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Cook, Bell guide England into commanding position

first_imgAlastair Cook continued to plunder the Australian bowling on Wednesday, becoming the most prolific English run scorer in an Ashes series in eight decades and guiding the visitors into a series-winning position in the fifth Test.Alastair Cook after his century in Sydney. AP PhotoThe 26-year-old opener scored 189 and shared a 154-run sixth-wicket partnership with Ian Bell, who survived a dropped catch and a controversial umpire overrule before notching his first Test century against Australia and helping England reach 488-7 at stumps on the third day, a first-innings lead of 288.England have an unbeatable 2-1 lead and needs only a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground to claim its first Test series victory in Australia since 1987.Cook had some contentious moments on 46 and 99, both against left-arm spinner Michael Beer, but passed 5,000 career runs and lifted his series tally to 776 runs at an average of 127 with another commanding innings.The 26-year-old Cook scored an unbeaten 235 in the first Test and has only been out five times in the series. He surpassed Herbert Sutcliffe – who scored 734 in the 1924-25 series in Australia – as England’s second-highest scorer in an Ashes series. Only the great Wally Hammond has scored more for England in a series, accumulating 905 in 1928-29 at average of 113.Australia’s Sir Donald Bradman holds the record with his 974 runs in 1930 series in England.Cook was out soon after the tea interval, caught by Mike Hussey off Shane Watson’s bowling to make the England total 380-6.Bell continued to score his maiden century in Australia, but it will remain contentious. He challenged umpire Aleem Dar’s decision when he was caught behind on 67 off Watson’s bowling. The TV umpire Tony Hill ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence that Bell got an edge on a Shane Watson ball that went between bat and bad. But later television technology indicated Bell did snick the ball and Dar’s decision should have stood.advertisementThe English No. 6 was also dropped on 84 when legspinner Steven Smith put down a regulation return catch.Still, after 11 half centuries against Australia, he finally reached three figures. He was caught by Michael Clarke at second slip to give Mitchell Johnson a third wicket six minutes before stumps was called due to bad light.Bell shared century stands with Cook and wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who hit a classic straight six and five boundaries as he raised 50 from 54 balls. He was not out on 54 when play was stopped six overs before the scheduled close.Cook’s innings wasn’t without its anxious moments.He was four runs short of a half century when he appeared to be caught out off Beer’s bowling late on the second day, only for umpire Billy Bowden to refer the decision to the TV umpire, suspecting a no-ball. The third umpire confirmed Beer had overstepped the crease.On 99, Cook clipped a Beer delivery to bat-pad, where Phil Hughes claimed a catch at ground level. But Cook stood his ground despite loud and sustained appeals from the Australians, and got the benefit of the doubt when video replays seemed to show the ball touching the grass millimeters before Hughes got his fingers under it.But otherwise, his eight-hour, 342-ball innings was full of confident, well executed strokes and contained 16 boundaries.England resumed on Wednesday at 167 for three in reply to Australia’s 280 and only lost four wickets in three sessions, including night watchman Jimmy Anderson – bowled by Peter Siddle for seven – and Paul Collingwood – caught for 13 stepping down the wicket to Beer in the morning.last_img read more

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Rajeev Shukla may become interim BCCI president

first_imgWith the sudden demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya on Sunday evening, the seat of BCCI president has been left vacant and Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla seems the most likely candidate to take over, at a Special General Meeting to be called by secretary Anurag Thakur.According to the BCCI constitution, Thakur needs to send out the notice for the SGM by October 5 and the meeting needs to take place within three weeks of the notice when an interim president will be picked.A senior BCCI official told Mail Today that Shukla and Sharad Pawar are the two contenders for the top post at present. Shukla is said to have the backing of the BJP top brass while those very people aren’t too keen on having Pawar back in the hot seat, even though the Maharashtra strongman has shown keen interest and was also likely to contest at this year’s Annual General Meeting.”One has to calculate well and according to the current situation, Shukla is the most favoured candidate. He is not only on good terms with Thakur, but also has the backing of top BJP officials.Keeping those equations in mind, one must realise that Pawar doesn’t really have that support. “Also, it is East Zone’s turn to nominate the president and it is clear that Shukla is trying to work that angle in his favour. But relations change overnight in the BCCI,” he said.last_img read more

