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EXCLUSIVE: Mustafizur Rahman reminds me of Wasim Akram, says Dale Steyn

first_imgTwenty20 cricket, with heavy bats and smaller grounds, should ideally favour batsmen in a format that feasts on high scores. However, the bowlers have evolved and adapted as much as the batsmen have and are restoring the balance between bat and ball. Umar Gul, RP Singh and Irfan Pathan made this clear as early as in the inaugural edition of ICC World Twenty20 with some spectacular spells.The shortest format of the game has tested the bowlers but at the same time has provided them with a platform to become superstars. The latest to join an increasingly long list of star bowlers is Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman. The lanky pacer has been making headlines since his dream debut. In his first ODI against India, Mustafizur picked a five-for, setting the stage for Bangladesh to seal a historic series win. (Suresh Raina likes to keep things simple, says Dale Steyn)Mustafizur’s talent was spotted immediately and he was drafted in by the Sunrisers Hyderabad during the Indian Premier League auctions in February this year. The left-arm seamer has repaid the faith, picking seven wickets in six matches in the ongoing ninth edition of the IPL. He had a poor time in the field last night , conceding 21 runs off two overs against a charged-up Rising Pune Supergiants but that was a rare failure in what has been an outstanding initiation into international cricket. (I never try to emulate anyone, says Virat Kohli )Mustafizur, thanks to his consistency in the IPL has won plenty of admirers, including SRH skipper David Warner and all-rounder Moises Henriques. Now, Dale Steyn, arguably the fastest bowler in the world, has taken note of Mustafizur’s sharp skills and compared him to the legendary Wasim Akram.advertisement”Mustafizur has got the skill set, X-factor Wasim Akram had. I wouldn’t say Mustafizur is swinging as much as Akram did but it is fantastic to see him bowl.” Steyn said in an exclusive interview with intoday.in.Mustafizur has already given us some of the most exciting moments of the IPL this year. His in-swinging yorker that cleaned up Andre Russell was a spectacle. And on Saturday, he bowled 16 dot balls in his four-over spell and finished with figures of 4-1-9-2.While the best in the business have failed to come up with strong tactics to deal with Mustafizur, Steyn, a champion himself, seems to have realised why the young Bangladeshi has spread terror among batsmen the world over.”We are so used to right arm bowlers who bowl quick and also bowl off-cutters to surprise batsmen. Now this guy is a left-armer and his cutters and pace changes are things that nobody has seen before,” Steyn said. Sounds legit?Steyn also said that major tournaments are becoming platforms for pacers to step up and deliver. The South African pacer cited Mitchell Starc and Trent Boult’s case  after the Trans-Tasman duo lit up the 2015 Cricket World Cup.”Every year somebody comes up, somebody steps up. At the World Cup, last year, we had Trent Boult and Mitchell Starc who came out and did something different. They both were bowling yorkers and swinging the white ball extremely well.  While Starc was hitting 100 mph-mark, Boult was swinging it upfront. Now we have got Mustafizur from Bangladesh.  I hope he goes from strength to strength. I hope we have a few more guys like Mustafizur next season,” Steyn said.last_img read more

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Alexis opens Utd account in win over Huddersfield

first_imgManchester United 2 Huddersfield Town 0: Sanchez scores in successful home debut Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 00:55 2/4/18 sanchez-cropped Getty Images Manchester United new boy Alexis Sanchez scored the second goal, his first for the club, in a routine 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town. Alexis Sanchez scored his first Manchester United goal as they bounced back from defeat to Tottenham by cruising to a straightforward 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.Jose Mourinho caused a stir by dropping Paul Pogba – who was hauled off in the 2-0 loss at Spurs – for Huddersfield’s visit and, while his absence was notable in midfield, United rarely looked like dropping points at Old Trafford.The hosts were dominant throughout the first half and should have been given a penalty when Scott McTominay – Pogba’s replacement – was barged into by Terence Kongolo. 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 Clear-cut chances were something of a rarity before the break, however, as United’s play suffered because of a lack of width caused by Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Sanchez – making his home debut – all wanting to occupy central positions.When United did alter their system in order to exploit the flanks, the breakthrough eventually arrived – Mata crossing to Lukaku for a neat, near-post finish in the 55th minute.pic.twitter.com/Mtjdb6OJL3— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 3, 2018Sanchez then wrapped things up 22 minutes from time, tucking home after his initial penalty was saved to get off the mark for United, who cut Manchester City’s emphatic lead to 13 points following the latter’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.Following a minute’s silence to mark the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster on Tuesday, United started brightly, creating two chances inside 10 minutes.Lingard crafted the first, darting through the middle and tearing past two defenders before shooting left-footed at Jonas Lossl from the edge of the area.And Chris Smalling wasted the second, heading into Lossl’s arms with the goal at his mercy.United were unlucky not to win a penalty in the 20th minute as Kongolo clattered into McTominay in an aerial clash and completely missed the ball.Huddersfield had another escape soon after – Lossl pushing away Sanchez’s fierce 20-yard drive after the Chilean brilliantly made space for himself.United had to wait until the early stages of the second half for their next clear chance, as Sanchez reached Lukaku’s knock-on and saw his effort blocked by Tommy Smith.However, Huddersfield’s resistance was finally brought to an end just before the hour.Love it! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/KDCygvBKV8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 3, 2018Mata curled a fine cross in towards the near post from the left flank and Lukaku nipped in front of his marker to divert home.Pogba was introduced from the bench for Lingard in the 65th minute and United’s second goal soon followed.Sanchez won a penalty following a clumsy challenge just inside the area by substitute Michael Hefele and, although his spot-kick was saved by Lossl, the rebound came straight back to the former Arsenal star and he swept it home with minimal fuss.Proceedings petered out from there, as Mourinho’s side comfortably held on to take all three points. Key Opta Stats:- Huddersfield are the 20th consecutive team to lose on their first Premier League visit to Old Trafford, since Derby County won there 3-2 in 1996-97.- This was the 15th clean sheet United have kept in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.- Sanchez is the first player to score against the same club for two different Premier League sides in the same season since Patrick van Aanholt did so against Middlesbrough last season (for Crystal Palace and Sunderland). read morelast_img read more

