Congress expels eight MLAs for cross-voting

first_imgCracking a whip on lawmakers who cross-voted in the Rajya Sabha election, the Congress on Wednesday expelled eight MLAs, including former Leader of the Opposition Shankersinh Vaghela, from the party for six years.Those who have been expelled are Mr. Vaghela’s son Mahendrasinh, C.K. Raolji, Karamshi Patel, Amit Chaudhary, Bhola Gohil, Raghavji Patel and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, who voted against the party candidate Ahmed Patel, defied the party whip and voted for Balwantsinh, a BJP candidate.“They were working against the party by voting against the party’s nominee in the Rajya Sabha poll where every legislator was required to follow the party’s whip,” Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki told The Hindu.Legal recourseThe party is likely to pursue legal recourse to ensure that the expelled legislators cannot contest any election for six years.“There is a Supreme Court judgment under which any legislator or MP who has voted defying the party whip stands disqualified as a legislator or MP and also gets debarred from contesting any election for six years,” Mr. Solanki added.last_img read more

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Rodriguez key at both ends as Switzerland reaches World Cup

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Switzerland needed only a draw Sunday to advance to Russia, and a tense 0-0 result in rain-soaked Basel was preserved by Rodriguez’s goal-line clearance in stoppage time from Jonny Evans’ header.“In the right moment he was in the right place,” Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said of the AC Milan defender.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt meant Switzerland’s disputed penalty for handball in the first-leg victory in Belfast made all the difference.Rodriguez scored that spot kick on Thursday, when Corey Evans was whistled harshly for an incident that few agreed with. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games All three now have at least 50 international appearances. None had been born the last time Northern Ireland played at a World Cup, in 1986. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments Center forward Haris Seferovic was most at fault, failing to hit the target with two first-half headed chances and a late shot lofted high over the goal.Though Petkovic declined to criticize the Benfica forward, who was booed by some fans when substituted, the coach acknowledged a regular weakness of his 11th-ranked team.“We have to be more clinical in front of goal,” Petkovic said through a translator. “We had to suffer to the end, especially with this chance Northern Ireland had.”In the first of four stoppage-time minutes, Evans rose at the far post to meet a cross that goalkeeper Yann Sommer misjudged to leave himself stranded.Rodriguez moved across the goalmouth toward the post and hooked the ball clear as he fell backward into the goal.With their spot in Russia secured, the Swiss enter the pot of second-seeded teams for the World Cup draw on Dec. 1 in Moscow.Now the challenge for arguably its most talented team in decades is to go beyond the last 16 at a major tournament.In the past five years, the Swiss impressed in qualifying but failed to beat the best teams they faced — France twice, Argentina and Poland — at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship.“We don’t really set limits for us. It could be even to the final,” said Petkovic, who should have his best players at their peak in Russia.At 26, Xherdan Shaqiri is heading to his third World Cup, while Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and Rodriguez are both 25 and have matured as standouts from the 2009 Under-17 World Cup-winning team.center_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill said his team’s exit after a spirited second-half Sunday was “a devastating moment.”“It was decided by a really poor decision and a penalty that should never have been,” O’Neill said, 25 minutes after the final whistle. “We should still be playing extra time now.”“It was a privilege to be their coach and manager tonight,” said O’Neill, who shared tearful embraces with players at the final whistle.Northern Ireland came to Basel with aggression in its play that had been strangely lacking in the home leg.Still, Switzerland dominated much of the first half and should have sealed its place at a fourth straight World Cup much earlier.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jimmie Johnson’s title reign ends with wreck in Phoenix Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Switzerland’s players Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka and Ricardo Rodriguez, from right, celebrate winning the World Cup play-offs second leg soccer match between Switzerland and Northern Ireland at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)BASEL, Switzerland — Switzerland is going to the World Cup after left-back Ricardo Rodriguez denied Northern Ireland hope in both games of their playoff at either end of the field.In each leg of Switzerland’s 1-0 aggregate win, the key incident involved one of Northern Ireland’s Evans brothers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Late goal by Passi helps Sporting down MFC

first_imgMumbai May 1 (PTI) A late goal against the run of play by Sumeet Passi helped Sporting Clube de Goa prevail over Mumbai FC 1-0 in their Federation Cup first leg football tie at the Cooperage ground here today. Passi scored with a diving header in the 89th minute to be declared the man of the match.The two teams will meet in the second leg clash in Goa on May 4. The first half of the play was largely insipid with both teams unable to force the pace.Subash Bose of Sporting and Sushil Kumar Singh of MFC, who was substituted by Ryuki Kozawa midway through the second half, were booked for fouls.After Sumeet Passi blasted the ball over the crosspiece, the home team were foiled twice in quick succession by the quick reflexes of Sporting goalie Arindam Bhattacharya.He first blocked a close range volley by Steven Dias and the ball rebounded beyond the penalty area where Eric Brown uncorked a pile driver which was again saved by Bhattacharya.The match-winner was notched by Passi against the run of play. A snap counter saw substitute Victorino Fernandes sending a low cross from the right, which was headed in with a forward dive by Passi.Sporting clearly missed their injured main striker Odafa Onkolie. PTI SSR NRB PDS PDS BASlast_img read more

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Raninder re-elected NRAI president for four years

first_img(Eds: With additional inputs) Chandigarh, Jul 8 (PTI) Incumbent Raninder Singh was today re-elected president of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) for a four-year term with an overwhelming mandate in Mohali today. In the elections conducted at the PCA Stadium premises, Raninder recorded a 89-1 margin over Shyam Singh Yadav, president of Uttar Pradesh Rifle Association, in a lop-sided affair. Yadav had lost to trap shooter Raninder in the last elections too, in 2010. Raninder is the son of Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh. The 48-year-old Singh, who represents Punjab in NRAIs governing body, is an active trap shooter and has also participated in ISSF World Cups and National Championships. The incumbent secretary general, DV Seetharama Rao was earlier elected unanimously for a second term as well. In the vote of thanks, Raninder said that the NRAI had recently taken cognizance of the 18 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) levied on all imports, including duty-free imports. The federation felt that this could have an adverse impact on the shooting sport ecosystem, including on athletes vying to bring glory to the country, as most of the world- class equipment pertaining to the sport needs to be imported and were till now part of the customs duty free list. In this context, he assured the federation and the shooting fraternity that he will “personally take up the matter on behalf of the federation with the Ministry of Finance, via the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, in right earnest”. He said the NRAI “expects an early resolution” to the issue and will do all in its power to ensure that the athletes and the sport are not affected. Karan Kumar has been elected as treasurer of the sports body. A few fresh faces were inducted into the governing body of NRAI, including K N Singh Deo, who was unanimously elected as senior vice president. Deo is a BJD MP from Odisha. The members for the posts of senior vice president, secretary general, joint secretary generals, treasurer and members of governing body of NRAI were also elected unanimously. Elections were conducted for the posts of president, vice presidents (8) and secretaries (6). Raninder was first appointed to the top in 2010, after the demise of Digvijay Singh. PTI VJ/AH ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Teixeira HR, Yanks Beat Mariners, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Heading into the All-Star break Joe Girardi gave CC Sabathia a pep talk, telling the big lefty he needed to take on more of a leadership role as things heat up.With a throwback outing July 19, Sabathia let his manager know: message received.Sabathia was stellar in his match-up against Felix Hernandez and Mark Teixeira homered with two outs in the eighth inning as the New York Yankees rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday for a series win.“He matched one of the best pitchers in baseball pitch for pitch,” Teixera said.On a steamy day with a gametime temperature of 92 degrees — a thermometer in the photographers’ well down the first base line read over 100 — both Cy Young Award winning starters were done after six impressive innings with the score tied 1-all.Sabathia, the 2007 AL Cy Young winner, had one of his best starts of the year, allowing six hits and striking out seven. Hernandez, selected in 2010, yielded five hits and three walks with five strikeouts.“I’ve said all along it was the consistency of his pitches. Today the consistency was there,” Girardi said. “The one thing we know is CC has a lot of heart.”Carlos Beltran returned from the disabled list and had a tying RBI single in the sixth after Austin Jackson put Seattle ahead with a run-scoring single.Teixeira connected on a 1-2 pitch from former closer Fernando Rodney (2-4), who had a new copper-colored beard and hairdo.“He hit my best pitch,” Rodney said. “Sometimes we’re not perfect, and that was one of those times.”Teixeira’s third hit of the game was a fly a few rows deep in the short right field porch that give the AL East leaders their 18th home win in 25 games at Yankee Stadium since May 25. He has 23 home runs and 63 RBIs this year after having 22 homers and 62 RBIs last season.“Individual success means a whole lot more when your team is playing well,” Teixeira said.Dellin Betances (6-2) walked two in the eighth but got Mark Trumbo to pop out to end the threat. Andrew Miller finished for his 20th save in 20 chances.Seattle’s Jesus Montero singled against his former team to start the fifth after Sabathia struck out four straight. Chris Taylor then failed on two bunt attempts before lining a single to right field. Mike Zunino did get the bunt down to put runners on second and third for Jackson, who singled to center for the early lead.Sabathia struck out Kyle Seager and Robinson Cano to end the inning.“CC pitched extremely well today. His command was exceptional,” Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon said. “So was Felix.”Embarrassed by the Yankees on June 1 at Safeco when he was tagged for seven runs, Hernandez was back to form again a ballpark he’s been very comfortable in — his ERA in the Bronx actually went up to 1.38. He didn’t let a baserunner past second until the sixth.Brett Gardner, sporting shiny new white shoes with gold trim, led off the Yankees sixth with a walk. Taylor broke to cover second base with one out, and Teixeira hit a sharp grounder to the spot the shortstop just left. Taylor tried diving back but the ball went through to put runners on first and third.Beltran singled Gardner home for the 1-all tie and his first RBI since June 22. “I just tried to go up there and basically be aggressive,” Beltran said.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Asus TUF FX505 review: Latest Intel processor and sturdy build make this a dependable gaming laptop

first_imgAsus is one of the very few brands in India that focuses on the gaming segment more than anyone else. Their ROG series of laptops are popularly known to be the choice of hardcore gamers, with several gamer-friendly features. The TUF series offers a more no-nonsense approach to PC gaming at relatively affordable prices. They even came up with a ROG-branded Android smartphone for catering to mobile gamers. That’s why, when Asus does a gaming laptop, you know that it won’t disappoint you, to say the least. The TUF FX505 is their latest offering and from the looks of it, the laptop seems impressive.The TUF FX505 offers a choice of 8th Gen Intel Core processors and various RAM as well as storage configurations. The range starts at Rs 79,990 for the variants with Core i5 processor. However, as you bump up the specifications, the price goes up to Rs 1,29,990 for the variant with a hexa-core Core i7 processor and a dedicated Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU. This is a very good deal for performance enthusiasts, considering Asus is offering some of the latest generation specifications for offering a fairly enjoyable gameplay experience.Asus TUF FX505 design and build:Gaming laptops are a different breed of portable computers with a strict focus on functional and performance-oriented design. The TUF FX505 is no exception – it looks and feels like any other gaming laptop from Asus. It looks and is, bulky, especially with an overall weight of 2.2Kg. Since this doesn’t fall under the coveted ROG series, it feels a little bland in comparison, especially with trapezoid Aluminium lid. There are no crazy patterns or whacky RGB lighting on the lid. Instead, it’s a very ultrabook-esque matte metallic finish. The Asus logo glows, but I never saw it display a myriad of colours like its ROG counterparts. There is ROG-inspired cross pattern, but the effect is dialled down to such an extent that it often feels like a normal laptop. The cutout towards the hinge for showing the LED indicators for power, processor involvement and the aeroplane mode gives the much-needed gaming laptop zing.advertisement The massive exhaust for the heat sink at the top edge means business, especially with the red coloured fins. However, compared to older TUF models, this one also features an additional heat vent towards the right side, with no ports to accompany it. Asus as moved all the ports to the other side, which I think is a clever touch to enhance ease of use. The speakers are located at a slanted angle with a red grille accent.The TUF FX505 offers a fairly decent choice of connectivity options. All the ports are located to the right side. There are two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, one HDMI port, an RJ 45 Ethernet port and a 3.5mm headphone.Open the lid and entire understated theme of the exterior is offset by the typical gaming laptop-esque interior. Yes, there are crazy lines and patterns on the plastic base. The pattern is reminiscent of Asus’ trademark brushed Aluminium finish. A very cool addition is the TUF Gaming logo printed on the right side. On the deck, there’s an RGB backlit keyboard and a fairly big trackpad laid out spaciously. The lid holds a standard 15.6-inch display with narrow bezels to the sides. This makes for an overall compact form factor compared to previous models. The bottom has a very impressive vent design for the fans to suck while the laptop is busy playing games. On the whole, the TUF FX505 has very understated looks on the outside but a very “oo-la la” gaming-inspired design on the inside. This is good enough for people who don’t want to embarrass themselves everytime they take out their laptop for doing basic work.Asus TUF FX505 display:I have used a lot of Asus laptops in my time as a tech journalist and I have maintained the notion that Asus offers the best display on its laptop in that category. With the TUF FX505, nothing changes. The 15.6-inch full HD IPS LCD display with a matte finish works well in resenting smudges. Boot up the laptop and the brilliance of the display is immediately visible. The display features a wider dynamic range with very vibrant colours and adequate brightness. Even while using it outdoors, the display is easily visible. The contrast is very high and makes for a very AMOLED-like viewing experience, especially with its deep blacks. The display does lose colour accuracy a little when viewed from extreme angles, but considering only one person plays at a time on a laptop, this isn’t much of a bother.advertisement However, what I loved about the display is the butter-smooth refresh rate. At 144Hz, everything just flows on the display. Whether you are watching the latest Netflix title or driving an F1 car at the Belgian Grand Prix in F1 2017, the 144Hz refresh rate means you will want to see more content on this display. Even navigating around Windows on this laptop makes for a great experience. Well done Asus.Asus TUF FX505 specifications and performance:With any gaming laptop, performance is expected to be top-notch. At the heart of the TUF FX505 lies Intel’s latest 8th Gen core i7-8750H CPU clocked at 2.20GHz. With overboost, the clock speeds can go up to 4.10GHz. The i7-8750H is one of the powerful variants of the Core i7 family with a hexa-core setup. Asus has paired this processor with a dedicated Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM. As standard, you get 16GB of DDR4 2666RAM. For storage, there’s a 256GB SSD and a 1TB 5400RPM Firecuda HDD. As usual, there’s a genuine copy of Windows 10 Home looking after the daily errands.With a laptop like this focused solely on performance, it hardly makes sense as to speak about how fast stuff happens. The usual Windows tasks such as opening applications and shuffling between several folders at a time are no big deal for the TUF FX505. With 16GB of RAM, multitasking with 4-5 web browsers, each holding at least 5 tabs is a breeze.The TUF FX505 has very understated looks on the outside but a very “oo-la la” gaming-inspired design on the inside.Since gaming is what this laptop is born to do, I tried some the latest titles on the TUF FX505 and I was left fairly impressed. F1 2017 ran on the highest graphical settings with an average frame rate of 60. Since the GTX 1060 is now a little older, the ultra graphics settings made the game drop frame rates slightly. Forza Motorsport 7 ran on high graphics with no issues, but the ultra settings weren’t that gamer-friendly. Fortnite ran like a dream at the highest possible graphics. Older titles from a few years ago such as PES 2017 and Grand Theft Auto 5 were able to exploit the resources fully. War Thunder, which is an online multiplayer title with high fidelity graphics was handled very well at the “High” settings. The thermal management is on-spot. There’s a HyperCool Technology involving a dual fan system to suck air from the bottom and throw it out of the vents situated on the sides. When you aren’t gaming, the fans keep spinning at a bare minimum speed. However, when you are busy shedding sweat on virtual battlefields, the fans start spinning at their max speeds to keep the processor from sweating. There’s a boost button to put the fans in overboost mode if you feel the laptop is heating up.Windows 10 isn’t a very well-optimised operating system, especially with some updates having the ability to make or break the ultimate experience. However, Asus’ optimisation and certain custom add-ons make sure the experience stands up to what’s been promised. Asus’ custom TUF aura core app manages the RGB lighting of the keyboard. The application is a watered-down version of the version on ROG laptops with only four lighting modes. There’s no ROG centre for monitoring the live clock speed or other statistics of the computer. Maybe Asus could do something about this, considering the asking price goes above a lakh for this laptop.advertisementIn its category, the Asus TUF FX505 is easily one of the best gaming laptops you can buy right now.Since a laptop also needs to be used for other purposes, I used the TUF FX505 as my primary computer for a few days. For the most part, it impressed me with its versatility. The keyboard is comfortable to type a long document and the higher key travel makes it a satisfying experience. The RGB backlight isn’t in your face even when it’s at full brightness. The slight curvature of the keys reduces ghosting by a huge margin. The trackpad is fairly comfortable to use and is very accurate. However, I would have preferred a slightly bigger trackpad for easier user experience. While all of this makes for a great work laptop, the sheer bulk of the FX505 restricts the usage to indoors. I wouldn’t carry this outdoors for lighter work such as writing documents and browsing the Internet.When it comes to the audio, the inbuilt speakers are a massive improvement from the previous versions. With passive amplification, the speakers can get fairly loud with a focus on higher frequencies. However, it still lacks base and isn’t suitable for gaming. If you are playing PUBG, make sure you plug in your headphones as the 3.5mm audio port supports 7.1 channel surround sound. This elevates the gaming experience further.Asus TUF FX505 battery:With a 3 -Cell 48Wh polymer battery, it’s a fairly standard affair. On battery power, the FX505 can at most last up to an hour and 15 minutes while playing games. However, when you are not gaming and using it as a conventional laptop, the stamina can go up to 4.5 hours. Since gaming will mostly take place when the device is plugged in, the smaller battery stamina isn’t bothersome. To fill it up quickly, Asus has enabled a fast-changing technology with a 180W fast charger. It should fill up to 60 per cent within an hour.Should you buy the Asus TUF FX505 gaming laptop? As with all gaming gear, the Asus TUF FX505 is quite expensive. But, in its category, this is easily one of the best gaming laptops you can buy right now. The Intel Core i7-8750H is a super fast performer while the Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU is fairly powerful to manage the latest gaming titles without breaking a sweat. I also adore the extensive heat management system and the butter-smooth 144Hz display. For competing at e-sports events, this is a laptop that can hold it for longer sessions while you are busy making a name for yourself. Surely, as a gamer, I would have preferred some crazy eye-catching design as well as a slimmer overall profile inspired from the ROG series.Despite that, the TUF FX505 is a very powerful gaming laptop for Rs 1,29,990. The laptop doesn’t disappoint in terms of raw performance and is surely a dependable gear for hardcore gamers.ALSO READ | Asus VivoBook X505ZA review: Powerful AMD Ryzen chip, lightweight build make this budget laptop desirableALSO READ | MacBook Air 2018 13-inch review: Air re-imagined but not re-inventedALSO READ | iPad Pro 12.9-inch review: Closer than ever to replacing your laptopAsus TUF FX505 review 8/10ProsReliable performanceRobust build qualityUltra-smooth 144Hz displayConsSub-par battery lifeUnimpressive designThick profilelast_img read more

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Heynckes: Bayern extension ‘impossible’

first_imgJosef Heynckes ‘Impossible’ – Heynckes rubbishes talk of him signing Bayern Munich contract extension Nicholas McGee Last updated 2 years ago 19:24 11/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Heynckes-Cropped Getty Images Bayern München Bundesliga He may have won seven out of seven so far in his fourth spell, but the German is not planning on a long-term stay in Bavaria Jupp Heynckes has labelled talk of him extending his contract with Bayern Munich as “impossible”.Heynckes has revitalised Bayern since taking over from Carlo Ancelotti until the end of the season in October, winning all seven of his games so far.Bayern 12/5 to beat Augsburg 1-0 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 Bayern are four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga following their 3-1 win away to rivals Borussia Dortmund last time out, while qualification to the Champions League last 16 has also been secured.But asked about the possibility of staying at Allianz Arena long term, Heynckes told Welt am Sonntag: “No, that’s impossible.”However, Heynckes, in his fourth spell with the club, will offer his opinion over what Bayern should do in the transfer market.And he believes Bayern should look to extend the contract of 33-year-old winger Arjen Robben, which expires at the end of the season.”Of course, I will say what I would do, and I also believe that the people in charge value my opinion,” Heynckes added.”Arjen is having fun playing football again, and for me he is now better than ever at 33. Arjen Robben Bayern Munich 25102017“He is a great role model for young players who want to make a career, because many have talent, but do not know how to behave professionally.”Arjen does not have to say that he should do the exercises at 100 per cent, he does it anyway, you have to slow him down more.”He is unique, he does everything for his job. Arjen does not need to play anymore to make money, he plays because he enjoys it.”last_img read more

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Matildas reportedly secure landmark deal to earn equal pay as Socceroos

first_imgAustralia 40th anniversary of first Matildas match highlights forgotten history Share on Messenger The Matildas are set to receive a massive financial windfall under a landmark pay agreement with Football Federation. The agreement, which is expected to be finalised by the end of the week, will result in commercial revenues being split equally between the Socceroos and Matildas.Both teams will receive 40% of commercial revenue and prize money associated with senior and national teams under the agreement, according to reports in News Corp papers. Depending on how that money is then distributed, a Matildas player could potentially earn the same amount over a calendar year for representing their country as a senior men’s player. Read more Share on LinkedIn Women’s football Share on Twitter Share via Email Matildas Reuse this content Football Federation Australia Topics Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp news Australia sport AAP understands the new agreement does not stipulate payments be the same for both teams, only that the revenues be split equally. Currently Socceroos receive a match payment for each appearance with the national team or for being selected for a camp over a certain length. The Matildas are however under central contracts, which guarantee those contracted a set amount regardless of appearances, with extra money on top based on club deals in the W-League and abroad.Under the new agreement, the Matildas will have a much higher amount to boost contract arrangements as well as spend on travel arrangements and training resources. Depending on the rate contracts are set at under the new deal, a Matildas player could potentially receive the same amount from the FFA for representing the national team as a regular Socceroos player.Matildas defender Alanna Kennedy said collaboration between the two teams had been a big part of the negotiations. “For us as females, it’s always good when you’re appreciated and they show the support,” Kennedy told News Corp Australia. “We’re hoping [it is finalised] by the end of the week. If we were to get it across the line it’s exciting and a huge step forward for us.”It is unclear what the deal means for prize money arrangements, which are significantly higher in the men’s game than the women’s equivalent. The total prize pool for this year’s women’s World Cup in France was just US$30m ($43m) compared to US$400m ($580m) at the men’s event in Russia in 2018.Had the Matildas won the World Cup they would have reportedly received a A$250,000 total bonus as a team. That is in contrast to the reported $1.25m the Socceroos would have received for winning this year’s Asian Cup in the UAE.Both the PFA and FFA refused to comment on the report, only confirming talks had been ongoing for many months over the agreement and were yet to be concluded. The Matildas face Chile in a friendly at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday, with the deal expected to have been signed off before that match. Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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Kept talking to myself: Rohit Sharma on success as Test opener vs South Africa

first_img Next Kept talking to myself: Rohit Sharma on success as Test opener vs South AfricaIndia vs South Africa 3rd Test: Rohit Sharma ended his first series as a Test opner with 2 centuries and a double hundred. He was awarded the Man of the Series for his prolific form.advertisement India Today Web Desk RanchiOctober 22, 2019UPDATED: October 22, 2019 11:56 IST Rohit Sharma scored a double hundred in Ranchi Test against South Africa. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma won the Man of the Match and Man of the SeriesRohit scored 2 hundreds and a double hundred in the 3-match Test series against South AfricaFor the first time ever, India clean swept South Africa in a Test seriesAfter the start of play on Day 4 of the Test, it took India just 9 minutes and 2 overs to defeat South Africa by an innings and 202 runs and complete a 3-0 series whitewash in Ranchi on Tuesday.It was Rohit Sharma who laid the foundation for a huge first innings score with his prolific double hundred-and his third century of the series–and then the Indian pacers wreaked havoc over the last two days to all-out South Africa for 162 and 133 in the two innings in Ranchi.Rohit Sharma was named the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series for his rich run-of-form throughout the series after taking up the new role of Test opener for India.”It’s been a great start, so I don’t want to let it go. That started long back in 2013, when I started opening for India in white ball cricket. I realised you need to have discipline at the start of the innings. Once you are in, you can play your game,” Rohit Sharma said during the post match presentation.”That’s what I have done, I follow a certain template that allows me to have some success. You need support from the management, coach, captain, that has helped a lot. Test cricket is a different ball game, getting that big score will give me confidence moving forward. I was trying to be mindful about that. You need to be disciplined, I kept talking to myself. I wanted to make a big score and get my team into good positions,” Rohit added.advertisementRohit Sharma broke a series of record in his new avatar. He become only the fifth Indian opener after Vinoo Mankad, Budhi Kunderan, Sunil Gavskar and Virender Sehwag to score 500-plus runs in a single Test series.Rohit also became only the 4th batsman after Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Chris Gayle to score double hundreds in both ODI and Test formats of the game.For all his achievement and his success as a Test opener, Rohit Sharma thanked the team management, coach Ravi Shastri, and captain Virat Kohli for putting faith in him.”I said it before as well, thankful to the management for the opportunity. Considering how the series has gone by, I can take a lot of positives, especially how to counter that new ball. The new ball will be a threat anywhere in the world.”Also Read | India vs South Africa, 3rd Test stat wrap: Rohit Sharma and Team India rewrite record books in RanchiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAnita Jatlast_img read more

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Strong Suit: Classic Suiting for the Modern Man

first_img When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Experts You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life Arkansas has brought us the Clintons, Johnny Cash and major corporations among others. Now the Southern state debuts a ready-to-wear suit brand that takes it up a sartorial notch. Strong Suit, created by Jamie Davidson, has set out on a mission to create high-quality, affordable suiting for the modern professional. The brand is currently carried in niche luxury men’s stores across the nation. Off the rack suits start at $595 and made-to-measure start at $795. All their suiting is made in Mexico City.We caught up with Founder and CEO Jamie Davidson to get up to speed on Strong Suit.What was the inspiration behind Strong Suit? The inspiration was simply to create something very sophisticated that was affordable. My grandfather was an architect who specialized in postmodern design and I always appreciated the economy and beauty of his aesthetic. My good friend George Bass always says “ Quality is economy”. I wish I had thought of that.How would you describe the brand’s aesthetic and style? I would say that we are classically inspired in terms of detail and fabrics but our hallmark is our fit. What sets Strong Suit apart from the other suiting options? I think while our suits are certainly modern in our silhouette our styling and fabrics are really timeless. We offer a tremendous value. I don’t think there is anyone out there offering our level of quality in terms of a canvas front, Italian fabrics, and design details for under $1000 let alone for under $600.Who is the Strong Suit guy? He is a guy who wants to look sophisticated but doesn’t want to look like he is wearing a costume. He values his wardrobe but he doesn’t spend money just to satisfy a trend. He appreciates details. He would identify with Steve McQueen and James Bond as his style icons.Where can guys find Strong Suit if they want to try one out? We sell Strong Suit through some of the best specialty stores in the country. There is a comprehensive list on our web site. Or of course you can call us if there isn’t a retailer close to you.To find retailer near you or to contact Strong Suit directly visit here. Celebrating 110 Years of Seersucker: Happy Birthday to the Perfect Summer Suit How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States Editors’ Recommendations How to Wear a Suit: Unspoken Rules and 3 Styles You Need to Know last_img read more

