Kedar Jadhav gave us no chance, says England captain Eoin Morgan

first_imgEngland skipper Eoin Morgan has rued that his side allowed India to wriggle out of a difficult situation early in their run chase in the first ODI but conceded that the visitors’ plans were punctured by a superlative innings from Kedar Jadhav.Jadhav played an aggressive innings of 76-ball 120 and along with his skipper Virat Kohli (122 off 105 balls), helped India chased down a stiff target of 351 for a three-wicket win on Sunday. (Also read: Kedar Jadhav played better than Virat Kohli in Pune: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”What hurts the most is we had India at 60 (63) for four. We were right in till the middle order, but went in to bowl at worst. Certainly we did not expect Jadhav to come out and play like that, credit to his 76-ball hundred. We take our hat off to him. He was striking it from ball one and gave us no chance,” said Morgan about the pint-sized Pune-born batsman Jadhav’s whirlwind knock.Jadhav hit cleanly and notched up his hundred by striking 11 fours and two sixes before finishing with a brilliant 120 after joining forces with captain Kohli, who made a dazzling 122 in 105 balls, studded with five sixes and eight fours.At times, the local boy overshadowed his famous captain with the range of his shots and the duo’s 200-run partnership in 24.3 overs after India were down in the dumps lifted the hosts to 263/5. (Also read: Couldn’t believe some of the shots Kedar Jadhav played: Virat Kohli)Although both he and Kohli got out before finishing the job, Hardik Pandya (40 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (15 not out) guided India past the finish line.advertisementMorgan, however, said that his side had done their homework on Jadhav before the game.”We’ve watched the footage of the international matches that he’s played in. We were not necessarily caught off guard. We did as much as we could homework-wise,” Morgan explained.On Kohli, who has been England’s scourge from the Test series onwards, Morgan said they had their plans for him but those did not work out.”There is always something we can do. All the plans went far off and the balls went over head, maybe those two yards on another day, and that would have been out. And they would have been five down and you are right into them. He’s a fantastic player. Kohli has proven that over a long period of time,” said Morgan, who was not a part of England team for the five-match Test series which India won 4-0. (Also read: Kedar Jadhav sends man-of-the-match trophy home for family to savour)England made 350/7 after being put into bat but Morgan said his side should have batted better than what they did, as the conditions were very good for batting.”Yes, our batting effort was good, but it still was not our best. When you score 350 you expect to play well. That summarises the conditions here, the pitch was really good and the boundaries were pretty small. If anything, it proves that chasing 350, even at 60/4, you are never out of the game.”Creating those chances early on was a great effort. India came back at us hard, kept up with the rate and still kept coming. The wicket allowed them to do that. you don’t know what a good score at this ground is. The ground is so small. All the feedback we have had from the games we have played here, particularly IPL, is that the wicket is inconsistent. It certainly wasn’t the case. The wicket did get better as the game went on,” he added.He also looked at the positive aspects for his side even in defeat.”There are some positives for us. We took four early wickets, which is tough in sub-continent. Taking early wickets is something we’ve always struggled to do in the past. David Willey has done well for us particularly at home, and from there you look at different options. From the batting point of view, we did not play brilliantly but still got ourselves 350.”last_img read more

Champions League: Birthday boy Angel Di Maria celebrates as Paris Saint-Germain thrash Barcelona

first_imgParis Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria was at his vintage best as he scored twice on his birthday in a 4-0 first-leg demolition of a ragged Barcelona side who now have a mountain to climb in their Champions League last-16 clash.The Argentina winger, 29, scored in each half with PSG’s Germany midfielder Julian Draxler and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani also finding the net as the French champions tore apart a disorganised Barca side who have it all to do in the return.PSG, eliminated by the Catalans in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2013 and 2015, were the more aggressive side at the Parc des Princes and have put themselves in a commanding position ahead of the March 8 second leg at the Camp Nou.Five-times European champions Barca, with their trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar subdued, have not exited in the last 16 since going out to Liverpool in the 2006/07 season and the score equalled their worst Champions league loss.”It’s impossible to have a better performance and birthday. I’m very happy with how the team played. It was a wonderful display, fully deserved,” said Di Maria, who is getting back to his best since Draxler joined form Vfl Wolfsburg last month.Stunned Barca coach Luis Enrique said of the PSG side: “They are world class players with a lot of quality. Di Maria in particular was very, very good. They have a big attacking potential are hard in defence and incredible on the ball.The only concern for home coach Unai Emery was the loss of the impressive Marco Verratti to a leg injury in the second half after the Italy international had put on a world class display with fellow midfielder Adrien Rabiot.advertisementPSG were dangerous on the break from the start and came close to scoring in the 11th minute when captain Blaise Matuidi’s rasping shot was brilliantly parried by keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen after a perfect through ball from Rabiot.CAVANI STRIKESThe home side were rewarded seven minutes later, though, when Di Maria whipped a free kick over the wall into the net.Barcelona continued to play their patient possession game but failed to threaten and their apparent complacency was punished again five minutes before the break.Messi lost the ball in midfield and Verratti slid a perfectly weighted ball to the right for Draxler, who fired a low shot into the far bottom corner of the net.PSG started the second half strongly and went further ahead in the 55th minute when Di Maria danced around Andres Iniesta before curling a 25-metre shot past Ter Stegen.Verratti limped off the pitch in some discomfort after 71 minutes, being replaced by Chris Nkunku.It did not stop PSG from continuing to push forward, though, and a minute later Cavani, who was celebrating his 30th birthday, rifled a low shot past Ter Stegen for his seventh goal in seven games in the competition this season.The hosts also defended perfectly, with centre back Presnel Kimpembe deputising superbly on his Champions League debut for injured captain Thiago Silva as PSG claimed a deserved victory.Barca had a chance to get an away goal seven minutes from time but Samuel Umtiti’s header hit Kevin Trapp’s right-hand post and Luis Enrique’s side now face a huge challenge.No team have ever overturned a deficit of four or more goals to progress in the Champions League knockout stages.last_img read more

