Yet another scandal rocked Pakistan cricket on Sunday engulfing its captain Salman Butt, brilliant pace duo of Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir and four other players, leading to the arrest of a bookie in London and questioning of the players by the Scotland Yard after a tabloid sting.Captain Salman Butt is supposed to be the ring leaderScotland Yard detectives visited the Pakistan dressing room immediately after the third day’s play to question the players after the tabloid sting operation exposed ‘spot-fixing’ and the alleged nexus between the players and bookies.”Scotland Yard detectives had visited the team hotel where they had taken statements of captain Salman Butt, fast bowlers Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir, and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal,” Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed told PTI.The ‘News of the World’ tabloid alleged that a Pakistani man Mazhar Majeed, who is now under arrest, had paid bribes to the players to bowl no-balls in the series and the Lord’s Test.The video evidence that the tabloid has presented also shows Majeed talking about his links with Indian bookies.”I deal with an Indian party. They pay me for the information,” Majeed is quoted as saying.The International Cricket Council said it was aware of the developments but made it clear that the fourth day’s play of the Test will continue as scheduled.”No players nor the team officials have been arrested in relation to this incident and the fourth Test match will continue as scheduled on Sunday.”As this is now subject to a police investigation neither ICC, ECB, PCB nor the ground authority, the MCC, will make any further comment,” an ICC statement said.advertisementYawar admitted that the investigators had also spoken to him but denied that the rooms of the players were raided. He also denied seizure of money, laptops and phones of the players from their rooms.”The police have also spoken to me and we are trying to cooperate with them in every way possible and we are giving them whatever information they want,” Yawar said.But sources said the Scotland Yard detectives gathered some evidence from the hotel after raiding the players’ room.The embattled Pakistan team has also gotten in touch with their High Commission in London for assistance. Confirming this Yawar said, “the High Commissioner is also in touch with the Scotland Yard in this issue. We are cooperating with them.”Besides Majeed, an accomplice of his has also been picked up by the police for questioning. Majeed, 35, was arrested late last night after the tabloid handed over details of its sting operation to the Scotland Yard.The bookie claims to have paid some players in excess of 150,000 pounds to fix the Test match.”The police have carried out preliminary questioning of some players. Majeed is an old associate and friend of many Pakistani players and is settled in London. He has been seen regularly with the players on the tour,” one source said.”The sad part for the Pakistan cricket is that several leading players are said to be involved in this new scandal which could cause untold damage to Pakistan cricket,” he said.Pakistani TV channels reported that the players had been sounded off about the inquiry when the third day’s play ended.”That is why the players left early for the hotel without anyone attending the mandatory post-play press conference,” a source said.Pakistan had reduced England to 47 for five and then 102 for seven on second day at Lord’s but Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad scored centuries to share a record eighth-wicket partnership of 332 runs.The two Pakistanis who bowled no-balls allegedly on directions from Majeed were Asif and Aamir. Both bowlers delivered three no-balls on Thursday and Friday.The two bowlers delivered the no-balls “at precisely the moments promised to our reporter,” the tabloid said.”Our undercover team was posing as front men for a Far East gambling cartel. In return for their suitcase of money Majeed then calmly detailed what would happen – and when – on the field of play next day, as a taster of all the lucrative information he could supply in future,” it reported.Pakistan was bowled out for 74 yesterday and made to follow-on and were reduced to 46 for four at stumps facing certain defeat and a big series loss.While match-fixing is fixing the result of the whole match, spot-fixing is fixing events within a match, on ball-by-ball basis.The names of Pakistani players cropped up in match fixing earlier this year as well.advertisementAfter the tour of Australia, former Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam and assistant coach Aaqib Javed (who is still with the team) had expressed suspicions about Kamran’s involvement with bookies after assessing his performance in the Sydney Test.Meanwhile, Iqbal Muhammad Ali who heads the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports blamed the PCB and its Chairman Ijaz Butt for the humiliation Pakistan cricket was facing.”We and the Senate sports committee had warned that if some players were suspected of having ties with bookies they should be dropped from the team and disciplined.”But no one paid heed. If these players are now guilty we want to see them behind the bars because this conduct is unacceptable,” Ali said.
