Sailor Rescued After Spending a Year on Abandoned Ship in UAE

first_imgIndian sailor Nirmal Singh Rawat was rescued from an abandoned ship by authorities earlier this week after spending close to a year alone on board MT Hamed 2. With no electricity and minimal food and water available, Rawat, the captain of the vessel, fought extreme weather conditions in the hope that he will one day make it home and reunite with his family.The oil tanker was anchored five nautical miles away from the shore of Sharjah and Ajman, from where Singh was rescued and flown home to Uttarakhand on Nov. 22. During the months he spent on the ship, he was able to communicate with authorities to register his woes when sailors from ships passing by helped him charge his phone.Singh, 27, joined the ship as the captain in July 2016. He was not given a contract and was promised $2,000 per month for the job. The ship had eight more crew members, who agreed to quit and return home without the pending salaries in November 2016. “I am the captain. I couldn’t go just like that. Also, I wanted to get my pending salaries. So I stayed back,” he said, Gulf News reported.“I was not given a contract even after I joined the ship. It was when I asked the other crew members that I realized that I was being fooled because they also had not been paid for 14 to 17 months,” he added.During his time on the ship, he ate once in three days to preserve ration. Sometimes, ships passing by would offer him some food. He spent most of the period alone, except when he saved another sailor who jumped into his vessel in February.“He had got into my ship when I was trying to rescue his smaller vessel by pulling the rope. As we both were pulling it, the rope broke and that vessel (Al Mahra) was washed away and sank,” he said.Bodies of seven crewmen and three sailors were found later by the Sharjah Coast Guard and the Police Air Wing. Two others from the vessel are missing.“There had been days I had to starve without food and water. Once I had to stay for 50 hours without a drop of water in the peak of summer,” he said. He slept on the deck in the summer months as conditions inside the ship were unbearable.Indian social worker Girish Pant helped in Rawat’s rescue efforts as he was in touch with him as often as possible. “I wouldn’t have survived without the constant assurance and motivation by Girish Pant that I will go home one day. I thank the Federal Transport Authority (FTA) of United Arab Emirates and the Indian Consulate for helping me out after he took up my case with them and pushed for my sign off,” Rawat said.Pant said Rawat’s condition perturbed him and he was worried that Rawat would take an extreme step. “I salute his grit and optimism. Though he was in such a terrible state, he never lost his calm. Sometimes there was no news from him for weeks and I used to worry about him a lot,” Pant said.The FTA provided Rawat with provisions after the matter was taken up with them. Consul General of India Vipul commended FTA and Sharjah Port Authority for their assistance in rescuing abandoned sailors. Rawat is the latest among the 220 Indian sailors sent back from the UAE in the last six months. Related ItemsGulfSailorUAElast_img read more

Asia Cup 2018- India vs Pakistan Preview: Arch-Rivals tussle for a spot in the…

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: DNA IndiaIndia and Pakistan are set for yet another clash in the Asia Cup with this time, a guaranteed spot in the final on the horizon. After suffering a drubbing at the hands of India early on in the competition and a wake-up call against Afghanistan, the Men In Green are amidst several problems.Meanwhile, the Blues, barring their close call against Hong Kong have been on cruise mode with convincing wins over Pakistan and Bangladesh. India, being the only undefeated side left in the competition have done well across all three departments of the game. Despite being marred by injuries, the Men In Blue have coped well much to the relief of skipper Rohit Sharma.On the other side, Sarfaraz Ahmad has plenty of problems to ponder which include Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Amir’s form. Moreover, Shadab Khan’s injury and middle order crisis add more issues to the table.When: September 23, 2018;  5:00 PM IST (3:30 PM Local Time)Venue: Dubai International CriStadiumadiumWhere to Watch: Star Sports Network, HotstarPredicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahPredicted XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.Read Also:Cricket: Shikhar Dhawan joins Indian legends in achieving a unique featCricket: From cricket to Bollywood, there is no realm Virat Kohli won’t conquer! Advertisementlast_img read more

Par passes Bureau of Indian Standards Act

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 14 (PTI) Parliament today passed a bill to replace the 30 year-old Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act and bring more products like jewellery under the mandatory standard regime besides ending the Inspector Raj. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Bill 2015 and a few minor amendments made by the Rajya was brought to the Lok Sabha, which passed it by a voice vote. The bill, passed by Lok Sabha in August last year, was passed by voice vote in Rajya Sabha after two members withdrew their amendments last week. The bill seeks to establish the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as a national body and empowers the Centre to authorise any other agency having necessary accreditation for the purpose of conformity assessment against Indian standards. Currently, 92 items are under mandatory standards and only products and systems come under the ambit of standards. The bill proposes to “include services, besides articles and processes under the standardisation regime.” The bill also provides for compulsory hallmarking of precious metal articles, widening the scope of conformity assessment, enhancing penalties, making offences compoundable and simplifying certain provisions in the Act. It also proposes recall of the products including with ISI marked, but not conforming to relevant Indian Standards. The new bill aims to empower the Centre and BIS to promote a culture of quality of products and services through mandatory or voluntary compliance with Indian standards. PTI PR SPG ARClast_img read more

Pink Revolution: Yuvi, Raina face off in D/N Duleep Trophy

first_imgGreater Noida, Aug 22 (PTI) Indian cricket will be taking its first steps into an unknown territory as Yuvraj Singhs Red team take on Suresh Rainas Green brigade in the first ever match to be played with pink ball under floodlights and coloured clothing. While there is a novelty factor with regards to an official first class match being played with pink ball, the lack of top stars will certainly rob some sheen from the Duleep Trophy beginning tomorrow. The likes of Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane will be busy in the United States playing T20 Internationals while the second batch comprising Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson is busy playing A series in Australia. It is effectively the third string that will be playing the tournament with old guards like Yuvraj, Gautam Gambhir (Blue team) and Raina providing the BCCI with their inputs on conditions and other variables associated with an experiment of this magnitude. Technically, this is not the first ever Day/Night first-class match in India as the 1995 Ranji final between Delhi and Mumbai (Bombay back then) was played in Gwalior but with white ball. With ICC keen on promoting Day/Night Tests in order to bring back the dwindling crowd in the longer format, the BCCI is keen on testing waters even though there are remote chances of a much anticipated Pink Ball Test match being played during the upcoming home season. It will be a test for BCCI chief of ground staff Daljeet Singh and his team to get the Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex ready for Pink Ball match. With pink Kookaburra showing signs of wear and tear after 40 overs, a layer of grass is expected on the 22 yard strip so that the ball lasts 80 overs and doesnt change its colour. It will be interesting to watch how likes of Yuvraj, Raina, Gambhir cope with swing under lights which is the bone of contention for many. The Kookaburra ball has a record of swinging more during the twilight session. For the record, Josh Hazlewood and Trent Boult swung it appreciably in Adelaide during the first ever Day-Night Test that took place between Australia and New Zealand. Rookie pacers from both sides Nathu Singh, Anureet Singh, Ashok Dinda will be testing the batsmen. The other interesting aspect will be how spinners like Kuldeep Yadav, Parvez Rasool bowl with the pink Kookaburra as a grassy layer may be an impediment towards extracting decent turn. With Indias Test squad bearing a settled look, there is a little chance that anyone from this lot will make an immediate headway but their first hand experience may go a long way to chart the course of future in the longer format. PTI KHS BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Music to surfing, Covelong Point Festival brings to you bucket-loads of fun and adventure

first_imgIt is that time of the year again when beach wear makes an appearance in a far flung village off the Chennai coast. Surfers rule the roost and a medley of musicians and wellness instructors have packed their bags to join the fun. Yes, it’s the Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival and it gets bigger and better this year. “We are hoping to have as many as 20,000 attendees this year and many more outdoor activities like Frisbee, volleyball and cycling,” says Yotam Agam, 48, Festival Director. “We also have four different music stages and more wellness activities with facilitators from around the world. Surfing of course remains the largest attraction,” he adds.Picture courtesy: Yoav Rosenthal (EarthSync) The Global music festival this year will see artists like The Raghu Dixit Project, IndoSoul by Karthick Iyer, Skrat and Carnatic musicians like Mahesh Vinayakram and Padma Shankar playing in the backdrop of the pristine Kovalam Beach where the event is set to take place. The confluence of classical music and surfing and that of city folk and local villagers is one of the things that makes this festival special and unlike any other in the country. “What’s beautiful about this sport is that when surfers are in the water, walls come down, differences and distinctions become irrelevant – the ocean will do that to you. We’re all just human beings united by a passion for good surf, out in the water chasing the next wave. Village folk and city folk alike, it doesn’t matter – and you’ll see that unity of different communities, countries, people when you walk through the festival grounds,” says Arun Vasu, 49, CMD, TT Group talking about the festival.advertisementPicture courtesy: Yoav Rosenthal (EarthSync) Also Read: 4 stories about Lord Ganesha you probably didn’t knowThe main events include a surfing competition where surfers from around the world take to the seas in the small fishing village. The year’s surfing ambassador is cricketer Jonty Rhodes and other celebrity guests include Murali Vijay and actors Jeeva, Arya and Veera. So, pack your bags, some sunscreen and head out to a festival that has something for everyone just like the city it was conceived in.Picture courtesy: Yoav Rosenthal (EarthSync) On August 25th to 27th; At Covelong Point Social Surf School, Kovalam; Log onto for registrations; Entry freelast_img read more

Jio signs pact with Star India to bring all cricket matches on its app

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 21 (PTI) Reliance Jio said Friday it has entered into a five-year partnership pact with Star India to live-stream T20, ODI, test cricket matches on its JioTV app.”Jio and Star will make all televised India-cricket matches available to users of JioTV and Hotstar in India. Reliance Industries Limited signed an agreement in this regard with Star India Pvt Ltd,” Reliance Jio said in a statement.The JioTV users will also be able to watch premier domestic competitions of the BCCI under the partnership.”Cricket is not just played, it’s worshipped in India. Every Indian must have access to the best sporting events as well as quality and affordable bandwidth to consume the content,” Jio Director Akash Ambani said.He said that Jio promises to and will continue to bring a superlative customer experience in the areas of sports, augmented and virtual reality, immersive viewing and other such things in coming days”Indian cricket under BCCI is one of the most compelling properties in the world…with a new partner in Reliance Jio, we will have even more opportunities to raise the bar for cricket fans,” Star India managing director Sanjay Gupta said. PTI PRS MRMRlast_img read more

