The Odisha government’s much-hyped Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme has gone haywire. The authorities are now facing a gigantic task of removing bogus beneficiaries who have already availed of the benefits.A total of 51 lakh cultivators, loanee and non-loanee farmers, sharecroppers and landless agricultural labourers have been provided with financial assistance under the scheme so far. The authorities have now found out that all beneficiaries were not entitled to the benefits under the scheme and have asked the ineligible people to refund the money.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had launched the scheme ahead of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections held in April and May. He had assured that no eligible beneficiary would be left out of the scheme.The State government, which had increased the target of KALIA beneficiaries to 75 lakh families, has stopped disbursement of financial assistance following the revelation about bogus beneficiaries. It is now busy verifying the genuineness of each and every beneficiary and has extended the deadline of the verification process from August 14 to August 27.Verification processAccording to official sources, out of the 51 lakh existing beneficiaries, the verification of 13 lakh of them was completed till Tuesday and 70,000 were found to be ineligible. The number of bogus beneficiaries is likely to increase since more than one member of a family have managed to get assistance.In a majority of blocks, the number of applicants have outnumbered the number of ration card-holding families. A total of 54,000 applications were received for inclusion under KALIA from one block in Jagatsinghpur district while the total number of ration cards issued in the block stood at 23,000 only.An official of the Agriculture Department told The Hindu that the problem with KALIA is that people had applied individually instead of one member from a family seeking assistance under the scheme.Simultaneously, the government is also verifying applications of people who had been left out of the scheme earlier.The total number of applications received under KALIA stands at 1.25 crore against the targeted number of 75 lakh families, a surplus by 50 lakh.
A marina, a wharf to park boats and yachts in an orderly fashion, is a symbol of economic prosperity. The world’s top seaside cities have one, as a place to display the wealth of their rich and to make water sports easily accessible. Mumbai-projected to be a global financial hub-will not get its marina anytime soon, thanks to forces working at cross purposes.The Port Trust of India, a central government body, owns the land and water around the Mumbai port, while the 164-year-old Royal Bombay Yacht Club (RBYC) currently holds the key to allow individuals to park their million dollar toys across the Taj Mahal Hotel in Colaba. The Maharashtra Government needs to issue permits to build one at sea and the navy, which has its western naval command in Mumbai, will have put its stamp of approval. “No one is now talking of building a marina as it looks impossible to get the project going,” says Simon Arrol, chief operating officer, Marina India. Honchos such as Adi Godrej, Gautam Singhania and Anand Mahindra are among the 143 owners of private yachts registered in Mumbai as of December 2010.The biggest stumbling block is the Port Trust. The Trust is the biggest land owner in the city. In cities such as London, Singapore and Sydney, the old harbours have tried to monetise their real estate to generate other income streams on the back of increased restrictions for cargo movement. In Mumbai, however, the Port Trust is adding a new container terminal despite the fact that another government-owned port, Jawarharlal Nehru Port Trust, is more suited to take on increased volumes.advertisementVijay Mallyas The Indian EmpressApart from a wharf, a marina usually has accompanying real estate to house restaurants and shops. It is this business that makes it economically viable for a developer to build a marina, which can cost upto Rs 150 crore. In 2008, the Trust had called for expressions of interest to build a marina but it gave a piece of the harbour where the depth was just a metre, too shallow for keeled boats to anchor.The Mumbai Docklands Regeneration Forum, a group of citizens which is working to make the vast docklands more productive, wanted the Trust to convert the old Prince’s and Victoria Docks into a marina. But the trust wanted the two docks buried to build a parking lot. The Trust was close to finalising another proposal to build a marina and cruise terminal close to Radio Club, 150 metres from the Taj hotel. But the navy objected, saying it would come in the flight path of its helicopters from ins Shikra, the navy’s first helicopter base.On the other hand, it is the RBYC which has the permission to allow its members to park their boats in the water. Sensing an opportunity to find more funds to maintain its ageing, iconic building, it has been enrolling rich yacht buyers as members. A senior member of the navy-controlled Yachting Association of India (YAI) says that this vested interest may also be the reason why RBYC is against a privately owned marina in the harbour, which has so far been under its control. Already, yachting associations across the country want the YAI to be nodal body to regulate the sport. Right now, it is done by the Port Trust which applies the same set of rules of other sea going vessels to register a yacht. So, a dredger and a yacht of a certain length will have the same manning and safety requirements. Further, the land for the club premises has been leased from the Trust, which has threatened in the past not to renew it. “They are constantly afraid that even one wrong move could cost them their lease,” says a member requesting anonymity.Ironically, for members of the RBYC club, a marina will also mean a boom in the business. Shakeel Kudroli, the first Indian to win a medal at an international sailing event and a member of the club, says, “A marina would mean more parking place for boats and better prospects for sales.”According to a senior Port Trust official, there are now talks to allow a marina in the western waterfront, opposite the Oberoi Hotel. But the western side is the open ocean. Companies planning to put a marina here will have to construct a breakwater in the sea to stop waves from constantly shaking the boats, which is an expensive affair. For now, big names such as Singhania and Godrej have stayed away from making direct demands for a marina. A senior member of the Docklands Forum had once approached Union Minister Murli Deora to enlist his support. But Deora reportedly declined, saying that associating with an expensive past-time of industrialists will not go down well with his constituency.advertisement