Chandigarh, Jul 25 (PTI) Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu today pitched for boosting economic cooperation with India as she indentified numerous sectors like dairy, sports, scientific research, foodgrains and education where the two countries can work together.With bilateral trade between the two nations pegged at 20 billion Australian dollars in 2015, India is Australias ninth largest trading partner and fifth largest export market, said Sidhu, whose family is originally from Punjab.”Even as these figures are very large, there is a lot of scope for doing more on developing economic relationship,” Sidhu told reporters.She said Australias trade with China is ten times than the size of trade it has with India. “One of my objectives is to find ways to grow economic relationship between two countries (Australia and India) not just in size but also in diversity,” she said.Offering to help Indias agriculture sector, Sidhu said Australian expertise in dairy sector can help raise the milk output and reduce foodgrain wastage in Punjab.Australia was also closely working with India in the field of scientific research and technology besides the smart cities project, she said.The Australian Institute of Sports has partnered with Punjab Institute of Sports for improvement of athletes performance which will involve bringing coaches and experts for excellence in the field.Sidhu said Australia has placed India at the forefront of its international relationships and both are working together more closely than ever on security cooperation.”We concluded civil nuclear cooperation agreement last year that was very a big step forward. Australia is very much supporting Indias bid for entering nuclear supplier group,” said Sidhu.advertisementThe envoy also emphasized on partnership between the two countries in the field of education.She said Australia has rolled out a three-year multiple-entry visa system for India from July on pilot basis.”This will help parents who travel to Australia to spend time with their children and they do not have to apply for visa every time they go,” she said.She said in the last 10 years, India born population in Australia has grown by three times in 10 years.”Many Indians are going for study in Australia. In 2014, there were 46,000 students, in 2015 the figure was 53,000, and this year, it can reach 60,000,” she said.To a question on migration, Sidhu said, “Australia has a global migration programme which we have been doing for four decades. We have set number of people which we take. Migration programme is a global programme.” Sindhu said Australias migration system was very robust and it encourages only genuine applicants. PTI CHS MNG SK MNG
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secured the best ever start by a Manchester United manager in their opening three games after reeling off a third straight win at the beginning of his Old Trafford tenure.Paul Pogba’s double, Marcus Rashford’s neat finish and substitute Romelu Lukaku’s strike gave United a 4-1 victory over Bournemouth , whose only response came courtesy of Nathan Ake’s first-half header.Only Sir Matt Busby and Jose Mourinho have won the opening three matches of their spells in charge, but neither of the coaches have completed the streak with quite the same level of entertainment. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Across the trio of games against Cardiff City , Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth, United have plundered 12 goals, conceding three having been given a new lease of life under Solskjaer.In Busby’s maiden campaign at United he won his opening three games, with the team scoring eight times, while Mourinho’s side yielded six goals.The run is also the first time United have netted 12 goals across any three-game run for seven years.12 – Manchester United have scored 12 goals over the space of three Premier League matches for the first time since December 21-31, 2011. Enjoyment. pic.twitter.com/TjZ0W70HFr — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 30, 2018 While Solskjaer has some way to go to match the achievements of either manager he has re-established a confidence within the current squad.Pogba’s displays have signified a change of emphasis, as he scored twice in a Premier League game for a second match in a row.”It is different,” the France World Cup winner told Sky Sports on the tactics deployed by Solskjaer.”We still won some games with the old manager. It is just a different style of play.”We are more offensive, we create more chances and play a bit higher as well. The manager wants to attack and that is what we do on the pitch.”Fellow midfielder Ander Herrera added: “Ole said from the first day, ‘the best way to keep a result and win a game is to keep attacking, pushing and going forward’.”This is what Manchester United have always been about and that is good for us. We have some of the best attacking players in the world.”Against the backdrop of the three successive wins – the first run of that kind since April when United won five in a row – their form is tinged by their disastrous defensive record.Locked on two clean sheets with Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham, no side have recorded fewer shut-outs in the Premier League than United meaning Solskjaer still has room for improvement. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