Cheat Codes Are Your Next Pop Music Obsession

first_img How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Editors’ Recommendations The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Cheat Codes are well on their way to unlocking the secret to pop success — and it starts and ends with extremely danceable tunes geared to get you moving.And with 18 million monthly Spotify listeners and appearances at festivals like Firefly under their belt, people are stopping to pay attention to the producer-DJ-singer group — and turn it up in the process.From left to right: Trevor Dahl, Kevin Ford and Matthew Russel. One listen of the Cheat Codes’ electro-pop tracks reveals pulsing beats and the sort of soaring hooks that call to mind big crowds the world over (makes sense — the band is among the top 30 streamed artists on Spotify).That it’s all happened in just about two years speaks to the speed at which music travels these days — and hype builds. Formed after Trevor Dahl, Matthew Russell and Kevin Ford starting writing music together after (and Trevor and Matt lived together at various spots  in LA), things immediately clicked — and took off fast.The group’s debut single, “Visions,” reached No. 1 on the Hype Machine chart in 2015, long a reliable arbiter of music slightly off the beaten path. And the trio’s June 2016 release of “Sex” — which sampled Salt-n-Pepa — has become a streaming sensation (nearly 400 million spins on Spotify).They’re certainly on the rise and climbing. The group can be heard lately teaming up with David Guetta and Grammy-nominated producer Robin Schulz on “Shed a Light” — an effervescent track that’s been played to the tune of about 114 million listens and counting.It helps that the guys can back up their statement-making music with poppy, fun style — from eyecatching outerwear (throwback bombers and suede biker jackets included), along with sporty sneakers and military boots.“The clothes we usually wear when we’re traveling are typically a pair of sweats (from a brand like Moschino or Polo) … something comfy, but yet at the same time looks nice with something like the Adidas Y3 sneakers. On top, we’ll rock a basic t-shirt,  with a dope hoodie or bomber jacket,” said Kevin Ford, one-third of the stylish trio. And on stage, the guys favor everything from distressed jeans and simple tees to ornate bath robes — comfort above all, right?The guys also count Kanye West, Zayn Malik and David Beckham as style icons — all guys with a penchant for great outerwear, slim jeans and essential footwear, from sneakers to boots.It’s about more than style, though — there’s also substance to the band’s music. Even outside of the confines of features, Cheat Codes creates a winning electronic-pop blend. “Queen Elizabeth” is a bright, instantly catchy track, and “Follow You” is the trio at its best, showcasing both vocal talent and a knack for crafting dance-worthy sing-alongs.Cheat Codes’ busy schedule leaves little time for a breather — and merits that they jet set the country & globe while being prepared for everything (especially high-energy shows). That’s why they each have their eyes set on a grail timepiece.“Especially being on the road so much, it’s a little hard to keep track of time and the Rolex Yachmaster II can help us with that,” the band said. If their success keeps up, time will likely fly by even faster — and you have to feel that’d be just fine by them. 25 Vinyl Albums Every Man Should Own last_img read more

Tribunal rules against NL woman at centre of Scottish harassment scandal

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A U.K. tribunal has rejected the claim of a Newfoundland-born woman who alleges she suffered a decade of harassment at her civil service office in Scotland — including once being taped to a chair.The Scottish Employment Tribunal ruled against DeeAnn Fitzpatrick’s complaints of a racist and misogynistic workplace culture at Marine Scotland’s office in Scrabster.Fitzpatrick, a fisheries officer originally from Bell Island, N.L., claims co-workers mocked her for having a miscarriage, used racist language, and threatened female staff members.A photo published by the BBC in May showed Fitzpatrick taped to a chair with tape over her mouth — an incident she claims was a response from two male co-workers for “[speaking] out against the boys.”The photo prompted an outcry in the U.K., but it and much of her evidence was ruled inadmissible as too dated and her claim was ultimately rejected.Fitzpatrick, who has been on leave from her job since last year, said Thursday she and her lawyers are now considering an appeal.“A lot of people have asked me if I want to go back to my job and the response is yes. That’s my professional career, it’s in tatters at the moment because of what other people have done, not because of what I’ve done,” Fitzpatrick said.“Why should I leave something that I’ve done well at because other people are trying to hide the fact that they’re bullies?”Fitzpatrick said she became a target when she reported two men to her union after witnessing their threatening behaviour towards another female colleague.“It’s horrifying that you’re in that situation and you’re stuck in that situation because the area that I’m at, it’s very difficult to find work.”A statement from her family says they are “hugely disappointed” by the result, although they are not surprised, given a judge had decided older evidence would not be allowed.The family’s statement says the tribunal highlighted that the human resources department could have been more proactive in dealing with the matter by launching an investigation, questioning staff and reminding staff that such matters might be regarded as grounds for disciplinary action.The restrictions ruled out any evidence older than three months to the date of complaint, so the tribunal case focused on eight cards with threatening and insulting messages that Fitzpatrick received at home in 2017 while on leave.The tribunal ruled against Fitzpatrick’s case because the people who wrote the cards could not be specifically identified or linked to people from her workplace.But Fitzpatrick said she and other colleagues think the cards were likely written by people from work — two cards used insulting nicknames particular to her office, including one calling her a troll.Others included misogynistic language, one referred to a poem her alleged harassers wrote about her after a promotion, and another depicted her with male genitalia.After the photo went viral, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “absolutely horrified,” and ordered a review of Fitzpatrick’s case.“Bullying, abuse, sexism, racism, have no place in any workplace, and let me be very clear today, they will not be tolerated within the Scottish government and within our agencies,” Sturgeon told Scottish Parliament in May.Fitzpatrick said a report on the review is due soon.“I’ll only feel positive once the outcome of the result of the investigation, that they find there was harm done, what was done was highly inappropriate, and measures are put in place to ensure that it never happens again,” she said.Fitzpatrick also wants an investigation into all the events she’s reported, not just a select few such as the cards or the incident with the chair.“That’s not how you treat women, that’s not how you treat anybody,” Fitzpatrick said Thursday.last_img read more

No answers yet to gas leak that disrupted bridge traffic

first_imgDOVER, Del. — Officials are still trying to determine what caused a chemical gas leak that force the closure of a heavily used bridge connecting Delaware and New Jersey on one of the busiest travel days of the year.The leak of highly flammable ethylene oxide from a Croda production facility on Sunday forced the precautionary closure of the Delaware Memorial Bridge for about six hours as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend wound down.The bridge carries traffic along Interstate 295, a major East Coast artery.A Croda spokeswoman said in an email Monday that the company was focused on investigating what happened and that officials were not available for interviews.Delaware’s environmental secretary said state officials are working with Croda to try to determine what went wrong.Randall Chase, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Diplomatic Quartet members meet with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah

In a statement following talks with Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei, the so-called Quartet also emphasized the importance of creating a climate conducive to advancing peace. “The Palestinian Authority must make progress on its security-related obligations under the Road Map,” the group said, referring to a peace plan aimed at achieving a two-State solution by 2005.Quartet members called for concrete steps on the ground – “and not passivity” – by the Palestinian Authority in order to revive the Road Map and seize the opportunity represented by Israel’s initiative to withdraw from Gaza.Voicing appreciation for Egypt’s help in this process, the Quartet said it “stands ready to further those efforts and urges the Palestinian Authority to do its part by moving decisively to fulfil its security commitments.”During their talks, the envoys reviewed the humanitarian situation in the West Bank and Gaza, according to the statement.”The Quartet remains committed to working with a responsible and accountable Palestinian Authority in pursuit of internal reform and a just, lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” the members said, reminding all sides “to act in a manner necessary to achieve our common goal.”Attending the session today were the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield, European Union Special Representative Marc Otte and Russian Ambassador Alexander Kalugin. read more

On Any Given Sunday NFL Favorites Win And Underdogs Lose

The NFL is an organization built on the perception of parity. “When you come into a season, every fan thinks that their football team has a chance to win the Super Bowl,” league Commissioner Roger Goodell said in 2011. Jonathan Kraft, president of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, echoed this sentiment during a pregame radio show earlier this season, saying: “The difference between 0-2 and 2-0 can be a couple of plays in individual games. And I’m not surprised because the one thing I’ve learned is if you expect something to happen in this league, it’s likely not going to happen. And you see that lesson repeat itself over and over. It’s what makes it so special and why people love to follow it.”This is a narrative that built a multi-billion dollar business, one that encourages supporters and inspires graphics that go viral. It keeps fans involved when their teams are struggling and brings them back each year. Even the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14 in 2014 and 2-3 so far this year) think they have a chance in 2015. Each game is a new set of downs, a shot to continue a winning streak or turn around a flagging franchise. You either win or you lose. The excitement comes because your team has a chance to do both.But the “Any Given Sunday” idea — that any team has a chance to win any game — is less true than NFL executives want the fans to believe.Sure, you might see your favorite team go from worst to first over the course of a season, but that’s more a function of luck than anything. Teams play such a small number of games that they might have ended up in the cellar even though they weren’t that bad the year before. Conversely, even if a team stinks, it can luck its way to an 8-8 year.But beneath that luck, the NFL is much more unequal than Major League Baseball or the National Hockey League. Instead, it’s on par with the NBA, a league that’s dominated by its transcendent talents.That’s what we found by comparing leagues simultaneously, judging their competitiveness on the same scale. We turned to gambling to do it. While game results and win-loss metrics can be affected by scoring systems and number of games, sportsbook odds are the one unifying metric. In a world with perfect competitive equality, each team would have a 50-50 chance of winning. But as the gaps in talent between the teams grow, games are no longer a coin toss. For example, in Sunday’s contest between Green Bay and St. Louis, the underdog Rams were given roughly a 1 in 5 chance of emerging victorious.The chart below shows a compendium of the pregame probabilities, derived from Sports Insights betting odds, of the home team winning each game in each of the four pro major sports over the past 10 years1The data set provided by Sports Insights included regular and postseason games for each league. The time spans it covered varied for each league. For the NBA, we had data from the 2004-05 season through 2014-15; for the NHL, 2005-06 through 2014-15; for MLB, the beginning of the 2005 season through Aug. 22, 2015; and for the NFL, the beginning of the 2005 season through Sept. 21, 2015. or so.2We used implied probabilities given pregame money lines taken from Sports Insights. For example, say the Steelers are -250 on the money line against the Jaguars. A bet of $250 on the Steelers to win the game would yield a $100 profit if the Steelers win. In probability terms, Steelers backers think Pittsburgh is more than 71.4 percent likely to win. However, the implied probability for this game also has to account for the sportsbook’s take, which is generally a tick over 2 percent. In our data, we normalized the team win probabilities so that they summed to 1. In the Steelers example, the -250 favorite matches a probability of 71 percent, or a true underlying probability of about 69 percent. In the vast majority of NHL and MLB games, the home team’s chance of winning falls between 35 and 70 percent. That’s the big spire you see in the middle of the graph, and it suggests that the home team is never that big of an underdog or favorite. Many games, if not most of them, are a near 50-50 proposition. The curves for the NFL and NBA, though, are more spread out because fewer games in those leagues are tossups. The NFL’s curve may look even, but that really suggests that the games feature more lopsided matchups. Bad NFL home teams are bigger underdogs than bad MLB teams. Every week, there are several NFL games where you can be fairly confident which team is going to win and which is going to lose before they take the field for warmups.In hockey and baseball, even the worst teams are generally given a 1 in 4 chance of beating the best teams. Meanwhile, in the NFL and NBA, teams like the 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars and the 2014 and 2015 Philadelphia 76ers are sometimes given no more than a 1 in 20 chance by odds makers. And while only about 1 in 100 NHL or MLB contests feature a heavy favorite (75 percent or higher), about 1 in 4 NBA and NFL games reach such a standard. That is, about a quarter of NFL games each weekend are bigger mismatches than the most lopsided baseball or hockey games — think the Dodgers hosting the Phillies or the Sabres traveling to Pittsburgh.Parity in the NFL is perceived, a phenomenon born out of each season’s tiny sample size of games. Sabermetricians Tom Tango and Phil Birnbaum, for example, argue that you learn as much about true team talent from 12 NFL games as 14 NBA games.336 NHL games and 69 MLB games also meet the same standard. But while the NBA gives teams 82 regular-season games to prove themselves, the NFL provides only 16 games. It’s easier for a less-talented NFL team to luck its way into a few victories and make the playoffs. And the NFL’s playoff format, which can reward divisional winners at the expense of teams with more talent, helps, too. It means that the 2014 Carolina Panthers, at 7-8-1, can make the second weekend of the playoffs, a major marker of a successful year, even though few people would argue that they were one of the league’s best teams. In fact, they were a 7 to 1 underdog in their playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. While the Panthers reached the postseason (after all, someone had to win the NFC South last year), they were given little chance to win a title.What’s also interesting about these results is that unlike each of the other leagues, which fix schedules almost entirely using divisional or conference affiliation, the NFL goes out of its way to encourage closer games by using an unbalanced schedule. When there are fewer games between the Pats and Bucs and more between perennial powerhouses like the Pats and Broncos — who have met in six of the last seven regular seasons — the league, on average, artificially narrows the curve in the chart above. Perhaps that’s a good thing for a league that relies on the myth of parity to keep supporters interested. If the NFL made its schedule following the rules used by other major sports, it might become abundantly clear to the fans that Any Given Sunday is only true in the movies.CORRECTION (Oct. 12, 1:30 p.m.): An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect time period for its analysis of pregame probabilities for major sports leagues. The probabilities were not based on all games since 2005; the time periods varied by league, and in several cases, games in recent weeks were not included. We have added a footnote clarifying the exact dates. read more

Fiji head coach enters the fray to succeed Pat Lam in Connacht

first_img Share8 Tweet Email Friday 20 Jan 2017, 7:30 AM Short URL Jan 20th 2017, 7:30 AM By John Fallon 14,517 Views Image: AP/Press Association Images 9 Comments center_img Fiji head coach John McKee. Fiji head coach enters the fray to succeed Pat Lam in Connacht John McKee is in contention to return to the province where he once served as assistant coach. FIJI HEAD COACH John McKee has emerged as a serious contender to take over from Pat Lam in charge of Connacht.McKee spent three seasons at the Sportsground as assistant coach over a decade ago and since then has worked in a variety of positions, including stints with current IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora in Australia at various levels.It remains to be seen if McKee, who was in charge of Fiji at the 2015 World Cup and is contracted to them until after the next tournament in Japan in 2019, can be persuaded to return to Galway.His good working relationship with Nucifora, his experience of having worked under Stephen Nel and Michael Bradley at the Sportsground, and the fact that his wife Jennifer is from Ballina in Mayo, has strengthened suggestions that he is being sounded out for the position.The New Zealander has travelled extensively, living large parts of his life in Australia and he came to Connacht in 2002 having worked with AS Montferrand — as Clermont Auvergne were then known — for a couple of seasons.His familiarity with the likes of current Connacht backs coach Conor McPhillips, captain John Muldoon, domestic manager Eric Elwood — all of whom he coached — would make the transition easier, while he would also be acquainted with academy manager Nigel Carolan and current forwards coach Jimmy Duffy.McKee, who also coached Buccaneers during his time in Ireland, left the Sportsground when Elwood was appointed assistant coach to Bradley in 2005, moving initially as head coach to Cornish Pirates and then returning to Australia.He worked at various age grades and development stages in Australia, often with Nucifora, becoming the head coach of Central Coast Rays in the sole Australian Championship in 2007.He worked with the Pacific Islanders and then took on a role with Tonga through to the 2011 World Cup, before resuming work in Australia in developing programmes at the national academy.That led to him being assistant coach to the Australian U20 side at the Junior World Cup in France in 2013 before moving to Fiji, initially as high performance manager and then taking over as head coach in February 2014. He has continued in that position and was in charge when Fiji opened the 2015 Rugby World Cup against England at Twickenham 16 months ago.He has turned down overtures from a number of quarters to stay in charge of the Fijians but a combination of his west of Ireland links, his Connacht experience and his very good working relationship with Nucifora has led to strong speculation that he is coming under pressure to return to the Sportsground and take over from Lam, who departs for Bristol at the end of this season.– First published 06.00Coughlan keen on coaching but playing days far from over at 36Leinster ‘feel a responsibility’ to seize opportunity and bring quarter-final back to RDS Fiji head coach John McKee. Image: AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

She sent my child away I never saw him again Mother tells

first_img A DAY AFTER RTÉ’s Liveline with Joe Duffy heard the story of a woman who gave birth at a mother and baby home, another case of a mother whose child was taken from her was told on the show.Today, a caller told Duffy about how her baby was taken away, never to be seen again.Kathleen Byrne, now aged 70, went into a maternity ward in Airmount hospital in Waterford to have her second child in 1966. She was married.Her baby was born on 27 December. She had gone into labour during a trip to the toilet and her baby fell down into that toilet.It was a Sister Barbara in the ward who then took control of the situation, told her she had a boy and sent him for further checks.“He’s in an incubator, he’s fine, don’t worry,” Kathleen was told.Every day she said she asked to see her son, asking what was wrong with him that he had to be kept in an incubator.No one would answer me. No one would tell me anything.Some days later, Sister Barbara came to her and said “oh, he took a turn”, and a priest and Kathleen’s husband were sent for to baptise the child as Patrick.After that, she was told that Patrick was “being sent to Dublin for a small procedure, and that he would be fine”.The mother had gotten Patrick ready for his trip to Dublin, dressing him in the clothes she was planning to bring him home in. She said she was urged to hand the baby over by Sister Barbara.She never saw her baby again.“Forget about him”At every turn, she was refused information on what was wrong with her baby and how he was doing.Kathleen said she asked local TDs to help but she was repeatedly directed to go back to Sister Barbara.But she wouldn’t do anything for me. She sent my child away, and I never seen him anymore.It took her 34 years to find out that he was sent to Temple Street Hospital. His death certificate said that Patrick died due to heart complications.All that Sister Barbara would tell her about the death of her son was “the angels and God took your child during the night. Now he’s playing up there, and he wouldn’t want to come back here.You have to forget about him. Don’t mention him to anybody. Put it behind you.When she protested that she couldn’t simply forget that this had happened, Sister Barbara told her “well, you have to”.Kathleen repeatedly said that she wanted her child back, but these requests were denied. She said she was never formally informed by Temple Street of his death at the time.Patrick was buried at Glasnevin Cemetery. He was buried in the Old Holy Angels plot, and Kathleen was informed that there was no chance of recovering her son’s remains.She was told: “There’s twenty eight babies on top of him and seven before him, it’s impossible.”Today, she is still fighting to get her son’s remains back. She wants Patrick to be buried with his family.She feels that she was treated in this manner because Sister Barbara feared liability for any injuries sustained by Patrick when he fell into the toilet when he was born.She closed by calling for an investigation into her case, to get to the answers on how he was taken away in the manner he was.“I need to know why,” she said.Read: ‘Straight away you could feel the horror of it’: Nuns ‘changed baby’s name so he’d be easier to sell’Read: ‘It wasn’t a home, it was a prison’: Former residents from Tuam mother and baby home react 61 Comments ‘She sent my child away, I never saw him again’: Mother tells how nun told her to ‘forget’ about child Her baby was buried in Glasnevin, and was told “there’s twenty eight babies on top of him”. Mar 8th 2017, 10:07 PM Image: Shutterstock/BeatrizGoncalves Image: Shutterstock/BeatrizGoncalves Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 10:07 PM 26,100 Views Share960 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Sean Murraylast_img read more

La Lune un astre asymétrique

first_imgLa Lune : un astre asymétriqueDes planétologues proposent une explication partielle de l’asymétrie de l’astre lunaire. L’hypothèse suggère la présence de marées et de magma sur la Lune, il y a plus de quatre milliards d’années.La période de rotation de la Lune étant la même que sa période orbitale, celle-ci présente toujours le même hémisphère (nommé donc “face visible de la Lune”) à un observateur terrestre. Les expéditions lunaires soviétiques nous ont dévoilé des images de la face qui nous reste cachée. C’est ainsi qu’on a découvert que le versant invisible possédait un aspect très différent avec des cratères plus nombreux et moins de bassins basaltiques. Seule exception, le bassin pôle sud-Aitken, qui est certainement le plus grand bassin d’impact de tout le système solaire.La dénivellation elle aussi est très différente. Les données rapportées par Apollo 15 présentent une altitude moyenne supérieure des hauts plateaux. Enfin, d’autres données ont permis de déterminer que l’épaisseur de la croûte de la face cachée était plus importante que celle de la face visible.Rien n’est sûr à l’heure actuelle, mais il est possible que la Lune résulte d’un impact qui aurait eu lieu entre la Terre d’il y a 4,4 milliards d’années et Théia, un corps céleste de la taille de Mars. Cette collision aurait arraché de la matière à la Terre et les restes de Théia se seraient agglomérés pour former la Lune, son noyau ferreux s’enfonçant dans les profondeurs terrestres. La Lune aurait alors subi des bombardements de météorites et l’immense chaleur ainsi produite aurait constitué un océan de magma liquide. Les minerais les plus légers auraient surnagé avant de se solidifier en formant une première épaisseur de croûte.À lire aussiAprès l’annulation de son lancement pour la Lune à la dernière minute, l’Inde est de nouveau prêtePour certains chercheurs, l’explication de l’asymétrie des faces de la Lune se trouve dans l’influence thermique passée des forces de marée sur la croûte lunaire, flottant sur cet océan de magma. Les mouvements de friction générés par les marées terrestres dans la croûte lunaires ont chauffé certaines zones. Dans les régions polaires, où les flexions et le chauffage étaient les plus intenses, la croûte se serait amincie, tandis que la croûte la plus épaisse se serait formée dans les régions alignées avec la Terre.Cela ne résout pourtant pas l’énigme concernant la face visible de la Lune qui ne présente pas le même aspect. La seule explication proposée pour le moment est la possible existence d’une activité volcanique étant à l’origine des mers lunaires. Celle-ci aurait érodé le renflement de croûte de la face visible.Le 20 novembre 2010 à 14:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Copie privée le projet de loi approuvé par lAssemblée nationale

first_imgCopie privée : le projet de loi approuvé par l’Assemblée nationaleAprès trois heures de débat, le projet de loi sur la rémunération pour copie privée a été validé par l’Assemblée nationale dans la nuit du mercredi 23 au jeudi 24 novembre. Ce texte a pour but de conformer la loi française au droit européen, en permettant aux professionnels d’obtenir un remboursement de cette rémunération.Les députés ont validé le projet de loi relatif à la rémunération pour copie privée. Ce texte vise à intégrer la récente décision du Conseil d’Etat. Il s’agit de conformer la loi au droit européen, en permettant aux professionnels d’être remboursés sur demande, si les conditions d’utilisation de leurs supports “ne permettent pas de présumer un usage à des fins de copie privée”. À lire aussiFree ne veut pas payer de taxe sur sa nouvelle boxLe projet gouvernemental indique en outre, conformément à une décision du Conseil d’Etat prise en juillet 2008, que “seules les copies réalisées à partir d’une source licite ouvrent droit à rémunération au profit des titulaires de droits”. Un point qui fait débat en raison de la difficulté à prouver la légalité d’une source.Le texte doit désormais être soumis à l’examen de l’Assemblée nationale, qui votera le 29 novembre prochain. Il sera ensuite étudié par la commission des affaires culturelles du Sénat, dont le vote est fixé au 19 décembre. Les députés se sont certes mis d’accord sur le principe d’une révision du système de rémunération. Mais la plupart des amendements déposés ont été rejetés.Le 24 novembre 2011 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

From the Newsroom Planning coverage of strikes

first_imgCraig Brown is The Columbian’s editor. His column will appear in this space periodically. Contact him at 360-735-4514 or It’s a common occurrence in the news business: Just when you think you’ve covered every kind of story, a new one comes along.In this case, I’m talking about covering a widespread teachers’ strike. I am still hopeful that no strikes will occur. But it looks increasingly likely that by the middle of next week, many of Clark County’s 80,000 public education students won’t be attending classes.Acrimony between educators and school administrators is not an unusual story. In my time in Clark County, I can remember a couple of union strike votes and a district obtaining a court order barring a strike. But it’s been decades since local teachers actually went out on strike.This year seems different. A lot of money is at stake. To meet the state Supreme Court’s order in the McCleary decision, the Legislature gave out another $1 billion for teachers’ salaries. But there hasn’t been much direction from Olympia, leaving school districts and their teachers with what in some cases are widely divergent ideas.I don’t claim to know how much teachers should be paid or how much districts can afford to spend. My job is to put together a coverage plan. We actually started in the spring when we decided to watch and document what was happening with local pay negotiations, even when the action didn’t rise to the level of a story.last_img read more

Applicants Being Sought for ASADuPont Young Leader Program

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., is seeking applicants for the 2008 Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program is recognized throughout agriculture for its longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating the producer leaders who are shaping the U.S. soybean industry.2008 marks the 25th anniversary of the program, and this achievement will be celebrated at a special dinner and dance on Feb. 27, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn., for all Young Leader alumni. The new Young Leader class will also participate in this event.”The Young Leader Program is an exceptional leadership training program,” said John Hoffman, ASA President. The instructors and program content are of the highest quality. This program provides information that the participant can start using immediately, not only in business but personally as well.”The 2008 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience February 26th – March 1, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn., coinciding with the Commodity Classic Conference and Trade Show. This seminar offers the opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership skills as well as meet and learn from other Young leaders from around the country. The second phase of training will take place at Pioneer’s Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, in early December 2008.Application forms for the 2008 Young Leader Program, sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., a subsidiary of DuPont, have been mailed to all ASA members. Forms may also be obtained by calling (800) 688-7692 ext. 1328, or on the web at Soybean producers are encouraged to apply or nominate another producer who would be an excellent candidate for the program. Information on guidelines to participate in the program are available at ASA’s website or by calling the ASA program manager. Nominations should be returned to ASA by Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. One Young Leader couple will be selected from each of ASA’s state affiliates.last_img read more

TV Guide Names New Leadership Ahead of Redesign

first_img Aimed at embracing the new reality of multi-platform television consumption, NTVB says the redesign will help readers navigate the variety of ways to access content, including on-demand, streaming, and downloading.  Notable leadership changes include the following: Paul Turcotte will now serve as president and publisher of the magazine, and will report directly to NTVB Media president and CEO, Andy DeAngelis. Turcotte sold AMPitLive to NTVB last October and initially served as publisher and chief revenue officer of TV Guide Magazine.  Nerina Rammairone has been promoted to editorial director for the magazine and its companion site, She was serving as the brand’s executive editor. Also on the editorial team: Rich Sands will assume the role of senior executive editor. He has been with the company since 1995. And another long-time staffer, Amy Miller, who joined the brand in 2008, has been promoted to deputy editor. Finally, chief content officer, Michael Schneider is leaving the company, effective March 31. “Our new leadership team has the vision and experience to lead TV Guide Magazine through this new era in the television industry,” said Andy DeAngelis in a statement. “The redesigned magazine will offer people the guidance and entertainment they seek through a streamlined and cohesive design. I’m really excited about the benefits it will provide to subscribers and advertisers.”  Although the brand hasn’t regained it’s once dominant status when it sold more than 20 million copies per week. Its cumulative assets (including print and purportedly reach 20 million readers.  When the magazine was sold last October, Folio: sister site min was told that its advertising revenue had stabilized and its “Fall Preview” issue was up 67% in advertising revenue versus the same issue in 2014. A redesigned book will presumably help spark more advertiser interest. TV Guide Magazine has undergone its first big shake-up since it was bought by NTVB Media last October. Additionally, the brand announced that it’s redesigning its magazine and will debut the new look in June.last_img read more

Lucy Dacus Announces Historian Tour Round Two

first_img Email Lucy Dacus Announces Historian Tour Round Two The indie singer/songwriter, who also performs in boygenius with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker, will be embarking on a U.S. headlining solo tour in FebruaryAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 10, 2018 – 1:29 pm Today, on Dec. 10, indie-rock darling Lucy Dacus announced that she would be heading out on a second tour in support of her latest solo album, Historian, released March 2018. Her 2019 dates feature headline shows across the U.S. in February and March, plus two festival appearances in May. News Twitter Her headlining tour will begin on Feb. 1 in Durham, N.C., stopping by Savannah Stopover Festival in Savannah, Ga. Mar. 7 and closing out in Washington D.C. on Mar. 22, followed by Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta and Primavera Sound in Barcelona, at the beginning and end of May, respectively. Her Feb. 15 show in Chicago will feature special guest Sharon Van Etten, with Illuminati Hotties, Mal Blum and Fenne Lily opening on other select dates.The singer/songwriter recently closed out a month-long joint tour in November with her newly formed group boygenius, the same month the released their self-titled debut EP. Boygenius is made up of fellow female indie-rockers Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers; the group received plenty of buzz for their collaboration, with Pitchfork aptly naming them the “egoless supergroup of your indie-rock dreams.”Dacus expressed her appreciation for sharing the spotlight with her groupmates: “I felt so much relief having the focus off me. Having about a third of the attention was wonderful,” she told Rolling Stone.The complete tour lineup plus ticket info is available on Dacus’ website. U.S. tickets go on sale Dec. 14.Primavera Sound 2019 Features A “New Normal” Equal-Gender LineupRead more Lucy Dacus Announces 2019 Tour lucy-dacus-announces-historian-tour-round-two Facebook last_img read more

Dope test mandatory for govt jobs Home minister

first_imgDope test is going to be made compulsory for government jobs. Representational image. AP/UNBHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday said dope test is going to be made compulsory for government jobs, reports UNB.The cabinet has approved the decision in principal, he told the media at the ministry on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.“Action will be taken against government officials who are drug addicts. We’re introducing dope test for government job seekers,” he said.If drug is found in the blood sample of an aspirant, then the government “might cancel his application,” the minister said.Replying to a question, he said that ‘dope test’ will be applicable for all. “The prime minister has given her approval. The decision will now be implemented in phases.”‘Preventing yaba, phensedyl smuggling’Mentioning that the government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy, the minister said Dhaka had talks with Nay Pyi Taw for controlling drugs but the discussions have not been fruitful.Talks with India have been productive, he said, claiming that the amount of phensedyl smuggled into the country has come down by at least 59 per cent.Asaduzzaman also said that yaba is coming from Myanmar and Rohingyas are smuggling it risking their lives.Border patrol has been intensified and the capacity of Coast Guard has also been increased, he said.“The law enforcement agencies do not kill anyone. They have lists [of drug dealers] and at various times, they conduct drives. At those times such incidents (‘gunfights’) take place if they (the law enforcement) are challenged,” the minister said.Last year, some 119,878 cases were filed against 161,323 people during drives by the narcotics control department, he added.last_img read more