Cricket Australia agree A$500 million pay deal with players

first_imgCricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association announced they had agreed a new pay deal “in principle” on Thursday, ending an acrimonious dispute that threatened a tour of Bangladesh and this year’s Ashes series.The previous five-year collective bargaining agreement expired on June 30, which had left about 230 players effectively unemployed and forced the cancellation of Australia’s ‘A’ tour of South Africa.”I think we’ve reached a good compromise, one we can both live with and one that will be good for the game and good for Australia’s cricketers,” CA chief executive James Sutherland told a news conference at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.The immediate repercussions of the deal are that two tests in Bangladesh will now go ahead in August and September with the Australia squad scheduled to gather in Darwin next week for a pre-tour camp.At the heart of the disagreement was CA’s insistence that a two-decade-old model, under which players receive a fixed percentage of revenue, should be jettisoned.The governing body said the model was outdated and claimed it was starving grass-roots cricket of funding, while the players’ union countered that it had underpinned the game’s growth and prosperity over the past 20 years.The revenue-share arrangement has survived in the “heads of agreement” on new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which union boss Alistair Nicholson said he was confident the players would vote to accept.”A revenue sharing model ensuring all players, male and female, are partners in the game of cricket,” Nicholson said, outlining the agreement.advertisement”The revenue sharing model in which the players will share up to 30 percent of agreed revenue consisting of 27.5 percent of forecast revenue streams and a 2.5 percent performance pool.”This is estimated to be up to $500 million in the next five-year period.”Nicholson said the players would receive back pay once the final MoU had been signed.The dispute had raged on for nine months and grew increasingly bitter as both sides took to airing their grievances publicly.The union refused to deal with CA’s lead negotiator and were angered when Sutherland warned players would be unemployed and unpaid without a new agreement on the table.Players subsequently boycotted the ‘A’ tour and warned subsequent tours to Bangladesh, India and the Ashes series were under threat.Having declined for months to deal directly with the ACA, Sutherland was cajoled back to the negotiating table in July and the deal was struck in head-to-head talks with Nicholson on Thursday morning.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier League

first_imgMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says two of his fellow Portuguese are the Premier League managers who are closest to him.In an interview with Soccer AM, he revealed who his best pal is among the current crop of Premier League bosses. “Nuno (Espirito Santo) was my player so I have a relationship with him from before,” he said.”Marco (Silva at Everton) I have known for years and he’s a good guy too.”Former goalkeeper Nuno was at Porto for years in two separate spells, with Mourinho his boss from 2002-04.When asked if he ever had a night on the town with Nuno, Mourinho was a little more coy.”In spite of the fact that we are both now managers I think we have a thing that I was your manager and you were my player,” he added.”That’s nice for me. There is always that little thing in the relationship.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

