Iran bans public World Cup screenings

first_imgThere had been excitement after officials at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium announced that families would be allowed in to watch Friday’s match together for the first time.But Khabar Varzeshi, a sports news website, said the plan had been called off at the last minute without any explanation.However, it added that stadium officials were working to get permits for Iran’s remaining group stage matches against Spain and Portugal.Local journalists said they had also received a text message from the sports ministry, telling them that plans to erect screen in public parks had also been cancelled.It was not clear whether cafes would be allowed to show the matches.Iranian authorities were ridiculed on social media this week after a huge World Cup billboard was put up in central Tehran featuring supporters from different parts of the country — but notably failing to include any women.“A new billboard just went up in Tehran’s busy Valiasr Square to welcome the World Cup and most importantly, let #TeamMelli know that they have the full support of the Iranian nation. For those wondering, there are no women in Iran,” joked one local journalist on Twitter.The billboard was quickly replaced with a new design that included women lined up alongside the Iranian team, which is nicknamed Team Melli.Iran had an unbeaten run through the qualifiers, but faces one of the toughest groups in the competition, against Morocco, Spain and Portugal.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iran fans follow the game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on a giant screen at the FIFA Fans Fest in Saint Petersburg on June 14, 2018© AFP OLGA MALTSEVATEHRAN, Iran, June 15 – Authorities in Tehran cancelled plans to allow families to watch Iran’s World Cup football opener against Morocco on Friday in the stadium and public parks of the Islamic republic’s capital.The Islamic republic is thought to be the only country in the world that refuses to allow fans to gather in open public spaces for the World Cup, possibly due to opposition to the idea of men and women watching together.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, July 16, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A mixed bag over the state today, as we start to feel some of the effects of Barry working in. Moisture potential increases through the day from the SW north and east, as these moisture bands swirl through the OH valley. The action continues to ramp up overnight tonight and through tomorrow. Rain totals can be in a wide range from this event, from nearly nothing in some areas to nearly 2” in some others. Rain coverage will be about 70% of the state. However, this moisture is coming a little faster, which means it may leave faster too…we think that we start Thursday with sunshine, and we see most of that sun hold over Ohio through the rest of Thursday. Our intermediate forecast is drier now, with a mostly dry period from Friday through the weekend. There can be some clouds over the state Thursday which may trigger a shower or two, but generally, we are dry and warm for the period. Temperatures stay well above normal. We also are drier early next week. A weak front does sag south and east across the region on Monday, but rain totals look significantly smaller this morning, from a few hundredths to .25” over 60% of the state Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. By Tuesday mid-morning, all rain should be south of the Ohio River. Behind that, we are dry for the balance of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The map at right shows 10 day rain potential…most of which comes from the next 48 hours. The extended period can feature some pop up heat based thunderstorms for Friday and Saturday, but then we get a better organized system for Sunday the 28th and Monday the 29th over the region, with rain totals from .1”-.5” and coverage at 70%. The atmosphere may attempt to build in a little more of an active pattern to finish the 16 day forecast window, with additional showers and thunderstorms for the 30th and 31st, bringing rain totals combined at .5”-1.5” and coverage of 60%last_img read more

