Ashes 2017 rocked by spot-fixing claims but ICC says ‘no evidence’

first_imgThe International Cricket Council says there is no evidence the third Ashes Test has been “corrupted” after claims emerged in a British newspaper that bookmakers had offered to fix parts of the match.The Sun newspaper published purported evidence of Indian bookmakers offering to sell details of rigged periods of play for betting purposes, or so-called spot fixing, in the Test match between Australia and England starting Thursday in Perth.Cricket Australia said the report was a “serious concern”, while the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said they were “aware” of the allegations even if there had been no suggestion any England players were involved.Spot-fixing occurs when corrupt players agree to manipulate part of a match by, for example, bowling a wide on a particular delivery or ensuring a particular run rate.The corruption does not usually affect the overall outcome of the match but gamblers in the know can use the information to beat the betting market.The underground bookmakers told the reporters they had previously manipulated matches in the Indian Premier League and were also targeting Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League.The newspaper said it had passed all the evidence to the International Cricket Council, who said they would be investigated by its Anti-Corruption Unit.”From my initial assessment of the material, there is no evidence, either from The Sun or via our own intelligence, to suggest the current Test match has been corrupted,” Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager Anti-Corruption, said in a statement.”At this stage of the investigation, there is no indication that any players in this Test have been in contact with the alleged fixers.advertisement”The allegations are wide ranging and relate to various forms cricket in several countries, including T20 tournaments. We will look closely at all the information as part of our investigation.”‘ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE’Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive James Sutherland was briefed by Marshall on the allegations in a conference call early on Thursday which also included ICC boss Dave Richardson among others.He said Marshall had told him there was “no evidence, substance or justification” to suggest any players or officials from CA, the ECB or the ICC were under suspicion.However, he declined to comment on whether any Australia players were named in the dossier of evidence passed to the ICC from The Sun.”I’m sure the ECB can make their own comments, but we have absolute confidence in our players, our team officials and others involved in the game,” he told reporters outside the WACA.Sutherland added that Marshall would possibly brief the media later on Thursday.The ECB said the body worked closely with the ICC and its Anti-Corruption unit to “protect the integrity” of cricket.”We are aware of these allegations and there is no suggestion that any of the England team is involved in any way,” said a spokesman.Four Pakistan cricketers were jailed in Britain in 2011 and banned from the game for lengthy periods after taking money from a bookmaker to spot-fix during a Test against England at Lord’s in 2010.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Push-button generation of deep neural networks

first_img antedeluvian says: 3 thoughts on “Push-button generation of deep neural networks” The term “deep learning” refers to using deep (multi-layer) artificial neural networks to make sense out of complex data such as images, sounds, and text. Until recently, this technology has been largely relegated to academia. Over the past couple of years, however, increased computing performance coupled with reduced power consumption and augmented by major strides in neural network frameworks and algorithms has thrust deep learning into the mainstream.When I attended the Embedded Vision Summit recently, for example, I saw an amazing demonstration of machine vision in which a deep neural network (DNN) running on an FPGA was identifying randomly presented images in real time (check out this column to see a video). As an aside, one of the best lines I heard at the summit was “You can’t swing a dead cat in here without some deep learning system saying ‘Hey, that’s a dead cat!’ “ But we digress…As another example, take a look at this column describing how researchers at MIT used a deep learning algorithm to analyze videos showing tens of thousands of different objects and materials being prodded, scraped, and hit with a drumstick. The trained algorithm could subsequently watch silent videos and generate accompanying sounds sufficiently convincing to fool human observers.(Source: CEVA) Two of the most popular frameworks for deep learning are Caffe-based networks and Google’s TensorFlow-based networks. Caffe is a well-known and widely-used machine-vision library that ported Matlab’s implementation of fast convolutional nets to C and C++; it was created with expression, speed, and modularity in mind; and it’s primarily employed by academics and researchers with some commercial use. TensorFlow is a relatively new alternative to Caffe that is supported and promoted by Google; it features a software library for numerical computation using data flow graphs; and it’s scalable and applicable to both research and commercial applications.Caffe was designed for image classification and is not intended for other deep-learning applications such as text or sound. By comparison, TensorFlow has been created from the ground up to address a wide range of target applications.The original deep learning frameworks supported only linear networks. Modern frameworks, like TensorFlow, support more sophisticated topologies involving multiple layers per level and multiple-input-multiple-output.(Source: CEVA) There are several steps involved in creating a deep neural network. The first is to define and implement the network architecture and topology. Next, the network undergoes a training stage, which is performed offline on a powerful computing platform using tens or hundreds of thousands of images (in the case of a machine vision application). The result is a floating-point representation of the network and its “weights” (coefficients).(Source: CEVA) The final step is to take the floating-point representation of the network and its weights and transmogrify it into a fixed-point equivalent suitable for running on a target platform.All of which brings us to the fact that CEVA has just announced the second generation of its CEVA Deep Neural Network (CDNN2). CDNN2 is a neural network software framework for machine learning that features the CEVA Network Generator. In turn, the CEVA Network Generator can take a floating-point representation of a network — Caffe-based or TenserFlow-based (any topography) — and transmogrify it into a small, fast, energy-efficient fixed-point equivalent targeted at the CEVA-XM4 intelligent vision processor (the CEVA-XM4 can be realized as a hard core on an SoC or as a soft-core on an FPGA).(Source: CEVA) CDNN2 supports the most advanced neural network layers in use today, including the following:Input manipulation layer (pre-process stage resize, jittering and more)ConvolutionalNormalizationPooling (Average and Max)Fully ConnectedSoftmaxActivation (ReLU, Parametric ReLU, TanH, Sigmoid)New: DeconvolutionNew: ConcatenationNew: UpsampleNew: ArgmaxNew: Custom user layer attaching a specific functionalityThe folks at CEVA boast that taking a floating-point network, transmogrifying it into its fixed-point equivalent, loading it into a CEVA-XM4 engine, and running it is a “push-button” approach. Of course, we’ve all seen (sometimes given) demonstrations involving a little slight-of-hand and “Here’s one I prepared earlier,” so the guys and gals at CEVA have prepared this video showing the entire process in a single (less than 10-minute) shot.CDNN2 is intended to be used for object recognition, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), Artificial intelligence (AI), video analytics, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and similar computer vision applications.Coupled with the CEVA-XM4 intelligent vision processor, CDNN2 offers significant time-to-market and power advantages for implementing machine learning in embedded systems for smartphones, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), surveillance equipment, drones, robots and other camera-enabled smart devices.The CDNN2 software library is supplied as source code, extending the CEVA-XM4’s existing Application Developer Kit (ADK) and computer vision library, CEVA-CV. It is flexible and modular, capable of supporting either complete CNN implementations or specific layers for a wide breadth of networks. These networks include Alexnet, GoogLeNet, ResidualNet (ResNet), SegNet, VGG (VGG-19, VGG-16, VGG_S) and Network-in-network (NIN), among others.As noted earlier, CDNN2 supports the most advanced neural network layers, including convolution, deconvolution, pooling, fully connected, softmax, concatenation, and upsample, as well as various inception models. All network topologies are supported, including Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output, multiple layers per level, fully convolutional networks, in addition to linear networks (such as Alexnet).Click Here for more information on CEVA, CEVA-XM4, and CDNN2. Log in to Reply Log in to Reply elizabethsimon says: Log in to Reply Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, Consumer, Industry Clive”Max”Maxfield says: July 1, 2016 at 4:07 pm “I think it’s not so much that they are smarter. It’s just that they have devoted a lot of time to figuring these things out.nnThe way I look at it, it takes folk like us to turn this stuff into real products.nnAs much fun as it would be to work on som Continue Reading Previous How to run your own secure IoT cloud server for $8/yearNext Metrics we need – Part 2 “I know what you mean — I look at today’s DSP algorithms and they make my eyes water — but then I think to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to … it’s just that I don’t have the time (I believe anything I tell myself :-)” “All I can say is that there are lots of people way smarter than I am. Going to shows like EVS leave me with a massive inferiority complex. “ June 30, 2016 at 10:26 pm July 1, 2016 at 5:41 pm Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of facing West Indies, says Steve Waugh