With citizens of Tamil Nadu securing a victory of sorts with permission to hold jallikattu, coastal Karnataka has woken up. They now want the state government to bring in an Ordinance to allow them to perform kambala from this year onwards.Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, not wanting a TN situation in the state, said today that his government is for kambala, a traditional game which has to be continued. And when prodded if like in Tamil Nadu he will bring in an Ordinance, he said, “We will examine the issue and do it (bring in ordinance) if necessary.”The BJP too in the state has come out in support of the traditional sport and want this native cultural act to continue. Senior BJP leader and MLA S Suresh Kumar told India Today that in the background of jallikattu getting a legal sanction, “It is time for the state government to understand the feelings of the local people of Karavali in particular and Karnataka in general and come out with an ordinance or if necessary a bill to let this happen.”WARNING TO THE STATE GOVERNMENTS Suresh Kumar also sounded a note of caution to the state government saying, “Before the anguish of the Karavali people gets crystallized, it is time for the state government to act by giving it a legal sanctity.” He added that the BJP will support any legal act that the government brings forward.SANDALWOOD ACTOR COMES OUT IN SUPPORT OF KAMBALAFor Sandalwood actor Rakshit Shetty, buffaloes have been part of his grandparents homes and he has seen them since his childhood days. He tells India Today that these buffaloes are the pride of their families and they are looked after like children.advertisement”When we get guests, they are first taken to the cowshed and then only brought home,” he said, adding, “We might miss a meal but for our buffaloes, we make sure that they are fed on time each and every day.”On allegations that they are ill-treated and tortured during the kambala races, he says that the only way to make them run is to use a whip since one cannot talk to them and tell them to run. According to the actor, this is a village festival and brings in a lot of unity since all take part in the traditional sport. He added that he is all for kambala since it is the pride of the people and they definitely will not let go of it.On January 28, a procession is expected to be held at 9:00 am, which will start from the Swaraj Maidan in Moodbidri and culminate at the Kadalakere Nisargadhama. More than 200 pairs of buffaloes are expected to be taken in a procession.Also Read:Karnataka MLA says will go to jail if ban on kambala is not lifted
Like many freelancers, I juggle several clients, several projects, and a seemingly-infinite number of deadlines at any given time.And whenever I’m approached by people interested in becoming freelancers, one of their first questions is “How do you do that? How do you balance so many competing demands, without letting things fall through the cracks?”The short answer is that it’s an imperfect system! I do, indeed, sometimes become overwhelmed.Every now and then, things do fall through the cracks (the laundry suffers the most). But there is one habit that keeps the multi-task machine humming along; that keeps me sane.It’s a simple practice that I advise EVERY freelancer to take up – because it’s saved my overtaxed bacon on many an occasion.It’s not novel advice, but it’s indispensable:Write down everything.Yes, everything. Even minor details that you are SURE you will not forget – because given the chance, your overloaded brain will indeed let it slip.I read an interesting book recently that explained that our brains can actually adapt to regard external sources as an extension of their own structures.Don’t forget: Join Freelancers Union now (it’s free!)Become a memberIn other words, much as our ancestors used tools as an extension of their own limbs, we use our smartphone and e-calendars and day planners to externally store memory – freeing up our mental resources to use elsewhere.We can “outsource” petty details, while concurrently drastically reducing mistakes. So why don’t we do it, automatically?If you’re anything like me, you may postpone writing details down because you are a) lazyish – nnngh, do I have to TYPE that with my FINGERS – and b) vaguely vain about your own ability to remember things correctly.Even if you have a shining, sterling, steel trap memory, rivaled only by fictional detectives’ – trust me, your enviable recall will eventually be defeated by balancing multiple clients.If Encyclopedia Brown were a multi-tasking freelancer, even he would miss a deadline, if he didn’t Write. It. Down.If you’re technology-averse, don’t bother with gadgets.Carry around a notebook or agenda, but carry it around EVERYWHERE. Don’t be forced to fruitlessly fish around in your wallet for the receipt you wrote that deadline down upon.Those of us who feel naked without smartphones have convenient organizers within our pockets. If you’re of that ilk, sync up calendars with your computer and create alerts for deadlines and payments.Make it a habit. Once you are given a project, write down the contact information of your client, the deadline, the parameters of the project, and the rate (if at all variable).Write down when you can expect to invoice for this project, and when you can expect to be paid. Jot down a few notes: ANYTHING you think you may need, no matter how minor.Scratch it down now, and reduce your stress later.Write. It. Down.Kate Shea lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.
