Islanders Clinch Playoff Spot With 5-1 Victory Over Sabres (Vids)

first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Clinching a playoff spot brought roars from the home crowd and broad smiles from the New York Islanders, who acknowledged their accomplishment is a satisfying first step.Jordan Eberle continued his scoring surge with another goal, Anthony Beauvillier added two of his own and the Islanders secured a postseason berth for the first time since 2016 with a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.Michael Dal Colle and Ryan Pulock also scored for the Islanders, who have 99 points in their first season under coach Barry Trotz and secured a postseason spot in March for the first time since 1990. If the Islanders finish first or second in the Metropolitan Division, it would mark the first time since 1988 they would open a playoff series at home.“The strength of this team is its backbone,” Trotz said. “It’s good to know we have an invite to the party.”The Islanders, who have won four of their last five games, trail Washington by three points for the division lead and are four points ahead of third-place Pittsburgh. New York and Washington each have three games remaining, while Pittsburgh has four.Buffalo’s Victor Olofsson spoiled Robin Lehner’s shutout bid with his first NHL goal on the power play at 13:28 of the third period.Eberle opened the scoring at 7:41 of the first at Nassau Coliseum, tapping in a rebound after Buffalo’s Carter Hutton initially stopped a shot by Mathew Barzal. Anders Lee also assisted.The goal was the third in the last two games for Eberle, who has 18 overall this season. He had a three-point game — including the winning goal — against Winnipeg on Thursday, when the Islanders scored two late goals for a 5-4 win over the Jets.Beauvillier made it 2-0 at 8:20 of the second, finishing off a sequence in which the Islanders kept the puck in the Sabres zone for an extended time. Beauvillier, who was denied on a penalty shot midway through the first, shot the puck from just inside the blue line to elude Hutton.Dal Colle added his third goal of the season at 19:26 of the second before Pulock scored his ninth goal 30 seconds into the third to make it 4-0.Beauvillier scored his second of the game and 18th of the season at 6:07 of the third to make it a 5-0 advantage for the Islanders.New York Islanders’ Anthony Beauvillier (18) shoots the puck past Buffalo Sabres’ Carter Hutton (40) for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Veteran Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck said the victory before their appreciative and very vocal fans – the first time the Islanders clinched at home since 2002 – was important.“It’s nice to get in there and do it front of these people in this building,” said the 31-year-old Clutterbuck, an Islander since 2013. “They have been there for us all year.”Lehner, the former Sabre, made 31 saves to improve to 24-12-5 as he heard the crowd repeatedly chant his name.Lehner has been a revelation for the Islanders after they signed him to a one-year free agent contract last summer during which the Swedish netminder went through well-documented substance abuse and mental illness rehab.“The strength of our team this year has been working as a group, everyone buying into the system learning how to play close games and play good defense,” Lehner said. “It’s incredibly rewarding to clinch today.”The Islanders came out flying against the dreadful Sabres, outshooting Buffalo 16-8 in the first period. Hutton managed to stop Beauvillier on a penalty shot at 12:23 after defenseman Brandon Montour tripped the Islanders forward.Buffalo, which will miss the playoffs for the eighth straight season, is 0-5-1 in its past six games and 1-11-2 in its last 14 overall. The Sabres are also 0-12-2 in their past 14 road games, the longest road skid in the NHL since Toronto went 0-14-2 from Jan. 2 to March 1, 2015.“This game was about battles. They are a bigger team. That’s why they are in the playoffs,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “We spent way too much time in the defensive zone and we didn’t execute very well. They won way more puck battles than we did.”With the loss, the Sabres matched the second-longest road skid in franchise history. They went also 0-13-1 from Dec. 4, 2014 to Jan. 30, 2015. Buffalo’s longest road winless streak is 23 contests. The Sabres were 0-15-8, including eight ties, from Oct. 30, 1971 to Feb. 19, 1972.NOTES: The Islanders are 12-6-2 at Nassau Coliseum this season and were also 12-6-2 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. … The Islanders are 32-14-3 in their last 48 games and 7-2-2 in their past 11 games overall against the Sabres. … The Islanders scratched defensemen Thomas Hickey and Luca Sbisa, plus forwards Tanner Fritz and Ross Johnston. … Buffalo scratched defensemen Zach Bogosian, Matt Tennyson, Jake McCabe, Matt Hunwick and Rasmus Ristolainen, plus forwards Evan Rodrigues and Vladimir Sobotka.By: Allan Kreda, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Juventus vs Milan: Higuain on bench amid Chelsea rumours

