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Indian-Origin Cop, Working Overtime On Christmas, Shot Dead In California

Indian-Origin Cop, Working Overtime On Christmas, Shot Dead In California

first_imgA 33-year-old Indian-origin police officer in the US state of California has been killed after being shot by an “armed” unidentified gunman while he was conducting a traffic stop.Corporal Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department was shot and killed during a traffic stop when he was “working overtime on Christmas night to provide the best for his family.”Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

In the Twilight zone: H.M. Naqvi on Karachi

In the Twilight zone: H.M. Naqvi on Karachi

first_imgH.M. NaqviMany cities are founded by gods, heroes, conquerors but Karachi emerges from nothing, from stories. There are stories about Ram and Sita sojourning in a verdant cove that would become a canton of the city. There are stories about a wandering Sufi who settled by a creek and in,H.M. NaqviMany cities are founded by gods, heroes, conquerors but Karachi emerges from nothing, from stories. There are stories about Ram and Sita sojourning in a verdant cove that would become a canton of the city. There are stories about a wandering Sufi who settled by a creek and in time the lice he shook from his head metamorphosed into crocodiles. There are stories about some natural calamity, an earthquake perhaps, that compelled the inhabitants of nearby bastis to populate the scrim of coast on the Arabian Sea that is now populated by some 18.2 million souls officially (21 million unofficially).Karachi is vast and varied. It might rain in Orangi but it remains sunny in Pipri. There might be street battles in Lyari while families picnic on the seaside at Sandspit. There are Balochi neighbourhoods such as Razaqabad where women are holed up in dull, concrete, single-storied structures, and cantons that include McNeil Road where Christian matrons wander on the streets in skirts. Any attempt then to distill the city into discourse is fraught, if not always futile. One might begin with one’s own story, one’s own Karachi.****My grandfather arrived in the city not long after the sudden, sundering inception of India and Pakistan. He would wind up in a onebedroom, ground-floor portion of a semi-detached house in Paposh Nagar that featured low ceilings, flimsy doors, paved concrete floors, and despite the sehen in the back, could feel somewhat claustrophobic. The household comprised some 15 members then, many of whom sprawled on charpoys under the sky at night because it would be warm inside.advertisementPeople celebrate Pakistan Independence day in Karachi in 2011.Recently, I visited Paposh Nagar after an eon. When I arrived, the curious neighbourhood children, tossing a wizened tennis ball, inquired after me, and when I told them my grandfather lived here, they informed the landlord’s wife of my visit. “My husband’s at the shop,” she said, hand on hip- the same shop his father ran half a century ago.We used to look up to the landlord, literally and figuratively: He lived above us, he owned real estate, ran a business. Whereas there were times when my grandfather would not be able to feed his eight children and would have to dispatch them to his in-laws. My slight, unschooled, sariclad, Purbi-speaking grandmother, however, made certain that her children were educated, that they worked hard, that they excelled. Consequently, in the span of a generation, almost all her children moved from one part of town to the other. They would become doctors, engineers, chartered accountants, bankers and one joined the foreign service. Although my grandfather died in a rented house, his sons would, in time, purchase land, build homes, make a life for themselves.****The story of Karachi is a story of immigration. After all, save the crocodiles at Mungho Pir, there was nothing to Karachi 300 years ago. But when scattered communities of fishermen congregated in and around Karachi, the Baloch rulers of Sind took note. By the 18th century, the latter tried to capture the emergent trading post thrice. Karachiwallahs only relented in 1795 on the condition that the Baloch would not enter town. As a result, the conquering force set up camp along the Lyari River-the second wave of immigrants to the city. In 1800, Karachiwallahs threw out the small British contingent that had set up a factory within the town limits. The denizens of Karachi have always been hardy and fiercely independent.The third wave of immigrants came after 1831, after the bloody battle at Miani where British forces slaughtered 10,000 locals to secure Sind. They were Parsi, Goan, Lohana, Bohra. Last month, I met with the Bohra Lanewallah clan, one of the oldest extant families of Karachi. They owned vast swaths of real estate once, including the spectacular Sayfi Apartments, home to many of the city’s Jews. At one juncture, the Lanewallahs were among the most prosperous families in the city. Things, however, have since changed: The Jews have packed up and the Sayfi Apartments have frayed. The dynamic of immigration is straightforward: Each wave displaces the last. And each community grates against the other, then coexists.Unlike Lahore or Islamabad, Karachi is not pretty. It’s a rough and tumble megalopolis like Sao Paulo, like Mumbai, that features a hardy, dynamic populace.There are periods when other immigrant communities are at daggers drawn-Mohajir, Pathan, Balochi, Sindhi-followed by periods of relative amity. In the last decade, Karachi mostly flourished. Trash was collected. Parks sprang up. Roads, water lines were laid. Above all, law and order was maintained. In 2001, for instance, the homicide per capita rate in the city was lower than Boston, than Seattle. Things changed circa 2008. The detritus from the war on the border flowed downstream. Turf wars became routine. This summer, Lyari, a troubled canton ruled by feuding mafias (much like Dongri), went up in flames. The day I began writing this piece, 12 died in what newspapers term “targeted killings”.Lyari, however, is also renowned for its soccer players, snooker players, boxers and beer halls. Since I enjoy beer, I had tried visiting several times but each time I attempted I was told “it’s not such a good time”. During the soccer World Cup, however, Pax Lyrariana was declared. Massive screens were set up (reportedly 26 altogether), courtesy of the reigning don, Uzair Balouch. Thousands spilled on to the streets, some swilling beer, all championing Spain. (When I asked a Makrani boy raising a large yellow flag, Why Spain, given the expulsion of Muslims, the inquisition, he thoughtfully replied, Yes, but they still have Muslim blood in them!)advertisementAt halftime, I was summoned by Uzair. I expected a large, fearsome character. Instead, I found myself face to face with a handsome, soft-spoken fellow about my age, sporting a Brazil jersey. “You’ve come from outside,” he said. “Tell them to give us money for our stadiums, for the youth.”A stone’s throw from Lyari is Lee Market, an animate commercial mecca of the city, offering everything from tea and tinned products to nuts and dry goods. In offices the size of closets, Memons, Punjabis and Pathans conduct trade worth millions of rupees daily. And they will tell you that Uzair’s men run a massive extortion racket. One powdered milk merchant informed me, “Once upon a time the MQM collected bhatta. But they left it. Maybe they have other things to do.”****There are other stories, other dynamics that inform Karachi but routinely escape discourse. Once I visited Qazafi Town, a far-flung canton populated by Waziris, Pathans who hail from the troubled badlands of the country bordering Afghanistan. Had I walked into a home in Waziristan (especially being a Shia), I might have been deemed wajib-e-qatl, or “liable to be killed”, but in Qazafi Town I was invited into a co-ed home-school by two young women.Their mother, a tough matriarch, sat surveying her domain on a charpoy, while their brother, a bearded character with his shalwar above his ankles, was on his way to the mosque around the corner- rumoured to be patronised by the sectarian terrorist outfit, Sipah-e-Sahaba. How, I wondered, did he allow the school to function?I learned that after his father’s death, he became responsible for three women. Consequently, when approached by a local start-up NGO, he made an economic decision, not a religious one: By allowing the home-school, his sisters would receive a salary, free medical treatment (via a monthly mobile health clinic) and the school-his house-received floor mats, a water cooler. In a few years, he changed the way he lived and thought, the way his people lived and thought for centuries.advertisementFLAME, the organisation funding the homeschool (and hundreds around the country), is characteristic of the private social initiatives that define the life of the city. A student leader Adeeb Rizvi, built SIUT, a free, world-class kidney hospital from scratch. A group of businessmen that include Jameel Yusuf founded the Citizens Police Liaison Committee, an institution cited by the UN as a model for crime prevention. Humanitarians such as Akhter Hamid Khan, a pioneer in microfinance and “bottom up community development”, and Abdul Sattar Edhi-founder of a social welfare programme that operates the largest ambulance service in the world, not to mention orphanages, clinics and women’s shelters-have been Nobel contenders. Where the state fails, Karachiwallahs pick up the slack.****Unlike Lahore or Islamabad, Karachi is not pretty. It’s a rough and tumble megalopolis like Sao Paulo, like Mumbai, that features a hardy, dynamic populace. Karachiwallahs make Karachi Karachi. The city is populated by thugs and humanitarians, businessmen and novelists. No other city in Pakistan (or say, Austria for that matter) could sustain something like the Karachi Literature Festival. No other city can boast weekly qawwalis and mushairas as well as art exhibitions and plays. Karachi has changed dramatically in three centuries and will continue changing at the same pace. Whether it will change for the better or worse is a matter best left to punters and political pundits. I need qawwali, a plate of nihari and the energy of a megalopolis.Like my grandfather, I might not own any real estate in the city (or, for the record, anywhere else), but I have carved a life for myself here. As a storyteller, Karachi fascinates. There’s a story under every stone.-The writer is an award-winning author of Home Boy. He lives in Karachi. His next novel, to be out in 2013, is set in the city.last_img read more

