4th PVL MVP award inspires Valdez to push herself more

first_imgCreamline’s Alyssa Valdez hoists her twin trophies, including the Conference MVP, after leading the top performers in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference during awards rites at the Philsports Arena in Pasig Tuesday. The former Ateneo star also took the First Best Outside Spiker award while steering the Cool Smashers to third place finish in the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision. CONTRIBUTEDHer fourth Conference Most Valuable Player award is a reminder for Alyssa Valdez of how much she still wants to continue improving on her craft.“It’s motivating me to really help the team improve in terms of our our skills and listen to our coaches,” she said, moments after securing the MVP plum in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Bali Pure’s Risa Sato and Pocari Sweat’s Jeanette Panaga finished 1-2 in the Best Middle Blocker race, Power Smashers’ Dimdim Pacres was honored as the Best Opposite Spiker, Bali Pure’s Jasmine Nabor was hailed as the Best Setter, and Pocari Sweat’s Melissa Gohing got the Best Libero award.What makes this MVP unique for Valdez was it was her first recognition since formally leaving the auspices of the Ateneo campus.READ: Creamline gets bronze in PVL“After everything I went through, with my stints in Thailand, it really makes me feel old. But for what it’s worth, I’m thankful for the support that I get, that even though I’ve changed through a lot of teams, they’re always there,” she said.But three-time UAAP MVP said that this journey with Creamline is just the start.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage NBA: Irving bares heartfelt words for LeBron after finals defeat “It makes me think that I shouldn’t stop improving myself. I can stop doing what I’m doing, but I have the choice to pursue and still try to push myself to the limit.”READ: Valdez powers Creamline to 1st winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez also won the First Best Outside Spiker with her 20.7 points per match, making her the most decorated volleybelle in the history of the league.Joining the Creamline hitter in the honor roll are Bali Pure’s Grethcel Soltones, who was named as the Second Best Outside Spiker. View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “Definitely, the goal for every team entering the conference is to get the championship,” she said, as the Cool Smashers ended their inaugural foray in the league at third. “Our goal doesn’t stop here but definitely, this is just the beginning. I hope our journey with the Cool Smashers continue to improve in the coming conferences.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’ PLAY LIST 02:34Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

NBA: Cavs sign Isaiah Taylor to 1-year deal

first_imgAdvertisementAccording to Shams Charania of Yahoo, the deal is reportedly for one year. What makes this report interesting is the fact that the Cavs have supposedly been in the market for another point guard over the past week.Taylor spent last season with the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 6.6 points and 3.1 assists per game in 67 appearances. The undrafted free agent originally signed with the Houston Rockets but spent most of his 2016-17 season in the G League (then known as the D-League).The Cleveland Cavaliers and guard Isaiah Taylor have agreed to a one-year deal, league sources tell Yahoo. The Cavs have looked to add another point guard over past week.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 10, 2018According to a source familiar with the team’s thinking, Taylor is committed to attending Cavaliers training camp, where he will compete for the third point guard spot.Taylor joins a backcourt with Collin Sexton, George Hill, J.R. Smith, and Jordan Clarkson. The University of Texas product appeared in 67 games for the Atlanta Hawks last season. He averaged 6.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He brings an added layer of depth to the backcourt for Ty Lue’s squad.Also Read-NBA: New York Knicks planning to part ways with Joakim Noah after Sept. 1 Advertisementlast_img read more

AB de Villiers to miss Australia Test tour, South Africa name uncapped spin duo

first_imgSouth Africa have included two uncapped spinners, Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj, in the Proteas Test squad for the three-match series against Australia to be played Down Under from the beginning of next month. (Latest Cricket stories)Faf du Plessis will again captain the team in the absence of injured AB de Villiers. South Africa play their first Test match against Australia at Perth from November 3. The third and final Test of the series between the two teams will be a Pink ball day and night game at Adelaide.MORKEL, ELGAR RETURNMorne Morkel returns to the squad after missing the recent Test series against New Zealand through injury although his selection is subject to his successfully coming through a domestic game tomorrow.Dean Elgar also returns from injury while another uncapped player, Rilee Rossouw, has been added as a specialist batsman. Dane Vilas will again travel as the second wicketkeeper after making his Test debut on the sub-continent last year.TABRAIZ SHAMSI, KESHAV MAHARAJ INCLUDED”Shamsi has made huge progress over the course of the last year in the longer format,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Linda Zondi.”He took 41 wickets at an average of less than 20 in seven matches last season and he certainly offers something different as an attacking spinner.”Maharaj is also right on top of his game. He took 13 wickets in a domestic match at the weekend and also made a run-a-ball 72. Basically, we are following a horses for courses policy as we feel that spinners who turn the ball away from the right-hander are going to be particularly useful under Australian conditions and against the Test batsmen we are likely to face.advertisementSouth Africa Test squad: Faf du Plessis, Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Dane Vilaslast_img read more

