Trailers of SRK’s Happy New Year, Aamir’s PK to release same day?

first_imgForget movies, it’s the clash of the trailers this season.According to a leading daily, come August 15, trailers for both movies – Aamir Khan’s PK and Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year – will release. This reportedly, is also when Ajay Devgn’s Singham Returns hits theatres.The game only gets more tense considering both Khans last appeared in respective mega-grossers – Shah Rukh in Chennai Express and Aamir in Dhoom 3. Understandably, the two may already be planning a big launch for their respective movies’ trailers.Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh KhanInterestingly, Aamir’s PK is set to release on December 18, while Happy New Year will hit theatres on October 23. What plan does Aamir have up his sleeve this time?Remember back in 2008, when Shah Rukh’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi released on December 12? Aamir, whose movie at the time, Ghajini, was to release on Christmas, had usherers apparently sport the Ghajini hairstyle. Let the hunger games begin.last_img read more

IPL 2016: When George Bailey felt he was hit by a truck

first_imgAustralia’s George Bailey felt like he was “hit on the face with a truck” when a Nathan Coulter-Nile bouncer knocked his helmet off in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. (Match Report | Highlights)In the seventh over of Pune’s reply, Delhi paceman Coulter-Nile, who made his Australia Twenty20 debut under Bailey in 2013, banged in a short delivery that deflected off his former skipper’s top-edge and smashed into the grille of the helmet.The violent impact caused the tumbling headgear to partially disintegrate as it rolled wide of the stumps. (Still not in a bad position: Zaheer on DD’s playoff chances)’HIT ON THE FACE WITH A TRUCK'”I think those watching on TV would get a better picture of it than I do, because what I sort of remember is me getting hit on the face with a truck that was pretty quick,” Bailey said after his team’s 19-run victory.”But, I was pretty glad to have one of those new helmets on.”Last week, Cricket Australia decided to make it compulsory for players to wear helmets against pacemen following a review into the death of test batsman Phillip Hughes, who died in November 2014 after being hit in the head by a bouncer.Coulter-Nile was seen apologising to his former captain while Delhi fielders also inquired about Bailey’s condition.”A couple of them were disappointed that the helmet hadn’t rolled on to the stumps,” Bailey said with a smile.”But, most people were just checking on me and how I was.”advertisementlast_img read more

Human pilot beats AI in NASAs drone race

first_imgWashington, Nov 23 (PTI) An expert human pilot was successfully able to beat flying drones controlled by artificial intelligence (AI) systems in a race organised by NASA.However, the AI-driven drones were more consistent in their performance, scientists said.Drone racing is a high-speed sport demanding instinctive reflexes. Researchers at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the US put their work to the test recently.Timing laps through a twisting obstacle course, they raced drones controlled by AI against world-class drone pilot Ken Loo.The team built three custom drones – dubbed Batman, Joker and Nightwing – and developed the complex algorithms the drones needed to fly at high speeds while avoiding obstacles.The drones were built to racing specifications and could easily go as fast as 129 kilometres per hour in a straight line.However, on the obstacle course set up in a JPL warehouse, they could only fly at 48 to 64 kilometres per hour before they needed to apply the brakes.”We pitted our algorithms against a human, who flies a lot more by feel,” said Rob Reid of JPL, the projects task manager.”You can actually see that the AI flies the drone smoothly around the course, whereas human pilots tend to accelerate aggressively, so their path is jerkier,” Reid said.Compared to Loo, the drones flew more cautiously but consistently. Their algorithms are still a work in progress.For example, the drones sometimes moved so fast that motion blur caused them to lose track of their surroundings.Loo attained higher speeds and was able to perform impressive aerial corkscrews. However, he was limited by exhaustion, something the AI-piloted drones did not have to deal with.advertisement”This is definitely the densest track Ive ever flown. One of my faults as a pilot is I get tired easily. When I get mentally fatigued, I start to get lost, even if Ive flown the course 10 times,” Loo said.While the AI and human pilot started out with similar lap times, after dozens of laps, Loo learned the course and became more creative and nimble.For the official laps, Loo averaged 11.1 seconds, compared to the autonomous drones, which averaged 13.9 seconds. However, the latter was more consistent overall.While Loos times varied more, the AI was able to fly the same racing line every lap.Without a human pilot, autonomous drones typically rely on GPS to find their way around. That is not an option for indoor spaces like warehouses or dense urban areas. A similar challenge is faced by autonomous cars.Camera-based localisation and mapping technologies have various potential applications, Reid added.These technologies might allow drones to check on inventory in warehouses or assist search and rescue operations at disaster sites.They might even be used eventually to help future robots navigate the corridors of a space station. PTI MHN SAR MHNlast_img read more

