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Airbus signs contracts with two Indian startups

December 2, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgEuropean plane manufacturer Airbus and its subsidiary Navblue today said they have signed contracts with two Indian startups – Neewee and Eflight – to build innovative solutions that can be enhanced to meet the firm’s as well as industry needs.The startups were part of the five startups chosen a year back from the second season of the Airbus Bizlab technology acceleration programme, which attracted 137 applications from nine countries, a release issued by the European firm said.Read it at India TV Related Itemslast_img

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BJP declines berth offer as Nitish Kumar expands Cabinet by inducting eight Ministers

December 1, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday expanded his Cabinet with the induction of eight new faces — all from his Janata Dal (United).Members of allies, the BJP and the LJP, were not accommodated.Mr. Kumar later said that the BJP was offered a berth but the party was not too keen.Deputy Chief Minister and BJP senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi said the party had opted out for now.Five of the new Ministers are MLAs, while three are MLCs.They were sworn in by Governor Lalji Tandon at the Raj Bhavan.The new Ministers are Sanjay Jha, Neeraj Kumar, Shyam Rajak, Bima Bharti, Ashok Chaudhury, Narendra Narayan Yadav, Laxmeshwar Rai and Ram Sevak Singh.Mr. Sanjay Jha, a long-time confidant of Mr. Kumar, was recently elected as an MLC.The State BJP leaders were present at the swearing-in ceremony, but refused to make any comment on why they were denied berths.Earlier, refusing to accept any “symbolic representation,” instead of “proportional representation” in the Union Cabinet, Mr. Kumar had told journalists that in future too his party would not join the Modi government. Mr. Kumar appeared upset over the BJP’s stand of giving only one berth to it.Three seats in the Nitish Kumar Cabinet fell vacant following the election of JD(U) ministers to the Lok Sabha. The three Ministers who were elected to the Lower House included Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh, Disaster Management Minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav and LJP’s Bihar unit chief and Animal and Fisheries Resources Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras.One post fell vacant last year after Manju Verma resigned as Social Welfare Minister in the wake of the Muzaffarpur shelter case.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Faf du Plessis to face ball-tampering hearing before Adelaide Test

November 20, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis will answer a charge of ball tampering at an International Cricket Council hearing at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.The charge, of breaching cricket’s law 42.3, which relates to altering the condition of the ball, was brought by ICC chief executive Dave Richardson after the second Test between South Africa and Australia in Hobart. (Did Faf du Plessis apply saliva to ball during Hobart Test?)Richardson responded to television replays which showed du Plessis applying saliva to the ball with a mint in his mouth. Du Plessis has not spoken publicly since the charge was laid but South African players have denounced the tampering allegation.The decision to hold the hearing on Tuesday followed a preliminary hearing on Monday conducted by ICC match referee Andy Pycroft. (Faf du Plessis charged with ball-tampering in Hobart Test)Pycroft heard submissions on when the hearing should take place and decided it should be held before the third Test match begins in Adelaide on Thursday “in the interests of expediency and in order to protect the integrity of the Adelaide Test”.The hearing was initially expected to take place after the third Test because South Africa has indicated it has engaged lawyers on du Plessis’s behalf, making the process more complex than usual. The ICC is also expected to have legal representation.MEDIA ‘HARASSMENT’South Africa’s anger at the treatment of du Plessis flared on Monday when a team security official manhandled a television reporter who tried to question the captain when the team arrived at Adelaide Airport. (South Africa show solidarity with captain Du Plessis)advertisementSecurity manager Zunaid Wadee pushed away the reporter who had tried to force his way into the group of players to speak to du Plessis. Reporters had been advised that television crews would be able to shoot footage of the South Africans’ arrival but that no interviews would be given.In a statement issued later Monday team manager Mohammed Moosajee defended Wadee’s actions and criticized the conduct of the reporter.”The Australian media and Channel 9 News in particular have been advised on numerous occasions over the past few days that Cricket South Africa and captain, Faf du Plessis, are not in a position to comment on the alleged ball-tampering issue,” he said. “However, despite our best intentions to co-operate with the Australian media, Channel 9 News’ behavior has been disappointing. (Steyn wades into du Plessis ball tampering debate)”We have advised of our media protocol which has been blatantly ignored, both at the team’s hotel on Friday and Saturday and again at the airport in Adelaide today. This is the third incident of a reporter aggressively harassing our players with blatant disrespect of the above-mentioned media protocol.”Moosajee said the reporter had “disrespected” the South Africa team by continuing to “harass Faf for comment.” (South Africa complain of media ‘harassment’ after airport fracas)”The ‘reporter’ was also in the unusual position of being in the middle of the players’ walkway to the bus,” he said. “He was advised to move three times, and did not adhere to this request. The ‘reporter’, who also had no official accreditation, then proceeded to lunge towards Faf with an unknown object causing a direct breach of security protocol. The reporter also shoved the team manager in the back.”Throughout the tour we have respected all our media obligations and treated media with utmost respect. At the same time, we would like to see this respect reciprocated and will not accept such behavior as displayed by the Channel 9 News reporter.”last_img read more

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3rd Test: How Kohli, Vijay put India in a commanding position on Day 1 against Sri Lanka

