Saeed Ajmal, Sohag Gazi bowling actions cleared by ICC

first_imgThe International Cricket Council on Saturday found Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and Sohag Gazi of Bangladesh’s bowling actions as legal and both the players can resume their bowling in international cricket.During the retests, a player determines the various types of deliveries he wants to gets checked and have to go the trial under the ICC’s guidelines regarding the bend of arm.”At the retests, it was revealed that the amount of elbow extensions in both the offspinners’ bowling actions for all their deliveries was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions,” ICC said in its release.”The umpires are still at liberty to report Ajmal and Gazi in the future if they believe they are displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal actions from the retests.”The retests were performed at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai on January 24.Ajmal was reported after the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle in August, while Gazi was also reported in August after the second one-day international against the West Indies in Grenada.Both Ajmal and Gazi failed the initial tests, which were performed August 25 at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, and September 19 at the Cardiff Metropolitan University, respectively.last_img read more

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Mo Farah retains 10,000 metres world title

first_imgBritain’s Mo Farah survived a last-lap trip to retain his 10,000 metres world title in some style on Saturday, extending his dominance of men’s distance running at major championships.Almost tripped up by Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor as he took the first bend after the bell, the 32-year-old regained his balance and his composure to storm down the final straight and finish in 27 minutes 01.13 seconds.Farah, who has endured a difficult few months after his coach was the subject of doping allegations, raised his arms and roared in delight as he crossed the line. Kamworor was outpaced over the final 100 metres but finished second in 27.01.76 to claim silver, while his compatriot Paul Tanui was third in 27.02.83.A trio of Kenyans formed an imposing barrier at the front of the field for most of the race and the last-lap clash was only the worst of several points of contact with the Briton after he came through the pack to challenge them in the latter stages.”So many times I nearly got tripped, nearly went down but thank God I did not go down,” Farah told the BBC in a trackside interview.”There were three or four times that I nearly went down. I’ve got long strides so it’s easy to catch. But I don’t know if (they) deliberately tried to take me out either. I don’t know what to think about it.”The reigning Olympic and world 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion has now won six straight distance titles at major championships going back to his second place in the longer event at the 2011 world championships in Daegu.His season has been overshadowed by allegations in a BBC investigation linking his coach Alberto Salazar with doping. Salazar, also the coach of American Galen Rupp who finished fifth on Saturday, denies any wrongdoing.Although there has never been any suggestion that Farah has been guilty of doping, the Briton said the disruption had taken its toll on his preparations for Beijing.”It wasn’t easy to do after (the year) I’ve had,” he said. “I’ve just had to let my running do the talking and just keep winning medals. That’s what I’m good at.”It’s not easy running 27 minutes in this heat.”The last lap, that was close. I honestly thought at one point I was gone because I stumbled.”Farah will attempt to become the first man to do the 5,000-10,000 double at consecutive world championships at the Bird’s Nest Stadium next Saturday.last_img read more

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132 killed,1,300 injured as 7.5-magnitude quake jolts Pakistan

first_imgIslamabad, Oct 26 (PTI) Over 130 people were killed and more than 1,300 others injured today as a powerful 7.5- magnitude earthquake – the strongest in 10 years – rocked Pakistan, sending severe shock waves as far as Punjab and PoK.The quakes epicentre was located near Jurm in northeast Afghanistan, 250 kilometres from Kabul and at a depth of 213.5 kms, according to the US Geological Survey.The temblor collapsed buildings, triggered landslides and stampedes, prompting the government to rush army personnel to the affected areas for rescue operations.Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif flew to some affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to assess the rescue operation in the region that is the worst hit.”The army chief has landed at Corps Headquarters in Peshawar. Corps Commander (Peshawar Hidayat-ur-Rehman) has briefed him on damage assessment,” Director-General of Pakistan militarys media wing ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa tweeted.The death toll in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is 123, with 5 killed in Punjab, and 4 in the PoK, Pakistani media reported.Over 1,000 people were injured, 956 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone. Malakand Division in the province is the worst hit with 74 dead.The army chief took aerial view of quake-hit areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was also briefed about army rescue and relief operation.Bajwa also said that Quick Rapid Forces (QRFs) have spread out in respective areas.”QRFs are busy in rescue work mainly in Malakand, Dir, Chitral and Bajaur while continuous damage assessment is under way,” he added.The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has directed the district administration to utilise rescue and relief funds. Emergency has been declared in all government hospitals and food and necessary items were dispatched to the affected areas.advertisementReportedly, several buildings collapsed in various areas of the province mostly in northern parts in Chitral, Swat, Shangla, Dir and Buner districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that the quake hit the country at about 2:09 pm local time.Several landslides have been reported in mountainous areas of the country, leading to fears that the death toll may increase. (MORE) PTI KUN SAI AKJ SAIlast_img read more

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Celebrating “The Little Prince”

