Rajapaksa backer opposition MP held for financial wrongdoings

first_imgColombo, Sep 15 (PTI) Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksas close aide and key opposition MP was arrested today for alleged financial wrongdoings and money laundering.Mahindananda Aluthgamage, a member of parliament who was the sports minister during former strongman Rajapaksas government, was arrested by Sri Lankan polices Crime Investigation Department.Aluthgamage, who has been remanded till September 22, was charged under money laundering laws for possessing a prime property in Colombo worth 27 million rupees (USD 1.85 lakh) for which he could not show means of income.He is a key member of the joint opposition led by Rajapaksa, whose nearly a decade-long rule was ended in January 2015 after being defeated by Maithripala Sirisena.Most of the loyalists and family members of Rajapaksa have faced corruption charges. Some of them include Rajapaksas sons who have been arrested and given bail pending cases after being remanded in custody.In a similar case, the brother of another Rajapaksa loyalist MP was arrested and sent to remand yesterday.Chanuka Ratwatte, whose brother Lohan is a Rajapaksa loyalist MP and three others were arrested on allegations of abusing public funds. PTI CORR CPS AKJ CPSlast_img read more

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Spec Comparison: Nuvosport vs Vitara Brezza, Ecosport, and TUV300

first_imgMahindra & Mahindra have upgraded the Quanto, a sub-4 metre seven-seater SUV in their portfolio. Instead of keeping the same name and updating the car, Mahindra has opted to come in with a fresh new car based on the Quanto. Mahindra is calling it the NuvoSport and the new car has been priced in the same bracket as the Ford Ecopsort, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Mahindra’s own TUV300.We compare the four two find out what would be the ideal choice if you were planning on going car-shopping in the price bracket.PowertrainOnly the Ford Ecosport out of the the four cars we are comparing has a petrol sibling and so we are going to be concentrating only on diesel power here.Car Engine Displacement Max. Power Max. Torque Transmission Mahindra NuvoSport  1493 cc 100 bhp @ 3750 RPM 240 Nm @ 1600 RPM Five-Speed (Manual & AMT) Ford Ecosport  1498 cc 99 bhp @ 3750 RPM 205 Nm @ 1750 RPM Five-speed Manual Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 1248 cc 89 bhp @ 4000 RPM 200 Nm @ 1750 RPM Five-speed Manual Mahindra TUV300 1493 cc 84 bhp @ 3750 RPM 230 Nm @ 1500 RPM Five-Speed (Manual & AMT)The 1.5-litre diesel motor on the NuvoSport packs some impressive statistics and manages to leave all the others behind with its 100 bhp and 240 Nm of torque. Although the Ecosport might be close in on its tails with 99 bhp, the NuvoSport manages to have the edge with 1.5-litre mill on the Ecosport only producing 205 Nm of torque. The motors on the Vitara Brezza and the TUV300 are optimal for better mileage.DimensionsCar LengthWidth Height Wheelbase Ground Clearance  Mahindra NuvoSport 3985 1850 1870 2760 180 Ford Ecosport 3999 1765 1708 2520 200 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 3995 1790 1640 2500 198 Mahindra TUV300 3995 1835 1839 2680 191advertisementAll figures in mm. DesignThe NuvoSport takes over from the Quanto in terms of styling cues and although the front fascia has been made more visibly aggressive, shades of the Quanto are still present. At the rear also, the resemblance to the Quanto is uncanny.The NuvoSport sports an uncanny resemblance to the Quanto from the back. The Ecosport was applauded for its design when Ford introduced the car ages ago, and now the round SUV shape has started to look dull. The TUV300 borrowing its styling cues from legendary carmaker Jeep and Mahindra’s own Bolero, looks like a job half done.The car that wins our appreciation is the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza featuring a fresh floating-roof design. The Vitara Brezza combines aggression with trendy styling cues to look the part.FeaturesWhile carmakers might have rushed to load their new launches with features over the past couple of years, the likes of Ford Ecopsort have beem left a little behind. While packing in the usual nutty-gritties, Ford misses out on features like Cruise Control which are present on the new NuvoSport and Vitara Brezza. This puts them in a league of their own as features like Cruise Control are being seen on cars costing less than Rs 10 lakh for the first time. With smartphone connectivity and touchscreen infotainment and more, the Vitara Brezza and the NuvoSport are the ones that will give you the most number of features for the same price .Mahindra seems focused to improve the quality of their cabins. The interiors of the NuvoSport look refreshing. SafetyNow more than ever carmakers present in India have started focusing on the safety aspect while developing cars. With ABS coming as standard on almost all cars, manufacturers are intent on increasing the number of airbags in their cars. The NuvoSport, Vitara Brezza and TUV300 all get dual airbags in the front in most of their variants, but only Ford is offering the six-airbag configuration on the EcosportVerdictThe Ford Ecosport is an all-around package, offering safety, features and mileage but the Vitara Brezza on the other hand looks dashing, gets better features and can provide a better economy, thanks to its smaller engine. Quanto’s replacement NuvoSport will definitely give these cars a run for their money with better power figures and a few features making its case. Those looking to only bu Mahindra can have the TUV300 as a choice, if you are looking for a sub-10 lakh, seven-seater SUV.In-built cup holders in the rear seat of the Mahindra NuvoSport.last_img read more

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Celtic vs Rangers: Team news & TV guide

first_imgCeltic v Rangers Celtic vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal 00:11 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Brendan Rodgers Celtic Getty Images Celtic v Rangers Premiership Rangers Celtic Premier League Brendan Rodgers’ side already have a huge advantage over Aberdeen and Rangers and will be confident of ending 2017 with a win over their arch-rivals Celtic are hoping to make it four wins in a row over their local rivals Rangers and further solidify their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership in Saturday’s Old Firm derby.Brendan Rodgers’ side already sit 12 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen and a further three ahead of Saturday’s visitors, but after their recent 4-0 defeat to Hearts, they will be determined to end 2017 with a win over Graeme Murty’s side.Fresh off the back of a 2-0 win over Motherwell, the Gers will be hopeful of stopping the reigning champions from slipping further ahead of the pack. 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 Celtic vs Rangers Date Saturday, December 30 Time 12:00 GMT / 07:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Moussa Dembele CelticThe game is being broadcast on Sky Sports Football in the United Kingdom and is also available to stream online on the Sky Go app as well as Rangers TV. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go/Rangers TV SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Celtic players Goalkeepers Gordon, De Vries, Hazard Defenders Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Ajer, Lustig, Sviatchenko, Tierney, Ralston Midfielders Bitton, Brown, Sinclair, Armstrong, Hayes, Ntcham, Benyu, McGregor, Forrest, E. Henderson, L. Henderson, Eboue Forwards Griffiths, Dembele, Edouard, Miller, Johnston, Aitchison Celtic confirmed this week that Johnny Hayes has suffered a broken leg after a tackle in their win over Dundee, joining Patrick Roberts and Tom Rogic on the injury list.Potential Celtic starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham, McGregor, Johnston, Forrest; Griffiths. Position Rangers players Goalkeepers Foderingham, Alnwick, Kelly Defenders McCrorie, Wallace, Wilson, Tavernier, Bates, Hodson, John, Alves, Cardoso Midfielders Holt, Dorrans, Dalcio, Jack, Kranjcar, Pena, Rossiter, Windass Forwards Miller, Herrera, Morelos, Nemane, Candeias Rangers are sweating over the availability of Ryan Jack after he sustained a knee injury in their win over Motherwell, while Kenny Miller, Graham Dorrans and Lee Wallace are all out.Potential Rangers starting XI: Foderingham, Tavernier, Alves, Wilson, John; McRorie, Pena, Holt, Kranjcar; Herrera, MorelosBETTING & MATCH ODDS Niko Kranjcar RangersCeltic are heavy 1/3 favourites to win the game, according to dabblebet, with Rangers priced at 15/2 while a draw is available at 4/1.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s markets for the game, including first goalscorer, correct scores and more.GAME PREVIEW Leigh Griffiths Kieran Tierney CelticBrendan Rodgers said recently that he wanted to end 2017 with a double-digit lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership and his side have accomplished that regardless of Saturday’s results.But the Bhoys could end up 16 points clear come the turn of the year should everything go their way. Inflicting another defeat upon their rivals would be a big boost for a side hoping to get domestic affairs wrapped up early on to allow them to focus on their Europa League campaign, and they will be confident coming up against a side who have not beaten them for over five years.With Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths both fit for the derby match, Rodgers has a full attack to choose from against a side still struggling with inconsistency, injuries and with an interim manager at the helm.last_img read more

