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Time Change tonight – except for the Peace Region

first_imgIn a 1974 referendum vote, Peace River Regional District Communities voted to change our time zone to Mountain Standard Time all year round.The referendum had four options on it, including the Mountain Standard Time and Mountain Standard with Daylight Savings Time.Most residents wanted the second option, but accidently voted for Mountain Standard Time without Daylight Savings Time. Canadians who are sleep deprived get a small break this weekend as most of Canada switches from daylight saving time to standard time.Before going to bed tonight, most of the country will turn their clocks back one hour, and enjoy an extra hour of sleep, except for Fort St. John and the BC Peace Country.  We do not follow daylight savings time and our time will stay the same.There are a number of other places in Canada where the time change does not apply — most notably Saskatchewan, which stays on standard time all the time.- Advertisement -Daylight time returns next March 14th.While the time change means most Canadians will get an extra hour of sleep, those working Saturday overnight shifts get the short end of the stick.They have to spend an extra hour on the job.Advertisementlast_img read more

Sub-sonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ successfully test-fired

first_imgThe Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday successfully test fired the underdevelopment long range subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur in Odisha.“It is the sixth development flight trial with objective to prove the repeatability of boost phase, cruise phase using way point navigation at very low altitudes,” DRDO said in a statement adding the missile demonstrated its sea-skimming capability to cruise at very low altitudes.Nirbhay has a range of 1000 km and can fly very low to the ground to avoid detection by enemy radar called terrain hugging capability. “During today’s test, the missile demonstrated the terrain hugging capability by covered way-points as low as 5 m to maximum 2.5 km (altitude),” a defence source said.At each waypoint the altitude was varied and it had a sustained flight at different altitudes including at 5m. “It was tested upto a range of 700 km,” the source stated.Of the six test trials, three were failed and three were successful. No other indigenous missile has been tested at such altitude, the source added.The missile was primarily designed and developed by the Advanced Defence Establishment of DRDO located in Bengaluru in cooperation with other DRDO laboratories.Once inducted, Nirbhay, similar to U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile, will give Indian armed forces a long range standoff capability to strike targets on land.The missile took off vertically turning horizontally into desired direction, booster separated, wing deployed, engine started and cruised all the intended waypoints, DRDO stated and added the entire flight was fully tracked by a chain of electro optical tracking systems, radars and ground telemetry systems deployed all along the sea coast.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Germany

first_imgMario Goetze and Marco Reus will play a key role for Germany in the World CupGermany departs for the World Cup as one of the teams to beat despite having a relatively young squad.But because they made their international debuts early, many Germany players have dozens of national team games behind them.Here are five players to watch:PHILIPP LAHMCaptain since 2010, Philipp Lahm will be playing at his third World Cup and already has made 105 national team appearances.The 29-year-old Lahm helped Bayern Munich sweep the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup last season and was a major figure as the club recaptured the championship this year.As a defender, Lahm has been versatile, playing with equal success on the left or right flank, although he personally prefers the right side. He played both positions as necessary for both Bayern and the national team, until Bayern coach Pep Guardiola put him in the defensive midfield to fill a gap left by injuries.Lahm excelled again.Germany coach Joachim Loew says he might consider Lahm for that position as well, if needed.MANUEL NEUERBayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is Germany’s uncontested No. 1.Neuer became the starting goalkeeper before the 2010 World Cup when Rene Adler hurt his shoulder, and has stayed there ever since.Neuer has conceded by far the fewest goals in the league, although that is also due to Bayern’s overall dominance. His main problem may be lack of action – he usually faces few shots in Bundesliga matches.That could explain why he is sometimes caught off-guard by long-distance shots. Neuer’s other weakness is a hesitancy in coming off the line.THOMAS MUELLERBayern Munich midfielder Thomas Mueller is another versatile player whose style of play makes him hard to figure out.Mueller can play on the flanks but he can also roam as a “false nine.” That’s where he is probably at his most dangerous.Relatively unknown internationally before the 2010 World Cup, Mueller made his name in South Africa, where he was the top scorer with five goals and three assists. He was also named the tournament’s best young player.Still only 24, Mueller is already a mature player, having won everything there was to win with Bayern in the past two seasons.Although his playing time has been somewhat reduced by Bayern coach Pep Guardiola’s rotations, Mueller is still the club’s best scorer after striker Mario Mandzukic.MARIO GOETZEMario Goetze is the product of Germany’s exemplary youth programs and has gone through all junior selections.A 22-year-old attacking midfielder, Goetze is considered the country’s most promising and exciting talent. He helped Borussia Dortmund win two consecutive Bundesliga championships, then stunned his childhood club by taking advantage of an opt-out clause in his contract to move to Bayern Munich.Goetze had an inconspicuous start in Bayern, missing the early part of the season because of an ankle injury. He was eased into the team by coach Pep Guardiola, and still often comes off the bench in a star-studded squad.Goetze’s pace, vision and dribbling skills, in addition to his scoring, have drawn comparisons to some of the game’s greats, such as Diego Maradona or Lionel Messi.The World Cup could be an occasion for Goetze to prove he is worthy of the praise.Germany coach Joachim Loew has indicated his might use Goetze as a “hanging nine” if his injured strikers don’t recover in time.MARCO REUSOnce dubbed “Rolls Reus” for his pace, Marco Reus was voted Germany’s player of the year at the end of the 2011-12 season, when he also left Borussia Moenchengladbach to return to childhood club Borussia Dortmund.Reus is a fast and goal-scoring midfielder who has tremendous pace with the ball. He is also a big threat from set pieces, with excellent shooting technique. He is able to shoot and score with both feet.Reus already has seven goals in 19 games for Germany. One of the leaders of his generation, Reus has a good understanding on the field with Mario Goetze from a common season in Dortmund and the pair of them could be Germany’s powerful weapon at the World Cup.last_img read more