first_img70 years ago, a small novella was published in New York by a barely-known French author about the resident of a certain asteroid called B-612.Mystical and charming, this book, The Little Prince, would eventually be voted the best French book of the 20th century, one of the best childrens books of all time, and continues to sell over a million copies a year, making it the third highest selling book of all time.Its author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a poet-philosopher and aviation pioneer, would die just one year after The Little Prince was published, shot down over the Mediterranean by a Luftwaffe pilot at the age of 44. Although he never saw the worldwide phenomenon The Little Prince would become, his legacy of adventure and independence continue to inspire those of us who want to do what we love or follow our own path.The Little Prince begins with an adult pilot crashing in the middle of the desert and then trying to repair his airplane. Suddenly, the prince appears, asking the stressed, dirty, and thirsty pilot to draw a sheep. The pilot at first refuses.That’s the problem with grown-ups, the prince says: they’re too serious, their imaginations are non-existent, and when you try to talk to them about important things, they just think about how busy and worried they are. (Though if I was stranded in the desert, I might be worried too.)Throughout the story, we begin to understand the value of a child’s perspective and unlearn some of our boring and tiresome adultness.Saint-Exupéry failed the Naval Academy entrance exam (twice) and was doing odd jobs when he began taking private flying lessons at the age of 21. This kicked off a life-long love affair with flying, despite the fact that it was an extremely risky time to be flying (before planes had accurate and secure instruments and equipment).In 1935, Saint-Exupéry was attempting to break a speed-record when his plane came down in the middle of the desert in Egypt. Miraculously, Saint Exupéry and his mechanic survived, only to suffer three days of near-death dehydration. They were found by Bedouins on camels who saved their lives. It is thought that Saint-Exupéry’s plane crash experience influenced the plane crash in The Little Prince.Perhaps the best-known fact about Saint-Exupéry’s personal life is his tumultuous relationships, of which much has been written and his personal letters published. (Remind me to burn any personal records before I die.) In The Little Prince, the “romance” of the story is between the prince and a rose on his planet, pictured above in a museum in Hokone, Japan. Over time, the prince learns the value of this rose and how she has changed and “tamed” him.Of course, the art of “wasting time” for love isn’t limited to romantic love: the time I “waste” writing bad poetry or making weird art is what makes it so important to me, no matter what the result. Our willingness to do something without gain, without tangible results, is how we know we love it.Although The Little Prince is considered a childrens’ book, one gets the strong sense that Saint-Exupéry is also trying to shepherd adult readers in his philosophical direction.Take the quote above: If we remembered that honesty always trumps wit, wouldn’t our whole world be a lot more sane? In the long run, it’s on this ground that our success in business and our personal lives will stand.This is the reason The Little Prince still resonates with readers young and old, and why around the world, monuments are erected to remind us of this child-like love of simplicity, directness, and honor.Here are just a few statues, museums, and monuments of The Little Prince around the world:Monument in Ukraine. Photo by Skolzyashiy.Fountain at Museum of The Little Prince in Hokone, Japan. Photo by Arnaud Malon.Museum of The Little Prince in Morocco.Monument in Barcelona. Photo by Electro07.If you enjoyed The Little Prince, I highly recommend Saint-Exupéry’s other books:Night Flight: The story of Saint-Exupery and other mail pilots’ journeys in South America 70 years ago. Forward by Andre Gide. Saint-Exupéry has been called the best person to write about flying ever, so if you’re an aspiring pilot or just enjoy a good adventure story, you may enjoy this one.Wind, Sand and Stars: Saint-Exupéry’s autobiography. Named one of Time’s best adventure books of all time.Citadelle a.k.a. Wisdom of the Sands: This is a breathtakingly beautiful book, but it is a presentation of philosophy, not really fictional or biographical. One of my favorite books ever. If you appreciated Saint-Exupéry’s philosophy in The Little Prince, you will find more of it here.What does The Little Prince mean to you?last_img read more

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James makes competitive Bayern bow

first_imgJames Rodríguez James makes much-anticipated debut for Bayern Munich against Hoffenheim Matthew Judge 02:44 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) James Rodriguez Bayern Munich Getty Bayern München Hoffenheim v Bayern München Hoffenheim Bundesliga The Colombian got his first taste of Germany’s top flight as he came off the bench in his side’s 2-0 defeat against Julian Naglesmann’s side James Rodriguez came off the bench to make his Bayern Munich debut on Saturday, but the Colombia star could not help his side avoid losing 2-0 against Hoffenheim.The midfielder made his eagerly-anticipated bow in Germany’s top flight in the second half of Bayern’s defeat against Julian Naglesmann’s side.James, who joined Bayern on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid, missed the start of the season through a thigh injury sustained against Liverpool in pre-season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing #MiaSanMia #TSGFCB pic.twitter.com/qjZia3jsq3— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 9, 2017But the 26-year-old made his return to the field at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena as two goals from Mark Uth consigned Bayern to their first defeat of the new league campaign.Carlo Ancelotti’s men were victorious in their opening two games against Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen, netting five goals in the process.But they will now be looking to respond in good fashion when they take on Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Nebraska Player To Retire From Football Due To Medical Reasons

first_imgNebraska's players take the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Scott Frost certainly has the Nebraska Cornhuskers on the right track, but unfortunately the football program received some tough news yesterday surrounding one inspiring player.Jacob Weinmaster began his career with Nebraska as a walk-on linebacker, but his impact on special teams eventually earned him a scholarship for the 2018 season. Now, he’ll have to leave the game he loves behind and retire from the Cornhuskers.The Nebraska linebacker announced on social media that he’ll retire due to medical reasons, which will force him to miss his final season of college football.Injuries force Weinmaster to retire from Husker program https://t.co/bPUV1FRA0z via @michaelbruntz— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) December 21, 2018Fortunately for Weinmaster and his family, he will be eligible to go on a medical scholarship for his final year.Weinmaster played in 10 games this past season, registering 13 total tackles and becoming an important piece to the team’s coverage on kickoffs.The Cornhuskers only have five scholarship players on their linebackers corps, following Weinmaster’s departure. However, two of those players are incoming freshmen and will need time to adjust to the collegiate level.last_img read more

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Watch Out: 4 Luxury Watch Trends to Follow in 2018-2019

first_img 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful After 15 years with Swiss watch brand OMEGA, Brice (pronounced: br-ees) Le Troadec jumped continents to head up iconic Japanese timepiece company Grand Seiko as EVP and brand president.Le Troadec received his first watch as a little boy from his grandfather who was keen on new watch technology, particularly the advent of quartz movement. Quartz, unlike mechanical or automatic movement, is when the second hand moves in individual ticks, powered by a battery. That watch was a Seiko (the parent company of Grand Seiko).The Manual sat down with Le Troadec to pick his brain about the biggest luxury watch trends that will dominate the fall/winter of 2018-19.Vintage In true timeless fashion, Le Troadec ended by saying that not following trends is a trend in itself. The timepiece embodiment of this sentiment is a timeless vintage-styled watch. “Models that carry the historical features of the brand will rise up,” he says. The exact aesthetic (i.e. sporty, dressy, diving, etc.) will depend on the wearer’s preferences, but the trend will favor watches that completely embrace the individual brand’s identity.Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 Special EditionWith a Caliber 9S 85, this Hi-Beat 36000 has a wickedly high oscillation rate of ten beats per second. Normally increased precision comes at a price as the faster rotational speed can take a toll on power reserve and watch longevity as a whole. At this 9S functionality, Grand Seiko keeps a power reserve of 55 hours. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 9S mechanical caliber— a timepiece that revolutionized watchmaking and was one of the most important moments in the brand’s history. Only 1,500 pieces will be made.Shop NowLimited EditionsWith consumers (Millennials especially) Le Troadec says the “uniqueness of the timepiece” is of the utmost importance. “It used to be that brands hid their processes and technologies, but now there are high expectations for tech and knowledge,” he says. Watches with special builds and meaningful changes to the dial, texture of the dial, hands, shape, and finishing will stand out. These features are usually premiered on limited edition models. However he cautions, “It doesn’t have to be limited edition to be unique. It can be any special building.”2018 Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris ChronographThis modern remake isn’t a “limited edition” watch but was debuted in 2018 as a modern ode to the Polaris 60s throwback divers’ alarm watch. It’s the rebirth of an icon. With a 42-mm case, this timepiece features an open heart and three black finishes.Shop Now37mm and SmallerLe Troadec says the standard size of a luxury timepiece today is 40mm. Increasingly (much like the size of men’s pants), that is slimming down to 36-37mm. Over the end of 2018 and start of 2019, expect to see sleeker and thinner men’s watches that maintain the durability, precision, and manliness of a chunky 50mm+ without the bulk.Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited EditionsWith 2018 marking the 70th anniversary of Omega’s Seamaster, this pair of vintage-styled 38mm refined timepieces sure are worth celebrating. Unabashedly vintage, the tech under the hood is hyper-modern, with automatic movements from METAS-certified calibers. Only 1,948 pieces of each have been made. Hands-down a striking timepiece for its trendy size.Shop NowManual Winding“As consumers are more educated and desire to know every single detail, people like more and more to be connected to their watch,” says Le Troadec. This hunger for knowledge, mastery, and connection has resulted in more people wanting to wear a timepiece that requires mechanical winding with simple dials as opposed to automatics.NOMOS Glashutte Autobahn Tetra Petit FourWorking with artists and designers in neo-modernist works, NOMOS released their minimalist Autobahn collection of 41mm, water-resistant timepieces for drivers, cyclists, and divers. The hands on the autobahn-inspired face which is made to look like a vintage speedometer.Shop Now Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men last_img read more