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‘Some big men are in tears’: Rory Best rues Ireland’s World Cup failings

first_imgRugby union Share via Email news Rory Best admitted Ireland’s fixation with their World Cup failings proved their undoing in the record 46-14 defeat to New Zealand as they lost their seventh quarter-final in nine attempts.Best’s Ireland career is now at an end after 124 caps, the 37-year-old Ulster stalwart having retired straight after the crushing All Blacks defeat. Ireland long ago admitted experimenting in this year’s Six Nations in a bid to peak at the World Cup, but Best has now conceded that strategy backfired. The Observer Read more Read more Since you’re here… New Zealand thrash Ireland to set up World Cup semi-final with England “There is a lot of pressure on them [New Zealand] and I think we allowed them to get a good start which took a little bit of the pressure off,” he said. “Everyone talks about the pressure that’s on the All Blacks before quarter-finals but when you haven’t won one and you feel you have a great coaching set-up and great group of players then maybe you put too much pressure on.“Maybe we have been looking at this for too long and been so focused on it that we forgot to win some of the little battles along the way over the last 12 months. We wanted to set a bar that no Irish team has met before. We’ve done that numerous times over the six and half years with Joe [Schmidt]. It was an onus on us to win a quarter-final because then it becomes a habit. We talked about it years ago. I remember Paul O’Connell saying when we beat France three times in a row leading into the last World Cup that it then becomes a habit because you expect to beat France.“With Joe, he helped take away a bit of the fear factor that the All Blacks held in the last three Tests. But when you do that they see you coming a lot more and when you get the best team in the world fully prepared and fully focused on you it becomes that little bit more difficult.“And when you make a few errors and you let them get their tails up it becomes even more difficult.”Ireland claimed a penalty try and a score for Robbie Henshaw but that proved scant consolation as the All Blacks ran riot at Tokyo Stadium to book a semi-final meeting with England. Rugby World Cup Schmidt has now taken charge of Ireland for the final time, with defence specialist Andy Farrell due to step into the head coaching role. Schmidt had led Ireland to three Six Nations titles, including one Grand Slam, and the nation’s first two victories over New Zealand.But Schmidt was simply not able to steer Ireland to World Cup history, and Best admitted that will hurt for some time to come. Asked to sum up his feelings in defeat, Best said: “Tired, sore, upset. Right now you focus on just what’s gone and we’re incredibly disappointed.“We’ve got a lot of big characters in that changing room and it’s not often that you get deadly silence,” Best said. “There were some of those big men in tears. That’s what happens when everybody puts their heart and soul into something.” Share on Messenger New Zealand rugby union teamcenter_img Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Reuse this content Almighty All Blacks lay waste side that inspired their rebuild Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Ireland rugby union teamlast_img read more

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Two PTs on Order for NYK Stolt Shipholdings

first_imgNYK Stolt Shipholdings Inc. (NSSH), a joint venture company by NYK and Stolt Tankers B.V., the tanker division of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, a Norwegian business group, has ordered two 12,500 deadweight ton parcel tankers to Usuki Shipyard Co. Ltd.The contract for the vessels was signed on June 27.Parcel tankers are a versatile chemical tanker that can transport various types of cargoes at the same time, and these two new vessels are the ninth and tenth vessel ordered, following the eight that NSSH currently holds and operates.The two tankers, which will be delivered from shipyard in July 2016 and September 2016 respectively, will have the most advanced environmental technology with 18 stainless-steel cargo tanks.These parcel tankers will be chartered to Stolt NYK Asia Pacific Services Inc. (SNAPS), which is a joint venture company between NYK and Stolt Tankers B.V. for operating the vessels. The new tankers will be replaced by tonnage which is currently slated for retirement or redelivery.In addition to NSSH and SNAPS, NYK and Stolt Tankers B.V. have also developed a parcel tanker company within the deep-sea trade, and currently operate six parcel tankers size is whose around 22,000–39,000 deadweight tons under the name of NYK Stolt Tankers S.A.last_img read more

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Film Nova Scotia et Empire Theatres font la promotion des cinéastes de

first_imgFilm Nova Scotia et Empire Theatres présenteront les talents de certains cinéastes de la relève lors de projections gratuites des courts métrages Backshift, Sunfish, Red Velvet Girls et D’une rive à l’autre. Les films seront présentés le mercredi 25 novembre à 19 h au théâtre Oxford, à Halifax. Backshift, réalisé par Jeff Coll, et Sunfish, réalisé par Chris Pauley et Steve Richard, ont été tournés localement grâce au programme Bridge Award Program de la CBC et de Film Nova Scotia. Le prix Bridge Award est présenté aux réalisateurs de la relève afin de leur permettre de réaliser une émission qui sera diffusée dans la région de l’Atlantique. Red Velvet Girls, réalisé par Sean Doyle, et D’une rive à l’autre, réalisé par Marc Almon, ont été créés par l’entremise du Centre canadien du film. Ce centre offre des programmes de formation aux réalisateurs de la relève afin de leur permettre de développer leur talent. Ces soirées de projection ont lieu quatre fois par année et donnent l’occasion au public de la région de visionner des films créés localement, et aux réalisateurs de la région de promouvoir leurs œuvres. La date limite pour présenter une demande au programme Bridge Award 2010 de la CBC et de Film Nova Scotia est le 5 février. Les formulaires de demande sont disponibles (en anglais seulement) au www.filmnovascotia.com. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les programmes du Centre canadien du film (en anglais seulement), consultez le www.cfccreates.com.last_img read more

