England are confident that captain Andrew Strauss and spinner Graeme Swann will recover in time for Thursday’s must-win World Cup Group B game against the West Indies in Chennai.Top-order batsman Jonathan Trott on Tuesday said both players were expected to recover and would be ” hopefully training tomorrow” after missing a morning practice due to stomach upsets. Opener Strauss and offspinner Swann are crucial players for England, which is fighting for a place in the quarter- finals following upset losses to Ireland and Bangladesh.England have five points from five matches with wins over South Africa and the Netherlands and a high- scoring tie against India, but will be eliminated in the first round if it loses to the West Indies.”They will be all right. Hopefully training tomorrow, sure they will be,” Trott said. ” They are feeling a little bit better. They should be ready for the game.” Trott said the illnesses could have something to do with players being in and out of air conditioning in the hot and humid conditions in Chennai.”When you go from humid places into air- conditioned change rooms … ( perhaps) just a little bit about not looking after ourselves,” he added.Trott said England’s only concern was the West Indies, because all other quarter- final permutations were out of its control.”Yes. Not much we can do. All our attention is on this game and it would be foolish if we take our eyes off this game,” he said.It is four knock- out games for us and three for others.” Trott was of the view that England had struggled because they haven’t been consistent with bat and ball in the one match. ” We do have a good one day team.advertisementPerhaps we need to get a bit more consistent in our discipline in fielding, running and batting and everything. Meanwhile, West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard thinks some inside information from coach Ottis Gibson will help his team plot England’s defeat.The hard- hitting Pollard on Tuesday said “it will be of great help” to have the services of former England bowling coach Gibson in the West Indies camp as ” he can pass on a lot of information about the players.” Pollard said it would be dangerous to underestimate England despite an inconsistent performance in the tournament. ” They were in a similar position in the Twenty20 World Cup last year and they went on to win,” Pollard said. “They cannot be underestimated.” England won the Twenty20 title in the Caribbean in 2010 after qualifying last for the knock- out round.”We have to play each bowler on merit. They will have plans to counter my style of batting and I have to concentrate on my game. If the wicket isn’t helpful for strokeplay, then it will be better to go for percentage play,” he added.Agencies
New Delhi, April 27 (PTI) A Parliamentary panel examining CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury?s privilege motion against HRD minister Smriti Irani today decided to seek an explanation from her over her remarks made during a Rajya Sabha debate on the JNU row and dalit scholar Rohith Vemula?s suicide. With Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari admitting the privilege motion against Irani, the House committee could summon and question Irani. However, the committee is learnt to be inclined to seek a written response from the minister first.The committee headed by senior Congress leader P J Kurien also decided to write to Delhi police to beef up the security of Yechury in the wake of he receiving threatening calls and derogatory messages for his participation in a discussion in the House on the day–February 26–when Irani made the remark.”The committee has decided to seek an explanation from the Union Minister on why did she make a reference to Hindu goddess Durga during the debate and why she made some remarks quoting Yechury, which he has denied having said.”The committee has also decided to direct the police for immediate action to pin down those who issues threats to the CPI-M leader. The committee has also suggested that Yechury should be given proper security and will write to Delhi police in this regard,” sources in the committee said. Ansari had sometime back sent Yechury?s privilege motion against Irani to the committee of privileges.The privilege motion against Irani was moved for making alleged “baseless allegations” against the CPI(M) leader during her statement on the debate on the JNU row and Central Hyderabad University scholar Rohith Vemula?s suicide.advertisementIn his letter to the Rajya Sabha Chairman last month, the CPI-M leader had written that the minister had made “baseless allegations” against him “imputing motives that are completely false”.Yechury had earlier said in February that he received threat calls and text messages for allegedly saying “wrong” things about Goddess Durga in the Rajya Sabha.Yechury had complained about having received threats in connection with his stance on the JNU row allegedly from right-wing forces.During his speech in the Upper House, Yechury had taken on Irani for quoting certain Facebook posts purportedly written by Vemula which were critical of the CPI(M) leader, and accused her of making “all foul fair”.He had questioned the veracity of the Facebook account that she had claimed to be that of Vemula.Yechury had later said he got around 1,000 calls and 500 text messages on his personal phone during the day.The Rajya Sabha member had earlier claimed to have received threat calls on CPM head offices landline number on February 15 in connection with the varsity row.Delhi police had taken suo moto cognizance of the reports of alleged threats to Yechury and also asked for a complaint which his office had lodged. PTI AMR GSN
Indian Aces were beaten 20-30 by UAE Royals in an International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) match here on Sunday.Swiss star Martina Hingis led Royals to the top of the table at the end of the Japan leg of the tournament on Sunday. The tournament next moves to Singapore.From the very beginning, the Dubai-based team showed confidence and resilience to dominate against the Aces, comprising Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna.In the men’s legends tie, Thomas Johansson won 6-3 over Mark Philippoussis.Hingis rolled back the years, defeating Kirsten Flipkens 6-4. And then Hingis faced her former doubles partner Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles tie, winning 6-4.Sania teamed up with Bopanna, whereas Hingis took the court with Pablo Cuevas.Tomas Berdych edged Feliciano Lopez in the men’s singles 6-3. In the men’s doubles, Bopanna and Lopez forced a 6-6 draw against Daniel Nestor partnering Cuevas.In the second match of the day, Singapore Slammers defeated Japan Warriors 27-23.Singapore, the IPTL defending champions, clinched a narrow victory against the local team.Local lad Kei Nishikori of the Warriors said goodbye to a packed Saitama Super Arena with a singles tie win over Nick Kyrgios.Kiki Bertens won against former World No.1 Jelena Jankovic in the women’s singles tie.In the mixed doubles set, Jean-Julien Rojer and Jankovic beat Kyrgios-Bertens.Carlos Moya won over Marat Safin in the legends match.
