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first_imgLegislation that sets standard time limits to file civil lawsuits will come into force Sept. 1. The Limitation of Actions Act was introduced last fall with amendments added this spring. “This modernized legislation is simpler and provides more certainty and better protections for victims of sexual abuse,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “This is the first time this legislation has been significantly updated in decades.” The act establishes a two-year basic limitation period, including for personal injury or breach of contract. It also creates an ultimate limitation period of 15 years for claims, which may not be discovered right away, such as undetected medical complications from surgery. This gives Nova Scotians up to 15 years from the date of an action or omission to start a civil lawsuit. Victims of sexual misconduct and those abused in an intimate or dependent relationship can now file a civil lawsuit against their abuser no matter when the event happened. More information can be found at http://novascotia.ca/just/documents/Limitation-of-Actions-Act.pdf .last_img read more

first_imgAntigua: India A’s top-order, led by opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, fired in unison to steer the team to a convincing eight-wicket win in the fifth and final unofficial one-dayer against the West Indies A, completing a 4-1 series triumph here. Rahul Chahar (2/53) and his cousin Deepak (2/39), alongwith pacer Navdeep Saini (2/31) — all of whom made the cut for India’s limited over squad on Sunday — picked up two wickets each to help India A dismiss West Indies A for 236 in 47.4 overs. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhGaikwad (99) then led the chase but missed out on a well-deserved century. His fellow opener Shubman Gill (69) and first-down Shreyas Iyer (61) also blasted half-centuries as India A overhauled the target in 33 overs at Coolidge Cricket Ground here. Gill hit eight fours and three sixes in a 40-ball 69 to share an opening stand of 110 with Gaikwad. He was dismissed by the off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall in the 12th over. Gaikwad then took India A to the brink of victory before being removed by Keemo Paul with the visitors needing just 15. His 89-ball innings was laced with 11 fours and three sixes. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIyer, who added 112 runs for the second wicket with Gaikwad, remained unconquered with 61 off 64 balls. He had three hits to the fence and cleared the ropes twice. Earlier, electing to bat, West Indies A made a good start with opener Sunil Ambris cracking a 52-ball 61 studded with seven boundaries and two sixes to give the team early momentum. But India A’s bowlers triggered a collapse, reducing the hosts from 77 for no loss to 103 for six. Sherfane Rutherford then came up with a 70-ball 65 to lift West Indies A to 236. Khary Pierre hit four boundaries and a six in his unbeaten 35 off 34 balls before running out of partners.last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – Hudson’s Bay, Canada’s most prominent department store, is thrilled to announce it has expanded its relationship with stylist and fashion expert, Jessica Mulroney. As one of Canada’s most notable stylists and fashion influencers, Jessica first worked with the Hudson’s Bay team in 2014 to help launch the Kleinfeld brand in Canada. In this new relationship with the retailer, Jessica will help drive the fashion and bridal business at Hudson’sBay. With a career that spans branding, manufacturing, PR, retail, and design, Jessica has experience with all facets of the fashion industry. This unique combination of skills combined with her charismatic personality has made her one of Canada’s most sought-after fashion experts.“As we continue to drive our fashion position in Canada, Jessica is a valued and important partner of Hudson’s Bay” said Alison Coville, President, Hudson’s Bay. “Working with Jessica in this new capacity gives us the opportunity to share her expert knowledge and style with our customers and ultimately provide a unique shopping experience with a compelling point of view.”“Hudson’s Bay is Canada’s fashion authority and I am so excited to expand my relationship with the company,” said Jessica Mulroney, Fashion and Bridal Specialist, Hudson’s Bay. “I am extremely proud of the work I’ve done to help build the Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay business and this is an incredible opportunity to speak to an even broader audience and do the same within the fashion space.” Jessica’s work will include consulting, PR, social media, events, and acting as spokesperson for CORE Life, a new brand launching exclusively at Hudson’s Bay for Fall 2018.ABOUT HUDSON’S BAYHBC, incorporated in 1670, is North America’s oldest company. Hudson’s Bay has grown to become Canada’s most prominent department store, today operating 89 full-line locations and thebay.com. For the first time since the banner’s inception, Hudson’s Bay opened outside of Canada with 10 new stores in the Netherlands in 2017, and an online shopping destination at hudsonsbay.nl. This expansion introduces a new and exciting shopping experience in the Netherlands, catering to the Dutch market. Hudson’s Bay has established a reputation for quality, service, and style by offering well-edited assortments of exclusive and popular fashion, beauty, home and accessory designers and brands, as well as exclusive food concepts. It is part of the HBC brand portfolio. The signature stripes are a registered trademark of Hudson’s Bay Company.ABOUT JESSICA MULRONEYJessica Mulroney is the lifestyle expert to watch. A recognized commentator on programs such as Cityline, Jessica weighs-in on topics ranging from fashion and style to family and parenting. Whether acting as a brand ambassador or co-hosting an event, Jessica’s positivity and poise are palpable.  Jessica is a public relations and fashion consultant for major brands and labels in Canada, and is also the co-founder of the Shoebox project, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes gifts (that fill shoeboxes) to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in communities throughout North America. The wife to Ben, and a mother to three bustling young children — twin sons Brian and John, and daughter Ivy — Jessica makes balancing a busy career and family look absolutely easy.@JessicaMulroney@JessicaMulroneyWeddings Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