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Remember to Turn Clocks Ahead

first_imgNova Scotians are reminded to set their clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 14, when daylight saving time comes into effect at 2 a.m., or before going to bed Saturday evening. Along with watches and clocks, microwave ovens, VCR and DVD players, answering machines, car clocks and automatic timer lights should be changed. It is also a reminder to replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years. People are advised to check computer calendars to ensure appointments are up to date when the time change takes effect.last_img read more

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Calgary woman convicted in sons strep death seeking full parole

first_imgCALGARY — A woman convicted in her son’s death after she failed to take him to the doctor for a strep infection is to appear before a hearing in Calgary today to seek full parole.Tamara Lovett, who is 50, was found guilty in 2017 of criminal negligence causing death and was sentenced to three years in prison.She was granted day parole last June after serving eight months.The Parole Board of Canada noted at that time that Lovett acknowledged she was to blame for her son’s death and had held “extreme and unsupportable” views about conventional medicine.Lovett told the board she was working with a psychologist and re-establishing bonds with her surviving son and other close relatives.At her trial, court heard that Lovett gave seven-year-old Ryan dandelion tea and oil of oregano when he developed the infection that kept him bedridden in their Calgary home for 10 days in 2013.The trial heard that Ryan was dead well before his mother called 911 to say he had stopped breathing. An autopsy found he died from a strep infection.Lovett has been living in a community residential facility with the condition that she not care for any children under 18. She has also been required to attend psychological counselling to address her grief as well as her mental health.During an address to the court during her sentencing, Lovett said she continued to punish herself for her son’s death.“I thought I was doing the best for my child. And although I have lost faith in myself, and can’t begin to forgive myself, I hope others learn from my ignorance.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter Bill Graveland, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Dead fish float up in lake

first_imgKolkata: Several fishes were found dead floating on the water in the Santragachi Jheel (water body) in Howrah on Monday morning.The dead fishes were spotted by some people who had come beside the water body for a morning walk. Santragachi Jheel, which is a haven for migratory birds during the winters, covers an area of 32 acres. ” I saw that the water of the jheel was rising up . Initially I thought that it was an earthquake but when I went closer to the water I was surprised to find several dead fishes floating on the water and a bad smell was emanating from the lake,” Bijoy Sarkar, a local resident said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWithin a few minutes the place was crowded with people who got busy in picking up the fishes from the water body and they took it to their houses. “The water body has been in utter neglect for quite sometime and hyacinth has filled it up. It seems that water pollution has led to the death of the fishes,” an environmentalist residing in the area said. The environmentalists feared that if the fishes died due to poisoning then consumption of these fishes may cause serious health hazards . Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBijin Krishna, Commissioner of Howrah Municipal Corporation, said that an enquiry will be held to probe the cause of death of fishes. “The state Fisheries department has also been informed,” he added. It may be mentioned that birds from North America, Australia come during the winter. Hundreds of people from Kolkata and its neighbourhood visit the water body during the winter. Photographers and ornithologists from all over the country come to the area during winter to have a glimpse of the rare birds. In the past few years, the place has become a tourist destination during the winter. The National Green Tribunal has declared the area as “silence zone” which is close to Santragachi railway station.last_img read more

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UN forum on ageing makes significant progress on action plan political declaration

Delegates meeting in Madrid at the United Nations Second World Assembly on Ageing have achieved “significant progress” on the final action plan and political declaration to be adopted at the conference’s conclusion on Friday, a UN spokesman for the meeting said today.The two working groups negotiating the texts both agreed last night on language that calls for concrete measures “to protect and assist older persons in situations of armed conflict and foreign occupation,” Paul Hoeffel said.After adopting that language, the working groups have continued their deliberations in informal consultations with the hope of completing their work in time for the end of the plenary tomorrow, he added.As of Thursday morning, 12 of the 117 paragraphs contained in the draft Plan of Action still awaited agreement, while about half of the Political Declaration was still under discussion.Meanwhile, as speakers from several countries continued to address the plenary portion of the conference, the Assembly’s Main Committee had met in a formal, open session this morning and heard from several non-governmental organizations, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Council of Europe.In its presentation, FAO stressed the additional strain older persons in rural areas were facing as younger people continued to emigrate from the countryside. The concentration of older persons, particularly in developing countries, was growing at an accelerated rate in rural areas because older people were being left behind.For its part, the Council of Europe presented the conclusions of a major research programme it had carried out. The study discovered that the more firmly national solidarity was organized around the issue of ageing, the better family solidarity worked. Only with national support could families themselves be effective in taking care of older persons and other family members. read more

