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Humbled to be playing the final of ATP Finals, says Grigor Dimitrov

first_imgGrigor Dimitrov stood one win away from the biggest title of his career on Saturday after ending his Jack Sock jinx to reach the final of the season-ending ATP Finals at the 02 Arena.The Bulgarian, finally beginning to look the real deal after year’s weighed down by comparisons to Swiss great Roger Federer, produced more dazzling tennis to win 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 and set up a Sunday showdown with fellow debutant David Goffin.With Federer stunned earlier by Goffin, who Dimitrov thrashed in group play earlier in the week, the door had opened tantalisingly for the 26-year-old to go on and collect the biggest title of his career to date.But Sock had won their last two meetings having saved match points, most recently at Indian Wells this year, and those demons were lurking for Dimitrov as victory loomed.Poised for victory at 5-3 40-15 in the decider he made two nervy errors then ballooned a forehand out on a third match point. As proof of his greater mental fortitude these days, however, Dimitrov got the job done at the fourth attempt.Victory means he will move above Alexander Zverev and end the year as world number three, with only all-time greats Federer and Rafael Nadal ahead of him.”I don’t know what to say. This took a lot out of me,” Dimitrov, the first debutant to reach the semi-finals after going unbeaten in round robin play since Andy Murray in 2008, said on court. “But my belief was good today.”advertisementAsked how he had controlled his nerves when serving for the match, Dimitrov said: “You have to. I was very composed and didn’t let negative thoughts come to my head.”If I’d have been broken in the last game then tough luck, I would have gone down the other side and played again. I’m just so humbled to be able to play the final tomorrow.”Sock had gate-crashed the London showpiece by winning the Paris Masters and catapulting up the standings and became the first American to reach the semi-finals since Andy Roddick in 2007 when Shanghai was the host city.While his journey came to a halt, the 25-year-old said he now felt like he belonged at the top of the game.”Shouldn’t have been here in the first place,” he said. “I mean, to be here, my first appearance, to make the semis, getting through a pretty tough group, that’s a big confidence booster for me.”Now I want to go and play some golf.”last_img read more

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Graham Reid named chief coach of India men’s hockey team

first_imgGraham Reid named chief coach of India men’s hockey teamGraham Reid, Olympic medal-winning former Australian international, will take charge ahead of India men’s hockey team’s preparations for FIH Men’s Series Final Bhubaneswar, Odisha 2019.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk BhubaneshwarApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 20:14 IST It’s an honour and a privilege to be appointed as Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s hockey team: Graham Reid (Hockey India Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGraham Reid, who recently worked as assistant coach for the Netherlands, has been named India’s chief coachIndia had been without a chief coach since Harendra Singh was sacked after last year’s World CupIndia recently finished runner-up at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 under interim coach JohnHockey India named Graham Reid as the new chief coach of the India men’s hockey team on Monday. The 54-year-old will join the team in Bengaluru shortly for the on-going National Camp at Sports Authority of India.India had been without a head coach ever since Harendra Singh was sacked after the men’s team exited the Hockey World Cup at home in the quarter-final following a 2-1 loss to the Netherlands.The senior national team had recently finished runner-up at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup under interim coach John and analytical coach Chris Ciriello.Have always enjoyed watching India play: ReidExpressing his delight over taking on a new assignment, Reid said, “It’s an honour and a privilege to be appointed as Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s hockey team. No other country has a history in this sport that can compare to India.Reid added: “As an opposition coach, I have enjoyed watching first hand, the steady rise of the Indian team to one of the most exciting and threatening teams in world hockey. I have a passion for the fast and attacking brand of hockey that India plays which marries closely with the Australian style.”Reid will be in charge of the team during their next international assignment — tour to Australia in May 2019.Reid has a decorated playing career as a defender of the Australian National team and was part of the silver medal winning team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.He was also part of the Australian squad that won back-to-back Champions Trophy titles in 1984, 1985 and 1989, 1990. With 130 international caps, Reid took to coaching a national team when he was appointed an assistant coach in 2009 for Australia.advertisement”I am looking forward to working with Hockey India, SAI, MYAS, Support Staff & players for the positive development in the lead up to Tokyo 2020,” says the newly-appointed Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team, Graham Reid! Read more: https://t.co/i4ZmTadMiY#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/YGVOLkyK7cHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) April 8, 2019During his tenure, he was elevated to the head coach position and he guided the Australian team to their fifth consecutive Champions Trophy title in 2012.He was named head coach in 2014 where he contributed to Australian squad’s reign as world No.1 team. Under his guidance, they won the World League Semi Final in Antwerp and went on to win the World League Final in Raipur the same year.A member of the Queensland Hockey Hall of Fame, Reid moved to the Netherlands in 2017 to serve as the head coach of Amsterdam Club which he was part of as a player in 1993 and 1994. In his recent stint, he worked as the Assistant Coach for the Netherlands team who won the Silver Medal at the 2018 Men’s World Cup.”Graham Reid is backed by a successful career as a player and also comes with strong coaching experience, having worked with the Australian and the Netherlands national teams. We are hopeful his experience and expertise will help the Indian Men’s Hockey Team achieve desirable results leading up to and at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” stated Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, President, Hockey India.Also Read | Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019: India lose final to Korea as shoot-out woes continueAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Graham ReidFollow India men’s hockey teamFollow India hockey coachlast_img read more

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Shell’s Second Rig Departs for Alaska

first_imgzoom The crew of Royal Dutch Shell’s second of two Arctic drilling rigs Noble Discoverer departed the Port of Everett, Wash., June 30, 2015, its final destination being Alaska.Noble Discoverer was the last of three oil drilling and support vessels to depart western Washington for the Arctic this summer, the US Coast Guard said.Coast Guard crews and local law enforcement personnel enforced a 500-yard safety zone around the vessel as it transited Puget Sound pushing through protesters in kayaks demonstrating against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans.The kayaktivists who breached the safety zone were intercepted by the Coast Guard and police forces and taken ashore. However, nobody was arrested.“Violating the safety zone, which was established to ensure the safety of everyone on the water, can lead to a notice of violation that includes a USD 500 fine,” the Coast Guard said.Shell’s first Arctic drilling rig Polar Pioneer left Seattle on June 15th, also despite vehement protests from environmentalist groups.Initial estimates indicate that Shell could begin drilling for oil in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week in July.World Maritime News Staff; Images: US Coast Guardlast_img read more