France’s title defence is alive as Davis Cup 2018 final heads into the last day after Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert defeated Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in the doubles rubber on Saturday in Lille.It meant the last head-to-head Davis Cup final before a football World Cup-style format kicks off in 2019 will stretch to three days, with Croatia still in the driving seat at 2-1 ahead. Notably, Marin Cilic and Borna Coric had given the visitors a handsome 2-0 lead on the opening day of the tournament.The home win kept alive the possibility, however remote, that Yannick Noah’s champions can storm back to become the first team since Australia against the US in 1939 to win a final from 0-2 down.It is a long shot with Marin Cilic and Borna Coric, ranked seven and 12 in the world respectively, expected to claim the one point Croatia need to win the title for the second time.Also read: India play Italy at home in Davis CupCilic will play first on Sunday, probably against Lucas Pouille, who was left out by Noah on Friday.Should Cilic lose, it would come down to a deciding fifth rubber between Coric and, most likely, Herbert, as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is unlikely to play after picking up an injury during his defeat by Cilic on day one.’Our players can do it tomorrow’Whatever happens, French Open champions Mahut and Herbert did their bit, resisting a fierce Croatian fightback to prevail.”We tried to keep the team alive today,” Mahut, who now boats a 9-2 record in Davis Cup doubles, said.advertisement”We want to win the Davis Cup and I think our players can do it tomorrow.”Noah, who cried during the anthems before play, hopes to sign off his third stint as captain by delivering France’s 11th Davis Cup, but admits his team still have a mountain to climb.”We have to try to visualise a positive outcome to win the whole thing,” he said.”You saw today what can happen when the fans got involved. That can be positive for us and negative for the other side.”Whatever the outcome it’s a historic weekend for Davis Cup lovers. At times, I was overwhelmed by the atmosphere. We may not ever have this again. Except for tomorrow!”It looked like being a comfortable win for the French duo when they had points for a double break in the third set, having dominated the first two.But Pavic and Dodig, who with Cilic beat Mahut and Herbert in the 2016 semi-final, France’s last defeat, clawed their way back to set home nerves jangling.From 3-1 down, Croatia broke twice to reel off five straight games and take the third set.At the start of the fourth, France saved three break points on the Herbert serve and he was sweating again at 2-2 as the momentum swung Croatia’s way.French fans, who at various points broke into Icelandic thunderclaps and renditions of La Marseillaise, ratcheted up the decibel levels as Pavic served at 4-5.When the 25-year-old double-faulted at 0-30 to give France three match points, bedlam broke out in the stands with opposing fans trying to out-chant each other.Umpire James Keothavong was struggling to keep order but somehow Pavic kept his head as he and Dodig dug themselves out of a seemingly impossible position to make it 5-5.Boos rang out as Pavic gestured defiantly at the massed ranks of blue. They turned to cheers though as Mahut and Herbert jumped into a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak and though the Croatians got it back to 4-3, the French pair then kept their cool with Mahut’s reflex volley sealing the win.(With inputs from Reuters)
zoom Norway-based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has taken delivery of another second-hand bulker bought in March 2017 within a 16-vessel contract.The ship in question is Q Gayle, a Capesize ore carrier which will be renamed Golden Gayle.Built at Japanese Universal shipyard in 2011, the 206,600 dwt vessel has a market value of USD 38.21 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Of the 16 vessels acquired, 14 bulkers including Q Gayle were bought from subsidiaries of Quintana Shipping, while two ice class Panamax vessels were purchased from subsidiaries of Seatankers, an affiliate of Hemen Holding, the company’s largest shareholder.GOGL said it has issued 1.8 million consideration shares to Quintana Shipping and associated companies in exchange for the vessel.Following this transaction, the company’s issued share capital is USD 6,206,149.60 divided into 124,122,992 issued shares, each with a nominal value of USD 0.05.Q Gayle is the eight ship from the batch handed over to GOGL so far, following the last week’s delivery of Q Ioanari, the seventh vessel.