November 18, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgVirat Kohli and Murali Vijay struck ‘daddy’ hundreds as India reached 371/4 at stumps on Day 1 vs Sri Lanka. (Scorecard)India 1st Innings:16:36 IST: STUMPS ON DAY 1! Good comeback by Sri Lanka towards the close of the day’s play. One way traffic otherwise in the game. It all started with the Indian openers. Dhawan and Vijay gave India the quick start they needed. Scoring quickly from both ends. Dhawan feel to a sweep shot at deep square leg. Pujara will be disappointed with his lazy shot and well planed field placement of Sri Lanka. But then came the counter attack of Kohli and Vijay.3rd Test. 88.2: D de Silva to RG Sharma (5), 4 runs, 370/4 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201716:27 IST: WICKET! 87.3: L Sandakan to Rahane, OUT st Niroshan Dickwella b Lakshan Sandakan. India have lost their fourth wicket.16:20 IST: WICKET! 85.6: L Sandakan to Vijay. Brilliant piece of bowling and keeping from Sri Lanka. This is an earned wicket for them. Something to cheer for them after a hard fought day. Sandakan bowls this at a perfect driving length and invites Vijay for the drive. It’s a wrong one from Sandakan, Vijay drives and misses it, is beaten by turn and bounce. Dickwella does the rest. Quick hand movement and takes of the bails in a flash.150 runs off 178 balls for @imVkohli #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/DhNn9NcQ8y- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201716:14 IST: 150 for Kohli. 84.3: de Silva to Kohli, 3 runs. 8th 150-plus score for Kohli! The way he is playing it seems like he is having a net practice. Sighting the ball like a football. Shorter in length, Kohli rocks back and punches it towards sweeper cover. The fielder does well to stop the ball from crossing the fence. Three runs taken. Another double century in sight for the Indian skipper.advertisement150 runs for @mvj888 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/XxLMQuqcVJ- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 20173rd Test. 81.1: L Sandakan to V Kohli (144), 4 runs, 344/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201715.55 IST: 78.5:The 250-partnetrship comes up between Kohli and Vijay off 354 balls.3000 Test runs as captain for Virat KohliThird Indian after MS Dhoni (3454) and Gavaskar (3449)#IndvSL- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 2, 201715.46 IST: 75.5: L Gamage to V Kohli. Kohli reaches 3000 runs as captain in 32 Tests. Length again from Gamage, Kohli drives it to mid-wicket for a single.15.44 IST: 75.3: Gamage to Vijay, FOUR. This is class from Vijay. Soft hands using the pace of the bowlers and runs it down to third man for a boundary. Length ball outside, opens the face of the bat and neatly plays it, the ball runs to the fence to add four runs to the total.3rd Test. 75.3: L Gamage to M Vijay (142), 4 runs, 314/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201715:32 IST: 72.2: de Silva to Vijay, Oohs and Aahs from the Sri Lankans! Quicker through the air on off, Vijay plays for the turn but it carries on with the arm. As a result, he is opened up in his stance and gets it off the outer half besides the pitch on the off side.15:27 IST: Drinks break.15:25 IST: 71.4: Sandakan to Vijay, A chirpy appeal for an LBW is turned down! Tossed up on middle and leg, spinning down. Vijay looks to keep it out but misses to wear it on the pads. Sandakan is confident but Dickwella is not quite sure.15:24 IST: 71.2: L Sandakan to Kohli, A miscued shot from Virat Kohli, perhaps the first one from the Indian skipper. Fullish on middle, Kohli clears his front leg and goes for an expansive shot towards long on but skews it off the inner half to deep mid-wicket. A run taken.3rd Test. 69.1: L Sandakan to V Kohli (114), 4 runs, 295/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201715:08 IST: 65.3: D Perera to Vijay, FOUR. Reverse sweep from Vijay and it gets him a boundary. Delicately done by him. The player from slip runs to stop the ball from going to the fence but fails.15:00 IST: 63.1: D Perera to Kohli, Not Out! A review goes down the drain! Tossed up delivery around middle and leg, spinning down. Kohli tries to flick it away but misses and gets rapped on the pads. Perera is really confident and so is Dickwella but the umpire stays unmoved. Chandimal has a look at his bowler and finally decides to challenge the decision. Time for the Snickometer. It doesn’t spot any deviation. The Hawk Eye rolls in. Oh ho! The ball has pitched outside leg and that puts the argument to bed. A review lost due to desperation.advertisementAP Photo14:58 IST: Review time! Finally some excitement among the Sri Lankan players. Kohli is the man in question and it is regarding an LBW decision. Seems to be spinning down the leg side but you never know.The run machine continues. Three consecutive 100s for @imVkohli #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/sevr4oLuid- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201714:49 IST: CENTURY! 61.1: D Perera to Kohli, 20th Test ton for Kohli, his 13th as captain. What a player! He has scored this one without breaking a sweat. Looks like a man in complete control of himself and he has pummeled the opposition into submission.3rd Test. 60.2: L Gamage to M Vijay (111), 4 runs, 259/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 20173rd Test. 59.6: MDK Perera to M Vijay (107), 4 runs, 254/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201714:32 IST: DAY 1, SESSION 3. We are back for the last session of the day. The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Vijay and Kohli are back to resume their innings. How long will Kohli take to get to his ton? Dilruwan Perera to bowl first up.14:13 IST: TEA! 129 runs from the session and it completely belonged to the Indian team. Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli are amidst a 167-run stand and are looking solid out there. After the loss of two wickets, Kohli started counter-attacking the Lankan bowlers. He got to his fifty in just 52 balls and has scored the majority of his runs through boundaries. Vijay on the other hand, has been in sublime form getting to his 11th Test century and his third back-to-back first-class ton.Two consecutive centuries for @mvj888. This is his 11th Test ?? #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/7igFLIW8ks- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 20173rd Test. 55.6: L Sandakan to V Kohli (94), 4 runs, 245/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201714.06 IST: CENTURY! 55.2: L Sandakan to Vijay, FOUR. 11th Test hundred for Murali Vijay! He has looked at ease from the moment he walked in. In the previous game, a loose shot brought his downfall when he looked set for a long stint at the crease. This time he seems focused to not let the chance go. Sandakan drops it short outside off, Vijay goes back and slaps it through covers for a boundary. He gets out a jig as he celebrates his milestone. India 240/2 vs Sri Lanka BCCI Photo13:48 IST: 51.3: L Sandakan to Kohli, Another appeal! Floated gently around middle and leg, Kohli lunges forward to keep it out but misses. The ball hits him on the front pad and that draws a huge shout from the Lankans. Because it is turned down, they ponder about the review before deciding against that. Ball Tracker shows it would have been umpire’s call on impact and the ball would have spun down leg.13:47 IST: 51.2: Sandakan to Vijay, In the air but just out of the bowler’s reach. Vijay charges down and wrists it over the bowler’s head. Sandakan leaps but fails to get a hand to it. A run results as the long on fielder does the fielding.advertisement13:36 IST: DHANANJAYA DE SILVA is given the bowl now. He has been on the bench for the first couple of games and should be largely unaffected by the on-field fatigue then. Can he provide the Lankans the breakthrough?13:28 IST: 45.3: L Sandakan to Vijay, HUGE APPEAL! No reaction from the umpire. Sandakan floats it around middle and leg, Vijay sees that it is on the shorter side and looks to go back and play the cut. The spin on that delivery makes him miss the ball and he gets rapped on the back pad. A huge appeal follows but to no avail. Hawk Eye shows that it wasn’t a bad shout as the ball is seen clipping the leg stump. Wouldn’t have been out on review as it is umpire’s call.13:25 IST: Virat Kohli’s key to success against the spinners has been the stride that he gets. He does so and converts the good length deliveries into fuller ones and collects runs. He is seen picking up lengths early and hence when the delivery is slightly short, he is quick to go back and play it. Good to see, helpful for a young player to watch and learn.13:23 IST: 43.6: L Sandakan to Vijay, No ball! It is a crime for a spinner to overstep and Perera has already done it twice. Vijay negotiates this by blocking it from the crease.3rd Test. 42.6: MDK Perera to V Kohli (72), 4 runs, 192/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201713:10 IST: Drinks are on the field. Vijay and Kohli are just carrying on from where they left in the previous game. Their 103-run stand off 124 deliveries has just been full of strokes. Looks as if there is a competition of sorts and that’s why both of them are matching each other stroke for stroke. Sri Lanka already seem to run out of ideas just half a day into this game. More than a refreshing drink, a fresh thought is what would help them.13:07 IST: PARTNERSHIP! 40.3: D Perera to Vijay, 100-run stand between Vijay and Kohli is up! This journey has been only of 121 balls so far and is as chanceless as it looks. Vijay eases this through the cover region for a single.3rd Test. 39.5: L Sandakan to V Kohli (63), 4 runs, 177/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201713:01 IST: Matthew Hayden on air discusses about not going far ahead of the moment. He says that on days when you are striking the ball well or when things are going your way, you often tend to forget about the bigger picture. Adds further that in the sport it is about only that one delivery that can often consume the batsman. So the batsmen need to be careful more so when in full flow.3rd Test. 36.5: L Gamage to V Kohli (55), 4 runs, 164/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017Virat Kohli brings up his 50 off 52 balls #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/5yqklgYpZG- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201712:50 IST: FIFTY! 36.2: L Gamage to Kohli, FOUR. Over-correction from Gamage results in another boundary that brings up Kohli’s 15th Test fifty off just 52 balls. On the previous occasion there was width. Here the bowler angles it on a length on the pads. Easy for the Indian skipper who whips it through fine leg. The fielder in the deep runs to his left and dives but is unable to prevent the Indian no.4 from getting to his3rd Test. 36.1: L Gamage to V Kohli (47), 4 runs, 156/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201712:41 IST: 33.3: D Perera to Kohli, FOUR. Another one in the over! This one is dangerously cheeky though. Flatter outside off, Kohli goes back and looks to guide it past slip. Ends up getting it just past Mathews at slip who fails to get hand to it. The desired result is achieved by Kohli who moves to 41 off just 42 deliveries.12:39 IST: 33.1: D Perera to Kohli, FOUR! Kohli just feasts on spinners and here is another proof of that. Perera loops it around off, Kohli gets low and plays the inside out drive through covers. Once he times that well, there’s no stopping that.3rd Test. 31.4: MDK Perera to V Kohli (33), 4 runs, 139/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201712:31 IST: Roshan Silva is preparing to get to the short leg position. He is seen putting on his shin guard and a guard to protect his ribs as well. In spite of all of these, there might be a fear lingering in his mind after seeing his teammate take a few blows on his body.5000 and counting… #KingKohli @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/Mn2uRCzad7- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201712:28 IST: MILESTONE FOR KOHLI! 30.3: S Lakmal to Kohli, FOUR. 5000 Test runs for the Indian skipper, 4th fastest Indian to the mark.12:27 IST: The physio is on the field. Samarawickrama is seen holding his forehead and this doesn’t look good. After a bit of a mini conference, he is seen walking off the field. Hope this isn’t too serious.12:25 IST: 30.1: S Lakmal to Kohli, FOUR. 50-run stand between Vijay and Kohli! This has come in quick time. These two have combined well after India had lost a couple of wickets before even putting 100 on board.3rd Test. 28.1: S Lakmal to M Vijay (56), 4 runs, 121/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201712:10 IST: DAY 1, SESSION 2. Here we are after the Lunch break. India have begun well in spite of a couple of setbacks. As the saying goes, well begun is half done. The Vijay-Kohli combo has got going with a fluent 38-run stand off just 40 deliveries. Sri Lanka will have to break this stand before it gets out of hands.11:41 IST: Dhawan was in the mood to play attacking cricket and that resulted in his downfall. He fell attempting a sweep shot which has become his weak link and gifted his wicket to Perera who reached the landmark of 100 Test wickets. Perera and Sandakan have been short on majority times. That has allowed Vijay and Kohli to score freely. The duo will be aiming to play in the same manner and on the other hand, Sri Lanka, need to keep chipping away at the wickets. Join us for the second session in a while.At Lunch on Day 1 of the 3rd Test, India are 116/2 in 27 overs.Updates – https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/aZQhnz7b4I- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201711:35 IST: LUNCH! Session highlights – 27 overs, 116 runs, two wickets. It has been India’s morning and they continue to march on in this series. Chilly conditions and a tinge of green on the surface set up a good prospect for watching some exciting seam bowling on display but the the two Indian openers, Vijay and Pujara started off in a positive manner. They didn’t let Lakmal and Gamage to settle down, scoring at every possible opportunity and that prompted Chandimal to bring in Perera early into the attack.11:31 IST: FIFTY! 26.2: S Lakmal to Vijay, 5 runs. FOUR overthrows! 16th Test fifty for M.Vijay. What a way to get to the landmark! Length dilevery by Lakmal and Vijay opens the face of the bat and plays it towards the point region for a quick single. Debutant Roshen picks up the ball and has a shy at the stumps. Vijay reaches the other end, needless throw, the ball hits the stumps and races away for an overthrow for a boundary. He gets five runs to get to the fifty.3rd Test. 25.5: L Sandakan to V Kohli (15), 4 runs, 109/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201711:21 IST: 23.5: L Sandakan to Kohli, FOUR. Bowl to Kohli’s strengths and he will keep milking you all day long. Full length delivery on middle, angling in. The Indian skipper brings those wrists into play and clips it with a lot of command. Gets it past short mid-wicket and the ball reaches the fence in a jiffy.3rd Test. 22.5: L Gamage to M Vijay (43), 4 runs, 95/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201711:14 IST: 22.1: L Gamage to Vijay, FOUR.3rd Test. 20.5: L Gamage to V Kohli (4), 4 runs, 82/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201711:06 IST: WICKET! 20.2: L Gamage to Pujara. Pujara has fallen to a well-planned Sri Lankan move. Gamage bowls to his field. Length ball on the pads, Pujara tries to flick it away. He couldn’t keep the ball down and hits it staright to the fielder at leg gully. A sharp catch by Samarawickrama there, ends Pujara’s stay at the crease. India 78/2 vs Sri Lanka3rd Test. 18.5: L Gamage to C Pujara (17), 4 runs, 71/1 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201710:54 IST: 17.6: D Perera to Pujara, FOUR.10:53 IST: Defensive field setting from the Sri Lankans. Pujara is using his feet and that has prompted Chandimal to keep a long on in place. You don’t send the right message to your bowler when you do that. And that too, with Perera bowling, who is the go-to-man in the absence of Herath.3rd Test. 17.4: MDK Perera to C Pujara (9), 4 runs, 62/1 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201710:51 IST: There is a bowling comparison being made between Perera and Muralitharan. Perera does better in terms of strike rate and he has got 100 Test wicket in his 25th Test match while Murali had taken 95 wickets. He is also the fastest Sri Lankan to take 100 Test wickets.10:38 IST: 13.6: D Perera to Pujara, 3 runs. Good shot and good fielding as well! Shorter in length outside off, Pujara rocks back and cuts it through cover-point. Sandakan hares after it and makes a spirited save near the ropes. Saves a run for his side.10:32 IST: Time for Drinks. India will be happy with the way things are going so on far. Going at a lengthy run rate. They have lost the wicket of Dhawan but other than that they look solid. Vijay not wasting time to get his runs and is looking good for a big score. Sri Lanka on the other hand have not really been disciplined in their bowling. Lakmal not at his best.10:24 IST: 11.1: D Perera to Vijay, FOUR! What a shot! Tossed up delivery on off, Vijay strides forward and drills it past the diving mid on fielder and the ball races to the fence.Dilruwan Perera 100 wkts in 25 Tests, the quickest by a Sri Lankan Test bowler.Murali needed 27 Tests! #IndvSL- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 2, 201710:17 IST: WICKET! 9.6: D Perera to Dhawan. 100th Test wicket for Perera! He becomes the third Sri Lankan spinner after Muralitharan and Herath to achieve this feat! Dhawan throws his wicket away after a promising start. That was a loose shot early in the innings and he pays the price for it. Coming back to the ball, it is slow through the air, drifting in towards the leg stump. Dhawan kneels and goes for the sweep but ends up top edging it. There is a lot of haze around as the ball skies towards Lakmal to deep square leg. The pacer almost loses it in the background, crouches forward and slips a bit. However, he keeps his cool and takes a fine catch to his right. His left shoe came out in the process but in spite of being off-balanced, he did really well to hold onto it. Smiles all around the visitors’ players. Can Sri Lanka capitalize on this? India 42/1 vs Sri Lanka3rd Test. 9.1: MDK Perera to S Dhawan (22), 4 runs, 40/0 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201710:13 IST: Matthew Hayden and Murali Karthik on air discuss about Dhawan’s improvement as a batsman. They feel that he plays with a lot of authority these days and has a knack of converting his starts into big ones.10:07 IST: 7.3: D Perera to Dhawan, FOUR! Easy pickings! Short delivery outside off, spinning away. Dhawan eyes light up. He rocks back and cracks it through cover-point to pick up another boundary. 10:05 IST: Spin has been introduced early. Dilruwan Perera to roll his arm over now. He is just one shy of 100 Test wickets. Let’s see what kind of purchase he gets from this surface. A slip and a short leg in place. The crowd is making a lot of buzz at the moment.#TeamIndia sport the Armed Forces Flag badges to commemorate the Armed Forces Week #ArmedForcesFlagDay pic.twitter.com/EjJfHjagNY- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 20173rd Test. 5.3: L Gamage to S Dhawan (10), 4 runs, 22/0 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201709:43 IST: 2.1: S Lakmal to Dhawan, FOUR! Fuller in length again, around off and Dhawan drives it towards cover region for his first boundary. Glorious looking shot by Dhawan, he held his pose and the ball raced to the fence.09:40 IST: 1.3: L Gamage to Vijay, FOUR! Elegance at its best! That is a shot of a man who believes in his abilities and is oozing confidence. Full length ball on middle, not much nibble in the air. Vijay strides forward and just strokes it past his partner for a delightful boundary down the ground. The elegant right-hander held his pose after playing that.09:40 IST: 1.3: L Gamage to Vijay, FOUR. Elegance at its best! That is a shot of a man who believes in his abilities and is oozing confidence. Full length ball on middle, not much nibble in the air. Vijay strides forward and just strokes it past his partner for a delightful boundary.3rd Test. 0.4: S Lakmal to M Vijay (8), 4 runs, 8/0 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 20173rd Test. 0.3: S Lakmal to M Vijay (4), 4 runs, 4/0 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201709:29 IST: So… The anthems are done and dusted. Play is set to get underway. Out walk the Indian opening batsmen MURALI VIJAY and SHIKHAR DHAWAN. The former is coming off a wonderful hundred while the latter is back in the side after being out for personal reasons.09:25 IST: India haven’t lost a Test at this venue in the last 30 years. This would keep the hosts in good stead. Are the numbers pointing against the away side even here? Maybe, but a game of cricket isn’t won on statistics alone. Meanwhile, the players and the umpires line up for the national anthems. It will be Sri Lanka’s first followed by India’s.09:13 IST: PITCH REPORT – Russel Arnold says that it’s a bit cold and nippy right now but should warm up later. Observes that the track is a bit different than at Kolkata and Nagpur. Sunil Gavaskar agrees and states that the fair covering of grass on the pitch should help seamers initially. The cooler conditions should help the bowlers bowl longer spells, he opines. He goes on to add that the cracks might open up as the match progresses and should help spinners from Days 2 and 3. On being asked by Arnold about the similarities with the Protea conditions, he opines that this is a far cry from the South African conditions as even the quality of the opposition is different. Advises the batters to counter the initial movement and then bat comfortably. Arnold reckons that a score of about 300-350 should make it competitive. Ends saying do the hard work early and reap rewards later.All set! #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/iHbqNTU07o- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201709:08 IST: TEAMS!Sri Lanka: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Roshen Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru GamageIndia: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant SharmaCaptain @imVkohli wins the toss and elects to bat first in the 3rd and final Test against Sri Lanka #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/OvQh9fTPxO- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201709:02 IST: TOSS! India elect to bat against Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan and Mohammed Shami replace KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav.After taking an unassailable 1-0 lead, India will aim to clinch the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka at a typical five-day pitch of the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium today.India will also eye on equalling a record of most consecutive Test series wins. Currently they are on a eight-series winning streak and a win or a draw in Kotla will pull them level to the record which is jointly shared by Australia and England.The ongoing Test series initiated with India, Sri Lanka registering a draw in the rain-marred first match. Later, in the second game, the hosts thumped visitors to clinch victory by a mammoth innings and 239 runs.With a 1-0 series lead #TeamIndia is here in Delhi for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/mmK5PtaIPD- BCCI (@BCCI) December 1, 2017The Dinesh Chandimal-led visitors will however look to re-work on their strategies to level series.In batting, Sri Lanka will rely on experienced campaigners in form of Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella, who have failed to play match winning knocks in the ongoing series to give their side a much required dominating start.The visiting batsmen are lacking in concentration and patience which are of prime importance in Test cricket. They lack the experience of playing long innings. Without taking the credit away from the Indian bowlers, it is also the case of the Sri Lankan batsmen gifting their wickets away.Sri Lanka off-spinner Dilruwan Perera who has looked to cause trouble to the Indian batsmen will be the key in the bowling department. Their side will also hope bowlers Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Gamage to scalp vital blows.Squad:India: Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Shikhar Dhawan.Sri Lanka: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(captain), Niroshan Dickwella (wicket-keeper), Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Roshen Silva.last_img read more

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Chapman to Appeal if Suspended

November 18, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgTAMPA — New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman says he would appeal if he is suspended by Major League Baseball under the sport’s new domestic violence policy.Florida prosecutors decided not to file charges against Chapman, whose girlfriend told officers he pushed her, put his hands around her neck and choked her during an argument in October. Broward Assistant State Attorney Stefanie Newman wrote conflicting accounts and insufficient evidence made a conviction unlikely.Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said he hopes to have a decision by opening day.“It’s something out of my hands,” Chapman said through a translator after Yankees pitchers and catchers reported Thursday for spring training. “It’s something I can’t really talk about. We’ve got to wait to see what happens.”Yankees manager Joe Girardi has not yet read the police report but said he plans to.“The most important thing is me getting to know him more than the report,” Girardi said. “I know it’s very serious and we’ll take it very serious. I want to get to know him before I really form an opinion of his character.”MLB is also investigating Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes.Under the agreement last August between MLB and the players’ association, discipline is not dependent on a criminal conviction.Following the acquisition of Chapman from Cincinnati in December, Andrew Miller is moving from closer to a setup role alongside Dellin Betances.“The fact that we have three arms the caliber of the three arms we have, it’s awesome,” Chapman said.Chapman threw the 62 fastest pitches in the major leagues last season, ranging from 103.92 to 102.36 mph.“The crowd at Yankee Stadium is going to wait instead of leaving early to beat traffic,” Betances said. “They’re going to stay and wait to see 102, 103, 104 and I think he’s gotten it to 105 (mph). It’s going to be very exciting.”Chapman is scheduled to throw off a mound Saturday.CHANGESA new protective screen behind home plate at Steinbrenner Field has been enlarged by one section each on the first- and third-base sides. The screen now starts at the home-plate side of each dugout. … Pitchers playing catch used a new 2016 official spring training ball that includes a Florida logo. There is also a version of the ball with an Arizona logo to be used by teams training in that state.NOTESRHP Masahiro Tanaka returned following the birth of his son Monday. Coming off elbow bone spur surgery in October, Tanaka threw a bullpen Sunday at Steinbrenner Field. “I’m right where I want to be,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I think I’m at a pretty good place.” … After pitching in a career-high 74 games last season, Betances took two months off from throwing, one more than in the past.MARK DIDTLER, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Settlement Agreement Approved for Unique CEDC Ltd

October 22, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Settlement Agreement Approved for Unique CEDC Ltd | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_img comply with Nova Scotia securities laws pay an administrative penalty of $2,500 pay $750 in costs for the commission’s investigation and conduct of the proceeding. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has approved a settlement agreement with Unique CEDC Ltd. The community economic development corporation violated Nova Scotia securities laws by failing to file certain annual and semi-annual financial statements by the prescribed filing deadlines. “The routine act of filing financial statements provides vital information to shareholders,” said Stephanie Atkinson, commission enforcement counsel. “Continuous and timely disclosure protects investors and encourages others to invest money in Nova Scotia companies.” Unique CEDC Ltd. accepted responsibility for its conduct. The commission approved the settlement agreement and ordered Unique CEDC Ltd. to: The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency that regulates securities trading in the province. To view the order, visit http://nssc.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

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Special Outreach for Families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

October 22, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Special Outreach for Families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgThe province will support families and communities through the emotional challenges expected when the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls comes to Nova Scotia next month. “The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will be painful and challenging for many Indigenous families in our province,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey, today, Sept. 7. “The federal government and Nova Scotia are doing everything we can to ensure Indigenous women and their families are kept informed and supported through what we know will be a difficult time.” In partnership with the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association and the federal government, three community outreach specialists who have experience in dealing with trauma have been hired to provide cultural support to families and community members until March 31, 2019. The positions are funded by the federal government and co-ordinated through the province’s Family Information Liaison Unit within the Department of Justice’s Victim Services. The unit, developed with community input, provides a place for families to obtain information and updates on the inquiry, and about cases involving their loved ones. The services offered by the unit also benefit families and community members not participating in the inquiry. “During the inquiry, it is integral that families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are supported in finding information about their loved ones,” said Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. “These Family Information Liaison Units are part of government’s commitment to helping affected families with the supports they need and to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.” “I am very pleased that the Province of Nova Scotia has listened and worked with us to provide culturally appropriate and culturally delivered services for families and communities of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls,” said Cheryl Maloney, president of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association. “We have an established relationship with communities and families and the liaison unit is a welcome addition.” The three-year federal funding agreement, announced by the federal government last year, will provide the province with $790,000 until March 31, 2019. It covers the costs for the unit including co-ordination of information gathering for families, the outreach specialists, assistance for therapeutic supports for family members of victims, and administrative expenses. The investment will also help provide community cultural supports such as smudging, prayers and sweat lodges. “The liaison team has been very supportive to our family,” said Vanessa Brooks, whose sister Tanya was killed in 2009. “I feel they were very much an essential part throughout this process of bringing our sister’s last remains home, and being able to finally lay her to rest after eight long and painful unanswered years. I only wish my mother was alive today to see this amazing team.” The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Office of Aboriginal Affairs are playing significant roles supporting families. For more information on the work of the Family Information Liaison Unit, visit: https://novascotia.ca/just/victim_Services/. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will hold hearings in Nova Scotia beginning the week of Oct. 30.last_img read more

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Montreal cannabis trade show exhibitors hopeful for industrys future

