Ravichandran Ashwin will be making a return from injury in the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot after missing the fifth and final Test against England at The Oval, which India lost by 118 runs and went on to lose the series by a 1-4 margin.However, Ashwin is not content with it and wants to make a comeback in limited-overs cricket for India as well and he revealed that he has picked up a few tricks from Afghanistan tweaker Mujeeb ur Rahman.Ashwin’s last limited-overs game for India was in July 2017 against the West Indies. Since then he has been sidelined from one-day internationals and Twenty20 Internationals by the wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.Along with Ashwin, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, too, had endured the same fate, but recently got an opportunity back in the team during the Asia Cup 2018, and he made an immediate impact.Ashwin heaped praise on the two wrist-spinners who have stepped up brilliantly for himself and Jadeja, but made it clear that his ambition of playing limited-overs cricket for India was still burning bright.”I think it’s only about coming to terms with what has happened and what’s panned out,” said Ashwin in an interview with Cricketnext.”You have got to give credit to Kuldeep and Chahal, who came in for myself and Jaddu and did really well.Also read – I definitely want to play the World Cup 2019, says R Ashwin”Competition is the healthiest thing. How many teams in the world actually have the luxury of sitting spinners of Jaddu and my quality outside? That’s something you need to applaud them for, for having taken their chances with both hands. But to me, it’s all about standing behind the door and waiting for the opportunity. When the opportunity presents itself, I have to be ready to take it.”advertisement R Ashwin said that he learned the ‘under-cutter’ from Mujeeb during the IPL (BCCI Photo)Ever willing to learn more tricks to add to his arsenal, Ashwin has even picked up something from Mujeeb, who played under Ashwin for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League 2018. The ‘under-cutter’ has now become a part of his weaponry.Also read – Hardik not cocky and rude, he is extremely polite, says Ashwin”I have started bowling the leg-break, I have started bowling the slow carrom ball. And an under-cutter, which I learnt from Mujeeb. The reverse under-cutter, which works really well in a T20 game, that’s something I learnt from Mujeeb,” he said.Ashwin remains India’s premier spin-bowling option in Test matches, and he enjoyed decent returns on tours to South Africa and England, until an injury hampered his performance midway through the England tour.At Southampton, he was thoroughly eclipsed by England off-spinner Moeen Ali, who took nine Indian wickets in a game where Ashwin managed just three wickets in all. But Ashwin didn’t read too much into that, saying he was happy with his performance.”Overall, I thought my bowling in England was very pleasing for me. I won’t be really harsh on myself. I did bowl really well and my injury did let me down, it was quite frustrating. Having said that, it is part and parcel of the game.”
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who will be seen in the upcoming film Gulabo Sitabo, does not mind using prosthetics for a role, but said that using it for long gets tiring.”As the days pass by the comfort in the portrayal gets to be in an ease that shall be so needed in the final rendition, but yes the prosthetics take their pound of flesh, and to underestimate its after effects would be a fallacy,” Big B wrote in his blog.”In the land of the large movie making industry in the West, there are rules that using prosthetics by law cannot be kept on for more than three days… a break for the face for a day or two before going at it again… But here, it is non-stop one month… was the same with Paa.. no complaints… it’s just that the bearing shall become tough as the days go by, (sic)” wrote the cine icon.The actor wrote that he feels prosthetics “do a very good and successful job”.”The make-up artists, that eventually are all imported from across the Oceans… we will learn in time,(sic)” he said.It seems the actor was talking about shooting of Gulabo Sitabo. He is sporting a grumpy old man’s look. In the first look, the 76-year-old thespian is seen sporting a long beard, spectacles, a head scarf and a prosthetic nose, which made Big B almost unrecognisable.”It is but strange that the moment you begin to touch the skin of the role assigned to you in film, it gets to be the end of the schedule…not that this one is getting to the end…no not yet…but you get the feel all the same.That hesitation in the rendering of the character…those moments which pass by and when thought about hours and days later, as I do now, you feel that justice to the role at that moment could have been better done…it shall be shared with the director but, one wonders if they would give it another try…there shall be insistence of course,(sic)” he added.Gulabo Sitabo, which also stars Ayushmann Khurrana, is set for release on April 24, 2020. The film, being directed by Shoojit Sircar, is written by Juhi Chaturvedi of the Piku fame.Gulabo Sitabo — a legendary pair of puppet sisters, have been part of Uttar Pradesh’s folklore. The film, apparently, is a takeoff on these two characters and is believed to be a comedy.ALSO READ | Amitabh Bachchan reveals his Gulabo Sitabo look takes 3 hours. See picALSO READ | Gulabo Sitabo: Amitabh Bachchan looks unrecognisable in Shoojit Sircar’s filmALSO READ | Amitabh Bachchan begins shooting for Gulabo Sitabo in LucknowALSO WATCH | Amitabh and Ranbir talk acting, cinema and stardom in an intimate conversation
zoom Dutch dredging and maritime company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has received a Letter of Intent to Award a contract for the development of the port of Duqm in Oman. The contract, which has a value of EUR 480 million (USD 509.2 million), would be awarded by Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm (Sezad), under certain conditions.The contract includes the engineering, design, procurement and construction of a bulk liquid berth terminal.Various dredging and civil activities will be executed under the responsibility of Boskalis, including the deepening of the port basin to a depth of 18 meters, reclamation of new land, the construction of a quay wall with a length of one kilometer, a double berth jetty island and stone revetment.Based on the current expectations, the design activities are due to commence in the coming weeks and equipment will be mobilized mid-2017.Boskalisa said that the project is expected to be completed in 2020.The Port of Duqm is a an existing strategic dry dock and industrial free trade zone located in the Al Wusta Region between Muscat and Salalah and has been designated as a Special Economic Zone.
Sharon Stone will attend this year’s An Evening With A View event for A Better LA.The theme this year is “An Evening with a View,” where A Better LA will celebrate their tenth anniversary, the richness and diversity of the city, as well as ABLA’s successful gang prevention and intervention, community development and empowerment efforts.As part of the evening’s agenda, A Better LA will offer participants insight into Los Angeles’ inner city culture, through a short documentary on ABLA’s partners and work. They will also honor the hardworking individuals who risk their lives every day to effect positive change in the communities they serve, as well as the strides that ABLA has taken as an organization, to help reduce gang violence and save lives.“An Evening With a View” will feature a live auction hosted by Sharon Stone, a tribute to Pete Carroll, a silent art auction, and a tasting menu curated by Chef Joaquim Splichal of the Patina Restaurant Group featuring Josiah Citrin (Melisse), Celestino Drago (Drago Centro), Giacomino Drago (Il Pastaio), Ian Gresik (Drago Centro), Megan Logan (Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse), Walter Manzke, Monica May (Nickel Diner), Kris Morningstar (Ray’s & Stark Bar), Charles Olalia (Patina), John Sedlar (Rivera), and Yojisan Sushi.A Better LA, founded by NFL coach Pete Carroll, is a nonprofit organization that supports market- and community-based solutions to restore peace, save lives, and give individuals living in inner city LA the resources and tools they need in order to thrive. A Better LA works with trusted partners to bridge racial divides, create safer environments for children and families, rebuild communities, and empower individuals to create a better future for themselves. By partnering with community-based organizations, A Better LA enables sustainable transformation to take root from within, offering all Angelenos reason to hope for a better tomorrow.WHEN: Thursday, May 2, 2013 WHERE: AT&T Center – Penthouse 1150 South OliveDowntown Los Angeles, CA 90015Find out more here.
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,091.58, down 3.44 points). Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Up 24 cents, or 10.6 per cent, to $2.50 on 16 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 25 cents, or three per cent, to $8.00 on 4.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up six cents, or 2.43 per cent, to $2.53 on 3.6 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up three cents, or 0.65 per cent, to $4.63 on 2.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 35 cents, or 1.63 per cent, to $21.77 on 2.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down eight cents, or 0.68 per cent, to $11.61 on 2 million shares. Companies reporting major news:Royal Bank of Canada. (TSX:RY). Down 94 cents to $94.94. Canada’s financial consumer watchdog got the green light to probe how banking customer complaints are handled internally and by external complaint bodies. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada said the new review is still in the planning stages but the government’s direction in the fall economic statement Wednesday officially kicks off the process. The review to be completed by June will take a closer look at disputes handled by the banks internally and financial industry complaints escalated to third-parties such as the Ombudsman for Banking Services (OBSI) and Investments and the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office (ADRBO).The Canadian Press
Rabat – Reinforcing bilateral cooperation was at the center of a meeting, Thursday in Rabat, of minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida and speaker of the Swedish national Diet (parliament) Per Westerberg who is on a visit to the Kingdom.During this meeting, Bouaida reiterated Morocco’s will to further strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation with Sweden, calling for the intensification of visits of senior officials, fostering inter-parliamentary cooperation and strengthening contacts between businessmen.She also said, in a statement to MAP, that she discussed with the Swedish party the issue of the Moroccan Sahara, the issue of immigration and the role that the Kingdom plays in the Sahel-Saharan region.
DETROIT — A former vice-president at the United Auto Workers has been charged with conspiracy in a scheme with Fiat Chrysler to buy meals, golf and other perks with money from the automaker.It’s the latest development in the government’s investigation of how officials at Fiat Chrysler and the UAW enriched themselves by using money set aside for a job-training centre. At least seven people have pleaded guilty.The conspiracy charge against Norwood Jewell was filed Monday as a criminal information, which means a guilty plea is likely. Defence attorney Michael Manley tells The Detroit News that Jewell and prosecutors are working toward a “fair and just resolution.”Jewell was the highest-ranking UAW official dealing with Fiat Chrysler, from 2014 through 2016. Former Fiat Chrysler executive Al Iacobelli is serving a 5 1/2-year prison sentence.The Associated Press
Mr. Vieira de Mello, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, told Hamid Al-Bayati, Member of the Central Committee and Representative of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, that the UN had experience in supporting the constitutional and electoral processes in many countries around the world, and assured him that it was ready to assist the Iraqi people in any way possible.Dr. Al-Bayati informed Mr. Vieira de Mello that his organization wanted to see a democratic government in Iraq as soon as possible, asked for the UN to play an independent role in helping the Iraqi people and stressed that the political process must be an Iraqi process to select an Iraqi administration.Mr. Vieira de Mello’s first session with an Iraqi political leader occurred yesterday when he met with Adnan Pachachi, who advocated a strong UN role in establishing the democratic government of Iraq.Mr. Vieira de Mello said “we must make the best” of Security Council resolution 1483 setting up his mandate, which offers an opportunity despite its vagueness. The resolution affirms the UN’s independence and “that is our strongest asset,” he declared. The UN role, he added, is bringing about what the Iraqis want, which is, ultimately, sovereignty.The envoy also had two meetings, one on Sunday and one today, with the Administrator of the United States-run Coalition Provisional Authority, L. Paul Bremer III. On Sunday, they discussed economic and monetary matters, along with representatives of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Today, they touched on the political process.Asked about the issue of insecurity and how that was affecting the UN’s work, Mr. Vieira de Mello said that while it was obvious that the situation remained unstable improvements could be seen in Baghdad on a daily basis. He added that he would travel to the provinces this coming weekend and would therefore have a more informed opinion on the situation outside of the capital.
“This year, the horizon of hope is darkened. Our hearts are made heavy by unspeakable acts and the deaths of innocents,” he told the assembled leaders from 193 nations. “Not since the end of the Second World War have there been so many refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers. Never before has the United Nations been asked to reach so many people with emergency food assistance and other life-saving supplies,” he said.“It may seem as if the world is falling apart, as crises pile up and disease spreads. But leadership is precisely about finding the seeds of hope and nurturing them into something bigger. That is our duty. That is my call to you today.”Mr. Ban’s annual opening message, which draws from his yearly report on the work of the Organization, was not entirely bleak. “Hope may be hard to discern, but it is there,” he said. “In clinics, classrooms and other places far from the spotlight, the development agenda is making remarkable progress.”Global poverty, child mortality and maternal deaths have been cut in half. More remains to be done, but these and other gains show the power of the Millennium Development Goals and what we can do when we work together. Today an inspiring global conversation is taking place on an agenda for the next 15 years.”But there was no mistaking the grim thrust of his “State of the World” address. “It has been a terrible year for the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter,” he declared. “From barrel bombs to beheadings, from the deliberate starvation of civilians to the assault on hospitals, UN shelters and aid convoys, human rights and the rule of law are under attack.”He recited a litany of global crises: the “latest tragedy” in Gaza with Palestinians and Israelis seemingly more polarized than ever; the volatile situation in and around Ukraine; South Sudan where the struggle for political power has killed thousands and exposed millions to the threat of famine; the fractured and traumatized Central African Republic; insurgency, terrorism, the illicit drug trade and organized crime in Mali and the Sahel.The list went on: Somalia where a coalition of African States confronts the terrorist group Al-Shabab; Nigeria where Boko Haram’s “murderous onslaught gains strength, with shocking impacts on women and girls;” Iraq and Syria where “we see new depths of barbarity with each passing day, and devastating spill-over effects” across the region. “We need decisive action to stop atrocity crimes and frank discussion on what created the threat in the first place,” Mr. Ban said. “The people of the region have been forced to walk on the broken shards of bad governance and bad decisions that failed to respect international law and basic human rights.”Declaring that far more must be done to anticipate problems and reach early political consensus, he appealed for crucial unity in the 15-member Security Council, the spearhead for UN action, stressing that when the body acts as one results follow, as with the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons programme. Broaching several other issues, Mr. Ban stressed the need for transformation in achieving development goals. “I can think of no better place to start than with opening doors and shattering ceilings for women and girls,” he said. “Look at any crisis – from poverty to disaster to disease to illiteracy ¬– and you will see women and girls suffering the most. We cannot fulfil 100 per cent of the world’s potential by excluding 50 per cent of the world’s people.”He highlighted the crucial importance for funding in dealing with climate change, the post 2015- development efforts, and the “unprecedented crisis” of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa where a twenty-fold surge in care, tracking, transport and equipment is needed.In conclusion, Mr. Ban again stressed humankind’s role in creating many of the crises the world now faces and its responsibility to eliminate them. “Today we face far more man-made crises than natural calamities,” he declared. “We may not control Mother Nature, but who else but us is responsible for securing peace and justice in our world today? “War. Poverty. Ignorance. Crises caused by people can be stopped by people. I do not think we can yet feel comfortable about the world our generation is leaving to our children. Still, I have hope. I draw it from our Charter, our enduring guide in times of dramatic challenge and change.”
3Dallas1992-95431740+150.7 6Dallas1968-831621667+125.7 The Pats are (still) the NFL’s greatest modern dynastyAmong franchises with at least two Super Bowl titles, the most impressive (nonoverlapping) spans of seasons, according to Elo ratings, since 1966 3 others tied4Earl Morrall19752Earl Morrall19761 4Pittsburgh1974-79641712+139.0 13Baltimore2000-141521599+54.6 2San Francisco1984-951241706+155.1 1New England2003-181651712+170.5 Len Dawson19754Doug Flutie20035Warren Moon*20001 7Oakland/L.A. Raiders1967-851931654+115.3 14N.Y. Giants1985-90621627+54.3 There are simply no comparisons for what Brady will try to do next year. (Although, to be fair, no quarterback had won six Super Bowls before Brady, either.)And for all of the Pats’ improvement on defense in 2018, they shouldn’t count on it being quite as good next season — defenses tend to regress to the mean much more strongly than offenses between seasons. Add in what (for now) looks a like a relative lack of cap space; several important players (such as Stephen Gostkowski, Malcom Brown, Trent Brown and Trey Flowers) hitting free agency; and speculation about the possible retirement of future Hall of Fame TE Rob Gronkowski,2Which would generate some cap savings but not enough to move New England into the top half of the league in space. and the Pats haters will have plenty to occupy themselves with over the next seven months.But as Sunday proved, the Patriots usually find a way to overcome the mechanisms that are supposed to make dynasties like theirs impossible to sustain. According to futures odds that sportsbooks have already released for next season, the Pats are, at worst, slightly behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the race to win Super Bowl LIV — if not outright favorites. So although there are, as always, plenty of logical reasons to think New England’s dynasty days are numbered, and 31 fan bases hoping we’ll look back at Sunday night as one of their final moments of glory, I’ll believe it when I see it. Until then, Patriots fans should enjoy what they have: We’ve never seen something like this before and probably never will again. 8Denver1996-98321704+103.9 5Miami1972-74321739+138.5 Mean Elo is the harmonic mean of a team’s seasonal blended Elo ratings (which mix the average, final and peak Elo during the season) over the span of the seasons in question.Expected Elo is the mean Elo we’d expect for a generic Super Bowl contender (from a starting Elo of 1617) over the span of the seasons in question. Teams are ranked by how much they exceeded this expectation.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com TeamSpanSeasonsTitlesMean Elovs. Expected 12Green Bay1995-152121619+81.7 11Green Bay1966-68321688+87.7 This Super Bowl might rank among the most satisfying for Belichick, who originally made his reputation as a football genius with defensive game plans designed to shut down high-powered offenses. A year after his defense gave up 41 points to the Philadelphia Eagles’ backup QB in Super Bowl LII, New England held the Rams — who had averaged 32.9 points per game during the regular season — to a mere 3 points Sunday. L.A. quarterback Jared Goff had nobody to throw to and faced unrelenting pressure all night, recording a ghastly 57.9 passer rating.Belichick’s defenses had tended to be surprisingly mediocre over the back half of New England’s dynasty era, garnering an average seasonal rank of 15th of out 32 teams in ESPN’s Expected Points Added metric from 2008 to 2017. (Instead, they tended to rely on Brady and the offense to carry the load.) But this year’s Patriots were different, ranking seventh in defensive EPA, which made for one of the most well-rounded Patriots teams in a while. And in a year when seemingly anybody who ever met Rams offensive prodigy Sean McVay got hired as an NFL head coach on the spot, Belichick badly outcoached the wunderkind (by McVay’s own admission), unveiling a zone-coverage concept that the Rams hadn’t seen on tape and were completely unprepared for.That defensive master plan helped paper over a mediocre passing game for Brady, who at age 41 had his worst statistical Super Bowl performance, on the heels of a regular season that — while still good — was one of his least impressive of the past decade. There are mitigating factors, of course, including a vastly diminished set of targets as compared with his Randy Moss heyday. And by now, Brady is used to people wondering if he’s about to fall off a cliff every time he has an uninspired game. But he will also be sailing into uncharted territory at age 42 next season, playing at an age when literally no QB in football history has had an effective season: Brady is headed for uncharted territoryBest seasons (by Approximate Value) for quarterbacks at ages 40, 41 and 42 (or older), 1960-2018 10Pittsburgh2004-11821656+93.9 V. Testaverde20035Brett Favre20105Steve DeBerg*19981 Age 40Age 41Ages 42+ 9Washington1982-921131653+99.1 Tom Brady201719Tom Brady201814Warren Moon19985 The 2018 NFL season will be remembered in part for its regular-season offensive explosion and the breakout performances of exciting young players such as MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. But in the end, all of that new stuff faded away. The Patriots won, just like they have six times in the past 18 seasons, and they did it with defense, just like in the very beginning. It was yet another affirmation of a dynasty that continues to reach unprecedented levels of dominance in a sport we keep pretending is designed to produce parity. The only question now is: How much longer can Tom Brady and Bill Belichick keep doing this?Sunday’s Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams was not the prettiest for New England, even if it was the team’s widest margin of victory in a Super Bowl (somehow). Brady had a 71.4 passer rating in the lowest-scoring title game on record. And yet, it counted the same in the legacy column. I recalculated the numbers from my story measuring the most difficult-to-replicate multiseason runs by any franchise, and the Patriots’ stretch from 2003 through 2018 is easily the most dominant in the NFL’s Super Bowl era.1Moving up the list to officially pass … the Pats’ own run from 2003 through 2017. S. Jurgensen19747V. Testaverde200410V. Testaverde20052 * DeBerg and Moon were 44 in 1998 and 2000, respectively.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com PlayerYearAVPlayerYearAVPlayerYearAV Brett Favre200916Warren Moon199712Doug Flutie20042 From ABC News:
In 1985 Bruce Philp became the first man to row for both universities, after representing Cambridge in the 1982 and 1983 races. Having twice lost with Cambridge he won with Oxford.Richard Young , who had rowed for Cambridge when they lost the 1990 race, switched to Oxford the following year. Oxford won. With 188 years of history and only two teams in it, the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race is one of the longest and most bitter rivalries in sport.But the tension between the two crews has intensified this year after one of their number committed the cardinal sin of switching sides.Now the rowers, and their fans along the banks of the River Thames, are anticipating even greater levels of animosity, both off and on the water, following William Warr’s defection from the light blue of Cambridge to the dark blue of Oxford.Mr Warr is bracing himself for greater than normal levels of hostility when he appears alongside his crew mates at Putney for the start of Sunday’s 4.2 mile race to Mortlake. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. William Warr (C) rowing for Cambridge during their training race against the Netherlands on the River Thames in March 2015 Credit:Tom Dulat/Getty Images Mr Ruble declined to comment on how he felt about his former crewmate’s defection. He says he “would not rule out” going into politics in the future, but for the moment he is concentrating on getting into the British team for the Tokyo Olympics.Should he succeed he may well, given the way sport works, find himself alongside some of his bitter rivals from the Boat Race.But Mr Warr has no regrets over switching sides.“I wanted to do a particular PhD, I want to go to the 2020 Olympics, and the only way of doing them both was to row at Oxford,” he said. Warr will today become only the third man to race for both crews, an achievement which would be lauded in any other sphere. Not in the world of the boat race.“There’s definitely some ill-feeling there. Which is hard, because I was very close to these guys. And I don’t really speak to half of them at all now,” he said. “It was probably the toughest decision I’ve ever made.”Mr Warr spent a year as an advisor to the Conservative MP Jessica Lee, and now does occasional work for the political strategist Sir Lynton Crosby. James Letten, Freddie Davidson and Ben Ruble (L-R) of Cambridge race against the Italian national crew during the 2017 Cancer Research Boat Boat Races Training Fixture on March 18, 2017 Credit:Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images “I’m sure people will have different opinions about what I’ve done and maybe there will be slightly more ‘talk’ about the race this year because of it,” he told The Telegraph.In 2015 Mr Warr pulled alongside his Cambridge crewmates, losing by six lengths, but this year he switched to their rivals after transferring to Oxford University to do his PHD in public health policy.In an attempt to soothe the troubled waters he wrote a message explaining his decision to Ben Ruble, his once-close friend on the Cambridge crew.But the only response he received was frosty silence.“I’ve not received a reply from him,” Mr Warr said.However, he added, perhaps in a spirit of reconciliation: “But it’s the week of the race and both crews are focusing on their performance. We are all just concentrating on the race.” No wonder the light blues don’t like splitters.“Both clubs build up this intense hatred,” said Warr. “You’re just brainwashed to hate Cambridge, or hate Oxford. There’s a reasoning behind it: it’s a very easy way to get a squad of guys to bond quickly. But actually, they’re very similar clubs. Very similar kinds of people, very academically motivated.“The structures of the programmes are pretty similar. You train at similar times, you put similar hours in. And I think if people took a step back, they would realise that actually, the guys they’re racing could easily be very good friends.”
An Asian police officer was allegedly threatened with the sack after complaining about the racist treatment of a colleague involving a toy monkey.The Metropolitan Police officer, who has not been named, acted after seeing a monkey soft toy wearing a police uniform and with an ID badge placed on a black colleague’s desk in their central London office.The badge carried the initials “ERO” (evidential review officer), which was the same job title as the black officer.The Asian officer raised his concerns on an internal complaints form to senior officers in 2013, but was consequently the subject of investigation amid allegations he concocted the story himself. The BBC, which uncovered the case, said the officer was told he faced the prospect of being sacked.It took two years for the complainant to be vindicated, when a Scotland Yard misconduct hearing found the whistleblower had not breached the standards of professional behaviour.He later took the case to an employment tribunal, alleging he had been racially discriminated against and victimised. The BBC reported that the Asian officer received a settlement of £35,000 before the case was heard in full.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Richard Martin, who is in charge of professionalism at the Met, said in a statement: “Over the last two years the Met has made significant investment in improving how we handle complaints made by our own staff linked to discrimination, bullying or harassment. “We are committed to a system which everyone can be confident in and a genuine belief that it has fairness. “We have long recognised that people do have concern that they fear being victimised if they raise a complaint, regardless of whether that fear is justified.”That has never been acceptable and we continue to make it very clear to our staff that victimisation will never be tolerated, that it will be investigated, and will have serious repercussions if it occurs.”For the last 18 months the officer in charge of the Met’s anti-corruption command personally oversaw the implementation of and now manages the new whistleblowing policy. This helps to give staff, who are graded as reporters of wrongdoing, confidence they can raise the most serious of issues and will receive support and protection.”At the start of this year a new unit was formed within the Directorate of Professional Standards which has oversight of all complaints – be those internal or external – that include an allegation of discrimination.”This is to ensure that there is independent scrutiny of how these allegations are investigated and to embed fairness within the process.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. They fear being victimised if they raise a complaint, regardless of whether that fear is justifiedDeputy Assistant Commissioner Richard Martin
IT’S NOT THAT the Seanad has a negative impact on people’s lives – the truth is it doesn’t have any impact whatsoever.Certainly, for political cronies, it has given them access to big salaries and pensions, to car parking in Leinster House and access to the members bar for life. But for most people it remains a mysterious arm of government.The Seanad, modelled on the House of Lords, is an affront to democracy because it goes against the most basic principal of a modern democratic electoral system – the principal of equality between citizens – ‘one person one vote’.The body has no role in a modern societyIt is elitist, undemocratic and outdated. That’s not to say that everyone who ever sat in it are all those things but the body itself has no role in a modern society.In the last two-and-a-half years, the Seanad has supported the government on every single occasion. There is little value in a chamber that is less about checks and balances and more about rubber- stamping government policy. Senators cannot even put questions to ministers, they cannot prevent a bill from being passed into law. They can delay a bill, for just 90 days. And the last time the Seanad did this was 1964 – it was a Pawnbrokers Bill – and the Seanad voted against it by accident. They cannot delay a ‘money bill’ at all.The big argument of the opponents of the constitutional referendum is “Don’t abolish it – reform it”.It’s ironic that those who argue this point most loudly are those who were in the best position to introduce such reforms in recent years.The Green party – remember them? – they want a reformed Seanad, they say. They never did an ounce to achieve it between 2007-2011 when they were in government.The PDs, we remember them alright, and Michael McDowell. They didn’t do a tap to bring about reform during their long period of government from 1997 – 2007. This probably isn’t surprising considering Michael and his party had previously campaigned to abolish of the Seanad.Reform? Not likely.We can speculate as to why there is now a turnaround in this thinking but I suppose it’s not hard to understand how someone who is on the record as stating that inequality is good in an economy would also believe that it’s good in the political system as well.And of course, we have those champions of reform in Fianna Fáil who didn’t just have one term of government, or two, or three but have had decades of opportunity to radically alter the shape of the Seanad but chose time and time again to use it as a prop for their own party interestsFor Fianna Fáil the Seanad has always been an instrument of their power – not a check or balance to it – it was where they provided a political lifeline for former TDs or provided an office and perks to aspiring candidatesI drove around Dublin recently looking at Fianna Fáil posters on this referendum that are 90 per cent covered with images of its local election candidates and I couldn’t help but think that, even now, Fianna Fáil cannot help themselves but use the Seanad for their own party objectives.Such has been the abject scandal that is the Seanad that Fianna Fáil actually committed themselves in the last General Election to supporting its abolition. We used to have to wait until they got into government before Fianna Fáil broke pre-election promises – it now appears they’re just as adapt of doing it in opposition.A useless, undemocratic bodyMícheál Martin has said that they are unhappy with the government’s proposals for Dáil and wider political reform – well join the club. But to argue that a government that won’t commit to real Dáil reform will, on the back of a referendum defeat, commit themselves to radically reforming the second chamber isn’t naivety – it is deceitful.If Fianna Fáil and the continuity PDs really want a reformed Seanad they should vote to abolish it on referendum day. They could then put proposals for a new chamber before the people in another plebiscite and it would be the electorate, rather than politicians, who would pass judgement. As it stands, under the constitution, even with the reforms suggested by opponents of this amendment, the Taoiseach of any given day will still be in a position to appoint his/her cronies to that second chamber.The next Seanad election, if this referendum isn’t carried, will likely take place in 2016. There will have been no reform in the meantime. We will be left, on the centenary of the Easter 1916 rising, with this useless, undemocratic body, which even those who want to retain it accept is not fit for any purpose.I don’t like the thoughts of that. On October 4th, I will happily vote Yes.Matt Carthy is a Sinn Féin councillor.
Gardaí launch murder investigation into death of Samantha Walsh (31) The 31-year-old woman was pronounced dead at an apartment at Thomas Court, Waterford city. 61,576 Views Updated at 6.45pmGARDAÍ HAVE LAUNCHED a murder investigation into the death of woman after her body was discovered at an apartment in Waterford city.Gardaí discovered 31-year-old Samantha Walsh after they were called to an apartment at Thomas Court, Thomas Street at about 3pm yesterday afternoon.The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.A post-mortem was carried out this afternoon by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Curtis, and the result have been passed to the investigation team.The Garda Technical Bureau were due to carry out an examination of the scene and the office of the State Pathologist and the local coroner have both been notified.Speaking at Waterford Garda Station this evening, Superintendent Christopher Delaney appealed to any member of the public who may have any information in respect of this crime to contact them.“…In particular any persons who were in the area of Thomas Street on Thursday night 27 April 2017 and into the early hours of Friday morning. [We’re appealing to anyone] who witnessed anything and may have any information which may assist us.”Anyone with information is asked to contact Waterford Garda Station 051 305300 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Read: ‘A prisoner will say to you: I know where you live, I’ll burn your house down, I’ll get your kids.’Read: Gardaí investigate after elderly woman dies in house fire in north county Dublin Image: Google Maps By Cormac Fitzgerald Share Tweet Email1 Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 5:10 PM Short URL Thomas Street in Waterford city. Image: Google Maps 23 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3364352 Apr 29th 2017, 5:10 PM Thomas Street in Waterford city. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
L’Université de Princeton dévoile les gagnants de son concours “Art of Science”Les grands gagnants du concours “Art of Science” de l’Université de Princeton ont été dévoilés. L’occasion de découvrir en images certains aspect esthétique et même artistique de la recherche scientifique.”Étudiez la science de l’art et l’art de la science” déclarait Léonard de Vinci cinq siècles plus tôt. Encore bien ancrée dans l’actualité, l’instruction du grand maître, sert aujourd’hui de devise au concours de photographie “Art of Science”, organisée au sein de l’Université de Princeton. Inauguré en 2005, l’événement est devenu aujourd’hui un incontournable de l’institution.Pour entrer dans la compétition, les auteurs doivent répondre à deux critères de bases : faire partie de l’Université et proposer des images venant exclusivement de la recherche scientifique. Cette année encore, la cinquième édition de la compétition a remporté un vif succès. Au total 168 clichés ont été soumis à l’approbation du jury par des étudiants, enseignants ou chercheurs de 20 départements différents.Parmi ce large panel, 56 photographies ont été sélectionnées selon des critères esthétiques mais également selon son intérêt technico-scientifique. “Ce n’est pas l’art pour l’art”, souligne le comité en charge de l’organisation sur le site du concours.À lire aussiSaurez-vous reconnaitre à quel objet du quotidien appartiennent ces gros plans ?Si la compétition concerne les sciences en général, les organisateurs ont tenu à instauré un thème spécifique intitulé “Intelligent design”. Cette source d’inspiration pour les concourants devait, selon le jury, être considérée “dans le sens plus large du terme”.Parmi tous les participants de la compétition, le jury a désigné trois grands vainqueurs avec en tête Christophe Gissinger. Son image représente un modèle des inversions de polarité du champ magnétique de la Terre au cours des dernières 160 millions d’années.Découvrez un sélection des exceptionnelles photos des participants du concours sur MaxisciencesLe 21 novembre 2011 à 14:55 • Maxime Lambert
File Photo Prothom aloIn the face of growing international pressure, Myanmar is trying to hurriedly sign a bilateral MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Bangladesh on Rohingya repatriation while Bangladesh favours United Nations’s involvement in the process.Important issues of the proposed MoU, however, remain unresolved as yet. Foreign minister of Bangladesh, AH Mahmood Ali, and minister Kywa Tint Swe of Myanmar, will hold a dialogue at the Myanmar State Counsellor’s office on Thursday.Bangladesh demands a specific timeframe in the repatriation agreement with the involvement of the UN (United Nations) and other international organisations, according to foreign ministry officials.On Tuesday at Naypidaw, Myanmar’s state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi told the media that Myanmar hopes to strike a repatriation deal soon.Suu Kyi also commented, “Nothing can be done overnight, but we believe that we will be able to make steady progress.” Returning from the 12th ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) foreign ministers’ meeting, she said the Asian and European countries are interested to help Myanmar.Foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque told Prothom Alo that Bangladesh had put forward an MoUs based on that drawn up for Rohingya repatriation in 1978 and in 1993. The issue will be discussed at the foreign ministers’ meeting in Naypidaw.Shahidul Haque added a JWG (Joint Working Group) led by the foreign secretaries of both countries will be formed after finalising the repatriation deal.Myanmar wants to sign a deal due to international pressure, though differing in several issues. It also made comments on opinion made by Bangladesh, which it did not do before. Even last May Myanmar was silent over Bangladesh’s draft. But, from 2 October to 20 November both countries exchanged views about seven times.On 2 October, during a visit of Myanmar’s minister for the office of state counselor Kywa Tint Swe, Bangladesh gave a formal proposal, to which Myanmar answered on 20 October.Diplomats said that Bangladesh and Myanmar are yet to agree upon at least four issues.Firstly, Myanmar wants to take back about 700 thousand Rohingya fleeing since October 2016, whereas Bangladesh demands repatriation of one million fleeing in from Myanmar in 1978, 1991 and 1996.Secondly, Bangladesh demands a tripartite involvement including the UN for Rohingya identification, but Myanmar wants ascertain the nationality of the people on its own.In the third place, Bangladesh wants Myanmar to return the Rohingyas to their homes. Myanmar says, Rohingya residences are burnt and they will be sheltered at specific areas of Rakhine state.Finally, Myanmar demands Bangladesh not to involve any third state after signing the repatriation deal. Bangladesh refuses as it will hamper resolving post-repatriation complications.Concerning an MoU based on a timeframe, a senior diplomat commented that Bangladesh had bad experience with Myanmar in the past. As the 1992 agreement did not mention any fixed time for repatriation, Myanmar took 236 thousand Rohingyas back, leaving 15,000 behind. On the other hand, 1978 agreement clearly stated a six-month period and 240 thousand Rohingyas returned home.Higher officials think that it is important to clearly negotiate the number of Rohingyas to be repatriated. They referred to the last visit of the home minister to Myanmar. Both states agreed on a 10-point plan, but at the end of the visit Myanmar changed the plan without informing Bangladesh.Diplomats consider a strong agreement essential for repatriation of Rohingyas. If one million is not clearly stated, then Myanmar will not mention this in the future.
Explore further Laboratory setup to test feasibility of analog computation with Wi-Fi waves in an indoor room. Credit: arXiv:1804.03860 [physics.class-ph] Journal information: Physical Review X A pair of researchers, one with the Langevin Institute, the other a company called Greenerwave, both in France, has developed a way to use ordinary Wi-Fi signals to perform analog, wave-based computations. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review X, Philipp del Hougne and Geoffroy Lerosey describe their experiments and what they represent. Team develops mathematical solver for analog computers Citation: Using Wi-Fi signals to perform analog, wave-based computations (2018, December 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-wi-fi-analog-wave-based.html Computers represent information digitally, in ones and zeroes—but back in the early days of computing, there was discussion regarding the possibility of using analog processors. Even then, it was clear that such an approach would be less energy-intensive. But digital won out, and the rest is history. But that might not be the end of the story. As hardware engineers begin to run headlong into the limitations of Moore’s Law, some engineers have begun to take another look at analog processing.Analog processors make use of the amplitude in waves found in electronic circuits or in light waves. And instead of brute force crunching, they rely on waveform shaping, which is done with metamaterials. Early work with such materials showed that such processors could be highly efficient at matrix processing. But efforts to use such materials have run into difficulties due to fabrication issues. In this new effort, del Hougne and Lerosey demonstrate that some analog processors can be created via a simpler approach.In their experiments, the researchers created a box to simulate a home environment—one with four standard Wi-Fi routers. In the box, they included objects representing furniture and other household items. Next, they applied a panel made of 88 reflector mirrors to two adjacent walls in the box—each of the mirrors was capable of toggling between two states. In one state, the mirror would cause a 0° phase shift, in the other, a 180° phase shift. Finally, the researchers added a control box to run their experiments.The researchers sent the same standardized signal from all the Wi-Fi routers. They recorded multiple panel configurations to prime the system—doing so allowed them to characterize the scattering of the Wi-Fi signals and then to program the system to perform linear operations. And that allowed them to carry out a four-element Fourier transform.The researchers report that the processing was faster than it would have been using a digital computer, but was slowed by the initiation process. They suggest that adding as few as 30 inputs to such a system would make it more efficient than a digital system. 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. More information: Philipp del Hougne et al. Leveraging Chaos for Wave-Based Analog Computation: Demonstration with Indoor Wireless Communication Signals, Physical Review X (2018). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.8.041037, On Arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.03860 © 2018 Science X Network
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