CONSTANTINOPLE (AP) — Bayern Munich easily advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight year with a 3-1 win at Besiktas on Wednesday.Thiago Alcantara, Gokhan Gonul’s own goal and Sandro Wagner gave Bayern an 8-1 win on aggregate following the side’s 5-0 victory in the first leg of the last-16 tie.That result left Besiktas in need of the biggest comeback in the competition’s history, and coach Senol Gunes reacted with seven changes to the side that lost in Munich. Only Caner Erkin, Gary Medel, Ricardo Quaresma and Vagner Love kept their places.Despite the huge advantage, Bayern’s Jupp Heynckes sent arguably his strongest side out as the 72-year-old became the first coach to claim 11 consecutive wins in the Champions League.The team selection paid off as Thomas Mueller crossed for Thiago to kill off any Besiktas hopes of a huge upset in the 18th minute.Bayern’s away goal meant Besiktas needed seven in response to progress. The visitors’ level consequently dropped and Besiktas improved toward the end of the half.Gonul started the second half with an own goal, minutes before a cat on the sideline caused referee Michael Oliver to halt the game briefly. It resumed after the cat jumped back over the advertising hoarding.Bayern’s Rafinha, left, and Besiktas’ Jeremain Lens challenge for the ball during the Champions League, round of 16, second leg, soccer match between Besiktas and Bayern Munich at Vodafone Arena stadium in Istanbul, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Love got the fans cheering again when Gonul pounced on a mistake from David Alaba to set the Brazilian up for Besiktas’ consolation goal before the hour-mark.Alaba atoned by setting up Wagner for Bayern’s third in the final minutes.“We completed the job and now we’ll look ahead to the next round,” Mueller said.The only concern for Bayern was an apparent foot injury for Thiago, who was visibly frustrated as he went off in the 35th for James Rodriguez.“I don’t think it’s too serious,” Heynckes said.The home fans spent the last 15 minutes celebrating their side, singing and waving their flags in recognition of the team’s campaign. Besiktas was playing in the knockout stages for the first time after topping its group ahead of Porto, Monaco and Leipzig.Bayern fans are hoping for a repeat of Heynckes’ treble from his previous stint in 2013. Their side can wrap up the league title this weekend, while a cup semifinal against Schalke also awaits.—Besiktas’ Vagner Love celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League, round of 16, second leg, soccer match between Besiktas and Bayern Munich at Vodafone Arena stadium in Istanbul, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)TweetPinShare0 Shares
On Tuesday (that feels like a year ago now) I wrote a bit about what Gundy, Weeden, and Blackmon were really trying to convey at Big 12 media days. It was fun, I got some good feedback, I think there was more truth in there than anyone would admit, but why should we stop with OSU-affiliated players/coaches? Let’s get on to the rest of the conference!Mack BrownWhat he said: “[I need] a QB to get the swagger back.”What he meant: “I need a QB”What he said: (On the QB position) “The number one thing we want is leadership.What he meant: “Why me, God?!?! He was the Gatorade national player of the year!!”What he said: (On how much has been made of the Longhorn Network): “Really?”What he meant: “It’s so, so good to be me.”What he said: “When Colt McCoy and Jevan Snead were competing in spring practice after Vince Young left, we didn’t know who would be the quarterback when we left spring practice.”What he meant: “I might be a worse evaluator of talent than our basketball coach.”What he said: “One of them told me last night: Do you know they picked us fifth in the league? I don’t know that. I do now.”What he meant: “Hell, I didn’t even know our conference had five teams! I thought it was just us, OU, and Nebraska…are they still with us?” What he said: (On whether he thought Texas will be good this year) “Yes.”What he meant: “I make $5+ million a year no matter how many games we win. Who cares?”Bob StoopsWhat he said (allegedly): “I’ve got three outstanding players here with me in Travis Lewis, linebacker, senior linebacker; Ryan Mallett, a senior wide receiver; and then junior quarterback in Landry Jones.”What he meant: I think whoever transcribed this was still stuck on SEC Media Days…from 2010.What he said: (On replacing DeMarco Murray) “I think I’m really excited because there’s a lot of potential in that back field with those running backs.”What he meant: “Do you know how elated I am to get that injury-prone subpar athlete out of my backfield?” What he said: “[The SEC has] won that last game here for five years. So it’s our job as other conferences or other schools to win it.”What he meant: “Tebow doing that gator chomp thing in Nic Harris’ face was kinda funny…” What he said: “The 2000 team, I didn’t have any inkling going in, to be honest with you.What he meant: “I mean my gosh, you saw Heupel throw, didn’t you?”Mike ShermanWhat he said: “It’s great to be up here in Dallas, kick off the Big 12 and look forward to the season.”What he meant: “I hope Texas goes 0-12.”What he said: “The one thing [Tannehill] brings to the table, always has, is confidence”What he meant: “Where the hell is Reggie McNeal when I need him.”What he said: “Certainly Oklahoma State, a team that we have not found a way to win since I’ve been at A&M. We’ve lost to them three games in a row. I prefer playing them a little later [than September 24].”What he meant: “My GOODNESS Blackmon, you left $15 million on the table, why are you doing this to me?!?! Art BrilesWhat he said: “We’re pumped and ready to go and jump out there and see what can happen.”What he meant: “I could have hired Rex Ryan as my defensive coordinator and we’d still give up fifty a game this year.”What he said: “I’m not sure there is one opponent that’s that much more dominating over another over maybe a ten-year period.”What he meant: I honestly have no idea what he meant. What he said: “[Texas is] pretty hard to recruit against anyway, you know what I’m saying?What he meant: “Why are you asking me this? We don’t recruit the same players as Texas.”Gary PinkelWhat he said: “I think as the league, as it’s evolved to ten teams, I think the league will be as strong or stronger nationally each and every year, and the competition every week you better bring it.”What he meant: “I should be at Big 10 media days right now.”Tommy TubervilleWhat he said: “[TCU is] really probably not the type of team we want to play right now.”What he