October 13, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Montreal cannabis trade show exhibitors hopeful for industrys future | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgMONTREAL – Exhibitors at a Montreal cannabis expo expressed hope and caution this weekend over the legalization process currently unfolding across Canada, as their products provided a glimpse of what could be to come in a future, less regulated market.The two-day trade show, which brought together more than 120 exhibitors, was the first gathering of its kind in Quebec since recreational pot was legalized earlier this month.The products on display provided potential investors and current stakeholders with information on the state of the industry, as well as an idea of what could be its future — from cannabis-infused personal lubricants to hemp sprays for pets.Soheil Samimi, an adviser to the board for cannabis product manufacturer Isodiol, said many companies are waiting for their chance to sell their products to a wider audience once the legalization market widens.Samimi said there’s a huge market in the wings for consumer products, including cosmetics, edibles and beverages, and health products.“The current problem is supply, not demand,” he said, noting that the consumer base is widening not only in North America but also Europe, South America and elsewhere.He said he’s feeling positive about the process that is underway and believes the legalization door will open to more products in time.“Today I can go buy a joint and smoke it on the street, but I can’t use a hemp-based pain cream, because it’s topical, and that’s not available yet,” he said in an interview near Isodiol’s booth, which featured empty packages for the company’s products, which aren’t yet licensed by Health Canada.He said he believes regulators will have no choice but to allow more products eventually if they want to reach their goal of eliminating the black market.At the same time, he said legalization had complicated matters for some companies who may find the new regulated system less clear than the unofficial market that operated before.“In a province like B.C. — and particularly the city of Vancouver — before legalization, there was a local ecosystem where everybody understood what was accepted practices,” he said.“There was an understanding of what you could or couldn’t do locally, and now it complicates the fact because there’s a new regulated system” that doesn’t always make its criteria clear, he said.The products on display at the cannabis expo ranged from smoke filters and odour-eliminating sprays to edibles and health and wellness products — many of which aren’t yet for sale or even licensed by Health Canada.The odour of cannabis flowers or smoke was almost nowhere to be found as the vendors pitched business opportunities as much as products.Catherine Lefebvre, who represents a company that sells hemp-infused products, said she believed legalization would open the door for new business opportunities — even for companies that already operate legally.The company she works for, La Feuille Verte, creates lines of products including hemp-based deodorants, skin creams and pet supplies, and recently debuted a line hemp-infused kombucha.She said people don’t always understand that the products don’t contain any THC — the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis — and she’s hoping more public events will provide opportunities for further education now that the industry is entering the spotlight.“We’re there to teach people what it is, but we’re there to open people’s minds and show them that with the cannabis plant, we can do a lot of things.”last_img read more

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1 US case against Huawei centres around a robot called Tappy

October 12, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on 1 US case against Huawei centres around a robot called Tappy | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

NEW YORK — The U.S. government is alleging Chinese tech company Huawei went so far as to steal a robot’s arm in its bid to get its hands on T-Mobile’s trade secrets.The Justice Department unveiled a 10-count grand jury indictment in Seattle in a case that centres on a T-Mobile phone-testing robot named “Tappy.” It’s separate from a 13-count case that accuses Huawei of misleading banks about the company’s business and violating U.S. sanctions.Huawei is China’s first global technology competitor and one of the world’s biggest cellphone companies and makers of telecommunications parts. It has rejected accusations that it is controlled by China’s ruling party and might facilitate spying.But the T-Mobile case portrays a company going to illegal lengths to gain access to others’ intellectual property.Tali Arbel, The Associated Press read more

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JVP dissidents missing

October 8, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on JVP dissidents missing | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

Kumar Mahaththaya’s wife and children are Australian citizens and were arrested when they were trying to return to Australia after spending the holidays in Sri Lanka.Kumar Mahaththaya played a lead role in the JVP since 1980. Kumar Mahaththaya’s wife Dr. Champa Somaratne and the two children were interrogated by the security units following their arrest, reports said at the time.. The wife and children of Premakumar Gunaratnam alias Kumar Mahaththaya were arrested at the Katunayake International Airport earlier this year. Two leading JVP dissidents have been reported missing since last night.According to reports, activist of the ‘Jana Aragala’ movement, Kumar Mahaththaya and Dimuthu Atigala have gone missing.

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Rajitha Arjuna Hirunika removed from the SLFP

October 8, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Rajitha Arjuna Hirunika removed from the SLFP | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

President Maithripala Sirisena, as the chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedm Party (SLFP), has cancelled the SLFP memberships of Rajitha Senaratne, Arjuna Ranatunga and Hirunika Premachandra, the President’s office said.The President’s office said that the SLFP memberships of S.B. Navinna and M.K.D.S. Gunawardene have also been removed. The decision was taken after the former SLFP members had decided to contest the August 17 Parliament election under the elephant symbol of the United National Party. (Colombo Gazette)

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Instagram hopes Canadians will barely notice that theyre now being served ads

October 4, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Instagram hopes Canadians will barely notice that theyre now being served ads | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 10, 2014 5:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Instagram hopes Canadians will barely notice that they’re now being served ads TORONTO – In 2012, Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook shrewdly signed a US$1 billion deal to acquire the booming free photo sharing app Instagram.Now, after doubling Instagram’s user base to more than 200 million and quadrupling the number of shared photos to 20 billion, Zuckerberg is trying to recoup that investment.About a year after launching in-stream Instagram advertisements in the U.S., and months after doing the same in the U.K. and Australia, the company began rolling out the first ads to Canadian users on Monday.“Because we’ve always had big ideas for the future for Instagram part of making that happen is ensuring that Instagram becomes a sustainable business,” says Facebook creative strategist Helen Pak, who helped co-ordinate the ad launch in Canada.It kicks off with promoted posts from just six companies, Air Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Mercedes-Benz, Sport Chek, Target and Travel Alberta.Pak hopes Instagram users won’t be startled by the ads and will barely notice them tucked between the stylized selfies and other photos and videos in their streams.“We want to make sure that any ads you see in Instagram feel as natural to the Instagram experience as the photos and videos you already enjoy in your feed,” Pak says, adding that she worked with advertisers to ensure their photos had the right feel to blend in.“We are approving a lot of their creative, the ads are designed to be seamlessly integrated within the existing experience.”Not all Instagram users will see ads on Monday, according to Meg Sinclair, a Facebook communications manager.“There’s a chance if someone is a very light user of Instagram, like if they log in a couple of times a week and only follow a couple of different accounts and only spend a minute or two on it, that they wont see any ads at all,” says Sinclair, adding that there’s no established ratio of ads-to-regular-posts yet.“I think it’s too early for us to have that, I think we’ll get a better sense of that eventually. For Facebook it took us a long time to really perfect — and I wouldn’t say we’ve even perfected it — we’re still tweaking and working on what’s the best experience for people. But Instagram is still very early days.”While most users would rather not see ads if they don’t have to, Sinclair notes many companies have built very successful Instagram profiles with thousands of fans who have voluntarily signed up to see promotional posts.The Travel Alberta account has more than 92,000 followers and typically receives a few thousands likes per post, while Hudson’s Bay and Air Canada have more than 24,000 followers apiece.Pak says Instagram users have “absolute control” over their feed and can stop future posts from an ad campaign from appearing.“If a person wants to hide a particular ad campaign that’s being shown to them they’re able to tap the three dots (icon) at the bottom right hand corner and hide that particular ad campaign, and also provide feedback,” she says. read more

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A FiveThirtyEight Crash Course In Basketball Stats

September 30, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on A FiveThirtyEight Crash Course In Basketball Stats | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Dec. 29, 2015), we bring you the latest edition of “Stat School.” Last time, Statman, aka Neil Paine, talked to us about NFL running back stats. This week, he brings us basketball 101. Neil guides us through three hoop-centric stats: points per game, true shooting percentage and usage rate.Stat one: Points per gameA player’s average number of points scored per game played.Stat two: True shooting percentageA statistic used to gauge scoring efficiency that takes into consideration a player’s shot attempts (including field goals and free throws) and points scored. The result is the average points the player scored when he ended a possession by shooting.Stat three: Usage percentageA metric that estimates the percentage of a team’s possessions that a player “uses” while he is in the game. As players “use” more possessions, their overall efficiency tends to drop.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Listen to Statman and you just might be able to eke out a statistical advantage in your holiday pick up games. read more

