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Woman kills self in Baramati, names CRPF man in suicide note

first_imgA Maharashtra Public Service Commission aspirant killed herself on July 20, 2017 in Baramati after blaming a Central Reserve Police Force commando and seven others in her suicide note, police has said. She had alleged mental harassment and blackmail among other reasons for her decision. The incident occurred in the evening of July 20, 2017, said the distraught kin of the woman. In a detailed and impassioned three-page note, the woman revealed she had known the CRPF commando for the past year-and-a-half and alleged that she had been lured into a physical relationship by him on false promises. The woman had accused others named in note of continuous blackmail and threat in the last three years.”They used to harass me at tuition classes and the academy with the baleful intention of coercing me into sexual relationship. They said they would tarnish my reputation… My loved ones are not aware of these events. I have been traumatised for the past several months… seek justice against those named in my letter,” reads the note.An officer with the Baramati Police Station said, “The girl apparently never confided in her parents about these events for fear of causing distress to them. We have lodged an FIR against those named in the suicide note and are probing the case to determine all angles.” Police have lodged an FIR under sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) acting on a complaint lodged by the woman’s kin.last_img read more

Assam district clamps Section 144 for trucks

first_imgThe Goalpara district in western Assam is used to the imposition of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure because of ethnic and communal flare-ups. Officials have now used the Section, primarily used to prohibit people from assembling in public places, to stop trucks from parking along a national highway bypassing district headquarters Goalpara, about 160 km west of Guwahati.“Apart from preventing unlawful assembly, Section 144 can be imposed to meet any emergency requirements. In this case, the order has been promulgated to prevent trucks from parking along the highway and causing inconvenience to the local people,” said Ghanshyam Dass, Goalpara’s deputy commissioner.The order, issued on May 21, was based on complaints from people residing along two stretches of the highway – Damra to Dudhnoi and Dhupdhara to Krishnai.District officials said imposing Section 144 specifically for trucks is not common, though the authorities in adjoining Meghalaya had once used the Section to stop overloading of trucks. The Goalpara district, central to the demand for a tribal (Rabha) council, has had a history of clashes between tribal and non-tribal people, specifically migrant Muslims. Six years ago, the district witnessed a conflict between the Rabhas and Garos, two tribal groups spread in parts of Assam and Meghalaya.last_img read more

Resting World Cup-bound fast bowlers in IPL 2019 wrong thought process: Nehra

first_imgContrary to popular opinions, former India pacer Ashish Nehra has said India should not rest its pace bowlers during the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be starting two weeks after the cash-rich tournament in India.Nehra, who is now the coach of Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), has insisted the fast bowlers play 8-10 matches in IPL 2019 as he believes match practice is necessary for the pacers.The IPL 2019, it has been announced, will start from March 23 and is expected to go on until the first or the second week of May while the World Cup in England will kick off from May 30.England and Australia cricket boards reportedly informed the IPL franchises that their players won’t be available after May 1. Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli wanted the India pacers to skip IPL and focus on World Cup preparations, according to an Indian Express report.”… I think it is a wrong thought-process to rest the World Cup-bound fast bowlers during the IPL. Lohey ko zang lag jaata hai [Iron gets rusted]. No matter how much training you do, you need match practice. If a bowler himself feels he needs rest then that is a different matter. In my view, they should play 8-10 IPL games. It will be helpful for the World Cup,” Nehra told The Mumbai Mirror.”You can get injured any time, not only during the IPL. In the 2011 World Cup, I got injured in the semi-final against Pakistan. You can get injured in practice too. Or even in the first match of the World Cup. We will have a couple of weeks between the IPL and the World Cup, which is sufficient to recover from niggles,” he added.advertisementIndia have been careful about the workload of their World Cup probables, especially their pacers. In-form Jasprit Bumrah, who rattled the Australians in India’s first-ever series win on Australian soil, has been rested from the ongoing ODI series and the upcoming limited-over series in New Zealand.Pack of 5-6 pacers bowling well at the same time: NehraMeanwhile, Nehra also pointed out that the current India pace attack is finding a lot of success due to the availability of backup options.Notably, Kohli-led India’s pace attack outshone their Australian counterparts in the Test series. The trio of Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma broke the world record for the most number of wickets by a trio in a calendar year even as the likes of Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were warming the benches.”We did not have good backups. Only two-three good bowlers. There was talent though. RP Singh, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel were good Test bowlers for a while. I was struggling with injuries. Ajit Agarkar was doing well in patches. The likes of Debasis Mohanty, Tinu Yohannan, Harvinder Singh came in, but were not able to establish themselves, so there was flux,” Nehra added.”I tell you had we fast bowlers not had the kind of injuries we had, India would have won the series in England in 2002 that we drew 1-1. In Pakistan in 2003-04, Zaheer Khan got injured but Irfan Pathan and L Balaji did well, and we won the series against a very good side.”Now the pack of five-six fast bowlers are all bowling well at the same time. They are fitter too. Of course, you will not often get the stats they got last year, because they played on such helpful pitches in South Africa and England. Now even bowlers such as Umesh and Bhuvneshwar are confined to the bench.”Also Read | India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma tries his hand at floss dance after Sydney masterclassAlso Read | Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar to replace Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul in Australia, New ZealandAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squadAlso See:last_img read more