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No. 1 Clemson Pledge Is Working Hard To Get Another 5-Star To Commit

first_img This would be big boss moves right here.. https://t.co/gizYMX8fkt— Justin Flowe (@justin_flowe) June 27, 2019Despite Breese’s efforts though, the Tigers don’t appear to be too close to his radar.He has not made a public visit to the Clemson campus since getting his offer from the team last year.As for his potential destination, Flowe currently appears to be looking at schools from his home state of California and the SEC. He has made various visits to Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, and LSU among others.247Sports currently has him tipped to commit to USC, based on six crystal ball predictions. A general view of Clemson's football stadium with an American flag stretched across the football stadium.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 03: A general view of the ACC Championship game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Clemson Tigers at Bank of America Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers currently have five commitments from five-star players – more than any two other schools combined. With the team looking to form a historically high-rated class, one of those five-star recruits is trying to bring another into the fold.In a recent post on Twitter, defensive tackle Bryan Breese, the No. 2 prospect in the country, tagged five-star linebacker Justin Flowe encouraging him to join the Tigers. The image showed the two of them together at the recent Rivals Challenge.Flowe responded several hours later, seemingly intrigued by the prospect.This would be big boss moves right here..247Sports rates Flowe as the No. 3 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 1 inside linebacker in the nation, and the No. 1 player from the state of California.last_img read more

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Hope the pressure is coming to me and not the players: Pochettino on Tottenham Hotspur’s poor run

first_img Associated Press LondonOctober 6, 2019UPDATED: October 6, 2019 10:23 IST Pochettino’s Spurs have been struggling to get going in the ongoing Premier League season (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTottenham Hotspur suffered a 3-0 loss at Brighton on SaturdaySpurs are at the 8th spot with just 3 wins in 8 league gamesI want to keep working hard and believing: Under-fire PochettinoTottenham followed up its midweek thrashing at Bayern Munich’s hands by plunging to a 3-0 loss at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, raising further questions about Mauricio Pochettino’s ability to motivate last season’s Champions League runner-up.Another dreadful error by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris led to Tottenham conceding inside three minutes, the goal compounded by the France captain sustaining a broken left elbow and requiring oxygen as he was carried off the field and taken to the hospital.Aaron Connolly, an unheralded 19-year-old forward, then scored either side of halftime for Brighton, which hadn’t won in the league since the opening day of the season.”Hugo’s injury had a massive impact on the game,” Pochettino said. “To concede so early and losing our captain, it had an emotional impact on the team.”There were chants of “You’re getting sacked (fired) in the morning” by Brighton fans aimed at Pochettino, whose position came under renewed scrutiny after Tottenham lost 7-2 to Bayern in the Champions League on Tuesday. That was the first team Spurs had conceded seven goals in a home match in any senior competition in their 137-year history.Now comes a third loss in eight games of the Premier League campaign – Tottenham’s heaviest in the competition in nearly two years. And last week, there was the embarrassing elimination from the League Cup by fourth-tier Colchester in the third round.Want to keep working hard and believing: PochettinoPochettino is in his sixth year as Tottenham manager, sparking fears he has taken the team as far as he can and that things have gone stale at the club amid tensions in the squad.advertisementOnly four months ago, Spurs were playing in the Champions League final against Liverpool.”After 5 1/2 years, this is the first tough time we are having,” Pochettino said. “There is a feeling that this is not good at the minute. We are feeling the emotion. I want to keep working hard and believing.”I hope the pressure is coming to me and leaves the pressure off the players. Now is a moment to be strong.”Spurs will have to cope without Lloris for a while, too.He backpedaled toward his own goal after misjudging a cross and had to drop the ball to stop himself carrying it over the line. As he fell back, he landed awkwardly on his left elbow, while Neil Maupay headed the loose ball into the net from one meter out.Lloris received five minutes of treatment and the reporter for broadcaster BT Sport said the goalkeeper was screaming in agony as he was carried through the tunnel toward an ambulance bound for the hospital.”We can confirm that Hugo Lloris sustained a dislocated elbow,” Spurs said in a statement late Saturday.”Assessment will continue this coming week to ascertain the full extent of the injury and the length of time he will require to undergo rehabilitation.”The France goalkeeper also made an error in Tottenham’s last league game, a 2-1 win over Southampton, when he was caught in possession near his own goal line.Also Read | Barcelona should consider resting Messi for Sevilla clash: RivaldoAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Premier leagueFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Mauricio PochettinoFollow Brighton Next Hope the pressure is coming to me and not the players: Pochettino on Tottenham Hotspur’s poor runPremier League: Tottenham Hotspur suffered their third loss in 8 league games this season when they were handed a 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday. advertisementlast_img read more

