Places to visit during the Olympics

first_imgTHEATRE & MUSIC 1 – War Horse | The story of a boy and his horse set in World War I (from Rs 4,730, New London Theatre).2 – Chariots of Fire | A must-watch; relive Eric Liddel and Harold Abrahams’ dramatic runs in the 1924 Games (from Rs 2,840, Gielgud Theatre).3 – Henry V | This classic will be featured where Shakespeare originally staged his plays (from Rs 430, The Globe).4 – Matilda the Musical | A little girl takes on nasty powers-that-be at her school (from Rs 1,720, Cambridge Theatre).5 – The BBC Proms | The world’s largest classical music event returns this summer (from Rs 430, Royal Albert Hall).6 – Thriller-Live | This MJ-tribute features the King of Pop’s biggest hits and best dance moves from his early days to his last hurrah (from Rs 3,010, Lyric Theatre).MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS 7 – Mind the Map | A collection of old maps explores London’s evolving public transport (Rs 1,160, Transport Museum).8 – Yoko Ono | John Lennon’s multitalented widow puts on a multimedia art display (Free, Serpentine Gallery).9 – Superhuman | A look at how humans have been enhancing their physical powers from Ancient Egypt to the modern battlefield (Free,Wellcome Collection).10 – Codebreaker: Alan Turing’s Life and Legacy | A celebration of the WWII codebreaker & computing pioneer on his birth centenary (Free, Science Museum).11 – Shakespeare: Staging the World | Interpreting the early 1600s through the Bard’s plays (Rs 1,200, British Museum).12 – Scott’s Last Expedition | Relive the adventure and science of this Antarctic voyage (Rs 770, Natural History Museum).13 – War Story: Serving in Afghanistan | Personal items, videos, photos and war memorabilia from British soldiers serving in Afghanistan (Free, Imperial War Museum).advertisement14 – British Design 1948-2012 | A look at the modern history of British design, from the endearing Mini car to Jonathan Ive’s iMac G3. (Rs 1,160,Victoria & Albert Museum).15 – Another London | An exploration of the capital city through the eyes of some of the biggest names in international photography (Rs 860, Tate Britain).16 – The Nine Eyes of Google Street View | A look at bizzare and unusual photos captured by Google’s roving cameras as they map every street on Earth. (Free, Saatchi Gallery).PARKS & RECREATION 17 – Hyde Park | 4,000 trees, a lake, rose gardens and the Diana Memorial Fountain (Entry Free).18 – Battersea Park | Popular with families and joggers, the park features play areas and the Battersea Children’s Zoo (Entry Free).19 – St James’s Park | Surrounded by three Royal palaces and is home to the Horse Guards Parade and Inn The Park cafe (Entry Free)20 – Regent’s Park | Designed in 1811 by John Nash, it includes stunning rose gardens and the largest outdoor sports area in London, Also find wild birds and the Open Air Theatre (Entry Free).21 – Kensington Gardens | Home to Kensington Palace, the Italian Gardens, the Albert Memorial, the Serpentine Gallery and the Princess Diana memorial playground (Entry Free).PUBS AND BRITISH FOOD1 – Hawksmoor Guildhall | Won Best New Restaurant in 2011 (Rs 11,180).2 – Medlar | Local and seasonal produce with a twist (Rs 3,440).3 – Dog & Duck | Favourite with locals.4 – Ye Olde Mitre | Has been in business since 1546 and oozes charm!FINE DINING5 – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal | Has a creative take on British food (Rs 6,880).6 – Rasoi | This Michelin-starred Indian restaurant is a can’t miss'(Rs 6,450).7 – Hakkasan | It continues to redefine Chinese cuisine (Rs 11,180).8 – Restaurant Gordon Ramsay | One of the UK’s best. Period (Rs 10,750).VEGETARIAN FOOD9 – Vanilla Black | Won a Michelin star for its inventive cuisine (Rs 4,300).10 – Itadaki Zen | Serves pure vegan Japanese fusion food (Rs 2,580).11 – Woodlands Restaurant | Dishes out south and north Indian fare (Rs 3,010).12 – Food For Thought | Has stayed a favourite for 40 years (Rs 2,150)SHOPPING13 – Neal’s Yard Dairy | Stocks specialist cheeses from 70 farms in Britain.14 – The Spice Shop | Has more than 2,500 spices from all over the world.15 – Twinings | This shop has been selling top-quality teas for centuries.16 – Berry Bros & Rudd | Stocks rare, high-quality wines and spirits.17 – Borough Market | Offers high quality meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees and pastries.18 – Alfie’s Antique Market | Stocks silver, furniture, paintings, jewellery, ceramics and vintage clothes.19 – Portobello Road | It’s known for jewellery, art, vintage clothes and more.20 – Grays Antique Markets | Has a reputation for expertise and choice with more than 80 dealers.21 – Debenhams | Stocks affordable ranges from British designers.22 – Fortnum & Mason | Sells quality food, luggage, homeware and clothes and is official grocer to the Queen.23 – Marks & Spencer | Stocks affordable lingerie, clothing, flowers, toiletries, furniture and fabrics.24 – Primark | Popular for its highly affordable, popularstyled clothing.25 – Selfridges | This regular big box stocks everything you’d ever want.advertisement26 – Harrods | Offers food, fashion, furniture and special services like pet care.27 – Sales and Promotions | Look out for bumper discounts that major stores at Oxford Street will have on offer for tourists.THE BEST OF LONDON28 – Best View | Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park is one of the city’s poshest addresses and offers stunning panoramas of central London.29 – Best of Old London | Built in 1066, the Tower of London holds the crown jewels.30 – Best of Tradition | Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a centuries-old tradition that takes place daily at 11:30 am.31 – Best Fish & Chips | Sea Shell of Lisson Grove has been serving up this most traditional of all British snacks for more than 30 years.32 – Best Afternoon Tea | The Palm Court at the 140-year-old Langham London hotel is where this very British tradition was born.33 – Best Chocolates | Paul A Young mixes odd flavours with classic techniques. Tomato, basil and olive oil chocolate, anyone?34 – Best Martini | Egerton House in Knightsbridge combines a discrete location, theatric barmen and exceptional service.35 – Best Irish Pub | Waxy O’ Connor’s serves up traditional Guinness with good food and a cavernous interior.36 – Best Nightclub | Ministry of Sound attracts 5,000 party-goers every weekend. Dance your shoes off!37 – Best Shopping for Women | Soho has affordable fashion stores like H&M, Mango and Zara galore. Grab that bargain.38 – Best Shopping for Teens | Topshop is a teen shopper’s dream come true with the latest fashion off the runways.39 – Best Ethical Shopping | Alara serves up organic, vegetarian and vegan foods, plus cosmetics and household products.40 – Best Perfume Shop | Les Senteurs stocks products that use natural essences and quality ingredients.last_img read more

