first_imgIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has just left India after a six-day official visit during which the two countries heralded a “new era” in ties. BBC Hindi’s Zubair Ahmed travelled to Beersheba in Israel to meet a community of Indian-origin Jews who migrated there soon after the nation’s creation.Naor Gudekar is 61-years-old, but he is still a fighting fit cricketer. He is also the administrator of Israel’s first cricket club, which was founded by immigrant Indians like him 65 years ago in the desert city of Beersheba.Mr Gudekar is overseeing a practice session for the club team when we arrive at the grounds in what is a decidedly nicer part of the town.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgRaj Kapoor was different things to different people. To some, he was the greatest showman Indian Cinema had ever seen. Mr. Razzle-Dazzle who converted the simplest of occasions — Mahurats, Holy celebrations, parties — into major events. The last of the movie moguls who truly thought big — big budgets, big canvas, and of course, big women! To some, he was Hindi cinema’s most passionate champion; a dedicated and creative filmmaker who genuinely loved the medium, giving his all to the industry.To some, he was one of the legendary trio — the other two being Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar — who formed the triumvirate that dominated the screen of the 1950s and 1960s.To some, he was the smartie who localized the “Chaplin” hero to give us “Raju” — the evergreen, happy-go-lucky tramp — the charming and zany Awara and 420 who took the 1950s by storm, striking as much by his comic antics, his passionate romancing with his first (and greatest) R. K. heroine, Nargis, as also his strong social cinematic comment.To some, he was the eternal optimist, the resilient, ne’er-say-die war horse, who was sometimes down, but never out. The ambitious, flamboyant gambler, who staked everything in what he believed — and to hell with current vogues!Interestingly, the legend started small. The eldest son of the late Prithviraj Kapoor — a Pathan from Peshawar, stunningly built and spectacular looking, who abandoned a career in law for the magic of the screen and stage — Raj Kapoor’s first job was that of a clapper boy in a Kedar Sharma film in 1942. Hired by Ranjit Movietone at the princely sum of Rs 10 a month, Raj occasionally managed an extra rupee bonus whenever he was lucky enough to be selected as an “extra.” Bombay Talkies was his next stop. The money was better — Rs. 100 a month — but the queen who reigned over that studio, Devika Rani, wasn’t impressed. This rankled all the more when her eyes repeatedly sought out another aspirant for special attention. Name? Yusuf Khan — alias Dilip Kumar! Rumor has it that when Raj, after a year of steady “iceberg” treatment, finally approached the great lady for a job, she promptly fired him!  It was this humilation, believe Raj–watchers, that could well have propelled the blue-eyed Kapoor to do his own thing. At 21, he produced and acted in Aag. A modest success, he next made Barsaat, which rocketed him into big time. Teaming with Nargis, this film set the tone for the R.K. movies and established a team of outstanding professionals — Shanker-Jaikishen, Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, Shailendra, Hasrat — without peer. And then came Awara, a father-son story scripted by K.A. Abbas, with Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor in mind. Mehboob Khan reportedly showed interest when offered the project, but insisted on replacing Raj with Dilip. He bought the script, allowed Abbas to sweet-talk a reluctant Prithviraj into playing his father, and started rolling. A super smash in every department — music, photography, acting, direction — Awara marked the beginning of a long and successful association with Abbas which was to run its course through three decades to Bobby (1973). Awara also marked the beginning of Raj’s “Chaplinesque” phase: the funny walk, the blend of effervescent humor, romantic pathos, rib-tickling slapstick, the telling idealism — it was all there, desified. It was Awara that blazed his stars in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, regions where even today he remains a folk-hero. “Mein Awara Hoon” and “Mera Joota Hai Japani” continue to be signature tunes as far as Indian music goes for millions in that part of the globe, with Shree 420 (among others) further perpetuating this image.With the 1960s, came a change in focus. Romance gave way to flash, sensuousness gave way to blatant sex-appeal. And the R.K. masterpieces of the 1950s, with the exquisite Nargis as centre-piece, were gently soft-focused from sight to memory making way for films like Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hain with the heavy-hipped and bosomy Padmini. Now it was all super packaging. “Style” was the thing — not “substance.”  Jis Desh, a huge grosser, was followed by the spectacular Sangam, the first Hindi film shot extensively abroad, setting a trend which other film-makers in herd-fashion followed. A smash hit, it paved the way for the most ambitious film of his life — Mera Naam Joker, a five-hour epic that attempted to document the joys and sorrows of a circus clown. A spectacular flop (“too diverse a theme,” according to industry critics, “Too old fashioned, his kind of films are outdated”) he made Bobby, a love story with two newcomers, his son Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia. At a time when “multi-starrers” and “action” films were running into their own, Bobby appeared to be a very risky business proposition, completely out of sync with every conceivable formula ruling the roost — but Raj was undaunted. “Love can never date” declared its most passionate apostle. It proved to be one of the biggest megahits of its time — and Raj had struck again! Critics panned it, but as Raj caustically claimed, “Had it bombed, they would have called it a classic.” His next was his most controversial film ever Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Demolishing all accepted Indian film norms by permitting kissing on the screen, he had a scantily clad Zeenat Aman — the industry’s celebrated non-actress with a beautiful body — bouncing through the footage. Wanting to educate the Indian public