Callum Wilson strikes for Bournemouth to add to Huddersfield’s woes

first_img 9 Kachunga Lineups Read more Huddersfield Match stats 6 5 1 Lossl 20 Brooks 9 Mousset (s 90′) 44 Rowe Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn 27 Stankovic 27 Begovic Bournemouth BOU43HUD57% 13 9 match reports 44 Surridge Goal attempts 10 Mooy Huddersfield 25 Jorgensen 37 Durm 7 Huddersfield Off target 4 AFC Bournemouth 1 Huddersfield On target 4 AFC Bournemouth Corners 43 57 7 Bacuna 26 Schindler Possession Substitutes Read more Share on Twitter 12 Hamer 42 Puncheon (s 61′) (s 46′) 41 Daly 24 Fraser 8 Lerma (s 44′) AFC Bournemouth 15 Smith James Ward-Prowse free-kick caps Saints comeback against Tottenham Share on Pinterest 5 Ake 11 Daniels Substitutes 24 Mounie 8 Billing (s 65′) 21 Pritchard 17 King 1 Boruc 21 Rico BOU HUD 25 Simpson Löwe delivered the kind of cross they had been lacking soon after the restart but the opportunity went begging and after a swift Bournemouth counterattack, Wilson was denied when Jan Gorenc Stankovic intercepted Josh King’s ball across the area.But Bournemouth struck the decisive blow in the 67th minute when Wilson raced on to King’s defence-splitting pass and showed great awareness to cut the ball back for Fraser to sweep home from six yards.King forced Lössl into a smart save before Bournemouth somehow failed to score their third when Nathan Aké met Fraser’s free-kick with a header that struck Mathias Jorgensen and as the ball bounced on the goalline, neither King nor Wilson reacted quickly enough. Premier League Ayoze Pérez and Newcastle stun Everton with three-goal comeback 33 Mepham 29 Solanke 15 Lowe “Obviously my priority is to make sure Callum is fit and fine after today’s game,” said Eddie Howe. “He will of course be looking at the England situation I’m sure. I was pleased to see him play well for us and scoring.”Bournemouth carved out the first opening when Wilson’s low shot was comfortably saved by Jonas Lössl. But Wilson did not waste his second chance. Fraser scampered clear down the left and his cross was turned in by Wilson at the far postJan Siewert replaced the ineffective Philip Billing with Chris Löwe during the interval. “The first half was not acceptable for me and that is why I talked to them at half-time,” said the Huddersfield manager. “I feel sorry for each supporter who came today and saw the first half. It was not my football at all and not the attitude I wanted from us” Topics Share via Email 13 Wilson 16 Ahearne-Grant 23 Clyne The Observer 6 Surman (s 76′) Fouls 33 Hadergjonaj Callum Wilson scored on his return to action as Bournemouth halted their away-day blues at Huddersfield.Wilson, back from seven weeks out with injury, chested home a first-half opener and laid on Bournemouth’s second for Ryan Fraser in front of watching Gareth Southgate, who on Wednesday names his England squad for next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Boundaries Released for Proposed Wilderness Areas in Cumberland County

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to comment on two proposed wilderness areas in Cumberland County. The consultation is part of government’s commitment to conserve and protect the diversity of Nova Scotia’s wild spaces. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to become involved in shaping our province’s protected areas,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Environment. “Protecting these areas will ensure that our valuable lands are preserved for generations to come.” Initial consultation was done by the departments of Environment and Natural Resources with interested parties, including municipal, community, industry, recreation, business, Mi’kmaq and environment organizations. Feedback helped government identify two proposed wilderness areas for further consultation. The proposed Kelly River Wilderness Area is 20,567 hectares of forest and river and will be the province’s third largest wilderness area. It includes most of the Kelly River watershed and extends to Maccan River. Along Chignecto Bay, the proposed Raven Head Wilderness Area is 4,753 hectares. This includes 36 kilometres of Bay of Fundy coast between Apple Head and Shulie River. “We are committed to listening to Nova Scotians and using that input to help make informed decisions about these proposed boundaries for these two candidate wilderness areas,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “We will work with the Department of Environment to help satisfy many interests while protecting these lands.” The Crown lands are important for conservation. They are valued for hunting, sportfishing, canoeing, off-highway vehicle riding and other outdoor recreation. They are significant for forestry and other resource development. Public comments will help to ensure the diverse values are considered in the final designation. “We know that local residents are very passionate about these lands,” said Cumberland County Warden Keith Hunter. “People need to become involved in the consultation process to make sure that their interests are considered as the province proceeds with conservation and protection in the area.” Consultation details will be available May 11 in a newsletter, at http://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/protectedareas, or by calling 902-424-2117. The public consultation will run from May 11 to Aug. 12, and will include opportunities to meet with government staff, written submissions, information displays and open houses in Southampton, Joggins, Advocate Harbour, Parrsboro, Amherst and Halifax. Feedback will be used to help determine the final boundaries. Once designated, the new wilderness areas could add more than 25,000 hectares to the province’s protected areas inventory, helping to reach the province’s goal of legally protecting 12 per cent of Nova Scotia’s lands by the year 2015.last_img read more