Haryana’s Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt bring glory for the state at Olympics 2012

first_imgSushil at his home in Baprola.Kushti mein tukke na laga kare hain (There are no flukes in wrestling)!” Diwan Singh explodes, indignant that anyone could ever insinuate that his son was a “one-win wonder”. Olympic silver-medallist Sushil Kumar’s father, a driver with Delhi’s Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, is thrilled about,Sushil at his home in Baprola.Kushti mein tukke na laga kare hain (There are no flukes in wrestling)!” Diwan Singh explodes, indignant that anyone could ever insinuate that his son was a “one-win wonder”. Olympic silver-medallist Sushil Kumar’s father, a driver with Delhi’s Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, is thrilled about his son’s unprecedented triumph at the London Games, but also a little wistful: “My boy was his best. He was within grabbing distance of the gold medal.”Sushil, 29, and his India teammate Yogeshwar Dutt, who won the 60 kg freestyle bronze medal in London, are the biggest success stories from the Chaudhary Devi Lal Sports Centre. The 83-acre Sports Authority of India (SAI) facility-a finishing school for wrestlers-in Sonepat’s Bahalgarh village, where India’s best hone their grappling skills in gruelling training schedules, has happily been rechristened the ‘Haryanvi Medal Factory’ by local residents.”Lajawab uplabdhi hai (It’s an unparalleled achievement),” says chief coach Anil Khokhar, 35, who has seen a distinct change in younger wrestlers at the centre. From simply striving to participate in international events, he says, “our boys have smelt blood. They all want to chase medals now. Sushil and Yogeshwar have shown them it can be done”.Unlike the father, who will just not settle for second spot, the sleepy village of Baprola, on the fringes of Delhi’s northwestern border with Haryana, is euphoric about their new hero, Sushil Kumar, silver medallist in wrestling at the London Olympics in the 66 kg freestyle category and a bronze-winner in Beijing in 2008 in the same event. Says Mukhtiar Singh, a veteran of many a past dangal (wrestling tournament), “This boy has made it all worthwhile. His victory makes me feel truly celebrated for the first time in all my 84 years.”The ‘Haryanvi medal factory’ is thriving even more with lavish monetary rewards from the state government.Every youngster in Baprola wants to follow Sushil into wrestling. Tenyear-old Ritik and his three friends walked 2 km from their homes to touch the feet of their champion, just back home from London, in keeping with the old akhara tradition. “Kushti ladoge kya (Want to wrestle)?” asks Sushil. All four nod vigorously, swelling visibly with pride.Eighty kilometres to the north along the monsoon-damaged road to Gohana in Haryana’s Sonepat district, the residents of Bhainswal Kalan stayed up the night to welcome their own champion. A thousand of them thronged Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport to carry the 29-year-old Yogeshwar Dutt home on their shoulders. A large settlement of nearly 20,000 residents, Bhainswal has a long tradition of sending its sons and daughters into teaching. But it’s taken the single-minded devotion and grit of a wrestler to bring home the accolades. Pleasantly tidy despite its large population of water buffaloes, every street in the village is paved with concrete and lined with street lamps that actually work.”All this is thanks to Yogeshwar’s successes,” says Rameshwar Vashishth, 63, a former teacher, recalling how the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government first took note of Bhainswal after the wrestler found a place in the Indian squad for the Beijing Olympics. “Every man, woman and child here owes this young man a debt of gratitude,” he says. So they all thronged his freshly repainted house in the centre of the village just before sunrise on August 14 when he drove in. “The first thing he did was to touch the feet of his biggest fan-our mother,” says his younger brother Mukesh Dutt, 26.”It rained on the day Yogeshwar was born,” says 59-year-old Sushila Devi, fondly hugging her favourite child. “I knew then he was meant for great things. You know how they say sapooton ke paer palaane mein hi pehchaane jaate hain (good sons indicate their path in the crib itself),” she says, quoting an old Haryanvi adage. And breaking a long and worrisome dry spell, there was rain yet again on the morning Yogeshwar returned from London, convincing all in Bhainswal that he is their luckiest charm.Yogeshwar at his home in Bhainswal.But besides luck, India’s Olympic triumphs are rooted in an age-old rural wrestling tradition that extends all the way from the Najafgarh villages in Delhi to Sonepat, Rohtak, Hisar, Bhiwani in Haryana and further across to Baghpat, Shamli and Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh. It is like a thriving cottage industry. Every other village here has an akhara where older pehalwans (wrestlers) teach youngsters the finer nuances of grappling, widely misconstrued as a rustic sport involving brute strength.”It’s all in the soil and water that God gifted our people,” says Suresh Malik aka Bhaddal Pehalwan, who trains 100 young boys at the Balraj Akhara, a private wrestling school in Bhainswal Kalan set up over three decades ago by Satbir Singh, a celecelebrated local wrestler. Malik starts them young. His youngest pupils like Harsh, Shivam and Rohit, all between nine and 13 years, fight hard to stay ahead amid the mustard oil and turmeric-infused loam that serves as the mat in their akhara.”Yogeshwar and I were about the same age and just 30 kg each when we first began training under Mahabali Satpal at Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium 15 years ago,” Sushil recalls. His guru’s older brother Chaudhary Dara Singh first spotted the champion, when he won the gold medal at the National School Games in Delhi at the age of 12. “I imagine that (the exhilaration of the school-time victory) is how it would have felt had I struck gold in London,” he says a trifle ruefully.For 17-year-old Praveen Kumar, who just rejoined training at the SAI Centre in Bahalgarh after six months of rehab to treat injuries sustained when miscreants pushed him off a speeding train on his way to his village near Shamli in January, Sushil’s silver medal has been inspirational. “Beijing was the beginning but London has shown the world that you cannot mess with Indians,” says the youngster who is back to a punishing workout from 4.30 in the morning until lights out at 10.30 p.m. every day.The results are evident. Fourteen of the 15-man squad of ‘Bahalgarh Boys’ that participated in the November 2011 Inter-SAI Games at Hisar came back with medals. Six of them struck gold at the national sub-junior wrestling tournament in May 2012.The ‘Haryanvi Medal Factory’ is thriving even more with lavish monetary rewards from the state government. Chief Minister Hooda not only announced a cash award of Rs 1 crore for Dutt but went on to proclaim similar prizes for every medallist even remotely connected with his state: Sushil because he speaks Haryanvi and trained here; badminton star Saina Nehwal and shooter Gagan Narang because their families are originally from Haryana.Back in Bhainswal and Baprola, both champions say they are not ready to hang up their boots. “I will go for gold in Rio 2016,” says Sushil, who is spending most of his 15-day break before the upcoming SAF Games Camp in September, watching YouTube re-runs of his failed final bout. “I have to spot where I faltered against the Japani (Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu),” he says. Relatively relaxed, Yogeshwar too heads for the computer when he gets the chance.As Diwan Singh reiterates, “There are no flukes in wrestling. It is all about keeping fit, training hard and perfecting tactics to be far superior to anything your opponent can possibly come up with.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Hardik Pandya batting at No.3 gives good balance to Mumbai, says Parthiv Patel

first_imgMumbai Indians wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel on Friday said that all-rounder Hardik Pandya coming in to bat at No.3 ahead of other specialist batsmen gives a good balance to the team.Mumbai Indians will meet Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier league (IPL) encounter at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.Mumbai, after losing to Rising Pune Supergiants in the tournament opener, came back strongly with an all-round show to thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets on Wednesday.”He (Pandya) is a quality player. He has a very good record in Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy batting at No.3 for Baroda. Here also he has got lot of runs. If he bats at No.3, it gives us a very good balance to the team. It gives Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler nice stage to bat on. I don’t think there is any thinking behind making him a better player. Playing for Mumbai Indians shows he has the ability to play,” Parthiv said here.The 31-year-old said that the side will miss injured batsman Lendl Simmons, who has been ruled out of the tournament.”Lendl has been a brilliant player for us in last two years. He has scored lot of runs. But this gives another player an opportunity or me. Last year, me and Lendl had a good partnership at the top, now it gives me the opportunity to open with Rohit Sharma. He is in great form. Rohit makes batting look easy, and that gives me a lot of confidence at the other end. We are sad that Lendl got injured, but that is something we can’t do much about,” he said.advertisementAsked how helpful head coach Ricky Ponting is for the team, Parthiv said, “He (Ponting) always backs any player. He gives us the space and he tells us to go out there and play, he has played in that manner and also tells us the same. The positive energy he gives us is very good in the dressing room. If we win or lose, he makes sure the atmosphere is always balanced.””Like we made a comeback last year and even in the first game this year. I don’t think losing the first game made a big impact, I think we started fresh. I think he has been fantastic in handling the team,” Parthiv concluded.last_img read more

