No-detention policy to go from 2018

first_imgThe government has decided to do away with the no-detention policy for students from the next academic session, Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey said. The decision was taken following representation from most of the States as they said the standard of education had deteriorated because of the policy. Under the Right to Education Act, 2009, no child admitted to a school will be held back in any class or expelled till the completion of elementary education covering Classes 1 to 8.“There has been a unanimous decision of withdrawing the no-detention policy from the Right to Education Act 2009,” the Minister of State for HRD said here.last_img

Ind vs WI: Bravo guides WI to 7-wkt win, India pocket series 3-2

first_imgDarren Bravo hit a career-best 86 as West Indies comfortably defeated India by seven wickets in the fifth and final ODI here. Chasing a target of 252, Bravo’s clean hitting helped West Indies reach the target in 48.4 overs to reduce the series score to 3-2. Score | PhotosIndia captain Suresh Raina lifts the trophy after the fifth ODI against West Indies in Kingston on Thursday. India won the series 3-2. APInterestingly West Indies had lost the first three ODIs against Pakistan in the earlier series before winning the last two.Cheered by local hero Chris Gayle from the stands, Bravo (86, 99 balls, 3×4, 6×6) who many believe is a ‘Brian Lara clone’ launched into Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra hitting as many as five out of his six sixes off the two.The Batting Powerplay proved to be the turning point for Windies as Indian bowlers gave away 57 runs between overs 43 and 47. When Bravo was finally out in the 46th over with 39 still to get, Kieron Pollard (24, 13 balls, 3×4, 1×6) and Marlon Samuels (28, 25 balls, 3×4) plundered 42 runs in only 3.3 overs to seal the issue.Credit should also be given Ramnaresh Sarwan (75 retd hurt, 94 balls, 5×4, 1×6) who anchored the innings to perfection before he couldn’t carry on due to cramps. Sarwan and Bravo added 103 runs for the third wicket before the right-hander retired hurt.Bravo took his time to settle down but with wickets in hand, he waited for the batting Powerplay to explode. The other turning point was India losing seven wickets for 62 runs despite Virat Kohli’s solid 94.advertisementLeaden-footed Darren Bravo sprang to life with two successive sixes off Ashwin as he scored 15 runs in the 43rd over.Mishra, the most consistent Indian bowler in the series ket with similar fate as he too went for couple of sixes with 15 runs coming off it.Vinay Kumar who had a good first spell went for 11 runs, the target was reduced to 23 from the final three overs.West Indies openers Lendl Simmons (6) and Adrian Barath (17) fell cheaply before Sarwan and Bravo began their rescue mission.Earlier, when India batted it was a case of poor shot selection by the middle and lower order batsmen after Kohli (94, 104 balls, 10×4) along with Rohit Sharma (57, 72 balls, 2×4, 1×6) laid the foundation with a 110-run partnership for the fourth wicket.Coming in to bat in the fourth over, Kohli stayed put till the 36th over to help India overcome early jitters although a fantastic piece of fielding by Sarwan from the deep robbed the batsman a chance to score his sixth international hundred.Andre Russell was the pick of the West Indian bowlers, grabbing four for 35 and his spell at the death earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.Indian openers Parthiv Patel (6) and Shikhar Dhawan (11) were gone by the seventh over as West Indian quicks took full advantage of the bouncy strip that was on offer.Patel was hurried onto a pull shot by a Russell bouncer and was holed out at mid-wicket. Dhawan was done in by the extra bounce as he was caught in the slips off Kemar Roach.Kohli started by clipping Russell delightfully to mid-wicket fence off the eighth ball he faced.The next boundary was rather a streaky edge past slip off Darren Sammy but he made it up with a delightful cover drive in the West Indian skipper’s fourth over.Manoj Tiwary (22, 22 balls, 1×6, 1×4) looked in good nick during his short stay and a six off Sammy which hit the wooden roof of the club’s bar was a breathtaking sight.Tiwary though was unable to build on his start and edged one from Pollard behind the stumps just before the first drinks interval took place. His partnership with Kohli yielded 58 runs.India now had the best batting passage of the innings as their two best young batsmen put their wares out on display.Both looked to hit down the ground and picked up runs with ease as the 100 runs of the innings came in the 22nd over.Kohli was careful in his shot selection and hit fours off leg-spinner Anthony Martin and Andre Russell in successive overs.Kohli first bisected Martin through the backward point fence and then punched Russell through the covers.The Delhi lad reached his half century in the 23rd over with a single off Martin having faced only 63 deliveries. He celebrated it with a cheeky steer for four off Lendl Simmons.Man of the series Rohit having settled into a nice groove at the other end, slammed returning Roach over midwicket for an effortless six in the 36th over. .advertisementKohli departed in this very over when he flicked one to fine leg and hurried back for a non-existent second. Sarwan’s throw was hard and accurate to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh who found the batsman short of his crease.Once Kohli was dismissed, there was virtually no resistance from the other batsmen.Skipper Suresh Raina played an ill-advised lofted shot to be out in the deep off Pollard. He has often tried this shot in the series with disastrous results. The stand-in captain could manage only 74 runs in the series.Rohit completed his third fifty of the series but was cleaned by Martin trying an ugly heave. He hit two fours and a six during his 72 ball knock.Yusuf Pathan (30, 29 balls, 2×4, 1×6) looked confident for the first time in the series but again his undoing was a short ball that lifted from short of good length to kiss his edge.Russell the blew away the lower order as Amit Mishra (0) bowled trying a big hit and Ishant Sharma was castled by a yorker as India missed a chance to play 15 more deliveries.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Indian audiences ready for films like Finding Fanny, says Arjun Kapoor

