Giroud ‘pumped up’ for Chelsea returnby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud says he will return to Chelsea “pumped up” after starring for France this week. The 33-year-old striker scored in both of France’s matches against Iceland and Turkey.With a fight on his hands for playing time at Stamford Bridge, Giroud is determined to continue his stellar international form.He said: “[Lampard] will almost certainly watch the matches. In any case, I am going back to Chelsea pumped up.”For different reasons, I have played little since the last national team break. Of course it feels good to make the difference.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsThe search for a missing Mi’kmaw woman has ended in Knoxville, Tenn.Chrisma Joy Denny was found alive Sunday after she was reported missing in early November.“Denny is in a safe location and has agreed to stay there,” said the Knox County sheriff’s office in a press release.Police in Knoxville said they’re working with police in Canada to ensure her safe return home.Denny, 23, was reported missing in early November.But no one in her home community of Eskasoni had seen her since early September.Her family has said Denny struggled with addiction and mental illness and often took off on her own. At times, she lived on the streets in Sydney, Cape Breton. So, it wasn’t unusual to not see her for weeks at a time.Early in their investigation, police found out that Denny travelled to the United States. Her last reported sighting was in Tennessee where she had contact with the Knox County sheriff’s office.Officers in Knox County had tried to help Denny. She spent a couple of days at a shelter and was thought to have then moved on.
There’s been no shortage of attention on the Sacramento Kings in the wake of their mind-boggling choice to deal DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans for pennies on the dollar. But one thing that’s garnered almost no scrutiny is the inconsistency of the team’s play.The Kings this season have lost a league-worst five games in which they once held a lead of 15 points or more, according to NBA Miner, a site that tracks advanced and unusual statistics. But they’ve also tied for an NBA-best four wins in contests that they once trailed in by 15 points or more. How are those two things even possible?Well, it helps when you’re as inconsistent as the Kings are. Sacramento is the NBA’s worst team in first halves by far yet owns the league’s 10th-best net rating1A net rating measures how many points a team outscores an opponent by — or is outscored by — for every 100 possessions. in second halves (even better than the defending-champion Cavs). Those numbers fit the pattern of what’s happened in the team’s craziest outcomes: Three of Sacramento’s four major comebacks this season began during the third quarter, while four of the Kings’ five collapses began unraveling in the second quarter.In the comebacks, the Kings often had trouble containing opposing forwards — Andrew Wiggins, Gordon Hayward, Tobias Harris and Paul Millsap, among others — in the early going. But Sacramento wisely dumped the ball into Cousins, who repeatedly drew fouls and visits to the line during second halves, which allowed his team to play catch-up with the clock stopped. This especially worked in a 94-93 win over Utah, in which Cousins shot 10 free throws in the fourth quarter without taking a single field-goal attempt.During the back-breaking losses, the slow-paced Kings have often been outrun by their opponents. In a game on Nov. 10, the Lakers outscored Sacramento 13-4 in second-half fast-break points, according to NBA.com. The Warriors outscored the Kings 21-3 in fast-break scenarios during the second half of their Jan. 8 comeback. And the Pacers finished with a 22-0 second-half advantage in fast-break scoring over the Kings en route to a come-from-behind victory on Jan. 18. (Sacramento’s 3-point defense, one of the worst in the NBA, was also less than stellar in those second-half efforts.)Cousins obviously had a ton to do with the Kings’ outcomes in these games — particularly in a 3-point loss to the Sixers in which he had 46 points but fouled out in the final minute. But the loss of Rudy Gay, out for the season, arguably had a bigger impact in some cases.Gay tore one of his Achilles tendons in the midst of one of the collapses, with the Kings up by 10 against Indiana in a Jan. 18 contest that Sacramento once led by 22. Gay’s injury took a psychological toll on the club that night, Cousins told reporters after the game. Cousins shot 0-for-9 with six turnovers after halftime.And there was a tangible difference in the team’s play. Without Gay’s ability to ease some of the scoring burden (his 26 percent usage rate was the team’s second-highest before the team remade itself at the trade deadline), Cousins was overworked in some fourth periods. His fourth-quarter usage rate jumped to 57.5 percent during the last week and a half of January, after Gay’s injury, up from 37 percent earlier in the same month. That’d be asking too much of anyone — let alone the NBA’s most double-teamed post player.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cousinsnorudygay.mp400:0000:0000:16Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Things will change considerably now that Cousins is in New Orleans. The Kings can only hope that the move allows for increased stability, and perhaps fewer blown leads, going forward.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
