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first_img# Wriddhiman Saha (32 off 106 balls) has registered his # Wriddhiman Saha (32 off 106 balls) has registered his second highest score in Tests in India — the highest being 36 off 101 balls vs South Africa at Nagpur in February 2010. # The above two instances are the only ones when Saha has faced 100 balls in an innings in Tests on Indian soil. # Simon Harmer has taken four wickets in an innings for the first time in consecutive Tests — 4 for 61 at Mohali and 4 for 78 at Nagpur — both vs India. The only other occasion when he took four wickets in an innings was vs West Indies on Test debut — four for 82 at Cape Town in January 2015. # Harmer has completed his 250 wickets in first-class cricket — his tally being 251 at an average of 33.74 in 67 matches. # Murali Vijay has completed his 7,000 runs in first-class cricket — his tally being 7,000 runs at an average of 46.05, including 17 hundreds, in 95 matches. # After three years, two fifty-plus partnerships in a row have been registered for the first wicket for India in Tests. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan have posted 80 (unbroken) in the first innings at Bangalore and 50 at Nagpur. # The Indian spinners have so far taken 29 wickets at an average of 12.20 — the best average by Indian spinners in a Test series. # In the current series, 34 wickets have fallen on the first day of the three Test matches so far — the record in a Test series on Indian soil is 42 during the 1952-53 series between India and Pakistan. PTI Cor CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

‘Kante call left Sarri open to Chelsea criticism’‘Kante call left Sarri open to Chelsea criticism’

first_imgMaurizio Sarri left himself open to criticism by tweaking N’Golo Kante’s role at Chelsea, says Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but questioning of the Italian in his debut campaign remains “unfair”.The 2018-19 campaign started positively enough for the new man at the Stamford Bridge helm, with an 18-game unbeaten run taken in on the back of a Community Shield defeat.‘Sarriball’ earned plenty of plaudits, with a coach cutting his teeth in English football considered to have implemented a winning formula. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The mood has changed somewhat in west London over recent weeks, with inconsistency having set in.Questions have been asked of Sarri’s methods, with his decision to move World Cup winner Kante from a holding midfield post still puzzling many.Former Blues striker Hasselbaink forms part of that group, with the Dutchman telling Sky Sports: “I think the criticism is a little unfair towards him, he had a really good start to the season.“He has put Kante in a different position because he sees that position in a different way and that is where it [the criticism] started.“Whatever you say, Kante is the best defensive midfield player at winning the ball back, so that has raised eyebrows.“He believes in his way. He believes in playing football in a certain way and that is dominating the ball in possession. That is how he believes Chelsea is eventually going to win titles and cups.“You need to give him the time, it’s only six or seven months that he’s been in the building, so you need to give him the time and you need to give him the trust.”Chelsea celebrate vs HuddersfieldWhile calling for patience when it comes to Sarri’s footballing philosophy, Hasselbaink concedes that a Chelsea side which followed up a 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth with a 5-0 mauling of Huddersfield needs to find a way of being less hit and miss.He added: “At the moment they are really inconsistent and they need to get that consistency of winning games again.“They are going through a bad spell and nobody would have thought they would have lost against Bournemouth in that way. It’s a difficult moment for Chelsea when they are playing away and still having that style of play.“They are making chances but they are not scoring the goals and hopefully that can change now with [Gonzalo] Higuain. Can they now go to the next level? That is the question.”Chelsea have moved back into the Premier League’s top four and have a Carabao Cup final outing, an FA Cup fifth-round clash with Manchester United and a Europa League last-32 encounter with Malmo to look forward to.Their focus at present, though, is locked on a trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday which will see them trying to put a dent in Manchester City’s bid for back-to-back title triumphs. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Ball-tampering was a scandal waiting to happen for boorish Australia, says ex-coach Mickey ArthurBall-tampering was a scandal waiting to happen for boorish Australia, says ex-coach Mickey Arthur

