India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni top-scored with an unbeaten 65 in a strong batting show as India strengthened its position in the third cricket Test against the West Indies by taking a healthy 104-run lead on day three here on Friday. Score | PhotosAs many as four visiting batsmen scored fifties as India, resuming at eight for no loss, ended the day at 308 for six while replying to hosts’ 204 all out.Dhoni shared 103-run sixth wicket stand with Suresh Raina (50) and made sure that the good work of opener Abhinav Mukund (62), VVS Laxman (56) Virat Kohli (30) does not go waste.West Indies, deprived of services of Ravi Rampaul and handicapped by a hobbling Darren Sammy, never quite wilted under a scorching sun and on a flat pitch on a day when 94 overs were bowled at Windsor Park.Nearly 90 overs were lost on the first two days of the match due to poor light and rain but no such problem emerged on Friday.India lost two early wickets of Murali Vijay (1) and Rahul Dravid (5) but thereafter steadily mounted their total without ever dominating a depleted attack.Dhoni, played his first innings of substance of tour, and when on 52 completed 3000 runs in Test cricket in the 86th innings of his 57th Test.The Indian captain has so far batted for 157 minutes and struck three fours from 109 balls. He walked in when India were frittering away the advantage, losing three wickets in the afternoon to nothing balls.Mukund, Kohli and Laxman were all guilty of poor judgment as the visitors lost three wickets in the middle session.advertisementMukund had serenely moved to his top Test score of 62 when he shaped to play a rising leg-spin from Bishoo towards mid-wicket but only edged it on to his pads and the lobbed chance was gratefully accepted by Adrian Barath at forward short leg.Kohli seemed intent on making up for his lost chances of the series and had reached 30 without much ado but poked at a harmless delivery from Sammy down the leg-side and was brilliantly caught low by wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh.Laxman’s dismissal was a freak one when he allowed a leg-spin delivery from Shivnarine Chanderpaul to go to Baugh but his backfoot lost contact with the ground for just a fraction of second, which was enough for the keeper to whip off the bails.Laxman was flabbergasted but there was little doubt that it was his own carelessness which had did him in. He shared a 84-run stand for the third wicket with Mukund and added 52 for the next wicket with Kohli.Mukund batted for 176 minutes and hit five fours from 149 balls while Laxman handled 129 balls in 207 minutes, caressing three boundaries.Dhoni, in the company of Raina, then put his head down and began rebuilding the innings with singles and twos.There was never any temptation to throw their bats at a wilting attack, or at least cart the leg-spin of Chanderpaul around the park, as the two showed intent to build a sizeable lead over West Indies.Their stand occupied the most of final session and raised 100 runs in 113 minutes from 182 balls.Raina showed uncharacteristic restraint and reached his half-century from 131 minutes of batting, hitting three fours from 103 balls.There was no further joy for West Indies but for the emergence of Rampaul from the dressing room as Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh (12) helped India reach their first 300-plus score of the series.Earlier in the day, India lost Vijay (1) and Dravid (5) within the first five overs to be 18 for two before normalcy was restored.Vijay was nearly bowled off a low full toss in Edwards’ first over, squeezing the ball between the slip cordon for a four, but his tendency to push at the ball once again proved his undoing.In Edwards’ next over, a delivery took the edge of his bat on way to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh?s gloves.The Tamil Nadu opener is in the middle of a wretched run of scores, the sequence of his five innings in the series reading 8,0,11,3 and 1.Dravid then fell to Sammy, making the normally passive West Indian captain roar in triumph as he has not done at any stage in this series.Dravid played for an away movement at the delivery which kept coming straight and went between bat and pad to rattle the stumps.- With inputs from PTI
Cricket humour is the new flavour on the sets of Comedy Nights With Kapil. Standup comedian Kapil Sharma has been shooting with a string of cricketers in the upcoming episodes.Virat Kohli, vice-captain of the Indian cricket team, is the latest celebrity hailing from the sport to make an appearance on the show and amuse the audience with his funny bone.Forthcoming episodes will also feature the Pathan brothers – Irfaan and Yusuf – pulling each other’s leg.Kapil made Virat blush by cracking tongue-in-cheek jokes on his alleged affair with actress Anushka Sharma.Veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar set the ball rolling, which led several other cricketers to appear on the show. Sunny made an appearance with Virendra Sehwag, reportedly on the insistence of commentator-turned- politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, and floored the audience with his humour.The episode was a revelation for cricket lovers as they got a glimpse of the rare, funny side of Gavaskar. “The ratings have been consistently strong, however the episodes featuring Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev created a frenzy on social networking sites as the audience for the first time saw the relaxed and comical side of their cricketing heroes,” said a source from the channel.Kapil Dev made an appearance with wife Romi and unabashedly cracked jokes on her raw cooking skills. Sehwag confirmed his shy nature, while Harbhajan Singh made fun of his lack of proficiency in English.Irfaan and Yusuf Pathan were also seen pulling each other’s leg on the show.The production unit of the show has been articulately chalking out theme for episodes featuring cricketers.”The attempt is to make the cricketers reveal funny anecdotes and create greenroom humour,” said a member of the unit.advertisementIn an upcoming episode, Kapil made Virat blush by making tongue-in-cheek jokes on the alleged affair with actress Anushka Sharma.”Did you go to Spain to watch the football World cup?” joked Kapil, hinting at Virat’s much-talked about reported romantic rendezvous with Anushka in Spain.