6 tips for shiny, eye-catching headlines

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.I read a lot of the blogs on my Facebook Feed, but these days there seem to be some kind of a pattern in most of those articles. Yes, the headlines always seem to be on the lines of “10 Things –Blank– Did, But When I Looked Closer, My Jaw Dropped” or “20 Things So Funny,You Can’t Help But Laugh”.The funny thing is, I find myself naturally gravitating towards these articles; well, who wouldn’t? Their headlines are so persuasive!Statistics show that 80% of people read the headlines, but only 20% end up reading the actual content. That makes the headline your ultimate moneymaker.Headlines trump your real content! What are the odds of that happening?! Well, here are 6 ways to improve the way you create your headlines:Step 1: PracticeYou know your audience – that’s why you painstakingly created the content in the first place. Now don’t take the headlines for granted. To get your headlines to be just as persuasive, if not more, you need to come up with more than a dozen titles for your article before you zero-in on one.Join Freelancers Union (it’s free!)Become a memberStep 2: Keep it shortYou can write a Meta title that is just about 60 words, to be seen in search results, but the absolute ideal length of any headline is 6 words only.Six! The way most people read newspapers, people only scan headlines. Therefore, the least number of words gets you more attention.Step 3: PersonalizeYou have more chances of a reader avidly flicking through your content if he or she can actually relate to the article on their personal level.So consider adding ‘you’ and ‘your’ kind of possessive pronouns in your headlines. When you reference the reader, the reader is engaged instantly.Step 4: AdjectivizeYes, that isn’t a real word, but you get the drift?Add interesting, eye-grabbing adjectives like essential, effortless, shiny… Such positive words tend to excite people and in that rush of adrenaline, they click through and want to read your content!Step 5: NegativizeOk, I should stop making up words, but it feels right and I’m not apologizing.Anyway, when you use negative words in your headlines like ‘no’, ‘don’t’, ‘stop’ and others, it actually gets more attention than you think. Such words, in fact, bring out people’s insecurities to the fore… which then incentivizes them to find the solution to those insecurities in your article!Step 6: Use NumbersI spoke about those articles in my Facebook Feed in the beginning, remember? They all had numbers in common. And no, not written out in words, but actual digits.People just don’t have any time to do anything these days and so if they come across an article that says “6 ways you can –blank” (oops!) then they have a perceived notion that it’s going to be a short article or it’s going to be very efficient.So remember these 6 tips to optimize your headlines to yeild better traffic. Happy writing!Nicole Stansley is a content strategist for educational websites and a freelance writer. Her area of interests includes, though not limited to educational, writing, self-development, motivation topics, marketing and apps.last_img read more

