ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before the game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The best bit in sports radio is The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz‘s “What He Looks Like Game.” Le Batard, Stugotz and Co., with the help of their listeners, try to come up with perfect descriptions of what people in sports look like. Some examples:Paxton Lynch looks like the old school Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo.Vin Scully looks like the one real human in a Disney movie filled with animated talking animals.Dan Gilbert looks like the guy who shaves in the locker room mirror at the gym while totally nude.They’ve come up with one for Jim Harbaugh and, Ohio State fans, it’s pretty perfect, right?Jim Harbaugh looks like the guy who yells at his wife in front of everyone when they lose at Pictionary on gamenight pic.twitter.com/Whz6ERQVAI— What He Looks Like (@WhatHeLooksLike) May 8, 2016He totally does.
It hasn’t been a great day for some of the undefeated college football teams. Cincinnati and NC State have already gone down, and now USF football is in trouble.More disturbingly for Bulls fans, USF is in trouble against the UConn Huskies.USF has played itself up to No. 21 in the country at 6-0. They haven’t gotten as much attention as rival UCF, which ran the table last year, but have still gotten some credit.The Bulls have had some very close calls, though.USF pulled a rabbit out of a hat to beat Illinois earlier in the year, 25-19, and did it again against another bad team last week, sneaking by 1-5 Tulsa on the road 25-24.At the half tonight, USF football is tied at 7-7 with 1-5 UConn.The Huskies are, by any metric, one of the worst teams in all of FBS football. Their only win on the year came against FCS Rhode Island, and it was a close game.Let’s check in on the worst undefeated team in my ratings against the worst team in my ratings pic.twitter.com/CShI0mbU2e— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) October 21, 2018UConn has surrendered at least 49 points in every game this year. The average score of a Huskies game this year is 53.7-20.3.There is plenty of time left. This would be a monumental upset if UConn can pull it out though.
NEW DELHI: With BJP’s sterling show in Bengal, it was widely speculated that it would get at least a cabinet berth in Modi’s new cabinet. However, it ended up with two ministers of state. Babul Supriyo, the singer- turned politician who fended off actress Moon Moon Sen in Asansol returns as a minister of state. Debasree Chaudhuri the BJP MP from Raiganj was also inducted as an MoS in the Modi cabinet. This is being viewed by political analysts as a royal snub to the BJP party cadre in Bengal. The BJP increased its tally in Bengal from two in 2014 to an impressive 18 seats this time around.
Los Angeles: Veteran actor Harrison Ford believes he was typecast in the role of Rooster from the animated feature, “The Secret Life of Pets 2”, but he has no qualms about it. The 76-year-old actor voice stars as Rooster, a tough Welsh Sheepdog, in the upcoming film, which is a sequel to 2016’s “The Secret Life of Pets”. The project marks Ford’s foray in the animation world and when asked why he came late to this party, the veteran actor said, “I had never been asked before.” Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ “My first instinct was to ask, Well, do you want me to do a voice? A dog voice?’ And they said no, just my regular voice. I figured out pretty quickly that Rooster was kind of a caricature idea of me; it was celebrated as typecasting. Usually, that’s something you want to stay away from, but in this case, it was encouraged,” Ford said in a statement. The actor, who has headlined films such as the “Indiana Jones” franchise and “Star Wars” series, said working on the new animated feature was fun for him. Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’ “I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was. It was really a pleasure to do it. They made it great fun for me. You’d go in, do a scene or a bunch of scenes, and then you come back. “You start to see pictures of the character in action. I don’t think I ever spent more than 45 minutes or an hour in the recording studio at any one time. They work really hard to get it where they want it, and you…don’t. It’s too easy. And fun. Really fun,” he added. “The Secret Life of Pets 2”, also featuring the voices of Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Tiffany Haddish and Lake Bell, will release in India on June 14 in English and Hindi in 2D, 3D & 4DX.
New Delhi: The season-opening Duleep Trophy, which has been India’s only day-night first-class tournament with pink ball for the last three seasons, is set to go back to the day format with red ball due to lack of TV coverage. The blue-riband tournament, which will feature India’s top domestic stars, will be played from August 17 to September 9 at Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium. India’s next superstar in making Shubman Gill, India A regular Priyank Panchal and Vidarbha Ranji champion skipper Faiz Fazal will lead Blue, Red and Green teams respectively. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh However, the BCCI’s GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim confirmed that save the final from September 5-9, which will be telecast live on Star Sports, all the other matches will be traditional red-ball games like the old times. “We have floodlights at the Chinnaswamy but we are not playing with pink ball under lights as there is no live coverage. Only the final match will be a day/night affair as that’s the only match to be aired live” Karim told PTI on Tuesday. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Asked if this will be a roadblock in moving towards pink ball Tests in future, Karim disagreed. “I don’t think so. If everyone associated with Indian cricket is on the same page, may be we can think of having India A first class games with pink balls. I am not saying anything is confirmed but you never know if everyone comes on same page,” Karim said. However, a senior BCCI official said the decision to scrap pink balls save the final has been done keeping bigger picture in mind. “The Indian team is not playing any pink ball cricket in near future. All our Test engagements are a part of World Test Championship. And we are not playing any Day/Night games in World Test Championship,” the senior official, who is privy to Indian team management’s selection policies, told PTI on condition of anonymity. “So what’s the logic of our supply line of players playing a tournament with pink ball when they are in any case going to play red ball cricket if selected for India,” he said. On the three Duleep squads formed, most of the current India A players along with performers from Vidarbha and other Ranji teams have got a chance. The likes of Abhimanyu Easwaran, Anmolpreet Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Gopal, Jayant Yadav, Axar Patel, all of whom have played at least one format for India A in the West Indies A tour, are there. India discards like Karun Nair and Varun Aaron are also in the mix just like last season’s highest run-scorer Milind Kumar of Sikkim or talented left-arm seamer from Rajasthan Tanveer ul Haq.
London: Australia’s batting mainstay Steve Smith, who has been in incredible form in the ongoing Ashes series, has broken yet another record by going past former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-haq’s record of most consecutive 50+ scores against a single opponent in Test cricket. On the second day of the ongoing fifth and final Ashes Test at the Kia Oval, Smith scored 80 runs and in the process registered his 10th consecutive 50+ score against England. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh From 2001-06, Inzamam had scored nine consecutive 50+ scores against England. Third in the list comes former West Indies legend Clive Lloyd, who had also scored nine consecutive 50+ scores against England. Fourth in the list is former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis (eight consecutive 50+ scores against Pakistan), followed by Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, who also had eight 50+ scores in a row against Bangladesh. In the ongoing five-match Ashes series, Australia have an unassailable 2-1 lead.
REGINA – The gleeful “trick or treat” that children shout when they call at houses on Halloween is getting a healthier response in some cities across Canada.Instead of candy, little ghosts and goblins on some doorsteps are getting passes to go swimming, skating and even skiing.The eastern Ontario city of Cornwall started selling Halloween swim- and-skate passes in 2012.Aquatic co-ordinator Lori Gibeau says the city started with 1,000 passes, but the program proved so popular that it now offers 1,500.“And we have sold out every year that we have been doing this.”The Halloween passes are sold in packs of 10 for $10. Each pass is good for a child or student admission to a leisure swim or public skate and is valid from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31.Gibeau, who is a mom to two teenage girls, believes the passes are popular for several reasons, including that they encourage family bonding time and are a good price.Normally, a one-time child fee for swimming is $3.92.“It might give people an opportunity to get involved in some recreation activities that they might not necessarily have a chance to. It’s a healthy alternative to the candy overload. You don’t have to worry about handing something out that may cause an allergic reaction,” she says.“Some people … use them for the little, little ones where they don’t think that they necessarily need candy, so instead of giving a bag of chips out to a two-year-old, they might give this out instead.”Melissa Coderre with Regina’s recreation department says the city used to give out passes to trick-or-treaters who went to recreational facilities on Halloween. The program was expanded in 2014 so the public could buy passes and give them out for a “balanced Halloween experience.”“It’s not just about (recreation) or it’s not just about candy. It’s about both,” she says. “And it also provides the community an allergy- conscious alternative to give out to kids who can’t have candy.”Teachers like passes for students, too, she adds.In Regina, the passes for a public skate or swim are sold in packages of 10 for $5. They don’t expire.They went on sale after Thanksgiving, but people started calling to ask about them in August, Coderre says.“We’ve sold out of our passes every year that we’ve done this program, and every year we’ve expanded the number of passes that we’ve sold by 5,000. The first year we printed 5,000 and this year we’re printing 20,000.“Last year we sold out maybe within a week.”Kids who get Halloween passes in Strathcona County, just outside Edmonton, can use them for swimming, skating and cross-country skiing.Jennifer Wilson with the county’s recreation services says the program started in 2013 after officials saw healthy Halloween programs in Calgary, Lethbridge, Alta., and Ottawa.“We weren’t really sure what to expect … but now that it’s been an annual ongoing thing, people watch for it every year and they are super excited to jump on it and get them,” Wilson says.“It’s been a really, really good program.”This year, the county printed 2,500 booklets of 10 tickets each. A book of 10 sells for $5. All proceeds are donated to a play program aimed at increasing recreational access for lower-income residents.The passes expire after the school Christmas break ends.Wilson says people are seeing the value of moving beyond handing out candy.“That’s really what we’re trying to do, is trying to shift the culture and shift people’s behaviours to seeing that being active and playing and having fun really is the treat.”
Canadian media personality Mike Bullard is seen in this undated photo. (Mike Bullard / Facebook) Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Comedian Mike Bullard facing three new chargesThree new charges have been laid against Toronto comedian Mike Bullard who has faced past allegations of stalking and harassment.Toronto Police arrested the former talk show host on Wednesday, laying breach of recognizance and attempt to obstruct justice charges. Police declined to elaborate on the nature or circumstances of the charges. READ MORE Police arrest comedian Mike Bullard and lay 3 new charges against himComedian Mike Bullard’s legal troubles worsened this week after Toronto police laid three new charges against him.The former TV and radio talk show host was arrested and charged Wednesday with two counts of fail to comply with previous bail conditions and attempt to obstruct justice.A bail hearing was held Thursday at the College Park courthouse where Ontario Court Justice William Wolski released Bullard on $10,000 bail. READ MORE
He threw back his head and laughed.“Pipeline politics are not straight,” Carr said as he regained his composure. “So what you may think on Monday can be completely different by Friday. And then you may get the weekend to think about it and reflect and then the following Monday is completely different.”The Trans Mountain expansion will build a new pipeline roughly parallel to the existing, 1,150-km line that carries refined and unrefined oil products from the Edmonton area to Burnaby, B.C. It will nearly triple the capacity to 890,000 barrels a day. It is the only pipeline carrying Alberta crude to the West Coast and the hope is that most of the oil will end up in tankers bound for Asia.Ottawa approved it in November 2016 and the B.C. Liberal government followed suit two months later. But four months later, the provincial Liberals were replaced by NDP Premier John Horgan, who has a coalition of sorts with the Greens, with an agreement to oppose the expansion in every way possible. OTTAWA, O.N. – Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says he knew almost the moment he heard Kinder Morgan was pressing the pause button on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on April 8 that the federal government was likely going to have to buy the whole thing.Although the final decision to purchase took more than seven weeks of secret negotiations with the company _ many of which even Carr was not in on as they were handled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and a very small team of finance officials _ Carr says when he got a phone call in his hotel room during a business trip to New York City he knew what the final outcome was likely to be.“When that phone call came, I knew that there was a reasonable chance that they would pull out and at the same time there was a possibility Canada would step in,” Carr said. Carr says he wasn’t really expecting the April announcement that Kinder Morgan was halting all non-essential spending on the project pending proof from the federal government the political risks to the project had been erased. However, he was well aware Kinder Morgan was getting “skittish” because of the B.C. government’s threats to stop the pipeline.Carr met Kinder Morgan president Ian Anderson a month earlier. Lobbying reports say Carr or his chief of staff met Anderson nine times in the previous year. In the 12 months leading up to the decision to hit pause, Anderson had 23 meetings with members of cabinet, deputy ministers, policy directors, chiefs of staff in finance, environment and natural resources, and the prime minister’s office.