to accept nudity as an art form, Kapoor obviously was hoping for a format to attract commercial viability — in vain. Prem Rog came next, with love as the central theme. Successful as it was, the film was a far cry from the maker of Awara, Barsaat and Shree 420. His last film, Ram Teri Ganga Maili starring his youngest son, Rajiv Kapoor and a newcomer named Mandakini as heroine, set the box-office on fire. On cue, it bared its young nubile heroine’s ample assets like never before, only propagating Kapoor’s personal vision of erotica as a thing of beauty, “For better or worse, I have been accused of stripping my heroines. Beauty, like evil, is in the eyes of the beholder, and where I see beauty, others see evil.”In the final analysis, whatever the failings of Raj Kapoor, one thing remains certain: he was truly India’s greatest showman! A gutsy up-front filmmaker who continuously braved odds and defied the times to weave his own personal version of aching, heart-stopping, romantic fare. Repeatedly reminding a blasé and cynical world that when the last of the gimmicks, formula and combinations will have bitten the dust, one thing will remain ever-true, evergreen and ever- fresh……. love Related Itemslast_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2022 fifa world cup2022 World CupDohafans First Published: September 27, 2019, 11:35 AM IST Doha: A top Qatari World Cup official has said that transgender and homosexual fans would be welcomed to the 2022 tournament but stressed that visitors would have to respect Qatari customs.Homosexual acts are banned in Qatar but the law around transgender people is unclear and the issue is seldom addressed in public life or by the authorities. “I would like to assure any fan, of any gender, (sexual) orientation, religion, race to rest assured that Qatar is one of the most safe countries in the world — and they’ll all be welcome here,” said chief executive of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Nasser al-Khater.He was responding to media questions on Wednesday about the position of transgender fans who might want to attend the World Cup but are unclear what legal and human rights protections they will have.”The safety and security of every single fan is of the utmost importance to us,” Khater said at the al-Janoub stadium, adding that he expected “a little over one million fans” to visit Qatar during the tournament.”There’s a lot of training going into security personnel to make sure that things that are culturally different are seen in that frame.”LGBT issues are sensitive in Qatar, as in the rest of the conservative Gulf region. A website that published a story in 2016 by an anonymous Qatari author about being gay, later went briefly went offline in the emirate.”Public displays of affection is frowned upon, it’s not part of our culture — but that goes across the board to everybody,” Khater said.Asked about availability of alcohol during the tournament, he said “Qatar is a conservative country, a modest country. Alcohol is not part of our culture — however, hospitality is.”‘Possibility of altercations'”Alcohol is obviously available here, but it’s not as readily available as in some other parts of the world,” he said. “For the World Cup, we want to make sure it’s accessible for fans that travel from abroad and want to have a drink.”We’re trying to find designated locations to have alcohol other than traditional locations.”Currently, alcohol consumption for non-residents is restricted to bars and restaurants in a few dozen luxury hotels and a pint of beer typically sells for more than USD 10.Asked about the risk of fans becoming drunk and disorderly and how security forces would respond, Nasser said that “as long as people are happy, that’s fine”. It is a crime to be drunk in public in Qatar.”As long as they’re not miserable and too upset, we don’t have any issues,” said Khater.”But we do have plans for that, our security teams have been working very closely with the authorities… in various countries that have teams that traditionally qualify to the World Cup.”Nasser said that while he believed hooliganism was declining worldwide, organisers were aware that Qatar presented a different policing challenge to the last two hosts.”Hooliganism in the World Cups has decreased drastically. We saw Russia, no problems whatsoever. Brazil there wasn’t hooliganism, per se. There were other issues that were pertaining to Brazil,” he said.”We are a small country but we have the numbers necessary to keep the World Cup safe.”What we’ve seen here is the possibility of altercations between fans because of the size of the country, and a lot of fans being in the same vicinity. last_img read more

first_imgSydney: A Grigor Dimitrov-led Bulgaria was among the final six teams announced Thursday for the ATP Cup in Australia — the new world tennis team event.Chile, Poland, Uruguay, Moldova and Norway were the other countries to make the grade, based on the ranking of their number one singles player at the second entry deadline of November 13. The rest of the 24-nation field was announced in September, although Switzerland later pulled out after Roger Federer opted to skip the tournament.The field will be split into six groups across Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.As the highest-qualifying country at the second deadline, Bulgaria replace the Swiss and join Belgium and the Andy Murray-led Great Britain in Group C in Sydney.The championship takes place from January 3-12 in the lead-up to the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open in Melbourne.The field is set for the inaugural #ATPCup 🔐Which groups will you definitely be watching?