No realistic hope of Olympic medal in hockey: Viren Rasquinha

first_imgMumbai, Jun 16 (PTI) While praising the Indian men hockey teams progress under the guidance of coach Roelant Oltmans, former international Viren Rasquinha did not hold out a realistic chance for the country to climb the medals podium at the upcoming Rio Olympics. “We have to take one step at a time. In Beijing (2008 Olympics) India did not qualify and we were 12th (and last) in London (Olympics in 2012). From there to go and win a medal is unrealistic. Our first aim should be to qualify for the quarterfinals,” he said. Rasquinha was speaking at a panel discussion after being named by Star Sports network as one of its commentators during its coverage of the August 5-21 Games. The 35-year-old former player, who represented the country at the Athens Games in 2004, said Australia were the favourites for the gold, while India can nurture hopes of getting past all other teams on its current form. “The first priority for the Indian squad would be to make it to the quarter-finals (under the changed format for the tournament). Australia are undoubtedly the favourites. But take away Australia and we have a chance against all other teams. “All are within our range. If we meet any of those countries in the quarters I would have hopes (for India) but if we meet Australia I dont have hopes as our record is not good. The no 1 priority is to qualify (for quarters) and no 2 is to avoid Australia (in quarters),” said Rasquinha. The ex-international has been roped in as an expert commentator by the channel along with Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe, Indian shuttle ace Prakash Padukone, former shooting champion Anjali Bhagwat and Olympic swimmer Rehan Poncha. Rasquinha was all praise for Oeltmans and said he, for one, is not surprised at the improvement in the Indian team under the Dutchman.advertisement”Oeltmans is doing a fantastic job. He has built a fine team ethics. Everyone comes back to help the defence. There has been effective rolling substitution because of which India is playing at a very high intensity that has surprised many. But but I have not been surprised,” he said. (More) PTI SSR RSY AH AHlast_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic vows to return stronger from injury

first_imgManchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has vowed to come back even stronger after suffering a serious knee injury against Anderlecht in Europa League last week.Ibrahimovic and defender Marcos Rojo are likely to miss the rest of the season after scans revealed they both have suffered cruciate knee ligament injuries.”First of all, thank you for all the support and love,” Ibrahimovic, United’s top scorer this season with 28 goals, wrote on his Instagram account on Sunday.”It’s no news I got injured so I will be out of football for a while. I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger. So far I played with one leg so it shouldn’t be any problem.”The 35-year-old Swede, whose contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season, said injuries will not decide his future in the game.”One thing is for sure, I decide when it’s time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option,” he added.United, who are fifth in the Premier League standings, face a challenging schedule including visits to Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.They also face Spanish side Celta Vigo in a two-legged Europa League semi-final next month.last_img read more

Yank HR’s Shock Bosox, 5-4

first_imgNEW YORK — Chase Headley remembered watching the New York Yankees as a kid and then as a competitor.“You expected the magic moment, the big hit, the guy to get out of the jam,” he said. “You just kind of learn to expect it.”On Sept. 4, he combined with Mark Teixeira to deliver one of those indelible instants, one that gave the Yankees a little more belief that they can put together a spurt and return to the playoffs after a one-year absence.Teixeira hit a tying home run off Koji Uehara leading off the ninth inning and Headley homered with one out, lifting New York to stunning 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.“Two home runs in the ninth — it used to happen a lot more,” Teixeira said. “It’s a huge win. You feel like you kind of stole one.”David Ortiz homered twice off Chris Capuano as the Red Sox built a 3-0 lead in the first three innings. After Derek Jeter hit a two-run double and scored on Carlos Beltran’s single in the bottom of the third, Brock Holt put Boston ahead 4-3 with a fifth-inning homer.Rich Hill, Esmil Rogers, Josh Outman, Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren (3-5) combined for 4 2-3 innings of one-hit relief, keeping the Yankees within one run.New York had just one hit since the third before Teixeira fouled off a 2-2 pitch, then drove a hanging splitter into the second deck in right field for his 21st home run this season, his first since Aug. 17.“I’ve been pretty bad the last few weeks,” said Teixeira, who started the game in a 6-for-44 (.136) slide.After Brian McCann flied out, Headley worked the count to 3-2 and sent another splitter from Uehara (6-5) deep into the right-field bleachers.Headley threw his helmet as he approached home plate, where he was met by his leaping teammates and doused with an orange bucket of Gatorade by Brett Gardner as he crossed.It was Headley’s second-game winning hit since the Yankees acquired him from San Diego on July 22. On the night he arrived, his 14th-inning single gave New York a 2-1 victory over Texas. “A little bit different,” Headley said, smiling. “I actually knew everybody’s name this time.”New York, which remained four games out of the second AL wild-card spot with 24 games left, is in danger of missing consecutive postseasons for the first time since 1992 and ’93.“It’s a great win, and we needed it,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “And we’re going to need a lot more.”Capuano, who made 28 relief appearances with Boston this year before he was released, allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings for the Yankees. He gave up three homers to left-handed hitters for the first time in his 239 big league pitching appearances, according to STATS.Another midseason addition, he watched from the dugout as the ninth inning unfolded. “I was standing on the top rail there,” Capuano said, “just hoping for some magic.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Knighthood for Ben Stokes? ‘Of course’ say UK’s next prime ministerial candidates

first_imgadvertisement scorecard graphs Next India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 15:41 IST Ben Stokes scored a combined 92 runs in the World Cup 2019 final against New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBen Stokes was adjugded man-of-the-match in the World Cup 2019 finalStokes scored 84 not out off 98 balls in the final and 8 not out in the Super OverUK’s next prime ministerial candidates have assured knighthood for Stokes if either of them winStar All-rounder Ben Stokes is likely to get knighted for his heroics in the Cricket World Cup 2019 final on Sunday which helped England clinch their maiden title in ICC’s 50-over showpiece event.Stokes’s unbeaten 84 off 98 balls helped England level New Zealand’s score of 241 and then he scored 8 in the Super Over which also ended in a tie. England were then declared winners of the World Cup as they had scored more boundaries in the 50 overs and in the Super Over as compared to New Zealand.The victorious English cricket team was hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May at her 10 Downing Street residence on Monday. While the outgoing PM congratulated Eoin Morgan and his players, the next two contenders for the PM’s post have assured of a knighthood for Stokes.Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, one of whom will replace outgoing PM May later this month, both pledged to honour the World Cup man-of-the-match with Johnson even adding that he would make Stokes a Duke if he becomes the next British Prime Minister.”I will give dukedoms, whatever – I will go to the maximum, to, what, the Garter King of Arms. Yes is the answer, absolutely,” Boris Johnson said as he answered a rapid-fire series of ‘yes or no’ questions at the end of the leadership debate, hosted by The Sun and talkRADIO.An incredible day of sport! @LewisHamilton wins the British Grand Prix, @EnglandCricket win the #CWC19Final – and well done @DjokerNole at Wimbledon! I still treasure the tennis racket you gave me after our last matchadvertisementBoris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 14, 2019Hunt also replied in the affirmative when the question was asked to him: “Of course”.Won’t make any trite comparisons about other contests where the seemingly impossible really can happen…but so proud to see the England cricket team lift the World Cup trophy for the first time on home soil! #cwc2019 #britishgp #winnersJeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 14, 2019Chasing 242 to win after New Zealand won the toss and posted 241-8, England had slumped to 86 for 4 before a partnership of 110 between Buttler (59) and New Zealand-born Ben Stokes (84) ensured the match would go down to Super Over.The duo once again came out to bat in the Super Over and smashed 15 runs with Stokes scoring 8 of them including a boundary. Jofra Archer then restricted New Zealand to 15 with England emerging victorious on a superior boundary count.England captain Eoin Morgan later lauded Stokes for his “superhuman” effort in the match.”To come through it is extraordinary. He’s almost superhuman. He really carried the team and our batting line-up. I know Jos [Buttler] and his partnership was extraordinary, but to bat with the lower order the way he did, I thought, was incredible,” Morgan said after the game.”Ben on numerous occasions has stood up individually and in a unit for us. He leads the way in training, in any team meetings we have, and he’s an incredible cricketer. And today he’s had a huge day out and obviously we are thankful for that,” Morgan said.Also Read | As the dust settles on epic World Cup final, spare a thought for the winnersAlso Read | Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherAlso Read | Prime Minister Theresa May hosts victorious England team at 10 Downing StreetAlso Read | As a nation we all aged a year in that Super Over: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda ArdernFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow Sir Ben StokesFollow Boris JohnsonFollow Jeremy HuntFollow England vs New ZealandFollow ICC World Cup 2019 Final Knighthood for Ben Stokes? ‘Of course’ say UK’s next prime ministerial candidatesBen Stokes was the hero of the Cricket World Cup 2019 final as he guided England to their maiden triumph in the 50-over showpiece tournament at Lord’s on July 14. No data available! commentary view more view lesslast_img read more

