Xiaomi may launch Mi 5 on July 16

first_imgChinese smartphone maker Xiaomi may launch the successor of the Mi 4, the flagship Mi 5 on July 16, if reports are to be gone by. According to a new report that quotes a 16 July event teaser allegedly shared by the company on Weibo, Xiaomi will most probably launch the Mi 5 in China on the said date.The report (via TechnoBuffalo) suggests that the teaser shared by Xiaomi goes on to offer the first look of the alleged Mi 5. While it doesn’t exactly give out an eyeful, the teaser is enough to highlight the super-slender frame of the alleged Mi 5 and its aesthetically curved corners.In addition, the profile reportedly reveals that the alleged Mi 5 will continue to carry a metal body (like the Mi 4), but a unibody design could also be a possibility this time round.That’s all that the teaser reportedly provides a look at. Meanwhile, rumours about the Mi 5 have been doing rounds for quite some time now.The alleged Mi 5 is expected to come with a 5.2-inch Quad HD display. It is reported to be powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor. On the camera front, it is likely to sport a 16MP rear camera and a 13MP front-facing snapper.The device will reportedly be backed by a 3,030mAh battery. In addition, the Mi 5 is also expected to include a fingerprint scanner.Meanwhile, Xiaomi is also reportedly working on a larger variant of the Mi 5, the alleged Mi 5 Plus.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 may launch in a few weekslast_img read more

David Warner thankful to SRH family for warm welcome ahead of IPL 2019

first_imgAdvertisementThe twelveth edition of the IPL (Indian Premier League) is in full swing and Australian opener David Warner who will be playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad is all set for an incredible season.Warner is back playing in the IPL after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year which saw him being suspended from the Australian national team. Warner’s team SRH will play against KKR at the Eden Gardens in the opening match.However, ahead of the IPL 2019, Warner said that he was thankful to the SRH family for the warm welcome and it meant the world to him.“It’s very important. It is one tournament on the calendar that I’ve always been looking forward to. I’ve had a lot of success over the years from when I first started.“From Delhi, I moved to Hyderabad. This is my second home and to come back here to open arms and to be greeted with the fans, some of the passionate and kind words, it means a lot to my family and myself. I’m just looking forward to the start of the tournament and playing and trying to go one step further from where the guys just couldn’t get further last year,” Warner told India Today.“The fans have been fantastic. My teammates, lots of cuddles and high-fives… it’s been brilliant. It felt like I was at home I can’t thank them enough for sticking by me and always sending me nice messages. It would be wrong for me to say I wasn’t emotional. I texted my wife and said ‘look I can’t get the smile off my face’. Because it’s my second family, it was literally overwhelming because I’m back where I feel like I’m at home,” the SRH opener added.He also said that he was also thankful for the support he had received over the past 12 months.“I was just so thankful and grateful for the support the Sunrisers family and chairman and his wife and daughter showed to me in the past 12 months and I’ll forever be grateful for that. The whole entire team was sending me nice messages and I was on group chat throughout the tournament last year as well. I was very thankful and pleased to be a part of that because I felt like I was there when I was watching it,” Warner said. Advertisementlast_img read more

The Contract Adventure: Approaches To Life As A Contract Worker

first_imgThe prevailing thought they say, is that we will experience 10% unemployment for a long time. They also say that companies have generated higher profits as they have lowered their human capital costs. This all comes as a result of increased productivity which is explained by employees working more, for longer and for less. At the same time, there are signs that companies are beginning to have some difficulty hiring quality technical talent and we can assume companies will have to hire talent relief for those employees who have been working so hard as of late. The question is: Will companies return to hiring full-time employees? Good question.Initially they won’t. Businesses live in an uncertain world including global economy questions, nationalized health care and a federal government that is not business friendly. As a result companies cannot and will not hire full-time employees but will increase hiring for contract labor at all levels. Is this bad for talent? Is a contract job a good opportunity career-wise? Good questions.Working contract is not a bad thing. The problem frankly becomes finding your next gig and putting yourself ‘out there’ on the market. Contracting, successfully, requires the right approach. Having worked as a contractor for most of my work life I have a few ‘contract life’ approaches to keep in mind if the opportunity becomes available to you:Working contract is an adventure because you get to meet new people, learn new models, experience different technologies and learn how to solve new problems, either on your own or by watching others. So think of everyday as a new day on a long and exciting adventure. Don’t worry about what you do or the level of your work…it’s an adventure.You are a gunslinger. OK, I grew up watching westerns. The point is no matter what you do, treat yourself as a specialist. Take pride in your work and do your job well. Think of yourself as the one person who can answer those customer service calls correctly, the one who can generate leads faster and more effectively or the one who’s the best landscape ‘remover of all weeds’. Pride in your work will be seen and appreciated by others, maybe when you’re not looking, and it may lead to your next contract.Increase the chance of finding the right career. Maybe that job pursuing your life career interest didn’t work out and maybe it wasn’t meant for you. By taking on contract work, working for a number of companies, doing a number of different functions, you may just find that over time you will slide into what is right whether it’s a new dream or the dream you had originally.So contract work is here and may be the way a number of us work for the foreseeable future. If you think contract work is for you, embrace the adventure, become a specialist (in your own mind first) and find your career path.last_img read more