first_imgFormer Australia coach Mickey Arthur believes the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa was an inevitable result of an unwillingness to improve the culture in the country’s entire cricket set-up.The South African, now coach of Pakistan, was sacked by Australia in 2013 after a series of embarrassing standoffs with some of the Test team over standards of professionalism on an ill-fated tour of India and leading up to an Ashes series.”Unfortunately, it was always going to end like this,” Arthur wrote on the PlayersVoice website of the incident in Cape Town that led to bans for captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft.Ball-tampering scandal: Darren Lehmann resigns as Australia coach”Despite generational change, independent reviews and too many behavioural spotfires to list, Cricket Australia and the national team had demonstrated no real willingness or desire to improve the culture within their organisation from season to season.Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson devastated after Steve Smith breaks down”That could lead to only one conclusion. An explosion. A deterioration of standards that would culminate in an incident so bad, so ugly, that it would shame the leaders of the organisation into taking drastic action… “Ball-tampering scandal: Feel sorry for Steve Smith, says Faf du PlessisArthur said the behaviour of the Australia team over the five years since he was replaced by Darren Lehmann had been “boorish and arrogant”.”I have been bitterly disappointed watching the Australian cricket team over the last few years. The behaviour has been boorish and arrogant. The way theyve gone about their business hasnt been good, and it hasnt been good for a while.”advertisementHe had particularly scathing words for “the line”, the limits of good conduct on the pitch which the Australian team have long argued they stayed just the right side of.”I’ve hated this talk about ‘the line’,” he wrote.”What is the line? Who sets it? Who dictates how it is enforced? It is totally different culture-to-culture, yet the Australians believe they’re the ones who should be setting it?”That it’s okay to intimidate a person from another country, another culture, during the day and be buddies with him afterwards? Nonsense.”The Aussies have played the victim when they deem the other team has overstepped the mark. And when they’ve been in the ascendancy and behaved badly, everything is okay because they have determined as much.”Arthur said the ball-tampering scandal might ultimately end up being a force for good in helping prompt reform in Australian cricket.”An incident like this had to happen for the necessary cultural shift to take place. Australian cricket has been in an ivory tower for too long,” he said.”They had to take decisive action. If they didn’t, things would inevitably return to the way they had been and another major incident would’ve been inevitable.”The job to repair the damage to the Australian cricket brand is underway.”By doing so, Cricket Australia might just improve the tone and standard of the way the game is played around the world.”I see very little in the way of personal responsibility within the Australian team. Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith admitted what they had done at a press conference, but they didnt have much choice. They had been caught red-handed. And even then, they didn’t come completely clean. They said they had used an adhesive tape on the ball when Cricket Australia’s own investigation ruled that it had been sandpaper,” Arthur added.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

30 Years of National Competition30 Years of National Competition

first_imgIn this edition, we look back to the first National Championships in 1980 through to 1984, as well as the All Stars of Touch teams selected from the events. The first National Championships were held on 6 and 7 December, 1980 at the Owen Park Sporting Complex, Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland. TFA Historian Cary Thompson was involved in the organisation of the first championships, and while bad weather almost called off the tournament, it was still a very memorable event. “We were moving seating in the rain, trying to get fields that weren’t so muddy and trying to change grounds and everything else. But I think the overall impression was just the excitement of the players that this was the first Nationals and here we are, we’re part of history, we’re at the first Nationals,” Thompson said. “I think just the general overall attitude that this has come to fruition, that we’re going to play each other every year was what the most exciting part of it all I think,” Thompson said. Terry Jacks was one of the players that competed at the first National Championships, in the Queensland Men’s Open team. It was the first of eight National Championships that Jacks competed in as a player, and he was also named in the ‘All Stars of Touch’ team five times. Jacks recalls his memories of the inaugural tournament: “(I remember) the rain. It was the wettest tournament and was almost called off on the second day. But everyone was very excited because it was the first National Championships,” Jacks said. Paul Eggers was another person involved in organising and coordinating the first Nationals, and fondly remembers the Championships. “(There was) Excitement being the first championships, and excitement (at) the announcement of our first Australian teams, that was so exciting. “That was the big thing, as a matter of fact it was so emotional big Phil Smith, he was a giant of a man, an ex St George Rugby League player, he was too overcome with emotion that he had to leave the room. It was so exciting, but that was the big thing, the announcement of the teams,” Eggers said. 1982 signalled the second National Championships, which were held at Bruce Stadium in Canberra. Peter Rooney recalls his memories of the tournament:“The Championships…were a magnificent spectacle and they again provided some excellent games including the shock to the New South Wales Men’s side when the Australian Capital Territory tied for the Men’s Open title,” Rooney said. “The competition also boasted some top-name Rugby League players thereby providing some excellent promotional spin-off for the lower-profile Touch,” he said. The third National Championships were held at the Hobart Showgrounds, Tasmania, in March 1983. Sponsored by Dunlop, New South Wales’ player of the 1980’s and 90’s, Ray Lawrence, reflects on his memories of the tournament:“I remember we were provided with sponsor’s shoes. The shoes were so bad that we got our own shoes painted D’s on the back of them so the sponsor wouldn’t be aware that we weren’t wearing his shoes. I can still remember that,” Lawrence said. The fourth National Championships were held at the Tempe Velodrome, in Sydney. The championships were held over seven days, and lunchtime crowds at the Sydney Domain got the chance to watch the best Touch in Australia with a day of games played in the heart of the city.1980 All Stars of TouchKen Irvine (NSW), Ray Beatie (NSW), Chris O’Sullivan (ACT), Steve Saunders (NSW), Terry Jacks (QLD), Owen Lane (NSW), Cheryl McCormack (NSW), Karen Smith (NSW), Bob Brett (QLD), Arthur Tsakissiris (QLD), Gordon Abercrombie (VIC).Coach of the Year: Barry Reynolds (ACT), Manager of the Year: Debbie Dowd (NSW), Referee of the Year: Michael Horne (NSW,) Official of the Year: Phil Smith (ATA President).1982 All Stars of TouchRay Kiley (ACT), Paul Blacklock (TAS), Ron Wall (NSW), Lisa Neal (NSW), Karen Smith (NSW), Barry Doyle (QLD), John Newton (NSW), Maria Arthur (NSW), Graham Hill (NSW), Mark Carter (NSW), Sue La Fontaine (ACT). Coach of the Year: Graham Rogers (ACT), Manager of the Year: Cary Thompson (NSW), Referee of the Year: Brian Burns (NSW), Official of the Year: Ron Carroll (NSW).1983 All Stars of Touch Donna Baker (QLD), Kerry Norman (QLD), Owen Lane (NSW), Dennis Dwyer (NSW), Graham Oates (NT), Karen Smith (NSW), Terry Jacks (QLD), Ray Kiley (ACT), Tim O’Brien (NSW), Debbie Ginman (NSW), Mike Campbell (QLD). Coach of the Year: Arthur Brannigan (NSW), Manager of the Year: Gwynne Ker (QLD), Referee of the Year: Barrie Keenahan (NSW), Official of the Year: Peter Rooney (ATA Official). 1984 All Stars of Touch Paul Barton (NSW), Warren Speechley (NSW), Owen Lane (NSW), Terry Jacks (QLD), Ray Kiley (ACT), Maria Arthur (QLD), Karen Smith (NSW), Donna Baker (QLD), Lisa Neal (NSW), Simon Annesley (NT), Katrina Maher (NSW). Coach of the Year: Ken Irvine (NSW), Manager of the Year: Fred Henderson, Referee of the Year: Neville Hockey (NSW), Official of the Year: Ken Wells (ATA President). Stay tuned to the TFA website for upcoming editions on the history of the National Championships. Touch Football Australia is calling on the Touch Community far and wide to celebrate 30 years of National Championships. Have you booked your tickets to the 30 Year Celebration Breakfast to be held on Sunday, 14 March, the day after the 2010 XBlades National Touch League? Call Touch Football Australia on (02) 6212 2800 to book your seat.last_img read more

