Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum A draw at Mestalla Stadium will be enough to put Barcelona in the final and keep it on track to win its fourth consecutive Copa title.It’s not even clear if Pique will play because of an injury sustained after his goal celebration in the 1-1 draw against Espanyol. The veteran defender couldn’t avoid a hard tackle by Espanyol forward Gerard Moreno, who was upset with Pique’s celebration. Pique received a knock to his right knee and was listed as doubtful to make the trip to Valencia.Pique had made comments criticizing Espanyol before Sunday’s league match, and the crowd showed their disapproval by jeering him nearly every time he touched the ball at RCDE Stadium. Pique said some of the fans insulted his family throughout the match.It is not the first time the outspoken Pique has been surrounded by controversy. He is often jeered by fans when Barcelona plays away games because of his pro-Catalonia stance. Last year, after encouraging Catalans to vote in a disputed independence referendum, he was loudly booed by fans in Madrid after joining the Spanish national team at a training camp.Barcelona has faced a hostile environment at Mestalla in the past. In a league match last season, Valencia fans threw objects at Barcelona’s players while they celebrated a goal near the stands.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Knicks hopes on hold after Kristaps Porzingis tears ACL View comments “It’s going to be an intense match,” Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral said. “We have to play it with our hearts and with our heads. We have to play it with intelligence. If we don’t defend well we will not advance. We have to be humble to know that we are not going to dominate Barcelona for the whole 90 minutes.”Valencia and Barcelona met in the Copa semifinals two years ago, with the Catalan club winning 7-0 at Camp Nou Stadium in the first leg. It then held on to a 1-1 draw at Mestalla with its second-stringers.Since that 7-0 demoralizing defeat, Valencia has lost only three of its six matches against Barcelona, winning 2-1 at Camp Nou in a league game in 2016 and drawing 1-1 at Mestalla earlier this season.Third in the league, 18 points behind leader Barcelona, Valencia is trying to make it to the Copa final for the first time since 2007-08, when it won its seventh title after eliminating Barcelona in the semifinals. 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 MOST READ FC Barcelona’s Gerard Pique, center, celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — After hearing nonstop talk about Gerard Pique and his provocative celebration against Espanyol, Barcelona will be trying to get its focus back on Thursday’s Copa del Rey semifinal.Barcelona plays at Valencia, defending a 1-0 lead from the first leg as it bids to reach its fifth straight Copa final.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Convicted mayor links Bilibid doctor to corruption PLAY LIST 05:25Convicted mayor links Bilibid doctor to corruption00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Pique sparked controversy in a Spanish league match against the city rival last weekend, celebrating his late equalizer by telling the Espanyol crowd to be quiet. He later also criticized the club for losing its links to the city and for having a foreign owner, prompting a wave of criticism.“We are overreacting about this,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Wednesday. “This is part of the past. We talked about it before the derby, after the derby, before the Copa game, after the Copa game. … We have to move on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPique risks being suspended for his actions, and Barcelona has had to come out and publicly defend the player in the days leading up to the decisive match against Valencia.“Several other players have celebrated the same way. It’s normal after an important goal scored late in the game,” Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu told Spanish media, referring to Pique’s gesture of putting a finger in front of his mouth. “It’s not the first time a player has silenced a stadium.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next
kidami-chandrababu × Published on kidami-chandrababu Riding on his back-to-back Super Series triumphs, India’s ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth broke back into the top-10 at eighth in the latest world rankings released today.The 24-year-old from Guntur, who clinched successive titles at Indonesian Open and Australian Open, now has 58,583 points in his kitty.He is the lone Indian shuttler to figure in the top-10 of men’s singles ranking after climbing up three places.Among other Indian male shuttlers, B Sai Praneeth has moved up a position to be 15th, while Ajay Jayaram lost a spot to be 16th.HS Prannoy also dropped two places to be 23rd.In women’s singles, PV Sindhu dropped a rung to be world no. 5, while Sania Nehwal has gained a spot to be at 15th. SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 29, 2017 sport COMMENT COMMENTS
Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: Indian Express)19-year-old Mohammad Khan, who is better known to everyone as the man ran onto the pitch to click a selfie with the Indian captain Virat Kohli now has a case filed against him.The incident took place at the end of the 15th over on the first day’s play which caused the game to be halted for a few minutes. Drinks, which was soon called upon following the incident saw Kohli lash out at the security.This isn’t the first time such an incident is seen taking place on the field. Just in the earlier match at Rajkot, two fans came onto the ground where Kohli was fielding and requested for a selfie.Kohli, who was then unfazed by such a interruption, posted for a picture before umpires intervened and asked the duo to clear. Indian then went on to win the game by an innings and 272 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the series.Now, Mohammad Khan, who belongs to Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh, has a case filed against him for trespassing, said Police inspector P Venkateswarlu.Also Read:Cricket: Reason for India’s wild success in matches in Hyderabad? A Ganesha temple Advertisement
Aamir Khan is on cloud nine, thanks to the box-office success of Dangal in China. He is currently shooting for Thugs of Hindostan in Malta, a country in Europe.A photo of Aamir Khan’s look from Thugs of Hindostan, with a curly hairdo, a handlebar moustache and a nose pin has gone viral on social media.In the picture, the Dangal star is seen with a crew member.Mr Perfectionist is known for his dramatic physical transformations for his roles. He took us all by surprise with his look for Dangal too.He is sporting a completely new and interesting look for Thugs of Hindostan. A picture from the Vijay Krishna Acharya-directed film hit the web sometime back, where Aamir is seen with a beard, a handlebar moustache and a turban.Thugs of Hindostan is reportedly an adaptation of the novel, Confessions of A Thug written by Philip Meadows Taylor.The movie, which stars some of the big Bollywood names like Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Jackie Shroff along with Aamir, is slated to release on Diwali 2018.Meanwhile, Aamir Khan’s Dangal is breaking all box-office records, with huge collection in China. The film has crossed Rs 1000 crore in China alone.ALSO READ: Aamir Khan receives Deenananth Mangeshkar Award for DangalALSO READ: Aamir Khan to get 70 per cent of Thugs of Hindostan’s profit?ALSO WATCH | Dangal’s Dhaakad review: Aamir Khan’s song is impactful and electrifying
