U-23 AFCON: “Cameroon has no advantage over us”- Ghana coach Ibrahim Tanko

first_imgBlack Meteors head coach, Ibrahim Tanko, has ruled out any thoughts that say Cameroon may have a bit of a head start over the Meteors ahead of their Group A clash on Friday in the U-23 AFCON on Egypt.Cameroon got to Egypt on November 2 and have been getting ready for the tournament with the squad that their head coach, Rigobert Song, has put together.However, Tanko does not believe that his opponents have something on Ghana based on their time of arrival and how well they may have acclimatised to the conditions in Egypt.“I do not think Cameroon will have any advantages over us. We are all playing in the same stadium and at the same time. I believe my boys are ready for the match on Friday. We have trained well and the Cameroonians know what they will come up against on Friday. We are ready for the match.”After facing Cameroon on Friday, Ghana will take on Egypt on November 11 and Mali on November 14 in a bid to progress from the group stages and head to the latter stages.Ghana will have to finish among the top three teams in order to make the 2020 Olympic Games football tournament; the nation’s first appearance since 2004 in the Athens Games.last_img read more

Chicago Cubs’ vaunted defense set the tone early in Game 1

first_imgA five-run eighth inning allowed the Cubs to win Game 1 of the National League Championship Series 8-4. Appropriately, the game ended on a double play. For the first seven innings of a low-scoring game, the story was Chicago’s defense.“That’s probably the main reason we won that game,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “When Dexter makes those two diving plays in the outfield, obviously those are two huge momentum-changers for us,” Lester said.The Cubs’ prowess in the field this season was easy to overlook, if only because it doesn’t directly show up in the conventional stat sheets. No team allowed fewer runs this season than the Cubs — 556, almost 50 fewer than the next-closest team — and it’s fair to ask how much of that was due to their pitching staff.There are unconventional stats for that. One is called Park-Adjusted Defensive Efficiency, or PADE for short. According to the website baseballprospectus.com, it measures the percentage of balls in play that a team’s defense converts to outs, with a park adjustment factor.The Cubs ranked first in PADE by a mile — 6.38 compared to the Washington Nationals’ 1.70 and the Dodgers’ 1.67. That margin is so large, it’s fair to suggest the men in the field were instrumental in their pitchers’ miniscule 3.15 ERA.“Our defense has been great all year,” Lester said. “I don’t think you pitch any different; I think you still attack and make guys put balls in play because the law of averages for us is, even as a good hitter, you’re failing seven out of 10 times.” CHICAGO >> Jon Lester threw Yasiel Puig a sinker over the outside corner of the plate, and the right-handed hitting outfielder did what he was supposed to do: He took the ball the other way.Off the bat this looked like a “seeing-eye single,” a term baseball folks use for a well-placed hit. Yet as the ball inched its way toward a barren patch of dirt between first and second base, Anthony Rizzo appeared out of nowhere. The Cubs’ first baseman dove to his right to snare the ground ball, flipped it to Lester covering first base, and Puig was out by a step. The sixth inning was over.Puig spiked his helmet to the ground. His frustration would have been more justified if Rizzo’s diving stop was the most impressive play the Cubs made on defense Saturday.Unfortunately for the Dodgers, there was also a diving catch by Dexter Fowler going to his right in the third inning. Then another by Fowler going to his left in the fourth inning. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Apple may launch iPhone 2018 on Sept 12, pre-orders to start on Sept 14

first_imgApple is expected to launch three new iPhones this year. While the 6.1-inch screen variant is expected to be an entry-level device, the other two variants sporting a screen size of 5.8-inches and 6.46-inches are expected to feature top-of-the-line features. Notably, the rumours so far have only shed light on the features that are likely to make to the end device. But now, a new report has given details about the date when the device is likely to be available for pre-orders.According to the information sourced by German site Macerkopf.de from two German telecom operators, Apple is likely to unveil the three iPhones on September 12 at an event at the Steve Jobs Theatre in California and the devices are expected to be available for pre-orders starting September 14. The report further states that the newly launched devices will go on sale from September 21.Meanwhile, the internet is buzzing with interesting details about Apple’s upcoming smartphones. Reports suggest that premium version of the iPhones are likely to called iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus and are expected to feature support for a stylus, that is, the Apple Pencil. This integration is likely to help the Cupertino-based tech company compete with Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which was launched earlier this month.In terms of the features, the successor to Apple’s iPhone X-iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus-are expected to run on the company’s A12 Bionic chipset and feature 4GB RAM along with the famous FaceID feature. Reports further suggest that both the smartphones are likely to be available in three memory variants– 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. In terms of the pricing, while the 5.8-inch OLED screen model is likely to be priced around $899, the 6.46-inch OLED screen variant is likely to start at $999.advertisementALSO READ: iPhone Xs and the iPhone XS Plus may support Apple Pencil, hope to take on Note 9 and its S PenAs far as the budget variant is concerned, it is expected to sport 3GB RAM and be available in two memory variants– 64GB and 256GB. Reports also suggest that it could cost anywhere between $650 and $800.last_img read more

