India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli joins MS Dhoni as India’s most successful Test captain

first_img Next India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli joins MS Dhoni as India’s most successful Test captainVirat Kohli led India to a 318-run victory over West Indies which saw him equal MS Dhoni’s record as the most successful Test captain of the country.advertisement Rohan Sen North SoundAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 15:08 IST Virat Kohli added yet another feather to his cap but this time as the captain of India. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKohli has become the joint-most successful captain for India in Test cricket along with DhoniIndia beat the Windies by 318 runs on Day 4 to take an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the two-match seriesSourav Ganguly is third on the list with 21 wins from 49 matches as skipper with 13 losses and 15 drawsVirat Kohli added yet another feather to his cap on Sunday but this time as the captain of India after leading his team to a 318-run win over the West Indies in the first Test in Antigua. This was India’s biggest margin of victory in away Tests in terms of runs.India beat the Windies by 318 runs on Day 4 to take an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the two-match series and begin their ICC World Test Championship campaign in style. It was also India’s fourth biggest win (in terms of runs) in Test cricket overall.The victory saw Virat Kohli equal MS Dhoni’s record of 27 Test wins, making him the joint-most successful captain for India in Test cricket.Kohli took over as captain of the Indian Test team when Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game during the tour of Australia in 2014. He has since led India to victories over Australia, England and New Zealand at home and 2-1 and 4-1 losses in South Africa and England respectively.In 2018, Kohli led India to their first ever series win in Australia. A dominant Indian team beat Australia 3-1 to seal a historic win in the Border-Gavaskar series Down Under.India vs West Indies 1st Test Day 4: Highlights | ReportDhoni had led India in 60 Test matches and had a win percentage of 45. He won 27 matches, lost 18 and drew 15. Kohli has now led India in 47 matches and already has a win percentage of 55.31, which is the best among all other Indian captains in the longest format. He has 27 wins, 10 losses and 10 draws.advertisementSourav Ganguly is third on the list with 21 wins from 49 matches as skipper with 13 losses and 15 draws. Dada had a win percentage of 42.85.Kohli also went past Ganguly with the most Test wins in overseas matches for India as captain. Kohli now has 12 away wins as India’s Test skipper in 26 matches, Ganguly had 11 victories in 28 games.Windies on Sunday were bowled out for 100 in the final innings of the Antigua Test which is also their lowest total against India in the longest format. Their previous lowest total against India was 103 in Kingston in 2006.India rode on Jasprit Bumrah’s fourth 5-wicket haul in Test cricket to bundle out the Windies in the final session on Day 4. Ishant Sharma bagged three wickets and Mohammed Shami accounted for two wickets.Earlier, India declared their second innings at 343 for 7 with Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari top-scoring for the visitors.Rahane scored 102 off 242 balls while Vihari made 93 off 128 balls with the duo stitching a 135-run partnership for the fifth wicket to take the game away from the hosts.Rahane’s hundred was his 10th in Test cricket and the first in the longest format in more than 2 years in international cricket. India’s vice-captain in Tests had gone hundred-less for 29 innings before this century.Also Read | Captaincy just a responsibility I am fulfilling: Virat Kohli on equalling MS Dhoni’s record in Antigua TestAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah sets Asian record with 5-wicket haul in West IndiesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Virat KohliFollow MS Dhonilast_img read more

Stockholm Opens New Port of Värtahamnen

first_imgzoom Port of Värtahamnen and Värta Terminal have been inaugurated by Sweden’s Ports of Stockholm as the port built a new pier and passenger terminal at the site.Under reconstruction since 2013, Värtahamnen will now see its ferry operations moved to the new pier and passenger terminal, freeing up to 85,000 square meters of land for urban development.“Eleven million passengers pass through Ports of Stockholm every year,” Karin Wanngård (S), Mayor of Stockholm, said, adding that the ferry industry is important for Stockholm.It has taken three years to build the new Värtahamnen port. The work has been carried out while the port continued to operate and has had high work environment and environmental targets.Port of Stockholm said that only a few tasks remain to be undertaken in the harbour basin before the entire project is completed at the turn of the year 2016/2017.“The Värtahamnen project is one of several current projects that are transforming our ports. We are experiencing a historic era. We are adapting Stockholm’s ports to equip them for the coming century, with the integrated development of port and city,” Johan Castwall, Ports of Stockholm Managing Director, said.last_img read more