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Richard Carlsons Dont Sweat The Small Stuff Connects With Children Incorporated

first_imgDr Richard Carlson’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff is connecting with Children Incorporated to match 2000 sponsorships with impoverished children worldwide.“There are many fine agencies to choose from, but my personal favorite is Children Incorporated… the experience has brought tremendous joy and satisfaction to my entire family.”When Dr. Carlson first published those words two decades ago, he probably had no idea the impact it would have on the fate of children, families, and communities all around the globe. One of the most impactful and visionary self-help books of the last generation – with over 25 million copies sold and considered a key text in the global movement towards mindfulness and self-care – Carlson’s shout-out to Children Incorporated resulted in a flood of sponsors that organization president Ron Carter calls “one of the most meaningful things to ever happen to our organization.”Dr. Carlson’s legacy is continued by his widow, Kristine Carlson, herself a best-selling author, TED Talk veteran, and internationally acclaimed speaker. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Carlson has teamed up with Children Incorporated to generate 2000 new sponsors in conjunction with the book’s reissue.With programs in over 23 countries (including nearly 150 in the United States), Children Incorporated connects individual donors with the needs of specific children who are in desperate need – of food, shelter, clothing, school supplies, and most of all, human generosity. Since being founded by Jeanne Clarke Wood in 1964, the Richmond, VA-based organization has directly impacted the lives of over 250,000 children.Finding 2000 new sponsors is an ambitious goal, admits Shelley Callahan, Director of Development for Children Incorporated, but a worthy one. “Since the first edition of Dr. Carlson’s book came out twenty years ago, we’ve gained roughly about 6000 sponsorships,” she says. “An additional 2000 – to add to the 9000 we already have active – would be a really big deal. We could grow our programs, adding more projects to the 300 we already serve, as well as directly impact the lives of that many more needy children.”The life-blood of Children Incorporated is getting help to individual children with every sponsorship, but their broader vision extends into those children’s homes and communities, magnifying the impact of each donation. From helping to build schoolhouses and safe homes in Bolivia, to clean water projects in India and Sri Lanka, to stuffing the backpacks of poor children in Appalachia with food so they don’t go hungry over the weekend, each project is based on local concerns and needs.New donors inspired by Dr. Carlson’s life and work can click here for more information and easy access to Children Incorporated’s history and details about their current programs.last_img read more

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Kansas couple designs covered wagons for glamping

LAWRENCE, Kan. — A Kansas couple is marketing covered wagons once used by pioneers to journey west as a luxury camping experience.The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Dennis and Donna Steinman have built their first 26- by 10-foot wagon to accommodate those interested in the growing trend of high-end glamour camping, or “glamping.”The Douglas County couple’s canvas-covered wagons will be able to fit a king- or queen-sized bed, a bunk bed and a glass-topped wagon wheel table. Their PlainsCraft Conestoga Wagons are equipped with electrical outlets and the couple is looking into how to heat and cool the interiors.Dennis Steinman says he envisions the wagons being parked at wineries, ranches, state and national parks, hunting lodges and resorts.Steinman says he hopes to build 20 wagons in their business’ first year.___Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.comThe Associated Press read more

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Construction of six Pan Am venues delayed mostly due to bad weather

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Construction of six venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Games is running behind schedule, including a new Hamilton stadium, a key venue that’s now expected to be finished in September.The $145.7-million Tim Hortons Field was slated to open this month, a year before it was to host all 32 men’s and women’s soccer competitions. The delay has forced the Hamilton Tiger-Cats football team to use a smaller facility for the first two home games of the season.“I haven’t heard from the Tiger-Cats about the Tiger-Cats making an announcement. At the end of the day it’s the same sort of thing like here,” said CFL commissioner Mark Cohon from Ottawa prior to the Redblacks home opener. “Look at what’s going to be here at the end of the day. Look at what’s going to be in Hamilton at the end of the day: A world-class facility that’s going to be not just for the next generation of fans but the next generation after that. People are going to be blown away by that facility when it’s ready as well. It’s taking a little bit of time but people are going to be really happy with it when it’s done.”Completion dates for the Toronto track and field centre, a facility in Markham, the equestrian park in Caledon and the shooting centre in Cookstown have all been pushed back by a month or two.The ballpark in Ajax was supposed to be completed by July, but phase two of the project is now expected to be finished in November. However, all the venues are expected to be ready well before the Games begin next July.“We had a significantly difficult winter this past go-around, and I think you would understand the ball park being a challenge when you’re trying to put a playing field in when you’ve got frozen ground,” Murray Noble, TO2015’s senior vice-president of infrastructure, said Friday.“So some of those projects were truly to do with the weather.”The final phase of the Caledon equestrian park was pushed back from December 2014 to February 2015 to make it easier for the right contractors to bid on it, he added.“All of our projects continue to be tracking very well for completion before the end of the year here, and certainly well within the time frames before the Games,” he said.Noble said he couldn’t provide an exact date for the completion of the Hamilton stadium, saying the question should be directed to Infrastructure Ontario.Infrastructure Ontario says it aims to hold a meeting at the end of the month to evaluate the status of stadium construction, which is currently more than 85 per cent complete.Ontario’s governing Liberals have been under fire for the stadium setback, but say taxpayers won’t be on the hook for any cost overruns.But the Ticats are taking a financial hit for every game they can’t play in the new stadium, said New Democrat Paul Miller, who represents a Hamilton riding.The team will have to use Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University, which has 6,000 permanent seats and temporary seating for another 6,000.Tim Hortons Field would have 22,500 permanent seats and a potential capacity of 40,000 through temporary seating. The province gave Hamilton $22.5 million for the stadium, which isn’t part of the Pan Am budget.“Who’s going to cover that cost?” said Miller. “The city of Hamilton? Infrastructure Ontario? The Pan Am committee?”TO2015 CEO Saad Rafi said questions about whether there would be any compensation for the Ticats would best be answered by Infrastructure Ontario. The Crown corporation wasn’t immediately available for comment.“Somebody’s going to have to compensate them and at the end of the day, I think we all know that it’s going to be the taxpayers that are on the hook for this,” said Progressive Conservative Todd Smith.Bad weather should be factored into such big projects, he said. The government should just admit publicly that preparations for the Games won’t be finished on time or on budget.But TO2015 said that the overall capital building program for the Games is still in line with their budget.It spent $92.8 million in the quarter ending March 31, including $66 million on venue construction during the three months ending March 31, the organizing committee said Friday in its fourth-quarter financial report.Venue construction spending is $387 million so far, about 53 per cent of the total original capital budget of $730 million, it said.It includes $83.5 million for the Hamilton stadium, $148.4 million for an aquatics and field house and $24.8 million on an athletics stadium in Toronto and $53.9 million for the Markham centre, which will host badminton, table tennis and water polo competitions.Operating expenses during the quarter were $26.8 million, mostly spent in the areas of corporate, technology, transportation, events and ceremonies and community and cultural affairs, it said.Corporations have also put in an “incremental $43 million in value” worth of in-kind sponsorships for delivery of the Games, the committee said.TO2015 said it has spent $126.9 million to date, about 15.7 per cent of its total operations budget of $810 million.It reported $4,159 in travel and hospitality expenses for the quarter, bringing the total since last July to $23,136.Rafi said the Games are expected to create 26,000 job and 84 per cent of the funding spent to procure goods and services has gone to Canadian companies.The Games will take place at 34 different competition venues across the Golden Horseshoe, from Niagara in the south to Orillia in the north, running from July 7 to 26, followed by the Parapan Am Games Aug. 7 to 15.The Liberals have also been criticized for the cost of security for the Games, admitting that the original $113 million built into the Pan Am budget was just a best guess and it may climb above the latest estimate of $239 million.TO2015 said it couldn’t provide the latest figures, saying it was in the hands of the Pan/Parapan Am Games Integrated Security Unit.The report glosses over the construction delays, inflates the number of jobs that will be created and doesn’t mention the amount of money that will be spent on security or transportation, Miller said.“Every time (the Liberals) talk about it, they talk about the positive side of it,” Miller said. “And that’s fine, but they don’t talk about the hidden negative side and they don’t want the public to know that.”The total budget for the Games, including security, transportation and the athletes village is currently estimated at $2.5 billion. by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2014 5:51 am MDT Construction of six Pan Am venues delayed, mostly due to bad weather, say TO2015 read more

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Police officers deliver the pie after Pizza Hut driver is injured in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Police officers deliver the pie after Pizza Hut driver is injured in Oregon crash PORTLAND, Ore. – Police officers often deliver citations, and in urgent circumstances they’ve been known to deliver a baby. Now, here comes pizza.When a Pizza Hut driver hurt his neck and back in a crash earlier this month, two Portland Police Bureau officers heard him call his boss, and they offered to finish the delivery for him.Steve Huckins says he and his wife were a little worried when Officers Michael Filbert and Royce Curtiss showed up at the door Sept. 1, but when they heard the whole story, they broke out laughing.It turns out the Huckinses had been about to tuck into the Hawaiian pie that a Pizza Hut manager, making double sure of delivery, brought after they contacted him to see about their order.In possession of two pizzas, Huckins made a point of getting a picture, in case there was any skepticism about how the second arrived.“They turn around to leave, and I said, ‘whoa, whoa, whoa — I got to get a picture of this,’” he told KOIN-TV (http://bit.ly/1rivLl5). “No one is going to believe Portland police delivering a pizza.”He sent the photo on to a police spokesman, Sgt. Pete Simpson. A tweet followed, and the pizza patrol was duly recognized.The delivery driver is reportedly recovering but not yet back on duty.___Information from: KOIN-TV, http://www.koin.com/ by The Associated Press Posted Sep 23, 2014 8:09 am MDT read more

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Multotec highlights wider African expansion

first_imgMineral process solutions provider Multotec is in the process of expanding extensively into other parts of the African continent and beyond. The company has recently established branches in Mozambique, Zambia and Ghana, with an agent in Zimbabwe and Thomas Holtz, Multotec CEO says business is “flourishing” in all these areas. He states: “Our growing branch infrastructure is helping us transition from pure equipment sales into the field service maintenance arena. Today we’re in the business of delivering peace of mind – working closely with our customers to provide condition monitoring and process optimisation services for the lifetime of the equipment we supply. We stand by our product and staying with it in the field, ensures it provides a maximum return on investment to our customers.”He adds: “This portfolio approach means we’re able to offer our customers support from a team comprised of resource generalists and experienced product specialists. A flexible, consultative model like this creates a platform to identify specific opportunities that can be implemented quickly to increase efficiencies.” Illustrating the success of this approach, Holtz cites the Selous Metallurgical Complex at the Makwiro platinum mine in Zimbabwe, where Multotec rehabilitated the flotation plant. “Our equipment was assembled and installed by our Field Maintenance Service crews and hydraulic settings were optimised, thereby improving recoveries.” He also cites a project at First Quantum’s Kansanshi mine in Zambia, where Multotec improved the wear life of the cyclones circuit, the feed and discharge pipes and launders. The crews installed engineered ceramic in their high wear areas and the optimisation of feed and discharge systems increased the operational life to such an extent that Multotec Zambia has been given the go ahead to implement the same wear life improvement solution on other First Quantum mines.Multotec states that it is also playing on an increasingly global platform, focusing on benchmarking its product offering against international leaders. “For example, in an African context, several Australian companies are operating very successfully in our part of the world. We want to establish ourselves just as successfully in Australia in order to be able to provide a reference base that proves our capabilities in the international arena. Many mining and engineering companies are multi-national and we intend to offer our products and services on an international platform,” stated Holtz. He adds, however, that the challenge with offering on-the-ground support in other regions is the need for significant investment in resources and infrastructure. “Although research and product development keeps our products state-of-the-art and able to hold their own against international competition, having local specialists takes time and money. This process has to be nurtured and built up from scratch to establish a local track record. We’ve realised, however, that we need to operate very selectively in certain foreign markets, initially establishing critical mass. We can’t be all things in all markets, but we’re moving forward in a steady and promising fashion by leveraging the local model that is working so well for us. I can’t deny that it’s been quite a steep learning curve – we’re writing the text book. The challenge is that every market has its own nuance, so it’s not simply a matter of introducing a carbon copy of what’s worked elsewhere. We start out with a narrow portfolio of capital equipment and consumables, supported by product and process experts, who are in turn backed up by metallurgical specialists based in South Africa. We have to start transacting in order to understand exactly what each market wants. This model sees what we call ‘customer intimacy’ as a pivotal factor and this means we need to conduct business in the local language and culture and develop local people as part of our presence there.”last_img read more

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SYRIZA in lead poll states

first_imgDespite a rise of 2.2 percentage points in two months, New Democracy trailed SYRIZA in a March opinion poll published in Eleftherotypia newspaper this week.The survey for May’s European Parliament elections put the leftists in the lead on 21.8 percent, virtually unchanged from February, and New Democracy in second on 19.7 per cent.Golden Dawn was third with 7.6 percent, followed by To Potami (The River) on 6.4, the Communist Party on 5.2, Olive Tree alliance on 4.3, Independent Greeks on 4.2 and Democratic Left on 3.1.The poll, however, also indicated that none of the parties have convinced voters they are able to tackle the country’s problems.Only two in 10 respondents had a positive view of the New Democracy-PASOK coalition, while 68.9 percent of those questioned believe that SYRIZA would not be able to change the terms of Greece’s bailout and implement a different economic policy.Source: Kathimerini / Eleftherotypia Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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The Australian Greek Welfare Society