Sarri front-runner for Chelsea with Conte exit imminent

first_imgChelsea Sarri the front-runner for Chelsea job as Conte edges closer to exit Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:01 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Maurizio Sarri Antonio Conte Napoli Chelsea 2017-18 Getty/Goal Chelsea Napoli Premier League Antonio Conte The Blues remain keen on replacing their current manager with another Italian coach, who is looking to move on from Napoli Chelsea remain keen to replace Antonio Conte with Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri and it is increasingly a matter of when, rather than if, the Italian leaves Stamford Bridge, Goal understands.Sarri is keen for a move to Chelsea and his enthusiasm for the job has allowed him to become the front-runner ahead of former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, whose higher wage demands make him a tougher appointment.Zenit St Petersburg have also made an offer to Sarri, but he is delaying his response in the hope that officials at Stamford Bridge activate his £7 million ($9.3m) release clause. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is already in talks with Carlo Ancelotti to replace Sarri at the Stadio San Paolo after failing to receive an answer following post-season talks to renew the 59-year-old’s contract.In addition to Sarri, Chelsea have also been linked with Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic but he appears to be an outsider for the job, while Monaco have confirmed that Leonardo Jardim will stay in his post, despite Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes taking an interest in placing him at a new club.Meanwhile, the confirmation that Conte will leave Chelsea is imminent, despite his FA Cup final win at Wembley last Saturday against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.Conte’s exit from Chelsea after winning two trophies in two seasons is due to fraught relationships with the club’s board, and he has also left some of his squad feeling either unhappy or indifferent towards him.Antonio Conte ChelseaGary Cahill and Thibaut Courtois have admitted that the speculation around Conte’s future had unsettled the team’s efforts to qualify for the Champions League after Chelsea missed out on a top-four finish.Former Juventus coach Conte will be due a £9m pay-out for the duration of his contract upon his departure from Chelsea, but that will stop if he takes another managerial role.However, with there currently no suitable vacancies for Conte, the Italian may decide to take a break once his Chelsea departure is confirmed.last_img read more

New Sunshine Coast Stadium

first_imgHaving constructed the main field at Stockland Park to national standard, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council agreed to further develop the precinct by constructing a grandstand with high standard player and spectator facilities that would comply with State Sports Venue standards. The stadium is a 1000 seat grandstand with high standard player and spectator facilities, including three levels, state of the art player change rooms, coaches’ boxes, medical rooms and catering facilities. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships, go to www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com. Don’t forget to follow Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the following links:www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Touch Football Australia’s YouTube Channel will also be updated regularly throughout the event with highlights and interviews from the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships. To view the Channel, please click on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

Public Prosecutor Forces Hirak Detainees to Appear Before Court

Rabat – Five detainees of the Rif Hirak movement, including Nasser Zefzafi allegedly refused to appear before Casablanca’s Appeal court on Tuesday, January 2, according to Moroccan media.Hakim El Ouardi, a public prosecutor said that he received a report from the director of the Ain Sebaa prison, saying that Zefzafi and three other detainees refused to attend the hearing.“The defendants were examined by the prison doctor, who affirmed that their health conditions are normal and stable, but they refused to attend the trial,” added El Ouardi. The prosecutor condemned the activists’ refusal to appear before the court, stating that this strategy will “hinder the progress of the trial.” The prosecutor also asked the court to issue a warning to the defendants, saying that he will bring the detainees by force if they persist in their refusal.The lawyers of the Hirak detainees, Mohamed Aghanaj denied the content of the report presented to the general prosecutor, saying that Zefzafi “personally insisted on his willingness to appear at the hearing.”The trial restarted around 14:30 p.m. and the five defendants were brought back from Oukacha prison to the trial’s room.On Tuesday, December 26 the Hirak detainees trial was postponed. The activist’s defense committee informed the judge of the trial that detainees are carrying out “mass strike” due to the “ill-treatment” and “deliberate collective punishment” they claim to be subjected to by prison officials.A prominent leader of the Hirak movement, Nasser Zefzafi has demanded the court “to accelerate his execution through a death penalty.”Zefzafi said that he is ready to be executed starting tomorrow. “I would die as a martyr for this country.”“Any victory is greater than this. We have left children, young men, and women behind us. They will win back this country,” he said inside the courtroom.The detained Hirak activists are facing a variety of charges, including “undermining the internal security of the state,” according to Casablanca’s court. read more