badmintonbwf world championshipsNozomi OkuharaPV Sindhu First Published: August 26, 2019, 4:05 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com 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. New Delhi: Her eyes were moist looking up at the heavens while her hands on her head – PV Sindhu had finally realised her dream of winning a gold medal at the BWF World Championships. After failing at the final hurdle for the past two years, Sindhu reached her third consecutive Worlds final and got third time lucky.As Sindhu demolished Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7, 21-7 in just 38 minutes, she became the first Indian shuttler to become a world champion. As she stood at the top of the podium with that gold medal around her neck and the Indian national anthem playing, Sindhu stared at the flag with tears in her eyes – this victory meant a lot to her. Three years ago in Rio, Sindhu had become India’s first shuttler to bag a silver medal at the Olympics. A year after that, she became the India’s first silver-medallist at the World Championships. And now, she is the first world champion from India. Next is Mission Olympic gold for her.Before that however, she is celebrating her historic victory is Basel and News18 got in touch with her. Here are the excerpts from the interview.Q: First of all, congratulations. It was an incredible victory for you, especially to think that you avenged the defeat of the 2017 World Cup final to Okuhara – a match that went on forever. I remember Saina Nehwal famously saying, “I ran out of fuel watching her”. Yesterday was far more one-sided. What changed from 2017 to now, Sindhu? You were aggressive and attacked your opponent from the word go.A: Yes, firstly, thank you so much for your wishes. I think it is a great moment for me and also I am really very proud that finally I got this. Comparing it to 2017, I think definitely game wise I have changed a lot and I have been really working on my skills a lot and also on my physical fitness. So, everything put on together definitely, a few changes here and there. So, I think yesterday’s match, I dominated from the starting and I maintained the lead and I finished it off.Q: Have you managed to get some sleep since yesterday? Now that you have woken up a day later, has it sunk in that you are the World Champion and that you are the best in the world? Because all this while you’ve been competing in the finals, people have been talking about this final jinx. You have broken it in such a big match like the World Championship.A: Definitely not really much of sleep (laughs). I wanted this very badly, for two years, I kept it in a pile. I have now finally changed it into a Gold. So, I have to go back and celebrate it.Q: And you wished your mother, you dedicated this win to your mother, what was that conversation like? After you won, I am sure you spoke to your mother.A: She was actually busier than me because she was had a lot of people over, but I think she was really very happy and it was a surprise for her. All of a sudden, after the match I immediately told her, she was really very happy.Q: This was your third successive final but somehow I was slightly surprised that your celebrations were rather muted. What was the reason behind that? You’d won the gold you’d been yearning to win it. In all the interviews you have given, you have said that I need to win an Olympic Gold and I need to win a World Championship Gold. Why the celebrations then were muted?A: I think it’s because I was very focused and patient. I started the match very well, I was dominating from the very start and I finished it off in a very good way. There were just a lot of emotions put together – I was calm and I was almost in tears. I was just holding it all in my head, that finally I did it. You know, when you win a medal you are like, ‘hey it’s done’ and you shout out, right? But for me, it was a lot more emotion as that medal really means a lot to me.Q: Now there will be other tournaments in between, but it will come down to Tokyo and I know that you and coach Gopi (Pullela Gopichand) have already started preparing for the Olympics. Tell me one thing, what is it about your game this time? Was it the strength training that you have been doing with Sreekanth Verma? Can you tell us a little bit more about that?A: Yes, for me it was very important to maintain my fitness as well as skill. So, even if it was far, I made sure that I went every day and worked on my fitness. So, I go to Chitra Academy and train there with my fitness coach. I have been training under Sreekanth Verma for two years. It really suited me and I am continuing with him. As I said it really helped me a lot, few changes here and there, they make a huge difference I would say.Q: I know Gopi was slightly nervous, but just before the last match point, he gave you a slight smile. What was the conversation about after you won, what did he say to you? Actually let’s begin with what was the advice that he gave you before the game because he knew that this was a repeat of 2017 and you had to be mentally strong. So, what did he say to you before the game and what did he say to you after the game?A: Before the game, normally Ms Kim (Kim Ji Hyun) and Gopi Sir just said play your game and we will see if anything needs to be changed strategy wise as everybody is of the same standards. There is no particular strategy because we play each other almost all the time in every tournament. So, it was more of like, you just play, if any mistakes (crop up) or any changes (are to be made), we’ll tell you on court. That’s how I started it and everything went on really well. Later, I finally finished it off. From the starting, he was like one more, one by one, and when it was the last point, he had that smile on his face. It was finally done.After the match was over, we couldn’t discuss much because I had prize distribution and a lot of press but then later he said you finally did it and I thanked him. We spoke of the match, how did it go and stuff.Q: The thing that stood out back in the 2017 final were those crazy long rallies and what we were expecting the same from this game. But you never allowed Okuhara to go into those rallies, how did you manage to do that?A: Yes, from the starting I was very dominant and my attack was really good and I was really aggressive, I did not give her a chance to actually you know play safe, I just went on with the aggression mode and I kept it that way and I maintained the lead. So, I gave a few easy points and I took them back. I think that really worked.Q: You know one of the things that is working is also the yelling practice on court. Anyone who knows you, knows you are soft-spoken and not at all aggressive off the court. But now, you really are in the form of your life. A lot of people spoke about Yamaguchi and Marin not playing so it was easier, but having said that, you beat Tai Tzu Ying and you beat Chen (Yufei).A: I don’t think that if they were not there so it was easy. The top 1-15 players in the world, in the women’s circle, are in the same standard and you see a lot of upsets in this tournament. So, who plays well and gives their best wins. I think everybody gave their best, everybody was prepared for this tournament and everybody gave their 100 per cent. So, I think it was a good tough tournament and we had some tough competitors also and of course, Tai Tzu is one of the top players. That match was very much important to me and that win gave me a lot more confidence.Q: I remember when I had interviewed you and Saina together, one of the things you both agreed on was how difficult it was to beat Tai Tzu Ying. At that time, Saina also said that she is the best player right now.A: Yes. Absolutely.Q: So, incredible achievement, Sindhu! Now tell me what are your plans once you get back? I know you have kept yourself away from social media on your phone and I know you are generally active on social media. Have you got the phone back?A: Social media, of course, I need to get back and thank everybody. It’s so nice of everyone from some Bollywood stars, the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers, everybody actually congratulated me. I think it is really nice and kind of them to congratulate me on my success. So, I would definitely thank each and every one and I have already done few but a few more are left.Q: Just the last question Sindhu, then I am going to let you go. I know you are waiting at the airport to catch your flight back to India and Hyderabad Biryani cooked by your mother waits for you at home. I know you are very fond of it. So all excited?A: Yes, definitely I want to go home and meet my family. I am just waiting to see my nephew, he’s one-year-old now. I am really waiting to see him, I really miss him. Related StoriesBadminton Association of India Announces Cash Rewards for PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth
Sony Pictures acquires Ten Sports for $385 m COMMENTS null SHARE SHARE EMAIL Sony Pictures Networks India has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to telecast the 2016 edition of the International Champions Cup in India.The matches this year will be held across North America, Europe, Australia, and China, and will see 17 of the top clubs from across the world participating in the highly anticipated season opening tournament.The International Champions Cup will begin from July 22 and will run through August 13, 2016 and will be telecast live and exclusive on Sony Espn and Sony Espn HD channels. The tournament will also be streamed live on the SonyLiv app.The International Champions Cup 2016 is the first tournament of the 2016-17 football season and will kick-off the 2016-17 club season across the world.The fourth edition of this prestigious cup competition will see the return of winners from the past three seasons – Real Madrid C.F., Manchester United F.C., Paris Saint-Germain, along with other illustrious clubs from across the world.The acquisition of the broadcast and digital rights of the 2016 International Champions Cup is a strategic approach by the Sports Cluster of SPN towards bringing the best of football to India.Rajesh Kaul, President, Distribution & Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks, “The acquisition of the exclusive broadcast rights of the 2016 edition of the International. Champions Cup in India reinforces the Sports Cluster of SPN’s leadership in sports broadcast in India. The 2016 International Champions Cup is significant of a gold-standard of football with Europe’s elite clubs participating in this tournament. After the success of the UEFA EURO 2016, we are looking forward to broadcasting the season-opening tournament of club football.” COMMENT Published on SHARE RELATED July 21, 2016 football
Jaguar Land Rover India today announced that the company will launch hybrid vehicles in India towards the end of 2019. The step is in line with the company’s global commitment to introduce electrified options on its entire product portfolio by 2020.Starting from 2019, Jaguar Land Rover India will offer multiple products, ranging from hybrid vehicles to battery electric vehicles, over the next few years. Jaguar I-PACEWhile Jaguar Land Rover India will introduce hybrid vehicles from its Land Rover product portfolio towards the end of 2019, the company is planning to launch its first battery electric vehicle, Jaguar I-PACE, in the second half of 2020.”Jaguar Land Rover’s focus is to commit itself to a more sustainable future and our engineers have developed just the right products to lead us on this path. The introduction of electrified vehicles in Jaguar Land Rover India’s portfolio is in line with the government’s thrust towards electric vehicles,” Jaguar Land Rover India President and Managing Director Rohit Suri said in a statement.”The company is encouraged by the introduction of FAME-II by the Government of India and its focus on expansion of the charging infrastructure in the country. This is bound to help with faster adoption of all kinds of Electric Vehicles in due course,” Suri added.Below is the Jaguar product portfolio in India along with starting prices (ex-showroom, India).– Jaguar XE – Rs 40.61 lakh– Jaguar XF – Rs 49.78 lakh– Jaguar F-PACE – Rs 64.64 lakh– Jaguar F-TYPE – Rs 90.93 lakh– Jaguar XJ – Rs 1.11 lakhadvertisementBelow is the Land Rover product portfolio in India along with starting prices (ex-showroom, India).– Land Rover Discovery Sport – Rs 44.68 lakh– Land Rover Range Rover Evoque – Rs 52.06 lakh– Land Rover All-New Discovery – Rs 76.94 lakh– Land Rover Range Rover Velar – Rs 82.90 lakh– Land Rover Range Rover Sport – Rs 1.03 crore– Land Rover Range Rover – Rs 1.81 croreALSO READ | Jaguar Land Rover India to raise prices of select products by up to 4 per cent from April 1ALSO READ | Honda Cars India records 27 per cent sales growth to 17,202 units in March 2019ALSO READ | Volkswagen launches special Black and White Edition of Polo, Ameo and Vento at no extra cost
Bengaluru FC Thursday announced Kean Lewis’ contract renewal, signing a deal that will keep the winger at the club until the end of the 2019-20 campaign.The TATA Football Academy graduate was part of the Mahindra United academy where he played at various youth levels, and signed with Bengaluru ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.Twenty-six-year-old Kean claimed the assist for Erik Paartalu’s winner against ATK at the Fortress, and was instrumental in several appearances off the bench in Bengaluru’s run to the Indian Super League trophy.”I’m very happy to have signed on with Bengaluru FC for another season. I was given the opportunity to play in several positions last season, which shows that the coach has faith in me. It gives me more chances to play, which was a key factor in my decision.”Further to that, the team, the management, and the core of the club is intact, which bodes well for our chances of retaining the title and I’m really looking forward to that,” said Kean, after completing formalities on his one-year deal.UPDATE! Winger @KeanFLewis has signed an extension with the Blues, which will keep him at the club for another season. #MoreOfKean #WeAreBFC pic.twitter.com/u9oUmIHpiEBengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) May 16, 2019Carles Cuadrat, who has signed on with Bengaluru for two more seasons, said that he was happy to see Kean back in the fold.”We’re happy to offer Kean another year because he’s been an important player for us throughout the course of last season. Kean made a difference coming off the bench in crucial moments and whenever we needed him. As a player who understands the philosophy of this club and our style of play, we stand to benefit from having him as part of the squad for another year,” said Cuadrat.advertisementAlso Read | King’s Cup: Igor Stimac names 37 probables for preparatory camp
OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau has opened the door to federal intervention to challenge Quebec’s new law on religious neutrality, widely seen as targeting Muslim women who wear face veils.Immediately after Quebec passed Bill 62 last week, the prime minister was hesitant to come out strongly against the legislation. He said the responsibility to challenge the law lay with citizens, not the federal government.But he was considerably more forceful Wednesday, scoffing at the Quebec government’s attempts to clear up confusion about how the law will be applied and disclosing that the federal government is exploring its options for protecting the rights of women who cover their faces.“I will always stand up for individual rights and I will always stand up for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and we are looking very carefully at what tools we have and what steps we have to make sure we make this situation better for everyone,” Trudeau said.Among the federal government’s options: it could wait for an individual to challenge the constitutionality of the law and then intervene in the court case or it could pre-empt a lengthy legal battle by referring the law to the Supreme Court for advice on its constitutionality.The federal government could also help finance a court challenge through the court challenges program, which the Trudeau government reinstated to help fund individuals or groups who initiate cases involving charter rights and freedoms. However, decisions on which cases to fund are made by an independent third party, not the government.In response to Trudeau’s stepped-up criticism, Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee said the province has the right to legislate on matters within its jurisdiction.“Mr. Trudeau has the right to not share our opinion,” she told reporters in Quebec City. “And he has the right to have an opinion on the law. But I am not going to get into a debate in the media about that.“But I am really confident that the law is constitutional and I am convinced that it would withstand any legal challenge.”If the law were to be struck down as unconstitutional, Vallee said the provincial government has not yet considered whether it would use the so-called notwithstanding clause to override the charter of rights and keep the law intact.“We’re not there yet,” she said.“The notwithstanding clause is not part of the debate because there is no legal challenge so far.”Bill 62 requires anyone providing or receiving provincial and municipal public services in Quebec to uncover their faces.Last week, Vallee said the law would oblige people riding a bus or the subway to do so with their faces uncovered for the entire journey.On Tuesday, however, she backtracked, saying only those whose fare requires a card with photo ID will need to uncover their faces before riding public transit — and that they can put the veil back on once they’ve been identified.Asked Wednesday about Vallee’s clarifications, Trudeau replied: “You call those clarifications?”“I think we’re seeing there are still a lot of things to clarify in this bill, including how it will be applied,” he said. “We will do our homework here in Ottawa. As I’ve said several times, I don’t think a government should be telling a woman what to wear or not wear.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he’s been clear from the outset that he’s opposed to the law and suggested Trudeau’s position “has been evolving.”However, he did not offer any support for federal intervention in the matter.“That’s something that’s going to be decided by the people of Quebec … if they want to question this law. There are tools that exist. There’s a strong charter of rights and freedoms that exist in Quebec and that will be a decision made by the people of Quebec if they want to challenge this legislation.”Even within Liberal ranks, opinion is split on whether the federal government should intervene.Montreal MP Alexandra Mendes called on the Trudeau government last week to challenge the law.But her fellow Montreal MP, Nicola Di Iorio, said Wednesday he believes the federal government should butt out and give “all the deference, all the latitude” to Quebec’s national assembly.Earlier this week Social Development Minister Yves Duclos and Transport Minister Marc Garneau also said the federal government shouldn’t get involved.“It’s not up to the federal government to tell Quebec how to do things,” said Duclos.
SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Richard Oland’s final moments as he was bludgeoned to death in his office are being traced in court through the patterns of bloodstains and spatter that radiated around his body.RCMP Sgt. Brian Wentzell, a forensic bloodstain expert, is taking the murder trial of his son, Dennis Oland, through a detailed analysis of the trajectory of blood as the multimillionaire businessman was killed by repeated blows.Wentzell said Thursday blood “radiated in all directions,” with some spatter landing more than two metres from the body.He said Richard Oland’s office desk, where it appears he was sitting when the attack began, had “in excess of 100” stains on it.A few bloodstains, especially on one side of Oland’s desk, indicate that his head was at a low level at some point during the attack, meaning he was likely on the floor as the blows continued.He was hit over 40 times in an attack with a sharp-edged and blunt, hammer-like weapon or weapons that cracked his skull in several places. Deep cuts on his hands suggest he tried to protect himself from his attacker.No weapon was ever found.Richard Oland’s body was found on July 7, 2011, lying by his desk in his uptown Saint John office. The 69-year-old former Moosehead Breweries executive was killed sometime during the evening or night of July 6, 2011.His only son, Dennis, 50, is the last known person to have seen his father alive. He was charged with second-degree murder in 2013. He was convicted by a jury in 2015 but the verdict was set aside on appeal in 2016 and the new trial ordered.The current retrial is expected to last until mid-March.Wentzell was not called in by Saint John police until July 10, 2011, and he arrived from Halifax on July 11. By that time, the body had been removed, a few things had been shifted around and there had been considerable traffic in and out of the crime scene.He said he was unable to specify the origins of several transfer bloodstains in the Oland office, including a couple located on the floor. Wentzell told the court he could not detect any pattern in the transfer stains that would clearly identify them as coming from footwear. He also found transfers on the back of Oland’s office chair.Wentzell noted that some of the bloodstains radiating around the office appear to be from cast-off blood, possibly from the weapon as it was repeatedly raised and lowered.Wentzell’s testimony is important to the defence, which has yet to cross-examine the bloodstain expert. During the first trial in 2015, defence lawyers used Wentzell’s analysis to question how someone could carry out such a violent attack and not be covered in blood.Very little blood was traced to Dennis Oland despite an extensive search of the car he was driving when he visited his father on the day of the murder and items he was carrying at the time. As well, clothes seized from Dennis Oland’s home turned up nothing, except for the brown jacket he was wearing on July 6, 2011.The brown jacket was found to have several small stains on it that matched the DNA profile of his father.Chris Morris, The Canadian Press
Beijing: China’s former internet censor, who once held high-profile meetings with industry leaders such as Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison on corruption charges. The Intermediate People’s Court in the eastern city of Ningbo said Lu Wei had confessed to accepting 32 million yuan ($4.6 million) in bribes, expressed remorse and would not appeal his sentence. Lu helped lead the ruling Communist Party’s tightening of control over domestic cyberspace and championed Beijing’s position that governments have a right to filter and censor their countries’ internet. China has 700 million people online, but heavily censors content, especially that of a political nature, along with sites related to gambling and pornography. Social media sites such as Facebook and Google are also blocked.
The machinery will equip a newly-constructed factory named Baz International Pharmaceutical Company Limited. The locally produced generic medicines will significantly improve the availability of safe, effective and affordable medication in the country, UNDP said.The plant will be fully Afghan-owned and will be managed by Dr. Karim Baz, an experienced local doctor. Approximately 40 local employees will be taught relevant operating skills and production technology.The “Afghan Generic Medicines Project,” initially launched in 2002, brings together private and public partners, including the Swiss non-profit organization Business Humanitarian Forum (BHF), the Brussels-based European Generic Medicines Association (EGA) and the UNDP Country Office in Afghanistan. Currently, one-quarter of all Afghan children die before the age of 5, often due to the lack of proper medication for treatable infectious diseases.
How NFL overtime games since 2012 would have played out under different OT rules New rule results are based on the score 10 minutes into overtime.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Sudden death (1974-2011)15:00✓6:472.4 Old rule (2012-16)15:007:286.0% RESULTS New rule (2017- )10:006:3919.3 The NFL owners on Tuesday approved a drastic change to the NFL’s regular-season overtime format: cutting its maximum length from 15 minutes to 10.With games played as frequently as four days a week, the NFL says it’s trying to avoid the dangerous combination of long games and short recovery periods. The move may also be a reaction to last season, when six games went more than 12 minutes into overtime. Those included the Week 7 “Sunday Night Football” stinker, during which two teams spent five full periods slogging toward a 6-6 tie.But like the 2012 overtime modification, in which the sudden death format was changed so that a team couldn’t win the game with a first-possession field goal, Tuesday’s rule could be at the expense of overtime’s main purpose: deciding a winner. Since 2012, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, 83 regular-season games have gone into overtime, with five resulting in ties. Of those 83, 21 games lasted more than 10 minutes, with 16 tied at the 10-minute mark. Under the new rules, those 16 games would have all resulted in a draw. (With the change, two of the actual ties would have ended up with a winner, and three would have remained ties.)In addition to potentially tripling the rate of ties, the 10-minute overtime wouldn’t necessarily save that much time either. The 83 overtimes since 2012 would have been 49 game-seconds shorter on average. OT RULESTIME ON CLOCKFIRST POSSESSION FG WINS?AVG OT LENGTHTIE RATE The amount of time left on the clock affects play-calling and decision-making. Some analysts, like the MMQB’s Peter King, argued that if overtime were cut to 10 minutes, coaches would call games “faster,” pushing to get a win while the clock winds down. Maybe — but since 2012, 70 of 83 overtime games had at least two possessions, and the average elapsed time at the end of the second possession was 5:57. That means the average third possession would start just 4:03 away from a split decision. Will the NFL’s generally risk adverse coaches really jeopardize losing a bird (or, in this case, half a bird) in hand by diving into the bush to chase a full victory?The new system already has one detractor: Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He won the 2009 NFC championship game by completing just two short overtime passes to set up the field goal that gave New Orleans a sudden-death win — and a trip to Super Bowl XLIV.“I would disagree with [the rule change] because more games are going to end in ties now,” Brees told “The Dan Patrick Show.” He added that he wouldn’t be opposed to the NFL’s adopting rules that were similar to the “exciting” college format. In NCAA D-I football, each team’s offense lines up on the other team’s 25-yard line and takes turns trying to outscore each other, possession for possession. Although this scales back special teams and puts the bulk of emphasis on red-zone play, the baseball-like system of alternating possessions feels fairer to some fans.The NFL game may be best served by rolling back the 2012 modification in which the league changed regular-season overtime from sudden death to occasionally prolonged death. That change targeted the perception that games were too often being decided by coin flips: All the receiving team in OT had to do was make a few first downs and kick a field goal, as Brees’s Saints did in 2009.Under the 2012 rules,1This change was made for playoff games earlier, in 2010. teams were given a chance to respond if they held the receiving team to a field goal on its first possession. Given the chance, though, few teams have responded to period-opening field goals with a score of their own. In five seasons, according to Pro-Football-Reference, there have been only seven occasions when a team kicked a field-goal on its opening drive that was directly answered by their opponent scoring.As the table shows, the old sudden death rules, in which a tie occurred only if no one scored during the 15-minute overtime period, would have reduced average overtime duration nearly as much as the 10-minute cap, but with far fewer ties.Of course, if player safety is truly its highest priority, the NFL would do away with regular-season overtime altogether. Assuming that King is right about how coaches will react to a shorter overtime, removing it would force them to be more aggressive in regulation. If he’s wrong, at least we wouldn’t have to sit through 10 minutes of timid, tired football to get the same unsatisfying result.CORRECTION (May 24, 10 a.m.): An earlier version of the table in this article incorrectly said the NFL’s sudden-death overtime period from 1974 to 2011 was 10 minutes long. It was a 15-minute overtime.
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, has signed a three-year alumina supply agreement with Vinacomin, a Vietnamese state-owned firm. Under the agreement, Vinacomin will supply EGA with up to 300,000 t/y of alumina.The deal is the first long-term agreement to supply Vietnamese alumina to the UAE and significantly boosts the bilateral trading relationship between the two countries.The agreement was signed in Hanoi by EGA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Abdulla Kalban and Vinacom’s President and Chief Executive Officer Dang Thanh Hai, and was witnessed by the UAE Ambassador to Vietnam His Excellency Khalid Alqahtani.Abdulla Kalban said: “This agreement with Vinacomin is in line with our strategy to diversify our sources of supply for alumina, to secure the resources that the UAE’s aluminium industry needs to grow at competitive prices. We are pleased to have Vinacomin as an alumina supplier for EGA, and also to see the economic relationship between our two countries grow. We hope to develop our relationship with Vinacomin further in the future.”Dang Thanh Hai said: “Although Vinacomin’s alumina just entered the world alumina market four years ago, it has been accepted by worldclass customers, such as EGA, one of the leading premium aluminium producers, as expressed by the signing between Vinacomin and EGA.“For Vinacomin, this agreement is in line with the direction of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam, to contribute to promoting cooperation between Vietnam and the UAE. We look forward to further cooperation for mutual benefit in the future.”EGA currently imports all the alumina it needs. It is building the UAE’s first alumina refinery at Al Taweelah in Abu Dhabi. Once construction is completed and full production is achieved, the Al Taweelah alumina refinery will produce 2 Mt/y of alumina, enough to meet 40% of EGA’s requirements.EGA is also building a bauxite mine and associated export facilities in the Republic of Guinea in West Africa.
Damboa local government officials said they were afraid to speak out because of the controversy surrounding the Chibok abductions, with Nigeria’s government coming under heavy criticism for its slow response.Another resident, who fled to the Borno state capital Maiduguri and also requested anonymity, said that more than 30 men were killed during the raid, which began last Thursday.“The attackers held the whole village hostage for the next three days,” he added.News of the abductions came as locals in three villages of the Askira Uba district, some 60 kilometres to the south, said they had been attacked over the weekend.Resident Emos Ali said “many” people had died, although no official toll was available.A bomb blast blamed on Boko Haram killed at least eight at a public health college in the northern city of Kano on Monday.The newly appointed religious leader the Emir of Kano, former central bank governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, said the attack had “traumatised every one of us” after visiting the wounded in hospital.“We pray to Allah to bring an end to this security situation and may Allah not allow a repeat of this,” he said in his first comments on Boko Haram violence since his appointment.Read: At least 21 dead in bomb attack on World Cup viewing centre in NigeriaRead: Boko Haram kidnap 20 women close to where 300 schoolgirls were abducted in April SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM militants have abducted more than 60 women and girls, some as young as three, in the latest kidnappings in northeast Nigeria — and over two months since more than 200 schoolgirls were seized.Analysts said the kidnapping, which happened during a raid on Kummabza village in the Damboa district of Borno state, could be an attempt by the Islamist group to refocus attention on its demands for the release of militant fighters.Boko Haram has indicated that it would be willing to release the 219 schoolgirls that it has held hostage since April 14 in exchange for the freedom of its brothers in arms currently held in Nigerian jails.Nigeria initially refused to sanction any deal but efforts have since been made to open talks with the group, with a possible prisoner swap part of discussions.The military in Abuja said in a tweet late on Monday it could not confirm the latest abductions and spokesmen were not immediately available for comment when contacted by AFP on today.But a senior officer in the Damboa local government, who asked for his name to be withheld as he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said: “Over 60 women were hijacked and forcefully taken away by the terrorists.“The village was also destroyed,” he said, adding that locals had fled their homes to other parts of Borno and across the state border into Adamawa.“Among those abducted are children between the ages of three and 12,” he added.- ‘Shot dead’ -Aji Khalil, a local vigilante leader, said: “Over 60 women were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists. They were forcefully taken away by Boko Haram terrorists.Four villagers who tried to escape were shot dead on the spot.
La Belgique compte sortir du nucléaire à partir de 2015La Belgique qui se prépare actuellement à la formation d’un nouveau gouvernement, a annoncé dimanche son intention de sortir du nucléaire à partir de 2015.Après deux jours de débats, les négociateurs qui travaillent à la formation d’un nouveau gouvernement en Belgique se sont mis d’accord pour sortir du nucléaire à partir de 2015. Le futur Premier ministre pressenti, le socialiste Elio Di Rupo, a confirmé le principe de la fermeture progressive des sept réacteurs belges, qui était contenu dans une loi de 2003. Par ailleurs, les négociateurs se sont également mis d’accord sur la taxe nucléaire. “Nous nous sommes mis d’accord sur le fait de revenir à la loi de 2003”, a déclaré à l’AFP Frédéric Cauderlier, porte-parole du Mouvement réformateur (libéral) “mais il fallait que le pays puisse se doter d’un plan d’approvisionnement stratégique”. Le futur nouveau gouvernement aura donc six mois pour mettre au point un plan d’équipement permettant de remplacer les centrales par de nouvelles sources d’énergie diversifiées.La date effective de la fermeture ne sera déterminée avec précision qu’après qu’une alternative à l’atome ne soit trouvée. “En fonction des alternatives disponibles, les premières tranches fermeront peut-être dès 2015 ou seront prolongées d’un, deux ou trois ans”, a déclaré une autre source à l’AFP. Celle-ci estime que “l’accord de dimanche soir est un signal au secteur privé pour lui demander d’investir pour assurer la transition énergétique”.Par ailleurs, les négociateurs se sont également mis d’accord sur la taxe nucléaire. Fondée sur la rente nucléaire dont bénéficient les producteurs sous la forme de recettes supplémentaires depuis que les centrales ont été amorties, celle-ci sera relevée, dans des proportions qui restent néanmoins à définir dans les négociations budgétaires. Le 31 octobre 2011 à 17:54 • Maxime Lambert
<> The gaming community seems to be split on whether Nintendo should dump its hardware business and focus entirely on making games (hint: they shouldn’t). And with the very successful launch of Pokemon Go on smartphones recently, that surely adds weight to the argument Nintendo doesn’t need a hardware business. But Nintendo doesn’t agree, and it has fresh sales data to back up why.Pokemon Go launched on July 6 and millions of gamers downloaded the app and started playing. Bad news for 3DS sales, right? Actually, dead wrong. Sales of 3DS hardware in the US for July increased by 80% according to Nintendo, and they believe Pokemon Go was a big part of the reason why.They aren’t getting specific with the sales data, but the hardware sales increase includes all versions of the 3DS as well as the 2DS. Alongside Pokemon Go, other possible reasons for the huge sales bump include the release of Monster Hunter Generations and a price drop for the 2DS to $79.99.You can argue the 2DS price drop could of had the biggest impact on sales, and I’d agree if it happened in July, but it’s been $79.99 since May. When Monster Hunter Generations launched in Japan late last year (as Monster Hunter X) there was a huge increase in hardware sales, especially the New 3DS and New 3DS XL models. So it’s safe to assume it caused a sales bump in the US too, but nowhere near worth 80% more. Pokemon Go clearly played a major role in the increased sales.If you think about it, Nintendo likely anticipated this would happen and planned releases around it to take full advantage. They made the classic Pokemon games (Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow) available through the Virtual Console earlier this year. Then we had Pokemon Go launch, and next up is the release of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon on November 18. And then to cap off the Pokemon releases, Nintendo is expected to have a new Pokemon game (or two) available for the Nintendo NX before September 2017.So next time someone suggests Nintendo should dump its hardware business, especially if they mention the success of Pokemon Go, you might want to remind them what happened to 3DS sales during July 2016.
Stay on target The Internet Archive Rescues 490,000 Music Tracks ‘Lost’ by MyspaceThe sad social networks that you’ve been neglecting over the years Myspace has apologized for losing more than a decade of data in a possible server migration error.A message on the social network warns folks that any photos, videos, and audio files uploaded more than three years ago “may no longer be available on or from Myspace.”“We apologize for the inconvenience,” it continued, urging users to contact Data Protection Officer Jana Jentzsch (DPO@myspace.com) for more information.This isn’t exactly news to some: The BBC on Monday reported complaints of inactive music links dating back “several months.” However, this appears to be the streaming company’s first public response to the issue. I’m deeply skeptical this was an accident. Flagrant incompetence may be bad PR, but it still sounds better than “we can’t be bothered with the effort and cost of migrating and hosting 50 million old MP3s.”— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) March 18, 2019 This is funny for some, but to me it is devastating. My father was tragically murdered around 12 years ago, before Facebook was really a popular thing. He instead had a MySpace, and keeping it alive in his memory meant everything to me. I’m devastated by the loss of his memories.— Alicia The Rabbit (@AliciaTheRabbit) March 18, 2019Myspace did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.More on Geek.com:Study: Social Media Sites Can Predict Behavior Even If You Don’t Use ThemHere’s the Secret Password to Unlock Facebook Messenger’s Dark ModeInstagram to Hide Self-Harm Images Behind ‘Sensitivity Screens’The Sad Social Networks You’ve Been Neglecting Over the Years https://t.co/m4itH5Hx1u Just in case you’re wondering how it’s going. pic.twitter.com/3O5l551F7e— Jason Scott (@textfiles) March 17, 2019In the early days of social networking—before Facebook opened its doors to non-Ivy League students, and Twitter was still just a twinkle in Jack Dorsey’s eye—Myspace was the Internet’s watering hole.Founded in 2003, it attracted millions of users the world over. Within three years, it surpassed Google as the most visited website in the US; by 2008, Myspace was considered the leading social media site.Facebook’s cleaner, more streamlined interface—sans autoplay songs and bandwidth-hogging graphics—ultimately won out, and Myspace became a distant memory.Since then, under the initial co-ownership of Specific Media Group and Justin Timberlake, and then the Meredith Corporation, the platform has condensed into a music-focused service.But it’s not exactly been smooth sailing since.In 2016, nearly 360 million Myspace accounts were leaked on the dark web, email addresses, usernames, and weakly encrypted passwords available to anyone who knew how to find them.Now, Myspace is attracting anger and skepticism over its permanent loss of content—an estimated 50 million tracks by 14 million artists.
A complaint claims that 125 Hindu families had migrated from Prahlad Nagar in Meerut.A complaint lodged on the NaMo app claiming that 125 Hindu families had migrated from Prahlad Nagar in Meerut because of harassment of women by Muslims in the area, has led to a major controversy.The controversy is similar to the one that had hit Kairana in 2016.The complaint was sent on the app by a local Bharatiya Janata Party leader Bhavesh Mehta on June 11 and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), on the same day, forwarded the complaint to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). The CMO has sought a report on the matter.According to the complainant, Prahlad Nagar, that comes under the Lisadi Gate police circle, is a Muslim-dominated locality. The area has about 425 Hindu families, of which 125 have migrated to ‘safer’ localities after selling their property.Some houses in the area still display the ‘for sale’ notice.A senior police officer, however, denied that there was any truth in the complaint and said that the migration had taken place over the last five-six years.”When people start earning more, they prefer to move to bigger houses. There has been no panic in the area and complaints of harassment of women have been dealt with strictly,” the official in the rank of an ASP said.He alleged that a television channel had stoked the controversy. “You people sensationalize minor incidents and increase the communal divide,” he said.The women in Prahlad Nagar, however, admit that eve-teasing and harassment of females was a “routine” matter in the area.”We avoid moving out unless we are accompanied by a male member. We complain to the police but they invariably hush up the case. We hope that the government takes some action and makes life bearable for us,” said a woman resident of the area.Local BJP MP Rajendra Agarwal, however, said that the situation was “serious” and he would speak to the Chief Minister in this regard. “There is no reason for Hindu families to be afraid because in the BJP regime, no one will be allowed to harass our sisters,” he added.The police on Thursday set up barricades at the entry and exit points of the area and officers also visited Prahlad Nagar.The Vishwa Hindu Mahasangh has also written a letter to the Chief Minister, seeking security for Hindus in Meerut.The Chief Minister has directed senior police and civil officials to mobilise the local intelligence units and deal firmly with complaints in this regard.In June 2016, the then BJP MP Hukum Singh has raised the issue of migration of Hindu families in Kairana. He had stated that 346 families had migrated due to “pressures” from the Muslim community. Later, however, he said that the migration was not due to “communal reasons”.Meanwhile speaking to IANS, Additional Director General of Police(ADGP) of Meerut Zone, Prashant Kumar said he along with senior police and civil officials visited the spot on Thursday. “There has been migration, but it is not due to fear. However there is eveteasing, traffic related and pollution problem in the area. Police pickets have been established and CCTV cameras are being installed to monitor the activities in the area. We are also conducting a thorough probe to find out the actual reason of migration,” Prashant Kumar said.The Meerut police will also speak with former residents who migrated from Prahlad Nagar and settled in other places. The police are also gathering information from those who have had criminal cases filed against them.
File PhotoThe authorities seized the Physics question paper of the SSC examinations from 50 examinees in front of Mahila Samity High School in Chittagong on Tuesday morning.Executive magistrate Syed Murad Ali said a team detained the students of Chittagong Ideal School’s Patia branch and recovered the same copy of the physics question paper in their mobile phones.The examinees were however allowed to sit for the examination. Legal action will be taken against them after the examinations, said Syed Murad Ali.Question paper of all the eight examinations held so far have been leaked this year, which is a record.As many as 2,031,899 students are participating in the SSC examinations this year.The government has taken different measures to stop the leak of question papers, but to no avail.
The Baltimore police van Freddie Gray was transported in the day of his arrest and injury is moved to the Courthouse East garage prior to being shown to jurors in the trial of officer William Porter on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 in Baltimore. Jurors did not ask any questions about the van when they inspected it, and were not given any information about it during the viewing, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams said. Reporters and members of the public were not allowed to witness the jurors’ viewing. (Ian Duncan/The Baltimore Sun via AP)Officer William Porter was poised and calm as he testified in his own defense on Dec. 9, telling jurors that he didn’t call an ambulance for Freddie Gray because the man was alert, appeared uninjured and didn’t complain of any pain or wounds in the back of a police van.Instead, Gray only said “yes” when Porter offered to get him medical aid, the officer testified. Porter said he did tell his colleague, the van driver, to take Gray to the hospital after the man said he needed medical attention.Porter, a patrolman, responded to calls for assistance at some of the van stops. During the fourth stop, Porter went inside the back of the van and lifted Gray, who was handcuffed and shackled, from the floor onto the bench.The fourth stop is crucial in Porter’s case because prosecutors say Gray was already injured by the time he arrived there, and Porter’s failure to call a medic to the scene contributed the Gray’s death. Defense attorneys say Gray was injured later in the ride.Prosecutors also say by not buckling Gray into a seat belt during that stop, Porter was criminally negligent. The department requires detainees to be buckled up and the policy was updated just days before Gray’s arrest, leaving no ambiguity about whether a prisoner should be belted in.As Porter spoke, jurors listened intently, some leaning forward and scribbling notes as he spoke.Porter, the first of six officers to go on trial, said he only realized Gray was hurt when the van reached the police station. Porter said Gray was unresponsive “with mucus around his nose and mouth.”He called Gray’s name — as he’d done at previous stops, which elicited responses — but this time Gray was silent. Porter told jurors the experience was “a very traumatic thing for me.”Porter faces manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges. If convicted on all of the charges, the maximum penalty he faces is about 25 years.Defense attorneys have suggested that the van driver was responsible for Gray’s safety and indicated the officer may have thought Gray was faking an injury to avoid going to jail.Porter said during the fourth stop, Gray made eye contact with him and spoke “in a regular tone of voice.”“He never made a complaint of pain or an injury,” Porter said. “In order to call for an ambo I need age, sex, location and complaint of injury. He wouldn’t give me a complaint of injury.”Gray was a 25-year-old Black man who died a week after suffering a spinal injury at some point during a 45-minute ride in the back of the van. His death set off protests and a riot in the city, and became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.Porter, who is also Black, told jurors that when Gray was arrested, he overheard him screaming and mentioning something about needing an inhaler. When asked if Gray said he couldn’t breathe at the van’s fourth stop, Porter said, “absolutely not.”One of the prosecution’s witnesses, an internal affairs investigator, said Porter told her that Gray said during the van’s journey that he couldn’t breathe. But Porter explained on Dec. 9 that the investigator was mistaken, and he only heard Gray say that when he was arrested, not when he was in the van.As for why he didn’t buckle Gray into a seat belt, Porter told the jury that the wagon is “pretty tight” and said that of his 200 arrests involving the transport van, he has never belted in a prisoner.Porter added that he left the scene after lifting Gray from the floor of the wagon to the bench, and it was Caesar Goodson, the driver, who closed the wagon’s doors.It would have been his responsibility, Porter said, to buckle Gray into a seatbelt and he didn’t know if he did.Goodson faces the most serious charge stemming from Gray’s death: second-degree “depraved-heart” murder. His trial is next month.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further (Phys.org) — Technology industry giants are extending their lines of business from PCs, tablets and phones into owning a piece of the action of TV sets and content services. Apple and Google have got a lot of press over designs on TV-playing devices in people’s homes. Now Intel is staking its claim, too. Intel has been working out a business plan to issue a set-top box with a subscription TV service. The key feature that Intel hopes will turn the profitability corner is facial recognition technology. Intel is thinking along the lines of a TV service using a set-top box employing facial recognition to tell who is watching so that the TV can deliver more targeted ads. Google, Intel, Sony team up on Google TV platform Citation: Intel wants piece of TV biz via face time (2012, June 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-intel-piece-tv-biz.html Facial recognition would be used to detect the gender and age group of the people viewing a TV set at any one time. The set-top box would check out each person watching in front of the TV to deliver more targeted ads that would be specifically chosen to cater for the TV-viewing audience.Targeted, demographically suited advertising is generally considered the ideal way of guaranteeing advertising success. As for privacy, nothing would be detected beyond age and gender. Other identifying data would not be made known. Intel’s plan also involves keeping costs down by featuring smaller packages of TV networks instead of the standard large bundles of many channels. Intel would be seeking to win over subscribers with attractive pricing while using facial recognition technology to deliver targeted advertising. So far, though, the news of such a service has not gone over well with the general public, based on comments on news sites and via Twitter. A story headline further reflected reaction: “Intel Wants To Sell Your Face To Advertisers.” That was the header from redOrbit. On the heels of the Intel TV story released by Reuters came a Reuters blog report that people, once reading about the plan, are annoyed. One reader said he would never allow a set-top box pointing a camera in the house. Another was upset over the idea of having kids exposed to targeted ads constantly, amounting to more brainwashing of young people. “So gross,” and “how creepy” were other comments about facial recognition technology planned.While nothing more than gender and age would be tracked, an emotional reaction to camera-tracking in viewers’ homes is evident and, as observers note, may be a hurdle to an extent that Intel has not yet realized. Intel hopes to launch its video service before the end of the year, according to sources in a report from Reuters. © 2012 Phys.Org