Mike Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year MLB deal

Mike Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year MLB deal

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The deal was disclosed Tuesday by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been finalized. The contract was likely to be announced by the end of this week, the person said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHours later, news broke that Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros have agreed on a $100 million, six-year deal that keeps the All-Star third baseman under contract with the team through 2024, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.Trout would set a baseball record for career earnings at about $513 million, surpassing the roughly $448 million Alex Rodriguez took in with Seattle, Texas and the New York Yankees from 1994-2017. Shane Bieber struck out six in five innings for Cleveland. He permitted five hits and walked none. Dodgers newcomers A.J. Pollock and Russell Martin homered off Bieber. Pollock also had a double.Walker Buehler threw 46 pitches over 2 2/3 innings in his long-awaited Cactus League debut for Los Angeles. He allowed three hits and one earned run. The young right-hander was slowed by shoulder soreness earlier this spring.PADRES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3Eric Hosmer homered and Bryan Mitchell struck out four over two scoreless innings to close it out. Manny Machado went 1 for 4 and is batting .161.Adam Jones was 0 for 3 in his Cactus League debut for Arizona. He batted leadoff and played five innings in center field.REDS 6, WHITE SOX 5Prized prospect Nick Senzel doubled twice and scored three times for Cincinnati. Joey Votto got two hits and Yasiel Puig had a two-run single.Luis Castillo will start on opening day for the Reds, rookie manager David Bell announced.Chicago slugger Jose Abreu connected for a pair of home runs. Reynaldo Lopez allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings.ANGELS 9, ROCKIES 7 Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other LATEST STORIES Fulmer, who experienced elbow soreness during a recent bullpen session, will seek a third opinion.CUBS (SS) 6, MARINERS 4Yu Darvish made his fourth start for Chicago’s split squad, pitching 4 2/3 innings against a team of Mariners minor leaguers and allowing two runs — one earned — and five hits, striking out six and walking two. Darvish also had an RBI single. Ian Happ and Jason Heyward had RBI doubles and Wilson Contreras singled in a run.Kyle Lewis, Seattle’s No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, hit his third home run — a solo shot off reliever Carl Edwards Jr. — and his third double, scoring twice and raising his average to .429.ROYALS 8, CUBS (SS) 6Ryan O’Hearn homered, doubled and drove in five runs for Kansas City. Jorge Soler added two hits, and Jakob Junis gave up two runs in five innings.RANGERS 3, BREWERS 2Willie Calhoun had two singles, driving in all three runs for Texas. Lance Lynn made his third start, pitching five innings and allowing two runs, four hits, while striking out nine.Jesus Aguilar hit his third double, driving in a run for Milwaukee. Chase Anderson made his fourth start, allowing two runs and six hits, in four innings.INDIANS 4, DODGERS 2 Trout’s latest deal would top the new $330 million, 12-year contract between Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies, and Trout’s $36 million average annual value would surpass pitcher Zack Greinke’s $34.4 million in a six-year deal with Arizona that started in 2016. The contract also would best Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez’s $356 million deal with sports-streaming service DAZN.Progress toward an agreement was first reported by ESPN.Whether Trout’s contract is the largest in the world for a team athlete is difficult to determine. Forbes estimated Lionel Messi earned $84 million from Barcelona in 2017-18 and Cristiano Ronaldo $61 million from Real Madrid, but precise details of their contracts are not known.A 27-year-old entering what should be his prime years, Trout is considered baseball’s top player and would have been coveted as a free agent after the 2020 season. He lives in southern New Jersey, and Harper said he was excited about trying to recruit Trout to join him in Philadelphia.Although Trout recently built a home in his native New Jersey, he is staying on the West Coast with the Angels, who are coming off three straight losing seasons and haven’t won a playoff game during his career.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trout and wife Jessica have made no secret of how much they enjoy living in laid-back Southern California, and the low-key outfielder apparently decided to skip the pressure of free agency entirely.Trout has been an All-Star in each of his seven full big league seasons and hit .312 with 39 homers, 79 RBIs, 24 steals and 122 walks last year. He has led the major leagues in OPS in each of the last two seasons.Bregman’s agreement includes this season, buys out three years of arbitration eligibility (2020-22) and pushes back his opportunity to become a free agent by two years.The person who spoke about that deal did so on condition of anonymity because details had not been released by the team. The agreement was first reported by KRIV-FOX 26.The 24-year-old Bregman made his first All-Star team last season and was selected MVP of the game after hitting a home run to help the American League win. He set career highs with a .286 batting average, 31 homers, 103 RBIs and a major league-leading 51 doubles, finishing fifth in AL MVP balloting.The second overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft out of LSU, Bregman has hit .282 with 58 homers and 208 RBIs in 2½ seasons with the Astros, helping them win consecutive AL West titles and the 2017 World Series. He was limited early this spring after having arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in January.MORE FROM AROUND SPRING TRAININGYANKEES 6, RAYS 2Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced that setup man Dellin Betances will begin the season on the injured list due to right shoulder inflammation. Betances got an MRI after he continued to lack velocity with his fastball.Cashman also announced that starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez had passed his physical. If added to the 40-man roster, the 33-year-old left-hander would get a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn $9 million in performance bonuses: $300,000 for each start through 30. Gary Sanchez hit two run-scoring doubles for New York, and Aaron Judge singled in a run and scored twice. Greg Bird hit a solo drive for his third spring homer.Yankees right-hander Luis Cessa struck out five while pitching four scoreless innings.Tampa Bay’s Tyler Glasnow struggled in his fourth start. The right-hander issued four walks in 3 2/3 innings and was charged with five runs, sending his spring ERA to 11.00.NATIONALS 3, BRAVES 2Collin Cowgill capped Washington’s three-run ninth with a two-run homer. Anibal Sanchez pitched five innings of two-run ball.Austin Riley, one of Atlanta’s top prospects, hit a solo drive for his first spring homer. Bullpen hopeful Max Fried made his third start, striking out seven in five scoreless innings.PIRATES 3, TIGERS 1Josh Bell, Adam Frazier and Corey Dickerson had two hits apiece for Pittsburgh, and Steven Brault pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.Detroit left-hander Matthew Boyd allowed three runs, two earned, and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.The Tigers also announced that right-hander Michael Fulmer may need Tommy John surgery. The operation was recommended following an MRI exam and a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.center_img Justin Upton hit his first homer of the spring for Los Angeles. Peter Bourjos and Taylor Ward also went deep, and Kole Calhoun had two hits.Colorado starter German Marquez was tagged for eight runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Daniel Murphy homered and Nolan Arenado got two hits.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press Tuesday, March 19, 2019, that Trout and the Angels are close to finalizing a record $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)Mike Trout is about to cash in.Big time.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event UAAP men’s volleyball: Ateneo ends FEU’s unbeaten run, NU gets share of top seedlast_img read more

Kat Tolentino forgoes last playing year, leaves Ateneo a champion

Kat Tolentino forgoes last playing year, leaves Ateneo a champion

first_imgMOST READ Jordan Spieth refuses interview after 3rd round of PGA Championship DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Tolentino, Season 81’s Best Opposite Hitter, started her collegiate career with the Lady Eagles in the worst way having suffered three ACL tears that kept her out in Season 78.She eventually made her debut in Season 79 and became Ateneo’s best offensive threat in 2019 scoring a total of 266 points throughout the tournament.“This is Kat Tolentino, number 10, signing off.”ADVERTISEMENT Tolentino announced her decision after the Lady Eagles’ thanksgiving mass at the Church of the Gesu Saturday.“I just want to say how blessed and thankful I am to God that I am not just an athlete who had three ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries,” said Tolentino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“But one can finally say that I’m an athlete with three ACL injuries and one absolutely unforgettable championship, and one Ateneo family forever.”READ: Tolentino overcomes 3 ACL tears on way to 1st UAAP title Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kat Tolentino is leaving Ateneo a champion.The Lady Eagles’ talisman has decided to forgo her fifth year of collegiate eligibility on the same day they ruled over the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament and defeated University of Santo Tomas for the title.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View commentslast_img read more

Youth from valley continue to break new ground in sports:

Youth from valley continue to break new ground in sports:

first_imgMuftiJammu, Dec 4 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today praised a baseball player and a cyclist for their achievements and said that youth from Kashmir Valley were continuing to break new ground in sports.Tahir Shabnum of Srinagar was selected for the Dubai Cup India-Pakistan International Baseball Series to be held at Sharjah Stadium in United Arab Emirates.”Valley baseball player Tahir Shabnum selected for the Dubai Cup. Youth from the (Kashmir) valley continue to break new ground,” she tweeted.He was selected after participating in trials at Chandigarh and a coaching camp at Patiala organised by the Amateur Baseball Federation of India. The tournament is scheduled to be held from December 8.Shabnum has represented the state a number of times in the senior national baseball championships and also represented Kashmir University in All India Inter University Baseball Championship.In another Twitter post, the chief minister said, “Another great achievement in sports, Bilal Ahmed Dar (is) leading the way.”Cyclist Bilal Ahmad Dar, a resident of�Narbal area of Budgam, bagged four gold medals in the track Under-17 national school games. He also recently bagged three medals in the National Road Cycling Championship held at Karnataka. PTI AB AARlast_img read more

Mohamed Elyounoussi and Scott Brown steer Celtic past Hibs and into final

Mohamed Elyounoussi and Scott Brown steer Celtic past Hibs and into final

first_img (s 76′) 67 Forster 19 Johnston The weight of expectation sat firmly on the shoulders of Celtic’s players. They entered this semi-final having won 29 domestic cup ties in succession. The sense of Lennon’s team being strong favourites – to put it mildly – was further endorsed by Hibs’ struggles under Paul Heckingbottom. The ability of the former Barnsley and Leeds manager to recruit adeptly for the Scottish top flight has been open to serious question with Hibs delivering a series of lame performances. Here, they were ragged.Nonetheless, and in hinting briefly at the unpredictable nature of cup football, Hibs opened brightly. Daryl Horgan curled an effort narrowly over Fraser Forster’s crossbar in the eighth minute. Celtic’s reply – their first clearcut opportunity – was forceful enough to open the scoring. It also did the referee, Bobby Madden, a favour after he ignored a blatant handball by the Hibs captain, Paul Hanlon, inside his own penalty area.James Forrest, fresh from signing a contract extension, showed skill and patience before chipping the ball to the back post. There waited Mohamed Elyounoussi, who was composed with a headed finish back across the diving Chris Maxwell.The officials were to the fore again before Celtic doubled their advantage. Odsonne Édouard was offside as Christopher Jullien delivered a long ball to his fellow Frenchman. With no flag raised, Édouard actually miscontrolled when racing in on goal. He recovered sufficiently to flick the ball across the advancing Maxwell and into the path of Callum McGregor. The midfielder’s task was blissfully simple and he tapped the ball into an empty net.Hibs, to their credit, responded. Melker Hallberg hauled them back into the match after the Celtic left-back Boli Bolingoli had unwittingly played the ball right to the Swede’s feet. Bolingoli had been attempting to snuff out an inconsequential Hibs attack.Celtic did not fancy heading into the dressing room to incur Lennon’s wrath. Trickery from Édouard preceded a pass across goal to Elyounoussi, who lashed into the roof of the net from close range.Elyounoussi was agonisingly denied his hat-trick by the post within five minutes of the restart, and Forrest also cracked the woodwork soon after. The paucity of Hibs’ defending in the most basic of situations rendered the key question just how many Celtic would score.Number four was due to arrive and soon did. Maxwell made a hash of an Elyounoussi corner when under pressure from Jullien, with Scott Brown on hand to poke home. This marked a rare goal for the Celtic captain. 49 Forrest 17 James 8 Brown Share on Pinterest 27 Elyounoussi Match stats 22 Kamberi match reports Topics 30 Frimpong Reuse this content 18 Rogic Share on Twitter 9 Doidge West Ham’s late rally fails to save them from defeat by Newcastle United Hibernian 22 Edouard 4 Hanlon 6 Vela CEL HIB 7 Horgan Share on Facebook 6 Bitton 23 Allan (s 46′) Corners Share on WhatsApp Possession 23 Bolingoli Mbombo (s 79′) (s 67′) 17 Christie The wait for Celtic to relinquish their grip on Scottish football continues. This win over Hibernian, which was ultimately more comfortable than the scoreline suggests, ensures they take their place in the League Cup final next month, where Rangers or Hearts will lie in wait. Neil Lennon’s only gripe may be that Celtic did not press home their superiority over Hibs in more emphatic style; strange as that may seem for a victory by a three-goal margin.“We were breathtaking today from start to finish,” said Celtic’s manager. “I can’t speak highly enough of the mentality of the team. The way they went about their business made it very comfortable.” Goal attempts 42 McGregor Foulscenter_img 11 Newell Substitutes Scottish League Cup 21 Ntcham 2 Jullien 5 Hibernian Off target 11 Celtic 2 Hibernian On target 9 Celtic 20 Hallberg Hibernian 8 Slivka Celtic Share on Messenger 11 9 16 Stevenson Substitutes Read more 1 Marciano Celtic 33 Elhamed Lineups 18 Jackson 1 Gordon (s 46′) 10 Boyle 15 Hayes 35 Ajer 55 45 14 Mallan CEL55HIB45% 28 Maxwell Share on LinkedIn The Observer With many of their supporters heading for the exits, Hibs somehow clawed another goal back. Florian Kamberi, introduced at half-time, headed past Forster from a fine Tom James cross. Brown, terrific throughout, was to seal Hibs’ fate. The midfielder scored Celtic’s fifth at the second attempt after Maxwell saved his first shot from an Elyounoussi pass.“I thought Celtic were very good but we played a part in that,” said Heckingbottom. Whether such recurring generosity triggers action from the manager’s superiors remains to be seen. Share via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 3 Whittaker (s 68′) 21 Naismith 4 12last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace, Fulham go for wantaway Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden

10 months agoCrystal Palace, Fulham go for wantaway Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden

first_imgCrystal Palace, Fulham go for wantaway Newcastle midfielder Isaac Haydenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWantaway Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden is ready to return to London.The 23-year-old former Arsenal midfielder has made it clear he wants to leave the North East.Crystal Palace are alerted to the fact he wants to play in the south with Fulham also watching closely.Hayden said: “It’s unchanged and the club have known that from day one. It wasn’t going to change. My family, my partner and daughter will always come first. Football is football, but family is more important.“The club have had conversations already. Hopefully a solution can be found. It wasn’t in the summer, but I was professional and got on with the job I have to do.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

This Vintage OMEGA Speedmaster Watch Just Sold for More than $250,000

This Vintage OMEGA Speedmaster Watch Just Sold for More than $250,000

first_imgImage courtesy of BukowskisWe here at The Manual think that the Speedmaster is one of OMEGA’s most iconic watches. The design of this essential chronograph has stood the test of time in terms of style and functionality.A recent buyer at Bukowskis auction house in Stockholm thought so, too — so much so that the anonymous bidder paid 2,226,250 kr (Swedish krona) for a first-generation model from 1958. That’s equivalent to around $265,508 for those trying to calculate the exchange rate at home. Factoring in the buyer’s premium, the final tally came out north of $275,000, making this watch the most expensive Speedmaster ever sold. 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Carbon Fiber Explained: Why It’s the Perfect Outdoor Gear Material Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn center_img This particular Speedmaster (reference number CK 2915-1) was made from stainless steel and features a black dial with broad arrow hands and a high-quality internal caliber. The watch has paperwork to prove a build date of June 6, 1958.A major factor in its astronomical price was the original, unpolished condition of the timepiece. It’s almost impossible to find one with its original dial as well. The promenance of the watch, combined with the fact that the prior owner found it sitting in an attic, created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a discerning watch collector. The selling price is sure to set precedence for other non-exclusive watches that share a similar age and condition across different manufacturers.OMEGA has been on a great run this year, introducing special edition watches like this one for one for 007 himself. Although the James Bond watch was a Seamaster, its extremely limited release is sure to make it a similarly sought-after watch in the years to come.Currently, the Speedmaster comes in eight different editions, from a basic Co-Axial Chronograph to a special Anniversary Limited Series. There are even two models that pay tribute to the 1957 edition of the watch, replicating the model year’s timeless design seen then (and resembling the 1958 model).All of this just goes to show that the old, dusty finds in the attic might be worth a second look. Editors’ Recommendations Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy last_img read more

Separate investigations launched into allegations of assault and sexual abuse by RCMP

Separate investigations launched into allegations of assault and sexual abuse by RCMP

first_imgAPTN NewsTwo separate investigations are underway to look into allegations of assault and sexual abuse by employees of Manitoba Hydro, and members of the RCMP in communities in northern Manitoba.In one statement, the RCMP in Manitoba said the province’s Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) will look into conduct of its members dating back to the 1960s.The Ontario Provincial Police will investigate allegations made against Manitoba Hydro employees going back around the same time.According to a release from the IIU, the investigation is based on allegations made during the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) hearings in Fox Lake Cree Nation that date back to the 1960s in Gillam, located 1,064 km due north of Winnipeg.Details of the allegations were made public in August when the CEC released a report on the effects of a series of hydro dams on the Nelson, Burntwood, and Churchill river systems.The case was referred to the IIU by the RCMP said the release.The release said that the investigation will focus on the actions of RCMP officers in the region.More to come.last_img read more

YRB closing Buick Creek Road between 9 am and 3 pm for

YRB closing Buick Creek Road between 9 am and 3 pm for

first_imgMotorists are advised to plan an alternate route during the hours of the road closure.Anyone with concerns can call the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure at (250) 787-3237. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Officials with Yellowhead Road and Bridge say that the Buick Creek Road will be closed for six hours today.YRB North Peace Project Manager Andrew Stewart said that the road will be closed between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13th.Stewart also said that there will also be intermittent closures at the Buick Creek multi-plate pipe, between the Beatton Airport Road/Mile 73 Road and the Prespatou Road.last_img read more

Fluoride content in Gurugrams groundwater rose by 17 per cent

Fluoride content in Gurugrams groundwater rose by 17 per cent

first_imgGurugram: Data released by the district public health engineering department (PHED) has stated that the concentration of fluoride in groundwater in Gurugram rose by 17 per cent between 2016 and 2018. Fluoride concentration in Gurugram’s groundwater in 2016 was recorded at 4.7 milligrams per litre (mg/litre). This number rose to 5.5 mg/litre in 2018. Such a high concentration of fluoride can lead to several health problems, particularly oral health issues such as dental fluorosis. While it causes discolouration in the initial stages, severe fluorosis can lead to permanent physical damage to teeth. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to a report, doctors practising in these areas have asserted that the fluoride concentration in water has led to a noticeable rise in cases of oral health problems, particularly among children and young adults. Impure drinking water and presence of a large number of minerals in the groundwater reserves seem to be a major concern in districts of South Haryana. The worse impact of this is being felt in the Mewat region where a large number of cancer cases is being reported due to consumption of contaminated water. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThis issue was recently raised in the budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha. Speaking on the issue, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar advocated the formation of the committee of Southern Haryana districts led by Gurugram and Faridabad to deal with the challenge. Medical experts highlight over 30 per cent of the diarrhoea cases in the city were due to consumption of contaminated food and water. Worryingly, there was a large number of minors and infants who were affected by the disease. The seriousness of the situation came to the fore when more than 20 patients from Om Vihar suffering from diarrhoea registered themselves for treatment in the Civil hospital in 2018, on a single day. A 20-year-old died due to the disease. There have been cases in the past where water samples collected by public agencies in posh areas of the city have contained a huge amount of toxic minerals.last_img read more