NEW YORK — The New York Rangers’ latest victory was hardly a masterpiece, until the final second.A quick glance between Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan produced the winning goal on New York’s only shot of overtime. Hagelin deflected in Stepan’s slick backhand pass at 2:55 to give the Rangers a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 20.“The whole game was sluggish from our part,” Hagelin said. “Step saw me going in. Two defensemen stepped in on him, and he made the perfect play to me.”The connection gave the Rangers their third straight win heading into the All-Star break, and ended a rough run at home against the Senators. Ottawa had been 13-1-1 in its previous 15 regular-season games at Madison Square Garden since April 2006.The Senators had the better of the chances in overtime, but Hagelin put the winner behind Craig Anderson as the Rangers won for the 16th time in 19 games.“They can’t all be Picassos,” coach Alain Vigneault said following his 494th NHL victory. “This game is about finding ways to win when you’re not at your best.”Chris Kreider tied it for New York in the third period. Kevin Hayes also scored, and Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves.“I wouldn’t want to have a start like that and depend on a late comeback,” Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said. “They took a lead going into the third but … we weren’t going to let this one slip away from us.“Everyone knew it was going to be an ugly two points, and some team was going to have to find a way.”Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek scored 1:03 apart in the second period for Ottawa. Anderson stopped 32 shots, but let New York’s only one in overtime get by him.“I saw a pretty good pass and a pretty good deflection,” Anderson said. “Hagelin has a good stick. We’re not winning too many close games, and it’s frustrating. It’s not fun to be around that.”The Senators are 4-6-3 in their last 13 and 9-10-9 overall in one-goal games.“We played a good game. We’re just not playing good enough to win close games,” Ottawa forward Erik Condra said.Kreider tied it 2-all at 2:42 of the third when he took a perfect feed from defenseman Marc Staal as he cruised down the slot, deftly shifted the puck to his forehand and lifted in his 10th goal and fifth in 10 games.“It was definitely a character win,” Kreider said. “We probably didn’t have the start we wanted, had a few lulls, but it says a lot about the leadership in the room that we were able to gather ourselves and be ready to play.”After falling behind 1-0 on Hayes’ goal, the Senators scored twice in quick succession to grab a 2-1 lead.Right after Condra was stopped by Lundqvist, the Senators regained control of the puck and worked it around the Rangers zone. Kyle Turris sent a crisp pass from the left circle to the right circle, and Karlsson snapped in his ninth goal at 13:38.Then, just 9 seconds after New York’s Lee Stempniak was called for high-sticking, Michalek got to a rebound in front and slid a backhander that slithered its way under Lundqvist’s pad for his sixth goal, putting the Senators ahead with 5:19 remaining in the second.It just wasn’t enough to get a much-needed win for the Senators, who are well off the playoff pace.“This is how our season has gone. Close but not close enough,” defenseman Jared Cowen said. “That’s what separates good and great teams. We have to decide which we want to be. It’s frustrating for sure. With frustration you can either use it or let it eat away at you.”The Rangers had broken the scoreless deadlock at 9:29 when Hayes corralled the rebound of Dan Girardi’s hard shot from the right point, calmly shifted left in the slot and scored his sixth goal.The Rangers finished their second straight period on the power play, this time the remnants of a two-man advantage created when David Legwand and Eric Gryba were whistled for infractions 46 seconds apart.The teams slogged through a tight-checking first period that produced one power play for each club and a total of 16 shots — nine for the Rangers, including a hard drive by McDonagh that was stopped at the buzzer.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
WC Qualification Europe Northern Ireland vs Switzerland: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & World Cup play-off preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 2 years ago 20:41 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images WC Qualification Europe Northern Ireland v Switzerland Switzerland Northern Ireland The Green and White Army are out to end a three-decade wait for a place in the biggest tournament in the world, but they face a difficult task Northern Ireland take on Switzerland in the first leg of their 2018 World Cup play-off on Thursday as they hope to move closer to reaching the tournament for the first time in over three decades. The Green and White Army last played on the world stage in 1986 in Mexico, but, having reached the finals of Euro 2016 last year, they will be confident in their ability to defy the odds.Switzerland, on the other hand, are familiar with major tournaments and they have reached the finals of the last three World Cups, reaching the last 16 in 2006 and 2014. 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 Game Northern Ireland vs Switzerland Date Thursday, November 9 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by live stream via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go In the United States (US), the match will be available to watch live on television on ESPN 2 and by live stream using WatchESPN. ESPN 3 will also broadcast the game in full later in the day. US TV channel Online stream ESPN 2 WatchESPN SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Northern Ireland players Goalkeepers Carroll, McGovern, Mannus Defenders Hughes, McAuley, J. Evans, Brunt, McLaughlin, Hodson, D. Lafferty, McNair, McArdle, Flanagan Midfielders Davis, McGinn, Norwood, C. Evans, Ferguson, Dallas, Paton, Lund, Saville, Jones Forwards K. Lafferty, Magennis, Ward, Washington Aaron Hughes is the chief concern for Northern Ireland, meaning that there could be a reshuffle in defence, while Paddy McNair has been passed fit but could be forced to contend with a place on the bench.Potential Northern Ireland starting XI: McGovern; McLaughlin, McAuley, J. Evans, Brunt; Norwood, C. Evans, Davis, Dallas; K. Lafferty, Magennis. Position Switzerland players Goalkeepers Sommer, Hitz, Burki Defenders Lichtsteiner, Lacroix, Elvedi, Akanji, Lang, Rodriguez, Schar Midfielders Frei, Xhaka, Behrami, Zakaria, Dzemaili, G. Fernandes, Zuber, Freuler, Shaqiri, E. Fernandes Forwards Embolo, Seferovic, Mehmedi, Gavranovic Former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou is perhaps the biggest absentee for Switzerland, but coach Vladimir Petkovic still has a formidable squad to choose from.Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri and Gunners star Granit Xhaka will look to lead from midfield, while AC Milan full-back Ricardo Rodriguez offers plenty going forward as well as at the back.Potential Switzerland starting XI: Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Rodriguez, Lang; Xhaka, Freuler, Mehmedi, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Switzerland are favourites at 23/20 according to dabblebet, with Northern Ireland considered a 14/5 bet to win in Belfast. A draw between the teams is priced at 2/1.Click here to see dabblebet’s odds for markets such as first goalscorer, correct score and more.GAME PREVIEW Northern Ireland have enjoyed an incredible turnaround in fortunes since Michael O’Neill took over the reins and reaching a World Cup would permanently etch the former Shamrock Rovers manager’s name into the history books.O’Neill guided the team to the finals of Euro 2016 by topping their qualification group and while in France they impressively managed to reach the last 16, where they were narrowly beaten by Wales.Buoyed by their European Championship displays, Northern Ireland carried their good form into the qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup and they finished second in a group containing Czech Republic and world champions Germany.In Switzerland, they are coming up against a team that was on course to qualify directly for the World Cup ahead of European champions Portugal, but missed out only due to goal difference.Indeed, with talent such as Shaqiri, Rodriguez and Xhaka in their ranks, the Swiss are rightfully considered favourites, but, under O’Neill, Northern Ireland have never paid much attention to the odds, so they will be confident that they can claim a positive result, particularly at Windsor Park.
Beginning January, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will be taking steps to remove illegal vendors from the streets of downtown Kingston, as part of measures to keep the city clean. In an interview with JIS News, Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angella Brown-Burke, informed that the corporation would usually take action to remove the vendors close to the end of the year. She noted, however, that this has not worked in the past, as vendors continue to defy the rules to take advantage of the heightened Christmas shopping period. The Mayor alluded that the operation of the illegal vendors has contributed to the pileup of garbage on the streets. She is also blaming merchants for not putting adequate measures in place to ensure the proper disposal of garbage generated during the busy Christmas period. “In as much as I am asking the (National) Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) what additionally they have done to remove the garbage, I am also asking the same question of our merchants, what additionally did they put in place to remove their excess commercial generated garbage?” she questioned. She said that it is the downtown business district that has primary responsibility for disposing of commercially generated waste. In the meantime, Mayor Brown Burke said discussions will be held with the National Water Commission (NWC) with a view to upgrading its sewage facilities in downtown Kingston. “One of the things that I’ll be speaking to the NWC about is their future plans for downtown, because the truth is the infrastructure is old and it cannot manage. It doesn’t have the capacity to take the water and the sewage that are generated … sometimes people who are selling, even merchants themselves, allow some of their garbage to go into the drains and that blocks the drains,” she lamented.
Grace-Lee Bolt and Alex Gray are this year’s recipients of Guardian Life Limited’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) Top Girl and Boy scholarships. The students, who will be attending St. Andrew High School for Girls and Campion College in September, have received $250,000 each, to cover the full five-year period of study at secondary school. Story Highlights Since 2005, Guardian Life Limited established a GSAT Scholarship programme for the benefit of the top-performing boy and girl from a list of applicants comprising children/legal wards of policyholders. Grace-Lee Bolt and Alex Gray are this year’s recipients of Guardian Life Limited’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) Top Girl and Boy scholarships.The students, who will be attending St. Andrew High School for Girls and Campion College in September, have received $250,000 each, to cover the full five-year period of study at secondary school.They were presented with their awards, which included a gift basket and a certificate, during a ceremony held today (August 23), at Guardian Life’s head office on Trafalgar Road in St. Andrew.Eight children of employees also benefited from $250,000, each under a programme launched by Guardian Life, which will cover the full five-year period at secondary school.In addition to the GSAT scholarships, the entity has provided grants valued at $25,000 each to 11 staff members’ children who sat the examination. Six students from the Denham Town, Alpha and Duhaney Park Primary schools received grants valued at $30,000 each, while four students received tertiary scholarships valued at $300,000 each for a period of three years.In his remarks, President of Guardian Life Limited, Eric Hosin, lauded the outstanding performance of the students.He said it is important for the scholars to not only understand and appreciate the value of a solid education, but to also enjoy themselves while seeking knowledge.“You need to enjoy life too, and I want to encourage our parents to allow our children to do so… ; while they have to do their studies (also) allow them to enjoy life”, he urged.He encouraged the recipients to manage their time effectively, to focus on their goals, and to choose their friends wisely.In the meantime, he encouraged parents to be active members of their school’s parent-teacher association.“Get involved with the school and know what is going on. Most of the child’s life is going to be formed inside of that school environment, and if the school is bad and you are not there to help it, you are part of the problem,” he said.He said this year, the company disbursed scholarships and grants valued at approximately $4 million to children of policyholders and employees of the company.“It is a way of giving back to our policyholders and the society. A lot of what we give also is to needy children, and what you see here is just a representation,” he said, adding that assistance is provided islandwide.For her part, Chief Executive Officer, NexxStepp Personal Development, Tishauna Mullings, urged the students to serve as ambassadors of positivity.In her response, Grace-Lee thanked Guardian Life for the scholarship and enriching the lives of the recipients.“By awarding me the Guardian Life scholarship, you are enabling me to continue to excel and focus on what is truly important – my education,” she said.Expressing gratitude, Alex said the funds will assist in offsetting expenses throughout the secondary level.“This scholarship is now my litmus and my beacon, a permanent reminder that with discipline and hard work, one can do anything that they choose to set their mind on doing,” he said.For his part, Tertiary Scholar, Phillip Bushay, said investment in young minds will benefit the students and country.“With the current investments taking place in our country, it is good to know that we have a company like Guardian Life, not just investing in physical assets and material stuff but also investing in young minds,” he said.Since 2005, Guardian Life Limited established a GSAT Scholarship programme for the benefit of the top-performing boy and girl from a list of applicants comprising children/legal wards of policyholders.The selection is based on criteria established by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and is administered through the Ministry. The scholarships go to the top performers who are not the recipients of any other award.
