The award-function season is at its peak, and celebrities are leaving no stone unturned to steal the show with their stylish outfits.Recently held Hello Hall Of Fame Awards, Golden Petal Awards and the very recent, GR8 Women Awards have given us a variety of red-carpet looks, and guess what–they’re all red!Red has risen to the position of being the hottest colour, again.Kat looked like an empress in the Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla gown at the Hello Hall Of Fame Awards, and we haven’t seen her look hotter than that, ever, hands down. The silhouette accentuated her body beautifully, and the peplum added some quirk to the look.The lovely gown showed just the right amount of cleavage, making Katrina look smoking hot!Picture courtesy: Yogen Shah Also Read: Alia Bhatt is flaunting her bra straps with a classy dress, and we couldn’t be prouderMalaika Arora Khan attended the Golden Petal Awards sizzling in a maroon gown by Erol Albayrak.Malaika was mesmerising in the glimmering sweetheart-off shoulder gown, and we fell short on words for how amazing she looked.Picture coutesy: Yogen Shah Alia graced the GR8 Women Awards in a red Christian Dior gown, and we don’t remember anyone looking so ethereal.Alia had a high-bun hairdo and absolutely no accessories complementing her enticing outfit. Pictures courtesy: Instagram/aliabhatt Also Read: What Parineeti Chopra wore is not something we’d want in our closets, everWith these tinsel-town beauties sporting red, the colour has regained its lost fandom on the red carpet.advertisement
Jasprit Bumrah starred for India with a fiery spell of bowling in the last session of the fourth day as England crumbled under pressure after a dodged second session.Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were set batsmen and had played out the entire lunch session with ease under the sun. Both were firm and nothing was working as the duo kept the scoreboard ticking and eat one over at a time. The Indian shoulders were dropping and they needed something to happen in their favour in order to get back into the game after a fantastic start to the day.Then came the second new ball and a dream spell from Bumrah, who removed the English middle-order and tail to put India in a dominating position after drab and frustrating middle session.Bumrah first removed Buttler and Jonny Bairstow of consecutive deliveries and then came back in the next over to get Chris Woakes out with a vicious bouncer. Hardik Pandya did his part as well, when he got the all important wicket of Ben Stokes to break all English hearts before Bumrah returned few overs later and get Stuart Broad to reduce England to nine wickets and take India closer to victoy and get his second give-wicket haul in Test cricket.Stumps on Day 4. India one wicket away from victory. A 5-wkt haul for @Jaspritbumrah93.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/xXJrKrkyxPBCCI (@BCCI) August 21, 2018Speaking about his patient spell in long day for India at the post match press-conference, he said that Test cricket is all about patience and consistency and he is glad that he had good outing.Also read – Jasprit Bumrah returns to Test cricket with 2nd successive 5-wicket hauladvertisement”In white-ball cricket, you try to outsmart the batsman. Here, it is all about patience and consistency. That was my main focus today. You can’t blast the batsman out in Test cricket. I was looking to bowl good lengths and lines, and challenge the batsmen with that. In the end, it was a good day,” said Bumrah.Bumrah’s two deliveries in the 83rd over of the innings put India in the driver’s seat once again after a dominant second session from England and he said that despite all the lack of success in the middle period, India were positive throughout and it paid off finally.Also read – Jos Buttler, dropped on 1 by Rishabh Pant, slams maiden Test hundred”We were happy that even when the ball got older, we were bowling good lines and lengths. The movement was a bit less. As soon as the sun came out, it became a little easier to bat. We always had to believe that if we kept applying pressure, we had to get the result.”The second new ball was seaming a bit more than the older ball and I was focusing on that. We were just trying to get one wicket and not look too far ahead,” he said. Jasprit Bumrah was breathing fire with the second new ball on day four of the third Test (Reuters Photo)Bumrah missed the first two Tests and the limited-overs series against England due to a thumb injury and only made his return to the side in the third Test at Trent Bridge. Despite that, he looked sharp and bowled long spells and put his hands up whenever called upon.Also read – Rishabh Pant sets new record for an Indian wicketkeeper on Test debut”I was injured, but I was being able to bowl even then. Back home, I always kept training and focusing on what works here (in England), on what suits my bowling. Even in the first two games, I was trying to keep an eye on what worked for both the teams. I was just trying to replicate those things in the nets sessions.”When I made my first-class debut, my first spell was of 10 overs. So, I was always used to bowling a lot of overs in Ranji Trophy. That always helps. Even when I was injured, I was working on my fitness during the training sessions. I was always in touch with the trainers so that when I came back, I was in good space with respect to that aspect. All of that helped today,” Bumrah said.Bumrah bowled some rippers throughout the day and was unlucky predominantly in the first two sessions. Catches dropped, edges flying past the slip cordon and some didn’t even carry. However, one delivery that really stood out was the wicket of England captain Joe Root.advertisementRoot was set and was batting pretty well. Bumrah served it on a back of a length outside off and the ball held its line and Root tried to punch it off his back foot but got a fat outside edge behind to second slip and KL Rahul stretched his hands out to his right to grab the ball, which was flying at quite a pace.”I had a chat with the captain about what lines to bowl to him. We decided to bowl a little fuller and then (follow it up with) one back of a length delivery. That helped today and we got the result,” said Bumrah while speaking about the dismissal.
All five of Justice Hill’s freshman record 100-yard rushing performances have come against Big 12 teams. He broke Thurman Thomas’ true freshman yardage record last weekend and will take aim at the all-time record of 961 yards held by Mike Hamilton in Bedlam and the bowl game. He’s already at 943 yards so getting there (and beyond to 1,000) should not be an issue.It goes deeper than that, though. Not only is Justice re-writing the Oklahoma State books, but he has also been one of the three or four best RBs in the entire conference with just one Big 12 game left to go. Here’s a look at the top rushers in yards per game in conference games only.Whoo boy. Foreman, Mixon and Hill are your top three Big 12 RBs so far. Now, I’ll listen to arguments for Justin Crawford of West Virginia because he’s averaging nearly nine yards a pop, but get back to me when he hits the 100 or 120-carry mark. Part of being a great RB is shouldering a heavy load.“I’m very proud of our running backs, the way they’re running,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday. “Thankfully we have evolved, and we can run the ball pretty well now.”“Pretty well” is an understatement.The Chris Carson-Justice Hill combo is averaging nearly 180 yards per game in Big 12 games (note that Carson did not play all eight Big 12 games). Compare that to last year when the entire team averaged 127 yards on the ground, and you can see why everyone is so bullish on another Bedlam win.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
graphs India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 01:40 IST England won a thrilling final at Lord’s to end their 44-years-long wait (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSEngland became the 3rd team after India and Australia to win the World Cup on home soilIndia had won the World Cup in Mumbai in 2011 while Australia won the trophy in Melbourne in 2015England are the 6th country to win the men’s Cricket World CupEngland became only the 3rd team after India and Australia to win the World Cup on their home soil. India had won the 2011 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium while Australia lifted the Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2015.Sri Lanka, the co-hosts of the 1996 World Cup, had won the title in Pakistan after defeating Australia. On Sunday, England completed a hat-trick for host countries winning the World Cup at Lord’s.England ended a long wait. They reached the final of the World Cup for the first time since 1992. In 2015, they were knocked out of the group stages. Several experts felt this was England’s best chance of winning the World Cup and the hosts did not disappoint.England became the 6th team after West Indies, India, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to win the World Cup.Australia have won the World Cup 5 times while West Indies and India have won the trophy twice each. Pakistan and Sri Lanka won the World Cup once each.This was the 4th time England were playing the World Cup final. They had lost to West Indies in 1975, Australia in 1987 and Pakistan in 1992.Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, England captain Eoin Morgan said his team has developed a lot since 2015.”This has been a 4-year journey.. we’ve developed a lot over those years, particularly the last two.”To get over the line today means the world to us. The guys in the middle keep us cool, the way they play, the experience.”It’s calming at times. Not a lot between the teams. Just delighted we’re lifting the trophy,” Morgan said.advertisementAlso Read | England win World Cup 2019 despite tied Super Over vs New ZealandAlso Read | Why England won the World Cup 2019 even after Super Over tie?For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow World Cup finalFollow England vs New Zealand Next advertisement World Cup 2019: England 3rd country to lift World Cup on home soilWorld Cup 2019 Final: England became the 6th country after West Indies, Australia, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to win the World Cup. view more view less commentary No data available! scorecard
On the heels of the Goosebumps movie release on Blu-ray and DVD, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has joined together with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing and education company, to donate 20,000 books to children in underserved communities as well as those recovering from crises or natural disasters in the United States.The books, featuring a selection of Goosebumps books by bestselling author R.L. Stine, are being donated through the Scholastic Possible Fund and will be distributed by Save the Children.“These books will make a lasting difference in the lives of young children in some of our nation’s most under-resourced communities. We work to give children in need the best opportunity to succeed in school and life, and encouraging reading together as a family early in a child’s life is critical to that goal. Sadly, many families we serve have no children’s books in the home when we start working with them. We thank Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Scholastic for this generous donation,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children CEO.Scholastic is the global publisher of Goosebumps, one of the best-selling children’s book series of all-time. Today, there are more than 400 million Goosebumps books in print, 350 million in English and another 50+ million internationally in 32 languages. Goosebumps continues to be a powerful force in children’s lives for decades, making voracious readers out of reluctant ones. The motion picture adventure grossed $112 million worldwide and is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.“We are happy to partner with Scholastic and support Save the Children’s efforts to promote literacy nationwide. Just as the Goosebumps creatures were brought to life in the movie, we hope children are inspired to use their imagination and continue to bring R.L. Stine’s beloved stories to life,” said Lexine Wong, Sr. EVP, Worldwide Marketing, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.“R.L. Stine has brought delighted chills to millions of young readers around the world through his scary and funny stories, and we are so happy to work with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Save the Children to help even more children around the world have the opportunity to own a book and discover the joy and power of reading,” said Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade Publishing.The Scholastic Possible Fund was established as part of the Company’s Open a World of Possible reading initiative to provide donations of quality books to children who need them most. Books from The Scholastic Possible Fund are distributed through non-profit partner organizations that work to help children and families understand the importance of books and reading with the goal of improving global literacy.GOOSEBUMPS is now available from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in Blu-ray and other formats. It stars Jack Black (School of Rock) as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, along with Dylan Minnette (Prisoners), Ryan Lee (Super 8) and Odeya Rush (The Giver). The plot begins as Zach (Minnette) unwittingly unleashes magical monsters on the town, and must team with his new friends Champ (Lee), Hannah (Rush), and Stine (Black) to send the ghouls back into their books before it’s too late.
(Violet Heathen pictured on the left and Jeanette Chief pictured on the right. RCMP handout)APTN National NewsA 59-year-old man from Red Deer, Alta., was charged with two counts of first degree murder in connection to the slaying of two women from Onion Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, the RCMP said Thursday.Gordon Alfred Rogers was arrested in Edmonton Tuesday and charged Wednesday with the murders of Jeanette Chief, 48, and Violet Heathen, 49, the RCMP said.RCMP investigators from Alberta’s historical homicide unit and Saskatchewan’s historical case unit identified Rogers as a person of interest on both files after finding a common link in both killings which happened about two years apart.Detectives determined that Rogers new Heathen for several years, but he was not previously known to Chief.The RCMP did not reveal the nature of Rogers’ relationship with Heathen.Rogers is scheduled to make his first appearance before provincial court on April 5 at 10 a.m. in Lloydminster, Alta.Chief was last seen in Lloydminster, a municipality straddling the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, around midnight on June 2, 2007. Her body was found on June 6 that same year in a rural area outside of Lloydminster and her death was determined to be a homicide.Heathen’s body was found near Kitscoty, Alta., on Nov. 7, 2009. She had been last seen in Lloydminster on May 15, 2009.The RCMP released no other information about Rogers.email@example.com@APTNNews
Casablanca – A shocking video of Chelsea fans vandalizing a coffee shop went viral on Facebook.The video shows the mob around the wreckage of the coffee shop that was destroyed while boisterously singing their team’s song in unison. An Arab-looking young man, believed to be the owner, is locked up inside the circle formed by the mob, seemingly trying to break loose.According to the Independent, the video, which was released last weekend, took place in Munich in 2012 ahead of the Champions League final. A Chelsea fan then pushes the Arab violently to the ground toward the center, where the debris lays in a huge pile. The man stands up and walks back to his aggressor with a hand gesture as if warning him, but the attacker and other individuals punch him in the face.The thirty-second video ends with another fan with a bottle of alcohol in hand trying to calm the angry gang down, saying, “don’t do this, men!”The video has received numerous comments from Arab viewers. The comments range between utter denunciation of this act of vandalism to accusing the mob of Islamophobia.A commenter states, “In England one cannot suffer injustice even by the Queen. When things cool down, the police will arrest them one after the other and they will pay huge fines for their declared racism.”Another equally ‘Liked’ comment by a male user says, “We, Arabs, have to endure this racism everywhere we go!”
Casablanca – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani met with the sultan of Oman on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of a dialogue with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council member states.At a time when an anti-Iran coalition is being formed between the U.S., Israel and Gulf countries, Hassan Rouhani called for an “unconditional” dialogue with Iran’s regional enemy Saudi Arabia as well as other GCC countries.According to the Turkish news agency, Anadolu, the Iranian president delivered this message to the sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al-Said, while visiting Oman’s capital, Muscat. This step by Iran stands at odds with the long-standing enmity between Iran and Saudi Arabia based on their battle for influence in the region and the state of indirect war between them in Yemen and Syria.Economic World, an Iranian news agency, reported that “Rouhani’s visit sent important messages in the light of the ongoing instability in the region.” They added that Rouhani passed an “important” message to the Omani sultan — that Iran is ready for a direct and “unconditional” dialogue with Saudi Arabia and the GCC member states.Rouhani said prior to his visit that he seeks to discuss pressing issues in the Middle East in addition to the latest developments in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. He also praised the “prominent Omani role in stopping bloodshed.”As soon as Donald Trump took office in the U.S. last month, U.S.-Iranian relations deteriorated. Earlier this month, Trump’s executive order barring entry to nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries included Iranians. Iran responded by threatening to bar U.S. nationals from entering its soil.Even before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S. on Feb. 14, news sources all over the world began talking about an anti-Iran coalition that could bring together the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.
13 September 2011The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched a programme honouring Rabindrânâth Tagore, Pablo Neruda and Aimé Césaire, three poets who, each in his own way, carried high the standard of humanist values. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched a programme honouring Rabindrânâth Tagore, Pablo Neruda and Aimé Césaire, three poets who, each in his own way, carried high the standard of humanist values. Beyond their different geographic, social and political contexts, Tagore, a Bengali poet at the time that India was under British rule, Chile’s Neruda and Césaire – from the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe – showed a commitment to speaking for the voiceless. “By challenging relations based on domination and submission – whether they concern colonialism, fascism or racism – their message attains a universal dimension,” UNESCO said at a forum opened by Director-General Irina Bokova at its headquarters in Paris. Launched in the wake of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures of 2010, the programme aims to promote translations, publications, and creations connected to the three writers, facilitating the dissemination and adaptation of their message. A tribute to Tagore was organized with Bangladesh’s and India’s permanent delegations to UNESCO as part of the 150th anniversary of his birth, with song, dance and poetry readings. A UNESCO work – Rabindrânâth Tagore, Pablo Neruda, Aimé Césaire for a reconciled universal – pays tribute to this universal oeuvre. Published in English, French and Spanish, the illustrated book examines the legacy of the three authors and their messages from a comparative perspective.
“To those who try to assert violence over the ‘rule of law,’ this should come as a reminder that the laws and institutions we are establishing in Kosovo are irreversible,” said Harri Holkeri, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative. “This is a significant day for Kosovo. The entry into force of the two Codes constitutes a crucial milestone for the inhabitants of Kosovo and for UNMIK’s efforts to establish the rule of law in Kosovo,” Mr. Holkeri added, referring to the UN Interim Administration Mission in the province, where violence between ethnic Albanians and Serbs last month killed 19 people and injured hundreds more. “We have a clear and definite agenda for Kosovo, and that is to take it forward on the path of democratic self-governance through legal and constitutional means in cooperation with Kosovo’s Provisional Institutions,” he declared in Pristina, the capital. The two codes, the Provisional Criminal Code and the Provisional Criminal Procedure Code, bring the law in Kosovo into greater conformity with regional and European standards and ensure consistency with modern principles of international law, in particular international human rights law. International conventions relating to terrorism, organized crime and corruption are reflected in the texts, which also deal with trafficking in persons among other offences. “The enforcement of these new Codes now provides us with a wider range of criminal offences to prosecute and a greater range of punishments to go with it,” Mr. Holkeri said. “This undoubtedly enhances the ability of the justice system to deter and punish offenders.”
“The harvest season has not brought much relief to the millions of people in South Sudan who don’t have enough food. The country’s greenbelt has been ravaged by fighting, and finding a peaceful solution to this man-made tragedy should be the top priority or the situation will get even worse next year,” said Serge Tissot, South Sudan Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in a press release jointly issued by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP). According to the updated Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) released Monday by the Government of South Sudan, UN agencies and other humanitarian partners, the number of people experiencing severe food insecurity across the country for the October-December period is likely to increase by 1.4 million from a year earlier to 4.8 million, although the number represents a drop from six million in June. The report also projects the food security situation will deteriorate at the start of 2018, and the “hungry season” will arrive three months earlier than usual, when households will likely run out of food before the next harvest.“A massive humanitarian response helped stop famine in parts of the country this year. But even in the current harvest period, millions of people need sustained assistance to survive,” said Adnan Khan, WFP Representative in South Sudan. “It is chilling to see that in a worst-case scenario, similar conditions could appear in multiple places in the lean season in 2018.” Critical levels of malnutritionMalnutrition has also worsened compared to the same period last year, with surveys showing malnutrition rates in most communities well above the WHO’s emergency threshold of 15 per cent, and with more than 30 per cent of the population malnourished in several counties. More than 1.1 million children under the age of five are forecast to be malnourished in 2018, including nearly 300,000 severely malnourished and at a heightened risk of death. “Too many children are going hungry in South Sudan. More than one in five of those struggling to feed themselves is a child under five years of age,” said Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF’s Representative in South Sudan. “This has created a malnutrition crisis that is putting many lives at risk.” Soaring food pricesCoupled with a failing economy, insecurity continues to hamper food production and disrupt markets, leading to extremely high food prices. Large sacks of staples such as sorghum, maize, and wheat flour have increased in price by up to 281 per cent compared to last year, and were as high as 560 per cent during May, the peak of the lean season. In Juba, a 100kg bag of sorghum costs 11,285 South Sudanese Pounds (SSP), compared to 4 314 SSP a year ago, and is vastly beyond what most families can afford. Despite enormous logistical and security challenges, FAO has provided fishing, crop- and vegetable-growing kits to more than 4.2 million people, many in difficult to reach or conflict-affected areas. FAO has also vaccinated more than 4.8 million livestock.UNICEF, together with its partners, has treated more than 160,000 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) so far this year. UNICEF has also provided over 750,000 people with safe drinking water and a further 230,000 people with access to sanitation facilities. WFP and its partners have has assisted 4.6 million people so far in 2017 with cash or food, including nutrition support for children under the age of five years. Emergency mobile teams usually travelling by helicopter on over 135 missions to areas isolated by conflict have supported 1.8 million people this year.
MADISON, Wis. – They came, they saw and, yes, they conquered for all of Camp Randall Stadium to see. The dream of a perfect season – Ohio State’s first since 2002 – is still alive after the Buckeyes stonewalled Wisconsin in overtime, 21-14, in Madison, Wis., Saturday. But not without a scare. Wisconsin senior running back Montee Ball, who tied the NCAA record for career-rushing touchdowns, did all he could to ensure that his final exit from Camp Randall was a victorious one. He and the Badgers came awfully close, nearly dashing No. 4 OSU’s hopes of running the table in a year guaranteed to end Nov. 24 against Michigan. NCAA sanctions stemming from 2010’s “Tattoo-Gate” scandal have forfeited the Buckeyes’ prospects at a Big Ten Championship or bowl game. In their place, the vision of a 12-0 campaign became the only tangible spoil to glean from a championship-caliber year with nothing to actually show for it. Against Wisconsin, an undefeated season – a mission that’s seemed possible since a 63-38 statement win against Nebraska – might’ve never been so mired. That, though, is hardly a novel concept – Camp Randall’s long been a graveyard of past summits at perfection for the Buckeyes. In 2010, then-No. 1 and undefeated Buckeyes were rolled, 31-18, in Madison against an inspired Badgers team. Seven years earlier, in 2003, Wisconsin shattered the Buckeyes’ 19-game win streak and toppled the defending national champions, 17-10. This time? Things were different – even against a gritty Wisconsin team determined to salvage its last home tilt of the season. Under the direction of first-year coach Urban Meyer, OSU ransacked Camp Randall’s house of horrors. And redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby said all of Madison got to see. “You just go into someone else’s home, in front of their fans, their moms, their girlfriends, sisters, and we just wanna dominate them,” he said. “I mean, what’s better than that? Going into someone’s house and taking everything they own and they can’t do nothing about it.” To the victors go the spoils, right? It’s a mentality, Roby said, that Meyer preaches. “I mean we pride ourselves on that gladiator mentality,” he said. It seemed to be evident Saturday some 500 miles away from Columbus. While it might be “crazy,” Roby said the Buckeyes play better in foreign venues than in the familiar confines of Ohio Stadium. “I feel like you see that when we play away games. We play way better than we do at home,” he said. “I mean, that’s just the mode this team is on right now, that’s just our thing this year.” Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier said the Buckeyes thrive in places like Camp Randall. “I love playing at Ohio Stadium but I feel that we do almost even better when we’re away and playing in big atmospheres and gladiator-type environments,” said Shazier, who recorded 12 tackles and a forced fumble against the Badgers. And while OSU’s overtime triumph against the Badgers isn’t exactly the Greeks conquering Troy, its resume suggests that Roby and Shazier’s notion has some realness to it. In 2011, a year that saw OSU finish 6-7, the Buckeyes lost four of five road contests to the likes of Miami, Nebraska, Purdue and Michigan. This season, OSU secured wins away from home against Michigan State, Indiana, Penn State and now Wisconsin. The difference? It could be a number of things but, Meyer is arguably the variable that’s turned OSU from road kill into road warriors. “We have a saying, and I just shared it with them,” Meyer said. “A team that refuses to be beat, won’t be beat.” At least so far, that’s been the case for Meyer and the 11-0 Buckeyes. OSU will take its last shot at perfection against Michigan Saturday at noon at the Horseshoe.
The question has been tested in the courts after the English Bridge Union, the body which oversees the popular card game, launched a judicial review in an attempt to overturn Sport England’s ruling. Leeds West MP Rachel ReevesCredit:London Chess Classic/Lennart Ootes The group has been calling on the government to redefine the cerebral game, claiming that because chess is deemed merely a mental activity – and not a sport – hundreds of UK clubs and tournaments are being strangled by a requirement to pay VAT.But in a letter presented to the All Party Political Group on chess it was revealed a request by health minister David Mowat MP to have chess recognised as a sport and made VAT exempt was unceremoniously turned down. The EBU eventually lost after Mr Justice Mostyn said sport has to have a “physical component” but are seeking leave to appeal that ruling and a court date is set for January.In August the Telegraph revealed how the world’s biggest chess competition, The Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge, was locked in a long-running dispute with HMRC over VAT charges.The competition, which has launched the careers of several professional players and sees 45,000 children in 1,200 schools take part each year, faced being wound up after its organiser, International Master Mike Basman, was bankrupted at the High Court in London over a £300,000 tax bill.It was eventually saved in October when a group headed by the former England international Sarah Longson stepped in.Wednesday’s Lords Vs Commons match in the Palace of Westminster saw the lower house exert its dominance over the chamber with Mr Mowat and Labour’s former UK u14 girls champion Rachel Reeves among the victors.The players were joined by several of the world’s top players, including in-form US star Wesley So, who are in the UK for the prestigious London Chess Classic tournament at Kensington Olympia. However FIDE’s latest attempt to get chess included in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo was rejected in August.The changing fortunes of England’s chess teamThe UK has a strong history in the game. The world’s oldest tournament takes place on British shores at Hastings in Sussex and London boasts the world’s oldest chess venue, Simpson’s-in-the-Strand.In its 1980s heyday the England team, boasting grandmasters like a young Nigel Short, Tony Miles and Jon Speelman, finished runners-up to the mighty Soviet Union three times in the game’s top team competition, the Chess Olympiad.However, British players are struggling on the world stage with currently just one grandmaster flying the flag in the top 20, Cornishman Michael Adams.The next highest is Short, who fought for the world championship title against Garry Kasparov 25 years ago, at 63 in the world.Neither can be considered spring chickens: Adams is still a force at 45 and Short, a veteran of the 80s teams, is 51.Behind them there are several talents including grandmasters David Howell, Luke McShane and Gawain Jones but none have so far threatened the world’s top 10.England did manage a creditable ninth place in the last Olympiad, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, in September, but the conveyor belt appears to be drying up. Reclining in a smoking room armchair during the golden age of Parliament, perhaps with a glass tumbler in hand, Gladstonians and Parnellites were often found settling their differences over a cigar and a spot of chess.But now, a century and a half on and with the House of Commons chess circle long since defunct, the classic adversarial game has returned to the Palace of Westminster – and brought with it a battle of its own making.Convening this week to resurrect the annual Lords Vs Commons match, a cross-party group set up to promote the game was told a ministerial row is brewing over the future of chess in England that is not, it must be said, exactly black or white. Mr Mowat wrote to minister for sport Tracey Crouch arguing it is unfair that coaching, participation and tournament entries attract the 20 per cent levy while other more physical activities do not. GM and chess commentator Maurice AshleyCredit:London Chess Classic/Lennart Ootes “It is worth reminding ourselves why the International Olympic Committee and over 100 countries recognise chess as a sport.”It is simply discriminatory. If we are not a physical sport, then ergo we must be a mindsport.”Currently Sport England, the body that handles government and Lottery funding, recognises around 100 sports but refuses to include chess or other “mindsports” such as bridge or the ancient Chinese game go. Malcolm Pein, chief executive of the Chess in Schools and Communities charity and organiser of the London Chess Classic tournament, told the group: “The trouble is we are nowhere. Maurice Ashley, the US-based grandmaster and commentator, was also at the event. Delighted to have been part of the @HouseofCommons chess team which beat @UKHouseofLords 3-1 pic.twitter.com/KQkGHvvSRh— David Mowat MP (@mowat4ws) December 14, 2016 When asked afterwards what his reaction was, Mr Mowat refused to comment saying simply: “I’m very keen that chess is recognised fully in the UK.”The chess fans in Westminster however remain undetered. They have now decided to change tack and call on Miss Crouch to create a new definition of “mindsport” to give chess the VAT exemption sports like football and rugby enjoy. In response, Miss Crouch wrote back saying flatly that a classification of chess as a sport would not comply with the Council of Europe’s Sports Charter (1972) because it is not “physical”.She said: “Although the sports councils are currently reviewing elements of the recognition process, they do not intend to move away from the Council of Europe’s definition of a sport. “As chess is not a physical activity, it is not under consideration for recognition as a sport.”This is not how the APPG see it. “If chess is not physical how on earth do they think we moves the pieces,” quipped Dominic Lawson, the journalist who is also president of the English Chess Federation. Speaking about the decline in British chess, he said: “It is somewhat surprising that it is not happening given the work of the charity Chess in Schools & Communities.”I think that what you need is to make that connection between the schools programme and the professional level. Schools programmes can be wildly successful, the same thing happened in the States, you have a wildly successful schools programme but you are not producing any players from that group.”The strong players in the States that are coming up are actually home-schooled who are not involved in the public school system at all.”Chess is funny, it’s almost like the luck of the draw in some places. You think of Norway and Magnus – they didn’t produce Magnus, Magnus was just born and there goes Norway.”Professional sport, unless it has a whole structure that goes with is from elementary school, middle school, to high school and university, that farm system is what makes sports successful. I think the Russians had it, but unless that’s the structure in your country it doesn’t work.”On the international level FIDE, the game’s governing body, is recognised as member of the IOC, and its president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has been talking up the chances of chess being included in the Olympics for nearly 20 years. American grandmaster Wesley So taking on England’s Luke McShaneCredit:London Chess Classic/Lennart Ootes “We are not defined as either a sport or an art so we can attract no funding and we have to pay VAT.”He added: “Chess and other strategy games are a positive alternative to ‘shoot ‘em up’ games where adrenaline may be high but the intellectual content is often low.””Chess is the world’s most enduring game, 1500 years old, which challenges the finest minds in the world. It is not recognised as a sport in the UK and receives no public funding. The Lords Vs Commons chess match in Westminster’s River RoomCredit:London Chess Classic/Lennart Ootes 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.
Uganda-born Dr Sentamu famously cut up his clerical collar live on the Andrew Marr Show in 2007 in protest at Mugabe’s actions. He returned to the show last month to reinstate it following Mugabe’s resignation. “I am wearing it in my hope and my prayer that Zimbabwe will move in a wonderful way,” he said.”He [Mnangagwa] said something Mugabe would never have said – that he is hoping and the Government will ensure that in 2018 the General election will be credible, free and fair. So I’m hoping that will happen.” “In this great country I want to hope that people will have a more positive view about each other, because it is a great, great nation, and if we had a more positive view about each other, and not always pulling people down, but building them up.”He also said he was hopefully for the future of Zimbabwe following the resignation of long-term leader Robert Mugabe last month and the ascension of Emmerson Mnangagwa to the role of president. I want to hope that people will have a more positive view about each other, because it is a great, great nationDr John Sentamu 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. People should stop “blaming” others for misfortune, the Archbishop of York has said in his Christmas message. Dr John Sentamu said he has been advising people he has visited in food banks and schools to “really look each other in the eye and see a brother and a sister.”You are more likely to be more caring, more supporting, and not always blaming blaming blaming,” he told Jeremy Vine on his BBC show.Asked about the impact of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, the Archbishop said: “Sometimes we take decisions which have consequences not just for ourselves but for other people. “I think there’s been a lot of frustrated hope in a lot of people. That’s why people voted for Brexit, that’s why people went for Trump but unfortunately frustrated hope cannot simply be a reaction to something that’s not happening.
The HFEA report shows a five-fold rise in take up of egg freezing since 2010.Women opting for the procedure – which typically costs around £4000, plus storage costs of around £300 per year for a decade – have an average age of 38, the data shows.Of the 1,310 cases in 2016, 880 involved women over the age of 35 – including more than 250 aged between 40 and 49.Across all age groups, just 18 per cent of cases ended up with a live birth, the watchog warned, as it called on clinics to be more open with older women about the dwindling chance of success.“The figures in this report suggest that some clinics are providing egg freezing treatments to women over the age of 40. In cases over the age of 35, we know there is a steep decline in fertility and this has an impact on both natural conception and IVF success rates.“Our job is to ensure that the law is upheld and that patients can be assured of a standard of care when they go to any clinic in the UK. Part of that role is to ensure that clinics are ethically responsible when they advise patients of their treatment options. Where women over the age of 40 are freezing their eggs, the likelihood of a pregnancy from these eggs would be very slim, and we would caution against this being a sensible option for this group of women,” the report warns.Sally Cheshire, HFEA chairman urged clinics to act more responsibility.She said: “Clinics have an ethical responsibility to be clear that egg freezing below the age of 35 offers women their best chance of creating their much longed for family.” Women are being conned into freezing their eggs at an age when there is almost no chance of success, research on British clinics suggests.IVF centres were last night urged to act more ethically, after watchdogs found hundreds of women undergoing the expensive procedure in their 40s, when it was unlikely to work.The report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) found clinics – which typically charge around £7,000 for egg freezing – had even authorised the procedure for those approaching 50.The watchdog warned of a “steep decline” in fertilty after the age of 35, and said there was a “very slim” chance of success for those in their 40s.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– 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.
FORMER GARDA COMMISSIONER Martin Callinan doesn’t get a mention in the opening of the gardaí’s annual report for 2013, despite overseeing all of the measures implemented last year.In her foreword, the acting Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan doesn’t touch on the circumstances in which she recently took on the role – the resignation of Martin Callinan.Callinan resigned from the force earlier this year in the wake of controversy surrounding his handling of a number of issues within the force.Central to this was referring to the actions of two garda whisteblowers as “disgusting”.O’Sullivan has taken up the job on an interim basis, but doesn’t give a nod to her predecessor in the report.Read the full report here [PDF] >In her foreword, she pays tribute Detective Adrian Donohoe, who was murdered at the start of last year.The detective was shot in a credit union in Dundalk, and was the first garda to die in the line of duty since 1996.More than 400,000 hours of CCTV footage was reviewed in an attempt to catch the perpetrators.“Adrian epitomised all that An Garda Síochána stands for and tragically died in service of his community,” she wrote.The investigation in relation to Adrian’s murder remains live and our determination to bring the people who carried out this cowardly act to justice remains steadfast.O’Sullivan also touches upon the increasingly strained budget of the force.Reports have suggested that a supplementary budget of up €70 million will be required later this year.She said that ‘a range of measures designed to increase efficiencies and cut costs’ were introduced in 2013, and noted that there was a reduction in most types of crime in that year.“Although policing may not always be delivered in the form it has been previously, we will maintain our commitment to deliver a service that meets the expectations of the citizens we serve,” she wrote.O’Sullivan concludes that gardaí will continue to ‘do everything’ to maintain the trust of local communities.Opinion: What does it actually take to establish an ‘independent’ policing authority? >
Hépatite : A, B, C, tout savoir sur les hépatitesL’hépatite est une inflammation du foie. On distingue les hépatites virales (A, B, C, D, E) des hépatites non virales (alcoolique, médicamenteuse, auto-immune).Définition : qu’est ce qu’une hépatite ?L’hépatite désigne une inflammation du foie, le plus souvent d’origine virale. On parle d’hépatite aiguë lors de la contamination puis d’hépatite chronique lorsque la maladie persiste au-delà de six mois après l’infection.En fonction de sa cause, l’hépatite peut être plus ou moins grave. Parmi les complications les plus sévères, on retrouve notamment l’hépatite fulminante (insuffisance majeure du foie), la fibrose, la cirrhose ou le cancer du foie. Types d’hépatites On distingue deux grandes familles d’hépatites : les hépatites virales et les hépatites non virales. – Hépatites virales :Comme son nom l’indique, l’hépatite virale est une infection causée par un virus. Dès que celui-ci atteint le foie, il infecte les cellules du foie appelées hépatocytes et s’y multiplie. Les hépatites virales se divisent en plusieurs formes, en fonction du virus responsable de l’infection et de son mode de transmission. Hépatite A : C’est la moins grave des hépatites virales. En effet, elle n’évolue pas vers la forme chronique et n’entraîne généralement pas de complications. Le virus de l’hépatite A (VHA) se transmet principalement par l’ingestion d’eau et d’aliments contaminés par les selles d’une personne infectée. Elle est fréquente dans les pays aux mauvaises conditions sanitaires. Hépatite B : C’est la plus fréquente des types d’hépatites. Le virus de l’hépatite B (VHB) se propage majoritairement par voie sanguine ou sexuelle. Très contagieux, il est entre 50 et 100 fois plus infectieux que le virus du sida. Hépatite C : La contamination se fait principalement par voie sanguine. Dans plus de la moitié des cas, l’hépatite C évolue en hépatite chronique dont 20% entraînent une cirrhose et plus rarement un cancer du foie. Le virus de l’hépatite C (VHC) est un des plus résistants. Hépatite D : Elle ne peut survenir chez les personnes déjà infectés par le VHB. En effet, le virus de l’hépatite D en a besoin pour pouvoir se multiplier. Il partage également le même mode de transmission. Hépatite E : Comme l’hépatite A, elle est le plus souvent bénigne et n’évolue pas vers une hépatite chronique. Sa contamination se fait par voie orale. – Hépatites non virales :Les hépatites non virales sont le plus souvent d’origine toxique. Elles font suite à l’ingestion de substance nocive pour le foie. Hépatite alcoolique : Il s’agit d’une hépatite causée par une trop forte consommation d’alcool. La toxicité de l’alcool attaque les cellules du foie. C’est ce qui cause l’inflammation. La forme majeure de la maladie est rare mais son évolution peut avoir des conséquences sérieuses.À lire aussiNouveau plan national de lutte contre les hépatites Hépatite médicamenteuse : L’abus de certains médicaments possédant une toxicité hépatique (comme le paracétamol) peut conduire à une détérioration de l’état du foie. Hépatite auto-immune : Son origine est inconnue. Elle est caractérisée par la présence d’auto-anticorps. On en distingue deux types. L’hépatite auto-immune de type 1 s’accompagne d’anticorps anti-actine et anti-nucléaire tandis que l’hépatite auto-immune de type 2 est caractérisée par des anticorps anti-LKM (liver kidney microsomes). Elles peuvent évoluer vers une cirrhose. Symptômes de l’hépatiteIl est impossible de déterminer le type d’hépatite en se basant sur les symptômes constatés. En effet, quelque soit son origine, l’hépatite est le plus souvent asymptomatique. Il existe néanmoins des signes cliniques non spécifiques à la maladie comme de la fièvre, une grande fatigue, la perte d’appétit, des nausées, des vomissements, une coloration foncée des urines, des douleurs abdominales ou un ictère (jaunisse).Le 23 novembre 2015 à 12:22 • Maxime Lambert
RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline The 3Q18 numbers also pushed RGB’s nine month revenue total in 2018 to MYR209.7 million, up 131% compared with the same period in 2017.Conversely, the company’s Technical Support and Management division saw profit fall by 13% for the quarter to MYR6.7 million “due to lower hold factors in certain outlets, higher depreciation on new machines for upgrading and expansion and increase of headcount in certain regions.”Discussing the results, RGB said, “The Group continues to capitalize on the strong performance of new and existing products under its portfolio in the SSM division, to increase the number of concession machines through the existing and new concessions, to carry out further improvement in the performance of concession machines in the TSM division, to promote the provision of engineering expertise to all licensed operators across the region and exploring into new markets outside Asia.“Barring unforeseen circumstances, the group expects to achieve a better performance this year.” Electronic gaming machine supplier RGB International Bhd has announced a 41% year-on-year increase in revenue to MYR86.5 million and 27% growth in profit to MYR15.3 million in the three months to 30 September 2018.The positive results were due primarily to RGB’s Sales and Marketing (SSM) division, which saw revenue rise 46% to MYR56.2 million and profit by 47% to MYR7.3 million “due to increase in the number of products sold in this quarter.” RGB added that a bulk sale to an unspecified IR in Indochina boosted its quarterly performance. Load More South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August RelatedPosts Aristocrat wins battle over intellectual property rights with US$3 million settlement