first_imgJuventus and AC Milan will play off in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the right to lift the Supercoppa Italiana on Wednesday.Juve may dominate the domestic game, but in each of the last two seasons they have been foiled in their attempts to lift this trophy, beaten 3-2 by Lazio in August 2017 when it was last played for.A year previous, it was Milan who took the title, winning on penalties in Doha, Qatar, in December 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Rossoneri, who were the losing Coppa Italia finalists from 2017-18, go into this clash hoping to cause a similar upset. Game Juventus vs AC Milan Date Wednesday, January 16 Time 5:30pm GMT /12:30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on ESPN 2 or ESPN Deportes. It can be streamed via ESPN Deportes+ US TV channel Online stream ESPN 2 / ESPN Deportes ESPN Deportes+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 1 and livestreamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Juventus players Goalkeepers Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Bonucci, Rugani, Sandro Midfielders Pjanic, Matuidi, Can, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola, Khedira Forwards Ronaldo, Dybala, Costa, Kean Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has named a strong team, including Cristiano Ronaldo, but he will have to do without Mario Mandzukic, Andrea Barzagli, Medhi Benatia and Juan Cuadrado because of injury concerns.Allegri is set to play a 4-3-3 formation, with Rodrigo Bentancur to play in the heart of the midfield ahead of Sami Khedira.Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Douglas Costa, Dybala, Ronaldo Position AC Milan players Goalkeepers Donnarumma, Reina Defenders Romagnoli, Rodriguez, Musacchio, Abate, Zapata, Calabria, Strnic, Simic Midfielders Calhanoglou, Castillejo, Bakayoko, Montolivo, Laxalt, Kessie, Halilovic, Conti Forwards Higuain, Cutrone, Borini Milan also have selection headaches: Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura, Andrea Bertolacci and Mattia Caldara are all missing, while Suso must serve a one-match suspension.With rumours swirling about a move to Chelsea, Gonzalo Higuain will start from the bench, with Patrick Cutrone taking his place in the lineup. AC Milan starting XI: Donnarumma; Calabria, Zapata, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessie, Bakayoko, Paqueta; Castillejo, Cutrone, CalhanogluBetting & Match Odds Juventus are rated as 1/2 favourites by bet365. Milan can be backed at 13/2, while a draw over 90 minutes is priced at 31/10.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Gonzalo Higuain Milan JuventusThe 60,000 capacity King Abdullah Sports City will be the stage where Serie A and Coppa Italia champions Juventus meet AC Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana.Both teams returned to action after the winter break at the weekend in the Coppa Italia, with both recording 2-0 victories, Juve overcoming Bologna and their opponents defeating Sampdoria.The Turin side start the match as clear favourites, having established a nine-point lead at the summit of Serie A, with 17 wins and two draws from their 19 league fixtures so far this season. Milan, on the other hand, find themselves in fourth, an astonishing 22 points back of their Turin rivals.After missing out on this title in each of the last two years, Massimiliano Allegri’s side are hungry to pick up the silverware in Saudi Arabia.While there is slightly more pride riding on this game than in previous matches as both teams are competing to be the first club to reach eight Supercoppa victories, Allegri sees this as a dress rehearsal for the Champions League , in which his side will tackle Atletico Madrid in the spring.“This is good practice to prepare for elimination rounds,” the coach said, although he did indicate that he hoped to avoid the eventuality of extra-time and potentially penalties, which is how the match will be decided if it finishes all square after 90 minutes.In the opposite dugout, Gennaro Gattuso is acutely aware of the challenge that faces his side, having seen them lose 4-0 in the Coppa Italia final in May.“We are up against a side that has been dominant in Italy and Europe for eight years, they know how to play for trophies, but it’s important for us to be here and feel this experience too,” he said.“We’ve got to play our game with a relaxed approach, because the strongest team doesn’t always win in a one-off match. We want to see a great performance to beat Juve, we’re well aware of that.”One man who the Rossoneri will have to police particularly closely if they are to experience the success that their coach craves is Paulo Dybala.The Argentine has scored three times in the Supercoppa Italiana previously and, if he were to notch again, he would become the all-time top scorer in the 31-year history of the competition.last_img read more