Madrid: Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane said on Monday he had not “disrespected” Gareth Bale and it was the club who wanted to sell the Welsh forward, not him personally. Bale did not play for Real in their 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup on Saturday, with Zidane revealing his absence was due to the club “working on his departure”. Bale’s agent labelled Zidane a “disgrace” in an interview but the Frenchman defended his conduct ahead of Real Madrid’s pre-season clash with Arsenal in Washington DC. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”At times my Spanish is very suspect,” Zidane told reporters. “I want to be very clear about this. Firstly, I have not disrespected anybody and least of all the player. “I have always said the same, the players are the most important and every time I am with a player here I will be with them always. “Second thing, I said the club is trying to sell him. Third point, I think it is very important and crucial to say that the other day Gareth did not change (play) because he did not want to. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”He will train with us today. He will train with the squad today but tomorrow is tomorrow. “Gareth is a Real Madrid player. That is the most important thing, he is a player for the squad.” Bale, 30, has won four Champions League titles since joining Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then world record 100 million euros (£89.77 million) but he struggled to hold down his place in the starting side last season.
TORONTO – A Canadian man who languished in an Ethiopian prison for more than 11 years returned home to Toronto on Saturday after being freed earlier this weekBashir Makhtal was sentenced to life in prison for terrorism-related charges after a trial that Amnesty International and Makhtal’s lawyer called unfair.He was greeted by friends, family and supporters at Toronto’s Pearson airport on Saturday after flying in from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.Canadian officials had been working for years to secure his release, but Gloria Nafziger, a campaigner with Amnesty, said the changing political situation in Ethiopia has led to the release of thousands of political prisoners in recent months.“It’s an optimistic time in Ethiopia for people who have been detained for political reasons,” said Nafziger, adding that the changing tides in Ethiopian politics and the country’s new prime minister were likely major reasons for Makhtal’s release.The releases started this year under former prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who announced in January that he would drop charges against political prisoners and close a notorious prison camp in an effort to foster political dialogue. They have continued under the new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, who was sworn in on April 2nd.Makhtal was born in Ethiopia and settled in Canada after moving here as a refugee, and later moved to Kenya where he operated a used-clothing business.He was working in Somalia in 2006, but fled back to the Kenyan border when Ethiopian troops invaded. He was detained at the border and summarily deported to Ethiopia, a move that Amnesty International called unlawful.In 2009, Makhtal was convicted of terrorism-related crimes and was handed a life sentence without the ability to communicate with anyone outside of prison.Amnesty International said Makhtal reported multiple cases of torture and ill-treatment during his imprisonment, including a lack of prompt care for his medical needs.Nafziger said the Canadian government was working for years to try and negotiate Makhtal’s release. An access to information request by The Canadian Press in 2009 found hundreds of pages of records revealing the government’s frustrated efforts to assist him.“There were constant efforts being made,” said Nafziger. “They would raise it in diplomatic meetings with the Ethiopian government constantly… There’s been, in the last few years, a really high-profile attention being paid.”At one point, Nafziger said that Ethiopian and Canadian officials had agreed on a prisoner transfer, but Makhtal refused, saying he was not guilty and would not come back to Canada just to be put behind bars again.Makhtal’s cousin, Said Maktal, said in an Amnesty International statement that his cousin’s release has been a long time coming.“We hardly are able to believe it is true,” said Said Maktal, who was involved in campaigning for Makhtal’s release. “We send our thanks to everyone who signed a petition, wrote a letter or came to a public event about Bashir’s case.”