IPL 2019 Auction: Rs 8.40 crore for mystery Indian spinner, Rs 5 crore for hard-hitting Mumbaikar

first_imgShivam Dube, who recently hit five sixes in an over in a Ranji Trophy match, was picked up by Royal Challenger Bangalore for a whooping Rs 5 crore at the IPL Auction Live 2019.Shivam, a Mumbai all-rounder, who is a rising star of the T20 Mumbai league, where he had hit another five sixes.Shivam, who scores at a strike-rate 147.65 in T20s, is no dud with the ball as well clocking good speeds.His strike-rate in T20s reads an exceptional 147.65 and with the ball as well he can conjure up good speeds.As a batsman, Shivam idolises Jacques Kallis and Brian Lara. He became the costliest uncapped Indian fast bowlers.Can clear the ropes with ease, provides crucial breakthroughs with his golden arm and comes in to strengthen our middle order! We’re thrilled to rope in Shivam Dubey to the RCB family #PlayBold #BidForBold #IPLAuction Challengers (@RCBTweets) December 18, 2018 Another uncapped Indian Varun Chakravarthy was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 8.40 crore.After a bidding war between Kolkata Knight Riders and KXIP, mystery spinner Chakravarthy went to Punjab. He too can ball the carrom ball.Earlier, Jaydev Unadkat was sold back to the Rajasthan Royal for Rs 8.40 crore.Axar Patel became one of the costliest Indian players when he was bought for Rs 5 crore by Delhi Capitals on Tuesday. Patel matched West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite’s price, who went to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crore.Kings XI Punjab and Delhi were engaged in a bidding war for the India cricketer and the player finally went to Delhi after an intense round of auction which saw Yuvraj Singh going unsold in the first round of bidding.advertisementAxar was one of the high-profile Indian player to be sold in the auction after India all-rounder Hanuma Vihari. They both will play for the Delhi Capitals in the 2019 season.Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore were engaged in a bidding war for Vihari, who had a base price Rs 50 lakh and finally Delhi placed the winning bid.A total of 70 players can be bought at the auction with 20 slots available for the foreign players.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Must get Virat Kohli before he gets you, says Trent Boult

first_imgThe unpredictable English weather and some quality cricketers looking to showcase their skills on the biggest stage, the 2019 edition of the World Cup couldn’t get any better. It is this very weather though that had the much-famed Indian batting line-up on its knees against New Zealand in their opening warm-up game going into the showpiece event. The man who had the Indian batsmen dancing on his fingertips was none other than Kiwi pace spearhead Trent Boult and this fast bowler is only getting started.Speaking to IANS, Boult said that the idea is to make maximum use of the conditions and whoever be the batsman at the other end sticking to one’s own strength is the key. In fact, the Kiwi believes in fighting fire with fire and there will be no holding back when he gears up to bowl to undoubtedly the best batsman in world cricket at the moment on June 13 in Trent Bridge- Virat Kohli.”Yeah, you got to remain aggressive against Virat and look to get him out because the mistake he makes are very few and far between. Doesn’t look to give his wicket away. It is important to start well and put pressure on him early and make sure he is under pressure and doesn’t get off to an easy start,” he explained.But this is the World Cup and apart from Kohli, there will be other top quality batsmen like Steve Smith, David Warner, and Joe Root amongst others. While Boult doesn’t wish to get into rating them, he is upbeat about the opportunity that he will get to challenge these batsmen during the showpiece event.advertisement”They are all quality players and it will be unfair for me to say who is the best, but in the ODI format, I feel things are placed nicely in favour of the batsmen and they have two hard new balls with the powerplays and all. It is set up for a lot of runs. From a bowling point of view, you have to remain aggressive and get these players out because otherwise with their quality, they will look to cash in and score runs. It will be an interesting challenge and one that I am sure all bowlers are looking forward to,” he smiled.While the warm-up games saw the wickets have a greenish tinge to them, former players believe that the main draw will see the grass being trimmed and kept to a bare minimum. Boult though feels that the weather will play a major role when it comes to games and their outcomes.”During the Champions Trophy a few years back, it was very batsman friendly. But I am hoping the ball will swing around a little bit and we can take wickets with the new ball. You cannot control the weather. Time will tell and it will be interesting and we have the balance in the squad to counter any challenge,” he said.England and India are considered firm favorites with Australia too peaking at the right time. But the Kiwi pacer feels that all the 10 teams are good and this could, in fact, be one of the most competitive World Cups in recent times.”I think it is anyone’s tournament to win with 10 quality sides. Obviously, England know the conditions well and India and Australia, they all play well in the World Cup, so, it is important to get off to a good start and then make it count. It will be exciting to take on the best players in the world,” he explained.Also Read | West Indies are neither favourites nor underdogs: Brathwaite ahead of World CupAlso Read | Pakistan to host T20 Asia cup 2020 in neutral venueAlso Seelast_img read more

CBI searches at residence, office of recently sacked I-T Commissioner

first_imgThe CBI carried out searches at Noida residence and office of sacked Income Tax Commissioner S K Srivastava, officials said Saturday.The search started Friday and is still continuing, they said.Sources in the agency have said the searches were initiated after registering a case against him for alleged cheating, forgery and obtaining undue favours.Srivastava was among several Income Tax officers who were retired by the government recently.ALSO READ | CBI raids Sports Authority of India, arrests director, 5 others in corruption caseALSO WATCH | Was justice subverted to remove Alok Verma as CBI chief?last_img read more

Ranveer Singh is unrecognisable in long hair in this throwback photo

first_imgAlmost every other day, a throwback picture of a popular celebrity makes it to social media. While some adorable photos are shared by them on Instagram, others find their way to virtual world on their own. And one such picture is that of Ranveer Singh from his younger days.A picture of Ranveer with his friend and VJ Pia Trivedi has surfaced on the internet. In the picture, Ranveer can be seen hugging Pia, but more than anything, it’s the actor’s long hair that has caught the fancy of many.Ranveer is known to be the poster boy of eccentric fashion, and going by this photo, things weren’t too different back in the day.In the picture, Ranveer can be seen wearing a striped shirt and a bracelet. But it’s his shoulder length hair that has grabbed maximum eyeballs.The 34-year-old actor, who has always been experimental with his looks, had earlier shared a fanboy moment with Akshay Kumar. In the picture, a very young Ranveer can be seen sporting a mohawk hairdo.PRICELESS #Throwback !!!My Fanboy moment with the One & Only @akshaykumar ! ????#9DaysToRustom(Watch this space!) Singh (@RanveerOfficial) August 3, 2016At India Today Conclave 2019, Ranveer Singh talked about his unapologetic fashion sense. On why he wears such clothes, he just summed it all up in one line, “Dil mein aaya, kar liya.”advertisementOn the work front, Ranveer Singh is busy shooting for Kabir Khan’s 83. The actor has stepped into the shoes of Kapil Dev for a film based on India’s historic victory at 1983 World Cup at Lord’s Stadium, England. The film, which also stars Deepika Padukone, Saqib Saleem, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar and Pankaj Tripathi, is set to hit the screens on April 10, 2020.ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh on relationship with Deepika Padukone after marriage: No space for doubt or misgivingALSO READ | Ranveer Singh reveals he puked during an audition: The filmmaker thought it was sheer brillianceALSO WATCH | Ranveer Singh makes Delhi dance to Gully Boy at India Today Conclave 2019last_img read more

Glenn Spencer On Bedlam: ‘They’re a Different Beast’

first_imgOn Monday, Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer spoke with media about the Cowboys’ upcoming Bedlam Big 12 title game in Norman and how comfortable he feels going into Saturday.“I’m never really comfortable,” said Spencer. I’m always on edge, and I think you have to be. Well, I have to be, and I have to think about all the ‘what ifs’ because I know they’re all good coaches.”The Cowboys are two weeks removed from their best defensive performance, holding a top-40 offense in TCU almost scoreless in Fort Worth (a muffed punt gave TCU the ball on OSU’s 6-yard line, leading to their only score).OSU is third in the Big 12 in scoring defense, allowing 27.2 points per game and ranked 12th nationally in turnover margin (behind only Kansas State in conference).Spencer was asked about how to account for OU’s playmakers like Westbrook and Mixon.“It’s tough. They’ve got great play makers and make good calls. Between their quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers, they lead the Big 12 in the top scoring offenses in the nation, so we have to execute what we’re doing. There’s going to be times when it’s one-on-one with those great play makers, and our players are going to have to make plays.”Oklahoma actually boasts the best scoring offense. They’re tied with Louisville, averaging 45.3 points per game. A big reason for the Sooners’ success if their success on third downs. They are tied for third in the nation with a 52 percent conversion rate on third downs. (For reference, Oklahoma State is 39th at 44 percent).Spencer on how important first and second downs are.“Practicing the process of that first down and powering through those second downs is what’s going to do it,” said Spencer. “In my 30 years of doing this, I’ve learned that’s the most important thing. If we do that enough, hopefully things will turn out well. They don’t all the time, but that’s the goal.“This thing has a life of its own,” added Spencer. “They’re a different beast.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Football Twitter in #280characters