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isoHunt lawsuit calls into question need for Bill C32 in Canada

September 21, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on isoHunt lawsuit calls into question need for Bill C32 in Canada | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgIt seems that Canada has been getting a bad rap when it comes to the ability to use the country’s existing laws to fight piracy and copyright infringement. Part of the reason that Canada has the reputation of a “piracy haven” is the number of BitTorrent sites located within the country. One of the most well-known is isoHunt, a self-described BitTorrent and P2P search engine, which is based in British Columbia.The issue of copyright reform within the country has reached a fever pitch as legislators debate over Bill C-32. This bill is supported by the Canadian Recording Industry Association, and is being held up as a fix for the country’s weak laws. The perceived gaps in Canada’s copyright laws have even been highlighted by Industry Minister Tony Clement who is quoted as saying:The very existence of an isoHunt in Canada is problematic and is very much the result of what appears to be a legislative holiday for companies and other BitTorrent sites. Michael Geist points out a rather confusing fact about said laws. If Bill C-32 is required to fix the problems, then how did 26 of the largest recording companies manage to sue isoHunt for millions using the existing laws back in May last year? Where was the copyright law gap that stopped them doing that?Read more at Michael Geist’s website and the isoHunt lawsuit amended claim (PDF)last_img read more

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There were times where I was thinking Have I made the right

September 21, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on There were times where I was thinking Have I made the right | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_img Apr 1st 2017, 8:00 AM By Murray Kinsella Follow us: the42.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share127 Tweet Email2 Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 8:00 AM http://the42.ie/3317534 ‘There were times where I was thinking, ‘Have I made the right decision?” Munster wing Darren Sweetnam excelled as a hurler with Cork but opted for rugby in the end. MUNSTER RUGBY OWE Greig Oliver a debt of gratitude when it comes to Darren Sweetnam.The 23-year-old lines out on the right wing for the province this evening in their Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulouse in Thomond Park [KO 5.45pm, Sky Sports 2], but he could easily have been readying himself for the Cork hurlers’ League quarter-final against Limerick in Páirc Uí Rinn tomorrow. Sweetnam celebrates his try against the Maori All Blacks in November. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOOliver, now an elite player development officer for Munster, was the province’s U20 coach back in 2012 when Sweetnam decided he was going to walk away from rugby.The Dunmanway man had already featured for Cork at senior level, scoring a point in the All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Galway in Croke Park that year and, when the balancing act all came to a head, he felt his path was brighter in hurling.“I was getting massages all the time on my calves, they were really tight – because Cork didn’t know at the time that I was playing rugby with Munster,” recalls Sweetnam.Ger Cunningham, part of the Cork management team, asked Sweetnam why a young man like himself needed so many massages and the truth came out.“They were telling me to choose, saying, ‘It’s very hard, you’re up against the best inter-country players in Ireland, you need to be at your best. You can’t be playing with sore calves. It would be wise if you made a choice between the sports.’”Sweetnam went back to the Munster U20s and told them he would be packing it in, but with the Cork man having featured so impressively in the inter-provincial series, the province couldn’t give up without a fight.“It was a risk with rugby at that stage because I was still only U20, there was no guarantee,” says Sweetnam. “But then I played the U20s campaign and then I got offered an academy contract. I just didn’t know what to do.“I had just given up rugby, having rang the Munster U20 manager, Graham Burns, and told him, but Greig called me the next day and asked me and my Dad to meet him one more time. I went and met him in Cork Airport Hotel and he persuaded me to stay on.” Sweetnam in action against Waterford in 2012. Source: Cathal NoonanWhat was said?“Greig just said, ‘I think you have great talent, you can go a long way in the game.’ I went home and weighed up the options.”Sweetnam’s father, Lesley, initially felt his son should continue with hurling, but the lure of potentially advancing onto a professional contract with Munster was too hard to resist.“I was 19 and it was a big decision, but I’m delighted I made it.”The rest hasn’t quite been history. While Sweetnam went on to play for the Ireland U20s in 2013 and has always been highly-rated within Munster, he has had to bide his time.He was playing in the British and Irish Cup two years ago. There were doubts, Sweetnam admits.“There were times, definitely. I think it was two years ago that I was on the bench for the As, so there were times where I was thinking, ‘Have I made the right decision?’“I think you just keep your head down, work hard and just hope. You need to get one opportunity and if you do it right, the coaches will trust you again. Patience is massive.”Sweetnam has taken each opportunity handed to him by Rassie Erasmus this season and looks a certainty to be capped by Ireland in the near future if he can continue at his current rate of development.Hurling and football were Sweetnam’s first sporting loves – he excelled with Dohenys GAA club – but his first rugby experiences came with Dunmanway RFC, where his father had played and was a coach. Sweetnam playing for Munster ‘A’ in 2013. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“It was U12s and I only played a season of that,” says Sweetnam. “I can actually remember the first training session I turned up at – there was me, my Dad and my neighbour. That was it!“That’s where I started off, only playing around really. It wasn’t my first love or anything.”The Sweetnams are sporting people through and through. Darren’s father played rugby during his time at Bandon Grammar School and with Dunmanway, while the Munster wing’s older bother, Clinton, has been capped by Ireland in hockey.When Sweetnam moved to Bandon Grammar himself, the hurling and football continued, but he also excelled at hockey and badminton – representing Ireland in both at underage levels.“Bandon was a ‘B’ school back then, so we didn’t take rugby too seriously,” says Sweetnam. “Hockey would have been the first love in school.”Sweetnam played rugby throughout his six years in Bandon, however, starring as a goal-kicking out-half for three years at senior level and learning from the coaching duo of James and Denis Collins.Bandon won three Mungret Cups in a row and Sweetnam did enough to earn Munster U18 and U19 honours.In sixth year, he was playing hockey and rugby with the Grammar, while at the same time juggling football and hurling with Dohenys, and also breaking into the Cork senior set-up.“My studies were out the back door anyway!” he says with a laugh. “I owe a lot to my parents, they used to drive me up and down the country.” Sweetnam signs autographs at Bandon RFC this year. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOWhile he ended up opting for rugby over hurling, the experiences Sweetnam had in 2012 were invaluable in the process of maturing, as a person and a sportsman.Though he was preparing for his Leaving Cert as an 18-year-old, Sweetnam was also trying to force his way into Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s plans and achieved that impressively.“I’d be kind of a shy guy, so it was a big deal for me going into the dressing room with the Cork seniors where I didn’t know anyone, so that maybe helped me to grow up a bit faster. I had to.“There were around 63,000 people there for the semi-final against Galway. That was incredible and it did help a little bit. But then rugby is totally different, especially because if you make one mistake in rugby it can result in a try. Whereas if you make a mistake in hurling, it might not be a score.”Nonetheless, the varied sporting background has helped in Sweetnam’s rugby career.“I think that’s the reason my parents put me into everything when I was younger, just to get different skills from each sport,” says Sweetnam, who extended his Munster contract until 2019 earlier this year.“The high ball is definitely helped me, from the hurling and football, where it’s massive. I think that has transferred a bit into the rugby. Using your feet to get space as well, that’s helped.”Sweetnam is now five years into his career with the Munster set-up, having come through the academy patiently, building himself up as an athlete each season as he also played club rugby with UCC, Dolphin, and Cork Con.He has transformed from a lean 80kg midfielder on the hurling pitch in 2012 to an explosive and agile 93kg wing today.Sweetnam has always been an exhilarating presence in attack and his attitude in contact has never been anything less than committed, but he says he has had to learn most about the sport without the ball. Sweetnam makes a sensational double tackle against Glasgow this season.“My defence was probably the weakest point of my game,” says the Cork man. “[Former defence coach] Ian Costello did a lot of work with me last season and now Jacques Nienaber has obviously been a great help.“I’ve been doing a lot of one-on-ones after training, which has helped with my positioning and that’s made a big difference.“Having played out-half in school, wing would have been new to me after that. I have been learning that and it involves a lot of video, sitting down with Earlsie and Zeebs and Felix [Jones], they’re a great help.“You’re talking through what read you could have made, whether to come out of the line, all that. It’s grand for the props having a man either side, but we’re all the way out there on our own!”Sweetnam has started 19 games this season for Munster, scoring three tries and showing notable improvement in his defensive game. His aerial ability has been important for the province too, and Ireland boss Joe Schmidt has been following with interest.The Munster wing was called up to Ireland’s training squad for the first time on very short notice last October, and couldn’t quite believe that it was Schmidt contacting him.“He rang me but I thought it was one of the lads pranking me, so I didn’t answer,” says Sweetnam. “Then he texts me and I was thinking, ‘Oh, this is definitely the lads,’ because it was after the Zebre game when I got man of the match, so I was sure it was the lads having a joke.“I rang the number back, I didn’t have the number, and he was like, ‘This is Joe, I’d like you to come into camp.’ I was very nervous, I rang my Dad on the way up in the car, telling him Joe had asked me to come up to camp. It was a great experience, very intense.“I was very nervous being up there with all the best players in the country, but it was a great experience, I loved it.” Sweetnam with Ireland at Carton House. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOSweetnam was back for a second camp soon in November, and explains how he had to spend much of his time in front of the computers learning Ireland’s playbook as quickly as possible.A knee injury suffered during the clash with Leinster on Stephen’s Day was badly timed for Sweetnam, however, and ruined his chances of featuring in the Six Nations.It transpired that his Munster team-mate, Andrew Conway, was capped off the bench in the final clash of the championship with England, acknowledging afterwards that it probably would have been Sweetnam in his boots but for that injury.Schmidt, however, did keep in contact with the Cork man as he recovered“Joe was actually onto me during the Six Nations, just saying, ‘You’re not too far away, just keep doing what you’re doing.’ He gives you work-ons and stuff.”Ireland’s tour to the USA and Japan in June looks like it could to provide Sweetnam with his shot at Test rugby.“You never really think of it, you just let it happen. If it comes, it comes. Obviously, it’s everyone’s dream to play for their country and be up there with the best, so I just keep concentrating on the week in, week out with Munster and hope that will come.”And Sweetnam is excelling doing so, thriving under the coaching of Erasmus, Nienaber, Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones, who is proving an important part of the wing’s development as the backs and skills specialist.“Felix was a fellow back three player so he’s great for me, because he has so much knowledge of the back three,” says Sweetnam. “That man works so hard. I’d say he doesn’t sleep! He is just so prepared. Sweetnam scored against the Maori All Blacks in November.“We’d finish our matches at the weekend and he’d be straight away looking at videos of the next week, where we can attack them. The man works so hard. He was the ultimate professional when he was a player, so it’s transferred into his coaching. The role was perfect for him.”Head coach Erasmus, meanwhile, has proved to be the ideal man to encourage Sweetnam’s daring instincts in attacking, particularly around his excellent offloading game.Nerves about selection, surprise at Schmidt having contacted him, his shy nature – it’s clear that Sweetnam’s confidence is still only growing as he makes an impact with Munster.But Erasmus’ philosophy is getting the best out of Sweetnam’s character.“I think the biggest thing with Rassie is that even if you make a mistake, he’s always on about the battles. You might win some, you might lose some. If you lose some, just smile about it and say, ‘He won there, I might get him back next time.’“That helps because you play with no fear.“You’re not scared to try things, offloads and stuff, which I think is massive. It’s good for me as a wing, you can express yourself.”Munster:15. Simon Zebo14. Darren Sweetnam13. Jaco Taute12. Rory Scannell11. Keith Earls10. Tyler Bleyendaal9. Conor Murray1. Dave Kilcoyne2. Niall Scannell3. John Ryan4. Donnacha Ryan5. Billy Holland6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)7. Tommy O’Donnell8. CJ StanderReplacements:16. Rhys Marshall17. James Cronin18. Stephen Archer19. Dave O’Callaghan20. Jack O’Donoghue21. Duncan Williams22. Francis Saili23. Andrew ConwayToulouse:15. Maxime Médard14. Yoann Huget13. Gaël Fickou12. Florian Fritz11. Paul Perez10. Jean-Marc Doussain9. Sébastien Bézy1. Cyril Baille2. Leonardo Ghiraldini3. Census Johnston4. Richie Gray5. Yoann Maestri6. Thierry Dusautoir (captain)7. Yacouba Camara8. François CrosReplacements:16. Julien Marchand17. Gurthrö Steenkamp18. Dorian Aldegheri19. Tala Gray20. Piula Fa’asalele21. Joe Tekori22. Luke McAlister23. Arthur BonnevalReferee: JP Doyle [RFU].The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 15 Comments Toulouse star Fickou: ‘If we looked at the last two months, we’d tell ourselves there’s no point going’Balance and sheer talent at the root of tight selection calls — Cullen Short URL 29,039 Views last_img read more

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Headon collision kills driver in Hockinson

September 16, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Headon collision kills driver in Hockinson | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgA woman died and another was seriously injured Saturday morning when their vehicles collided head-on on Northeast 182nd Avenue near 139th Street in Hockinson, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff’s deputies and Fire District 3 personnel were called just after 8:30 a.m. to 12802 N.E. 182nd Ave., where they found a blue Chevrolet sedan and black Acura sedan in the middle of the road.The cars struck each other head-on, said sheriff’s Sgt. Linda Hayes. One driver, 52, was dead, and the other, 22, was seriously injured.The drivers were the only people in the cars. The 22-year-old was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Names were withheld until families could be informed. Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate and expect more details by Monday.last_img read more

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Money purchase annual allowance reduction legislation to apply retrospectively

September 15, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Money purchase annual allowance reduction legislation to apply retrospectively | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgThe reduction to the money purchase annual allowance (MPAA) and the introduction of the £500 tax-exempt employer-arranged pensions advice allowance are to apply retrospectively from April 2017.These measures were due to be legislated for in the Finance Bill 2017. However, following the announcement of the snap general election on 8 June 2017, a number of measures were dropped from the Finance Bill in order to expedite its passage through Parliament. At the time, Jane Ellison, former financial secretary to the Treasury stated that the provisions withdrawn from the bill would be legislated for at the earliest opportunity at the start of the next Parliament.The Finance Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, becoming the Finance Act 2017.Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled plans to reduce the MPAA from £10,000 to £4,000 in the Autumn Statement 2016. This restricts the tax-relieved amount that individuals who have accessed their pension savings through the pension freedoms can contribute to their defined contribution (DC) pensions. The reduction is designed to limit the recycling of pension savings to take advantage of tax relief.In March 2017, the government confirmed that no transitional arrangements would be put in place, and that the reduction would apply to those who have accessed or will access their pensions flexibly, regardless of when the decision to make use of the freedoms occurred.The tax exemption for the first £500 worth of pensions advice provided to an employee in a tax year was first announced by former Chancellor George Osborne in the March 2016 Budget. This replaces a £150 cap on tax-free employer-arranged advice, and also allows for advice on general financial and tax issues relating to pensions.On 13 July 2017, the government confirmed that a second Finance Bill 2017 will be introduced following the summer recess to legislate for all the policies that were excluded from the Finance Bill in order to pass it into law ahead of the general election. It also confirmed that all policies that were originally due to come into force from April 2017 will still be effective from that date.Mel Stride, the financial secretary to the Treasury, said: “The Finance Bill introduced in March 2017 provided for a number of changes to tax legislation that were withdrawn from the bill after the calling of the general election. The then-financial secretary to the Treasury confirmed at the point they were withdrawn that there was no policy change and that these provisions would be legislated for at the first opportunity in the new Parliament.“The government confirms that intention. It expects to introduce a Finance Bill as soon as possible after the summer recess containing the withdrawn provisions. Where policies have been announced as applying from the start of the 2017-18 tax year or other point before the introduction of the forthcoming Finance Bill, there is no change of policy and these dates of application will be retained. Those affected by the provisions should continue to assume that they will apply as originally announced.”Rona Train, partner at Hymans Robertson, said: “This decision, which will save the government around £70m per annum has been made at the great expense of those wanting or needing to supplement their retirement income. The government is clearly trying to stamp out recycling pension savings, whereby people could get a double hit of pensions tax relief by withdrawing money from their pension and then re-investing it. However, retirement is no longer the cliff-edge event seen in previous generations and is now often a process that continues over a number of years. In some cases, savers are simply unable to retire early but will equally struggle to continue working full time, whether this be for health reasons or caring responsibilities. In these cases, the government should be doing all it can to offer support.“While this decision, undoubtedly, will bring clarity for trustees, it remains contradictory to the ethos of pension freedoms. For too long now, trustees have been unable to provide definitive guidance to their members and some members may already contributed more than the £4,000 allowance as a result. They will feel the full force of this proposal given its retrospective enforcement.”last_img read more

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Mo Bros pays men £30 an hour to have their beard stroked

September 15, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Mo Bros pays men £30 an hour to have their beard stroked | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Many employees will have slightly quirkier roles hiding on their CV’s, however male grooming brand Mo Bro’s is a cut above the rest with its latest recruitment drive, offering to pay men £30 an hour to let stressed Christmas shoppers stroke their beard.Men who wish to land this hair-larious role must have a beard that is at least two inches long, although Mo Bros’s state that men with longer, Santa-style beards are preferable.The unique beard-stroking pop up will be at Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester for three days from Wednesday 20 December 2017, to encourage Christmas shoppers to relieve their festive stress by stroking a man’s beard.Individuals will have to register online to book a slot with one of the three available beard-owners. They will then be able to stroke the beard of their choice for either 10 or 20 minutes to unwind during their shopping trip. The experience is priced at £5 for five minutes, with all profits from the venture donated to homelessness charity Shelter.Shoppers will be able to enjoy complimentary tea, coffee or water while stroking their chosen beard, as well as have relaxing music playing in the background. Products such as beard balm and oil will also be available if individuals wish to add to their beard-stroking experience.Savan Dattani, co-founder at Mo Bro’s, said: “Christmas is a stressful time of year for most people. [They are] in a mad rush trying to buy presents, food and drink, [while] juggling work, a family and other commitments. We had a think of how we could make this situation more enjoyable, and it suddenly came to us; a beard stroking station. We have a few guys with fantastic beards already signed up, but we could do with a few more because we anticipate demand to be high. Santa beards preferred, but not essential.“It’s fairly common knowledge that stroking soft things, like animals, reduces stress, but we didn’t want to enlist the help of animals because they obviously can be somewhat unpredictable and chaotic. So, doing what we do, we thought beards are the next best thing. We’ll have an array of products available to use, so the beards will be soft and will smell great. Guests of the station can even brush them if they like.”Here at Employee Benefits, we are already sizing up the beards available at our London office and contemplating whether a beard-stroking station would go down well with our festively frazzled employees…last_img read more

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Publix Charities donates 200K to Feeding South Florida

September 15, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Publix Charities donates 200K to Feeding South Florida | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A grocery store chain is feeding a need in South Florida.Publix Super Market Charities is donating $200,000 to the hunger relief organization Feeding South Florida. They also delivered 21 pallets of food to those in need in Northwest Miami-Dade, Friday.The financial donation is part of Publix’s annual $5 million contribution to the Feeding America network.Feeding South Florida is the leading food bank in the area.September is National Hunger Action Month. For more information on Feeding South Florida, go to www.feedingsouthflorida.org. TY @Publix for helping us serve our families in #Miami & for your generous 200K donation! #FreshFoodFriday pic.twitter.com/8VreFWZfp1— FeedingSouthFlorida (@FeedingSFL) September 9, 2016 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Mummy juice Thousands Sign Petition to Drink Mysterious Liquid from Discovered Egyptian

August 30, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Mummy juice Thousands Sign Petition to Drink Mysterious Liquid from Discovered Egyptian | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgWhen Egyptian archaeologists announced in July that a large black sarcophagus had been discovered in an Alexandria underground tomb, unopened for 2,000 years and sealed with mortar, interest surged — but trepidation stirred too. The Internet responses ranged from a mildly positive “I hope everything goes well” to a hysterical “But opening the lid will unleash a curse of death — look what happened when they unearthed King Tut!” A subgroup formed online of those who were convinced that finally the lost grave of Alexander the Great had been found.On July 19, 2018, the lid was opened. No Alexander the Great. No royal mummies. No Indiana Jones or Mummy-worthy curse. Instead, the sarcophagus contained three skeletons in a bath of red-brown sewage water.Alexander the GreatSecretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, told the media that none of the three mummies belong to a Ptolemaic or Roman royal family and the coffin does not have inscriptions or a cartouche bearing their names. “He further pointed out that no evidence such as silver or gold metallic masks, small statues, amulets, or inscriptions were found to prove that the mummies belong to a royal family,” reported Egypt Today.The tomb, with dimensions of a height of 185 cm, length 265 cm, and width of 165 cm, contains a black granite sarcophagus considered to be the largest to be discovered in Alexandria. Photo credit /AFP/Getty ImagesThe procedure was distinctly unpleasant. After removing the lid, officials had to take a break to recover from the intensely foul smell that escaped from the sarcophagus.Alexandria Governor Mohamed Sultan had the 30-ton sarcophagus moved to its new display area inside Mustafa Kamel Necropolis.Mustafa Kamel Necropolis, Alexandria, Egypt. Photo by Roland Unger CC BY SA 3.0But then something truly unexpected happened.A petition appeared on change.org with the plea “Let people drink the red liquid from the dark sarcophagus.” As of August 14, 2018, the total number of people who’d signed reached 32,400, with the page urging: “Let’s reach 35,000!” The petition was begun by Scottish games developer Innes McKendrick, described on Reddit as having a “wicked millennial sense of humor.”*Graphic Image Following*A handout picture released on July 19, 2018 by the Egyptian Antiques ministry shows skeletons in the black granite sarcophagus uncovered early this month in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria, filled with sewage water. The skeletons are believed to be three warriors as one of the skulls bears an arrow wound. Photo by EGYPTIAN ANTIQUITIES MINISTRY / AFP/Getty ImagesThe petition’s reason for imbibing is “we need to drink the red liquid from the cursed dark sarcophagus in the form of some sort of carbonated energy drink so we can assume its powers and finally die.”Among the comments from petitioners:“We demand access to imbibe the cursed elixir.”“I need this juice now!!!!”“How much skeleton slushie do we each get?”“Inside every person is a skeleton wanting to be free. This juice will give mine the power to do so.”This picture released on July 1, 2018, by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows the alabaster head of a man found in an ancient tomb dating back to the Ptolemaic period, dug out in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria. Photo credit /AFP/Getty ImagesIt’s safe to say that no one is taking this petition seriously. However, Egyptian authorities have acknowledged the hold that the sarcophagus discovery has over the public imagination.According to the BBC, “Addressing media fears that disturbing the tomb could trigger an implacable Pharaoh’s curse, Mr Waziri declared: ‘We’ve opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness. I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus… and here I stand before you … I am fine.’ ”Disturbing occasions when ancient Egyptian curses seemed to come trueThere are still genuine facts to learn about the tomb. Shaban Abd Monem, specialist in mummies at the Ministry, said that preliminary examination suggests that the skeletons belong to three army officers. One of the skeletons has a skull with an arrow injury.The Sun isn’t ready to give up on the sarcophagus having a sinister nature.Citadel of Qaitbay fortress and its main entrance yard, Alexandria, Egypt.The newspaper reported: “The relic measures nine feet long, five feet wide, and six feet tall. Scientists who helped excavate the site still aren’t sure why it’s so big, because Ancient Egyptians were typically much smaller than modern men – and nowhere near nine feet. The average height of an Ancient Egyptian man was just over five foot, while women were typically just shy of five foot.”Read another story from us: Is Mummy coming for dinner? Wealthy Europeans consumed ground mummiesMore grounded observers believe the tomb dates from the Ptolemaic period, from 305 BC to 30 BC.In the latter years, it was a period of great tumult in Egypt. In the year 30 BC, Cleopatra died at the age of 39 in Alexandria, after losing to Rome in the Battle of Actium in 31 BC. The belief is that she allowed herself to be bitten by an asp, and died of poison.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

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