Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Yeng Guiao ejected in 2nd quarter of crucial NLEX game “They are also very hungry. It’s going to be a good game. Both teams are well motivated.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines–Magnolia coach Chito Victolero is starting to see his team slowly regain its form.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ The Hotshots on Wednesday chalked up their third win in four games after dumping the Columbian Dyip in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.The victory allowed Magnolia to sneak into the playoff picture as it claimed eighth place with still four games left in its elimination round schedule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We talked about the importance of this game and the importance of our effort and aggressiveness so I’m very happy we were able to surpass Columbian’s effort and aggressiveness,” said Victolero in Filipino after Magnolia blasted Columbian, 109-83, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“At least, our run towards the playoffs is getting better.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Hotshots started the season with three straight losses but they’ve begun playing with a lot more intensity especially on the defensive end and it’s paid dividends.“Compared to our first few games, I’m happy with my players’ rhythm and their defense,” he said.“Like I told my players, I think we’re peaking at the right time.”Magnolia has a relatively light schedule with three of its last four games against teams at the bottom of the standings.The Hotshots, however, can’t afford to be complacent with fierce rival Barangay Ginebra next on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
September 10, 2017 SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Published on The fast bowling duo of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami today returned to a 16-member India squad for the first three games of the five-match ODI series against Australia.The selectors have chosen to rest leading spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, as per the BCCI’s rotation policy, for the first three games of the series, starting September 17 in Chennai. The only change in the Virat Kohli-led squad was the omission of pacer Shardul Thakur. Yadav and Shami, who were rested after the Sri Lanka Test series, have been recalled after a break.India have named a 16-member squad instead of 15 for the first three games. Mumbai pacer Thakur will now go back to India A series for New Zealand. Selection committee chairman MSK Prasad said players such as Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel have been given an extended run due to their impressive showings on the tour of Sri Lanka, where India won all their matches. “The team for the three ODIs against Australia has been selected in line with the rotation policy of the Board and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested,” Prasad said.The former India stumper added, “The team’s performance during the Sri Lanka tour was outstanding and players like Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, who performed very well are being given an extended run and this will in turn supplement our approach, to build a strong reserve strength, as we prepare for forthcoming tours.”Ashwin is playing county cricket in England while left-arm spinner Jadeja has been rested since the Test series in Sri Lanka last month. As per his four-match contract, Ashwin has two more home games left for Worcestershire.As expected there were not much changes from the squad that thrashed Sri Lanka in the ODI series recently.The squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami. COMMENTS India have named a 16-member squad instead of 15 for the first three games. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami return to a 16-member India squad for the first three games of the five-match ODI series against Australia. File Photo – The Hindu cricket × Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami return to a 16-member India squad for the first three games of the five-match ODI series against Australia. File Photo – The Hindu
New Delhi: With less than a year to go for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020, the stadium inspection is set to take place in the end of November with a FIFA delegation visiting India.Oliver Vogt from FIFA Tournaments and Events division will be visiting the country between November 26 and December 1, during which he will make the inspections. The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020 will be held in India from November 2 to November 21.The FIFA delegation will make the inspection in Kolkata (November 27), Guwahati (November 28), Bhubaneswar (November 29), Ahmedabad (November 30) and Navi Mumbai (December 1). The FIFA and Local Organising Committee (LOC) delegation will inspect each stadium and all the designated training sites in each city to evaluate the progress made towards the preparation for the major tournament.Last week, an U-17 Women’s Championship was organised in Kalyani to gauge the skills of the players for the U-17 Women’s World Cup and help head coach Thomas Dennerby scout girls for the national team.Alex Ambrose’s Lionesses emerged as the winner of the tournament with Lynda Kom Serto receiving the Player of the Tournament, having scored six goals in the four matches played. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. FIFAFIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020footballIndia First Published: November 22, 2019, 1:51 PM IST
Maserati has unveiled a new special edition Ghibli at the ongoing New York Motor Show, dubbed the Ghibli Nerissimo. ‘Nerissimo’ is an Italian expression for extremely black and only 450 units of the special edition Ghibli will be produced. The Ghibli Nerissimo will be available in Ghibli, Ghibli S and Ghibli S Q4 trims. The visual highlights of the special edition Ghibli are Glossy Black finish 20-inch Urano wheels, black door handles, black window trim and black grille features, as well a black extended leather interior featuring red stitching and gear-shift paddles, INOX sport pedals, red brake calipers, Dark Mirror interior trim, Sport Seats and a Sport Steering wheel.Also Read:Ford launches Figo and Aspire Sports Edition in IndiaAll the three models will get standard blind spot assist, front and rear parking sensors and remote start. On top of that, the Ghibli S and S Q4 versions of the Nerissimo will additionally be equipped with Harman Kardon stereo systems.Under the bonnet, the Ghibli has a Ferrari-built, Twin Turbo-charged 3.0-liter V6 engine with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission,. It delivers 404 horsepower and power is sent to all four wheels using Maserati’s Q4 intelligent all-wheel drive system. It can go from 0 to 100kmph in 4.7 seconds before going on to hit a top speed of 283kmph.Also Read:First Drive review: Volvo S60 Polestar
Earlier this month, Google at its I/O developer conference confirmed that Asus ZenFone AR will be coming in the coming months. Now, Asus CEO Jerry Shen in an interview with Engadget reveals that Asus ZenFone AR will be announced in Taiwan in mid-June. He further adds that the Daydream-ready ZenFone AR will enter the US market by the end of June or may be early July. This was first reported by Engadget. India Today Tech last week confirmed in its exclusive report that Asus ZenFone AR will come to India in the coming two months.Asus ZenFone AR coming to India is confirmed by Dinesh Sharma, Director and Mobile Product Centre of ASUS India said while speaking exclusively with India Today Tech. He further says, “We’re going to be shortly launching the ZenFone 3 Zoom and the ZenFone AR in India. A fair time frame would be within two months.”That being said, alongside the Asus ZenFone AR, the company is also going to launch the dual-camera toting ZenFone 3 Zoom. However, Asus may not launch the ZenFone 3 Zoom and ZenFone AR together in one go though and could announce it one at a time. “These products are ready so they could come one after the other. Which one comes first and which comes second, is something I cannot precisely confirm as of this moment,” Sharma adds.The Director and Mobile Product Centre of ASUS India did reveal any further details. If the rumours are to be believed, ZenFone AR will sport a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD with 1440×2560 pixels resolution. Further, it is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC and will be coupled with 8GB of RAM. On the optics set up, Asus ZenFone AR will be equipped with a 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 module and will be further coupled with features like — TriTech+ autofocus system, dual-PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, and continuous-focus.advertisementFurthermore, the back camera also supports 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilisation), 3-axis EIS (electronic image stabilisation) for video recording and is also capable of recording 4K video. On the front, the device includes an 8-megapixel selfie shooter which comes packed with an f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens as well. Storage wise, the upcoming Asus ZenFone AR is expected to come with 256GB of internal storage and a 3300mAh battery.Further the upcoming ZenFone 3 Zoom is going to be the successor of last year’s ZenFone Zoom. On the pricing front, rumours are such that the device is may be launched at a starting price of $399 (roughly Rs 25,781) in India.Also Read: Exclusive: Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, ZenFone AR coming to India within two months
England’s Joe Root is feeling confident that both recent and distant history have the tournament hosts ready for revenge in the rematch against Australia in the second semi-final of the ongoing World Cup.England were downed in convincing fashion by their fiercest rivals at Lord’s last month and looked in serious danger of missing out on the semi-finals at their home tournament.However, back-to-back wins over India and New Zealand turned the tables and have put England in the world on a collision course with Australia at Edgbaston in the second semi-final on Thursday.England have lost their last two clashes with Australia including a warm-up game before the World Cup began, but before that Root and co had the edge with a series win Down Under and a 5-0 whitewash on home soil.”If you look at the past 11 games against them we have won nine,” Root was quoted as saying by the ICC.”These guys and this group over the last four years, their experience against Australia have been very positive and they have got a lot of success in the bank.”I don’t see that as a big worry for this group, we will be drawing on that confidence that over a long period of time now we have been successful against Australia and we should take that into Thursday.”Add to that the fact that England have found their best form – with Jason Roy backfiring fit at the top of the order – and the mood is clearly buoyant.advertisement”I feel we are in a good place coming into it, I feel like the last two days have almost been like knockout cricket for us.”We have been playing in a high-pressure environment for a while now and hopefully that will hold us in good stead going into this game.”It doesn’t matter (who are the favourites). It comes down to who plays their best cricket on the day. If we play in the manner we have the last two games, we will be a very difficult side to play against.”You can look at form, statistically who is stronger, but it all comes down to who handles the day better, who plays the stronger cricket for the longest period and who will stand up and be victorious at the end of it,” Root added.Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals: New Zealand bat, India need to do what no other team has done in ManchesterAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli wants India to stick to basics as New Zealand batAlso See:
We got some Ohio State-Alabama back and forth on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.Former Ohio State star Ezekiel Elliott and former Alabama standout A’Shawn Robinson squared off in the NFL on Monday night, with Zeke’s Cowboys blowing out Robinson’s Lions.During the game, Robinson was called for a penalty for a hit on Elliott, a penalty many disagreed with.Following the contest, Elliott spoke out against Robinson, saying he was being “dirty” all game.Perhaps Robinson was taking out some anger from the last time he played Elliott – back in the College Football Playoff in 2014 when the Buckeyes upset the Crimson Tide.Zeke on A’Shawn: He was being dirty all game. I think he was a little salty from Sugar Bowl win we got against him two years ago.— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) December 27, 2016Elliott totaled 80 yards and two touchdowns on Monday night, helping the Cowboys improve to 13-2 on the season.Dallas has secured the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC.
While politicians in Nova Scotia are on the campaign trail, students are heading to Province House this weekend to fill their shoes. A law requiring car dealers in Nova Scotia to sell more vehicles powered by renewable energy sources is one of the hot topics the high school students will debate as part of Model Legislature 2006. Bills to increase the number of environmentally friendly vehicles sold in the province and to limit a young person’s involvement in the work force will be on the agenda as students gather at Province House for hands-on experience of how democracy works in Nova Scotia. The event, organized by the Department of Education, begins today, May 26, and continues until Sunday, May 28. The students will divide into caucuses and debate two mock bills on the floor of the House of Assembly on Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28. They will experience first hand the challenges and opportunities faced by the men and women who work as elected representatives. “Our students will see the many different aspects of Nova Scotia’s legislature. They will see how decisions are made and then communicated to the public,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “It’s important that young Nova Scotians take an interest in how their government works. The weekend is designed to be educational, interactive and fun.” As part of the weekend’s events, students will attend a workshop on the role of the media. They will also organize their own news conferences addressing the mock bills. The students will get public speaking and debating tips from speaking coach Josh Judah before debating the bills and preparing their news conferences. Retiring MLA Jerry Pye will hold a workshop on the life of an MLA. MP Alexa McDonough is the guest speaker at the opening banquet, today, May 26. The first Model Legislature was held in 2003.
Les citoyens les plus jeunes de la province sont invités à contribuer à la création d’un symbole qui représentera la Journée du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le nouveau congé de février a été célébré pour la première fois le 16 février dernier et il a rendu hommage à la militante et femme d’affaires afro-néo-écossaise Viola Desmond. Les élèves du primaire jusqu’à la 12e année ont contribué à nommer ce congé et à choisir les personnes, les lieux et les événements qui seront mis à l’honneur dans les prochaines années. Le ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, Tony Ince, a annoncé le concours le 6 février lors du lancement provincial à Province House. « La Journée du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse nous donne l’occasion de célébrer notre patrimoine culturel collectif et l’apport de tous les Néo-Écossais, a indiqué M. Ince. Mobiliser la contribution des élèves de la province est tout à fait approprié, car ils ont saisi l’occasion de nommer le congé et de suggérer des thèmes à célébrer, alors nous savons qu’ils vont nous fournir de très bonnes idées pour un symbole qui représentera ce nouveau congé. » Le ministère des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine est en quête de propositions uniques et originales qui seront étudiées par un comité de sélection. Un ou plusieurs concepts pourraient servir d’inspiration pour la création du drapeau officiel de la Journée du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Les concepts peuvent faire l’objet de modifications et le concept final sera dévoilé lors de la Journée du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse de 2016. La date limite de soumission des propositions est le 1er juin. Les lignes directrices de même que les formulaires d’inscription et de consentement se trouvent à l’adresse http://heritageday.novascotia.ca . La Journée du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse sera célébrée tous les ans le troisième lundi de février. Au cours des sept prochaines années, le ministère des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine travaillera avec les collectivités pour célébrer la Journée du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse et rendre hommage aux personnes, lieux et événements choisis.
MONTREAL – Quebec’s party leaders criss-crossed the province on Saturday, urging their supporters to show up and cast their ballots as the 39-day election campaign entered its final weekend.“People have to go out and vote massively,” said Coalition Avenir Quebec leader Francois Legault, who warned that a low turnout could turn the tides in favour of his Liberal opponents.Legault, whose formerly front-running party is now neck-and-neck with the Liberals in the polls, still expressed hope for a majority government.“We will have a (Coalition) majority if people vote massively,” he repeated during a visit to an apple orchard in Compton, in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.Meanwhile, new polls from Ipsos, Leger and Le Journal de Montreal put the Coalition and the Liberals within one or two points of each other ahead of Monday’s vote.However, the Leger poll contained good news for Legault when it comes to support among French-speakers.His party was the favourite for 37 per cent of francophones, compared to 24 per cent for the Parti Quebecois, 20 per cent for Quebec solidaire and 17 per cent for the Liberals.Couillard, meanwhile, went on the attack, questioning Legault’s dedication to defending Quebec’s interests.Speaking in the Quebec City area, Couillard suggested Legault couldn’t be a true nationalist since he didn’t have a cultural policy and had expressed support only “belatedly and softly” for Canada’s supply management system.“When you say you’re nationalist, and you don’t talk about Quebec culture, you don’t find that a problem?” he said.Meanwhile, Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee was working hard to convince voters that casting a ballot for his third-place party was a safe bet.“There’s no risk with the Parti Quebecois, because there won’t be any cuts in education, no cuts to health, for seniors,” he told supporters in Terrebonne, north of Montreal.“Our financial framework is the most economical and the most solid of all the financial frameworks.”Although his party is polling below 20 per cent, the 60-year-old Lisee noted that many voters make up their minds at the last minute.He jokingly told his supporters not to go to bed until each had found two or three undecided voters and won them over.Quebec solidaire, which gets much of its support from 18-to-34 year olds, was also working to get the vote out, seeking to ensure its recent bump in the polls would translate into real votes.“Go vote for the party that proposes the most serious plan to fight climate change — the great challenge of my generation,” implored Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, the party’s 28-year-old co-spokesperson.— With files from Stephanie Marin in Terrebonne, Que., Caroline Plante in Sainte-Charles-de-Bellechasse, Que. and Patrice Bergeron in Sherbrooke, Que.
Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to Italy, Monaco and France this week, the foreign ministry said Monday, with Rome expected to join his global trade infrastructure programme despite reservations in other European countries. Xi will pay state visits from March 21 to March 26, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement, without providing more details about his itinerary. An Italian official said last week that Rome would sign a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Beijing to officially support Xi’s massive 1 trillion Belt and Road initiative, also known as the New Silk Road.
Gurugram: The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has announced action against those who are found wasting water. Officials said in an attempt to stop people from wasting water, the department has decided to levy fines on violators.For residential units, the maximum limit for the fine would be Rs 1,000, while for commercial units it will be Rs 5,000. When asked as to what would they consider as water wastage, an official said, “Wasting water while washing cars, turning a blind eye to overflowing of water, misusing water for gardening among others, are a few of the categories that the department would consider while taking action.” In residential units, a defaulter will be charged Rs 500 for the first time and Rs 1,000 if he repeats it. In commercial units, for the first time, the defaulters will be charged Rs 2,000 for the first time and Rs 5,000 if he/she repeats it. “To curb the practice of extravagant use and wastage of water and to meet the increasing demand apropos the supply and consumption, a person or institution found wasting water by way of car washing, overflowing wilfully and negligently misusing/wasting of water, will be put under the ambit of action mentioned under Section 180 and 181 of Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994,” the MCG order states. “If a person or institution does not mend his or their ways and continues to wastewater, the water connection of such person or institution may be disconnected,” the order further states.
The AAP-BJP pamphlet imbroglio transformed into a defamation war with both parties denigrating each other over an issue largely blemishes the democratic polity of India. While it may be hard to ascertain who is responsible for this condemnable act, parties to the controversy are clearly embroiled in a heated dispute when elections are knocking on the door. Campaigning got an ugly twist when Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was slapped during AAP’s roadshow. Incidents like these leave a disappointing remark on society’s part. And, while that somehow enraged a dispute between BJP and AAP, the pamphlet incident only aggravates it. AAP’s accusation on BJP was natural and so was BJP retaliation. Political parties often indulge in ugly public spats, denigrating the other, sometimes severely. Take Rahul and Modi for instance. Both have left no stone unturned to denigrate the other throughout elections. And, in their witty ways, they have ensured that their words find the audience. Proxy war of words outlines the difference of opinion but it does not have to be unfair and severe. It can be a simple statement of thoughts and that would suffice. It does not have to transform into a daily soap from Indian Television where drama is the viewer-centric element necessary to keep the viewership intact while simultaneously entertaining them. Political campaigning with the right words, where one does not necessarily denigrate the other, is feasible and ethical. A candidate’s show of strength through promises for the country, thoughts over development, remedies to adversities and solutions to gaps is essentially an effective form of campaigning. That is, after all, what society wants to hear before they provide their mandate. Mentioning Rahul Gandhi’s father was nowhere relevant to the current situation and neither was Rahul’s remark of ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ which attracted legal attention. The two stalwarts of the two biggest parties of the nation have definitely set a precedent, if not done by those before them. A precedent of public denigration at the cost of retaliatory action attracting criticism as a byproduct and yielding public consonance, which in all likelihood is linked to an assured mandate. Nowhere has thought been spared whether their actions may deteriorate the democratic polity of the nation. Stooping low to procure advantage, and that too on the biggest platform where millions can hear, has been a historic low for democracy in this country. One wonders if campaigning for your party invariably means denigrating others’ for the underlying objective then seems to eliminate choices and remain as a solitary option for consideration. How is that a competition then? Democracy envisages a healthy competition between parties which comprise the very people and a representative government of people. Also Read – A strong standpointWhile no restraints have been exercised by candidates, EC also has been a quiet cat. MCC violations have been more or less like spelling mistakes, that too in non-language papers. While MCC enjoys a wide purview with Constitutional powers as vested in the Election Commission, it is not reckoned as a deterrent. If it had been so, we would have not been treated to so many MCC violations and pertinent sub-judice instances of same. And while we had to cope with verbal violations across communal lines and hate crimes, slanders entered the fray. There was no reason for slandering any candidate yet Atishi’s reputation was damaged through the pamphlet incident when it is a matter of pride that we have more and more women entering the political fray. Instead of appreciating her candidature, vested interests have made attempts to damage her rep. And for what? Does damaging her image through sexist remarks help reduce her popularity? That has been the ambition because there is no other explanation for such a cowardice move. It also apprises the nation of how women are treated in the political fray. While this incident reinvigorates Atishi’s resolve to enter politics and change things as the most optimistic takeaway from such a miserable incident, it also asks people whether they approve of this sort of behaviour irrespective of the perpetrator. After all, sidelining the mind that stooped so low to think of this act, it is the people who aided in facilitating the act and more who laughed while the majority who kept silent. Collectively, they gave Atishi the most miserable welcome while an apprehensive Gambhir threw the defamation card to safeguard himself while declaring that he’d withdraw his candidature should his involvement be proven. Democracy has witnessed ugly spats and all in pursuit of appeasing people to be voted to power. Such a mindset is not familiar to people’s government; it rests more on personal whims.
TORONTO — Bell Media is selling the Juicebox service for kids and three Much specialty music services to Stingray Digital Group.BCE Inc.’s media arm says the divestiture will allow it to focus on other services, including the coming launch of iHeartRadio in Canada.Financial terms of the deal with Montreal-based Stingray weren’t announced. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.Canadian entertainment and media sector in for a rough five years: PwCStingray Digital Group Inc plays to a bigger crowd with first acquisition since IPOStingray will rebrand the services, which are distributed through various TV distribution services from Bell, Rogers, Telus and others across Canada.Juiceboxtv.ca is a music video channel that promotes itself as a parent-approved place for kids.The other three services in the deal are MuchLoud, MuchRetro, and MuchVibe.Much hosted the iHeartRadio MMVA awards on Sunday. iHeartRadio, launched in the United States in 2011, has partnered with Bell Media to deliver digital content through a wide range of devices such as smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and automotive entertainment system.
The President, who also leads the ruling party, Zanu-PF, reportedly described the bombing in Bulawayo as an attempt on his life, and appealed for peace and national unity ahead of elections due to take place on 30 July. He vowed that the explosion would not derail the vote.Mr. Mnangagwa took over the Presidency last November, following the resignation of Robert Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years. The country’s main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change, also condemned the attack, saying that any political violence was “totally unacceptable”, according to media reports.In a statement released by his Spokesperson on Sunday, UN chief António Guterres said he was “disturbed” by news of the attack“The Secretary-General condemns such acts of violence and calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. He wishes the injured a quick recovery,” said the statement.Two of the country’s Vice Presidents was among the more than 40 reportedly hurt by the blast, as well as the Zanu-PF chairperson, together with members of a television crew from the state broadcasting network, and security personnel.
New research by scientists at Brock University has debunked the widely-held belief that dehydration saps the strength of athletes performing in hot conditions.It is common to see distance runners or cyclists gulp water and other drinks during long races, trying to replenish fluids and avoid the loss of strength that has long been accepted as a consequence of dehydration.But the Brock study, published this month in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, concludes there is no such impairment.Stephen Cheung won’t be drinking a sports drink or water while cycling anymore. His research has found it’s not necessary.Lead researcher Stephen Cheung, a renowned kinesiologist whose research subjects have ranged from Olympic athletes to offshore oil workers, said his team’s findings refute the long-unquestioned tenet that water loss hinders a competitor’s performance.This particular research involved 11 trained racing cyclists who wore IV drips while riding stationary bikes under competition-like conditions. Some cyclists had IV drips containing a saline solution to replenish fluids lost through sweat, but others had IV drips that were shams, providing no rehydration at all.The cyclists were not told which type of IV drip they were wearing, and the researchers found there was virtually no difference in their performances.Cheung, himself a long-distance cyclist, is the Canada Research Chair in environmental ergonomics. His research team took an unprecedented approach in gauging the impacts of hydration on human resilience.“We’re the first study to separate the conscious awareness of hydration status to truly test that by itself,” said Cheung. “This includes all the studies used to develop current hydration guidelines.“All existing studies manipulate hydration by giving or not giving water, so that manipulates both the physical state of hydration and also the perception of drinking and thirst. In other words, ‘I’m thirsty or upset that I don’t get to drink, so I’m not going to ride as hard.’“What we’ve found was really novel. Even at up to three per cent body mass dehydration, no impairment was seen in exercise in the heat.”Cheung said current guidelines repeatedly emphasize that athletes need to keep hydration within two per cent of body mass, or pay the price in terms of performance and health effects.“We’ve just proven that it’s not so. This also supports why elite marathoners, even in the heat, rarely drink if at all.”
Mary Berry has said she will work with Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins again, but joked that a future project may involve gardening instead of baking.The Great British Bake Off judge also promised that tonight’s episode of the popular BBC One show is “the most difficult one we’ve ever had”.The finale of the seventh series will be the last time it airs on the BBC before it moves to Channel 4 next year.Berry, Giedroyc and Perkins will not move with the show, with co-judge Paul Hollywood the only member of the original team going to Channel 4. Berry told Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 that her decision to stay with the corporation was made “straight away”.She said: “It was a gut feeling and I made it straight away for myself, having discussed it with my family and others. I’m very happy I’ve stayed with the BBC. Everything I’ve done has been with the BBC and I wanted to stay with them.”I’m sure the programme will go on to be a little bit different, but it will still be wonderful.”The remaining contestants – Andrew Smyth, Jane Beedle and Candice Brown – are hoping to rise to the occasion and be crowned the series winner.Rolls-Royce aerospace engineer Smyth, garden designer Beedle, and PE teacher Brown withstood the heat of the kitchen against nine other cake creators to reach the showdown for the title of 2016’s best baker. Berry said of the finale: “It really is the most difficult we’ve ever had, because you know, (it is) series seven and the showstopper is… we are wanting sheer perfection and they will be very nervous because they have watched every series.”The baking doyenne said of Perkins and Giedroyc: “We have made no decisions whatsoever, we haven’t actually all three got together, but we will do something because we’re good pals, and who knows what it would be?”Well, it may not be baking, you never know, it could be gardening. I’m a very keen gardener you know.”Tasks for the final BBC episode include a return to meringues for the signature bake, a technical challenge set by Berry that will ask the contestants to complete a British classic after being given just one instruction and no measurements, and a showstopper that is said to be the most complex set in the competition, with the most bakes requested for a challenge.As usual, the winner will be announced at a celebration attended by the family and friends of the three finalists, as well as the bakers they knocked out in previous rounds.The Great British Bake Off final airs tonight on BBC One at 8pm. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Updated 12.46pmThere was a more than 10 per cent fall in heart attack rates since the introduction of the workplace smoking ban, according to the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF).Today marks the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the ban, which made the Republic of Ireland the first country in the world to implement a ban smoking in all enclosed workspaces.The ban came into effect the following Saturday, the 29th of March.In a statement today, Minister for Health James Reilly called the ban a “ground-breaking initiative”.“Recent research found 3, 726 fewer smoking related deaths than would have been expected if the smoking ban had not been brought in,” he said.This is indisputable evidence that the ban is saving lives, and improving our overall health as a nation.He added that recent research published in PLOS One found:an immediate 13% decrease in all-cause mortalitya 26% reduction in ischaemic heart diseasea 32% reduction in stroke, anda 38% reduction in COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Similar research in Clinical Cardiology shows that in the year after the ban, there was a 12 per cent reduction in the number of acute coronary syndrome hospital admissions.A further 13 per cent fall was witnessed between March 2006 and March 2007.Similar trendIHF notes that research from the United States, Italy, Canada, and Scotland shows a similar trend following the implementation of workplace smoking bans.“The rapid reduction in heart attacks after the introduction of the workplace smoking ban may be surprising to the general public but it makes sense when we consider the immediate effect tobacco smoke has on the body,” Dr Angie Brown, Medical Director of IHF, said.Sudden blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes can be triggered by tobacco smoke. This means that just sitting in a smoke-filled bar would raise a person’s chances of a heart attack.The IHF is advising smokers to mark the anniversary by quitting smoking.Originally published 10.14amPoll: Has the smoking ban changed your attitude to smoking? >Read: Almost 7 per cent drop shows smoking ban is working, insists Cancer Society >
NORTH BAY VILLAGE, FLA. (WSVN) – A malfunction on the West 79th Street bridge has caused major traffic delays in the cities of Miami and North Bay Village, Tuesday.North Bay Village Police confirmed that a malfunction closed the bridge before 3:45 p.m. 7SkyForce HD flew over the scene at around 4:15 p.m., when the bridge could still be seen stuck in the upward position.At around 4:30 p.m., the bridge was back in the down position. However, officials were alternating the flow of traffic, allowing both eastbound and westbound traffic to utilize the westbound lanes at certain points.However, as of 5:19 p.m., the bridge was open and traffic was flowing normally in both directions. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.