England lucky to have ‘hot’ Harry Kane, says Joe Hart

first_imgHarry Kane is on a goal-scoring hot streak in the Premier League and the England striker has already established himself as a top player regardless of his season’s tally, goalkeeper Joe Hart has said.Kane, who is set to lead the line for England in their World Cup qualifier against Slovenia on Thursday, has scored six goals in seven league games and five times in the Champions League for Tottenham Hotspur.The 24-year-old’s brace against Malta swelled his haul for club and country to 13 goals last month, a feat that has raised Kane’s stock in international soccer.”Whether he keeps his form, scores 40 goals or ends up with 20, he is still a top player and we are lucky to have him,” England goalkeeper Hart told British media ahead of the game at Wembley.A great couple of days at @StGeorgesPark for the #ThreeLions ???Next stop: London… England (@England) October 3, 2017″Right now, Harry is hot. He has (Mauricio) Pochettino, one of the hottest managers in the world, who regards him highly and there are reasons for that.”Harry will keep being Harry and he will keep scoring goals. As long as he is in my team, wearing an England badge, I want that to continue.”An honour to meet a real @England legend and be there for the opening of a pitch in his name. ?????? #ThreeLions #Legend Harry Kane (@HKane) October 2, 2017Hart felt Kane’s secret was his simplicity in front of goal. The striker has made steady progress over the past two seasons for his club, scoring 25 and 29 goals to pick up the golden boot twice in succession.advertisement”There is no real secret to him and that is the brilliance of Harry,” Hart said.”It is not dazzling skills… he is just one of the best out there. You know you will get a hard shot with Harry. If you give him half an inch he will get a strike on goal.”He keeps scoring goals and you cannot ask for any more than that. Long may it continue in an England shirt.”last_img read more

West Brom’s chief executive ‘shocked’ at state of club’s finances

first_imgShare on Pinterest The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Read more West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion’s new chief executive, Mark Jenkins, has painted a bleak picture of the club’s finances, admitting: “There is no more money for wages.”Jenkins returned to the club in February after it was announced that the chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman had been given notice of termination of their contracts and placed on gardening leave.In an interview on the club’s website, Jenkins said: “I’ll be honest I’ve come back and I’m shocked at what I have found in some of the decisions that have been made.“We have wages, transfer fees and loan fees running at record levels and yet we find ourselves in this position [bottom of the Premier League].“When I was on the outside looking in, for example, I read the reports about the club operating at the limit of its short-term cost control [STCC]. Knowing the business as I did, I thought that was a negotiating position but I’ve come back and can assure you that we are right at our limit on STCC. There is no more money for wages.” STCC was introduced to stop clubs spending too much television money on wages. It means Premier League teams can increase their wage bill above a specified level by no more than £7m each season, unless funded by the club’s own revenue uplift or playing trading profits.Jenkins, who confirmed the owner, Guochuan Lai, remained committed, said: “It’s been painful looking in and seeing the club I and many, many other people had built up to be an established Premier League club … it has all unravelled in the 12 months or more since I’ve been away.”Jenkins’s remarks came even though accounts filed up to June 2017 show pre-tax profits rose to £39.7m from £1m. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Topics Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn news Share via Email Share on Twitterlast_img read more

NFL Legend’s Son Will Be In Columbus For Ohio State-Michigan Game

first_imgA general view of the Ohio State buckeyes football stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Ohio State Buckeyes take the field prior to the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)The son of one of the greatest running backs in NFL history will be in Columbus on Saturday two watch arguably the best rivalry in American sports. Emmitt Smith’s son, EJ, is headed to Columbus to watch Ohio State and Michigan face off for the right to represent the East in the Big Ten title game against Northwestern.EJ, a four-star running back from Florida, is one of the top recruits in the 2020 class. According to 247Sports‘ composite rankings, Smith is the No. 2 all-purpose back in the country and the No. 87 recruit overall.He took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to announce he’ll be in attendance to watch the Buckeyes and Wolverines in action.Heading back to Columbus for the weekend✈️— EJ (@ejsmith_22) November 23, 2018247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions suggest Florida is the leader in the clubhouse to land the prized recruit.Will Smith follow in his father’s footsteps and lace his cleats up for the Gators? He has plenty of time to make that decision.last_img read more

SINOPACIFIC Christens Its Newbuild AHTS ‘SPA80’

first_imgzoom SINOPACIFIC Shipbuilding Group (SINOPACIFIC) held a christening ceremony for a newly built AHTS SPA80 at its Zhejiang Shipyard on April 22nd 2014.CHRISTENING CEREMONYGuests from the Export-Import Bank of China, ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. and BOURBON were present at the ceremony to celebrate the delivery of the new SPA80, which is an embodiment of the successful cooperation between the state banks, ship owners, shipping financial leasing agencies and shipbuilders.In 2013, BOURBON decided to sell vessels from its fleet and retain them on bareboat charter for a period of 10 years. An operating lease framework agreement was signed with ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd for up to 51 vessels. Christian Lefevre, CEO of BOURBON, considers this cooperation as an important part of BOURBON’s strategic transformation, “This innovative fleet is designed for effective operations and client satisfaction. Based on this perfect platform, BOURBON would like to establish a long and stable relation of cooperation with ICBC Financial Leasing.”All ships under this cooperation agreement have been built or will be built by SINOPACIFIC and are, for the most part, vessels from the company’s own brand “SP”: SPA80 AHTS, SPP17 PSV and SPP35 MPSV.SPA80 was designed by SDA, one of SINOPACIFIC’S in-house design companies. The vessel is a small-sized, high-technology AHTS. All indicators such as safety, reliability, maneuverability, operational efficiency and environmental friendliness onboard the vessel have reached world class level.The vessel uses an all-electric propulsion system and is equipped with three diesel generator sets, with several thrusters installed both on the bow and stern. Prepared with the Dynamic Positioning Class II capability, the ship also features unmanned engine room control. Such technology guarantees that SPA80 can maintain its excellent reliability and maneuverability even under harsh environments.AHTS SPA80SINOPACIFIC has delivered nearly 30 OSV ships in 2013, including the first of the company’s medium-size OSV SPP35 design, which has passed strict tests on key characteristics such as empty vessel weight, speed, vibration and noise and external fire fighting capabilities (Fi-Fi 1), which has earned it approval from ship owners and classification societies alike.To date, three SPP35 vessels have been delivered by SINOPACIFIC. After the christening ceremony of this SPA80, the guests were invited to visit the fourth SPP35 which shall be completed soon.SINOPACIFIC, April 23, 2014last_img read more

Alumni spotlight Brock grad leads Hershey Bears to Calder Cup

In his first season as head coach for the Hershey Bears, former Brock player and coach, Mark French (BA ’96), recently led his team to a 4-0 victory over the Texas Stars to win the American Hockey League (AHL) championship series.According to the Toronto Sun, “The Bears, the top development team of the Washington Capitals, became the first team to repeat as Calder Cup champions since 1991. It was their third title in the last five years and extended their own league record with their 11th overall championship.”The team also set a record in the AHL for the number of wins in the regular season – 60 games.A native of Milton, Ont., French is a graduate of Brock’s Psychology program. While at Brock, he served as assistant captain for the Brock Badgers Men’s Hockey team for three years. He received the prestigious 212 Degrees annual award all four seasons, which is presented to the athlete who demonstrates leadership, commitment and excellence on the ice.In 1996, French became assistant coach for Brock’s men’s hockey team and by 1997 he took on the role of interim head coach.French credits his relationship with Brock University and former coach Mike Pelino for influencing his career. “He was a very important mentor for me. He was the first head coach that was a real student of the game and he taught me a lot about coaching. Furthermore, Brock Athletics gave me my first opportunity to be coach and I have a lot of special memories from that time.”French still keeps in touch with Pelino as well as avid Badger supporter Paul Dwyer and current hockey coach Murray Nystrom.“We are very proud of Mark’s accomplishments this past season in Hershey, culminating in a Calder Cup Championship,” said Brock head coach Murray Nystrom. “I am sure many of Mark’s former teammates, classmates and the players he coached while at Brock, shared in the excitement of his win!”Prior to his assistant coaching duties with Hershey, French was the head coach and director of hockey operations for the Wichita Thunder (CHL) from 2005 to 2007.  He coached in the ECHL with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies during the 2004-05 season, walking the bench as assistant coach as the Bullies posted a 42-21-9 record. From 2002 to 2004, French was head coach at Wilfrid Laurier University, and from 1999 to 2002, French coached in the OHL as assistant coach and assistant general manager of the North Bay Centennials. In the 1998-99 season he was assistant coach with University of Guelph.French, 38, becomes the 23rd head coach in Hershey Bears history, succeeding Bob Woods who was promoted to the Washington Capitals last month. He lives in Hershey with his wife Kimberly. They have two children, Ellie (2) and William, who was born during this past Calder Cup winning season. ( Brock hockey alumni notes:Former Brock Badgers captain George Bradley played in six regular season games in 2010 with the Allen Americans who recently lost in the CHL championship finals. On May 17, 2010, Bradley was dealt to the Colorado Eagles (maintaining rookie status in the CHL).Former Brock Badgers captain Ryan Del Monte was part of the Cincinnati Cyclones second ECHL championship in three seasons as the Cyclones defeated the Idaho Steelheads 4-1 in the best-of-seven Kelly Cup finals.Former Brock hockey coach, Mike Pelino recently accepted the head coach position with the Peterborough Petes, of the Ontario Hockey League.  This came after working with the New York Rangers, and last season with San Antonio of the American Hockey League. read more

30 million gallons of sewage and stormwater made its way into

Smelly flow of untreated sewage and stormwater has made its way into the Niagara river. Municipalities say heavy rainfall and outdated infrastructure is to blame.Last night, 30 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater overflowed from New York’s water treatment plant and into the Niagara river.During heavy rainfalls these overflows happen often and on both sides of the border.In fact on April 15th at the Niagara Falls water treatment plant on the Canadian side of the falls, there was an overflow of 39 million gallons of sewage mixed with rain water.At the root of this problem is outdated infrastructure. Typically found in older cities, “combined sewer systems” are designed to discharge excess wastewater directly into nearby bodies of water.Also taking steps to address the issue by greenlighting a new sewage treatment plant in the city’s south end.All part of a plan to keep contaminated stormwater out of the public’s water. read more

