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London Olympics: Taoufik Makhloufi wins gold in 1,500m race

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgAlgeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi won gold in the men’s 1,500m on Tuesday, a day after having his disqualification from the event revoked. Makhloufi, 24, put in a blistering final 200 metres to take gold in three minutes, 34.08 seconds.Makhloufi had been thrown out of the Olympics for not trying his best in an early 800m heat.He was reinstated on appeal on Monday after submitting a doctor’s note that he had been carrying an injury.Leonel Manzano of the US took silver with a season’s best of 3:34.79.The bronze went to Morocco’s Abdalaati Iguider in 3:35.13.Beijing gold medalist Asbel Kiprop finished a surprise 12th in a relatively slow race.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Spain takes on Morocco in a do-or-die match for progressing…

By on November 26, 2019

first_imgAdvertisementSpain takes on Morocco at Kaliningrad to end the group stage on a high note and qualify for the Round of 16. Spain is already at the top of the group with 4 points but hasn’t confirmed their Round of 16 berth till now whereas Morocco has already been eliminated.Spain has already had a belter of a World Cup campaign. Ex-Head Coach Julian Lopetegui getting sacked 2 days before the World Cup, drawing with Portugal courtesy of Ronaldo’s hat-trick and narrowly beating Iran and keeping their World Cup hopes alive.Although Morocco’s chances of qualifying for the knockout stages are over, they could make headlines by having a significant role in who finishes top of Group B if they manage to hold Spain or if not, beat them.Team News:- Nacho Monreal is expected to be fit by the start of the game. Meanwhile, there are no injury concerns from the camp of Morocco. Nordin Amrabat might start the game even after suffering a concussion in the game against Iran.Lineups:-Now, it’s Group B’s turn…Here are the teams for #ESP and #MAR #ESPMAR pic.twitter.com/mu9T1Pi8Os— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 25, 2018Read Also:-FIFA World Cup 2018: Egypt Go Home Empty Handed As Saudi Arabia Get A Consolation WinFIFA World Cup 2018 : Iran still furious about VAR intervention as they prepare to take on Ronaldo & Co. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal move didn’t appeal to Boadu

By on November 19, 2019

first_imgAZ striker Myron Boadu is happy with his decision to snub a switch to Arsenal, with the 17-year-old admitting a move to Emirates Stadium “did not appeal”.The talented teenager gave plenty of thought to a transfer back in 2016, with the Gunners making their interest known.Arsenal are forever in the market for exciting players with bags of potential, with that recruitment philosophy having served Arsene Wenger well during his iconic reign in north London. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Frenchman was, however, unable to tempt Boadu away from the Netherlands.Boadu believed his development would be better served in his homeland and has seen that decision vindicated by regular senior football and three goals already in the 2018-19 campaign.On turning down a move to England, the youngster told Elf Voetbal: “I will never forget the moment I got on the plane, I thought, ‘This may be an important day in my life’.“If we had said yes, it would have had far-reaching consequences for our family.“It was attractive to go, but I also got a very good offer from AZ.”He added on having no regrets: “I’m playing in the first team now.“I do not know if that would have been the case at Arsenal, where I would play with boys of my own age, which did not appeal to me.”Boadu made his competitive debut for AZ in May during a 6-0 victory over PEC Zwolle.He has since done enough to earn a regular starting role, with the Netherlands U17 international now considered to be one of the hottest prospects in the Eredivisie.last_img read more

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Mercedes Benz rolls out E-Class 220 d sedan in India

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first_img(Repeating after replacing a word in 2nd para)Pune, Jun 2 (PTI) German luxury car maker Mercedes Benz today launched the all new E-Class 220 d sedan in India, priced at Rs 57.14 lakh (ex-showroom Pune).The company also rolled out a new four-cylinder diesel engine, OM 654, assembled at Mercedes-Benz Chakan facility here.After the successful market debut of the E350 d diesel and the E 200 petrol, the new E 220 d will further enhance the unprecedented demand of the long wheelbase E-Class, the company said.The E 220 d variant will be powered by the new four cylinder diesel engine OM 654, it said.”With the launch of the much-awaited E 220 d, we are now extending the E-Class product portfolio even further and making it highly versatile,” Mercedes-Benz India managing director and CEO Roland Folger said.Mercedes-Benz India is confident that the E 220 d will continue to remain the most sought after luxury business saloon and an important pillar of its productive offensive in India, he said.Mercedes-Benz India product portfolio comprise the locally produced Maybach S 500, S-Class, E-Class, CLA luxury sedans and the GLA, GLE and GLS luxury sports utility vehicles.The CKD GLC was its ninth product added to the local production portfolio. PTI IAS ARS NP NP BASlast_img read more

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Greek Track Stars EU Qualifiers

By on November 18, 2019

first_imgSix Greek track and field athletes will be heading to the European Indoor Championships next month in Prague after meeting qualifying standards.Long-jump champion Louis Tsatoumas won gold at a Moscow meeting on Feb. 1 with a leap of 8.05 meters (26.41 feet), the third best in the world this year. He won silver in last summer’s outdoor championships and surpassed the standard of 7.95 meters (26.08 feet).High-jumper Costas Baniotis also qualified, clearing 2.28 meters (7.48 feet) in Moscow, where he finished third.Costas Douvalidis made it with a run of 7.63 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles at a meeting held in Piraeus on Jan. 31.Female pole-vaulters did well, with Nicole Kyriakopoulou soaring 4.68 meters (15.35 feet) in France, a few hours after Katerina Stefanidi recorded a personal best of 4.61 meters (15.12 feet) in Arizona.Greece’s national pole vault champion Costas Filippidis cleared 5.60 meters (18.37 feet) for the second time in a few days, this time in Dusseldorf.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019 Match 16: Prediction and Probable Playing 11s

By on November 16, 2019

first_imgAfter two consecutive defeats, Bangladesh will look to return to winning ways when they face a depleted Sri Lanka in their fourth World Cup game at the Bristol Cricket Ground on Tuesday.The Bangla Tigers, after making a perfect start to their World Cup campaign against South Africa, faced back to back defeats against New Zealand and England and are low on confidence.Recent FormApart from the first game against the Proteas, the Bangladesh batting has not been consistent and it has only been all-rounder Shakib al Hasan who has been able to perform. None of their other batters have been able to maintain consistency and have failed to cope with the scoreboard pressure. Their openers, Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal, have not been able to provide the starts that the Bangladeshi fans would be hoping for, something which Mashrafe Mortaza will desperately want.Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will be looking for two crucial points after their last encounter was washed out against Pakistan. The Dimuth Karunaratne-led side started their tournament campaign on the worst possible note, conceding a 10-wicket defeat to New Zealand. However, it was their bowling which rescued them against Afghanistan in a rain-curtailed match which they just managed to win.”Their big players are experienced and really know their role.””The confidence is up and the guys are hungry.”Who will come out ahead in today’s #BANvSL #CWC19 match? pic.twitter.com/lp4vgOuuUGCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 11, 2019Pitch prediction – BristolMatches in Bristol have been very high-scoring in the recent past. Team batting second will fancy their chances on this pitch. The last match scheduled at this venue between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain but the one before that in May between England and Pakistan produced over 700 runs with the home team successfully chasing down the target of 359 with 31 balls to spare.advertisementThere are 50 percent chances of rain today which might change the conditions in the bowlers’ favour.An off-day for Shakib Al Hasan, an optional training session for Sri Lanka, and more.Mel Jones has a gist of the how the teams trained ahead of today’s #CWC19 clash in Bristol. pic.twitter.com/NtaWN3ZGYPCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 11, 2019Injury concerns for Bangladesh and Sri LankaBangladesh’s major concern is their bowling which was taken for plenty by tournament favourites England in their previous encounter. They conceded a total in excess of 380 and were given a hard time on the field.On the other hand, batting has been one of the issues which Sri Lanka has been coping with in the initial phase of the ongoing tournament. They have suffered batting collapses and have not been able to play their full quota of 50 overs in all the completed matches.Sri Lanka and Bangladesh face off today knowing that a win at this stage will do a world of good for their positions.Who will have the edge? #BANvSL | #CWC19https://t.co/VuBbDO5osTCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 11, 2019In bowling, they will miss the services of Nuwan Pradeep who won them the match against Afghanistan. However, with the likes of Lasith Malinga, their bowling still finds an edge over Bangladesh.Playing XI prediction: Bangladesh vs Sri LankaBangladesh likely XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Mustafizur Rahman.Sri Lanka likely XI: Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perara, Isuru Udana, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.last_img read more

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Will Tendulkar’s record 673 runs in a single World Cup be broken this year?

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first_imgIn the current edition of ICC World Cup, two major records were broken in a gap of just two days recently.The first one was on 18 June during the England versus Afghanistan match, which witnessed the most expensive spell in a World Cup. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, the world’s number three bowler in ICC ODI ranking, conceded 110 runs without a wicket off nine overs.The second record was set two days later, of the highest aggregate ever in any ICC World Cup match, during the Australia versus Bangladesh match. In all, 714 runs were scored with Australia posting a massive score of 381/5 and Bangladesh replying with 333/8 in a losing cause.Both these records make one thing clear. The current World Cup tournament has been a high-scoring one and the pitches are favouring the batsmen more than the bowlers. If the trend continues in the second half of the tournament, there is a strong chance that Sachin Tendulkar’s record of scoring the most number of runs in a single World Cup tournament could be broken.Tendulkar’s 673 runs in the 2003 edition of the World Cup is still unbeaten. However, this year, the top two run scorers of the tournament have already made over 400 runs each, with quite a few matches yet to be played.Australian opener David Warner tops the chart with 440 runs in six games that he has played so far. He is followed by Shakib Al Hasan, the all-rounder from Bangladesh who has scored 425 runs in six matches, including one match which got washed out. Both Warner and Hasan are yet to play three matches each in the league stages of the tournament.advertisementWarner’s opening partner and Australian skipper Aaron Finch is not far behind, with 396 runs. Joe Root of England, and Indian opener and vice-captain Rohit Sharma are two other batsmen in the top five run scorers list.Who among these five batsmen can break Sachin’s record? The Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) of India Today group analysed the scoring patterns of the these five batsmen in the tournament to see how many runs they could score in all by the end of the league stage, if they continue scoring runs at the same pace (average runs/match) as they have been doing so far. According to DIU calculations, Rohit Sharma and Shakib Al Hasan Hasan could cross the 673-mark by the end of the league stage if they maintain their scoring average in the remaining league stage matches. Sharma has played three matches in the tournament till now, with one match getting washed out, where he has scored 319 runs at an average of 106 runs per match. If he maintains his form, he can score more than 850 runs by the end of the league stage as India is yet to play five more league matches in this tournament.Hasan has scored 425 runs in five matches, with one match getting washed out. Bangladesh has three more league matches ahead, and if Hasan keeps scoring at the same rate, he too can easily cross the 673 mark.David Warner, at his current scoring rate, might miss the mark by just three runs. While Aaron Finch and Joe Root will have to level up their scoring rate to surpass Sachin’s record, as they are falling short off the it by quite a few runs.Additionally, if the respective teams of these players reach the semi-finals or the finals, their chances of breaking the 16-year old record increase further.Also Seelast_img read more

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Boga yet to fulfil Chelsea potential

By on November 9, 2019

first_imgChelsea ‘I don’t think I have done enough’ – Boga concedes he is yet to fulfil Chelsea potential Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 15:21 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jeremie Boga Getty Images Chelsea Birmingham City Premier League The Blues loanee is still battling to reach the levels that he believes he is capable of as he prepares to take on the latest challenge in his career Just 18 minutes into his Chelsea debut in August, Jeremie Boga was hauled off in a tactical change following Gary Cahill’s dismissal against Burnley. The Blues would go on to lose their opening match of the 2017-18 Premier League season – a sign of things to come in a campaign which ended in a disappointing fifth-place finish. Boga joined Chelsea at the age of 16 after being scouted in a non-professional game. His dribbling ability and box of tricks made him one of the most exciting players to watch in his age group, and his senior bow was the culmination of years of hard work. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Now 21, Boga spent the majority of the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Championship side Birmingham City, having completed a move at the end of August. Though Boga admits that he was left down about the length of his only appearance in a Blues shirt to date, he is still proud that he has been able to achieve something that few have managed.”Yes, it was very surprising for everyone including me to start that game,” Boga told Goal.”In pre-season, I went with the first team and for me it was just to add numbers. But I said to myself, ‘I will train hard and you never know, I might get that opportunity.’”In the Arsenal game [in China] that is what happened because [Pedro] got injured. It was unlucky for him, but it was an opportunity for me. I went in and after that I got more game time. Then when we came back to England I was training well, because I knew there was a player out with a red card so it was an opportunity to take.”Luckily, I got my 15 minutes. I think on the day and the day after, I was really sad. I think that is a normal feeling because, for me, I was waiting for that chance for a long time. After that, I got back up and trained as hard again because I couldn’t keep staying down about it. You have to make sure when the next opportunity comes that you are ready.”Everyone knows how hard it is to play for Chelsea, so for me, whether it was just one minute or two minutes, I don’t care. It was really a proud moment for me and my family. I now look back on it with pride, yes.”Boga spent a third successive season out on loan, this time at Birmingham. The Midlands side struggled throughout 2017-18 and only narrowly avoided relegation, but Boga earned a creditable 34 appearances to take him to 92 over the course of spells with Rennes, Granada and now Birmingham.Harry Redknapp signed Boga for Birmingham, but the attacker would go on to play for three more managers, with Lee Carsley, Steve Cotterill and finally Garry Monk coming in. Boga believes his versatility helped him to be of use to different bosses.”I played in all different positions. With Redknapp, at the beginning, everyone was happy because I was playing as a number 10,” Boga added. “I was high up the pitch and working in a second striker position, where I played throughout my Chelsea youth. So for me, that was important.Jeremie Boga“I can also play on the wing and did that a lot this season. I can also play as a striker. I have learned to play as a striker. I think it helped me survive, especially this season, because if I could only play as a number 10 then I think I wouldn’t have lasted long in this team with their problems.”Though he does have experience at the highest levels in France, Spain and England at the age of 21, Boga concedes that he should be further along in his development. “For me, I have done some good things in my career, but for the talent that I think I have I don’t think I have done enough,” the one-cap Ivory Coast international said. “I think I need to go much higher, I want to keep working to reach my goals at my national team and clubs I play for. I have a lot more work to do.”Jeremie BogaBoga is cautious about his next move and a summer meeting at Chelsea will decide what he does next. The midfielder does think that Chelsea’s loan system is beneficial to many players, and that several of his fellow 36 loanees have what it takes to make it.”The best feeling was one against Hull City because I played against Ola Aina. We did everything together ever since I came to Chelsea,” Boga said. “From the Under-16s we grew up together, but it wasn’t such a fun experience because we lost 6-1. However, it is nice to see how well he is doing and to exchange shirts, it was a proud moment for us.”I think Ola can be a top player in his position. The same goes for Charly Musonda and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. I hope Loftus-Cheek gets his chance soon and Musonda is a talent.”Boga has now worked under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte. With the Italian likely to depart Chelsea this summer, Boga hopes to experience being coached by a world-class manager once again in the future.”There is not a lot of differences because they are both top managers at the top of their game,” Boga said of the pair. “Mourinho was very good as well with me also. He gave me a lot of confidence. I did pre-season with him as well and he was always talking to me. I think they both are good coaches and are really focused on what they do. They notice every detail and don’t let anything get past them.”last_img read more

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ESPN Issues Formal Apology For Comment Made On College GameDay

By on October 26, 2019

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN has issued a formal apology for a comment made by a guest during this morning’s College GameDay show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The comment, made by LSU fan James Carville, accused the SEC of cheating in favor of Alabama with regards to the suspension for Tigers’ defensive back Devin White.Carville brought up other SEC players who were ejected during games against Alabama, implying that the SEC refs favor the Crimson Tide.“And now the best defensive player in the conference is not going to play in the first half because of officials,” Carville said. “He did nothing wrong.”“Everybody in the world who saw that tape said he went in their with his hands up,” he continued.ESPN’s College GameDay shared a clip of the segment on social media, but it’s since been deleted.Now, ESPN has issued a formal on-air apology to the Southeastern Conference.Here’s the apology:ESPN just apologized to Greg Sankey for the James Carville take this morning. Lol. pic.twitter.com/PG9WTeLvew— Belle Es You (@SouthernbeLLSU) November 3, 2018That is not something you see every day. In fact, I can’t remember ESPN ever doing something like this in regards to a comment made on College GameDay.Alabama and LSU, meanwhile, are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be on CBS.last_img read more

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Govt to identify tribals displaced from Chhattisgarh due to Salwa Judum

By on October 20, 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre will ask the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments to identify tribals who allegedly fled Chhattisgarh due to the Salwa Judum movement around 15 years ago and settled there, according to officials. Salwa Judum was a militia that had been deployed as part of anti-Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh. It was operational between 2005 and 2011, before it was banned by the Supreme Court. The action came on a complaint of an NGO, CGNet Swara Foundation, that wrote to the ministry claiming that over 5,000 families had fled Chhattisgarh due to the controversial militia force formed by late Congress leader Mahendra Karma in mid-2005 to counter the Maoists. “We received a complaint on May 12 stating that a number of tribal families fled to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana from Chhattisgarh due to Salwa Judum. We have to take all state governments on board and verify these cases,” a senior official of the Tribal Affairs Ministry said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”Once the verification process is completed, we will sit together and decide the next course of action. We will have to see what political stand the Chhattisgarh government will take on it… whether it acknowledges that these were families were displaced due to Salwa Judum,” the official said. Another official from Chhattisgarh said that once it is established that these families belonged to the state, a process can be initiated to rehabilitate them under the Forest Rights Act, 2006. Experts say the previous BJP-led administration had backed the movement and the Congress government at the Centre was seized of it. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe Supreme Court banned the militia force in 2011 after it acquired a notorious reputation for allegedly burning villages, killing people and sexually assaulting women after terming them Maoist sympathisers. According to CGNet Swara Foundation, the militia force led to the displacement of 5,000 families from Chhattisgarh. These families settled in Andhra Pradesh, which got bifurcated in 2014. The NGO claimed these families had been living without basic facilities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and could not benefit from the Forest Rights Act, which provides for giving land rights to those living on forest land for at least three generations before December 31, 2005.last_img read more

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Alessia Cara unveils sophomore album details The Pains of Growing

By on October 15, 2019

first_img Facebook Advertisement Cara released her debut album, Know-It-All, in 2015. She has made the Canadian and U.S. Billboard charts several times now and is a four-time Grammy nominee. In 2018 the Brampton, Ont., native won her first award — a Grammy biggie — for Best New Artist.In an interview with Billboard, she gave insight on the process of writing her 15-track album.“In terms of lyrics, this is a lot more introspective for me, conceptually. [It’s] a lot more personal than anything I’ve put out before.” She added, “I wanted to make the album title feel like it’s a story, like you’re about to read a book about someone. It feels more like a full album, it’s more impactful.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Up-and-coming Canadian pop sensation Alessia Cara revealed details of her highly-anticipated second album on Wednesday night.She unveiled the album art, tracklisting and release date for The Pains of Growingvia Twitter. The 22-year old has been teasing her sophomore effort since its first single, Growing Pains, dropped back in June. Since then she released two further singles, A Little More and Trust My Lonely.WATCH BELOW: The latest single from the upcoming Alessia Cara album, Trust My Lonely Advertisementlast_img read more

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RCMP uncover over 1000 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women source

By on October 14, 2019

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn RCMP project aimed at tallying the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women has uncovered “over 1,000” cases, APTN National News has learned.The RCMP was able to determine that there are more than 1,000 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women with the help of other police forces across the country, according to a person with knowledge of the project, who asked not to be named because they’re not the official spokesperson on the project.As part of this project, the RCMP reached out to over 200 police forces across the country and asked to get a peek at their files to compile the statistics.APTN was told the project was complete and the report’s release was supposed to come out March 31, but is being held up by the federal ministry of public safety Canada.However, RCMP Aboriginal policing Supt. Tyler Bates denied the report was done when contacted on his cell phone Wednesday afternoon.“There is no report as of yet that has been disseminated,” said Bates. “There will be a publicly available document down the road.”When asked about the tally of over 1,000, Bates said he couldn’t confirm or deny any number.“I’m not going to speak to a specific number to confirm or refute anything at this juncture,” he said. “I don’t have any comment right now. All I can tell you is there is work that remains ongoing.”The purpose of the project was to give the RCMP clear data on the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women, Bates told APTN in December.The tally of over 1,000 cases would shatter any numbers compiled to this point. The Native Women’s Association of Canada released a report in 2010 with nearly 600 cases and recently and an Ottawa researcher released a study that puts the number at over 800.The RCMP questioned NWAC’s numbers in the past, but, until the recent project, the federal force only tallied information from within its own files.A call to the Public Safety minister’s office was not immediately returned.– with APTN fileskjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Russian arms exports to India fell by 42 between 200913 and 201418

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first_imgWashington DC: Russia’s arms export to India fell by a whopping 42 per cent between 2014-18 and 2009-2013, according to a new report. As a result, Russia accounted for 58 per cent of total Indian arms imports in 2014-2018, compared with 76 per cent in 2009-2013, according to the report “Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2018” released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effort to reduce country’s dependence on foreign arms, India’s import of arms decreased by 24 per cent between 2009-2013 and 2014-2018, according to the figures released by the report. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThis decline in India’s import is also partly due to delays in deliveries of arms produced under license from foreign suppliers, such as combat aircraft ordered from Russia in 2001 and submarines ordered from France in 2008. Still, India was the world’s second largest importer of major arms in 2014-18 and accounted for 9.5 per cent of the global total. Israel, the USA and France all increased their arms exports to India in 2014-18. Pakistan’s arms imports decreased by 39 per cent between 2009-13 and 2014-18. The US has become increasingly reluctant to provide military aid or sell arms to Pakistan: US arms exports to Pakistan fell by 81 per cent between 2009-13 and 2014-18, it said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangPakistan has instead turned to other suppliers. For example, in 2018 it ordered 4 frigates and 30 combat helicopters from Turkey, it added. The decrease in India’s arms import is significant given that the volume of international transfers of major arms in 2014-18 was 7.8 per cent higher than in 2009-13 and 23 per cent higher than in 2004-2008. The five largest exporters in 2014-18 were the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China. The five largest importers were Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Australia and Algeria. The US was the top arms exporter in 2014-18 and 2009-13. Its exports of major arms grew by 29 per cent between the two periods and its share of total global exports rose from 30 per cent to 36 per cent. As a result, the gap between the USA and Russia – the second largest exporter – continued to widen. In 2009-13, US exports of major arms were 12 per cent higher than those of Russia, whereas in 2014-18 they were 75 per cent higher. Russian exports of major arms decreased by 17 per cent between the same periods. The fall was partly due to general reductions in Indian and Venezuelan arms imports – two countries that have been among the main recipients of Russian arms exports in previous years, the SIPRI said. “Although India remained the chief recipient of Russian arms in 2014-18, Russian arms exports to India fell by 42 per cent between 2014-18 and 2009-13. Arms exports to Venezuela, which was the fifth largest recipient of Russian arms in 2009-13, decreased by 96 per cent between the two periods,” it said.last_img read more

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Techsavvy people more likely to accept robot doctors

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first_imgPeople with advanced computer skills are more likely to accept and use digital healthcare services and robot doctors, says a study by an Indian-origin researcher. “There is increasing use of automated systems in the medical field, where intake is now often conducted through a kiosk instead of by a receptionist,” said a Professor at Pennsylvania State University in the US. “We investigated user acceptance of these ‘robot receptionists,’ along with automated nurses and doctors,” he added. Also Read – The Puja carnivalFor the study, scientists recruited participants from the online workforce Amazon Mechanical Turk to gain a better understanding of user psychology behind the acceptance of automation in clinics. The research team gauged the participants’ preconceived beliefs about and attitudes toward machines – what is called a “machine heuristic.” The team measured participants’ adherence to the machine heuristic by asking them to indicate their level of agreement with statements such as, “When machines, rather than humans, complete a task, the results are more accurate.” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this Navratra”We found that if you’re high on machine heuristic and you’re high on power usage, you have the most positive attitude toward automated healthcare providers. This combination seems to make people more accepting of these technologies,” said the professor. “A power user (a person with advanced computer skills) is more likely to accept a robot doctor, for example, than a non-power user.” The results were presented at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Glasgow, Scotland. According to him, the healthcare industry can benefit from increased reliance on automated systems. “Doctors are limited by their human bandwidth, by their experience, knowledge and even state of mind from minute to minute,” he said.last_img read more

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Moroccan Embassies Start Biometric Data Collection in Belgium and France

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Rabat – Over the course of 2016, the Moroccan consulates in Brussels, Orly and Marseilles developed biometric data collection systems as part of the General Directorate of National Security’s (DGSN) strategy to improve police infrastructure for citizens living inside and outside the borders of the kingdom.Providing this new service allowed 1,808 Moroccans living abroad to acquire a national identity card from their local embassy, without having to return to their home country. The process for the approval of residence visas to foreigners and asylum seekers was also streamlined via this technology.The information, released on Tuesday, comes as part of the DGSN review of security upgrades over the past year. The agency said it aimed to improve the readiness of the national police force while improving the quality and quantity of services it provided to citizens. The DGSN’s data also counts 466 people in Morocco with valid special refugee cards, with 71 issued in 2016 and the remainder renewed for an extended period. A total of 16,288 others received temporary authorization to stay in the kingdom as they continued they journey onward to other countries.“This strategy has made it possible, through the year 2016, to lay the basic foundations of good governance in the financial and administrative management, and strengthen the integrity of synthesis mechanisms and staff capacity building, which reflects positively on the quality of security services provided to citizens, and contribute to the improvement of readiness and effectiveness in accordance with the operational interests of security,” the DGSN’s statement read. read more

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Canadians expected to spend less money this holiday season

By on October 6, 2019

by News Staff Posted Nov 22, 2012 3:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email holiday season|spending Canadians expected to spend less money this holiday season TORONTO, Ont — Canadians might be spending a little less money this holiday season according to a Capital One and Credit Canada Debt Solutions report released, Thursday. While some Canadians will be storming the malls and lining up to make their holiday purchases, most will be cutting back. Women are more likely than men to buy fewer and less expensive gifts this holiday season. The RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook agrees with the findings in the report and believes Canucks will spend six-percent less than they did last year. The Bank of Montreal’s holiday outlook projected on average a 15-percent increase in holiday spending compared to last year. Deloitte has also projected a more modest increase. The final numbers illustrating how much Canadians spent during the holiday season will be released in January.   read more

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South Sudan Africas largest refugee crisis needs urgent response – UN agency

By on October 2, 2019

“Recent new arrivals report suffering inside South Sudan with intense fighting, kidnappings, rape, fears of armed groups and threats to life, as well as acute food shortage,” William Spindler, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told the media at a regular briefing in Geneva. “More than 60 per cent of the refugees are children, many arriving with alarming levels of malnutrition – enduring devastating impact of the brutalities of the ongoing conflict,” he added. However the crisis, third only to the displacements in Syria and Afghanistan and now in its fourth year, has received less attention and is plagued by chronic levels of underfunding. UNHCR said that its response capacities are overstretched in the countries hosting the refugees and the lack of funds is affecting critical and life-saving efforts such as providing clean, drinking water, food, health and sanitation. Last month, the agency revised upwards its funding requirements for 2017 to $781.8 million (some $297.9 million or 61 per cent higher than the earlier budget) in light of new needs of those who have been displaced due to renewed fighting, increased violence and resulting food insecurity since July last year. The agency’s last year funding appeal of $649 million received only 33 per cent of the amount needed.500,000 displaced in four months – more than 4,000 every dayThe period between September and December 2016 saw almost half a million South Sudanese seeking refuge in neighbouring countries – an average of almost 4,100 people every day for four months. According to Mr. Spindler, as the global displacement trends reflect, those fleeing South Sudan are being hosted by the poorest communities in the neighbouring countries, under immense pressure with scarce resources. Noting that the welcome South Sudan refugees received in the neighbouring countries “is encouraging” he cautioned that the lack of resources to respond is also extremely worrying. The majority of the refugees are being hosted by Uganda (about 698,000), followed by Ethiopia (about 342,000), Sudan (305,000), Kenya (89,000), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (68,000) and the Central African Republic (4,900). “We are working with authorities in South Sudan’s neighbouring countries to provide life-saving support and look after the basic needs of those arriving in desperate conditions,” the UNHCR spokesperson said, renewing a call on donor countries to step up support to the humanitarian efforts for the South Sudan situation.South Sudan has faced ongoing challenges since a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his then former Vice-President Riek Machar erupted into full blown conflict between forces loyal to each in December 2013. The crisis has produced one of the world’s worst displacement situations with immense suffering for civilians.Despite the August 2015 peace agreement that formally ended the war, conflict and instability have also spread to previously unaffected areas. read more

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Letter Our people are intelligent enough to see past these untruths

By on September 25, 2019

Dear Editor,The letter published by the Guyana Chronicle, headlined ‘Jagdeo standing on shaky ground’, penned by one, Earl Hamilton, demands a response, if only to underscore the unschooled repetition of untruths, in the face of available facts.When Hamilton talks about the “the nightly staccato of automatic gunfire that left bodies lying in the city suburbs and its environs” in Guyana, one wonders if the writer found himself lost in the script of one action flick or another. But that is an aside.Moving on to the contents of Hamilton’s letter, he does admit that he stands to be corrected and I intend to do just that – correct him, if only in an effort to stress the need for the disrespect and discounting Guyanese’s intelligence to be discontinued.The letter writer says that former president, Bharrat Jagdeo, “presided over what is now recorded as the most traumatic of our modern political history.” Where are the facts to support this allegation?Hamilton claims that organised crime flourished, but it was the PPP/C that advanced the establishment of the Special Organised Crimes Unit (SOCU) to go after organised crime. Instead, under the Coalition government, SOCU has been hijacked to pursue a witch hunting effort. And the fact to support this lies in the case of directors of the Guyana Rice Development Board – all linked to the PPP/C – being taken to court over an accounting error, something they had no responsibility for.Hamilton claims too that Guyanese men were “systematically murdered”. But the claim, first peddled by the People’s National Congress (PNC) has been discounted via supposed ‘evidence’ provided by the PNC itself. The list of 400 young men, who were supposedly killed under the former PPP/C government, was made public by the PNC. If one were to go through that list, it is clear that the list includes repetition of names, the names of victims of crime and the names of police officers killed in action.  Yet, despite these facts, Hamilton peddles untruths, joining the bandwagon of other ‘two-by-twos’ seeking to make a name for themselves by attacking prominent public officials.Hamilton says he looks forward to an inquiry of this period – parroting the Coalition government’s promise of an inquiry. But he fails to admit that Jagdeo and the PPP/C have made clear that an inquiry will be welcomed. The only question left to be answered, therefore, is why President Granger hasn’t moved to establish such an inquiry – especially since Commissions of Inquiry seem to be a fetish of this Government.Hamilton states that “narcotics became the symbol of state affluence,” but again fails to substantiate his claims. If ‘drug money’ was the reason for economic progress under the former PPP/C administration, then we should have seen the crackdown on drug dealers to correspond with the current downturn of the local economy.  There is no logic is such a claim.Reference to major projects, including the Marriott Hotel, and the non-release of the related contract was also mentioned. But, with the Marriot Hotel contract being the least of the lot, Jagdeo has called for the release of all contracts for projects, which the Coalition government had claimed were corrupt. This includes the evaluation report for works related to the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project. Why hasn’t government done so? Is it because the release of the projects’ documents will show up APNU+AFC’s claims of corruption as shallow and empty talk?Crime rates also get a mention from Hamilton and he claims that statistics point to a decrease in crime. Has he even looked at the statistics for himself from a disaggregated point of view? For example, there have been 39 disorderly type murders, 15 domestic murders, 12 robbery murders, 4 execution murders 8 murders where the circumstances are unknown and 2 murders under the category of ‘others’ at the end of August 2017.Hamilton’s unfounded assertion that the private sector complained about crime increases, because it had “benefitted in so many ways from tax waivers and tax concessions” from the former PPP/C government is preposterous.    First of all, the representatives of the private sector have a legitimate right to express concern about something as major as crime if they are being affected. Secondly, the private sector is globally acknowledged as the engine of economic growth for countries and if the crime rate drives business down, it is a legitimate problem that needs to be addressed.Allegations about what the government’s “many audits” supposedly prove were raised by Hamilton, who says the audits “tell a story of wholesale theft of every type.” While this is untrue, Hamilton also fails to admit that the 40 audits cost the Guyanese people over $133M and the costs of at least five others remain unknown. He fails to say that the Coalition government ignored the procurement process and handpicked auditors – many of whom are vocal supporters of APNU+AFC – to do these supposed ‘forensic’ audits. He fails to say that the audit reports were published without the responses from the entities being audited, in an attempt to paint a lopsided picture of the actual state of affairs.Moving on, Hamilton. He says, “I believe in freedom of speech, but not when someone like Jagdeo uses its sacred tenets to mock the sensibilities of this nation on almost a daily basis.” Having established that Hamilton does exactly that – mock the sensibilities of this nation – with his untruths, his comment is ironic.Furthering his attack against Jagdeo, Hamilton says “in any other jurisdiction of a homogenous type, he (Jagdeo) would have been consigned to the dustbin of discredited national leaders.”  Hamilton needs to understand that Guyanese society is diverse; our nation’s peoples are brainy enough to see past his untruths; and many Guyanese have the backbone to call out the peddlers of pathetic unschooled repetitions.Regards,Cedric Lord Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: GAWU willing to assist GuySuCo in sugar industry turn aroundOctober 12, 2017In “Letters”Jagdeo need not respond to attempts to discredit his tremendous accomplishmentsSeptember 24, 2017In “Letters”GRA Commissioner: Citizens duty bound to file tax returnsDecember 17, 2016In “latest news” read more

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Three people charged following loyalist flag protest

By on September 22, 2019

first_imgTHREE PEOPLE HAVE been charged with public order offences following a loyalist flag protest in Belfast yesterday.Two men aged 48 and 47 and a 21-year-old woman were been charged following the protest outside the Seaview football ground in Belfast.All three are accused of disorderly behaviour and assault on police, while the 47-year-old man is additionally charged with ‘doing a provocative act’.All three were released on police bail to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on March 13.Related: Timeline: How the flags drama unfolded in Northern Ireland>last_img read more

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Surface Pro owners report shocks while charging

By on September 21, 2019

first_imgMicrosoft’s presentations for the Surface RT and Pro computers were all beaming with pride over their VaporMg casing, a material that was lighter and stronger than aluminum with a textured coating that keeps fingerprints away. While all of that is true, it turns out that in some cases this VaporMg also conducts electricity better than it should, to the point that the Surface Pro is shocking some users as they grip the system while it’s charging.It’s not unusual to experience a static discharge when picking up a metal-wrapped tablet, but it’s fairly unusual for the experience to be constant and only happening when the tablet is charging. Several users have now reported a range of experiences, from a tingling sensation in their fingers to a biting shock. This seems to be happening then they touch the bottom right hand corner of the Surface Pro while it is charging.The power adapter for the Surface Pro is no slouch, charging the tablet PC with 12 volts at 3.6 amps with a unique magnetic adapter that connects at five different points to ensure a good connection. It’s not something that Microsoft cut corners on, though nor was the Surface for that matter. Microsoft has touted the design — both on the exterior and interior — since the pair of tablets was first announced.The easiest way to see if your Surface Pro is affected by this is to drag your wrist across the bottom right hand corner of the front and back of the tablet. You can also lift the kickstand and run your fingers along the inside wall of the Surface to feel the shock.Several Surface Pro owners have found that this will quickly show whether or not the tablet is sharing some electricity with the molten magnesium alloy case. If your Surface Pro is affected, you’ll feel the result immediately, regardless of whether or not you have a cover attached.Affected users — we have spoken to one to confirm the issue — will find Microsoft willing to help you fix this problem with a new Surface. The company has offered no explanation as to why this is happening or whether you will have the same problem with a replacement Surface Pro, but you can either call or use the Microsoft support website to have a new Surface shipped to you immediately. Once you’ve received the new Surface, just ship them back the faulty unit, and you’ll be good to go.It’s unclear yet as to how many users are actually affected by this, but Microsoft’s rapid replacement response is a clue that they know about the issue and are addressing it as quickly, and as quietly, as possible.last_img read more

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