‘Florentino loves Jose!’ – Mourinho tipped for Real return

first_imgJose Mourinho could make a sensational return to Real Madrid due to his strong relationship with club president Florentino Perez, according to Predrag Mijatovic.Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday following a 3-1 defeat at rivals Liverpool which left them 19 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League leaders.The Portuguese has been replaced on an interim basis by former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has left Molde on a temporary basis to take over at Old Trafford until the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho’s next step will be highly anticipated as, despite his recent struggles at United, he has won two Champions Leagues as well as league titles in Portugal, Italy, Spain and England.A return to Madrid has been suggested with the La Liga giants stumbling under Santiago Solari, who succeeded Julen Lopetegui at the Santiago Bernabeu last month.And former Madrid sporting director Mijatovic, who also played for the club, would not be surprised if Mourinho was again appointed by Perez, despite the 55-year-old previously leaving the club after three seasons in charge in 2013.”I don’t know about percentage chance, but in possibility, there’s a lot,” Mijatovic said to Cadena Ser.”Why do I say that? Because Florentino loves Mourinho and I think that each time there is a change of coach he gets in contact with him.”Watch out, eh! There’s a big chance.”Mourinho managed Madrid between 2010 and 2013, winning the 2011-12 La Liga title ahead of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.last_img read more

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The top 10 World Cup handballs

first_imgWorld Cup Maradona, Henry and the top 10 World Cup handballs Lewis Oldham 20:29 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Diego Maradona Carlos Sanchez Handballs Split Getty Composite World Cup Luis Suárez Brazil Argentina Germany Scotland Uruguay France Both in the qualifiers and the finals tournament, there have been numerous infamous handballs. Here, Goal takes a look at the top 10last_img

New book assesses Trudeau governments record of living up to pledges

first_imgOTTAWA — A new book arriving on the eve of the federal election campaign is offering policy geeks a comprehensive take on whether Justin Trudeau lived up to his 2015 vows.At the heart of the 237-page publication — the product of work from two dozen Canadian academics — is an analysis of 353 Liberal pre-election promises and an evaluation of how many have actually been fulfilled since Trudeau’s team took office.In short, the experts found that by March of this year Trudeau’s government had entirely followed through on about 50 per cent of its pledges, partially delivered on about 40 per cent and had broken roughly 10 per cent.The authors say the book — which also features a deep plunge into the weeds of about a dozen key policy areas — will not only interest wonks, like scholars and journalists, but can serve as a primer for all voters ahead of October’s election.“In an era of ‘fake news,’ negative advertising campaigns and conventional and social media overload, voters face a daunting challenge in providing a neutral and objective assessment of the past four years under the Liberal government,” they write in the book, published by les Presses de l’Universite Laval.“This book provides them with tools based on real facts to enlighten their evaluation of Justin Trudeau’s government’s record.”The English edition, titled “Assessing Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government,” is scheduled for release Monday. The authors say their mission was to create a non-partisan, transparent source of information about pledge fulfilment.For those looking to keep score, the book also provides a historical dimension. Researchers have retroactively examined pledge fulfilment by federal governments dating back to Brian Mulroney’s first majority mandate in 1984.The Trudeau government’s result is based on a platform-monitoring tool called the “Polimetre,” which is managed by Universite Laval’s Centre for Public Policy Analysis.The gauge’s latest reading — updated since March — shows the Liberals have entirely fulfilled 53.5 per cent of their 2015 vows, partially lived up to 38.5 per cent and broken eight per cent.The researchers also created a Polimetre for Stephen Harper’s last majority government that stretched from 2011 to 2015. The Harper government, they found, completely met 77 per cent of its election pledges, delivered in part on seven per cent and broke 16 per cent of their promises.The Harper Polimetre was the group’s first at the federal level — and the Trudeau version was the first to be made into a book.There are two ways to draw a conclusion on Trudeau and Harper’s promise-keeping records, said book co-editor Francois Petry, a political science professor from Universite Laval.One is to combine pledges fully met with those partially kept — which gives Trudeau a score of 92 per cent and 85 per cent for the final four years of Harper’s run. Or, Petry said, one can simply compare vows fully realized — Trudeau gets 53.5 per cent and Harper 77 per cent.However, not all pledges are created equally, he noted.Trudeau entered the 2015 campaign having made a lot of “transformative” promises, he said, in part because the Liberals wrote their more ambitious pledges while they were a third-place party.In contrast, Harper made a lot of “transactional” promises, which Petry described as those targeted at sub-populations like parents, for instance.The writers also stress that efforts by all governments to deliver on promises often converge with conditions outside their control. Circumstances could include the fulfilment-hampering effects of an economic downturn or a boost from strong growth, which the Liberals have seen in recent years.In the end, however, the researchers found the Trudeau and the last Harper government had the highest rates of follow-through on their campaign promises of any Canadian government over the last 35 years.Overall, governments in Canada have good records when it comes to keeping promises, Petry said. Polls, on the other hand, have long shown that most Canadians think politicians are liars, even though voters have generally done a poor job keeping tabs on party pledges.“There is a sort of negative bias in the Canadian population,” said Petry, who co-edited the book with Centre for Public Policy Analysis executive director Lisa Birch.“We are trying, therefore, to sort of change the view of the public on this particular topic.”The book also explores the effectiveness of Liberal policies and decisions over the last four years in a range of areas — from the party’s vows to support the middle class, address climate change and deliver on electoral reform.For example, the research notes how the Trudeau government abandoned its 2015 campaign vow to run annual deficits of no more than $10 billion and to balance the books by 2019.It also noted how the Liberals broke their promises to introduce legislation on electoral reform within 18 months of forming government and to end the first-past-the-post voting system.Asked about potential criticism of the research, Petry said the authors make no claims their method is foolproof, nor do they argue the results are as airtight as a controlled lab experiment.He said the Polimetre has been applied to recent provincial governments in Quebec. The group, Petry added, is considering a project that will scrutinize the pledges of Ontario’s Doug Ford government.Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Gaza cafe owner offers fish pedicures to improve business