Facebook Pose is a visual, musical and poetic feast of personality. One of Ryan Murphy’s many television offspring, it tells the tale of the New York City drag scene in the late ’80s. The AIDS epidemic lingers as we watch the poor and the privileged intersect behind closed doors with a genuine, un-exploitative eye. Pose also happens to feature the largest LBGTQ ensemble ever gathered for a scripted series, with Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson and Indya Moore, all trans women of colour, leading the way. Each episode packs an emotional punch.9.A VERY ENGLISH SCANDALForget Mary Poppins. The greatest English comeback of the year has been Hugh Grant’s. First, with the great Paddington 2. And here, where he plays the two-faced Jeremy Thorpe, a British MP who, in 1979, was accused of conspiring to murder his former lover, Norman Scott (a similarly two-faced Ben Whishaw), when homosexuality was still illegal. The witty, melodramatic three-episode miniseries follows what transpired after Scott threatened to expose Thorpe post-break-up. The entire affair is a promising sign of where Grant’s resuscitated career could take him, transforming his once indelible rom-commy charm into something much scarier. Advertisement There have never been more options on television. It’s worth keeping this in mind while reading from the end-of-year bemoaning that this year’s crop of series has been a sorry display. Truth be told: there’s simply too much to make a call. Any concept of “catching up” was left behind in 2017. From animation to drama to even procedural, the options are limitless as cable and streaming networks continue to duke it out in not only the battle for the best but the most.While that certainly leaves a lot of space for a lot of trash (of which we saw plenty this year), there have also been dozens of gems. Here’s a smattering of the best:HONOURABLE MENTION: BARRY (CRAVE)It’s long been said that the greatest comic talents have the deepest reserves of drama. In Barry, Bill Hader plays a depressed assassin who follows his latest target into an acting class, suddenly propelling him into dreams of a new life as a (very bad) actor. That is, if the mob who hired him lets him go. It’s a delicious new era for Hader, who captures a man seemingly devoid of emotion, so desensitized to the crime around him.10.POSE (FX CANADA) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Sharp Objects, Killing Eve, Forever. (Crave/Amazon/National Post) Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement
NEW YORK — The solar industry is blaming tariffs for delays and cancellations of major solar energy projects.An estimated $8 billion worth of utility-scale projects were cancelled or put on hold for the five-year period that ends in 2022, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industry Association and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The report says 9,000 jobs — mainly in construction and engineering — were either lost or not added because of the tariffs.In January, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs of up to 30 per cent on most imported solar cells used in solar panels, aiming to boost domestic manufacturing. The tariff rate will decline before phasing out after four years.Projects were cancelled during the lead-up to the announcement, when installers, banks and power purchasers did not know how high the tariff would be, according to Dan Whitten, spokesman for the Solar Energy Industry Association, the solar industry’s main trade group.“People kind of deferred planning,” Whitten said. “They decided not to go forward with projects, because of that uncertainty.”But analysts at Wood Mackenzie are expecting many of the delayed projects to come online by the end of the year.About 10 per cent of solar panels installed in the U.S. are made domestically, Whitten said.Tariffs also were imposed on materials such as steel, aluminum and electrical components, adding to the cost of building a solar farm.“The only way that we are able to deliver projects is if we are the lowest cost alternative to what a utility is proposing to build themselves,” said Bret Sowers, vice-president of development and strategy at Southern Current, which builds solar farms mainly in the Southeast. “When you add up all of the tariffs, in addition to the tariffs on solar panels, the solar industry got hit really hard based on the components we use to build our projects.”Southern Current cancelled or delayed about $130 million worth of projects that were planned for 2018 and a similar amount in 2019, Sowers said. The type of panels Southern Current uses are not currently made in the U.S., he said.Cypress Creek Renewables cancelled or delayed $1.5 billion worth of solar projects that were planned for 2018 through 2020 because the higher cost of solar panels made it difficult to compete with other electricity sources, the company said.Despite the tariffs, solar installations held up reasonably well, said Jeff Berman, a director at S&P Global Platts Analytics, in an email. Berman expects the impact to diminish as the tariffs weaken over the next few years. He said a bigger driver of installations will be the federal solar investment tax credit. That tax credit of 30 per cent of the cost of residential or commercial solar systems will drop to 10 per cent for utility and commercial installations and zero out for residential installations after 2021.Representatives from the White House and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Witten notes that even if the tariffs jumpstart manufacturing in the U.S. as the Trump administration intends them to, solar manufacturing is highly automated, so “not many jobs would be created.”Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press
Los Angeles: Actor Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in ‘Game of Thrones’, says the first season of the show plays a huge role in what happens in the eighth and final season of the fantasy drama. Details about the final season of the HBO series are few and far between but the cast has teased a “bittersweet” ending. In an interview with the Entertainment Weekly, Williams said she re-watched the first season. “After reading the scripts I went back and watched season one again because so much of it refers back to that season,” Williams said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”There are so many scenes that will look similar. And also I watched just to remind myself of the arc I’ve taken already, she added. Williams said Arya will strive to find normalcy without letting go off her plan to kill Cersei. “This year it’s like she has a dual personality there are so many emotions and memories that come flooding back when you’re with your family and the things that you fight for become very different, yet she’s also remaining on this path to try and kill Cersei,” she said.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the stars of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?” Meet the man who bought and restored the only remaining puppets from the Christmas classic. CNN reports.
Mr. Mladenov began his downbeat assessment by detailing the extent and growth of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank: the UN’s long-standing position on settlements, he reminded the Council, is that they are illegal under international law and “an obstacle to peace.” Recent examples include plans for over 3,000 housing units in West Bank settlements, and government plans to legalize several illegal outposts. At the same time, said Mr. Mladenov, Palestinian-owned structures have been demolished and seized across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, with authorities citing a lack of Israeli-issued building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain, as justification.The foundations of a future Palestinian state are also being threatened by internal divisions, exacerbated by decades of occupation, and hopes for genuine intra-Palestinian, he added, are “fading by the day,” as the gap between Gaza and the West Bank widens. The early January arrest by Hamas of dozens of Fatah members in Gaza, was described by Mr. Mladenov as “particularly alarming,” and a “very serious blow to the reconciliation process.”It is ordinary Palestinians, said the Special Envoy, who are bearing the brunt of the suffering, and the humanitarian situation in Gaza remains “desperate” : economic growth is insufficient to keep the Palestinian economy afloat, and the UN is working with the Palestinian Authority to address some of Gaza’s most pressing needs, such as maintaining an electricity supply, delivering essential medicines and implementing cash-for-work programmes.The Special Envoy’s briefing was delivered on the same day that senior UN officials and NGO partners called for a halt to plans to forcibly evict several Palestinian refugee families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, part of the occupied Palestinian territory. In a statement, the officials said that forcible transfer is a “grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention,” and called on the Israeli authorities to “cease settlement construction, and abide by their obligations as an occupying power under international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”Mr. Mladenov wrapped up his briefing with a warning that the Palestinian Question risks descending into endless conflict and the steady rise of radicalization on all sides, and that, within the current political landscape, those seeking to bridge the gap between Israelis and Palestinians are being undermined.You can find more information on the Middle East open debate here.