first_imgWest Indies are the most watchable side in this year’s Cricket World Cup and every team will be wary of facing them, former Australia captain Steve Waugh has said.The winners of the first two World Cups back in the 1970s, West Indies have not made the final since 1983 but the recent return of some top players following the resolution of a long-running pay dispute with their board has provided a big boost.There was never any doubt about their batting firepower with crowd-pleasing opening batsman Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell in the side but they also showcased their bowling prowess in their opening match against Pakistan.In a performance evoking memories of the team’s heyday in the 1980s, their quicks led by Oshane Thomas harassed Pakistan with fiery bouncers in bowler-friendly conditions to dismiss them for their second-lowest World Cup total of 105.Thomas finished with 4-27, while captain Jason Holder and Russell shared five wickets between them to send an early warning to their World Cup rivals with a seven-wicket win.Champions Australia will be up next on Thursday with Aaron Finch’s team also picking up a comfortable seven-wicket victory in their opening match against Afghanistan.”The West Indies … possess a squad full of match winners that can dominate if they gain any sense of ascendancy in a match,” Waugh said in a column for the governing body International Cricket Council.”They are the most watchable team in the tournament with a batting line-up that can kidnap any bowling attack with brute force.”advertisement”No ground is big enough when this behemoth of a batting order clicks into overdrive but they also have a vulnerability against high-quality bowling as they tend to play one dimensional at times.””For the first time in a long while they have fast-bowling depth vindicated by Friday’s win against Pakistan without their finest in Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel.”West Indies need to improve fielding: WaughWaugh, 54, said West Indies would still need to improve their fielding.”Their Achilles heel however will be their lack of mobility in the field and this is where Australia can influence the outcome,” said Waugh, who won the World Cup with Australia in 1987 before leading the side to their second title in 1999 when the tournament was last held in England.”Every side in this tournament will be wary of playing the Windies and I wouldn’t want to face them in a knock-out match.””They are the sort of team that, if they get on a roll and build some momentum, then they could win it all like the ICC Men’s World T20 back in 2016.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Steyn, Amla in intense training session ahead of India clashAlso Read | 2 centurions not enough: England set unwanted record in World Cup 2019 defeat vs PakistanAlso Seelast_img read more