HK Liners Want Shipping Exempted from Competition Law

first_imgzoom The Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association has filed a request for block exemption from Hong Kong’s competition regulations that entered into force on Monday, December 14th outlawing inter alia vessel-sharing agreements.The association’s request joins numerous others from various industry branches seeking exemption from the regulation. The association believes Hong Kong should follow the example of Singapore that extended Competition Block Exemption for Liner Shipping Agreements Order (BEO) for another five years until 31 December 2020.Danish liner giant Maersk Line said if the Hong Kong Competition Commission fails to approve the exemption that it will most probably drop calls at Hong Kong.Initial estimates show that without the block exemption, the transshipment business at Hong Kong’s container terminals would be brought to its knees and the overall impact on the local economy would be devastating.Companies that applied for the exemption are expected to be granted a grace period until their requests are processed and a decision is made.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

BW Catcher FPSO Produces First Oil

first_imgzoom The first oil from the BW Catcher floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit was produced on December 23, 2017, operator of FPSO units BW Offshore informed.The initial hydrocarbon volumes were produced following a hook-up and commissioning period.The FPSO arrived at the Premier Oil-operated Catcher field, offshore UK, on October 18, after it departed Keppel Shipyard in Singapore in late August and made a brief stopover at Nigg.“The Catcher development project is nearing completion on time… We are very pleased with the effective hook-up and commissioning, which reflects extensive preparations through-out the construction phase and a well-planned offshore installation program,” Carl K. Arnet, the CEO of BW Offshore, commented.BW Catcher is owned and operated by BW Offshore and will commence a seven-year fixed term contract, with extension options of up to 18 years. The Catcher field partnership is made up of Premier Oil (50%), Cairn Energy (20%), MOL Group (20%) and Dyas (10%).The unit has an oil storage capacity of 650,000 barrels and a processing capacity of up to 60,000 barrels per day. The FPSO has a design life of 20 years of uninterrupted operations.last_img read more

Province Supports Upgrades to Pictou Water System

first_imgThe province continues to support healthier communities with improved, modern infrastructure through the Provincial Capital Assistance Program. “This investment will help keep Pictou vibrant and healthy, and ensure a better quality of life for residents and families,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker, on behalf of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. “Improving and modernizing aging infrastructure is a priority and this investment will create local jobs and contribute to the local economy.” The province is investing $250,000 to help refurbish the town’s water tower. The total cost of the project is $500,000. Through the Provincial Capital Assistance Program, the province contributes towards the cost of high priority municipal infrastructure. Last month, the province announced $3.5 million in support for 11 municipalities. Annual funding is limited, so applications are ranked according to factors such as the severity of problems the projects address. Requests for projects that eliminate serious environmental and health problems receive priority. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/municipal/funding/infrastructure/provincial-capital-assistance-program.asp .last_img read more

Canadian Actress Sarah Hansen Booth appears on Law Order – Special Victims

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter She will be the guest star on an episode of Law & Order – Special Victims Unit. This spinoff of Law and Order has been airing on the NBC network for 18 years. On February 15, 6.9 million Americans watched the 11th episode of the season live.A strong characterIn the episode No surrender, she interprets the role of Captain Beth Williams, a woman with a strong character serving in the military. “She finds herself in vulnerable situations, but she is a person who is able to shoulder the burden,” she outlines. “She doesn’t react in a typical way to situations involving sexual aggression. It’s as though she has been trained to deal with torture or that kind of aggression.” Advertisement As a teenager in Ormstown, Sarah Hansen Booth used to watch Law and Order – Special Victims Unit. This Wednesday, she will appear in an episode of a program that captivates more than six million American viewers each week.“I recently moved to Los Angeles with my husband [director and producer Gavin Michael Booth], to follow our dreams,” stated the actor. “Landing this role in the United States on the NBC network is huge. It’s going to give me so much exposure.”By the end of her audition, however, her expectations were not very high. “I did my audition with my iPhone and sent the clip to New York where shooting was taking place,” explained Hansen Booth. The next morning, I heard from my agents that the production team was very interested. They just wanted to know if I was ready to cut my hair and I didn’t have to do a second audition.” Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Chinese researchers try brain implants to treat drug addicts

SHANGHAI — Patient Number One is a thin man, with a scabby face and bouncy knees. His head, shaved in preparation for surgery, is wrapped in a clean, white cloth.Years of drug use cost him his wife, his money and his self-respect, before landing him in this drab yellow room at a Shanghai hospital, facing the surgeon who in 72 hours will drill two small holes in his skull and feed electrodes deep into his brain.The hope is that technology will extinguish his addiction, quite literally, with the flip of a switch.The treatment — deep brain stimulation — has long been used for movement disorders like Parkinson’s. Now, the first clinical trial of DBS for methamphetamine addiction is being conducted at Shanghai’s Ruijin Hospital, along with parallel trials for opioid addicts. And this troubled man is the very first patient.The surgery involves implanting a device that acts as a kind of pacemaker for the brain, electrically stimulating targeted areas. While Western attempts to push forward with human trials of DBS for addiction have foundered, China is emerging as a hub for this research.Scientists in Europe have struggled to recruit patients for their DBS addiction studies, and complex ethical, social and scientific questions have made it hard to push forward with this kind of work in the United States, where the devices can cost $100,000 to implant.China has a long, if troubled, history of brain surgery on drug addicts. Even today, China’s punitive anti-drug laws can force addicts into years of compulsory treatment, including “rehabilitation” through labour. It has a large patient population, government funding and ambitious medical device companies ready to pay for DBS research.There are eight registered DBS clinical trials for drug addiction being conducted in the world, according to a U.S. National Institutes of Health database. Six are in China.But the suffering wrought by the opioid epidemic may be changing the risk-reward calculus for doctors and regulators in the United States. Now, the experimental surgery Patient Number One is about to undergo is coming to America. In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration greenlighted a clinical trial in West Virginia of DBS for opioid addicts.___HUMAN EXPERIMENTSPatient Number One insisted that only his surname, Yan, be published; he fears losing his job if he is identified.He said doctors told him the surgery wasn’t risky. “But I still get nervous,” he said. “It’s my first time to go on the operating table.”Three of Yan’s friends introduced him to meth in a hotel room shortly after the birth of his son in 2011. They told him: Just do it once, you’ve had your kid, you won’t have problems.Smoking made Yan feel faint and slightly unhinged. Later, he found meth brought crystalline focus to his mind, which he directed at one thing: Cards. Every time Yan smoked, he gambled. And every time he gambled, he lost — all told, around $150,000 since he started using drugs, he estimated.His wife divorced him. He rarely saw his son.Yan checked into a hospital for detox, moved to another town to get away from bad influences, took Chinese traditional medicine. But he relapsed every time. “My willpower is weak,” he said.Last year his father, who had a friend who had undergone DBS surgery at Ruijin, gave him an ultimatum: Back to rehab or brain surgery. “Of course, I chose surgery,” Yan said. “With surgery, I definitely have the chance to get my life back.”Before there were brain implants in China there was brain lesioning. Desperate families of heroin addicts paid thousands of dollars for unproven and risky surgeries in which doctors destroyed small clumps of brain tissue. Brain lesioning quickly became a profit centre at some hospitals, but it also left a trail of patients with mood disorders, lost memories and altered sex drives.In 2004, China’s Ministry of Health ordered a halt to brain lesioning for addiction at most hospitals. Nine years later, doctors at a military hospital in Xi’an reported that roughly half of the 1,167 addicts who had their brains lesioned stayed off drugs for at least five years.DBS builds on that history. But unlike lesioning, which irreversibly kills brain cells, the devices allow brain interventions that are — in theory — reversible. The technology has opened a fresh field of human experimentation globally.“As doctors we always need to think about the patients,” said Dr. Sun Bomin, director of Ruijin Hospital’s functional neurosurgery department. “They are human beings. You cannot say, ‘Oh, we do not have any help, any treatment for you guys.’”Sun said he has served as a consultant for two Chinese companies that make deep brain stimulators — SceneRay Corp. and Beijing PINS Medical Co. He has tried to turn Ruijin into a centre of DBS research, not just for addiction, but also Tourette syndrome, depression and anorexia.In China, DBS devices can cost less than $25,000. Many patients pay cash.“You can rest assured for the safety of this operation,” Yan’s surgeon, Dr. Li Dianyou, told him. “It is no problem. When it comes to effectiveness, you are not the first one, nor the last one. You can take it easy because we have done this a lot.”In fact, there are risks. There is a small chance Yan could die of a brain hemorrhage. He could emerge with changes to his personality, seizures, or an infection. And in the end, he may go right back on drugs.____A BUZZING DRILLSome critics believe this surgery should not be allowed.They argue that such human experiments are premature, and will not address the complex biological, social and psychological factors that drive addiction. Scientists don’t fully understand how DBS works and there is still debate about where electrodes should be placed to treat addiction. There is also skepticism in the global scientific community about the general quality and ethical rigour — particularly around issues like informed consent — of clinical trials done in China.“It would be fantastic if there were something where we could flip a switch, but it’s probably fanciful at this stage,” said Adrian Carter, who heads the neuroscience and society group at Monash University in Melbourne. “There’s a lot of risks that go with promoting that idea.”The failure of two large-scale, U.S. clinical trials on DBS for depression around five years ago prompted soul-searching about what threshold of scientific understanding must be met in order to design effective, ethical experiments.“We’ve had a reset in the field,” said Dr. Nader Pouratian, a neurosurgeon at UCLA who is investigating the use of DBS for chronic pain. He said it’s “a perfectly appropriate time” to research DBS for drug addiction, but only “if we can move forward in ethical, well-informed, well-designed studies.”In China, meanwhile, scientists are charging ahead.At 9 a.m. on a grey October Friday in Shanghai, Dr. Li drilled through Yan’s skull and threaded two electrodes down to his nucleus accumbens, a small structure near the base of the forebrain that has been implicated in addiction.Yan was awake during the surgery. The buzzing of the drill made him tremble.At 4 p.m. the same day, Yan went under general anesthesia for a second surgery to implant a battery pack in his chest to power the electrodes in his skull.Three hours later, Yan still hadn’t woken from the anesthesia. His father began weeping. His doctors wondered if drug abuse had somehow altered his sensitivity to anesthesia.Finally, after 10 hours, Yan opened his eyes.___BODY COUNTAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 500,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in the decade ending in 2017 — increasingly, from synthetic opioids that come mainly from China, U.S. officials say. That’s more than the number of U.S. soldiers who died in World War II and Vietnam combined.The body count has added urgency to efforts to find new, more effective treatments for addiction. While doctors in the U.S. are interested in using DBS for addiction, work funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health is still focused on experiments in animals, not people.At least two U.S. laboratories dropped clinical trials of DBS for treating alcoholism over concerns about study design and preliminary results that didn’t seem to justify the risks, investigators who led the studies told The Associated Press.“The lack of scientific clarity, the important but strict regulatory regime, along with the high cost and risk of surgery make clinical trials of DBS for addiction in the U.S. difficult at the present time,” said Dr. Emad Eskandar, the chairman of neurological surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.China’s studies have offered mixed results. Sun and his colleagues have published one case study, describing a heroin addict who fatally overdosed three months after getting DBS. But a separate pilot study published in January by doctors at a military hospital in Xi’an showed that five of eight heroin addicts stayed off drugs for two years after DBS surgery.Based on those results, SceneRay is seeking Chinese regulatory approval of its DBS device for addiction, and funding a multi-site clinical trial targeting 60 heroin addicts. SceneRay chairman Ning Yihua said his application for a clinical trial in the U.S. was blocked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.But in February, the FDA greenlighted a separate, pilot trial of DBS for four opioid addicts, said Dr. Ali Rezai, who is leading the study at the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. They hope to launch the trial in June, with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.The FDA declined comment.“People are dying,” Rezai said. “Their lives are devastated. It’s a brain issue. We need to explore all options.”___‘YOU CAME TOO LATE’Two unsteady days after Yan’s surgery, doctors switched on his DBS device. As the electrodes activated, he felt a surge of excitement. The current running through his body kept him awake; he said he spent the whole night thinking about drugs.The next day, he sat across from Dr. Li, who used a tablet computer to remotely adjust the machine thrumming inside Yan’s head.“Cheerful?” Li asked as the touched the controls on the tablet.“Yes,” Yan answered.Li changed the settings. “Now?”“Agitated,” Yan said. He felt heat in his chest, then a beating sensation, numbness and fatigue. Yan began to sweat.Li made a few more modifications. “Any feelings now?”“Pretty happy now,” Yan said.He was in high spirits. “This machine is pretty magical. He adjusts it to make you happy and you’re happy, to make you nervous and you’re nervous,” Yan said. “It controls your happiness, anger, grief and joy.”Yan left the hospital the next morning.More than six months later, he said he’s still off drugs. With sobriety, his skin cleared and he put on 20 pounds. When his friends got back in touch, he refused their drugs. He tried to rekindle his relationship with his ex-wife, but she was pregnant with her new husband’s child.“The only shame is that you came too late,” she told him.Sometimes, in his new life, he touches the hard cable in his neck that leads from the battery pack to the electrodes in his brain. And he wonders: What is the machine is doing inside his head?Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press read more

Weekend murder of Hamilton teen

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 (Update)We now have the latest on the shocking weekend murder, of a young Hamilton teen.18-year old David Pereira was stabbed to death in front of dozens of witnesses early Sunday morning, as he and a group of friends joined the crowds pouring out of the bar scene in Hess Village.Scot Urquhart talked to a witness who was on the scene and who says things are getting worse in an area already known for drunken brawls, and serious violence.This is the only sign of what happened here, early Sunday morning. That’s when 18-year old David Pereira died here. Stabbed by a man that he didn’t even know.Rick Kellogg was standing right beside Pereira when the fatal blow was struck: “I didn’t hear anything that was out of the ordinary.”Police arrested a man at the scene. Later, they charged 49-year old Raleigh Stubbs, with murder. That was a shock to Bruce Clinton, the superintendent in the building where Stubbs lives: “Just kept to himself. Like whenever he went by the office it was; ‘Hi Bruce, Hi Linda. Nice guy. Can’t believe it.”Bruce, and assistant Superintendent Giles Fitzgerald say that Stubbs had been living with his father: His dad died. That affected him I guess.”But just a few days ago, Stubbs attended a gathering for residents at the building: “He seemed normal then.”But there was nothing normal about Sunday night.Rick says he and a group of friends have been gathering here late on Saturday nights for about a decade – to share a coffee, and watch the entertainment. But in the last few years he says, things have been getting far less entertaining, and far more frightening.Rick Kellogg was an eyewitness to the event: Over the years, it’s getting worse and worse. Fights are a weekly occurrence now, and it’s not just a one-on-one.”Rick saw a gang attack about a month ago just down the street — Half a dozen assailants beat a young man to unconsciousness … Sending him to hospital.And while there’s been plenty of talk about the number of half-way house residents, and street people in the area — Rick says it’s another demographic that’s driving the violence:Kellogg: They’re not derelicts or homeless people that are causing all the problems. It’s the kids fighting as they’re coming out of there.”Kellogg says he sees a heavy police presence in the area around 11pm as patrons are going into the bar, but almost no police in the area. As the crowds are coming out, around 2:30 am.But in his view, attitude plays a large part in the violence.He says many of those in the young crowd leaving hess village, seem to be spoiling for a fight, and aren’t content to merely throw a punch or two.It’s become so noticeable in fact that he, and his group of motorcycle riding friends are considering looking for a new place to hang out on Saturday nights. read more

Brock researchers book gives voice to a symphony of unknown early films

They are images Anthony Kinik finds fascinating: Stark skyscrapers jutting towards the clouds, clock hands spinning furiously, stilettoes quick-stepping along crowded sidewalks, neon signs flashing and reflections distorting in polished steel and glass.Each is a fixture in the city symphony genre, which is at the centre of the Brock assistant professor’s latest book.City symphonies were created as a direct reaction to the rapidly developing urban environments of the early 20th century. Some avant-garde artists turned to the most modern medium of the day, and the one thought most suitable for capturing the dynamics of the metropolis: film.The genre takes its name from its most famous example, Berlin: Symphony of a City. The 1927 film was a box-office success — unusual for an experimental film — and inspired an international movement.Previously, only a handful of these experimental documentaries were known to have been produced between the First and Second World Wars.“People have tended to talk about the same six to eight films,” says Kinik, who works in Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film.Convinced there was more to the story than had been reported, Kinik and his colleague Steven Jacobs from the University of Ghent began teaching workshops on the topic in 2008. The team scoured libraries, databases, cinémathèques (small motion-picture libraries specializing in historical films) and museums around the world in search of lost and forgotten films.Eventually, Kinik and Jacobs teamed up with the organizers of Le Giornate del cinema muto (known in English as the Pordenone Silent Film Festival) to track down archival prints of many of the films they’d discovered and to curate screenings at the festival.In five years of international sleuthing, Kinik and his European collaborators tracked down more than 80 films, most of which had been forgotten until now. The result is the new book, The City Symphony Phenomenon: Cinema, Art, and Urban Modernity Between the Wars.In addition to invited chapters from international scholars, The City Symphony Phenomenon includes a detailed catalogue of the complete list of rare films unearthed by the project team. Kinik calls their survey of city symphonies from 1920 to 1940 a “significant contribution to historical film research.”The team’s research confirmed that city symphonies were not just a Western phenomenon as many had assumed. Among the hidden treasures, the team found symphonies from Sao Paulo and Tokyo.“Our research shows the depth of material available,” Kinik says.Although each film tells the story of a place, city symphonies are decidedly not travelogues. Creators eschewed the landmarks and clichés of tourist brochures. Instead of representing the city in a straight-forward and didactic manner, filmmakers chose a poetic approach that shunned explanatory intertitles and other forms of narration “to create a universal language of film that didn’t rely on the spoken word.”Employing exaggerated perspectives and angles, slow motion and time lapse, these “expressionistic documentaries” presented a “kaleidoscopic sense” of the spectacle and sensation of city life, says Kinik.Early filmmakers experimented with new lenses, film stock and technologies to depict the frenetic pace and spectacle of modernity, including its bold new forms of architecture, its rapid transportation, and its electrified streets.Decades later, the genre still resounds across screens today. The opening montage of Woody Allen’s Manhattan is an obvious homage to the art form, says Kinik. But the techniques and sensibilities of the city symphony continue to be used everywhere — from music videos to advertising — often as a kind of motion picture shorthand to represent the complexities of city life.Kinik and his colleagues return to the Pordenone Silent Film Festival from Oct. 6 to 13 to officially launch The City Symphony Phenomenon: Cinema, Art, and Urban Modernity Between the Wars. read more

Can The Seahawks Get Back To The Super Bowl

2015116117115109— The Seattle Seahawks came into 2015 as championship favorites, having put up one of the best two-year runs in NFL history, with a bid for back-to-back titles undone by one of the most shocking twist endings in Super Bowl history. But things went downhill in a hurry. Seattle lost four of its first six games; then won two in a row, against the foundering 49ers and Cowboys; and in Week 10 dropped a crucial home game against the Cardinals that effectively killed any chance of a third consecutive NFC West crown. It was mid-November and the Seahawks were unlikely to make the playoffs, let alone win the Super Bowl.You can’t keep a good fish-eating bird of prey down, though. After three straight wins, including an impressive 38-7 dismantling of Minnesota on the road on Sunday, the Seahawks look like they’re rounding back into form — and are nearly back in their familiar perch atop our NFL Elo ratings. Elo even gives Seattle a healthy 83 percent shot at making the playoffs now. But making the playoffs and regaining the preseason championship favorite designation are two very different things, and reasons why the latter will be much more difficult for Seattle can be found both on the field and in the NFL’s playoff format.Russell Wilson is back!First, some good news: Seattle’s offense is showing signs of life. Since Week 11, QB Russell Wilson’s aerial attack has led the NFL by a mile in passing expected points added (EPA) per dropback — the difference between the No. 1 Seahawks and No. 2 Bengals is bigger than the gap between Cincinnati and the No. 19 Titans — after ranking 21st through Week 10. It helps that the three defenses Seattle has played — the 49ers, Steelers and Vikings — have mediocre EPA ratings against the pass, but the ways in which the passing game has improved are also encouraging.One puzzling thing about Seattle’s early-season passing woes is that they came despite the addition of Jimmy Graham — a tight end so productive with New Orleans that he wanted to be called a wide receiver. Graham had led all NFL TEs in receiving yards over the preceding three seasons and was expected to add a new dimension to the Seahawks’ offense.Thing is, Graham wasn’t associated with especially efficient short passing for New Orleans, doing most of his damage on seam routes and other deeper patterns. He was 17th among the league’s 32 qualifying1Minimum 80 targets. tight ends in yards per target on passes of 10 yards or fewer from 2012 to 2014; Saints QB Drew Brees ranked only 16th in Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) when tossing short to TEs.2Compared to his third-place ranking in passes of all yards, to all positions, over the same span. In Seattle this season, the same trends have manifested. The Seahawks have been great when Wilson throws the ball more than 10 yards downfield, but they ranked only 15th in per-dropback EPA on shorter routes during the season’s first 10 weeks, with Wilson also suffering the league’s worst sack rate.3Hence, their 21st overall ranking — they were good at deep passing but mediocre on short targets and allowed sacks at a frequency that would impress even David Carr. Graham ranks 17th once again in yards per target on short passes, and Wilson ranks 23rd in QBR on short passes to TEs.So perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the Seahawks’ short passing attack saw the opposite of adverse effects when Graham was injured for the season against the Steelers in Week 12. Or perhaps football is an incredibly complicated sport with a small sample of games each season, and it’s difficult to filter signal from noise in any individual player’s statistical footprint. Either way, Wilson and the Seahawks have finally found their passing rhythm of late and since Week 11 have had the league’s most efficient passing offense on both short and long routes, with Wilson being sacked 40 percent less often.It’s a good thing that the passing game is picking up. Seattle’s rushing EPA per play is down quite a bit from last year’s ridiculously efficient output, and the team’s defense has been on the downturn from its typical dominant form.Not the same SeahawksWe can trace Seattle’s evolution over the course of the Russell Wilson Era using the team grades I developed here, which place per-play EPA in a given category on a scale where the league average is 100 and one standard deviation in performance is +/- 15 points: OFFENSE RATINGDEFENSE RATING 2013116101139108Won Super Bowl YEARPASSINGRUSHINGPASSINGRUSHINGPLAYOFFS 2014104138122128Lost Super Bowl 201211811411993Lost divisional round Because passing is more important than rushing in today’s NFL, it won’t take much of an aerial improvement for the Seahawks to compensate for their decline in the ground game this season. However, the team’s defensive drop-off is more concerning. In 2013, Seattle defended the pass about as well as any team ever has, but it’s steadily become more mortal over time. The Seahawks now rank 14th — decent but not great — at defending short4Again, defined as pass attempts of 10 or fewer air yards. passes (they ranked second in 2013 and 2014) and a below-average 18th against deep ones (first in 2013 and 2014). Add in a commensurate drop in rush defense (to 10th this year) and the Seahawks — while still better than average on D — are no longer the fearsome defensive leviathan they built a reputation as over the past few seasons.As I mentioned earlier, even given all that, the Seahawks have still mustered nearly the best Elo rating in the league. But Elo also pegs Seattle’s chance of winning the Super Bowl at a mere 6 percent, far below the chances of their peers atop the Elo food chain. Even Denver and Cincinnati, inferior clubs according to Elo, have double-digit Super Bowl probabilities. The reason is simple: The teams ahead of Seattle have either already clinched their division (Carolina) or are overwhelmingly likely to do so.Seattle, meanwhile, almost certainly has a wild card date in its future. That means the Seahawks will need to win one more playoff game than most of their fellow title contenders. (Carolina and New England are practically guaranteed first-round byes; Arizona is highly likely to earn the same; and Denver and Cincinnati are nearly a toss-up to grab the remaining slot.) And as a likely No. 5 or 6 seed, Seattle will have to do it on the road. The reality of an extra single-elimination test slices into Seattle’s Super Bowl probability considerably.Assuming that the Seahawks do make the playoffs, though, they’ll be on everyone’s list of dark-horse Super Bowl candidates — and nobody’s list of preferred postseason opponents. They may not be in their typical role as title favorites, but all it might take to change that are sustained improvements in the passing game and a first-round playoff victory. read more

No 4 Ohio State notches three falls in 2918 Win Over No

Then freshman Kyle Snyder during a match against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 22-13. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team used bonus points from three pins to defeat the No. 12 Illinois Fighting Illini 29-18 on Sunday.The Buckeyes got off to a slow start, as Illinois’ Travis Piotrowski cruised to a 10-0 upset over twelfth ranked Jose Rodriguez in the 125-pound weight class. The team followed the loss in the first matchup with a 12-4 major decision victory by redshirt junior and No. 2 nationally ranked Nathan Tomasello over No. 4 Zane Richards.OSU true freshman Luke Pletcher continued his impressive first year, picking up a 10-4 decision over Mousa Jodehat at 141 pounds.In the 149-pound matchup, fifth-ranked Micah Jordan and Eric Barone got off to a slow 0-0 start after one period, but Jordan eventually defeated Barone with an emphatic pin in the third period, putting the Buckeyes up 13-4 for the day.Ohio State then dropped three matchups in a row, starting with an 18-4 technical fall loss by 157-pounder Anthony DeCarlo to Kyle Langenferder, which allowed Illinois to make up some ground. The teams went into halftime with an overall score of 13-9.Redshirt sophomore Cody Burcher was defeated by top-ranked Isaiah Martinez 22-7. Martinez, a two-time national champion, easily handled Burcher at 165 pounds before redshirt senior Justin Kresevic dropped a 18-9 major decision to No. 12 Zac Brunson at 174 pounds.However, the Buckeyes dominated the higher weight classes, starting with an 18-7 major decision by No. 10 Myles Martin over No. 13 Emery Parker. No. 5 Redshirt freshman Kollin Moore followed that performance up with a pin victory over Illinois’ Andre Lee.“When you get a guy taken down, you just gotta smell the blood,” Moore said about his victory over Lee. “You want the pin.”World champion and heavyweight Kyle Snyder returned for the Buckeyes after not competing in their Jan. 6 tilt against Wisconsin in dominant fashion, finishing with nine takedowns in less than two rounds en route to pinning Deuce Rachal of Illinois to put an exclamation point on the Buckeyes’ performance.“It’s huge (winning a match with a pin), you want to finish the match with a pin,” Tomasello said after the dual. “That’s six points for the team, and looking at the Big Ten and Nationals (championships) it’s going to come down to some big wins and to get bonus points, that’s huge.”The fourth-ranked Buckeyes are not lacking confidence, as shown by their head coach, Tom Ryan.“We know that we’re in the hunt for a championship this year. We also know that these bonus points are critical, not in a dual, but in the national tournament,” Ryan said. “We have got to be a team that scores bonus points come March.”Ohio State will travel to Olney, Maryland to take on the University of Maryland on Jan. 22 at Good Counsel High School. Good Counsel is the high school of Snyder, who amassed a 179-0 record while wrestling there. read more

Lancet more than 70000 extra care home places needed by 2025

first_imgResearchers compared data from two studies, each with more than 7,500 participants aged 65 and older from Cambridgeshire, Newcastle and Nottingham, which were conducted in 1991 and 2011. Professor Carol Jagger, lead author from Newcastle University, said: “Our study suggests that older people today are spending more of their remaining life with care needs.”This finding, along with the increasing number of older adults with higher rates of illness and disability, is contributing to the current social care crisis.” Old lady, crossed hands The researchers found that those in most need were far less likely to be living in care home than used to be the case.The percentage of adults aged 85 who required help round the clock who were living in a care home fell from 73.5 per cent to 51.8 per cent over the period.In a linked editorial, Sir Andrew, from the University of Oxford, said the projections “demand attention and action”.”Expenditure on the care of older people will need to increase substantially and quickly.” A Department of Health spokesman said: “High quality care isn’t just about care home beds – 61 per cent of people are cared for in their own home and since 2010 there has been a growth in home care agencies of more than 2,900. Delayed discharges are adding to problems in hospitals Credit:Peter Byrne/PA Sir Andrew Dilnot, who led a report on reform of elderly care, last night said the research showed an urgent need for a substantial investment in services, with too many pensioners were left living in fear that the costs would overwhelm them.The research led by Newcastle University said almost 190,000 new care home places will be needed by 2035 to accommodate soaring demand.The study found that gains in life expectancy mean people are spending longer living with higher levels of frailty.center_img 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. High staff turnover mean many don’t get to know the residentsCredit:John Stillwell/PA “We’ve given local authorities in England an extra £2 billion boost over the next three years to maintain access for our growing ageing population and to put the social caresector on a sustainable footing for the future.” Hospital ward More than 70,000 extra care home places will be needed by 2025, with pensioners now spending twice as long living without independence, a Lancet study suggests.Women over the age of 65 can now expect to spend the last three years of their lives in a care home, or receiving help several times daily, the research shows. Two decades ago, they could expect to spend the last 18 months of their lives in need of such help.And the average man will receive such care for the last two and a half years of his life – when 20 years earlier, they could expect to spend just over a year in need of such assistance.last_img read more

Commission of Investigation into 1998 garda shooting of dissident

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Justice has formally ordered the establishment of a Commission of Investigation into the shooting dead of a dissident republican during a botched raid in 16 years ago.28-year-old Ronan McLoughlin, from Dublin, was part of a gang that attempted to rob a Securicor van in Ashford, Co Wicklow in May 1998.The Government decided to set up a Commission to investigate his killing after McLoughlin’s partner brought a case to the European Court of Human Rights in relation to the original investigation.An inquest held in 2009 recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.The raid took place on a day when the majority of the garda force were engaged in a “blue flu” strike action.Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald brought the order to set up the new probe to Cabinet today, as ministers met for the final time before the start of the summer recess.Read: Ministers sign off on over-70s free GP care planRead: Gardaí injured after patrol car ‘rammed’ in Portlaoise, four men arrestedlast_img read more

Man found with explosives on bus in Dublin is jailed for 7

first_img Monday 6 Feb 2017, 5:20 PM By Diarmaid Mac Dermott Updated at 5.20pm to include imagesA DUBLIN MAN who was arrested trying to transport 1.6 kilos of high-grade explosives and three detonators on the Bus Eireann bus to Derry has been jailed for seven years by the Special Criminal Court.The court heard that Busaras had to be evacuated after Special Branch detectives intercepted Patrick Brennan on board the bus.Brennan (53) was arrested last June by officers from the Special Detective Unit (SDU) at Busaras, in Store Street, in central Dublin, following a tip-off.Brennan, of Lindisfarne Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, pleaded guilty to possessing four 400-gramme blocks of TNT and three electric explosive detonators on June 16, 2016.Under surveillanceDetective Sergeant Padraig Boyce, SDU, told the court that Brennan had been under surveillance “as part of an ongoing investigation” into the activities of IRA members in the Dublin area. Boyce said that on the day of the arrest, the married father of six was observed leaving his house at around 4.50am before immediately getting into a taxi. Source: Garda Press OfficeThe taxi took the accused to the bus station in Dublin’s city centre, where he waited for around 50 minutes before boarding the Bus Eireann 5.55am service to Derry, the three-judge court was told.At all times, Brennan had a blue canvas bag in his possession and this bag was placed in the seat next to him when he was arrested aboard the bus by three SDU officers.Detective Sergeant Boyce told prosecution counsel Ronan Kennedy that gardaí had made a “significant discovery” after Brennan was detained.He said: “In the base of the bag there was four blocks of Trinitrotoluene, commonly known as TNT and three electronic detonators in good condition strapped to the TNT.” Source: Garda Press OfficeOn discovery of the explosives, “the surrounding area was evacuated and the army was called”, Detective Sergeant Boyce said.Sole passengerBrennan, who had been jailed for four years in 2005 for IRA membership, was the sole passenger on the bus at the time of his arrest, Detective Sergeant Boyce added. He said that he believed the quantity of explosives could have been used in the construction of “six to eight” separate car bombs. Source: Garda Press OfficeHe said: “From devices that have been recovered intact, 200 grammes (of explosives) have been used.”And although the explosives weren’t armed, Boyce said the TNT had been “lethally packaged” and could have been detonated by a “static charge” whilst being moved.Sentencing him to seven years imprisonment backdated to last June, Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, said that while Brennan’s role was confined to transportation, acting as a willing courier was the same as taking part in terrorist activities.The judge said that the court was prepared to suspend the final two years of the sentence if Brennan gave an undertaking not to associate with members of unlawful organisations.However, after a brief consultation, Brennan’s counsel Diarmaid Mac Guinness SC said that his client was not in a position to give such an undertaking and the court imposed the full seven-year prison sentence.Dissident republican caught at Busaras with “four blocks of TNT” and detonators> 23,309 Views Feb 6th 2017, 5:20 PM Man found with explosives on bus in Dublin is jailed for 7 years Patrick Brennan pleaded guilty to possessing four blocks of TNT and explosive detonators. http://jrnl.ie/3225141 Share7 Tweet Email Short URL 41 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

From a Boris Johnson postage stamp to 30cm biscuits the best gags

first_img Image: Isobel IN THE ERA of fake news and the ongoing descent of politics into farce, it can be harder and harder to distinguish real stories from April Fool’s jokes.This morning, readers of TheJournal.ie woke up to a headline suggesting Theresa May was set to appear on Eastenders to address the nation about Brexit – which would hardly seem outlandish in light of some stories that have come out of the UK recently.In fact, one might be led to think that April Fool’s jokes could be on the way out, but if anything, this year has shown the possibilities are as strong as ever.Here are ten of this year’s best efforts from Ireland and abroad.Three more Luke Kelly statues – Irish Daily MailIn January, Dubliners got to celebrate one of their most iconic sons, when not one, but two Luke Kelly statues were unveiled in the capital.For its gag, The Irish Daily Mail claimed that a further €10m had been allocated for three more bronze statues of the singer.The newspaper quoted Fine Gael TD Noel Rock, who said he wanted one of the statues to be located in Santry, on the north of the city, and also claimed other cities were seeking Luke Kelly statues of their own, including Newcastle, Auckland, New York and Cork.Bend in The Spire – Dublin ChamberBusiness group Dublin Chamber issued a press release expressing concern over an increasingly prominent bend in The Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell Street.The group claimed it had received numerous from concerned local businesses about the issue, which it believed was the result of very strong winds.The story was (knowingly) picked up by a number of news outlets, including The Irish Mirror.Alien skulls found on Irish coast – Dun Laoghaire Coast GuardDun Laoghaire Coast Guard also got in on the act, claiming that gardaí were tasked to Dun Laoghaire’s inner harbour after the discovery two alien skulls in low water.The group claimed that one of the skulls had washed out to sea by the time they arrived, but that the second was recovered by the Coast Guard Unit, as the RNLI searched for the missing one. Apr 1st 2019, 11:02 PM Source: Facebook/Dun Laoghaire Coast GuardClocks go forward again – The SunMeanwhile, The Irish Sun capitalised on the move to summer time in Ireland over the weekend.The aptly named paper said a landmark European Parliament meant thta clocks would go forward again this week, despite recent EU studies claiming that changing the clocks twice a year was damaging to health and energy.Bob Geldof as a “healing tsar” – The GuardianThere was no shortage of Brexit-related material for April Fool’s this year, either here or across the water.The Guardian claimed that singer Bob Geldof was being considered as a “healing tsar” for country amid its ongoing political woes.One insider was quotes as promoting Geldof’s credentials saying that because the Dubliner had brought the country together with Live Aid, he could do it again.Commemorative Brexit stamps – IsobelNews companies weren’t the only ones to capitalise on the ongoing madness surrounding Brexit.Branding company Isobel said it had commissioned a book of Brexit stamps, including images of Theresa May, Nigel Farage, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson, which it claimed had to be pulled. Source: Twitter/@IsobelCreativeApril Fool’s banned – The Daily TelegraphThe Daily Telegraph went for a wider news approach for its joke.The paper claimed that all British April Fools’ gags would be banned from next year because the public could no longer differentiate between “reality and farce”.It claimed a statute from 1653, reportedly banning the issuing of false reports, would be used enforce the law.Martin Brennan for Sligo County Council – The Irish Daily StarThe Irish Daily Star capitalised on recent satire by Steve Coogan, using a character who appeared on Alan Partridge’s fictitious BBC programme This Time singing rebel songs.The paper claimed that up to 50 people had signed a petition calling for Martin Brennan, who sang Come Out Ye Black and Tans and the Men Behind the Wire at the close of the show, to run for local elections in Sligo.Foot-long shortbread – Walker’s ShortbreadBiscuit company Walker’s were also among those to get in on the act.The company claimed it had produced an “innovative new edition” to its shortbread fingers range: pure butter tallbread, 30cm in length.The biscuit – three times longer than the original – claimed to ensure that “even the loftiest of biscuit lovers are left satisfied”.James Comey 2020 – James ComeyThe former FBI director hinted in a cryptic Twitter post that he was set to run for the US presidency in 2020.To be honest, we’re not even sure this one is fake. Commemorative Brexit stamps Image: Isobel Monday 1 Apr 2019, 11:02 PM https://jrnl.ie/4572074 20 Comments From a Boris Johnson postage stamp to 30cm biscuits: the best gags from this year’s April Fool’s Day In the era of fake news, this year has shown that the possibilities for a gag are as strong as ever.center_img As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Commemorative Brexit stamps 51,154 Views Share14 Tweet Email5 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Stephen McDermottlast_img read more