Listen and/or download our three-minute audio News In Brief from 1 May 2019: False claims levelled at the UN expert on the rights of indigenous peoples by her own Government in the Philippines, “are without grounding in fact or law” and must cease immediately, said a statement issued by a group of her fellow experts on Wednesday.In a joint statement, three UN Special Rapporteurs, or independent rights experts, said that “new accusations” against fellow rapporteur, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, had been made by officials in the Government of President Rodrigo Duterte, “clearly in retaliation for her invaluable work defending the human rights of indigenous people worldwide”.Find our full story here. End ‘political opportunism’ that’s letting hate speech flourish, urges top UN genocide official The UN agency mandated with protecting sexual and reproductive health (UNFPA) turned 50 this week, celebrating its role saving millions of women’s lives and protecting their futures.In a message to mark this milestone, Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated UNFPA on its work, improving the well-being of people around the world, warning that “today, the world needs UNFPA more than ever”.“Your efforts have been particularly instrumental in enabling women and couples to access the sexual and reproductive health care they need”, he said, and in preventing gender-based violence, tackling female genital mutilation and child marriage practices.UNFPA supports reproductive health care for women and youth in more than 150 countries – home to more than 80 per cent of the world’s population.Venezuela: UN human rights office calls for ‘maximum restraint’ by authorities in face of new demonstrations UN sexual and reproductive health agency celebrates 50 years of saving women’s lives With another day of mass protests taking place across Venezuela, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Wednesday it was “extremely worried by reports of the excessive use of force” by security forces, loyal to President Nicolás Maduro, a day after an opposition-led uprising appeared to stall. Opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim leader in January, appeared on social media flanked by members of the armed forces on Tuesday, calling for action to remove Mr. Maduro from power. President Maduro accused his rival of an “attempted coup”. Read our full story here. Gains by Abyei interim force can help advance resolution of border issues between Sudan and South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief says Actor and director Ben Stiller testified on the humanitarian impact of the eight-year war in Syria on Capitol Hill, in Washington DC, on Wednesday. The brutal conflict has displaced over 5.6 million people since 2011. The Hollywood star appeared before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee in his capacity as Goodwill Ambassador for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.Highlighting the desperate circumstances faced by Syrian families he had met in refugee camps, he reminded US politicians that behind the numbers there are “real stories, real people”.Mr. Stiller shared the story of Syrian twins Razan and Yazan who left Syria when they were 4 months old. Eight years later, Yazan works selling vegetables in Lebanon, to help his family make ends meet. “We all want the same things, to see our children grow up and achieve their dreams”, he added.Syria accounts for the world’s largest number of forcibly-displaced people according to UNHCR. Mr. Stiller has traveled on mission to Guatemala, Germany and Jordan to meet with refugees who have fled their war-torn homes.UN rights experts call on Philippines Government to halt ‘unacceptable attacks’ on Victoria Tauli-Corpuz With murderous attacks against religious institutions on the rise, leaders across the world need to do more to end “political opportunism” and policies which allow hate speech and violent extremism to flourish, said the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide on Wednesday.Speaking at the end of the second Global Summit on Religion, Peace and Security, at UN headquarters in Geneva, Adama Dieng noted that in the wake of dozens killed inside Sri Lanka churches, a synagogue attack in California, and killings inside a church in Burkina Faso, the threat of another genocide somewhere, was only growing larger.You can find our full coverage here, and download/listen to a short clip of Mr. Dieng’s statement. The United Nations security force for Abyei remains essential to stability in the border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, proposing the creation of a civilian unit to support progress towards political resolution of the dispute between the neighboring countries, and requesting a six-month extension of its mandate.“This modest shift in the mission’s role is necessary to match the reality on the ground,” Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations said during a briefing to the Security Council on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the work of the UN Interim Security Force, known by the acronym UNISFA. Our full story can be found here.UN refugee agency’s Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller shares stories of Syrian refugees
Syed Ejaz Ahmed has been named to a second five-tear term as Brock University’s Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science.The announcement, made by Brock’s Acting President Brian Hutchings, comes after a committee consisting of faculty, staff and students reviewed survey results, interviewed Ahmed and made the recommendation to re-appoint.Ahmed’s first five-year term as Dean will end this Dec 31., after which he will take a one-year administrative leave, then on Jan. 1, 2018 will commence a second term as Dean that runs through December 2023.“I am humbled and honoured to lead this wonderful Faculty for another term,” said Ahmed after the announcement. “I greatly enjoyed working with students, staff and faculty members both scientifically and socially and look forward to working with them again.”Greg Finn, the University’s Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic, said Ahmed promotes and supports a culture of research and teaching within the Faculty.“Dean Ahmed has shown excellent leadership during his first term as Dean of Mathematics and Science,” said Finn. “He has led by example, balancing heavy administrative responsibilities and maintaining an active research program.”Admed’s area of expertise includes statistical inference, big data analysis and statistical consulting. Prior to joining Brock in 2012, Ahmed, who is also a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was at the University of Windsor where he headed the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
RATE STATISTICS 8Jason Kidd50,11117.9.133+1.543.9 Of course, Curry showed two years ago that it can be done — and he might have done it again last season, if not for the injury that slowed him down as the playoffs went on. And although Paul is not exactly the same kind of game-changing revolutionary as Curry, he comes with his own type of basketball genius, which manifests as putting passes exactly where they need to be to maximize his teammates’ chances of making the shot, dominating the midrange-shooting game in a way that actually makes it efficient, and rating as the league’s best defensive point guard (by a wide margin) despite being one of the shorter guards in the league. In other words, as far as we can tell, Paul has all the tools he needs to be a championship player, even though his teams haven’t made a serious run at the championship yet. So either today’s methods of observation haven’t fully captured Paul’s flaws while picking up what he does well (very possible, though less so as more advanced methods — such as plus/minus and player-tracking data — trickle into the stats) or he’s a genuine statistical anomaly.In any case, time is running out. As CBS’s Matt Moore wrote in August, the chance of Paul’s greatness being forgotten — or at least not fully appreciated — grows with each postseason disappointment. He’s played well enough in the playoffs, but whether the cause is bad luck, bad timing or simply that the NBA is not geared for players like him to carry championship squads, Paul has not made the kind of postseason impact that the rest of his résumé deserves. And with Curry’s Warriors gearing up with even more talent than when they broke the all-time wins record last year, it could be another futile springtime for Paul and the Clippers.Check out our NBA predictions. PLAYERTOTAL MIN. PLAYEDPLAYER EFF. RATINGWIN SHARES PER 48 MINSPMVAR How will your favorite NBA team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016-17 season » 3Jerry West36,57122.9.213+4.762.1 4Magic Johnson33,24524.1.225+5.361.4 Of course, some of that shortfall in playoff success points is also just plain bad luck, like when Paul broke his hand during last season’s first round, effectively killing the Clippers’ chances of advancing before they’d really started. And some of it might have to do with the grand plan the Clippers hatched five years ago, when they traded for the game’s best point guard and began taking steps to assemble a championship team around him.In the last 28 NBA seasons, a point guard has been the best player (according to VAR) on only two championship teams: the 2004 Detroit Pistons, where Chauncey Billups led an ensemble cast of characters — including Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace, each of whom could also have made a claim for “best player” honors — and the 2015 Golden State Warriors, where Steph Curry was busy redesigning the sport of basketball. Aside from those two really unusual cases, you’d have to travel back to Magic Johnson’s 1988 Los Angeles Lakers to find the last champ whose top statistical performer was a floor general. (Apologies to Isiah Thomas of the 1989 and ’90 Pistons, whose advanced statistics were never really in line with his Hall of Fame reputation.)In the intervening years, 17 big men4Centers or power forwards. have led championship squads, as have nine wing players.5Shooting guards or small forwards. But NBA teams led by point guards have averaged 14 percent fewer dynasty points per season than all others, despite being stronger during the regular season6As measured by efficiency differential. on average. Since the end of the Showtime 1980s, it’s been pretty tough to build a championship team with a point guard as its centerpiece.And throughout basketball history, that’s basically been the norm. Between the 1951-527The first season in which minutes played were tracked, and therefore the earliest year where we can track per-minute advanced statistics. and 1969-70 seasons, zero NBA champions had a point guard as their best statistical player. So in that sense, the 1970s and ’80s were anomalous, rife as they were with championship point guards such as Johnson, Walt “Clyde” Frazier of the Knicks and even the underappreciated Gus Williams of the 1979 Seattle SuperSonics. If we look at the entirety of NBA history, point guard-led teams have been about half as likely to win a championship as their peers, even after controlling8Via a logistic regression that attempts to predict a team’s probability of winning the championship based on its regular-season efficiency differential, the composite PER/WS plus-minus of its best player and whether or not that player was a point guard. The coefficient on the point-guard dummy variable was significant and very negative, meaning teams whose best players were point guards were much less likely to win a championship across six and a half decades of NBA history. for how good the team — and its best player — were statistically. The most valuable point guards ever (by advanced statistics) 5Chris Paul27,72525.7.249+6.156.9 2Oscar Robertson43,88623.2.207+4.673.1 SPM (statistical plus/minus) is based on player efficiency rating and win shares per 48 minutes. VAR (value above replacement) converts SPM into a measure of a player’s total value in the minutes he played.Source: Basketball-Reference.com Paul’s postseason numbers are great, though a bit lower than we’d expect given his stellar regular-season stats, even after considering the increased difficulty of postseason opponents. His career playoff averages — a 25.5 PER and .206 WS/48 — are down from his respective marks of 25.7 and .249 in the regular season; those playoff rates mean Paul was worth about 1.3 fewer points (per 100 possessions) to his team than he was in the regular season. The average playoff team since 2006 had a regular-season efficiency differential of +3.6, meaning the level of the competition rises in the playoffs, but we’d expect an individual player’s number to drop by only a fifth of that, since a team’s plus/minus impact is spread across all five players on the court, so Paul’s numbers have dropped almost twice as much as we’d expect them to in the postseason. 