New York – In a lecture on Saturday December 6 in New Jersey, MWN co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Samir Bennis shed light on the questions of the so-called Western Sahara. At the outset of his lecture, Mr. Bennis stated that the three elements that support Morocco’s legitimate claims over the Sahara. In this regard, he said that Morocco’s position is based on three factors:1-  The historical ties of sovereignty between Moroccan sultans and Saharan tribes 2- Treaties and colonial records recognizing Morocco’s territorial integrity and its control over the Saharan provinces3- Morocco’s efforts to help liberate the territory from Spanish colonial rule after 1956.”History of the SaharaDr. Bennis pointed out that the history of the Sahara is riddled with legal and political disarray.He refuted the argument that the Sahara was Spanish, adding that Spain had no valid legal claim to the territory. He backed his statement by giving a detailed account of the manner in which Spain came to have a “full possession” of what would later be called Spanish Sahara.The lecturer emphasized that the agreement signed between Morocco and some European powers and the colonial records show that the Sahara belonged to Moroccan sovereignty before the country came under French and Spanish rule.In this regard, he referred to the agreement signed between Morocco and the United Kingdom, in which the latter recognized the former’s sovereignty over the Sahara.“The agreement signed between Morocco and the UK in 1895 recognized that the territory between Cap Juby (the area near Tarfaya) and Cap Bojador (present day so-called Western Sahara), belonged to Morocco. From then until 1904, when the UK signed an agreement with France, the British, as well as the French and the Spaniards recognized that this territory was under Moroccan sovereignty,” he noted.“When the UK accepted the principle of French and Spanish protectorate over Morocco, it clearly insisted in article 3 of the secret accord that Spain could not undertake any action that would alienate the sovereignty of territory of its sphere of influence.”Dr. Bennis mentioned a turning point that would later alter the sovereignty of the territory in the following decades. He referred to the accord signed by France and Spain in October 1904 on the division of their spheres of influence in Morocco.“By virtue of the French-Spanish accord of October 1904, Spain was given possession, not sphere of influence, of the disputed territory, without informing Morocco or seeking the approval of the British, who had signed an agreement recognizing its sovereignty over the territory,” he said.Quoting professor Frank E. Trout, author of the book Moroccan Saharan frontiers, Mr. Bennis said that it was unlikely that the Britain gave any formal approval of the recognition that Seguia El Hamra was to become Spanish territory outside of the limits of Spanish sphere of influence in Southern Morocco.He pointed out that even in the event that Britain had given its formal approval of the 1904 French-Spanish accords, “it would have meant a unilateral- and presumably secret- renunciation of the agreement signed with Morocco in 1859, which have been meaningless since Morocco was not informed of the renunciation.”“This in itself constitutes a violation of international law at the time,” he said.The lecturer added that the French-Spanish agreement of 1904 by virtue of which Spain was given full possession of the present days so-called Western Sahara, was even contrary to the 1906 Algeciras Conference.“The signatories of the Act of Algeciras, including Britain, France, Spain, Belgium, the United States Germany and other European powers, all committed to preserving Moroccan territorial integrity,” he explained.The post-colonial periodDr. Bennis emphasized that Morocco was the first and only country to bring the issue of the Sahara to the United Nations General Assembly’s agenda as early as 1957. He went on to say that until 1966, Morocco and Spain conducted negotiations on the settlement of their territorial dispute. The question of Sidi Ifni, which returned to Morocco in 1969, and the Sahara were dealt in the same package, meaning that Spain had to return both to Morocco. In this regard, he clarified that the UN approach to the Sahara changed only after Rabat accepted that the dispute be solved by an approach different than that for Sidi Ifni.Hence, in December 1965, the UN General Assembly called on Spain to decolonize the territory. A year later, the UN ordered Madrid to decolonize the territory by means of a referendum of self-determination, which was supposed to be held in 1967.“When Morocco accepted that the Sahara issue be solved based on a referendum of self-determination, it was evident to Moroccans officials that if a referendum were to be held, it would tilt in their favor,” he said. “But Spain had other plans.”Dr. Bennis explained Spain’s efforts, starting in 1966, to prevent Morocco from regaining its sovereignty over the disputed territory. In this regard, he mentioned the alliances that Spain forged with Mauritania and Algeria in order to isolate Morocco.He then turned to the creation of the Polisario, stressing that the Poliario was not created in order to build an independent state in the Sahara, but rather to fight Spanish colonialism. He backed his statement by saying that when the founder of the Polisario first launched his movement he tried to seek support from the Kingdom, but was turned down.“Following the creation of the Polisario, El Ouali Mustpaha Sayed, its founder, tried to obtain support from Morocco, but he was turned down. He was also turned away by the Algerians, who expelled him.”“It is only thanks to the mediation of Fqih Basri, one of the opponents of late King Hassan II, that the Polisario obtained support from Libya,” he noted. “Contrary to common belief, Algeria was not the first country to support the Polisario, but Libya,” he said.In the same vein, he stressed that until the summer of 1975, Algeria was in favor of the Moroccan position. But since Morocco refused to ratify the border agreement it had signed with Algeria in 1972, the Algerian government decided to stand by the Polisario.UN mediation EffortsThe second part of Mr. Bennis’ lecture was devoted to the efforts undertaken by the United Nations in order to bridge the gap between the two parties and pave the way towards finding a solution to the conflict. In this regard, he referred to the resolution adopted by the Security Council in September 1991, which established the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, known by its French acronym as MINURSO.The mandate of the MINURSO was to monitor the ceasefire declared after 15 years of war between Morocco and the Polisario front, but it also promised a referendum in the following year. The referendum would allow the Saharawis of the Sahara to decide whether to join Morocco, or to become an independent nation. However, this referendum was postponed because of the disagreement over the definition of a Saharawi and who was eligible to participate in it.Mr. Bennis. stressed that In the early 2000s, after UN special envoy James Bake came to the conclusion that the approach of the referendum was unworkable, he proposed a number of plans to resolve the regional dispute.“The first plan in 2001 proposed that the Saharawis be granted large autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty, but this proposal was rejected by the Polisario and Algeria,” he said.Two years later, Baker returned to the negotiating table with a different plan: the Sahara would have autonomy for up to five years, then a referendum would be conducted. However, this time, Morocco rejected the plan,” he added.Mr. Bennis highlighted that after the failure of his mediations efforts, Baker resigned in 2004.The same year, the UN Security Council issued a resolution, which for the first time, called on both parties to reach a long-lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.However, according to Mr. Bennis, here lies the problem of the UN approach.“While this resolution and the others that followed it call for achieving a political solution, the UN insists that any political solution should provide for the self-determination of the population of the Sahara,” he noted.“We cannot call for a political solution and insist at the same time on the concept of self-determination as meaning the independence of the Sahara. The concept of self-determination and a political solution are like two parallels that can never meet,” Mr. Bennis stressed.A Possible SolutionMr. Bennis argued that the United Nations has to be clear if the international community were to find a political solution to this territorial dispute.“The United Nations has to be clear. If we are seeking to reach a political solution, then we have to depart from the fixation on the self-determination as necessarily leading to independence”.He went on to say that there is a growing consensus among academia that the UN focus exclusively on self-determination is one of the main hindrances that prevent the two parties from reaching a political solution. He quoted a number of American and British scholars, as well as a report of the International Crisis Group, who argue that  the concept of self-determination as it was construed in the latter part of the 20th century is not a one-size-fits-all, and cannot be applied to every single territorial dispute.“Yet here is where the United Nations has failed and gives the impression that the holding of informal meetings between Morocco and the Polisario has become a goal in itself rather than focusing on finding a middle ground that would help them find a political solution” he emphasized.Before opening the floor for discussion with the audience, Mr. Bennis, said that the Autonomy Plan presented by Morocco to the Security Council in April 2007 provides a ground on which the two parties can build a compromise in order to find a final political solution to the conflict.“However flawed the Autonomy plan presented by Morocco in 2007 might be, it offers a basis on which Morocco and the Polisario can build to reach a mutually acceptable political solution,” he concluded.© Morocco World News. 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“At this juncture, Iraq would probably be better served by a broadly inclusive Government as a radical alternative to exclusion and disenfranchisement that many communities have experienced in the past,” Ad Melkert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, told the Council.He said the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) was constantly encouraging parties that won seats in parliament in the 7 March elections to come to an agreement on the formation of a government guided by three principles – a governing coalition inclusive of all major winning parties; a government based on power-sharing; and a government formation process within an agreed timeframe.Iraq’s political blocs are still discussing the formation of a new government.Mr. Melkert described the elections as a turning point for Iraq, but drew the Council’s attention to the fact that violence incidents in the country had left 2,000 Iraqis dead and 5,000 others injured so far this year.“It is imperative that the international community condemns and isolates the perpetrators. This would be to the benefit of an orderly transit towards a new Government as a critical moment for creating a political environment conducive to meaningful dialogue and power-sharing,” Mr. Melkert said.Just yesterday, a newly-elected member of Parliament, Bashar Al-Ouqeidi, was gunned down in the volatile northern city of Mosul.Mr. Melkert condemned the assassination in the strongest terms and urged Iraq authorities to pursue and bring to justice the perpetrators of what he described as a “despicable act.”The Special Representative said the Iraqi Government faces the challenge of responding to the people’s high expectations that political and security progress will translate into economic growth, the creation of jobs and lead to an improvement in living conditions.“Failure by the next government to address the needs and aspirations of the population will predictably be a source of increasing instability and undermine the gains of the democratic process so far,” Mr. Melkert said.He said that UNAMI’s impartial outreach to try to foster reconciliation between different Iraqi communities and interests in Ninewa province had generated positive results. The province has a history of disputes and political divisions between its Arab and Kurdish inhabitants.Turning to the regional dimension of situation in Iraq, Mr. Melkert urged neighbouring countries to capitalize on the region’s strengths to boost security and economic growth.“Constructive engagement, rather than interference, would be of great benefit to all,” Mr. Melkert said.In remarks to the media following the session on the situation in Iraq, the President of the Security Council and the Representative of Lebanon, Nawaf Salam, said the Council had commended Iraq’s electoral commission on the successful manual recount of ballots and the announcement of the outcome in the Baghdad governorate, and looked forward to the ratification of overall election results by the federal Supreme Court.The Council also called for the quick formation of an inclusive government that reflected the will of the Iraqi people and condemned all acts of violence, Mr. Salam said.Addressing the Council, Iraq’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hamid al-Bayati repeated his Government’s demand that sanctions imposed on Iraq in respect of weapons of mass destruction be lifted, saying that the Director-General of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had written to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stating that the agency was receiving “excellent cooperation” from Iraq in the implementation of the comprehensive nuclear safeguards agreement. 25 May 2010A broad-based coalition Government in Iraq is a better alternative for the people of that country who are eager to see a stable administration, the United Nations top envoy to Iraq told the Security Council today, adding that that the political leadership also recognizes the need for constitutional transition following elections in March. read more

