Boxing: Anthony Joshua trolls Deontay Wilder

first_imgAdvertisementJoshua and Wilder were locked in talks for battle at the end of 2018, although a two-fight deal at Wembley Stadium for the Briton put an end to any hopes fans had of a meeting this year. After easing past New Zealander Joseph Parker in Cardiff back in March, American Deontay Wilder seemed like the next logical option for AJ as he continues to beat all that are put in front of him.Speaking on his social media account, Joshua said he’s ‘still waiting for a signature’ from Wilder for what could be the first of their fight double on the second National Stadium date of April 13.Sorry for not posting in a while.. I’ve just been hanging around waiting for a signature #AJBXNG pic.twitter.com/2d3Gtr56Ed— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) July 9, 2018Though it remains to be seen whether Joshua will look to fight Povetkin before or after his possible showdown with Wilder, his seemingly inevitable clash with the American surely can’t be too far away, even if it seems it right now. American Wilder is now weighing up his options and will reveal his next move in the next few weeks.Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive: Want to make La Liga bigger than Premier League, says Fernando Morientes

first_imgLa Liga announced its presence in India here as they look to overtake the popularity of the Premier League in this part of the continent. The official league of Spain has always played second fiddle to the English Premier League and they are finally taking steps to increase its popularity by capturing perhaps the most interesting and booming market, here in India.Present at the event, La Liga President Javier Tebas Medrano said that with the presence of La Liga now here in India, they are looking to help the game grow in this country.”We want to be close to our fans and the reason to travel to India is to share the experience of La Liga with the fans here and help football grow.”La Liga’s timings have often forced people in Asia to overlook it barring the big ‘El Classico’, when the whole world comes to a standstill and people are glued onto their t.v. sets.”We have changed the t.v. timings and are doing 16:30 IST kick-offs now. It is suitable for the Indian audience and in this way the La Liga can be watched more and people can follow it live,” said Mr. Tebas.LA LIGA WILL BE BIGGERAlso present at the event, Spanish footballing hero and the La Liga ambassador Fernando Morientes sounded very optimistic and determined to eclipse the popularity of the Premier League.”We are trying very hard to make La Liga bigger than the Premier League and the Spanish league is very unique. It has its own style and now it has come to India. It has plans to overcome the viewership because we have the faces and the stars who can make a change.”advertisement” We are going to do this with the local federation, we are in touch with them. We will train the young players here and bring in more star power from Spain and that will help Spain stand aside from the rest,” he added.Morientes also had some good news for the Indian football fans as he said that fans can completely expect the top teams from La Liga to come and play in India.” Atletico Madrid is helping a lot and other teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid will also come to India and La Liga will provide all the possible support to make it big in India.”Talking about the club he represented for eight years and scored 72 goals for, Real Madrid, he said that the transfer ban recently slapped on them for three transfer windows won’t affect them much as they have good enough players to do the job.” I don’t think that will make a difference. They have good players and they really don’t need new players to come in to finish the job.”With the launch of La Liga officially in India and the help they have promised to provide to develop football at the grassroots level, the La Liga officials would be hoping that their efforts will be fruitful and the Spanish league will be bigger and better than the Premier League in terms of popularity in India in the near future.last_img read more

Sanju Samson in trouble after breaking bat in dressing room

first_imgKerala batsman Sanju Samson, who has played one Twenty20 match for India, is facing disciplinary action from the state cricket association for allegedly violating the code of conduct during the team’s recent Ranji Trophy against Goa.Disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against the 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman by the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) after he allegedly went out of the venue of the match without informing the team management.He also allegedly broke a bat in the dressing room after a match. He returned to the venue in the evening after the team management made several efforts to contact him, KCA sources said.Sources said the association has constituted a four-member committee to probe the allegations against the young cricketer.Former Kerala players S Ramesh, P Ranganathan and Adv Sreejith are the members of the four-member enquiry committee headed by former KCA President T R Balakrishnan, a source said.The panel will also probe the allegations that Sanju’s father used inappropriate language against KCA office-bearers during a telephonic conversation, sources said.Sanju’s father Samson, however, rejected the charges against his son.”Sanju has not violated any discipline,” he told a TV news channel.The player has not reacted to the allegations against him.Sanju is not part of Kerala’s playing XI in the ongoing Ranji Trophy game against Tripura in Cuttack. After a 154 against Jammu and Kashmir, Sanju managed just 180 runs in his next 10 innings.last_img read more

