Massive snow clearance operation underway to restore Jammu-Srinagar NH

first_imgA massive snow-clearance operation is underway to restore the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar National Highway which remained closed for vehicular traffic for the third consecutive day Wednesday, officials said. The snow clearance operation on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel — the gateway to Kashmir — was started and the snow-clearance operation is going on in full swing, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Traffic National Highway, Pardeep Singh Sen told PTI. An avalanche had also struck the Jawahar Tunnel area on Tuesday, blocking both tubes on Qazigund side. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the Jawahar tunnel stretch of the highway, pressed its men and machines to clear the road of the accumulated snow yesterday, Mr. Sen said. We are expecting the highway to be open for traffic by late afternoon. However, only the stranded vehicles will be allowed to move on the highway once we get the green signal, he added. Hundreds of vehicles, mostly trucks, are stranded at various places along the highway, the only all weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, officials said. They said the road from Banihal, which recorded over two and a half feet of snow, to Jawahar tunnel was also being cleared, while the Banihal-Ramban stretch is almost clear after agencies concerned removed minor landslides and stones which came down at different places due to incessant rains. Jammu woke up to a sunny morning, providing relief to the denizens of the city who were reeling under intense cold after the mercury nose-dived due to inclement weather over the past four days. The day temperature is expected to rise after plummeting to 10.4 degrees Celsius yesterday — 8.4 degrees below normal during this part of the season, a spokesman of the MET department said. The night temperature also marked a slight dip and settled at 8.3 degrees Celsius against the previous night’s 8.7 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said adding the night temperature continues to remain over one degree above normal owing to cloud cover. He said Katra, the base camp for the pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi shrine, recorded a minimum of 6 degrees Celsius, while the snow-bound areas of highway including Banihal and Batote townships along with Badherwah in Doda district were reeling under sub-zero temperature. Batote was the coldest recorded place in Jammu division with a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius, while Banihal and Bhaderwah recorded a minimum of minus 0.3 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

XXX The Return Of Xander Cage: Is Deepika Padukone not playing Vin Diesel’s love interest?

first_imgMiss Columbia Ariadna Gutierrez, the first runner-up in the Miss Universe contest last year, has been cast as Vin Diesel’s love interest in XXX The Return of Xander Cage.ALSO READ: Photo of the Day – Deepika Padukone’s badass avatar from XXX The Return Of Xander Cage will leave you wide-eyedSEE PICS: A sneak-peek into Deepika Padukone and Vin Diesel-starrer XXX The Return Of Xander Cage shoot Gutierrez, who was Miss Colombia 2014, gained massive international recognition at the Miss Universe pageant when host Steve Harvey announced her as the winner by mistake when it was actually Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, who won.Ariadna Gutierrez will soon join the XXX 3 star cast in Dominican Republic. According to TMZ report, Gutierrez will have a significant role to play in the film. The film’s shooting is underway in Toronto and the Dominican Republic. Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone will play Serena in the film. The film also stars Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa and Samuel L Jackson.Production house Paramount last week announced January 20, 2017 as release date.The film, produced by Revolution Studios, Roth Kirschenbaum Films and Diesel’s One Race Film, is being directed by DJ Caruso (I Am Number Four) from a script by Chad St. John, with current revisions by F Scott Frazier.Diesel starred in the original 2002 XXX, directed by Rob Cohen, as underground sports star Xander Cage, who was blackmailed by the US government to take down a gang of international terrorists.The third film follows Diesel’s character as he comes out of self-imposed exile to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box.advertisement(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more


first_imgMirpur, Mar 6 (PTI) Scoreboard of the weather-hit Asia Mirpur, Mar 6 (PTI) Scoreboard of the weather-hit Asia Cup Twenty20 final between India and Bangladesh at Sher-e- Bangla stadium, here today. Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal lbw b Bumrah 13 Soumya Sarkar c Pandya b Nehra 14 Sabbir Rahman not out 32 Shakib Al Hasan c Bumrah b Ashwin 21 Mushfiqur Rahim run out 4 Mashrafe Mortaza c Kohli b Jadeja 0 Mahmudullah not out 33Extras (WD-3) 3Total (For 5 wickets in 15 overs)120 Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-30, 3-64, 4-75, 5-75.Bowling: R Ashwin 3-0-14-1, A Nehra 3-0-33-1, J Bumrah 3-0-13-1, R Jadeja3-0-25-1, H Pandya3-0-35-0. More PTI AT ATlast_img

