Cypriot Marios Lefkaritis seeking to retain his UEFA position

first_imgNYON.  SWITZERLAND. UEFA says Poland great Zbigniew Boniek is among 13 candidates running for a place on its executive committee.The former Juventus player, who has been president of the Polish soccer federation since 2012, is chasing one of eight seats.Three men are seeking to retain their positions: former presidential candidate Michael van Praag (Netherlands), David Gill (England) and Marios Lefkaritis (Cyprus).Federation presidents seeking election include: Reinhard Grindel (Germany), Armand Duka (Albania) and Karl-Erik Nilsson (Sweden).Federation CEOs standing are: Michele Uva (Italy), Elkhan Mammadov (Azerbaijan) and John Delaney (Ireland).Kazakhstan businessman Kairat Boranbayev, plus soccer officials Kieran O’Connor (Wales) and Servet Yardimci (Turkey), complete the list.The election is set for April 5 at UEFA’s annual congress in Helsinki, Finland.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Wilson, Alonso Help Mets Escape Shaky 9th, Beat D-Backs 3-2 (Video)

first_imgNEW YORK — Justin Wilson watched Mets first baseman Pete Alonso dive for Ketel Marte’s line drive and thought maybe the game was over. Then Alonso smothered the ball, and nobody at Citi Field was sure what the Polar Bear would do next.“Your mind goes a mile a minute in that situation,” third baseman Todd Frazier said.On days when closer Seth Lugo can’t pitch, New York will take its saves any way it can.Zack Wheeler pitched one-run ball over seven innings, Wilson navigated four difficult outs for his first save since April and the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 Tuesday night.New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)New York has taken the first two games in this key four-game set between NL playoff contenders and closed within three games of the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card. Arizona, which had won 11 of 12 before the consecutive losses, remained 2½ games behind the Cubs.Frazier drove a pair of run-scoring doubles for the Mets.“Right now, we have to win that day,” manager Mickey Callaway said. “We’ll do anything to do that.” With Lugo unavailable after a two-out save Monday, Wilson got his first save try since April 2, when he recorded five outs to finish off Miami. The left-hander allowed two singles in the ninth before Marte hit a one-out rocket toward Alonso, who knocked the ball down, stepped on first, disregarded the runner heading for second and instead tried to back-pick the lead man at third.His throw there was too late, leaving Wilson to face Wilmer Flores — a former Met who holds the record for walk-off hits at Citi Field. Wilson struck him out to wrap up his second save.“Everybody was thinking it would be a great story and a great ending, but it wasn’t,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.Callaway commended Alonso’s decision to throw to third, preventing that runner from scoring the tying run. Frazier said Alonso should have tried to tag the runner at first before stepping on the bag, but he was glad the throw came his way, too.Former Mets closer Edwin Díaz was warming in the bullpen during the ninth but did not pitch after a pair of stunning blown saves last week, including a week ago in Washington when his meltdown capped the Nationals’ seven-run ninth inning rally.Callaway cited those struggles as the reason Wilson was asked for four outs, even on a day when the veteran lefty didn’t have his best stuff.“He just kind of willed that game, that save,” Callaway said.Diamondbacks rookie Zac Gallen (3-5) pitched three-run ball over six innings, becoming the second NL pitcher to begin his career with 14 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer. Montreal’s Steve Rogers had 18 such consecutive outings in 1973.Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Mets, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Eduardo Escobar homered off reliever Brad Brach and drove in two for Arizona. He has 112 RBIs.Wheeler (11-7) struck out seven and allowed seven hits and two walks. The right-hander, set to become a free agent after the season, has a 1.50 ERA over his past three starts.Gallen struck out nine, including three each against All-Stars Jeff McNeil and Alonso atop the Mets batting order. Gallen is the first pitcher to strike out McNeil three times in a game. He has a 2.66 ERA this season.“I thought he was fantastic outside of a mistake or two,” Lovullo said. “He was pounding the zone.”BIG CITY DRAMABefore the game, Mets starter Noah Syndergaard said it was “unfortunate” his complaints to New York’s front office and coaching staff about catcher Wilson Ramos were made public and denied any role in leaking the conversations. He said he would be fine with pitching to Ramos going forward. The New York Post reported on Syndergaard’s frustrations Monday.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (Tommy John surgery) threw a 14-pitch bullpen. He’s hoping to throw an inning for Arizona before the end of the season, but manager Torey Lovullo was uncertain if that would be possible. … RHP Luke Weaver (right forearm tightness) threw a bullpen and felt good. The team hasn’t decided if he’ll need another before returning to game action.Mets: New York recalled RHP Chris Mazza from Triple-A Syracuse.UP NEXTDiamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray (12-7, 4.03) hasn’t lost a start since July 28. He’s been dealing with a blister on his left middle finger but felt good to go after a bullpen Monday. He’ll face Mets left-hander Steven Matz (9-8, 4.00), who has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six straight starts.By: Jake Seiner, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IOWA SUPREME COURT ORDERS NEW TRIAL FOR SIOUX CITY MAN

