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PAUL, Minn. — Native American tribes have emerged as key players in the legislative debates over whether states should legalize sports betting, with some opposing the idea because it could threaten their casinos and others supporting legalization but only if they retain a monopoly.In many states, tribes are fighting sports betting or taking a go-slow approach because they worry it could force them to reopen decades-old agreements that give them exclusive rights to operate casinos and offer certain forms of gambling.“The tribes have a major-league seat at the table,” said Bill Pascrell III, a lobbyist for gambling interests seeking legalized sports betting across the country.Six states have joined Nevada in allowing sports gambling since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year opened the door to its expansion, and legalization is being considered in more than 20 other states.In Minnesota, a bill seeking to legalize sports betting cleared its first hurdle earlier this year, passing a committee in the state Senate. But that’s likely to be as far as the measure goes, in large part because the state’s politically potent tribes oppose it.Gambling “is the only successful economic development tool the tribes have ever had,” John McCarthy, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, told the committee.The tribes, which operate 21 casinos and have given millions in campaign donations, are especially concerned about allowing sports betting on mobile devices, which they fear could invite wider internet gambling that could threaten their casinos.In Texas, the only sports betting bill is almost certain to die. It was introduced by a Democrat, the minority party, in a state where casino operators from neighbouring Oklahoma and Louisiana have donated millions to keep gambling out. Two Oklahoma tribes, the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations, have given more than $5 million to Texas officeholders and candidates since 2006.Sports betting measures introduced in Arizona and Washington state are also considered longshots, mostly because of tribal ambivalence or opposition.In some states where tribal gambling is prevalent, sports betting bills have not been introduced at all. That’s the case in Oklahoma, as well as California and Florida, which are home to politically influential tribes that have been cool to the idea.But elsewhere, casino-operating tribes are the ones leading the legalization efforts.The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes have exclusive rights to casino gambling in Connecticut and are working with the governor’s office to add sportsbooks. Two tribal casinos in New Mexico began running sportsbooks after the Supreme Court decision, even though the tribes never received explicit permission from the state.In North Carolina, a bill pushed by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians would allow the tribe to offer betting on sports and horse races at its casino near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, without forcing it to make any substantial concessions.Conservative religious groups have warned about the dangers of more gambling, but the legislation has so far sailed through committees in the state Senate. The tribe is one of the state’s top political contributors.The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Jim Davis, lauded the tribe for bringing jobs to an otherwise distressed portion of western North Carolina.“They’ve been incredibly good stewards of the revenue, and it’s transforming that community,” he said.Like other powerful interest groups, tribes ensure they have access to lawmakers and governors through political contributions. Tribal governments have contributed more than $114 million to state-level candidates and political committees over the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of data compiled by the National Institute on Money in Politics.In some states, including California, allowing sports betting would probably require a constitutional amendment. That and tribal reluctance means the NBA’s Sacramento Kings will have to wait longer, perhaps indefinitely, to allow gambling in a suite the team dedicated for that purpose inside the Golden 1 Center arena.Arizona is the rare example of a state where tribes are the key players in the legalization debate but are on opposite sides.The Navajo Nation is pushing for a measure that would give tribes the exclusive right to operate sports betting off their reservations in exchange for sharing winnings with the state. Tribes could put betting kiosks in non-tribal bars and private clubs.But other Arizona tribes oppose the legislation, saying it could hurt existing casinos on reservations.Lawmakers in many states are not eager to push the issue without support from tribes, said Hilary Tompkins, a former solicitor with the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs.“It’s not worth the pain of engaging in a fight with the tribes in their states,” Tompkins said. If states “open the door to non-tribal sports betting, the tribes are going to say, ‘We’re going to reduce our revenue to you.’ And that could end up in court.”Minnesota state Sen. Roger Chamberlain, chairman of the tax committee that passed this year’s sports betting bill, acknowledged that it will be virtually impossible for the measure to succeed without backing from the tribes.“They’ve got momentum and are telling folks they don’t want it to go anywhere,” he said. “I think that’s a little unfair, but we’re willing to talk with them and protect their interests.”___Mulvihill reported from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Associated Press writers Jonathan J. Cooper in Phoenix; Felicia Fonseca in Flagstaff, Arizona; Susan Haigh in Hartford, Connecticut; Sean Murphy in Oklahoma City, Gary Robertson in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Paul J. Weber in Austin, Texas, contributed to this article.___Follow Karnowski at http://www.twitter.com/skarnowski and Mulvihill at http://www.twitter.com/geoffmulvihill .Steve Karnowski And Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press