India eyeing at least 3 medals from women’s WC boxing, says High Performance Director Nieva

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 13 (PTI) Indian boxing’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva expects at least three medals from the upcoming Women’s World Championships here and anything more than that according to him will be a “bonus”. Argentina-born Swede Nieva said his expectation also includes a gold and anything less than that will be a below-par result for the hosts. “I expect at least three medals, including a gold. We will not be satisfied if we can’t achieve that. Everything more than 3 medals will be a bonus and great result for us,” Nieva said ahead of the elite International Boxing Association (AIBA) event which will be held here for the first time from November 15 to 24. Five-time world champion and London Olympics bronze medallist MC Mary Kom will spearhead India’s 10-member contingent in the World Championships and there is immense pressure on the celebrated Manipuri boxer to add to her tally here. But Nieva said it won’t be easy for Mary Kom to pocket her sixth World Championships gold here, al though she remains India’ best bet. “Everybody expects Mary Kom to win a gold medal but it won’t be easy. She has strong competition, she needs to perform as nobody will give her the gold free. “Everybody knows her. She has some pressure but she has done this before and we are confident she can do it again,” he said. Besides Mary Kom, Nieva expects good performances from some young Indian boxers in the tournament. “Lovelina (Borgohain, 69kg), Manisha (54kg) looked pretty impressive in training sessions but a competition bout is totally different. It is their first World Championship and they are relatively inexperience but they are good boxers,” he said.advertisement Delhi’s deteriorating air pollution has been hogging the limelight in the run-up to the tournament and Olympic bronze medallist boxer Mira Potkonen expressed concern over the matter, especially hailing from a pollution-free country like Finland. “I came from a country which has the cleanest air, so it (pollution) is a bit of an issue. But I like the warm weather of Delhi. I knew what to expect as I was here in last January for the India Open Boxing,” Finland’s Potkonen said. “Pollution is a problem but I will have to adjust to that. I won’t go for jogs and try to concentrate on indoor training.” Potkonen won a bronze medal in the 60kg lightweight category at the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Nieva, on his part, said the Capital’s city’s worsening weather condition shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the participating nations as boxing is predominantly an indoor sport. “Nobody wants to play in a city where you feel the difference in breathing but this is a major issue in all big cities of the world. We had that in Beijing Olympics. “But it’s very important for the Indian government to deal with the issue and I think they are trying to do something about it. But there is no quick fix. This is something which will take years to bring it down,” he said. “For us, it’s not a major issue. I have spoken to boxers of other countries as well and as Mira (Potkonen) said we usually train indoors, we stay inside the hotel, so it’s not that much of an issue,” Nieva added. PTI SSC SSC KHSKHSlast_img read more

Five Things to Look for in Tonights Game

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The Cowboys open the season tonight at 6:00 central time on ESPNU. We’ve already previewed pretty much everything you want to know (and don’t care to know), but here are some things I am looking for in the season opener tonight.1. The offensive lineWe’ve talked for wayyy too long about what this offensive line will look like by the time the season comes around. I expect a much improved line that will open up some gaps in the running game. But how well will they protect the quarterback? I don’t expect a perfect game, but with this level of opponent I don’t want to see QB1 taking many unnecessary hits.2. Chris Carson100% certain that this requires no explanation. Everyone wants to know what this guy can do, including myself.3. Defensive agressivenessThe chatter leading up to the game is that the Chippewas have a QB who can play a little. For me, I want the defense to come out agressive and full of energy. Gundy has said that, “We have a chance to be pretty good on defense.” This is a great game to prove just that.4. Play callingI’m interested to see if they come out firing like they did in the Cactus Bowl, or try to set the tone early by pounding the ball with Carson and Childs. I expect a little of both, depending on where they find success early. If they jump out to a big lead early, I would expect to see the full spectrum of the running back depth chart.5. I’m leaving this one up to you, the reader.What are you most looking forward to for tonights game? Do you have any concerns about a specific area, or are national championship or bust? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

GTT to Equip Samsung Heavys New LNG Carrier

first_imgzoom South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has ordered Mark V technology to be installed aboard a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier.French marine engineering company Gaztransport et Technigaz SA (GTT) was awarded the Mark V contract for the LNG carrier, which is scheduled to join its owner in 2019.Ordered by a European shipowner, the vessel will be built at SHI’s shipyard in Goeje Island.GTT ‘s Mark V can reduce the guaranteed daily boil-off rate to 0.07% of the tank volume, according to the company.The new solution relies on a new metallic secondary membrane based on Fe36Ni (invar). “With more than 227 equipped vessels in the world, of which 45 are under construction, the Mark technology is sea proven and acknowledged by the key players of the LNG industry,” GTT said.last_img read more