— ATPCup (@ATPCup) November 14, 2019 World number one Novak Djokovic will begin his 2020 season representing Serbia with Dusan Lajovic in Brisbane, against France, South Africa and Chile.Spain’s Rafael Nadal will kick off his campaign in Perth alongside Roberto Bautista Agut facing Japan, Georgia and Uruguay.Eight teams — with up to five players each — will emerge from the round-robin stage to compete in the knockout phase in Sydney until one is left standing with ties comprising two singles and one doubles match.Most of the world’s top 30, minus Federer, are taking part.The new-look start to the year offers Aus$22 million ($15 million) in prize money and a maximum of 750 singles and 250 doubles ATP rankings points.It will be held on the back of a revamped Davis Cup, run by the International Tennis Federation in November, bringing together 18 nations in one place for a week at the end of the 2019 season.ATP Cup draw:Group A (Brisbane) – Serbia, France, South Africa, ChileGroup B (Perth) – Spain, Japan, Georgia, UruguayGroup C (Sydney) – Bulgaria, Belgium, Great Britain, MoldovaGroup D (Perth) – Russia, Italy, USA, NorwayGroup E (Sydney) – Austria, Croatia, Argentina, PolandGroup F (Brisbane) – Germany, Greece, Canada, Australia Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. ATP Cupdominic thiemNovak Djokovicrafael nadal First Published: November 14, 2019, 2:06 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgGuwahati, Feb 14 (PTI) India today bagged the top spot in the triathlon mixed relay team event and swept the gold medals in the discipline in the 12th South Asian Games here. The Indian team of Pallavi Retiwala, Dilip Kumar, Thoudam Sarojini Devi and Dhiraj Sawant won the gold with a combined timing of 01:24:31 on the final day of triathlon competitions at the Sarusajai Sports Complex here. Todays gold was the second for Dilip and Pallavi as they had won the yellow metal each in the mens and womens individual events yesterday. India thus swept all the three gold medals on offer in the discipline. India had also won two silver, one each in the mens and individual events through Guru Datta and Pooja Chaurushi respectively. Todays mixed team relay had 300m swimming, 60km cycling and 1.2km running events. Each team has two men and two women and they have to compete in all the three events. In a team, a woman will start the proceedings followed by a man and then a woman and so on. The Nepal team won the team silver, while Sri Lanka bagged the bronze. PTI PDS CM CMlast_img read more

first_imgWicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who spiced up India’s lower-order batting on Saturday with a dogged unbeaten 54 which helped the side go past the 300-run mark in the first innings, said the plan was to play aggressively from the start of the day. (Day 2 Report | Highlights)”The plan was to focus on short partnerships. We thought 270-280 will be a good score initially then try for 300. Thankfully that happened with Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) and (Mohammed) Shami,” Saha told reporters at the press conference following the end of the day’s play at the Eden Gardens here.The diminutive batsman hit his first half-century at home and stitched together crucial partnerships with Jadeja for the eighth wicket (41) and later with Shami (35) for the last wicket. India posted 316 in the first innings riding on their lower-order performance. (Bhuvneshwar repays Kohli’s faith with another five-wicket haul)Asked if it is a particular plan as in both Tests the lower-order has contributed significantly, Saha said, “No always the plan is batsmen will make runs like they do. Then if tailenders can contribute it is an added boost and is very helpful. We want to stretch this lower order run flow.”Saha in action (AP Photo)Saha said that keeping in mind the seaming wicket, dealing in boundaries was what the doctor prescribed.”It is a seaming wicket in the middle. We needed to play our shots otherwise we won’t get past 260. So our plan was to score off boundaries. If we would have gone for singles the score probably would have been around 280. That was the plan,” he remarked.advertisementThere was more movement after the rain interruption and vision was blurred, Saha informed.”After the rain we got more movement. Vision was blurred under lights. We got three wickets in the final session and hopefully we can continue the good streak.”‘GREAT BENCH STRENGTH’Saha also praised India’s bench strength.”We have great bench strength. As far as Bhuvi playing in this match is concerned, the team is formed according to who fits in for that match. Bhuvi was needed here so he played and he bowled outstandingly.”Saha wrapped up by saying that this innings was a ‘normal’ one for him and it was only vital as it helped the team get past 300.”This was like any other innings. This was normal. The team is more important and I am happy the team went past 300 and I could contribute,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgLast year, Lenovo-owned Motorola went on a major overhaul for its G6 series smartphones. The entire G6 series adopted a premium glass build and a bigger edge-to-edge to display with narrow bezels. The phones were relying on a stock Android interface with useful additions from Motorola. However, as with all smartphones, the competitions heated up, with rivals offering more powerful specifications at a similar price tag. Therefore, since the last few months, rumours of the Moto G7 series started doing rounds of the Internet. As with all hyped smartphones, the Moto G7 has finally been leaked, giving us a glimpse of the devices in the wild for the first time.The Moto G7 series has been rumoured to sport a modern dewdrop notch display and retain the glass body across the range. The leaked pictures confirm the same there’s a dewdrop notch on all the models pictured here. Most of them retain the glass rear panels as well. The top-end models will only be possibly sporting a dual camera setup. The rear also sports a fingerprint sensor in the Moto dimple. The display still sports a noticeable chin at the bottom.While the photos in the wild confirm all that has been stated in the past, the new set of leaks by 91Mobiles also states the full specifications of each model. There will be four models under the G7 moniker Moto G7, Moto G7 Play, Moto G7 Plus and Moto G7 Power.Moto G7–It will sport a 6.24-inch FHD+ (2270×1080) display with a dew-drop notch on the display.advertisement–The G7 will be powered by an octa-core 1.8GHz Snapdragon 632 chip with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (expandable up to 256GB).–For the cameras, there’s a 12-megapixel primary sensor with F1.8 lens + 5-megapixel depth sensor with F2.2 lens for the rear. The front has an 8-megapixel with an F2.2 lens.–The G7 will be powered by a 3000mAh battery with a TurboCharger fast charging support.–The Moto G7 will be powered by Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.Moto G7 Plus –It will sport a 6.24-inch FHD+ (2270×1080) display.