first_imgGAZA, Palestinian Territory — When Mahmoud Othman tried to figure a way to save his cafe business in the beleaguered Gaza Strip, he was amazed by online videos of tourists in Turkey getting fish pedicures.That got him thinking and a unique idea was born.After getting Israeli approval, he recently imported hundreds of Garra rufa fish, a species of small freshwater fish nicknamed “doctor fish,” from Turkey and added a fish spa section to his hookah bar and cafe in Gaza.The fish, which feed off the top layers of the toughened, dead skin of the feet, have been used in spas as a peeling method for years around the world.“We wanted to introduce a new idea and service at the cafe,” Othman said. “Doctor fish has remedial and recreational sides.”Among the benefits, he believes the treatment “helps the body get rid of negative energy.”A 30-minute session costs 30 shekels, about $8, a hefty sum for most of Gaza’s 2 million inhabitants. Gazans in the coastal territory are struggling to get by under an 11-year-old blockade by Israel and Egypt that has devastated the local economy.The Israeli blockade has made it difficult to import many goods into the strip. Othman said it took him three attempts and over a month to get the necessary permits to bring the fish into Gaza.He didn’t know what to expect but business has been surprisingly brisk — despite unemployment soaring over 50 per cent and half of Gaza residents living under the poverty line.Othman said he gets 30 to 40 customers a day. Many of them see the service not only as good for the health, but also as a small luxury and temporary escape from the difficult situation around them.For four years, Mohammed al-Omari, 25, has suffered from warts that made it hard for him to wear shoes. Upon an advice from a friend, he tried the fish treatment and now believes it works for his condition.“The first time I tried it, I had a very beautiful feeling. I came for a second, third and today a fourth time,” he said after drying his feet and putting on socks. “When I find something to relieve the pain and improve my mentality, 30 shekels becomes nothing.”On a recent evening, seven young men sat in a room lit by blue neon lights, pants rolled to the knee and feet dipped into glass tubs. As the tiny fish clustered around their toes, the customers chatted or touched and swiped their smartphones.“It’s a beautiful thing,” said Mahmoud al-Dairi, who came for the leisure factor.Many of those frequenting the cafe are unaware of widespread health warnings over fish pedicures — especially the high possibility of infections. Several U.S. states and Canadian provinces consider the practice unsanitary and some animal rights groups denounce it altogether.But Othman is aware of the pitfalls.He said he has a strict set of procedures to sanitize the 16 tubs by giving the fish a respite of half an hour after every session and obliging the customers to wash their feet twice and apply sterilizers before dunking their feet.Fares Akram, The Associated Presslast_img read more