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Consultation on Fuel Safety Regulations Changes

first_imgThe province is seeking input on new regulations that will modernize the rules of conduct around the safe handling of fuel and equipment that operates on fuel. The regulations apply to such things as fireplaces, furnaces, propane stoves, restaurant cooking equipment, natural gas systems in hospitals and other large buildings. They will allow for more flexibility without compromising safety. The Department of Labour and Workforce Development encourages comments and suggestions from industry representatives and other interested groups, during consultations that started Nov. 4 and will end Dec. 4. A consultation paper outlining key regulatory changes will be circulated to industry representatives and can be found on the department’s website at, http://www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/buildingsafety . “This regulation review will ensure we promote the highest safety standard possible in workplaces, public places, and homes across the province, while at the same time attracting world-class business to Nova Scotia,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “We look forward to working with those who work in the industry and other interested parties to gather their suggestions and opinions during our consultations.” The revised fuel safety regulations will provide flexibility by introducing a single-signature green tag on installations requiring a registration. A green tag signifies the installation was safely completed. Other changes allowing greater flexibility in operations includes an expanded gas registration system, and self-monitored inspection system for registrations. More information about these and other changes are addressed in the consultation paper. The regulations form part of the province’s new technical safety legislation which works to enhance safety for people and property in Nova Scotia. The new Technical Safety Act will consolidate the Steam Boilers and Pressure Vessels Act, the Crane Operators and Power Engineers Act and the fuel safety regulations. This legislation will result in clearer responsibilities, wording, accountability, and consistent language. It will also allow for a more streamlined appeal process, and will replace the current advisory committees structure with one advisory board. It is hoped the act will become effective early in 2009. It is also in keeping with the province’s Better Regulation Initiative which works to improve regulation, and create a competitive business climate that supports business, while at the same time ensuring the protection of public health and safety, a clean environment and safe workplaces. The new regulations will also provide increased flexibility as a result of eliminating unnecessary and outdated requirements.last_img read more

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Hundreds to Discuss Youth Partnerships Bullying

first_imgHundreds of crime prevention advocates, police, teachers and youth are together today, March 27, building positive relationships that support youth and prevent bullying and other crime. Twenty Nova Scotians were also recognized for their commitment to making their communities safer at the fifth annual crime prevention symposium in Halifax. “We have a responsibility to help young people make the right choices to avoid a life of crime and to understand what’s driving poor decision-making,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “That’s what today is about. We need to work together to understand root causes of crime and help youth become contributing members of society.” This year’s theme is Building Relationships – A Way Forward for Safer Communities. Participants will discuss building youth leadership capacity, the impact of cultural boundaries, the impact of bullying, building relationships with youth and the role of police, schools and others. Manus Farmer is one of the youth presenters. He is a participant in the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development’s Second Chance Program that uses entrepreneurship models to help youth in conflict with the law develop employability and life skills. “I’m so pleased to be a part of this day,” said Mr. Farmer. “It’s nice to be treated as a person and not just a statistic.” Attendees are hearing about local success stories like Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia, a violence prevention and intervention program that works with youth who have experienced violence. Youth will also deliver workshops, and students from École John W. MacLeod Fleming Tower Elementary School will deliver an anti-bullying choir performance. “I’m very pleased that young people have such a strong voice at this event, and that they are also hearing and seeing a big community of support ready to join with them,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “This collaborative approach is at the heart of the province’s Speak Up action plan, to work with young people, their families and communities so we can more effectively prevent bullying and other crime that can drastically change lives.” The symposium features academic experts and keynote speakers Brenda Morrison, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, and Nombuso Dlamini, York University, Toronto. Ms. Morrison is an expert on bullying and how schools can respond. Ms. Dlamini is an expert on the impact of culture on youth identity. Mr. Landry presented the Minister’s awards for Leadership in Crime Prevention during the symposium. Awards are presented to Nova Scotians in six categories who have been nominated for their outstanding work in preventing crime and making their communities a safer place. Fourteen individual awards and one group award are being presented. Paul Ratchford, of Cape Breton Regional Police Service accepted an award on behalf of Rebecca Walker, volunteer co-ordinator at Clifford Street Community Centre in North Sydney. “Speaking for Rebecca and other volunteers, the recognition is appreciated. It’s not what they strive for, but it’s very nice. and appreciated very much.” For more information on crime prevention initiatives and award recipients, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just .last_img read more

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She Kills Monsters

first_imgFor Tickets; CLICK HEREFB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Stage North Theatre Society presents ‘She Kills Monsters’ a comedy written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Ted Sloan.The story behind the play is set in the ’90s with Agnes Evans who is totally average until her family dies in a terrible car crash. Agnes finds herself alone, with a Dungeons & Dragons adventure that her geeky little sister Tilly left behind. Agnes recruits a teenaged “Dungeon Master” to walk her through the campaign. The story then dives into a world of supermodel elves, warrior demons and other D&D monsters. Agnes learns to fight, how to heal, and discovers the sister she never really knew. She Kills Monsters is a geeky comedy, full of professionally choreographed combat, that relays the importance of empowerment and acceptance.The performance takes place at the North Peace Cultural Centre, Feb 22, 23, 28 and March 1st and 2nd. Shows start at 7:30 pm and the cost of tickets are $25.last_img read more

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UPFA wins the East but loses seats

Rejected Votes45,2916.67 % TAMIZH DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL ALLIANCE7,7141.301 In the last elections held in the Eastern Province in 2008 the UPFA had won over 50 percent of the votes. SRI LANKA PROGRESSIVE FRONT260.00 Total Polled646,45665.78 Rejected Votes54,7808.47 Total votes received by non elected independent groups12,361 * Including two(2) bonus seats. UNITED NATIONAL PARTY250,73242.3815 People’s Liberation Front3,1540.5 % Sri Lanka Labour Party2680.04 % The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the elections in the eastern province, but by just a small margin.Final results released by the department of elections shows that the UPFA had secured 14 seats including two bonus seats by winning 31.58 percent of the total votes. Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was appointed as the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province following the UPFA victory at the 2008 polls. Eksath Lanka Maha Sabha1220.02 % AKILA ILANKAI TAMIL UNITED FRONT3780.06 THE LIBERAL PARTY30.00 The UPFA secured 52.21 percent of the total votes in the Eastern Province in 2008 and got 20 seats in the council while the UNP was second with 15 seats. The UNP managed to win just 4 seats this year.In this year’s election ITAK got 6 seats from the Batticaloa district while the UPFA got 4, ITAK got 3 seats in Trincomalee while the UPFA also got 3 and in Ampara the UPFA got 5 as opposed to 2 by ITAK. PEOPLE’S FRONT OF LIBERATION TIGERS3830.06 United National Party74,90111.82 %4 Eksath Lanka Podujana Pakshaya900.01 % MUSLIM LIBERATION FRONT390.01 SRI LANKA NATIONAL FRONT300.01 Registered Electors1,033,749 14* UNITED SOCIALIST PARTY2,5480.43 UNITED PEOPLE’S FREEDOM ALLIANCE308,88652.21*20 Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi193,82730.59 %11 The Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) secured 11 seats by getting 30.59 percent of the votes and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress was third with 7 seats. Socialist Alliance2,4800.39 % * Includes 2 bonus seats under Section 61A(2) of the Provincial Council Elections Act No 2 of 1988 EELAM PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY5,4180.92 Name of the Party/Independent GroupNo. of Votes Received Provincial Council Elections 2012 No. of Members Elected Percentage % United People’s Freedom Alliance200,04431.58 % Our National Front1630.03 % Total Valid Votes633,53493.33 % Eelavar Democratic Front2,6930.43 % UNITED NATIONAL ALLIANCE5790.10 Eastern Province Regis. Electors982,721 National Freedom Front9,5221.5 %1 Akila Ilankai Tamil United Front4600.07 % PEOPLE’S LIBERATION FRONT9,3901.591 United Socialist Party2890.05 % Valid Votes591,67691.53 PROVINCIAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS – 2008Final ResultsEASTERN PROVINCE RUHUNU JANATHA PARTY140.00 JATHIKA SANGWARDHENA PERAMUNA1890.03 POLITICAL PARTY/ INDEPENDENT GROUPVOTES OBTAINEDPERCENTAGESEATS Sri Lanka Muslim Congress132,91720.98 %7 Muslim Liberation Front570.01 % Ruhunu Janatha Party160.00 % Patriotic National Front850.01 % NAWA SIHALA URUMAYA3120.05 Total Votes Polled678,82565.67 % EELAVAR DEMOCRATIC FRONT2,2750.38 Jana Setha Peramuna850.01 % SINHALAYE MAHASAMMATHA BHOOMIPUTRA PAKSHAYA1090.02 read more

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Blix UKs Blair hold talks on Iraq UN inspections continue

Mr. Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), held separate discussions with Mr. Blair, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and officials from the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the state of the inspections and his upcoming trip to Baghdad.Mr. Blix is making his way to Baghdad, where he and Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are expected to arrive Saturday morning for two days of talks with Iraqi officials. They are scheduled to give a press conference after the talks end on Sunday.Meanwhile in Iraq, UN officials conducted a private interview with an Iraqi biological scientist that lasted more than three-and-a half hours. “During the interview, a number of issues were addressed,” said Hiro Ueki, spokesman for UNMOVIC and IAEA in Baghdad.As for inspection activities, an UNMOVIC biological group inspected two separate sites: the Directorate of Teaching Laboratories, located in Saddam Medical City, which provides diagnostic services to the hospital and does post-graduate teaching for medical students; and the Abraj Alcohol Production Facility in Baghdad that produces ethanol through fermentation.A missile team inspected the Al Kadhimiya site, which is involved in technical and administrative aspects of ballistic missile programme, and the Military College of Engineering, which is involved in the design and development of supersonic wind tunnels and machines for fibre-reinforced composite materials. “These inspections were conducted to verify Iraq’s declarations and to establish a comprehensive monitoring mechanism,” Mr. Ueki said.Multidisciplinary teams, meanwhile, inspected 23 large ammunition storage bunkers and 81 outdoor storage areas at the Fallujah Ammunition Depot west of Baghdad, and the Arab Company for Detergent Chemicals in Baiji.One IAEA team continued inspection at the Ashakyli Stores, while a second held meetings at the Iraqi Nuclear Monitoring Directorate (NMD). A third IAEA team monitored the transfer of several radioactive isotope sources from the former site of the Al Salam Company to a secure storage facility at Tuwaitha, and a fourth worked at the UN’s Canal Hotel base preparing mobile air sampling equipment for deployment in the field. read more

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New UN report reflects voices of more than 1 million people on

The report, A Million Voices: The World We Want is the result of 88 national consultations, 11 thematic dialogues and an online global survey, which were carried out over the past year. The report is meant to help Member States draft a successor framework to the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which will expire in 2015.“Our work to define a post-2015 development agenda will help us to recalibrate our efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and chart a course to a world of prosperity, peace, sustainability, equity and dignity for all,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a press conference in New York.“Many actors are involved. But the voices we need to hear from most are those of the people of the world, especially those that are usually unheard – particularly the excluded or marginalized – disabled persons, the poor and jobless, the hungry, those living without adequate sanitation or health care.”Some of the key messages of the report include people’s desire to play a role in changing their world. While they agreed that the MDGs cover fundamental development areas that are still critically important, they also expressed the need to tackle inequality within and among countries. “People are indignant at the injustice they feel because of growing inequalities and insecurities that exist particularly for poorer and marginalized people,” the report says, adding that they would like to see a new development agenda based on human rights and universal values of equality, justice and security. “The people who participated in the global conversation conveyed the sense that the world as it is, is not fair to many and the want the post-2015 agenda to address and change that,” said the Administrator of the UN Development Programme Helen Clark. “So it is important that Member States, governments, hear the feedback from the consultations as they contemplate what the new development agenda should look like.”People also showed concern for good governance and accountability to measure progress on development targets, Ms. Clark told reporters.“What came through very strongly was that everywhere people want their Governments to do a better job. To be honest and responsive in delivering services, create the conditions for decent work and citizen security and to take responsibility for the state of the planet and its ecosystems.”The consultations were carried out by the UN Development Group, which unites 32 UN agencies and funds. More than one million people engaged in the consultation process, half of them under the age of 30, and the UN and its partners put emphasis on reaching the most vulnerable and marginalized groups so that their voices are heard. read more

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Algeria UN agency delivers aid to floodhit refugees in Tindouf

“The extent of devastation in Tindouf is overwhelming, with pooled water as far as the eye can see. Thousands of families lost their homes overnight and much of their personal belongings,” said the representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Hamdi Bukhari.”The airlifted relief items will partially compensate their losses, but rebuilding their lives will be an extraordinary task, and UNHCR stands ready to support this effort. Shelter, food and water are the most urgent needs,” he added.The seasonal storms damaged or destroyed mud-brick homes, shops, hospitals, schools, and roads at Laayoune, Boujdour, Awserd, Smara, and Dakhla camps, housing thousands of Sahrawi refugees.The first of two aircraft from Accra, Ghana, brought 5,000 fleece blankets, 1,000 kitchen sets, 1,000 jerry cans, 5,000 plastic sheets, 750 family tents, and 200 plastic rolls to distribute to as many as 11,000 people, with a second aid flight due to arrive today, according to UNHCR.The agency is leading the emergency response, with support from the Algerian Government, other UN agencies and partners on the ground. It is also leading a shelter assessment to determine the number of damaged houses that will need immediate rehabilitation before the arrival of winter.This month marked the 40th anniversary of the Sahrawis being sheltered in the camps near Tindouf. They fled the territory of Western Sahara in 1975, making it one of the most protracted refugee situations in the world. Prior to the flooding, UN agencies and humanitarian organizations active in the Tindouf Sahrawi refugee operation were facing funding shortfalls that restricted their regular activities, including provision of food aid. UNHCR, the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) this week made a joint appeal for $20 million to respond to the crisis. read more