German defender Antonio Rudiger revealed that his Chelsea team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi has asked him about his homeland, amid interest from Bayern MunichAfter struggling to earn regular opportunities this season at Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is understood to be keen on seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge this month.Now Bayern, who have reportedly had four bids turned down by Chelsea for Hudson-Odoi, confirmed their “great interest” in the 18-year-old on Wednesday.And Rudiger has admitted a move to the Bundesliga is definitely on the teenage winger’s mind.“He asked me about Germany. It was a general question from him,” said Rudiger, according to Sports Mole.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He is still young, I can advise him, but at the end of the day he decides about his future“You can see it from both sides. He can develop here but he can develop in Germany as well — and don’t forget Bayern Munich are also a big club.“For his future, I wish him all the best but I just wish he stays with us.”Despite his lack of opportunities, Hudson-Odoi has started in Chelsea’s last two games in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
PM Modi has set his eye on water management, agriculture and security issues on the domestic front.IANSEyeing the global revolution in tech-innovations, the Modi government, in its second avatar, is all set to redefine the scope of ‘Knowledge and Innovation’ at NITI Aayog. Before leaving for his foreign visit to the Maldives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of meetings with technocrats, top officials and key cabinet colleagues, discussing how to radically redefine innovations and technology on manufacturing front to compete with China.Overall, the prime focus of the government, as well as NITI Aayog, remains on accelerating the pace of the manufacturing sector in India. On the domestic front, PM Modi has set his eye on water management, agriculture and security issues and he would likely underline his priorities once he chairs the first big meeting of NITI Aayog, on June 15.In the wake of sharp criticism from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the alleged failure of NITI Aayog, the government now seems more determined to take the Aayog to a new height, inducting domain specialists at the rank of Joint Secretary and above.”The PM’s dream project is the success of the Atal Innovation Mission,(AIM) the flagship project of NITI Aayog to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. If AIM takes off well, the country would soon be a substitute for China as a global manufacturing hub. In fact, AIM complements Make In India, Digital India and Startup India mega projects,” said a senior NITI Aayog official.To provide impetus to the industrial growth, the NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar recently told media that a slew of big-bang economic reforms are being pursued by the Modi government. These include a change in labour laws, privatization moves and land banks for new industrial development. Once the stage is set for a positive industrial environment, the innovation mission will finally accelerate the growth of the manufacturing sector.Global tech giants such as Adobe, Amazon, Dell, IBM, Intel and Microsoft are already partnering with Atal Innovation Mission. The AIM project serves as a platform for promotion of world-class innovation hubs, and self-employment activities in technology-driven areas.Through AIM, the government expects a radical change in the country’s MSME industry.Earlier in Modi’s first tenure as PM, his Cabinet Minister Kalraj Mishra and later Minister for State (Independent Charge) Giriraj Singh did not impress the business fraternity while running the ministry for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). In an afterthought, Modi in his second innings gave the charge of this crucial ministry to Nitin Gadkari, known for delivering the goods on time.”Modi ji had spoken about the project to Gadkari ji. He (Gadkari) was more than willing to take up this challenge. I am sure MSME would now be one of the most important ministries in the government as it also addresses the problem of unemployment and lack of fast-paced industrial growth,” said a BJP leader close to Gadkari.Another big change on the scene is the Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL). It is Modi’s long-term plan for revolutionizing the young Indian minds. The ATLs are innovation workplaces where do-it-yourself kits on latest technologies like 3D printers, Robotics, Internet of Things, are installed at schools using the government grant. The mission director of AIMs, R. Ramanan, an IITian, says that by next year 10,000 ATL workplaces in the Indian schools will bring radical change in the near future in the field of innovation.The objective of PM Modi through mega ATL project is to enable India to become a global leader in technology and innovations, the key to ruling the modern-day industries.
