My hat-trick won’t mean anything if we don’t win: Stuart Broad

first_imgEngland’s hat-trick hero Stuart Broad on Saturday said that his feat would mean nothing if his side fails to win the second cricket Test and take a 2-0 lead over the Indians in the series.”It won’t mean anything if we don’t win this Test. We need to post a big score. Somebody needs to get a big hundred and so tomorrow is a huge day,” said Broad, who took a sensational hat-trick in front of his home crowd, at the post-match press conference.”We need to get 300 and then apply pressure through our seamers. The wicket would have a variable bounce (in the fourth innings),” he said.Broad, in his sensational spell in the final session on Saturday, took four wickets from six balls for no run — including the wickets of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (5), Harbhajan Singh (0) and Praveen Kumar (0) off successive balls.”We tried to build pressure the whole day. I thought heavy roller (taken by India in the morning), played a huge role. The wicket was quite slow and did not do huge amount of help for us.”But we wanted to build pressure for here you can have wickets in quick succession. Fortunately, we managed it late in the day. I said yesterday (Friday) that India had three quarters of the day and it was the same today (Saturday). Fortunately, we nipped the last session,” he said.The tall local bowler had words of praise for Rahul Dravid who managed a hundred while opening the innings.advertisement”He played fantastically well. The way he left balls is an example for us tomorrow (Sunday). He is hard to bowl, allows the ball to come to him. He had a bit of luck but still it was a fantastic hundred. We were happy to see the back of him.”It was very pleasing to see him standing at the other end while wickets fell quickly (this end),” said Broad who returned with career-best figures of 6/46.Broad disclosed that number three batsman Jonathan Trott, who fell over his right shoulder and hurt himself, did not have any structural damage but it’s unlikely he would come out to bat till number six.This is the third hat-trick which Broad has managed during his career although his first since the last one he got at under-15 level.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Another athlete slams testosterone rules, refuses medication

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Without medication or surgery, some female runners won’t be allowed to compete at anymore international meetings this season, including this year’s world championships.“It’s wrong of (the) IAAF to ask us to take medicine to alter our natural body function,” Wambui said Tuesday, speaking Swahili in an interview in Kenya.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsShe said she was unsure what side effects any medication or treatment might have on her.The 23-year-old Wambui, the world junior champion in the 800 in 2014, compared the regulations to “losing your job.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ That has been criticized as unethical by the World Medical Association, which has advised doctors not to prescribe the medication or treatment if it’s not requested and there is no medical need and it’s solely for athletic purposes. The contraceptive pills and hormone-blocking injections would have negative side effects.Wambui said she received a letter from the IAAF about a week ago informing her that her testosterone levels were higher than the allowed level. Athletes wanting to compete at the world championships in Doha, Qatar, in September and October had to start lowering their testosterone by May 8 to be eligible.“My family is very disappointed by this decision by (the) IAAF,” she said. “After I received the letter I went back home and spent a week with my mother trying to make her understand what’s happening.”Wambui’s decision to publicly declare she is affected by the rules means all three medalists in the 800-meter race at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have said they have a condition that causes high levels of natural testosterone.Semenya and silver medalist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi have also said they are affected. Niyonsaba was highly critical of the rules, while Semenya was adamant that she won’t take medication when she ran at a Diamond League meet at the beginning of the month.Wambui said she is considering switching to the 100 and 200 meters, events not affected by the rules. Semenya has entered a 3,000-meter race in the United States in June.But there’s also still a chance of an appeal against the IAAF rules.Semenya’s lawyers say they are considering that, while the South African government has announced there will be an appeal on behalf of the country’s national track federation.An appeal against the CAS decision must be lodged by May 31. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “This ruling is very unfair,” she said. “I have grown up knowing that I want to do athletics as a career and achieve a lot through it. Why wait for me to establish myself as an 800-meter athlete then tell me that I need to take medication to compete in the same event?“The ruling has affected me greatly because you are not sure of what to train for … this season I was focusing on the world championships and Diamond League races but all that effort has gone to waste.”Semenya, a two-time Olympic 800-meter champion, lost her case against the IAAF at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, allowing track’s governing body to implement testosterone limits in races from 400 meters to one mile.Female athletes who have one of a specific set of conditions that cause testosterone levels higher than the typical female range now have to lower those levels to be eligible to compete at international events.The IAAF provides three options to lower the hormone levels: Daily contraceptive pills, a monthly hormone-blocking injection or surgery.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Friday, April 13, 2018 file photo, Women’s 800m silver medal winner Kenya’s Margaret Nyairera Wambui, left, shakes hands with gold medla winner South Africa’s Caster Semenya on the podium at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Margaret Nyairera Wambui has criticized the IAAF’s testosterone regulations and is refusing to take hormone-reducing medication. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)NAIROBI, Kenya — Another Olympic medalist has criticized the IAAF’s testosterone regulations and said she will refuse to take hormone-reducing medication.Margaret Wambui of Kenya, who won bronze in the 800 meters behind Caster Semenya at the 2016 Olympics, said she is affected by the new rules but won’t take “any type of medication” to lower her natural testosterone.ADVERTISEMENT Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup: Gilas women’s stays unscathed after win over Taipei Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