– The G7 Plus will be powered by a Snapdragon 636 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (microSD up to 256GB).– For the rear, there’s a 16-megapixel sensor with F1.7 aperture + 5-megapixel sensor with F2.2 setup. The front has a 12-megapixel F/2.0 front-facing camera.–The 3000mAh battery will power the handset and will fill up via a TurboCharger– The device will run on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.Moto G7 Power–The G7 Power will also sport a 6.2-inch HD+ display (1520×720).–It will be powered by an octa-core 1.8GHz Snapdragon 632 chip with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM (microSD up to 256GB).–For the cameras, there will be a 12-megapixel sensor with F2.0 lens while the front is handled by an 8-megapixel sensor with F2.2 lens.– The G& Power will be powered by a 5000mAh battery with support for Moto TurboCharger.– It will run on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.Moto G7 Play –The G7 Play will sport a 5.7-inch HD+ (1512×720) IPS LCD display.– The G7 Play will be powered by the same octa-core 1.8GHz Snapdragon 632 chip with 2GB RAM and 32GB ROM (microSD up to 256GB).–For cameras, there’s a 13-megapixel sensor with F2.0 rear camera and an 8-megapixel sensor with F2.2 lens for the front-facing camera.–The 3000mAh battery will be keeping the handset alive with support for a TurboCharger.–It will run on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.ALSO READ | Moto G7 and G7 Power may come to India before March-endALSO READ | Moto G7 case renders reaffirm waterdrop design, rear-mounted fingerprint sensorALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Play, G7 Power and G7 Plus design leaked, some get waterdrop notchlast_img read more

first_imgDanny Kanell talking about the SEC on ESPN.ESPN.Danny Kanell is probably the loudest critic of the SEC at ESPN, and he was back at it again today.With Ole Miss still left to play tonight, the SEC did not get off the best start in Week 1. Alabama may have scored the most impressive win of the week with its 52-6 demolition of USC. The rest of the league did not fare nearly as well.SEC East favorite Tennessee struggled to beat Appalachian State 20-13Auburn had national runner-up Clemson on the ropes, but puzzling quarterback rotations helped lead to a stagnant offensive performance in a 19-13 loss.LSU was upset by Wisconsin at Lambeau Field 16-14, a game that ended in a nasty cheap shot by a Tiger lineman.Mississippi State lost to South Alabama when a chip-shot field goal attempt went off an upright to end the game.Arkansas needed a late comeback to beat Louisiana Tech.Missouri was handled by West Virginia, 26-11.Kentucky had maybe the worst loss of all, allowing Southern Miss to score 34 straight points for a 44-35 win. The Wildcats led 35-10 at halftime.Outside of Alabama and Nick Chubb-led Georgia, it was hard to point to a ‘good’ performance out of an SEC program.According to Danny Kanell, however, this is not unusual. He says that outside of Alabama, the SEC is not much different from the rest of the Power Five leagues.Filling on on Mike & Mike this morning, here’s what he had to say:“You said Alabama, head and shoulders above everybody else, you know, what a statement game. And then the rest of the conference had an average showing. That’s kind of what the conference has been. It’s been Alabama. They’ve carried the torch for this conference.If you look at it over the last four or five years you could say ‘Look at all the different championships.’ Auburn, the Cam Newton year was sort of a fluke for Auburn. They got hot and captured that lightning in a bottle with Cam Newton. Florida, with Tim Tebow, who was carrying that torch, was another one that was kind of an incredible player. But they’re not that much different than every other conference. They really aren’t.Danny Kanell won’t go as far as to say that the SEC isn’t the best conference, but he doesn’t believe the gap is large.“They are the top conference in college football. They are. I think they’re extremely talented and they have a ton of guys in the NFL… But it’s not that far removed from everybody else. There’s always a conversation that the SEC is head and shoulders above everybody else. And the more people around here that say it, the more you all kind of go into this group think and everyone goes in line with it. All I’ve wanted to do is challenge that line of thinking and say ‘Hey, they’re not unbeatable.’ And I think we saw that this weekend.[…]I think it just showed that the SEC is human just like every other conference.”One weekend of games doesn’t prove that a conference is great or overrated or anything, but based on week one, it is hard to argue with this. It will be very interesting to see whether another SEC team can join Alabama in that upper echelon, or if the Crimson Tide will be carrying the weight all year for the league. Ole Miss can go a long way towards proving the SEC’s supremacy tonight when it faces ACC power Florida State.[ESPN],“They are the top conference in college football. They are. I think they’re extremely talented and they have a ton of guys in the NFL… But it’s not that far removed from everybody else. There’s always a conversation that the SEC is head and shoulders above everybody else. And the more people around here that say it, the more you all kind of go into this group think and everyone goes in line with it. All I’ve wanted to do is challenge that line of thinking and say ‘Hey, they’re not unbeatable.’ And I think we saw that this weekend.[…]I think it just showed that the SEC is human just like every other conference.”One weekend of games doesn’t prove that a conference is great or overrated or anything, but based on week one, it is hard to argue with this. It will be very interesting to see whether another SEC team can join Alabama in that upper echelon, or if the Crimson Tide will be carrying the weight all year for the league. Ole Miss can go a long way towards proving the SEC’s supremacy tonight when it faces ACC power Florida State.[ESPN]last_img read more

first_imgzoom The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said that the search for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been shifted to an area north following advice from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.An international air crash investigation team in Malaysia provided updated advice to the ATSB, which has examined the information and determined an area 1100 kilometres to the north east of the existing search area is now the most credible lead as to where debris may be located. The new search area is approximately 319, 000 square kilometres, about 1850 kilometres west of Perth.The Australian Geospatial – Intelligence Organisation (AGO) is re – tasking satellites to capture images of the new area. Weather conditions are better in the revised area and ten aircraft have been tasked for today’s search. They include two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P3 Orions, a Japanese Coast Guard Gulfstream 5 jet, a Japanese P3 Orion, a Republic of Korea P3 Orion, a Republic of Korea C130 Hercules, a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion, a Chinese People’s Liberation Arm y Air Force Ilyushin IL – 76  a United States Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft, and one civil Australian jet acting as a communications relay.Four of the ten aircraft are overhead the search area, with a further six planes to fly over the area today. A further RAAF P3 Orion has been placed on standby at RAAF Base Pearce in WA to investigate any reported sightings. Six ships are relocating to the new search area including HMAS Success and five Chinese ships. Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) patrol ship, Haixun 01 , is in the search area.HMAS Success is expected to arrive in the search area late tomorrow night. A US towed pinger locator and Bluefin – 21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle have arrived in Perth to assist with location and recovery of the black box. The depth of the water in the search area is between 2000 and 4000 metres. My location Australian Government, March 28, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Closelast_img read more

first_imgWe’ve heard the refrain time and again: Nova Scotia needs immigrants. Our aging population, combined with our growing need for trained workers, means that we need to act fast, or risk falling behind. We need more immigrants to come, work, and stay in Nova Scotia. That’s why government has placed such a high priority on immigration. It’s why we will continue to work with the federal government to maximize Nova Scotia’s potential. A key part of Nova Scotia’s success in attracting and retaining immigrants will be the relationship we forge with our federal counterparts. Immigration is a shared responsibility between the federal government and the provinces and territories. The federal government has the lion’s share of that responsibility, and largely sets immigration policy, a fact that is widely misunderstood. Through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, the province can nominate potential immigrants, but Citizenship and Immigration Canada makes the final decision. The federal government also determines how many immigrants each province can attract through nominee programs. Despite these restrictions, Nova Scotia will continue to push the federal government to level the playing field. Last weekend, I met with Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Chris Alexander. I expressed government’s commitment to immigration, and our desire to continue working with the federal government to boost immigration to Nova Scotia. It was a productive meeting, and one I hope signals a positive way ahead. We will also work with the federal government to further expand our provincial nominee program to include an Entrepreneur Stream that will strengthen our economy and create opportunities for all Nova Scotians. Work is underway to establish the Premier’s Immigration Advisory Council, to be made up of those who have experienced our immigration system. The council will share innovative ideas and provide valuable input to help make Nova Scotia an even better place to live and work. Nova Scotia must control its own destiny. This is how we begin to do that; through collaboration and a shared recognition of the important contribution immigrants make to communities across the province. Immigrants help make Nova Scotia a vibrant, dynamic place. From business to academia, community organizations to government, we all have a role to play in improving our immigration efforts. Together, we can bring more immigrants to our province, and help them succeed in Nova Scotia. -30-last_img read more

first_imgWashington DC: Asserting that the Afghan peace talks are dead, US President Donald Trump attributed the end in the negotiations to the Taliban and said that the group is now being hit harder than ever before. Speaking to reporters at the White House on Wednesday, Trump blamed the Taliban for the end in the deliberations after the group claimed responsibility of a terrorist attack in Kabul last week that left 12 dead, including an American soldier. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USI’ll tell you one thing–we are hitting the Taliban right now harder than they’ve ever been hit, Trump said The US president said that the Taliban did this because they thought by doing this, they will have an upper hand in negotiations. What they did was horrible When they killed a great American soldier–when they killed 12 people–innocent people– essentially, innocent people because if you look, I mean many of these people were civilians, he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsYou also had a NATO soldier in addition to our great solider. But when they did what they did in order to create what they thought was a better negotiating stance I said that’s the end of them–get them out. I don’t want anything to do with them. They’ve been hit very hard, he said. I know for a fact they said that was a big mistake that they made and it was. But, that was my decision and what we’re doing now is my decision, he said when asked about his decision to invite the Taliban to Camp David for talks and then cancelling it abruptly. The talks with the Taliban are dead, Trump said. On Saturday last, the US president cancelled a “secret” summit with Taliban leaders and his Afghan counterpart following the attack in Kabul, dealing a blow to protracted negotiations that were nearing a peace deal to end America’s longest war. Trump was to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and senior Taliban leaders on Sunday last week at his Camp David retreat after nine rounds of talks between the US and Taliban representatives, held in Doha, the capital of the Gulf state of Qatar. Trump’s US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad had announced a peace deal “in principle” with the Taliban on Monday last. As part of the proposed deal, the US would withdraw 5,400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks. The US currently has about 14,000 troops in the country.