Oklahoma State hammered Pitt on Saturday at Heinz Field, and players and coaches spoke about it after the game, including Mike Gundy who seemed extraordinarily pleased with his squad’s performance. Here are the five best quotes I found from Saturday’s game.Pitt Coach Pat Narduzzi on OSU“That’s about the worst day you can have at the office. As I said to Coach Gundy after the game, ‘you certainly have a top-10 team.’ That’s a good football team. That’s a top-five football team for sure. We’re obviously disappointed in the performance. Our kids are disappointed. We had trouble covering them on defense. We had trouble getting first downs on offense.”Pitt Cornerback Avonte Maddox on OSU’s offense“That’s an explosive team—explosive quarterback, explosive receivers, explosive back. Coming into the game, we knew what they were going to do but they executed and we didn’t. We were on the bottom half of that so next week we’re looking to get better. They came with the tempo, which we expected. They came with the deep ball shots, which we expected. We just have to make plays. They executed and we didn’t.”OSU Head Coach Mike Gundy on the day“Obviously we had a good game today. Our players were really focused and they did a really nice job in preparation. As a coach that’s so gratifying. To see guys get ready to play a game, prepare and execute. Obviously we were very explosive on offense. Defensively we stopped the run. Pitt wants to run the ball and control the clock – we stopped the run.”Mike Gundy on Mason Rudolph“Mason [Rudolph] has done a nice job of spreading the ball out. When we have good skill guys, he’s responsible for delegating the ball to the people based on what they give us. And he did a job for us, except for one time and it cost him an interception. And that’s why we spread them out and got multiple guys catches. We saw some heavy roll in the play towards James Washington, and when that happens we have [Jalen] McCleskey in the middle of the field most of the time.”Justice Hill on the OSU offense right now“It’s crazy. It’s really fun. Just being out there with your teammates, you don’t have to do much besides your job. And then you look up, and you see James [Washington, Jr.] and Marcell [Ateman] and somebody else are out there running a touchdown. If I’m not doing something or running the ball, then J.D. is out there running the ball, it’s just fun.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
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LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of the stadium before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)College football’s best highlight of the day comes via the Nebraska vs. Bethune-Cookman game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.It was an easy win for the Huskers, who improved to 2-6 on the season with a blowout win, but Bethune-Cookman’s punter won the day, too.Uriel Hernandez, Bethune-Cookman’s 5-foot-4, 209-pound punter, had a very nice punt late in the Huskers’ blowout win.The celebration was awesome, too.Check it out:This is what an elite athlete in his prime looks like pic.twitter.com/kYwDZ4wz3B— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) October 27, 2018Well done, Uriel.A lot of don’t-see-this-often material here:1. 4th-and-goal from the 39-yard-line2. 5-foot-4 kicker-turned-punter3. Reax, tons of reax, despite trailing 38-3It’s a fun game, and Uriel Hernandez is enjoying it. pic.twitter.com/68Bwv4nuoM— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 27, 2018Nebraska, meanwhile, won today’s game, 45-9.
zoomImage Courtesy: Neste Corporation Marine fuel supplier ScanOcean has signed an agreement with Finland-based oil refining company Neste to resell fuel on the East Coast of Sweden.Under the cooperation deal, ScanOcean would deliver Neste’s 0.1% marine fuel products to the region.Neste supplies from its terminal in Södertälje service nearby ports from Gävle in the north to Norrköping in the south and Lake Mälaren. Neste’s marine fuels are available at all Finnish ports and through ScanOcean cooperation now in the greater Stockholm area.“We are excited to increase our product offering and to further promote Neste’s unique marine fuels to the Swedish market by showing our clients the benefits of the DMB and RMB products compared to other marine fuels,” Jonatan Karlström, General manager at ScanOcean, said.
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged on Saturday that the Modi government is “diluting” the RTI Act to “help the corrupt steal from India”, days after amendments to the legislation were passed by Parliament amid strong opposition protests.While the Lok Sabha passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on Monday, the Rajya Sabha gave its approval on Thursday after opposition walkout over what it said was “intimidation” tactics by treasury benches to influence voting on the motion to send the Bill to a Select Committee for greater scrutiny. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Government is diluting RTI in order to help the corrupt steal from India. Strange that the normally vociferous anti-corruption crowd has suddenly disappeared,” Gandhi said in a tweet, using the hashtag “GovtMurdersRTI”. His remarks come after UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi alleged that the Modi government is “hell-bent on completely subverting” the RTI Act and wants to “destroy” the independence of the Central Information Commission. The Congress Parliamentary Party leader, in a statement, had said the law, prepared after widespread consultations and passed unanimously by Parliament, now stands at the “brink of extinction”.
