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Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant believes that the most satisfying part of his Test cricket experience so far is that his “processes are working” in the format and that he could completely trust his game. The 21-year-old said that doing good or bad is not a matter of concern for him but making his processes work is.”I just focus on my processes. I don’t see whether I am doing well or badly. Because results obviously matter, but at the end of the day, your processes are important. Whatever processes have brought me here, I need to focus on that. On my work ethic, on how much time I devote to wicketkeeping process, what I need to do before matches,” Pant told ESPNcricinfo.The most satisfying part of my Test experience is “that my processes are working. That I can trust my game.”Pant played his first Test match last year in England, a country which is considered as tough when it comes to wicket keeping and facing fast bowlers. The left-hand batsman, however, has a different take on it.”You face all these bowlers in the IPL. Domestic cricket has these same bowlers. Just that the ball moves a lot more in England. But that’s okay, there’s always a first time. But I can say that as a wicketkeeper, when I played India A matches and then against the Lions, I had a fair idea of what to expect,” he said.Pant was guilty of conceding byes during the Test series against England but added that “if you see those byes, you will know whether 90% of those should be called byes or whatever.”advertisementDuring India’s Australia tour, Pant is behind the wicket banter with batsmen caught the attention of many. When asked if he, at any point, felt that he could land in trouble due to same, Pant said that he was just a part of hard, competitive cricket and never abused anyone.”Yeah, I was aware, but there is no way I could land in trouble. I never abused anybody. It was normal, hard, competitive Test cricket. You keep saying those things because you want to play with the batsman’s concentration. It was good banter. Personally, I never felt that I crossed any line,” he said.The cricketer is all set to appear for Delhi Capitals in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Ahead of the tournament, he asserted that their only focus is to lift the trophy.”There have been quite a few changes. The support staff has changed, players have changed, the name has changed. I feel we can do something different this time. At the start of the season we are only focusing on how we can win the trophy,” he said.Pant has played a total of nine Test matches scoring 696 runs with an average of 49.71. In T20Is, he has scored 229 runs at a rate of 22.9 in 13 matches that he has played so far.Also Read | Dinesh Karthik vs Rishabh Pant for World Cup: MSK Prasad weighs in on debateAlso Read | How Kiran More helped Rishabh Pant improve as a wicketkeeper after England tourAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar picks Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant in World Cup squad
Updated 10/17/17 at 1:55p.m. by Woody GottburgA MAN WAS ARRESTED AT A SERGEANT BLUFF HOTEL MONDAY NIGHT AFTER ALLEGEDLY FIRING A GUN.SERGEANT BLUFF POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE RODEWAY INN AT 103 SERGEANT SQUARE AT 10:45 P.M. FOR A REPORT OF SHOTS BEING FIRED.OFFICERS ARRESTED 46 YEAR OLD SCOTT EUGENE STANLEY ON CHARGES OF RECKLESS USE OF A FIREARM AND BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM.NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE INCIDENT.STANLEY IS BEING HELD IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON $5-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.AN OCTOBER 27TH COURT DATE HAS BEEN SET IN THE CASE.—————————-A MAN WAS ARRESTED AT A SERGEANT BLUFF HOTEL LAST NIGHT AFTER ALLEGEDLY FIRING A GUN.SERGEANT BLUFF POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE RODEWAY INN, 103 SERGEANT SQUARE, AT 10:45 P.M. FOR SHOTS FIRED.46 YEAR OLD SCOTT EUGENE STANLEY WAS ARRESTED FOR RECKLESS USE OF A FIREARM AND FOR BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM.STANLEY IS BEING HELD IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON $10-THOUSAND BOND.NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE INCIDENT.