first_imgPremier League From #DavidSaves to AGUEROOOOOO – how the football world used 280 characters on Twitter Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 22:33 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) De Gea - Cropped Getty Images Premier League Bundesliga Manchester United v Manchester City Hertha BSC v Borussia M’gladbach Premiership Ross County v Celtic Napoli v Milan Bayern München v Augsburg Bayer Leverkusen v RB Leipzig Manchester United Manchester City Hertha BSC Milan Bayern München RB Leipzig Borussia M’gladbach Celtic Serie A The social media platform has extended its character limit – and clubs are taking full advantage… Twitter has doubled its character limit from 140 to 280 and banter is inevitably flowing on the social network.Football clubs never want to miss out on all the fun and Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City were all getting in on the action.Dabblebet’s PL odds here Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was not just Premier League sides who were flaunting their 280 characters, though, with the likes of Bayern Munich, AC Milan and RB Leipzig joining in too.Check out our Twitter moment for some of the best examples of how football clubs have been using the new 280-character limit on Twitter.How the football world used #280characters And here’s an example of how not to use 280 characters from basketball team the Philadelphia 76ers…SIXERS……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..WIN !— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) November 8, 2017 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Football League: Ipswich finally falter and Norwich ship four again

first_img Leeds United show Nottingham Forest there is life after the loss of Chris Wood Share on Messenger Share via Email Football League Topics • Barnsley earned a huge boost with a 3-0 win against Sunderland and left Simon Grayson facing boos from the visiting supporters as the Black Cats’ struggles continued. Harry Redknapp also has plenty to ponder following Birmingham City’s defeat 2-0 by Reading at St Andrew’s, but last season’s League One champions Sheffield United have attuned to Championship football quickly, picking up their third win of the season with a 3-1 defeat of Derby County.• Burton Albion’s Joe Mason cancelled out Gary Hooper’s first half goal for Sheffield Wednesday in a 1-1 draw at the Pirelli Stadium, an encounter with plenty of chances at the Riverside between Middlesbrough and Preston ended goalless while Brentford and Wolves drew blanks. League One• Eleven of the day’s 12 games saw goals and bags of them, but two matches stood out. Southend twice led at Gillingham in a see-saw contest but the Gills’ Tom Eaves, who hadn’t scored in 29 games, wrapped up his hat-trick with a crucial 80th-minute equaliser to round off an entertaining 3-3 draw. Bradford City had been cruising towards their third win of the season at Walsall, and went 3-0 up after 49 minutes via a Luke Leahy own goal. But Leahy sparked a stunning turnaround with a goal at the right end five minutes later, culminating in Amadou Bakayoko’s headed 87th-minute point-pincher. • Peterborough put four past Northampton to climb to the top of the League One, condemning their hosts to bottom spot in the process. Wigan couldn’t keep pace with the Posh despite Ivan Toney’s early strike against Portsmouth, where Conor Chaplin equalised late in the day for a 1-1 draw, and it was the same result for two sides going well in Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town, who shared a late goal each at the Kassam. • Two quickfire goals on the hour gave AFC Wimbledon their first win of the season, at the expense of Doncaster. Blackburn continued their upturn in form with a 4-1 demolition of MK Dons with Charlie Mulgrew twice on the scoresheet, and a few miles west Blackpool’s two early strikes were enough to hold off Oldham in a 2-1 victory. Charlton’s positive start went on in their 2-0 win at Rotherham, while Bristol Rovers downed Fleetwood 3-1. • Things boiled over in the south west between Plymouth and Scunthorpe. Paddy Madden gave the visitors a first-half lead and then played his part in a confrontation moments before half-time which saw Antoni Sarcevic headbutt the forward and receive his marching orders. From there Scunthorpe took control with Madden, Tom Hopper and Josh Morris rounding off a 4-0 thumping. League Two• Exeter put themselves a couple of points clear at the top with a thrilling 4-3 win at Cheltenham having been two goals down after 12 minutes; Rueben Read scored twice, including one from the spot, to seal the win. Grimsby looked on their way to a similar escape when they pulled Wycombe back to 2-2, but Adebayo Akinfenwa’s fourth goal of the season ensured all three points for Wanderers. Only two players in League Two have scored more; one of those – Frank Nouble – bagged three today in Newport’s 4-1 hammering of Chesterfield.• Mansfield thought they had won the battle of two of the league’s fancied sides before Luton’s Danny Hylton struck on 89 minutes for a 2-2 draw. Tom Pett’s first-half strike was enough for Stevenage at Barnet despite the hosts’ 22 attempts, Yeovil dealt Coventry their second defeat in succession, Crewe edge Port Vale 1-0 through a Chris Dagnall strike after Vale’s Michael Tonge had been sent off for a lunging tackle, Alex Woodyard scored twice in Lincoln’s 4-1 win over Carlisle, and Colchester earned their first victory of the season by thrashing Forest Green 5-1. • And Harry Kewell earned his first points in charge of Crawley Town, and in style with a 3-0 win at Swindon. Share on WhatsApp Football League blog Share on Twitter features League One League Two Share on LinkedIn Championship• Neil Warnock has seven promotions on his managerial CV and at this rate he will secure an eighth at Cardiff City with room to spare. They had to beat QPR the hard way to collect their fifth win from five after making a sluggish start and falling behind to Matt Smith’s 15th-minute opener. Junior Hoilett scored a bizarre equaliser blocking Alex Smithies’ attempted clearance, before Sol Bamba climbed highest at a corner to head the winner on the stroke of half-time. • Cardiff are now the only Championship side with a 100% record after fellow high-flyers Ipswich Town lost 2-0 at Fulham. Neeskens Kebano popped up in the box with a first-half headed goal to reward Fulham’s early pressure and new striker Rui Fonte slotted home a rebound to wrap up the points. Ipswich fans might at least take solace from Norwich City’s troubles, as manager Daniel Farke watched his side ship four goals away from home for the second game in a row. Millwall were happy to profit with birthday boy Lee Gregory sparking the 4-0 rout. Championship Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Chelsea v Cardiff City: match preview

first_imgShare on Twitter Topics Premier League Read more Reuse this content Chelsea Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share via Email resourcescenter_img Match previews The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Saturday 3pmVenue Stamford BridgeLast season n/aReferee Jonathan MossThis season G3 Y11 R2 4.33 cards/gameOdds H 1-5 A 20-1 D 7-1CHELSEASubs from Caballero, Green, Christensen, Cahill, Emerson, Moses, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Barkley, Fàbregas, Willian, Morata, Hudson-OdoiDoubtful Fàbregas (match fitness), Palmieri, Zappacosta (both ill)Injured Loftus-Cheek (shin, Oct)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y4 R0Form WWWWLeading scorer Pedro 3CARDIFFSubs from B Murphy, Peltier, Ward, K Harris, Cunningham, J Murphy, Paterson, Zohore, Connolly, Damour, Coxe, Brown, Coxe, GunnarssonDoubtful Gunnarsson (match fitness)Injured Mendez-Laing (knee, Dec)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y7 R0Form LDDLLeading scorers Camarasa, Ward 1 Cardiff City Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Chelsea’s record is still pristine while Cardiff have yet to win on their Premier League return, but the prospect of their visit to Stamford Bridge has already set Maurizio Sarri on edge. The Italian has been working with a skeleton squad over the past two weeks, and his time at Napoli exposed him to unpredictable results in the first game after international breaks. “Mentally, the match after the break is always very difficult,” he said. “And ‘materially’ because we will play against a very physical team in Cardiff.” The Welsh club have not won in this corner of south-west London since 1981, though Neil Warnock will relish ruffling feathers. Dominic Fifield Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Gundogan nets twice as City thrash Basel

first_imgBasel 0 Manchester City 4: Guardiola’s men roll Swiss champions Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:36 2/14/18 BernardoSilva - cropped Getty Images Ilkay Gundogan scored in each half as Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero also weighed in on Manchester City’s latest attacking masterclass. Manchester City took a giant step towards the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 thrashing of Basel at St Jakob-Park.Pep Guardiola’s side tore Leicester City to pieces 5-1 in the Premier League at the weekend and resumed in similarly menacing mood against the Swiss champions.Basel were left to rue Dimitri Oberlin failing to punish City’s early defensive vulnerability and having a penalty shout turned down as a blistering spell of three goals in the space of nine first-half minutes from Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero took the game away from them. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Gundogan did his World Cup hopes no harm with a sublime second as Germany boss Joachim Low looked on from the stands and, by the time that showpiece comes around, Guardiola could be reflecting on a history-making return in Manchester.League One Wigan Athletic are up next in the fifth round of the FA Cup before a Wembley date with Arsenal in the EFL Cup final.Throw in a 16-point lead in the Premier League and this coruscating form, and a belief that all things are possible might start to course strongly through the Etihad Stadium.Oberlin gave an early demonstration of his pace, streaming clear of the City defence before his touch around the onrushing Ederson entirely lacked conviction.Centre-backs Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi were unsettled by Oberlin, although penalty claims against the latter found no sympathy from referee Jonas Eriksson.Raphael Wicky’s men undermined such encouraging moments by switching off in their own box and allowing Gundogan to head in Kevin De Bruyne’s 14th-minute corner at the near post.S I L K Y I L K A Y :zap:0-4 #fcbvcity #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 13, 2018Valentin Stocker was the next Basel forward to almost undo City via the direct route, but the difference in cutting edge was born out once more by Silva’s sublime chest control and volleyed finish from Raheem Sterling’s chipped 18th-minute cross.Goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik found himself caught out on that occasion and was rooted to the spot when Aguero seized upon a loose ball to clatter home from 25 yards.Vaclik regained his poise to scamper out and deny Sterling, but the first half had long become on ordeal for Basel by the time De Bruyne lifted a crisp half-volley narrowly over.De Bruyne stung Vaclik’s palms shortly after the restart, while opposite number Ederson was at full stretch to push Mohamed Elyounoussi’s swerving strike around the post.Seeing De Bruyne and Elyounoussi frustrated in their pitches for the spectacular, Gundogan elected to show them how it was done, curling majestically into the top corner to crown a clockwork move that began with Kompany and Kyle Walker in the City half.Such a handsome lead allowed Guardiola to give Leroy Sane and David Silva runouts on their returns from injury, with Sterling and De Bruyne afforded a rest.To their credit, Basel kept asking questions in attack, with Oberlin failing to convert Stocker’s cross at the far post and Elyounoussi drilling at Ederson.Gundogan should have beaten Vaclik from close range to claim the matchball, but his and City’s focus remain fixed upon more enduring prizes. Key Opta facts:- Manchester City’s victory the biggest away win by an English side in the knockout stage of the Champions League (previously Liverpool’s 3-0 away victory over PSV in the quarter-finals of the 2006-07 season).- City have won 34 of their 41 matches in all competitions in this campaign, more than in the entirety of last season (won 33 of their 56 games in all competitions during 2016-17).- In fact, City have now won 16 of their 21 away matches in all competitions this season, a joint-high across the top five European Leagues, matched only by Paris Saint-Germain (also winning 16 of their 21 away games).- This is the third consecutive season that City will be going into the second leg of the last-16 stage with a lead, previously beating Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in 2015-16 and Monaco 5-3 in 2016-17.- This was Basel’s first defeat at St Jakob Park in the knockout stages (previously W1 D1) – indeed, they have never gone further than the last 16 (2011-12, 2014-15). read morelast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea No2 Zola delighted with Loftus-Cheek for Cup win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea No2 Zola delighted with Loftus-Cheek for Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola was delighted with Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s performance for victory over Bournemouth.Eden Hazard came off the bench to hit the winner and send Chelsea into a Carabao Cup semifinal against Tottenham.Loftus-Cheek was a danger on the right wing and hit the post in the second half.Zola said, “I was impressed with him. He has done very well as one of the wide players, but he showed a lot of application and sacrifice when he played as a midfielder. He was getting tired towards the end but he was still disciplined and gave the team a hand.”He has come far since the beginning of the season. He has improved in many ways, and I’m pleased because he is a good boy and he works very hard on his game.” last_img read more

BC zoo quarantines bunnies to protect them from deadly virus

first_imgVANCOUVER – A disease that’s killed hundreds of feral rabbits in British Columbia has prompted a Metro Vancouver zoo to take precautions to protect its bunnies and those of the public.Menita Prasad, animal care manager of the Greater Vancouver Zoo, said four of the animals have been placed under prolonged quarantine to guard against the spread of rabbit hemorrhagic disease.The virus that affects European rabbits has been detected in the Vancouver Island communities of Nanaimo and Comox as well as in Delta, B.C.It includes fever and convulsions and kills a rabbit within 36 hours.Prasad said the rabbits were quarantined on March 14 and three of them were available for viewing only during the Easter weekend.She said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recommends the animals be kept in isolation for 60 days but the zoo’s rabbits will remain quarantined until a veterinarian clears them for interaction with the public to guard against the fast-spreading virus.“Even just from petting, from saliva, from feces, from contact with any contaminated material, it could potentially be transmissible to any other rabbit species,” Prasad said. “Not only do we want to safeguard our own animal collection we don’t know how many of our visitors have pet rabbits at home and we definitely do not want to risk anything happening to their pet species.”Ten other rabbits that were acquired by the zoo in early March have been under quarantine since then as part of the zoo’s standard 30-day isolation period, Prasad said.“We’re hoping that we would be able to have them for our family farmyard area through the summer but it really just depends on what the CFIA recommendations are on the disease.”Rabbit hemorrhagic disease was reported on Vancouver Island earlier this year and B.C.’s chief wildlife veterinarian said it was the first instance of the virus in the province and only its third confirmed appearance in Canada.The B.C. government said a vaccine is not yet available in Canada but the illness is not known to affect native North American rabbits, cats, dogs, horses, other pets or humans.Dr. Bruce Burton, a veterinarian on contract with the zoo, said a vaccine would have to be imported and it’s not known if it would be effective.“This is a disease we have no familiarity with, it just showed up,” Burton said. “The virus appears to be fairly resilient and it’s known to be present in Australia, Africa, China, Cuba and Europe.”It’s possible people travelling from those countries with rabbit fur or even something on their shoes could have brought the virus to British Columbia, though birds may have also carried it over, he said.“In this particular case there’s a clear and present danger to make sure that none of those rabbits did get exposed to the public and the public exposed to them,” he said of the quarantined bunnies.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled hemorrhagic.last_img read more

WWE Launches Global Fundraiser To Benefit Boys And Girls Clubs Of America

first_imgWWE has announced the launch of this year’s Superstars for Hope, a global online fundraising campaign with Prizeo, that will give one lucky winner the Ultimate WrestleMania 34 Experience in New Orleans with proceeds benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of America.Fans can now visit and have the opportunity to donate as little as $10 for a chance to win the Ultimate WrestleMania 34 Experience. Those who support the campaign will also have the opportunity to win additional rewards, based on their donation amount.“For the second year in a row, WWE’s ‘Superstars for Hope’ campaign will support Boys & Girls Clubs of America to further enhance their efforts to enable young people to reach their full potential,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “WWE is committed to using the power of our brand to give back and leave a lasting impact on local communities.”“Boys & Girls Clubs of America is honored to receive support from WWE’s Superstars for Hope campaign,” said Frank Sanchez, National Vice President, Business & Community Affairs. “WWE and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have formed a tremendous partnership where together we provide Club kids all across the U.S. with the tools and skills to eradicate bullying in their communities. We are thankful to have a partner like WWE that cares so deeply about America’s youth.”The Ultimate WrestleMania 34 Experience includes: • 2 Ringside Tickets to WrestleMania 34 including: • – Meet and greet with WWE Superstars • – Exclusive sneak peek of the WrestleMania set before doors open • – Picture on the ramp before WrestleMania • – Backstage tour of Mercedes-Benz Superdome and get interviewed on the WrestleMania set • – Design your own WrestleMania ring gear and have a photo shoot • 2 VIP Tickets to the WWE Hall of Fame 2018 • – Walk the red carpet during the Hall of Fame Pre-Show • – Sit in talent section during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony • 2 VIP Tickets to WrestleMania 34 Axxess, WWE’s ultimate fan event • 2 Ringside Tickets to NXT TakeOver: New Orleans • – Backstage meet and greet with NXT Superstars • 2 Invitations to WrestleMania Week private events • WWE Championship Title autographed by WWE Superstars • Roundtrip airfare for two people plus hotel accommodations for three nights in New OrleansFans can click here now through Friday, April 21, to donate for their chance to win.last_img read more

Goal of universal primary education under threat from lack of funds says

The internationally agreed goal of universal primary education for every child by 2015 is at risk unless donors scale up aid for basic education, according to a new report published today by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).The report – prepared by the team that monitors progress towards the goal of “education for all,” the pledge made by world leaders in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, in 1999 – found that while aid to basic education increased in 2006 to $5 billion, up from $3.7 billion in 2005, it remained below its 2004 level of $5.3 billion. In addition, bilateral aid to basic education increased from $2.7 billion in 2005 to $3.9 billion in 2006, while commitments from multilateral agencies remained constant at $1.1 billion. The data also showed that total official development assistance (ODA) decreased by 8.4 per cent last year, which probably means a corresponding reduction in aid to basic education. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said that the fact that aid to basic education increased in 2006 over the previous year was encouraging. However, the “general slowdown” in how much donors are committing to education was still a concern.“This could carry serious consequences for educational progress in low-income countries,” said Mr. Matsuura. “These countries need enough aid and predictable aid to support the rapid expansion of their education systems.” The overall increase in 2006, according to the report, was mainly due to increased contributions from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, whose combined aid to basic education rose by $1.3 billion. Noting that some $11 billion a year is needed to achieve education for all in low-income countries, the report urged donors to step up their efforts, in particular by allocating at least 10 per cent of their sector aid to basic education. 18 April 2008The internationally agreed goal of universal primary education for every child by 2015 is at risk unless donors scale up aid for basic education, according to a new report published today by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

Air Canada pilots elect new union leaders months after losing highstakes arbitration

[np_storybar title=”Air Canada gets CAW backing on pension request” link=””%5DThe Canadian Auto Workers union said on Thursday it would back Air Canada’s request to the Canadian government for further relief on funding its deep pension deficit, becoming the final union at the airline to give its blessing to the proposal.Read the full story. [/np_storybar]Air Canada’s pilots have selected new leaders to oversee the 3,000 member union, a few months after losing an arbitration ruling that imposed a new collective agreement with the country’s largest airline.Craig Blandford was elected president of the Air Canada Pilots Association and will replace Paul Strachan, whose two-year term ends Dec. 31.Geoff Wall was elected to complete the term of Jean-Marc Belanger as chairman of the association’s master executive council through 2013.Strachan and Belanger didn’t seek re-election, choosing instead to resume their flying careers.Chris Cox replaces Jon Webster as secretary-treasurer. His term ends in December 2014.Blandford joined Air Canada in 1998 following 20 years of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Newfoundland and Labrador native lives in Winnipeg.Wall also joined the airline in 1998 after flying military Sea King helicopters.A federal arbitrator chose Air Canada’s final offer in July over the one submitted by the pilots union, ending 19 months of negotiations between the two sides.The airline says the five-year collective agreement, effective until April 2016, gives it the flexibility it needs to compete. Among the key features are provisions that have allowed Air Canada to launch a low-cost carrier next year that will ramp up over time to 50 airplanes to service the leisure market.The association is the largest professional pilot group in Canada, representing the 3,000 pilots who operate Air Canada’s mainline fleet. read more

CanniMed seeks regulatory action against Auroras hostile takeover bid

TORONTO — CanniMed Therapeutics is seeking regulatory action in both Saskatchewan and Ontario, the company’s latest push back against a hostile takeover attempt by Aurora Cannabis.The Saskatoon-based medical marijuana producer said Monday it has applied to securities regulators in both provinces for several orders, including that Aurora’s hostile offer be considered an “insider bid,” and be treated as such.Among other things, CanniMed is asking regulators to cease Aurora’s takeover bid until 105 days after a circular that meets the regulatory requirements of an insider bid.CanniMed announces medical cannabis supply agreement with PharmaChoiceAurora calls CanniMed poison pill ‘oppressive,’ says it will seek to strike it downThe announcement was made shortly before the Ontario Securities Commission’s scheduled hearing on a related matter brought to it by Aurora, which asked the OSC to block CanniMed’s takeover defence, or shareholders rights plan.Last month, Aurora launched an all-stock hostile takeover bid for CanniMed, with one of its conditions being that CanniMed abandon its own proposed acquisition of Newstrike Resources Ltd.CanniMed has argued that Aurora’s offer does not make sense for shareholders, but its own bid to acquire the Tragically Hip-backed marijuana company does.The Saskatoon-based marijuana company asked Monday for regulators require Aurora to retract and correct what it says are “several materially false and misleading statements” in connection with its hostile bid. read more

Annan urges Group of 77 developing nations to build consensus

“If you create a realistic platform for negotiations, tangible results can be obtained,” Mr. Annan said, referring in part to the upcoming International Conference on Financing for Development, which he called “just the kind of conference the Group of 77 has sough for a long time.””I encourage you to reach out, settle on achievable goals, and build consensus around them. This moment must not be squandered,” the Secretary-General told a transfer ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, which was attended by President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi of Iran. With the global economy deteriorating, the Secretary-General noted that the developing countries were “being hit the hardest” while anti-poverty goals were becoming more difficult to attain. It was “all the more important,” he stressed, to seize the opportunities offered by the conferences to be held in the year ahead.Highlighting a number of milestone events of last year, including the launch of a new round of talks by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the adoption of a New Partnership for African Development, Mr. Annan praised the Iranian team for its “great skill and determination as well as a strong commitment to international cooperation” in chairing the Group. He also wished the incoming chair, Venezuela, success in guiding the G-77 through “another challenging period.” Speaking at a press conference following the ceremony, President Chavez said his country was beginning the year with “a great deal of faith, strength and optimism” in assuming responsibility for chairing the Group of 77. read more

UN Palestinian Rights Committee hails recent successful elections

In a statement released in New York late Tuesday, the Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People said the polls “were conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner” and offered its “high praise” to the Central Elections Commission and all of the Palestinian people.“The Bureau of the Committee expresses its sincere hope that the mandate the newly elected Legislative Council has received from the Palestinian people will lead to positive developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to new steps aimed at ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” the statement said.Officials of the Committee welcomed the statement by President Abbas given after the elections that the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority would honour and respect all obligations and commitments previously entered into, including the commitment to the Road Map, an outline peace plan.“By the successful holding of the elections, the Palestinian side has taken another crucial step required by the Road Map aimed at the emergence of an independent, democratic, viable and contiguous Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbours,” the statement said. “The opportunity brought about by the democratic elections must be built on and seized by the parties to try to revitalize peace negotiations based on the principles of international law and the relevant United Nations resolutions.”The Bureau called on Israel to immediately “stop all settlement activity and the illegal construction of the wall in the occupied West Bank and in and around East Jerusalem” and said both parties “must reinforce their commitment to cease all acts of violence.” read more