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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘100 Percent Sure’ Manchester United Have Right Structure

first_imgLondon: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “100 percent sure” that the club has the right structure in place and says money is available to strengthen his struggling squad.United are 12th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone and 15 adrift of league leaders Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s clash with their fierce rivals at Old Trafford. The club’s hierarchy and recruitment under executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has come in for severe criticism but Solskjaer has described that as “an insult” as he looks to the future.”I’ve got a three-year contract now so of course (we are) planning long-term,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “If you lose a game you don’t wait for a call to be given assurances but we have started out a plan and a recruitment plan is in place.”I am 100 percent sure from my time here that the structure is right because it’s always the manager that has the final say.”I know people have said stuff about our recruitment but it’s almost like an insult to the recruitment office, the scouts and us as professionals — me and (assistant manager) Mick (Phelan), the staff. We make decisions on the players we want to have and who’s available and then it’s the negotiations.”United spent £145 million ($185 million) in the summer on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, but Solskjaer said more funds were available for the right “ready-made” players.”The money is there and I’ve been looking at players,” Solskjaer added. “We were close to a couple of players but they weren’t right.”The money is there to strengthen in January, in the summer, and we are planning, we are looking, we are finding our targets, but just before the transfer window ended no, they weren’t there, the ready-made players.” 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. footballManchester Unitedole gunnar solskjaerPremier League First Published: October 17, 2019, 7:30 PM ISTlast_img read more

Baahubali 2 vs Dangal box-office collection: Neck-to-neck competition between Aamir and Rajamouli’s films

first_imgBaahubali 2: The Conclusion added yet another feather on its cap yesterday when it became the first Indian film to earn Rs 1,000 crore (net) in India.While the Hindi version has raked in Rs 481 crore, the Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam versions together have brought in Rs 520 crore bringing the net Indian collection to Rs 1,001 crore.#Baahubali2 becomes the 1st Indian Movie to do ? 1,000 Cr Nett in #IndiaHindi – ? 481 CrsTelugu, Tamil & Mal (Incl ROI too) – ? 520 Crs- Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) May 24, 2017Meanwhile, globally, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has earned Rs 1,586 crore as of May 23. The SS Rajamouli epic is yet to be released in China where it is expected to earn big bucks following Dangal’s footsteps.#Baahubali2 and #Dangal @ WW BO Till May 23rd 2017:#Baahubali2 – ? 1,586 Crs#Dangal – ? 1,548 Crs pic.twitter.com/qqRzthHoTe- Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) May 24, 2017Speaking of Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal, the wrestling-based sports drama is trailing behind Baahubali 2 in the box-office race. It has earned Rs 1,548 crore till now.  After getting released in China three weeks ago, the global box-office collection of Dangal shot up to meteoric heights.While Dangal’s themes of battling patriarchy, gender bias and excellence in sports has struck a chord with the Chinese peoples, Baahubali 2’s first-rate visuals combined with epic themes in the backdrop of ancient mythos has found many takers throughout the country.ALSO READ: Dangal Movie ReviewALSO READ: Baahubali 2 Movie ReviewWATCH: Prabhas & Rana Daggubati talk about their ultimate face-off in Baahubali 2last_img read more

India crash to their worst T20I defeat after horror show against New Zealand

first_imgBrief Score – New Zealand (219/6) beat India (139) by 80 runs, take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Dhoni (39), Southee (3/17), Ferguson (2/22). Full ScorecardIndia crashed to a 80-run defeat against New Zealand in the first T20 International in Wellington on Wednesday. Set 220 to win, India’s batsmen failed to put up any kind of fight against some disciplined bowling from the Black Caps on a flat pitch.New Zealand were asked to bat by Rohit Sharma and the Kiwis were all too thrilled to go first on a batting-friendly surface. Tim Seifert, playing only his 9th T20I and the dangerous Colin Munro added 86 for the first wicket. Krunal Pandya snared Munro for a 20-ball 34 in the ninth over but by then the damage had already been done.This was India’s heaviest defeat in T20Is in terms of runs. In 2010, India had lost to Australia by 49 runs in Bridgetown. In the 2016 World T20, India were subjected to a 46-run defeat against New Zealand. Again in 2017, New Zealand walloped India by 40 runs in Rajkot. Three of India’s top four heaviest defeats have now come against New Zealand.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST T20I WELLINGTON: HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand win by 80 runs. Go 1-0 up in the three match T20I series.#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/RDet7K7uqb BCCI (@BCCI) February 6, 2019Tim Seifert was well set and skipper Kane Williamson came out all guns blazing to smash a quick 34. New Zealand lost Seifert, who made 84 off 43 but they were well on course for a huge total. Khaleel Ahmed helped India avoid further carnage when he bowled a near yorker to send Seifert packing 16 short of a well-deserved hundred in the 13th over.advertisementBut Williamson and Ross Taylor (23 off 14) ensured New Zealand got to 219 for 6. Scott Kuggeleijn walked in at No 8 and smashed three fours and a six to finish with 20 not out off 7 balls to give the Black Caps impetus towards the end of the innings.India’s chase got off to a promising start when Shikhar Dhawan hammered Kuggeleijn for two sixes and a four in his first over. But Tim Southee dismissed Rohit Sharma with a well-directed short ball for 1. Vijay Shankar was sent up the order at No 3 and he did look like an able ally for Dhawan but disaster strick when Dhawan fell to Lockie Ferguson in the sixth over for 29.Rishabh Pant, who returned to the Indian team after being left out of the ODI series agaisnt Australia and New Zealand, failed to make use of a great opportunity. He fell to Mitchell Santner who yorked the Delhi southpaw for 4 off 10 balls. In a further blow to India’s chances, Santner struck again to remove Vijay Shankar for an 18-ball 27.Ish Sodhi, the leg-spinner, struck twice in the space of four balls to remove Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya. MS Dhoni watched helplessly from the other end but the task had become too stiff even for one of the game’s greatest finishers.India were batting deep on Wednesday. Krunal Pandya walked in at No 8 but the top order’s failure meant the required rate had shot up beyond manageable proportions.In the end, it was all about some batting for some kind of respectability for India but they will have to do much better with both bat and ball in the second T20I in Auckland on February 8.Also Read | Dream come true for Pandya brothers as they play together for India for first timeAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik makes up for dropped catch with stunnerlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Kane Williamson to miss CSK vs SRH match due to personal reasons

