Senior Bihar Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi has levelled fresh allegation over yet another ‘land scam’ by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s family members.“Lalu Prasad’s family got prime land worth crores of rupees transferred to their name in lieu of favours done to a businessman who had set up a liquor company factory by the name of Iceberg Industries Pvt. Ltd at Bihta in Patna when Mr. Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi was the Chief Minister of the State from 2000-2005,” Mr. Modi said on Tuesday.Documents on dealsWhen asked, Mr. Modi said he has been receiving all the documents exposing the “dubious land deals” by Lalu Prasad’s family from those in the government.“I will also appeal to all those who know about any such dubious deals related with Lalu Prasad’s family to come to us… we will never reveal their name,” said Mr. Modi.“It is the same modus operandi by which Mr. Lalu Prasad opted to transfer two acres of prime land on which Bihar’s biggest shopping mall is coming up in Patna through Delight Marketing Pvt. Ltd., in lieu of giving two railway hotels to hotelier Harsh Kochar on lease,” alleged the BJP leader, who also demanded that an FIR be lodged for the misuse of the Chief Minister’s official residential address 1, Anne Marg by his daughter Chanda Yadav in 2014.
Governor of Tripura Tathagata Roy on Friday accused the Opposition of “politicising” the alleged rape of minor girls in Kathua and Unnao by criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi in relation to the cases. He further alleged that the Opposition along with the “Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)”, a section of media and civil society have joined forces to put the blame for rapes on the Prime Minister. Even as he condemned the gang rapes, Mr. Roy asked how can a government “prevent” a rape. “The two incidents at Unnao and Kathua are despicable, regrettable and condemnable. Having said this, can you tell me how could the government prevented them? Is it possible to prevent a rape…What has the Prime Minister got to do with a rape that has taken place at Unnao or Kathua,” said Mr.Roy. The Governor was speaking to journalists in Kolkata on the sidelines of the launch of his book on Syama Prasad Mookerjee, founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. He accused the Opposition parties of politicising the two rape cases to “despicable extent”.“In my personal opinion there is cabal consisting of ISI, number of the Lutyens’s Delhi journalists and the secular group who have joined (forces) to lay the blame for these rape murders at the door of the Prime Minister. Is this the first murder rape that has taken place in the country?” said Mr. Roy. Defends CMAs for his support of the Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s comment that Internet and satellites existed in the days of the Mahabharata, Mr.Roy argued that he did not say that there was Internet at that time.“I have not said that there was Internet at that time. I have merely said that this is a thing worth trying to find out. What I have said is unless there was a prototype of something of that sort (internet) it was not possible to conceive such a thing,” said Mr. Roy.
LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LeBron’s late defense helps Cavs edge Heat without Love Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Canaan injures his foot, landing awkwardly, after being fouled by the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX — Suns guard Isaiah Canaan broke his left ankle Wednesday night in a gruesome injury against the Dallas Mavericks.The backup point guard was fouled as he drove to the basket in the final seconds of the first quarter. His ankle gave way on a hard, awkward landing, and his left foot was pointing in the wrong direction as his body tumbled to the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting As trainers rushed to Canaan, the crowd groaned and some of his shocked teammates covered their eyes or looked away. Phoenix guard Devin Booker pulled his jersey over his face.Team doctor Tom Carter twisted the foot and ankle back into their proper positions and said afterward that Canaan never uttered a word of pain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe was loaded onto a stretcher and wheeled off the court.“It’s hard for fans and everyone sitting right there, and teammates especially, a guy they battle with every day. It’s their friend on and off the court,” Suns interim coach Jay Triano said. “I used the timeout to let us say a quick prayer and get us refocused again to keep playing. MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “Not much can we do. He was in the hands of our medical staff and we trust they do their job and we had to keep doing ours.”Phoenix won 102-88 to halt a five-game losing streak.Triano said Canaan would undergo surgery on Thursday.In his fifth NBA season, Canaan was signed by the Suns on Dec. 13 after being waived by Houston on Oct. 28. He began the night averaging 9.4 points and 4.2 assists in 18 games with Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Indian actor Suraj Sharma, best known for his titular character in Life of Pi, has joined the starcast of popular television terror drama series Homeland 4.The actor will play the recurring role of Aayan Ibrahim, a Pakistani medical student, who crosses path with CIA agent Carrie Mathison.Suraj SharmaThe action thriller series has also tapped Corey Stoll and Laila Robins as cast members, reported Ace Showbiz.The House of Cards star will guest star as Sandy Bachman, the CIA chief of station in Pakistan who’s a rising star within the agency, while Robins landed a series regular role as Martha Boyd, US ambassador to Pakistan.Homeland will begin production for season 4 later this month in Cape Town, South Africa for a fall premiere. The new season will likely see Carrie on a field mission after she took a job as chief of station in the Middle East.After starring in the critically-acclaimed 3D film Life of Pi, Sharma played a role in Million Dollar Arm, a biopic about sports agent JB Bernstein, starring Jon Hamm.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. footballManchester UnitedMarcus Rashfordole gunnar solskjaer First Published: September 22, 2019, 10:43 PM IST London: West Ham inflicted more away-day pain on Manchester United on Sunday, beating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pedestrian team 2-0 at the London Stadium to underline the huge task the Norwegian faces.Andriy Yarmolenko’s goal shortly before half-time and a wonderful late Aaron Cresswell free-kick mean United have not won away from Old Trafford in any competition since March. Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham are now unbeaten since a 5-0 drubbing by Manchester City in the first match of the season and the win lifted them into the top four ahead of the later matches on Sunday.But it was a chastening day for Solskjaer’s men, just a day after City came close to matching United’s Premier League record for margin of victory — 9-0 against Ipswich in 1995.Missing Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, the visitors were woefully short of creativity in midfield and toothless in attack.United, who started the season by thumping Chelsea 4-0, have lost twice already in their opening six league games and are without an away win in any competition since their dramatic Champions League victory against Paris Saint-Germain.Solskjaer tried to put a brave face on the defeat despite the sub-par performance, saying his team had failed to take their chances.”We didn’t create enough chances but we created big chances, some big moments that we didn’t take and they scored,” he said. “They didn’t create too many either.”STRIKER SHORTAGEThe Norwegian admitted United were short of firepower up front, with Marcus Rashford limping off in the second half to compound his problems.”This group want to do what we’re trying to do in training,” he said.”It’s key moments in games that can tip these games in our favour… but the attitude and desire is there. That’s not the problem. It’s the quality in our decision-making and sometimes in the execution.”Solskjaer played the same side that triumphed against Leicester last week while Pablo Fornals came in for the injured Manuel Lanzini for West Ham.Both teams were cagey at the start of the match, with neither side able to create clear-cut chances.West Ham looked the more inventive team when they broke forward while United looked ponderous in attack and lacking in ideas, with Rashford isolated up front.An uneventful game was drifting towards a half-time stalemate when Felipe Anderson’s neat chip set up Yarmolenko, who drove past David de Gea in the 44th minute to dent United’s confidence.United went close to an equaliser early in the second half as the rain came down in London, with Juan Mata missing from close range after an Andreas Pereira cross.Already short of options up front and missing creators in midfield, they lost Rashford on the hour mark, replaced by the out-of-form Jesse Lingard.Rashford’s early departure will raise more questions about United’s summer transfer business, when they failed to bring in a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.West Ham went close to doubling their lead shortly afterwards but De Gea got down low to keep out an Anderson shot from a tight angle.United upped the pressure and West Ham had goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to thank for keeping out a Harry Maguire strike from close range.But West Ham continued to look more dangerous on the break and made United pay when Ashley Young brought down Mark Noble on the edge of the penalty area.De Gea was a bystander as Cresswell curled a free-kick into the top right-hand corner to add to United’s pain.Pellegrini said his side deserved the win, adding: “I’m very happy about everything today and the way we played.””It doesn’t matter if we play here against United or against every big team,” he added. “We must trust that we are able to beat them.”
Anil Kumble has been paid his dues of close to Rs 1 crore by the BCCI, marking a closure to his acrimonious episode as the head coach of the Indian cricket team.The BCCI made the disclosure on its official website as part of a monthly exercise of publishing payments above Rs 25 lakh.Kumble was paid approximately Rs 48.75 lakh each as “professional fees” for May and June, the Board has claimed.Kumble had controversially quit two days after the Champions Trophy final loss against Pakistan in London in June, calling his partnership with captain Virat Kohli “untenable”.Ravi Shastri, whom Kumble had replaced, was called back to the national team as the new head coach till the 2019 World Cup.Shastri beat the likes of Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody for the high-profile job.India pacer Ishant Sharma, who is no more a regular in the Test squad, was also paid close to Rs 1 crore.The prize money of Rs 45 lakh each too was released to the members of Indian women’s cricket team, which finished runner-up to England in the ICC World Cup final.One time benefit payment of Rs 35 lakh each was released to former India cricketers including Vivek Razdan, Sarandeep Singh, Salil Ankola, Reetinder Sodhi, Yograj Singh and Robin Singh.
Bhopal, Oct 25 (PTI) More than 200 foreign dancers have arrived in Madhya Pradesh to take part in a four-day international festival beginning in Gwalior district tomorrow.Besides them, participants from over half a dozen states in the country will also showcase their skills at the annual international dance festival christened “Udbhav Utsav”.”More than 200 artists from Slovakia, Bulgaria, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, South Korea, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have reached Gwalior to take part in the 14th edition of the international festival,” Udbhav Sports and Culture Association (USCA) president Keshav Pandey told PTI over phone.Besides foreigners, he said, 40 dance troupes from seven states, including Madhya Pradesh, are taking part in the event.In all, 700 dancers are expected to showcase their talents in groups at the festival being sponsored by the Greenwood Public School, he added.USCA secretary Deepak Tomar said the festival would be held at three venues – the Indian Institute of Travel Tour Management (IITTM), the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (ABV- IIITM) and the Greenwoods Public School campus – on different days. PTI LAL MAS RSY RDS
Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the US and father of the 43rd, who steered the nation through a tumultuous period in world affairs, has died at the age of 94 in Houston, his spokesperson Jim McGrath announced.His death on Friday night came less than eight months after that of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, reports The New York Times.The cause of his death was not immediately known.However, the former leader suffered from a form of Parkinson’s disease that forced him to use a wheelchair or motorised scooter in recent years, and he had been in and out of hospitals during that time as his health declined. In April, a day after attending his wife’s funeral, he was treated for an infection that had spread to his blood.Bush, a Republican, was a transitional figure in the White House, where he served from 1989 to 1993, capping a career of more than 40 years in public service. A decorated Navy pilot who was shot down in the Pacific in 1944, he was the last of the Second World War generation to occupy the Oval Office.Bush was a skilled bureaucratic and diplomatic player who, as President, helped end four decades of Cold War and the threat of nuclear engagement with a nuanced handling of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the liberation of Eastern Europe.Born into privilege and a tradition of service, Bush was a son of a senator, student athlete, Texas oilman, Republican congressman, national party chairman, pioneering diplomat and spy chief, reports CNN. After his own 1980 presidential campaign came up short, he served two terms as Ronald Reagan’s Vice President before reaching the pinnacle of political power by winning the 1988 presidential election, soundly defeating Democrat Michael Dukakis.After losing the White House in 1992, Bush became a widely admired political elder who leapt out of airplanes to mark birthday milestones. Emphasizing the generosity of his soul, he forged a close and unlikely friendship with Democrat Bill Clinton, the man who ended his presidency. When Parkinson’s disease mostly silenced him in public, Bush flashed his sense of humour by sporting colourful striped socks.–IANSkskadvertisement
The best of Google is the Pixel 3. The Best of Apple is the iPhone XS. But the best of Google and the best of Apple are also prohibitively expensive. The iPhone Xs, for example, costs close to Rs 1 lakh. So both Apple and Google now also offer more “affordable” variants of their best: these are the iPhone XR and the Pixel 3a.Recently, Google launched the Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL at its annual developers conference, Google I/O 2019.The two new Pixel smartphones, which only differ in screen size and battery capacity, were launched in black and white colour variants in India for Rs 39,999 and 44,999 respectively. The good thing about these budget Pixel smartphones – especially for the Pixel lovers – is that they feature the same camera sensor as the one present in their pricier sibling – Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL – making them equally proficient at capturing images if not more.Apple’s so called “affordable” budget iPhone – the Apple iPhone XR – recently has become more economical as its market price has come down. The base variant of the iPhone XR with 64GB memory went from costing Rs 76,900 to Rs 59,900 while the 128GB variant of the device went from costing Rs 81,900 to Rs 64,900. The top variant now sells for Rs 74,900.With this context in mind, lets tackle the big question: If you are looking to get a new “affordable” premium phone, should you go with the iPhone XR or will the Pixel 3a be a better deal for you? Let’s try to find an answer. To keep prices of these in play, I am going to compare the iPhone XR with the Pixel 3a XL, the pricier of the new Pixels with its price of Rs 44,999.advertisementDesign and DisplayThe Google Pixel 3a XL comes with a 6-inch full HD+ OLED display with a pixel density of 402ppi. As far as the overall design is concerned, the Pixel 3a XL looks and feels quite similar to the original Pixel 3 XL smartphone. However, there is one small difference. Unlike the Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel 3a XL comes with a plastic back. To the naked eye, it poses no difference but if you look up closer, you would understand that a glass back is what distinguishes Pixel 3a XL from Pixel 3.The iPhone XR – Apple’s budget phone – on the other hand comes with a 6.1-inch LCD display with a pixel density of 326ppi. In terms of the overall look, it features a glass design that give it a more premium look. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRIf you go by specifications, you will believe that the OLED panel, which due to its technology can show blacker blacks and more contrast in colours, will be superior to the LCD screen of the iPhone XR. But that is not the case. The LCD panel used in the iPhone XR is one of the best ever put in a phone, and not only it shows sharp and punchy colours, which match what the Pixel 3a XL display can show, but it is also brighter than the screen in the Google phone.Just to summarise, I believe that the iPhone XR looks more premium. On display part too, I believe the iPhone XR has an edge.Performance and softwareThe Google Pixel 3a XL is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 and it sports 4GB RAM with 64GB storage space. The Pixel 3a XL runs on Android 9.0 Pie. Pixel 3a XL, just like its pricier siblings, comes with some really cool Pixel-y features such as Active Edge, Digital Wellbeing and Now playing among others. The slower processor, as I had mentioned in my review, did water down the overall Pixel experience but it does great in some of the other aspects, which makes up for it.The iPhone XR, on the other hand, is powered by Apple’s very own A12 Bionic chipset and it is available in three memory variants – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, which is the same as its pricier siblings, iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. In terms of the operating system, it runs on iOS 12. What it does is that it makes Apple’s budget iPhone equally powerful and smooth at handling various as its pricier siblings. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRWhile the Pure Android aka Android 9 Pie in the Pixel 3a XL sports clean and white UI and it comes with number of versatile features, I believe that the performance is significantly better on the iPhone XR. This iPhone is fast.advertisementCameraGoogle’s premium budget Pixel phones are known for their camera quality. A simple single rear camera setup at the back, using image processing algorithms powered by Google’s mighty machine learning systems, can turn an ugly duckling into a dark swan in Pixel 3 XL. This is true for Pixel 3a XL as well. The Pixel 3a XL comes with a 12.2MP rear camera with Sony IMX363 sensor and optical and electronic image stabalisation technology. In the front, it sports an 8MP camera.The iPhone XR, on the other hand, comes with a 12MP wide-angle lens at the back with optical image stabalisation technology and a 7MP camera in the front.Now, the difference might seem quite negligible on paper but in practice it is definitely noticeable. Let’s start with the daylight shots. When taken to the sun, both the phones produce images with stunning depth and detail. But there is a fine difference between the two. While Pixel 3a XL produces images with higher colour saturation – which looks a tad bit closer to the actual scene — the iPhone XR produces images that look like they have been fine tuned or colour corrected for social media posts. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRHere’s another example. The red in the image captured by Pixel 3a XL looks quite close to the real flowers while the one captured by iPhone XR looks a bit more red and a bit brighter. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRNow take a look at the sunrise captured by the two phones. Stunning, isn’t it? But here the tables are turned. Here iPhone XR effectively manages to capture what sunrise looks like from my home. Pixel 3a XL, on the other hand, darkens the low light areas of the images and tones down the entire view. The HDR is better with iPhone XR. In fact, stunning sunset photos are a speciality of all the current gen iPhones — the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRThe case, however, is entirely different when it comes to low night-time photography. Pixel 3a XL is the only smartphone you need if you are out clicking images in the dark. No matter what the light conditions are and no matter what the image you are capturing looks like, Pixel 3a XL, thanks to Google’s software prowess beautifies every image. The iPhone XR does a decent job but can’t match the Google phone. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRAnd in case you are curious to see how well these two smartphones fare while clicking objects in indoor lighting. The result is quite the same. Pixel 3a XL captures images closer to how they look in reality while iPhone XR brightens the things up a bit. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRBatteryThe Google Pixel 3a XL comes with a 3,700mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. In practice, Pixel 3a XL’s battery when used under optimum conditions lasts for close to two days.advertisementApple, on the other hand, doesn’t disclose its battery size. But what we do know is that it supports 18W fast charger. We also know that of the three iPhones that Apple launched last year, iPhone XR performs the best when it comes to battery performance. In reality, iPhone XR too provides you close to two days of run time. So, if you were planning to make battery your tie breaker, there ain’t no relief.Pixel 3a XL or iPhone XR – which one should you buy?Picking the right phone from two of the most polished and most proficient budget smartphones in the market is a tough nut to crack. And it’s not just because there is a difference of Rs 15,000 involved but also because we are talking about two different ecosystems – Android and iOS. Both have their pluses and both have their drawbacks. To someone who loves interoperability, iOS might seem like a death trap but to someone who is more bent towards some of the security features that are likely to come to Android universe only with Android Q, iOS is the answer.It all boils down to what you are looking for in a smartphone and how much cash you have at your disposal. If you are looking for a mid-budget phone with premium features (and some compromises) and a great camera, then Pixel 3a XL is the best fit for you. But if you want a premium experience and you are willing to pay for it, iPhone XR is an option to consider.ALSO READ: | Apple iPhone XR India price drops by Rs 17,000 to compete with Galaxy S10e, here are the new pricesALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL review: A Pixel for everyoneALSO READ: | iPhone XR long-term review: Still the best iPhone for most people
â€œFreddy Fittler and Lammy were good and were also stirring the boys up as well so it will be good to watch,â€ Norman added with his trademark competitive grin. See also Touch Football Australiaâ€™s CEO Colm Maguireâ€™s take on the program via YouTube and stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels in coming days providing a sneak peek of the on/off beach action.You can watch The NRL Rookie at the following times and can also watch online at www.nrlrookie.com. Â· Premiere â€“ Tuesday (28 June) â€“ GO! 7.30PM (SYD/MEL/BRIS)Â· Encore 1 â€“ Wednesday – CH9 10.30PM (SYD/BRIS) Â· Encore 2 – Saturday – CH9 1PM (BRIS)Â· Encore 3 – Sunday – CH9 2.30PM (SYD) Â· Encore 4 – Monday – GO! 11.30PM (SYD/MEL/BRIS/ADE/PER). â€œNew Zealand was great, it was something totally different. It was great for us TFA/BLK ambassadors to get over there and get amongst those NRL Rookie guys. Episode five of the popular 10-part series will be broadcast on Tuesday, 28 June 7.30pm and replayed throughout next week; tune in to see which team prevails (refer below TV schedule/times). Does the superior fitness and strength of the NRL Rookies see them through? Or, is it the guile, speed and deception of the Touch stars that leaves the Rookies and the Piha Beach sands in their wake?The TFA All Stars team (pictured above) features some of the best Touch Football talent ever assembled in a â€˜Mixedâ€™ format. The team demonstrates the distinct family connection, which embodies the social side and highlights the inclusive nature of the sport and strong participation numbers Australia-wide. Destination? The black sands of Piha Beach on the beautiful but wild, west coast of New Zealand. And, serving further notice to the NRL Rookies is the fact that each of the Touch Football stars love the feel of sand between their toes: they all reside, cut their teeth and compete regularly near a beach traversing the East Coast of Australia. Touch Football Australia and BLK Ambassadors Sam Brisby, Samantha Rodgers, husband and wife team of Dylan and Emily Hennessey, Peter Norman and Kylie Hilder all travelled to New Zealand late last year to film the segment. For those playing at home, The NRL Rookie is the new reality show on Channel Nine/Gem offering a guaranteed NRL contract to the lucky amateur player who can prove to the respective judges he has what it takes to perform at the highest level and secure a lucrative contract. After starting with 28 players in late-May, the team was then halved to 14 in Episode One, with now just a handful of players remaining in episode five. For Hennessey (pictured above with wife Emily), it was an opportunity to admire not only the country but also The NRL Rookie talent on show. â€œIt was so exciting to be a part of the series and being able to play the NRL boys in their Rookie quest and adventure,â€ Rodgers said. â€œIt was a great experience to go over there and not only witness the program but also be a part of it; so that was pretty amazing,â€ she added. On top of his most recent appointment as part of Mal Meningaâ€™s Kangaroos coaching contingent (backs coach), he is also a regular in the Mastersâ€™ divisions at the National Touch League, NSW State Cup and State of Origin Series events as well. The show also features Performance Psychologist, Dr Kate Baecher as well as host, Channel Nine personality, Erin Molan. Fresh from their recent Trans-Tasman success also in Auckland, Australian Menâ€™s Open representative stars, Pete Norman and Dylan Hennessey said they all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the show. â€œLots of them are characters, thereâ€™s a couple of good footy players in there with some quality skills,â€ Norman said. â€œThose boys have a lot of talent and we wish them all the best for their careers.