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first_imgMumbai Indians created history by winning the Indian Premier League for a record third time after they trumped Rising Pune Supergiant by one run in Hyderabad last week.Nobody gave them a chance at the half way point in the summit clash as they were defending a paltry 129 after a brilliant bowling performance from the Pune bowlers. But, riding on Rohit Sharma’s brilliant captaincy, Mumbai pulled off a brilliant heist to rob Pune off their maiden IPL title.At one point of the night, Steve Smith’s men were racing towards the target but they faltered once the Australian fell for a hard fought 51 in the last over. therefore, losing by just one run.Captaincy has actually been the highlight of this season, with some remarkable tactics up for display by the various captains across the eight franchises. From leading with the bat to being brilliant on the field, most of the teams rode on some dazzling captaincy and Mumbai’s surprising victory from the jaws of defeat once again showed how much of a difference a captain can make.So, here is a look at the top five captain’s from IPL 2017 and how they led their teams from the front:ROHIT SHARMA – MUMBAI INDIANSRohit became the first player to win the IPL four times. Once as a player and three times as a captain. He won his first title with Deccan Chargers and the other three with Mumbai Indians to eclipse Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the most successful captain. Dhoni had led Chennai Super Kings to the IPL title twice.advertisementThe stylish right-hander played some important knocks and scored 333 runs, hitting three fifties. His 24-ball 26 in the second qualifier against Kolkata Knight Riders, played a crucial role in Mumbai’s qualification. MI lost early wickets in their chase of 108 and he along with Krunal Pandya steadied the ship before Krunal bagged the game for the eventual champions in the 15th over. Rohit also breached the 4000-run mark this season, becoming only the fifth player to do so.  Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir and David Warner are the other four. While his batting might not have been as impressive as the yesteryears, his maturity as a captain and ability to think was one of the highlights of the season. It helped Mumbai Indians win 10 of their 14 group matches.Throughout this season, Mumbai looked a strong and settled group. Be it bowling or batting, they had a plan in place always and a fall-back plan too and the captain used them to perfection. Rohit’s bowling changes and field placements were brilliant. He made sure there was no easy run up for grabs and you earn them throughout the tournament and it was finally up for show in the final when Mumbai strangled Pune in their chase of 130.STEVE SMITH – RISING PUNE SUPERGIANTSteve Smith left India with his pride intact even after Rising Pune Supergiant went down in a thrilling IPL final against Mumbai Indians. He tried valiantly but his 51 was not enough to secure victory for RPS, who played their final IPL and won hearts across the nation.Smith, who was appointed Pune captain, in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, did a fantastic job for the franchise. He took Pune to the final in the second and (also their last year) in the IPL.Smith came into the IPL facing a tough challenge ahead of him. He had to turn the tide for a side that finished seventh last season. RPS bought Ben Stokes and big things were expected from him. The franchise lost a big player in Ravichandran Ashwin but they brought in Imran Tahir and that turned out to be a masterstroke going into the tournament. He had to handle some big names in Dhoni, Stokes, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis and he managed to do a fabulous job. As the tournament progressed, he worked well with Dhoni — forming an integral partnership with him, that made Pune’s fortunes and turned them into a confident team.The New South Wales batsman not only had the backing of the owners, who took a brave call ahead of the tournament but also the players, who only had good words to say about their captain.On a personal note as well, Smith had a decent tournament. He has amassed 472 runs in 15 matches so far at 42.90 with three half-centuries and is fifth on the list of highest run-getters this season.But a key part of his captaincy has been the immense trust he showed on the young Indian bowlers. Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur and the 17-year-old Washington Sundar were the architects of Pune’s success and a lot of credit should go to the Australian for sticking to them. Unadkat, finished as the second highest wicket taker in this year’s IPL with 24 wickets while Thakur and Sundar grabbed 11 and eight wickets respectively.advertisementHe almost took Pune to their maiden title as well but fell short in their chase of 11 in the last over after handing a catch to Ambati Rayudu of the bowling off Mitchell Johnson.GAUTAM GAMBHIR – KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERSHe is a veteran in every sense and has been performing for his team for the last six years. Gambhir has been a rock at the top of the order for KKR and a general on the field, marshalling his troops to perfection.The Delhi batsman led from the front with the bat, scoring 498 runs from 16 matches. He started the tournament with a brilliant 76* against the Gujarat Lions and kicked on from there. The 35-year-old had always been a great tactician and a master at playing mind games and putting pressure on the new batsmen. Nobody can forget what he did last season when MS Dhoni came into bat at the Eden Gardens — Before Dhoni could realise, he was surrounded with five fielders around the bat.This season was no different. His master stoke to push Sunil Narine up the order once Chris Lynn got injured was an instant hit and benefitted them greatly. Once Lynn was back, he dropped down the order, showing great team spirit — a highlight of his career.Kolkata might not have lifted their third title this season but Gambhir’s passion, dedication and thinking has not only won hearts yet again but also established the fact that he can be down but never out.DAVID WARNER – SUNRISERS HYDERABADWarner, who started his Indian summer on a low in the four-match Test series against India, showed everyone yet again why he is one of the most dangerous batsmen in the shortest format of the game.The 30-year-old slammed 641 runs from 14 games and bagged the Orange Cap. This comes after a massive 848-run season last year, which was not enough to get him the honour, thanks to Virat Kohli’s monstrous 973 runs.The southpaw started off slowly but got back to his brutal self once the tournament progressed. He hit a 59-ball 126 against the Kolkata to put up a spectacle in an all important clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. He hit four fifties and a century in this season’s IPL.But just like his Australian captain, Warner’s captaincy on the field has been lauded more than his batting. Much like Smith, his faith on the Indian youngsters was instrumental in SRH’s eliminator run.Siddarth Kaul and Mohammed Siraj were the stars for Hyderabad as they kept troubling the batsmen with their pace and skiddy nature. He also used Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who again finished as the Purple Cap holder, with 26 wickets and young Rashid Khan to great effect.advertisementWarner-led Sunrisers were knocked out in the eliminators by KKR in a rain-curtailed match at Bengaluru but the spirit the squad showed has to be lauded.GLENN MAXWELL – KINGS XI PUNJABMaxwell has been the least impressive of the above lot. He has just scored 310 runs from 14 games for the franchise this year.He started off well, getting some explosive 30s and 40s but as the tournament progressed, he fizzled out, much like his team.’BigShow’ as he is called failed to put up a show when his team needed him the most. After Hashim Amla (420), their leading scorer left, playing 13 matches, the onus was on him to take Punjab to the qualifiers. People thought he will come up and deliver but Maxwell kept pushing himself down the order when his team needed him the most in their do or die match against the Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune. He came in at No. 6 and was out in the second ball, leaving Punjab reeling at 5/32.His poor show came in for criticism from their team mentor Virender Sehwag, who slammed Maxwell for showing little or no responsibility when the team needed the senior batsman to step up.Punjab did enjoy a late surge towards the end of tournament, almost managing to qualify for the eliminator but their dismal show against RPS, made sure they finish on fifth with 14 points on the table, capping off another disappointing season.last_img read more

