This blog is a summary of a conversation between Uri Elzur, Director of SDN architecture and OpenDaylight Board Member and Chris Buerger, Technologist within Intel’s Software-Defined Networking Division (SDND) marketing team. It outlines the motivation and plans driving Intel’s decision to increase its OpenDaylight Project membership to Platinum.Chris: Intel has been a member of the OpenDaylight Project since its inception. We are now announcing a significant increase in our membership level to Platinum. Explain the reasoning behind the decision to raise Intel’s investment into ODL.Uri: At Intel, we have been outlining our vision for Software Defined Infrastructure or SDI. This vision is taking a new approach to developing data center infrastructure to make it more agile so it works in a more automatic fashion to better meet the requirements that shape the data centers of tomorrow. Some of us fondly call the force shaping it ‘cloudification. ’SDI is uniquely meeting customer needs at both the top and the bottom line. Top line refers to greater agility and speed to develop data center scale applications, which in turn allows accelerated revenue generation across a larger number of our customers as well as the introduction of new, cloud-centric business models. At the same time, SDI also uniquely allows for the reduction of total cost of ownership for both service providers and their end-user customers. Service Providers are under intense competitive pressure to reduce cost, be it the cost of a unit of compute or, at a higher level, cost for a unit of application where an application includes compute, network, and storage.Mapping this back to SDN and OpenDaylight, it is important to Intel to help our customers to quickly and efficiently benefit from this new infrastructure. To do that, we need to support both open and closed source efforts. OpenDaylight represents an open source community that has been very successful in attracting a set of industry contributors and that has also started to attract large end-user customers. At this point in time, we see our efforts across multiple SDI layers that also include OpenStack and OpenVSwitch in addition to OpenDaylight come together in a coordinated way. This allows us to expose platform capabilities all the way to the top of the SDI stack. For example, by allowing applications to ‘talk back’ to the infrastructure to express their needs and intents, we are leveraging the capabilities of the SDN controller to optimally enable Network Function Virtualization workloads on standard high volume servers. This gives cloud service operators, telecommunication providers and enterprise users’ superior support for these critical services, including SLA, latency and jitter control, and support for higher bandwidths like 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet. Among open source SDN controllers, OpenDaylight has shown healthy growth based on the successful application of open source principles such as meritocracy. We are excited about the opportunities to work with the OpenDaylight community as part of our wider SDI vision.Chris: As Intel’s representative on the Board of the OpenDaylight Project, what do you envision as the key areas of technical engagement for Intel in 2015?Uri: Keeping our customer needs and the wider SDI vision in mind, our first priority is to really exercise the pieces that the community has put together in OpenDaylight on standard high volume servers to deliver the benefits of SDN to end-users. We are also going to work with our community partners as well as end-user customers to identify, validate, and enhance workloads that are important to them – i.e. optimize the hardware and software on our platform to better support them. For example, take a look at the work being done in the recently announced OPNFV initiative. We are planning to take use cases from there and help the community optimize the low-level mechanisms that are needed in an SDN controller and further to the Chris: The enablement of a vibrant ecosystem of contributors and end-users is critical to the success of open source projects. What role do you see Intel playing in further accelerating the proliferation of ODL?Uri: We think Intel has a lot to bring to the table in terms of making the ODL community even more successful. Intel has relationships with customers in all of the market segments where an SDN controller will be used. We have also demonstrated our ability to create environments where the industry can test drive cutting edge new technologies before they go to market. For SDI, for example we created the Intel® Cloud Builders and Intel® Network Builders ecosystem initiatives to not only test the SDN controller, but couple it with a more complete and realistic software stack (SDI stack) and a set of particular workloads as well as Intel platform enhancements to establish performance, scalability and interoperability best practices for complex data center systems. And bringing this experience to OpenDaylight accelerates the enablement of our SDI vision.Chris: Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization capabilities are defined, enabled and commercialized on the basis of a multitude of standards and open source initiatives. How do you see Intel’s ODL engagement fitting within the wider efforts to contribute to SDN- and NFV-driven network transformation?Uri: Our answer to this question has multiple parts. One change that we have seen over the last few months is a shift in organizations such as ETSI NFV that, while always considering SDN to be reasonably important, never placed much emphasis on the SDN controller. This has changed. The ETSI NFV community has come to terms with the idea that if you want scalability, a rich set of features, automation and service agility, then you need an SDN controller such as OpenDaylight as part of the solution stack. And we believe that ETSI represents a community that wants to use the combination of OpenDaylight, OpenStack and a scalable, high-performing virtual switch on low cost, high volume server platforms.We have also observed some interesting dynamics between open source and standards developing organizations. What we are witnessing is that open source is becoming the lingua franca, a blueprint of how interested developers demonstrate their ideas to the rest of the industry as well as their customers. Open source promotes interoperability, promotes collaboration between people working together to get to working code and then it is presented to the standard bodies. What excites us about OpenDaylight is that as a project it has also been very successful in working with both OpenStack and OpenVswitch, incorporating standards such as Openflow and OVSDB. Moreover, interesting new work on service chaining and policies is happening in both OpenDaylight as well as OpenStack. And all of these initiatives align with network management modelling schemas coming out of the IETF and TOSCA.All of these initiatives are creating a working software defined infrastructure that is automated and that helps to achieve the top and bottom line objectives, we mentioned. OpenDaylight is a central component to Intel’s SDI vision and we are excited about the possibilities that we can achieve together.