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson will miss out on Tuesday’s IPL match against Chennai Super Kings, owing to personal reasons.Williamson has returned to New Zealand, it has been learnt.He is likely to rejoin the team ahead of Sunrisers’ next match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on April 27.Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the side today in Williamson’s absence as he has done previously in the tournament when the Kiwi star missed out due to injury.SRH are currently in the fourth spot in the points table, with successive wins over CSK and KKR at home. They have five wins in nine games. CSK is at the top of the standings.Despite two consecutive losses, CSK still sit pretty at the top of the points table with 14 points from 10 games. However, they will like their top order to perform and secure a playoffs berth.But it will be a tough ask for them against SRH, who would be riding high on confidence after their comprehensive victory against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Hyderabad.SRH, however, will be wary of the fact that Tuesday’s game would be the last match for their in-form opener Johnny Bairstow, who will be leaving to attend England’s training camp for the upcoming World Cup. Both David Warner and Bairstow have scored the bulk of the runs for the SRH and their middle-order has not performed — a fact well known to them and their opponents.With five wins from nine games, Sunrisers would want to continue with the winning momentum and move upwards in the points table.advertisementThe last time these two teams met in the ongoing IPL, SRH had secured a convincing six-wicket win at their home ground.last_img read more

Rebagliati’s free the weed campaign aims to show Wada ban is all to pot

first_imgTopics The PGA banned Robert Garrigus for three months after he tested positive for cannabis. Photograph: Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images Twitter Instead, Rebagliati said, “I became a source of entertainment, a joke.” Robin Williams had a good one about “that poor Canadian snowboarder” in Live on Broadway. “Marijuana enhances many things,” Williams said, “colours, flavours, sensations but you are certainly not fucking empowered. When you’re stoned, you’re lucky if you can find your own goddamn feet. The only way it’s a performance-enhancing drug [PED] is if there’s a big fucking Hershey bar at the end of the run. Then you’ll be like a Swiss ski jumper going, ‘I’m there!’”It’s true, the idea that pot might enhance sporting performance has never seemed like the strongest argument, unless you count the story about the time James Hunt escaped from the Scottish police because they tried to pull him over for speeding while he had “a big bag of weed” in the car. “It ended up being a three-car chase,” said his son Freddie. Hunt got away, “but to be fair, he was a Formula One champion and it probably helped that he was driving a 6.9-litre Mercedes”. Robert Garrigus drug ban sums up a PGA policy that seems only to catch unknowns Cannabis Olympic Games Facebook Ewan Murray Drugs in sport In the years after he gave up snowboarding, Ross Rebagliati tried selling real estate, running a ski school, working as the director of sport at a winter resort and standing as the Liberal Party candidate for Okanagan-Coquihalla, until, in 2013, he finally decided to get in to the marijuana business. Which made sense, because Rebagliati got famous when he won the gold in the giant slalom at the Nagano Olympics in 1998 and infamous two days later when the IOC stripped him of his medal and kicked him out of the Games because he had tested positive for cannabis. So a couple of decades later he decided to start flogging pot under the brand name Ross’ Gold.What happened to Rebagliati seemed particularly cruel because he had given up smoking dope before the Games started. His friends had not been so careful and he had breathed in second-hand smoke. “Unlike Bill Clinton,” Jay Leno told him on the Tonight Show, “you inhaled but you didn’t smoke”. Rebagliati was the first snowboarder to win an Olympic gold medal. It should have set him up for life, only no one wanted to put a stoner on the front of a cereal box. “Cannabis back then was seen as being for losers,” Rebagliati told the New York Times, “The big corporate sponsors didn’t want to sponsor me.” Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Since you’re here… features Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share via Email It’s never really been clear whether pot was a PED or not. Rebagliati got his medal back after he had spent 11 hours in a Japanese cell on the grounds that FIS regulations prohibited pot only in events where there was a “fear factor”, where they reckoned it had clear performance-enhancing potential. Snowboarding did not count. But even so, when the World Anti-Doping Agency was set up the next year they put cannabis on the prohibited list. They do not just ban substances because they’re performance enhancing, after all, but also because they represent a health risk, or are against the spirit of the sport. And whether or not pot improved anyone’s game, it was still illegal.Or it was. Nowadays it is not. Pot is legal for either recreational or medical use in the majority of US states and the whole of Canada, which means you can buy it in a shop right around the corner from Wada’s headquarters in Montreal. Which is why Rebagliati has been back in the press, leading calls for Wada to take it off the banned list. “I think it’s time, it’s overdue actually,” he told Reuters. “If athletes are allowed to consume alcohol and tobacco let them have weed. It is the only thing that is good for you of those three things.” They have not yet … and just last week the Professional Golfers’ Association banned Robert Garrigus for three months after he tested positive for it. The PGA argues it is a “drug of abuse”.Tell that to Rebagliati. He has shut down Ross’ Gold, which was reportedly selling, among other things a $19,000 gold-plated bong, and launched Legacy products, which offers a wholesome range of oils, tinctures, and horticultural kit. Attitudes have changed. The moral and medical arguments for banning marijuana have both fallen away, whatever the PGA says, and Wada already allows CBD (cannabidol), the non-psychoactive hemp compound. Oddly enough, the best argument for banning marijuana may just be that there is more evidence that it is a PED after all. It certainly seems to help players cope with pain and some say it improves their mental focus too.In the US a growing number of athletes have been speaking out about their marijuana use during games: the former Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Jackson admitted “it’s been a couple of games where I smoked before games and had great games” and his teammate Matt Barnes agreed “all my best games I was medicated”. In the NFL the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman’ Eben Britton said: “NFL games I played stoned were some of the best games I ever played.” In MLB the former San Diego Padres’ pitcher Dirk Hayhurst said pot is so common the league is like a “Cheech and Chong experiment”.NBA players guess maybe 80% use it and Britton says the number may be higher in the NFL, where it has become a common alternative to opioids as pain medication. The running back Mike James made history last year when he became the first player to apply for a therapeutic use exemption for marijuana. James had been addicted to painkillers until he weaned himself off them with pot. These days, Rebagliati is not worried about whether his habit is going to put off any corporate sponsors. In fact he is looking to become one himself: “We want to really leverage the legal position we have right now and participate in the marketing and sponsorship of events,” he says. “Maybe even one day things like the Tour de France or the Olympics.” Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham’s two goal Arnautovic hails spirit for Brighton draw

