With Fajardo playing sparingly, Santos delivers for ‘complete’ SMB team

first_imgAgainst Globalport, though, Santos was again playing at his natural position while import Wendell McKines played at the five spot.This allowed San Miguel’s offense to spread out with Santos lurking in the perimeter and that allowed him to knock down a career-high seven three-pointers.“It’s just great that you can contribute in so many ways,” said Santos in Filipino. “Who wouldn’t be happy if they know they can help their team win in whatever way they can?”ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel on Friday knew the reality that prized three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo wouldn’t be able to log in heavy minutes against Globalport. And even though Fajardo played just seven minutes and 30 seconds, all in the first half, one-time MVP Arwind Santos was there to will the Beermen to a 115-112 win over the Batang Pier for their third win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “Our performance out there, even though we didn’t have June Mar, just shows that this San Miguel team is a complete team,” said Santos in Filipino at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Santos finished with 30 points, eight rebounds, and five blocks in the victory as he reverted back to his natural power forward spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: San Miguel overcomes GlobalPort behind Santos’ heroicsThe 2013 MVP usually gets moved to the three spot during import conferences to accommodate the  reinforcements that play power forward while Fajardo remains at center.center_img LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Caluag fails to defend BMX title, settles for bronze MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb dies at 28 in ATV crash

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Webb made 57 appearances for the White Sox in 2014. He pitched 110 innings in his career, striking out 93. Read Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Indonesia goalkeeper dies after mid-game collisioncenter_img Webb was 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 94 games for the White Sox from 2013-16. The right-hander pitched one inning in 2016, then had Tommy John surgery in June. He was released by the White Sox after the season and had not pitched professionally during his recovery.“Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization and we are all shocked and stunned by the news,” the team said in a statement. “He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWebb was drafted by Toronto in 2009 and traded to the White Sox after the 2011 season in a deal for pitcher Jason Frasor.Webb made his major league debut in September 2013 at Yankee Stadium — the first hitter he faced was Derek Jeter, and Webb walked him. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In this Feb. 27, 2016, file photo, of Daniel Webb, of the Chicago White Sox baseball team, poses in uniform. Former White Sox relief pitcher Webb was killed in an ATV accident in Humphreys County, Tenn., on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. He was 28. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)WAVERLY, Tenn. — Daniel Webb, a former relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, has died in an ATV accident. He was 28.Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis says Webb died Saturday night. Davis says Webb’s wife and two other people sustained “significant injuries” in the accident, about 70 miles west of Nashville.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

World Cup 1987: Underdogs Australia lift the World Cup in the subcontinent

first_imgWorld Cup 1987: Underdogs Australia lift the World Cup in the subcontinentAustralia successfully defended 253 in the 1987 World Cup final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata to lift the first of their five world titles.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 21:37 IST Australia lands its first title as champions in World Cup 1987 against England (Photo: Getty Images)The 1987 World Cup was the fourth edition of the tournament and the first outside England. It was held in the subcontinent and was the first cup to have two neutral umpires. Overs were reduced to 50 per innings as eight nations battled for the top prize in ODI cricket. India and Pakistan were expected to make the most of home conditions, while the rest of the contenders had to adjust for a shot at the trophy.A century from Javed Miandad ensured that Pakistan got the tournament underway with a narrow 15-run win over Sri Lanka at Hyderabad’s Niaz Stadium in Pakistan. The same could not be said about two-time champions West Indies, who lost their tournament opener against England. India, who were looking to defend their World Cup crown from four years ago, also lost their opening game. The Indians lost their first game of the competition against Australia by 1-run in a thrilling encounter at Chennai.While India bounced back and managed to qualify for the semi-finals, West Indies failed to progress to the semis of the competition for the first time in history. The two-time champions did showcase what they were capable of when Sir Vivian Richards made 181 off just 125 balls in their win over Sri Lanka. They also beat Pakistan in the second meeting between the sides for their only other win in the 1987 World Cup. However, it’s their first match in the tournament against Pakistan that’s still recalled today as one of the best examples of the spirit of the game.advertisementHaving restricted West Indies to 216 in their first meeting in the competition, Pakistan looked on course for a comfortable win with the score on 183 for 5. Losing four quick wickets soon after while adding just 20 runs though put a spanner in the works for Imran Khan and his boys. With two runs required off the last ball, non-striker Saleem Jaffar had backed up too much even before Courtney Walsh could deliver the ball. Walsh did stop in his delivery stride and could have taken the bails off to give Windies the win.But instead, he opted to simply walk back and bowl again, allowing Abdul Qadir to take Pakistan home with a wicket in hand. While some questioned Walsh’s decision at the time, it’s safe to say that over the years his sportsman spirit has gone on to become a benchmark for others to follow. India, meanwhile, seemed to get stronger as the World Cup progressed. They gained some sense of revenge while beating Australia in their second group clash and also saw Chetan Sharma become the World Cup’s first-ever hat-trick hero in their win over New Zealand.Both India and Pakistan qualified for the semi-finals, but that was as good as it got for them. Craig McDermott bagged a five-fer in Australia’s 18-run win over Pakistan in the first semi, while the other saw English off-spinner Eddie Hemmings relishing conditions and taking four wickets against India to secure a second World Cup final appearance for his country.The final was held at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and England were believed to have a slight edge, especially when you consider that Allan Border’s side were dubbed the “worst team to leave the Australian shores to play the World Cup” before the tournament began. David Boon led the Aussie batting charge with a 75 and Mike Veletta scored a brisk 45 at the death to set England a target of 254.In reply, England were on par with the required run-rate when Bill Athey and captain Mike Gatting were at the crease. However, Gatting’s needless reverse sweep handed back the initiative to the opposition and with 17 needed off the last over, McDermott held his nerve for a 9-run victory that made Australia World Champions.Also Read | World Cup 1983: India pull off a huge upset to end West Indies’ dominanceRead Also | World Cup 1975: The birth of World Cups and West Indies’ dominanceRead Also | World Cup 1979: West Indies continue their dominance with consecutive World Cup triumphsAlso Read | World Cup 2011: India end Australia’s dominance, crowned champions at homeAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Australia vs EnglandFollow World Cup 1987Follow Eden Gardenslast_img read more

