2nd T20: Sachin Blasters, Warne Warriors set to woo Houston

first_imgHaving enjoyed a successful first game in New York, the Cricket All Stars Spectacle, featuring Sachin’s Blasters and Warne’s Warriors, is set to woo thousands of cricket fans in Houston tomorrow.After the first T20 witnessed 25000 fans at New York’s Citi Fields, mostly expats, the cricket stars are ready to face each other again at Houston’s baseball ground, Minute Maid Park, on Diwali night.Lots of @sachin_rt fans at Minute Maid Park for the clinic today, can’t wait for the match tomorrow night! pic.twitter.com/CM3IPJa5Ir Cricket All Stars (@T20AllStars) November 10, 2015It will be the first time when cricket will be played in this famed base ball stadium.Sachin Tendulkar’s Blasters will look to even things after Shane Warne’s side pocketed the opening game.Also read: This is what Shoaib Akhtar had to say about Sachin Tendulkar’s captaincyWarne’s side won the first of the three T20 clashes by six wickets in New York, with Ricky Ponting’s unbeaten 48 being the crucial knock as the Warriors chased down the 141-run target.The teams have touched down already and players are doing their bit to stir up some excitement among the locals here.Leaving for our #cricket clinic and practice session at Minute Maid Park!! #cricketallstars pic.twitter.com/qyFBvw2G0Q Cricket All Stars (@T20AllStars) November 10, 2015The stars will indulge in small coaching and engaging activities with budding cricket enthusiasts in the region before taking field for the big game. A Clinic was been organised in the afternoon where the players were coaching children from cricket academies. The Clinic was be followed by a 15-minute group Question and Answer session with the players.advertisementBoth global icons Warne and Tendulkar are aiming to increase the appetite for cricket in the United States through their All-Stars series, which involves two star-studded teams of former internationals.The Cricket All Stars official social media handle posted a video of the cricketers making way out of their flight with Mahela Jayawardene doing the filming. HOUSTON we’re here! @MahelaJay happy to be here & excited for Wednesday’s game at Minute Maid Park #cricketallstars pic.twitter.com/QsdxzJkdjc Cricket All Stars (@T20AllStars) November 10, 2015Allan Donald and Warne have already tweeted about the same. It will be interesting to see which players make the cut in the second fixture. Glenn McGrath and Sourav Ganguly, who didn’t play the first fixture, are likely to take field.”Bringing this cricket match to Minute Maid Park is a great opportunity for us to once again host a marquee event and for Houston to experience a sport that is increasing in popularity around the world,” said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan.”These types of events make Minute Maid Park a great fan venue year-round, and are part of our commitment to bringing the best in entertainment and sports to Houston. Scenes from our VIP Dinner in Houston #cricketallstars pic.twitter.com/maahPbGQYm Cricket All Stars (@T20AllStars) November 11, 2015last_img read more


first_imgShe said that towns in Ecuador, Venezuela, France,She said that towns in Ecuador, Venezuela, France, Portugal and Colombia have declared themselves to be against bullfighting, and Catalonia, a region in Spain, has banned it.”India will now be considered archaic and backward as sensibilities around the world are changing in favour of animal protection,” she said.PETA India had earlier expressed concern and complained to the Animal Welfare Board of India (ABWI) following remarks by Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar who had said that the government will allow jallikattu to continue while ensuring that animals are not subject to cruelty.The ABWI recently advised the environment ministry not to overturn the Supreme Courts judgement which presently bans the bull taming sport jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.PETA India also said that during races, bulls are often hit with nail-studded sticks.It said that in its judgement, the Supreme Court categorically held that the concerned Ministry cannot allow jallikattu, bull races or bullfights and cannot modify the notification dated July 11, 2011 (which banned forcing bulls to perform) without approval from the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).The court had also ruled that cruelty is inherent in these events, as bulls are not anatomically suited for such races and making them participate is subjecting them to unnecessary pain and suffering, PETA said.The animal rights body said that its online petition that was urging the government to keep the ban on jallikattu, bull races and bullfights had been signed by nearly 60,000 people in India alone. PTI TDS IKA TRKadvertisementlast_img read more

Four Tips To Refresh Your Career Path

first_imgYou’ve mastered Angry Birds, watched every Kurasawa movie five times, read Game of Thrones twice and have given up on writing your novel of the century. There is so much we can do in our lives including watching Ax Men or the Housewives of Wherever that we forget to take the time to work on working. That is to plan and take the time to review and consider our current career path and the steps to take to move it forward or not. (Accepting the position you are in is perfectly fine).Try planning an hour each week to work on your career. Here are a few tips to get started:Research with no agenda. Too often we look for information for a specific reason instead of learning from the information we come across. Start researching your industry, your company, your competitors or any area of interest. Learn!Dig into areas of interest. You will discover areas of interest and when you do stop and dig in to learn more. The accountant who dabbles in painting researches her interest and learns of a program apprentice as an art curator. She has university hours in this area and can take more hours while working – does she pursue? For some reason the door has opened and yes she should pursue, not necessarily to take the apprenticeship but at least to satisfy the curiosity of her passion.Write your goals: This is such a ‘duh’ statement. You’ve been writing goals for years, some you’ve achieved and many you haven’t. So when it comes to your career think of ‘must haves’, ‘nice to haves’, ‘want tos’ and put a time limit on when you want to achieve each. Many in the workforce are finding that how one is perceived has little to do with success. Rather it how one lives their lives and interacts with others that matters. The value of quality of life is huge and the definition of quality is very personal. Accept and own the truth for yourself.Review often. I read a book years ago, ‘Halftime’ by Bob Buford that includes a simple goal setting process for one’s career and life. They are simply a set of questions I answered and frequently review. Some I have changed and most are reminders as to what is really important. The process along with spiritual pursuits has helped guide my career and life and resulted in success and peace. These are highly valued personal attributes and since they are personal you are responsible for acquiring and valuing them.Plan a little free time each week to plan for the rest of your life.last_img read more