Allison Schroeder to write Minecraft movie

first_imgLos Angeles: “Hidden Figures” co-writer Allison Schroeder has been roped in to pen the script for the movie adaptation of video game “Minecraft”. Schroeder, who was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 2016 American biographical drama with film’s director Ted Melfi, will work on the movie by Warner Bros. Her writing credits also include 2018 Disney film “Christopher Robin” and the currently in production, “Frozen 2”, which is slated to be released on November 22. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers Roy Lee, Jon Berg and game developer Mojang are attached to rework the project. Minecraft is the bestselling world-creation game known for its stylistic building blocks in which players choose either a “survival” or “creative” mode of play. Peter Sollett will direct the film. “Minecraft” is currently set to hit the theatres on March 4, 2022.last_img read more

Dizzying weather extremes a new fact of life for Canadians experts say

first_imgOTTAWA – As Ottawa limps across the finish line of its snowiest January on record, cherry blossoms are blooming at the legislature in coastal Victoria, B.C.Millions of Canadians were hiding out this week under extreme cold warnings stretching across the map, even as some East Coast cities enjoyed moderate temperatures.According to experts, these co-existing extremes have been predicted for some time — and they’re likely here to stay.“This is the kind of thing people have been predicting for years,” said Konrad Gajewski, a professor of geography and environment at the University of Ottawa.“This kind of pattern of more alternation, more extremes, both in terms of warm and cold conditions is what we’re expecting for the future.”Central Canada’s cold snap comes from the oscillating upper wind patterns of the jet stream, pushing the cold air down from the north with the polar vortex.At the same time, the large “waves” in the wind patterns push some warm air north, explaining comparatively warm temperatures on the coasts.READ MORE: Arctic weather heading our way The exact role climate change plays in the pattern’s changes is an ongoing discussion in the scientific community, but a common belief says it’s the result of a warming Arctic.“It’s thought that as the Arctic warms up because the ice is melting back, we’re going to have more of a situation where you have what we call ‘waviness’ in the polar vortex,” Gajewski said.This “waviness” in the upper wind’s pattern could be carrying cold further and further south into south and central Canada, and pushing warm air further north along the coast.Atmospheric physics professor Kent Moore at the University of Toronto says the striking weather patterns show how the world’s climate system is intimately coupled, and how changes in the coldest and warmest regions can be felt in central Canadian cities.As an example, Moore pointed to the theory that the waves in upper wind patterns are moving slower, with larger amplitudes as a possible result of warming in the Arctic.“The largest changes in the climate are occurring in the Arctic and some would say, ‘Who cares? I live in mid-latitudes, why should I care about that stuff?’” Moore said.“The Earth is kind of a small place and so things that happen in the Arctic don’t stay in the Arctic.”This interconnectedness of the world’s climate system also explains the impacts from El Nino systems on Canada, Moore said.READ MORE: Winter storm brings snow, rain, wind and cold to Eastern and Central CanadaDavid Atkinson, a climate professor at the University of Victoria, said the jet stream’s behaviour could also make the increasingly frequent, intense storms on the East Coast gain even more strength.“If the air is kind of moving apart, it allows surface air to rise more easily,” Atkinson said. “That helps a storm to work, storms depend on rising air.”Gajewski said the arrival of long-predicted weather patterns means it’s time for all levels of government to seriously plan for changes that are already hitting Canada in the form of sweltering heat waves in the summer and record cold in the winter.This could mean more snow-clearing and flood response on the municipal level and global warming mitigation efforts across the board.In Ottawa, Gajewski pointed to some ongoing local efforts like more bicycle lanes and efforts to plow some of them in the winter.“A lot of it would just be common sense. It’s going to get hotter in the summers and we’re going to get perhaps more snow, more rain, more extreme conditions, more floods,” Gajewski said.“Cities have to be planned to deal with that kind of thing.”For cities like Ottawa, which just completed its twelfth straight day of round-the-clock plowing, people shouldn’t plan to retire their shovels any time soon.“We’re going to have to shovel more often.”last_img read more

Ireland Heads List of Foreign Investors in Morocco

Rabat – Recent figures from the Moroccan Foreign Exchange Office show that Ireland topped the list countries with regard to foreign direct investment (FDI) in Morocco, outperforming France, whose net FDI flow stood at MAD 8.12 billion ($ 839 million) in 2018 and MAD 7.73 billion ($799 million) in 2017. According to the office, foreign direct investment from Ireland stood at MAD 9.7 billion, making the country the main investor in the Moroccan kingdom.Slipping down to second place was France, with a net flow of MAD 3.77 billion ($389 million), followed by Denmark with MAD 3.18 billion ($328 million), then the United Arab Emirates, with MAD 2.79 billion ($288 million), and United States with a MAD 2.19 billion ($226 million) net flow. Spain held the sixth position despite witnessing an uptick in net flow from MAD 1.29 billion ($133 million) in 2017 to MAD 1.98 billion ($204 million) in 2018. Foreign direct investment net flows injected in Morocco totaled MAD 34.16 billion in 2018, a marked increase of 25.9% the previous year after the North African country witnessed a decline in foreign direct investment in 2014 and 2015 following the global recession.Read also: Elalamy: India Can Use Moroccan Platform to Increase African InvestmentForeign direct investment from Ireland is mainly going towards the insurance sector. A chart of revenue from direct investment from the Exchange Office shows that the investors are attracted by several activities, including the insurance activities (MAD 9.6 billion) in 2018 and commerce for MAD 55 million.Japan also witnessed considerable growth in terms of FDI in Morocco, rising from MAD 5 million in 2017 to MAD 1.58 billion in 2018.In 2017, Morocco placed among the top 5 host countries of foreign direct investment, according to the 2018 world Investment Report.The index shows that there are three areas that attracted foreign investment in 2018, accounting for more than half of direct investment in the country, namely insurance and finance services, totaling MAD 9.66 billion last year; the real estate sector, with MAD 5.35 billion; and manufacturing industries, with MAD 4.88 billion. read more

Ban urges Sudanese President to help secure release of abducted staff

The two staffers – one man and one woman – were abducted at gunpoint in West Darfur state on 29 August. “The Government has been attempting to secure their release but they have not as yet been released,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York. “The President assured the Secretary-General that everything possible was being done.”Mr. Ban also urged that the perpetrators of the two weekend attacks on UNAMID peacekeepers in North Darfur that killed five Rwandan peacekeepers be brought to justice. The five blue helmets from Rwanda were killed in separate incidents on Friday and Saturday, bringing the total number of peacekeepers who have lost their lives in Darfur since UNAMID deployed at the start of 2008 to 22. “Mr. al-Bashir indicated he had issued instructions to his security agencies that the perpetrators be apprehended as soon as possible,” Mr. Nesirky stated.Strongly condemning the attacks on 4 and 5 December, the Security Council today “took note of the action taken already by the Government of Sudan and encouraged it to ensure that all the perpetrators are swiftly identified and brought to justice.In a statement read to the press by Ambassador Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, the 15-member body also reiterated its full support for UNAMID and its call on all parties in Darfur to co-operate fully with the mission, including to secure the release of the two abducted staff.The Council established UNAMID in 2007 to try to quell the violence in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others displaced as a result of conflict pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen since 2003. 7 December 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to become directly involved in securing the release of two staff members of the joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur who have been held hostage now for over 100 days, stressing that the situation is critical given that one of them is gravely ill. read more

AG calls for criminal probe on former Defence Secretary

The Attorney General (AG) has called for a criminal investigation to be launched on former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando over the Easter Sunday attacks.The AG has advised the acting Inspector General of Police Chandana Wickramaratne to launch the criminal investigation over the failure by Fernando to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks. Last week, the Attorney General had directed the acting IGP to conduct a probe over lapses on the part of nine Police officers with regards to the Easter Sunday attacks. The AG had called for criminal investigations to be conducted on the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Colombo), Deputy Inspector General of Police (Western North), Deputy Inspector General of Police (SPR), Senior Superintendent of Police (Negombo), Superintendent of Police (Colombo North), Assistant Superintendent of Police (Negombo III), Assistant Superintendent of Police (Negombo IV), Officer in Charge of the Katana Police Station and Officer in Charge of the Jampettah Police Post. (Colombo Gazette) Fernando was the Defence Secretary when the deadly attacks were carried out. read more