Video: Iowa OL Tristan Wirfs Set A Program Record With Four 450-Pound CleansVideo: Iowa OL Tristan Wirfs Set A Program Record With Four 450-Pound Cleans

first_imgTristan Wirfs breaking Iowa's hang clean record.IowaIowa has a history of putting out impressive offensive linemen. Tristan Wirfs may be the next big-time player to come out of Kirk Ferentz’s program.Wirfs, a junior right tackle for Iowa, was an honorable mention All-Big Ten performer in 2018. After seeing his weight room exploits, I certainly wouldn’t be thrilled to go against him this fall.Iowa posted video showing him hang-cleaning 450 pounds four times. It is absolutely absurd.You wanted video, so here it is! Tristan Wirfs making light work of 450 🏋🏾‍♂️ | #BreaktheRock— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) March 12, 2019Tristan Wirfs just hit 450×4 in the hang clean…💪🏾 #BreaktheRock— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) March 12, 2019According to Tristan Wirfs, that is a program record for the hang clean.He posted his own video of the lift to Instagram.Per 247Sports’ Hawkeye Insider, guard Brandon Scherff did three reps of 443-pounds back in 2014. Wirfs beat that both in weight and by a full rep.Scherff, of course, went on to become the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.He’s been one of the NFL’s best guards, making two Pro Bowls for Washington, and starting all 54 games that he has played in at that level.It is way too early to know if Wirfs will play himself up into that kind of player, but his measurables and weight room accolades won’t hurt. Neither will Iowa’s history of producing successful offensive linemen, at both the college and pro levels.last_img read more

Container Carrier Reliability Reaches New HighsContainer Carrier Reliability Reaches New Highs

first_imgzoom Container service reliability across the three main East-West trades reached a new data series high in September, rising by 6.5 percentage points over August to the new record of 79.9%, with the carrier pack led by Denmark’s Maersk Line, according to Carrier Performance Insight by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.After a two-month break Maersk Line returned to the top of the carrier reliability rankings in September with an on-time average across the three trades of 86.9%. The Danish mega-carrier has claimed top spot in 15 out of the last 17 months. A further sign of the overall improvement in reliability spreading across the industry is that eight of the 19 carriers tracked achieved a reliability rating of over 80%.The improvement witnessed in September was the largest month-on-month rise since March 2015, driven by greater reliability in the Transpacific and Asia-Europe trades that more than offset a lower on-time result in the Transatlantic, according to Drewry.The on-time average of Transpacific services rose by 11.7 points to 78.6%, the best performance recorded for the trade since the start of the data series in May 2014. Compared to September 2014, reliability for the Transpacific is up by 13.2 points. In the Asia-Europe trade, reliability improved by 4.3 points against the previous month to a second-best monthly performance of 81.2%. Year-on-year Asia-Europe reliability is up by a margin of 21.3 points.The only negative for the month was the performance of services in the Transatlantic route, which slipped by 2.3 points month-on-month to 72% in September. The annual comparison for the trade is also unfavourable, down by 6.9 points.“The steady improvement in reliability seen through 2015 is very welcome news for shippers, who at the same time are the beneficiaries of very low freight rates. Operational changes to services for the traditionally slower-volume fourth quarter has the potential to disrupt the improving reliability trend, but we expect results over the next few months to only be marginally down on September’s peak,” said Simon Heaney, senior manager of supply chain research at Drewry.last_img read more

