X-BLADES ‘XPOSE` – VOLUME 1 2008

first_imgTFA brings you the latest news in the lead-up the 2008 X-Blades NTL in the X-Blades ‘Xpose`.TFA National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you the weekly wrap from NTL central.The ‘Xpose`- Volume 1 2008 is now available on the NTL websitelast_img

10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso acknowledges sack pressure

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso acknowledges sack pressureby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso acknowledges he was under pressure ahead of victory over SPAL.There was talk he could be sacked if they lost.Gattuso said, “The Milan jersey and history of this club naturally means people expect more, including the club owners, Leonardo and Paolo Maldini too.“This team can give more, even if we have many young players who need to gain experience. Every time we look as if we’re ready to make the step up to the next level, we fall down, and that’s where we have to improve.“We also have to deal with players who can make mistakes and the San Siro crowd does not let anything go, but remember this is a tough league.“All I can bring is honesty. We look each other in the eyes with respect and clarity every day, as those are the elements we need to sort things out.” last_img read more

Meng Whanzous rise through the ranks at Huawei

first_imgNEW YORK — Before her dramatic arrest in Canada, few in the U.S. had heard of Meng Wanzhou.Meng is chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of the board of Chinese telecom company Huawei. The 46-year-old woman now faces extradition to the U.S., reportedly on charges of trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran.Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, a former Chinese military engineer. She’s likely his heir apparent. While personal details are scant, Huawei says she is married and has a son and a daughter.Meng started in a low-level position at Huawei in 1993 when she in her 20s and rose through the ranks in finance and accounting positions as Huawei grew. The company is now the world’s biggest supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies.Mae Anderson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Dhoni rested for remaining Australia ODIs

first_imgRanchi: Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been rested for the remaining two One-day Internationals (ODIs) of the five-match rubber against Australia. Speaking to reporters after the third ODI here, India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said late on Friday: “We will have some changes in the last two games. Dhoni will not be playing in the last two games. He will be taking rest.” In the absence of the experienced stumper, Rishabh Pant, who is a part of the current Indian squad, has become an automatic choice for the two ODIs as no replacement was named for Dhoni. Meanwhile, pacer Mohammed Shami is also likely to miss the next two matches due to a leg injury. “We have to see whether he (Shami) will be fit for the game. If he’s not fit then Bhuvneshwar Kumar will play. Those decisions the captain and coach take before the game. As of now no replacements,” Bangar said. India, who suffered a 32-run defeat against Australia here, lead the series 2-1 and both the sides will next clash on March 10 and March 13 in Mohali and Delhi respectively.last_img read more

Recycling all that crap

first_imgThe latest data on rural sanitation from the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) has said that more than 99 per cent of India’s rural households have been covered by toilets. The National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey of 2018-19 points out that around 38 per cent of the toilets are attached to some kind of septic tank. Officials from MDWS say the septic tank is the most popular option for people, who have a tendency to move towards it as an option for on-site sanitation. Also Read – A special kind of bondThis raises a concern — what will happen to the huge of amount of faecal sludge sucked out of these tanks? Subhash Kirpal, a resident of Linga gram panchayat of Nagpur district in Maharashtra says communities that are well-off prefer septic tanks. In Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj district, the toilets in the Umrada block constructed under the Swachh Bharat Mission are attached to box-like containment structures wrongly termed as “septic tanks”. Kirpal explains that faecal sludge in the septic tank (or the box in some cases) is emptied by honey suckers and dumped in agricultural fields. The villagers struggle with the raw faecal sludge in the fields. There have been studies to show that dry faecal sludge can be mixed with organic wastes and used for crop production successfully. Countries like India and Bangladesh have implemented some of these projects. Also Read – Insider threat managementAccording to Olufunke Cofie, International Water Management Institute, Africa Regional Office, Ghana, inorganic fertiliser is not sufficient to add nutrients to the soil for crop production. Cofie says that excreta contains valuable nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and organic matter. Municipal solid wastes (MSW), which are also dumped without planning, contain phosphorous, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and carbon. Co-composting of faecal sludge and MSW complement each other and provide missing components to each other as per Cofie. The microbial population in the final product is reduced enormously says a 2009 study by Cofie. The study says that the final product complies with the 2006 standards of the World Health Organization for the safe reuse of faecal sludge. A study published in 2017 in the International Journal of Recycling of Organic Waste in Agriculture shows that de-watered faecal sludge mixed with agricultural wastes like oil palm, empty fruit bunches or cocoa pod husks is a good fertiliser. An experiment had been carried out at the University of Ghana at the Forest and Horticultural Crops Research Centre. The researchers point out that Ghana produces around 3.5 million tonnes of human excreta based on the average production of 400 grams per capita per day. Similarly, the country also produces 3,135,000 tonnes of empty fruit bunches and 550,750 tonnes of dry cocoa husks. This leaves a lot of human and agricultural wastes in the environment, which are dumped in landfills. According to the authors, co-composting of dried faecal sludge and agricultural wastes can be used as an alternative option for managing these wastes and to produce a suitable soil amendment. The Rural Development Organisation Trust, a Tamil Nadu-based non-profit that has been working in the Nilgiris since 1980, has put up three faecal sludge treatment plants (FSTP). The compost from here is blended with kitchen waste compost. About two tonnes of co-compost is produced every day, says Raj Kumar, the Chief Executive Officer of the plant. Kumar explains the Ketty Town Panchayat in the Nilgiris has developed an FSTP a year-and-a-half ago. There are 68 villages here, with 40 to 50 households in each village. The toilets are either connected to leach pits or septic tanks. The tanks are emptied by honey suckers and brought to the plant. The Town Panchayat has a resource recovery park and the FSTP has been developed as a part of this. The manure is tested at a laboratory in Chennai every month before being distributed to farmers at a subsidised price of Rs 5 per kilogram. The revenue is collected by the Town Panchayat. According to Kumar, the cost of the FSTP comes to Rs 50,000 per kilolitre per day. (The author is the Programme Manager, Water Programme. She is a geologist by training and works on the policy related issues of water management and sanitation. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Opinion NFLs punishments for Patriots Brady are fair

