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Deschamps follows Napoleon with enough French class to succeed in RussiaDeschamps follows Napoleon with enough French class to succeed in Russia

first_img Iceland World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions Facebook Facebook Didier Deschamps, the captain, leads the celebrations after France win the World Cup in 1998. Photograph: Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images Share on Pinterest Twitter Share on WhatsApp Pinterest It had not always been so. Picking his all-time greatest France XI on this website at the weekend Marcel Desailly felt able to omit both Just Fontaine, still the top scorer for a single competition with 13 goals in six matches during the 1958 World Cup finals, and his great partner Raymond Kopa, the winner of the Ballon d’Or that same year.And how different, too, things look today, even in a side which Christophe Dugarry, a veteran of 1998 turned radio pundit, claims to be lacking in “character, mental strength and determination”. In their last 13 matches Deschamps’ men have scored 30 goals, displaying an attacking potency at least equal to that of any other Russia-bound nation. A possible front trio of PSG’s Kylian Mbappé, Atlético Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé offers speed of thought and foot, with a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old flanking a man who, at 27, has the experience of 53 caps and three successful seasons satisfying Diego Simeone’s demands. And Olivier Giroud, if he does not start, can leave the bench to add physical presence.In midfield they look equally well equipped with Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi in front of N’Golo Kanté. The young Corentin Tolisso of Bayern Munich is ready to play a part should Pogba, for example, disappoint, although Deschamps described the Manchester United player as “indispensable” following a mediocre performance in the 3-1 win over Italy in Nice on Friday night. France Twitter Share on Messenger World Cup In an official pre-tournament photograph of the squad posing informally in their stylish navy blue suits, Kanté is invisible, hidden behind the prominent figure of Pogba. That is how he likes it, but his presence gives the team a player who not only snuffs out imminent danger with the minimum of drama but launches instant counterattacks with crisp passes of perfect weight and angle.Kanté will be the dynamic soul of Deschamps’ France, his alertness and mobility vital factors in compensating for any flaws in defence. Against Italy the head coach deployed two fast and attack-minded 22-year-old full-backs, Benjamin Pavard of Stuttgart and Lucas Hernández of Atlético, to promising effect. But Samuel Umtiti had an unhappy night against the resurgent Mario Balotelli and Raphaël Varane is likely to return alongside Adil Rami in central defence in front of the captain, Hugo Lloris, who is on schedule to win his 100th cap in the group stage.Only five men – Lloris, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann and Matuidi – who started their quarter-final defeat by Germany in the Maracanã four years ago are likely to be named for France’s opening match against Australia on 16 June. This turnover speaks clearly about the volume of top-quality players constantly produced by France’s clubs and the national training scheme centred on Clairefontaine, one of the wonders of the football world 20 years ago and still a model for other nations.The varied ethnic composition of the 1998 squad offered another kind of example. The team of blacks, blancs and beurs (North Africans) may not have magically turned France’s suburbs into oases of multicultural tranquillity but they certainly made some parts of the nation more aware of the existence and contribution of others. Their successors could reinforce the message with goals from Griezmann (parents of German and Portuguese origin), Mbappé (Cameroonian father, Algerian mother), and Dembélé (mother of Mauritian and Senegalese descent, father from Mali). Read more Share on Twitter Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane played together for France and Juventus. Photograph: Oliver Berg/EPA Twitter As for the head coach, the shadow of his old team-mate Zidane, suddenly at a loose end and known to fancy a crack at managing the national team, has fallen over a contract due to expire after the Euros in 2020. Deschamps, who can point to a record of leading France to the quarter-finals four years ago and finishing runners-up to Portugal at Euro 2016, is laughing off the inevitable questions. But if he needed another incentive to take the coming campaign to a triumphant conclusion, there it is. Topics Facebook Reuse this content World Cup 2018 Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Sportblog Pinterest Napoleon met disaster in Russia after sending almost half a million soldiers on an invasion that began in the summer of 1812 and ended in humiliation. Didier Deschamps, with only 23 men in his Grande Armée, will be hoping for a better outcome in the coming weeks. For a start the inhabitants of Moscow are unlikely to have burnt the place to the ground by the time his squad pitch camp next week in a Hilton hotel 50km west of the city walls.France are ranked fourth in the World Cup betting behind Brazil, Germany and Spain. Twenty years after their only success in the competition they may even be justified in examining their impressive resources and believing that the time for a repeat has finally come. Last week L’Équipe reprinted the edition published on Monday, 13 July, 1998, the morning after France discovered that it was, after all, a football nation. “Pour l’éternité” rang the sonorous headline, and the team who beat Brazil by three unanswered goals in Saint-Denis did indeed join the immortals – even Stéphane Guivarc’h, the centre-forward whose selection for the final provided a definition of the phrase faute de mieux”, meaning “for the lack of anything better”.In effect France won the tournament without a functioning forward line. Their three goals in the final were scored by two midfielders, Zinedine Zidane and Emmanuel Petit. Earlier their continued presence had been secured only by a central defender, Laurent Blanc, scoring the only goal in an excruciating performance against Paraguay in the round of 16, and a full-back, Lilian Thuram, whose double defeated Croatia in the semi-final. Four years later in South Korea their main forwards, Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet and Djibril Cissé, could manage not a single goal between them, despite being the leading scorers in England, Italy and France respectively. comment The France team photo with N’Golo Kanté all but hidden behind Paul Pogba. Photograph: @equipedefrance/twitter Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Ferrari pre-sells entire new supercar model despite £1m+ price tagFerrari pre-sells entire new supercar model despite £1m+ price tag

first_img Twitter The two-seater Monza SP2. Photograph: Ferrari/EPA The cars, which will come in one-seat or two-seat versions, are part of the new chief executive’s plans to boost profits by introducing models particularly very expensive limited-edition supercars.The latest models are the first in a limited series called Icona, which reference Ferrari’s racing cars of the 1950s.Louis Camilleri, who took over as Ferrari chief executive from Sergio Marchionne, who died in July, said the company planned to launch an unprecedented 15 new models.Among them will be Ferrari’s first sports utility vehicles (SUVs) called Purosangue – Italian for thoroughbred. It follows in the footsteps of luxury competitors such as Lamborghini and Aston Martin. Share via Email Topics Share on Facebook Automotive industry Luxury goods sector The company said it would reveal pricing of the new cars at the Paris Autoshow in October, but experts said they are likely to sell for more than £1m each. Ferrari’s limited-edition LaFerrari Aperta convertible model costs $2.1m (£1.6m).Buyers of the Monzas will receive a racing jumpsuit by high-end Italian luxury brand Loro Piana. Luxury leather goods company Berluti will specially produce Monza driving shoes and a leather-clad helmet. Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Ferrari has announced a new open-top supercar it describes as “probably the closest and purest driving experience to Formula 1” – and has already pre-sold the whole production run, despite a likely £1m-plus price tag.At a private event for devoted customers at its headquarters in Maranello, Italy, the company said it would produce fewer than 500 of the 810hp Monza models, which can reach 62mph in 2.9 seconds.Nicolo Boari, Ferrari’s head of product marketing, said the Monza would be “the most powerful ever in Ferrari history”, with an 810 horsepower engine. He added that the open-cockpit would make the cars “probably the closest and purest driving experience to the Formula 1”. Italy Pinterest Motor sport news Rich lists Europe Camilleri said he has set a target of doubling profits to €2bn by 2022. He aims to increase sales to €5bn (£4.4bn) by 2022, up from €3.4bn last year.He said it was an “ambitious” target but the firm was confident it would be able to lift sales as the number of super-wealthy people around the world keeps growing. The global population of ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) people, those with more than $30m (£23m) in assets, increased by 12.9% last year to a record 255,810 people.All of the Monzas have already been pre-sold to customers who attended the preview party on Monday night. Ferrari Share on WhatsApp (@Zero2Turbo)At a private event dedicated to Ferrari customers, the automaker unveiled two unique vehicles – the Ferrari Monza SP1 and Monza SP2. One is a single-seat creation – SP1 – while the other seats two – the SP2.#Ferrari #MonzaSP1 #MonzaSP2 #FerrariMonza #SP1 #SP2 18, 2018 Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

‘Growing as men’: Mike Friday on how USA rugby went top of world sevens‘Growing as men’: Mike Friday on how USA rugby went top of world sevens