“I hope that commitments made at the meeting will materialize very rapidly to begin implementation of plans presented by the Haitian Government,” Hédi Annabi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, said.He added that the goal was “not only to respond to the needs for immediate reconstruction after the storms of 2008, but also to attract indispensable investments that would help put the country on a trajectory of sustainable development.” The Special Representative, who also heads the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), stressed that improving the economic and social situation was essential to consolidating stability in the country.He said that he was impressed not only by the results of the conference, but also by the strong attendance there, including high officials of 28 bilateral and multilateral partners, as well as the Secretary-General.“The engagement of donors is a good beginning, particularly in the current international economic context,” Mr. Annabi said.“This involvements illustrates the political will of the international community in Haiti to work together to encourage investment and the creation of employment in the country,” he said.Secretary-General Ban, who visited the country with former United States President Bill Clinton last month, said at the conference that the country stands a better chance than almost any emerging economy, not only to recover from instability and natural disasters but to prosper, because of new, favourable US trade legislation. To lock in the gains, however, he said that the Government requires additional short-term technical and financial assistance. “I firmly believe that Haiti is poised to make more progress over the next two years than it has made in the past two decades,” Mr. Ban told a major donor conference hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington. Reasserting that the country is now at a turning point, a message he has been stressing since his visit there last month, he added that “for all of us, this is the moment, a break-out moment, to help one of the poorest nations lift itself toward a future of real economic prospects and genuine hope.” Following many years of unrest and high crime, last summer”s storms have left $1 billion – equivalent to 15 per cent of Haiti”s gross domestic product (GDP) – of damage in their wake. The global recession has further eroded the country”s socio-economic situation, with remittances, which bring three times the amount of funds to Haiti as international aid, plummeting 14 per cent. 17 April 2009Hailing pledges worth nearly $325 million for Haiti’s reconstruction and development made at a donor conference in Washington last week, the top United Nations envoy to the impoverished country today expressed hope the funds will be quickly disbursed.
The Government of Canada has taken a firm stance following the conflict in Sri Lanka. Baird has strongly urged the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’s report, and develop a complementary road map to that end. The delegation will meet with a range of government officials and non-governmental organizations, as well as representatives of different communities throughout Sri Lanka. The delegates’ findings will help inform Canada’s next steps. Alexander, Dykstra and White will report back to Minister Baird in due course on the findings of their mission, the Canadian Foreign Ministry said. A Canadian Parliamentary delegation on a visit to Sri Lanka will stop in various parts of the country and seek to independently evaluate the situation on the ground, the Canadian Foreign Ministry said.Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has sent parliamentary secretaries Chris Alexander and Rick Dykstra, along with Senator Vern White. Canada has called for an independent investigation into the credible and serious allegations raised by the United Nations Secretary General’s panel that international humanitarian law and human rights were violated on both sides of the conflict.Canada has also taken a lead in co-sponsoring a resolution to be presented at the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Fishermen staged a protest in Colombo today demanding a reduction of the price of fuel.The fishermen blocked the street along Galle Road during the protest, resulting in a temporary closure of the road at Galle Face. The Police closed the road near the Presidential Secretariat preventing the fishermen heading towards the Presidential Secretariat. (Colombo Gazette)
Following the terror attacks in Sri Lanka, the Chennai police have been on their toes, thanks to ‘hoax’ calls from people who claim to have knowledge about those connected with the blasts, The Hindu newspaper reported.By the end of April, the Chennai police arrested a 40-year-old man who made a call to the police control room and claimed that he was instrumental in the recent blasts in Sri Lanka. He made the call following a fight with his wife. At the same time, the Coimbatore Rural Police arrested a 53-year-old man who made a hoax call that Sri Lankan refugees were plotting to place a bomb at the Pollachi railway station. He made the call to take revenge on his friend, the police said. Similar incidents were reported from other parts of the State. “On an average, the police control room gets 500 to 600 calls every day and over 12,000 calls every month. We used to get very few hoax calls,” said K. Anandakumar, assistant commissioner, modern control. However, after the terror attacks, hoax calls have increased. “Some of them were by persons who wanted to take revenge on their wives or friends. Some are from drunkards who wish to vent their anger against the government. We track the calls and only after thorough investigation do we confirm that its a hoax,” said a senior police officer.The police have warned public not to make hoax calls or they will invite action under various sections of the IPC. “A lot of manpower is wasted when such calls are made,” the officer pointed out.
