IndiGo backs ground staff after PV Sindhu’s claims of mistreatment on Mumbai-bound flight

first_imgOlympic silver medallist PV Sindhu on Saturday tweeted about ‘a very bad experience’ on an Indigo flight while travelling from Hyderabad to Mumbai this morning.Sindhu claimed that a member of Indigo’s ground staff spoke very rudely with her while she was about to board the flight.Sindhu tweeted, “Ground staff (skipper) Mr Ajeetesh behaved very badly and rudely with me. When the air hostess Ms Ashima tried to advise him to behave properly with the passenger (me), but to my surprise he behaved very rudely with her. If these type of people work for a reputed airline like Indigo they will spoil their reputation.”Sorry to say ..i had a very bad experience??when i was flying by 6E 608 flight to bombay on 4th nov the ground staff by name Mr ajeetesh(1/3)- Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) November 4, 2017@IndiGo6E pic.twitter.com/NxjRUlv2jI- Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) November 4, 2017The airlines however, released a statement backing the staff member.In a statement, the budget airline said, “Ms P V Sindhu boarded flight 6E608 Hyderabad – Mumbai last carrying oversized baggage which was not fitting into the overhead bin. Ms Sindhu was informed that it will be moved to cargo hold of the aircraft. This is the same policy we follow for all customers.”The airline added that oversized baggage inside the cabin inconveniences other customers and can also be a safety hazard if it can’t be secured properly in the cabin.”During the entire conversation, the member of the IndiGo ground operations remained calm. After several requests to her manager, they finally consented to the removal of the bag from the cabin. We then placed the over-sized baggage in the cargo hold and was handed over to Ms Sindhu on arrival,” IndiGo said in its statement.advertisement”We are extremely proud of Ms Sindhu’s sporting achievements and are grateful for the laurels she has won for our country. However, safety of our operations is paramount to IndiGo. We hope that Ms Sindhu will appreciate that our colleague was only carrying out his duty in the best interest of a safe and reliable operation,” the airline concluded.The ground staff apparently objected to her carrying her kit-bag which had her racquets inside it. She usually carries them as hand luggage.The staffer told her to get rid of them very rudely as they can’t be in flight. Her father travelling with her also tried to make sense of the situation with the ground staff.An air hostess in flight also apologised to Sindhu on behalf of the ground staff member for his behavior.Sindhu’s take is the air hostess herself urged her to tweet as the man in question had spoken and behaved inappropriately.India Today tried to get in touch with Sindhu for her comments but she was unreachable at the time this copy went to press. (With inputs from Poulomi Saha)last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Hosts England take on Steyn-less South Africa

first_imgHosts and hot favourites England will know this is their best chance to lift the crown for the first time when they take on perennial underachievers South Africa in the World Cup opener at The Oval here on Thursday.England, who are still in search of their first trophy like South Africa, have risen from the ashes of their poor campaign in the showpiece last time, following that group-stage exit by ascending to the summit of the ICC ODI rankings.Eoin Morgan’s side boast of the most dominant batting unit in 50-over cricket and their bowling too oozes the firepower few teams can rival.Such has been England’s dominance that their 4-0 whitewash of Pakistan earlier this summer meant the Three Lions haven’t lost a multi-game series for two-and-a-half years.In the warm-up games, England faltered in their first outing losing to fellow title contenders Australia before chalking up an easy win over lesser lights Afghanistan.But other teams would very well know that these matches mean little when it comes to tournament proper where the English bat as deep as anyone with the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy boasting the highest strike-rates of any openers in ODI history to have posted more than 1,000 runs, yet still have the highest average of any pair topping the order in the competition.Joe Root is one of the world’s best batters in all formats with skipper Morgan, in-form Jos Buttler, all-rounder Ben Stokes following him to lead a talent-laden cast of cricketers.advertisementIn men’s ODI history, only 20 players have ever averaged over 25 with the bat at a strike-rate over 100. Four of them — Buttler, Roy, Bairstow and Moeen Ali – currently play for England.England’s bowling might not be as breathtaking as their batting, but with the inclusion of Jofra Archer – who has just qualified to represent the team but was fast-tracked into the fold – their pace battery could make a considerable difference.On flat decks, spinners could play a role and it is then that leggie Adil Rashid comes into the picture, having taken more wickets than any other bowler since the tournament’s 2015 edition.Talking about South Africa, the Proteas received a body blow on Tuesday as pace spearhead Dale Steyn was ruled out for the first game with a shoulder injury.South Africa, always considered one of the favourites, have also had injury concerns over their two other main strike bowlers, Lungi Ngidi (side) and Kagiso Rabada (back), though both played in the warm-up win over Sri Lanka last week.Branded as ‘chokers’ due to their failure to make the final despite making the knockouts of every edition they have participated in – barring 2003 when they were also the hosts – the Faf Du Plessis-led side this time have one of the best bowling units of the tournaments but lack depth in their batting.In pacer Rabada, South Africa have one of the best in the business and the wily old fox Imran Tahir also adds variety with his deadly leg-spin.As far as their batting is concerned, Du Plessis will have to shoulder a lot of responsibility along with stumper batsman Quinton de Kock. Hashim Amla’s international career appears to be winding down as this could be his last World Cup.Rassie van der Dussen has had a terrific rookie year so far, with four half-centuries in his first eight ODI innings. Aiden Markram, 24, has already captained South Africa, and 23-year-old Andile Phehlukwayo adds value in more ways than one, with his all-round capabilities.Overall, many experts have said this will be the most exciting World Cup in recent times with each of the ten teams playing each other in a marathon round robin format. Besides England, Virat Kohli’s India and Aaron Finch’s Australia are the other favourites with West Indies and New Zealand tipped as the dark horses.There will be considerable focus on Steve Smith and David Warner as the pair are making a comeback into international cricket since their ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town last year. Former Aussie skipper Smith was booed during a warm-up game and this could be the norm as they look for their sixth title.Kohli’s India, boasting of perhaps the best bowling attack in the tournament with Jasprit Bumrah in their ranks, are also expected to fire on all cylinders with the hype they have brought along. Arguably the best batsman of his generation, 31-year old Kohli will also look to make this World Cup his own by racking up runs.advertisementFormer captain MS Dhoni could be playing his last World Cup but at 37, he showed no signs of ageing in the warm-up game against Bangladesh by scoring a brilliant century (113 of 78).With run fests expected in every other game, there could be upsets along the way too as Afghanistan showed by beating Pakistan in the first warm-up.The Windies posted a total of more than 400 against New Zealand, in a game where more than 750 runs were scored in less than 100 overs.This will also be a World Cup where many first timers like Afghanistan star spinner Rashid Khan and Bumrah, who have already made a name for themselves, will want to make it count.Unfancied Pakistan, who have done precious little since their 2017 Champions Trophy win, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will look to shrug aside the tag and overperform. Debutants Afghanistan have nothing to lose and will be expected to express themselves freely.Also Read | KL Rahul: How India lost and then found their No. 4 for World CupAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s warm-up ton a good omen for India’s chances at World Cup 2019last_img read more

