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Gurgaon police’s sloppy probe lands whistleblower in jail

first_imgSloppy investigation by Gurgaon police resulted in two-day jail for three people, including a whistle-blower. However, a new CCTV footage certified by the court shows the three as victims and not accused.City-based whistle-blower Om Prakash Kataria, his personal body guard Jagmindar Singh and friend Hariram Saini appeared before the Gurugram civil court on October 6 in a hearing pertaining to fake voter identity cards being issued, in which former Haryana sports and youth affairs minister Sukhbir Kataria is an accused.LAWYERS ASSAULT WHISTLEBLOWER  Kataria alleged he was slapped by three lawyers-Bal Krishna Bhardwaj, Mohit Kataria and Meenakshi Kataria-inside the court. He said when Singh intervened to save him, the lawyers paraded him in the premises before slapping him in full public view.”I was first assaulted by Meenakshi Kataria in the corridor between court number 2 and 3. I somehow escaped and entered court number 2 seeking police protection. The honourable judge asked me to dial 100 and register a complaint,” Kataria said.Also Read: Gurugram: State government sanctions 500 new buses to boost transportation systemPOLICE REFUSE TO REGISTER COMPLAINTS”When police came, they took our mobile phones, switched them off and refused to register our complaints. On the contrary, they registered a case against us for manhandling the lawyers,” Kataria further said.”There were at least three CCTV cameras inside the court premises which caught the A CCTV grab in the court area. lawyers assaulting us,” he added.Also Read:  Gurgaon Hospital faces power cut, mother delivers baby in phone flashlightlast_img read more

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Two spinners must for India in remaining ICC Champions Trophy matches: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India skipper Sourav Ganguly has urged India to continue playing two spinners in the remaining matches of the ICC Champions Trophy. India take on Bangladesh in the second semi-final in Birmingham on Thursday.India brought back Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI in place of pacer Umesh Yadav against South Africa. Ganguly said he was surprised by the move of dropping Umesh.WATCH VIDEO”India bowled superbly against Pakistan and South Africa. I was surprised when they left out Umesh Yadav against South Africa. Ravichandran Ashwin should have been an automatic choice but Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah did a good job in absence of Umesh and Mohammed Shami.The second semi-final between India and Bangladesh is likely to be played on a virgin wicket with no tinge of grass.Ganguly said playing two spinners is the way forward for India in the remainder of the tournament.”Two spinners must for India in the remaining matches,” he added.While India lead Bangladesh 5-1 in head-to-head encounters at the ICC tournament but the Tigers have emerged in the last couple of years and can’t be taken lightly.”India will start as favourites against Bangladesh in the semi-finals. They have bounced back hard after their defeat against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh will be against a team that is very strong,” Ganguly said.The 44-year-old also praised Virat Kohli’s captaincy so far in the tournament.”Virat Kohli has led the side exceptionally well. His captaincy has been terrific. He’s been outstanding for India,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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U17 WC: India undergo medicals in Goa

first_imgU17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup: India team undergo medicals in Goa Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 04:41 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Indian U-17 World Cup Squad’s clash against Italy U-17 National Team. AIFF Media U17 World Cup India U17 Team India underwent medicals in the Konkan state ahead of the Under-17 World Cup… Age group competitions are rampant with age cheating not just in India but across the world.In recent years, Nigerian Under-17 team cannot defend their title in India as they couldn’t participate in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers as most of their players failed the medical test.A couple of years back the All India Football Federation (AIFF) stripped Jharkhand of the Sub Junior title as five of their players turned out to be overage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing When former India Under-17 coach Nicolai Adam headed over to the north eastern region to scout, most of the players who attended the trials admitted that they didn’t fit in the age criterion.Teams participating in the Under-17 World Cup can certainly protest against players from the opposition team if they feel or doubt of someone being overage.FIFA, the world governing body for football, conduct Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) tests to check the age of the players. The MRI scans the left wrist of the said player and those between grade one and five are allowed to play a part in the competition while those whose bone structures are advanced are considered overage.Last weekend saw India Under-17 squad undergo medicals in Goa in order to ensure that none of the players are deemed overage.“All the players passed their medicals successfully,” informed a senior AIFF official.An overage player would certainly be embarrassing for the hosts who are participating on such a grand stage for the very first time. For now, it’s fair to state that India have done enough to ensure that they aren’t fielding an overage player.last_img read more