UCL last 16: All the details ahead of the draw

first_imgUEFA Champions League Champions League last 16: Which teams have qualified & when is the draw? Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(24) Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain Getty UEFA Champions League Manchester United Feyenoord Manchester City Monaco Tottenham Hotspur Benfica Chelsea Sporting CP Roma Atlético Madrid Barcelona Juventus Basel Celtic Qarabağ Anderlecht Porto Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund Bayern München Olympiakos Piraeus Beşiktaş PSG Spartak Moskva Maribor RB Leipzig CSKA Moskva Napoli Shakhtar Donetsk Liverpool Sevilla APOEL With Europe’s premier club competition ready for the knockout stage, Goal brings you everything you need to know ahead of the draw The group stage of the 2017-18 Champions League is over and knock-out stage is drawing near.Liverpool, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Porto were the last four teams to book their place in the next stage as 32 teams were whittled down to 16 for the second-round draw.Dabblebet’s Champions League odds here Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With the composition of the knockout stage now decided, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know.WHEN IS THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST-16 DRAW? Champions League drawThe draw for the first round of the Champions League knock-out stage will take place on Monday, December 11 at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.It is scheduled to take place at 11:00 GMT (06:00 ET) and fans will be able to follow it via live stream on UEFA’s official website as well as being able to follow the latest news on Goal.How does the Champions League last 16 draw work?The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League will be a seeded draw and the winners of the eight groups will be seeded. The eight group runners-up will be unseeded.Group winners, or seeded teams, will be away for the first-leg matches, which are scheduled for February 13/14 and 20/21, with the second-leg games due to be played on March 6/7 and 13/14.Teams from the same group or national association cannot be drawn against one another, so, for example, Manchester United cannot be drawn against the likes of Manchester City.However, that will change for the quarter-final draw, which will be an open draw.WHICH TEAMS ARE IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST 16? Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridManchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Barcelona will be the seeded teams from Groups A-D, while Liverpool, Manchester City, Besiktas and Tottenham are the seeded teams from Groups E-H.Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Juventus make for a strong unseeded line-up, and they are joined by Basel, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto.And with Liverpool having booked their place in the knockout stage as group winners, England has become the first country to have five teams qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.Champions League last-16 seeding Group Seeded Unseeded A Manchester United Basel B PSG Bayern Munich C Roma Chelsea D Barcelona Juventus E Liverpool Sevilla F Manchester City Shakhtar Donetsk G Besiktas FC Porto H Tottenham Real Madridlast_img read more

Fifa’s World Cup money-grabbing may be running into the sand in Qatar

first_imgExciting territory for the Middle East ingenues at Fifa, as the Qatar World Cup is elevated to the status of geopolitical bargaining chip. I know! It’ll be hard to know whether to qualify for it or sign a triple entente in the hope it’ll see us through the group stage.But first, a recap. Back in June, several countries in the region – including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt – instituted a blockade of Qatar, severing diplomatic relations and cutting off trade routes and so on. This, they said, was a response to the country’s support for terrorism and closeness to Iran. Among their various demands was that Qatar shut down the Doha‑based al-Jazeera and align itself far more tightly with other Gulf countries. Eye‑catchingly, Dubai’s high-profile security chief has now upped the stakes and claimed the blockade would end if Qatar gave up the World Cup. “If the World Cup leaves Qatar,” reasoned Lt Gen Dhahi Khalfan last Sunday, “Qatar’s crisis will be over … because the crisis is created to get away from it.”Clarifying his comments the next day, he explained: “I said Qatar is faking a crisis and claims it’s besieged so it could get away from the burdens of building expensive sports facilities for the World Cup. That’s why Qatar isn’t ready and can’t host the next World Cup.” He went on to suggest that “the cost is bigger than what the Hamadein [the ruling family] have planned”. Twitter Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Read more Sportblog Middle East and North Africa Qatar rejects allegations it supports terrorism – video Qatar Share on Pinterest Pinterest World Cup 2022 Topics World Cup Share via Email On the one hand, let’s not get carried away with this somewhat boggling analysis. It seems unlikely that Qatar is confecting a regional crisis solely to get out of honouring its commitment to host the World Cup – though the mere fact it could be suggested shows the Wag-the-Dog nature of the modern sporting mega-event. These things are not quite so expensive that it’s cheaper to have a war to get out of having to deliver them. But, you know … it’s close. Furthermore, I love how even the richest people on earth still apparently end up spending way more than they’re happy with on events of this type. Such is the demented mission creep of the mega-event that even Croesus would have ended up screaming: “I AM NOT MADE OF MONEY,” at the chairman of the Lydian organising committee trying to get him to sign off another bazillion of his newfangled coins for infrastructure security.On the other hand … the Middle East is starting to look like the place where Fifa might finally find itself out of its depth. With past World Cup hosts, the process for our Zurich‑based heroes has always been simple. Award World Cup to a country while denying inducements from immoral or innumerate local officials; get said country to spend insane amounts of money; get country to spend more money; get country to max out all lines of credit; insist country overrides its constitution and aspects of its rights legislation for your time in situ; leave with all the money and without paying any tax; respond with a hand wave or not at all when people talk about white elephant stadiums and infrastructure. Repeat.Qatar, on the other hand, is proving slightly formula-resistant. Not only does it have the blockade hampering construction work, but last week also saw the leak to the BBC of a risk report on the tournament. Compiled by management consultants, it judged there is “an increasing political risk that Qatar may not host the World Cup in 2022”. As the report puts it: “Western diplomats have privately stated they do not know whether or not the tournament will take place as planned.” According to Qatar 2022’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the authors of this report have links to the countries blockading Qatar. For this reason, they say, it should be discounted. Alternatively, you may judge it should be paid particular attention to, as evidence that the blockade countries really mean to cause as much trouble as they can in relation to the World Cup. Thousands of Qatar World Cup workers ‘subjected to life-threatening heat’ Facebook Clearly some sort of PR pushback is necessary, and on Monday the New York Times ran an interview with the Qatar organising committee chief, Hassan al-Thawadai, conducted before the report came to light. Whether sight of it would have tempered some of his answers is unclear but without it there was much for students of sporting platitude and euphemism to enjoy. Did the blockade complicate the idea of making it a regional event, wondered the paper? “No,” came the amusing reply. “We’ve always taken the simple position that sports is elevated from conflict.” That’s certainly a simple position – and time may show it to be a simplistic one. Still, you have to admire him for doubling down, declaring: “We’ve always focused on it being a regional World Cup.” Just to clarify: is the region in question currently the one literally blockading you? “This is a World Cup beyond Qatar,” Thawadai insisted firmly. “It’s a cultural experience.”Well. It feels very regionist to describe the current diplomatic chicanery over a football tournament as cultural, but perhaps Thawadai meant something else. Indeed, despite the frequency with which the World Cup is used as a political tool – perhaps this time more than ever – he is falling back on the cliche that it will be a peacemaker and healer. It is, he insists, “an opportunity to transform our region to a sustainable and stable future”. That idea may well run up against the limits of its credibility in Qatar. The official slogan for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid was: “Expect amazing.” The unofficial slogan for its delivery period is: “How’s that working out for ya?” comment Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Play VideoAdvertisementPlayCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%FullscreenMuteThis is a modal window. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Klopp has Mourinho’s Man Utd in his sights

first_imgLiverpool Klopp and Liverpool have Mourinho’s Man Utd in their sights Chris Burton 20:08 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Jose Mourinho Liverpool Manchester United Getty Liverpool Premier League Manchester United Jürgen Klopp Victory for the Reds over the weekend and defeat for their arch-rivals means there are now just two points separating the sides in the Premier League Jurgen Klopp has Manchester United in his sights after seeing Liverpool close to within two points of their arch-rivals in the Premier League table.Another intriguing round of fixtures in the English top-flight has intensified the battle for Champions League spots.Manchester City, who are now 16 points clear at the summit, are running away with the title, but second and fifth are separated by just six points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Liverpool have moved up to third, following a comfortable 2-0 victory over Southampton, with a shock 1-0 defeat for United at Newcastle leaving Jose Mourinho’s side within striking distance for Klopp and his ambitious troops on Merseyside.The German coach said after narrowing that gap: “I didn’t know United had lost before the game but we know we’re not far away.“We play against them one more time this season at least, so that’s good. For us, 54 points is important.“What the other teams have we have no influence on. We just need to make sure we keep on winning to keep up the pressure.”Liverpool are set to head for Old Trafford on March 10.The Red Devils also have meetings with Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal to come before the end of the season, with plenty of twists and turns to be expected.Klopp believes the tussle for top-four finishes will go to the wire, with it up to his side to ensure that they remain in the mix.He added on his targets for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign: “We want to finish the season top four. The only thing we can do is win our games.“But it will stay tight until the end. The quality of the teams is so big.“Also, in the last few years, a few teams had reached their targets in mid-table by this stage.“Apart from Leicester and Burnley no one has done that. So that will also make the league interesting to the end.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

10 months agoMkhitaryan faces exit if Arsenal complete move for Denis Suarez

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Mkhitaryan faces exit if Arsenal complete move for Denis Suarezby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal’s move for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez could force Henrikh Mkhitaryan to leave the Emirates.The Armenian international, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury, has failed to impress since joining from Manchester United last January. And The Sun claims the Gunners are ready to sell Mkhitaryan in order to make room for Suarez.The 25-year-old is believed to be on the verge of joining the north London club, having previously worked with manager Unai Emery at Sevilla.Suarez, who started his career at Manchester City, has played 17 minutes of league football this season. last_img read more

Where Notre Dame’s Recruiting Class Ranks Right Now

first_imgDrue Tranquill, Daelin Hayes and other Notre Dame football defenders make a gang tackle against Vanderbilt.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 15: Khari Blasingame #23 of the Vanderbilt Commodores is stopped by Notre Dame Fighting Irish defenders including Khalid Kareem #53, Daelin Hayes #9 and Drue Tranquill #23 at Notre Dame Stadium on September 15, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Notre Dame Fighting Irish should be in the mix for top contenders in the country this year, especially after making the College Football Playoff this past season. With another strong recruiting class coming to South Bend, Brian Kelly should have more than enough talent to make a title run.Well, the Fighting Irish are also getting an early jump on recruiting for 2020. Although the program isn’t toward the top of the rankings at this very moment, the team is projecting in the right direction.Outside of Alabama and LSU, no other notable program has a double-digit amount of 2020 recruits. The Fighting Irish currently have . five commits for their class, but that includes multiple four-star prospects.Right now, the Notre Dame football recruiting class for 2020 is ranked No. 17 in the country.Finding a worthy successor to Ian Book will eventually be the topic of conversation for Notre Dame, and perhaps one could be on the way.The most intriguing recruit for Notre Dame has to be pro-style quarterback Drew Pyne. He is listed as the No. 7 quarterback, per 247Sports.However, the best player in their class is Michael Mayer, who is the No. 1 tight end for 2020. Instead of rolling with Alabama or Georgia, the four-star recruit gave his commitment to the Fighting Irish.Notre Dame also holds commitments from defensive end Alexander Ehrensberger, tight end Kevin Baurman and defensive tackle Aidan Keanaaina.last_img read more

Shah reviews security situation in Kashmirmeets family of cop killed in Anantnag

first_imgSrinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Thursday chaired the unified headquarters meeting of the security grid in Jammu and Kashmir and reviewed the overall security situation in the state, officials said. The Home minister, who is on a two-day visit to the state, reviewed the overall security situation in the state with special emphasis on restoration of peace in Kashmir and counter-insurgency operations, the officials said. State Governor Satya Pal Malik, his advisor incharge home affairs K Vijay Kumar, Chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, Northern army commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, DGP Dilbagh Singh, heads of various intelligence agencies and paramilitary forces were present in the meeting, the officials said. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France The Home Minister earlier visited the family of Jammu and Kashmir Police inspector Arshad Ahmed Khan, who was killed in a terror attack in Anantnag on June 12. Amid tight security arrangements, Shah visited the family in Balgarden area of the city. The area was cordoned off for the home minister’s visit. Khan, 37, was injured in the terror attack and later flown to Delhi in an air ambulance for specialised treatment. However, he succumbed to injuries at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Khan is survived by wife and two sons, aged four and one. Five CRPF personnel were killed in the terror attack, in which a lone Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist targeted a patrol team of the paramilitary force. Shah has also met panchayat representatives who were elected in the grass root level polls last year. He arrived here Wednesday on his maiden visit to the state after taking over the charge of the Home Ministry, signifying the importance given to Jammu and Kashmir by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. This was Shah’s first official visit outside the union capital after assuming charge. Breaking away from protocol, the state Governor, accompanied by his advisors and some top officials of the state administration, had received Shah at the airport, officials said. Governors in the past have normally only received the Prime Minister. The home minister on Wednesday reviewed the security arrangements for Amarnath yatra, which commences on 1 July. He had also reviewed the developmental works including the Rs 80,000 crore Prime Minister’s Development Package announced by Narendra Modi for the state in 2015.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Who’s that girl?For Andrea Bolley, it’s the question that indubitably swoops up and down the local party scene, particularly among novices.Seeing her dart through it — dressed in the long frock coats she favours, and a countenance that throbs with the guise of a latter-day Lauren Bacall — it’s clear, however, that she doesn’t exactly fit the dictionary definition of “girl.” Nor does it square when she casually drops mentions of long-gone hot spots, like Bemelmans and Prego. But, where the usual suspect can — and does — outplay all and any millennial comers? On the dance floor of life. Andrea Bolley poses with Drake at an exclusive pre-opening event held at the rap superstar’s new Toronto restaurant, Pick 6ix (Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Remy Martin) Rug-cutting like no one else, she is the “secret sauce,” some might say, to shindigs, galas and launches in this town — a foil to the dreary, frozen-smiled socialites one routinely sees around, as well as the hashtag-mad, too-trite newer kids. Something that even Drake, yes, Drake! — Toronto’s unofficial mayor — noticed when he saw her dancing at a party, and since has made her part of his “squad,” one might say. It’s not every day that you see a white woman of a certain age pop into his social media stream, as was the case when he included her in an Instagram Story he posted a few months ago.“Who are you?” Bolley, somewhat shy off the dance floor, recalls Drake asking when she crossed paths with him at the opening of his restaurant Fring’s on King St. W. in 2015. She was making her moves, feeling the music, when he started taking a photo of her and then told her to come join him in his booth. “He was, like, c’mon up,” she continues, summing up the moment. “I said no. He said, ‘You have to!’ He took my purse and jacket. Asked me what I’m drinking. I said vodka and tonic. He said, ‘Same as me!’ Jada Pinkett Smith was there too.” Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

North American stock markets up as Trump exempts Canada from tariffs

first_imgTORONTO – Markets on both sides of the border saw moderate gains Thursday as U.S. President Donald Trump announced broad tariffs on steel and aluminum that exempted Canada and Mexico.The president signed proclamations slapping tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum that go into effect for the rest of the world in 15 days. Canada and Mexico are to be excluded from the tariffs for now but uncertainty remains on how firm that exemption is as NAFTA negotiations continue.Thursday’s positive finish in North American markets was preceded by mild swings throughout the day as investors waited to see the details and wider implications of the tariffs, said Anish Chopra, managing director with Portfolio Management Corp. in Toronto.“The markets are in a wait and see mode,” he said. “Is this the start of a trade war, or it just going to be small battles on different areas of trade as opposed to a full-scale trade war?”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 66.09 points at 15,538.70, with the industrials and financials sectors offsetting losses in mining stocks.The April gold contract was down US$5.90 to US$1,321.70 an ounce and the May copper contract was down six cents to US$3.08 a pound.Energy also weighed on the commodity-heavy TSX, as oil prices saw sharp losses for a second day in a row after the U.S. Energy Department reported Wednesday that American oil production rose last week — a move that thwarts ongoing efforts by OPEC to tighten global supplies and support prices.The April crude contract was down US$1.03 to US$60.12 per barrel.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 93.85 points to 24,895.21. The S&P 500 index was up 12.17 points to 2,738.97 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 31.30 points to 7,427.95.Markets could see more movement Friday when the U.S. releases its latest job figures, said Chopra.“People are waiting for the jobs report tomorrow to see if there are any signs of inflation ticking up in the United States.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 77.36 cents US, up 0.12 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the April natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.76 per mmBTU.last_img read more

GuineaBissau closer to political stability security – SecretaryGeneral

In his latest report on the country to the Security Council, released today, Mr. Ban commended its people for the “peaceful and well organized” presidential elections in June and July, where Malam Bacai Sanhá won a run-off round against Mohamed Yalá.But he noted that the record voter abstention rate points to the need for Guinea-Bissau’s political leaders to “foster dialogue and accountability towards their constituents, in order to reinforce democracy and regain the confidence of citizens.”The period under review was dominated by the tension that followed the assassinations of presidential candidate Baciro Dabó and the former defence minister Helder Proença in early June on the eve of the official launch of the electoral campaign.In March then president João Bernardo Vieira was also assassinated amid tensions between the Government and the military forces in a country marked by decades of civil conflicts, coups d’état and uprisings.The Secretary General urged the successful completion of the ongoing investigations into those political assassinations, which will “assist in combating impunity and will contribute to justice and national reconciliation.”“It will also improve the image of Guinea-Bissau and restore the confidence of the international community,” added Mr. Ban.He also pledged the support of the UN Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS), which will be succeeded on 1 January 2010 by the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). The new office will be responsible for, among others, strengthening the capacity of national institutions, supporting the establishment of efficient law enforcement and helping to mobilize international assistance. “There is a window of opportunity in Guinea-Bissau that must be seized,” added Mr. Ban, urging the country’s leaders to capitalize on the success of the elections and public optimism to also improve the country’s social and economic conditions.Guinea-Bissau is one of the world’s poorest countries, and over the past year the cost of rice and other cereals have soared by as much as 30 per cent.But the Secretary-General said there are also some encouraging signs, with stronger-than-expected sales of cashew nuts – the nation’s main export crop – ensuring that the forecast economic decline in Guinea-Bissau will not be as severe as anticipated. 29 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed cautious optimism over the progress of democracy in Guinea Bissau, where a series of political assassinations earlier this year threatened stability in the impoverished West African country. read more

Rates to jump amid growing financial losses at BCs public auto insurer

VANCOUVER — Insurance rates are going up for drivers in British Columbia and the province’s attorney general says the previous government is to blame.David Eby said the Insurance Corporation of B.C. is in crisis, with financial losses totalling more than $500 million last year.The insurance provider is asking the provincial utilities commission to hike basic rates by 6.4 per cent this year to combat the losses.Optional rates will also jump and Eby said Tuesday that the average driver can expect an annual blended increase of eight per cent or $130 per year.All vehicle owners in B.C. are required to purchase basic coverage through ICBC, but they can look to private insurers for optional extra coverage.The higher rates follow a recent report from Ernst & Young that said the Crown corporation’s finances were in serious trouble and rates would need to increase 30 per cent by 2019 to cover costs.Eby said the public auto insurer’s problems are due in part to the previous Liberal administration’s “cavalier and reckless” attitude toward the Crown corporation’s finances.“The former government knew years ago that issues at ICBC were spiralling rapidly out of control, yet they completely failed to look out for drivers and the road users of our province. We are paying for those short-sighted decisions today,” he said.But Andrew Wilkinson, the Liberal’s attorney general critic, said his party took steps to keep increases affordable and stable for families when ICBC’s claims surged, totalling $2.4 billion in payouts in 2015.“Instead of offering new ideas on how to control the cost issue, Eby is attempting to lay blame for the challenges ICBC is currently facing rather than provide his own plan,” Wilkinson said.Fixing the public auto insurer will be an ongoing project for “the next several years,” Eby said.First steps will include an audit of ICBC’s operations and a number of initiatives aimed at reducing collisions, including activating red-light cameras 24 hours a day and a public awareness campaign highlighting the dangers of distracted driving.“The way we identified these specific initiatives was to ensure we could, as quickly as possible, begin bending those cost curves by making B.C. roads safer, but also by identifying opportunities for savings within ICBC to get those costs down and, as a result, keep rates affordable for British Columbians,” Eby said.Eby wouldn’t guarantee that British Columbians won’t see rate hikes again next year, but promised that he has asked ICBC to look for ways of making the costs more fair.“It makes absolutely no sense to me that someone with a spotless driving record should be paying the same or a similar insurance rate as someone with a careless driving conviction. We need to make sure that bad drivers pay more and good drivers pay less,” he said. read more

Ranawaka sits in his Ministry despite appointment of new cabinet

Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka visited the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development today and sat in his office.Champika Ranawaka said that a majority of Parliamentarians had signed a motion today against the prorogation of Parliament and appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister. He said that the support received today showed the new Government appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena was illegal. (Colombo Gazette)

Winter may be harsh blow to vulnerable children in Middle East UNICEF

“Without help, the cold could be yet another harsh blow to vulnerable children in the region who have already been through so much,” said Geert Cappelaere, the UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, in a news release Friday.“Children’s health is weak from undernutrition, poor healthcare and displacement. Hypothermia and respiratory infections are a serious threat – if left untreated, children will die.”Conflict, displacement and unemployment for years have already depleted families’ resources, leaving them unable to purchase of warm clothing or heating fuel.Furthermore, if schools are not kept warm, dropout rates are expected to rise, leaving children more vulnerable to early marriage, sexual violence or forced recruitment into fighting.Staff at the UN agency are working against time to provide warm clothing, winter supplies and blankets before the cold sets in, but the agency is staring at a $60 million (more than 80 per cent) funding shortfall for its $73 million appeal.The lack of resources could leave up to 1.5 million children across Iraq, Syria, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and neighbouring refugee host countries, exposed to the elements.With sufficient funding, UNICEF aims to provide winter clothing kits to over 800,000 children across the region, including to families that have been displaced by recent fighting; thermal blankets for almost 240,000 children; child friendly spaces and school heating for 105,000 children; and cash assistance to the families of more than 320,000 vulnerable children. read more

