Touch Football Australia today announced the launch of its newly revamped and re-designed website to the membership and wider public. The streamlined site developed in conjunction with technology partners, Sports Technology Group (STG) offers users quick and easy access to essential information on the sport and a number of enhanced and new features. The new website goes live today, Wednesday 5 July 2017 and is located at the same URL address, transitioning from the previous site: https://www.touchfootball.com.au.According to Acting CEO’s Tim Arnold and Garry Foran, the new and improved site provides a welcome change and improvement to the online platform and a new level of service and content delivery to members and the broader touch football community.“It features easier navigation on where to play touch football and find key TFA resources, junior and schools information, publications and services,” Arnold said. “It also features a streamlined video and image gallery, refreshed domestic and international news and events carousel and relevant sport and commercial partner information.“The new website has a clean, uncluttered design, improved functionality and richer, refreshed content; all focused and aligned to TFA’s strategic targets of one million participants and exposures by 2020 and ensuring quality experiences for participants,” Arnold added.“The cleaner lines and look, social images and navigation of the site provides for our members and extended audiences the latest information and content. But as a far better reflection and representation of the sport and in a more structured, user-friendly and mobile ready format.”Foran praised the work of the staff who have led the project, stating “it’s been a whole of TFA team effort – we are excited about the evolution of the site to what it is today, with the various State website upgrades to follow in coming months. This all follows the extensive member and wider user feedback and capturing the latest in online technology and design and contemporary approaches,” he said.TFA’s new website will be updated on a regular basis with news of events, activations, milestones and latest information, all aligned and integrated with TFA communication channels. Come and join the touch football conversation and stay connected with our new social news hub, digital channels and member stories from across the country.The new and improved TFA TV platform is now also bigger and better with the option of switching easily between videos and the photo gallery – submit your own and on the site you go!Log on and visit us now at www.touchfootball.com.au – we hope you enjoy the experience and welcome ongoing feedback. Check out the video as a guide through the new features and sign up to the TFA Newsletter!
BERLIN — A court in Germany has sentenced a 31-year-old man to six years imprisonment for running a web forum where illegal goods were traded, including a gun used in a 2016 shooting rampage.German news agency dpa reported that the court in Karlsruhe convicted the defendant Wednesday on charges of negligent homicide, negligent bodily harm and abetting the illegal sale of weapons and drugs.The man, whose name wasn’t released for privacy reasons, had set up a site on a part of the web accessible only with specialized identity-cloaking tools, known as the “darknet.”In January, a 33-year-old German was sentenced to seven years in prison for using the site to sell a pistol and ammunition to 18-year-old David Somboly, who killed nine people at a Munich mall before killing himself.The Associated Press
BEIJING — China has sounded a positive note ahead of trade talks with Washington, but economists warn they face lengthy wrangling over technology and the future of their economic relationship.Both sides have expressed interest in settling their tariff battle over Beijing’s technology ambitions. Yet neither has indicated its stance has changed despite a Dec. 1 agreement by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to postpone further increases.A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said American and Chinese envoys will have “positive and constructive discussions” during meetings Monday and Tuesday.Trump imposed tariff hikes of up to 25 per cent on $250 billion of Chinese imports over complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Beijing responded with penalties on $110 billion of American goods.The Associated Press