At a press conference, Justice Louis Joinet, the head of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which is visiting Australia at the Government’s invitation, highlighted concerns about the confinement of children, the disabled and the elderly.The most delicate issue was the “collective depression syndrome,” he said. “We believe that the syndrome may be attributable to the fact that detainees live day in, day out with an agonizing uncertainty.”The UN Working Group’s visit, which was mandated by the Geneva-based UN Commission on Human Rights, included stops at five detention centres throughout Australia. In addition to talking to government officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the members interviewed several hundreds detainees.The Group will present its final report on the Australia visit to the Commission’s next session, which opens in March in Geneva. It has conducted previous fact-finding trip to Romania, the United Kingdom, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Nepal, Peru and Viet Nam.
Proposed cobalt plant in Saskatchewan passes environmental study by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 4, 2014 4:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LANGHAM, Sask. – A cobalt plant proposed by Fortune Minerals near Langham northwest of Saskatoon has passed an environmental study.CEO Robin Goad says the review showed there wouldn’t be any impact on the water table.He also points out that there would be no asbestos in the company’s materials.Goad says the next step is to apply for rezoning with the aim to begin construction sometime next year.The plant would process cobalt which is needed to manufacture lithium ion batteries.Global electric car company Tesla Motors plans to build a huge battery factory in the U.S. and has said it would like a processing plant in North America that could supply its needs.“They have stated specifically that they prefer North American suppliers and to the best of our knowledge we will be the only North American supplier that is specifically producing battery-grade chemicals,” Goad said Friday.It’s a good opportunity to diversify industrial activity in Saskatchewan, he suggested.The plant would provide about 100 permanent jobs, he said.(CJWW)
Registrations of purpose-built buses and coaches grew 63.1% in the month and 6.3% for the year-to-date.The whole bus and coach sector is still struggling despite some welcome rises in the month:Bus registrations rose 43.5% in November, but are still down 14.5% for the year-to-date.Coach volumes down 17.2% in the month and by 9.1% for the year-to-date.November’s overall bus and coach volumes were up 39.6%, but down 13.8% for the year-to-date. “The purpose-built bus and coach sector dipped in only four months this year and has been stable since May, demonstrating that operators are keen to upgrade products, despite uncertainty in the sector,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Single-deck buses grew strongly in the month up 42% against the full year decline of 25% but coaches fared less well, down 17% in November and 9% for the year-to-date. Maintaining the upward trend next year will be challenging, but government’s Green Bus Fund will provide a much-needed stimulus to the market, rewarding the low carbon innovations manufacturers are making across the sector.”Click through to download the full November 2011 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables, which includes a more detailed analysis of the figures. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback (16) looks to throw a pass in the second quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIOWA CITY, Iowa — Almost nothing went right for No. 6 Ohio State in its crushing defeat to Iowa 55-24. The Buckeyes were outgained 487-371 and were seemingly in the game for only the first half. Here are some important statistics to take away from Ohio State’s loss. 226 – Passing yards by Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley. Ohio State’s secondary was picked apart Saturday night as it allowed 226 passing yards and broke up only three passes. Receivers were able to find separation from defenders and find room in the middle of the field on seam routes down the field. Ohio State’s secondary and linebackers had no defense against the two leading tight ends for the Hawkeyes — Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson — who finished with a combined nine receptions for 125 yards and four of the five receiving touchdowns. Eight receivers finished with at least one reception in the game, providing Stanley with a wide array of targets. The secondary had been exposed before, but only once had it truly cost the team. This loss marks the second time Ohio State has been beaten through the air. 1 – Sacks on Stanley. Part of the reason Stanley was able to pass so efficiently was that he received little pressure all game from Ohio State’s front seven. The defensive line and linebackers only sacked Stanley once and had only three quarterback hits. The secondary will be the primary recipient of the blame levied on Ohio State for its inability to defend against the pass, but this is the same secondary that had surrendered 420 and 386 passing yards to Indiana and Oklahoma, respectively, earlier in the season. The reason the secondary’s struggles were mitigated was a defensive line that had been largely the product of a defensive line that pressured opposing quarterbacks and kept them uneasy in the pocket, forcing quick, inaccurate passes. That was not the case Saturday as Stanley stood comfortably in the pocket all game and escaped the pocket with relative ease to free receivers down the field. 