AP Explains Behind Libra Facebooks new digital currency

NEW YORK — Facebook is unveiling a digital currency called Libra as the company seeks to make its ads more valuable by enabling smoother transactions and payments online, particularly among those without credit cards or bank accounts.Libra will use the same security and record-keeping principles as Bitcoin, the most popular digital currency system today. But unlike Bitcoin, Libra is backed by several traditional financial companies, including PayPal, Visa and Mastercard, and will base its value on multiple real-world currencies such as the U.S. dollar and the euro. Libra also faces additional scrutiny over privacy, given Facebook’s poor record on the matter.Here’s a look at Libra and other cryptocurrencies.WHAT’S A CRYPTOCURRENCY ANYWAY?It’s a form of digital cash that uses encryption technology to make it secure. Cryptocurrencies exist not as physical bills or coins but rather as lines of digitally signed computer code. Records are typically kept on ledgers known as blockchain.People can store their cryptocurrency stashes in virtual wallets that resemble online bank accounts. Facebook is developing a wallet app for Libra. As with other cryptocurrencies, people will be able to buy and sell libras on exchanges for traditional currencies. It’s not clear what fees, if any, consumers will have to pay for such transfers, although Facebook says they should be low.WHY NOT USE BITCOIN?Although Bitcoin has gotten a lot of attention, it isn’t widely used. For one thing, its value fluctuates wildly, meaning that $100 in bitcoins today might be worth $300 a month from now — or $2.50. Only a handful of merchants accept bitcoins as payments.Facebook is hoping to keep the libra’s value stable by tying it closely to established currencies. Unlike most other cryptocurrencies, the Libra will be backed by real-world bank deposits and government securities in a number of leading currencies.Facebook is also recruiting partners ahead of time. Lyft, Uber and Spotify already have joined the Libra group. They will likely accept libras when the system launches. They’ll also help fund, build and govern the system. That’ll make Libra less of a free-for-all than Bitcoin. Facebook says Libra will embrace regulation, but it isn’t providing many details on how.With most cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, anyone can lend computing power to verify transactions and to prevent anyone spending the same digital coin twice. With Libra, the verifications will initially be managed by its founding companies, such as Facebook and PayPal. Facebook believes the closed approach will mean better security.ARE CRYPTOCURRENCIES ANONYMOUS?Although it’s possible to trace bitcoins and some other cryptocurrencies as they are spent, owners of accounts behind the transactions aren’t necessarily known. That makes such currencies a favourite among certain cybercriminals. But it is sometimes possible to tie cryptocurrency transactions to a real person who has cashed out digital coinage into a traditional currency.And if someone spends libras while logged onto Facebook, it’s theoretically possible Facebook could tie it back to a real person. Facebook says it won’t be able to see this data when someone uses a third-party wallet, although it hasn’t yet explained why that is.Facebook says it won’t use Libra data to target ads, but may share data “to keep people safe, comply with the law, and provide basic functionality.” Facebook is creating a subsidiary, Calibra, to try to keep the operations separate.GETTING STARTEDLibra is scheduled to launch publicly in the first half of next year. Whether consumers will embrace it is another matter. Discounts potentially offered by Uber and other partners might be enough to get people to at least try the system. But many people find it easy enough to pay for goods and services online with credit and debit cards.There could be greater appeal among people who don’t have bank accounts. Libra could open up e-commerce to them.Though Libra could be a way for Facebook to drive spending when people interact with Facebook ads, the company says the currency will be independent and won’t require a Facebook account to use.Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press read more

JVP questions Indian government stand

The opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today questioned the stand of the Indian central government on the agitation campaign taking place in Tamil Nadu against Sri Lanka.JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the Indian government must state clearly if it can assure the safety of Sri Lankans visiting India. He said that it is the responsibility of the Indian government and not Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jeyaram to ensure the security of foreigners visiting that country. “The Indian government is passing the ball to Jayalalithaa then she is passing the ball back to the Indian central government and then the Indian government is passing the ball to the IPL organizers. This won’t do,” he said.The JVP MP also said that the Sri Lankan government must also clearly state if it’s safe for Sri Lankans to travel to India. He also slammed the Sri Lankan government for handing over several projects in Sri Lanka to the Indians which has affected the country’s foreign policy. “This is not about the IPL. This is about Sri Lankans travelling to India after obtaining a valid visa. What they are going for is irrelevant,” he said.Dissanayake said both the Indian and Sri Lankan government’s are ignoring the core issue and passing the buck.“Tamil Nadu and the Indian government should sort their issues. That’s not our problem. Tamil Nadu cannot deal with our government. The Indian government must do that,” he said. The JVP MP also accused the Sri Lankan government of creating the situation which has developed in Tamil Nadu by failing to address the core issues behind the 30 year war. (Colombo Gazette) The MP was responding to the recent incidents in Tamil Nadu targeting Sri Lankans, which has culminated with Sri Lankan cricketers being banned from taking part in IPL matches to be played in Chennai. read more

Business leader leaves stamp on Goodman history

Deepak Chopra came ready to deliver a wealth of business knowledge to a room of eager listeners.The President and CEO of Canada Post was on campus Thursday, Oct. 5, to provide insight into the corporation and receive the 2017 Distinguished Leader award presented by Brock’s Goodman School of Business.Now in its 10th year, the Distinguished Leader Series is a tradition that recognizes the achievements of several business leaders in a wide range of industries.The leader of one of Canada’s most well-known brands and one of the country’s largest employers, Chopra has more than 25 years of global experience in the financial services, technology, logistics and e-commerce industries.He spent a full day on campus and addressed a crowd of close to 300 members of the Brock community as part of the D.G. Willmot Leader Series, where he shared some of the wisdom he has gathered throughout his career in business.Chopra also met Brock’s senior administration, led an interactive closed-boardroom session with an exclusive group of Goodman student leaders and facilitated a roundtable discussion with local members of the Goodman Alumni Network.“It’s an amazing honour to be recognized in the company of the past distinguished leaders,” Chopra said before beginning his address. “To be in the company of those great leaders as the head postman is quite an honour and I am absolutely thrilled to accept that.”Although Chopra traced Canada Post’s history back to 1763 when the Treaty of Paris was signed, a time when the mail network included three horses travelling between three main cities, he said the organization is no longer “your grandmother’s Canada Post.”Drawing from humble beginnings, Canada Post is now an $8-billion business that has 65,000 employees, 6,300 retail outlets and 16,000 trucks, and covers 16 million addresses from coast to coast.“We go up and down to the moon twice a day. The amount of travel in walking, driving and flying we do every day is going to the moon twice,” Chopra said in an effort to put the workload into perspective.He took the helm of the corporation in 2011, a year that proved to be pivotal in the mail business.“Mail was declining at a pretty sharp rate,” Chopra recalled. “If we did not transform the business, we would have lost $1 billion a year.”With e-commerce in its infancy and macro trends pointing to a jump in online shopping, Chopra recognized it as an opportunity, but the business was not there yet.“We decided that if the market doesn’t exist, we will create it,” he said, explaining that in 2012, his team introduced the Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards to identify and recognize seven small startups that were trying to succeed in the e-commerce field. These included Well.ca and Rent Frock Repeat, which have since grown to become multimillion dollar companies.“We not only invested in the startups and the dreams that these entrepreneurs had, we wanted to create the urgency for larger retailers that were way behind,” Chopra said.“When the market didn’t exist, we created these early shoots, these early success stories. If we had sat back and waited for the opportunity to come to us, we would have waited a long time.”Chopra’s next challenge was to affect change on the culture within Canada Post.“How do you change the culture, how do you drive the passion to succeed, when a lot of people, even today, still have the impression that this is your grandmother’s Canada Post?” he questioned.In Chopra’s mind, he faced two opposite ends of an innovation continuum: he could outsource innovation to an external innovation hub or he could reinvent the core of the business.He decided to harness the knowledge and experience of his employees to build innovative solutions from inside the company. Through the development of a mobile app, delivery solutions like FlexDelivery, drive-thru parcel pickup locations, and a return-friendly fitting room for trying on online purchases, Chopra led his team to redefining Canada Post’s core business to be relevant in a digital age.“You wouldn’t expect that from your grandmother’s post office,” he said.Chopra’s story of having the courage to redefine a failing business model at a crucial time in the industry is one of tenacity — one that required a clear vision and an effective and innovative leader who could look ahead to identify a profitable opportunity.“We are now at a stage where we are growing. We’re profitable. We became Canada’s No. 1 parcel company two years ago and we will maintain that spot. We were left for dead six years ago,” he said.“I’m so blessed and lucky to be part of that journey where we were able to redefine the business that has national implications and hopefully we will create another generation of people who will be inspired.”Past recipients of the Distinguished Leader award include Martine Irman of TD Bank Group, Rossana Magnotta of Magnotta Winery, Len Pennachetti of Cave Spring Cellars, Ned Goodman of Dundee Corporation, Donald Ziraldo of Ziraldo Estate Winery, Galen Weston of Loblaw Companies Limited, Michael McCain of Maple Leaf Foods, John McCall MacBain of McCall MacBain Foundation and Paul House, formerly of Tim Hortons. read more

