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Jose Mourinho is going nowhere despite Liverpool shambles!

first_imgAdvertisementManchester United are experiencing a whirlwind of woes and at the eye of the storm is gaffer Jose Mourinho. As they say , the eye of the storm is the calmest place among the chaos and likewise the Portuguese manager is safe and going nowhere amidst the shambolic results.The result at Anfield on Sunday left United 19 points behind Liverpool, the leaders, and 11 behind Chelsea in the final Champions League berth. Mourinho’s side are sixth with a goal difference of zero and have lost five and won seven of their 17 league matches – the club’s poorest start to a season since 1990.With The Red Devils out of the Carabao cup early, they have an entire week to prepare for Saturday’s trip to Cardiff. The rest of their games during the festive period are the visits of Huddersfield and Bournemouth to Old Trafford before the trip to Newcastle on 2 January.Will there be any improvements at Old Trafford , that is a question best left for time to unveil. Meanwhile , United have triggered the one-year extension in Anthony Martial’s contract, ensuring the forward is at Old Trafford until summer 2020. As with David de Gea, the club are intent on tying Martial, the side’s top scorer with eight goals, to a fresh long-term deal.Advertisementlast_img read more

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10 months ago​Van Dijk lauds Liverpool’s ‘scary’ attacking trio

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Van Dijk lauds Liverpool’s ‘scary’ attacking trioby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk was full of praise for the team’s attacking players after an impressive 5-1 win over Arsenal.The Reds were rocked by the Gunners taking the lead in the game. But they bounced back within minutes, taking the lead through two Roberto Firmino goals.Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane also got involved, giving the Reds a comfortable win. And Van Dijk was delighted afterward.”We were almost perfect. We conceded the goal. That was the only thing,” said Van Dijk after the game.”But it was an important win. We have finished 2018 now pretty well, and hopefully we can keep that going.”Confidence is definitely here, but it can change over a couple of games. We won’t get carried away.”We need to keep doing what we have been doing. There will be setbacks, as there always is in life, but it’s how you react and so far we have been doing pretty well.”At the beginning of the season, people were saying they [the front three] didn’t click. They’re fantastic. You see in this game as well and they can be undefendable. It’s scary — and I’m happy to see that.” last_img read more

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Pakistan vs South Africa Broadcast: When and where to watch World Cup 2019 live streaming

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 12:43 IST Pakistan lost to arch-rivals India in their last World Cup match. (AP Photo)Pakistan take on South Africa in Match No. 30 of World Cup 2019 at the Lord’s on Sunday. Both the teams cannot afford any further slip-ups if they want to stay alive in the 2019 edition of the World Cup.While Pakistan have stayed true to their unpredictable nature — losing to West Indies, Australia and India while beating hosts England – South Africa have been the biggest disappointment of this edition of the showpiece event as they have failed to even stage a fight.Morning has clearly shown the day for the Proteas. Starting off with a 104-run loss to England in the opening game of the tournament, they then lost to Bangladesh by 21 runs before India thrashed them by six wickets. A no-result against Windies later (due to rain), they beat Afghanistan. But New Zealand beat them by four wickets to push them back to the bottom half of the points table.For Pakistan, nothing has clicked. While the batting has been mediocre to say the least, the bowlers have failed to pick wickets at the top half of the innings. The fielding has been below average as usual.But for South Africa, it has been a case of surrendering even before the choke has been applied. While their batting has left a lot to be desired, the worst part has been the fielding of a side that took world cricket by storm with its athletic fielders since their return to international cricket in 1992.What TV channel and live stream is the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs South Africa on?advertisementAll World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between Pakistan vs South Africa be played?The World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs South Africa will be played at Lord’s in London from 3 PM IST on Sunday, June 23.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs South Africa live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs South Africa?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs South Africa?Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (Captain), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar ZamanSouth Africa: Faf du Plessis (Captain), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz ShamsiAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni suggested a yorker before hat-trick ball, says Mohammed ShamiAlso Read | Pakistan vs South Africa: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 30Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Pakistan vs South AfricaFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Next Pakistan vs South Africa Broadcast: When and where to watch World Cup 2019 live streamingICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Here you can find all the details regarding when, where and how to watch Match 30 of the World Cup between Pakistan and South Africa at Lord’s, London.advertisementlast_img read more

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IOA to form CSR committee

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) could be setting up a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee within itself. In a directive issued by IOA president Narinder Batra, it is said that the proposed committee will be making presentations before “CSR boards of PSUs and big corporate houses (both in person and/or through written proposals) so as to convince them to adopt sports activities as their CSR. The directive also asked other members of the IOA to make their own efforts in the direction. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt also proposed the formation of a section in the IOA’s website wherein all documents related to CSR will be uploaded alongwith links to websites of the companies who have adopted sports activity as CSR. The IOA will also make an effort to register its members as Implementing Agency for CSR with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Investments from private companies, most notably from the likes of JSW and the Tata Group, has made a visible impact on the country’s sporting environment. Last month, a committee, headed by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and comprising government officials, members of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), national sports federations, private bodies and fitness promoters, had been formed to take the Fit India movement forward.last_img read more

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Montreal parts ways with traffic czar after just a few months

first_imgMONTREAL – The man hired just a few months ago to become the friendly face of Montreal’s construction-induced traffic nightmares is gone.Pierre Lacasse told Radio-Canada on Thursday he has parted ways with the city but he did not say whether he was fired.“It was a contract that could be cancelled,” he said.Mayor Denis Coderre hailed the former longtime traffic reporter when he announced his hiring last April.Lacasse’s job was to help co-ordinate roadwork to ease congestion in a city that has become synonymous with orange cones and with traffic that is notorious for moving at a snail’s pace.He also was to be a spokesman for all things traffic-related, offering citizens information about why work was occurring and how long it would last.Lacasse said in an interview with The Canadian Press in early May he knew he’d become a ”punching bag” for frustrated citizens and journalists.last_img read more

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Problems continue to plague First Nations policing after more than 2 decades

first_imgAPTN National NewsNearly 23 years since the federal First Nations policing policy was implemented the program is “not working as intended” according to a new report released Tuesday by the auditor general of Canada.“The program is not working as intended, and many issues persist,” Ferguson said in his report.Ferguson found Public Safety has measures in place to track how many policing agreements are signed and number of police officers funded.Reports are then made to Parliament.But Public Safety doesn’t account for the policing program’s principles or objectives, Ferguson said.Ferguson said Public Safety has no measures in place to determine if First Nations people are getting policing suited to their needs or up to provincial standards.“Furthermore, the Department does not report on costs and risks arising from inadequate policing infrastructure,” he said.That’s not new information for Public Safety.According to the report the feds have known about the deplorable issues for years.In 2003, a federal report found of 140 policing facilities inspected, 33 were in “poor or very poor condition” and the problem was only growing.A 2009 report repeated much of the same.However, Public Safety told Ferguson, who also confirmed for himself, some First Nations continue raise concerns on the state of policing facilities.Ferguson found of the records detailing the state of facilities Public Safety officials were the ones conducting buildings assessments, not qualified building inspectors.“Without inspection reports by qualified professionals on all facilities, the Department does not have assurance that these facilities meet the applicable standards,” Ferguson said.Ferguson said the government needs to develop measures to fill these gaps.Public Safety agreed to “consider and develop mutually acceptable mechanisms that will provide reasonable assurances” policing facilities meet building codes.Auditors visited six Ontario fly-in communities and found the buildings where police officers worked “were crowded, contained mould, and were in a state of disrepair.”But day-to-day policing is also not meeting standards in some cases, such as proper radios.Ontario policing regulations states policing services must have 24-hour communication centres to respond to emergency calls and have constant contact with officers on the road.“According to an official of a self-administered policing service in Ontario that serves 24 fly-in First Nations communities, only one of these communities has a detachment with a radio system that meets this standard,” Ferguson said.More issues came up with how the policing agreements are reached.In one instance, 30 First Nations with previous agreements had less than a month’s notice to negotiate new agreements that would have expired March 2013. Public Safety then provided new funding for five years.In one of those agreements, a clause was in place for the community and government to begin negotiations in “good faith” a year in advance but it never happened.Ferguson examined nine agreements to determined if they were done so with “meaningful input” by the communities. Seven of them had no documented evidence of input between 2007 and 2013.Nishnawbe Aski Nation deputy grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said First Nation policing was set up to fail.“The inevitable conclusion of the auditor general’s report is that First Nation communities in Ontario do not receive the same level of policing that rest of the province does,” Fiddler said in a statement. “This report shows that First Nations have been set up for failure and the federal approach to First Nation policing is seriously flawed.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

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North Peace Cultural Centres new seats and renovation close to being revealed

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Cultural Centres (NPCC) renovation and new seats are close to being revealed at an upcoming show this weekend.Updates on the progress of the installation with new carpeting and seat frames can be seen on the NPCC FB page. The first performance and reveal of the updated theatre will take place Saturday, September 21st, 2019, for Call it Home.The NPCC shares this will be the first performance in the Centre’s newly renovated 400 seat theatre.  Partons will experience the show in brand new theatre seats, new carpet and paint, and with upgraded stage and audience lighting.“We wanted to really enhance the audience experience with this renovation,” said Operations Manager Oliver Hachmeister “After 27 years, this update is a very needed change and the audience is going to love the new theatre.”The NPCC shares on their FB page there are still seats available to sponsor; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Algeria’s Lakhdar Belloumi Confirms Ambassadorship for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup Bid

Rabat – Former Algerian international footballer Lakhdar Belloumi has confirmed that he will represent Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.In an interview with the French-based weekly magazine, Jeune Afrique, Belloumi said on Thursday: “I can confirm that I will be an ambassador for Morocco’s bid.”Belloumi’s assertion came in response to information reported by Algerian media, claiming that Algeria has forced the footballer to decline Morocco’s offer. Earlier this week, an interview broadcast by Algerian El Heddaf TV showed Belloumi emphasizing that he refused Morocco’s offer to become the ambassador of the North African bid.After receiving the invitation, Belloumi declined the offer to avoid contradiction with “the decisions of the high instances,” referring to the official Algerian position, a close source told Algerie Focus, reported Algerie Focus.However, the former footballer said that, in contrast to what was reported by Algerian media,  he has never at any time refused the proposal that was made to him to represent the Moroccan bid. He said that he was just “waiting for Algeria’s support” for the bid.“I did not say that I refused the role of ambassador that Morocco offered me, but simply, that I had to wait for the government’s agreement before saying yes,” he said.He added that Morocco has all the assets to organize a World Cup, including stadiums, hotels, and a real passion for football. The Algerian star also said that Morocco had invited him to several sports events, including the final phase of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).Belloumi believes that “Morocco and Algeria are two brother countries. I think Algerians want the flagship event to be organized by Morocco.” Recalling Morocco’s football stars, Belloumi said that the North African country has already chosen several African Ballon d’Or winners, including Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, and El Hadji Diouf to represent Morocco’s bid. The country is also expecting Egyptian Mohamed Salah and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo to join its list of ambassadors.Morocco’s offer is part of its strategy to appoint renowned public figures and football stars as ambassadors from all over the world to campaign and promote its bid to boost international support for Africa’s bid nation. read more

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Search for malaria and tuberculosis vaccines put on fast track by UN

26 October 2011One billion of the world’s poorest people stand to benefit from a partnership launched today by the United Nations and top pharmaceutical companies to speed up the royalty-free development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics to treat neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis. Under the agreement between the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which is entrusted with defending intellectual property such as trademarks, patents and copyrights, the companies and the non-profit BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), public and private sector organizations will share valuable intellectual property (IP) and expertise with the global health research community on WIPO Re:Search, a virtual platform.“WIPO Re:Search is a ground breaking example of how a multi-stakeholder coalition can put IP to work for social benefit,” WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said at the launch ceremony in Geneva.“By joining WIPO Re:Search, companies and researchers commit to making selected intellectual property assets available under royalty-free licences to qualified researchers anywhere in the world for research and development on neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis.”Membership in WIPO Re:Search as a user, provider, or supporter is open to all organizations backing the project’s guiding principles, including the commitment that IP licensed via WIPO Re:Search will be royalty-free for research and development on neglected tropical diseases in any country, with sale of disease medicines also royalty-free in or to so-called least developed countries (LDCs).WIPO’s partners include Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca, Eisai, GlaxoSmithKline, MSD1, Novartis, Pfizer, and Sanofi, in cooperation with BVGH, the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), and multiple non-profit research organizations.“WIPO Re:Search has the potential to make a real impact on global health,” said AstraZeneca chief executive David Brennan, who is also president of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA).The WIPO Re:Search database includes a wide variety of contributions relevant to malaria, tuberculosis, and other neglected tropical diseases, including individual compounds and associated data, screening hits from compound libraries, and expertise and know-how in pharmaceutical research and development. Through it, researchers into neglected tropical disease can work directly with scientists at pharmaceutical companies. According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), these diseases blight the lives of over a billion of the world’s poorest 2.7 billion people – blinding, deforming in ways that hinder economic productivity, maiming, debilitating and killing, with costly consequences for societies and health care. Linked to poverty, they have traditionally offered little incentive to industry to invest in developing new or better products for a market that cannot pay. Apart from malaria and tuberculosis, they include Chagas disease (trypanosomiasis), dengue and dengue haemorrhagic fever, guinea-worm, yaws, human African trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness), leishmaniasis, leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, rabies, schistosomiasis, trachoma and snakebite.“We want to ensure that our biological materials and patents covering treatments or vaccines for neglected tropical diseases, as with all diseases, are available as broadly as possible to speed the development of new products for people who are most burdened by these diseases, and WIPO Re:Search helps us to do this,” said NIH Director Francis Collins. read more

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DCs free commuter paper ends run with shot at smart phones

Washington’s daily free commuter newspaper, Express, always prided itself on wit. The paper is published by The Washington Post and when Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos bought the Post in 2013, Express ran the headline: “Bezos Buys Express! (oh … and the Washington Post too).”So when it came time to close down Express, the publication went out with an all-time great. Thursday’s farewell edition depicted a trademark yellow Express box on its side and underneath the stark headline, “Hope You Enjoy Your Stinkin’ Phones.”After 16 years, the Post shut down Express, one day after informing staff of the decision.Dan Caccavaro, the only editor in chief the paper has ever known, said when contacted by The Associated that he had been at a staff gathering the previous night that was “more like an Irish wake, a lot of laughing and crying and drinking.”Caccavaro blamed changing consumer habits, and said it had become increasingly rare to see subway riders reading Express or anything else printed on actual paper. The publication had once been a steady profit generator, but barely broke even last year and ad revenue was trending downward. Circulation had dropped from a peak of 190,000 copies to about 130,000.“You kind of knew your time was limited,” he said. “But I had no warning that this was coming now.”The closure drew a fierce reaction from the Post’s union, which has engaged in tense negotiations with Bezos. The Washington Post Guild said in a statement that the 20 Express employees were fired Wednesday without warning. The employees had no Guild protections because they had not been allowed to join the union for reasons that the statement called “bureaucratic fictions.”The statement urged management to find positions for the laid-off employees. Caccavaro, who also was let go, said he believes “there’s a genuine effort” underway to find new homes for his former staffers.The Post, in a statement, called Express “an integral part of the morning commute for Washingtonians.” It noted that the introduction of WiFi in Washington’s Metro system had enabled riders to stay online during their commute and reduced the need for publications such as Express.Ashraf Khalil, The Associated Press read more

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UN missions in TimorLeste Afghanistan observe Human Rights Day

In Timor-Leste, the Government marked the occasion by ratifying all seven core international human rights treaties, in the process becoming the twentieth signatory to the Convention on the Protection of Migrant Workers and their Families. The move brings the treaty into force 12 years after it was adopted by the UN General Assembly.”Ratifying these treaties must mean more than signing a piece of paper,” President Xanana Gusmão said, calling it a solemn commitment by the people of Timor-Leste to “implement the human rights principles and standards that are included in them.” He added, “This is not some academic exercise…the policies and actions of our efforts in leadership and governance must be based on human rights.”After signing the treaties and covenants, President Gusmão passed them to the top UN envoy in Timor-Leste, Kamalesh Sharma, who will forward them to the UN Registry in New York. On accepting the documents, he praised the Government for its commitment, telling those at the ceremony “the signing of these treaties is as much a declaration to the world that the value of human dignity is cherished in Timor-Leste as it is an acceptance of international obligations.”The international treaties that were ratified today include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.Also approved today were the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; the Convention on the Rights of the Child; the Convention on the Protection of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families; plus three optional protocols dealing with the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; the Rights of the Child On the Involvement in Armed Conflict; and the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and the second optional protocol dealing with Civil and Political Rights.The Permanent Representative of Timor-Leste to the United Nations, José Luís Guterres, told reporters at a press conference in New York the signings come after the efforts of the international community to help build and develop his country. Joining him was the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, who previously held the top UN post in Timor-Leste.The fact that the country ratified the treaties less than three months after its independence demonstrated that “small and weak nations that have just emerged from a long period of darkness and suffering, and who have just attained independence, are as committed to international law and its strengthening as more powerful, well-established, developed democracies around the world,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said.Meanwhile in Afghanistan, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Lakhdar Brahimi, said that the UN mission would continue to carry out its human rights mandate by investigating violations, analyzing their root causes and proposing constructive measures in response.”On this day, the people of Afghanistan should know that they have friends all over the world,” Mr. Brahimi said. “They should know that there are men and women all over the world who follow with sympathy their struggle to strengthen the peace process, to defend their rights, to achieve national reconciliation and to rebuild their country. read more

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Tax break helps NYC lure The Tonight Show home from Los Angeles

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Tonight Show returned to New York this week, ending its four decades stop on the West Coast.New host Jimmy Fallon is a New Yorker who says he wants the excitement of the nation’s largest city to permeate his show. But there’s another key reason for the show’s return home: an unconventional New York State tax credit that could potentially save NBC more than $20 million a year.The language of the 30 per cent credit is remarkably specific, applying to shows that film in front of a studio audience and spent at least five years elsewhere.NBC says it helped make the move possible. Similar credits have helped TV and movie productions thrive in the state but experts are divided about whether it’s worth it. by Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press Posted Feb 22, 2014 10:03 am MDT Tax break helps NYC lure ‘The Tonight Show’ home from Los Angeles AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE- In this Feb. 20, 2014 photo provided by NBC, host Jimmy Fallon applauds first lady Michelle Obama on the set of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” in New York. Aside from Fallon wanting to do the show in New York City, NBC could have viewed a 30 percent tax break as incentive to bring the show back from the West Coast after 40 years. The tax credit, designed to lure certain types of programming to New York, can potentially save the network $20 million dollars a year. (AP Photo/NBC, Lloyd Bishop, File) read more

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Brock baseball captures fourth OUA championship in program history