“We were following it very carefully and we were in continuous conversation with senior executives at Kinder Morgan, but it was not clear until that Saturday that their board had actually made a decision to establish the deadline,” said Carr.Carr, 66, is normally very measured and careful in interviews. He has been in and around politics almost all of his adult life and is skilled at delivering guarded messages.But he can occasionally be caught off guard.It happened last week when during an interview with The Canadian Press, he was asked if when he became the minister of natural resources on Nov. 4, 2015, he had any inkling that he’d eventually become the de facto owner of a pipeline. Conservative party Leader Andrew Scheer believes Horgan’s election in May 2017 should have sent the Liberals into overdrive on the expansion. He says legislation to confirm federal jurisdiction should have come last summer.But Carr says federal jurisdiction was never in doubt and Horgan was never really clear what he was going to do, which meant Ottawa was at a loss about how to soothe Kinder Morgan’s nerves.“It was elusive because (B.C.) hadn’t done anything concrete,” said Carr. “They had talked about their opposition and then they began to talk about framing questions to courts, but we didn’t know which courts.”It wasn’t actually until the end of April that Horgan filed his court challenge over jurisdiction, several weeks after his threats caused Kinder Morgan to hit the brakes. By then, Carr acknowledges, the reality that Canada was going to have to buy it to build it, was already sinking in.At a parliamentary committee last week, Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs tried to get Carr to explain how buying the pipeline had changed anything and she remains unconvinced it has accomplished much.The actual sale won’t happen until later this summer after Kinder Morgan shareholders vote on the deal. For now, Kinder Morgan is still in charge. In the month since the purchase announcement, B.C. government records show the company hasn’t applied for a single new permit. It needs more than 1,100 construction permits and has applied for 756. B.C. has only approved 221, one more than was approved as of May 29.Still, Carr says he is not lying awake at night worrying about when the digging is going to start.“We expect before too long, within weeks rather than months, that there will be much more construction than there has been,” he said.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
TORONTO — The roots of the Sino-Forest saga stretch back more than 20 years. Formed in 1994, it grew to become the most valuable forestry company on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It was also the first and biggest foreign-owned forestry firm in China and conducted most of its business there, even though it was based in Ontario. That was before its collapse in 2012.Here is a timeline of the Ontario Securities Commission’s case against Sino-Forest:June 2, 2011: Muddy Waters Research releases a report that accuses Sino-Forest of exaggerating its timber assets and fabricating sales transactions.June 3, 2011: Sino-Forest shares lose nearly two-thirds of their value, or about $2.3 billion. Company executives say the allegations in the Muddy Waters Research report are unfounded and they’re confident an independent investigation will conclude as much.June 8, 2011: The Ontario Securities Commission says it is investigating Sino-Forest.Aug. 26, 2011: The OSC accuses Sino-Forest Corp. of fraud and stops trading of the company’s shares on the TSX.Aug. 28, 2011: CEO Allen Chan resigns.Nov. 10, 2011: The OSC refers Sino-Forest fraud allegations to the RCMP.Nov. 15, 2011: Sino-Forest says an interim report from an independent investigation refutes allegations that it is fraudulent. But the report also raises concerns about the challenges of verifying timberland holdings in China.Jan. 31, 2012: Final report from independent investigation is released. It leaves several key questions unanswered, including the value of Sino-Forest’s forestry assets.March 30, 2012: Sino-Forest files for bankruptcy protection and puts itself up for sale.May 9, 2012: Sino-Forest shares are delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange.May 22, 2012: The OSC formally accuses Sino-Forest and five executives including Chan of lying to investors and attempting to mislead investigators.July 21, 2014: David Horsley, former chief financial officer of Sino-Forest, agrees to pay $6.3 million to the OSC and to settle class-action lawsuits. In exchange, he agrees to testify against other former company executives.Sept. 2, 2014: The OSC Sino-Forest case begins. OSC lawyer Hugh Craig says even though its main operations were based in China, the company should be judged by Canadian standards. Chan’s lawyer says while some of Sino-Forest’s business practices may seem peculiar to North Americans, they were “workarounds” that the firm had to employ because they were operating in a country where they were prevented from registering businesses, opening bank accounts and exchanging money freely.April 18, 2016: Closing arguments begin. Craig says Chan was the “controlling mind” behind alleged frauds that robbed shareholders of value.July 14, 2017: The OSC releases its decision that Sino-Forest, Chan and several other executives defrauded investors, misled investigators and “engaged in deceitful and dishonest conduct.”
The Venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero was told that there was an issue over a travel ban which had been issued against him earlier.The monk had informed the airport officials that the travel ban had been lifted. The Venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero was recently ordered to disembark a plane at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) following an issue which arose with regards to a court case filed against him. The monk was about to travel to London via the BIA when he was instructed by officials to disembark the plane after boarding it. An overseas travel ban imposed on the Venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero has been temporarily lifted by the Colombo High Court today.The ban has been lifted till he 10th of September by the Colombo High Court. However since there was some doubt on the dates of the lifting of the travel ban the monk was not allowed to board the plane again. (Colombo Gazette)
The forum in Dakar, Senegal, which is co-sponsored by the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) along with a European and African conflict prevention centre (CREAF), also aims to review what happens to peace processes and post-conflict recovery when the reintegration of ex-combatants into their communities is inadequate.The two successful disarmament and demobilization programmes have taken place in Sierra Leone and Liberia.UNOWA, which previously organized two other forums on dealing with post-conflict problems, noted that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan recently told the Security Council that the lack of funding, “in particular for the reintegration and rehabilitation phases of DDRR programmes, is disturbing, given their central importance.”UNOWA’s Ahmed Rhazaoui, co-chair of tomorrow’s forum, said the hope was to move the DDRR process one step further “by focusing our attention on the urgent need to implement well-designed and adequately funded ‘R’ programmes.”Participants are expected to include representatives of National Commissions for Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR), UN peacekeeping missions, UN agencies, civil society organizations and donors.
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is aware that more goals are needed from him after Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Viktoria PlzenThe Frenchman found the net for the first time in eight games across all competitions as Real secured a much-needed win in the Champions League.The result helped slightly ease the pressure on under-fire coach Julen Lopetegui, who has been reassured that he will be in charge for Sunday’s El Clasico against Barcelona.While defending Lopetegui, Benzema also acknowledged that he needs to score more goals to help his coach and the team.“We’re pleased to have won after our recent results. We’re feeling confident because it wasn’t an easy game and we now have to get ready for the next one, which comes around fast,” Benzema told reporters on the club website.“People always want more from us and we’re here to give our all, by scoring goals and creating chances. The important thing tonight was to get the win. The solution to our problems was to win, so that we could take confidence from it”.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We support the coach and are behind him. It’s not always just down to the manager, but the players too, we need to do more on the pitch.“The coach is brilliant and we will keep plugging away to get the results as a team. I know I need to score more goals.“I have that in my head, it’s my motivation, and I’m going to work hard for it. When we are on the pitch we give it our all but sometimes we are unlucky and the ball doesn’t go in”.Marcelo was the other goalscorer as Real took the top spot of Group G with six points.Benzema has scored six goals in 13 appearances for Los Galacticos this season and he became club’s eighth-highest appearance-maker with 88 games in the Champions League on Tuesday.Below is the list of the seven players that lie ahead of Benzema:Marcelo (91).Guti (99)Cristiano Ronaldo (101)Roberto Carlos (109)Sergio Ramos (116)Raúl (132)Iker Casillas (152)
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini urged Andy Carroll to remain patient with his recovery and added that he’s certain the Englishman will rediscover his best formCarroll’s six and half year spell at West Ham has been blighted by recurring injury problems, which have restricted him to just 136 appearances in total.However, the former Liverpool striker scored his first goal since April in West Ham’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Birmingham on Saturday after returning from an ankle injury.This would have come as a welcome boost for Carrol, who was told last month by Pellegrini that he will have to prove to the club why they should hand him a new contract.“We are very happy with how Andy played,” Pellegrini told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“If you review his game, he scored, his play was good and he missed another chance to score, he cleared two or three aerial duels in our box, so in the way he plays, he will return to be the player we know he can be.“I never had any doubt Andy Carroll wants to stay here. He is happy here, he wants to play for the club, he is happy in London and he doesn’t want to go anywhere.“He wants to play like every player but he must be patient. When you come back from a long injury and you are not competing weekly, you have to be careful not to get another injury.“That’s why we are giving him some amount of minutes every game. I think if he recovers his shape and continues working every day of the week without any injuries there are not too many players with his quality.”The Hammers will next face Arsenal in a Premier League game this Saturday at their London Stadium.