A 100-person-strong scientific expedition, set to head off in the next few days for remote regions of northern Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina, is causing an uproar among some anthropologists and advocates of the indigenous people who live in that area. They fear that the exploring scientists could come into contact with the isolated indigenous groups, leading to violent exchanges or exposing the locals to dangerous infectious disease to which they have no immunity. The month long expedition, organized by the Natural History Museum in London, in collaboration with their partner organization the Natural History Museum in Asunción, Paraguay, is hoped to return with several hundred new species of plants and insects. In a description of the expedition, the U.K. Natural History Museum says that such “specimens will help scientists to understand for the first time the richness and diversity of the animals and plants in this remote region. The Governments and conservation groups are able to use such information to better understand how to manage fragile habitats and protect them for future generations”. The British and Paraguayan-led teams of scientists and research assistants, who will target two remote regions of an area of lowland, semiarid forest known as the Gran Chaco that stretches for 647,500 km2 on the eastern side of the Andes, will be traipsing through the homelands of groups of Ayoreo Indians who live in voluntary isolation and are rarely sighted. Some members of the Ayoreo tribes have fled the forest in recent years because of threats of bulldozed houses by a Brazilian company setting up a “nature reserve,” reports Survival International, a non-governmental organization that campaigns for the rights of tribal peoples. “Contact with isolated groups is invariably violent, sometimes fatal, and always disastrous,” said Jonathan Mazower, a spokesman for Survival International. “It is highly likely that there are small groups of isolated Indians scattered throughout the Chaco. The only sensible thing to do is err on the side of caution because any accidental contact can be disastrous. This has happened before [in the Chaco]. On two previous occasions, in 1979 and 1986, expeditions were sent in by U.S. missionaries to bring out Indians and people were killed on both occasions.” Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Benno Glauser, director of leading indigenous peoples’ protection group Iniciativa Amotocodie, a group who aims to protect the integrity and the physical, spiritual, and cultural survival and vitality of isolated groups, says in a letter to the museum: According to our data, the expedition you plan constitutes beyond any doubt an extremely high risk for the integrity, safety and legal rights of life and self-determination of the isolated Ayoreo, as well as for the integrity and stability of their territories . … There exists a considerable menace and risk also for the safety of the scientists taking part of the expedition, as well as the rest of expedition participants. In an online statement reported by the Guardian, the U.K. Natural History Museum said it worked with the Paraguayan government and Ayoreo Indians to plan the expedition: “We recognise the importance of the concerns which have been taken into account during the planning of the expedition. They form part of the ongoing consultations that are still taking place with the Paraguayan authorities.” The museum adds: “We are delighted to be working with representatives of the indigenous people. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to combine traditionally acquired knowledge with scientifically acquired knowledge to our mutual benefit. As with all expeditions, the team is continually reviewing the situation. Our primary concern is for the welfare of the members of the expedition team and the people of the Dry Chaco region.” *This item has been corrected, 11 November. Due to an editing error, the original title of this item referred to the Andes as the destination of the expedition.
Water mismanagement triggered ecological disaster in Australian rivers, panel concludes Dead fish floating in the Darling River near Menindee, Australia, earlier this month. Even before a recent massive fish die-off put Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin in the headlines worldwide, scientists had been warning that mismanagement of the region’s scarce water was setting the stage for an environmental disaster.They were right, a report released today by a special government commission concludes. The yearlong inquiry found that too much water is being taken out of the river network for irrigation and household use.The Murray-Darling system comprises more than 100 named waterways that drain 1 million square kilometers in the country’s arid southeast. Heavy irrigation has left the lower reaches of the rivers running at about a third of historical levels and sometimes completely dry. Occasionally, as over the past 6 weeks, the flow is too low to flush nutrients from agricultural runoff through the system, leading to algal blooms and subsequent fish kills.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Jeremy Buckingham’s Office By Dennis NormileJan. 31, 2019 , 1:15 PM A year ago, the state of South Australia—which hosts a relatively short stretch of the Murray River including its mouth on the Southern Ocean—empaneled a royal commission to address a long list of questions about the effectiveness of the 2007 Water Act and the 2012 Basin Plan, both created to preserve the ecology of the river system. The report contends that implementation of the Basin Plan has lost sight of the Water Act’s original intent, which was to “ensure the return to environmentally sustainable levels of extraction for water resources that are overallocated or overused.” That clear objective has “morphed into a misleading and dangerous misunderstanding” that there should be a balance among economic, environmental, and social considerations, the panel says.The commission’s 44 recommendations include making new assessments of how much water must be left in the rivers to sustain the basin ecology, studying the impacts of climate change, increasing decision-making transparency, and purchasing additional water for the rivers through buybacks from farmers. Although the report is 750 pages long, some of its findings are amusingly terse. To the question whether the current implementation of the Basin Plan is “likely to achieve the objects and purposes of the  Act,” the commission simply answered: “No. See entire report.”“The Royal Commission has provided an outstanding service to the nation,” says Quentin Grafton, an economist specializing in water issues at Australian National University in Canberra. But the fate of the recommendations remains to be seen. Implementation of some will require coordination between other Murray-Darling basin states—New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, and Queensland—and the federal government, as well as revisions to both the Water Act and the Basin Plan that would likely meet with fierce resistance from farmers. But, “If just half of these recommendations could be followed, a much better future for the basin is likely to ensue,” says Caroline Sullivan, an environmental economist at Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia.
DALLAS, TX – NOVEMBER 17: Jeff Teague #0 of the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center on November 17, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPMILWAUKEE — Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague is day to day with a left knee injury.Teague’s Grade 1 MCL sprain was welcome news for Minnesota, which feared he had a more serious issue. Teague had an MRI at Mayo Clinic on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Teague limped off the court in the final minute of the fourth quarter of the team’s overtime victory over Denver on Wednesday night. Teague had 11 points and 10 assists in the win.Teague is averaging 13.4 points, 7.3 assists and a career-high 34.2 minutes per game in his first season with the Timberwolves. He missed four games last month because of an Achilles injury.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives “It’s about as good as you can hope for,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “No structural damage. He didn’t have much swelling. He was walking around today.”Thibodeau said Teague had the same issue earlier in his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“The fact that he had this injury once before when he was a rookie, so I think he understands what he has to go through,” he said.The 29-year-old Teague was ruled out for Minnesota’s game at Milwaukee. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Read Next Chiefs flaunt tough roster Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
Mumbai Ranji cricketer Hiken Shah on Monday said he is “shocked” after the BCCI found him guilty of making a “corrupt approach” to a fellow player and said that he had approached Pravin Tambe for a “coaching thing”.”I am shocked. I have not been involved in any irregular activity. I have replied to the BCCI and there is nothing more that I want to say,” Shah, who is right now in England playing club cricket in Lancashire league told Times Now.The BCCI said that Shah was found guilty of breaching the Board’s Anti-Corruption Code for participants and the matter was referred to its disciplinary committee for further action. It has been learnt that he made a “corrupt approach” to Mumbai team-mate Pravin Tambe, who promptly reported the incident to the BCCI.The 30-year-old batsman, who is not part of any IPL team, has played 37 first-class matches for Mumbai and has 2160 runs at an average of 42.35.”I have no idea what is happening. I had just met Pravin Tambe for coaching thing and not any irregular activity,” Shah said when probed further.
Bengaluru, Jan 18 (PTI) Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said today the NDA government would act on the Ram temple issue on the basis of the Supreme Court verdict and not on pro-Ram Mandir rhetoric of saffron leaders.The Lok Janshakti Party leader said there was no question of relations between his party and BJP souring over the issue as the government would act on basis of the apex court verdict.Also, Prime Ministers politics revolves around development, not around controversial issues such as Ram Mandir, Babri Masjid and Common Civil Code among others, Paswan said here.”In the last two-and-half years of Modis rule, thePrime Minister has not even once spoken about Ram Mandir,Babri Masjid, Common Uniform Civil Code and Article 370, among others.”His only aim is that there should be development in the country…how to solve the unrest among the youth, and strengthen the image of India, internationally, which no otherPrime Minister could do as better as Modi,” he said.To a question, he said: “There is no question of Modis image taking a beating and relations between LJP and BJP souring over the Ram Mandir issue because the NDA government will act on SCs verdict, not on pro-Ram Mandir rhetoric of saffron leaders including Pravin Togadia.”Replying to a query, Paswan said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi does not have the moral right to demand capping of taxation percentage in the GST Bill because they did not do anything on it during the decade-rule of the UPA.advertisementPaswan said Congress was misusing the strength of numbers in the Rajya Sabha to stall the GST Bill.”The Bill should have been passed last year. They (Congress) are enjoying majority in Rajya Sabha, and they are misusing this position to their advantage.This is not good.”Asked whether the GST dilemma is spoiling the image of Modi or Congress, he said more than the image of Congress, the image of the country has taken a massive beating.”The image of Congress has taken a beating big time, but the biggest damage has been done on countrys image.” PTI BDN RA BN GVS
La Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retire A screengrab shows Messi’s right arm twist awkwardly as he falls during a tackle against Sevilla on Saturday “It is clear it’s a blow. We know what he gives us and what he does to the opposition. We must prepare ourselves, it is clear we are going to notice the loss of Messi but we have players that can cover,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said. Messi fell to the ground following a tussle with Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez and, as his right hand tried to cushion the landing, his elbow appeared to buckle. Messi was helped off the pitch by medical staff and, despite having his right arm heavily strapped, he was finally substituted in the 26th minute. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Lionel Messi scores on Argentina return Lionel Messi is out for three weeks with a fractured right arm but his last contribution was to help send Barcelona back to the top of La Liga on Saturday. Messi scored and then went off injured as Barca beat Sevilla 4-2 at Camp Nou, in a six-goal thriller. Any joy at jumping above in-form Sevilla, however, was tarnished by Messi’s injury, which will now rule him out of next weekend’s Clasico against Real Madrid. A Barcelona club statement read: “Tests carried out on Leo Messi confirm he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for around three weeks.” It means Messi will also miss the Champions League tie at home to Inter on Wednesday and the return trip to Italy on November 6 and league games against Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano in between.Related News Lionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2
Thirty-two NAIA women’s basketball teams are arriving in Sioux City for the annual Division Two National Basketball Championship Tournament at the Tyson Events Center.It’s the 20th consecutive year Sioux City has hosted the event.The single-elimination championships begin Wednesday morning, at 8:30 with unbeaten Southeastern Florida playing Valley City State of North Dakota.Tournament director Corey Westra says there are some events Tuesday, including the tip off banquet at the convention center at 5:30pm.Two people are being inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame, including a former player with local ties:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NAIA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………school system. ;12The late Lonnie Cruz, who coached Sterling College of Kansas in the tournament, will also be inducted.Tuesday morning several teams take to the floor of the Tyson Events Center to conduct a clinic with Special Olympics athletes from around the Siouxland area.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NAIA2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….to help with that. ;14Mercy Medical Center and Seaboard Triumph Foods are the presenting sponsors of this year’s tournament.Morningside College of Sioux City opens play against Siena Heights of Michigan Thursday night at 7pm.The national championship game will take place next Tuesday night at 7pm.
Australia’s World Cup Teams arrived in Stellenbosch South Africa ahead of the sixth World Cup of Touch to be played in the South African province from 17 – 21 January 2007.The three Open Teams arrived in Stellenbosch after a travel itinerary that included an overnight stay in Perth followed by an 11-hour flight to Johannesburg with a bumpy entry in driving rain and lightning.A 2-hour flight to Cape Town was followed up by a 45-minute bus drive to the protea hotel in Stellenbosch where all seven teams will take up residence for the next 11 days.Some very weary travelers arrived at 10.30pm local time to collapse into their beds and begin the process of acclimatizing to their new surrounds.After a sumptuous breakfast, set against a beautiful backdrop of the famed Stellenbosch Mountains and wine district, the three teams set off for their first training run on South African soil to blow out the travel cobwebs and begin the last phases of physical work required to top off their pre-tournament preparations. After training, all three teams attended a traditional South African theme park ‘Boya’ at nearby Spier organized by former South African native, and Australian Team Medico Doctor Martin Jaffe.As well as the traditional South African food and entertainment on offer, the Aussie Teams engaged in tours of the Cheetah Park at Spier and local arts and craft displays.The highlights for the Aussie teams included Australian Open Mixed Captain Tony Eltakchi and Men’s Open player Anthony Ziade borrowing some traditional South African garb and entertaining all and sundry with an impromptu dancing display with a few of the locals.When ‘Tash’ incited the locals to chant, “The roof is on fire” some looked skyward to the ceiling, a little panicked, and then relieved to discover that the roof was, in fact, NOT on fire after all.Elsewhere Jason Stanton and Kylie ‘Warnie’ Hilder, were enlisting Stellenbosch locals to help construct human pyramids, and Rebecca Tavo jammed on the Bongos with African native performers.Mixed speedster Brad ‘BJ’ Holden was sizing himself up against Adult Cheetah “Hemmingway” in the Cheetah enclosures for a “fast and the furious” sprint off – but Hemmingway may have the little guy’s measure with a 0 – 80 km hour acceleration in just three seconds.The baby cheetah cubs proved irresistible to most of the girls, and a high percentage of the boys, who fell in love with the gorgeous endangered babies.All three Open teams also visited the famed Table Mountain over the last two days and enjoyed the view from one of the World’s truly great Mountain peaks.A comprehensive tour of Table Mountain provided many memorable photo opportunities for the group, though Australian Women’s Open player Peta Rogerson was not impressed with her little sister Hayley, who on every occasion possible sent Peta’s heart racing with her photo poses as close to the edge of the mountain as possible. “Hayley, stick to the trail!” was uttered in vain many times by the concerned elder sibling who admits to bouts of giddiness on an escalator. Tony Eltakchi again borrowed an outfit from a worker and a walkie-talkie to entertain the crowd.Kristy Judd, Steve Roberts, and Kelly Woods provided some insightful questions and comments to keep our knowledgeable guide Rainer on her toes and were very good at yelling “View!” to alert onlookers of a clearing of the mist to glimpse better views of the beautiful Capetown coastline. Light Team trainings will continue Tuesday with pockets of sight seeing for some as teams look to rest and focus with first games commencing on Wednesday.The Australian Senior Teams arrived after a wicked travel schedule that saw plane delays ensure connecting flights were not able to be met, forcing some teams into long stays in airports and some players to stay overnight in Johannesburg before flying to Cape town then bussing onto Stellenbosch this morning.After an exhaustive and somewhat trying battle to reach their destination, all Australian representatives finally arrived safe and sound in Stellenbosch this morning. Most senior teams trained lightly today and relaxed in the afternoon, with many team members acclimatizing and fending off the effects of jet lag after their odyssey to get to the World Cup.In brighter news, all World Cup Teams and Touch Football Australia would like to pass on their congratulations to popular Australian Women’s Open player Dominique Maher on her marriage to Ryan Barlow, Dom married her beau before close family and friends at Cronulla on Saturday before postponing her honeymoon to board a plane for Johannesburg to take up her position in the Australian Women’s Team for the World Cup.Dominique is the third of the famed Maher clan to wear the green and gold at World Cup level, following in the footsteps of her elder sisters ATA Hall of Fame member and former Australian Women’s Captain Katrina, and former Australian Women’s Open Vice Captain Gabrielle. Teams will put the finishing touches to preparations tomorrow with training sessions, tactical sessions, and relaxation periods for the players to prepare their minds and bodies for the World Cup competition that begins in earnest on Wednesday with all seven Australian teams in action on day one.
Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted Romelu Lukaku will not play in a “target man” role as long as he is in charge.Lukaku endured a difficult first half of the season, struggling for form and fitness after claiming he had been negatively impacted by building up too much muscle during the World Cup.The 25-year-old striker was granted compassionate leave over Christmas and, as such, is further behind than the majority of his team-mates with respect to match sharpness. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But, in Sunday’s 4-1 hammering of Bournemouth, Lukaku came on as a second-half substitute for the impressive Marcus Rashford and scored United’s final goal, beating Asmir Begovic after latching on to Paul Pogba’s pass.It was the first time Lukaku had featured since former boss Jose Mourinho – with whom the Belgian was said to have a close bond – was replaced by Solskjaer, and the new man at the helm is excited by the prospect of the former Everton man being fully fit.Instant impact from @RomeluLukaku9 ! @PhilJones4 has replaced @AnthonyMartial for #MUFC . #MUNBOU pic.twitter.com/8VHznAfw5N — Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2018 “At times he’s a good target man, but if you tell him to be a target man he’ll never face the goal,” Solskjaer told reporters. “Today [Sunday] he was side-on and he’s got the attributes of a top, top striker.”We need to work on his fitness, but I’m delighted. Even though he was half a yard offside [for his goal], it was a good finish.”Bournemouth lost their goalscorer and defender Nathan Ake to injury late in the game, but manager Eddie Howe was unsure about the severity of the suspected hamstring issue.”I don’t know the latest on Nathan Ake,” Howe said. “I’ll need to speak to him and the medical team, but it looked like a hamstring complaint.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 16: Kicker Alex Henery #90 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers kicks a ball held by teammate Brett Maher #96 during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Texas Defeated Nebraska 20-13. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska football has a proud history, and plenty of all-time great players worthy of recognition. Four more are set to join the program’s Hall of Fame this year.The Huskers announced a new five-player class for the Nebraska football Hall of Fame, with four former Huskers spanning the last five decades of program history. They’re joined by a star from a smaller local program.Mark Behning, Jay Foreman, Alex Henery, and Greg Jorgensen are the four former Nebraska football stars making the Hall of Fame.Henery is the most recent Husker on the list. He’s an NCAA record holder, making just under 89-percent of his career field goal attempts.Alex Henery, who hit on a NCAA-record 88.9 percent of his field-goal attempts from 2017-2010 during his time in Lincoln, headlines the 2019 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Class. #Huskers https://t.co/gwmNX4P3Rs pic.twitter.com/jshNv3EkIN— Husker Extra (@huskerextra) July 9, 2019 Henery is a school record-holder for total career points (397) and field goals (68), and hit 193-of-194 extra points during his career. He was an All-American as a senior in 2010.Foreman starred for the Huskers during their incredible run through the mid-to-late 1990s. He racked up 233 career tackles from 1995-1998, claiming two national titles and finishing as a Butkus Award semifinalist as a senior.Jorgensen is the earliest of the four players, starring along the Nebraska offensive line from 1975-77. He was a second team All-American as a senior.Behning was a key cog in the O-Line a few years later, playing tackle from 1982-84, and earning All-Big Eight honors.They’re joined by Richie Ross, a former All-American at Nebraska-Kearney who finished his career with 4,882 yards and 50 touchdowns. Former Chadron State coach and athletic director Brad Smith has also been selected for this honor.
The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations My Wife And I Forgetting About The Water Component of CanoeingLet me just come right out and say it at the start: yes, I am a canoe owner and I’m proud of it. And yes, I am probably biased against non-canoe people, but let’s remember that tolerance means acceptance, not necessarily embracement. So if you are not a canoe person, that’s OK, we’re still cool. But not as cool as the wonderful, bizarre, and mildly ridiculous canoes we’re talking about today. I have scoured the globe (via the internet and some articles I read… and via canoe) and come up with a collection of canoes that run the gamut from fanciful to practical to downright odd. Meaning awesome.Related: Summertime HikesWhile some are a bit hard to track down (good luck locating one of the ten person canoes in a store near you), any one of these keen craft could be yours; all you need to do is throw enough money at them. Need is the operative word there; in case you were not previously aware, as it turns out you do, in fact, need to own not just a canoe, but a crystal clear canoe that lets you see down into the water. Then you will be happy at long last.PAKCANOE FOLDING CANOESo you only have a storage space measuring 35″ by 17″ by 13″ available in your home? No problem! You can easily fit a canoe in that small space. Just take the time to fold up your canoe first. You might question the stability and durability of a folding canoe with a hull made out of PVC “skin,” but that’s just because you’re naturally skeptical and can’t see that all you really need to do is let them love you, dammit. Ha! How off topic! Anyway. There are several different models of PakCanoe available, each with different weight carrying capacity and size, but let’s take their midrange PakCanoe 160 as an example. It can be used on flat water, in rivers, and even in Class III rapids, and it has a maximum weight limit of 760 pounds. That’s more than three Arnold Schwarzeneggers, FYI.CRYSTAL EXPLORERCrystal Kayak’s Crystal Explorer canoe is more of a canoe/kayak hybrid, being of kayak-esque dimensions and shape, but having that open bodies charm of a good old canoe. The hull of this transparent boat is made of a durable “GE Lexan polymer” that is only six millimeters thick, and is optically clear. That means that while paddling along in this boat, you can enjoy an amazing view of the coral reefs, shoals of fish, circling makos, and horrid sea monsters that ply the waters just beneath your soft, inviting flesh! Your floating view into the depths will set you back about $1600, but it’s money well spent if you love studying the world beneath the waves or if you want to avoid an aquatic sneak attack.AIRE TRAVELERThe Traveler canoe from Aire can easily carry two paddlers across lakes, down rivers and streams, and out into the bay or the sea, provided the whitecaps aren’t up. It’s a stable boat with great tracking and an optional rowing frame and trolling motor attachment, and yes, it’s inflatable. Can you really trust an inflatable canoe to stay afloat? Well, the company offers a ten year long no fault warranty, so apparently they think you can. Tuck your deflated canoe into the trunk, head out to the water, and see how the Traveler performs for yourself. But inflate it again first.MULTI PASSENGER CANOEFor the ultimate river and lake paddling fun, grab ten or eleven of your buddies and hop into a massive canoe. That’s right, there are canoes out there that can safely accommodate as many as ten or twelve passengers, also known as around 2,000 pounds of human being. While you might want to charter one of these boats for an afternoon of fun rather than spending the thousands of dollars an ultimately wildly impractical canoe will cost you, if you have a big family, a lot of friends, and you’re kind of nuts, then go ahead and get yourself a massive canoe. The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway
zoomImage Courtesy: Berge Bulk Singapore-based vessel owner and operator Berge Bulk has received the 327-meter-long bulk carrier Berge Logan from China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International.The company said that Berge Logan is the latest Capesize to join its fleet after Berge Bulk bought four Zosco-owned second-hand capesizes and the previously NYK-owned Ocean Clarion late last year.The newest vessel in the Singaporean company’s fleet was delivered on February 28 and will sail under the flag of Isle of Man.Following delivery, the 300,000 dwt ore carrier will make its maiden voyage to Brazil.Berge Bulk said that the vessel, named after Canada’s highest mountain, is very similar in design to Berge K2, Berge Makalu and Berge Annapurna. Berge Logan is different from these three ships in that it has a slightly larger draught and a modified layout of the hull.
Washington: The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on five Russians over abuses including the killing of a prominent opposition leader, days after top-level talks seemed to ease tensions between the powers. The State Department highlighted the actions against the five people, plus one entity, as it submitted an annual report required by Congress on actions taken under a law over human rights in Russia. The law, which blocks any US assets of blacklisted people and bars them from traveling to the United States, is named after Sergei Magnitsky, an anti-corruption accountant who died in custody in 2009. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAmong the five newly blacklisted figures are Ruslan Geremeyev, an interior ministry official in the restive North Caucasus region of Chechnya who is close to its leader Ramzan Kadyrov. On his Telegram account, Kadyrov said the sanctions, were “clear proof that the United States is afraid of us.” Geremeyev has faced accusations of involvement in the 2015 killing in central Moscow of Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister turned leading critic of President Vladimir Putin. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe US Treasury Department said Russian investigators twice tried but were blocked from bringing charges against Geremeyev as the possible organizer of the killing of Nemtsov — the most high-profile death of a dissident since Putin rose to power two decades ago. The United States also slapped sanctions on two Russian investigators, Elena Anatolievna Trikulya and Gennady Vyacheslavovich Karlov, for allegedly concealing facts over the death and detention of Magnitsky, the accountant. “Nearly 10 years after his death, we remain concerned by the impunity for this and other violent crimes against activists, journalists, whistleblowers and political opposition,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement. She also voiced concern about “the intense atmosphere of intimidation for those who work to uncover corruption or human rights violations in the Russian Federation.” In response, the Russian embassy in Washington said: “These moves will be followed by reciprocal measures.” “Moreover these unconstructive decisions clearly run counter to a positive outlook of the recent Russia-US talks in Sochi,” it said in a statement. The sanctions came just two days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Putin in the Russian resort of Sochi, with both sides voicing optimism at finding areas on which to work together. Pompeo said he still had deep disagreements with Putin but believed the two powers could cooperate on issues including finding a political settlement in war-ravaged Syria and seeking a denuclearization deal with North Korea.
He concluded his speech saying that he was “proud to declare that we are at the cusp of a reclaiming our heritage of being connected to each other and connected to the world. In a few months we will truly be able to say: Sri Lanka. Covered” Foreign, Telecommunications and IT Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, today announced on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka a historic initiative to cover the entire country with affordable high-speed internet in partnership with Google.Using high altitude balloons Google Loon will cover every inch of Sri Lanka with seamless access to the internet. Sri Lanka is now on its way to becoming the first country in the world to have universal internet coverage. The minister noted that “from this event onwards advertisements or headlines saying “Matara covered” or “Jaffna covered” will become a part of history.” This initiative would not have been possible without the support of LotusFlare, whose chairperson is a visionary member of the Sri Lankan diaspora, Chamath Palihapitya, and Project RAMA. (Colombo Gazette)
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, the UN chief said that CICIG and its Commissioner play “a pivotal role in the fight against impunity in Guatemala.”“The UN Secretariat has serious concerns about this decision, which it is currently reviewing and which does not appear to be consistent with the Agreement on the establishment of CICIG,” Mr. Dujarric spelled out.According to his spokesperson, the Secretary-General has asked Mr. Velasquez to continue at the helm of CICIG from outside Guatemala until there is more clarity on the situation.“The Secretary-General encourages the Government of Guatemala to continue to search for a solution through dialogue in the framework of article 12 of the Agreement establishing CICIG,” the statement concluded.According to news reports, the agency’s mandate – due to expire next year – was revoked days after a long-running dispute between Mr. Velasquez and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales escalated, which included corruption probes against the President and his family.Mr. Morales reportedly had asked the UN chief to name a replacement for Mr. Velasquez, who is a Colombian citizen.
The Sussex’s invitation comes in the fourth month of their project to unfollow and refollow accounts on Instagram to raise awareness of their favourite issues. Themes until now have included mental health, LGBT pride and the environment. Yesterday, they published a new post saying: “We want to know who YOUR Force for Change is…. Insiders had feared the launch of a separate social account for the Sussexes would only embolden #TeamKate and #TeamMeghan camps.In March, the Royal Family published rules for followers of its online channels, warning that anyone who posts offensive comments will be blocked or reported to the police in the wake of escalating abuse. The Duke and Duchess of SussexCredit:Mark Cuthbert When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex invited their 9.2million Instagram followers to nominate their own “Forces for Change”, they no doubt hoped to learn more about worthy charities and social media influencers that could fit with their brand.Instead, the first day of their charity drive descended into controversy after they inadvertently offered a platform for warring fans of the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. The SussexRoyal Instagram feed was taken over by rival camps of admirers, with nominations for the “Duchess of Cambridge”, “Kate Middleton”, and “the future Queen” inspiring offensive comments about both Duchesses. Other comments were heavily dominated by followers purporting to be from Russia, and a selection of charities and “influencers” who had instructed their well-meaning fans to write on the royal online feed. The post had received more than 20,000 comments in its first 12 hours, more than any other work-related post since the account opened, with hundreds of small organisations and unsung volunteers amid the negativity. A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex declined to comment on whether staff would be monitoring or deleting inappropriate messages. Meghan’s “Forces For Change” Vogue coverCredit:PA “Over the next few days please add your suggestions into the comments section: someone you look up to, the organisation doing amazing work that we should all be following, an account that inspires you to be and do better (or that simply makes you feel good), or the handle that brims with optimism for a brighter tomorrow. “We will choose 15 accounts and follow them next Monday, as we spend the month of August acknowledging the Forces for Change in all of our lives.”A typical response, each followed by a barrage of insults from fans of each Duchess who view them as rivals, read: “Catherine, Duchesse of Cambridge, who behaves with royal dignity at all times, and does not preach at her subjects.”The post reignited the serious challenge faced by aides, who have previously had to dedicate hours to cleaning up racist, sexist and unkind messages from Instagram posts with the help of the platform.
WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – New surveillance video at the Miccosukee casino showed the scene as a former U.S. Army soldier threatened and charged after a driver in the parking lot moments before shots rang out.That former Army soldier, identified as 33-year-old Fernando Duarte, was shot and killed in the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming parking lot, back on Christmas Day.Officials said Duarte was asked to leave the casino after cursing and directing racial slurs at two men.He later confronted both men while they were inside their vehicle in the parking lot.The passenger, Kenin Bailey, opened fire, shooting 13 times. He hit Duarte with two fatal shots.According to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, although Duarte was unarmed, they said he was the clear aggressor and that Bailey acted in self-defense.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The conditions at the airport have been icy all day because of a winter snow storm that is battering the Northeast.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NEW: .@JetBlue issuing statement about a plane landing at Logan tonight. It was a rough ride for passengers on board. The plane went off the runway for a brief period. #7News pic.twitter.com/gU2t1FX5SM— Amaka Ubaka (@AmakaUbakaTV) December 26, 2017 BOSTON (WSVN) — It was a tricky touchdown for a passenger jet at Logan International Airport in Boston, Monday night.According to airline officials, JetBlue Flight 50, which was coming in from Savannah, Georgia, was coming for a landing. After the aircraft touched down, it went off the taxiway and ended up in the grass.No passengers were hurt.Photos and videos posted on social media show travelers coming down the stairs and boarding buses to return to the terminal.In a statement, a JetBlue spokesperson described the difficult landing.
Hyderabad: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on his arrival at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on Saturday was welcomed by M A Ganapathy, Additional Director General (ADG) of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Sachin Badshah, DIG, Cordon and Search Operation (CASO), Airport Security Group (ASG), Hyderabad. Governor E S L Narasimhan, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy, Director General of Police M Mahender Reddy, Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar and other senior officers also welcomed Union Home Minister. Ganapathy gave a presentation on role of CISF in Aviation security and technological upgradation at ASG Hyderabad followed by a short film on CISF. At last, CISF coffee table books were presented to Union Home Minister and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs.