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Fit in my 40s: ‘Heights are a perfectly reasonable fear’Fit in my 40s: ‘Heights are a perfectly reasonable fear’

first_img Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Fitness … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. features Finally, you can get ahead of your fear, by constructing whatever it is as a challenge, which directs the focus of your mind differently. “I always point to my clients,” Amory said. “Point to their bodies and say, ‘What is that capable of? What’s the most it could do?’” To find out the answer is the challenge in itself.What I learnedIf like me, you’re most scared of developing an injury, make sure you always warm up properly. Since you’re here… Reuse this content Health & wellbeingcenter_img Share on Pinterest Climbing is frightening. That’s part of the point. Breaking through a fear barrier, physical or mental, brings a euphoria that would take you months of running to approximate (I’m estimating, there; I’ve still never had running euphoria). In the general run of things, it’s hard to scare yourself, without incurring life-threatening risks. So climbing is a simulation exercise, really, in going to the brink. It cuts both ways: either you get the rush of a challenge met with adequate confidence and skill, or you get too scared and end up clinging, sweaty-palmed, to a wall, slightly too high up to leap off, too jessie to look down, trying to feel your way to safety with blind and jittery feet.Bouldering on an indoor wall doesn’t let you go that high. Holds that involve more dynamic moves – effectively leaping from one to another, with a split second of “holy-shit” in the middle – tend not to be at the very top of the wall. But actually, your body doesn’t listen to reason: I can get scared when I’m two feet from the ground, a height where falling off on to the padded crashmat flooring would be no more consequential than jumping into bed in a lively fashion. I can also get scared when I’m on a totally secure hold at the top of a wall, nothing but a blank brain and a thumping heart. I can get scared on a novice route (or “problem”), or on one I’ve done five times before. Obviously it’s not a competition, but your mind can do things to your body, liquefy it in a way that no muscle in the world could withstand. But remember: you don’t want never to be scared or you’ll never get your mojo.Personal trainer Stuart Amory (an ambassador for Saucony) has trained people in both the things that scare us the most: swimming, and heights (specifically, in his case, parachute jumping for the military). In the water, the fear can seem wholly reasonable; people who can’t swim, drown. Before you can work on technique, he says, you have to discover your natural buoyancy. You will never trust this from anyone else; you have to see for yourself how much your body doesn’t want to sink. Lie on your back in the shallow end and take a deep breath: your full lungs will help you float.Heights are more complicated, even Amory says he found his fear building rather than retreating the more parachute jumps he did. Then you berate yourself because you’re suddenly afraid of something you’ve done before. His answer (in precis, because it was too rude to print verbatim) is to think of a person you hate who you know has done the very thing you’re scared of. If they can do it, you can. Share on Twitter Fit in my 40s: want to socialise while you Om? Try AcroYoga Share via Email Topics Share on WhatsApp Read more Fit in my 40slast_img read more

World Billiards: Sourav Kothari knocks out Pankaj Advani in pre-quarterfinalWorld Billiards: Sourav Kothari knocks out Pankaj Advani in pre-quarterfinal

first_img Next Press Trust of India MelbourneOctober 10, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 22:37 IST Pankaj Advani in action (File Photo: IANS)Defending world billiards champion in the long-up format, Sourav Kothari, on Thursday knocked out Pankaj Advani in the pre-quarterfinal of the World Championship here.In one of his most commanding performances, Kothari amassed huge breaks of 407, 295 and 170 in a display of relentless scoring to register a comfortable 1047-663 win over Advani in a match stretched to two hours and 30 minutes.In his second visit to the table itself Kothari made his intentions clear by immaculate display of top of the table play by making a 295 break.Advani when he got a chance made a light contribution before handing over the charge back to Kothari who amid huge uproar made a mammoth break of 407 displaying deft touch at the top of the table.With about one hour remaining in the clock and down by almost 700 points, Advani tried to make a last dash at narrowing the huge deficit with a break of 262 points but the task was an uphill one for Advani who ultimately conceded defeat to a relentless Kothari.Kothari will take on Robert Hall of England in the quarterfinals on Friday.Also Read | Need to finish in top-10 by 2028 Olympics or else I’ll be a failure as Sports Minister: RijijuAlso see:For 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Sourav KothariFollow Pankaj Advani World Billiards: Sourav Kothari knocks out Pankaj Advani in pre-quarterfinalSourav Kothari put on a brilliant show to stun Pankaj Advani in the pre-quarterfinal of the World Championship.advertisementlast_img read more

