first_imgTeam India not only want to win the World Cup this year for the billion-plus people of the country but they also want to lift the trophy for the Indian Army this time. India captain Virat Kohli spoke about the Indian Army at the press conference in Mumbai before departing for London where he said that if they winning the World Cup brings a smile on the faces of the Indian soldiers and their families then that will be the biggest achievement for his players.Virat Kohli was responding to a question from a journalist who reminded the captain about how former India all-rounder Mohinder Amarnath recently donated the prize money he got at the CEAT awards to the Indian Army Welfare fund. Amarnath also motivated the Indian cricketers to play the World Cup this year for the armed forces as he felt there can be no bigger motivation than that.Earlier this year the Indian players paid tribute to the armed forces in the 3rd ODI against Australia in which they wore special Army caps during the game. India’s tribute to the armed forces came after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad on February 14.The team even decided to contribute their match fees from that game to the National Defence FundTalking about getting motivation from the armed forces, Kohli said on Tuesday that the contribution of the soldiers is incomparable and they will try their best to win the World Cup for the jawans and their families.advertisement”You get motivation from a lot of sources, the point mentioned here is a very big one. I don’t think there can be a bigger motivation than that. When you talk about the Indian Army, the role that they play for the country, there is no comparison with that.”If we go in with that motivation that we can do something for the Army, you will see a different level of passion coming out of us. But that also depends on a lot of other factors. Every individual has a different motivation while playing in the World Cup.”I think if everyone keeps the Indian Army in mind then we will get an extra boost from it,” Virat Kohli said at the press conference in Mumbai.It’s a packed house here at the BCCI HQ – #TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli & Coach @RaviShastriOfc address the media before they head to England for #CWC19 (@BCCI) May 21, 2019The 15 Indian players along with the support staff and reserve players will be departing for London tonight. Captain Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri addressed the media in Mumbai before their departure where they answered a host of tough questions but both sounded confident of bringing the World Cup back home.”Kedar will come with the side and as far this tournament is concerned its an opportunity. If you look at this team and what they have done over the last 5 years, they have played wonderful cricket. Like Virat said, it’s about striving for that consistency. And not playing any differently just because its a World Cup.”World Cup might be a stage but stage is to be enjoyed. Most important thing is get out there and enjoy it. And if you play to potential, that Cup might be here,” head coach Ravi Shastri said.#TeamIndia for @ICC #CWC19 #MenInBlue (@BCCI) April 15, 2019India have a terrific record in the World Cup having won the showpiece event twice in 1983 and 2011. Out of 75 matches played in the World Cup, India have won 46 games and lost 27 times with two no results.The team will open it’s World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.Also Read | MS Dhoni will be a big player in World Cup 2019: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | India will be world champions if they play to potential, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | World Cup 2019 will be the most challenging World Cup I have played: Virat Kohlilast_img read more

first_imgEverton Simeone rules out Everton job, promising ‘a couple of years at least’ at Atletico Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 04:02 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) diego simeone - cropped Getty Images Everton Antoine Griezmann Premier League Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid Real Madrid Atlético Madrid Primera División The Toffees have been linked with an audacious move to bring the Atletico Madrid boss to Goodison Park, but he insists he is going nowhere. Diego Simeone has ruled out the prospect of leaving Atletico Madrid and taking over as manager of Everton.The Premier League club have been linked with an audacious attempt to bring the Argentine to Goodison Park to replace Ronald Koeman, who was sacked last month.Everton 10/1 for relegation Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Simeone admitted he was close to leaving Atletico after their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in 2016 and there has been speculation this could be his last season in the Spanish capital.However, the 47-year-old insists he plans to see out at least the majority of his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano, which expires in 2020.”As I’ve said on various occasions, my future is tied to Atletico Madrid and they are going to have to put up with me for the next couple of years at least. I’m absolutely sure about that,” he told a news conference.Simeone also stressed star forward Antoine Griezmann is committed to improving his form at the club and is not distracted by transfer rumours.Reports in France have suggested he has agreed to a €90 million switch to Barcelona at the end of the season, and the league leaders’ head coach, Ernesto Valverde, suggested on Friday a pursuit of Griezmann was not out of the question.Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridTalk of the 26-year-old’s unrest has been fuelled by the sight of him walking away from matchday team photos prematurely but Simeone insists he is not behaving any differently to normal.”To be honest with you, he’s fine,” he said. “It’s a difficult situation – the other day, they took the team photo just as he was leaving to take up his position on the pitch. It makes it seem that he doesn’t want to be in the photo. I can understand journalists’ take on it – but he always does that.”He’s the most skilful player we have the most important player we have in attack. What I see in Griezmann is enthusiasm. The team is enjoying a good league campaign but we haven’t seen Griezmann’s best moment yet. And that’s what I’m really looking forward to.”All that I am concerned about right now is making sure my lads are filled with hope, drive and enthusiasm. As for the rumours, they’re part and parcel of the game. There’ll always be rumours like we had with [Radamel] Falcao, Diego Costa, [Fernando] Torres, Diego Ribas… the media will always talk about the high-profile players.”last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Wenger explains why Arsenal didn’t spend big on defensive additions Chris Burton 17:27 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger The Gunners spent big on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but failed to land a new centre-half in January despite being linked with several options Arsene Wenger says a lack of “financial power” prevented Arsenal from bolstering their defensive ranks in the January transfer window.The Gunners were able to bring added firepower in the final third onto their books, with a club-record £55 million fee acquiring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.Henrikh Mkhitaryan also arrived from Manchester United in a swap deal which took Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Promising Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos was the only addition at the back, though, and Wenger admits he is unable to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool – who spent £57m and £75m on Aymeric Laporte and Virgil van Dijk respectively – for the best in the business.The Frenchman told reporters after facing criticism for failing to enhance a key area of his squad: “Look, defensive strengthening is a huge problem for everybody.“Everybody looks for defenders. You could see again, you look at City, they buy again a defender. How much money did they spend on defenders in the last three years?”We don’t have the financial power of Manchester City. And the fact that they conceded half the goals we conceded is as well down to the fact that offensively they are very powerful. And they have a lot of possession in the opponent’s half that we have not.”Arsenal were heavily linked with West Brom’s Jonny Evans as the window came to a close.The former Manchester United centre-half would have added vast Premier League experience to their squad, but a late offer was knocked back by the Baggies.Alan Pardew admitted after the deadline passed that an offer from Arsenal had got “nowhere near” securing the Northern Ireland international, with reports suggesting that the Gunners only put £12m on the table.With no deal done, Wenger will have to dip back into the market over the summer if he is to find the necessary additions to a defensive unit which could lose Per Mertesacker at the end of his contract.last_img read more

first_imgSevilla forward Luis Muriel happy to make Fiorentina loan moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla forward Luis Muriel is happy to have made a loan move to Fiorentina.Muriel is joining the Viola on-loan to the end of the season.“I am very happy to be here,” Muriel told reporters as he arrived for a loan move with option to buy.“I had already spoken to Fiorentina and gave my word to them some time ago, so now I am here. I am really eager and cannot wait to get started.“Returning to Serie A is very important to me, as I know this style of football well. I can’t wait to get out there and start proving myself.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgPablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder scored in the second half to earn Sevilla a deserved 2-0 victory over Barcelona, who rested Lionel Messi, in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final. Messi came off the bench to help Barca beat Leganes in LaLiga at the weekend, but Ernesto Valverde left his captain out entirely at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Wednesday, handing a debut to shock signing Kevin-Prince Boateng in attack instead.Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho came on as substitutes but, if Barca are to win the Copa del Rey for a fifth year in a row, they will have to overturn a first-leg deficit as they did in the last round against Levante.