Xavi Hernandez: Spain’s ‘tiki-taka’ legend quits national duty

first_imgXavi Hernandez failed to make a mark as Spain witnessed a horrific 2014 World CupXavi Hernandez, Spain’s leading playmaker in its run of three major titles, has retired from international duty after a disappointing World Cup.Flanked by fellow Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, Xavi was the key component of Spain’s tiki-taka passing style during its unprecedented run of winning the World Cup in 2010 and two European championships in 2008 and 2012.”I have taken the decision to leave the selection,” the 34-year-old Xavi said. “I think my time has ended.”He was voted the best player of the 2008 European championship. In that final he made the critical pass to Fernando Torres to score the winning goal in its 1-0 win over Germany.”It has been a marvelous time, a fantastic time for me, and I am proud of being here so many years and for all the victories,” said Xavi. “My time is over. I wish (the rest of the team) the best. From now on I will be another fan of the national team.”Xavi said that he had planned to leave the team after helping it defend the European title in 2012, but Spain coach Vicente del Bosque persuaded him to stay on through the World Cup in Brazil.But Spain flopped at this summer’s World Cup, losing its first two games and subsequently exiting the competition in the group stage. Xavi said being benched for that second match against Chile was key in his decision to retire from international duty.advertisement”We have lost a one-of-a-kind player,” said del Bosque. “He has been the man who was key to our style of play that has brought us so much success. We will miss him both on and off the pitch.”Xavi made 133 appearances for Spain, earning 100 victories.He said he will continue to play for Barcelona, with two years remaining on his current contract.Xavi said that he had come close to leaving Barcelona after former coach Gerardo Martino overlooked him in the final game of last season when Barcelona lost the Spanish league title to Atletico Madrid. The arrival of former player Luis Enrique to replace Martino played a part in Xavi staying.”I finished last seasons a little disappointed,” said Xavi. “I experienced two of my biggest disappointments, both on a personal and collective level, maybe the worst of my career… That’s when I decided, abruptly, to tell the club that it would be best to leave.”(But) I went on holiday and spoke with (sports director Andoni) Zubizarreta and Luis Enrique, and they made me see that I could still be important, useful and competitive.”Barcelona host Elche in the opening game of the new season on August 24.last_img read more

Upper age limit in police recruitment relaxed for sportspersons in Punjab

first_imgWith a view to promote sports, the Punjab cabinet gave its nod to give relaxation in  the upper age limit for sports persons who have won medals in international events for the recruitment in Punjab Police.Presently, the upper age limit for joining the Deputy Superintendent post is 28 years and 25 years for Sub-Inspector and Constable. Why did the government decide to relax the upper age limit?The decisions were taken in a meeting in presence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. “To propel sports activities across Punjab, the Cabinet agreed to give three years relaxation in the upper age limit to the sportspersons who have won medals in international events and are desirous of joining Punjab Police,” an official spokesperson said.Apart from age relaxation, the cabinet also took other decisions: Read to knowRegularisation of services of 198 service providing trainers The cabinet also approved regularisation of services of 198 service providing trainers as craft instructors who are employed under the Centre of Excellence Scheme of Technical Education and Industrial Training Department “The decision would result in creating a potential 4,000 additional seats in industrial training institutes to give further impetus to skill training in the state,” the spokesperson said. Creation of three posts of Senior Scale StenographerThe cabinet also gave its approval to create three posts of Senior Scale Stenographer in place of three posts of senior assistants surrendered by the Cooperation Department “This move will streamline the functioning of the department, besides providing promotion avenues to steno typists/ junior scale stenographers,” the spokesman said.Filling backlog of 14 posts in Punjab home guardsadvertisementThe Cabinet approved to fill a backlog of 14 posts in Punjab home guards and Civil Defence department. “This decision would bring far more efficiency in the functioning of the department with the induction of experienced and disciplined ex-servicemen besides providing an employment opportunity to them,” the spokesman said.Disburse development grants to every village panchayatThe Cabinet also gave its approval to disburse the development grants to every village panchayat, received from the 14th Finance Commission, “so as to enable them to undertake their infrastructure works in accordance with the recommendations of fourth Punjab Finance Commission”.Read: Delhi University (DU) introduces 7 new vocational courses: Check out the details, registrations from September 1 Read: Meet 17-year-old ‘Unschooled’ Mumbai girl Malvika Joshi who makes it to MITClick here for more education related newsFor more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com.last_img read more