first_imgA R Rahman in Oscar race again with “Pele”Los Angeles, Dec 14 (PTI) Music maestro A R Rahman stands a chance to win at the Oscars once again for his work on sports biopic “Pele: Birth of a Legend”.The Indian musician, who is already a double Oscar-winner for his work on “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009, has found mention in the long list of both Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories.145 original scores are vying for the top award in February next year and Rahman is one of the names on the list as the composer for the Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist -directed drama on Brazilian football legend Peles early years.Films song “Ginga”, which Rahman composed to celebrate Peles soccer legacy, is part of the 91 songs competing for nominations in the Original Song category, according to the list released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Rahman, 49, has given music in a number of international projects. His most notable Hollywood outings besides “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Pele” are “127 Hours”, “Couples Retreat”, “Million Dollar Arm”, “The Hundred Foot Journey” and “Muhammad”The musician is competing with titles like “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, “La La Land”, “Moana” and “Florence Foster Jenkins”.Academy members will vote their preference for five numbers. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.Nominations for the 89th Oscars will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 with the main ceremony scheduled for Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. PTI BK BKadvertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Mourinho thought Man Utd sack summit was about transfers

first_imgREVEALED: Mourinho thought Man Utd sack summit was about transfersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho didn’t see the sack call coming at Manchester United last week.The Sunday Times says Mourinho believed his meeting with Ed Woodward last Tuesday was to discuss transfer strategy but instead he was sacked as Manchester United manager, it has been claimed.The former United boss went into the scheduled Tuesday morning meeting with the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward still hoping to talk about potential January transfer targets.Mourinho knew his reign was coming to an end within hours of losing to Liverpool last Sunday. But the timing of his sacking caused surprise, according to the report. In addition, at least one player regularly selected by Mourinho called Woodward in the aftermath of United’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool last Sunday “and told him Jose should leave”.Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday after two-and-a-half years with the club but the decision came as a shock to the Portuguese. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

25 days agoShrinks & scouts: Liverpool chief Moore lifts lid on new recruitment team

first_imgShrinks & scouts: Liverpool chief Moore lifts lid on new recruitment teamby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool chief Peter Moore has detailed how they’ve built up their recruitment team.Moore, speaking at the World Football Summit in Madrid, gave an in-depth analysis on how the club has combined data and analysis with traditional scouting.“There is a merging of data and the experienced eye – the analogue and digital coming together,” Moore told those in attendance at the summit.“We use applied science and technology to analyse players to create the best chance to win. From an analogue way, we look at the player and assess what they are about, both on and off the pitch. And we apply science.“We have four PhDs who are part of our club and we have a director of sports science, who is also a PhD and they look at data.“It is that combination, that amalgamation of an experienced eye – of looking at an athlete – combined with data, with psychological outputs, to see the person as a good player for Liverpool and also a good human being in the locker room.“Being a good person that happens to be a good football player is what you need to be for Liverpool Football Club. When I look at our squad, knowing most of the players, they fit that bill.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mentorship Program for Emerging Producers