Rabat- Morocco’s national football team will play a friendly against Central Africa in October at the Grand Stadium of Marrakech, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) announced on Tuesday evening.It will be the 3rd test for the Lions of the Atlas ahead of the final stage of the 30th African Cup of Nations, to be held in Morocco on January 17-February 8.This friendly will be preceded by two other games against Qatar on September 3 in Casablanca and Libya on September 7 in Marrakech. The Moroccan team fell two spots to number 79 in the latest world rankings, according to FIFA.
MONTREAL — Bombardier Aerospace announced Monday that it has received a firm order for 16 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets, with an option on eight others.Bombardier says the value of the firm order is about US$727 million, although the contract could increase to US$1.12 billion if all options are exercised by the customer, who asked not to be identified at this time.Including this latest order, Montreal-based Bombardier said it has received firm orders for 1,833 CRJ Series aircraft, including 359 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft.
Gonzaga803.610.7-2.9 Source: Synergy Sports Oregon88748.69869.5+20.9 UCF31515.82417.9+2.1 Iowa67132.2%8160.0%+27.8 Buffalo50.200.0-0.2 Ohio State814.054.1+0.1 Maryland301.53423.6+22.1 UC Irvine1888.73527.1+18.4 Tennessee1959.121.5-7.6 LSU673.100.0-3.1 Florida1698.52418.0+9.5 Villanova1708.9108.1-0.8 Oklahoma1808.62015.3+6.7 Virginia Tech251.332.3+1.0 Kentucky221.100.0-1.1 Regular SeasonTournament Liberty150.810.8+0.0 Wofford653.310.8-2.5 Texas Tech1758.675.4-3.2 TeamZone Plays% ZoneZone Plays% ZoneDiff. Teams are going zone in the big danceAmong the final 32 teams in the men’s NCAA tournament, the rate of zone used in the regular season vs. the tournament in rounds 1 and 2. Michigan90.400.0-0.4 Baylor84641.02922.1-18.9 Purdue30.200.0-0.2 Kansas582.743.2+0.5 Minnesota482.310.8-1.5 Auburn1607.71611.9+4.2 Michigan State50.200.0-0.2 Houston30.100.0-0.1 Florida State1196.010.8-5.2 Virginia110.600.0-0.6 Washington201895.413391.7-3.7 Duke1054.81713.0+8.2 North Carolina813.610.8-2.8 There was a time when the thought of a Krzyzewski team using a zone was unthinkable. From the 2009-2010 season until 2013-14, Duke played zone on 1.62 percent of defensive possessions. Known as an unusual defense used to compensate for a gap in talent, the zone was often unnecessary for the most athletic teams in the country (read: Duke)But Krzyzewski has changed over time, employing zone on 14.3 percent of possessions in 2014-15, then 23.5 percent the next year. Last season, Duke played zone on about half of its possessions, including 92.2 percent from Feb. 11 on, throwing off basketball fans everywhere.This year, with a new batch of freshmen in tow, the Blue Devils have shifted way back to 4.91 percent. But they still break out the zone in a pinch — a 2-3 half-court set or a full-court zone press — which is more than they could say five years ago. A Washington Post story earlier this month described how Krzyzewski learned parts of the 2-3 zone from the master of it, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, when Krzyzewski became the head coach of the U.S. men’s national team. Boeheim told The Post he sees hints of Syracuse’s zone in Duke’s defenses today. “I don’t think Coach K should be allowed to play zone,” Boeheim joked to reporters last season.Zone defense appealed to teams big and small in the tournament’s first weekend. Some were double-digit seeds like Iona, Colgate and Gardner-Webb who needed the zone to try to level the playing field against more athletic teams. But there was also Maryland, which played as many possessions of zone Sunday against LSU (34) as it had all season until that point.Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has not used much zone during his eight seasons in College Park — only on 2.7 percent of possessions. But after his technical foul put the Terrapins behind 46-31 with 16 minutes left, he called for a 3-2 zone that baffled LSU the rest of the way. Maryland averaged .95 points allowed on 38 man-to-man possessions and .59 points allowed on 34 zone possessions, erasing the 15-point deficit before losing on a go-ahead layup with less than two seconds left.Turgeon’s strategy tweak was stat-driven. He knew LSU was one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the tournament at around 32 percent. “That’s low,” Turgeon told reporters after the loss. “So everything told us to guard that way. We weren’t going to guard Belmont that way, obviously. And so we told the guys yesterday morning when they woke up, we’re going to zone, don’t know when, but we’re going to zone.”Added LSU interim coach Tony Benford: “We knew they were going to run the 3-2, and we had worked on it. But when you don’t have but one day to prepare, it’s tough.”In the first round on Friday, UC Irvine turned to its zone defense to fluster Kansas State and earn the tournament’s biggest upset by seed. “We knew they’d play zone, and I was just hoping, I told them to attack with confidence, not to act like we’ve never been there, because we’ve played against a bunch of people, bunch of zones,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said after the game. “But obviously we just didn’t get enough.”The worst 3-point shooting team left in the tournament is Duke at 30.7 percent, a troublesome mark because a good zone defense could force the team to take threes. UCF stayed in Sunday’s game by mixing in a zone at times. That might hint at a blueprint for a team to take down the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed — that is, if that team can figure out Duke’s zone first. Murray State874.496.2+1.8 With 10:39 left in a second-round game Sunday, Mike Krzyzewski did something you don’t think of Mike Krzyzewski doing against a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament. No. 1 Duke was more talented and more established than Central Florida. The Blue Devils started four top-15 freshmen, all future pros, led by the star of this college basketball season, Zion Williamson. And yet, locked in a 54-54 tie far earlier in this tournament than anticipated — FiveThirtyEight’s model gave Duke a 91 percent chance of winning before the game — Krzyzewski needed a spark. He called for the Blue Devils to play some zone defense.It started on a baseline out-of-bounds play for UCF. “Duke is in a zone — no, a matchup, a matchup zone,” Grant Hill called out on the CBS telecast. “They did this one trip against Virginia Tech,” Bill Raftery recalled. Guards Tre Jones and Jordan Goldwire made up the front line of the 2-3 zone. Williamson stood in the paint. Out of that baseline play, UCF drilled a go-ahead 3-pointer. But the zone was enough for Duke to hold off Johnny Dawkins’ team for a while, even if it took a last-minute Duke put-back and a last-second missed UCF tip-in to seal the win.In all, Duke deployed the zone for 11 possessions, more than in all but three of its games this season. The key second-half stretch lasted eight possessions, of which UCF scored on only three. Mostly, the zone stunted UCF’s rhythm, forcing five 3-point attempts and often pushing the Knights to the end of the shot clock.The fact that Duke needed a late defensive adjustment at all was a surprise. But a team in its position going to zone was not — it has become a popular strategy in the NCAA men’s tournament, where even brief momentum swings can change games and seasons. Coaches tend to be more apt to use their full playbook to gain an edge. And opponents sometimes have less than 48 hours to prepare for new defensive looks. In other words, the zone can function like an off-speed pitch for opposing offenses who didn’t expect to see it coming.This season, 12 tournament teams played zone on more than 15 percent of defensive possessions entering the Big Dance, according to Synergy Sports. But 19 teams have played zone on more than 15 percent of their defensive possessions in the tournament1Through the round of 32..