AlQaeda remains resilient continues to cooperate closely with LeT UN reportAlQaeda remains resilient continues to cooperate closely with LeT UN report

first_imgUnited Nations: Al-Qaeda “remains resilient” and continues to cooperate closely with Pakistan-based terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Haqqani Network, but the health of its leader Aiman Muhammed al-Zawahiri and how the succession will work are in doubt, according to a UN report. This was revealed in the 24th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team that was submitted to the UN Security Council Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee here this month. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The sanctions monitoring team submits independent reports every six months to the Security Council on the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities. Al-Qaeda remains resilient, although the health and longevity of its leader, Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri, and how the succession will work are in doubt, it said. Al-Qaeda considers Afghanistan a continuing safe haven for its leadership, relying on its long-standing and strong relationship with the Taliban, it said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Under Taliban patronage, Al-Qaeda is keen to strengthen its presence in Badakhshan Province, in particular in the Shighnan area bordering Tajikistan, as well as in Barmal, in Paktika Province, it added. “Al-Qaeda continues to cooperate closely with Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Haqqani Network. Al-Qaida members continue to function routinely as military and religious instructors for the Taliban, the report said. It further noted that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is reported to be moving towards a hub-and-spoke network in its remote provinces, a logical extension of the dispersed, delegated leadership approach. Better established affiliates are taking on elements of responsibility for lesser ones, channelling funds and assisting with propaganda. Over time, this may have the effect of regionalising the agendas of these networks,” the report said. This has already happened in the case of Al-Qaida, which has long embedded itself in local issues and politics, bringing the group some successes but also some problems, as in Idlib, it stated. Further, groups aligned with Al-Qaeda are stronger than their ISIL counterparts in Idlib, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, Somalia and much of West Africa. The largest concentrations of active foreign terrorist fighters are in Idlib and Afghanistan, the majority of whom are aligned with Al-Qaeda. The report, however, noted that ISIL remains much stronger than Al-Qaeda in terms of finances, media profile, current combat experience and terrorist expertise and remains the more immediate threat to global security. It also stressed that the ability of local authorities to cope with terrorist challenges in Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia remains limited. Referring to the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 258 people, the report said that despite the claim of responsibility by ISIL, member state investigations revealed that the ISIL core did not direct or facilitate the attacks, nor did it know about them in advance.” “It was a locally instigated and led attack inspired by ISIL ideology. The bombings aimed to boost the global image of ISIL after its military defeat in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic,” it said. Regional Member States expressed concern about dynamics in the region, in particular in Sri Lanka, southern India and the Maldives, that could contribute to internal threats. Since 2013, approximately 170 Maldivians have travelled to Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic, and more than 70 have unsuccessfully attempted to travel, it said. The report noted that as ISIL continues its evolution from a pseudo-state to a global network inspiring and directing terrorism, it may aim to build platforms for operations in areas in which it has not been active before. The Easter Sunday attacks may serve as a blueprint for future ISIL terrorism in other unexpected locations. The return of foreign terrorist fighters to their home countries from Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic may combine with indigenous radicalization in South Asia or elsewhere. The Lanka attacks show the “continuing appeal of ISIL propaganda and the risk that indigenous cells may incubate in unexpected locations and generate a significant terrorist capability. “These and other ISIL attacks on places of worship, alongside the attacks in Christchurch in New Zealand in March offer a troubling narrative of escalating interfaith conflict, it said. The report also noted that outside the core conflict zone, ISIL and Al-Qaeda are both contending for dominance and international relevance. Some Member States describe the existence of a number of local conflict zones, each of which has its own gravitational pull, drawing foreign terrorist fighters who either come from the region or have ethnic or linguistic ties to it,” it said. Afghanistan remains the most established of these, and concerns remain about the short and long-term threats posed by ISIL and Al-Qaeda-aligned groups and foreign terrorist fighters who have established themselves on Afghan territory, the report said. There are also growing concerns about West Africa and the Sahel, where ISIL and Al-Qaeda are both active and deconflict with each other in favour of destabilizing the more fragile regional States.last_img read more

Safety board tells Champlain Bridge builders to provide clean toilets for workersSafety board tells Champlain Bridge builders to provide clean toilets for workers

first_imgMONTREAL — The workers building the new $4.2-billion Champlain Bridge toil in difficult conditions, high above the St. Lawrence River. But one of their biggest challenges has been to find a clean — and heated — portable toilet on the work site.Quebec’s workplace safety board this week issued a violation notice giving the consortium building the bridge until Friday to make sure there are enough portable toilets on the site and that they have lighting, heating and are clean. “We’ve had trouble for a long time with toilets on work sites, especially during the winter,” said Simon Levesque, who is responsible for health and safety for the construction wing of the Quebec Federation of Labour. The union provided photos showing filthy toilets on the site.Levesque pointed to a regulation in place since 2015 that requires sites with 25 workers or more to have flushable toilets that are heated to 20 C.Levesque acknowledged that there are some proper facilities on the Champlain bridge site that conform and are clean, but there are also a lot of chemical toilets that do not respect the regulations. “We want to get rid of these chemical toilets completely,” he said.“Workers have to use them, because the installations that conform to the regulation are too far, and they have to walk for 30 minutes to find one,” Levesque said.He complained that some of the chemical toilets have been blown over by the wind “with the liquid and everything, and they were put back up and left there without being cleaned.”Julie Robitaille, a spokeswoman for the workplace safety board, said an inspector visited the Champlain bridge site  Wednesday and gave the consortium, Signature on the St. Lawrence, two days to fix the toilet problems.An official for the bridge consortium said Friday the problems have been “amplified by the sudden arrival of the cold” in November.“We take the notice seriously and have made corrections, regarding the cleaning, lighting and heating,” Annie-Claire Fournier said.She said there are enough toilets on the various working platforms and they will be better located to facilitate workers’ access.Levesque said the Champlain Bridge gets a lot of attention because it’s a major project with 1,500 workers, but the same problem exists on other construction sites.“I’ve been in construction since 1993, and I’ve heard workers who have been asking since then for at least a minimum of heated toilets,” he said.Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter The Whistler Film Festival Women on Top Mentorship is open to Canadian female filmmakers from Western Canada with projects in development.Applicants must have at least one feature film or a total of 90 minutes of short and/or television credits.Applicants must have a dramatic feature-length script, television pilot/series or web series in development that is suitable for Canadian production and/or international or US interest/financing/co-production. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Projects with or without equity investment and/or distribution commitments are eligible.Applicants must be able to commit to attending Part I on June 15th in Vancouver, BC and Part II on November 30th in Whistler, as well as the Whistler Film Festival (November 29-December 2, 2018).Application deadline: May 31, 2018CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONlast_img read more

Several decadesold temperature records fell across the Peace on WednesdaySeveral decadesold temperature records fell across the Peace on Wednesday

first_imgDawson Creek saw temperatures break the 20-degree mark on Wednesday, and the 20.7 degrees recorded at the Dawson Creek Airport was over two degrees higher than the previous record high temperature of 18.5 degrees set in 1985.Chetwynd also unofficially broke a high-temperature record on Wednesday, as the recorded high of 19.5 degrees exceeded the 17.8-degree high on that day in 1978.Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan explained that the current weather pattern causing the high winds and above-average temperatures is caused by an excessively strong ridge of high pressure that has built up in the Gulf of Alaska.The forecast is calling for daytime highs in Fort St. John to stay in double-digit territory for at least the next week. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The warm airmass over most of B.C. caused a number of new high-temperature records to be set across the Peace Region on Wednesday, breaking some old records that were set decades ago.While Fort St. John didn’t see a record broken, yesterday’s high of 19.4 degrees recorded at the North Peace Airport weather station was the exact same as the previous all-time high temperature for October 17th, which was recorded the same year construction began on the Alaska Highway – 1942.Grande Prairie’s previous all-time high temperature of 21.1 degrees on October 17th also dated to 1942, and was broken yesterday afternoon when the mercury reached 21.5 degrees.last_img read more

Protests in Bengals Kankinara disrupt train servicesProtests in Bengals Kankinara disrupt train services

first_imgKolkata: Train services in the Sealdah-Naihati division of Eastern Railway (ER) were disrupted for about three hours ( 8.43 a.m. to 12:04 p.m.) on Tuesday as residents squatted on tracks near Kankinara station, protesting against clashes in the North 24 Parganas district, an official said. Residents of the Bhatpara Assembly constituency were staging protest against violent political clashes during the by-election on Sunday. Due to protests 17 electric multiple unit (EMU) trains were stopped. It included 13104 Bhagirathi Express, 12384 Asansol-Sealdah Intercity Express and 15048 Poorvanchal Express. ER authorities had to cancel seven pairs of EMU locals and terminate seven others before their destinations. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja A large contingent of RPF, GRP and West Bengal Police had been deployed at the site to ensure safety and security of passengers and to help resume services, the ER said in an official statement. The by-election was caused by Trinamool MLA Arjun Singh’s defection to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) two months ago. Blaming Singh and other BJP activists for the disruption, State Food Minister and Trinamool North 24 Parganas district President Jyotipriyo Mullick told IANS, “Singh and his men are creating trouble. They are setting shops and houses on fire, disrupting trains and harassing the public.” “The paramilitary forces, deployed during the elections, are also supporting them. We have met the District Magistrate and sought their arrest within 24 hours,” Mullick said.last_img read more

Moroccos Trade Deficit up 126 Foreign Direct Investment down 86Moroccos Trade Deficit up 126 Foreign Direct Investment down 86

Rabat – By the end of August 2018, Morocco’s trade deficit year-to-date had increased to MAD 77.8 billion, up from MAD 69.1 billion in the same period of 2017.The trade deficit growth is due to rises in both exports and imports, up by MAD 29.6 billion, and MAD 20.9 billion, respectively.Imports increased by 9.4 percent to MAD 345 billion, due to imported goods (MAD 27.2 billion), especially equipment goods and energy products. The rise in exports is mainly due to exports of goods (MAD 16.79 billion). Aeronautics grew 26.9 percent, automotive sales grew 17.8 percent, phosphates and their derivatives 17.2 percent, and agriculture and food 5.6 percent. The texture and leather sector saw a 3.3 percent rise.Over the same period, remittances from Moroccans living abroad increased by 1 percent to MAD 44.96 billion.In the first eight months of August 2018, foreign direct investments (FDI) had decreased by 8.6 percent to MAD 16.5 billion, in comparison to 18.1 billion during the same period in 2017.Over the same period, reserves from foreign currency totaled MAD 225.8 billion, down from MAD 240.9 billion a year before. read more