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first_imgWESTERN CONFERENCE Tuesday, May 6: San Antonio 116, Portland 92Thursday, May 8: San Antonio 114, Portland 97Saturday, May 10: San Antonio 118, Portland 103Monday, May 12: at San Antonio at Portland, 10:30 p.m.x-Wednesday, May 14: Portland at San Antonio, 8:30 or 9:30 p.m.x-Friday, May 16: San Antonio at Portland, 9:30 or 10:30 p.m.x-Monday, May 19: Portland at San Antonio, TBA Tuesday, May 6: Miami 107, Brooklyn 86Thursday, May 8: Miami 94, Brooklyn 82Saturday, May 10: Brooklyn 104, Miami 90Monday, May 12: Miami at Brooklyn, 8 p.m.Wednesday, May 14: Brooklyn at Miami, 7 or 8 p.m.x-Friday, May 16: Miami at Brooklyn, 8 p.m.x-Sunday, May 18: Brooklyn at Miami, TBA Oklahoma City 2, L.A. Clippers 2 (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) Miami 2, Brooklyn 1 Monday, May 5: Washington 102, Indiana 96Wednesday, May 7: Indiana 86, Washington 82Friday, May 9: Indiana 85, Washington 63Sunday, May 11: Indiana at Washington, 8 p.m.Tuesday, May 13: Indiana 95, Washington 92x-Thursday, May 15: Indiana at Washington, 8 p.m.x-Sunday, May 18: Washington at Indiana, TBA Monday, May 5: L.A. Clippers 122, Oklahoma City 105Wednesday, May 7: Oklahoma City 112, L.A. Clippers 101Friday, May 9: Oklahoma City 118, L.A. Clippers 112Sunday, May 11: L.A. Clippers 101, Oklahoma City 99Tuesday, May 13: L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m.Thursday, May 15: Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 or 10:30 p.m.x-Sunday, May 18: L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, TBA San Antonio 3, Portland 0 EASTERN CONFERENCE CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS Indiana 3, Washington 1 TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgNote: I don’t want to patronize you with these game previews. I’m going to go out on a limb and say you didn’t wake up today wondering, “hmmmmm, I wonder how many sacks Louisiana allowed on the left side of their line last year…” Or maybe you did…if so you can head over to Go Pokes and read Robert Allen’s intense breakdown. If not though, and because I think you’re here to be entertained, I’m going to give you previews that pique your interest. What’s the spread? What’s the over/under? What are a few interesting stats I should know going in? Who’s the other team’s best players? What channel can I watch the game on? That’s what we’re here for.Teams: Oklahoma State 0-0 (0-0) vs. Louisiana 0-0 (0-0)Time: 6:10 PM CSTTV: Fox College Sports (Cox: n/a | UVerse: 647-649 | DirecTV: 617/623 | Dish Network: n/a)On the call: Steve Physioc, Yogi Roth, and Desmond Purnell (I’ve never heard of them either)For entertainment purposes:Spread: OSU -38Over/Under: 64.5Both of those are huge numbers, especially against a team OSU trailed in the second half last year that returns its best players at the skill positions. That being said I could see a 55-10 game or a 61-17 game or something like that. Personally, I’ll take OSU to cover AND the over, but that’s probably just because I predicted that they’d put up 50 in each of the first three games. If I were you I’d stay away though, go steal some money and get Oregon at -3.What you need to know about Louisiana:Louisiana has had four coaches in the last 25 years (including a new one this year), as of today three will have opened against Oklahoma State. It hasn’t been pretty for them so far, OSU is 7-0 against the Ragin’ Cajuns with the closest game being a 21-20 barnburner in Lafayette in 1986. In fact, the only two Big 12 teams Louisiana has ever beaten are Kansas State (in 2009) and….Texas A&M. They’re 0-24 against top 25 teams on the road (it’s kind of weird they’ve only played 24 games against top 25 teams on the road in their history, no?)Player to watch on Louisiana:Their tight end, Ladarius Green (#89), led all tight ends last year (like, nationally) in yards, touchdowns, yards per game, and yards per catch. He didn’t play against OSU last year so hopefully Shaun Lewis can give him a nice welcome to Stillwater.Last year:The Cowboys trailed by four at halftime in an odd Friday night game last year. Bailey hit a pair of 52-yarders and Weeden tossed five and OSU closed hard in the second half. Just one more piece of evidence for my “Friday night games are dumb” theory.A few stats you should know:OSU is 20-4 in September under Mike Gundy – This stood out to me. 20-4 in any month at any school is sick, but at OSU where we play good openers with teams from other BCS conferences? Outstanding. This is OSU’s 27th game ever as a top 10 team – They are 17-10 when playing as a top 10 team. I fully expect those numbers (well one of them anyway) to be much larger after this season is over. Josh Cooper has at least one catch in 17 straight games – And I fully expect this to reach 30.Video to get you ready:If you can’t get pumped for this, I don’t know what to tell you…What I’m excited for:We could be playing Stillwater High School and I’d be fired up for the first game. I’m intrigued to see how this team responds to all the offseason hype, uniform buzz, and general hyperbolization towards Stillwater. I think they stay hungry and come out with Dana’s old “screw you and the private plane you flew in on, this thing’s going to be over by the 3rd” attitude. I guess we’ll find out later today.OSU will win if:Nobody gets h-word. Nobody really important gets h-word. The entire offense doesn’t get food poisioning? I don’t forsee any scenarios in which OSU doesn’t win this game. Uniform prediction: If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Aston Villa near loan deal for Wolves defender Hauseby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa are inching closer to a deal for Wolves defender Kortney Hause.The Wolves defender has only managed two games in the Carabao Cup this term.He has been absent from the Premier League entirely.And Sky Sports reports the 23-year-old is available this month, with Villa the team that has the most concrete interest.Their boss Dean Smith wants to add to his defense, as they chase promotion to the top flight. last_img read more