meant: “When does my contract end?”What he said: “I wish we still had Nebraska and we still had Colorado.”What he meant: “I am so happy to be playing Iowa State every year.”What he said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt we can sustain with ten teams and we can make the best out of it and even become a stronger conference maybe than what it was. That’s a political answer, right”What he meant: I don’t even really need to translate this, do I?Turner GillWhat he said: “I decided to redshirt the majority of [my freshmen] because I thought there would be a better situation as far as the following year and two or three years down the road they would be bigger, faster, stronger, and I thought that would benefit our program definitely in the long term.”What he meant: “We were screwed either way.”Paul RhoadsWhat he said: “For those of you that haven’t seen the [2-point conversion we attempted against Nebraska for the win last year], it was a fake extra point and intended receiver was wide open from me to you, Barry, wide open, and we failed to execute.”What he meant: “I tried to kill my field goal holder after that game because he can’t throw a 3.5 yard pass.”Bill SnyderWhat he said: “I don’t know that I’m aware of any particular signs that would allow us to continue to [improve in the offseason].”What he meant: “I’ll be 72 in October.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. 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Llorente Llorente vows to learn from new Tottenham partner Kane Peter McVitie Last updated 2 years ago 00:52 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Swansea City Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The 32-year-old is more experienced than the England star, but believes he can develop into a better player after joining the London side There may be a difference of eight years between them, but Fernando Llorente believes he can learn a lot from new Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane.Llorente, 32, joined Spurs from Swansea City on the final day of the transfer window, rejecting the chance to join Chelsea in the process.Get Spurs at 12/1 to win the league Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Spain international is expected to play second-fiddle to 24-year-old Kane, who has finished as the Premier League’s top goalscorer in each of the last two seasons. And although the former Athletic Club forward has more experience at club and international level than the England star, it is he who will become the apprentice.”I’m 32 years old, but I want to learn every day,” he said. “I think I can learn a lot of things off Harry Kane and all the players. I can learn with Mauricio Pochettino a lot and I am going to do my best here.”Llorente won three Serie A titles with Juventus and was part of the 2010 World Cup-winning Spain squad. However, he has set his sights on Premier League glory upon signing a two-year deal with last season’s runners-up.”I’m very, very happy to join Tottenham, an amazing club,” he added.”I can only say that I come here to help Tottenham to win titles. I think they are working very, very good in the last years and I like it a lot.”Llorente scored 15 goals in 35 games for Swansea in one season after joining from Sevilla.
Wagga Wagga Touch Association are running their annual charity day knockout on Sunday 7th of August at 9am at Jubilee Park. The cost will be $10 per player, per team with all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald incorporated Kids Cottage appeal. Nominations are being accepted in the following divisions: Mens/Womens/Mixed Open Mens/Womens/Mixed Under 18’s Mens/Womens/Mixed Over 35’s Divisions may be merged if there are not enough nominations for a certain division, with alll games being 30 minutes long with teams changing ends after each touchdown. Players can register in as many different divisions as they like and each team must be prepared to supply a duty referee. Registration forms must be returned by August 1 to: OPSM, DON Tuckwells Audio or mailed to WTA, PO BOX 2037, Wagga Wagga, 2650. The registration forms can also be faxed to 02 69312290 or emailed to email@example.com Get a team along to support the Kids Cottage Appeal!
eninorge, May 16, 2014 zoom The Goliat FPSO will depart Hyundai Heavy Industries yard in South Korea in early 2015, a decision taken at a licence meeting on Friday 16 May.The licence determined that conditions to depart at the end of June 2014, and complete commissioning in Norway in Q4 2014, were not in place. In particular, elements necessary to complete commissioning offshore in the Barents Sea were unavailable.The licence has therefore decided to utilize the second transportation window already contracted with the Dockwise Vanguard vessel, and to complete commissioning of the FPSO in the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea.Production start-up is targeted for mid-2015. A fast ramp-up to steady production is expected, given the opportunity to test and finetune the FPSO before it leaves South Korea.Goliat will be the first oil field to come on stream in the Barents Sea, and as such the project incorporates several technical innovations designed to ensure safe and robust operation. The platform has been specifically tailored to Arctic conditions.The FPSO has reached an advanced stage: work on the hull is finished, topsides are reaching mechanical completion, and commissioning activities are progressing steadily in parallel. The final activities, related to sea trials, are expected well before sailaway. The licence remains fully satisfied with the quality of construction received from Hyundai. In parallel, the other parts of the project – drilling, installation of subsea – are progressing steadily in Norway.Eni Norge AS is operator of the field with a participating interest of 65 per cent. Statoil owns the remaining 35 per cent as partner. Goliat is planned to produce 170 million barrels of oil during a production lifetime of 15 years.
World Maritime News Staff, Video credit: Royal Danish Navy zoom Have you ever seen an anti-piracy action aboard a container ship, if not, now is the right time to take a look at this video.On Sunday, October 5th, during the Mary Maersk’s sailing through the Fehmarn Belt dividing Denmark and Germany, 30 soldiers were suddenly lowered from helicopters to board the vessel.The soldiers were Members of the Frogman Corps, an elite commando unit of the Royal Danish Navy, conducting an anti-piracy exercise aboard the ship. The mission of the exercise was to defeat the pirates who had taken control of the large container vessel.