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 8 Fantasy Football Primer

first_img 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks To start, or not to start? That is the question. Week 8 in the NFL kicks off tonight, and we’re here to help you build your winning roster.Start Him: Tampa Bay QB, Jameis WinstonSo you’re probably scratching your head on this one, but think twice about it. After the embarrassing four interceptions he threw against Carolina, Winston has been solid. He’s thrown for a combined 500 yards and three touchdowns in his past two games. His efficiency is up as well. Winston completed 70% of his passes in those games with no interceptions and had a QB rating over 120. It’s on the road against the Falcons which might prove difficult, but it just seems like he’s starting to take strides towards being a reliable quarterback for the Bucs.Sit Him: Broncos QB, Peyton ManningManning just hasn’t been the same fantasy quarterback like he has been in years past. He has thrown 7 interceptions in his last three games, and that has become a cause for concern for fantasy owners. The Broncos are taking on the Packers, and they have been stout against opposing quarterbacks. It’s a phrase that doesn’t really roll off the tongue all that well, but you should probably sit Peyton Manning.Start Him: Arizona RB, Chris JohnsonJohnson was once a 2,000 yard rusher in 2009 with the Tennessee Titans, and then he fell completely off the map. Now, he’s back with the Cardinals and showing off that forty speed that we were all accustomed to. He side-stepped the Ravens’ defense on his way to 122 yards on the ground and a touchdown in week 7. This week, Johnson faces a Cleveland Browns’ defense that allows a dismal 5 yards per carry. The Browns have also given up the most fantasy points to running backs this season which makes Johnson a safe choice as a starter.Sit Them: Cincinnati RBs, Jeremy Hill and Giovanni BernardThese guys make up what is arguably the best running back tandem in the NFL. The Bengals are undefeated, and Bernard and Hill are a big reason why. But, like most say, you’ve got to throw the stats out of the equation when it’s a rivalry game. The Bengals are making the short trip to Heinz Field to take on a Steelers defense that has not allowed a rushing touchdown on their home field this season. Don’t expect that to change this weekend.Diggs is making a big impact as a rookie. Photo Credit: Andy KenutisStart Him: Vikings WR, Stefon DiggsDiggs made his first appearance in early October, and he has been a threat ever since for the Vikings. He’s caught 19 passes for 324 yards in just three games, and he’s due for another big game this weekend against the Bears. He might be Teddy Bridgewater’s new favorite target, and that’s enough reason to give him the nod this week.Sit Him: Raiders WR, Amari CooperThe former Biletnikoff Award winner showed why he is such a threat to any secondary last week against the Chargers. He had 133 yards receiving to go along with one touchdown grab in week 7, but don’t fall for him yet. There is one name in particular that can shut him down, and that’s Darrelle Revis. Revis Island is still alive and well, and Cooper might find himself stuck on it against the Jets.Start Him: Bengals TE, Tyler EifertEifert has been one of the biggest surprises this season in fantasy. He has consistently been a threat in the passing game, so expect the same this weekend against the Steelers who have had troubles covering tight ends. Cincinnati quarterback, Andy Dalton, has put up MVP numbers, and will need Eifert to be a reliable target in the red zone on Sunday.Sit Him: Seahawks TE, Jimmy GrahamGraham hasn’t really been an integral part of the Seahawks offense this season. He has failed to get the amount of touches that fantasy owners were expecting out of him. The Seahawks play Dallas this weekend, and the game will likely be dominated by the running backs. Expect another low-impact game for Graham in week 8.Check back with us every Thursday for your fantasy football insight.Photo Credit: Rick Scuteri/AP Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Pilot Project in Remote Schools to Improve Performance

first_imgThe Ministry of Education will pilot, for the first time, Live and on Demand Content (educational) in 50 remote schools via Internet Protocol Television (IP TV) and 10 schools via free to air television, by January 2013. This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Rev. The Hon. Ronald Thwaites, at the sitting of the House of Representatives on December 11. “This has the prospects of considerably improving the educational outcomes, not supplanting but supplementing teachers in each of these schools,” the Minister explained. Rev. Thwaites added that the policy and mechanisms as well as the funding to extend this initiative to over 600 primary schools by 2015 are in place. According to the Ministry Paper tabled by Rev Thwaites, the initiative is in keeping with the Ministry’s overall plan to improve the educational outcome of students, through the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT). Funding for one year is being provided by the Jamaica Education Television (JET) at no cost to the Government of Jamaica. The initiative, for which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the Ministry and JET, was formally launched during a ceremony at the Caenwood Centre in St. Andrew, on Friday (November 23). The IPTV pilot will commence with one channel dedicated to the delivery of Mathematics and English Language. It will facilitate live and on-demand content to the institutions, which will be outfitted with the requisite equipment to facilitate access by teachers and students. Development of the material to be delivered will be undertaken by the Ministry’s Core Curriculum Unit, with the Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Unit monitoring activities in the schools. JET will provide the requisite equipment within the schools, while Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, through its subsidiary, FLOW, will provide the technology platform, through Internet and other applicable services, to facilitate transmission.last_img read more

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Kingston and St. Andrew Experiencing Severe Drought

first_imgThe Meteorological Service (Met Service) has listed Kingston and St. Andrew among the parishes worst affected by severe drought conditions affecting the island. Acting Director of the Met Service, Evon Thompson, says data collected at the end of February showed that with the exception of St. Ann and St. James, all other parishes were experiencing below normal rainfall levels, or what is categorized as normal drought conditions.Mr. Thompson was addressing the Heads of Agency Meeting on March 27 at the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.Mr. Thompson painted a picture of worsening drought conditions in St. Thomas and Kingston and St. Andrew, with the parishes experiencing below 40 per cent of normal rainfall. He noted that the amount of rainfall experienced over an eight-week period in Kingston and St. Andrew, for example, is 30 percent of what is considered normal rainfall, measured over a 30-year benchmark period.He noted that this trend is not expected to change before the end of April into May.“Because it is the secondary rainy season. Traditionally, we are expecting to get sufficient rainfall to start pulling us out of the drought situation. The precipitation outlook for the next few months is that we should be moving to normal and slightly above normal rainfall activity as we move through the month of May,” he told JIS News.Jamaicans are being urged to conserve water, in light of the drought conditions currently being experienced throughout the island.By O. Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Funding Helps Spryfield Community Thrift Store Rebuild Expand