Ban urges insurance industry leaders to play strong role in shaping more

“This is a critical year for action,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to the International Insurance Society Global Insurance Forum in New York, spotlighting major UN events – the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, in July; a special summit in New York In September where Member States will meet on sustainable development; and a meeting of parties to the UN climate change convention this December in Paris.“With these events, the world has an historic opportunity to adopt a new set of sustainable development goals and to put the world on track for long-term, low-carbon, climate-resilient growth,” he said, explaining that, with climate change impacts accelerating and weather-related disasters becoming more frequent and intense, people and organizations all over the world are demanding leadership and action.Both public and private sector support is needed, underscored the UN chief, adding that the insurance industry can play an important role, especially in helping to ease the financial burden associated with disasters and to protect the vulnerable. “The insurance sector is well-placed to be a leader in risk sensitive investments,” he said, noting that disaster risk reduction is a front-line defence against the impact of climate change and it is a smart, cost-effective and life-saving investment. Moreover, it is time for global action on resilience and risk reduction that not only anticipates and absorbs climate risks, but also reshapes them into an opportunity for safer, sustainable development.“The insurance industry rose to the challenge in last year’s Climate Summit by announcing a commitment to double its climate-smart investment by the end of 2015. We must ensure that commitments made at the Summit are now implemented,” the Secretary-General declared, urging the industry to think more strategically about how climate risks can be reduced, and to adjust their investments accordingly, as well as to work with governments, especially in developing countries, to help bring about these changes. “You have seen the tragic human toll rise from extreme weather events. You know the staggering economic price tag. I call on you to show even stronger leadership. Voice your support for an ambitious agreement in Paris, said urging the participants to heed the example of industry leaders, including Axa, which recently pledged to decarbonize its assets. “Increase investments in resilient, low-carbon infrastructure. And create the innovative financial tools that will make markets work for a safer climate.” read more

Tennessees Strange Path to Sweet 16 Suggests Its a Big Threat to

The number next to Tennessee’s name in the NCAA tournament bracket, 11, makes the Volunteers look like heavy underdogs against Michigan on Friday night. How Tennessee got to the Sweet 16 makes it look like a serious upset threat.Teams that are underseeded tend to outplay their seed, as I wrote last week. So do teams that have to play their way into the main tournament bracket, which I wrote about in a separate article. Yet most of these teams still lose their next game, when they face heavy favorites. Tennessee, thanks to a kind draw, is in the small group of teams that were underseeded, had to play their way in, and then won their next game. Similar teams went on to achieve major tournament success.Ken Pomeroy’s ratings on Selection Sunday ranked Tennessee as the 13th best team in the country, worthy of a No. 4 seed. And the Volunteers have played like it since, winning their play-in game over Iowa by 13 points and then crushing UMass and Mercer by 19 and 20, respectively. No other team got to this year’s Sweet 16 with two wins as lopsided as Tennessee’s.The Volunteer’s next opponent, Michigan, is the Midwest’s second seed and reached last year’s championship game. The Wolverines are favored over Tennessee by 2.5 or three points by Las Vegas sports books.But teams like Tennessee have been dangerous at this stage. The Vols — by virtue of beating Iowa and playing their way into the tournament — joined a group that historically outperforms its pre-tournament level by two points per game. Those two points, however, usually aren’t enough against their next, higher-seeded opponents.By beating UMass, Tennessee became just the 33rd play-in winner to win its next round (including in that group teams that had to win games in the early 1980s to advance and face a team that got a bye). How much these teams were underseeded is correlated (R>0.32) with three measures of later success: margin of victory in their next game, subsequent tournament wins and eventual finish. (The last two aren’t redundant because the tournament’s field size and number of rounds have changed.)Underseeded Play-in Winners That Won Their Next GameFive of the 32 teams before Tennessee were underseeded by four or more, according to their pretournament Simple Rating System ranking, as calculated by my colleague Benjamin Morris. (Pomeroy ratings don’t go back to the 1980s.) All five won their next games in the tournament — as Tennessee did against Mercer — and four went to the Final Four, including national finalist UCLA in 1980. No team before Tennessee was underseeded by even six spots; the Vols were slotted seven spots below where they should have been.FiveThirtyEight’s model, which takes into account Pomeroy’s ratings and teams’ performance during the tournament, gives the Vols a 47 percent chance of beating Michigan on Friday. The game is essentially a tossup – a rarity for a matchup between a No. 2 seed and a No. 11. read more

Twitter starts suing to stop spam

first_imgIf you’ve used Twitter for any length of time then there’s a good chance a spam account has started following you trying to spread its malicious links. You can report them and block them, but it doesn’t seem to make that much difference. New spam accounts pop up the very next day.Twitter is as sick of the spam accounts as we the users are, and it seems as if the company has finally decided to take some serious action to combat it. The problem may be individuals creating spam accounts, but the real issue is the tools that allow them to setup those accounts on a massive scale.So Twitter has filed lawsuits in a San Francisco federal court against 5 spam tool providers this week. These 5 are classed as the most aggressive tools in aiding spammers getting on to the Twitter network. In theory, with them gone the level of spam should decrease significantly. Depending on the outcome of the lawsuits, it should hopefully act as a deterrent for anyone else deciding to create a Twitter spamming tool, too.Removing the tools may be a big step forward, but there’s still other ways to negatively impact the network such as posting malicious links hiding behind a short URL. Twitter is trying to combat that by analyzing every link and removing it if malicious content is found behind it. Apparently there’s also a new type of @ mention spam they are trying to deal with.Ultimately Twitter is suffering because of its popularity. Spammers will continue to target the network as long as they can find a way to make money by posting there. As we continue to find, there’s no silver bullet to stopping spam completely, only a continued effort to block the spammers at every turn.Read more at the Twitter bloglast_img read more

Mother and child killers life sentence appeal dismissed

first_imgMother and child killer’s life sentence appeal dismissed Aurimas Andruska’s appeal was dismissed on all grounds today. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland A MAN GIVEN two life sentences for the double murder of a mother and child in Killorglin, Kerry has had his conviction upheld by the Court of Appeal.Lithuanian national Aurimas Andruska (30), of Ardmoniel Heights, Killorglin, Kerry had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Jolanta Lubiene (27) and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika at their home in Langford Downs, Killorglin between 15 and 17 June 2013.He was found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury sitting in Kerry and was given two life sentences by Justice Patrick McCarthy on 6 November 2014.Andruska moved to appeal his conviction today but it was dismissed on all grounds that afternoon.Giving judgment in the three-judge court, Justice George Birmingham said it appeared that the gardaí initially didn’t have a suspect and they asked those living in the area to complete a questionnaire and to provide saliva samples as well as fingerprints for “elimination purposes”. It seems over 60 people provided prints and samples.On June 19, two gardaí met four Lithuanians on the roadside in Killorglin. Following a conversation, samples were provided.KillerThe principal ground of appeal, as submitted by Andruska’s barrister, Brendan Grehan SC, related to the circumstances in which fingerprints and DNA were taken following this encounter on the roadside.Grehan submitted that the gardaí hadn’t taken sufficient steps to ensure that Andruska – a man for whom English was not his first language – understood that the process was voluntary and to make him understand that the samples could be of evidential significance.Counsel submitted that the subsequent arrest of Andruska on June 27, when further samples were taken, “flowed from the events on the roadside” of June 19 and that the events of June 19 “tainted everything that occurred subsequently”.Justice Birmingham said the issue was raised at trial and the trial judge had heard from the two gardaí who were on the roadside as well as from Andruska.In a detailed ruling the following morning, the trial judge said he was satisfied that Andruska was fully aware that he had a choice in the matter, Justice Birmingham said, and the Court of Appeal was not in a position to overturn those findings of fact.Furthermore, in so far as the garda fingerprint expert went beyond his remit, as Grehan had submitted, Justice Birmingham said the court was not persuaded that the point was of any substance.Justice Birmingham, who sat with Justice Alan Mahon and  Justice John Edwards, said the court rejected each ground and “upheld” the conviction.An inquest into the deaths has been unable to proceed while the appeal has been pending, the court heard.Read: Here’s what Irish parties think about Enda Kenny visiting Donald Trump in the White House >Read: Brussels bombing suspect Abrini charged over Paris attacks > Jan 30th 2017, 5:48 PM 17,273 Views Monday 30 Jan 2017, 5:48 PM By Ruaidhrí Giblin 22 Comments Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Short URL Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Comment This is not Sparta

