On the eve of the second T20 International against New Zealand here, left-arm spinner Axar Patel on Friday said he doesn’t talk much to head coach Ravi Shastri on his bowling technique and revealed that the former India all-rounder only asks him to bowl stump to stump.Axar felt his style of bowling is quite different from Shastri, who was a left-arm spinner himself during his playing days.”I do not talk to him (Ravi) too much as he knows my bowling style is quite different, as compared to him. He does not suggest too many changes,” the Gujarat spinner told reporters in the pre-match press conference.”He says, you know you have come into the Indian team after having performed well, so just continue doing the same.”He also often talks about the need to know about how to bowl in different pressure situations. He does not give me major advice, but asks me to bowl stump to stump,” he added.Commenting on the role of spinners in the side, which also includes the wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar said: “Wrist spinners can attack because they get more spin from the surface and it can be any surface. Their role is mostly to attack and take wickets in the middle overs.””Finger spinner’s role is to contain things. If there is no partnership, pressure cannot be created on the batsmen. So this is our planning,” he added.Axar is someone who does not turn the ball much but rather depends on his unwavering line and length. It is the kind of bowling which helps him to pressurise the batsmen, and thus allow bowlers at the other end to take wickets.advertisementCrediting skipper Virat Kohli for allowing him to bowl with a free mind, the tweaker said: “Obviously the captain backs you if you do well. I’ve been playing since the second ODI and he (Kohli) has been supporting me to bowl with a free mind.”He allows you to bowl with a free mind and set the field accordingly. And if it doesn’t work out, he gives suggestions. Obviously you feel better and have a free mind if the captain backs you,” he added.India are currently 1-0 up in the brief three-match series after thrashing the tourists in the opener at the Feroz Shah Kotla by 53 runs on Tuesday.Asked about his strategy going into the second game, which also gives India a very good opportunity to pocket the series, Axar said: “In the first ODI they had played the sweep shot really well. Their strategy in Mumbai was clear that they will sweep against the spinners.””For me the strategy was to employ an angle be it over the wicket or around the wicket. And to mix things up, push a full delivery or a shorter delivery. That is how we had planned things.On playing at his home ground, Axar is confident of how the pitch behaves and hoped that his inputs will help the team during the encounter.”This is my home crowd and I know what kind of wicket there is here and the pitch as well. Mostly the focus will be on repeating what I do in the IPL also. I know and judge how the wicket is behaving and bowl accordingly.”There is little turn on offer, the ball does skid and there is less bounce. I will work on bowling well and can suggest to my teammates also,” he said.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton delighted with Arsenal drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton says they deserved their 1-1 draw with Arsenal.Jurgen Locadia cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener on the south coast, and Albion finished the game strongly, going close on a number of occasions against Unai Emery’s side.Hughton said, “After a difficult start, going 1-0 down against a very good team on the ball, we showed great character to get back into the game.“If there was a team that was going to score in the second half, I felt it was going to be us.“They had more possession because that’s the way they play, but I thought we were a bigger threat to score and Solly [March] probably had the best chance of the game.“But remember these are a team, up until recently, that had gone on a very long run of winning games. You can’t underestimate the quality they’ve got — a draw will always be a very good result.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal activate Monreal one-year extensionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have reportedly extended Nacho Monreal’s contract until 2020.Monreal, 32, had entered the final year of his contact this season.However, the Gunners have trigged an extension clause that will stretch his current deal for another season, according to ESPN.Talks over a longer extension have been put on hold until the summer.There are a host of Arsenal players who have entered the final six months of their contract, including Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck.
Vijay Hazare: Mumbai’s Yashasvi Jaiswal youngest batsman to hit double hundred in List A cricketYashasvi Jaiswal hit 203 off 154 balls with 12 sixes and 17 boundaries as Mumbai posted a mammoth 358 for 3 against Jharkhand in their Vijay Hazare group fixture on Wednesday.advertisement India Today Web Desk BengaluruOctober 16, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 16:01 IST Yashasvi Jaiswal has been in superb form with the bat this season for India U-19 and Mumbai (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSYashasvi Jasiwal hit 203 off 154 balls with 12 sixes and 17 boundariesMumbai posted 358 for 3 against Jharkhand after opting to bat first vs JharkhandYashasvi had added 200 runs for the opening wicket with Aditya Tare in just 34.3 overs17-year-old Mumbai sensation Yashasvi Jaiswal on Wednesday became the youngest batsman to hit a double hundred in a List A and one-day match during the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy Group A fixture at the Just Cricket stadium.Yashasvi hit 203 off 154 balls with 12 sixes and 17 boundaries as Mumbai posted a mammoth 358 for 3 against Jharkhand after opting to bat first in Bengaluru. Yashasvi is in his debut season in List A cricket and is now the third batsman in Vijay Hazare history to score a double ton.K.V. Kaushal and Sanju Samson were the others to achieve the feat before Yashasvi.Yashasvi came into the limelight earlier this year when he scored four half-centuries to star in India’s U-19 tri-series in England. He then scored 224 runs and took 8 wickets in the Vizzy One-Day Trophy to be adjudged player of the tournament.Mumbai got off to a superb start thanks to Yashasvi and Aditya Tare’s 200-run opening partnership which they stitched in just 34.3 overs before the wicketkeeper got out for 78.Siddhesh Lad then joined Yashasvi and the duo added another 105 with the former scoring just 32 runs out of that.Yashasvi was eventually dismissed by Vivekanand Tiwari off the fourth delivery of the final over of the first innings.Before this match, Yashasvi had led Mumbai to a 8-wicket win against Kerala at the same venue. After bundling Kerala out for a modest 199, courtesy three wickets each by pacers Dhawal Kulkarni (3/54) and Shardul Thakur (3/40), Mumbai comfortably chased the target with 11.4 overs to spare with Yashasvi scoring 122 off 132 balls.advertisementThe chase was a walk in the park for Mumbai as their openers Jaiswal and Aditya Tare (67) put on 195 runs for the first wicket to guide the team to an easy victory. Yashasvi hammered 14 fours and three sixes, while Tare hit five boundaries and a lone six as the duo took the game away from the opposition.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Yashasvi JaiswalFollow Vijay Hazare TrophyFollow Mumbai vs Jharkhand Next
TORONTO – Fresh debate surrounding a sexual assault allegation involving a U.S. lawmaker has spurred hundreds of Canadians to offer support to silent survivors by adding their names to trending online hashtags including #WhyIDidntReport and #BelieveSurvivors.The wave of social media warriors included Ontario NDP member of provincial parliament Jill Andrew and former Ontario MPP Cheri DiNovo, who each referenced the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport on Twitter in recent days to call attention to the reasons many assault victims don’t speak out.“Because I was 7. Because he said he would cut my mother up, put her in a black plastic bag and put her body in a river,” Andrew tweeted from her account @JILLSLASTWORD.“I didn’t report for the same reasons they don’t — someone you care for. How would the justice system help?” DiNovo tweeted from her verified account @CheriDiNovo.DiNovo said Monday she was reminded of the #BeenRapedNeverReported hashtag of 2014, which emerged in the wake of allegations surrounding Jian Ghomeshi. The former CBC Radio star was acquitted in March 2016 of sexually assaulting three women following a high-profile criminal trial.DiNovo says she’s continually stunned by the number of sex-assault allegations she hears as a minister in the United Church.“What is upsetting is that there’s a new hashtag every year or couple years saying the same thing and still the numbers (of allegations) are pouring in and they’re young women,” says DiNovo.“A lot of these are recent assaults and again, they’re not the kind of assault where it’s a stranger crawling in your window at night with a knife or a gun. These are what most assaults are: friends, lovers, relatives and you’re not going to turn them in. Justice is not an option for you for a variety of reasons.”The #WhyIDidntReport hashtag exploded following a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump who asked why a woman accusing his Supreme Court pick did not report her decades-old claim of sexual assault.Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychology professor, alleges that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her when both were teenagers more than 30 years ago. Another accusation emerged over the weekend, when Colorado resident Deborah Ramirez alleged Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face at a party during his first year at university. Kavanaugh has denied both allegations.Meanwhile, thousands of women answered Trump’s question on Twitter in recent days, including many in Canada, where a concurrent social media campaign around #BelieveSurvivors also found some support. That movement urged people to wear black on Monday and participate in a “walk out” in solidarity with Ford.Toronto resident Nicole Rajakovic shared a photo of herself on Twitter wearing black jeans and a black shirt on Monday, tagged #BelieveSurvivors.“A lot of the reasons that this woman in the U.S. has spoken about were very, very similar to mine, which is why it’s become very top of mind for me,” says Rajakovic, identifying herself as a survivor, but noting she has not spoken to her family about the assault.“I have a daughter. I want to be able to speak openly about it, to show her how important it is for women to speak up.”Seeing scores of others reveal their experiences is “powerful,” she adds.“The more people you meet, the more you realize how it’s really not that unique of a situation, that there are so many people who have experienced this,” she says.Communication, media and film professor Jessalynn Keller, who has studied digital feminist activism through her work at the University of Calgary, says people seem emboldened to participate in thorny debates around sexual misconduct as they increasingly unfold in public.But any notion that it’s easy for victims to come forward and share their stories is false, she says.“The predominant narrative is that everyone just jumps online and posts their story and in actuality, research is telling us that it’s not quite that simple. A lot of women post it and then delete it. And then repost it again,” says Keller, noting that while it can be cathartic for some victims, many have said they agonized over whether to participate in #MeToo-related hashtags in the past.“A lot of women thought for several days of whether they wanted to post — how their friends and family would react. The participants of these hashtags are quite self-reflective. This is not an easy decision to even decide to share their story online, even if it was years ago or even if their name isn’t attached.”Keller says the Ghomeshi story resonated deeply in Canada and points to a sustained effort to keep the conversation going.And she’s hopeful that today’s teenagers are much better informed on issues surrounding gender and consent, noting that many Ontario youth battling over a contentious sex-ed curriculum seem very plugged in to social issues.“They have a very sophisticated language around these issues and a keen understanding about what consent is and it seems like adults don’t have this,” says Keller.“These conversations we’re having — they’re filtering down, they’re making sense. But it takes a long time for us to see those changes in our institutions.”
Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Jurassic World, Avengers: Infinity War, the latest in the Star Wars franchise, Solo: Movie theatres, as usual, are jam-packed with sequels this summer.Hollywood is addicted to sequels for one reason: A proven concept can reduce the risk of failure in a business where hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake.But some Canadian tech entrepreneurs believe the the odds of making an original hit movie could be greatly improved — and so could sequels — with the help of artificial intelligence. “Hollywood is using very primitive data analytics,” said Jack Zhang, of Greenlight Essentials in Kitchener, Ont.His company’s software analyzes movie plots, audience profiles and box office ticket sales to predict a film’s future success and help identify who will watch.Aron Levitz, of the Toronto-based Wattpad Studios, is just as confident in his technology.“We want to change the entire entertainment industry,” he said. “Whether scripts are in Turkish, or French, or English — or whatever. We could put hundreds of millions of dollars back into the industry.”From an app to a blockbusterWattpad is a story-writing platform with 65 million users worldwide, where anyone can self-publish books via the website or the app. Users can also read and comment on stories written by others.The company uses artificial intelligence to mine its readership data for insightsinto what’s popular, which has helped turn some of its writers into bestselling authors. Now Wattpad Studios — a two-year-old offshoot of the original brand — is increasingly producing more movies and TV series.One of the most-watched movies on Netflix right now, The Kissing Booth, started as a story written on Wattpad by 15-year-old Beth Reekles of Wales. She landed a book deal with Random House, and the book spawned the movie. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement The Kissing Booth is currently one of the most popular movies on Netflix. The story was originally written on the Wattpad story-sharing platform. (Komixx Entertainment/Netflix) Advertisement
Rabat – Rescue operations for Hajj pilgrim victims at the Mina’s fatal stampede that has left, as of Thursday evening, 717 deaths and 863 injured, have declared that so far, none of the identified victims were Moroccan.Saudi authorities have announced that following preliminary rescue numbers, no Moroccan national was involved in the accident. The Embassy of Morocco in Riyadh has confirmed the statement issued by Saudi authorities.King Mohammed VI of Morocco has sent a message of condolence to King Salman Ibn Abdelaziz of Saudi Arabia for the catastrophe occurred at Mina. King Mohammed VI wants to ensure that all Moroccan pilgrims currently gathered for the occasion of the Hajj pilgrimage are safe and provided with all necessary care in case of injury.The head of the official delegation for Hajj and the Ambassador of Morocco in Riyadh, Abdessalam Baraka are in charge of the King’s orders for the safety of Moroccans.Diplomatic representatives are being sent to visit hospitals and morgues in the area around Mecca in search for Moroccan citizens.Earlier today, Saudi Arabia’s s civil defense had said they were searching for causes that led to the tragic incident. Saudi Officials have declared that pilgrims did not respect “strict instructions of conduct during the steps of the pilgrimage, particularly during the ritual of the stoning of Satan, in the Mina valley, in western Saudi Arabia.”Pilgrims allegedly took “contraflow lanes” and ran into each other prompting the stampede, they added.
Europe’s risk panel urges governments to wind up non-viable banks by News Staff Posted Jun 21, 2012 11:54 am MDT FRANKFURT – Europe’s financial risk watchdog has called for tough conditions to be attached to any bail outs for banks and for insolvent lenders to be sold off or closed down, ahead of an expected request from Spain for loans to help fix its troubled financial sector.The European Systemic Risk Board, which is chaired by European Central Bank head Mario Draghi, said Wednesday that “systemic risk” â€” risk to the entire financial system â€” remained high because of the government debt crisis. Debt loads are threatening Spain and Italy, while Greece, Portugal and Ireland have already needed bailouts.The board said that Europe needed to “support credible mechanisms for the recapitalization and restructuring of the banking sector.” It added that any aid must come with “strong conditionality on the relevant banks with regard to the use of any publicly funded recapitalization.”And it urged “the resolution of non-viable institutions.”The EU set up the risk board in the wake of the financial crisis to monitor and advise on the stability of the financial system as a whole. Other members include Bank of England head Mervyn King, who is vice chair, and European Banking Authority chairman Andrea Enria and the governors of the national central banks of member states.Banks are a key weak link in Europe’s debt crisis. Bailout costs helped ruin the finances of Ireland and are threatening Spain, which had to turn to the eurozone bailout fund rather than raise money on its own to bail out its banking system. Fears that governments’ financial trouble will default on their bonds has helped dry up credit to banks believed to be holding those bonds. Some banks in troubled countries remain dependent on emergency credit from the European Central Bank.Governments are compelled to bail out banks because they are crucial in providing credit to the economy.European leaders are discussing proposals for stronger central supervision of banks, in part because national regulators have been regarded as overly reluctant to force troubled banks to be restructured, wound down or sold off. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
DraftPlayerSchoolOverall Off.TransitionHalf-Court 2009B. GriffinOklahoma948892 2013A. BennettUNLV979394 2014A. WigginsKansas778568 2015K. TownsKentucky9610094 2016B. SimmonsLSU806674 2018D. AytonArizona989398 2007G. OdenOhio State889487 ?Z. WilliamsonDuke95%93%91% 2008D. RoseMemphis766275 2010J. WallKentucky635648 2012A. DavisKentucky999499 Points Per Poss. Percentile Ten games into what will almost certainly be his lone season in Durham, Duke’s Zion Williamson has treated college basketball like a rim on a breakaway. Which is to say, he has left it trembling.On game days, the anointed freshman effectively has a residency on “SportsCenter,” his highlights the fantasy-come-true of any sports-radio personality or TV show producer. Need to fill time? Just discuss the comical absurdity of an 18-year-old throwing down midgame windmills with ease or opine that he’d be unable to handle the scrutiny if the Cleveland Cavaliers were to select him in the NBA draft.Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski shepherded in one of the most heralded recruiting classes of the modern era this summer, an embarrassment of riches featuring the top three prospects in the country. Unsurprisingly, the Blue Devils rank among the top teams in the nation, their lone loss coming against the veteran-laden Gonzaga Bulldogs in Maui. RJ Barrett, the consensus top-ranked player from the 2018 class, leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring. Yet it’s Williamson who most often elicits the shock-and-awe moments that keep Instagram’s highlight-reel accounts fully stocked. It’s Williamson who draws comparisons — again and again and again — to the incomparable LeBron James. It’s Williamson who is appointment television.1Five of Duke’s next six games will be televised by the ESPN network.That’s because college basketball has never seen a player like him.With a 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame, Williamson looks more like a linebacker than he does a forward. The Wall Street Journal, with the help of a university physicist, found that attempting to draw a charge on Williamson is akin to colliding head-on with a Jeep. Among all active players in the NBA, only Boban Marjanovic outweighs him. And at 7-foot-3, Marjanovic is more than half a foot taller than Williamson. The build of the former South Carolina Mr. Basketball is certainly unorthodox.At Duke’s practice combine, Williamson’s vertical leap exceeded 40 inches. He corrals rebounds and defends the paint with the unadulterated violence of a center, runs the floor with the fluidity of a modern wing, possesses touch with both hands and has a shooting stroke that stretches to the perimeter. Relative to his size, Williamson’s athleticism doesn’t compute. He’s the Refrigerator Perry of the hardwood.In the one-and-done era of college basketball, Duke is no stranger to dominant freshman — players like Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker and Jayson Tatum. But what Williamson is doing in his first year at this level is downright historic for any player, let alone a freshman.One way we can assess a player’s contributions to his team is Box Plus/Minus, a metric that estimates the number of points per 100 possessions a player contributes above (or below) average using stats found in the box score. BPM has never seen a college player like Williamson. Among players who qualified for the points per game leaderboard at Sports-Reference.com and appeared in at least 10 games since 2010, the first year for which data for all players is available, Williamson’s mark of +20.4 ranks first among 25,793 individual seasons.Another way to evaluate a player’s contributions is using player efficiency rating. Williamson’s PER of 41.9 is the best mark by any player who saw action in at least 10 games since 2009, the earliest year for the data. Source: Synergy Sports It happens that Williamson is emerging at a moment in which the NBA is putting a premium on positionless players. A decade ago, Williamson might have been relegated to the post, his skill set withering away against taller opponents on the blocks. However, Krzyzewski doesn’t need to shoehorn Williamson in anywhere; ostensibly, he has free reign to roam the backside of the defense like a safety and run the floor in search of rims to pulverize.On one of the nation’s deadliest offenses, Williamson is likely the team’s most versatile player, dropping in a team-best 1.18 points per possession,2Among players with at least 11 possessions according to data provided by Synergy Sports. Because of his size and speed, Williamson has been a nightmare to defend in transition, where he contributes a team-best 1.48 points per possession.3Among players with at least 10 possessions. It doesn’t get any easier for the opposition in the half court, where he ranks in the 91st percentile in scoring.Fronting Williamson in isolation is a fool’s errand. He pours in 1.31 points per possession in those situations, good enough to rank in the 95th percentile nationally, with an adjusted field-goal percentage of 70 percent. Factor in his uncanny court vision and passing abilities, and the equation gets scarier. On isolation plays that include passes, Williamson is scoring 1.37 points per possession, which ranks in the 96th percentile.Allow him to find a spot on the interior of the defense, and you’re asking for more problems. Williamson scores a team-best 1.14 points per possession on post-ups, which ranks in the 89th percentile. When the opposing defense doesn’t send an additional defender, Williamson scores a robust 1.44 points per possession, which ranks in the 99th percentile.Williamson is adept at setting a pick in a pick-and-roll set, but he can also run it. On six pick-and-roll possessions as the ball handler, he scored 10 points.Defensively, Williamson is more than serviceable. As the primary defender, he allows 0.72 points per possession, which ranks in the 73rd percentile. Duke’s defense has improved considerably from a year ago, when Krzyzewski was so fed up with the team’s performance that he instituted a zone defense. This season, the Blue Devils are playing a zone base on just 3 percent of minutes and rank in the 97th percentile in points allowed per possession. Some of that certainly is attributable to the switchable Williamson, who averages two blocks and two steals per contest.His numbers already stack up well against the last five players to go No. 1 in the draft — and many draft projections indeed suggest he’ll go first overall. 2011K. IrvingDuke999098 2017M. FultzWashington715270 Williamson is averaging 20.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest, with a true-shooting percentage of 67.5. Only three other players since 1992 have hit those benchmarks, and each was an upperclassmen. And let’s not forget to factor his defense into the comparisons: No player in the past 25 years has averaged 20 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals per contest. But that’s where Williamson is.At its roots, basketball is a sport largely defined by the exploitation of mismatches. Williamson is a mismatch for virtually every player tasked with defending him, and he’s putting up numbers that haven’t been seen in at least a quarter-century. Williamson garnered a reputation as a high flyer by punishing rims and opponents at the high school level, but his first — and likely only — season at the college level has revealed a more polished game that extends to every area of the court, not just above the rim. Zion sure looks like a No. 1 overall pickHow Williamson’s scoring prowess compares with previous top NBA draft picks based on their national percentile rank in points per possession
There is no doubt. In Hungary, the best team is MKB Veszprem. Dejan Peric and others showed that they are class up in comparation with Pick Szeged, rival, who took last Championship title in 2007 with Vladan Matic on the bench. In the Play-Off Final serie, MKB Veszprem won 3-0 (33:26, 20:33, 22:20).Despite their results in Hungary, both finalist finished this edition of the EHF Champions League in the TOP 16 phase. MKB Veszprem lost against F.C Barcelona, while SG Flensburg won over Pick Szeged. MKB Veszprem ← Previous Story Danes wrote History – More than 36.000 spectators in Copenhagen Next Story → Polish Play Off FINAL 2011: Vive Targi Kielce – Wisla Plock 1:1!