4 – Interceptions by Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett. While Stanley had the best game of his career, Ohio State’s quarterback had one of his worst. Barrett was as inaccurate as he has been all season. He completed a season-low 52.9 percent of his passes (18-of-34) and set a new career-high with his fourth interception of the game. The first interception of the game was returned for a touchdown, and set the tone for the rest of the matchup.Barrett has no one but himself to blame for his inaccuracy. He was often given all the time in the world needed to get the pass off, but often would underthrow his receiver or attempt a pass into double-coverage like he did on his second interception. Though the play calls became progressively more conservative as the game went on with Barrett attempting fewer risky passes that he had in the beginning, part of that could easily be chalked up to the lack of trust the coaching staff had in him after he appeared reckless to begin the game. 20.2 – Average starting field position by Ohio State on kickoffs. When kickoffs are mentioned as part of a problem for Ohio State, they have often been cited on the flip-side, with Ohio State being the team unable to properly defend against kicks. Saturday, the issue was with the return group by the Buckeyes, as redshirt sophomore Mike Weber was unable to provide the same spark the speedy redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell gave the Buckeyes. Campbell averaged 36.6 yards per kick return when in the role, while Weber was only able to average 17 yards per return.In a game that wound up being so high-scoring, the kick return team was used heavily, and the inability of Weber to find the gaps and give the Buckeyes explosive kick returns held Ohio State back in its starting field position. Though the field position did not have near as much of an impact in the final outcome of Ohio State’s loss to Iowa, the drop-off from Campbell to Weber was certainly noticeable, and did not contribute in any way to the success Ohio State did have Saturday.6 – Carries by Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins. Seemingly limited in action once again, Dobbins was held to just six carries for 51 yards. He had just five carries in the first half and one on Ohio State’s first offensive play of the second half and did not see the ball again. He did, however, lead the team with five receptions that he took for 25 yards. Part of that might have been the result of the Buckeyes being forced to play catch-up, but this has been more of a recent trend than anything else. During the first week of the season, Dobbins carried the ball 29 times for 181 rushing yards. Over the past three games, Dobbins has had just 31 carries despite totalling 245 yards (7.9 yards per carry). Ohio State has seemingly shied away from using its star freshman running back as of late despite his continued production.
Co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison walks down the sidelines in the first half of the 2019 Spring Game on April 13. Gray beat Scarlet 35-17. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNick Bosa is gone. Jashon Cornell is moving to defensive tackle. Junior Chase Young and senior Jonathon Cooper return as clear starters at defensive end. But the Buckeyes need depth to keep those two fresh.If Saturday’s Spring Game is any indication, sophomore Tyreke Smith is emerging as option No. 3.Smith led all defenders with 1.5 sacks, finishing with 3.5 total tackles in the game. Overall, the Ohio native appeared more confident, growing into his new role as a leader in the room.“Last year I was getting out there like ‘Oh, I don’t know what they’re gonna run,” Smith said. “I feel more comfortable out there, I feel like I can play faster, get off the ball faster.”Coming in as a four-star prospect, Smith went through the typical first-year learning curve with just nine tackles and zero sacks in 2018.Moving forward, he knows there’s plenty of strides to make before he finds a larger role next season.“Trying to hone my technique and just help the unit,” Smith said. “Get some more game-type reps for my guys, go out there and try to get some stops, get a look on how the defense is gonna be.”Head coach Ryan Day recognizes the importance of a strong third defensive end, particularly in the defense Ohio State will run. The Buckeyes have a history of rotating defensive linemen, a philosophy co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has said he intends to stick with this season.That’s why he’s stressed the importance of Smith’s development to the Buckeyes’ veteran defensive linemen. Young in particular said Day told him to take Smith “under his wing.”“Every chance I get to text Tyreke, or talk to him, try to get some things to work on with him, I’m gonna do it,” Young said. “I want him to be the best player he can be.”Defensive line coach Larry Johnson is also playing a critical role in Smith’s development.Johnson holds a track record of developing defensive fronts, producing six NFL draft picks since arriving at Ohio State in 2014. He’s motivating Smith to continue improving. “I gotta keep pushing, I can’t stop here,” Smith said. “Coach J tells me every day I’ve gotta keep working, just gotta keep going hard, keep going hard, keep using my technique.”As a whole, Ohio State’s defensive line is working on the mental aspects of football as much as they are the physical this spring. Diagnosing a play and knowing opponent tendencies helps a player gain that extra edge: When you know what’s coming, it’s easier to defend.“Athletic ability is a lot, but the mental part is a lot of it too,” Smith said. “When you can see a play before it happens, you can see the back on one side, you know it’s gonna be a stretch, that just helps you play faster.”Young sees Smith as a cog in Ohio State’s defensive line machine this season, one that he hopes will be well-oiled come fall.“The whole summer we gonna be working, we gonna be grinding,” Young said. “I’ve definitely got a confidence in my D-line.”
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. All expectant mothers are to be given the same midwife throughout their pregnancy in a £40 million NHS promise.Maternity deaths are expected to fall by 50 per cent after thousands more expectant mothers will be offered a named midwife to guide them through pregnancy. To coincide with International Day of the Midwife 2019 on Sunday, the NHS has said that funding to transform maternity services will be doubled this year to £40 million.A key element of this support will be to give women access to the same midwife or small team of midwives during pregnancy, the birth of their child and post birth.Currently it is not uncommon for a woman to see a different midwife at all nine or ten of her antenatal consultations, and then a further new member of staff at the birth. Continuity of carer means women don’t have to repeat their personal story, which sometimes may be an upsetting personal experience.The government hopes that over a third of women should benefit from the new plans by March next year, rising to more than half by 2021.The Telegraph reported last year how the then Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, had pledged to provide continuity of midwifery care.Speaking at the time he said the aim was to reduce stillbirths, miscarriages and neonatal deaths and “the agony that comes with these tragedies.“There are few moments in life that matter more than the birth of a child,” Mr Hunt added.The continuity of care plan will be prioritised for those women and unborn children who would benefit from it the most, including those who have complex medical needs or are from disadvantaged backgrounds.Evidence shows that for these groups in particular, a long-term relationship with a midwife can help reduce pre-term births, hospital admissions, and the need for intervention during labour, as well as improving the experiences of both pregnancy and childbirth for women.Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, the first chief midwifery officer for the NHS, said: “There has never been a better time to be expecting a child. The safety and quality of maternity services in England continues to improve, as do the choices available to new mums about the care they receive, and we have a growing number of NHS midwives, and those who support them, to thank.“The NHS Long Term Plan sets out an ambition to give every child the best start in life, beginning at conception, and this extra investment in midwives to enhance the care they can provide to mothers is central to how we will achieve that important goal.”The new funding will be used to reduce the rates of stillbirth, neonatal death, maternal death and brain injury during birth by 20 per cent by the end of 2020/21, and 50 per cent by 2025.The number of full time equivalent midwives working in NHS hospitals and community services has grown by over 3,000 over the last decade, to 21,967 in January 2019, an increase of 16 per cent.NHS maternity care includes all antenatal, birth and post-natal care. It is provided free of charge to women who are normally resident in the UK, citizens of the EEA with medical insurance and other women in special circumstances.Women falling outside these groups may be asked to pay for their care, but will not be refused treatment if they are unable to pay at the time.Antenatal care usually costs the taxpayer between £1,590 and £4,233. A birth without complications, resulting in the shortest possible stay in hospital costs around £3,282 and postnatal care can cost around £1,200.The NHS hopes to introduce a range of measures to build on the success of the ‘We are the NHS’ recruitment campaign. Local programmes to improve retention and welcome former midwives back into work have so far been rolled out.
Blackberry 10 se dévoile peu à peuDisponible en version de test, l’OS Blackberry 10 a été présenté à l’occasion du BlackBerry World, par le PDG du groupe canadien Thorsten Heins.La firme canadienne Research In Motion a fait part de quelques informations officielles concernant le système d’exploitation Blackberry 10, à l’occasion du BlackBerry World 2012 qui a lieu en Floride.Cet OS sera basé sur la plateforme QNX. L’écran d’accueil présentera 4 widgets et l’utilisateur pourra passer d’une application à une autre très rapidement en glissant du doigt. L’environnement dévoilé ne surprendra d’ailleurs pas les utilisateurs de PlayBook OS 2.0.Autre nouveauté : le PDG en personne de la marque, Thorsten Heins, a dévoilé un nouveau clavier virtuel, doté d’un algorithme capable de suggérer des mots lors de la frappe. Ce système intelligent proposera des mots adaptés au niveau de langue entré fréquemment par l’usager. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Enfin, une nouvelle fonction de l’appareil photo des futurs appareils RIM donnera la possibilité à l’utilisateur de remonter quelques instants, avant la prise de vue, afin de choisir le meilleur cliché de l’instant. Ingénieux.Rappelons que BlackBerry 10 peut d’ores et déjà être téléchargé en version bêta.Découvrez les premières images de Blackberry 10, en vidéo, sur Maxisciences.Le 2 mai 2012 à 13:25 • Maxime Lambert
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DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida art student who lost all her belongings, as well as several pets, in a mobile home fire is receiving a helping hand.Broward College partnered with ACE Educational Supplies in Davie to donate a complete art supply kit and $200 to Skylar Lecoq, a student at the college’s Visual Arts and Design Academy.Speaking to 7News on Wednesday, the 20-year-old became emotional about the generous gift.“I’m very thankful for ACE’s donation, because now I’m not worrying about classes or failing or having to drop out or anything because I’m totally covered,” said Lecoq.The fire spread across two mobile homes in Hallandale Beach last week, causing extensive damage and killing seven pets.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Former England cricketer Shaun Udal with his familyTwitter/Shaun UdalDo you remember the 2006 Test series between hosts India and England? There were a lot of notable things about that 3-match rubber. To begin with, England were devoid of half of their first-choice players including their captain Michael Vaughan. Then, it was also the time that the Sourav Ganguly-Greg Chappell saga was playing on.It had been less than a year since England had regained the Ashes in that memorable 2005 series. But after having lost in Pakistan and missing their key players, not much was expected of them. The first Test was drawn with a young debutant named Alistair Cook getting a hundred. The second Test was won by India and the last one was played in Mumbai. England managed to turn things around in this match and by recording a great victory, level the series.The PersonCan you recall who the leading wicket-taker was in the second innings of that Test where India got bundled out for 100? Maybe you can’t. It was Shaun Udal, a veteran county player picked specifically to play in Asian conditions during England’s tour to Pakistan in 2005 and to India the following year. Sadly, this cricketer now finds himself battling the dreaded Parkinson’s disease.Udal made his Test debut in 2005 during England’s tour to Pakistan. Interestingly, his ODI debut came more than a decade ago, in 1994 against New Zealand. After his key role in shaping the famous win at Mumbai, he faded away from the spotlight. A conventional off-spinner, he proved deadly for India on that fifth-day Wankhede wicket that was breaking up and with career-best figures of 4/14, including the prized scalp of Sachin Tendulkar, led his team to a victory. This was the last Test of his career. Shaun Udal (R) has decided to take on the challenge of fighting Parkinson’s diseaseTwitter/Simon WrattenApart from this exploit, he had a very fruitful career in county cricket. Representing Hampshire and Middlesex, the tall offie played 301 first-class matches and picked up 822 wickets. He announced the fact of his having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s on social media and shared his feelings about it with a radio station.Struggle with ParkinsonParkinson’s is a neurological disorder which is degenerative in nature and affects a person’s movements. With time, patients suffer from symptoms like shaking and stiffness of muscles.Udal showed great courage in talking about the disease in his interview and revealed that he found out about his condition earlier this year, following a brain scan. He said that the disease will have to be fought ‘head-on’ and also mentioned seeking the help of people around him in retarding the disorder’s growth. There has been a lot of support shown for the veteran cricketer with not just English colleagues but even ex-players like Michael Clarke and Kevin Pietersen getting in touch with him.
Domestic engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro is reportedly looking to sell 49 percent stake in its general insurance firm to a foreign company, as part of its plans to raise funds by monetising its assets.The deal is likely to be finalised in the next three to six months, a source told Business Standard.”The stake sale is primarily targeted at monetisation. The firm has been going it alone so far and the aim is to bring in a foreign partner, which can bring in the requisite underwriting expertise and technological advancements,” the source said. L&T General Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of L&T, doesn’t have a foreign partner, while many others in the sector have tied up with overseas insurance companies. Last year, the government raised foreign direct investment (FDI) in insurance sector to 49 percent from 26 percent.L&T is estimated to get a valuation of about Rs 1,500 crore for its general insurance business, according to experts.A non-binding term sheet for the merger of L&T General Insurance and Future Generali India Insurance signed in March 2013 failed to go through due to excessive delay in finalising the transaction. Under that proposed merger, L&T was to own 51 percent stake, with Kishore Biyani’s Future Group and Generali Group having 26 percent and 23 percent, respectively.L&T General Insurance reported a loss of Rs 68.5 crore for the December quarter in the current fiscal year, compared to Rs 70 crore loss in the corresponding quarter in 2014.The net premium collected by the insurer rose to Rs 240.3 crore in the April-December period, from Rs 174.5 crore in the same period in the previous year.
A look at Arch Linux based Antergos by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on November 11, 2017 in Linux – Last Update: November 12, 2017 – 20 commentsSo, I’ve mentioned a few times for my love of Arch Linux and Manjaro, but there is another player in the mix that deserves due diligence, and has actually won over my personal use vote as well; Antergos.The main difference between Antergos and Manjaro is updates and repositories. Manjaro holds updates for further testing, Antergos does not, and Antergos uses the Arch repos directly.That said, when you are finished installing Antergos, you are essentially left with an Arch Linux system that has a few extra bells and whistles installed, where as Manjaro is Manjaro, based on Arch. This is over-simplifying, but the essential core difference.Antergos can be downloaded from the homepage, and comes in either a minimal ISO or a live ISO. Both are graphically bootable and use graphical installers, it’s just that one will allow you to boot into a live system and try things first, the other will not.The installation tool is very simple to use, and anyone with prior installation experience will have absolutely no problems using it.During installation, you have the option of choosing from a large variety of desktop environments, I opted for Cinnamon, and so the screenshots and applications installed for this will reflect that.Another part of the installation that I enjoyed seeing, was a screen that asked if you wanted various software such as Office software, firewall, Firefox, Chromium etc – or not. This helps cut down on the bloat of the system and gear the installation to your desires and needs.My specs:Intel(R) Core (TM) i5-4430 @ 3Ghz • 16GB DDR3 @ 1600Mhz • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB • 7200RPM HDD • Three monitors, DVI and HDMI connected to GPU, VGA connected to motherboardFirst impression, and softwareI have to say that I was very impressed by Antergos. I ran into no issue where nomodeset was needed to boot into either the installer or my booted system, and after installing the package ‘nvidia’ from my package manager, my GPU was working fine as can be. Antergos is also the first distribution I have come across where the slightly awkward way I have my three monitors set up, worked almost flawlessly. As soon as my GPU driver was installed and I reboot, all three monitors worked as intended, even though two of them are in my GPU and one connected to my motherboard. This works flawlessly in Windows, but Antergos also did this; a huge selling point for me.Antergos has Pamac installed for its graphical package management utility, as well as just about everything the average user may need, or not need – depending on the software you selected to include during installation. For example, I chose not to include the neccessities for printing, as I don’t own a printer. I also chose Firefox over Chromium, and I opted to install office software and a firewall; just for a couple of ideas.The system ran like a dream on my rig, with no hiccupps, errors, or slowdowns.Resource Usage Antergos running Cinnamon was not as heavy on the resources as I thought it might be actually, using around 1.5GB of RAM with barely any CPU use.Final ThoughtsI was sold as soon as my three monitors worked essentially out of the box. However, the stability, ease of use and installation of Antergos leaving me with my lovely Arch Linux system, without the hassle of the usual text install, and enough customization during the installation that it still feels like it’s ‘mine’ has personally shifted Antergos to my current daily driver when booting into a GNU/Linux OS.Granted, it’s going to have the same potential stability issues that Arch has, but really, Arch isn’t nearly as unstable nowadays as it used to be in my opinion, and I quite look forward to seeing how this Antergos system works for me in the longer run.I don’t really ‘do’ rating systems, but I give Antergos 5 out of 5 just for the heck of it.Now you! Have you used Antergos? What were your thoughts of it?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 13 votes Software Name AntergosOperating System LinuxSoftware Category Operating SystemLanding Page https://antergos.com/try-it/ Advertisement
Travelweek Group Accor’s newest brand caters to midscale customers Share Essentials: TRIBE is going back to basics to give customers what they want – and nothing else. In their rooms, guests will benefit from under-bed storage, and enjoy the Smart TV and Kevin Murphy bath products. Nespresso coffee capsules and T2 teabags are provided free of charge in place of a pricey minibar, while a Grab & Go station is also available 24/7.Experiences: In partnership with local producers, TRIBE hotels offer responsible cuisine and seasons products day in the TRIBE Foods area (a café by day, a bar by night). In addition, bicycle rental services, fitness centre, co-working areas and great city deals will be available at an affordable price.More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list? Tuesday, March 5, 2019 PARIS — Accor has launched a new lifestyle brand that caters to the midscale segment, with one hotel open, another 10 in the pipeline and over 50 under negotiation worldwide.Called TRIBE, the brand targets an international clientele of regular travellers, and focuses on curated experiences and style rather than price. Properties feature vibrant living spaces centered around a welcoming lobby area, and guestrooms that offer the latest technologies.It currently consists of one address with 126 rooms, located just steps from Kings Park in Perth, Australia. Ten other openings are already scheduled to take place by 2022 in Europe and Asia Pacific, totalling more than 1,700 rooms.“The pipeline of over 50 hotels currently being negotiated for the coming years leads us to believe that the TRIBE brand will achieve significant growth all over the world, including in gateway locations such as Paris, London, Singapore, Dubai and Bangkok. It will be making its debut in 150 international destinations by 2030,” said Gaurav Bhushan, Chief Development Officer at Accor.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe brand will focus on the following elements:Smart design: Everything at TRIBE has been designed to increase the sense of space, enhance the décor and improve the customer perception. The design is sleek, and the hotel’s common areas – like that of the guestrooms – create a feeling of greater space by opening out onto the exterior.Art: Artfully designed objects complement the hotel’s modern style. Highlights include Moroso chairs, an array of Jean-Paul Gaultier cushions, lamps by British designer Tom Dixon, and more. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Accorhotels, Openings & Renovations, TRIBE
Injecting up to $150 million in the NSW economy annually, Scoot Airlines and the NSW Government have released plans to launch new direct daily flights between Sydney and Singapore.Selecting Sydney as its first international route, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrel said the new daily service is expected to kick off from mid-2012 and will add up to 400 airlines seats every day between NSW and Asia. A significant step towards goals to double overnight tourism expenditure by 2020, Mr O’Farrell said the new service would inject a further AU$146 million per year. “It’s also confirmation that Sydney remains Australia’s only true global city – a position the NSW Government is determined to maintain,” Mr O’Farrell said.NSW Minister for Tourism George Souris added that selecting Sydney as its first international destination put the city ahead of Victoria and Queensland. “Singapore is one of Australia’s fastest growing tourism markets so we are delighted with Scoot’s decision to choose Sydney as its first port of call,” Mr Souris said.“Scoot’s arrival gives tourists from the growing markets of China and India more choice on how to get here and enjoy the many attractions and major events we have on offer in Sydney and NSW.”Launching mid-next year, Destination NSW chief executive Sandra Chipchase added that the representative body would prepare a two-year marketing partnership to promote the new service.“Destination NSW in conjunction with Sydney Airport, Tourism Australia and Scoot will be investing in a two-year marketing and promotion plan for the airline’s new Sydney route,” Ms Chipchase said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Along with his ability as a receiver, Ginn is electric in the return game. He averaged 23.8 yards per kick return last season along with 12.2 yards per punt return. He has scored a total of six return touchdowns (three on kicks, three on punts) in his career. The Arizona Cardinals appear to be after some speed.According to Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com, the team is going to meet with receiver Ted Ginn Thursday in Arizona.Ginn, 28, spent last season with the Carolina Panthers, catching 36 passes for 556 yards and five touchdowns. He has also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins, who drafted him out of Ohio State ninth overall in 2007. At 5-foot-11 and 185-pounds, Ginn is the type of receiver Cardinals coach Bruce Arians covets for his ability to stretch the field. For his career, Ginn averages 13.2 yards per reception. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact