Paine plays down Archer fear factor backs Warner

first_imgSydney: Australia captain Tim Paine says the tourists will not be intimidated by England fast bowler Jofra Archer and has backed misfiring batsman David Warner to hit form in the third Ashes Test at Headingley. Paine was full of praise for Archer, whose raw pace electrified the drawn second Test as he took five wickets and peppered the Australians with bouncers, leaving Steve Smith with concussion that has ruled him out of the match in Leeds. But Paine said Australia’s batsmen were used to facing pace and had a few useful speedsters of their own. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It’s fantastic to see a young cricketer with so much talent come onto the scene and it was a bit of a buzz to face him at Lord’s,” Paine wrote in a column for the Australian newspaper. “He’s fast for sure, but in Australia we’ve been brought up facing guys of his pace. “Every time we have a net (session) we have Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson coming at us like we are the opposition.” Paine said Smith’s replacement Marnus Labuschagne, who scored 59 when he came on as Test cricket’s inaugural concussion substitute, showed the depth of Australia’s squad. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHe was unconcerned about Warner’s lack of form, which has seen the left-hander score only 18 runs in four innings. “David Warner hasn’t hit his straps yet and I notice people getting a bit trigger happy on that subject, but I am not worried,” he wrote. “We are 1-0 up in the series and he hasn’t got out of the blocks. He is a match winner… he is also the most mentally tough cricketer I know. He is due a score and that is a dividend I am looking forward to.” Meanwhile, former Australia paceman Andy Bichel has labelled England captain Joe Root a “blatant cheat” over a disputed catch on the final day of the second Test. Root took a low catch to end Labuschagne’s innings, with replays suggesting the ball may have bounced first, although the England skipper later insisted it had carried. “It didn’t carry. We can see that,” Bichel told Macquarie Sports Radio. “It’s ricocheted off the player as well so it’s bobbled a little bit to him, so therefore he’d know if he’s picked it up on the half volley — it’s blatant cheating.” The third Test begins on Thursday.last_img read more

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Pragya Thakurs comment on Karkare her personal view Karkare a martyr BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP Friday distanced itself from Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s controversial comment that IPS officer Hemant Karkare died in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had cursed him, saying it was her personal view which she might have made “due to years of physical and mental torture”. “The BJP believes that Karkare died while bravely fighting terrorists. The BJP has always considered him a martyr, ” the party said in a damage-control exercise. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The party, which has fielded Malegaon blast accused Thakur from Bhopal in the Lok Sabha election, claimed she had suffered “physical and mental torture” for years in police custody that might have caused her to make such a statement. The comment is her “personal view”, it added. Karkare, who headed the Mumbai anti-terror squad, had died in the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. Addressing BJP workers in Bhopal, Thakur claimed Karkare died as she “cursed” him for “torturing” her in custody.last_img read more

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Landmark pact indicates global support for indigenous peoples says UN expert

19 October 2009The international community showed its support for the world’s nearly 400 million indigenous people by adopting the landmark 2007 declaration outlining their rights, a United Nations independent human rights said today. The adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People came after more than two decades of debate.“The adoption of the Declaration signals the strong commitment of the international community to remedy the historical and ongoing denial of the rights of indigenous peoples,” James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedom of indigenous people, told reporters in New York.The text is based on the principles of equality, self-determination and respect for diversity, which form the “basic tenets of the modern human rights system,” he said.A non-binding text, the Declaration sets out the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples, as well as their rights to culture, identity, language, employment, health, education and other issues.The Declaration emphasizes the rights of indigenous peoples to maintain and strengthen their own institutions, cultures and traditions and to pursue their development in keeping with their own needs and aspirations.It also prohibits discrimination against indigenous peoples and promotes their full and effective participation in all matters that concern them, and their right to remain distinct and to pursue their own visions of economic and social development.In his briefing to the General Assembly today, Mr. Anaya, an unpaid independent expert who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, said that he described the scope of his mandate and the activities he has undertaken since assuming his position last May.His work, he said, falls within four interrelated areas: promoting good practices; thematic studies; country reports; and responding to cases of alleged gross violations.In the past year, the expert has wrapped up reports on Brazil and Nepal after visiting the countries, as well as a follow-up trip to Chile. He has also conducted missions to assess indigenous persons’ conditions in Australia, Botswana, Russia and Colombia. read more

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Zimbabwe hits out against international sanctions during address to UN debate

