Australia pick pace quartet for ICC Champions Trophy in June, James Faulkner dropped

first_imgAustralia has picked four fast bowlers — Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins — in its 15-man Champions Trophy squad while dropping all-rounder James Faulkner, the man-of-the match from its triumph in the 2015 World Cup final against New Zealand.Australian selector Trevor Hohns referred to the four quicks as a “fast-bowling artillery” and “a very exciting proposition for Australian cricket.”Starc returned early from Australia’s tour of India with a stress fracture in his right foot, but Hohns said he was confident the left-arm opening bowler would be fit to play in the June 1-18 tournament in England.Big-hitting batsman Chris Lynn, sidelined for two months recently with a neck/shoulder injury, was also included in the squad.”Our medical staff will continue to monitor Mitchell and Chris’ recovery from their respective injuries, but we are hopeful they will be fit in time for the team’s departure on May 18,” Hohns said.All-rounders Marcus Stoinis, Moises Henriques and John Hastings were also included in the squad to be captained by Steve Smith.Leg-spinner Adam Zampa was the only specialist slow bowler selected, although Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell offer off-spinning options.Head and Aaron Finch are the likely contenders to open the batting with vice-captain David Warner.Australia joins England, Bangladesh and New Zealand in Group A, while defending champion India is pooled with South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Group B.Australia squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.advertisementlast_img read more

National Anti Doping Agency bans top Indian athlete

first_imgA top Indian athlete was handed a provisional suspension by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) on Wednesday after testing positive for banned performance enhancing substance meldonium.Talking to a news channel, a top NADA official refused to disclose the athlete’s name.He, however, informed that over 20 syringes of the banned substance was found in the athlete’s hostel room.Russian star Maria Sharapova, a former World No.1 in the women’s tennis circuit, had also tested positive for the same substance at the Australian Open in 2016.She was originally suspended for two years but the ban was later reduced to 15 months.last_img read more

Leicester goalkeeper Hamer signs for Huddersfield

first_imgTransfers Leicester goalkeeper Hamer signs for Huddersfield Ben Spratt 04:21 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) BenHamer - cropped Getty Images Transfers Huddersfield Town Leicester City Premier League The 30-year-old will join the Premier League side when his contract with the Foxes expires at the end of the month Huddersfield Town have secured the signing of goalkeeper Ben Hamer on a free transfer from Leicester City.The 30-year-old’s contract with Leicester expires at the end of the month, giving Huddersfield the opportunity to boost their options in goal.Hamer made four Premier League appearances in 2017-18 but has struggled to displace Kasper Schmeichel in his time at the King Power Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The goalkeeper signs on a three-year deal with the club holding an option for a fourth year. Hamer appeared just nine times for the Foxes last year but should provide competition for Huddersfield starter Jonas Lossl.”Ben’s arrival adds more quality to our already strong goalkeeping department under Paul Clements,” said manager David Wagner to the club’s website. “I’ve spoken with Ben and he arrives here wanting to play Premier League football, which is great for us all,” .”Jonas Lossl had a fantastic first season at the club and this further competition will bring even more out of everyone, which is ideal for me and the team.”@BenHamer21 on why he wanted to join #htafc (AT) pic.twitter.com/VvjdsbmAAt— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) June 1, 2018Hamer marks the first signing of the summer for Wagner, with the club having finished 16th in the league last season.last_img read more

10 months agoNapoli coach Ancelotti: Ronaldo hasn’t changed since Real Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli coach Ancelotti: Ronaldo hasn’t changed since Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti hasn’t seen a difference in Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.The pair worked together at Real Madrid.“I saw him when we played against Juventus,” Ancelotti explained to Tiki Taka.“We didn’t speak afterward though. He seems like the usual Ronaldo to me, he’s always a very decisive and motivated player.“I don’t think he’s changed much from when I coached him. He remains a top player, one who makes the difference.” last_img read more

