Real Madrid’s La Liga winning streak ends in 1-1 draw with Villarreal

first_imgVillarreal scored first and held on for a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid to snap the Spanish football giants’ 16-match winning streak in La Liga.The result left Madrid tied with the 2010-11 FC Barcelona squad for most consecutive La Liga wins, reports Efe.Real Madrid dominated from the onset and throughout the second half of the match here on Wednesday, but its inability to capitalise on six corner kicks in 10 minutes in the first half and several other opportunities proved costly. (Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to make Real Madrid return against Villarreal)Star strikers Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo are also still trying to find their groove after recovering from hip and knee injuries, respectively, and were not in top form at Santiago Bernabeu stadium.Villarreal still needed some luck and got it when defender Raphael Varane’s botched step over left the ball at the feet of Manu Trigueros, whose shot from close range struck Sergio Ramos’ arm in the 45th minute. The referee awarded a penalty, which Bruno Soriano converted in style by chipping the ball into the middle of the goal as goalkeeper Kiko Casilla dived to the left.Real Madrid got the equaliser just four minutes into the second half through a header by Ramos. Madrid then went all-out for the win over the final 40 minutes, with Dani Carvajal creating pressure down the right side and James Rodriguez sending in threatening crosses from the left. (Lionel Messi goes off injured as Barcelona held by Atletico Madrid)advertisementBut to no avail as they had to settle for a draw that ended their La Liga winning streak at 16 games. They are however still at the top of the table with 13 points after five matches.”These are mistakes that can happen in football,” Zidane said afterward of Varane’s defensive blunder.”We didn’t draw because of the error we made defensively, but more because of the first half as a whole. We were less engaged at the start, because the second half was phenomenal.””You can’t always get the three points at the last minute. We weren’t strong enough in the first half. In the second, we had chances and I can’t blame my players for anything. I’m pleased with what we’re doing. We’re not going to talk anymore about the record,” he added.With the draw, Villarreal is now in the sixth place with nine points.last_img read more

You are paid to win, not to play: Cricket Australia bosses had told Steve Smith

first_imgBanned former Australian captain Steve Smith Wednesday said Cricket Australia executives James Sutherland and Pat Howard played a key role in spreading the toxic “win at all costs” culture in the team that led to the infamous ball-tampering scandal.Smith is serving a one-year ban for his role in the scandal that forced a review of Australia’s cricket culture.”I think back to Hobart when we lost there against South Africa (November 2016) and it was our fifth straight loss in Test cricket I think after three Tests in Sri Lanka. And I remember James Sutherland and Pat Howard coming into the rooms there and actually saying ‘We don’t pay you to play, we pay you to win’,” the 29-year-old Smith told ‘Fox Cricket’ host Adam Gilchrist in an interview.”So, for me, that was I think a little bit disappointing to say. We don’t go out there to try and lose games of cricket, we go out there to try and win and play the best way we can.”While Sutherland resigned from his position as CA chief executive after the incident, team performance head Howard was sacked last month after review by an independent committee.In fact, Howard was one of CA’s investigation team members that questioned Smith and other players in the aftermath of the scandal.”If you’re talking about cultures and stuff, you only have to look back a couple of months before South Africa and we won an Ashes series here in Australia 4-0 and people are saying the culture’s really good and everything’s good,” Smith said.advertisement”So, you know, things can change really quickly. Obviously events that happened in Cape Town make people say that the culture was really bad. People will have their own opinions on that. Personally, I don’t think it was a bad culture,” he added.Smith is likely to return to the Australian team for the ODI series against Pakistan in March next year after serving three more months of his year-long suspension.Even though Smith has been barred from holding any leadership role for one more year after his suspension, former captain Ricky Ponting backed the gifted batsman to return as skipper in future.Smith, however, is not looking that far ahead and is just focussed on making his return to the Australian team.”Look, it’s not something I’ve thought too much about at the moment,” Smith said about leading the team again.”For me, it’s just about getting back and I’d love to play under Tim (Paine) in the Ashes and under Finchy (Aaron Finch) in the World Cup and, you know, I’d do anything to try and help them and help the Australian team play some good cricket and play the right cricket and have some success as well.”That’s my ambition at the moment and I’m working forward towards that,” he added.Also Read | Ball-tampering scandal: Warner suggested me to carry out the action, says BancroftAlso Read | Steve Smith defied orders, spoke to media and got into troubleAlso Read | Australia ball-tampering scandal: How Steve Smith & Co. planned the couplast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 7A vs Realme C2: Which entry-level phone offers more value