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General Assembly asked to consider draft resolution on human cloning

A draft resolution, sponsored by 57 nations and tabled this week, calls for a global pact against human cloning because it “is unethical, morally reproachable and contrary to due respect for the human person.”The resolution states that such a treat would not ban “the use of nuclear transfer or other cloning techniques to produce DNA molecules, organs, plants, tissues, [and] cells other than human embryos or animals other than human beings.”The resolution urges States to ban any research or experiments aimed at human cloning in their own territories pending the drafting of an international convention.It also calls for States and others to direct funds that might have been used for human cloning to “pressing global issues in developing countries,” citing famine, infant mortality and the HIV/AIDS pandemic as examples.The issue of how and/or whether the world should regulate human cloning technology has in recent times divided the General Assembly: in 2003, delegates agreed to postpone any debate on the subject until this session. read more

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Syrian conflict hits tragic milestone one million children now refugees UN agencies

“This one millionth child refugee is not just another number,” said the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Anthony Lake. “This is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend.”Mr. Lake said that while humanitarian organizations are working to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the crisis, the shameful milestone reflects the failure of the international community to respond to the needs of Syrian children.“We should stop and ask ourselves how, in all conscience, we can continue to fail the children of Syria,” he said.According to UNICEF and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), children make up half of all refugees. Most have arrived in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. Increasingly, they are fleeing to North Africa and Europe. The majority of child refugees, some 740,000, are under the age of 11, and more than 3,500 children in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq have crossed Syria’s borders either unaccompanied or separated from their families, making them vulnerable to multiple threats including child labour, early marriage and the potential for sexual exploitation and trafficking.Inside Syria, some 7,000 children have been killed during the conflict, and UNHCR and UNICEF estimate that over 2 million have been internally displaced.“What is at stake is nothing less than the survival and wellbeing of a generation of innocents,” said High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. “The youth of Syria are losing their homes, their family members and their futures. Even after they have crossed a border to safety, they are traumatized, depressed and in need of a reason for hope.”UNHCR and UNICEF are providing support to millions of affected families and children. More than 1.3 million children in refugee communities have been vaccinated against measles this year with the support of UNICEF and its partners. Nearly 167,000 refugee children have received psychosocial assistance, more than 118,000 children have been able to maintain their education inside and out of formal schools, and more than 222,000 people have been provided with water supplies.UNHCR has registered all 1 million children, giving them an identity. The agency also helps babies born in exile get birth certificates, preventing them from becoming stateless. Mr. Lake and Mr. Guterres stressed that funds for humanitarian assistance are running low, with the Syria Regional Refugee Response plan being only 38 per cent funded. They also underlined the need to find a political solution to the crisis, and appealed to all parties to the conflict to stop targeting civilians and cease recruitment of children. Those who fail to meet these obligations under international humanitarian law should be held fully accountable for their actions, they added. read more

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The Astros Didnt Play Like A Team Whose Manager Deserved To Be

The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, bringing an end to his two-season tenure with the club.The move would seem to be an easy call, judging from the Astros’ record under Porter. Among those with at least 300 career games managed, only seven managers in the history of Major League Baseball had a lifetime winning percentage worse than Porter’s .367 mark. But Porter also took over during the worst four-season stretch in the Astros’ history. (His predecessor, Brad Mills, also has the 14th-worst career record of any manager with 300-plus games.) The team won fewer than 60 games in each of the two seasons before Porter arrived in Houston, hitting its nadir with 51 wins in Porter’s first year. But Porter’s Astros were greatly improved this season and are on pace to win about 70 games.There’s evidence that coaches and managers are fired not on the basis of absolute performance — rather, their employment depends on whether they beat expectations. And by that standard, Porter did a pretty great job this season. Putting aside that much of a manager’s perceived ability to coax good or bad years out of his players is little more than random variation, a 70-win campaign from this Astros team was fairly unexpected.Before the season, FiveThirtyEight presented projected wins for every MLB team, according to ESPN’s forecasting panel, which uses the wisdom of crowds to make predictions. On average, the panel expected the Astros to win 62.6 games, which was a number in line with sources such as Las Vegas’s over/under win totals. Traditionally, such forecasts have had a standard error of about nine wins in either direction, so the Astros would have only had about a 21 percent chance of winning 70 or more games this year. They essentially had a season in the 79th percentile of all possible expected outcomes, which ranks sixth in all of baseball.There are, of course, other factors that can determine a manager’s continued employment beyond outperforming expectations. ESPN’s David Schoenfield suggests that Porter was always just a placeholder during the Astros’ prolonged rebuilding process, destined to be cast aside when the team was ready to move out of MLB’s basement. (There have also been reports of philosophical differences between Porter and the team’s front office.) But if he is to be judged on what the Astros accomplished this year — both relative to preseason expectations and where the franchise had been over the previous three seasons — Porter should have been commended, not fired.CORRECTION (Sept. 2, 12:24 p.m.): A previous version of this article listed the projected wins for every team based on regressed winning percentages but didn’t take into account “banked” wins that teams had already earned. read more