GL mum on CHOGM expense

He said that Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa will hold a meeting with all political parties in Parliament next month to obtain their support for the summit as it is of national importance. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam He said this when asked how much the government is spending for the mega event which will see the participation of 54 commonwealth nations. When asked how much of investments Sri Lanka hopes to make from the summit, the Minister said he was not in a position to give an exact figure. “We want to encourage people to come and see with their own eyes what we have done. Don’t be misled by false propaganda,” the Minister added.Professor Peiris noted that the summit is a good opportunity for Sri Lanka as the country will hold the Commonwealth chairmanship for two years.This will also be the first time in 24 years that an Asian country is hosting the all important summit. The External Affairs Minister said that the government hopes to market Sri Lanka as a major hub during the summit. External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris refused to divulge the expenses for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) to be held in Sri Lanka this November.Addressing the media today on the summit, the Minister said that instead of speaking about the expenses one must see what the country stands to gain from the summit. Meanwhile, the External Affairs Minister said that no country has indicated it will not attend the summit.There had been reports that Canada and a few other countries may boycott the event, but Minister Peiris said he expects all the countries to be represented. read more

Olymel plans relocation of employees from Quebec meat plant hit by fire

MONTREAL – The Olymel meat processing company plans to temporarily relocate employees at a Quebec bacon production plant ravaged by fire.About 180 workers at the Princeville, Que., plant will be offered the chance to work at one of the five other company facilities located within 100 kilometres.The May 6 fire, which killed one employee, did not completely destroy the Princeville facility but it caused significant enough damage that there is no short-term plan to reopen it.The company’s human resources unit will communicate with workers and unions to develop a relocation plan.The company is also awaiting a damage-assessment report on the fire, whose cause is unknown. Olymel plans relocation of employees from Quebec meat plant hit by fire by The Canadian Press Posted May 14, 2012 2:43 pm MDT read more

DeMarcus Cousins Is Slow The Pelicans Are Fast Somethings Gotta Give

Welcome to Four-Point Play, our weekly NBA column that pieces together four statistical trends from around the league and lays out what they tell us about where a team has been or where it’s heading. Find a stat you think should be included here? Email or tweet me at chris.herring@fivethirtyeight.com or @Herring_NBA.Four days ago, the Pelicans were looking at yet another year in which they were on the same mediocre path they’ve been on the past few years, and would’ve been on for the next few years. But now, following their shocking trade for DeMarcus Cousins, they have the best power forward and center in the game along with a solid point guard.What remains to be seen is how well Cousins and Anthony Davis jell in the frontcourt and in coach Alvin Gentry’s uptempo, small-ball ideology.Cousins is capable of playing fast. His Sacramento teams led the NBA in pace twice (including last season), and finished among the league’s top 10 in three other seasons. But the 26-year-old, who holds the ball longer than any NBA center, was in the midst of a career year playing in the Kings’ plodding, methodical offense, which ranks fourth slowest in pace.It’s also worth watching whether New Orleans — a team that’s shown almost no commitment to offensive rebounding because of its emphasis on getting back defensively — will now ask its two great bigs to crash the glass more.If it does, it will be imperative for Cousins to shed the poor hustle habits he displayed when frustrated. His temper tantrums and preoccupation with arguing his point to officials partially explain why the Kings have been an average defense following a made shot, but among the NBA’s worst at stopping opponents after they themselves have failed to score. The lack of hustle, where Cousins doesn’t even try to get back into a play, also sheds light on why Sacramento ranks last in defense after committing a turnover.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cousinsnothustling.mp400:0000:0000:17Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.I trust that Gentry and the Pellies will figure things out, but it’ll be interesting to see which of the three — Gentry, Cousins or Davis — is forced to adjust, and how those changes help or hinder the team.All-star game awkwardnessWhether it’s LeBron James draining a routine-looking jumper from halfcourt, or Giannis Antetokounmpo throwing down a nasty putback jam over the top of Steph Curry, certain players pop more than others during a flashy affair like the All-Star Game.And then there are players like Hawks forward Paul Millsap. Millsap’s 5-point, five-rebound showing in the All-Star game Sunday was nearly identical to his All-Star trips in 2014, 2015 and 2016, when he quietly posted 6, 5 and 3 points, respectively.Millsap told me he feels a bit out of place during all-star games, because the ridiculous dunking and scoring — which is all anyone wants to see during the exhibition — isn’t what earned him the trip. And the four-time all-star isn’t capable of giving most fans what they want.“At the end of the day, I play the game the right way, whether it’s an all-star game or not. Some may call it boring, but I call it basketball,” said Millsap, one of the better all-around players in the game. “I’ve been successful by making the right play and right reads. So I try not to get too caught up in the all-star game. It’s a lot of fun. But at the end of the day, it’s just hard to break good habits.”Millsap has some company in that regard. Warriors star Draymond Green, after posting just 4 points on six shot attempts in last year’s all-star game, had only 2 points on Sunday (though he finished with six assists). Going back a couple years, Luol Deng made a pair of all-star games in 2012 and 2013, only to average 5 points while shooting 4-of-12 from the field. And though former all-stars Al Horford and Joakim Noah posted respectable numbers in the exhibitions, both looked a bit out of place at times.Still, I like that a roster spot or two generally ends up going to a jack-of-all trades sort of player. They have incredible value, even if they aren’t the all-stars in the most traditional sense.Joel Embiid’s turnover problemAside from the Cousins-Davis pairing, two of the other most intriguing post-break storylines are in Philadelphia. Will we see No. 1 pick Ben Simmons make his debut before the season ends? And can Joel Embiid, coming back soon from a minor tear in his meniscus, pick up where he left off?Embiid was posting 20 points a night while providing elite rim protection — no easy feat. Yet Embiid still has far to go — which is what’s so promising about his talent.Still learning how to safeguard the ball, Embiid is committing 5.4 turnovers per 36 minutes, the most among centers and 38 percent more than Cousins, who ranks next highest. The 7-footer has really been in a giving mood near the basket, where he’s coughed the ball up on nearly 22 percent of his post-up looks, the highest turnover rate among NBA players with at least 100 plays, according to Synergy. And his turnover rate jumps up to a whopping 32 percent when teams aggressively send a second defender to double Embiid in the post.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/embiiddoubled.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.And while Philadelphia obviously benefits from Embiid’s otherwise efficient play, the Sixers have ceded more easy baskets off those mistakes with Embiid on the floor. The club sees its opponents score more than 20 points per 48 minutes off turnovers with Embiid on the court, up from the 17 points per 48 minutes they surrender when he’s sidelined.None of this is to suggest that Embiid wasn’t somehow worth the wait for Philly, or that these issues aren’t fixable with more playing time and experience. If anything, they highlight how much more he can improve upon on an already impressive rookie campaign.Revisiting the Spurs’ corner-three defenseIn last week’s Four-Point Play, I looked at the Spurs’ multiseason success in defending corner threes, and whether the team’s defense was really that dominant at taking away the shot, or whether there was an unusual amount of luck involved.Specifically, I mentioned that the Spurs — despite holding opponents to a lower corner-three percentage than any other team in the league — were leaving a disproportionate share of players wide-open for such looks. That prompted a number of thoughtful readers to raise a fair question: Couldn’t it be that the Spurs are simply more sophisticated about which types of shooters they allow to get open shots from the corner?So I asked SportVU researchers to run a handful of new numbers, looking at the disparity between which corner shooters the Spurs guard closely and the ones they are content to leave open. The finding: Yes, San Antonio — the NBA’s best defense over the past two decades — appears to do a better job than most at identifying which guys it can ignore.The Spurs are the fourth-best team in the NBA1Behind Golden State, Portland and Oklahoma City. at distinguishing between players worth guarding in the corner, and players worth leaving alone, according to SportVU, which looked at opponent’s expected-shot percentages.2The researchers looked at the expected 3-point percentage for players the Spurs guarded when taking corner threes, versus the expected 3-point percentage for players the Spurs left unguarded in the corner. The Spurs had the fourth-biggest difference between the two metrics.Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard said much of that stemmed from coaches repeatedly drilling game plans into players’ heads. “We usually do a good job knowing personnel and knowing what we want to accomplish that day,” Leonard told me. “So a lot of the time, if one of us gives up that shot, it’s coming from a rotation [our coaches] wanted us to make.”Like every other team, San Antonio still makes its fair share of mistakes, even if not all of them turn out to be costly. Boston guard Avery Bradley, left open for all five of his corner attempts this season, burned the Spurs with makes on four of those tries. (Houston sharpshooter Ryan Anderson, a 57-percent shooter from the corner that no one purposely leaves open, has been wide-open for three of his four looks; though he’s missed all four.)More often than not, though, the Spurs have shown discernment about who they willingly leave open. Corey Brewer3He was traded to the Lakers on Tuesday, but he played against San Antonio as a member of the Rockets., a 27-percent shooter from the corners, has been left completely open six times, and misfired on all six looks. Justin Anderson, a 36-percent shooter from there, has been left alone four times, hitting just one attempt. And Wesley Johnson, at 35 percent, has been uncontested on five of his six tries, connecting on only one of them.So, for Spurs fans who shout at the screen whenever the team leaves a shooter wide open: Don’t. They often do it on purpose, and for the last year and a half, it’s been hard to argue with the results. read more

Ohio State womens basketball hoping to rebound on the road against Michigan

Sophomore guard Cait Craft takes the ball up the court during a game against Penn State Feb. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 74-54.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorWith just five games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-13, 4-7) is trying to finish the season strong.To do that, the Buckeyes will need to make a concerted effort to outrebound their opponents and get in easy shots.When the Buckeyes outrebound their opponents, they are an impressive 11-1, the only loss coming Sunday against then-No. 9 Penn State when the Buckeyes shot just 27.9 percent from the field.But that’s easier said than done for the struggling Buckeyes, who are trying to avoid a four-game losing streak — which would be the longest for the team this season.Senior center Ashley Adams, who is tied for third on the team in total rebounds despite coming off the bench for most of the season, has played a big part in games in which the Buckeyes have won. In the Buckeyes’ most recent victory Jan. 30, she tallied 15 points and six rebounds on 7-7 shooting.Adams, who has struggled during the current three-game skid, said the pressure put on her and her teammates to win the battle on the boards is very demanding.“It is kind of stressful because our guards get back,” Adams said. “It is really difficult to have the mentality to get the ball every time and not give up.”Adams, along with fellow senior center Darryce Moore, received a lot of help from sophomore guard Ameryst Alston and junior guard Raven Ferguson on the boards against Penn State. The two guards combined for 17 total rebounds, something Adams said is always a positive.“It is extremely helpful whenever they have above five or six rebounds,” Adams said. “It relieves us a lot.”The Buckeyes received what senior forward Martina Ellerbe called a much-needed two days off this week, as they prepare to take on No. 25 Michigan State Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.“It is a long season and I feel like our bodies go through a lot,” Ellerbe said. “I came in and got some shots up though.”OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he is excited to get his team back on the court, especially against a good Michigan State team.“Overall, they are playing very well,” McGuff said of the Spartans. “It (the Breslin Center) is a great venue to play in and they support their team well.”The Buckeyes dropped their first meeting to the Spartans, 82-68, Jan. 26, a game in which MSU 6-foot-7 redshirt-junior center Madison Williams had a career day, blocking seven shots and pulling down eight rebounds while also altering multiple OSU shot attempts.“We have changed our offensive around (since the MSU game), so hopefully our guards will have a better chance of finishing,” Adams said in reference to the Jan. 26 loss.When later asked how the offense was changed, Ellerbe simply said with a smile, “It is a secret.”The Buckeyes and Spartans are scheduled to tip at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. read more

Germaine Greer criticises whingeing MeToo movement saying in the old days women

first_imgGermaine Greer is right #Metoo focuses on bourgeois women who care little for low income women minorities— Greg Barns (@BarnsGreg) January 21, 2018 Germaine Greer has taken aim at the #MeToo movement, describing it as “whingeing”, and claiming that women “spread [their] legs” for a role in a Harvey Weinstein film.The 78-year-old was named Australian of the Year in Britain during a gala event at Australia House in London and spoke about her views in an interview before the event.She said that “in the old days” women would “slap down” men who assaulted or harassed them, explaining: “In the old days, there were movies – the Carry On comedies, for example – which always had a man leering after women. And the women always outwitted him – he was a fool. “We weren’t afraid of him and we weren’t afraid to slap him down.””If you spread your legs because he said ‘be nice to me and I’ll give you a job in a movie’ then I’m afraid that’s tantamount to consent, and it’s too late now to start whingeing about that,”  said the feminist writer.However, she also said this doesn’t excuse the behaviour of predatory men like Harvey Weinstein.Greer explained: “I want, I’ve always wanted, to see women react [to sexual harassment] immediately”, and said she thinks women facing sexual harassment should take “direct and immediate action” against their attackers.  The writer said that women should be able to tell men to stop if they touch them inappropriately. Congrats to the 🇦🇺 Day Foundation’s winner of the Australian of the Year in the 🇬🇧, #GermaineGreer, a highly accomplished academic, journalist, writer, conservationist and modern feminist. 👏 https://t.co/ZThilnI0YN— Aus. High Commission (@AusHouseLondon) January 20, 2018center_img It’s not, and will never be, too late to act: to complain, speak out, share your story, even to ‘whinge’. Despite Germaine Greer’s opinions on the matter. #Metoo https://t.co/kHSvRgweba— Angela Priestley (@angelapriestley) January 21, 2018 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. “I want women to react here and now. I want the woman on a train who feels a man’s hand where it shouldn’t be … to be able to say quite clearly, ‘Stop’.”However, she did acknowledge that this can be difficult in situations where the man has financial power over the woman, and lamented that the campaign hasn’t gone far enough in its aim to give a voice to regular women in normal jobs who are in some cases facing harassment from their employers.Greer has previously started an argument with younger feminists because of her views on transgender women.She said at the time: “just because you lop off your penis… it doesn’t make you a woman”.last_img read more

Cambridge academic caught on plane with £100000 in a box of chocolates jailed

At the same time he had used the bank accounts of some of his PHD research students to receive what were referenced as “studentship payments” from the companies, with the money then being transferred into his own personal accounts.Judge Martin Beddoe told Abdi-Jalebi: “Of the funding dishonestly obtained you trousered £1m yourself.”Wind Technologies Ltd was entitled to grants for part of the costs incurred but not for the total amount, the court heard.Abdi-Jalebi altered the invoices, increasing Wind Technologies costs to make up for the costs that were not covered by the partial grants.The company would therefore receive de facto 100 per cent grants instead of partial grants.Jonathan Polnay, prosecuting, said the fraud was “a long-running course of conduct.”“The Department of Energy and Climate Change and Innovate UK were submitted forged invoices which resulted in £2.5 million being handed over,” he said.Following his arrest, Abdi-Jalebi lost his fellowship at Churchill College in Cambridge as the National Crime Agency spent 18 months examining his financial history.NCA senior investigating officer Ian Truby said: “While the companies that Dr Abdi-Jalebi was involved with were doing some legitimate work in the field of renewable energy, he used them as a cash cow to siphon off money. A Cambridge academic who stole £1m from a government green-energy project has been jailed for four years.Dr Ehsan Abdi-Jalebi, 37, was stopped by Border Force officers at Heathrow with £100,000 in cash in a Thorntons Continental chocolate box as he boarded a flight to Tehran in May 2016.The discovery prompted an investigation by the National Crime Agency, which found he had used fake documents to siphon off money into his own accounts from funding allocated to the development of renewable energy projects.He had used the funds to develop a property in Iran worth £900,000 and to lease a Maserati sports car as well as a property in Cambridge.Abdi-Jalebi had won international acclaim for his work on wind turbines and set up his technology firm Wind Technologies Ltd in 2006.But, he dishonestly received project funding to the value of £2.8m in grant money from Innovate UK, the EU and The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).Investigators discovered that the his firm had made a series of grant applications to the government to fund research, but on a number of occasions Abdi-Jalebi had falsified documents, including invoices, accounts and bank statements to show what was happening to the money. A further charge of perverting the course of justice, which he denied, was ordered to to lie file. “This money had come in as government grants, so it was essentially stolen from taxpayers.“Through some great detective work and after analysing thousands of documents NCA investigators were able to prove that he was a fraud.“While we have identified a number of UK assets held by Abdi-Jalebi the likelihood is that most of the money ended up in Iran, which will make it far more difficult to recover.“However, we will do everything in our power to recover as much of that UK taxpayers’ money as possible.”David Sonn, defending, said:”’He has been on bail for two years preventing him from visiting his family in Iran and missing the one year anniversary of his father’s death.“He has asked me to express his regret and his apologies to his funders, his co-directors, the scientific community and the universities.”Judge Beddoe told Abdi-Jalebi: ‘For the best part of two years you used forged invoices to obtain funds from DECC and Innovate UK.“These forgeries would have continued had your taking of the money out of the country not brought a cloud of suspicion around you.“Some of the money obtained was spent on genuine projects.”Abdi-Jalebi, of Cherry Building, Trumpington, Cambridge, admitted 13 counts of fraud and was jailed for four years. 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. read more

Dusko Celica sign to PPD Zagreb

PPD Zagreb try to solve problem with left back position with signing Bosnian NT member Duško Čelica. A 28 years old shooter came from French team Cesson Rennes in replacement for injured Domagoj Pavlović, who suffered arm injury and will be out until February 2015. Croatian champions have also young gun Stipe Mandalinic on that position, but he is recovering from knee injury which put him out from the court since April 2014.Čelica played in Slovenian teams Cimos Koper and RK Maribor, Bosnian RK Bosna Sarajevo, Qatari El Jaish… ← Previous Story 116 TEAMS STILL IN EUROCUPS: Who will take first German scalp? Next Story → EHF Cup draw on Thursday: HSV and Melsungen in Pot 1 Duško Čelicappd zagreb read more

Armagh man extradited from Australia in double murder investigation

first_imgA 30-year-old Armagh man wanted in relation to a double murder has been extradited to Northern Ireland from Australia.The man, who is set to appear in court in Newry today, will face three charges – two of murder and one of arson with intent.The charges relate to the murder of Thomas O’Hare and Lisa McClatchey following an incident at their home at Tassagh, Co Armagh, on 6 November, 2006.Read: Police seize quad bikes, firearms and stolen vehicles in Northern Ireland >last_img

Disgraceful scenes in Second City derby as fan invades pitch and assaults

first_imgDisgraceful scenes in Second City derby as fan invades pitch and assaults Grealish from behind West Midlands police have arrested the man in question. Subscribe Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 12:36 PM Short URL 72,469 Views THIS AFTERNOON’S CHAMPIONSHIP derby encounter between Birmingham City and Aston Villa at St Andrew’s has been marred by a shocking incident in which a supporter invaded the pitch and assaulted Villa star Jack Grealish from behind.The man in question was wrestled to the ground by a steward and several Villa players soon afterwards before being escorted to a policeman near the corner flag.Grealish was blindsided and floored during the assault, which took place mere minutes into the first half, but was okay to resume playing.What a disgrace! We’ve never seen anything like this! 😮A Birmingham ‘fan’ has run onto the pitch and punched Jack Grealish in the back of the head! 🤬 pic.twitter.com/2x50XGrRqD— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) March 10, 2019 Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A fan punches Jack Grealish in the head from behind, flooring the Villa star. The West Midlands police have released the following statement in relation to the incident: Mar 10th 2019, 12:36 PM A fan punches Jack Grealish in the head from behind, flooring the Villa star. https://the42.ie/4533124 Share43 Tweet Email Following the incident on the pitch involving an attack on an Aston Villa player; a man has been arrested and en route to a custody block. Further details to follow.Andy Dunne joins Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey to discuss Joe Schmidt’s undroppables and how France might attack Ireland’s predictability in The42 Rugby Weekly. By Gavan Casey 95 Comments last_img read more

Tax revenues set to miss their target

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram According to data published on Tuesday by the Finance Ministry, tax revenues in the January-November period missed their revised target by 678 million euros, which is attributed to the significant reduction in income tax collections, put at 416 million euros.In total, the net revenues of the state budget posted a shortfall of 1.2 billion euros, and it seems highly unlikely that the budget target will be reached by year-end. This coincides with data released by the ministry on Monday showing that expired debts created this year have come to 12.5 billion euros.To meet the target included in the 2015 budget, state coffers would have to receive 6.07 billion euros in tax revenues. This amount is particularly large and no single month this year has seen such takings. In total, along with the revenues of the Public Investments Program, collections must amount to 9.3 billion euros.Despite the revenue shortfall, the primary budget surplus in the first 11 months of the year stands at 3.56 billion euros, according to definitive data from the Finance Ministry’s General Accounting Office. This has resulted from a major reduction in public spending, but the ministry is still concerned about the level of expenditure by the end of the year given the needs of the social security funds.Year-to-end-November data showed tax revenues at 39.55 billion euros, against a target for 40.23 billion. The net revenues of the 2014 budget amounted to 41.77 billion euros, down by 918 million euros or 2.2 percent compared with the target in the 2015 budget.Other revenues that came in below target for the first 11 months were from taxpayers’ income tax (off 196 million euros), from direct taxes of previous years (61 million euros), from other direct taxes (80 million euros), from value-added tax on fuel (97 million euros) and from the special consumption tax on energy goods (58 million euros). Beating their target were tax revenues on property and capital transfers, by 4 million and 18 million euros respectively.Budget spending amounted to 47.75 billion euros, which was 1.83 billion less than targeted. Public Investments Program spending reached 4.55 billion euros, 500 million euros off target. By Prokopis HatzinikolaouSource: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Fourth Plain intersection work begins next week

first_imgOne of Vancouver’s busiest intersections is slated for changes that aim to relieve congestion and improve safety. Construction at the intersection of Northeast Fourth Plain Road and state highways 500 and 503 begins next week.Crews plan to add a 400-foot right turn lane from southbound Highway 503 to westbound Fourth Plain. Workers will also install median curbing on Highway 503 between Fourth Plain and Northeast 65th Street.Both improvements are intended to help the junction operate more smoothly. More than 71,000 vehicles travel through the intersection daily, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. To the north of the intersection, Highway 503 sees about 50 collisions per year.The $763,000 project is expected to be finished in early 2012. The work will mean single-lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each weeknight, according to WSDOT.last_img read more

More liquor for sale in Washington prices up

first_imgBELLINGHAM — Liquor privatization may have led to more convenience for consumers in Washington state, but they are not seeing lower prices.Sunday, June 1, marked the second anniversary of Initiative 1183 going into effect, turning over sales of liquor from state-run stores to retail businesses. Despite the jump in prices, the number of liters sold increased by 1.1 million (out of a total of 42 million liters) in the 16 months following the change to liquor privatization.However, the most recent months of data indicate sales have slowed, according to the Washington Department of Revenue.Along with prices remaining high, perhaps the most striking difference two years into liquor privatization is the dwindling number of former state-run stores in Washington. In April 2012, prior to privatization, 166 state-run liquor stores existed in the state.Washington held an auction, selling nearly all of the state-run stores to private entrepreneurs. By April 2014, 113 of these stores were still open, a 32 percent decrease.An uneven playing field was created as the big-box stores were able to get volume discounts, said Brian Smith of the Washington State Liquor Control Board.“1183 continues to have a few ongoing issues,” Smith said.The average price for a liter of spirits sold in March, including taxes, was $24.67, a 38-cent increase compared to the year before. In each of the seven previous months, the average price was higher than the same period a year earlier.last_img read more