Clark County Fire District No. 6 will hand out candy and glow bracelets Monday at three fire stations in an effort to help children be seen and safe while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.Children may also carry a flashlight or use a reflective costume or bag to be visible. The fire district also recommends that children trick-or-treat with an adult, and not eat any treats until they’ve been checked out by an adult. Trick-or-treaters should also watch out for costumes with long dangling items that could pose a tripping hazard.The candy and glow bracelet giveaway will continue from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Three fire stations will participate: Hazel Dell Fire Station, 8800 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave.; Salmon Creek Fire Station, 1200 N.E. 134th St.; and Felida Fire Station, 11600 N.W. Lakeshore Ave.
Phones Security Now playing: Watch this: Huawei against the world (The 3:59, Ep. 564) Huawei Tags 18 Photos Share your voice 4:49 Huawei’s P30 looks like fantastic forbidden fruit Huawei could take a big hit from its troubles with the US. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said Monday that the Chinese phone maker’s troubles with the US could take a huge toll on the company in the coming months. Speaking from the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, Zhengfei said he expects up to $30 billion could be wiped off Huawei’s revenue expectations for 2019. Zhengfei’s statement is a marked departure from previous statements made by company executives, which suggested that Huawei could remain self-sufficient in spite of being blacklisted by the US.Action taken against the company by the US, including a ban on selling Huawei phones, is having a ripple effect around the world, as other countries begin to question the integrity of Huawei’s telecommunications equipment. Huawei has consistently defended itself against criticisms that its phones and other products are a security risk and insisted it doesn’t have strong, far-reaching links with the Chinese government.Initially the company was expecting to post revenues of $125 billion to $130 billion this year (up from $104 billion in 2018), but has now reduced its estimates for this year to just $100 billion. “We did not expect they would attack us on so many aspects,” said Zhengfei, adding that he expects things to improve by 2021. Comments 2
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowMushers adjust to deep cold near Manley Hot SpringsBen Matheson, KNOM – NomeDuring the first night of this year’s Iditarod, teams endured frigid temperatures on the Tanana River to reach the second checkpoint of Manley Hot Springs. Teams are adjusting to the deep cold and preparing to push to the Yukon River, where the race will unfold.Ask A Climatologist: What do Iditarod mushers have in store?Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageWe asked climatologist Brian Brettschneider to look into how this year’s cold and snow stacks up to weather records for the segment, Ask a Climatologist. He said it’s the coldest Iditarod start by far.Hundreds of budget amendments flow through House Finance CommitteeAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauConflicts over the state budget are rising as the spending plan advances through the House Finance Committee.9 hospitalized in Alaska after carbon monoxide exposureAssociated PressNine people in the small Alaska town of Houston have been hospitalized after being exposed to carbon monoxide in a home.Amid buzz on health bill, Murkowski keep quiet Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Two U.S. House committees are due to take up the new Republican health care bill tomorrow (WED), to replace the Affordable Care Act. When the bill gets to the Senate, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski could turn out to be a swing vote. She has said she’s willing to break with her party to keep Medicaid expansion and funding for Planned Parenthood.King salmon sport fishing in Upper Copper River closed this seasonWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Department of Fish and Game announced today (March 7) that all king salmon sport fisheries in the Upper Copper River drainage will be closed this season due to declining salmon returns.Murkowski wants Alaskans approval for future national monumentsElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauAlaska has five national monuments — public lands that are given special protections, and Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski doesn’t want anymore of the state added to that list.Preparations underway for Arctic Council ministerial, related eventsTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksA U.S. State Department official said planning is well under way for the big, biennial meeting of top diplomats from the eight Arctic Council member nations to be held this spring in Fairbanks.From fear to fervor, how this millennial is making the outdoors more inclusiveZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaWhen you open a REI catalog or page through Outside magazine, what do you see? Do the people on the page look like you? Arctic Youth Ambassador Reth Duir is working to make that imagery more representative.
Reviewing the security arrangements on Sunday, Governor Malik lauded the people of Kashmir for their support to conduct a peaceful yatra.TwitterThe first batch of the pilgrims left for the Amarnath cave shrine from the Pahalgam and Baltal base camps on Monday, July 1. With over 1.6 lakh people registering for the yatra, spanning 46 days, more than 40,000 security personnel have been deployed for the pilgrimage season.The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has also increased the number of its counter-IED teams that will sweep roads and vehicles, that will sweep the roads and vehicles.First batch of 1224 Yatris left Nunwan base camp to pay obeisance at Holy cave.Kashmir Ops Sector @crpfindia is committed to providing Yatris with assistance all along the yatra route for an auspicious #AmarnathYatra.Dial 14411 for any assistance 24×7 pic.twitter.com/NPvNxivR6r— CRPF Madadgaar (@CRPFmadadgaar) July 1, 2019No civilian traffic would be allowed on Kashmir highway for the next 46 days between 10 am to 3 pm from Qazigund to Nashri for the safety of Amarnath Yatra. TwitterFlagging off the first batch of pilgrims after performing a puja at Jammu on Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik’s advisor KK Sharma said that all arrangements, including adequate security, have been made for the pilgrimage.”On behalf of the government, we went to Pahalgam and Baltal yesterday, all arrangements for the well-being of the devotees have been made all through the route between Jammu and Srinagar,” Sharma told reporters. K K Sharma flagging off the first batch of pilgrims.TwitterReviewing the security arrangements on Sunday, Governor Malik lauded the people of Kashmir for their support to conduct a peaceful yatra.”The security for the yatra is our responsibility and we are taking care of it. But police or Army do not conduct the yatra. For many years, the Amarnath Yatra is being conducted by the people of Kashmir, especially our Muslim brothers. The yatra takes place with their support,” he told reporters in Srinagar.Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also reviewed the security arrangements for the Amarnath Yatra during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir last week. TwitterIn 2017, eight pilgrims were killed and several injured after terrorists attacked a bus carrying pilgrims in Anantnag. Last year the pilgrimage season went off peacefully.
ReutersMoving on from the dramatic exit as chief executive and managing director of Infosys, Vishal Sikka will now most likely join Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP) as chief technical officer (CTO), according to multiple sources.Last Friday, Vishal Sikka’s shock resignation as chief executive spurred several disputes between board members and founders of Infosys. Sikka resigned from his position citing baseless, malicious and increasingly personal attacks.Although, Sikka said early last week that he would continue in Infosys as executive vice-chairman, he resigned from this position as well in less than a week. Nandan Nilekani’s come back mostly triggered his departure from the IT giant.Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani returned to Infosys as its chairman on Thursday, in a bid that he will solve the ongoing problems that the company is facing at the moment. However, Sikka likely knows what will be his next job.According to a Times of India report, he will most likely fill in the position of chief technology officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). HPE has not filled the position since Martin Fink had stepped down as CTO, last year. Sikka is said to have been offered that role.The American IT major headquartered in California was formed in 2015 as a part of splitting of the Hewlett-Packard (HP) company. HPE sells data centre hardware and software while HP sells personal computers and printers.HPE’s offer to Sikka came at a time when Sikka claimed that he had been disturbed by the personal attacks on him from the Infosys founders propelled by which he had to resign from his post.In fact, after Sikka left the throne, an ex-board member of the IT firm also wrote an open letter to its co-founder Narayana Murthy accusing him of hurting the tech giant’s morale with his constant attacks. Nandan NilekaniReutersInfosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani, who also admires Murthy, returned to Infosys as its chairman on Thursday, in a bid that he will solve the ongoing problems that the company is facing at the moment. His return could have triggered Sikka’s exit from the company.Sikka, worked as the CTO of German software maker SAP before joining Infosys three years ago and has a doctorate in artificial intelligence from Stanford University. He used his technical proficiency to introduce new automation and innovation at Infosys.
Share Andy King/Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist ChallengeGitanjali Rao, 11, says she was appalled by the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich. — so she designed a device to test for lead faster. She was named “America’s Top Young Scientist” on Tuesday at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn.When the drinking water in Flint, Mich., became contaminated with lead, causing a major public health crisis, 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao took notice.“I had been following the Flint, Michigan, issue for about two years,” the seventh-grader told ABC News. “I was appalled by the number of people affected by lead contamination in water.”She saw her parents testing the water in their own home in Lone Tree, Colo., and was unimpressed by the options, which can be slow, unreliable or both.“I went, ‘Well, this is not a reliable process and I’ve got to do something to change this,’ ” the seventh-grader told Business Insider.Rao tells ABC that while she was doing her weekly perusal of MIT’s Materials Science and Engineering website to see “if there’s anything’s new,” she read about new technologies that could detect hazardous substances and decided to see whether they could be adapted to test for lead.She pressed local high schools and universities to give her lab time, and then hunkered down in the “science room” — outfitted with a big white table — that she persuaded her engineer parents to create in their home.And she set about devising a more efficient solution: a device that could identify lead compounds in water, and was portable and relatively inexpensive.As she explains at lightning speed in her video submission for the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, her device consists of three parts. There’s a disposable cartridge containing chemically treated carbon nanotube arrays, an Arduino-based signal processor with a Bluetooth attachment, and a smartphone app that can display the results.Here’s how it works.The carbon nanotubes in the cartridge are sensitive to changes in the flow of electrons. Those tubes are lined with atoms that have an affinity to lead, which adds a measurable resistance to the electron flow.When the cartridge is dipped in water that is clean, the electron flow doesn’t change and the smartphone app shows that water is safe to drink. But when the cartridge is dipped in contaminated water, the lead in the water reacts to the atoms, causing resistance in the electron flow that is measured by the Arduino processor. The app then shows that the water isn’t safe to drink.Rao dubbed the device Tethys, for the Greek goddess of fresh water.“Clean water always tastes good,” she says at the end of her video. “The tool allows easy testing at home or by agencies for quick detection and remedial actions. It can be expanded in the future to test for other chemical contaminants in potable water. I hope this helps in a small way to detect and prevent long-term health effects of lead contamination for many of us.”Bharathi RaoRao developing her device in the “science room” at home in Lone Tree, Colo.Her solution was so ingenious that this week, Rao was named “America’s Top Young Scientist” in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge — a distinction that comes with a giant check for $25,000.For the past three months, Rao and nine other finalists in the competition had been paired with scientists at 3M, who helped them work from a theoretical concept to a physical prototype. Rao was matched with Kathleen Shafer, a research specialist who develops new plastics technologies.Rao plans to save some of the prize money for college but use the rest to invest in her device to make it commercially viable.“It’s not hyperbole to say she really blew us out of the water,” Brian Barnhart, a school superintendent in Illinois and one of the judges, told ABC. “The other nine kids, they were also such amazing kids, so for her to stand out the way she did with a peer group like this is like an exclamation point on top of it.”Rao says that when she grows up, she’d like to be a geneticist or epidemiologist. Her lead detection device allowed her to combine both interests, as contaminated water can cause both rashes and birth defects.“I studied a little bit of both of these topics since I was really interested in these fields,” she told Business Insider, “and then I came up with this device to help save lives.”