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John Abraham calls on Assam CM

first_imgGuwahati, Sept 21 (PTI) Bollywood actor John Abraham, also the owner of NorthEast United Football Club (NEUFC), called on Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and discussed with him issues related to the opening ceremony of the third edition of Indian Sports League (ISL) here. The Chief Minister and the Bollywood actor discussed last evening the measures being taken to make the opening ceremony a success, an official release said here today.The opening ceremony of the third season of ISL will be held at Sarusajai Stadium, Guwahati on October 1. The CM assured the NEUFC that the administration would extend all possible support and assistance so that Guwahati can play the host of the football carnival. They also discussed North Easts contribution to the development of Indian football and its potential in shaping the future of the game in the country. PTI DG CR PDS CMlast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Saudi Arabia sign off on a high after humiliating start

first_imgSaudia Arabia opened their 2018 FIFA World Cup on a horrendous note as they suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat against hosts Russia. They suffered another loss in their next match against Uruguay as the Asian side got eliminated from the tournamnet.However, the 2-1 come-from-behind win against Egypt in their last Group A encounter should work as the perfect return gift. The victory was the first for the Green Falcons at a World Cup in 24 years and lifted them up to third place in the group no mean feat considering they were the second-lowest ranked side of the tournament.That upswing was evident in Saudi coach Juan Antonio Pizzis own description of the tournament as the Argentine-born former Spain international described the defeat against Russia as a shock.We were taken by surprise, he told reporters on Monday.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHe went on to commend his players for not letting that game define their World Cup, instead emerging to play faster-paced, more attacking football in their next two fixtures.The Saudis the majority of whom play for domestic clubs were noticeably improved in their second game against two-time world champions Uruguay. They lost 1-0, which restored some pride despite.World Cup: Egyptian football expert dies of shock after Saudi Arabia defeatSalman Al-Faraj went on to score the teams first goal of the tournament against Egypt after the Saudis were awarded a penalty on the stroke of halftime, before Salem Al-Dawsari slotted home the winning goal in the 95th minute.advertisementThey will be able to tell their children, grandchildren: I scored during a World Cup, added Pizzi, who took over as coach in November.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEOnce back in the kingdom, the Saudis will turn their attention to preparing for next years Asian Cup hosted by the United Arab Emirates.We will focus on the Asian Cup and I am absolutely convinced, 100 percent sure, that we will continue to improve in the next six months and that we will be able to compete at the highest level and go there to win the cup, Pizzi said.While it remains unclear how long Pizzi will stay on at the helm of the Saudi Arabian squad, who have had a high turnover of coaches, the former striker appeared to be taking a long view.We need to keep working, we need to be patient, we need to support the team. Nothing can be achieved from one day to another, everything takes time, Pizzi said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Hyderabad Test: India look to continue domination over West Indies

first_imgIndia take on West Indies in the second Test on Friday in Hyderabad, where the Indians will look to gain more confidence while the Windies would want to salvage some pride.The Windies were thwarted by Virat Kohli-led Indian side by a record innings and 272 runs in the first Test in Rajkot. It was the way in which the Windies were absolutely outplayed that drew a lot of criticism.As India and West Indies prepare to take on once more, captain Jason Holder is still not 100 per cent fit and their only well known fast bowler Shannon Gabriel is a doubtful starter for the Test.India, on the other hand, have decided not to make any changes and instead opted for the same side in the second Test as well.The lop-sided matches are hardly the kind of preparation the Indian team would have wanted before the big-ticket series against Australia starting December.Also read – Virat Kohli unhappy with quality of SG balls, says Dukes most suited for Test cricketIn fact, Virat Kohli’s team might not be able to escape a sense of deja vu as it goes into the second Test. In 2011, India dominated West Indies 2-0 in a one-sided series before crashing to a 0-4 defeat against Australia Down Under.Similarly, in 2013 when India won both Test matches well inside three days, the next tour of South Africa didn’t pan out well as they lost the series.It is just an indicator that the West Indies Test teams over the years have not been competitive enough to challenge the Indian team, which is anyway formidable on home turf.advertisementThe only area of concern for India will be vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s form, who was touted as the best player in overseas conditions back in 2013-14 season, when he scored 96 at Durban, 118 at Wellington, 103 at the Lord’s and 145 at Melbourne.Also read – Hyderabad Test: West Indies have come up with plans for Prithvi Shaw, says Roston ChaseRahane has gone without a Test hundred for nearly 14 months (last hundred came against Sri Lanka in August 2017).His career has tapered off a bit in the last couple of years. And the second Test would be last shot to get back into a good frame of mind before the Australia series, which could be make or break for him.The Indian team has decided against any experiments with Mayank Agarwal failing to find a place in the XII for this game.Bowling coach Bharat Arun put up a strong argument for the out-of-form KL Rahul (14 failures in 16 knocks this year).The decision to play him for this Test is a fair enough indication that India will be looking at the Rahul-Shaw combination going into that first Test against Australia in Adelaide on December 6.Shardul Thakur continues to be the 12th man as a 2-0 series win is paramount for the home team at this point of time.Also read – Prithvi Shaw a sharp guy but give him space to grow: Virat KohliMohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will also like to use this opportunity well as they are unlikely to feature in the ODI series.For West Indies, the aim will be to at least put up some fight unlike the Rajkot game where they didn’t even last 100 overs across both innings.Kieran Powell’s 83 and Roston Chase’s 53 were the only notable contributions from the Caribbean batting line-up in the first game.In the second innings, it looked as if the batsmen were in a tearing hurry to hit every ball where the need of the hour was to show patience.The West Indies’s slide in Test is a combination of both lack of application and technique needed to compete at the highest level. They would love to redeem themselves, even as they face a formidable unit.Teams:India Final 12: Virat Kohli (captain), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.West Indies Squad: Jason Holder (c), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, and Jomel Warrican.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Hillary Clinton And Katy Perry Attend StarStudded UNICEF Snowflake Ball

first_imgOn November 29, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted its 12th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street, celebrating UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world and highlighting the organization’s 70th anniversary.Pamela Fiori, Hillary Clinton, Katy Perry, and Caryl Stern speak on stage during the 12th annual UNICEF Snowflake BallCredit/Copyright: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for UNICEFThe event honored GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry and Philanthropist Moll Anderson. Presented by Mariner Investment Group LLC and Baccarat, the event raised more than $4 million for UNICEF’s work to put children first. The evening featured a special appearance by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, who surprised Katy Perry – and the audience – and presented her with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award, along with Pamela Fiori, National Board Member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and past Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award recipient.Hosted by Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer, the event featured performances by Sara Bareilles and the cast of The Color Purple. The evening began with the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, presented by UNICEF Snowflake Lighting Sponsor ALEX AND ANI | CHARITY BY DESIGN. Since The UNICEF Snowflake Ball began 12 years ago, the event has raised more than $31 million for UNICEF’s lifesaving programs for children.Sara Bareilles and Hillary Clinton attend the 12th annual UNICEF Snowflake BallCredit/Copyright: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for UNICEFGuests included Orlando Bloom, UNICEF Ambassador Tea Leoni, Allison Williams, Tamron Hall, Kyle Maclachlan, Tim Daly, Lawrence O’Donnell, Brooke Burke-Charvet & David Charvet, Maggie Q, Stephanie March, Erich Bergen, Patina Miller, Adam Kantor, Ali Krieger, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Meryl Davis and Ryan Serhant, among others.Katy Perry was honored with the 2016 Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award. Previous recipients of the award have included UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte.Katy made her Capitol Records debut with 2008’s One of the Boys (which generated four hit singles: “I Kissed A Girl,” “Hot N Cold,” “Thinking of You” and “Waking Up In Vegas”), and cemented her status as a global superstar with the 2010 follow-up album, Teenage Dream. She headlined the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, which set a record as the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show. Katy’s cumulative streams now exceed 10 billion worldwide and she is the most-followed person globally on Twitter.Aside from being one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Katy is an active advocate of many philanthropic causes. In 2013, Katy was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador as a result of her commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide. From traveling to Viet Nam and Madagascar to highlight the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children, to recording PSAs about the importance of empowering girls and supporting adolescents living with HIV/AIDS, as well as raising awareness for UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, Katy has used her powerful voice to advocate for children and support UNICEF’s mission to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality and protection.At yesterday’s event, Katy said that “I’m humbled to receive the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award tonight and celebrate 70 years of UNICEF’s lifesaving work for the children of the world. Audrey Hepburn remains a sparkling example in her career as well as her dedication to being a champion of children. Her life is an inspiration most of us will never match, but hopefully we can aspire to. I’m proud to carry on her shine and to use my voice to help bring attention for issues that affect the world’s most vulnerable children.”Moll Anderson was honored with the Spirit of Compassion Award. Previous recipients of the award include Quincy Jones, Chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group “LA” Reid, and UNICEF Ambassador Alyssa Milano.Moll is an accomplished author, television and radio host, interior designer, life stylist, and advocate for women and children globally. Moll’s career has been filled with many professional achievements, including winning an Emmy for her work as an entertainment reporter. She has been a regular contributor to The Doctors television show, and a guest co-host on FABLife, and she has appeared on numerous other television shows.Along with her professional work, Moll is a dedicated philanthropist, focusing her energy on many deserving causes. She commits her time and resources to improving the lives of women and children in her community and internationally through her work with such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and UNICEF.Moll noted her inspiration for becoming involved in UNICEF’s mission, saying “Why UNICEF? Everyone has been asking me that tonight. Why did I choose UNICEF? UNICEF chose me when I was a little girl. It was Audrey Hepburn. It was seeing Audrey, beautiful Audrey Hepburn on the news as a young woman.”UNICEF Ambassador Vern Yip designed the décor for this year’s UNICEF Snowflake Ball, featuring five colors representing themes inspired by prayer flags that correspond to key UNICEF ideals: blue for peace, red for love, white for health, yellow for joy and green for wisdom. Guests dined on a custom menu featuring collaboration by UNICEF Ambassador Marcus Samuelsson. A live auction hosted by Kate Chertavian featured VIP packages including a Paris Fashion Week experience, a Napa and San Francisco package, tickets and a backstage experience at Katy Perry’s next U.S. tour. The After Party was hosted by UNICEF Next Generation, with a special performance by The Dolls. The After Party was made possible by Presenting Sponsor Al-Monitor.Gillian Miniter and Desiree Gruber chaired the event with Project Chair Jaime Jiménez, Christine and George Stonbely as Snowflake Patrons, and Daria Daniel and Sterling McDavid served as the UNICEF Next Generation Chairs.last_img read more

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Fired ballet staffer Bruce Monk now at Ballet Victoria

first_img Login/Register With: Doucet told CBC in an email she was feeling “shock and disbelief, and fear for the women who were now working with him,” when she found out Monk was with the ballet.Monk, a renowned photographer, was the subject of a Winnipeg police investigation after multiple women came forward to the media and police alleging he took nude photos of them while they were dancers at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.Sarah Doucet told CBC in an email she was feeling ‘shock and disbelief,’ after seeing a photo of Monk on Ballet Victoria’s Facebook page. (Wally Santana/Associated Press)Police investigated but never charged Monk. At the time, Manitoba Justice said the Crown reviewed the case and recommended against charges because a conviction was unlikely. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet fired him in 2015. He declined an interview request through his lawyer for this story.READ MORE Twitter A Winnipeg ballet instructor who was fired after former students came forward accusing him of taking nude photos of them has been doing volunteer and contract work at a ballet company in B.C.Bruce Monk is living in Victoria, where CBC News has learned he actively volunteers and does contracts for Ballet Victoria.“I was shocked,” said Sarah Doucet, a former student of Monk’s who contacted the ballet earlier this year after seeing a photo of Monk on the company’s Facebook page. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Bruce Monk is living in Victoria, where CBC News has learned he actively volunteers and does contracts for Ballet Victoria. (CBC) Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Provinces feds to square off over tax proceeds of legalized marijuana

first_imgOTTAWA – A cross-country squabble over how best to divvy up the proceeds of Canada’s coming legal-weed windfall is about to intensify as finance ministers gather for high-stakes talks in Ottawa.For the provinces and territories, a key question looms: what entitles Ottawa to claim so much as half of the tax revenues that will start flowing when marijuana is legalized next summer?The provincial and territorial governments insist they should get the lion’s share of the funds because they’ll shoulder most — if not all — of the costs associated with legalization.But federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau will counter with an argument during the meetings that Ottawa has already made big financial commitments towards pot legalization, said a senior government official.Morneau will explain that he’s already earmarked more than $1 billion toward legalization over the next five years, with a focus on areas such as public safety, policing and awareness, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.Nearly $700 million of that commitment was outlined in Morneau’s recent fall economic update.“We’ve identified significant funds that we are going to put forward in that regard,” Morneau said on Sunday as he headed to a working dinner with his provincial and territorial counterparts.“We need to cover our costs — they’re legitimate.”At the same time, Morneau added that it’s important to consider how municipalities and provinces will cover the costs required.Negotiations will be centred on the federal Liberal government’s proposal to impose a cannabis excise tax of $1 per gram or 10 per cent of the final retail price, whichever is higher.It’s expected to bring in as much as $1 billion per year. Ottawa has long insisted its legalization plans were never about the money, but about keeping pot away from kids.An initial federal offer of a 50-50 split with the provinces was met with equal parts disdain and incredulity.The federal government has since said it’s prepared to go further — as long as some of that extra cash goes to cities. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities wants a third of the revenues earmarked to help municipal governments handle administrative and policing costs.Morneau reiterated Sunday that he “can be flexible,” but he refused to say how much he’s willing to accept.For ministers like B.C.’s Carole James, it’s unclear why Ottawa should keep any of it.“Before we even get to talking about sharing, we want to hear about what responsibilities the federal government’s taking on to justify taking any of the percentage,” James said in an interview.“Certainly, from our perspective the formula put out by the federal government is a no-go. That’s very clear.”Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa also wants Morneau to explain how the Trudeau government plans earn its share.“I want to know what the feds are going to put in — what they’re going to pay for,” Sousa said in an interview.“I want us to have unity around Canada on this issue and I definitely want to see more because we’re bearing more of the costs.”The added expenses likely to land with the provinces are expected to include public-awareness campaigns, beefed-up policing, busier court systems and increased road safety efforts.“If the responsibility resides with the provinces, then the resources must flow to the provinces,” Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said in an interview.“Any departure from that theme, then, must come with concessions from the federal government.”There’s no guarantee that revenues will be higher than the associated costs, said Friesen — particularly considering Ottawa’s rushed timeline to legalize cannabis by July.The federal government might face some “very small” fixed costs such as those related to its administrative role for taxation, he added, but that “pales in comparison” to the size of the responsibility and the added risks that will be assumed by the provinces.Ottawa has also committed $274 million to support policing and border efforts related to legalization, and some of the money is to go to the provinces.But it remains to be seen if more federal commitments are on the way.Regardless of how it’s divvied up, the excise tax is expected to generate big bucks — as much as $1 billion per year, by one estimate from Liberal MP Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief and the Trudeau government’s point man on legalizing cannabis.Federal and provincial sales taxes would be applied on top of the excise tax, but governments are aiming to ensure the total cost stays reasonable so as to keep black marketeers at bay.Also on the table Sunday and Monday will be the three-year review of the Canada Pension Plan and the federal government’s proposed tweaks to the formula behind equalization payments.Equalization is designed to help poorer provincial governments provide public services that are reasonably comparable to those in other provinces.On Sunday, Ottawa released the 2018-19 equalization payments for the federation’s so-called “have-not” provinces. The same six will receive cash through the $18.9-billion federal program: Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Ontario.At $11.7 billion, Quebec will once again receive by far the biggest payment from Ottawa. It will be an increase of nearly $700 million compared to this year.Ontario, which has seen its economy improve in recent years, will receive $960 million next year — down nearly $500 million from this year.The “have” provinces, which won’t receive any funds through the program, will once again be B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador.The formula is also based on a three-year moving average of economic growth, so a province’s have- or have-not status can lag economy-altering events.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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Fraudster held for duping banks of Rs 8crore

first_imgNoida: Noida Special Task Force (STF) police team has arrested a wanted criminal, carrying bounty of Rs 25,000 on his head, who allegedly duped various banks to the tune of Rs eight crore as he financed over 60 cars against fake documents.Police said that the accused produced fake documents on the name of a Greater Noida based firm, said STF officials. According to police, the accused had been identified as Rajat Kulshreshtha (34), a resident of Antriksh Golf view society of Noida. Cops said that over half a dozen cases of fraud were registered against the accused in Agra district. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticRaj Kumar Mishra, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Noida STF said that the accused had floated a fake automobile company with its address in Greater Noida while he had financed several car loans with banks but the cars were never bought. “Kulsheshtra, along with his friend, had duped banks to the tune of Rs 8 crores as he financed around 61 cars within a span of past three years on the basis of forged documents. The accused had formed fake company while they hired few staffers who responded to calls where they tried to pose it as authentic,” said Mishra. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe officer further said that the gang had submitted forged documents including quotations for vehicles costs, payslips of staff, and other documents to obtain loans. “The accused has been booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 420 (fraud), 467 (forgery) and related offences while nearly seven cases have been registered against in at various police stations in Agra district.” “The accused has been arrested and produced before the Agra police for further proceedings,” added Mishra.last_img read more

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UNfacilitated talks on reunification of Cyprus continue

4 June 2010Talks aiming to reunify the Mediterranean island of Cyprus are continuing along the parameters agreed between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders and the United Nations, an adviser to the Secretary-General said today. “All chapters are being negotiated with the aim of increasing the points of convergence on the understanding that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” Alexander Downer, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, told reporters in the city of Larnaca.He said the two representatives – one acting on behalf of Derviş Eroğlu, the Turkish Cypriot leader, and one representing Demetris Christofias, his Greek Cypriot counterpart – will meet again in the course of next week.“I think their discussions will focus on the property question and no specific date has been set for the next leaders’ meeting, but that could possibly be the following week. So we’ll just have to wait and see. Obviously the process is moving ahead,” Mr. Downer said.He said he would travel to New York next week to brief the Security Council on the status of the talks.A UN peacekeeping mission known as UNFICYP been stationed in Cyprus since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal violence. read more

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World has every interest in better managed migration – senior UN official

Read full story As the world continues to experience unprecedented waves of migration, United Nations experts are highlighting the importance of regional solutions to ensure that people and societies can benefit from this global phenomenon. “Migration is a reality that crosses walls and barbed wire,” said Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Speaking at its headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon at the opening of a two-day meeting on international migration, Mr. Alhakim stressed that to manage this transboundary reality, “regional and international cooperation must also cross borders.” As one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, ESCWA serves as a think tank for its 18 Member States; it brings together experts who work at the regional level to tackle global challenges, while still considering different national realities. Helping countries achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been at the heart of its focus. “Is immigration not the oldest poverty reduction plan?” continued Mr Alhakim, noting that remittances in the Arab region amount to more than $50 billion a year, more than four times the official development assistance (ODA) received by Arab countries. Alongside its partners such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM), ESCWA is facilitating discussions on what should be prioritized for the Arab region in the Global Compact for Migration. This agreement, the first of its kind, is expected to offer solutions to better manage human mobility. “The Arab region is particularly important because it’s at the centre of much of the conflict, it’s a major labour migration area, and it’s also an area that has sent a lot of people elsewhere in the world particularly to Europe, many of whom encountered difficulties along the way,” explained William Lacy Swing, the Director General of IOM. In his address to the forum, he recalled that 3.5 per cent of the world population are international migrants who produce 9 per cent of the world’s global domestic product. That’s reportedly 4 per cent more than they would have produced if they had stayed at home. Meanwhile, Louise Arbour, the UN Special Representative for International Migration, highlighted how much of a challenge it will be for the global compact on migration to be relevant to everyone; in the Arab region alone, countries have very different economic, social and environmental profiles. “We know there are a lot of differences around the world but when you see such striking differences even within a region it brings home the idea that the compact is going to have to be very smart to have appeal and to be implementable,” she underlined. The next regional consultations on the global compact will be held in October in Addis Abba at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and then in November in Bangkok at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). This message was underlined by Louise Arbour, the United Nations Special Representative for International Migration, who was in Beirut, Lebanon, to address pressing issues related to the movement of people in the Arab region. Experts gathered midweek at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) to identify ways of supporting the most vulnerable migrants. This information will feed into a new compact for migration to improve the situation of millions who have chosen – or felt forced – to leave their homes. “We know there are a lot of differences around the world but when you see such striking differences even within a region it brings home the idea that the compact is going to have to be very smart to have appeal and to be implementable,” Ms. Arbour underlined. AUDIO: Louise Arbour, Special Representative for International Migration, addresses pressing issues related to the movement of people in the Arab region. read more

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NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds Celtics And Nets Up Heat And

With only eight days remaining in the 2014-15 regular season, it’s time to check in on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. If you’re wondering how these numbers work, the short version is that all 30 NBA teams are ranked according to a projection of their true talent over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the methodology,1This week, we tweaked the simulation methodology to include the NBA’s official tie-breaking procedures. Before this week, we had been approximating tie breakers. see our introductory rankings post.The Eastern Conference playoff plot continues to thicken. Last Monday in this space, our model listed the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers with playoff probabilities of 76 percent and 50 percent, respectively, with the Brooklyn Nets (38 percent) and Boston Celtics (25 percent) likely to be on the outside looking in.Now, the tables have turned.The Celtics, aided by a 3-1 record over the past week (and an improved power rating), now sport a 57 percent playoff probability and more expected end-of-season wins than either Miami or Indiana. Likewise, the Nets leapfrogged the Pacers and Heat by an even greater margin after going 4-1 over the past week-plus. Brooklyn’s chances of making the playoffs are now nearly 77 percent, a radical departure from its 17 percent postseason probability of two weeks prior.And if Brooklyn and Boston are now in the driver’s seats for the final pair of Eastern Conference playoff berths, that means the Heat and Pacers are currently both underdogs to make the postseason. Miami has lost four straight games, and its power rating is down because several of its good RPM players (such as Luol Deng, Hassan Whiteside and Chris Andersen) are listed as day-to-day with injuries. And for its part, Indiana went 2-2 on the week-plus, but even at .500, the Pacers lost ground to the surging Celtics and Nets.The Heat have things a bit better than the Pacers. They face an easier remaining schedule, and the league’s tie-breakers favor them in the event of a tie with Boston and/or Brooklyn, which accounts for Miami’s superior playoff odds despite a projected win tally identical to that of Indiana. But for each team, it’s a big reversal from where they stood just a week ago.So while there’s little time left in the schedule, the Eastern Conference playoff picture is no clearer than it’s been the past few weeks — the front-runners to get in are just different. read more

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I would have the legs cut off me Doherty says she wont

first_img‘I would have the legs cut off me’: Doherty says she won’t release PSC report until she’s given go-ahead Minister Regina Doherty clashed with Mick Wallace over the Public Services Card earlier this week. By Sean Murray 64 Comments MINISTER FOR SOCIAL Protection Regina Doherty has said that her department will not be publishing a report on the Public Services Card (PSC), until it is given permission to do so by the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC). She told the Dáil this week she’d have the “legs cut off” her if she went against the “clear instructions” from the DPC not to release the report which examines whether the State’s identity card and related systems fully comply with Irish law.A Freedom of Information request submitted by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties for a copy of the report was earlier refused because it “may be contrary to public interest”.The PSC has been a consistent source of controversy for the government in recent years, with data protection concerns highlighted. Last week, TheJournal.ie reported that a woman was reduced to tears when asked for her adoption cert when applying for the card.It can be used to access a range of public services and people who apply for or receive social welfare payments are required to register for one. In 2018, it was announced that the card would be a mandatory requirement for those seeking a driver theory test – a stance that was later reversed.Independents4Change TD Mick Wallace asked Doherty questions about the PSC in the Dáil this week.He began by noting that the DPC had looked into a wide range of issues to do with the card, and asked the minister to commit to publishing the full and final report on the card irrespective of the outcome of the DPC’s investigation.Doherty replied that the DPC had provided a draft report on public services card in late August 2018.“The draft report requested further information and clarification from us in a broad range of areas, but – it is a big but – the commissioner specifically instructed us not to discuss or disclose the draft report to any other party,” she said. “We will respect that request.”The minister said she was, as a result, in no position to provide an assurance that the draft report would be issued by her department at any stage, adding “I must do what I am told”. Wallace said that it was “amazing” that the Department of Social Protection’s response to the DPC’s report required such a “protracted, extended defence”.Doherty reiterated: “As I said to the Deputy, publication of the report is now entirely a matter for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, given that it has given us clear instructions that we are not to discuss or disclose the draft report. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4503956 Share1051 Tweet Email3 Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.iecenter_img Short URL Feb 24th 2019, 7:30 AM I would have the legs cut off me were I not to do what I have been asked to do by it, particularly in the light of the investigation and the sensitivity attached to it.The minister said that her department replied to the DPC in November, and is awaiting a response. No further update will be provided on this until the DPC reverts back to the Department of Social Protection. The issue of damage done to legs reappeared later in the debate, as Wallace pressed Doherty on the “optionality” of the card.“There are 3.2 million people in the country who have public services cards as a result of having undergone the SAFE 2 process, yet none of them has broken legs,” she said. “We did not coerce anybody and nobody is being made to do anything.”Wallace pressed Doherty on whether anyone had had a social welfare payment denied to them if they refused to use a PSC.On two occasions, the minister said no. However, in a later written parliamentary question, Doherty advised that her department does not collect data on the number of individuals who currently – or at any point in time – were refused a payment because they hadn’t undergone the process required to get a PSC. Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 7:30 AM Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie 51,754 Views last_img read more

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Nokia aussi aura sa tablette

first_imgNokia aussi aura sa tabletteFinlande – Nokia pourrait lancer prochainement sa propre tablette internet. Le constructeur finlandais aurait planifié la sortie du produit pour le mois de septembre.L’iPad est à peine sorti que la concurrence se manifeste déjà. Des rumeurs, que Nokia n’a pas voulu confirmer, affirment que le géant finlandais est en train de créer sa propre tablette pour concurrencer Apple. Zdnet.fr précise que Nokia a calibré son calendrier pour que son appareil sorte en septembre ou octobre, ce qui coïnciderait avec les vacances. Reste à savoir quelles seront les particularités de cette tablette et quel système d’exploitation l’animera.Le 7 avril 2010 à 13:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Des nurseries de corail pour repeupler les récifs

first_imgDes nurseries de corail pour repeupler les récifsL’organisation The Nature Conservancy (TNC), dirige actuellement quatorze nurseries sous-marines destinées à faire grandir des boutures de coraux avant de les transplanter au sein de récifs détériorés. Pour répondre à la dégradation des récifs coralliens liée à l’activité humaine ou à des causes naturelles, l’organisation The Nature Conservancy (TNC) s’est lancée dans un chantier de taille. Sous la surface des océans bordant la Floride et les îles Vierges des Etats-Unis, elle développe de curieuses nurseries destinées à faire prospérer les population de corail corne de cerf (Acropora cervicornis).Ce spécimen tire son nom de son étonnante ramification similaire aux bois d’un cervidé mâle. La croissance de sa structure est particulièrement rapide avec une vitesse de 10 à 20 centimètres par an. Malgré cet avantage, le corail corne de cerf est répertorié parmi la liste des espèces menacées par le gouvernement fédéral américain. Un protocole délicatAu total, une douzaine de nurseries ont été mises en place, en collaboration avec d’autres organisations. Sur place, chercheurs et bénévoles s’attèlent à faire grandir des boutures de coraux selon un protocole bien particulier. Dans un premier temps, des fragments de branches d’environ trois centimètres sont prélevés à l’aide de pinces directement sur des organismes vivant à l’état sauvage. Les morceaux de corail sont ensuite introduits dans une des quatorze nurseries de TNC.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?De là, chaque bout de branche est collé sur une rondelle en béton puis fixé à un socle exposé à la lumière. Il faut ensuite attendre que le corail atteigne cinq centimètres de diamètre et de longueur avant de le transplanter dans un récif naturel. La croissance des fragments de coraux cornes de cerf nécessite un suivi rigoureux. Les boutures sont régulièrement mesurées et nettoyées pour éviter la prolifération d’algues nuisibles. Les chercheurs les exposent également à différentes températures afin de les préparer à leur transplantation en milieu sauvage.Objectifs : transplanter 5.000 corauxLe projet dirigé par TNC et ses collaborateurs compte à ce jour 28.000 fragments de coraux cultivés au sein des nurseries. L’organisation espère pouvoir transplanter avec succès au moins 5.000 coraux sur 34 sites différents. Cette méthode de croissance artificielle pourrait être la solution à la restauration de récifs coralliens. Ces environnements naturels, indispensables au développement de nombreux organismes marins, sont actuellement en proie à de nombreuses menaces comme la pêche au chalut, la pollution, les séismes ou encore les efflorescences de plancton. Découvrez ces surprenantes nurseries de corail en images sur MaxisciencesLe 30 janvier 2012 à 13:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Homophobic Chelsea supporter banned for three years

first_imgA Chelsea fan has been handed a three-year ban from attending games after being found guilty by Brighton Magistrates Court last Thursday.George Bradley, 20 pleaded guilty of homophobic chants during Chelsea’s away fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium last month.Additionally, Bradley was also fined 965 pounds.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We’d like to thank Sussex Police for their assistance in dealing with this unsavoury incident and we are very pleased with the outcome, a Brighton spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Reuters.“It underlines both their and our commitment to a zero tolerance policy on any form of abuse from those attending matches at the Amex.”Chelsea were involved in series of racial abuse claims late last year following a racial abuse on Manchester City striker Raheem Steerling and another during their last Europa league tie against Vid FC.last_img read more

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Suspected DUI driver crashes into vehicle three hospitalized in Bonsall

first_img RAINBOW (KUSI) – A suspected drunken driver was arrested after a crash on Interstate 15 in the northern reaches of the San Diego area sent three people to a hospital, including the driver, officials said Monday.It happened shortly after 10:50 p.m. Sunday on southbound I-15 just north of Mission Road in the unincorporated Rainbow community, California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Doerr said.The driver of a Toyota Prius collided with another vehicle carrying a driver and a passenger, Doerr said, adding that all three people were transported to Palomar Medical Center and at least one person had major injuries.No details about the victims were immediately available, and no vehicle description for the victim’s car was immediately available.The Toyota driver was arrested for DUI, Doerr said.CHP officers were investigating the collision. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 27, 2018 August 27, 2018 Suspected DUI driver crashes into vehicle, three hospitalized in Bonsalllast_img read more

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Land Commissioner Says Doctored Audit Critical Of His Agencys Management Of The

first_img Share Chris Silver SmithThe Alamo in San Antonio.Land Commissioner George P. Bush said Friday that a draft audit critical of his agency’s oversight of the Alamo had been “doctored” and is now the subject of a law enforcement investigation.Citing an ongoing probe, neither Bush nor his aides offered details about how the audit of Alamo Complex Management — prepared by his agency’s own internal audit staff — was changed or who changed it.“I can’t really comment on the document. I cannot disclose, but we do have evidence that it was a doctored memo,” Bush told reporters after giving a speech to a conservative group. “With respect to internal auditing, that’s a good business practice, that’s what commissioners should do is to constantly find ways to improve.”Bush spokeswoman Brittany Eck said the agency looking into the matter is the Texas Department of Public Safety. She said the audit is part of an investigation that began when the agency began looking into whether “personally identifying information” had been shared outside the agency.A copy of the audit obtained by The Texas Tribune, dated Sept. 8, 2017, found that the “unusual” apparatus Bush put in place to manage the Alamo did not comply with all state laws and requirements and is more opaque than it needs to be.“We determined that the financial formation and accounting of the Alamo Complex fund did not comply with state requirements,” the document says.The draft audit, which the Austin American-Statesman reported on Thursday, also warns that some of the expenditures incurred so far “can give the appearance that state funds are being used improperly.” That includes $1,400 spent on “refreshments” for meetings and a “party,” the audit said.Bush said management’s response to the audit was “forthcoming,” and he vowed to abide by all laws governing the management of the Alamo, now a hot potato in his re-election contest.“We will make sure that we are meeting all of the legal requirements that are established by the Legislature, and … will follow the mandates that the Legislature sets forth,” Bush said.In 2015, the GLO fired the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, an organization of women who can prove their ancestry in Texas prior to its annexation by the United States, from day-to-day operations of the Alamo. Bush then began a global solicitation process to find a new firm to take over day-to-day management of the Alamo. When that process turned up empty, Bush said the agency decided to establish Alamo Complex Management — housed under the Alamo Endowment — to run the Alamo. Texas lawmakers have complained that under this system, state money is being used to pay for the Alamo’s operations without the sort of controls and transparency a government agency normally has.The draft audit drew a similar conclusion.“The current situation obscures the control of the funds,” the draft audit says. “It also has created a situation where GLO is responsible for state laws over the use of the funds, but with limited control.”Bush chairs the board of directors of the Alamo Endowment. Employees of the nonprofit that operates the Alamo — now called the Alamo Trust — are not state employees, although the land office gives the trust state money to pay their salaries.Former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, one of Bush’s GOP primary election challengers, has made the management of the Alamo a key issue in his campaign. Patterson said the information in the draft audit is accurate.“This internal audit has been in draft form for five month‎s because as long as it’s a draft, it’s not subject to open records requests,” Patterson said.Disclosure: The Texas General Land Office and Jerry Patterson have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.last_img read more

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Did You Know

first_img Type of Award Max Value of Award # of times award may be recieved Permissible Awarding Agencies Max # of Permissible Awarding Agencies 16.1.4.2 Awards for Winning Conference and National Championships. [A] Awards for winning an individual or team conference or national championship may be presented each year, limited in value and number as specified in Figure 16-2. Awards for winning a conference or national championship in a team sport may be provided only to student-athletes who were eligible to participate in the championship event. The total value of any single award received for a national championship may not exceed $415. The total value of any single award received for a conference championship may not exceed $325, and each permissible awarding agency is subject to a separate $325 limit per award. Each permissible awarding agency may provide only a single award for each championship to each student-athlete. Separate awards may be presented to both the regular-season conference champion and the postseason conference champion (with a separate $325 limitation), but if the same institution wins both the regular-season and postseason conference championship, the combined value of both awards shall not exceed $325. [R] (Revised: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02, 8/7/14) Institution** Conference** Institution** Conference** Conference Championship – postseason contest or tournamnet $325*# Once per Championship Did you know…? Awards may be provided to student-athletes for winning an individual or team conference or national championship. These awards are limited in value an number of awards given. However, an award may only be provided to student athletes who were eligible to participate in the championship event. See Bylaw 16.1.4.2 and Figure 16-2 for more information. National Championship conducted by NCAA $415* Once per Championship 2 National Championship not conducted by NCAA*** $415* Once per Championship FIGURE 16-2Championship Awards Conference Championship – Regular season $325*# Once per Championship 2 Institution** Conference** 2 2 Institution** Conference** Story Links * Each permissible awarding agency is subject to a separate $415/$325 limit per award.** Award may be provided by another organization recognized by the institution or conference to act in its place.*** Applies only to sports or classification divisions in which the NCAA does not conduct championships. Teams must be designated as a “national champion” by a national wire-service poll or the national coaches association in that sport.# The combined value of both awards shall not exceed $325 if same institution wins conference regular-season and postseason championships.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Deconstructing the tower of Babel

first_imgThe third edition of the India Habitat Centre (IHC) Indian Languages’ Festival Samanvay is scheduled to take place during the last week of the month. This year the festival’s theme is Jodti Zubanein, Judti Zubanein: Language Connections, Spread over four days, the festival would witness seven Padma Shri awardees, twelve Sahitya Akademi recipients, five National Film Award winners, a Padma Bhushan and Oscar Award winner. 20 languages and dialects would be premiered/ featured at Samanvay 2013. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Samanvay is a platform for bringing together expressions of human thought in the varied and diverse cultural contexts that have been nurtured and have flourished in many languages spoken in our cultural milieu. These conversations amongst brilliant and well-known writers will seek to bring to our audiences the sparkle of multilingual expressions and their inspirations.Samanvay 2013 is about connections between languages and the connections languages make: Jodti Zubanein, Judti Zubanein. This is a continuum of the themes that defined the first two editions of the festival; the inaugural an exercise in understanding the notion of the Indian-ness of the various literatures of the country, the second a celebration of the multi-faceted interaction between languages and dialects. It is not only about listeners, readers and authors; it is also about the ethics and ethos of connecting through a language. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGet ready for conversations around oral literature, media, and translations, along with poetry performances, folk art, stand-up comedy, theatre and cultural evenings. Beyond the language specific sessions, we cover some of the issues that have shaped our intellectual and social life in recent times: sessions on civil society, activism, dalit and women writing, alternative voices from literature, cinema, radio, publishing, gender violence, aspirations, dreams and voices of the marginalized, and above all the threats of a new form of patriotism that treats itself as a religion. This year too we are going to have with us a select panel of authors, lyricists, film-makers, media personalities, activists and performers. Some of the names are Anupam Mishra, Gulzar, Jerry Pinto, Ketan Mehta, Mahesh Bhatt, Mukul Kesavan, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, Piyush Mishra, Ravish Kumar, Sharda Sinha, Sanjay Kak, Shashi Deshpande, Shuddhbrata Sengupta and Varun Grover.The sessions would have reputed personalities as well as brave new voices that are increasingly making a space for themselves: Ashwini Kumar Pankaj, Anvita Abbi, Arjun Deo Charan, A. Jayaprabha, Arunesh Neeran, B.M. Hanif, Bhagwan Singh and others.last_img read more

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Man stabbed to death after argument

first_imgAn African male, estimated to be about 21 years old, was stabbed to death last night (Friday) near Ntombi’s Camp.It is alleged that the man was stabbed by one of his friends after they got involved in a fight. The suspects fled on foot.The victim sustained one stab wound to the chest and died at the scene.Police and EMRS responded. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img