Rishabh Pant not able to succeed at No.4, should bat at 5 or 6: VVS Laxman

first_imgRishabh Pant not able to succeed at No.4, should bat at 5 or 6: VVS LaxmanRishabh Pant has been under the radar of many following his dismal performance at the much-debated No.4 spot in T20Is, particularly because of his poor shot selection in limited-overs cricket.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service BengaluruSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 11:35 IST Rishabh Pant is under a lot of pressure currently as he is replacing veteran MS Dhoni, feels VVS Laxman (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSVVS Laxman advised the Indian team management to have Rishabh Pant bat at number 5 or 6Pant scored a 20-ball 19 in the 3rd T20I which India lost by 9 wickets against South AfricaLaxman said either Shreyas Iyer or Hardik Pandya can bat at No. 4 as they have more experienceFormer India batsman V.V.S Laxman believes young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is not able to succeed at the No. 4 spot and that’s why he should come down the order in order to express himself more freely at the international stage.Pant has been under the radar of many following his dismal performance at the much-debated No.4 spot, particularly because of his poor shot selection in limited-overs cricket.On Sunday evening, the 21-year-old once again came out with a below-par performance with the bat as he scored a 20-ball 19 during the third T20I which India lost by nine wickets against South Africa.”The nature of Rishabh Pant’s batting is that he plays aggressive shots. The success came for him in Delhi Capitals during IPL, playing at No. 4 with an average strike rate of 45 but unfortunately at the international level he is not able to succeed at the number four position,” Laxman said on Star Sports.”Every player goes through this phase, his natural game is free flowing but suddenly he is not gaining the same results.”He is trying to evolve and trying to add different dimensions to his game by rotating the strike that we saw in the previous match but unfortunately, his shot selection at the start of the innings has not been great,” he added.The former Indian batsman further advised the team management to have Pant bat at number 5 or 6.”Pant should bat at number 5 and 6, where you have the license to go out and express yourself and at the moment he doesn’t know the right method of scoring runs at number 4.advertisementLaxman said either Shreyas Iyer or Hardik Pandya can bat at No. 4 as they have more experience. “There are other people to bat at number 4 like Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer who are experienced and could play at that spot.”According to Laxman, Pant is under a lot of pressure currently as he is replacing veteran MS Dhoni.”He also has a lot of pressure as he is taking the place of MS Dhoni who has done a lot for Indian cricket, to get his confidence back the team management needs to let him go bat at number 5 or 6 and express himself,” said Laxman.Also Read | There was a miscommunication: Virat Kohli on Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer both coming out to bat at No.4Also Read | We batted first to come out of our comfort zone: Virat Kohli after 3rd T20I defeatAlso Read | India vs South Africa: Fans troll Rishabh Pant after another flop show in BengaluruFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow VVS LaxmanFollow India vs South Africalast_img read more

Human Rights Inquiry Awards Damages

first_imgAn independent board of inquiry has awarded Michael Trask $15,000 in general damages after finding he was discriminated against by Nova Scotia Correctional Services because of his disability. In February, board chair Donald Oliver concluded that there had been a systemic failure in the case and ordered a public interest remedy consisting of extensive human rights training overseen by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Damages were not awarded at that time. “In the Trask case, the award is not for injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect, but for systemic discrimination that affected him in various ways at various times throughout various weeks and months on the job,” said Mr. Oliver. “As with the initial decision, the commission is satisfied with the decision of the board chair,” said Krista Daley, CEO, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “Mr. Oliver understood the nature of the discrimination in this case and the impact that it can have on an individual. “It is not an abstract legal concept. Discrimination affects lives and people should be compensated as appropriate.” The decision can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights/decisions. All parties have a right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiry to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.last_img read more