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A brief guide to … the ups and downs of the Arsenal-Tottenham rivalry

first_imgWith the Guardian’s unstoppable rise to global dominance** we at Guardian US thought we’d run a series of articles for fans wishing to improve their knowledge of the sport’s history and storylines, hopefully in a way that doesn’t patronise you to within an inch of your life. A warning: If you’re the kind of person that finds The Blizzard too populist this may not be the series for you.** Actual dominance may not be global. Or dominantWhen Tottenham Hotspur, so slick and so dominant, outclassed Arsenal at White Hart Lane in April the ramifications for Spurs fans extended beyond those of a deeply satisfying 2-0 win. Not only did it mean Tottenham, in the final derby to be held at their creaking White Hart Lane stadium, would be guaranteed to finish above their north London neighbours in the Premier League standings, keeping alive their faint title hopes; it confirmed they would do so for the first time in 22 years and, in the process, breathe life into a rivalry that had turned into a procession.The timing could not have been better: next season Tottenham move into a brand new, 61,559-capacity stadium that will change forever the area in which they are based and will embody a shift in the dynamic of London’s most famous contretemps. Tottenham, based in a less prosperous neighbourhood four miles north-east of the demure, leafy streets that make up much of the area around Arsenal’s Islington home, had been the poor relations on and off the pitch for decades. Now, even if the truth is less than palatable to longstanding Arsenal supporters, the clubs have more in common than at any point since the Premier League’s formation. Should Tottenham, four points and three places ahead of Arsenal in the standings, prevail when they meet for a 181st competitive derby at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday it will be tempting to peddle narratives that the balance of power has conclusively shifted.  A couple of games cannot do that but it has certainly levelled and that, in the context of what has passed before, stands to give this famous old fixture a more potent significance than ever. Tottenham Hotspur Spurs fans make their feelings towards Sol Campbell clear in 2001. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images Share on Pinterest Twitter Topics Back then there was a sense that Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous words to Manchester United whenever Tottenham turned up for a big game – “Lads, it’s Tottenham” – applied far more widely. They went 21 derbies in all competitions without a win while Wenger and company, playing the thrilling football dictated by Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and company, were in their pomp. Tottenham have had their moments too – the marvellous, Paul Gascoigne-inspired FA Cup semi-final victory at Wembley in 1991; the 5-1 League Cup last-four win that put their barren run to rest in 2008 ­– but, in general, their highs could not quite match up in both consistency and significance.That may well be about to change now, and the north London derby needs it to. Two and a half hours northwards, Manchester United and Manchester City stand first and second in what passes for a Premier League title race, managed by two of the biggest box-office figures around. Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham coach, will surely join Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho in the pantheon as soon as major silverware comes his way. Wenger’s own propulsion of Arsenal into the modern era need no introduction although his cycle, and thus that of Arsenal, as the dominant figure in this part of London appears to have drawn to a close. Twitter Reuse this content Whoever finishes on top, and however big or small the national significance, the old feelings remain. North London, according to a dominant percentage of 1,294 inhabitants of the English capital surveyed in 2014, is best described as “intellectual” but it did not feel that way whenever Sol Campbell, who learned his trade at Tottenham before making a stellar career in defence for Arsenal in the 2000s, returned to a bear pit – and a host of deeply unsavoury insults – at White Hart Lane. Nor did Emmanuel Adebayor, who is slightly bizarrely the fixture’s leading scorer with eight goals, receive a red carpet reception when playing for Spurs in front of an Arsenal faithful that had never quite taken to him.None of the players on show this Saturday can be accused of having crossed the divide – not at first-team level anyway. The focus will be on the present and Tottenham, 19 wins behind Arsenal, would love to close a gap that reflects well the state of affairs down the years. In May 2016 they blew a chance to end Arsenal’s supremacy a year early when, improbably, they lost 5-1 to relegated Newcastle on the final day of the season. Pochettino’s team does not really do that anymore: it is Arsenal who seem to have the slip-ups in them but if both clubs can at long last strike an upwards curve at the same time then the north London derby could yet become what its proponents consider it to be: the most important in the Premier League. Facebook Mauricio Pochettino wants to emulate Wenger by spending 20 years at Spurs Pinterest Facebook Field notescenter_img Share via Email Share on Twitter The first match between these two was not even a north London derby. It took place on 19 November 1887, as a workaday friendly between clubs from opposite ends of London. Arsenal, then known as Royal Arsenal, were based in easterly Plumstead and the fixture did not even go the distance due to fading light. It was not until Arsenal moved to the more geographically-favoured Highbury, a few hundred metres from their present-day home, in the summer of 1913 that genuine local spice was added to the argument. London was, and is, packed with football clubs of high standing – there are five in this season’s Premier League and seven in the Football League’s three divisions – and antagonisms of varying degree lie under every rock. Arsenal’s arrivistes caused discord from the outset: their relocation, masterminded by their chairman Sir Henry Norris, was the kind of project that would cause a scandal today but tends to be recalled by history as a necessary rearranging of football’s deck. Nowadays there is little reason to care; the “authenticity” stick is, however, one that Tottenham’s supporters have traditionally been pleased to brandish.At that stage Tottenham were in the top flight and Arsenal, the less established club, sat in the tier below. The first north London derby to take place in the English top flight occurred at White Hart Lane on 15 January 1921. Tottenham won 2-1 and there was an obvious enmity even then: 18 months later tempers escalated to the extent that the FA threatened to move the fixture behind closed doors.That scandal was avoided: the rivalry continued in full view, Arsenal’s wonderful team of the early 1930s enjoying themselves in particular with 5-1 and 6-0 victories in the 1934-35 season. From 1950 onwards, the pair have been in the same division for all but one season: it means there has been enough time for myths and legends to accrue although Arsenal have landed the more noteworthy blows. In May 1971, Ray Kennedy’s goal gave Arsenal the win they needed to take the title in their enemies’ own backyard; amazingly the scenario repeated itself when Arsène Wenger’s team, requiring just a point to win the league in their unbeaten 2003-04 season, drew 2-2 and rendered their hosts’ modest pleasure at coming back from two goals down entirely insignificant. 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Joseph GordonLevitts HitRECord Releases Items Inspired By Americas National Parks