first_imgSince 2017, Xiaomi has launched a number of Redmi A phones to help the company dominate the budget segment in India. Redmi A phones are typically the most affordable Xiaomi phones you can buy and the company has managed to sell millions of units of the Redmi 4A, Redmi 5A and Redmi 6A so far. Last week, the company added yet another phone to the series, called the Redmi 7A (Review).The Redmi 7A has been launched in India priced at Rs 5,999, but is available for Rs 5,799 for a limited period. That’s as entry-level as you can get for a smartphone. But Xiaomi has started seeing some stiff competition from one brand in particular – Realme. We have seen successful Realme phones that can go head-to-head against the best of Xiaomi. The Realme C2 (Review) is the company’s entry-level smartphone with a starting price of Rs 5,999, which means it will of course compete directly against the Redmi 7A.We take a look at what the two phones offer on paper to help you decide which one to go for.Redmi 7A vs Realme C2: Design and DisplaySince both the Redmi 7A and Realme C2 are entry-level budget smartphones, you can’t expect a premium design. However, these phones do look better than your typical plastic-shelled phones. They both offer plastic rear panels with matt finishing. The Realme C2 looks a little more appealing here with its unique diamond-cut pattern. The Realme C2 will definitely grab more eyeballs, although both the phones score high on durability and build.advertisementOverall, the Realme C2 looks more in tune with today’s trend as it also gets a dewdrop display. This means the Realme C2 sports a droplet-style notch, allowing for thinner bezels all around and more screen real estate. The Realme C2 offers a 6.1-inch HD+ display while the Redmi 7A gets a smaller 5.45-inch HD+ display with a more traditional 18:9 aspect ratio and thicker bezels. The Realme C2’s display benefits from being bigger, allowing consumers to comfortably watch videos or play games like PUBG. When it comes to the quality of the display, both the Redmi 7A and Realme C2 don’t offer anything exciting and are pretty much on par. While colours look good, these displays do not offer a lot of brightness and ultimately look dull if you’re standing outdoors under daylight.Redmi 7A vs Realme C2: Hardware and SoftwareWhen it comes to performance, you’re likely to face a similar experience whether you’re using the Redmi 7A or the Realme C2. The Redmi 7A is powered by a 2GHz Snapdragon 439 processor while the Realme C2 gets a 2GHz MediaTek Helio P22 chipset. Both the phones work well enough for basic day-to-day tasks like messaging and social media browsing but don’t expect them to be snappy. Notably, the Realme C2 is offered with up to 3GB of RAM, while the Redmi 7A only comes with 2GB of RAM. The Redmi 7A and Realme C2 ship with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. Both the phones get custom skins on top with the Redmi phone running MIUI 10 and the Realme device offering ColorOS 6. Oppo’s custom skin tends to offer more bloatware, while MIUI pushes ads, so that’s something you will need to keep in mind when deciding between the two phones. It is also worth noting that ColorOS 6 brings an app drawer while the Redmi 7A does misses out on that feature.Face unlock is the only biometric feature available on both the devices. They also come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port and single bottom-firing speakers.Redmi 7A vs Realme C2: Camera and BatteryXiaomi has highlighted the single 12MP rear camera of the Redmi 7A as it gets the same Sony IMX486 as the Mi A2. The sensor worked wonders on the Mi A2, offering some stellar picture quality for an affordable mid-range phone. That should ideally mean that the Redmi 7A should offer a similar quality, but that’s not entirely true. In our review of the Redmi 7A, we said that the phone “comes with the best camera we have ever seen in a Redmi A series phone.” However, the camera is only as good as one would expect from a budget phone rather than a contender against sub Rs 15,000 phones. The Realme C2 gets a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup, which is a pretty standard camera setup to find in this segment today. Like the Redmi 7A, you will manage to get some decent daylight shots, but the camera won’t help much in low light. The Realme C2 does not get a Nightscape mode, but it does get Chroma Boost which bumps up the saturation to make colours look vibrant and deeper than normal.advertisementAs for the battery, both the Redmi 7A and Realme C2 house a 4,000mAh battery, which means these phones will easily take you over a full day on a single charge.The Redmi 7A is a major upgrade over the Redmi 6A and will definitely appeal to loyal Xiaomi fans out there. When compared to the Realme C2, there are some areas where the Realme phone offers a little more value. The Realme C2 offers a trendier design with its dewdrop display and diamond-cut back, and it also gets a dual camera setup. In every other way, the Redmi 7A and Realme C2 are more or less on par with each other.It is also worth noting that the Redmi 7A is being offered with a 2-year warranty, which is something other brands don’t offer.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi 7A review: A good upgrade over Redmi 6AALSO READ | Realme C2 review: Great battery life, but display could have been betterlast_img read more

Saracens step up a gear to cruise past Gloucester as Alex Goode excels

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Saracens sauntered to the play-offs after yet another second-half siege laid Gloucester to waste. They have now not conceded a second-half point in four matches – it was 40 unanswered here – and are hell-bent on returning to Twickenham later this month. Wasps will be the visitors in the semi-finals but after another nine-try showing, Mark McCall’s side are coming to the boil perfectly.Their day in the sun was tempered by concerning injuries to Liam Williams (shoulder) and Schalk Burger (hamstring) but they demonstrated an ability to race through the gears in the second half. “The lesson we got at Leinster [in the Champions Cup] was that against really top teams in semi- and quarter-finals there are no second chances,” said the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall.Gloucester’s bright points were restricted to an excellent opening 40 minutes from their New Zealand-born, England-qualified full-back, Jason Woodward, in front of the watching Paul Gustard, and a blistering start to first-team rugby from Tom Seabrook.Gustard will surely have noted Alex Goode’s excellence, too. Both he and Woodward are the form full-backs in the Premiership this season yet neither have registered recently on England’s radar. While those wearing the No15 jerseys shone, it was the wingers making their mark on the scoreboard and that all four scored tries within the opening 17 minutes revealed everything about the laissez-faire attitude of both sides. It was hardly surprising as Saracens were already guaranteed to finish second and, while Gloucester had the chance to cement a top-six spot, 11 changes were evidence that Friday’s Challenge Cup final is the priority. Nonetheless they were first on the scoreboard through their 19-year-old Seabrook, who dotted down less than a minute into his first-team debut after a fine break from Woodward. Share on Pinterest Saracens Since you’re here… Read more match reports Saracens responded after a bit of magic from Schalk Brits led to Sean Maitland over in the left corner but Gloucester were ahead again with Woodward once more the architect, breaking free of two tackles down the left before feeding David Halaifonua inside. Two minutes later Williams stepped inside and plunged through a pile of bodies for 12-12. An Owen Farrell penalty gave Saracens a three-point lead and, when the England playmaker cruised under the posts on the stroke of half-time,, after Alex Lozowski’s break, Gloucester’s goose seemed cooked.Juan Figallo barrelled over within seconds of the restart before Maro Itoje and Chris Wyles went over in quick succession towards the right. This led to a raft of substitutions – Saracens were caused such disruption that Ben Spencer and Ben Earl ended up on the wings and Goode at fly-half – but a penalty try ended the mini-drought in points before Ben Spencer’s late double.Gloucester finish the season in seventh but already assured of a place in next season’s Champions Cup and they can end a promising campaign with silverware in Friday’s showdown with Cardiff Blues in Bilbao. “We must come in with a positive frame of mind on Monday,” said the Gloucester head coach, Johan Ackermann. “It’s a massive challenge but it’s a must that we perform for 80 minutes.”Premiership roundup: Banahan treble helps Bath run riotMatt Banahan scored three of Bath’s nine tries on his farewell appearance as the home side sneaked into next season’s European Champions Cup after a 63-19 win over London Irish at the Rec. Since Sale and Gloucester lost without a losing bonus point, Bath leapfrogged both to clinch sixth place in the table having been all but written off only a couple of weeks ago.It took them three minutes to open the scoring through Taulupe Faletau, who signed a new contract last week. Banahan combined on the right with Cooper Vuna, who found the Wales No 8 with an inside pass.No one would have begrudged the visitors a try and it came just short of the hour as their flanker Josh McNally stretched over the line. Greig Tonks hit the post with his conversion attempt to leave the score at 49-5 before Bath ran up the score.Northampton finished a difficult season with a rousing bonus point victory over Worcester at Franklin’s Gardens. Tries from No 8 Mitch Eadie, centre Nafi Tuitavake, full-back Ben Foden and wing Tom Collins ensured a 32-24 victory that means Saints end the campaign ninth.Their fly-half, James Grayson, kicked three conversions and a penalty and Stephen Myler added another penalty. The Worcester centres Will Butler (2) and Ben Te’o grabbed their side’s tries, with fly-half Dorian Jones converting all three and adding a second-half penalty. Share on Twitter Share via Email Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Topicscenter_img Rugby union Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Gloucester The Observer Share on Messenger Premiership Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Coxheath Road Coxheath Road will have occasional daytime lane closures untilWednesday, Dec. 15, while the Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced.New interchange ramps will also be constructed. Work willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control persons will be in place. A detour is availablevia Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125 The shoulder lanes on the four-lane section of Highway 125 nearSydney River will be closed 24-hours a day until Wednesday, Dec.15, while the highway and the Sydney River Bridge are widened andthe Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced. Work in the area willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control will consist of traffic drums and concretebarriers. A detour is available via Route 305. Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Furlong Bridge The Furlong Bridge on Trunk 2 near Southampton will be closeduntil Tuesday, Nov. 30, while the bridge is replaced. Traffic will be rerouted to a temporary two-lane panel bridgeparallel to the existing bridge. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 5 (HammondsPlains Road) The existing bridge at Exit 5 (Hammonds Plains Road) has beenremoved and work has begun on its replacement. Motorists crossingHighway 103 on Hammonds Plains Road (Route 213) are asked todetour, with caution, over a temporary structure. Efforts will bemade to minimize delays at peak travelling times. Work will continue until the end of January 2005. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Work will continue on two sections of Highway 102 untilWednesday, Nov. 24 while road crews complete bridge repairs. Section one is about eight kilometres south on Highway 102 fromExit 2 (Kearney Lake) to Ralston Avenue, off Bayers Road. Section two is about three kilometres north on Highway 102 fromRalston Avenue to Exit 1A (Highway 103). Motorists may experience minimal delays. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 There will be one-lane closures on Highway 104, on the West RiverBridge in Antigonish, near the intersection of Church Street andthe highway, until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Road crews will be carryingout replacement work and repaving. Traffic control persons will be in place and motorists are askedto use caution. HALIFAX COUNTY: Route 333 Road crews will be carrying out shouldering work on Route 333,from Brookside Road south to Burkes Road, until Friday, Nov. 26.Motorists will experience only minor delays. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, signsand cones. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge The Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309, located 3.4 kilometres southof Highway 103, will have a 12-tonne weight restriction until thebridge is replaced. Heavy vehicles are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge onHighway 103. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, between exits 4 and 5,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Larger blasts are planned for 10 a.m on Tuesday, Nov. 23 and 10a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Delays of up to half an hour at thesetimes could occur for both eastbound and westbound motorists.Motorists on Trunk 3, near Exit 4, may also experience delays.Traffic controllers will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 4 (Hubley) The existing bridge at Exit 4 (Hubley) has been removed and workhas begun on its replacement. Motorists crossing Highway 103 onTrunk 3 are asked to detour, with caution, over a temporarystructure. Efforts will be made to minimize delays at peaktravelling times. Work will continue until the end of January 2005. KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsigns. DIGBY COUNTY: Gates Bridge The Gates Bridge, located near the intersection of Sissiboo Roadand Gates Lane, will have a 10-tonne weight restriction untilbridge repairs are completed in 2005. Heavy vehicles are advised to use Trunk 1 and cross the SissibooRiver at Weymouth. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detouris available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. -30- Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860last_img read more

Crime Stoppers using Cree language to help solve historical missing persons cases

first_imgPriscilla WolfAPTN NewsIt’s a project that has been three years in the making but on Monday, Crime Stoppers sent out a video letter in the Cree “th” dialect through social media to help reach more people who can help solve cases now labelled as historical missing persons cases.The video in Woodlands Cree is part of the Historical Missing Persons Project launched by Crime Stoppers.Constable Ryan Ehalt is with the Saskatoon Police Service and is the coordinator for Saskatoon Crime Stoppers.“We came up with the idea to write social media letters called to those who took the missing,” he said. “There’s going to be a series of letters going out we already released our initial one.”Donna Merasty is a translator – and wrote out the letter in Cree.“With reconciliation it is important that we communicate in a way where people feel more comfortable especially in their own language,” she said.“If they want to speak to somebody in Cree they can phone the police and ask for a Cree translator.”The overall message is powerful and asks Cree speakers if they can help by coming forward with any information that will help solve these historical missing persons cases.“We are hoping we can find a Dene speaking individual who would like to volunteer their time to help with the translation of this letter as will and other languages,” said Ehalt.“We know out of those 131 historical missing persons half of them are Indigenous. We know not all of them have been taken.”pwolf@aptn.calast_img read more

SaskPower says likely no more carbon capture and storage projects due to

first_imgREGINA – SaskPower says it won’t likely support more carbon capture and storage projects due to costs.President and CEO Mike Marsh says the technology is still worthwhile, but the current economic climate doesn’t warrant moving forward with such projects because the low cost of natural gas makes that a more viable option.SaskPower’s Boundary Dam power plant in Estevan takes emissions from coal generation and stores them.When the $1.5-billion facility opened with much fanfare in October 2014, the goal was to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one million tonnes annually; in 2016, SaskPower said the plant was on track to capture 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.SaskPower had to pay $7.3 million in penalties to Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) in 2015 because the plant wasn’t operating enough to deliver all the captured carbon dioxide promised to Cenovus.The Crown corporation must decide next year what options are best to retrofit its last two coal generated units at the plant.Boundary Dam was forced offline several times in 2015. SaskPower’s annual report that year said the power plant faced technical and mechanical issues which “prevented the plant from achieving an acceptable level of reliability and performance.”Premier Brad Wall touted Saskatchewan’s carbon capture and storage technology at an international climate change conference in 2015.(CJME, The Canadian Press)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said spokesman Jonathan Tremblay.last_img read more

The Video that Got Rif Protests Activist Nasser Zafzafi Arrested

Rabat – Last Friday Nasser Zafzafi, the leading activist of Rif protest movement who was arrested on Monday, stormed a mosque and interrupted the Imam giving the sermon in Mosque Mohammed V in Al Hoceima.The Moroccan Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs deemed the intervention a “serious” incident. An arrest order was issued against Zafzafi the same day for “obstructing the right to worship.”The reason given for the disruption of the Friday prayer, an action that many see as “grave and showing no respect to the sanctity of the mosque,” was Zafzafi and his followers’ discontent with the Imam’s warnings against fitna (sedition). Zafzafi and his followers refused the use of this term and described it as intending to discredit the demonstrations that have been going on for seven months to get the government to meet the protesters’ demands. Angry at the content of the Imam’s sermon, he assumed the role of an Imam, giving a politically inspired religious speech inside the mosque.“The Imam is endorsing corruption. They want the Rif to kneel down, they want the Gulf puppets to come and rape our women, rape our children.  I am asking you, do the mosques belong to Allah or to the makhzen (traditional of Moroccan authorities)”, he shouted while his supporters were chanting “Allahu Akbar”.The imam was also the target of his rage, accusing him of cowardice and lying.“If he, who pretends to be an Imam, was brave enough, he would have said the truth”, said Zafzafi.His lashing against the imam prompted a man, probably one of the people in charge of the mosque, to respond by questioning the activist’s qualification to talk about religious matters.“I know better than you, I know better than you… leave him, I will tell you what Omar, may Allah be pleased with him, said. He said, if you see me going astray, straighten me!”, he answered back. “This was the Commander of the Faithful, may Allah be pleased with him, so why can’t we stop this Imam… How do I know? This is what was reported in the books of Sunnah.”Emboldened by the cheers of supporters, he went on with his improvised speech, mixing religion and politics.“Brothers, I swear by Allah, if it wasn’t for our demand for the dignity of the region, and our care for the honor of our women, we wouldn’t be here today to unmask these people.”Zafzafi kept on talking with the same angry tone, pushing aside warnings against sedition, which he saw as a scarecrow to dissuade people from protesting.“Brothers, they keep talking about sedition. What does sedition mean when most of the youngsters cannot provide for themselves? When most of the youngsters were pushed to emmigrate? Now they throw around the word sedition.”The speech turned ultra-religious when he said “Is there any sedition worse than nakedness shown on TV? Is there any sedition worse than Mawazine (music festival) when naked bodies are shown on the national television of a state that calls itself Muslim? We will never tolerate this; we will never kneel to anyone but Allah …”.The leading protest activist went on with his own “sermon” while the faithful who gathered around him, including teenagers, swelled with the religiously rebellious speech, loudly shouting “Allah Akbar”.“Allah has blessed this popular movement and made it great and holy because we are requesting the basic rights necessary for a decent life. And now an impostor has come… as the Prophet, peace be upon him, said “My greatest fear for my Umma (Muslim nation) is misleading Imams. Here there are those imams”, he said.“Brothers, Satan used to fear Omar Ibn Al Khattab, the Commander of the Faithful. He used to say, “if you see me going astray, straighten me.” Now, we are taking our cue from him because we saw this Imam going astray.”Things turned personal when he started talking about himself. “For Allah’s sake, I do not fear the blame of anyone. I only want Allah to be happy with me. You can arrest me, kill me, slaughter me, I have no fear.”He then ended his speech with going back to lashing out at the imam and accusing him of collusion with the authorities against the protesters and their families. He accused the Imam of issuing a fatwa (nonbinding legal opinion by religious expert or institution) against them, when in fact the Imam was delivering a sermon, not a fatwa.“Do you know what this person did (the Imam)?  First of all, according to Sharia, a Fatwa has its own requirements, but he was issuing a Fatwa. He agreed with the makhzen to rape our women, besiege our youngsters, and arrest them in the name of religion when religion has nothing to do with them. Religion fights corruption and tyranny, and we are following the lead of our ancestors. May Allah preserve and protect you.” read more

Afghanistan Brahimi lauds Loya Jirga process Turkey takes control of security force

Speaking at a ceremony in Kabul, which was also attended by Afghan President-elect Hamid Karzai, Lakhdar Brahimi noted several achievements made by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).Mr. Brahimi, who is UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, also pledged to give Gen. Hilmi Akin Zorlu, the new Turkish commander of ISAF, the same cooperation that he had extended to British Gen. John McColl.The UN envoy called yesterday’s conclusion of the Emergency Loya Jirga, or grand council, a “crucial milestone” in the Afghanistan peace process. “The very fact that the Loya Jirga took place at all, within the very short deadline set by Bonn, and that it concluded peacefully, is quite remarkable,” Mr. Brahimi said, referring to the German city where an agreement on Afghanistan’s political transition was brokered by the UN.He noted that for the first time in 23 years, the Afghan people cast a vote for their leader and that the “enormous confidence” shown in Mr. Karzai will enable him to tackle the major challenges that lie ahead, including reconstruction, strengthening the central government, building a national army and police force, disarmament, advancement of women and protection of human rights.The meeting of the grand council was also significant in that despite efforts to threaten and intimidate delegates, most found the courage to raise controversial issues and make daring proposals, Mr. Brahimi said.“Despite its flaws, this Loya Jirga represents one step forward in a peace process that is bound to take years,” the Special Representative said.With the conclusion of the Loya Jirga, the UN has started to airlift delegates home, a UN spokesman said. The UN flew 1,100 delegates in 54 sorties to Kabul in the two days before the convening of the tribal council, and more people are expected on UN flights home in the next couple of days.Yesterday at a special session of the Loya Jirga, 40 women delegates agreed to create a Network of Afghan Women, which will become operational upon their return to their regions. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) will organize a training workshop in September for the women. read more

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac posts 42B profit in 2Q paying 39B dividend

FILE – This July 13, 2008, file photo shows the Freddie Mac corporate office in McLean, Va. Freddie Mac reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Aug 4, 2015 6:34 am MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported net income of $4.2 billion for the second quarter, up sharply from the same period of 2014, as it increased its purchases of home loans and sold off greater volumes of riskier mortgages.The April-through-June results posted Tuesday marked the government-controlled company’s 15th straight profitable quarter. Freddie also benefited from rising interest rates.The McLean, Virginia, company will pay a dividend of $3.9 billion to the U.S. Treasury next month. Freddie will have paid $96.5 billion in dividends, exceeding its government bailout of $71 billion.The government rescued Freddie and larger sibling Fannie Mae at the height of the financial crisis in September 2008, after they suffered huge losses from risky mortgages in the housing market bust.Together the companies received taxpayer aid totalling about $187 billion. The housing market’s gradual recovery has made Freddie and Fannie profitable again.Freddie noted that its dividend payments go to the Treasury but do not reduce the principal of its bailout loan from the government.Freddie’s second-quarter profit marked a strong increase from the $1.4 billion it earned in the same period of 2014. Rising interest rates during the period enabled the company to post gains on the investments it uses to hedge against swings in rates, reversing some of the losses from previous quarters.The record-low interest rates of recent years, with the Federal Reserve holding its key short-term rate near zero since 2008, could soon be ending their reign. Expectations have grown that sometime this year, the Fed will raise rates, and the only question seems to be when.A statement the central bank issued last week after ending its latest policy meeting gave no timetable. The Fed signalled that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before raising rates. Many analysts foresee the first hike next month, though Fed Chair Janet Yellen has stressed that any increase will be driven by the latest economic data.The Labor Department’s critical report on July employment lands Friday. Economists believe the U.S. added 225,000 jobs last month.Freddie and Fannie own or guarantee about half of all U.S. mortgages, worth about $5 trillion. Along with other federal agencies, they back roughly 90 per cent of new home loans.The two companies don’t directly make loans to borrowers. They buy mortgages from lenders, package them as bonds, guarantee them against default and sell them to investors. That helps make loans available.Freddie said its portfolio of less-risky home loans made after 2008 continued to grow during the April-through-June period.The housing market’s revival over the last three years has been fitful, and it has lagged behind the rest of the economy. Despite the low borrowing rates that could lure prospective homebuyers, the market has remained hampered by tight mortgage credit, rising home prices and stagnating incomes.A plan to phase out Fannie and Freddie and instead use mainly private insurers to backstop home loans advanced in the Senate last year and was endorsed by the White House. The plan would create a new government insurance fund. Investors would pay fees in exchange for insurance on mortgage securities they buy, and the government would become a last-resort loan guarantor.No work on the proposal has been done this year in the current Congress, in which Republicans control both the House and Senate as a result of the elections last November.__This story has been corrected to clarify that Freddie Mac’s dividend payments go to the U.S. Treasury but don’t reduce the principal of its bailout loan. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac posts $4.2B profit in 2Q; paying $3.9B dividend to government read more

Corrie McKeague Police confident missing RAF gunner will be found in landfill

first_imgA search team investigating the disappearance of RAF gunner Corrie McKeague have trawled through 60 tonnes of waste at a landfill site as his mother warned it would be “just a matter of time” until his remains are found.Police have warned that it could take up to 10 weeks for the team of eight search officers to sift through vast swathes of rubbish at the site in Milton, near Cambridge.However, a spokesman for Suffolk police say the force is “confident” he will be found.It comes as refuse vehicle, seized shortly after Mr McKeague disappeared from Bury St Edmunds after a night out with friends, was found to be carrying a heavier load than originally thought.The lorry, which had been due to collect a 11kg load, has since been found to have contained a haul weighing more than 100kg. Nicola Urquhart, mother of missing 23-year-old Corrie McKeague “Regardless of how he’s ended up in there, I cannot get my head around how he’s ended up in landfill.”I don’t understand how the process has allowed him to get to landfill. It was the one thing that was giving me hope that he was still alive.” Corrie McKeague, 23, went missing in September last year Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We’ve been working tirelessly on this investigation to try and find Corrie – that’s been our priority the whole way through.”To have that information really reinforced the decision that we’d already made that we needed to come and search this landfill site.””The search of the landfill is a huge undertaking, and still may not provide the answer as to what happened, but now, with new information uncovered by the officers working on the case, this is the priority.”The six-month investigation has cost more than £300,000 to date and the search of the landfill site could cost more than £500,000 if it runs to 10 weeks. Corrie McKeague, 23, went missing in September last yearcenter_img Ms Elliott said it was a “dreadful” time for the family of Mr McKeague and her thoughts are with them.Following his disappearance on September 24 last year, the last known CCTV sighting of Mr McKeague showed him walking from a shop doorway into a horseshoe-shaped area in  Brentgovel Street, from which he failed to reappear.After he was reported missing, signals showed his mobile phone had been in nearby Barton Mills, and matched the route of a bin lorry. Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said she does not believe there was a “deliberate attempt to mislead” the investigation, and that the focus had to be on finding Mr McKeague.”I have a strong belief that we will find him here,” she added. “”It’s frustrating for me, I think it must be terribly frustrating for Corrie’s family.” The landfill search follows the discovery of CCTV footage this week, showing that a bin lorry was stationed near Brentgovel Street in the town around the same time that Mr McKeague was last seen.The movements of the vehicle also appear to match the location signals traced on his phone.The area of the landfill site where the load was deposited is now being searched, with a digger mechanically excavating mounds of waste and officers in white protective suits raking through it on the ground.A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice over the discrepancy in the lorry’s load weight, but has since been told he faces no further action. Officers are now considering whether the lorry, which was spotted on CCTV making a collection near where Mr McKeague was last seen, could have carried Mr McKeague to a landfill site.Commenting on the developments, the mother of the 23-year-old, Nicole Urquhart, said the search could “only mean one thing”.“We know we are going to find Corrie in the landfill. There’s just no way realistically that Corrie was not in the bin,” she added. Nicola Urquhart, mother of missing 23-year-old Corrie McKeaguelast_img read more

Ivry sign Vasja Furlan

ivry handballVasja Furlan French Ivry Handball are on the way to avoid relegation in LNH this season. Legendary team is currently a place above the relegation line, but six points more than the first rival – Tremblay. Some changes will happen next summer, when Slovenian playmaker Vasja Furlan will reinforce the team.Furlan is coming from Slovakian Tatran Prešov. The 30-years old ex RK Celje PL and RK Maribor signed two years deal. He will replace Argentinian star Sebastian Simonet, who is leaving Ivry. ← Previous Story Russia and Belarus want Men’s EHF EURO 2022 Next Story → BATTLE FOR RIO: Amazing Dutch and Romanian girls read more

Eirgrid receives thousands of submissions on pylon project

first_imgRead: Underground pylons will add 3% to electricity bills over the next 50 years, says Rabbitte> THOUSANDS OF SUBMISSIONS have been received by Eirgrid following the closing of the submission deadline on pylons yesterday.The public consultation process on the Gridlink project, which will see hundreds of electricity pylons built between Munster and Leinster, expired yesterday.A spokesperson for the agency could not give the exact number of submissions made, but said they had received a very large number of submissions, “running into the thousands”.Eirgrid said the feedback received during all three consultations to date, along with ongoing technical and environmental studies will be used to identify a least constrained corridor and substation sites.“The least constrained corridor will be the best option from a technical, environmental, community and economic perspective within which an overhead line can be routed. In further stages of the project EirGrid will continue to consult with, and provide information to, members of the public and other stakeholders,” said the spokesperson.It is envisaged that the least constrained corridor will be identified in mid 2014.EirGrid does not envisage applying for planning permission until early 2016.AnalysisHe said the next step now is Eirgrid will “commence a very meaningful analysis of the submissions”.Ahead of yesterday’s deadline, the Minister for Communications stated that if people wanted to underground cables rather than overhead pylons, then they must be prepared to pay higher for the electricity, stating that such a move would add up to 3 per cent on consumer’s bills over the next 50 years.Taoiseach Enda Kenny also weighed in on the matter, stating “It’s ironic in many ways that some people say to me: ‘Well, my children have to go away, they have to emigrate’. And in many cases they emigrate to countries where these things are a matter of course as providing infrastructure for development.”His comments came under much criticism by some of Kenny’s own backbenchers yesterday.Minister Rabbitte is expected to meet with the board and senior management of Eirgrid later this week to discuss the submissions made.Read: ‘Gaffe in the Gulf’: Backbenchers criticise Taoiseach over linking pylons and emigration> last_img read more

ISS water droplet experiment takes the classroom to microgravity

first_imgInternational Space Station (ISS) scientist Dr. Don Pettit has created a series of videos like the one above to illustrate the different properties of objects in space, giving Earth-bound teachers a tool to show students things that they couldn’t on the ground. Pettit focuses on how droplets of water react to different static charges in outer space, with the result being very entertaining.Pictured above, Pettit uses two knitting needles as well as a syringe filled with water to conduct the experiment. Each needle is purposely made of a different substance: nylon for the needle that the water “orbits” around and Teflon for the knitting tool near the syringe. The reason Pettis chose these two materials is because of their static electricity properties. When rubbed with a piece of paper, nylon produces a small positively charged energy field, the size being that way because of the poor conductivity of nylon. Teflon on the other hand produces a strong negative static charge, so that when the water is squirted out of the syringe in close proximity to the Teflon, it picks up the negatively charged ions as it passes by.This results in the water being attracted to the nylon needle in the orbital fashion illustrated in the video. The speed of the water droplet depends on the volume and its proximity to the positive charge of the nylon needle. Larger droplets tend to stick quickly, while smaller ones will orbit the needle longer and faster, sometimes even making figure-eights around it.If this is the kind of fun that the scientists aboard the ISS get to have all the time, show the place where I can sign up. I wonder if beer would react the same way as the water does?via Physics Centrallast_img read more

Les poules pondeuses ne connaitraient pas lamitié

first_imgLes poules pondeuses ne connaitraient pas l’amitiéUne équipe de chercheurs britanniques a récemment démontré qu’il n’existait aucun lien d’amitié ou de simple affection entre les poules pondeuses d’un même poulailler. Une analyse étonnante au vu du comportement bienveillant dont font preuve certains animaux parfois. Si vous imaginiez que les poules se rendaient au poulailler le matin, heureuses de retrouver les collègues, discutant ou se regroupant avant la ponte afin d’échanger quelques potins, sachez qu’il n’en est rien. C’est le constat qui résulte d’une étude menée par des chercheurs britanniques du Royal Veterinary College en Angleterre et publiée dans le magazine Applied Animal Behaviour Science. Depuis quelques temps les conditions de vie des poules pondeuses sont largement remises en question. Spécimens en surnombre dans les usines, ponte intensive, conditions d’hygiène douteuses ont ainsi poussé ces chercheurs à s’intéresser au facteur “bonheur” qui pourrait entrer en ligne de compte dans la productivité de l’animal afin d’améliorer celle-ci. “Chez certaines espèces les liens affectifs entre individus entraînent une augmentation du bien-être tandis qu’au contraire, la rupture de ces liens est une source de stress”, développe l’équipe citée par Science et avenir.Pour mener leurs travaux, les scientifiques ont adopté une méthode simple : ils ont constitué huit groupes de quinze poules pondeuses chacun. Ils ont ensuite observé jour et nuit le moindre déplacement ou regroupement ainsi que la durée de ceux-ci. Le type d’interaction était ensuite étudié durant huit semaines. Mais le constat est rude. Aucune trace d’un quelconque lien d’amitié À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous n’avons trouvé aucune preuve qui suggère que les poules pondeuses, élevées dans des conditions commerciales forgent entre elles un quelconque lien d’amitié” explique un des chercheurs. Étrange comportement lorsqu’on sait que l’ancêtre de toutes les poules domestiquées aujourd’hui n’est autre que le coq Bankiva ou coq Sauvage d’Asie, qui a fait preuve d’interêt pour son groupe en protégeant notamment ses poules ainsi que sa progéniture selon une étude datant de 1991. De même chez certains mammifères qui se lèchent afin de montrer leur affection. On a également connaissance de liens affectifs forts chez les primates, une composante sociale déterminante faite d’amitié et d’une logique hiérarchique. Aussi, les scientifiques n’ont pas encore de véritable explication quant à ce changement de comportement chez le gallinacé, s’orientant seulement sur la question de la domestication.Mais les recherches sur l’augmentation de la productivité des poules pondeuses devraient se poursuivre. A ce jour, quelque 80% des poules élevées le seraient dans des lieux regroupant plus de 5.000 oiseaux, certains établissements regroupant même jusqu’à 30.000 individus. On le répète souvent aujourd’hui, un employé heureux serait plus productif. Reste à savoir maintenant ce qui pourrait rendre les poules heureuses… Le 30 mai 2013 à 19:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ambulances blessed in prayer and with more EMS staff

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Aug 2015 – The Ambulances are here; after years of waiting despite having the funds to purchase the vehicles. Five new Ambulances were commissioned and blessed by Bishop C. Alexander Williams in a brief ceremony yesterday. Add to this, nine new medics were added to the team, taking the EMS team to 19; ten of whom are based in Provo. Champion Motors, on Thursday, delivered the five ambulances to the country, Provo got two more of the emergency vehicles, while South Caicos, North and Middle Caicos and Grand Turk received one ambulance each. Related Items:ambulanced, Bishop C. Alexander Williams, blessed, premier rufus ewing Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Smalling is proud of Uniteds FA Cup history

first_imgManchester United is the second most successful team in the FA Cup, having won the tournament 12 times, just one less than Arsenal.In FA Cup history, Manchester United are the second-most-successful team of the tournament.They have lifted the trophy in 12 occasions, one less than Arsenal who have 13.And for Red Devils footballer Chris Smalling, this is something to be proud of.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We won it [the FA Cup] back in 2016 and reached the final last year – and of course we won the Europa League and the Carabao Cup as well, so that’s at least one cup final in each of the last three seasons,” said Smalling to the club’s official website.“I think, in general, we stand ourselves in very good positions when we go up against teams over 90 minutes in cup ties.”“I think that experience we’ve had over the last few years in all of the cup competitions is very useful and tees us up nicely for another crack at the FA Cup this year,” he commented.“I think it just brings pure excitement for you. No matter what happened the previous year – whether you won the cup or whether it brought you disappointment – it’s like a fresh start all over again and you’ve no idea who you’re going to get in the draw. That’s what makes it so exciting.”last_img read more

Former VPD Chief cast aside in Portland

first_imgFormer Vancouver Police Chief Brian Martinek, an assistant chief with the Portland Police Bureau, will leave his post, the bureau announced Friday in a press release. He becomes the latest domino to fall in a series of moves following the ousting of Police Chief Rosie Sizer.Martinek left the Vancouver Police Department in 2006. He resigned over a stipulation that required him to live inside Vancouver’s city limits.Martinek had worked as Sizer’s assistant chief of operations. In addition to Martinek, new Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced the departure of the current assistant chief for investigation and the director of the police professional standards division.“I extend my sincere appreciation to Assistant Chief Martinek, Assistant Chief (John) Eckhart and Director (Leslie) Stevens for their commitment and service to the Portland Police Bureau,” Reese said in the press release.Sizer was dismissed Wednesday following a break with Portland Mayor Sam Adams over the city’s budget and police bureau staffing. Martinek was hired by Sizer in 2006, shortly after he finished his four-year tenure in Vancouver. He will remain with the police bureau until July 1, helping the department transition under Reese, according to the release.Attempts to reach Martinek through the police bureau were unsuccessful. Anonymous reports surfaced Thursday that Martinek’s release would be among the first moves made by Reese.Earlier Friday, the new chief said changes to the bureau’s command staff were on the way as he worked to trim the budget without cutting officers.last_img read more

Indian oil companies to buy 24 stake in Russias Vankor oilfield for

first_imgAn Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)-led consortium of state-run oil companies from India will acquire 23.9 percent stake in Russia’s Vankor oilfield for $2.1 billion, reported the Press Trust of India. Vankor is the country’s largest oilfield, discovered and brought into production in the last 25 years by Russia’s national oil company Rosneft.IOC, Oil India Ltd (OIL) and Bharat PetroResources (a subsidiary of Bharat Petroleum Corp) will pick up nearly 8 percent stake each in the east Siberian field, which at present produces 422,000 barrels of oil per day and contributes 4 percent to Russia’s production, said PTI. It added the field was the federation’s second largest in terms of oil production.In a statement, IOC said the consortium “signed the definitive agreement to acquire up to 23.9 percent shares from Rosneft Oil Company in JSC Vankorneft, a company organised under the law of the Russian Federation, which is the owner of Vankor and North Vankor Field licences.”Rosneft currently owns 85 percent majority stake in the field, with the rest held by another Indian oil giant, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)’s foreign arm ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL). The consortium said the deal is expected to be finalised by September 2016, after government and regulatory approvals. It will also push India’s stake in the field to 38.9 percent in all.In September 2015, OVL invested $1.25 billion to fork out a 15 percent stake in the same oilfield. As of early January 2016, Vankor field’s recoverable resources stood at 361 million tonnes of oil (and condensate) and 138 billion cubic meters of gas. “With the closure of the Vankor deal, IOC’s equity oil portfolio will go up by 1.6 million tonnes per annum,” said the statement.It added that the acquisition will be strategic to India both in terms of its energy security as well as its growing geo-political and economic power. India and Russia have sought to increase their bilateral trade to $30 billion by 2025. It stood at $9.51 billion in 2014, according to the Indian Embassy website.Rosneft has indicated to sell another 11 percent stake in Vankor to OVL; however the details are still to emerge.last_img read more