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Sarabia struck to capitalise on a period of Sevilla dominance with Ben Yedder adding a late second, Pablo Machin’s side bouncing back from a run of three straight losses in all competitions to stun the holders, although they lost talismanic winger Jesus Navas to injury.Sarabia & Ben Yedder put @SevillaFC_ENG in charge of their #CopaDelRey quarter-final!Sevilla 2-0 Barcelona— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 23, 2019Sevilla thought they had been awarded a penalty in the first half when Arturo Vidal blocked a cross with his upper arm, but a VAR review opted not to give a spot-kick. Ben Yedder should have given Sevilla the lead in the 36th minute, brilliantly beating Gerard Pique during a dazzling solo run but slicing his shot badly wide of the post. Barca missed an even better chance before the break, Malcom running on to a sublime Arthur pass to round Juan Soriano but hitting his finish into the side-netting. Quincy Promes and Ibrahim Amadou wasted good opportunities after the restart as Sevilla continued to impress, the opening goal deservedly arriving in the 58th minute. Promes raided down Sevilla’s left wing and floated a cross into the Barca box, Sarabia meeting the ball with an excellent first-time finish that gave Jasper Cillessen no chance. And Sevilla gave themselves a further cushion ahead of the return fixture when they scored what might prove to be a decisive second goal in the 76th minute.  Andre Silva and Ever Banega combined to tee up Ben Yedder at the back post, the striker using his celebration to show a message of support to missing Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala. What does it mean? Messi magic missed by BarcaValverde has a tricky task to juggle Messi’s fitness with the Champions League returning next month, but the Barca coach must be careful of giving his side too much to do in a competition they have dominated in recent years. For the second round in a row, Barca are going to have to come from behind in the return leg. Messi will surely start on home soil.As for Sevilla, who were beaten by Barca in the 2016 and 2018 finals, they will be desperate for revenge.Promes promise begins to shineWhen Promes moved to Sevilla from Spartak Moscow for the 2018-19 season it was regarded as one of the most exciting deals in Europe. The Netherlands winger has struggled, though, starting only three LaLiga games, but he showed enough verve and intensity to suggest he can be an asset over the second half of the campaign.Malcom wastes his big chanceWith Messi and Ousmane Dembele absent, Malcom was handed a rare opportunity to impress Valverde. However, a poor miss just before the break showed why the Brazilian could still be allowed to leave the club during the January transfer window. He was unsurprisingly hauled off after Sevilla took the lead.What’s next?What promises to be a thrilling second leg will be played at Camp Nou next Wednesday, but before then Sevilla host Levante in LaLiga on Saturday, with Barca going to Girona a day later. read morelast_img read more

first_imgItalian shipbuilder Fincantieri celebrated three construction milestones for cruise line Princess Cruises, a brand of Carnival Corporation & plc, on February 14.The milestones were held for three Royal class ships, currently in different construction phases.Fincantieri started the day with a steel cutting for Princess Cruises’ sixth and last Royal-class ship, still unnamed, from the shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia, Naples. The section, once completed, will be transported by sea to the yard in Monfalcone, where the ship will be completed in 2022.Additionally, in Monfalcone, the parties held a keel laying of Enchanted Princess, the fifth unit of the same class to be delivered in 2020.Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard also floated out the Sky Princess, the cruise line’s fourth unit after Royal, Regal, and Majestic. The ship is set to join the fleet by the end of the year.At the conversion into contracts of the Memorandum of Agreement announced in July 2018, the partnership between the Monfalcone yard and Princess Cruises will continue with two next-generation cruise ships.These will be the largest built so far in Italy with a gross-tonnage of 175,000 tons, expected to be delivered at the end of 2023 and in spring 2025. The vessels will accommodate around 4,300 guests and will be the first of the ship owner’s fleet to be dual-fuel powered primarily by liquefied natural gas (LNG).Image Courtesy: Fincantierilast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are no hard numbers to determine how many inmates in Canada’s justice system suffer from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. But the Yukon government is looking to find out. It’s launching a new study, the first of its kind in the country, to find out how many prisoners have F-A-S-D.APTN’s Shirley McLean has more.last_img

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsA Mi’kmaq warrior in New Brunswick is hopeful that a band council resolution (BCR) to ban drug dealers will help keep his community safe.“I know the drug dealers are scared now that this BCR is in the mix,” said John Levi, from Elsipogtog. “I want to give a thumbs up to the chief and council that took the stand and leadership role and go ahead and fight the drugs.”Last week, two First Nations in the province responded quickly to news of a suspected fentanyl-related death in Esgenoopetitj, also known as Burnt Church. The Maliseet community of Tobique unanimously passed a resolution to ban convicted drug dealers from its reserve.And in Elsipogtog, the chief and council dusted off a policy it had passed several years ago and issued a community notice to warn “those who choose to distribute this poison and exploit our people. The Chief and Council are fully prepared to invoke extreme measures by expelling and banning” drug traffickers.“We need more community members to help and support this drug war,” said Levi. “We don’t want anything to happen to our community like what happened in Burnt Church.”In Esgenoopetitj, Ann Marie Lambert died after an apparent overdose and three others were sent to hospital. Community leaders have tied Lambert’s death to pills laced with fentanyl. RCMP are investigating but won’t confirm any details.Ann Marie Lambert. Family photo.Whether or not fentanyl is responsible for Lambert’s death, it has spurred action in communities already struggling with drug problems.