Share on Twitter Pinterest Read more Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba have had quietly effective tournaments, complementing Kanté with their own midfield intelligence, mobility and ability on the ball. Even Hugo Lloris has proved stronger than expected, producing perhaps the save of the tournament when he spectacularly denied Uruguay defender Martin Caceres in the quarter-final.With the World Cup already 28 teams down, France might just be the favourites from among the final four. If they are to squeeze past Belgium on Tuesday night and see off England or Croatia on Sunday, Deschamps may rely on less heralded components of his squad: his belligerent, combative, street-fighting defence. With France carefully navigating their way through the tournament so far, it might be the pragmatic ruthlessness of Hernández and Kanté rather than the flair of Mbappé and Griezmann that takes them all the way.• This is an article from Get French Football News• Follow Adam White and Get French Football News on Twitter I knew Benjamin Pavard was good but he has reached new heights in Russia Much of the discussion in France this summer has been about how Didier Deschamps can squeeze all of his attacking talent into an effective unit. In his attempts to bring the best out of his forwards, the manager has drifted from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 to a diamond, before arriving back at an asymmetrical 4-4-2. All the while, France’s most consistent players have not been Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud or even Kylian Mbappé, but their defenders. A resolute, physical display from the back four helped the team overcome a dogged – if Edinson Cavani-less – Uruguay. France will look to Mbappé and Griezmann to score the goals that take them past Belgium and into the final, but the team’s defence is fast becoming the real star of the show.Didier Deschamps’ backline looked very different a year ago. Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibé started at full-back in their three games last June – a 5-0 thrashing of Paraguay, a tough World Cup qualifier against Sweden and a 3-2 win over England where they played with 10 men for 45 minutes. Having proved crucial to Monaco in their glorious run to the Ligue 1 title, Mendy and Sidibé looked likely to take the full-back positions for France for the foreseeable future. The width, balance and crossing ability they provided was seemingly crucial to Deschamps’ plans. World Cup Get French Football News Umtiti has been promoted to the first XI in place of Koscielny and his physicality has made France’s defence even more imposing. They dealt with an admittedly weakened Uruguay attack comfortably on Friday. Varane in particular proved invaluable. His deft glancing header gave France the lead and his pace and intelligence helped prevent Luis Suárez from having a single shot all game. He did not even have a touch in the France box.The 2-0 win over Uruguay was France’s third clean sheet in their five games so far. The only goal they conceded in the group stage was Mile Jedinak’s penalty for Australia in the opening game and two of the three goals they conceded in the 4-3 win over Argentina were almost unpreventable – Lionel Messi’s deflected shot and Ángel Di María’s screamer.Much of the credit for Deschamps’ frugal defence must go to the midfield. N’Golo Kanté has been France’s premier performer and perhaps even the player of the tournament. His characteristically understated performances may not be showy enough to win the golden ball, but his dominance of games is respected back home. On Saturday L’Équipe sang: “Les Bleus can congratulate themselves every day for having him with them.”Kanté’s dynamism, assuredness in possession and ability to nullify attacks before they become dangerous is crucial to this team. He glues together a midfield that has evolved into a somewhat jagged, if effective, set-up where Mbappé is given far more freedom on the right flank than Blaise Matuidi or Corentin Tolisso are afforded on the left. Without Kanté, France may not have come this far. Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Uruguay N’Golo Kanté has been France’s best player. Photograph: MB Media/Getty Images Belgium Deschamps’ centre-back slots seemed a little less certain. Had Laurent Koscielny not ruptured his Achilles tendon while playing for Arsenal against Atlético Madrid in May, that might still be the case. Koscielny was seen as an important player who could keep a potentially combustible squad united. He was also the only centre-back in the squad who played in all three of those matches last June. With Koscielny injured and both Mendy and Sidibé lacking fitness, Deschamps has gone with a back four of Benjamin Pavard, Samuel Umtiti, Raphaël Varane and Lucas Hernández at the World Cup. While Mendy and Sidibé are very attack-minded, their replacements are at the other end of the spectrum. As versatile and natural defenders, they have provided the team with a more compact, bullish and combative rearguard.Staying true to his schooling at Atleti under Diego Simeone, Hernández has scrapped and niggled his way through the World Cup, winning few friends but remaining undeniably effective and among France’s most consistent players. Pavard meanwhile, having looked nervous against Australia, has grown into the tournament. He is showing a defensive intelligence that blossomed as part of a Stuttgart back three during an impressive top half-finish upon their return to the Bundesliga. His wonderstrike against Argentina remains a leading contender for goal of the tournament. Quiz: World Cup semi-finals Twitter World Cup 2018 Thomas Hitzlsperger France’s attacking trident remains a little flat-footed. Mbappé’s put in an explosive display against Argentina, but maintaining such a high level over 90 minutes remains a skill the precociously talented 19-year-old is yet to master consistently. Griezmann has three goals so far – two penalties and a goalkeeping error – but he looks fatigued and is yet to light up this tournament like he did in the latter stages of Euro 2016. Similarly, Olivier Giroud is a crucial focal point for the team who creates space for his colleagues, but he is a little on the fringes and is yet to score. This may be something of an omen for France. Bernard Lacombe and Stephane Guivarc’h played similarly supporting roles and neither of them scored when France won tournaments in 1984 and 1998, respectively. 