Ben Stiller Named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgUNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has announced the appointment of actor, director, producer and philanthropist Ben Stiller as its newest global Goodwill Ambassador.The announcement comes as Stiller concludes a trip with UNHCR to Guatemala, where he met some of the men, women and children from the North of Central America who have been forced to flee their homes because of violence. In recent years a growing number of people across El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have fled extraordinary, unchecked violence at the hands of organized criminal groups and gangs – including murder, rape, abduction and even the forcible recruitment of children into gangs. Stiller spent time in Guatemala meeting refugees including unaccompanied children and seeing how UNHCR, with the Government and its partners, is working to support and protect them.Commenting today on his new role as Goodwill Ambassador, Stiller said, “I am enormously honored and proud to take on this role as Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. UNHCR is an organization that is working tirelessly all over the world helping men, women and children fleeing war, terror and persecution. Here in Guatemala, the families, including children, that I met experienced fear and violence back home that is beyond imagination. They are vulnerable and have suffered immensely. They need help. UNHCR is on the ground here with its partners providing them with support, protection and shelter.”Stiller continued, “With over 68 million displaced people around the world today, there has never been a more compelling reason or greater urgency to show solidarity and support for refugees. I for one will do what I can as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, to advocate for refugees and encourage others to join me.”Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said, “Ben will be a great Goodwill Ambassador. I have witnessed personally his commitment to the world’s refugees and his extraordinary capacity to talk about the complicated issue of displacement in a manner that is clear, passionate and convincing. And this is precisely the role of Goodwill Ambassadors: to raise awareness, generate support and give a voice to those who have been forced to leave their homes. I am looking forward to working with him.”UNHCR works with governments and partners on the ground in locations all over the world to support and protect refugees and help them build better futures. In Guatemala UNHCR is working with the government and civil society partners as part of a comprehensive regional response. Through this regional response framework, known locally by its Spanish acronym, MIRPS, six governments in the region have agreed to work together to address the full scope of forced displacement, from its root causes, strengthening asylum and protection systems and working on durable solutions. This initiative is a concrete example of regional cooperation to address difficult situations of forced displacement, which has directly informed the development of the Global Compact for Refugees, to be adopted at the end of the year.UNHCR continues to call on governments to strengthen global responsibility sharing and solidarity aimed at ensuring safety for families fleeing life-threatening violence and persecution.Ben Stiller has been supporting UNHCR since early 2016, meeting with refugees in Germany and Jordan. Best known for his role in films like Dodgeball, Zoolander and Meet the Parents, Stiller has played a key role in UNHCR projects including the #withrefugees campaign.Most recently, on 20 June 2018 to mark World Refugee Day, he appeared in a special edition Buzzfeed Tasty film entitled “Homemade Chicken Shawarma, As Made By Ben Stiller and Ahmed Badr” . In the film Stiller joins writer and former Iraqi refugee Ahmed Badr to make an at home version of chicken shawarma, a traditional dish from Ahmed’s homeland Iraq, bringing back memories of his childhood in Baghdad before he was forced to flee.last_img read more

Khalistan Commando Force militant and associate of Bhinderwale arrested Delhi Police

first_imgNew Delhi: A member of the banned terrorist group and an associate of Jarnail Singh Bhinderwale, who was killed by the Indian Army in ‘Operation Blue Star’ in 1984 was nabbed by the Delhi police, officials said on Wednesday. The accused Gursewak Singh (53), is a member of Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) and was planning to re-constitute his organization on directions of KCF chief Paramjeet Singh Panjwad, who was based in Pakistan, police said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items Singh was also in touch with Jagtaar Singh Hawara and other terrorists lodged in various jails in India including Tihar jail, police said adding Gursewak was arrested by the crime branch from ISBT Delhi on March 12 where he had come to meet one of his contacts. Gursewak was previously involved in more than 50 cases of terrorist activities, murders of police officials and informers, robberies in banks and police station among others, said Ajit Kumar Singla, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder He remained in jail for more than 26 years in different cases and was in regular touch with some Pakistan based terrorists. Police said Singh was born in a farmer family residing in Raikot village in Punjab’s Ludhiana district. His elder brother Swaran Singh was a member of terrorist group led by Bhinderwale in Punjab in 1980s. Gursewak also joined the group in 1982, the police official said. In 1984, when Binderwale was killed, most of his associates fled to Pakistan where they were trained and supported by ISI. During that time, Gursewak joined the newly formed KCF constituted by terrorist Manveer Singh Chehdu and actively participated in anti national activities, he said. Gursewak along with his associates remained involved in dozens of murders of suspected informers of Indian security agencies and bank robberies in Punjab, Delhi and Rajasthan. In May 1984, the accused along with his associates, Labh Singh, Gurinder Singh and Swaranjit Singh had also killed group editor of Hind Samachar newspaper Ramesh Chander in Jallandhar, Singla said. In 1986, Singh along with his associates attacked the residence of Julio Riberio, Ex-DGP Punjab in Jallandhar. In the same year, the accused along with his associates killed eight police personnel of Punjab Police while freeing the KCF Chief Jarnal Labh Singh and terrorists Gurinder Pal Singh Bhola and Swaranjit Singh from police custody in court complex in Jallandhar after a shootout, the officer said. The accused persons had also attacked on a police station in Punjab and robbed 16 rifles, six carbines, cartridges, two revolvers, police jeep and a Fiat car. The accused along with his associates had also killed all nine members of a family in Punjab, he said. Singh remained in jail and most of the time in High Risk Ward of Tihar Jail till 2004 for period of about 18 years. While at Tihar Jail, he planned to smuggle arms including AK-47 and explosives from Pakistan in order to carry out an attack in Delhi. However, this conspiracy of the accused persons was foiled by Crime Branch of Delhi Police, which arrested two terrorists from the area of Punjabi Bagh on July 9, 1998, the officer said. After coming out of jail in 2010, he remained involved in several cases of robbery and was arrested thrice by Ludhiana Police in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively. During this period, he remained in contact with Paramjeet Singh Panjwad. He was again arrested by Delhi Police in 2017 under the Arms Act. He is facing trial in a case in Patiala House Court and was not attending the court following which the court had issued non-bailable warrants against him, police said.last_img read more