“It’s basically a no-brainer. We’re trying to save lives,” said Tobique Chief Ross Perley. “We’re trying to avoid young people from abusing drugs and poisoning their minds and bodies. And potentially avoid a death in the community.”Perley said the council is working closely with RCMP, who has several known drug dealers in the community under investigation.“Our hope is that we never have to use this resolution,” said Perley. “Our hope is the drug dealers and traffickers will not risk losing the services of the community and stop poisoning their people and stop trafficking drugs.”Perley said the resolution acts as a deterrent. He expects a challenge if the band does have to enforce the drug ban, but is confident the band would win.“We have control of our programs of our programs and services here in the community. We have to stick to our policy,” said Perley. “If we get challenged and have to go to court then we are up for the challenge.”Levi is glad to see action.Last year, Levi had taken it upon himself to police drug dealers in Elsipogtog. He had set up a roadblock checking cars driving in and out of the community.“The first step is for somebody in the community to take the first step to fight the drug dealers,” said Levi. “I already took that step, now the chief and council is taking the second step. We are slowly moving forward. Hopefully we will beat it and have our community clean again.”Now with the fentanyl scare, Levi has asked community members to send him any information on who is dealing drugs.“It’s pretty hard for me to go to somebody’s house and take it upon myself, but I’ve approached a few drug dealers just to let them know we know they’re selling, that we’re watching and the RCMP is watching, just to give them a warning, a heads up that we know what’s going on,” said Levi. “Of course, they deny and I just let them know, ‘I know who you are and I wish you’d stop selling.’”Levi said the help is there if people want to stop using drugs. Elsipogtog has programs to help people overcome addictions. But he said banishment could help keep the drugs out in the first read more

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Wells Fargo Securities say they have agreed in principle to settle a lawsuit over Rhode Island’s failed $75 million deal with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s videogame company.But they said in a court filing on Thursday that final approval is delayed due to the government shutdown. They’re asking a federal judge to put the case on hold until the shutdown is over and the agreement can be considered and approved.The SEC sued Wells Fargo and Rhode Island’s economic development agency in 2016, accusing them of making misleading statements about bonds used to fund the deal to move 38 Studios from Massachusetts to Rhode Island.The economic development agency previously settled the case, paying a $50,000 penalty without admitting wrongdoing.Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Presslast_img read more

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people and Government of Tajikistan on the tenth anniversary of the signing of the General Agreement on the Establishment of Peace and National Accord.“The signing of the Peace Agreement was eloquent testimony to the wisdom and patriotism of the Tajik people and leadership,” he said in a statement. “The 10 years that have passed since this auspicious event have reinforced the understanding that there is no viable alternative to the road of peace and national reconciliation.”Mr. Ban cited the UN’s instrumental role in aiding the restoration of peace and stability in the Central Asian country.“And today,” he observed, “Tajikistan stands as an excellent illustration of a UN success story, achieved jointly with the Tajik people and the guarantor countries.”During the past decade, the people of Tajikistan have endeavoured to rebuild their country, he said, expressing the UN’s continued commitment to assisting the Government.“On this joyous anniversary, I wish the Government and the people of Tajikistan every success on the road to economic and social development, national revival and prosperity,” he said. 21 June 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people and Government of Tajikistan on the tenth anniversary of the signing of the General Agreement on the Establishment of Peace and National Accord. read more

MINNEAPOILS — Target Canada says it will complete inventory liquidation and close the last of its 133 Canadian retail stores to the public on April 12, about a month ahead of the original schedule.In addition to the store closures, the company’s three distribution centres and Mississauga headquarters have also been closed.“We are pleased with the results of the liquidation sales to date and the speed at which we have moved through the wind-down process,” said Target Canada CEO Aaron Alt, who added that liquidator-led fixture sales would continue at some locations.Target Corp speeds up its Canadian exit, plans to wind up all stores by mid-AprilTarget Corp to get US$1.6-billion tax break in U.S. for exiting CanadaTarget Corp considered Canadian retreat or partial closure in September, but didn’t decide for monthsMeanwhile, the court-approved real estate sales process is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of June,” Alt said in the company’s announcement Wednesday.Target Canada has been winding down its operations since Jan. 15, when it was granted protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.Late last month the court-appointed monitor overseeing the windup had indicated  the shutdown was moving faster that originally planned and would likely be completed by mid-April.Target Corp. announced in January that it was making plans to leave Canada, saying it would take years to turn a profit after a bungled launch hurt its reputation with consumers.An inventory liquidation has been underway since February, while lawyers worked to iron out the details of Target’s departure. A variety of creditors that include landlords, suppliers and others impacted by the closures are trying to determine what will happen to money they’re owed.18:50ET 01-04-15 read more

The individual, whose name is being withheld for obvious reasons, is alleged to have obtained a substantial compensation with the new endowment.The Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh had earlier given the power of attorney to this individual to handle negotiations with the Saudi government on acquiring a new building in place of the old Ceylon House in central Makkah. Consequently, he retains ownership of the property.“It has traditionally been serving pilgrims with facilities for the Haj medical team, and so we’re keen to see that it’s restored to the community to continue to serve the noble cause,” Mujibur Rahman said.He added that the original building was purchased for SR115,000 by the Colombo-based Sri Lankan Haj Pilgrims Welfare Trust in 1963. “This came after King Saud in 1960 granted permission to construct housing in Makkah for poor pilgrims from Sri Lanka,” he noted. The island’s medical team also utilized it for serving the pilgrims in addition to the poor pilgrims who came from the island, he said.The new building has 63 rooms on four levels and can accommodate 261 pilgrims. It is located near Hariri Mosque in the university area. The new headquarters was endowed to the Sri Lanka Haj Association by the Makkah governorate. The Ceylon House, which was given by the Saudi government in place of its old property which was demolished to make way for the new Makkah expansion project, was meant to serve the interests of Haj and Umrah pilgrims from Sri Lanka. Mujibur Rahman said that he will take up this matter with the Ministry of Muslim Afffairs in Colombo headed by Minister M. H. M. Haleem to initiate action in restoring the endowment to the Sri Lankan community. The parliamentarian was on a visit to Makkah to perform Umrah with his wife and two little sons.“The trustees of the Ceylon House have passed away and the property is now with an individual. We have to take it back (with the help of the heirs of former trustees) and put it under the control of a new group of trustees who should be legally appointed by the Sri Lanka government,” he added. A visiting Sri Lankan legislator told Arab News that “Ceylon House,” which is a property of the island’s Muslims, has to be redeemed from an individual who claims to be its owner and handed to a new group of trustees, who should be appointed by the Colombo government.Mujibur Rahman, a young parliamentarian who was elected to Sri Lanka’s Parliament with a large number of votes from the Colombo Central Electorate, said that it is sad that the previous government has not taken any action on this matter leaving the public trust in the hands of an individual. Arab News has learned that the individual also rents out the building to Pakistani Hajis who come for their annual pilgrimage to the holy city. It is estimated that the seasonal rent would amount to more than SR2 million during the Haj period.Answering another question on Sri Lankan Muslims, Mujibur Rahman said that the present government under President Maithripala Sirisena with Ranil Wickremesinghe as premier is dedicated to serve the Muslims in all parts of the island.The period after President Sirisena came to power on Jan. 8 was a renaissance to the Muslim community in the island. “Earlier under Rajapaksa regime, Muslims were living in a reign of terror. They were not sure how many Muslim places of worship would be destroyed and how many Muslim properties would be damaged,” the parliamentarian said, adding that now there is an air of freedom in the community and they can move freely in all parts of the island without being harassed by racists simply because of their religion. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related KKR 169 for 7 (Karthik 52, Russell 49*, Gowtham 2-15) beat Rajasthan Royals 144 for 4 (Samson 50, Rahane 46, Chawla 2-24) by 25 runs(ESPNcricinfo) -Rajasthan Royals got the best of the conditions but made a complete mess of a chase that seemed to be under control. Chasing 170, they seemed to be cruising at 87 for 1 in 10 overs, but then they – particularly captain Ajinkya Rahane – got stuck against spin and left their weak middle order too much to do. In 96 unsuccessful IPL chases of targets of 170 or lower, only once has a side lost with more wickets in hand than Royals had in this Eliminator: six. Those wickets in hand proved to be no good as Rahane watched the asking rate grow from overs 10 to 15.Whether Rahane’s innings was dictated by the weak batting line-up that followed, only Rahane can tell. Kolkata Knight Riders, who will now face Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2, had no such dilemma even though they got off to a poor start in sticky conditions. Even after being 24 for 3 they – led by captain Dinesh Karthik – attacked the sixth over of the Powerplay; even after they were reduced to 51 for 4 they batted with enterprise; and, when Andre Russell came in with 34 balls to go you knew the bowlers were in for a world of pain.The crucial tossWith early starts – 7pm – for the playoffs, the dew that comes down later has become a more of a factor, but on the night the team bowling first had another advantage: the pitch, for the early stages, retained some moisture from overnight rain. Royals’ spinners made the most of it with turn and sticky bounce. K Gowtham, the hope for fingerspinners this season, took out Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa. Legspinner Shreyas Gopal accounted for Chris Lynn, and Nitsh Rana’s short-ball problems continued. Loosing their fourth wicket in the eight over, KKR needed a bit of a partnership – only long enough to make sure Russell didn’t have to play a long innings.Karthik and Gill rescue KKRAbout 30-40 minutes into the match, the pitch began to ease out, at least in terms of variable pace off the surface, and Karthik and Shubhman Gill batted with purpose. They scored 31 in the next five overs without taking a risk, and once Gopal made a mistake they both pounced on him, taking 20 off the 14th over.Russell demolishes RoyalsRussell has taken the art of six-hitting to another level. No matter what length you bowl, no matter if you beat him the change of pace, he always sets himself up for a baseball-style hit down the ground and backs himself to clear the field. Twice in his onslaught Russell was done in. First a quick bouncer from Ben Laughlin had him playing without even looking at the ball, but he swung with all his might and the top edge flew for a comfortable six. Joffra Archer then had him playing a slower bouncer too early but he didn’t bother, he just flat-batted it over long-off for another six. Russell’s 49 off 25 gave Knight Riders what looked like a par total.Easier conditions, better startWhen Rahul Tripathi and Rahane came out to bat, the ball began to skid through nicely, making it easier for them to time their strokes. Tripathi slogged Sunil Narine for two sixes in his first over, and Rahane looked comfortable against the quicks. While Piyush Chawla had Tripathi in the sixth over, 51 for 1 was a good Powerplay score when chasing 170.Rahane gets stuckRahane came into the match with a negative Smart Strike Rate, which – as per ESPNcricinfo’s new metrics to make sense of T20 numbers – meant his aggregate of 324 was actually worth 40 fewer runs. He was without Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. This was a weird position for him to be in. Should he play the normal T20 game, which is not his best bet, especially when the bowling is slow? Or should he take all the responsibility and look to bat deep? Rahane chose the latter, and even as Sanju Samson batted more fluently at the other end, Rahane just couldn’t get out of the quick sand.He was 28 off 20 at the end of the Powerplay. He faced 21 more balls for just 18 runs. He faced 20 balls of pace and 21 of spin, scoring 31 and 15 off them. He failed to pick the wrong ‘uns, especially the ones bowled by left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav, against whom he has batted a lot in the India nets. By the time his innings came to an end, Royals were looking at more than 10 an over. In a line-up in which Stuart Binny bats at No. 5, it was unlikely to happen. It didn’t. read more

first_imgLate last year, Google surprised everyone by suddenly blocking Facebook from being able to import contacts from new users’ Gmail accounts. When it happened, everyone knew that we were watching two tech giants exchange their first earth-shaking blows for the future of the web. It’s only gotten worse from there as the two colossi have poached one other’s employees and actively bid against each other for important strategic acquisitions like Twitter.But today, things might have gotten real, as Facebook has decided to shut Google out of their social network entirely by demanding that Facebook app developers only use in-app advertising from approved vendors. Guess who isn’t approved? Google. Well, not Google specifically, but their two major properties in Adsense and Double Click, which combine to form basically the largest advertising force on the web. If you are a Facebook app developer and your app is serving up ads from Google, you’ve got until February 28th to change your ways or you’re going to get booted. Why isn’t Google on the list? Judging from a statement by Facebook, it may be because Google found Facebook’s terms outlandish and unreasonable.“If your ad provider is not on this list, we encourage you to contact them to determine if they are planning on signing our terms,” writes Allison Hendrix of the Facebook app verification team.Given how important security is to Google, is it any wonder that they didn’t want to “sign terms” with Facebook?Read more at Digital Trendslast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Oakleigh Grammar is pleased to announce that 100 per cent of all students who completed their VTAC registration received first round offers earlier this week. The most popular university was Monash University, with Deakin University and RMIT coming in a close second and third.Overall, 86.1 per cent of VTAC students received an offer for their first or second preference, which goes to show that hard work and determination pay off. Furthermore, 94.5 per cent of the offers received were from universities.The class of 2016 will be completing their tertiary education at some of Victoria’s top universities, including Monash University, Deakin University, RMIT, ACU and Victoria University. The most popular course category was science/engineering, with some students opting to pursue biomedical and health Sciences. Other courses of choice included ICT/game development, business/justice, design and arts.