Get our daily news round up: Mar 5th 2017, 7:51 PM Short URL Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday Tuam, abortion and a crash in Cork – it’s The Fix. By Paul Hosford 8 Comments More revelations about the handling of the Grace case were madePeople laid flowers at Magdalene gravesA man died after getting into difficulty kayaking Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND The sixth annual Flowers for Magdalene event, a ceremony of remembrance for the women of the Magdalene Laundries taking place in the lead up to International Women’s Day today in Glasnevin Cemetery. Source: Sasko LazarovAn investigation was launched after a Garda car was involved in a crash in CorkA bishop said the Catholic Church “hang our heads in shame” over the Tuam babies revelationsGardaí launched a new campaign to cut the number of robberies on nights outAnnalise Murphy was confirmed as the Grand Marshal of the Dublin St Patrick’s Day ParadeThe Citizens’ Assembly continued discussing abortion INTERNATIONAL Nina Rogers with a work titled Caldera, 2008, by artist Tony Cragg, part of the UK’s largest exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Source: PA Wire/PA Images#INVESTIGATION: Donald Trump asked the US Congress to investigate his allegations that his predecessor Barack Obama tapped his phone.#SEATTLE: A Sikh man was told to ‘go back to your own country’ before being shot in an apparent hate crime.#RUNNER: Spanish police are hunting more than a hundred restaurant customers who fled without paying the bill.PARTING SHOTEver wanted to get into yoga but didn’t know where to start? The New York Times has a beginner’s guide that looks great. http://jrnl.ie/3272341 Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 7:51 PM 11,101 Views Share1 Tweet Email
Brexit: What just happened and how could all of this finally end? Or how a series of unfortunate events ruined Theresa May’s week. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker speaks to reporters yesterday. Source: AP/PA ImagesTHERESA MAY’S WEEK isn’t going to plan. That’s pretty much par for the course. Her year so far hasn’t been smooth sailing either. But a surprise move from the speaker of the Commons and threats of revolt within her cabinet in the last few days meant the British prime minister had to radically alter her intended schedule for this week. That led to angry scenes in parliament this afternoon as May told MPs she intended to ask for an extension of the UK’s exit time from the EU by three months and appeared to take any longer delay off the table entirely. So what led to today’s change of tack?Where does that leave us ahead of tomorrow’s meeting of EU leaders in Brussels? And what are the scenarios that could play out in the coming weeks?What happened today? Theresa May wrote a letter to the EU seeking a brief delay to Brexit.She told the House of Commons she had written to European Council President Donald Tusk “informing him that the UK seeks an extension … to June 30″.The European Commission, meanwhile, had advised EU leaders that a shorter delay until 23 May (the date of the European elections) or a much longer one until at least the end of 2019 would be preferable. May’s under pressure from all sides in Westminster over her latest position on an extension: some Brexiteers want her to stick to 29 March, while others, including Remainers, would prefer a longer period to allow time to figure out a different strategy. Stuck as she is between several rocks and numerous hard places, May indicated in strong terms today that she would quit as prime minister if the exit date was pushed out beyond 30 June, telling the Commons: As prime minister, I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than June 30. Hence the message to the EU from May today: We need a short extension so I can get this withdrawal agreement through at the third time of asking and if you force us into a longer extension I’ll probably quit.What’s the EU saying? May was thrown a lifeline by Tusk this afternoon when he told reporters a short extension would be possible but that it would be conditional on a positive result when the withdrawal agreement goes back to the Commons. “In the light of the consultations I have conducted over the past days, I believe a short extension will be possible but it will be conditional on a positive vote on the withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons,” Tusk said. He sounded reasonably positive about the 30 June date saying it “has its merits” but created “a series of questions of a legal and political nature”. He wouldn’t hesitate, he said, to call an emergency EU summit next week if the meaningful vote did not pass. Tusk was also speaking by phone to Leo Varadkar today, and in Dublin the Taoiseach told reporters that the proposed length of the extension would be discussed in detail at tomorrow’s summit. If true, then Vive la France. https://t.co/TZW2XvXsxb— Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) March 20, 2019 26,608 Views As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: https://jrnl.ie/4552197 Source: Jacob Rees-Mogg/Twitter What could happen? There are various scenarios that could play out over the coming days, weeks and months. Deal: May gets her deal through next week after returning from Brussels, arguing in the Commons that she’s secured further reassurances from Europe and that the proposition is now substantially different. The UK exits after a short extension. No deal: Given that we have only nine days to go and the fact that EU leaders need to agree unanimously to extending Article 50, a no-deal could still happen either by the summer or by 29 March (Friday week). A long extension: The emergency summit Tusk mooted in his comments today could result in an offer of a longer delay from the EU. As this would mean taking part in EU elections, May is extremely unlikely to accept this and manage to stay in office. But, those factors aside, a longer extension could pave the way for a rethink by MPs and a possible softer Brexit (or possibly no Brexit at all) – perhaps in the wake of a general election, second referendum or both. Revoke Article 50: Both sides need to agree to extending the mechanism the UK is using to leave the EU, but the European Court of Justice ruled in December that London can unilaterally halt the process. May has dismissed this option and it’s one of the more unlikely scenarios. May could quit: Going by her remarks in the Commons today, the implication is clear that she is threatening to resign if forced into a corner by the EU requiring a longer extension.She could be forced out: At the moment she can’t be shown the door by her own party under the official process after a bid to unseat her failed last December. The way things are going, however, she may be vulnerable if Jeremy Corbyn