More Than 500 Young Persons to Be Certified Through HOPE

first_img More than 500 young participants in the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme are to graduate by the end of June.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on April 18, National Coordinator of the HOPE programme, Lt. Col. Martin Rickman, said the participants will receive certificates for having successfully completed their training and apprenticeship by the end of the second quarter of this year.“The initial training, which is referred to as core skills training, includes a values and attitudes component, followed by a basic skills training component, after which they serve as an apprentice and are paid a stipend,” said Lt. Col. Rickman.Upon completion, the candidates are assessed for certification by HEART Trust/ NTA, in accordance with the programme guidelines.The Coordinator further noted that certification carries dual benefits, as the person would have been certified as having served his country as well as being certified in a specific skill area.“They can then go on to use this certification to secure gainful employment later on, or to start their own business ventures, if they so choose,” noted Lt. Col. Rickman.According to Lt. Col. Rickman, a system of monitoring is currently being developed as a means of following up with graduates from the programme.“We want to track their progress for a few years to ensure they continue on the path that they have started,” he said.Meanwhile, the Coordinator indicated that there are currently 5,000 participants in the programme, and of that number, 2,500 persons are actively engaged in a number of specialised areas across various agencies and departments.“We have persons placed within organisations such as The National Housing Trust, Accountant General’s Department (AGD), Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Port Authority of Jamaica, HEART Trust/NTA, the Ministry of Education, among others, and we are hoping to have some take-up within the private sector in short order,” Lt. Col. Rickman said. More than 500 young participants in the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme are to graduate by the end of June. “The initial training, which is referred to as core skills training, includes a values and attitudes component, followed by a basic skills training component, after which they serve as an apprentice and are paid a stipend,” said Lt. Col. Rickman. Story Highlights Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on April 18, National Coordinator of the HOPE programme, Lt. Col. Martin Rickman, said the participants will receive certificates for having successfully completed their training and apprenticeship by the end of the second quarter of this year. last_img read more

NCLH Orders Cruise Ship for Regent Seven Seas Cruises

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and the US-based cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) have signed a contract for the construction of one new ultra-luxury cruise ship for the NCLH’s Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand. The contract is worth around EUR 474 million (USD 543 million).Expected to debut in 2023, the new vessel will be a sister ship to Seven Seas Explorer, completed in 2016, and Seven Seas Splendor, planned to be handed over to the company in 2020.With about 54,000 tons, the unit will be able to accommodate up to 750 guests on board and it will be the brand’s sixth vessel in Regent’s fleet. As its sister ships, the new vessel will be built using the latest environmental protection technologies, according to Fincantieri.“Over the past 12 months Regent Seven Seas Cruises has completed a USD 125 million revitalization of our fleet, began construction on Seven Seas Splendor, unveiled our 2020-2021 Voyage Collection with 167 itineraries and new ports, introduced new relaxed outdoor evening dining venues, debuted … Cuba itineraries, revealed Go Local Tours shore excursions, and today we announce the order for our newest category-defining luxury cruise ship,” Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, said.“This new ship further strengthens our company’s robust yet measured growth profile with vessels now on order for all three of our award-winning brands, enabling us to expand our presence globally, further diversify our product offerings and continue to drive shareholder returns,” Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, commented.Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, added that the shipbuilder has ten ships on order for NCLH in its order book, five of which have been secured in the last five months.Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has eleven ships on order for delivery through 2027 including seven ships on order for Norwegian Cruise Line, two for Oceania Cruises and two for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The company will take delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in fall 2019.last_img read more

Average fall cold winter ahead The Weather Network predicts

first_imgThe PrairiesNear-normal temperatures are expected for fall and a milder-than-normal winter in westernmost parts of the region and colder temperatures are likely to the east.Scott said it’s hard to say exactly what will happen across the Prairies region because there have been so many wild weather fluctuations.It’s been a tough year for farmers with wet conditions around Edmonton and the north and dry weather through parts of the south-western grain belt, he said.“The trend into fall is for near normal precipitation so hopefully we can hold that and not having anything that’s too wet so that agricultural interests can get the harvest in this fall.” Atlantic CanadaScott said above normal-temperatures are expected for southern areas with near-normal temperatures elsewhere. The fall will include dry periods and wetter-than-normal conditions due to occasional storms. Near normal temperatures are expected across the region this winter.Warmer water on the east coast should dictate above normal temperatures on average for southern New Brunswick, P.E.I., Nova Scotia and most of Newfoundland.“As you move farther north — northern New Brunswick, Baie de Chaleur and then through Labrador — we think it will be closer to normal just as we get away from that warmer water influence and precipitation we do expect to average close to or above normal.” Northern CanadaMilder temperatures are expected across western regions of the North with near-normal temperatures elsewhere. Most areas will see near-normal precipitation totals, Scott said, but above normal precipitation is anticipated for western parts of Yukon. A similar pattern is expected this winter.“The main rationale there is because the waters are warmer, so where you get the winds coming off the water … because it’s warmer we expect overall the temperatures to be above normal in these regions,” he said.Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Canadians can expect average temperatures this fall that will give way to a cold winter in central and eastern parts of the country, according to The Weather Network.The network is predicting Western Canada, including B.C., Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories, along with parts of Atlantic Canada will have slightly warmer-than-normal temperatures for fall because of warmer oceans and wetter conditions along coastal areas.“We don’t think this fall has really wild departures from normal in store,” said The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist Chris Scott. He added that precipitation will also be right around the average in most parts of Canada.“It’s not going to rain all the time, it just means that when it rains, it really, truly will pour,” he said. Near-normal fall temperatures are expected in the Prairies, Ontario and Quebec.“When you look at the centre of the country, for the most part, we think this fall is going to be pretty much bang on normal for temperatures, maybe shading a bit cooler than normal towards the Hudson’s Bay lowlands, in northern Ontario, northern Manitoba and northwestern Quebec,” Scott said.A milder winter is expected in British Columbia and the western parts of the Prairies, he said, but it trends colder to the east all the way to Atlantic Canada.“The bottom line here is a fair amount of winter weather to go around. This looks like a pretty cold winter for much of the central and eastern parts of the country at this point given what we’re seeing in the oceans.” British ColumbiaScott said the network is forecasting slightly warmer than normal temperatures for fall. While fall will include stretches of dry weather, wet weather will overdeliver with above normal rainfall in coastal areas. Milder than normal temperatures are expected for the winter.“What is interesting is that the Northern Pacific, off the coast of B.C. and Alaska is very warm, it’s very toasty there, as is the Atlantic Ocean south of Atlantic Canada.” Scott broke down the winter forecast for each region in Canada: Ontario and QuebecThe network is predicting near-normal temperatures for the fall with extended periods of both mild and cold weather. A colder than normal winter is expected for most of the region.“This is not a winter that we get off the hook easily,” said Scott.The winter will have some similarities to some harsher winters and there could be a delayed start to consistent winter weather as was the case last year.last_img read more

Defrocked priest DeJaeger sentenced to 19 years for horrific sexcrimes leaves dark

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsIQALUIT— Eric DeJaeger, the priest convicted of 32 counts of abusing Inuit children in the Nunavut community of Igloolik, was sentenced Wednesday to 19 years in prison.DeJaeger received 8 years credit for time served, so the maximum amount of time he will spend in jail is 11 years. There are no limits on parole, and the parole will have to consider both age and health. DeJaeger is 67 and is in poor health.The Crown was seeking a 25-year sentence and the defense was looking for 12 years.In his written ruling, Justice Robert Kilpatrick had comments for both the victims and DeJaeger. For the victims, Justice Kilpatrick had sympathy and advice.“This Court is powerless to undo the past. No sentence can ever compensate you for what has been taken. No sentence can ever compensate you for the pain and anguish that you have suffered. No sentence can ever return the quality of life that has been missing these past many years. For many of you, no sentence will ever be long enough, or hard enough,” wrote Kilpatrick. “Your anger must be put aside. Your trust in others must be restored. You must learn to rely on the good around you, in your family, in your neighbors, and in your community. Despite what has happened to you, there is still much good in people. It is all around you. You will find that by sharing your burden with others, the burden will eventually become easier to carry.”Kilpatrick said Dejaeger had destroyed lives and shamed the Catholic Church.“Your selfishness has devastated a generation of young Roman Catholic parishioners in Igloolik. Many lives have been irrevocably altered by your dark legacy. For many victims, the commission of your offence has marked the end of living and the beginning of their survival. You must now atone for the many wrongs that you have inflicted on others. This sentence is only the beginning of that atonement,” wrote Kilpatrick.The court process has taken four years to complete. In January 2011, DeJaeger was expelled from Belgium, where he had fled to avoid the first of the eventual 70 charges.DeJaeger was a priest in Igloolik, Nunavut, which sits about 2 hours by air north of Iqaluit, from 1978 to 1982.Prior to that he was a priest in Baker Lake Nunavut, where he also committed sex crimes against Inuit youth. He pled guilty to 11 of them and was jailed in 1989. After his release in 1991 from jail for the Baker Lake offences, he fled for Belgium on the advice of his lawyer.While in Belgium, he was supported by his religious order, The Oblates. He was defrocked – kicked out of the priesthood – in 2011. He was an active priest in Belgium from 1995 until he was removed from the country in 2011.DeJaeger is now in custody in Edmonton, where he faces more charges of sex crimes. He will appear in an Edmonton courtroom on Friday.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@KentDriscolllast_img read more