Teachers Urged to Take Advantage of Online CoursesTeachers Urged to Take Advantage of Online Courses

first_imgMinister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, is encouraging teachers to make use of online programmes in upgrading their skills. He said that while the Government is in full support of professional development, it could not afford the cost of having teachers on extended study leave. “We all have to consider economics and it is not going to be possible for the extensive periods of study leave that we have been accustomed to in the past. It is simply not affordable,” Rev. Thwaites stated. He was addressing a scholarship award ceremony for Spanish language teachers held on February 20 at the Caenwood Education Centre, Kingston. According to the Education Minister, the Government owes many schools over $1 billion to pay temporary instructors while the regular teachers are on study leave. He said that the Ministry intends to have discussions with the teachers’ groups, “to ensure that in the ambition of teachers to advance themselves…. the children that they teach are by no means curtailed, and that training will be done in ways that are consistent with modern technology rather than traditional habit.” Fifty full scholarships valued at $237,500 were awarded to Jamaican teachers of Spanish by the Embassy of Spain and the Spanish- Jamaican Foundation. The award, of $4,750 each, will enable the teachers to participate in a one year Virtual Spanish Classroom (Aula Virtual de Español) programme and will receive internationally accredited certification upon completion.Rev. Thwaites thanked the Embassy and the Spanish Foundation for partnering with the Ministry to improve the teaching of Spanish in schools.He said the fact that the programme of study is being offered online, “will make a tremendous difference where we will not sacrifice quality, but rather, we will enhance the professional advancement, the appropriate remuneration of our teachers and at the same time, be able to spread our resources in more productive ways.”For her part, Ambassador of Spain to Jamaica, Celsa Nuño, stated that the course is very interactive and focuses on practical skills.“It is also versatile and it embraces all the accents, the diversity of the countries that speak Spanish that are much closer to Jamaica,” she stated.Over 100 teachers of Spanish are slated to benefit from the virtual study programme. The intention is to have better prepared teachers and students, improve teaching methodologies, and enhance the quality of foreign language education.The training will provide a forum for self-improvement based on language competence and performance while at work, and will be of no cost to the Government of Jamaica.last_img read more

dAmico Disposes of Two MR TankersdAmico Disposes of Two MR Tankers

first_imgzoom Italy-based shipping company d’Amico International Shipping (DIS) revealed that its subsidiary d’Amico Tankers sold two medium range (MR) product tankers to Monaco-based ship management firm Sea World Management for USD 13.5 million each. The vessels in question are MT High Endurance and MT High Endeavour, both of them built by South Korean shipbuilder STX Offshore in 2004.“The sale of these two vessels … is perfectly in line with DIS’ long-term strategy of maintaining a very young owned fleet, by gradually substituting our oldest vessels with the newbuildings we have been ordering in the last four years,” Marco Fiori, Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico International Shipping, said.Following the sale, d’Amico Tankers will maintain the commercial employment of the vessels as it entered into a four-year time charter contract with the buyer.The time charter contract might give the firm “a good potential upside in a growing product tanker market,” Fiori said,  adding that the deal is expected to generate a profit on disposal of around USD 2 million.DIS’ fleet is currently comprised of 54 double-hulled product tankers with an average age of about 7.7 years.In addition, six long range (LR) product tankers are currently being built for the company at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea and they are scheduled for delivery between 2017 and 2018, according to d’Amico.last_img read more

Canadian Actress Tricia Helfer Star of Battlestar Galactica Files For Divorce FromCanadian Actress Tricia Helfer Star of Battlestar Galactica Files For Divorce From

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Actress Tricia Helfer has filed for divorce to end her 13-year marriage to attorney Jonathan Marshall.According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the former “Battlestar Galactica” star is citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for divorce, listing the date of separation as May 12, 2017.Helfer, a native of Alberta, married Marshall in 2003; they have no children together. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UN Human Rights Council urged to keep system of independent expertsUN Human Rights Council urged to keep system of independent experts

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today urged the Human Rights Council to maintain its system of independent experts and others who shine a spotlight on troubling situations around the world.Louise Arbour told the Council, meeting in Geneva for the start of its fifth session, that the special procedures system – or the mechanisms, from rapporteurs and experts to working groups, which the Council can use to explore either specific country situations or thematic issues – “represents a critical component in the protection and promotion of human rights.”She also underscored the importance of the system known as “universal periodic review,” which allows the Council to scrutinize the human rights records of all countries in a regular, rotating manner, predicting it “will develop into a leading instrument” for upholding human rights.“Reaching an agreement on its framework was not an easy task, but the Council is set to achieve that goal,” she said, urging members to “bring your institution-building efforts to completion.”The General Assembly resolution that set up the Council last year to replace the discredited Commission on Human Rights agreed that the universal periodic review mechanism must be created by June this year and the special procedures system – kept on from the Commission – must undergo a review during the same period.Over the course of its current session, Council members will hear from a number of its special rapporteurs and independent experts on country-specific situations and thematic issues, including Belarus, Cambodia, Somalia, adequate housing, judicial independence and the right to food. In addition, the Council’s Expert Group on Darfur is expected to present its report. 11 June 2007The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today urged the Human Rights Council to maintain its system of independent experts and others who shine a spotlight on troubling situations around the world. read more

Local police briefs Driver rolls SUVLocal police briefs Driver rolls SUV

Driver rolls SUVPolice responded to a single vehicle rollover just after 6 a.m. on Aug. 11 along Highway 24 East, Woodhouse.Police say the vehicle was travelling on Norfolk County Highway 24 East when the driver lost control resulting in the vehicle rolling several times. The driver was transported to hospital by paramedics to be treated for minor injuries.As a result, a 20-year-old Norfolk County man has been charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration 80 plus, and novice driver – blood alcohol concentration above zero.Wallet stolen, credit card usedA wallet was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on Thomson Road, Simcoe, in the early hours of Aug. 9.The stolen credit cards in the wallet were later used at businesses in Simcoe. Police are hoping to obtain security footage to identify those responsible.Unlocked vehicle stolenAn unlocked vehicle was stolen from a Norfolk County Road 28, Houghton, address in the early hours of Aug. 9.Police say the pickup truck was left unlocked and the keys were inside the ignition.The stolen vehicle is described as a white coloured, 2005, GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel 2500 pickup truck with 35 inch tires, black rims, chrome running boards, white tow mirrors and a vinyl tonneau cover.Tools stolen in break and enterPolice are investigating a break and enter at an address on Simcoe Street outside Tillsonburg.Several storage containers and a warehouse on the property were entered. Multiple power tools and chop saws were removed.Officers found several of the stolen items in a nearby corn field.The suspects were captured on surveillance cameras. The footage is being reviewed in an attempt to identify those responsible. Door damagedA 40-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with mischief under $5,000 after damaging a door at a Rolph Street South, Woodhouse, address. Sea-doo complaint leads to chargesA 17-year-old of Cambridge teen has been charged after a concerned resident put in a complaint regarding an unsafe vessel on Lake Erie near Long Point Bay.The complaint mentioned that an operator of a personal water craft approached another vessel on the water almost causing a collision at which time police were contacted.As a result the teen has been charged with operating vessel in a careless manner, without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons contrary to the Canada Shipping Act. Wanted person taken into custodyA 28-year-old Tillsonburg man has been charged after police stopped his vehicle on Colborne Street South, Simcoe.Police say the vehicle attracted an officer’s attention and it was stopped for an investigation on Aug. 11 around 4:22 p.m.Through the investigation it was alleged the driver was in possession of items that were stolen from a previous break and enter in the Oxford County area.As a result, he has been charged with possession property obtained by crime under $5,000, driving while under suspension, use, deals, acts of a forged document, and fail to comply with probation order. Licence plate stolenThe rear licence plate of a vehicle parked in a driveway along McNab Street West, Port Dover, was stolen at some point between Aug. 10 and 12.The OPP is urging all vehicle owners to check their vehicles on a regular basis to ensure that both of their licence plates are still attached to their vehicles. read more

Annan voices hope for peaceful resolution to issues between Spain and MoroccoAnnan voices hope for peaceful resolution to issues between Spain and Morocco

Mr. Annan “regrets any unilateral action taken so far and hopes that both parties will adhere to their original undertaking to resolve the issue through peaceful means,” spokesperson Hua Jiang said in a statement at a press briefing. The Secretary-General, who has been in contact with leaders on both sides, “stands ready to offer his good offices should the two sides so desire,” the spokesperson said.

Loonie down slightly against US dollar as commodity prices slipLoonie down slightly against US dollar as commodity prices slip

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 20, 2012 9:01 am MDT Loonie down slightly against U.S. dollar as commodity prices slip AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar fell slightly against the U.S. dollar Thursday morning as commodity prices pulled back.The loonie was down 0.04 of a cent at 101.16 cents US before stock markets opened in North America.Analyst John Curran of Canadian Forex noted that traditional risk currencies, like the Canadian dollar, are under pressure as traders engage in some year-end profit taking.“Given the slow pace of movement on our beloved currency pair over the past few months don’t hold your breath for a quick pop higher, however thin holiday markets may provide a surprise. For those looking to clear up any pre-holiday requirements I suggest you do so before week’s end,” Curran said in a note.February oil futures lost 22 cents to US$89.76 a barrel. February Gold prices fell $8.10 to US$1,659.60 per ounce, while copper prices slipped six cents to US$3.54 per pound.There was mixed economic data out of the U.S., with better-than-expected third-quarter economic growth of 3.1 per cent in the July-September quarter.However, the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week by 17,000, reversing four weeks of declines. The Labor Department reports that a seasonally adjusted 361,000 people sought unemployment aid the week ended Dec. 15, from a revised 344,000 the week before.But the less-volatile four-week moving average fell 13,750 to 367,750, the lowest since late October, suggesting that the job market continues to grow modestly. Applications had surged after Superstorm Sandy, then fallen back. read more