Women who regularly consume soft drinks may be reducing their chances of

first_imgThe finding, showed that reduced rates of pregnancy was most closely associated with consumption of soft drinks made with artificial sweeteners, as well as coffee with added artificial sweeteners.Meanwhile the use of sugar in soft drinks and coffee was associated with a poorer quality of egg, which can be a factor in likelihood of getting pregnant.Unsweetened coffee, however, had no effect on egg quality or pregnancy chances, said the researchers from the Federal University of Sao Paulo.Professor Adam Balen, Chairman of the British Fertility Society, said: “This is a very interesting study that suggests the false promise of artificial sweeteners that are found in soft drinks and added to drinks, such as coffee, may have a significant effect on the quality and fertility of woman’s eggs and this may further impact on the chances of conception.“These findings are highly significant to our population.“There should be more scrutiny of food additives and better information available to the public and, in particular, those wishing to conceive.”However, a spokesman for the British Dietetic Association said the study made no effort to distinguish the effect on fertility outcomes of the bodyweight of the women in the trail from the impact of artificial sweeteners and sugar in their diets.Professor Sir Colin Berry, Emeritus Professor of Pathology at Queen Mary University London, also cautioned about drawing inferences on wider reproductive outcomes from the experience of IVF patients. Other scientists, however, have said the lower pregnancy rates may have been driven by obesity, which is already a known negative factor, rather than the sugar or its synthetic equivalent per se.Artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin and sucralose, are chemical substances that many people choose over sugar because they are low-calorie or calorie-free.In the study, which will be presented today at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine congress in Salt Lake City, a batch of women who were undergoing IVF treatment were interviewed by nutritionists about the foods they consumed, as well soft and hot drinks. 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.center_img Women who regularly consume soft drinks may be reducing their chances of getting pregnant, according to new research.A study of 524 patients found a link between artificial sweeteners, such as those used in “diet” sodas, and lower fertility rates, while use of sugar in soft drinks and added to coffee was associated with poorer quality of eggs and embryos.One of Britain’s leading fertility experts last night described the findings as “highly significant”, and warned women not to underestimate the effects of food additives on their likelihood of conception.last_img read more

Porn actor who filmed himself in threesome on busy Tube train fined

An adult performer who filmed himself and his former partner having a threesome on a Tube train in front of passengers has been fined £1,000.Porn actor George Mason, 35, and Nicholas Mullan, 24, were with a third man, who has not been identified, on a Northern Line train between Leicester Square and Waterloo.The incident happened in July 2017 but was not reported until February last year, when it was posted on Twitter.Mason, of John Ruskin Street, Southwark, south-east London, and Mullan, of Castlehume Gardens, Belfast, admitted outraging public decency at an earlier hearing.They were sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday after magistrates were shown stills from the video footage.Chairing the bench, Lucinda Lubbock said they had been “humiliated in the court of social media”, and added: “This was a very unpleasant and serious offence on the public Underground system. A caption described it as “100% genuine footage”, the court heard.Defending both men, Howard Cohen said the video was recorded 18 months earlier as the pair travelled back to Mason’s flat after a day out.He said they had been in a relationship for “some time” but were not together when the incident happened.”During the course of the journey, the idea came about that they would have sexual relations on the train,” Mr Cohen said.Mason “works in the adult film industry” and provided the footage to the Hung Young Brit website.He was then “required to upload a snippet of the material on a Twitter account” and used the “salacious” title to attract attention, Mr Cohen said.Both have been subject to a “virulent and quite disgusting campaign of hate” on social media since details of the incident emerged, he added. “The way it took place back in July, the seriousness of the offence, is exacerbated by the fact that it went on social media.”Fining Mason for his “more serious” role, she told him: “The uploading, the tagline and so on are very much part of your offence specifically.”He was also handed an 18-month community order and told to pay £170 in costs. George MasonCredit:Yui Mok/PA  George Mason Mullan, who is on benefits, was not fined but told to pay £170 costs and carry out a 12-month community order.Ms Lubbock added: “We feel that this is a lesson to both of you. As your defence lawyer said, you have been humiliated in the court of social media.”Recalling the events that led to the prosecution, Robert Simpson for The Crown said the police were called by a gay man who saw the footage online and thought it “crossed the line”.He said: “The two men in the dock engaged in various sexual acts on a Tube train…and this was in the presence of the travelling public.””The incident is recorded by them and the video of what happened was subsequently uploaded on to Twitter, where another gay man saw it, thought that had crossed the line of what was acceptable behaviour and the incident was reported to the police.”An investigation discovered the footage was posted to an account named “Hung Young Brit” linked to Mason.Mullan was traced after another clip linked to an escort website in Northern Ireland, where he shared his mobile number under the name Toby.Mr Simpson said the video was posted with the caption: “Full-on live sex in front of the general public on Tube train.” 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

Mother of 5 at her wits end over abusive acid attacking

…says she made multiple Police reports but “they never take my words”A mother of five is at her wits’ end and calling on the local authorities for justice after allegedly enduring years of domestic abuse, threats to her life, and most recently rape and an acid attack by her 56-year-old ex-reputed husband at the “D” Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown home they shared.Lavern Newton45-year-old Lavern Newton spoke to INews on Thursday and explained that she had been in a relationship with her now ex-husband, for approximately 25 years. She said that for the past 10 years, however, they have separated temporarily on many occasions, but she would always return because of his alleged threats to end her life.Newton noted that after all the years of being abused, she made several reports against her ex at the Kitty Police Station, the Prashad Nagar Police Station, the Sparendaam Police Station, and most recently at the Sophia Police Station. However, the mother of five said that these reports have proved futile as no action has ever been taken against the accused.“Many times when I go mek the report, the police would call he, not to arrest he or nothing, but for him to come for me. I make a set a reports and nothing. They never take my words,” Newton told this online publication.On previous occasions, the man has been accused of lashing Newton across the face with a Guinness bottle and beating her with other weapons.The Sophia resident explained that the they have been separated for approximately three months now, but since then, her ex-husband would allegedly call often to leave threats or show up abruptly to have unconsented sex with her, in most cases, in front of her children.INews understands that Newton has three children –ages 12, eight and six- with the accused and two others –ages 27 and 16- from a previous relationship.The woman alleged that on Friday last, she was raped her in front of her 16-year-old and her ex attempted to repeat the act in the presence of her 27-year-old.“He rape me infront of my 16-year-old and then later in the night when my big son come home from work, he [son] lie down in the living room area and he [ex-husband] thought he sleeping and was going to rape me in front of my big son but I fight he off and…tek the hot water that I had on the stove, because I was going to make macaroni, and I throw the water on he,” Newton explained.This reportedly caused the 56-year-old man to leave the house again, but he reportedly continued to make phone calls to threaten the woman.Newton further told this publication that her most recent encounter with her ex was on Sunday last when he allegedly attempted to throw acid on her face.Newton displaying the damage the acid- which she said was meant for her face-caused to her legs“He went by the neighbour opposite by my house and when I went coming home from work, I see somebody running out the yard. When I realise is he, he throw the acid on me but I run, so it only catch the back of my foot them,” the mother of five said.When INews made contact with acting “C” Division Commander, Stephen Mansel he explained that he is aware that a report was made but he is in the process of briefing himself on the issue. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice hunting Berbice man who set house on fire after failing in bid to kill ex-wifeJune 22, 2018In “Crime”Body of missing woman found in shallow graveMay 14, 2019In “Crime”Woman brutally chopped by ex-husband on road to recoveryAugust 2, 2016In “Crime” read more

New FG junior minister says Quinn grants plan has been dealt with

first_imgIf people have a big income they shouldn’t get a grant and if they haven’t they should get a grant – that’s what the Government have decided so far as I understand.Speaking earlier on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ruairí Quinn insisted that the idea was still on the table, but had yet to be discussed in detail by ministers. That idea has been dropped by Minister Quinn and it’s only fair that it be dropped. “The reality is that farm assets, if they were to be taken into account for assessing grants, that would be a very unfair way of assessment,” the minister said. We haven’t had the discussion in Cabinet yet on the introduction of a fairer system that would include some sort of capital assets test.He said that the scheme would take some time to get in place and that it was “always intended the plan be brought in for the academic year beginning September 2014″.Read: Coalition sees disagreements over student grants >Read: ‘I won’t take my eye off the ball’: Quinn promises better SUSI system > FINE GAEL’S NEWLY appointed junior minister for agriculture says a plan to means-test assets as part of the process for student grant applications has been dropped – in spite of Education Minister Ruairí Quinn’s assertion that it’s still on the coalition’s agenda.Minister Quinn – who is proposing that assets like property and shares worth over €750,000 should be included in the assessment process – insisted earlier today that his plan was ‘not dead’.Many Fine Gael backbench TDs have voiced opposition to the scheme since it was proposed by the minister, fearing it could lead to the children of low-income farming families missing out on the chance to go to college.Speaking just hours after his appointment as the new minister of state, Tom Hayes said on RTÉ’s News at One that the issue had been ‘dealt with’.last_img read more

ECCV launches new project

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victorian multicultural organisations will be given strategic and practical support to improve their governance through a new project initiative launched by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV).The Futures Project, funded by the Scanlon Foundation and in partnership with the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Leadership Victoria, will provide governance support for volunteer driven, ethno-specific and multicultural organisations.The project aims to provide a governance model through which multicultural communities will work together through their respective organisations, building and strengthening cross-cultural connections and relationships.“This project has been created to address an identified need for greater governance of ethnic and multicultural organisations; a need that ECCV recognises will continue to challenge the sector,” said ECCV chairperson Eddie Micallef. “Through forums, targeted support and ongoing mentoring, the project will provide a variety of long-lasting benefits to ethnic and multicultural organisations.“This includes providing a strengthened ethnic and multicultural community sector by improving organisational governance capacity.“The mentoring element of the project will assist ethnic and multicultural organisations who are finding it difficult to plan for the future and more recently established organisations that need support to enable them to thrive and grow,” he said.The Futures Project aims to provide a high level of information, resources and opportunities around governance which will work to build the confidence of ethnic and multicultural organisations to actively participate and contribute to the social, cultural and economic vibrancy of community life in Victoria. last_img read more