Finnings Fundraising Pub Night for the United Way

first_imgThe Pub Night will include several opportunities to support this cause through purchasing 50/50 tickets, a silent auction with many great items donated from local businesses and door prizes to be drawn at 8:30 pm and 10:15 pm.  The Canadian Brewhouse is offering an Appetizer Buffet from 7-9 pm, and it is sure to be a good time for all that attend.The United Way of Northern B.C. is excited for this evening event as the funds raised will be used within our direct community by being redirected to Not-For-Profit Organizations.The goal of UWNBC’s is to act as professional fundraisers on behalf of organizations that may not have the time or funding to hold their own fundraising campaigns. Organizations that are focused on providing programs in the community, and Not-For-Profit groups can apply for funding, and the UWNBC helps raise and redistribute funds to these organizations. As administration costs are kept very low at 10 percent, this means nine out of every ten dollars donated goes directly back to the community.To attend the event, November 30th, tickets are $20 and are available by contacting Lyndon Wincheruk at; 1.(250) 793.5415. If you are a business that would be interested in donating to the Pub Night, please contact Wincheruk at the number posted above.The FB Page for this event can be found by CLICKING HERE FORT ST.JOHN, B.C. – Finning is coming together with The Canadian Brewhouse to host a Pub Night with all proceeds raised going to the United Way of Northern B.C.Finning has an established relationship with the United Way by raising funds for their campaign. For the past 12 years, the company has done this with in-house fundraisers and incentives for employees and customers on a branch and corporate level, raising funds of more than 12 million dollars over that time.Lyndon Wincheruk, an employee with Finning for the past seven and a half years and with Ron Pardy, General Manager of the Canadian Brewhouse combined their efforts to create the Pub Night as a new and exciting way to raise funds for this year’s Finning’s Fundraising Local Campaign.last_img read more

Rahul’s flight to Patna suffers technical snag

first_imgNew Delhi: A chartered flight carrying Congress president Rahul Gandhi to Patna was forced to return to Delhi on Friday due to a technical snag, prompting aviation regulator DGCA to launch a probe into the incident.Gandhi wrote on Twitter that the plane returned after experiencing “engine trouble” and also posted a video of the flight which shows him, the pilot and the co-pilot in the plane. “Engine trouble on our flight to Patna Friday! We’ve been forced to return to Delhi,” Gandhi tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Friday’s meetings in Samastipur (Bihar), Balasore (Orissa) & Sangamner (Maharashtra) will run late. Apologies for the inconvenience,” he said. Later, Gandhi addressed a rally in Bihar’s Samastipur where he shared the stage with RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav for the first time after the general elections were announced. A senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official said the Hawker 850 XP aircraft VT-KNB returned to Delhi due to a technical snag. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”The DGCA has initiated an investigation as per the laid down procedure,” he said. The aircraft landed safely in Delhi at 10.20 am. Ten people, including two crew members, were on board when the incident occurred, the official said. The aircraft VT-KNB belongs to the Delhi-based company Forum 1 Aviation Private Limited. According to the company’s website, the plane was acquired “brand new in 2006”, and it can fly anywhere in India. The Hawker 850 XP typically has a configuration of two seats for pilots and eight for passengers. Gandhi is on a campaign trail, crisscrossing the length and breadth of the country for the Lok Sabha polls. This is not the first time Gandhi’s plane has experienced trouble mid-air. On April 26 last year, a plane carrying Gandhi and some others from Delhi to Hubballi airport in Karnataka for campaigning for assembly polls developed a technical problem and tilted heavily on the left side. The plane dipped steeply with violent shuddering, but soon recovered and landed safely.last_img read more