SCF Group’s newest LNG-fueled Aframax oil tanker has been named in South Korea. The naming ceremony for the 114,000 dwt Mendeleev Prospect was held at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) shipyard.Honoured to participate at the naming ceremony of SCF Group new tanker “Mendeleev Prospect” in S.Korea. Proud for the Chamber’s Member-Company to be introducing this new generation tankers. The result of an effort to make the #ShippingIndustry even more sustainable & “Greener”! pic.twitter.com/4LPUYR2HSy— Thomas Kazakos (@ThomasKazakos) November 20, 2018With a length of 250 meters and a width of 44 meters, the newbuilding has a capacity of 132,100 cbm. Mendeleev Prospect currently has a market value of USD 44.11 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Following the deliveries of Gagarin Prospect and Lomonosov Prospect, Mendeleev Prospect is the third in a series of six Aframax tankers designed to operate on LNG as the primary fuel. The company’s ‘Green Funnel’ Aframax tankers set a new standard of navigation safety as switching to cleaner-burning LNG fuel allows them to significantly reduce the impact on the natural environment. This is particularly important for ships in high-traffic areas such as the Baltic and North Seas where these ‘Green Funnel’ tankers will primarily operate.The Russian shipping company expects to have all six tankers in operation by Q2 2019.In September 2018, Sovcomflot ordered two similar LNG-fueled Aframax tankers from Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, both of which will then be time-chartered to Rosneft for 20 years respectively.World Maritime News Staff
New York – The conference, held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York, brought together noted theologians, representatives of the US State Department, analysts, and others for two days of open discussions on a variety of subjects central to Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Morocco figured prominently in the discussion, and Dr. Abdelhak Azzouzi, professor of international relations and political science, spoke on the panel about the polemic of cultural hegemony between moderation and extremism. Morocco, which is at the helm of fighting ideological extremism in Africa, has much to contribute to the discussion of how a culture of integration, tolerance, and respect can guard against infiltration by extremists—violent jihadists and Muslim Brotherhood ideologues—who seek to hijack the discussion on intercultural differences. It can do so through preventive outreach, guarding mosques against jihadist influence, and offering opportunities to vulnerable populations targeted by radical groups like ISIS. Diverse Muslim communities in the United States suffer due to lack of platforms for their voicesToday’s political climate does a tremendous disservice to peaceful, law-abiding Muslims in the United States, as well as Muslims residing in other countries. Unfortunately, the Islamists who work to sow divisions between Muslim communities and non-Muslims in the West contribute to the emergence of extreme ideas and ideological threats. For that reason, the conference was a good way to bring all players together to better understand the bigger picture: There is a vibrant discussion within Muslim religious communities about various issues, as well as the direction and the future of these communities, similar to other religious communities. Furthermore, while the Muslim world is diverse, much of that does not come through in the type of sensationalist information that reaches the average American, who is ignorant about these communities beyond what these massive organizations and their spokespeople have to say. The way to combat these misunderstandings is to assist individual communities with forming their own representative organizations that will reflect their values. At the same time, working with diverse communities to create a centralized system, carefully monitored and free from politicized influences will ensure transparency, bring more and different types of people to the table, and perhaps work to discourage bad-faith actors from hijacking the discussion.Muslim Brotherhood fronts have co-opted representation of Islam in the United StatesIn the past, the American government supported Muslim Brotherhood front organizations, such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Islamic Relief, and others, which have monopolized the discussion on Islam and issues affecting Muslims to the detriment of all other voices. These organizations have used their platforms to shut down all other voices within the diverse Muslim communities in the United States, presenting American Muslims as monolithic supporters of political Islam.Rather than addressing issues central to the interests of individual communities—education, access to services, understanding US history and government, and outreach to other organizations and communities—these self-appointed spokespeople have focused the discussion on creating a grievance culture and centering foreign agendas at the forefront of the discussion. CAIR and ISNA are unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land trial, which brought down a network of charities laundering money for terrorist organizations. Islamic Relief is under investigation for its alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood, which funds a number of terrorist organizations in the Middle East. These organizations have become dominant voices in the media, discrediting all other groups as “fringe” and presenting themselves as the only legitimate and mainstream representatives of Islam in the United States. As a result of these efforts, many American Muslims have become disenfranchised from both the political process and community organization. When wealthy lobby groups, such as those affiliated with these Muslim Brotherhood fronts, hijack discussions with members of Congress and the administration thanks to high level networking, generous campaign donations (often from suspect foreign sources), and flashy public relations, what hope is there for independent community organizations which do not rely on Muslim Brotherhood donations for support? Giving media platforms only to one type of practicing Muslim ignores the diversity of voices from across the religious spectrum, which engage in internal theological discussions and debates throughout the many communities in the United States. By presenting a monolithic view of Islam to the American public, Islamist organizations have ensured that a certain stereotype of Muslims as dishonest in their political intentions will be perpetuated among those who get the bulk of their news about Islam from news stories about terrorism.The US should work closely with allies in the Muslim world—inside and outside the country—to address common interestsTo that end, the United States should also be working with other countries, its Muslim allies, who are likewise dedicated to eradicating extremist ideologues, and supporting peaceful, constructive, and forward-looking conversations within their local and global communities. Conferences, such as this one, are a good start. But there is also room for smaller working groups; practical skill building workshops with different communities and with US embassies and immigration staffers; and joint activities which facilitate humanization and understanding of everyone involved. During the course of the conference, individuals like evangelical pastor Bob Roberts, Jr., from Texas spoke about working to create welcoming, apolitical environments for Christian pastors and imams to interact and share the message of inclusion with their congregations.Moroccan-Americans in New York (MANY), led by Simo Elaissaoui, is a local community organization inclusive to Moroccans of all faiths which has been hosting joint dinners with members of the American Jewish community in relaxed social settings devoid of political agendas and oversight. The Muslim Americans Leadership Alliance (MALA), headed by Zainab Khan, and represented by Chief of Staff Jean Schindler at the conference, engages young Muslim Americans of assorted background in cultural activities and engages and humanizes its audiences through representation of individual Muslim American experiences and stories. These organizations have worked in tandem with other organizations, such as the American Sephardi Federation, headed by Jason Guberman Pfeffer, who spoke about the Sephardic experience in building bridges between the East and the West, for joint cultural programming and understanding of each other’s histories, interests, and ways to work together to promote good relations.How Morocco can contribute to future endeavorsPerhaps in the future, Morocco will share the wealth of its successful experience in interfaith and inter-ethnic understanding—such as its tolerant imam training program—by sending a graduate of its seminal imam training center as a model for future such efforts among other participants. Meanwhile, the message of the conference was clear: There may be many misunderstandings, and communication could use a great deal of improvement, but everyone who was in the room was committed to open dialogue, learning from one another, and implementing specific advice towards the kind of changes that can bring even more people looking to share in relationship and community-building in the near future. Learning from successful historical precedents—such as Morocco’s long-standing relationship with the United States—can only benefit both countries and shape a more optimistic outlook towards shaping the narrative and the vision for future relationship between the United States and the Muslim world.
17 November 2009More green energy and climate-friendly projects target Africa than ever before, but the numbers still lag behind Asia and Latin America, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today. More green energy and climate-friendly projects target Africa than ever before, but the numbers still lag behind Asia and Latin America, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.The projects, from renewable energies to tree planting, are part of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol – the global emissions reduction treaty. They allow developed countries to reduce emissions and meet global warming commitments by investing in carbon reduction projects in developing countries. A total of 112 CDM Africa projects, worth a total of Euros 212 million a year, are at “validation, requesting registration or registered,” UNEP said, noting that this is up from 78 projects in 2008 and just two in 2004. Around 80 per cent of the projects are in sub-Saharan Africa, with 28 projects underway or planned in South Africa, followed by 14 in Kenya. In North Africa, Egypt has 13 projects, followed by Morocco with 10.The projects include two large solar water heating projects in South Africa, the promotion of energy efficient light bulbs in rural Senegal and a municipal waste-composting project in Uganda. Experts say the latest figures underline the importance of Africa’s Governments pressing for reform in the weeks before the UN Climate Change Convention meeting in Copenhagen from 7 to 18 December.At the same time, they noted that while the figures are cause for optimism, they also underline how few projects are currently flowing into Africa when compared with several other parts of the world. Globally, there are over 4,730 CDM projects operating or close to approval. The lion’s share is in Asia and the Pacific with a total of just over 3,700 projects, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean with close to 820. These issues will be part of the agenda at the Green Electricity Conference organized by UNEP, the Kenyan Government and the French development agency AFD in Nairobi on 23 and 24 November.
Key dates in seven-year history of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline by crystalladeras Posted Nov 6, 2015 2:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Obama administration has rejected TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline that would connect Canada’s oilsands to Gulf Coast refineries. Here are some key dates in the history of the pipeline proposal:July 2008: TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) and ConocoPhillips, joint owners of the Keystone Pipeline, propose a major extension to the network, dubbed Keystone XL. The new addition is proposed to transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of oilsands bitumen from Alberta to Texas. TransCanada files an official application for permission to build the project months later and environmental groups start voicing objections.2009: As the U.S. State Department wades through comments based on an environmental assessment of the project, TransCanada starts visiting landowners potentially affected by the pipeline project. Opposition to the project emerges in Nebraska.June 2009: TransCanada announces it will buy the stake that ConocoPhillips has in Keystone.March 2010: The National Energy Board approves TransCanada’s application for Keystone XL, though the green light comes with 22 conditions regarding safety, environmental protection and landowner rights.April 2010: The U.S. State Department releases a draft environmental impact statement saying Keystone XL would have a limited effect on the environment.June-July 2010: Opposition to Keystone XL begins mounting in the United States. Legislators write a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for greater environmental oversight; scientists begin speaking out against the project; and the Environmental Protection Agency questions the need for the pipeline extension.July 2010: The State Department extends its review of Keystone, saying federal agencies need more time to weigh in before a final environmental impact assessment can be released.March 2011: The State Department announces a further delay in its environmental assessment.Aug. 26, 2011: The State Department releases its final environmental assessment, which reiterates its findings from 2010.August-September 2011: Protesters stage a two-week campaign of civil disobedience at the White House to speak out against Keystone XL. Police arrest approximately a thousand people, including actors Margot Kidder and Daryl Hannah as well as Canadian activist Naomi Klein.Sept. 26, 2011: At a demonstration on Parliament Hill, police arrest 117 of the 400 protesters on hand.Nov. 10, 2011: The State Department says TransCanada must reroute Keystone XL to avoid an ecologically sensitive region of Nebraska. Environmental protesters had decried the pipeline for traversing the state’s Ogallala Aquifer, a source of drinking water to millions on the Great Plains.Nov. 14, 2011: TransCanada says it will comply with State Department demands and reroute the pipeline.December 2011: U.S. legislators pass a bill that contains a provision related to Keystone XL. The provision states that President Barack Obama must make a decision on the pipeline’s future in the next 60 days.Jan. 18, 2012: Obama rejects Keystone XL, saying the timeline imposed by the December bill did not leave enough time to review the new route. Obama said TransCanada was free to submit another application.Feb. 27, 2012: TransCanada says it will build the southern leg of Keystone XL, which runs from Cushing, Okla. to the Gulf Coast, as a separate project with a price tag of $2.3 billion. The southern portion of the pipeline was not subject to presidential permission, since it did not cross an international border.April 18, 2012: TransCanada submits a new route to officials in Nebraska for approval.May 4, 2012: TransCanada files a new application with the State Department for the northern part of Keystone XL.Jan. 22, 2013: Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approves TransCanada’s proposed new route for Keystone XL, sending the project back to the State Department for review.January 2013: Pipeline opponents file a lawsuit against the Nebraska government claiming the state law used to review the new route is unconstitutional because it doesn’t allow for judicial review or spell out what criteria should be considered when evaluating a pipeline project. The Nebraska government contested the suit.Jan. 31, 2014: The State Department says in a report that Keystone XL would produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than transporting oil to the Gulf of Mexico by rail.Feb. 19, 2014: A Nebraska judge ruled that the law that allowed the state governor to approve Keystone XL over the objections of landowners was unconstitutional. Nebraska said it would appeal the ruling.April 18, 2014: The State Department suspends the regulatory process indefinitely, citing uncertainty about the court case in Nebraska.Nov. 4, 2014: TransCanada says the costs of Keystone XL have grown from US$5.4 billion to US$8 billion.November-December 2014: Midterm elections turn control of the U.S. Congress over to Republicans, who say they’ll make acceptance of Keystone XL a top priority. But Obama adopts an increasingly negative tone on the issue.Jan. 9, 2015: At Nebraska Supreme Court, by the narrowest of margins, a panel of seven judges strikes down a lower-court decision that a state law approving the pipeline route was adopted by unconstitutional methods.Jan. 29, 2015: The U.S. Senate approves a bill to build Keystone XL, but the victory is expected to be short-lived as the White House has signalled that Obama plans to veto the bill when it lands on his desk.Feb. 24, 2015: Obama vetoes the bill that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.June 30, 2015: TransCanada sends a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials saying the State Department should include recent climate change policy announcements by the Alberta and federal governments in its review of Keystone XL.Nov. 2, 2015: TransCanada asks the U.S. government to temporarily suspend its application.Nov. 4, 2015: The U.S. government rejects that request.Nov. 6, 2015: The Obama administration rejects TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada CEO Russ Girling says he is disappointed with the decision but continues to believe the project is in the best interests of both Canada and the U.S.
FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, Jesse Canady brings out a new load of generators at The Home Depot in Monkey Junction near Wilmington, N.C., as Hurricane Matthew travels up the East Coast. On Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on business stockpiles in August. (Ken Blevins /The Star-News via AP, File) by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Oct 14, 2016 8:07 am MDT Last Updated Oct 14, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles and their sales in August, a possible sign of stronger growth in the closing months of 2016.The Commerce Department says inventories rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2 per cent between August and July. Inventories have risen a modest 0.7 per cent over the past 12 months to $1.82 trillion. Sales also advanced 0.2 per cent in August but have been nearly flat over the past year.Weak inventory restocking has been a drag on growth during the first half this year, reducing the pace at which the economy can expand. Economists say businesses are close to getting inventories back in line with sales, such that inventories will be less of a drag on growth — a trend suggested by the August gains. US business stockpiles and sales increase in August
To the left are the factors I used and the weights I assigned each.Some things don’t matter in my book. I don’t take into account our prematch ratings of each team. A Bayesian would figure that the better teams are more likely to play better soccer, but in a tournament that has seen favorites dominate the later stages, I don’t want to give them any other advantages.Also, while knockout matches get a boost because they’re considered more meaningful than group-stage matches, I also don’t give any extra credit for knockout games that are tied after 90 minutes. Part of the beauty of soccer is that matches take a predictable, and brief, amount of time. So all stats are normalized to a 90-minute match, and penalty kicks don’t factor in. Relatedly, I have no bias for or against draws. Either they come in the group stage and are critical to standings, or they’re in the knockout stage and are settled by penalty kicks.I didn’t merely add together these numbers. A typical match had 725 completed passes per 90 minutes, but just 2.65 goals per 90 minutes. Plus, some of the measures were expressed in percentages. So I used standard scores, aka Z scores: the number of standard deviations each measure was from the mean. Each match’s final score was the weighted sum of Z scores for each measure.And here are the Top 10 and bottom 10 matches, according to my method:Belgium-U.S. did well across the categories. It was meaningful and close for all but the two minutes between the second Belgium goal and the lone U.S. goal. It had lots of one-on-ones, chances and expected assists; and few offsides, bookings and major errors.In other words, it was the mirror image of the dreadful France defeat of Honduras. France led comfortably for nearly all of the second half. The match had few one-on-ones, a relatively low proportion of shots that were on goal, few chances or assists, and an own goal by Noel Valladares, the Honduras goalkeeper.While I’m comfortable with both of these choices, I was surprised to see the two semis in my top 10. Germany’s rout of Brazil wasn’t competitive after the first 20 minutes, but the German attack’s efficiency and pinpoint passing made it look like a classic anyway. (It also had few fouls, bookings and offsides calls.) And it did have a certain car-wreck quality that made it highly watchable. Argentina’s penalty-kick ouster of the Netherlands was highly meaningful and close throughout, with accurate passing. That helped it overcome the lack of goals and, especially, chances — the fewest per 90 minutes of any match so far.The rankings also make me want to watch replays of Nigeria — which had two top-five matches — and they provide a parting insult to Spain, which played two matches in the bottom 10. They also highlight the drama of the Round of 16, which had three of the top nine matches.Just to show how much my preferences matter, I tested a few small changes in the weightings and came up with different results. Weight goals per 90 minutes by four instead of one, and Germany-Brazil is the best match of the World Cup in addition to the most surprising. Or shift the weight on successful tackle percentage to four, and Germany-Algeria takes the prize. (No simple tweak, though, can rescue France-Honduras.)As these examples demonstrate, this ranking, like any other, is arbitrary. The factors I included and the weights I chose were based on what data I had available and my preferences. Let me know in the comments how you’d rank the matches, or rank them yourselves. There are lots of stats available at FIFA.com and Whoscored.com. I thought it’d be fun to try to devise a way to rank the 62 World Cup matches played through Wednesday for sheer entertainment value. After all, most people in the world entered the tournament without their home country to support. And many people who live in one of the 32 nations with a contender have seen their country’s team knocked out and had to choose whether to adopt a new side to support, or to simply cheer for good, exciting soccer — or, in other words, what was absent from France-Honduras, the worst match by my measure.So, what defines good, exciting soccer? What sets Belgium 2-U.S. 1, the best match of the tournament by my ranking, apart from France 3-Honduras 0, the worst? Anyone who thinks about the question probably would answer it a little differently. Here are my answers: A match needs to matter. Knockout matches matter the most, while the third of the three group-stage matches sometimes matter much less, particularly when the two teams have been eliminated from the knockout stage already.A match needs to be close for most of the time. It can end 4-0, so long as it was 1-0 until the final minutes.All else equal, a match with more goals is more fun than one with fewer goals. But not all goals are created equal. Goals caused by opponent errors aren’t the result of good play, so each one is as bad as other goals are good. I prefer assisted goals, so they get a 50 percent boost.Whatever the final score, a match will be more entertaining if it has more chances. And meaningful chances matter more. So a better match will have a greater number of expected goals and assists. Our expectation is based on the location of shots and passes — and a model built by TruMedia to estimate the expected number of goals and assists based on these shots and passes and how they’re coded by Opta’s match analysts (TruMedia supplied the Opta data for this exercise). Good chances are entertaining whether or not they lead to goals: When they don’t, a defender or goalkeeper is probably partially responsible. But missed shots are no fun and a sign of bad play. So the higher the percentage of all those shots that aren’t blocked by the defense that are on target, the better.One-on-one showdowns between an offensive player and a defensive counterpart are exciting. The more of these, the better.The greater the number of completed passes, the more the ball is moving and teammates are collaborating. Incomplete passes could be the result of ambitious passing, of bad touches or of good defense, so I ignore them.Tackles are good, but missed tackles aren’t. So the higher the percentage of attempted tackles that are successful, the better.Flowing play is better than lots of referee whistles. So the fewer fouls, the fewer bookings and the fewer offsides calls, the better.There aren’t many stats that directly measure errors, so I use one of those — misplays on crosses by goalkeepers — along with own goals and goals caused by defensive errors as a proxy for sloppy play in meaningful moments.
An effigy of British Prime Minister Theresa May is wheeled through Trafalgar SquareCredit:AP EU supporters, calling on the government to give Britons a vote on the final Brexit dealCredit: Reuters The protest comes after the European Union agreed to delay the UK’s departure. Meanwhile more than four million people have signed a petition calling on the Government to cancel Brexit.People’s Vote claimed there were so many people at the march that some protesters were at a standstill for ‘at least an hour’.A spokesperson said: “Our estimate is based on professional expert advice and whatever the exact number, there can be no doubt that this ranks as one of the greatest protests – possibly the biggest ever – that this country has ever seen. “We have no doubt that this march is bigger than the last with our early estimate putting the size of the crowd at around 1 million.”The day’s activities were kicked off by the unfurling of a large banner on Westminster Bridge that read “Love socialism, hate Brexit”. The People’s Vote campaign has been accused of “overestimating” by Brexiteers after claiming one million people took part in a march through London in support of a second referendum.Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators walked from Park Lane to Parliament Square on the ‘Put It To The People March’ holding placards which read ‘Brexit is Rubbish’, ‘Revoke Article 50’ and ‘We Love EU’. The demonstration followed the launch of an online petition calling on the Government to revoke Article 50 which last night had been signed by four million people. People’s Vote, the campaign group which organised the rally, said more than one million people took part and it was one of the biggest protests in British history.The group has previously been accused of trying to mislead politicians and voters about its level of support.A debriefing document prepared by the Greater London Authority put the number of attendees at October’s People’s Vote rally at 250,000 – significantly below the campaign group’s claim that they were joined by more than 700,000 people. MPs have now criticised the group’s latest turnout claims and suggested the group are spreading “dubious” figures.Peter Bone, Conservative MP for Wellingborough and part of the Brexit select committee, told The Telegraph: “I’m not really sure it can be called a People’s March – it’s hardly a march and more of a social gathering. Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson told the crowd: “At every turn we have been ignored. At every stage Theresa May has doubled down rather than reaching out.”She has made it impossible for anyone who cares about jobs, about solidarity at home and abroad, about friendship across borders and between communities to support this Brexit.”The London march coincided with pro-Brexit campaigners continuing their March To Leave hike from Sunderland to the capital. They hope to arrive on March 29 – the original Brexit day.Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage told around 200 Brexit supporters that Theresa May had reduced the nation “to a state of humiliation”. People’s Vote campaigners in LondonCredit: Niklas Halle’n/AFP March attendees included Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Labour MP David Lammy and Sherlock Holmes star Eddie Marsan.Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called for Article 50 to be revoked, telling crowds: “With days to go we’re in danger of falling of the cliff, which will have catastrophic consequences.”Ms Sturgeon told protesters that the Prime Minister had pitched “parliament against the people”. “I very much doubt the turnout figure is correct given they got their numbers wrong before.”There were 17.4 million people who voted to leave the EU, so the protesters don’t represent the country as a whole.” People hold up placards and European flags as they pass Trafalgar Square Marcus Fysh, Conservative MP for Yeovil, told The Telegraph: “They’ve obviously developed this march as a propaganda exercise so I wouldn’t be surprised if they had overestimated their turnout figure.”Let’s be honest – they are marching against democracy and the implementation of a democratic referendum result.”They are trying to set up a second vote where Remain is on the ballot. A ‘final say’ is not what they want – they want to reverse the result.”This is a putsch that is going on this week.” 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.