KARENA EVANS GOT HER BIG BREAK BY COLDTEXTING MUSIC VIDEO LEGEND DIRECTOR

first_imgFor instance “In My Feelings” features a litany of twerking dancers set against the backdrop of New Orleans local haunts. The project stars Shiggy (the creator of the viral dance that helped propel the song up the charts), Lala Anthony (as Drake’s love interest), Phylicia Rashad (as Lala’s mother), Odell Beckham Jr., and a cameo from Big Freedia (whose vocals are featured on the track). In short, it’s just the sort of high-energy romp you’d expect from a smash single.As her star only continues to rise and people continue to listen to “In My Feelings” on repeat, Teen Vogue chatted with Karena about facing your fears, chasing your dreams, and the importance of creating space and visibility for black women in the film industry.Teen Vogue: What are your earliest memories around film and acting?Karena Evans: I was the annoying child who put on plays for my family and charged them a dollar to get in. There was this program on Windows, this was before Apple, where I would edit videos every time a family birthday came around. I always really had an interest in storytelling, but it wasn’t until I got a bit older that I realized you can actually make a life out of telling stories, which was a crazy concept.TV: Director X really took you under his wing. How did you guys meet?KE: It all started in film school. I can definitely appreciate a school education, but I just think I was a bit impulsive and very impatient about the rate I was learning. I wanted to learn faster. I knew that I wanted to be a director, and I was already shooting. I just wanted to get out there. I had a mutual friend with X, his name is Boi1da, a Toronto legend and a longtime collaborator with Drake. I had a conversation with him and said, “Look, this is where I am and this is where I want to be. How do I close that gap?”He slid me Director X’s phone number; not even his office line or his assistant’s line, his personal number. It was kind of a scary moment where I had to decide to either take a step forward or stay in the same place. I texted him and said, “You don’t know who I am but my name is Karena and I really want to work for you. I want to show you what I can do.” He had me come into the office the next day. I was sitting in a boardroom with him and his manager, who is now my manager, and we were just talking. The conversation was going very well and that was all fine and dandy, then he said, “Great. Now show me your work.”At the time I had this zero dollar music video I’d done. When I say zero dollar I mean we paid for the camera package out of our pocket and we didn’t have any lighting. I had even lended the artist my clothes — it was something that I was super passionate about. Although technically it’s not where I am right now, I think you can still see my heart in it. I like to believe X liked it because we started working together that night…I literally started that evening. We worked on a TV pitch together, and from there he truly did take me under his wing. It was such a beautiful mentorship because I was writing treatments with him and going on set with him. I would be up until three or four in the morning, but the pace that I was learning was far faster than what I was learning in school. That led me to another moment of having to decide to take a risk. I dropped out of school to be fully present in the experience. About eight months later he signed me as a director to his company.TV: What are some of the biggest lessons you learned working with X?KE: X is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. I truly learned the value of working hard at your craft and mastering it. You know, expanding your knowledge, constantly researching and just spending all of the time you can to get better because things don’t just land on your lap. The knowledge that you really do have to put in the work was one of the biggest takeaways I got from him. The other thing, which is a big lesson he taught me, and is something that his mentor Hype Williams taught him, was that you have to fight the inner thought that you can’t do it. You have to fight the idea that you’re not good at your job, and even the perception that might be projected on you by other people that you aren’t meant to be there.You have to fight those doubts because you have the responsibility as an artist to push forward and pull through. I think that in the presence of chaos, creativity starts. You need that nervous creative energy, but at the same time you have to learn to push through the negative thoughts that come with it because that’s breeds the best creations.TV: For black women, the conversation around film and directing tends to come back to the idea that there aren’t enough of us or that we aren’t as represented in the ways we should be. How, if at all, does that impact you?KE: I think that the first thing to realize is that there are in fact a lot of female directors. There are a lot of women of color who are here and present. The unfortunate part is that we were not always given a place. It took the Melina Matsoukases, the Ava DuVernays and others who have paved the way for me, and the next generation of young black female filmmakers, to help us understand that we do have a place, and to also break down those barriers so we that can be heard. It was definitely something I was aware of getting into the game, and I think it just made me want to work ten times harder to prove that there is nothing different between me and my male counterparts. If anybody knows me they know how much Melina is my hero, and how much she’s influenced not only my work, but how I look at myself as a young black filmmaker. If I can in some way inspire another young girl to also believe in herself then I’m doing a good job.TV: Being the first woman to win the Lipsett Award must have felt like one of those moments.KE: It’s an interesting feeling because I definitely don’t feel like I’m the first woman who should receive it, and I definitely don’t think that I’m the only woman who is making a mark in the music video industry, or in the industry as a whole; I won’t be the last, either. I just hope that in receiving it, I can help break down some of those walls for other women to be recognized. Again, it’s because of women like Melina that I even have it, or that I even know that I have a place here and that I’m allowed to occupy a space in this world.TV: Who or what are some of your other influences?KE: Of course I grew up on X and Hype’s music videos, but honestly, I don’t get a lot of my inspiration from any single person. Vimeo is my school. I’m always watching videos. I’m always researching because I believe you can find inspiration anywhere. The great thing about Instagram right now is that you can cultivate what’s coming towards you. I follow a lot of photography blogs, and am always searching for inspiration whether that’s on the Internet, around where I live, or even the kind of music I’m listening to. As an artist, I think I have a duty to stay inspired and search for new things to learn.TV: Every director probably approaches a project differently. What’s your process?KE: The way that I approach any project is with an entirely clean slate. I don’t have one formula for everything. I really do my best to make sure that I’m creating a custom suit for every visual. I think the process changes depending on the artist you’re working with as well. I’ve been blessed to work with some really collaborative artists, and an idea will either start from them or a conversation with them, and then we sort of build that out together. For me, the really exciting part is creating these very custom looks for every video. Now that I’m going into film and TV, I think the biggest thing is doing the research and truly defining what the vision is. I really don’t think that one strategy works for everything, so I constantly try and understand new ways to communicate and new ways to shoot.TV: What does the research project look like for you? Is it books, magazines, movies, a combination?KE: If I’m working on a specific song I listen to that song over and over and over. I will listen to that artist’s music over and over. I will research a lot about that artist (even if I already know them), just to make sure that in the moment I’m conceptualizing I’m really within the boundaries of that artist and doing justice to that person. I also look through a lot of magazines. I have a log of videos that give me inspiration too.TV: What makes someone a good director?KE: Constantly expanding your knowledge of film and storytelling. Knowing there’s a world of opportunities where you can learn — both technically and life lessons. All of that will help in your experience as a director. Some of the directors I’ve worked with as an actress have had an incredible ability to communicate, and also understand that everyone’s energy is different. Again, it’s not a matter of here’s a general strategy I’m going to use on every project. It’s really about being present and adjusting and adapting to the people you’re working with.BY STEPHANIE SMITH-STRICKLAND | TEEN VOGUE Advertisement At 22-years-old, Canadian director and actor Karena Evans is already living the creative dream. This year she became the first woman to receive Prism Prize’s prestigious Lipsett Award, which recognizes Canadian music video artistss for innovation and creativity. Her wildly well-rounded portfolio boasts brand campaigns for clients including Nike right alongside music videos for artists such as SZA, “Garden (Say It Like Dat); Belly, “Mumble Rap”; and perhaps most famously, Drake. And to think, it was all put in motion from cold-texting a pro in the industry.Karena’s journey started at film school in Toronto, where after bouncing between two institutions, she eventually grew frustrated with the slow pace of the curriculums. In response, she did something many of us — particularly those of us who have been trained to believe that traditional schooling is a guarantor of success — would be absolutely terrified to do. She cold contacted the legendary Director X, whose first feature film, Superfly, debuted in August. After landing an internship with his production company, X personally took Karena under his wing. The culmination of this process saw her dropping out of school to fully embrace the work she was already doing.Several of Drake’s most recent videos, released in support of his behemoth fifth studio album, Scorpion, have been directed by Karena. From the feel-good premise of “God’s Plan” to the playful Degrassi time warp that is “I’m Upset” to the celebrity-studded, ladies-first anthem of “Nice for What,” the young director has been instrumental in creating a tableau that feels at ease with Drake’s chameleon nature, and impactful to the larger pop culture zeitgeist. 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Treasury head wife mocked for photo of them holding money