Restoring damaged ecosystems can generate wealth and employment – UN report

Restoring damaged ecosystems can generate wealth and employment – UN report

Repairing forests, lakes and other types of nature reserves that have been damaged or depleted can generate wealth, create jobs and become a vital means of alleviating poverty, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), says in a report released today.The report identifies thousands of ecosystem restoration projects worldwide and showcases over 30 initiatives that are transforming the lives of communities and countries across the globe.Entitled Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development, the report underlines that far from being a cost on growth and development, many environmental investments in degraded, nature-based assets can generate substantial and multiple returns.“The ecological infrastructure of the planet is generating services to humanity worth by some estimates over $70 trillion a year, perhaps substantially more,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director. “This report is aimed at bringing two fundamental messages to governments, communities and citizens on World Environment Day (WED) and in 2010 – the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity. Namely, that mismanagement of natural and nature-based assets is undercutting development on a scale that dwarfs the recent economic crisis,” Mr. Steiner said.“Well-planned investments and re-investments in the restoration of these vast, natural and nature-based utilities not only has a high rate of return, but will be central, if not fundamental, to sustainability in a world of rising aspirations, populations, incomes and demands on the Earth’s natural resources,” said Mr. Steiner from Kigali, Rwanda, the main host for this year’s global WED events. The Day will be officially marked on Saturday.Nature restoration activities include rehabilitating water flows to rivers and lakes, improving soil stability and fertility for agriculture and combating climate change by sequestering and storing carbon from the atmosphere.The report underlines that maintaining and managing intact ecosystems must be the key priority. However, given that more than 60 per cent of the ecosystems, ranging from marshes and coral reefs to tropical forests and soils, are already degraded, restoration must now be an equal priority.Rehabilitating ecosystems also generates jobs in a world where currently 1.3 billion are unemployed or underemployed, while supporting international goals to substantially reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity, a key theme this year.The report cites evidence that well-planned, science-based, community-supported programmes can recover between 25 and 44 per cent of the original services alongside the animals, plants and other biodiversity of the former intact system.As an example, it points to a study on restoring degraded grasslands and lands around river systems in South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains. It estimates that the project will bring back winter river flows to communities amounting to close to 4 million cubic metres of water, cut sediment losses and store carbon.In Peru, the theme of ecosystem restoration underpins the Projeto Agua Limpa or Clean Water Project co-launched by UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bündchen and her father in 2008 in her hometown of Horizontina.The project is aimed at restoring the health of water supplies while boosting biodiversity by restoring forests and rehabilitating river banks and riverside vegetation in river basins.“UNEP’s report on ecosystem restoration spotlights the enormous opportunities for communities to invest in their future development,” said Ms. Bündchen after the report was released.“Restoring degraded environments is among the best gifts we can give and hand on to current and future generations – we need to bring to the attention of everyone the central link between forests, wetlands and other natural systems and our survival and prosperity in this extraordinary world,” she added.The report makes several recommendations, including urging overseas development agencies, international finance agencies and regional development banks to factor ecosystem restoration and long-term management assistance into development support, food security initiatives, job creation and poverty alleviation funding.It also recommends that one per cent of a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) be set aside annually for conservation, management and restoration of the environment and natural resources, with the precise figure linked to national circumstances.Ecosystem restoration should be guided by experiences learned to date to avoid unintended consequences such as the introduction of alien invasive species and pests, the report suggests. It also posits that infrastructure projects that damage an ecosystem have funds set aside to restore a similarly degraded ecosystem elsewhere in a country or community.Speaking in Kigali, Mr. Steiner urged the world to move towards a “common goal of a healthy, productive and well-managed planet that can give everyone the opportunity to flourish under the theme of ‘Many Species, One Planet, One Future’.” 3 June 2010Repairing forests, lakes and other types of nature reserves that have been damaged or depleted can generate wealth, create jobs and become a vital means of alleviating poverty, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), says in a report released today. read more

Cardinal Ranjith named as possible candidate for Pope

Cardinal Ranjith named as possible candidate for Pope

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, 68. The former Archibishop of Quebec, Ouellet now heads the Congregation of Bishops, an influential post. Experienced in dealing with secularized Catholics, he is also hailed as smart and intellectual.Cardinal Leonardo Sandri,  69. A longtime Vatican diplomat, he heads the Vatican’s office for eastern Catholics. Born in Argentina, he has held church offices in Venezuela and Mexico and would be the first pope from South America. He is currently No. 2 in the Vatican Secretary of State’s office. When Pope John Paul II died in April 2005, Sandri read the public announcement.Odilo Scherer, 63, archbishop of Sao Paolo. He became a cardinal in 2007. He was born in Brazil of parents of German ancestry. Considered a theological moderate, he has taught philosophy and theology. He has criticized liberation theology’s Marxist orientation but praised its work on social justice and poverty. Forbes said that Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith was among the names floated yesterday as a possible candidate together with Cardinal Tarsicio Bertone, 78, Italy. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, Argentina. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, 63, U.S. (New York). Antonio Cañizares Llovera, 67, Spain. Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, 71, Mexico. Cardinal George Pell, 70, Australia. Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, 68, Italy. Cardinal Angelo Amato, 74, Italy. Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, 69, Italy.However the leading contenders are: Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, 70, Archbishop of Genoa. He made headlines last year for attacking then-Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and other Italian leaders as unethical role models. He’s “fairly savvy about both secular politics and the media,” writes National Catholic Reporter Vatican specialist John Allen. USA Today ranks him as one of the top possible picks. Church historian Matthew Bunson told USA Today that Bagnasco is “an intellectual heavyweight” who speaks multiple languages. Bagnasco has twice been president of the Italian bishops’ conference.Cardinal Angelo Scola, 70. Archbishop of Milan. According to the National Catholic Reporter, his is the most commonly mentioned name among cardinals. He is a scholar on Islam and Christian-Muslim dialogue. Church historian Matthew Bunson, told USA Today that Scola is “well positioned for dealing with the challenges of secularism and materialism in the West.”Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, 70. Another Italian, who became a cardinal in 2010, he heads the Pontifical Council for Culture, which works on the relationship between Catholicism and different cultures. Known for his intellect and communication skills, he is a bible scholar, based in Rome.  John Allen has said that Ravasi may have a disadvantage because he has never been a bishop with an archdiocese. “Some would wonder if there were substance beneath the charm,” Allen told USA Today. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, said a successor could be elected by Easter, which falls on March 31. Already speculation is running rampant. Vatican experts say there is no clear favorite. Peter Turkson, 64. From Ghana, Turkson heads the Vatican’s justice and peace department. He is often named as the frontrunner from Africa. Turkson studied at St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, New York, where he earned his Bachelor’s in theology. He is the first Ghanaian cardinal. Though he has said condoms are not a solution to the AIDS crisis, he has also said that if one person in a faithful, married couple is infected, condoms could be useful.Francis Arinze, 80, converted from animist beliefs to Catholicism at age nine. He was appointed cardinal in 1985. His name was floated in 2005 to succeed John Paul II. Arinze became known during the Nigeria-Biafra war in the late 1960s when, as Archbishop of Onitsha, he organized the distribution of food and medical supplies. According to Forbes several Italians top the list (Italians hold a quarter of the seats in the College of Cardinals, which will pick the next pope), but a Canadian is also a frontrunner, and many are speculating that the next pope will come from Latin America, home to 42% of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, or from Africa. Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith has been named as a possible candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI by Forbes magazine.Pope Benedict XVI, 85, made the surprise announcement that he would step down on February 28, citing his advanced age. Christoph Schoenborn, 68. Cardinal of Vienna and a former student of Pope Benedict, he has been a cardinal since 1998. He heads the Austrian Bishops Conference. He has spoken out against sex abuse in the Church and said that the celibacy of priests should be re-examined in light of the scandals. read more

Transat ATs Q3 net profit drops 28 in unsettled summer travel market

Transat ATs Q3 net profit drops 28 in unsettled summer travel market

MONTREAL – Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX:TRZ) says it’s feeling the impact of an unsettled transatlantic travel market this summer, with net income down 28.2 per cent and adjusted earnings down almost 91 per cent from the same time last year.The Montreal-based company’s net income dropped to $9.4 million or 26 cents per share, from $13.1 million or 34 cents per share in last year’s third quarter.Nearly one-quarter of the third quarter’s net income — $2.5 million — was attributed to Transat’s 35 per cent interest in Ocean Hotels.Transat says the strength of the U.S. dollar helped increased Ocean Hotel’s contribution from $1.6 million last year.Adjusted profit was $2.5 million or seven cents per share, down from $26.9 million or 70 cents per share and revenue was $663.6 million, down six per cent from $704.8 million a year ago.Transat’s president and CEO, Jean-Marc Eustache, says this year’s third quarter ended July 31 was marked by rapid changes in demand because of terrorism-related fears and a dramatic increase in the travel industry’s transatlantic capacity.Eustache says the company is relatively satisfied with its results given the circumstances, but says there’s no hope of a repeat of the “outstanding” performance achieved in the previous two summer seasons. Transat AT’s Q3 net profit drops 28% in unsettled summer travel market by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 8, 2016 6:14 am MDT Last Updated Sep 8, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Report Center Trevor Thompson signs with agent will not return to Ohio

Report Center Trevor Thompson signs with agent will not return to Ohio

OSU redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson (32) during a game against Maryland on Jan. 31 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 66-61. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson signed with agent Thad Foucher of the Wasserman Group on Tuesday, as first reported by Jeff Goodman.Former Ohio State big man Trevor Thompson told ESPN he has signed with Thad Foucher of the Wasserman Group.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 26, 2017The decision by Thompson to sign with an agent officially means that he will not be returning to OSU for his senior season. He had declared his intentions to enter the 2017 NBA draft on March 14.Last season with the Buckeyes, Thompson averaged 10.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. The Buckeyes will now have to find a new starting center between sophomore Micah Potter and incoming freshman Kaleb Wesson. read more

Mens Hockey Playing from behind not an easy task for Ohio State

Mens Hockey Playing from behind not an easy task for Ohio State

Ohio State’s junior-forward Mason Jobst (26) steals the puck away from NotreDame’s sophomore forward Mike O’Leary (19) during a Big Ten conference matchup at the Schottenstein Center on November 3, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost 1-4. Credit: Alex Hulvalchick | For the LanternOn St. Patrick’s Day, the Ohio State men’s hockey team fell behind at a boisterous Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Indiana, against a Notre Dame team that rarely found itself in the loss column this season.The Buckeyes trailed by two goals less than 15 minutes into the Big Ten tournament championship game. Although they clawed back to force overtime, the Buckeyes fell in the extra frame, unknowingly learning a lesson to apply in the upcoming NCAA men’s hockey tournament.It has worked, and they won’t want to forget learning the difficulties of coming back after falling behind early when they take on Minnesota-Duluth in the Frozen Four April 5 in St. Paul, Minnesota.“It’s so hard to dig out of those holes against really good teams like we saw against Notre Dame,” junior forward Mason Jobst said. “We came back, but taking it to overtime. It’s hard to get three goals past [Notre Dame goaltender Cale Morris.”Grabbing an early lead is a good first step for any team. But with Ohio State, the step proves to be a giant leap. The Buckeyes have a record of 19-0-3 when scoring the first goal and an unblemished 16-0-0 record when leading after the first period.Jobst said those records have echoed around the locker room in preparation for anticipated tight games against top teams in the NCAA tournament with the team looking to dictate the pace of the game and not chase a two-goal deficit.“I think we really hammered it home in the locker room,” Jobst said. “Our coaches hammered it home all week that you just can’t afford it this time of year to give up a couple of goals early.”As a result, in the two NCAA tournament games against Princeton and Denver, the Buckeyes never trailed. The quick starts allow an Ohio State team to play to its strength, suffocating the opposition with sound defensive play. The Buckeyes have been able to hold onto these early leads thanks in large part to the third-best scoring defense in the country, which allows just 2.08 goals per game.Redshirt junior goaltender Sean Romeo said his game does not change whether his team leads or trails, but that getting the lead helps the team settle down defensively.“My job stays the same, but it definitely makes you feel a lot better looking up and seeing you have a lead,” Romeo said. “I think it gives the team confidence and helps us flow better.”Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik has repeatedly said this year’s success has been a product of all 27 players buying into a defensive structure that might not have been the most comfortable of moves coming from a team last year that was so offensive-minded. But here the Buckeyes are in the Frozen Four after a 20-year absence, thanks to that five-man connected defense. When a team falls behind the Buckeyes, the deficit forces it to get ahead of itself, acting uncharacteristically to try to cut corners to get back in the game. Rohlik said the self-applied pressure feeds into the defensive play of the Buckeyes. “All of the sudden, you get one goal, the other team is already going, ‘Boy, we got to get two to win.’ You score two. ‘We got to get three to win,’” Rohlik said. “Now, it starts putting the pressure on the other team. I think, really, that’s what that is.”Rohlik said he does not expect to see Minnesota-Duluth, the next opponent for the Buckeyes, “cheat the game.” “[If Minnesota-Duluth] gets down one or up one, it’s not going to change them. I feel we are not going to change either,” Rohlik said. “No matter what the score is, we are going to go 60 minutes. If we got to go longer, then we’ll go longer and I think they’ll do the same thing.” read more

Oxbridge should consider poor pupils with one B and two Cs at

Oxbridge should consider poor pupils with one B and two Cs at

Research found students admitted to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities with BCC grades at A-Level had an 80% chance of graduating with a degree and a 46% chance of leaving with a first or upper second, it claimed.The report concluded: “As it stands, the implementation of contextual admissions does not go far enough.“Research has shown that lowering advertised grades at high-tariff providers to BCC, for example, would broaden the pool of available applicants without a marked fall in academic standards.”High-tariff providers are generally universities requiring grades of AAB upwards at A-Level, including Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.The OfS said information about students – such as whether they qualify for free school meals – should be considered by all universities when assessing a candidate.League table providers are facing pressure to tweak their criteria so universities which make a greater number of contextual admissions are not penalised.Several top institutions last year expressed concern that any change to their admissions practice would cause “reputational damage” as they plunged down the rankings.But the OfS said there remains “no clearly understood approach” to contextual admissions across the sector, with guidance on grades which varies widely.Sir Michael Barber, chairman of the OfS, said: “A young person from a council estate who gets decent A levels has often had to work a lot harder than the young person from a better off neighbourhood who gets a few grades more.“That’s why it is right that contextual admissions are now an increasing part of the picture.“When I visit great American universities, I’m struck by how they look beyond standardised test scores to see potential civic leaders, potential public servants, potential entrepreneurs who can succeed if given the chance to shine.“When it comes to trying to reach beyond their traditional intakes, these universities have got something to teach us.”The regulator also identified the need for “more diverse routes” into higher education, such as bridging course, foundation years and degree apprenticeships.Foundation years can be offered to students who miss their A-Level requirements or lack qualifications as a precursor to their degree course, while apprenticeships integrate study and work.The OfS hopes to eliminate the gulf between the most and least disadvantaged students at the country’s top universities within the next 20 years. Poor pupils with one B and two Cs at A-Level should be considered for places at Oxbridge to increase diversity in top institutions, the universities regulator has said. The Office for Students (OfS) claimed so-called contextual offers give bright students from deprived areas a route into university, without risking a fall in academic standards.It suggested England’s higher education sector needed to be “more ambitious” with how it handles applications from  candidates with deprived backgrounds, similar to US and Scottish institutions.Under the traditional admissions system, the focus on top A-Level grades risks shutting out students with great potential from disadvantaged backgrounds, the OfS suggested in a report.Candidates from the most affluent neighbourhoods are nearly six times more likely to reach the top universities than their peers on the opposite end of the social scale, data from 2018 showed.This comes despite a “significant growth” in the number of contextual offers over recent years, according to the OfS. 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. read more

Former manager admits to stealing €45 million from singer Alanis Morissette

Former manager admits to stealing €45 million from singer Alanis Morissette

first_imgFormer manager admits to stealing €4.5 million from singer Alanis Morissette The accused is said to have used the money to fuel a lavish lifestyle. 20,536 Views Share102 Tweet Email Jan 19th 2017, 11:01 AM Short URL 38 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3194039 Image: Chris Pizzello AP/Press Association Images By Associated Press Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 11:01 AM Image: Chris Pizzello AP/Press Association Images THE FORMER BUSINESS manager for Alanis Morissette has admitted embezzling more than €6.5 million from the singer and other celebrities and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, prosecutors said yesterday.Jonathan Todd Schwartz, 48, of Los Angeles, was charged with wire fraud and filing a false tax return for failing to report the embezzled funds, prosecutors said.Schwartz admitted stealing around €4.5 million from Morissette between May 2010 and January 2014.He used the money personally and falsely listed the cash withdrawals as “sundry/personal expenses” to cover up the crime.When confronted about the theft, Schwartz lied and said he invested the money in an illegal marijuana growing business, prosecutors said.Schwartz also admitted to stealing €2.16 million from five other clients who were not named in court documents or disclosed by attorneys in the case.Defense solicitors Nathan Hochman said Schwartz had fully cooperated with investigators and accepted responsibility.His plea deal calls for a sentence between four and six years in federal prison, though a judge could sentence him up to 23 years on the charges.Schwartz had offered financial guidance to some of the biggest stars while working at GSO Business Management, a firm that touts its relationship on its website with entertainers such as Katy Perry, 50 Cent and Tom Petty.Schwartz, who no longer works there, was said to represent Beyonce and Mariah Carey, who both appeared at a fundraiser last year in support of a heart disease charity he founded.The embezzlement was discovered after Morissette took her business elsewhere and her new money manager discovered millions of dollars missing and contacted GSO, according to lawsuits filed against Schwartz.GSO reviewed Schwartz’s other work and found the other thefts, said GSO attorney Chris Reeder, who sued Schwartz after he was removed from the firm.“This was shocking and disappointing,” Reeder said. “The company is very happy he’s being brought to justice and held accountable for his actions.”Reeder said GSO has since repaid all the money he stole from clients. The firm’s pending lawsuit against Schwartz said he used the money to fuel a lavish lifestyle that included a €47,000 trip to Bora Bora and a €70,000 debt at a Bahamas casino.Morissette settled her suit against Schwartz and the firm, according to a joint statement issued last year. Her publicist had no comment yesterday.Schwartz is scheduled to appear on 1 February in U.S. District Court on the criminal charges.Read: Paul McCartney is suing Sony to get the rights to Beatles songs backRead: Asian-American band The Slants takes copyright case to Supreme Court Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Intel un processeur doté de 24 heures dautonomie

Intel un processeur doté de 24 heures dautonomie

first_imgIntel : un processeur doté de 24 heures d’autonomie Du 13 au 15 septembre, se tenait à San Francisco l’Intel Developer Forum. A cette occasion, le constructeur de processeurs a dévoilé sa dernière invention : un processeur de huit coeurs doté d’une autonomie de 24 heures. Intel a frappé un grand coup lors de son forum annuel dédié aux développeurs qui s’est déroulé du 13 au 15 septembre à San Francisco aux Etats-Unis. A cette occasion, le fabricant américain de semi-conducteurs a présenté ce qui devrait être le processeur de 2013, baptisé Haswell. Un petit bijou dont les capacités ont fait sensation. À lire aussiLe premier programme informatique a été créé en 1842 par une femme !En effet, si l’on en croit le PDG d’Intel Paul Otellini : Haswell présenterait huit cœurs, un GPU amélioré et une gravure en 22 nanomètres mais surtout, il serait doté d’une autonomie de 24 heures sur laptop, rapporte Tom’s Guide.Une puce alimentée par un panneau solaireC’est ce que Intel a baptisé le “true all day computing”, autrement dit il sera possible de profiter pleinement de son terminal durant une journée entière et ce, sans le brancher une seule fois. Ajoutée à cela, la présentation a également révélé une autonomie, en veille, de 10 jours sur un OS tel que Windows 8, et ce grâce à des circuits optimisés. Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque le fabricant américain a également fait la démonstration d’une puce alimentée par un panneau solaire, capable de faire tourner un ordinateur sous Windows.Le 18 septembre 2011 à 12:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more