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first_imgzoom The company OLT Offshore LNG Toscana announced that the activity of commissioning of the Terminal “FSRU Toscana” has been successfully finalized on last December 19th.As anticipated, the company reported that on December 20th the plant started the commercial activities.At full capacity, the plant will have a regasification capacity of 3.75 billion cubic meters per year, about 4% of the national demand.OLT Offshore LNG Toscana, December 23, 2013last_img

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first_imgGUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 at Aulds Cove, west of the weight scales on the Canso Causeway, will occasionally be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 5. Today, June 22, there will be a detour at the same location with a speed reduction to 50 kilometres per hour and a lane restriction of 3.5 metres. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 902-863-7482 -30-last_img

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first_imgAn independent Nova Scotia human rights board of inquiry in the case of Brendon Kennedy, Inverness County, v. Strait Regional School Board, Port Hastings, is scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 3. Mr. Kennedy alleges that he was discriminated against with respect to his age when applying for teaching positions within the board. The school board denies any discrimination occurred. The board of inquiry will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Maritime Inn, 717 Reeves St., Port Hawkesbury. The board chair is Kenneth Crawford, who is independent of the commission. The commission is representing the public interest. -30-last_img read more

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first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters were planning to disrupt transport links to the airport on Saturday in their first mass mobilisation since the city’s leader made a surprise concession earlier this week.Millions of pro-democracy supporters have taken to Hong Kong’s streets for the past three months in the biggest challenge to China’s rule since the city’s handover from Britain in 1997.On Wednesday, the city’s pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam surprised many by announcing she was scrapping a hugely unpopular extradition law that sparked the widespread and sometimes violent rallies. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe withdrawal was one of the protesters’ key demands and both she and Beijing had previously refused to budge on the issue.Lam, who was not directly elected but appointed by an overwhelmingly Beijing-friendly committee, portrayed the move as a bid to de-escalate tensions and start a dialogue.But it has been widely dismissed by protesters as too little, too late after 1,100 arrests and with many facing lengthy jail sentences.Online messaging forums used by the largely leaderless movement have called for protesters to “stress test” the airport on Saturday afternoon, filling up with suggestions for how to disrupt the road and rail links leading to the terminals. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPolice have said they are on standby to mobilise and keep the aviation hub up and running.”The airport is an essential infrastructure catering to travellers all around the world,” Lau Wing-kee, deputy airport district commander, told reporters on Friday.Some train and bus services to the airport were running a more restricted service in a bid to reduce the likelihood of large numbers of protesters getting to the airport, while officials advised travellers to leave extra time to get to their flights. In recent weeks, the airport — the world’s eighth busiest — has become a repeated target of pro-democracy protesters as they try to ramp up pressure on Beijing and city leaders by denting Hong Kong’s reputation as a stable business hub.But the tactic is controversial because of the travel misery it causes — and the fact that the target is not the state but ordinary people.Last month hundreds of flights were cancelled over two days when huge crowds of protesters staged a sit-in at the airport, with ugly scenes playing out as two men suspected of being Chinese spies were beaten.Previous protests at the airport had been non-disruptive and peaceful, aimed at enlightening travellers about the movement’s goals.Since the violent scenes, security has been ramped up around the sprawling hub — which lies on an artificial island west of the main city — and access to the terminals has been restricted to those with boarding passes.But last Sunday protesters returned to the airport and showed they could still wreak havoc.Operators of the express train that links the airport and the city suspended services after the station was besieged and objects were thrown onto the rail line, while black-clad protesters built barricades at the bus terminus and attempted to stop traffic on the main road leading to the facility.Stranded travellers were forced to abandon their vehicles and drag their luggage along the airport road for many kilometres.Protesters have said their movement will only end when other key demands are met such as an amnesty for those arrested, an independent inquiry into police use of force and the granting of fully free elections, all of which Lam and Beijing have rejected.At a peaceful rally on Friday night in the city’s commercial district, many protesters said they planned to continue hitting the streets.”It’s too late now. In these three months, a lot of people have sacrificed themselves and been arrested,” said a retiree who gave his surname as Cheng, bursting into tears as he spoke.The same night, brief