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Transition Committee for Arts Nova Scotia Announced

first_img “Improving the quality of resources available to our artists and arts organizations is a key step in assuring Nova Scotian artists remain a vital part of our society,” said Paul Caskey of Live Art Dance Productions. “I look forward to contributing to the development of a strong Arts Nova Scotia.” “I want to thank the committee members for volunteering their time for this important project,” said Mr. Wilson. “They bring a broad range of experience in arts and culture and that will be invaluable for shaping the framework for Arts Nova Scotia.” Arts Nova Scotia is part of a five-point plan to strengthen the arts and culture sector announced by the province in February. The plan was based on extensive consultations with the public and members of the sector carried out in fall 2010. The province continues to make support for arts and culture a priority by selecting a four-member committee to help establish Arts Nova Scotia, an independent body to oversee funding that will go directly to artists. The committee was announced today, May 17, by Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage David Wilson. “Once again we’re ensuring the arts and culture community has a strong voice in determining the province’s priorities for supporting creative excellence,” said Mr. Wilson. “I’m looking forward to receiving input from the transition committee as we move toward establishing Arts Nova Scotia.” Committee members will recommend terms of reference to set out Arts Nova Scotia’s purpose, role and responsibilities and to recommend criteria for appointments to the body. The province intends to create Arts Nova Scotia this fall. MLA Pam Birdsall, ministerial assistant for the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and a founding member of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, will chair the committee and is joined by: Paul Caskey, artistic director with Live Art Dance Productions. Leah Hamilton, of Genesis Consulting, an arts consulting company. Christopher Shore, executive director of Theatre Nova Scotia.last_img read more

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Writers back artiste who refused Sangeet Natak award

first_imgIn response to acclaimed Kannada theatre artiste and poet S Raghunandana’s refusal to accept Sangeet Natak Akademi award conferred on him, noted Indian writers have expressed their solidarity with him. The Bengaluru-based artiste, in a statement released after the announcement of the awards, cited “mob lynching and violence in the name of God and religion” and held the “powers-that-be” directly or indirectly responsible. Writers K Satchidanandan, Keki Daruwalla, Ganesh Devy, Ashok Vajpeyi, Nayantara Sahgal and Githa Hariharan have issued a statement have “saluted” this “act of protest”. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Since 2015, writers and artists have protested against the culture of intolerance and hatred promoted by the present rulers of India. This tide of protest continues. “His open letter to the Akademi describes the acts of violence, abuse and vengeance that he is protesting against: lynchings by gaurakshaks; the abuse of Dalits, Muslims and women; the vicious propaganda against intellectuals and the hounding of activists; and the further erosion of educational and public institutions since the general elections of 2019,” the writers said in the statement issued on behalf of Indian Writers Forum. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIn 2015, writers and intellectuals from across the country returned their awards citing growing intolerance in the country. The statement by the writers also called on more writers and artists to “protest against the hate politics ruining our democratic polity and challenging our constitutional rights.” Raghunandana won the 2018 Sangeet Natak Akademi award. Also, a total of 44 artistes have been announced as winners in categories of various performing arts.last_img read more

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UP village head associates open fire on group of people 1 killed

first_imgEtah (UP): One person was killed and two others were injured when a village head and his associates opened fire on a group of people at Shitalpur here, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday night after Shitalpur village head Bhupndra Yadav entered into an argument with a man, Veerpal, who accused him of using abusive language, they said. Veerpal was shot dead and two others were injured, Inspector Ashok Kumar said, adding that one of those hurt in the incident was referred to a hospital in Agra. ASP (crime) Rahul Kumar said an FIR was lodged against Yadav and five others, and efforts are on to nab them.last_img read more

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CraveTV and MGM Announce Deal to License Iconic James Bond Catalogue in

first_imgThis very special installment of #iCraveFridays is brought to you by Bond. James Bond. CraveTV and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) announced today, CraveTV is now streaming the 007 Collection–spanning more than 50 years and all six James Bond actors—from Connery to Craig. Celebrating a truly iconic film franchise, CraveTV’s 007 Collection is curated for fans of jaw-dropping action sequences, larger-than-life villains and leading ladies, and high-tech gadgets.The expansive collection starts with the 1962 debut film, Dr. No, and also includes the global box office hit Casino Royale (2006), as well as the latest Bond adventure Spectre, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment,  which joins the collection in 2017.James Bond fans have hundreds more hours of high-octane thrills and espionage at their fingertips on CraveTV, including STRIKE BACK, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., HOMELAND, DEUTSCHLAND 83, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, THE FLASH, ARROW, and many more. Advertisement Advertisement About Albert R. Broccoli’s EON ProductionsEON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-three films produced since 1962.  Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SKYFALL and SPECTRE. About CraveTV:Created for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Xbox One, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca. About Metro-Goldwyn-MayerMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.  In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels.  For more information, visit www.mgm.com. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Social Media links @CraveTVCanada @CraveTV_PR CraveTVCanada cravetvcanada Twitterlast_img read more

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OpEd Recognition of Rights or Termination of Rights Framework

first_imgJoyce Green and Gina Starblanket Special to APTN News The Trudeau government is committed to table legislation on a Recognition of Rights Framework for Indigenous rights this fall.  While not yet finalized, the initial drafts are not encouraging.Beware of federal politicians bearing beads and trinkets.  This framework is not emancipatory and despite effusive press releases from the Prime Minister, has nothing to do with reconciliation.The feds are proposing a framework that functions like a cage, containing Indigenous nations and governments within a legal apparatus that assumes all sovereignty and jurisdiction belong to the federal and provincial governments.The cage provides Indigenous nations with little more than space to administer federally approved governance within legislated boundaries. No land commitments accompany the framework, and it’s principals fall far below the floor set by Canadian constitutional law, Indigenous laws, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).The third order of government model was suggested by the Penner Report in 1983 and by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.Why, then, this anemic delegated model proposal?The legislation is intended to be available to Indians, Inuit and Metis governments, and according to the Justice Minister in her speech to the Business Council of British Columbia in April 2018, is intended to provide “certainty”.“Certainty” means clarity and predictability for non-Indigenous corporate investment interests. And while the government’s language suggests self-determination is a desirable objective to be secured through Recognition of Rights, there is nothing proposed that recognizes or facilitates self-determination, a fundamental right recognized at international law.The legislated “self” governance approach has been floated through a variety of initiatives by successive Liberal and Conservative governments since 1982.All proposed a delegated subordinate municipal-style framework to replace the Indian Act. All have been largely rejected by First Nations (and have not previously been offered to Inuit and Metis). Yet the “new relationship” reads like an updated version of the Indian Act; it amounts to self-administration and leaves no doubt that the federal and provincial governments do not plan on sharing jurisdictional power or tax and resource wealth.The feds are holding consultations, but are they listening?  The “What We Heard” file is largely cherry-picked and focused on specific issues – funding, housing, health, jobs, education, and so on. These are not trivial matters, but all relate to larger systemic and structural issues that are never addressed.One overarching theme missing, despite being raised as a primary concern by critics and supporters of the framework alike, is the all-important but constantly evaded topic of land.Ah, the land. It is the heart of Indigenous laws, governance, culture and relationships, to which we hold both rights and responsibilities. It is the foundation of the colonial impulse and the source of wealth of Project Canada.  It’s the key to our pasts and our futures. And land is precisely what the feds and provinces want, but never want to talk about.That discussion would include jurisdiction, relationships between provincial, federal and Indigenous governments, treaties, tax room, and revenue sharing. Continuous evasion of this subject has created the current impasse, with questions of title and jurisdiction at the centre of every major conflict and contradiction in Indigenous-Canadian relations past, present, and evidently, future.To be clear: the Supreme Court of Canada decided in 2014 in Tsilhqot’in that there are cases where Aboriginal title has never been extinguished, and thus jurisdiction and title to the land remain with the relevant Indigenous nation.The UNDRIP, the gold standard for Indigenous rights at international law, was adopted unenthusiastically and late by Canada. It unequivocally states that Indigenous peoples retain rights to unceded land and resources. Further, it requires states to provide redress for actions which have had the aim or effect of dispossessing Indigenous peoples of lands, territories and resources.The UNDRIP recognizes the Indigenous right of “free, prior and informed consent” (FPIC) over Indigenous lands – which, like any other form of consent, includes the right to say no.Yet, in her April speech, the Justice Minister argued: “The proposed rights recognition framework should not prescribe or define a new way of consulting and accommodating, or of obtaining consent, but rather should focus on establishing legislative space and standards …”.  In this way, the government expects to find the processes to ensure “certainty”.  And that arguably is what the Recognition of Rights Framework is really all about.Indigenous peoples are not going to let our inherent rights and jurisdiction be legislated into oblivion.The Canadian state’s own laws, commissions of inquiry, and the international laws it has endorsed impose state obligations to redress land theft.Efforts to address Indigenous-state relations without adhering to the limits that Indigenous rights place upon federal and provincial actions, and without engaging in the restructuring required for a return of land and jurisdiction, are doomed to fail, no matter how many people are “consulted” in the process.Joyce Green is a professor of Political and International Studies at the University of Regina (on leave)Gina Starblanket is an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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Khurshid faces stiff challenge from Modi factor UP gathbandhan in Farrukhabad

first_imgFarrukhabad (UP): Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid is locked in a three-way electoral contest from his traditional constituency of Farrukhabad where he is facing the challenge of overcoming the “Modi factor” and outsmarting the SP-BSP-RLD coalition in capturing the anti-BJP vote. The opponents of Khurshid, a former Union minister who has held portfolios of external affairs, law and minorities, may not be political heavyweights, but BJP’s sitting MP Mukesh Rajput and BSP’s Manoj Agarwal are tough opponents on a seat which is not dominated by a single caste, religion or social group. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Muslims, though a little over 14 per cent in this constituency, could still decide the fate of this Lok Sabha seat along with the Yadavs. Muslims are facing the same dilemma here that they have been confronted with in several seats in Uttar Pradesh — whether to go for a Muslim face fielded by the Congress or go for the UP’s ‘gathbandhan’ candidate. They seem to be weighing options for the strongest candidate to take on the BJP. A division of Muslim votes will benefit the BJP big time, while a united vote for Khurshid or Agarwal could put them in pole position. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Lodhs and Dalits are also in substantial numbers and are in a position to make a deep impact on the result. Khurshid’s campaign saw him taking on the BJP and the gathbandhan aggressively, even borrowing a few lines from a blockbuster Hindi movie. While campaigning, Khurshid used the dialogue from Amitabh Bachchan-starter Shehenshah to call himself UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s “baap” and challenged him to a debate on the 2008 Batla House encounter. He also lashed out at the UP gathbandhan, reportedly saying anyone who gets in the way of his fight with the BJP or tries to stop him, “whether they’re from the gathbandhan (alliance) or the BSP, I will smash them to bits”. How much his aggressive posturing has helped him win votes, will be known on May 23, the day of the Lok Sabha results. The constituency votes on Monday. The Congress and gathbandhan has been duelling over the support of Muslims and Yadavs in this constituency, while the BJP is relying on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity. “Muslims aren’t in a dominant number, but can make an impact if they vote together. The Congress in the general election seems to be a better option. But let’s see, a split in votes would be really bad for us as the BJP will win comfortably,” Mohmmad Ataullah, a battery-operated rickshaw driver said. Shaukeen Khan, an auto driver, was more clear that his vote would go to the gathbandhan as he asserted that there was a wave for the alliance in the state. Mujeeb Khan, a security guard, said the Congress could be a good option, but his friends and family will take a decision on the basis of which candidate can garner more support from other communities. Another key factor in the election is which way will the Yadavs go. Khurshid has been trying hard to garner their support as their preference for the gathbandhan seems to be in doubt with a BSP candidate in fray here. Many of them also seem to be headed the BJP’s way, citing Modi as the reason. However, Anirudh Yadav, a small trader, said he would vote for the BSP as “no development work” has been done in the last five years in the constituency. Ram Chandra Yadav, a paint-shop owner, immediately countered him saying no one had done anything for the constituency, but he would go for Modi at the Centre for another five years. “I suffered big time due to GST, but Modi is good for the country,” he said. Narendra Singh, sitting at Yadav’s shop, said, “Modi was responsible for demonetisation. We suffered hardships. Gathbandhan seems to be a good option.” At a mobile shop in Kaimganj, one of the assembly segments in the Farrukhabad constituency, three youngsters said “the Modi factor” is what clicked for them and they would vote not for the candidate, but the prime minister. Interestingly, most people rued the lack of development and neglect, but gave reasons other than development for their support to various candidates. Issues that do strike a chord with the common people in this constituency are potato production, zardozi work and education. Talking about the issue of potato processing, Khurshid said a breakthrough was needed by getting one company and bringing in major investment to this industry. Education, high incidence of cancer, and modern facility for zardozi and printing are also high on the agenda here, he told PTI. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mukesh Rajput bagged over 4 lakh votes and defeated SP candidate Rameshwar Singh Yadav by over 1.5 lakh votes. The BSP was third, while Khurshid finished fourth. Khurshid last won the seat in 2009 and before that in 1991, while his father Khurshid Alam Khan had been victorious from the seat in 1984. The campaign ended Saturday on a high note for Khurshid as Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu held a roadshow in his support.last_img read more

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10313 Womens Associations Challenge Empty Legislation

By Hajare ElkhaldiRabat- After long discussions, alterations, and strenuous public outcry, Morocco’s House of Representatives has finally adopted a long-awaited law to fight violence against women. However, what may seem a bright light at the end of a long legislative tunnel may actually be a train that quashes the hopes of millions of Moroccan women. On Wednesday, February 14, several media outlets reported the news as if it were the government’s love letter to Moroccan women: draft law 103-13 103-13 represented a major step towards achieving gender equality. The Minister of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui, declared that this bill “is part of an ongoing process to strengthen democracy and achieve parity, in accordance with the provisions of the constitution aimed at combating all forms of gender-based discrimination,” according to MAP. Hakkaoui maintained that the bill would offer preventive measures and increase penalties against those who commit violent acts against women. Under the shiny headlines, a disappointing reality remains: while the law increases prison time and fines for certain acts of violence, such as when the violent person is a relative of the victim or if the victim has a disability, it does nothing to protect women, ensure that those in charge of women’s security execute their duties, or offer concrete services to victims of violence. Currently, the Moroccan criminal law does not allow the police to intervene in domestic disputes unless there is an imminent threat of death, a policy aptly described by the infamous catchphrase “is there blood?”Furthermore, prosecutors are incapable of investigating cases of assault and battery unless the woman provides a medical certificate that proves that she has been incapacitated for more than 20 days due to the injuries. The law has also failed victims of violence by doing little to help women face the aftermath of violence. Stephanie Willman Bordat, human rights activist and founding partner of Mobilising for Rights Associates, told Morocco World News that the law should have also set up tangible services for women who flee violent situations. In reality, women victims of violence often run from violence to insecurity, as the law does not provide them with shelter, health, or legal advice and assistance. “Why should someone who beats up his wife get to keep the house? If you take a human rights approach, the woman and the children should stay and the violent person should be the one to leave,” said Bordat.  One of the few changes that this law offers is the criminalization of sexual harassment in public spaces, expanding the  crime beyond the realm of the workplace.However, the law does not mention sexual violence. As a matter of fact, only three percent of rape cases get reported. In addition to the stigma that still surrounds rape and the victim blaming that rape survivors endure, Borat maintains that the law, which still criminalizes sexual relationship outside marriage, is a key deterrent, as women risk getting prosecuted. “Victims of rape will continue to suffer in silence,” concludes Bordat.The Alternative Movement for Individual Liberties (MALI) declared, shortly after the bill’s approval, that it should also deal with the issue of marital rape, a criticism that has received consensus among women across Morocco, according to Bordat.Nevertheless, many have mocked this amendment, calling the notion of spousal rape illogical and incomprehensible;many also found it contradictory to the teachings of Islam, following the prophet’s Hadith, “If a man calls his wife to his bed and she refuses [and does not come], and he spends the night angry with her, the angels will curse her until morning.” This raises the question: how can the government reinforce laws  that cover  matters to which a substantial amount of citizens remain, sometimes adamantly, oblivious? Is it wiser to wait for social change eventually followed by the law, or push first for legislative reform? To this Bordat responded, “People will always find a host of excuses to justify violence against women, but that does not exempt the government from doing its job. The government is still obligated to make marital rape illegal and provide services for women who suffer from it.” Additionally, while examining the public’s opinions, it is crucial to assess who gets to speak. In fact, given the stigma that surrounds the topic and the intimidation that women might face, their opinions and experiences often get lost in a spiral of silence.“The change is already here,” said the human rights activist, “the decision makers like to say that people are ignorant and that change should be slow. We think reality is actually the opposite. Social practices and social behaviors are way more advanced, the problem is not that the people are behind, the problem is that the law doesn’t respond to the current social realities,” she maintained. In the absence of government action, women turn to NGOs that have been working on establishing local systems, working with local police and prosecutors to create a better response system and treatment for violence cases locally. Bordat added that NGOs need to continue advocating for a real legal change, but until that happens, many aspects of the legal process should shift in order to counter the lack of political will. “There is a lot that should be done in terms of what a real law should entail and the role of MPs in a democracy: show up for votes, serve their citizens, and improve the lives of the people they represent, and this should be made clear to the representatives,” she said. Meanwhile, the years of delay have resulted in an incomplete law that attempts to embellish Morocco’s image in the eyes of the west and human rights organizations, while perpetuating the idea that men are superior to women and can behave however they please without consequence. read more

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Mission to Darfur will see whether Sudan is meeting pledges UN envoy