Share on Messenger Roy Hodgson says his Crystal Palace players have responded to his enthusiasm in training and as he gets older he is anxious to never let his energy levels drop. Photograph: Crystal Palace FC Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Twitter There must have been times – as the wheels came off at the Etihad Stadium or when stoppage-time penalties were saved against Bournemouth and at home to Manchester City – when he contemplated the logic in resuming his career.“I’d have laughed if someone had told me, in 1976, I’d still be doing this at 70. I assisted Bobby Houghton at Halmstads and we were both just under 30. We’d say: ‘Wouldn’t it be great to do this for maybe 10 years, save a little money, then perhaps start a little business together.’ Some sort of travel agency. We had no football thoughts beyond that, other than maybe combining it with a bit of sport, getting a few tours going. It was a very loose plan and the wheels fell off it many years ago.“It is a sadistic pleasure. The suffering never stops – that’s the problem. A lot of young coaches who respect the fact I have been doing it a long time … that is often their question. Does it get any easier? Can you relax more during the games? Can you take it all a little bit more philosophically and put it in perspective? The tragedy is I have to tell them: ‘No. If anything it gets worse.’ Getting that first foot on the rung of the ladder, that’s where you find it easier to shrug off those times when your foot slips off and you have to get yourself going again. When you have been lucky enough to move up, all you see is the slide back down. You don’t see the further steps upwards.“You learn to harden yourself towards it but, the longer you are in, it isn’t something you can give up lightly. It’s not something you can walk away from and, even if you’re not winning, it’s possible to derive some satisfaction from the fact you are working properly. But I suffer during games. We follow the action, kicking every ball, wondering if our centre-backs can stop the cross … In some ways you enjoy it but your heart is always thumping.” The sight of Pep Guardiola joining him in the dugout in stoppage time in the goalless draw with City on New Year’s Eve summed up the respect in which Hodgson is held by his peers. The pair spoke about the seasons their sides are enjoying. “A nice conversation,” says the Englishman. Share on Twitter Roy Hodgson is not one for sentimental reflection. Looking back has never really been his thing. If it were, as he admits, he might linger on his life going full circle in restoring him to the club he supported as a boy, “walking with my dad to watch the reserves one week, the first team the next” from their regular vantage point on the bleak concrete of the Holmesdale Road terrace. Or hoarding programmes, a youngster craving an audience with Johnny Byrne or Terry Long “and waiting to collect autographs by the changing rooms”.It had been a sense of Crystal Palace’s underlying ambition, and a desire to fling himself back into work 14 months after leaving his role with England, that convinced him to return to the club where a career spanning more than half a century had begun with evening sessions in the youth team. Yet, when Hodgson allows himself a second to contemplate, he can acknowledge some would spy romance in last autumn’s return. Don’t judge players and managers too soon in this season of comebacks Reuse this content His father, Bill, was a geordie who had moved to the capital before the second world war, then returned from the fighting to marry and settle as a bus driver in the suburbs south of the river. “He regarded himself as a Londoner but he had two teams: Newcastle from his youth and then, when he came down to Croydon, he was Crystal Palace all the way,” Hodgson says. “He watched the game. Just before he died, we knocked Internazionale out of the European Cup with Malmö [in 1989] and I was really happy he lived at least to see that moment. But to see me at Palace? I’m sure he’d have been very proud. He’d have loved it.”A little over four months into an appointment that had underwhelmed many outside this corner of south London, the doubters blinded by memories of England’s failures at recent tournaments and assuming this was a broken man, it is hard not to admire the rejuvenation instigated by the country’s most worldly wise manager. At 70, Hodgson is on his 20th coaching assignment, yet his appetite for hands-on coaching is as fierce as ever, his enthusiasm and energy infectious. It has rubbed off on his players, from Wilfried Zaha to James Tomkins, Bakary Sako to Martin Kelly. They are revived.The job he has overseen is far from complete but feels remarkable. Palace had endured the worst start to a top-flight campaign, losing seven games without scoring, a sequence that included Frank de Boer’s four-match tenure. Hodgson had arrived as a firefighter to stumble almost from the off into brutal batterings at the two Manchester clubs. The situation was grim. But, in 16 games since and despite a lengthening injury list, Palace have earned 25 points. Their opponents on Saturday, Arsenal, are the only side to have beaten them in the last 12 league matches. Topics Share on WhatsApp Pinterest interviews When you have been lucky enough to move up, all you see is the slide back down. You don’t see the further steps upwardsRoy Hodgson Read more Hodgson will have admired City’s style and panache, as well as their feverish work rate. “I like the artistry of the game. I still get a lot of pleasure watching the good quality teams play, where the movements of the players are coordinated. It’s almost balletic. There is so much interaction in a football match: between you and your team-mates and how you support each other, work for each other, make runs. But I also enjoy the other aspect: the pressing and how people work so hard to recover the ball.”He inherited a squad whose confidence was fragile but who were eager to follow his lead. The structured nature of training has been embraced, sessions replicating game-play to encourage familiarity, clarity and a recognition of each player’s role. It worked at Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, Malmö and Copenhagen. “We didn’t hear anyone saying: ‘What the hell are we doing this for?’ In fact, quite the reverse. Quite a few came up to us and said: ‘We like this. We need more of this. Please keep it going.’ They take their lead from you: your energy, your enthusiasm. It does transmit. I’m anxious as I get older to make sure that doesn’t drop.”In a congested bottom half, he has hoisted Palace to 12th and should be rewarded with forays into the transfer market. Everything about his appointment seems to fit. “I’m working at a club which has really good potential, with owners with the right ideas,” he says. “The only thing we are lacking is making certain we have the 11 players who can deliver total stability in the Premier League, where you are not looking over your shoulder every year wondering: ‘Are we in or are we out?’”There lies his target. Over at Malmö’s stadium the fans refer to the upper corner of the eastern stand as “Roys Hörna” (Roy’s Corner). Maintain Palace’s progress and Hodgson, back where it all began, will find adulation far closer to home. Crystal Palace Share on Facebook Facebook Roy Hodgson Share via Email
Liverpool defender van Dijk needs trophies for greatness – Redknappby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Redknapp believes that Virgil Van Dijk must win trophies to be considered a great centre-back.Van Dijk has helped transform Liverpool into one of the best defensive teams in the Premier League.They are currently top of the league by four points, ahead of Manchester City.But Redknapp knows unless the side win trophies in the coming years, the likes of Van Dijk cannot be seen as great players.”Never mind player of the season — if he carries on playing at this level, he has all the attributes to be the Premier League’s greatest ever defender,” said Redknapp to the Daily Mail. “I am just surprised that it has taken until now for him to be starring in a team competing for Premier League titles.”To become the greatest, Van Dijk has to win trophies. He reached the Champions League final last season and now has a great chance of winning the Premier League.”If Liverpool are to be crowned champions this season, Van Dijk is the one player they can least afford to lose to injury.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Press Trust of India KolkataApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 20:58 IST Andre Russell has been the game changer for KKR this season (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSAndre Russell has easily been the best player for KKR in IPL 2019Russell has scored 406 runs from 10 innings at a strike rate of 209.27He also has won three man-of-the-match performances from their four winsKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder Andre Russell on Saturday lamented the “bad decisions” taken by his team in a disappointing IPL campaign which has seen the side lose six games in a row.Russell has been the biggest impact player for KKR with three man-of-the-match performances from their four wins but his team has let him down.”We have a good team but if you make bad decisions then you will always lose games and that’s what we’ve been doing. If we had enough time, I could pinpoint a few games where if we just looked to bowl tighter in areas or bring in right bowlers at the right time, we could have won,” Russell said.”As a professional cricketer, to be in this position is not the most healthiest position. In terms of decision, we have been bowling wrongly at the wrong time, that’s what been causing for us to keep losing in simple ways,” Russell said on the eve of the game against Mumbai Indians.The Jamaican who has amassed 406 runs from 10 innings at an outrageous strike rate of 209.27 was particularly pained at KKR’s failure to defend 176 against a “weak” Rajasthan Royals.”I’m disappointed that we get defeated by a team Rajasthan Royals with weak batting order. If we can’t restrict a team for under 170 with our bowling attack then we will need miracles against a strong team like Mumbai.”They said we have been struggling in batting. But the batting has not been struggling really. We are getting the totals that we should have defended.advertisement”But when you bowl as bad as our bowlers, you don’t really take catches — we have been the worst fielding team so far.”Russell said the atmosphere in the team is not healthy as he likes to keep himself confined to his room.”We have to make sure that we have a good practice session, do whatever it takes, put our body on the line and make sure that we take KKR over the line for next three games.”I find myself just been in my room for the last couple of days losing games after games. I’m not the type of guy to do the walking around… It’s hard to do the walk around losing six games in a row.”It’s not healthy, to be honest. I’m feeling down at the moment but tomorrow when we cross the rope my energy level will be 150. As cricketers, we have to have the passion inside, and not just to show it on the TV.”Up against a side who boast of a strong pace attack comprising Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah, Russell said he never feared any bowlers.”I have never feared any bowler. Never. Bowlers fear me, to be honest. I’m not bragging or anything. I can get out in one ball tomorrow or the first ball they bowl can go for six. I’m not afraid to get out.”I’m not going to die. So, it’s not the life and death situation. It’s like you’re giving yourself a chance to score runs they are trying to get you out. Bumrah, Malinga are top bowlers. But they are human beings.”KKR have the worst record against Mumbai Indians who have won eight matches in a 18-5 head-to-head record. The last time KKR had won against MI was four years ago.Also Read | 2019 IPL playoffs likely to have 7.30 PM startFor 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 Tags :Follow Andre RussellFollow KKRFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow IPL 2019 Andre Russell slams KKR team atmosphere: It is not healthyAndre Russell, the man who has almost singlehandedly won matches for Kolkata Knight Riders this season, said the atmosphere in KKR is not healthy as he likes to keep himself confined to his room.advertisement
The Quartet meeting – the first since former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was appointed late last month as its new Representative – “comes at a crucial moment” and offers a forum “to discuss the way forward to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East,” the spokesperson’s statement noted.It added that the Quartet principals, including Mr. Ban, will confer with Mr. Blair on how best to help the Palestinian Authority build its institutions and economy, “which are vital for the creation of a viable Palestinian state.”Quartet principals last met face-to-face in Berlin at the end of May, but since then they have held talks by conference call after the eruption of intra-Palestinian violence, especially in the Gaza Strip, last month.The Quartet members are the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States. 13 July 2007The Middle East Quartet, the international diplomatic grouping that includes the United Nations, will meet in Lisbon next Thursday to assess the latest developments in the region and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the gathering, his spokesperson announced today.
11 November 2011The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today urged the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to strengthen its role as the central mechanism for coordination of economic and social issues and to play the key role in implementing decisions of UN conferences and summits. One of the Assembly’s priorities during the current session is to strengthen the UN system for global governance through creative and adaptive structural changes, Mr. Al-Nasser said in a message to an ECOSOC discussion headlined ‘Enhancing the Role of ECOSOC’ held in the hamlet of Manhasset in New York.“Emerging challenges to the international system have resulted in suggestions of reform to UN bodies,” Mr. Al-Nasser said in a message delivered on his behalf by Anwarul Chowdhury, his Senior Special Advisor.“In particular, serious concerns relating to food security and the global financial and economic crisis have exposed how fragile and fragmented global economic governance has become. It is very appropriate and in all of our interest for ECOSOC to assume greater responsibility in this area.”He called for greater attention to the relationship between ECOSOC and intergovernmental organizations, saying that its effectiveness could be constrained if it does not engage strategically with existing and emerging institutions.“Another relevant area is the relationship between ECOSOC and the Bretton Woods Institutions [World Bank and International Monetary Fund]. Here, there is need to build on earlier successes in improving their cooperation and coherence on global economic and financial matters, and in bolstering ECOSOC’s identity as the ‘port of entry’ for discussions on these issues,” said Mr. Al-Nasser.He said it was encouraging that ECOSOC intends to focus on the inter-linkages between peace, security and development, noting that peaceful settlement of disputes through mediation was one of the main themes of his Presidency of the Assembly.The ECOSOC retreat session was also addressed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
A shooting incident took place in Hikkaduwa today in which one person was reported to have been killed.The shooting incident took place near the Hikkaduwa post office. A person has been killed in a shooting incident in Hikkaduwa, stated Police Media Spokesperson. (Colombo Gazette)
Great-West Lifeco Q2 profit rises 18 per cent to $615 million by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 3:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WINNIPEG – Great-West Lifeco Inc.. (TSX:GWO) says it had $615 million of net income in the second quarter, an 18 per cent increase from the same time last year.The profit amounted to 61.6 cents per common share, up from 54.8 cents a year earlier, and in line with analyst estimates of 62 cents per share.Irish Life, which was acquired last year by the Winnipeg-based company, contributed $57 million of net income in the three months ended June 30 — compared with $52 million in the first quarter of 2014 ended March 31.Great-West said its Canadian segment, which includes London Life and Canada Life, contributed $304 million of the quarter’s overall net income, up eight per cent from a year before.Its U.S. operations, which include Great-West Financial and Putnam Investments, had $69 million of net income down from $73 million. Its European segment, which includes Irish Life, had $246 million of net income up from $178 million a year ago.Barclays analyst John Aiken said the company’s results were “solid” but “unlikely to generate much investor excitement.”Successful cost-containment strategies, the acquisition of Irish Life and strong performance in Canada were highlighted as positives in Aiken’s note.However, Great-West Life’s U.S. operations have reported only marginal earnings, effectively neutralizing growth of its book value. That, said Aiken, could affect Great-West’s stock price in the near future.“Investors who believe in the Irish Life strategy are already behind the stock and, with only modest profitability improvement in Putnam, there is little in the second quarter’s earnings to reverse the opinion of those who are neutral or negative on the name,” said Aiken.Great-West’s premiums and deposits totalled $20.35 billion, up from $15.2 billion a year earlier. Fee and other income was $1,11 billion, up from $831 million in the second quarter of 2013.Great-West Life is part of the Power Corporation (TSX:POW) group of companies, along with IGM Financial (TSX:IGM) and Power Financial Corp. (TSX:PWF). Power Corporation’s Gesca subsidiary is one-third owner of The Canadian Press.