tables a no-confidence motion. Neither of the latter scenarios would necessarily solve anything at all and would result in a divisive Tory leadership campaign, a possible split in the party and a possible general election. There’s a chance a no-deal Brexit could still have happened by accident somewhere in the middle of all that. Mar 20th 2019, 5:41 PM Source: Christina Finn/Twitter PM @Theresa_May has written to @eucopresident Donald Tusk on Brexit https://t.co/2rrQwf8cYG pic.twitter.com/WjutyC507d— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) March 20, 2019 However, to sum up the series of unfortunate events of the last seven days: Speaker John Bercow threw an almighty spanner in the works on Monday, ruling May couldn’t bring her deal back to the Commons on “the same fundamental proposition”As many as ten senior ministers gave her an ultimatum: they would not accept the mooted long delay to Brexit as it would make a softer exit more likely And, anyway, those DUP talks, aside from a few early positive signals, appear to have more-or-less ground to a halt Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share78 Tweet Email1 Why? The way things were stacking up last week, indications were that May would make a third attempt to get the EU withdrawal agreement through the Commons in time for the EU summit getting underway tomorrow. In the wake of the votes to reject a no-deal exit (last Wednesday) and extend Article 50 (Thursday last) efforts were already under way to get Tory Eurosceptics in the ERG and the ten DUP MPs on board. The hope was that if the DUP could be convinced to back the twice-rejected deal it was unlikely Jacob Rees-Mogg and his group would out-unionist the unionists and might finally move on their position. If the deal had been passed by this evening, May could have headed to Brussels seeking her short, technical extension and in all likelihood EU leaders would have acceded. If it had been rejected, the implication given by May last week was that a much longer extension would be needed. She said last Wednesday:The House has to understand and accept that, if it is not willing to support a deal in the coming days, and as it is not willing to support leaving without a deal on 29 March, then it is suggesting that there will need to be a much longer extension to Article 50. Varadkar said it was time to cut the UK “some slack” on the extension time as there was a real risk of a no-deal happening by accident. The soundings from elsewhere in Europe are less positive for May, however. Earlier a spokesperson for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he had warned May in a phonecall that Brexit needed to be complete by 23 May if the UK wanted to avoid having to take part in EU elections. France’s foreign minister meanwhile warned the country was prepared to veto an extension unless May presented a credible strategy at the summit. Taoiseach says he took call from Tusk where he asked for his view on May’s letter.Varadkar says there is a real risk of a no-deal happening by accident and it’s time to cut the UK government ‘some slack’ pic.twitter.com/3kE4C4FhiX— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 20, 2019 By Daragh Brophy Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 5:41 PM Source: UK Prime Minister/Twitter 38 Comments Short URL
Les anciens téléphones HTC bénéficieront de Sense 3.0Le fabricant taiwanais a dévoilé sa nouvelle version de surcouche tactile, HTC Sense 3.0, destinée aux nouveaux smartphones de la marque. Mais il semblerait que HTC ai décidé de lancer la mise à jour également sur ses anciens modèles…La mise à jour devrait apporter plusieurs modifications comme l’affichage débloqué amélioré, l’accès direct au contrôle par la barre de notification et des nouveautés comme de récents widgets, l’édition vidéo ou le service HTC Watch. Les populaires HTC Desire S et Desire S HD devraient peut être en bénéficier également, ce qui serait une bonne nouvelle pour leurs utilisateurs.Pour l’instant, seuls nos voisins britanniques pourront avoir leur mise à jour Sense 3.0. Il faudra donc attendre un peu (on espère pas trop longtemps quand même!) pour que HTC étende celle-ci au reste de l’Europe.Le 13 décembre 2011 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambert
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Photo via Wikimedia CommonsFormer President George H.W. Bush.Former President George H.W. Bush was moved out of intensive care and into a regular patient room at a Houston hospital on Wednesday as he recovers from an infection that required his hospitalization a day after his wife’s funeral, a family spokesman said.The nation’s 41st president is expected to remain at Houston Methodist Hospital for “several more days,” spokesman Jim McGrath said. Bush, who is 93, is being treated for an infection that spread to his blood.“He is alert and talking with hospital staff, family and friends, and his doctors are very pleased with his progress,” McGrath said in a statement.He noted that Bush was more focused on the Houston Rockets playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves “than anything that landed him in the hospital.” Bush, frequently accompanied by his wife, has long been a fixture at Houston sporting events.During a Wednesday appearance at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said his father will be leaving the hospital on Friday. He called his father “stronger than an ox” and the “greatest man alive.”Bush was hospitalized on Sunday, a day after he attended the funeral and burial of his wife, Barbara. Married for 73 years, the Bushes were the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history. Barbara Bush was 92 when she died on April 17 at their Houston home.Bush sent a tweet earlier Wednesday thanking Houston for its “professionalism and obvious care” during the memorials and services for his wife . He specifically cited Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the city’s police and transit agency “and really all Houstonians” for “making Barbara’s visitors and funeral guests feel so welcomed.”He also thanked St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where the funeral was held and where he and his wife worshipped for years, and Second Baptist Church, which served as a staging area a few miles away for city buses that carried thousands of visitors to St. Martin’s for a public viewing a day before the funeral.McGrath said the former president is thankful for everyone sending prayers and good wishes. Share
This story originally appeared on Reuters 6 min read May 20, 2015 Microsoft’s plan to make its new version of Windows a mobile hit by letting it accept tweaked Apple and Android apps has met an obstacle: some of the software developers the company needs to woo just aren’t interested.Windows phones accounted for just 3 percent of global smartphone sales last year, compared with about 81 percent for devices with Google’s Android system and 15 percent for Apple and its iOS system, according to research firm IDC. One reason is that Windows doesn’t run as many or as attractive apps as its rivals.To boost sales of its phones and new operating system, Microsoft said last month that it would provide tools to software developers to make it easier to design apps for Windows based on apps that run on Android or Apple. But because so few people use a Windows phone, most developers remain focused on the more popular systems and don’t see a need to develop apps for Windows. They also said they doubt how easy the new tools will be to use.”Windows phone will have to gain a significant share of the market before this becomes something that saves us time and/or money,” said Sean Orelli, a director at app development firm Fuzz Productions in New York, which makes apps related to Citibank, the New York Post, and Conde Nast, among others.For Microsoft, the world’s biggest software company, there’s a lot at stake this summer as it rolls out Windows 10, the first operating system designed to run on PCs, tablets and phones. If developers don’t embrace the new platform, it will seriously damage the prospects of the new operating system, which Microsoft hopes will power one billion devices in two or three years.Candy CrushInterviews with more than a dozen developers found just one planning to move an app from Apple or Android to Microsoft (MSFT.O). That’s King.com, which ported its popular Candy Crush Saga game from iOS to Windows 10 “with very few code modifications” and will be installed automatically with upgrades to Windows 10, according to Microsoft. King.com confirmed the move but declined to comment further.Eight developers said they aren’t planning to develop for Windows 10 at all. Four who already have Windows apps said they would continue to do so.Because Microsoft hasn’t actually unveiled its new set of tools to turn apps into a Windows format, developers did not rule out any move, and a Microsoft spokesman said that “it is still early” and many software companies want to explore the tools over the coming months.More and better apps might attract more people to buy a Windows phone or tablet, Microsoft reasons. Only six of the top 10 free apps on iPhone are available for Windows phone, and of those, two are made by Microsoft itself. In the past Microsoft has paid developers to create Windows apps.Failure to attract the apps would not be fatal for Microsoft, which is growing more reliant on its Office, server software and cloud computing services, but it would be a sign that Microsoft is losing its hold on personal computing, in a world where phones are expected to outsell PCs by more than six to one by 2017.Because of that trend, “it’s going to be hard for developers to prioritize building for Microsoft,” said John Milinovich, Chief Executive of URX, a mobile ad service that creates links between apps.Satic BusinessWindows, closely tied to the stagnant PC market, is a big but static business for Microsoft. It’s likely worth $20 billion in revenue this fiscal year, analysts say, compared with almost $30 billion for its Office business, out of total expected annual revenue of $93 billion. The company’s server software and cloud-computing businesses are growing much faster, with cloud-computing revenue forecast to triple to $20 billion by 2018.Even though only a handful of developers have been allowed a sneak preview of the new tools Microsoft says it’s preparing, most doubt it will be easy to take iOS and Android apps to Windows. Concerns include how the Windows app will use batches of pre-written software, called libraries, that an app needs to run, and the prospects that Apple’s new language, called Swift, may soon eclipse the current one.Erik Rucker, head of mobile at Smartsheet, which makes an online tool to manage projects, said he doesn’t plan a Windows app version. He doubts tweaking an iPad or iPhone app for Windows would be simple.”We’d end up writing a whole bunch more code,” to move over an Apple app that was tightly integrated with the device, he said.For Jason Thane, general manager at General UI, a mobile app developer based in Seattle, the cost of developing a Windows app from another system would need to fall to about 10 percent to 20 percent of the cost of building it.”It can cost 50 percent or more of the cost to develop an app on one platform to port it to a new platform,” said Thane, who hasn’t yet used the new tools. “So if Microsoft has a way for our customers to do it easily and cheaply, and if there’s no serious performance or functionality impact, I think they’d have a lot of people wanting to do it.”Even a little extra effort is too much for some smaller developers, including former Microsoft executive Adam Tratt, who now runs Haiku Deck, which makes presentation software primarily designed for iPads.”I’d like to at some point, but we’re not working on it yet,” he said. “It’s a function of resources.”Recent history hasn’t been on Microsoft’s side. Last year Pinterest pulled its Windows Phone test app, and this year Chase and Bank of America stopped supporting Windows phone apps, saying few customers were affected. None of those companies would comment on plans for Windows 10.Microsoft does have some loyal supporters. Walt Disney Co, Netflix Inc and USA Today all confirmed they are developing apps for Windows 10.USA Today, owned by media giant Gannett Co, is building a “universal” app for Windows, which will run across PCs, tablets and phones. But instead of reusing code from its existing Windows apps, or porting from Apple or Android, the development team opted to start fresh.The best experience was always going to be achieved with tools made for a given software system, said Christopher Kamsler, manager of mobile development at Gannett, and even with those his team had to tweak the app to work for different sized devices.It’s an uphill battle for Microsoft, said Frank Gillett, an analyst at tech research firm Forrester.”Android and iOS are in the zone, the Windows guys just aren’t there yet,” he said.(Editing by Peter Henderson and John Pickering) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
“If I had seen protests like this before, maybe I would have spoken up sooner, or maybe it wouldn’t have happened to me,” said the girl, who is not being identified in line with The Associated Press policy of not naming the victims of sexual abuse.She said her mother confronted her stepfather, who denied the abuse and still lives in the house. The girl said she is now physically strong enough to fend off his advances, but for a few years she was afraid of men and ate heavily — at one point she weighed 89 kilograms (196 pounds) — to make herself less attractive.“I try not to be at home so I don’t have to see him,” she said through tears. “He makes me sick.”About 600 girls 14 or under become pregnant each year in this country of 6.8 million people. Studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control say thousands of children in the United States also give birth each year.In Paraguay “these cases are very common. What’s needed is the political will to get us out of this hole,” said Britez de Mendoza, who runs the shelter in Ciudad del Este.In the case of the 10-year-old, the girl’s stepfather, who is accused of raping her, was arrested over the weekend and placed in isolation to prevent other inmates from attacking him. The girl’s mother is being held at a female prison for neglecting to take care of her daughter. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments Share “When the other children play, this girl wants to play, too,” said Britez de Mendoza, who attended a rally to demand stiffer penalties for sex abusers. “She is still a child.”Monday’s rally in Ciudad del Este drew 200 people under the banner of “No More Abuse!” and participants said it was unprecedented in this city with little culture of social protest. Another protest was held in the capital of Asuncion.The rallies came amid a fierce debate over what is best for the 10-year-old rape victim who is being denied an abortion. In Paraguay, the procedure is banned in all cases — even rape — except when the mother’s life is in danger.The decision to not give the girl an abortion has sparked international and local condemnation, with United Nations human rights experts on Monday blasting Paraguay for failing to protect her.“The Paraguayan authorities’ decision results in grave violations of the rights to life, to health, and to the physical and mental integrity of the girl as well as her right to education, jeopardizing her economic and social opportunities,” the four experts said in a statement.Looking on at Monday’s protest in Ciudad del Este, a 17-year-old told The Associated Press she had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather from the time she was 9 until she was 14, when she told her mom about the abuse. CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay (AP) — The fate of a pregnant 10-year-old has not only become a national debate in Paraguay but has underscored what activists say is a problem with child rape in this poor South American nation and led other victims to speak out.Cristina Britez de Mendoza is the director of a shelter for troubled youth in Ciudad del Este, a gritty and bustling town of 350,000 that sits across the border from Brazil and Argentina. She said many of the children she works with have been sexually abused, such as a 12-year-old girl who gave birth last month. The girl lives at the shelter with the baby. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A child holds a sign that reads in Spanish “Sexual child abuse never again, screams without voice,” at a demonstration in front of the Attorney General’s office in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Monday, May 11, 2015. Paraguayans have debated what should happen to a 10-year-old pregnant girl who was raped. The girl’s mother has asked for an abortion, but health officials have ruled it out. The stepfather who raped the girl has been arrested. (AP Photo/Peter Prengaman) Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation In response to the calls for a therapeutic abortion for the girl, Paraguayan Health Minister Antonio Barrios has responded that she is in good health at a hospital and that the pregnancy, at five months, is too advanced.The president of the country’s Episcopal Conference, Msgr. Claudio Gimenez, decried the possibility of a therapeutic abortion, saying Paraguay is already split over the case.“Some want to legalize abortion, the killing of an innocent who still is in a period of gestation,” he said. “And for the other side, those who oppose that idea.”Some protesters said they thought the controversial case of the 10-year-old is the tip of the iceberg.“How many thousands of other girls are raped and we just don’t hear about it because they don’t have the baby or don’t report it?” said Sebastian Martinez, 34._____Associated Press reporter Pedro Servin contributed to this report from Asuncion, Paraguay.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
The foreign ministry on Tuesday issued instructions for Cypriots planning to travel to Russia for the World Cup, which starts on June 14 and runs to July 15.People travelling to Russia need a visa that can be obtained from the Russian embassy in Nicosia or any other diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation.Until July 25, Russia will allow entry without a visa to people who have a Fan ID in electronic form, granted to those who have tickets for World Cup fixtures.Upon arrival in the country, Fan ID holders must visit fan centres to obtain a hardcopy of their ID.All Cypriot visitors must register the address of the place they will be staying with the Russian authorities within three days of arrival in the country.If they have booked rooms in a hotel, registration will be undertaken by the establishment. Landlords are also responsible for registering any tenants renting their facilities.Cypriot citizens planning to rent apartments during their stay in Russia must make sure that owners are aware of their legal obligation and be prepared to comply.The ministry urged Cypriots to keep copies of their travel and other documents in electronic or paper form and make sure they leave one extra copy with a relative in Cyprus.It is also suggested to carry a with them a copy of their passport, migration card issued by Russian authorities at the airport, and temporary residence registration because they may be asked to present them to local police at any time. The originals should be kept at a secure place.In case of loss they must notify police and make sure they obtain a copy of the police report that will be necessary for issuing a temporary travel document and any insurance claims.Cypriots planning to travel to Russia were also advised to provide their details and trip information to the ministry online .Emergency contact information can be found hereThe ministry can also be reached on 00357 99660129 – only after working hours. Email: email@example.comForeign Ministry crisis centre 00357 22801000. Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgYou May LikeJobsAdvisor10 Worst College Degrees For Your Resume EverJobsAdvisorUndoHealth & Human Research7 Foods that Are Killing Your KidneysHealth & Human ResearchUndoTips and TricksHow to open food cans without a can opener!Tips and TricksUndo High temperatures increase risk of firesUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola