Always conducted myself with integrity, says Jayasuriya after ICC charge

first_imgColombo, Oct 16 (PTI) Sri Lankan cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya Tuesday refused to comment on the ICC’s charge of non-cooperation in an ongoing anti-corruption probe but insisted that he has always conducted himself with “integrity and transparency”. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday charged Jayasuriya for violating the anti-corruption code which deals with non-cooperation in investigations. However, he was not accused of indulging in any corrupt activity. “…I am initially required to submit my response within 14 days. I am under strict legal advise that no comment is to be made in respect of the above charges as such a course would offend the ICC Rules,” Jayasuriya said in a statement. The 49-year-old, who served as Sri Lanka’s Chairman of selectors besides being a former Parliamentarian, said he would comment further only after his response to the ICC is submitted. “However, I am under advise to state that the above charges do not contain any allegations pertaining to match fixing, pitch fixing or any other similar corrupt activity,” he said. “I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport and I will continue to do so,” he added. The ICC did not specify the events that prompted its action against the celebrated cricketer, who is a World Cup winner and played 110 Tests and 445 ODIs. However, a source in Sri lanka Cricket told PTI that Jayasuriya is in the line of fire for “trying to block” an ICC probe which began in 2015. The investigation led to Galle curator Jayananda Warnaweera being banned for three years in 2016 for failing to cooperate with the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).advertisement The SLC source said when approached by the ICC, Jayasuriya refused to part with some information in his phone, which was sought by the governing body for its probe. According to ESPNCricinfo, Sri Lanka’s 2017 ODI home series against Zimbabwe, which the islanders lost, is under the ICC’s scanner. Jayasuriya was into his second term as chairman of selectors at that time. One of Sri Lanka’s greatest cricketers, Jayasuriya was the player of the 1996 World Cup which is the country’s first and only World Cup trophy. His Test career lasted over a decade. He was the first player to score over 12,000 runs and capture more than 300 wickets in ODI cricket. After signing off from international cricket, Jayasuriya also tried his hands at politics and in 2010 became an elected member of the Sri Lankan parliament, a stint which ended in 2015. He also served as a minister during the time. In 2013, he became the selection committee’s chairman for the first time. The tenure ended in 2015 after a string of failures by the Lankan team. His second innings in the job, which began in 2015 itself, ended after the team’s home series debacle against India in 2017. PTI PM PMlast_img read more

Raahgiri Day returns to Delhi to raise cancer awareness

first_imgNew Delhi: After a wait of two years, Raahgiri Day is back to the national capital, but this time it aims to raise awareness on preventive measures against cancer.Conceived by the Raahgiri Foundation, the Raahgiri Day will be organised on World Cancer Day on Sunday at Connaught Place in collaboration with the World Research Institute India (WRII), the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the Delhi Police. The event will now be organised on the last Sunday of every month. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarExhorting the people from different walks and ages to participate in the Raahgiri Day, NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar said it would be a dedicated campaign against cancer and will also focus on creating awareness on preventive measures against the disease. “Aiming at creating awareness about road safety, promoting cycling, walking and use of public transport as envisaged in the National Urban Transport policy, the event will also encourage physical activities to promote healthy living and above all it would support the idea of city development,” he added. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe inner circle of the Connaught Place will be closed between 6am to 9am for vehicles to accommodate people to participate in a variety of activities ranging from yoga, cycling and other sports. “And during the last hour of Raahgiri the participants can enjoy street play performances and a 30 minutes live band performance beginning at 8.30 am,” the organisers said. The event was first organised in Connaught Place in 2014 with an aim to promote pedestrians and sustainable mobility options like walking and cycling in the city.last_img read more

No charges against Quebec reporter in alleged case of criminal harassment

first_imgMONTREAL – No charges will be laid against a Quebec reporter accused of criminally harassing a woman who was the subject of one of his stories, Crown officials said Thursday.Radio-Canada said last week the complaint against Antoine Trepanier stemmed from calls and emails he sent seeking reaction to a story about the head of the chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters in western Quebec.The network said the complainant was Yvonne Dube, who is executive director of the organization’s Gatineau chapter and the subject of the interview requests.Trepanier’s investigation involved an Ontario court decision that said Dube falsely passed herself off as a lawyer between September 2011 and March 2012.The CBC’s French-language network said the reporter first contacted Dube on March 12 and spoke to her for 20 minutes. It said she initially agreed to an on-camera interview before backing out. The reporter then emailed her again the day after to give her another chance for an interview.The complaint was filed later that day and the reporter was called to the police station, but Crown officials said Thursday they reviewed the case and came to the conclusion no crime was committed.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment They clearly hope that the 15-minute short is the beginning of something — although, as it completely unauthorized, this might be all fans get — but the one thing it accomplishes by itself is a bit of wish fulfilment. Noting a resemblance, plenty of fans have suggested that the Edmonton-born actor would make a great Drake ever since the first game came out in 2007, and this film makes a pretty good case.“I remember the feeling when I first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark. There was this hero that wasn’t perfect, that could take a punch and tell a joke. And I remember the Uncharted games bringing that back,” says Fillion, when asked why he wanted to make this. “And Nathan Drake is the one that scratches that itch for all of us.”Ungar, like many, he loved the franchise from when he was in school, and thought that Fillion belonged in the role. He started working on his own films, and after deriving some inspiration from previous video-game fan films also made by professionals that made splashes — Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Rebirth in 2010, Joseph Kahn’s Power/Rangers in 2015 — Ungar approached the veteran TV star and there was mutual interest. The film was shot in May in California. Login/Register With: Consider it an unexpected treasure for fans of the Uncharted videogame franchise.A fan film based on that swashbuckling, tomb-raiding franchise was released online on Monday, starring Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake, and directed by Allan Ungar, a filmmaker from Toronto. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Both Ungar and Fillion stress that this is an unauthorized creation for fans, with no input or permission from Uncharted game developer Naughty Dog and its parent company, Sony. Nathan Fillion, left, is seen on the set of the Uncharted fan film with director Allan Ungar. (JERRY BUTEYN / SUPPLIED PHOTO)last_img read more

Top UN envoy speaks out against killings of prominent Somalis

Abdullahi Abdi Egaal, a member of the National Reconciliation Commission, and Hassan Mayow Hassan of Radio Shabelle were killed in separate incidents yesterday, while Deputy Minister for Reconciliation Ismail Hassan Timir was shot down on 27 December.“This is a brazen disregard for international law and should no longer be tolerated by the Somali people,” said Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said, voicing sadness at learning of the “deliberate killings” of the three men who were promoting reconciliation in their nation.“The perpetrators should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said. “They should not be allowed to continue to perpetuate the lawlessness of the country.”In a press released issued in Nairobi, Mr. Ould-Abdallah offered his condolences to the families of those killed, as well as to the families of those still being held hostage.Meanwhile, the UN reported that recent heavy fighting in central Somalia has claimed at least 40 lives and uprooted over 50,000 people.Humanitarian agencies met today in Nairobi to discuss a coordinated response, but the deteriorating security situation is impeding aid efforts.The capital Mogadishu has witnessed a rise in security incidents, with nearly 20 people killed in different locations – including 7 civilian deaths caused by a shell slamming into a crowded restaurant – on 30 December alone.This week also saw three attacks against humanitarian workers, including hand grenades thrown into the Mogadishu compound of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Armed groups forcibly entered the World Food Programme (WFP) premises in the town of Marka, south of Mogadishu. 2 January 2009Denouncing the recent killings of several prominent Somalis, the top United Nations envoy to Somalia today called for an end to impunity and “lawlessness” in the strife-torn Horn of Africa nation. read more

Pepsi pulls widely mocked ad featuring Kendall Jenner

Imagine putting your life on the line like this to fight for justice only to have it parodied by a soda company and a Kardashian— jamilah (@JamilahLemieux) April 4, 2017 We Talked to the Pepsi Cop and Asked Him What He Really Thinks About Black Lives Matter— sarah hagi (@geekylonglegs) April 5, 2017 Next time @pepsi do one where Kendall Jenner marches to Montgomery but the cops don’t bludgeon her bc she’s white & has a refreshing @pepsi— Jia Tolentino (@jiatolentino) April 4, 2017 Pepsi on Wednesday pulled an ad after it was widely mocked and criticized for appearing to trivialize protests for social justice causes.“Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding,” the company said. “Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize.”It said it was “removing the content and halting any further rollout.”The ad shows Kendall Jenner, a member of the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” reality TV family, stepping away from a modeling shoot to join a crowd of smiling, young protesters. The protesters cheer after Jenner hands a can of Pepsi to a police officer, who takes a sip.PepsiCo Inc. had previously said the ad was created by its in-house team and that it would “be seen globally across TV and digital” platforms.It initially described the spot as featuring “multiple lives, stories and emotional connections that show passion, joy, unbound and uninhibited moments. No matter the occasion, big or small, these are the moments that make us feel alive.” That description was also derided on social media.The Purchase, New York, company had stood by the ad late Tuesday.But on Wednesday, it was apologizing to Jenner for putting her “in this position.”Critics say the image of Jenner handing the officer a Pepsi evoked a photo of Black Lives Matter protester Ieshia Evans approaching an officer at a demonstration in Baton Rouge last year.Others criticized the protesters’ signs for being comically innocuous, with messages like “Join the Conversation” and heart and peace signs. The website Gothamist expressed a common sentiment online in calling the ad “gloriously tone-deaf.” read more

Western Saharan refugees face looming food shortage UN agencies warn in appeal

“For more than 40 years, the Sahrawi refugees have been living under extremely harsh conditions in the Sahara desert in south-western Algeria. Hosted in five camps close to the town of Tindouf, they remain heavily dependent on external humanitarian assistance,” the UN World Food Programme (WFP), together with the Office of the UN Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a joint news release.According to the release, WFP represents the most important source of food in the camps. The UN agencies caution that the halt or reduction of that assistance would have a severe impact on the refugees’ food security and nutritional status – especially young children, pregnant and nursing women, the elderly and the sick. “At the [UN Summit which] recently adopted the New York Declaration, States committed to providing additional and predictable humanitarian funding and development support for refugees,” said UNHCR Representative in Algeria Hamdi Bukhari. “We badly need this for our humanitarian activities in support of the Sahrawis,” he continued. “Chronic underfunding has affected the provision of health, shelter, food and water.” In June last year, the three agencies raised the alarm over the lack of funding for food. Today they are elevating their warning that “food assistance is critical.” A telephone centre located at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s Confidence Building Measures office allows camp-dwelling refugees in Laayoune, Western Sahara, to contact their families outside the camp with 10-minute phone calls. UN Photo/Martine The joint statement explained that WFP faces a funding shortfall of $10 million for the next six months. While the UN food relief agency was forced to suspend part of its assistance in October, November threatens reduced rations by half. Stocks have already been depleted to cover the last few months and the three staple products of wheat flour, vegetable oil, and rice are quickly running out. WFP has informed donors, stakeholders and local partners – including the Algerian and Sahrawi Red Crescent – of possible cuts. “Cost-cutting measures, such as the replacement of some commodities by cheaper ones, have so far allowed WFP to extend resources to cover requirements,” said WFP Representative Romain Sirois. “However,” he continued “if new funding is not available soon, WFP will be forced to reduce food rations. This is bound to hurt the nutritional status of refugees.” On 19 September, WFP, UNHCR, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as non-governmental organizations providing humanitarian assistance to Sahrawi refugees, called on donors in Algiers for funds to provide food, shelter, health and education in the camps. The appeal will be re-issued soon at a donor meeting in Geneva. “Sahrawi refugee children living in camps in Tindouf are highly dependent on food distributions, and anxiety among families about further reduction is high,” said UNICEF Representative in Algeria Marc Lucet. “Children’s nutritional and health status could be at risk,” he continued. “Together with UN agencies working in the camps, we call upon donors to maintain their support to refugees so their basic humanitarian needs continue to be covered.” Since 1986, WFP has been supporting refugees from Western Sahara in Algeria. All of its assistance there is carried out and monitored in collaboration with national and international organizations to make sure the support reaches the people for whom it is intended. The Sahrawi crisis is the UN’s oldest protracted operation and the second longest-running refugee situation worldwide, said the agencies. read more

Just How Bad Were the Bad Boys

This Thursday, ESPN1Corporate parent of this website, among others. will air its latest “30 for 30” documentary special, “Bad Boys,” which explores the notorious Pistons era that brought Detroit back-to-back NBA championships 25 years ago. Along with my colleagues at Grantland who are running “Detroit Week,” I’ll be publishing articles relating to the “Bad Boys” narrative and legacy. This is Part 1, in which I’ll examine whether the Bad Boys really earned their nickname.How “bad” were they? That seems like just the kind of thing a data-driven operation might want to quantify. But to figure it out we have to first make sense of what “bad” means in the Bad Boys narrative.Wikipedia lays it out as bare fact that the Pistons’ “physical, defense-oriented style of play” was responsible for the nickname. Sports Illustrated adds a touch of violence, listing “on-court mayhem” as one of the main ingredients. ESPN’s promotional material for its new film makes a telling generalization:For some, the team was heroic — made up of gritty, hard-nosed players who didn’t back down from anyone. And for others, it was exactly that trait — the willingness to do seemingly anything to win — that made them the “Bad Boys,” the team fans loved to hate.There may not be full agreement among sources, but this “willingness to do seemingly anything to win” formulation is key to the qualitative aspect of the Bad Boys narrative. It’s also something we can begin to assess empirically.2We could build an ad-hoc model for “badness” based on perimeter defense, offensive rebounding, fouls, technical fouls, ejections and other things we normally associate with the Pistons of this era. But such models are just numbers-y versions of opinion.When we hear that a player or team is “willing to do anything to win,” it often means they’re willing to practice more than the next guy, spend more time studying film or drawing up plays, or any of the things that we associate with being a good sport. But there’s another connotation: that an athlete or team is willing to do things that others aren’t. They’re willing to transgress the norm of sportsmanship — to be unsportsmanlike in order to gain an advantage.Fortunately, there’s a statistic that captures unsportsmanlike conduct: technical fouls. It’s enshrined right there in Rule 12 of the Official Rules of the NBA:A technical foul shall be assessed for unsportsmanlike tactics such as:(1) Disrespectfully addressing an official(2) Physically contacting an official(3) Overt actions indicating resentment to a call(4) Use of profanity(5) A coach entering onto the court without permission of an official(6) A deliberately-thrown elbow or any attempted physical act with no contact.Though there are some technical fouls not relating to unsportsmanlike behavior, and some behavior that doesn’t ever get penalized, this stat is the closest we have to an official determination of “bad” behavior.But willingness to transgress sportsmanship is meaningless if it doesn’t actually gain you an advantage. If you’re just violating competitive or moral norms for no reason and you’re actually worse off for it, people won’t even respect you enough to hate you for it. So for a team to earn a nickname prominently declaring how “bad” it is, the players should be using their badness to make them better.To see how the Bad Boys Pistons rated in both badness (technical fouls) and goodness (winning), let’s start with a simple scatter plot showing the technical foul rates for all teams since 1982 against their win percentages3Technical fouls aren’t kept in normal box scores at either the team or player level, so the relevant data is hard to find and gets weaker and weaker the further back we go (unfortunately the Bad Boys played in the pre-play-by-play era). However, I’ve compiled all the data on individual player technical fouls from’s player stats database. Though incomplete (many less-well-known players don’t have stats), most of the high-minutes players from back into the early ’80s are covered, so reasonable team estimates are possible. Fortunately, we don’t have to discriminate between a bunch of close cases.:The Pistons between 1986 and 19924There is dispute over what constitutes the “Bad Boys Era.” For example, Wikipedia lists it as 1979-1994. Perhaps that’s true for the broader narrative, but for analytical purposes I’ve chosen to use the seven years when Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer all played together. are the red points. If the first thing you notice is a curiously strong relationship between technical rate and winning (note that every team that had more technicals than the “baddest” Pistons team had a good record), kudos! But we’re going to put that on ice until my next article later this week.So the Pistons look pretty bad, but even their baddest team (1989’s) had only the 15th most technical fouls since 1982. The 1995 Seattle Supersonics (who came within two games of beating the 1995 Chicago Bulls for the NBA title, which is probably more impressive than most championships) were badder and better than both the baddest and the best Pistons squads.But that’s not an entirely fair comparison. The Bad Boys Pistons practically led the revolution in unsportsmanlike play in the NBA, practitioners of the technical foul just as the technical foul became more prevalent.The red part is the “Bad Boys Era,” though the numbers are league-wide.5The league-wide technical foul rate before and during the Bad Boys Era may have been even lower than it appears in the chart. Because of the Pistons’ prominence and success, they are better-represented in the older, less complete data than a normal team would be — meaning they may be skewing the league averages towards themselves. Meanwhile, that 1995 SuperSonics squad came at the all-time peak for technical fouling.To see how these Pistons would have looked to people in their era, here’s the first graph above, but with all the non-Detroit teams after 1988 filtered out.Now that’s more like it. All six of the seasons after 1986 (Dennis Rodman’s rookie year) are badder than every season prior to 1989 in our data set.6Not shown: After the Pistons won their first championship (1988-89 season), you start to see an uptick in aggression in the NBA — though hard to prove, this may be a result of other teams emulating the Pistons’ style. Detroit only finished one season below .500,7In the 1992-93 season, the Pistons actually won 58 percent of their games with Dennis Rodman in the lineup, but went 4-16 without him, leading to their only losing season of the era. More on Rodman’s impact later this week. and won two championships in the other seasons.In addition to the shifting strategic landscape, a variety of otherwise minor rule changes, rule clarifications and scorekeeping instructions in the NBA may affect cross-era comparison (such as breaking out flagrant fouls into their own category, or turning illegal defenses into 3-second violations). But we can compare each team’s performance in a given season to what the rest of the league was doing at the time.8In addition to making rankings like this possible, this turns out to be the best technical-related metric for predicting current and future team success.To do this, I took the technicals per game for every team with 10,000-plus minutes recorded in our data set and divided it by the league average for the season. I then ranked the teams by their “badness” relative to their contemporaries and plotted them in rank order. In all, I plotted every qualifying team from 1982 through last week.9The presence of more teams near the top of the rankings suggests that the league hasn’t just been getting more technical-prone uniformly, but that the increase is being driven by the extremes. Boom! Using badness relative to a team’s era as the measure, the top two baddest teams are the two Bad Boys teams that won championships. For once, a harder look at the data seemingly confirms rather than undermines a popular sports narrative.But there’s something even more fascinating going on here: Technical fouls are bizarrely predictive of success. Individually, they give the other team a free attempt at another point, which should have about the same effect on the game as a turnover; they have no business indicating strength as well as they do. But they do. Not only are better teams more likely to get technicals (and vice versa), but “bad” plays may themselves add value. In other words, the Bad Boys may have been onto something.How and why this effect works turns out to be a fascinating and complex issue, and it will be the subject of the next article in this series, out later this week. read more

Finally Mike Trout Is The MVP

In what’s quickly becoming an annual rite of summer, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels once again led the American League in wins above replacement (WAR), the single-number metric of choice for most sabermetricians when it comes to measuring a player’s all-around value. But this season, Trout’s WAR crown came attached to a more conventionally recognized accolade: The AL MVP award. Trout, 23, was announced Thursday as the unanimous choice for the honor, becoming the youngest to ever achieve the distinction.Trout’s quest for the MVP had become something of a cause célèbre for statheads after two seasons of fiercely battling Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera for the award. As a rookie, Trout bested Cabrera by a landslide in WAR (10.8 to 7.2) but finished as MVP runner-up because Cabrera won the triple crown (leading the league in batting average, home runs and RBIs — a somewhat arbitrary feat derided by new-school writers as an out-of-touch relic of the pre-sabermetrics era). The following year, Trout once again out-WARed Cabrera (8.9 to 7.5) and finished second in the voting.By that time, Trout vs. Cabrera had become what NBC Sports’ Craig Calcaterra called a “proxy battle in a larger cold war” — namely, the religious conflict between baseball’s traditionalists and a still relatively new breed of number crunchers who came of age reading Bill James. You could tell a lot about a fan’s viewpoint on the game from which player they decided to back in the AL’s MVP derby.This year, though, Trout had no such opposition. Once again, a Tiger was his closest competitor — designated hitter Victor Martinez finished second in the voting — but Trout easily topped Martinez (and everyone else in the AL), according to WAR. As for Cabrera, his numbers were down across the board this season, limiting his ability to contend for a three-peat.The irony of Trout finally winning the MVP, of course, is that his 7.9 WAR in 2014 represents the worst full season of his career to date. The WAR edge he had over the AL’s No. 2, Josh Donaldson (who trailed Trout by 0.5 WAR), was lower than the margin by which Trout defeated runners-up Robinson Cano in 2012 (2.4) and Donaldson in 2013 (0.9 WAR). Now that the floodgates have opened, Trout — who has more WAR through age 22 than anyone in baseball history — will probably rake in more MVPs as his career goes on, even though he may have already peaked. read more

Berbice man killed by African bees on his sons birthday

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSugar worker killed in deadly bee attack – several other GuySuCo workers injuredMarch 27, 2016In “latest news”Berbice machine operator killed by African beesOctober 21, 2017In “Crime”Rice Mill labourer killed after door fell on him – crushing his chestApril 13, 2016In “latest news” Dead: Ravendranauth “Earo” NarineRavendranauth Narine, also known as “Earo,” of Lot ‘A’ 47 Number 12 Village, West Coast Berbice, died after a swarm of African bees stung him while he was operating heavy-duty machinery in uprooting trees at Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice.The incident occurred late on Thursday afternoon, and the 51-year-old father of four died while receiving medical attention at the New Amsterdam Hospital on Friday at about 21:00hrs.One of the dead man’s co-workers, a teenager named Azim Habid, said that at the time of the incident they were uprooting trees to clear a way for the construction of a new road when the bees swarmed them.He indicated that after the bees launched their attack he fled the scene, leaving his co-worker behind.He related that it was Narine who first had seen the bees and raised the alarm. Habid, who also received several bee stings, said he sprinted away, leaving Narine in the distance.“When I look back I see bees covering he whole skin,” he said.He recalled running for about 30 minutes to get help, but noted that persons were reluctant to offer assistance.However, he was able to persuade someone to offer assistance after about an hour.Habid related that when they arrived at the scene, Narine’s body was covered with bees, resulting in them utilising an excavator to remove him out of the area.The man’s wife, Roopwattie Narine, told this publication that she received a phone call on Thursday, informing her of the incident. She said relatives rushed to the hospital and began to inquire about the condition of her husband.Roopwattie said that when she got to the hospital, she saw her husband surrounded by doctors and nurses.She added that it was almost impossible to recognize him, since his face was swollen almost triple its original size.Narine leaves to mourn his wife and four children. He died on his son’s third birthday.Many beekeepers have indicated that it is the African bees’ swarming season, and they are urging the public to ensure they exercise caution at this time. read more

Senior Counsel Rafiq Khan appointed as Acting Justice of Appeal

President David Granger, today, administered the Oath of Office to Senior Counsel Rafiq Khan, swearing him in as Acting Justice of Appeal. The six-month appointment takes effect from today (Wednesday).Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony at State House, the Head of State said that this appointment, which accords with Article 128 (2) (D) of the Constitution of Guyana, will serve to preserve and protect the rights of citizens to equal protection and benefit of the law.“The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is committed to ensuring equal protection and benefit of the law through its support for access by all to justice and the efficient and timely dispensation of justice by the courts. Equality before the law can exist only where there is access to the law. The absence of such access deprives citizens of equal protection and benefit of the law,” the President said.He also pointed out that an efficient and independent judiciary must include a full complement of legal officers, magistrates and judges, which enables judicial efficiency, to ensure that citizens’ cases are heard expeditiously. This, he said, will enhance public confidence in the rule of law.Meanwhile, Justice Khan, who was elevated to the status of Senior Counsel in 2017, said that he was interviewed for the position by the JSC in July last year. “What I think I can bring to the table is vast experience in civil procedures. When you come out of private practice and you go unto the Bench, you bring a different perspective,” he was quoted by the MotP as saying.Justice Khan has been practicing most Civil Law for the past 30 years. He also taught at the University of Guyana for about three years, served on the Rows Committee for 10 years and the Legal Practitioners Committee for 15 years.Last month, President Granger appointed Attorney-at-law Dr. Arif Bulkan as an acting Judge of the Court of Appeal. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJustice Claudette Singh receives her Commission of Appointment as Senior CounselJanuary 11, 2017In “latest news”After 20 years: 9 Senior Counsel appointments commissionedJanuary 4, 2017In “latest news”Dr Arif Bulkan sworn in as new acting Court of Appeal JudgeJanuary 17, 2018In “Court” read more

First home buyers saving 50 of income

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Since the launch of the annual RAMS FHBs Pulse Check Survey four years ago, the profile of the typical first home buyer has evolved.FHBs are more likely to delay their first purchase to their mid to late 20s, reside in a capital city and be employed full-time with high incomes.There has been a steady increase over the years of FHBs saving 50 per cent or more of their household income towards a home deposit, possibly suggesting that higher property prices are leading to a greater savings burden over time.Source: RAMSlast_img

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Diddy Kong

first_imgStay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Who Are They?Diddy Kong is Donkey Kong’s son or nephew or ward or something. His tail must make him a different kind of monkey at least. He’s DK’s sidekick basically. He first appeared in Donkey Kong Country and is kind of a mascot for Rare’s reinterpretation of the franchise. He even wears a little Nintendo hat. And although Rare was eventually sold to Microsoft, Diddy Kong has remained as DK mainstay.Smash HistoryDiddy Kong first appeared as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl bringing some much needed extra Donkey Kong representation. It’s easy for Meta Knight to dominate everything in Brawl, but Diddy was also a very strong character with his tricky movement, peanut projectile, and banana mechanic taking advantage of Brawl’s much-maligned tripping mechanic. He shined even more in Smash Wii U/3DS as a main character for many top players.What Looks New in Ultimate?Diddy Kong got a couple of nerfs in Ultimate which makes sense considering how great he’s been historically. His shortened Monkey Flip and Rocketbarrel Blast limit his recovery and movement mix-ups. And the way he can pick up thrown bananas has been changed as well, although not necessarily in a positive or negative way. Right now the community thinks his overall strategy might have to change, but that he still has plenty of potential.Our Hopes?A Dixie Kong Echo Fighter for Diddy Kong I think would’ve been a no-brainer. Just take the Rare logo off of her beret. As for Donkey Kong characters, all of the heat right now is around King K. Rool since folks still need to figure him out. Still, there’s nothing funnier than watching a little monkey hopping around beating people up, and we hope Diddy Kong keeps that going.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidecenter_img With His Pistols Out, Diddy Kong is One Tough Kong!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Diddy Kong.last_img read more

Sarri speaks about Pedros injury

Chelsea was able to win 1-0 against PAOK in the UEFA Europa League, but footballer Pedro was forced off with an injuryEnglish Premier League club Chelsea defeated PAOK 1-0 tonight in the UEFA Europa League.But the team lost Pedro, as the footballer had to be taken off the field because of a shoulder injury.And now Chelsea manager has talked about the future for the player.“I don’t know exactly the situation. It was a sore one for Pedro,” the Italian coach told Metro in the United Kingdom.“I spoke for a few seconds, but that probably it is not a serious injury.”“I think we were in control of the match for 90 minutes,” he added.Premier LeaguePremier 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 had a lot of opportunities. I am very happy with the three points, but not the result. We didn’t kill the match.”Pedro is currently receiving treatment after coming up the wrong side of a collision with Paschalakis.The Blues are lining-up a free-kick just outside of the box…0-1 [90+5′] #PAOKvCFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 20, 2018 read more

Sousa backs Mourinho to turn things around at United

first_imgFormer Fiorentina manager Paulo Sousa believes Jose Mourinho is still the right man to lead Manchester United back to their glory days.Sousa alluded to Mourinho’s extensive experience of guiding clubs out of a bad run of form and has urged Manchester United board and fans to stick by his fellow Portuguese.It’s been an underwhelming season for Manchester United, as they find themselves 7th in the Premier League table after 13 games, and with their UEFA Champions League qualification still hanging in the balance.“He’s a great coach. He knows how to deal with when the momentum is not so good,” Sousa told Sky Sports.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It always difficult to follow the success [of Sir Alex Ferguson] but he has brought trophies to the club.“It’s not a good moment but I am sure he can take them out of it and get better results.“He knows how to get results and knows how to get the best out of his players.”last_img read more

San Diego artist Casey Lynn Hancock goes viral on Instagram

first_imgSo neat meeting local artist Casey Hancock! She has gone viral on Instagram and is creating some really neat stuff!! @KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD #artist #tuesday #sandiego— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) March 5, 2019 San Diego artist Casey Lynn Hancock goes viral on Instagram KUSI Newsroom March 5, 2019 Posted: March 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAccording to Casey’s website she said “This has been the scariest thing I have ever done, but also the most amazing experience of my life. There is no doubt in my mind that this is what I was meant to do. I am so grateful to wake up every morning happy and doing what I love.” Updated: 5:12 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – About two years ago, Air Force veteran, Casey Hancock made the decision to leave her marketing job, move to San Diego, and pursue painting full time. In that two years Hancock has amassed 40 thousand followers on Instagram and been commissioned to do pieces for celebrities, such as NBA star Dwight Howard.Although she has no formal training, she did always have a love for art. She works in all different mediums including acrylic, oils and air brushing. Hancock enjoys working on large, colorful pieces and including metallic details. You can follow Casey at @caseypaintings on Instagram or you can check out her website If you would like a painting from Casey, she is always asking people to contact her for custom pieces.Casey described some of her completed project’s and how she got started to KUSI’s Allie Wagner in our first live shot of the morning. Check out what she had to say below.last_img read more

Sri Lanka constitutional crisis escalates as one dead in ministry shooting

first_imgSri Lankan soldier keep watching outside the ceylon petroleum corporation in Colombo on 28 October 2018. Photo: AFPA constitutional crisis gripping Sri Lanka since the president’s shock dismissal of prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe erupted into violence Sunday, with a man shot dead and two others injured in Colombo.Police said bodyguards for a Sri Lankan cabinet minister allied to Wickremesinghe opened fire inside a government ministry as a mob loyal to president Maithripala Sirisena besieged the minister’s office. Three people were injured but a 34-year-old man died shortly after.It was the first fatality since Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on Friday and installed a former strongman as prime minister, triggering political chaos in the Indian Ocean nation.Wickremesinghe has refused to vacate the prime minister’s official residence, barricading himself inside as over 1,000 supporters, including chanting Buddhist monks, rallied outside.The 69-year-old says his sacking is illegal, and wants an emergency session of parliament held to prove he still commands a majority.Sirisena shut parliament for nearly three weeks to forestall any challenge to his appointment of Mahinda Rajapakse, a former president accused of wartime abuses.Rajapakse sought blessings at a prominent Buddhist temple Sunday as he jostled to consolidate his claim to the prime ministership.But Wickremesinghe got a boost as Sri Lanka’s parliamentary speaker refused to endorse his sacking.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya backed Wickremesinghe’s request to retain his privileges and security until another candidate could prove a majority in parliament, saying it was “democratic and fair”.He also warned the president that shuttering parliament risked “serious and undesirable consequences for the country”.Opposition leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan urged Jayasuriya to summon parliament immediately.“I hereby call upon yourself to uphold the rule of law by summoning parliament… to perform its legitimate functions,” said Sampanthan, who represents Sri Lanka’s minority Tamil community.Officials loyal to Rajapakse said police will now seek a court order to evict Wickremesinghe from the residence, threatening to escalate the standoff.Soldiers had been stationed near the residence, although Wickremesinghe’s security and official cars were withdrawn Saturday.Tensions were high across Colombo, with police leave cancelled amid warnings street violence could break out if the president did not immediately summon parliament to end the impasse.“Don’t try to create a civil war in this country,” party legislator Karunarathna Paranawithana told reporters at the prime minister’s residence.Regional neighbours and Western nations have urged all sides to exercise restraint and respect the constitution.ShootingBut violence broke out inside the petroleum ministry as police guarding Minister Arjuna Ranatunga fired on a mob surrounded his office.Witnesses saw Ranatunga, 54, also a former World Cup winning cricket captain, rushed from the scene in a tactical helmet and body armour by police commandos.In his first televised address to the nation since the crisis began, Sirisena said Sunday he sacked Wickremesinghe over personal and political disputes.“Apart from our ideological differences, we also had serious cultural differences,” Sirisena said, referring to Wickremesinghe’s liberal background and his own rural conservative upbringing.He said he had no choice but to appoint Rajapakse, and urged parliament to support him.Loyalists of Rajapakse—whose controversial decade-long rule was marked by grave allegations of rights abuses, the crushing of the Tamil Tiger uprising, and growing authoritarianism—were appointed Sunday to run the country’s two state-run television channels and a newspaper.Plans to appoint some cabinet members had been delayed until Monday, aides said. Rajapakse is yet to make a formal statement since being elevated to the new post.The strongman is seen as being closer to China than Wickremesinghe, who had sought to re-establish stronger ties with traditional ally and regional power India.New Delhi said it was “closely following” events in Colombo.The United States and European Union ambassadors have called on the Sri Lankan rivals to follow the constitution and avoid violence.‘Constitutional coup’Privately-run newspapers on Sunday described Sirisena’s move as a “constitutional coup”.However, Rajapakse loyalist and former foreign minister G. L. Peiris said there was nothing illegal about Wickremesinghe’s dismissal.The falling-out between Wickremesinghe and Sirisena has come to a head since the president this year backed a no-confidence motion against the man he had handpicked to lead the government.The two allied against Rajapakse in the 2015 election, but their relationship steadily soured.Sirisena initially said he would be a one-term president but has since indicated he will seek re-election next year—pitting himself against Wickremesinghe who also has presidential ambitions.This is the second time that a president has ousted Wickremesinghe from office. In 2004, the then head of state sacked him and called snap elections.After winning the premiership in August 2015, Wickremesinghe amended the constitution to remove the president’s power to sack prime ministers to prevent a repeat of his earlier ouster.last_img read more

Michael Cryor Tapped to Head Mayors OneBaltimore

first_imgMichael Cryor expounds on OneBaltimore. (Photo by Mark Dennis)In the wake of the riots that followed the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake named Michael Cryor, a well-respected civic leader, to lead the OneBaltimore effort.Rawlings-Blake announced the formation of OneBaltimore, a public-private partnership focusing on improving education,employment, minority and women-owned business opportunities, and affordable housing, among other things. In tapping Cryor to lead the initiative, Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference, “As soon as we launched the OneBaltimore initiative, Michael’s name was at the top of my list as the right choice to lead this effort, and his name was at the top of the list of many, many others, too.“I know that he has the understanding and experience in our city, and the vision for what needs to be done both now and in the long-term, to lead the transformative change that OneBaltimore can create.”Cryor, with a long history of civic and political involvement in Baltimore including co-chairing Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Believe campaign, said that he would first focus on increasing the number of jobs available to high-school student by 50 percent through the city’s Youth Works program.The program is for young people aged 14-21, and the city has provided funds for about 4,500 positions, Cryor said. The problem is that close to 8,000 people have registered for the program, which begins on June 25 and pays a minimum of $8.25 an hour for 25-hours a week of work. The city is looking for private donations to cover the gap.The jobs range from working in an office to working outside. “In many cases it will be work outside; gardening, cleaning up, or what have you,” said Cryor. “When I was young man I worked in the shipyards but I learning many things like getting up when I didn’t want to, following orders, and other things that make you a productive member of society.”Cryor hopes to not just focus on the short term issue of summer jobs, but also long range solutions. “Right now, we have a moment to make some rather substantial improvements not just in services but in the ways we conceive solutions to problems, many of which are long term and systemic,” Cryor said. “In addition, we have the immediate need of providing summer jobs.”Cryor is also staffing the OneBaltimore organization and figuring out where it fits in with the other services the city offers. “I don’t want to be duplicating services other organizations already provide. Right now I need to get a feel for what other organizations are doing,” Cryor said. “I’m not eager to run out and commit to a lot of things I can’t fulfill, nor do I want to sit in a room and answer to 50 or 60 people every week.”The goal of the OneBaltimore program, Cryor said, is to prove Baltimore is more than the images of rioting and fires much of America witnessed over the past few weeks. “We hope to restore some confidence in the city of Baltimore,” Cryor said.“We recognize there are some things to address but we remain a viable city. We have to pull together, we have to deliver on the things we say, and admit there are something we need to improve upon as community.”last_img read more

Best of Last Week – Dark matter acting like pions changes to

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (—It was an interesting week for physics as a team made up of international researchers came up with a new theory that says dark matter acts like a well-known particle—they suggest it has similarities to pions, which bind atomic nuclei together. Also, a macroscopic quantum phenomena was discovered in ice by a team of researchers in China—at very cold temperatures the ice behaved in a way that could only be explained by quantum tunneling, a rare example of quantum phenomena emerging on a macroscopic scale. In other technology news, a team with Escape Dynamics conducted tests with a thruster that showed that using microwaves to propel a craft into space might work, which could mean the end of multi-stage rockets that use propellants. Also a young scientist discovered that magnetic material is unnecessary to create spin current—postdoce researcher Stephen Wu made the discovery while working at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Also, interestingly, a team of researches looking into reports of astronauts’ skin changing before and after missions, discovered that for at least two men, their epidermis grew thinner during their mission by 20 percent—though it is still unclear why that happens.In other news, a team of scientists proposed 3D graphene-like ‘hyper-honeycomb’ structures—the group with the University of Oklahoma believes they could make up a new family of 3D based graphene materials. Also, another team at the University of St Andrews in Scotland fed white blood cells micro-lasers causing them to produce light—the hope is that it will allow for tracking cells as they move through living organisms. Another team looked into how music alters the teenage brain and found that training, even as late as high school, can improve teen response to sound and improved hearing and language skills. And another international team of researchers asked, why do mitochondria retain their own genome? They still cannot say for sure, but they conducted tests looking to see if the mitochondrial genome encodes membrane proteins that are hydrophobic—if encoded in the nucleus, they would be filtered by a signal recognition particle and misdirected into the endoplasmic reticulum. And finally, if you are an expert in your field, you might be more susceptible to alleging knowledge of information that was completely made-up—a team with members from Cornell and Tulane Universities found that self-proclaimed experts are more vulnerable to the illusion of knowledge. Something to keep in mind, perhaps before offering opinions that could come back to haunt you. Explore further Typically when referring to electrical current, an image of electrons moving through a metallic wire is conjured. Using the spin Seebeck effect (SSE), it is possible to create a current of pure spin (a quantum property of electrons related to its magnetic moment) in magnetic insulators. However, this work demonstrates that the SSE is not limited to magnetic insulators but also occurs in a class of materials known as paramagnets. Since magnetic moments within paramagnets do not interact with each other like in conventional ferromagnets, and thus do not hold their magnetization when an external magnetic field is removed, this discovery is unexpected and challenges current theories for the SSE. New ways of generating spin currents may be important for low-power high-speed spin based computing (spintronics), and is also an area of great fundamental interest. The paramagnetic SSE changes the way we think about thermally driven spintronics, allowing for the creation of new devices and architectures where spin currents are generated without ferromagnetic materials, which have been the centerpiece of all spin-based electronic devices up until this point.center_img Why do mitochondria retain their own genome? © 2015 Citation: Best of Last Week – Dark matter acting like pions, changes to astronaut skin and illusion of knowledge by experts (2015, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Inside the Parker Mariano is a Hall of Famers Hall of Famer

first_imgThis week on Inside the (Rob) Parker, Rob on Astros rookie Yordan Alvarez emerging as an MLB star in his first  season, Mariano Rivera’s nearly unparalleled career, Dodger Stadium’s $100 million facelift ahead of the 2020 All-Star Game, and why there’s nothing like Cooperstown. He also names his Top 3 MLB Teams of the Week, this week’s ‘Twitter Trash Talk’ Winner, ‘Foul or Fair’ and the Analytic Stat of the Week.Guests: Jerry Hairston, Jr.- Former 16-year MLB veteran and Dodgers broadcaster, discusses on transition from the diamond to the broadcast booth and the future of the game; Jon Heyman – MLB Network insider looks at team needs heading into the trade deadline.Download and subscribe to Inside the Parker and all of the Herd Podcast Network podcasts, exclusively at, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or Apple Podcasts.last_img read more