NBA finals: Warriors close on title as Kevin Durant heroics beat Cavaliers

first_imgGolden State Warriors Reuse this content Read more Golden State Warriors 110-102 Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA finals Game 3 – as it happened Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers: The biggest moments of the NBA finals so far – video Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Messenger NBA finals LeBron James has pulled his Cleveland Cavaliers to an improbable NBA finals. But by early Thursday morning as he quietly walked out of his home arena in a purple warm-up jacket, it was clear he probably won’t be able to drag the Cavs to one last title before becoming a free agent at season’s end.The Golden State Warriors are too much for him and for his Cavaliers. In Wednesday night’s Game 3, James scored 33 points (while logging a 10th career NBA finals triple-double), limited Warriors star Steph Curry to just one successful three-pointer and still Cleveland lost, 110-102. Now, down 3-0 in the championship round, his dream of winning more than one ring with the Cavaliers is all but over. Friday’s Game 4 could be his last with his hometown franchise. Basketball match reports Topics NBA Cleveland Cavaliers 0:59 US sports On Wednesday, that joy was tested. Cleveland feed off the thunder of their home crowd, where they had won eight straight in the playoffs after dropping Game 1 of their first-round series with the Indiana Pacers, and the speakers in this three-tier arena downtown boomed. Huge flames shot from the scoreboard. And in the roar, most of the Warriors could do nothing as the Cavs pushed them around down low. Curry looked frustrated as he tumbled to the floor and Green growled at officials as both he and Curry picked up three fouls in the first half – with Green adding a technical for an early scuffle with JR Smith. The Cavaliers opened their biggest lead of the series at 13 points and maintained a double-digit advantage through much of the first two quarters, built mostly through the shooting of James and Smith and the rebounding of Kevin Love, who has quietly had a tremendous series. Cleveland might have run away with the, game as they have in others in this building, were it not for the Durant. As Curry and Thompson struggled with their three-point shooting early, Durant was unstoppable, using his long arms to shoot over the Cavs’ defenders, almost single-handedly keeping Golden State in the game at half-time when they trailed just 58-52.Then, as they often do, the Warriors exploded in the third quarter, using a quick 9-3 spurt after the break to level the score and taking off from there. JaVale McGee scored on a series of lay-ups, Curry started to find his shot and Durant kept pouring in bucket after bucket. Curry hit two free throws with 9:57 left in the third to give Golden State their first lead, stretching the margin to as much as five. Both teams battled through a tight one-possession game throughout most of the fourth, exchanging leads but also missing several shots that could have proved difference-making for either side. Curry continued to struggle to find his shot and Durant began to shoot wildly in an attempt to shoulder the load. But with just under three minutes left, the Warriors took control. Curry scored on a lay-up, then hit his only three-pointer of the night (after missing his first nine), followed by another three-pointer from Durant to put Golden State up 106-100 with 49 seconds remaining. Durant posed uncharacteristically as he released the ball. The arena that had roared all night was silent. “They hit big shots,” Cleveland coach Ty Lue said of the Warriors as he sat in a press conference after the game. He shook his head. “That’s what they do.” Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Play Video … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Golden State are just too good and too deep for the Cavs, who are too often exposed as a one-man team powered by James. Wednesday’s assassin was Kevin Durant, the superstar forward who signed with the Warriors in 2016 with the hope of creating a dynasty. As Curry and Klay Thompson struggled with their shooting the night, Durant connected on six of nine attempts from three-point range, scored a playoff career-high 43 points and added 13 rebounds. Cleveland have been close in two games of this series and yet it was obvious to James as he fell into a chair at his post-game press conference that Golden State are too loaded. “That’s the challenge right there,” he said softly about the Warriors and their four stars: Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green. “There’s not really much pressure on them. Any of them can have a bad game. Someone else will score.”This is the great thing about Golden State’s looming dynasty, one that is on the verge of beating Cleveland for the NBA title for a third time in the last four years. They play free, without much angst when things don’t go well, adding to what James called “the level of stress” for opponents.It’s a notion that later made Durant laugh.“I think we all support each other … with a real child-like approach to the game,” he said. “That’s rare in the NBA.” Share via Emaillast_img read more