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Cleveland Indians top pick working his way up toward big leagues

The Clippers have the opportunity to give him all the time he needs as their pitching staff has been very strong in 2010.The Clippers’ pitchers lead the International League with 385 strikeouts. The pitching staff has a 3.97 combined ERA and has led the team to a 32-19 record.It is unclear whether White will continue to be a starting pitcher or whether he will move to the bullpen for the Clippers and Indians.The Clippers bullpen has been outstanding. Frank Herrmann has not allowed a run in his last 25 innings pitched. Jess Todd has converted 21 straight save attempts. Josh Judy, Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith have shown promise and kept the Clippers bullpen among the best in the International League.Sarbaugh said that he hadn’t had a chance to watch White pitch this year. As the Clippers manager, he doesn’t get the time to evaluate talent at the other levels quite as often as he would like.“I keep an eye out and look at stats and all of that, but it’s hard to get a good feel,” Sarbaugh said. “You really have to be there to see how it plays out.” The Cleveland Indians’ first pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft, Alex White, has recently made the move to the Class AA Akron Aeros and could be making his way to the Class AAA Columbus Clippers before long.White, a 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound right-handed pitcher was the 15th overall pick in the 2009 draft.While White hasn’t had the media hype this season that minor league pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Aroldis Chapman have, his physical talent is comparable.White has a fastball that reaches into the mid-90s, and uses a slider and splitter as his off-speed pitches.After a spectacular high school career, White was selected in the 14th round of the 2006 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but decided to play college baseball at the University of North Carolina instead.As a sophomore in 2008, he had a 13-3 record with a 2.83 ERA and 113 strikeouts while earning the ACC Pitcher of the Year award. White was also named third-team All-America by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. Baseball America also had White ranked as the No. 2 draft-eligible prospect in the country.In his first start for the Akron Aeros, White pitched seven innings to collect his first win in Class AA baseball. He let up two runs on five hits while striking out two hitters.While the Clippers may be excited about the possibilities of the young talent, they plan on giving him time to work his way through the farm system.“He needs to make that progression and go through each step,” Clippers Manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “He’s going to be on a time table, when everybody feels he’s ready and when he feels he’s ready, he’ll make the move.” read more

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Melbourne CBD to rush into the New Year

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve dwellers will be treated to a glimmering night out as the city’s festivities will be inspired by the gold rush era. The city will have a “golden moment” as the clock strikes midnight and the skyline will appear like it is blanketed by shimmering golden lights as the fireworks ring in the new year. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle says the fireworks will be launched from 17 locations and will use new and exciting effects. “Fireworks will be launched from landmark buildings throughout the city and it will appear as though gold is raining on the entire city. The 10-minute display promises to be truly spetacular and will be more than worth its weight in gold,” Cr Doyle said. Mr Doyle said the theme was chosen because of the national pride and optimism that resulted from the gold rush era of 1881-1891. The economic boom resulted in the construction of some of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings. New year’s eve crowds will be able to see the fireworks from anywhere with a view of the city’s skyline, but grab a spot at the Alexandra Gardens and Birrarung Marr areas for the best view of the glitz and sparkle.last_img read more

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Helen Woodward puppy run and Family Mile Fun Run in Del Mar

first_img Updated: 8:37 PM Posted: November 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom November 22, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)-Runners took part in the Del Mar “Family Mile Fun Run” at Del Mar race track today. Several Del Mar jockeys took part in the event as well.Following the fun run, Helen Woodward conducted a one-of-a-kind puppy race. The animal center has been taking care of the nine puppies since they arrived last month. They will be available for adoption tomorrow.center_img KUSI Newsroom, Helen Woodward puppy run and “Family Mile Fun Run” in Del Mar Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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2 killed in Colorado Walmart shooting