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The Warriors Duped The NBA

Conventional NBA wisdom is based on a set of assumptions about how the game is played, and those, in turn, are based on what has worked best in the past. Don’t shoot 3-pointers off the dribble. Don’t throw 60-foot alley-oops. Don’t play JaVale McGee. Yet each time the Warriors add some new theatricality to their game, like the transition 3-pointer or the pull-up 3 or a propensity for 30-foot alley-oops to JaVale in traffic, they aren’t just stunting on the league; they’re exploiting its assumptions.There is a simple explanation for how that works: The Warriors have style. For all the systemic differences between the aspirant 2013-14 team led by Mark Jackson and the swashbuckling 2015 champions led by Steve Kerr, the most transformative was that Kerr’s Warriors have style and Jackson’s did not. And style endures. Even after bringing on Kevin Durant, the Warriors never acceded and played like a traditional powerhouse, grinding teams down with sheer force of talent. Instead, the team continued playing its chaotic brand of offense, with Stephen Curry just as likely to be setting off-ball screens to free up Ian Clark as he is to be working in a high pick-and-roll. The unanimous MVP just in your grasp, the undrafted journeyman springs free for a look. Setup and payoff. The coyote roller-skates off the cliff.The Warriors don’t merely seek out the best practices of the day — they create value where there’s not supposed to be any.The leading example of the Warriors turning audacity into efficiency is the team’s signature shot: the pull-up 3. When Curry began pulling up from the cheap seats a few short years ago, the reaction was first one of awe, and then one of appreciation: The shots were fearless, and few could make them as often as Curry, but they also worked because most defenses never dreamed that that was a shot anyone wanted. Only recently, as a wave of pull-up 3s has swept across the league, have we begun to appreciate how Curry’s trademark opens up the floor for the Warriors.But pull-ups are just one of several ways the Warriors have bucked orthodoxy to remake the league’s ideas about smart basketball. Seeking out free throws has been a hallmark of the modern analytic game for as long as Derrick Rose has been harangued for avoiding them. Yet the Warriors don’t shoot very many of them. They ranked just 20th in free throw rate during this regular season, and while they’ve drawn more fouls in the playoffs, their postseason rate was about average among the playoff field.Meanwhile, the team has moved away from the league’s most popular play, which powers hyper-modern offenses like the Rockets’ and the Raptors’: the pick-and-roll. Golden State was last in the league in percent of plays that finished in the hands of a pick-and-roll ball handler at about 11 percent,1 less than half the rate posted by league leaders Toronto and Charlotte, and last in the league in percent of plays used by a pick-and-roll roll man at 4 percent.2 The NBA is increasingly a pick-and-roll league, but the Warriors have gone in the opposite direction, even if they have their moments of doubt.“I definitely want to be in more pick-and-roll situations, whether I’m getting shots or whether we’re manufacturing ball movement,” Curry said a few days after the team’s Christmas Day loss to Cleveland. “That’s a strength of ours, regardless of how teams play us.”In some ways, eschewing the pick-and-roll is a luxury the Warriors enjoy because they have two MVP-level players in Curry and Kevin Durant on the roster. But passing up pick-and-roll opportunities also enables Golden State to be the best long-range 2-point shooting team in the league, thanks to that chaos-engine offense. The Warriors don’t take a ton of the shots — they ranked 20th in the regular season in attempting them3 — but ranked first in percentage, making 47 percent.It may seem natural that the best 3-point shooting team is also the best long-2 team, but the Warriors are also seeking these shots out. Math is supposed to warn against that.Golden State ranked in the top 10 of total spot-up 2-point attempts during the season, and the team was again far ahead of the pack in percentage on those shots, hitting more than 50 percent — 2 percentage points higher than the second-place team, and more than five points better than the San Antonio Spurs, who led in attempts. As a late-stage development in a possession, it’s almost cruel. Chase Curry and Durant and all the other Warriors shooters up and down the floor, around screens, and out far beyond the 3-point line — sell out to cover all the most valuable ground on the court as fast as you can — and a guy like David West might just pop out to 17 feet and kill you anyway. The painted tunnel only works for the roadrunner.That’s what the Warriors do: They don’t merely seek out the best practices of the day — they create value where there’s not supposed to be any. It’s their most endearing trait, the thing that makes them a thrill even as they threaten to dominate the league at a magnitude unseen since Bill Russell’s Celtics. Very often, their “inefficient” ideas are also the most fun. Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images If the Warriors are light on Chuck Jones’s disciplines, they’re absolutely bankrupt when it comes to being disciplined. The one thing that’s plagued the team, in past seasons and in this one, has been turnovers. The Warriors have floated around the middle of the pack per possession, but they have a talent for slapstick turnovers at the worst possible times. Early on in his tenure, Kerr took to calling the team’s helter-skelter turnovers — the ones that flew into the second row, endangering the announcers’ table more than the opposing defense — “plays of insanity,” the implication being that Golden State could be even more dominant if it could snuff out these momentary lapses. When the Warriors dominated the Cavs in Game 1, players pointed to the team’s four turnovers as a sign that they took the series seriously. It’s not quite so simple, though.With the game on the line, we expect a team to resort to less obviously risky plays. Not Steph whipping no-looks on one play and JaVale McGee flying by with an ACME rocket strapped to his ass the next.Some Warriors turnovers are a function of carelessness. But others are more about the team’s identity since Kerr arrived, what the younger Jim Mora used to refer to as Michael Vick’s “athletic arrogance” — the belief that they are the best team in the world and capable of summoning any necessary magic to the court. Sometimes this backfires, as it did with Curry’s infamous behind-the-back turnover in the closing minutes of Game 7 last season.“Yeah, I still think about that,” Curry told ESPN’s Chris Haynes just before the Finals began. “In thinking about that game, it’s funny because I know the concept of making the right play, making a simple play, understanding that there are deciding moments in games and the difference between winning a championship or not could be one of those plays. I came out in preseason this year and threw a behind-the-back pass because I have confidence that I can do it and it won’t change that.”That confidence will lead to more turnovers. But it will also lead to some of the prettiest basketball the league’s ever seen, and you can trace the contagion from that Curry pass to Durant sauntering into a pull-up 3 to win Game 3.And it doesn’t just affect the stars: The Warriors ethos infused Andrew Bogut and Zaza Pachulia with the spirit of Vlade Divac and Brad Miller over the last three seasons, and even drew out latent passing skills from Marreese Speights and West. On the Warriors, veterans are empowered to throw surprising, stunting passes — passes that contribute to the team’s 2-point offense being so unguardable.4And that was the promise of this team! That when things tightened up, they were just as likely to throw the full-court alley-oop, or toss a behind-the-back bounce pass through traffic, or plant a shooter in front of Jeff Van Gundy and pull up from 40. It’s different from just about every other team we’ve seen. With the game on the line, we expect a team to resort to less obviously risky plays — brawny hero ball, or a calculating high screen and read that’s got more deltoid than fast twitch to it. Not this. Not Steph whipping no-looks on one play and JaVale McGee flying by with an ACME rocket strapped to his ass the next. Ben Margot / AP Chuck Jones, the classic Warner Bros. animator, used to say that we are all defined by our disciplines: When anything is possible, the things we don’t do are just as important as the things we do. Bugs Bunny does not act unless provoked; the roadrunner does not harm the coyote; the Houston Rockets do not shoot long 2s; and the New York Knicks do not catch the roadrunner. The Golden State Warriors do not have many disciplines to speak of. They’re basketball anarchists, unmoored from any concept of the “right” way to play as defined by crusty traditionalists or, importantly, the current generation of NBA nerds.For three seasons now, the Warriors have been the de facto champions of analytic basketball, the calculator boys whose success rests on mathematical principles. Other teams have gone to further extremes, but Golden State is unquestionably the flagship — as they’ll be the first to tell you. And in the afterglow of the team’s second title in three seasons, who’s to argue?But look a little closer and it’s apparent that the Warriors’ game doesn’t reflect the analytics it has come to represent. The Warriors aren’t math — they don’t represent order; they upend logic. They’re Bugs Bunny pulling himself out of the hat. The Warriors are the punchline. Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP The Warriors’ success raises questions about the new-school wisdom of the league. Is this a blueprint for future contenders or merely the imprint of a uniquely talented team? The answer might simply be that Golden State’s talent level is exceptional, that they can buck league trends because they aren’t like the rest of the league. And that’s partly true. They do this through individual excellence, yes, but that’s also the point: Golden State already had the talent the rest of the league craves, and now it’s using that talent in ways that other great teams haven’t. The fearlessness that Kerr allowed to flourish had taken root long before Durant came to town.So why not pull up from 40 feet, or throw 60-foot alley-oops, or play your small forward at center in the Finals just to see what happens? Why let the coyote get his defense set? It could be that there’s a steep minimum talent requirement to make playing like the Warriors effective, but there’s a steep talent requirement for anyone looking to win the NBA title.The Golden State Warriors are the team of the future — but that future may not be the one we thought it was.Read more: They Are Kevin Durant’s Warriors Now read more

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Conveyor rollers for China Resources Cement project Fengkai – China

first_imgTension: 3,150 N/mm Rulmeca rollers details: PSV series, type PSV/1, 3, 4 – mainly with tube diameter 159 mm. Belt speed: 5 m/s Thickness: 24 mmcenter_img In July 2010 Rulmeca Tianjin Co completed the delivery of rollers for the second phase of China Resources Cement’s (Huarun Group)  important project in Fengkai, China, – the longest belt conveyors ever built in Asia. Rulmeca Tianjin received the order at the beginning of 2009 for more than 180,000 rollers for two belt conveyor lines of 40 km.The conveyors provide the limestone handling to link the mine to the cement plant in Fengkai, China. The two lines of parallel, long-distance curved belt conveyors feed one of the biggest cement plants in the world with limestone at 30,000 t/d.Each line comprises three curved overland conveyors (11, 12 and 17 km) powered by a total of 19 units of 750 kW, with a belt speed of 5 m/s. The curved conveyors were designed to cross over 25 mountains but also roads and rivers.Conveyors details: Belt width: 1,400 mmlast_img read more

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Column What Irelands EU Presidency could mean for international volunteering

first_imgVOLUNTEERS MAKE A unique contribution to achieving development goals, reaching far beyond what cash and technical assistance can achieve. Last year over 3,000 Irish people volunteered overseas. This is an extraordinary number – about one in every 1,500 Irish people travelled to a developing country to share their skills. This should be an enormous source of pride for Irish people, and at a time when major decisions are being made about the future of international development, it is crucial that volunteering for development remains at the heart of our work in the developing world.Volunteering uses the power of people to bring about real change. When committed volunteers work in partnership with carefully selected organisations to transfer much-needed skills, they have the power to bring about real change in the lives of poor and marginalised people. In a development context that is increasingly professionalised and specialised, volunteers have distinct advantages over professional development workers and consultants. By living as part of the communities in which they work, they can gain insights into the causes of poverty and how they can be addressed.A long and proud traditionIreland has a long and proud tradition of sending volunteers overseas. In many ways, the work of Irish development NGOs is built on the foundation of our missionary tradition. Every day Irish people travel to developing countries to bring skills in education, health, business and many other areas to some of the world’s poorest communities. They bring back with them invaluable skills and experience, and an understanding of global poverty and inequality, and what can be done to fight it.A strange thing has happened to volunteering in the last 10 years. The number of people volunteering has increased dramatically, but at the same time volunteering has become somewhat sidelined in development circles. Often the examples of volunteering that donors and policy makers focus on are the negative ones, and the role that volunteers can make in achieving real development goals has fallen off the development agenda.Focused volunteeringIn the minds of many governments, development organisations and donors, volunteering is still about people working in isolation and offers more benefit to the volunteer than to the people the volunteer works with, but volunteering has evolved in recent years. Today international volunteers from developed countries, and volunteers who are recruited in one developing country to work in another, work alongside ‘national volunteers’, who volunteer in their own country.Volunteering has also become more focused on bringing about long-term sustainable change, and volunteers work to make themselves redundant so that their work lives on long after they have left their placements. Volunteers aim to work towards bigger development goals, and their individual work contributes to programmes that fit into national and international development plans.We have an opportunity to address this misconception about volunteering, and to elevate the role of volunteering for development in the minds of decision makers. As a country with a strong reputation in international development, and for whom volunteering is a pillar of our work overseas, we should consider what role we want volunteering to play in the international agenda in the coming years.Ireland’s Presidency of the EUDevelopment cooperation is an area where Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union has the capacity to give us real influence. Ireland’s reputation as a leader in international development means that we have always punched above our weight in this area, and we hold the Presidency at a time when the EU, the world’s largest provider of development assistance, is deciding its policy position on what should succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The MDGs, agreed in the year 2000, have had an enormous impact on the direction of development cooperation, both in policy and in how development work is done on the ground.  As we approach the end date for these goals in 2015, attention has turned to the development of a new development framework to achieve them after 2015. In September, the UN General Assembly will meet to discuss the framework that will succeed the MDGs, and Ireland and South Africa have been selected to co-facilitate this summit.This is an enormous opportunity for Ireland.  As a country that has never forgotten the value of volunteers, we should grasp this opportunity to make sure that volunteerism, and the idea that by bringing people together and sharing skills, is an important part of the future of international development.Malcolm Quigley is the Executive Director of VSO Ireland. A graduate of the University of Limerick and the Solvay School of Business in the Free university of Brussels, Malcolm volunteered with VSO  in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2001 to 2004. He established VSO Ireland in February 2004.last_img read more

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