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government has announced it will stop funding a band constable program next year.This could mean hundreds of job losses and safety concerns on reserves across the country.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson travelled to one First Nation in Manitoba where the chief and band are worried about what this will mean for their community.last_img

“These supplies will allow us to continue our work in partnership with the Government of Fiji and international donors to get assistance to those who need it most,” said Karen Allen, Pacific Representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The Boeing 777, chartered by the agency, flew to Nadi International Airport from its global supply hub in Copenhagen, Denmark, carrying nearly 100 metric tonnes of emergency supplies for the 350,000 Fijians, including 120,000 children, affected by Winston.The supplies include 8,000 water containers, 7,480 tarpaulins, 3,250 mosquito nets, educational supplies sufficient for 20,000 students, oral rehydration salts for the treatment of diarrhoea and dehydration, micronutrient powders to supplement the feeding of underweight children and other essential medical supplies. They will be urgently distributed by the Government to most-affected communities.“This unprecedented disaster for Fiji has affected 40 per cent of Fiji’s population,” Ms. Allen said, noting that it has uprooted children’s lives, taking away homes, schools, water supplies, health facilities, food crops and family livelihoods. Within 36 hours of the cyclone’s landing, affected communities had begun to receive UNICEF emergency supplies.She said that the supplies will be a big boost to the agency’s relief effort, as they complement pre-positioned emergency kits already received from UNICEF’s office in Vanuatu. More are scheduled to arrive from the Solomon Islands in the coming days.While thanking partners and donors, including the Governments of Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom, for their significant contributions to the relief efforts, Ms. Allen stressed that more funds are urgently needed for additional supplies.UNICEF had already assisted more than 26,000 people whose homes and communities were ripped apart by Winston’s destructive winds. “But it soon became apparent that we would also need more supplies – the scale of this disaster is truly nationwide, there are far too many children and families who don’t have a roof over their heads or even the most basic of essential services such as clean, safe drinking water,” Ms. Allen said.UNICEF has appealed for $7.1 million for the needs of Fiji’s affected children and communities, with special attention to especially vulnerable groups and those in hardest-to-reach parts of the country. read more

EFF. FG %turnover %OFF. REB. %FT % We’re in a golden age for NBA offense. Teams are scoring 110.1 points per 100 possessions during the 2018-19 season, according to — a full 1.3 points per 100 possessions more than the previous high of 108.8, which was set two years ago.This is largely — and rightly — credited to the boom in 3-point attempts. While the 3-point line was instituted all the way back in 1979, it took the league nearly four decades to realize that 3 was worth more than 2.1Just four years ago, the league as a whole scored 105.6 points per 100 possessions, nearly the same figure as was recorded during the first year of the 3-point era, when teams scored 105.3 points per 100 possessions. The threes have also been complemented by other leaguewide changes, all of which have been widely recognized as contributing factors in the age of offense: a dramatic shift toward “Moreyball” shot distribution that limits inefficient shots like long twos; several waves of rule changes that opened up the floor and allowed for more freedom of movement; the increase in pace; and the sheer unstoppability of the league’s very best offenses.In all those explanations, though, one factor has gone wildly underdiscussed: Teams just don’t turn the ball over all that much anymore. In addition to being the best overall shooting season of the 3-point era, the 2018-19 campaign also has seen teams commit turnovers at the lowest rate they ever have, as just 12.6 percent of possessions leaguewide have ended with the offense giving the ball away to the defense in one manner or another. This is down from a high of 15.8 percent during the 1982-83 season.But while the genesis of the other offensive changes can be neatly traced, the decline in turnovers is a bit more puzzling. In my search for an explanation, I figured it was best to ask a person whose teams have mastered the art of avoiding turnovers: Gregg Popovich, whose San Antonio Spurs own the lowest turnover rate in the NBA this season (which doubles as the fifth-lowest rate since the league began tracking turnovers) and have finished with a better-than-average turnover rate in 14 of the past 15 seasons — a time during which they have the league’s fourth-lowest turnover rate overall. Popovich, though, was also stumped (or perhaps just characteristically cagey). He didn’t really have any idea why his teams have avoided turnovers so consistently, nor why the league has done a better job in recent seasons.