first_imgThree local producers will receive 26-week internships with provincial film, television and new media companies, thanks to sponsorship by Film Nova Scotia. The provincial Crown corporation will provide $27,000 to take part in the Canadian Film and Television Production Association Atlantic Mentorship Program. The program is also sponsored by Telefilm Canada, New Brunswick Film and the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation. It will match seven mid- to emerging-level producers with association-member companies in the three provinces. Three of these internships will be offered in Nova Scotia. “Film Nova Scotia is thrilled to be involved with such a dynamic program,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “Programs that offer emerging talent the opportunity to work and learn from established professionals are vital to continue the growth of Nova Scotia’s film, television and new media industry.” Last year, the program matched emerging Halifax producers Jason Eisener and Jeff Coll with Halifax companies Arcadia Entertainment and Standing 8 Productions respectively. The deadline for applications is Thursday, May 15. Applications and more information are available on the website at www.cftpa.ca . Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic Development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industries. The Canadian Film and Television Production Association is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of almost 400 companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films and interactive media products in Canada.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img DIGBY COUNTY: Cape St. Marys Bridge Cape St. Marys Bridge, located on John Doucette Road, Cape St. Marys, is closed for replacement until Thursday, Nov. 15. Detour signs in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Bass River – Edgewood Road Edgewood Road to Trunk 2, Bass River, is reduced to one lane for brush cutting and road patching until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102/103 – Bicentennial Highway Blasting is taking place on Highway 102 between Exit 2A and Exit 1D and Highway 103 between Exit 2A and Exit 1B. Work is for the new 102/103 interchange. Blasting will take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for ten-minute intervals. Work is expected to continue until Saturday, Dec. 1. CONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3 Trunk 3, from Trunk 12 to Wake Up Hill Road, will have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. DIGBY COUNTY: Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge, Meteghan, to Highway 101 Connector, for about six kilometres, has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Monday, Oct. 15. Personnel and signs will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. NEW WORK YARMOUTH COUNTY: Abrams River Bridge, Trunk 3 Abrams River Bridge on Trunk 3, about one kilometre west of Eel Lake Road, will be closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Detour signs are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118, northbound between Exit 13 and Exit 14, is reduced to one lane for repaving and widening until Thursday, Nov. 15. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Leary Fraser Road Leary Fraser Road, from Route 325 to Bolivar Road, will have alternating lane closures for gravelling and regrading until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, northbound from Exit 4C (Bedford) to Exit 5 (Fall River), is reduced to one lane for repaving and widening until Thursday, Nov. 15. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Wyman Road, Chebogue Wyman Road, Chebogue, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: Judique Trunk 19, from about one kilometre north of Joe Effie Road, in Judique, northerly for about seven kilometres, is reduced to one lane for drainage improvements and repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348, East River Road Route 348 East River Road, is reduced to one lane in various sections from the Stellarton town line to the New Glasgow town line for repairs and repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: John Joe Gillis Bridge John Joe Gillis Bridge on Route 216 (Eskasoni Road) between civic numbers 440 and 539 will be closed for repairs until Saturday, Oct. 4. Detour route on Trunk 4 and Chapel Road. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, near Liverpool, between Exit 18 and Exit 19, has alternating lane closures for paving until Sunday, Sept 30. Traffic control will consist of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sarty Road Sarty Road, from Wentzell Road to Lower Branch Road, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and regrading until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. PICTOU COUNTY: Sutherlands River Bridge Trunk 4 is closed in Sutherlands River, east of Church Road and west of the intersection of Route 245 and Thorburn Road, for the replacement of the Sutherlands River Bridge. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour route and signs are in place. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Parks Creek Bridge Parks Creek Bridge on Route 332 is closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Motorists are required to detour via Route 332 to Indian Path Road and back to Route 332.last_img read more

Govts subsidy bill for this fiscal up 1332 to Rs 301694 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: The government’s subsidy bill on food, fertiliser and fuel is estimated to go up by 13.32 per cent to Rs 3,01,694 crore in the current fiscal, according to the Budget document. Of the total subsidy bill, much of the increase has been made in the fuel subsidy, which is pegged at Rs 37,478 crore for the current fiscal from the revised estimate of Rs 24,833 crore for the 2018-19 fiscal. In the fuel subsidy bill, LPG subsidy has been projected at Rs 32,989 crore for the 2019-20 fiscal as against Rs 20,283 crore in 2018-19. However, the kerosene subsidy has been estimated lower and pegged at Rs 4,489 crore for this fiscal, as against Rs 4,550 crore during 2018-19. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIn case of food subsidy bill, the government has estimated increase of 7.54 per cent to Rs 1,84,220 crore for the current fiscal from the revised estimate of Rs 1,71,298 crore during the 2018-19. Similarly, the fertiliser subsidy is projected to increased by 14.14 per cent to Rs 79,996 crore in 2019-20 from the revised estimate of Rs 70,085.70 crore in the last fiscal. Out of this allocation, urea subsidy comprises of Rs 53,629 crores and nutrient-based subsidies of Rs 26,367 crores, as per the Budget document. The government said 610.08 lakh tonnes of fertilizers were sold via DBT scheme from March 2018 to May 2019.last_img read more

Man held for supplying avil injections to children

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police have arrested a 43-year-old man who was supplying avil injections to children without any authorisation or prescription in South Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur area.Police identified the accused as Pankaj. To nab the criminals, a decoy customer was sent to purchase avil injection from accused, who went to park and purchased avil injection, one syringe and one addnok tablet from Pankaj for Rs 200. “At the same time police party apprehended Pankaj and recovered Rs 200 note given to him by juvenile. On casual search of Pankaj 46 more avil injections, three dispo van syringe and 8 tablets of addnok were recovered,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAdditional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Parvinder Singh said that the accused is previously involved in 8 criminal cases of theft and Arms Act. He earlier used to reside in Lodhi Colony area but now living in rented accomodation in Garhi. The team under SHO Kotla Mubarakpur inspector Ajay Negi made the arrest. Police added that these injections are meant for allergy relief but Pankaj was selling it to juveniles, drug addicts at higher prices without prescription or authrization. The combination of above injections, drugs costs about 70 or 80 rupees but the accused person used to sell the combination without prescription for Rs 200 . “He also revealed that he had purchased these injections from one Zakir who is also a drug addict and seller of such injections,” said Singh.last_img read more

Moroccan Minister calls on Japan to Invest in Moroccos Energy sector

Rabat – Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment, Abdelkader Amara, called on Japan to invest in the energy sector in Morocco, particularly in renewable energy.Amara, who met, Friday in Rabat, with Chairman of the Association of African Economy and Development Japan (AFRECO), Tetsuro Yano, on a current a working visit to the Kingdom, said that investment opportunities in the energy sector, and specifically in renewable energy, offer a new prospect to strengthen this partnership.“We are increasingly interested in Japanese investments the field of energy in the context of an enlarged cooperation that includes sub-Saharan Africa,” he said, welcoming the excellent Moroccan-Japanese relations. For his part, Yano, also a former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Japan, hailed the “long-standing ties” between the two countries, adding that a Moroccan-Japanese agreement on investment is being finalized.He also highlighted the Japan-Morocco Forum which will be held in Rabat in December 2014, and which will further strengthen bilateral read more

Ensuring womens access to safe toilets is moral imperative says Ban marking

In his message for the Day, commemorated annually on 19 November – with this year’s theme Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation – Mr. Ban said that addressing the sanitation challenge requires a global partnership and called on Member States to “spare no effort to bring equality, dignity and safety” to women and girls around the world. “A staggering 1.25 billion women and girls would enjoy greater health and increased safety with improved sanitation. Evidence also shows safe and clean toilets encourage girls to stay in school,” the UN chief said. In all, some 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have adequate toilets and among them 1 billion defecate in the open – in fields, bushes, or bodies of water – putting them, and especially children, in danger of deadly faecal-oral diseases like diarrhoea. In 2013, more than 340,000 children under five died from diarrhoeal diseases due to a lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene – an average of almost 1,000 deaths per day.But women who do not have access to adequate toilets are especially at risk, since they are vulnerable to shame and potential violence when they seek a place to defecate. Ensuring that women have access to proper sanitation and toilets is especially crucial as countries work to formulate a sustainable development agenda for the period beyond the year 2015, Mr. Ban urged. “Communities must be supported as they strive to become open defecation-free. Advocacy efforts must step up and taboos must be broken,” the Secretary-General added. These are the objectives of the UN Call to Action on Sanitation to mobilize global, national and community efforts to improve hygiene, change social norms and eliminate open defecation by 2025. In its remarks on the Day, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that slow progress on sanitation and the entrenched practice of open defecation among millions around the world continue to put children and their communities at risk. “Lack of sanitation is a reliable marker of how the poorest in a country are faring,” said Sanjay Wijesekera, head of UNICEF’s global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes. “But although it is the poor who overwhelmingly do not have toilets, everyone suffers from the contaminating effects of open defecation, so everyone should have a sense of urgency about addressing this problem,” he added. The call to end the practice of open defecation is being made with growing insistence as the links with childhood stunting become clearer. India, with 597 million (half the population) practising open defecation, also has high levels of stunting. “The challenge of open defecation is one of both equity and dignity, and very often of safety as well, particularly for women and girls,” Wijesekera noted. “They have to wait until dark to relieve themselves, putting them in danger of attack, and worse, as we have seen recently.”In May, the hanging of two teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh who had gone out after dark to defecate caused international shock and dismay, and highlighted the security issues involved in open defecation.UNICEF’s Community Approaches to Total Sanitation addresses the problem at the local level by involving communities in devising solutions, and has led to some 26 million people across more than 50 countries abandoning the practice of open defecation since 2008.Eighty-two per cent of the 1 billion people practising open defecation live in just 10 countries: India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Niger, Nepal, China, and Mozambique. The numbers of people practising open defecation are still rising in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, though they have declined in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. In Nigeria, numbers of open defecators increased from 23 million in 1990 to 39 million in 2012.Globally, some 1.9 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation since 1990. However, progress has not kept up with population growth and the Millennium Development Goal target on sanitation is unlikely to be reached by 2015 at current rates of progress.The inter-governmental Open Working Group on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals have recommended that the new goals include a target of achieving adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and ending open defecation by 2030.Several events were organized at Headquarters to mark the Day, including a press conference with Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who has spearheaded efforts around the initiative, including towards ending open defecation. Mr. Eliasson said there are so many reasons to get involved in this issue. Firstly, sanitation is the most lagging goal of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The issue of sanitation has wide implications as it touches on economic development, waste management and the ever-increasing scarce water resource. Managing sanitation makes good economic sense, he said, adding that one dollar investment in sanitation equals to four dollars in economic growth.“And then basically, it’s a matter of human rights…and to me it is also a matter of dignity,” Mr. Eliasson said. This year’s focus on women and sanitation is especially important. In some 20 countries, there are horrible examples of girls that go out in the field get attacked, rapped and even hanged.“This has been a bit of a personal commitment, I actually saw children die in front of me in Somalia in 1992 of dehydration and diarrhoea,” he said. Many times in schools there is only one hole in the back and that is reserved for boys. Girls are too ashamed to go and so it becomes impossible for them to go to school. Investing in water and sanitation has horizontal benefits. Singapore’s Representative to the United Nations, Karen Tan, who has also led efforts on the initiative, said that people don’t like to talk about toilets. “Pooing” and “peeing,” she said, are extremely taboo, but hopefully, even if people laugh and snicker, Governments will make steps to take action and raise awareness about this very serious issue. There are many critical aspects to this Day, including education, equality, dignity, and human rights. Particularly, it is important to pay special attention to the challenges that women and girls face when they do not have access to toilets and proper sanitation. Chair of UN-Water, Mr. Michel Jarraud said “we need to talk about open defecation – no matter how taboo it may feel.”Ending open defecation is a crucial way to speed up development. “We have to work in every possible way to address the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by women who lack access to toilets and sanitation. In a number of countries, there is evidence that girls do not go to school if there are no toilets,” he said, echoing Mr. Eliasson. “We need to close the gap between the ones who have and the ones who do not have,” he said, urging the need to put water and sanitation at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. World Toilet Day was established by the “Sanitation for All” resolution, adopted by the UN General Assembly in July 2013, designating 19 November as World Toilet Day. The Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with Governments and relevant stakeholders. read more

