How Liverpool can create a footballing dynasty after UCL success

first_imgThe party was only just getting started in Madrid, but Liverpool’s players were already talking about the future.The message was clear.“For us, it’s the start,” said Mo Salah. Jordan Henderson was in agreement. “I want the team to keep improving,” said the captain. “I want to win more.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Joe Gomez talked of “limitless” boundaries for Jurgen Klopp’s team, while Daniel Sturridge spoke of “opening the floodgates” for a new era of Anfield success. The striker won’t be around to witness it, but he fully expects the Reds to kick on from their Champions League triumph. “It’s that culture of getting over the line,” he said.James Milner concurred, citing Manchester City’s FA Cup win in 2011 as the day everything changed at that club. “Getting the first one under your belt is massive,” he added.So what comes next for the European Champions? How can Liverpool build on this and, for want of a better word, create a new kind of dynasty at Anfield?It won’t be easy. The standards set this season have been remarkable – Liverpool lost just one league game and dropped just 17 points in total – and in City they have run into a once-in-a-lifetime foe. Pep Guardiola’s team, clearly, will be the ones to beat again next term.The good news for Liverpool is that the core of their side remains fresh, hungry and experienced enough to perform consistently, yet young enough to improve too. The majority are aged between 22 and 29 with only Milner, of the regular starters, the wrong side of 30. Additionally, the key members of the squad – from Salah to Trent Alexander-Arnold to Sadio Mane – are tied to long-term contracts, none of which contain release clauses. Getting a player out of Liverpool in the next couple of years will be nigh-on impossible, even for the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.The Reds will offer new deals to Milner, Joel Matip and Divock Origi, all of whom are entering their final year, while Virgil van Dijk can expect an extension too. Eighteen months into his Anfield career, the PFA Player of the Year has certainly earned his payrise.Virgil van Dijk Liverpool Champions League trophyIdeally, Liverpool would extend Klopp’s deal this summer too. The German is contracted until 2022, and would only need to say the word to be granted an extension. As much as Liverpool’s success is a collaborative effort, there is an appreciation from Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owners, that without the 51-year-old at the helm, their collegiate efforts would be in vain. The value of a strong, open-minded leader, able to manage relationships as Klopp does, cannot be underestimated.Klopp’s relationship with FSG is stronger than ever. He is particularly close to Mike Gordon, the president, and held lengthy conversations with John W Henry, the principal owner, and Tom Werner, the chairman, in Madrid. He has hinted in the past that he may look to take a break from football when he leaves Liverpool, but FSG hope that he will be around to guide their club for many years to come. Certainly, he is happy and settled for the time being.Settled, too, is the club’s off-the-field setup. Commercially, the Reds are making significant strides – in February they recorded a world-record net profit of £106million ($135m), with the club’s turnover up to £455m ($578m). Its estimated value, according to Forbes, is £1.7billion ($2.2bn).Those numbers will only increase in the coming years. Liverpool will earn close to £100m ($127m) from their Champions League exploits this season, and are hoping to sign the most lucrative kit deal in their history in time for the 2020-21 season, most likely with Nike, the American giants. Unsurprisingly, brands are desperate to be associated.Further expansion of Anfield remains on the agenda. Liverpool have until September to proceed with existing plans to add 5,000 sets to the Anfield Road stand, but reports this week suggest they could pursue a bigger project that could raise the stadium’s capacity past 60,000. FSG, of course, know that they would be able to fill that 10 times over, such is the demand.Yes, these are exciting times on Merseyside, with the move to a new £50m ($64m) training complex at Kirkby set to be completed next summer. That will bring together the first-team and the Academy on one site, creating, in Klopp’s words, “the football headquarters of Merseyside.”Hopes are high for the next generation of young stars. Rhian Brewster and Ki-Jana Hoever, 19 and 17 respectively, are already part of the first-team setup, while Barry Lewtas’ under-18 side won the club’s first FA Youth Cup for 12 years in April, beating City in the final.Liverpool under-18s FA Youth Cup 2019Liverpool are also set to benefit from an improved loan strategy, which has allowed younger players to gather experience and create value by performing elsewhere. The likes of Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent, Marko Grujic, Herbie Kane and Taiwo Awoniyi have put themselves in the frame for big moves this summer, whether on loan or permanent. Liverpool will, if needed, be able to raise significant transfer funds that way.It is not expected to be a huge summer of spending, mind. More than £170m ($216m) was committed last summer, but the word this time around is that it will be about fine-tuning more than anything else. A back-up full-back, for example, will be needed, and probably a goalkeeper too. In an ideal world, Klopp would add a young, pacy, multi-functional forward player too. If Liverpool lacked anything this season, it was an extra game-changer from the bench.The good news is that the club’s recruitment team, led by sporting director Michael Edwards, continues to deliver. The Reds’ transfer record in recent years is as good as any.Anfield is now a destination for players, rather than a stop-off point. From worrying about key men leaving, Liverpool can now attract anyone. They don’t need much of a sales pitch these days.That’s what Klopp and Co. have created. Now, the challenge is to take the next step, to turn it into something which will last.Limitless boundaries, indeed. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Tiffany holiday sales slip as Chinese tourists spend less