Charlie Lake Fire Department investigating early morning fire

first_img Firefighters battling a blaze at a shop in the 10200 block of the 269 Road in Grand Haven on Tuesday morning. Photo by Chris Newton 1 of 10 Smoke from a massive fire seen over Fort St. John this morning. Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire Department was called out to the scene of a fire just before 5 a.m. Tuesday.The fire erupted at a three-bay shop in the 10200 block of the 269 Road just west of Fort St. John. The Charlie Lake Fire Department requested help from the Fort St. John and Taylor fire departments for both manpower and water.A total of seven apparatus and 13 firefighters from Charlie Lake responded with one apparatus and four firefighters each from Fort St. John and Taylor. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but crews battled the blaze for several hours before extinguishing the fire and all of the hot spots. There were no injuries.The CLFD would like to thank the Fort St John Fire Department and the Taylor Fire Department for assisting with the incident. Photo by Chris Newton last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Prevents Minister of Sports from Attending Club World

Rabat- Following the controversy sparked by the deplorable condition of the pitch of Rabat stadium last Saturday on the occasion of the quarter-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup, King Mohammed VI called on Prime Minister, Abdelilah Benkirane, to open a thorough investigation to determine those who should be held accountable for this scandal, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).“The sovereign also gave his high instructions to the Head of the government for the suspension of the Minister of Youth and Sports activities for this major international sporting event, including the presence in the final match pending the results of this investigation,” according to the same source.On Thursday, King Mohammed VI ordered General Hosni Benslimane to supervise the ongoing investigation that will enquire about all the stages of the Complex Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah’s renovation and installation with natural turf. The poor condition of the pitch of Moulay Abdellah Stadium was believed to have triggered the royal anger.The Moroccan monarch reportedly ordered General Hosni Benslimane, commander of the Royal Gendarmerie and former president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, to supervise the investigation opened by Sports Minister Mohammed Ouzzine to find out who will be held responsible for the scandal.The Popular Movement, the political party of Minister of Youth and Sports, Mohamed Ouzzine, threatened to withdraw from the coalition government if Prime Minister, Abdelilah Benkirane, caves in to popular pressure and decides to dismiss his controversial Minister.According to the Moroccan daily Al Akhbar in its Friday edition, as soon as the leaders of the PM learned of the news suggesting that Benkirane might be compelled to sack Mohamed Ouzzine, they called their members in both houses of the parliament and informed them that the leadership of the party has decided to hold an extraordinary meeting to decide its withdrawal from the government.Moroccans expressed their utter dismay at the way this incident damaged their country’s reputation and called on the government to hold those responsible accountable.A Facebook page was also created, in which thousands of Moroccans called for the dismissal of Minister Ouzzine. read more