first_imgThe National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, is excited to announce the first roll-out of creative projects from the partnership with hitRECord, a collaborative online production company founded by actor/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt.Inspired by the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement celebrating the National Park Service Centennial, a diverse community of artists came together to honor the milestone through art, film, and music.Find Your Park and hitRECord collaborative projects will be unveiled throughout the National Park Service Centennial year, with the first launch including t-shirts, a hat, a baby onesie, animated safety videos, and an adult coloring book featuring 92 pages of designs highlighting the breadth and depth of the National Park System. Items are available online at Store.FindYourPark.com.From iconic natural landscapes to urban parks, America’s more than 400 national parks and thousands of historic and recreational lands across the country served as inspiration for this collaboration. The remaining creative projects, in varying artistic mediums, include a set of postcards and a compilation of campfire stories with additional new projects to be unveiled on the hitRECord site in June, July, and August.“Camping in Yosemite National Park with my family was one of my favorite activities growing up and I’m honored to be a part of the Find Your Park movement,” said Joseph Gordon-Levitt, founder of hitRECord. “The hitRECord community was truly inspired by the history of the parks, paying homage to the past while looking to the future as a creative collective with some very cool initiatives that cross over art, music, and fashion.”“People might not traditionally associate art, film, and music with our national parks, so through our partnership with hitRECord we are opening people’s eyes to all that a park can be,” said National Park Foundation President Will Shafroth. “And not only that, we’re also helping people discover all the different ways they can help support our national parks. Whether it’s a t-shirt or a coloring book, these new items will help more people connect with parks.”The creative projects from the hitRECord community, a partnership the National Park Foundation developed with GREY NY, is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.As part of its commitment to the National Park Service Centennial and strengthening our national treasures for the next 100 years, the National Park Foundation offers many ways to support America’s national parks. From national park-inspired gear, to commemorative coins, to its $350 million Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, there are a variety of unique ways to honor and protect the legacy of these special places.last_img read more

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appointed to second 5year term

first_imgBEIJING, China – China’s ceremonial legislature appointed Premier Li Keqiang, the No. 2 leader of the ruling Communist Party, to a second five-year term Sunday and approved the appointment of a director for a new anti-corruption agency with sweeping powers.National People’s Congress delegates voted 2,964 to 2 to approve Li’s appointment. The vote came a day after party leader Xi Jinping was reappointed China’s president with no limits on how many terms he can serve.The premier traditionally is China’s top economic official, but Xi, the country’s most dominant leader since Mao Zedong, has stripped Li of many of the post’s most prominent duties by appointing himself to lead party bodies that oversee economic reform and state industry.The legislature also approved the appointment of Yang Xiaodu as director for the National Supervisory Commission, created from a merger of the party’s internal anti-graft watchdog with one that oversees civil servants. It will have the power to detain suspects for up to six months without seeking court approval.Political analysts see the creation of the anti-graft agency as part of efforts to enforce party control over an increasingly complex society and government.A marathon anti-corruption campaign led by Xi has snared thousands of government officials and managers of state companies.Xi has been steadily tightening central control over the government and state industry while also stepping up efforts to crush dissent.On Saturday, a key Xi ally, Wang Qishan, was appointed to the previously ceremonial post of vice-president.last_img read more