2nd ODI: Shimron Hetmyer, Sheldon Cottrell star in West Indies’ 26-run win over England

first_imgWest Indies produced a dramatic comeback to beat England by 26 runs in Barbados on Friday and level their five-match one-day series at 1-1.The hosts, who ended a 10-match losing streak in one-day internationals against England, made 289 for six with left-hander Shimron Hetmyer hitting a magnificent unbeaten 104 from 83 balls, including four sixes.Chris Gayle, who scored a century in the opening match of the series won by England, had laid the foundation with a solid 50 from 63 balls.But it was Hetmyer, the 22-year-old Guyanese, who got the crowd on their feet with his flamboyant innings including some powerful improvised strokes as well as sensible accumulation.The century was Hetmyer’s fourth in the format at international level and suggests he could be a player to watch out for in the World Cup later this year.But having chased down 361 at the Kensington Oval on Wednesday, England would have been confident of extending their lead in the series.The tourists were given a strong platform as captain Eoin Morgan made 70 and they needed 62 to win from 61 balls with six wickets remaining before West Indies skipper Jason Holder removed Ben Stokes (79), Jos Buttler (34) and Tom Curran – the latter with a questionable lbw decision after England had used their reviews.Left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell returned to the attack and won the game for the Caribbean side with the wickets of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid – celebrating with his trademark military salute.Cottrell, a Jamaican Defence Force soldier brought into the side as an extra bowler, ended with his career-best ODI figures of 5-46.advertisementCarlos Brathwaite got the final wicket when Liam Plunkett holed out to Holder at long-off and England were dismissed for 263 to the delight of the Kensington Oval crowd.Holder was quick to praise his key men.”I am really pleased, credit to Hetty (Hetmeyr), he set it up on a sticky wicket, and credit for the way we defended it, led by Sheldon Cottrell,” he said.”When I came back I knew we needed a wicket, I got two in the over and had England under pressure. You need options in this day and age, Cottrell added variation, I love his energy, he’s one for the future,” added the West Indies captain.Morgan felt his team should have done better”A game is never won until right at the end. We thought 290 was well without our capabilities. We made mistakes and it hurt us, and West Indies deserved to win,” he said.”Collectively, we need to chase a total like that in partnerships, but we failed to nail it down.”Also Read | West Indies vs England 2nd ODI in Bridgetown: As it happenedlast_img read more

How Many Different Ways Can We Look at Mike Gundy’s 94 Wins?

first_imgWe all know that Mike Gundy has long surpassed the record for most wins in Oklahoma State football record. But I’m curious about the breakdown of his 94 (and counting) wins. How do his teams fare at home? On the road? Thankfully we have our trusty College Football Reference site to determine such things.Home: 54-18Road: 33-25Neutral: 7-4Overtime: 2-3Pretty standard. Great at home. Solid on the road. Winning games on the road is hard in college football. To paraphrase Gundy: Kids are always thinking about their girlfriends or being in their own beds … there’s a lot going on. But these records are pretty much exactly what you would expect to find from a high-level college football coach.Now let’s have some fun with this.When scoring 25+ points: 83-23When scoring 30+ points: 81-18When scoring 35+ points: 65-9When scoring 40+ points: 51-4When opponent scores 40 or less: 91-21When opponent scores 35 or less: 87-15When opponent scores 30 or less: 73-8When opponent scores 25 or less: 59-2I’m not completely surprised by the “when scoring 40+” numbers although 51-4 is pretty salty. But 73-8 when holding opponents under 30 points? That’s more shocking than Dion not taking the money.There are innumerable ways to look at this, and all of them are fun, but since Gundy is always so insistent on having a big boy running game, let’s look at yards per attempt and whether you can get stops.When rushing for less than 3 per carry: 9-12When rushing for 3+ per carry: 85-36When rushing for 4+ per carry: 63-24When rushing for 5+ per carry: 40-16When rushing for 6+ per carry: 23-5When holding opponent to less than 3 per carry: 34-4When holding opponent to less than 4 per carry: 61-17When holding opponent to less than 5 per carry: 83-32It’s not exactly breaking news to say that if you rush for 5+ yards per carry and hold your opponent to three or less that you’re going to win some football games, but it is interesting to see it down on paper. Hope you guys enjoyed this little exercise, let me know in the comments what you’d like to see on a post like this in the future, and we will do another one of them before football starts.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Theo ready to turn back on France