Sierra Leone UN mission reports successful talks on disarmamentSierra Leone UN mission reports successful talks on disarmament

The tripartite meeting of the Joint Committee on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration – composed of the Government of Sierra Leone, UNAMSIL and the RUF – took place on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji, the head of the UN peace operation. In an atmosphere UNAMSIL later described as “cordial,” the participants examined the implementation of decisions on disarmament, issues hampering its progress, progress in the peace process, and issues related to national recovery and stabilization. They also reviewed the transformation of the RUF into a political party, the question of political consultation among Sierra Leoneans, and the extension of Government authority and freedom of movement of persons and goods throughout the country.After a discussion of the low turnout of combatants for disarmament in Koinadugu district, the parties agreed to extend the period of disarmament there by two weeks. The UN mission said that RUF, CDF and UNAMSIL officials would carry out a joint re-sensitization of combatants in the district on 20 September. It was also agreed that disarmament would begin in the next two districts – Bombali and Bo – on 24 September, preceded by sensitization of combatants on 20 September in Makeni and on 22 September in Bo.On the political front, the Government informed the RUF of its identification of a building to serve as the RUF’s party headquarters in Freetown, thus removing one of the major obstacles to the rebel group’s registration as a party.The participants discussed the question of holding a national dialogue on the way forward in the political process. It was reported that the National Commission for Democracy and Human Rights and the Commission for the Consolidation of Peace were already holding consultations on the organization of such a dialogue. read more

Annan on way to Qatar for talks to smooth cultural tensionsAnnan on way to Qatar for talks to smooth cultural tensions

A joint press conference, at which most meeting participants will read a joint statement, will follow Saturday’s meeting. Among the scheduled participants are the Secretaries-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Arab League, the Foreign Ministers of Turkey, Spain, Austria and Qatar, and the European Union’s High Representative for a Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana.Since the cartoon controversy began, Mr. Annan has repeatedly condemned the ensuing violence while urging a responsible use of the right of free speech.On Sunday, the Secretary-General will attend the second meeting of the High-Level Panel of the Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative of the prime ministers of Turkey and Spain that Mr. Annan launched last July. The alliance aims to bridge the gap between Islamic and Western societies and help overcome misconceptions that could threaten world peace.From Doha, Mr. Annan will travel to Geneva, where, on Monday, he will host a mini-summit between President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon and President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, in an effort to revitalize the mediation efforts related to their ongoing territorial dispute.The Secretary-General will then head to Paris where, on Tuesday, he will deliver remarks at the Ministerial Conference Innovative Sources of Financing for Development, hosted by French President Jacques Chirac.Later that day, he will meet with President Tassos Papadopoulos of Cyprus to review the situation in Cyprus and discuss ways to move forward the process of reuniting Cyprus. The Secretary-General will be back at Headquarters on Thursday. read more

1 dead 5 others injured after chemical explosion at General Motors plant1 dead 5 others injured after chemical explosion at General Motors plant

1 dead, 5 others injured after chemical explosion at General Motors plant in Indiana MARION, Ind. – A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured several others, authorities said.The blast killed James L. Gibson, 48, Grant County Coroner Stephen Dorsey said.Marion General Hospital was treating five other people with non-life threatening injuries, hospital spokeswoman Ann Vermilion told the Marion Chronicle-Tribune. However, GM issued a statement saying four employees were under observation for non-life-threatening conditions at the hospital and that four others were transported there, but required no treatment.“The situation is contained. Everybody has been evacuated,” GM spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen said in a telephone interview.The explosion involved a chlorine dioxide tank, and the chemical continued spilling out after the explosion, Marion Fire Chief Paul David said. A hazardous materials crew contained the spill, and firefighters were rinsing off the skin of everyone who may have come into contact with the chemical. If inhaled, the chemical can cause lung problems and can irritate the skin and eyes.Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold went to the scene and talked with GM officials.“This is heartbreaking for our community,” Seybold said.The GM statement said third-shift employees were expected to report to work at their normal times.“The safety of our employees is very important to us and an investigation of the incident is under way. Counselors have been deployed to the site and we will provide other employee services as needed,” the statement said.The plant about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis employs about 1,600 workers and provides blanks, stampings and sheet metal assembly for vehicles to GM assembly plants across North America, according to GM’s website.WRTV-TV reported that the Indiana Department of Labor cited the plant in December 2009 for a single serious safety violation. The plant paid a penalty of $845 and completed an abatement requirement. The plant has not had any violations since. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 1, 2014 3:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Commentary William Buford shifts role in NCAA Tournament to help Ohio StateCommentary William Buford shifts role in NCAA Tournament to help Ohio State