first_imgIt’s an English language “offbeat” entertainer; made by an Indian director with three veteran and two young stars of Bollywood, and topped with one promotional Hindi song- that’s Homi Adajania’s “Finding Fanny”. Arjun Kapoor, who plays one of the five “oddballs” in the movie, believes Indian audiences are ready for such content.”I was scared and apprehensive to begin with, but as the journey went on, I was more and more happy that I made the brave choice of doing an English film, which is offbeat,” said Arjun.Well, Arjun “never saw it as an offbeat film”!At 29, the son of veteran film producer Boney Kapoor has four distinct movies behind him”For me, it’s a film which the country is ready to watch, and the fact that the trailer has received an overwhelming response is an example that people are willing to watch such content,” he said of the over two million views that the “Finding Fanny” trailer garnered within two days of hitting online videosharing platform YouTube.Arjun is a happy and content young man.At 29, the son of veteran film producer Boney Kapoor has four distinct movies behind him. Starting with the 2012 movie “Ishaqzaade”, in which he sported a rough and rebellious look as Parma, he pulled off a double role in “Aurangzeb”, essayed the hot-headed Bala in “Gunday”, and the nerdy yet affable boy-in-love Krish in “2 States”.Arjun says he was surprised when Adajania, the man behind English language film “Being Cyrus” and the Bollywood saga “Cocktail”, considered him for the role of Savio D’Gama in “Finding Fanny”, especially after watching the actor’s work in “Ishaqzaade”.advertisementThe fact that the forthcoming movie has a stellar cast comprising actors as senior and prolific as Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia as well as a glamorous star as Deepika Padukone in a de-glam avatar made the “Finding Fanny” journey all the more inviting for Arjun.Arjun Kapoor in Finding Fanny”It was almost like going to an acting class…having such fantastic actors around. The idea is to do something different, keeping in mind that you can get eyeballs with these actors who are a known commodity for Indian audience.”Had Homi taken five unknown actors, it would have been a very niche film. But he has taken five known actors and set out to do something different. I think it’s an intelligent choice on their part to mix known commodities with an unknown world,” said the tall and handsome actor.Of course, Arjun stepped into the film clearly knowing that away from the commercial Bollywood potboilers that he’s been part of so far, this one’s going to have a limited audience given the fact that it’s in English and sans any of Hindi cinema’s song and dance routines.”That’s the amazing part about making cinema! People can have an opinion about it. I’d rather be part of a film about which people have an opinion than be in a project people don’t notice.”‘Finding Fanny’ is definitely relevant in terms of getting people to talk about it. If it does well, people will talk about encouraging young talent to make films like this. If it doesn’t, then they will think how well did it do or didn’t do.”I think it is a talking point kind of film. It won’t just come and go, which is what I like – it’s got people talking already. And you can’t always expect people to love everything you do…if they notice, for better or for worse, it’s a good thing,” said the actor.Presented by Fox Star Studios, “Finding Fanny” is produced by Maddock Films. The film, a quirky satirical comedy, releases Sep 12.last_img read more

Boxing: Eddie Hearn says that Deontay Wilder doesn’t want the Joshua fight

first_imgAdvertisementPromoter Eddie Hearn, who guides the career of IBF, WBO, WBA, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) says that Deontay Wilder is not interested in making the fight.Eddie Hearn seems to be fed up in waiting for Deontay Wilder to sign for the unification fight against Anthony Joshua Hearn complains that WBC heavyweight champion Wilder has had the contract that he sent to his management for an entire week, and yet he still hasn’t signed for the fight. The only thing Hearn sees is Wilder posting video on his Instagram, which he feels is silly.Hearn believes Wilder is mentally unstable when it comes to the reality of the negotiations.A decision will have to come down, sooner than later, because Joshua was ordered by the World Boxing Association to make a mandatory defense against Alexander Povetkin of Russia.Wilder vs. Joshua was targeted for September. Because so much time has passed in their discussions, Hearn says the showdown would now have to happen in October or November, or even the first quarter of 2019.”He has now had the contract a week. We are getting calls from the WBA on a daily basis asking what’s happening, there is absolutely zero urgency from Deontay and his team other than posting silly Instagram videos,” Hearn said to skysports.com. ”I believe Deontay and his team do not want this fight.”Advertisementlast_img read more