The Brock Badgers captured the Ontario university baseball crown on Sunday, exploding for seven runs in the third inning en route to an 8-0 win over the Waterloo Warriors.The provincial championship, their sixth in the past 20 years, caps off a stellar first-place finish in the regular season when the Badgers went 30-3 overall, including a 17-1 record against OUA opponents.“I am so proud of this group of players,” said head coach Jeff Lounsbury. “We had a team goal from the start of training camp to win a championship and we accomplished that. To finish with 30 wins in a single season is also something special that these players will remember.”For the Badgers, it was their 495th win as a program and fifth time in their 20-year history that they have won 30-plus games in a season.Brock also won OUA titles in 2002, 2004 and 2010. They captured back-to-back CIBA national championships in 1998 and 1999.After posting a league best 17-1 OUA regular season record in 2014, the Badgers went 3-0 in the OUA championships.In the final against Waterloo, the Badgers led 1-0 after one inning and scored seven runs in the bottom of the third to blow the game wide open.Brock batters collected 13 hits with Phil Steer (2-for-3, 2 RBI), Koddi Quick (2-for-3, 2 RBI), Justin Gideon (2-for-3, RBI), Dan Nicoletta (2-for-5, RBI) and Ryan Laird (2-for-5) leading the way.Ricky Ferri, Chris Anderi and Ben Kirby all chipped in with singles. Blair Gignac had two RBI in the win.Brock starter and OUA championship MVP Johnny Hutton picked up the victory, allowing three hits and no runs while striking out one in six innings.Ryan Beckett, Jeffrey Baggaley and Phil Owen tossed three scoreless innings in relief.Other Notes:10 Niagara Metros players were members of the Badgers this season.30 + win seasons include 1996, 1998, 1999, 2013, 2014 read more

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Undercover police snatch and grab squads are dragging suspected moped thieves off

first_img 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. Undercover police “snatch and grab” squads are dragging suspected moped thieves off bikes to combat the growing crime trend. Officers are using the new tactic to tackle the rise in attacks by moped thieves and to avoid the risks posed of pursuing them at speed through the streets.Dressed in plain clothes, the undercover teams are targeting the gangs as they try and escape in slow traffic.Once the criminals are forced to stop their vehicles in stationary traffic, the officers pounce.It comes amid a huge rise in moped crimes which saw more than 20 people attacked on Monday.The attacks included four men riding two mopeds who stole mobile phones from pedestrians in Islington and Camden and seven men armed with swords who were involved in a smash and grab robbery on a jewellery store in Fleet Street.Detective Superintendent Jess Ruddell, of Westminster Police, who has brought in the snatch squads, told the Evening Standard: “This new tactic works and sends out a message that police are willing to do this and tackle these suspects. “This is hugely manpower intensive but we are absolutely committed to getting on top of this offending. We are deploying covert and overt tactics to tackle these robberies.” Scotland Yard are using stinger devices to deflate the tyres of suspects and a forensic spray to mark them so they can be identified later.Sergeant Matt Carey, of the Operation Venice team which targets moped-enabled crime, told the paper: ”The pinch points are where traffic slows down to a halt, where they have to walk their bikes through. “They know they are at risk there but there is pretty much nothing they can do about it once they are boxed in by other vehicles.“Once they are in that position this is where we jump out and remove them from their bikes. If the risk is too high and they are travelling at speed we will not do it.”Officers on the ground identify targets by looking for moped riders with passenger who commit traffic offences such as jumping red lights.last_img read more

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Fighting homophobia in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A recent outing came to a horrible end for a gay couple when they fell victim to a homophobic attack. It was 6.00 am and the two 20-year-olds were walking to Kerameikos metro station in Gazi, one of the capital’s most popular night spots, to meet four friends, all women. “You’re in for it, you faggots!” yelled a man in another group who seemed close to their age.“Sorry about the language. I’m just telling you what they said,” said S.T., one of the two men. Both were punched in the face, with S.T. requiring stitches near his eye and his boyfriend suffering a broken nose.“It was one of the guys in the group who launched the attack,” the 20-year-old student told Kathimerini. “One of his friends tried to stop him, but the other two guys, as well as the girlfriend of one of them, were egging him on. The more I think about it, the more I am shocked by the girl’s attitude. Isn’t she worried that her boyfriend’s violence may not always be restricted to strangers? When I managed to open my good eye I saw him dragging my boyfriend by the hair through a pool of blood.”S.T. and his friends called the police after being attacked.“We waited two-and-a-half hours, with three of us taking turns to call every half-hour,” said S.T. “If they had come sooner they would have caught the assailant. He stood there admiring his work for quite a while.”According to S.T., when the police did turn up they took brief statements about the incident and advised the six youngsters to call if they ever saw the assailant again.S.T. and his partner took themselves to the hospital, where they met up with representatives of Colour Youth, a group founded in 2012 to change negative perceptions of gay people and promote rights.“Just a few years ago Gazi was extremely hospitable to the gay community,” said Constantinos Pantikiou, head of human resources and fundraising at Colour Youth. He said that the group has received reports of 15 serious attacks in various parts of the capital since the start of the year.In 2013, the Racist Violence Recording Network compiled some 20-30 reports of homophobic attacks, some in busy parts of the capital such as Gazi, Exarchia and Panepistimiou metro station, as well as in other parts of the country (Ioannina, Alexandroupoli, Komotini) and especially in Thessaloniki.“We encourage victims to report attacks but we also understand their reluctance, as any publicity could have an impact on their personal and private lives at a time when they are vulnerable,” Pantikiou noted.An initiative by Colour Youth (www.pestosemas.com) launched in April, where victims of attacks can discuss their experiences openly, is funded by the EEA Grants Greek NGO Program ‘We are all citizens’. The Bodossaki Foundation is the fund operator of this program.“We are also preparing an initiative to inform [groups such us ours] on how to work with victims in Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Patra and Iraklio, while we hope to use part of the funding we’ve received to cover the legal costs in at least 10 cases that have gone to court,” explained Pantikiou.The website already has dozens of entries.“The people who write to us are mainly teenagers and young people who became victims of domestic violence after coming out at home,” said Pantikiou. “Violence can be in the form of a beating or the cessation of financial assistance or even eviction from the family home.” The biggest problem in terms of the law, he added, is that victims are not considered as such if the violence comes from a parent.S.T. gave us a brief profile of his assailant.“From a distance he looked like the kind of macho poser you see everywhere. He didn’t look like a member of Golden Dawn, but he seemed to know martial arts,” he said, making reference to the Greek neo-Nazi party, a number of whose supporters have been implicated in homophobic attacks, including a recent assault on August 23 against two gay men in the Athenian neighbourhood of Pangrati.Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