SDMC pulls down political hoardings and banners

first_imgNew Delhi: SDMC has been taking swift action against hoardings, banners and posters in its all 4 zones keeping in view of the implementation of code of conduct immediately after announcement of 2019 general elections in the country. Under this action, all publicity material related to political matters/ elections are being removed. Under Najafgarh zone, 2,127 hoardings, banners/posters, 1,162 in central zone, 214 in west zone and 259 hoardings, banners/posters in South Zone have been removed; in all total 3,762 hoardings and posters have been removed. It is also stated that since announcement general election till Wednesday total 97,594 hoardings, banners/posters have been removed; the zone wise break up is the highest 33,384 in Najafgarh Zone, followed by 32,154 in Central Zone, 18,273 in South Zone and 13,783 in West Zone.last_img read more

Tunisia awaits independent cabinet to oversee new elections

first_imgby Antoine LAMBROSCHINITUNIS- Tunisia was waiting Friday for the president to task Premier-designate Mehdi Jomaa with forming a cabinet of independents to lead the country to fresh elections after the Islamist-led government finally quit.Outgoing Prime Minister Ali Larayedh’s resignation on Thursday, under an agreement to end months of political deadlock and get Tunisia’s democratic transition back on track, comes nearly three years after veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s overthrow in the first Arab Spring uprising. The new premier, who is a relative political novice, will have to confront mounting social unrest and the persistent threat of jihadist violence, in a political climate that remains tense.President Moncef Marzouki is now expected to ask the head of the ruling Islamist Ennahda party, Rachid Ghannouchi, to submit a candidate, with Jomaa nominated as the consensus choice to head the interim administration during crisis negotiations last month.The little-known industry minister will have 15 days to form his cabinet, which must be then approved by the national assembly.The Tunisian press welcomed Larayedh’s departure with relief, while also stressing the challenges that his successor faces.Shortly before his resignation, Larayedh announced the suspension of a new vehicle tax which came into force this year and has triggered strikes and nationwide protests, notably in the country’s impoverished interior where the 2011 uprising began.Poverty and unemployment were driving factors behind the revolution that unseated Ben Ali and remain pressing problems in Tunisia, amid lackluster economic growth and an unemployment rate of more than 30 percent among school leavers.Another key issue for Jomaa is the threat posed by armed jihadists, blamed for the assassination of two opposition politicians last year, which triggered the latest political crisis and finally forced the departure of the Ennahda-led government.“The hardest part has just begun,” warned Tunisian daily Le Quotidien, saying Jomaa had inherited a “poisoned chalice.”“With uprisings in all corners of the country, an ailing economy and a precarious situation, the future government will have its work cut out,” it said.Ahead of its formation, the national assembly is pushing ahead with the adoption of a long-delayed new constitution, voting on it intensively article by article.“We will work on it day and night,” said parliament speaker Mustapha Ben Jafaa on Thursday evening. “Maybe we’ll have a nice surprise and the constitution will be adopted on January 13,” the eve of the anniversary of the revolution.The “general principles” and the essential “rights and freedoms” in the charter have already been approved, although other chapters, including on the functioning of public institutions, have yet to be ratified.Lawmakers began examining those chapters on Friday, starting with legislative powers.There has been major progress on the issue of women’s rights, with the assembly passing an article last week that enshrines gender equality, and another on Thursday that commits the state to promoting equality of representation in elected bodies.There had been fears among secular politicians, which Ennahda has been at pains to disprove, that it would seek to roll back the extensive rights that women have enjoyed in Tunisia since independence, compared with the rest of the Arab world.The formation of an independent authority to oversee fresh elections, which the Islamists had set as a condition for stepping down, finally took place on Wednesday.last_img read more

Is It A Clown Question To Ask Why Bryce Harpers Stats Are

Historical playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 current playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 Andre Ethier2007-0925-27RF+4-11-11 Fielding Runs vs. Avg Matt Kemp2009-1124-26CF0-31-6 Jeff Francoeur2007-0923-25RF+20-3+4 Luis Matos2003-0524-26CF+9-8-2 Fielding Runs vs. Avg When Bryce Harper was introduced by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Clearwater, Florida, and slipped on a red pinstriped No. 3 jersey, the amount of fanfare that greeted him hadn’t been seen since the team traded for Roy Halladay in 2009. The club reportedly sold 100,000 tickets to regular-season games within hours of Harper’s signing. The Phillies hope it ushers in an era of sustained competitive baseball with Harper as a $330 million keystone. After all, what made Harper so promising was not only his talent but also his relative youth, as a 26-year-old free agent.Harper should still be productive in the near term and deliver important wins for the Phillies (after the signing, FiveThirtyEight’s projections for the 2019 season bumped the Phillies up to 84 wins, from 82, although other sites have been more bullish). But as we wrote last week, Harper’s consistency is a concern. Historical comps for a player with Harper’s unusual and volatile career to date suggest that he might have already peaked and that star-level players, in general, have reached their peaks by age 26. Since we are already in the habit of raining on the parade in Philadelphia, let’s look under the hood at Harper’s underlying stats and see where the specific problems may reside.For starters, Harper’s defensive metrics fell off a cliff last season.According to an average of Defensive Runs Saved (which Baseball-Reference.com uses for its defensive WAR) and Ultimate Zone Rating (FanGraphs’s metric of choice), Harper was the second-worst right fielder in the game (-12 runs saved compared with average) and the fourth-worst center fielder (-9 runs saved). Harper played 860 innings in right and 477 innings in center last season. And if Harper becomes more and more a one-dimensional player, in an era in which his power hitting stands out less, he loses relative value.But perhaps those concerns are a little overblown. Although baseball’s defensive metrics are getting better all the time, they are still prone to big swings between seasons. In 2017, before the big decline last season, Harper was actually 3 runs better than an average right fielder. His 24-run drop ranks second-worst among outfielders under age 271As of June 30 of the season in question. who played the same position for the same team in back-to-back years between 20022The first season of granular, pitch-level data at FanGraphs. and 2018, trailing only Matt Kemp (who fell from being exactly average in 2009 to 31 runs below average in 2010). In the season after that, Kemp still wasn’t good — he was -6 relative to an average CF — but he at least reclaimed some of the ground he’d lost in his annus horribilis.As it turns out, that’s a pretty common story if we look at the rest of the outfielders who met our qualifications from above and dropped off by at least 15 runs in a season since 2002: Jay Bruce2010-1223-25RF+180-3 Mike Trout2012-1420-22CF+15-5-9 The fates of outfielders with Harper-esque defensive dropsPlayers who had a decline of at least 15 defensive runs* relative to average in a season since 2002, were younger than 27 and played in the same position for the same team Nick Markakis2008-1024-26RF+17-5-8 Odubel Herrera2017-1925-27CF+6-11? There were some other players who experienced the same kinds of defensive declines and responded by changing positions entirely. (Such as Mark Teahen, Adam Eaton and Marlon Byrd.) But among those who stayed at the same position, they averaged to be about half as bad (relative to average) in the following season as they’d been in the decline year, regaining about 20 percent of their previous form.In the end, though, the Phillies are paying Harper to produce runs and hit homers. So perhaps the more troubling trend of Harper’s for the Phillies is his failure to address holes in his swing.Harper’s ability to make contact has been in decline. Last season, his rate of contact on pitches in the strike zone was the fourth-lowest among qualified hitters, dropping from 84 percent in 2017 to 78 percent in 2018. His strikeout rate rose by 4.2 percentage points, the 24th-greatest increase in the majors. Since 2015, his 15-game rolling average regarding contact ability (on all pitches) has been volatile but gradually declining.According to Statcast data from Baseball Savant, Harper’s whiff rate against fastballs3Four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. increased from 15.2 percent in 2016, to 20.2 percent in 2017 to 26.4 percent last season (ranking as the 36th-highest whiff rate in 2018 among 352 batters to offer against at least 200 fastballs). Against fastballs 95 mph and faster, Harper’s whiff rate increased from 18.8 percent in 2016 to 22.0 percent in 2017 to 31.5 percent in 2018.Harper has always had a weakness against up-and-away fastballs. Since 2015, he has swung and missed at a 40.7 percent rate when offering at up-and-away four-seam fastballs.Last season, Harper swung at 111 four-seam fastballs in those zones and whiffed 52 times, a 46.8 percent rate.While defensive metrics can still be somewhat volatile from year to year,4Even among players who stayed at the same position in back-to-back years, the correlation between a player’s percentile rank at his position in defensive runs per inning from year to year is 0.36 since 2002. a player’s contact rate is much “stickier”5The same correlation for a batter’s strikeout rate in back-to-back seasons is 0.79. — suggesting that big changes in the ability to make contact are more likely to represent a real change in skills and not just random variance.It’s not all bad news at the plate, however: Against fastballs,6Again, four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. Harper hit .306, with a .651 slugging percentage, according to Baseball Savant data.Because Harper was effective when making contact against fastballs, perhaps he was trading the ability to make contact for more power. What he has not done is change his swing plane, according to launch angle data. His average launch angle was 14.5 degrees in 2015, 14.6 in 2016, 13.6 in 2017 and 13.9 in 2018. His pull rate did spike, jumping from 35.5 percent in 2017 to 42.3 percent in 2018.Harper has elite plate discipline. He has elite power. But not every player who has made power gains in recent years — see Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, Justin Turner and Jose Ramirez — has had to sacrifice contact. And the best, most efficient offensive performers typically do not trade contact for power.What’s concerning is that even though some traits age well, like plate discipline, power generally does not. So if Harper’s defense continues to decline and he’s limited to a corner outfield position and continues to lose contact ability — if he becomes a Three True Outcomes hitter — he probably won’t age as the Phillies would like. He would likely morph from a highly sought-after asset, a 26-year-old star free agent, to the type of player easily found (a Three True Outcomes corner outfielder).Because Harper was a prodigy in part as a result of relentless work and practice at a young age, he may have fulfilled his potential soon after his arrival in the majors. But he doesn’t have to be Trout-like to justify his contract. At $25.4 million per year, the Phillies are not paying him as an elite superstar. And if Harper helps Philadelphia add another World Series banner to Citizens Bank Park in the not-too-distant future, then it will likely be $330 million well spent regardless of how well he ages. * According to an average of the defensive metrics found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.Minimum 700 innings in all years. Ages are as of June 30 of the season in question.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraph Bryce Harper2017-1924-26RF+3-20? From ABC News: read more