volleys of tear gas were fired at small groups of more hardline protesters who were shining laser pens at a police station in the district of Mongkok, an area that has seen repeated clashes.last_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER – More than 200 criminal cases have been tossed due to unreasonable delays after the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark Jordan decision. Here’s a look at how many cases have been stayed in each province, territory and by the federal government:British Columbia: Eight as of June 15.Alberta: Seven as of June 29.Saskatchewan: Four as of June 1.Manitoba: Two as of June 9.Ontario: 76 as of April 30.Quebec: 61 as of June 20.New Brunswick: Two as of June 29.Nova Scotia: Two as of June 29.Prince Edward Island: Zero as of June 21.Newfoundland and Labrador: Four as of June 29.Yukon: Zero as of June 23.Northwest Territories: Zero as of June 23.Nunavut: One as of June 1.Public Prosecution Service of Canada: 37 as of June 30.(Source: Provincial, territorial and federal governments)last_img read more

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first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment B.C. actress and filmmaker Mary Galloway has been awarded $10,000 by the Kevin Spacey Foundation.The prize will assist Galloway on the production of her directorial debut Unintentional Mother, described as “the story of Anna, a young Aboriginal nanny, who must choose between running from her abusive father or staying as a devoted nanny. Family is all about perspective.”The film will be produced this fall by Galloway’s Bright Shadow Productions.last_img read more

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Tunis – Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi claimed victory in Sunday’s Tunisian presidential runoff, seen as the final step to full democracy nearly fars after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.Official results were still awaited and the campaign team of his rival, Moncef Marzouki, did not concede defeat. But soon after polls closed, Essebsi announced he had won and jubilant supporters took to the streets of the capital in celebration.A victory for Essebsi, 88, would see the return of a former Ben Ali official to the presidency just four years after the autocrat fled. Essebsi’s secular party already leads the parliament after earlier this year defeating the Islamist party that had won Tunisia’s first legislative election in 2011. With a new progressive constitution and a string of elections successfully completed, Tunisia is hailed as an example of democratic change in a region that is struggling to cope with the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Spring revolts.“I dedicate my victory to the martyrs of Tunisia. I thank Marzouki, and now we should work together without excluding anyone,” Essebsi, a one-time parliament speaker under Ben Ali, told local television.His campaign manager said “initial indications” showed Essebsi had won, without giving any details, as hundreds of supporters chanted “Beji President!” and waved Tunisia’s red and white national flag.However, the rival campaign manager for Marzouki, Adnen Monsar, dismissed the victory claims, saying it was a very close call. “Nothing is confirmed so far,” he told reporters.Although Tunisia has largely avoided the bitter post-revolt divisions that trouble Egypt and neighbouring Libya, tensions nevertheless flared between Islamists and secularists after the 2011 rebellion in one of the Arab world’s most secular nations.Islamist militants who emerged in the wake of the uprising remain a risk. One gunman was killed overnight and three arrested after they opened fire on a polling station in the central Kairouan governorate.Return of the ‘remnants’But accepting former regime officials—known as the “Remnants” by their critics—back into politics was one of the steps that initially helped restore calm and keep Tunisia’s often unsteady transition to democracy on track.Essebsi took 39 percent of votes in the first round ballot in November with Marzouki winning 33 percent.As front runner, Essebsi dismissed critics who said victory for him would mark a return of the old regime stalwarts. He argued that he was the technocrat Tunisia needed following three messy years of an Islamist-led coalition government.Marzouki, 69, is a former activist who once sought refuge in France during the Ben Ali era. He painted an Essebsi presidency as a setback for the “Jasmine Revolution” that forced the former leader to flee into exile.Many Tunisians tie Marzouki’s own presidency to the Islamist party’s government and the mistakes opponents said it made in being too lenient with hardline Islamists in one of the Arab world’s most secular countries.Still, compromise has been important in Tunisian politics and Essebsi’s Nidaa Tounes (Call for Tunisia) party reached a deal with the Islamist Ennahda (Renaissance) party to overcome a crisis triggered by the murder of two secular leaders last year.Ennahda stepped down at the start of this year to make way for a technocrat transitional cabinet until elections. But the Islamists remain a powerful force after winning the second largest number of seats in the new parliament.Essebsi appeals to the more secular, liberal sections of Tunisian society, while analysts predicted that Marzouki would draw on support from more conservative rural areas, and from some members of Ennahda, which did not field a candidate.The presidency post holds only limited powers over national defense and foreign policy. The parliament, led by Nidaa Tounes which won the most seats, will be key to selecting a prime minister to lead the government.Photo © Sarah Leduc, FRANCE 24 read more