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‘I always try to say this without sounding like a nutter,” says Cathy Brown, “But I remember when I first knocked someone out, it felt amazing. I can’t lie. I was like: Oh my God, you’re so powerful!” Cathy “The Bitch” Brown is a pioneer of women’s boxing and one-time world No 3, and she’s telling me what it feels like to be very, very good at punching. “It’s the connection,” she says. “Whether it’s a pad or someone’s face – that sounds really bad – it’s like a release of everything evil [in you]. You know the Exorcist movie, “Demon, begone!” It’s like that, releasing all these demonic internal feelings.”Even in our times of supposed gender equality, there’s still often a flinch of discomfort when we hear about women beating each other up for sport. The boxing world itself was long resistant to women’s participation. Brown got her professional licence in 1998, only the second woman to do so, and female boxers were only admitted into the Olympics in 2012 (when, of course, Britain’s Nicola Adams took the flyweight gold).The unease, and sometimes outright opposition, that surrounds female boxing is at the heart of two plays soon to be seen in London: Libby Liburd’s funny, forthright Fighter, and Joy Wilkinson’s investigation into the world of Victorian women’s boxing, The Sweet Science of Bruising. Facebook Facebook Watch a trailer for The Sweet Science of Bruising features Liburd talks about boxing the way other people talk about meditation. “In this day and age you can be in your head a lot, always looking at your phone. When someone’s punching you and you’re trying to get out the way, you are 100% in the moment, 100% connected to your body. You’re not going: Oh, I wonder if so-and-so got my email?”Liburd competed in three fights, winning the third, until injury and acting work got in the way, yet she found a home at the gym. “I felt like I belonged,” she says. As a single mother, crucially, Liburd could take her son with her. “Even though there was sexism, I was accepted as a mum in there. My son was about eight at the time, and it was important to me that he could see me doing something hardcore.”Some people had a problem with her presence. They don’t like seeing women bleed, says Liburd. “Traditionally, men have wanted to protect women, so to send a woman into a situation where she is potentially going to get hurt causes quite strong reactions, to this day.” But the pugilistic urge among women is nothing new. As far as we know, women’s boxing dates back to the 1720s, as playwright Joy Wilkinson discovered when she began investigating the subject, leading to a play, The Sweet Science of Bruising, which debuted last year and is about to be staged at Wilton’s Music Hall. Share on WhatsApp Read more “I remember the first time they put me in the ring to spar with a girl who was really experienced,” she says. “The trainer basically said: I just need to see if you can take a punch without crying, if you’re going to stay upright. So that was what I concentrated on, staying upright, and I stood there while she battered me, basically.”She vividly remembers the first punch, and it wasn’t her that threw it. “That first punch on the nose is like, ‘Ooooarghhh’, your eyes water,” she says, likening it to getting her nose pierced. “There’s a moment of ‘What do I do with this?’ and then you’re there, you’re present. It’s more shock than pain – you’re already in a lot of pain anyway, from the intense training, and my pain threshold is very high. I know that because I had a three-day labour,” she says. “It wasn’t even accepting the pain, it was relishing it. Because pain is that connection to your body, being in the moment.” Topics Share on Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Boxing Twitter Share on Pinterest Stage Fighter is partly inspired by Cathy Brown’s battle to be accepted as a woman in the ring, and it’s the story of a single mother, Lee, who’s fighting more than just her opponent. A celebration of courage, heart, pain and hard work, like Liburd’s previous piece Muvvahood, it’s also a show that comes out of her own experiences. Liburd took up boxing herself just over a decade ago, when she was looking to do something more challenging than Body Pump sessions at the gym. She found a women’s boxing class in east London and as her training progressed, graduated to fight on the white collar circuit. The Sweet Science of Bruising “I have always been fascinated by the contradictions in femininity and violence and power and women’s bodies,” says Wilkinson (whose writing credits include Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who). “Right from the first time I saw Ellen Ripley in Alien or Sarah Connor in Terminator, to see these powerful women taking control of their bodies.”She was drawn to the Victorian period in particular, when women were at their most corseted, in more ways than one, and “dressed like the furnishings of their domestic abodes”. In the 1860s, when the play is set, women were virtually written out of the history books – the men who ran the sport became better known than the women who took part. That