Kane the big threat for England – Courtois

first_imgBelgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expecting Harry Kane to be England’s biggest threat in the World Cup in Russia ahead of their group stage clashThe Red Devils will face off against England in their final game of Group G.Kane, who was recently appointed the new England captain by Gareth Southgate, has scored 108 goals in his 139 Premier League games over the past five seasons after breaking into the Tottenham team.The 24-year-old had his most productive season in front of goal for Spurs this season with 30 league goals and Courtois is well aware that Kane cannot be taken lightly.“England have a team with a lot of individual talent, you’ll have to watch out for several players,” said Courtois, according to Goal.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But the one who scores almost 30 goals every year is Harry Kane. He is the most dangerous.”The Chelsea goalkeeper is disappointed by Mohamed Salah’s expected absence in their friendly against Egypt on Wednesday, in what he hopes will provide Belgium with a similar test to what they faced with Tunisia.“It’s a shame we can’t play against the best team [of Egypt] because they will play without their best player,” he said.“I think Egypt has a good team. Obviously, with or without Salah, it’s different.“But it will be a good game and a good test, hopefully a match similar to that against Tunisia.”last_img read more

Juanfran Atleti are the club of my life I would like

first_imgAtletico Madrid full-back Juanfran hopes to renew his contract at the club that means the most to himThe former Real Madrid youth player has spent the last eight years with city rivals Atleti but will be out of contract at the end of this season.However, Juanfran remains a key member of the team and produced a great performance in their 1-0 La Liga win over Levante on Sunday.“Atleti are the club of my life, I would like to stay,” said Juanfran, according to Marca.“My hope is that the club renews me and that they still see me as a valuable player, who can put in a level of performance adequate of the team and our coach.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I will never create a problem here regardless if whether I leave in the summer or in future years, this club will always mean the world to me.“I hope to do whatever the best thing is for the club and I am sure that Diego Godin and Filipe Luis will do the same, they care about the club like this too.“The players are never the most important thing about Atleti but I believe my presence here can benefit the team going forward.”Juanfran has made 325 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side across all competitions.The 34-year-old’s time at the Spanish capital has seen him win La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, Europa League (2x) and UEFA Super Cup (2x).last_img read more

Pogba believes United has rediscovered itself

first_imgManchester United footballer Paul Pogba believes that his team is back to the place they belong, thanks to interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.After Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Manchester United, the board of directors appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim coach.And with him, the Red Devils have won their six matches played so far.This is why footballer Paul Pogba believes his team is returning to the place they belong, thanks to Solskjaer.“The way we are playing we have more possession of the ball. We know more where to attack and where to go. We have more of a pattern of play and more of a structure,” Pogba told Sky Sports News.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That makes it easier for everyone. So I would not say it is only myself. Yes, I have scored a few goals and had a few assists but it is all the team [that deserves credit].”“It was great for us. It was great to show we are coming back and getting closer to the top,” Pogba said. “We needed points and we showed that we could beat a big team,” he added.“I wouldn’t say [we had] luck because you create your own luck. David did his job and I thank him for that.”“I think the team performance was great. We played against a good team. You cannot say they are not a good team because they have top players,” Pogba commented.“It was a great game and it was a good victory for us.”last_img read more

Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultations

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Sept 2015 – Nearly one thousand people took part in the consultations on the Immigration and Turks and Caicos Islander Status Bills 2015; this according to the Ministry of Border Control and Employment in a press release.It was revealed that 550 individuals participated in the online survey through emails and written submissions, while 305 people attended the public meetings. Government officials called this the most recent comprehensive overhaul of TCI Immigration laws since 1992. Now that both bills have been passed in the House of Assembly, Minister of Border Control and Employment Don Hue Gardiner said: “These Bills will improve the lives of Turks and Caicos Islanders by ensuring greater opportunities for employment as well as upward mobility on the job for our people.”“In addition, the Bills contain provisions to ensure that new comers to our shores who comply with the rules are treated fairly.” The new laws will be implemented after a period of training, public education and resourcing of personnel and equipment. More than 75 amendments were made to the Turks and Caicos Islander status Bill and over 100 changes were applied to the Immigration Bill; both of which have been passed despite public objection. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:consultations, donhue gardiner, immigration bill, pnp Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

New Tourist man fell or pushed Police investigating

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2015 – Magnetic Media has been contacted by family who say they need more information on the case and a person who claims to have information that supports the death of the tourist man at the Seven Stars resort late Saturday night was not a suicide. Now, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is also saying the man “fell” from the building and an investigation is launched into details of how that may have happened. Authorities in media reports reveal that several witnesses including the man’s wife have been questioned. General Manager of Seven Stars resort, Ken Patterson is already on record protesting that this was not a suicide but instead a “grave accident.” Related Items:ken patterson, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, seven stars resort, suicide Developer monies allegedly paid to PNP & Defendants Police read for kindergarten children as part of school program Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Prostitution crack down necessary says Premier to Police Commishlast_img read more

Sweden Dominates Mexico 30 but both head to knockout round

first_img Elizabeth Alvarez, AP, Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsYEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Sweden was so dominant against Mexico at the World Cup that the best Mexican plays of the night were made 600 miles away by South Koreans.The Swedes rolled to a 3-0 rout Wednesday, never challenged in the second half, overtaking Mexico to win Group F just four nights after a gut-wrenching last-minute loss to Germany. The result, combined with South Korea’s 2-0 upset of the Germans, meant Sweden and Mexico — the group runner-up — advanced.The defending champions from Germany go home early.Sweden makes its first appearance in the knockout stage since 2006. Mexico plays in the round of 16 for the seventh straight World Cup, with its fans desperate for its first quarterfinal appearance in 32 years — the elusive “quinto partido,” or fifth game. Sweden Dominates Mexico 3-0, but both head to knockout round Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Elizabeth Alvarez, AP June 27, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: June 27, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 12345678 Sweden didn’t want to focus on getting revenge by helping eliminate Germany, which got some favorable calls in a tense 2-1 victory over the Swedes on Saturday night.“We grew another little bit,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. “I am not going to sit here and gloat having won a match or boast about a win. We don’t want to stir things up too much.”Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from close range five minutes into the second half, and captain Andreas Granqvist converted a penalty kick to help Sweden take control.Mexico’s Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute to put the game out of reach at 3-0.It capped an emotional week for the Blue-Yellow. The team made a unified statement Sunday defending teammate Jimmy Durmaz from criticism and racist attacks after his late foul led to a free kick that won the game for Germany.“A few days ago we lost in the last minute and we were very disappointed, and now we come back and beat Mexico,” Augustinsson said. “I think we deserved to win the group, and Mexico deserved to be second.”As Sweden’s lead grew, Mexican fans paid more attention to the other game, rooting against Germany, which could have passed Mexico with a victory depending on tiebreakers.El Tri’s faithful could be seen frantically checking their phones for scoring updates from Germany’s game soon after Sweden’s second goal. After South Korea’s first goal, they let up a loud cheer and tossed drinks in the air as their chances of advancing improved.Great organization and some fortunate timing played out in the second half for Sweden. Augustinsson scored when the ball luckily landed in his path following a mistimed shot from Viktor Claesson popped up to his teammate.After Granqvist’s penalty kick, Sweden took total control. Alvarez’s own goal occurred when he was trying to prevent Ola Toivonen from connecting with the ball, deflecting it with his arm past Ochoa.“We just need to move on,” Ochoa said. “This is the World Cup. We can’t pull it out of our pocket, it’s not going to be easy and I think it’s a good lesson for what’s to come.”Said coach Juan Carlos Osorio: “We have to say we qualified because we beat Germany and Korea. However and nevertheless, I am very hurt.”Alvarez’s own goal was the seventh overall of the World Cup, one more than the previous record in 1998.Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo was called for a yellow card just 13 seconds in — believed to be the fastest in World Cup history — setting up the first of two quick set-piece opportunities Sweden could not take advantage of.GROUP DYNAMICSSweden wins Group F and will face the runner-up of Group E (Brazil, Switzerland or Serbia) in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.As the runner-up, Mexico meets the Group E winner Monday in Samara.KEYS TO SUCCESSSweden didn’t panic despite missing early chances to score. The Swedes stayed crisp in their exchanges and it helped them find seams in El Tri’s defense.Mexico will lament its missed chances early. Its aggressive style did open up some counterstrike chances for Sweden.SIDELINEDDefender Hector Moreno got his second yellow card of the tournament and misses Mexico’s next game. Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson, who was carted off in the second half with head injury, also received a second yellow and will also be suspended.___Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at https://twitter.com/khightower Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sports Illustrated Launches Live Daily Show

first_img“Half of the battle with video on the web is not just the content, but what environment people are viewing that content in,” he says. “If you look at a CNN or any live network, they’re able to post video on-demand at a much faster rate because they’re producing that content live. We now have that same capability so the hope is to create a more immediate presence on the site.”SI Now will air daily from 1-1:30 p.m. ET—a high-traffic time for the site—with three primary segments including breaking news, an in-depth report and a guest interview.While the live show is a first for Time Inc., it’s part of a growing amount of sports talk video content available online.Broadcasters like ESPN, NBC Sports and the CBS Sports Network—along with the soon-to-be-launched Fox Sports channel—have 24-hour networks to draw from, while digital-only brands like SBNation, Bleacher Report and Sporting News have broken into the format as well.Orefice admits it’s a crowded marketplace, but says the challenge is nothing new for the brand.”Sports coverage is saturated as is, so you can ask the same question about how Sports Illustrated differentiates itself from the competition: Better analysis, better context,” he says. “We’re trying to bring that voice to life in a talk-show format.”To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! Building on Time Inc.’s new digital video unit, Sports Illustrated is launching a live daily sports talk show next week.The project, titled SI Now and sponsored by Ford, will be a 30-minute streaming broadcast that branches out from the prerecorded studio segments, features and the occasional live special the brand has been putting out since 2010. The SI video team that will now oversee production of the new show has grown from two to 10 in that time.To this point, SI’s video strategy has been focused on providing contextual experiences for the viewer, says Ian Orefice, executive producer of news and sports for Time Inc. It’s something they’ll focus on with SI Now, pairing clips from the show with other relevant content living on the site. As the news cycle continues to shrink, immediacy becomes increasingly relevant to that context.last_img read more

National Magazines Take On the Harvey Weinstein Scandal Industry Notes

first_imgMagazines take on WeinsteinAmid near-universal criticism against late-night TV hosts for being a bit slow on the uptake in covering the unfolding Harvey Weinstein scandal, 2017’s other preeminent bastions of social criticism, America’s national magazines, have taken up the charge this week.The New Yorker, whose reporting filled in several of the most disturbing details of Weinstein’s long pattern of sexual harassment and abuse first reported by The New York Times, obviously led the pack among America’s glossies with a deeply reported October 10th piece by Ronan Farrow, whom Page Six reports is now being “aggressively pursued” by ABC, CBS, and CNN for his reporting acumen.Time joined in with a dramatic and damning cover design for its October 23 double-issue, slamming Weinstein with the tagline, “Producer, predator, pariah,” accompanied by a column from the magazine’s film critic, Stephanie Zacharek, asking, “How do you solve a problem like Harvey Weinstein?” The magazine also added a longer piece online by lawyer Jill Filipovic examining Hollywood’s long history of promoting a culture of silence and capitulation and noting that even the men who do not perpetrate the abuse have often been complicit in fostering its continued existence.Kim Masters, editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter, told The New York Times‘ Jim Rutenberg that she had been chasing the Weinstein thread for years, but that a lack of cooperation from sources, mostly due to fear, prevented any stories from going to press. A similar experience was reported by a spokeswoman for New York magazine, who told Page Six of a withheld 2016 report, “The fact is that we couldn’t get the story to the point where we had sufficient confirmation and sourcing to publish.”Among magazines that frequently found themselves in Weinstein’s orbit over the years, Vanity Fair, People, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, and Variety have each published dozens of online stories on the fallout from the scandal, although Vanity Fair‘s November 2017 issue went to press too soon to weigh in.Variety took a similar tactic to Time, with a cover illustration of a gruff-looking Weinstein featuring the tagline, “Game Over” and an accompanying cover story by Brent Lang and Elizabeth Wagmeister.The Week was also quick on the uptake, covering its October 20th edition with an illustration of Weinstein, Donald Trump, and Bill O’Reilly, featuring the tagline, “See no evil: Why powerful men get away with sexual abuse.”Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour, whose relationship with Weinstein goes back at least a decade, issued a statement condemning the producer. “Behavior like this is appalling and unacceptable,” said Wintour. “I feel horrible about what these women have experienced and admire their bravery in coming forward. My heart goes out to them, as well as to [Weinstein’s wife] Georgina and the children. We all have a role to play in creating safe environments where everyone can be free to work without fear.”Perhaps the most ill-conceived reaction to date has been from Jewish magazine Tablet, who’s own editor-at-large, Mark Oppenheimer, decided to write at length about the “specifically Jewy” nature of Weinstein’s crimes. The predictable public backlash to the column elicited a public apology from Oppenheimer a day later.The column did have at least one fan on Twitter: noted Nazi enthusiast Richard Spencer.On the Record with Meredith CEO Steve LacyFolio: sister title min caught up this week with Meredith Corp. CEO Stephen Lacy, whose company is significant stakeholder to the MPA – The Association of Magazine Media, to discuss the association’s latest marketing campaign promoting the merits of print media to both readers and brand marketers alike.“As president of the MPA board, I have been part of the discussions about this campaign since the beginning. I think it is brilliant,” Lacy told min. “Magazine media content is thoroughly researched, fact-checked, curated and produced, unlike much of what is available to consumers today.”Lacy tells min the new campaign, titled, “Magazine Media. Better. Believe It,” is all about credibility and promoting the idea that what’s read in magazines is more thoroughly vetted and curated than what’s often found elsewhere — presumably, online.“As advertisers look for partnerships, it is essential for them to advertise in media sources that match their own company’s values,” said Lacy. “Marketers know that context matters. And our Meredith Sales Guarantee, which we have shared with our industry, has proven more than 70 times that magazine-media advertising drives positive ROI for advertisers.”Read the full interview here.Josh Duggar loses legal challenge against Bauer PublishingA federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Bauer Publishing by disgraced former reality TV star Josh Duggar, asserting that Bauer’s In Touch Weekly did not violate Duggar’s right to privacy when it published a May 2015 story describing Duggar’s history of sexually assaulting underage girls with information received through a Freedom of Information Act request.Judge Tim Brooks, of Arkansas’ Western District, cited in his decision to dismiss the “19 Kids and Counting” star’s claims prior Supreme Court rulings that the First Amendment gives newspapers and other media outlets the right to publish “lawfully obtained truthful information about a matter of public significance.”From the job board…The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc. seeks a full-time, Alexandria, Virginia-based assistant editor for its flagship IA Magazine and affiliated website, newsletters, and other digital properties. The position offers an annual salary of $50,000 to $55,000 and requires two to three years of experience, strong reporting and editing skills, command of AP Style, and knowledge of Google Analytics.See this and other new job openings at careers.foliomag.com.last_img read more

Spotify Time Capsule Playlist Bottles Your Life In 30 Songs

first_img Email News Facebook Read more Twitter center_img Can Spotify Bottle Your Youth In A Playlist? spotify-time-capsule-playlist-bottles-your-life-30-songs Streaming service’s latest playlist offering promises to transport you back in timeTim McPhateGRAMMYs Sep 28, 2017 – 3:39 pm Never underestimate the power of nostalgia. But can an automatically generated playlist really transport you to your teens or early 20s?Spotify says yes. The streaming service today rolled out “Your Time Capsule,” a playlist function that “gathers the 30 most nostalgic tracks from your teens and early twenties, creating the soundtrack for a trip down memory lane.”Going off my test case, the results are fun and … pretty close.While my automatically generated playlist definitely revealed some unabashed glam-metal and rock favorites of my youth — including Van Halen’s “Panama,” Vinnie Vincent Invasion’s “That Time Of Year,” Heart’s “Alone,” Journey’s “Faithfully,” Ratt’s “Round And Round,” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” it also generated a few head-scratchers with the likes of Prince, Enuff Z’Nuff and REO Speedwagon. With due respect to these three artists, they don’t evoke personal teenage memories.The playlist function is available to users in 60 markets. It factors in your age, country and listening patterns to create the playlist — however, those under 16 years of age will have to wait until they amass some nostalgia to try it out.Will “Your Time Capsule” work for you? Give it a whirl by finding the playlist option at the top of your homepage on Spotify, in the Decades section of Browse on Spotify’s mobile apps for iOS and Android, or by visiting Timecapsule.spotify.com. 
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CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Joan Pastorella of Reliv International

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Tewksbury’s Joan Pastorella of Reliv International.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

Scientists find mesmerizing upside down mirror pools on the sea floor

first_img Ocean XPrize prototypes set to unveil deep-sea mysteries Share your voice Tags 0 Post a comment Schmidt Ocean Institute Thanks to some enterprising underwater explorers, I am now a firm believer that the sea floor contains portals to a Stranger Things-esque Upside Down.A team of researchers from the Schmidt Ocean Institute have been spending their days exploring the depths of the Gulf of California as part of the “Microbial Mysteries” expedition. Over the past month, the team has been sampling the area, snapping video from about 1.2 miles (approx. 2,000 meters) below the surface. In that time they’ve gathered data to detail the microbial communities and metabolism of the deep and gain a better understanding of how microbes live around hydrothermal vents and cold seeps.In the alien, extreme environment of the deep, it’s remarkable to see life thriving and using the nutrient-rich vents and seeps to keep themselves alive. But it was another geological formation, caused by an underwater volcano, that offered the biggest surprise.Using the Institute’s research vessel “Falkor” and their remotely piloted robotic explorer “ROV SuBastian”, researchers were able to discover new geological formations with “mirror-like flanges” — areas where fluid from hydrothermal vents collected in topsy-turvy pools. When chief scientist Mandy Joye spotted one of the unusual pools her jaw literally dropped.You can see a ton of amazing footage from the expedition, in 4K, below: It’s not all good news for the ocean floor though. “Unfortunately, even in these remote and beautiful environments we saw copious amounts of trash including fishing nets, deflated Mylar balloons, and even a discarded Christmas trees,” said Joye in a press release. “This provided a stark juxtaposition next to the spectacular mineral structures and biodiversity.”In some of the “highlights” garbage is scattered about the rocks and muddy soil. At one point in the video, the smiling face of Olaf, the snowman in Disney’s animated film Frozen, smiles back at the underwater camera. We have found plastic pollutes even the deepest point of the world’s oceans, so that’s not all that surprising — but it does cast a solemn pall over the Ocean Institute’s discoveries. Sci-Tech 9 Photoslast_img read more

Tamil meme creators to have field day Saravana Stores owner to turn

first_imgSaravanan Arul.PR HandoutSaravanan Arul, who holds a top position in the Saravana Stores, is all set to become a hero. The businessman is impressed by the story narrated by director duo, JD – Jerry (Joseph D Sami and Gerald) and given nod to act in the film.The forthcoming movie will be launched in September and the makers have set their eyes on Tamil New Year (April) in 2020 for its release. The pre-production works are underway and the project is expected to be announced soon.Saravanan Arul is a popular name among netizens from Tamil Nadu. Thanks his ways of branding his products, people have made him a subject of trolling. Especially his commercials with Hansika Motwani and Tamannaah Bhatia had made him a meme-friendly face.The meme creators are expected to have field days in the months to come following his latest adventure.However, people have mellowed down on their criticism over his acts in the recent months. In fact, there have been reports of his results ensuring a good brand recall value among the audience. It also paved way for his competitors to become the faces of their own brands.His relief works during Gaja Cyclone and philanthropy works have started yielding positive results for him as a section of people have started accepting him.last_img read more

Two wheeler sales June 2017 Hero Motocorp TVS HMSI Royal Enfield report

first_imgMotorcyclists crowd a fuel station to fill up on petrol in Ahmedabad.Reuters fileTwo-wheeler sales witnessed a mixed trend in June, with Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI), TVS Motor Co. and Hero Motocorp reporting growth while Bajaj Auto saw volumes drop. The month saw hectic activity given that companies were dealing with the last month before the goods and services tax (GST) kicked-in, from July 1 across India except for Jammu & Kashmir.In the domestic market, TVS Motor Co. sold 228,518 units last month, up 10.4 percent from 207,012 vehicles sold last June, while exports rose 20.8 percent to 40,120 units, resulting in an overall growth of 11.8 percent. Hero Motocorp sold 6,24,185 units in India, up 14 percent from 5,49,533 sold last June. “The company sold 547,185 units of motorcycles during the month of June, thereby growing by 13 percent over the corresponding month last year. Hero MotoCorp sold 77,000 scooters in June, registering a 22 percent growth over the corresponding month in 2016,” Hero Motocorp said in a statement on Monday.HMSI reported a modest 2 percent growth in domestic sales at 416,498 units from 407,979 vehicles in June 2016, while exports rose 47 percent to 28,215 units and announced price revision.”Starting July 1, Honda is passing on the GST benefit applicable in most of the states to our valued customers who now get significant savings going up to Rs. 5,500 depending on the model and the state of purchase,” Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, HMSI said.Bajaj Auto’s two-wheeler sales declined 25 percent on to 2,04,667 units in June; the fall in domestic sales was 33 percent while exports took an 8 percent hit. “The company cut the vehicle prices by upto Rs 4,500 a fortnight before the GST implementation despite which the sales have remained weak. We have a neutral rating on the stock,” Shrikant Akolkar, Research Analyst- Auto & Auto Ancillary, Angel Broking,said in a note on Monday.Royal Enfield sales grew 25 percent to 63,160 units as against 50,682 vehicles last June.last_img read more