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According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the continuing conflict in Liberia has displaced tens of thousands of refugees and locals near Monrovia, and sent more than 23,000 Liberians fleeing into western Côte d’Ivoire in the last two weeks. Poor weather conditions are making aid efforts all the more difficult. Yesterday, UNHCR staff in Liberia reported that resurgent fighting between the Government and the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) near Monrovia had spread to camps that hosted Sierra Leonean refugees. Nearby, the sprawling camps for internally displaced Liberians were also affected. The camps were deserted, and tens of thousands of refugees and displaced people were seen seeking refuge in various locations in Monrovia. Some of the agency’s local staff were also displaced from their homes. As the conflict rages in eastern Liberia, UNHCR has learned that a group of 1,000 Ivoirian refugees who had earlier fled their country’s civil war for Harper in south-eastern Liberia are now asking for help to return home. The Ivoirian army is exploring ways to escort them along the 18-kilometre stretch of road to the border crossing at Prollo, and then across the river in dugout boats. About 1,000 Malian and Burkina Faso nationals are also believed to be stuck in Harper. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) said security conditions were deteriorating daily in Liberia. The agency reported that without any peaceful solution, there would continue to be large numbers of people becoming displaced inside the country, and there would also be Liberians moving into neighbouring countries. The fighting had stopped WFP from distributing food to the 115,000 displaced persons in camps around Monrovia. To date, 70 per cent of the country was inaccessible to humanitarian organizations because of the intense fighting. read more

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With new year’s resolutions underway and National Non-Smoking Week on until Saturday, now may be the perfect time to seek help to quit smoking.Several effective options, many of them completely free of charge, are available to students, staff and faculty looking to reduce or quit smoking.This past fall, Brock University updated its Smoking and Vaping Policy as well as its Designated Smoking Area Locations and Non-Compliance Procedures. Beginning May 1, the outdoor designated smoking areas (DSA) on campus will be significantly reduced and their locations changed to create a smoke-free academic corridor leading from east to west across campus.While smoking or vaping tobacco is allowed in DSAs, smoking or vaping cannabis anywhere on campus is prohibited.Members of the Brock community looking to quit or reduce their smoking habits have access to the following resources:On-campus resourcesLeave the Pack BehindLeave the Pack Behind (LTPB) is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and is available to anyone aged 18 to 29 residing in Ontario. The organization offers free resources to quit or reduce their smoking and vaping, such as eight weeks of nicotine patches, self-help booklets and challenges.One such challenge is the annual wouldurather contest beginning Monday, Jan. 28. Interested participants must register by Sunday, Jan. 27 at 11:59 p.m. The contest runs until Sunday, March 10, with winners announced shortly after. A total of $10,000 in cash prizes is available to be won. Contestants will receive support emails and access to LTPB’s private Facebook community.Personal Counselling ServicesStudents can call 1-833-BROCK33 (1-833-276-2533) to book an appointment with a Morneau Shepell counsellor. Personal Counselling Services is located at ST 400 in the Arthur Schmon Tower.Student Health ServicesStudents can call 906-688-5550 x3243 to book an appointment with a physician. Student Health Services is located in Harrison Hall. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with evening drop-in available on Mondays. Employee resourcesSmoking cessation resources and counselling services for employees are available through the University’s Brock’s Employee and Family Assistance Program and comprehensive benefits program. Eligible Brock employees and their eligible dependents can access cessation and nicotine replacement options as well as an online smoking cessation program that provides interactive exercises, goal-setting and action-planning.Community resourcesCommunity health centresPatients of the following community health centres can access free nicotine replacement therapy (usually patches or gum):Quest Community Health Centre — 905-688-2558 x243Niagara Falls Community Health Centre — 905-356-422 x233Bridges Community Health Centre — Fort Erie: 905-871-7621 x2226 and Port Colborne: 289-479-5017 x2421Heart NiagaraNiagara residents may be eligible to receive free nicotine replacement therapy, such as nicotine patches, gum, lozenges or inhalers. Call 905-358-5552 or visit heartniagara.comNiagara region family health teamsRegistered patients of the following family health teams can access free nicotine replacement therapy (usually patches or gum):Welland McMaster — 905-734-9699 x3Niagara North, St. Catharines — 905-988-9617 x226Niagara North, Niagara-on-the-Lake — 905-468-2177 x130Beamsville, Medical Centre — 905-563-5315Portage Medical — 905-354-9393 x225Smithville — 905-957-3328Niagara Region Public HealthCall 905-699-8248 x 7393 or visit niagararegion.ca to find out about local programs, services and resources for quitting or reducing smoking, such as group workshops, counselling and nicotine replacement therapy.Smokers’ Helpline Call 1-877-513-5333 or visit smokershelpline.ca to get free, personalized tools and supports such as a telephone quit coach, motivational text messages, self-help booklets and an online community. The service is available in more than 100 languages.—For more information on Brock University’s Smoking and Vaping Policy, smoking cessation resources and Designated Smoking Area Locations and Non-Compliance Procedure, visit Brock’s Health, Safety and Wellness website.Employees can also visit the Health, Safety and Wellness SharePoint site and Employee Wellness SharePoint site to access wellness resources.On May 1, an east-west outdoor smoke-free corridor will be implemented on Brock’s main campus with about seven designated smoking areas located outside the corridor. read more