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Few things in life are certain: death, taxes and Greeks fighting each other. This trademark characteristic of the Greek mentality was on full display recently, with the schism that has occurred within the Pallaconian Brotherhood ‘Leonidas’.Two separate groups are claiming leadership of the organisation, and there are currently two separate commitees of management, one under Kon Glekas and one under Panos Priftakis, accusing each other as ‘renegade’. Their public display of hostility has stirred a kind of civil war (mostly held in the field of Facebook) which has taken its toll on many aspects of the community activities.Among the victims of this peculiar tug-of-war is the Pallaconian Youth Committee and the Pallaconian Dance Group. In a public statement titled ‘We need to be heard’, the members of the youth groups describe how they found themselves locked outside the building, which was guarded by security personnel, being thus prevented from weekly practice.This is one fact that both sides agree upon; that the premises were locked and that dance classes did not take place, leading to the cancellation of two performances which the dance group was meant to attend.The other fact that both sides agree upon is that on 9 October 2016, the annual general meeting took place, which elected a committee of supervision to oversee the forthcoming elections. From then on, it all depends on which side’s account one opts to believe.The Pallaconian Youth Committee recognised what it states as “the newly-appointed legitimate Committee of Management, led by Mr Panos Priftakis (president) and Ms Mary Tsaganas (vice president)”.In their statement, the Youth Committe and Pallaconian Dance Group claim to be “defending themselves” from the ‘Pallaconian Brotherhood’: “At the 9 October 2016 annual general meeting, where members of the youth were present, the members of the Brotherhood elected a committee of supervision to oversee the forthcoming elections. What happened at the close of the annual general meeting is for others to toil with.“Following the nomination deadline, which was advertised by the committee of supervision as 30 October 2016, nominations were tallied and a newly appointed and legitimate committee was declared as per the constitution,” reads the statement, in which the youth accuse Mr Glekas and his followers (and also the outgoing president, Peter Adamis), of changing the locks to the building of the Brotherhood, as a form of intimidation.They also accuse Mr Glekas of expelling various legitimate members, such as the former youth president of the Pallaconian Brotherhood, Mr Peter Thiveos, who tried to support the youth and dance group, and also, Mr Priftakis, after his nomination for the committee of management in October 2016.On his part, Mr Adamis issued a statement in which he says: “The annual general meeting (AGM) on the 9 October 2016, a total of 107 members had entered the building. As the president of the Brotherhood I was of the opinion that it was an abysmal failure from where I was sitting. For reasons unknown to me at the time, the meeting had been carefully orchestrated to fail by a group of renegades whom have now surfaced as the engineers and drivers against progress, the constitution; and the resolutions by members as well as going against the majority show of hands to open the ballot on that day.”In a post on the Brotherhood’s Facebook Page, he names “that charismatic Mr George Fountas, a past president of the Brotherhood and of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne Victoria”, as the leader of the ‘renegade’ group, joining forces with another past president, Mr Chris Paikopoulos, “who was well-versed in the constitution, passed resolutions and precedents set by himself at the 2010 and 2014 annual general meetings, failed miserably in following the guidelines and protocols.“One could say without a shadow of doubt that Mr Chris Paikopoulos single- handedly brought the Lakonian Brotherhood to the brink of civil war and that the only reason his membership was not suspended was that no proof of wrong doing, other incompetence and self-importance could be found,” states Mr Adamis, recounting a “meeting of the Gerousia of elders”, in which “a solution was found using copies of the original nomination forms, identified and later certified as true and correct by one member of the committee of supervision.“This member was courageous enough to conduct his own research and arrive after the truth, and coming to the conclusion that information was being withheld from him and others by George Fountas. As a result, the new committee of management under the leadership of Kon Glekas was formed”.After that a war of words has escalated. Accounts of ballots being held outside the premises, nomination slips being torn, a dissonance on how many nominations existed, whether they were 14 or 16, make matters more confusing for anyone trying to make sense of it.What is left is the sad conclusion of the Youth Committee statement: “We, the Youth and Cultural Committee and member of the Pallaconian Dance Group, have served the Brotherhood with respect, dignity and unity under all previous committees, including during Mr Adamis’ presidency. We love the club and have worked hard to represent the Brotherhood and its culture at numerous events over the last decade. (…). However, should the torment and bullying persist, the Youth Committee and Dance Group will regretfully be forced to leave our home, which we love and hold very close to our hearts.”last_img read more

SIT nabs two Romanians recovers 20 clone debit cards

first_imgKolkata: Two Romanians were detained from Delhi in connection with the case of unauthorised withdrawal of money from various bank accounts after skimming debit cards to get the details.Officers of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had left for Delhi a couple of days ago, after knowing that the cash was withdrawn from ATMs in Delhi from people who have bank accounts in Kolkata and its adjoining areas.The SIT was formed after the Kolkata Police received 76 complaints of unauthorised withdrawal of money from the bank accounts of city dwellers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Friday, the police arrested two Romanians from Vasant Vihar in Delhi. The police have seized 20 duplicate debit cards, which are also called clone cards. They have also recovered magnetic strips, which are usually used in debit cards. Police also found masks from them that they used to put on while entering an ATM counter to fit the skimming machine. Their passports have also been seized.Police sources said that the duo had come to Kolkata in March and they had been staying in the city for around two months, somewhere in Kasba area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe police have come to know that they had been carrying out the crime with Delhi as its epicenter, as they used to withdraw money from ATM counters in Delhi after gathering debit card details of the account holders.The investigating officers have identified them after going through CCTV footages of the ATM counters where they had entered to fit skimming machines or to withdraw money from someone else’s bank account.The investigating officers have identified that a skimming machine was fitted in an ATM counter at Golpark on April 4 and the members of the racket had entered the ATM counter at least four times between April 4 and 21. The police suspect that besides the Romanian nationals, there is also involvement of some Nigerians. The police also suspect involvement of some youths from Delhi in the racket.The police are also trying to find out the person who had helped the Romanian nationals with basic support in Kolkata.In another incident, unidentified miscreants attempted to take away cash from two ATM counters at Liluah in Howrah.Police initiated a probe in this connection and found that the miscreants had damaged the CCTVs installed in the ATM counters. So, the police are trying to get video footages captured in CCTVs installed in the vicinity of the ATM counters.last_img read more

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Report Shows Mortgage Rates Are Down

first_img Interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages are down, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency index released today. The average interest rate on all mortgage loans was down 12 basis points in February. Average interest rates were 3.77 percent in February compared to 3.89 in January.Freddie Mac also reported mortgage rate decreases in their Primary Mortgage Market Survey today. According to Freddie, average fixed rates continue to run below four percent and will keep affordability high for those in the market to buy a home as we head into the spring homebuying season. The current 30-year fixed rate sits at 3.69 percent.”The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to 3.69 percent this week following a decline in 10-year Treasury yields. Low mortgage rates are a welcome sign for those in the market to buy a home this spring season and will help to support homebuyer affordability,” Freddie Mac chief economist, Len Keifer, said in a press release. “Existing home sales in February increased slightly, but less than expected, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.88 million units. Meanwhile, new home sales outperformed expectations and surged 7.8 percent to an annual pace of 539,000 units.”The FHFA index showed the effective interest rate on all mortgage loans was down 12 basis points in February from the month prior. The February rate was 3.92 percent down form the January rate of 4.04 percent. The effective interest rate accounts for the addition of initial fees and charges over the life of the mortgage.The National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders index was 3.77 percent for loans closed in late February, down 11 basis points from 3.88 percent in January.The average interest rate on conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages of $417,000 or less was 3.91 percent, a decrease of 15 basis points from 4.06 in January.The average loan amount for all loans was $294,200 in February, up $2,900 from $291,300 in January.The FHFA released their Home Price Index earlier this week, reporting a 5.1 percent increase in home prices from January 2014 to January 2015. FHFA principal economist Andrew Leventis said the January-to-January increases were strong due to modest inflation in the overall economy. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines FHFA Freddie Mac mortgage rate 2015-03-26 Samantha Guzman Sharecenter_img March 26, 2015 665 Views Report Shows Mortgage Rates Are Downlast_img read more

Norwegian Cruise Line is giving Australian and New

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first_img FILE – In this Feb. 26, 1997 file photo, Dr. John, right, and Jimmie Vaughan hold their awards for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, for their work on “SRV Shuffle,” during the 39th Annual Grammy Awards in New York. The family of the Louisiana-born musician known as Dr. John says the celebrated singer and piano player who blended black and white musical influence with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, has died. He was 77. A family statement released by his publicist says Dr. John, who was born Mac Rebennack, died early Thursday of a heart attack. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) NEW ORLEANS — The Latest on the death of Mac Rebennack, the New Orleans musician better known as Dr. John (all times local):6 p.m.Louisiana’s governor is remembering the musician known as Dr. John as “a true Louisiana legend.”Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the statement Thursday evening. It came soon after news broke that the musician whose real name was Mac Rebennack, had died of a heart attack.Another New Orleans musical star, Irma Thomas, told New Orleans television station WVUE that Dr. John was loved by fans around the world. She described the man who was also known as the “night tripper” as “a mystical person.”There was also this from Ringo Starr on Twitter: ‘God bless Dr. John peace and love to all his family. …”Dr. John was 77.___5 p.m.The family of the Louisiana-born musician known as Dr. John says the celebrated singer and piano player who blended black and white musical influence with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, has died. He was 77.A family statement released by his publicist says Dr. John, who was born Mac Rebennack, died early Thursday of a heart attack.His spooky “Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya” slithered onto the pop-dominated market in 1968, startling listeners with its sinister implications of other-worldly magic.In a career marked by drug addiction, he later had a Top 10 hit with “Right Place, Wrong Time.” He collaborated with numerous top-tier rockers, won multiple Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2019 4:07 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Reaction to the death of a ‘night tripper’last_img read more

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