We are putting police dogs and horses on the same level as police cars and riot vansConservative MP David Mackintosh The proposed Finn’s law is named after a Hertfordshire police dog who needed surgery after being stabbed several times while chasing an armed suspect.Responding to the petition the Home Office said those who assault animals can already receive a penalty of up to 10 years in jail. A statement said: “Under some circumstances assaults on support animals could be treated as criminal damage, allowing for penalties of up to 10 years’ imprisonment.”An additional offence dealing specifically with attacks on police animals may not result in more prosecutions or increased sentences.”But Conservative MP David Mackintosh, who is presenting the debate on Monday as he sits on the Petitions Committee, said the law should reflect the status “of our brave and courageous animals”.He said: “When you look at their current status, assaults on police dogs and horses are treated in the same way as criminal damage. “We are putting police dogs and horses on the same level as police cars and riot vans, and I think that’s wrong.”This should be looked at in a way that reflects the status of our brave and courageous animals who help us fight against criminality.”In some parts of the US attacks on dogs are treated the same as attacks on their human handlers.Mr Mackintosh said ministers should look at giving greater protection to animals, although he said there would be problems giving them the same status as humans. 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. Police animals do not necessarily need to be given the same legal status as officers who are injured on duty, the Government has suggested ahead of a parliamentary debate on the issue on Monday. The proposed law, which would cover police dogs and horses, is set to be debated after more than 100,000 people signed a petition. Under current rules criminals who attack police animals are prosecuted for causing criminal damage, but campaigners want the creatures to be given the same status as injured officers.
However, advances in renewable energy sources now make such aspirations more realistic, especially as robotic systems mean that the weight of a human crew could be discounted. The new project was launched this week at a Defence industry event in London by Gary Aitkenhead, the head of DSTL. Announcing a three-year partnership to produce a prototype vehicle with UK technology company QinetiQ, Mr Aitkenhead said: “Technology changes the way we do things in every aspect of our daily lives. “This is never truer than adapting the way we work, even on the battlefield.”As well as power supply, the research project will also explore electric and hydraulic suspension systems and advanced tyre technologies. The Ministry of Defence has announced it will have a prototype of an electric combat vehicle within three years, as part of an eco-friendly drive which will pave the way for “green” tanks. It comes as the head of the army, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, said on Thursday that the current fleet of military vehicles could be the last generation to rely on fossil fuels and that being more environmentally friendly could help the army to attract recruits. The new £3.2m project, led by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), will explore the latest vehicle technologies to boost the performance of future combat vehicles for the armed forces. A key focus will be electric drive systems for future tanks and robotic vehicles.William Suttie, one of the scientists heading up the research said: “Electric drive systems have the potential to substantially increase fuel efficiency in our combat vehicles, reducing the Army’s carbon footprint. “When paired with other renewable solutions such as embedded solar panels, this technology has the potential to deliver significant cost and environmental benefits both at home and on operations abroad.”The army experimented last year with electrically-powered robotic vehicles for roles such as casualty extraction and ammunition resupply. Up to now electric batteries have not been able to produce the power required to move tanks – weighing over 60 tons – and has been limited to much smaller vehicles. 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. A concept demonstrator vehicle made by BAE Systems called Ironclad, fitted with specialised stretcher for the casualty extraction role, designed to take on some of the most dangerous jobs that soldiers currently face. The army may have a similar prototype within three years. Credit:Richard Brown/BAE Systems
Legendary team VfL Gummersbach appointed Sead Hasanefendic for interim coach until end of the season. The 59-years old Bosnian handball expert wll try to avoid relegation with the team who is currently on 13th position in DKB Bundesliga, only two points from the relegation line.This will be the third mandate of experienced coach who already worked in Gummersbach in periods 2002-2004 and 2008-2011.He replaced Emir Kurtagic, his former assistant.Dirk Beuchler will overtake the team from the next summer. Sead HasanefendicVfL Gummersbach ← Previous Story TOP 8 IN HUNGARIAN HANDS: Pick Szeged win by two goals in Denmark! Next Story → FA Goppingen win in Granollers – Benfica beat MT Melsungen!