Bill Clinton Dedicates Anne Frank Tree Installation

first_imgLast week, President Bill Clinton joined nearly 1,000 guests who gathered on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, to celebrate the opening of the Center’s newest permanent installation, The Anne Frank Tree.Among the guests were 700 school children, family members of Holocaust survivors, members of the Quapaw Tribe, Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II, and relatives of the Little Rock NineA partnership between the Clinton Foundation and Sisterhood of Congregation B’nai Israel, and in conjunction with the Anne Frank Center USA, the new installation conveys the complex history of human rights in Arkansas and throughout the world.“Young people should be able to go to places like this and see symbols of life, unity, and hope,” said President Bill Clinton. “And we will remember the wisdom of a 14-year-old girl, whose spirit is depending on us to redeem the years she didn’t have.”Other speakers on today’s program included Lexi Elenzweig, president of Federation of Temple Youth at Congregation B’nai Israel; Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House; and Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation.The centerpiece of the exhibit is a young chestnut tree that was awarded to the Center by the Anne Frank Center USA’s “Sapling Project” in 2009. The sapling was taken from the white horse chestnut tree that stood outside Anne Frank’s Secret Annex when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis during World War II.“Anne Frank took great solace from the horse chestnut tree that grew outside the secret annex on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, where she, her family and four others were in hiding during World War II. To Anne, it represented life in the face of death, the freedom to blossom and prosper,” Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, said.The Center’s installation consists of five framed, etched glass panels – arranged to evoke the feeling of being inside a room – surrounded by complementary natural landscaping. The two front panels feature quotes from Anne Frank and President Clinton. The three additional panels convey the complex history of human rights in Arkansas through descriptions of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the Little Rock Central High School desegregation crisis of 1957. These panels will feature quotes from Chief Heckaton, hereditary chief of the Quapaw during Arkansas’s Indian Removal; George Takei, Japanese-American actor who was interned at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Desha County, Arkansas, in 1942; and Melba Patillo Beals, member of the Little Rock Nine.In collaboration with the Clinton Foundation, Little Rock landscape architect Cinde Drilling and Ralph Appelbaum Associates, exhibit designer for both the Center and The National Holocaust Museum, assisted in the design of the exhibit. The installation has been made possible thanks to the support of the Ben J. Altheimer Charitable Foundation and other generous partners.The Center’s sapling is currently housed in a local nursery where it is acclimating to Arkansas’s environment. And although it will be present during the ceremony, it will be returned to the nursery where it will be cared for until it has matured and can thrive in its new home, located on the grounds of the Park. A similar chestnut tree will be temporarily planted in its place until the Anne Frank tree can be permanently transplanted.last_img read more

Your Chance To Take Part In A Live Video Chat With Mark

first_imgYou are invited to gather with friends to watch Jon Bowermaster’s new film Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now! — and join narrator Mark Ruffalo for a live video chat… in the comfort of your own home!Video: Mark Ruffalo- House PartyDear President Obama is an eye-opening documentary that takes a journey through more than 20 states to examine the impacts of drilling and fracking for oil and gas — through stories from the people living directly on the front lines.The creators will be making the film available for a free screening for one night, 5/24, followed by a live video chat with Mark Ruffalo. Sign up to host a screening in your home and invite others to watch and participate with you!What: Dear President Obama — National Home Screenings
When: Tuesday, May 24 (suggested start time is 7 p.m. ET, video chat is 8:45 p.m. ET)
Who: You, all of your friends, and Mark Ruffalo!
Under President Obama’s watch, drilling and fracking expanded rapidly across the United States. And that means there are now more than 15 million Americans currently living within a mile of an oil or gas well. They’re facing the real-world consequences of our national energy policy. Shouldn’t they have a say in what that energy policy is?When you sign up to host a screening, you’ll be provided with instructions for bringing the film and the live video chat with Mark Ruffalo into your living room. All you need is some comfy seating and an Internet connection to stream the film. You can add your screening to a national map so members of your community can find it and sign up to join you.You and your friends will be inspired by the community members, whistleblowers and scientists exposing the impacts of President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy and calling for a real clean energy revolution instead.last_img read more

Police watchdog clear Port Alberni RCMP in jail cell death of First

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsBritish Columbia’s police watchdog has cleared the Port Alberni RCMP of wrongdoing in the death of an 18-year-old First Nations woman.Jocelyn George died in 2016 after a night in police custody. George was taken into custody for being intoxicated in a public space. She was released later that day on June 23 only to be taken back later that evening after a relative, concerned for her wellbeing, called police.“She had been in cells overnight at the RCMP station in Port Alberni and they didn’t notice that her health had been deteriorating. When they checked on her in the morning, obviously something was wrong, and by the time they got her to the hospital, they flew her to Victoria, it was just too late,” said Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council“Everybody was horrified, like how did this happen? Why did it happen? Why wasn’t it caught sooner?”It was later determined that George died from impacts of methamphetamine and cocaine on her heart.George was monitored through a video monitor through the night in question.“As long as she was moving her legs or something they thought she was OK. But obviously she wasn’t,” said Sayers.The RCMP were cleared in the death but the family is disappointed.“A security guard should always check on people, especially when they are incarcerated for intoxication of alcohol or drugs,” said Richard Lucas, George’s great uncle.Sayers said there needs to be a review.“We have had other Nuu-chah-nulth die in custody before. We don’t want to see it ever happen again and if we can take measures, if we can learn from this experience so that others don’t die in custody we’ll feel so much better that we have done everything that we can to help the memory of Jocelyn,” she said.lhamelin@aptn.calast_img read more