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Leander Paes-Jeremy Chardy make first round exit from Mexico Open

first_imgVeteran Indian star Leander Paes and his French partner Jeremy Chardy crashed out of the first round at the Mexico Open after losing straight sets on Thursday.The Indo-French combination were no match for the Austrian-French team of Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin, going down 2-6, 4-6.Marach and Martin will now meet the American duo of Scott Lipsky and Eric Butorac in the quarter-finals on Friday. The Americans had defeated Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram 7-6, 6-0 in the opening round. Also read: Bopanna-Mergea knocked out of Dubai tennis Paes and Chardy suffered an early jolt in the opening set when their serve was broken in the third game. They never recovered from there as Marach and Martin clinched another break of serve in the seventh game before serving out the set.The Indo-French team suffered another early blow in the second, surrendering their serve in the third game. Marach and Martin held on to their advantage from there to clinch a well deserved victory.last_img read more

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KXIP vs SRH: Kings XI Punjab eye revival at Mohali, take on Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgDefending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad will start favourites when they take on the struggling-for-survival Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match here on Friday.The David Warner-led Hyderabad have won four out of eight games so far and have shared the points in a rain-abandoned outing against Royal Challengers Bangalore.The visitors are placed third with nine points and would certainly have the upper-hand against Kings XI Punjab, who have managed to win just three of their seven games.KXIP’s Head of cricket of operations Virender Sehwag has said that all the upcoming matches are going to be crucial for his team.Between April 28 to May 9, KXIP will be playing four games, including against table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders here and will look to exploit the home advantage.Hyderabad have clashed with Punjab at their home ground on one occasion this season in which they secured a five-run win while defending a modest total of 159 runs.Manan Vohra’s 50-ball 95 run knock did not prove sufficient for Punjab and rest of their batting collapsed as Sunrisers’ bowling mainstay Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a magical spell of 4-0-19-5.KXIP will take solace in the fact that opener Hashim Amla is in good form and can take the attack to the opposition camp.KXIP scored a near 200 total (198) against the Mumbai Indians with Amla scoring a terrific hundred and skipper Glenn Maxwell also hitting some lusty blows.Punjab produced an all-round performance in their previous outing to finally arrest their slide, beating Gujarat Lions by 26 runs on the latter’s home-turf with Amla again playing a brilliant innings.advertisementOn the other side, Hyderabad, will look to maintain their consistency.Openers David Warner (235 from 7 games) and Shikhar Dhawan (282 from 7 games) have been scoring the bulk of runs and would look to maintain their form.Moises Henriques (193 runs), who remained unbeaten on 55 off just 28 deliveries in an earlier game against Pune, would look to continue contributing in the death overs.Kane Williamson, who played his first match of the season against Delhi Daredevils, made 89 off 51 balls and propelled Hyderabad to their fourth win in four home matches.Bowling has complemented Hyderabad’s batsmen with seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (16 wickets) and young Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan (10 wickets) proving their mettle.For Punjab, Yuvraj Singh and pacer Siddharth Kaul will ‘feel at home’ as both turn out for Punjab in the domestic cricket.Despite starting their campaign with back-to-back victories, Kings XI slipped in the next few games and would now be desperate to get back to winning ways.Maxwell, David Miller and Eoin Morgan along with Amla will have to come good for that revival.”Out of the remaining seven matches, we will have to win 4-5, only then can we qualify for the playoffs,” Sehwag told reporters here.Teams (from):Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(Captain), Tanmay Agarwal, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Shikhar Dhawan, Eklavya Dwivedi, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Siddharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ben Laughlin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammed Siraj, Mustafizur Rahman,Ashish Nehra, Naman Ojha (wk), Rashid Khan, VijayShankar,Barinder Sran, Pravin Tambe, Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh.Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (capt), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma.last_img read more