New Delhi: In a major overhaul of oil and gas exploration permits, the government will not charge any share of profit on hydrocarbons produced from less explored areas as it looks to attract the elusive private and foreign investment to raise domestic output. Breaking from the two-and-a-half decade-old practice of having a uniform contractual regime for all sedimentary basins in the country, the new policy provides for different rules for areas that already have producing fields and ones where commercial production of oil and gas is yet to be established. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIrrespective of the basins, producers will get complete marketing and pricing freedom for oil and gas in future bid rounds, said an official notification detailing rule changes approved by the Union Cabinet on February 28. Oil and gas acreage or blocks in all future bid rounds will be awarded primarily on the basis of exploration work commitment, it said. While companies will have to pay a share of revenue from oil and gas produced in Category-I sedimentary basins such as Krishna Godavari, Mumbai Offshore, Rajasthan or Assam where commercial production has already been established, they will be charged only prevalent royalty rates on oil and natural gas in the less explored Category-II and III basins. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”To expedite production, concessional royalty rates will be applicable if production is commenced within four years for onland and shallow water blocks, and five years for deep water and Ultra-deepwater blocks from the effective date of the contract,” it said. India began bidding out oil and gas exploration acreage in 1999 under New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) that awarded blocks to companies offering maximum work commitment. But companies were obliged to share with the government profits made after recovery of cost. Two years back, the BJP-government brought in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP) that provided for blocks being awarded to companies offering maximum revenue at different levels of prices and production. HELP failed to either raise output or attract new players. The notification said the new policy was being formulated “to increase exploration activities, attract domestic and foreign investment in unexplored/unallocated areas of sedimentary basins, and enhance domestic production of oil and gas”. While blocks in Category-1 basins would be awarded on basis bided exploration work and revenue share in the ratio of 70:30, those “in Category-II and Category III Basins will be awarded on the basis of international competitive bids based exclusively on the exploration work programme.” “The contractor will have full marketing and pricing freedom to sell on arm’s length basis. Discovery of prices will be on the basis of transparent and competitive bidding. No exports will be allowed. There will be no allocation by Government,” the notification said. The Contractor will have liberal freedom to transfer/exit the block provided work programme has been adhered to. However, a suitable penalty mechanism will be devised for non-completion of the work programme. The notification said that in case of the existing contracts, marketing and pricing freedom to sell on arm’s length basis through competitive bidding will be permitted to those new gas discoveries whose Field Development Plan (FDP) will be approved for the first time after the date of issuance of the new policy. In case of nomination fields given to national oil companies, marketing and pricing freedom will be provided subject to the condition that FDP for new gas discoveries is approved by DGH. “To incentivise additional gas production from Administered Price Mechanism (APM) fields, reduction in royalty by 10 per cent of the applicable royalty will be granted on the additional production over and above Business As Usual (BAU) scenario. BAU scenario will be approved by DGH on third-party evaluation,” it said. Existing contracts already having marketing and pricing freedom would continue on the existing terms.
Christchurch: The Australian man accused of killing 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques here on March 15 will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges, New Zealand police said on Thursday. “Police can now confirm the man arrested in relation to the Christchurch terror attacks will face 50 murder and 39 attempted murder charges when he appears in the High Court in Christchurch on Friday 5 April,” the New Zealand Police said in a tweet. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The charges against Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, comes ahead of his second appearance at the High Court in Christchurch on Friday, reports The New Zealand Herald. He first appeared a day after he carried out the massacre at the city’s Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre which also left over 50 others injured. The police said that other charges were still under consideration. Tarrant has turned down his legal counsel and said he wanted to defend himself against the charges. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The High Court received 12 applications from both New Zealand media and foreign organisations to film, take photographs, or make audio recordings at Friday’s hearing. But Justice Cameron Mander declined the applications. Justice Mander also ruled the accused will appear in court on Friday via audio-visual link from New Zealand’s only maximum security prison in Paremoremo, Auckland. Tarrant will not be required to enter pleas to charges he currently faces.