meant Wilkinson was freer to create her own characters, albeit rooted in her thorough research, where she found stories of bare-knuckle, backstreet fights, “the women like Amazons with their tops ripped off, clawing at each other”.Wilkinson’s characters all come to boxing for different reasons. One is a tomboy following her brother into the sport; another breaks out of her cosseted, comfortable life in search of autonomy; one is a canny prostitute who does it for the money; another a blue-stocking suffragist who sees boxing as the embodiment of breaking down gender barriers. “One’s coming at it from the head, one from the heart, one the body and one a more spiritual side,” says Wilkinson.The aim is to bring some of the charged energy of the ring to the stage. “In theatre, I’m always striving for that live-ness, that drama you get at a sporting event,” says Wilkinson. “Being in the moment and not knowing what will happen, boxing is one of the most extreme versions of that.” The cast are all actors, but they’ve been training hard with fight director Kate Waters. In Liburd’s Fighter, alongside actors David Schaal and Cathy Tyson, are young boxers who’ll be doing training drills on stage, to bring the authentic sweat of the boxing gym into the theatre. Those boxers come from Fight for Peace academy in Newham, an organisation that offers personal development as well as boxing classes to young people. They’re not the only ones boxing for a better world. Cathy Brown is currently working in Iraqi refugee camps teaching boxing to Yazidi women who have fled horrific abuse at the hands of Isis. For Brown, who took up boxing after suffering an abusive relationship, the sport was a route to empowerment, and she’s hoping to help others in the same way.For all its combative nature, ideas of community and belonging come up again and again when talking about boxing, even if in the end only one competitor will triumph. “One of my friends saw the play,” says Wilkinson, “and she said to me: ‘God, I want them all to win!’”Fighter is at Stratford Circus, London, 25-27 April. The Sweet Science of Bruising is at Wilton’s Music Hall, London, 5-29 June Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. 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Share via Email Reuse this content Pinterest Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Share on LinkedIn Africa Cup of Nations Read more Knowledge Musona missed two golden opportunities as Zimbabwe drew with Uganda. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters Facebook Liverpool’s Naby Keïta started his first match since suffering an adductor injury in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. The midfielder could not help Guinea find the lead, and was taken off after 70 minutes having received several knocks.Despite the narrow scoreline, Nigeria were much improved from their opening game. The coach, Gernot Rohr, made five changes, bringing Simon and Ahmed Musa in on the flanks. Levante’s Simon found Alex Iwobi with an inviting square pass after two minutes, but the Arsenal forward hesitated and the chance was lost.Musa then gave notice of the threat he might pose with a surging run and delivery that Odion Ighalo failed to control in front of goal. Simon then shot from a tight angle with Ighalo in space on the half-hour mark.After the break, Iwobi’s shot forced a save from Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahim Koné, who replaced Aly Keita in goal after their opening draw with debutants Madagascar. Koné could do nothing to stop Omeruo’s winner, as the serial Chelsea loanee headed Nigeria into the last 16. Nigeria football team Share on Twitter Topics Share on Pinterest Guinea football team Nigeria have become the first side to advance to the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations after beating Guinea 1-0 in Alexandria.As with their opening Group B win over Burundi, the Super Eagles left it late to make a breakthrough against stubborn opponents. It was centre-back Kenneth Omeruo who got the winner, heading home Moses Simon’s corner after 73 minutes. match reports In Group A, Uganda boosted their chances of reaching the last 16, but were grateful for two glaring misses from Knowledge Musona as they drew 1-1 with Zimbabwe.Uganda, who surprised DR Congo in their first game, took a 12th-minute lead through Emmanuel Okwi before Khama Billiat levelled for Zimbabwe five minutes before the break.Musona should have equalised before that but fired over from close range, and the forward was guilty of an even worse miss in the second half, hitting the crossbar from six yards out with the goal gaping.Uganda face the hosts, Egypt, in their final group game but the four points they have already earned may well be enough for the Cranes to qualify from their group for the first time since 1978. Twitter Africa Cup of Nations: Yaya Banana gets holders Cameroon off to winning start Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe delighted with Fraser formby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe is delighted with the form of Ryan Fraser.The Scotland international has been a regular presence under Howe this season and is level with Eden Hazard for most assists in the Premier League this season with nine.”He’s done so well this [season], he’s been a regular goal creator, goal scorer and his set-piece delivery has been excellent, which was evident on Wednesday,” Howe said.”Two lovely free-kicks, one floated and one whipped, with two goals coming from that. So really pleased.”I’m not surprised [by his performances]. His technical ability is so high; he’s got two lovely feet and a very good football brain.”It was more a case of wanting him to show everybody what he can do on a consistent basis and he’s started to do it this [season].”
LG launches LG X6 with 3,500mAh battery and triple rear camera setupThe LG X6 is the successor to last year’s LG X5 and it comes with a 3,500mAh battery and military grade certification.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 12, 2019 17:09 IST HIGHLIGHTSLG has launched the LG X6 in South Korea.The LG X6 comes with a triple rear camera setup.The LG X6 comes with a 6.26-inch screen.LG electronics on Tuesday, June 11, launched a new budget smartphone – the LG X6 – in Korea with a 3,500mAh battery and a triple rear camera setup. The newly launched LG X6 is the successor to the LG X5 (2018) that was launched in the country last year and sports a massive 4,500mAh battery and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo.In terms of the specifications, the LG X6 features a large 6.26-inch HD+ display with a waterdrop notch. It comes with a set of four physical buttons. While two buttons on the left can be used to control the volume, the third button on the same side can be used for invoking the Google Assistant. The fourth button sits on the right side which can be used for turning the phone on or off. In terms of the screen, the LG X6, just like a lot of LG’s flagship devices such as the LG G7+ ThinQ, which we reviewed last year, comes with a second screen option which gives the users a quick access to functions such as the frequently accessed contacts, emails and messages.In terms of the techical specifications, the LG X6 runs on the octa-core Mediatek mt6762 processor and sports 3GB RAM with a 64GB memory capacity. As mentioned before, it comes with a vertically stacked triple rear camera setup which includes a 16MP primary sensor, a 5MP wide angle lens with a 120-degree angle of view and a 2MP depth sensor. There a fingerprint sensor under the rear camera setup – a feature that is common to most LG smartphones. On the front, it sports a 13MP selfie camera.advertisementThe newly launched LG X6 features support for 32-bit DAC along with DTS:X technology that provides 7.1 multi channel surround sound. In addition to that, the phone supports LG Pay via NFC and it comes with MIL-STD 810G military grade certification. It will be available in South Korea in Moroccan Blue and New Aurora Black colour variants for 349,800 won (Rs 20,560 approx). As far as the availability is concerned, while the LG X6 has been launched in South Korea, there is no word on when or if the phone will be available in global markets.ALSO READ: | LG to launch a W-series smartphone with triple rear camera setup exclusive to Amazon in India soonALSO READ: | LG Stylo 5 image renders leaked ahead of launchALSO READ: | LG launches LG X5 with 4,500 mAh battery, fingerprint scanner and Android OreoGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow LGFollow LG smartphones
Jaipur: With the appointment of Kalraj Mishra as the new Governor of Rajasthan, his predecessor Kalyan Singh has become the fourth governor in the state to complete his five-year term, and the first to do so after 1967. Since independence, only three other governors have completed their tenure in the state. Raj Pramukh Sawai Mansingh served as governor from March 30, 1949 to October 31, 1956; Gurumukh Nihal Singh from November 1, 1956 to April 15, 1962; and Sampoornanand from April 16, 1962 to April 15, 1967. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Sampoornanand was the last state governor to achieve the distinction. Since then, around 40 governors were appointed, but none could complete their five-year term. Seventeen were brought in from different states and were assigned the charge for a short term. Some were transferred, while some others resigned due to government change at the Centre. Four governors died while in office. Thus a jinx — that Rajasthan governors cannot complete their tenure — came into being. After 52 years, Kalyan Singh has managed to break the jinx.
Editor’s note: This article contains details that may be disturbing to some readersToronto police tell CityNews they are investigating two new incidents at St. Michael’s College School and there are videos of both.“What we are looking at is two additional videos turned over to us,” said Inspector Dominic Sinopoli, Unit Commander of Sex Crimes for Toronto police. “One of the videos is going to be classified as a threatening occurrence and the secondary video will be classified as an assault with a weapon.”In one of the new videos a boy is reportedly being smacked with a belt.Insp. Sinopoli says potential victims in the latest videos have not yet been identified and it’s too soon to say if additional charges will be laid.Sinopoli didn’t say who submitted the videos, but confirmed that they did not come from school officials.Toronto Police Inspector Dominic Sinopoli tells me the first video is threatening, the second video is assault a weapon. In that video a boy is being smacked with a belt. No further details.— Shaunacitynews (@shaunacitynews) November 20, 2018Police are now investigating a total of six incidents at the prestigious all-boys private school, which announced Tuesday that it was cancelling its mid-year assessments as well as all events involving external groups, teams, and public performances for the remainder of the yearOn Monday, six students were arrested and charged in connection with an alleged gang sexual assault with a broom handle that had been recorded on video and circulated on social media.The suspects, who are all between the ages of 14 and 15, were all charged with assault, gang sexual assault, and sexual assault with a weapon.WATCH: Principal of St. Michael’s College School speaks to media after 6 students charged RELATED: Timeline of events at St. Michael’s College SchoolFive of the suspects turned themselves in to police, while another was arrested while on his way to school.They were held in custody until being released on bail later Monday.Bail was set between $5,000 and $7,000 and all six are scheduled to return to court on Dec. 19.WATCH: 6 St. Mike’s students arrested in sex assault investigation Toronto Mayor John Tory spoke about the scandal Tuesday morning.“The whole thing is very sad,” he said. “This is a school that has many proud tradition over a long period of time but these are clearly very sad, very tragic, and very unacceptable events that seem to have occurred.”“I would hope that in every public school, every private school,. every community organization, people are taking awful stories like that and using it as a moment to reflect.”More to come
Twitter Jaaji, left, and Chelsey June, right, make up Ottawa duo Twin Flames. The musicians recorded their song Human for the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages. (Sean Sisk) CBC is doing a series of stories to recognize that the United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The observance is meant to raise awareness about the consequences of losing endangered languages, and to establish a link between language, development, peace and reconciliation. When Chelsey June and Jaaji take the stage as the band Twin Flames, they want to break down barriers and help people connect with each other — no matter what background they come from.That’s their message in their new single Human, which is a song for UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages. June, who is Métis, and Jaaji, who is Inuk and Mohawk, say they want to reach people who do not speak their languages Advertisement The band, which has won several national music awards for their work, blends contemporary folk music with Indigenous storytelling. Their songs are in English, Inuktitut and French. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement
TORONTO — Talks are continuing today between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and its workers, who have threatened to go on strike at one minute past midnight.But there’s no word on how the talks between the LCBO and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union are going.A conciliator involved in the negotiations has imposed a media blackout and neither side will comment.The blackout remained in force as of noon.Although the union has threatened job action if a deal isn’t reached by midnight, union president Smokey Thomas had previously expressed confidence an agreement would be worked out.The LCBO extended store hours for its outlets the past couple of days to allow customers more time to stock up.A few stores are open late in downtown Toronto on Sunday because of pride festivities but most stores will close at 6 p.m.