On the football ground, he is a creative playmaker and scores amazing goals. In his personal life, football star Mario Götze commits himself as an ambassador to Plan International’s sports initiative Kinder brauchen Fans! (‘Children need Fans!’). He sponsors 3 children, in Cambodia, Senegal and Vietnam, and supports 4 of Plan’s projects in Brazil, Nepal, Philippines and Sierra Leone.In this interview, Mario Götze unveils why he is so enthusiastic about supporting the work of Plan International.Why are you committed to Plan International?Plan International supports people to help themselves. Through sponsorship and projects, children, their families and communities receive sustainable support. As a sportsman, the motto of ‘Kinder brauchen Fans!’ (‘Children need Fans!’) matches perfectly to me.Every 3 or 4 days, I am in a stadium where numerous fans cheer me on and support me. I want to pass on part of it. Being a fan of my sponsored children, I want to help support them in the long-term and learn more about their lives and how they are developing.Why do you also commit yourself for the project “Girls Football in Brazil”?This summer, the World Cup took place in Brazil. In this country, football plays a very important role for boys and girls. However, they also face a number of obstacles. Girls are not greatly respected because of traditional role allocation within their communities or culture. In many cases, they even suffer from discrimination and face risks such as violence and drugs. Through football and in workshops, they are introduced to values such as fairness and respect. They become self-confident and experience the feeling that they could emerge stronger as a team.As a football player, you travel a lot. Have you ever experienced such a situation?I travelled to the World Cup in Nigeria with the U17 national team. When we went through the cities of Lagos and Abuja, I saw how the people lived there and the conditions in which the children grew up in this African country. These impressions influenced me. I realised when I was young myself, how fortunate I am.Do you intend to travel to one of the Plan projects one day?I absolutely intend to do so one day. I want to gain an insight into the life of children and their families and I want to get an impression of how Plan works in the field.Source:Plan International
OTTAWA – The price for registering Canada’s outrage over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi went up exponentially Thursday, as Justin Trudeau revealed the penalty for cancelling a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia would be “in the billions of dollars.”The prime minister blamed Stephen Harper’s previous Conservative government — which signed the contract to sell light armoured vehicles to the desert kingdom — for making it so costly to cancel and for making it impossible for him to publicly reveal the exact figure.But he was accused by the NDP of inventing numbers to justify not cancelling the contract.Earlier this week, Trudeau signalled his reluctance to cancel the deal, saying he didn’t want “to leave Canadians holding a billion-dollar bill because we are trying to move forward on doing the right thing.”During a news conference Thursday with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Trudeau was pressed to say if that was a precise figure. He said the “extremely difficult contract” signed by the Harper government included a requirement for “total confidentiality” which prevents him from disclosing details.But he added: “Suffice it to say possible penalties would be in the billions of dollars but that is something we are looking at right now.”Trudeau also said that the government is “actively reviewing existing export permits” for arms to Saudi Arabia.While that review is underway, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said no new export permits will be approved.Canada temporarily suspended approvals of new export permits to the Gulf kingdom in 2017, while the government investigated allegations that Saudi Arabia had used Canadian-made armoured vehicles against its minority Shia Muslim population. The suspension was lifted a few months later after the investigation found no conclusive evidence of the allegation.While suspending export permits falls short of outright cancellation of the contract, Trudeau said Thursday it would provide a lever for Canada to increase pressure on Saudi Arabia to come clean on what happened to Khashoggi.“One of the things that we are working on as an international community is ways to put leverage and put pressure on Saudi Arabia to give better answers as to what actually happened to Jamal Khashoggi and to understand that protection of a free press is fundamental to protecting human rights and upholding the stability and prosperity of countries around the world,” he said.Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Saudi Arabia initially insisted he’d left the consulate, then said he’d been killed in a fist fight inside the consulate and, on Thursday, finally admitted his murder had been premeditated.Turkish officials say a 15-man Saudi hit squad — including at least one member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage — tortured, murdered and dismembered Khashoggi, whose remains have yet to be found.Rutte said the Netherlands has had “a very restrictive arms sales regime” with Saudi Arabia for years and he pleaded at last week’s European Council meeting for other European countries to do the same.Lawmakers at the European Union passed a non-binding resolution Thursday calling on member countries to impose an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia. The resolution also called on member countries to halt exports of “surveillance systems and other dual-use items that may be used in Saudi Arabia for the purposes of repression.”In the House of Commons, New Democrats urged the Trudeau government to follow suit.“Everyone knows the kingdom is one of the worst human rights offender in the world. This alone should be enough (to cancel arms contracts),” said NDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere.“What are the Liberals waiting for?”Transport Minister Marc Garneau, standing in for the prime minister, said the government strongly expects that “Canadian exports are used in a way that’s consistent with Canada’s foreign policy objectives and that fully respects human rights.”“We have frozen our export permits before when we’ve had concerns about their potential misuse and we will not hesitate to do so again.”Meanwhile, the London, Ont.-based company that won the contract to supply Saudi Arabia with light armoured vehicles announced Thursday that it is laying off more three dozen employees.In a written statement, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada said it reviewed its current business environment and work forecast and “concluded that a workforce reduction of 37 salaried positions was necessary.”The company insisted the layoffs are “part of a normal cycle of work” and have “no connection to recent events that the government of Canada is addressing.”___ with files from The Associated Press and Kelly Malone in Winnipeg.