In the top of the 10th inning in Sunday night’s nationally televised contest between the Astros and Rangers — one that will most likely be remembered as the night a 44-year-old nearly no-hit the defending World Series champs — the visiting Rangers grabbed a 3-1 lead.In the bottom of the frame, the home team’s hopes rested on Jake Marisnick, who, with runners at the corners, two outs, and his team still trailing by a pair of runs, worked a 3-1 count against Jake Diekman. A Marisnick walk would load the bases for the Astros, bringing reigning World Series MVP George Springer to the plate, a hit away from tying or winning the game.On Diekman’s fifth pitch, it appeared that Marisnick had earned a walk. “This is not a strike, this is off the plate,” ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza opined as the networks’ K-Zone showed the pitch a few inches outside. Home plate umpire Adam Hamari disagreed, however, calling the pitch strike two. Marisnick struck out swinging on the following pitch to end the game, and the outfielder slammed his bat in disgust.Umps miss balls and strikes all the time. But the strike two in that Marisnick at-bat is emblematic of a larger pattern of borderline calls, albeit one that umps probably produce unwittingly: In extra innings, umpires will vary ball and strike calls in ways that tend to end the game as quickly as possible.To find this pattern, we looked at pitches thrown in the bottom of extra innings, when the game could quickly end.1Data was grabbed using Bill Petti’s baseballr package, which scrapes pitch location information from Baseballsavant.mlb.com. If the away team scored in the top half of an inning and held a lead, as was the case in Marisnick’s at-bat, an umpire hoping for a faster exit would call more strikes, making it more likely that the home team will be sent down quickly. Alternatively, if the home team got a runner aboard, umps would be more likely to favor them by calling fewer strikes, giving the team more chances to get the runner across the plate and send everyone home.Here’s a chart showing how umps changed their behavior in these situations between 2008 and 2016, a sample of roughly 32,000 pitches. Each square shows the percentage increase or decrease in the likelihood that a pitch is called a strike in that part of the strike zone. The color of each square (green for more balls, pink for more strikes) corresponds with which side umps are favoring, while how darkly shaded the square is reflects the size of the change (in percentage points). The left panel shows the comparative rate of strike calls when, in the bottom of an inning in extras, the batting team is positioned to win — defined as having a runner on base in a tie game — relative to those rates in situations when there’s no runner on base in a tie game. When the home team has a baserunner, umps call more balls, thus setting up more favorable counts for home-team hitters, creating more trouble for the pitcher, and giving the home team more chances to end the game.The right-hand side of the chart shows squares at identical strike zone locations, but shaded according to changes in strike rates when the extra-inning scenario favors the away team. More specifically, any time the away team is trying to hold onto a lead in the bottom half of an inning after the ninth. Here, and as in the pitch to Marisnick, umps call more strikes, giving the batting team fewer chances to extend the game.Altogether, teams that are in a position to win get up to a 27 percentage point increase in the rate of called balls, while teams that look like they’re about to lose see increased strike rates of up to 33 percentage points. Differences are largest in fringe areas of the strike zone, where the opportunity for umpire discretion is the highest: 62 percent of these squares in the left panel are green, while 72 percent of fringe squares on the right panel are pink.2We’re defining the fringe area as squares within one square of the black line marking the edge of the strike zone. In both settings, umps are more likely to use whatever behavior gets the game over with the quickest. That may not necessarily be a bad thing. MLB games are already slow, and extra-innings play often comes late at night, which means smaller crowds and fewer television viewers.MLB did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the league has made no secret of its interest in shortening games. Even so, umpires may not be consciously deciding who should win. Humans are susceptible to various biases they may not be aware of, and even just a bit of fatigue could unintentionally push umpires in one direction or the other on borderline calls.Moreover, according to sources within the umpire union, umps don’t get paid more when games go to extra innings. In other words, MLB asks them to take on extra work without providing any extra compensation. That’s one more reason they may want the game to end early — their paycheck’s the same regardless.
Talk in Columbus during the Blue Jackets offseason often focused on new coach Scott Arniel’s up-tempo, high-octane offensive system. Meanwhile, fans wondered if a new coach would turn the team around after one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. After 15 games, it’s clear that the transition from former coach Ken Hitchcock’s read-and-react style to Arniel’s is still a work in progress. Ideally, Arniel would like to push a defender up the ice to help on the attack, creating offense by controlling the puck and limiting the opponent’s space. “It’s kind of meat and potatoes, get the puck deep and get the puck on the net,” Blue Jackets center Kyle Wilson said. “The way the NHL is these days, sure you see the pretty goals on the highlight reels every day, but 95 percent of them are goals in and around the net. These days, that’s how you’re going to win hockey games.” Former Buckeye and current Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger said the system can be fun as long as the team gets up the ice without turning over the puck. “I think that we have a lot more responsibility, and as long as we’re making smart, sound plays with the puck and protecting it, we get a leash and can go out there and do a little bit more with it,” Umberger said. The Jackets’ defense has been turning in the most impressive performances in the first 15 games. The worry with Arniel’s system is that it can lead to two-on-one breakaways for the opposition, especially when the defenders are moving up the ice and into an attacking position. Yet the team ranks 20th in the league in goals per game, with 2.7, and 10th in the league in goals against, with 2.5 per game. The Jackets are 9-6, good enough for fourth place in the competitive Western Conference Central Division. Right wing Jakub Voracek said the wins column will fill up if the team is more consistent. “We’ll play well for two or three games and then we’ll just have a blowout game,” Voracek said. “We’ve just got to figure this system out and we’ve got to play even better.” Jackets defenseman Anton Stralman agreed with Voracek’s assertion but said he likes where the team is headed under Arniel. “I think the system has been good, you know, obviously it’s getting results,” Stralman said. “We’re a better team this year than we were last year, so we just have to be more consistent and put the effort in every game.” The Jackets will start the week by traveling to Los Angeles, where they will play the Kings on Wednesday at the Staples Center.
First-year Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals insists that the Buckeyes (1-2) not set specific goals as they progress through this season, though he will demand a “fighting mentality.” “We’re too young and too inexperienced to have these expectations of, ‘We should win all our games,’ or, ‘We should do this, this and that,’” Beals said Wednesday. “We need to go out and establish ourselves as a baseball team before we start setting up what our goals are.” Beals has emphasized an approach that he says will help build a great team. “We have expectations about going through the process (of improving) the quality of our at-bat, the quality of our pitches,” Beals said. Redshirt senior right fielder Brian DeLucia has already bought into his new coach’s thinking. “For right now, our expectations aren’t very extensive in terms of where we want to be at the end of the season,” DeLucia said Wednesday. “We’re gonna take it game by game.” With 19 underclassmen on its 33-player roster, OSU is a young team. DeLucia said the team’s youth is part of the reason for tempering predictions about wins and losses. “We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team,” DeLucia said. “We’ve got a lot of learning experiences, a lot of obstacles to overcome.” DeLucia also said his only expectation for the season was that he and his teammates would “fight like dogs.” Having already played their first three games, Beals’ players have proven to be resilient. While competing in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida on Friday and Saturday, OSU dropped its first two games, losing, 11-5, and, 2-0, to Cincinnati and No. 20 Louisville, respectively. The Buckeyes then eked out an 8-7 win on Saturday against No. 23 St. John’s in a game that lasted 11 innings. Beals pointed to Sunday’s win, his first as OSU’s coach, as evidence of the Buckeyes’ unwavering effort on the field. “It’s gonna take all of us, and a great example of that was the Sunday win,” Beals said. “We had to go deep into our bullpen. It took a lot of guys, and we ended up laying down a bunt to win a ball game.” In Beals’ eyes, the path to success is very simple. “Anyway, anyhow, anybody,” Beals said, “we gotta get that mentality to just fight and claw to get every success we can.” There is no set number of wins that the team is striving for, but redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Paul Geuy said the outlook is positive. “Expectations are quite high,” Geuy said Wednesday. “It’s going to be a good year, definitely.”
Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is expected to arrive in Italy today to decide his future, according to Calciomercato.Reports in the Italian press suggest that the Argentina international will arrive in Turin today to discuss his future with the club hierarchy.Both Chelsea and AC Milan are interested in the services of the former Madrid Man and the San Siro based outfit want him in part exchange for Leonardo Bonucci.It is understood that Higuain will arrive at Juventus with his brother who is also his agent as they seek to make a firm decision over where the player would be playing his football next season.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Higuain wants a contract of 8million euros per year and is yet to agree personal terms with Milan but in the presence of Nicolas, his agent should speed things up.Chelsea are believed to be waiting in the background should the deal to join Milan fall through as Maurizio Sarri is keen on a reunion with the former Napoli hitman.Reports suggest Higuain would favor a move to England to join Chelsea and a decision over his future is expected in the next three days.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed David Silva will be on the treatment table for a few weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea.Silva was replaced by Ilkay Gundogan in the 68th minute of the 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge after pulling the hamstring in his right leg.The former Valencia man is one of a number of players who will miss the visit of Hoffenheim to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday in the Champions League.Asked about his injury list, Guardiola told Sky: “David Silva is not able. Kevin De Bruyne (knee) is not able. Danilo is not able. Sergio Aguero is not ready.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We have 15 players available, so I can’t do it too much (rotating). We are in the next stage which is important but we have to try and win every game to finish first.”Guardiola confirmed Silva is may miss the busy festive period but Aguero may return from a muscle injury in time to face Everton on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority and two local organizations last month unveiled a plaque at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB) commemorating the base’s history and its impact on the Midcoast region of Maine.The plaque, which was donated by the Brunswick Rotary Club and Village Heritage Society, was installed at Brunswick Landing’s P-3 Park, where a P-3 Orion is displayed. P-3 aircraft based at Brunswick conducted anti-submarine and maritime surveillance missions over the North Atlantic during World War II. The air station initially was established in 1943 to train U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian pilots of the British Naval Command, reported the Portland Press Herald.After the war, the air station became the major shore command center supplying logistics and personnel support to on- and off-base Navy commands, including the Navy’s supervisor of shipbuilding center at Bath Iron Works.“NASB held a strong and personal relationship with local communities and substantially contributed to the regional economy over its 68 years,” the plaque reads. The installation closed in 2011 following the last BRAC round.“I think it’s significant to remember the sacrifices that our young men and women have made for our country and Naval Air Station Brunswick was a cornerstone to that sacrifice,” said Steve Levesque, the LRA’s executive director.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A new authority allowing DOD to provide funding to state and local governments for off-base infrastructure projects has been included in the final version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. House and Senate negotiators had to make several tweaks, though, as they reconciled competing versions of the new authority for the department to award grants to address deficiencies in community infrastructure if the assistance will enhance the military value, resilience or military family quality of life at an installation.The final language sunsets the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program after 10 years, a compromise between the five-year limit the Senate would have placed on it and the House’s intention to create a permanent program. The final provision adopts the Senate requirement for state and local participants to contribute at least 30 percent of the total project cost; the House had proposed a 20 percent cost share for participants. The cost-share requirement can be waived, however, for rural communities or “for reasons related to national security,” under the compromise language.A transportation project, a school, hospital, police, fire, emergency response or other community support facility, or a waste, wastewater, telecommunications, electric, gas or other utility infrastructure project would be eligible for the program, according to section 2861.In the joint explanatory statement accompanying the conference report, lawmakers underscored the value of the new authority: “The conferees note the importance of the communities that surround and support U.S. military installations and believe that this program can be of tremendous benefit to both the surrounding community and respective installations.” Lawmakers reached agreement on the conference report Monday. The House is expected to vote on the legislation this week, and the Senate possibly in August.Photo by Aaron Rosenblatt