first_imgWest Ham’s two goal Arnautovic hails spirit for Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham’s two goal Marko Arnautovic praised their team spirit after drawing 2-2 with Brighton.But the 29-year-old was disappointed he and his teammates could not take the win in Wednesday’s match but was satisfied with how the side fought back from going behind. “I’m very pleased that we’ve come back from two goals down,” Arnautovic said. “I think we didn’t play the football we wanted to play and we know that Brighton are a threat from set-pieces. We lost two goals from set-pieces but we kept believing. After those two goals, it was a good performance. “I don’t know what we started so late but we started to play good football, started to attack and press them high, and scored two goals. I think we had some chances to win the game but we couldn’t take them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

India vs West Indies, 1st Test: Hundred drought continues for Ajinkya Rahane

first_img Akshay Ramesh North SoundAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 08:26 IST Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed on 81 on Day 1 of the 1st Test. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAjinkya Rahane was dismissed on 81 on Day 1 of the 1st TestRahane last scored an international hundred in August 2017Rahane’s 81 crucial to India’s 1st innings total in AntiguaIndia vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s hundred-less run in international cricket continues as he was dismissed for 81 in the 1st innings of India’s 1st Test against West Indies in Antigua on Thursday.Rahane now has not hit a hundred in international cricket in more than 2 years and the drought extends to 29 innings in Test cricket — his longest hundred-less run in the longest format of the sport. Rahane last went past the 3-figure mark in international cricket in August 2017 when he hit 132 against Sri Lanka in Colombo.Rahane’s place in the Indian Test side has come under the scanner even as the elegant batsman from Mumbai is keen on playing all 3 formats for the senior national team.Rahane’s consistency is on the wane and it was evident that he is no longer an indispensable member of the team when he was dropped from the playing XI for the first 2 Tests in South Africa in 2018 that also marked the start of an important overseas run for Team India. Incidentally, his slide started after a horror run in a 3-match home series against Sri Lanka in 2017 wherein he scored 17 runs in 3 Tests.Rahane’s confidence, it is safe to say, took a big hit after the axing from the team. Rahane’s consistent push to be in the limited-overs set-up for Team India has had an impact on his game, especially the mental aspects of it. The Rajasthan Royals star last played white-ball cricket for India in February 2018. He was not part of India’s 15-man World Cup squad even as the likes of Sourav Ganguly recommended him as an option at No.4 which had given Virat Kohli’s team a lot of headaches in the lead up to the quadrennial tournament.advertisement* Rahane’s decline in overseas formRahane flopped in India’s tour of England in 2018, managing just 257 runs in 10 innings as he failed to step up when the team needed him to in trying conditions.In Australia wherein India went on to clinch a historic 2-1 win, Rahane made 217 runs in 7 innings at an average of 31.00. Despite the lack of a 3-figure score, Rahane came up with a crucial 70 in the second innings in Adelaide that set up India’s win.India vs West Indies, 1st Test Day 1: Highlights | ReportDespite coming up with eye-catching performances, lack of consistency has been a cause of concern for Ajinkya Rahane. Before the South Africa tour in 2018, Rahane’s overseas average was a staggering 55. However, it has come down by close to 10 over the last 18 months.Can Rahane build on Antigua special?Nonetheless, a spirited 81 in Antigua on Thursday would have given Rahane the much-needed boost in confidence. India were in a spot of bother after Kemar Roach and Shanon Gabriel got the big wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara inside the 1st 8 overs of the Indian innings on Day 1 of the 1st Test.However, Rahane made sure India’s World Test Championship opener wasn’t a horror show as he stitched a 68-run stand with KL Rahul for the 4th wicket.Rahane began tentatively and played second fiddle to Rahul even as the ball was seaming around in the 1st session. However, he began to open up post Lunch on Day 1.Rahane hit 10 boundaries in his knock of 81 that might prove crucial to India’s chances of avoiding defeat in their first match of the World Test Championship.Also See:For 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Ajinkya Rahane India vs West Indies, 1st Test: Hundred drought continues for Ajinkya RahaneIndia vs West Indies, 1st Test Day 1: Ajinkya Rahane’s run in international cricket without a hundred has now extended to more than 2 years. Nonetheless, the India vice-captain made a crucial contribution to India’s total on the rain-affected first day’s play in Antigua.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