By Tiffany Ginyard, AFRO Managing EditorTen individuals from Baltimore City and surrounding counties recently graduated from Power52 Energy Institute poised for a life of sustained success and self-sufficiency. The institute is the centerpiece of Power52, a solar initiative that provides employment training for at-risk adults, returning citizens, and underserved individuals in preparation for careers in the solar industry as well as other green job opportunities.Connected over collective interests to create solutions to social challenges in disadvantaged communities, Cherrie Brooks, a Baltimore-based solar developer; Rob Wallace, a real estate executive; and Ray Lewis an iconic NFL star designed a workforce program dedicated to creating community solutions using solar initiatives for a long-term community development strategy of breaking cycles of poverty, unemployment, under employment and incarceration in urban communities across the nation.Former Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis (Courtesy Photo)From their deeply rooted faith, the three shared a vision of strengthening individuals from the inside and the pride that comes when one builds his future with his own hands. Power52 Energy Institute in Baltimore City offers an accredited eleven-week comprehensive training program which includes services to help ensure that the people are successful. Power 52 believes that, “much like the power itself, the future and opportunities of those it benefits should be sustainable too.”Here, former Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis tells the AFRO shares how Power52 has impacted lives and why he’s aligned his life’s work with this initiative.AFRO: How did you get started with this initiative?Ray Lewis: Well I think it was a collective vision that we all came together on with very quickly after the unrest of Freddie grey in 2015 you know, after walking the streets and trying to find out what the real issue was stemming from, you know the quality of jobs we came to hone in on. Then we sat down a few times and really thought about it, worked on it and Me, Cherrie and Daniel came up with how we could use what Rob and his father have done for many years with this energy, and solar. So, we sat down and thought how do we make this work for the community, how do we truly add to the workforce element. And I think that’s how this just naturally happened and with me being a part of it was kind of a natural thing.AFRO: How does Power52 Institute prepare individuals with tools for self-sufficiency?Ray Lewis: True tools! like tools you can actually steal. Things you can look at when you go through our course, and one of the reason we have an 85 percent placement rate. The moment somebody leaves or graduates Power 52’s 11 to 16-week program, we are getting people jobs immediately. And keep in mind, these are people that have been told, “You can’t,” and “No, your record does not show this,” and “You got this history of this.” Everybody has made a mistake somewhere in life and that’s why the rebuilding of individuals and giving them their imagination back again is important. Think about solar energy and climate change. Think about all of these different things that are starting to happen. When I tell you we are one of the very few black companies in solar. But that’s the way we are going; our planet is going solar regardless. We have to; the climate is dictating it and everything around us is dictating it. So we are saying as a company, “No we will not be last in this field.” “No we will be more engaged in this field and we will educate people so they can understand how not to just hold a job.”AFRO: Why makes this initiative unique? Ray Lewis: I’ve been a part of Baltimore a long time. From day one living in Baltimore, I asked, “why don’t we have anyone from the community working in our community? The reason I am going this route is to show the power of Power 52. Power 52 takes us in each and every community; and it does not hustle the community, it does not ponder something that cannot happen. We promise you a new life, we promise you a new path, but you have to do the work. That’s the beauty of it!
Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government has decided to waive the toll tax for two-wheelers on Vidyasagar Setu.With the announcement of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in this regard, two-wheeler riders will not have to pay Rs 5 anymore to avail Vidyasagar Setu to travel across River Hooghly from October 1.While leaving Nabanna on Thursday, Banerjee said: “The toll tax for two-wheelers on Vidyasagar Setu has been waived. From October 1 onwards, riders of two-wheelers will not have to pay the same.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAround 3.11 crore vehicles pass through the bridge every year and it includes around 84 lakh to 90 lakh two-wheelers. The decision to waive the toll tax for the two-wheelers will cost Rs 5 crore to the state’s exchequer.It may be mentioned that there are separate lanes for two-wheelers at the toll plaza on Vidyasagar Setu. But during rush hours, there are long queues to pay thetoll tax. With this waiver, there will be no more queues of two-wheelers and it will help in bringing down the rate of pollution in the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSecondly, many office-goers need to cross the bridge everyday and they will be tremendously benefitted due to this decision of the state government as they no will no longer have to pay Rs 5 each time — once while heading towards their office and again while returning home. It may be mentioned that the state Secretariat, Nabanna, is situated at a stone’s throw distance from the toll plaza. The decision has been welcomed by the people in general as they do not have to pay any amount to cross the bridge and also wait in queues during the office hours.It may be mentioned that only thetoll tax for two-wheelers has been waived while the same for other vehicles remain unchanged.
BT Retail CEO Gavin Patterson said the firm was still open to doing wholesale deals for its forthcoming sports channels with Virgin Media and Talk Talk, but stressed its strategy wasn’t dependent on it. Speaking at a BT Sport launch event in London this morning, Patterson said that talks were ongoing with Virgin and would “hopefully continue” in the coming weeks, but claimed it was difficult for the cable TV rival to do a “value proposition” until BT was able to announce details of its sport offering.“We’ve had similar discussions with Talk Talk as we have with Virgin. Philosophically we’re not against, wholesale, we’d be open to it, it’s really about value – what our perception of the value of it is, and what their perception of the value is, and there’s a gap at the moment,” said Patterson.Asked whether he could imagine a point where BT would simply walk away from wholesale discussions he added: “Our strategy is not dependent on wholesale. It’s not completely within our control – it’s whether or not we can find the right valuation between us and others. We couldn’t rely on it in that respect, so we’ve built a strategy, we’ve built a business plan that doesn’t necessarily depend on us wholesaling this.”At the BT Sport launch, BT announced details of its lineup of three new sports channels, which will go live at the end of the summer. BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and the recently acquired ESPN will be made available free of charge to BT broadband customers.The channels will also be available via the Sky and Freesat platforms to non-BT broadband customers for £12 per month in standard definition and £15 in HD. However, customers will only be able to buy access direct from Sky, but must contact BT to receive the channels.BT internet and BT Sport channel subscribers will additionally be able to also access the new channels via new apps for iOS and Android devices and from their computer’s web browser – though viewers cannot opt to pay for OTT app access alone.“Is this a BT vs Sky fight? It’s not as simple as that. What we’ve done with this strategy is to recognise that there are some customers who are very committed to their Sky TV and we’re not asking them to change. They will be able to get access to BT Sport on a Sky EPG, and if they’re a BT broadband customer, as I say, it will be free,” said Patterson.Overall he estimated that Sky’s spend on both content rights and overheads for the sports output would come to around £1 billion over the next three years – though he said that the move was part of a long-term plan to drive uptake of BT’s superfast broadband and bundled TV-phone and broadband options.“You’ve got to look at it in the whole of the consumer business. So it’s an investment, it allows us to expand the footprint of fibre, because it’s a reason for people to choose fibre. We’re confident over the medium term that this will increase both the revenues and the profits of the consumer business,” said Patterson.
More than a third of video subscribers across five key markets now claim that ultra HD content is important in their choice of both paid-for and free video services, according to IHS Markit.The research, which surveyed viewers in the US, UK, Germany, Japan and Brazil, found that respondents between the ages of 17 and 44 were most interested in UHD content, with men aged 25 to 34 the keenest on the technology.“The preference for high-resolution video is in line with the growing, albeit small, number of UHD titles available and the rising penetration of 4K-capable TV sets,” according to the report.“IHS Markit research reveals that more than four in 10 TV sets shipped globally in the second quarter of 2018 were 4K capable.”IHS estimates that more than one-third of active internet-connected TV sets are currently 4K enabled, with that number tipped to grow as 4K TVs now comprise more than half of all TV shipments in China, North America and Western Europe.Consumers who said that UHD content played a role in their choice of video services were also more likely than others to own connectable video devices – particularly games consoles and over-the-top streaming devices, like Apple TV, Chromecast, PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.