Responding to media questions about the Secretary-General’s comments in a BBC interview, spokesman Fred Eckhard told a press briefing in New York that in his remarks the Secretary-General had reiterated his well-known position that the military action against Iraq was not in conformity with the UN Charter.In the interview, Mr. Annan was repeatedly asked whether the war was “illegal.” “Yes,” he finally said, “I have indicated it is not in conformity with the UN Charter, from our point of view, and from the Charter point of view it was illegal.”The Secretary-General said the war in Iraq and its aftermath had brought home painful lessons about the importance of resolving use-of-force issues jointly through the UN. “I think that in the end everybody is concluding that it is best to work together with allies and through the UN to deal with some of those issues.”And I hope we do not see another Iraq-type operation for a long time,” the Secretary-General told the interviewer, noting that such action needed UN approval and a much broader support of the international community.Mr. Eckhard stressed that this had been the Secretary-General’s longstanding view. The spokesman added that one of the purposes of a High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, which the Secretary-General had established, was to look at the issue of preventive war and to see how it could be employed in conformity with the Charter, which does not allow pre-emptive attacks.”He has over the past more than a year used the words ‘not in conformity with the Charter’ to describe his view of the Iraq war and of course one of his purposes in establishing the UN panel on change was to look at the question of preventive war and try to bring that in conformity with the Charter principles, which do not promote preventive war,” Mr. Eckhard said.”Since the war he has been emphasizing the need for nations on the Security Council and the UN membership as a whole to pull together, saying it is in everyone’s interest that stability be restored to Iraq,” the spokesman said. “So once the invasion took place, he did not look back, he looked forward.””But the principle of the Charter, called into question in his view by the invasion, needs to be addressed in a serious way,” Mr. Eckhard added. “And he asked the high level panel to look specifically at that issue. That panel is supposed to report by the end of this year and the Secretary-General would formulate his recommendations and put them to the General Assembly.” read more

Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan, which holds the Council presidency during October, read out a press statement detailing members’ concerns about the security situation and reiterating the UN’s commitment to help Afghanistan fight terrorists, violent groups and drug producers.He said a Council delegation would be sent at an appropriate time, possibly in November, to review the situation on the ground and to reassure Afghanistan and its people of the international community’s support.The press statement followed briefings to the Council by Tom Koenigs, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, and Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).UNODC released a survey last month that showed illicit opium production in Afghanistan was a record 6,100 tons this year – a leap of 49 per cent on last year’s figures. Afghanistan now accounts for 92 per cent of the world’s supply of opium, the raw material used to make heroin.In the press statement, Mr. Oshima expressed regret at the casualties suffered by Afghan and international forces, as well as civilians, as a result of attacks by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other groups.He said Council members remain convinced that the best way to solve the interconnected problems of security, governance, development and the illegal drug trade is to continue to build “sound and resilient institutions,” strengthen the rule of law and tackle corruption.The statement added that the Council welcomes the recent extension of the presence of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) into new provinces and the work that the Afghan Government is doing to build better relations with its neighbours.In his latest report to the Council on the work of UNAMA, Secretary-General Kofi Annan last month said that violence in Afghanistan has reached its worst levels since the fall of the Taliban regime near the end of 2001. read more

In a statement released today, Simonetta Di Pippo, the Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), welcomed the upcoming celebrations that will take place around the world, including a ceremony to be held at the UN offices in Vienna where the Organization will be presented a rare Tiuterra Crystal. Tiuterra is a composite of a Mars meteorite found in Morocco and rock samples collected globally by individuals and institutions. Three smaller versions of the crystal will accompany Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on her journey to the International Space Station in November 2014. Proclaimed by the General Assembly in 1999, World Space Week, observed each year during the week of 4-10 October, aims to provide unique leverage in space outreach and education; educate people around the world about the benefits that they receive from space; encourage greater use of space for sustainable economic development; demonstrate public support for space programs; excite young people about science, technology, engineering, and math; and foster international cooperation in space outreach and education. The dates recall the launch, on 4 October 1957, of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, and the entry into force, on 10 October 1967, of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.The theme of this year’s World Space Week is Space: Guiding Your Way. It highlights the benefits of satellite navigation to society which, Ms. Di Pippo said, are of “great importance” to her Office, particularly as UNOOSA also functions as the Executive Secretariat to the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) – a body which promotes voluntary cooperation on civil satellite-based positioning navigation, timing and value-added services. read more