ClassNK Reveals MOL Comfort Investigation Findings

first_imgPress Release, October 1, 2014;Image: Investigation that compared MOL Comfort and its sister ships showed a difference  in possibility of buckling collapse of stiffened bottom panel adjacent to the keel plate panel under bi-axial compression with consideration of the superimposition of local stress in double bottom structure due to lateral loads and compressive stress by vertical bending.To prevent similar fracture accidents, ClassNK said it was necessary to assess the hull girder ultimate strength in proper consideration of the effects of the lateral loads and to assess the buckling collapse strength of stiffened bottom panels in the middle part of the holds.ClassNK confirmed that the target ships other than MOL Confort have the sufficient structural safety against the occurrence of similar fracture accidents.“Post-Panamax container ships have improved their stability in comparison with Panamax container ships and have gained more cargo loading flexibility in complying with the stability requirements. As a result, the need to ballast in the double bottom tanks to improve stability is reduced,” the report read.As explained in the report, from the strength view point, the occasion increases where the load acting on double bottom structure becomes almost equal to the load in One-bay empty condition without ballast in double bottom even in the case of normal loading conditions. This means the load acting on double bottom structure has become severe conditions in the transverse strength. This trend is especially obvious in Post-Panamax container ships of 8,000 TEU class or larger.Full report is available here. zoom ClassNK has revealed report on the investigation of the cause of MOL Comfort’s fire and subsequent sinking from summer 2013.ClassNK established the Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety, comprised of experts from shipbuilders, shipowners and academic institutions, to investigate the possibility of casualty occurrence and consider and examine safety of the large containership’s structure.Relationship between strength of the ship’s structure and the loads place on the shipThe casualty of MOL Comfort which occurred on 17 June 2013, has been under investigation for over a year now by various bodies and based on preliminary findings,  the fracture in the vessel’s hull is considered to have originated from the bottom part of the vessel.The investigation concluded that it was actually possible that the load of the vertical bending moment exceeded the hull girder ultimate strength at the time of the accident when the effects of the deviations of the uncertainty factors like sea state of the time, yield stress etc were taken into account. Although, the report indicates that the overlap between the strength and the load was very narrow.last_img read more

Trent Tucker To Host Celebrity Bowling Tournament

first_imgSince posting the following item, LookToTheStars.org has been advised that the event has been postponed. We will update you with more info when available.On Saturday, November 1, 2014, NBA World Champion and former three-point threat Trent Tucker will host a celebrity bowling tournament to kick off National Diabetes Month benefiting JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) at Frames in New York City.Top sponsors will have the opportunity to bowl with Trent Tucker and other celebrities in attendance which include former NY Knicks teammates John Starks and Anthony Mason, NBA star Anthony Avent and NY Giants Super Bowl Champion Steve Weatherford, to name a few.The bowling tournament will include a VIP meet & greet lounge, a live and silent auction, great music, cocktails and a delicious array of food and sweet treats by Jala and Oscar William Gourmet Cotton Candy. All participants will have a chance to bowl and compete for the highest score to win prizes.“I’m looking forward to coming to NY and hosting my Celebrity Bowling Tournament which will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF),” said Trent Tucker. “With diabetes on the rise affecting both children and adults, more people inflicted with the disease are facing life threatening challenges. With the help of all the generous celebrities, supporters and participants, we are hoping to Strike Out Type One.”“JDRF is thrilled to be the beneficiary of the Trent Tucker Celebrity Bowling Tournament, “said chapter executive director, Kristin DiFoglio. “In the United States more than 3 million children and adults diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) struggle with this life threatening disease, and the numbers are growing. They face a lifetime of potentially fatal complications from this disease, a disease that never sleeps. Thanks to the generosity of people like Tucker and all those expected to participate in this event, JDRF leads the world in funding type 1 diabetes research. We are confident that together, we will reach our goal and ultimately Turn Type One into Type None.”JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in scientific research in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. In 2012, Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five All-Star charities, citing the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.WHEN:Saturday, November 1, 2014WHERE:Frames550 Ninth AvenueNew York, NY 10018Find out more here.last_img read more

UKs Sound Energy Finds Producible Gas at Tendrara TE10 Well in

Rabat – The British oil and gas company Sound Energy has identified gas bearing sands with its second TE-10 well, “within and below the currently mapped structural closure.”The company finished drilling the TE-10 well at a total measured depth of 2,218 meters, “with gas shows down” to a depth of 2,070 meters, the company said in a statement Monday.Sound Energy identified an “additional thin bedded net pay” after reaching the total depth. “Quantification of the overall net pay is underway and will require substantiation from side-wall core analysis and further wireline log evaluation,” Sound Energy wrote.A “pay” is a reservoir or portion of a reservoir that contains economically producible gas.At the end of last month, the British company announced encouraging initial results at the well in its Tendrara project in eastern Morocco.The results included a “potential TAGI gross reservoir sequence from” 1,899 meters to 2,009 meters of measured depth and “an initial net pay estimate of up to 10.5m, with an average porosity of 8%.”Sound Energy successfully recovered a gas sample from one of the pay intervals at a depth of approximately 1,937 meters.Read Also: UK’s Sound Energy Starts Drilling TE-10 Well in Eastern Morocco“The successful retrieval of this gas sample confirms the presence of moveable hydrocarbons in the reservoir, and importantly is the first successful gas test from the TAGI sandstone in the Tendrara licence,” the company said.Located 25 kilometers northeast of the anticipated production area in Tendrara, the TE-10 well, is the second of three planned exploration wells. TE-10 is planned to test the North East Lakbir prospect in the company’s Greater Tendrara permit.The upstream gas company is currently planning to conduct a well test over the reservoir interval in February 2019.The groundwork for drilling the third well in the exploration program, TE-11, is expected to kick off after testing the TE-10 well.Last month, Sound Energy plugged and abandoned the TE-9 well, which they drilled to a total depth of 2,925 meters, after the company failed to find producible gas at the well. read more

Ban to attend Arab League summit amid new concerns about the Middle

“I say again, here, what I have been repeatedly saying: that settlements are illegal under international law. This must stop,” the Secretary-General told journalists today in New York following an announcement that Israel planned to construct another 20 dwellings in East Jerusalem, in addition to the 1,600 new settlements announced last week. Earlier in the day, the Secretary-General briefed the Security Council on the meeting of the diplomatic Quartet – comprising of the UN, the European Union (EU), the US and Russia – he attended last Friday in Moscow, and his subsequent visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.Mr. Ban reiterated that there were no alternatives to a two-State solution, and that all final issues should be resolved within 24 months despite possible provocations from extremists.He also noted that “there have been too many negative facts on the ground” and called for more positive signs, such as the lifting of the blockade of the Gaza Strip and an end to rocket fire from militants based in Gaza.“Israelis and Palestinians should do much more to build trust and meet their obligations under international law and the Roadmap,” the Secretary-General told the Security Council. He said that while peace is primarily in the hands of the parties themselves, the international community will continue to play a crucial role. “At this important juncture, the Quartet is determined to push the parties and monitor the situation,” the Secretary-General said. “The parameters of a solution are well known. Our challenge is to get from here to there.” Turning to the weekend Arab League summit in Sirte, Libya, the Secretary-General said he planned to urge Arab support for indirect negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian counterparts, otherwise known as proximity talks. “It is crucial for Arab countries to help create a favourable atmosphere in which the talks can succeed,” Mr. Ban said.He also noted that during his visit, the Israeli Government had raised the Iranian nuclear issue.The Secretary-General told the Security Council that he emphasized the international consensus to address this question and the crucial diplomatic process under way. 24 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he will participate in the League of Arab States summit this weekend in Libya amid what he called a crisis of confidence surrounding Israel’s plans to build new settlements in East Jerusalem. read more

Modi Macron invite Sirisena to attend solar summit in New Delhi

Around 500 delegates from all over the world are expected to participate in the Conference including around 30 Heads of State/ Government. President Maithripala Sirisena attended the launch of ISA at the COP-21 in Paris on 30 November 2015. The ISA was launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the then President of France Francois Hollande.The ISA is conceived as a coalition of 121 solar resource rich countries (lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn) to address their energy needs, through a common platform for collaboration, for achieving speed, scale and skills for deploying available solar technologies; facilitating strategic and collaborative solar R&D; and lowering the cost of finance for solar projects and capacity building. The ISA aims to mobilize more than US $ 1 trillion of investments needed by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy. ISA is committed to contribute significantly towards the global efforts for achieving Sustainable Development Goals and objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.The ISA is headquartered in Gurugram, Haryana. ISA became a full fledged legal entity on 6 December 2017. Sri Lanka signed the Framework Agreement on ISA on 31 January 2018 in New Delhi. With the completion of the ratification process, Sri Lanka has now become a full-fledged member of ISA. As on date, 54 countries have signed / ratified ISA. The International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on 11 March 2018.An invitation to grace the Conference, jointly signed by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the President of France Emmanuel Macron, was handed over today to President Maithripala Sirisena jointly by High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Ambassador of France Jean-Marin Schuh. read more

UN Childrens Fund launches emergency appeal for Algerian quake victims

UNICEF already sent a first consignment of emergency supplies on Saturday. The 15-ton consignment, valued at $120,000, included four emergency health kits, five field hospital tents, obstetric kits, recreation kits and baby blankets, covering basic emergency medical needs for a population of 40,000 for three months.“This was only a first reaction. We do believe that the children of the area will require further support for weeks, maybe months,” said the UNICEF Representative in Algeria, Kiari Liman-Tinguiri.The flash appeal for $240,000 will fund the procurement of additional supplies to tackle existing needs, including family and infant hygiene kits, oral rehydration salts, first-aid kits, water purification units and chemicals, water storage equipment, additional recreation kits and sport items for children.“There is an overwhelming need for temporary shelter for families whose homes have been destroyed and for those unable to return to their homes,” Mr. Liman-Tinguiri said. “Lack of alternative accommodation or tents has forced most of the affected population to stay outside their homes in makeshift tents, while hundred of families simply sleep outside.”Health services have been severely affected as infrastructure and equipment was damaged or destroyed. In Thenia, the city hospital was hard hit by the quake – 80 per cent of the hospital wards have been destroyed or are unusable, including the emergency ward and other key wards such as the surgery block, the maternity and paediatric wards.Another serious problem is the damage to water and sanitation networks, as well as limited electricity provision. read more

Green economy key to advancing Barbadoss sustainable development agenda

A policy of sustainable development is a matter of survival for Barbados, its Minister today told the United Nations General Assembly, highlighting also debt sustainability and efforts to support the international financial service sector. In her statement, the Minster of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Maxine Pamela Ometa McClean, noted that Barbados has special needs as a small island developing State (SIDS), and that its development is inextricably linked to ocean resources. She quoted Prime Minister Freundel Stuart who had said that “the green economy debate recognizes our structural vulnerabilities, offers a model to assist us in further realising our sustainable development aspirations and creates the institutional platform that would enable us to participate in innovative partnerships in the fight to save our planet, against mounting unsustainable consumption and production patterns.”SIDS, as a group, has made less progress than many other groupings on the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Ms. McClean noted. Of particular concern, she said, was poverty reduction and debt sustainability which remains a “major constrains to SIDS achieving sustainable development.” She urged the international community to convene a special meeting for SIDS related to debt sustainability ahead of the Third International Conference to be held September 2014 in Samoa.Turning to financial services sector, Ms. McClean said the sustainability of the country’s development “is being stymied by efforts to undermine this very important sector.” She stressed that the sector is “well regulated” and has sought at all times to comply with international rules and best practice.“It is our intention to operate within the established international norms which have guided this sector to date,” Ms. McClean told world leaders gathered at the high-level debate which wraps up tomorrow.Nickolas Steele, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Business of Grenada. UN Photo/Amanda VoisardNickolas Steele, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Business of Grenada, another island nation, noted that the volatility and high-prices for fossil fuel important contribute to the indebtedness and fiscal instability of small island States.On average, SIDS pay 20 cents to 40 cents per kilo-watt hour of electricity and sometimes as much as $1, Mr. Steele said, compared with 5 cents to 15 cents in developed countries. One of Grenada’s key priorities is the dismantling of monopoly contributing to the high energy costs on the island and investing more in creating a green energy.The Government is seeking private partners to have a role in innovative and sustainable power-generation solutions, and pushing to harmonize local laws with international environmental agreements.“The causes of climate change and the impacts of climate change are negatively affecting Grenada’s ability to fulfil its social contacts with its people including its ability to fully deliver on the MDGs,” said Mr. Steele.In his statement, the Minister called for a post-2015 framework that goes “beyond GDP” and a “more holistic and comprehensive set of indicators for classifying States.” read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 7 June 2013

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Which NBA Team Is Wronged By The Refs The Most

3Dennis Smith Jr.Mavericks077– 7J.J. BareaMavericks145– 7Nikola JokicNuggets325– PlayerTeamBad CallsBad Non-CallsTotal 5Kristaps PorzingisKnicks066– 7Josh RichardsonHeat055– 7Dennis SchroderHawks145– Sources: NBA ‘Last Two Minute’ Reports, The Pudding 5DeMar DeRozanRaptors066– 3LeBron JamesCavaliers077– 1Spencer DinwiddieNets11011– 7Marcus SmartCeltics055– 2Will BartonNuggets178– 7Kemba WalkerHornets055– Through Wednesday, the Nets had been disadvantaged by an official’s incorrect call or incorrect non-call 28 times this season. In second place is Dallas, with 26.To get a sense of the sorts of plays that have hurt the Nets, watch the clips below, which highlight several sequences that the league later determined should have drawn whistles in Brooklyn’s favor. One involves Nets swingman Allen Crabbe, who managed to score a tough bucket despite being bumped by one defender and being fallen upon by another at the conclusion of the play. Two other examples show forward DeMarre Carroll being bumped or swiped across the arm while trying to get a shot off during the last 20 seconds of play. After many of the plays, you can see Brooklyn players turn to officials in disbelief over the fact that no foul was called.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/netsfouls.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There are a handful of interesting takeaways from this data. For starters, it seems to provide evidence to support comments made by Brooklyn guard Spencer Dinwiddie in January suggesting that this young Nets team gets less respect from officials than other clubs.“To see the same type of respect not reciprocated is very frustrating for us,” Dinwiddie said after the Nets fell 87-85 to the Boston Celtics. “The other thing that’s very frustrating as well: We have these meetings as teams, or with [the players’ association], about respect, so we want to treat everybody with respect, right? Because everybody’s doing their job, and they’re trying their best, including us, [even if] we turn the ball over or calls are missed or whatever it is. But when you approach somebody, and they shush you or they wave you off like you’re not a man, or something of that nature, that’s also very frustrating.”On an individual level, Dinwiddie’s frustration may be justified. The 11 blown calls that left him disadvantaged led the league as of Wednesday and is a very high number considering there’s still more than a month left in the campaign. In fact, that figure is already tied for the highest number of calls that left a player disadvantaged in a single year since the NBA first began publishing these reports during the 2014-15 season. (The National Basketball Referees Association, which has long pushed for an end to the public reports, recently called them “pointless.” The union argues that publishing the corrections, which ultimately have no impact on the standings, only creates more division, despite the transparency that the NBA is aiming for.) In the Jan. 23 Nets-Thunder game, according to the report, Dinwiddie was disadvantaged twice — smacked on offense (with no call) and then bulldozed on defense (also with no call) — within a two-second span during the final 10 seconds. By swallowing the whistle both times, the officials likely sealed a loss for the Nets — in particular, the second non-call would have triggered an offensive foul on George, which would have kept Russell Westbrook from making a game-winning basket seconds later. (Worth noting: Going back to the 2014-15 season, we found that incorrect non-calls occur about 8.4 times more frequently than incorrect calls, suggesting that referees would rather risk missing a call than calling a phantom foul that ends up deciding a game.)Said Dinwiddie of the play: “It’s like, that’s Russell Westbrook and Paul George … and I’m Spencer Dinwiddie.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/pgdinwiddie.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Whether it’s a respect issue or just a mere coincidence, five of the six NBA teams that have seen the most blown calls this season — Brooklyn, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta and Chicago — each lack a bona-fide, go-to star in the most traditional sense. None possesses a 20-point-per-game scorer, perhaps making it tougher for officials to anticipate who’d be most likely to draw a foul in a given situation.While Brooklyn has almost certainly dropped at least a game or two as a result of these missed calls — this ultimately benefits the Cavs, since the Nets don’t own their first-round pick anyway — some additional details around this subject are helpful in understanding the full picture here.First off: The Nets have played a relatively large number of games that went down to the wire, meaning that officials may have been forced to make more decisions — both correct and incorrect ones — in situations involving Brooklyn than with most other teams. The Nets have the fourth-highest of rate of incorrect calls against them this season, at 9.8 percent — meaning that nearly 10 percent of all possible calls in the Last Two Minute reports that could have gone against them did. That’s a high number, but not astronomically so compared with the leaguewide average of 6.8 percent this season.Another detail that suggests officiating equity: That a team as awful as Orlando — in contention for the top overall draft pick — has the second-lowest blown-call rate in the league (4.1 percent, ahead of only Detroit) is a relatively strong counterexample to the notion that a team needs a star to get late-game calls to go its way.Taking the opposite approach from Dinwiddie, Carroll said he wanted his teammates to stop focusing so much on how the games were being officiated.“Hollering at the refs, screaming at them — that isn’t going to do us justice,” said Carroll, who was grabbed on the wrist while going up for a shot in the closing seconds of an overtime loss to New Orleans but got no call. “They’re human just like we are, so at the end of the day, we’ve got to try something different, maybe. Hopefully it works.”CORRECTION (March 2, 7:05 p.m.): The analysis in this article originally miscounted “bad calls”/incorrect calls — in which refs made a call that shouldn’t have been made. Those calls were counted as disadvantaging the opponent of the team they were made against but should have been counted as hurting the team whistled for an infraction. The text and charts have been updated throughout. In correcting the analysis, the number of 2017-18 games that were included in the analysis was extended, from Feb. 15 to Feb. 28.Check out our latest NBA predictions. The relationship between NBA players and referees has arguably never been more strained than it is right now.In January, Golden State forward Draymond Green — who is never shy about complaining and already has a league-high 14 technical fouls — said that too many refs carry personal vendettas against players and that the NBA should consider replacing its entire crop of referees. Kevin Durant, who is Green’s teammate and started the season with one ejection in his entire 10-year career, leads the NBA this year, with four early exits. And this week, Paul George and LeBron James have both outlined what they perceive to be biases in how games are officiated.1The players and officials met during the All-Star break to talk about their differences, but it’s unclear how much that has helped, if at all. One report suggested that some officials were disappointed by the lack of star-player turnout at the meeting.When the NBA’s biggest names are complaining about something, it’s obviously going to get a lot of attention. But that doesn’t necessarily mean those voices have the biggest reason to complain. That honor belongs to the Brooklyn Nets. Through Wednesday, Brooklyn had seen more blown foul calls than any other club this season, according to our analysis of The Pudding’s compilation of the NBA’s “Last Two Minute” reports. In those, the league evaluates the accuracy of calls and non-calls made by officials at the end of close games.2Specifically, in the NBA’s words: “officiated events that occurred in the last two minutes of games that were within 3 points at any time in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or the last two minutes of any overtime period.” These players have the most legitimate complaintsThe NBA players who had the most blown calls against them (incorrect calls and incorrect non-calls) in the last two minutes of 2017-18 games when the score was within 3 points, through Feb. 28 read more

