Kangana vs Alia Family joins the war of words

first_imgMumbai: If actor Kangana Ranaut’s tirade against Alia Bhatt wasn’t enough, the former’s sister Rangoli Chandel entered the ‘war of words’ zone, as did the Raazi actor’ mother Soni Razdan and co-actor Randeep Hooda. Kangana has been calling out Alia since earlier this year for not supporting her film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. But in a recent interview, Alia merely said: “I respect Kangana’s work a lot and I respect her opinion. If she feels a particular way she must have reason to feel that way. I would rather remember how much she had praised me after watching Raazi. And I’d just like to focus on my work. Maybe she will appreciate me again if I work hard enough.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe controversy took a different turn with Kangana’s sister hitting out at Alia and her mother Soni Razdan, calling them “non Indians who are living off this land, using and abusing its people and its resources, lying about intolerance and spreading hatred”. Soni finally broke her silence over the issue. In a now-deleted tweet, she wrote: “Mahesh Bhatt is the man who has given her a break…She goes on to attack his wife and daughter. Daughter over and over again. What is left to be said then about abusing and hatred I wonder. Apart from character of course. Agenda. What’s hers?”last_img read more

France ready to fight terrorists who killed 2 journalists in Mali

first_imgBordeaux – A crisis meeting was held in the Presidential Palace this morning and an investigation into the journalists’ death is to be launched.French President Hollande held a crisis meeting on Sunday morning at the Elysee in the aftermath of the murder of two journalists from Radio France Internationale, Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont, who were kidnapped and killed in northern Mali yesterday.The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice, Laurent Fabius and Christiane Taubira attended the meeting. The hour long meeting consisted in looking at the judicial follow-up to these killings and assessing the strength of the “Serval”operation in Mali. After the meeting, Laurent Fabius confirmed the journalists were shot dead. “The murderers are the ones we are fighting, terrorist groups who reject democracy and refuse elections,” said the Foreign Minister.According to RFI, our colleagues’ driver was held at gunpoint by a turbaned man speaking a Tuareg dialect. Meanwhile, the attackers tied up the journalists and took them into their vehicle. The kidnappers then fled, and the bodies of the journalists were found less than two hours later, a dozen kilometers away.The circumstances of their death, however, are still unclear. The Tuaregs are not the only suspects since Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is still present in the region, despite the presence of French troops. “Kidal is the only region where the sovereignty of the state is not effective,” declared Soumeilou Boubeye Maiga, Mali’s Minister of Defense on Sunday. “The situation is so complicated that everything is possible,” he added.Paris’ prosecutor opened an investigation regarding kidnapping followed by murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise.Francois Hollande and his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita talked on Saturday, and both “expressed their willingness to relentlessly pursue the fight against terrorist groups that are present in northern Mali, “stated the Elysee. “The heinous murders in Kidal can only strengthen the determination of both countries to continue and win this common fight against terrorism,” the leaders stated.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

GTF confirms meeting Mangala

Surendiran says the fact that many stakeholders (political, non-political and media) in Sri Lanka and internationally wanting to engage with the GTF inevitably proves that the strategy and approach adopted are by and large working for now. Asked by the newspaper if he believes a regime change backed by external forces would be beneficial towards achieving the political aspirations of the Tamils, Surendiren said “We have our own experiences as Tamils over the past sixty four years since independence, with various different regimes that have been in power, including the current regime. However, the oppressive and dictatorial nature of this regime coupled with corruption in an unprecedented level, nepotism and the State sponsored human rights abuses that prevail with impunity have particularly helped the grievances of the Tamils to be focused at the international level. Again like I articulated in one of the previous answers, unless there will be international involvement and pressure brought to bear on this or any future regimes, an acceptable political solution will not be found, is our assessment”.He also says in the interview that the TNA are the democratically elected representatives by the Tamils in the island and therefore, they have all the rights to negotiate for a solution on behalf of the Tamils. (Colombo Gazette) The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a London based Tamil Diaspora group seen by the government as being supportive of the LTTE, has confirmed that it met UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera recently.In an interview with the Canada based ‘Oru’ newspaper, GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran says the meeting was however private in nature. “Understandably, it was viewed with suspicion. Firstly, this was a meeting that wasn’t a formal GTF meeting but was private in nature. Unless we engage with people within and outside our community, we will not achieve our desired aspirations. In many conflicts around the world including ours many engagements are and were made of which some are/were disclosed and others not. Some are recognised and others were not,” he said. read more

Ryan Fitzpatrick Is Only As Good As Brandon Marshall And Eric Decker

1New York Jets4,1702,52960.6% 10Cleveland Browns4,1562,00948.3 24New Orleans Saints5,2052,12240.8 28New England Patriots4,8121,86838.8 2Denver Broncos4,2162,43957.9 3Kansas City Chiefs3,4931,96356.2 29Minnesota Vikings3,2461,21537.4 5Jacksonville Jaguars4,4282,43154.9 22Dallas Cowboys3,6781,55342.2 11Oakland Raiders4,1291,99248.2 17Buffalo Bills3,6001,59944.4 Marshall and Decker were also touchdown machines. In nine of the Jets’ 16 games last season, both Marshall and Decker reached the end zone: That made them the first pair of wide-receiver teammates to each score in nine games (and only the second pair of teammates, period, joining former Cowboys Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin). Incredibly, Marshall and Decker by themselves caught 25 of Fitzpatrick’s 31 total touchdown throws, or 81 percent.Thought of another way, Marshall and Decker saw 305 targets last year, with all other Jets players combining for nearly an equal number: 297. Yet Marshall/Decker combined for 2,529 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns, and all other Jets combined for 1,641 receiving yards and just seven receiving touchdowns. Marshall and Decker together averaged 8.3 yards per target; all other Jets averaged only 5.5 yards per target.That difference of 2.8 yards per target between the Jets’ top two receivers and the rest of the team ranked third-largest in the NFL, behind two other teams that had star receivers doing most of the heavy lifting: Jacksonville (with Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, at +3.7) and the New York Giants (thanks mostly to Odell Beckham Jr., at +2.9). Marshall/Decker’s rate of 11.7 targets for every touchdown also ranked fourth-best among top receiving pairings,2Behind the top duos of Seattle (9.0), Jacksonville (10.7) and New England (11.6). but the rest of the Jets were targeted 42.4 times for every touchdown pass, the fourth-worst rate in the league for receiving groups outside a team’s top two targets.3That ranked ahead of only Cleveland (56.8), Minnesota (57.2) and San Francisco (44.0). In other words, Fitzpatrick was putting up great numbers only when throwing to Marshall and Decker — not anyone else. It’s fair to say, then, that no passing game in 2015 was as reliant on its top two receivers as the Jets’ was.Granted, the Jets’ other targets weren’t very good,4Bilal Powell, Quincy Enunwa, Chris Ivory and Kenbrell Thompkins were the only other Jets with at least 30 targets. so you would expect a large chasm in production between Marshall/Decker and the rest of the team. But that makes it more difficult to determine how much of Fitzpatrick’s numbers were the product of his own play, and how much was due to his top two targets. And that’s probably what caused such a disconnect between the Jets and Fitzpatrick’s camp during negotiations.Ultimately, Fitzpatrick signed a reasonable one-year contract, so we may be revisiting the same scenario next offseason, with the Jets having to ascertain their QB’s true worth once more. 31Chicago Bears3,8431,27133.1 32San Diego Chargers4,8551,48030.5 12Carolina Panthers3,8731,84347.6 13Indianapolis Colts3,9281,85747.3 8Cincinnati Bengals4,1042,11351.5 League average 23Tennessee Titans3,8931,63742.0 16Green Bay Packers3,8251,71944.9 7Houston Texans4,0792,17953.4 19Seattle Seahawks4,0611,75443.2 6Pittsburgh Steelers4,8222,59953.9 21Philadelphia Eagles4,3411,85042.6 14Arizona Cardinals4,7752,21846.5 15Detroit Lions4,4632,02745.4 Which teams got the most out of their top two receivers in 2015? Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com YARDS BY TOP 2 RECEIVERS 27St. Louis Rams2,9311,16239.6 9New York Giants4,5042,24749.9 25Washington Redskins4,2941,72940.3 30Baltimore Ravens4,4491,61436.3 The Gang Green contract dispute is over: Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has re-signed with the New York Jets, on a one-year, $12 million contract with up to $3 million in additional incentives. Casual fans may wonder why it took so long for Fitzpatrick to re-sign — for months, it was clear that Fitzpatrick had no other suitors and the Jets had no exciting alternative. And, after all, Fitzpatrick was coming off of a strong statistical season. He threw for 3,905 yards last year — the highest single-season total by a Jets quarterback since Joe Namath in 1967 — and 31 passing touchdowns, a franchise record.Perhaps most importantly, Fitzpatrick’s statistical output was far ahead of what Jets fans have come to expect from the position. Fitzpatrick averaged 6.46 adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A) last season, more than a yard better than any of the Jets’ starting quarterbacks over the previous decade. The chart below shows New York’s main QB each season from 2005 through 2015 and his average ANY/A. Fitzpatrick’s 2015 sticks out in a very good way:On the heels of six Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith seasons, Fitzpatrick’s competent play represented a vast improvement. But Fitzpatrick’s numbers really only look great relative to the poor passers of Jets history and thanks to the rising tide that is lifting passing numbers leaguewide.Before Fitzpatrick, the Jets hadn’t experienced above-average quarterbacking since 2006, and Jets passers had been far below average in each of the four seasons leading into 2015. Against that backdrop, Fitzpatrick’s ever-so-slightly-above-average numbers painted the picture of a bearded savior. But although Fitzpatrick deserves credit for the strong season (along with, perhaps, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey), his top two receivers were just as responsible for the big year.The Jets signed Eric Decker before the 2014 season, and he had a productive year, but he couldn’t save New York’s passing attack by himself. After New York traded for Brandon Marshall in 2015, though, the duo quickly turned into one of the best one-two receiving punches in the NFL. Together, Marshall and Decker combined for 2,529 receiving yards, second-most in the NFL behind Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. Perhaps more importantly, Marshall and Decker also combined for 60.6 percent of all Jets receiving yards, easily the highest rate in the league for any pair of receivers:1Defining a team’s top receiving duo as its two leading players in receiving yards. 20Miami Dolphins4,2311,81943.0 RANKTEAMTOTAL RECEIVING YARDSTOTALPERCENTAGE 4Atlanta Falcons4,6022,52854.9 45.7 26San Francisco 49ers3,6461,45239.8 18Tampa Bay Buccaneers4,0421,76743.7 read more

No Team Has Ever Started A Season Hotter Than This Years Warriors

142000Spurs1694.459.9 222013Spurs1681.858.4 191965Celtics1687.159.5 281985Celtics1677.258.2 101972Bucks1703.463.9 261998Bulls1678.459.0 92014Spurs1708.160.6 161981Lakers1693.360.2 71986Lakers1725.062.1 RANKYEARTEAMELO AFTER 10 GAMESEXPECTED WINS PER 82 GAMES 52002Lakers1725.762.2 31987Celtics1736.762.9 Last season’s Golden State Warriors were a great story. Adding a new coach to what was already an exciting young core, they made The Leap and finally melded their talented roster into a champion — as well as one of the best teams in NBA history.But even after all that, the Warriors still had naysayers. Over the offseason, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers pointed out Golden State’s good fortune in having to face neither his team nor the San Antonio Spurs during its playoff run. (The Clippers, if you recall, had a chance to stand in the Warriors’ way — and whiffed on it.) Others simply wondered if things had gone too smoothly for the Warriors and questioned whether they’d be able to overcome greater adversity when it inevitably presented itself.Few defending champs have had to explain themselves as much as Golden State did this summer. But when the league rolled out the balls and started playing games again, the Warriors picked up right where they left off.Actually, strike that — over the past three weeks, they’ve somehow played even better than the lofty standard they set for themselves last season. According to our Elo ratings — which have always loved this Warriors squad — no team in NBA history has looked so good 10 games into a season:1“Expected wins per 82 games” represents Elo’s estimate of a team’s true talent relative to its league — essentially, it answers the question, “How many games would this team win in a season against an average schedule?” 112009Lakers1700.660.2 132014Heat1694.559.5 252006Pistons1679.558.7 151968Sixers1693.863.3 It might not hold up over an entire season, but the Warriors have improved at both ends of the floor in the early going. The offense is moving the ball more, simultaneously drawing more fouls and shooting more 3-pointers (which means fewer of those dreaded midrange jumpers2According to the shooting zones defined by NBA.com.), and on defense, they’re doing just about everything a teensy bit better. Plus, five of their top six minute-earners have a higher Box Plus/Minus (BPM) than they did a season ago,3The only holdout? Klay Thompson, who’s almost certainly going to start shooting better and rein in those turnovers. headlined by Stephen Curry’s outrageously high +15.4 mark.It’s not hard to tell how Curry, in particular, has gotten off to such a ridiculous statistical start this season. He’s notched 30 or more points in six of Golden State’s 10 games, including a 53-point outing against the New Orleans Pelicans and a couple more 40-point performances: 61993Bulls1725.562.8 122003Mavericks1696.459.8 172015Spurs1692.759.3 292010Lakers1676.058.0 If Curry’s BPM stays this high all season, it would make for the best individual season in modern NBA history. Of course, that’s something our preseason CARMELO projections assigned a roughly 0.9 percent probability to, so it’s likely he’ll come back down to earth a bit between now and next April.But Curry himself also typifies what might be a slightly new tendency in Golden State’s offense. Like his team, Curry is shooting fewer twos than ever but getting to the line more, eschewing the midrange game in favor of more shots in the restricted area, as well as more of every type of 3-pointer. These marginal changes in shot selection can add up: If Curry maintains his average rate of points per shot within each zone,4And we can argue how much that’s a valid assumption — especially since Curry seems to be assisting himself more in the midrange than last year, which is bad. But these shifts are so subtle that I think it’s a fair baseline to start from. he’ll essentially get four “free” points for every 100 shots he takes from the floor, a number that balloons to 54 points — or almost two extra wins — when you take 1,371 shots per season.It remains to be seen if Curry and the Warriors can keep this up. Certainly, they’re not going to keep beating the rest of the league by 17 points per game. But it’s notable that Golden State has come out of the blocks so quickly this season. After a summer spent fending off doubts about the long-term viability of its style of play, this team seems determined to extend the Year of the Warriors into 2016 and beyond. 241973Bucks1680.361.3 81999Jazz1710.761.4 12016Warriors1793.866.8 232008Spurs1680.458.5 212010Cavaliers1684.358.8 272005Spurs1677.458.7 41992Bulls1729.663.4 21997Bulls1785.567.1 301991Pistons1675.759.6 201989Pistons1685.160.1 181982Celtics1687.559.5 read more

Judges to get counselling to help them cope with sex crime cases

first_imgJudges are to get mental health help to deal with sex crime cases, the new Lord Chief Justice has announced, as he said we must recognise that “judges are human” too. Sir Ian Burnett, who took on the role in October, said a new scheme will offer professional help to judges who deal with the most traumatic issues in their courtrooms. The number of sexual offences dealt with by crown courts rose for three years from 7,230 in 2012, peaking in 2015 at 9,790 before falling slightly in 2016. Speaking at his first press conference since taking the role, the former high court judge said the support, which has been newly launched this month, would be aimed at judges who must examine violent or upsetting material in order to hear cases. He said: “One of the things that we are very conscious of is particularly for judges who spend a lot of time dealing with the kind of harrowing family case I refer to and also those who have a fairly relentless diet of serious sex cases, it can have an impact and so we are making available professional support to judges who feel that it would assist them. “This is a new initiative that’s been in development for some months now, that was in the pipeline before I became Lord Chief Justice, but it’s something that I very much support.”  He added that his own work on the court of appeal on criminal cases had involved “pretty shocking material”.  It’s important that we recognise that judges are human and that we put in place support mechanisms to assist those who need itLord Chief Justice Sir Ian Burnett “It’s important that we recognise that judges are human and that we put in place support mechanisms to assist those who need it,” he added. The new head of the judiciary has made it his priority to improve the morale of his fellow judges, arguing that the social media age means they are often under pressure from the public and are increasingly attacked for their decisions. He said judges have faced “a torrent of personal abuse” for rulings “increasingly online and in social media” as well as “a growing number of cases where judges are threatened and physically abused. “Some is calculated to intimidate judges individually or collectively.” Last month construction worker Kevin Robinson was jailed for assaulting judge Robin Tolson QC outside the Central London Family court. He was aggrieved at the judge’s decisions on his divorce case.  Sir Ian also said the growing prison population was not the fault of judges’ sentencing decisions, contradicting claims previously made by former Downing Street head of policy Lord Adonis that judges have “played a big part” in the trebling of the prison population in 60 years. The Lord Chief Justice said: “Parliament has increased the sentences for a number of offences, particularly sexual offences in the last 15 or so years. center_img 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. “Judges are required to sentence not only within the statutory scheme but also in accordance with the guidelines that are issued by the sentencing guidelines council,” he said, adding that they are “doing what Parliament has required them to do”. Lord Burnett also announced a £5m fund to fix up failing court buildings, some of which are in a “terrible state”, revealing that the money allocated to repairs had previously not been fully used. “It came as something of a surprise to me to learn that for some years the allocated budget for repairs wasn’t completely spent, but that now is happening,” he said. “I’m very conscious that there are in many of our courts a number of problems which are relatively minor and shouldn’t take a great deal of effort to sort.”last_img read more

Britain prepares to send 400 more troops back to Afghanistan to counter Isil

If Britain was to send at least 400 extra soldiers – figures suggest it could be as many – then it would take the number of personnel past 1,000. Currently, 650 troops are serving with Afghan security forces. It should not be surprising to hear we would consider such action in light of an evolving threatJulian Lewis, Chair of the Defence Select Committee There is a growing threat of attack by extremists. Pictures is the aftermath of a suicide attack in Kabul on April 22 outside a voter registration centre Britain is planning to send 400 more troops to Afghanistan to help tackle the growing threat posed by extremists – a number that could rise and be used for combat, a former army commander has said.Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, is understood to be keen to nearly double the number of soldiers in the country as part of a Nato training mission.It comes nearly two decades after Britain first deployed ground troops to Afghanistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attack, and nearly four years after combat soldiers were withdrawn as Camp Bastion was handed over to Afghan security forces.General Sir Richard Barrons, who served as commander of Joint Forces Command, said the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014 “hasn’t worked” and supported sending 400 extra troops back to Kabul. He said the UK “might have to consider” increasing this number even further, as well as sending them into active combat, as opposed to focusing on training the Afghan forces.The news comes after recent blasts in Kabul, including twin attacks last month in which 36 people were killed, including ten journalists, raised fears Isil is becoming more of a threat in the country.Last year officials in the US announced plans to send 3,500 extra troops to help bolster the Afghan military, on top of the 11,000 already there. Mr Williamson’s office declined to comment, while a Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “The support the UK provides Afghanistan on security, development and governance is crucial to building a stable state and reducing the terrorist threat to the UK.“We remain committed to NATO’s non-combat Resolute Support mission, in which we play an important role, and keep our contribution under constant review.”According to The Times, a final plan has yet to be signed off but Theresa May could make an announcement at a Nato summit this summer. There is a growing threat of attack by extremists. Pictures is the aftermath of a suicide attack in Kabul on April 22 outside a voter registration centreCredit:Rahmat Gul/AP Julian Lewis, Chair of the Defence Select Committee, told the Telegraph: “NATO and the UK have a continuing resolve to ensure Afghanistan does not fall back under the control of the Taliban.“It should not be surprising to hear we would consider such action in light of an evolving threat.” 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. read more

Dublin to get 26 more parks but just for the day unfortunately

first_imgIf you’re having trouble viewing the map on a mobile, check out the Parking Day website for more >Read: Villagers and Bowie on Mercury Music Prize shortlist >Also: Dublin One City One Book choice for 2014 is revealed > GREEN SPACES WILL be springing up all over Dublin today as part of a global effort to reclaim parking spaces in urban areas.Cities all over the world are taking part in the initiative, known as ‘Park(ing) Day’ and 26 sites around the city will play host to ‘pop-up’ parks later.It’s based on an idea that started in San Francisco in 2005, when Rebar, a local art studio, took over a single metred space, and transformed it — installing grass, benches and even a tree.The original garden lasted for just two hours, but the idea took off the following year. According to the originators: Rather than replicate the same installation, we decided to promote the project as an “open-source” project, and created a how-to manual to empower people to create their own parks without the active participation of Rebar. And thus “PARK(ing) Day” was born.Groups like the Dublin Cycling Campaign, the Science Gallery, GoCar and DIT Architecture are all taking part in the initiative’s Irish incarnation.“There are no companies involved as such, it’s a variety of different groups, and there’ll be a number of charity and other angles promoted,” Siobhán Maher of Dublin City Council told TheJournal.ie.The council is providing the spaces to the groups for 24 hours, and most of the parks will be open between midday and 6pm.Check out this map for more details of the sites: last_img read more

Stockpiling for Halloween bonfire causes city centre flat blaze

first_imgUpdated 22:47DUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE were called to a fire in a group of city centre flats in Dublin in the early hours of Thursday morning after material collected for a Halloween bonfire went up in flames.At approximately 2.30am a fire crew was called to a blaze in Tom Kelly Road Flats on Tom Kelly Road, Dublin 2.Wooden palletsYouths had lined the stairwell from floor to ceiling  from the ground floor to the first floor with more than 40 wooden pallets, which caught on fire.By the time the fire engines arrived at the scene, the fire was already a blaze.  Two fire engines used their water supply but also had to use the hydrants for extra water to tackle the fire.People on the first and second floor were trapped in their flats and could not leave until the smoke was cleared.One officer in attendance said in his 30 years in the job he had never seen such a thing.It is believed that no one was injured in the incident.last_img read more

Winter woolies at the ready Its going to get pretty cold in

first_imgMUCH OF THE country’s been enjoying a pretty mild spell in recent days, but that’s all set to come to an end as temperatures begin to dip.Thursday is set to start off very windy, with rain spreading southwards throughout the morning, according to Met Éireann. Colder, showery weather is set to follow, and it will be “very cold and windy” on Thursday night.Wintry showers will affect some parts of Ulster overnight on Thursday, according to the weather service, with frost and icy patches forming as winds moderate.The outlook for Friday is for a cold, bright day with some winter sunshine, and afternoon highs reaching only between 3 and 6 degrees.A frosty night is forecast on Friday, with temperatures recovering gradually over the following 24 hours.Tomorrow, Wednesday, will be dry and bright for much of the country, with temperatures of up to 9 degrees.Read: Rare weather event at the Grand Canyon creates incredible sightslast_img read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_img Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 4:55 PM No Comments Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha 5,715 Views Jun 14th 2017, 4:55 PM Image: Shutterstock/Olivier Tabary Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3444218 The 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #GRENFELL TOWER: Authorities confirm that twelve people have died and almost 70 have been taken to hospital after a massive fire ripped through a 24-storey apartment block late last night.2. #LEO THE LEADER: Leo Varadkar has succeeded in getting the backing of the Dáil to be the next Taoiseach, by 57 votes to 50.3. #SHOOTING: A senior US congressman and four others have been shot while practising for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. Donald Trump says the shooter has died.4. #UBER: Ryanair’s chairman has resigned from Uber’s board of directors after making ‘an inappropriate remark‘ about women at a company meeting.5. #TEMPLEMORE: The Assistant Garda Commissioner said she never benefitted from being a director of the Sportsfield company set up at the garda college. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Olivier Tabarylast_img read more

Ce soir la Lune sera la plus proche possible de la Terre

first_imgCe soir, la Lune sera la plus proche possible de la Terre Cette nuit, la Lune sera à la distance la plus proche qu’elle puisse être de la Terre. Selon les experts, cet évènement ne devrait pas avoir d’important retentissement sur notre planète et devrait même être quasiment invisible pour nous.L’orbite lunaire est ovale. Ainsi, par période, elle est plus près de la Terre qu’à d’autres moments et notamment lorsqu’elle est à son périgée, à 30.000 kilomètres d’ici. Elle n’est à sa distance maximale de la Terre que lorsqu’elle est à son apogée, à 385.000 kilomètres. Son orbite variant à chaque fois très légèrement, la Lune n’est donc jamais véritablement à la même distance de la Terre, rapporte le National Geographic.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Une superlune apparait lorsqu’elle est à son périgée et qu’elle s’apprête à entamer une nouvelle phase”, explique Raminder Singh Samra, un astronome du centre spatial H.R. MacMillan, à Vancouver, au Canada. Quand le phénomène se produit au moment où c’est la pleine lune, le satellite peut alors nous apparaître jusqu’à 14% plus grosse indique ce scientifique expliquant le terme de “superlune”.En mars, les astronomes avaient déjà pu observer une pleine lune à son périgée, ce qui avait fait d’elle la plus grosse lune jamais observée depuis 18 ans. Selon les experts, une nouvelle superlune aura donc lieu ce soir. Malheureusement elle sera presque invisible depuis la Terre car le Soleil se situera dans la même région du ciel et n’éclairera donc pas la Lune de façon optimale pour nous.Aucune conséquence pour la Terre De même, si l’on en croit les spécialistes, cette proximité (relative) n’aura aucun retentissement physique tel qu’un tremblement de terre, comme certains le croyaient. Pourtant, Jim Todd, directeur du planétarium de l’Oregon explique que les importantes marées générées par l’alignement du Soleil et de la Lune peuvent avoir un retentissement indirect sur les plaques tectoniques. Cependant, il ajoute lui-même “qu’aucune preuve n’a été établie pour mettre en évidence l’activité sismique due à la lune atteignant sa périgée”.Le 27 septembre 2011 à 14:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Game of Thrones cinematographer defends too dark episode

first_img 26 Tags Game of Thrones: Every character who died in the Battle of Winterfell Game of Thrones: The Battle of Winterfell was an all-time great episode Game of Thrones’ Battle of Winterfell by the numbers: Who was the MVP? Share your voice Game of Thrones TV and Movies The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, rankedcenter_img Comments 38 Photos Related stories Game of Thrones can get dark in more ways than one. HBO The night is dark and full of terrors… they’re just really hard to see.That’s one of the takeaways of the latest episode of Game of Thrones, The Long Night, shown on HBO on Sunday. It featured a battle that was the culmination of seven seasons of buildup in the war between men and the undead.It’s just many viewers couldn’t see what in Winterfell was happening. The battle itself took 55 nights to film. Here’s how Twitter reacted and here are some tips to adjust your TV in case you had the same issue.In response to that angry horde, the episode’s cinematographer, Fabien Wagner, who also shot acclaimed episode Battle of the Bastards, spoke out about the episode to Wired. He addressed the not-ideal methods people used to watch it.”A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly,” Wagner said. “A lot of people also unfortunately watch it on small iPads, which in no way can do justice to a show like that anyway.”Game of Thrones is a cinematic show and therefore you have to watch it like you’re at a cinema: in a darkened room. If you watch a night scene in a brightly-lit room then that won’t help you see the image properly.” Wagner explained that the darkness was a creative choice. “The show runners decided that this had to be a dark episode,” Wagner said. “We’d seen so many battle scenes over the years — to make it truly impactful and to care for the characters, you have to find a unique way of portraying the story.”Another look would have been wrong. Everything we wanted people to see is there.”With the many deaths and character arcs finally paying off in this episode, Wagner pointed out the significance of the non-visual.”Personally, I don’t have to always see what’s going on because it’s more about the emotional impact.”last_img read more

After vote win Greeces Tsipras looks to rebuild talks

first_imgBut his bolstered mandate to push for better concessions from creditors hit the hard reality of the country’s deteriorating finances, with the banks facing the risk of collapse within days unless a rescue deal is reached.In a sign that he hopes to reach a deal as soon as possible, Tsipras appointed a new mild-mannered finance minister to lead talks with bailout creditors and replace Yanis Varoufakis, the hard-talking professor who clashed regularly with his European counterparts.Euclid Tsakalotos, a 55-year-old economist, appears more willing to reach a compromise with creditors and will be tested as soon as Tuesday, when he will meet the other 18 eurozone finance ministers in Brussels.That meeting is meant to seek the basis for a deal that European leaders, including Tsipras, might discuss at an emergency summit later in the day. Ahead of the summit, Tsipras spoke by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Greece’s financial situation is getting more difficult by the day. It had to close the banks last week to prevent their collapse in the face of a run, and imposed limits on cash withdrawals and transfers.Greek banks remained closed Monday, with only a few branches opening for pensioners to receive emergency assistance. Louka Katseli, head of the Greek Bank Association, said she expected banks to remain closed for at least two more days. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall With all ballots counted, 61.3 percent of voters in Sunday’s referendum said “no” to the question of whether they would accept creditors’ proposed measures.Tsipras has agreed to imposing more harsh austerity measures, following a six-year recession, but wants eurozone lenders to grant the country better terms for bailout debt repayments.“The prime minister is … committed to starting a fundamental debate on dealing with the problem of sustainability of the Greek national debt,” a statement signed by the government and three pro-European opposition parties said.European officials appear to be split on Greece’s demand for easier debt repayment.France’s finance minister, Michel Sapin, indicated that discussing Greece’s debt is not taboo, saying the country could not recover with its current obligations “in the months and years to come.”Germany, however, remains highly reluctant to discuss debt relief.Finance Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said Germany’s “position is well-known … a debt cut is not an issue for us.”German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Europe should be preparing to help Greeks with humanitarian assistance. Top Stories “The situation that is now being created by the referendum makes me sad, because life for the Greek population is going to get harder in the coming days and weeks,” he said.“After yesterday’s celebrations in the streets there’s a danger of a rude awakening soon.”___Demetris Nellas and Menelaos Hadjicostis in Athens, Greece, Lori Hinnant in Paris, Raf Casert in Brussels and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Supporters of the No vote wave Greek flags after the referendum’s exit polls at Syntagma square in Athens, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Greece faced an uncharted future as officials counted the results of a referendum Sunday on whether to accept creditors’ demands for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans, with three opinion polls showing a tight race with a narrow victory likely for the “no” side. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)center_img Sponsored Stories The government is expected to extend the restrictions on withdrawals after the European Central Bank makes a decision later Monday on cash support for Greek banks.The ECB has frozen the amount of credit it allows Greek banks to draw on, even though their cash requirements are growing as people rush to withdraw what money they can.Analysts say that if the ECB keeps the amount of credit on hold, Greek banks will come under increasing pressure and the government could have to make the limits on cash withdrawals even tougher.The ongoing Greek drama hurt stocks around the world, particularly in Europe. The losses were not as great as some had feared, however, suggesting investors think that a Greek exit from the euro, while devastating for the country and destabilizing in Europe, would be manageable for the global economy.“The ‘no’ vote in Greece’s referendum on Sunday dramatically increases the risk of a slide toward a disorderly Greek exit from the eurozone,” ratings agency Fitch said.“An agreement between Greece and its official creditors remains possible, but time is short and the risk of policy missteps, or that the two sides simply cannot agree a deal, is high.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Despite triumphing in a popular vote against austerity, Greece on Monday faced the urgent need to heal its ties with European creditors and reach a financial rescue deal that might prevent it from falling out of the euro — possibly within days.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won big in Sunday’s referendum, in which 60 percent of Greeks rejected the economic measures creditors had proposed in exchange for loans the country needs to remain afloat. 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The Latest Obama says South Sudan needs urgent attention

first_imgThe president says the situation demands the world’s urgent attention. He says the group of African countries working to resolve the conflict hasn’t been able to do so as of yet. He says the U.S. wants to assist that effort and that there needs to be a peace agreement and a structure in place in the next several weeks.Obama plans to convene a meeting of regional leaders on Monday in Ethiopia to discuss the situation.South Sudan marked four years of independence this month but has been plagued by violence since December 2013. That’s when clashes broke out between government troops controlled by President Salva Kiir and rebels led by his former deputy, Riek Machar.___2:10 p.m.President Barack Obama says more press freedoms and tolerance of opposition voices would strengthen the Ethiopian government’s agenda.Obama is defending his decision to visit Ethiopia despite deep concerns about the country’s human rights record.Obama says the U.S. wants to engage with other governments on mutual interests even if their democratic practices don’t align with those in the U.S. But he says the U.S. continually brings up human rights in talks with those countries. He says he doesn’t bite his tongue much in discussions with foreign leaders. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The latest on President Barack Obama’s visit to Ethiopia (all times local):2:30 p.m.President Barack Obama is warning the world can’t wait long to address the deteriorating situation in South Sudan.Obama is addressing South Sudan’s civil war during a news conference in neighboring Ethiopia.Obama says the humanitarian situation is deteriorating and the conditions are getting “much, much worse.” He says the parties to the conflict have until now proven to be “very stubborn.” Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Somali police says 15 people died in the massive truck bomb attack Sunday on a hotel in Mogadishu.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean U.S. President Barack Obama, center, participates in a bilateral meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the National Palace, on Monday, July 27, 2015, in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) The president is comparing his willingness to engage with Ethiopia with the U.S. relationship with China. He says nobody questions the need for the U.S. to engage with large countries like China, but that a different standard is applied to smaller countries like Ethiopia.Human rights groups had warned that Obama’s visit would lend an air of international legitimacy to a government that they say uses national security concerns as a pretext to stifle opposition and curtail basic freedoms. The Committee to Protect Journalists says Ethiopia is the world’s second-worst jailer of journalists in Africa, after Eritrea.___1:50 p.m.President Barack Obama says a bombing in Somalia’s capital is a reminder that terrorist groups like al-Shabab offer nothing but destruction and must be stopped.Obama is speaking at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He says the U.S. and other countries must keep the pressure on groups like al-Shabab.Obama says al-Shabab is also a serious threat to Ethiopia.The East African country has been a partner with the U.S. in the fight against terrorism, sharing intelligence with American officials and sending troops into Somalia to address instability there. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img read more

Analysts Slowdown in Price Gains Doesnt Spell End to Recovery

first_imgAnalysts: Slowdown in Price Gains Doesn’t Spell End to Recovery Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Values Housing Supply Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-06-24 Krista Franks Brock in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing With strong price gains continuing to make headlines, industry analysts are quick to assure us we are not in the midst of another bubble. The current pace of price appreciation will not endure much longer, they say. However, “”Capital Economics””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/ also assures us a deceleration in price gains does not mean an end to the housing recovery. [IMAGE] “”CoreLogic,””:http://www.dsnews.com/articles/corelogic-dismisses-bubble-fears-2013-06-19 “”Zillow,””:https://themreport.com/articles/price-gains-strong-in-may-growth-expected-to-fade-2013-06-20 and other industry observers concur prices appreciation is set to slow, and Monday’s _US Housing Market Update_ from Capital Economics reinforces this prediction. Furthermore, it is not the first time Capital Economics has “”expressed this view.””:https://themreport.com/articles/capital-economics-forecasts-price-gains-waves-off-bubble-fears-2013-06-10 What is unique about Capital Economics’ viewpoint is the firm anticipates “”a more marked slowdown in the pace of house price gains over the next year than other commentators.”” Capital Economics backs up its forecast with three indicators: the unsustainability of double-digit price gains, the impact rising prices have on investors, and the recent and impending increase in inventory. [COLUMN_BREAK]The double-digit price gains “”never looked sustainable,”” according to Capital Economics. Homes are still undervalued, but if the current 12.1 percent annual price gain reported by CoreLogic continues, homes will soon be overvalued, the firm states. Compared to rents, home prices would be overvalued in the next few months, and compared to incomes, homes would be overvalued by early 2015, according to Capital Economics. The second factor that will lead to slower price gains–investor activity–is relatively intuitive. As investors flooded the market to take advantage of bargain prices, the spike in activity pushed prices up. However, as prices increase, investors find fewer compelling deals and begin to hold back. “”Demand from traditional owner-occupiers will need some time to take the place fully of investment buyers,”” Capital Economics explains. The third cause of the impending change in price appreciation, according to Capital Economics, is that “”sellers are starting to return in greater force.”” After bottoming out in January, inventory has risen 6.1 percent. At the same time, the percentage of consumers who believes now is a good time to sell a home has reached a record high of 40 percent, according to “”a recent survey from Fannie Mae.””:https://themreport.com/articles/optimism-toward-buying-selling-reaches-record-highs-2013-06-10As confident homeowners begin to list their homes for sale, the tight supply, which has been “”a key driver of price increases,”” will relax, and the effect will be slower price gains. Capital Economics contends these changes in the market “”will not signal the end of the US housing recovery, but a new phase in which house price growth is more closely aligned to earnings.”” The firm expects a 4 percent price gain in 2014.center_img June 24, 2013 424 Views Sharelast_img read more

Customs seize contraband cigarettes

first_imgCustoms on Friday seized 90 cartons of contraband cigarettes and two kilos of tobacco, found in a car driven by a Syrian man in Limassol.Officers also seized the vehicle and arrested the man for illegal possession of untaxed goods and tax evasion. The tax on the goods was €3.560.The man was fined €6,000 — €500 was for his car – and was released after the payment was made.He abandoned the contraband goods at the customs department.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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