India vs Ireland: Virat Kohli reveals the surprise element that can surprise their opponents

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: BCCIIndian captain Virat Kohli talked about the strategy involved in the first T20I which saw a major shuffle in the middle order. Kohli entered at No.6 rather than his trademark No.3 position, sending lower-middle order batsmen such as Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni ahead of himself.Kohli revealed the intent behind the experimentation after the Men In Blue’s 76-run victory in the first T20I. He said:The middle order is something we can experiment with in T20 games, I’ve got a good mindset of who’s batting where so in the next few games, not just the Ireland ones but also against England, we will look to be flexible and use them as and when the situation requires them,” “We will look to surprise the opposition and we’ve asked the batsmen to have that flexibility and they have responded very well”, the skipper added.India’s balance in the batting order gives the luxury to experiment with the batting order to bear the desired results. The presence of gifted in-form batsmen in the form of KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik also gives the Blues an added advantage ahead of the series against England.Watch how Virat Kohli shuffled the batting order in the video below (from 1:03):Read Also:India vs Ireland: First T20I Review- Men In Blue begin tour on an emphatic fashion with a thumping winIndia vs Ireland: Key players who can set the tone for the tour Advertisementlast_img read more

Injury concerns on the fore as selectors leave out Kedar Jhadav

first_imgAdvertisementThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced the 15-member squad for the remaining three one day internationals (ODIs) against the Windies. While pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar returned to the ODI setup, Mohammed Shami was dropped from the team. Middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav, who recently played Deodhar Trophy for India A was also left out of the 15-man squad.Kedar Jadhav celebrating a wicket.Startled by his omission, the 33-year-old said, “I need to see why they didn’t pick me. I have cleared all tests and that’s why I played the match today. I am match fit. Unless you clear all tests you, shouldn’t be picked for and matches and since I was fit the selectors asked me to play the Deodhar game. If I am not in the Indian team, I’ll focus on playing Ranji Trophy.”Kedar Jadhav after the squad announcement said that there was no communication over his exclusion from the Indian team management. “I did not know this,” said Jadhav when asked if there was any communication over his selection for the remaining three games against the Windies.Jadhav was asked to join the India ‘A’ team. Perhaps the selectors wanted an assessment of his fitness before they could ultimately draft him into the squad for the fourth ODI against the Windies. “We don’t want to rush him. He has been breaking down whenever he has made a comeback. We wanted to give him enough game time to test his body. We hoped that he would be playing the Deodhar final but unfortunately his team lost.” Prasad told in an interview.“He will come back to the team. There is no doubt about his ability. You can’t hide things. I expect the same honesty from their side,” Prasad added.After a tied encounter in Vizag, India and West Indies face off for the third ODI against West Indies on October 27 in Pune.Advertisementlast_img read more

Lodha Panel sets December 15 deadline for BCCI to form Apex Council

first_imgThe Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee has given the BCCI a second set of timelines besides setting a December 15 deadline for conducting AGM and forming an Apex Council.The decision was taken during a committee meeting on Sunday.The panel instructed the Indian cricket board to create new IPL governing council by December 30.STATE ELECTIONS BY NOVEMBER 15The committee also instructed that all state associations should have their elections by November 15 latest and by the same time form the executive committee of Players Association.It will be interesting to see what is the status of BCCI AGM which has been slated for September 21 as per the old constitution.The creation of new BCCI committees and appointment of management as per new rules should happen by December 30.However, it is unlikely that BCCI would proceed with the reforms part till the verdict of the Review Petition, seeking recusal of CJI TS Thakur from the case, is out.The Lodha Panel has withdrawn its suggestion of having two representatives of franchise in Apex Council as this could have created a situation of conflict of interest.last_img read more