The Greatest Moroccan Soccer Matches of All Times

Meknes – There is no doubt that the Moroccan national soccer team has rivaled teams worldwide in the past. When games were aired live on TV, soccer fans filled up popular cafés and stadiums to unleash their patriotism and support their national sport by waving Moroccan flags and singing enthusiastic songs.Do you still remember Mustapha Hajji’s overhead kick? Do you still remember the goal of Salaheddine Bassir in 1998 versus Scotland? Did you watch the spectacular win of Morocco versus Portugal in 1986?In the midst of this Moroccan sport’s decline, Morocco World News would like to take its faithful readers on a journey to the glory days to reminisce about our greatest national matches. Morocco vs. Guinea 1976 During the Africa Cup of Nations in 1976 in Ethiopia, the national team did not break its successful stride when it faced Guinea in the final stage and won its first championship.Although throughout the game Morocco was down by one, Ahmed Makrouh, nicknamed “Baba,” managed to grant Morocco its first championship by scoring a wonderful goal in the last minutes of the match, tying it up with Guinea.Morocco won the game because at that time the league system, which ranked teams by the number of points they accumulated over a series of matches, gave Morocco the advantage.Morocco vs. Portugal 1986In 1986, during the FIFA World Cup in Mexico, the world did not believe the absolute destruction of Portugal by Morocco.The national team won, three goals to one. Abderazak Khayri was the superstar of the match, managing to score two goals at 19 and 26 minutes. Talented Krimo scored the third goal at 62 minutes, while Portugal’s only goal was by Diamantino Miranda at 80 minutes.Morocco vs. Scotland 1998In 1998, during the World Cup in France, Morocco was in a strong squad, along with powerhouses Brazil, Norway, and Scotland. Though Morocco was about to qualify for the second round, Norway carried out a plot along with Brazil to eliminate the Atlas Lions.However, the national team made Moroccans proud through their electrifying performance during their match versus Scotland. Giant striker Salaheddine Bassir was the leading goal-scorer; he scored two goals at 22 and 85 minutes, and Abdeljalil Hadda scored the second goal of the game at 47 minutes.Morocco vs. Norway 1998Although the national team tied with Norway in their World Cup match in 1998 in France, Moroccan golden footballers heroically displayed their talents and patriotism. Thus, it was the best Arabic and African team in the World Cup.Fabulous goal-scoring midfielder Mustapha Hadji scored Morocco’s first goal in the first half, and giant Abdeljalil Hadda scored a fantastic goal at 59 minutes.Driss Benzekri, the Moroccan goalkeeper, was outstanding, making great saves in the match.Morocco vs. Algeria 2004During the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004, in Tunisia, the Atlas Lions revived Moroccan sport after a long absence.Moroccan footballers were the stars of the tournament, yet somehow they failed to win the championship.The match versus Algeria in the quarterfinal of the championship was one of the most glorious matches of the tournament.Algeria scored its first goal in the second half, but the magnificent Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh managed to equalize the game in the last minute before the added time of the second half. At the beginning of extra time, attacking midfielder Youssouf Hadji gave the national team the lead. Afterwards, Moroccan playmaker Jaouad Zairi scored the definitive goal that advanced the national team to the semifinal.Morocco vs. Egypt 1998Legend Mustapha Hadji was the Moroccan Cristiano Ronaldo in the 1990s. Moroccans all over the world still remember his memorable overhead kick versus Egypt in the Cup of Nations in 1998, the goal that advanced the Atlas Lions to qualify for the quarterfinals.Morocco vs. Algeria 2012The match between Morocco and Algeria was regarded as the derby of the region. During the African Cup of Nations qualifiers in 2012, the Atlas Lions beat Algeria 4-0. Golden defender Mehdi Benatia managed to score the first goal at 25 minutes. At 38 minutes Moroccan star Marouane Chamakh scored the second goal.In the second half, attacking midfielder Youssouf Hadji demoralized the Algerian team by scoring the third goal at 61 minutes. At 67 minutes Moroccan playmaker Oussama Saidi mesmerized spectators through a wonderful goal.Edited by Esther Bedik© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Police blotter Can you identify this graffiti

Vandals have targeted multiple areas in Waterford including the Waterford Lions Park, Waterford Lions Community Centre and downtown Waterford.Police were contacted on April 17 around 8 a.m. by an employee of Norfolk County Parks and Recreation reporting graffiti on several buildings and signs.Norfolk OPP have released images of the damage. If anyone recognizes the writing they are being asked to contact the Norfolk County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.Vehicle passes stopped school busA vehicle passed a stopped school bus on Golden Meadow Drive in Port Dover on April 16 between 8 and 8:30 a.m.The vehicle is being described as silver in colour.Police remind drivers of the rules of the road. Drivers approaching a stopped school bus with its overhead red signal-light flashing and the stop arm extended need to stop and not pass until the bus starts moving again.Vehicle owners should be aware that if the driver cannot be identified, the fine is given to the owner of the vehicle.“This law is in place to protect our most valuable resource, young children. Passing a stopped school bus is not only against the law; it is a potential lethal decision. Taking a few extra minutes behind a stopped school bus can prevent lifelong regret of injuring or killing a child.” said Inspector Joseph Varga, Detachment Commander, Norfolk County OPP in a press release. read more

BlackBerry wins US815million arbitration decision in dispute with Qualcomm

BlackBerry wins US$815-million arbitration decisionin dispute with Qualcomm by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 6:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WATERLOO, Ont. – Shares of BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) hit their highest mark in more than a year after the company announced it had been awarded US$814.9 million in a binding interim arbitration decision in a dispute with Qualcomm Inc. over royalty overpayments.The company’s shares were up C$1.88 or about 18 per cent at C$12.15 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after going as high as C$12.22.The two companies agreed last year to arbitrate a disagreement regarding whether Qualcomm’s agreement to cap certain royalties applied to payments made by BlackBerry under a license agreement.BlackBerry chief executive John Chen said the two companies have a long-standing relationship and continue to be valued partners.“We are pleased the arbitration panel ruled in our favour and look forward to collaborating with Qualcomm,” Chen said in a statement.BlackBerry said a final award including interest and reasonable legal fees will be issued after a hearing on May 30.Qualcomm said while it does not agree with the decision, it is binding and cannot be appealed.The company said the decision is limited to provisions unique to BlackBerry’s license agreement with Qualcomm and has no impact on agreements with any other licensee. read more

Revealed Russian spys Salisbury girlfriend terrified of repercussions

first_imgWhile the world’s eyes have been turned to Salisbury, the two people at the centre of the nerve agent attack have lain​ unaware, surrounded only by medical staff in chemical protection suits and breathing apparatus. The picture of comatosed Russian double agent Sergei Skripal’s life that has emerged in the last three weeks has been a relatively lonely one, far from his native Russia, his wife dead and their 43-year-old son Alexander dying last July, apparently from liver failure. Yulia, who was visiting her father and is also unconscious and in a critical but stable condition in Salisbury District Hospital lived briefly in the UK in 2014 – but spent most of her time in Moscow, returning only…last_img read more

Ferry captain used 118tonne vessel to ram dinghy after finding his parking

Mr Cain told the court: “I wanted to turn my boat around to leave, but I had only turned 90 degrees when the ferry hit me. Oliver Jarvis, 35, denies the allegations against him Stuart Cain said he feared for his life after being hit by the ferry Mr Cain, who wore a cast on his hand for five weeks, alleges that Jarvis left the ferry without checking on his well being.The trial continues. Stuart Cain said he feared for his life after being hit by the ferryCredit:BNPS A ferry captain used his 118-tonne vessel to crush a dinghy and injure its driver after a parking row erupted in Poole Harbour, a court has heard.Oliver Jarvis was carrying passengers back from Brownsea Island, Dorset, on board the 50ft-long Maid of Poole when he found he was unable to moor in his usual space on September 17 2017.It was being occupied by a small rigid inflatable boat (RIB), owned by Stuart Cain, a video production company director, who had disembarked to get fish and chips with two friends.The 35-year-old ferry master sounded his horn as he tried to guide his vessel towards its berth, yelling at Mr Cain, 52, to move his boat, Bournemouth Crown Court heard.But once Mr Cain jumped into the dinghy, he heard the ferry’s engine restart and found himself fearing for his life as he was allegedly rammed into the harbour wall.The businessman suffered a badly bruised hand and whiplash injuries, while his 12ft-long dinghy was left damaged, a jury heard.Jarvis, of Lagland Court, Poole, is accused of causing damage to a ship and operating a vessel in a way that could cause injury or destruction, charges which carry a maximum two year jail sentence and an unlimited fine. He denies the allegations. “That’s the point things changed, I realised I was in quite a dangerous position. I could hear a lot of engine noise and a lot of churning water and I was in a hole between two boats.”I basically fought for my life to get out of there. I took physical action, trying to fend his ferry off, I physically pushed it away.”That was the only defence I had at the time. It had a small impact, enough for me to drop my engine into the water and get it started.”His hand was all the while being crushed between the ferry and his engine, but he managed to wriggle it free and was hit again as he tried to open up the throttle, the court was told. Oliver Jarvis, 35, denies the allegations against himCredit:BNPS “Because I was under power I basically shot out the back,” he said.”It was an instinctive reaction but I think that’s probably what saved my life.”The Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the prosecuting agency, said the episode lasted between 10 and 15 seconds.The court heard Mr Cain’s small boat weighed just 170lbs and can carry three people. The Maid of Poole weighs 118 tonnes and can carry 186 passengers. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more

Ranveer Singh gives Radhika Apte an apt title in a 12minute speech

first_imgIndian Bollywood actress Radhika ApteSTR/AFP/Getty ImagesOwing to Radhika Apte’s popularity and her content release on Netflix, Ranveer Singh recently at an award show called her the ‘Definition of Netflix’.Ranveer, who won the ‘Most Stylish Man award’ at the GQ Style and Culture awards 2019, was felicitated with the award on the stage by Radhika.While Ranveer was giving his winning speech, Radhika Apte stood there cheering for him. Ranveer, during his acceptance speech, couldn’t help but appreciate the omnipresent Radhika for her phenomenal run at the digital platform.Ranveer said, “Ladies and Gentleman she is the Cambridge dictionary from Netflix Radhika Apte. You’re everywhere Girl, you switch on digital at home and we only see you. Tu Chae hui hai chote, Ghar pe digital on kiya toh tu he tu hai”.GQ posted a picture of Radhika Apte and Ranveer Singh with a caption, “Among @ranveersingh’s whopper 12-minute-long closing speech at the 2019 GQ Style & Culture Awards: a shout-out (and possibly an apology, for making her stand for so long in those heels) to “the definition of Netflix”, Radhika reposted the picture and uploaded on her Instagram story and wrote, “haha always a pleasure @gqindia”After a phenomenal year in 2018, with remarkable performances in every medium, Radhika has been omnipresent. Taking a head start this year, the actress has begun the schedule for her next in Lucknow. “Cambridge Dictionary for NETFLIX, Radhika Apte”; Ranveer Singh gives Radhika Apte an apt title Closelast_img read more

The Life Of A Houston MMA Fighter

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Token Is One Ring To Rule Your Digital Life

first_img One ring to rule them all: Token is the portable solution to your hectic digital life.The stylish band encourages people to “live keyless, cardless, and free of passwords.”Co-founded by Melanie and Steve Shapiro, Token aims to make consumer security faster and easier via partnerships with Microsoft, MasterCard, HID, and Visa.The wearable replaces credit cards, house keys (with $100 DoorLock supplement), website credentials, car keys (with $100 CarLock add-on), transit cards, and access cards.Knock twice to authenticate online accounts (via Token)“It’s up to you to figure out what you want to use Token to protect, or how you want Token to save you time,” Melanie Shapiro wrote in an introductory blog post.Pay with a wave of your hand at more than 15 million global locations by adding a MasterCard or Visa, knock twice on your computer to authenticate online accounts, tap and go at 50-plus transit systems worldwide (with 30 more going live next year).Those folks driving a push-button ignition vehicle, meanwhile, can opt to trade their key fob for a Token CarLock, which allows users to knock twice to lock or unlock doors and activate the ‘Start’ button.“We built Token because we’re not OK with a future where people don’t feel safe online,” the firm said. “We built Token because we too aren’t motivated to change our behavior unless we’re promised more time, or less work.”An embedded sensor scans saved fingerprints to unlock information, which gets sealed again once the ring is removed. Each accessory includes a charging dock, and promises up to two weeks of battery life.The sterling silver accessory is available in seven US sizes and three finishes—brushed ($249), black rhodium ($299), and 14k rose gold ($299). Sign up for notifications about Token’s global launch, expected soon.Add the Token CarLock for easy ignition (via Token)“The Internet is an amazing place that many people fight to ensure we all have free access to,” Token said on its website. “But access isn’t enough.”Going online should also be a safe, carefree experience.“Securing the databases, servers, and networks that our accounts and digital lives exist on is critical,” the company continued. “But arguably, protecting the endpoints (us!) is just as, if not more, important.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target 1Password Can Now Tell You If Your Password Has Been Leaked OnlineYour body makes a good password transmission system last_img read more

Using physics to make better GDP estimates

first_img Economic models significantly underestimate climate change risks Citation: Using physics to make better GDP estimates (2018, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-physics-gdp.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Nature Physics More information: A. Tacchella et al. A dynamical systems approach to gross domestic product forecasting, Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0204-yAbstractModels developed for gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecasting tend to be extremely complex, relying on a large number of variables and parameters. Such complexity is not always to the benefit of the accuracy of the forecast. Economic complexity constitutes a framework that builds on methods developed for the study of complex systems to construct approaches that are less demanding than standard macroeconomic ones in terms of data requirements, but whose accuracy remains to be systematically benchmarked. Here we develop a forecasting scheme that is shown to outperform the accuracy of the five-year forecast issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by more than 25% on the available data. The model is based on effectively representing economic growth as a two-dimensional dynamical system, defined by GDP per capita and ‘fitness’, a variable computed using only publicly available product-level export data. We show that forecasting errors produced by the method are generally predictable and are also uncorrelated to IMF errors, suggesting that our method is extracting information that is complementary to standard approaches. We believe that our findings are of a very general nature and we plan to extend our validations on larger datasets in future works.center_img Currently, economists use a variety of models to produce GDP estimates, which are often used by law and policy makers to inform decisions about future events. Such models typically require a host of variable inputs and are quite complex. In sharp contrast, the estimates made by the Italian team used just two variables: current GDP and another they describe as “economic fitness.”The researchers calculated a number for a given country’s economic fitness using physics principles applied to export products. Such factors as diversification and the complexity of the products were taken into account, offering a means of gauging the relative strength of a given economy. The idea was to rate a country’s economic strength—the wider the range of products being exported and the more complex they were, the more likely GDP was likely to grow—and used that to forecast future prosperity.The team reports that they have been running their models for approximately six years—long enough for them to see how well their estimates matched actual GDP numbers over time. They report that their estimates were on average 25 percent more accurate than were those made by the International Monetary Fund. They report also that their models accurately predicted the booming Chinese economy in 2015 when more traditional models suggested the country was headed for a slowdown.The researchers explain that the field of economic complexity involves studying the behavior of economies over time and the factors that cause them to change. Doing so includes using tools such as those that have been developed to measure turbulence in fluids and traffic jams. The philosophy of such research, they explain, revolves around the idea that complex systems with a large number of elements that interact in non-linear ways tend to have emergent properties. Learning to understand such properties, they further note, can offer insights into relationships such as the one between exports and GDP trends. A team of Italian physicists has used economic complexity theory to produce five-year gross domestic product (GDP) estimates for several countries around the world. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, Andrea Tacchella, D. Mazzilli and Luciano Pietronero describe how they applied the theory to economic forecasting and how well it has worked thus far. © 2018 Phys.org Explore furtherlast_img read more

Repetition trains brain to form good habits

first_imgScientists claim to have discovered a ‘brain hack’ to form good habits – training it by simply repeating actions until they stick. Researchers from University of Warwick in the UK have created a model which shows that forming good and bad habits depends more on how often you perform an action than on how much satisfaction you get from it. They developed a computer simulation, in which digital rodents were given a choice of two levers, one of which was associated with the chance of getting a reward. The lever with the reward was the ‘correct’ one, and the lever without was the ‘wrong’ one. The chance of getting a reward was swapped between the two levers, and the simulated rodents were trained to choose the ‘correct’ one. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen the digital rodents were trained for a short time, they managed to choose the new, ‘correct’ lever when the chance of reward was swapped.’ However, when they were trained extensively on one lever, the digital rats stuck to the ‘wrong’ lever stubbornly, even when it no longer had the chance for reward. The rodents preferred to stick to the repeated action that they were used to, rather than have the chance for a reward. “Much of what we do is driven by habits, yet how habits are learned and formed is still somewhat mysterious. Our work sheds new light on this question by building a mathematical model of how simple repetition can lead to the types of habits we see in people and other creatures,” said Elliot Ludvig, an associate professor in the University of Warwick. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Psychologists have been trying to understand what drives our habits for over a century, and one of the recurring questions is how much habits are a product of what we want versus what we do,” said Amitai Shenhav, assistant professor in Brown University in the US. “Our model helps to answer that by suggesting that habits themselves are a product of our previous actions, but in certain situations those habits can be supplanted by our desire to get the best outcome,” said Shenhav. This research opens up a better understanding of conditions like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tic Disorder – both of which are characterised by repeated behaviours.last_img read more