TNT head coach Nash Racela cited his team’s poor endgame execution as the major reason for its heartbreaking loss to Phoenix on Wednesday night.The KaTropa were up by three with less than two minutes to go but were unable to protect their lead after going 0-of-3 from the field and failing to make defensive stops to finish the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next “We talked about execution in the end. On both ends, specifically on defense, we weren’t able to execute in the end,” said Racela after giving his players a long post-game talk inside the Mall of Asia Arena dugout following a 74-72 defeat.“I was asking them what went wrong. I just wanted to hear it from them. We showed them the clips of the last two possessions of Phoenix.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela was pertaining to the instances where the Fuel Masters’ tied the game on a 3-pointer by Matthew Wright with 44.1 ticks left and got the lead for good after a baseline bucket by Doug Kramer with exactly three seconds remaining.With the loss, the KaTropa dropped to 4-4, tied with the Fuel Masters in fifth place. Racela, however, doesn’t seem worried with his team’s current position. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “If you study our conferences last year, we were always in the middle of the pack, and we just made a good push toward the playoffs and in the playoffs, so it’s still the same plan,” he said.“Hopefully with what we have now, we can still have a good run towards the playoffs. It will be a tough last three games for us, especially with Gilas coming up. I think we’re going to miss the three guys in at least one game, so it would’ve been nicer if we won today.” Dani Ravena sees mistakes against NU as learning experience AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City
Mumbai, Apr 28 (PTI) Scoreboard of the Indian Premier Mumbai, Apr 28 (PTI) Scoreboard of the Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians, here today. Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappac Pollard b Harbhajan36 Gautam Gambhirc Pollard b McClenaghan59 Shakib Al Hasanc Patel b H Pandya 6 Surya Kumar Yadavc & b Southee21 Andre Russellb Southee22 Chris Lynnnot out10 Yusuf Pathannot out19 Extras: (LB-1) 1Total: (for 5 wickets in 19.6 overs) 174 Fall of wickets: 1-69, 2-77, 3-121, 4-130, 5-145Bowling: Southee 4-0-38-2, McClenaghan 4-0-33-1, Bumrah 4-0-34-0, Harbhajan 4-0-32-1, Hardik Pandya 2-0-15-1, Krunal Pandya 2-0-21-0. MORE PTI SSC SSC
It’s unfair to Florida, Georgia and USC that I’m taking a convenient eight-year snapshot of their programs, but still … eight years (and ongoing) is a long time. In that span, Oklahoma State has won more games than those three schools as well as Nebraska, Missouri, Penn State, Texas, Auburn, Michigan, Arkansas and Texas A&M.That’s pretty impressive. There’s more. According to OSU, only Alabama, Florida State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Stanford have more 10-win seasons this decade than Oklahoma State’s four.That’s ludicrous.Here’s a look at the top 20 programs over the last eight years (2008-2015).Can you imagine telling yourself during that Texas-USC title game in January 2006 that OSU would have more wins than Texas from that date forward and be within six of SC. What a world.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
zoom Indebted commodities giant Noble Group has secured a 120-day extension for its USD 400 million credit facility from June 20, 2017.In addition, the Hong-Kong-based firm said it continues to be in talks with potential investors concerning the sale of an interest in the group or its subsidiaries or parts of its business.“Whilst no assurance can be given that these discussions will result in a transaction, they are ongoing and constructive,” Noble added.Furthermore, constructive talks are also said to be underway with bankers in relation to the firm’s revolving credit facility due May 2018. As disclosed, the group’s major bankers, based in Europe, the United States and Asia, have hired legal and financial advisers to “enhance these discussions.”Once the discussion with the banks is concluded, Noble expects to complete its strategic review, which will mostly likely result in an asset realization program “to maintain liquidity and a further reduction in overhead expenses.”The group, which manages a portfolio of global supply chains across a range of industrial and energy products, including iron ore, energy coal and grains, has been fighting for survival for several years now.Noble has over 100 vessels on charter, which are either owned, bareboat, time charter period or hired for single trips, the company’s website info shows.