Imran Tahir becomes South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in World Cups

first_img fine Leg 143.75 0 1 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 33.33 Pakistan PAK fine Leg 76.59 Point – 10 Pakistan beat South Africa by 49 runs 1 third Man Super Over 239/8 ( K. Rabada 46.5 Overs) , Point 54 160 0 Mid Wicket fine Leg third Man Series Status: Player Of The Match: Haris Sohail 32 South Africa Square Leg 16 69 (80) Extras: 6 runs (B: 0, LB: 1, WD: 5, NB: 0, P: 0) Point 3/46 (10) Mid on 49 Mid off 0 47 third Man South Africa SA Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 1 1 0 b Shadab Khan (50.0) m Hashim Amla H. Amla lbw b Mohammad Amir 2 o 3 lbw b Mohammad Amir 0 Scorecard third Man 222/7 ( C. Morris 44.2 Overs) , fine Leg 79 0 6.75 covers 308/7 b Wahab Riaz Quinton de Kock (wk) de Kock (wk) c Imam-ul-Haq b Shadab Khan Point 47 Mid on 43.75 0 136/4 ( du Plessis 29.3 Overs) , Shaheen Afridi S. Afridi Mohammad Hafeez M. Hafeez commentary 7 Mid Wicket Mid on fine Leg No data available! 0 All batsmen are considered right handed Mid Wicket r Haris Sohail (PAK) H. Sohail (PAK) 0 Mid Wicket South Africa batting SA batting 259/9 third Man third Man 91/2 ( de Kock 19.2 Overs) , Mid Wicket Faf du Plessis (c) du Plessis (c) c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir covers (50.0) 11 view full scorecard Match Ended 259/9 16 Mid on Imran Tahir becomes South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in World CupsWorld Cup 2019: As soon as Imran Tahir dismissed Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq at Lord’s on Sunday, he surpassed Protea legend Allan Donald to become the highest wicket-taker for his country in the history of the tournament All batsmen are considered right handed not out Babar Azam (PAK) B. Azam (PAK) fine Leg c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir covers Point b Wahab Riaz Mid Wicket Mid off Rassie van der Dussen van der Dussen c Mohammad Hafeez b Shadab Khan 78.33 8 S/R 2 0 1 83.78 third Man b Shaheen Afridi Mid off All batsmen are considered right handed 0 0 89 (59) Point 16.66 fine Leg All batsmen are considered right handed Square Leg 3 0 1 0 0 All batsmen are considered right handed Pakistan PAK fine Leg Mid on 6 David Miller D. Miller b Shaheen Afridi 1 e/r wd 46 All batsmen are considered right handed Square Leg Mid off Aiden Markram A. Markram b Shadab Khan 63 All batsmen are considered right handed fine Leg Mid Wicket 3 Toss: PAK elected to bat (50.0) ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) covers Chris Morris C. Morris b Wahab Riaz Point 3 Square Leg 1 259/9 Pakistan Mid on third Man 4s 79.74 All batsmen are considered right handed Mid off nb 2 66.66 covers fine Leg Kagiso Rabada K. Rabada b Wahab Riaz 7 36 Mid off Mid Wicket All batsmen are considered right handed vs 10 Square Leg Mid Wicket 0 Mid off 246/9 ( L. Ngidi 48.2 Overs) , Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 42.85 covers 1 covers graphs 0 view more view less third Man 6s B Square Leg c Imam-ul-Haq b Shadab Khan Shadab Khan (PAK) S. Khan (PAK) Point 60 Andile Phehlukwayo A. Phehlukwayo not out Imran Tahir I. Tahir not out 0 Imad Wasim I. Wasim Point 0 covers 103/3 ( A. Markram 23.1 Overs) , (50.0) Square Leg Mid on Square Leg 1 10 50 w 6 Mid Wicket covers not out Fall of Wickets 4/1 ( H. Amla 1.1 Overs) , 10 4.6 31 0 192/6 ( D. Miller 40.5 Overs) , 0 Associated Press LondonJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 17:52 IST Imran Tahir now has 10 wickets in World Cup 2019 (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa are clashing with Pakistan in Lord’s on SundaySpinner Imran Tahir removed Pakistan openers to push his all-time World Cup wicket tally to 39Tahir is now the highest wicket-taker for South Africa in World CupsSpinner Imran Tahir has removed both Pakistan opening batsmen to become the leading South Africa wicket-taker in Cricket World Cups. The two wickets gave him 39, one more than fast bowler Allan Donald, who retired after the 2003 World Cup.Tahir, the oldest man in the tournament at 40, induced Fakhar Zaman to lob a catch to first slip in the 15th over, and brilliantly caught Imam-ul-Haq off his own bowling in the 21st. Pakistan was reduced to 98-2.Tahir, as always, celebrated by running around the Lord’s ground with arms out like he was flying. He has 10 wickets in this tournament.Imran Tahir is now South Africa’s leading World Cup wicket-takerHis two wickets so far today have taken him to 39 across editions, one more than Allan Donald’s 38A true Proteas legend!#CWC19 | #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/XbBhBFTRYXICC (@ICC) June 23, 2019At the time of writing this article, Pakistan were 133-2 after 25 overs against South Africa at Lord’s. Both openers were gone after an 81-run stand, both dismissed on 44 each by legspinner Imran Tahir.Babar Azam was at the crease on 25, and Mohammad Hafeez on 17, having just survived a strong lbw appeal off Tahir. South Africa lost its review. Hafeez was also dropped on 2 by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock off Tahir.Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq thrashed South Africa pacemen Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi to race out of the blocks.But Tahir got Fakhar to scoop to first slip in the 21st over, and Imam was brilliantly caught one-handed by Tahir diving low to his right.advertisementAlso Read | India vs Afghanistan: Getting a World Cup hat-trick great feeling, says Mohammed ShamiAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli fined for excessive appealing during India vs AfghanistanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Imran TahirFollow World Cup 2019Follow Allan Donald 37 R Pakistan Bowling PAK Bowling Mid off 3 48 third Man 2 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 30 308/7 Mid on Next covers Wahab Riaz (PAK) W. Riaz (PAK) 2 1 5.5 4.8 10 (50.0) 3/50 (10) Point Mohammad Amir M. Amir South Africa SA b Wahab Riaz All batsmen are considered right handed 189/5 ( van der Dussen 39.4 Overs) , 0 Mid off 4.9 Mid on Match Ended Mid Wicket 1 Square Leg Square Leg Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: Joel Wilson (WI), Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ) Lungi Ngidi L. Ngidi b Wahab Riaz 0 Point 5 Wahab Riaz W. Riaz All batsmen are considered right handed Mid off 46 0 0 3 Mid on Shadab Khan S. Khan 5 0 Mid off 0 Mid on Square Leg fine Leg third Man 3 advertisement c Mohammad Hafeez b Shadab Khan coverslast_img read more