first_imgTheo Hernández ‘Annoyed’ Theo Hernandez ready to turn back on France Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 20:43 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) theohernandez-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid v Eibar Real Madrid Eibar Spain France Primera División Didier Deschamps could be set to lose out on the Blancos youngster to Spain, with the defender frustrated at a lack of call-ups Real Madrid full-back Theo Hernandez is “annoyed” at his lack of involvement in the France setup and has opened the door to potentially representing Spain.Theo has played for several of France’s youth teams and has emerged as one of the world’s best young players.France 11/2 to win 2018 World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, he is yet to be picked for their Under-21s or the senior side, despite enjoying a fine campaign at Deportivo Alaves last season and since going on to make a solid start to life at Real Madrid.The 20-year-old’s brother Lucas Hernandez has played for the Under-21s, but the chances of them playing together at international level are becoming slimmer, as Theo conceded he is getting frustrated with the situation and may opt to play for Spain.”If France doesn’t call me, we’ll see,” he is quoted as saying by Marca. “I have not been called in August, nor in the September or October selections. I am French, but we will see. I am a little annoyed.”last_img read more

Lieke Martens, Alex Morgan and Lucy Bronze named in women’s world XI

first_imgShare via Email news Australia sport Women’s football Share on Messenger Show Thank you for your feedback. Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn England women’s football team Was this helpful? Hide Quick guide The Fifpro women’s world XI Share on Pinterest The Barcelona winger Martens, who received the most votes from her fellow professionals and is Fifa’s current women’s player of the year, said: “I am a little surprised that I received most votes of all players. Last year was very special. We achieved something beautiful with the Dutch national team. It says a lot that six Dutch players made the list of 55 most voted players.”Alex Morgan, the lone American in the Fifpro team, said: “It’s always exciting to be considered as one of the top players in the world. For women’s football to have our own world XI is incredible. It helps promote the women’s game. It helps female footballers recognise the talent among their peers and I’m really happy to encourage and be a part of that.”Australia’s Sam Kerr missed out on the Fifpro team six months after her omission from the Fifa world player of the year shortlist sparked outrage. The striker and her Matildas team-mate Alanna Kennedy were named on the world XI longlist of 55 but failed to make the final XI. Lucy Bronze’s inclusion in the latest women’s world XI reflects both the changing landscape of the international game and England’s evolution.The Lyon right-back is the first England player to have been included in the annual Fifpro world XI selected by more than 4,100 leading female players across 45 countries. US sports USA women reclaim SheBelieves Cup as Bardsley own goal sinks England Read more Goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden, Chelsea) Defenders Lucy Bronze (England, Lyon); Nilla Fischer (Sweden, Wolfsburg); Wendie Renard (France, Lyon); Irene Parades (Spain, PSG) Midfielders Camille Abily (France, Lyon); Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany, Lyon); Marta (Brazil, Orlando Pride) Forwards Pernille Harder (Denmark, Wolfsburg); Lieke Martens (Netherlands, Barcelona); Alex Morgan (United States, Orlando Pride) Cristiano Ronaldo and Lieke Martens take Fifa player-of-the-year awards Share on Twitter Read more A sense that the established order is being challenged – something encapsulated by the Netherlands and Denmark unexpectedly contesting last summer’s European Championship final –was further highlighted by the similarly inaugural presence of a Dutch winger, a Danish forward and a Spanish defender.Lieke Martens, who shone as the Netherlands won the trophy in Enschede, Denmark’s Pernille Harder and Spain’s Irene Paredes all also feature in the showcase XI for the first time but England’s key midfielder Jordan Nobbs and Jodie Taylor, Euro 2017’s leading scorer, should count themselves unlucky not to be included. That represents a quantum shift from 2015 when of the England side that won a bronze medal at the World Cup in Canada only Karen Carney was ranked in the world’s top 40 players.“It’s a very nice feeling,” said Bronze, one of four Lyon players in the world XI. “The awards voted for by players are the best ones; they voted for me because they didn’t like playing against me.”Bronze now believes her decision to swap Manchester City for France last summer will enable her to help lift Phil Neville’s England to new heights. “We’ve always believed we can outwork other teams,” she said. “And now we’ve added a new side: being brave on the ball. We’re not scared to maintain the ball. England won’t be dictated to. That’s what I’ve learned since joining Lyon last summer. Lyon are the best team in the world at keeping possession.” Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