24 September 2010International economic sanctions against Zimbabwe are illegal and have caused “untold suffering” for its people, President Robert Mugabe told the General Assembly today, calling for them to be scrapped immediately. “The people of Zimbabwe should, like every other sovereign State, be left to freely chart their own destiny,” said Mr. Mugabe, addressing the second day of the annual high-level segment of the 192-member Assembly.He said the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union (EU) were introduced without reference to the United Nations and “with the evil intention of causing regime change. “These illegal sanctions have caused untold suffering among Zimbabweans, who alone should be the deciders of regime change.”The country’s Inclusive Government, formed early last year after disputed presidential and parliamentary elections in 2008, is united against the sanctions, Mr. Mugabe said.“The rest of the international community – including the SADC (Southern African Development Community), COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) and the African Union – has similarly called for the removal of the sanctions, but these calls have gone unheeded.”In his speech Mr. Mugabe also called for the reform of the Bretton Woods institutions, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and other multilateral financial institutions.“It is important to understand that the critical issues that we face today cannot be addressed effectively when so many countries and regions are left out of the key decision-making processes of institutions of global governance. We need to participate in the making of policies and decisions that affect our very livelihoods.” read more

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TigerCats make some moves

Monday morning, the Ticats suspended defensive tackle Torrey Davis and offensive lineman Marc Dile, but not any indiscretion.They’re both tending to personal matters and will return as soon as possible.   The Ticats also released three players; among them Hamilton native and former McMaster Marauder offensive lineman Jason Medeiros and fullback Daryl Stephenson.  A six-year CFL veteran, Stephenson spent the last 2 seasons with the Ticats.  It looks like Ottawa native John Delahunt has beaten him out for the Canadian fullback spot. read more

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Annan to meet with USs Powell and Rice

Mr. Annan will have meetings Thursday morning with US Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice before addressing a meeting at the Council on Foreign Relations on UN renewal and US-UN relations.The Secretary-General is then scheduled to fly to Brussels to attend the European Union Summit on Friday, after which he will return to New York.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General met today with the Ambassadors of the Latin American and Caribbean Group of Member States to discuss the report of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.He held discussions on the report yesterday with representatives from Africa, Asia and the Western European and other States groups. read more

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Wrestling No 6 Ohio State brings nationleading 10man lineup into NCAA Championships

No. 2 Kollin Moore gets his hand raised after defeating No. 19 Malik McDonald of North Carolina State University by major decision in the 197-pound bout, 15-6. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe Ohio State wrestling team will be the only team in the nation to represent all 10 weight classes when it heads to Pittsburgh Thursday to compete for a title in the NCAA Championships.No. 6 Ohio State (12-2, 7-2 Big Ten) will try to win the NCAA Championship as a team after finishing second each of the past two postseasons to Penn State. The Buckeyes have the edge as the only team with the ability to gain points in all 10 weight classes, and with multiple wrestlers in contention for individual championships.“Let’s not take for granted the fact that we did what no other team did this year in the country in regard to qualifying [all 10 wrestlers],” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said. “But also, it is Ohio State, and we can attract the best, and we are all seeking perfection and that’s what we are after.”The Buckeyes’ 10-man lineup earned five top-5 seeds for the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Ohio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds, received the only top seed for the Buckeyes.Martin is one of only 12 wrestlers nationally to own an undefeated record heading into the NCAA Championships.Ryan said Martin has a lot of pressure to win the national title but is confident in his abilities.“I believe [Martin] is the best pound-for-pound wrestler in the tournament,” Ryan said. “We will see come Thursday.”Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, avenged one of his two losses on the season in the Big Ten 141-pound championship match by defeating Penn State sophomore Nick Lee, the then-No. 2 wrestler in the NCAA at 141 pounds.McKenna could have a chance to avenge the only other wrestler that has defeated him this season in Cornell sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis, who is the No. 1 wrestler at 141 pounds and remains undefeated, should they both reach the finals.Ryan said McKenna learned from his loss, and knows what he needs to do to defeat No. 1 seed Diakomihalis.“[McKenna] had a great match with [Diakomihalis]. We liked the way the match went,” Ryan said. “He has to finish some of the shots he didn’t finish.”Ohio State redshirt senior Micah Jordan and redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestlers in the country at 149 pounds and 197 pounds, respectively, both head into the NCAA Championships as the other two No. 2 seeds for the Buckeyes.Jordan has lost only two matches this season, both to Rutgers’ Anthony Ashnault, who is the top seed at 149 pounds.Moore also has two losses to one wrestler: undefeated Penn State redshirt senior Bo Nickal, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds.Ryan said the wrestlers must go match by match and he expects big things from Jordan and Moore.“They got to be really smart with the tactics they use and the skill they use when they use it,” Ryan said. “A lot of this at times boils down to quality decision-making.”Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 9 wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, received the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Championships after a strong performance in the Big Ten Tournament, finishing as the runner-up.Pletcher said the 133-pound weight class was very difficult this season, but still feels ready to compete.“No matter where they put you in that bracket, it is going to be a brutal way,” Pletcher said. “I think I got a good [seed], ready to wrestle and feel good [about] getting back my mojo and ready to rock.”Ohio State senior Te’Shan Campbell, the No. 16 wrestler in the country at 165 pounds, received the No. 21 seed in the NCAA Championships.Campbell transferred to Ohio State from the University of Pittsburgh after the 2017 season and talked about what it means to him to be wrestling in front of his hometown in Pittsburgh for the NCAA Championships.“Why not have it at home [when] it could be anywhere?” Campbell said. “I look forward to the experience of going back home with friends and family and being able to celebrate with them.”No. 6 Ohio State will attempt to win its first NCAA Championship since 2015 starting at noon Thursday in Pittsburgh. read more

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Winklevoss twins decide 65 million from Facebook is enough after all

first_imgThe feud and lawsuit between Mark Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins has been played out in public for several years now. The publicity surrounding the case was only made worse by the hit movie The Social Network last year. Who’s side were you on after watching it?In 2008 the Winklevoss twins were awarded $65 million to settle the lawsuit that accused Mark Zuckerberg of stealing the idea that eventually became the billion-dollar Facebook social network. The twins initially accepted the payout. However, they later stated that Facebook had hidden certain details from them and decided there was more cash to be had, so they appealed on the basis of fraud. The federal appeals court decided the award was fair, but the twins were still not happy and planned to take their case to the Supreme Court.AdChoices广告The Social Network movie posterToday, they seem to have had a change of heart. $65 million is a good settlement after all, and they have dropped their intention to get a review at the Supreme Court. No official statement as to why this has happened has come from either the twins or their lawyer. All we can safely say now is that the lawsuit is well and truly over and Zuckerberg can get on with building his social empire.Read more at ReutersMatthew’s OpinionDo you think the twins just realized how much $65 million actually was and decided not to fight anymore? I’d say it was the other way around. They realized how much continuing to fight was going to cost with no clear signs they’d win, so why waste any more money?The fact they have fought Mark Zuckerberg for so long demonstrates they believe a wrong was done or that the potential payout would be hundreds of millions. I’m sure giving up will hurt after pushing this through the courts for so long, but I keep coming back to the fact they still have $65 million in the bank. You really can’t be too unhappy with that to fall back on.last_img read more

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Vaccins les sels daluminium quils contiennent sontils dangereux

first_imgVaccins : les sels d’aluminium qu’ils contiennent sont-ils dangereux ?France – Un livre sur l’aluminium, publié il y a un mois, laisse à penser que les sels d’aluminium utilisés dans les adjuvants vaccinaux peuvent se révéler dangereux pour la santé. L’Académie de médecine dément et rassure.Certaines études portant sur le sujet auraient mis au jour que les sels d’aluminium peuvent favoriser la myofasciite à macrophages, qui correspond à une inflammation très importante du système musculaire. La publication d’un livre consacré à l’aluminium il y a de cela un mois a relancé le débat, à tel point que certains se demandent si les effets des sels d’aluminium utilisés dans les adjuvants vaccinaux sont véritablement connus.Un débat qui a le don d’agacer l’Académie de médecine, qui tente de rétablir la vérité via un communiqué :”Rien ne permet, dans l’état actuel des connaissances, d’imputer à cet adjuvant vaccinal, employé depuis de si nombreuses décennies, des troubles systémiques et neurologiques certainement plurifactoriels et d’évaluation délicate” explique-t-elle. Et d’ajouter qu’en 2004, une étude sur le sujet a été menée par l’Agence des produits de santé, les conclusions de cette étude ne remettant “pas en cause la balance bénéfices-risques des vaccins contenant un adjuvant aluminique”.Le 22 octobre 2010 à 10:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Giants of philanthropy leave county example to follow

first_imgWhen Dollie Lynch died, she’s the one who gave flowers, as a way to welcome those who would be entering this world.Along with Mary Granger, Ray Hickey and E.W. “Ed” Firstenburg, she was one of four prominent philanthropists to die this year after sharing another distinction. All four had earned the title of Clark County First Citizen during a span of five decades of civic involvement.“It is unlikely that we will ever see over such a short period of time the passing of such a talented and committed group of philanthropists,” said Rick Melching, executive director of the Community Foundation. “Collectively and individually, their compassion, generosity and leadership serve as examples for all of us who remain. Their loss will be felt by our community for many, many years to come and we were fortunate to have them among us.”• Mary Granger died Nov. 27 at the age of 78. She was Clark County’s 1987 First Citizen. Granger was a key founder of the Community Foundation, which has raised and distributed $90 million in 26 years for Southwest Washington agencies and programs.Granger also started the local “I Have a Dream” organization. Since 1995, the project has provided opportunities for students from low-income neighborhoods at Washington, Hough, Harney, and Martin Luther King elementary schools.The sponsor-funded program has helped 330 students prepare for, get into and graduate from college. With the final group of students in their senior year of high school, the program’s graduation rate so far is 85 percent. And half of those graduates go on to higher education, said a program official.last_img read more

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Facebooks Calibra cryptocurrency wallet already has competition

first_img Comments Mobile Tech Industry Share your voice 3 Tags Facebook plans to launch a new cryptocurrency called Libra in the first half of 2020.  Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images Facebook doesn’t plan to launch its new Libra cryptocurrency and a complementary digital wallet until 2020. But that hasn’t stopped some startups from throwing their hats in the ring early. On Sunday, Israeli developer ZenGo said a cryptocurrency wallet it rolled out earlier this year will begin supporting Libra. Since Facebook and its 27 partners haven’t launched the cryptocurrency, ZenGo is letting users store a test version. The test Libra funds, unlike the version that’s coming, don’t have any real monetary value.libraZenGo is letting users experiment with a test version of a new cryptocurrency, called Libra, that’s expected to launch in 2020.  ZenGo “Getting to know it early might spark some new ideas and give you a head start for when Libra becomes truly operational,” ZenGo said in a blog post. You can experiment with Libra by going to your account tab in the ZenGo app, which is currently available for iPhone users. The wallet also lets you buy Bitcoin, Ethereum and Binance Coin with your credit card or Apple Pay. Since Facebook announced Libra, the company has faced pushback from US lawmakers who are concerned that the cryptocurrency will be abused by criminals and negatively impact the US dollar. Facebook’s blockchain boss, David Marcus, said in a congressional hearing last month that the social network wouldn’t launch Libra until the company has addressed all concerns, but he stopped short of agreeing to a moratorium. Facebook took the wraps off Libra in June. Unlike many other cryptocurrencies, Libra will be pegged to a basket of assets that anchor its value, so that value won’t swing wildly. The Libra Association that’ll manage the currency hasn’t said what those assets will be, but it suggested they’d include major global currencies, like the dollar and the euro. The proposed crypto has been met with a chilly response from regulators and politicians around the world.ZenGo will compete with a digital wallet called Calibra that Facebook plans to introduce in 2020. The social network, though, has the advantage of already having 2.4 billion monthly active users. You’ll be able to download the Calibra app onto your iPhone or Android device, or add the wallet into the messaging apps Messenger or WhatsApp once it’s released. The Calibra wallet will also work with other wallets that accept Libra. Users need to verify their identity by uploading an ID such as a driver’s license.ZenGo, which plans to release an app for Android phones, said that users can create their digital wallet by downloading the app and providing their email. You also don’t need a private key, and ZenGo users scan their face to backup their wallet. ZenGo said it’s a “noncustodial” wallet for Libra, which means you have full control over your funds instead of having to rely on a third-party. Facebooklast_img read more

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9hour free power supply to benefit 1815Lakh AP farmers

first_imgAmaravati: Minister for Energy Balineni Srinivas Reddy said the nine hours day time free power supply would benefit 18.15 lakh farmers for which the government allocated Rs 4,525 crore. The Minister held a review meeting with officials on Sunday. He said Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had directed the Energy Department to implement the free power supply strictly. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us On this occasion, the Minister said that free power to irrigation pumps could enhance farm production and empower the farming community in the State. Similarly, aqua farmers would get power at Rs 1.50 per unit which benefits 53,649 families. The government has been implementing the ambitious scheme of nine hours daytime free power to agriculture, free power to SC, ST families and power to aqua farmers at cheaper price. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us He said that the government laid special focus on implementation of welfare programmes and moots a special mechanism at the division, district and discoms level to ensure 100 per cent success of the three prestigious welfare schemes in the power sector in coordination with agriculture, social welfare and fisheries departments. The Minister said that the Chief Minister is determined to turn the AP power sector into a growth engine which would definitely boost the overall development of the State. Energy Secretary Srikanth Nagulpalli said the government is strongly determined to ensure quality power supply to 1.8 crore consumers in AP.last_img read more

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QCity Tech Park properties seized by ED

first_imgHyderabad: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday seized property of Q-City Tech Park worth Rs 86.38 crore. The assets of M/s Mack Soft Tech Private Limited, Hyderabad, in the form of Q-City Tech Park was seized. The properties consisted of 2,500 square yards of land and 2.45 lakh square feet of building space cumulatively worth Rs 86.38 crore under the provisions of Section 37A of Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA), in lieu of foreign assets illegally held abroad in contravention of Section 4 of FEMA. The seized Tech park is situated at Survey No.109, 110, 111/2 at Nanakramaguda at Gachibowli here. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The ED sleuths initiated investigation under FEMA on the basis of information that M/s MSTPL remitted huge funds outside India in contravention of FEMA, 1999. During the course of investigation, it was revealed that M/s MSTPL illegally transferred foreign exchange to the tune of US$ 12,500,000 (equivalent to Rs 62.08 Crore) to Orient Guide Investments Limited of Hong Kong under the guise of purchase of a non-existent fake software license. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Further, during the period from November 2011 to December 2016, the company had transferred foreign exchange to the tune of US$ 3,980,000 (equivalent to Rs 24.30 Crore) to Senat Legal Consultancy FZ LLC, UAE and Cresco Legal Consultancy FZ LLC, UAE in the name of Legal Services. It was proved that this was a sham transaction. The above foreign outward remittances on the pretext of purchase of Software License and Legal Services were made by the company with a view to siphon off funds from India and park them abroad. Illegal holding of foreign assets outside the country is a contravention of Section 4 of FEMA, the authorities said.last_img read more

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Capital debate heats up Naidu kin gained from insider trading

first_imgAmaravati: Minister for Urban Development Botsa Satyanarayana on Tuesday reiterated his charge of largescale insider trading by previous government before deciding on Amaravati as the location for capital city. Addressing a marathon press conference, Botsa said families of former Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and former Union Minister and BJP Rajya Sabha member Y Sujana Chowdary had purchased hundreds of acres of land. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Satyanarayana observed that Chandrababu Naidu’s relative was given a huge chunk of land at throwaway price and the same land was merged with the Capital Region so that the value can be escalated. This is one example for insider trading that took place during previous TDP government. He alleged that Naidu gave around 493 acres to his relative MSP Rama Rao at Jayantipuram village at Jaggayyapeta mandal in Krishna district. Rama Rao’s son Sribharat married Nandamuri Tejaswini, who is the daughter of Nandamuri Balakrishna. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us “The government gave 493 acres for VBC company, which is owned by Rama Rao. It was given at throw away price of Rs 1 lakh per acre through APIIC. Later, it was merged with the CRDA, through GO MS No 207 dated September 22, 2015”, he said. Jitin Kumar, who is cousin of Y Sujana Chowdary, got land of 110 acres at Gudimetla village, Chandarlapadu mandal. He is director of Kalinga Greentech company, which owns the land. This is one out of 120 companies of Sujana Chowdary. Similarly, Sujana Chowdary’s nephew Yalamanchili Rishi Kanya also holds 14 acres at Govindaraju palem, Veerulapadu mandal. Advertise With Us The Minister said that these examples are mere tip of an iceberg. The irregularities and corrupt practices will soon be exposed by the government, he said. Botsa, however, evaded a reply to a question on whether the government will construct the capital city of Amaravati or does it propose to shift to some other area.last_img read more

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Is Steve Smith a better Test batsman than Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgTest Cricket has always been the arena of players who are technically strong and operate according to the orthodox way of batting. The cricketing world has experienced the stroke making of one of the greatest player to play the gentleman’s game, Sachin Tendulkar for more than 20 years. Be it Test cricket or ODIs, the master blaster had outclassed all batsmen of his generation with the records and milestones he achieved.The elegance, smoothness and the graceful manner with which the 46-year-old used to bat have always been soothing to the eyes. His footwork, body posture and head positioning while hitting a straight drive or a cover drive is a perfect lesson for budding cricketers who want to make it big. His batting technique has been a topic of research and discussion during his playing days and even now. Standing 5’5″ tall, he is worshipped as the ‘God of cricket’ in India. Many arguments have been put forward around the world by cricket fans to support the idea that he is the best during the time he was playing.But in recent times an Australian cricketing prodigy has raised the bar to a certain extent which can make him a better Test batsman than Sachin Tendulkar. The unorthodox right-handed batsman who goes by the name Steve Smith started his cricketing career as a right-arm leg-spinning all-rounder but is now the best Test batsman of his generation.Smith better than Sachin in Test cricket? Sachin Tendulkar.ReutersThe 30-year-old cricketer in the recently concluded first Ashes Test match against England saved the face of the Australian team when they were 122-8 in the first innings and went onto to score 144 runs which helped Australia to post 284 runs on the board. In the second innings, he again scored a ton and helped Australia win the match.Smith also became the second-fastest cricketer to score 24 centuries leaving behind Virat Kohli and even Sachin Tendulkar. The 30-year-old has also reached Test rating points of 947 which is the second-highest ever, being behind only Sir Donald Bradman who stands on 961 points. In 66 Test matches, the Australian batsman has scored at an average of 63 which is also the best after Bradman. Sachin, on the other hand, had an average of 53.8.The Australian cricketer has a very unorthodox way of batting. But he has been very effective for the team due to his calmness and composed nature on the field. His wrist-work while batting is a lesson for budding cricketers who want to become a batsman. The way he moves across the stumps and hits the ball on the on-side, keeping his guard open and the way he angles the shots makes him pretty much vulnerable. But till now he has not failed to prove himself and probably will continue to do so.It is too soon to give him a spot above Tendulkar but if he continues to play the way he is currently batting then, definitely, he will one day become the greatest Test batsman after Bradman. Tendulkar is definitely a bigger player than him if we judge on the basis of all forms of cricket but in Test cricket, the unorthodox Smith is probably the better among the two in terms of records.last_img read more

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Khaledas adviser Taimur arrested

first_imgTaimur Alam KhandakerTaimur Alam Khandaker, adviser to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, was arrested in Narayanganj on Tuesday in an explosives case.Narayanganj police arrested Taimur from Chandmari area of the district around 11:15am.Motiar Rahman, additional police superintendent of Naraynganj, said a case against Taimur had been filed with Narayanganj Model Police Station on 5 January 2015 for his involvement in a bomb blast and vandalisation.An arrest warrant was issued against him long ago, Motiar added.Taimur was the former president of district Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).last_img read more

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Stranger Things Duffer Brothers Accused of Stealing Idea from Short Film

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Our favorite nostalgia-based sci-fi/horror series may or may not be as original as we all thought it was. The Duffer Brothers, creators of Netflix’s hit Stranger Things, are being sued by a filmmaker named Charlie Kessler. Kessler claims that the Duffers stole the idea for their series from a short film he released in 2012. The six-minute film is called “Montauk,” and according to the BBC, Kessler claims he discussed the film wiht the Duffer brothers at a party for the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. At the time, Kessler was trying to make it into a full-length feature, and his lawsuit claims he and the Duffers discussed the “script, ideas, story and film.” The suit alleges the Duffers have made “huge sums of money” from Kessler’s ideas. He’s suing for breach of an implied contract, and seeking unspecified damages.The Duffers have denied the allegations, saying Kessler has no connection to the development of Stranger Things. An attorney for the brothers called Kessler’s claim meritless and said, “The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler’s short film nor discussed any project with him. This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work.”It’s not entirely clear which themes and ideas Stranger Things is said to copy from “Montauk,” nor is it even easy to confirm how similar the two projects are. “Montauk” was uploaded to Vimeo back in 2012, and Slashfilm published an interview with Kessler about it. At some point, that video was made private, and is no longer available to watch. The Wayback Machine will show you a snapshot of the page with the film still there, but the video itself won’t load. Right now, there’s no way to determine for yourself just how much, if at all, Stranger Things copied “Montauk.”All we have at this point is some descriptions from that interview. We know it was a found footage-style movie because hey, it was 2012 and those were still all the rage back then. The story was told through news reports and just characters filming everything. The videos overlapped to tell the story of an unexplained violent incident in the Long Island beach town of Montauk. In the interview, Kessler talks about where the idea came from, and it does sound kind of Stranger Things-y.“I did grow up on Long Island, I had spent a lot of time going out to Montauk. Was always fascinated with urban legends in general and specifically local folklore. So having loved the area, I especially got fascinated with one called The Montauk Project, which was a supposed set of highly classified government experiments in Camp Hero State Park out in Montauk. It’s based on that, if it’s real or not is certainly up for debate. If people on the site are curious, there’s a ton of literature out there in print and online, a lot of which helped inform the events in the short.”According to Deadline, Kessler’s short film involved a missing boy, a government facility performing experiments on children, and a monster from another dimension. The only footage I could find was this 47-second trailer on YouTube. The effects are impressive, though it looks like it leans a little more into the horror than Stranger Things does. (The same uploader also has another Stranger Things-like short film called “Montauk,” but it’s 20 minutes long and by a different person altogether. It’s a popular idea, it seems.)So here’s where it gets complicated. Kessler says that the Duffer Brothers originally developed Stranger Things for Netflix under the working title The Montauk Project. And that appears to be true. Deadline says that when the originally reported on the Duffers’ then-new series, it was called Montauk. Other than that, it was very much the series we know and love. It described itself as a “love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation.” The logline mentioned story beats like a mysterious girl, top-secret experiments and supernatural forces. The only difference is that it took place in 1980s Montauk, Long Island. As production began, the setting was moved to Hawkins, Indiana.Now that sounds bad, but before either came out, there was a book published in 1992 called The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time, about secret government experiments in Long Island. It launched a bunch of conspiracy theories, which could have easily formed the basis for both Stranger Things and “Montauk” whether the Duffers ever met with Kessler or not. At this point, we can’t make any kind of judgment though, because there’s no way, at least not one I can find, to watch the original short film. Too bad too. The scene in that trailer makes it look pretty cool. Stay on targetcenter_img Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Cabin Is Now an Escape Room last_img read more

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Live Events Are the Next Big Thing in Branding

first_img 5 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 1, 2018 Brand is probably the most misused word in the English language. Branding started as a way to identify livestock roaming the range. It grew from there to mean creating a logo for a company. As the word gathered steam, it came to mean the look and feel of a company, then the customer experience and finally the company itself. But at its core, brand building is about storytelling — about connecting with people rationally and emotionally. And it’s for everyone — people, small businesses, large enterprises and associations.For as long as our species has been on Earth, we have been feeding our insatiable hunger for stories. At first, we just told each other stories that were shared inside our tribes. Sometimes we illustrated them on the walls of caves, and they were shared with other tribes. Eventually, we got smarter and came up with more ingenious ways to experience our stories. We invented language and tablets to help us tell them. Then, when we realized we could transform bark into paper, we invented scrolls and books for our stories. The smarter we got, the more technology we applied to help share and create experiences around the stories of our time.Related: To Be Successful, Your Brand Needs a Clear, Simple FocusWe created big thing after next big thing, including the printing press, radio, television and, finally, the internet. All these technologies helped to satisfy our hunger to share the human experience. These days, the internet itself has spawned a plethora of next big things enabling us to better share our stories. We have email, social media, blogs, podcasts, streaming video, virtual reality, augmented reality and much more to come. It’s this media through which we feed our souls — and through which we build our brands.These next big things continue to change the course of human behavior. I’ve seen it before, having had the privilege to work with companies that have done just that — including Apple, Adobe, BlackBerry, Cisco and Google. These companies changed the way we communicate with each other, gather information, develop and share content, go to work and entertain ourselves. They brought about new trends in behavior, including our dependence on smart phones, our storing and sharing of photos, finding our way, listening to music and educating ourselves.Related: How to Build a Billion-Dollar BrandInterestingly, the technologies behind these trends enable us to be more productive, increase our networks and keep meticulous track of our lives, but they also conspire to separate us from each other. This phenomenon has brought about a new trend to spend more and more time exploring the things we enjoy live. Live is experiencing our humanity together, in the same space. It invites the opportunity to look up and at each other and to feel the human connection. The live experience has officially become a medium of choice for people around the world, especially millennials.In 1964, Marshall McLuhan told us in his book Understanding Media that the medium is the message. In other words, when you choose a medium in which to tell a story, the story is inevitably connected to, and actually embedded in, that medium, complete with the medium’s capabilities, limitations and idiosyncrasies. The medium, in fact, becomes part of the story.I think Marshall McLuhan would agree that in the 21st century — an era ripe with technology in which we can communicate with each other in myriad ways, but one in which everyone is glued, heads down, to their device — the richest medium of all is “live” because it affords us the opportunity to experience the human condition together and to share it. It’s no wonder companies are hungry to get face-to-face time with employees, customers, partners and influencers, and to create experiences that develop into long-term meaningful relationships with their brands.Related: 5 Marketing Strategies From Major Brands: What You Can Learn From Their Mistakes and SuccessesThe live medium is ripe for commercialization in the same way publishing, radio, television and the internet were commercialized in the past. The giants of these industries — Hearst, Tribune and Gannett; ABC, CBS and NBC; Google, Amazon and Netflix, among others — built empires on the crests of new media waves. Their efforts moved industries; their companies changed the world. The music industry is already commercializing the live medium focusing on concerts as primary revenue generators and artist brand builders. If the music industry can do it, why can’t others?Imagine a world where live experiences become brand builders for companies and organizations. Is it possible to transform old industrial spaces into new brand building experiences? Could that be a commercial service? Yes, and the time is now to capitalize on the live medium for the purpose of brand building. After all, the better a brand is, the more people will flock to it. And effective live experiences can solidify a brand’s presence, and even drive brand migration, among consumers. Don’t miss out; it’s time to start implementing this next big thing into your brand building and marketing strategies. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Recap Two lanes closed due to accident on M6 motorway in Cheshire

first_imgTwo lanes are closed on the M6 motorway in Cheshire due to an accident this evening (Tuesday May 14). The lanes are shut on the southbound carriageway due a collision between junction 19 and junction 18. North West Motorway Police first reported the accident at around 8.20pm. A Highways England spokesman said:  “M6 southbound J19 towards J18 (Tabley A556 Northwich Holmes Chapel Chester Middlewich) “Traffic Officers have been deployed to a collision involving a vehicle which is now facing the wrong way in the outside lane. Lanes 4 & 3 have been closed.” It is unclear if any other vehicles are involved at this stage. Traffic England currently reports normal traffic conditions are expected to be restored between 9.15pm and 9.30pm tonight. Elsewhere on the motorway in the area, the northbound exit slip road at junction 19 is shut due to a vehicle fire. We’ll bring you further updates on the accident on the southbound carriageway as we get them on the live feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .20:37From Inrix Two lanes closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).Lane three and four (of four) is closed. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing womancenter_img Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

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Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics

first_img July 1, 2019 — Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company based in Oxford, U.K. Subject to customary closing conditions, completion of the transaction is expected in the third quarter of this calendar year.Bracco Imaging will acquire all outstanding shares of privately-held Blue Earth Diagnostics for the equity value of $450 million, plus closing adjustment estimated at $25 million, from healthcare company Syncona and Blue Earth Diagnostics’ management team. Upon closing of the transaction, Blue Earth Diagnostics will be a subsidiary of Bracco Imaging, led by its current leadership team and will retain the Blue Earth Diagnostics name. Blue Earth Diagnostics employs approximately 100 people and is expected to generate revenues of $140 million in the year to September 2019, primarily in the U.S.The first novel positron emission tomography (PET) molecular imaging agent developed by Blue Earth Diagnostics is Axumin (F18-fluciclovine) injection. Axumin is approved in the U.S. and the European Union for PET imaging in men with suspected recurrent prostate cancer based on elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels following prior treatment. The company’s pipeline includes prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-targeted radiohybrid (“rh”) agents, which are a clinical-stage, investigational class of theranostic compounds, with potential applications in both the imaging and treatment of prostate cancer.Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with an estimated number of more than 170 thousand new cases in 2019 in the U.S. While most cases of primary prostate cancer can be treated successfully, the cancer will recur in up to one third of cases and in a third of those recurrences, patients develop distant metastases leading to a fatal outcome. In two separate studies which evaluated the utility of Axumin (F18-fluciclovine) PET/CT (computed tomography) in providing physicians with actionable information for the management of men with recurrent prostate cancer, the intended management plan was changed for approximately 60 percent of the study subjects, based on the results of the Axumin PET/CT scan.F18-fluciclovine has a broad range of other potential applications in cancer imaging and Blue Earth Diagnostics is investigating the molecule for other cancers including in neuro-oncology.For more information: www.braccoimaging.com, www.blueearthdiagnostics.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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