POWERADE ISOTONIC SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND TOUCH LEAGUE ROUND TWO WRAP

first_imgRound Two of the PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) produced some close and exciting results at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s White Hill Reserve Complex on Friday 15 June 2007.In balmy conditions, teams across all six divisions settled into the second week of the season well to conjure quality performances across the board.In the Premier Men’s Open division, University-Rebels (Uni-Rebels) and Dodgers played out a tense 2-2 draw on field one in the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Match of the Round.2007 Australian Men’s Open World Cup hero Nathan Jones was outstanding for Dodgers, whilst veteran Graham White produced an inspirational game for the Rebels boys.In the 8.10pm game on field seven, Colts continued on their winning way with an impressive 5 –2 victory over the Southern Storm. Colts, with Barry Denduck leading the way, had too much firepower for a willing Storm side that was spearheaded by Queensland Men’s Open Origin player Ryan Pollock, who did not deserve to be on a losing team.In the late game at 9.00pm on Field One Country Club United (CCU) disposed of Tigers 5-1 in emphatic fashion. Young gun Michael Baartz stood out for CCU, whilst Josh Cattell never stopped trying for Tigers.In the second Round of the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open competition, Uni-Rebels, Crushers, and CCU emerged victorious from some absorbing contests.In the early game at 7.20pm on field seven, Uni-Rebels got home 3-0 over Colts in a very willing contest.The scores were locked at 0-0 at half time, but defending champions Uni-Rebels did best to finish off their second half opportunities to claim the three premiership points.Lauren Mc Donald and Australian Women’s Open star Teena Mc Ilveen were best for Uni-Rebels, whilst Colts 2007 World Cup representatives Peta and Hayley Rogerson and youngster Savannah Pratten gave their all for Colts.In the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open Match of the Round on field one at 8.10pm, Crushers defeated Dodgers 6-3 in an entertaining encounter.Crushers, inspired by an outstanding performance by current Australian Women’s Open Vice Captain Amanda Judd, banded together to produce a great team effort to claim their first victory of the season.Judd was in scintillating form with the football in hand, and led the way defensively with several big plays to pilot her team to victory.National Youth Squad member Bindi Hammett, Sharon Searston, and Melissa Cragg also played strongly for Crushers whilst Michelle Gilpen, Rachel Stevenson, and Emma Giarola tried hard to lift Dodgers.In the late game on Field Seven at 9.00am CCU got home 4-3 in a tense battle over former archrivals Southern Storm.These two great clubs battled in eight consecutive Grand Finals from 1997-2004 and history demands that these games are always keenly contested.CCU, with a strong list of players on their roster were always going to be tough to toss once they clicked, and their victory over a talented Southern Storm combination adds further weight to this contention. Queensland Open Schoolgirls star Lizzie Campbell was the standout for CCU, whilst National Youth Squad star Ali Brigginshaw was the Storm’s most dangerous player.In PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Men’s Open Round Three action on Friday 22 June 2007, Southern Storm confront Tigers on Field One at 7.20pm.Dodgers and CCU will meet in the 2006 Grand Final rematch on Field Seven at 8.10pm, whilst Uni-Rebels will tackle Colts on Field One at 9.00pm to complete the round.In PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open Round Three fixtures, competition front-runners Uni-Rebels will look to continue on their winning way against a confident CCU outfit on Field Seven at 7.20pm.Southern Storm will meet Crushers at 8.10pm on Field One, and Colts with an edict from Coach Craig Morrow to improve their ball control and rucking intensity, will battle with Dodgers in the late game at 9.00pm on Field Seven.Round Three PowerAde Isotonic action also continues in the Men’s and Women’s Two and Three A/B divisions on Friday night with first games commencing at 6.30pm.For full results and fixture schedule please visit the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association web-site at: www.bmta.com.aulast_img read more

Bank of Canada expected to raise its key rate for first time

first_imgOTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is expected to raise its key interest rate target for the first time in nearly seven years on Wednesday following signs the economy is well on the road to recovery after the crash in oil prices.Low interest rates have helped fuel the housing market in recent years, incentivizing Canadians to pile on record levels of debt — something that the central bank has noted as a significant risk for the economy.Rates for new fixed-rate mortgages have already started to rise in anticipation. A hike by the Bank of Canada will likely prompt the country’s big banks to raise their prime rates, a move that will increase the cost of loans such as variable rate mortgages and home equity lines of credit.James Laird, co-founder of interest rate comparison website RateHub, said the carefully crafted language the Bank of Canada uses Wednesday will be key in reading the tea leaves of future rate decisions.“Any additional comments for future increases will be the real trigger for more fixed rate increases following the announcement, rather than the rate change itself,” Laird said.The potential rise in the cost of borrowing comes amid signs the housing market, a key economic driver in recent years, is adapting to government changes meant to cool the real estate sectors of Toronto and Vancouver.Sales and prices have fallen in Toronto in the wake of new rules brought in by the Ontario government, including a tax on foreign buyers. Vancouver sales, where new measures including a similar tax were implemented last summer, also stalled in the months that followed, though there are signs the market may be rebounding.Speculation about an interest rate hike comes amid a flurry of strong economic news this year, with housing starts figures for last month released Tuesday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. amplifying that.Scotiabank deputy chief economist Brett House said the difference between the actual and potential output of the economy is narrowing rapidly, so he expects the central bank will move now to keep inflation in check.“We do believe that this is the beginning of a gradual hiking cycle from the Bank of Canada,” House said.The Bank of Canada cut rates twice in 2015 in an effort to offset a dramatic drop in oil prices, bringing it to 0.5 per cent. Governor Stephen Poloz has said those measures appeared to have done their job.While inflation remains well below the central bank’s target of two per cent, Poloz said in a recent interview with a German newspaper that if the central bank only watched and reacted to inflation, it would never reach its inflation target and it would always be two years behind in the reaction. He said he has to look at other indicators in the models that predict inflation.Despite widespread expectations of a quarter-point hike — which would be the first since the rate was increased from 0.75 per cent to one per cent in September 2010 — those views aren’t unanimous.In a research note, TD said it was a “very close call” but it expects the Bank of Canada to remain on hold for now because conditions in the economy were still largely consistent with its projections.The C.D. Howe’s monetary policy council also recommends that the central bank not move its key rate. Six members of the group, which includes academic economists and those from the country’s big banks including TD, voted to keep the rate on hold, while five called for an increase to 0.75 per cent.Nick Rowe, a Carleton University economics professor and member of the C.D. Howe council, said inflation remains below the Bank of Canada’s target even though other areas of the economy seem to be doing well.“We simply haven’t seen the rise in inflation that you would have expected to have seen as the economy strengthens, plus there aren’t really much signs of expected inflation either,” said Rowe, who voted to keep the rate on hold.In addition to the rate announcement Wednesday, the central bank will release its latest monetary policy report, which will include its updated outlook for the economy.last_img read more

Half of Canadas Internet users also using mobile device TV to get

by News Staff Posted Oct 4, 2012 10:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Half of Canada’s Internet users also using mobile device, TV to get online TORONTO – Just over half of Canada’s Internet users are using a mobile device or their TV to get online, suggests a new report.According to the Media Technology Monitor, about 52 per cent of Canadian web users have a computer and at least one other device at their disposal to use the web: either a smartphone, a tablet or a TV with Internet connectivity.The report also focuses in on a small minority of Canadians that use the Internet on all four devices.About three per cent of Canada’s Internet users access the web on a computer, smartphone, tablet and TV, and not surprisingly, spend a lot more time online than average.A so-called “four screen” user is on the web about 27.1 hours a week, compared to 16.5 hours for average Canadian Internet users, says the report.Four screen users also tend to watch less conventional TV and seek out more content online. The average Internet user watches about 14.3 hours of TV a week, compared to 11.8 hours for four screen users, says Media Technology Monitor. read more

New Brunswick finds flicker of hope in new IBM cybersecurity jobs

by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 23, 2016 10:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 23, 2016 at 4:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Brunswick finds flicker of hope in new IBM cybersecurity jobs FREDERICTON – IBM will create 100 new full-time cybersecurity jobs, each subsidized with $12,000 from the New Brunswick government, as the province finds a flicker of hope amid steep job losses and red ink.Company officials and Premier Brian Gallant made the announcement Wednesday in Fredericton, as the government continues its push for information technology jobs, with emphasis on cybersecurity.“IBM is an incredible international business with approximately 400,000 employees around the world,” Gallant told a news conference at the University of New Brunswick.“We are talking about an important player globally which I think brings an interesting perspective and the potential for growth for New Brunswick.”The premier met with IBM and other companies this month at a cybersecurity conference in San Francisco and also at the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland, and said the Fredericton area is already a “centre of excellence” for cybersecurity.Eddie Campbell, the president of UNB, said New Brunswick is well positioned to capitalize on the growing industry.“Imagine a day when we have companies from all over the world who are attracted by the talent base that we have here in New Brunswick coming here to work with us to build opportunities like this one, week after week. That is an achievable future for us,” he said.The new jobs will pay an average salary of $75,000 per year, and the province is paying IBM $12,000 per job as a payroll rebate, for a total of $1.2 million. Gallant said the government needs to provide incentives when it is competing for jobs with other provinces and states.Rick Doucet, the minister responsible for Opportunities New Brunswick, said it’s a small investment when you consider each of the new employees will be paying taxes, as well as paying rents or buying homes.David Murrell, an economics professor at UNB, said any job announcements should be seen as good news. However, Murrell said he remains pessimistic about the provincial economy.“Not only do we need the high-technology industries, we need the traditional sector jobs as well. That’s what I call a balanced economy when both sides are doing well,” he said.Employment in New Brunswick shrank for the second year in a row in 2015. This January, the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan announced it would close its Picadilly mine in Sussex, N.B., eliminating more than 400 well-paying jobs.The provincial budget in February announced the elimination of 1,300 civil service jobs over five years. The province hasn’t had a balanced budget since 2007-08.Still, Doucet said there’s reason to remain positive for the future.“There will be a handful of these kinds of job creation announcements happening very soon,” he said.IBM has scheduled another job announcement Thursday in Saint John.In 2011, IBM bought Q1 Labs, whose QRadar Security Intelligence Platform was developed in partnership with the University of New Brunswick.IBM maintains a research development and customer support centre in Fredericton.David Drury, IBM Canada’s general manager of global technology services, said cybercrime is the current-day equivalent of organized crime.“Eighty per cent of cyber security attacks today are driven by well established crime rings and this has turned into one of the largest illegal economies in the world with over $445 billion of illegal profit annually through cyber security crimes,” he said.Drury said there is a global shortage of one-million employees to work in the cyber security field. read more

Urban Meyer reflects on 1st win at Ohio State

For football-starved Ohio State fans, Saturday finally came. Wrapped in an intoxicating frenzy, Urban Meyer’s debut as the Buckeyes’ football coach finally came. And it didn’t disappoint. After routing Miami (Ohio) 56-10, the program’s first triumph since a shaky 34-20 win against Indiana on Nov. 5 finally came. On an oppressively sultry afternoon in Ohio Stadium, eight months of anticipation – eight months of wondering what the “Urban Era” had in store – finally came. Who would have thought, then, that there could have been an entire quarter’s worth of anxiety-ridden restlessness as the first quarter of Saturday’s game seemed like a continuation of OSU’s historically bad 6-7 season last year. Down 3-0 after being outgained 172-48 by the RedHawks in the first quarter, a wave of uneasiness left a once-euphoric crowd of 105,039 subdued as Miami’s senior quarterback Zac Dysert and junior wide receiver Nick Harwell gashed the Buckeyes’ defense with big play and after big play. Suffice to say, Meyer wasn’t particularly pleased. “Well, not fortunately or unfortunately – whatever it is – that darned first quarter, I was embarrassed with the way we were playing,” he said. “We worked so hard and we didn’t play very well, in all phases. Defense let a couple of passes go that we shouldn’t have.” Meyer’s vaunted spread offense, which was was supposed to allow sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller room to thrive, amassed five yards on 1-of-7 passing. Through it all, though, Meyer said Miller kept his poise. It was one of the things he wanted to see out of the sophomore on Saturday, he said. “I think one of the things about Braxton Miller that I really had to see, and I did see today, is that the objective with Braxton is to make him from an athlete playing quarterback to a quarterback that manages,” Meyer said. “And a quarterback position is a unique position in all sports, where he’s got to manage so much. He’s got to manage basically the entire offense,” he said. “He’s got to stay positive – his leadership. He has to be a leader.” Football is “not a game of anger,” Miller said. “Go out there, have fun, enjoy the time with your teammates and make sure you’re doing all the right things positive ways; if you’re doing anything in the negative way there’s nothing that’s going to get done at that point,” he said. And at the outset of the second quarter, that leadership seemed to finally manifest itself on the field. Finally, the Buckeyes sunk into a rhythm with their up-tempo style of play and burst out for a four play, 83-yard drive that ended in an acrobatic, one-handed touchdown snag from sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith. “I don’t know if Devin has been saving that, but I’ve not seen him do that. Now that I know he can, I expect – he’s actually been playing pretty good for us,” Meyer said. “But that was a wild moment. And that was a moment that ignited the stadium. The stadium got quiet,” Meyer said. “Our sideline got quiet and we were waiting for a play to happen and he went out and made a play. That’s football.” Redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby said the catch was “fantastic.” “If you go back to the replay, I actually ran on the field,” he said. “So I’m not sure if that’s a penalty or anything, but I actually run on the field and gave him a high-five.” With momentum and the lead in their hands, OSU’s offense exploded for 35 unanswered points while its defense found ways to entirely suffocate the RedHawk’s run game and slow their aerial assault down. Near the end of the third quarter, Meyer said he was finally able to find a time for mental snapshots and soak in the magnitude of his first game calling the shots in Columbus. “The day overall, it was a great day. ‘Hang on Sloopy’ kicked it off in the fourth quarter. And I stared at that for a while, watched it. Told a couple of people that I’ve never seen that before. Checked that out,” Meyer said. “Just for years and years I’ve always remembered the change in the third and fourth quarter, what happens in that stadium,” Meyer said. But such a moment for reflection, Meyer said, was limited. Until the game clock struck zero, at least.  In the footsteps of the tradition that former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel started in 2001, Meyer locked arms with his players in the south end zone and sang “Carmen Ohio” with the rest of the team and the tens of thousands of fans still remaining in the stadium. “You look like you were really enjoying the alma mater. And I’m just wondering if that was the one point when you finally got to a point where you could enjoy being the Ohio State coach and just being in the stadium and the whole thing,” one reporter asked at Meyer’s postgame press conference. The 48-year-old sidestepped the essence of the question. “I’ve been enjoying being Ohio State coach for about seven months now,” Meyer responded. Meyer, though, said he didn’t want to deflate that moment. “I’m with a bunch of guys I care about. Love our players. Two guys next to me – and (Garrett) Goebel’s to my left, and I love that guy,” he said regarding the Buckeyes’ senior captain and nose tackle. “There’s a lot of guys on this team I have a lot of respect. And saying the alma mater, I’m a graduate, and the fight song, that was a special moment. And we got to sing the fight song in the locker room as well.” Despite being anxious for the game, Meyer said he got about six hours of sleep the night before. “I like this team. I like these guys,” he said. “When you like that, you sleep pretty good.” read more