Highlights at the close Monday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,236.67, up 63.64 pointsDow — 22,331.35, up 63.01 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,503.87, up 3.64 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,454.64, up 6.17 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 81.71 cents US, down 0.38 of a centPound — C$1.6540, down 0.01 of a centEuro — C$1.4621, up 0.57 of a centEuro — US$1.1947, down 0.08 of a centOil futures:US$50.35, down nine cents(November contract)Gold futures:US$1,310.80 per oz., down $14.40(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$21.907, down 56.7 cents$704.31 per kg., down $18.23
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) recorded a statement from Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara today over the plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena and other VIPs.The IGP had been issued notice by the CID to give the statement. Former Terrorist Investigations Department head, (DIG) Nalaka de Silva, is already in remand over the plot.He was arrested last month by the Criminal Investigations Department. Activist Namal Kumara had made the revelation to the media over the plot to kill the President, following a telephone conversation he had with Nalaka de Silva. (Colombo Gazette)
NEW YORK — Financier Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in New York, a former law enforcement official said Saturday.He was found in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center Saturday morning, according to the officials, who was briefed on the matter but spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss it publicly. The medical examiner’s office in Manhattan confirmed Epstein’s death.Epstein’s arrest last month launched separate investigations into how authorities handled his case initially when similar charges were first brought against him in Florida more than a decade ago. U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned last month after coming under fire for overseeing that deal when he was U.S. attorney in Miami.The 66-year-old had pleaded not guilty and was facing up to 45 years in prison if convicted.A little over two weeks, Epstein was found on the floor of his jail cell with bruises on his neck early, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity. At the time, it was not clear whether the injuries were self-inflicted or from an assault.Epstein’s arrest drew national attention, particularly focusing on a deal that allowed Epstein to plead guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida and avoid more serious federal charges.Federal prosecutors in New York reopened the probe after investigative reporting by The Miami Herald stirred outrage over that plea bargain.But his lawyers maintained that the new charges brought by federal prosecutors in New York were covered by the deal and were improper.They said he hasn’t had any illicit contact with underage girls since serving his 13-month sentence in Florida.Before his legal troubles, Epstein led a life of extraordinary luxury that drew powerful people into his orbit.He socialized with princes and presidents and lived on a 100-acre private island in the Caribbean and one of the biggest mansions in New York. A college dropout, he became a sought-after benefactor of professors and scientists, donating millions of dollars in donations to Harvard University and other causes.Still, it was never entirely clear how the middle-class Brooklyn math whiz became a Wall Street master of high finance.Jim Mustian, The Associated Press
The Milwaukee Brewers challenged traditional position labels all season. They’ve helped push bullpenning forward in the postseason. They’ve been the most forward-thinking club this October in part out of necessity, entering the playoffs with one of the weaker starting rotations in the field.But they’ve never been more radical than they were early in Wednesday afternoon’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell stepped out of the visiting dugout at Dodger Stadium and pulled left-handed Brewers starter Wade Miley after he had faced only one Los Angeles batter, the left-handed-hitting Cody Bellinger. Miley was replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has limited right-handed batters to a .199 average over the course of his career. It was a premeditated plan, something of a surprise attack, against one of the heaviest platoon teams in the league. While the short-term results did not work in the Brewers’ favor — the Dodgers won 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series — the strategy’s long-term ramifications could be far-reaching. In a season of openers and bullpenning, managers might now have to think more deeply about how much they want to bet on that day’s listed opposing starting pitcher working deep into the game. (Especially if that listed starting pitcher isn’t an ace.) Platoon-heavy lineups are more vulnerable. And game-planning might become more complicated as starting pitcher designations become increasingly less relevant.“Look, they’re trying to get matchups, we’re trying to get matchups,” Counsell said after the game. “They’re a very tough team to get matchups against.”When he takes the mound Friday as the Game 6 starter, Miley will become the first pitcher to start consecutive postseason games since 1930, according to MLB.“It’s not my job to question it. We’re trying to get to the World Series,” Miley told reporters. “This is the strategic side of it. I was in. Everybody bought in.”The Brewers have thrown 75⅔ innings this postseason, but only 26⅔ (35 percent) have been logged by their starting pitchers, distressing traditionalists. Milwaukee’s upside-down approach became extreme Wednesday.It is baseball tradition that teams announce their starting pitching assignments days in advance, even in the playoffs. (Imagine an NFL team announcing its personnel plans in advance of a game.) And because the starting pitcher is typically expected to absorb the lion’s share of innings in any particular game — well, at least until this season of “the opener” — opposing managers often try to create as many favorable matchups as possible within their lineup cards.What has become a common part of daily game-planning — trying to gain platoon advantage against a starting pitcher — might be in jeopardy, particularly in high-stakes games.Because of the angle pitches travel toward home plate and the way pitches break, batters tend to perform better against opposite-handed pitchers. That is, right-handed batters typically perform better against left-handed pitchers and vice versa, gaining what’s known as a platoon advantage. The Dodgers ranked ninth out of 30 Major League teams in platoon advantage, owning it in 57.3 percent of plate appearances.Consider how differently the Dodgers constructed their lineups in this series based on the handedness of the opposing starting pitcher. In Game 3 against right-handed Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin, Dodger manager Dave Roberts penciled in Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig as right-handed-pitching mashers. They were replaced in the lineup Wednesday against the left-handed Miley with David Freese, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes.The Dodgers were weaker this season facing left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching. They produced .324 on-base and .409 slugging marks against left-handed starters with 101 weighted runs created plus1Weighted runs created plus, or wRC+, adjusts for park and league scoring environments. A mark of 100 is league average. compared with .337 on-base and .458 slugging marks against righties with a 117 wRC+, which ranked second in the game .By starting a left-hander, the Brewers were able to keep some of the Dodgers’ strongest bats against right-handed pitchers out of the game temporarily — though Puig and Pederson eventually entered and combined for four at-bats.Moreover, against the left-handed Miley, the Dodgers featured a weaker defensive lineup. Max Muncy switched from first (where he most often plays) to second base to accommodate Freese at first, forcing Enrique Hernandez from second base to right field, where he replaced Puig. Puig is credited with 24 defensive runs saved over the past two years in right field, ranking second only to Boston’s Mookie Betts.The Dodgers responded with a number of in-game substitutions.In the top of the fourth, Pederson replaced Freese and went to left field. Bellinger switched from center to right, Muncy moved from second to first, and Taylor moved from left to center. Hernandez switched from right to second before he was replaced by a pinch-hitting Puig in the sixth inning, sending Bellinger back to center and Taylor to second. After Brian Dozier pinch-hit for Pederson in the seventh, he took over second, and Taylor went back to left field.Ultimately, Dodger lefty Clayton Kershaw pitched so well — one run allowed over seven innings — and the Dodgers did enough damage off Woodruff (three runs, two earned in 5⅓ innings) that the plan did not yield a win. But in a season of radical strategies, Milwaukee’s move could have a lasting impact. The Brewers are rethinking everything — and baseball just might follow.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
The Columbus Blue Jackets suffered their second loss in as many days Friday night at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets got off to a slow start in the first period of their 4-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, allowing forward Patrick Kane and defenseman Brent Seabrook each to score a goal within the first six minutes. “We shot from the top,” Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “A lot of good things happened, and some things went wrong.” But the Blue Jackets seemed to refocus following the goals, using a slow tempo to control the puck and hold it on offense, giving themselves time to set up a shot on goal. Once the offense settled down, the Blue Jackets answered the Blackhawks’ two goals with one of their own by forward Maksim Mayorov, his first ever in the NHL. “I was getting played,” Mayorov said, “but I just tried to tip it in.” The Blue Jackets’ second point came in the second period, with a power-play goal by center Derick Brassard, his 16th of the season. “It’s been 11 games since our last score on a power play,” Brassard said. He attributed the goal to what the team has been working on in practice. The game was close in the third period when a goal from Jackets center Samuel Pahlsson was answered almost immediately by the Blackhawks, tying the score at 3. The back-and-forth pace kept both teams moving throughout the third period, but failed to produce anymore points for either team, causing a tie and moving the game into overtime. Neither team was able to score in overtime, despite multiple shots on goal at both ends of the ice. This sent the game into a shootout to determine the winner. Both teams went through three shooters before Chicago was able to score a goal, taking a 4-3 lead and clinching the game. The Blue Jackets will be looking for a win at 5 p.m. Sunday in a home matchup against the St. Louis Blues.
Great to hear @martinbashir is to become the BBC’s new Religion Correspondent. Congrats on the new role!— Vicky Beeching (@vickybeeching) September 26, 2016 The opportunity to cover the broad spectrum of religious affairs is challenging and compelling and I cannot wait to get startedMartin Bashir Congratulations to @MartinBashir on his appointment as BBC correspondent on religion and belief!— Andrew Copson (@andrewcopson) September 26, 2016 Very pleased that @MartinBashir is rejoining @BBCNews as Religious Affairs Correspondent, replacing the excellent @CarolineWyatt— Jonathan Munro (@jonathancmunro) September 26, 2016 Bashir famously interviewed Princess DianaCredit:BBC Bashir said he was “delighted to be rejoining the BBC”.He added: “The opportunity to cover the broad spectrum of religious affairs is challenging and compelling and I cannot wait to get started.”The journalist worked as a BBC correspondent from 1987 to 1992, and appeared on Panorama until 1999. In a Panorama interview in 1995, Princess Diana famously told Bashir that there were “three of us in this marriage”.In 2008 he apologised for a “moment of stupidity” after making a joke about “Asian babes” in a speech to American journalists. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Bashir previously worked for US broadcastersCredit:Reuters Martin Bashir is to become the BBC’s new religious affairs correspondent, three years after resigning from an American broadcaster over controversial comments about former US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.Bashir, 53, who is best known for his high-profile interviews with Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, replaces Caroline Wyatt, who stepped down from reporting duties after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The surprise appointment marks a move back into front-line journalism for Bashir, who left his job on US broadcaster MSNBC after labelling Palin America’s “resident dunce”, over comments the politician made about the nation’s national debt.The former governor of Alaska had likened the task of paying of America’s national debt to the plight of slaves, leading Bashir to accuse her of “rank ignorance”. He apologised but later resigned for what he said were “ill-judged comments”.Announcing Bashir’s appointment yesterday, Jonathan Munro, the BBC’s head of newsgathering, said: “Martin’s track record in enterprising journalism is well known and respected in the industry and amongst our audiences.“As a student of theology, Martin will bring immense knowledge of the brief to his new role, and an enthusiasm to cover the broadest range of faith-based stories.”