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Kutxa Clubs Panathinaikos, 84-68

first_imgThird quarter: Adams pours in 12 points as difference soars to 20sPanathinaikos got a great start to the second half with a basket from Calathes. The same player’s steal soon led to a Williams slam. However Hanga and Adams scored at the rim – and Adams added a bonus free throw – to make it 44-32. Calathes added a jumper, but Hanga’s triple further extended the difference. Laboral dominated the offensive glass with Planinic finishing a four-chance possession. Tillie’s tip in was followed by a wild Adams three that bounced high off the back rim before falling in to cap a 10-0 run for a 20-point advantage. After a Panathinaikos timeout, Calathes fed Gist for an alley-oop, but Bourousis countered with free throws and Hanga rejected Gist as the hosts remained in total control. After a put-back by Kuzmic, Adams and Haynes traded threes. Adams scored again and tacked on a free throw after a technical on the Greens’ bench for a 62-42 lead. After Bourousis free throws, Haynes made his second triple and Hanga limped off the floor. Baskets by Pavlovic on the offensive glass and Williams at the buzzer made it 64-49. Fourth quarter: Panathinaikos run proves too little, too lateAdams stayed hot with his fourth three at the start of the fourth quarter and James threw down a ferocious two-handed slam to restore a 20-point difference. Raduljica finally scored his first basket of the second half with a fast break layup. Tillie netted a triple and James rejected Calathes as Laboral remained in charge. Calathes set up Raduljica for another basket inside, but the Greens did not appear to have the urgency needed to fight back from a 20-point deficit. Caalthes sent a behind-the-back assist to Hunter on the break. Calathes set up Hunter for another dunk and Haynes hit a baseline jumper to make it 73-60 and give the visitors some hope with five minutes to go. James responded with a big three. Haynes added another jumper, but time was not on the Greens’ side. A three-point play by Bourousis with 2:40 to go all but sealed the outcome at 79-62. Hunter finished another alley-oop and James Feldeine finished a tough layup, but the local fans were already celebrating the victory.TweetPinShare0 Shares Laboral Kutxa set the tone in its playoffs series against Panathinaikos Athens with an 84-68 victory on April 13 at home in Spain.The visitors led early, but Ioannis Bourousis came off the bench to help Laboral to a slim lead after 10 minutes. That difference grew to double figures in the second quarter before Darius Adams took charge with 12 third quarter points, including a wild three that bounced high off the rim before falling in to cap a 10-0 run as the difference grew to 20. Panathinaikos fought back in the fourth quarter, but never threatened the outcome. Adams finished with 20 points and Bourousis scored 15 for the winners. Mike James added 11 points and 6 assists, Adam Hanga netted 10 and Kim Tillie collected 11 rebounds. Miroslav Raduljica led Panathinaikos with 21 points, but scored just twice in the second half after dominating early. MarQuez Haynes added 11 points and Nick Calathes dished 11 assists in defeat. First quarter: Bourousis sparks hosts off the benchElliot Williams got off to an ideal start by drawing a foul from Tillie on his first touch and draining a deep three on his second. Adams evened it with a triple before Raduljica overpowered Ilimane Diop inside. After the Panathinaikos center split free throws, Hanga used his speed to blow by defenders and get a layup. Raduljica added more free throws and sent Diop to the bench with 2 fouls in less than three minutes. Adams kept the hosts close with a layup, but Raduljica sank a hook shot. However a Davis Bertans three tied it at 10-10 and a Tillie tip-in gave Laboral its first lead. James Gist’s turnaround jumper and Ognjen Kuzmic’s hook over Bourousis came on Calathes’s fourth assist. Hanga rejected Antonis Fotsis on the break as neither team found the basket for more than two minutes. Bourusis ended the drought with a basket-plus-foul, but free throws by Raduljica put Panathinaikos ahead again. Bourousis’s triple with 13 seconds left in the quarter gave the hosts an 18-16 advantage. Second quarter: Blazic’s threes help Laboral to double-digit leadRaduljica extended his strong start with another hook shot. A three by Jaka Blazic gave Laboral the lead once more. After the unstoppable Raduljica added a tip-in, Hanga nailed a triple for a 24-20 Laboral lead. James added a three with a hand in his face and Alberto Corbacho followed on the fast break to score after Sasha Pavlovic rejected Blazic. Down 9, the Greens turned to Raduljica, who scored with another hook. Darko Planinic came in for Bourousis and took a dish from James for a layup and a 31-22 advantage midway through the quarter. Blazic connected from downtown as the hosts took a double-digit lead. Raduljica attacked the glass for a put-back slam, but Planinic netted 3 free throws over two possessions as the lead grew. Vince Hunter came off the bench to make an impact at both ends with an offensive rebound and a blocked shot, but also missed twice from the line. Gist used a spin move to bring the Greens within 37-27 with a minute left in the half. Bourousis countered with a pretty move of his own. Gist split free throws to end the half with the visitors trailing 39-28.last_img read more

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What If Tom Brady Missed Four Games Every Year