Happy Birthday Nadal Youre Probably Too Old to Pass Federer

Note the drop-off as players enter their 30s. Only 10.3 percent of majors have been won after age 29 and a mere 3.3 percent after age 31. In tennis, the “wrong side of 30” is a harsh place to be.If we consider only retired players (keeping active players skews the distribution younger), the mean champion age is 25.16.3The aging profiles for both Nadal and Federer have closely paralleled the typical one. We can see this by combining their grand slam titles and looking at the distribution by age. Using their exact ages upon winning, this works out to an average age of 24.57 for a title win, a little below the retired champion average of 25.16, with room to increase if either win subsequent titles. This places Nadal nearly three years past his prime. And Federer is ancient at 32!The only players older than Federer to win a major were Andrés Gimeno, who won the 1972 French Open at 34, and the ageless Ken Rosewall, who won majors at 33 (’68 French), 35 (’70 U.S.), 36 (’71 Australian) and 37 (’72 Australian). Agassi won the 2003 Aussie just shy of Federer’s age (32 years, 9 months). With only six of 184 titles won by players 32 or older since 1968, it’s clear that Federer’s window is closing fast.So, who finishes with more hardware? Let’s first determine how good each player is relative to prior champions at their respective ages. We’ll determine a player’s age-adjusted performance ratio as the number of championships won through his age divided by the majors won by the average champion. For example, through age 27, Nadal has won 13 majors, while the average champion that age had won 2.43.4All figures here are rounded to two places of significance, but the full numbers were used in the calculations. The result is the same. Dividing Nadal’s wins by this average, we get a performance ratio of 5.35. To determine the expected additional titles we’d expect Nadal to win, we can take the product of this multiplier and the average champ’s wins after age 28 — 0.65 —  for a total of 3.48, yielding Nadal a projected total of 16.48 titles, just a tad bit short of Roger’s current 17.We can use the same methodology to calculate Federer’s total projected career majors. With two of the season’s four majors remaining before his 33rd birthday, we’ll declare him as effectively 32.5 years old. We’ll take his 17 titles divided by the 2.96 won by the average champ through age 32.5 to get a performance ratio of 5.74. As the average player can expect 0.13 majors won after 32.5, Federer’s projected career titles is 17 + (5.74 * 0.13) = 17.75.To determine the likelihood Nadal passes Fed, we’ll need to determine the range of championships he’s likely to win. We can use the binomial theorem5The binomial theorem is a powerful tool used for calculating the probability of k events occurring over N trials, given the probability, p, of success in a single trial. It allows us to take, for example, Nadal’s future probability of winning k = 3 additional tournaments over N = 40 trials (10 years at championship level times 4 tourneys per year), given that he has an average probability of winning p = 8.55 percent of tournaments entered. This yields a probability, P, of 22.61 percent.Further reading on binomial distributions can be found here. A binomial calculator can be found at Stattrek. to help us.During the Open era, winners have ranged from age 17 to 37. Hence, based on the age curve, Nadal has 10 years left at championship contention level. With four tourneys per year, he’s got 40 remaining opportunities to win. As we saw earlier, the average retired champ won 0.65 titles from 28 on, reflecting a win probability per tourney of 1.63 percent.Multiplying by Rafa’s performance ratio, 5.34, we can speculate that his odds of winning are about 8.7 percent per tourney. If we want to calculate his odds of attaining, for example, three additional majors, we can plug these numbers into the binomial model to get the odds. In this case, Nadal has a 22.61 percent chance of finishing with precisely 17 titles.The table below summarizes the potential outcomes based on this model. The outside cells represent the probabilities of each player finishing his career with a particular number of championships. Nadal’s probabilities are listed in the rows on the right, while Federer’s are represented horizontally along the top. The cells in the center represent the joint probabilities of the varied individual outcomes. Cells in yellow represent the status quo — that Federer remains ahead — while the gray cells represent a tie, and the blue cells indicate Nadal passing Federer.The odds of Nadal finishing at precisely 16 titles and Federer at 17 are a little under 15 percent. That’s also the most probable of the individual scenarios. Overall, there’s about a 61 percent chance that Federer ends his career ahead of Nadal, and about a 17 percent chance they end in a tie.It looks like somewhat of a long shot for Nadal to pass Federer (close to a 22 percent chance), but if he were to have a strong summer and win two of the three majors remaining in 2014, he’d greatly improve his chances. Then again, failing to win even the French would be a serious blow — especially if Federer could pull off another win this year.This French Open, along with the remaining majors this year, will tell us a lot about who eventually ends up atop the leaderboard. The conversation as to who’s the greatest of all time doesn’t end there, of course. It probably starts there, though, and whoever of these two ends up on top is likely to hold that title for many years to come. Over the next few days, Rafael Nadal will attempt to win his ninth French Open and become only the third male player to achieve 14 major championships, tying Pete Sampras and moving within three of Roger Federer’s record of 17. He’d be the first to win a particular major nine times, and, at barely 28 years old, he’d be just shy of Federer’s pace in reaching the milestone (Federer won his 14th major at 27 years, 10 months).Federer, now 32, may or may not have another major in him. Tennis is a young man’s game — much more so than many other sports. In golf, for example, many players don’t win their first major until their 30s; since 2009, the PGA has seen 13 of 21 majors won by players 30 and older (and three were over 40). In football, quarterbacks have played well deep into their 30s — Peyton Manning (38) and Tom Brady (37) are still among the best in their sport.In tennis, however, many legends were done winning Grand Slam events by their mid-20s — Boris Becker’s last of six was at age 28. Mats Wilander won his seventh and final major at 24. John McEnroe (7) and Björn Borg (11) were done at 25. Even Jimmy Connors (8), famed for his longevity — he made his famous run to the semis at the U.S. Open in 1991 at age 39 — won his final major, the 1983 U.S. Open, at 31.The aging curve for men’s tennis does appear to have shifted in the past few years, with more 30-somethings on tour remaining in contention.1I gathered age data on the top 10 players by year and track their average age, going back as far as possible, to 1973. The ATP’s website provided me with birthdate data, and Tennis28.com tracks year-end rankings. There are currently two top 10 players in their 30s — Federer and David Ferrer, both 32. Their presence has helped skew the average age of a top 10 player to its highest point since the early 1970s. Although Federer’s presence in the top 10 is a reflection of his great career, Ferrer’s ranking is a bit of an anomaly. But he still hasn’t won a major, and if he dips from the top 10, the group’s average age will quickly move closer to the normal range.Connors hung around in the top 10 until he was 36, but he was done winning majors at 31. It may be possible to play at a top-10 level into one’s 30s, but the majors — with best-of-five set matches versus the best-of-three format on the typical tourney — more rigorously test not just the skill of the player, but also his endurance. Empirically speaking, players in their 20s still tend to win these events — since 2000, a player over 30 has won a major only four times: Andre Agassi twice (30 and 32), Sampras (31) and Federer (30).So with Rafa turning 28 on Tuesday, is he a sure thing to equal or surpass Federer’s 17 titles? How likely is Fed to win any more?By analyzing the full data set of champions by age during the Open era, starting at the French Open of 1968, we can show the ascent, plateau and drop-off in performance as players mature and decline. Building upon this, we can make some predictions about how Nadal and Federer will perform over the remainder of their careers.The chart below shows the distribution of major championships grouped by player age.2This data set reflects 184 events won by 47 different players. read more