first_imgWalmart employees and shoppers leave the scene of a shooting at a Walmart in Thornton. Photo: ReutersAt least two people were killed and one wounded in a shooting inside a Walmart store in suburban Denver on Wednesday, police said.Police in Thornton, Colorado, did not immediately release any information about the circumstances of the shooting or who was responsible for the gunfire.In a Twitter post about 90 minutes after the shooting, police said investigators had confirmed that two men were dead and a woman was taken to a local hospital, but no further details were given.The situation appeared potentially ominous from authorities’ initial reports.“We’ve got multiple parties down, we’re still trying to ascertain what their conditions are,” Officer Victor Avila of the Thornton Police Department told Reuters by telephone not long after police arrived on the scene.About an hour after the initial alert, police said on Twitter that the threat of gunfire had ended at the store, which was surrounded by police and fire crews.“At this time this is NOT an active shooter. Active crime scene. We will update as info becomes available,” the police department said in that tweet. Confirmation of the two fatalities came about 20 minutes later.Thornton is city of about 120,000 people roughly 10 miles (16 km) northeast of downtown Denver.Avila said police were called to the store at about 6:30 p.m. Mountain time (8:30 p.m. ET) and that the gunshots had ceased by the time the first officers arrived at the scene.A Walmart customer, Aaron Stephens, 44, of Thorton, told Reuters he was inside paying for groceries at a self-checkout stand when he heard gunshots and the sound of ricocheting bullets.“The employees started screaming and the customers started screaming” as people began to flee the store, he recounted. “I ran out, too, because I didn’t want to get shot.”Stephens said he did not see where the shooting had come from and did not see anyone struck by bullets.Local NBC television affiliate 9NEWS reported that a woman whose son was in the Walmart had told her that he had heard about 30 gunshots and was still inside.A video posted on Twitter showed the Walmart, which is situated in a large complex of big-box stores and other retail outlets adjacent to US Interstate 25, apparently empty except for police officers with guns drawn.last_img read more

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Forces of Destinys Jennifer Muro Talks About the Woman of Star Wars

first_img Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Stay on target Star Wars has been pretty special for girls of all ages this summer. It shows on the store shelves at your local retailer and even on the racks at your favorite clothing store. A lot of that is due to the creative minds behind Disney Channels new hit series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. When The Force Awakens released in theaters, fans all over connected with Rey, the films female lead. Yet her merchandise was scarce. Fans took to the internet to hear their cries and concerns.LucasFilm heard the fans and decided to go beyond just the merchandise and release 16 episodes that run three minute long, focusing on the strong female characters of the Star Wars Universe. The sole writer on Forces of Destiny is none other than Jennifer Muro. Jen has worked on such projects as Netflix’s Buddy Thunderstruck, the upcoming Spider-Man animated series, and Justice League Action. But it is FoD that Jen is currently promoting and I was lucky enough to sit down and chat about her involvement in possibly the largest franchise in the galaxy.Photo courtesy of JediNewsHow did Forces of Destiny come together and how early were you involved in the project?It came together via the Lucasfilm Story Group. I was involved early on in the development process.What was it like the day you heard you were officially involved with Star Wars?I had a Star Wars Magazine on my desk with Luke, Leia, and Han from Return of the Jedi on the cover. I took a picture of it to remember the moment things were official. I finally got to post that picture many months later when it was announced.In one of the first episodes, we see a Night Watcher (a character seen in the films) include a hidden feature; a larger underground body. Was this idea created specifically for FoD? If so, how easy is it to alter ideas for an already canon series like Star Wars?I don’t remember if that was from FoD or before, but Lucasfilm Story Group always makes sure any ideas, altered or otherwise jives with the rest of the universe.In “Beasts of Echo Base,” would you say it was “Destiny” to now have both Skywalker children fight a wampa on Hoth? I think it’s a nice full circle moment!It’s great to see stories with Ahsoka back in the mix. Did you work with her creator, Dave Filloni at all when building the young Jedi’s story for FoD?Absolutely. Dave is always indispensable when it comes to anything Ahsoka. He knows her so well, even in the smallest of moments.Are there any other female characters from the Star Wars Universe that you’d like to see lead an episode of FoD?There may be more we haven’t seen yet in the future. Stay tuned!What unique challenges are you faced with being in such a short format, and what techniques have you employed to make sure these characters are showing off their best features in FoD?As long as we stayed focused on their personalities and the choices they make coming from those traits, the short format worked out.FoD has a flash 2D look to the animation. Has there been the word of any possible upgrades to the animation for season two if the first succeeds?That’s a Ghostbot thing, but I think it looks great!With that said, is Forces of Destiny a test for something bigger and possibly longer involving the woman of the Star Wars universe?Don’t know about that, but I’m always up for more female-driven Star Wars stories.Do you have any recommendations for young female writers looking to break into the scene?Read scripts, watch DVD commentary from your favorite movies and TV series and make connections in the business.You can check out more of Jennifer’s work later this year when Stretch Armstrong and the all new Whacky Races hits television screens later this year. The future of more Forces of Destiny is still up in the air. But I think it is safe to say that Jennifer’s talents will be floating around the LucasFilm hanger for quite a while.You can view all of the Star Wars: Forces of Destiny shorts right now over at Disney’s main FoD page.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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NRS to take steps against campus littering