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Ohio State sophomore infielder Conner Pohl (39) takes a swing at a pitch in the fourth inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe final game of the midweek series between Ohio State and Campbell on Wednesday afternoon started eerily similar to the first game on Tuesday. With sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Vance on the mound, the second straight game with an underclassman starting pitcher, the Buckeyes allowed Campbell to score early, with three runs in the first three innings.But, despite a comeback attempt with a three-run eighth inning, junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Feltner allowed five runs in the ninth, giving up a grand slam to second baseman Christian Jones, with Ohio State (31-16, 11-7) dropping the second game to Campbell (27-20, 17-4) 13-8 on Wednesday. With Feltner coming in for his first relief appearance of the season, Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said the usual starting pitcher, who had started 12 games this season for the Buckeyes, held their best shot to continue the momentum his team put up in the bottom of the eighth. “We scored the runs to get within two and I felt like, ‘Man, let’s bring Feltner in there and put another zero up and give ourselves a really good shot here in the ninth inning,’” Beals said. “That certainly didn’t work out.” Beals said the 6-foot-4, 195-pound pitcher was overthrowing, uncorking two wild pitches and hitting two batters, and not pitching for location in his 0.1 innings of work. He walked one batter and gave up two hits.The Buckeyes came in with more of an aggressive approach offensively. After walking 12 times in Tuesday’s contest, Ohio State walked five times and recorded 11 hits, but left seven runners on base. Sophomore third baseman Connor Pohl, who had three hits in five at-bats including a two-run home run, said he saw Campbell pitchers attack the Ohio State offense more. “Yesterday, they were really going away, away, away for me, going fastball away and curveball down and away,” Pohl said. “Today, they were trying to go inside a little bit too, so they were trying to attack hitters more.” On the mound, the Ohio State pitching staff struggled with control. With six walks, including four walks by Vance, the Buckeyes hit eight Fighting Camel batters, the most the staff has hit in a single game this season. Command issues were widespread among Ohio State’s pitchers in Wednesday’s loss. “They didn’t command the baseball, 14 free bases” Beals said. “I don’t know if there’s any explanation for it mechanically because it was not just one guy, it was everybody. I don’t know if the wind blowing out, they are trying to be too fine, trying to do too much with the ball, not trusting their stuff.” Vance could not get a groove going in his start, allowing his fourth home run of the season in the first inning. He left after three innings of work, giving up three earned runs on three hits. Unlike Tuesday in which the Ohio State bullpen saved the game with seven scoreless innings, Thomas Waning and Curtiss Irving did not have the same success. Both pitchers combined to give up five earned runs on six hits in four innings. With a three-run deficit in the fourth inning, sophomore left fielder Tyler Cowles hit his fifth home run of the season, cutting Campbell’s lead down to two. He finished the day with two hits in five at-bats, adding on a double and a run in the sixth inning. Stopping play due to a 35-minute lightning delay, the Ohio State offense showed a little bit of life in the eighth inning, loading the bases with one out. The Buckeyes scored three runs to bring the game to within two runs. Even with the two-run home run in the ninth inning, the deficit for Ohio State proved to be too much, falling to the Fighting Camels by five runs. The Buckeyes will begin a three-game series with Purdue at Bill Davis Stadium at 6:35 p.m. Friday. read more