first_img Pinterest Read more Danny Barrett’s brutal brilliance puts USA top of the rugby sevens world A trailer for The Pioneers, a documentary about the US men’s sevens team. In the HSBC World Rugby Men’s Sevens Series, the USA have reached four finals in a row. Going into their home event in Las Vegas this weekend, which they won for the first time last year, they are level with New Zealand at the top of the rankings. Twitter Perhaps surprisingly, World Rugby is looking to take the USA Sevens elsewhere. But for now, Sin City it is. Last year, for the first time, the Americans won the jackpot. They will try to repeat but they will do so without Perry Baker, world player of the year two years in a row, scorer of a phenomenal try against Fiji last year. He broke his jaw on a Tongan head in Hamilton and, Friday says, is likely to miss Vegas, Vancouver, Hong Kong and Singapore before returning for London and Paris. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn “It’s about how you need to be prepared to compromise and comfort and mediate both with what you say and what others say, and to work hard on having that flexibility in communication.”In short, Friday’s players come from various walks of American life, from the coasts, from north and south and in between, and they come from different social, educational, even political backgrounds. And they have learned to live and work together.In a country riven by partisan bitterness, it’s a thought-provoking point. It’s also a point made to someone who edits political news by day, and therefore cannot resist suggesting Republicans and Democrats might learn something by watching the sevens on ESPN. Friday laughs at the notion of Donald Trump in a scrumcap, bound on to Bernie Sanders. Then he neatly sidesteps the trap.“We’ve had teething problems,” he says, “don’t get me wrong. Like all brothers or families, you have good days and bad days. But we’ve come out the other side.“What you’re seeing is a squad that are able to communicate efficiently and effectively under pressure, and also at times when they’re not under pressure or when they have historically not liked to communicate, perhaps. They now choose to accept one another and support one another. features Read more Share on WhatsApp Like all brothers or families, you have good days and bad days. But we’ve come out the other sideMike Friday Twitter Facebook Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Pinterest “It’s not really psychology: it’s just growing as men. It’s taken time but we’re seeing the benefits now.”Last July, the Eagles had a disappointing World Cup in San Francisco, finishing sixth. But in this World Series they have reached finals in Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton and Sydney. They have beaten Fiji, New Zealand, England and Australia. But they lost all four finals: two to Fiji, the Olympic champions, two to New Zealand, champions of the world.Friday admits to regrets and a determination to end that painful run. But “the reality is we’re all about Olympic qualification this year and to get that we have to finish in the top four. To break the stranglehold of the super powers, that is the challenge.”After a successful debut at Rio 2016, sevens will be back for Tokyo 2020. Last time the USA men qualified regionally, beating Canada, but the Games did not bring glory. This time it looks like the run-up, at least, might be somewhat smoother.Somewhat. Sevens is a breathless rush and as Friday says, “it comes down to moments. Some are in your control. Some are not.”In the final in Sydney this month, the Eagles made 27 offloads in one attack, drawing two penalties from the equally relentless New Zealand defenders. It was extraordinary stuff but then, as Friday describes it, sevens worked its horrible magic.“We ran this tap play, we tried a wrap-around and their player tackled Danny Barrett into Folau Niua. The ball bobbles clear, Folau is on the floor and replaced on an HIA [head injury assessment] and New Zealand run away and suddenly it’s 14-0.“The game wasn’t won and lost there but the momentum shifted. The ebb and flow of sevens happened. And of course that’s why we love the game. You’ve got to see it for what it is.”What sevens is, he says with another laugh, is “Gladiator”: a brutal arena spectacle. As such it’s well made for Vegas, which has hosted since 2010, organisers United World Sports putting on the international event alongside tournaments for schools, colleges and clubs. Twitter Rugby fans wearing Elvis Presley costumes enjoy the sevens at Sam Boyd Stadium. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Share on Facebook In Vegas, in front of “the passion, emotion and positivity the American supporters provide, the full-on razzmatazz”, Friday expects his team to thrive.“They get to play in front of their families, and that’s massive. When we won last year that was the most pleasing thing for me. The families have to sacrifice as well. Just to see them share that win and enjoy it makes up for it all a little bit.“So no we don’t feel the pressure at home, we enjoy the positivity. If anything we just have to be careful about the distractions of Vegas. Everybody wants a piece of us. We want to be in there with the USA Rugby community, it’s what it’s all about.“But we are there for business.” Share on Messenger Pinterest Such success is unprecedented and it is the result, says Mike Friday, of “a lot of hard work”. Any coach might be expected to say so but the affable Englishman, once a Wasps scrum-half and coach of England and Kenya, is a professor of the shortened game. There’s more to it.“America is such a diverse place,” he tell the Guardian, over the phone. “Certainly within our squad we represent that diversity. And while that diversity can be your biggest strength it can also be an achilles heel, when it comes to communication, perceptions and understanding, the possibility of misunderstanding the way that people may be or are.“Obviously we’ve worked hard on our physical, tactical and technical development, they’re givens. But we undertook a large piece of work off-pitch probably 10 months ago, working on communication and awareness of others and self-awareness. Topics US sports Reuse this content Share via Email Rugby sevens In his absence the likes of Kevon Williams, a product of small-college rugby at New Mexico Highlands University, will have another chance to shine alongside Danny Barrett, Ben Pinkelman, Madison Hughes and Stephen Tomasin, world-class players all. Friday speaks glowingly of Williams and others in the squad for Vegas, among them Maceo Brown, Marcus Tupuola and Ben Broselle.“Our challenge over the next 18 months,” the coach says, “is to identify and nurture a squad that can push us through to 2020. And as a tier-two rugby nation in a tier-one economy, that’s tough.”In the richest country in the world, sevens offers the chance to win Olympic gold, not to make a pile of silver. In 2017, Rugby Today reported that the “highest-paid contracted sevens Eagle” made just $24,000 a year.“It requires a lot of sacrifice to chase that dream,” Friday says. “These boys live on the poverty line, on the minimum wage. That’s the reality of this. It’s on a par with probably stacking shelves in Walmart.“They do it because they love it and want to create role models. America is trying to play catch-up. Once you create the role models and capture imaginations, of the population and most importantly the commercial world, then you get a shot.” Why European fans should give raw-as-hell Major League Rugby a go Share on Twitter Facebook USA rugby union team Facebook Rugby union Since you’re here… Mike Friday: ‘Within our squad we represent the diversity of America’. Photograph: Tom Shaw – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Imageslast_img read more

Wrestlers of Fatehpur Beri back boxer Vijender SinghWrestlers of Fatehpur Beri back boxer Vijender Singh

first_imgWrestlers of Fatehpur Beri back boxer Vijender SinghThe wrestlers of Gurlekha Aida do not mean to vote only in the name of MPs or Prime Minister Modi.advertisement Sushant Mehra May 2, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 07:38 IST The wrestlers of Gurlekha Aida do not mean to vote only in the name of MPs or Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Every voter and the parties alike in Delhi have pinned their hopes on the candidates contesting in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. One such section is the wrestler group of Fatehpur Beri village in South Delhi, where the wrestlers believe that this time they will address their issues and vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) considering the issue of national security.The wrestlers of Gurlekha Aida do not mean to vote only in the name of MPs or Prime Minister Modi. This time, the players believe that the Modi government has contributed a lot to their game, due to which they have agreed to vote for the BJP. National security is also one of their biggest concerns.When the India Today TV team talked to the wrestlers and asked them whether any MP worked for them, they responded by saying that no MP worked after winning. However, this time, there are three candidates in the field, one of whom is a professional boxer associated with sports.The Congress has fielded boxer Vijender Singh from South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Tags :Follow Vijender SinghFollow Election 2019last_img read more

Hog Producers Get Loan Support ProgramHog Producers Get Loan Support Program

first_img Nova Scotia pork producers will get provincial government loansupport to help them during the current decline in market price,Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Chris d’Entremont said today,Dec. 5. The program will be administered through Pork NovaScotia. “The loan program shows government’s continued commitment to thehog industry, particularly during this difficult time,” said Mr.d’Entremont. “We anticipate this loan program will provide porkproducers with an opportunity to restructure their industry.” The industry has identified more than $3.5 million in potentiallosses due to declining market prices this year. Pork pricesrecovered temporarily during the summer months but have sincedeclined to levels below the cost of production. Prices areexpected to recover in spring 2004. Business Risk Managementprograms have been established to assist the industry with low-income years and producers have begun to receive that funding. “Pork producers are experiencing stress and financial hardship asa result of low commodity pork prices,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Other Maritime provinces have indicated that their pork industryis also being hurt by this decline in prices.” “We are pleased that the minister has acknowledged the plight ofthe pork situation in Nova Scotia and we look forward todeveloping a program that will work for our industry,” said HenryVissers, executive manager, Pork Nova Scotia. The program, available to Nova Scotia pork producers, will bebased on market prices until those prices exceed $145 per hog oruntil the $3.5 million dollar loan capital has been utilized.Details are expected to be worked out with Pork Nova Scotia andthe pork industry next week. AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES -Hog Producers Get Loan Support Programlast_img read more

Halifax taekwondo coach suspended after student disciplined with caneHalifax taekwondo coach suspended after student disciplined with cane

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax taekwondo coach has been suspended after a 17-year-old student was struck with a cane as discipline.Halifax police say they investigated a report of an assault at Woo Yong’s Taekwondo Academy in January, and determined an instructor had disciplined a student with a cane.“The youth did not require any medical attention and did not he suffer physical injuries,” said Const. Carol McIsaac.She said police closed their probe on Feb. 4 with no charges being laid.However, the Maritime Taekwondo Union, the regional sanctioning body, has suspended master Woo Yong Jung’s coaching credentials pending its own probe.“The MTU has very clearly defined rules and policies around how we are to interact with our students and interact with the community,” said MTU president Doug Large. “We as masters and instructors take those principles very seriously.”Jung’s lawyer, Jason Gavras, said in a statement that “Master Jung, the student who was disciplined and his family are quite surprised that this matter has become a story. They considered it largely a non-event and closed long ago.”The MTU launched its own investigation after the complaint was brought to its attention on Jan. 15.The organization immediately suspended Jung from coaching at local and national taekwondo events.When completed, the results of its investigation are to be turned over to a three-member panel said to consist of legal and medical professionals who are far removed from the taekwondo community. The MTU’s disciplinary measures range from dismissal of the complaint to permanent expulsion from the organization.“I think the entire event is unfortunate but we as an organization have no options,” said Large. “It has to be dealt with, it has to be addressed. We have a responsibility to all of our members and a responsibility to uphold the policies that we’ve set.”A letter of support from the Woo Yong TKD Parent Association said the situation has been blown out of proportion.“I have absolutely no concern when it comes to the safety and security of my children when they are in master Jung’s care,” said the association’s chairman, Byron Kendall.“My son … was present at the academy in early January when the initial incident occurred between master Jung and one of his older students. My son, who did not witness the incident but was within earshot of it, heard the incident and understood what was happening but knew that there was no danger to him or any of the other children.”Large said he has known Jung for a long time and said their relationship has been a tumultuous one but denied any of his previous experience with the suspended instructor contributed to the complaint and ensuing investigation.“Master Jung was my master instructor for the first half of my practice,” he explained. “He and I had a falling out a number of years ago and have reconciled.”“None of what has happened has been anything more than a response to his actions in his club and his decision-making process,” Large explained.(Global News, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

High School Students Shout Trump Trump to Latino TeamHigh School Students Shout Trump Trump to Latino Team

By Jonathan WalshRabat – High school students in Indiana and Iowa in the United States have been accused of racism after their fans hurled abuse at their Latino opponents.The two separate incidents at high school basketball games, which are seemingly identical, took place over the same week, and highlight the racism made commonplace in the US by Republican candidate Donald Trump. In the first situation, students of Andrean High School in Indiana – a private school that has an annual tuition cost of $8,600 – prepared placards reading ‘ESPN Deportes’ for their opponents, who were predominantly of Latino origin.During the game, shouts of “Build a wall, build a wall” were heard, in direct reference to Donald Trump’s proposals to build a wall across the US-Mexico border and deport millions of migrants of Mexican descent.In response, students from Bishop Noll, who won the match, shouted “You’re a Racist!”“I understand they’re kids. You expect them to make mistakes,” said Ashley Howard, a fan at the game in an interview with ABC7.“Maybe they didn’t know how far to push the envelope because they are rival schools, but that’s what the administration is for and that’s where the administration is supposed to step in and say, ‘hey kids, that’s not ok.’”In a remarkably similar incident in Iowa, students of the predominantly white Dallas Center-Grimes High School resorted to chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump” at their opponents following their defeat to a team of Latino children.Despite their coach’s confirmation that all of students were American-born citizens, many believe it is worrying that such tactics of racial intimidation could be employed at a high school basketball match. read more

Gordon Fyfe departs federal pension fund to head BC Investment ManagementGordon Fyfe departs federal pension fund to head BC Investment Management

