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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum broke the world record for the fastest Test century held jointly by his idol Viv Richards on Saturday without ever being aware he was about to make cricket history.McCullum, 34, who is playing his 101st and final Test, struck the ball with brutal brilliance to reach his 12th century from 54 deliveries on the opening day of the second Test against Australia at Hagley Oval. West Indian Richards set the previous record of 56 balls against England in Antigua in 1986 and the mark was then equalled by Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014. Also read: Twitter reactions to McCullum’s record ton “I had no idea,” McCullum told a news conference after scoring 145 in New Zealand’s 370 all out after they had been reduced to 32 for three in the 20th over on a lively pitch.”I was trying to hit every ball for four or six. Viv was my idol growing up so it’s nice to be able to go past him on this occasion.”But he was a cracking player, he was an incredible cricketer. I’m almost a little bit of embarrassed to go past him, to be honest.”McCullum said he knew it was probably going to be his day when he had an “almighty filthy slog” at his second ball which flew over the slips cordon for four.After scoring 39, he then enjoyed a huge slice of luck when he sliced James Pattinson to Mitchell Marsh who took a brilliant, one-handed catch diving to his right in the gully.advertisementUmpire Richard Kettleborough requested a replay which showed Pattinson had bowled a no-ball.”I thought it was four as soon as I hit it,” McCullum said. “They do push the front line a little bit. It was quite a nice reprieve. It probably loosens you up a little bit as well, it just relaxes you a little bit more.”You know you’re probably not meant to be out there. You may as well play with a little more freedom.”McCullum, was greeted by a guard of honour formed by the Australians when he went out to bat with his team already in deep trouble but needing to win to square the two-Test series.He attacked from the start to reach 82 from 48 balls when Josh Hazlewood came in to bowl.The first two balls were short, preventing him from scoring.The third was hit over fine-leg for six, the next two went for four and the final delivery was sliced over cover for another boundary to give McCullum the record, which was greeted by a standing ovation from the capacity crowd of 8,000.”When you are confronted with wickets like that, you know you are going to have to be pretty aggressive,” McCullum concluded.”I think we got quite a bit of luck today.”
NEW YORK — After a three-day break, the New York Rangers kept on winning, while the New Jersey Devils remained on the skids even with a brand new coaching staff behind the bench.Derek Stepan led the way for the surging Rangers, who were powered to their eighth straight win by the young forward’s third NHL hat trick. This is the Rangers’ longest winning streak in 40 years.Stepan scored a short-handed goal, one on a power play and another into an empty net to give New York a 3-1 win on Dec. 27 in goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s 600th game.‘I don’t think we got it all the way back,” Stepan said, “but we found a way to win a hockey game. We were certainly close, so we just have to continue to work, continue to find that jump that got us the seven wins before the break.”Lundqvist made 19 saves and faced his toughest tests in the third period when the Devils pressed for the tying goal. He held his ground, weathered a few crease pileups, and even stayed cool when he lost his stick at the side of the net.“You try not to panic,” Lundqvist said.Stepan netted an unassisted short-handed goal in the first period, and a power-play tally in the second for the Rangers (19-10-4), who have won 12 of 14 and earned at least one point in 22 of 29 (18-7-4).Stepan’s empty-netter with 54.6 seconds left clinched the victory. Following Rick Nash’s effort Dec. 23 against Washington, the Rangers have back-to-back hat tricks for the first time since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, 1994.“I had some fortunate bounces,” Stepan said. “Hank made some big saves, and the defense really showed.”Lundqvist, second to Mike Richter (666) in goalie games played with the Rangers, has a franchise record 325 wins. He tied his personal-best winning streak of seven games and became the ninth goalie to play 600 games with one team.He has won 32 of his 52 career games against the Devils, his most victories against any team, and allowed two goals or fewer in 38 of those appearances. The Rangers last won eight straight from Dec. 27, 1974-Jan. 11, 1975.“We can’t have a letdown,” Lundqvist said. “We have to continue here and push ourselves. When you’re hot and you’re on a roll, you want to try to cash in as much as possible.”Steve Bernier scored a second-period goal, and Cory Schneider stopped 26 shots for New Jersey, Bernier’s first goal in 11 games had general manager Lou Lamoriello clapping on the bench.The Devils fared no better with their new coaching trio of Lamoriello, Scott Stevens (defense) and Adam Oates (forwards) that replaced Pete DeBoer, who was fired on Dec. 26.“It was interesting — watching, listening, and seeing what was transpiring,” Lamoriello said. “I thought it was extremely positive. The bench was extremely alive. We were not overly frustrated.“There were some changes made within a 24-hour period, so we knew there would be a few breakdowns. Overall we have to build off what we saw,”There will be no official head coach for the rest of the season. Lamoriello will stay on the bench to help with the transition. The Devils (12-18-7) began the night nine points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.It was an NHL-record 14th coaching change made by Lamoriello. The Devils were 3-8-5 in their final 16 games under DeBoer.New Jersey, which went 0 for 4 with the man advantage, played solid defense early and then fell behind while on its second power play.Stepan knocked the puck away from Travis Zajac near the blue line and nudged it ahead as Zajac fell. Stepan chased down the puck deep in the Devils end, shifted to his backhand, and pushed the puck back between Schneider’s pads with 1:46 left in the first period.“You knew they were going to come out with energy and try to forecheck, which they did,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “I thought we managed the first five minutes fairly well.”Stepan made it 2-0 at 7:38 of the second when he deflected in Martin St. Louis’ drive during a power play. “Special teams won us the game,” Lundqvist said.New Jersey got back within one of a pretty play by defenseman Eric Gelinas, who faked a slap shot from above the left circle and deftly sent a pass down to Bernier at the bottom of the right circle for a shot that eluded Lundqvist’s outstretched glove.Gelinas nearly tied it with just over a minute left in the second, but his drive struck the left post.