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram I want to share some thoughts with you about why I agreed to become the patron of the Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS). The key words that describe my motivation are respect and gratitude.The word respect is apt because I have always admired people and organisations that are dedicated to helping others in need and who are motivated by a sense of community service rather than a desire to personally profit. This describes the society perfectly. It is a non-profit organisation that depends on volunteers and financial assistance from the community for its effectiveness. The word gratitude is apt because the key beneficiaries of the society’s services include Greek Australians of my parents’ generation who migrated to Australia after the Second World War. Most of them are now in their 70s and 80s and are becoming increasingly frail. Many of them also had limited educational opportunities in Greece and Australia and continue to have English language difficulties. This means that some mainstream health and welfare services are not easily accessible to them. In order for such services to be fully effective, they need to be provided in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner by organisations with which that generation feels comfortable. The AGWS is clearly such an organisation.My generation, which has benefited immensely from the sacrifices of my parents’ generation, needs to do more to acknowledge our gratitude for those sacrifices and to actively promote the welfare of that generation. We need to do this personally, at the family level, as well as collectively, by supporting organisations such as the society.Prior to my appointment as a judge in May 2008, my involvement with the Greek community of Melbourne was mainly confined to Greek community groups representing the area where I grew up in Melbourne and the area from which my family emigrated in Greece. The key bodies with which I was involved were the Greek Orthodox Community of Broadmeadows and Districts and the Philanthropic Association of Imathia Veria. I was not involved with the peak body, the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, or welfare bodies such as the AGWS and Fronditha Care. The level of my involvement changed after May 2008. As I was then and remain the only Greek-born judge in Victoria, I received invitations from many Greek Australian organisations to participate in their activities. I made a policy decision to accept those invitations where my involvement might add some value to the organisations in question or the people that they assist. I have been particularly keen to be involved with organisations providing services to Greek youth, as my educational and professional experiences may provide some guidance and encouragement. I have also been keen to be involved with organisations that provide services to my parents’ generation for the reasons that I have already mentioned.Until the society invited me to become its patron, I did not have a detailed understanding of its history, services and personnel. So I made discreet enquiries. I was delighted to learn that the AGWS was well known in the Greek Australian community and enjoyed an excellent reputation. Those to whom I spoke were unanimous in praising Voula Messimeri, George Spiliotis and the board and staff of the society. I was told that they were all very professional and well liked. Indeed, a senior Greek lawyer said of George, ‘Eine kalo pedi o Giorgos’. The society was universally seen as providing much needed services and making a tangible difference to the wellbeing of its clients. This positive feedback made it very easy for me to accept the role as the society’s patron. It is a pity that the AGWS did not exist in April 1968, when my family arrived from Greece. My family’s adjustment to life in Melbourne was very difficult because no member of my family spoke English and there were few established Greek families in Broadmeadows to assist us. The assistance we received was well-meaning but ad hoc and incomplete. Those early years would have been less confusing and stressful if the society was in existence because it could have taken us under its wings and helped us like it did many new arrivals following its establishment in 1972.Who would have expected that the services that the society provided to new arrivals in the 1970s would again be in high demand 40 years later? Yet this is precisely what has occurred due to the spike in Greek Australians who have been living in Greece returning to Australia due to Greece’s economic crisis. The society should be congratulated for having the flexibility to respond to the settlement needs of these individuals, which include accommodation, employment, social welfare entitlements and education.When I was initially shown around the society’s headquarters in Brunswick earlier this year, I was very impressed by everything I saw. However, three things stood out. The first was the enthusiasm of the staff and the fact that many of them were bilingual. The second was the cardiac program to assist in meeting the rehabilitation needs of ageing members of our community. The third was the computer literacy classes, in particular those directed at the use of the internet and communication tools such as email and Skype. When I saw the exercise bikes and the computers, it struck me that the two programs were essential to tackle two important challenges of my parents’ generation, namely, the risk of recurrence of adverse health episodes and the risk of isolation, loneliness and being cut off from family and friends both in Australia and in Greece.I hope that some of the society’s clients are inspired to use their newly acquired computer skills to record their life stories. In my opinion, the lives of people of my parents’ generation are truly amazing. I have a real concern that many remarkable life stories will be lost to the community with the passing of that generation. The services that the AGWS provides are not confined to individuals of my parents’ generation. For example, the society conducts a childcare program out of the ALPHA Children’s Centre. It caters to all in the Greek Australian community, including at both ends of the life cycle. Its diverse programs have a common aim: to look after vulnerable members of the Greek Australian community and to promote their interests.On 17 April this year, I attended a breakfast function at the society’s head office, during which a promotional video was shown. The video included footage of young families arriving from Greece after the Second World War and snippets of their life progression, including men and women who arrived in their 20s and 30s and are now over 70. I found the video very moving because it reminded me of my family’s journey as migrants. My father was 34 years of age in 1968 when we arrived in Australia and he is now 80. My mother was 31 years of age and she is now 77. I remember them as tall, strong and fearless when we arrived in Australia. Now they are elderly and do not appear as tall. They suffer from the usual health issues that come with age and seem to become stressed more readily. These attributes are common among individuals of my parents’ generation.When my family arrived in Australia, my brother and I were aged eight and four, respectively. We depended on our parents to provide for us and to protect us. Now, our parents are increasingly depending on us to look after them. As busy professionals, we cannot be at our parents’ side at all times. They need to continue looking after themselves as best they can on a day-to-day basis and to seek support and companionship from their network of friends when we cannot be with them. As the friends in their network are also elderly, there is a real need for organisations such as the society to act as a safety net to ensure that the needs of elderly Greek Australians who are still able to live independently are met. The society’s social support program and community visitors scheme, which provide for visits by volunteers to frail elderly people, make a vital difference to the morale and wellbeing of those individuals. Equally important is the society’s respite program for carers of family members who are elderly or suffer from a disability.Knowing that someone cares and that if you ask for help you will receive it is so important for the peace of mind of the elderly. I will give you a personal example. My parents live in their own home. Although they cannot read English, they cope with routine mail because this normally comprises bills with which they are familiar. However, when they receive mail that is out of the ordinary, my father telephones me wherever I am and the following conversation takes place. ‘Emilie, elava ena grama ke then xero ti lei’. ‘Baba, pou na xero ti lei afou then boro na to do. Tha ertho apopse apo to spiti ke tha sto exigiso.’ When I say this, I can hear my father breathe more easily. All he was after was reassurance that, whatever the nature of the letter, it will be looked after. My parents’ generation have, through their hard work, laid solid foundations for not only their children but also for the Greek community of Australia to flourish and succeed. They will not be with us forever, so we must all do what we can to support and honour them both individually and through organisations such as the society. We cannot forget them or neglect them. We must look after them not only financially but provide companionship and emotional support for them. They were strong and proud when they first arrived in Australia. Although there are limits to what can be done with age-related health issues, there is much that we can do both individually and collectively to ensure that they remain happy and proud rather than feeling lonely and isolated. As an organisation, the society excels at making elderly Greek Australians feel welcome and cared for. The services it provides are truly invaluable. Having the right programs in place is only one of the components that are required for effective service delivery. The other important components are the people who provide the services and the culture within which they are provided. The AGWS is pre-eminent in all of the above. As I have already said, when I first visited the society’s head office, I was struck by the dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm of the staff. These qualities are essential to ensure that elderly Greek Australians who are the recipients of the society’s services feel that they are respected and that they are treated with dignity. Based on my involvement with the society to date, it is clear that respect and dignity are the hallmarks of the society’s service delivery.I respect the work that the AGWS performs for the Greek Australian community and I am grateful for the dedicated way in which the work is performed, particularly for individuals of my parents’ generation. *This is an edited version of a paper presented by Justice Emilios Kyrou at the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Greek Welfare Society.last_img read more

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Nucléaire la centrale de Tricastin soffre dix ans supplémentaires

first_imgNucléaire : la centrale de Tricastin s’offre dix ans supplémentairesL’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) vient de donner son feu vert pour un prolongement de dix ans de l’exploitation d’un réacteur de la centrale nucléaire du Tricastin, en France. Une centrale qui fonctionne déjà depuis trente ans. L’exploitation d’un réacteur nucléaire n’étant pas soumise en France à une limite dans le temps, tous les dix ans, un examen de la sûreté des installations nucléaires est réalisé. Entre mai et août 2009, le réacteur n°1 du site du Tricastin a ainsi été contrôlé, pour devenir le premier réacteur français à voir son fonctionnement prolongé jusqu’à 40 ans. Une nouvelle annoncée en fin de semaine dernière par l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire, après avoir étudié le rapport d’EDF justifiant selon elle cette prolongation.En 2011, dix autres réacteurs devraient obtenir de telles autorisations, qui seront délivrées au cas par cas. Mais le prochain site qui se verra offrir dix années de fonctionnement supplémentaires sera celui de la centrale de Fessenheim dans le Haut-Rhin. L’ASN devrait en effet rendre son avis dans les jours à venir. Comme le souligne EDF, une telle prolongation de son parc nucléaire demanderait un investissement de quelque 400 millions d’euros par réacteur. Un investissement qui, au prix actuel du mégawatheure, pourrait engendrer un revenu de deux milliards d’euros.Le 7 décembre 2010 à 16:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Ubisoft Confirms New Assassins Creed Far Cry and The Crew For Some

first_img Hands-On: ‘Ghost Recon: Breakpoint’ Has Something for EverybodyMake Your Own ‘Watch Dogs Legion’ Music With Ubisoft and JGL’s New Grift No matter how you pronounce its name, we can all agree that Ubisoft is one of the most prolific AAA video game publishers these days. While rivals like Activision and EA seem to narrow their focus on and a handful of hits, the French video game empire has a relatively wider portfolio. However, that doesn’t mean Ubisoft is above milking the same few cash cows, and thanks to a recent fiscal year earnings report, we now know which virtual teats are about to be squeezed yet again.Ubisoft confirmed that new installments in the Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, The Crew, and South Park franchises will all be released before the end of the next fiscal year. We already knew about South Park: The Fractured But Whole, the delayed South Park RPG sequel. However, the rest of these games are theoretically games that have yet to be revealed.We say theoretically because numerous pre-E3 leaks have already told us much of what to expect from the future of these franchises. After a taking a year off to give the awful Michael Fassbender movie time to shine, this year’s Assassin’s Creed will almost surely be an even more free-form open-world adventure set in Ancient Egypt or something featuring the return of naval combat called Assassin’s Creed: Origins, or Empire.The Far Cry rumors sound slightly more interesting. Previously the series was known for its exotic and dangerous locales like Southeast Asia and tropical islands. Vacations gone wrong. However, Far Cry 5 might hit closer to home. We’ve heard the game has players battling against militia gun nut, Duck Dynasty types in Montana. Given America’s current political climate, that should wake a few folks up. And I guess redneck brutes aren’t too much of a stretch from the literal caveman enemies of 2016’s Far Cry: Primal.Finally, for some reason Ubisoft is making a sequel to The Crew, its already forgotten 2014 open-world racing game that wasn’t Need for Speed or Burnout or Forza Horizon. At least it wasn’t Driveclub. By all means get hyped for this if you can.So look forward to another year of hot Ubisoft releases, competent but mechanical open-worlds that keep blending together as the company desperately attempts to avoid a Vivendi takeover. I just hope the Mario/Rabbids RPG turns out alright. Good luck! Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Mabus Suggests Adding Nuclear to the Fuel Mix for Navy Bases

first_imgThe Navy has relied on a combination of alternative energy sources, including solar, wind and geothermal, to achieve last year’s milestone of attaining 50 percent of its shore facilities’ electricity needs from renewable sources.Now the Navy is considering adding small, modular nuclear reactors to the mix of technologies allowing the service’s bases to operate independently of the commercial grid, says Secretary Ray Mabus. He told the Council on Foreign Relations last week that he envisions a system of small, distributed nuclear generators linked through a microgrid, reports Federal News Radio.“With some of the new technology that’s coming along, it’s much safer, it produces far less residue and nuclear waste, and it is an option that I think we should explore,” Mabus said.The private sector has been developing miniature nuclear reactors that are safer than traditional nuclear plants due to automated safety features and underground containment systems, he noted. Modular reactors also are cheaper because they can be built in a factory and quickly assembled onsite.In the near term, though, the Navy will continue to focus on the renewable technologies it already is deploying to power its shore facilities around the globe.And while the Navy is familiar with using nuclear energy to power its ships, much of that experience is not transferable to its shore-based needs.“There are differences because ours are 35-year reactors that don’t need to be refueled, and civilian reactors are refueled about every two years,” Mabus said. “Also, a submarine doesn’t take as much power as a community does. But a lot of the basic technology is transferable.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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2020 Toyota Supra gets 31 mpg EPA highway rating

