World number 2 Simona Halep is already in New York for the US Open Tennis Championship, starting August 28 but took to the baseball ground and threw the ceremonial first pitch at the New York Mets vs Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game at Citi Field.Halep looked visibly nervous and excited at the same time as she walked out to the mound with Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki.Halep’s first pitch fell just short of the home plate but Plawecki still caught it.Halep was recently trounced by Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-0 in the final of the Cincinnati Open on August 20 due to which she fell short of rising to the top of the WTA rankings ahead of the US Open.Earlier in the year, Halep had the chance of becoming world number 1 if she would have won the French Open but even there she lost 6-4, 4-6, 3-6 to Jelena Ostapenko.
Bangladesh head coach, Steve Rodes on Tuesday said that the team’s recent success in the Tri-nation series proves that the team is stronger within the squad and there’s more to the side than just their big five players.”There have been two or three guys who have played special innings. If you think of Mosaddek, for example, he is a guy now who is going to keep everybody on their toes. That’s the depth of the squad and he might not play, and if he doesn’t, then what a great position we have. It gives us the confidence that we can win some big games as well,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Rhodes as saying.”That means Bangladesh is stronger within the squad, and that’s what we want as we want more depth, and if we get that depth, then people will stop talking about the big five,” he addedBangladesh defeated West Indies in the finals of the Tri-nation series on Friday, May 17. In the match, Bangladesh was without their star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as he was ruled out of the game due to a side strain.Their other key players like Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah played secondary roles in the run-chase. Chasing a score of 210 in 24 overs, Soumya Sarkar top-scored for the team with a knock of 66.An unbeaten half-century from Mosaddek Hossain took Bangladesh over the line in the finals. Rhodes praised Sarkar’s consistency over the past few months and hopes that people will now get off his back.advertisement”He has been a revelation since he hit that hundred and double-hundred in the DPL [Dhaka Premier League, Bangladesh’s premier List A competition, but he also gets some rough days from people,” Rhodes said.”So it’s just nice to see him carrying on that form, and I hope people would get off his back a little bit because he is a wonderful player. We support him and back him. But not everyone always does that,” he added.Bangladesh after winning the Tri-nation series will now look to carry this winning momentum in the upcoming World Cup.Following is the 15-man Bangladesh squad for the World Cup: Masrafe Bin Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Mohammad Mithun, Shabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed.World Cup is scheduled to be hosted in England from May 30 to July 14. Bangladesh will play against Pakistan and India in the warm-ups before opening its World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 2 at The Oval.Also Read | Angry at being dubbed a hustler, Diego Maradona dismisses new filmAlso Read | Truth is bitter: Junaid Khan reacts after axe from Pakistan World Cup squadAlso See
Transfers Wenger claims Ozil won’t join Man Utd in January but can’t rule out summer move Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 17:08 12/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty/Goal Transfers Arsenal Manchester United Premier League Mesut Özil The Germany international has been linked with Jose Mourinho’s side, but the Frenchman is insistent he will at least see out his current contract Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil will not join Manchester United in January, but he has refused to rule out the possibility of the Germany international leaving Arsenal next summer.Ozil’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign, and he has subsequently been linked with a number of clubs, including Barcelona and Jose Mourinho’s United.The 29-year-old can negotiate with other clubs from January ahead of a potential free transfer next summer, and Wenger is insistent that Ozil will at least see out his deal at the Emirates Stadium, though he stopped short of denying he will leave. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “How close? I don’t know how close,” he said, when asked if Ozil is close to signing a new deal.”We have never been approached by Man United anyway so I don’t see why that came up. That is something that has been created. [He’ll stay] until the end of the season, the rest is open.”Alexis Sanchez’s deal also expires next summer. The Chile international, 28, was the subject of interest from Manchester City in the previous close-season transfer window, but a move fell through at the last moment.Wenger, though, says he too will complete the season in north London.”They will all stay,” he said. It’s very difficult for me to tell you as I will analyse every case individually. My wish and my desire is that everybody stays. If you come in and tell me ‘I will offer you this for this player’ I will tell you yes or no.”Arsenal face Newcastle United on Saturday, having slipped to seventh in the Premier League table, 19 points behind leaders Manchester City.And Wenger claims that City had “petrol” to help fuel a run that has seen them avoid defeat for their opening 16 games of the season – perhaps a cheeky reference to their owner, Sheikh Mansour, who hails from the oil-rich UAE.Asked how City compare with Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ team that completed the 2003-04 season unbeaten, he said: “We had no petrol and ideas. They have petrol and ideas so that makes it more efficient.”
Public libraries across Nova Scotia are inviting kids, teens and families to join them this summer for a series of fun and interactive events guaranteed to keep everyone entertained and happy. “Summer is our busiest time of year. When the kids are out of school they love coming to the library,” said Kristel Fleuren-Hunter, children services librarian with the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library. “We organize a whole host of programs and activities that are fun and engaging, plus they get to see all their friends and make some new ones.” Some of the things happening this summer include, Lego robotics, computer gaming, family fort nights, storytime in the park, musical zoo, wild science, storytime with a farmer, Minecraft, Camp Overdue (for teens), art programs, nature hunts, reptiles, musicians, crafts, games, colouring, puppet shows, book clubs and summer challenges. There will be contests and prizes, including books and bikes donated by the Adopt a Library Program, and museum passes donated by the Nova Scotia Museum. Studies show students who read over the summer do better in school. Nova Scotia’s public libraries also offer a variety of reading programs to help children explore their interests and foster a love of reading. One club being offered at many libraries is the TD Summer Reading Club, a joint initiative with Library and Archives Canada. This year’s theme is, Wild, and in addition to reading, libraries will be challenging kids to think about nature and get active with programs, contests and activities that engage. “Our public libraries do a wonderful job keeping our kids active and engaged, while also challenging them to explore their interests and imaginations,” said Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. This year the TD Summer Reading Club is organizing a nationwide, Get Your Summer Read On Day, launch on June 25, with the Halifax Central Library acting as the national headquarters for the English event, and featuring special programming and activities for kids and families. In 2015, more than 13,800 children and teens registered in library summer reading clubs and read over 112,000 books. More than 43,000 participated in about 1,500 summer programs and activities in public libraries across the province last summer. Summer Reading Program kick-off parties are being planned for public libraries across the province at the end of June and the program runs until the end of August. More information about summer programs and reading club activities are available at local public libraries. A map of Nova Scotia public libraries and links to each region can be found at library.novascotia.ca/map.
Gurugram: Safety for minors still continue to be vulnerable in Gurugram and its neighbouring regions. In a horrific incident, a 12-year -old girl was abducted by three youths, drugged and gang-raped in Nuh. The matter was reported on Sunday afternoon. According to law enforcement officials, the girl had gone out to purchase groceries when two people apparently from her neighbourhood first abducted her, drugged her and then took chance to sexually assault her. They were then joined by one of their other friends. The three then left her at a desolate spot where she then made way to her home and spoke about her ordeal to her relatives. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe minor has already lost her mother and father and is staying with her grandparents. The girl is from scheduled caste category and in last four months, this has been a second time where a minor from the scheduled caste category has been sexually assaulted. Gurugram along with its counterpart Faridabad is leading in terms of sexual crimes against minors. In 2018, 120 cases of sexual crimes against minors were reported while it was 110 cases in 2017. Not only sexual crimes but the law enforcement officials also have to deal with increased cases of human trafficking. In 2018, 154 minors were kidnapped from the city out of which 115 were girls. Between 2012 and 2017, over 1062 children have been kidnapped in which 677 are girls. According to Gurugram police, the gangs from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are highly active in committing such crimes. In 2019 itself, 45 cases have been registered. In the latest case, a 14-year-old boy was raped by a Gurugram person. The district court in Gurugram had recently pronounced a punishment of 20 years for the person who had raped a minor in 2017.
Kolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) will appoint eco ambassadors from among the residents of New Town to create awareness among the people to conserve water and other environmental issues.This is for the first time when a state government agency will be training up residents to create awareness on environment protection. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said over and again that people of the area should be taken into confidence before implementation of any project. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA lottery was conducted at Rabindra Tirtha on Sunday and 10 eco ambassadors were selected .They will be given training by NKDA soon so that they can go to the people and talk on the important issues. The eco ambassadors will be felicitated and given a token cash prize of Rs 1,000 each and will be given the honour of being an eco ambassador to tell people how to avoid eco anxiety by making New Town a green and clean City. The programe is likely to be held on September 15 evening at Eco Park. Over the past few months NKDA has organised several citizens’ meets across New Town on waste segregation, recycling, home composting, no plastics, rain water harvesting and control of vector borne diseases. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs many as 757 residents had given their commitment in writing to NKDA to segregate wastes into dry and wet streams. Forms were earlier distributed during residents’ meets during the IEC (Information and Education Campaigns) of NKDA at various localities. In New Town, stress has been given on the use of solar power to make it into a solar city and a second solar canal-top project (1,000 KWp) is being conceived in collaboration with IIEST, the first one being a 500 KWp near Eco Park.
New Delhi: Foreign portfolio investors can now invest in municipal bonds, markets regulator Sebi said in a circular Wednesday. The circular comes almost two weeks after the Reserve Bank of India permitted FPIs to invest in municipal bonds as a measure to broaden access of non resident investors to debt instruments in the country.As per the RBI, foreign investment in municipal bonds should be within the limits set for FPI investment in State Development Loans (SDLs). The limits for FPI investment in SDLs is 2 per cent of outstanding stock of securities. All other existing conditions for investment by FPIs in the debt market remain unchanged, the central bank had said in a circular on April 25. In 2017, Sebi eased rules on issuance of municipal bonds in order to boost such bond market. It allowed municipalities with surplus in their books in three immediately preceding financial years to issue public debt securities.
Who said you can’t skateboard in a jellaba?Yassine Boundouq, 21 years old, is a skater from Safi who wanted to create something original: skating in a jellaba. In the video, he demonstrates that the Moroccan culture does not contradict with modern sports activities such as skating.He tries to make skating popular among Moroccans and show that it’s a sport that anybody can do. At the end, he mentions that skateboarding should be treated with more respect because it’s a sport just like any other.
“It is critically important that the Government of Liberia make every effort to develop national security and the rule of law institutions that are fully independently operational,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in the report to the Security Council, citing the prevalence of rape, armed robbery, mob violence and ethnic tensions. Moreover, the stability of the West African country, which the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has been instrumental in returning to peace and democracy since the 2003 ceasefire between warring factions, continues to be affected by potentially adverse developments in the sub-region such as the drug trade and various armed groups, Mr. Ban warns. “I am particularly concerned that drug trafficking could trigger further destabilization,” he says, noting a similar threat to Liberia’s troubled neighbours, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire. “The claim made by the ruling military authority in Guinea, regarding possible attacks by armed elements based in neighbouring countries, raises the spectre of renewed regional conflict. “The presence of armed Liberian combatants with uncertain intentions in neighbouring countries also remains a serious cause for concern.” Turning to the economy, which is expected to grow by nearly five per cent this year compared with 7.1 per cent in 2008, Mr. Ban notes that UNMIL, together with the World Bank, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) continues to use labour-intensive road repairs to create short-term employment and promote stability in high security risk areas including near unstable rubber plantations. He also cites “some encouraging progress” in achieving the Government’s poverty reduction strategy, although “weak institutional capacity remains a serious constraint at both the national and local levels.” On human rights he notes a continued improvement although weak law institutions, economic insecurity and limited social services continue to pose serious challenges, while the Government still faces serious constraints in furthering its anti-corruption agenda, despite some progress in strengthening oversight mechanisms. On national election scheduled for 2011, Mr. Ban recommends that UNMIL be mandated to offer logistical support, coordinate international electoral assistance and facilitate the creation of a positive climate for a peaceful poll. He also reiterates his recommendations that UNMIL, which at its height had an authorized total of 15,250 military personnel, be reduced to about 8,200 by next May through the repatriation of a further 8,202 troops, three attack helicopters and 72 armoured personnel carriers. The UNMIL police component would remain at its authorized strength of 1,375. 17 August 2009Liberia continues to make significant progress in consolidating peace after more than a decade of civil war, but the gains remain fragile, especially with regard to security, rule of law and job creation, according to the latest United Nations report on the work of peacekeepers there.
