3 Dec

Fake news is a fallout of technology penetration: cautions Parrikar

first_imgSpreading of technology comes some times with fallouts and drawbacks like fake news, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday. “Today we have got technology penetration everywhere. There are some drawbacks also like fake news. There is many times news which says that cell connectivity is dangerous to humans. At the same time people want cell phones, but they don’t want towers in their village,” Mr. Parrikar said at an IT-related public function here on Sunday.“People should realise that fake news can do enormous harm or a rumour can do more harm,” the Chief Minister sounded caution. He announced tha the Goa government was gearing to go fully digital vis-a-vis government transactions by December this year. “We have been completely online on payment whether it is RTGS or various other modes. Now we have decided that all our transactions will be digitalised. We are trying to do it by September. It may go up to December by which we would really be digitalised,”Mr. Parriakar said.last_img read more

26 Nov

Spurs stun Madrid, join Man City in last 16

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE Brilliant Tottenham Hotspur took Real Madrid apart in a 3–1 win over the reigning champions as they clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 along with Manchester City.Dele Alli starred with a brace for Tottenham with Christian Eriksen also scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo’s late consolation last night. The result ensured that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are through from Group H with two games to spare, while Real will have to wait to join them.“We don’t want to just compete with these teams—we want to beat them. I’m happy to get two goals, but more importantly it was a win,” Alli told BT Sport.Tottenham profited from an officiating error to go in front on 27 minutes as Kieran Trippier should have been flagged offside before he crossed for Alli to score. Alli netted again on 56 minutes when his shot beat Kiko Casilla with the aid of a deflection off Sergio Ramos.Eriksen made it 3–0 at the end of a counter-attack on 65 minutes, before Real reduced the deficit late on as Ronaldo scored his sixth goal in the competition this season.This was Real’s first group-stage defeat in five years and, following a shock La Liga loss at Girona at the weekend, the pressure is building on coach Zinedine Zidane.Nevertheless, a win at APOEL later this month will do for the 12-time champions to qualify after the Cypriot side held Borussia Dortmund 1–1 in Germany.Raphael Guerreiro gave Dortmund a first-half lead but they are still looking for a win in Europe this season after Mickael Pote levelled for APOEL on 51 minutes.Aguero’s record breaking goalManchester City continued their sensational form as they saw off Napoli 4–2 in Italy to make it four wins from four in Group F and advance to the knockout phase for the fifth season running.Lorenzo Insigne put the Serie A leaders in front, but Nicolas Otamendi headed City level and his fellow centre-back John Stones then scored with a header that went in off the underside of the bar.A Jorginho penalty restored parity again, but Sergio Aguero made it 3–2 and Raheem Sterling completed the scoring.Aguero’s strike allowed him to become City’s all-time leading scorer on 178 goals, passing the old mark of 177 set by Eric Brook in the 1930s.“What he has achieved has made him a legend, he’s gone down in history, so I would tell him to enjoy,” said City coach Pep Guardiola of Aguero, the former son-in-law of Argentina and Napoli great Diego Maradona.Shakhtar Donetsk need just a draw in Naples in three weeks to go through too after beating Feyenoord 3–1. Nicolai Jorgensen headed the Dutch champions into the lead in Kharkiv only for Facundo Ferreyra to equalise.Marlos, the Brazil-born Ukraine international, then scored twice to secure the victory as Feyenoord are eliminated.Liverpool top groupLiverpool moved clear at the top of Group E with a comfortable 3–0 win over Maribor at Anfield.There would be no repeat of their 7–0 romp in the reverse fixture in Slovenia as the Reds had to wait until the 49th minute for Mohamed Salah to give them the lead. James Milner then saw his penalty tipped onto the post but he set up Emre Can to double Liverpool’s lead before substitute Daniel Sturridge completed the scoring.Liverpool are a point clear of Sevilla, who beat Spartak Moscow 2–1 in Spain, Clement Lenglet and Ever Banega with their goals before Ze Luis pulled one back.Besiktas on topBesiktas missed a chance to secure their place in the last 16 as they drew 1–1 with Monaco in Istanbul, Cenk Tosun’s penalty cancelling out the opener from Rony Lopes.The Turkish champions would have been through with a win but will now hope for a draw at home to second-placed Porto to qualify next time out.Porto beat RB Leipzig 3–1 in Portugal, with Hector Herrera, Danilo Pereira and Maxi Pereira scoring their goals as Timo Werner replied for the Germans.Monaco, semi-finalists last season, are bottom and look unlikely to make it through. COMMENT sport November 02, 2017center_img Published on football × COMMENTSlast_img read more

18 Nov

PSPB wins its 17th Inter-State, Inter-Zone Badminton Cship

first_imgNagpur, Nov 3 (PTI) Petroleum Sports Promotional Board (PSPB) thrashed Madhya Pradesh 3-0 to win its 17th title at the the 73rd Inter?State, Inter-Zonal Badminton Championships, here today.Pranaav Reddy and N Sikki Reddy defeated Piyush Bobade Shriyanshi Pardeshi 21-11 21-12 in the mixed doubles before B Sai Praneeth beat Shubham Prajapti 21-15 21-18 in the mens singles to hand PSPB a 2-0 lead.Later, G Ruthvika Shivani defeated Shriyanshi 21-11 19-21 21-18 in the womens singles to wrap up the contest.The final match of the contest was witnessed by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari along with Maharashtra Badminton Association President Arun Lakhani. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

16 Nov

England vs Ireland, Day 2: Ireland believe after bowlers force England collapse

first_imgIreland bowlers produced a scintillating performance with the ball after getting just one wicket in the morning session to restrict England to 303/9 before the rain arrived to force the end of play on Day 2 of the one-off Test at Lord’s. Mark Adair (3/66) was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets to his name – including the crucial scalp of opposition skipper Joe Root. For England, the only highlight of the day was a fighting century stand between nightwatchman Jack Leach and debutant Jason Roy (72).But after the duo departed falling short of their maiden centuries, it was all gloomy for England as they kept flashing at deliveries going away from them while the Irish bowlers bowled consistent line and lengths. While Moeen Ali was once again snapped by a short ball, wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow had a match to forget as he bagged a pair for himself.Jack Leach fell eight runs short of a maiden test century as Ireland kept alive their victory hopes on the second day of their historic four-day test on Thursday.The spinner, sent in as nightwatchman for the last over of a manic opening day, played superbly to reach 92 before edging Ireland’s first-day hero Tim Murtagh to Mark Adair in the slips.He had shared in a 145-run partnership with test debutant Jason Roy that had wiped out England’s 122-run first innings deficit after they were bowled out for 85 and then dismissed Ireland for 207 on a crazy opening day.Just when it appeared England were seizing control, however, Roy was clean bowled by Stuart Thompson for 72 and Leach went a few overs later.advertisementJoe Denly was run out for 10 after a terrible mix-up with skipper Joe Root before Jonny Bairstow was dismissed for a duck for the second time in the match, leaving England on 209-5 at tea, a precarious lead of 87.Also Read | Lahore 2nd Asian city to house ICC accredited biomechanics labAlso Read | Sri Lanka target winning farewell for retiring Lasith Malingalast_img read more

16 Nov

5 Teams That Could Go Undefeated

first_imgPhoto Attribution: Icon SMIOn Tuesday we looked at #15-#11, yesterday we looked at #10-#6, now let’s look at the five most likely teams to run the table and be undefeated at Christmas.5. Oklahoma Most likely loss: at Oklahoma StateSchedule difficulty: 6 (out of 10)Upset lurking: at BaylorAnalysis: at Baylor and at K-State are sneaky, but they’re going to murder A&M and Tech at home. I fully expect 11-0 heading into Bedlam.Chance of going undefeated: 55%4. HoustonMost likely loss: at TulsaSchedule difficulty: 2 (out of 10)Upset lurking: at TulaneAnalysis: They haven’t exactly been blowing people away (average margin of victory over D-1 teams: 7 pts), but they also don’t really need to. I think they’ll probably lose because they aren’t really that good, but they shouldn’t, not with this schedule: ECU, Marshall, Rice, UAB, Tulane, SMU, and Tulsa.Chance of going undefeated: 65%3. StanfordMost likely loss: Oregon at home.Schedule difficulty: 4 (out of 10)Upset lurking: at SCAnalysis: They play one ranked team the rest of the season and that game is at home. Two of their three away games are at Washington State and at Oregon State. How good do you feel if you’re a Stanford fan right now?Chance of going undefeated: 75%2. WisconsinMost likely loss: there isn’t oneSchedule difficulty: 4 (out of 10)Upset lurking: there isn’t oneAnalysis: Find me a loss in Indiana, Purdue, and Penn St. at home, Michigan St., Ohio St., Illinois, and Minnesota on the road. Or Michigan in the Big 10 title game. Seriously, find me a loss in there. I dare you.Chance of going undefeated: 85%1. BoiseMost likely loss: TCU at homeSchedule difficulty: 2 (out of 10)Upset lurking: at San Diego StateAnalysis: It’s not that they aren’t the real deal (how many BCS teams do they have to beat for people to start believing?), it’s just that they don’t get a chance to prove it. Would they go 12-0 in the SEC? Probably not, but LSU or Bama isn’t going undefeated in the SEC either. What if we end up with Boise, Bama, Wisconsin, Houston, Clemson, and Oklahoma State all without a loss? What will happen? The apocalypse? Something bigger than the apocalypse?Chance of going undefeated: 90%Check out teams #15-#11 here or teams #10-#6 here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

16 Nov

Deschamps confident after narrow win

first_imgFrance ‘It depends only on us’ – Deschamps pleased with France despite narrow win Guy Atkinson Last updated 2 years ago 06:27 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Blaise Matuidi Bulgaria France Wolrd Cup 07102017 Gettyimages France Bulgaria v France Bulgaria WC Qualification Europe The French side were a long way from their best against Bulgaria, but their manager is confident his team can finish out qualifying with a win Didier Deschamps admits his side lacked aggression as they laboured to an uninspired 1-0 win over Bulgaria in Sofia, but is still confident his French team can finish the job in their final World Cup qualifying match. The three points propels them back to the summit of Group A and they go into Tuesday’s game against Belarus knowing a win will guarantee automatic qualification for the showpiece event in Russia next year.France 11/2 to win 2018 World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Les Bleus started brightly and were ahead inside just three minutes through Blaise Matuidi’s sweetly struck shot, but they offered nothing in the way of attacking threat in an insipid second-half performance.Deschamps, who now has more wins as France coach than anyone else with 42, acknowledges it was a poor display but is confident of an improved performance in Paris.”It was a complicated match, with many faults,” he told TF1 . “We did not have a great second period, and they were more aggressive. There is only one game left, and that depends only on us. We’ll have to win on Tuesday. I’m confident, as I was with this game.”On est 1er du groupe, on a notre destin entre nos pieds1 victoire mardi contre la Biélorussie nous assurerait la qualif’ pour la #CDM2018 ! pic.twitter.com/5dSrAGyI61 — Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) October 7, 2017 Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made a stunning reaction save in the first half to preserve France’s slender lead and he urged his team-mates to quickly turn their attention to the visit of Belarus.”There is a lot of satisfaction, but it is only one step,” he said. “There is a second match on Tuesday in front of our supporters. It will be important to recover well and concentrate on our next game.”last_img read more