The Biggest Blunder Of The World Chess Championship Is A Deleted YouTube

Game 4 of the World Chess Championship in London began with a fitting surprise: the “English Opening.”Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the three-time defending world champion and world No. 1, began the game by pushing the white pawn in front of his left bishop to the c4 square — a relatively rare move at the game’s highest levels. Fabiano Caruana, the U.S. challenger and world No. 2 trying to become the first American world champion since Bobby Fischer in 1972, pushed a black pawn to e5. And with that, the English had come. Few bells would be rung for the rest of the game.Game 4 ended in a draw, just as the three previous games had. It was an uninspired 34-move, 2.5-hour episode. The match for the game’s highest prize remains level, at 2 points apiece in a race to 6.5.1Wins are worth 1, draws 0.5 and losses 0. The boring result failed to overshadow the real drama of the day: the Zapruder film of this world championship.But first, the chess.“Carlsen is trying to avoid that really annoying Petroff,” Robert Hess, a grandmaster, said during a broadcast on Twitch. The Petroff Defence is one of Caruana’s favorite chess tools when he has the black pieces, but he can deploy it only when white cooperates by opening with a pawn to e4. Carlsen’s opening move, therefore, was preventive — or “prophylactic,” as chess players like to say. (Bards of the game, one and all.)The pattern of pieces that developed on the board is called, rather delightfully, a “Reverse Dragon.” The Sicilian Defence has a variation called the Dragon — named after the resemblance of the pawns to the constellation Draco — except in this case its colors were reversed. But the position breathed no fire on Tuesday.After 10 moves, the game was an exact match of a game that Caruana played against Wesley So, another top American grandmaster, earlier this year — the only such game that had ever featured this position, according to ChessBase. Given how recent and high-profile it was, this was a game that Caruana and Carlsen almost certainly both remembered well. read more

Womens basketball Ohio State shakes off rough first quarter for 6156 win

OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell guards the ball in the Buckeyes 89-56 victory over Canisius on Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s basketball team struggled again through their second-straight Big Ten matchup. The Buckeyes shot 32.3 percent from the field, but were bailed out by 26 bench points to help pick up a 61-56 victory over Purdue.In the first quarter, the Buckeyes surrendered seven turnovers while only picking up six points, a season low for OSU. Coach Kevin McGuff’s team earned just one assist in the first quarter, while allowing Purdue to pick up 20 points.An early full-court press by OSU kept things close, before Purdue was able to find holes in the Buckeyes’ defense and stretch its lead to 14 points.Attacking the hoop in the second, OSU and junior guard Kelsey Mitchell heated up. Of the Buckeyes 34 points at halftime, 12 came from the charity stripe, all scored in the second quarter.Outscoring Purdue 28-16 in the second, the lead was cut to just two. Backed by hot shooting, the Boilermakers headed to the locker room with a 48.3 percent mark from the field and the advantage.Heading into the fourth quarter with the game still in the air, freshman forward Tori McCoy stuffed a Purdue shot and picked up a layup on the other end. Later, McCoy swatted away another, before Purdue was called for a technical foul for arguing the block should have been a foul.Redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga picked up two late field goals to seal the deal for the Buckeyes. OSU is now 15-5 and 5-1 in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes will return to Columbus on Tuesday to face Wisconsin at 7 p.m. read more