VICTORIA — The chief executive of PSP Investments, which manages pension funds for the federal public service, Canadian Forces and RCMP, is leaving to become CEO of B.C. Investment Management Corp.In his new role, Gordon Fyfe will manage a fund with $114.8 billion in assets — compared with $90 billion of assets managed by PSP Investments for the federal public sector.Fyfe has more than 30 years of experience in investment and finance, including at JP Morgan, the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec and TAL Global Asset Management.He replaces Doug Pearce, who is retiring after more than 20 years as head of the B.C. fund manager.B.C. Investment Management manages investments for public sector pension plans, public trusts and insurance funds.The Public Sector Pension Investment Board says it has a CEO succession plan in place but it didn’t announce Fyfe’s successor.The Canadian Press read more

CID records statement from President on assassination plotCID records statement from President on assassination plot

He said that the investigations were progressing smoothly and he expects an outcome soon.The President said that the CID is expected to submit a report on the investigations to the Attorney General in two weeks. (Colombo Gazette) The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded a statement from President Maithripala Sirisena over an alleged plot to kill him and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.The President told Parliament today that his statement was recorded a few days ago.

Security Council calls on Kosovo leaders to work constructively with UN missionSecurity Council calls on Kosovo leaders to work constructively with UN mission

The Council’s appeal came in a press statement by its current President, Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani of Singapore, who said Kosovo’s leaders should also focus the attention of the province’s Assembly on addressing the urgent matters for which it had responsibility, in accordance with the Constitutional Framework.The members also reaffirmed the Council’s position in its presidential statement of 7 March 2001 that the border between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia must be respected, Ambassador Mahbubani said.”[They] expressed concern about reports that the territory of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia had been shot at from the territory of Kosovo,” he added.Council members also reiterated their full support for the efforts of Michael Steiner, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Kosovo. read more

Heyday already behind drivein theatres face the latest dilemma Go digital orHeyday already behind drivein theatres face the latest dilemma Go digital or

Heyday already behind, drive-in theatres face the latest dilemma: Go digital or go dark by Mitch Stacy, The Associated Press Posted Aug 15, 2013 2:29 am MDT LANCASTER, Ohio – Through 80 summers, drive-in theatres have managed to remain a part of the American fabric, surviving technological advances and changing tastes that put thousands out of business. Now the industry says a good chunk of the 350 or so left could be forced to turn out the lights because they can’t afford to adapt to the digital age.Movie studios are phasing out 35 mm film prints, and the switch to an eventually all-digital distribution system is pushing the outdoor theatres to make the expensive change to digital projectors.The $70,000-plus investment required per screen is significant, especially for what is in most places a summertime business kept alive by mom-and-pop operators. Paying for the switch would suck up most owners’ profits for years to come.The United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association figures 50 to 60 theatres have already converted. At least one operator decided to close instead of switch, but it’s not clear how many more might bite the dust.“Everyone knows eventually that you’ll be digital or you’ll close your doors,” says Walt Effinger, whose Skyvue Drive-In in the central Ohio town of Lancaster has been showing movies on an 80-foot screen since 1948. “Some will. If you’re not doing enough business to justify the expense, you’re just going to have to close up.”Effinger worked at the Skyvue off and on for 30 years before he and his wife, Cathie, bought it two decades ago. They converted to digital last year, the first of the state’s 29 drive-ins to do so. Because the films now come on a device the size of a portable hard drive and are downloaded to his projector, it’s less hassle for him on movie nights and gives viewers a stunningly brighter, clearer image.Think of the picture on a flat-screen digital TV, compared with the old tube set.The digital transformation has been underway in the film industry for more than a decade because of the better picture and sound quality and the ease of delivery — no more huge reels of film. The time frame isn’t clear, but production companies are already phasing out traditional 35 mm film, and it’s expected to disappear completely over the next few years.“We know fewer and fewer prints are being struck,” says D. Edward Vogel, who runs the historic Bengies Drive-In in Baltimore and is spokesman for the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association.An industry incentive program will reimburse theatre owners 80 per cent of the cost of conversion over time, Vogel says, but because most drive-ins are small, family-run businesses, it’s hard for many to find the money, period. And the reimbursement doesn’t cover the tens of thousands of dollars more that many will have to spend renovating projection rooms to create the climate-controlled conditions needed for the high-tech equipment.It’s a dilemma also faced by the nation’s small independent theatres, many of them struggling to pay for conversion to digital years after corporate-owned multiplexes already did it.Darci and Bill Wemple, owners of two drive-ins in upstate New York, hope an online competition will help them with the $225,000 to $250,000 they figure it will cost to switch their three screens. The American Honda Motor Co. is compiling online votes for the nation’s favourite drive-ins and is going to pay the digital conversion costs for the top five vote-getters. The Wemples say that if they don’t get help, they’ll have to consider closing up.“To make this kind of conversion with three screens is like trying to buy another drive-in all over again,” says Darci Wemple, whose El Rancho theatre in Palatine Bridge is among dozens of drive-ins featured in the Honda ad promotion.The number of drive-ins peaked at more than 4,000 in the late 1950s. Now there are 357.Robyn Deal and Dave Foraker have been going to the Skyvue in Lancaster since they were both in school in the 1960s and early ’70s. On a recent weekend night, they sat together in folding chairs outside their car, blankets on their laps and their 12-year-old dachshund, Wilson, getting lots of attention just before a double feature of “Turbo” and “The Wolverine.”“So much of our heritage is going away, and this is one of them,” said the 60-year-old Foraker, who figures his first movie at the Skyvue was “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” around 1966.“A lot of the things I did when I was kid are gone,” he said. “I think they’re trying to keep what’s left.”___Associated Press writer Chris Carola in Albany, N.Y., contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mark Buehrle Is a OneMan BaseballGame AcceleratorMark Buehrle Is a OneMan BaseballGame Accelerator