Chelsea Chelsea in high spirits as Courtois lauds timing of Arsenal game Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 18:00 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea UEFA Champions League Arsenal Premier League After four straight victories, the Blues goalkeeper believes the Premier League champions are raring to go for another huge encounter Having eased past Qarabag in the opening match of their Champions League campaign, Thibaut Courtois feels that Chelsea are in perfect shape to face Arsenal on Sunday.Courtois has been involved in all of Chelsea’s games this season and has seen the Premier League champions overcome an opening day defeat at home to Burnley to completely turn their form around and win four straight matches.Last season Antonio Conte’s side slipped to defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal in September, but the Belgium international insists they are in far better shape to deal with the Gunners this time around. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “Sometimes it is good to face a big team early,” Courtois told reporters. “Last year it didn’t work out against Liverpool and Arsenal, but this season we have already won at Tottenham. It is good to face Arsenal now.“Everybody is healthy, Eden [Hazard] is getting into his best form again. We are doing well. After the bad first half against Burnley, I think all our performances have been good. We have shown good spirit, good football and good wins most importantly of all.“Obviously against Arsenal it will be a big game. They had a few bad matches, but won comfortably last weekend. Let’s see what they do in the Europa League, but they will probably rest some guys.“For us and for them it’s a big game because we are third and obviously want to close the gap and take points off Arsenal as well. We are playing at home, it will be a great game and hopefully Chelsea will be the winner.”1 – @ChelseaFC’s Thibaut Courtois is the first goalkeeper with an assist in a CL game since Fraser Forster in Nov 2012. Service.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) September 12, 2017“Things are going well. We won at Leicester and won comfortably last night. We will go into the Arsenal game with good feeling. That doesn’t mean we should be too confident, we have to stay focused, so I hope we have a good victory.”Courtois has helped welcome a series of new faces into the Blues squad this summer, with Davide Zappacosta marking his first start with a goal against Qarabag on Tuesday evening.Danny Drinkwater missed the match through injury but Antonio Rudiger, Alvaro Morata and Timeoue Bakayoko have already established themselves in recent matches.Courtois is pleased after witnessing the impact of his new team-mates, with Bakayoko also breaking his duck in the 6-0 win over the Azerbaijani outfit.“Rudiger joined us in Singapore so he learned very well how the manager wants us to play,” Courtois added. “Bakayoko was injured for a while, but he trained with us for a while before he played his first game.“But Zappacosta has only trained for a few days, he came in against Leicester [as a substitute] and did well. Then last night he played a good game and scored a brilliant goal and a good assist.”
World Cup Talks for 48-team 2022 World Cup put on hold – Infantino Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 04:50 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup Videos The prospect of the 2022 competition being increased to 48 teams has taken a hit after FIFA’s president said talks have been shelved for now Discussions over a 48-team World Cup in the Qatar 2022 tournament have been removed from the agenda of the 68th FIFA annual conference, the governing body’s president Gianni Infantino has announced.Infantino had previously suggested he was optimistic about increasing the number of participating nations in the showpiece event by 16.But the likelihood of such a scenario now appears to have been dealt a major blow, with the FIFA Congress – which is made up of 211 federations – having no input on the matter. Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Instead, FIFA’s Council will now continue discussions with hosts Qatar, with the number of stadiums said to be a particular stumbling block.Speaking after a FIFA Council meeting in Moscow on Sunday, Infantino said: “The dates have been fixed from the 20 something of November until December 18 with 32 teams in Qatar, and this is the decision and the decision stands and that is the end of the story.”In this case it was 10 associations raising a request and the South Americans rightly say; ‘If we have more teams participating in a World Cup, we will have more teams to have the quality to participate and who can win’.”And Chile, who is the winner of the Copa America, are not in Russia and they raise this question, so it is normal.”Now what we will do is the administration of FIFA will discuss this with the host on whether there is a possibility and what this possibility would look like.”If there is no possibility then we know what we have and it will stand to what we have.”| #FootballTechnology The selected #WorldCup Video Assistant Referees & match officials visited the Video Operation Rooms in Moscow today, which will be their ‘office’ for the tournament.Learn more at: https://t.co/gb5YPlySKG pic.twitter.com/AI3c4RZGmx — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 10, 2018 Infantino then returned his attention to the 2018 World Cup, which begins in Russia on Thursday.VAR is set to be used on the world stage for the first time and, while some domestic competitions have encountered problems with the technology, Infantino insists he is not nervous about it.He said: “I am very excited about the World Cup to start with and I am not at all nervous about the VAR, because I know there are no negative effects.”You know, the worst thing that can happen is that the wrong decision is not corrected, and then people will say that you had VAR but it didn’t correct the wrong decision.”Fine, but the wrong decision was taken and without VAR it would remain wrong, with VAR at least we have a chance that the wrong decision is corrected.”So, I don’t see negatives with the VAR and in those countries where VAR is being applied now, they can already not live without it and when we see the statistics, also which were published I think yesterday or the day before in Italy, they are incredible in terms of accuracy of decisions. I am very confident it will work well and it will help the referees.”
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)A 2019 college football recruit has called out Jim Harbaugh and Michigan’s football program for what they allegedly did before signing day.Tyrece Woods, a defensive end recruit, claims to have received a scholarship offer from Michigan over the summer. He announced his commitment to the Wolverines in August.“I’m a Michigan Man. All Glory to God!! 100000% COMMITTED,” he tweeted.Woods is now saying that Michigan pulled his scholarship offer a couple of weeks before signing day.From the Detroit News:But Woods’ plans were derailed the day before Thanksgiving. He says that’s when UM recruiting director Matt Dudek informed Woods that the Wolverines were pulling their offer. The next day Woods wrote on Twitter that he had decommitted.“We weren’t on the same page as we were when I first committed,” Woods said this week to The Detroit News. “They were basically trying to force me to take an academic scholarship and walk-on for football. When they originally offered me at their camp they said it would be a full ride (football scholarship).”Michigan, however, reportedly claims through an anonymous source that Woods’ scholarship offer was just an academic one with the opportunity to walk onto the football team.A source familiar with the situation said Woods was only offered the opportunity for an academic scholarship and preferred walk-on status, which means he would have had to submit paperwork by certain academic deadlines, but could practice with the team in hopes of earning a football scholarship. The source could not speak publicly because of NCAA rules that limit what programs can say regarding prospective recruits.Woods is claiming otherwise:“It hurt me because it was my dream school, and then to have one of the assistant coaches tell me about it instead of Coach (Jim) Harbaugh made it real bad. Coach Harbaugh offered me (during camp). Matt Dudek told me the news the night before Thanksgiving, and I talked with my family and we came up that it (decommitting) was the best thing for me to do at the time. I was numb over it for a couple of days, couldn’t believe what I just heard.”Woods’ father, Tyrece Woods, corroborated his son’s version of events.“It was never a walk-on,” his father said. “We would have never accepted that.”Regardless of what actually happened here, recruiting can be a messy business. If Michigan did pull his scholarship offer, they surely wouldn’t have been the first major program to do something like that.Still, it’s a disappointing situation all around.Woods is now looking at a couple of other programs, including Cincinnati.
The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? Editors’ Recommendations Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara Are you tired of the taxidermy trend as much as we are?It’s pretty cool to see a turkey flying over a shoe display but they do tend to get dusty and yes, even trophy animals can get buggy.So we were excited to see how the always forward thinking Filson is using plants as the new decor for their first east coast store from the likes of a Japanese plant guru Satoshi Kawamoto.More recently, Kawamoto’s store GreenFingers has generated a lot of buzz with his living designs for the Filson store mentioned above and the new Sleepy Jones Bowery pop-up. Both are sporting Kawamoto’s lush green art.A self-proclaimed “plant stylist”, Kawamoto designs interiors and exteriors using an array of potted plants both alive and dead. Our favorite is his self-contained mason jars with succulents and even a vintage toy soldier. His store in New York’s East Village has four locations in Japan. Inside you’ll find what looks like a mini Japanese greenhouse featuring living displays of plant art that you can take your pick from. Although the space is really set up to show off his work, both GreenFingers merchandise and Bags in Progress dot the space and are on sale. Take a trip here and you’ll instantly be transported to a zen garden.We hope this is a sign of good things to come in menswear brands. Let’s face it we are all over the industrial warehouse look. There’s only so many ways you look at steel i-beams before you realize… it’s an i-beam. Kawamoto is bringing green back with living design. In short we love this. Check out his site here or stop by his store to take a look for yourself. 1. GreenFingers 2. GreenFingers 3. GreenFingers 4. GreenFingers Want to Get Dirty in the Name of Wine? Here’s How to Help with This Year’s Harvest What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel)
zoom Frontline Ltd. has entered into a heads of agreement to reduce long term charters with Ship Finance International Limited in exchange for 27.7 stake in the company.A subsidiary of Frontline has 17 vessels on charter from Ship Finance with an average remaining charter period of 7.7 years.The new agreement will take effect from July 1, 2015 and will reflect a combination of reduced long-term base rates, increased profit split to Ship Finance, increased operating expenses payable by Ship Finance, release of Frontline’s guarantee for the charters and an ownership interest in Frontline for Ship Finance.The chartering counterparty will continue to be a subsidiary of Frontline, and in exchange for releasing Frontline from the current guarantee obligation on the charters, a cash buffer of USD 34 million (USD 2 million per vessel) will be built up in the chartering counterparty.The estimated reduction in fixed charter payments to Ship Finance under the amendments amounts to approximately USD 283 million.Based on closing share price on May 28, 2015, of USD 3.06 per share, the market value of the Frontline shares to be issued to Ship Finance is approximately USD 168 million, and based on the volume-weighted share price last 3 months of USD 2.64 per share, the value is USD 145 million.The shares to Ship Finance will be issued once the transaction is completed, representing 27.7% per cent of the shares and votes in Frontline.In the current charter arrangement, Ship Finance is entitled to a 25% profit split above an average of USD 26,737/day for the VLCCs and an average of USD 21,100/day for the Suezmax tankers, calculated and payable on an annual basis..“The new structure will reduce Frontlines cash break-even rates significantly and ensure a more sustainable long-term structure. This agreement significantly strengthens Frontline’s balance sheet and reduces its financial risk. The board and management can now shift the focus from balance sheet restructuring to business development and growth. This represents a major milestone for the company,” CEO of Frontline Management AS, Robert Hvide Macleod said in a comment.Ship Finance owns approximately USD 116 million of senior unsecured amortizing notes in Frontline, which will remain unchanged.Frontline recorded net income of USD 31.1 million in the first quarter, equivalent to earnings per share of $0.25, compared with a net loss of USD 13.0 million for the previous quarter.
Nova Scotia will adopt an electronic public health system that will help public health officials in their work to keep more people from getting sick. Right now, public health officials track outbreaks of communicable disease on paper. One person with the measles, for example, could potentially infect over 100 people, and public health officials have to contact each of them to determine if they have been vaccinated. “This system will allow us to investigate disease outbreaks faster, to keep track of who has been vaccinated for what, and to notify people who might be at risk so they can take the steps they need to stay healthy,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. “We do this now, but we do it using paper records. This tool will also let us know where we have gaps in vaccination programs, so we can better protect Nova Scotians.” Getting diseases like measles or the mumps can have long-term health consequences. Measles, for example, can cause ear infections and permanent hearing loss, pneumonia, or swelling of the brain. By using this new electronic system, Panorama, public health officials will be able to do their work faster and more efficiently, helping to contain the spread of disease and keeping Nova Scotians healthier. “Time is of the essence when we’re trying to limit the spread of diseases like measles or the mumps,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “Public health officials work hard to let Nova Scotians know if they’ve been exposed to a communicable disease, but this system will help them to do their work more quickly and efficiently. That should help more Nova Scotians avoid getting serious illnesses.” Government will invest $7.1 million over the next two years to bring Panorama online. Of that total, Canada Health Infoway will reimburse the province $4.2 million over the next three years. Government will put Panorama in place over the next two years, beginning with the vaccine inventory and immunization components by the end of 2017. The communicable disease investigation and outbreak components will follow. Government will issue a tender Friday, March 3, for project management and professional services for Panorama. It will be available at novascotia.ca/tenders. The project will be complete by the end of December 2019.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired.Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria exactly six months ago, and the U.S. territory is still struggling to recover from the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a century.“There are a lot of people with needs,” said Levid Ortiz, operating director of PR4PR, a local non-profit that helps impoverished communities across the island. “It shouldn’t be like this. We should already be back on our feet.”Some 250 Puerto Ricans formed a line around him on a recent weekday, standing for more than two hours to receive bottles of water and a box of food at a public basketball court in the mountain town of Corozal. Many of those waiting were still without power, including 23-year-old Keishla Quiles, a single mother with a 4-year-old son who still buys ice every day to fill a cooler to keep milk and other goods cold amid rising temperatures.“Since we’re a family of few resources, we have not been able to afford a generator,” she said. “It’s been hard living like this.”Crews already have restored water to 99 per cent of clients and power to 93 per cent of customers, but more than 100,000 of them still remain in the dark and there are frequent power outages. Justo Gonzalez, former interim director for Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority, said he expects the entire island to have power by May, eight months after the Category 4 storm destroyed two-thirds of the island’s power distribution system — and just as the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is about to start.Gonzalez was replaced on Tuesday by Walter Higgins, former president of a power company that provided electricity in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.Officials in Puerto Rico have pledged to inspect dozens of wooden and cement poles still leaning haphazardly across the island after a wooden telephone pole fell on a car. It killed an elderly couple on Sunday as they returned from a town fair in the mountains of western Puerto Rico. The deaths of Luis Beltran, 62, and Rosa Bosque, 60, have angered Puerto Ricans and raised concerns about the safety of people as they recover from the hurricane.“It worries me because … it can happen anywhere,” Mayor Edwin Soto told The Associated Press, adding that crews were going to inspect poles across the mountain town of Las Marias to ensure they are in good condition.Beltran’s youngest sister, Migdalia Beltran, said her brother was living in New Jersey when Hurricane Maria hit, but that he moved back three months ago to be with family.“He was No. 1,” she said as her voice cracked and she began to cry. “He was the one who gave me support to keep going.”The storm caused an estimated $100 billion in damage, killed dozens of people and damaged or destroyed nearly 400,000 homes, according to Puerto Rico’s government.In the six months since the hurricane, more than 135,000 people have fled to the U.S. mainland, according to a recent estimate by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York.More than 40 per cent of them settled in Florida, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, the study found.Meanwhile, those who stayed behind say they need more help.The AP recently found that of the $23 billion pledged for Puerto Rico, only $1.27 billion for a nutritional assistance program has been disbursed, along with more than $430 million to repair public infrastructure. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency also has spent more than $6 billion from its standing emergency fund.Tom Bossert, U.S. President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser, said Tuesday that Puerto Rico would soon receive another $10 billion for various restoration efforts.“We’re going to redouble our efforts to work as fast as we can on their behalf,” he said of Puerto Ricans during a three-day visit to the island. However, he said the administration of Gov. Ricardo Rossello needs to come up with a plan on how to rebuild a stronger power grid and create financial accounting methods to ensure federal funds are being appropriately spent. “It makes no sense for the people of the United States to continue to pay money for repetitive loss in these disasters.”He also said federal hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico have exceeded his expectations.“That doesn’t mean I’m satisfied. It doesn’t mean the president is satisfied,” Bossert said. “We still have some challenges.”Meanwhile, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources issued a letter on Friday demanding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers explain why it is reducing the number of crews helping restore power when there are still people who remain in the dark.“While we recognize that much progress has been made in restoring power to the majority of customers, the job is not done,” the letter stated.Col. Jason Kirk, who is overseeing power restoration efforts for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday that Puerto Rico’s power company will be primarily responsible for restoring electricity to remaining customers.
TORONTO – The Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation says the country’s mortgage debt increased at a slower pace in the last quarter of 2017 compared to the year before.The Crown corporation attributes the slowdown to rising interest rates and decreasing home sales.In its quarterly mortgage and consumer trends report, CMHC also reveals that the growth rate of home equity line of credit debt more than doubled when compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, trailing credit card and auto loan debt.Meanwhile, the demand for new mortgage loans was sluggish with the number of loans opened in the last quarter of 2017 falling by 7.7 per cent from the year before to reach 234,000.CMHC says the number of consumers with a mortgage loan in the fourth quarter reached its highest point in the last three years.
Bamako – The signing on Thursday of bilateral cooperation agreements heralds a new era in relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and Mali, said Head of State of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.In a statement broadcast by Moroccan television channel Al Oula, Keita considered that the strengthening of ties between the two countries “is consistent with history, geography, and anthropology, noting that His Majesty the King is right to confirm the African identity of the kingdom.”Morocco and Mali are about to herald “a new happy beginning, with cooperation taking place in a climate of trust and brotherhood, he added. King Mohammed VI and the Malian President chaired on Thursday the signing ceremony of seventeen bilateral cooperation, mainly in the fields of investment protection, livestock, industry, trade promotion, health, mining, oil and gas, finance, telecommunications, and vocational training.
Taroudant – French National Front party leader Marine Le Pen will appear in court for comparing Muslims’ public prayers to the Nazi occupation.Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French far-right National Front party, will appear on October 20 before court on charges of incitement of religious hatred after comparing Muslims praying on the street to the Nazi occupation.The Prosecutor’s office in Lyon said on Tuesday that the leader of the French extreme right party was ordered to stand before trial on charges of “incitement to discrimination over people’s religious beliefs.” The charges over which Le Pen is sued date back to 2010 when she was campaigning to become the President of the Front National, and compared the public prayer of the Muslim population of France to the Nazi occupation.During her campaign Le Pen said, “I’m sorry, but for those who really like to talk about the second world war, if we’re talking about occupation, we can also talk about this while we’re at it, because this is an occupation of territory,” she told supporters, prompting waves of applause.“It’s an occupation of swaths of territory, of areas in which religious laws apply … for sure, there are no tanks, no soldiers, but it’s an occupation all the same and it weighs on people,” she added.Le Pen took to Twitter to express her indignation over the court hearing, saying “It is easier to prosecute those who denounce the illegal behavior of fundamentalist…than to prosecute the fundamentalism behaving illegally.”On est plus prompt à poursuivre ceux qui dénoncent les comportements illégaux des fondamentalistes […] 1/2— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) September 22, 2015Asked on Tuesday about being summoned to appear in court on October 20, Le Pen told Agence France-Presse: “Of course, I’m not going to miss such an occasion.”Later, she told Europe 1 it was “scandalous to be prosecuted for having a political opinion in the country of freedom of expression”.
Initial investigations revealed that the father was mentally unstable at the time he committed the crime.Further police investigations are underway. A man in Balangoda has been arrested after it was reported that he threw his child into a well.The 4 year old male child died after being thrown into the well, the police media unit said today.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Annan stressed that additional funding for the mission, known as AMIS, is urgently required for it to function effectively during its new mandate in a region where UN officials estimate over 400,000 people have lost their lives and some 2 million more have been driven from their homes in three years of fighting between the Sudanese Government, allied militias and rebel forces. “The United Nations will move forward urgently to assist the AU Mission in the areas of logistical and material support, military staff support and advisory support to civilian police, as well as civilian support in the areas of mine action, public information and implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement,” the statement said.The Secretary-General emphasized that the continued presence of a strong AMIS has an important role to play in protecting civilians and improving a deteriorating security situation.“He stresses once again that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Darfur, and that a multi-dimensional United Nations peacekeeping operation in Darfur can have a significant and positive role in helping the Sudanese people to restore peace and stability to that troubled region.”In a speech to the UN General Assembly’s annual debate in New York on Tuesday, Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir rejected a proposed UN force as an attempt to re-colonize his country, criticizing last month’s Security Council resolution to deploy more than 17,000 peacekeepers in the region where UN officials warn that a man-made humanitarian catastrophe is looming.The under-equipped and under-manned AMIS was due to end its mission on 30 September but the AU Peace and Security Council yesterday extended its mandate until 31 December. Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, today welcomed the decision since it means there will be no security vacuum at the end of the month. Speaking at a press conference, he also called for tranquillity during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.Meanwhile, the UN Mission in Sudan said it had received reports from the AU that one of its vehicles with four of its monitors on board was ambushed in Um Barunga, near Tawilla in North Darfur yesterday. No injuries were reported, and the vehicle was later found. A UN humanitarian assessment team visited Deribat, north of Nyala in North Darfur on Tuesday, following fighting there earlier this month. They identified water and health supplies as the items needed most urgently by residents.
For most of the first period at Madison Square Garden on Monday night, the newly renovated scoreboard above center ice displayed only the time remaining and a 0-0 score — not shots on goal, face-off percentage or the other data that it normally tracks.I thought this might be a ploy by New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. In Games 1 and 2 of the series — both comeback wins by the Los Angeles Kings — the Kings’ peripheral stats were more impressive than the Rangers’ (the Kings led the Rangers 87-65 in shots on goal, for example). Indeed, Los Angeles has a well-deserved reputation as a stat-savvy team that focuses on metrics related to puck possession and scoring opportunities, which can better predict game results than goals scored and allowed.No #fancystats for you, LA Kings! No moral victory on the strength of Zone Start Adjusted Corsi! You’ll have to win this hockey game the old-fashioned way: by scoring more goals than the other team!The stats clicked back on to the MSG scoreboard late in the first period. Soon after, the Kings scored, and they went on to beat the Rangers 3-0.But it was the Rangers who had more scoring opportunities. They had 32 shots on goal, compared with 15 for LA. Counting missed shots and blocked shots, their edge was 59-33.It can be tempting, if you have a passing familiarity with advanced hockey metrics, to take solace when outcomes like these occur or to curse your favorite team’s bad luck. How often does a team lose despite outshooting its opponent by a 2-1 margin, for instance?Actually, teams lose often. In playoff games since 1988, teams that took about two-thirds of the shots in a game (somewhere between 65 and 70 percent) won only 62 percent of the time. The chart below generalizes this data based on logistic regression and estimates how often teams win a game based on the number of shots they take.Much of this is simply a reflection of the fact that goals scored and allowed are a noisy statistic. A lucky deflection or two for the Kings, a great save or two by Jonathan Quick, and all those extra shots often go for naught.But another reason is that play changes once a team finds itself trailing. The shot count was even at 4-4 when the Kings scored with one second left in the first period. The Rangers piled on shots only once they trailed.The chart below shows how often a team shoots based on the game score. The data is based on playoff games since 2012. It includes blocked shots and missed shots, as well as shots on goal (these are called Corsi events in #fancystats terms) in 5-on-5 play.Teams down by one goal are shooting about 25 percent more often than their opponents at even strength. Teams down by two or more goals are shooting about 40 percent more often.Are those extra shots translating into goals? Actually, yes. In cases when it trails by two goals or more, a team scores about 2.4 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at even strength, compared with 1.8 goals for the leading team.So, at least in the playoffs, there’s been some tendency for the trailing team to recover (despite that it should be the slightly weaker team on average for having fallen behind). It’s like a mild version of the CPU Assistance that allowed the computer to make spectacular comebacks in games such as NBA Jam just when you thought you had everything wrapped up.It isn’t clear whether this represents rational behavior on the part of the leading team. It would be one thing if it were stalling just to get the game over with, reducing shots and scoring for both teams. But it’s actually allowing its opponents more shots and more goals — at the same time it’s taking fewer of its own.One possible explanation is the avoidance of penalties (to the extent they can be averted through more passive play). In playoff games since 2012, teams are scoring 6.3 goals per 60 minutes on the power play — nearly three times their rate at even strength. Shorthanded teams score 0.8 shorthanded goals per 60 minutes. Those long-term averages didn’t help the Rangers on Monday night, who went scoreless in six power play opportunities.
A contrite Chad Ochocinco apologized for showing disrespect when he slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week, and the judge released him from jail after only a week instead of 30 days.Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted the former NFL star’s apology and cut his 30-day jail term for a probation violation to the seven days he has already served since the rear-swatting incident.Johnson, a flamboyant wide receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, said in court that he’d had time to think about why his flippant attitude was wrong — especially in a domestic violence case.“I just wanted to apologize for disrespecting the court last time,” said Johnson, wearing a tan jail jumpsuit with his hands shackled at the waist. “I apologize. I did have time to reflect on the mistakes I made in this courtroom.”Johnson walked out of jail shortly after 4 p.m. and was met by his attorney, Adam Swickle, and sports agent Drew Rosenhaus. Johnson told reporters he was thankful to McHugh because she was the first person to get him to slow down and think about the path his life was taking.“No one has been able to do it, not even my parents,” he said. “I thank her. Everything she did was justified.”Asked if he hoped to latch on with an NFL team, Johnson said, “I just have to say my next move, my best move.”McHugh noted that in a previous hearing, Johnson had put his arm around a female prosecutor’s shoulders, prompting the prosecutor to tell him twice not to touch her. The judge also pointed out that when Johnson head-butted his then-wife, Evelyn Lozada of the reality TV show “Basketball Wives,” she suffered a 3-inch gash on her head that required eight stitches. The judge called those injuries horrific.McHugh also said Johnson failed to appreciate “the gift of probation” after pleading no contest to battery in the altercation last August with Lozada, which prompted her to quickly file for divorce. Johnson, 35, was in court because he had failed to meet with his probation officer for three consecutive months.“I find that’s an arrogant disregard for a court order,” the judge said.McHugh ordered Johnson to perform 25 hours of community service and attend domestic violence counseling sessions twice a week during probation, and she extended his probation an extra three months through mid-October.Swickle, the attorney who had his backside slapped, said Johnson will fully comply with all probation conditions and hopes to resurrect his NFL career. The six-time Pro Bowler was cut by the Miami Dolphins after his arrest for battery; he played most of his 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals followed by one year with the New England Patriots.“He understands that this is the kind of situation that can derail a person’s career,” Swickle said. “We’re very confident he will do what he should do.”Terrell Owens visited Johnson in jail on Saturday and tweeted that his former teammate was in “good spirits.”“I really didn’t know what to expect but to see the homie locked up is a very humbling experience, to talk to him via vid conference let me know that’s not where anyone wants to be,” Owens wrote. “I know he’s only in the county jail but to someone that has never been locked up…Jail is jail!”
Right on schedule — about 18 months after the release of the previous version — Lightroom 4 has been unveiled. The updated photo management software brings some considerable upgrades other the previous version but is basically a refinement of Adobe’s excellent, though complicated, formula. The public beta of LR4 is available now.Adobe’s tells us that the focus of Lightroom 4 was to improved the software on three fronts: managing, editing, and sharing. These are, basically, the three things you do with Lightroom, so the larger point is that this appears to be a well-rounded update of the software, not a version bump intended on fixing a few problems. Lightroom 3 was (and remains) quite good, but it clearly needed some work in a few areas. The major new features include:Geotagging support – LR4 will tie into Google Maps, work with all Google Map controls and map styles, autotag images that have geo metadata, support .gpx tracklogs, and be able to tie images to tracklogs.Geo-specific privacy – A private zones can be set (say, around your home or office) where geo data will not be published if those photos are made public.Improved video support – There will be better video playback and processing. The LR team worked with Premier team on this. Trim controls were added to LR4 as were video adjustments (white balance, contrast, etc.), but not full video editing tools. Video editing is non-destructive, just like all Lightroom editing. Improved sharing – LR4 adds drag-and-drop video sharing with Facebook and Flickr. It can export to disk with more options then before and now there are simplified settings so users can avoid dealing with technical aspects like codecs and frame rates. Better email support – LR4 makes it super easy to email images. It can automatically work though work through Aol, Gmail, Hahoo, and custom email setups. Book module – This is a big set of features, but basically Lightoom now has support for photo book printing. It’s not InDesign, but there are a lot of customizations and it makes it easy to export your photo book to a printable format, or even straight to a printer.Over 350 lens profiles – All the big names in glass have automatic lens-based correction. LR now fixes CA on per image basis, not based on a larger ruleset that is based on camera hardware.Improved soft proofing – Points out areas of images that are out of the profile of the display or printer. You can nudges hues so you can fix them, not the software’s compromise based on your printer.Updated for DNG 1.4 specification – DNGs will be able to load faster, also can do lossy compression on DNG (this is great for time lapses) Basically you can get compressed RAW data but also less file size.Controls are simpler but more powerful – Example: shadow and highlight tools are smarter and they play well together so you can get full advantage of your camera’s dynamic range.Local noise reduction – You an apply it just to parts of the image (like the shadows). Same with local WB and highlights.Yes, that’s a lot of change to take in, but a lot of requests were hit upon (like geo support) and a lot of innovation was brought im (like that local noise reduction). Combine that with some signs of Adobe’s clear dominance in the space (continuous updates for new camera bodies and 350 lens profiles) and you have a what looks to be a must-have update for serious photographers. One interesting aspect of LR4 is something that was actually taken away from the software: support for Windows XP. The newest version of Lightroom will require Windows Vista (SP2)/OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or newer, 2GB of RAM, and 1GB of storage space. Overall the required specifications are reasonable but, as with any high-end software product, there are considerable rewards when using a better system. This change shouldn’t be a problem for too many people — some old school Mac users might take issue, but the lack of Windows XP support will only be an issue for a small part of LR4’s potential user base. You can get the Lightroom 4 beta from Adobe.
Nearly four in every 10 Greek enterprises are contemplating leaving the country, which translates into some 9,000 companies, a survey by Endeavor Greece conducted on March 23-31 has shown.What this 39 per cent of local enterprises are seeking and cannot find in Greece is a favourable tax environment: They are leaving or considering doing so as they want stability, access to funds and less bureaucracy.Some 15 per cent of the enterprises sampled have already moved the base of their operations abroad. Worse, the companies that have already emigrated and those about to do so in the near future are active in sectors with high added value, such as those of technology and healthcare.The above rate compares with just 23 per cent of enterprises who were eyeing a move abroad in July 2015, immediately after Greek banks were shuttered and the capital controls were imposed. In other words, now that the dust from the dramatic events of last summer has settled, and despite the signing of the third bailout agreement, the enterprises see no light at the end of the tunnel.That pessimism is also reflected in the survey as 56 per cent of respondents estimate that the situation in the country will not improve for at least another five years, while two years ago (in May 2014) only 4 per cent of respondents had given the same answer. At that time, 62 per cent had said they expected an improvement within two years. It is no coincidence that eight out of 10 entrepreneurs now say that if they were to start up a business again they would do it abroad.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Vancouver – C-Tran plans to celebrate the opening of The Vine, with a family-friendly event at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Vancouver Mall Transit Center.The event will open with about a half-hour of guest speakers, followed by a street fair-style event from 1 to 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend and ride along the corridor in one of the new 60-foot articulated Vine buses.The Vine begins service Jan. 8 and runs between Vancouver Mall and downtown Vancouver, mainly along Fourth Plain Boulevard.C-Tran staff and volunteers will be assigned to stops along The Vine corridor during the entire first week of operation to assist and enlighten passengers.The Vine is the first bus rapid transit system of the Portland-Vancouver metro area. BRT includes several features not included in typical bus service, including: off-board fare payment, level boarding, on-board bike racks, traffic signal priority and greater passenger capacity.