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Rebirth At Perth?

first_imgMuch like the country’s premier bourse – the Bombay Stock Exchange – Indian cricket is lunging from one crisis to another. As I write this on the evening of January 23, the eve of the fourth and final Test Match at Adelaide against Australia, there is more stuff in the newspapers and in the electronic media about the supposed rifts within the Indian cricket team than about its preparation for a potentially exciting finale to the Test series.The latest ruckus centers on the selection of the team for the triangular one-day-international (ODI) series in which India faces Sri Lanka and Australia soon after its Test series against the hosts. By dropping three of the veteran quartet of star batsmen – Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, V.V.S.Laxman, and Sachin Tendulkar – the Indian selectors unwittingly pried open a Pandora’s Box. The trouble, ironically, is one of riches. All four touched sublime batting form at various times during the three tests played so far, but only Tendulkar was spared the selectors’ axe for the ODI series. Supporters of the discarded players (those of the “Dada” from West Bengal being the most chauvinistic and vociferous) have gone to town denouncing the selection policy of putting youth ahead of experience. Harbhajan Singh celebrates taking the wicket of Australia’s captain Ricky Ponting for 1 run at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the fourth day of their second cricket test. True, one could have opted to retain one or even two of the dropped in-form veterans, considering they have obviously acclimatized themselves to the trying Australian conditions. But when a debate of this sort generates more heat than light, pertinent points tend to be lost. For instance, test cricket calls for a different emphasis on a player’s skills than do One-Dayers, and the seniors are not famous for their agility in the field. Also, if India’s One-Day skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants a side of his choice – which does not include the above trinity of veterans -so be it. A captain can, and usually should, call the shots for team composition.Sadly, the ODI selection imbroglio overshadowed a remarkable Indian win in the third test match in the series. Remarkable enough for commentators such as Sunil Gavaskar (one of the few observers of the game with a keen sense of history) to call it the greatest ever since Indian cricket first tasted a series victory on foreign soil in 1971. The Perth victory was sweet revenge not only against an unsportsmanlike and boorish Australian team, but also against at least a dozen umpiring decisions that went against the Indians in the second Test at Sydney which, in fairer circumstances, we should have won or, at the very least, honorably drawn.Journalism, it is often said, is history in a hurry. If so, it isn’t at all surprising that the reports and analyses of the Perth Test have missed its historical significance. It is commonplace to overlook the significance of an event, particularly when it is preceded and followed by the “noise” of the surrounding controversy.I’d go a step further than Mr.Gavaskar. Perth signifies a new chapter in Indian cricket, a renaissance of sorts. No, don’t look at the scores to know why. There wasn’t a single century scored in that test, nor a single five-wicket haul which, for the uninitiated, is the bowling equivalent of a batsman’s century. The absence of individual dominance over the match, in fact, could at best be a pointer to collective effort.But the real reasons transcend the material aspects of the game. To know their significance, let me trace the events that led to this remarkable contest. The Indians came to Perth after a harrowing experience at Sydney where we lost, not to a better cricketing opponent but to a couple of lousy umpires.Worse, Harbhajan Singh was slapped with a match-ban for an allegedly racist remark against Andrew Symonds on the field during the Sydney Test. The ban (later suspended) came from the International Cricket Council (ICC) matchreferee Mike Proctor, who, like the rest of us, saw nothing untoward on television. Furthermore, the umpires admitted they neither heard nor saw anything that was incriminatory enough to be reported for disciplinary sanctions by ICC (see sidebar).Despite this, Proctor accepted the version of the Australian players and dismissed that of Sachin Tendulkar, the only Indian cricketer on the field at the time, aside from Singh. Was Harbhajan being framed by the Aussies because he has been tormenting Aussie skipper and leading batsman Ricky Ponting with his spin-bowling guile? Did Harbhajan, in a straight-faced exchange of swear-words with Symonds say “teri maa ki” which the latter, an Australian of aborigine extraction, heard as “monkey”? We can only speculate on the basis of unconfirmed insider whispers.What we do know however, is that the Indian team was understandably hurt by the insult of the undeserved one-sided ban on top of the injury of the loss as a result of the one-sided umpiring at Sydney. The team had the option of packing the bags and returning home in the wake of the tensions between the opposing teams as well as over the umpires.Instead the boys played out of their skins to beat the Australians convincingly in the next Test match barely a week later. That a team often ridiculed in the past – including by this writer – for its seemingly spineless display of cricket in crunch situations, should steel itself and fight like wounded tigers to subjugate the world’s highest ranked (and worst-behaved) team speaks of a remarkable transformation.Perth was a rite of passage, in a manner of speaking, for a bunch of boys who walked through the fire of unforeseen adversity and emerged as a team of dignified mature men.For sure, earlier teams have tasted test match victories. For sure, many of those wins were severe contests of on-field nerve and temperament. But I’m not so sure any of them was such a gruelling test of character, such a resounding affirmation of self belief. Are We Really The Bad Boys Of World Cricket?Indians are the bad boys of cricket, according to an Australian media analysis of ICC-code violations by players and teams playing international Test and One-Day cricket. India and Pakistan come out looking the worst. In a damage-control exercise to shield their own brattish cricketers against the wrath of cricket-lovers worldwide, Australian newsmen have stumbled upon a gold-mine. Ostensibly hoping to win friends and influence people in favour of the Aussies in the midst of the Sydney controversy by tarnishing the image of Indian cricketers, The Sunday Telegraph of Melbourne published a list of On-field Offences by Teams and Players, as adjudicated by ICC officials over the last ten years. Here it is: TEAM OFFENCES (since 1997) India 43 Pakistan 39 South Africa 27 Australia 25 England 21 Sri Lanka 18 Zimbabwe 15 New Zealand 14 West Indies 13PLAYER OFFENCES (since 1997) Sourav Ganguly (India) 12 Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 11 Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan) 07 Graeme Smith (South Africa) 06 Glenn McGrath (Australia) 06 Harbhajan Singh (India) 05But the real question is: How credible is a pot that calls the kettle black?Every right-thinking television viewer of international cricket knows the score. White-skinned players routinely get away with excessive appealing (to the point of intimidating umpires), abusing rival players, ball tampering, unreasonable gamesmanship, time-wasting and widespread dissent, while those with darker complexions are not so lucky. If that is not racist, what is? It happens simply because despite the Asian countries (read: India) contributing a lion’s share to the ICC kitty, the representation in its top policy-making echelons is disproportionately white.So far, the Asian countries and their players have been ignoring these unfair sanctions because they primarily involve pecuniary penalties and make no material difference to the outcome of a match. But now we know that they can have long-term consequences: they all add up, and can serve (a decade later) as a handy brush to tarnish team and player reputations. The firangs themselves have a saying for it: Give a dog a bad name, and hang him  Related Itemslast_img read more