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SCO to hold joint antiterrorism exercise in 2019

first_imgBeijing: India, Pakistan and the other members states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will take part in a joint anti-terrorism exercise to be held this year by the grouping. The decision to hold the joint exercise ‘Sary-Arka-Antiterror 2019’ was announced during the 34th meeting of the SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) council held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Xinhua news agency reported. The SCO, in which China plays an influential role, is also comprised of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. India and Pakistan were admitted into the bloc in 2017. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Delegations of the competent authorities of India, Kazakhstan, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the RATS Executive Committee attended the meeting. Chaired by Russia, the meeting also declared plans to hold the first stage of the joint border operation “Solidarity 2019-2021,” the 7th meeting of the heads of the border services, and training workshops on identifying and preventing the use of the Internet for terrorist, separatist and extremist purposes. RATS is a permanent organ of the SCO which serves to promote cooperation of member states against the three evils of terrorism, separatism and extremism. It is headquartered in Tashkent. The next meeting of the Council of the RATS SCO is scheduled to be held in Russia in September 2019.last_img read more

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Ranil to visit Singapore on Sunday to attend international summit

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will deliver the Keynote address on the 9th July 2018, at the summit to be held at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre covering the insight, trends and solutions concerning Urban Development and Environment protection. The theme for this years’ summit will be “Liveable & Sustainable Cities: Embracing The Future Through Innovation and Collaboration”, the 6th World Cities Summit in 2018 will explore how cities can be more liveable and resilient through better governance and planning, technology and social innovations, as well as collaborations with various stakeholders and with other cities. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will be visiting Singapore on Sunday 8th  July 2018 to attend the World Cities Summit, Singapore International water week and Clean Environment Summit Singapore 2018.During his visit the Prime Minister is also scheduled to meet the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and High level dignitaries of the Singapore Government. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Prof. Maithree Wickremasinghe, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem, Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema and Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Anoma Gamage. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Stocks slide as traders worry about UkraineRussia tension Energy stocks are hardest

Stocks slide as traders worry about Ukraine-Russia tension; Energy stocks are hardest hit NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market fell to its lowest point since May as traders worried that tensions between Russia and Ukraine could flare up.Energy stocks were among the biggest decliners. Halliburton and Devon Energy each fell 3 per cent.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 139 points, or 0.8 per cent, to close at 16,429 Tuesday. It was down almost 200 points in early afternoon trading.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 18 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,920. The Nasdaq composite lost 31 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 4,352.Target fell 4 per cent after the company lowered its second-quarter earnings forecast, citing discounts it had to use to attract shoppers.Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.48 per cent. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2014 2:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Fridays Daily Brief Syria Yemen airstrikes Antitorture panel Gay rights Climate change