Mr. Pato’s comments were part of his UN address, delivered during High-Level week of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York.As host of this year’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC), Papua New Guinea, said Mr. Pato, will see many major issues discussed, including several related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly climate action and gender equality.Mr. Pato described the Agenda as “a solid pathway that holds much promise for the international community.” He acknowledged that it is essential that Papua New Guinea fully harness the potential of its young people, who comprise some 60 per cent of the population, and ensure that women and girls have full equality in Papuan society.Almost a year after the closure of the Australian-run Manus Island migrant detention centre in Papua New Guinea, Mr. Pato said that his country is working closely with Australia in resettling qualified asylum seekers.Migrants still remain in Papua New Guinea and that each will be addressed on a case by case basis, he said, adding: “that is our contribution to the extent possible, in partnership with Australia, to address human trafficking, people smuggling and transnational crime.Turning to the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement, the Minister noted the international community’s increasing interest in the referendum, one of the pillars of the Agreement, which is scheduled for 15 June 2019.He announced that his country’s Government is fully committed to the Agreement, and has appointed former Irish Prime Minster, Bertie Ahern, to preside over the work of the Bougainville Referendum Commission.On Friday, UN chief António Guterres recognized the efforts of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), of which Papua New Guinea is a member, for taking forward peacebuilding priorities, and congratulating the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government on implementing the Agreement: Mr. Pato expressed his gratitude to the UN, and other partners, for working with Papua New Guinea on this “important national issue.”Full statement available here
A 79-YEAR-OLD man was killed in Liverpool last night when an “out of control” dog attacked him in his back garden.Merseyside Police confirmed that the death of Clifford Clarke is being investigated. Officers were called to an address in Clubmoor just before 8.40pm yesterday over reports of a dog attack.When they arrived, they found the body of the man and were confronted by the vicious dog. Armed officers were deployed and the dog was destroyed.Although the breed of dog is yet to be established, two women in their late-20s have been arrested on suspicion of an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act, 1991.Police are currently informing next-of-kin and carrying out door-to-door enquiries.The dog attack is the second to occur in Britain this year. In March, 14-year-old Manchester girl Jade Anderson died in an attack by a number of dogs. Her family have started a campaign to pressure the government to change laws relating to dog ownership.A study published in April found a link between violent crime and the trade for dogs on Britain’s streets. The three year study from Middlesex University included over 100 interviews, many with dangerous dog owners and several gang members found evidence of animals changing hands for up to £10,000 each.‘Justice for Jade’ campaign looks for change after dog attackRead: Teenage girl found dead in house with ‘out of control’ dogs> Read: New study links violent crime with dangerous dog trade
The world is one step closer today to having robotic servantslike the Jetson family did in the famous cartoon from the 70’s. The Honda robotics team has given a significant upgrade to it’s Asimo humanoid robot, giving it the necessary hardware and software for it to be an autonomous creation that needs no human operator.In a video demonstration, the new Asimo was able to do several things that look eerily like its human counterparts; running, jumping on one foot, pushing a cart and pouring a drink without spilling. All those actions were done in a manner that was smooth and lifelike.To achieve this level of precision, the Honda team decided that three factors were necessary for a robot to be autonomous. First, the robot would have to have excellent balance to be able to function and move on its own, that coupled with a sophisticated array of sensors to make Asimo aware of its external environment make movement possible. Last, but certainly not least, Asimo would need to have a “brain” of sorts, able to take all of the information pouring in and make sense of it for decision making ability.Simply put, Honda made it possible for Asimo to be in a crowded room and plot a course to the other side without interfering with anyone or anything in the room. While this is nothing new, what makes it noteworthy is that Asimo is able to think and adapt its path if anything in the room changes course, or moves to a different location. Essentially, Asimo is self-space aware and can act on that awareness.The software upgrade for Asimo was not the only area of focus for Honda Robotics. It installed new servos and hardware to allow precise movements in every part of the robots body. These upgrades are good enough to allow Asimo the ability to unscrew a lid from a thermos, then pour its contents into a glass without spilling a drop. In addition, Asimo can run at a 6 MPH clip without falling or stumbling. All this was done while shedding almost twelve-pounds off the previous model of the robot.You can see a portion of the demonstration below, it is a must-see video for geeks.Read more at Engadget.
Stay on target Photos: Solar Eclipse 2019 Stuns South American Viewers’The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3 The big total solar eclipse is set to hit North America today (August 21st), and if you’re like me, you’ve been scrambling to find a pair of viewing glasses for the big event. In all the hurry to see the eclipse, it’s easy to forget about the little guys in your family: your pets. Animals, even tame ones, have behavior that’s heavily tied to the sun and night cycle.The big issue is, there’s not a lot of awareness of how eclipses affect animals. Some Cleveland pet owners interviewed by Fox 8 thought their pets might want to hide, others were concerned about their dogs and cats staring into the sun and hurting their eyes. It’s a valid concern, of course, but the danger isn’t as clear and present as it might seem.Dr. Evan Morse of Warrensville Animal Hospital thinks most animals will simply act like they do when the sun goes down normally. It’s likely they furry friends will believe that it’s nighttime and will go about their routine. Morse says dogs and cats don’t tend to look at the sun anyway, so they’re not going to be suddenly interested in it just because of the eclipse.But if you’re outside walking around with your canine or feline friends you might want to make sure they don’t keep staring up at the sky or anything like that when they notice something changing around them. This shouldn’t be too big of a concern, but just in case you might want to shelter your pet until the eclipse has passed.If you notice your animal getting nervous or restless, chances are it’s because they’re picking up on your excitement about the eclipse. The best way to make sure that your pet makes it through the eclipse unscathed is to simply be aware and make sure they’re just as safe as they normally are.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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A prosecutor argued to jurors Tuesday he finds it odd that a former Evergreen High School teacher on trial for allegedly trying to take “upskirt” images of females, including students, claims they were mistakenly taken.Attorney Alan Harvey, who is representing Matthew Morasch, repeatedly told the jury throughout trial that his client may have accidentally bumped his cellphone and captured the images.“If that is the case, then his client is quite voyeuristically prone,” Deputy Prosecutor Luka Vitasovic said. “That’s a lot of accidents going on.”Morasch, 42, is accused of shooting images of a then-14-year-old girl in his class, an unidentified female student and an unidentified female at the Battle Ground Goodwill store in April and June 2015. He faces one count of voyeurism and two counts of attempted voyeurism in Clark County Superior Court.Morasch, who was a freshman physics teacher, was in his 10th year with the district when the alleged crimes occurred. He was placed on leave but has since resigned, according to a school district spokesperson.
A stretch of Northeast 78th Street holds a haunting memory for Timm Sowders.When Timm was a child, his father, a Clark County Sheriff’s deputy, was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a fleeing burglar. The bullet that struck and killed Martin Sowders was fired by another deputy’s firearm as he, too, pursued the suspect.Nearly 40 years after the events of that day — Nov. 19, 1976 — Martin Sowders will receive what his family considers a fitting memorial. The Clark County Operations Center, located down the street from where Martin Sowders was shot and killed, will be renamed in his honor later this year. The operations center is home to the county’s public works department.“This has been my brainchild for a couple of years,” said Timm, now 46. The holdup was finding a suitable county-owned property to carry the Sowders name.County parks were out of the question, Timm said, because his father was allergic to grass and shrubbery. The county had briefly discussed the idea because a 2.5-acre park had been named after Sgt. Brad Crawford, another deputy who lost his life in the line of duty. Timm, however, didn’t think that would be a fitting tribute, given his father’s aversion to parks.The operations center, though, just made sense. It was there that Martin Sowders would change the oil in his patrol car, a Plymouth Fury III, before shifts. Timm remembers eating dinner with his father at the operations center, on nights when Martin was working.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Morgan State University student has died after being stabbed off campus in Northeast Baltimore.City police say in a news release that 21-year-old Marcus Edwards died Monday night at a hospital.Officers responded about 10:30 p.m. to a report of a stabbing about a mile north of campus. They found Edwards, suffering from a wound to his chest.Police were to canvass the area Tuesday morning for information.