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to the media at a press conference at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. Jan. 22, 2015. The press conference centered around the fact that 11 of 12 Patriot game balls were under-inflated according to NFL rules during the first half of Sunday’s AFC Championship victory over the Colts. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe NFL announced its punishment for the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady on Monday for the underinflation of footballs used in the 2015 AFC Championship Game, five days after league-appointed attorney Ted Wells released the findings of his lengthy investigation.Wells concluded that it is “more probable than not” that members of Patriots personnel — specifically, Jim McNally, who is the officials’ locker room attendant for New England, and John Jastremski, an equipment assistant for the Pats — deliberately released air from game footballs after they were inspected by the referee.The report also found that Brady, who would go on to be named this year’s Super Bowl MVP, “was at least generally aware” of McNally and Jastremski’s illegal actions “involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”New England was fined $1 million and was stripped of two future draft picks — a 2016 first-round selection and a fourth-rounder in 2017. Brady received a four-game suspension, without pay, for the start of the 2015-16 NFL season. Additionally, McNally and Jastremski were suspended by the league indefinitely.The Wells report has garnered plenty of criticism. Brady’s agent, Don Yee, said in a statement that there was “no fairness” in the investigation and that it had a “pre-determined” outcome. The use of the language “more probable than not” in the report has drawn flak for not being definitive enough.As for the punishment, Yee called it “ridiculous.” He said they will appeal the suspension.Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Monday night after he was informed of the discipline.“Today’s punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation,” he said. “It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.”He added that they still believe there was “no tampering with footballs” but that their “intention was to accept any discipline levied by the league.”I believe this discipline is fair — for the most part.First off, the comments from Yee and Kraft are expected. Of course they would not flat out say they agree.I looked through the report and read the text messages between McNally and Jastremski. I took note of the other evidence Wells brought forth, and my personal conclusion was that a calculated and purposeful effort was made to deflate the footballs and that Brady knew about it. I do not think that such actions to deflate the balls would happen without the man who would be throwing them during the game — Brady — knowing about it.And because of my personal conclusion drawn from the Wells report, I feel a four-game suspension for Brady is spot on. The argument is that an underinflated football becomes softer, which make it easier to grip, throw and catch. The extent of this competitive advantage is unknown to me but regardless, it is inconsequential.If a cyclist uses banned performance-enhancing drugs but still loses in the Tour De France, he still broke a rule. Or if a wide receiver uses Stickum but still drops a pass, he still broke a rule. The fact of the matter is that a violation occurred. There are rules for a reason. A rule was broken and punishment rightfully should follow.Do I think that if Brady played the AFC Championship Game with properly inflated footballs that they would have lost the game against the Indianapolis Colts? Obviously I can’t say for sure, but I do believe New England still would have won and advanced to Super Bowl XLIX.The fact that they still might have won the game without committing the violation does not make the fact that Brady was “at least generally aware” of the violation any better. He needed to be punished, and I believe he received the proper discipline. It is a matter of protecting the integrity of the game.To me, anything more than a four-game suspension would have been excessive. Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer recently was suspended for four games in 2015 for sending text messages to the sidelines during games. Considering this, I think four games for Brady being “at least generally aware” that the game balls for a crucial AFC Championship Game were being tampered with is totally reasonable and fair.As for the rest of the punishment, there is no question McNally and Jastremski should be suspended indefinitely. The $1 million fine — tied for the largest in league history — given to the organization is also adequate, in my opinion. Bear in mind that this occurred in a game that determined who would play in the Super Bowl. Violating a rule in such a pivotal game should have harsh consequences.The league also took two future draft picks away from the Patriots. This is a relatively common disciplinary action. Since 1980, 14 teams have lost draft choices because of infractions.New England forfeits next year’s first-round selection and a fourth-round pick in 2017. It is only the second time since 1980 that a first-round pick was lost. The first time was in 2008, when the NFL took took away New England’s as a result of illegally videotaping an opposing team’s sideline.The one in 2017 makes sense. However, I feel taking away a first-rounder is steep. The New Orleans Saints did not even lose a first-round pick because of their illegal paying of players to purposely injure the opposition. They lost second-round choices in 2012 and 2013.Losing multiple draft picks is certainly reasonable, but taking away such a high selection seems to be slightly excessive. Vacating a third-round selection next year, instead of the first-rounder, would have satisfied me.With that said though, I believe the NFL handed down mostly appropriate punishments. The “deliberate effort to circumvent the rules” deserved severe discipline, and the league issued just that.The impact this has on Brady’s legacy and the Patriots franchise in the future remains to be seen.But one thing is for sure: Brady’s first game back from his looming suspension is scheduled to be on Oct. 18 at 8:30 p.m. in Indianapolis against the Colts — the same team the Patriots faced during the AFC Championship Game with the deflated balls.Interesting timing, to say the least. Mark your calendars for that one. read more

England can use Leicester as inspiration for World Cup – Henderson

first_imgJordan Henderson believes that England can take inspiration from Leicester City’s miracle Premier League title victory heading into the World CupThe Three Lions are considered outsiders for glory in Russia this summer with a relatively young and inexperienced line-up with Gary Cahill being the only player to have more than 50 caps to his name.As such, expectations are relatively low for the supporters with many claiming that a quarter-final appearance should be considered a success.But Henderson believes an upset should not be ruled out and pointed out the Leicester side that went from odds starting at 5000/1 to win the English top division at the start of the 2015/16 season to eventually ending up as the champions.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“You’ve got to go in with the mentality that we can go all the way, because we are good enough as a team,” he said, via FourFourTwo.“There have been a lot of upsets in sport. No disrespect but look at when Leicester won the Premier League. Not a lot of people would have said they could have done that.“That is just one instance. You’ve got to have belief in the group all the time and believe you can reach the heights,” said Henderson, speaking ahead of England’s friendly with Costa Rica on Thursday.Gareth Southgate’s side begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18, before later facing Panama and Belgium in their other two group stage matches.last_img read more

Bahamas EPassport collection returns to Thompson BoulevardUniversity Drive

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PassportOffice Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 11, 2017 – Nassau – In news from Bahamas Information Services… Following a successful exercise to facilitate the collection of new e-passports at a Special Collection Centre, the Passport Office has announced that the Passport Collection/Issuance centre returns to the regular headquarters on Thompson Boulevard/University Drive, effective Monday, August 14.Chief Passport Officer Superintendent Clarence Russell said:  “The special collection exercise during the month of July and the first two weeks of August at the Anatol Rodgers Gymnasium has been an unqualified success, having issued well in excess of 3,000 e-passports to today’s date.   We were able to significantly reduce the number of uncollected passports that had already been processed and the #PassportOffice staff worked hard to accommodate the general public’s summer travel plans.“We are now satisfied that Bahamians who needed to upgrade to the new e-passports along with those who had special travel plans for the summer holidays or otherwise have now been accommodated in the most efficient fashion.”That extra publicity and prodding from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Darren Henfield worked said Mr. Russell.   The few passports left can now be collected at the Thompson Boulevard site.   Other ‘thank-yous’ went out to Anatol Rodgers School for use of the facility and for security provided daily by both the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Royal Bahamas Defense Force.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more