first_imgThe Iowa Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Sioux City man who had been sentenced to prison for a 2013 stabbing outside of a local bar.The high court ruled that 29 year old James Norman Harris received ineffective counsel at his 2015 trial where he was convicted of going armed with intent and willful injury.Harris was sentenced to a total of seven years in prison on the two charges.He was found guilty of stabbing Chance Niles several times in the neck and head outside of the Dive Bar in the 1500 block of Villa Avenue on September 26th of 2013.The two men had been playing pool and got into an argument which escalated into a fight outside of the bar.last_img read more

Jason Holder No.1 Test all-rounder after exploits against England

first_imgJason Holder No.1 Test all-rounder after exploits against EnglandJason Holder hit his maiden Test double century and grabbed two wickets to lead the Windies to a 381-run win against England in the first Test at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.advertisement India Today Web Desk DubaiJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 15:45 IST Jason Holder celebrates his maiden Test double hundred (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJason Holder leapfrogs Shakib Al Hasan and Ravindra Jadeja to the top spotHolder smashed his maiden Test century and picked 2 wickets against England in the first TestHolder also gained 25 places in the batting rankings and is now ranked No.33West Indies captain Jason Holder has become the No.1 all-rounder in the ICC Test rankings after his sensational performance in the first Test against England in Barbados. Holder hit his maiden Test double century and grabbed two wickets in the match to lead Windies to a 381-run win against England at the Kensington Oval.Holder’s all-rounder show helped rise two places to take the No.1 spot. Holder leapfrogged Shakib Al Hasan and Ravindra Jadeja to the top spot. He also rose sharply in the batting rankings, by a remarkable 25 spots, and now sits comfortably at No.33.The week was all about Holder, who was also named in the ICC Test team of the year 2018 for his all-round skills. He has, for the most part, been known as a bowling all-rounder, but he massively enhanced his batting reputation by stroking a marvelous unbeaten 202 against England. Under his leadership, the Windies also bowled England out for 77 and 246.He also picked the crucial wickets of Joe Root and Keaton Jennings, and all in all, his all-round rating jumped to a career-best 440 points.Among the others to make notable gains in the latest update to the rankings, following the Tests in Barbados and Brisbane, were the Australian trio of Pat Cummins, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, along with the Windies’ Kemar Roach, Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich.Meanwhile, Dowrich, who supported him with a sedate 116*, also made a 14-spot jump to No.47. Shimron Hetmyer’s scores of 81 and 31 helped him rise 11 places to No.40.After Australia’s three-day win against Sri Lanka in the Brisbane pink-ball Test, there were big gains for their young batsmen in the batting rankings. Marnus Labuschagne made the biggest leap, moving 21 places to No.84, while Travis Head rose 17 places to No.43.advertisementAmong the bowlers, Pat Cummins pipped Vernon Philander to No.3 on the ICC Test rankings for bowlers after claiming ten wickets in the match, including a career-best 6/23.Jhye Richardson, who was handed his first baggy green in that match, also made an impressive entry at No.80 after claiming match figures 5/45.For the Windies, Kemar Roach, who took 5/17 in England’s first innings, climbed five places to No.20 while Chase shot up 14 places to No.14 after his excellent 8/60 in the second innings.It wasn’t all bad for players of the losing teams, though. Most notably, England’s Rory Burns climbed 14 places in the batsmen’s rankings to No.99 after making 84.Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella climbed to No.37 on the back of his 64, while Suranga Lakmal rose to No.31 on both the bowlers’ (two-place rise) and the all-rounders’ (three-place rise) charts after his spell of 5/75 and a knock of 24.Also Watch: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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Jason HolderFollow ICC Test rankingslast_img read more

Bangla Test Changes on cards as no end to Indias middleorder woes

first_imgBirmingham: Kedar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal could find their names struck off the final XI as India aim for a quick turnaround in their penultimate World Cup group league game against a battle-hardened Bangladesh, which is trying to stay relevant in a fight for the last-four berth. The seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja are in contention for the first XI berths keeping the odd dimensions of the Edgbaston ground in mind. India are currently on 11 points from seven games and a win on Tuesday will ensure a smooth passage to the semi-finals unlike Bangladesh, who must win their last couple of league games in order to make their maiden entry into the last four stage. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Having received a rude shake-up from England, India will have very little time for recovery as they seek immediate course correction against a team, which boasts of the world’s No.1 all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in its ranks. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s poor show as a finisher in a wobbly middle-order has already made the Indian team look vulnerable more than ever and insult to injury was the first lacklustre bowling day in the tournament, that led to an implosion. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open India scored only 39 runs in the last five overs against England, with Dhoni and Jadhav at the crease. More than their inability to hit big shots, which was certainly the primary factor, the lack of intent was an eyesore. However, the team management has rallied around their senior-most player and that makes Jadhav the possible fall guy, making Ravindra Jadeja’s case for inclusion stronger by the day. The primary logic could possibly be Jadeja being better at big-hitting compared to Jadhav, when batting at Nos.6 or 7. His wicket-to-wicket left-arm spin is a restrictive option and to top it all, his outstanding ability to field at any position. The other factor that could play a massive role in this decision is the dimension of the Edgbaston ground, where the boundary on one of the sides is less than 60 metres. The England troika of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes exploited the shorter boundary against wrist spinners Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, hitting the reverse sweep effectively. Similarly, when England bowled, all their pacers were seen bowling to a field set on the side of the longer boundary, which helped them cut the number of sixes to a mere one. After being outplayed tactically, the team management are eager to set things right and have understood that two wrist spinners could be a risk against the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das and Mahmudullah. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar being fit and available for selection, India for the first time in the tournament, could go in with three frontline pacers and in that case, Chahal may have to cool his heels after recording worst ever World Cup figures (0/88 in 10 overs) by an Indian bowler. If Bhuvneshwar is included in the playing XI against Bangladesh, it will definitely bolster the lower-order batting. For India, the important thing will be that Bangladesh’s bowling won’t have the same potency as England and they will heavily depend on Shakib’s all-round exploits (476 runs and 10 wickets) that has got them so far in the tournament. Bowling will be Bangladesh’s weak link and Virat Kohli will certainly want to bat first on a placid track piling up more agony for the ‘Tigers’. Bangladesh’s biggest problem is their skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, who has taken only one wicket in six games so far. Mashrafe has lost the zip and is in the team because of his acceptability as the Bangladesh captain. Squads: India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmuduallah Riyadh, Sabbir Rahaman, Mehidy Hasan Miraj, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammed Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahaman, Rubel Hossain, Liton Kumar Das, Abu Jayed, Mohammed Mithun. Match Starts 3pm (IST).last_img read more

UP Man booked for pronouncing triple talaq on wife

first_imgPratapgarh/Baghpat (UP): An FIR has been registered against a person for allegedly pronouncing ‘triple talaq’ on his wife, police said on Monday. Niyaz alias Bablu and his family members were booked on Sunday under relevant sections of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act and other sections for IPC, police said. In her police complaint, Niyaz’s wife Parmeen alleged that on Saturday, she was thrashed by her in-laws following which her husband pronounced talaq thrice on her. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ We are probing the matter, a police officer said. In a separate incident, a woman in Baghpat approached the police claiming that his husband had threatened her with triple talaq. Acting on the complaint, the police contacted Taufiq and informed him about the legal repercussions following which he reconciled with his wife. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill prescribing up to three years in prison for men giving instant triple talaq to their wives and was passed by Parliament on July 30. President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the bill on August 1.last_img read more

Ship allegedly broke St Lawrence speed limit imposed to protect endangered whales

first_imgOTTAWA – Transport Canada says a ship has been fined for allegedly exceeding a speed limit set to protect endangered whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.Due to the increased presence of North Atlantic right whales in the area, Transport Canada last month imposed a temporary mandatory speed limit of 10 knots on vessels of 20 metres or more.The speed restriction applies to vessels travelling in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, between the Quebec north shore and just north of Prince Edward Island.Transport Canada says the shipping industry in general has been respecting the speed limit, but it says a $6,000 penalty was issued Tuesday to the Pearl Mist for alleged non-compliance.The vessel owner has 30 days to pay the penalty or to ask the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada to review the facts of the alleged violation or the amount of the penalty.Eleven North Atlantic right whales have died since June in the Gulf of St. Lawrence — an unprecedented number of deaths for the marine mammal that is at imminent risk of extinction with an estimated population of just 500 around the world.“We are committed to ensuring that all vessels respect the temporary speed limit, and we will continue to take all appropriate action to ensure the safety of the whales,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Wednesday in a statement.last_img read more

Defence tells court woman had consensual relationship with BC exMountie

first_imgVANCOUVER – A lawyer for a retired RCMP inspector accused of sexually assaulting a civilian employee says the complainant consented to a relationship with his client.David Butcher told provincial court there is no basis for the Crown’s argument that Tim Shields abused his position of authority to coerce the woman when she said he kissed and groped her in a unisex washroom at the RCMP’s British Columbia headquarters in 2009.“Mr. Shields says she’s a fraud, a liar and a perjurer,” Butcher said Tuesday during closing submissions. “Mr. Shields asks the court to positively find there was actual consent in this case.”The complainant, who cannot be identified under a publication ban, has testified Shields told her he had something important to tell her when she followed him down a flight of stairs and into a ground-floor washroom but she was “frozen and confused” when he locked the door behind them.She testified that Shields undid her bra, touched her breasts, unbuttoned her pants and put her hand on his genitals.Shields, who is 52, joined the RCMP in 1996 and was promoted to inspector in 2009. He was charged with one count of sexual assault in May 2016 and has pleaded not guilty.Butcher said Tuesday it’s ridiculous that the woman believed Shields had any work-related matter to discuss with her in a washroom, suggesting a friendly relationship turned sexual as both people sent each other flirtatious emails.“We say there was substantial agreement on what happened here, but equally some significant differences.”He outlined evidence from the woman, when she said she’d met with Shields in his office “maybe 20 times,” sometimes with the door closed, and that she often hugged him when she walked in.Shields has said their hugs became intimate and the complainant once pushed him into a corner in his office as their embraces and conversation turned sexual.He said after the washroom incident, the woman referred to Shields in a performance review as one of three “superb leaders,” suggesting her allegations could be questioned.Justice Patrick Doherty said it wouldn’t be unusual for someone to write such comments in a performance review if they wanted to keep their job.The Crown is scheduled to begin closing arguments on Wednesday.Butcher said while Crown counsel may say some issues raised by the defence rely on myths and stereotypes about sexual assault complainants, including whether they maintain a friendly relationship with an alleged abuser, some facts must be used to assess credibility and the “factual mosaic” of a case.Shields, who was the Mounties’ media spokesman in B.C., was suspended with pay in May 2015 in the middle of a code of conduct investigation. He left the force in December of that year.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Tim Shields was charged last May.last_img read more

BC premier receives lukewarm reception at Chamber of Commerce luncheon

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier John Horgan told a group of business leaders in Victoria that he can feel their pain, but his government won’t back away from ending the medical fees charged to B.C. residents.Speaking to a crowd of about 400 at a Victoria Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Horgan said they’re committed to ending the medical services premium, placing the fee on businesses.Horgan said he has been hearing from businesses with concerns the 1.95 per cent employers health tax on firms will increase costs and the government has formed a small business task force to look for ways to reduce that burden.Horgan’s speech also touched on climate change, Indigenous rights issues, and his government’s speculation tax on vacant properties to provide more affordable housing and rental homes.He says the government is continuing to consult with businesses about the employer health tax, but that will be the direction the government is taking.The premier said he realizes there are challenges and the government wants to address them with business, but he was making no promises.“This is what the rest of the country is doing,” Horgan says. “This is not an anomaly. We are catching up.”Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor at Royal Roads University, says the employer tax is a challenge.“What it means is we’re going to have to recalculate our ability to generate revenue and accommodate it,” he said. “It was a surprise to get it. I think we can figure out how to do it.”last_img read more

LP gas distributors warn of imminent crisis in distribution

Addressing the gathering, Sathyendra Wijayapura – President of the LP Gas Distributors Association of Sri Lanka stated, “Since 2007, we have been adhering to the highest of business standards and doing our very best to ensure that there is no disruption whatsoever to the LP Gas distribution in Sri Lanka. We have borrowed from various financial institutions, invested heavily and overcome numerous challenges with the greatest difficulty to make sure that we have safely and efficiently made all our deliveries 365 days of the year for several years, so that both our domestic and industrial consumers are able to function smoothly. However, this latest round of financial burdens isimpossible to bearand it would mean that we would have to scale down our deliveries so that we can achieve a minimum profitto sustain our businesses. Such a scaling down would have huge ramifications on the domestic and industrial front and would trigger an economic downturn in the country, which is something we have always tried to avoid but would unfortunately happen unless the relevant authorities take immediate remedial action.” In order to remedy this situation, the association has requested that the present Channel Margin (for Distributors and Dealers) for distribution of Gas, which has not been reviewed since 2007, and the current District-wise Transport Margin, which was marginally revised only once in 2012, be revised to suit today’s economic situation in the country. Therefore, the association has called for a reasonable increase in the Channel Margin to 12% (7.5% to Distributors and 4.5% to Dealers) and the Transport Margin to be amended to a minimum of Rs.7 per km within Colombo District with a sufficient increase in percentage for all other Districts. Wijayapura emphasized on the fact that they do not intend to make the Consumer Affairs Authority of Sri Lanka (CAA), Litro Gas or the general public inconvenienced by a sudden shortage of LP gas caused by the inability of two organisations to look into their legitimate grievances. He added that their growing list financial commitments range from paying loan instalments, increasing staff salaries, lease instalments on vehicles, regular staff training, periodic marketing and promotions, vehicle insurance, maintenance and spare parts as well as safety equipment for employees. “As a result, all 35 Distributors find it impossible to continue their operations at this same high level due to the extensive outflow of finances. The most difficult part is the retention of trained staff, who we’ve invested heavily on, as they would seek alternative employment in the absence of solutions to their grievances,” he further added.Liquid Petroleum Gas (LP Gas) is the most popular, convenient and economical energy source in the domestic and commercial cooking. Additionally, it is widely used in various large-scale industries such as hospitality and agriculture (animal husbandry).At present, over 5.5 million households in Sri Lanka use LP gas as the main source of cooking energy. Litro Gas enjoys over 73% of the market (over 4.25 Million Households) in Sri Lanka due to its state-of-the-art storage and filling plant in Kerawalapitiya operating through an extensive, well-equipped and highly-trained distribution channel consisting of a wide variety of Small and Medium Entrepreneurs spread throughout the island. The 35 Distributors use a large fleet of 600 6-wheel, 10-wheel and prime mover trucks to cover all parts of the island on a daily basis. The LP Gas Distributors Association of Sri Lanka (LPGDASL), the association that looks into the interests of its 35 Distributors, over 8,000 Dealers and over 75,000 dependents of the LP Gas industry, has warned that Sri Lanka is facing an imminent crisis in LP Gas distribution that could negatively impact the economy unless the relevant authorities take meaningful steps to address their longstanding grievances.The association has stated that the key issue they are facing is the significant increase in transport and related overheads due to the increase in the price of Diesel to Rs.123, the increase in vehicle spare parts ranging from tyres to oils and high cost of human capital for what is a specialised job that requires regular training. Litro Gas issues the filled gas cylinders from their Storage and Filling Plant to the Distributors strictly on immediate payment terms. The Distributors ensure that these cylinders reach the Dealers and subsequently the consumers in a safe and timely manner while delivering directly to most commercial establishments on varied payment terms. Additionally, the Distributors also keep a large stock of empty cylinders to distribute while maintaining at least three days stock in order to meet any delays that may occur at either at the Filling Plant or due to unavoidable circumstances such as poor maritime conditions, both of which may result in a possible stock out situation in the country. Distributors have played a crucial role in setting standards on safe and efficient deliveries of LP Gas to both household and commercial enterprises without any major calamity for the last 22 years. They distribute to a dedicated channel consisting of around 8,000 Dealers island-wide. In total, there are over 75,000 dependents in the LP Gas business as employees, stakeholders and service providers. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Cold bears down on province

(Updated)A cold blast of blustery air has descended on our region — sending the temperature down by almost ten degrees since Monday afternoon.It’s expected to feel like minus 17 in some areas overnight. And when you add to that the 5 centimetres of snow that fell today — it feels like we’re already in the thick of winter.The temperature has really dropped in the last few hours and it’s quite windy. And its that wind chill that’s making if feel so darn cold.People bundled up and braced themselves against the wind and cold tonight after the mercury dropped several degrees in a few hours. As the wet snow turned to ice, the roads became slick.“Just as I pulled in the parking lot here I almost slid around the corner. I almost forgot about it. Just gotta’ take it easy, slow down and relax”But it was speed up for those out walking in the cold. Below seasonal temperatures and an early blast of snow left many people unprepared.“I hate it cause I don’t like driving in the snow.”“Wasn’t prepared at all.”“This morning, I didn’t bother looking out the window, so when I came outside I wore the wrong shoes, so I was in wet feet all day.”“Here you go, Harold”The Salvation Army was out on this cold night handing out hot soup and coffee to those in need.About 5 cm of snow fell Monday in the region and flurries are in forecast all week. Last year, the city of Hamilton used 140 thousand tonnes of salt on area roads and sidewalks. This year they’ve already started salting and sanding.Mike Christian, Hamilton Roads Superintendent: “Right now we have maintained the main routes the secondary routes and we are working through the subdivisions right now, as well as we have hand crews out. So basically, an all hands on deck situation. We have the bus stop crews out, the sidewalk crews out, and the street corners we are going to clear that up to make sure everyone can access our sidewalks.”Daytime highs are also predicted to be below average. But it’s supposed to warm up next week. read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgThe 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… No Comments Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 5:05 PM 7,177 Views Jan 18th 2017, 5:05 PM EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five news stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #LUCAN: Gardaí are appealing for witnesses as part of their investigation into the violent murder of Neil Reilly in Dublin.2. #UPHELD: A man who was jailed for life for the murder of a Shane Geoghegan in Limerick has lost his appeal over that conviction.3. #FREED: Chelsea Manning could be released as early as May after her prison term was commuted by US President Barack Obama.4. #U-47700: The HSE has issued a warning to illegal drug users in the Cork area over a powerful new drug following the death of 16-year-old Michael Cornacchia.5. #DUBLIN: Thomas Fox (29) replied “not guilty” when he was charged today with the murder of Gareth Hutch. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3192943 By Rónán Duffy Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studiolast_img read more

This AIPowered Web App Turns Your Doodle Into Nightmare Fuel

first_imgStay on target A couple of years ago, Ikea did something pretty cool. They turned a bunch of kids’ drawings into a line of cuddly stuffed monsters that they sold in their stores. Now you can do something similar, except the results are a lot more disturbing.What you see at the top there was one of my attempts, which the clearly sinister AI that powers this nightmare generator turned into some sort of donkey-earned, grimacing cyclops. To be fair, the app’s real purpose is to create realistic-looking human faces from a detailed line art original.I mean, I really thought my second attempt would turn out a little better… Nope. Nope nope nope. This thing is even more hellish. If you have actual artistic ability and put some effort into your sketch, the results can be quite impressive. Like so:So what’s behind this image generator? An open-source project called pix2pix. It’s a machine learning tool that maps an input image to an output image based on data that’s been fed to it during the learning process. The source material, in this case, was images of human faces, logically enough.That explains why things go off the rails when you give it a rudimentary sketch to go by. Give it a sufficient level of detail, however, and it does a pretty darn good job of piecing together a human likeness.Now that you’ve peeked into the machine learning rabbit hole, why not waste the rest of your day playing around with some other tools that can create disturbing images, like the Deep Dream Generator… or browse through MIT’s Nightmare Machine creations! McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

WWE Superstars host Be A STAR Rally at the Kiwanis Toronto Boys

first_img Two title matches added to Clash of Champions in three weeks on September 15 Braun Strowman Facebook Pinterest Credit: @WWECommunity As part of WWE’s anti-bullying alliance, WWE Superstars Dana Brooke, Dolph Ziggler, Mojo Rawley, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville hosted a “Be A STAR” Rally at the Kiwanis Toronto Boys and Girls Club on Friday.WWE Community posted pictures and a short video clip to Twitter from the recent event, which you can check out below:Not only we’re positive messages being spread, but some amazing talent was found at today’s #BeAStar Rally in Toronto!@DanaBrookeWWE pic.twitter.com/zG8UMZE67Z— WWE Community (@WWECommunity) August 9, 2019 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE SmackDown Results Are In For 2019Video 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 Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Leigh Sales and Lisa Wilkinson deserve gold Logies. Google+ Eddie Hearn Trade hopes lift Wall Street Sonya Deville Videos Articles WhatsAppcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dolph Ziggler Comments On His WWE Status Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstars appear at Colombian Professional Football game on Thursday WWE SmackDown Results Are In For 2019 Finding common ground and creating inclusion at Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club with @WWE_MandyRose, @HEELZiggler, @DanaBrookeWWE, @MojoRawleyWWE, and @SonyaDevilleWWE. Don’t be a bully, #BeAStar! pic.twitter.com/g4RWyQgcaj— WWE Community (@WWECommunity) August 9, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) WWE Announces Huge 4-Way Battles For SmackDown Live Twitterlast_img read more

Carvajal Lopetegui is the best Coach Ive ever had

first_imgDani Carvajal recently revealed that Julen Lopetegui is the best manager he has ever worked with and wasn’t lucky enough in Real Madrid.Carvajal worked under Lopetegui through Spanish youth teams and for two years with the senior squad, before their time together in Madrid.“Lopetegui is the best Coach I’ve ever had,” Carvajal told Football Espana, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.“Unfortunately he has not had that bit of luck with us.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“His way of seeing football, his way of managing the squad, his way of being with the players, I share these ideas.“I have an idea of ​​watching football and I said it before Lopetegui was appointed the Coach of Real Madrid and I will say it again now that he is no longer with us.”Madrid returned to winning ways during the weekend clash under Solari and would be hoping to continue on that run when they play CSKA Moscow.last_img read more

San Diego City Council approves strategic implementation for bicycle master plan

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua July 24, 2018 Posted: July 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua, San Diego City Council approves strategic implementation for bicycle master plan 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tuesday, the San Diego Bike Coalition applauds City Council for approving the Bicycle Advisory Board’s recommended Strategic Implementation Plan for the Bicycle Master Plan. The master plan identifies high-priority bicycle initiatives such as bikeways, programs and other projects aimed at improving local bicycling infrastructure over 20 years.The implementation plan presents six main objectives, which the Bike Coalition and Bicycle Advisory Board have been working on for the past few years. The objectives call for an increase of mode share of bicycling, along with bike safety and education – specifically in corridors with the highest fatality and injury rates and in historically underserved communities.According to San Diego Bike Coalition Executive Director and Bicycle Advisory Board Chair Andy Hanshaw, City Council’s approval of the Strategic Implementation Plan advances important bicycling infrastructure improvements to align with growing ridership across San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Stuarts edge over Svehaug grows

first_imgClark County Commissioner Steve Stuart widened his lead Wednesday over Republican challenger Alan Svehaug. Updated election results posted just before 5 p.m. showed Stuart ahead by 4,481 votes.On Tuesday night, Stuart, a Democrat seeking his second full four-year term, was ahead by 4,043 votes.Wednesday’s updated numbers reflect an additional 12,617 votes cast in the race.An additional 18,000 votes are expected to be counted today.“There’s still a long way to go,” Stuart said Wednesday. “I’m just trying to stay focused on the end of the week. It’s all conjecture until you see the numbers.”Auditor Greg Kimsey, who on Tuesday predicted there would be an additional 30,000 to 35,000 ballots to be counted, revised that number Wednesday to 40,000 after the elections office received more ballots in the mail than anticipated.Kimsey said he expects 99 percent of ballots to be counted by Friday.In an even closer county race, Clerk Sherry Parker widened her lead over Republican challenger Scott Weber to 223 votes, up from 84 votes on election night.Parker, a Democrat, is seeking her second term. In a close race for Clark County Public Utility District 1 commissioner, incumbent Nancy Barnes lost a little ground to challenger Mike Lyons, as her lead shrunk from 1,416 votes to 1,373.In the race for county assessor, Peter Van Nortwick increased his lead over Janet Seekins from 2,833 votes to 3,298. Stuart’s close race for county commissioner recalls a 2008 county commissioner race, when Democrat Pam Brokaw led Tom Mielke on election night by 4,282 votes.last_img read more

The top 10 most read stories 814 August 2019

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 8 and 14 August 2019 were:Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall search for senior HR adviserCourt of Appeal dismisses holiday pay case in support of teacherHSBC completes pension longevity swap transaction worth £7 billionGatwick Airport to introduce bus service for 20,000 on-site employeesTPR prosecutes recruitment agency for pensions non-complianceThink tank proposes increases to wages and annual leave to boost UK’s productivityCadbury UK completes pensioner buy-in transaction worth £520 millionEXCLUSIVE: Rightio launches new benefits platform for 130 staffEXCLUSIVE: University of Lincoln to discuss saving habits at Employee Benefits LiveA third of employers predict pay increases of between 2% and 2.99% by June 2020last_img read more