Speaking to reporters in Geneva, Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said that in May and June, the agency had been able to get basic relief to 56,369 people and plastic sheeting for emergency shelters to a further 7,000 families who had been staying in collective centres. Aid had been going out across the eight governorates of Abyan, Aden, Amanat Alasimah, Amran, Hajjah, Hodeida, Sana’a and Taiz. Mr. Edwards said that in all, 84,166 displaced people had received non-food aid since the start of April, about 70 per cent of that coming directly from UNHCR and the rest from partners. “The distributions came amid a worsening situation in many governorates. Al Hazm, the capital of Al Jawf governorate in the country’s north, was hit by airstrikes for three consecutive days in late June causing the evacuation of an estimated 900 families,” he said, adding that most of the residents of the city’s Al Matuma district had been seeking safety in Al Maton and Al Masloub districts. Al Maton had been the first district in Al Jawf to receive displaced people from Sa’ada. At present there, were an estimated 2,470 internally displaced families there along with an additional 1,400 families from Amran and other governorates. “The humanitarian response for those populations had been severely restricted due to ongoing fighting and the consequent problems with access,” said Mr. Edwards, explain that UNHCR is seeking to connect with its main operational partners who had networks in Al-Jawf, to provide additional help. “UNHCR continues to call for unfettered access and movements of humanitarian workers and its supplies so that vital assistance can reach those in need,” he said, adding that currently, there aremore than one million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Yemen, plus some 244,000 refugees. It is estimated that there are more than 21 million people in need throughout the country, concluded Mr. Edwards. Echoing many of the same concerns, Elisabeth Byrs, spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), said limited access due to constant insecurity remains a fundamental obstacle to the effective delivery of food commodities in Yemen. Since 15 April, WFP had assisted 1.9 million Yemenis with food aid, through the distribution of 25,000 metric tons of food in 12 governorates, she said, adding that some three million tons of food and fuel on board seven ships were expected in Yemeni ports in the period between 3 and 9 July. “Commercial shipping into Yemen is slowly increasing but remains constrained by port congestion and high fees due to the time spent by ships waiting to dock. Delays as long as 11 days have been reported at Hodeidah and Salif ports,” she explained. “The food situation in Aden is very bad,” said Ms. Byrs, reporting that humanitarian agencies are facing serious difficulties to reaching the port. The security situation remained volatile around the port area and in most of the city, which is suffering from small shortages of clean water and power cuts. Most bakeries in Aden had reportedly shut down because of wheat and fuel shortages, she added. Moreover, a WFP-chartered vessel continued to be redirected to Hodeidah port, despite frequent attempts to deliver to Aden. “WFP had attempted several times to reach Aden with ships but the poor security situation around the port had forced the ships to turn back. However, WFP was still trying to deliver aid, by land and by sea. In June, food for 80,000 people was distributed but this had not been nearly enough for the one million inhabitants of Aden, said Ms. Byrs, adding that by comparison, in April WFP dispatched food for 200,000 people and in May for 44,000 people. “The situation in Yemen is dire, said Ms. Byrs, noting that WFP’s operations from June to August were not fully funded and that $103 million is urgently needed. At the same briefing, Fadéla Chaib, spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), provided recent figures on violations to health facilities and staff in Yemen due to the conflict, as of 14 June 2015. So far there had been 54 total health facilities damaged, of which 20 had been fully damaged, and 13 health workers had been injured of whom three had been killed, she informed the press. Ahmad Fawzi, Director, Ad Interim of the UN Information Service in Geneva, noted that United Nations Special Envoy on Yemen Ould Cheikh Ahmed is currently in Riyadh where he had reiterated both the UN Secretary-General’s and his own call for a humanitarian pause, especially during the fasting month of Ramadan. The Special Envoy would next travel to Sana’a where he would continue to push all the parties, Mr. Fawzi added. read more

Lindsey Vonn is planning to come back for one more series of speed races at Lake Louise, Alberta, next season.The all-time winningest women’s World Cup racer had said this would definitely be her final season. Her retirement plans changed when she sprained a ligament in her knee during a recent training crash. Vonn is skipping the speed events this weekend in Lake Louise, which is her favourite course. Vonn has 18 career wins at the venue.On her new YouTube channel Friday, Vonn said she would regret it for the “rest of my life” if she didn’t push out of the starting gate one final time at Lake Louise.The 34-year-old has 82 World Cup victories. She’s five away from breaking the record held by Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden.Pat Graham, The Associated Press read more

Manny PacquiaoTimothy Bradley Fight Investigation Requested

Promoter Bob Arum on Sunday called for an investigation into the controversial split-decision verdict that saw Timothy Bradley deal superstar Manny Pacquiao his first defeat since 2005.Arum said there would be no rematch between the fighters unless Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto launched a probe into the scoring of Saturday night’s WBO welterweight title fight, Yahoo! Sports reported.It was widely believed that Pacquiao won the contest, having consistently landed cleaner and more forceful punches throughout, but the judges didn’t see it that way.Two judges scored the fight 115-113 to Bradley, while the other scored it 115-113 to Pacquiao. The decision was met with boos at the MGM Grand arena.“I want to investigate whether there was any undue influence, whether the [Nevada Athletic Commission] gave any particular instruction and how they came to this conclusion,” said Arum, whose company promotes both fighters.“If this was a subjective view that each of [the judges] honestly held, OK. I would still disagree, but then we’re off the hook in terms of there being no conspiracy.“But there needs to be an independent investigation because it strains credulity that an event everybody saw as so one-sided one way all three judges saw it as close. … the whole sport is in an uproar. People are going crazy.”Source:  Fox Sports read more

Who Will Join The 3000Hit Club After Adrian Beltre

Ryan ZimmermanNationals22109308+24.21611 The elder statesmenFor players age 31 and up, the difference between their career hits and hits of an average 3,000-hit club member at the same age and point in season How quickly things can change …Players age 30 and under who were furthest ahead of the 3,000-hit pace in 2007 PLAYERTEAMAGE2017CAREERAVG. 3K CLUB HITS AT SAME AGEDIFF. PLAYERTEAMAGE2017CAREERAVG. 3K CLUB HITS AT SAME AGEDIFF. The middle-agersFor players age 26 to 30, the difference between their career hits and hits of an average 3,000-hit club member at the same age and point in season Miguel CabreraTigers348226012296.5+304.5 The 3,000-hit pace was prorated to 101 games into each player’s current-age season to match where we stand in 2017.For players who are no more than 50 hits behind the average 3,000-hit-club member at the same age.Source: FanGraphs Xander BogaertsRed Sox24103631552.4+78.6 Manny MachadoOrioles2491790552.4+237.6 Albert PujolsAngels378629112791.1+119.9 The next set of players are theoretically in their primes, though their chances might be more complicated to predict than any other group’s. Tigers outfielder Justin Upton started his career with a flourish, recording four 150-hit seasons by the age of 26, but he also turned in a few years below that level of production and is now behind the pace. Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro has a similar story — he led the NL with 207 hits in his sophomore season, when he was with the Cubs, but has since settled into a solid pattern of racking up 150 hits per season. He’s still ahead of pace, but he might not be for long.Some of these guys are on an upward trajectory, though. Beltre’s teammate Elvis Andrus has become a hitting machine — he hasn’t dropped below 150 hits since his rookie year in 2009, and he’s on pace for more than 180 this season. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is having an MVP-type season; he’s on track for 226 hits this year, which would be his fourth straight 200-hit season. And Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals has swung his way to within striking distance of a 3,000-hit pace this season, producing what works out to a 198-hit campaign over 162 games. Jeff FrancoeurBraves23117363-46.31373 NAMETEAMAGESEASON HITSCAREER HITSVS. PACECURRENT HIT TOTAL Jose ReyesMets24119643+90.72049 Bryce HarperNationals24116767552.4+214.6 Jimmy RollinsPhillies281321227-32.22455 Eric HosmerRoyals2712210621084.7-22.7 PLAYER HITS Adrian BeltreMariners281021371+111.92996 Adrian BeltreRangers385429962897.4+98.6 Players in their 20s have historically gone in many different directions. To illustrate this, let’s pretend we were writing this article 10 years ago and evaluating the players who were 30 or younger and on the best pace to reach the milestone. Carl CrawfordDevil Rays25115921+195.51931 Delmon YoungDevil Rays21116156-17.01162 Starlin CastroYankees279712441084.7+159.3 PLAYER HITS Carlos CorreaAstros22104370283.3+86.7 Mookie BettsRed Sox24112555552.4+2.6 Midseason hit totals were interpolated by prorating a player’s full-season total over 101 games.Source: FanGraphs.com Francisco LindorIndians23106410409.5+0.5 The 3,000-hit pace was prorated to 101 games into each player’s current-age season to match where we stand in 2017.For players who are no more than 50 hits behind the average 3,000-hit-club member at the same age.Source: FanGraphs At that time, Beltre, Pujols and Cabrera were in pretty good shape, but every other player that was ahead of the 3,000-hit pace or slightly behind it has since fallen short or dropped way off pace. Edgar Renteria played just four more seasons, collecting fewer than 500 more hits before calling it a career (two World Series rings were was apparently enough). Likewise, Andruw Jones would retire before the 2016 season while Carl Crawford, Jimmy Rollins and David Wright — none of whom have formally retired yet — have not yet appeared in a game in 2017.And today’s younger hit leaders might have something working against them that previous generations didn’t: Hits are harder to come by in today’s more three-true-outcomes-focused game. The 2010s have seen the fewest hits per game of any decade since the 1960s and the fourth fewest of any decade since 1900.Then again, that could be counterbalanced by the fact that this is a special crop of young talent the likes of which MLB hasn’t seen in a while. And besides, in any given season between 1961 and 2000, an average of 9.2 active players went on to eventually become members of the 3,000-hit club. So odds are good that several of the players racking up hits this season will get to 3,000 before all is said and done — they just might not be the players we’d expect. After Cabrera, nobody over the age of 25 is more than 200 hits above the historical 3,000-hit pace. So, in the absence of strong veteran candidates, younger players such as Mike Trout, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper show up as decent picks for the next generation of 3,000-hit club members — if only because there’s still so much ambiguity about how their careers will turn out. There’s a decent chance that at least one player in this bunch — if not a handful — will get to 3,000 hits, though it’s difficult to say which one(s) it will be.Of course, the uncertainty involved in projecting players’ careers is still huge. Even showing up on the ahead-of-pace list for your age isn’t a guarantee of getting 3,000 hits; far more young and mid-career players fall short of making the club than make it in: We start with the oldest group of candidates. Right behind Beltre is Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels, who — with his 2,911 lifetime hits3Current-season numbers are accurate as of end of play on July 26, 2017. — is almost assured of reaching the milestone either later this season or early next year. And Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is another strong candidate, with over 300 more career hits than the average 3,000-hit club member had at the same age. The only thing that might hurt Cabrera’s chances is a late-career slowdown; he’s currently suffering the worst hitting season of his major-league career.Cabrera has such a cushion that he can afford some small decline, though he’ll need to bounce back soon to stay on pace. Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, meanwhile, is also in a down season — he’s on pace for his lowest hit total since his rookie year — and he doesn’t have much room to fall off before losing the pace entirely. After a rough July, Cano’s chances could be evaporating before our eyes. (Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran is also fourth on the hits list among active players — but with fewer than 2,700 hits at age 40, his chances are next to nonexistent.) Robinson CanoMariners349923092296.5+12.5 Andruw JonesBraves30791635+28.11933 Justin UptonTigers299414091434.4-25.4 The young gunsFor players age 25 or lower, the difference between their career hits and hits of an average 3,000-hit club member at the same age and point in season AS OF MID-2007 … The 3,000-hit pace was prorated to 101 games into each player’s current-age season to match where we stand in 2017.For players who are no more than 50 hits behind the average 3,000-hit-club member at the same age.Source: FanGraphs The 3,000-hit club is about to get bigger, as longtime FiveThirtyEight favorite and noted on-deck circle relocater Adrian Beltre gets closer to the milestone with every multi-hit game. Beltre, who notched his 2,996th hit on Wednesday, probably wouldn’t need to cross the 3,000-hit threshold to ensure his place in Cooperstown, but the achievement helps underscore just what a special player he has been over his two decades in the major leagues.Beltre’s milestone, whenever it comes, will mark the third consecutive season in which a player notched his 3,000th hit; Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees homered for his in June 2015, while the Miami Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki smacked a triple for his 3,000th hit last August. New membership in the 3,000-hit club tends come in bunches, like when nine players1Rickey Henderson, Cal Ripken Jr., Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Dave Winfield, George Brett and Robin Yount. joined its ranks in the 10 seasons from 1992 to 2001, so more members could be on the way.But who will be next after Beltre? Let’s take a look at a handful of candidates coming up behind him on the active hits leaderboard — plus some younger players who might join the chase — and gauge their chances against the historical pace of the average 3,000-hit club member at the same age.2Age is as of June 30 of each season. Mike TroutAngels2567984725.2+258.8 Rougned OdorRangers2385460409.5+50.5 PLAYERTEAMAGE2017CAREERAVG. 3K CLUB HITS AT SAME AGEDIFF. Elvis AndrusRangers2811413801259.4+120.6 PLAYER HITS Jose AltuveAstros2714111871084.7+102.3 David WrightMets24122556+3.81777 Grady SizemoreIndians24109518-34.91098 Miguel CabreraMarlins24117771+218.82601 Albert PujolsCardinals271151274+189.72911 Justin UptonD-Backs191919-43.31409 Edgar RenteriaBraves301021872+265.12327 read more