3rd ODI: Bairstow hits hundred as England chase down 359 runs in 45 overs vs Pakistan

first_img view more view less commentary graphs 3rd ODI: Bairstow hits hundred as England chase down 359 runs in 45 overs vs PakistanJonny Bairstow smashed 128 from just 93 balls and Jason Roy hit 76 from just 55 balls as England gunned down a 359-run target in just 44.5 overs against Pakistan in the 3rd ODI in Bristol on Tuesday. Eoin Morgan’s men clinched an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 5-match series. Reuters BristolMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 08:42 IST Jonny Bairstow’s hundred helped England crush Pakistan in the 3rd ODI on Tuesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan posted 358 on the board after Imam Ul Haq hit a 131-ball 151Bairstow’s aggressive knock at the top helped England gun down the total with easeEngland have secured an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 5-match seriesJonny Bairstow’s magnificent century helped England make light work of chasing down a whopping 359-run target to beat Pakistan by six wickets in the third one-day international in Bristol on Tuesday as they took a 2-0 series lead.Pakistan’s 358-8 on a flat pitch under blue skies looked to have given the tourists a fair chance of victory but it proved woefully inadequate as Bairstow led the England charge.He smashed 128 from 93 balls after sharing a 159-run first wicket stand with Jason Roy, launching the hosts to their second-highest successful ODI run chase.So easy did England make it look that a score of more than 400 would have been within their compass as there were still 5.1 overs left when skipper Eoin Morgan struck the victory run.Jonny and Jason were brilliant: Morgan”Extremely proud, we felt that was on par, and Jonny and Jason were brilliant,” Morgan, who will lead England as favourites into the World Cup on home soil, said.”When guys perform like this it builds confidence, for looking ahead, it builds confidence in the group.”Absolutely brutal hitting from @jbairstow21!!Scorecard/Videos: Cricket (@englandcricket) May 14, 2019England had made 373 in their victory at Southampton at the weekend and once again showed the formidable firepower which will make them the team to beat in the looming tournament.Openers Roy and Bairstow began tucking into the Pakistan attack with relish, racking up 74 from the first 10 overs and taking it to 159 in 17.3 overs.advertisementRoy struck four sixes in his 76 while Bairstow, making batting look ridiculously easy, belted 15 fours and five sixes before he was eventually bowled by Junaid Khan.Joe Root made a breezy 43 before Ben Stokes was joined by Moeen Ali to accelerate England towards victory.Stokes was run out for 37 but it was already a lost cause for Pakistan’s dispirited attack as England romped to the joint fifth-highest successful ODI run chase.England quick Chris Woakes had earlier reduced Pakistan to 27-2 with the wickets of Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam but opener Imam-ul-Haq hit a superb 151 to enable the visitors to post a big score for the second match in a row.They scored 361 in a losing cause at Southampton.The first ODI in the series was washed out at The Oval.Also Read | Saha in India A team for 4-day games vs West Indies A, Pant in one-day teamAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India not worried about No. 4 spot, says Ravi ShastriAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England vs PakistanFollow ODI CricketFollow Jonny BairstowFollow Jason RoyFollow Imam Ul HaqFollow Pakistan cricket teamcenter_img scorecard advertisement No data available!last_img read more

New Carrier SM Shipping Starts First Service in March

first_imgzoom SM Shipping, a new container carrier established by South Korea’s Samra Midas (SM) Group after the group acquired Asia-US route from bankrupt Hanjin Shipping, plans to start its first service on March 8 along the East and the South China Sea, Korean news site Pulse informed. The service will depart Busan in South Korea and stop in China, Thailand and Vietnam.The company’s first full service on its Asia-North America route – from Busan to Californian Long Beach Terminal –  is scheduled for April 21.The company’s fleet has a capacity of 47,000 TEU comprising of the recently purchased five 6,500 TEU boxships, one 4,300 TEU vessel and one 1,000 TEU containership as well as of the leased five vessels with a capacity of 2,000-3,000 TEU, according to Pulse.By 2018, SM Shipping intends to have a fleet of 21 vessels with a capacity of 110,000 TEU.In November 2016, World Maritime News reported that SM Group’s Korea Line Corp. was selected as the preferred bidder to take over Hanjin’s Asia-US route, outbidding its compatriot shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM).Now, the shipping firm plans to acquire Hanjin’s terminals in South Korea as well. SM Shipping reportedly agreed with the Seoul bankruptcy court to buy a 100% stake in Gwangyang terminal and an 85.45% stake in Gyeongin terminal.Additionally, it is likely that the firm will take over the third Hanjin terminal located in Busan.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

ChignectoCentral Regional School Board Review Underway

first_imgThe province has appointed an experienced civil servant to review budget options for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board that will put kids and learning first. Doug Stewart, a senior Treasury Board advisor, begins his review today, April 12. “Over the past 18 months, Doug worked in my department and with school board staff, including Chignecto-Central, on the new funding formula and other issues,” Education Minister Ramona Jennex said. “He understands school board budgets well, and he understands the province’s commitment to putting students first in funding decisions.” Mr. Stewart, who has 28 years of experience in the civil service, will report to the province within the next two weeks. The province will discuss the report with school board officials by the end of the month before final budget decisions are made. “The board will still have difficult decisions to make, given the reality of declining enrolments,” said Ms. Jennex. “But having more options on the table that protect critical services for kids is imperative.” Since 2008-09, the province increased per-student funding in Chignecto-Central Regional School Board by 12 per cent, to its highest point ever this year. Over the same time period, enrolment dropped by 7.5 per cent, or more than 1,700 students. In 2012-13, the school board will receive $177 million, including $3.8 million for libraries, to educate its students.last_img read more

Basu says Kohli hasnt had a cheat day in 2 yrs

first_imgNew Delhi: He came in when the Indian cricket team was “looking for a fitness culture” and former strength and conditioning coach Shankar Basu says his stint has ended with the satisfaction that none of the players would be able to “leave the regimen even if they wanted to”. The 50-year-old’s four-year tenure ended with the World Cup. While Kohli was always a “freak” who has not taken a cheat day in the last two years, the Chennai-based professional is most satisfied about the transformation he has brought in the fitness levels of speedsters Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”When I started it was a challenge to transform the culture, now 90 per cent of the team trains very professionally. There will always be one or two in every team who require the extra push,” Basu, whose contract with the Indian team ended on July 30, said. He also worked extensively with the others including KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ishant, Dinesh Karthik and Ravichandran Ashwin. The list goes on. Ravindra Jadeja, according to him, is a natural athlete who knows his body well and probably the best fielder in the world. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBasu decided against continuing with the Indian team due to family reasons and says it time for him to move on to the next phase in his life. “Looking back, I came at the right juncture (in 2015). The Indian team was looking for changes and that was one of the responsibilities thrust on me, to bring about the culture. To be very honest I was very blessed with a set of boys who were looking for this change. “When I joined I made a pact with myself that I will tirelessly work to bring in the much needed improvisations and culture to augment the team’s needs. I was very fortunate to work with a coaching and support team which allowed me to make independent decisions with regards to training. “Most of the boys had already worked with me during their Under-19 days and it was easy to sell the concepts.” And having a leader like Kohli in the side helped him in being more effective in his job. “When you see someone like him, it is difficult not to be inspired,” said Basu.last_img read more

Meeting at UN tropical rainforest countries urge action on climate change

24 September 2007Meeting at the United Nations, a group of countries which share about half of the world’s tropical rainforests today urged measures to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Meeting at the United Nations, a group of countries which share about half of the world’s tropical rainforests today urged measures to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The leaders from Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gabon, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Peru were attending the high-level meeting on climate change convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and adopted a joint statement on their shared concerns.They resolved “to enhance cooperation among countries blessed with a wealth of tropical rainforests.”The countries pledged to promote sustained economic growth, sustainable development and eradication of poverty while intensifying collective efforts for the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.The statement emphasized the “primary responsibility of industrialized nations for the current atmospheric interference leading to global warming.”Forests “play a crucial role in maintaining ecological balance as sinks, sources and reservoirs of greenhouse gases,” the coalition of countries pointed out. “We are committed to cooperating among our nations to slow, stop and reverse the loss of forest cover and to promote the rehabilitation of degraded forest lands, forest management and conservation.” They called for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and “for protected areas to be given special consideration by the international community.”Looking ahead to the 2012 expiration of the Kyoto Protocol, the legally binding pact for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the countries pledged to ensure that forest issues are addressed at planned talks in Bali, Indonesia aimed at producing a successor agreement.“Fully cognizant of the value of intensified and sustained dialogue and cooperation, we commit ourselves to strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation among the Governments and peoples of the tropical rainforest countries and invite other tropical rainforest countries to actively participate in this cooperative endeavour,” the statement said. read more

Freedom of speech misused to attack religions Egypt warns General Assembly

Ahmed Aboul Gheit told the high-level segment of the Assembly’s annual debate, taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, that speech was being used to incite hatred based on religion. “I emphasize here – with the utmost respect to the importance of the freedom of expression – that we reject any depiction of the repeated affronts to religions and sanctities as a legitimate exercise of the freedom of expression, for there are many glaring slogans in the name of which crimes have been committed against thousands and millions of people through offending them and their beliefs and faiths,” he said. “Egypt calls upon all to consider this matter sagely and objectively with a view to reaching the desired balance that protects the freedom of expression of some, and respects the rights and sentiments of others.” Mr. Aboul Gheit said the attacks against religion were part of a broader problem that had led to increased cultural tensions, causing “severe digressions of both opinions and actions that inflame public emotions and increases the temperament and severity of the polarization between the followers of different cultures and creeds.” He called for further action from “the creators of public opinion in all societies to promote moderation and to dissociate them from opinions and policies that only nourish tension and violence.” In his address the Foreign Minister also turned to the question of human rights, saying it was unfortunate that economic, social and cultural rights were not “accorded the commensurate attention” that civil and political rights receive. “This negatively affects on the public perception in many of our societies, particularly those which fare dire, and occasionally abrasive, economic and living conditions. To those people, it is believed that continuous talk about human rights represents a luxury they cannot afford and neglects their basic requirements for sustenance. “Therefore, the promotion of economic and social rights must be seen as a vital reinforcement of the human rights regime that is indispensable for strengthening the implementation and awareness of other components of this regime.” 27 September 2008Freedom of expression is misused too often to insult the faiths and beliefs held dearly by millions of people, Egypt’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, voicing concern at the “unconstructive state of cultural tension” in the world today. read more