Caching hot spots in Australia, according to Signal the Frog®

first_img SharePrint RelatedVytah – GC3A6Y9 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – August 20, 2012August 20, 2012In “Community”Privy (GC2Z6GB) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 1, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Do you think this is a game? — Flappy Cache (GC507NW) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 24, 2014In “Community” Lizard City (GC3JNK1) | Traditional Cache | Difficulty 2.5 | Terrain 1If you are the type of geocacher to appreciate a clever cache container, Lizard City and several other caches by cache owner TiedyeSmileys will certainly put a smile on your face. 1234<> 123456789<> 123<> 1234567<> 1234<> Lane Cove (GC3E) | Virtual Cache | Difficulty 1.5 | Terrain 1.5The very short GC code might give it away for some: this is Australia’s very first geocache published May 18, 2000! It is located in beautiful Lane Cove National Park and where you can expect to come across lots of local wildlife. Since the cache is of the virtual kind, you’ll have to answer several questions about the cache’s location to claim a find. Astro La Vista, Baby! | (GCM4N8)  | Multi-Cache | Difficulty 2 | Terrain 2This cache also offers excitement for the science fiction fan. You’ll will have to be fearless and venture into the dark, but it’s fun and safe enough for the whole family to find. Signal is heading to Australia this January with a brand new souvenir in tow to celebrate Australia Day. Everyone is invited to join the beach party by attending a geocaching event between January 26-28, 2018, wherever you are.For those of you who are actually making your way down under to visit Australia, or already call it home, we are sharing a few of Signal’s favorite geocaches!In Australia, you can find geocaches that provide amazing experiences, teach fascinating geological facts, bring you to places you never knew existed, and surprise you with creative cache containers.Here are Signal’s top 8:C Lions (GC12NHD) | Traditional Cache | Difficulty 2.5 | Terrain 3.5This cache is hidden on a beach near Seal Bay and is reached most easily during low tide. There is a good chance to not only find a hidden container, but also get a glimpse at some adorable seals and sea lions.center_img Five Quay’s In A Row (GCKKTY) | Traditional Cache | Difficulty 2.5 | Terrain 1This urban cache leads you to a place with with picture ready views of Port Jackson featuring the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Don’t forget to bring your camera and prepare to go on a stealthy cache hunt with lots of muggles around*. 12345678<> 1234567<> T.A.R.D.I.S. (GC3JH1P) | Mystery Cache | Difficulty 3 | Terrain 3This highly favorited geocache was supposedly placed by the Doctor himself and promises a fun Doctor Who themed adventure. So bring your sonic screwdriver and don’t blink! Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head (GCHFT2) | EarthCache | Difficulty 1 | Terrain 1.5Continuing with firsts: this EarthCache is not only the first in Australia, but the first EarthCache on Earth! This cache is a truly coveted find for any geocaching historian, and brings you to an area of great geological significance. You can learn about worm burrows, split joints, drop stones, and find fossils in some layers of the rock. 123456<> Inspired to take a geocaching trip to Australia? If that’s not in the cards for you right now, make sure to attend a geocaching event between January 26-28, 2018 to earn a souvenir and pretend you are at a sunny Australian beach with your fellow geocaching friends. Find an event near you.*Muggle: A non geocacher. Based on “Muggle” from the Harry Potter series, which is a non-magical person.Share with your Friends:More Kiama Little Blowhole (GC1E1Y5) | EarthCache | Difficulty 2 | Terrain 2.5At this EarthCache location you can freshen up your knowledge around volcanic extrusions and experience the power of the ocean. Try not to get wet (unless you want to) and enjoy a special natural spectacle.last_img read more

Energy Efficiency Groups Balk at New Appliance Rules

first_imgThe Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed a rule change that would allow appliance manufacturers to opt out of energy efficiency testing, seriously undermining U.S. efficiency standards, an advocacy group claims. The DOE billed the proposal, which was published in the Federal Register on May 1, as an effort to streamline the process of issuing waivers for test procedures to manufacturers trying to bring new appliances to market. According to the DOE summary of the new rule, the current process results in “significant delays” for manufacturers. But the executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) said in an online post that the new rule could erode efficiency standards for a range of products, including air conditioners, refrigerators, light bulbs and electric motors.RELATED ARTICLESDepartment of Energy Proposes Changes in Efficiency RulemakingStates Step Up for Progress on Efficiency Standards7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 6. AppliancesPaving the Way for an Efficient Light Bulb in Every SocketAppliance Standards: A Powerful Job Engine Andrew deLaski said the DOE proposal caught efficiency advocates and manufacturers by surprise. In response, deLaski said, ASAP and nine other organizations requested a public meeting in which the DOE could explain the proposal and take comments. The department offered private meetings but refused to schedule a public session. “[The] DOE had always allowed for public meetings on proposed test procedure changes for specific products in the past,” deLaski wrote. “Surely, a proposal that would affect every product’s test procedure and compliance would merit the enhanced scrutiny of a public meeting. To our shock, [the] DOE staff refused. Twice.” The group has appealed, writing in a letter to the DOE that it was “stunned” by its decision. ASAP said a private session was “no substitute for open public meetings” that are subject to public notice and recorded with a transcript. DeLaski asked the DOE to reverse its decision, noting the department is required to hold a public meeting whenever it proposed a test procedure change. “The significance of the proposed rule is not in doubt,” the letter says. “Under the proposal, any company that applies for an interim waiver from any federal test procedure would be automatically granted that waiver if the agency does not affirmatively grant or deny it within thirty days.” Manufacturers could effectively waive test requirements themselves, he said, “with no affirmative decision by [the] DOE, no notice to competitors or anyone else, and for an undetermined period of time.” DeLaski’s letter was written on behalf of a number of groups, including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the California Energy Commission, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Consumer Federation of America. The DOE disputed deLaski’s claims and said in an email to The Hill that the proposal doesn’t amend any test procedures or make any exemptions. “Rather,” the email said, “it streamlines the existing process for granting temporary waivers for innovative products that don’t fit within our prescribed test methods.” The department said it would respond to the ASAP letter through the “appropriate, official channels to again offer a meeting.” The email added that the department would make staff available to meet with people who are affected by the rule change and had questions about its impact.last_img read more