Haiti UN mission urges formation of a government without delay

22 June 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti today urged the country’s authorities to immediately form a government that will serve the people and fulfil their expectations after Parliament rejected the man nominated by President Michel Martelly to serve as prime minister. The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) called for the setting up of a government that will work with all concerned parties, including Parliament, politicians, civil society and the international community, to formulate a strategy on education, employment, the rule of law and the environment.The Caribbean nation remains without a fully constituted government more than a month since Mr. Martelly was inaugurated as President. He had put forward Daniel-Gerard Rouzier as prime minister designate, but the Chamber of Deputies – which must ratify the nomination – yesterday rejected Mr. Rouzier.MINUSTAH stated in a communiqué that each day that passes with a fully functioning government further thwarts the aspirations of the Haitian people, which they have expressed through the ballot box in the past year.“There is no doubt that all Haitians are united in their desire to see future major projects, including those related to improving their living conditions, moving as quickly as possible,” the UN mission said. read more

SecretaryGeneral mourns passing of former Czech leader Vaclav Havel

19 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep sadness at the passing of Vaclav Havel, the former president of the Czech Republic, who died on Sunday. “Vaclav Havel was the moral voice of his country and his era,” said a statement issued last night by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“He lived in truth – his credo – as few of his place and times dared to do. His humanity, humility and decency were an example for us all.“In the face of great challenges today that shall test a newer generation, let his profile in courage be our inspiration,” the statement added.Mr. Havel, 75, was a writer and dissident, who became post-communist Czechoslovakia’s first president. After the country split in January 1993, he became president of the Czech Republic.The Secretary-General expressed his sympathy to Mr. Havel’s family and the people of the Czech Republic. read more

CHEUNG How cyclists can deal with the heat

Brock University Professor of Kinesiology Stephen Cheung has written a piece recently published in PEZ Cycling News about how serious cyclists can deal with extreme summer heat and the impact those conditions have on performance. Cheung was an invited speaker at the Science and Cycling conference in Nantes, France just prior to the start of the Tour de France earlier this month, where he spoke about the impact of heat on exercise capacity and the current knowledge about how to adapt to hot weather.Cheung writes:First off, heat absolutely does impair exercise, and at much lower temperature than we may think. A nice analysis of multiple marathons across a range of location and years showed that, even a wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT) of 15°C impaired marathon times compared to 10°C (Ely et al. 2007). This supported a 1997 study from my post-doc lab demonstrating that time to exhaustion was maximized at 10°C compared to 0 or 20°C, with a further impairment at 30°C (Galloway and Maughan 1997).The 2007 study also showed that the less fit you were, the greater the impact of heat on performance capacity.How big a decrement does this work out to in real-life cycling? A study in 2015 had Danish cyclists perform a 43.4 km outdoor TT in 5°C temperature, where they averaged ~300 W. These cyclists then went to a 2-week training/heat adaptation camp in Qatar. The day after arrival, they performed another 43.4 km outdoor TT and averaged a 15% decrease in average power (Karlsen et al. 2015).If heat is indeed bad for performance, what can we do about it? While there are many day-of options such as pre-cooling, ice slurry ingestion, etc., the best way to prepare is by a gradual physiological adaptation to exercise in the heat. Read the full article here. read more

Condemning murder of Colombian cameraman UNESCO chief urges probe

“I condemn the assassination of Yonni Steven Caicedo,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in news release.“Criminals must not be allowed to use violence to stop journalists from doing their work and deprive society of news and information,” Ms. Bokova added.According to Colombian Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP), unidentified men shot dead Mr. Caicedo on 19 February.The 21-year-old was working as a cameraman with local television stations ‘TV Noticias’ and ‘Más Noticias.’ His name will be included this year on UNESCO’s dedicated webpage for journalists killed in the line of duty.

Today is an historic day says Ban as 175 countries sign Paris

As 175 world leaders signed the Paris Agreement at United Nations Headquarters today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the next critical step is to ensure that the landmark accord for global action on climate change enters into force as soon as possible. “Today is an historic day,” Mr. Ban told reporters at a press conference following the opening ceremony of the signing event. “This is by far the largest number of countries ever to sign an international agreement on a single day.” According to the UN chief, the participation by so many countries and the attendance by so many world leaders leaves “no doubt” that the international community is determined to take climate action. He also welcomed the strong presence of the private sector and civil society, saying they are “crucial to realizing the great promise of the Paris Agreement.” Adopted in Paris by the 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at a conference known as (COP21) last December, the Agreement’s objective is to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius. It will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification. “If all the countries that have signed today take the next step at the national level and join the Agreement, the world will have met the requirement needed for the Paris Agreement to enter into force,” Mr. Ban highlighted, congratulating the 15 Parties that have already deposited their instruments for ratification.Climate Action – One World, One Agreement. Credit: United Nations These Parties include Barbados, Belize, Fiji, Grenada, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Nauru, Palau, Palestine, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Somalia and Tuvalu. Speaking alongside the Secretary-General, French President François Hollande applauded all those who made it possible to reach the second stage of the process – the signing of the document. “I want to underscore that in Paris, it wasn’t just a single agreement that was brought about and needs to be ratified,” Mr. Hollande told the press. “In Paris, there were also four initiatives that were launched: the International Solar Energy Alliance, the development plan for renewable energy, the innovation mission with [United States] President Obama, and finally the high-level coalition to set a price for fossil fuels and coal.” He insisted that France needs to be role model and set the example, not just because it was the place where the accord was reached, but because the country contributed to the solution. “France should be an example to show that it wants to be the first – or one of the first – not just to ratify but also to implement the contents of the Agreement,” Mr. Hollande stated, noting that his country will increase its annual financing for climate from three to five billion euros per year between now and 2020. President François Hollande of France  signs the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the United Nations. UN Photo/Mark Garten Meanwhile, in two weeks, the UN chief will co-host the Climate Action 2016 meeting in Washington D.C., which is expected to bring together leaders and experts from many fields, including government, business, civil society and academia, ahead of the next COP in Morocco in November. Following the press conference, in remarks to an Informal High-Level event on promoting the early entry into force of the Agreement, Mr. Ban encouraged all countries to move forward quickly with their own domestic processes to accept and ratify the accord. “As you are well aware, we need at least 55 countries and 55 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Having 55 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions may be a little bit shorter and easier if the United States and China […] ratify or join. Then it will add to almost 40 per cent. I call on the countries gathered here to use this opportunity to announce your timeline for joining the Agreement as soon as possible,” he said. Mr. Ban said that it is imperative that strong political momentum continues to build, as the spirit of Paris is still continuing. “I will do all that I can this year to ensure that the Paris Agreement enters into force as soon as possible,” he said. read more

Commuters at risk of hearing loss and tinnitus from riding London Underground

first_imgHowever Peter Rogers, from the Institute of Acoustics, urged TfL to introduce “quieter carriages”.”We can do it on trains, so we should do it on London Underground carriages, creating a more pleasant, quieter experience,” he said.The full investigation can be seen on  Inside Out London on Monday 29 January at 19:30 GMT on BBC One and iPlayer. Dr Joe Sollini, of UCL’s Ear Institute said it was concerning that many journeys were louder than 85 decibels – the level that requires hearing protection in a workplace.”Hearing loss accumulates over our lifetime,” he said.”If someone was on a noisy Tube line every day for long journeys, it is perfectly possible this could increase the risk of hearing loss and potentially tinnitus.” The loudest recorded Underground journey through central London was between Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green, which peaked at 109 decibels – louder than a helicopter taking off nearby London Underground’s Nigel Holness said noise levels were monitored frequently on the network to make sure passengers and staff were safe, but said the company was investigating how to make further reductions.  Noise levels were almost as loud as a chainsaw on some journeys  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.center_img Commuters could be at risk of hearing loss and tinnitus from riding the London Underground, a new investigation has shown.University College London (UCL) and the BBC recorded noise on the tube for one week and found that ambient sound on some lines approaches the level of a chainsaw.On average the Victoria Line was the noisiest while parts of the Northern and Jubilee lines are so loud they would require hearing protection if they were workplaces.Although Transport for London said the noise was ‘highly unlikely’ to cause long term damage to hearing, experts at UCL said it could be harmful for people with lengthy daily commutes. He told the BBC: “While customers travelling on our network can experience noise, higher volumes tend to be for short periods of time and Health & Safety Executive guidance on noise suggests it is highly unlikely to cause any long-term damage to customers’ hearing.” Noise levels were almost as loud as a chainsaw on some journeys Credit: Mark Richardson / Alamy Stock Photolast_img read more

11 pictures of Enda Kenny having a great time in America

first_imgTHE TAOISEACH’S TRADITIONAL St Patrick’s week visit to the United States may have been dogged by more controversy this time around than in previous years, but they were plenty of happy moments judging from the pictures.Enda Kenny was in New York, Boston and Washington DC this year, meeting the great and the good including President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.Shamrock, green ties and other green things were in abundance.Here’s a few photos from photographers Marty Katz and James Higgins that are on the excellent MerrionStreet.ie Flickr:last_img

New WWE Smackdown Tag Team champions crowned as The Usos lose

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Cesaro Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Roy Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles The Hardy Boyz defeated The Usos on Smackdown to become new tag team champions.Matt and Jeff Hardy are now 8 time WWE tag team champions after they defeated The Usos on Smackdown. Here’s how it happened:Jey tags Jimmy into the ring. With Jeff down, the Usos go to the opposite sides of the ring. They both jump and Jeff moves out of the way. Jeff tags Matt into the ring. Matt with the Twist of Fate. He tags Jeff and Jeff with the Swanton Bomb. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.Make sure to read our Smackdown Live recap.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articlescenter_img Seth Rollins Facebook Videos Articles WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Jimmy Uso unable to cross border to Canada due to DUI arrest, Usos pulled from appearances Now Playing Up Next More details released on WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso DUI arrest in Pensacola, FL Update on WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso’s arrest on Thursday in Pensacola, Floridalast_img read more

Lingard – I believe in this team

first_imgManchester United forward Jesse Lingard has urged his team-mates to replicate their last season victory at the Etihad by claiming all three points in Sunday’s Manchester derby.Jesse Lingard is fired up and ready for the Manchester derby, challenging his United teammates to produce another classic performance at the Etihad.In recent years, United have a strong record at City. They have won 7 of their last 15 away games and they have not lost there since November 2014.Jose Mourinho’s side pulled off an incredible comeback victory at the Etihad last season after trailing 2-0 at half-time, to win 3-2 at fulltime.“The win last season there was a mad feeling and, hopefully, we can do it again,” Lingard told MUTV.“We’ve done well there and it’s just about fine margins sometimes. We kept our mental state last season and got the win in the end.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The way the fans were supporting us, even at 2-0 down, they stayed with us and backed us throughout the game and that spurred us on.”“I think these big games are what you play for.“The more pressure there is, you fire off that pressure. They’re the games you want to be involved in, like everyone else.“The most important thing is to believe, in ourselves, that we can do it. I believe in this team.”last_img read more

The Race for District 49 Candidate Review

first_img June 5th marks Election Day in California. Ed Lenderman was live with a few of the candidates for Congressional District 49 on Tuesday morning.Doug Applegate 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPaul Kerr Ed Lenderman, Posted: June 5, 2018 The Race for District 49: Candidate Review 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRocky Chavez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSara Jacobs center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTo see the other candidates for District 49, click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman Updated: 2:55 PM June 5, 2018last_img read more

32 who opt out of workplace pension blame financial constraints

first_imgAround a third (32%) of employee respondents cite financial constraints as the key reason for choosing not to pay into their workplace pension, according to research by Aviva.Its Working lives report, which is based on a survey of 990 private sector employers and 4,021 private sector employees and an analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics, also found that 24% of employee respondents that turn down the opportunity to pay into a workplace pension scheme do so because they believe it is too late to start saving. This compares to 15% in 2013.The research also found:13% of employee respondents aged between 25-34 who choose not to contribute to a workplace pension do so because they feel it is too late to start saving.19% of employee respondents choose not to pay into a workplace pension because they would rather use cash to fund their lifestyle.74% of employer respondents that have begun the auto-enrolment process approve of making the workplace the focus for pensions savings.93% of employee respondents feel the auto-enrolment process has been straightforward.20% of employee respondents do not feel their employer has explained auto-enrolment in a way they could understand.47% of employer respondents feel it is their responsibility to encourage staff to contribute into a workplace pension.Andy Curran, managing director of corporate and business solutions at Aviva, said: “The Working lives findings highlight that we cannot be complacent and that the auto-enrolment journey does not end once employees start contributing.“It is vital employees engage with the processes behind their pension. We must continue to make every effort to ensure people have all the support they need to make the most of their pension provision.”last_img read more

UPDATE Playboy Forms Special Committee to Consider Hefners Acquisition Proposal

first_imgA pair of Playboy Enterprises board members have been selected to serve on a special committee tasked with evaluating Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s offer to take the company private.The two directors who make up the committee are Arnold & Porter law firm counsel Sol Rosenthal and global investor Kai-Shing Tao, who was elected to the board in May. Rosenthal has been chosen to serve as chairman of the two-person committee.“The board of directors cautions PEI’s shareholders and others considering trading in its securities that no decisions have been made by the board of directors or the special committee with respect to PEI’s response to the initial Hefner proposal,” the company says in a statement announcing the new committee. “There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any agreement will be executed or that this or any other transaction will be approved or consummated.” No timeframe for a decision was made.Last month, Hefner offered to purchase all of the company’s outstanding shares of Class A and Class B common stock at $5.50 per share in cash. Hefner currently owns 69.5 percent of Playboy Enterprise’s Class A stock and 27.7 of its Class B stock. In his letter to the PEI board of directors, Hefner said he expected it to form such a committee to consider his offer.In its announcement about the special  committee, PEI did not  mention Penthouse magazine owner FriendFinder Networks, which later made its own offer to acquire Playboy. The offer was for $210 million—a 10 percent premium over Hefner’s offer.PEI is expected to report its second quarter earnings later this week.UPDATE: PEI on Thursday reported a $6.4 million net loss through the first six months of 2010, compared to a $22.4 million loss during the same period last year. The domestic magazine generated $17.3 million in revenue (down from $29.9 million during last year’s period) while digital pulled in $16.5 million, down slightly from $18.2 million.Its licensing business reported $22.3 million in revenue, up from $19.4 million through June last year. “The licensing group’s strong performance in the [second] quarter demonstrates the viability of our strategy to transform Playboy from a business operator into a brand management company,” CEO Scott Flanders says in a statement. The company expects the print/digital group to return to “modest profitability” over the second half.”last_img read more

How Mobile Phones And YouTube Are Helping Indias Bollywood Bring In Music

first_img How Bollywood Is Winning On YouTube how-mobile-phones-and-youtube-are-helping-indias-bollywood-bring-music-hits “The last two years have been really action packed,” is how T-Series President Neeraj Kalyan described his company’s exponential growth. With dozens of additional channels targeting loyal groups that speak many of India’s diverse languages, T-Series’ growth has many bases besides YouTube, and they are also growing into television and movie production as well.Cross-Pacific Pop: Album Sales Boom For Asian Breakout Solo ArtistsRead more Twitter News Email The newly available world of mobile internet in India has millions regularly going to YouTube for musicPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2018 – 5:54 pm India’s internet population is huge and growing, thanks to mobile phones, and music on YouTube is one of the market’s most popular destinations. As a result of this, Bollywood music is thriving, along with modern renditions of traditional songs and diverse videos targeted to smaller, linguistically unique demographics. Indian music label T-Series has been a big winner with 70 million subscribers on its main channel and new subscribers growing by more than 100,000 daily.The New York Times found that T-Series gets video averages of 6.5 million views with a bottom-line total, overall, of 53 billion views, making it one of YouTube’s most successful channels ever. Since 2016 more than 200 million people in India have internet access through mobile phones and 85 percent of India’s internet users visit YouTube. One hit by T-Series artist Guru Randhawa notched more than 615 million views. Facebook https://twitter.com/GuruOfficial/status/1062721542172360705 How Mobile Phones And YouTube Are Helping India’s Bollywood Bring In Music Hits last_img read more