18 days agoShaqiri content with Liverpool role: I’m a leader

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Shaqiri content with Liverpool role: I’m a leaderby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winter Xherdan Shaqiri considers himself one of the leaders in the squad.Swiss star Shaqiri has often spoken about his disappointment at not playing enough for the Reds.While he has impressed when given a chance, he is behind Mohamed Salad and Sadio Mane for a position on the wings.Speaking about his role at the club, he told Schweizer Illustrierte: “Apart from the fact that I would like to play more, I’m happy in Liverpool. “I have a certain status in the team because I am one of the more experienced players. “I think I’m one of the leaders.” last_img

The Other Brazil: São Paulo Travel

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring Rio may have its beaches and now the Olympics, but São Paulo has its cosmopolitan flair and the designation of alpha global city. Not only is São Paulo the largest city in Brazil, it’s the 2nd-largest metro area in the Americas. Discover the best culture, shopping, dining and nightlife in this beautiful Brazilian city. Our Manual São Paulo travel guide tells you how to do it right.STAYHotel EmilianoThis chic hotel, located in the Jardim district, is conveniently located, and its staff will make sure you have everything you need. On top of that, you get a free bottle of wine, a complimentary 15-minute massage and a free pair of custom Hotel Emiliano Havaianas with turndown service. How can you beat that?R. Oscar Freire, 384Jardim Paulista+55 11 3068-4399GOIbirapuera ParkThis park is São Paulo’s answer to New York’s Central Park. Marvel at the buildings by Brazilian starchitect Oscar Niemeyer. See some paintings and sculpture at the Museum of Contemporary Art, or get your Top Gun on at the Air Force Museum, located in the Oca, a spaceship-like buidling.Av. Pedro Álvares CabralVIla MarianaDRINKBar SecretoSasha Grey DJed here. Need we say more? São Paulo’s hip scenesters hang out at this multi-level bar, where you can get your groove on in the dance floor or have a drink with friends. Just make sure you look good enough for the doorman to let you in; the line stretched around the block when we went here.Rua Álvaro Anes, 97PinheirosEATDalva e DitoChef Alex Atal put his own unique twist on traditional Brazilian cuisine. We suggest you try the dried meat with manioc gratin, curd cheese and Brazilian bottled butter, or the grilled Pirarucu with Brazil nut vinaigrette and a ratatouille made from Brazilian vegetables.R. Padre João Manuel 1115Cerqueira César+55 11 3068-4444SHOPJK IguatemiMall culture is king in Brazil, and this is where all the locals shop. Be sure to check out the shops from Brazilian labels like Osklen and Alexandre Herchcovitch. Then go to its beautiful bookstore, Livraria da Vila. Make sure to get your whole family a pair of Havaianas at its shop. If malls aren’t really your thing, we’re sure you’ll have a blast at JK Iguatemi’s 4D theater, where the films are in 3D, and you feel special effects — seats move, and wind and water blow in your face according to the scene. How cool is that?Av. Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek2041 Itaim Bibi+55 11 3152-6800This piece was originally published Septmber 28, 2013 and was updated on August 16, 2016 by Chase McPeak. 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention 1. Dalva e Dito 2. JK Iguatemi 3. Bar Secreto 4. The Oca at Ibirapuera Park 5. Hotel Emillianocenter_img All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa last_img read more

Get Acquainted With An Actress Sunita Prasad

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter There was a lot of driving involved haha! At the time there was more going on in Regina for film and television than there was in Saskatoon. There was one acting coach in particular that was instrumental in having me get more serious about acting and she happened to live in Regina. She had come to Saskatoon to do a weekend workshop and I found myself being pushed and challenged in a way I had never been before. She exposed me to acting methods and techniques they weren’t teaching in high school. And I loved that. So from then on I started making the two and a half hour trek out to Regina to attend more of her classes and do one on one coachings with her. What was great was she’d also occasionally bring in casting directors/directors from Vancouver and LA to give workshops. Being able to get in front of those casting directors at that point in time helped take away some of the nerves down the road when I did eventually move to Vancouver and get in the audition room with them.Is your character of London on Lifetime’s hit dramedy “UnREAL” similar to you?There are definitely aspects of her character that are similar. She’s very sure of what she stands for and isn’t someone you can easily convince to stray from her beliefs. She’ll speak up for herself if she’s not okay with a certain situation. That’s the way I am too. Advertisement Lifetime’s hit breakout comedy UnReal is pleasing critics and audiences alike. The show mimics reality television and explores the producing side of it in all its chaos and glory. Because it’s filmed in the Lower Mainland, many local actors are finding guest and recurring roles on the show. It was even renewed for a third season prior to its second season debut.Sunita Prasad is a Vancouver-based actor who landed the role of London this season, she plays a conservative contestant on the fake dating show setting. We chatted with Sunita to learn more about her acting career and work she’s done:How did you first pursue acting in Saskatoon before moving to Vancouver? Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

TNA briefs Akashi on stalled talks

(Report by Easwaran Rutnam) The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has had talks with visiting Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi where he was briefed on the stalled political discussions with the government.TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran told the Colombo Gazette that the meeting with Mr. Akashi lasted for over hours last night but insisted that there was offer from him to mediate between the government and the TNA. Sumanthiran said that at the meeting Akashi was also appraised on the ground situation in the north and east and the TNA hopes Akashi will raise some concerns they had when he meets the President during his ongoing visit. Meanwhile last morning External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris told Akashi the government was prepared to appoint immediately the Parliamentary Select Committee, consisting of all political parties in Parliament, to address political and constitutional issues.The External Affairs Ministry said that Akashi was also briefed in detail about the procedures set in motion by the government for implementation of the LLRC recommendations, the progress already achieved and priority objectives for the future. Asked if there were any signs of the stalled government-TNA talks resuming any time soon Sumanthiran responded in the negative. He explained that the work connected with the resettlement of internally displaced persons, the re-integration of ex-combatants and de-mining operations are almost complete.Minister Peiris responded to the request by Ambassador Akashi for information relating to aspects of the reconciliation process, including action taken by the government with regard to the trilingual language capability initiative and the recruitment of more than 700 Tamil speaking police officers in the Northern Province.Land issues, and the government’s approach to their solution ̶ including the proposed appointment of a Land Commission ̶ were referred to in the discussion. read more

Ohio States Brady Hjelle named firstteam AllAmerican

After helping guide the Ohio State men’s hockey team to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association semifinals for the first time since 2005, senior goalie Brady Hjelle was named first team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association Friday. Hjelle is just the third Buckeye to be named first team All-American, joining former OSU forwards Paul Pooley in 1984 and Hugo Boisvert in 1998, according to a news release. The Minnesota Duluth transfer played his final two seasons at OSU and started 33 games this season, only allowing an average of 1.89 goals-against in conference play and 2.00 overall. Hjelle left his mark on the record books at OSU, setting the program’s career-high mark for save percentage at .933 and finishing second with a career-goal-against average of 2.08. In his senior season, Hjelle’s senior season was one of the best in Buckeye history – recording the second best goals against average on the year and breaking the OSU record for save percentage with .935 this season. He also tallied 40 or more saved goals three times during the year, and was over 30 saves 14 times. During the CCHA playoffs, Hjelle was vital to the Buckeyes’ run, recording a career-high 47 saves in a series-clinching victory against Ferris State that vaulted OSU into the semifinals. In a 3-1 loss to Notre Dame in the semifinals, Hjelle added 41 saves in his final game as a Buckeye. The CCHA also honored Hjelle’s season performance, naming him first-team All-CCHA and the CCHA Goaltender of the Year. The senior was named the league goalie of the week five times, and finished as the overall winner of the Perani Cup, the first Buckeye to do so. Hjelle is one of three CCHA players named a first team All-American, joining Michigan freshman defender Jacob Trouba and Miami sophomore forward Austin Czarnik. Currently, Hjelle is the backup goalie for the ECHL Florida Everblades, a minor league affiliate of NHL squads the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes. read more