first_imgKolkata: In a unique initiative, NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities have decided to take steps against those who litter the hospital campus.The hospital has already started a comprehensive awareness campaign against littering of the hospital premises through various posters. According to a hospital official, people are often found smoking and spitting gutkha at various places in the hospital. It has become a nuisance. To keep the hospital premises clean, NRS Hospital authorities have launched a ‘Clean and Green’ campaign this month in an attempt to make Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengalthe patients and their family members aware about the ill effects of littering hospital. NRS is not the only hospital which faces this problem but all other government hospitals face the same, where a section of people smoke, spit Gutkha and other tobacco products inside the campus. During a meeting conducted by Rogi Kalyan Samiti at NRS Medical College and Hospital, it was decided that steps would be taken to check such nuisance inside the campus. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDeputy Superintendent of NRS Medical College and Hospital, Dwaipayan Biswas said: “We have started an environment awareness programme in the hospital. Those who are coming to the hospital with plastic bags have been given environment-friendly bags. The Fair Price Medicine shops and other shops which run through PPP model are also giving environment-friendly bags to the patients and their relatives.” Dr Biswas added: “Apart from putting up banners at various places inside the hospital, announcements are being made through the public address system to prevent people from littering. A big pond situated inside the hospital has been renovated and benches and lights have been installed around the pond as a part of the beautification drive.” Those who are found smoking or spitting inside the hospital are being urged by the staff members of the hospital not to indulge in this practice. In many cases, the relatives of the patients are littering the hospital premises. To check such incidents, the hospital authorities are planning that they would take back the visiting cards of the patients’ relatives who are found littering the area. The hospital authorities are considering imposition of fines on those who would indulge in such practices. The final decision is yet to be taken.last_img read more

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Racist tweets and death threats sent to Drag Race All Stars 3

first_imgWe are shook at this RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 conspiracy theoryShe’s crowned: The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 is…Here is a sneak peek of the first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/racist-death-threats-sent-drag-race-stars-3-queen/ Aja slams racist fans ‘defending’ herAja responded to the racism on her Twitter.They said: ‘MY ELIMINATION DOES NOT WARRANT HATE TOWARD ANYONE!!!! MAY I REPEAT. IF YOU SUPPORT HATE AND RACISM THEN YOU DO NOT SUPPORT ME! IF I SEE IT – YOU WILL GET BLOCKED.‘that is not the T! calm that shit the fuck down.‘It’s a god damn show. A fucking show about mostly men in dresses. And in my case, a beautiful woman from St Tropez – I don’t like seeing hate. ‘It’s tacky and nobody deserves it.‘IF YOU WANNA FOLLOW ME THEN FOLLOW ME BUT DON’T THROW HATE AT OTHERS. IT’S NOT HER FAULT!’Drag Race winner calls racist fans ‘psychotic’Tyra Sanchez calls out racist Drag Race fansRuPaul has previously spoken out against racist fans of the show, defending queens who are victim of social media trolling.Other stars have also slammed the bigoted portion of Drag Race’s fandom.Season 2 winner Tyra Sanchez called the fans ‘psychotic’ in a Reddit AMA.‘White queens are always the favorite. Black queens deserve hateful tweets. Queens should be stoned or tarred and feathered even if they deserved the win. ie.: Nina Bonina Brown or me.’When asked if she would have been received different as a winner in a later season as compared to an earlier one, Tyra responded: ‘The same. Black.’RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 continues next Thursday on VH1.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- SPOILERS FOR RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS 3Racist tweets and death threats have been sent to a queen competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3. RuPaul stars in Drag Race All Stars 3 Many on Bebe’s Instagram have also sent positive messages. Others have also tried to stop people using racist emojis.‘Some of y’all are using the monkey emoji to reference Bebe. Can y’all stop that’s fucking racist. You aren’t representing Aja well.’ If you don’t want to know spoilers for episode five, please leave now.Here’s a beautiful picture of Ru:RuPaul is the Queen of HeartsIn the latest episode, aired yesterday (23 February), Bebe and Trixie were the top two queens.The season one winner won the lip sync to Diana Ross’ The Boss.She decided to send home Aja home. Shangela stayed in the competition for another week.Death threats and racism sent to Drag Race queenAngry Aja fans have responded to the elimination with racism, hatred and death threats.Some have used the monkey emoji on Bebe’s Instagram. Others have called her racial slurs. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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