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy Taking a lap around the 2020 Toyota Supra Chevrolet Ford Toyota Tags 75 Photos Comment After waiting for what feels like an eternity, the 2020 Toyota Supra is almost ready to hit the road. We’re still waiting to drive the thing — in something other than prototype guise, anyway — but now, one more piece of the puzzle has been revealed.According to a sharp-eyed Twitter user, the official 2020 Toyota Supra fuel economy numbers have been released, which we verified on the EPA’s website Wednesday. They aren’t too shabby either: 24 mpg in the city, 31 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. That’s with a 335-horsepower, turbocharged inline-six engine underhood, managed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 7:57center_img 2018 Ford EcoSport: Better late than never 1 2020 Toyota Supra: A Japanese sports car legend returns Toyota Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Sports Cars Those are pretty competitive numbers. At its best, a 2019 Ford Mustang achieves EPA ratings of 21 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined — that’s with the 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The most efficient 2019 Chevrolet Corvette carries EPA ratings of 16 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined, though of course, it also comes with a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 under its hood.The BMW Z4, with which the new Supra shares most of its underpinnings, hasn’t been EPA-rated in its six-cylinder M40i guise just yet. The less-powerful (but still lovely), four-cylinder sDrive30i model, however, is estimated to return 25 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined.As always, your mileage may vary.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Monday Oct 12 2015

first_imgAlaska first state to celebrate Indigenous Peoples DayAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageAlaska is now the first state to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day.‘Not in our smokehouse!’ Conference melds modern sass with traditionAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe theme of this year’s Elders and Youth Conference  is the call to action — “Not in Our Smokehouse!”After pause, city’s software boondoggle comes back to lifeZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageAfter a two-month “pause,” Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has announced the city will continue working to implement the costly and contentious SAP software program.About 285 same-sex couples wed in Alaska in past yearAssociated PressThe state health department says nearly 285 same-sex couples have married in Alaska in the year since a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional.Hooper Bay endures 4th suicide in 2 weeksLakeidra Chavis, KYUK – BethelThe village of Hooper Bay has suffered another loss. A fourth person has died by suicide. Alaska State Troopers received a call that 21-year-old Carl Dominic Robert Joe had died Saturday afternoon. Joe’s death comes less than a week after three other young adults have died.What Medicaid expansion means for this Juneau familyElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauMedicaid expansion has been available to Alaskans for over a month, and 93 people in the capital city have enrolled. It’s providing coverage for the uninsured. But it’s also offering increased care for those who qualify with Indian Health Service.Homelessness survey finds at least 70 in Juneau sleeping outsideLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauVolunteers and staff of Juneau’s shelter and soup kitchen went to the streets and interviewed 70 homeless people in Juneau over the course of a few days last month. It’s been three years since the vulnerability index survey was done in the capital city.Begich says he’s no moper, urges AFN youth to persistLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageFormer U.S. senator Mark Begich spoke to AFN’S Elders and Youth Conference on Monday, one of his biggest Alaskan audiences since he lost re-election and left office in January.Cookbook project aims to get Alaska foods on school menusTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaA new cookbook intended for Alaska schools and other institutional kitchens is coming out soon.‘Bear, stop it! Stop breaking my kayak!’Ruth Eddy, KRBD – KetchikanWhile Mary Maley was kayaking from Ketchikan to Petersburg something unexpected happened, a bear attacked her kayak and then something equally surprising happened. More than 3 million people watched a video of it on YouTube. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more

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Pakistan told to review Jadhavs sentence

first_imgThe Hague : In a major victory for India, the International Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence for Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us Reading out the verdict, President of the Court Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf ordered an “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav”. The verdict in the high-profile case comes nearly five months after a 15-member bench of ICJ led by Judge Yusuf had reserved its decision on February 21 after hearing oral submissions by India and Pakistan. The proceedings of the case took two years and two months to complete.last_img read more

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Maharshi beats Baahubali 2 record Mahesh Babu film set for record number

first_imgMaharshiTwitterSuperstar Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi has beaten the record of SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2 starring Prabhas and Rana Daggubati as it is set to have a record number of premiere shows in the US this Thursday.Great India Film had earlier released Mahesh Babu’s movies like Athadu, Aagadu, Pokiri and Bharat Ane Nenu. The distribution house has joined hands with the superstar for the fifth time. It has acquired the overseas theatrical rights of Maharshi and made grand plans for its release in the international markets.Great India Films has planned to release Maharshi in 260 locations across the US and it is the highest number for a film starring Mahesh Babu. The distributors are holding 2,500 premiere shows to cash in on the Mahesh mania in the county on May 8, a day before it hits the screens in India. They tweeted on May 2 “#MAHARSHI 2500+ SHOWS OVERSEAS ON May 8th.”Baahubali 2: The Conclusion had around 2,000 premiere shows in the US and it is the highest ever for any Indian film. Now, Maharshi has not only shattered this record but also set a new big benchmark for upcoming Indian movies. However, SS Rajamouli’s film had crossed the $3 million mark at the US box office in its premieres. It should be seen whether Mahesh Babu movie will beat this record or not. MaharshiTwitterGreat India Films has opened advance booking for Maharshi on May 3. The distributors tweeted, “#Maharshi USA, A Record 119 Locations in @Cinemark chain alone. Online tickets are open in many locations, to get your ticket visit. Join @Cinemark MovieClub offer and get one movieticket free and $4-$8 off on other movie tickets @urstrulyMahesh.”Mahesh Babu is undoubtedly the most popular Telugu actor in the US and most of his films have become big hits in the country. There is always a huge demand for the overseas theatrical rights of his films. But the makers of Maharshi had a tough time getting a good price for its international distribution rights. The reason is the average business of Mahesh last film Bharat Ane Nenu.Bharat Ane Nenu collected over Rs 30 crore gross at the overseas box office in its lifetime run and it had earned over Rs 16 crore for its distributors, who had to invest Rs 18.20 crore on its international rights. It was rumoured that producer Dil Raju had quoted Rs 18 crore as the price for the overseas theatrical rights of Maharshi, but no distributors apparently showed interest to buy the rights at such high price.Great India Film, which earlier released many big-ticket films including Baahubali, reportedly quoted Rs 12 crore the overseas rights of Maharshi and after the negotiation, Dil Raju sealed the deal with this distributor for Rs 14 crore, which appears to be easy for bet for the movie to recover at the box office.last_img read more

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Suu Kyi faces mounting anger over Rohingya