After briefing the Security Council behind closed doors today, Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, told reporters that the mission will spend three days in Darfur assessing three questions: the degree of security; the current state of the Arab-dominated militias, known as the Janjaweed; and the future of the more than one million internally displaced persons (IDPs).The mission has been organized under the auspices of the Joint Implementation Mechanism (JIM), a body set up after the UN and Sudan issued a communiqué on 3 July outlining their commitments to alleviate the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Darfur.”On the basis of their findings, we will have a new meeting” of the JIM, Mr. Pronk said, adding that meeting will discuss what measures, if any, may be necessary to stop the Janjaweed.The envoy said the mission has been established partly because of the conflicting nature of reports about what is happening in Darfur, a region the size of France that is beset by fighting between Sudanese Government forces and two rebel groups, and the deadly Janjaweed attacks against civilians.”Much of the information cannot be tested because we have information [and] we have counter-information,” he said.More than a million people are internally displaced and another 180,000 live as refugees in neighbouring Chad because of the fighting and the militia attacks, creating what senior UN officials have described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.Mr. Pronk said it was a positive step that Darfur rebel leaders and Sudanese officials have agreed to meet in Geneva tomorrow to discuss how to revive peace negotiations, which stalled over the weekend.After the meeting, the Council President for July, Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, said the 15 members welcomed the joint verification mission and any other measures that would help make clear exactly what is happening on the ground.Darfur is a particularly remote region in the west of Sudan and access to many areas of the region has become restricted recently because the annual rainy season has made some roads impassable.Mr. Motoc also described the estimates of the number of people in Darfur facing potential famine or disease as alarming, saying humanitarian concerns were the priority for the Council.Before briefing the Council, Mr. Pronk told reporters that it should “give teeth” to the JIM, adding the UN’s humanitarian and political efforts in Darfur will gain strength if the Council demonstrates its support.In the communiqué establishing the JIM, Sudan promised to disarm the Janjaweed, improve humanitarian access and end impunity for those who have committed human rights abuses. The UN vowed to deliver urgent aid and to play its part in any peace efforts.So far, Mr. Pronk said, Sudan has shown progress in improving access for humanitarian workers, but no improvement in security for the IDPs who remain fearful of further attacks by the Janjaweed if they return to their home villages.Mr. Pronk’s briefing follows his visit to Khartoum last week for the first meeting of the JIM. Today he described his new role as “a tremendously difficult job,” adding that “there is a major problem of poverty and neglect in Sudan.” Video of remarks: – before briefing [8 mins] – after briefing [9 mins] read more

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Former notary apologizes in court for 100millionplus Ponzi scheme

VANCOUVER – A disgraced notary who masterminded a $100-million Ponzi scheme involving more than 200 investors in British Columbia apologized Tuesday, saying her actions haunt her day and night.“The clocks cannot be turned back,” Rashida Samji told provincial court, saying she deeply regrets the plan she pulled off between 2003 and 2012. “It might sound futile but I am truly sorry for the loss, pain and grief endured by investors.”Samji told judge Gregory Rideout that she prays she will be forgiven for the “the sad and unfortunate situation.”Rideout, who is scheduled to sentence Samji on Wednesday, said the tremors of the Ponzi scheme go beyond the victims and the Society of Notaries Public of B.C.“The waters do run deeper and they do spread out sphere-like across all sorts of areas in society, which does potentially impact the capital markets in Canada.”Samji was convicted in May of 28 counts of fraud and theft, but the theft charges were stayed and Tuesday’s sentencing hearing moved forward with the remaining 14 fraud counts.Crown lawyer Kevin Marks called for a seven- to eight-year sentence, while defence lawyer Richard Peck said a four- to five-year sentence would be appropriate.The B.C. Securities Commission found in July 2014 that Samji and two companies she controlled committed over $100 million in fraud.Marks said Samji’s victims included a cousin, a friend she’d known for 40 years, and she even falsely solicited money on behalf of a company that had hired her as a notary, telling investors the Mark Anthony Group was expanding its operations to a winery in South Africa.“She jeopardized the reputation of the Mark Anthony Group,” he said of the woman who was paying investors with their own money instead of up to 12 per cent a year in interest.“There’s no question that this fraud was humongous,” Marks said, adding Samji collected investments ranging from $50,000 to $12 million.Investors lost between $44,000 and $8 million and have suffered physical, emotional and financial hardships, he said.He said Samji’s lies came to light in 2012 when Coast Capital Savings issued an alert saying that a financial planner was promoting a Ponzi scheme involving Samji.“At some point the merry-go-round will end because it’s just a house of cards,” Marks said. “In order for the Ponzi scheme to work, more money needs to come in and once that stops, so does the Ponzi scheme.”The RCMP launched an investigation, and last year the B.C. Securities Commission fined Samji $33 million.Marks read from 11 victim impact statements, in which bilked investors wrote about the shame they feel for having trusted Samji.“At this age and stage of my life it’s financially impossible to recover,” said retired teacher Amrit Dhaliwal, who invested $460,000 and lost $424,000.Andreas Manning, who met Samji through a business colleague, lost $8 million of the $12-million-investment he made.“I feel ashamed and embarrassed for allowing myself to be so gullible,” he said.Marks said that while the defence maintains Samji should not be imprisoned because she has declared bankruptcy and her 90-year-old father is dependent on her, her sentence should reflect the losses suffered by her victims.He said Samji’s breast cancer and depression before the fraud, as outlined by her lawyer, should not factor into the sentencing decision.“At the end of the day, how did this have any connection to the crime committed by Ms. Samji?”While Samji’s lawyer said his client did not profit from the scheme nor live a lavish lifestyle, Marks characterized her lifestyle as affluent, saying people only start Ponzi schemes to benefit from them.____Follow CamilleBains1 on Twitter Former notary apologizes in court for $100-million-plus Ponzi scheme by Camille Bains, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2016 12:41 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN panel pays out 13 billion in reparations for Iraqs invasion of

The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, today made $1.3 billion available to two successful claimants. The latest round of payments brings the total amount of compensation disbursed by the Commission to $40.1 billion for more than 1.5 million successful claims of individuals, corporations, governments and international organizations, leaving some $12.3 billion remaining to be paid. Successful claims are paid funds monies drawn from the UN Compensation Fund, which is financed by a percentage of the proceeds generated by the export sales of Iraqi petroleum and petroleum products. In a news release, the UNCC said the two remaining claims were awarded compensation for damages to Kuwait’s oil field assets including wells, pipelines and related equipment, and associated production and sales losses. The Geneva-based UNCC’s Governing Council has identified six categories of claims: four are for individuals’ claims, one for corporations and one for governments and international organizations, which also includes claims for environmental damage. The Commission was established in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council. It has received nearly three million claims, including from nearly 100 governments for themselves, their nationals or their corporations. read more

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Kosovo time to shift focus to development rule of law human rights

In his first quarterly briefing in 2016 to the UN Security Council, Zahir Tanin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said that today’s meeting followed significant developments, such as the factious but successful election of a new President on Friday.“This is a year in which Kosovo will face complex challenges,” he said, noting that in recent months the polarization of the political landscape has reached levels where progress is being impeded, despite considerable efforts by the Government to pursue an ambitious reform agenda. The most obvious example of this has been the repeated use of violence by the opposition to prevent the Kosovo Assembly as well as other government institutions from conducting their work, he said. Rule of Law Building respect for the rule of law, and ensuring adequate enforcement, are great challenges in many parts of the world, as well as in Kosovo, because those goals are not always being high on the agenda, he noted. Although a strong legislative framework is already in place in Kosovo, including several key laws enacted during just this past year, the application of this framework remains inconsistent, the administration of justice unacceptably slow, and instances of political interference common.Corruption at many levels increases public frustration, harms the daily lives of all persons in Kosovo by reducing economic development and opportunity, and undermines faith in the political system, Mr. Tanin said.Steadily improving the coordination of support for the rule of law should remain a central objective this year, he said, adding that UN can offer support to that end. Nexus Between Peacebuilding and Development Another central focus will be the nexus between peacebuilding and development, which necessitates coherence and complementarity of work across the UN system present in Kosovo, as well as with the broader range of multi-lateral and bi-lateral development initiatives, he said.Intensive effort is needed to create more economic growth and opportunity, which in turn would ease political tension, Mr. Tanin continued. Despite extensive natural and human resources, few opportunities are being opened for major investment. Unemployment is at high levels. Education needs to be modernised and de-politicised. Harmful environmental practices, which significantly affect public health, need to be addressed systematically.Human RightsOn the human rights front, he highlighted that implementation is uneven and directly influenced by political and inter-community tensions. Laws and programmes designed to uphold the rights of minority groups and the protection of cultural heritage remain matters of real concern, along with the realisation of property rights, and the still-limited access of women to property ownership.The returns programme for displaced persons has faltered in part due to the significant shortcomings in each of these areas. Without ensuring the necessary conditions for reintegration into social, economic and political life, even limited returns are unlikely to become more sustainable, Mr. Tanin explained.On a positive note, he welcomed the willingness of the Government to engage with UNMIK on human rights reporting to the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. The recent agreement signed on new premises for the Kosovo Ombudsperson, in line with the Paris principles, as well as the appointment of a new chair of the Pristina delegation of the Joint Working Group on Missing Persons, are also welcome developments. Capacity to Address Migrant Flows and Radicalization The vast refugee and migrant flows through the Balkan region are unlikely to abate and will continue to challenge the resilience of institutions, he said. Kosovo’s planning for contingencies should benefit from international resource and planning support, as well as regional cooperation. Assuring adequate institutional capacity and responses to the problems of radicalisation and extremism, terrorist training and finance, and the associated traffic of human beings and weapons, is likewise becoming more pressing. read more