President Sirisena calls on the SLFP to unite

President Sirisena, as chairman of the SLFP, thanked Rajapaksa for attending the event and also noted the role he played to defeat terrorism. President Maithripala Sirisena today urged the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to unite to rebuild the country and also prepare to face the next election.Speaking at the 64th Anniversary of the SLFP held in Pollonaruwa, Sirisena said that he will not go back on the journey which he started following the January 8 Parliamentary election. Several senior SLFP members including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended the anniversary event. The President said that while the country had seen progress under SLFP and United National Party (UNP) Governments, the public had lost faith in politicians owing to a poor political culture.

Mitch Garver Wasnt Catching Strikes So He Changed His Catching Stance

“A lot of times with those big-depth breaking balls, those sliders that sweep across the front of the zone, they go in and out of the zone,” Garver said. “They are very hard to catch. You have to learn how to catch them properly. I wanted to get underneath the ball when I’m receiving it.”The most conspicuous change Swanson suggested Garver make was employing a variety of one-knee, Tony Peña-style stances, which had gone out of fashion in the professional game. Going lower, Swanson reasoned, would help a catcher get more favorable calls on lower pitches. “We didn’t invent the one-knee setup,” he said. “But those were traditionally done with nobody on base and less than two strikes.”When runners are on base, catchers are taught to go to what Swanson calls a “secondary” stance, sitting higher to position themselves better for throwing out a runner or blocking a ball in the dirt. What Swanson proposed was going to a knee on all counts, even if it adversely affected the ability to throw or block balls.“Only a fraction of the time does the ball actually land in the dirt. Only a fraction of the time does a runner actually try to steal,” Swanson said. “Catchers across the league perform worse … with runners on base. We’ve tried to flip it upside-down.”Since the value of framing is tied to compelling borderline pitches to be called as strikes, FiveThirtyEight examined available Statcast data on called strikes and balls on the edge of the strike zone and the zones just off the plate. The data shows that catchers do receive less favorable calls when runners are on base. That was true of the Twins, too, until this year, when the one-knee stance came to Minnesota.The Twins rank 12th in the majors in pitch framing this season, and Garver is up to 23rd out of 110 catchers. He has used his new stance to better “absorb” borderline pitches, and his frequency of called strikes caught has become more concentrated in the lower zone. As he returned home to New Mexico last winter, Mitch Garver knew he had to be better. In 2018, Garver ranked 110th out of 117 qualifying catchers in fielding runs above average. As a catcher, that meant he struggled mightily with pitch framing18.6 runs saved below average. As measured by Baseball Prospectus, framing is a component of fielding runs above average for catchers. — the skill of a catcher to receive borderline pitches in a way that allows them to get favorable called strikes.Garver turned 28 in January. He had been only a league-average hitter at the plate and a liability behind it. He knew that if he couldn’t receive the ball better, his career would be in jeopardy. He had heard that a coach hired the previous season was working miracles with the Twins’ minor league catchers. So Garver called Tanner Swanson and invited him to Albuquerque.“It’s the only reason I’m still catching,” Garver told FiveThirtyEight. “Really.”The Twins have surprised MLB with their offense this year, with a record five batters — including Garver — hitting 30 home runs as the team broke the single-season home run record in August.2Though the Yankees have overtaken the home run lead. Minnesota is the only major league team with four position players among the top 35 qualifiers in year-to-year gains of wins above replacement. Among those Twins, Garver is the most improved, and he’s the seventh-most-improved player in all of baseball.But Garver’s improvement with his glove has been just as dramatic as his work with his bat. This season, Garver has been worth 4.4 fielding runs above average, achieving the fifth-greatest improvement in the metric.3Among catchers with at least 200 plate appearances in both 2018 and 2019. Per plate appearance, his performance in wins above replacement, which includes framing value, ranks as the eighth-best mark in baseball.The growth with his glove is where Swanson comes in. Swanson never played catcher in college, nor had he coached professionally when he joined the Twins organization in late 2017. But he spent six years working with college catchers at the University of Washington and Santa Clara University, and he attracted the attention of Jeremy Zoll, the Twins’ director of minor league operations, after a presentation Swanson gave at a catching coaching clinic.“I kind of had a clean slate to look at it objectively. I didn’t carry all these biases — ‘Well, this is how I used to do it. This is how I was taught,’” Swanson said. “I think a lot of times as coaches, we have these drill packages that we’ve compiled and we don’t truly understand the ‘why’ or question whether a particular drill leads to improvement.”Since the late 2000s, when analysts first quantified the value of pitch framing, more teams have started to prize catchers who can get more favorable calls for their pitchers. After all, every pitch matters: The difference in batting average on a 2-1 count and a 1-2 count is 178 points this season. Teams began paying for the skill. In 2016, the Twins were graded as the fifth-worst framing team in baseball. One of Derek Falvey’s first acquisitions after being hired as GM late in 2016 was signing pitch-framer extraordinaire Jason Castro. But Swanson believed that framing was not only an innate gift — it could be taught.Swanson employed drills using weighted balls, implements typically reserved for pitchers, to help Twins catchers improve their hand speed and movement patterns. “You’re dealing with timing and getting the ball from point A to B. The faster we can do that the more deceptive we are,” Swanson said. “I don’t want to say fool umpires but [rather] to influence them to call borderline pitches as strikes. That’s their primary job.”Going into this season, Garver graded as a poor receiver on balls in the lower part of the strike zone and below. Swanson said that’s a problem in today’s game, with record rates of breaking balls and changeups — pitches that typically either cross low in the zone or below it. “[Garver] deserves the credit. His desire to improve didn’t stop once he got to the big leagues,” Swanson said. After all, Swanson notes, “He called me.”Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Kristen Gudsnuk Talks Inspirations and What Brought Henchgirl To Life

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 center_img I love hidden gems in comics. Henchgirl by Kristen Gudsnuk was a hidden gem that was acquired by Dark Horse earlier this year and has since taken the world by storm. We sat down with the creator of Henchgirl Kristen Gudsnuk at New York Comic Con to discuss Henchgirl, her inspiration for the comic and giggle galore.Insha Fitzpatrick: Thank you for sitting down and talking with me! For our Geek readers, can you tell us a little bit about Henchgirl and how she came to be?Kristen Gudsnuk: Yeah! Sure. So, Henchgirl is kind of a comedy series that was collected in graphic novel form by Dark Horse earlier this year. It’s about a girl who works for a supervillain, just because she can’t get a real job. That’s my tagline. Cause it’s exactly what happens. She’s unemployed, living in a superhero world. It started out as a webcomic, but I’d also print up copies and sell them at local shows here in New York. It kept kind of growing and getting bigger then I got picked up by Dark Horse, and they put out my trade.via Dark HorseInsha: There are a lot of different themes in Henchgirl. Some of them kind of arrange from dealing with parents to her dealing with friendship issues. For example when Henchgirl steals her friend’s card to break into her job because the gang told her to. Did you mean it to be a common (but unusual) coming of age story in the superhero world as well?Kristen: When I was writing it, I think I was putting some of my own feelings into it. I think that’s kind of what comes out automatically. My parents aren’t disappointed in me, but the fear that your parents are disappointed in you is something that really motivates a lot of people. Especially when you’re like in your twenties. So, I tried to heighten that by having her parents be superheroes who are disapproving of the fact that their daughter works for a villain and she’s got a sister whose a hero and stuff. It’s a universal feeling and story that I thought would be fun to explore without there superhero tropes.Insha: What were some of your inspirations? Any movies, music, tv, stuff like that?Kristen: Oh yeah! There are tons…Insha: You can just give me some! [Laughs]via Dark HorseKristen: [Laughs] Okay, like Batman: The Animated Series was a big one, and I had just… I didn’t watch that when I was little. I just… it looked too serious! I like funny cartoons. My boyfriend made me watch it as a grown woman, and I was so, so up for it. But then when I was watching it I was picking up on sort of the main tropes of western superhero comics and superheroes [in general]. I wanted to do my own spin on that, either making fun of that or just playing with how those things would really work out. My whole thing is not having things work out for people. [Laughs] Cause I think its funny!Insha: And it’s more realistic!Kristen: Yeah! In real life you don’t, like, DO THE THING. In movies, the world is going to explode, except someone saves it in the last second. Just like in real life, that wouldn’t have happened, and everyone would die. I like having a more realistic spin on things. With a darkly cynical bend.Insha: I think that’s the best thing! That’s what me and a lot of people like Henchgirl more. All of this stuff does happen to her. It’s so bad but ultimately realistic!Kristen: A lot of fiction lies to you, ya know? They give you anything you want, and obviously, that’s why sometimes we crave fiction so we can live out that version of life where everything is great. At the same time, I always connect with stuff that I feel like “Right! That is how things are!” So, I try to go in the opposite direction from the wish-fulfillment.via Dark HorseInsha: Do you have any other inspirations [for Henchgirl] or is Batman: The Animated the MAIN one?Kristen: Oh there’s like a bajillion! [Laughs] I was watching New Girl, which is totally underrated, very funny show. I was like, yeah! Well, the mashup is like this roommate, sitcom-ey vibe and these ridiculously low-stakes plots happening with them. Artistically a lot of people say my stuff looks like Scott Pilgrim. I see it too probably because I kept those books all the time. Bryan O’Malley draws so simply, but really really well. Almost as if he’s distilling things down to their essence.Insha: Both of you have the same writing style too cause the main focus is always on the characters and their situations. There’s so much happening, but you build on character, and each is important. It’s engaging. That’s something you and Bryan do well too.Kristen: Oh! Well, thank you! [Laughs]Insha: You’re very welcome! [Laughs] Is there anything else you’re doing right now?Kristen: I have some stuff coming out sometime next year. I’ve got some projects that haven’t been announced yet, but I’m working on something with Dark Horse, and I also have something with Graphix. It’s going to be so cool! They’re both going to be really awesome so next year more stuff!Insha: That’s AMAZING. Can you tell our readers where they can find you? Social media, website, etc.?Kristen: I usually just use Instagram and Twitter. I’m @henchgirl_comic on both of them.Henchgirl is out now in trade paperback. You grab your copy here.last_img read more

Youth Week culminates with Peace concert

first_img Stop the Violence Speaker from NY Inner City; on Tonight Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ball park, etana, library tennis court, peace, youth day Defense Force Captain calls Islanders to Peace in honor of Lucayan Indians Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Sept 2015 – Youth week brings the focus to combatting the surge of gun violence in the nation with its anti violence campaign. Continuing with the day of activities on National youth day holiday, the evening is set to be filled with local entertainment including songs and poetry all encompassing the “Stop the Violence” theme.Joining the anti violence campaign in the form of a Peace Concert are international artists Romain Virgo who will be performing at the Down Town Ball Park, Providenciales as well as international artist ETANA, performing in Grand Turk at the Library Tennis Court. Recommended for you Youth to March in anti-violence parades to celebrate Youth Daylast_img read more

Pochettino admits Spurs are keen on signing players

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has revealed that Tottenham Hotspurs are only interested to bring in the right players despite their recent injury crisis.Spurs are yet to sign a player since they last secured the services of Lucas Moura a year ago.However, Pochettino believes they would only do business if they identify the right talent irrespective of the loss of key duo Alli and Kane.He told Sky: “I always say I am more than open to add players to the squad. That is so clear. A different thing is if we can find the right player that is going to help us improve.“We are working on a few options. We will see if we are able to deliver. We have one space now Mousa Dembele has gone.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“There’s two different things. One thing is to try to improve our squad with the right profile. Another thing is if you have some problems with players who are injured, and you try to replace them.“We are going to sign if we identify the player that can improve us. We are not going to sign because we have some injuries. We have enough players to cover injuries.“Of course, if you win, OK. But if you don’t win, maybe you need a different way to operate.”Tottenham will face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Sunday, just three days after their Carabao Cup hopes were ended in the semi-finals by bitter rivals Chelsea.last_img read more

Woodland mulls teaming up on fire services

first_imgThe city of Woodland is considering contracting with Clark County Fire and Rescue in hopes of streamlining costs and providing more efficient services, city officials said.But before the two sides can come to an agreement, Woodland officials will have to decide whether the city has the available money in its budget to pay for a public safety upgrade.As Woodland’s call volume increased 20 percent in the past three years, the city’s financing of its fire department has remained “somewhat underfunded,” Fire Chief Michael Jackson said.A paid arrangement with Clark County Fire and Rescue would improve staffing, ambulatory services and training, but it remains uncertain whether the city can afford spending between $120,000 to $140,000 in 2012 on such a contract. The city would have to decide between the need to repair roads and the need for better fire and ambulatory services, for instance, said Benjamin Fredricks, chairman of the city’s finance committee.Should the paid arrangement happen it would be the first step toward a regional fire authority in north Clark County that would consolidate fire operations and costs for all involved, Woodland officials said.last_img read more