More than 300,000 Nova Scotia property owners will have a chance to review their proposed 2006 assessment, now that preliminary notices are in the mail. Notices were sent to owners of properties whose assessments are expected to increase by more than three per cent in 2006. The assessments are based on Jan. 1, 2004 market values. “Sending Nova Scotia property owners their proposed assessment in June, means that they can talk to us and get information about their property assessment before the formal assessment notice is sent in January,” said Jeff Caddell, acting regional manager for the western regional assessment office. “This year the information will also help property owners decide if they will apply for the 2006 CAP Assessment program.” Introduced in 2005, the CAP Assessment program is designed to help protect property owners from sudden and dramatic increases in market value by placing a limit, or cap, on the amount of taxable assessment increase on eligible properties. To receive a capped assessment, the property must be owned by a Nova Scotia resident and meet certain other eligibility criteria. There are some changes to the program since it was introduced last year. Property owners who applied for the CAP last year and met the residency and ownership requirements will be automatically re-considered for 2006. They do not have to reapply. Owner-occupied condominiums are now part of the CAP program. Owners of condominiums who wish to be considered for a capped assessment must submit an application for the 2006 CAP. With the changes, about 107,000 properties across the province are potentially eligible for a capped assessment in 2006, compared to 65,000 in 2005. Property owners who did not apply to the program in 2005 and whose properties are likely to be eligible are being sent an application form along with their proposed notice. Application forms are available on the website at www.nsassessment.ca or can be picked up at a local regional assessment office, Access Nova Scotia Centre, Registry of Deeds office or municipal tax office. Completed applications must be received by Assessment Services by no later than Sept. 30. “Applications will be reviewed to determine if the property meets the eligibility criteria,” said Mr. Caddell. “Property owners will be notified if their property qualifies for the CAP when they receive their formal assessment notice in January.” “We encourage property owners to call if they have any questions about their proposed assessment or need further information about the CAP Program,” added Mr. Caddell. Property owners with questions on their assessment notice can call 1-800-667-5727. For information on property assessment and the CAP program, including eligibility criteria, visit the website at www.nsassessment.ca .
London: Another film in The Simpsons franchise will soon be announced, creator Matt Groening has confirmed. The film, which will be the second to be made at Disney after The Simpsons Movie in 2007, is likely to see the light of day due to its box office potential. “No doubt there will be another Simpsons movie one of these days. I think Disney wants something for its money,” Groening said. He was speaking at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 event, reported The Independent. Groening also revealed the reason behind the follow-up taking over a decade to materialise. The writer said despite the financial success, the first film “almost killed us”. “We didn’t have a B-team waiting to do ‘The Simpsons Movie’, so the same people who wrote, animated, voiced and did the music for ‘The Simpsons’ TV show also did the movie. That was in 2007,” he said.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Fox News says its new streaming service will debut in November.Subscriptions to the service, Fox Nation, can be purchased starting Sunday. The cost is $5.99 monthly or $64.99 for a year.Fox Nation will launch Nov. 27 with original content featuring, among others, Fox News Channel hosts Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and Brit Hume.Fox Nation will satisfy the audience’s desire to watch content when and where they want, Fox executive John Finley said in a statement Thursday.A one-hour special detailing the service’s programming will air on the Fox News channel at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday. It will include Jesse Watters, Tomi Lahren and others who will be featured on Fox Nation.
“If we are unable to correct the anomalies in the present system there is enough room to revert back to the earlier system,” he said. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) backs holding the Local Government (LG) elections under the old system.SLMC leader and Minister Rauff Hakeem told Parliament today that if issues over the new system cannot be resolved then the SLMC has no issue with the LG elections being held under the old system. Hakeem said that his party is pushing for the LG elections to be held soon and they were discussing the matter with Government backbenchers. He said that Government backbenchers were also supportive of reverting to the old elections system if the issues over the new system cannot be resolved and the LG elections cannot be held. (Colombo Gazette)
Attorney Joshua Koskoff, who represents a group of families of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting victims, speaks during a hearing in Superior Court in Bridgeport, Conn., Monday, June 20, 2016. Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis heard arguments brought to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against rifle maker Remington Arms over the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. A total of 20 first-graders and six adults were fatally shot with an AR-15-style Bushmaster rifle made by Remington. (Ned Gerard/The Connecticut Post via AP, Pool) Gun maker asks judge to dismiss lawsuit by Newtown families by Dave Collins, The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2016 6:57 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HARTFORD, Conn. – A gun manufacturer should be held accountable for selling the public semi-automatic rifles that were designed as military killing machines, a lawyer for families of some victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre told a judge Monday.The argument came during a court hearing on Remington Arms’ request to dismiss a lawsuit by relatives of nine children and adults killed at the Newtown school on Dec. 14, 2012, and a teacher who survived the shooting. A total of 20 first-graders and six adults were fatally shot with a Bushmaster rifle made by Remington.Judge Barbara Bellis, who rebuffed a similar request by Remington and other defendants in April, did not rule Monday.The arguments were made on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court rejected challenges to assault weapons bans and other gun control laws passed in Connecticut and New York in response to the Sandy Hook killings. Also Monday, the U.S. Senate was taking up gun control measures a week after 49 people were killed with a similar rifle in Orlando, Florida.The Orlando killings have reignited debates over AR-15-style rifles, which have been used in several mass killings in recent years, and over whether to reinstate a federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. There has also been renewed debate, including among presidential candidates, over whether to repeal a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products, with some exceptions.Besides Remington, other defendants in the Connecticut state court lawsuit include firearms distributor Camfour and Riverview Gun Sales, the now-closed East Windsor store where the Newtown gunman’s mother bought the Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle used in the shooting.James Vogts, a lawyer for Madison, North Carolina-based Remington, told Bellis on Monday that the lawsuit should be thrown out on several technical grounds, including the 2005 federal law — the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.Vogts said the rifle used in Newtown was legally made by Remington, legally distributed by Camfour and legally sold by Riverview Gun Sales to Nancy Lanza. Her 20-year-old son, Adam Lanza, shot her to death at their Newtown home before driving to the school, where he killed himself as police arrived.When asked by Bellis whether the Remington lawsuit was based on similar legal grounds as lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers, Vogts said that lawmakers need to set gun policy and that the gun industry is heavily regulated.“A personal injury case in front of a jury is not the place for a new policy to emerge on who should own firearms and what type of firearms,” he said.Joshua Koskoff, a lawyer for the Newtown victims’ families, argued the lawsuit is allowed under a “negligent entrustment” exception to the 2005 law and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. The exception was designed for cases such as when a gun store sells to someone who is obviously intoxicated or threatening to kill someone.Koskoff said civilian AR-15-style rifles, which fire one bullet with each trigger pull, are virtually the same as the U.S. military’s M-16 rifles, which can be set to fire more than one round with each trigger pull.“It was Remington’s choice to entrust the most notorious military American killing machine to the public and to continue doing so in the face of mounting evidence of its association with mass murder of innocent civilians,” Koskoff told the judge.Mathew Soto, brother of Victoria Soto, a teacher who died in the Newtown shooting, said Monday outside the courthouse that the Orlando shooting brought back horrible feelings from the day his sister was killed.“Because our country cannot come together on the issues of assault rifles, these mass shootings will continue to happen,” he said. “Our actions here are meant to bring about change. … We are Newtown. We are Orlando.”
For Dani Elgadi, there’s no comparison between the old Badgers men’s basketball team locker room versus the renovated space unveiled Monday.The team captain said professionalism on the court starts with a professional-looking dressing room, which is what they now have thanks to the support of the Partridge family.“We’re truly excited for this fresh start feel for the goals we want to establish. We want to win and we feel like this is a stepping stone in that direction – not just for the years that we’re here, but 10 years down the line,” said Elgadi.“This is a million times better than what we had. It sets the tone for a business-like atmosphere. We love playing basketball and it’s a fun game, but when we walk into the gym, it’s business and we have goals,” Egladi said.Brock Sports unveiled the renovated men’s dressing room Monday afternoon, where Acting President Brian Hutchings said it couldn’t have been possible without the support of Peter Patridge Sr. and Jr., who have both been longtime Brock backers and fans of the varsity athletics programs.The updated locker room includes individual wood stalls for each player, a new rubber floor, a professional basketball court coaching board and a plaque thanking the Partridge family for their support.The Badgers men and women open the Ontario University Athletics regular season at home Nov. 12 against the Toronto Varsity Blues, though both teams have full pre-season schedules leading up to that night. Season tickets will be available online through gobadgers.ca and from the Walker Complex Welcome Desk starting Monday, Sept. 26.See a full 360-degree interactive image of the new dressing room below:A 360-degree view of the new Brock Badgers men’s basketball team dressing room. – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook moved into a tie for third place on the NBA list for triple-doubles with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a regular-season sweep of the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers with a 100-83 victory Wednesday night.Westbrook’s triple-double was his third this season — all in the last four games — and the 107th of his career, matching Jason Kidd and trailing only Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138). Kidd took 1,247 games to reach 107, while Westbrook needed only 760.The 19 rebounds were one off Westbrook’s career high, set in last season’s finale against Memphis.Jerami Grant added 21 points, one shy of his career best, on 8-of-12 shooting for the Thunder, who have won 13 of 16 after an 0-4 start.Jordan Clarkson led Cleveland with 25 points, while Collin Sexton (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Cedi Osman (14 points, 10 rebounds) each had a double-double. The Cavaliers agreed to trade Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz after the team had arrived at Chesapeake Energy Arena, leaving them with only nine players in uniform. Eight of them got into the game.Oklahoma City trailed 55-51 in the third quarter when Westbrook started a 13-0 run with a 3-pointer. He capped it by assisting on a dunk by Grant with 5:36 left in the period that completed the triple-double and put the Thunder up 64-55.By the end of the quarter, the Thunder led 73-62 and the Cavaliers got no closer than nine the rest of the way.Cleveland took advantage of early offensive sloppiness by the Thunder to twice go up by 11 points, the latter time at 38-27 after a 3-pointer by Osman with 7:01 left in the second quarter. Oklahoma City used a 20-6 run to get back in the game, which was tied 47-all at halftime.TIP-INSCavaliers: Asked before the game about the trade set to send Korver to Utah, coach Larry Drew declined comment. Korver was at the arena when he learned of the deal, which still needed to be approved by the NBA. … Sam Dekker (left ankle sprain) missed his 10th straight game, and George Hill (right shoulder sprain) sat out his ninth in a row. . David Nwaba missed his second consecutive game with right knee soreness and was replaced in the starting lineup by Larry Nance Jr. . Tristan Thompson’s streak of four straight double-doubles ended. He had four points and two rebounds.Thunder: Alex Abrines made his first start of the season but went 1 of 9 from the field. . Nerlens Noel played despite a bruised calf and scored eight points. . Paul George struggled with foul trouble most of the game but had 18 points. . The Thunder drew their 353rd straight sellout, the NBA’s third-longest active streak and tied with Sacramento for the 10th-longest in league history. . Oklahoma City won 95-86 at Cleveland on Nov. 7.UP NEXTCavaliers: Complete a two-game road swing Friday at Boston.Thunder: Wrap up a four-game homestand Friday against Atlanta.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsMurray Evans, The Associated Press
POPE BENEDICT XVI called on the church and its faithful today to “renew themselves” as tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists attended his penultimate Angelus prayers.“The church calls on all its members to renew themselves… which constitutes a fight, a spiritual battle, because the evil spirit wants us to deviate from the road towards God,” he told the crowds from his window overlooking St Peter’s Square.Families with young children, pensioners and nuns packed into the square in the sunshine said they had come to pay their respects to the pope, make their goodbyes or share in a historic event ahead of the 85-year old’s resignation.Groups of scouts held up banners reading “We have loved you so much!” and “We will be with you… always” and said they wanted to show Benedict that his shock decision to stand down on February 28 had not shaken their faith in him.“He has done it for the good of the church, and will keep serving us. He is retiring to pray – and God knows we need his prayers,” said Germana Blaiotta.Viva il papaA serene-looking Benedict waved to the crowds and thanked them for turning out in such large numbers, calling it a “sign of affection and spiritual closeness”, as the onlookers called out “viva il papa” (long live the pope).Benedict’s brother said in an interview with Spanish newspaper ABC published today that the pontiff was seeking greater tranquility with his retirement.“He no longer has strength. He is going through the natural process of aging, as am I. My brother wants more tranquility for his old age. With the advance of his age, his strength is declining,” Georg Ratzinger, 89, said.The Vatican said over 50,000 people had turned out to see the pope for his Sunday Angelus, while local authorities put the number at over 100,000.Benedict, whose surpise announcement last Monday that he would step down after eight years rocked the church, called on the world’s faithful to “refocus on God by disowning pride and egoism”.His words were seem by some as a veiled reference to internal bickering within the church in recent months, as well as the jostle for power as cardinals from all over the world prepare to vote in his successor.“Benedict did everything for the church, he was always in the limelight but they did nothing but criticise him and try and undermine him. Whoever follows him will have to have strong nerves,” said Margherita Yager, 61, from Germany.Christine Renier, a 48-year-old teacher from Paris, said she was in Rome on holiday and had wanted to see the pontiff before he retires to a secluded monastery behind the Vatican walls for a life of contemplation.Losing faith“It is a sad day, but I think Benedict was actually too rigid and lost many faithful among the young. I’m hoping for a pope who can throw out the bureaucracy and get back to the church’s roots, perhaps an African,” she said.Amid speculation over which of the 117 cardinals in the running might snap up the Vatican’s top job, Italian media said Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Archbishop of Milan, was among the favourites backed by Benedict.After meeting the pope Saturday, Scola said Benedict had told him “you have to become a light for everyone”, a phrase pounced on by the media as a clue.“Significant words which will be weighed by everyone,” said the Repubblica, while La Stampa agreed they were “meaningful words”.At St Peter’s Square, tourists snapping souvenir photographs of Benedict on their smart phones said he may have revolutionised the papacy.“This is a moment which will go down in history. He’s opened the door to future resignations and I cannot see anyone suffering through an old age as pope again. From now on they’ll retire,” said Michele Agostino, 66.Later today, the pontiff will start a week-long spiritual retreat and have only very few public engagements before he formally steps down – the first pope to resign because he simply cannot go on in 700 years.Benedict will receive Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on 23 February, celebrate his last Angelus prayer on 24 February and hold a final audience in St Peter’s Square with tens of thousands of followers on 27 February.- © AFP 2013.
Short URL Sunday 17 Mar 2019, 6:15 AM Every child should be taught the words of Amhrán na bhFiann in primary school, says Taoiseach There have been calls for the teaching of the national anthem to be added to the curriculum. https://jrnl.ie/4547157 102 Comments Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesEVERY CHILD SHOULD be taught the words of the Irish national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann, in primary school, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. After taking part in the St Patrick’s Day parade in Chicago, the Taoiseach told TheJournal.ie that he wouldn’t follow how the American tradition, where school children recite the pledge of allegiance at the start and end of each day. “I think it would be a good idea for the national anthem to be taught in schools it was actually taught to me when I was in primary school, whether it was mandatory or not I don’t know, that’s where I learnt the anthem.“So, I think that would be good. I don’t think I would go down the American route, you know the pledge of allegiance at the start of the day, I’m not sure that would really fit in with the Irish culture. But the words of the national anthem – I think that is something every kid should learn in primary school,” he said. Source: Brian LawlessSenator Rónán Mullen raised the issue of the national anthem in the Seanad last week, and said that the teaching of Amhrán na bhFiann should form part of the curriculum at primary school level.He concluded that the government should work towards having the National Anthem as part of the curriculum. Mar 17th 2019, 6:15 AM By Christina Finn Share182 Tweet Email2 20,567 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The Juneau Empire on Channel Drive. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)The Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly recently told five of its employees they were being laid off. Three people in the business office and two graphic designers are losing their jobs by the end of the year. Those duties will be done either in Anchorage or outsourced to another country.The Juneau Empire’s parent company is Georgia-based Morris Communications. In Alaska, the media company also owns the daily Kenai Peninsula paper Peninsula Clarion, The Alaska Journal of Commerce, Homer News andThe Alaska Star.“In the past, they’ve operated like islands,” said Juneau Empire publisher Rustan Burton. “We’re working to try and get them to work together a lot more and share more resources.”An example of that is the business office. Instead of having different business offices for different papers, they’ll all be consolidated in Anchorage.“This is one of those moves that’s going to help us become more efficient and we save some expense,” said Burton.Burton said another move is laying off graphic designers. Morris Communications is part owner of NIIT Technologies, which is headquartered in India. Besides telemarketing and IT, the company builds ads.“They have people on the ground here stateside, they have people in India and they have people in the Philippines. So basically it’s a 24-hour shop,” Burton said.The other Morris newspapers have already undergone consolidation and outsourcing, said Burton. It’s now possible at the Alaska papers after a software update. Burton said the papers have already made efforts to share more content and help each other out.“We’re in a climate where you got to do that more often. You got to find ways to be more efficient, especially with the way things are going with the state. We’re feeling the effects of that as well and people pulling back, businesses pulling back on advertising. We want to be sure that we’re ahead of that and ready to be able to weather that storm if it gets worse,” Burton said.The newspapers have already weathered significant ups and downs. In 2010, Morris Publishing Group, a division of Morris Communications, declared bankruptcy. Within a month, Morris Publishing came out of bankruptcy court with an agreement to keep the company together while writing off hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. By 2014, the company’s head said Morris Publishing was debt free.The Juneau Empire gave out five layoff notices earlier this month, but Burton said most of the employees will work through the end of the year. After the layoffs, Burton said the paper will have a staff of around 35. He said the Peninsula Clarion is losing two to three positions.As the papers find ways to become more efficient, Burton said more layoffs are a possibility.
A beluga whale fluke in Cook Inlet. NOAA Fisheries has included belugas on their list of the eight most threatened species the agency monitors. (Photo courtesy of LGL Alaska Research Associates)The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its final plan to increase the population of Cook Inlet’s beluga whales and get them off the endangered species list.Listen nowBiologists estimate there are now about 340 belugas in Cook Inlet, down from more than a thousand in the 1980s. Researchers think the population dropped steeply in the 1990s because of unregulated subsistence hunting, but the whales haven’t bounced back since hunting was curtailed in 1999.Mandy Migura, of NOAA Fisheries, said nobody knows why.“There is no clear explanation and no obvious single threat that is preventing this population’s recovery,” Migura said. “It’s likely that it’s a combination of multiple factors.”The recovery plan lists ten of those potential factors, which it said should be limited. One potential threat is noise from human activity in Cook Inlet, which is home to some the state’s largest population centers, including Anchorage.Migura said the Cook Inlet belugas, which are present year round, are genetically distinct from Alaska’s other beluga populations. The population was listed as endangered in 2008, and NOAA Fisheries has included belugas on their list of the eight most threatened species that the agency monitors.Bruce Dale, director of the state Division of Wildlife Conservation, said the recovery plan’s goals are either too vague or too difficult to measure — making it nearly impossible to get belugas off the endangered species list.“And when you have them unnecessarily on the list, then other activities in the Inlet are restricted, unnecessarily,” Dale said.That includes activities like oil and gas exploration, coastal development or commercial and recreational fishing.The environmental group Cook Inletkeeper, which first petitioned to list belugas under the Endangered Species Act, said the plan doesn’t go far enough. Advocacy director Bob Shavelson said the fact that no one knows what’s causing the decline is reason for more caution. He’d like to see further restrictions placed on industry and municipal activities that could be affecting the species.“It’s more of the same,” Shavelson said of the new recovery plan. “You’re not going to see these hard and fast rules that we believe are necessary to truly provide a platform for the beluga to improve.”The recovery plan itself does not include new regulations, but federal agencies must take the plan into account when permitting activity in the Inlet.
New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) The Congress Working Committee that met on Saturday to decide the successor of Rahul Gandhi again urged him to reconsider his decision and said it was yet to take a final call on his resignation. Addressing mediapersons after the meeting, Congress media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said: “The CWC unanimously appealed to Rahul Gandhi to lead the party as he was the best person for the top post at the time when the BJP-led government was assaulting democracy and undermining people’s rights.” Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us Surjewala said, after Rahul Gandhi refused to reconsider his decision, the CWC began consultations to find his successor under five regional sub-groups led by senior party leaders. He said that the CWC will meet again on Saturday night after the end of the initial consultation process. He also said the CWC has not accepted Rahul Gandhi’s resignation yet. “It is still pending approval from the CWC. But he is adamant on his decision, so a group has been formed for consultation with the party leaders to decide on the new chief,” Surjewala said.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at the court. Prothom Alo file photoThe Anti-Corruption Commission has failed to prove the allegations it brought against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Her lawyer, former speaker Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar said this presenting his arguments in the graft case on Thursday.”Analysing all arguments and evidences produced by the prosecution in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, I have come to the conclusion that the ACC has not been able to prove any charges against her,” he said.”So,” Sircar expressed his conviction, “the accused will definitely benefit if (the prosecution) fails to prove beyond any reasonable doubt the charges brought in a criminal case.”Jamiruddin Sircar, a standing committee member of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, told the court that “Khaleda Zia pleads for justice. Please uphold the spirit of justice (while making judgement about her).”Sircar read out certain portions of the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s self-defence statements in the court and repeatedly emphasised the importance of rule of law, democracy and justice in society.He drew the attention of the court as to whether the statements made by prime minister Sheikh Hasina and other Awami League leaders would be considered as interference into functioning of the court.Sircar quoted Sheikh Hasina and other Awami League leaders as saying that Khaleda Zia stole the money of orphans.Describing the tenure of military-controlled takeover on 11 January 2007, which is commonly said as 1/11 changeover, as a black chapter in history, Jamiruddin Sircar pointed out that this case was filed then with a ulterior political motive to damage her political career.There are 30 other cases filed against Khaleda at that time and later, Sircar mentioned.Former attorney general AJ Mohammad Ali placed his arguments in favour of Khaleda Zia on Wednesday.Khaleda Zia’s trial in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case is being held under the Fifth Special Judge’s Court of Dhaka, of judge Akhtaruzzaman, set up at Aliya Madrasa premises in old Dhaka.The BNP chief reached the special judges court in the morning.The ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station on 3 July 2008. It accused Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and four others allegedly for embezzling over Tk 21 million brought from abroad for using it in the welfare of the orphans.The accused were indicted in the case on 19 March 2014.
Map of PabnaPolice recovered the body of an unidentified young man from Chalan Beel at Ruhai village in Gurudashpur upazila of Pabna on Friday night, reports UNB.Anwarul Islam, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Gurudashpur police station, said that locals found the body of the youth, aged about 30, packed in a sack around 9:00pm and informed police.Later, police recovered the body.
Google announced a new version of its Chromecast streaming adapter, the third generation of the company’s streaming device, which supports playback video at higher frame rates and can also stream multiroom audio.The new device goes on sale Tuesday in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and Sweden. Stateside, the new Chromecast once again costs $35 — the same as its predecessor. It will sell in two versions, white and black (or “chalk” and “charcoal,” as Google calls the new colors).Aside from those color choices, the device looks very similar to the second-gen Chromecast, complete with its round, cookie-sized housing. Google did introduce some subtle design changes that include removing the Chrome logo and replacing it with a more subtle “G” icon, similar to the way the company has been branding its Pixel phone ever since the unveiling of that device line in 2016. However, there’s still a bit of mystery around some of the hardware upgrades for the new device. The aforementioned FCC filings indicated that Google equipped the device with Bluetooth capabilities as well as better Wi-Fi connectivity — neither of which Google highlighted during Tuesday’s announcement. Chan didn’t want to comment on any Bluetooth or Wi-Fi changes either.This could suggest that the company may announce further hardware capabilities at a later point. Then again, Google has also in the past at times launched hardware with capabilities that the company ultimately never used. One example: The company’s OnHub router, which it produced in partnership with TP Link, was capable of interacting with smart-home devices via the Zigbee wireless networking technology, but the company never turned on the radios to actually enable this feature. The bigger changes are on the inside: The new Chromecast is 15% faster than the previous model, which allows it to stream 1080p HD video with a rate of up to 60 frames per second (fps). “Everything becomes much smoother,” said Google Home product manager Chris Chan during a recent interview with Variety. He specifically cited the growth of 60fps content on YouTube as one of the reasons Google added the new feature.The second big feature update for Chromecast doesn’t have anything to do with video at all: Consumers who buy the third-generation device will soon be able to stream audio from music services like Spotify, YouTube Music and Pandora to their TV as well as any Chromecast-equipped speaker simultaneously, effectively turning their TV into a multiroom audio device.Previously, Google only supported multiroom audio for its Chromecast audio adapter, Google Home speakers and any speaker with Chromecast audio built-in. Chan said that the company is rolling out multiroom audio for third-generation Chromecasts later this year, and that it is looking to bring multiroom audio support to second-generation Chromecasts as well.The company is also in conversations with manufacturers of other devices, including Android TVs and TVs with Chromecast built-in about the possibility to extend multiroom audio to their products, but a spokesperson said that it had nothing to announce on that front at this time.Along with multiroom audio support for the new Chromecast, Google is also going to introduce a new feature for Chromecast audio playback. Soon, users of Chromecast-compatible audio devices will be able to have their music follow them to whatever room they are in by asking Google Assistant via their phone or any microphone-equipped speaker to “move” their audio stream to a playback device of their choice.The launch of the third-generation Chromecast wasn’t much of a surprise to anyone following the string of leaks around Google’s fall hardware lineup in recent weeks. Not only did the company tip its hand in some recent FCC filings, retailers actually started to accidentally sell the new Chromecast last week. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15