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JaVale McGee Is No Joke

1JaVale McGeeGS7391215.9 This JaVale McGee guy sure can dunk During the 2016-17 regular season, McGee took a career-high 78 percent of his shots at the rim. In 2012-13, rim shots accounted for only 65 percent of his total attempts.2Before this season, McGee’s career high for the share of his field-goal attempts at the rim was 65.4 percent in 2015-16. Similarly, just 3 percent of McGee’s field goals this season were attempted from outside of 10 feet, whereas these jumpers made up at least 10 percent of his shots in each of his previous campaigns. While McGee’s effectiveness at the rim this season (73 percent field-goal percentage) is basically unchanged from the past two seasons, his condensed shot distribution means that he’s more efficient overall.The Warriors have several actions designed to get McGee near the rim. Most reliably they deploy a Curry-Green high pick-and-roll with McGee positioned at the edge of the lane. Curry’s dead-eye shooting tends to demand a double team in this situation, allowing him to slip a pass to Green around the free-throw line. From there, the Warriors gain a numerical advantage with only McGee’s defender remaining to stop Green’s marauding drive down the lane. The ultimate result is a lob to McGee and a slam dunk.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-02-curry-green-pnr-to-green-mcgee-alley-oop.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Warriors also use a McGee-Curry ball screen up top. In this variation, McGee picks Curry’s defender and rolls hard to the rim, Curry slings the ball toward Green at the wing, and Green relays it to the cutting McGee for an alley-oop.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-03-mcgee-curry-pnr-green-mcgee-alley-oop.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.McGee gets dunks when he rolls to the basket after setting off-ball screens for Klay Thompson, too. He gets dunks when Andre Iguodala beats his man off the dribble. He gets dunks in transition. He gets dunks on putbacks. He gets all kinds of dunks, all the time. In fact, McGee led the league in dunks per 36 minutes this season.3Among players who played at least 200 minutes. PLAYERTEAMMIN. PLAYEDTOTALPER 36 MINUTES 8Mason PlumleePOR, DEN2,1481312.2 Among the top 15 in total dunks during the 2016-17 regular season.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 14Steven AdamsOKC2,3891121.7 5Rudy GobertUTA2,7442353.1 McGee’s dream season has been about more than just a string of dunks, though. With the encouragement of the Warriors coaches, he has distilled his game down to its essence. “The thing about it is I have to know my role, and my role isn’t to get post-up touches and stuff like that,” McGee told reporters after the playoff opener. “My role is to rebound, block shots and run the floor.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-04-mcgee-blocks-rebounds-runs-the-floor.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.McGee is providing a lift on defense, too. He’s tall, long and springy, which allows his teammates to funnel ball handlers in his direction. It’s a perfect responsibility for McGee, who is good at sloughing off his man in search of blocks. During the regular season, McGee contested shots at the fifth-highest rate in the NBA (0.5 contests per minute). One benefit of this McGee-centric Warriors defensive scheme is that his teammates — Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Durant and Green — each foul at a lower rate when he is on the court to back them up, saving them each an average of 0.6 fouls4Includes shooting, personal and blocking fouls on defense. per 100 possessions.Despite the seeming transformation, McGee told the Post that he hasn’t metamorphosed into some more-mature version of himself. “I’ve been the same goofy guy I’ve been this whole time,” he said. And there have been some goofy moments: missed dunks, behind-the-back turnovers, even one attempt to inbound the ball for the wrong team. But McGee told the Post that his new team recognized that he is also earnest: “They knew who I am and realized, underlying me laughing all the time, I’m actually working hard.” Indeed, many of McGee’s bloopers this season — and even his mishaps from his peak Shaqtin’ years — are errors of overzealous activity and effort.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-05-mcgee-misses-multiple-layups-trys-hard.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In the opening round of the playoffs, the Trail Blazers were an undermanned and undersized team that offered McGee an ideal opportunity for success. The Western Conference semifinals provide a new challenge for McGee: the Utah Jazz and their likely soon-to-be All-NBA center Rudy Gobert. Gobert demands more attention from McGee on defense and makes it more difficult for McGee to find dunk opportunities on the other end. Indeed, McGee had a very quiet Game 1 against Utah, tallying just one dunk and one block in nine minutes. But I don’t expect that Gobert will be taking him lightly moving forward. McGee has opened eyes and shut mouths all season with his stellar play. And he has long since proved that he’s more than just a 7-foot punchline.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 4Dwight HowardATL2,1991993.3 6Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL2,8451942.5 2Clint CapelaHOU1,5511633.8 The Golden State Warriors have acted out many familiar scenes during this year’s playoff run. Kevin Durant has crossed up big men en route to vicious slams, Draymond Green has continued to revolutionize rim protection, and Stephen Curry has danced his way to almost 30 points a night. But a bit player has elbowed his way into the spotlight, too: Warrior reserve center JaVale McGee.In Golden State’s opening series against Portland, McGee was outstanding in his supporting role, chipping in 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 12 minutes per game. He also gave the Warriors a decided advantage over the Blazers when he was playing, contributing to a +48 scoring margin for the Warriors during his 48 minutes on the court. In Game 1, McGee stuffed Portland’s Damian Lillard to ignite a fast break, hustled down court to rebound a missed transition jumper, and set up Curry for a corner three that gave the Warriors the lead. The sequence was emblematic of McGee’s play during the series: exuberant and useful. You could describe McGee’s whole season like that. A player who was once derided as a laughingstock of the NBA is enjoying an unexpected breakout year.In the offseason, McGee had to scratch and claw just to earn an NBA roster spot. After a slew of leg injuries limited the big man to only 62 regular-season appearances over the previous three seasons combined, McGee was waived by the Dallas Mavericks in July. He eventually accepted a non-guaranteed contract and a training-camp invitation to audition for Golden State’s final roster spot.McGee’s image wasn’t helping his prospects, either. After years of unwanted attention on “Shaqtin’ A Fool” — the NBA’s blooper show hosted by Shaquille O’Neal — McGee was saddled with a nasty reputation as basketball’s court jester. Warriors coach Steve Kerr told The Washington Post that his view of McGee had been colored from afar — “he’s had the reputation of being flighty.” Speaking to the Mercury News earlier this season, McGee characterized the opinion held by many NBA fans more bluntly: “They think I’m a dumb person.”Once in camp, however, he won over his teammates and coaches with a bevy of high-flying dunks and blocks and earned the 15th spot on the squad. Before a preseason game, Kerr told SFGate that he was optimistic about the player’s fit with Golden State: “He gives us something that we don’t have with our other centers, just with that ability to catch a lob and finish. I think he has the potential to help us. We’ll see how it all goes.” As it turns out, it has gone really well.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-01-mcgee-curry-dribble-handoff-curry-mcgee-alley-oop.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.During the regular season, McGee led all NBA players1Minimum 20 games played. in plus-minus per possession, with the Warriors edging their opponents by an average of 19.2 points for every 100 possessions he was on the court. This impressive stat stands in stark contrast to McGee’s career norms — he’s posted negative plus-minus numbers in nearly all of his previous seasons. In part, McGee’s statistics reflect the strength of his new team. He’s asked to play only about 10 minutes a night, and those minutes rarely come during clutch situations. Still, his plus-minus mark substantially surpassed the numbers of his more-renowned teammates: Curry (17.5), Durant (15.9), and Green (15.5), suggesting that he isn’t just an anonymous extra, either. 3DeAndre JordanLAC2,5702533.5 13Andre DrummondDET2,4091181.8 11Kevin DurantGS2,0701071.9 12Anthony DavisNO2,7081361.8 McGee has been spectacularly efficient with his shots, posting a career-high true shooting percentage of 64 percent this season. And even though he doesn’t play a lot, when he’s on the floor, he’s a big part of the Warriors offense. McGee was one of just 14 players — including superstars LeBron James, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Durant and Curry — who combined 60+ percent true shooting with a 20+ percent usage rate this season.Although some of it is a luxury of playing with his talented Warrior teammates, McGee’s improved efficiency is mainly the result of a more disciplined shot selection. Compare his shot chart from this season with the one from the 2012-13 season, when he played for a 57-win Denver Nuggets team. Note that with the Warriors, McGee is attempting nearly all of his shots from inside the paint; whereas with Denver, he regularly stepped away from the basket to shoot. DUNKS 15Karl-Anthony TownsMIN3,0301301.5 10LeBron JamesCLE2,7941451.9 7Hassan WhitesideMIA2,5131632.3 9Tristan ThompsonCLE2,3361221.9 read more

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Network Rail fined £4m over death of actress killed at railway crossing

first_imgMrs McFarland, 82, had starred alongside Sean Connery in the 1961 film The Frightened City.She had a home at Creeting St Mary near Stowmarket, Suffolk, and lived in a care home in Eye.In a statement issued after the hearing, Richard Schofield, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “We are truly sorry for the death of Miss McFarland.”Since this tragic accident we have improved safety by introducing a speed restriction on the line and reducing the crossing distance by straightening the crossing and re-positioning the gates.”However, this is not a permanent solution.”We believe that removing the level crossing is the safest option and we are continuing to work with the local community to get their support to close this crossing.”In the year following Miss McFarland’s death, the executive directors turned down their bonus entitlement and instead chose for this money to be reallocated to a safety improvement fund for level crossings.”Since 2010 we have closed over 1,000 crossings and we are spending £100 million across the country improving level crossing safety.” Olive McFarland as a young actress Olive McFarland in ‘Shadow and Substance’Credit:ITV/REX/Shutterstock Network Rail has been fined £4 million for a string of safety failures after a former actress was struck and killed by a train on a railway foot crossing.Olive McFarland, who was a regular in TV dramas and films from the 1950s to the 1970s, died on the crossing near Needham Market, Suffolk, in August 2011.The 82-year-old was hit by a train travelling at nearly 100mph on a section of track that a Network Rail employee said should have been restricted to 55mph, but this safety work was not done, Ipswich Crown Court heard. Olive McFarland in 'Shadow and Substance'center_img At an earlier hearing at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court, Network Rail admitted being an employer in breach of a general duty of care for a period spanning from January 1999 to the day of Mrs McFarland’s death in 2011.The company was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday.A fine of £4 million was imposed with Network Rail granted 28 days to pay, and it was ordered to pay costs of £35,857. Olive McFarland as a young actressCredit: albanpix.com 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.last_img read more

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