Teenager from Hertfordshire behind bomb threats which saw 400 schools evacuated and

George Duke-Cohan “They get led into it through games like MineCraft and other games that are played online and it all starts very innocently in one of these games and ends up them being told to do bigger and bigger things.“He’s a vulnerable young adult and the NCA are aware of this and am his responsible adult because he is extremely vulnerable and susceptible. So it’s a set criteria really and they [Apophis Squad] target them and get them to do what they want them to do.”National Crime Agency (NCA) investigators working with the FBI have revealed that Duke-Cohan made bomb threats to the US-bound flight via phone calls to San Francisco Airport and their Bureau police.In a recording of one of the phone calls which was made while the plane was in the air, he takes on the persona of a worried father and claims his daughter contacted him from the flight to say it had been hijacked by gunmen, one of whom had a bomb.On arrival in San Francisco the plane was quarantined as all 295 passengers remained on board while authorities searched the plane.Duke-Cohan pleaded guilty at Luton magistrates’ court on Monday to three charges of making hoax bomb threats.Mrs Duke-Cohan added that her son was “very remorseful” for his actions, and that he only did it because he was being manipulated.  George Duke-CohanCredit:NCA 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. He slipped into this online world that is very dark and was groomedMireya Duke-Cohan A teenager’s hoax bomb threats caused 400 schools in the UK to be evacuated and a trans-Atlantic plane to be quarantined, a court has heard.  George Duke-Cohan, 19, was arrested after he admitted to carrying out a bomb threat hoax which resulted in thousands of pupils and staff having to walk out of hundreds of British schools in March this year. The teenager was also involved in the production of a mass email to schools in the UK and the US claiming that pipe bombs had been planted on the premises, despite being under investigation at the time.Last month the hacker group, Apophis Squad, claimed responsibility for a flight from the UK San Francisco being grounded after Duke-Cohan posed as a worried father whose daughter was on a hijacked plane.Now the parents of Duke-Cohan have exclusively revealed to The Telegraph that their son was targeted and “groomed” online by Apophis Squad because of his vulnerabilities and being repeatedly bullied at school. His mother, Mireya Duke-Cohan, 48, said: “When he was asked by police why he did it, he said it was down to peer pressure. “He slipped into this online world that is very dark and was groomed. It’s grooming in a different nature that no one really understands yet because it’s so relatively new.  “They [Apophis Squad] used him to get what they wanted,” she said. “He felt like he was part of something which is normal for any vulnerable teenage child – every child wants to feel like they belong. “The skills of these people are unbelievable and frightening. The fact he told me that there are other people as vulnerable as him in the group worries me. There are people out there doing this to young, vulnerable people who are turning to the internet for friends.”His father Gary Duke-Cohan said: “It’s grooming by serious people behind the scenes.”Duke-Cohan was arrested on August 31 and has been remanded in custody. He is due to appear at Luton Crown Court on September 21.NCA Senior Investigating Officer Marc Horsfall said: “George Duke-Cohan made a series of bomb threats that caused serious worry and inconvenience to thousands of people, not least an international airline.“He carried out these threats hidden behind a computer screen for his own enjoyment, with no consideration for the effect he was having on others.” read more

Rio Tinto accelerates productivity drive with worldfirst technology to enhance mineral recovery

first_imgRio Tinto is set to capture a crucial advantage in the recovery of mineral deposits, with the launch of its revolutionary 3D mapping technology to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of mining operations. The new technology supports Rio Tinto’s drive for productivity improvements and cost reductions across its high-quality, low-cost diversified portfolio of assets. In a world-first under the next phase of its industry-leading Mine of the Future™ program, Rio Tinto will be able to precisely identify the size, location and quality of ore in real time by retrieving data from automated trucks and drills operating in its mines. The RTVis™ 3D software provides pinpoint accurate mapping which improves efficiency of mining activity by ensuring it is tightly focused on removing high value ore, significantly reducing both waste and operational costs.RTVis creates 3D images of mine pit activities that previously could not be measured. RTVis has led to greater ore recovery through sharper boundary identification, more accurate drill blasting, reduced explosives, improved waste classification and enhanced dig rates.Rio Tinto Head of Innovation John McGagh said “This technology allows us to quickly and easily view, compare and evaluate data to paint a picture of what’s under the ground – it’s like an ultrasound image of the deposit delivered in real time, something that we could never do before. “RTVis is a low-cost application that complements existing group-wide data technology in a way previously never available to enhance our mining operations. It quickly brings information to a much broader audience – from a single operator in the field to an expert team in the Rio Tinto Operations Centre in Perth.“Armed with this detailed information, our operations to recover the ore bodies will be significantly more efficient and effective.”The new 3D technology is deployed at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas iron ore mine in Western Australia and trials are also underway in other Rio Tinto product groups including Copper, Energy and Diamonds and Minerals.RTVis also provides rapid feedback on the impact to equipment while another important benefit is in the area of mine planning, providing much more certainty about the nature of the ore deposit at an earlier stage of the process.last_img read more