WTA Finals: Jelena Ostapenko signs off with big win over Karolina Pliskova

first_imgJelena Ostapenko ended her maiden WTA Finals campaign on a winning note with a surprisingly easy 6-3 6-1 victory over a subdued Karolina Pliskova on Thursday, the Latvian saving her best until last after she was eliminated earlier in the week.World number three Pliskova won her opening two White Group ties against Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza to book a semi-final berth with a match to spare but the Czech was out-gunned by an inspired Ostapenko at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.Ostapenko had battled hard in her opening matches to no avail, especially in a gruelling three-set loss to Williams, but she served brilliantly against Pliskova and found the corners with her booming forehand to end her season with a win.Spotted! Jelena Ostapenko dusting off her selfie skills. Share yours using #SAPGameSnapMatch for the chance to win some amazing prizes! pic.twitter.com/bTYTymWnw5- WTA Finals Singapore (@WTAFinalsSG) October 26, 2017″Yes, I lost my earlier two matches but it’s my first time here and I am just happy to finish my season here, in the top eight, especially with a win at the end,” Ostapenko said in a courtside interview.”It’s great to finish the season this way” – Jelena Ostapenko #WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/YlpiPpxyS9- WTA (@WTA) October 26, 2017Spanish world number two Muguruza and American veteran Williams will meet later on Thursday, with the winner of that contest advancing to the semi-finals along with Pliskova.The 20-year-old Ostapenko rode her high-risk strategy to a stunning French Open triumph in June and after pushing her luck a little too much in her opening defeats, the Latvian was back to her best as she stormed to victory in 66 minutes.advertisementThe pair traded a couple of early breaks in a slow start to the match before Ostapenko put her foot on the accelerator and raced away when she took a pivotal seventh game by forcing Pliskova into a forehand error on her fifth break point.Another break handed the Latvian the opening set in 43 minutes as the big-serving Pliskova continued to struggle with her most potent weapon in the second and a double-fault handed Ostapenko an early break for a 2-0 lead.The Czech finally held to halt Ostapenko’s run of games at seven to make it 3-1 in the second, but the Latvian maintained her high standard of play to stay ahead of a flat-footed Pliskova, and another break took her to the brink of victory.Jelena Ostapenko records first ever #WTAFinals win!Eases past Pliskova 6-3, 6-1! pic.twitter.com/IrGV25S0np- WTA (@WTA) October 26, 2017Pliskova looked as if she already had her mind on Saturday’s semi-finals and stood rooted to the spot as an Ostapenko ace brought up three match points and the Latvian only needed one of them when her opponent sent a forehand wide.”She’s a great player who has had a great season but I had nothing to lose so just went for it,” Ostapenko added. “It’s been an amazing year for me, winning the French (Open) and reaching the WTA Finals, so I am really happy with how it went.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli grabbed headlines, new sports stars emerged: Indian sports in 2018

first_imgVirat Kohli continued to dominate the cricket chatter with his batting and brashness, the indomitable MC Mary Kom rolled back the years like very few can and, month after month, Indian sports also found new and younger heroes to raise a toast to as PTI writes in its year-ender.PV Sindhu’s perseverance on the badminton court, Neeraj Chopra’s obsessive pursuit of perfection every time he hurled the javelin, and the teenage shooting stars who refused to take their eyes off the target, made 2018 a year in which highs easily outnumbered the lows for Indian sports.Year in review for Indian sportsThere was a plethora of big-ticket sporting events this year and the country had lots to celebrate throughout.Whether it was the Commonwealth and the Asian Games or Youth Olympics, athletes pushed the boundaries and produced path-breaking performances.There were the usual administrative mess-ups occasionally and odd cases of dope shame as well, but they couldn’t make a dent to the overall sense of accomplishment.Captain Kohli for team IndiaOn the cricket field, the results weren’t encouraging in South Africa and England but Kohli the batsman again ruled the roost, making his craft look ridiculously easy even on the most challenging tracks.It was only fitting that he was bestowed the nation’s highest sporting honour — the Khel Ratna.For ‘Captain Kohli’, however, it was far more challenging as he grappled to get the combinations right.Biggest cricket scandal of 2018Team India did find a degree of redemption against Australia by retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to close the year on a high.advertisementOf course, it came against an Australian team weakened by the absence of banned batting mainstays Steve Smith and David Warner.The duo, along with Cameron Bancroft, combined for this year’s biggest cricket scandal — the ball-tampering saga that forced a review of Australia’s win at all cost’ culture: the same Australia which had the world mesmerised by its near-perfect hosting of the Commonwealth Games within weeks of the drama.Youngsters taking over weightlifting and shootingThe Commonwealth Games were memorable for India too, as the country logged it’s third-best ever medal haul, highlighted by a record-shattering weightlifting show. Spearheading it was the diminutive world champion Mirabai Chanu, who later shared the Khel Ratna with Kohli.Weightlifting also found another prospective star in Jeremy Lalrinnunga after the 16-year-old claimed an unprecedented gold at Youth Olympics.It was a comeback of sorts for shooting, after their flop-show at the 2016 Olympics.India’s gold medal-winners at the CWG shooting range included a 16-year-old Manu Bhaker and a 15-year-old Anish Bhanwala. The shooters hit the bull’s eye in the Asiad too and though Bhaker felt the pain of failure for the first time, new gold-winning stars emerged in 16-year-old Saurabh Choudhary and a 15-something Shardul Vihan.Bhaker and Chaudhary also won gold medals at Youth Olympics.Also read | Here’s how sports and education work well togetherBoxing: All about Mary KomIf shooting was about youngsters, boxing became all about an ageing but incomparable superstar in Mary Kom.The 36-year-old mother-of-three, who is also a Parliamentarian, picked up four gold medals — including a record sixth world title and the CWG top honours.”There won’t be another Mary Kom,” she declared and one look at her predominantly golden cabinet of medals would be enough to silence anyone who thinks otherwise.Badminton: Sindhu, NehwalSindhu lost five big finals, quietly took the criticism that labelled her a ‘choker’, but had the last laugh with a season-ending World Tour Finals title, beating world No 1 and familiar foe Tai Tzu Ying on her way to the summit clash.Not to be left behind was Saina Nehwal.The trailblazer started with a gold at CWG, picked up a bronze in Asian Games and began a new chapter in her personal life by marrying fellow shuttler P Kashyap.Wrestling: Phogat, Punia, SushilOn the wrestling mat, Vinesh Phogat became more than just a famous Phogat sister with gold medals at both the CWG and Asian Games and Bajrang Punia stepped out of the shadow of his mentor and London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt.Punia won gold at CWG and Asiad before a silver at World Championships positioned him as the biggest star.However, double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar’s stock fell due to a string of sub-par performances. Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold at Asian Games this year.Tennis: Manika BatraThe big takeaway in table tennis was the rise of Manika Batra.The Delhiite claimed four medals, including two gold, in the CWG before combining with veteran Sharath Kamal for a historic mixed doubles bronze at the Asiad, where India delivered its best-ever medal haul.Athletics: Neeraj, HimaAnother star to make the year his own was NeerajThe 21-year-old won both the CWG and Asian Games with records to boot and is giving Indian athletics audacious Olympic medal hopes for Tokyo 2020.A sprint sensation also emerged in 18-year-old Hima Das, India’s first ever woman track-and-field world champion at any level after her under-20 400m gold.Billiards: Pankaj AdvaniAway from the spotlight, it was business as usual for ace cueist Pankaj Advani as he added a 21st world title to his trophy cabinet.Also read | Hockey game in the Himalayas becomes world’s highest altitude ice hockey game to be playedadvertisementGolf: Shubhankar SharmaA star rose on the golf course as well in Shubhankar Sharma, who won the Maybank Malaysia OpenHe also bagged Asian Tour Order of Merit title and European Tour Rookie of the Year awardDisappointments in Indian sports this yearThere were disappointments too — the men’s hockey team being the most prominent with no medal at CWG and an underwhelming third-place finish at Asiad.CWG champion weightlifter Sanjita Chanu flunked a dope test.And there was no end to the administrative mess that the BCCI has become.However, none of the negatives was big enough to come in the way of a stronger India emerging on the competitive field.Stay updated with everything about sports, both Indian and international by tuning in to this segmentInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? 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The Most Surprising Things You Can Bring on a Plane