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Manchester City We have found our game – Guardiola compares Man City to Barca after Watford destruction Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 01:32 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Watford v Manchester City Watford Premier League Sergio Agüero Raheem Sterling Three goals from Sergio Aguero and were the key behind a dominant victory away from home that left the City manager over the moon Pep Guardiola once again compared Manchester City to his great Barcelona sides after they beat Watford 6-0.A 5-0 win over Liverpool in their previous Premier League match was followed by a 4-0 Champions League victory over Feyenoord, prompting Guardiola to reminisce about his Camp Nou reign before the trip to Vicarage Road.Palace 12/1 to beat Man City Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A hat-trick from Sergio Aguero and goals from Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling left Guardiola to reflect on a week in which City won three games, scored 15 goals and conceded none.”It was so good,” he told BBC Sport. “Especially after an away game in the Champions League. The way we played as a team, we are so happy.”I was lucky to manage Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals. We have found our game, we can make short passes and we have a lot of energy from our full-backs.”The people who come from the bench always give us something new. Clean sheets are a consequence of you controlling the game.”PEP: Sergio’s numbers speak for themselves. I was so happy with the third goal. In the box is so clever, He has this power to do this.— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 16, 2017Guardiola revealed that the decision to let Raheem Sterling take the 89th-minute penalty after he was brought down in the box was Aguero’s.”You have to be serious until the end,” said Guardiola. “Goal difference could be important but it was Sergio Aguero’s decision.”Watford manager Marco Silva, who had seen his side go three league games without conceding before the rout, questioned referee Anthony Taylor’s decision to let Aguero’s first goal and Jesus’ strike stand.He said: “We knew it would be a tough day to compete at this level but City are strong enough to create problems for us.”The first and third goals are offside; it is not a normal game. We had a clear penalty for [Nathaniel] Chalobah. Everything is difficult for us this afternoon.”City deserved the three points, we learn as a team. We can’t make mistakes. But it’s really difficult with these decisions.”
Inter 1 Udinese 3: Leaders leave door open for Napoli as unbeaten run ends Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 00:05 12/17/17 Getty Images Inter lost for the first time under Luciano Spalletti, with Udinese’s win at San Siro giving Napoli the chance to take top spot in Serie A. Inter opened the door for Napoli to regain top spot in Serie A as their unbeaten start to the season came to an end with a 3-1 defeat to Udinese at San Siro.Luciano Spalletti’s side missed the opportunity to extend their one-point lead at the summit – ahead of their title rivals playing later in the weekend – as a pair of Davide Santon errors contributed to the coach’s first competitive loss at the helm and ended their 16-game undefeated match in Serie A this term.Kevin Lasagna cooked up a scarcely deserved opener that was cancelled out by Mauro Icardi’s 17th league goal of the season just 72 seconds later, but Inter – back at full strength after a midweek Coppa Italia scare against Pordenone – failed to turn their dominance into a crucial second. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Instead, Udinese grew in confidence after the interval and Santon’s handball – only penalised after the use of VAR by referee Maurizio Mariani – allowed Rodrigo De Paul to send a penalty past Samir Handanovic.Milan Skriniar came close to restoring parity when he hit the woodwork, but Udinese took full advantage of the hosts’ increasing desperation and clinched victory on the counter-attack with Antonin Barak’s strike 13 minutes from time.Napoli can now leapfrog Inter with victory at Torino later on Saturday, while Spalletti’s men will end the weekend in third if Juventus also win at Bologna on Sunday.FT | Inter 1-3 Udinese @MauroIcardi’s goal wasn’t enough as the visitors leave with the points. #InterUdinese pic.twitter.com/BHtk1WbdRg— Inter (@Inter_en) December 16, 2017Inter predictably found early joy in wide areas, but Matias Vecino, Antonio Candreva and Ivan Perisic all failed to make the most of their team-mates’ dangerous deliveries.And the hosts were made to pay for their profligacy. Santon cheaply gave up possession to Silvan Widmer, who danced past a couple of weak challenges in the area and centred for Lasagna to convert.But the response was swift and Icardi took just over a minute to draw his side level, reaching Candreva’s right-wing cross to turn a low finish past Albano Bizzarri.Inter pushed for a second goal, altering their approach to pepper Bizzarri with strikes from distance; two fizzing efforts from Candreva and Marcelo Brozovic only narrowly missed the target.The Udinese goalkeeper stood up well to a Perisic drive and then similarly parried away Candreva’s next attempt on the stroke of half-time.Lasagna should have restored the visitors’ lead just 31 seconds after the restart, instead failing to hit the target when Skriniar’s uncharacteristically sloppy defending served up a golden opportunity inside the six-yard box.Icardi nodded over the top at the other end, but Udinese’s improved second-half showing continued and – after referee Mariani reviewed video footage to deem that the ball did not cross the byline before Santon handled a cross from Widmer – De Paul ruthlessly dispatched from the spot.Inter kicked on again but toiled in front of goal once more, with Skriniar angling a header against the crossbar and Bizzarri keeping out Roberto Gagliardini’s effort.But the pressure on the Udinese goal left gaps at the other end and Barak pounced from Jakub Jankto’s cross to stun Spalletti’s men with a third, putting their place at the summit under threat.77 – GOAAAL! #Barak meets #Jankto’s cross at the far post and makes it 1-3! #InterUdinese 1-3 #ForzaUdinese #SerieA pic.twitter.com/wWJREYYMcj— Udinese Calcio (@Udinese_1896) December 16, 2017Key Opta stats: – Prior to Saturday’s loss, Inter had won five consecutive Serie A matches against Udinese, scoring 16 goals in the process.- Udinese have won three away Serie A games in a row for the first time since May 2013.- Twelve out of the 17 goals scored by Mauro Icardi in Serie A this season have come in home games.- Antonio Candreva created nine chances for his team-mates against Udinese – a season-high for a player in a Serie A game.- Udinese have scored the most goals from penalties in this Serie A campaign – seven out of seven taken. read more
Transfers January transfer news & rumours: Messi blocks Griezmann to Barcelona, wants Dybala instead Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:00 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Getty Images Transfers Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window Messi blocks Griezmann to Barca, wants DybalaLionel Messi has blocked Antoine Griezmann’s potential move to Barcelona and suggested Paulo Dybala as an alternative, according to Don Balon.Messi reportedly does not think Griezmann’s skill set will offer the Catalans the necessary boost in quality as they compete for the Champions League crown.The 30-year-old would, however, like to see the club sign his Argentina team-mate Dybala, who is desperate to move on from Juventus. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mkhitaryan set for pay rise at ArsenalHenrikh Mkhitaryan is set to see his wages go up when he completes his move from Manchester United to Arsenal, the Mirror reports.The Armenia international is set to move to the Emirates in a straight swap with Alexis Sanchez and will earn slightly more than the £200,000 per week he gets at Old Trafford – plus the remainder of his United deal will be paid off.Aubameyang moves closer to ArsenalPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s move to Arsenal is drawing closer as the club’s transfer negotiators arrived in Germany for talks with Dortmund.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to add world-class attacking talent to the team and sees Aubameyang as the perfect forward to complement the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette in the side.Get the full story here! Chelsea turn to Burnley’s BarnesChelsea have turned to Burnley striker Ashley Barnes in their attempts to bolster their forward line, Goal understands.The Blues have been linked with Andy Carroll, Edin Dzeko and Peter Crouch in recent days.And now Antonio Conte’s side are interested in bringing Barnes — who has scored three Premier League goals this season — to Stamford Bridge.Get the full story here! Alexis jets in for Man Utd medicalAlexis Sanchez has jetted into Manchester to undergo his medical with Manchester United, Goal understands.The Arsenal forward is set to become the Premier League’s highest earner, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction.Read Chris Wheatley’s full story right here! Kepa set to snub MadridKepa is poised to snub the chance to move to Real Madrid and instead sign a new deal with Athletic Bilbao, Goal understands.The 23-year-old goalkeeper had been linked with a €20 million move to the Bernabeu but is instead ready to commit his future to the Basque outfit. Get the full story right here! ‘No chance’ of Vidal January moveArturo Vidal says there is “no chance” of him leaving Bayern Munich in January as he wants to challenge for the Champions League this season.The 30-year-old has been linked with a move to Chelsea despite head coach Jupp Heynckes’ insistence nobody would be sold during the transfer window.Get the full story right here! Marquinhos: Spanish press trying to confuse NeymarReports linking Neymar with a move to Real Madrid are an attempt from the Spanish press to unsettle the Brazilian, according to Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Marquinhos.”I think they want to bother us a bit,” the defender told Canal+. “When we see the performance of Neymar, I think they want to make confusion in his head.Get the full story right here! Chelsea target Richarlison posts cryptic messageRicharlison has sparked speculation over his future at Watford after posting a cryptic message on his Twitter account.The Brazilian has been in sparkling form since moving to the Hornets in the summer, so much so that Chelsea are weighing up bringing him to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.Get the full story right here! Alexis & Mkhi in straight swap dealHenrikh Mkhitaryan has agreed to join Arsenal and will leave Manchester United in a straight swap with Alexis Sanchez, reports BBC Sport .The Red Devils have a deal in place with the Chilean forward and a lengthy transfer saga is about to be brought to a close.It is expected that Mkhitaryan and Sanchez will trade places inside the next 48 hours, with the former now in London to finalise his move .Everton eye loan dealsEverton are set to move for Baba Rahman and Patrick van Aanholt on loan, the Daily Mail reports.Schalke lead the way for Chelsea’s Rahman and Inter are also hovering, while Van Aanholt has worked under Toffees manager Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace. Adama Soumaoro, a versatile defender at Lille, remains on their radar.Slimani on Monaco’s radarMonaco have made Leicester striker Islam Slimani a priority during the transfer window, according to Le Buteur . Striker Guido Carrillo has been linked with Southampton, and the former Sporting striker could be used as a replacement.Real open Ronaldo exit doorReal Madrid have told Cristiano Ronaldo that he is free to negotiate a move away from the club this summer, according to Eurosport .The Blancos are planning to overhaul their ranks following a difficult 2017-18 campaign and are prepared to move ageing stars out.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo falls into that category, with a return to Manchester United or a spell at Paris Saint-Germain mooted for the Portuguese superstar.Pogba wants parity with AlexisPaul Pogba will demand a new contract at Manchester United that will see him earn the same £400,000-a-week salary as Alexis Sanchez, reports The Sunday Mirror .The Red Devils are close to tying up a lucrative deal for Arsenal’s wantaway forward, but his contract will make him the envy of those already at Old Trafford.Man City make Fred & Evans movesManchester City will move on from their Alexis Sanchez disappointment by aiming to push through moves for West Brom defender Jonny Evans and Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, Goal understands.City chiefs, including sporting director Txiki Begiristain, held a meeting to discuss their January plans ahead of Saturday’s victory against Newcastle United.Read the full story on Goal! Arsenal must up Auba offerArsenal will have to raise their opening bid of €50 million if they are to land Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says The SundayTelegraph .The Gunners have made the Gabon international a top target for the winter window, but they are yet to agree a fee despite having personal terms thrashed out.Real ready £200m Kane bidReal Madrid are prepared to smash the world transfer record in order to land Tottenham striker Harry Kane, reports The Sunday Times .The Blancos have been tracking the England international for some time and are now piecing together a £200 million package in an effort to take him to Spain.Wenger likes the look of LucasArsenal are the latest club to express an interest in Paris-Saint Germain winger Lucas Moura, according to ESPN .Manchester United, Tottenham and Nantes are among those to have been linked with the Brazil international, but the Gunners also believe that he could add something to their squad.Lemar sets heart on BarcaMonaco winger Thomas Lemar is ready to snub interest from Arsenal and Liverpool after setting his heart on a move to Barcelona, claims The Sunday People .The France international has been heavily linked with Premier League clubs since the summer of 2017, but is eager to open the next chapter in his career in La Liga.Juventus eye Wilshere