6Gary Payton47,11718.9.148+2.148.9 9Chauncey Billups33,00818.8.176+2.941.0 7Steve Nash38,06920.0.164+2.644.5 10Walt Frazier30,96519.1.176+3.139.7 1John Stockton47,76421.8.209+4.578.6 But there’s always that pesky question of the postseason: Although Paul’s teams have qualified for the playoffs in all but three of his 11 NBA seasons, they haven’t made it very far once there: They’ve lost in the first round four times and in the second round on four other occasions. And that’s it. In the entire history of the NBA, few players with individual numbers as great as Paul’s have seen so little postseason success.In fact, I have a system of playoff success points that can be used to measure a team’s postseason accomplishments in proportion to how many teams it had to beat out to get as far as it did. And only one NBA player — Karl Malone — ever accumulated fewer career dynasty points than Paul has, relative to what we’d expect based on their lifetime VAR tallies: Few point guards in NBA history have the résumé to go toe-to-toe with Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. So how can it be that he’s never played in the conference finals?The battle lines on the topic of Chris Paul are well defined. On the one side, you have supporters of Chris Paul, Point God; on the other, a coalition of traditionalists, stat-skeptics and perplexed quants wondering how a player who dominates every advanced statistic we throw at him, and who has had excellent teammates for the last five seasons, has found so little playoff success. At its most basic level, this can devolve into a debate about the usefulness of stats in identifying a franchise player, versus, say, the ol’ Eye Test. Thankfully, Paul’s stature in the league helps fend off the worst of these arguments, but every great troll opinion has its own grain of truth. In this case: If every tool available to us says Paul is a Michael Jordan-level player, and if we believe basketball is the team sport most influenced by a single, all-powerful player, how do we explain Chris Paul’s dismal playoff record?Paul’s individual profile really is top-notch. Although he only turned 31 near the end of last season, Paul is already the sixth-most-decorated point guard1According to the positional designations at Basketball-Reference.com. ever in terms of MVP voting. His statistical portfolio is mind-boggling: Paul currently ranks as the most efficient point guard in NBA history, according to both career win shares per 48 minutes and player efficiency rating. Among all guards, period, he trails only Michael Jordan in each metric. If you combine both metrics into a composite statistical plus/minus index2No, PER isn’t a great stat, and win shares has its flaws as well; FiveThirtyEight readers know we much prefer the plus/minus family of advanced metrics, including box plus/minus (which powers our CARMELO projection system). But BPM is only available going back to 1973-74, and a proper contextualization of CP3’s career needs to include players from earlier eras — your Jerry Wests, Walt Fraziers, Oscar Robertsons and so forth. Fortunately, PER and WS are better together than they are apart, with PER’s love for high-usage players filling in WS’s blind fixation on efficiency. To be precise, I generated the combined version by figuring out the mix of each (relative to league average) that best correlates with Jeremias Engelmann’s Real Plus-Minus. The composite still isn’t better than, say, BPM, but it isn’t bad, either, particularly for comparing players across eras. and use that to measure each player’s career value above replacement (VAR),3VAR is structured the same as Basketball-Reference.com’s VORP, right down to the replacement level of -2.0 points per 100 possessions, but uses our PER/win shares composite as its foundation instead of box plus/minus. CP3 is the fifth-most-valuable point guard to ever set a sneaker on an NBA court:
ONE OF THE senior Cabinet members involved in discussions about proposed abortion legislation has said that any assessment process used in the case of women seeking terminations because of suicide ideation must not require “so many consultants that it becomes illusory”.“Six consultants is clearly too many,” Frances Fitzgerald told TheJournal.ie. “But having said that, much of medicine is involved in multi-disciplinary teams, and very rarely, medics act on their own.”The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has been involved in high-level talks on the draft laws which aim to work out how to legislate for the Supreme Court ruling in the X Case 21 years ago.Reports today indicated that the legislation may not be in place by the summer recess because of a ministerial row about the structure of the laws. Though James Reilly has denied that pregnant women will face inquiry by six doctors, the Irish Times reported today that Fine Gael ministers are holding out for two separate panels of three doctors to be consulted first – with a 12-member appeals panel dealing with any disputes.Echoing the Taoiseach’s earlier words, Fitzgerald said, “It is challenging but both parties are determined that there will be Heads of Bill developed and the legislation will, hopefully, be enacted before the summer.”The Fine Gael TD said she wants the legislation to be sensitive and meaningful to women, as well as reasonable and sensible.“We have to be reasonable about it and understand the concerns that people have out there about a regime that is extremely permissive. No one wants that,” she said.“But at the same time, you also want it to be meaningful for women who find themselves in this extraordinarily difficult situation where there life is at risk, for physical reasons or mental health reasons.”Enda Kenny has suggested that the summer break could be deferred by a week to ensure that the abortion laws, and other legislation, would be enacted.-Camera and editing by Paul HylandEarlier: Ministers’ row means abortion law may miss summer deadlineRead: Ireland tells Europe that ‘X case’ law will be enacted by July
Jeu vidéo : l’éditeur Gameloft affiche un chiffre d’affaires en hausse de 15%L’éditeur de jeux vidéos pour mobiles et tablettes Gameloft affiche à l’issue du premier trimestre 2011 un chiffre d’affaires en hausse de 15%, à 76,8 millions d’euros. Pourtant, la firme a connu entre avril et juin un ralentissement de sa croissance à cause de la faiblesse du dollar.La firme française Gameloft affiche un chiffre d’affaires en augmentation de 15,3% sur un an à l’issue du premier semestre 2011, annonce-t-elle dans un communiqué cité par le site de TV5 Monde. L’éditeur de jeux vidéos fait état d’un chiffre d’affaires de 76,8 millions d’euros. Avec des ventes en hausse de 19,6% au premier trimestre, Gameloft a ainsi vu son chiffre d’affaires augmenter de 11,3% au deuxième trimestre. Un taux qui a subi la faiblesse du dollar, assure le groupe français, “puisqu’à taux de change constant, la croissance du deuxième trimestre s’établit à 16%”.À lire aussiGenes in Space : un jeu vidéo pour lutter contre le cancer Entre janvier et juin 2011, 30% des ventes de Gameloft étaient des jeux destinés aux smartphones et tablettes tactiles. Un taux en hausse de 55% par rapport à l’année dernière à la même période. Des résultats qui confortent Gameloft dans ses objectifs de croissance et de marges pour le reste de l’année. “Le lancement attendu d’une vingtaine de jeux sur smartphones et tablettes lors du deuxième semestre 2011 devrait notamment permettre une solide croissance séquentielle lors des troisième et quatrième trimestres de l’exercice en cours” souligne Gamelof.L’éditeur français ajoute ainsi se sentir “idéalement positionné pour bénéficier de l’émergence rapide de la distribution numérique et du jeu en ligne, plébiscitée par les consommateurs, et futur de l’industrie du jeu vidéo”. Le 2 août 2011 à 15:57 • Maxime Lambert