first_imgNEW YORK — Tiffany & Co. says holiday shoppers and Chinese tourists spent less on its bling.The luxury jeweler, famous for its little blue boxes, says sales slipped in the holiday shopping season as Chinese tourists spent less while travelling due to the strong dollar, making it more expensive to buy Tiffany jewelry outside of its stores in China. The company also says it was hurt by the ups and downs of the stock market, the anxiety about Brexit and protests in Paris that forced the company to close its location there during some weekends.Sales at established stores worldwide fell 2 per cent in November and December, compared to the same period the year before.Still, shares of the New York-based company rose Friday afternoon.The Associated Presslast_img

Assembly President pledges to work for agreement on Annans UN reform proposals

Assembly President Jean Ping of Gabon made his remarks on Friday evening at the close of a debate which saw the participation of representatives from over 80 countries voicing their views about “In Larger Freedom,” Mr. Annan’s seminal report.The report, which focuses on development, security and human rights, constitutes a deal for realigning the UN so that it can better meet emerging challenges. If adopted, the proposals – ranging from a nine-member increase in the Security Council’s membership to the establishment of a new Human Rights Council – would alter the world body more radically than any single reform exercise in its history.President Ping said that the Secretary-General’s report was widely welcomed during the debate, and there was widespread agreement on the need to adapt the UN to the realities of today’s world. Delegates, he added, had stressed that through the preparatory process, it would be necessary to stay focused on pracical considerations and allow Member Sates to formulate an agreement on all that was possible in the spirit of reform.The President acknowledged that a number of participants had felt the report was not adequately balanced, and voiced their opinions on which areas had not been sufficiently covered, while many said they would work to harmoize their views with those of others on the major questions at stake.”For my part, I will not spare any effort to reach accord on the greatest possible number of proposals that have been presented,” he said. Thematic discussions on the report facilitated by 10 ambassadors will begin on 19 April. read more

Milwaukee Bucks overwhelm Toronto Raptors to take 20 series lead

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds to lead Milwaukee 125-103 over the Toronto Raptors on Friday, putting the Bucks up 2-0 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.Now the Raptors are faced with a mammoth task: digging themselves out of a 0-2 series deficit. It’s something Toronto has never done before.Kawhi Leonard had 31 points and eight rebounds to lead the Raptors, who were done in by one of their worst first halves of the season. They trailed by 18 points in the first quarter. It grew to 25 points by the second.Kyle Lowry had 15 points, while Norm Powell had his best game of these playoffs with 14 points.Pascal Siakam, who averaged 24 points against Milwaukee in the regular season, had just eight points and one rebound and fouled out with 5:17 to play. Marc Gasol struggled mightily, finishing with two points on 1-for-9 shooting and looking out of sorts all night. Serge Ibaka had 10 rebounds to go with eight points.Now the series heads to Toronto for Game 3 on Sunday.Two nights after a close Game 1 loss that left the Raptors lamenting an opportunity missed, Game 2 got ugly early. Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk in the opening minute, then mauled Gasol on a dunk attempt from behind on the Raptors’ next possession, prompting “M-V-P!” chants from the Fiserv Forum crowd. The big block seemed to shake Gasol, who missed his first four shots, and smacked his hands in frustration when he fumbled a pass.A George Hill basket capped a 12-0 run gave the Bucks an 18-point lead, and they roared into the second up 35-21.The Raptors’ suffering continued. When Lowry missed on a free throw, a large section of fans chanted “Playoff Lowry!” And when Lowry fouled Ilyasova with 1:02 to play, the Raptors point guard took a seat with a troublesome fourth foul, and Ilyasova’s free throw gave the Bucks a 23-point lead. Milwaukee took a 64-39 advantage into the halftime break.Antetokounmpo converted a three-point play to begin the third, stretching the Bucks’ lead to a game-high 28 points. But the Raptors outscored the Bucks the rest of the quarter, slicing the difference to 13 points a couple of times. Seldom-used Jodie Meeks scored on a three-pointer at the buzzer and the Raptors trailed Milwaukee with 95-78.The same rowdy section of fans serenaded Leonard during fourth-quarter free throws with “Future Clipper!” in reference to rumours that the Raptors star is headed home to L.A. to play next season.Leonard’s three-point play pulled Toronto within 15 points with 6:10 to play, but Antetokounmpo was fouled by Leonard the next time down the floor for his own three-point play. Hill’s three-pointer with 4:06 to play all but sealed the Bucks’ victory, and both coaches went deep into their benches soon after.Raptors coach Nick Nurse was asked pre-game what’s easier: preparing for a game after a win or after a loss?“The losses should give you an edge and it should give you a determination thing, too,” Nurse said. “But in the playoffs, it doesn’t bode very well if you lose two in a row. So it puts a little bit more heat on you to get the win done on the second game.”That heat has been cranked up a couple hundred degrees. Of the seven other times the Raptors have dropped the first two games of a playoff series, they’ve gone on to lose all seven series. Four of the series were sweeps.The start of the game was a virtual reversal of two nights earlier, when the Raptors had the Bucks – rusty perhaps from their six days off between games – on their heels from tipoff. The Raptors led for 37 of the 48 minutes in a 108-100 loss, falling apart in a second half that saw every Raptor not named Lowry or Leonard shoot 1-for-23.There was zero rust on Friday.The Bucks outrebounded Toronto 53-40, two nights after beating the Raptors 60-46 on the boards. The Bucks turned the ball over just seven times, compared to 14 for the Raptors, costing them 19 points.The Bucks won a league-high 60 games in the regular season, two more than the second-seeded Raptors. The winner of this series will have homecourt in the NBA Finals against either the Golden State Warriors or the Portland Trail Blazers.The Raptors are playing their second Eastern Conference final in franchise history, while the Bucks are making their first appearance in the conference final in 18 years.The Bucks have had a countdown going since the playoffs began: how many victories before they hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy as the NBA champion? Friday made it six more wins. read more

Theres Still Something Missing From Andrew Wigginss Game

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Dec. 13, 2016), ESPN The Magazine’s Mina Kimes joins us to help preview the NFL playoffs. Next, we delve into high-scoring Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins’s numbers, looking at how good he was expected to be and how good he’s actually been in his three years in the NBA. Finally, Steven Goff of The Washington Post stops by to help us interpret what last weekend’s scoreless MLS final might mean for American soccer. Plus, a significant digit on why the Alabama Crimson Tide’s dominance of college football will probably continue.Links to what we discussed:ESPN’s Dan Graziano takes a look at the NFL playoff picture. (Check out FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions here.)In 2015, Andrew Wiggins was named the 2014-15 NBA rookie of the year, but FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine identified some of his underlying problems.The Ringer’s Ben Detrick wrote on why Wiggins’s numbers continue to be a concern.It’s not just Wiggins who is struggling — the Minnesota Timberwolves can’t finish games, wrote FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring.Steven Goff wrote in The Washington Post earlier this year about an increase in ties across MLS.Significant Digit: 5, the number of pledges that Alabama and the Crimson Tide have from recruits ranked No. 1 in their respective positions. On Tuesday, the No. 1 junior college defensive end, Isaiah Buggs of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, committed to the Crimson Tide, joining No. 1 prep running back Najee Harris, No. 1 prep athlete Dylan Moses, No. 1 dual-threat prep quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, and No. 1 junior-college offensive tackle Elliot Baker. read more

Arts graduates cost the taxpayer £35000 each a new analysis finds

Arts graduates cost the taxpayer £35,000 each, a new analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found.Degrees in “creative arts” subjects – which includes Music, Drama, Fine Art and Design Studies – are the most costly to the taxpayer since so few alumni earn enough money to pay back their student loan in full.  Of the £9 billion that the government spends on higher education each year, more than £1 billion is on creative arts courses alone, where three-quarters of the total amount dished out in loans is picked up by the taxpayer. Economics degrees are the least costly to the public purse, with each one costing an average of £11,000 to the taxpayer, with just a quarter of the loans written off.The report found that the higher education reforms of 2011 have “shifted the allocation of spending from high-cost degrees to those with the lowest graduate earnings”.Laura van der Erve, one of the report’s authors, said the findings raise “serious doubts” over whether the current levels of Government subsidy “aligns with the degrees that are most beneficial to society”.She added: “Reforms to the higher education system over the past 20 years have meant that the strongest driver of taxpayer spending on each subject and institution is the earnings of their graduates, with most of the government subsidy to higher education mechanically accruing to low-earning graduates.” The number of graduates who fail to clear their debt before it is written off has almost doubled since 2011 Meanwhile, costs are more than 20 per cent higher for “post-1992” universities, where the average graduate earns much less.   David Palfreyman, director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies, said the “fixation” with going to university “sends us off down the wrong track”.  “I take the view that it’s better to train as a plumber and if you really think it’s better to be a philosophical plumber, you do an Open University degree at age 40,” he said.He said that “even if one is a bit sniffy” about creative arts, the same applies to teachers and nurses, many of whom also fail to repay their loans in full but whose jobs are vital for society.A previous IFS report found that almost eight in ten graduates will never pay back their full student loan under the new tuition fees system.The number of graduates who fail to clear their debt before it is written off has almost doubled since 2011, when the Government axed the old maintenance grants in favour of a loan system.Under the new system, 77.4 per cent of graduates will never fully repay their debts, compared to 41.5 per cent of graduates under the previous system. It was reported last year that university tuition fees could be cut to £6,500, under proposals from a commission established by the Prime Minister to recommend higher education reforms.In 2017, Theresa May ordered a review of post-18 education led by Philip Augar, a former equities broker. It is due to report to the Department for Education in January, almost a year after it was set up.The Prime Minister came under pressure on the issue after it was felt that Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to abolish tuition fees won support from young voters in last year’s general election.     The IFS analysis also found that the cost to the taxpayer differs by type of institution as well as subject. Graduates from Russell Group universities – who are typically high earning – cost the government less than £25,000 each, on average. The number of graduates who fail to clear their debt before it is written off has almost doubled since 2011 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. read more

THW Kiel tough but important win over Aalborg

THW Kiel THW Kiel finally won at the end of black series, but there is still no too many reasons for “Zebras” fans to be optimistic about the future. Three times EHF Champions League winners outplayed Danish champions Aalborg 27:26 (13:12) in front of 8.200 domestic fans at Sparkassen Arena at Round 3 of the best European competition.Danes had 24:23 only a few minutes before the final buzzer, but 3:0 series ended with goal of Miha Zarabec, the most efficient Kiel’s player, was the end of hopes of the away team.THW Kiel: Landin (49.-60., 2 save), Wolff (1.-49., 12 saves); Firnhaber (n.e.), Toft Hansen, Weinhold (1), Dissinger (4), Wiencek (2), Ekberg (3/2), Zeitz (n.e.), Frend Öfors, Rahmel (2), Dahmke (3), Zarabec (5), Vujin (4), Bilyk, Nilsson (3)Aalborg Handbold: Westphal (n.e.), Aggefors (1.-60., 13 saves), Pedersen (n.e.); Smarason (4), Wiesmach (7), Barthold, Larsen (3), Hessellund, Hald Jensen (3), Saugstrup Jensen, Holst Jensen (2), Ellebaek (2), Jotic, Atlason, Meinby Pedersen, Antonsen, Juul-Lassen (5/1)PHOTO: THW Kiel ← Previous Story ROAD TO WOMEN’S EHF EURO 2018: Powerful start for Hungary and Spain Next Story → TANJA ŠARENAC AND MAJA IVANOVIĆ: Training as a way of life read more

Formal Junior Cert exams abolished under new system

first_imgUpdated, 14:46THE FORMAL Junior Certificate exams set by secondary school students at the end of their third year are to be scrapped under reforms announced by the Minister for Education today.Ruairí Quinn has announced a series of radical reforms this afternoon, under which the formal set of exams are abolished and replaced with a longer series of continuous assessments, in the biggest reform to state exams since the Inter Cert was abolished in 1991.The move toward continual assessment – under criteria laid down by the State Examinations Commission, but marked by a student’s own teachers – is intended as an attempt to make education less solely focussed on a stand-out set of end-of-year exams.This afternoon Quinn said the Junior Cert exams as they currently exist had become outdated and in need of reform.“The Junior Certificate is no longer a high stakes exam, yet we continue to treat it as if it were a ‘dry run’ for the Leaving Cert – to the detriment of many of our students,” he said.“There is compelling evidence from many countries that shows more students will perform better by moving away from such terminal exams.”The new system will see students assessed on a minimum of eight and a maximum of ten subjects, though schools will be able to offer shorter courses on the likes of entrepreneurship, digital media and Chinese without an ‘official’ assessment.The changes will be introduced on a rolling basis, with the English curriculum the first to change, for new school entrants in 2014. Irish, Science and Business Studies will be amended in 2015, with changes in order subjects by 2017. The changes mean the end-of-third-year Junior Cert exams will be a thing of the past by 2020.It is hoped that the reforms would encourage students to see the Junior Cert as more than merely a warm-up for the Leaving Certificate – while also trying to stop students from ‘switching off” through their first years in secondary school.The exams include a standardised science test from 2016 onward, while standardised English and Maths tests will be introduced for second-year pupils from 2014.Interestingly, the new system will only differentiate between higher and ordinary level grades for English, Irish and Maths – with all over subjects eventually taught to a common level when the new regime kicks in.Last year’s announcements also introduced new standardised literacy and numeracy tests to be taken at the end of second year, which will supplement exams that are already offered in primary school. Previously there had not been any standardised tests at second level, other than the Junior and Leaving Cert exams themselves.The reforms come on the back of recommendations from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Training on managing the new system and the changeover from the current regime will be offered to teachers next year.Junior Cert results: Girls outperform boys in 20 out of 23 subjectsColumn: Times have changed and so should the Junior Certlast_img read more