first_imgWASHINGTON – A photo of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife posing with a sheet of new $1 bills — the first notes bearing his signature — is prompting people to poke fun at them online.The Associated Press photo shows Mnuchin holding the sheet of money as his wife Louise Linton stands behind him, her gloved hands touching a corner.Some remarked that the pair resembled villains from the James Bond movie franchise. Others used the image to mock the Republican tax plan, which critics say would mostly benefit high earners and corporations.The pair prompted a public outcry this summer after revelations he requested a military jet to fly them to their European honeymoon. It never happened, but the department launched a review of Mnuchin’s use of government aircraft.last_img

Black Panther is boxoffice king for third straight week

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Wakanda’s reign shows no signs of waning. “Black Panther” is king of the box office for the third straight weekend.The release from Marvel and Disney brought in $65.7 million domestically this weekend, easily outpacing new releases “Red Sparrow” and “Death Wish,” according to studio estimates Sunday.“Black Panther” has now grossed $500 million domestically after three weeks of release. It’s the third fastest film to reach the $500 million plateau.“Disney is clearly on a roll with ‘Black Panther’ showing incredible strength as it posts the third biggest third-weekend gross of all time,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, “and most notably becomes the 10th highest grossing movie of all time in North America after just 17 days in theatres.”Fox’s “Red Sparrow,” featuring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina-turned-super-spy, earned $17 million in its first weekend.Another new release, “Death Wish,” MGM’s reboot of the Charles Bronson action franchise starring Bruce Willis, was third with $13 million.“Both newcomers performed to expectations but had to compete in a marketplace totally dominated by ‘Black Panther,’” Dergarabedian said.The totals come on a weekend when all industry eyes are on the Academy Awards, which will be handed out in Hollywood later Sunday.None of the major nominees remain in the box office top 10, though some continue to bring in receipts. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” reached $52 million domestically through Sunday, and “The Shape of Water” passed $57 million.“Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has become a groundbreaking cinematic phenomenon, giving unprecedented representation for a film of its kind to Africans and African-Americans while winning over every corner of the culture. It should soon shoot past the billion-dollar mark worldwide.Wakanda’s king may finally be knocked from his box-office throne next weekend with the release of director Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” another Disney film that gives groundbreaking representation to African-Americans on both sides of the camera.“Disney wins no matter how you slice it with that film expected to have a strong debut as ‘Black Panther’ continues to draw big crowds,” Dergarabedian said.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final three-day domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Black Panther,” $65.7 million.2. “Red Sparrow,” $17 million.3. “Death Wish,” $13 million.4. “Game Night,” $10.7 million.5. “Peter Rabbit,” $10 million.6. “Annihilation,” $5.6 million.7. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $4.5 million.8. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $3.3 million.9. “The Greatest Showman,” $2.6 million.10. “Every Day,” $1.5 million.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdaltonlast_img read more

City crews conducting work ahead of repaving 100th and 100th intersection later

first_imgHe explained that crews will be filling in some of the larger ruts and potholes in the intersection that were caused by weathering and by emergency maintenance to repair a broken water main earlier this Spring.Harvey said that crews will also be repairing the manhole covers in the intersection by lifting them to the level of the pavement, since the covers have sunk in recent years.He said that the work is required to lift the manhole covers so that crews can resurface the entire intersection with a new layer of asphalt, adding that workers won’t need to close the entire intersection – like today – in order to accomplish the work.Though he was not able to provide an exact date for when the repaving work would start, Harvey did say that the project is scheduled to be done before the end of the summer. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Crews with the City of Fort St. John have closed off the intersection of 100th St. and 100th Ave. today to conduct maintenance on the roads before the entire intersection gets repaved later this summer.Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the intersection was closed at around 8:00 this morning and is scheduled to be reopened sometime later this evening.Detours have been set up on 99th and 101st Avenues, and on 98th and 102nd Streets so that motorists can get around the closed intersection.last_img read more