TORONTO — The plunge in global stock markets over the past week has dragged down the Canadian dollar and oil prices, but some market observers see signs the loonie’s fortunes will change this year even as the Canadian dollar continued its slide Monday.The loonie is down slightly in the opening months of the year as the global stock market rout that started at the beginning of February has investors turn to safe-haven assets like the U.S. dollar and the Japanese yen.After climbing from 79.71 cents US at the outset of 2018 to as high as 81.38 cents US on Feb. 1, the loonie reversed course at the end of last week. As of Monday morning, the loonie was down to 79.40 cents US.The Canadian dollar tends to move on several types of data — particularly commodity prices — which have also seen their fortunes reverse during the heightened levels of volatility in the marketplace. When oil prices fall, the loonie typically follows suit, especially against the greenback as oil prices are denominated in U.S. dollars.The C.D. Howe Institute says the Canadian economy is particularly open and, because of its reliance on commodity exports, vulnerable to shocks from abroad.The Canadian dollar’s response during recent tumult is consistent with past periods of volatility, said Mark McCormick, North American head of FX strategy for TD Securities.He forecasts the loonie will bottom out at about 79 cents US and settle into a range of 80 to 81 cents US within the next couple of months.“If we start to see equity markets selling off and volatility moving higher, the way that global capital flows move is there’s usually repatriation of Japanese investors having overseas investments where they bring that money home, and U.S. investors also tend to bring their money home,” he said.The Canadian dollar is also influenced by the Bank of Canada. The currency soared last year after the central bank surprised the markets and raised interest rates twice in the third quarter. However, policymakers subsequently tempered their hawkish tone, emphasizing that the bank will proceed cautiously in order to gauge the impact of higher borrowing costs and a stronger loonie on the economy.While a stronger currency may appeal to Canadian businesses buying goods and services from the U.S. and Canadians vacationing south of the border, a weaker loonie makes it easier for Canadian businesses to export products and bolsters our own tourism industry.Sometimes larger macroeconomics trends can affect the loonie — an unanticipated rise in employment, for example — typically means a rise in the Canadian dollar.The tumult that saw global equity markets begin to fall at the beginning of February was triggered by U.S. jobs data that showed wages grew more than anticipated, raising worries that signs of higher inflation might push the U.S. Federal Reserve to increase interest rates more quickly. Many market watchers had also been predicting a pullback after the market’s relentless march higher over the past year.“All of this has really triggered a spike in volatility because it’s brought into question whether higher interest rates are going to curtail the global growth story or erode corporate profitability,” said Bangsund.The VIX index — Wall Street’s so-called “fear gauge” because it measures how much volatility investors expect in the future — had spiked above 50 early Tuesday, quadruple where it was about two weeks ago, before settling at 25 late Wednesday and them ramping up to 34 by late Thursday. By Monday morning it was hovering above 27.Despite the nervousness in the market, Bangsund said her firm believes there is strong support for the Canadian dollar right now and has increased her 12-month target for the loonie to 85 cents US from 82 cents US.“There’s a good fundamental floor because of the strong economy, because of the fact that commodity prices are moving higher,” she said.“This is very positive for the Canadian dollar. Right now, we’re just in a risk-off phase and what you’re seeing is an over-reaction.”
In January, Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) arrested five men, four of whom were formerly with the LTTE. They reportedly plotted to kill Mr. Sumanthiran, a Tamil National Alliance MP who has been a key negotiator, along with Leader of Opposition and TNA leader R. Sampanthan, engaging the government on Tamils’ expectations. Rajapaksa – who spoke to newspersons in Anuradhapura – said while in power he had rehabilitated around 12,000 LTTE members. However, his government often pointed to a possible revival of the LTTE and justified the heavy surveillance and military presence prevalent in the north and east. After unseating Sri Lanka’s former strongman in the January 2015 presidential elections, President Maithripala Sirisena promised to address concerns over militarisation. His government has since returned some land formerly held by the army in the north and east. While the degree of obvious surveillance appears to have lessened in the last two years, apprehensions over militarisation linger.The recent arrest of the former LTTE cadre, which prompted Mr. Rajapaksa’s remarks, has evoked strong reactions from other politicians in the south as well. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has accused the Government of dropping its guard on the LTTE by scaling down intelligence operations in the island’s Tamil-majority north and east, The Hindu newspaper reported.Commenting on the recent arrest of four ex-LTTE members, for allegedly plotting to assassinate Tamil legislator M.A. Sumanthiran, the two-time President said: “They [Maithripala Sirisena government] removed military camps and reduced the level of intelligence operations. Now they are seeing the results of that irrational action,” according to a PTI report on Wednesday. Days after news about the alleged plot broke, Cabinet Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, a prominent politician in the Sinhala-nationalist Jathika Hela Urumaya (National Heritage Party), led largely by Buddhist monks, has said that the 12,000 former LTTE members who were rehabilitated should be arrested in the interest of the “island’s security”.Cautioning against such “hurried conclusions”, Northern Provincial Council member M. K. Sivajilingam told the media that the government must undertake a thorough investigation to probe the alleged assassination plot targeting Mr. Sumanthiran. It was important to find sound evidence, rather than hurriedly blaming the LTTE, he said.A Tamil leader being targeted, reportedly with explosives, was a matter of “serious concern” in Sri Lanka’s post-war context, he said, adding that such developments could be a major setback to ongoing efforts [towards a political solution]. “President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should soon inform the parliament about the actual situation to prevent speculation and fear-mongering,” he told The Hindu. (Colombo Gazette)