Football Turning around Ohio States turnover struggles

Ohio State then-junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) quiets opposing fans after an interception in the first half during the Buckeyes game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15, 2016. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorThrough nine games in 2017, Ohio State has forced 13 turnovers.It took five games to reach that milestone last season. Through nine games in 2016, the Buckeyes had forced 14 interceptions alone. They had 18 turnovers total.Ohio State’s offense was more inconsistent last season, but the ability for the Buckeyes’ defense to regularly force turnovers often aided the offense as is scored seven touchdowns and consistently gave the offense opportune field position. Forcing turnovers effectively became part of the team’s offense. This season, it has disappeared. “You know last year, the big thing was, you know, we put an emphasis on that in practice,” redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said Tuesday. “We probably have a period or so where we focus on taking the ball away multiple times. We’ve done the same thing this year, it just hasn’t happened.”There was expected to be some drop-off in the number of turnovers Ohio State forced heading into the year. The Buckeyes finished 2016 tied for the 10th-most turnovers in college football with 27, and they lost 15 of those to the NFL draft with safety Malik Hooker and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley being selected in the first round.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said while losing the three key playmakers on defense hurt, he still has faith in the Buckeyes to be able to turn it around and force more turnovers again. “I don’t think it’s that simple, but I think that’s part of it when you’re talking about three first-round picks,” Schiano said. “But I’m confident we will start to get them. I really am. We’re just not getting them.”The coaching staff has noticed the inability to force turnovers this season, Schiano said. The Buckeyes have continued to practice different methods to increase their takeaways through practice, but nine games in, the results have not yet shown up on the field.“I definitely was concerned, not only before the Iowa game, but as the season had progressed, we weren’t getting them the way that I expected and that we expected as a defense,” Schiano said. “We talked about it last week and we actually made a huge emphasis and got more in practice than we got at any point this season.”Practicing turnovers is not exactly something that is easy to do. Players can practice techniques to force fumbles, learn how to get better reads on quarterbacks, but a degree of error on the other side of the ball is required.After watching the Buckeyes rack up turnovers last season, Worley said opposing offenses this season have gone into games against Ohio State focused on being overprotective of the football. Worley said ball carriers are holding on tighter to the ball and shielding it better, quarterbacks are quicker to release the ball and less likely to throw it in the direction of a looming safety.There is only so much the players can do to force turnovers, Worley said, so it has not become as much of a focus for the team this season. “Honestly, we can’t focus on that,” Worley said. “Because if we start trying to put an emphasis on taking the ball away in a game, you’re not going to get any takeaways. The only thing you’re going to get is missed tackles. So we’ve got to just focus on doing the little things and everything’s going to come.”Worley might say it is only a matter of time until the Buckeyes start forcing turnovers, but the team could start to need them sooner rather than later. With a matchup against No. 12 Michigan State at noon Saturday that could decide the Big Ten East, Ohio State needs as much to go its way as possible to keep its conference championship hopes alive. The Buckeyes will not all of a sudden become the ballhawks they were last season. But Schiano said the team will keep practicing different techniques to turn its fortunes around in that area and perhaps the Buckeyes can at least put themselves in better positions to force more turnovers.“It’s kind of like a batting streak,” Schiano said. “I’ve been doing this a long time and you go through streaks where you’re just getting them and bushels and then sometimes you’re in a lull. We’re doing a lot of the same emphasis drills and a lot of the same emphasis things on video, as much if not more. It’s just not adding up right now. But we keep going, it will come.” read more