25 Oct

How Bajrang Punia’s heartbreak in World Championships semi-final unfolded

first_img India Today Web Desk Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)September 19, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 20:21 IST Bajrang Punia finished second best in the 65kg freestyle semi-final on Thursday (UWW Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBajrang Punia lost a close battle in the 65kg semi-finalBajrang and Daulet Niyazbekov were tied on points at the end of the boutBajrang will now fight for the bronze medal on FridayWorld No. 1 Bajrang Punia was on course to end his gold medal drought at World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan before a heartbreaking defeat in the semi-finals of the men’s 65kg freestyle category on Thursday.Bajrang had headed into the World Championships on the back of impressive results. The top seed eased past opponents and made light work of North Korea’s Jong Choi Son 8-1 in the quarter-finals to secure an Olympic quota for India in the men’s 65kg event.However, in the semi-final against home wrestler Daulet Niyazbekov, Bajrang Punia’s dreams of finishing on the top step of the podium came crashing down.Bajrang began the bout on the backfoot, trailing Niyazbekov 2-0 and fell further when the Kazak wrestler came up with a 4-point throw at the start of the 2nd period. The Indian corner challenged the referee’s decision to award the 4-point hold even as the move was seemingly initiated by Bajrang.Bajrang lost the challenge and Niyazbekov extended the lead to 7-2. However, with the clock ticking down, Bajrang came up with an aggressive approach and put immense pressure on the home wrestler. Just when it looked Bajrang would do enough to seal a place in the final, the bout ended at 9-9 and Niyazbekov won by criteria.The result came down to the 4-point hold that went in favour of Daulet Niyazbekov at the start of the second period.According to Article 31 of United World Wrestling rulebook, In case of a tie by points, the winner will be declared by successively considering: – the highest value of holds; – the least amount of cautions; – the last technical point(s) scored.advertisement Screengrab from United World WrestlingDespite Bajrang scoring the last 2 points, Niyazbekov sealed the final berth due to the 4-point hold.Nonetheless, there was questionable refereeing throughout the semi-final bout as Bajrang Punia was left frustrated when Niyazbekov wasn’t warned for taking the time to catch his breath in between points. Bajrang’s frustration was so much so that he signalled to the referees midway during the 2nd period.The challenge that did not go in favour of Bajrang also played a decisive role in what was a mixed day for the top-ranked Indian wrestler.Bajrang will now fight for the bronze medal in the 65kg category on Friday. Bajrang though has sealed India’s Tokyo Olympics quota in the 65kg category.Earlier in the day, Ravi Kumar came up with impressive showings to seal an Olympic quota in the men’s 57kg freestyle category. Ravi, though, lost to world champion Zaur Uguev 4-6 in the 57kg freestyle event semi-finals and he will also battle for bronze in Nur-Sultan.Also Read | Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik seal places in Olympics qualifiers with World Championships medalsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Bajrang PuniaFollow World Wrestling ChampionshipsFollow Ravi KumarFollow India wrestlingFollow Nur-Sultan How Bajrang Punia’s heartbreak in World Championships semi-final unfoldedWorld Wrestling Championships: Bajrang Punia fought hard and came back from being 2-7 down to make it 9-9 in his 65kg semi-final bout against local wrestler Daulet Niyazbekov but it wasn’t enough for him to make it to a second successive world meet final in Nur-Sultan on Thursday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

22 Oct

Budget Bulletin Prosperous Communities

first_imgStrengthening Nova Scotia’s position in the competitive world of international commerce is a priority for the government of Nova Scotia. The time is right to accomplish this objective by establishing Nova Scotia an international gateway. Nova Scotia has tremendous advantages. Its ports are North America’s closest mainland links to Europe, India and Southeast Asia via the Suez Canal. The existing infrastructure has the capacity to take advantage of rapidly emerging markets in China and India. Nova Scotia is a natural, intercontinental portal to North America, with its close proximity to markets, ice-free, deep-water ports, and excellent rail, truck and air connections. The province will invest another $750,000 to aggressively market Nova Scotia as an international gateway, bringing the total commitment to $1 million. The province will also continue to work with the private sector and the federal government to ensure this national opportunity is realized. Employment numbers in the province have reached record levels. It has steadily increased over the past several years. Since its creation, Nova Scotia Business Inc., has created or maintained about 18,000 jobs. The Industrial Expansion Fund has also successfully increased economic growth. The fund has helped create or maintain 3,600 jobs, created $97 million in new annual salaries and wages, and provided a return of three dollars in direct and indirect tax revenue for every one dollar invested. The province will also invest $750,000 in a revitalized Winter Works Program. The program will provide a wage subsidy to businesses, municipal governments and not-for-profit organizations so they may hire unemployed or underemployed individuals. The program will be administered by the Office of Economic Development. More students will be working this summer. An additional $800,000 will be allocated to the Summer Employment Program for students, bringing the total program expenditure to $2.3 million. -30- Note: For further 2007-08 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance.last_img read more

17 Oct

New Brunswick government orders forestry restrictions due to fire risk

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick is bone dry, and the government is restricting forestry operations because of the fire risk.Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet says the forest fire hazard in the province is the highest in 20 years.He has issued a ministerial order under the Forest Fires Act to limit forestry operations.The restrictions include no harvesting, forwarding, site preparation or pre-commercial thinning between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. for all operations with two or more people or operations using mechanical equipment.Doucet says a number of companies had already voluntarily adopted the measures this week.A total of 98 forest fires have burned almost 124 hectares of forest so far this year.The province is currently closed to all burning, including firepits and backyard fireplaces.last_img read more

13 Oct

Super Bowl Ads shy from politics and mind their manners

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Peyton Manning takes a family to Universal Parks & Resorts. Chris Pratt works out to get in shape to tout Michelob Ultra. Bill Hader takes a break on set to snack on some Pringles.This year’s Super Bowl advertisers are minding their manners. They’re trying hard to steer clear of everything from politics to the #MeToo movement with lightly humorous ads that don’t offend.The goal is to capture the attention of the 111 million-plus viewers expected to tune in Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots. Thirty-second slots are going for more than $5 million for airtime alone.Last year, ads that tackled political issues fell flat, like an 84 Lumber ad about immigration. And some thought the recent Grammy Awards’ low ratings were because the show contained too many political moments, such as Hillary Clinton reading from the Trump biography “Fire and Fury.”People are in the mood for “political-free entertainment,” said Kim Whitler, a marketing professor at the University of Virginia.Several ads will be taking a light-humour approach with mostly male celebrities. PepsiCo brands Doritos Blaze and Mountain Dew Ice are showcased in two 30-second linked spots showing Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage in a lip-sync rap battle.In a Pringles ad , Bill Hader has a snack on set and introduces a made-up practice dubbed “flavour stacking,” in which he mixes and matches different Pringles varieties. M&Ms enlisted Danny DeVito to embody what happens when a red M&M becomes a person after wishing on a lucky penny.Keanu Reeves surfs on his motorcycle through the desert in an ad for Squarespace. Chris Elliott lives in a bio dome to tout avocados from Mexico, while “Stranger Things” star David Harbour shows up in Tide’s commercial.“They’re light hearted and good natured,” Whitler said. “That’s on target with the mood of the country.”“We’re exposed to so much constant negativity,” said Andy Goeler, a marketing executive at Bud Light. “Delivering something just light hearted and fun is the root at what beer is all about.” The brand’s two spots showcase a mythical kingdom a la “Game of Thrones” centred on Bud Light and the catchphrase “Dilly Dilly.”Amazon’s 90-second fourth-quarter ad stars a bevy of celebrities who sub for the voice of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant: singer Cardi B, actress Rebel Wilson, star chef Gordon Ramsey and even actor Anthony Hopkins putting a Hannibal Lector spin on things. Leading up to the halftime show, Pepsi’s ad references past celebrities who have appeared in Pepsi Super Bowl ads: Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Cindy Crawford and others.Nonetheless, two Super Bowl ads are bucking the trend and sidling up to political issues, however obliquely.Coca-Cola’s anthemic 60-second ad features varieties of Coke, from Coke Zero to the stevia-flavoured Coke Life, quaffed by women, men and a person who uses the “they” pronoun.“There’s a Coke for he, and she and her and me and them,” a voiceover states.Coca-Cola executives say the ad highlights the diversity the company has always used in its advertising, adding that they consulted African-American and LGBTQ groups among its own employees. A biracial couple and a person in a wheelchair also appear in the spot.“We want to celebrate all the people that make up the world,” Coca-Cola executive Brynn Bardacke said. “We don’t want to exclude anyone.”On the other hand, WeatherTech, which makes car mats and other interior car products, has a staunchly pro-American approach in its ad, which shows the construction of a factory that opened late last year.“At WeatherTech, we built our factory right here in America,” the ad’s text reads. “Isn’t that the way it is supposed to be?”It’s the fifth year WeatherTech has advertised in the Super Bowl touting its all-American operations. Founder and CEO David MacNeil said his ad doesn’t have typical Super Bowl accoutrements — “no ponies, no puppies, no pretty girls” — but said it’s straight to the point about its message.“Isn’t it just logical to build your own factory in your own country so your own fellow citizens can have jobs?” he said. He said he doesn’t believe the ad might be divisive. “It wouldn’t occur to me that I could offend anyone by supporting my own country,” he said.While the majority of advertisers release their ads ahead of time to try to drum up publicity, there are some holdouts. Fiat Chrysler usually appears during the game without advance warning. Other advertisers that have remained mum about their plans so far include E-Trade and Monster Products.“It may be that advertisers with risky ads are waiting for the game, hoping to protect the surprise and break through the clutter,” said Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at Northwestern University.last_img read more

13 Oct

Analyst says shippers switching to CP Rail as CN Rail service deteriorates

first_imgService on Canadian National Railway Co. has deteriorated to the point that clients are switching their cargoes to rival Canadian Pacific Railway, Walter Spracklin, a financial analyst for RBC Dominion Securities, said Thursday.But a spokesman for the Montreal-based company said many of the short-term service problems are weather related and the company is investing capital to address other longer term concerns.Recent complaints about CN service by the CEO of energy services firm Halliburton, along with service disruptions on CN lines in areas such as the Port of Prince Rupert terminal in British Columbia, have raised questions among CN investors and caused “irreparable damage” to shipper relationships, Spracklin charged in a report.Spracklin said weekly performance numbers show CN’s train speeds are down 17 per cent year-over-year compared with nine per cent for the railway group, and “dwell” — the time trains spend stopped at a terminal — is up a “staggering” 43 per cent compared to the group’s nine per cent.“We highlight that CP has the capacity to handle the higher volume, and that they are negotiating new business away from CN — but on terms that are favourable to CP (to avoid experiencing similar “digestion issues”),” he wrote in the report.“We expect continued negative news flow on disruptions and disclosure of further customer shifts, which in our view will make CN’s premium valuation less appealing and as a result we expect further shifting from CN over to CP.”CN spokesman Patrick Waldron responded that winter weather in Western Canada has been so severe it forced CN to run shorter trains about 75 per cent of the time, which means more trains are needed for the same volumes.“This combined with increased volume levels across our business has resulted in congestion for all commodities and customers along our busy Chicago-to-Edmonton mainline corridor,” he said in an email.“We are working with our customers to manage all traffic and clear backlogs for all of customers in the coming weeks.”He said CN Rail is buying and leasing locomotives and hiring and training hundreds of new employees, adding CN’s $3.2-billion capital program in 2018 will address infrastructure pinch points and add capacity.Waldron didn’t address the question of whether the railway is losing customers to rival railways.Analyst Daniel Sherman of Edward Jones said in a report issued after the railway posted disappointing 2017 results that it appears to have expanded volume on its network beyond its capacity.“We anticipate that management will catch capacity up to demand as we move through 2018,” the report said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story (TSX:CNR, TSX:CP)last_img read more

8 Oct

SLPP and SLFP talks successful more talks next week

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) held formal talks today at the office of the Opposition Leader in Colombo.The talks were focused on forming a new broad alliance which will include the SLPP and the SLFP. SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera said that the talks held today were successful and more talks will take place next week. (Colombo Gazette)

3 Oct

Saskatchewans biggest union will fight unpaid days off for workers

Saskatchewan’s biggest union will fight unpaid days off for workers REGINA – Saskatchewan’s biggest union says a possible plan to force public servants to take unpaid time off won’t solve the province’s financial woes.Finance Minister Kevin Doherty has floated the idea as a way to help lower the province’s $1.2 billion deficit, saying each day off could save the province $11 million.But Bob Bymoen, head of the Saskatchewan Government Employees Union, said they will fight the move because it doesn’t address what he says is the province’s real problem — overspending.“Why would we believe him for one moment that the layoffs will stop because we take a day off without pay?” said Bymoen. “I don’t know why he thinks it’s OK to break that contract with the people of this province, but he can’t break a contract with a company in France.“In my heart, if I thought myself taking a day off without pay would save this province, I’d gladly take the day off but it’s like giving money to a cocaine addict — it won’t change anything because they haven’t even admitted that they’ve got a problem with how they’re spending money.”The sentiment was echoed by NDP MLA Warren McCall, who blames government fiscal mismanagement for the deficit.“This is a government that has built out administration and the top end of bureaucracy in healthcare, in education, while the frontlines have gone wanting,” he said.On Wednesday, Doherty said the government wants to ensure that workers are fairly compensated, but it also needs to hold costs steady “without a major impact to our public service.”Wage rollbacks, layoffs in health care and education and tax increases are also being considered.The government is trying to save money because of a big drop in revenue from oil and gas, potash and uranium. Tax revenue is also lower than forecast and crop insurance claims are up $250 million because of a late harvest.(CJME) by CJME, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 16, 2017 6:58 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

30 Sep

Trent Richardson All Smiles About Colts Trade

Running back Trent Richardson, who was traded from the Cleveland Brown to Indianapolis Colts earlier this week, says he has no malice towards his former team for their decision. In a recent interview, Richardson focused on the excitement of being a Colts player.The 2012 No. 3 overall draft pick will now be on a team with all-star players such as Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne and up-and-coming receiver,  T.Y. Hilton, which is why Richardson may be so positive about the trade.“[The Colts] gave up a first-round pick. That shows a lot of respect they have for me,” said Richardson, who will wear No. 34 with the Colts. “Playing against these guys twice, just seeing how they are around each other when they’re on the sideline, how they’re jelling together, just being in the locker room for these couple hours, it’s been a big change. They’re happy to come to work, and they’re ready to go.”The Colts traded a first-round pick in the 2014 draft to get Richardson from Cleveland on Wednesday. Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said he first approached the Browns about Richardson earlier in the week.“He loves football,” Grigson said about Richardson. “He has the right body type for his style as a runner, and his style fits this offense.”Richardson has 1,055 yards, 3.5 yards per carry, on 298 carries through his first 17 career games—a total of 11 touchdowns with the Browns. He also caught 58 passes for 418 yards and another TD. read more

29 Sep

The Thunder Werent Built For The Modern NBA

LeBron JamesSFCleveland136.3+1.4 Manu GinobiliSGSan Antonio5739.2+1.1 PJ TuckerSFPhoenix/Toronto3535.7+1.4 2016-17203726 Khris MiddletonSGMilwaukee3943.3+1.1 Jimmy ButlerSFChicago3036.7+2.2 Danny GreenSGSan Antonio4637.9+2.0 2013-14153039 James Ennis IIISFMemphis5037.2+1.4 Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder washed out of the playoffs Tuesday night in a 105-99 Game 5 loss, the last sigh of a frustrating 4-1 series loss to the Houston Rockets. The game followed a familiar script, with the Thunder rushing out to an early lead as Westbrook put a good and thorough thumping on the Rockets defense. But as the game wore on, Westbrook began to tire, the Houston defense began to tighten, and the OKC bench hemorrhaged an enormous number of points. As the Rockets pulled away, the Thunder had no means to make up that ground, because the Thunder cannot shoot.Oklahoma City’s glaring lack of shooting is nothing new. The team shot just 31.1 percent from 3 in the series, and that’s humiliating, sure, but it’s also not too far off of the Thunder’s regular season average of 32.7. Westbrook himself threw up brick after brick, going 13 for 49 from 3 (26.5 percent), many in the desperate fourth-quarter scrums that always seem to wrap up Oklahoma City’s games. But this paucity of reliable shooters isn’t simply because Kevin Durant left town over the summer and the team traded Serge Ibaka for Victor Oladipo; it’s the result of a yearslong failure of the Thunder to find perimeter players who fit the modern NBA landscape.For as long as there’s been an NBA analytics movement, the 3-and-D wing player has been one of the atomic units of the mathematically sound game. The role of perimeter defender and long-range specialist isn’t necessarily new. In the generation before Shane Battier was beatified by Michael Lewis in The New York Times Magazine, Bruce Bowen, Rick Fox and Doug Christie were manning the position, and before them, guys such as the Showtime Lakers’ Michael Cooper or the Bad Boy Pistons’ Joe Dumars filled the role. But now the 3-and-D guy is more in focus than ever. Which is why it might be a surprise that there are still relatively few players who fit the description.Over the last four seasons, the number of players who qualify1These cutoffs are somewhat arbitrary — they’re only meant to broadly capture the essence of the role — but if anything they stand to underestimate the number of players with the skills to perform roles other than 3-and-D. That’s because there’s a theoretically limitless number of players who fit the 3-and-D description, while rebound rate and assist rate are limited by the number of opportunities for a team, so the thresholds wouldn’t pick up a good rebounder like Steven Adams who yields rebounds to Westbrook, or a point guard such as the Spurs’ Patty Mills, who shares time with distributors like Kyle Anderson and Manu Ginobili. as a 3-and-D (hitting a breakeven 33 percent of their 3s and a defensive Real Plus/Minus of at least 12While playing at least 15 minutes per game in 20 or more games.) has lagged far behind the number of players who fit other traditional roles, such as the rebounding, defensive big man3Defensive RPM of at least 1 and a defensive rebounding percentage of at least 20 or the playmaking point guard.4Offensive RPM of at least 0 and an assist percentage of at least 20. Andre IguodalaSFGolden State936.2+1.8 The Thunder have had a lot more success finding big men — rebounding defenders like Steven Adams, or players to clean the offensive boards, like Enes Kanter — but such players are far more common than a prototypical 3-and-D guy, and even if they weren’t, a surplus of rebounding isn’t as viable as a surplus of shooting.Yet while there isn’t an abundance of shooter-defenders, they also aren’t impossible to find for a team that knows where to look. Yes, some like Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are simply good at everything. And some, like Portland’s Al-Farouq Aminu, are lottery picks who end up as just role players. But the vast majority of the players who turn out to be 3-and-D studs come from the late-first or second round of the draft, meaning every team has a chance at drafting and developing them. Here are the 20 players who fit the bill this season: Luke BabbittSFMiami1641.4+1.2 Number of NBA players in key roles, by season Solomon HillSFNew Orleans2334.8+1.5 Rudy GaySFSacramento837.2+2.0 2015-16114728 DeMarre CarrollSFToronto2734.1+1.0 Al-Farouq AminuSFPortland833.0+3.2 The NBA’s 3-and-D wings, 2016-17 Jae CrowderSFBoston3439.8+1.4 Since the Thunder allowed Thabo Sefolosha to leave via sign-and-trade in 2014, the Thunder have struggled to find perimeter role players who can both shoot from distance and hold their own on defense. This season, Oladipo has taken on Ibaka and Durant’s spacing responsibilities (and beginning next year, much of their salary cap space) while being a worse shooter than either. In past seasons, the Thunder’s meek supporting cast could be somewhat attributed to the luxury of having Durant and Ibaka — both excellent spot-up shooters — which let the Thunder fill out the roster with more specialized (or, to put it less generously, more limited) players thanks to Durant and Westbrook’s versatility. But even that strategy eventually reached its limits late in games, when the Thunder offense would grind down to Durant holding the ball, surrounded by questionable-at-best shooters. And this season the issues have only intensified: The Thunder placed their man on the table above, sure, but only after replacing one of the best players in the league with a baseline role player.That’s because the few shooters the team has come up with in recent years have all been uniformly bad defenders. Teams can get away with having mediocre defenders who can shoot — think Kevin Love and Channing Frye on the Cavs — but not apocalyptically bad ones. In 2014-15 and 2015-16, the Thunder filled that role with Anthony Morrow, who was the functional counterweight to Andre Roberson, a superb defender who might as well be shooting with his eyes closed. Morrow shot 38.7 from 3 in 2015-16 for the Thunder but was one of the worst defenders in the league, with a defensive RPM of -3.05. This season’s Morrow is Alex Abrines, a 23-year-old out of Spain who shot 38.1 percent from 3 and made the opposing offense 4.3 points better when he was on the court. The maxim might be that a player only needs one elite skill to be useful to an NBA team, but the corollary is that he can’t be among the worst in the league at everything else to be useful to a playoff contender.These specific deficiencies showed themselves during those late-game panics against the Rockets. The Oklahoma City bench units have been lambasted for their startlingly bad numbers without Westbrook, and the shooters’ inability to play defense is a big reason why. The defense gave up 117.1 points per 100 possessions (-12.1 net) when Abrines shared the floor with Westbrook, and a shocking 147.1 points per 100 (-42.1) when he was paired with Jerami Grant, one of the Thunder’s other sort-of shooters off the bench.It’s clear that the Thunder roster cannot persist in its current state, and in the first season after losing a player like Durant, certain allowances ought to be made for holes in the team’s roster. But the persistent lack of shooting in Oklahoma City, and the persistent rostering of one-dimensional players in a league run by multidimensional lineups, is reason enough to question whether the problems facing the Thunder are ones the team is capable of overcoming. Data includes regular season games only. 3-and-D players hit 33 percent of their 3s and a defensive Real Plus/Minus of at least 1. Rebounding bigs had a defensive RPM of at least 1 and a defensive rebounding percentage of at least 20. Playmaker point guards had an offensive RPM of at least 0 and an assist percentage of at least 20.Sources: NBA.com, basketball-reference.com Kevin DurantSFGolden State237.5+1.4 NAMEPOSITIONTEAMDRAFT #3 POINT %DEFENSIVE REAL +/- Robert CovingtonSFPhiladelphia—33.3%+4.3 Trevor ArizaSFHouston4334.4+1.3 Victor OladipoSGOklahoma City236.1+1.6 SEASON3-AND-DREBOUNDING BIGPLAYMAKER PG Thabo SefoloshaSFAtlanta1334.2+2.4 2014-15184235 Patrick BeverleySGHouston4238.2+1.6 Data includes regular-season games only.Sources: basketball-reference.com, nba.com read more

25 Sep

Passengers face fraught Christmas as railways across Britain close for huge round

However, the scale of the work is likely to cause mayhem for millions of travellers trying to reach friends and family, The Times reported last night.Heathrow and Gatwick, the two busiest airports in Britain, will be closed to rail travellers or face significantly reduced services for periods of the Christmas break, while new track at Heathrow will mean no trains will travel between the airport and Paddington from Dec 23 until Boxing Day. The Great Western Railway to the South West will also be affected by the works, while work at London Victoria station will mean no Gatwick Express services to the airport from Sunday, Dec 23, until New Year’s Day. Passengers will be required to travel from London Bridge instead.Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “All passengers should benefit from the improvements to the railways being made over the Christmas break, which should cut disruption and delays in the longer term. It will be frustrating for people travelling over Christmas that their plans will be altered. They should make alternative arrangements for their Christmas getaways now.” Trains on the West Coast Main Line, including those operated by Virgin Trains, London Northwestern, London Overground and the Caledonian Sleeper, will be affected by work at Euston from Christmas Eve to Dec 30.Trains to Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield will all be affected.The Great Eastern Main Line which serves Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk, will also be hit by work outside London Liverpool Street.A spokesperson for Network Rail, said: “Taking on and delivering these huge transformational schemes at this time of year minimises our impact on passengers who, so research shows, understand the need for such activity . . . We strongly advise passengers to plan ahead.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Commuters will be hit by one of the biggest Christmas and new year rail shutdowns, which is expected to partly cut off two of Britain’s busiest airports.Network Rail is reported to be planning 330 engineering projects between Christmas and new year, an increase of more than 30 per cent on last year. The works to upgrade the ageing system will affect services on major lines including the West Coast, Great Western, Great Eastern, the Midland Main Line and the main route into Merseyside.Network Rail has defended the works, saying the £148 million it is spending over the Christmas period will lead to a more reliable and efficient service for passengers.It added that Christmas was the best time to carry out the work because passenger numbers across the network were usually 50 per cent lower than normal. read more

22 Sep

HUNGARY IS STILL IN THEIR HANDS Telekom Veszprem win Cup

← Previous Story SEHA Gazprom League with more teams and less matches in season 2018/2019 Next Story → RK Vardar win the fourth SEHA Gazprom league title Telekom Veszprem won the 27th Hungarian Cup by beating the biggest rival Pick Szeged 23:21 (11:10) in front of 4.500 fans in Debrecen.The hero of the night was Croatian goalkeeper Mirko Alilovic who has 16 saves in tota…MOL-PICK SZEGED-TELEKOM VESZPRÉM 21-23 (11-10)SZEGED: Sego, Sierra, Balogh 1, Bánhidi 3, Blazevic, Bodó 4, Gaber 1, Gonsalves 1, Kallman 2, Sigurmannsson 4 (4), Skube 2, Sostaric, Srsen 2, Zhitnikov 1, Zubai. Edző: Juan Carlos Pastor.VESZPRÉM: Alilovic, Mikler, Blagotinsek, Gajic 2, Ilic, Jamali, Lékai 6 (1), Manaskov 2, Marguc 1, Nagy 4, Nenadic 4, Schuch, Sulic 2, Terzic, Tonnesen 2, Ugalde. Edző: Ljubomir Vranjes. read more

22 Sep

Firefighters deliberately merge two blazes in Australia

first_imgWe are seeing positive results of these very deliberate, very targeted, very decisive strategies being deployed particularly in relation to backburning operations.The decision to merge the edges of the infernos near Lithgow and Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains is aimed at starving the fires of the fuel that would otherwise have allowed them to become the “mega-fire” authorities were fearing on Monday.‘Still a way to go’But while firefighters – 1,100 worked through the night, aided by 84 fire-bombing aircraft – have had “some extraordinary success”, Fitzsimmons warned “there’s still a way to go” with a storm moving towards the area bringing high winds but little rain.This translated to “very difficult, very dangerous fire behaviour and firefighting conditions”.“We have got now probably 24 hours before we see the worst of the weather starting to develop and build across all these fire ground areas,” the fire chief added, with strengthening winds and high temperatures expected on Wednesday.Forecast cooler weather is expected to make conditions more favourable from Thursday.While claiming some success, with the Lithgow area fire downgraded one notch to a “watch and act” from the highest level “emergency”, it continued to threaten properties near the township of Bell and other villages.“I plead with people don’t be complacent,” said Fitzsimmons.In addition to the fires west of Sydney, large tracts of the state remain at risk and under total fire bans.Wildfires are common in Australia’s summer months from December to February. But an unusually dry and warm winter and record spring temperatures has seen the 2013-14 fire season start early with warnings of a long, tough summer ahead.As debate rages in Australia on a possible link between the infernos and climate change, United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres said wildfires are “absolutely” linked to global warming and increasingly intense heatwaves.She said Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s decision to repeal a carbon tax on emissions designed to combat climate change put in place by the previous government would come at a high price.“We are really already paying the price of carbon,” she said. “We are paying the price with wildfires, we are paying the price with droughts.”Data from Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology show that 2013 is on track to become the country’s hottest year on record while last month was the hottest September ever recorded in the country.© AFPRead: More than 200 homes destroyed as wildfires threaten Sydney outskirtsRelated: Reports of looting as Australian wildfires rageExplainer: How do wildfires happen and why do they spread? FIREFIGHTERS IN AUSTRALIA have deliberately merged two major blazes in the southeast of the country in a desperate battle to manage the advancing infernos as weather conditions worsen.Crews made up largely of volunteers worked through the night along trails in heavily forested areas west of Sydney to try to prevent the fires becoming one out-of-control “mega-fire” that could race towards a third blaze nearby.Firefighters have been battling wildfires across the state of New South Wales since they flared in high winds and searing heat last week, with more than 200 homes destroyed so far and many others damaged.In the state’s worst fire emergency in almost 50 years, dozens of blazes have been extinguished or contained but 60 are still alight and 14 of them deemed out of control.The Blue Mountains, a popular tourist area, is the main focus of concerns owing to a huge fire in the Lithgow area with a perimeter of 314 kilometres.NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the two fires were “deliberately and tactically joined” through backburning – a tactic aimed at creating firebreaks to control the path of blazes.“That is principally focused on trying to stop those two fires coming together and joining with the fire down at Springwood and Winmalee,” he said, referring to a blaze that razed 200 houses last week and which has flared again.last_img read more