Be Open to Having Your Views Shaped

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now If you want to be a trusted advisor, you need to advise. You need a strong opinion and a point of view that is informed by your knowledge and experience. You need the ability to help your clients see new possibilities and make the decisions that move them forward. You help your client discover something about themselves. This is in large part a new way of looking at discovery, and it helps you shape your client’s thinking and their preference to work with you.But just because you are shaping your client’s thinking doesn’t mean you can’t also allow them to help shape your thinking. In fact, a lot of what you know has come from what you have learned from your clients, and as the result of serving them.What this means is that even if you need to teach your clients how to think about their business, sharing some new idea, sharing research, and sharing your opinion and your point of view, that you can also open a conversation in which you, too, are learning. You can frame the conversation in such a way that the learning runs in both directions, providing you with greater context and the ability to provide better counsel. This is important, but there is another reason to be open to having your views shaped: respect for your client’s knowledge and experience.Even if you are going to share something your client doesn’t know, you can still open the conversation by saying, “A lot of what I am going to show you here you may already know. I’d like to share our view, and I’d like to ask you to share your ideas and opinions.” You can be both a teacher and a student at the same time, and you can demonstrate the kind of partner you are going to make later, the kind that is collaborative, respecting other people’s views and making room for them in the conversation.last_img read more

Down in the ashes

first_imgLATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wright, who led all of Phoenix’s scorers with 16, said that while the Fuel Masters played their brand of basketball, they seemed to have reverted to their old form—to that team that folds whenever the game enters a crucial point.“The game is not over after three quarters. We just couldn’t pull it out in the end,” he said.And everyone knows the importance of playing four quarters against San Miguel Beer. Armed with a rich championship pedigree, the Beermen hardly worried after falling down by 12 early and even losing key big man Christian Standhardinger in the second quarter after he was ejected due to a flagrant foul 2.“They know what to do,” said Beermen coach Leo Austria.The Beermen began chipping away at the Fuel Masters’ lead—and control of the match—in the third period, where Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter and Terrence Romeo took turns burying crucial baskets. And when the fourth quarter came, the Beermen zoomed ahead.ADVERTISEMENT Our Aeta athletes doing great SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s something Wright and his teammates will reflect on as the league plunges into a Holy Week break.“The break’s going to be a break,” he said. “I can’t say whether it will be good or bad. All I can say is that we need to go to church or something. We definitely need this Holy Week.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We looked like Phoenix [in Game 2],” Wright said. “[In Game 1], we weren’t nearly as aggressive, we didn’t pressure the ball and we didn’t cause as much turnovers. [In Game 2], we actually played our game.”Well, not all of Game 2. Certainly not in the final 12 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We just crumbled, you know?” he told reporters with a long and somber face after falling into a 0-2 hole against the four-time defending champions.“I felt like we played well—especially in the first half. I felt like we got what we wanted to do on defense, on June Mar (Fajardo). We were clicking.”center_img Phoenix Pulse’s Matthew Wright rued missing a golden opportunity to square their semifinal series with San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup on Monday.Who wouldn’t? The Fuel Masters did everything right for most of the game before falling in a 92-82 decision that now rests heavily on the shoulders of the tournament’s top seed.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

Video: Watch Peyton Manning Get On Stage And Sing “Rocky Top” At Nashville Bar

first_imgPeyton Manning gets on stage at Nashville Bar.Peyton Manning may have won Super Bowls with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos before wrapping up his Hall of Fame NFL career, but he’ll always be remembered as a Volunteer in Tennessee. So when Manning decided to take the stage with country singer Lee Brice and sing “Rocky Top” inside a Nashville bar Monday night, one can only imagine he made some Tennessee fans very happy. YouTuber Ray Casper posted this awesome video. This is fantastic.[Outkick The Coverage]last_img read more

Govt Urged to Tackle Lack of Cruise Ship Berths in Sydney

first_imgzoom The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has urged the New South Wales (NSW) Government to meet the rising demand for cruise ship berthing options in the region.Joel Katz, CLIA Australasia’s Managing Director, has called on the government to engage with the industry to resolve the lack of berths east of the Harbour Bridge as the lack of capacity in Sydney is forcing cruise lines to redeploy their ships.Katz said that “resolving the lack of berthing space in Sydney Harbour is an absolute priority to ensure the continued growth of cruise tourism in Australia.”The call comes on the back of CLIA Australasia’s 2016 Australian Ocean Passenger Cruise Industry Source Market Report which shows that Australia’s cruise industry continues its growth trajectory hitting record highs in 2016, with annual ocean cruise passenger numbers surging by 21 percent to a record 1.281,159.The growth of 222,378 passengers is the biggest increase on record, according to the report.“In 2016, Australia achieved the equivalent of 5.3 percent market penetration, that’s one in 19 Australians taking a cruise, making this the highest per capita ratio in the world,” Katz commented.As informed, the most popular cruises are local itineraries in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, growing by 30.2 per cent year on year. The South Pacific maintained its position as Australia’s favorite cruise destination attracting more than 42 percent of ocean cruise passengers.Since 2007, Australia’s ocean cruise passenger numbers have increased by an average of 19.4 percent per year and in the last five years, these numbers have doubled, according to Katz.“However, future growth of Australia’s cruising sector will be hindered by a lack of berthing options in major capital cities,” Katz pointed out.“To achieve the 11.8 percent annual Australian passenger growth needed to achieve the goal of 2 million passengers by 2020, there are significant challenges facing us as an industry here in Australia, particularly in Sydney. These must be urgently addressed,” Katz concluded.last_img read more

MSC Launching RORO Service to West Africa

first_imgzoom Switzerland-based container shipping major Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is introducing a new RO-RO West Africa Service for rolling, project and breakbulk cargo.This new RO-RO Service to West Africa will start on February 19 from Le Havre, the company said.Two vessels will be deployed, MSC Immacolata and MSC Cristiana, operating on a fortnight basis with the following rotation: Le Havre, Antwerp, Dakar, Conakry, Abidjan, Le Havre.“In addition to rolling or wheeled cargo this new service offering will have the flexibility to cover a range of out-of-gauge and breakbulk cargo, which will be typically large, heavy pieces, or critical equipment for specific projects,” MSC added.MSC has been serving African markets since 1971 and has a considerable agency presence across more than 40 countries.last_img read more

FN leaders call on Ottawa to sign declaration

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA –Six months after a promise in the Speech from the Throne and three years after it was adopted, First Nations leaders in Canada continue to call on the Stephen Harper government to sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.First Nations leaders chose Monday to again issue their pleas on the third anniversary of the international document which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on Sept. 13, 2007.Canada, along with New Zealand, Australia and the U.S., initially refused to sign the declaration on the types of rights countries should afford their indigenous populations. Australia and New Zealand have both signed the document, while the US has said it would review the position.Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised in the Speech from the Throne on March 3 that Canada would give a qualified endorsement of the declaration.The Conservatives are facing pressure from the Assembly of First Nations to endorse the declaration unconditionally.“Canada’s full endorsement of the UN Declaration will be important not as the culmination of our efforts, but as the beginning of a new era where we work together as true partners to chart a new approach, new laws, policies and practices and a new path,” said Atleo, in a statement. “This is the relationship affirmed in our original treaties, in our inherent rights and Aboriginal title and it is the relationship that will guide us to a better future.”At least one First Nations leader expressed frustration with the Harper government.“We have been repeating the same message for three years. It is a shame that Canada has lost its international reputation as a major defender of human rights by its failure to respect the rights of the First Peoples within its own territories,” said Ghislain Picard, who heads the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. “We are still waiting to see this commitment become reality.”The government is concerned with Section 26 of the declaration. It states that indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired.Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan’s office issued a statement saying the government would sign onto the declaration.“Canada supports the overall aspirations of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and believes endorsement will build on our commitment towards a stronger and more respectful relationship with Aboriginal peoples,” said the statement.Last April, during question period in the House of Commons,Duncan, then-parliamentary secretary for Indian Affairs, said that the declaration went against the country’s laws.“We are not prepared to sign on to this non-binding document because it is inconsistent with our Constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the National Defence Act, Supreme Court rulings, policies under which we negotiate treaties, and does not account for third party interests,” said Duncan, at the time. “This declaration does not balance the rights of all Canadians. Canada is a world leader on this issue and one of the few nations which provides for constitutionally entrenched aboriginal rights.last_img read more