201411 201325Bye 200711 200644 20093T4Possible playoffs 201111 This one looks a lot worse. If you took one win away from every Pats team since 2001, not only could they have missed the playoffs two more times (depending on whom they lost to), but they would also lose a playoff bye at least twice and possibly four times, again depending on which game they lost and by how much. It’s also probably worth noting that the 2008 Patriots, who had Brady for less than one quarter of one game, would have been a No. 3 seed if they could have squeezed out one more win, or even been a bye team if they managed two more wins. Instead, they missed the playoffs.More importantly, losing one more game would have had negative effects on New England’s playoff position in three of its four Super Bowl-winning years. And that’s why four games of Brady might be even more valuable than the draft pick — to the Patriots. For most teams, a first-round draft pick is probably worth more than a single win. But if that one win is crucial to your Super Bowl chances, you take it. 200422 20031T1Possible home adv. 20012T4Bye 20132T2Possible bye 2002outout YEARSEEDSEED W/ ONE FEWER WIN IN FIRST FOUR GAMESCOST 2008outout 20054T4Possible playoffs But that version of this examination is probably too granular. In the Patriots’ four games without Brady, there are only so many outcomes — they can only win zero, one, two, three or four games with or without Brady. While technically every swing has some probability (they might have won zero games with Brady but now win four games without him), the most likely effect is that the Patriots drop zero or one games — that’s the outcome the 7-point estimate produced in 10 of the 12 years in which Brady played in all of the season’s first four games. That is, if they would have gone 3-1 with Brady, without him they’d probably stay at 3-1 or drop to 2-2. Now let’s focus on the most likely negative scenario. What would happen if we just took one teensy-tiny win away each season? 201011 2008outout 201223Bye 2002outout 201011 20111T1Possible home adv. Tom Brady, Super Bowl MVP; Tom Brady, NFL icon; Tom Brady, scofflaw. The Deflategate punishments have been handed down by the league office, and the official report on the incident refused to speculate about whether the New England Patriots got any advantage from their deflated balls, saying: “It is impossible to determine whether this activity had an effect on the outcome of games or what that effect was.” But suspending Brady (and taking away draft picks) is almost sure to have an effect.The Patriots owe the league $1 million, one first-round draft pick in 2016, and one fourth-round draft pick in 2017. All of that for “violation of the playing rules and the failure to cooperate in the subsequent investigation.” Meanwhile, for “conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL,” Tom Brady — the Patriots’ reasonably well-known quarterback — received a 4-game suspension, which he is planning to appeal.The best spin on this news for Patriots fans is that Brady’s value is relatively unknown. While he has a history of great accomplishments and stats, QB success is much more of a team accomplishment than an individual one. Unlike certain other quarterbacks who have played for multiple teams and multiple coaches, Brady has only played for Bill Belichick’s Patriots. We don’t know if the Patriots would collapse without him — the one season where he missed significant time (in 2008), the Patriots went 11-5 with Matt Cassel under center.1I certainly look forward to some empirically significant games next year if Brady’s appeal fails. The Patriots’ backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, actually had a higher passer rating than Brady last year, though he only had 27 attempts and was sacked five times.But while I don’t know what Brady is really worth, I can lay out a couple of estimates and see what the effects of his suspension might be. Let’s use history as our guide and look at the past 14 years to see what might have happened had Brady been forced to sit the first four games of each season.While I’m not always in love with how Vegas values QBs, it’s a decent place to start: According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, the betting line in the Patriots opener against the Steelers has shifted by about 5 points, though Bell claims gamblers usually consider Brady’s value to be closer to 7 points. So for this first test, I took each game that Brady played for the Patriots in the first four team games of each season and took away 6.5 points. In other words, if the Patriots won by 7 or more, I assumed that they would have won even without Brady, while if they won by 6 or less I counted it as a loss (if he didn’t play, I left the result as is). I then re-jiggered the playoff standings to see how the Patriots’ new record would have affected their playoff position each season. This recalculation cost the Pats eight wins since 2001, knocked them out of the playoffs in 2005 and 2009, and cost them a first-round bye in 2013.2Assuming everything else had played out the same — which is unlikely, but counterfactuals are pretty much always just mind candy. However, it also leaves all of their Super Bowl-winning seasons unscathed: 20054outPlayoffs 20093outPlayoffs YEARSEEDSEED W/ BRADY OUT FIRST FOUR GAMESCOST 200644 20141T2Possible bye 200422 200711 201222 200122 200311 read more

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3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer looks out toward the field during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24. OSU won, 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor Despite not playing a game on Saturday, No. 1 Ohio State consumed much of the headlines in the college football universe after news broke that redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett had been suspended for the Buckeyes’ upcoming game against Minnesota after being cited for operating a motor vehicle while impaired.On Monday, OSU coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media for his weekly press conference in which he discussed the Barrett situation and looked ahead to the game against Minnesota.Here are three notes from his presser.J.T. Barrett As expected, the majority of Meyer’s time at the podium was spent discussing the situation surrounding Barrett.Probably the most interesting wrinkle that came to light is that Barrett will have his summer aid revoked, Meyer announced.Initially, the thought was that the Wichita Falls, Texas, native was having to pay for his fall or spring semester — which would have been a hefty payment since Barrett is from out of state.An OSU spokesman later clarified that it is Barrett’s summer aid that is being rescinded.This precedent was set in 2012 when former offensive lineman Jack Mewhort was involved in an alcohol incident. The same punishment was handed out to now-redshirt sophomore tight end Marcus Baugh in 2013.One thing that Barrett has not lost, at least yet, is his role of being a team captain. Meyer said the possibility of removing the hypothetical ‘C’ from the redshirt sophomore’s uniform has been tossed around among the team, but as of now, it will remain.“I visited with some older players about that,” Meyer said. “My initial reaction was that he might but we just talked to some guys but it was very strong with the leadership on the team to (not take it away). I’m still in my own mind going through that. But as of now, no.”For many fans on Saturday, the news of Barrett’s citation greeted them when they awoke from their Friday night slumber. The same was true for OSU’s coach.“(I found out through) a text message at 6 a.m.,” Meyer said. “ I called the person who texted me and said, ‘is this right?’”After getting the message, Meyer said he went about dealing with it, considering all the facts and consulting with athletic director Gene Smith before settling on the one-game suspension.Later in the day, the coach said, Barrett came over to his house “blown away, devastated” by his actions. Meyer stressed that the redshirt sophomore was distraught over the possible harm his mistake would place on the team.Meyer said he is “disappointed it happened” but the team is set to turn the page on the issue.“We did what we did and we’re moving forward,” he said.Braxton MillerRedshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones will reassume the role of starting quarterback, which he occupied for the season’s first seven games. This Saturday, however, Barrett will no longer be backing him up.So who slides into that spot in case something, like an injury, were to happen to Jones during the game?Is it redshirt freshman Stephen Collier who has seen the field in garbage time once already this year? Or is it a certain former two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year?The latter.“As of right now, it would be Braxton (Miller),” Meyer said of the backup role. “There is no question he is our No. 2 quarterback.”Even if the situation where another quarterback would have to come in for Jones in case of injury fails to materialize, there is a chance that Miller still may be used in some capacity as quarterback, specifically in the red zone.In the first seven games with Jones at the helm, red zone efficiency was an area of concern for OSU. To strengthen that weakness, Meyer capitalized on Barrett’s added dimension of running the football inside the red zone for two games before promoting him to full-time starter.Now, potentially, Miller might assume Barrett’s old role.“We’re not there yet, it’s still early in the week so we’re having those conversations right now,” Meyer said.Wide receiver depthContinuing with the discussion of the offensive side of the ball, Meyer talked about the hobbled state of the wide receiver position for the Buckeyes.The coach said that junior H-back Dontre Wilson, who was been in and out of the rotation this season, is questionable for the Minnesota game after having a procedure on his foot.Redshirt freshman Parris Campbell has seen the field sparingly in 2015 because an array of minor injuries, which continue to affect him into this week. Meyer said that the Akron native is also listed as questionable for Saturday’s contest.Johnnie Dixon, a redshirt freshman, was a player that appeared to be poised to fill at wide receiver in the beginning of the season. But like Campbell, injuries have plagued the Palm Beach, Florida, native, limiting him to just one catch for 29 yards in the season opener against Virginia Tech.Meyer said that Dixon has a microfracture right below his patella in his knee that will keep him out a couple of weeks.All of this means that redshirt senior Jeff Greene and redshirt sophomore James Clark will most likely spend meaningful time on the turf against the Golden Gophers.Both the said players saw most of their action this season on special teams, but in OSU’s game against Rutgers on Oct. 24, Greene and Clark both were in at wide receiver before garbage time arrived.The duo received champion grades from Meyer mainly for their effort in perimeter blocking, although Greene did have one catch for 10 yards.With the availability of Wilson and Campbell up in the air, Greene and Clark should be split out wide at some point on Saturday, as OSU and Minnesota are set to kickoff at 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Puel says Leicester should focus on honoring Srivaddhanaprabha

first_imgThe Foxes manager believes the result against Cardiff City on Saturday is irrelevant and that his club only needs to remember his former ownerLeicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha tragically died in a helicopter accident last weekend.And his club will not pause its participation in the English Premier League, as it will continue with its scheduled match against Cardiff City on Saturday.For the Foxes manager Claude Puel, the outcome doesn’t matter.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The result is the second thing but I think about our condition, our focus,” he told Sky Sports.“We will be ready but I hope we can find a good balance between conviction and emotion in this game because if we remain just on the emotion it will be difficult.”“But I am confident after seeing my players at a training session that they can give their best for a few minutes and I hope we can have this feeling just for the game. Before and after, we cannot forget,” he added.“I think we have a responsibility to continue this way and I think all the players are ready to compete.”last_img read more

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100 Women Who Care Donate To The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

first_imgAll members are given a chance to pitch for a cause or nonprofit they support.  Three names are drawn, those three then make their pitch, and the group votes on the cause that receives the funds from the meeting. The group meets for one hour, four times a year, and each member brings a check for $100. On each of four nights during the year, these 100 Women Who Care give up to $10,000 to a local charity, non-profit, or worthy cause in the community. The group held their fourth quarter meeting December 27 at the Don Gillman Kenai River Center on Funny River Road. The group selected the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank as the recipient at Thursday nights meeting. A total of 78 women attended the meeting awarding the Food Bank $7,800. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享100+ Women Who Care nominate local charities, non-profits, or worthy causes in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for August 16 Man Pulled Over For Riding Lawn Mower

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, August 16, 2019:A juvenile was reported missing from the Milestone Group Home on High Street. He was last seen around 11:10am on Thursday. (3:19am)A chicken was reported missing from its West Street yard. (11:30am)A Park Street caller reported a scam call. Scammer was pretending to be her grandson and said he was in jail and needed $7,000-$9,000 to get out. (1:15pm)A landscaping company threw grass clippings all over the roadway on Adams Street. Police spoke with the company’s employees, who cleaned up the roadway. (2:38pm)Fire Department responded to smoldering mulch at Market Basket. (2:58pm)Police pulled over a man riding a lawn mower on Aldrich Road and Shawsheen Avenue. Police stood by while tractor was picked up and loaded. (3:21pm)——(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 23: Break-Ins on Ballardvale Street; Ride-On Lawn Mower vs. Parked Car; Erratic DriverIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 28: Dracut Woman Arrested; Lawrence Man Issued Summons; Missing RingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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The Russos explain the story behind Iron Mans iconic final line in

first_img Avengers: Endgame breakdown of Thanos’ fate Robert Downey Jr. played Iron Man. Marvel Studios Following the massive box office success of Avengers: Endgame and in anticipation of its Blu-ray release, directors the Russo brothers are on a victory tour. They just got done doing an AMA on Reddit and today they just finished up a live chat on Twitter, where they answered fan questions.It was all bog standard stuff, except for one little detail.The ending of Avengers: Endgame was extremely good, particularly Tony Stark’s ultimate sacrifice. Stark’s final line, “I am Iron Man” harks back to the first Iron Man, and the first MCU movie, and felt like a perfect signing off — not just for the character, but the series as a whole.Turns out that line was actually put in at the last minute. During the first shoot Tony Stark actually said… nothing! 7 Photos Comments Share your voice TV and Moviescenter_img The @Russo_Brothers are LIVE now from Twitter HQ to answer all your questions about Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame and more! Get the film on Digital now and on Blu-ray Tuesday. #WeLoveYou3000 https://t.co/URWV8vV9F3— The Avengers (@Avengers) August 8, 2019 2 Tags “Initially when we shot the scene where Tony shows down with Thanos and snaps he did not say anything,” explained Anthony Russo.But when they took the footage to the editing room, Tony Stark’s final scene didn’t quite resonate.It was Jeffrey Ford, the editor, who came up with the idea to re-use the line “I am Iron Man.””We couldn’t figure it out,” said Russo. “It was actually our editor Jeff Ford who has been a cornerstone of the MCU… he came up with the line, he suggested the line and the minute he brought it up it was like ‘of course’. How could his last line ever be anything else other than that.”It was a really beautiful, perfect moment.”last_img read more

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RBIs Rajan likely to cut repo rate by 25bps next week Poll

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan is likely to announce a cut in key policy rates at the upcoming bi-monthly meeting on 29 September amid falling inflation and slowdown in the economy, according to a poll.A Reuters poll showed 45 of 51 economists expect the central bank to cut repo rate by 25bps to 7%. The RBI had already reduced the rates three times so far this year.In the previous month, the survey showed 60% probability for such move.”A 25bp cut in the repo rate is our baseline expectation for next week. We believe disinflation in India had been materially stronger than expected recently, which has created room for further monetary easing,” said Barclays Capital in a note.The retail inflation fell to a record low of 3.66% in August and the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) slowed to 7% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.The wholesale price inflation (WPI) declined further to minus 4.9% in August, reaching the lowest level since 2005. The WPI has been in negative territory for the past 10 months.”Concerns of renewed weakness in the global economy and its effect on commodity prices could offer further cushion to upside pressures to the inflation trajectory in India in the coming months,” said Barclays.In the wake of inflation falling to record lows, some sections in the business community and the government including the Finance Ministry have publicly called for a rate cut, even though the central bank governor Rajan, who is known for his hawkish stance, still wants to see a sustained fall in inflation rates.”We believe it was the RBI’s conscious policy in recent months to err on the side of caution in terms of its communication and manage expectations for further easing. We do not expect the RBI to drop its bias of caution abruptly,” said the note.last_img read more

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Pompeo meets Saudi king over Khashoggi case

first_imgUS secretary of state Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 16 October 2018. Photo: ReutersUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday to discuss the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Turkish police prepared to search the Saudi consul’s residence in Istanbul in a widening probe.Khashoggi, a US resident and leading critic of the Saudi crown prince, vanished after entering the consulate on 2 October. Turkish officials say they believe he was murdered there and his body removed, which the Saudis strongly deny.President Donald Trump, who dispatched Pompeo to Riyadh amid strained ties with the key ally, has speculated that “rogue killers” may be responsible after speaking with King Salman.After talks with king, Pompeo met foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir and will have dinner with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He may go on to Turkey.Overnight, Turkish crime scene investigators entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the last place Khashoggi was seen before vanishing, for the first time and searched the premises for over nine hours, Reuters witnesses said.A Turkish foreign ministry source said the police would search the consulate again on Tuesday as well as the consul’s residence, which Turkish television has previously reported could be linked to Khashoggi’s disappearance.The case has provoked an international outcry against the world’s top oil exporter, with media and business executives pulling out of an investment conference next week.HSBC CEO John Flint backed out on Tuesday , as did the CEOs of Standard Chartered and Credit Suisse.During the initial consulate search, CNN reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia was preparing to acknowledge Khashoggi’s death in a botched interrogation, after denying for two weeks any role in his disappearance.The New York Times, citing a person familiar with the Saudi plans, reported the crown prince had approved an interrogation or abduction of Khashoggi. It said the Saudi government, which could not be reached immediately for comment on the reports, would shield the prince by blaming an intelligence official for the bungled operation.Turkish authorities have an audio recording indicating that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, a Turkish official and a security source have told Reuters, and have shared evidence with countries including Saudi Arabia and the United States.Pompeo was greeted at the airport by officials including Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Khaled bin Salman.Consulate SearchSome 10 Turkish investigators left the consulate before 5 am (0200 GMT), and a Turkish prosecutor departed around 1-1/2 hours later, followed shortly after by a Saudi team, witnesses said.Forensic vehicles took away soil samples as well as a metal door from the garden, the Reuters witness said. A police dog was part of the search team.”The Turkish crime scene investigators carried out searches in the consulate and took the things deemed necessary,” a senior Turkish official said, after acknowledging the difficulty of collecting evidence 13 days after the alleged incident.The UN human rights chief on Tuesday said immunity on diplomatic premises and officials should be lifted for the Khashoggi investigation.Trump has threatened “severe punishment” if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, but ruled out cancelling arms deals worth tens of billions of dollars. European allies have urged accountability for those responsible.Many members of the US Congress, which has long had a testy relationship with Saudi Arabia, have issued strong criticism of the kingdom.Saudi Arabia has said it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions “with greater action,” and Arab allies rallied to support it.The Saudi riyal, rebounded early after falling to its lowest in two years over fears that foreign investment could shrink. Saudi stock index was down 3 per cent in early Tuesday trade before it recouped some losses for a decline of 0.5 per cent by 0949 GMT.The chief executive of Clariant, which has Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) as its anchor shareholder, said rising tensions about Khashoggi could hit the Swiss speciality chemicals maker.Family StatementKhashoggi, a familiar face on Arab talk shows, moved to Washington last year fearing retribution for his criticism of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.The insider never shied away from criticising Saudi policies but gained prominence in many circles, including as an adviser to former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal.Members of Khashoggi’s family have called for “an independent and impartial international” investigation.Khashoggi’s fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside the consulate the day he disappeared, tweeted a Koranic verse warning those who kill on purpose, with the hashtag “Jamal is the Martyr of the Word”.A pro-government Turkish daily published preliminary evidence last week from investigators who it said had identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team that arrived in Istanbul on diplomatic passports hours before Khashoggi disappeared. One of the names matches a LinkedIn profile for a forensic expert who has worked at the Saudi interior ministry for 20 years.last_img read more

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30 killed in Indonesia flood landslide

first_imgIndonesian residents evacuate their homes in Makassar on 24 January, 2019 as heavy rain and strong winds pounded the southern part of Sulawesi island, swelling rivers that burst their banks and inundating dozens of communities in nine southern districts. Photo: AFPThe death toll from flash floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to 30, as rescuers raced to find two dozen still missing, the disaster agency said Thursday.Thousands have been evacuated from their homes as heavy rain and strong winds pounded the southern part of Sulawesi island, swelling rivers that burst their banks and inundating dozens of communities in nine southern districts.Parts of the provincial capital Makassar have also been affected.Rescuers and residents waded through streets filled with waist-deep water, some carrying their belongings above their heads.”We urge people to always be aware of the possibility of floods and landslides,” said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia`s Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on 23 January, 2019 shows an aerial view of the flood situation in Gowa, Sulawesi. Photo: AFPLandslides and flooding are common in Indonesia, especially during the monsoon season between October and April, when rain lashes the vast Southeast Asian archipelago.In October, flash floods and landslides killed at least 22 people in several districts across Sumatra island.On Thursday, the disaster agency said that while flooding in South Sulawesi province was receding “the search and evacuation process is still ongoing”.The death toll had stood at 26 on Thursday morning.More than 3,000 people have been evacuated and at least 46 are being treated at local hospitals and health clinics.The floods also damaged houses, government buildings, schools and bridges.last_img
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NTSB Report Cargo Plane That Crashed Near Anahuac Appears To Have Hit

first_imgNational Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)This photo shows an aerial view of the debris field left by Atlas Air Flight 3591.A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) about the deadly plane crash that occurred near Anahuac on February 23 indicates the aircraft appears to have hit turbulence a minute before it entered a steep descent that ended when the plane smashed into Trinity Bay.According to the report, “small vertical accelerations” suggest Atlas Air Flight 3591 entered turbulence soon after the pilots had descended to avoid a band of precipitation as they approached Houston’s Bush Intercontinental  Airport. The three people aboard the aircraft, two pilots and a passenger, died in the accident.Seconds after leveling off around 6,200 feet, the cargo plane’s engines surged to “maximum thrust” and it briefly pointed its nose 4 degrees up, according to flight data. The jet then rapidly swung to point 49 degrees downward and began its drop toward the muddy bay, the federal agency said.NTSB spokesman, Keith Holloway, said the agency is still investigating the underlying cause of the sharp change in pitch. It’s a move that alarmed aviation experts.“Obviously, going 49 degrees nose down is beyond a radical move,” said Todd Curtis, a former Boeing safety engineer who runs AirSafe.com. “That’s not something an airplane should be doing, especially at that altitude.”Curtis said it remains unclear whether a problem with the plane’s systems or human action was primarily to blame for the crash. If it’s a technical issue, he said, that could warrant a broader review of the widely-used Boeing aircraft.The NTSB previously said cockpit audio suggests the pilots lost control while passing over Trinity Bay, about 40 miles east of Bush Intercontinental Airport.Before the crash, the plane’s stick shaker, which warns of an imminent engine stall, did not activate, according to the NTSB. That means it’s unlikely the pilots pointed the nose down to avoid stalling.As the plane dropped, the agency said, it accelerated to 495 mph and gradually pulled up to a 20-degree descent. Curtis said this suggests the crew were trying to pull out of steep fall.The jet, which had been carrying cargo from Miami for Amazon and the US Postal Service, disintegrated upon impact with the shallow bay.The NTSB said investigators found one of the plane’s engines and some landing gear west of the rest of the debris, which was spread over 350 yards of the swampy area.Tidal waters carried some parts of the plane and much of its cargo south, and some wreckage was recovered up to 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the crash site, according to the NTSB. Sharelast_img read more

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Male New World monkeys attract females by washing in urine

first_imgWild Capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus), on a tree near a river bank in the jungles of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Image: David M. Jensen/Wikipedia. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Male New World monkeys attract females by washing in urine (2011, February 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-male-world-monkeys-females-urine.html More information: Why do capuchin monkeys urine wash? An experimental test of the sexual communication hypothesis using fMRI, by Kimberley A. Phillips et al. American Journal of Primatology Early View, DOI:10.1002/ajp.20931 Urine sprays during courtship send mixed messages Explore further The new research, by Dr Kimberley Phillips and colleagues of the Department of Psychology at Trinity University in San Antonio, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans to study the brains of four adult female tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) while they were smelling the urine of juvenile males and of sexually mature adults.The results showed the monkeys’ brain scans were different when they were exposed to the urine of juveniles and adults, becoming much more active when the urine was from adult males. Several regions of the brain were activated when the females were sniffing the adult male urine, especially those regions associated with olfactory processing.Dr Phillips and her team suggest the increased activity shows the urine is being used as a means of communicating the male’s sexual availability and social status. The females’ ability to discriminate between the urine of young monkeys and sexually mature adults also suggests the females are able to detect the higher levels of testosterone in the adult males’ urine. Higher testosterone levels are linked with sexual maturity and also higher social status in capuchin monkeys.Previous hypotheses put forward to explain the urine-washing behavior included maintenance of body temperature and as a means of identification of individuals, but studies testing these hypotheses have been inconclusive. Another study reported that when females solicited the males, which they do when they are at their peak in fertility, the males increased the frequency of washing with urine.Several other species of New World monkeys show the same behavior of urinating into their hands and then rubbing it on their fur. They include squirrel monkeys, mantled howler monkeys, and other species of capuchins.The paper is published in the American Journal of Primatology. Dr Phillips, an associate professor of psychology, is investigating the biological and neurological bases of primate behaviors. (PhysOrg.com) — Male capuchin monkeys have been observed to urinate on their hands and then rub the urine vigorously into their fur, and now a new study by scientists in Texas suggests the behavior signals their availability to females, and the females find the smell of the urine-soaked fur attractive. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Settop box shipments will set record highs in 201

first_imgSet-top box shipments will set record highs in 2013 and the next two years, climbing 8% this year alone, according to new research by IHS.The Set-Top Box Market Monitor report claims that shipments of set-tops for cable, satellite, terrestrial and IPTV digital TV services are set to reach 269 million units this year, up from 250 million in 2012.This year is also tipped to be “the most valuable year in the history of the market” with STB revenue tipped to grow to US$22.2 billion (€17 billion).In 2014, shipments are will grow by another 6% to 286 million and will increase by a further 1% in 2015 to 290 million – a market peak for “the foreseeable future” – according to IHS.After this, shipments are expected to start to decline, decreasing by 5% in 2016 and by another 2% in 2017.Daniel Simmons, senior principal analyst for TV technology at IHS, said that operators’ growing emphasis on supporting multiscreen devices means that the STB is under threat as the dominant pay TV video consumption device.“However, operators are continuing to deploy STBs in order to manage the compatibility between their delivery networks and the consumer electronics devices that consumers are increasingly using to view content now,” he said.“As pay-TV operators rush to accommodate changes in delivery platforms and in video formats—including the adoption of high definition (HD)—STB shipments will continue to rise, hitting record levels for the next few years,” Simmons added.In 2012, IHS predicted that  STBs’ dominance of the pay-TV market will come to an end, with multiscreen devices accounting for nearly half of all platforms obtaining television services from the largest operators by 2015. However, in its latest report, it says “this doesn’t mean that STBs will stop being used—or even that their shipments will stop rising in the near term.”In mature markets where pay-TV digitisation is complete or nearly finished, the transition to HD and MHG STBs will help to sustain volumes and increase revenue in 2013, 2014 and 2015, said IHS.last_img read more

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Telecom Italia TIM has confirmed that it is in t

first_imgTelecom Italia (TIM) has confirmed that it is in talks with Mediaset about a new deal that would see it acquire Mediaset content to provide to subscribers of its Timvision subscribers.The TIM board approved by majority vote moves by the company’s management to finalise a “new and comprehensive multi-year agreement” with Mediaset to bring the latter’s linear channels, movies, TV series and sports news content to its platform. The agreement is envisaged coming into foruce from hext year.TIM customers will be able to access Mediaset linear and on-demand content via its set-top boxes, smart TVs, the web or its mobile app.The agreement will replace the pair’s current distribution deal.The move brings closer a likely settlement of the long-running dispute between Mediaset and TIM’s main shareholder Vivendi ahead of a planned court hearing on December 19.According to Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore, Mediaset wants to settle with Vivendi before signing the deal with TIM. The agreement will also be between the broadcaster and TIM rather than between Mediaset and the JV planned between the telco and Vivendi’s pay TV unit Canal+, according to the paper.TIM’s board also amended its approval of the planned JV with Vivendi-owned Canal+, confirming it as a ‘related-party’ transaction in view of regulator CONSOB’s ruling that TIM is effectively controlled by Vivendi – a ruling that TIM is challenging.last_img read more