Chefs from Barca ready for Skopje

ASOBALFC Barcelonahandball FC Barcelona have fantastic season until now. Fantastic winning series in ASOBAL and EHF Champions League are mixed with other activies, which have to relax and make even better team-spirit among the stars of the Spanish champions. Xavi Pascual took his players to some restaurant, where they prepared some food and enjoy their time before the trip to Skopje on the last match of EHF CL Preliminary Round against Metalurg.Barca have lost only point in Skopje at the beginning of the Group competition, but against second Macedonian team, RK Vardar. What Pascual prepared for Lino Cervar?sourcE: http://lazarovkiril7.com/index.php/mk/ ← Previous Story SHOCKING NEWS: HC Dinamo Minsk on the edge of bankruptcy! Next Story → EHF CL: Momir Ilic defended the title of the Player of the Week read more

Can you identify these Irish literary quotations

first_imgA RECENT SURVEY revealed that almost a third of British schoolchildren under the age of 13 had never heard of William Shakespeare – and a further 12 per cent of British adults never had either.And, of those who did have an inkling about England’s most celebrated playwright, a worrying number believed his best known work was Cinderella.But before we get too smug, why not explore how deep Ireland’s literary appreciation goes?Try to identify the writer and work (novel, play or poem) below to find out…1. “The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul.” 2. “But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”3. “I gave her gifts of the mind I gave her the secret sign that’s known; To the artists who have known the true gods of sound and stone.”4. “Whispers informed strangers I was the eldest, away at school; As my mother held my hand in hers and coughed out angry tearless sighs.”5. “Stately, Plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.”6. “The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.”7. “Home is a place in the mind. When it is empty, it frets. It is fretful with memory, faces and places and times gone by.”8. “When the Count saw my face, his eyes blazed with a sort of demoniac fury, and he suddenly made a grab at my throat. I drew away, and his hand touched the string of beads which held the crucifix.”9. “Knowledge is power – and power of one sort or another is the secret lust of human souls”.10. “Drink a health to the wonders of the western world, the pirates, preachers, poteen-makers, with the jobbing jockies; parching peelers, and the juries fill their stomachs selling judgements of the English law.”Check here for the answers…Read: One third of British children have never heard of Shakespeare – survey>last_img read more

10 percent of primary ballots returned

first_imgAbout 10 percent of Clark County voters who received ballots for the Aug. 17 primary election have returned them to the county elections office, despite a misdated instruction sheet included with some ballots. The county mailed 218,166 ballots last week and had received 22,620 returns as of Aug. 5, the latest tally available. County auditor Greg Kimsey has predicted a ballot return of 38 percent to 40 percent. Ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 17 or delivered to the elections office or drop-off boxes by 8 p.m. on Election Day. The deadline for voter registration by mail has passed, but people can register in person at the elections department, 1408 Franklin St., through Monday.The primary election will winnow the candidate field to the top two vote-getters in races for U.S. Senate, the 3rd Congressional District, two open legislative seats and several local offices. The winners will face off in the November general election. In races with just two candidates, both will advance to the general election.Clark County voters will pick the top two candidates for county assessor, county prosecuting attorney, state Supreme Court justice, Clark Public Utilities commissioner, and Vancouver city council.Voters also will decide whether to renew emergency medical services tax levies in Fire District 6 and the city of Washougal and whether to allow the Fort Vancouver Regional Library to restore its regular property tax levy.last_img read more

Chrome has a new way to block malicious websites

first_img CNET Apps Today Post a comment 0 Share your voice Tagscenter_img Computers Security A Google Chrome sticker on a Google Pixel Chromebook Stephen Shankland/CNET Google added two new Chrome security features Tuesday: a warning about website addresses with suspiciously substituted characters and a tool that lets you report suspicious websites. The moves augment a feature called Google Safe Browsing built into Chrome, Android, Gmail and other services designed to keep you from opening malicious websites.The character substitution detector — a bigger problem nowadays with expanded character sets offering more ways to fool you — works by comparing the exact text in a website link you’re clicking with the text of similar websites you’ve visited in the past, Emily Schechter, a Chrome product manager, said in a blog post Tuesday. That feature will arrive with the newly released version 75 of Google’s browser.Google also released a Chrome extension called Suspicious Site Reporter that lets you report sites you think are dangerous to Google. You won’t see any immediate change, but as with reporting spam in Gmail, your actions can become part of useful crowdsourced data that helps Google and anyone using Safe Browsing.”You can install the extension to start seeing an icon when you’re on a potentially suspicious site, and more information about why the site might be suspicious,” Schechter said. “If the site is added to Safe Browsing’s lists, you’ll not only protect Chrome users, but users of other browsers and across the entire web.”The changes are modest enhancements. But given that Google Chrome is the dominant web browser, accounting for 63% of web usage today according to analytics firm StatCounter, even small changes can affect a lot of activity on the internet.Google’s Safe Browsing service, which compiles and updates a list of suspect sites, can be used by other organizations — and indeed some rival browsers do use it.Google said in 2007 that Safe Browsing protects 3 billion devices, but in 2019, the project’s website says that number has risen to 4 billion. Chrome Chrome OS Googlelast_img read more