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BCCI wants Rahul Dravid to be Team India’s next coach: Report

first_imgBCCI’s advisory committee comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman has approached their former team-mate Rahul Dravid to take up the role of chief coach of Team India.Dravid, presently in charge of India A and U-19 teams has done a commendable job with the younsters. According to a report in The Times of India, the advisory panel have put forward the proposal and Dravid has taken some time before taking a call.”Rahul has said he will give it a thought,” said a source to TOI.Moreover, going by the report, if Dravid agrees to take up the assignment, he will be given a free hand and a long contract extending to 2019 World Cup.However, there is not much of clarity on the future of Ravi Shastri, whose contract ended after India’s campaign at the World Twenty20. The sources in the BCCI say that the board is not keen to appoint him as chief coach. The advisory committee will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss on the appointment of India’s next head coach.Dravid is presently the mentor of IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils and before that he guided India to the U-19 World Cup.The board had earlier contacted former Australian player Michael Hussey for the role, but the proposal didn’t work out. It has also been learnt that the contracts of assistant coach Sanjay Bangar, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar will be extended.last_img read more

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Dhanraj Pillay buys team in Mumbai TT League

first_imgMumbai, Jun 21 (PTI) Four-time hockey Olympian and ex-India captain Dhanraj Pillay is the co-owner of a team in the Mumbai Super Table Tennis League which held a players auction at the NSCI here today. Dhanraj, one of the best-known names in Indian hockey, is the co-owner of Blazing Bashers and said ownership of a team will lead to better involvement in the event. “I like to see the younger generation come forward and play whichever game they love to play. I am the joint secretary of the Air India Sports Promotion Board and table tennis is one of the games I am involved with in that capacity,” said Pillay at the media conference to announce the details of the MSL which is to be held from July 7-10. “Last year I was the chief guest at the prize distribution function of this League and was impressed by the passion I saw. I told Kamlesh Mehta (former national table tennis champion and chairperson of MSLs organising committee) that I want to buy a team if possible. Money is not important, but (by buying a team) my involvement will be there. You will see me in shorts and T shirt shouting for my team,” said the four-time World Cupper. Asked why was he not interested in buying a hockey team, Dhanraj said, “I am ready to buy a team in hockey and (Olympian and ex-teammate) Gavin Ferreira is organising a rink hockey tournament and I am planning to do it,” said the 47-year-old one-time wizard, who led India to the Asian Games gold after 32 years in Bangkok in 1998. Two-time Olympian Mehta, winner of eight mens national singles titles and also a former India captain, said last year the event was held as an experiment without player fees. “We are giving 60 per cent of the money involved in the tournament to the players through fees and prize money. The overall cost of hosting the League will work out between Rs 20 and 25 lakh or even more,” said Mehta. Sanil Shetty, who won the national mens singles title in 2013, was the highest buy in the auction for Rs 35,500 while Divya Deshpande (Rs 23,500) got the highest bid among women paddlers at the auction. Each tie will have nine matches featuring men, women, junior boys and girls, cadets and veterans. PTI SSR NRB ATK CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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UAAP suspends UE’s Nick Abanto for one game

first_imgFILE – University of the East’s Nick Abanto during a game against National University in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament. Photo from UAAPMANILA, Philippines—The UAAP on Tuesday announced that University of the East’s Nick Abanto will be suspended in the Red Warriors’ next game against Far Eastern University on Sunday.Jensen Ilagan, the league’s basketball commissioner, came about Abanto’s suspension after the forward was caught swinging his left arm toward the head of Ateneo’s William Navarro as the two were battling for a rebound upon thorough review.ADVERTISEMENT The incident happened at the 6:33 mark of the first quarter of the Blue Eagles’ lopsided win over the Red Warriors last Sunday but no foul was called.“Upon multiple reviews of the incident, we saw that there was intent by Mr. Abanto to hit Mr. Navarro that causing him to fall and eventually be carried off the playing court,” said Ilagan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“The action was unprovoked and his intention to hurt was apparent. Therefore, an unsportsmanlike foul shall be assessed against him.”Abanto was also called for an unsportsmanlike foul late in the fourth quarter and thus, meriting an automatic one-game suspension. This jewelry designer is also an architect Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The eyes have it: Max Scherzer embraces 2 different eye colors View comments According to article 4.3 of the UAAP Basketball Rules, “The Commissioner has the power to impose additional penalties. This power may be exercised to non-calls but involve abhorrent acts in nature including, but not limited to, flagrant unsportsmanlike fouls, and conduct that involves dangerous and dirty tactics and supported by the official video.”“We call on all student-athletes to always keep in mind the safety and welfare not just of their teammates but also their opponents. Though the spirit of sports is competition, the ultimate goal is to build comradery among everyone,” Ilagan stressed. LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Becoming his own manlast_img read more

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EPL: Arsene Wenger eyes golden chance to put one over Jose Mourinho

first_imgArsene Wenger has probably never had a better chance of finally beating a Jose Mourinho side than when Arsenal visit Old Trafford on Saturday to face a Manchester United team in underwhelming form and ravaged by injuries and suspensions.The Frenchman has never trumped Mourinho in 13 competitive games since they first clashed in 2004 and he has often been the loser off the pitch as well, with Mourinho taunting him about Arsenal’s lack of title success over the past decade.But Arsenal have a good opportunity to register their first Premier League win at Old Trafford since 2006 when they face a United team that could be without six players, including their first-choice defence.Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended and centre halves Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling are injured along with right back Antonio Valencia who is recovering from surgery on a broken arm.There are also doubts about midfielder Marouane Fellaini and full back Luke Shaw as Mourinho grapples with the most serious injury crisis of his time at United.Ibrahimovic’s absence will give Marcus Rashford the chance to move to his natural position as central striker for the first of four straight United home games in all competitions.The Old Trafford faithful will be looking for signs that Mourinho is making progress despite a disappointing start to his reign which has left them sixth in the table, six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and eight adrift of leaders Liverpool.Wenger’s main injury doubt cleared up on Tuesday when forward Alexis Sanchez, whom he had urged to miss Chile’s World Cup qualifier with Uruguay after tweaking a hamstring, showed no ill-effects after scoring twice in a 3-1 comeback win.advertisementFor once, Arsenal, who had 11 other players on full international duty last week, will be confident of winning on a ground where Wenger has often emerged an angry second best, most notably in 2011 when they were humiliated 8-2.Liverpool travel to Southampton with a major doubt over their former Saints midfielder Adam Lallana, who suffered a groin injury after scoring a penalty for England in their 2-2 friendly draw with Spain on Tuesday.However, such are coach Juergen Klopp’s attacking options, with Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi pushing for selection, that he will be confident of extending a run that has brought 14 goals in four games.Former winger Steve Heighway became the latest Liverpool great to praise Klopp this week, saying the club’s late manager Bill Shankly would have approved of the ethics Klopp is instilling at Anfield.By that he meant how the team is playing, the desire for success and the way talent is being developed by the charismatic German.Chelsea and Manchester City are also flourishing under new management with Antonio Conte’s second-placed side at Middlesbrough on Sunday, 24 hours after Pep Guardiola’s City, who are third, bid to make up ground at Crystal Palace.last_img read more

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Andy Flower stands in as England director with Andrew Strauss on leave

first_imgReuse this content Share on Twitter Share via Email Topics Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Andrew Strauss Cricket news Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Andrew Strauss is to take a summer-long break from his role as director of England cricket with Andy Flower stepping into the breach as a temporary replacement.The former England captain’s wife, Ruth, was diagnosed with cancer last December and is due to begin a new treatment at the end of this week. With that in mind, Strauss has been granted a period of compassionate leave to offer his full support.Strauss, who was appointed three years ago, said: “Andy Flower is going to be stepping in for me over the course of the summer. We all know about his qualities and his experience of both England and English cricket and he will fill in my shoes very adequately.“ I look forward to returning and grabbing the reins again but at this period of time my focus has to be on supporting Ruth and my family at a challenging time for us.”Since standing down as England’s Test team director after the 2013-14 Ashes whitewash Flower has been operating in a number of roles behind the scenes, first as the head of elite coaching before taking over as head coach of the Lions set-up.Strauss has continued his running of the senior England teams during the early stages of his wife’s diagnosis and has recently introduced a new selection system, with Ed Smith taking charge of the panel and now six new scouting roles handed to Marcus Trescothick, Glen Chapple, Steve Rhodes, Richard Dawson, Chris Read and James Taylor.“They will be compiling reports on players of interest to us,” said Strauss. “But they won’t compile reports on their own players, if they are involved in a county. It is just formalising a process that has been going on in a more ad hoc manner for a long time.On the new approach he added: “The idea is for us to get better information on all the players in county cricket. This is not what some people think it is, around loads of data and statistics. This is about getting qualitative information on what England’s needs are.” England cricket team Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Exciting Opportunities with TFA!