Should Landon Donovan Be Going to the World Cup

On Thursday night, the head coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team, Jurgen Klinsmann, decided he would not be taking Landon Donovan to the 2014 World Cup. Given that Donovan is one of the most decorated and long-standing soccer players in U.S. history, the news came as a shock to many American soccer fans.But for those who follow the sport closely, Donovan’s omission from the roster wasn’t so surprising. Klinsmann and Donovan got off to a rocky start in 2011, when Klinsmann first took the head coaching job and Donovan decided to take a break from soccer. Since then, Donovan has been working to get back into Klinsmann’s player pool, but nagging injuries sidelined him for much of 2013. At age 32, Donovan appeared to have lost some of his pace and ability to finish. Since scoring Oct. 6 of last year, he has taken 32 shots with the LA Galaxy and men’s national team, but he hasn’t scored a goal.Similarly, over the past three years, all of Donovan’s offensive statistics have been declining: goals, assists, expected goals and passing expected assists. (ESPN TruMedia does not have data available before the 2012 Major League Soccer season for these statistics. Passing expected assists are a measure of how many goals we’d expect his passes to generate based on where players received the ball and other context.) Donovan’s most recent performance makes a clear case against sending him to the World Cup.Klinsmann’s detractors are probably clinging to the memory of Donovan’s storied stoppage-time finish against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup, which sent the U.S. out of the group stage. No U.S. player has performed as well as Donovan in the past three World Cups in terms of goals scored (five), and he improved his ability to create scoring chances, complete passes and assists in each subsequent World Cup he played in.No longer finishing goals himself, the best reason to include Donovan on the squad in Brazil is probably his ability to create scoring chances for other people. Since the start of 2013, Donovan created 36 scoring chances in 12 games for the men’s national team — 15 more than any player going to Brazil.But four years is a long time, and a lot has changed for Donovan and soccer in the U.S. People expect something of the men’s national team this summer; simply qualifying for the tournament is no longer a point of pride. In previous World Cups, coaches might have taken a player along for his leadership qualities or experience, but Klinsmann has made it clear that a 32-year-old in bad form is not worth any amount of intangible qualities.It will be difficult to know whether Klinsmann made the right decision until June 26, when the U.S. finishes the group stage of the tournament. Because of Donovan’s name recognition and fan following, his absence might hurt World Cup viewership in the U.S. But the fact that the men’s national team is finally bigger than one player is great news for soccer in America. read more

Victory for Wallace the mule as dressage ban is overturned

Over the weekend, hundreds of horse riders expressed their outrage at the ban.British Dressage has got round the stubborn problem of what to do with a mule, by changing its definition of a horse.It will now follow international regulations which define a horse as a horse “or a pony or other member of the genus Equus. A horse shall be born from a mare.”Mules are the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, so the European definition puts Wallace in the clear.Wallace will compete in Gloucester on 21 July. Christie said, “I think Wallace will be absolutely ecstatic about it. He loves being around other horses and ponies. He really enjoys dressage and getting pats at the end.”She added: “This ruling is important because it opens up the options for people and shows that British Dressage is equal and wants to see every level of equus do what they can do.”British Dressage said that this change would come in “with immediate effect”. Wallace – a rescue mule, who had been found in a bus shelter in Ireland and rescued by the Donkey Sanctuary – had been taking part in unaffiliated tests earlier this summer.He had hoped to make up the numbers in a team taking part in the TeamQuest national championships, because some of the usual horses who would compete were lame. But he was banned. 11-year-old Mule Wallace the Great (right) with his rider Christie Mclean and horse Coleman. Until now, only horses could compete in high level dressage competitions 11-year-old Mule Wallace the Great (right) with his rider Christie Mclean and horse Coleman A mule who was banned from high level dressage competitions is to be allowed to take part, following a public outcry. The Board of Directors of British Dressage, the sport’s governing body, met on Monday to consider the plight of Wallace The Great and released a statement on Wednesday saying that not only could he compete, but so can other mules.Chief executive Jason Brautigam said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Wallace and his fellow mules to compete with BD, as part of our commitment to inclusion and diversity in dressage, making the sport more accessible to all.’Christie Mclean, 30, who rides Wallace, said: “This is fantastic news. Such a huge thank you to British Dressage.”I’m over the moon and completely overwhelmed. I never thought that this would happen in a million years.”Until now, only horses and ponies were allowed to compete in high level dressage competitions. Though mules could compete at low-level, unaffiliated, tests. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