Golden Globes 2019: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ & Rami Malek Win Major Categories Email The Globes, which celebrates and recognizes film and television domestically, as well as internationally, also awards music in film Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 7, 2019 – 12:21 pm Music scored big at the Golden Globe awards on Jan. 6, as Bohemian Rhapsody, the music biopic about iconic glam-rock band Queen, took the award for Best Motion Picture, Drama.But that wasn’t the only win for one of 2018’s most anticipated films and the highest-grossing music biopics of all time: Rami Malek, who portrays legendary frontman Freddie Mercury, won Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Drama. The actor thanked the band during his acceptance speech.”And of course [thanks to] Queen. To you, Brian May, to you, Roger Taylor, for ensuring that authenticity and inclusivity exists in the music and in the world and in all of us,” Malek said. “Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.”The Globes, which celebrates and recognizes film and television domestically, as well as internationally, also honors music in film through categories, including Best Original Song.The 2019 Best Original Song award went to Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt for “Shallow,” which they wrote for A Star Is Born. Dumplin’s “Girl In The Movies” by Dolly Parton and Linda Perry and “All The Stars” (performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA) from the Black Panther soundtrack were among the nominees.Best Original Score went to GRAMMY-winning composer Justin Hurwitz for First Man, the film adaptation of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s life. Huriwitz won Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards.2019 GRAMMY Awards To Air Feb. 10, 2019, From Los AngelesRead more Facebook Twitter ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Wins Big At 2019 Golden Globes golden-globes-2019-bohemian-rhapsody%E2%80%99-rami-malek-win-major-categories News
Email News Armin Van Buuren Talks Armada NYC Label Expansion armin-van-buuren-expanding-his-label-nyc-we-feel-there-business-opportunity-here Armin Van Buuren On Expanding His Label To NYC: “We Feel There Is Business Opportunity Here” Twitter Before taking the stage at Ultra Miami in late March, the Dutch DJ spoke to the Recording Academy about why Armada Music, with offices in Amsterdam and London, made the move to the Big AppleJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 11, 2019 – 5:18 pm GRAMMY-nominated DJ and producer Armin van Buuren is staying busy. Not only did he recently premiere a few songs at Ultra fest in Miami and bring his radio show, “A State Of Trance,” to more than 100 FM stations across the world every Thursday, he’s also expanded his Armada Music label to New York City.Before taking the stage at Ultra Miami in late March, the electronic music juggernaut spoke to the Recording Academy about why Armada Music, which he founded in 2003 with Maykel Piron and David Lewis and has offices in Amsterdam and London, made the move to the Big Apple. “We believe that there is a lot of potential growth for dance music in the U.S.,” he said. “Not to say that the American labels aren’t already great, but we really want to, especially for the American acts that we sign, we wanna give them the feeling that we have actual presence in the U.S. … we feel there is business opportunity here.”The van Buuren says the offices in NYC will also work in A&R. “It all happens in New York or L.A. nowadays; All the great writing teams are there, so we have to be present there,” he said. He did his own songwriting on a song he premiered at the fest called “Phone Down,” which he wrote with Fernando Garibay. The song about modern communication, he said, is relatable to many people.”Your phone has become your only connection to your lover and we all stare at our phone so much, your smartphone is the center of your life and we wanted to write a song about that.”The DJ, who was joined by David Lee Roth of Van Halen during his Ultra set, also announced that he will bring his A State of Trance festival to Oakland, Calif. on June 29 to 25,000 people. “It’s gonna be the biggest presence a State of Trance has ever had in North America,” he said. The Woman. Collective Wants Music Festivals To Be A Safe Space For “Every One”Read more Facebook
There has been unnecessary criticism of the formatSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty ImagesMagnanimity in victory and grace in defeat are essential qualities for a sportsperson. The Indian team and Virat Kohli haven’t lacked either usually. But after this team suffered a loss in the semi-final of 2019 World Cup, among the fans and in the media, there have been unnecessary discussions about the format of the tournament.People have questioned why a team like India, which finished atop the points table and lost just one game in the league stage, is out of the tournament just because of having one bad day, and New Zealand into the final despite suffering three losses in a row at the back end of their league journey.This argument is incredibly stupid as tournaments like World Cup, across sporting disciplines, tend to have a knock-out format in their latter stages. Whether its football, handball or hockey, no major sports decides its world champion through a league format. So, what’s the big deal about India getting knocked out after losing the semi-final? Kiwis rose to the occassion while India didn’t on the big stageTwitter/Cricket World CupThen, there is the argument that World Cup should have an IPL-style format where instead of semis, there should be play-offs. Now, have you ever heard anyone suggesting that a similar format be used in football World Cups? Most probably, no.It just seems that Indians are unwilling to come to terms with the idea that there team has been knocked out. The argument that this format made India’s achievement of finishing atop points table irrelevant is equally flawed. It is because of being at no. 1 in points table that India got to play the weakest among the four semi-finalists – New Zealand.Just recall the exuberance among Indian supporters when Australia lost to South Africa and ensured that Men in Blue won’t be facing either England – the only team that defeated them in the league stage – or Australia – the second most formidable-looking side in the tournament. If the Kiwis proved too tough to beat for India, then it’s not the fault of the format that they are out of the tournament. India would have faced England if they hand’t finished atop the tableAlso, knockout matches have their own unique atmosphere and dynamics. Rising to the occasion in a semi-final or final is something that turns cricketers into legend. In fact, it is in these matches that the temperament and character of players is tested to the hilt. If a team manages to win all its matches in the preliminary stage but falls apart when it matters the most, why should that team not suffer.In short, India’s defeat and New Zealand’s win were fair and square. It’s time to congratulate the Kiwis for rising from the ashes and delivering on the big stage. Indian fans should rue things like a batting line-up overly reliant on Kohli and Rohit Sharma and a middle-order that isn’t able to deal with good spinners. These are the reasons that India is out of the event and not the format.
We had recently shown you how Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita Ambani looks like a vision in traditional outfits. Be it her daughter Isha Ambani’s wedding festivities or her son Akash Ambani’s lavish wedding, it was difficult to take our eyes-off Mrs Ambani. Woman of substance, elegance, charisma and charm; Nita Ambani has always emerged as a head-turner at every event.Renowned floral designer Tomas De Bruyne, who had designed Isha Ambani’s wedding set-up, had spoken about the Ambani wedding, in an interview with ET. He said, “We did something called the ‘Rolling Hills’. That was one of the most fun installations we did. They called me in for my sense of colour.” He also seemed to be in awe of the host Mrs Nita Ambani as he said, “I liked the grace, etiquette and pureness of Mrs [Nita] Ambani. She definitely knows what she wants, which is good.”Not just in the business world, even in the film fraternity, celebs are in awe of Mrs Ambani. From Ranbir Kapoor to Shah Rukh Khan; Bollywood shares a warm camaraderie with Nita Ambani. Nita Ambani is the Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation. Apart from this, Nita is also the board member of Reliance Industries and East India Hotels. She also owns the IPL team Mumbai Indians and is the Founder and Chairperson of Dhirubhai Ambani International School.Let’s take a look at 7 times Nita Ambani gave us the boss-woman vibes with her stylish attire.
The UNHCR on Tuesday called for a redoubling of the international humanitarian response in Bangladesh, saying, the conditions for an estimated 436,000 Rohingyas who have fled to the country from Myanmar in the last month could still deteriorate.”This morning UNHCR has flown in its fourth humanitarian airlift. The UNHCR-chartered Boeing 777 cargo jet, loaded with 100 metric tonnes of aid, landed in Dhaka at 12.30pm on Tuesday. As shelter needs in south-eastern Bangladesh are acute, this flight has been loaded with shelter materials only. Two more aid flights are being scheduled,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told newsmen at a briefing in Geneva.Eadwards said despite every effort by those on the ground, the massive influx of people seeking safety has been outpacing capacities to respond, and the situation for these refugees has still not stabilized.”Many of those who have arrived recently are deeply traumatized. Despite having found refuge in Bangladesh, they are still exposed to enormous hardship. At the request of the Bangladesh authorities, UNHCR and our partners have scaled up protection and life-saving support to the new arrivals in Kutupalong and Nayapara camps, and extended this support to the informal settlements surrounding these camps,” he added.UNHCR is also distributing emergency shelter kits, kitchen sets, jerry cans, sleeping mats, solar lamps, and other non-food items.The UN agency said it is continuing identify and support the most vulnerable refugees such as unaccompanied children, women, the elderly and disabled, who are in urgent need of shelter, food, water, and healthcare.The UNHCR spokesperson said, “In the last week, we and partners distributed hygiene kits to some 1,900 women, while each day an average of 9,900 people received meals through community kitchens, 2,600 received other hot meals, and 4,700 received high energy biscuits.”As the population in the Kutupalong and Nyapara camps has now doubled, so have the needs for clean drinking water. In the last few weeks, the UNHCR constructed additional seven deep tube-wells, 13 shallow tube-wells, and 116 latrine chambers in the two camps to help deal with this increase.During his visit to Bangladesh in the past weekend, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi discussed the importance of working towards solutions with Bangladeshi authorities, but emphasized that for now, the immediate focus has to remain on fast, efficient and substantial increase of support to those who are so desperately in need.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is greeted by his supporters outside a hotel in London, Britain on 15 May 2018. Photo: ReutersTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Tuesday that a planned summit this week of the world’s main pan-Islamic body would send a “strong message” after Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians along the Gaza border.”The extraordinary meeting on Friday will give a very strong message to the world from Istanbul,” Erdogan said at a press conference in London with British prime minister Theresa May.He added that all members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) were invited.Erdogan regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and last year hosted an OIC summit in Istanbul to denounce US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.The fresh violence in Gaza on Monday, when Israel’s army killed 60 Palestinians during protests, came as the US formally moved its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.Prime minister Binali Yildirim earlier confirmed that Turkey had called the OIC summit, saying it would be followed by a giant rally in support of the Palestinians.Which leaders may attend Friday’s meeting has yet to be made clear. But earlier, Erdogan spoke by telephone to Jordan’s King Abdullah and Malaysia’s 92-year-old new leader Mahathir Mohamad.Speaking alongside May, Erdogan warned that history would not forgive Israel or the US for moving the American embassy to Jerusalem in defiance of outrage in the Islamic world.”America says ‘I am strong and so I am right’. No, you are not right,” Erdogan said.”History will not forgive you. We will see this reality. Israel won’t be forgiven, we will see this as well,” he added.
Share Twitter user @BBCWorldRescuers work to save people from the rubble on Sept. 20.MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on Mexico’s major earthquake (all times local):10:15 a.m.Cristal Estrada is pacing back and forth with a blanket wrapped around her near the tent where she spent the night on the street in Mexico City’s Roma Norte neighborhood.She is worried about her brother Martin, a 31-year-old accountant, who is believed to be in the remains of a seven-story office building across the street that collapsed in Tuesday’s earthquake.Estrada says she’s frustrated that she can’t do anything herself to help remove the rubble. Rescuers continue to say there’s life in the wrecked building, but there’s no telling whether that includes her brother.Estrada worries that “they do not have much time in there.”Officials say scores of people have been rescued alive from collapse buildings, but at least 286 are known to be dead.___8:35 a.m.Rescue efforts were suspended overnight at a quake-collapsed seven-story building in Mexico City’s Roma Norte neighborhood as rain drenched the area and destabilized the pile of rubble.Workers were eager to restart under overcast but dry conditions as soon as experts confirm it’s safe to do so.Jose Gutierrez is a relative of someone believed to be in the wreckage of the building, and also a civil engineer.He gathered other families of the missing amid an ad-hoc campsite of tents, tarps and plastic chairs on Friday to let them know what was going on.A list of 46 names of missing people was attached to a nearby lamppost.Gutierrez’s voice broke with emotion as he spoke: “My family is there. I want them to get out, so … we go onward.”Rescuers from countries including the United States, Israel, Japan and Panama were at the site.___7:55 a.m.Mexican authorities have raised the death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake to 286, with more than half of them in the capital.National Civil Protection chief Luis Felipe Puente says 148 people are confirmed dead in Mexico City.He reports in a tweet sent Friday that there were also 73 deaths in the state of Morelos, 45 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.