Dear Lionel Messi Please Please Dont Quit Argentina

To: Lionel Andres MessiFrom: Benjamin Morris, professional skeptic, sports researcher and Messi obsessiveDear Mr. Messi,Over the past half dozen years, you have been far and away the best player in the world’s most popular sport, but we know you’ve been having a bit of a rough time of late. You’ve been dealing with tax evasion charges. You’ve dealt with injuries, and fallen to third in scoring in La Liga. Your club team Barcelona was unable to repeat last year’s amazing treble after being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in the quarterfinals.And finally, following Argentina’s loss against Chile in the Copa America final – in which you missed a kick that may have been the difference in a penalty shootout – you seemed to indicate an inclination to retire from the Argentine national team:It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over. I think this is best for everyone. First of all for me, then for everyone. . . . It’s very hard, but the decision is taken. Now I will not try more and there will be no going back.We’re not entirely sure what you meant by this, and I hope by the time this letter reaches you, you’ll have relented. But, just in case: Retiring is a terrible idea.Of course you don’t owe anyone anything, and you can do what you want. But here’s why you shouldn’t:You missed a damn free throw.Look, you screwed up. You missed a penalty kick that would have put Argentina ahead, and your team ended up losing. You also failed to put the ball on frame – thus violating the first rule of penalty kicking.But let’s dispel the myth that penalty kicks are easy. In the top divisions of soccer (the Big Five leagues and major international tournaments) about 75 percent of the penalty kicks taken connect – similar to the rate at which free throws are made the NBA (76 percent in 2015-16). But even this partly masks their difficulty, as penalty kicks are generally taken by the designated (and typically best) penalty kicker on each team.You’ve made about 78 percent of your penalty kicks, for both club and country. This is below the rate of some other top strikers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (who have made around 85 percent each), but is above average overall. For comparison, LeBron James has made around 74 percent of his free throws in his career (below average in the NBA) — and just made 72 percent against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.High-leverage misses are painful — had LeBron missed his second straight free throw in the waning seconds of Game 7 and the Warriors tied the game, it would have been a disaster, percentages be damned. But percentages win out in the long run nonetheless, and following this miss, you’ve now made three of your four shootout shots for Argentina, perfectly in line with your career penalty kick conversion rate.International play may not be as pretty, but you’re still the best at itAnother persistent myth in soccer is that you haven’t been as good for Argentina in international play as you’ve been for Barcelona in club play. While it’s true that the numbers you’ve put up at Barcelona have been mind-boggling, you’ve also played brilliantly for Argentina. To see just how much so, let’s look at some very basic stats: Goals plus assists per game played, for both club and country (excluding international friendlies). Here’s what we have according to ESPN Stats & Info data (which includes data from most club and some international results back to 2010-11, and from World Cups back to 1966): You come out on top, even though some players have fewer games and higher variance (the three other dots in your neighborhood are – you guessed it – Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Suarez). Of the players who have done worse for club than country, only Neymar and Robin Van Persie have produced within 0.1 GPA/G of the 0.88 you put up for Argentina.If you take an unweighted average of country and club performance, your 1.17 GPA/G easily tops all players, with Ronaldo second at 1.08 and Ibrahimovic in third at 0.96.Still not convinced? Here are a few hundred million other reasons to keep playing.So you’ve never won a major cup for Argentina. Continuing to play is no guarantee that you will. And no matter what you do, some Argentinians will never think you’re better than Maradona. International play is hard and high variance.But it’s also incredibly popular.You’ll be turning 31 at the start of the 2018 World Cup, meaning you could legitimately have two or three more runs on the grandest stage in sports left in you.Of the hundreds of millions of soccer fans who have seen you play, most have seen you in the blue and white.1Note your most famous fan isn’t wearing creamsicle. I think I can safely speak for all of us when I say that we appreciate seeing your magic on the international stage, even if it’s a long, frustrating and potentially futile struggle. Your play for Argentina has been the third-most productive on a game-by-game basis (0.88 GPA/G over 42 games). Of the 324 soccer players with at least 20 appearances for both (Big Five) club and country, only two have put together more productive runs: David Villa, with 0.90 GPA/G over 31 games for Spain and Klass-Jan Huntelaar with 0.96 GPA/G over 29 games for the Netherlands. (In fact, despite international soccer being notoriously low-scoring, the international version of yourself has been more productive than any club players save yourself, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Luis Suarez.)As great as Villa and Huntelaar have been, they’re basically the result of the field playing playing “best hand” against you. How well have their international hot streaks have been corroborated by their club careers? In the Stats & Info data, Villa scored 0.49 goals plus assists per game in club play, and Huntelaar scored 0.61. You’ve scored 1.46. In other words, their combined club production still falls well short of yours.Your play with Argentina does affect your legacy. It cements it.But let’s face it: In Barcelona, you pretty much play for an all-star team in a game so unequal it makes Major League Baseball look like a communist revolution. You play for a team so good that you aren’t even the most productive player on it! I mean, you’re likely still more valuable, but Luis Suarez has had a Messi-like season.Playing for Argentina is your one chance to play a substantial number of games on a relatively even playing field.Of course, other players benefit from playing for what are essentially all-star teams as well, but on the other side: While Argentina is a decent team on its own, without you it doesn’t have the star power as Germany, Brazil, Spain or the Netherlands. Many players have been significantly more productive playing for their international team than their club team, and vice versa. We don’t always know which represents a player’s true strength, so let’s look at the less productive setting of the two for everyone: read more

Winning streak ends for Ohio State field hockey in blowout loss to

OSU sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey (23) runs with the ball during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won 5-0. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team’s four-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday when Miami University’s Henni Otten and Bea Dechant each scored twice to bring the Redhawks a 5-0 victory.Despite being outshot 18-4, the offensively driven first half gave OSU sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro a chance to shine with seven saves at the cage. Combined with the second half’s four, Tamburro finished with a season-high of 11 saves and 49 total for the season. The first goal was scored nearly 23 minutes in as a breakaway goal from Otten, with an assist from junior midfielder/forward Carla Romagosa. Seven minutes later, the Redhawks struck again when Dechant scored through a backhand shot, bringing the game to 2-0.The lead became three goals early in the second half when Otten scored her second goal of the game nearly five minutes in.OSU was unable to break through the opponent’s balanced defense for a goal during the remainder of the game, and Miami scored again at the 52- and 70-minute marks, closing the game in its favor, 5-0.Miami’s strong defense caused the Buckeyes to come out with a season-low tally of four total shots, three of which were on goal. Junior midfielder Paige Hamilton shot two of them, and the remaining two were by junior forward Brooke Hiltz and sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile. OSU is set to hit the field again for a noon game Sunday in State College, Pennsylvania, to face off against Big Ten competitor Penn State. read more