first_imgTouch Football Australia have recently opened applications for three new and exciting roles that are integral to the growth and development of Touch Football across the country.We are looking for forward thinkers with energetic personalities to assist us in taking Touch Football to the next level nation-wide.Our current vacant roles are all based out of Rugby League Central in Sydney, giving you the opportunity to fully leverage the relationship TFA has with the NRL and achieve greater unity between the sports.To find out more about these roles, please click here.If you would like to discuss any of these roles in more detail, please call Grace Bryant on 02 6212 2800.last_img read more

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Minister Falconer Hails Jamaica’s No. 1 Press Rating

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Information in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer has hailed Jamaica’s number one standing in Press freedom in the Western Hemisphere as “a significant recognition of Jamaica’s democratic tradition and our sacred regard for Press freedom”. The Minister was reacting on Wednesday, January 30, to the just-published global report on Press freedom by the highly regarded Parish-based Reporters Without Borders, which showed that Jamaica has overtaken Canada as the country which boasts the highest level of Press freedom in the Western Hemisphere. Jamaica is ranked 13th in the 179-country ranking, ahead of the United States (32), Britain (29), Canada (20) Germany(17) and Switzerland (14). Minister Falconer said that legislation, such as the Access to Information Act, and the Broadcasting Commission and Radio Re-diffusion Act, as well as Government policy to open up and diversify the media landscape, has considerably strengthened the foundations of Press freedom in Jamaica. She reiterated the commitment of the Government to table in Parliament, before the end of this legislative year, a Bill which will eliminate criminal libel and increase freedom of speech.  The Minister said the Government is “resolutely committed” to the preservation and advancement of Press freedom in Jamaica, as it sees Press freedom as inextricably linked to democracy. “This Government will do nothing to impede the work of journalists in the exercise of their duties on behalf of the people and acting as watchdogs of our democracy,” she pledged. She pointed to the restructuring of what was the Cabinet Press briefing to what is now the Jamaica House Press briefing, where  journalists have wider access to public officials as well as Government Ministers. Senator Falconer added that there have been regularly scheduled meetings with Government communicators across all ministries, departments and agencies, “with my clear instruction that journalists must be given access to information and must be facilitated in their work of informing the Jamaican people.”  She said the robustness of the Jamaican press is one of the things which the entire country could be proud of, in a world where many people do not enjoy these rights. She noted that Jamaica’s ranking in the latest Reporters Without Borders survey is an improvement on the 2012 Freedom of the Press report by Freedom House, where Jamaica was ranked 22.last_img read more

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Notleys pipeline plans not phased by Supreme Court beer ruling

first_imgThursday’s Supreme Court decision regarding one man’s battle to bring cheep Quebec beer across a provincial border to his New Brunswick home could have spillover effects in Alberta’s pipeline dispute with British Columbia. The judgement reiterates part of the constitution which states provinces cannot impose trade restrictions with the intent to punish other provinces. Alberta Premier, Rachel Notley was asked about the decision Thursday night, outside a B’nai Brith dinner.Reporter question: “Premier are you worried about the Supreme Court decision and being able to stand up for pipelines?”Notley’s answer: “No we’re good–we’ve had a good conversation–and we’re still very confident that everything is going to work out the way it needs to. Thank you.”Premier @RachelNotley as she was leaving the dinner tonight – “is she worried today’s Supreme Court decision could impact her ability to stand up for pipelines?” #yyc @660NEWS pic.twitter.com/e6XZ6MC44v— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) April 20, 2018It was the only question the premier took from Calgary media before being whisked away. Notley is scheduled to be in Fort McMurray Friday, for a facility ground-breaking.last_img read more

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Jane Lynch And Matt Sorum Launch Adopt The Arts Campaign

first_imgFundAnything, the crowdfunding site started by Bill Zanker and Donald Trump is launching a crowdfunding campaign with actress Jane Lynch and rocker Matt Sorum.Video: Adopt The Art Campaign Pitch With Jane Lynch and Matt SorumThe campaign will raise funds for the Adopt the Arts Foundation, to bring music to the public schools of LA.The organization founded by Abigail Berman and Matt Sorum, is on a mission to bring vibrant music and arts programs to the Los Angeles United School District, as a way to expand the horizons of children, and to counteract the deep budget cuts that have eliminated the music and arts curriculum from LA schools.Adopt the Arts is launching its FundAnything campaign with a video starring Jane Lynch and Matt Sorum. In the video, Matt tries out some new songs on Jane in an attempt to come up with the perfect message for inspiring kids. He and Jane also get a little help from some of their famous friends who make surprise appearances on the video.“We’re so excited to launch a campaign that will help us expand our efforts to bring music into the lives of hundreds of school children who will now be able to practice and play an instrument and make music their very own,” said Abby Berman. “The really important part of our efforts, and the thing that policy makers and school administrators fail to see, is that the music spills over into every other aspect of these kids’ lives, adding color, vibrancy, creativity, and instilling them with practical knowledge and self-confidence.”Jane Lynch, whose character Sue Sylvester on the hit television show Glee would rather walk on hot coals than see Wm. McKinley High School’s Glee Club succeed, stresses the importance of providing music for its own sake, and as a springboard into a richer world. She attributes her own success to arts programs in school, and sits on the board of Adopt the Arts.The Adopt the Arts Foundation sprang to life in 2010 when Abby Berman became aware that the music program at the Rosewood Avenue School, where her children were students, was scrapped because of budget cuts. Berman alerted friend and musician Matt Sorum, and the two jumped into action — adopting schools and restoring their music programs; and harnessing the star power of several actors and musicians to help raise awareness and funding. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, quickly became a friend of Adopt the Arts, and not only understands the importance of a musical education, but also credits an elementary school music teacher for setting him on his road to success.In addition to the Adopt the Arts’ FundAnything campaign, on September 15th the Foundation is holding its first large scale fundraising gala with an evening concert entitled Peace Through Music. The fundraiser has a two-fold objective: to help raise funds for the underserved schools in the Los Angeles United School District; and to raise much needed awareness and funds for the education of girls in Pakistan. Matt Sorum will perform at the concert, and will be joined by Pakistani philanthropist and musician Shehzad Roy, singer Macy Gray, guitarist Slash, and other guest artists.“Crowdfunding is a great way to raise funds for school programs because it invites parents and teachers to get involved to bring about positive change,” said Bill Zanker, the co-founder of FundAnything. There’s great excitement and optimism as funding becomes available and kids can once again benefit from being exposed to the arts.”The FundAnything Adopt the Arts campaign is looking to raise $85,000 in a 45-day period on the site. The funds will be used to implement a fully-operational elementary school music program, including hiring and paying the salary of an experienced music teacher.last_img read more

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DBM Maroc Launches the First Moroccan Hybrid Laptop

Casablanca- DBM Maroc has recently announced the launching of the first made-in-Morocco hybrid laptop (tablet + laptop), according to Le360.DBM group, which markets its products under the brand name Accent, has announced the release of “TransformerTB1010,” the first hybrid laptop made in the country.According to the same source, the head of IBM Maroc, Karim Almazouzi, said the brand new product is a serious competitor to other renowned international groups who produce similar products, especially American and Korean companies. Mr.  Almazouzi also explained that IBM Maroc’s share in the Moroccan market amounts to 30%, indicating that there the group intends to increase its ratio in the market of electronic panels. DBM Maroc was established in 1996, and now has more than 100 employees. The group also has two highly developed assembling units in the industrial zone of city of Muhammadia. read more

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Morocco’s Hakimi, Lekjaa, Renard Winners of 2018 CAF Awards

Rabat – CAF awarded Morocco’s head coach Herve Renard “Men’s Coach of the Year” and Moroccan football team player Achraf Hakimi “Youth Player of the Year,”CAF also awarded Fouzi Lekjaa, president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), “Federation President of the Year “The CAF Awards ceremony took place this evening in Dakar, Senegal. CAF President Ahmad Ahmad arrived in Senegal to participate in the ceremony. Read Also: Morocco’s Hakimi, Renard Among Finalists in 2018 CAF AwardsRenard was competing for the best coach award against Senegalese coach Aliou Cisse and Tunisia’s Mouine Chaabani.A masterful coach, Renard has won two Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) championships, one with Zambia in 2012 and one with Cote d’Ivoire in 2015.Renard has also achieved great performances with the Atlas Lions, especially in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The head coach and his Atlas Lions also qualified to the 2019 CAN.Atlas Lion’s star Hakimi was competing for the best young player against AC Milan midfielder Frank Kissie and Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi.Hakimi, who plays with Dortmund on loan from Real Madrid, is the fastest footballer in the German league with a speed of 35.10 kilometers per hour, according to Kicker.Last month, the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) ranked Hakimi the top fullback in the European leagues in the previous three months. He outperformed several stars with a score of 85.3.Mohamed Salah, ‘Player of the Year’CAF awarded Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who plays for Liverpool, “Player of the Year.”South Africa’s Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana, who plays for Houston Dash, won two prizes: Women’s Player of the Year” and “Goal of the Year.” Her fellow country women Desiree Ellis won “Women’s Coach of the Year” award.Mauritania received “Men’s National Team of the Year” and Nigeria won “Women’s National Team of the Year.” read more

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Tourism has big role in cutting poverty but must be carefully managed

“Indeed, international tourism is one of the few ways in which the least developed countries have managed to increase their participation in the global economy,” he declared in a message to the 16th session of the UN World Tourism Organization, delivered in Dakar, Senegal, by the UN Resident Coordinator there, Alberic Kacou.At the same time, he stressed that tourism must be managed carefully to prevent a wide range of harmful effects that are becoming all too visible in many popular destinations.“These include destruction of natural heritage through overbuilding; ever higher demands on scarce water and energy resources; damage to ecologically fragile areas caused by irresponsible development; threats to indigenous cultures; exploitation of workers; organized sex tourism, and – most tragic of all – child sex tourism, which affects millions of children each year,” he said. read more

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US judge in Ore dismisses movie pirating lawsuit calling it unfair reverse