As my colleagues have pointed out on DataLab, FiveThirtyEight readers are great.The latest example: One perceptive reader saw my article about the slowdown of Major League Baseball games and suggested that the designated-hitter rule might explain why the slowest teams are in the American League, whose clubs play with the DH in their home ballparks. I looked into that last week and found no evidence the DH was slowing down the sport. But that article prompted two more readers to contact me (Alex Hickey, by email, and Jonathan A. Jensen, via Twitter). They’d noticed something I’d mentioned offhand in the post: that the two fastest-paced AL teams from 1997 to 2013 were the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays. Those teams have one pitcher in common: Mark Buehrle, the fastest thrower in the major leagues.Since 2008, the first year for which FanGraphs has reliable data, Buehrle has been, by far, baseball’s fastest worker between pitches. Over nearly 1,300 innings, he’s averaged 16.7 seconds between pitches. The next fastest pitcher with at least 150 innings pitched, Ben Sheets, averaged 18 seconds. The major-league average has been 21.8 seconds.Even as just one starter, Buehrle’s blistering pace has shaved significant amounts of time from games. If we assume he was 5.1 seconds faster in delivering each pitch during his career, then he’s spared baseball fans nearly 63 hours of dead time between pitches, and cut between 1.6 and two minutes from his team’s average game length each year since his first full season, in 2001. That’s over all of his team’s games, not just the ones he’s pitched.A difference of two minutes is significant. In my article on the topic, I calculated that the slowest team in baseball over Buehrle’s career, the New York Yankees, added about 14 minutes per game relative to the fastest team, the Oakland Athletics, after controlling for number of pitchers, number of pitches per plate appearance and other factors.Another way of looking at Buehrle’s impact on pace is to check how his teams rank in speed each season. As it happens, I compiled these rankings for my first piece, from 2002 through last season. Buehrle was with the White Sox for the first 10 years of that period, and the White Sox were one of baseball’s three fastest teams in five of those 10 seasons; the White Sox ranked among the 10 fastest teams in all but one season. Then Buehrle went to Miami for one season, and the Marlins went from being the majors’ ninth slowest team to its eighth fastest. Last year, Buehrle moved to Toronto, and the Blue Jays went from the 12th fastest team to the very fastest in the majors.One very preliminary finding from these team rankings: Buehrle’s speed-up effect seems to persist even after he leaves. In the first year after Buehrle’s departure, the White Sox were the fastest team in the majors. Last year, they ranked 10th. And Miami, in its first season after Buehrle’s exit, was the majors’ third-fastest team.That the teams stayed faster after he left may also suggest other factors besides Buehrle were contributing to the quicker pace all along. On the other hand — it’s just speculation — perhaps Buehrle’s teammates have noticed that his fast pace has coincided with a successful and consistent career. His philosophy is that catchers know more about opposing batters than he does, so he rarely shakes off their pitch calls. “They’ve been around the league and have faced these guys,” Buehrle said of his catchers, in an interview with USA Today in 2005. “Sometimes I don’t pay attention to what hitters’ tendencies are. … They see their tendencies, so I just go with what they say.”Another theory about the persistence of Buehrle’s fast pace: Buehrle tries to persuade his teammates to match his fast pace, for his own sake as a viewer of their games. “It’s when I’m sitting out here on these four days in between starts, I’m like, ‘All right guys, I always have a quick game and you guys get out of here quick. I want to have a quick day sometimes when I’m on the bench,’ ” he told the Toronto Star last week.Buehrle might be even faster if he didn’t have to wait for stalling batters. “It’s annoying,” Buehrle told the Boston Globe last year. “Guys don’t even swing the bat, take a pitch, and then they get out and adjust their batting gloves. Some of it might be just habit or routine or superstition that they do it, but you didn’t even swing the bat — why do you have to tighten your batting gloves?”This year is Buehrle’s fastest yet: He’s averaging just 15.8 seconds between pitches. It’s also on pace to be his best season: He’s 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA, even after getting shelled by the Boston Red Sox on Friday. His opponents don’t appreciate his stinginess, but they do like his speed. “When he’s pitching, you can set dinner plans and you’re pretty sure you’re going to make them,” Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones told the Star. read more

The Big Ideas From This Years Sloan ConferenceThe Big Ideas From This Years Sloan Conference

The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference stages a research paper competition each year, and those papers usually contain results and ideas that are far more interesting than anything uttered on stage during the conference’s panels. Here are five trends that emerged in this year’s eight finalists:It’s all about big data sets: Camera-tracked data isn’t new to the pro sports scene; PITCHf/x data has been around for a decade. But only recently have we started to see it, along with other relatively large data sets, take over the research competition at Sloan. Four of the eight paper finalists used camera-tracked data, two more used sizable play-by-play databases, and another used a massive collection of geotagged in-game mobile-device requests from MLB stadiums. Simply put, research that doesn’t have to grapple with the demands of bigger data sets is becoming less common among Sloan paper finalists.The rise of machine learning: With the increased prominence of such large data sets, it was inevitable that state-of-the-art machine-learning techniques would begin to make their mark at Sloan. For instance, one of this year’s most interesting finalists used a “random forest” framework to predict the outcome of a tennis point after any shot based on the speed, trajectory and location of the ball, the context of the shot and priors for a player’s style derived from cluster analysis. (What this means to you is that if it works, the algorithm will be able to ferret out not only the most crucial points in a match, but also the most crucial shots.) Another paper used supervised learning to develop custom player-by-player strategies for pick-and-roll defense in the NBA — a clever way to translate statistical knowledge about a player into actionable tactics. In many ways, an amount of data so staggering can only be coherently processed using these kinds of advanced statistical techniques, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see them used more in future research.A focus on classifying player types: As part of its model, that tennis paper developed what it called “style priors” for each player based on the types of shots he tends to play. Another paper, about complementary players in basketball, estimated the effect of an individual player’s skill set on the behavior of his teammates. The emphasis on underlying tendencies and similar player types to provide context and inform prediction isn’t unprecedented — PECOTA was doing a version of that 13 years ago — but it is now being used with far more granular data, to improve prediction in a wider variety of sports (particularly dynamic ones such as tennis and basketball).The Hot Hand, Part 1,000,000: Few topics have generated more research in psychology and statistics than the hot-hand fallacy. It has surfaced again with a Sloan paper finalist. The seminal work on the subject declared the hot hand nothing more than a trick of the mind, but there’s been a recent trend toward debunking the hot-hand debunkers. Here, that trend continues — using baseball data, the authors find that recent changes in player performance can be predictive and that opposing teams mostly react to them in an appropriate manner. But I’m guessing this won’t be the final word in the hot-hand wars.Fewer finalists from the “Big Four” and more from the business of sport: Compared to Sloan conferences past, this year’s crop of finalists featured easily the fewest papers focused on the North American “Big Four” sports of baseball, basketball, football and hockey. NO. OF FINALIST PAPERS Baseball1312 Gambling0010 Tennis0001 Football1010 Hockey1010 Soccer1111 Basketball4422 Business0012 TOPIC2013201420152016 Using the Internet Archive, I tracked the breakdown of finalists by sport going back to 2013; that year, seven of the eight finalists researched a Big Four sport. This year, the number is down to four. Also of note is the emergence of finalists concerned with the business of running a sports franchise. Zero finalists focused on the subject in 2013 and 2014, but that changed last year with the inclusion of a paper about dynamic ticket pricing. Now we’re up to two finalists focused on topics like brand engagement and sponsorship revenue. read more

Oireachtas committee concerned at difficulties between Health Dept and OmbudsmanOireachtas committee concerned at difficulties between Health Dept and Ombudsman

first_imgAN OIREACHTAS COMMITTEE  is to call a member of the Department of Health before it to discuss the decision to end the Mobility Allowance Scheme and the Motorised Transport Grant.The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions agreed this afternoon to call the Secretary General at the Department of Health and Children, Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, before it to discuss last night’s decision, as it said it had not been informed in advance.Its members have also said they are increasingly concerned at the difficulties in the relationship between the Ombudsman and the Department of Health, which is being played out in public.SchemesOn 6 February, Dr McLoughlin, with Minister for Health James Reilly TD, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch TD and HSE officials, discussed with the committee the Ombudsman’s findings that both schemes are being operated on the basis of eligibility conditions which breach the provisions of the Equal Status Acts.Chairman of the committee Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said that at the meeting, the members heard the complexities around maintaining both these schemes. He said the committee was advised that a thorough review of both schemes was underway, based on consultation with current beneficiaries.Today, committee members expressed disappointment that they were not informed, either at that meeting, or in the intervening period, that the suspension of the schemes was being contemplated.They have now agreed to invite Dr McLaughlin to address a number of concerns arising from last night’s decision. They said they stand ready “to contribute to a workable, realistic and lawful solution”. Our committee resolved to continue to closely monitor developments, with the intention of publishing a report with recommendations to the Minister on how a pathway can be found ensure any new schemes are centred on fairness and compassion for those citizens most in need.Read: Kelleher: Dept of Health ringfence claim “strikes fear into me”>Read: Enda Kenny accuses opposition of making ‘political football’ of disability cut>last_img read more

66yearold woman killed daughter injured in Tallaght shotgun attack66yearold woman killed daughter injured in Tallaght shotgun attack

first_imgUpdated at 8.56pmA 66-YEAR-OLD WOMAN has been been killed following a shooting in the Killinarden area of Tallaght this afternoon. A man in his 50s has been arrested.Gardaí say the woman died at the scene following the attack, which happened at a house in Killinarden Estate at 4pm this afternoon.Another woman, aged in her 20s and believed to be the victim’s daughter, is being treated for gunshot injuries in Tallaght Hospital. Her injuries aren’t life-threatening.The gunman, aged in his 50s and understood to be a neighbour of the women, was arrested at the scene. Gardaí also recovered a shotgun.He’s being treated for non life-threatening injuries at St. James’s Hospital, where he is currently under guard. He’s being detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939.The scene has been sealed-off as forensic investigations get under way, and the Office of the State Pathologist has been notified.First posted at 6.01pmlast_img read more