US auto sales see big gains in May after slight dip inUS auto sales see big gains in May after slight dip in

DETROIT – Full-size pickups once again dominated U.S. auto sales in May, as small businesses — increasingly confident in the economy — raced to replace the aging pickups they held on to during the recession.Car buyers, too, were lured by low interest rates and Memorial Day sales. Overall, U.S. consumers bought 1.4 million vehicles in May, up 8 per cent from the same month a year ago, according to Autodata Corp.The results suggest the auto industry will remain a bright spot in an economy that’s been slowed by weak manufacturing. And the boost from the industry will help sustain the economy’s steady job growth.Most automakers topped analysts’ expectations last month, with Nissan reporting its highest May sales ever after cutting prices on seven popular models. Chrysler, Ford, Honda and Toyota also reported increases. Only Volkswagen’s sales were down from last May.Automakers sold 173,972 full-size pickups in May, the highest total since a year-end rush last December, according to Ward’s AutoInfoBank. Sales of Ford’s F-Series pickup, which is the country’s bestselling vehicle, rose 31 per cent to a six-year high of 71,604. General Motors and Chrysler also posted full-size truck sales gains of more than 20 per cent.Those sales have reverberated in the job market. Ford said in early May that it’s adding 2,000 workers to the Missouri plant that makes the F-150. From January through April, automakers and parts companies hired 14,600 workers, and the Center for Automotive Research expects them to add 35,000 over the full year.Car dealers are also hiring, with the average number of employees rising from 53 to 55 last year, said the National Auto Dealers Association. More are expected to be hired this year.The Federal Reserve’s low interest rate policies have helped nurture sales by keeping loan rates low. A 48-month new-car loan now averages 2.92 per cent, according to Bankrate.com. And despite the weak manufacturing numbers, other bright spots — like home building and oil and gas drilling — are fueling the auto sales boom.Home construction rose 12 per cent in the first three months of this year, and builders — along with plumbers, landscapers and painters — need work vehicles. GM said sales of vans to small commercial buyers, or those with fleets of one to four vehicles, rose 17 per cent in May.Automakers are also selling more trucks in Texas, the Dakotas, Montana and elsewhere thanks to increased drilling. For the month ending May 24, U.S. oil production was up 18 per cent to 7.3 million barrels per day, according to the Energy Department.Strong sales of pickups in May — not typically a blowout month for trucks — signal that businesses feel more certain about the future, said Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for the TrueCar.com auto pricing site.“Businesses tend to make better financial decisions because they have to,” he said. “They tend to wait longer. But when they do come back, they come back in large numbers.”May sales wiped away a disappointing April, when the annualized rate for U.S. auto sales dropped below 15 million for the first time in six months. In May, the rate hit 15.3 million. Toprak said he’s now considering raising his forecast for full-year U.S. auto sales above 15.5 million. The industry sold 14.5 million vehicles in 2012.Lacey Plache, the chief economist of car research site Edmunds.com, said consumer confidence — which hit a six-year high in May — is boosting sales for now. But without more jobs and income growth, that might not be sustainable. Some Americans are taking home less pay this year thanks to slow income growth and an increase in Social Security taxes.“What is really needed is a continued and even expanded labour market recovery to give car buyers greater means to make car payments,” she said.The auto sales figures kicked off a big week for economic data, culminating in Friday’s report on May job growth. Economists are forecasting that 165,000 jobs were added and that the unemployment rate remained at a four-year low of 7.5 per cent.Here’s the breakdown of how the market’s key players performed in April:DETROIT AUTOMAKERS: GM sales rose 3 per cent, with Cadillac brand sales up nearly 40 per cent thanks to two new sedans. Sales of the Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Sonic small cars all rose by double digits. But Buick sales fell 3 per cent, and sales of the Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan plummeted more than 30 per cent because of lower sales to rental companies and other fleets.Ford sales rose 14 per cent. The Ford Escape was up 26 per cent to more than 29,000, the highest monthly total since the small SUV was introduced 13 years ago. Lincoln brand sales were flat. Ford plans to increase third-quarter North American production 10 per cent to 740,000 vehicles to meet demand for the F-Series and the Fusion sedan.Chrysler sales rose 11 per cent on strong demand for the Ram truck and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, which was up 21 per cent. It was the company’s best May sales in six years.JAPANESE AUTOMAKERS: Nissan sales gained 25 per cent over a year ago. Sales of the Altima midsize sedan rose 41 per cent, while sales of the redesigned Pathfinder SUV more than quadrupled. Nissan sold 2,100 Leaf electric cars, the best monthly total since the car hit the market two years ago.Toyota sales rose 2.5 per cent. The company said warmer weather and Memorial Day sales lured buyers to showrooms. Sales of the Camry midsize sedan were flat while Prius hybrid sales jumped 9.5 per cent.Honda’s sales rose 4.5 per cent. The Odyssey minivan was up 15 per cent, a frequent trend in May as families prepare for summer road trips. The CR-V crossover notched record monthly sales of 27,298, up 8 per cent from a year ago. Civic small car sales were down 10 per cent from last May.OTHERS: Volkswagen sales fell 1.7 per cent, with sales of all models falling but the Jetta, Beetle, Passat and Tiguan. Hyundai said its sales gained 2 per cent for a record May. Hyundai sales were led by the Elantra small car, which was up 33 per cent. by Tom Krisher And Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2013 8:44 am MDT US auto sales see big gains in May after slight dip in April; pickup trucks lead the way AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

US lawmakers from Maine say Canadian paper subsidies hurt states industryUS lawmakers from Maine say Canadian paper subsidies hurt states industry

PORTLAND, Maine – Three members of Maine’s congressional delegation told the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday that Canadian subsidies provided to the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill in Nova Scotia have harmed Maine’s paper industry, and they urged the panel to adopt duties recommended by the U.S. Commerce Department.Sen. Susan Collins said at a commission hearing in Portland that communities like Madison, where Madison Paper has laid off more than 100 workers, “need immediate relief from the unfair advantages afforded by illegal subsidies.”“Madison’s workers — any of Maine’s paper mill workers, in fact — can compete and win. But they require a level playing field and the strong enforcement of fair trade practices,” Sen. Angus King said.The commission hearing will help the panel determine whether subsidies given to the mill in Nova Scotia and to Resolute Forest Products mills in Quebec have harmed Maine’s paper industry. The investigation focuses on mills that produce supercalendered paper, a type used in magazines, catalogues and directories.The cost of supercalendered paper plummeted when the Port Hawkesbury mill reopened in 2012, thanks to more than $100 million in Canadian subsidies that allowed it to make improvements, Rep. Bruce Poliquin said.“The market price of this paper plummeted. The North American market was flooded with this paper,” he said.Last week, the commerce department found that Port Hawkesbury and Resolute mills received unfair subsidies. It recommended duties of between 17.87 per cent and 20.18 per cent on those mills, along with two others, but those won’t go into effect unless the trade commission finds that Maine mills were harmed in December.The federal lawmakers, along with Gov. Paul LePage, support duties imposed on paper produced by Port Hawkesbury and Resolute. But they also want a separate, expedited investigation of two other Canadian papermakers that are subject to duties: J.D. Irving and Catalyst.They fear duties on Irving and Catalyst paper could trickle down to Maine, where Catalyst operates a mill in Rumford and Irving owns sawmills and timberland. Together, they employ more than 1,000 people in the state.Poliquin said it’s unfair to impose duties on J.D. Irving and Catalyst mills without a formal investigation into what sort of subsidies they actually received. Collins and King agreed.“The Department of Commerce should do all that it can to rectify this very unfortunate situation, which will affect other Maine workers, through the expedited review process,” Collins said.___Follow David Sharp on Twitter at https://twitter.com/David_Sharp_AP by David Sharp, The Associated Press Posted Oct 22, 2015 1:58 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email U.S. lawmakers from Maine say Canadian paper subsidies hurt state’s industry read more

Lakers Metta World Peace Expected to Return TuesdayLakers Metta World Peace Expected to Return Tuesday

Just 12 days after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday night when the Lakers take on the New Orleans Hornets.World Peace, who was supposed to be sidelined for at least six weeks, participated in a three-on-three scrimmage at practice Monday and appeared to be healthy.“We’ve got a chance to make a push for this championship,” World Peace told reporters after practice. “We all need it. All the guys under contract, injured or not injured, we need each other to make a run at this thing.”With just five games left to secure the final playoff spot, the Lakers (40-37) trail the Utah Jazz (41-37) for the eighth postseason spot in the Western Conference. Every game is important for the Lakers to win as the Jazz hold the tie breaker.“He’s good,” Lakers coach Mike D’ Antoni said. “It’s probably a game time decision, but he looks good. He’s raring to go. The medical staff will make a decision tomorrow. It’s unbelievable. He’s different. … I’ve never seen this before.”World Peace began his rehabilitation last week, running and shooting with the team Saturday and before Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He said he was ready to play last Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks, but  he was not cleared by team doctors.World Peace injured his knee in the first half of the Lakers’ 109-103 loss to the Golden State Warriors on March 25. This is the first ever knee injury for the Lakers defensive stopper, who tweeted that his recovery time would take a week and half.“Right after the surgery, they were amazed how the swelling didn’t even exist off of meniscus surgery,” World Peace said. “You can play, but the swelling is what keeps you from playing, so when I didn’t have any swelling that’s why I was pushing to play. I wanted to play three games ago. It was good teamwork with doctors and training staff.”With the return of World Peace to the Lakers lineup, the team will still be without point guard Steve Nash. Nash will miss his fourth consecutive game because of a hip injury, but is expected to return to the lineup on Friday when the Lakers play the Warriors. read more

Chris Paul to Sign 107Million Contract With CliippersChris Paul to Sign 107Million Contract With Cliippers

The Los Angeles Clippers hit the jackpot by acquiring Chris Paul, and, in turn, Paul has hit the  literal jackpot with the Clippers.With NBA free-agent season underway, Paul is expected to sign a five-year extension that will pay him $107 million to stay in LA.Many teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, were hoping to make a play to lure Paul away from the Clippers. But Paul isn’t even listening to suitors. He’s signing on the line that is dotted.The free agency period began one minute after midnight Sunday, and Paul was expected to receive his official offer at that moment, according to ESPN.Locking up Paul was never a question for the Clippers, who, in the past, have been notoriously cheap. But Paul’s dynamic play and leadership at the point guard position transformed Los Angeles’ second team into a serious playoff contender–and a team that was as exciting as any.With Paul secure, the team can now look ahead to acquiring more talent around him and power forward Blake Griffin. read more

Pablo Simonet to French US IvryPablo Simonet to French US Ivry

One of the brothers Simonet, Pablo Simonet (20) has signed contract with French team U.S Ivry, where he will play with his brother – Sebastian. Young Pablo is still in junior’s age, but with ASOBAL’s experience of playing for Ciudad Encantada from Quenca.Diego Simonet made a deal with French champion Montpellier Aglommerate…photo:superhandball.com.ar Pablo SimonetU.S Ivry ← Previous Story Z23 Camp begins in Lund – Sweden Next Story → Rasmus Lauge is close to THW Kiel

The 5 at 5 FridayThe 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you up to speed with the five things you should know as you head out the door.1. #CONFIDENCE: Fianna Fáil has tabled a Dáil motion of no confidence in the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter. Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Niall Collins said Shatter had shown “extremely poor judgement” of late and that his position had become untenable following his disclosure of a Garda incident involving Mick Wallace. The motion will be debated by TDs next Tuesday and Wednesday, with a final vote on Wednesday evening.2. #ATTACK: Two men suspected of killing a 25-year-old British solider in a vicious knife attack on the streets of London this week had both been part of previous police investigations into Islamist terrorist activity. The authorities have not confirmed whether off-duty soldier Lee Rigby, who was not in uniform at the time of the attack, had been targeted specifically because of his military service.3. #PUBLIC SECTOR: Unions that do not sign up to the new Haddington Road agreement will see “less favourable” conditions applied to them, according to junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes. The ASTI and TUI unions have both said the Haddington Road proposals aren’t sufficiently different from the Croke Park II agreement.4. #BRAY: A Bray garda appeared before Dublin District Court this morning following allegations that she fabricated an official document. Catherine McGowan, 46, from west Dublin allegedly forged a letter from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in a case investigating a sexual assault in June 2011. Judge Victor Blake ordered that she be remanded on bail until 19 July.5. #SWEDEN: Two schools, a police station, and several cars have been torched in Sweden, as riots sparked by the fatal shooting of a 69-year-old man by police entered their fifth night. The troubles, which began Sunday in the immigrant-populated Husby suburb of Stockholm, are believed to have been triggered by the fatal police shooting of the local resident last week, after the man wielded a machete in public.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 ThursdayThe 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgAnd on the Dredge: Which photographs made Beyoncé ‘hit the roof’? EACH DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #CANNABIS: Two women have been hospitalised with what is reported to be life-threatening conditions after consuming cannabis which is said to have been contaminated. RTÉ reports that the two women in their 20s are in the intensive care unit of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.2. #PAY CUTS: The Dáil last night passed legislation that will mean pay cuts for public servants earning over €65,000 from July. The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill was passed by 81 votes to 50 and gives effect to the pay cut aspect of the Haddington Road Agreement on public sector pay and reform.3. #CHILDCARE: The fallout from the RTÉ Prime Time programme on the mistreatment of children in some Irish creches continues with two creches at the centre of allegations set to install CCTV that will be visible to parents. Meanwhile, a garda investigation into the shocking footage broadcast in the ‘A Breach of Trust’ programme is continuing.4. #PROPERTY TAX: As the deadline for filing the property tax return came and went last night, over 1.5 million people were confirmed as having registered for the new tax but most of the TDs who said they would not be registering to pay have maintained that stance.5. #ROAMING CHARGES: Mobile phone roaming charges in Europe could be abolished by next year under radical proposals being put forward by the EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda in the European Parliament this morning. Neelie Kroes is telling MEPs that she wants to get a legislative package to end roaming charges and guarantee net neutrality across the continent by Easter of next year.6. #COMPETITION: Ryanair has been told that it may have to sell part of its stake in Aer Lingus following provisional findings by the Competition Commission in the UK. Ryanair’s 29.8 per cent stage in its fellow Irish airline could reduce competition on routes between Britain and Ireland, the Commission has found.7. #PENALTY POINTS: The Garda Ombudsman is set to investigate the penalty points controversy after the Oireachtas Justice Committee agreed yesterday to refer the recent report by an assistant garda commissioner to the Ombudsman, the Irish Independent reports. The Committee may also investigate the controversy at a late date.8. #WOOLWICH: A man will appear in court in London later today charged in connection with the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in south-east London suburb of Woolwich last week. Michael Adebowale, 22, was released from hospital on Tuesday and has now been charged in relation to the brutal killing.9. #PAINKILLERS: Higher doses of painkillers such as ibuprofen could increase the risk of non-fatal heart attacks, strokes and death, according to research published in the medical journal The Lancet today.last_img read more

Boil water advisory lifted for Live Oak Springs resortBoil water advisory lifted for Live Oak Springs resort

first_imgBoil water advisory lifted for Live Oak Springs resort BOULEVARD (KUSI) — A boil water advisory for the Live Oak Springs resort in southeastern San Diego County was lifted Tuesday.The advisory was issued Feb. 2 by the county Department of Environmental Health due to a loss of pressure within the water distribution system for the resort, which includes 92 residential homes, an RV park, cabins, a laundry facility, market and restaurant.Testing showed no presence of E. coli or total coliform bacteria in the water, according to the county Department of Environmental Health. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, February 6, 2018last_img read more

Minecraft meets Pokémon GO in this upcoming AR gameMinecraft meets Pokémon GO in this upcoming AR game

first_imgA teaser for Minecraft: Earth showed a pig from the game.Microsoft’s YouTube ChannelMinecraft, one of the most popular games in the world, is getting the AR treatment from Microsoft and it seems to have high potential. The official trailer for Minecraft: Earth was released on May 17, which marked the 10-year anniversary of the game.Minecraft: Earth will allow players to project their creations into the world through their smartphones. Microsoft had released a teaser video on their official YouTube channel on 6 May, showing a pig from the game walking on grass. The official reveal is grander, showing the potential of the game and urging people to “Minecraft your world”.The trailer gives viewers a glimpse of the vast potential for creativity that Minecraft: Earth will bring. It shows people placing virtual treehouses in their garden, grand castles being built at a park, a giant blue octopus enveloping houses in its tentacles, a village on a table-top, and chickens.Thus, people will have the ability to create an environment on a small surface, say, the table in a restaurant, and then take their creation out in the world and showcase it on a larger scale. Players will be able to interact with virtual wildlife and the various mobs in the game. It will also give players the ability to collaborate on projects and create something together.Microsoft hasn’t revealed how the game will be monetised, but it has been reported by Windows Central that it will be a free-to-play game without any loot boxes. The report mentions that the game will have ‘Build Plates’ on which players will build their creations, and then be able to scale the build plates to size. To create, players will have to collect blocks and go for an “Adventure” for rarer materials, such as diamonds. These personal Build Plates will also ensure that a player’s creations don’t get destroyed by others.Players are being offered a free, Earth-themed skin for their avatar in Minecraft if they register now for the Minecraft: Earth. It is available for devices running iOS 10 (or greater)and Android 7 (or greater), and registrations are available through this link. Minecraft: Earth will allow players to collaborate on projects.Minecraft.netAugmented Reality (AR)The prospect of AR technology took the world by storm when Pokémon GO released back in July of 2016. An age-old franchise with a massive following had come to life on people’s phones. Fans could catch their favourite Pokémon and get rewarded just for walking. People could not stop playing the game, even on the road. It got some criticism when people met with accidents while crossing roads or driving.Minecraft: Earth will have a slightly different take on AR with its fixed anchors. This technology allows multiple people to see the same thing, say a tower at a park, at the same place. By permanently anchoring objects’ positions and logging that on the cloud, players’ creations will stay at one location until moved.Creator Markus Persson shared his story of looking for the technology at a time when none of the tech companies in Forbes 500 were working on it. “Name a Fortune 500 tech company,” he told Wired in an interview, “I probably asked them, ‘Hey, are you working on this?'” Nobody was.That was until he met the developers of HoloLens in 2017, who were working on the exact technology he had been looking for. They decided to collaborate on the project and Minecraft became a big part of HoloLens demos. Now, Microsoft wants to let players make their own world and experience it through the lens of their phone.The development of this game is certainly something to look forward to, as it will also mark a new way to play games. The beta for Minecraft: Earth will commence in Summer this year. The full release has been rumoured to be sometime before 2020.last_img read more

Holidaymakers sufferings BNP demands Quaders removalHolidaymakers sufferings BNP demands Quaders removal

first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday demanded resignation of road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader for his ‘failure’ to ensure smooth journeys for holidaymakers ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.”The sufferings the home-goers facing are indescribable. The minister [Quader] has utterly failed… we think he is mainly responsible for the public sufferings, and he should step down,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed.He came up with remarks at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office.The BNP leader said people are going through immense sufferings on their way to home due to rundown highways, mismanagement, exorbitant transport fares and unabated extortion on roads.Referring to Quader’s comment that people are going home smoothly without facing any tailback, Rizvi said the minister made the remark to hide his failures.”He also mocked the sufferers with his comment. We think he’s resorting to such falsehood only to protect his cabinet membership by appeasing the prime minister.”He alleged that the government has continued repression on BNP leaders and activists by implicating them in ‘false and fabricated’ cases. “Many of our leaders and activists have long been on the run to avoid harassment and repressive acts. They can’t return their home even on the occasion Eid.”The BNP leader criticised prime minister Sheikh Hasina for repeatedly seeking vote for her party enjoying government facilities. “The prime minister again sought vote for her party yesterday [Friday]. Seeking vote for a party holding the important post of prime minister is a complete violation of the election code of conduct.”He alleged that the prime minister has been begging votes desperately as she has realised that people will not cast their votes for Bangladesh Awami League for snatching their voting rights.Rizvi Ahmed also said the AL leaders and activists have got scared realising that they will suffer a massive debacle in the next polls.last_img read more

Advancement Project Celebrates 20 YearsAdvancement Project Celebrates 20 Years

first_imgBy Nyame-Kye Kondo, Special to the AFROWashington, D.C. has long been a hub for progressive movers and shakers of color. From its political sassafras to Black Broadway and beyond, The District of Columbia is, and always will be, a multifaceted waterhole for people of the diaspora. In more recent years D.C. has become a home to a number of movements and organizations that are focused on the protection, cultural retention and development of minority communities throughout America. One such organization at the epicenter of this movement is the D.C. based Advancement Project.Judith Browne Dianis, executive director of Advancement Project National Office, Ash-Lee Henderson, co-executive director of the Highlander Research and Education Center and Movement for Black Lives Activist, Greisa Martinez Rosas, deputy executive director of United We Dream, and Rinku Sen, author/activist.With its national headquarters in Washington D.C. , the organization is, “rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice,” according to the website. “We exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.”Advancement Project celebrated their 20th anniversary on June 11 at the African American Civil War Memorial, with a panel called, “Our Future: Race, Movement & Politics.”  With a panel moderated by Executive Director of Advancement Project National Office Judith Browne Dianis and featuring author and activist Rinku Sen, Ash-Lee Henderson, co-director of Highland Research Center, and Greisa Martinez Rosas, director of United We Dream, audiences were enlightened about current issues, finding solutions and ways to continue advancement and growth in the fight for equality.  Giving honest responses to a handful of questions, each panelist brought their own energy, and ultimately left the audience feeling hopeful and invigorated about the future. Currently focusing in on a national effort dubbed the 2045 Project, Director Jeralyn Cave gave the AFRO a breakdown of what the project entails and represents.“The conversation that is happening is a series that we have encapsulated under the Umbrella of the 2045 Project. It is a new project that we are rolling out in our 20th anniversary year, and it is a set of strategic conversations between politicos, organizers, great thinkers, movement activists, and also folks who have done research about various issues over a number of decades,” Cave said. “What we are really trying to do is ultimately develop a strategy that will allow people of color to build power, so that when they come into power in 2045, that they have the corresponding power to make change.”last_img read more