first_img Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul Editors’ Recommendations Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Air travel has come a long way since the Wild West days where every passenger was smoking Pall Malls, packin’ heat, and engaging in full-on katana battles in the aisles. The TSA has sucked all that fun out of flying — mostly. Believe it or not, the agency still allows travelers to pack a few surprising things in their carry-on luggage. Here are a few of our favorites:BoozeInstants/Getty ImagesMany travelers are surprised to learn that liquor (less than 140 proof) is fair game to pack in their carry-on luggage. The only caveat is that, like all liquids, each bottle must be three ounces or less. Technically, there’s a second caveat: the FAA doesn’t allow passengers to consume any alcohol onboard that isn’t served by the flight crew. This means you can pack a quart-sized bag full of nips, but you can’t imbibe until you land. In reality, provided you’re not making a belligerent ass of yourself en route, the flight attendants are unlikely to notice or care.ScissorsIn this age of hyper-aware travel security, the TSA is surprisingly lax about passengers packing scissors in their carry-on baggage. The only catch is that the blades need to be less than four inches long from the pivot point. Still, with the right Jason Bourne-worthy melee combat skills, it’s possible to do serious damage with a four-inch blade (or even a magazine for that matter).IceProvided it’s frozen solid, the TSA is cool with passengers taking ice aboard. Any errant liquid will need to be consumed before passing through security, of course. This is convenient for anyone who doesn’t want to drop $4 on a bottle of water post-security or doesn’t trust airport bathroom tap water. Fill your Nalgene at home, freeze it overnight, and stay well hydrated for your flight.MatchesMatches of any kind are not permitted in checked baggage. Travelers are allowed one book of non-strike-anywhere safety matches in their carry-on, however. Considering that smoking has been outlawed on planes since Cheap Trick was popular, it’s difficult to imagine why anyone would need matches at 30,000 feet. But, the TSA is nothing if not quirky.CorkscrewSpeaking of quirks, we’ve never seen anyone crack a full-sized bottle of Shiraz mid-flight. Nevertheless, the TSA is fine with passengers packing a carry-on corkscrew. Just make sure it doesn’t have an integrated foil cutter/blade. No matter — that’s what those scissors are for.AntlersPresumably, enough people have tried or asked if they could take antlers on a plane. If you’re one such passenger, you’ll be glad to know the answer is yes. Bring all the dead animal trophies you like, provided they fit in the overhead compartment.Cremated RemainsIt appears the TSA isn’t completely heartless. They get that most travelers don’t trust behind-the-scenes baggage workers with their socks, let alone the remains of their dear sweet Pop-Pop. So, cremated remains are allowed in carry-on baggage. The only recommendation is they be placed in a lightweight container (like plastic or wood) that can be easily scanned at airport security checkpoints. If they can’t scan it, you may not be allowed on the plane with it.But Leave These At Home …Booze, razor-sharp cutting implements, and fire-making equipment are just fine in your carry-on. Howwver, the TSA has to take a stand somewhere — a stand which they document regularly via their surprisingly clever Instagram account. They will simply not abide foam toy swords (they actually have a page on their official website that says so), toy guns, or replica battle axes. Basically, if it is or remotely resembles a weapon, leave it at home.Ditto snow globes, unless they’re smaller than a tennis ball. They are allowed in checked baggage, but who is trusting a delicate, fluid-filled glass bobble to airline baggage attendants?The Bottom LineTo further complicate things, what you can and cannot bring in your carry-on is at the whim of the TSA agent standing in front of you. Regardless of what the agency’s official guidelines dictate, any agent can deny you boarding for virtually any reason. Sure, you should be able to bring most of the above items with you, but why risk it?If your prized antelope horns or favorite fabric shears do get confiscated, check GovDeals. With a little luck, you may be able to buy your stuff back!Before you get on the plane, you may need some tips on packing, overbooked flights, or an awesome travel playlist:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Win The Chance To Build A Habitat For Humanity Home With The