Trump says he will not impose uranium quotas

first_imgWashington DC: President Donald Trump says he will not impose quotas on importing uranium, backing away from a possible trade confrontation and breaking with a Commerce Department assessment that America’s use of foreign uranium raises national security concerns. The decision is unusual for Trump, who has pointed to national security concerns in calling for restrictions on foreign metal and autos in trade negotiations. It’s also drawing rare criticism from Republicans in energy-rich states. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingUranium is a vital component for the U.S. nuclear arsenal, submarines and power plants, which prompted a monthslong Commerce Department investigation into whether such materials fall under the national security umbrella. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has said that just 5 percent of the uranium the US needs for military and electricity generation comes from domestic production. Russia, China and other countries supply the rest. In a statement issued late Friday, Trump said Ross’s findings about national security “raise significant concerns.” Yet the president opted against quotas as advocated by the domestic uranium industry, which would limit imports to guarantee that US miners supply 25 percent of uranium for domestic use. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangTrump instead announced he was going to order a working group to use 90 days to make recommendations to increase domestic uranium production. Two Colorado-based uranium mining companies Energy Fuels Inc. and Ur-Energy Inc. petitioned the Commerce Department in January 2018 to impose the 25 percent requirement under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. The companies said relying on imports poses a “serious threat to our national defense and energy security.” Much of the uranium mined in the US comes from Wyoming. “The decision by the Trump administration is a missed opportunity to protect America’s uranium producers,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who denounced using foreign materials. “America should not rely on Vladimir Putin and his satellites to supply our uranium. It’s dangerous and unacceptable.” Environmentalists saw the mining companies’ petition as part of an effort to expand mining across the US. They also were worried about the area outside the boundary of Grand Canyon National Park, where an Obama-era decision placed roughly 1 million acres off limits to new mining claims for a 20-year period. “We’re obviously relieved there’s not a quota, but we’re not out of the woods yet,” said Amber Reimondo, energy program director for the Flagstaff, Arizona-based environmental group the Grand Canyon Trust.last_img read more

Seminar to throw light on history of Hill people

first_imgDarjeeling: A seminar is all set to pen the people’s history of Darjeeling.Funded by the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi, the seminar “Darjeeling in Search of People’s History of the Hills” is expected to shatter many wrong notions and instead compile various forms of history of the Darjeeling Hills. “There is an outsider’s view that Darjeeling came into existence in 1835. However, excavations show that people lived in Kalimpong area 6,000 years ago in the Neolithic age. Excavations at Tashiding and Sankhadhunga in Kalimpong have revealed stone tools and pottery of the Neolithic age. The seminar plans to compile research works on these lines,” said Dr Binay Chandra Rai, department of history, Southfield College, Darjeeling.The seminar that aims to focus on the history of people in Hills will be held on September 5, 6 and 7 at Southfield College in Darjeeling. It is being organised by the history department of the College. “There is very less published history of Darjeeling. We will compile all this. There will be more than 70 papers presented at the seminar along with 20 renowned resource persons attending,” added Srikanta Rai Chowdhury, of the history department. Professor Isamuddin Sarkar of the North Bengal University will deliver the keynote address. Professor TB Subba will also be addressing the gathering.”It will be a multi-disciplinary approach. Oral traditions, oral history will be documented. International publishing house Cambridge Scholar’s has already agreed to publish volumes on the seminar,” said Rai Chowdhury.The Southfield College in Darjeeling was founded as Loreto College in August 1961 as a women’s college. It was handed over to the West Bengal Government in 2009 and was rechristened as the Southfield College. “It is very important to deconstruct history at times for history to be rewritten. The seminars aims to do that too,” said Diwakar Thatal of the history department.last_img read more

Moms start companies to fill demand for Spanish books

first_imgNEW YORK — You might have heard of the three blind mice or the itsy-bitsy spider who went up the water spout. But have you ever heard of the little cold and hungry chicks?If you grew up speaking Spanish, the answer is probably yes. But Susie Jaramillo wants everyone to know “Los Pollitos,” a bedtime song about a hen taking care of her hatchlings that’s as familiar in the Spanish-speaking world as “Twinke, Twinkle, Little Star” is to English speakers.The song is the heart of Canticos, a series of bilingual books, companion apps and singalong videos that the Venezuelan-American mother of two dreamed up after she couldn’t find enough Spanish-language books to read to her children. The brand, which debuted in 2016, had its biggest breakthrough this year when Nickelodeon adapted it to develop a series for toddlers on its digital platforms.Canticos capitalized on a growing market for Spanish books in the United States, which the traditional publishing industry has addressed in fits and starts. Small companies are stepping in to fill the void, leveraging social media and strategic retail partnerships to target key customer bases, often ones they themselves belong to.“When I had my first child, I went online and thought: Where are all the board books of these songs that I grew up with?” said Jaramillo, a former co-founder of a Latino-focused New York advertising agency. “We’re always singing the American songs in Spanish, and our songs are great. Why aren’t people singing them in English?”Jaramillo teamed up with fellow mother Nuria Santamaria Wolfe, a former head of multicultural strategy at Twitter, to launch Encantos Media Studios, an entertainment company that released Canticos as the first of its planned bilingual brands.Two other mothers, Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, founded their own publishing company in 2014 when Rodriguez couldn’t sell mainstream publishers on her concept of a bilingual board book series featuring Latino icons and traditions. The company, Lil’ Libros, landed a partnership with Target just five months after publishing its first book, “Counting with Frida,” now the bestseller on Amazon among children’s counting books. The books are now sold at 1,300 stores nationwide.“We didn’t expect this reaction. We were doing it for love. If 100 kids picked up our books, we would have been happy,” said Rodriguez, a senior producer for the radio show “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.”Friends Chiara Arroyo and Celene Navarette were on the book fair committee of their children’s bilingual school in Los Angeles when they noticed the spotty Spanish-language selection. They persuaded Mexican publishers to send some titles, set up two tables and quickly sold out. They founded their business five years ago, selling books at other school fairs and then online.By 2015, they had opened La Libreria, a store in central Los Angeles and nationwide distributor of books from Latin America and Spain.U.S. sales of children’s Spanish-language books rose 6 per cent over the past year to 1.5 million units, according to NDP BookScan. Overall Spanish-language books jumped 15 per cent. But that still represents less than 1 per cent of the overall book market in a country with more than 41 million Spanish speakers.Major publishers and distributors have pursued the Spanish-language market for years with mixed results. Some closed or downsized Spanish-language imprints after sales fell short of expectations during the Great Recession, and as the industry struggled to adjust to the Amazon era that squeezed traditional booksellers.In an internet-driven age of fractured consumer markets, Jaramillo and Santamaria Wolf said strategic partnerships have been key, particularly with brands and retailers like Target, which considers Hispanic mothers a key customer base.Pam Kaufman, president of global consumer products at Viacom/Nickelodeon, said the company had been looking for a baby brand when she was introduced to Canticos at an industry conference. When she showed the videos to her Hispanic colleagues, some teared up.“I thought, OK, we have something here,” Kaufman said. “We are excited about it because it is authentic.”Nickelodeon, which also added a Spanish-language hub to its video subscription service NOGGIN in the spring, is planning a line of Canticos toys, clothing and decor for next year.With sales picking up, major players in the traditional book industry are expanding their Spanish-language business. HarperCollins launched a new Spanish-language division in 2015. Chicago-based distributor IPG, already a key distributor of Spanish-language books, added two publishers from Spain and one from Mexico to its list in November.Arroyo and Navarette, owners of La Libreria, said the rise of dual-language programs in schools is driving interest in children’s books originally written in Spanish.The trouble is keeping up with demand. Latin American and Spanish publishers tend to have printing cycles that are too slow and small for the U.S. consumer market. Often, by the time a school orders a title, the books will have sold out in the original country, Arroyo said.In the United States, a growing number of Hispanic authors are pushing for Spanish translations of their books or weaving the language into stories with bilingual themes.Juana Martinez-Leal wrote both the Spanish and English versions of her award-winning “Alma and How She Got Her Name” and insisted on a publisher that would release them simultaneously, said her agent, Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel.Of the seven publishers who bid on the book, only two agreed. Candlewick Press released the two editions in April, and the English version is in its second printing. Von Borstel said sales of the Spanish edition have been a little slower, partly because bilingual and Spanish-language books face a tough battle for shelf space.Rodriguez and Stein understand that problem well. Once, they were once stunned to find Lil’ Libros — an American series — upstairs in the “foreign section” of an Oregon bookstore.Stein scooped them all up and marched them downstairs to the children’s section herself.Alexandra Olson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

260,000 Moroccan Students to Benefit from Health Insurance: Minister

Rabat – Jamila Moussalli, Delegate to the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executive Training, announced on Sunday in Rabat that 260,000 students will benefit -starting from the next school year- from the Compulsory Health Insurance (AMO).Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th session of the Academy of Future Leaders, organized by the Executive Committee of the Organization of Renewal Students (OREMA), Moussalli said that this number is expected to exceed 460,000 beneficiaries over the next five years.The Minister added that this project, which costs nearly 110 million dirhams, is part of the initiatives taken by the Ministry in order to ensure social protection, improve university education and widen its scope to include students, as well as university staff. Meanwhile, Rachid El Addouni, President of OREMA, noted that the organization has launched several initiatives and projects to improve performance and develop students’ skills, taking into account the specificities of students of the various institutes and centers of higher education.Last March, Hossine El Ouardi, Minister of Health, announced that more than 60 percent of Moroccans have access to health coverage, including those under the Compulsory Health Insurance System which has been available since 2005.Despite several problems reducing its effectiveness, the Medical Assistance Plan known as RAMED, that initiated three years ago, has covered about 28 percent of the Moroccan population so far.On the other hand, unemployed, self-employed professionals working in the private sector and students comprise the 40 percent Moroccan population without medical insurance.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Senior UN official calls for improved trading transport for landlocked countries

The UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, was addressing a three-day High-Level Meeting in Kazakhstan on the role of multilateral organizations in implementing the Almaty Programme of Action (APoA) to secure access to the sea for these countries and reduce trade transaction costs.”Landlocked developing countries continue to face difficult transit problems that reduce their competitiveness in the world market. It diminishes export profits, and inflates the prices of imported inputs for manufacturing,” he said. “By making trade expensive, high transport costs can’t help but have an enormous impact on the overall economic development of landlocked developing countries.”The organizations for a cooperation programme to come up with solutions would include the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the World Customs Organization and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), he said, and the indicators of progress “would be few in number and easy in application.” read more

Beside The Points For Thursday April 26 2018

All newsletters Things That Caught My EyeDraft Day!It’s the first day of the NFL draft, meaning that enormous financial concerns are about to publicly gamble in prime time television, which is always pretty cool. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is the top running back prospect in this year’s draft and will likely go very early in the evening. But a team betting on a workhorse running back isn’t always the sure bet it was once considered. From 2006 to 2015, there were only three running backs drafted in the top five, and to some extent they never really panned out for their teams. Since then, we’ve had the phenomenal Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott going each at 4th. Barkley could join them if he joins the Giants at No. 2 or Browns at No. 4. [FiveThirtyEight]‘The Blind Side’ is overIn the aftermath of “The Blind Side,” which extolled the virtues of the left tackle position and lead to a commensurate skyrocketing to the value of those players, teams appeared to undervalue guards compared to tackles. In the 32-team era, 62 tackles were drafted in the first round of the draft compared to 14 guards. That may be changing, since 2013 the total value of draft picks for left tackles has been essentially in free fall since the post-2006 highs. [FiveThirtyEight]Oldest sport adapts to new realitiesThe International Association of Athletics Federations, which governs the world of track and field, will implement new regulations regarding testosterone levels for elite female athletes. Most women have testosterone levels ranging from 0.12 to 1.79 nanomoles per liter, while most men have 7.7 to 29.4 nanomoles per liter. The regulations — which will undoubtably fuel controversy from literally every angle, and that’s okay — will impact women who have testosterone levels above 5.0 nanomoles per liter, and would require them to choose between hormone therapy, not competing internationally, or competing against men. [The New York Times]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Winnipeg, city of miseryA new calculation for the quantified metropolitan sports misery score that counts not only the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL but also the MLS and Canadian Football League puts the Canadian city of Winnipeg over perennial sports drought cities like Cincinnati and Buffalo to have the most yearning-for-a-win fans. [The 10 and 3]Tsunami of corruptionA draft report published Wednesday by the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis follows up on earlier investigations from the BBC and BuzzFeed to find evidence of match-fixing in the sport, particularly at lower levels. The report found 20 unnamed high-level players who lost at least one suspicious match from 2005 to 2008. [BuzzFeed]World Cup getting called from statesideFox Sports is rolling out details about its play calling teams for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. Given the lack of an American presence at the cup — the United States failed to qualify — Fox elected to pare back its footprint in Russia proper and will have only one of five announced crews actually in Russia. [World Soccer Talk, The Associated Press]Big Number(s)161.4Looking at a stat called five-year approximate value, the hoarde of valuable draft picks held by the Cleveland Browns is truly formidable. Overall, the Browns have a total draft expected value of 161.4, which is head and shoulders above their nearest competitors, the Bills (124.3), Colts (122.1) and Broncos (116.4). The Browns are poised for a guaranteed consequential couple of days, for better or for worse. [The Washington Post]Leaks from Slack: neil:MLB Now talking about 8 teams currently being on pace for 100+ losses…. wonder how that compares to other seasons via something more rigorous like Elo?natesilver:we have two teams projected for 100+, and 2 more for 99plus one at 97 and one at 95seems like a lot for this early in the seasonneil:TankFest ’18Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetThe past few weeks of the Overwatch League have been outstanding We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions read more

Google Music is being tested when will it launch

first_imgAccording to a number of music industry sources, Google has reached a point where its employees are testing a Google Music service. Such a service would allow users to buy and store music in the cloud, making the songs accessible from just about any device including your PC, tablet or smartphone via streaming.Proof that Google Music exists was found a couple of weeks ago when a user on the XDA Developers forums did an update to the latest build of Android Honeycomb and a new music option appeared and started syncing with his collection.Such a service from Google has been talked about for years, and at one point we thought it may launch in the fall last year. But the main problem with launching such a service is getting the major music labels to sign up to licensing and royalty deals.iTunes has not moved to offer a cloud-based solution for streaming music yet, and that’s exactly what Google wants for its Music service. In both cases it’s new ground for the music publishers and therefore they are cautious of signing away their music to a large online database users can access forever.The fact that Google is thought to be testing Google Music internally does suggest progress has been made, though. If the service is working, then music publishers can see exactly how it functions and come up with a deal they are happy with, or changes they require. The issue then becomes can a deal be struck that both Google and the music industry is happy with?Read more at CNETMatthew’s OpinionAs CNET points out, the music publishers want Google to start selling music because then they have another large company to compete against iTunes. Just having iTunes dominating the market gives Apple a lot of power as it controls a big chunk of the music industry’s revenue. But Google would be a popular destination for music sales too, so the publishers would likely take a harder line with Apple in license negotiations knowing they have Google to fall back on and vice versa.As a consumer, I think Google launching a streaming music service and cloud storage for my tunes is a great idea. I really don’t like the iTunes experience on my Windows PC, and as we know from using other services, Google keeps things web-based so they will work on any device. That’s what I think a lot of music listeners are after for their digital music libraries. There’s also the competition aspect keeping music prices low.When Google Music launches seems to be in the hands of the publishers. If they won’t sign up to a licensing deal Google can never launch it as there won’t be any music on the service.last_img read more

Poll Should Ireland ban junk food ads aimed at children from print

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No (1610) http://jrnl.ie/3129442 12,004 Views 71 Comments Friday 9 Dec 2016, 8:44 AM Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: Kevin Krejci via Flickr Don’t know (191)center_img Share Tweet Email YesNoDon’t knowVote Image: Kevin Krejci via Flickr Yes (6367) Poll: Should Ireland ban junk food ads aimed at children from print and social media? Britain has recently announced a ban to come into force next year. BRITAIN HAS RECENTLY announced that it will ban junk food ads aimed at children from both print and social media from next year.The rules extend an existing ban on television ads for “high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) food or drink products”.In Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland introduced bans on junk food advertising during children’s programmes on either TV or radio in 2013.However health campaigners such as the Irish Heart Foundation have called for tougher rules around the targeting of children with ads for high-fat and high-sugar foods on social media here.So, what do you think? Should Ireland ban junk food ads aimed at children from print and social media? Poll Results: Dec 9th 2016, 8:44 AM last_img read more

Mario is Supposed to Be Weird

first_img Of all the announcements from the recent Nintendo Switch presentation, the one that probably caused the most buzz was the debut of Super Mario Odyssey. The trailer showed Mario’s return to expansive 3D platforming for the first time in over a decade. But that’s not all it showed. Let’s talk about New Donk City.The most… polarizing aspect of Super Mario Odyssey comes right at the beginning of the trailer. We see a colorful but semi-realistic city, one that seems modeled off of New York. Sharp-eyed viewers may see several Donkey Kong references, but it’s unclear what the game actually is. Then Mario pops out of the sewer. Then Mario runs around New Donk City. Then Mario meets realistic-looking, racially diverse human beings while still being a cartoon. Then people lost their minds.Folks compared seeing Mario in the real-world to everything from the Mario/Grand Theft Auto mash-up from Robot Chicken to 3D Homer Simpson in the real world to the infamous Sonic 2006 (the one where the cartoon hedgehog kisses a human woman). Meanwhile, I’ve been laughing about the name “New Donk City” for days. The game looks great, but it also looks very, very weird, perhaps weirder than Mario has ever looked before. But you know what? That’s magnificent. Mario is supposed to be weird.Mario is the biggest gaming mascot on the planet. He’s the face of the medium. Therefore, his ubiquity over the past three decades has left us all numb to just how bizarre, illogical, and almost upsetting Mario’s world is. Let’s just state the facts. Mario is a working-class (24-year-old?!?) Italian plumber from Brooklyn who travels through pipes to a fantasy land full of mushroom people under attack from an army of turtles and walking mushrooms and squids and man-eating plants all led by a giant dragon-turtle thing who kidnapped a fairy tale princess. Mario eats good mushrooms to get superpowers like throwing fireballs. Plus, all the clouds and hills have eyes for some reason.And that’s just the first game! You could fill an encyclopedia full of the strange stuff that the Mario series expects players to accept without question. Mario rides on a dinosaur and gets trapped in paintings by ghosts. He visits vaguely Middle Eastern dream lands and fights frog kings in his own subconscious. He gets arrested on sludge-filled tropical islands. He plays tennis and races go karts with rivals like his greedy doppelganger Wario and an ape wearing a tie named Donkey Kong, who are both weird and fascinating in their own right. He’s a dwarf who jumps impossibly high and smashes bricks with his head. He’s a doctor and boxing referee on the side. Mario wears all sorts of magic animal costumes in stagecraft worlds, and he hangs out in space with sad goddesses who care for star chickens to distract from depression over dead moms.When you consider the sheer, dense insanity of the Mario franchise, you start to wonder how anyone on the outside could even begin to parse it. This challenged the creators of the Super Mario Bros. movie were faced with. That’s a really bad movie, but translating Mario’s nonsense to a mainstream film sounds literally impossible. Mojo Nixon as Toad? Makes as much sense as anything else.That brings us back to Super Mario Odyssey. People were taken aback by how weird the trailer was. But as we’ve demonstrated Mario has always been weird. The only difference this time is that by putting Mario in the real world, by having his cartoon body interacting with real people three times his height, it puts the weirdness right back in front of our faces. It resensitizes us to this strange little man and his ludicrous world we’ve all become accustomed to. Some find this alarming, but I love it. It’s the freshest Mario has felt in years.Super Mario Odyssey will probably be a fantastic game. The Mario team is operating at the height of its power using the most technically advanced hardware it has ever developed for. The visuals look gorgeous, and the new platforming moves using Mario’s hat seem like a ton of fun. But more importantly, the game is taking Mario back to his wonderfully weird roots. New Donk, I love you.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more

WSUV enrollment climbs to 3143 students for fall

first_imgWashington State University on Monday reported record fall semester enrollment, including a new high at its Vancouver branch campus.WSU has registered 27,008 students at the system’s four campuses, an increase of nearly 4 percent from last year.The jump reflects a significant spike (27 percent) in this fall’s entering freshman class, at 4,473 the largest such group in WSU history.Locally, WSUV enrollment reached 3,143 total students, part- and full-time. That’s nearly a 1.5 percent increase from fall 2010. Leading the surge were 625 new transfer students, the largest number entering the Salmon Creek campus in the past 11 years, officials said.There were 182 new freshmen registered at WSUV, with an average grade point of 3.39, officials said. Of those, 96.7 percent are Washington residents, the school reported.Systemwide, 85 percent of all WSU new freshmen are from the state of Washington.last_img read more

Notes on Ethics Social Media and Ad Spending

first_imgBut in recent years, if the magic number was traditionally 50 percent up front, for some brands it has reached 80 percent or more. Good thing, right? No. Because few advertisers have slush funds anymore. Which means opportunistic, spot buying is declining. Last-minute “remnant” buying is disappearing. So to use my hypothetical example, that $500,000 of booked business is on a declining annual total-maybe $800,000 instead of $1 million. That’s reality for many brands, and it’s not good.Social media is an area of opportunity, or so says Ted Bahr, who describes a program of doing lucrative marketing through sponsored tweets, Linked-In and other social networks. Get into these kinds of marketing techniques early, says Steve Davis, because publishers that are utilizing social media now to grab audience are doing the right thing: The acquisition costs are reasonable and will likely escalate soon.Perhaps the most troubling thing, even more so than what’s happening with annual spends, is business ethics. It’s true that we’ve always had ethical issues in b-to-b media, but as the industry matures, and print declines, many brands hear from advertisers that they “don’t care” about audits. Do WE care? And if we don’t do we nevertheless tell the truth and maintain pristine files?That’s a question worth asking of ourselves. We talked about the slippery slope of declining editorial ethics (I saw a magazine recently that featured on its cover a person it described as a mover and shaker in foreign markets. Then I flipped a few pages and saw that same cover subject listed on the masthead as a business-development director for the magazine, mining those same foreign markets for business. And then I flipped a few more pages and saw that the tourism bureau for that same region was the “sponsor” of the cover story).Not good. Are we still a noble profession? Here are some ruminations on trends, courtesy of my annual trip to the U.S. Open with three good friends, Ted Bahr, CEO of BZ Media, Steve Davis, president of SRDS, and Michael Forgash, an account executive at SRDS. We’ve been doing this outing for years, the four of us, and over that span, as a result of my exposure to the accumulated wisdom of my three industry colleagues, I’ve come up with countless terrific stories for FOLIO: and our other brands. And I’ve often changed the way I look at the business as a result of the conversations we have. This year, we discussed some especially timely things. One was an observation that annual booked business, in b-to-b media, at least, is increasing in recent years. On the surface, that’s a good thing. You want to be able to go into a new year counting on a base of committed business. If your budget is $1 million, it’s nice to have $500,000 locked up in January, knowing that you’re going to get the rest as the year unfolds. last_img read more