â€ â€œI think it will be pretty funny â€“ there will be some good highlights and some good Touch Footy on show. It was in the sand so it was pretty tough!â€ Will the â€˜NRL Rookiesâ€™ meet their match in an epic Beach Touch match in New Zealand? In a clandestine operation late-2015, six of Australiaâ€™s best Touch Football athletes quietly exited the country with a covert mission on their mind. Brad â€˜Freddyâ€™ Fittler is coach of the side, assisted by Mark Geyer and Adrian Lam. â€˜Lammyâ€™ of course, along with his QLD State of Origin captaincy and Roosters and Wigan Rugby League pedigree boasts an equally impressive Touch Football CV, representing Australia on 11 occasions â€“ at the 1991 World Cup in Auckland as well as one Test Match against New Zealand in the same year. Following instructions from TFA and with boots and passports packed, work leave approved and the GPS coordinates set to a remote Beach near Auckland, our intrepid Aussie reps were primed, programmed and ready to perform upon landing. The mission? Take on to their knowledge an undisclosed team of potential NRL stars in a game of Beach Touch, all looking for a shot at an NRL contract and the big time.Status? Fast forward nine months and six of our Australian representatives will finally get to reveal their sublime skills on next weekâ€™s episode of the popular Channel Nine/GO production, â€˜The NRL Rookieâ€™. Australian Womenâ€™s Open representative, Samantha Rodgers (pictured above, front/left) and partner of the other Sam (Brisby, right), thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Related Files160621_media_release_mission_impossible_the_nrl_rookie_tf_v1-0-pdfRelated LinksNRL Rookie
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Le Tissier: Hasenhuttl right manager for Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Southampton ambassador Matt Le Tissier has no doubts about the ability of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.As well as the recent performances, Le Tissier has been encouraged by Hasenhuttl’s training sessions.“I’ve been very impressed with the training I’ve watched and the difference in the performance of the team since Ralph H has come in and am confident for the rest of the season,” he said.“I’ve loved watching training under the last four or five managers since Ronald [Koeman] was in charge and there’s definitely an intensity to it that I’d not seen before.“I didn’t see them train under Mauricio [Pochettino] but imagine it would have been pretty similar.”
MONTREAL – The union representing Montreal police officers criticized Mayor Valerie Plante on Tuesday for saying she is open to the idea of creating a memorial for a young man shot dead by police in 2008.A citizen asked Plante during a council meeting Monday for a memorial honouring Fredy Villanueva and called him a “symbol of resistance.”His death triggered riots in the northern part of the city shortly after the shooting.Plante replied she was “quite willing” to examine the project, and added that errors had been made in the past, including ones that led to Villanueva’s death.On Tuesday Plante added that the memorial would be an occasion to “listen, to take action … and to build bridges.”The Montreal police brotherhood released a statement noting that no officer had been blamed for the shooting death.Brotherhood president Yves Francoeur invited the mayor to read the coroner’s report and said the issue should be treated with “prudence and circumspection.”“Let’s note in passing that there is practically no public trace in Montreal of the 71 officers who died on the job over the years,” the statement said.Villanueva’s death occurred on Aug. 9, 2008, as police tried to question the teen’s older brother, Dany. Officers Jean-Loup Lapointe and Stephanie Pilotte were trying to put an end to the illegal gambling game and arrest Dany Villanueva when things degenerated.In the ensuing scuffle, Fredy Villanueva was shot and killed by two bullets fired by Lapointe, while two other people were injured by other bullets.
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook This interview has been edited and condensed.The TV Junkies: Something I read a lot is that it’s really hard to get that first job as a director. How did you get that first foot in the door and did being an accomplished actress help you in that? Helen Shaver: I definitely leveraged it. I’m a very visual and whole picture type of person. Some writers say they dream in words, but I dream in pictures and throughout my life I’ve always seen things. So when I’d read a script as an actor I’d always see the movie that I thought. I had such an expansive, multi-faceted career as an actor working with some of the world’s greatest directors–Scorsese, DePalma, Spielberg, Donna Deitch–but I always said ‘I could have directed that,’ or ‘I wish I would’ve directed that!’It wasn’t really until my 40s when I met Connie Tavel, a manager, and she said ‘you have to tell me what it is you want because you have a perfectly lovely career, so what is it you want that you don’t have?’ Of course I said an Academy Award! [laughs] But really I was born in 1951 in Canada where ambition is an impolite thing, so I would say things like ‘I want to work with good people.’ She’d say ‘no, what do you want?’ She was very good at bottom lining people and finally I heard myself say ‘I want to direct.’ She said ‘OK now we have a 5 year plan.’ So we made choices with everything that came my way based on whether it took me further or closer to that goal. Login/Register With: Twitter One would be hard pressed to find a director with a more impressive resume than Helen Shaver. After spending 23 years in front of cameras as an actress, with roles in films like Amityville Horror, Desert Hearts and The Color of Money, she successfully made the transition behind the scenes as a director. She is now one of the industry’s most in demand and sought after directors.Despite having credits that include the likes of Travelers, Vikings, Orphan Black, Person of Interest, Elementary, and Law & Order: SVU, Slater says that transition to successful director wasn’t necessarily an easy one to make. She recently spoke to The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series, and detailed the initial doubts that came with her decision to direct, not only from herself, but from studios and executives.Shaver, who was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2004, recalls how she leveraged her career as an actress to land her first directing jobs, and shares why she believes the number of women directors are so low. She also details how she’s never let these low numbers and limited opportunities stop her from realizing her dreams and offers up some advice for young directors looking to break through.
Salehi added, ‘The Islamic Republic of Iran is fully ready for supporting and evermore expansion of comprehensive cooperation with Sri Lanka, particularly in political, economic, commercial, transit, and joint investments fields.’ Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiyutheen who is in Iran on Monday met with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi.According to IRNA, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Media Head Office reported Salehi as referring in the meeting to the political will of both countries’ presidents for broadening and strengthening bilateral ties and cooperation more than ever before. The Sri Lankan Industry and Commerce Minister Bathiyutheen in the meeting appreciated the Iranian officials for their assistance in the process of his country’s development. He added, ‘We hope to increase the level of commercial and economic cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran, particularly in energy field.Iran has helped fund a number of development projects in Sri Lanka.In 2010 they agreed to post USD 450-500 million for the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project, a 90-100 megawatt hydroelectric power plant around the country’s Central Province. Iran has also invested in Sri Lankan Oil refineries and its investments have helped to double Sri Lankan Oil production capacity. Iran has also invested in rural electrification. These projects have made Iran Sri Lanka’s largest aid donor. During the Sri Lankan Civil War the Government of Sri Lanka approached Iran for loans at low interest to afford Sri Lanka purchases of electronic surveillance aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles and Iran agreed to issue the loan.For Iran’s assistance in the Sri Lankan Civil War, Sri Lankan minister Wimal Weerawansa said later on, ‘Iran has never let us down, even when many other countries in the world refused to back us. The county as a whole is very grateful for this brotherly treatment’.
It may be a distant memory now, in the wake of a 17-1 record and an NFC championship, but at midseason the Carolina Panthers were a litmus test for the depth of a football fan’s sabermetric beliefs. Sure, the Panthers were undefeated, and they looked like a solid team. But there was nothing about their underlying numbers that made them seem like a steamroller hellbent for the Bay Area come early February. If anything, their impressive record seemed liable to regress toward the mean as the season went on.Instead of backsliding toward their “fundamentals,” like many fast-starting teams have over the years, the Panthers did something remarkable: They actually improved their core metrics to match their record, and kept right on winning. Since midseason, Carolina truly has played like the best team in football, culminating in some of the most impressive early blowout wins in playoff history.How rare was Carolina’s victory over the fundamentals? Since 1978 (the advent of the 16-game schedule), a shade under half of all NFL teams have improved their schedule-adjusted1Using our Elo ratings to measure the difficulty of each opponent at the time of the game. Pythagorean winning percentage between the first and second halves of the schedule. Of those teams, a little more than half again saw the improvement move in the direction of the team’s midseason winning percentage. In other words, their actual record was better than their Pythagorean percentage at mid-year, and their Pythagorean percentage over the rest of the season improved toward their record. According to rest-of-season Pythagorean percentage, the 2015 Panthers finished as the 11th-best team of that group, which also includes the 1985 Bears, 1984 49ers and 2014 Seahawks — pretty heady company.But what makes the Panthers’ improvement even more special is the degree to which their actual and Pythagorean records differed halfway through the season. At midyear, they were 8-0 but had the point differential of a 5.3-win team — the second-biggest disagreement of any team in our sample.2The 2005 Packers were 1-8 with the point differential of a 4.3-win team midway through the season. When a team’s actual and Pythagorean records disagree that much, the Pythagorean number is right more often than not,3Specifically, among the upper quartile of “disagreements,” Pythagorean record is the better predictor of rest-of-season form 52 percent of the time after properly regressing first-half winning percentage and Pythagorean percentage to the mean for predictive purposes. though to be fair it’s close to a coin flip. But in Carolina’s case, their winning percentage was right on the money — only five other teams since 1978 saw their second-half Pythagorean improvement predicted more accurately by their first-half winning percentage. And all of those other cases featured teams floating around .500 with subpar point differentials — Carolina is the only team in modern history to post a stellar first-half record with solid fundamentals, then turn into a Pythagorean behemoth down the stretch.Without a doubt, it was offensive improvement that drove Carolina’s overall uptick in performance, and practically all of that change has come in the passing game. According to expected points, the Panthers’ special teams only marginally improved in the second half, and their defense, while great, stayed pretty much the same all season.Back in November, when I infamously described the unbeaten Panthers as the worst team ever to start 11-0, I also wrote that Cam Newton was having a “decent, but not great” season, and that “quarterback play probably isn’t the main driving force behind the Panthers’ success.” That may have been true at the time, but it surely isn’t the case now. Since midseason, Newton has been the second-most valuable QB in football according to combined passing and rushing value over average,4Trailing only Seattle’s Russell Wilson. and his rate statistics have undergone a particularly remarkable metamorphosis.At midseason, Newton’s numbers looked much the same as in years past: His rates of completions, interceptions and sacks were subpar, and his yards and touchdowns per attempt were only average. He had one of the league’s highest rates of off-target throws5Pass attempts judged by ESPN’s Stats and Information group to have fallen incomplete only because Newton missed his intended target, whether because of an overthrow or underthrow., with the only mitigating factor being that he also ranked among the game’s most frequent deep passers. (Deep passes are more valuable but harder to complete; Newton was inaccurate even if we adjust for this.) The majority of his value added was with his legs, as the game’s most prolific running QB. It was pretty much the same Cam we’ve seen the last few years.But to say Newton has improved his passing since then is like saying he only slightly enjoys dancing in everyone’s mug. Since Week 10, he suddenly ranks among the league’s most accurate passers, with a drastically reduced rate of off-target throws. He hasn’t cut back on the deep tosses, either — his air yards per attempt have dipped only marginally in the second half of the season. He’s slinging the ball for significantly more yards and touchdowns per attempt, and he’s hardly ever giving it away; his TD-INT ratio is 21-1 over his last 8 games.The changes to Newton’s game have come with a few tradeoffs: His sack rate is up and his rushing output slightly down since his midseason transformation began. But his value added per game has increased by a factor of nearly six over the season’s back stretch. That gives him the sixth-biggest second-half improvement of any Super Bowl starting QB since 1978. Few QBs in history have gone into a Super Bowl on a better roll than Newton is on right now.Now, quarterback play is unquestionably the main driving force behind the Panthers’ success. The only remaining question is whether Newton can keep up his newfound passing production against one of the toughest defenses he’s ever faced. Given the remarkable way he and the Panthers overcame the odds and molded their fundamentals into those of a championship squad, I wouldn’t bet against them finishing the job on Sunday.Check out our live coverage of Super Bowl 50. A Super Bowl statistics special from our sports podcast Hot Takedown. Listen above, or subscribe on iTunes.