Roskill reports sharp increases in the price of cobalt metal have driven considerable interest in the market. Metal Bulletin’s Cobalt High Grade Free Market price reached above $24/lb on February 24, up from US$17.5/lb a month previously.Many market commentators have pointed to the impact of speculative stockpiling from funds. The Financial Times reported last week that half a dozen funds have purchased and stored an estimated 6,ooo t of cobalt, worth as much as $280 million. As detailed in Roskill’s upcoming Cobalt Report, there has already been material taken out of the market in recent years. China State Reserve Bureau (SRB) has moved to purchase considerable quantities of cobalt since 2014.The cobalt market is prone to volatile prices, although the last few years have seen relative stability underpinned by oversupply despite strong demand. Significant price rises were seen over the 2003 to 2008 period, driven by undersupply, perceived fears over future supply shortages, and high levels of global economic growth underpinned by strong Chinese demand. In 2003 the price of high grade cobalt averaged just under $11/lb but grew to reach an average of over $38/lb by 2008. At the peak in March 2008, high-grade cobalt metal was sold at over $52/lb.As such, the recent price rises do not necessarily reflect the ‘new normal’ and the possibility of a correction is considerable. Importantly, concentrate supply is growing rapidly as DRC output expands and with chemical production able to meet demand the battery industry should be well supplied. Nonetheless, with strong overall demand set against a tight metal market, compounded by recent (albeit some temporary) shutdowns, Roskill anticipates higher average prices over the coming years than those seen in recent years.Roskill’s Cobalt: Global Industry, Markets & Outlook report will be published in Q2 2017.
Ibrahim Halawa’s trial judge is considering releasing him on medical grounds The trial was delayed for the 21st time today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy Image: RollingNews.ie Share Tweet Email Jameela Abougnah at a vigil for Ibrahim Halawa outside Leinster House. Image: RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3325591 Short URL Jameela Abougnah at a vigil for Ibrahim Halawa outside Leinster House. IBRAHIM HALAWA’S TRIAL has been delayed for the 21st time in Cairo as the judge in the case agreed to consider his release on medical grounds.The latest delay means that Halawa has now spent 44 months in prison without being given a hearing on the charges he faces.Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said Irish officials in court have reported that the judge is to consider the release of the 21-year-old Dubliner.“Our embassy officials were present in court to observe proceedings as they have been at each and every hearing of the case to date. And indeed before coming to this chamber I received a report on the proceedings,” Flanagan said.“Some progress was made today as 11 more witnesses were called to give evidence, which they did.”Furthermore, at the end of today’s hearing Ibrahim Halawa’s lawyers requested his release on medical grounds and the judge undertook to consider that application.Following reports that Halawa’s health has deteriorated sharply and that he had been using a wheelchair, the Irish government arranged for a doctor to visit him in prison.Exact details of his condition were not released by the government due to privacy concerns but they led to the doctor seeking his release on medical grounds. Minister Charlie Flanagan taking questions in the Dáil today. Source: Oireachtas.ie‘Extremely ill’The minister was being questioned on the Halawa case in the Dáil today by deputies Darragh O’Brien and Bríd Smith with the latter questioning the government’s priorities in its dealings with Egypt.Smith said that the Irish government should cease contributing to an EU fund for Egypt while Halawa remains in prison. She also questioned a recent agreement that saw Ireland return to selling beef to Egypt.“The 21st trial is happening today, he’s extremely ill, we’re giving money and we’re promoting a beef trade that we restarted after you visited Egypt,” Smith said.For the first time in 17 years we are beginning to export live beef again to Egypt. It’s worth about 40 million to start with, we hope it will go up to 200 million. Is the export of that beef more important than that young man’s life?Amnesty International, which says it has seen the video evidence in the case which shows no evidence against Halawa, labelled the latest trial delay as “farcical”.“It is beyond farcical that Ibrahim Halawa has now endured 21 delays in his trial, spending 1,327 days imprisoned in Egypt. Amnesty researchers on the ground at the time of his arrest confirm that Ibrahim was sheltering in the al-Fath mosque and could not have committed the violent crimes he has been charged with,” said Fiona Crowley of Amnesty International Ireland.Read: ‘His life is on the line’: Vigil held in support of Ibrahim Halawa ahead of 21st trial date tomorrow >Read: Former Egyptian president who was ousted in the Arab Spring gets out of jail > Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 5:07 PM 35,827 Views Apr 5th 2017, 5:07 PM 177 Comments
‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… White Walker war is coming in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3, and to set the mood, director Miguel Sapochnik said the epic showdown between Winterfell and the Night King’s army “is survival horror.”Sapochnik spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the mega Battle of Winterfell, and gave Game of Thrones fans a small sneak peek of what the long sequence might entail. Sapochnik, who directed other memorable Game of Thrones episodes such as “Battle of the Bastards,” “Hardhome,” and “The Winds of Winter,” shared spoiler-free details on the creative execution of Episode 3 and how the showdown was more like an apocalyptic struggle to live against the dead.“This is survival horror. That’s the whole episode for me,” Sapochnik told Entertainment Weekly. “So, I’ve been trying to work out whose story this is. “Here, I’ve got 20-some cast members and everyone would like it to be their scene. That’s complicated because I find the best battle sequences are when you have a strong point of view, and here the point of view is objective even when you go from one person’s story to another.”For Sapochnik though, finding a way to share what each character was going through, on top of showing this massive fight, was challenging. Thankfully though, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss worked with Sapochnik to refine Episode 3, so important scenes would be highlighted and the audience wouldn’t become tired of watching soldiers and the Army of the Dead swing swords at each other.“We all want everything but we were up against the reality of what we could achieve in the time we had. The thing I’ve put the most hours into was is how, in Episode 3, how to not have an audience feel battle fatigue,” Sapochnik added. “After 20 minutes of watching a battle, you’re over it. So how do you stop it from being a battle in that sense?”Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBOApparently, according to Sapochnik, balancing out genres was the best approach for Season 8, Episode 3. “One thing I found is the less action — the less fighting — you can have in a sequence, the better. We also switch genres,” Sapochnik told Entertainment Weekly. “There’s suspense and horror and action and drama and we’re not stuck in killing upon killing because then everybody gets desensitized and it doesn’t mean anything.”Even though Sapochnik will only be directing some episodes in Season 8, he mentioned how key Episode 3, Episode 4, and Episode 5 would be to Game of Thrones’ final season. “What I really like about 3, 4, and 5 is they’re a complete piece with a beginning middle and end. I try to approach all these [episodes] like they’re one,” Sapochnik explained. “Like in season 6, [episodes 9 and 10, “The Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter”], were to me one thing.”No Easter eggs were disclosed here, but it looks like Season 8, Episode 3 might be the foundation for what’s to come for the rest of Game of Thrones. Fans will have to wait to see what this epic battle episode has in store for some of Game of Thrones beloved characters and how it might set the tone for the series’ final season.Watch Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 on Sunday, April 28 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kristofer Hivju Hints an ‘Intense’ Battle Is ComingFirst Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 3 Photos ‘Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 Preview: ‘The Dead Are Already Here’ Stay on target
(WSVN) – An elephant out for a swim needed the help of Sri Lanka’s military muscle to get back to shore.The Sri Lankan Navy rescued the wild elephant after it had been dragged out to sea by strong currents on Tuesday.Navy officials took action after the animal was spotted struggling to stay afloat off the country’s northeast coast.Divers and at least three vessels worked to drag the elephant back to dry land.It took about six hours for the rescue operation to complete.Veterinarians were on hand to give the animal a check-up before it was released back into the wild.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Angel BrokingThe above list of top picks was sent on Thursday by the brokerage. The BSE Sensex has trimmed its losses and now trading almost flat at 31,268 while the NSE Nifty was trading at 9,662. Top index gainers were Dr Reddy’s Labs, Sun Pharma and Tata Steel while losers were TCS and GAIL.Stocks that hit new 52-week highs on Thursday included PNB Housing Finance, Mahindra Holiday, MRF, HDFC, Godrej Industries, Ceat, Maruti Suzuki and Kotak Mahindra Bank.Stocks at new 52-week low included Pfizer, OnMobile Global and Videocon Industries.On Wednesday, FIIs were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 74 crore, according to provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange (NSE). A man walks past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai Dec. 5, 2013.Reuters file
Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Here’s a Closer Look at the Nike Kyrie 5 SpongeBob Pack Stay on target The link between nerd culture and streetwear is stronger than ever with releases from sneaker hubs like Nike, Adidas, and Puma paying homage to — and drawing inspiration from — pop culture favorites. We’re not even halfway through 2019, but it’s already been a great year for sneakers and collaborations.Here are the 10 best sneaker releases of 2019 (so far).Puma Palace Guard OGPhoto Credit: PumaThis one’s a killer pick for old-school sneakerheads. Puma brought back one of its old-school basketball sneakers for the first time in ages. It’s a killer retro look that looks just as good today as it did back in the day.Adidas 3MC Vulc Beavis and ButtheadPhoto Credit: AdidasI love a good pop culture crossover in the sneaker world but even I was a little skeptical when adidas first announced their Beavis and Butthead collab. I’m a huge fan of both, but it didn’t seem like the most obvious of combinations. As it turns out, it’s one of the more memorable of the year. Adidas’s skate line teaming up with one of the most aggressively ‘90s cartoons of all time made for a killer set of sneakers and apparel — none more killer than this 3MC Vulc colorway.KD12 90s KidPhoto Credit: NikeSpeaking of the ‘90s, I’ve already gushed about the recent KD12 ‘90s Kid. There’s been a slight delay in release but having already seen this pair in person, I’m totally confident in saying it’s a must-buy in 2019. Keep an eye on the Nike SNKRS app for further release information. You don’t want to miss these.Nike Air Max 720Photo Credit: NikeSimilarly, Geek featured the Air Max 720 a few weeks back. It’s easily the boldest silhouette of the year and Nike’s gamble on it has paid off — it’s a huge hit with its spacey, new wave design and massive Air Max bubble as a cushion. I’m still inclined to say the Throwback Future is the best colorway they’ve dropped so far.New Nike PG x NASAPhoto Credit: Nike2018 saw Nike athlete Paul George drop an entire range of clothing, sneakers included, in collaboration with NASA — yeah, that NASA. It was a huge success and in 2019 the collaboration is continuing with this killer new colorway for George’s signature PG3. It’s a departure from the last NASA colorway for sure but (dare I say it?) it might be better. This one in particular pays homage to the Apollo 11 mission, adding a cool layer of history to the sneaker’s storytelling.Vans x David BowiePhoto Credit: VansFor any and all space oddities, the Vans x David Bowie collection is gonna be right up your alley. Vans has supercharged a few of their classic silhouettes with vibrant new colorways that play on some of the legend’s different personas. From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust, the whole gang is here — though I’ve personally gotta give it up for the Aladdin Sane colorway. It’s easily the most electric of the whole lot.Adidas Nite JoggerPhoto Credit: AdidasAdidas came out swinging in 2019 with this chunky, futuristic silhouette. It features a massive Boost sole and a dope reflective upper. The whole thing resembles something out of a Warren Ellis comic — weird, futuristic, and extremely fashion-forward. There’s a variety of colorways available but I’m personally partial to the original black and orange getup.Adidas Dame 5Photo Credit: AdidasThere’s nothing inherently geeky about the adidas Dame 5. It’s just a beauty and worth checking out if you’re into sneakers. Damian Lillard’s signature sneakers might not have the hype that LeBron or James Harden’s do but look at that silhouette! It’s so sleek and elegantly designed. Any self-respecting sneaker nerd should check it out.Atmos x Nike Air Max2 LightPhoto Credit: NikeLegendary footwear boutique Atmos just dropped their latest Nike collab and it’s a real stunner. The colorway draws inspiration from ‘90s sportswear and advertising imagery. It’s a loud, vibrant silhouette for sure but those who aren’t afraid of a little bit of color are sure to look great in it.Nike Adapt BBPhoto Credit: NikeThe capstone to decades of technology and relentless research, this year Nike unveiled the Adapt BB, a fully automated self-lacing basketball shoe that runs through an app in your phone. What more is there to say? This shoe is the future and while the technology is sure to get integrated into future Nike silhouettes, getting the Adapt BB gives you the chance to say that you were there when it all went down.More on Geek.com:Adidas Announces ‘Game of Thrones’ CollaborationComic Artist Jen Bartel Reveals ‘Captain Marvel’ Adidas ShoeThis Cool App Lets You Try On Sneakers Virtually
Last week EA decided to do something rather generous and very un-EA: they offered everyone a free copy of The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection. All you had to do was download and install a copy of Origin and use the code I-LOVE-THE-SIMS to secure your free copy of the game. The offer lasts until the end of July 31 if you’re interested.However, it’s not all great news. The copy of The Sims 2 EA is distributing includes the very controversial digital rights management solution called SecuROM. Gamers hate this DRM and with good reason.SecuROM has been around for years and attempts to stop the piracy of games that use it by limiting duplication and reverse engineering. But it causes a number of issues including not recognizing legitimate game discs, not working if you have certain (standard) features enabled in Windows, it causes conflicts with other software, and if you uninstall a game SecuROM hangs around in your registry and refuses to be deleted.If you’ve played BioShock, Mass Effect, Spore, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Dragon Age II, or Final Fantasy VII (re-release) on PC then you’ve come into contact with it. In fact, Spore made it into the top 10 of most pirated games in 2008 because gamers were so eager to avoid SecuROM on the legal version.So while EA’s offer of The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection is generous, it may not be worth taking them up on it simply to avoid the potential nightmare that is SecuROM. If you’ve already installed the game, here’s a very useful guide on how to remove SecuROM should you need to.