first_imgPeople burn an effigy depicting Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest rally against what they say are killings of Rohingya people in Myanmar, in Kolkata. ReutersAung San Suu Kyi faced mounting criticism Tuesday over what some world leaders are now calling the “ethnic cleansing” of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, despite her plea for patience from the international community.The head of Myanmar’s civilian administration pledged to hold rights violators to account over the crisis in Rakhine state, but refused to blame Myanmar’s powerful military for the attacks that have driven 421,000 Muslim Rohingya out of her mainly Buddhist country.But her speech, delivered in English and clearly aimed at deflecting international anger as world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, failed to quell international anger at reports that the Rohingya are being burned out of their homes.“The military operation must stop, humanitarian access must be guaranteed and the rule of law restored in the face of what we know is ethnic cleansing,” French President Emmanuel Macron told world leaders gathered for the week of high-level diplomacy.The United States has been careful not to blame Myanmar’s civilian leadership for the attacks because the country’s military retains control of security operations in troubled areas like northern Rakhine, but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was moved to call Suu Kyi.While Tillerson welcomed the pledge to crack down on abuses, he also urged both the government and the military “to address deeply troubling allegations of human rights abuses and violations” during the telephone conversation, his spokeswoman said.Macron and Tillerson’s concerns echoed those of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who issued a blunt demand that Myanmar halt military operations and of Britain, which suspended training courses for the Myanmar military in light of the violence in Rakhine.“The authorities in Myanmar must end the military operations and allow unhindered humanitarian access,” Guterres told the General Assembly.“They must also address the grievances of the Rohingya, whose status has been left unresolved for far too long.”Amnesty International joined the outcry, saying Suu Kyi was “burying her head in the sand” over documented army abuses and claims of rape, murder and the systematic clearing of scores of villages.And in New York, there was pressure from leaders like Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, who compared the crisis to the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.“If this tragedy in Myanmar is not stopped, the history of humanity will face the embarrassment of another dark stain,” Erdogan said, calling for the Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh to be allowed to return to the homes in which they “have lived for centuries.”In her long-anticipated speech, Suu Kyi-a former political prisoner and Nobel Peace laureate who won international acclaim for her role in campaigning for a return to elected rule in Myanmar-failed to offer any concrete way out of the crisis.Supporters and observers say the 72-year-old lacks the authority to rein in the military, which ran the country for 50 years and only recently ceded limited powers to her civilian government.Myanmar’s army acts without civilian oversight and makes all security decisions, including its notorious scorched earth counterinsurgency operations.Repatriation pledgeCommunal violence has torn through Rakhine state since Rohingya militants staged deadly attacks on police posts on August 25.An army-led fightback has left scores dead and sent hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fleeing into Bangladesh.In her 30-minute speech, Suu Kyi reached out to critics who have condemned her failure to speak up for the stateless Rohingya and promised to repatriate refugees in accordance with a “verification” process agreed with Bangladesh in the early 1990s.“Those who have been verified as refugees from this country will be accepted without any problems,” she added.In less than a month, just under half of Rakhine’s million-strong Rohingya minority has poured into Bangladesh, where they languish in overcrowded refugee camps.It was not immediately clear how many would qualify to return.But their claims to live in Myanmar are at the heart of a toxic debate about the group, who are denied citizenship by the state and considered to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.Suu Kyi’s repatriation pledge “is new and significant,” said Richard Horsey, an independent analyst based in Myanmar, explaining it could allow for the return of those who can prove residence in Myanmar-rather than citizenship.But in the monsoon-soaked shanties in Bangladesh, there was anguish among refugees over how they would meet any requirements.“We don’t have any papers,” said 55-year-old Abdur Razzak.“If the government is honestly speaking to resolve our crisis, then we are ready to go back now,” he added. “Nobody wants to live in such squalid conditions as a refugee.”No more violence?Suu Kyi insisted army “clearance operations” finished on September 5.But AFP reporters have seen homes on fire in the days since then, while multiple testimonies from refugees arriving in Bangladesh suggest such operations have continued.Without blaming any group, Suu Kyi promised to punish anyone found guilty of abuses “regardless of their religion, race or political position.”And she insisted Rakhine was not a state in flames, saying: “More than 50 percent of the villages of Muslims are intact.”Around 170 Rohingya villages have been razed, the government admits. Rights groups say satellite evidence shows the damage is more widespread.While stories of weary and hungry Rohingya have dominated global headlines, there is little sympathy for them among Myanmar’s Buddhist majority.Around 30,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as well as Hindus have also been displaced-apparent targets of August 25 attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.Loathing for the Rohingya has brought the public, including pro-democracy activists, into an unlikely alignment with an army that once had them under its heel.Suu Kyi’s speech was warmly welcomed in Myanmar, even though no Burmese subtitles were provided.“She told the real situation to the world on behalf of Myanmar people,” Yu Chan Myae told AFP.last_img read more

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Cardinals Face Minnesota in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament

first_img GAME 33 – FIRST ROUND NCAA TOURNAMENTDate: March 21, 2019Time: 12:15 p.m.Site: Wells Fargo Arena (14,039), Des Moines, IowaTelevision: CBS – Kevin Harlan, play-by-play; Reggie Miller & Dan Bonner, analysts; Dana Jacobson, reporter.Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-byplay; Bob Valvano, analyst. Also: Westwood One- Kevin Kugler, play-by-play; Robbie Hummel, analyst (Sirus channel 135, XM 201, Internet 971)Series History: Tied 3-3 (0-1 in Louisville, 0-1 at Minnesota, 3-1 neutral)Last Meeting: UofL 81, Minnesota 68 (Nov. 14, 2014 at Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; 2014 Armed Forces Classic) Story Links Louisville Game Notes Minnesota Game Notes The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with four players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.   Dwayne Sutton ranks second on the team in scoring with 10.2 points along with 6.9  rebounds per game. Christen Cunninghamis third on the team in scoring with 9.8 points and leads the team with 156 assists on the year.  Steven Enoch averages 9.3 points per game along with 5.2 rebounds per game. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will make its 39th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, facing No. 10 seed Minnesota in an East Region first round contest on Thursday, March 21, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Jordan Nwora is the second-most improved scorer in the nation with his 17.2 scoring average (sixth in the ACC) up 11.5 ppg from his 5.7 average last year. He has scored 20 or more points on 12 occasions this season and has eight double-doubles (two of the the last five games). His 75 three-pointers is one short of the top 10 for a single season at Louisville. Christen Cunningham was second in the ACC in assists in conference only games (6.0). He has handed out seven assists in his last game against North Carolina and had a season-best 12 assists vs. Duke on Feb. 12, the most for a Cardinal in five years. He needs five assists to reach the top 10 for a single season at UofL (156 currently). In the Cardinals’ 18 ACC games, centers Malik Williams (8.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg) and Steven Enoch (9.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg) combined to average 18.1 points and 11.9 rebounds while splitting the time at the position. Williams had his fourth double-double of the season against North Carolina in his last game on March 14, while Enoch added 12 points and three rebounds in the game. Chris Mack joins Denny Crum (26 wins in 1971-72) David Padgett (22, 2017-18) and John Dromo (21, 1967-68) as the only UofL coaches to have won 20 games in their first season with the Cardinals. Louisville has limited an opponent to under 40 percent accuracy for a half on 32 occasions, including both halves against Notre Dame on March 13. UofL is 16th in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency. UofL has scored 80 or more points in 13 games (74.5 ppg) and the Cardinals are 29th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency by Kenpom. UofL was fifth in the ACC in scoring offense for conference games (71.9 ppg). UofL has faced the third-toughest schedule in the nation (sixth-toughest non-conference). UofL and Minnesota are two of four schools in the nation to have played at least 12 games against schools in the nation’s Top 25. Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked second in the nation by ESPN.com,Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Minnesota is ninth in the nation in free throw attempts with 808, are 21st in made free throws (549), and 34th in total rebounds (1259). Jordan Murphy is one of the nation’s best rebounders, ranking fifth in the nation averaging 11.5 per game. The 6-foot-7 forward averages 14.8 points per game and his 22 double-doubles are the second-most in the nation. Amir Coffey leads the Gophers in scoring (16.2 ppg) and leads the Big Ten in minutes played. Minnesota makes its second NCAA Tournament trip in three years.  The Gophers are making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance overall (excluding vacated seasons of 1994, 1995 and 1997).  A No. 7 seed, Louisville has achieved a 20-13 record while facing the nation’s third-toughest schedule.  Picked to finish 11th in the ACC, UofL attained a 10-8 conference record and earned a tie for sixth in the final ACC regular season standings.  The Cardinals have beaten four Associated Press Top 25 teams this year and stand at No. 22 in the nation in the NCAA’s NET rankings. Louisville ranks among the nation’s top 30 teams in both offensive (29th) and defensive efficiency (17th). Pregame Quotes CARD FILESlast_img read more