Lundin outlines productive future at Candelaria

first_imgThe copper production profile for Lundin Mining’s Candelaria has been improved over the life-of-mine and next ten years says the miner in its latest operational update. Re-phasing of the open pit mine plan, increased planned production from underground mines, mine fleet reinvestment and initiatives to increase mill capacity have all contributed to the improved production profile.An updated NI 43-101 Technical Report is being completed and is expected to be released before the end of 2017.The latest open pit plan considers new phase designs, production sequences and a change in pit ore excavation and truck loading methodology. It also addresses recent instability in a localised area of the pit’s east wall and a slide which occurred October 31, 2017. Both have impacted 2018 and 2019 production forecasts. Production guidance for 2017 remains unchanged. Candelaria attributable copper production guidance of 104,000 to 109,000 t in 2018 is less (20%) than the previous outlook for the year. As a result of the recent slide and to take a more conservative approach in mining this area of the pit, the near-term plans have been altered to focus on waste push backs above the area prior to mining where the slide occurred. In the meantime, low grade stockpile ore will make up the difference in mill feed.Forecast copper production over the next ten years has increased in aggregate by approximately 290,000 t (20%) with particular focus on improvements in years 2021 and beyond.last_img read more

VIDEO New hall in Skopje – Sandanski like Lanxess Arena

The new sports hall in Skopje was opened last night SC “Jane Sandanski”. A new home of RK Vardar, ZRK Vardar and basketball team MZT, built with the money of Russian boss Sergei Samsonenko, has opened the gates for all the fans before the EHF CL match between RK Vardar and Chekhovskie Medvedi 39:28 (24:12). It seems that Vardar’s players were inspired in the first half, not just because of the great support of 5.000 fans, but also fantastic intro into the match, which reminded on the atmosphere of “Lanxess Arena” in Cologne during the EHF CL F4 events… handball halljane sandanskisc jane sandanskiSkopje ← Previous Story INVINCIBLE: “Veszprem Arena” melts German “Lions”! Next Story → EHF CL: Barcelona and KIF Kolding notch second wins

PostBudget poll sees Labour slip to singlefigure support

first_imgA POLL CARRIED out by Red C on behalf of the Sunday Business Post has seen different fortunes for the two Government coalition parties.Support for Fine Gael has climbed two points, from 27 to 29 per cent of those surveyed, since the last such poll before the Budget 2014 announcement.Labour, on the other hand, see their popularity slip one point to put them in single figures, at 9.Fianna Fáil‘s popularity is unchanged since the last poll, at 23; as is Sinn Féin, who remain at 17. Support for independents and others drops one point to 22.Don’t knows came in at a sizeable 18 per cent, according to Red C’s CEO Richard Colwell’s figures.He also notes that 39 per cent of voters think Budget 2014 was fair. That percentage of satisfied citizens jumps to 66 per cent when they are Fine Gael voters – but in another blow to Labour, only 38 per cent of those who voted for them in the last election believe it was a fair Budget.Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie Politics on Facebook to keep up to date with all that’s happening in and outside of Leinster House.last_img read more

US troops flow into Iraq as ISIS continues advances

first_imgNEARLY HALF OF the roughly 300 U.S. military advisers and special operations forces expected to go to Iraq are now in Baghdad and have begun to assess Iraqi forces in the fight against Sunni militants, the Defence Department said as the US ramped up aid to the besieged country.At the Pentagon, Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters the troops in Baghdad included two teams of special forces and about 90 advisers, intelligence analysts, commandos and some other support personnel needed to set up a joint operations center in the Iraqi capital.Another four teams of special forces would arrive in the next few days, Kirby said.Those troops, added to the approximately 360 other US forces that are in and around the embassy in Baghdad to perform security, would bring the total U.S military presence in Iraq to about 560.Kirby also said the US was conducting up to 35 surveillance missions over Iraq daily to provide intelligence on the situation on the ground as Iraqi troops battle the aggressive and fast-moving insurgency.President Barack Obama last week announced he would send as many as 300 advisers into Iraq to assess and advise Iraqi security forces. Part of that plan involved setting up two joint operating centers — one in Baghdad and the other in northern Iraq, where a lot of the fighting has taken place.Read: US support for Iraq will be “intense, sustained”… but only if leaders work towards lasting peacelast_img read more

Stage is set for an enthralling night and the IrelandWales prematch talking

first_img Mar 24th 2017, 8:00 AM By Ben Blake Follow us: the42.ie Friday 24 Mar 2017, 8:00 AM 12,847 Views ‘James plays with emotion anyway’ – McClean set to start after paying respects to friend McBrideState of Play: Four down, six to go – Ireland in good shape in quest to reach Russia Short URL Stage is set for an enthralling night and the Ireland-Wales pre-match talking points Can the Boys in Green deal with the absentees? Will James McCarthy get the nod? Would Wales be happy with a draw…? 25 Comments The Welsh team that beat Belgium at Euro 2016. It’s expected to be very similar tonight. Source: Mike EgertonIn attack, Bale is given licence to roam behind either Sam Vokes or Hal Robson-Kanu. It has worked a treat over the past couple of years — most notably in the 3-1 win over Ireland’s conquerors Belgium in France last summer.4. An emotional night for McCleanIrish football is mourning the loss of Derry City captain Ryan McBride this week, and those present at the Aviva Stadium will be invited to pay tribute to the 27-year-old defender before kick-off and during the fifth minute.The tragedy will have been felt by all the players, but it has been particularly difficult for James McClean, who was a former team-mate McBride. The West Brom winger travelled to Derry earlier in the week to offer his condolences to the family, and he will wear the number five shirt in honour of his late friend.O’Neill explained yesterday that he isn’t worried about how it will affect McClean,as, the Ireland manager says, “James is an emotional player anyway”. While he may often divide opinion, McClean’s pride for the green jersey and commitment to the team is second-to-none.5. Would a draw be a bad result?“If you think our mindset — going into the game of football on Friday night at the Aviva — is a draw, then you are sadly mistaken. We’re here to win,” declared Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane on Tuesday.“People are saying that it’s a must-win game for Wales, that it’s a more important game for Wales than it is for the Republic of Ireland but it’s not,” stated Wales manager Chris Coleman during his pre-match briefing.Two very different messages from the opposing camps, but in reality, a share of the spoils wouldn’t be terrible for either side. Obviously Ireland are in a more favourable position in the table at present and one point would most likely leave them level with Serbia as long as the Serbians beat Georgia away this evening.A draw for Wales would mean they will probably be joint-third alongside Austria, who are expected to see off Moldova.That said, a home victory for the Boys in Green maintains their lead at the top of Group D while also giving the Welsh a mountain to climb to get back into the race for qualification.Austria come to Dublin in June for Ireland’s next competitive match, while Wales are away to Serbia.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share5 Tweet Email1 Shane Long and Ashley Williams fight for possession when the nations met in a 2013 friendly. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO https://the42.ie/3303995 Shane Long and Ashley Williams fight for possession when the nations met in a 2013 friendly. 1. Feels like a proper international fixtureIT’S FOUR LONG months since James McClean rattled the net — and the Austrian team — on that fateful night in Vienna.A courageous 1-0 victory at the Ernst-Happel Stadium put Ireland in the unfamiliar position of group leaders heading into 2017 and gives them a real fighting chance of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time in 16 years.With just four matches played from a total of ten, the campaign hasn’t yet reached the midway point, but the visit of Wales to a sold-out Aviva Stadium is undoubtedly a pivotal fixture.After their exploits at Euro 2016, Chris Coleman’s men are Group D’s highest-ranked nation (12th in the world) and they come to Dublin in need of a positive result having drawn their last three consecutive games.Qualification won’t be won or lost here tonight but this does have the feel of a genuinely massive occasion.2. Can Ireland cope with the injuries?You could nearly field an entire team of Ireland squad members who will miss this evening’s game through injury or suspension. Martin O’Neill suggested during the week that it’s the worst scenario he’s had to deal with since taking over the job three-and-a-half years ago.And while it’s difficult to argue that the team wouldn’t be stronger with the likes of Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolahan and Harry Arter in it, the Ireland boss has still got plenty of experience at his disposal. In fact, he could potentially name 10 of the 11 players who started in the 2-2 draw with Serbia back in September.I’ve already gone into the various options at length here, but one of the major decisions will centre around the fitness of midfielder James McCarthy. The Everton man trained on Wednesday and Thursday but he’s had little football in recent months due to hamstring issues. Against a formidable Welsh midfield, it could backfire spectacularly if he played at anywhere less than 100%.3. Foolish to focus too much on BaleAll week we’ve heard Irish players and management team alike being ask the same question: “How do you stop Gareth Bale?”Keeping one of the world’s outstanding players quiet is certainly a tall order as the Real Madrid star possesses all the qualities necessary to be the difference — as he has been so often in the past for club and country. That said, giving Bale too much attention will open up space for others to exploit.Coleman has his team well-drilled to play to their strengths. Although they lined out in a 4-4-2 last time out (in the draw with Serbia), his preferred formation is 3-5-2 with captain Ashley Williams, James Chester and Ben Davies at centre-back. Aaron Ramsey plays ahead of the two Joes — Allen and Ledley — in midfield, while Neil Taylor and Chris Gunter are just as influential in the wing-back roles. 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