22 Sep

This is what it is like to be a fiveyearold in Ireland

first_imgThe majority of parents reported that their children had adjusted well to school, with girls more positive about school than boys.One in four parents who availed of the free preschool year said they would not have been able to send their child to preschool had it not been for the scheme.Overall, parents tended to report high levels of positivity and low levels of conflict with their five-year-old.Economic strain in the household was associated with a greater risk of higher levels of such conflict.A child’s behavioural difficulties was linked to long periods of ‘screen-time’ (television, video games or on the internet).Children from less advantaged homes generally participated more in unstructured play, while those from more advantaged homes were more likely to attend a sports club or group on a regular basis.Higher maternal levels of educational achievement and higher household income were associated with less screen time spent by the child.There was a clear relationship between the amount of screen time and the BMI status of the 5 year olds.One in four of the children at five years of age was overweight or obese, but this dropped to one in five for the same group at age five.While welcoming the lack of conflict between children and parents, Fitzgerald said that the difficulty that families are reporting was being dealt with by the Government.“The difficulty being experienced by many families over recent years is clearly evident; the Government has rightly prioritised the continued support of children and families through a range of initiatives.”Read: What is it like being a child in Ireland today?Read: Revealed: the life of a 13-year-old growing up in Ireland THE FIRST SET of results from a report on the lives of Irish five-year-olds has found that one in four three-year-olds in the country is overweight, and that figure only drops to one fifth by the time they reach five.The latest report from the Growing Up In Ireland study also shows that a quarter of families with a five-year-old are struggling to make ends meet.The findings published today focus on children’s transition to school, socio-emotional well-being, physical well-being, play and diet, and family circumstance.The study also found that:last_img read more

21 Sep

The Green Party wants to give you 10c back for each plastic

first_img By Sean Murray Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 17th 2017, 6:15 AM 15,499 Views EARLIER THIS WEEK, the Green Party launched the Waste Reduction Bill 2017 which proposes a new set of measures aimed at improving how Ireland recycles its waste.“We’ve been looking at this for years,” party leader Eamon Ryan told TheJournal.ie. “The way we do things now is just not working. It’s time we introduced something a little different.”The bill has two main aspects. One is introducing a recycling deposit scheme for plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans. The other is banning single-use, non-compostable plastics such as coffee cups.“Back in the day,” Ryan said, “you used to be able to bring back your glass bottles and get sixpence or something similar. We’re looking at doing the same here.”The proposals would see consumers able to avail of a 10c refund if they bring back their plastic bottle, glass bottle or can.This 10c charge would be levied on the cost of manufacture so the consumer should not bear this cost, Ryan said.The Green Party leader said that there are multiple advantages of such a system. According to the most recent Coastwatch survey, drinks container litter is the most widespread and frequent shore litter in Ireland.In other jurisdictions, such as the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland, that operate a despite scheme rates of recycling in these products are in the 90%+ range.The party also says that society would make a net gain through employment created by the scheme, reduced need for litter control and compliance with the appropriate EU directives to the tune of €67 million per year.“With a financial incentive, you get a much higher recycling rate,” Ryan said. “It’s all about being less wasteful and more careful with your use of resources.”No more cups Image: Shutterstock/Martina RoLi The other, slightly more radical, measure in the Bill would see the banning of all non-compostable cups from January 2020.In reality, this would mean that the vast majority of disposable coffee cups, for example, would be banned in three years’ time.The Green Party leader said that since most coffee cups are not recyclable, it creates a needless amount of waste.Ryan cited reports, such as the EPA’s Waste Packaging Statistics for 2013, only 40% of plastic packaging was recycled.Although this was ahead of European targets, the fact is that most of this plastic packaging goes to landfill.“When it comes to coffee cups, it’s possible to use a more environmentally-friendly alternative, so it’s a bit of a no-brainer,” Ryan said.The party now hopes to secure government approval for this “relatively simple bill”.Ryan said: “I think we can get it. I’ll be surprised if they don’t run with it actually. The amount of waste generated is intolerable. We need to start treating our environment properly. If we don’t, it’ll come back on all of us in the end. The government should be the ones taking the lead.Read: Recycling: ‘This can’t go on. I want refundable deposits on bottles and cans. It can be done’Read: Bin companies have started to charge for heavy bins without the government’s agreement Image: Shutterstock/Martina RoLi We launched our Waste Reduction Bill today. Banning non recycleable cups + a deposit refund scheme for bottles/cans. https://t.co/dlAAuE9YWu pic.twitter.com/UaVhKVzzAm— Eamon Ryan (@EamonRyan) June 15, 2017 53 Comments Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 6:15 AM Share3005 Tweet Email4 https://jrnl.ie/3445197 Source: Eamon Ryan/Twitter The Green Party wants to give you 10c back for each plastic bottle and can you recycle The party’s new Waste Reduction Bill 2017 also aims to ban non-recyclable coffee cups by 2020.last_img read more