Sort of. On Amazon there’s a (now-deleted) listing for an upcoming Overwatch-themed Nintendo Switch Protection Case from PowerA. On its own that’s not too newsworthy. There are tons of Nintendo Switch cases out there branded with specific games. But in this case it is weird to sell an officially licensed product based on a game that’s not even on the system the case houses.So either this is some weird joke, you whip out a Switch from this case and you’re just playing Paladins or something. Or this is a tease/leak that Overwatch is coming soon to the system. The team has talked about it in the past, calling the port “feasible.” And the case is slated to release later in September around the time a Nintendo Direct news blast would probably hit. Maybe Overwatch for Switch shadow drops the same day as the Nintendo Switch Lite so you can main Hanzo on the go. It’s not like there’s anything else coming to Switch in September.For more Nintendo Switch read our reviews of recent Switch games that actually exist like Astral Chain, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Super Mario Maker 2, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.last_img read more

NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa injury forces rewrites for RAW this week

NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa injury forces rewrites for RAW this week

first_img Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fenix suffers leg injury at independent show, AEW All Out Ladder Match may be in jeopardy Facebook Stocks Make Marginal Gains Around The Globe Pinterest WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Tom Cruises ankle gave Rebecca Ferguson baby-making time Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Calcio: Premier League pi ricca, divario crescente con la serie A Moritz Bleibtreu: Verärgerte Fans Impact World Champion Brian Cage undergoing stem cell treatment for injured back PWInsider is reporting that NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa is currently having issues with a neck injury, which forced a rewrite for RAW this past Monday in Atlanta.According to the report, Ciampa has been battling a “lingering” neck issue the last four to five weeks. The initial worry was that Ciampa had aggravated his repaired ACL during a tag team match on Smackdown last week when Sheamus took a bad bump over his leg.As of now, Ciampa has not been cleared for in-ring action. He was originally set to team with Johnny Gargano in a fatal four way match on Monday night, with RAW Tag Team Champions The Revival scheduled to be at ringside as well.Ciampa is also slated to be involved in this year’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, leaving his status up the air at the moment.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCalcio: Premier League pi ricca, divario crescente con la serie AVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:15/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 74.77%0:07Remaining Time -1:08 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

City council public to talk downtown parking fee caps

City council public to talk downtown parking fee caps

first_imgA proposal to raise the caps on parking fees in downtown Vancouver will get its first public hearing Monday.The city council will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. to get citizen input on a plan to increase the caps on parking permits and meter fees, as well as the cost of parking citations.The proposal got the attention of some residents who came to a workshop a week ago to share their concern, but the council did not take public testimony at the meeting.One of those citizens, Jennifer Denton, came to the workshop to speak out against the increases. Denton lives in the Vancouvercenter apartment building bordering Esther Short Park, a complex holding 112 units. She said people in her complex are concerned with the additional hikes after the city already raised the rates in March.“Parking is such a big issue for the residents,” Denton said.But it’s an issue for the city, too. Revenues from the increases would help to hire a new position to better enforce parking in downtown.A study by the city has found the cost of citations is relatively low, compared to similar cities, so hourly parking and citations have caused drivers in downtown to flout the rules.last_img read more

Saaho trailer launch date confirmed Prabhas announces to release video on this

Saaho trailer launch date confirmed Prabhas announces to release video on this

first_imgSaahoTwitterThe hype is getting real and the frenzy is over the top as the Saaho universe comes nearer to us. The makers have released yet another intriguing poster, announcing its trailer release on August 10.The makers have been building the air around the upcoming magnum opus and each poster and song release has been received with thunderous majority. Audience is looking forward to the trailer, to get a sneak peak of the thrilling adventure they are about to enter into.Sharing the poster on his social media feed, Superstar Prabhas wrote, “Darlings! It’s not time to enter the Saaho world! #Saahotrailer out on 10th August! Stay tuned… #SaahoOnAugust30 #Saaho”The fans have been bombarding the actor’s feed with queries, excitement, wishes and love leading up to the fact that Saaho trailer is all set to enthrall the fans and receive humongous appreciation.As is known by now, the film has been made in IMAX format and will be released on IMAX screens all over the country. But that’s not all. The film’s trailer will also be released on IMAX screens to provide the audience an exact sneak peak into the kind of roller coaster thrilling experience that they’re in for when they go to watch Saaho. The visuals are bigger and better, and it will be an enthralling experience watching Saaho on IMAX screens.Fans are already gearing up to meet their heartthrob Prabhas who is getting ready for a 5-city tour for this upcoming trailer launch of Saaho. He will travel to Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Bangalore and Hyderabad where he will interact with his fans and launch the trailer of Saaho.Saaho is a high octane action thriller which is produced by UV Creations and directed by Sujeeth. The film is set to hit the theatres on August 30. The Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor starrer is shot in three languages, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, simultaneously. It feaures ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay and Murali Sharma.last_img read more

4 persons including 3 foreigners held for duping retired official of more

4 persons including 3 foreigners held for duping retired official of more

first_imgKolkata: The Cyber Crime Police station of Bidhannagar Commissionerate has arrested four persons including three foreign nationals in connection with cheating a retired Central government employee, residing in Rajarhat Road under Baguiati police station area, to the tune of more than Rs 18 lakh.The persons were arrested from Bengaluru on the basis of a complaint by one Bhaskar Ghosh that was lodged with Baguiati police station on May 19.According to police sources, Ghosh had accepted the friend request of a lady with profile name of Anne Elizabeth on April 6. After few days, she gave a business proposal of supplying herbal seeds available in India to the US. She stated that these seeds are used for manufacturing life-saving medicines in the US. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsGhosh was then introduced to a lady who disclosed her name as Vinita Sharma and accordingly the former was convinced that his business will not only be of a noble cause but at the same time would fetch him good profit as well. During the entire interaction, he was quite convinced and he landed up paying Rs 18,32,500 in between end of April and middle of May 2018 on two different bank accounts as provided by Sharma. Once the payment was made, it was promised that a person would come and collect the herbal seed samples from his residence and pay him much more than what he has deposited. But no one even picked up the phone. Ghosh realised that he had been cheated. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe four persons arrested in this connection are Steve Gomes, originally hailing from Caranto City in Guinea, Kachi Aguguo, alias Kachi of Lagos Street, Nigeria, Jhonson Uhunamoure alias Jhon (34) of Siloco Road, Ghana and Sanchita Dey, alias Vinita Sharma (30) of KR Puram, Bangalore. The entire racket was based in Bangalore at the time of the operation.The police has also seized a laptop, a passport, two passbooks and two ATM cards in connection with the bank accounts in which the money had been deposited.last_img read more

The Epic of Gilgamesh – Historys Oldest Great Work of Literature

The Epic of Gilgamesh – Historys Oldest Great Work of Literature

first_imgIn 1853, a great discovery was at the site of ancient Nineveh in modern-day Iraq, near Mosul. A team of British and Assyrian archaeologists uncovered a series of stone tablets, engraved in the Akkadian language, and dated to 1300-1000 BC. On these tablets is perhaps the oldest recorded narrative known to man. Since 1853, older versions of the story have been found, written perhaps 3,000 years ago in Sumerian — showing that the story had survived the downfall of one empire and the rise of another, and had continued in popularity across cultures.This is the “Epic of Gilgamesh”, a story which in many ways laid the foundations of the “buddy” story, and may have been the inspiration behind Homer’s “Iliad”, written hundreds of years later in Greece.Neo-Assyrian clay tablet. Epic of Gilgamesh, Tablet 11.The story follows Gilgamesh, a young and handsome Uruk. Gilgamesh was the son of Ninsun, a goddess, and Lugalbanda, a priest-king. Wanting for nothing, he grew up spoiled, arrogant and cruel. He spends his time beating the other men of Uruk in fights and taking many women to bed, including the wives of other men – as royalty and the son of a goddess, he feels he is entitled.The people of Uruk, terrorized by Gilgamesh, and unable to do anything because of his royal and divine status, cry out to the king of heaven, Anu, to help them with the young king.The Parthian Temple of the Gareus at Uruk (Warka), 39 km east of Samawah, Iraq, was built before 110 AD and is thus thousands of years younger than the surrounding Sumerian remains. Photo by David Stanley CC BY 2.0In response, the gods send Enkidu, a wild man who lives in the desert, to Uruk. Enkidu lives in the wilds, side by side with the animals when he encounters a priestess named Shamhat, who partially civilized him – she teaches him how to eat like a human being. Enkidu then heads to Uruk.There, he meets Gilgamesh and challenges him to a fight. They fight day and night, but eventually Gilgamesh wins. However, in the process, he begins to learn humility and becomes best friends with Enkidu.Possible representation of Gilgamesh as Master of Animals, grasping a lion in his left arm and snake in his right hand, in an Assyrian palace relief, from Dur-Sharrukin, now held in the Louvre.The pair then decide to go on a great adventure. First, they go to the “Forest of Cedar” (which may be today’s Lebanon, known for its cedar trees), and fight the monster Humbaba, which the gods have set over the forest.They then encounter Ishtar, the goddess of love, war and sex, and who reputedly can seduce any man alive – but not Gilgamesh, who rejects her advances.Fragment of a stone plaque from the temple of Inanna at Nippur showing a Sumerian goddess, possibly Inanna (c. 2500 BC). Photo by Wolfgang Sauber CC BY-SA 3.0This angers the goddess, who then asks a fellow deity to release the mighty “Bull of Heaven” so it can attack and kill Gilgamesh.This he does, but Gilgamesh and Enkidu team up and kill the Bull after a mighty struggle. This angers all of the gods, for the Bull is their mightiest creature, and as punishment, they cause Enkidu to die of the injuries sustained in the fight. Gilgamesh almost dies of grief at the loss of his friend.This relief decorated the lower course of the exterior wall of the temple palace of King Kapara. Two heroes pin down a bearded foe, while grabbing at his pronged headdress. The context may be related to the Gilgamesh epic, and display Gilgamesh and Enkidu in their fight with Humbaba.The death of Enkidu not only wounds Gilgamesh but causes him to worry about his own immortality. He begins a search to find the secret of eternal life.He looks for a man named Utnapishtim, who is reputed to be immortal, and survived a great flood which overtook the world many years before.After much searching, Gilgamesh finds Utnapishtim, who tells the future king that he must accept his mortality, which he does. Gilgamesh then returns to Uruk, where he rules as a good and wise king for 126 years.This small 11 x 9.5 x 3 cm clay tablet is a fragment of tablet V of the Epic of Gilgamesh. It narrates how Gilgamesh and Enkidu entered the Cedar Forest and killed Humbaba and his seven sons. Photo by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg) CC BY-SA 4.0It seems there really was a Gilgamesh, as other archaeological finds in the form of letters and inscriptions indicate. He must have been an outstanding personality, for archaeologists believe this king is the basis of the epic tale.Gilgamesh is not just a story about a king. It is one of the first times that human beings recorded some of the great themes of human life and literature. Friendship, hatred, the fear of death and the search for everlasting life, the relationship of humans to the gods, the relationship between male and female, city versus rural life, the value of humility, the cost of arrogance and much more.The adventures and hardship that Gilgamesh endures in the story serve to change him and make him a wiser man so that he might be a good king, a theme which has existed for centuries – Gilgamesh may have been the first.Akkadian cylinder seal impression from Girsu (c. 2340 – 2150 BC) showing a mythological scene. The figure in the center appears to be a god, perhaps Gilgamesh, who is bending the trunk of a tree into a curve as he chops it down. Underneath the tree, a god ascending from the Underworld hands a mace-like object to a goddess. Photo by Applejuice CC BY-SA 4.0Many historians believe that the Utnapishtim story in the epic was a forerunner of the Flood of the Old Testament, and even many Biblical scholars agree that the Noah narrative and Gilgamesh likely recount the same event – a tremendous flood in Mesopotamia.There are other similarities between Gilgamesh and stories in the Bible. Firstly, in both the Epic and in Ecclesiastes, the advice “a triple-stranded rope is not easily broken” is found in both books.In the Epic, Enkidu is created by the gods out of the soil in the wild. Shamhat not only offers the wild man food and teaches Enkidu how to eat, but tempts him sexually.Uruk Photo by Osama alqasab CC BY-SA 4.0Enkidu resists her advances, realizes his nakedness, and is expelled from the wild, much like the biblical Adam. There is also a snake in the Epic which later steals the secret of immortality (in the form of a plant) from Gilgamesh.In other parts of the tale, a goddess was created from the rib of the god Enki, god of creation. One scholar believes that King Nebuchadnezzar’s madness in the Bible’s story of Daniel was inspired by the story of Enkidu, the wild man.Many historians believe that the Epic of Gilgamesh had an influence on the Greek author Homer. They see similarities in the tragedies of the Iliad and the journeys of the Odyssey to the Epic of Gilgamesh.Read another story from us: Statuette Kept in a Margarine Tub for Years Turns out to be Ancient Roman ArtifactThe story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu even made its way into the 20th century. In an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Picard relates the story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu to an alien captain as a way of relating to the quest they find themselves on together.last_img read more

5 Ways How to Use Urgency When You Want to Inspire Conversions

5 Ways How to Use Urgency When You Want to Inspire Conversions

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 22, 2018 Register Now » Every website owner’s dream is to speed up the process of getting people to convert. If you’re one of those website owners, you’re probably already trying to get people right now to take action, whether that be to subscribe to a newsletter or make an online purchase.Related: 7 Easy Ways to Win More Conversions on Social MediaThough visitors hardly go to a website, immediately see what they want, then just as immediately make a purchase — every single time — you can nudge this process along by creating a sense of urgency to get those visitors to convert. And, it just so happens there are a number of ways to do that:1. Run limited-time sales.If people come to your website and see a great deal that’s available only for a limited time, they’ll feel pressured to get in on the offer so they don’t miss out.Take for instance 1-800-Flowers.com and its recent Mother’s Day ad. If you ordered flowers for Mom, and had them delivered before Mother’s Day, you could receive an extra 25 percent off your purchase. This deadline forced customers to decide whether the deal was worth it or not, and take action accordingly.Expiration dates on special deals help people make up their minds about whether they want to purchase more quickly than occurs when they know they can come back a month from now for the same purchase.2. Use a countdown timer.Another way to inspire people to convert is to add a countdown timer to your website, reminding people that time is ticking away and their chance at getting a great deal or signing up for something special will soon be coming to an end.Related: 6 Ways to Drastically Improve Your Website’s Conversion RateIn fact, a study reported on ConversionXL showed that creating an actual countdown timer can be more effective than simply slapping an expiration date on a special deal.For example, MonsterInsights uses a countdown timer to show potential customers they can get a great deal using the coupon code, but only within the time frame of the timer.Do something similar. Use an eye-catching timer to create a sense of urgency with site visitors, and make the deal worthwhile. Then, watch your conversions increase right away.  3. Reflect the demand for and popularity of your product.People want in on things that others are interested in, too. For instance, Airbnb does a great job of showing potential travelers the hottest spots to stay at, illustrated by the example below of a Paris house that was available on the day the ad ran.Because Airbnb shared with site visitors the fact that others were thinking about renting that same house, those on the fence about booking might have been tempted to reserve it immediately. That’s because the more popular an item is, the more prized it will seem. As a result, viewers’ urgency to take action and grab it for themselves skyrockets.4. Use exit intent technologyUsing exit intent technology is a good way to inspire urgency in people, especially if you want them to convert and subscribe to your newsletter. After all, you know how important building a big email list is to your bottom line.A great example of a website using exit intent technology is found at Gimme Some Oven.The minute a site visitor starts leaving the website, a popup appears inspiring him or her to subscribe at the last minute in order to get new (and free!) recipes delivered straight to his or her  inbox. If this incentive seems worthwhile, that person may very well hand over contact information, giving Gimme Some Oven a new lead to nurture.5. Use “urgent” copy.You may not realize, but the copy you use in your headlines and call to action buttons can have a profound effect on someone’s desire either to take action immediately or wait until later. Words like “Now,” “Hurry,” and “Immediately” instill a sense of urgency in people and make them want to do something right away.For instance, CoSchedule has several call to action buttons on its homepage inviting people to start their free 14-day trial. However, most notable is the one near the bottom, for those that have scrolled through the entire page, but still haven’t committed:By using the phrase “Try it Free Now,” CoSchedule is reminding people that the trial is free and is encouraging them to take action right away. Chances are, it’ll help convert those last minute people.Related: 9 Ways to Increase Landing-Page ConversionsAnd there you have it! Five exceptional ways to use urgency to inspire people to on your website to convert. So, if you’re looking for ways to increase conversions or just a way to get started, try some of these proven techniques. Trust me, you’ll be happy you did! Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Guess what Petrol price to drop today

Guess what Petrol price to drop today

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The price of petrol is set to decrease by 8 cents today (March 1), as confirmed by the KZN Energy Department late last week.This is due to the rand strengthening against the dollar from R13.60 to R13.30.Also read: Petrol price to increase once againThe petrol price for both 93 and 95 (ULP and LRP) will drop by 8 cents and the diesel price will drop by 2 cents.This is terrific news for Ladysmith motorists, who feel the pinch in their pockets. Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

55 companies to offer 3000 bilingual jobs at upcoming CINDE fair

55 companies to offer 3000 bilingual jobs at upcoming CINDE fair

first_imgRelated posts:Job fairs seeking 1,300 employees 12 companies hoping to hire 700 bilingual professionals at job fair Fairs this week offer 5,000 job openings Employers looking to fill 3,000 vacant jobs at CINDE fair next month The 10th edition of the CINDE Job Fair, held Feb. 21-23 at the Antigua Aduana facilities in downtown San José, will feature 55 companies seeking to hire thousands of bilingual workers.The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) is organizing the event, which will be free to the public.Companies will be seeking bilingual staff for both technical and professional posts in several areas such as accounting, finance, management, engineering, human resources, software development, technical support, customer service and sales.Candidates should have proficiency in English, German, Portuguese, Italian, French or Mandarin, among others.Companies will accept only digital résumés, preferably in two pages or less, CINDE representative Vanessa Gibson said.Many of the jobs offer flexible schedules and are good opportunities for people wanting to work and study.The job fair takes place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.For more information, visit: www.cindejobfair.com. Facebook Commentslast_img read more