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Jets Give Fans Chant Vote

first_imgCORTLAND, N.Y.  — The J-E-T-S chant is in the hands of the F-A-N-S.The New York Jets are holding an online contest to pick eight season ticket holders — one for each home game — to lead the team’s familiar rallying cry this year.Season ticket holders will be able to submit a video of 15 seconds or less of themselves leading the chant. Fans will then choose their favorite entries on the team’s website, and the eight top vote-getters will get the crowds at MetLife Stadium fired up.“I don’t want to put a number out there, but if people go nuts for it and really embrace it, wonderful,” said Seth Rabinowitz, the Jets’ Senior Vice President of Marketing and Fan Engagement. “We’ll be ready and we’ll look at every single video. The more the merrier.”Ed Anzalone — aka “Fireman Ed” — used to lead the cheer, but stepped away from the role in recent seasons.“It’s probably the most popular chant in all of the four major sports,” Anzalone said. “I’m happy they’re doing something because I want to see it go on.”Last year, the Jets had fans in each of the stadium’s four sections — one for each letter — shout out the J-E-T-S chant in the season opener, and the team’s drumline ensemble — The Aviators — did it for the other seven games.“This idea was really borne out of feedback from season ticket holders,” Rabinowitz said. “We’ve been, through a variety of different forums, approached by season ticket holders over the past year or so and there was a variance of the same theme: ‘What can you do to help us keep the chant going?’”The Jets examined various options and came up with the video contest, which runs Aug. 26-29, with winners announced no later than Sept. 2 — five days before the season opener against Oakland.Fans can enter themselves or nominate somebody else, but the entrant must be a confirmed season ticket holder. They also must include a few sentences on why they’re an ideal candidate.“It takes a special someone to get 80,000 people to quiet down and then have them go crazy,” Rabinowitz said.The Jets recently spoke about their plans with Anzalone, who became a bit of an icon with his firefighter helmet and emphatic style of cheer.“He was obviously a huge part in keeping the chant alive and came to embody it in many ways,” Rabinowitz said. “Somebody passed the torch to him and, now, I think his preference at this stage is to kind of remain in the background.”Anzalone, a retired firefighter who led the chant for 27 years, still attends games but no longer as Fireman Ed because confrontations between him and other fans became more frequent. So, he hung up his helmet during the 2012 season.“I love the Jets and I loved the chant,” he said. “Hopefully, one of the fans does it and the fans latch on to them and it continues through the years.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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What other sports do you watch?

first_imgUEFA Champions League What other sports do you watch? Goal Last updated 2 years ago 15:00 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy football Getty Images UEFA Champions League So we know you love football, but what other sports do you like? Did you know that fomer AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko made his professional debut as a golfer in 2013?And did you know that in a bygone era countless English footballers also moonlighted as criketers?Well, we know that football isn’t the only sport in the world.And we want to find out what other sports you enjoy. Please help us by completing the survey below.

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Lawyer for woman in extremely aggressive RCMP video says client was disbelieved

first_imgHolly MooreAPTN NewsThe lawyer for a British Columbia woman recently shown being interviewed by a West Kelowna RCMP officer after she reported a sexual assault says he believes her interview was really an interrogation.Penticton, B.C., lawyer Michael Patterson represents several claimants in lawsuits against the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and against individual social workers Robert Riley Saunders and supervisor Siobhan Stynes.He said he understands that police need to investigate complaints vigorously but this interview was “absolutely shocking.”Patterson said the line of questioning by the officer adds weight to his client’s claim that social workers punished her for reporting the assault as stated in her amended statement of claim from March 2019.The allegations have not been proven in court.“The amended statement of claim mentions that she was disbelieved from the beginning by MCFD,” Patterson said. “If you think my client is lying about being sexually assaulted there are other ways to verify it at the time.”“It was more of a very aggressive interrogation tactic in my view that you reserve for the more serious criminals and not a vulnerable teenager complaining about being sexually assaulted,” he added.“I believe there was a rush to judgment.” In the video, the officer asks the woman about her past sexual history and why she went to the alleged assailant’s house.“Were you at all turned on during this at all? Even a little bit?” the officer asked. “You understand that when a guy tries to have sex with a female and the female is completely unwilling it is very difficult.”The Indigenous teen was just 17 when the video was taken.Read the full story here: ‘Were you turned on by this at all?’: RCMP officer asks Indigenous youth during sexual assault reportShe reported she had been sexual assaulted by an acquaintance to Kelowna RCMP in March 2012.She was in the care of MCFD at the time. The video shows she is alone with the male officer the majority of the time.Patterson points out that MCFD was the youth’s guardian at the time of the interview and someone from the ministry should have been with her.“Where were they?” Patterson asked. “If they were present, a parent was present, some support may have been present. Maybe that person could say, ‘Let’s stop this interview, let’s take a brief break’ or voice their concerns.”The woman, whom APTN News is not identifying, says she felt very alone in the room.“At one point I just broke down,” the woman said in a recent interview. “I knew he didn’t believe me.”Patterson declined to say how the video evidence will influence the civil case going forward.“What I can say is that we don’t believe that a proper investigation was conducted either by the RCMP or in MCFD. I pray that my daughters never have to report anything of this nature to the police. If this is how they treat complainants I find it absolutely shocking.“I am really disgusted by this. I think she is owed an apology,” the lawyer added.APTN asked the RCMP and MCFD for comment.MCFD wrote an email indicating they are working on a response but nothing had been received by the time this story was published.The RCMP has not responded at all.hmoore@aptn.ca@hollymooreaptnlast_img read more

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Western Sahara to Be Included in EUMorocco Fisheries Deal

Rabat – Morocco and the EU issued a joint statement Friday at the end of their negotiations saying they had agreed on the content of the fisheries agreement.A diplomatic source told news outlet Yabiladi Friday morning that “a joint communiqué will be released today by the EU and the Ministry in charge to confirm the decision, which includes Morocco’s southern provinces.”The two parties agreed “to maximize the benefits for local populations in the areas concerned, while respecting the principles of sustainable management of fisheries resources and equity.” Morocco and EU committed “to take the necessary measures for the entry into force of the Fisheries Agreement and its Protocol as soon as possible, taking into account their respective procedures.”The two parties agreed to “remain in close contact… during the transition period until this enters into force.”Spain’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food Luis Planas had said earlier Friday that the fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco “has been settled on the basic aspects.”In an interview with Spanish Radio Nacional, Planas said European fishing boats would not be able to fish in Moroccan waters for “a few weeks or who knows if a few months.” The agreement could be ratified and entered into force as of September in the European Parliament, he said.Planas said he already gave instructions to compensate Spanish ship-owners and crew members during the time they cannot work, following the expiration of the previous EU-Morocco fisheries agreement on July 14.On February 27,  the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) excluded the Western Sahara territorial waters from the fisheries agreement. The ruling complicated the renegotiation of the deal, causing the previous deal, agreed in 2014, to expire before a new deal was reached.The expiration of the fisheries agreement forced EU ship-owners to leave Moroccan waters. Negotiations to renew the agreement started in April.The Moroccan government did not reveal the details of the fisheries agreement with the EU. Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said Thursday the government would announce the agreement immediately after signing it. read more

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Ethiopia UN study finds femaleheaded households in Southern Tigray destitute

The study, supported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was based on four months of field research in Southern Tigray and was conducted in conjunction with an FAO project aimed at improving food security and nutrition.“Female-headed households, which constitute nearly 30 per cent of this region’s population, are among the most destitute,” said Patricia Howard, a research professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.Being a member of a female-headed household in highland Ethiopia means having a 35 per cent chance of being destitute, compared with only an 8 per cent chance if one belongs to a male-headed household, according to the study.It also found that female households are far more likely to be landless and they lack access to plant resources. In a region severely affected by soil erosion, deforestation and overgrazing, the FAO said that such access has been reduced not only because of cultural bias but also due to inadequate enclosing of common grazing lands and woodlots.Since 2001, the broader FAO food security project has implemented a series of initiatives focusing on agriculture, health, education, water and sanitation, the agency said, highlighting also that female-headed households account for 80 per cent of all malnutrition cases in the project area, covering disadvantaged rural zones of Northern Shoa and Southern Tigray.“The objective is to strengthen their access to assets such as land, water resources, skills, and technology – and also to improve their health, their diet and, ultimately, their social status,” said FAO expert Karel Callens. read more

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Cambridge student fined for giving feminism talk in Russia during sinister crackdown

The student has been working with the St. Petersburg-based feminist organisation Eve’s Ribs since November 2018.Daria Apakhonchich, an Eve’s Ribs representative, said: “What happened to Harriet in Krasnoyarsk is one of many incidents which reveal the inner workings of our state. “Instead of recriminalising domestic violence, closing the gender pay gap, cracking down on discrimination in employment and higher education, helping victims of domestic, sexual and reproductive violence, fighting arranged child marriages and female genital mutilation, our state spends taxpayers money fighting feminist activists.” Foreign exchange students in Russia have been warned that they are “soft targets” after a Cambridge undergraduate was fined for giving a feminism talk on her year abroad.  Harriet Phillips, 21, was visiting friends in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk when she was invited to informally address some 40 people on subjects including the patriarchy and gender stereotypes.But fifteen minutes into the talk she was interrupted by three men – one of whom she claims was an FSB agent – who filmed her speaking then ordered that the computer operating her presentation slides be switched off. The audience was told there would be a “technical break” while the officials from the Federal Migration Service told Miss Phillips she had breached Russian migration law because her tourist visa did not permit her to give educational talks.Miss Phillips, who was on an exchange programme at St. Petersburg State University, insisted it was an open meeting and the talk was simply a warm-up before a group discussion.But she was questioned for four hours and fined 2,000 roubles (£25). One of the officers admitted they would not have detained her if she had been talking about the weather rather than feminism. The city of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, where Harriet was visiting friends on a tourist visa The city of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, where Harriet was visiting friends on a tourist visaCredit:Ilya Naymushin/Reuters Miss Phillips was warned by a journalist before her talk began that someone might try to spring a “surprise” on her at the end.  The Modern and Medieval languages student thinks someone had incorrectly told the authorities she was giving a talk in breach of her tourist visa in order to stop her sharing ideas about feminism.She told The Telegraph: “The most likely explanation for what happened is a self-righteous citizen of misogynistic persuasion saw the event advertised online and decided to shut it down by tipping off the Ministry of Internal Affairs.”One of the officers informed me that they wouldn’t have bothered to intervene if the chosen topic of my conversation was the weather.”After being detained, officers asked to see her passport and visa. She was questioned about what sights she was seeing in Russia, and if she was married or had children.Miss Phillips was with officers from the Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for four hours before being charged under Article 18.8.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation.The charge states that there is a “discrepancy between stated purpose of entering the Russian Federation and the type of occupation actually carried out”. She said: “I was told that there could be two possible chains of events – either I sign a statement admitting to my guilt, the head of the Migration Department approves it, then I pay a 2,000 rouble fine. This is the second time a foreign exchange student has been rapped by Russian officials for supposed visa violations.Last month a German exchange student was expelled from St. Petersburg State University and fined 4,000 roubles (£50) for interviewing environmental protesters in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk then publishing an article about it on a German news website.Police told Lukas Latz, an Eastern European Studies undergraduate from Berlin, that publishing the article constituted “work” and this violated the terms of his student visa.Lukas had insisted he wrote the article as part of his master’s thesis on environmental activism in Russia.Now Amnesty International has spoke out about exchange students in Russia being treated like criminals, which they say is becoming increasingly common.Natalia Prilutskaya, Amnesty International’s Russia Researcher, said: “We’re seeing more and more cases like this in Russia – where perfectly legitimate activism or even religious observance from overseas students are being treated as criminal offences.“In two recent cases in Nizhnii Novgorod, for example, students from African countries were prosecuted for ‘missionary’ activities in relation to their attendance at a Protestant church.“Overseas students are something of a soft target for the authorities, while the wider context is that anyone in Russia is at risk of persecution if they take part in political protests or activism of any kind.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Or, if I refuse to cooperate, the case gets sent to court and I could end up with a five-year ban on entering the country. I agreed to the first option.”Miss Phillips, who is leaving Russia in August and returning to Cambridge for her final year in October, paid the fine the next day.But her ordeal was not over, as she has since received torrents of abuse on Russian social network VKontakte for daring to talk about feminism.The insulting comments included: ‘Take your feminism back to Gayurope, you witch’; ‘Go home you swine. If I ever get my hands on you…’’; ‘You can take your Gayuropean values and f*** right off! Go and live with your tolerance’; ‘They should have deported her straight away’;  ‘It’s obvious she’s a lesbian’;  ‘She needs to be sent back to Scotland and banned from reentering Russia… f*** right off you spy’.Miss Phillips added: “I’m incredibly disappointed that a highly interesting exchange of thoughts and ideas was not able to take place.”I am speechless with anger that the Russian state chooses to squander valuable time and energy chasing after a Scottish feminist, as the Russian internet has now dubbed me, instead of tackling the endemic violence which grips the country.” read more