Evidence mounts for a new breed of Chromebook

first_imgWhether or not the Chromebook Pixel (or Chromebook Link) turns out to be a real device, the future is becoming clear. Google and its partners are already hard at work on developing the next generation of Chromebooks, and they’re not all going to be tagged with entry-level price tags. How do we know Google is going upscale? Clues are popping up all over the place.So far we’ve seen reports of a screen resolution that is nearly double (technically quadruple) that of the current crop of Chromebooks. Google has already paved the way for higher-resolution Android tablets with the 2560×1600 Nexus 10, and it’s hard to imagine the company not doing the same for laptop manufacturers. A device that’s said to currently be in testing at Google HQ features practically the same resolution.There’s also been talk of touchscreen displays being utilized, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Google has been talking about bringing touch support to Chrome OS since the project first hit the web, and early UI concepts even showed a Chrome OS interface tailored for use on tablets. Take a quick look through the about:flags on the Chrome OS Developer Channel today and you’ll see experimental touch features galore: bezel gestures, tap-to-drag, and more.Another clue about higher-end Chromebooks surfaced back in October of 2012 in the Chromium source code. Developers have been working on implementing support for backlit keyboards, and it looks like some models may auto-adjust the brightness using an ambient light sensor. Chrome OS developers have also added support for manual controls: users will be able to press ALT + the screen brightness keys to make adjustments.Finally, there’s a new generation of chip on the way. Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor is already in the hands of numerous manufacturing partners, and at least one has been testing it in a Chromebook. It’s Codenamed Puppy, not Pixel, but the name’s not the important bit. The fact that it’s running one of the development boards that was recently added to the Linux kernel is.The Tegra 4 features four ARM Cortex-A15 cores instead of two, and it’s believed that clock speeds will top the 2.0GHz mark. That should provide a healthy performance boost over the existing ARM Chromebook from Samsung, and it likely won’t be as expensive (or hard on the battery) as switching to an Intel chip.While it’s becoming clear that next generation Chromebooks will be more powerful and offer welcome upgrades — like high-resolution displays, touch input, and backlit keyboards — there’s also no question that value will continue to be an important component, too. Chromebooks are slowly but surely beginning to make their presence felt in the marketplace, but the charge is being led by the $249 Samsung.If manufacturers like Samsung, Acer, HP, and Lenovo can figure out how to bundle these features up inside a sexy chassis, the next Chromebooks could make serious waves in the computing world.last_img read more

North Miami cop fired for hindering investigation

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A North Miami cop, Commander Emile Hollant, has been fired from the force.An internal affairs investigation concluded that Hollant hindered an investigation into the shooting of Charles Kinsey and misled the police chief about the investigation.Kinsey, a mental healthcare worker, was lying on his back, hands in the air, when he was shot, last year.Hollant was in charge when Officer Jonathan Aledda shot Kinsey in the leg.Aledda has been charged with attempted manslaughter and culpable negligence.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

New tech helps South Central Railway eliminate ULCs

first_imgSecunderabad: The South Central Railway (SCR) used pre-cast box segments during construction to eliminate unmanned level crossings. To hasten the work, they were inserted into the track near LC locations by deploying high capacity road cranes of 200 tonne capacity.To reduce the block time required for insertion of pre-cast boxes, temporary steel girders were inserted beforehand with improved methodology so as to take up earth work excavation for placing the box segments in position. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us During 2017-18 and 2018-19, a total of 84 LHS and 96 RUBs were constructed. Balance Unmanned LCs were eliminated by other modes like manning, direct closure and diversion of traffic to nearest LCs. On account of these efforts, all unmanned LCs on South Central Railway were eliminated by October which include 151 LCs in year 2018-19 alone. There were 288 Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLCs) as on April 1, 2017. The railway took up the work of providing Limited Height Subway (LHS) or Road Under Bridge (RUB) at 180 LC locations. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Record electrification South Central Railway has also taken to electrification of its network on a priority basis. The zone has lent a big push to electrification projects, targeting completion and commissioning of various projects during the last two years. A total length of 432 route Kilometers has been electrified during the financial year of 2018-19. The sections electrified during 2018-19 on South Central Railway are, the Obulavaripalli–Venkatachalam (87 route km), Guntakal–Kalluru (38 RKM), Bellary–Guntakal (45 RKM), Siripuram–Pondugula (83 RKM), Kukkadam–Pagidipalli (102 RKM), Vishnupuram–Janpahad (8 RKM), Peddapalli–Gangadhara (55 RKM), Telapur–Ramachandrapuram (6 RKM).last_img read more

Syed Ashrafuls first namazejanaza held

first_imgAwami League leaders are seen paying respect to Syed Ashraful Islam on Sunday. Photo: Dipu MalakarThe first namaz-e-janaza of ruling Awami League leader Syed Ashraf was held at the South Plaza of the Jaitya Sangsad on Sunday morning, reports UNB.The body of the former general secretary of the Awami League was taken to the parliament complex from Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at 9:30am.President Abdul Hamid, deputy speaker Md Fazle Rabbi Miah, chief whip ASM Firoz, ministers, AL leaders and politicians from different parties, noted personalities and people from all walks of life participated in his namaz-e-janaza.Syed Ashraful was given the ‘Guard of Honour’ after the janaza held at 10:34am.President Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and AL leaders paid tribute by placing wreaths at his coffin.The photo shows a section of people taken part in the first namaaz-e-janaza of Syed Ashraful Islam. Photo: Dipu MalakarLater, on behalf of the Awami League, its president Sheikh Hasina, flanked by party leaders, paid last tribute by placing wreaths at his coffin.Hundreds of thousands of his colleagues, supporters and well-wishers converged on the parliament complex to pray for his departed soul.Syed Ashraf, son of national leader and Bangabandhu’s close associate Syed Nazrul Islam, died of lung cancer at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok around 9:45pm on Thursday at the age of 67.The body of Syed Ashraf was brought back home on Saturday evening.An AL delegation, led by party general secretary Obaidul Quader, received the body at the airport.President Abdul is going to pay his last tributes to Syed Ashraful Islam on Sunday. Photo: Dipu MalakarLater, Ashraf’s body will be taken to his home district Kishoreganj by a helicopter where his second janaza will be held at Sholakia Eidgaon Maidan around 12:00noon.Then his body will be taken to Mymensingh where another janaza will be held at Anjuman Eidgah after the Zohr prayers.The mortal remains will be flown back to the capital from Mymensingh and will be laid to eternal rest at Banani Graveyard after Asr prayers.Syed Ashraf was elected MP from Kishoreganj-1 constituency five times — 1996, 2001, 2008, 2014 and 2018. In Sunday’s election, the AL leader came out successful from the parliamentary seat.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is going to pay her last respect to Syed Ashraful Islam on Sunday. Photo: Dipu MalakarHe, however, could not take oath on Thursday when all the Awami League MPs sworn in. The AL leader submitted a letter to the speaker on the day seeking time for taking the oath.last_img read more

Soviet Unions doomsday device designed to commence a nuclear strikes across the

first_imgThe epic rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the course of the Cold War has many times put the world in danger of an all-out nuclear war. Investments exceeding any imaginable figure were made for the production of various missiles, warheads, and silos. Both countries built enormous underground complexes, placing their weapons of mass destruction on standby mode, as a war between superpowers constantly threatened to erase mankind from the face of the earth. The question was — who would dare to strike first?In the early 1980s, tensions escalated between the two countries to a level similar to during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.With the American development of advanced Trident C4 intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of launching from a submarine, the Soviets realized the threat of a first-strike attack from the ocean, as enemy submarines could stealthily approach the coast.Trident C-4Their biggest fear was that the U.S. intended to apply the decapitation strategy, i.e. precise a surprise strike on the capital, intended to eliminate the Soviet top leadership. This would potentially render the county incapable of providing an adequate response.So, a protocol was introduced, backed by sophisticated technology together with top-ranking officials of the Strategic Nuclear Forces and other vital figures who would usually authorize the use of WMDs. In the event of an attack on Moscow, a computer system linked with Soviet missile silos would begin a retaliatory sequence.Many hypothetical doomsday devices are based on the fact that salted hydrogen bombs can create large amounts of nuclear fallout.A number of missiles would be launched automatically at various cities and strategic points across the U.S. The system was named Perimeter but was colloquially known as the Dead Hand, for its role in the potential aftermath of a nuclear strike. Based on a previous system called Signal which needed manual authorization in order to launch, Perimeter took things further by becoming completely automatic.It was conceived so that retaliation was to be delivered, no matter what.NASA Apollo moon landings conspiraciesEven today little is known about the Perimeter automatic nuclear-weapons control system, as it was kept top secret by the Soviet officials. The underground complex of bunkers is located south of Moscow together with its backup facilities.The collapse of the U.S.S.R. shed some light on the way the system worked, but still many discrepancies appeared in interviews with the people involved in the project.Basically, in a crisis, the procedure was as follows: a high-ranking military official would send a coded message to the bunkers, immediately switching on the Dead Hand. A set of ground-level sensors would then start measuring parameters such as seismic activity, radioactivity, and air pressure.If the readings indicated that a nuclear explosion had in fact incinerated Moscow, Dead Hand would know what to do.December 1941. Fresh forces going to the front from Moscow. Photo by RIA Oleg Ignatovich CC BY SA 3.0A series of rockets would then be launched, serving as transmitters, authorizing missiles across the Soviet Union to begin their countdown. All available missiles in silos, submarines and bomber aircraft would then be put in motion and head towards their targets.Research on the nature of the doomsday device was conducted by Terry Gross and David Hoffman in 2009. The two scientists concluded that the underground facility south of Moscow had three staff officers who were responsible for manually launching the rockets which were to be used in a retaliatory attack.Cover of The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy, written by David E. Hoffman.Hoffman noted in his article that the Soviets indeed intended to make Perimeter fully-automated, and was capable of doing so, but abandoned the idea in fear of putting the fate of the world into the hands of a computer.Read another story from us: When Soviet schoolchildren presented Ambassador Averell Harriman with a replica of the Great Seal of the U.S. in 1945, there was a listening device insideIn 1991, the Cold War officially ended, without the use of nuclear weapons. However, assumptions were recently made that the complex is still operational as part of the Russian Army and that it might even have been upgraded to more modern standards.Nikola Budanovic is a freelance journalist who has worked for various media outlets such as Vice, War History Online, The Vintage News, and Taste of Cinema. His main areas of interest are history, particularly military history, literature and filmlast_img read more

Disney Cruise Line expands San Diego season for 2019

first_imgDisney Cruise Line expands San Diego season for 2019 Tags: Disney CELEBRATION, FL — Disney Cruise Line will return to favourite destinations on a variety of itineraries in early 2019, including an expanded two-month season from San Diego to the Baja and Mexican Riviera.The cruise line’s 2019 lineup includes a host of options to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Florida ports, plus cruises to the Southern Caribbean from San Juan.From January to May, all cruises departing from Florida feature a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.Disney Magic (photo credit Matt Stroshane)Bookings open to the public on Nov. 2, 2017. More details on 2019 itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2019 page of disneycruise.com.Here are more details:San Diego to Baja and Mexican RivieraThe Disney Wonder returns to San Diego for an extended season from March to May 2019, with a variety of cruises to Mexico on two-, four-, five- and seven-night voyages. Most sailings to Mexico’s Baja peninsula call on the charming coastal city of Ensenada, known as the “Cinderella of the Pacific” with its turquoise blue water and rugged mountainous terrain. Two-night cruises to Ensenada offer Friday departures from San Diego.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureFour- and five-night Baja options include a visit to Cabo San Lucas.Seven-night sailings to the Mexican Riviera call on Cabo San Lucas and feature Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán.San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Southern CaribbeanIn January, three special Disney Wonder cruises from San Juan sail to the Southern Caribbean on six- and seven-night sailings.The Disney Wonder arrives to San Juan after a five-night journey departing Jan. 9 from Galveston with a stop in Falmouth, Jamaica.On Feb. 3, a four-night cruise aboard the Disney Wonder takes guests from San Juan to Port Canaveral.Port Canaveral to Bahamas and Eastern and Western CaribbeanWith three Disney ships in port and cruise lengths spanning three, four and seven nights, vacationers looking for a getaway in early 2019 have a full menu of options from Port Canaveral. Every sailing includes a day at Castaway Cay. The Disney Fantasy continues to sail seven-night Caribbean voyages, with Eastern Caribbean itineraries visiting the Virgin Islands of Tortola and St. Thomas, and Western Caribbean cruises calling on Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Falmouth.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemThe Disney Dream embarks on three- and four-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay, and the Disney Wonder will alternate similar three- and four-night itineraries throughout February.Miami to Bahamas and Western CaribbeanDisney Magic kicks off 2019 sailing from Miami with four- and five-night voyages to the Bahamas, plus five-night Western Caribbean cruises. All of these Disney Magic sailings include Castaway Cay. Other ports of call on the Bahamian voyages include Nassau and Key West, while a stop in Grand Cayman or Cozumel headlines the Western Caribbean itineraries. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Friday, October 27, 2017 Share Travelweek Group last_img read more

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first_imgJuly 29 , 2019 U.S.: More rain coming to California … The California table grape crop forecast has been cut by 3% from the original spring estimate. This would put the latest figure down on last year’s bumper crop but slightly above the five-year average.The California Table Grape Commission said that the latest estimate released on Thursday was 112.4 million 19-pound boxes. The original spring estimate was 116.2 million.By comparison, last year the crop was 115.6 million boxes, and the five-year average is 110.4 million boxes.John Pandol, special project director of grower-exporter Pandol Bros. said that many had been reducing their April forecasts by 1 – 4%.However, he noted: “Of course, over seven months of shipping, it doesn’t necessarily make an impact one way or another.”The harvests in California’s Central Valley are now ramping up following concentrated Mexican supplies in late June and early July.”Starting week 25 we saw restrictions of the flow of the lower quality or unpopular varieties,” Pandol said. “Some growers initiated this, but in many cases it was the sales companies that restricted the volume or, in some cases, abandoned their later growers mid-harvest. In our case, we sold twice as many grapes in July as normal.”He said that by week 30 Pandol Bros. was down to the last 1% of its Mexican program; U.S. retailers have either changed or are about to change to Central California.The company started with Flames in week 28, which is within the normal date range. It’s now picking Flames, Sugraone, Valley Pearl, Ivory and Thompson – roughly half reds and half whites. You might also be interested in Blackberries In Charts: California leads impressiv … center_img Challenging market conditionsPandol also noted that July and August tended to be the most challenging months for marketing grapes. This is largely due to the period’s heavy competition with other summer crops – conditions are tougher than normal.”On the supply side, the current market is more difficult because there are more older grapes around at retail and wholesale than normal, at some very low prices,” he said.”On the demand side, there are the normal summer competing items. Also, export items have been diverted back into the U.S. market because of trade fights, and there is a larger presence of value retail formats.”He added: “Movement is about right but farm gate prices are lower than they need to be.”On the positive side, one benefit of starting with a fully supplied market is there’s no incentive to harvest too early.”Combined with the higher labor rates, most growers wait until more of the crop is ready before entering to harvest. This benefits both reduced harvest labor inputs and gives us higher average maturity,” he said.”Quality-wise, it looks like a good size, good yield year. Freshness is a big driver for grapes sales and we are being aggressive to generate sales.”California Table Grape Commission president Kathleen Nave said a big promotional campaign is underway in North America and global export markets.”The commission is fielding the largest campaign ever with elements ranging from television, radio, print, and social media consumer advertising to geo-location targeting of consumers at retail to in-store promotions to an array of retail incentives,” she said.The season is expected to last into January, she added. California: Heatwave to hit several major growing … Perishable Pundit: The words that can’t be spoken …last_img read more

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first_imgJune 21, 2007 We last reported on construction at the Visitors Center entrance on 4/30/07. It’s time to catch up on all of the work that has progressed there all along. Up to 4/30 we reported on a new set of silt-cast wall panels that surround the walk-in refridgerator for the cafe and bakery and the recycling area right next to it. The path around this area was re-leveled and re-paved, a new metal railing was installed and the passenger bridge was raised. The loading area has been completely redesigned and now sports a beautiful ramp to make access easier for physically challenged visitors as well as deliveries. [from upper left] The large ARCOSANTI entrance sign was demolished by a mini-tornado last July [see report from 7/24/06] and the crew is in the process of putting together a sturdy new wall for the ARCOSANTI entrance sign. Concrete posts have been cast in place on both sides and a cinderblock retaining wall will support the new sign at the bottom. The crew, Sylva Tentori, Fernando Lomasto and Livio Stabile, frame the wall on the ground before securing it place.[Photos: Julian Lauzzana, sa & text: sa] {from upper left] The larger view shows the north-side of the Crafts III building, where this construction is taking place. Photo was taken from the path that leads from the visitors parking lot to the entrance. Construction crew Rebecca fastens wooden slats onto the frame. The wood work echoes other wood finishing on the Crafts III building.[Photos: Julian Lauzzana, sa & text: sa] When the old sign was destroyed by heavy winds, luck had it that all the letters survived in good shape. Rebecca now re-mounts the letters and secures them on the back of the wooden wall. Landscaping coordinator Ron Chandler saved most of the cacti and other plants from this area and now replants this little entrance garden. This report will continue on 6/27/07.[Photos: Julian Lauzzana, sa & text: sa]last_img read more

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