2019 Yukon Quest champ Sass talks about return to elite dog mushing

first_imgSass: This year’s race was a little different than a lot of the races that I’ve had in the past five years. You know, I had a real competitive team starting back in 2014 and ever since then, you know, my goal was to win the race. And so this was a little bit different because I took a year off last year and then I came into this race with a bunch of young dogs, a lot of dogs that had never raced before. Eleven of them had never been in the Yukon Quest before. I only had three veterans.So I went into this race with really no expectations. To have fun, have a clean race, take care of my dogs and just focus purely on my team. And you know, that’s obviously everyone’s ultimate goal, but as you get competitive, things become more and more, you know, difficult to do that, and that was my main goal. And I didn’t pay attention to my competition at all. And so we were just out running dogs, literally, and it was a miracle team.My whole crew there kind of sat down before the race and made a real clear plan. Based the second half completely on how that dog team looked when we got the Dawson, and — everything came together, is the short version of it. I stuck to that plan all the way to the finish line and and it brought us there in the first place. And you know, I mean, I had 14 at the finish line and they all could go run another thousand miles right now. It was it was definitely magic carpet ride.Grove: The last time you were in the Iditarod, had kind of a rough go at the end, and you said your dogs could have run another thousand miles and I guess I kind of remember back to 2015 and you know, you just won the Yukon Quest, and the Iditarod disqualified you over having an iPod, which is a rule that they’ve changed now to make that allowed — I’ve got to ask, are you thinking about coming back to the Iditarod at some point?Sass: Yeah, and there’s a really good chance that will happen next year. You know all that stuff, it’s all part of my past. It had its positives and negatives. You know, I definitely love the Iditarod Trail. The trail itself is an amazing trail to travel on, the conditions are awesome. The competition is obviously the best in the world. And so it’s going to be hard to keep me away from there. I mean I think they’re starting to get things straightened out there, the Iditarod as well.I mean, I got a good dog team, and these guys are all young, and they’re ready to rock and roll. I need to I need to seize the opportunity and race these dogs. I’m fired up and ready to go. I wish I was in Iditarod this year, but that’s not the right thing for my dog team. So it’s, again, it’s about being patient, doing what’s right for my dog team and I feel like right now I’m setting a goal to run the Quest and Iditarod next year.Grove: Do you think some of the issues with the Iditarod — that’s kind of like a few different things. There was what people are calling “dog-doping” with like Dallas Seavey’s team. And some of the stuff with the board and, I guess, conflicts of interest — do you think those kind of things, have they discouraged mushers from from racing in the Iditarod?Sass: Yeah, I think that definitely discourages people. I mean, it’s never a good thing when your peers are accused of doping their dogs and deny it and it turns into a big debacle. That’s never a good thing. But I think, like anything, we’re all going to get through it. I think that they’re making the positive changes that need to be made. I think that there’s still lots of work to do but I think we’re going to get through it, as a sport and as a profession. I think that all of us just want what’s best for the dogs. And I think that’s — we’re on the way to doing that in Iditarod. I think we all just as individuals have to support our sport and stand behind each other and be as positive as we can about the whole thing, because there’s a lot of naysayers out there that we have to make sure that we don’t give a give a window in.Grove: OK, well, last question. I don’t want to put you on the spot too much, but who do you think’s going to win the Iditarod this year?Sass: Oh man, you know, I don’t know. I think that it’s going to be a fun race to watch. I think the person who runs their own race is going to win the race, and there’s a lot of guys out there that are capable of doing that, you know, Nick Pettit Jesse Holmes, Joar (Leifseth Ulsom) obviously in the mix. I mean, there’s there’s so many I can’t even start mentioning the names that could be in the top spot, you know. Yeah, we’ll see what happens, but I have my money on one of those young guns, any of those guys are going to be, are going to be fighting for that spot. But I think the guy who runs his own dog team is going to, it’s going to end up prevailing. To be clear, that’s who I would have my money on! But I don’t have enough money to be putting money on dog races.Grove: Yeah me neither, me neither. Well, Brent. Thanks for being here. I appreciate talking to you, man.Sass: Yep. No problem. No problem at all. Brent Sass. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)He’s sitting out this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race — that starts March 2 in Anchorage — but Eureka musher Brent Sass just won the Yukon Quest again, after taking a year off from racing. Sass is a former Iditarod Rookie of the Year, and though he’s struggled in a couple other attempts at that race, he said his young dog team will likely be ready for an Iditarod run next year.Sass has some thoughts on how controversy has affected the Iditarod and who he thinks could win this year. But first, he talked to Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove about winning his second championship in the thousand-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race earlier this month.last_img read more