Ohio State freshman running back Demario McCall (30) runs in a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNot many people can slow Demario McCall down.The sophomore H-back has dazzling speed. He averaged six yards on 63 carries and 22.5 yards per catch on six receptions in his first two seasons at Ohio State.But last year, McCall dealt with an obstacle that not only slowed him down, but shut him down, ending his season nearly before it even began. A day after the 2017 spring game, he underwent groin surgery to repair a sports hernia. He never fully recovered and said it continued to bother him “on-and-off.”After serving as running back Mike Weber’s backup as a freshman, many people expected McCall to take a significant offensive role in 2017. H-back Curtis Samuel and wideouts Dontre Wilson and Noah Brown left for the NFL, opening extra touches for playmakers like McCall. His anticipated leap never happened, though.McCall’s health prevented him from taking a major role in Ohio State’s offense. Instead, the Buckeyes relied upon Weber and freshman J.K. Dobbins at running back and Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill at H-back. The team also relied on Campbell and Weber as primary kick returners, and Hill as the primary punt returner.McCall did not touch the ball for the first three weeks of the season, then he caught one pass against UNLV in the fourth week of the season. The next week against Rutgers, McCall racked up a team-high 103 yards on 11 carries, including a 48-yard touchdown, and a 35-yard touchdown catch. Even after his dominance of the Scarlet Knights, head coach Urban Meyer expressed skepticism about McCall’s health.“He’s got more in the tank than what I saw,” Meyer said after Ohio State’s game against Rutgers. “So, you know, in that one where he broke away, usually he’s out. We’re still fighting through that thing. He’s doing a good job trying to fight through it.”McCall had three carries the following game, but never played again the remainder of the season. The Buckeyes opted to use a medical redshirt on McCall instead of hoping he could finally overcome the groin injury, Meyer said.Ohio State redshirt freshman running back Demario McCall (30) waits to return a kick in the third quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe health issues were exacerbated by the difficulties McCall was already experiencing as he attempted to transition to H-back from running back, the position he played in high school. McCall said the coaching staff caught him off guard a few weeks into the season when he was told he would move away from running back to become a full-time slot receiver. That shift required a mindset adjustment because, as McCall said, “Once a tailback, always a tailback.”“I still had to work on myself becoming a receiver and not a tailback because I had the mindset of ‘I’m a tailback, but I’m going to help the receivers.’ That’s one thing that I had to change,” McCall said after the Cotton Bowl. “Now that I know that I’m a receiver, I had to put more work into jugs, route-running, top ends, just things like that.”Whether McCall will be able to show off those improvements remains uncertain. The same players as last season — Hill and Campbell — will presumably remain ahead of him on the depth chart entering next season. And given his diminutive 5-foot-9, 195-pound frame and Meyer’s penchant to play receivers who have blocking skills, McCall must overcome inexperience, injury and stature to earn playing time.The Buckeyes struggled to find a consistent top option in the passing game last season. Not many players have a higher top-end speed than Campbell, but he struggled to catch the ball. Hill has great hands, but lacks explosion. On the outside, wideouts Terry McLaurin, Austin Mack, Binjimen Victor and Johnnie Dixon each had standout moments, but no one made consistent plays. McCall might be the missing playmaker if given the opportunity. But regardless of the amount of touches he receives, McCall has only one goal in 2018, and it does not involve carries, catches or returns. “Physically, I want to be 100 percent healthy,” McCall said. “Without being 100 percent healthy, you’re a step behind. And that’s one thing I don’t want to be is a step behind because I was a step behind or two this year. It’s not a good feeling.”The speedy McCall is not used to being a step behind. Against Rutgers on Sept. 30, the only players a step behind wore Scarlet Knight uniforms. He might not have a clear path to playing time, but McCall’s inarguable talent with a regained burst offers Ohio State an intriguing weapon in 2018 it could not unleash last season.