Winding down his trip to the South Pacific, Secretary-General António Guterres told journalists in Tuvalu that the small island State was “on the frontline of the war on climate change” because it is “striking Tuvalu in a more dramatic way than anywhere else in the world”.He professed his “enormous admiration” that the nation has “decided to resist” and is implementing “a programme of adaptation and resilience that is something that the whole world should admire and support”.Find our full story here.Buddha’s message of non-violence rings true on Vesak Day Everyone has a right to fair treatment and protection from abuse, regardless of who they are and who they love, is the message of this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.On the day that Taiwan became the first Asian nation to legalized same-sex marriage, reports circulated that thousands of demonstrators welcomed the move outside parliament by waving rainbow flags.According to the UN Free & Equal campaign, more than one-third of the world’s countries criminalize same-sex relationships, reinforcing prejudice and putting millions of people at risk of blackmail, arrest and imprisonment.Moreover, it warns that homosexuality is still a crime in 70 countries and punishable by death in seven of them.For its part, UN Women issued a statement of solidarity saying: “Human rights are universal and apply to everyone. No cultural, moral or religious belief justifies violation of anyone’s human rights”. Climate change ‘striking Tuvalu’ more dramatically than ‘anywhere else in the world’ The UN’s Political and Humanitarian Affairs chiefs on Friday called on the Security Council to unite in support of an immediate de-escalation of fighting around Syria’s Idlib province, and work towards an enduring political solution on behalf of the Syrian people.The UN’s head of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo told members that “we have been here before: in Aleppo, Eastern Ghouta and Raqqa” where civilian casualties mounted along with an all-out offensive by the Syrian Government and its allies.“If the escalation continues, and the offensive pushes forward, we risk catastrophic humanitarian fallout and threats to international peace and security”, she said, giving a cautious welcome to the announcement on Wednesday of a new Turkish-Russian working group, convened to try and salvage the military buffer-zone deal reached between the two nations last September over Idlib. Read our full coverage here.UN agencies condemn deadly Yemen airstrikes in capital Sana’a Risk of ‘catastrophic humanitarian fallout’ grows in Syria’s Idlib The UN Committee Against Torture has expressed concern over the United Kingdom’s policy of forcibly returning asylum-seekers to places where they face a risk of abuse – highlighting 43 enforced returns to Sri Lanka last year, and 50 more to Afghanistan.UK Home Office caseworkers “arbitrarily reject credible evidence of past torture”, the independent experts maintained, which led to torture victims’ asylum claims being denied.While noting that “a large proportion” of denied asylum claims were ultimately overturned on appeal, the Committee called for more training for caseworkers so that they could identify the risks the claimants faced.In meetings with the UN panel, the UK delegation earlier said that the country did not seek to return anyone who demanded protection, if there was a risk of torture or persecution. Justice still hangs in the balance for LGBTI people, UN says on International day Airstrikes that hit the Yemeni capital of Sana’a on Thursday drew strong condemnation from United Nations agencies, warning of the “brutal toll” that more than four years of conflict has taken on civilians.Amidst scant details of the attacks, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that several people were killed, and dozens of others injured.“Preliminary reports we have last night indicate that five children had died and 16 more were wounded, including healthworkers”, OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told journalists in Geneva.  Click here for more on the story.UK’s forced returns policy highlighted by UN anti-torture panel A sacred occasion to millions, Friday marked the Day of Vesak, when Buddhists the world over commemorate the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha – and everyone globally can reflect on his life and “draw inspiration from his teachings”, according to the United Nations chief.In his message for the day, Secretary-General António Guterres extended his “best wishes to all celebrating Vesak”. “In a time of growing intolerance and inequality, the Buddha’s message of non-violence and service to others is more relevant than ever”, stressed Mr. Guterres.“On the Day of Vesak, let us renew our commitment to building a world of peace and dignity for all”, he added.The General Assembly recognized internationally the Day in 1999 to acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity.Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 17 May 2019 on SoundCloud: read more

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When Federer Wins The First Point On Serve Its Usually Game Over

Anyone looking to knock off Roger Federer at Wimbledon will first need to break his serve. And if they have any hope of breaking his serve, it may die with the first point.Simply stated: Federer loves being up 15-0.When Federer wins the opening point of his service game, that pretty much means it’s already over. In his matches this year up to the start of Wimbledon, Federer won the first point in 278 games while serving, according to data from ATP. And in those matches where he served and scored first, he went on to win the game an overwhelming 270 times. That’s a success rate of 97.1 percent. Through the first three rounds of this year’s Wimbledon, the 36-year-old Federer did even better, winning 100 percent of the 33 games in which he served and won the first point.Although scoring first naturally increases a player’s odds of winning because it means that they held a lead at least once, for Federer, something about that first point on his serve seems to give him an outsize advantage. It’s possible that for Federer, winning the first point helps establish his service rhythm.How does he compare with the other top men in tennis? Favorably, of course. He’s Roger Federer, the winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, including eight at Wimbledon. He’s also one of the greatest servers in the history of the sport. Dominic Thiem38734990.2 Rafael Nadal24222593.0 John Isner25224296.0 Alexander Zverev34230589.2 Juan Martin del Potro30928592.2 Kevin Anderson32830693.3 In the 52 weeks heading into Wimbledon, Federer has been a maestro at holding serve — winning 92.1 percent of his service games, good for third best on the ATP Tour.For reference, Rafael Nadal, the world’s top-ranked tennis player, has won his service games 89.1 percent of the time, which is stellar but not on Federer’s level.The two players ahead of Federer in percentage of service games won are serving powerhouses John Isner and Ivo Karlovic.However, Isner, Karlovic and Kevin Anderson, who ranks just behind Federer in service games won, are all flamethrowers. They regularly serve at speeds in excess of 135 mph. Federer’s serves aren’t slow, but he’s a different kind of server than the other guys at the top of this list, whose height gives them a superior trajectory on that stroke. Rather than blasting his serve past opponents who can’t catch up, Federer hits his spots. He uses a variety of spins and placements to hang with the ATP Tour’s most successful servers.Through Week 1 at Wimbledon, Milos Raonic had recorded the tournament’s fastest serve, at 147 mph, according to statistics from IBM. Isner was second at 144 mph. Federer was way down the list, tied for 39th, with a max speed of 128 mph.Even without otherworldly speed, when it comes to holding serve after taking a 15-0 lead, Federer is outperforming even dominating servers like Isner.Still, critics will point out that Federer’s recent success rate in games where he leads 15-0 while serving has been made possible by his skipping the clay court season entirely this year and sticking to his favored surfaces. Rallies are longer on clay, which reduces the importance of the serve. In fact, anyone surprised to see Nadal and his sterling service stats hanging back in fifth place on the table above would do well to remember that he plays many of his matches on clay.But Federer has always done well on Wimbledon’s grass. During the first week of the tournament this year, Federer won the first point of his service game 80 percent of the time. Between 2004, when he first ascended to No. 1 in the world, and 2017, Federer was winning the first point of his service games 75 percent of the time at Wimbledon. And while he’s topping himself this year, he’s also crushing the field: Last week, all the men in the competition won the first point of their service games only 66 percent of the time, on average.This is not to imply that there’s only one way Federer can win — he also holds serve plenty of times when he loses the first point of his service game. In 2018, up to the start of Wimbledon, he lost that first point 80 times. In 62 of those games, he went on to win anyway. That’s 77.5 percent to the good for Federer. Not bad, considering he started the game behind, but still nearly 20 points worse than when he wins that point.That gap may offer his opponents an opportunity. Knowing that, statistically speaking, they have a much better shot at breaking Federer’s serve if they can steal the first point, they might choose to be more aggressive on the opening point of his service games, particularly if they see a second serve. It’s worth a try.But if an ambitious opponent looking to break Federer does lose the first point, that opponent better make sure he wins the next point or he’ll be left with only the barest sliver of hope. When Federer has won the first two points on his serve this year, up to Wimbledon, he went on to win the game 99.5 percent of the time.So what happened when he won the first three points? Federer went up 40-0 while serving 151 times, and he won every one of those games. Up 15-0 On Serve Grigor Dimitrov29626489.2 David Goffin21718886.6 PlayerGamesWinsWin rate Roger Federer27827097.1% Source: ATP Marin Cilic33431995.5 When the first point decides the gameRate of holding serve when taking a 15-0 lead in 2018, entering Wimbledon, for the ATP’s top 10 men’s tennis players read more

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Soy Growers Participate in Mission to Argentina

first_imgASA Director/USSEC Chairman Jim Miller (left) talks with a farmer during a field visit in Argentina. Photo courtesy of USSECInformation courtesy of USSEC U.S. soy growers traveled to Argentina earlier this month to discuss market access issues and priorities for the coming year.The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) participated in an International Soybean Growers Alliance (ISGA) mission, which provides an excellent forum to share experiences and exchange ideas on how to address the challenges farmers face from many different sources. American Soybean Association Director and USSEC Chairman Jim Miller, joined United Soybean Board (USB) Director Jimmy Sneed, USSEC CEO Jim Sutter and USSEC Marketing Director – Market Access / Freedom to Operate Roz Leeck in the USSEC delegation.This meeting in Argentina was a significant step forward on setting the agenda and priorities for the upcoming year. It also marked the first official meetings since Argentina’s ISGA members assumed the role of Secretariat. The group continues to target market access issues of mutual interest.Key topics included:  biotechnology approvals and acceptance (especially in China, India and European Union), pesticide tolerance levels and the market acceptance of soy products derived by using Plant Breeding Innovation. The group also shared issues that farmers face in each of the member countries.  Many of these issues are regarding regulatory and social pressures.Prior to participating in the ISGA meetings, the group visited Rosario, Santa Fe, stopping at a farm for an afternoon of discussion and a field tour. They also visited T6, a joint venture between Bunge and AGD, which is one of the largest crush plants in the world in addition to serving as an export facility for soy, soy products, corn and wheat.The ISGA delegation had the opportunity to meet with the Minister of Agriculture and the Secretary of Agriculture. In those meetings, a number of different issues were discussed, including the changes Argentina has made in Differential Export Tax as well as the ongoing debate on seed law and intellectual property protection.Both the Minister and Secretary recognized the significance of the six soy producing nations coming together to work on market access issues of mutual concern and encouraged the farmers to continue their efforts. This view was also expressed when the U.S. team met with David Mergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ag Counselor located in Buenos Aires.last_img read more

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BSE closes points 27494 down on June 18

first_imgBSE closes points 274.94 down on June 183.3K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 274.94 down on June 183.3K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 274.94 points down to stand at 25,246.25. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 73.50 points down to stand at 7,558.20. Bajaj Finance Limited and CRISIL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 9.16% and 6.43% along with Piramal Enterprises Ltd. and National Aluminium Co. Ltd. with an increase of 4.31% and 4.08% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Prestige Estates and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. with a decrease of 5.97% and 5.28% along with Unitech and Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd. with a decrease of 5.21% and 5.18% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 191.01 points at 14,936.02 while the banking sector is down 188.81 points at 17,424.01 and the realty sector is down 42.93 points at 2,003.40.The Indian currency is down 0.60% at Rs 60.39 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 274.94 points down to stand at 25,246.25. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 73.50 points down to stand at 7,558.20. Bajaj Finance Limited and CRISIL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 9.16% and 6.43% along with Piramal Enterprises Ltd. and National Aluminium Co. Ltd. with an increase of 4.31% and 4.08% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Prestige Estates and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. with a decrease of 5.97% and 5.28% along with Unitech and Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd. with a decrease of 5.21% and 5.18% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 191.01 points at 14,936.02 while the banking sector is down 188.81 points at 17,424.01 and the realty sector is down 42.93 points at 2,003.40.The Indian currency is down 0.60% at Rs 60.39 per dollar.last_img read more

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IndiGo to bring in business class seats on longhaul flights

first_imgIndiGo aircraftReutersIndia’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo may soon offer business class seats on its long-haul flights. The carrier plans to adopt a two-class configuration — with a small business class along with the economy seating.Other than business class seating, the low-cost also plans to offer unbundled products like meals, priority boarding, and check-in and seat selection to economy passengers, Business Standard (BS) reported on Thursday.”If we expand our operations to include long-haul international routes, we may have to consider full-service flights, business class seating, code-sharing arrangements,” IndiGo’s parent company Interglobe Aviation, said in its Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP).A senior IndiGo executive told BS that the carrier even plans to lower fares by as much as 30 percent on the long-haul flights.”We will offer a small business class, along with high-density economy class, with 25-30 percent lower fares. We have a cost structure that is the lowest in the world and that will allow us to bring down the fares,” he said.The carrier is likely to choose International Airline Group’s (IAG) Airbus A330-200 model for its long-haul operations, the aircraft provides 314 economy class seats and 21 premium seats, sources told BS.IndiGo has one of the lowest cost structures not only in India, but across the world. Excluding fuel cost, IndiGo’s expense of operating one seat for one kilometre (CASK) is Rs 1.79, while the same for its low-cost rival SpiceJet is Rs 2.33. Among global LCC majors, American airline Southwest burns Rs 3.52, while Ryan Air in Europe spends Rs 1.45, the company said in its DRHP.However in the DRHP, the company highlighted that operating long-distance routes can be a challenge as the airline. “The majority of our existing operations are focused within India, and we have less experience operating in international sectors. Future international expansion initiatives that we may undertake would involve risks that are not generally encountered when doing business only in India,” the company said.”Premium traffic may account for only around 10 to 20 per cent of passengers, yet it can represent up to 50 per cent of revenues in long haul,” BS quoted a senior Air India official as saying.The budget passenger carrier earlier expressed interested in acquiring national passenger carrier Air India’s international operations. However, it is not keen on going in for a joint venture (JV) with the government.last_img read more

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Diabetes linked to increased backache neck pain

first_imgPeople with diabetes are more likely to suffer from low backache or neck pain as compared to a healthy person, say researchers. The study showed that diabetes, which affects an estimated 382 million people worldwide, contributes to a 35 per cent higher risk of low back pain and 24 per cent risk of neck pain. However, the reason behind the pain is not fully established, the researchers said. “Diabetes and low back pain and neck pain seem to be somehow connected. We can’t say how but these findings suggest further research into the link is warranted,” said Manuela Ferreira, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney in Australia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe team conducted a meta-analysis and included eight studies. The study, published in the journal Plos One, found that common diabetes medication could also influence pain, possibly via its effect on blood glucose levels. It also recommended health care professionals to consider screening for unknown diabetes in patients seeking care for neck pain or low back pain. “Neck and back pain, and diabetes, are afflicting more and more people,” noted co-author Paulo Ferreira, Associate Professor from the University’s Faculty of Health Sciences. “It may be that altering treatment interventions for diabetes could reduce the incidence of back pain, and vice versa,” Paulo added. The analysis also showed that Type 2 diabetes and low backache are linked to obesity and lack of physical activity. “Our analysis adds to the evidence that weight control and physical activity play fundamental roles in health maintenance,” the researchers noted.last_img read more

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Report Finds Identifying Patients for Lung Cancer Screening Not So Simple

first_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more June 18, 2018 — New findings in the current issue of The American Journal of Managed Care suggest that getting the right patients to participate in low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening is more difficult than expected under the Affordable Care Act.Lung cancer screening is free under the ACA for certain current and former smokers, after a national study found their risk of cancer death fell 20 percent through annual screening with LDCT instead of chest X-rays.The authors reported on a demonstration project among current and former smokers who were screened in the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Among their findings:Electronic health records (EHRs) do not always record information about patient tobacco pack-years, a key piece of information needed to gauge eligibility for screening;Of 6,133 potentially eligible patients, 1,388 had available tobacco pack-year information. Of this group, 918 were invited for lung cancer screening and 178, or 19 percent, completed screening;Giving patients a phone call in addition to outreach through the mail made a difference: Twenty-two percent of those with a phone call were screened, compared with 9 percent who only had contact by mail;Among those who completed LDCT, 61 percent had lung nodules requiring follow-up; 12 patients needed more diagnostic evaluation, and two had lung malignancies; andThere were 179 “incidental” findings among 116 patients, and 20 percent were clinically significant.The research sheds light on the challenges of getting the large pool of potentially eligible current and former smokers through the annual screening process. Just 1.9 percent of eligible smokers were screened in 2016, according to data presented in early June at the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Criteria from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) call for screening smokers age 55 to 80 who have smoked at least 30 pack-years, or those with that history who have quit within the past 15 years. Thus, the authors note, getting patients screened requires that health systems have the capacity to capture patient information and track down those who meet the criteria. Health systems also must handle patients who may experience anxiety after a nodule is found, even if it is unlikely to become cancerous.“Important considerations in lung cancer screening are accurate identification of eligible patients, balancing invitation approaches with resource constraints, and establishing standardized methods for tracking numerous small lung nodules and incidental findings detected by LDCT,” the authors conclude.“Lung cancer screening implementation presents unique challenges, but they are not insurmountable. With more research and experience, we will find the best method to deliver this important cancer screening intervention to the millions of Americans that need it,” said Angela E. Fabbrini, MPH, lead author and director of the lung cancer screen program in the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Health Care System.For more information: www.ajmc.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Costa Ricas Solís vows to stand firm as public services unions threaten

first_imgRelated posts:As teacher strike continues, government announces plan to distribute back pay ICE unions announce strike, protest later this month Underwhelming Costa Rica strike mostly affects health service access Costa Rica’s Solís denies secret agreement with unions on Monday’s strike If you’re driving in Costa Rica’s capital Monday morning, there’s a good chance you’ll need a little patience.Several public services unions united in a group called Patria Justa – a “Just Homeland” – are mounting a general strike starting at 6 a.m. that could snare traffic at several points in the capital and beyond.Some of the potential trouble spots mentioned in local Spanish-language media include: the Finance Ministry in downtown San José, Paseo Colón, west of downtown, the General Cañas Highway near Juan Santamaría International Airport, Route 27 to the Pacific coast, and Route 32 to the Caribbean coast.Unions threatening an “indefinite” Costa Rica strike over proposed government cuts to salary bonuses and collective benefits include workers from the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, the National Oil Refinery, the Atlantic Port Authority and the National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP), among others. But according to online news site CRHoy.com, ANEP Secretary-General Albino Vargas has called on “all workers” across the country to strike.Although the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís has spent the past two weeks in negotiations to avoid Monday’s nationwide strike, union leaders have stepped up pressure by threatening to cut or draw back services, including fuel distribution, port service in the Caribbean city of Limón, and electricity and telecommunications services, the daily La Nación reported.Responding to Patria Justa’s threats, President Solís took to national television Sunday night promising to stand firm.“I had prepared a message about the indispensable role that public employees have in the country,” Solís said. “But in the last few hours we’ve heard an intransigent rhetoric from some union leaders about the protest planned for tomorrow [Monday]. That obliges me to guarantee to you that the government will do everything that is necessary to prevent the disruption of public services, as union leaders are threatening.”The president reiterated his administration’s willingness to negotiate, but he added that “there’s a limit that I’m not going to cross, which is the right of the majority to receive public services from the state.”“To all Costa Ricans,” he continued, “I guarantee that the government will use all means provided by the law to prevent your rights as citizens from being violated.”Stay tuned, this could get ugly. And don’t forget to fill up on gas. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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