US judge in Ore. dismisses movie pirating lawsuit, calling it unfair ‘reverse class-action’ MEDFORD, Ore. – A federal judge has dismissed a movie company’s Internet piracy complaint against 34 Oregonians, saying the company was unfairly using the court’s subpoena power in a “reverse class-action suit” to save on legal expenses and possibly to intimidate defendants into paying thousands of dollars for viewing a movie that can be bought or rented for less than $10.The suit involves the 2012 movie “Maximum Conviction” starring Steven Seagal and Steve Austin, the Medford Mail Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/15JnmQd ).Voltage Pictures LLC, of Los Angeles, sought up to $180,000 in damages from each of the defendants accused of downloading the 2012 movie using peer-to-peer technology such as BitTorrent.Voltage said the defendants lived in Medford, Talent, Central Point, Shady Cove, Klamath Falls and Brookings. Statewide, nearly 600 people had participated in copyright infringement, the company alleged.In a ruling last week, U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken said the company had unfairly lumped the plaintiffs together to save more than $200,000 in court costs, and to possibly intimidate them into paying $7,500.A Blu-ray/DVD combo of the movie, she noted, can be obtained for $9 at Amazon.com, and a digital rental is just $3.99.The Salem attorney who filed the lawsuit in February, Carl Crowell, did not respond immediately to a call from The Associated Press.Aiken said technologies such as BitTorrent are “anonymous and stealthy tools” that allow large-scale copyright infringement. But she said the defendants weren’t equally culpable: Some had unsecured IP addresses, others allowed only downloading and prohibited uploading, while others were associated with institutional accounts such as businesses or schools with numerous users.The judge said cases such as Voltage’s allow plaintiffs to “use the courts’ subpoena powers to troll for quick and easy settlements.” She cited a letter sent to defendants that asks $7,500, saying that amount would increase up to $150,000 without prompt payment.___Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2013 5:35 pm MDT read more

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Filmmaker claims Beyonce stole his ideas to make Lemonade

Filmmaker claims Beyonce stole his ideas to make ‘Lemonade’ by The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2016 12:23 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2016 at 1:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A filmmaker has filed a federal lawsuit in New York against Beyonce alleging ideas from his short film were used to create the trailer that accompanied her new visual album “Lemonade.”The suit filed Wednesday in Manhattan also names the singer’s management company, Parkwood Entertainment, along with Sony Music Entertainment and Columbia Recording Corp.Matthew Fulks, of Louisville, Kentucky, alleges the producers of Beyonce’s “Lemonade” copied parts of a short film he produced in 2014.Fulks says a senior vice-president at Columbia had been sent a link to his film, “Palinoia.”He says “Lemonade” was produced months later. Fulks alleges the defendants infringed on his copyright because the two films are visually similar.Representatives for Beyonce and the corporations didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. read more

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How FiveThirtyEights NCAA Tournament Forecasts Did

We love making predictions at FiveThirtyEight, but we know that they’d be meaningless if we didn’t check to see how accurate they turned out to be. Over the past month, we forecast every NCAA college basketball game for the women’s and men’s tournaments, updating our numbers almost a hundred times as 132 teams were pared down to two champions.So let’s relive the NCAA tournament not through “One Shining Moment” but through a vetting of FiveThirtyEight’s forecasts.MEN’SOne way to assess our accuracy is to pit ourselves against Vegas, the gold standard of sports predictions. We took our final probabilities from before each March Madness game — converted to a point spread1The calculation for converting a win probability to a point spread in R: -qnorm(win_prob, mean = 0, SD = 10.36). That standard deviation is derived from a model Nate Silver built several years ago, based on about six years’ worth of tournament games. We then rounded to the nearest half point. — and used them to place hypothetical bets on the final Vegas line. For example: Vegas had Texas at -2.5 over Butler, but we gave the Longhorns just a 54 percent chance of winning. This implied a line of -1, so we bet on Butler to cover. (And we won!)Here’s how our hypothetical bets did through the round of 64. Note that if our implied line matched Vegas’s exactly, we wouldn’t place a hypothetical bet on that game.A 17-13 record is strong — enough to maybe make some money. More importantly, our model performed well when it differed significantly from Vegas. In seven games, marked in gray above, our model had a perceived edge of three points or more — a sizable gap in forecasting between the two basketball forecasts. In these games, our bets went 5-2.After the round of 64, things didn’t go so great:Through these last 31 games, our spreads tracked Vegas very closely. We disagreed on the favorite just once (correctly picking Notre Dame to beat Wichita State), and there were no games where our perceived edge was three points or greater. In 21 games, our edge was half a point to a point, a relatively small advantage to place actual money on. Luckily we didn’t, as these hypothetical bets went 6-15. When our perceived edge was greater than a point, our bets went 3-3. That gave us an overall March Madness record of 26-31, with 10 no bets.Betting against Vegas is great, but we’re aware that many of our readers stopped looking at our forecasts the moment they turned in their bracket. This means that the performance of our first, pre-tourney predictions was especially important.If you built a men’s bracket using only FiveThirtyEight’s initial numbers, you would have gotten 70 percent of the games correct. It’s hard to tell if we should be happy with that number — it’s certainly not going to impress sammyholtz16 or anyone else on top of the ESPN Bracket Challenge leaderboard. A better way to assess probabilistic forecasts is a calculation known as a Brier score, which we can use to compare ourselves to other models like Ken Pomeroy’s, Jeff Sagarin’s,2Sagarin just produces a power ranking, so for that model we used the converted probabilities that appeared in The New York Times. The Power Rank, ESPN BPI, and numberFire.A short, but still mathy, example of how Brier scores work: Our initial predictions gave No. 6 seed Xavier a 26.5 percent chance of advancing to the Sweet 16, while Ken Pomeroy’s log5 model gave them a 24.8 percent chance.3It’s sort of unfair to compare our forecast to Pomeroy’s, as our model incorporates his numbers as one of our variables. Pomeroy’s ratings and Jeff Sagarin’s power rankings can be used to forecast the tournament, but they were built to be useful throughout the entire college basketball season; they’re intentionally more generalized. Xavier did advance, so our Brier score for that event was (1 – 0.265)^2, or 0.54, while Pomeroy scored a 0.57. Being closer to zero is better, so we were (slightly) more accurate for that prediction.We calculated each model’s average Brier score for each round of the tournament. To benchmark all the results, we added a “chalk” model that assigned a 100 percent probability to the higher seed winning each game.4For games between teams with the same seed, the S-curve was used as a tiebreaker. Not every model predicted the play-in games, so for consistency we used every site’s predictions from before the First Four, but only measured the accuracy of predictions from after those games were played. Here are the results, including an overall average:FiveThirtyEight came in third, and all the models beat the chalk. Our forecasts started strong, with the lowest Brier score for the round of 64. We assigned the highest probabilities to Georgia State’s and Dayton’s upset chances — 24 and 38 percent, respectively. The Dayton pick — calculated before the play-in games began — was a coup for the geographic component of our calculations: Dayton had a home game against Boise State for its play-in, and then had to travel just a few dozen miles for its round of 64 matchup.NumberFire came in second, leaning heavily on favorites throughout the tournament. This killed numberFire early on — it gave Iowa State a 96 percent change over UAB — but this confidence paid off as the bracket became chalkier and chalkier. Other models, like Pomeroy’s, consistently underrate the favorites’ probability of winning, leading to weaker Brier scores.Once Duke started rolling, The Power Rank pulled away. Among the models we looked at, the site gave the Blue Devils the highest probability of advancing to the Sweet 16 (88 percent), Elite Eight (71 percent), Final Four (46 percent), and Championship game (27 percent). Duke was given a 12 percent chance to win the title at the tournament’s start. To compare, our model and numberFire each put Duke at six percent, while BPI had it at just three percent. Given that Duke is traditionally undervalued in bracket pools, fans who built their brackets on The Power Rank’s numbers likely had a pretty good tournament.WOMEN’SVegas might be the gold standard of sports predictions over in the men’s tournament, but unfortunately we couldn’t find a reliable source of betting lines for the women’s NCAA tournament (nor could we find them for any games other than the championship). This year was the first time we made March Madness predictions for the women’s tournament, and we knew there would be less data available for making the women’s model.Because there’s no major alternative we can use to judge our forecast, we were left with an imperfect measure: Did it do better than if we had just picked favorites? It’s a draw! if you built a women’s bracket using only FiveThirtyEight’s initial numbers, you would have gotten 84 percent of games correct, compared to … 84 percent if only favorites won.But Brier scores can help settle the tie. Here’s what happened when we compared our probabilistic results to the all-favorites picks.Our model outperformed the chalk model in the opening rounds (as it should have), but in some matchups it did more than just outperform. We gave DePaul, a No. 9 seed, a 77 percent chance of upsetting Minnesota, a No. 8 seed, and the Blue Demons won by seven. In the Spokane region, we gave Gonzaga a 48 percent chance of upsetting George Washington, nearly a coin toss, and sure enough, Gonzaga made a strong run all the way to the third round.We didn’t predict the Dayton upset of Kentucky (we gave them only a 22 percent chance of making it that far), and by the Sweet 16, the chalk model began to outperform us. Perhaps our model’s biggest oversight was placing too much weight on South Carolina making it to the national championship over Notre Dame, which was due in part to the geographical advantages we assigned to their playing in Greensboro. Both teams were No. 1 seeds, but Notre Dame was the higher 1 seed. We gave South Carolina a 40 percent chance of making it to the finals, and Notre Dame only a 34 percent chance. This was a very chalky tournament to begin with, however, with heavy, heavy favorites like UConn and the rest of the No. 1 seeds dominating the bracket.In total, however, we outperformed the chalk, and we’re pleased with how our first women’s March Madness predictions did. We’ll have more data to build on for next year, plus a better understanding of the fat-tailed distributions particular to the women’s tournament — and we’ve got a pretty good idea of who our model will favor again.CORRECTION (March 15, 2016, 12:10 p.m.): An earlier version of the first footnote in this article misstated the equation used to calculate implied point spreads from win probabilities. This calculation used a mean of zero, not one. The numbers that appeared in the article were not affected. read more

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Roald Dahl was inspired by his wifes stroke to create the words

first_imgRoald Dahl Dahl is well known for his diverse language, with six of his made-up words, including “Oompa Loompa”, being added into the Oxford English Dictionary last month.In The BFG, cheerful is replaced with “hopscotchy”, writing with “squabbling” and silly with “frothbuggling”. “The BFG has all these weird words and weird expressions,” Prof Solomon said. “The BFG struggles to get his words out just like a stroke victim.”Following his wife’s stroke, Dahl set up a “rehabilition” programme in a bid to help her learn to speak again. The BFG struggles to get his words out just like a stroke victimTom Solomon Prof Solomon’s said Dahl told him that his wife’s problems with words “must have” influenced his writing. “I had always enjoyed making up new words,” the author said, according to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine.“That is part of the fun, you know, that keeps the nippers interested… But I suppose, yes, some of the trouble Pat had did work its way into The BFG; yes it must have.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Some of the trouble Pat had did work its way into The BFG; yes it must haveRoald Dahlcenter_img Roald Dahl came up with words such as “snozzcumber” and “gobblefunk” after being inspired by his wife’s stroke, his doctor has revealed.The author, who died in 1990, also drew on side effects of the condition for his character the BFG and made him get his words out “just like” a stroke patient, Professor Tom Solomon said.Dahl’s wife, American actress Patricia Neal, suffered multiple strokes while bathing her eldest daughter in 1965. The author later became an active campaigner and played a part in creating The Stroke Association.  Prof Solomon, who was attending the Cheltenham Literature Festival to speak about his book Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine, spoke to Dahl about the link while looking after him.Speaking about the moment he asked Dahl, he said: “I said to him, ‘did all these new words and the difficulty with the BFG’s speech, did that come from Pat’s stroke?’“She struggled with her words like people do when they’ve had a stroke. She came up with all these funny words, like ‘oblogon’ for a cigarette and ‘you make me jake my diddles’ meaning ‘you’re making me cross’.” “Back then there was no rehabilitation, she would have got an hour every couple of days but he thought how is she going to relearn to speak and relearn to walk on an hour a day?” Prof Solomon said.“Look at children. Children have six hours a day in school to help them learn and so he thought that’s what we’re going to do.“He set up for friends and family to come and do an hour each, six hours a day to help her talk again.” Dahl’s approach to stroke rehabilitation became a whole movement and eventually became absorbed into the Stroke Association. Roald Dahl invented wordsCredit:Ronald Dumont /Gettylast_img read more

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Catalan derby lasted for 15 minutes – Barca easily over Granollers

11Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto52034 ASOBALBM GranollersFC Barcelona Intersporthandball ← Previous Story NORWAY: Cecilie Leganger four months out Next Story → SC MAGDEBURG SAVE DKB BUNDESLIGA: First season defeat for THW Kiel! 4Frigoríficos Morrazo Cangas53117 9Juanfersa Grupo Fegar52125 10Globalcaja C. Encantada51315 6Helvetia Anaitasuna52125 14Ángel Ximénez Puente Genil51133 15Bidasoa Irún50141 5Reale Ademar León52216 7Cuatro Rayas Valladolid51315 2Fraikin BM Granollers650110 12BM. Aragón51133 13BM Guadalajara51133 1FC Barcelona660012 8BM. Huesca52125 16Villa de Aranda Top Ribera50141 The clash of two unbeatable teams till yesterday in Spanish ASOBAL – Granollers and Barcelona was interesting only in the first 15 minutes until result was 6:6. At the rest of the match, handball fans have seen only clear Barca’s domination – 34:20 (17:10). Over 3000 fans in Granollers couldn’t help their players to give a better resistance to the one of the best sides in Europe.20. Granollers (10+10): Schulz (Sastre, ps); E. Pérez (-) Blanxart (-), Pujol (-), Capdevila (1), M. Garcia (1), A. Pérez (3), Campos (1), Reixach (1, 1p), Solé (3), Ruiz (-), Salinas (5, 1p), Grundsten (1), Del Arco (3), A. Garcia (1).34. Barcelona (17+17): Saric (Sterbik, ps); Noddesbo (1), García (2), Tomás (8), Entrerríos (1), Sorhaindo (1), Sarmiento (1), Ariño (-), Gurbindo (1), Rutenka (6, 1p), Stranovsky (2), Morros (-), Karabatic (5), Balaguer (2), Lazarov (4).STANDINGS 3Naturhouse La Rioja53117 read more

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TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright has died aged 66

first_imgCLARISSA DICKSON WRIGHT, the chef who became famous as part of the BBC’s Two Fat Ladies programme, has died at the age of 66.Her agent confirmed that she died on Saturday in Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary in Scotland.Dickson Wright had been a barrister before she teamed up with Jennifer Paterson in the 1990s to form the well-known cooking duo who focused on their love of food. Paterson died in 1999.The statement from her agent said: “Loved dearly by her friends and many fans all over the world, Clarissa was utterly non-PC and fought for what she believed in, always, with no thought to her own personal cost”.“Her fun and laughter, extraordinary learning and intelligence, will be missed always, by so many of us”.Clarissa Dickson Wright (back) with Jennifer Paterson at the start of their BBC series in 1997. (Pic: Ben Curtis/PA Archive)Read: How Tony Benn erected a secret plaque in a Westminster broom cupboard >last_img read more

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That party the ESB staged inside a mountain appears to have gone

first_imgTurlough Hill [ESB]Staff involved in the construction of the massive project, local dignitaries and various other invited guests all attended the bash.The Clare Memory Orchestra, the Wicklow Choral Society and well-known trad musicians Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill were amongst the performers — and if these snaps are anything to go by, the whole affair seems to have worked out pretty well… Source: Chris Bellew/Fennells Source: Chris Bellew/Fennells Source: Chris Bellew/FennellsRead: The ESB are throwing a party inside a mountain todayRead: Ten more years: Sunshine 106.8 gets to keep Dublin ‘niche’ radio licence THEY SAID IT couldn’t be done…Well, actually. No, they didn’t… Apparently, it was just the case that nobody really thought of it until now…The ESB has been hosting a concert inside Turlough Hill in Co Wicklow this evening to mark the hydro-electric station’s 40th anniversary.last_img read more

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