UC Rusal and Chalco to cooperate more closely in the aluminium business

first_imgUnited Company RUSAL and Aluminium Corp of China (Chalco) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) on March 22 detailing the intent to co-operate in areas such as R&D of new technologies in the aluminium industry, development of bauxite resources and investments in integrated hydro powered aluminium production. The MOU was signed by the two major aluminium players in Moscow, in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin during President Xi’s state visit to Russia.‘Actual aluminium market developments highlight the pressure the whole sector is under. This partnership between the two major global players in the aluminium sector is a significant step to address the current situation with the overproduction in the aluminium market. Through close cooperation the companies will look for new technological responses and replace outdated high cost production facilities with new advanced energy-efficient production capacity in Eastern Siberia, so as to promote sustainable development of the aluminium industry,’ said Oleg Deripaska, CEO of RUSAL.Xiong Weiping, President of Chinalco and Chairman of Chalco said: ‘Chalco and RUSAL are both responsible and influential major companies. The signing of the MOU is of great significance in the context of the severe challenges faced by the global aluminium industry. Chalco has a strong edge in R&D, engineering and design, construction, operation management, and in other areas. RUSAL’s clear advantages in aluminium industry technologies and hydro power resources are evident. Both parties will work closely together on various levels in the aluminium sector by complementing each other’s advantages, thereby contributing to the sound development of the global aluminium industry.’The partnership is in line with the strategic goal of the two countries to increase trading volumes. With the staunch support from both governments, the two companies will use both countries’ competitive advantages to reduce energy costs, further expand their markets, and seek out better investment opportunities and develop quality projects in the global mining industry.RUSAL is the world’s largest producer of aluminium, in 2012 accounting for approximately 9% of global production of aluminium and 8% of alumina. UC RUSAL employs about 72,000 people in 19 countries, across five continents. It markets and sells its products primarily in the European, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, South East Asian and North American markets.Chalco was established in the People’s Republic of China on September 10, 2001 with Aluminium Corp of China (Chinalco) being its controlling shareholder. As a leader of China’s non-ferrous metals industry, Chalco has independently developed and applied many new technologies and processes like the Ore-dressing Bayer Process and 500 kA High-Amperage Electrolytic aluminium Cell. It has an outstanding management team and a pool of technical professionals (with expertise in full-ranging areas) who have developed many core technologies with independent intellectual property rights. Chalco is the only aluminium enterprise in China that integrates the exploration and mining of bauxite, coal and iron ore, the production and sales of alumina, primary aluminium and fabricated products, as well as related R&D. It is China’s largest producer of alumina, primary aluminium and fabricated products. It is also the world’s second largest alumina producer and the third largest primary aluminium provider.last_img read more

Lisa McInerney Pop culture in 2013 was full of wacky antics highs

first_imgSO 2013 IS coming to an end and it’s time for us all to pause, blink, and wildly tot up exactly what pop culture taught us this year. Oh, you may laugh, but pop culture is the window to the collective soul, and clearly in 2013 we yearned for high-waisted PVC knickers, convulsive dance moves and tornadoes made of sharks. Hey, it’s a rich tapestry.Here’s what we learned from the land of bubblegum and froth in 2013.1. All dancing is open to interpretationWe’ll remember 2013 for two equally irritating crazes: the Harlem Shake (That Wasn’t Really A Harlem Shake), and Appropriated Twerking. The first was a meme, and so thankfully as short-lived as it was obnoxious, like the Crazy Frog or a dose of the trots. The second was the requisition of sexually suggestive squatting by pallid pop stars desperate to shake a squeaky-clean persona. The most intolerable was Miley Cyrus, who yanked twerking into the mainstream with a performance at the VMAs in which she saw fit to hump a novelty foam hand. She went on to be satirised by the equally urban (i.e. not very urban at all) Lily Allen, who appointed professional dancers to twerk while she sang about how twerking was shit. Was there ever a dance to polarise the masses so? Well, yes. It was called the Macarena and it was a million times worse because your nana could do it (Nanas, please don’t twerk. There’s a safer way to make a compete tit of yourself: Prancercise™).On home shores, Linda Martin murdered song of the year ‘Get Lucky’ on the Saturday Night Show, jazzing it up with some awkward hip-shimmying. Those who managed to see enough of her performance through their fingers judged it ill-advised and watched Stephen Colbert waggle his arse to the anthem with Bryan Cranston instead. Proving, perhaps, that you don’t have to be a professional dancer to have moves; you just need to not be Linda Martin.Then there was Beyoncé, who became enraged when unflattering photographs of her dancing at her Super Bowl show appeared on Buzzfeed. Though the writers of the piece were merely paying homage to Bey’s fierceness, Bey proved to be distressingly deficient in the humour department, and subsequently banned press photographers from her Mrs Carter world tour lest more unbecoming images of her making stupid faces mid-routine appear on the world wide web and shatter her congregation. The point is that dancing, once thought of as the physical portrayal of joy, is VERY SUPER SERIOUS, and Beyoncé just plum ain’t going to do it if we’re going to snigger at her.2. Popularity makes terrible people more terribleThere was a disproportionate amount of monstrous carry-on from stars this year. Justin Bieber abandoned his monkey, allegedly threatened DJs and was rumoured to have visited houses of ill-repute, leading to his being christened Joffrey Bieber by everyone over the age of twelve. Miley Cyrus, when she wasn’t licking hammers, publicly mocked the mental health of Amanda Bynes and Sinead O’Connor. Robin Thicke huffed that those who criticised his ridiculously sexist video for ridiculously sexist ditty Blurred Lines just didn’t get that it was an ode to blissful monogamy. Caitlin Moran made Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman read pornographic fan fiction at a Sherlock Q&A session, because homosexuality is a hoot and fangirls are tragic virgins who need public shaming. Shia LaBeouf, when he wasn’t being kicked in the crotch in London street brawls, “forgot” to credit Daniel Clowes, the artist whose concept, story and dialogue he ripped off for his own short film. A swathe of the constellation was only atrocious this year.They could all do with taking lessons from the consistently delightful Jennifer Lawrence, the Oscar-winner who proved in 2013 that you can be goofy, elegant, funny, generous and talented all at the same time. Turns out it’s not all that difficult to NOT behave like there’s some douchebag quota you desperately need to fill in time for the Bigwigs Ball, no matter how lauded and cosseted you are.3. Selfie was word of the year for a reasonThe Oxford Dictionary announced that “selfie” was the word of 2013 (pipping “twerk” at the post, incidentally), and it’s hardly surprising. From Gaga’s dramatic Instagram account being flagged by her worried fans, to Beyoncé’s self-produced hagiographical documentary, 2013’s beautiful people showed us that image manipulation was no longer just for hardnosed agents and the Daily Mail. Most dedicated of the lot was the two-headed beast known as Kimye – Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – who set fans and bemused onlookers chewing on their own tongues with an excruciating music video for Bound 2, in which they simulated coitus on a motorbike. As your local Vikings chapter could tell you, that kind of carry-on is just asking for trouble.4. Pop culture isn’t just the small stuffFrom the outpouring of grief over the death of James Gandolfini, to the continued regard for Nigella Lawson despite a number of vicious allegations and confessions, it’s clear that a public figure does not – should not – automatically become a figure of fun or derision, and that the old adage which says we put people on pedestals only to knock them down isn’t always true. That we are, as a whole, appreciative of tremendous talent or a shining personality.The success of sixteen-year-old Lorde changed what we expect from young musicians. The fact that the good deeds accredited to Pope Francis bled into the pop cultural awareness told us that popular inspiration can come from the most traditional sources. The support for Tom Daley, who came out as bisexual in one of the most viewed YouTube videos of the year, and the condemnation of those few trolls who took the opportunity to pitch homophobic vitriol, showed that we’re largely a good bunch who have bigger things to worry about than who an adult happens to love. The considered, engaged debate about mental health inspired by Conor Cusack showed our desire to move away from the days of shame and stigma. The success of Grand Theft Auto V, which made a billion dollars in sales after only three days, making it the biggest entertainment product ever, proved that what’s considered mainstream is apt to change a lot quicker than some of us would like to believe. With shows like Breaking Bad and Orange Is The New Black dominating watercooler waffle, the culture of risk-taking and character-centric writing in TV meant the small screen finally towered over its silver sibling.And so we look forward to 2014, and another year of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll giving us more than brief distraction from the big news stories. That’s not to say we won’t pray for the eradication of the Sidebar of Shame and the retirement of loon-for-hire Katie Hopkins; we know there’s substance in the lighter stuff, but we’re not masochists… 2013 was full of ostensibly casual moments over which we could bond and track how our society is changing. So here’s to another year of PR bloat, wacky antics, highs, lows and deceptive depth.Read more of Lisa McInerney’s columns here >Read: Colin Farrell “never consummated” his relationship with Elizabeth TaylorRead: Miley Cyrus, Pope Francis or Snowden? TIME magazine to reveal Person of the YearWe’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email opinions@thejournal.ielast_img read more

Sligo has the highest rate of people on JobBridge right now

first_imgWaterford – 1.24 per cent/880 placements since 2011Sligo – 1.22 per cent/507 placements since 2011Monaghan – 1.21 per cent/453 placements since 2011Westmeath – 1.16 per cent/627 placements since 2011Limerick – 1.11 per cent/1375 placements since 2011Galway – 1.05 per cent/1704 placements since 2011Dublin – 1.05 per cent/8973 since 2011A jobseeker could have taken part in more than one placement.“Independent research indicates that over 60 per cent of interns progress into paid employment within five months of completing their internship,” Minister Joan Burton said.“These progression outcomes are exceptionally positive and compare very favourably with European averages in this area.”Many rural counties have been adversely  badly affected by unemployment.Figures from the CSO show that 124,219 people on the Live Register in Border, Midland, and Western region in February of this year, and 273,850 Southern and Eastern region.Population figures are based the population of each county aged 18-65 from Census 2011.*Article previously stated that Carlow had the highest rate of people currently on JobBridge interships. Updated data shows that it is ranked 12th, with 86 people on internships making up 0.25 per cent of the population. Click here to see raw data here (.csv format).Read: Less than €2 extra per week for unemployed parents on Gateway scheme >More: Just 69 people have taken up Gateway places > Updated 2.32pm with improved data*.Click here to view a larger version. (Image Credit: TheJournal.ie)SLIGO CURRENTLY HAS the highest rate of people taking part in the controversial JobBridge internship scheme.144  people, or 0.35 per cent of the population aged between 18 to 65, are currently taking part.Dublin has the highest actual number of people taking part, with 2033 participants (0.24 per cent of the population).There are currently 6,586 jobseekers on JobBridge schemes across the country.There has been a total of 26,650 placements since the scheme began in 2011 – enough for 0.91 per cent of the eligible population.In response to a question put to the Minister for Social Protection by Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys, the figures show the counties with the highest number of placements per head of population were:last_img read more

Bill would put WiFi and femtocells in all public federal buildings

first_imgSome may not consider Wi-Fi coverage to be a national concern, but two Senators do. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced legislation on Friday which would require the General Services Administration (GSA) to install Wi-Fi and femtocell base stations in all public federal buildings. The belief is that in doing so there will be less of a burden on mobile broadband and voice networks since most phones support Wi-Fi connectivity and indoor connectivity would improve thanks to femtocell technology.If passed, the law would require all new federal buildings to be installed with Wi-Fi and femtocell base stations while existing buildings would be retrofitted by 2014. The work would be funded through the allocation of $15 million from the Federal Buildings Fund. Currently, the GSA owns or operates 9,000 public federal buildings.AdChoices广告On the legislation, Senator Snow is quoted as saying:With over 276 million wireless subscribers across our nation and growing demand for wireless broadband, it is imperative that we take steps to improve wireless communication capacity and this legislation will make measurable progress towards that goal. Given that approximately 60 percent of mobile Internet use and 40 percent of cell phone calls are completed indoors, utilizing technologies such as wi-fi and femtocells will dramatically improve coverage.The legislation compliments the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, released in March of this year, by streamlining the Federal rights-of-ways and wireless transmitter sitings to expedite the expansion of wireless and broadband infrastructure, especially in rural areas. Both were recommendations originally made in the National Broadband Plan.Read more at the press releaselast_img read more

Super glue inventor Harry Coover dies aged 94

first_imgSuper glue (cyanoacrylates) is up there with Velcro as materials we have always taken for granted without really acknowledging someone had to be clever enough to invent them in the first place. In the case of super glue that person was Harry W. Coover, and he has just passed away at the ripe old age of 94.His fast-acting and super-strong adhesive was invented in 1942 as a side effect of another project to create transparent plastic gun sights. The sights didn’t work out because the material created stuck everything together, but the adhesive that came out of those experiments was eventually sold as a super glue called Eastman 910.Super glue’s uses are widespread and diverse. While you may use it to fix an object that is broken, be it wood, ceramic, or metal, it was also used to quickly seal wounds on the battlefield, and for allowing new coral to grow underwater due to its ability to resist water. It is used in forensics to get latent fingerprints, can be combined with baking soda to form a lightweight filler, and is a favorite with aircraft modellers. Talk to anyone and I guarantee they will know someone who has stuck their fingers together with the stuff, too.When Coover retired from Eastman Kodak he had 460 patents to his name. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2004, and was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation given to him by President Obama.Although Mr. Coover’s life is now at an end, the adhesive he invented looks set to live on in many forms indefinitely and we should all remember him fondly for creating such a useful glue.Read more at The Original Super Glue Blog, via Time NewsFeedlast_img read more

Early morning fire damages Vancouver home

first_imgAn early morning fire displaced a family of three in east Vancouver on Saturday.The fire was reported at 1:08 a.m. in the 3000 block of N.E. 186th Place, north of the Harmony Sports Complex. Vancouver firefighters arrived to find flames engulfing two exterior walls and flames through the roof on the back of the house, according to Capt. Joe Spatz.A working smoke detector had alerted the occupants to the fire, and they were standing outside when firefighters arrived.The exterior fire was quickly extinguished, Spatz said. As more fire crews arrived, they were sent inside the 3,000-square-foot home to extinguish fires in second-floor bedrooms and the attic.Crews remained on scene for approximately four hours ensuring all hot spots were extinguished.Three residents of the home plus a dog were displaced and received assistance from the American Red Cross.The Clark County fire marshal was called to investigate the cause of the fire.Camas-Washougal firefighters assisted the Vancouver Fire Department on the call.last_img read more

At least six injured as quake rocks the southern Philippines

first_imgManila : At least six people were injured and some buildings damaged on Saturday when an earthquake sent terrified residents of the southern Philippines fleeing their homes before dawn, police said. The 5.8-magnitude quake struck the northeast coast of Mindanao island at 4:42 am (2042 GMT Friday) at a depth of 11.8 kilometres (7.3 miles), with residents reporting at least three less intense aftershocks. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Officers at the police station in Madrid town, near the epicentre, ducked beneath tables as the glass door of a filing cabinet splintered and a television set fell and shattered off a table, said its police chief Lieutenant Wilson Uanite. “We saw people running out of their homes. A number of residences sustained minor damage like cracked walls, and we initially counted six people with slight injuries,” Uanite told AFP. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Patients were also evacuated at the Madrid District Hospital, which sustained cracks on its concrete walls, he added. The roof of an old car park in Madrid collapsed, causing slight damage to the town’s two fire trucks and three cars, Uanite said. The Philippines is part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from quake-prone Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin. The country’s most recent deadly quake occurred in April when at least 11 people were killed in a 6.3-magnitude temblor that hit a region north of the capital Manila, causing a supermarket to collapse.last_img read more

UNHCR envoy calls for more support for Rohingys

first_img.UNHCR Goodwill ambassador Cate Blanchett Wednesday warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh.”Heavy rains, potential cyclones and adverse weather conditions are threatening to put more than one hundred thousand Rohingya refugees living in congested settlements in Cox’s Bazaar district at serious risk in the coming months,” she said in Geneva.Blanchett, on return from a visit to Bangladesh this week, called for urgent action to support UNHCR and its partners working with Bangladesh government to avoid an “emergency within an emergency”, an UNHCR press release issued in Geneva on Wednesday said.Since August 2017 over 671,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have sought safety in Bangladesh.”The Rohingya refugees have already experienced targeted violence, human rights abuses and horrific journeys…They have shown unimaginable resilience and courage,” Blanchett said.She added, “But now, as the monsoon season approaches, the government of Bangladesh, supported by UNHCR and its partners, are in a race against time to ensure the refugees are as safe as they can be to deal with potential floods and landslides.”Calling for the international community to show solidarity and share the responsibility of this crisis with Bangladesh government Blanchett said the people of Bangladesh and host communities have been the first to respond to this crisis.”But I cannot stress how much more help is needed for these vulnerable stateless refugees, the majority of whom are women and children,” she said describing it as the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.Blanchett said the Rohingys are a stateless minority and the people and government of Bangladesh have shown tremendous generosity and hospitality in the face of this influx.Kevin J Allen, Head of UNHCR’s emergency operation in Cox’s Bazaar said, “Bangladesh saved thousands of lives when it opened its borders and arms to Rohingya refugees.””It is now critical that we stand firmly by Bangladesh and the refugees we serve to protect them from cyclonic winds and heavy rains,” Kevin said.UNHCR is working to build dignified and decent lives for the stateless Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, including access to healthcare, education, shelter and self-reliance.The solutions to this refugee crisis lie in Myanmar, and UNHCR has therefore called on Myanmar to create conditions in Rakhine State that would permit the safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of refugees who voluntarily choose to return to their homes.last_img read more