“I’m not even sure I know the answer to that, to tell you the truth,” Popovich said. “We don’t do any ‘don’t turn it over’ drills or anything like that. We talk a lot about decision-making and time and score on the clock, understanding your role, staying within your abilities, all those sorts of things. So, I think over time people realize how valuable the basketball is, and we just go from there.”There are many potential explanations for the drop in turnover rate, all of which may be working in concert. The increasing prevalence of pull-up three-pointers limits opportunities for players to cough up the ball — if the ball never passes the three-point line, a turnover is far less likely as most turnovers tend to happen in more crowded areas of the floor. Switch-heavy defenses have resulted in more isolation plays, and isolations are often the play-call of choice in close and late situations because they are less likely to result in turnovers.Regardless of why, the impact of turnovers cannot be undersold. Popovich is onto something when it comes to the value of the basketball. It makes intuitive sense: You can’t score if you don’t have the ball.To gauge the impact of turnover rate on NBA offense, let’s look at how it’s changed compared to the other so-called Four Factors of Basketball Success popularized by noted basketball statistician Dean Oliver in his seminal book, “Basketball on Paper”: effective field-goal percentage, offensive rebound rate and free-throw rate. When looking at each of the Four Factors year over year, we can see just how stark the drop-off in turnovers has been over the years and how it compares with the changes in the other factors, all of which have followed similarly consistent trend lines. The weights represent the amount of variance in offensive efficiency each stat explains based on Evan Zamir’s variation on Oliver’s analysis; field-goal percentage at 54 percent, turnover rate at 22 percent, offensive rebounding rate at 15 percent and free-throw rate at 10 percent.Source: Weighted+4.1-4.1-4.7-1.5 Percentage change+7.6%-18.7%-31.3%-14.9% The respective declines in turnovers and offensive rebounding are nearly even, while the bump in shooting efficiency far outweighs the decline in free-throw rate. Add it all up, and you’ve got a leaguewide offensive rating that is 4.6 percent better in 2018-19 than it was during the 1979-80 season (110.1 points per 100 possessions compared with 105.3 per 100).Shooting (and shot distribution) have been talked about ad nauseam over the years, while numerous observers have noted that teams are increasingly prioritizing getting back in transition defense over chasing offensive rebounds. As ESPN’s Zach Lowe explained in 2016, the Spurs were among the first teams to deprioritize offensive rebounds, with former Spurs assistant and current 76ers head coach Brett Brown once noting that Popovich did not care if a player didn’t grab a single offensive rebound during his entire career. Pop’s lead was followed by coaches like Doc Rivers, Erik Spoelstra, Stan Van Gundy and Rick Carlisle, and with those coaches’ assistants now all over the league like Popovich’s are, it’s perhaps not surprising that offensive rebounding is down all over the place. Without the decline in turnovers offsetting that prioritization, though, we likely would not be living in the best offensive environment in the modern history of the NBA.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Turnover decline is even bigger than it seemsThe percentage change of Dean Oliver’s Four Factors weighted by their impact on the game, 1980-2019 During the 3-point era, only offensive rebounding has experienced a larger percentage change, with the rate of boards offensive teams have grabbed off their own misses falling from 33.5 percent 40 years ago all the way to 22.9 percent this season. Oliver pegged turnover rate as being responsible for 25 percent of the variance in offensive efficiency and offensive rebounding for 20 percent, though subsequent detailed analyses have typically settled somewhere around 22 percent or 23 percent for turnovers and 15 to 18 percent for rebounds. So given that avoiding a turnover is considered more valuable than grabbing an offensive rebound, it could be argued that the change in turnover rate has fully canceled out the decline in offensive rebound rate. We can see this more clearly when we weight each percentage change by the amount ascribed to each of the Four Factors by Evan Zamir’s 2010 analysis that updated the weight each factor had been assigned by Oliver. read more

first_imgCome January when the 2018 Vancouver City Council sits at the dais, one seat will be empty. Scott Campbell won Position 1, formerly Jack Burkman’s seat. But Campbell died before the election. He beat Maureen McGoldrick with 62 percent of the vote anyway.This leaves the council with a vacancy and the task of appointing their peer.The council discussed the process during a workshop Monday night.Essentially, there are four steps to appointing a new councilor:• First, the council must announce the vacancy. This includes notifying the media and publishing ads in local papers starting Dec. 29.• Applications for the position are available as of Dec. 26 and will remain available until Jan. 18, 2018.• Interviews will take place Feb. 5, 2018. In the meantime, the council will announce candidates Jan. 24 and background checks will take place Feb. 2.• At the Feb. 5 regular meeting, the council will invite all applicants to attend and then break into executive session to vote on which candidates to interview. Those candidates will then be notified at the meeting and interviews will begin. Once all candidates have been interviewed, the council will return to executive session to consider candidates. The council will then return to open session once again and vote. If the process is not complete that evening, the council will resume deliberations Feb. 6.The application will consist of a basic questionnaire, including the candidate’s background and why they seek appointment. Applicants can also include a resume and references, if they prefer.One sticking point for the council was the inclusion of a question regarding criminal background.In order to serve on the council, a candidate cannot have had a felony conviction as outlined in the state constitution. But there is an exception. If the person’s civil rights have been restored, they are once again eligible. The specifics on the issue were unknown and City Attorney Bronson Potter said he will clarify before applications are available.Applicants also must have lived in Vancouver for two years, but there’s still some debate over when that two-year stint had to begin. The residency requirement will also be clarified before applications go out.last_img read more