dealJuventus are looking to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on a free transfer, according to The Sun .England international Wilshere’s contract is up at the end of the season, with the Gunners only willing to offer him a new deal that includes a 20 per cent paycut.Serie A champions Juve are hopeful Wilshere will reject this offer after a standout season and consider a move to Turin.Chelsea make Slimani approachChelsea have made an approach to sign Leicester City striker Islam Slimani, according to The Sunday Times .Antonio Conte wants to add a tall forward to his ranks before the end of the January transfer window, and has been linked with Andy Carroll, Edin Dzeko and Peter Crouch.Now his attention has switched to Slimani, who he hopes to take on loan from the King Power Stadium for the second half of the season.Spurs eye Gameiro loan dealTottenham are set to make a loan move for Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro, according to The Sun .Former Sevilla forward Gameiro has fallen down the pecking order following Diego Costas’ return to the Spanish capital, and has already rejected the chance to join Swansea City during the January window.Fenerbahce are also keen on acquiring his services, though Spurs are hopeful the idea of a temporary move will tempt him to north London.Chelsea close in on £44m double signingChelsea are closing in on the £44 million double signing of Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri from Roma, claims the Mail on Sunday . Roma feel the time is right to cash in on Dzeko, who will be 32 in March. The arrival of Emerson will allow the Blues to let Kenedy and Baba Rahman depart on loan. Gunners wanted Shaw in Alexis dealWhile Arsenal are nearing a deal to bring Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Emirates Stadium from Manchester United, The Sun claims they initially wanted Luke Shaw as part of the Alexis Sanchez agreement.The England international left-back has struggled for game time throughout his time at Old Trafford, but he has returned to favour of late and Jose Mourinho is no longer looking to move him on.Dortmund eye BatshuayiWith Chelsea looking to bring in a new striker and Borussia Dortmund preparing to part with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gianluca Di Marzio claims Michy Batshuayi is now a target for the German club.The Belgian sits behind Alvaro Morata in the Stamford Bridge pecking order and could slip further down the list if interest in the likes of Edin Dzeko and Peter Crouch delivers a new arrival.Mata to be offered Valencia lifelineJuan Mata will be offered a route out of Manchester United this summer by former club Valencia, reports the Daily Star .The Spaniard is set to be out of contract at the end of the season and could head home as a free agent – although the Red Devils do have the option for a 12-month extension.’Arsenal should’ve got Martial, not Mkhi’Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas was less than impressed with the Gunners’ swap of Alexis Sanchez for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Nicholas believes Arsene Wenger should’ve demanded Anthony Martial instead of the Armenian, even if it meant sending £50 million to Old Trafford. Read the full story on Goal. Low lays out Real demandsGermany boss Joachim Low has made Real Madrid aware of the players he wants to sign if he is to succeed Zinedine Zidane at Santiago Bernabeu, claims Don Balon .The World Cup-winning coach will demand that Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal are brought in if he is to take the reins.Klopp in no rush to spend Coutinho moneyLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he’s not in a rush to spend the €160 million generated from the sale of Philippe Coutinho.If a deal comes along that is right for the club then Klopp indicated he will consider it, but the German feels confident in the squad already at his disposal. Read the full story on Goal. Roma want Darmian dealRoma are hoping to pip Serie A rivals Inter and Juventus to the signing of Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian, according to The Mirror .The Italy international has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho is eager to move him out on a permanent deal, but Roma would prefer a loan agreement.Kroos wants to work with KloppReal Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has several offers on the table, reports Don Balon , with the German eager to work with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.The highly rated playmaker could be among those made available in the summer as the Blancos seek to freshen up their ranks.Sturridge scrap hotting upInter continue to lead the chase for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, but Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Roma are also keen on the England international.Sturridge is a proven performer in need of game time and he could be offered a chance to head to the Italian capital if Edin Dzeko completes a proposed switch to Chelsea.City won’t be signing a strikerPep Guardiola will not be looking to bring another striker into Manchester City during the January transfer window.The Premier League leaders appear set to miss out on Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, but they are prepared to work with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus for the remainder of the season.Read the full story on Goal. Nasri to return to England?Former Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri could be heading back to England at West Ham, according to the Daily Mail .The France international only left the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2017 but has struggled to settle at Turkish side Antalyaspor and is open to returning to the Premier League.Chelsea to battle Barca for Real starletChelsea and Barcelona are braced for a summer battle to land Real Madrid starlet Oscar Rodriguez, claims Don Balon .The 19-year-old midfielder is set to be out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to move on after struggling for minutes with the Blancos.Sunderland want Ampadu loanChampionship side Sunderland are hoping to land Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu on loan, claims The Sun . Ampadu has already made multiple appearances for Chelsea’s first team in 2017-18, leading Chris Coleman to register an interest in the Wales international. 