Police investigate India New Year sex attacks

first_imgIndian police personnel holding ‘lathi’ sticks as they attempt to manage crowds during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Bangalore. AFP file photoThere is “credible” evidence that gangs of men sexually assaulted women at a New Year’s Eve celebration in Bangalore, Indian police said Wednesday, adding they have filed a criminal case over the incident.Praveen Sood, the police commissioner of Bangalore city, said an inquiry had been set up into allegations women attending the Saturday night celebrations were chased, groped, molested and robbed.The announcement followed a public outcry over comments by a local minister blaming the attacks in the southern city-an IT hub considered relatively safe for women-on “western dress”.“We did not waste any time,” Sood told reporters, saying police had registered a criminal case without waiting for a complainant.“The police teams are working, we are sure we will catch the culprits.”Additional police commissioner Hemant Nimbalkar told AFP the case had been filed against unnamed persons for sexual harassment, illegal confinement and forcefully attempting to disrobe.Police officers have been sifting through footage from at least 45 CCTV cameras installed in the city centre where hundreds of revellers had gathered to celebrate the new year.India has been shamed in the past by shocking levels of sexual assault against women, notably in December 2012 when a student was gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi and later died of her injuries.Indians took to social media to condemn the latest incident, dubbed “night of horror”.“#bangaloremolestation only shows how casual it is to molest women” tweeted Falguni Vasavada-Oza.“How easy it is to grope! How vulnerable is safety! How deep is (d) hierarchy.”Video footage circulated on social media showed women screaming for help.The attacks in Bangalore have drawn comparison with last year’s mass sexual assaults at New Year’s celebrations in the German city of Cologne, where police were also accused of losing control.last_img read more

Migrants get three mins to call home

first_imgMigrants wait to receive free food near the Serbian-Hungarian border outside the town of Subotica. ReutersAfter an 11-month journey across desert and sea, Mohamed finally hears his mother’s voice once more thanks to a Red Cross camper that travels across Italy to help migrants call home.From the border crossing of Ventimiglia in the country’s north to the southern island of Lampedusa, this white converted camper van has offered hundreds of freshly-arrived migrants a three minute call to their nearest and dearest.Last stop was the capital Rome, where it pottered to a halt Monday in front of a Red Cross tent camp which houses up to 200 people plucked from unseaworthy vessels in the Mediterranean before they are sent to reception centres.Mohamed, a 27-year-old from Senegal, takes his place at one of the tables manned by volunteers laid out in the sunshine, as others from Bangladesh, Eritrea, Pakistan and West Africa crowd around, some unable to believe their luck.It can take time: numbers might not work, there may be network issues, or the phone rings off the hook. But often, a mother, brother or neighbour picks up on the other side of the world, and the distance drops away.”I have not spoken to my mum for five months, I heard her voice and it was like a blow to the heart, a blow of madness. I’m happy,” Mohamed tells AFP with a wide smile.Tears, celebrationsHe left home in April 2016, crossed the Sahara desert, was held hostage in Libya, before escaping and setting out to sea, where he was rescued by a Norwegian ship operating under the European border agency Frontex.He was brought to Sicily on Sunday, and was driven to the capital overnight and given a bed at the Red Cross camp.Mohamed used his three minutes — as the seconds tick down on a timer clock beside him — to thank his elder sister, who gave him the money for the journey.He also urgently wants to warn his friends: “Never try what I did. I risked my life.”It is not the first time the Red Cross volunteers have seen people warning loved ones. A few weeks ago in Pozzallo, Sicily, an Ivorian woman used the phone call to beg her mother to stop other young women leaving.”Libya is hell,” she sobbed according to the Red Cross, describing how she was raped by men holding her captive there.”My head was there in the village, mother, it was only my body that was with those men,” she was quoted as saying.The calls can be difficult when migrants discover someone back home has died.Others are moments of celebration, such as one in which a Malian man finally got through to his wife only to be told she had given birth to their baby boy.In either case the calls work wonders, says project manager Francesco Montrone, who since mid-January has overseen over 1,500 calls, 60 percent of which have been successful.Mood changer”The mood in the centres changes a lot once the migrants call home. They calm down, the atmosphere is more relaxed,” Montrone said.The project was launched a year ago in the Netherlands by the Vodafone Foundation which finances the camper and pays for the calls.The unit, which has spent two months on loan to the Italian Red Cross, will now return to tour Dutch reception centres, but Montrone hopes it won’t be the last Italy sees of this mobile psychological lifeline.Reception centres are obliged to provide migrants with telephone cards, but those waiting to be transferred from first responder camps do not have this privilege, nor do those living in informal settlements at the borders.A shy young Nigerian sits down at one of the tables, shivering in his threadbare clothes. The volunteer assigned to take care of him runs to get him a body warmer before helping him dial his father’s number.At the next table, a Pakistani who arrived last week reassures his brother he is well until an alarm clock sounds: the three minutes are up.last_img read more