LONDON — The British government has flown home the first 14,500 people stranded by the collapse of tour operator Thomas Cook, and is expected to ramp up the repatriation effort to get all the 150,00 U.K.-based customers home in two weeks.The Civil Aviation Authority said Tuesday the first batch of people were flown back after Thomas Cook ceased all operations Monday, leaving hundreds of thousands stranded around the world.It was still unclear how many of the 600,000 total that were travelling with the company as of Sunday would remain stranded. German authorities were still mulling a request for a bridging loan from airline Condor, a subsidiary of Thomas Cook.The company’s Dutch subsidiary said all flights scheduled for Tuesday were scrapped and customers won’t be able to use accommodation they booked.The Associated Press
Wide receiver Duron Carter, son of Ohio State legend Cris Carter, has left OSU and enrolled at a community college in Kansas, coach Jim Tressel confirmed Monday in a statement released by the OSU athletic department.Carter caught 13 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown in his freshman season, but was ruled academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl. He also sat out all of spring practices because of academic issues.BuckeyeSports.com first reported Carter’s withdrawal from OSU. According to the report, Carter enrolled at Coffeyville Community College. Division I athletes can transfer to a non-Division I school without losing a year of eligibility. An athlete transferring to another Division I school must sit out a year.Carter would still have three years of eligibility remaining should he transfer to another Division I school or back to OSU after a year at Coffeyville.Carter posted a message on his Twitter account Monday morning, saying: “yes, the rumors are true.”He posted Monday afternoon that he would ideally return to OSU after getting his academics back on track, saying: “yes i would love to go back to OSU! im a buckeye all the way!”Tressel also announced that defensive lineman Keith Wells will not be a part of the team in 2010. Wells saw limited action as a freshman in 2008, then redshirted last season.
A HEALTH INFORMATION and Quality Authority (HIQA) report into fostering services in the Dublin North East Region has concluded that inspectors were not assured that all children were safe.Some children had remained in placements despite allegations being made about foster carers, according to the report’s findings – based on inspections carried out in October of 2012.The report uncovered serious deficits with the foster care service in the Dublin North West Local Health Area, noting that that “not all foster carers took up training opportunities and most has not undergone reviews.” It also found that 116 children in foster care (32 per cent) had only been assigned a designated social worker in the three weeks prior to inspection.Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald described the report as unacceptable, saying that she would be meeting the HSE and Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive Designate of the Child and Family Support Agency as a matter of urgency to discuss the “critical issues identified”.Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy has described the report as “shocking and extremely worrying”, saying the fact that one third of foster carers did not have a link social worker to support them was one of the most serious findings.“This HIQA report has found that ‘there were a number of carers who were not deemed suitable for the task yet continued to have children in their care’. Quite frankly this is unbelievable and the Minister must urgently clarify why this remains the case,” Troy said.A second HIQA report into foster care in Limerick found that, while the standard of social care was good, safeguarding arrangements were not as robust as required. A number of children were recorded to be living with unapproved carers.Read: HIQA’s report into the Dublin North West fostering serviceRead: HIQA’s report into the Limerick fostering service
The highway between Sterling and Cooper Landing has been opening and closing as conditions in the area change due to activity and smoke from the Swan Lake fire. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fire Chief Michelle Weston with the Girdwood Fire Department took to social media to urge residents to avoid any non-necessary trip through an area with active fire, saying “Your life is worth more than any non-necessary trip”. The Swan Lake Fire is currently at 158,042 acres with 20% containment. Residents have taken to Facebook to post photos and videos while driving through highly active fire situations along the Sterling Highway. Travel on the Sterling Highway from Watson Lake to the Seward Hwy (MP 71-26) is NOT advised and is “subject to change at any time”. Weston: “We have many large fires impacting the Parks and Sterling Highways right now. Fire Conditions and wind directions can change very quickly with wind and these extremely dry fuel conditions. Fires also create their own wind dynamics.As Alaskans we expect our highways to be open to travel no matter if there is zero visibility from snow white outs or extreme fire behavior or major fatality accidents.As the public, you need to know that an open highway, may not necessarily be a safe highway.Please plan carefully your trips through areas of active fire if you have a vehicle prone to breaking down, or family members with difficulty breathing, or are not good at driving in low visibility. A vehicle accident in these conditions could prove fatal.As firefighters we see many people die tragically on a weekly basis. We just want you all to stay safe, and stay on this earth as long as you can for those who love you.Stay safe, minimize risk and we will all get through this fire season like we did the earthquake.”
BSE closes points 245.27 up on Dec 193.4K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 245.27 up on Dec 193.4K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 245.27 points up to stand at 27,371.84. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 65.90 points up to stand at 8,225.20. NCC and GUJARAT GAS CO.LTD.were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.60% and 10.54% along with JSW ENERGY and ATUL with an increase of 9.55% and 8.62% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Vakrangee Ltd. and IIFL with a decrease 19.14% and 8.45% along with POLARIS and TORNT POWER with a decrease of 6.77% and 6.70% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 23.33 points at 18,366.56 while the banking sector is down 159.61 points at 21,146.99 and the reality sector is down 11.86 points at 1,498.95. The Indian currency is down 0.11% at Rs 63.18 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 245.27 points up to stand at 27,371.84. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 65.90 points up to stand at 8,225.20. NCC and GUJARAT GAS CO.LTD.were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.60% and 10.54% along with JSW ENERGY and ATUL with an increase of 9.55% and 8.62% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Vakrangee Ltd. and IIFL with a decrease 19.14% and 8.45% along with POLARIS and TORNT POWER with a decrease of 6.77% and 6.70% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 23.33 points at 18,366.56 while the banking sector is down 159.61 points at 21,146.99 and the reality sector is down 11.86 points at 1,498.95. The Indian currency is down 0.11% at Rs 63.18 per dollar.
Local tobacco trader Momtaz Uddin of Mohishkhocha, Aditmari upazila in Lalmonirhat district, presents a brass boat replica to state minister of social welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed upon his joining AL for the third time. Photo: Prothom AloLocal tobacco trader of Mohishkhocha, Aditmari upazila in Lalmonirhat district, Momtaz Uddin, 60, joined the local Awami League on Monday. This is the third time he had joined the party. He joined the Jatiya Party once in the past and joined BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) twice.Momtaz, son of the late Soimuddin from Barghria village in Aditmari, is famous in the area for altering his political affiliations often.A ceremony, held to celebrate his latest change, was attended by AL member of the parliament of Lalmonirhat- 2 and state minister of social welfare, Nuruzzaman Ahmed. Momtaz presented him a brass boat replica, the electoral symbol of AL.He spent Tk 1.8 million on a feast for 20,000 people and erected six extravagant gates for the celebration.Momtaz said, “It’s true that I have shifted my party allegiance several times, but I don’t want to do it anymore. Awami League is the best political party in the country, the most people-centred party. There is much scope to working here, so I return again and again. Pray that I do not have to change it again.”The grand feast yesterday included beef and mutton along with pilau. About 300 persons wearing special T-shirts made for the occasion were busy cooking and packing the items.Momtaz Uddin spent Tk 1.8 million on a feast for 20 thousand people. Photo: Prothom AloMamunur, son of Momtaz said, ‘My father loves to treat people and so he bought five cows and 15 goats to treat the special guests and the local people.”Momtaz made his first move from Jatiya Party to AL in 2011. Later, when he was denied his wish to become the union AL president in 2012, he joined BNP. Again in 2016, before the union parishad polls, Momtaz went back to district AL. However, failing to gain the AL ticket for the polls, he returned to BNP that year.Momtaz joined AL for the third time Monday evening at the ceremony at Mohishkhocha multipurpose high school and college compound.State minister Nuruzzaman, as chief guest, said, “Awami League is a development-oriented party. New faces as well as those who left the party before may join. We want to serve the country together.”AL general secretary and district council chairman Matiar Rahman along with the district AL vice president Sirajul Haq were special guests there while Nabiar Rahman, the union AL president, presided over the programme.Abdul Mazid, member of the ward-4 at Mahishkhocha Union Parishad, observed, “Such an extravagant programme was never held over here before.”Nuruzzaman Ahmed, an auto-rickshaw driver at Bargharia (Sardarpara) said, “Only Momtaz Uddin can say which party he is going to join at any time. Only he can say how long he will remain with AL.”*The piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English, by Nusrat Nowrin.
US President Donald Trump walks across the tarmac after stepping off Air Force One upon arrival at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey. Photo: AFPDonald Trump’s administration ramped up the pressure on North Korea on Sunday ahead of a week of high-stakes diplomacy at the United Nations, warning Pyongyang will be “destroyed” if it refuses to end its “reckless” nuclear and ballistic missile drive.With US officials and their allies scrambling to find ways to contain an increasingly belligerent Pyongyang, the US president will address the UN General Assembly on Tuesday and then confer Thursday with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on the sidelines of the meeting.Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In spoke by phone Saturday night and pledged “stronger pressure” on Kim Jong-Un’s regime, the South’s presidential office said, adding that the North must be made to realize that “further provocation” would put it on a “path of collapse.”The Security Council last Monday imposed a new raft of sanctions on North Korea-but their impact depends largely on whether China, Pyongyang’s ally and main economic partner, will fully implement them and on Russia, which is hosting tens of thousands of North Korean workers.Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, kept up the rhetorical pressure ahead of the upcoming meetings in New York, asserting that if the North should pose a serious threat to the US or its allies, “North Korea will be destroyed.”Trump’s earlier warning he would rain “fire and fury” on a recalcitrant North Korea, she said, was “not an empty threat.”“None of us want war,” Haley added in an interview on CNN. “We wanted to be responsible and go to all diplomatic means to get their attention first. If that doesn’t work, General Mattis”-the US defense secretary-“will take care of it.”Enforcement in focusAs the US and its allies emphasize the diplomatic track, South Korea is also deploying a state-of-the-art US missile defense system. In their latest call, the White House said Trump and Moon had committed to “take steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities” of South Korea, offering no details of how it might do so.Analysts say that in the event of hostilities, millions of people in the Seoul area-as well as the 30,000 US troops in South Korea-would be vulnerable to attack by the thousands of artillery pieces the North has positioned near the border, with potentially staggering casualties.So far, every effort to persuade the North to back away from its fast-developing nuclear and missile programs-including its most powerful nuclear test yet, on September 3 — has proved futile, at times even seeming to prompt new acts of defiance from Pyongyang.The North’s latest show of resistance came when it launched a long-range missile over Japan on Friday, just four days after the UN Security Council had passed a tough new package of sanctions.At the request of the United States, the Security Council will hold a ministerial-level meeting Thursday on ways to enforce the latest sanctions, which include an export ban on textiles, freezing work permits to North Korean guest workers and capping oil supplies.‘Rocket Man’Haley said sanctions had already provided a “punch in the gut” to Pyongyang but that strict enforcement was crucial.Separately, Trump’s national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, agreed that “the critical thing is going to be to get all countries, every one, to do all they can to enforce those sanctions, to do everything they can, short of a military conflict, to resolve this problem.”But if diplomacy and economic pressure fail, he added, “We have to prepare all options.”Pyongyang, an insular country with few outside contacts, says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself from “hostile” US forces and is determined to build the capacity to deliver a nuclear warhead that could hit the US mainland.North Korea said Saturday it was bent on nothing less than military “equilibrium” with the United States.As his administration continued its efforts to rein in the North, Trump himself gave a more unbridled account of his latest diplomatic contacts.“I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!” Trump tweeted, apparently finding a new nickname for Kim (McMaster confirmed that that was probably Trump’s intention).Whether there are gas lines is unclear; very few people own cars in North Korea, outside military and government officials.
Popular on Variety Leading Chinese auteur, Chen Kaige (“The Legend of the Demon Cat,“ “Farewell my Concubine“) is to shoot a series for mainland Chinese streaming service iQIYI.“The Eight“ is Chen’s first foray into long form series. He will also act as executive producer of the show.The story is set in China and Paris, France in the early Chinese revolutionary period at the beginning of the 20th Century. It features a young man who has both Chinese and Western roots. He becomes sucked into the underworld while simultaneously attempting to save the Chinese revolution, which could easily be stifled by opposition forces.“The rise of premium Internet drama has opened up a huge space for creative innovation,“ said Chen in a prepared statement.IQIYI, which has been spun out of China’s leading search engine group Baidu, recently raised some USD2.5 billion from an IPO on Nasdaq. The company is now engaged in a wide ranging campaign to develop and acquire original content. In addition to giving it unique properties that are unavailable to its competitors, original IP is used to attract and convert users of its free to use advertising-supported tiers into paying subscribers.It’s series “Tientsin Mystic“ and “Burning Ice“ were among 2017 commissions that will play on Netflix, following a content licensing deal. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Explore further The REF will come into effect in 2012 to replace the current system of assessment, the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The scheme will allocate the 1.76 billion British pounds (approximately $2.7 billion US) spent annually on university research according to three main elements — outputs, impact, and environment — which are considered to be indicative of excellence in research. The first factor the REF will consider is outputs, which will be reviewed by a panel of experts who take into account factors such as citations to the work. The second is the impact of the work; research that demonstrably benefits the economy, public policy, society, culture or quality of life, will attract the greatest funding. The impact will be assessed by a case study approach. The third factor is environment, which will consider the research department’s ability to support continuous excellent research and disseminate the results. This will look at factors such as the department’s staff, training for postgraduates, research strategies, and public relations.The new system aims to put an end to research the government has criticized in the past, such as “David Beckham studies” and “surf studies”, and to stop the practice of hiring “star” academics to boost results. The scheme is also intended to steer universities towards research that will have economic, social and cultural benefits, since these projects will receive the greatest funding.The director of research at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), David Sweeney, said the new system is designed to ensure public funds are used effectively. The scheme would apply to research in humanities and arts as well as in science, and aims to develop internationally recognized and competitive research that contributes to the nation’s prosperity and wellbeing.Academics have warned the new system will mean an end to speculative research, for which the economic or other benefits are unknown until the research has been done. The University and College Union (UCU) is also concerned the emphasis on citations will distort academic activity and could threaten academic freedom. UCU’s General Secretary Sally Hunt also pointed out that some of the biggest scientific advances have arisen from speculative research. Research should never be measured in purely economic terms, Hunt said.The HEFCE is currently running a pilot exercise to test their proposed method of assessing the impact of research. It is also continuing consultations on the REF until mid December, and invites responses from universities and interested organizations affected by or using the results of research.&2009 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: UK Research Funding to Reward Economic Benefits (2009, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-uk-funding-reward-economic-benefits.html (PhysOrg.com) — The UK government is developing a new scheme, the Research Excellence Framework (REF), to assess university research proposals and allocate public funds for research. The scheme is being developed in collaboration with higher education bodies in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland, and will make much greater use of quantitative information (bibliometrics) than its predecessor. Madoff scandal’s impact on the life sciences