Former MP Ateeq kidnapped businessman UP govt tells SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government Thursday told the Supreme Court that former MP Ateeq Ahmad, who was lodged in Deoria jail, had indeed assaulted and kidnapped a businessman on December 26 last year.Confirming the incident, the UP government said CCTV cameras in the jail complex were tampered with at the time. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said it would consider the report submitted by UP government on April 23. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a report submitted through senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, appointed as amicus curiae (friend of court), the state government said departmental action against five jail officials has been initiated. Hansaria, assisted by advocate Sneha Kalita, told the bench that jail norms were relaxed with respect to visitors meeting the former parliamentarian. In his submission, the senior advocate said there are 109 cases registered against Ahmad from 1979 to 2019 which include 17 murder cases, 12 cases under UP Gangster Act, eight under Arms Act and four under UP Goonda Act. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHansaria said eight cases pending investigation were registered against Ahmad between 2015 and 2019 of which two are murder cases. The report said the state government has constituted two committees which prima facie found names of two persons, including businessman Mohit Jaiswal’s, in visitors register for meeting Ahmad. It said the committees have found the jail superintendent and other jail officials guilty for the assault on the businessman, and departmental proceedings against five officials and the state government has suspended three persons. The report further said that after the incident was reported in media and FIR was lodged by the businessman, Ahmad was transferred from Deoria jail to Bareilly jail in UP and efforts were being made to arrest the associates of the former lawmaker, who were involved in the incident. Ateeq Ahmad was a five-time MLA and one-time MP and has been jail since Feb 11, 2017. In the past he was associated with political parties including Samajwadi Party and Apna Dal (Sonewal faction). “In interrogation, the jail staff and the prisoners have denied the incidence of assault in jail but the joint team found in the inquiry that some CCTV cameras set up in the jail have been tampered with and a persons meeting with Ateeq Ahmad had been granted relaxation also against rule. The joint team prima facie found that the jail superintendent and the officers/ employees of the jail administration to be guilty for this incident,” the report said. The UP government report said some accused have been identified on the basis of CCTV footage of Deoria jail and for their arrest, police teams have been sent to their possible hideouts in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Prayagraj and Delhi. It said a police team led by Lucknow SP has been leading the investigation in the case. The top court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay seeking a life ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases besides the setting up of special courts to expeditiously try cases involving elected representatives. During the previous hearing, the court was told by Hansaria that there were over several heinous cases pending against the former MP and still he had the audacity to kidnap the businessman to the jail. Businessman Jaiswal had filed an FIR on December 28, 2018, alleging that he was kidnapped from Lucknow and taken to the prison where he was assaulted by the jailed don and his aides and was forced to transfer his business to them. Lucknow-based realtor Jaiswal had alleged that he was tortured and forced to transfer five of his firms in the names of the former lawmaker and his jailed son. The combined assets of the firms were worth Rs 45 crore, the FIR said, adding that Ahmad also took away the car of Jaiswal and other belongings before releasing him.last_img read more

Libyan deputy industry minister shot dead

first_imgTripoli – Assailants gunned down a Libyan deputy minister overnight, officials said on Sunday, in the first killing of a government member since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi.Deputy industry minister Hassan al-Droui was shot dead during a to his hometown of Sirte, east of Tripoli, which was also Kadhafi’s hometown, security and hospital officials said.And in another sign of the instability plaguing the country, the toll from tribal clashes in the southern town of Sebha rose to 27 dead, with another 72 people wounded in the unrest. “Hassan al-Droui, the deputy minister for industry, was killed by unknown attackers overnight, during a visit to his native city of Sirte,” a security official told AFP.“Unidentified gunmen sprayed bullets on Mr. Droui in central Sirte,” the official said on condition of anonymity.A medical official at the city’s Ibn Sina hospital said Droui had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.The Libyan government denounced a “cowardly criminal act” and said in a statement it would “spare no effort to track down the perpetrators and prosecute them.”Droui was a former member of the National Transitional Council, the political arm of the rebellion that brought an end to Kadhafi’s 42-year rule.He was appointed deputy minister for industry by the transitional government’s first premier, Abdelrahim al-Kib, and kept his job when Prime Minister Ali Zeidan took office.Sirte, which lies on the Mediterranean coast about 250 miles (400 kilometres) east of Tripoli, was the last regime bastion to fall into rebel hands in the 2011 uprising during which Kadhafi was killed.Since the collapse of Kadhafi’s autocratic regime, Libya has been plagued by sporadic violence, including a string of assassinations targeting top army and security officials and the brief abduction of Zeidan.Deadly tribal clashesThe number of casualties from clashes between rival tribes in the southern town of Sebha and nearby Murzuq and Al-Shati rose to 27 dead and 72 wounded, a government statement said on Sunday.Fighting broke out in the area on Saturday pitting gunmen from the Arab Awled Sleiman tribe against tribesmen from the Toubou minority.Local sources said the clashes were sparked by the death on Thursday of a militia chief linked to Awled Sleiman, adding that the tribe accused the Toubou of murdering him.The Toubou are black oasis farmers by tradition who also live in southern Libya, northern Chad and Niger, who have repeatedly said they were being marginalised.A previous toll from the town’s local council had said that 19 died in the fighting and another 27 wounded.Fresh fighting broke out in Sebha on Sunday morning, witnesses reported.But in the afternoon the streets appeared to be calm, they said, adding that troops and policemen reinforcements were deployed in the town.The government said in a statement it sent reinforcements to secure residential areas and strategic installations in Sebha and that a “committee of elders” was trying to end the unrest.The fighting was the worst between the rival tribes since they struck a ceasefire agreement in March 2012 following deadly battles that killed at least 150 people and wounded 400 others.The Toubous have long complained of marginalisation by Libyan society, while Arab tribes have accused the minority of employing foreign fighters, particularly from Chad.The tribal clashes in Sebha could have a knock-on effect on production at several nearby oilfields in the mostly-desert south.Libya is currently struggling with a months-long oil crisis, which erupted when security guards at key oil terminals in the east shut them down, accusing the authorities of corruption and demanding a more equitable distribution of oil revenues.Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arusi said last month that lost production from the blockades had cost Libya about $9.0 billion (6.6 billion euros) in revenues.last_img read more

Deadly sectarian violence cripples Algeria desert city

first_imgGHARDAIA, Algeria – Daily life has ground to a halt in Ghardaia, a picturesque Algerian city on the edge of the Sahara turned into a ghost town by a wave of sectarian violence.The UNESCO world heritage site, some 600 kilometres (370 miles) south of Algiers, has been rocked since December by clashes between the Chaamba community of Arab origin and the majority Mozabites, indigenous Berbers belonging to the Ibadi Muslim sect.The oasis settlement, with its 90,000 inhabitants, was a scene of desolation on Monday, with the normally bustling market square empty and charred shopfronts bearing witness to last week’s unrest. Security forces patrolled the streets following the deployment of extra personnel, and after Algeria’s newly-appointed premier Youcef Yousfi visited on Sunday in a bid to defuse the situation.The latest violence erupted after hundreds of Mozabites who had fled during the initial unrest returned to their houses, to find many of them destroyed or badly damaged, according to various local sources.Three young Chaambas were killed on Saturday night, in circumstances that remain unclear, and another 190 people wounded, including 29 members of the security forces, according to medical sources.Five people were killed in the previous wave of violence between the rival communities, between December and February.Hamou Mesbah, a senior member of the opposition Socialist Forces Front (FFS), on Saturday described the centre of Ghardaia as a “ghost town,” saying that Mozabites living in mixed neighbourhoods whose property had been torched were still waiting to recover whatever belongings they could.Some of the burnt-out shops belonging to members of the Chaamba community were still smouldering on Sunday night, despite the efforts of the local fire service.Hadj Mabrouk Zahouani ran the well-known store “Rahala” (“Journey” in Arabic), which opened its doors in 1950 but was left in ruins by last week’s violence.Before the unrest customers would come from all across the Algerian desert to purchase his wares, which ranged from kitchen dishes to traditional clothes and footwear.“I didn’t close my shop until the riots began (in December), and when things calmed down I reopened. This time I have lost the shop and its contents,” Zahouani told AFP.The total damage from the latest violence is difficult to evaluate, but Bahmed Babaoumoussa, a member of the committee for Thenia neighbourhood, put the cost of the losses there alone at more than four million euros.The shops along the town’s main street, most of them Arab, were all shut on Monday.“The Mozabites don’t live in the town centre but they do have shops here,” said Moussa, a postman in his 30s.On Monday those shops were easy enough to identify, whether by the police guards deployed outside them or the hostile messages scrawled on their walls, such as: “This is a Mozabite shop,” and “Get out.”Once-flourishing trade hub The two communities have coexisted for centuries, but as elsewhere in the region, limited economic opportunities, despite the proximity of Algeria’s vast oil and gas wealth, have aggravated social tensions.Trade has always been Ghardaia’s economic mainstay, and one police officer posted on the deserted main street said he couldn’t imagine the town without its shops and bustling business.For 30 years tourism has flourished here, he said, driven in particular by demand for the jewelry and carpets typical of the area, which is also famous for its ksour, or traditional villages.Saleh Echeikh, a professor at Ghardaia university, blamed the communal violence on a “third party”, accusing criminal gangs linked to theft and drug dealing of instigating the clashes.“They have forced the shops to shut and brought commercial activity to a standstill by all their acts of aggression,” he said.But others, particular members of the Chaamba community, dismiss this argument.“Drugs circulate even more in the main cities and towns along the coast. So why aren’t they going up in flames?” one man asked.last_img read more

The Seahawks Dont Stand A Chance Unless Russell Wilson Can Keep Up

The most anticipated matchup of the divisional round of the NFL playoffs might be the Atlanta Falcons’ No. 1 scoring offense against the Seattle Seahawks’ No. 3 scoring defense. But the game between the two teams may be decided when the ball is in Russell Wilson’s hand.When the two met in Week 6, the Seahawks edged the Falcons in Seattle, 26-24. But both teams have played a lot of football since then, and though Wilson has already led the Seahawks to eight playoff wins in his young career, he might not have enough talent around him to go into the Georgia Dome on Saturday and end the Falcons’ season.The most obvious change to either team has been the Seahawks’ loss of safety Earl Thomas; his five-year Pro Bowl streak ended when he missed five of the Seahawks’ last six regular-season games with injuries. With him patrolling the backfield, the Seahawks allowed just 16.4 points per game. In the Seahawks’ five regular-season games without him, opponents averaged 22.4 points, including 34 points in a home capitulation to the already-eliminated Arizona Cardinals.But as much as the Seahawks have missed Thomas, it is their offense that has struggled with explosiveness and consistency all season. The 26-6 final score of last week’s wild card game against the Detroit Lions might make it look as though the Seahawks are back to business as usual. But going into the fourth quarter the score was just 10-6.While the Seahawks’ offensive line earned praise for its dominant run-blocking performance against Detroit, it also allowed slumping Lions pass-rusher Ezekiel Ansah to register two sacks, as many as he tallied throughout the regular season. The Seahawks will have a much tougher task on Saturday when they face the Falcons’ Vic Beasley, who had 15.5 sacks in the regular season.Tailback Thomas Rawls set a franchise playoff rushing record against the Lions, but going into the rematch with the Falcons there’s little depth behind him. Christine Michael, the Seahawks’ top rusher in the first Atlanta game, now plays for the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Pete Carroll told reporters that C.J. Procise, who has been out since Week 11 with a shoulder injury, will be a game-time decision; fifth-round rookie Alex Collins would be the only option behind Rawls if Procise can’t go.Between Michael, tailback C.J. Spiller and receiver/returner Tyler Lockett, 43 percent of the Seahawks’ 333 total yards in Week 6 were produced by players no longer on the Seahawks active roster, and the Falcons still outgained them 362-333 in that game. Wilson targeted wideouts on just 43.2 percent of his attempts; according to Pro Football Reference’s charting, he attempted only two passes deeper than 14 yards all day. He threw no touchdowns.The lack of deep passing that day was partly by design, to keep opposing pass-rushers off the banged-up Wilson.“We’ve been careful in how we would expose Russ,” head coach Pete Carroll later told the team’s official site. “He was begging us to do more and all that, but we were trying to do the right thing by him, and he was doing phenomenal things just to play for the last two months.” But Wilson’s adjusted yards-per-attempt didn’t increase meaningfully after that interview.Though three rushing touchdowns got Seattle the points they needed to win in Week 6, they might not have happened if the Falcons hadn’t set them up: Ryan’s sack-fumble on his own nine-yard line led to the game’s first score; his interception near midfield set up the last one.Even then, it almost wasn’t enough. The Seahawks’ final go-ahead field goal still left Ryan and company with a 1:57 to drive for a game-winning score; a controversial fourth-down no-call sent them packing:Since that play, however, the Falcons spent the season improving — and proving themselves the better team.In Football Outsiders’ Weighted DVOA, which prioritizes recent performance, the Falcons are the No. 4-ranked overall team at 19.8 percent; the Seahawks are ranked 14th at 4.7 percent. While the Seahawks’ offense ranked 17th in both season-long (-2.7 percent) and weighted (-2.1 percent) DVOA, the Falcons’ defense rises from 27th (8.1 percent) to 22nd (5.6 percent) when recent games are more heavily weighted.Now Wilson will have go on the road and score more points against the improved Falcons than Ryan can score against the Seahawks’ struggling defense.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. read more