Piped water to all rural households by 2024 FM

first_imgNew Delhi: Given the water crisis taking centrestage, the government on Friday announced to ensure piped water supply to all rural households by 2024 under the Jal Jeevan Mission.While presenting her maiden Union Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the newly set up Jal Shakti Ministry will work with states to ensure that every rural house gets water by 2024. Sitharaman’s pledge of “har ghar jal” got massive applause during her Budget presentation in the Lok Sabha. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Ensuring India’s water security and providing access to safe and adequate drinking water to all Indians is a priority of the government,” she said. The government has allocated Rs 10,000 core for the National Rural Drinking Water Mission in the 2019-20 Budget as against Rs 5,500 crore in the 2018-19 (Revised) Budget. She said that the Jal Jeevan Mission will focus on integrated demand and supply side management of water at the local level, including creation of local infrastructure for source sustainability like rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge and management of household waste water for reuse in agriculture. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe minister said that 1,592 blocks spread across 256 districts which were critical and over exploited had been identified for the Jal Shakti Abhiyan. Besides using funds available under various schemes, the government will explore the possibility of using additional funds available under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) for this purpose, Sitharaman said. The Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has got Rs 8,245 crore in this budget. It got Rs 7,612 crore in the 2018-19 (revised) budget. Soon after the announcement of Jal Jeevan Mission, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hailed the Union Finance Minister for adopting “har ghar jal” scheme, which was first started by his government in the state. “The chief minister has welcomed the ‘har ghar jal’ scheme saying in Bihar. The ‘har ghar nal ka jal’ is already being pursued as part of the saat nishchay (seven resolves),” an official release said. The seven resolves were made by Kumar ahead of the 2015 assembly polls which included measures like employment to youths through skill development, uninterrupted power supply to all households and construction of toilets. While hailing the Union Budget, Bihar’s Information & Broadcasting Minister Neeraj Kumar, said, “Given that Bihar CM is known for “politics with difference”, the adoption of state’s piped water scheme by the Centre certifies that Nitish Kumar government is committed for the welfare of every section of the society.”last_img read more

Canadian woman Christine Archibald identified as victim in London terror attack

first_imgOTTAWA – A Canadian woman killed in the terror attack in the United Kingdom that left seven people dead was remembered Sunday as someone who had a big heart and respected everyone.Family members said Christine Archibald, 30, from British Columbia was a victim of the attack on London Bridge and in a bustling market nearby.The attack began late Saturday night when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, police said.The attackers, wielding blades and knives, then ran down a set of stairs into Borough Market where they stabbed people in several different restaurants.Messages posted on Facebook by the brother and sister of Archibald’s fiance, identified as Tyler Ferguson, said the couple was on London Bridge when Archibald was struck and killed by a van.“I can’t breath. You hear these things so often but it doesn’t seem real. Last night in London my baby brother lost the love of his life on the London Bridge. In a split second his entire life was ripped away from him,” Cassie Ferguson Rowe, Ferguson’s sister posted on Facebook.Archibald’s family in Castlegar, B.C. released a statement Sunday through the Canadian government saying she worked in a homeless shelter before she moved to Europe to be with her fiance.“She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected,” the statement said. “She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.”The family asked that people honour her memory by making the community a better place.“Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter,” the statement said. “Tell them Chrissy sent you.”Kathy Christiansen, executive director of Alpha House in Calgary, said Archibald had worked at the non-profit until recently and that she will remain in the hearts of her friends and colleagues.The young woman was a talented social worker and an “exceptional human being,” Christiansen said in a statement.“Chrissy was a bright light to many, and her generosity, kind spirit and huge heart for her work in responding to issues of addictions and homelessness at the centre inspired us all.”Dr. David Docherty, president of Mount Royal University, where Archibald took courses, expressed his great sadness upon learning of her death.“Christine Archibald was a truly outstanding student who completed her coursework at Mount Royal in 2014 and officially received her Social Work diploma in 2015,” the Calgary university president said in a statement.“Our deepest condolences go to her family and loved ones, as well as to members of our community who are grieving her loss.”B.C. Premier Christy Clark issued a statement saying her thoughts are with the Archibald family, and with everyone who knew and loved Chrissy.“As her family and province mourn, we must never forget who we are — and the diversity that makes us strong,” Clark said.“The individuals who carry out these acts of hate want to change us. They want to sow fear and division. Ultimately, they want us to turn on each other. They will never succeed.”B.C. New Democrat Leader John Horgan tweeted about Christine Archibald, saying “let’s honour her & never let hate win.”Police in London have said the attack lasted about eight minutes. In addition to the seven people who were killed, at least 48 others were sent to hospital.Police shot and killed the attackers, and 12 people were arrested in Barking in east London.Gov. Gen. David Johnston called the attack “evil and senseless.”He said in a tweet that he was “heartbroken to learn that a Canadian is among those who lost their lives.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would stand with the U.K. in the fight against terrorism.“We grieve with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, and wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery,” Trudeau said. “Londoners and people across the United Kingdom have always displayed strength and resilience in the face of adversity. We recently witnessed this after the attacks in Manchester and in the Westminster area of London. This time will be no different.”Opposition leader Andrew Scheer said in a statement Sunday that Canada and the U.K. have historically stood “shoulder to shoulder” against threats.“I do not want to see my children grow up in a world where they are afraid to go to the mall, or a concert, or travel the world,” Scheer said. “This is why Canada, and our allies, must be fully committed to confronting and destroying this terrorist threat.”This is the third attack in Britain in as many months. Two weeks ago, a suicide bomber blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, in northwest England, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more. In March, a British convert to Islam ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four before fatally stabbing a police officer on Parliament’s grounds.—With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Struggling Saint John mourns lost pipeline A huge economic blow

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – At what would have been the eastern end of the Energy East Pipeline, rookie Mayor Don Darling is in mourning.The veteran businessman, elected mayor just last year, presides over a declining city in a declining province, and had been counting on Energy East to help turn the corner.“This is a disappointment. It’s an economic blow. I’m frustrated,” Darling said Thursday.The $15.7 billion pipeline project would have carried western crude to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John and an export terminal for destinations abroad. TransCanada cancelled it Thursday, citing “changed circumstances.”While Quebec politicians like Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and environmental activists celebrated the demise of the project, Darling lamented the loss of jobs and revenue.“This a huge economic blow to Saint John, to New Brunswick and to the country,” Darling said.The Energy East Saint John Partners Forum had estimated the project would increase the provincial GDP by $6.5 billion, and create thousands of jobs over several decades.Ian Whitcomb, president of the Saint John-based Irving Oil, called it the loss of a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”Darling said his once-affluent city — the oldest incorporated city in Canada — was looking to Energy East as a source of momentum to get the economy moving.He said in the short term, the city of 67,000 people is facing a $4.5 million shortfall this year and needs to make tough decisions if it is to avoid raising the city’s tax rate — already the highest in the region.The 2016 census showed the population of Saint John fell by 3.6 per cent over the previous five years — falling from 70,063 to 67,575 — and losing its status as the largest city in the province.A New Brunswick sociologist, Hassan Arif, likened the city to Detroit in a 2012 column for HuffPost, saying Saint John’s decline isn’t as severe but it faced similar challenges: They were both declining cities with growing suburbs, with concentrated urban poverty and a shrinking tax base. Both have multiple vacant and abandoned buildings.Even before the Energy East announcement, Darling was openly expressing his concerns about his city’s financial woes.In a Facebook post Wednesday, Darling said “I’m tired, beat up, frustrated and sad. I’m all those things because we need to change,” he wrote. “We are in a mess, this didn’t happen overnight, it’s been years in the making.”On Thursday, Darling said the Energy East project was “truly a test of our country and our ability to come together and we failed.”He blames the regulatory process and opponents of the project in Quebec.“The fact that one of the provinces in our country appeared to do everything it could to block this project in any fashion — I think that was obviously a factor,” he said.Darling said his city needs help from the province and Ottawa — either a large project or a number of smaller ones to stimulate the economy.“We need help. We need to work with the provincial government and Premier (Brian) Gallant is signalling that he is accepting my challenge that Saint John needs a new deal,” he said. “We have to match actions with the reality and urgency we’re facing as a community.”Gallant said Thursday energy is still a huge opportunity for Saint John, noting that the province is looking at various forms of renewable energy such as tidal power.“There will be a new deal for Saint John,” Gallant said. “As the industrial base of our economy, we need Saint John to be firing on all cylinders.”Darling said the city would take the next 30 days to more clearly define what help it needs from the other levels of government.“All we want is a fighting chance to put Saint John on a more sustainable path,” he said.last_img read more

Pedestrian access to be restricted on portion of St Davids Road

Due to ongoing construction, pedestrian access will soon be restricted on a busy section of road near Brock University’s main campus.Beginning next week, pedestrian access will be closed to accommodate the construction zone at the interchange of St. David’s Road and Highways 406 and 58. The closure will remain in place until the third week of November.Anyone planning to travel on foot through the interchange is instead advised to use Decew Road.Earlier this month crews began a three-year overhaul of the busy interchange and, as a result, several lane reductions and closures have been introduced in the area.Project updates on traffic flows will be published in the Brock News throughout the construction period. read more