When guard William Buford hit the game winning shot against Michigan State in the regular season finale to give the Buckeyes a share of the Big Ten title, Ohio State fans everywhere seemed to forgive him for the inconsistent performance he brought to the court throughout his senior season. During OSU’s run to the Final Four, there hasn’t been much talk about Buford – positive or otherwise. Jared Sullinger is getting his normal superstar attention (and deservingly so), while sophomore guard Aaron Craft’s hustle and sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas’ scoring abilities have shot them into the national limelight as well. After shouldering much criticism during the regular season in the team’s seven losses, Buford’s critics have been relatively silent, but they should be giving him some credit. For OSU’s lone senior, it’s more about what he hasn’t done rather than what he’s done. He hasn’t tried to create his own shot repeatedly when they haven’t been falling all night. He hasn’t tossed up the 18-footers before ever taking a dribble. He hasn’t stood two feet behind the three-point and chucked up a shot with 21 seconds on the clock, before ever trying to work the ball inside. To be harsh, he hasn’t lost any games for the Buckeyes. He’s tweaked his role and been the basketball definition of “less is more.” I hate to compare one of OSU’s all-time leading scorers to a back-up quarterback, but in a sense, that’s what he’s become – and I mean that in a good way. Buford is a shooter, but he’s in a long, long slump. He’s not the shooter Thomas is and I think he’s realized that and I applaud him for it. Buford’s role has been to handle his responsibilities, not go out and win the game. His work has translated into wins and a Final Four berth for the team. Buford’s also done a lot that OSU probably wouldn’t expect after this season as well. He pulled in nine rebounds against Syracuse in the Elite Eight round (the only time he’s had more than that this season was against Iowa with 11). He’s done what’s expected of him in steals and assists. And while he has turned the ball over a bit more than usual, it’s the Big Dance. Everyone is playing for his life out there – turnovers happen more often in high-energy games. He hasn’t made them in the crucial moments. Buford’s shooting still isn’t what it’s capable of being. Keep in mind, after his sophomore year he could have left for the NBA and been a first-round pick. The fact that he came back to finish a four-year college career in scarlet and gray makes me proud that he’s a Buckeye. Buford has said it himself – he’s a shooter. And that shooting ability is what has kept a defender glued to him this entire tournament and allowed Thomas and sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. to connect on so many big shots. If Buford ends up leading the offense to a national championship, it would be the best send-off a senior could ask for, and he’d be remembered as a legend in Columbus. But if he doesn’t, we should all remember the unselfish adjustments he’s made in the tournament to help his team advance this far. It takes a real man and true team-first player to make those adjustments – and in the tournament, William Buford has proved to be just that. read more

Poll Is it too early to be talking about ChristmasPoll Is it too early to be talking about Christmas

first_imgYesNoNo opinionVote No opinion (251) Yes (10746) Poll: Is it too early to be talking about Christmas? There’s about 1,240 hours until we open our presents this year. Nov 3rd 2016, 8:32 AM Image: PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 87 Comments Share32 Tweet Email center_img No (5299) Poll Results: Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 8:32 AM Image: PA Archive/PA Images By Garreth MacNamee 23,945 Views HALLOWEEN IS OVER which means the country’s shops are currently being decked out in tinsel and fairy lights.Christmas is over 50 days away but some shops like Brown Thomas already have their windows decorated with festive cheer.Even Santa is getting in on the act a little bit earlier this year offering kids the chance to meet him in the skies three weeks before the big day.This morning we’re asking: Is it too early to be talking about Christmas?last_img read more

37 do not trust employers not to use wearable technology data against37 do not trust employers not to use wearable technology data against

first_imgMore than a third (37%) of respondents do not trust their employer not to use the data from wearable technology against them in some way, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).Its survey of 2,370 UK employees also found that 55% of respondents would use wearable technology in the workplace and share the data collected with their employers in exchange for benefits such as flexible working.The research also found:46% of respondents would accept a free piece of wearable technology if their employer had access to the data recorded.61% of respondents want their employer to help them to become more active65% of respondents want their employer to take an active role in their health and wellbeing, using technology to help with this.59% of millennial employees would be happy to use an employer-provided smartwatch.Anthony Bruce, people analytics leader at PWC, said: “Despite more people owning wearable devices, many people are still reluctant to use them in the workplace due to trust issues. Employers haven’t been able to overcome the ‘big brother’ reaction from people to sharing their personal data.“Digital tools and analytics advances could be the key to unlocking a more engaged, happy and higher performing workforce, but first employers must gain the trust and confidence of their people to acquire, store and use personal data appropriately. If employers want to overcome the trust gap they need to show that they are serious about data security and communicate openly with their staff about the benefits for them.”last_img read more

Sullivan Campaign Poll Says Were WinningSullivan Campaign Poll Says Were Winning

first_imgThe campaign of Republican Dan Sullivan is drawing attention to a poll that finds he’s ahead of Democratic Sen. Mark Begich by 5 percentage points. That’s just outside the poll’s margin of error. It’s based on interviews of 500 Alaskans in late June by Basswood, a Republican firm.  The Sullivan press release is aimed a rebutting an analysis sponsored by CBS and the New York Times that rival Republican Mead Treadwell was circulating earlier in the week. That one suggests Treadwell is only two points behind Begich in a two-way race, but Sullivan is lagging 12-points behind. The wide gap in the two surveys could reflect the difference in methodology. The Sullivan campaign says the CBS/New York Times research is not credible because it was not based on random sampling but on an opt-in Internet survey and the results adjusted to match community demographics. Timing may also play a role. The Basswood poll the Sullivan campaign likes was conducted in late June. The survey favorable to Treadwell was conducted over most of July. Meanwhile, a Hellenthal and Associates poll from June shows Sullivan, Treadwell and Begich running neck-and-neck.last_img read more