Jackets flop to Penguins then end skid with win

Columbus Blue Jackets 5, Washington Capitals 4The last two players any struggling team’s goalie wants to see coming up the ice towards them are Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Unfortunately for the Columbus Blue Jackets, the NHL schedule doesn’t afford them a choice in the matter.Coming off of a heart-wrenching loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in which the Jackets gave up a 3-1 lead with under three minutes remaining, Columbus looked to rebound against Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals.Washington kicked off the scoring with a goal on a wrister by Nicklas Backstrom.  From that point on, Jackets’ captain Rick Nash put the team on his back and refused to lose.He scored the Jackets’ first goal on a backhander in the second period. Nash then assisted on R.J. Umberger’s goal to give Columbus the lead on the power play.In the third, Washington struck back with two goals by Brooks Laich and another by Quentin Laing.Raffi Torres came up with two goals of his own, including the equalizer in which Columbus had an empty net with twenty-three seconds remaining.In overtime, former OSU player Umberger scored again on a gorgeous assist from Nash to end the Jackets’ struggle. Columbus finally dispelled the stretch of bad luck that seemed to be plaguing them.      Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (SO)When you are being picked on and pushed around, the code of the schoolyard demands that you call out the biggest, baddest dude on the block and bloody his nose to re-establish your toughness.So with the Blue Jackets coming into Friday’s game losers of four of their last five and having given up 26 goals during that stretch, they looked to prove themselves against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.But there’s a reason that the bully is feared.The Columbus Blue Jackets, leading 3-1 in the third period, seemed to be getting the better of the fight until the Penguins got up off the mat, dusted themselves off and, with three minutes remaining in regulation, delivered a two-goal combination that sent the game into overtime.After five minutes of overtime saw both combatants still standing, Pittsburgh’s center Sidney Crosby delivered the knockout punch on the Penguins’ second shot of the shootout. The Jackets’ Kristian Huselius couldn’t counter, and the game was over.“It should have never got to a shootout,” Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We haven’t had the killer instinct. We could have shut the door and really hurt them, but we didn’t.”The 19,136 fans in attendance seemed to be split evenly between the Jackets and the Penguins when the game began. The bipartisan crowd traded chants, cheers and jeers throughout the night.Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash got the scoring started with just fewer than two minutes remaining in the first period. During a power play, he put a shot on goal with a nifty wrap-around move. The rebound kicked out to Jackets center Derick Brassard, who fired a slapshot from the right circle.Pittsburgh backup goalie Brent Johnson made the save, but the puck came off his blocker to Nash, who was on his knees in the slot. He put it past Johnson for a 1-0 lead.Nash struck again in the second period with a wrister off a nice pass from Jackets center Antoine Vermette that beat Johnson high and right.Pittsburgh struck back later in the period with a short-handed goal by left winger Chris Kunitz off an assist by Crosby.The Jackets closed out the second period scoring with a goal that highlighted the type of teamwork and hustle that was on display during Columbus’ early season winning streak.Jackets defenseman Marc Methot laid out and blocked a Pittsburgh shot in the corner.Columbus’ Derek Dorsett raced up center ice and passed to teammate Samuel Pahlsson. Pahlsson fed it right back to Dorsett who faked right and then went left with a backhander that Johnson couldn’t handle.In the third period, the Jackets seemed content with their lead.“We started to play the clock far too early,” Hitchcock said. “We took our foot off the gas, and we didn’t get the game shut down.”Pittsburgh capitalized.Penguin defenseman Martin Skoula fired a slapshot that Mason deflected. Another Penguins player fell in front of Jackets goalie Steve Mason, screening him from the puck. Ruslan Fedotenko cleaned up the rebound to bring the Penguins within one.Thirty-nine seconds later, Pittsburgh defenseman Alex Goligoski tied it up with a laser from between the circles.Mason stood tall in overtime. He stopped several Penguin point-blank attempts in front of the net.But the shootout proved to be too much for him. Crosby, taking Pittsburgh’s second shot, appeared to be stopped in his attempt. But the puck inched across the goal line just under Mason’s stick.“I thought he had me,” Crosby said of the game-winner. “I tried to get him to bite a little bit. I’ll take them however they go.”The Jackets stood toe-to-toe with the reigning champions and for 57 minutes appeared to be getting the better of them. This time, however, the bully won. read more

Valverde hails unbelievable Messi after 400th La Liga goal

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi’s incredible statistics speak for themselves after he scored his 400th La Liga goalIn just 435 league games, Messi registered his 400th goal as Barcelona cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over SD Eibar on Sunday with Luis Suarez netting the other two goals.“I think the figures speak for themselves,” Valverde told the club website.“We don’t know if anyone will ever get close to those statistics but he is unbelievable.”The victory at Camp Nou enabled Barcelona to maintain their lead in La Liga to five points from second-place Atletico Madrid after 19 games.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We have finished the first half of the season,” continued Valverde.“We wanted to maintain the advantage we had over the teams that are chasing us and we have done that.“The game was a tough one, like all the games against Eibar. They always put you under pressure high up the field.“At the end of the day we were able to get around that and we are happy because we have reached the halfway point of the league season top of the table, after having some tricky moments so far.”The Catalan giants will next face Levante in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie on Thursday, where they hope to overturn their 2-1 deficit at home.last_img read more

3 sustain burn injuries in Ctg cylinder blast

first_imgfireAt least three workers on Tuesday sustained burn injuries as a gas cylinder went off in a factory of Sitakunda in the district.The injured workers — Ram Das (28), Razib De (26) and Monir (55) — were admitted to burn unit of Chittagong Medical College and Hospital.Sub-inspector of Chittagong Medical College police out-post Amir said the cylinder exploded while the workers were cooking their food outside S S Rupantor factory.Aniruddha Das, a senior worker of the factory said that the factory authorities will bear all the expenses for treatment of the workers.last_img