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Joelinton Firmino is my idol

first_imgHoffenheim’s newest Brazilian star Joelinton hopes to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Roberto FirminoThe Liverpool striker previously played for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga between 2011 to 2015.In his time at Germany, Firmino scored 49 goals and added 36 assists in 153 appearances before sealing a reported £29m transfer to Liverpool.Now 22-year-old Joelinton plans to emulate his idol by playing in the Premier League and earning a call-up to the Brazil team.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He (Firmino) is a role model for me. He plays in England and in the national team. He’s a great player,” Joelinton told Sport Bild.“For me, the Premier League is the best league in the world. I would like to play there eventually,”“I will do everything to be called up at some point. If I become a national team player someday, then I’ll be a great player.”After two seasons on loan at Rapid Wien, Joelinton has managed eight goals and five assists in 15 appearances for Hoffenheim this term.last_img read more

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Two years on Im still recovering from Breath of the Wild

first_imgNintendo It’s been two long years since The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild rewired the connections inside my brain.It messed me up. In some ways you might say it ruined video games. Other video games. Sure, in the time since its release I’ve played other games, I might have even enjoyed some of those games. But every single one of them have been filtered through the earth-shattering prism that is Nintendo’s Breath of the Wild. And trust me, it’s not a flattering light.It’s no one’s fault, really.It’s not God of War’s fault it’s not Breath of the Wild. It’s not Spider-Man’s fault it’s not Breath of the Wild. I spent a good 10 hours playing Red Dead Redemption 2, hoping it was Breath of the Wild, then eventually gave up. No one’s fault.Sorry Red Dead Redemption 2. You tried, but you weren’t Breath of the Wild.During the past two years, I’ve been trying my best to recover from Breath of the Wild. Trying to reframe my expectations. Trying my level best to remember that other games aren’t Breath of the Wild. That in this world they often can’t be Breath of the Wild. That, in a few rare cases, they shouldn’t be Breath of the Wild.I’m not going to lie. It’s been a tough couple of years. News • Get an Xbox One S and Red Dead Redemption 2 for $215 Review • Red Dead Redemption 2 review: Somehow, it lives up to the hype Share your voice See it Red Dead Redemption 2 29 Photos 2:14 20 Photos Mentioned Above Red Dead Redemption 2 (PlayStation 4) Nintendo’s stubborn need to march to the beat of its own drum has absolutely been the reason for some baffling decisions in the past, but it has also resulted in a level of quality control and innovation no other video game publisher on the planet can hope to touch. You could argue that only Nintendo has the ability to fund, develop and release a game like Breath of the Wild. You could also argue only Nintendo has the built-in audience ready to purchase and consume a game like Breath of the Wild.I understand it’s unfair to hold other video games to the same standard. To expect developers to work in a vacuum like Nintendo, to create a game as experimental and strange as Breath of the Wild. No one should reasonably ask a studio to take the risks Nintendo took, but that’s where I’m at: Breath of the Wild exists and I can’t make it “unexist”.Here’s what I can do: I can play other video games, I can enjoy other video games, but I can also criticise them and wish they were more like the other video game that I’ve put on a weird pedestal. I can recover.That’s what I’ve been doing for the past 24 months: recovering. Recovering from my own experiences of Breath of the Wild. Recalibrating my brain from exposure to the video game that lived outside the paradigm, but somehow didn’t change it.I still have hope I won’t have to recalibrate at all.Two years is a long time in video games, but in terms of development it’s no time at all. Major titles have come and gone but there’s a chance we’ve not yet truly felt the impact Breath of the Wild had on the game developers that played back in 2017. The games influenced by Breath of the Wild could be in the process of being created right now. One can only hope. But for now, we recover. And we wait. Now playing: Watch this: $37 $59 Tags 19 See It The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch Breath of the Wild is just different. Breath of the Wild feels like it arrived fully formed from another dimension. A dimension where video games evolved differently on an alternate timeline. Where RPGs aren’t dependent on mission markers and laundry list fetch quests. Where open worlds aren’t celebrated for their size and instead focus on in-the-moment experiences that spiral into spontaneous, weird emergent stories that are yours and yours alone. A universe where exploration is a means to its own end, where meaningful encounters occur effortlessly, where there is a story around every corner. A timeline where systems interplay in ways that encourage chaos. Or stillness. A world where you’re accidentally riding a reluctant bear into a spontaneous wildfire one minute, then scrambling solo towards gorgeous vistas the next. A place where these transitions feel seamless.Breath of the Wild was a game that felt traditional, but in the ways it wasn’t it felt revolutionary. Breath of the Wild unravelled decades of open-world bullshit and began afresh like none of it existed. It was the most obvious thing you can imagine: an open-world game that focused almost exclusively on its open world. An intricate space designed, not to be catalogued or conquered, but explored and savoured, complete with a cohesive set of intertwining game concepts that could be tinkered with but, unlike others, was somehow resistant to the breaks in logic that subvert regular video game experiences.It is, almost certainly, one of the best video games ever made. It’s certainly my own personal favourite.zeldaI can’t even look at this screenshot without wanting to start the game all over again. Nintendo Compared with Breath of the Wild, other video games feel like islands loosely connected by discrete systems that rarely mesh. Now you are “crafting”. Building gear and weapons. Now you are “levelling up”. In the process of developing a “skill tree”. You are en route to accepting your “mission” at the “mission marker”. You are accumulating “experience points”. You are locked inside a universe intent on showing you every intricate facet of its work. Bolted inside a living, breathing poker machine where numbers appear over the heads of enemies you fire bullets into. And it’s not just one game, it’s all of them. It’s Destiny, Spider-Man, God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2. Over the last week I’ve been playing Trials Rising, a perfectly balanced game about motorbikes now inexplicably burdened with a levelling system and loot boxes.  In some ways it feels like video games have spent the last two years desperately trying to forget that Breath of the Wild existed. Pushing along the same predetermined path built before it arrived fully formed from that alternate universe. Other games seem determined to homogenise, to merge towards the one grand video game. The AAA “experience”. Climb the tower, unlock the missions, craft the weapons, open the lootboxes, customise your character. Level up. Always be levelling up. In some sense, I recognise I’m being unfair. Is it fair to judge games made in a completely different paradigm, to one monolithic game made by one very specific company, with a distinct culture, and a unique approach to video game design (and publishing). Because Breath of the Wild is absolutely a game that could only have been made by Nintendo. You could hardly expect a game like Breath of the Wild to be made by Rockstar or Ubisoft or any of Sony’s first party studios. I just can’t imagine. Breath of the Wild is different because Nintendo is different. It always has been. As a company that operates almost exclusively in its own sphere, Nintendo has always taken pride in doing the precise opposite of what its competition is doing. Often it’s taken pride in flat out ignoring the competition.That hasn’t always been to its benefit. In the mid-90s, Nintendo stuck with cartridges as the world moved to CD-ROM and it almost ruined them. More recently, Nintendo’s complete lack of understanding when it comes to online implementation has held back the otherwise soaring Nintendo Switch. Comments Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s biggest and best secrets, exposed [SPOILERS] CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best Buy Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild goes epic on Nintendo… Gaming Culture Sony Nintendolast_img read more

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California DMV will probe Care by Volvo subscription service for possible violations

first_img Review • 0 5:17 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Volvo XC40 after three months Post a comment Car Industry More about 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Inscription 53 Photos More From Roadshow 2019 Volvo XC40 packs a lot of charm into a small packagecenter_img Preview • Enlarge ImageVolvo’s subscription program has rubbed some dealers the wrong way. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Care by Volvo helped bring the idea of automotive subscription programs into the spotlight, packaging together a number of costs, including insurance and maintenance, into a single monthly payment. While the public might enjoy that simplicity, it appears that not everybody is on board with these schemes.Automotive News reports that the California Department of Motor Vehicles will investigate Care by Volvo, the automaker’s vehicle subscription service. The California New Car Dealers Association first asked the automaker to halt its service in 2018, citing alleged regulations violations, and it followed that request with a petition to the DMV’s New Motor Vehicle Board in early 2019. That board voted unanimously last week to follow through with an investigation.The investigation will look at four different claims that Care by Volvo is in violation of parts of the state’s vehicle code. The first claim alleges that Care by Volvo diverts customers away from dealers and toward the automaker itself. The second claims that the automaker failed to properly inform dealers and the state board about the subscription service. The third allegation levied at Volvo involves preferential allocation of vehicles and sales to specific dealerships.The fourth claim is the one that had dealers asking Volvo to shutter its program in 2018. This alleges that Care by Volvo constitutes “payment packing,” which stems from the idea that Care by Volvo’s single-price structure (including insurance) fiddles with numbers to make high-risk and low-risk buyers pay the same amount in the program. The dealer association’s letter claims that Care by Volvo is a lease product, not anything different, and is thus in violation of California law.Neither Volvo nor the California DMV immediately returned requests for comment. At the time of the original cease-and-desist request, Volvo said in a statement that it had reviewed its program and run an updated version of Care by Volvo past the Volvo Retailer Advisory Board, which had given positive feedback. Volvo provided AN with a statement saying the automaker believed the program has benefits for both owners and dealers.It will likely be some time before any results are publicized. According to AN’s report, the New Motor Vehicle Board has requested the DMV return with results within 180 days, so this fracas could stretch well into 2020. Considering the maximum length of a Care by Volvo subscription is 24 months, early adopters could very well be on their second car by that time. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Volvo 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Now playing: Watch this: Volvo Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

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Harry Potter TV show in development — Marauders to finally appear

first_imgHarry PotterFacebook/@harrypottermovie Official HandleAfter the phenomenal success of all the eight Harry Potter movies, the Potter world accepted that there will be no more magical movies coming from JK Rowling. But everyone was surprised when the British author brought the spinoff franchise starring Eddie Redmayne. There are now rumours that suggest that a Harry Potter TV series is in development by Warner Bros. and fans from around the world are not able to hold their excitement.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was premiered in 2011 and ever since then, Potter fans have witnessed two great movies from the same wizarding world. The Fantastic Beasts movie series is set years before the Harry Potter events but in the forthcoming features, there are speculations that we might get to see Tom Riddle in some capacity.But Fantastic Beasts are not the only way fans are going to enjoy the same magical world as Warner Bros. is reportedly planning a Harry Potter TV show for their upcoming streaming services, reports WeGotThisCovered. As per the online outlet, the story will work as a prequel and it is most likely to set in Hogwarts. As of now, the plot details are not yet revealed but if this is true then it would seriously be amazing to see that magical castle again. JK RowlingReutersFantastic Beasts movie series are already working as a Harry Potter prequel. So, the rumoured TV show could feature the adventures of Marauders and how James Potter met Lily Potter and eventually it may show the rise of Lord Voldemort.That being said, we should remember the time when JK Rowling openly dismissed the idea of a Harry Potter TV series. Back in 2015, after the stage show Harry Potter And The Cursed Child premiered, a fan asked Rowling on Twitter about a potential Harry Potter TV show. For this, the famous author replied that “Right after the opera, Potter-on-ice and the interpretative dance version of Beedle The Bard #NotActuallyHappening.”Right after the opera, Potter-on-ice and the interpretative dance version of Beedle the Bard #NotActuallyHappening https://t.co/fJgy5rlwBc— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 8, 2015So, as per JK Rowling, a Harry Potter TV show is not actually happening. But given the fact that the tweet is almost four years old, things may have changed and we might get to hear more about the show in the coming months.Meanwhile, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe seems to be on board when it comes to expanding the magical universe. During one of his previous interviews, he stated the following:”I feel like there are other stories from that world that you could absolutely turn into a TV series, 100 per cent. A series with the older generation, that could be very cool.”As of now, there is no confirmation whether we are going to see a Harry Potter TV show or not.last_img read more

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Rajnish Kumar to succeed Arundhati Bhattacharya as SBI chairman

first_imgRajnish KumarYoutube screenshotThe government has named Rajnish Kumar as the new chairman of State Bank of India (SBI) for a three-year term. Kumar will succeed Arundhati Bhattacharya as her term as the SBI chairperson comes to an end this week. Currently, Kumar holds the position of managing director, national banking group at SBI. Another person who is a close contender for the post was said to be PK Gupta, also a managing director of the bank.  Back in 1980, Kumar had joined SBI as a probationary officer and worked in various departments. Before becoming the MD in 2015, Kumar was serving as the managing director and CEO of the merchant banking arm of the bank, SBI Capital Markets.The Banks Board Bureau had interviewed all four SBI managing directors — Rajnish Kumar, PK Gupta, B Sriram and Dinesh Kumar Khar — for the top position, the Economic Times reported.In 2013, Arundhati Bhattacharya was appointed as the first woman chairman of SBI. Currently, Bhattacharya is on a one-year extension primarily to maintain smooth transition after the merging of associate banks and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank in April.As the banking sector is reeling under the pressure of bad loans, the new head of the bank will have to lead it through the ongoing resolution of stress assets and should also ensure that policy and decision supports growth by accelerating lending.Experts believe that although bad loans are seen as a systemic risk, credit growth is a key element in India’s economic revival strategy.last_img read more

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