CAN A 3-0 win ever be described as “unconvincing”?Manchester United beat Olympiakos 3-0 last night, and in Champions League statistical terms at least, they are currently among the top eight sides in Europe.Now consider the following reactions:“Moyes will now feel they are building momentum,” “a win of great significance,” “the striker typified United’s spirit of togetherness,” “the players are beginning to believe in his methods.”Moreover, contemplate these quotes:“A statement victory by any European standard,” “Moyes took another significant step forward in leading the club towards a new era of success,” “this is a season that continues to bring steady improvement and Moyes will now look ahead to… Premier League football knowing his team have something to build on.”Sound familiar? None of the analysis referenced above was written after United’s defeat of Olympiakos last night. In fact, they are thoughts expressed in various media outlets amid the aftermath of two rare impressive United wins earlier this season — the 1-0 home defeat of Arsenal and the 5-0 away victory over Leverkusen.With the benefit of hindsight, those words are a telling insight, if anything, into the fickle nature of football and in particular, football management. One minute, you are building a side that looks set to be a considerable force in Europe, the next, you are a ‘tactically inept’ ex-Preston manager punching above your weight and creating ‘the worst United side in 30 years’.Yesterday’s, at times, thrilling 3-0 win over Olympiakos was patently a huge relief to the beleaguered Moyes, but he will know better than anyone that significant work and a considerable squad overhaul still needs to be undertaken. Supporters would therefore be forgiven for suspecting that the victory is another false dawn. Olympiakos enjoy a near-monopoly on domestic success akin to that experienced by Celtic in Scotland, and the Greek league is arguably closer in overall standard to the SPL than the Premier League.Furthermore, United’s triumphant win over Arsenal was followed by a limp 2-2 draw with relegation-threatened Cardiff. After they beat Leverkusen in such an accomplished fashion, they proceeded to acquire just one point from their next three Premier League games.That is not to dismiss last night’s win entirely however. Under the circumstances, they could have easily crumbled, given the comprehensive manner in which they lost the first leg coupled with their humiliating defeat to Liverpool at the weekend.To produce a performance of substance showed that the United camp is not as spiritless and disillusioned with life under Moyes as some have suggested. And more importantly, it was an instance of Moyes showing the type of bravery and tactical boldness that critics — not entirely unreasonably — have often accused him of lacking.Some may have initially balked at the decision to play the 40-year-old Ryan Giggs in midfield, but the Welsh star put in an influential performance full of incisive passing and intelligent positional play, vindicating his manager in the process.Last night’s diamond formation was another adventurous endeavour that was difficult to reconcile with the functional, caution-first philosophy that Moyes so often seems keen to employ — the flat 4-4-2 with an emphasis on getting crosses into the box that many commentators have derided as outdated and which Liverpool had little difficulty combating on Sunday. It was undoubtedly a risky strategy to adopt against the dangerous Greeks, as United’s vulnerable full-backs were occasionally left badly exposed, and the sudden compulsion to experiment may have been borne more out of desperation than conviction, but even the greatest sides in history have enjoyed supreme luck sporadically, and the Red Devils were indeed highly fortunate to find the intermittently flaky David de Gea in especially excellent form.But is Moyes’ increasing willingness to experiment and innovate a case of too little, too late? Starting from Saturday, United have three games in seven days, against West Ham, Man City and Aston Villa. The middle game, in particular, is crucial, even if the outcome is a virtual irrelevance in terms of the Old Trafford outfit’s league placing. Should they draw a side of the quality of Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, then getting well beaten would surely be tolerated, given that Moyes’ men would be talked of as a side that is plainly in transition playing against one of the top four or five teams in the world.Nevertheless, a hammering by City — a second ignominious outcome against a bitter rival within the space of a month — would be bordering on unforgivable. Consequently, in contrast with the Olympiakos result, next Tuesday’s game will surely serve as a truer reflection of how far United have come since that hapless Liverpool defeat.Hence, 3-0 wins in the last 16 of Champions League generally are described as ‘convincing,’ however for Moyes and United last night, in the overall scheme of things, it was anything but.Like football? 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Whenever a new console is announced we usually get a few mock-ups appearing on the Web. I remember there were quite a few for the PSP. But an image has appeared today that is supposed to be the Wii 2, otherwise known as Project Cafe.We can’t confirm this is real, but it does conform to the diagram we saw of the console from a developer meeting video posted yesterday. Here’s the diagram from that video which I think you’ll agree is pretty close in design:AdChoices广告The leaked image is devoid of any Nintendo branding, and could just be a developer unit meaning this is by no means the final case. In terms of size, it looks to be a similar size to the original PS3. We doubt it will be that big for the final release though, reinforcing the fact this is most likely a developer unit.I was also sceptical earlier today about the size of the controller. It’s rumored to have a 6-inch display built in meaning it will be huge and heavy. There’s also meant to be a stylus for input which seems counterintutive.As far as this case picture goes, it doesn’t look too bad. It’s certainly better than the original PS3 design, and the curved top gives it a distinctive look. It’s certainly better than the box of the Wii console, although I did like how small that was.One concern is the lack of ventilation. Can you see any holes in the case to allow for expelled hot air? Either it’s all hidden around the back of the unit, or Nintendo hasn’t used components that produce a lot of heat. That usually translates to less than cutting edge performance.Read more at Destructoid
Ikea : 50% de son énergie est renouvelableAprès avoir annoncé récemment son intention de s’offrir un nouveau parc éolien (voir notre article), Ikea se félicite d’avoir, en 2010, assuré 50% de ses besoins énergétiques grâce aux sources renouvelables.Le géant suédois a annoncé avoir fait passer la part des sources renouvelables à 50% dans sa consommation énergétique globale l’année dernière, rapporte le site Zegreenweb. Comme l’explique le groupe sur son site Internet, son objectif est à long terme “de parvenir à alimenter tous les bâtiments du Groupe Ikea au moyen d’énergies renouvelables”. Ikea entend également améliorer son efficacité énergétique globale de 25%, et ce par rapport à son niveau de 2005.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéPour parvenir à ces ambitieux objectifs, le groupe mise sur plusieurs sources renouvelables, s’équipant de parcs éoliens, de panneaux solaires, ou encore en faisant appel à la biomasse. Il y a quelques semaines, Ikea s’est lancé dans un nouveau projet de ferme éolienne. Un parc qui doit être construit en Suède, et devrait assurer la consommation d’énergie de dix-sept magasins (voir notre article). Ikea a également mis en place un plan d’économies d’énergie passant par un système de chauffage et de climatisation plus efficace ou des éclairages basse-consommation. Le géant suédois collabore en outre avec le WWF, en participant à des projets visant à réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre et ainsi lutter contre le changement climatique. Le groupe s’est notamment engagé à promouvoir auprès de ses fournisseurs une exploitation forestière durable et responsable.Le 24 avril 2011 à 15:05 • Emmanuel Perrin