Pi calculation smashes records

first_img Bellard, of Paris Telecom Tech, made and checked the calculation by running his own software algorithms for 131 days. The previous record calculation, set by Daisuke Takahashi at the University of Tsukuba in Japan in August 2009, took only 29 hours to complete, but used a super-computer costing millions of dollars, and running 2000 times faster than Bellard’s PC.Pi is the value of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and has been of interest to mathematicians for hundreds of years, since Sir Isaac Newton developed formulae to extend the number of decimal places.Bellard has been following the records for calculating Pi to the maximum number of decimal places since he received his first book about Pi at the age of 14. Computations to find a value to any number of decimal places are part of a branch of mathematics called “arbitrary-precision arithmetic”. For Bellard the calculation was more for fun than because of an obsession with the digits, but he said that arbitrary-precision arithmetic has applications because it can be used for testing algorithms and computers. He claims his method is about 20 times more efficient than previous methods.Bellard said he used the Chudnovsky formula to produce a binary result (a process that took 103 days), which was then checked (which actually took 34 hours on 9 computers, but would have taken 13 days on one PC), and converted to a base-10 result (12 days), which was then verified (3 days).Bellard’s computer cost less than €2000 (roughly $2870 US) and ran Linux’s Red Hat Fedora operating system. It had a Core i7CPU at 2.93 GHz, and had 6 GB of RAM and 7.5 TB of disk storage space in five 1.5 TB hard disks. He wrote all the required software.The world record for memorizing and reciting Pi was set in 2005 by a Chinese graduate student, Lu Chao, who spent a year learning 100,000 digits and was able to recite Pi to the 67,890th decimal place before he made an error. The feat took just over 24 hours. Reciting Bellard’s result of 27 trillion digits would take over 1,284,000 years at the Guinness Book of Records’ required rate of one digit every 15 seconds.M Bellard is perhaps best known as the writer of the open source project FFmpeg and processor emulator QEMU. He said he has no immediate plans to calculate Pi to further digits in the future, but may do, depending on his motivation and the availability of larger and faster storage. He intends to release open-source versions of his software for Linux and Windows to enable anyone who is interested in furthering the calculation to beat him to it. (PhysOrg.com) — A computer scientist in France has broken all previous records for calculating Pi, using only a personal computer. The previous record was approximately 2.6 trillion digits, but the new record, set by Fabrice Bellard, now stands at almost 2.7 trillion decimal places. Explore further A trillion triangles: New computer methods reveal secrets of ancient math problem 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.center_img More information: bellard.org/pi/pi2700e9/ Citation: Pi calculation smashes records (2010, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-pi.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

TMC GoM holds meet to foil BJPs conspiracy

first_imgKolkata: Following the direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Monday held a detailed meeting to foil “BJP’s conspiracy” of restricting the state’s growth by calling bandh.After the meeting of the GoM, the state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said: “BJP is trying to disturb the peace in the state. The administration will take all necessary steps to ensure that everything functions normally like any other day on September 26.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Necessary steps will be taken if BJP and its wings, including Bajrang Dal and RSS, threaten people to observe the bandh,” Chatterjee said, adding that the police have also been asked to maintain vigil to avoid any untoward incident in the state. He further said that all state government offices will function as usual. “We also urge private schools and colleges to keep the institutions open. The state government will ensure their safety and security,” Chatterjee said, adding that it would be a criminal offence if anyone damages public property. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee said the state Transport department is also taking necessary steps to ensure that the public transport system does not get affected due to the bandh called on September 26. The matter will also be discussed with private operators. The state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari has also been directed to take necessary steps in this connection. Chatterjee further said that the people of Bengal have never supported any bandh since 2011 and this time too the people will not support the same. “Calling a bandh is a conspiracy to purposefully restrict the growth of the state. Mamata Banerjee is working towards overall development of the state and there have been constant effort by them (BJP) to hamper the same. But the people of Bengal will never let it happen,” Chatterjee maintained. It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had earlier said that there will be no bandh in the state as it leaves a negative impact on its image and at the same time, it leads to a huge financial loss with everything coming to a standstill on the day of bandh. The Chief Minister, who is at present in Milan, had set up the GoM before leaving for her visit to Germany and Italy. The GoM has been tasked with holding meetings and taking the final decision on various issues that are cropping up in the state, in the Chief Minister’s absence. The GoM has discussed various issues to ensure that people do not face any inconvenience after setting out of their homes on September 26.last_img read more

Police appeal for witnesses after Staffordshire trainspotters cause major disruption to rail

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman The Flying Scotsman (Image: David Parker) Chief Inspector Gareth Davies from British Transport Police, said: “It is extremely disappointing that a small minority of rail enthusiasts put their lives in grave danger in an attempt to take photos of the Flying Scotsman. Quite frankly, they should know better and we are today sending a strong message that this will not be tolerated.    “We’re making a number of urgent enquiries to identify those who trespassed on the tracks, I would therefore ask anyone with information to get in touch.    Read MoreTake YOUR water bottle to these Stoke-on-Trent venues and they’ll top it up for free (and here’s where) “The railway is an extremely hazardous environment, trespassing could result in serious injury or even death. In order to prevent further incidents, we’re stepping up our patrols when the Flying Scotsman is out on the rail network – those caught trespassing or obstructing trains can expect to be prosecuted.”    As part of enquiries into incidents on Sunday, May 5 officers have released a picture of two people they want to speak with in connection to a trespass incident near Elford, Lichfield. Anyone who recognises this man and woman is asked to contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40   If anyone witnesses a trespass incident, they are advised to call the police immediately on 999. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –  Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –  For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have made an appeal for witnesses after trainspotters in Staffordshire caused major disruption to rail services. The incident happened on Sunday (May 5) when enthusiastic rail enthusiasts illegally accessed the tracks in Burton-on-Trent and Tamworth in a bid to see the iconic Flying Scotsman which was travelling through the Midlands. Nearly 60 train services were disrupted causing 1,000 minutes of delays. British Transport Police say in one instance, two enthusiasts stood ‘incredibly close’ to the tracks, with a line speed of 125mph.   last_img read more