As part of Cleveland Potash’s continued upgrade of their Boulby mine in North Yorkshire, UK, Qualter Hall who are based in Barnsley, UK have been awarded a further major contract for the mine, this time for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a new polyhalite process facility. Work has already begun and is scheduled for completion in 2016.This contract follows Qualter Hall’s successful replacement of the Boulby mine’s headgear in 2013 and the round house transfer tower in 2014, along with the ongoing consultancy works by Qualter Hall for this latest requirement. The scope of works for this new polyhalite process facility is to build a new crushing and screening facility within the curtilage of the mine. It includes a 1,000 t/h x 300 mm diameter pipe conveyor leading from the round house transfer tower, now known as the cube, into the ROM stockpile shed which comprises a tripper conveyor, loading trunk, 12,000 t stockpile bay, drawdown chutes and uncoaler feeders.Then there is a process cell which includes nine process conveyors and five bucket elevators, two 100 t storage bunkers, two vibrating feeders, four megatex screens, process pipework, impact crusher, dust extraction and oil coating system. This is followed by the finished product shed with three product storage bays, three stockpile conveyors and loading chutes, drawdown chutes, uncoaler feeders and finally discharging to the rail outloading system comprising three new conveyors and gantry with upgraded rail loader.In addition, Qualter Hall are also responsible for all civil works and electrical control works, with the whole process being fully automated and computer controlled. Cleveland Potash Ltd currently supplies around 55-65% of the UK’s potash consumption from its Boulby mine, which has been operating since 1973 and which is currently the UK’s only potash mine. Employing over 1,000 people, workings extend down to over 1,300 m below ground level and as far as 12 km out underneath the North Sea.The mine can hoist up to 3 Mt of potash ore and more than 0.5 Mt of salt each year, producing up to 1 Mt of potash. Potash is used for fertiliser production as well as for glass making and applications in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The mine also produces salt as part of the potash mining process, which is used for a variety of needs, from road de-icing in winter to sugar beet cultivation and as an ingredient in animal feeds.The polyhalite to be processed by this new facility has been located in vast quantities (indications of more than a billion tonnes) beneath the potash reserves currently being mined. Polyhalite is a unique mineral salt which is used as fertiliser. To take full advantage of this opportunity this new polyhalite process facility is being established next to the Boulby mine for processing the polyhalite into speciality fertilisers and industrial products.George Orton, Qualter Hall’s Managing Director stated: “We are of course delighted to be continuing to build on our excellent working relationship with Cleveland Potash. This is our third major contract at Boulby mine in the last four years, two having already been successfully completed. Given our own breadth of engineering expertise, particularly within the mining sector, combined with the excellent rapport we have with the Cleveland Potash team, we are confident of meeting the demands of this challenging project.”
For residents whose lives were turned upside down, relief about having survived turned to heartbreak as the extent of the disaster slowly sunk in.Curtis Carver, a 20-year veteran of the US Marine Corps who served two years in Iraq, described his hometown as a “war zone” as he waited at a police checkpoint for permission to recover keepsakes from the ruins of his house.“It was my home, my kids’ home,” said the 38-year-old father of two, both of whom escaped harm. Carver was not allowed past because his house was in an area still deemed too dangerous.“Now it’s gone. There’s nothing left. It’s a pile of sticks…. and they’re keeping me away,” he said.The tornado was the strongest possible category, EF5, packing winds of more than 200 miles per hour.The epic twister, two miles in diameter, flattened block after block of homes as it struck mid-afternoon Monday, hurling cars through the air, downing power lines and setting off localised fires in a 45-minute rampage.The epicentre of the tragedy was the Plaza Towers Elementary School, where frightened teachers and students huddled in hallways and bathrooms as the twister barrelled through, and where some of the children died.- © AFP, 2013Photo: Massive hailstones fell in Oklahoma before the twister hitVideo: Emotional reunion as tornado survivor finds dog buried alive under house Rick Brown puts on a pair of boots after finding them in his tornado-ravaged home in Moore, Oklahoma. (Charlie Riedel/AP)TWO BABIES were among the 24 killed by a tornado that tore through Oklahoma, officials have said, as residents began the daunting task of rebuilding their lives in the wake of the catastrophe.Ten children – including a pair of infants, four and seven months old – perished in Monday’s tornado, which steamrolled entire neighbourhoods and two schools in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.“Our hearts go out to all the people affected by this tragedy,” Amy Elliott of the state medical examiner’s office said in an email detailing the revised breakdown of the official death toll. Previously, authorities had put the number of child fatalities at nine.Obama to visit region on SundayPresident Barack Obama will visit the ravaged region on Sunday to meet with victims and get a firsthand look at the stunning, widespread damage.The preliminary causes of death for the two dozen casualties included blunt force traumas, as well as asphyxiation, according to the office, which also released some of their names. Both babies died of head trauma.Some 237 people were injured by the hurricane-strength storm, Andy Oden, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, told AFP.It was not immediately clear if anyone remains unaccounted for, with Governor Mary Fallin urging everyone affected to come forward.“We need to know where you’re at. We need to know if you need assistance,” she said.Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, on a visit to the area, pledged government support for those struggling to piece their lives back together.“At some point the cameras will leave, the national ones will leave first, then the local ones,” she said.But on behalf of President Obama and on behalf of [the Federal Emergency Management Agency], we will be here to stay until this recovery is complete.