Exfootball coach Bob Higgins found guilty of abusing 23 teenage boys while

Predatory paedophile ex-football coach Bob Higgins has been found guilty of 45 charges of indecent assault against 23 teenage boys.A jury returned guilty verdicts following a retrial at Bournemouth Crown Court which heard that the 66-year-old former Southampton and Peterborough youth coach sexually abused schoolboy players during 25 years.The defendant ran the youth training programmes the English Football League clubs and also spent a period as the Maltese national youth coach.The trial heard that Higgins abused his “position of power” over the future careers of the young players in order to take advantage of them for his own sexual needs.He was accused of groping them during post-exercise soapy massages as well as at his home and in his car.Higgins, who showed no emotion as the verdicts were read, was also convicted of a further count of indecent assault at the original trial held last year.The defendant, of Southampton, was remanded in custody to be sentenced on a date to be set at Winchester Crown Court.He was cleared of five counts of indecent assault and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on a final charge.Judge Peter Crabtree thanked the jury for their service during the nine-week trial and 41 hours of deliberations. Bob Higgins Bob HigginsCredit:Solent He said: “I am grateful for your service, criminal justice cannot work without people giving up their time.”The trial heard victim after victim speak of the abuse carried out by Higgins in similar situations – during post-exercise soapy massages, in his car while he played love songs on the stereo and at his home where he cuddled with the boys on his sofa.Many of the victims described Higgins as God-like, their mentor and their father figure showing the influence he held over them. A NSPCC helpline subsequently set-up led to 87 referrals to Hampshire police all of them naming Higgins with another 32 people contacting the force directly.Higgins is the latest in a string of high-profile prosecutions of former football coaches with 64-year-old Barry Bennell being jailed in February 2018 for 30 years for sexual offences against junior players at Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra.George Ormond, 62, who worked for Newcastle United’s youth team was given a 20-year prison sentence at Newcastle Crown Court in July 2018 for sex abuse offences spanning 25 years.Former Celtic youth coach James McCafferty, 77, of Lisburn, Northern Ireland was jailed for six years and nine months at the High Court in Edinburgh on May 14 for 11 charges against 10 victims.And Michael ‘Kit’ Carson, who worked at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United, died in a car crash on the first day of his trial at Peterborough Crown Court where he denied 13 charges. Several spoke of their inability to make a complaint against him because they feared it would be the end of their burgeoning football career.The court heard that Higgins was acquitted at a trial held in the early 1990s of a series of indecent assaults including against former-pro Dean Radford who waived his right to anonymity to give evidence as a witness in the current trial.The public gallery was charged with emotion as the chairman of the jury announced that Higgins was guilty of six charges in relation to former Southampton trainee Billy Seymour who died in a car crash earlier this year.The new case against Higgins was brought after the BBC Victoria Derbyshire show exposed claims of abuse in football in November 2016. 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

Velimir Petkovic talks with Rhein Neckar Lowen

Frisch Auf GoppingenRhein Neckar LowenVelimir Petkovic ← Previous Story Choose the best players of EHF CL F4 Teams Next Story → License for Bundesliga – Gummersbach and Grosswallstadt “on hold”! Successful Frisch Auf Goppingen’s coach, Velimir Petkovic negotiates with Rhein Neckar Lowen. He got international recognition with Borac Banjaluka, when legendary team from Bosnia and Herzegovina won IHF Cup in 1991. Petkovic (in Goppingen since 2004) made the same success with his current team, but also has a chance to repeat that in the EHF Cup Final this year against French team, Dunkerque.Contact between Petkovic and RNL exists and much more will be known after end of the season. He has to change Icelander, Gudmundur Gudmundsson on the “Lions’” bench.PHOTO: http://www.frischauf-gp.de read more

Optical illusion produces incredible animations no electricity required

first_imgWalt Disney set a new standard for animation. Years later, Pixar did it again. And after all the technological advancements, and all the finely crafted animation work we’ve seen, you’d think that it would take some incredible new leap to impress us. And yet this video of quick, repeating images, generated entirely by black lines passing over a set pattern, is dazzling in its simplicity.The optical illusion is called a moiré, and it’s created when one pattern is laid over another, producing an interference that looks like movement. If both the pattern and the transparency were regularly spaced black lines, it would look as though wider black bands were scrolling across. But when the base pattern is cleverly made, the same transparency can be used to generate remarkably impressive moving images like the ones seen above.Since a moiré animation only requires two patterns to cross over one another, the same effect can be created by having the viewer move, instead of the transparency. In the video below, fish appear to swim along the surface of a table as the camera pans around the room, even though both the pattern and the transparent screen remain still.There’s no 3D modeling software, no cameras, and no electricity involved, but the effect is stunning. It’s such an elegant idea it will make you wonder why we don’t see moirés everywhere. The world has a lot of boring hallways that could be improved by moving images of running cats or, better yet, Pac-Man eating pellets.last_img read more

Pollution en Atlantique nord la quantité de débris plastiques reste stable

first_imgPollution : en Atlantique nord, la quantité de débris plastiques reste stableÉtats-Unis – D’importantes quantités de débris plastiques flottent dans l’ouest de l’Atlantique nord. Toutefois, comme l’ont observé des chercheurs américains à l’issue d’une étude menée durant 22 ans, ce volume n’augmente pas.Une recherche sur les débris plastiques dans l’Atlantique nord a été menée sur la base de données collectées pendant 22 ans par une équipe formée de chercheurs de la Sea Education Association (SEA), une organisation privée de recherche, de la Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, le plus grand institut mondial privé d’études océanographiques à but non lucratif, et de l’université de Hawaï. Pendant ces deux décennies, plus de 64.000 débris en matière plastique ont été collectés dans 6.100 lieux d’échantillonnage.À lire aussiCe corail préfère manger du plastique plutôt que de sa nourriture habituelleSelon cette étude publiée dans la revue américaine Science, c’est dans une zone située à la hauteur d’Atlanta en Géorgie, au sud-est des États-Unis, que la plus forte concentration de plastique a été observée. Comme le soulignent les chercheurs, cette concentration est comparable à celle de la plus grande zone de détritus du Pacifique, “the Great Pacific Garbage Patch”.Toutefois les scientifiques s’étonnent d’une autre conclusion de leur étude. Pendant les 22 années de recherche, la concentration des débris de l’Atlantique n’a pas augmenté, et ce malgré l’augmentation de la production de plastique et des déchets résultants. La raison de cette stabilité reste encore un mystère, mais deux hypothèses sont avancées. La première avance qu’une partie du plastique aurait pu se briser en petits morceaux lors de la collecte par les chercheurs, et ainsi s’échapper de leurs filets. Une deuxième envisage la possibilité que les croissances biologiques sur les déchets en plastique les aient rendus plus denses : ils auraient alors coulé au fond de la mer.Le 29 août 2010 à 09:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Review Serbia – Brazil

first_imgBrazil didn’t dominate, but showed why it is the main favorite with a 2-0 victory over Serbia. Paulinho and Thiago Silva were the goalscorers.The big matches don’t stop coming.Here are the teams for #SRBBRA and #SUICRC! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/YGLcioHceA— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018Paul Pogba, Manchester UnitedReport: Neymar blocked Paul Pogba move to PSG Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba allegedly agreed on a shock deadline day transfer to Paris Saint-Germain only for Neymar to block the deal.Brazil’s star left back Marcelo had to be subbed off in the 10th minute of the match at Spartak Moscow’s stadium because of what looked like a muscle injury. He waited for a while on the sidelines while Filipe Luis prepared and then limped off the pitch. During the first 20 minutes, Serbia’s high press was disturbing Brazil’s organization and didn’t allow them to play their game. In the 25th minute, Serbia’s defenders couldn’t take the ball away from Gabriel Jesus and Neymar inside the box. They kept pushing until Neymar finally made a left-footed attempt that Vladimir Stojkovic deflected with his fingertips. Gabriel Jesus avoided an offside trap in the 30th minute and had a great opportunity to score. However, he didn’t seem to be convinced he was not offside and reacted somewhat slowly. After faking out the first defender, the second one blocked his shot.In the 32nd minute, Adem Ljajic received a yellow card for a rough challenge on Neymar. Four minutes later Brazil took the lead. Paulinho escaped his marker and made a forward run. Coutinho saw him, sent a perfect high ball and Paulinho poked it over the keeper. Simple as that. Stojkovic’s indecisiveness cost him. Just like in the match versus Switzerland, Serbia started enthusiastically and then became inferior as the half moved along.Just as Serbia got some pressure on Brazil, The Green Canaries went on a lightning quick counter attack that ended with Stojkovic saving Neymar’s shot. In the 61st minute, Alisson punched Rukavina’s cross right into Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbian forward’s header was way too weak to cause problems. A tremendous opportunity missed. Mitrovic had another header in minute 65. The Eagles were getting more aggressive. Tite felt the need for a refreshment, so he replaced the goalscorer Paulinho with Fernandinho. Serbia’s hopes were buried in the 68th minute, when Neymar found Thiago Silva during a corner kick and the PSG center back smashed a header at the near post to give his team a 2-0 advantage.Three minutes later, Filipe Luis forced Stojkovic to make a save with a long-range bomb. Thiago Silva’s goal woke up the Brazilian crowd and the team played on the wings of that support. Meanwhile, the goal really demoralized the Serbians. Adem Ljajic gave way for Andrija Zivkovic in the 75th minute. Next up to leave the field was Philippe Coutinho. Renato Augusto was his replacement. Then, Nemanja Radonjic came in for Filip Kostic.The Brazilians were routinely bringing the game to a close. Neymar had a chance in the 83rd minute, but his shot from inside the penalty area bounced off the grass and went over the bar. He tried to get fancy three minutes later when the ball deflected off a Serbia player, leaving him alone with Stojkovic. The goalkeeper read Neymar’s lob idea and prevented it. Stojkovic blocked Neymar for one last time in the 93rd minute. After that, the referee blew the final whistle and we were done. Brazil finished first and will play Mexico, while Switzerland will take on Sweden.last_img read more

TCI Premier presented Year One token of appreciation from PDM Cabinet

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Premierpresentedtokenofappreciation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 26, 2017 – Providenciales – In a surprise move at the PDM Administration’s one year report press conference, there was a presentation to the premier,  finance minister  and People’s Democratic Movement party leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson.“The elected members from your team have watched you during the campaign and over this last year, and your leadership not only in government but also in our political party and wanted to give you something, you have been giving of yourself and this country for a very long time, and we’ve decided that a small token of appreciation and admiration that we have for you, that we should display it here in live color in front of the whole Turks and Caicos and let you know that we love you, we appreciate you, we really do appreciate the work that you do and the selflessness in the way that you do it.  And with that we would like to give you this little commemorative gift as a small token of our appreciation and love.”Flanked by her Cabinet and two other elected members, the country’s first female premier was all smiles and equally as grateful for being singled out at special.“I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with, I mean I know sometimes I do breathe down their necks a bit, and I would like to say thank you to each and every one of the ministers and to say to Turks and Caicos why they are the best.”The PDM on December 20 celebrated one year of being sworn into office as Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands after a resounding win at the polls on December 15, 2016.#MagneticMediaNews#Premierpresentedtokenofappreciationlast_img read more

PM says well never engage in conflict with Myanmar

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina holds a meeting with officials while visiting the defence ministry at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital on Thursday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said Bangladesh will keep up its efforts to repatriate displaced Rohingyas through negotiations, not engaging in any conflict with Myanmar”Since they (Myanmar) are our close neighbours, we’ll never engage in any conflict with them (Myanmar). We’ll have to continue efforts so that they take back their nationals through negotiations,” she said while visiting the defence ministry in the city.The prime minister said Bangladesh provided shelter to some one million Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. “It’s surprising to the world how we could provide shelter to such a huge number of people and save them.”She further said, “We didn’t go for any conflict with Myanmar. We have discussed and signed agreements with them. Our aim is to send them back to their country through dialogue.”Sheikh Hasina, also the defence minister, asked all the authorities concerned to discharge their responsibilities according to the aim.Acting army chief Lieutenant General Shamsul Haque, chief of naval staff Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, chief of air staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, principal coordinator (SDG affairs) of the PMO Abdul Islam Azad and PM’s military secretary Major General Mia Jainul Abedin.The prime minister, however, underscored the need for having a strong defence system to give a befitting reply to safeguard the country’s independence and sovereignty in the case any attack by anyone.”We want a peaceful environment. But if anyone attacks us, we will always be prepared to give a fitting reply and protect our independence and sovereignty,” she said.”We’ll not engage in any war with anyone. We don’t want any war. We want a peaceful environment with all,” she said, adding that Bangladesh’s foreign policy adopted by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is ‘Friendship to all and malice towards none.'”The prime minister said Bangladesh has proved that it can face any natural and manmade disasters.Noting that Bangladesh has the capacity to face any natural or manmade disaster, the prime minister said, “We can face any situation. We’ve proved that.”She put emphasis on developing the defence forces with newer and modern technologies alongside providing modern training to the officials to keep pace with the modern world.Terming the armed forces as the symbol of the country’s independence and sovereignty, Hasina said members of the armed forces are playing a very important role in safeguarding the country.The armed forces have been developed with the latest tools and technologies through imparting necessary training, she said.About maritime boundary disputes, the prime minister said it was a tough task to win the cases against India and Myanmar at international courts maintaining good relations with the two friendly countries.She noted with satisfaction that it had been possible only because all concerned in Bangladesh worked with sincerity and responsibility.The prime minister visited the ministry as part of her regular tours of different ministries after the formation of her government for the third consecutive term this January.last_img read more

Walz Named Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year Candidate

first_img Muffet McGraw Notre Dame ACC Vic Schaefer Mississippi State SEC Louisville needs 12,900 fans to attend the game on Thursday to eclipse an average attendance of 10,000 for the season. It would mark the first time since the first two seasons (2010-11 – 10,859, 2011-12 – 10,670) at the KFC Yum! Center to eclipse 10,000-plus fans per game for a season. Jeff Walz Louisville ACC Carolyn Kieger Marquette BIG EAST Kelly Graves Oregon Pac-12 Geno Auriemma UConn AAC Tara Vanderveer Stanford Pac-12 ATLANTA (February 27, 2019) – The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today that University of Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz is one of 15 coaches in the running for the 2019 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year honor.Walz has led the No. 3 Cardinals to a 25-2 record this season and at 12-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, they are two wins away from clinching a share of their second consecutive regular season conference title.The winningest coach in Louisville women’s basketball history, Walz recorded his 300th career victory earlier this season at Western Kentucky, where he began his coaching career under the tutelage of Paul Sanderford.The Cardinals host Senior Night vs. No. 10 NC State on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET. Lisa Bluder Iowa   Big Ten NAME SCHOOL CONFERENCE Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Amanda Butler Clemson ACC Katie Meier Miami ACC Wes Moore North Carolina State ACC Story Links Lynne Roberts Utah Pac-12 Scott Rueck Oregon State Pac-12 Lisa Fortier Gonzaga WCC Kim Mulkey Baylor Big 12 Park Community Credit Union will donate $1 to Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana for every fan over 8,000 at Thursday’s game. For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB.last_img read more

Cinedigm Assembles Content Ahead of Bambu Launch

first_img Popular on Variety “The innovative and creative content currently being produced in China can build a genuine fan base in the U.S., and young adults are eager to learn about this fascinating country and its rich culture,” said Bill Sondheim, president of Cinedigm Entertainment Group and international distribution.The upcoming launch of Bambu comes after Cinedigm last year sold a majority stake in the company to Bison Capital, a Hong Kong-based investment firm. Cinedigm currently operates six other niche-oriented OTT streaming networks: mixed-martial arts channel CombatGO; CONtv, geared around pop-culture and fandom; documentary service Docurama; the faith-and-family Dove Channel, HallyPop, and esports channel Wham.The move by Cinedigm to expand its specialty OTT services comes amid a pullback on the niche-SVOD front by AT&T’s WarnerMedia, which pulled the plug on s pulled the plug on K-drama service DramaFever and FilmStruck, catering to fans of classic, arthouse and indie films. Cinedigm, the operator of specialty OTT services in North America, has signed a deal with China’s Starrise Media to release several Starrise productions on its soon-to-launch Chinese content streaming service, Bambu.The company has also signed deals with Alibaba-owned Chinese streaming giant Youku to distribute 30 original Chinese feature films. The deal covers release on all platforms including Bambu, digital, physical DVDs and Blu-Ray. It recently struck another deal with China International TV Corporation to bring over 500 hours of popular Chinese content to Bambu. This includes “Nirvana in Fire,” “A Bite of China,” “The Advisors Alliance,” and “Diamond Lover,” a current hit series. The Starrise title selections have not yet been released.Bambu will launch in North America in early 2019. It aims to expand American appreciation of Chinese entertainment by providing going beyond martial arts and period epic genres. It will include contemporary action epics, serial dramas, romantic comedies, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy adventure sagas, music and reality series, and educational programming.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Willow Garage spinoff debuts robot ripe for picking

first_imgUBR-1 Citation: Willow Garage spinoff debuts robot ripe for picking (2013, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-willow-garage-spinoff-debuts-robot.html © 2013 Phys.org Robots learn how to arrange objects by ‘hallucinating’ humans into their environment (w/ video) Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img More information: spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/ro … ll-change-everythingspectrum.ieee.org/automaton/ro … nipulation-with-ubr1unboundedrobotics.com/blog/ UBR-1 will be demonstrated at RoboBusiness 2013 in Santa Clara, California, later this week. As the title suggests, RoboBusiness is a business development event for the global robotics industry, and it runs from October 23 to 25. Oh yes, and the price. The UBR-1 will cost $35,000, which is a “selling” point that is not minimized by its creators. The newcomer, priced at a tenth of the cost of some other expensive robots, could possibly motivate businesses and labs that did not consider the use of robotics as helpers to take interest. “You’re now transforming a community that so far has had a hard time growing due to the sheer cost of the platform,” said company CEO Melonee Wise in an interview with the IEEE Spectrum.UBR-1 is three feet, two inches tall, has a seven degrees of freedom arm and pincer grip. The robot navigates with a laser scanner in its base. Its eyes are 3D sensors, developed by PrimeSense, for perception. The UBR-1 has a continuous run time of three to five hours and an idle run time of over 10 hours. Charge time is posted on the company site as 3.5 hours to 90 percent charge.The robot comes pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux LTS and ROS, and with applications such as MoveIt!, navigation, calibration, and joystick teleoperation. Wise, in the interview, also called attention to the benefit of the robot with MoveIt! in place, for realtime pick-and-place. For those doing vision research, for example, “they don’t want to know about robot arms; once they tell the robot where the object is, they just want the robot to pick it up.” Another core feature is that the robot can move around on a circular base with hidden wheels, anywhere in the building where wheelchairs can go. UBR-1 also has a smaller footprint, suitable for factory or store environments with limited space.Unbounded Robotics, formed in January this year, is a Willow Garage spinoff. Above all, the company engineers emphasize that the robot is not so much a product but a platform. The designers including Wise wanted this robot to be customizable. The gripper, for example, was created to be as modular as possible so that any customer wanting more fingers or suction cups or other features could fashion the gripper to their own requirements. Also, the customer can attach new sensors. Unbounded Robotics plans to start shipping the robots in summer 2014. (Phys.org) —A mobile robot a little over three feet with one arm that can move around the building and watch where it’s going made its debut on Sunday with capabilities and a pricetag that could eventually earn the robot a place alongside humans in the workplace. The robot is called the UBR-1, suitable for manual labor tasks such as picking and stocking shelves. Created by a young startup called Unbounded Robotics, the robot carries a formal description as a “state of the art ROS based mobile manipulation platform designed for robotics researchers and business.” The ROS refers to the open source Robot Operating System that is the robot’s framework. The big deal about the debut is that this is a robot small enough, with a small enough footprint, to take its place more easily than big robots on factory floors, in service environments and in research labs.last_img read more

5 ways to care for jewellery this monsoon

first_imgThe pitter-patter of rain may bring immense joy, but it certainly is not a good sign for jewellery, say experts. Experts have suggested some self-care tips to help protect your ornaments in this damp weather: Gold jewellery is prone to catching dust and dirt quickly when kept in a humid environment. Hence, during monsoon one must use warm soapy water to clean gold ornaments. When it comes to jewellery such as pearls, coral or amber, it would be advisable to keep them in separate boxes. Do not mix them with other gemstones as scratches are inevitable. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFurthermore, gemstones need to be given proper care and attention. Pearls are delicate and direct contact with perfumes and sprays might damage them. If adequate precautions are not taken while storing them, it is likely to develop scratches. Moisture can affect metal alloy used to make ornaments and cause it to lose its original lustre. To prevent this from happening, store your jewellery in a box with a sturdy exterior and a soft interior, which would do half the job for you by keeping the humidity and moisture out. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMeanwhile, the soft interior would save the articles from probable friction and help retain their natural sheen. Over-exposure to air and humidity can damage your delicate silver. It’s advisable to store silver jewellery in individual, air-tight bags with an anti-tarnish properties paper. These types of bags minimise air exposure and keep the jewellery new for a longer period of time. Keep the jewellery away from water as much as possible, since the contaminants in water can result in tarnished and dull looking silver. If your jewellery gets wet, take a soft cloth, dab the water out and blow dry the jewellery before storing it.last_img read more