The Ohio State baseball team had beaten Minnesota three times out of four in the past eight days. But it failed in its final matchup of the year.  The No. 4 Buckeyes (26-27, 13-11 Big Ten) fell to the No. 5 Gophers (24-23, 13-11 Big Ten) in a Big Ten Tournament elimination game Friday at Huntington Park. The Buckeyes’ 26-27 record will not get them into the NCAA Tournament. “It’s not about numbers today,” coach Greg Beals said. “Obviously, the day didn’t go the way we wanted it to go. We wanted to stay in the tournament longer than we did, but on days like today you look back at the body of work we had this year.” The game was shaping up to be a pitchers’ duel after four innings, with an unearned run standing as the only score of the day. Two innings and 10 runs later, Minnesota led, 7-4. The Buckeyes took the lead in the bottom of the fifth after sophomore catcher Greg Solomon and senior infielder Tyler Engle put up consecutive singles with two outs. Senior outfielder Brian DeLucia followed with an RBI double down the third-base line, and freshman outfielder Tim Wetzel knocked in a two-run single to put OSU up, 3-1. But the wheels fell off for the Buckeyes and freshman starter Greg Greve the following inning. Greve gave up a two-RBI single and then a two-out, two-run home run. Greve left the game after giving up a triple, but senior reliever Theron Minium gave up another two-run home run before getting out of the inning. “That’s an offense that we’ve held at bay for four games,” Beals said. “That sixth inning, I think, was four games of offense they threw at us all in one inning.” Minnesota added two runs in the eighth to increase its lead to 9-4, and OSU went quietly in the ninth. “That’s baseball,” Solomon said. “We played our best today and it wasn’t enough to get the win. But that’s baseball: having a 3-1 lead and then having the other team score runs.” Quick turnaround OSU had little time to recover from its 5-4 loss Thursday night to Illinois. After finishing the game past 11 p.m., the Buckeyes had to start their next game at 12:05 p.m. Friday. Solomon said they only got about six hours of sleep but that it’s a grind and what they needed to deal with. Beals said he was concerned with how “alive” his players’ bodies would be after last night but that it was not an excuse. “It’s the way tournaments are set up,” he said. “Illinois would have been in the same situation had we closed out the game last night, so that’s tournament baseball.” Season in review This was Beals’ first season as coach of OSU. He replaced Hall of Fame coach Bob Todd. Despite the team finishing with a record one game below .500, it finished the Big Ten regular season with a record of 13-11 and reappeared in the Big Ten Tournament after missing the cut last season. Wetzel said the team had a lot of guys fitting into new roles and that they all matured over the year. “We all found our roles pretty early in the season, and then we all really stuck to that,” he said. “I think, in a game like this, that’s going to take us a long way.” Beals said he was proud of how far the team came during his first year at OSU. “I’ll remember these kids for the fight they had,” he said. “Whether they were as good or better or not as good, they just fought and they fought and they fought.” Looking ahead The Buckeyes will lose sevens seniors, including three everyday starters. They will also lose two starting and two relief pitchers, one of whom is Drew Rucinski, a second-team All-Big Ten selection. Beals said the program has eight incoming players signed to national letter of intents and seven verbal commitments. “Playing baseball the right way and maximizing the game of baseball is what me and my coaching staff are going to push every day in this program,” Beals said. “It was something that was an absolute necessity for this season, and it’s something that I think for great baseball, where we want this program to go, it’s going to be a necessity in the future.” read more

HARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC) — Captain Jason Holder says West Indies will be taking nothing for granted during the upcoming ICC World Cup Qualifiers, despite entering as the highest-ranked side.The Caribbean side, two-time former World champions, are the favourites to grab one of the two remaining spots for next year’s World Cup in England, especially up against the likes of minnows United Arab Emirates and Papua New Guinea in the preliminary round.However, Holder said it was important not to underestimate any of their opponents in spite of the apparent gulf in experience.“In a tournament like this we know the opponents will be fearless, they have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” the all-rounder said.“I believe every side in this tournament is dangerous and we must not take any team lightly. We will take every game as a final.”West Indies arrived here last week for the March 4-25 tournament and have been undergoing their final preparation before their campaign in Group A.West Indies captain Jason HolderFollowing warm-up matches against Afghanistan and Nepal, West Indies open their bid on March 6 against UAE, who recently won the ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Namibia, before taking on PNG two days later and Ireland on March 10.They wind up their group action against the Netherlands on March 12.Holder said his players were all entering the tournament on the heels of the Regional Super50 and coupled with the upcoming warm-up matches, expected them to be well prepared.“Leading up to the first match against the United Arab Emirates, we should be more than ready when that challenge comes,” he pointed out.“We have two warm-up matches before the first tournament match, so we have been preparing well. We should not be short of cricket when that first match comes around.”Windies boast the likes of veteran batsmen Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who among them have played a combined 467 One-Day Internationals, and also include the youth of Shai Hope, Rovman Powell and 20-year-old former Youth World Cup skipper, Shimron Hetmyer.Experienced seamer Kemar Roach has been included for the trip with all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite also recalled, and Holder said the squad possessed the quality to be successful in the tournament.“We have a very good balance. We have guys who can bowl the new ball very well and others who can take wickets in the middle overs and finish off well,” he noted.“In our batting we have power at the top of the order and power at the end. We also have players in the middle, who can consolidate and take over when necessary.”The top three from each group will advance to the Super Sixes, where they will each play three matches against teams they did not meet in the preliminaries.The finalists will secure the final two berths at the ICC World Cup scheduled for England next year from May 30 to July 15. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUnpredictable Windies could be handful: HolderApril 8, 2019In “Sports”Windies taking proactive approach, says HolderJanuary 15, 2018In “latest news”2016 Under-19 World Cup: West Indies seek glory against favorites IndiaFebruary 13, 2016In “Sports” read more

first_imgCEMI has projects underway on Assessing rock mass response to hydraulic injection and Integrated personal protective equipment (IPPE). The issue in IPPE is that because of the financial unpredictability/risk of finding and developing new mines, there is an increasing emphasis on extending the life of a mine by digging deeper. The deeper a mine, the harsher the environment for the people and machines working at those depths for a variety of reasons: Increased heat Physical protection due to rock wall instability Fresh air Communication NavigationCEMI is leading a project to develop the next generation of IPPE that will integrate many of the current technologies with other protective gear components required for ultra deep mining. It is anticipated that this IPPE will include: Cooling Filtered breathing Air quality monitoring Position Tracking (RFID) Noise Reduction Medical Monitoring (heart rate, breathing) Mine alerts Development of the IPPE is underway. For more information, contact Allan Akerman, R&D Program Director, aakerman@miningexcellence.ca Also, rock instability in deep mines has the potential to create two problems:1. Rock bursts and strainbursts – which can compromise the safety of personnel and capital assets.2. Signficant disruptions to production schedules.CEMI and a consortium of companies and research institutions have initiated a three-year research program to investigate hydraulic fracturing as a means to re-distribute stress in deep mines. This research aims to better: Understand how to use hydraulic injection to manage stresses locally, and potentially at a block scale The processes during hydraulic fracturing in tight shale formations Our ability to relate geophysical observables the the created fracture networks Our ability to optimize numerical modeling approaches for simulating hydraulic fracturing and hydraulic stimulation.Three case studies have been identified and will proceed over the next three years. For more information, contact Damien Duff, Vice President, Geoscience & Geotechnical R&D, dduff@miningexcellence.calast_img read more

first_imgHexagon Mining President Hélio Samora recently reviewed the company’s latest efforts to help shape today’s state of the art digital mines. “Hexagon’s mining solutions shape and connect the digital mine, optimising processes for safe and streamlined operations that are predictable, sustainable, and efficient. There are profound benefits to be gained from a connected mine, where intelligence is embedded and visualisation enabled in near- or real time. These include smarter decision-making, reduced costs, improved safety, and increased productivity.”“This year, we’ve continued to make progress integrating technologies covering planning, operations, safety, automation, survey and monitoring. We are bringing all this together in a solid digital platform that is IoT enabled and capable of delivering machine learning, predictive analytics and powerful reporting capabilities for business intelligence and business analytics.”“Underground, we are assembling a dynamic portfolio of standalone and full integration-ready modules. These build upon our specific product lines in pit mining and include our latest acquisition, MiPlan tablet-based task management.”“MiPlan’s mobile platforms are easy to buy, easy to use, and suitable for any sized operation. They streamline data flows between traditionally disparate systems and departments, closing the loop on design, field data capture, reconciliation, and reporting. Users can increase mine productivity and see a rapid return on investment using scalable, real-time mobile software applications for field data collection, fleet management, production management, and reporting.”“We have taken important steps on our semi-autonomous and autonomous roadmap, with the release of HxGN Mine VIS, the mining industry’s first vehicle intervention system; and a reverse guidance system in development, which will help minimise or eliminate re-spotting by guiding truck operators.”“We are not the first company to build products that makes sense of so much data; but we are the first mining vertical company to be doing this. We see a great opportunity for you to use our technology to integrate and converge with other solutions. By eliminating silos, and sharing an open platform, we can help any mine to be more efficient and more productive.”“For evidence, look no further than the Peruvian Andes, where Southern Peru Copper Corporation uses our technology for slope monitoring, mine planning, and fleet management to achieve among the lowest production costs in the world.”“From Q4 2015 to Q4 2016, Southern Peru increased operating performance (EBITDA) by 90.6%. During the same period, net income rose by 182.7%. The company cut the operating cash cost per pound of copper by 14.2% to 95 cents, making it the highest margin major copper producer in the world.”last_img read more

Sundowner Music Festival this week

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Misick & Hanchell question allegations going global Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Nov 2015 – A three day music festival is planned for the Caribbean’s Leading Beach, Grace Bay Beach and will feature not only music, but workshops. Gordon Kerr is one of the organizers of the Sundowner Music Festival to be held at the Somerset Resort where the line-up includes: a “Jam Cruise” on Talbots Adventures, a songwriters workshop with international artists and producers, a meet and greet with those songwriters, performers and producers and the concert on Saturday November 7th at on the croquet lawn of the Somerset; acts will include David Bowen, Wyatt Easterling and Naked Blue. Sundowner Music Festival runs November 4-7th and is a ticketed event. Related Items:david bowen, Gordon Kerr, naked blue, Somerset, Sundowner Music Festival, Wyatt Easterling Recommended for you What’s on TONIGHT in Providenciales Music Festival next month at Somerset Resortlast_img read more

Reward offered for information on killing of 25yearold Oceanside man

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 18, 2018 Victim: Erik RamseyOCEANSIDE (KUSI) — Oceanside authorities sought public help Wednesday and offered a reward for information in the killing of a 25-year-old man found last week near the home where he was living with his mother.The body of Erik Ramsey was discovered at 5:14 a.m. April 11 on a sidewalk near Dubuque and McNeil streets, Oceanside police spokesman Tom Bussey said. Investigators believe Ramsey was killed sometime late on April 10.Though detectives immediately began a homicide investigation, the initial details surrounding the discovery of the body were murky, and police did not announce until Wednesday that the victim was likely murdered.Ramsey sustained wounds to his upper body, Bussey said. But what caused the injuries was still under investigation.“The (San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office) is still looking at that, so we’re not ready to release the exact cause,” Bussey told City News Service. “For now, we just know it was upper-body wounds.”Ramsey wasn’t from Oceanside but “had been here for awhile” and lived with his mother close to where his body was found, Bussey said. The area is near a large, empty tract of land that runs north all the way to the San Luis Rey River, but investigators believe Ramsey suffered the fatal injuries in the area where he was found and was not dumped there.Police did not release any information about a possible suspect or motive.Anybody with information about Ramsey’s death was urged to call the Oceanside Police Department at (760) 435-4748 or San Diego Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Tipsters can also contact the agency at sdcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. Reward offered for information on killing of 25-year-old Oceanside man April 18, 2018last_img read more

first_imgA close-up look at the Adapt BBs. Alfred Ng/CNET I don’t have a fairy godmother fashioning magic glass slippers that fit me perfectly, but Nike’s self-lacing Adapt BB shoes come pretty damn close. The new $350 “smart sneakers,” set for release Feb. 17, re-create the magical Back to the Future moment when Marty McFly tries on self-lacing Air Mags and exclaims, “Power laces. All right!” And though Nike has pulled off this trick before — first with the special-edition Nike Mag for Michael J. Fox’s charity, then with the $720 HyperAdapt 1.0 — this is the first time it’s doing so at a price that’s at least somewhat approachable for those of us who don’t pay thousands just for the chance to buy sneakers. At the same time, Nike could be changing how we tighten our shoes, at least down the line. I had a chance to test the Adapt BB sneaks for about 30 minutes at the shoe giant’s headquarters in New York on Tuesday. So, about those laces. You control them through an app — because nowadays, you control everything with an app. But if you don’t want to use your phone, there are two buttons on the sides. The button closer to your heel loosens the shoe, while the other one tightens it. You hold the loosen button for two seconds to get your sneaker completely relaxed. The shoes tighten themselves using a small motor connected to laces on the inside. The interface on the Nike app is pretty simple: an L and an R on the screen, for your left and right foot. The app’s also where you’ll see the battery life left in your shoes — yes, that does sound like a ridiculous statement — and control the color of the sneakers’ lights. On the app, you swipe up and down to adjust the tightness, and you can save settings for different situations, such as running outside or sitting at a desk. Nike said it’ll regularly release updates to the app with more features. “Going forward in the future, the app will be that bridge to the powered athlete,” said Jordan Rice, Nike’s director of Smart Systems engineering, envisioning wearables offering an athlete tips on how to run or play basketball more effectively. Fit check When you first get the sneakers, you set them up with the app, and the shoes adjust to tell you what your ideal fit is. At its tightest settings, the Adapt BB feels like a shoe that’s aggressively hugging your foot. I wouldn’t recommend this setting unless you’re about to do some extreme physical activity and need to guarantee your shoe won’t come loose. At its most relaxed, it’s still pretty snug — loose enough to take off by pressing at the heel, but not so lose that you could just kick off the shoe. There’s a whirring noise each time you adjust the laces, and it makes you feel like you’re wearing a machine. dsc05414You control the laces either with two buttons on the side or with an app on your phone. Ariel Nunez/CNET The sneakers are good enough for running, dunking a basketball and doing flips. It’s nice to be able to let the sneakers loose when you want to sit down and give your feet a break, and tense them up again when you need to run a few laps. I’d recommend sizing up on the Adapt BBs. I tried on a pair that was true to size, and the shoes were uncomfortably tight, even at the loosest settings. With any other sneaker, going a whole size up would mean I’d have to get new laces to make them tighter, but with the Adapt BBs, it felt like a perfect fit after adjusting on the app. I can see the need to charge up sneakers becoming a hassle no one asked for, but Nike says a single charge of four hours could last you 10 to 14 days. You charge the shoes by placing them on a Qi mat that comes with the sneakers. During my  hands-on experience, it worked pretty well. Even though there’s a computer inside, the shoes felt light. The computer behind the self-tying shoes, hidden inside the sole, is about the size of an AirPods case. While trying on the sneakers, I forgot it was even there. Shoo, laces I watched several people soaring to dunk basketballs while wearing these shoes. After several failed attempts, I remembered that I’ve never been able to dunk a basketball. Instead, I tested the Adapt BBs the only other way I knew how: unnecessary acrobatics.   Share your voice Health and Wellness Jul 29 • Elvie’s wearable breast pump feels like breaking out of jail See All 4:36 Comments Jul 23 • Apple Watch ECG vs. hospital EKG: Not the results I was expecting Aug 1 • National rollout of Burger King’s Impossible Whopper is here reading • What it’s like wearing Nike’s $350 self-lacing Adapt BB sneakers • Nike’s self-lacing sneaker will be worn in the NBA Health and Wellness Tags 15 I landed a few front flips while wearing the unreleased sneaker, hoping I wouldn’t accidentally crush the computer inside. I had more control when the Adapt BBs were at their tightest setting, giving me more grip on the shoes to jump — and the sneakers were light enough that I could flip effortlessly. The cushioning kept the computer safe, too. But my final impression after taking off the tech-powered sneakers was that this could never completely replace shoelaces — they don’t need an app for control, they don’t need a small computer, motor and battery to function, and they don’t cost hundreds of dollars. Nike’s vice president of innovation, Michael Donaghu, talked down shoelaces in a blog post, saying they “had a good run,” pointing out how frustrating it is when shoelaces come undone and how you constantly have to tie them again.   But I’d much rather tie my shoelaces four or five times a day than find out I can’t wear my sneakers one morning because I hadn’t charged them for two weeks. Not to mention that as a security reporter, I have concerns about privacy and the potential for a hacker to keep me locked in my shoes unless I pay a ransom. Hopefully, as technology develops, battery life will be less of a concern for Nike’s smart sneakers — and everything else, for that matter. That’s the inevitable future that Eric Avar, a creative director at Nike, believes will come. “As technology gets more powerful, smaller, more efficient, I think it’s just going to continue to unlock new performance opportunities that we have,” Avar said. The technology is cool, but I don’t think it’ll reach mass adoption over shoelaces until it solves for battery life and price. Once it gets cheap enough, I can see this going in more fashion-focused Nike sneakers, not just expensive, high-performance footwear for NBA stars. Avar said it was definitely possible to see self-tying shoelaces on other Nike models. Hell, put them on the iconic Air Monarch dad shoes. Netpicks: What’s on your favorite video streaming sites around the web. CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. Now playing: Watch this: Aug 19 • The LavvieBot S litter box is the smartest place for your cats to poop Wearable Techlast_img read more

first_img 0 Share your voice Tags Google pays homage to The Wizard of Oz’s 80th anniversary with a ruby slipper Easter egg.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Google is paying tribute to the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz by dropping a fun easter egg on its search page. Results for “The Wizard of Oz” pull up an image of Dorothy’s sparkling ruby slippers on the right side of the page, next to information about the classic film. Google added the Easter egg on Thursday. Clicking the slippers plays a sound bite of Dorothy (played by Judy Garland) saying “There’s no place like home” as the results page spins to become black and white. The Wizard of Oz begins as a black and white film when Dorothy’s in Kansas, before she finds herself in the colorful land of Oz. To return to the classic, colored results page, click on a spinning tornado where the slippers were, on the right side of the results page. You’ll hear dramatic music and Dorothy calling out to her Auntie Em, as she did when the tornado ripped through her town before she landed in Oz. “We love to celebrate major milestones in pop culture and create delightful surprises when people come to Search looking for information about iconic films,” a Google representative said. “For fans searching for information about the movie — including its legendary use of Technicolor — we created a delightful Easter Egg to pay homage to its creative achievements and the telling of this classic story.”Earlier this year, theaters across the US brought The Wizard of Oz back to the big screen in celebration of the film’s 80th anniversary. The movie, based on L. Frank Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, premiered on Aug. 25, 1939.  Google TV and Movies Online Post a commentlast_img read more