Pep Guardiola hasn’t lost his hopes ahead of his side’s clash against Liverpool despite losing the first game 3-0 away from home – but he insisted that the whole team believe that they still can turn it around and advance.The Spaniard claimed that this quarterfinal is still far from being over and his Manchester City will do anything they could to erase the heavy defeat from the first match and get through.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach spoke about the upcoming game as he said, according to Independent:Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We saw at the Masters sometimes you can make a bogey, sometimes a birdie. If you think about the bogey you make another one. It’s better to think about what you have to do, to analyse Liverpool, enjoy the game, attack because we need to score goals. We’ll try to score the first one and afterwards, we will see.”“One thing I’m completely sure we have is a character. We cannot do what we have done without character. In the league with these weather conditions, the number of games, every three days. We don’t solve the problem just because we are Manchester City. I assure you there is no one there on this team who doesn’t think we can do it because we have done it many times.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-Nev.) earlier this week renamed the Senate’s 12 conferees, and officially requested a conference to iron out differences between the versions of farm and nutrition legislation passed by both chambers.Representing the Senate in the conference will be Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and fellow Democrats Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Max Baucus of Montana, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of Colorado. Republican Senate conferees include Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Republicans Pat Roberts of Kansas, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, John Boozman of Arkansas and John Hoeven of North Dakota.House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has yet to name conferees from his chamber, and it remains to be seen if the Speaker will name conferees representing the House Agriculture Committee, or if the contingent will come from the House as a whole. It also is unclear whether House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), a leader in the House’s effort to split the legislation into standalone farm and food components, will be among the House conferees. Given the ongoing shutdown of the federal government, however, there are questions over what priority the farm bill will take on Congress’ to-do list.As always, ASA will keep members updated on the progress of the farm bill as it moves forward.
Share Former President George H.W. Bush says “history never sounded so powerful.”The touring company of the Tony-winning musical “Hamilton” gave the Republican a special performance in his Houston office on Tuesday.Bush tweeted it was a “complete joy to welcome the ‘HamFam.’” The 93-year-old says he’ll never forget it.A complete joy to welcome the “HamFam” — the cast and crew of @HamiltonMusical — to our Houston office for a special performance I will never forget. History never sounded so powerful. pic.twitter.com/dL224SkMKn— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) May 15, 2018“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted it was an honor.The honor is ours, sir. https://t.co/vT815vluaD— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 16, 2018The 41st U.S. president was released from a hospital earlier this month after contracting an infection. Bush was admitted to the hospital on April 22, one day after the funeral for his 92-year-old wife, Barbara.
Raghu Dixit makes happy music’ says his website. We would gladly agree. After having played in over 20 countries and clocked over 750 shows over the last 12 years, Dixit has had quite a remarkable career. He’s in the Capital to perform live at Blue Frog tonight. Don’t miss it! And while you decide to cancel other events to make place for this one – here are excerpts from the interview…Tell us a bit about where you started from and your initial years in the industry? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I started making my music from my early 20s in Mysore. The story of how I got into music is widely read now, but long story short, I discovered music, loved it so much that I thought it was worth it to quit my job as a scientist and jump into this full time! That was 15 years ago, and in 2011, I got the best New Comer award by Songlines magazine, so I think I am still in my early years in this industry.What is ‘your kind of music’? Is there any music that you just don’t like listening to? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI’ve always maintained that I think there are 2 genres of music, good music, and bad music. I strive to make as much good music as I can – there is no type of music I don’t like listening to, as long as it’s good. I don’t have any genre based dislikes, though my preference is for folk and world music.How do you think the music scene in India has changed over the last decade?Immensely! from being mostly a hobby for everyone involved, today, we have a festival almost every weekend in India and bands that are of such varied genres and musical styles. I think we have come a long way in the last decade and the next decade will make Indie music huge in India. Are there trends that are coming up now that you can foresee as the next best thing in music?I don’t know if going by trends is such a great idea. I know that a whole lot of people are experimenting with music and technology, and there will be a lot of hits and misses. Do you have a dream project in mind?I am working on a couple of dream projects at the moment and they will be announced soon.Who are the best artistes you have worked with?Everyone I have worked with has been special in their own way, and it will be very hard for me to single people out for this.What songs are on your playlist right now?A lot of world music, the new John Mayer album, all my essentials, right from Dave Matthews to Michael Jackson!What next for the Raghu Dixit Project?Our album comes out next month, and we should start making a lot of noise very soon about it, that is something we have been looking forward to for the last 5 years almost!How has Delhi been for you? How have the Delhi audience been for you?I love playing in Delhi and we have had some amazing shows there. A lot of people know our music inside out when they come for a gig and there is a lot of singing along and the atmosphere is brilliant! I don’t expect any less this time.Tell us five things you like and dislike about Delhi.I love Delhi, its food and people, and particularly dislike it’s traffic at times and at some points in the year, its weather!