Hôpital : des chambres individuelles facturées 55 euros au patientParis, France – Afin de combler un déficit important, l’Assistance publique des hôpitaux de Paris (APHP) a décidé de facturer aux patients les chambres individuelles.Face à un déficit estimé à 96 millions d’euros, l’APHP a décidé de prendre des mesure destinées à lui faire retrouver la voie de l’équilibre financier. Ainsi, pour la première fois, les patients désireux de séjourner en chambre individuelle devront débourser 55 euros. Une mesure appliquée dans 37 centres hospitaliers d’Île-de-France.Bien sûr, les patients dont la situation sanitaire impose l’isolement n’auront pas à payer de supplément. Cette mesure a déjà été prise dans plusieurs villes de France, notamment à Marseille. Le 7 octobre 2010 à 09:46 • Emmanuel Perrin
Google répond à la CnilRappelez-vous, la CNIL avait posé quelques 69 questions à Google suite à sa modification des règles de confidentialité. Le géant américain a répondu.Google, qui ne compte pas retoucher à sa politique de confidentialité, a tout de même tenté de répondre à la commission par un document PDF. Cette dernière s’interrogeait sur la gestiondes données personnelles des internautes. Pour la firme US, certains paramètres de son service (les paramètres par défaut par exemple) servent à protéger l’utilisateur, notamment dans Google +, en empêchant le partage d’informations avec autrui dans un premier temps. De même, certaines informations recueillies sont utiles, comme le type d’OS utilisé par un internaute pour pouvoir adapter l’affichage (s’il s’agit d’un mobile ou d’un ordinateur).À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Selon Google, il est impossible de dire combien de personnes ont visité la page spécifique aux nouvelles règles de confidentialité. Quoi qu’il en soit, peu d’utilisateurs se sont plaint de celles-ci, selon la société.Enfin, Google propose à la Commission nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés de se rencontrer pour faire passer le message encore plus clairement, afin de mieux discuter. Il semblerait que Google ait des envies de transparence, pour se démarquer d’un certain Facebook…Le 9 avril 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambert
Newcastle United’s manager Rafael Benitez has backed his former side Liverpool to go on and win the Premier League title.Rafa’s men were brushed aside 4-0 by the free-scoring Reds to move six points clear in top spot thanks to goals from Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Fabinho.The win was Jurgen Klopp 100th victory in all competitions and their eighth straight win in the Premier League.And with champions Manchester City slipping to a 2-1 defeat at Leicester City, enabling Tottenham to move up to second, Benitez feels Liverpool have what it takes to win the league for the first time since 1989-90.“Liverpool showed that they are good enough to win the title,” said Benitez in a quote cited by FourFourTwo.“[They have a] very good team, [and] a very good squad so they have very good players on the bench also.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“To win a league title you need to be consistent and they can do it.”Th e former Chelsea boss further highlighted the defensive errors that cost his team the game at Anfield despite keeping clean sheets in each of their last two Premier League matches.“It’s difficult to explain when you lose a game in the way that we lost,” Benitez said.“We did well, we had our chance, we didn’t take it, we made a mistake and gave them hope and belief but still we were in the game against a very good team.“We had some moments where they were pushing but you go in at half-time at 1-0 down, then in the second half, a soft penalty [which saw Salah fouled by Paul Dummett] changed everything.“And now you have to explain why we conceded four goals.”
Amidst what now seems an unending trade war in which soy growers are caught in the middle, farmers of the U.S.’ number one export crop received another blow late in the week. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday night its decision to grant even more waivers of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes, awarding a whopping 31 of 38 total Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) applications for the 2018 compliance year.Davie Stephens, a soy grower from Clinton, Kentucky and president of the American Soybean Association (ASA) responded, “Of course ASA is unhappy. These exemptions undermine President Trump’s pledge to support the RFS and undermine the Administration’s efforts to support farmers who are already bearing the brunt of trade disruptions. EPA’s decision is another blow to yet another market for soybean farmers.”Last month, EPA announced biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels volumes for 2021 will remain stagnant. And, EPA again failed to account for the significant gallons lost due to SRE, which makes the proposed volume, in effect, a reduction for biofuels.Stephens explained the latest round of waivers in context; “Reduced demand for biodiesel resulting from retroactive exemptions is estimated already to be as high as 2.5 billion gallons since 2017, which basically undercuts the purpose of the RFS. Add in this latest round of refinery exemptions coupled with the lack of growth in the proposed annual RFS volumes, and those factors send biodiesel backwards when it should be moving forward.”The waivers announced Friday evening combined with those issued for 2016 and 2017 RFS volumes brings the total number to more than 80 retroactive waivers, which significantly reduces biodiesel demand and, bottom line, results in billions of dollars in economic harm to the U.S. biodiesel industry, including soybean farmers.Stephens concluded, “We would like for EPA to more carefully consider the capabilities of the biodiesel industry and to support its positive potential. We’re talking about producing higher levels of domestic, renewable fuels that enhance energy diversity and security; promoting jobs and value for farmers and rural economies; and helping the environment with reduced emissions. It seems like a win, win for EPA to support the RFS.”