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You can rent a RED Epic camera for 1600 a day

first_imgIf you’ve been following the video camera market for the past few years then you’ve almost certainly heard of the RED Epic camera. The Epic handles both digital video and still images and is one of the most respected cameras in the business. Unfortunately this kind of quality costs a pretty penny, or, more accurately, 5.8 million pretty pennies. Yep, the RED Epic-M package — complete with the Epic-M brain, Bomb EVF, 5-inch LCD, and more — sells for $58,000.Of course, you don’t necessarily need to buy the RED Epic to get your hands on it, you can always rent. Borrow Lenses, purveyors of all sorts of fine camera equipment, are offering up the Epic-M kit at $1600 a day. Or you can rent it out for up to a month for $17500, if you have an extended project that needs to be tackled.Speaking of projects, check out the video below. That’s the sort of thing the Epic is capable of, which is to say “extremely impressive”. Of course you won’t be able to shoot video just because you laid out the cash to rent the kit, but you can’t exactly shoot video like that without it either.The Epic-M shoots video at up to 5K resolution, with high speeds shooting ranging up to 200 fps at 2K or 150 fps at 5K. The rental package for this impressive rig doesn’t just include the camera body and the odd lens, you also get gear like a 1.8-inch 128GB SSD storage device and a proprietary camera remote, plus you get a case to put it all in. Ultimately it’s a lot of money, but you get some very cool toys to play with.Borrow Lenses also has a number of compatible lenses you can rent to use with the Epic kit. Any of the PL mount Zeiss lenses they have in stock should work, such as the Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 25mm cinema lens. And some good news: these go for only $99 a day.More at Borrow Lenseslast_img read more

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DARPA demos UAV using Android and ADAPT ground sensors

first_imgA few years ago DARPA put out a call for experienced mobile app developers to come work on a project called the Adaptable Sensor System, or simply “ADAPT.” All the organization would say at the time was the project related to designing new types of sensors that leveraged mobile technology. Now we have the first video featuring one of these sensors in action, and it’s in an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).ADAPT is an effort to design a versatile sensor framework that can be used in various settings, but will focus on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) designs… you know, for sneaky stuff. This means that a UAV test is particularly appropriate, but why the mobile app developers? Well, ADAPT turns out to be based on a customized build of Android.In DARPA’s test, a simple quadcopter UAV is using the ADAPT sensor to automatically track its distance from the ground. The unattended ground sensor (UGS), which is built on an ADAPT core, is relaying flight instructions to the UAV. The standard control interface was actually removed entirely for the test.The UGS is a small cylinder housing the specialized sensor kit. An ADAPT core running Android is plugged into the sensor package to operate the vehicle. DARPA believes this demo could lead to ADAPT being integrated into any number of ISR designs.ADAPT could lead to faster and more efficient deployment of technology in the military, but the sensors could find their way into consumer electronics at some point as well. For now, DARPA is considering designing more reference platforms to show what ADAPT cores can do in other sensor situations.last_img read more

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Global financial crisis bites small and micro businesses hardest

first_imgNearly 8 out of 10 small and micro businesses have suffered from a decline in turnover and delays in customer payments in Athens as a result of the financial crisis, according to a survey released by the Athens Chamber of Small and Micro Businesses (BEA) last week.The figures confirmed fears expressed by BEA’s members in late 2008 and showed that small and micro businesses were mostly affected by the economic crisis. The survey was conducted on a sample of 480 business-members of BEA in July.Eighty-four percent of BEA’s members reported a decline in turnover compared with 2008, while only 4 percent reported an increase in turnover. Average turnover fell by 35 percent so far, compared with a decline of 33 percent a year earlier.One of the most significant problems facing businesses in the sector was a delay in debt payments, with 56 percent of them saying payment time was more than three months, while 16 percent said payment time was more than six months.Forty percent of businesses expected to end the year with losses, with only 2 percent saying they would end the year with higher profits. One in four respondents said they have already cut workforce in the last six months, and another one in five said they could cut their workforce in the future. Thirty-eight percent of small and micro businesses expect the economy to exit the crisis and recover by the end of 2010, while another 38 percent said they expected the first signs of recovery after 2011. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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1st of 9 bodies from AirAsia crash identified

first_imgSURABAYA, Indonesia — A passenger aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 became the first victim of the crash to be returned to her family Thursday, one of many painful reunions to come, as search crews struggled against wind and heavy rain to find more than 150 people still missing. Hayati Lutfiah Hamid’s identity was confirmed by fingerprints and other means, said Col. Budiyono of East Java’s Disaster Victim Identification Unit. Her body, in a dark casket topped with flowers, was handed over to family members during a brief ceremony at a police hospital in Surabaya, the Indonesian city where the plane took off. A relative cried as she placed both hands against the polished wood.The coffin was then taken to a village and lowered into a muddy grave, following Muslim obligations requiring bodies to be buried quickly. An imam said a simple prayer as about 150 people gathered in the drizzling rain, and red flowers were sprinkled over the mound of wet dirt topped by a small white tombstone.The Airbus A320 crashed into the Java Sea on Sunday with 162 people on board. Nine bodies have been recovered so far, including two on Thursday. Remains are being sent initially to Pangkalan Bun, the closest town on Borneo island, before being transported to Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, where Flight 8501 had taken off.In the thick of Indonesia’s rainy season, the weather has frequently prevented helicopters and divers from operating while strong sea currents have kept debris moving.last_img read more

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Stevie Wonder To Play Five Las Vegas Shows Celebrating Life Love Music

first_img Email With 25 GRAMMYs, Wonder is one of the top GRAMMY winners of all time. He was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. In 2015 he was feted with “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute,” a CBS GRAMMY special that featured all-star performances by a Beyoncé, Andrea Bocelli, Gary Clark Jr., Ariana Grande,  Lady Gaga, John Legend, and Pharrell Williams, among others.Wonder’s run is the latest addition to Vegas’ exciting calendar of upcoming residencies. The pre-sale for tickets to his Las Vegas shows begins May 16 with tickets going on sale to the general public on May 21 via Ticketmaster.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Stevie Wonder To Play Five Las Vegas Shows Celebrating Life, Love & Music https://twitter.com/LiveNationVegas/status/996359640878321664 Stevie Wonder’s Song Party Is Coming To Las Vegas stevie-wonder-play-five-las-vegas-shows-celebrating-life-love-music JUST ANNOUNCED — The legend, @StevieWonder comes to @ParkTheaterLV this August 3rd – 11th! Join us for the Stevie Wonder Song Party in Las Vegas! Tickets on sale May 21st at 10am. Get more info here: https://t.co/lzrs7llP7O pic.twitter.com/FdTWisecOb— Live Nation Las Vegas (@LiveNationVegas) May 15, 2018center_img The music icon will set up shop at Park MGM Grand for a special run of shows in AugustNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 16, 2018 – 7:49 am GRAMMY-winning music icon Stevie Wonder announced a new series of shows in Las Vegas at the Park Theatre located inside Park MGM Grand casino and resort beginning on Aug. 3. The five shows running through Aug. 11 have been titled “Stevie Wonder Song Party: Celebrating Life, Love & Music.”Formerly known as the Monte Carlo, Park MGM has hosted residencies of Cher and Ricky Martin in the past. The 68-year-old Wonder teased last week that he’ll be performing in Las Vegas and elsewhere to “celebrate life, love and music and push back against troubled times,” according to Billboard. News Twitter Facebook last_img read more

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Cardinals Play at Indiana on Saturday

first_img Live Stats Louisville trails Indiana 9-10 in their series that dates back to 1921, but the Cardinals have won the last four matchups. In the last meeting last year, Louisville prevailed 71-62 in the KFC Yum! Center as Deng Adel scored a team-high 16 points and Ray Spalding produced a double-double for the Cardinals with 10 points and 14 rebounds. The UofL and IU campuses are separated by 107 miles. Louisville has won once in five previouis visits to Bloomington, a 75-64 Cardinal victory on Nov. 24, 1985. Story Links The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with six players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.  Steven Enoch ranks second on the team, averaging 9.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.   Ryan McMahon averages 9.0 points a game while Darius Perry averages 8.6 points per game, while leading the team from behind the line, shooting 44.4 percent from behind the line. V.J. King rounds out the top scorers with 8.6 points per game. Indiana Game Notes Louisville plays its final non-conference road game of the season as the Cardinals visit the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind. on Saturday. Louisville (6-2) won its third straight game in beating Central Arkansas 86-41 on Wednesday as the Cardinals shot 51.7 percent from the field, limited the Bears to 25 percent accuracy and held a +12 rebounding advantage. Jordan Nwora produced his fourth game this season with 20 or more points with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists. V.J. King scored a season-high 17 points and added six rebounds and four assists. Steven Enoch posted career highs of 16 points and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Romeo Langford, whose high school in New Albany, Ind. is less than 10 miles from the UofL campus, leads the Hoosiers in scoring averaging 17.9 points per game. Senior forward Juwan Morgan, who had 17 points and nine rebounds against the Cardinals last season, is IU’s top rebounder, averaging 8.4 rebounds and 15.6 points. The Hoosies are sixth in the nation in field goal percentage (.517) and 27th nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense (.270).center_img Louisville Game Notes Indiana (7-2, 2-0 Big Ten) has been successful in its first two Big Ten Conference games of the season, winning 68- 66 over Northwestern last Saturday and 64-62 at Penn State on Tuesday. Over the last seven years, Louisville has won 11 of its 12 road or neutral games in December, with the exception of three games at Kentucky (0-3). Louisville limited Central Arkansas to 41 points, including just four over the last 12 minutes of the game. It was their lowest scoring total in five years. Over the last five seasons, Louisville has held 48 opponents below 60 points, including 13 below 50. Louisville has made 36 more free throws (189-of-247, .765) than its opponents have attempted (110-of-152). Louisville is second in the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (247/442, 55.9 percent) and is second in the nation with 28.3 percent of its points coming from free throws. UofL is 24th in the nation in free throw percentage. Nearly half of Louisville’s points this year have come from its bench (37.9 points per game). The Cards’ bench produced a school-record 63 bench points against Southern and contributed 38 points in its last game vs Central Arkansas. UofL has scored over 80 points in six of its eight games and rank 39th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 83.5 points per game. Louisville has a 39-7 record during the month of December over the last six years. Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked as the best in the nation by ESPN.com, third by Rivals.com and fourth by 247sports.com. All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100. The impressive signing class includes Aidan Igiehon, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Quinn Slazinski, Samuell Williamson and Jae’Lyn Withers.Print Friendly Version CARD FILES GAME 9Date: Dec. 8, 2018Time: 2:30 p.m.Site: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,472), Bloomington, Ind.Television: FOX – Joe Davis, play-by-play; Steve Lavin, analyst; Lisa Byington, reporter.Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 383, Internet 974)Series History: Louisville trails 9-10 (5-3 in Louisville, 1-4 in Bloominton, 3-3 neutral)Last Meeting: UofL 71, Indiana 62 (Dec. 9, 2017 at KFC Yum! Center)Officials: Terry Wymer, Lamont Simpson, Mike EadesNext UofL Game: Dec. 12 vs. Lipscomb, KFC Yum! Center, 7:01 p.m. ET (Regional Sports Networks/Fox Sports South in Louisville)last_img read more

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Watch Tenth Doctor Say Goodbye Logan Style

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Trade his sonic screwdriver for adamantium claws and regeneration process for self-healing powers, and you may find the Doctor and Wolverine aren’t so different.YouTuber VG934 makes a case for the kindred characters in a reimagining of Doctor Who‘s iconic “The End of Time,” styled like the cinematic Logan trailer.The video (below) expertly cuts the two-part BBC special broadcast with the Johnny Cash song “Hurt,” used to depict exhaustion, pain, and fear in the latest X-Men franchise story.Published in early December, the fan-made “trailer” equates an epic Time Lord battle with a near-future dystopia—each tale marking the end of a beloved personality: David Tennant’s final regular appearance as the Tenth Doctor, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine swan song.Originally broadcast on Dec. 25, 2009, and Jan. 1, 2010, the Doctor Who Christmas/New Year’s special focused heavily on the Master (John Simms) and part-time companion Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbons), with appearances from a number of familiar faces (including Timothy Dalton as the narrator and Time Lord President). Like so many other holiday productions, the program ends with the Doctor’s regeneration, introducing Matt Smith and his chin.VG934’s clever revamp, however, isn’t the first appropriation of 20th Century Fox’s movie trailer. In October, Theta Sigma Productions released an adaptation of 2013 Christmas special “The Time of the Doctor,” set to the backdrop of Cash’s country hit. YouTube user Gallifreyforever97 did the same with series nine finale trilogy “Face the Raven”/”Heaven Sent”/”Hell Bent.”But it doesn’t take video-editing software and too much free time to recognize the similarities between the Time Lord and the X-Man. Two loners desperate for a friend, both have known love and loss; the Doctor and James “Logan” Howlett escaped a world at war to become heroes (or antiheroes, in the case of Wolverine).Logan is in theaters now; season 10 of Doctor Who returns to TV screens on April 15.last_img read more

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TMC worker murdered in Hooghly locals stage protests

first_imgKolkata: Tension broke out at Gopinathpur in Hooghly after the death of a Trinamool Congress worker in the area on Friday morning.Police said the victim, Mrityunjay Bera, was attacked when he was returning after attending a party meeting at the office of the block development officer (BDO).The miscreants stabbed him repeatedly and hit him on his head. He was left to die on the road. Locals reached the spot and took him to a local hospital. He was in coma for the past two days and succumbed to his injuries on Friday morning. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTrouble broke out soon after the news of his death spread in the area. Locals staged a demonstration in the area and a section of them attacked houses of the people suspected to be involved in the murder.They even set some houses and tractors on fire. The mob attacked shops in the area and forced owners to pull the shutters down. A large contingent of police was pressed into action and brought the situation under control. Police ensured that situation do not deteriorate further. RAF was also pressed into service and police pickets were set up in the area. Police have initiated a probe in this connection.last_img read more

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