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The first two days of March Madness came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. On Thursday, two of the first three games in the men’s tournament featured major upsets, with No. 14 seeds UAB and Georgia State defeating No. 3 seeds Iowa State and Baylor. Those games were enough to ruin more than 99 percent of people’s prefect brackets.Then No. 6 Southern Methodist lost to No. 11 UCLA on a terrible goaltending call. And No. 7 seed VCU lost to No. 10 Ohio State (although Ohio State had been favored according to Vegas odds and the FiveThirtyEight forecast).But that was pretty much it. In fact, the better seed won 23 consecutive games on Thursday evening and Friday until No. 11 Dayton finally beat No. 6 Providence late Friday night. (That game wasn’t much of an upset either: Dayton had a 49 percent chance per the FiveThirtyEight model.) Somehow No. 5 seeds even avoided their historic “curse,” going 4-0. Upset magic dissipated into a cloud of chalk.So where does 2015 rank historically? Is it an upset that there were so few upsets?I came up with a quick way to score upsets in the round of 64 in men’s tournaments since 1985, when the field expanded to 64 teams. Every time the inferior seed wins, it accumulates “upset points” based on the difference in seeding. (See the footnote for more detail.1More technically, upset points are based on the typical power ratings associated with each seed. On average, for instance, No. 4 seeds have a power rating 8 or 9 points better than No. 13 seeds, which means they’d be favored by 8 or 9 points on a neutral court. That translates into the No. 13 seed having a 79 percent chance of being defeated. When the inferior seed wins, its number of upset points is calculated as its probability of losing minus 50 percent. So when a No. 13 seed beats a No. 4, it gets 29 upset points (a 79 percent chance of losing minus 50 percent), for example.) The more unlikely an upset, the more upset points. When a No. 9 seed beats a No. 8, it gets just 2 upset points. But a No. 16 would score 49 upset points for beating a No. 1 (something that’s never happened in the men’s tournament.)This year, underdogs scored 105 upset points in the round of 64:No. 14 UAB got 37 upset points for beating Iowa StateNo. 14 Georgia State got 37 points for beating BaylorNo. 11 UCLA got 12 points for beating SMUNo. 11 Dayton got 12 points for beating ProvidenceNo. 10 Ohio State got 7 points for beating VCUThis total is below average, especially by the standard of recent tournaments. Last year, there were 130 upset points in the round of 64. In 2012 and 2013, there were 195 and 192, respectively, the highest totals since the tournament expanded to 64 teams. However, this year’s tournament hasn’t been an outlier, by any means. The first round of the 2000 tournament featured just 26 upset points, while 2007 had just 30.In theory, we might expect to see upsets increase as parity increases in the men’s game and the differences between the teams becomes smaller. And it might not be so surprising that there have been fewer of them in this year’s tournament, which bucked the trend toward greater parity.But the NCAA has also made one move to reduce the number of upsets: It’s gotten better about seeding the teams correctly. The FiveThirtyEight model had the inferior seed favored in only 3 of the 32 games between Thursday and Friday, as did Las Vegas odds.2In fact, the FiveThirtyEight model and Vegas had the same favorite in all 32 games. So while real upsets like UAB over Iowa State may be increasing, “fake upsets” like Ohio State over VCU are on the wane.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

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first_imgA medical student convicted of indecent assault for grabbing a woman’s breasts during consensual sex has had his conviction quashed.Philip Queree, 37, met the woman known as Miss X, on Tinder and they had what was described as “rough” sex on their second date.But Queree was later taken to court for repeatedly grabbing her breasts too hard and pulling her hair while they had intercourse.Despite consenting to sex with Queree, the victim told him she did not want her breasts touched.She accused him of using “excessive force” and causing her pain and bruising even after she told him to stop.Queree’s promising career in medicine was left in ruins and he was placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for five years after the trial last August.But Jersey’s Royal Court this week quashed the conviction after ruling that the magistrate in the original case had “gone wrong in a material way”. During the trial the woman said: “I was in a lot of pain. I felt he had been rough with me. I had never experienced anything like this in my life, I had never felt pain in my breasts during sexual intercourse.”Having my breasts grabbed to me that is not normal behaviour.” In the Royal Court on Thursday, Advocate David Steenson, who was representing Queree, said the appeal was based on a matter of law and that there was insufficient evidence in the case for Magistrate Bridget Shaw to have come to the decision she did.He said that the charge of indecent assault was never appropriate for the case and that his client should have been charged with common assault or grave and criminal assault instead.The Advocate added: “Her complaints to the defendant did not amount to a complete prohibition of touching her breasts. She was demanding he was more gentle with her not that he wouldn’t touch her breasts at all.”Right-thinking members of society wouldn’t think that touching your partner’s breasts during consensual lovemaking would be indecent. It is nothing out of the ordinary, it is implicitly accepted.”Advocate Steenson told the court that the main point the prosecution made at the time of the trial was that the assault had been indecent because the woman had forbid Mr Queree from touching her breasts.He however doubted that “that kind of script” was given during a sexual encounter he described as “vigorous sex making.”He added: “It’s really inconceivable that if the defendant had touched the complainant’s breasts extremely gently in the way she enjoyed she would have objected to it. Right-thinking members of society wouldn’t think that touching your partner’s breasts during consensual lovemaking would be indecent. It is nothing out of the ordinary, it is implicitly accepted.Advocate David Steenson, who was representing Quereecenter_img “That’s a matter of common sense.”Advocate Steenson said that the issue at the heart of the case was the force used and that therefore the proper charge for it was that of “conventional assault”, not an indecent one.Crown Advocate Conrad Yates, for the prosecution, told the court that Magistrate Shaw’s decision was not a “snap” one but rather the result of a “careful reasoned judgment.”He added: “The important issue is not whether the injuries were caused before consent was withdrawn, but whether consent was indeed withdrawn and if the defendant continued to grab her breasts in that knowledge.”He maintained the assault was indecent because Mr Queree had been touching a part of the complainant’s body that is “sexual.”Mr Yates said that the sex had only been consensual “to the extent that she told him not to grab her breasts.”He added that conditional consent was given when the pair carried on having sex, saying the victim was “willing to carry on if he didn’t touch her breasts.”Returning the Court’s judgment, the Bailiff Sir William Bailhache said that the court was satisfied that the “Magistrate went wrong in a material way” and set aside Queree’s conviction.The reasons behind this decision will be published at a later date. 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.last_img read more

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(BBC) Google has confirmed that private emails sent and received by Gmail users can sometimes be read by third-party app developers, not just machines.(Google photo)People who have connected third-party apps to their accounts may have unwittingly given human staff permission to read their messages.One company told the Wall Street Journal that the practice was “common” and a “dirty secret”.Google indicated that the practice was not against its policies.One security expert said it was “surprising” that Google allowed it.Gmail is the world’s most popular email service with 1.4 billion users.Google lets people connect their account to third-party email management tools, or services such as travel planning and price comparisons.When linking an account to an external service, people are asked to grant certain permissions – which often include the ability to “read, send, delete and manage your email”.According to the Wall Street Journal, this permission sometimes allows employees of third-party apps to read users’ emails.‘Not asked permission’While messages are typically processed by computer algorithms, the newspaper spoke to several companies where employees had read “thousands” of email messages.Edison Software told the newspaper it had reviewed the emails of hundreds of users to build a new software feature.Another firm – eDataSource Inc – said engineers had previously reviewed emails to improve its algorithms.The companies said they had not asked users for specific permission to read their Gmail messages, because the practice was covered by their user agreements.“You can spend weeks of your life reading terms and conditions,” said Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey.“It might well be mentioned in there, but it’s not what you would think of as reasonable, for a human being in a third-party company to be able to read your emails.”Google said only companies that had been vetted could access messages, and only if users had “explicitly granted permission to access email”.It pointed the BBC to its developer policies, which state: “There should be no surprises for Google users: hidden features, services, or actions that are inconsistent with the marketed purpose of your application may lead Google to suspend your ability to access Google API Services.”It said Gmail users could visit the Security Check-up page to see which apps they had linked to their account, and revoke any they no longer wanted to share data with. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’One billion’ affected by Yahoo hackDecember 15, 2016In “latest news”Ray Tomlinson, the creator of email, has diedMarch 6, 2016In “Internet”Facebook says hackers accessed data of 29 million usersOctober 13, 2018In “World” read more

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first_imgA frustrated Luka Modric has accused Diego Simeone of having an unfair attitude towards the Real Madrid squadModric’s had the greatest year of his playing career to date after winning his first-ever Ballon d’Or as well as collecting a host of individual accolades.Although the outcome of the 2018 Ballon d’Or results stirred some controversial comments from several high profile figures in the football world.And Atletico Madrid coach Simeone was among them by claiming that his star man Antoine Griezmann or Real’s Raphael Varane should have been named the victor instead.“It’s really okay that Simeone thinks his player to be better, but he has a constant need to undermine Real Madrid and their players,” Modric told Sportske Novosti.“He takes every opportunity to insinuate unrealistic actions that would explain Real’s achievements at the expense of others.“I have great respect for Diego Simeone and everything he has won with Atletico, just as I have great respect for the players, the fans and the great club.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It’s not fair that our successes, among which are two honourable Champions League victories against Atletico, are reduced to his constant theories about some kind of favours towards Real.”The Croatia international also gave some insight into life after Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer departure from Real and responded to the Portuguese’s claims that Juventus feel more like a family than to what he had experienced in Spain.“I shared six beautiful seasons with Ronaldo, probably the best years of my career, and we’ve done so much together,” said Modric.“My personal view is that staying for nine years at Real is significant in terms of how he felt at this fantastic club.“Among other things, he won four Ballons d’Or. You can’t achieve this if you are not at peace in the environment.“I’ve been here for six and a half years and I can say with certainty that we are a good group, with mature people and quality players, good relationships and an excellent atmosphere.“Of course, there are better and worse days, but the core strength of the group can’t be questioned. If it were, we would not win all of these trophies, either team or individual ones.”last_img read more

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first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Neighbor Jay Cantrell, 93, ran out once he heard the crash occur at 1 a.m. on his usually-quiet street.“It was the funniest thing. I was dreaming that I was seeing smoke. And when I got here and looked, I was seeing smoke!” he told Fox 4.The homeowners whose SUV was totaled in the crash said they spotted a car seat in back of the driver’s vehicle. Investigators told reporters they found drug paraphernalia in the car as well.The driver went to the hospital, but was in the county jail by Tuesday afternoon. Investigators still haven’t released the driver’s name or charges against him. LIBERTY, Mo. (WSVN) — A wild police chase in Missouri came to a crashing conclusion when the suspect crashed into a family’s parked SUV, flipping it upside down.Clay County Sheriff’s deputies started their pursuit early Tuesday morning, following a man driving with an expired temporary tag. But the chase ended after the driver hit a hill and went airborne, flipping the parked SUV upside down, and landing on top of it. The car also damaged a portion of a home’s roof.“To make it even more bizarre, the driver gets out of the vehicle and runs up on the roof,” said Jon Bazzano with the sheriff’s office.last_img read more

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first_imgAOL has struck a syndication deal with the Publishing Group of America (PGOA), publisher of Relish, American Profile and Spry, to share video content between AOL On Network and PGOA’s branded sites. The deal is structured as a dual-syndication partnership. PGOA sites Moneyliving.com, Spryliving.com and Americanprofile.com will feature AOL video content, which was corralled under the On Network in April 2012, and AOL will feature PGOA video content in the cooking, recipe, personal finance and diet and fitness categories. In terms of syndicated content deals, this one is on the larger side. The AOL On Network breaks down into 20 channels, and attracts about 35 million monthly uniques. PGOA titles Relish, American Profile and Spry have a combined circ of 34 million and are distributed via 1,400 local newspapers. The company’s digital properties bring in 180 million monthly impressions, it says.last_img read more

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