Someone has won tonights €71 million Lotto jackpotSomeone has won tonights €71 million Lotto jackpot

first_img 31 Comments By Cormac Fitzgerald Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 9:13 PM THERE WAS ONE winner of tonight’ Lotto jackpot.The jackpot was worth €7,179,959. The winning ticket was sold online.The winning numbers drawn were 9, 26, 27, 29, 31, 47 and the bonus number was 30.There was no winner of either the Lotto Plus 1 or Lotto Plus 2 top prizes.Last month, someone scooped €4.4 million on the jackpot.The winning ticket was sold on 13 January, but the winner didn’t make contact until a few weeks later. 97,540 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 21st 2018, 9:13 PM Someone has won tonight’s €7.1 million Lotto jackpot The winning ticket was sold online. Short URL Share699 Tweet Email3 last_img read more

The Mystery of the Rogue One Reshoots Finally Has Some AnswersThe Mystery of the Rogue One Reshoots Finally Has Some Answers

first_imgStay on target Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been a huge hit at the box office, taking in over $800 million worldwide (and it’s not even out of theaters yet).However, even the people that loved the film can see that something is a little off. There are significant differences between early marketing and the finished product, with scenes shown in trailers outright missing in the movie. Where are the Stormtroopers on the beach? What about Jyn running with the Death Star plans or her in disguise? Krennic speaking with Darth Vader? All are missing.We’ve also recently learned of scenes that were added to the final cut. In an interview with Yahoo UK, Rogue One film editors John Gilroy and Colin Goudie highlighted scenes that were filmed during reshoots, including Cassian Andor’s (Diego Luna) scene in the beginning with the spy and Jyn Erso’s introduction.According to Gilroy and Goudie, these scenes were added to give Rogue One more excitement, especially in its early moments.“The introductions in the opening scene, in the prologue, was always the same,” Goudie said. “Jyn’s just a little girl, so when you see her as an adult what you saw initially was her in a meeting. That’s not a nice introduction.”So they added a scene where she escapes from a prison transport. Cassian’s scene with the spy also introduces the character in a more “exciting” way (although in my opinion, it didn’t work and probably could’ve been cut altogether). “Everybody was a bit more ballsy, or a bit more exciting, and a bit more interesting,” Goudie said.They continued, saying that a lot of the scenes in Rogue One’s third act had to be fixed because of just how many action venues there were. Goudie and Gilroy didn’t go into detail about which ones may have been changed but stated the process ended up changing more throughout the film.“Everything was connected to everything so doing something to one venue would change all the other venues, so really we had to… we were working on that until the last minute,” Gilroy said.Because movies are continuous, if you change one thing, you basically have to fix something else.So a lot of scenes ended up cut, although Gilroy and Goudie said they couldn’t think of anything specifically that they wish would show up as a DVD extra or online in the future.Gilroy and Goudie expand on the intricacies of the editing process in the full interview, delving into, for example, how the team blended the footage filmed 40 years ago into the finished product and why they took out the traditional Star Wars transition wipes. You can read it here. Share The Force With This Star Wars Gift Guide!George Lucas’s 11 Worst Decisions last_img read more

Sri Lanka parliament rejects Rajapakse govtSri Lanka parliament rejects Rajapakse govt

first_imgSri Lanka`s former president Mahinda Rajapakse (C) leaves the official residence in Colombo on 11 November 2018. Photo: AFPSri Lanka’s parliament passed a motion of no-confidence in the controversially appointed government of Mahinda Rajapakse Wednesday, a day after the Supreme Court overturned a presidential decree dissolving the legislature.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya ruled that a majority of the 225-member assembly supported the motion against Rajapakse who was made prime minister on October 26 in place of Ranil Wickremesinghe.The result does not automatically mean that Wickremesinghe, who had refused to leave the prime minister’s residence, has won the constitutional showdown. Though his party is the biggest in parliament, President Maithripala Sirisena, who had backed Rajapakse, retains the power to choose the next prime minister.Amid chaotic scenes, Rajapakse, 72, and his legislator son Namal walked out of the red-carpeted chamber just before the speaker called for a vote.MPs loyal to Rajapakse attempted to grab the mace, the symbol of authority of the legislature, to disrupt the vote, but Jayasuriya went ahead.”The ayes have it,” the Speaker announced over his public address system “I rule that this House does not have confidence in the government (of Rajapakse).”Several Rajapakse ministers came out of parliament accusing the speaker of violating parliamentary norms by holding the crucial vote against their wishes.last_img

Check Locations And Hours for Early Voting on Harris County Flood ControlCheck Locations And Hours for Early Voting on Harris County Flood Control

first_img Share Al OrtizThis file photo shows an election held in 2016. Early voting for the Harris County Flood Control District Bond Election has started Wednesday and will end Friday, August 21.Early voting for the Harris County Flood Control District Bond Election started Wednesday and will end Tuesday, August 21.Overall, 45 locations will be available to Harris County registered voters during the 12 day early voting period, which includes two weekends.Voters may view the proposed project list to make Harris County more resilient from flooding at is a detailed early voting schedule at www.HarrisVotes.comCurrently, there are approximately 2.3 million registered voters in Harris County. Mail ballots have been sent to 68,000 voters who are eligible to vote by mail and a third, 23,000, of those voters have already returned their mail ballot to the election office.For more information about the early voting sites, hours of operation, to view a sample ballot, or review a list of acceptable forms of identification to vote at the polls, voters may visit or call the Harris County Clerk’s office at (713) 755-6965.The Harris County Flood Control District released a list of potential project the bonds would fund. You can see that here. last_img read more