Tanker Owner Operator to Pay USD 3 Mn for Air Pollution

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The owner and operator, as well as Senior Officers, of oil tanker Ocean Princess have been convicted and sentenced for various pollution, recordkeeping, and obstruction of justice crimes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.Namely, Ionian Shipping & Trading Corp, Lily Shipping Ltd, as well as Stamatios Alekidis, Athanasios Pittas and Rey Espulgar used fuel that exceeded the maximum allowable sulfur concentration in the U.S. Caribbean Emission Control Area and attempted to deceive U.S. Coast Guard inspectors about the source of the fuel being used aboard the vessel.Namely, the tanker was engaged in transporting petroleum products throughout the Caribbean including from Limetree Terminals, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.While vessels are operating within the U.S. Caribbean ECA, they must not use fuel that exceeds 0.10% sulfur by weight in order to help protect air quality.Between January 3, 2017, and July 10, 2018, the tanker Ocean Princess entered into, and operated within, the U.S. Caribbean ECA using fuel that contained excessive sulfur on twenty-six separate occasions.Between March 2, 2016, and February 6, 2018, nineteen separate fictitious Bunker Delivery Notes were created on and kept aboard the vessel.USCG inspectors boarded the tanker on July 10, 2018, to conduct an inspection. During the inspection, the inspectors discovered that the vessel was using fuel with an excessive sulfur content.The companies will each pay a fine of USD 1.5 million, be placed on four years of probation, and implement an Environmental Compliance Plan. The Master, Chief Officer and Chief Engineer were sentenced to three years of probation and ordered not to return to the United States on a ship during that time. The Chief Officer was also fined USD 3,000.last_img read more

Heavy rain forecast ahead of India vs New Zealand World Cup game

first_imgNottingham: Heavy rain threatens to play spoilsport when India face New Zealand in their next World Cup game at Trent Bridge on Thursday. However, as per weather forecast, the rain is likely to subside by lunch time on Thursday which means at least a curtailed game remains a possibility. There has been persistent showers across United Kingdom for the past two days and the local Met department has issued a warning for the residents. “A Yellow Warning for rain is in force in the Nottingham area for most of this week,” local website ‘Nottinghampost’ reported. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun The Met office’s warning on its website covered a large area of England, including Birmingham, Peterborough and Newcastle. “There is a chance that heavy prolonged rain could lead to localised flooding and disruption to transport,” it said. As per local Met Office weather forecast for Nottingham, the heavy rain will continue till 7pm on Wednesday. “That lighter rain is expected to finally come to an end at about lunch time on Thursday. The maximum temperatures will be around 13 degree Celsius and minimum overnight temperatures will be around 10 or 11 degree Celsius,” the website reported.last_img read more

Scotiabank will be giving 20000 free PRESTO Cards to Fans Celebrating the

first_imgo   GO – Oakville Advertisement TORONTO – To celebrate the inaugural season at Scotiabank Arena, on Wednesday, October 3, Scotiabank will be giving away 10,000 FREE, pre-loaded Scotiabank Arena branded PRESTO cards at select TTC ($6) and GO ($8) stations to get fans to Scotiabank Arena / Maple Leaf Square to cheer for their hometown team at this year’s Toronto Maple Leafs home opener.The celebration doesn’t end there – Scotiabank will be giving away another 10,000 FREE, pre-loaded Scotiabank Arena branded PRESTO cards on October 17 to get fans to Scotiabank Arena for the Toronto Raptors home opener.Those who are heading down to celebrate can pick up their FREE, pre-loaded Scotiabank Arena branded PRESTO card by visiting one of the participating TTC or GO stations and telling a designated Scotiabank Arena ambassador that they are going to Scotiabank Arena. Ambassadors will be giving away the cards starting at 4 p.m. on October 3 and October 17, while supplies last. And when Scotiabank Customers use their debit or credit card to register this card to a new or existing My PRESTO Account and sign-up for Autoload at they’ll receive an additional $6 on their PRESTO card. o   TTC – College Station WHAT:  Toronto Maple Leafs Home Opener Facebook Advertisement Twitter o   TTC – Kennedy o   GO – Mimico Toronto Maple Leafs Alumnus, Darcy Tucker WHERE:  o   TTC – Don Mills …Scotiabank Arena (CNW Group/Scotiabank) 5 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. @ Maple Leaf Squarecenter_img Advertisement Participating TTC and GO stations include: o   GO – Pickering o   TTC – Spadina Station Full details are available at interested, Toronto Maple Leafs Alumnus, Darcy Tucker will be available for interviews at Spadina TTC station or you can join the celebration with Darcy at the Maple Leaf Square Tailgate for interviews before the puck drops at 7 p.m.More details below. o   GO – Scarborough WHO: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment o   TTC – Kipling Station WHEN: o   TTC – Eglinton Login/Register With: 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. @ Spadina TTC Station Wednesday, October 3, 2018last_img read more

Theres no guarantee First Nations advocate skeptical of new recommendations on child

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe First Nations family advocate of Manitoba isn’t convinced a new report recommending changes to the child welfare system is going to lower apprehension rates in the province.For the first time in 15 years the province ordered a review of the child welfare system.The report was released this week and comes nine months after a seven-person committee was formed to review the current legislature.Included in the report are 60 recommendations or changes to the system.However, for right now, they are only suggestions, according to Cora Morgan, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs’ First Nations advocate.“There’s no guarantee or there’s nothing that compels the province of Manitoba to take action on any of the changes that are in there,” she said.Manitoba has the highest number of children in care among Canadian provinces. There’s just over 11,000 children in care with 90 per cent of those being Indigenous. There has been an 85 per cent increase in the number of children in care over the past decade.Morgan says the report will do little to help fix the system.“They’re just wasting time. At the end of the day we need to restore jurisdiction to our families,” she said. “We need to invest in prevention services and it could at a fraction of the cost of the way things are and far less damaging.”According to the report, Manitoba’s annual child welfare budget has tripled in the past 12 year to $514 million, which works out to $46,800 per child in care.Morgan believes the funding model should be flipped and this needs to be done with urgency.“When you’re a five or six-year-old child that’s stuck in a shelter in some loveless environment, or children that are over the age of 12 sitting in the Manitoba Youth Centre, taking our time shouldn’t be an option,” she said.The First Nations Family Advocate Office has worked to send 300 children home since opening in 2015.Among the families they’ve worked with is a 23-year-old Winnipeg mother who aged out of the system and has three children still in care. She was successfully reunified with her youngest daughter this May.APTN News cannot identify her because she still has children in care.She was put in the foster care system at the age of 4. By the time she turned 18 she had been in 30 different placements. She said when she aged out her case worker dropped her off at a homeless shelter with $40.There she became entrenched in a cycle of homelessness, addiction and violence.She decided to get clean after her youngest daughter was born a year ago.“It’s looking really good because I changed my life around,” she said. “I’m 14 months clean and my worker knows…I was a meth addict. I was an alcoholic.”She credits the First Nations family advocate office for helping her confront her traumas.“I’m going through my healing journey here,” she said.She is accessing resources like therapy for the first time in her life and has plans to train to be a paramedic one day.But she says more supports need to be available for families while they’re in the system and when they leave.“There needs to be more help instead of just saying to that person ‘oh because you’re Indigenous you have no rights,’ especially when you’re asking authority to help you.”In the report the committee emphasized a need for a, “community-based harm reduction framework that focuses on supporting parents in the fulfillment of their parental responsibilities.“The act must ensure that addiction supports are provided when a parents seeks help, and that an addiction not be considered valid reason for apprehension when a parent is actively pursuing or participating in addiction services.”On Wednesday the province wouldn’t commit to any of the recommendations. Minister of Families Heather Stefanson said the province is in the process of reviewing the read more

Tetouan To Host The 7th Annual National Festival of Theater

Marrakech – Morocco’s Ministry of Culture is organizing the seventh annual National Festival of Theater in Tetouan from October 29 to November 5, 2015.The event is an occasion to celebrate distinct theatrical creations and different artistic competencies. It will also be an opportunity for the audience to learn the highlights of the theatrical season and meet Moroccan creative artists through presentations, seminars, and meetings.The members of the Culture Ministry formed several committees along with a group of creative artists to supervise the selection of festival shows, the preparation of logistical and organizational aspects, and setting the opening and closing ceremonies. Twelve plays are selected to participate in the official competition of the festival, while nineteen plays will be presented in parallel with the festival activities.The event will also hold hearings to discuss the competition plays, an intellectual seminar on the character of Abd-Samad El Kenfaoui, a professional seminar on the aspects of professionalism, organization, and development of support mechanisms.Formative workshops will also be organized for the benefit of youth and theater amateurs, in addition to the signing of a set of compositions and new theatrical works.The National Festival of Theater will grant many prizes, including Playwright Award, Male and Female Character Award, and Grand Prix Award. read more

Former Rwandan radio chief pleads not guilty at UN trial on genocide

Joseph Serugendo, 52, the former Technical Chief of Radio Rwanda and RTLM, is charged with conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide and persecution as a crime against humanity, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said.He was arrested on 16 September in Libreville, Gabon, at the ICTR’s request, bringing to 71 the number of accused the Tribunal has arrested. The date for his trial is to be set later.Mr. Serugendo is alleged to have acted in concert with others, including Ferdinand Nahimana, Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, Phocas Habimana and Félicien Kabuga, to organize and conduct the genocide of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda, his indictment said.Mr. Nahimana, founder of RTLM, Mr. Barayagwiza, an RTLM board member, and Hassan Ngeze, the chief editor of a newspaper called Kangura, were convicted in December 2003 in connection with the genocide. read more

Consumer prices up 04 per cent in May reflecting big jump in

In this June 8, 2015, photo, Judith Jean-Noel shops for earrings at the Monday night green market in downtown Miami. The Labor Department reports on consumer prices for May on Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) WASHINGTON – Consumer prices increased in May by the largest amount in more than two years, reflecting the biggest one-month jump in gas prices in nearly six years. But outside of energy, price pressures remained modest.The consumer price index rose 0.4 per cent in May, the biggest advance since February 2013, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The increase was driven by a 10.4 per cent rise in the cost of gasoline, which has started climbing after nearly a year of falling energy prices.Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy, was up a modest 0.1 per cent in May as the price of clothing and household furnishings declined. Over the past 12 months, overall inflation has shown no increase, while core inflation is up just 1.7 per cent, both showing modest inflation pressures.Even with the 10.4 per cent increase in gas prices, the biggest one-month jump since June 2009, gas prices are still 25 per cent below where they were a year ago.However, prices at the pump have been rising recently. The nationwide average is up to $2.80, 10 cents higher than a month ago but still below the price a year ago of $3.66, according to AAA.Food prices were unchanged in May, matching April’s flat reading.Prices for a variety of products did show gains in May including increases for new vehicles, alcoholic beverages and personal care such as haircuts.The Federal Reserve on Wednesday left a key interest rate at a record low near zero, where it has been for the past six years. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank still needed more evidence that very low inflation would be moving back to the Fed’s target of 2 per cent over the next two to three years.For the past three years, inflation by a price gauge favoured by the Fed, has been running well below 2 per cent. The Fed strives to achieve annual price increases of 2 per cent, believing that is the optimal spot for inflation.Many economists believe the central bank will start moving interest rates higher later this year, after it feels more confident that inflation is rising and the job market, which was battered by the Great Recession, has regained its footing. Consumer prices up 0.4 per cent in May, reflecting big jump in gas, but core inflation modest by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2015 7:03 am MDT Last Updated Jun 18, 2015 at 7:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

LCV demand dips ahead of March plate change

Light commercial vehicle registrations dip -4.3% in February, following two years of exceptional growth.Demand for mid-sized vans increases by 9.0% to 2,156 units.Small decline in popular heavy segment, with demand for 2.5-3.5t vans down by -1.3%. Download the press release and data table for February 2017.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,February is typically a quiet month as buyers look ahead to the March plate change and, following the rapidly growing levels of demand we’ve seen over the past two years, a decline is not unexpected. The sector remains in good health and, barring any shocks to business confidence, we expect demand to remain strong over the coming months. The new light commercial vehicle market declined in February, falling -4.3% to 13,291 registrations, according to SMMT. The downturn follows an exceptionally strong performance in 2016, when the sector recorded an eight-year high in registrations.Reversing the trend seen in previous months, demand for heavier vans fell, with registrations of vehicles weighing 2.5-3.5t down -1.3%. However, the segment continues to be the most popular, accounting for 65.8% of market share. Small vans under 2.0t experienced a decline, falling -28.5%, while pick-up registrations remained the same at 1,350 units. Meanwhile, demand for mid-sized vans grew, with registrations of 2-2.5t vehicles increasing 9.0%. read more

Phil Varones twogoal performance powers Phantoms past Marlies 52

TORONTO — Phil Varone had back-to-back goals in the first period as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms downed the Toronto Marlies 5-2 on Sunday in American Hockey League play.Nicolas Aube-Kubel’s second-period goal was the eventual winner for Lehigh Valley (13-6-2), while Chris Conner and Taylor Leier added singles.Carter Hart made 33 saves for the win.Pierre Engvall and Morgan Klimchuk replied for the Marlies (9-8-4), the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Eamon McAdam stopped 35 shots in net.The Phantoms were 1 for 4 on the power play and Toronto could not score on its five man advantages.The Canadian Press read more

Alex Rodriguez Wouldve Made The Hall Of Fame Without Steroids

News broke Wednesday morning that Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees third baseman who was suspended by Major League Baseball for the entire 2014 season over allegations of performance-enhancing drug (PED) use, had admitted to federal Drug Enforcement Administration officials that he used the prohibited substances from 2010 through 2012. Rodriguez’s confession came behind closed doors last January, but in public he continued to deny the charges right up until the Miami Herald released its findings in a story Wednesday.The news confirms accusations that Rodriguez had augmented his performance during the 2011 and 2012 MLB seasons, in addition to his previous admission of using PEDs from 2001 to 2003, when he was a member of the Texas Rangers. Given the current climate of baseball’s Hall of Fame voting — neither Barry Bonds nor Roger Clemens has cracked 40 percent of the vote in either of their two years on the ballot — Rodriguez’s latest admission seems like the final nail in the coffin for his Hall of Fame candidacy, assuming it wasn’t already long buried. But it’s also worth remembering that, like Bonds and Clemens before him, Rodriguez was a magnificent player before taking PEDs, and likely could have been a Hall of Famer without them.Not only did Rodriguez rank first on Baseball America’s 1995 Top 100 Prospects list, but after hitting .311 with a .948 OPS and good range at shortstop as an 18-year-old at Triple-A in 1994, he might well have been the greatest prospect in the history of the draft era. And lest the hype seem unjustified, in 1996 — his first full season in the majors — all Rodriguez did was belt an MLB-leading 54 doubles, smack 36 home runs, hit .358 (!!), post a 1.045 OPS (just the second time a shortstop had ever topped a 1.000 OPS, creating a club with the incomparable Arky Vaughan), lead the American League in total bases and finish tied as the fourth-best fielding shortstop in the AL according to TotalZone runs saved.Did I mention he did all that at age 20?Between then and 2001, when Rodriguez was said to have begun using PEDs, he would also do things like hit .300 or better in three out of four seasons, hit 40 or more home runs in three out of four seasons, set the all-time single-season record for Bill James’s Power/Speed statistic in 1998 (when he became the third member of the 40-40 Club with 42 home runs and 46 stolen bases), and become, in 2000, just the 22nd player in baseball history to surpass 10.0 wins above replacement (WAR) in a single season.Rodriguez’s supposed last season before he began using came that year, his last as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Through age 24, only two players in baseball history — Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle — produced more career WAR than Rodriguez did. Current Los Angeles Angel Mike Trout has A-Rod beat (along with everyone else who ever played the game) on career WAR through age 22, but there’s no question that Rodriguez had the pure talent to rank among the game’s all-time greatest players even before he started using PEDs.James once developed a long-term career forecast model called Brock2 — essentially a very early progenitor of a full-fledged projection system like PECOTA — which could produce an expected career stat line for a player based on his career performance through a given age. Feed it Rodriguez’s age 20-24 seasons, and it produces an absurd set of projected career totals: 3,573 hits; 668 doubles; 1,075 home runs. As mean projections for anybody, those numbers are silly (Trout through age 22 also generates a forecast of 3,646 hits, 740 doubles, and 826 home runs), but they underscore how incredible Rodriguez’s first five full MLB seasons were. (Through 20 seasons, Rodriguez now has 2,939 hits, 519 doubles and 654 home runs.)All of this, it bears mentioning, matters only if you believe Rodriguez began using PEDs in 2001, and didn’t before that. At the time of Rodriguez’s initial suspension in August 2013, Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci wrote a column that included the following quote:“If you believe he started using [PEDs] in 2001, when he said he did, you’re a fool,” a former teammate said. “The likelihood is that he never played a day clean in the major leagues. Why? Insecurity. Alex doesn’t know how good he could be without drugs, and didn’t trust himself to find out.”That remains speculation at this point. But based on what we do know, Rodriguez’s early-career numbers were so great, and his potential so vast, that he had a very high likelihood of making the Hall of Fame before he ostensibly began using performance-enhancing drugs. Wednesday’s revelations only add to the disgrace he’s brought to his legacy since then. read more

Vaping could be a gateway to smoking for teenagers study shows

Dr Emmie Fulton, the lead researcher on the Coventry University study, said: “The young people we sampled may use e-cigarettes because they are easier to access than tobacco, and would have gone on to smoke regardless. “However they may also represent a group of young people who have no intention of trying cigarettes but could be becoming addicted to nicotine accidentally. “There’s the potential that this could act as a gateway to smoking and tobacco use for a proportion of the population who would otherwise have remained non-nicotine users.”Vaping has been hailed as way for smokers to stop smoking tobacco, which has significantly higher health risks. Where conventional products burn tobacco to produce smoke, e-cigarettes propel nicotine with propylene glycerol in a vapour, which is inhaled. As with regular cigarettes, it is illegal in the UK for under-18s to buy e-cigarettes.In February, Public Health England recommended that e-cigarettes were prescribed on the NHS, alongside nicotine replacement products such as nicotine patches, gum and inhalators. Children who try vaping because it is “cool” could inadvertently become hooked on nicotine and take up smoking, a new study has warned. E-cigarettes enable smokers to use nicotine without many of the health effects of smoking regular tobacco products, but the findings show that as many as half of young vapers have never tried a normal cigarette. The study raises questions about the lower tax levy placed on e-cigarettes, and the use of sweet flavourings that appeal to younger users. Research from Coventry University, where researchers surveyed 499 pupils, shows that less than half of users knew that vape products contain nicotine, and less than half knew that they were addictive. 40 per cent of regular smokers begin smoking before the age of 16, according to Cancer Research UK, making teenage smoking a key battleground for public health authorities.  A cigarette smoker is pictured on March 1, 2018, in Lille, northern France, on the day when the price of a packet of cigarettes was increased by one euro to fight against smoking. The government plans regular increases to bring the cost of a packet to 10 euros by 2020. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images  Figures from Cancer Research UK show that 40 per cent of smokers begin the habit before the age of 16Credit:Philippe Huguen/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

VIDEO HBC Nantes fans are ready for the final

← Previous Story EHF: Over half-billion-euro deal for European handball Next Story → PSG Handball win third place in Cologne! HBC Nantes who are in Cologne, will be a part of historical day for their club, as French team playing at VELUX EHF Champions League Final4 Final against HC MOntpellier Handball.Take a look, how they were preparing for it led by music of their band…PHOTO: Jozo Cabraja

Un projet pour concevoir son propre robot en quelques heures

first_imgUn projet pour concevoir son propre robot en quelques heuresUn projet lancé par le Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) vise à permettre à tout un chacun de concevoir et de fabriquer son propre robot à partir d’un simple ordinateur de bureau.Comme l’on expliqué hier les scientifiques du MIT, il faut actuellement des années pour concevoir un robot, le produire et le programmer. Un processus qui s’il est long, est aussi très coûteux. De plus, sa mise au point nécessite des matériaux, un équipement ainsi que des logiciels très avancés et des systèmes d’apprentissage et de vision. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Face à ces difficultés, cette équipe de scientifiques a dévoilé un projet de cinq ans qui a pour objectif de mettre au point des technologies utilisables par des PC permettant à “une personne sans formation informatique ou technique particulière de concevoir, de personnaliser et d’imprimer [en trois dimensions] un robot en l’espace de quelques heures”. Financé par un don de 10 millions de dollars de la National Science Foundation (NSF) “cette recherche imagine une nouvelle façon de penser la conception et la fabrication de robots. Elle pourrait avoir un impact majeur sur la société”, explique Daniela Rus, la responsable de ce projet. Citée par l’AFP, la chercheuse estime même “que cette approche a le potentiel de transformer la production manufacturière et de démocratiser l’accès aux robots”. Comme l’a indiqué Vijay Kumar, patron de l’équipe de l’Université de Pennsylvanie, “cela pourrait ouvrir la voie à la conception rapide et à la production de produits ou biens sur mesure et de bouleverser l’enseignement de la science et de la technologie dans les lycées”, notamment.Le 5 avril 2012 à 10:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man suspected of setting fire at Battle Ground post office

first_imgA man suspected of starting a fire that led to the Battle Ground post office flooding appeared Wednesday morning in Clark County Superior Court.Clyde Wayne Tikka, 69, was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of second-degree arson and first-degree malicious mischief. Court records say Tikka is homeless.In a probable cause statement included in court records, an officer said he was called to the Battle Ground post office about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday to check about an alarm tripped at the building.He found the fire sprinklers were on, and he could smell smoke, according to court records. Once firefighters cleared the building to enter, police found a blue trash bin had been set on fire in the middle of the post office box section of the building.The fire triggered the sprinklers, which flooded the building, according to court records, causing more than $5,000 in damage.Outside the building, police found a hospital ID bracelet with Tikka’s name on it. At about 3 a.m., officers responded to a call from a convenience store regarding a man acting strangely. It turned out to be Tikka, according to court records.In an interview, Tikka told an officer he lit the fire to get someone’s attention and that he lit it in the garbage bin, away from walls, so it wouldn’t spread to the building, according to court records.Police arrested Tikka, and he was taken to a hospital, then the Clark County Jail. His bail was set at $75,000, and his next court date was scheduled for Tuesday.last_img read more

Analysis Texas State Budget Tricks Are Great — Until You Total Them

first_imgIllustration by Todd Wiseman | Texas TribuneThe Texas Legislature faces a budgetary hole of $8 billion in 2018.Your Texas Legislature dug itself a $7.9 billion hole during the regular session — and could deepen it before lawmakers leave town next week.It’s not something state officials have to worry about right now, which is probably why they did it. Instead, budget-writers and the governor, who signed the budget, solved a current problem by punting to the legislators who will assemble in Austin in January 2019.A new report from the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) — a respected business-backed association that follows fiscal issues — puts the cost of budget deferrals and other government legerdemain at $7.9 billion. That total includes, among other things, their estimate that lawmakers put $2 billion less than will be required into the state’s Medicaid program, and will have to make up a deferral of sales taxes intended for transportation that will end up costing $3.6 billion.“The bottom line is that all of these tricks, all of these methods, have been used before,” said Dale Craymer, president of TTARA. “It’s just that we’re using them to greater amounts than what we’ve done before.”That might not be the end of the budget hijinks in 2017; the House has proposed delaying $1.9 billion in payments to public education — effectively borrowing from a future budget to make an earlier one balance. That would allow lawmakers to increase the state’s share of public education spending by $1.8 billion, a move that would lower the pressure on local school property taxes.If it sounds like that’s borrowing from public education to pay for an increase in public education, well, that’s because it is. That particular deferral is a familiar one in Texas government finance, but the Senate is resistant to the idea. If you put the feuding over school finance and property taxes aside and just concentrate on the state budget, it’s a hard sell: Lawmakers would get the $1.9 billion to use right now but would have to pay it back later. Deferring $1 today ends up costing $2, since the money is used for current spending and then has to be paid back.The short form: A $1.9 billion deferral now would add $3.8 billion to that hole TTARA is already describing.That’s roughly $11.7 billion — an amount that’s coincidentally close to the balance of the state’s economic stabilization fund, better known as the Rainy Day Fund.The two things are not directly connected, but they’re related to one another. The deferrals written into the 2018-19 budget during the regular legislative session and those under consideration in the current special session exist for a couple of reasons.Comptroller Glenn Hegar told lawmakers at the beginning of the year that while state revenue had increased, newly dedicated highway spending and a relatively small beginning cash balance meant a net decrease in what they had available to spend.They went looking for money. They didn’t want to raise taxes. And they didn’t want to hit the Rainy Day Fund for any recurring expenses. That left them with some new — and some time-worn — accounting tricks.It worked, in the short term. The budget balanced, and Hegar said lawmakers had actually left $41 million unspent. That amount of money is to the state what the three pennies under your car seat are worth to you: not much.In the longer term, it created a problem.In its report, TTARA offered one bright spot for state government. Property values in Texas are still rising; during the next two years, they’re expected to go up almost $8 billion. Whatever tax revenue doesn’t go toward offsetting growth in Texas’ public schools could get scooped up by state budget-writers — like it did this year.But that may not be a bright spot for the homeowners who pay those school taxes. The TTARA report notes that the 2018-19 budget “actually cut state aid to schools by $1 billion — a net budget savings of $5 billion that is to be shifted onto local taxpayers.”  So school taxes will rise, but maybe that looming 2019 problem for state budgeteers isn’t as big as it looks.Feel better? Sharelast_img read more

Why you need to be at NYCC 16 in 60 seconds

first_imgOur friends at NYCC want you to know all the reasons why you should be going this year…and they somehow managed to fit all that mayhem into 60 seconds?! Celebrities, cosplay, and comics. Oh, My!  October 6th will be here in a few short weeks so start strategizing.There will be an inevitable bevy of literary, entertainment, and comic guests. As always, Artist Alley will be chock full of talent and the main floor will be packed with exhibitors. The panel schedule will be revealed soon and if last year is any clue this year won’t disappoint.Making those costumes, pulling out comics to get signed, and planning panels to see can be grueling work. It can be so grueling that you might have forgotten about the most important thing…TICKETS!Lucky for you there’s still time to get your Thursday tickets over at They’ve even been kind enough to extend the shipping deadline to Friday, September 2nd, 11:59pm.  If you’ve never been, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. Don’t wait, get your tickets now!For all your NYCC news, updates, and general information head to their site or follow them on Twitter @NY_Comic_Conlast_img read more

Foreign Haitian designers display work in Haiti

first_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches ErrorOK.. ErrorOK Haitian singers Emeline Michel and James Germain lent their voices to the show to give first-time visitors another aspect of Haitian culture.Dominican designer Socrates McKinney said Haiti has “a very strong culture, and that in some sense has to be reflected in the fashion.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone PETIONVILLE, Haiti (AP) – World-class fashion has gone on display in impoverished Haiti.More than three dozen designers showed off their latest tropic-centric creations on a runway at Haiti Fashion Week, which ended Sunday. Visitors came from places as close as the neighboring Dominican Republic and as far as Japan.“It was such a great, great experience to have Haitian designers all on the same runway,” said David Andre, a designer who owns a clothing store in Petionville and debuted his 2013 collection of resort wear for men and women. He hopes to see the event become an “annual rendezvous.” Organizers say it’s the first time such that a fashion show of this scale has taken place in the Caribbean country, which is still slowly rebuilding from the 2010 earthquake that destroyed thousands of buildings and displaced more than a million people.They also hope the event will show a different side to disaster-prone Haiti even as the country struggles to rebound from Hurricane Sandy and a storm last week that officials say killed up to 65 people.Haitian designers like Andre are holding out hopes that international buyers will purchase pieces from their collections that were on display during the show’s conferences, workshops and booths.It’s especially important that outside buyers take notice of the designs because the poverty in Haiti makes it difficult to secure customers, Andre said.“The clientele I have (in Haiti) is very, very small, so that’s why I have to work much harder overseas,” said Andre, a seasoned designer who has displayed his collections in places like New York, Jamaica, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.The fashion show was organized by the Haitian Support Centre for the Promotion of Enterprise, the Haitian Network of Designers and the Ministry of Culture. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories last_img read more