Swiss close Matterhorn 150 years after 1st ascent

first_img Sponsored Stories Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories BERLIN (AP) — No climbers were allowed on Switzerland’s Matterhorn mountain Tuesday, as authorities declared a daylong ‘silence’ on the 150th anniversary of the first ascent to honor more than 500 climbers who have died trying to reach the top.A group of seven mountaineers led by Briton Edward Whymper became the first to scale the peak on July 14, 1865. Four members of the team died on the descent. Comments   Share   center_img The solemn silence on the Matterhorn — underlined with the threat of a 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,290) fine — was part of a series of events marking the anniversary, which also included a light display along the route of the original ascent.Authorities have also taken longer-term steps to calm the crush of mountaineers trying to reach the iconic 4,478-meter (14,692-foot) Alpine peak that Switzerland shares with neighboring Italy. The Hoernlihuette base camp refuge, also reopened Tuesday, has been reduced to 140 beds from 170.An anniversary ascent by a team of climbers from Britain, France, Italy and Switzerland — reflecting the nationalities on the first ascent — is planned for Friday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Lamps illuminate the path of the first ascent on the Matterhorn mountain, seen from the Hoernli mountain hut, in Zermatt, Switzerland, Late Monday, July 13, 2015. Authorities in Switzerland have declared the iconic Matterhorn mountain off-limits for a day on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, on the 150th anniversary of the first ascent. The so-called “Matterhorn silence” is intended to honor more than 500 climbers who have died trying to reach the top. (Dominic Steinmann/Keystone via AP) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

According to a Sunday morning tweet from FOXs NFL

first_imgAccording to a Sunday morning tweet from FOX’s NFL insider Jay Glazer, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer may be close to returning from his shoulder injury.Carson Palmer flew to Denver on Fri,worked w nerve specialist last 2 days & FINALLY think got nerve to … http://t.co/MP9Bq7WdAJ— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 5, 2014 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Palmer has been sidelined with a nerve problem in his shoulder for multiple weeks, only playing in the season opener against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. 0 Comments   Share   According to Glazer, Palmer believes he was finally able to get the nerve in his shoulder to “release.” If there are no setbacks, Palmer hopes to play as early as next week at home against the Washington Redskins or the following week at his former team the Oakland Raiders. Glazer later reported that Palmer met with the Cardinals in Denver on Saturday after working with a specialist who also helped Peyton Manning recover from nerve issues associated with the QB’s third neck surgery. In Denver, Arizona Sports’ Paul Calvisi tweeted a photo of Palmer throwing during warm-ups.Yes — that’s Carson Palmer throwing from about 10 yards away here pre-game #AZvsDEN pic.twitter.com/DSVHDF1LuF— Paul Calvisi (@PaulCalvisi) October 5, 2014center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals are a perfect 3-0, 2-0 without their starting QB. Drew Stanton has completed 51.6 percent of his throws for 411 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in two games as the starter. Arizona’s starting QB getting healthy is imperative as they play in the very tough NFC West with five division games remaining.last_img read more

2018 Beauty falls victim to the hunt for profit

first_imgThe proclamation of the Akamas National Park development plan by cabinet on November 2 set the stage for an arson-laden month, as individuals apparently took it upon themselves to erase what should be a protected area, making way for projects of private profit.In a period usually marking the end of the fire season, the first two weeks of November this year saw five fires in the Akamas area, burning six hectares of wild vegetation.Of course arson is nothing new. According to the forestry department, nine out of 10 fires are caused by people, while in the period 2010-2017, which saw a total of 1,001 fires across the island, 197 fires (26 per cent) of the 759 fires that had anthropogenic causes were deliberately set.In 2018, out of the 57 fires that the Paphos forest endured, which burnt a total area of 227 hectares, 43 or 75 per cent were set intentionally, forestry department statistics show.The underlying issue is the pervasive idea that environmental protection and the preservation of (endemic) species and rich biodiversity clashes with or limits financial prosperity. The truth is that the only clash is limiting the accumulation of profit for the few at the expense of the many.The many, which include the local communities surrounding the Akamas peninsula and who have been at the forefront of pressures for the development of the area at the expense of the environment, have nothing to gain from large-scale developments such as all-inclusive hotels and golf courses. They do, however, have much to lose if one of the sole factors of tourist attraction, the uniqueness of the environment, is stripped away.The apotheosis of this notion that ecological protection does not equal financial prosperity can be located in the period after the financial crisis of 2013 which brought about a state of exception where all parameters other than the financial one, such as the ecological and social parameters for example, were undervalued in the name of keeping the island afloat financially.The government’s environmental policy in the post-crisis period shifted into a profit-orientated frenzy with diminishing ecological concern.Pending projects such as the Akamas National Park and Limni Bay prove the persistence of this state of exception in the post-financial crisis period, where development is encouraged at the expense of invaluable ecological features in areas which are part of the EU-wide Natura 2000 network of nature protection areas established under the 1992 Habitats Directive. Yet this development is presented as being beneficial for local communities and the economy at large.The development plan for the Akamas National Park envisions eight entrances, 14 facilities, such as parking spaces and stands offering refreshments and snacks, three souvenir shops and eight roads totalling 85km, all in an area which is part of Natura 2000.According to the environmental group Terra Cypria, at the end of 1980s and beginning of the 1990s Akamas had a total protected area of 23,000 hectares. By 2018 this had shrunk to a meagre 10,000, of which 75 per cent or 7,762 is state forest land which will form the National Park. We are now debating the construction of a road as long as the Nicosia-Limassol highway, and buildings in areas of high ecological importance such as the Lara-Toxeftra area.In the same vein, the Limni Bay project, part of which is also in the Natura 2000 network, foresees the construction of two 18-hole golf courses, two clubhouses, a luxury hotel, villas and other housing units, leisure facilities, bicycle routes and a museum.While the project received a green light mid-August in the form of a planning permit, the development still required approval in environmental terms, as a European Commission infringement case against it requires the permits comply with the environmental recommendations set out by the commission.Limni bay is considered a major nesting site for the Mediterranean Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), which is an endangered species, along with the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) which nests in the Lara/Toxeftra area of the Akamas Peninsula.Major sources of concern are rooted in the cumulative effects of lighting impact and human disturbance, which are inevitable should development occur, though these were proven through the granting of the permit to be of secondary importance to financial gain, at least on a local level.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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