Stunned by destruction at site of attack Annan says all of UN

“Let’s not forget, the UN is also a New York institution and all the Ambassadors and the staff are rooting for you just as their governments around the world are,” said the Secretary-General.Speaking to reporters during a joint press encounter with New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and New York State Governor George Pataki, the Secretary-General said the devastation was much more severe than he had imagined: “I don’t think any of the television pictures or the pictures we have seen on the front of newspapers give you an idea of the magnitude and horror which is now here at ‘ground zero’ and the 5,000 people missing, each with his own story that we may never hear.” Annan thanks rescue workers”I’ve been very happy to have the opportunity to tell the firemen and the policemen and all the health workers how much we admire and appreciate the work that they’ve done,” said Mr. Annan. He also thanked the Mayor and Governor for their leadership and applauded “what they have done for this City and the way they have pulled all of us together.” Giuliani, Annan embrace at attack site Mr. Annan stressed that the attack did not just target New York or the United States, but instead was a strike against the world. “That’s why we all need to come together to fight” terrorism, he said. Asked what countries might do in response, the Secretary-General said governments and leaders wanted to defeat terrorism.”Some have voiced a word of caution that the horror has united us and our response should not divide us,” he said, adding. “I don’t think any one of them is going to give an inch for terrorism, but we need to stand together.”Earlier in the day, Mr. Annan attended a Jewish religious service at a local temple, where he said last week’s terrorist attacks against the United States must give rise to a shared sense of purpose, not divisiveness. “This tragedy has united us – we must not let it’s aftermath divide us,” Mr. Annan told the assembled gathering at Temple Emanu-el. “Let us take care not to blame an entire people, an entire region, or an entire religion for the unspeakable acts of a few individuals.” The Secretary-General described the sense of shock and helplessness which followed last Tuesday’s attacks. “We are astonished by the evil in our midst, stunned at the scale of the tragedy, dazed by the disregard for human life, overwhelmed by the wound that has been inflicted – on this city, on this country, on us all,” he said. In the aftermath of such a calamity, he noted, “a service like this one – where people of many faiths come together in tolerance, togetherness and prayer – is not just welcome, it is vital.” Mr. Annan also pointed out that the response had shown humanity’s strengths, including “the nobility of the human spirit that this disaster has revealed; the extraordinary courage and self-sacrifice shown by the firemen, the police, the health workers and all the others who have given, or risked, their lives; the generosity and goodwill poured out by the entire community; and the solidarity expressed around the world by people of all nations and their governments.” read more

Indigenous leaders activists plan antipoverty strategies at UN forum

“Often the most marginalized peoples in society, without adequate access to education, health care and water, indigenous peoples are frequently deprived of the right to participate in or shape their own sustainable human development,” according to the 16-member UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.The achievement of the MDGs, which were agreed at a UN Summit in 2000 and were designed to eliminate or reduce a host of socio-economic ills, “could inadvertently result in harm done to indigenous and tribal peoples,” the Forum said.Educational models for indigenous and minority children using mainly dominant languages as languages of instruction have extremely negative consequences on the right to education and perpetuate poverty, it gave as one example.”Without education mainly in the mother tongue in public schools, with good teaching of a dominant language as a second language, most indigenous peoples have to accept education through a dominant/majority language, at the cost of the mother tongue which is displaced, and often replaced, by the dominant language,” it said.UN Deputy-Secretary-General Louise Fréchette will open the two-week meeting on Monday. Sid Hill, the traditional Chief of one of the native peoples of New York, the Onondaga, will bless the gathering.This year is the start of the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People, designated by the UN General Assembly last December. The Assembly also asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to appoint the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, now José Antonio Ocampo, as the Decade’s Coordinator.Half of the Forum’s 16 members are nominated by indigenous organizations and the rest by Governments.Nominated by organizations are Michael Dodson (Yawuru, Australia), Wilton Littlechild (Cree, Canada), Aqqaluk Lynge (Inuit, Greenland), Nina Pacari Vega (Quichua, Ecuador), Pavel Sulyandziga (Udege, Russian Federation), Parshuram Tamang (Tamang, Nepal) and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Igorot, Philippines).Those nominated by States are Eduardo Aguiar de Almeida (Brazil), Hassan Id Balkassm (Amazigh, Morocco), Yuri Boychenko (Russian Federation), Ralph Joey Langeveldt (Khoe-San, South Africa), Merike Kokajev (Estonia), Otilia Lux de Coti (Maya, Guatemala), Ida Nicolaisen (Denmark), Liliana Muzangi Mbella (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Qin Xiaomei (China). read more

Arizona States NKeal Harry to skip senior season for NFL

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State receiver N’Keal Harry will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.Harry made the announcement Monday with coach Herm Edwards at his side.Harry is third in Arizona State history with 213 career receptions and 2,889 yards, needing 50 yards in the Sun Devils’ bowl game to take over second. He averages 5.76 receptions per game, third among the NCAA active career leaders.Despite facing double teams most of the time, Harry leads the Sun Devils with 73 receptions, 1,088 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.The 6-foot-4, 213-pound receiver is projected to be a first-round NFL draft pick, possibly the first receiver to come off the board.____More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press

London train delayed after driver locks himself in toilet

A train to a major London station was delayed after the driver got locked in the toilet.Southeastern apologised after the 10.49am service from Bromley South to Victoria ran five minutes late on Wednesday.Using a gif from The Simpsons, the rail operator explained that the driver had become locked in the on-board toilet.Southeastern tweeted: “Service update: the 10:49 Bromley South – Victoria was late departing Bromley South due to the driver becoming locked in the on board toilet.”This train 5 minutes late. Sorry for the delay caused.” SERVICE UPDATE: the 10:49 Bromley South – Victoria was late departing Bromley south due to the driver becoming locked in the on board toilet. This train 5 minutes late. Sorry for the delay caused. pic.twitter.com/yYCQDZlWQD— Southeastern (@Se_Railway) September 19, 2018 The rail company was praised by customers for its honesty, saying other operators may have been tempted to put the delay down to an “operational incident”. Natasha Tickham described the mix-up as “hilarious”, tweeting Southeastern asking if the message was genuine. The firm’s official Twitter account responded: “Unfortunately it did happen, they were only there for a short while (train terminated there to make a service back as per timetable). All good though.” 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. read more

Alrosa joins De Beers Tracr diamond industry blockchain traceability platform

first_imgTracr, the end-to-end diamond industry blockchain traceability platform being developed by De Beers Group in collaboration with industry stakeholders, is pleased to announce that Alrosa has joined the platform’s pilot programme. Alrosa will join industry leaders from the diamond manufacturing and retail sectors in creating the blockchain platform by the industry, for the industry.Following the announcement of the Tracr pilot earlier this year, Alrosa’s involvement brings the world’s two largest diamond producers together to provide enhanced assurance for consumers and trade participants about the provenance and authenticity of their diamonds, and in creating a digital foundation for new services that can only be developed on an end-to-end platform.Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group, said: “To provide true traceability, diamonds must be tracked from their point of production. We are delighted that Alrosa has joined the Tracr pilot, as the collective efforts of the world’s two leading diamond producers will enable more of the world’s diamonds to be tracked on their journey from mine to retail. Having a critical level of production on the platform will deliver significant benefits for consumers and diamond industry participants.”Sergey Ivanov, CEO, Alrosa said: “Traceability is the key to further development of our market. It helps to ensure consumer confidence and fill information gaps, enabling people to enjoy the product without any doubts about ethical issues or undisclosed synthetics. Alrosa is glad to participate in testing Tracr, along with other market solutions. We believe tracing requires industry cooperation and complementation for the sake of a common goal.”Jim Duffy, General Manager, Tracr, said: “As Tracr’s adoption grows, we will continue to raise the bar for the traceability, authenticity and provenance of diamonds. We look forward to working with all members of the industry to ensure we deliver a comprehensive platform that creates value for diamond businesses while meeting the consumer’s expectations.”Tracr is focused on providing consumers with confidence that registered diamonds are natural and conflict-free, improving visibility and trust within the industry and enhancing efficiencies across the diamond value chain. In addition, Tracr will work to complement and support the diamond industry’s existing initiatives and regulations to ensure consumer confidence in diamonds, including the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, World Diamond Council System of Warranties and Responsible Jewellery Council Code of Practices.last_img read more

Nikola Karabatic about shotclock etc Its not about referees its about rules

HANDBALL SHOT-CLOCKIHFNikola Karabatic “Shot-clock” in handball is again hot-topic of German media. Many of TOP coaches and players already said that “shot-clock” is absolutely “MUST” for our sport.One of them is also Nikola Karabatic, on which interview from January 2018 (Men’s EHF EURO 2018) we remind you…Here are very important three minutes opinion of one of the greatest of all-time. ← Previous Story Nikolaj Jacobsen calls for “Shot-Clock” in handball Next Story → EHF CL: Day of French domination over Germans