Robot Vacuum Showdown Neato Versus RoombaRobot Vacuum Showdown Neato Versus Roomba

first_imgStay on target Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 Cleaning can be a pain sometimes, especially if you have to use a clunky vacuum to suck up nasty debris. Thankfully though, technology has gifted us with handy smart home devices, including Neato Robotics and Roomba robot vacuums, that can help us get the dirty job done.If you’ve decided to upgrade your chore time with a robot vacuum, it can be hard to choose between a Neato Robotics or Roomba model. Neato Robotics’ Botvac D6 Connected and iRobot’s Roomba i7+ are some of the best robot vacuums on the market right now. Even though both offer different cleaning perks for your home, they share the same mission, which is to get your home spick and span with minimal effort on your part.Ready to have your space look like a million bucks? You’ve come to the right place. From basic specifications to cleaning benefits, here’s what you need to know if you’re deciding between the Botvac D6 Connected and the Roomba i7+ for your tidying needs.Basic SpecificationsBotvac D6 Connected (Photo Credit: Neato Robotics)Hate allergens, dust, and pet hair colonies inside your home? The Botvac D6 Connected can help you keep spaces clean with its new core brush and multiple floor plan mapping feature. It weighs 7.5 pounds and its dimensions are 13.21 x 12.56 x 3.92 inches. It has a distinctive D-share design, which makes it a perfect pick for tidying up corners around the house.Using this robot vacuum is very easy: It connects with the Neato App, where you can monitor its activity, schedule cleanings, and alert it about off-limits areas. Plus, you can also sync your Amazon Echo, Apple Watch, or Google Home for easy hands-free control. When you buy the Botvac D6 Connected, you’ll get a Neato Botvac D6 Connected robot vacuum, a spiral combo brush, an ultra performance filter, a brush and filter cleaning tool, a charging base, a power cord, and a boundary marker for $599.Buy it HereRoomba i7+ (Photo Credit: iRobot)Convenience is a major perk of the Roomba i7+, which takes high-tech cleaning up a notch with its automatic disposal capability. (Yup, you heard that right!) When it’s paired with a Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal, the robot empties itself after cleaning, so you don’t have to do any work. Its Imprint Smart Mapping feature also makes house tidying a breeze: it can remember up to three floor plans and take note of previous cleaning locations. This robot vacuum, which has a round shape, weighs 7.44 pounds, and its dimensions are 13.34 x 3.63 inches.Like the Botvac D6 Connected, the Roomba i7+’s activity can be monitored with an app. It’s also compatible with Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Amazon Echo, and the Google Assistant, for seamless hands-free operating. The Roomba i7+ and Clean Base set, which costs $949.99, comes with the following: an iRobot Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum, a Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal (Clean Base station), two dirt disposal bags, a dual-mode virtual wall barrier, an extra high-efficiency filter, an extra side brush, and a North American line cord.Buy it HereCleaning BenefitsCongestion and sneezing can take a toll on your health, so why not upgrade your tidying experience with the Botvac D6 Connected? This robot vacuum has a core brush and ultra performance filter that clean difficult areas and suck up pesky particles. LaserSmart Technology and multiple floor mapping make the Botvac D6 Connected great for large homes, because it can remember up to three floor plans if there are messes in the attic, master bedroom, or kitchen. Just use the Neato App to note where to clean and not to clean for seamless tidying.Buy it HereWhile the Roomba i7+ has similar cleaning perks, its automatic emptying feature gives it a slight advantage over other robot vacuum models, such as the Botvac D6 Connected. Vacuum maintenance can be a pain, however the Roomba i7+ makes it easy by emptying itself post-cleaning. (Goodbye, gross dirt bag removal!) Its power-lifting suction and multi-surface rubber brushes help remove debris from hard-to-reach spots. Plus, its Imprint Smart Mapping Technology helps it learn your key living spaces and clean each room differently depending on messes.Buy it HereThe Bottom LinePhoto Credit: Neato RoboticsIf you’re looking for a robot vacuum that cleans well and doesn’t cost a fortune, the Botvac D6 Connected is a great pick. For those sensitive to allergens, dust, and pet hair, this robot vacuum’s powerful system picks up these gross particles to help ease congestion and coughing. Plus, the multiple floor mapping feature comes in handy if you have a multi-level home to clean. At only $599, it’s definitely cheaper than other robot vacuum models, such as the Roomba i7+, and it cleans your living space well.Photo Credit: iRobotEven though the Roomba i7+ and Clean Base set is not the cheapest at $949.99, you’ll save money on convenience. Unlike other models, such as the Botvac D6 Connected, the Roomba i7+ has the automatic dirt disposal feature with its Clean Base, and basically, you’ll not have to worry as much about handing debris after you use it. If you’re still not okay with spending more than $900, you can still buy the robot vacuum without the Clean Base. The best part? It still comes with the other cool features, like Imprint Smart Mapping Technology and a system that’s ready to tidy up stubborn messes in a pinch.Buy the Botvac D6 Connected here. Buy the Roomba i7+ here. More on Robot Vacuums of 2018 (PCMag)Streaming Media Player Showdown: Fire TV Versus Roku PremiereStreaming Media Player Showdown: Fire TV Versus Fire TV Sticklast_img read more