TORONTO – The head of the Air Miles rewards program is apologizing for failing its members, three months after it provoked a controversy over changes to its expiration policy.In a letter to Air Miles members, Blair Cameron wrote that the loyalty program “learned very difficult, public and humbling lessons” last year.The popular loyalty program angered many members last year with its proposal to void unused Air Miles after five years — only to abandon that plan weeks before it was to take effect.The reversal also provoked outcry from members who said they redeemed their miles thinking they were about to expire and wouldn’t if they had known Air Miles was going to walk back from that policy.Cameron says the company is committed to improving wait times for members trying to contact Air Miles over the phone or through its website. Air Miles sends apology to members, three months after controversy by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2017 1:36 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Ohio State then-sophomore guard C.J. Jackson looks to pass over two defenders against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorJunior guard C.J. Jackson started nine games last season, his first as an Ohio State Buckeye.This season, he will be counted on to be the team’s only true point guard. “The point guard — floor general — just kind of keeps the team together,” Jackson said at Ohio State men’s basketball media day. “That’s kind of what I do right now.”Jackson’s role and importance increased with the departure of JaQuan Lyle, the third-leading scorer during the 2016-2017 season who quit the team in April and transferred to New Mexico. Jackson will have help from redshirt senior shooting guard Kam Williams, a returning starter with no in-game experience at point guard. Williams said he and redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and senior forward Jae’Sean Tate have been honing their skills to adapt to Ohio State’s lack of depth at point guard.“We all have [worked on ball handling] cause we know C.J. is our only true, true point guard,” Williams said. “So we’ve gathered in the summer to prepare if we’re ever in that situation — so I think all of us will step up and take his place if needed.”Bates-Diop and Tate said they have also been working on ball handling, but need to practice playing point guard in practice as well to grow more comfortable at the position. Bates-Diop said he sees Williams growing more comfortable at the position with more experience running the offense at practice, which Jackson did throughout last season. Jackson’s numbers overall at the end of the 2016-17 season were not that of a future starter. He averaged less than six points per game and shooting below 40 percent both from the field and beyond the arc. He improved late in the season, however, and helped give his numbers a boost over the last seven games, averaging 10.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game over the stretch. The Eastern Florida Community College transfer found a rhythm with his jump shot as he shot 51.9 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from behind the 3-point line, making 14-of-26 3-point makes in his final seven games last season.While ball handling and shooting represent important skills to succeed at point guard, there is more to running an offense and leading a team. Jackson has a quiet demeanor, but sophomore forward/center Micah Potter said he has no concerns about the point guard’s ability to lead.“It’s kind of like a Mike Conley type thing — he’s not a crazy outspoken guy either — but just his ability to keep himself under control and just kind of be a quiet leader like he’ll say things here and there,” Potter said. “It will never be boisterous or anything like that, but just his ability to keep himself under control and lead in that way is huge as a point guard.”Potter might be onto something with his reference to former Conley, who was recently inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. The former Buckeye led Ohio State to the 2007 national title game and starts at point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies. Conley told reporters at halftime of the Ohio State-Maryland football game that Jackson must be able to lead the team on and off the court.“He’s got to be able to command the ball and command the team’s respect, and go out there and handle it like a point guard is supposed to,” Conley said.Conley added he believes that the junior point guard has what it takes.“I have confidence in him — I’m excited for him,” Conley said. “I think he’s been working for it, so I’m looking forward to it.”To be able to lead, a point guard has to trust himself. With such significant roster turnover, Jackson has an opportunity to break out as a key contributor for the Buckeyes. Tate said he has the utmost confidence Jackson will take advantage.“At the point guard position (Jackson’s) going to be the guy. And for a university this big and what stage we’re on — that’s big, that’s huge,” Tate said. “And he’s approaching the situation great and he’s been working hard. He seems more confident than he has in the past and I’m very excited to see what he does this year leading us on the floor.”