first_imgHere’s the chance for two lucky individuals to win the chance to build a Habitat For Humanity home with world-renowned construction and real estate experts Jonathan and Drew Scott in Nashville, Tennessee.Those who wish to enter the drawing will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to bring one guest to meet Jonathan and Drew Scott in Nashville and make an impact in someone’s life. Winners and their guests will fly free to Nashville, and will be able to begin construction on two new homes for one busy build day on April 2, working alongside the homebuyers and other Habitat volunteers.Participants can enter to win at www.habitat.org/ScottBrothers. Winners will be announced March 5, 2018.last_img

Canadas E coli outbreak steps lag US because of caseloads experts

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:EMP.A)Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press TORONTO — When news broke Tuesday that consumers should avoid eating romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention swiftly demanded retailers remove the vegetable from store shelves and restaurants stop including it in meals.But in Canada, the country’s public health and food inspection agencies stopped short of insisting on its removal, despite it being linked to the illnesses of 18 people in Ontario and Quebec — six required hospitalization.Experts said the difference in approach likely stems from how many cases crop up in a country, how cautious nations want to be about protecting industries and how comfortable a country is with their hunches about the outbreak’s origins.Norman Neumann, the vice-dean of the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, said during outbreaks impacting Canada and the U.S., health bodies from both countries will likely consult each other on investigating the source, but don’t always co-ordinate their responses.He suspects the U.S. has gone a step further than Canada in part because U.S. authorities reported 32 cases of E. coli, 13 of which involved a person who was hospitalized.“The caseloads are higher in the U.S. so it might suggest a little bit more of a severe response in the U.S.,” he said.Pinpointing the exact cause of the outbreak can be difficult because public health officials often have to search for similarities in places those who fall ill have visited or what they’ve eaten.It can take a week for symptoms to appear in some cases and by then, asking someone to recall everything they ate the week before might be difficult and thus, impact a health agency’s comfort in taking action against a particular source of the outbreak, Neumann said.“When there are outbreaks, certain things have been implicated only to find out years later the epidemiology evidence wasn’t sound or secure,” he said. “You can pinpoint a potential source only to find out a few weeks, months or years later it was maybe not the source and we ruined an industry in response.”The Canadian Food Inspection Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment about why it had stopped short of instructing grocery stores to stop selling romaine lettuce and restaurants to cease serving it.However, the CFIA has said if the contaminated food products are identified in Canada, they will take the necessary steps to protect the public, including recalling the product.Nova Scotia-based grocery giant Empire Company Ltd. didn’t wait for an official request from the CFIA though. On Wednesday, it said it was temporarily taking 300 products containing the vegetable off shelves at about 1,500 Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores locations.Jim Chan, a former health inspector and manager at Toronto Public Health, said he believes it is within the provincial public health body’s abilities to issue a warning to all food premises, including restaurants, quick-dining options and supermarkets, to stop serving romaine until the CFIA confirms the product is safe.“I strongly believe that Health Canada/CFIA should call for retailers and wholesalers to remove all off shelves, as well as a recall to consumers,” he told The Canadian Press. “I think food safety should take priority.”Chan added that most of Canada’s romaine lettuce is imported from the U.S. because Canada’s growing season ended in August.The Public Health Agency of Canada said the 18 people who fell ill in connection to the outbreak in Canada reported their cases between mid-October and early November, and one complained of suffering a severe complication related to it.Those affected were between the ages of five and 93 and were located in Ontario and Quebec.The agency said before their illnesses occurred, the people affected reported eating romaine lettuce at home, in prepared salads purchased at grocery stores and from menu items ordered at restaurants and fast food chains.Typical symptoms of illnesses caused by E. coli include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, though the bacteria is usually benign.last_img read more

Tunisian Parliament Votes to Remove Prime Minister From Power

Rabat – The Tunisian Parliament voted almost unanimously to dismiss the Prime Minister, Habib Essid, on Saturday. In his two years in office, Essid received tremendous criticism over his inability to pass economic reforms. Only three of the 188 ministers voted in support of Essid.Tunisia has experienced economic turmoil since the 2011 revolution. Now, more than one third of young Tunisians are unemployed, according to BBC.This vote comes after pressure was placed on the Prime Minister to resign. Essid refused to step down without a parliamentary vote of no confidence. Essid’s successor has not been selected, but BBC reports that negotiations will begin on Monday.

55 children in Mozambique die each day from unsafe water – UNICEF

Unsafe water and poor sanitation are killing almost 55 children every day in Mozambique, a country plagued by one of the highest child mortality rates in the world, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today. Cholera – which thrives where filthy water stagnates – is still endemic in parts of the country, and the threat of the disease looms over the most vulnerable children, UNICEF said. Over the past nine months, 12,433 people were treated and 109 people died from the disease. According to UNICEF, of every 1,000 children born in Mozambique, 246 die within their first five years, with 13 per cent of these deaths directly attributable to a lack of access to clean water, proper sanitation and poor hygiene practices. “This translates into 55 children under five years of age dying every day from diarrhoea. Thousands more are at risk because of cholera, infections caused by dirty water, and inadequate sanitation conditions if conditions are not improved and work is not speeded up,” UNICEF warned. A study conducted in November 2002 showed that 25 per cent of households surveyed were spending more than an hour every day to reach their water source. Efforts to obtain fresh water place enormous strains on family members, particularly women and children. “These chores fall heavily on children, particularly girls, preventing them from attending school. Furthermore, many schools have no latrines. The lack of privacy spells a powerful deterrent for parents to keep their daughters out school,” UNICEF said. In rural areas, only 26 per cent of the population can get clean water, while 29 per cent have access to latrines. UNICEF has responded by providing the Government’s public works department with funds and chlorine for emergency water treatment, and has implemented massive hygiene promotion campaigns. read more

Queen expresses concern after shakeup of royal security

first_imgThe Queen has expressed concern about a shake up in her security detail that means her protection officers are regularly rotated, it has been claimed.Scotland Yard has been gradually implementing a new policy that provides protection to the royal family on a pool basis, meaning back-up officers are sometimes assigned to government ministers and sometimes to royalty.A senior source told the Evening Standard: “Her Majesty is not the only one who has expressed concerns.“A number of senior officers are not happy either. Personal protection is all about building a relationship with the principal. How on earth is that supposed to happen if the officers are rotated every five minutes with new faces?”Ken Wharfe, who was a personal protection officer for Diana, Princess of Wales, said: “The security will be less effective.“Understanding the behaviours of the person you are charged with protecting is crucial. Understanding the machinations of the royal household is very important too. “If you are from a pool, one minute looking after a Cabinet minister and the next a member of the royal family, how are you able to build up that rapport with the principal? It doesn’t make sense. No wonder Her Majesty has privately expressed her disquiet.” The Queen is said to have expressed concerns following a shake up of royal securityCredit:Ian Jones The Royalty and Specialist Protection unit was formed in 2015, with the merger of squads that protect politicians, diplomats and the royal family.The bigger team of pooled officers was said to have been introduced to reduce the huge overtime bills being racked up by royalty officers.Mark Rowley, a Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, said at the time: “We’re constantly looking for ways to save money that don’t impact on the quality of protection.”Last November, Scotland Yard announced it was recruiting 120 armed officers to protect the increasing number of key individuals the group was tasked to protect.The advert said recruits would be tasked with providing armed close protection to members of the Royal Family, senior government ministers, and visiting foreign dignitaries.A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “We never comment on anonymously sourced reports claiming to represent The Queen’s private views. Security is a matter for the police.”A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The process for appointing personal protection officers has not changed. Equally their roles and responsibilities remain unaltered. We do not recognise the commentary from the anonymous source.”center_img The Queen is said to have expressed concerns following a shake up of royal security 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.last_img read more

Parnis Manufacturing gets drum winder order from Canadian gold mine

first_imgSouth Africa’s Parnis Manufacturing has a global reputation in manufacturing and refurbishing mine winders and it recently delivered a 23 t, 3 m single drum winder to a gold mining company in Canada. The unit will be used as a man winder and service hoist, and will be used to reach a depth of 2,000 m. Manufacturing the winder using material that is safety critical, Parnis Manufacturing’s contribution was to profile and roll, fabricate and weld, inspect, machine and paint – among other specialist services.Its quality systems, depth of expertise and range of heavy machinery are among the factors that have ensured its success in this field, according to Brian Berry, Works Manager at Parnis Manufacturing. “We work from drawings supplied by our customers, first inspecting the material to ensure that it complies with the specifications, and then preparing it for welding. This is essential to ensure an optimum quality result,” says Berry. “A critical element in the fabrication of the winder drum is our specialised welding and boilermaking skills.”Boilermakers fabricated the drum using S355J2+N steel, a raw material that can be sourced either from a local supplier or imported – depending on availability and the demands of the project’s timeframe. “Winder manufacture is certainly a complex engineering task, with the final product comprising a drum, two brake carriers and two brake discs, as well as a shaft, gear box, couplings, bearings and bearing bases,” he says.After the welding process is completed, the drum goes through full non-destructive testing (NDT) and dimensional inspection to ensure that it conforms to the drawing specifications, and that the requirements of the customer are met. This large component is then sent for stress relieving, after which the gussets and stiffeners are removed and another full NDT and dimensional inspection conducted.“All this testing is done to ensure the integrity of the material has not been compromised at any stage during the manufacturing process,” says Berry. “The large fabrication is then marked up to ensure machining allowances are within specification, and joint faces are pre-machined on the horizontal boring machines, making use of temporary holes.”Parnis Manufacturing’s facility is equipped with horizontal borers which have capacities of up to 5.5 m longitudinal travel and a height of 2.5 m. The drum is then assembled with temporary fasteners and is inspected once again. Following this process, it is set up for further pre-machining on the drum, leaving material for the final machining phase. “The drum is then dismantled and final machining of the joint faces – with joint holes – is conducted,” he says. “Final assembly is done followed by final machining using the vertical boring machine.”Vertical boring capacity at Parnis Manufacturing extends to a table size of 4.5 m, a turning diameter of 5.3 m and a turning height of 3.2 m, with a maximum load of up to 50 t. Other equipment at the company’s facility includes milling machines with 4.5 m longitudinal travel and a height of 1.8 m, as well as overhead crane lifting capacity of 50 t (tandem).“We mark off hole positions for the brake disc carriers, as well as for the positions of the shaft, and then drill and ream for brake and shaft carriers,” he says. “A simultaneous process is carried out for the two brake carriers, after which shot blasting and painting can be done. The components are trial assembled before being packed for shipment.”Berry highlights the depth of expertise in mine winder fabrication and refurbishment which continues to reside in South Africa, and emphasises the value of close communication with the customers during construction, to ensure that the final quality product is perfectly to specification.Parnis Manufacturing tackles not only new winders, but also has an established track record for the repair and complete refurbishment of mine winders. Outlining the refurbishment process, he says the work includes stripping down, cleaning and building up of worn areas, as well as extensive machining.“This is all done on the strength of comprehensive dimensional reports and in close consultation with customer,” he adds. “The machining of the main winder shaft, for instance, requires the customisation of all the related components in line with new size requirements.”Items like white metal bearings and seals have to be procured in accordance with the exacting tolerances of the reconditioned shaft. The facility even has capacity to refurbish double drum winders, which comprise clutching equipment, drum bushes, stub shafts and various other components.“It is important to remember that customers expect the refurbished equipment to function as new, so our artisans and technicians must be at the top of their game to get the most out of our reconditioning facility,” says Berry. “Where possible, we also work closely with original equipment manufacturers to ensure that the right quality procedures are followed to achieve the best quality result.”Parnis Manufacturing’s engineering capability covers the design, fabrication, machining and manufacture of medium to heavy equipment, which includes crushing equipment, mining skids, e-houses, mills and mill heads.last_img read more

Mattel to release Angry Birds board game this May

first_imgWhen developer Rovio decided to expand the platforms its ultra-popular Angry Birds game was available for, we expected all the usual suspects such as PC, consoles and Facebook. What we didn’t expect was a physical board game being created. That’s exactly what’s happening, with board game pros Mattel handling creation and release.The board game will be called Angry Birds Knock on Wood and will have support for between two and four players. As you’d expect, the pieces included in the set comprise of birds, pigs, a slingshot, and lots of structural pieces to make obstacles.AdChoices广告Gameplay consists of a strategy card game coupled with actually using the slingshot to fire your angry birds. As Electricpig describes:Player One pulls a mission card. Player Two then builds the structure shown on the card for Player One to attempt to knock down to score as many points as possible. The first to 1,000 points wins. If you’re eager to play Knock on Wood you’ve got a few months to wait yet as it’s not out until May (worldwide). It also costs a bit more than the iPhone app does at $14.99. Unfortunately, there’s no online access for multiplayer, you’re going to actually have to interact with people in the real-world for this game.Read more at Electricpiglast_img read more

Ryans break from Trump prompts talk of GOP rebellion

first_imgWASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan’s abandonment of Donald Trump is aimed at protecting Republican control of the House. But it may test his hold on his own job, and his long-term ambitions.Ryan’s announcement that he won’t defend his party’s presidential nominee and that GOP candidates should choose their own paths to victory — with or without Trump — has led some Republicans to suggest they may not back Ryan’s re-election as speaker.“Given the stakes of this election, if Paul Ryan isn’t for Trump, then I’m not for Paul Ryan,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., said Wednesday on Twitter.Assuming Republicans remain in control of the House after November’s elections — which no longer seems assured — Ryan may need every GOP vote he can get to keep his post. That means Ryan, R-Wis., cannot afford to let this week’s trickle of defiant Republican lawmakers grow much larger.Ryan, 46, was the 2012 vice presidential nominee and many think he could run for president in 2020, or beyond. Losing an election for speaker could be a blow to any loftier political ambitions.last_img read more

Toddler dies after falling into culvert on Yakima River

first_imgKENNEWICK — Authorities say a 2-year-old boy died after he wandered into the Yakima River while his father was asleep.The Tri-City Herald reports the boy died Monday at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher says the child’s father took a nap with the boy and his 3-year-old brother around 12:30 p.m. inside the family’s trailer.Investigators say although the father barricaded the door, the boys were gone when he woke up.Hatcher says the father looked along the riverbank and pulled the boy out of a culvert, starting CPR with a neighbor’s help.The 3-year-old went to a neighboring house. He wasn’t hurt.Deputies arrived and took over CPR before medics took the child to the hospital.Hatcher says the boy died around 5:15 p.m.last_img

Report Lyon plan talks with Fekir over his future

first_imgLyon president Jean-Michel Aulas reportedly plans to hold talks with Nabil Fekir over his future plansThe 25-year-old forward nearly left Lyon at the end of last season for Liverpool before medical results saw the Premier League outfit attempt to lower the asking price.But Lyon wouldn’t budge which resulted in a break down in talks with Liverpool and saw Fekir remain at the club.However, with 18 months left on his contract, Lyon want Fekir’s future to be resolved before the winter break in France – which starts on December 22 after their game at Montpellier.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Le Progres reports that Lyon president Aulas plans to hold a meeting with the World Cup winner to discuss his plans.Amid reported interest from both Chelsea and Bayern Munich, Lyon wants answers and are not renown for allowing player contracts to expire.Fekir has managed four goals and four assists in 14 appearances this season for Lyon, who lost 2-0 at home to Rennes on Wednesday.last_img read more

Full Show Mayor Sylvester Turner Answers Your Questions March 12 2019

first_imgOn Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Mayor Sylvester Turner says the cost of Proposition B creates a significant budget issue for the city, which will likely mean layoffs of both firefighters and city employees.The mayor joins host Craig Cohen to discuss the matter along with other issues the city is facing, from hurricane preparedness, to Houston’s failed bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.You can submit your questions now to talk@houstonmatters.org.Also this hour: Horticulturist Chris Ludwig of Mercer Botanic Gardens answers your gardening questions.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X Listencenter_img 00:00 /50:21 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Team Geeks Favorite Movies of 2017

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Solar Energy Outpaced Fossil Fuels in 20174 New Gadgets You Should’ve Bought in 2017 Growing up in the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was the prime suspect to become a Wolverine fanatic. I collected the original run and dove deep into Claremont’s Uncanny X-men, the animated series it was based on, Origins, the Ultimate line. All of it! When I saw Logan’s adaptation in Singer’s 2000 X-Men film, I thought it worked. I felt there was so much more that could be shown to develop this character. Fast forward through all the abysmal Wolverine films, and we land on its final film in the franchise, Logan. This one adapts elements from the Old Man Logan comic, along with a few others, all while fitting it into the preexisting X-men film universe. For fans, this just spelled a recipe for disaster. Surprisingly enough director James Mangold worked pure magic with the screenplay work he was given. Not only is this the best Wolverine film; It can also be considered to be the best X-Men film to date. If you told me back the 80’s that a new Star Wars film would hit theaters starring Luke Skywalker and I’d still pick a Wolverine film over it; I’d say “You’re losing your sleigh bells, bub.” This entry is visceral, brutal and full of so much damn heart that I’d say it’s easily one of my top three comic films of all time. I know there are rumors with Disney buying Fox that Hugh might reprise the role of Wolverine one more time on screen in an Avengers film. But I’m simply okay with letting his portrayal of Logan end with this beautiful piece.      Mother!Submitted by Brittany VincentI went into Mother! knowing very little about what to expect. I’ve never been a big fan of Jennifer Lawrence, but this Darren Aronofsky flick enticed me from the moment I caught a glimpse of its ornate and grotesque poster with Lawrence seemingly offering her bloody, beating heart up to someone just in the distance. What I got from the film was more than I could ever have expected. If you’ve ever heard that you should go into the movie blind, or that the end product is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, know that those rumors are absolutely true. I gained a new appreciation for both Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as well as the depth of their acting chops, and I can’t wait to be able to add this unique and wholly bizarre film to my 4K Blu-ray collection when it finally arrives.ColossalSubmitted by Sheilah VillariColossal was one of those movies that hit me right in the gut. And it’s not just because I have the same tic as our heroine, which I do in the exact same spot. (I hit my head on a cabinet years ago and still pick at it when I’m nervous.) Anne Hathaway plays a writer looking for redemption or inspiration or both. At a dead end in every way in her life, she returns to her childhood town and reconnects with old “friends.” Through supernatural forces, she begins to find her place and purpose. As she learns how her actions impact not only herself but those near her and around the rest of the world she begins to rethink it all. We should all connect with our inner “monster” and evaluate the damage we do to ourselves and our environment. Colossal while not a perfect film, it plays with imagery that should be supported for daring to try something different. In 2017 we returned to some of our favorites franchises and watched those worlds expanded and advanced. But we also had some pretty provocative and innovative storytelling come out of the cinema too. Whether you like comedy, drama, horror or anything in between, this year there was definitely something for everyone. We here at Geek had a hard time picking our favorites but here’s what we chose.Thor: RagnarokSubmitted by K. Thor JensenSure, one could say that I’m a little biased because my parents named me after Marvel’s God of Thunder, but Thor: Ragnarok gave me everything I’ve ever wanted from a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Taika Waititi jumped in with both feet and just had fun with everything that the comics had to offer, giving us a wildly likable Thor on an alien planet forced to battle for his life. Brisk, beautiful and candy-colored, it did everything right that Justice League did wrong. Logan LuckySubmitted by Insha FitzpatrickI can not say enough good things about this movie. I will not stop until everyone knows how fantastic it. I’m a huge fan of simplicity that packs a punch, and that’s precisely what Logan Lucky does. It’s another take on the heist movie that’s straightforward, ambitious, painful to watch and utterly brilliant. It’s an “everyman” movie. We’re given different types of heist movies in Hollywood, but this goes back to the everyday man trying to make his life better. Steven Soderbergh allows you to get to know each of the characters in a different type of development. You want to be their friends AND want the heist to work out. The hilarious moments come sharply, which allow you not to miss a beat of the jokes and the action. Every actor no matter how small or large of screen time they received, pulls it off. It’s a movie that’s uncomplicated but demands it’s presence to be known for its emotional punches and character dynamics. Logan Lucky is a movie that made Soderbergh come out of retirement. If he keeps making things like this, please never leave us again. Get OutSubmitted by Jordan MinorI’ve enjoyed Jordan Peele since his MadTV sketch comedy day. But seeing him blossom into a full-blown auteur has been a highlight of a bleak 2017 when it comes to the race relations Get Out brilliantly tackles.Tense, horrifying, hilarious, and razor-sharp in its depiction of how society unfortunately still is, Get Out is one of the best and most timely films of the year. It’s also the most fun you could have had in a theater with the right (Black) audience.MenasheSubmitted by Stephanie MlotYou’ve probably never heard of one of the best films of 2017. Film festival darling Menashe is a simple story of a man (Menashe), his community (Hasidic Judaism), and the daily grind. Recently widowed, the character—based loosely on star and namesake Menashe Lustig—tries to regain custody of his 10-year-old son. Things, of course, are complicated by the traditional Rabbi, a difficult boss, and critical family. The movie is as inspiring and culturally informative as it is charming. Most impressively, the film’s entire cast (save for Menashe himself—a comedian and actor) had never performed a day in their life, and risked extradition from their ultra-orthodox community for appearing in the Yiddish-language feature.Star Wars: The Last Jedi Submitted by Nick MangioneYeah, I know we’re all still high off of seeing the new Star Wars, but Rian Johnson delivered the best Star Wars movie since 1980. In fact, The Last Jedi may have unseated Empire Strikes Back as my favorite Star Wars movie. It’ll take another marathon of all eight movies to make sure, but it really is that good. The fact that people are so divided over it is only proof to me that it’s one of the best, if not the best, movie in the franchise. A truly great work, one that has something to say and nails its messaging, one that really speaks to people, is going to rub others the wrong way. Anything that elicits such a strong positive reaction from one person is going to draw a strong negative reaction from another. Both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi did exactly what they had to do. The Force Awakens had to remind us of what Star Wars was. The Last Jedi had the tougher job of expanding that definition, and showing us what Star Wars could be. It assured us that we’re not going to be watching the same story play out over and over again. It fleshed out the world, and gave us a small glimpse of how ordinary people in this galaxy live. It reminded us that The Force is in everyone and a talented Force user can come from anywhere. The Force Awakens brought Star Wars back. The Last Jedi allowed it to stay.LoganSubmitted by Keenan McClellandlast_img read more

Nintendo confirms NES Classic Mini has several display modes instant saves

first_imgOne of the problems with trying to play games using a retro console such as a NES, SNES, or Genesis on a modern HD TV is that the games don’t look great. That’s why the XRGB mini has proved so popular as it solves the problem. It’s also why the Retron 5 works so well because it also solves the display issue by default.Thankfully, Nintendo has taken the time to ensure the NES games included with the forthcoming NES Classic Mini all look great on a HD TV. But that’s not all. Julie Gagnon, communications manager at Nintendo of Canada, has given a French-language radio interview where she goes into more detail on the display options.It seems the Classic Mini will be a lot like the Retron 5 in terms of the display options you have available. As well as a standard HD-resolution output, the tiny NES will allow you to simulate the look of the game as you would experience it on a CRT. There will also be a 4:3 mode and a pixel-perfect mode where every pixel is a perfect square. So that’s all 30 games with multiple viewing options available.Gagnon also commented on game saves. There will be permanent save points within each game, but Nintendo has also added instant temporary saves. That means you’ll be able to stop playing at any point and return later without losing progress. The fact they are instant suggests the save may only last as long as the Classic Mini is powered on, where as the permanent saves are, well, permanent.The Nintendo Classic Mini is set to go on sale on November 11 for $59.99 including 30 games and one NES controller. <> 1/20Game Boy 1/20Game Boy Color 1/20Game Boy Advance 1/20Game Boy Advance SP 1/20Game Boy Micro 1/20Nintendo DS 1/20Nintendo DS Lite 1/20Nintendo DSi 1/20Nintendo DSi XL 1/20Nintendo 3DS 1/20Nintendo 3DS XL 1/20Nintendo 2DS 1/20New Nintendo 3DS and New 3DS XL 1/20Nintendo Entertainment System 1/20Super Nintendo Entertainment System 1/20GameCube 1/20Nintendo 64 1/20Wii 1/20Wii U 1/20Nintendo NX?last_img read more