Crytek is porting CryEngine to Linux

first_imgGame developer Crytek isn’t just well known for its game, the company develops and licenses one of the best 3D game engines on the market. The latest version of that engine, CryEngine 3, supports development on Windows, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. But it looks like Linux will soon be added to that line up.A job listing has appeared on Crytek’s careers website for a Linux programmer who will be located at the company’s Frankfurt office. Confirmation that this is indeed an engine porting role comes from the first line of the listing, which states, “The CryENGINE team is looking for a Programmer to work on the Linux version of the 3d engine.”CryEngine 3 is built to support multiple versions of DirectX, including version 9, 10, and 11. That’s not helpful for games distribution on Linux, so porting the engine is no small undertaking. It seems likely a team is already working on Linux support at Crytek, they just need an extra programmer due to the workload.CryEngine supporting Linux is good news for gamers and also Valve. It should mean that games including the trio of Crysis games, MechWarrior Online, Monster Hunter Online, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, Ryse, Star Citizen, Warface, and many more titles get an easy pass on to the alternative OS, Steam, and eventually Steam Box. Depending on how backwards compatible the engine is, we may also see some earlier games such as the first two Far Cry titles joining that line-up.It seems likely that any future engine development, for example the inevitable CryEngine 4, would support Linux upon release, meaning a much higher chance for more day one Linux game releases alongside the console and Windows versions.last_img read more

Japan Has a Thriving Fake Friends and Family Industry

first_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Stay on target For those without friends and family, life can be a very bleak place. However, in Western society, it’s becoming more and more acceptable to talk about the loss or lack of loved ones. Having outlets like the internet and support groups has made it a lot easier for people in the United States to reach out to those that understand their plight. Japan though, s another story.Japanese culture encourages individuals to be highly insular. Showing personal weakness and emotion in public or to peers is typically frowned upon, and conformity is prized above any unique traits a person has. Of course, this is a pretty bleak description of Japanese personal life, and there are exceptions of course, but for a lot of people there keeping up appearances is a paramount concern.That’s where companies like Family Romance come in. In an interview with The Atlantic, Family Romance CEO Ishii Yuichi went in-depth about his company, which provides professional actors to fill any requested role in a client’s personal life. With a stable of over 800 actors, you can find the grandma, father, boss, or friend you desire.Family Romance caters to some of the more unique social challenges the Japanese face in their lives. Yuichi gives an example of a mother whose daughter was being bullied because she didn’t have a father. The mother contacted Family Romance, and Yuichi was contracted to play the role of the girl’s father.This whole thing would sound like a sappy Hallmark Movie except the girl doesn’t know Yuichi is an actor. He was contracted when she was 12-years-old, and still thinks he’s her father after graduating high school. Yuichi says for four hours of time he gets around 20,000 yen ($200), plus expenses.If you can think of a role, one of Yuichi’s actors at Family Romance has likely filled it. His actors range from infants to the elderly, and will generally take any job that isn’t illegal or involves sexual contact. In the demanding rigors of Japanese culture, some women may hire a man to take them on a date because they don’t have time to cultivate a relationship.A grandfather may hire an infant on his deathbed so he can pretend to meet his unborn grandchild before he goes. A lesbian might employ a groom and wedding party to get an intolerant and pressuring family off her back. The list goes on and on.Make sure to check out the full interview for a fascinating look at a culture that is in so many ways utterly alien to what we’re used to in the West.last_img read more

Clark County law enforcement target pedestrian safety in Hazel Dell

first_imgA passenger in a brown sedan stuck her arm out the window with a dollar in hand, waving over a street musician to take the money. The musician crossed two lanes of traffic to get it.Darryl Richardson said he did not know he was breaking the law by stepping off the corner of Northeast Highway 99 and Northeast 78th Street to accept the donation.“I don’t want people who help me out to have any problems, so I probably won’t do that again,” Richardson said, referring to the possibility he could have been struck by vehicles approaching the stoplight.Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Alex Schoening let Richardson off with a warning. It was one of several interactions between Schoening, and mostly drivers, over a couple hours Wednesday afternoon, during a grant-funded patrol emphasis on pedestrian safety.Local law enforcement hit the roads with extra patrols focused on the issue of pedestrian safety. Their efforts are part of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission’s Target Zero program, the state’s strategy for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.last_img read more