first_imgA thrift store in the heart of Spryfield is turning a crisis into an opportunity for expansion and growth with an investment from the province. Hand in Hand is a unique community-based thrift store that has been helping people help themselves for more than 30 years. The province is investing $37,500 from the Community Jobs and Facilities Improvement Program to help the organization rebuild its storage facility and expand its services. “It is truly exciting that the province can help an organization that is dedicated to building stronger communities by helping families in times of need,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Hand in Hand has worked with more than 400 families in the community and, with a little help from the province, this organization will be able to continue making life better when times are tough. I wish Hand in Hand great success as it expands to do even more for families for years to come.” Hand in Hand, a project of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, provides furniture, clothing and other home goods at little or no cost to people in need. In April, the operation was devastated when someone stole the copper pipes linking the storage facility to the oil tank. The vandalism caused so much damage the storage facility needed to be demolished for soil remediation. “This support marks a tremendous milestone for us in our growth of services,” said Heather Coffin, executive director of Hand in Hand. “Without a storage facility, we’ve been turning away donations of things that people need, like couches, chairs and kitchens sets, so it will be great to start taking them in again. “This is very good news for us as we continue to raise funds for this project.” The organization will build a new storage garage and hopes to expand to include a furniture bank and refurbishing project. The group also offers healthy cooking demonstrations and a financial literacy program, with the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development. To learn more about Hand in Hand’s fundraising, go to www.handinhandHalifax.org.last_img read more

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Police officer suffers injuries after man rams bike into him

first_imgKolkata: A traffic police constable was seriously injured while intercepting an errant biker riding without a helmet. The policeman identified as Tapan Oraon has been admitted to a city hospital.According to sources, the incident took place on Monday night, during naka -checking on Syed Amir Ali Avenue opposite a shopping mall. Apart from traffic police personnel of East traffic guard, policemen from Karaya police station were also there. Around 11 pm, police saw a biker was riding without helmet. When a police personnel ordered him to stop, the errant bike rider tried to flee by increasing speed. While doing so an elderly pedestrian fell in front of the bike. But the biker hit him and tried to give a slip to the police. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThis time, Oraon who was standing near the injured person tried to intercept the bike. He somehow managed to get a hold of the bike’s grab rail. Seeing Oraon is about to detain him the errant biker increased the speed all of a sudden and Oraon lost balance and fell on the road. As he was still holding on to the grab rail, Oraon was dragged about almost 100 meters. When he suffered serious injuries he lost his grip and the errant biker fled the spot. Question arises when Oraon was trying to stop the bike, why other policemen did not come to assist him or tried to stop the bike rider. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaImmediate, after the incident Oraon was admitted to a hospital. Later, police tried to identify the bike’s registration number but failed as the CCTV camera footage was not clear. Since the past few weeks, Kolkata Police have been on nakachecking duty across the city to check traffic violators and curb the menace of errant bikers. While doing so, more than 1,000 have been prosecuted every night. Also, several car drivers and bikers were arrested for drunk driving and other major offences.last_img read more

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Ottawa announces 2019 measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

first_imgSHIPPAGAN, N.B. — Ottawa has announced this year’s measures to help protect North Atlantic right whales, building upon rules in place in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2018 — when none of the endangered mammals were found dead in Canadian waters.Beginning April 28, the government will reintroduce mandatory speed restrictions for vessels 20 metres or longer when travelling in the western Gulf.Ships will continue to be allowed to travel at safe operational speeds in parts of two shipping lanes north and south of Anticosti Island, when no whales are in the area.But the area with mandatory speed restrictions will be adjusted this year to reflect data on right whale sightings and to minimize the impact on the cruise chip and shipping industries.Ottawa is also reducing the protection area for the season-long closure to the snow crab and lobster fisheries by half, to reflect where 90 per cent of right whales were spotted last year during prime fishing season.Researchers in the Unites States recently reported seeing three right whale calves off Florida’s Atlantic coast.In 2017, 12 North Atlantic right whales were found dead in the Gulf.Necropsies on seven of the whales found four died from trauma consistent with vessel collisions while two deaths were the result of entanglement in fishing gear.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Stories of Holocaust survival must be shared and preserved – UN officials

“Holocaust survivors will not be with us forever – but the legacy of their survival must live on,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to mark the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.“All of them carry a crucial message for all of us,” he stated. “A message about the triumph of the human spirit. A living testament that tyranny, though it may rise, will surely not prevail.“We must preserve their stories – through memorials… through education… most of all through robust efforts to prevent genocide and other grave crimes,” said the Secretary-General, pledging the full commitment of the UN to this cause. In her statement to mark the Day, the UN human rights chief noted that it is now more than 60 years since the systematic murder of one third of the Jewish people, as well as thousands of other victims, including Roma, Slavs, disabled people, homosexuals, Jehovah’s witnesses, communists and political dissidents. “But the grotesque nature and scale of the Holocaust is in no way diminished by the passing of time,” stated High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.She added that a continued focus on the Holocaust helps people to remain alert to the dangers presented by contemporary outbreaks of anti-Semitism and various forms of vilification and discrimination targeting other specific racial, ethnic or social groups. “Remembering the Holocaust, and how it came about, can – and should – help us to intervene much earlier in the escalating pattern of prejudice that can lead eventually to genocide. It is also an essential response to those who claim that the Holocaust never happened,” Ms. Pillay said.In 2005, the General Assembly designated 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, as the International Day. This year’s observance includes a memorial ceremony and concert, as well as the opening of two exhibitions at UN Headquarters in New York, one titled “Generations: Survival and the Legacy of Hope” and the other titled “Architecture of Murder: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints.” Speaking at the opening of the exhibit last night, Mr. Ban remarked that the blueprints for Auschwitz-Birkenau show just how many people it took to build “this enterprise of death,” from the Nazi leaders who commissioned the extermination camps and the architects and engineers who designed the gas chambers and crematoria, to the drivers who delivered the wood, the workers who hammered the nails and laid the bricks, and those who turned on the poison gas.“This exhibition delivers a vital message that bears repeating again and again: the Holocaust did not just happen; it was planned,” said Mr. Ban. “The abominable crimes committed against so many millions of Jews and others were not just incidental casualties of war; they were its very intent.”Events are also being held around the world to mark the Day, including a screening of the film As Seen Through Their Eyes by a number of UN information centres. 27 January 2010Top UN officials have stressed the importance of sharing the stories of the men, women and children who survived Nazi death camps as a way to encourage respect for diversity and human rights. read more

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Kanjipani ordered to be detained under PTA

The Colombo Additional Magistrate today allowed the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) to detain and further question notorious criminal Kanjipani Imran under the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).Kanjipani Imran was produced in court today after being detained for questioning. Accordingly, the Colombo Additional Magistrate allowed the CCD to further detain Kanjipani Imran under the PTA. Kanjipani Imran was deported to Sri Lanka this week after being arrested in Dubai with notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush.He was arrested at the airport and detained for questioning before being produced before the Magistrate today. (Colombo Gazette) The CCD requested that court grant approval for Kanjipani Imran be further detained to be questioned.

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Iraq UN envoy continues toplevel talks on political and security developments

A day after holding talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi briefed Mr. Talibani on his recent trips to Abu Dhabi, New York and Washington, as well as the high-level meetings convened by Mr. Annan on the International Compact with Iraq (ICI). The ICI was launched in July in an effort to end the killings and bring stability to Iraq and Mr. Annan has warned that without greater global support, Iraq will fail to attain peace.“President Talbani expressed his appreciation for the United Nations partnership with Iraq on the ICI and looked forward to the implementation phase of commitments made by both Iraq and the international community,” the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement. Mr. Talibani informed Mr. Qazi of progress made on the various initiatives, including the ‘Pledge to Stop the Bloodshed’ announced by Mr. Al-Maliki and other Iraqi leaders on Sunday, “which would hopefully bring down the level of sectarian violence,” the statement added. The two also discussed the human rights situation. read more

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Ohio State hockeys 11game winless skid snapped against Western Michigan

The streak is over. The Ohio State men’s ice hockey team defeated Western Michigan Saturday night, 4-3, and with the win the No. 15-ranked Buckeyes ended their 11-game winless streak. OSU (15-11-5, 11-10-5-1 CCHA) was 0-7-4 in 2012 coming into Saturday night’s contest, after losing to the No. 18-ranked Broncos (15-12-5, 12-9-3-3 CCHA) Friday night, 3-2, in the first game of the two-game set. On Saturday, with the Buckeyes trailing 2-2, OSU junior forward Alex Carlson scored twice in the final 5:24 of the third period to give OSU the win. Buckeye freshman forwards Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel also tallied in the victory. After falling behind, 1-0, in the second period on Friday, the Buckeyes got out to a fast start Saturday. Midway through the first period, McCormick scored a power-play goal at 9:14 with assists from Dzingel and freshman defenseman Ben Gallacher. Following the tally, the Broncos committed another penalty 25 seconds later, and the Buckeyes converted with a goal from Dzingel at 10:23 in the opening period. OSU’s power play had been struggling coming into this weekend. The Buckeyes were 0-14 with a man advantage in two losses to Michigan State in Columbus last weekend. OSU got back on track this weekend, scoring four power-play goals. WMU responded to OSU’s two power-play goals in the first period Saturday with three straight scores. At 17:58 in the first period, the Broncos cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 2-1 with a score from WMU sophomore forward Chase Balisy. Following a scoreless second period, WMU took the lead with two quick goals. At 7:23, freshman forward Will Kessel backhanded a shot past OSU senior goalie Cal Heeter during a 4-on-4. Just 52 seconds later, WMU junior defenseman Matt Tennyson tallied to give the Broncos a 3-2 lead with a little more than 10 minutes remaining. Carlson regained the lead for the Buckeyes for good with two late goals. The first came on the power play at 14:36 after OSU freshman forward Darik Angeli’s shot was blocked, but Carlson was there for the rebound score to tie the game 3-3. The second came at 16:36 when Carlson buried home a puck that was just outside the crease. Heeter made 21 saves in net for the Buckeyes in the victory. With the win, OSU is now alone in fourth place in the CCHA with 39 points, two points back of third-place Michigan and one point ahead of Michigan State and Lake Superior State, which are tied for fifth place. WMU is in second place with 42 points, five points back of first-place Ferris State. The Buckeyes have this weekend off before playing their final series of the regular season on Feb. 24 and 25 against Miami (Ohio). The two teams will play in Oxford, Ohio, at 6:05 p.m. Friday and in Columbus at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Engen fuel and lubes for worldleading uranium mine

first_imgEngen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products, has the contract for the provision of facilities, fuel, lubricants and services to ensure full operational efficiency for the Husab uranium project in Namibia. China General Nuclear Power Holding Corp (CGNPC), China’s biggest producer of nuclear energy, has commenced mining at Husab. Once in full production, Husab will be one of the largest uranium mines in the world.In 2014, CGNPC’s Namibian unit, Swakop Uranium invited the Africa’s major players to tender for the supply of essential goods and services to its Husab project. Following a considered evaluation process, Engen won the contract and General Manager of Engen’s International Business Division, Drikus Kotze says the company is proud to have been appointed the fuel and lubricant service provider on a project of this magnitude and importance to Namibia.“Engen has been involved in the design, procurement and construction of the fuel storage and dispensing facility, and will assume full responsibility for the day-to-day management and reporting,” says Kotze, adding that “Husab is also an important HSEQ project for Engen, as it is both a flagship operation – with strict criteria on Health, Safety, Environment and Quality – and an opportunity for us to benchmark our capabilities and offering to the mining sector as a whole.”Namibia is currently the world’s fifth-largest producer of uranium and will overtake Niger and Australia with Husab in full production.Naturally, to establish an operational fuel facility for a mine the size of the Husab, which is located approximately 60 km from Swakopmund, is no easy task. “We are currently operational from a temporary facility with the permanent facility nearing completion,” explains Kotze. “Construction of the permanent facility commenced in May 2015 and should be completed and commissioned in late March 2016.”Engen’s Commercial Services Manager, Paindane Henrique, says the contingent requirements upon each tendering supplier were typically complex. “The mine will move 150 Mt/y of rock and 15 Mt/y of processed ore, and consume 80 million litres of diesel in doing so.”Beyond the heavy-duty mining equipment, there were many obstacles Engen needed to overcome.“For example, a broad range of heavy vehicles each carried stringent specifications, based on the original engine manufacturer’s 50 ppm diesel and lubricants requirements. These included low sulphur fuels with low water content and superior cleanliness to ensure operations and fuel system longevity. Engen products fitted this perfectly,” explains Henrique.“Supplying these fuels requires optimum supply chain quality and monitoring at various stages in the supply process together with the necessary best available technology and operating practices.”With an expanding Namibian footprint built upon its Walvis Bay Terminal and several depots, Engen continues to leverage its infrastructure, experience and growing reputation in the mining Sector to expand its operations and impact in the region.last_img read more

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Une pomme de terre OGM bientôt dans nos assiettes

first_imgUne pomme de terre OGM bientôt dans nos assiettes ? Le groupe d’agrochimie allemand BASF a indiqué lundi avoir demandé l’autorisation de cultiver Fortuna, une pomme de terre OGM destinée avant tout à l’alimentation humaine.Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments, l’EFSA devrait prochainement recevoir, après qu’elle ait transité par la Commission européenne, une demande du groupe d’agrochimie BASF. Il s’agit, pour le géant allemand, de recevoir une autorisation lui permettant de cultiver la première pomme de terre génétiquement modifiée et baptisée Fortuna. Celle-ci est dérivée des pommes de terre Fontane, l’une des variétés les plus utilisées pour la fabrication de frites. Mais sa particularité génétique lui permet de résister au mildiou un parasite très dévastateur pour les cultures de pomme de terre qui fut notamment l’une des causes de la grande famine irlandaise au XIXe siècle, et qui détruit encore jusqu’à 20% des récoltes annuelles de pommes de terre dans le monde, selon le groupe allemand. Pour arriver à un tel spécimen, BASF a en fait utilisé deux gènes de résistance au mildiou prélevés sur une variété sauvage sud-américaine. “Cette pomme de terre est principalement destinée à l’alimentation humaine”, ainsi qu’à l’alimentation animale, a expliqué un porte-parole du groupe à l’AFP. Après la demande déposée par le groupe allemand, “la prochaine étape du processus d’autorisation consiste donc pour l’autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments à en tester la sécurité pour les humains, les animaux et l’environnement”, selon BASF. Néanmoins, l’EFSA n’a pas de délai imparti dans lequel rendre son avis scientifique et “certaines demandes n’arrivent jamais à bout”, des industriels cessant de répondre aux demandes de précisions scientifiques des autorités, a souligné un porte-parole de l’autorité.Des risques de dissémination des modifications génétiques À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Après l’EFSA, ce sera au tour de la Commission européenne et des Etats-membres de dire s’ils sont pour ou contre cette autorisation, ce qui n’empêche pas BASF de déjà planifier l’introduction sur le marché de la pomme de terre “prévue pour 2014 ou 2015″. De son côté, Stephanie Töwe, spécialiste des OGM chez Greenpeace Allemagne insiste sur le fait qu’”il ne faut pas produire de produits alimentaires de base génétiquement modifiés”. Elle met l’accent sur les risques de dissémination des modifications génétiques aux cultures traditionnelles. “Une production non-OGM durable n’est ensuite plus possible”, a-t-elle ajouté.Si l’Union européenne l’autorisait, il s’agirait de la première pomme de terre OGM à pouvoir se retrouver dans nos assiettes, tandis que l’UE accepte déjà les produits alimentaires contenant diverses sortes de maïs, colza, soja et betterave OGM. Le 2 novembre 2011 à 15:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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US political strategist fires back at Fred Mitchell says his comments were

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 15, 2017 – Nassau – The man offering commentary on US investment and business interests, where The Bahamas was used an example of where the United States may have gone wrong in decisions to pull back after the recent recession; is firing back at Fred Mitchell, former Foreign Affairs Minister.Evan Siegfried is not a Fox News paid consultant, but is a Republican Party political strategist, commentator and columnist and he defended his statements made a day before the May 10th elections as factual and one voice in a choir of major organizations which have sounded the alarm about The Bahamas and the Chinese.Seigfried at this website and twitter and on Facebook issued the comments that the New York Times, Bloomberg, Forbes and others have raised alarms about Bahamas-China relations and expressed his shock that Mitchell would hold a press conference to aim to discredit his comments on a Fox News interview.    He cited newspaper articles from the Nassau Guardian which put unemployment at 16.2% and unemployment in Grand Bahama at 19.5%.   Seigfried said,  “Yet, Fred Mitchell and Prime Minister Christie are not focused on solving that.    Instead they have made me and my factual comments the most important thing for them…”The commentator pointed to the ‘in writing’ evidence of Jerome Fitzgerald soliciting bribes from a foreign investor and faulted former AG Allyson Maynard-Gibson for looking the other way.    He said the PLP was guilty of failure in leadership.    It seems voters agreed, as hours later, the PLP would suffer a dismal loss at the polls, securing four seats of 39 with Mitchell losing his constituency in Fox Hill and Mr. Christie losing his in Centerville.#MagneticMediaNews#EvanSiegfried#SiegfriedfiresbackatFredMitchell Related Items:#EvanSiegfried, #magneticmedianews, #SiegfriedfiresbackatFredMitchell Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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How Nick Park hid Wallace and Gromit in Early Man his latest

first_img Post a comment Every time Jones works with Aardman he takes something away. “You get into [the directors’] minds and vision for the film. And how they really craft each frame. All experience rubs off, at least it should, so I take a lot with me.”He also takes, along with the T-shirts, the gift of a “small statuette” representing each film.”They take pride of place next to my goldfish bowl.” 0 If you work with the studio behind Wallace and Gromit, you get a T-shirt to say you’ve worked with the studio behind Wallace and Gromit.Visual effects supervisor Howard Jones has three of those T-shirts. He worked with Aardman Animations, based in Bristol, England, on Pirates! Band of Misfits, the Shaun the Sheep Movie and Early Man. Howard Jones Aside from free clothing, Jones received another gift: Aardman insider knowledge. For one — and it’s a big charming cracker of a one — he knows where Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park added a cameo of the beloved stop-motion characters in Early Man.The film came out in 2018 and tells the story of cavemen who play football. Aardman and longtime employee Park are experts in sweetly-humoured films that also happen to win Oscar awards. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is one of those, and living room staple Chicken Run is the highest-grossing stop-motion film of all time.”The cameo was put in by Aardman in a physical puppet crowd-wide scene as the queen arrives,” Jones told me via email. “Wallace is reasonably visible but you have to look quite hard to see Gromit. It’s hard to spot them unless you are in the know.”There’s more.”There is the penguin from The Wrong Trousers and a cameraman both in another shot,” Jones said. “The only clue I’ll give as to where, is there’s a big duck’s bottom in the shot. I’ll leave you to search for that one.”early-man-aardman-clapper.jpgCavemen were the originators of football, according to charming stop-motion animation. Aardman Big duck bottoms are a perk of working with Park, whose brilliantly eccentric Wallace and Gromit films, such as The Wrong Trousers, have told the world how much British people like cheese and crackers. Park has since gone on to direct the Shaun the Sheep Movie, a spinoff of Wallace and Gromit.Despite Early Man’s seemingly simple plot — a big football game will decide the fate of a tribe’s valley — it’s one of Park’s most ambitious films. Jones’ job was to interpret what Park wanted for the visual effects. In one Gladiator-inspired scene, 20,000 CGI people boo, cheer and look astonished in a crowd. Along with scenery, it’s one of the few parts of the film rendered in CGI.maxresdefault-2Two people have delayed astonished reactions. That’s how detailed this is. Aardman “The key for me is to listen to the director and figure out what they mean,” Jones explained. He checked the VFX dailies, the footage his 12-person team at AxisVFX created every day, ensuring their work was top-notch Park quality. He clearly succeeded: Early Man was nominated seven times at the 46th Annie Awards (honouring excellence in animation).”If a director doesn’t speak VFX but can suggest the speed of a rocket flying past with a few sound effects, I need to understand what that means and visualise it,” Jones said.Early Man is mainly stop-motion with some CGI. Jones’ team ended up delivering 1,350 shots during Early Man’s 13-month production, making life easier for the sculptors by digitally creating lush valleys, volcanic badlands and other scenery, as well as that huge crowd scene.”AxisVFX did a fantastic job for us, delivering VFX work that blended beautifully with the look of our prehistoric and Bronze Age worlds — while working under very demanding pressure from our tight delivery dates,” said Aardman’s Tom Barnes, technical director on Early Man.122444Park embraced technology for Early Man. Aardman A longtime fan of Aardman, Jones grew up watching the Aardman character Morph, an orange shape-shifting clay man featured on the kids’ art show Take Hart from the ’70s. He graduated with a fine arts degree in 1988 and followed his passion for film into a position at Avid, the company behind the professional editing software. From there, he worked in TV before his first collaboration with Aardman on Pirates. Jones owes a lot to his time working with Aardman. While working on Pirates, a non-Park film about a ragtag group of pirates trying to win the world-renowned Pirate of the Year competition, he made a fortuitous friend.image1Enlarge ImageJones’ collections of statuettes from working with Aardman. Howard Jones “My earliest memory of working on Pirates was sitting in reception on the first day waiting to be taken over to my workstation,” Jones said. “This other guy turned up and after a very short conversation we sat there like two grumpy old-ish men. However after Pirates wrapped we carried on working on each others projects and two years later we set up AxisVFX.”Now, after six years of working together, Jones and Grant Hewlett “still sit there like two grumpy older men.”When it came to Early Man’s 20,000-strong VFX crowd, Aardman supplied Jones’ team with about 30 animated reactions. Through the software Golaem Crowd, the team combined the animations to create a natural balance in the crowd.”We could dial in a percentage of props, and behaviours so that the action was natural and not distracting from the main action,” Jones said.After that, Park gave the team live-action video, in which Park himself acted out the main crowd reactions. “It’s a great way to get his direction. From that we timelined the sequences to work out what action was where and how it transitioned across shots,” Jones said.Jones and his team are currently working on Aardman’s next film, Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie, due out Jan. 9 in 2020 and no doubt an equally adorable sequel to the first film.  2019 movies to geek out over 77 Photos More on Early Man How ‘Early Man’ mixes painstaking puppetry with a little CG Caveman caper ‘Early Man’ is a prehistoric pleasure Aardman’s ‘Early Man’ took Maisie Williams to her early days TV and Movies Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

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Migrant poets find hope from hardship

first_imgA Bangladeshi construction worker, Md Sharif Uddin, has written “Stranger to Myself” and won the best non-fiction title at the prestigious Singapore Books Awards last year.In dorms on Singapore’s fringes or employers’ backrooms, a growing number of migrant workers are using poetry to shed light on their hidden struggles and reconnect with their roots.The tiny Southeast Asian nation of 5.6 million counts on a about 1 million migrant workers from countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, China and Myanmar to fuel its powerhouse economy, working in sectors from construction to services and home help.Although horrific labour abuse cases are rare in the rich city-state, campaigners say migrants grapple with unpaid salaries, having their travel documents withheld and massive debts racked up in fees they pay agents to get work.Often tucked away in dormitories for foreign workers and only seen in public on Sundays, their day off, scores of migrants are writing poetry and short stories offering a rare insight into their little known worlds.“When I write, I am happy. When people read our work and accept us as human beings, we are happy,” Indonesian domestic worker Deni Apriyani told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Hailing from a sleepy village in Indonesia, 29-year-old Apriyani moved to Singapore in 2013 to become a domestic worker as she wanted to buy land for her father, a farmer, back home.Working from dawn to dusk looking after an expatriate family, she started writing poetry on her mobile phone at the end of her 14-hour work day as an outlet for her frustration as she struggled to adjust to life in the new city.Softly-spoken Apriyani won a poetry writing competition for migrants in 2017 and one of her poems was published in a book last year that brought together more than 60 works by Singaporean writers and migrant workers.“You call them sluts, you call them useless, you call them shameful, but did you know the stories behind them?” she asked in the poem “Murderers”, which highlighted the stigma facing migrant workers who try to find love in the city.AWARD-WINNINGThe growing focus on writing by migrant workers began about five years ago with poetry contests organised by advocates that aimed to use literature to break down barriers between foreign workers and Singaporean society.These competitions have now branched out to other parts of Asia which also rely heavily on migrant workers, including Malaysia and Taiwan.In Singapore, their poems are found in bookshops and public libraries, with Bangladeshi construction worker Md Sharif Uddin’s “Stranger to Myself” winning best non-fiction title at the prestigious Singapore Books Awards last year.Stories of migrant workers are also gaining attention in other artistic formats.“A Land Imagined”, an award-winning film about low-paid migrants in Singapore, was released domestically last month, with local critics hailing it as a “historic milestone in Singapore cinema”.Singaporean author and poet Jamal Ismail said migrants’ unique experiences and work have enriched the island’s literary scene.“They might not write beautifully but there is an abundance of humanism in them,” he said, during a workshop where he offered guidance to a group of migrant poets.He recounted how he was struck by a poem by a migrant domestic worker who likened her life in the city to that of a cockroach, and another who told him she had not been paid for six months.“They are marginalized and they feel lonely. When you’re lonely, that is when you reflect on what is the meaning of life? That is something they have that is so powerful,” he said.Singapore’s government maintains migrant workers are well protected, and the country remains a popular destination for foreign laborers as they generally enjoy higher wages than in other parts of the region.Sales of migrant workers’ books are low compared to more mainstream writers, but local publishers said their potential is enormous.“They really struck a chord and there was empathy,” said Ng Kah Gay from Singapore’s Ethos Books, which in 2016 published “Me Migrant”, the city-state’s first book by a migrant laborer, Bangladesh’s Md Mukul Hossine, with 3,000 copies sold to date.“Migrant workers are someone whom we’re so familiar with but sometimes we don’t see them, they are invisible. These books flesh out their lives for us to experience, their emotions.”“It’s so important for them to be seen not just as an economic machine but they have their own voice,” Ng said.Goh Eck Kheng from Landmark Books, which has sold 700 copies Uddin’s award-winning “Stranger to Myself” in two print runs so far, said literature gave migrant and local writers a platform to embrace each others’ work. “In that way, literature is a social leveler,” Goh said.‘FREEDOM OF THOUGHT’Translation is the main hurdle for the work of migrant poets to flourish according to Shivaji Das, an Indian-born writer who works in Singapore and has been organizing the annual migrant poetry writing competitions since 2014.Scribbling on cement bags or tapping on their mobile phones after nightfall, workers usually write in native languages like Bengali, Indonesian or Chinese before their work is translated.Publishers said migrant workers also have to compete for attention with a pool of emerging local and foreign writers.But for many of the workers, writing merely is a way to ease their homesickness and document their lives in a different city – as well as a form of empowerment.Fazley Elahi, a Bangladeshi worker who writes poems and set up Migrant Library Singapore a year ago, said reading and writing in his native language reconnects him to his roots after living away from home for a decade.Manned by volunteers, the library has a collection of about 800 books in different languages that are common among migrant workers such as Bengali, Indonesian, Tagalog and Chinese.It also holds writing workshops for aspiring writers and runs a mobile library project that goes to workers’ dorms.In poetry, says Elahi, there are no limits to what he can say which gives him a sense of liberation.“It is the freedom of thought that we treasure,” said the 30-year-old.last_img read more