first_imgBy Louise Jobe According to reports a young man died in Taneneh village in Kombo South District, West Coast region in a clash between PIU personnel and villagers involving the use of tear gas.This reporter visited the site and witnessed the presence of PIU personnel.  Samuel Gomez an elder of Tananeh indicated that the dispute relates to the use of land as a cemetery.He said that they have written many times to government on the matter, noting that they have been using the same cemetery for more than 30 years. He is not happy with the manner the police are handling the matter.The following were detained yesterday: Samuel Gomez, Louie Mendy, Francis A. Mendy, Sampierre  Mendy, Alex Sambou, Raul Gomez, Andrew Gomez, Peter Gomez, Abdoulie Mendy and Patrick Mendy. All these are youths of the village and close relatives who were digging the grave.Foroyaa will get in touch with the police and continue to monitor developments.last_img read more

first_imgApproximately 700 employees who work for shipbuilding organisation Cammell Laird, and who are members of trade unions Unite and GMB, are to receive a five-year pay deal, backdated to July 2017.The pay deal, which has been facilitated by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), is divided into two terms, including a three-year first term and a two-year second term.In the first year of the first term, employees will receive a 3.7% pay increase backdated to 6 July 2017, a £5,000 increase in death in service and a one week reduction in the qualifying period for sick pay. In the second year, employees will gain a further pay rise of between 2-3% and an additional £5,000 increase in death in service, and during the third year employees will receive another 2-3% pay increase and £5,000 increase in death in service, as well as gain a 30 minute reduction in weekly working hours from 38.5 hours a week to 38 hours a week.The second term of the new pay deal includes a pay increase of between 1.75% and 3.25% for both year four and year five.The new pay deal is eligible for all employees at Cammell Laird, excluding senior managers. Unite and GMB members voted in a consultative ballot to accept the new arrangement.John Syvret CBE, chief executive officer at Cammell Laird, said: “I am pleased to announce that following productive talks with the respective trade unions GMB and Unite we have concluded an agreement that received overwhelming support from our workforce.“This means we can now focus all our efforts on driving the upward trajectory of the [organisation], delivering existing contracts and positioning the [organisation] to win new long-term contracts.  We now have good visibility of our cost base and can aggressively pursue important commercial and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contracts.”Phil Allman, regional officer at Unite, added: “Unite members have shown their support and good faith by agreeing a deal that in our opinion will help Cammell Laird not only sustain present levels of employment but also put [the organisation] in a strong position to win new contracts, creating new jobs and apprenticeships for the local and national labour market.“It is with this in mind that Unite supports the call for the UK government and the MoD to place orders that are paid for with taxpayers money into UK shipyards creating UK based jobs which then pushes that money back into the local communities.”Albie McGuigan, spokesperson at GMB, said: “We believe that this agreement achieved with Acas assistance has been made with a mutual understanding of the needs and aspirations of our members and the long-term ambition of the [organisation].“We hope that Cammell Laird can now concentrate on future contract bids and build upon their recent success by winning further orders in both the private commercial and UK Ministry of Defence sectors. If this could be achieved it would then lead on to job security in the shipyard and help to support its supply and contractor base in the north west region. It would further help to provide additional investment in apprenticeships and training, therefore providing the skills for the future of the UK shipbuilding industry.”last_img read more

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The TSA is testing new, tougher screening methods at some airports due to carry-on concerns.According to officials, some passengers are cramming so much into their bags that screeners are having trouble spotting signs of explosives.They’re forcing flyers to remove not just laptops, which they already do, but tablets, e-readers, books and food. Passengers will then place them in plastic bins to be X-rayed.The new requirements are in place at 10 airports nationwide, including Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.Officials there said they have been screening this way for the last 18 months.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe Kenai Peninsula Borough’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 9.2 percent in March, from 10.3 percent in February. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s total employment was down an estimated 0.8 percent in March from March 2017, a loss of about 2,600 jobs. Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 7.3 percent in March. The comparable national rate was 4.1 percent. Alaska’s not-seasonally adjusted rate dropped to 7.9 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from February. Unemployment rates fell in all but three of 29 boroughs and census areas, increasing slightly in Petersburg and Kusilvak and holding steady in Aleutians West. The lowest rates were in the Aleutians East Borough (1.8 percent) and the Aleutians West Census Area (2.5 percent), as is typical for areas with winter fisheries. As a percentage, oil and gas employment’s decline of 6.0 percent was the largest (-600 jobs). Retail was down 2.0 percent (-700 jobs). Construction’s loss of 0.8 percent (-100 jobs) was smaller than in recent months. Employment fell in all three sectors of government: federal by 0.7 percent, state by 0.8 percent and local by 1.2 percent. Local government’s declines were in public education. Health care continued to be the outlier, adding 1,000 jobs since March 2017 for a 2.7 percent increase.last_img read more