Mens basketball The only change after Ohio States win over Wisconsin confidence

Ohio State junior forward Jae’Sean Tate converts a layup as he was fouled in the first half against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 83-73. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorThe will or drive of a team is rooted in self belief. Without a belief or a vision, a team cannot achieve its goals.For a while, the Ohio State men’s basketball team didn’t have a vision, it didn’t have a moment that could spring a successful run as the season grows nye. Well, now OSU has both.The Buckeyes handily defeated the 16th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers at home Thursday night, 83-73, in their most complete game this season. Four players were in double figures, the bench scored 32 points and as a team, OSU outrebounded the Badgers by 13 and shot 63 percent (10-for-16) from 3-point range.All of that happened against the fourth best defense in the country.The players — sophomore guard C.J. Jackson in particular, who had a career-high 18 points Thursday — had been saying throughout a mentally taxing conference season that they believed there run of consecutive wins was just around the corner. Wisconsin might be the start of that, but that doesn’t necessarily mean OSU’s predicament has changed. The Buckeyes will likely still need to win the Big Ten tournament to make the NCAA Tournament, but at the very least, OSU finally has proof it can win games against top competition.“I feel like everybody was on the same page (on Thursday). We played hard. It seemed like we couldn’t miss,” junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “If we play like this the rest of the time and in the Big Ten tournament, I feel like we can win.”That type of language hadn’t been heard since the beginning of the season when winning the conference was seen as an attainable goal. Yes, the Buckeyes said things like, “There’s still a long way to go,” and “Anything can happen” after losses, but maybe what OSU needed was the reality of winning a game that many didn’t believe it had a prayer in.So it begs the question, why can’t OSU always play like this?“I wish we could (always play like this) and for now on I hope we can,” Tate said. “We just got to build from it.”The game was equally important for OSU coach Thad Matta, who has been dealt an unprecedented amount of criticism this year. The 13-year OSU coach was already the most winningest coach in school history and became the most tenured coach in school history on Thursday night.He has not been one to ever focus, or truly care, about what outsiders say, but there’s no denying that critics will think twice about scolding the 13-year OSU coach after the Wisconsin win.“I’m sure there’s a lot of people that wouldn’t be pissed off if I didn’t come back (tomorrow),” Matta said. “But I say that from a standpoint of I guess that’s a tremendous feat, but I kind of like the most wins more than the most games to be honest with you.”While nothing on the winning side has come naturally to the Buckeyes this season, they had the answers on Thursday night. Each answer paved the path to success. There remains a long way to go for them, but the Buckeyes saw what their best looks like and that could be a motivator with two games remaining before the conference tournament.“We haven’t seen it a whole lot,” Matta said. “Everybody sort of did there part. When you’re making shots, it probably helps your cause … I hope these guys got a good taste of what it feels like to win a game.” read more

Toads nearly endangered after suffering massive decline in 30 years

first_imgBritain’s toad population has plummeted by nearly 70 per cent over the past 30 years and is now in such peril the species is close to qualifying as endangered.A new report reveals that hundreds and thousands of the amphibians have disappeared from the countryside since the 1980s.The decline thought to have been prompted by a combination of new farming techniques, which have entailed the loss of ponds and the death of prey from pesticides, as well as increasing urbanisation. Heavier traffic has also been blamed for the sharp reduction, despite widespread schemes to help toads safely migrate to their breeding ponds by carrying them across busy roads.The data was collated by the volunteer patrols who perform this task, and is based on data collected from 153 since 1985.Milder winters as a result of climate change is another suspected driver of the population decline because of the disruption this causes to hibernation cycles.The new research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that South East England has suffered the worst decline in Toad, while Wales and the South West of England have remained stable for the past decade, numbers having shrunk over the twenty previous years.Scotland and the north of England have also suffered a significant decline in the past 20 years. Toad declines at this scale over such large areas are really worryingDr Silviu Petrovan, Froglife Mr Toad, in Wind in the Willows, was a sympathetic characterCredit:Telegraph Mr Toad, in Wind in the Willows Dr Silviu Petrovan, from Froglife, the charity which conducted the research, said: “Toad declines at this scale over such large areas are really worrying.“Toads are extremely adaptable and can live in many places ranging from farmland and woodland to suburban gardens.“They are also important pest controllers, eating slugs, snails and insects and are food themselves for many of our most likeable mammals such as otters and polecats.”Paul Edgar, the senior amphibian specialist at Natural England, said that recovery of the species depended upon keeping individual toad habitats linked across the country.He said the organisation was attempting to achieve this through ensuring that “green infrastructure” is included in all new planning developments.Despite their squat and warty appearance, toads occupy a fond place in the British imagination.Mr, Toad, one of the main characters in Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 novel The Wind in the Willow, is a selfish and reckless character but is nevertheless portrayed as likeable.A few years later George Orwell devoted one of his most celebrated essays – Some Thoughts on the Common Toad – to discussing the creatures and their “spiritual look” when they come out of hibernation.Every year thousands of volunteers take part in Toads on Roads patrols to help carry more than 800,000 of the amphibians to safety in both the UK and Switzerland, where Froglife has teamed up with groups which carry out the same service.Dr Petrovan said: “Without the efforts of the thousands of volunteers that go out and move amphibians across busy roads we would have no idea that these declines had occurred and the situation could be much worse.“One thing that is clear is that we need to do more to look after our environment in order to protect the species that depend on it.”Last month a separate report complied by 53 organisations found that one in six of all British wild species is now at risk of vanishing from the UK, with 1,999 listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List. 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.last_img read more

Stephanie McMahon responds to comments by AJ Lee

first_img Here’s Who CM Punk Might Fight At UFC 225 Laura Vandervoort Heres What To Expect (Spoilers) From WWEs Christmas Eve Episode of Raw Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Stephanie McMahon took to Twitter late Tuesday evening to respond to comments by WWE Diva AJ Lee who criticized her for supporting comments by actress Patricia Arquette for discussing women’s rights and wage equality at the Oscars on Sunday night.Lee wrote, “Your female wrestlers have record selling merchandise & have starred in the highest rated segment of the show several times, and nd yet they receive a fraction of the wages & screen time of the majority of the male roster. #UseYourVoice.”McMahon then responded around three hours later to Lee writing, “Thank you @WWEAJLee, I appreciate your opinion.  #UseYourVoice.”Source: Twitter.com/StephMcMahonRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror MovieVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie WWE comments on passing of Harley Race, Wrestling industry reacts to passing Facebookcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Kane Now Playing Up Next Twitter The Miz Videos Articles WhatsApp Stephanie McMahon Pitches New Career Option For Serena Williams Now Playing Up Next WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon honored with 2019 Worldz Titan Award Now Playing Up Next WWE Executives sell large amounts of stock ahead of Thursday’s 2nd quarter reportlast_img read more

NXT stars debut on Smackdown Live Nikki Bella taking time off from

first_imgNikki Bella taking time off from WWENikki Bella tweeted out the following noting she will be taking time off from WWE.This isn’t goodbye, just need time to heal. When the day is right I will be back and hopefully then…. BRIE MODE will be ACTIVATED!… pic.twitter.com/3OB6QjUnvU— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) April 4, 2017 Former Impact and ROH star guest coaching this week at WWE Performance Center Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey 2 COMMENTS Brie mode ain’t gonna wanna be goin nowhere once she’s holding her baby! Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Jamie Stidiford Videos Articles 8/29 NXT Live Results: Orlando, Florida (Velveteen Dream takes on Roderick Strong) Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles NXT stars debut on Smackdown LiveDuring tonight’s 4/4 WWE Smackdown Live in Orlando, NXT stars Shinsuke Nakamura and Tye Dillinger debuted on Tuesday night as part of the main roster.Nakamura made his debut interrupting a segment involving The Miz and Maryse, while Tye Dillinger defeated Curt Hawkins answering an open challenge.You can check out clips of both debuts below courtesy of WWE. Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip’Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John CenaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Brie Bellacenter_img WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down April 5, 2017 at 8:10 am Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’ Now Playing Up Next April 5, 2017 at 12:07 am Steven Herrera Artem Chigvintsev says Nikki Bella is his ‘soulmate’ AEW announces tickets for debut episode on TNT from Washington, DC is sold-out Twitter Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Shinsuke Nakamura and Tye Dillinger debut tonight. Does this mean there not part of the shake up. Ir could one of them go to raw? Now Playing Up Next ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena John Cena Comments are closed.last_img read more

Crash east of La Center injures mother child

first_imgA woman with life-threatening injuries was transported via Life Flight and a child in critical condition was hospitalized following a vehicle crash Saturday morning east of La Center. Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies and emergency responders were dispatched shortly after 9 a.m. to the 5300 block of Northeast Lockwood Creek Road for a collision, according to a news release. They found a 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser that had exited the roadway on the right-hand shoulder. The westbound vehicle rolled and hit a tree, according to the news release. The vehicle was occupied by four children — ages 2, 8, 10 and 12 — as well as their 36-year-old mother who was driving the car, according to the news release. The mother was trapped within the vehicle. She was extracted from the car and transported to a Portland hospital by Life Flight, according to the sheriff’s office. The 8-year-old child was transported by AMR to a Portland hospital. The other children were uninjured and released to another parent. The Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit is investigating and did not release any additional information. John Nohr, fire chief at Clark County Fire and Rescue, said three children in the car were able to get out on their own. But he said removing the woman involved a particularly challenging extraction that took 40 minutes to complete due to the damage of the vehicle.last_img read more

Divided Alaska Legislature Convenes Session In 2 Cities

first_imgThe debate over the climate bill, which did not pass, highlighted the tension between the greater Portland area and rural areas in Oregon. Hundreds of farmers, loggers and truckers rallied at the Capitol in solidarity with the Republican senators, saying the climate legislation would cost jobs in their towns. Democrats said the measure was an efficient way to lower emissions while investing in low-income and rural communities’ ability to adapt to climate change.___Associated Press writers Mark Thiessen in Anchorage and Sarah Zimmerman in Salem, Oregon, contributed to this report. Giessel told The Associated Press last week that she believed the Legislature is on solid footing with the plan, despite legal questions raised by Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, who has argued that Dunleavy can call lawmakers into special session anywhere he wants. In a rare move, nearly a third of Alaska lawmakers are expected to buck their leadership in both chambers and meet Monday in Wasilla even though a majority of lawmakers will convene the special session in Juneau, the state capital, about 600 miles (965 kilometers) away. Neither the House, led by a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans, nor the Republican-controlled Senate, could pass a bill for the full payout. Last month the Oregon Legislature was disrupted by a walkout by Republican senators, who fled the Capitol to thwart climate legislation. The 11 GOP senators, who make up the minority in the Oregon Senate, left the Capitol on June 20 and remained away for nine days to protest a proposal that would have been the second in the nation to cap and trade pollution credits among companies. The main issue is to determine the amount of this year’s oil wealth check, a hot-button issue in Alaska. Nearly every single Alaska residents receives the check for simply living in the state. Alaska is not the only state in the West to see upheaval on the legislative process. The Grammy-award winning band Portugal. The Man, which hails from Wasilla, will be featured Tuesday at a rally at the University of Alaska Anchorage to encourage lawmakers to overturn Dunleavy’s budget vetoes. Dunleavy’s spokesman, Matt Shuckerow has said Dunleavy hopes lawmakers show up in Wasilla. If they don’t, they will “cross that bridge when we get there,” Shuckerow said. Dunleavy said late Friday he would expand the special session agenda to include state match money for road and airport programs “when the Alaska State Legislature convenes in Wasilla,” pursuant to his special session proclamation There could be other business for lawmakers. Once they convene the special session, they have five days to attempt any overrides of Dunleavy’s budget vetoes, including a $130 million cut to the University of Alaska system. University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has called the cut as devastating. Furlough notices to employees have already been spent. The checks are from the Alaska Permanent Fund, a fund seeded with oil money and grown through investments. Annual dividends traditionally have been paid with fund earnings, which lawmakers also began using last year to help pay government expenses amid an ongoing budget deficit, creating tension. Dunleavy called the special session in Wasilla, his hometown and the heart of his conservative base, saying a change of venue would be good for lawmakers who could not finish their work over five months in Juneau this year. Both House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, who cited safety concerns about meeting in Wasilla, and Senate President Cathy Giessel decided to hold the session in Juneau. A formula in state law to determine the amount of the checks has not been followed the last three years, resulting in reduced check sizes. Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican who took office in December, campaigned on paying a full dividend, which would cost about $1.9 billion and result in checks around $3,000 this year. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Divided Alaska lawmakers have found little to agree on this year, and that includes where to hold a special session.last_img read more

Park Service bans controversial methods to hunt wolf bear

first_imgA wolf carrying a caribou leg. (File photo: NPS)The National Park Service has published its final rule on hunting in Alaska’s national preserves, turning a corner in a long-running tussle with the state. While most state hunting rules continue to apply, the Park Service is now enacting a permanent ban on several controversial hunting practices allowed under state law. The new Park Service ban includes using artificial lights to shoot black bears in the den, and using bait to hunt bears.Download AudioBruce Dale, the state’s director of Wildlife Conservation, says the banned methods are not common hunting practices, and the state doesn’t allow them everywhere. But he says the new federal rules will still hurt certain hunters.  And, Dale says, it’s a federal incursion on the legal right of the state to manage its own fish and game.“It’s a problem for us,” Dale said. “We’ve been given the authority to be the primary managers and we take that very seriously, and we think we’re good at it.”Dale says the state is considering its next move.The new rules apply to sport hunting on 20 million acres of preserve land, managed by the National Park Service. They don’t change federal subsistence rules, and don’t apply in National Parks themselves, where sport hunting is illegal. The feds say they are really re-imposing bans on methods the state used to consider illegal, including harvesting wolves and coyotes in denning season, when their pelts aren’t valuable.When the rule was pending, it drew more than 70,000 public comments.Jim Stratton, the newly retired Alaska director for the National Parks Conservation Association, is delighted to see the final rule.“Literally, … I was doing backflips,” he said. “I’ve been working on this issue for over 10 years.”Stratton says the state Board of Game has allowed hunting methods that are incompatible with the mission of the Parks Service, the agency in charge of managing the national preserves.“Bear snaring and bear baiting and spot lighting bears – you know, shooting Boo-Boo when he’s taking his winter nap in his den — that just doesn’t have any place in lands managed by the National Park Service.”At the heart of the issue is a conflict over the point of wildlife management. By law, the state’s goal is “sustained yield” –basically, keeping moose and caribou numbers high enough for hunting, sometimes by shrinking bear and wolf populations.  But the National Park Service tries to preserve natural ecosystems, and spokesman John Quinley says its policies prohibit manipulating natural predator numbers to favor prey.“Our mandate from Congress is different than the state of Alaska’s.”Rod Arno, a hunting advocate and director of the Alaska Outdoor Council, says he suspects this is just the beginning of a federal power play. Arno says the feds are starting by banning rare practices, like using lights to kill bears in the den, because they’re not popular.“That is such a small group that would ever participate in that, that there would be very little draw,” Arno said. “And the other thing is that people, when they hear those things, most people who aren’t subsistence users, they look at hunting and they’re always concerned about fair chase.”Arno says killing bears in the den is a traditional practice in parts of the state, and using a flashlight is a safety measure. Now that the rule is finally published, Arno says he hopes the state will challenge it to the U.S. Supreme Court.last_img read more

Corporate governance in shambles with Ratan Tata Narayana Murthy locking horns with

first_imgRatan Tata and N.R. Narayana MurthyReutersCorporate governance took the centre stage in India with two iconic organisations going through the worst of times. Tata Sons and Infosys have been in the news for past one year 10 months for all the wrong reasons. In separate instances, both the companies’ boardroom tussles became public, which for sure shouldn’t have happened with companies having huge brand value.In both the instances, promoters and founders, Ratan Tata for Tata Sons and N.R. Narayana Murthy for Infosys, were in the epicentre of the corporate storm.For Tata Sons, it all began at Bombay House with the ouster of Cyrus Mistry as the chairman in October last year, resulting in Ratan Tata taking over as the interim chairman of Tata Sons.Questions were raised on how Mistry was running the Tata Group and he had been criticised for taking certain strategic decisions. The tussle became murkier and led to a slew of allegations and counter-allegations. Finally, the Mistry-Tata battle landed in the courtrooms.Mind you, the war is not yet over. It was only yesterday when the Board of Tata Sons, under the chairmanship of N Chandrasekaran, has ordered its group to snap all ties with Cyrus and elder brother Shapoor Mistry owned SP Group. Currently, SP Group holds about 18.4 percent stake in Tata Sons.In the Infosys story, co-founder and former CEO and present Chairman Emeritus, Narayana Murthy, publicly expressed his unhappiness over the current management. CEO Vishal Sikka flagging issues like higher compensation to executives, acquisition strategy and appointment of independent directors were not well received by him.After months of letter exchanges and press interviews, Vishal Sikka on Friday morning stepped down from the position of CEO and managing director of Infosys.While the Tatas chose to remove Mistry, in the case of Infosys, the situation forced Sikka to step down. In his personal blog, Sikka wrote:For days, indeed weeks, this decision has weighed on me. I have wrestled the pros and cons, the issues and the counterbalancing arguments. But now, after much thought, and considering the environment of the last few quarters, I am clear in my decision. It is clear to me that despite our successes over the last three years, and the powerful seeds of innovation that we have sown, I cannot carry out my job as CEO and continue to create value, while also constantly defending against unrelenting, baseless/malicious and increasingly personal attacks.Days earlier, former Chief Financial Officer of Infosys, T V Mohandas Pai, pitched for the return N R Narayana Murthy as Chairman Emeritus, by saying the move will improve the brand and showcase high corporate governance standards.In both the occasions, the irony is, Ratan Tata and Narayana Murthy handpicked their respective successors, and issued happy notes while offering their appointments.An important question pops up here. Do the owners/founders have to question every move of their successors when they are running the business just because the former have diligently built the company over many summers?last_img read more

Uprooted tree halts traffic between Dhaka Rangpur

first_imgUNB-File-PhotoVehicular movement on Dhaka-Rangpur highway has remained halted since Saturday morning as a big tree fell on the road at Palashbari due to storm coupled with heavy rains.The traffic movement remained snapped from 7:30am, disrupting road communication of Dhaka with the country’s northern parts, witnesses said.They said some 2,000 vehicles – buses and trucks-on both sides of the highway got stranded, causing immense woes to thousands of passengers amid incessant rains.Police said they started removing the tree from the highway with the help of local people to restore traffic on the busy highway.It may take hours to clear the highway, police added.last_img read more