Remains of man missing for 22 years found after Google Maps reveals

first_img Short URL Share62 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thu 10:48 PM By Cónal Thomas https://jrnl.ie/4807126 96,911 Views Google Maps image showing the submerged sedan. Source: Google MapsTHE REMAINS OF a man who went missing in Florida 20 years ago have been found after his submerged car was noticed on Google Maps.The skeletal remains of William Moldt, who went missing in 1997 at the age of 40, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, were found in the white sedan. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said today that a previous resident of the Grand Isles neighborhood in Wellington, Florida, was checking the neighborhood on Google Earth when he zoomed into the lake and saw what looked like a car.The former resident contacted a current homeowner, who used a drone to confirm it was a white car on the edge of the pond behind his house.The man called the sheriff’s office on 28 August and deputies later arrived to find the white sedan’s exterior “heavily calcified.” After they got the car out, they found the skeletal remains inside.The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System says Moldt went to a nightclub in November 1997 but did not appear intoxicated as he left alone before midnight. He had called his girlfriend from the club saying he would return to their Lantana home soon.The subdivision was under construction when Moldt went missing, but the pond was already there. Barry Fay, who found the car, told The Palm Beach Post, that he had never noticed anything from the shoreline.“Never did I believe there would be a 22-year-old dead body,” Fay told the newspaper.  William Moldt Source: TheCharleyProjectA report by the Charley Project, an online database of cold cases in the United States, said the “vehicle had plainly [been] visible on a Google Earth satellite photo of the area since 2007, but apparently no-one had noticed it until 2019″.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told the BBC that Mr Moldt is presumed to have lost control of his vehicle and driven into the pond.The force said that during the initial investigation into his disappearance there was “no evidence of that occurring” until recently, when a shift in the water made the car visible.“You can’t determine what happened that many years ago, what transpired,” Barbera said.“All we know is that he went missing off the face of the Earth, and now he’s been discovered.”With reporting from Associated Press Remains of man missing for 22 years found after Google Maps reveals location of sunken car William Moldt went missing in 1997 at the age of 40. Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 10:48 PM 28 Comments last_img read more

Tata Steels Noamundi mine wins Most Innovative Environmental Project Award

first_imgBy special arrangementTata Steel’s Noamundi Iron Mine bagged the “Most Innovative Environmental Project Award” in Biodiversity category under the theme of “GREEN makes business sense,” at the 6th GreenCO Summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in Pune on June 21.On behalf of Tata Steel, the award was received by Deepak Behra, Head, Planning, Ore Mines and Quarries (OMQ), Tata Steel, RA Singh, Head, Power Distribution, OMQ, Tata Steel, and Utsav Kashyap, Senior Manager, Environment, OMQ, Tata Steel, from Pradeep Bhargava, Chairman, GreenCO Summit 2017, Anil Sinha, Co-Chairman, GreenCO Summit 2017, S R Raghupati, Deputy Director General, CII and L S Ganapati, Chairman, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2017.Pankaj Satija, General Manager, (OMQ) Division, Tata Steel, said: “We are pleased to be recognised with the Most Innovative Environmental Project Award. As we advance towards scientific and efficient mining practices for a sustainable future, such recognition is very encouraging. Tata Steel is always committed to adopting the best practices in mining that ensures minimal impact on the environment and the community. Aligning with the modern trends of environmental innovation brings us one step closer to a better tomorrow.”A total of 80 companies from different sectors participated in the GreenCO Summit 2107.CII in its endeavour to recognise, encourage and support the efforts of Indian industry in conservation of natural resources and pollution prevention, awards the units, who make significant and measurable contribution towards development or use of cleaner technologies, processes or practices for environmental protection every year. The objective of the award is to inculcate sharing of information on benefits amongst industry to implement best environmental practices and instil a sense of competition to motivate other industries to implement more innovative projects.last_img read more

Yakuza 6 lets you run a cat cafe soothe a crying baby

first_imgYakuza 6 will offer a ton of diversions for players who want to take a break from beating the crap out of thugs with bicycles and traffic cones. It will have arcades where you can play Virtua Fighter 5, or even let you talk to real-life webcam girls. It doesn’t stop there though, the upcoming Yakuza 6 promises to have some of the weirdest and most insanely Japanese-y sidequests ever seen in a game.During this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Yakuza series producer, Toshihiro Nagoshi, spoke about some of the other activities the game has for players to sink their time into. Users will be able to find stray cats and then use those same cats to run a cat cafe. As far as interacting with humans goes, players can comfort a crying infant, and make friends with (drunken) patrons at hostess bars. Some of the more game related activities include playing baseball, batting cage practice, Mah Jong, darts, and playing Puyo Puyo at the arcade. Players can also go diving for fish (which they will presumably get to eat afterward).Many games offer sidequests and diversions but none of them do it quite like Yakuza does. The series’ main story can tend to get a bit serious, so having weird activities like these certainly adds some levity to everything. For Western audiences (who typically have to wait a long time to get Yakuza titles localized), these time sinks help give the games even more of a Japanese flavor because of how unusual they are. Personally, I spend most of my time in any given Yakuza title doing crazy sidequests more than anything precisely because of how zany and original they are — at least to a gaijin like myself.Yakuza 6 is set to be released exclusively for the PlayStation 4 later this year in Japan. There is no word yet on when it will be released outside of its home country.last_img read more