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There are plans to expand the system by adding more cameras, new locations, monitoring additional towns across Jamaica, and by establishing a second monitoring centre in Montego Bay. Through its Traffic Management Centre, which utilises technology to monitor vehicular movement in the cities of Kingston and Montego Bay, The National Works Agency (NWA) is improving traffic flow, public safety and assisting the security forces to maintain law and order.With cameras linked via video feed to a central control room, the NWA is able to make “real time” adjustments to traffic signals or request police support, when necessary, to ensure smoother vehicular and pedestrian travel.There are plans to expand the system by adding more cameras, new locations, monitoring additional towns across Jamaica, and by establishing a second monitoring centre in Montego Bay.Housed at the agency’s Maxfield Avenue offices, the existing Centre, which has been in operation for 12 years, is manned by highly skilled and trained persons.The system has been helpful in the ongoing rerouting of traffic resulting from construction work on major road projects in the Corporate Area. The road projects are being implemented by the Government to improve physical infrastructure across the country.In an interview with JIS News, Manager, Communication and Customer Services, at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, says the system continues to be helpful to the authorities in their traffic management and public safety responsibilities.“We are able to provide real-time monitoring of the traffic… the police have been a part of it and they have been able to call in their resources where they are needed, because they can actually see what is taking place out on the road,” he notes.Citing specific benefits of the computerised system, Mr. Shaw explains that it improves the agency’s response time to effectively manage traffic.“It saves time, since we do not necessarily have to go out there and do physical counts; we can actually see what is taking place (from the Centre),” he says.Mr. Shaw tells JIS News that the intention is to link all the major town centres or to have satellite centres established over time.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw says that while the NWA now remotely monitors and manages traffic in Montego Bay from its Kingston headquarters, a control room will be established in the resort city before the middle of next year.“We are going to be putting up one in Montego Bay, so that those persons there will be in a position to monitor traffic movement and make decisions. Of course, it will be linked to the main centre in Kingston. The cameras are up, and we can see the traffic in Montego Bay,” he adds.Mr. Shaw notes that the Traffic Management Centre has been outfitted and funded over the years with money from the Road Maintenance Fund, the NWA’s operational budget and through support from the Ministry of National Security.He explains that prior to the establishment of the Centre, a team would be dispatched to specific locations to collect the relevant data about traffic volume and flow. He notes that even with the technology-based system in place, the agency still carries out physical traffic counts to collect information.“A team will physically go to an intersection and do physical counts. They sit down with a clipboard and a form and they literally count the traffic. Another way is to put strips of rubber across the road with electronic monitoring, which capture data, but then we have to go back in, plug it into the system and have it analysed,” he shares.Mr. Shaw points out that the computerised system came out of a plan to link traffic signals in a way that would allow for real-time modification.“We can look at it in a more critical sense and determine whether it is that we need to provide more ‘green time’, what modifications we need to make at the intersections, (and) whether or not we need to get police assistance at the location,” he says.Mr. Shaw also notes that the camera-based video feed enables the roads and works agency to take decisions in a more timely and precise way. “It takes a bit of the guessing out of what we do in that respect,” he adds. With cameras linked via video feed to a central control room, the NWA is able to make “real time” adjustments to traffic signals or request police support, when necessary, to ensure smoother vehicular and pedestrian travel. Through its Traffic Management Centre, which utilises technology to monitor vehicular movement in the cities of Kingston and Montego Bay, The National Works Agency (NWA) is improving traffic flow, public safety and assisting the security forces to maintain law and order. Story Highlights
zoom Two pioneering educational giants whose aim is to bring about a revolution in current industrial training methods have joined forces in a strategic alliance geared towards providing maritime education and professional development as a priority for this sector.Emirates International Maritime Academy (EIMA) a leading maritime training institute in the Middle East and Aries International Maritime Research Institute (AIMRI) a premier university imparting high quality education through comprehensive and well-knit courses utilizing advanced technology have signed a strategic academic cooperation agreement on 7th December 2013. The agreement was signed by His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman Drydocks World and Maritime World and Mr. Sohan Roy, CEO, Aries Group of Companies.The firm objective of this partnership is to enhance EIMA’s position to ultimately become the World’s No. 1 maritime education destination. Further the Academy will work towards attracting more UAE and Gulf nationals and females to the maritime sector. The Academy will provide high quality career enhancement training in technical and management skills for working professionals as well as long term vocational qualification programs to meet the ever increasing requirement of trained and competent skills in the sector. EIMA will focus on the development and enhancement of skills of future generations with a view to enhance Dubai and the UAE’s image as a world leader in the field of maritime education. The Academy will work with the relevant authorities to drive forward the “HR Vision 2020” envisioned by EIMA as part of the overall industry’s contribution to EXPO 2020.EIMA–AIMRI strategic academic cooperation will provide a broad plethora of training and education opportunities in the maritime and offshore sector including areas related to safety, marine engineering, naval architecture, leadership skills, project planning and management and occupational health to name a few. It is planned to launch over 400 training and certification programs in the short term with full fledged graduate, post graduate and doctoral programs being put in place in about a year’s time. While enabling local nationals, GCC citizens and expatriates working in the region pursue industry recognized qualifications, this will also provide them an opportunity to attain higher qualifications towards career development. Course will follow a credit based system and there will be flexible options allowing students to meet academic requirements through evening and weekend classes.“Our wise leadership has always taught us to strive to be the best in what we do, and the launch of this vision and direction is truly fitting in the year 2013 which has been designated as the Year of Nationalization by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.’. This vision and strategy to excel in everything we do extends to the field of education and continuing education and EIMA aims to be the World’s number 1 destination for maritime education. With its strategic location at the cross roads of international trade, excellent connectivity, cutting edge infrastructure and industry support this vision will be achieved. EIMA in association with AIMRI will put in place a number of initiatives to make this vision a reality in the shortest possible time. EIMA will ensure that the maritime education sector in the UAE is further geared towards bringing qualified and competent nationals into the industry, identifying national professionals with the required competencies already in the sector and putting in place plans to provide growth opportunities for nationals as leaders of the future,“ said His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim.Mr. Sohan Roy in his statement mentioned “The AIMRI – EIMA partnership will bring along new initiatives, approaches and changes to the outlook of training and development in the marine and maritime sector. This will be the dawning of a new era in the history of education and training in the Middle East. Aries Group is glad to be a part of the UAE’s vision to set up a home grown powerhouse in the maritime education sector. In the year in which Dubai has won the right to host EXPO 2020, we see this as our contribution towards fulfilling the ambitious long term goals envisioned by Drydocks World and Maritime world towards the betterment of the UAE’s maritime industry.”Courses offered by EIMA and its partners will be internationally accredited and recognized through professional bodies, institutions and renowned universities and will include accreditations under IMO, SOLAS, OPITO, NTA and DNV, making EIMA a one stop shop for all aspects of marine and maritime education. Practical exposure will be offered through EIMA’s association with Drydocks World and Maritime World which can cater to all types of technical training at its training centre. The current infrastructure at EIMA can accommodate upto 20,000 students a year and the plan is to develop a maritime centre of excellence including the establishment of a research institute with the largest Towing Tank facility in the world. This centre will enable industry players in the shipping, maritime, oil, gas, energy and offshore industry to fully meet their skill requirements at this facility and also enable attraction of a global student base in the UAE by 2020.Drydocks World, December 17, 2013
Anglers will once again enjoy one of the province’s favourite pastimes when the annual sportfishing season opens Friday, April 1. “Sportfishing is a popular recreational activity that families can enjoy together. There are many opportunities for anglers of all ages and skill levels to take to our waterways and participate in this healthy outdoor activity throughout the year,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Mr. Belliveau encouraged all anglers to familiarize themselves with the new regulations for the 2011 season. These changes include new management measures, season changes and bag limits that will conserve and enhance Nova Scotia’s sport fishery. More than 100,000 anglers enjoy fishing every year by taking part in free fishing weekends each winter and summer, fishing derbies and tournaments, the Learn to Fish program for youth and outdoor skill programs like Families United with Nature and Becoming An Outdoors-Woman. Anglers can enter their favourite fishing photos in the 2011 Fishin’ Nova Scotia Photo Contest and school-aged children will have a chance to participate in the Nova Scotia Kids Fish Art Contest. Lucky winners will have their art and photos featured in next year’s regulations booklet. Mr. Belliveau said the art and photography contests are popular and an exciting way to generate interest in sportfishing. Licence fees, taxes included, are $26.73 for the season for residents of Nova Scotia and $61.73 for non residents. Non residents also have the option to purchase a seven day licence for $33.72. Seniors’ fishing licences are available for $6.57. One day licences are available to resident and non resident anglers for $12.71. All anglers age 16 or older must purchase a general fishing licence. Licences are valid until March 31, 2012. Anglers are required to return the licence stub at the end of the season. Those who return their licence stub can win a prize at the end of the season. Licences can be purchased from many gas retailers, hardware, convenience and sporting good stores or at any Access Nova Scotia location. New and revised regulations are included in the 2011 Angler’s Handbook and Summary of Regulations, which accompanies each fishing licence. More information on angling and a list of special regulations by recreational fishing area can be found on the Fisheries and Aquaculture website at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing .
New Delhi: Four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa became India’s first gold-medallist at the President’s Cup boxing tournament after getting a walkover in the finals in Astana, Kazakhstan on Saturday. Making his international debut in the newly-introduced Olympic category of 63kg, Thapa was to fight Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin in the summit clash but his opponent had to pull out due to injury. Thapa had lost to Safiullin in the Asian Championship semifinal earlier this year. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenSigning off with a silver medal was woman boxer Parveen (60kg) who lost her final bout to local hope Rimma Volosenko. “The new weight category has been easy to adapt. I have not faced too much difficulty. Obviously there are challenges of facing boxers who are coming from 64kg, given their power but nothing is impossible,” Thapa, a 60kg category boxer before the rejigging of Olympic divisions, told PTI from Astana. Thapa couldn’t make the cut for the September world championships after losing in the trials to Commonwealth Games silver-winner Manish Kaushik. Thapa had defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Argon Kadiribekuulu 4-1 in the last-four stage bout. “Shiva had a great tournament, beating some really fancied opponents. It was an impressive performance,” said India’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva. Earlier, Sweety Boora (81kg) and Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg) had ended their campaign with bronze medals following semifinal defeats.
The Canadian Press BIG RIVER FIRST NATION, Sask. — Many of Canada’s premiers are meeting with Indigenous leaders in Saskatchewan ahead of a two-day conference.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says it’s the first time The Council of the Federation has visited a First Nation for its annual meeting.Leaders arrived by helicopter at Big River First Nation, north of Saskatoon, and were greeted with handshakes by Indigenous leaders, including Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron.Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde, who led a procession with the premiers, says discussions will focus on the well-being of Indigenous children.Ontario Premier Doug Ford is not attending today and New Brunswick’s Blaine Higgs is the only premier there from Atlantic Canada.However, the missing premiers did send representatives.
Mumbai: Adani Logistics, a wholly-owned arm of Adani Ports & SEZ, Thursday signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent in Innovative B2B Logistics Solutions (InLogistics), a rail-based logistic firm controlled by private equity firm True North for an enterprise value of Rs 331.5 crore.The Adanis will pay an upfront amount of Rs 43.2 crore in an all-cash deal while the rest will be paid over an unspecified period of time, the Adani Logistics said in a late evening filing to the exchanges. The company said the transaction implies an equity value of Rs 43.2 crore for 100 percent of InLogistics shares and 10 times multiple of its expected pre-tax earnings for FY19, which takes the enterprise valuation to Rs 33.5 crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The transaction will be an all cash deal and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of FY20,” the company said in a statement adding post-transaction Adani Logistics will become the largest private sector rail and logistics operator in the country.”It enables us to expand its total addressable market, enhance network coverage and create a value chain to handle dry cargo segment,” the statement said. Founded in 2006, InLogistics provides integrated logistics services for domestic cargo movement and serves the Eastern and Northern hinterland markets and lists Tata Steel, Tata Sponge Iron, JSW Cement and retail marble traders as its key clients.InLogistics will add 14 container rakes, one logistics park spread across 38 acres and 3,566 containers to Adani Logistics which currently operates three logistics parks, two Exim yards and one container yard with a capacity to handle 5,00,000 TEU per year.
A formal announcement of the appointment will not be made until March, following Mr. Clinton’s return from an anticipated visit to the region with former President George H.W. Bush. The two were named by President George W. Bush to lead a private fundraising effort in the US.”The Secretary-General is confident that President Clinton will bring energy, dynamism and focus to the task of sustaining world interest in the vital recovery and reconstruction phase,” the statement said.”He believes that no one could possibly be better qualified for this task.”The tsunami disaster that struck a dozen countries in southern Asia on 26 December following an earthquake of 9.0 on the Richter scale killed more than 200,000 people, injured half a million others, left up to 5 million more in need of basic services and caused incalculable damage.Mr. Clinton issued his own statement, saying he looked forward to serving as Mr. Annan’s envoy and would have further comments after the official announcement is made.”In the meantime, I continue to focus on my work with former President Bush to urge people to contribute to this cause, and the two of us hope to visit the region together later this month,” it added.
E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Press service of MMC Norilsk Nickel Tel:+7 (495) 797 8294 Fax:+7 (495) 786 8394 Today RUSAL has completed a transaction to acquire a 25% +1 share stake in OJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel. Denis Morozov, General Director of Norilsk Nickel, said: “On behalf of Norilsk Nickel’s management I would like to welcome UC RUSAL as a large shareholder in our company. The acquisition of such a significant stake demonstrates once again the investment appeal and strong prospects for the further growth of Norilsk Nickel”.Norilsk Nickel’s development opportunities expanded considerably last year as a result of major overseas acquisitions and effective implementation of brownfield and greenfield projects in Russia. The market value of the company, the largest public company in the Russian mining and metals industry, nearly doubled over the last year. “The management of Norilsk Nickel continues its efforts to strengthen the company’s leadership in the world mining and metals industry and ensure stability of its activities in the interests of our shareholders, employees and the regions where our operations are located”, – said Morozov.Norilsk Nickel, a corporation incorporated under the laws of the Russian Federation, is the largest mining and metals company in Russia and the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium and one of the world’s largest producers of platinum and copper. In addition to this, it produces a large number of by-products, including cobalt, rhodium, silver, tellurium, selenium, iridium and ruthenium. The Norilsk Nickel group is involved in prospecting, exploration, extraction, beneficiation and metallurgical processing of minerals; and in production, marketing and sales of base and precious metals.The company is headquartered in Moscow, Russia, with sales and distribution activities managed through its Moscow headquarters and international sales network. The Russian operations include the operations of the Polar Division on the Taimyr Peninsula in the Krasnoyarsk region and the Kola Mining and Metallurgical Co (KMMC) on the Kola Peninsula in the Murmansk region.Norilsk Nickel’s international mining and metallurgical operations encompass nickel sulphide and laterite mining, processing and refining operations spanning Finland, Australia, Botswana and South Africa and a process technology group. Norilsk Nickel Australia’s assets include the Lake Johnston, Black Swan and Waterloo nickel operations and the Honeymoon Well project, as well as the Cawse and Avalon laterite high pressure acid leach (HPAL) operations. Norilsk Nickel Africa’s assets include 85% ownership of both Tati Nickel and the Botswana Metal Refinery in Botswana (the remaining 15% is held by the Government of the Republic of Botswana). The African assets also include a 50:50 joint venture with African Rainbow Minerals in the Nkomati nickel mine in South Africa. Norilsk Nickel Finland’s assets include the Harjavalta Refinery and a 5.46% share in the Talvivaara Mining.Norilsk Process Technology in Australia supports the processing and metallurgical operations. It provides a wide range of technical process support from ore processing through to the production of final metal.Norilsk Nickel also operates a research and development institute, LLC “Gipronickel”, located in St Petersburg with branches at the Polar Division and KMMC. Norilsk Nickel is the majority shareholder in Stillwater Mining Company, the largest producer of platinum group metals in North America, whose shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.April 24, 2008 www.nornik.ru/en/
Posted: February 12, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLA JOLLA (KUSI) — A dead man found floating in the ocean off the coast of La Jolla over the weekend has been identified as a musician who fell from Crystal Pier three weeks ago and disappeared in the surf, authorities reported.A fisherman in a boat came across the body of 27-year-old Taylor “Tay” Watts several miles from shore about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.At about 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 21, Watts was with friends on the pier at the foot of Garnet Avenue when he climbed over a railing, grabbed a nylon rope attached to the structure and leaned back over the water, the county agency reported. Apparently losing his grip moments later, he plunged backward into the sea, possibly hitting his head on part of the pier on the way down, witnesses said.Lifeguard divers and U.S. Coast Guard personnel conducted an intensive search for the singer-songwriter — a Texas native — in the ocean and along the shoreline for several days, finding no sign of him. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 3:51 PM February 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Body found off coast of La Jolla identified as missing 27-year-old who fell off Crystal Pier
The Vancouver Courthouse Criterium features nine racing divisions, including two for women. Portland’s Amy Campbell, in white, won the Senior Women’s category. Anna Christenson, in black, also from Portland, finished third. A criterium is a short road race on a circuit — usually city streets — closed to traffic. A mass start, high-speed cornering and sprinting make the criterium exciting for participants and spectators alike, say advocates of the sport.Alpenrose VelodromeCrit resultsThe whir and buzz of bicyclists hitting speeds of nearly 30 mph echoed in downtown Sunday as nearly 150 competitors challenged the 10-block Vancouver Courthouse Criterium.Experienced racer Heather VanValkenburg, 37, of Vancouver said the crit was not her best effort but noted, “My teammate, Amy Campbell (of Portland), won the race.”VanValkenburg, a sixth-grade teacher at Daybreak Middle School in Battle Ground, described the course with its eight turns.“It’s start, turn, you’re going, turn,” she said. “It’s a good course because it has character in it. … Having eight corners makes ita really technical course.” She competed in the Senior Women’s category on her Parlee Z5 bike, worth $5,000.There were nine racing categories and all racers flew by the courthouse at 12th and Franklin streets. City streets were closed and spectators watched from sidewalks, behind yellow police tape.
The refuge will host a guided 6-mile hike, there will also be a shorter 1-mile length, returning on a new loop of the trail just completed this fall. Marsh Lake Trail is located on Skilak Lake Road, at milepost 16.6, just over 2 miles from the west entrance junction with the Sterling Highway. Beginning at noon, on October 6, guests are invited to join Refuge staff at the newly completed Marsh Lake Trailhead as the trail is officially opened with a ribbon cutting. Marsh Lake Trail was built over a rehabilitated wildland fire fuel break from the 2015 Card Street Fire. It is a wide, rolling trail with few hills. The trail passes a wildlife habitat restoration area which, over time, will show the stages of forest succession, but now makes the first part of the trail windy and more exposed to the elements than the rest of the trail, which passes through old growth boreal forestbefore reaching Marsh Lake Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for Marsh LakeTrail at the trailhead on Skilak Lake Road. Anyone with questions can call the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 907-260-2820 for more details.
WILMINGTON, MA — Heilind Electronics, a premier distributor of electronic components worldwide, was recognized with the 2019 Channel Partner of the Year award by Sensata Technologies, a global leader in the development and manufacture of sensors and controls.The award was presented to Heilind Electronics by Sensata’s Vice President of Industrial and Commercial Excellence, Matthew Lesniak, at the 2019 Sensata Sales Summit held earlier this month in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Facilitating the reception was Sensata’s Channel Director, David Foster.“Heilind delivered the highest percentage of new revenue and customers within the Sensata industrial channel,” said Foster. “Heilind will continue to grow with Sensata as we expand our portfolio of leading-edge sensing solutions.”Since Heilind became an authorized distributor for Sensata Technologies in 2016, it has continued to expand its sensor offerings through the integration of several Sensata divisions. In addition to its standard line of Sensata industrial pressure sensors, Heilind’s growing Sensata portfolio includes solid state relays from Crydom, position sensors from BEI, and pressure sensors from both Kavlico and Sensata.“It’s been a pleasure to work with David and his team toward earning this distinction,” said Glen MacGibbon, Vice President of Business Development – Sensors, Heilind Electronics. “To be acknowledged as Sensata’s top channel partner is a testament to our growing success in the sensor market. This is a result of Heilind’s proactive efforts to not only acquire new customers, but to work with them on integrating next-generation designs that meet their custom requirements.”About Heilind ElectronicsHeilind Electronics, Inc. (http://www.heilind.com) is one of the world’s leading distributors of connectors, relays, sensors, switches, thermal management and circuit protection products, terminal blocks, wire and cable, wiring accessories and insulation and identification products. Founded in 1974, Heilind has locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Follow Heilind on Facebook at facebook.com/Heilind and on Twitter at twitter.com/Heilind.About SensataSensata Technologies is a world leader and early innovator in mission-critical sensing, electrical protection, control and power management solutions. Sensata’s operations span twelve countries and cover a broad range of markets, including aircraft, appliance, automotive, HVAC, industrial, marine, military and telecommunications. For more information, visit http://www.sensata.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Heilind Electronics via PRNewswire.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Heilind Electronics Expands Sensata PartnershipIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Panduit Honors Wilmington’s Heilind Electronics With 2 Awards for Top Electronics DistributorIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Heilind Electronics Receives Molex Distributor Of The Year AwardIn “Business”
Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Alaska in early February to review intercontinental ballistic missile facilities. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons)On his way to attend the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February, Vice President Mike Pence plans to make a stop in Alaska.Listen nowThe White House made the announcement on Wednesday, saying that Pence will visit intercontinental ballistic missile facilities on his stopover in the 49th state.“The Vice President is traveling to the Olympic Games in South Korea to reinforce the strong U.S. presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear message of American resolve to the North Korean regime,” Jarrod Agen, the vice president’s Deputy Chief of Staff, said in the announcement.That’s in addition to showing support for American athletes at the games and the U.S. military members stationed in the region.Pence’s travel plans were announced the day after North and South Korea sat down to talk for the first time in two years. Those talks resulted in the opening of a military hotline and the North Korean decision to send a delegation of athletes to the upcoming winter Olympics.Vice President Pence will attend the opening ceremonies at the Olympics on Feb. 9, so his visit to Alaska will likely take place in the days before.