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Inside the Tesla Solar Event Where Nothing Was Real and the Food

first_img Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow Stay on target I stood at the entrance of Universal Studios not knowing what to do. I watched a line of cars and trucks come rolling in through the gates, also not quite sure what to do. People in Tesla shirts ran around directing traffic and talking into walkie-talkies. I can’t be sure they knew what was going on either.There were a bunch of us waiting at the bottom of a large hill. We were all there for a Tesla event, where Elon Musk and his partners at Solar City would be announcing some new solar initiatives. Although why the event was held at Universal Studios in Los Angeles instead of at the Tesla offices, we weren’t sure.Many of us had arrived by Lyft or Uber but were stopped just beyond the gate. They weren’t letting people up yet, the Tesla shirts said, despite the fact emails said to get there at 4 p.m. They wouldn’t let us up until 4:30 and even then, we weren’t allowed to just walk up. For one, it was up a steep hill. Many areas in Universal Studios–such as the theme park and some of the stages–are on the ground level. However, where we were going, we were practically going mountain climbing.AdChoices广告Eventually one of the Tesla shirts motioned for me and a man in a suit with no tie standing next to me into a Tesla vehicle. Media needed to get up to the event ASAP; she told the driver. It was shiny and new. It had a huge touchscreen interface on the dashboard where normal dials would be. I tried to maintain my composure. It was my first time in a Tesla vehicle, and it screamed “future” at me. But I was in black jeggings and a faux leather jacket. I felt out of place already. And underdressed.The man, who was now sitting next to me in the car, leaned over to me “how do you think she knew we were media?”I shrugged. “Probably that tired look about us.”The man next to me was a journalism veteran, going on 20 years at the newspaper where he worked. I asked him if this chaos was typical for this kind of event. It wasn’t, he told me.When we finally got to the top of the mountain, we were greeted with another cheery Tesla shirt, who shook our hands and introduced himself. I can’t remember his name. I went through the same routine with nearly ten other Tesla shirts that night.Pictured: An actual climb up a mountainHe showed us the way into the event. It was on one of the studio sets. If you’ve ever been on a movie studio tour, you’ll know that there are fake cities and suburbs scattered around the lot, which can be repurposed indefinitely. We had been driven to a quaint suburbia, or maybe it would’ve been quaint if it weren’t already bustling, packed with people in dress shirts and skin-tight dresses drinking beer, people with their kids eating popcorn or mac and cheese.“Welcome to the block party,” the Tesla shirt said, that smile still plastered on his face.The media wouldn’t be able to engage in the block party, however. We were led into the backyard of one of the homes, which many of us agreed had been used on Desperate Housewives. There were couches set up, along with people in buttoned up shirts serving fancy versions of grilled cheese on plates. Everybody looked tired and luckily, also underdressed. We were all on our computers catching up on work. We weren’t allowed to bring cameras into the event, so we snapped pictures with our phones.Most of us had no idea what was going on. Why was there a block party set up in the middle of the Desperate Housewives set? Would Elon Musk, who was notorious for hitting the stage whenever he wanted, be on time?I sat on one of the couches fiddling with my computer. This was my first one of these events, and I wasn’t sure what I was expecting. It’s Tesla, so I knew it wouldn’t be just a row of free drinks in a large, empty room. I knew there would be a performance. We were on a movie studio set after all, why wouldn’t you use that to throw a Hollywood-style party?When Musk took the stage (actually on time), the media were all in a separate area on a small hill, still not allowed to mingle with the guests, who were packed tight in front of Musk. The guy was casually dressed, wearing a gray shirt and slacks. We all took out our phones to snap pics.Musk isn’t known for being the best public speaker. He’s always been more about ideas and behind-the-scenes work instead of being the company spokesperson or a showman, like Steve Jobs once was. So he spoke modestly, going through the motions and pausing after every sentence awkwardly. Every time he said “um, yeah” after a statement somebody in the audience cheered. “Woo, Musk!” Musk would chuckle a bit to himself and continue.The presentation lasted around 20 minutes. It was there he announced what had already been leaked: Tesla was partnering with SolarCity to design aesthetically-pleasing and efficient solar roofs. There were four homes on the set around us, and each one had been outfitted two weeks prior with the technology. As the sun set, Musk gestured to the home on his right. What better time to show people how the solar initiative would work then at sundown? As it got dark, we saw the homes had each been given a Powerwall, which is a battery that can store energy when the sun isn’t shining. In the driveways of each home was at least one Tesla vehicle.These were the homes of the near future, Musk said. To not have a solar roof in the future would be ridiculous. Why wouldn’t you?After he completed the basic Powerpoint presentation–in which only gave basic details about the roofs–the press were shuffled back to the backyard, where we were treated to a short Q&A with Musk himself, along with Lyndon Rive and Peter Rive of SolarCity and JB Straubel, also a co-founder of Tesla. There was a lot the journalists wanted to ask, but we were told to keep it topical. One journalist asked Musk about an inside business arrangement with SolarCity, and she was blown off. “No comment,” Musk huffed.It was a tightly-enforced press and customer event, especially for media. We weren’t allowed to go anywhere without the permission of a Tesla shirt. We were encouraged to stay on topic when talking to Musk, and even when we didn’t, everybody had been through this enough times to know how to shut those questions down. It was chaotic but organized. I got what I needed for a story and nothing more.When I wanted to leave, I was passed around between four Tesla shirts trying to get me through the crowd and into a car. On the way, I was able to snag some of the free food. It was delicious. But I was being watched the entire time.last_img read more

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