“On behalf of the Oakleigh Grammar Community we congratulate all 2016 graduates on their successful pathways. The Oakleigh Grammar counselling team has provided strong support to all students to ensure they pursue their future opportunities and dreams in the most meaningful way,” said principal Mark Robertson.“We are proud of the results obtained by our 2016 cohort. The level of result achieved by this group is reflective of the determination and focus they applied to their studies during their final year at Oakleigh Grammar. They move into the next phase of their lives as prepared and capable young men and women ready to meet the challenges ahead of them,” added Sharron Frame, head of Senior School.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 18, 2017 – Kingston – Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) has donated $9 million to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management’s (ODPEM) ‘Help Impacted Islands Initiative’ to assist Caribbean countries affected by the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.The cheque was presented during a ceremony held on Friday (October 13) at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management headquarters in Kingston.   The distribution of the Funds will be done through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDMEA).Among the islands impacted by the passage of the hurricanes include: Anguilla, Barbuda, Dominica, Turks and Caicos and the British Virgin Islands.In his remarks, Director General of the ODPEM, Major Clive Davis thanked the AAJ for its generous donation, which he said, sets the example for other organizations to follow suit in giving generously to these islands which are in dire need of assistance.“The suffering is far from over. Reports coming out of Dominica are that the rebuilding process is going to be long and challenging. The Airports Authority has seen the need, has identified with the cause and we will ensure that those persons in need benefit from this donation,” he said.For his part, President and Chief Executive Officer of the AAJ, Audley Deidrick noted that because of the extreme damage done to the islands, “we found it necessary to make this presentation to the Government.”“I am happy to show our Caribbean brothers and sisters that the government and people of Jamaica stand with them in their time of need,” he said.The ‘Help Impacted Islands Initiative’ is aimed at providing support to the impacted states of the Caribbean.   Donations may be made in two forms, that is, monetary and in-kind.   Monetary Donations may be made at any branch of the National Commercial Bank, under the account Name: ODPEM donation account (Oxford Road Branch), account number: 212-387-304.Persons may also donate items such as: bottled water; non-perishable/canned food items; tarpaulins; diapers; sheet sets; collapsible water containers; hygiene products; flashlights/ lanterns; and batteries.The items can be delivered to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management at 2-4 Haining Road Kingston 5 on Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Release: JISlast_img read more

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida school was placed on a temporary lockdown after an armed robber was reportedly on the loose in the area, Tuesday.According to Miami-Dade Police, officers went to a house looking for a man wanted for armed robbery at a Walgreens. However, the subject fled the area.A police perimeter was set up along Southwest 97th Avenue, between 14th and 16th streets.As a precaution, Coral Park Elementary School was locked down. It has since been lifted.The subject remains at large.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img 2 ThisPersonDoesNotExist When you visit the website “This Person Does Not Exist” you will likely see a face smiling back at you. Seems innocent enough — until you realize the face is not actually real, but generated by a neural network algorithm.That person is not real. They don’t exist.The website’s neural network algorithm codes a “facial image from scratch from a 512 dimensional vector”, according to Phillip Wang, who created and posted about it in a Facebook group on Feb. 12. Wang suggested he created the site to “raise awareness for what a talented group of researchers made at Nvidia over the course of 2 years,” according to a post in Hacker News.The technology is based on a state of the art Nvidia-designed AI known as StyleGAN — a neural network that can separate aspects of an image to learn and generate new images. It was detailed by a team of Nvidia engineers in a pre-print paper last updated on Feb. 6 at arXiv. The neural network is versatile enough that it is not just faces that it can conjure up, but bedrooms, cars and even cats.I ran through a couple of refreshes and generated a whole range of faces that looked convincingly real. A small child even popped up and I kind of let out a weird “aww”. Then I realized I was cooing over a computer-generated nobody. Super weird.There are also occasions where strange artifacts appear on faces. I saw teeth between eyes, gaping mouths and strange swirls of red appearing on cheeks and brows.notrealpeopleNone of these people exist. Their faces were generated by an algorithm. In some faces, you can see artifacts of the generation process (such as the first image). ThisPersonDoesNotExist Amazingly, others have taken the StyleGAN architecture and run with it, creating fake anime characters, old artwork or using it to make the President of the United States smile.The software is available on GitHub, but take note: It requires immense processing power that only top-end graphics processing units (GPUs) or cloud services can deal with.It’s also kind of creepy.You can see how it works in the video below: Sci-Tech Commentscenter_img Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

first_img Car Industry 0 Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle concept drives as dynamite as it looks 2019 Honda Passport review: All the SUV you really need 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Honda 2019 Honda CR-V review: Still one of the best small SUVs around Enlarge ImageNo, that doesn’t mean employees get the day off when the wind isn’t blowing.  Honda Whether opening the box of a new television or just opening the refrigerator door, you’ve probably seen one of the government’s Energy Star stickers at some point, which helps buyers learn how efficient an item is. Now, the EPA has slapped that sticker on an entire building, thanks to Honda’s hard work in making it energy-efficient.Honda announced on Thursday that its Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America (HTM) facility in Russells Point, Ohio, has become the first US auto transmission facility to earn the EPA’s Energy Star certification. This means that the plant is in the highest quartile for energy efficiency in the country.HTM started this journey in 2014, when it became the first major auto manufacturing facility in the US to get a decent chunk of its energy from wind turbines — two 1.7-megawatt turbines, to be specific, which provide more than 10 percent of the plant’s power needs. HTM also scrutinizes its efficiency in other ways, monitoring utility use and scheduling everything from HVAC use to lighting. Honda’s transmission plant in Ohio is a busy bee. Every year, this 1.1-million-square-foot facility cranks out more than 850,000 transmissions for all manner of vehicles. But that’s not all it builds; it also produces transfer cases, gears and differentials. That’s a whole lot of metal.While HTM deserves commendation, it’s far from the only automotive plant working with renewables. After announcing its intentions last year, Bentley reported earlier in May that the solar panels on its Crewe factory’s car port now produce 2.7 megawatts of power, and the whole facility generates 7.7 MW from solar energy alone. Audi’s Brussels plant, which will produce the electric E-Tron SUV, will see 95 percent of its processes covered by renewable energies, with offset programs covering the final 5 percent. Post a comment Honda Share your voice 63 Photos More From Roadshow More about 2019 Honda Passport Review • 2019 Honda Passport review: All the SUV you really need Tags Preview • 2019 Honda Passport first drive: An urban warrior with off-road chopslast_img read more

first_imgShevchuk Oleg, Dennis Vitomeski, Nazari Vojnok, Valodimir Trushiniski, Valentine Sokolovski and Sergei Ukrainetz. Photo: Prothom AloA total of Tk 300,000 went missing from an automated teller machine (ATM) of Dutch-Bangla Bank booth in Dhaka’s Badda on Saturday morning but neither any transaction was recorded in the bank server nor any money was deducted from any client’s account.Scrutinising closed circuit television (CCTV) camera footage, the bank authorities found two foreign nationals wearing masks, sunglasses and caps withdrew money from the Badda booth.After that, Dutch-Bangla Bank beefed up its security measures at all its ATM booths. One of the foreign nationals was detained on Saturday night when he was trying to steal money from a DBBL ATM booth of Taltola, Khilgaon area. Police later detained five more foreigners for their involvement in the new kind of ATM fraud.According to police, all the six detainees are citizens of Ukraine. They landed together in Dhaka on Thursday.They are Dennis Vitomeski, 20, Nazari Vojnok, 19, Valentine Sokolovski, 37, Sergei Ukrainetz, 33, Shevchuk Oleg, 46, and Valodimir Trushiniski, 37. However, a certain Vitaly Klimchuk, 31, could not be caught by police.Police, however, recovered around 50 card-like objects, masks, caps, sunglasses, six mobile phones and one ipod.Additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s detective branch (east), Shahidur Rahman, told Prothom Alo that the cards they used can disconnect the ATM booth from the central server of the bank.”This is a new and unprecedented way of fraudulence and we’ve never seen such method of stealing,” he said.Dutch-Bangla Bank officials are also in the dark over the new kind of ATM fraudulence. Earlier, ATM frauds used to clone clients’ cards to withdraw cash.Managing director of Dutch-Bangla Bank, Abul Kashem Md Shirin, said to Prothom Alo, “They didn’t hack any client’s account. We don’t know yet how they managed to withdraw the money.””The clients have nothing to worry about. We’ll take steps to increase our security measures further,” he added.Alarmed by DBBL ATM fraud, other banks have also become cautious.Anis A Khan, managing director and CEO of Mutual Trust Bank, said to Prothom Alo, “International hackers stole money from ATM booths in a new method. Now, we need to think about the security of ATM services and constantly update our system.”The banks cannot cut costs when it comes to security, as security comes first in banking services, he added.*The report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossainlast_img read more