In another festive replacement scandal. Kraft removed Bourneville from the Heroes box in 2013 and replaced it with Toblerone. At the time Angus Kennedy, editor of Kennedy’s Confection magazine,told the Daily Mail: “To replace Bourneville with Toblerone is unpatriotic. It’s like replacing the fish in fish and chips with mussels.”A Cadbury spokesman said in a statement: “This year we have updated the range available within our selection boxes to improve the mix and offer more of a variety for our fans.”Cadbury Fudge is still available in our small selection box and Freddo selection box but has been removed from the medium selection box to ensure we’re offering choice between the ranges.” I cannot believe Cadbury’s would remove the Fudge bar, that is my favourite and replace it with Oreo chocolate. Stop messing with the British chocolate😔— Chantelle White (@classychantelle) December 22, 2017 @MrJohnNicolson Cadbury replace finger of fudge with dairy milk Oreo in their Christmas selection box. The world has gone mad!— Brad Hobson (@alfordbrad) December 22, 2017 The biscuit-based treat joins Dairy Milk, Crunchie, Dairy Milk Buttons, Double Decker and Wispa in the company’s “best-selling selection box in the UK”.The now Kraft-owned company has caused controversy in recent years by meddling with favourite chocolate bars.They changed the Creme Egg recipe, causing some to boycott the product, and have added Oreo to some Dairy Milk bars. @CadburyUK do you know we are NOT American!! FFS who the hell prefers an Oreo to Fudge?? 🤢 get a grip and sort it out. It’s a travesty – firstly the poor creme egg gets it now this! Is nothing safe 😑#cadbury— Clare Ellery (@ClareRocks1983) December 22, 2017 Angry consumers have hit out at Cadbury after the now American-owned company replaced the Fudge bar with an Oreo in the Christmas selection box.The British chocolate bar was replaced by the American biscuit in the classic £2.99 box but is still avaliable in the small (£1.09) and Freddo (£2.99) selection packs.Some chocolate lovers said “Christmas is ruined” after realising their favourite festive treat had been replaced by an Oreo.One person tweeted: “WHY HAVE YOU REPLACED MY FUDGE BAR IN THE SELECTION PACKS WITH THE HORRIBLE OREO BAR. ITS NOT THE SAME ANY MORE.”Nigel Quinlan accused the firm of waging a “war on Christmas” on the microblogging site, while Sinead Gleeson called for “a revolution against this chocolate tyranny”. Consumers were also outraged when the company rounded the edges of its Dairy Milk bars, with some saying it was to cut costs. 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.
4Orlen Wisła Płock310289:892 In the fourth round of Champions League Vive Targi Kielce completely dominated THW Kiel, winning the game 34:29 (17:11) and providing the title of sole leader of the group B. The match began with two goals for Polish champions, but through the first twenty minutes the game went point for point (8:8). Venio Losert did great in the hosts goal and his teammates successfully used the losses of opponents (14:8), making THW not even once came to lead during the whole match. Very good game of Tomasz Rosiński made that Uros Zoramn’s absence wasn’t so visible and Iskra ended the first half of six goals leading. The second part of the meeting began with better play of guests, mainly due to Filip Jicha. They even managed to reduce the opponents lead to three goals, but then Michał Jurecki has once again proved that when he’s “on fire” no one can stop him. Despite the mistakes on both sides at the end, Vive securely won the match, being the only one team in their group that hasn’t lost a point.Over 4000 home fans celebrated with their heroes…Vive: Szmal, Losert – Grabarczyk, Jurecki 8, Tkaczyk, Olafsson, Chrapkowski, Aquinagalde 4, Bielecki, Jachlewski, Strlek 5, Lijewski 4, Buntić, Musa 2, Rosiński 4, Cupić 7 (3).THW: Sjostrand, Palicka – Hansen 5, Sigurdsson 4, Sprenger 1, Ekberg 5 (2), Lauge 1, Zeitz 2, Jallouz, Klein, Jicha 7 (1), Vujin 4. 2THW Kiel4301123:1206 1Vive Targi Kielce4400132:1038 IDA BARAN ← Previous Story RK Zagreb’s coach Dvorsek before Veszprem: “3000 Hungarians will come, but we can do as Skopje” Next Story → Weinhold saves Flensburg in Logrono – Furious Vardar win in Bern! 6FC Porto Vitalis300370:910 3KIF Kolding320171:674 handballTHW KielVive Targi Kielce 5Dunkerque HB300366:810
The government plans to provide mobile showers and laundries, as well as specialised personnel, to help homeless people in Athens.Alternate Minister for Social Solidarity Theano Fotiou said there are also plans to create more shelters for homeless people in Athens as welfare services have 240 buildings that are not being used.Citing a University of Crete study, Fotiou said there are roughly 17,700 homeless people in Attica.The minister said they are divided into two groups: those who are sleeping on the streets and those who are in shelters.She stated that the government received some 90,000 applications for rent subsidies of between 70 and 220 euros per month under the “humanitarian crisis” law passed earlier this year.She said another 210,000 applications had been received for meal coupons and free electricity since the scheme was launched in April.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
L’alcool devient la première cause d’hospitalisation en France En France, 400.000 personnes par an sont hospitalisées pour des pathologies liées à l’alcool. Ce chiffre est supérieur de 30 % à celui d’il y a trois ans.400.000 ! C’est le nombre de personnes par an qui se rendent à l’hôpital pour des pathologies liées à l’alcool telles que les comas éthyliques, cirrhoses, troubles psychiques, hépatites, etc.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?En France, l’alcool est ainsi la première cause d’hospitalisation, indique un rapport de la Société française d’alcoologie. “Au total, les hospitalisations liées à l’alcool sont deux fois plus nombreuses que celles causées par le diabète ou les maladies cardiovasculaires”, indique aujourd’hui Europe 1, qui ajoute que ce chiffre est en progression de 30% en trois ans.Selon le rapport de la Société française d’alcoologie, les femmes et les jeunes sont des catégories de population de plus en plus touchées par les problèmes liés à l’alcool, rapporte 20minutes. “On voit des jeunes avec des conséquences déjà très graves sur la santé, au niveau du pancréas ou foie. Des cirrhoses qu’on ne voyait pas à l’âge de 25 ans, mais beaucoup plus tard”, explique Damien Labarrière, médecin gastro-entérologue au CHR d’Orléans.”Le fait d’être ivre mort dans une soirée est banal”, indique à Europe 1 Michel Reynaud, addictologue et co-auteur du rapport. Pour lutter contre ce phénomène, ce spécialiste souhaiterait avoir davantage de moyens et plus particulièrement renforcer la présence d’alcoologues dans les services d’urgences afin d’assurer le suivi des victimes, suivi qui reste pour l’heure, insuffisant.Le 23 mars 2013 à 10:05 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Elon Musk’s fears aside, robots are not ready for a revolution.Sure, they can dance, perform religious rites, sniff out landmines, and deliver food. But most androids don’t understand the nuances of complicated tasks.Ask your cyborg butler, for instance, to pick up a specific tool from a toolbox, and “it would be completely lost,” according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.“Picking it up means being able to see and identify objects, understand commands, recognize that the ‘it’ in question is the tool you put down, go back in time to remember the moment when you put down the tool, and distinguish the tool you put down from other ones of similar shapes and sizes,” the academy said.Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), however, are making progress in this area. The team created ComText (“commands in context”), an Amazon Alexa-like system that allows robots to understand, as its name suggests, commands requiring contextual knowledge.“Where humans understand the world as a collection of objects and people and abstract concepts, machines view it as pixels, point-clouds, and 3D maps generated from sensors,” CSAIL postdoc Rohan Paul, one of the lead authors of the paper, said in a statement.“This semantic gap means that, for robots to understand what we want them to do, they need a much richer representation of what we do and say,” he added.Simply providing a frame of reference—”the tool I put down is my tool”—adds to ComText’s database, allowing the bot (in CSAIL’s case, humanoid Baxter) to follow instructions more precisely.The Baxter robot picks up a block using the ComText system (via Tom Buehler/MIT CSAIL)While most machine learning focuses only on semantic memory (general knowledge), MIT believes that androids should have “different kinds of memory, just like people,” co-author and research scientist Andrei Barbu said.So the team is training its computer to retain personal facts, or episodic memory—an object’s shape, size, position, type. This adds another layer of intelligence, and allows ComText to reason, infer meaning, and respond to commands.Running CSAIL’s new system, bot Baxter successfully followed instructions—including the toolbox scenario above—an impressive 90 percent of the time.Researchers hope to expand the scope of their work to include multi-step directives, enable robots to understand the intent of actions, and empower machines to interact with objects more naturally.Co-leaders Paul and Barbu, with research scientists Sue Felshin and Boris Katz and MIT professor Nicholas Roy, last week presented their research at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in Australia. Read the full paper online.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Man Arrested Smuggling Nearly 100 Tarantulas Through AirportStudy: Hurricanes Force Spiders to Be More Aggressive Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Scientists successfully trained a spider to jump on command. And the world is no longer a safe place.In an effort to understand the evolution of jumping spiders (a family of more than 5,800 species), researchers at the University of Manchester examined the arachnids’ movement and behavior.Their advanced study—the first to use 3D CT scanning and high-speed, high-resolution cameras—unlocked secrets that could lead to a new class of agile micro-robots.Yay?“The focus of the present work is on the extraordinary jumping capability of these spiders,” lead author Mostafa Nabawy said in a statement.Though unobtrusive and slow, the jumping spider can leap up to six times its body length while hunting, avoiding a threat, or crossing long gaps. The best a human can achieve is about 1.5 body lengths.“The force on the legs at take-off can be up to five times the weight of the spider,” Nabawy explained. “This is amazing and if we can understand these biomechanics we can apply them to other areas of research.”Trained in a University lab, Kim the spider belongs to a species of jumping arachnid known as Phidippus regius, or Regal Jumping Spider. (Um, no thanks.)It (she?) learned to jump from different heights and distances, while the team recorded the vaults, then created a 3D model of Kim’s legs and body structure.What they found is that this particular breed relies on different strategies for different challenges. For close-range distances, for example, Kim favored a faster, lower trajectory that uses more energy but minimizes flight time.“This makes the jump more accurate and more effective for capturing its prey,” according to the University.Spiders are known to use internal hydraulic pressure to extend their legs. But it remains unclear whether that pressure is actively used to enhance or replace muscle force during a jump.“Our results suggest that whilst Kim can move her legs hydraulically, she does not need the additional power from hydraulics to achieve her extraordinary jumping performance,” co-author Bill Crowther said. “Thus, the role of hydraulic movement in spiders remains an open question.”Read more in the full study, published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 14, 2017 – It is Valentine’s Day still and the Ministry of Health and Human Services has been busy today with mobile testing for HIV Aids and handing out free condoms across the country. Aldora Robinson, Health Promotions and Advocacy Unit Director said it is National Condom Month and that the focus is getting sexually active people to take charge of their sexual health and to be true to themselves.Condoms have a record of being 98-99% safe when used consistently and correctly and Mrs. Robinson explained that ensuring the latex condoms are available and accessible is a key strategy. The country has one of the most outstanding records in the region for its handling on HIV/Aids and Minster of Health, Edwin Astwood added that knowledge is also powerful and so testing is critical.“Testing is one of our priority strategic objectives to ensure that persons living within the TCI know their status.” The mobile unit goes out annually and has a simple message for the sexually active, to Romance with Caution.” Condoms are now also touted to help in the preventing the spread of the Zika virus.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting
Posted: August 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Tuesday were investigating a panga boat that washed ashore at Windansea Beach in La Jolla.Dispatchers received reports of an empty vessel near Neptune Place around 6:30 a.m., San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.It was unclear how many people may have originally been on the small boat.San Diego police and lifeguards were called to the scene to assist with the investigation.A small fishing boat carrying 17 suspected undocumented immigrants and two suspected smugglers was intercepted about 3:45 a.m. Monday around 15 miles west of Point Loma. Updated: 11:06 AM CBP Agents investigate washed-up panga boat in La Jolla August 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom,