White lies keep society intact

first_imgMost of us tell minor lies on a daily basis—saying your partner looks great when, really, they’re having a bad hair day, or nodding in feigned agreement at your colleague’s latest political rant. Such white lies, though, don’t just help avoid scuffles or hurt feelings; they’re also an integral part of shaping how communities form, according to a new study. A group of computational scientists developed a mathematical model of how groups of people grow and change over time, and then added in a new variable: the occurrence of lies. Big antisocial lies—like lying about theft or injuring someone—led to the complete disintegration of communities, with each person in the model eventually looking out only for themselves. But smaller white lies—even at a high rate of occurrence—had a different effect on the model. People formed small, tight cliques with occasional links between groups. And these connections, it turned out, were facilitated by people who told the most white lies, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The mathematical model, the authors admit, is a simplified version of reality; it assumes a constant rate of lies throughout time and among all the relationships a person has. But the takeaway is clear, they say: Lies can be good for society.last_img read more

Paes-Bhupathi take on Bryans in quest for elusive Aus title

first_imgMahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes will attempt to complete a career Grand Slam when they take on four-time champions and top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the doubles final of the Australian Open on Saturday.Lee-Hesh will face Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the doubles final of the Oz Open.The Indian Express has a chance to go one better than their final showing in Melbourne in 1999. In fact, in 1999, Leander and Mahesh lost a heart-stopping five set match to Pat Rafter (Australia) and Jonas Bjorkman (Sweden).The Indian duo were beaten 3-6, 6-4,4-6,7-6 (10), 4-6. “We were unlucky to lose that match. It was one of the closest matches we played in a Grand Slam final,” said Leander. Returning to the semi-finals this year, Bhupathi and Paes were made to work hard to earn their place in the championship match, before prevailing against second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 7- 6(5), 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 20 minutes.On the other hand, the Bryans had a much easier time winning against the unseeded French duo of Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-3, 6-2 in 54 minutes.The 32-year-old Bryans, who completed their career Grand Slam in 2006 at Wimbledon, are currently unbeaten in 17 straight matches at Melbourne Park and have an impressive win-loss ratio of 31- 1 since claiming their first of four titles in 2006. They endured their only loss in 2008, when they fell to Bhupathi and Knowles in the quarter-finals.The Bryans have a 9-8 record in Major finals, while Bhupathi and Paes – who are teaming up in Grand Slam for the first time since the 2002 Australian Open – share a 3-2 mark. They each opened their 2011 campaigns by reaching finals at ATP World Tour tournaments; Bhupathi-Paes won in Chennai, while the Bryans were runners-up in Sydney.The two finalist teams have split their previous two meetings, both in 2001, with Bhupathi and Paes winning in the Atlanta semi-finals and the Bryans at the same stage at the Queen’s Club.ROAD TO FINALFIRST ROUND: Paes and Bhupathi beat Ivo Karlovic and Dusan Vemic 5-7, 6-3, 6-0SECOND ROUND: Beat Juan Monaco and Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (2), 6-4THIRD ROUND: Beat Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo 6-4, 4-6, 6-4QUARTER-FINALS: Beat Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-4SEMI-FINALS: Beat Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 advertisementlast_img read more

Saurabh Chaudhary Wins Silver in Asian Shooting Championship

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Doha: Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the silver medal in men’s 10m air pistol event to continue India’s surge at the 14th Asian Championship here on Monday.The 17-year-old World Cup and the Asian Games gold-medallist shot 244.5 to finish second on the podium behind North Korea’s Kim Song Guk, who won the top prize with a world record 246.5. Iran’s Foroughi Javed bagged the bronze with a score of 221.8 at the Lusail Shooting Complex.With 583, both Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma had qualified for the final in seventh and sixth place, respectively.However, Verma had to be satisfied with a fifth-place finish in the eight-man final, having managed 181.5.Chaudhary had a great start to the final and had a series of 10 and above scores but the North Korean was in a league of his own on the day.Both Chaudhary and Verma had already secured their Olympic quotas in the earlier competitions.The air pistol quotas from this competition went to Iran, North Korea and Pakistan as India and China had already secured the maximum two quotas each. air pistolAsian ChampionshipMen’s 10m Air pistolSaurabh Chaudhary First Published: November 11, 2019, 3:30 PM ISTlast_img read more

Sunanda death: Police want ED to probe irregularities in IPL

first_imgKochi franchiseNew Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI) Delhi Police has written to the ED to probe alleged financial irregularities related to now- defunct Kochi IPL franchise as part of its ongoing investigation into Sunanda Pushkars death.In a letter written to Enforcement Directorate yesterday, the Delhi Police asked it to investigate the matter.Delhi Polices Economic Offences Wing was probing the matter after the task was given to them during the tenure of former police commissioner BS Bassi.The IPL controversy broke in 2010 with allegations that Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, the then MoS for Home, “misused” his office to ensure that Rs 70 crore, equivalent to 19 per cent equity in IPL Kochi franchise Rendezvous Sports World, was paid to Sunanda.However, after ex-IPL boss Lalit Modi tweeted the ownership pattern in 2010, Sunanda gave up the equity.Rendezvous Sports World was a member of the consortium that had won the Kochi IPL franchise during the auction.Sunanda, who was not married to Tharoor then, had refuted allegations of any wrongdoing.She had also denied she was acting as the front person to Tharoor in the Kochi IPL franchise.”I am rendering services for Kochi franchise. (I) have advised them in getting IPL. I am also advising them on marketing and branding and hence I am getting sweat equity. It is only on paper now. I have not yet got it,” Pushkar had said in a statement when the IPL controversy broke out.The matter had also forced Tharoor to resign.The EOW was probing whether Sunanda was used as a “proxy” by Tharoor or someone else in the ownership of the Kochi Tuskers and the murky ownership pattern of the team had something to do with her murder.advertisement51-year-old Sunanda was found dead at a suite in a five- star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014, a day after her spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latters alleged affair with Tharoor. PTI SLB TIRlast_img read more

The 20 Most Important People to the 2015 Season (No. 7)

first_imgKyle and I will be sorting through the 20 most important people leading up to the 2015 season every day until the Central Michigan game which, as you know, is just 7 (!) days away.Porter: Here’s the thing. Emmanuel Ogbah is out there destroying opponents and tossing aside their souls. That means the side door has been flung wide for Jimmy Bean. Mr. Bean is my choice for the 7th-most important OSU player this season. Here’s what Mike Gundy said about him recently.“That’s an advantage when you have an end like [“OG-baw”] who can make plays. Jimmy Bean has been around forever and is bigger and his attitude has been great over the last year so he should be able to contribute on the other side.”He won’t get the fanfare that No. 38 gets, but he’s every bit as important to making this apparently elite defense hum.Boone: Rennie Childs is my guy here at No. 7. Despite Childs being relegated to RB2 in the depth chart, he’s still one of the most important skill players who will have a chance to burn plenty of tread on his tires this season.Although he is No. 2 on the depth chart, I expect it to be a very balanced rushing attack especially early in the season with such a soft non-conference schedule. If the running game is going to improve from last season, Childs will play just as an important role as Carson and the rest of the stable.No. 8 (Porter: Spencer | Boone: Taylor)No. 9 (Porter: Carson | Boone: Washington)No. 10 (Porter: Taylor | Boone: Bean)No. 11 (Porter: Maile | Boone: Burton)No. 12 (Porter: Burton | Boone: Simmons)No. 13 (Porter: Walsh | Boone: Seaton)No. 14 (Porter: Peterson | Boone: Crabtree)No. 15 (Porter: Washington | Boone: Jacobs)No. 16 (Porter: Sterns | Boone: Salako)No. 17 (Porter: Childs | Boone: Sterns)No. 18 (Porter: Sheperd | Boone: Maile)No. 19 (Porter: McEndoo | Boone: Walsh)No. 20 (Porter: Jacobs | Boone: Lampkin) While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Springboks hold on to inflict shock home defeat on the All Blacks

first_imgReplacement winger Kolbe intercepted a pass from Anton Lienert-Brown to give the Springboks a 14-point lead two minutes into the second half, which proved to be the advantage they needed as the All Blacks came storming back.Taylor and Savea crossed from lineout drives to set up a nail-biting finish that ended when Damian McKenzie lost the ball in a tackle.“You’ve got to give them all the credit in the world the way they defended in that second half,” All Blacks captain Kieran Read said.“We threw everything at them, my boys kept working hard but the South Africans defended outstandingly well and obviously deserved their win. They put us under pressure and we didn’t respond the way we needed.” Argentina beat Australia in the Rugby Championship 2018 – as it happened Ronan O’Gara: ‘There’s no secret to the All Blacks but no one believes that’ Read more The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Australia sport … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter Reuse this content Facebook Support The Guardian Read more Few had given the Springboks any chance of winning the game, having lost their last two matches and seemingly dropped below the standard that drove them to a 2-1 series win over England in June.Mindful the All Blacks have scored 38 or more in each of their Rugby Championship games this season, they knew they would need to score more than 30 themselves to have a chance. Woeful Wallabies stunned as Argentina win in Australia for first time since 1983 Share on Pinterest New Zealand rugby union team Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Read more South Africa’s Jesse Kriel jumps for joy at the final whistle. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images South Africa rugby team Rugby Championship Share on Twitter Topics Rugby union “I have no words, I can’t say much. Our main thing is effort in our team, we’ve let ourselves down in the last couple of games. I think we showed a little bit of what we can do tonight. We should be proud of ourselves but plenty more work to do.” Share on Facebook Pinterest The Springboks started poorly, going 12-0 down inside the first 20 minutes as Jordie Barrett and Smith were put over as the All Blacks showcased their superb ability to offload under pressure.The problem with wanting to do everything at speed, however, resulted in poor decision making with the Springboks pouncing on errors deep inside All Blacks territory to score three unanswered tries within 11 minutes to earn a 21-12 lead.From then on, the All Blacks were chasing the game and while they struck back with Ioane’s first try, the Springboks went into half-time with a 24-17 lead following Handre Pollard’s only penalty. news Share on Messenger Willie Le Roux, Malcolm Marx and Cheslin Kolbe also crossed for the visitors, who had lost their previous two matches and been under immense pressure heading into the game.Rieko Ioane scored twice for the All Blacks, while Jordie Barrett, Aaron Smith, Codie Taylor and Ardie Savea also crossed for the home side, while Beauden Barrett had a poor game with the boot, slotting just two of his six shots at goal.“All we wanted to do today was just give our best, give 100% for each other and make sure the guy next to you respects you after the whistle,” Springboks captain Siya Kolisi said after the South Africans held out the world champions with 14 men for the last 10 minutes. Winger Aphiwe Dyantyi scored two tries as the Springboks upset the form book to record a 36-34 victory over New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash in Wellington on Saturday.It was the first loss by the All Blacks to the Springboks in New Zealand since 2009 and kept the southern hemisphere championship alive until at least the fifth round of games in two weeks’ time. Since you’re here… Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

MLS Review: Timbers win again

first_imgMLS MLS Review: Timbers win sixth straight, Techera scores hat-trick Dejan Kalinic 12:24 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DiegoValeri - Cropped Getty Images MLS Portland Timbers Seattle Sounders v Real Salt Lake Vancouver Whitecaps v New England New York RB v Philadelphia Union Orlando City v Chicago Fire Minnesota United FC v Montreal Impact Colorado Rapids v Portland Timbers Los Angeles v DC United New England New York RB Colorado Rapids Los Angeles Montreal Impact Real Salt Lake Minnesota United FC Seattle Sounders Vancouver Whitecaps Philadelphia Union Orlando City Chicago Fire DC United A brace from Samuel Armenteros helped the surging Timbers past the Colorado Rapids The Portland Timbers continued their winning streak in MLS, while Cristian Techera scored a hat-trick for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.The Timbers extended their run to six straight wins thanks to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids.Samuel Armenteros opened the scoring for Portland approaching the half-hour mark, finding the top corner after a brilliant turn. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But the Rapids found an immediate response, Julio Cascante turning a cross into his own net.An Armenteros header restored the Timbers’ lead before Diego Valeri made it 3-1 after a counter-attack.Yannick Boli netted a late penalty for Colorado, but Portland closed out their win to move into third in the Western Conference.In Vancouver, Techera struck a second-half hat-trick to help the Whitecaps draw 3-3 against the New England Revolution.An Ali Ghazal own goal and Cristian Penilla strike had New England in control early in the second half.But Techera dragged the hosts level with two goals in three minutes, finishing a Marcel de Jong cross before scrambling in a second.Teal Bunbury restored the Revolution’s lead in the 59th minute, only for Techera to put away a Yordy Reyna cross to make it 3-3.240 seconds of action-packed-rollercoaster-highlights pic.twitter.com/Hh9LLnBE27— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) May 26, 2018A 10-man Los Angeles FC held on for a 1-1 draw at home to DC United to continue their solid start to the season.Real Salt Lake overcame the Seattle Sounders 1-0, the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union drew 0-0 and Chicago Fire beat Orlando City 2-1.Minnesota United scored twice in the second half to record a 2-0 win at home to the Montreal Impact.last_img read more

400000 ticket applicants for India vs Pakistan, claims World Cup Tournament Director

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 22:40 IST Tickets for the India-Pakistan match is way more than Australia vs England game or World Cup final (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh has called for India to boycott match against PakistanChetan Chauhan wants India to put pressure on ICC by threatening to boycottICC CEO David Richardson had said that there is no Change in plan of matchesAmid calls for boycott, the clamour for tickets for the marquee 2019 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan in Manchester on June 16 has reached a crescendo, with more than 400,000 applicants for the 25,000 seater Old Trafford stadium.Top India cricketers like Harbhajan Singh has called for boycott of the Pakistan group league encounter while veterans such as Chetan Chauhan wants India to put pressure on ICC by threatening to boycott the whole event.ICC World Cup tournament director Steve Elworthy, during a promotional event in London, said that demand for tickets for the India-Pakistan group league clash is way more than Australia vs England game or the final at the Lord’s.”That particular game (India vs Pakistan), we had over 400,000 applications for tickets, which is an incredible number. The stadium (Old Tarfford) only holds 25,000 people. So there are a number of disappointed people. That’s just locally, but (there is also) the audience globally,” Elworthy was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.In fact, the former South African pacer then provided the numbers which is an indicative that how much the match means for world cricket’s governing body.”To put that (number) in perspective, England vs Australia was around 230-240,000. And the final was around about 260-270,000 applications for tickets. So that gives you a bit of perspective for the demand for this match (India v Pakistan). It’s a big game. They could end up playing each other in the final (too), you never know.”ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, in a statement to PTI on Tuesday, had said that “there is no indication that any (of the) matches at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned,” even as they monitor the situation.advertisementAlso Read | India vs Pakistan in 2019 ICC World Cup: To play or not to play?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 byPTI Tags :Follow India vs PakistanFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow India vs Pakistan ticketFollow India vs Pakistan World CupFollow World Cup ticket demand 400000 ticket applicants for India vs Pakistan, claims World Cup Tournament DirectorICC World Cup tournament director Steve Elworthy revealed that demand for tickets for the India-Pakistan group league clash is way more than Australia vs England game or the final at the Lord’sadvertisementlast_img read more

One Book Nova Scotia Launches Reveals Author

first_imgThe One Book Nova Scotia project wants to get Nova Scotians reading the same book and sharing the same story. Today, Sept. 21, that book was revealed to be Twenty-Six, by Nova Scotian author Leo McKay Jr. MLA Pam Birdsall, on behalf of Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, helped launch the new provincewide reading campaign for adults at the Keshen Goodman Public Library in Halifax. “It’s about community, bringing people together, providing a common subject for discussion,” said Ms. Birdsall. “The One Book Nova Scotia initiative will encourage a love of reading and life-long learning for people of all ages and foster a stronger community for years to come.” Published in 2003, Leo McKay Jr’s Twenty-Six is a work of fiction about a family living in small town Nova Scotia whose lives are changed forever after a mining accident claims the lives of twenty-six men. The One Book Nova Scotia project was organized by Libraries Nova Scotia, a group of library representatives from public, university and community college libraries, as well as the Nova Scotia Provincial Library division of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. “In selecting the book, the criteria included a living Canadian author with a conversation generating story that could appeal to a wide range of adults with varying literary levels and life experiences,” said Frances Newman, chair, One Book Nova Scotia steering committee. Other considerations included the book be in print, available in a variety of formats and not be a previous bestseller. The One Book movement began in 1998 at the Seattle Public Library and spread to other communities in North America. This is its first year in Nova Scotia. The program will run until Nov. 9; during this time Mr. McKay will hold readings at libraries across the province. Nova Scotians can also participate in bookclub discussions and get involved through Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the program visit 1bns.ca .last_img read more

Ban Kimoon kicks off first foreign trip as UN chief with talks

“The European Union and the United Nations have maintained a very strong partnership and I regard the European Union’s contribution as vitally important for the work of the United Nations,” Mr. Ban told reporters after the meeting with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.“We share the same goals and principles: pursuing peace and prosperity and protecting human rights all around the world,” he said, stressing EU financial and political support for UN work around the world, including development, fighting international terrorism and combating pandemic diseases like HIV/AIDS.“Our positions are on the same page,” he noted after an earlier meeting with EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana. After a meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Jaap De Hoop Scheffer, Mr. Ban said he was “very much assured and encouraged” by NATO’s contribution to peace and security in Afghanistan and Kosovo with close coordination and under the mandate of the UN.“We discussed with members of the Council, with Secretary-General Scheffer, how to increase overall cooperation at the organisational level,” he added. Asked about an initiative by Italy, a non-permanent UN Security Council member, to seek a moratorium on the death penalty, the Secretary-General said there was a growing tendency to see some phasing out of the death penalty, “and I encourage that trend.” Mr. Ban, who succeeded Kofi Annan as UN chief on 1 January, will tomorrow attend a donors’ conference in Paris, which will seek to help Lebanon recover from the ravages of last summer’s war between Israel and Hizbollah, calling it “one of the most important, serious areas to which the international community needs to pay attention and cooperate.” He also stressed the need to help Iraq to restore political, social and economic stability.From Paris he will go to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for talks with President Joseph Kabila and other senior government officials as well as with peacekeepers and staff of the UN’s largest mission. He will also address the National Assembly and make a brief visit across the river to Brazzaville to meet with President Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo.He will then go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the African Union (AU) Summit where he said he would discuss the Darfur crisis with Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir, as well as conferring with African leaders on the conflicts in Chad, Somalia and Côte d’Ivoire.He will end his Africa tour with a stop in Nairobi, where he will meet with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, followed by a trip to the Netherlands, where he will visit the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.After that, he is to go to Washington for a meeting of the Middle East Quartet – the UN, United States, Russian Federation and European Union – which is seeking a two-State solution to the Middle East conflict, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace. 24 January 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today began his first overseas trip since becoming the world’s top diplomat, meeting in Brussels with European Union (EU) leaders on global issues ranging from the Balkans and the crises in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, Somalia and Côte d’Ivoire, to climate change and human rights. read more

Myanmar upcoming referendum must be inclusive transparent – Ban Kimoon

11 February 2008Reacting to Myanmar’s announcement of a constitutional referendum to be held this May, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on authorities to ensure that the process represents the views of all of the South-East Asian nation’s people. The Government also announced that the upcoming referendum will be followed by “multi-party democratic elections” in 2010, marking the first establishment of a timeframe for Myanmar to implement its “political roadmap process.”Mr. Ban “renews his call to the Myanmar authorities to make the constitution-making process inclusive, participatory and transparent in order to ensure that any draft constitution is broadly representative of the views of all the people of Myanmar,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.The statement stresses that the Government must begin a “substantive and time-bound” dialogue with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other parties relevant to the national reconciliation process.Given the announcement of the referendum and elections, the Secretary-General underscored that it is crucial that his Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari be able to visit Myanmar “without further delay.”Mr. Gambari plans to travel to the region shortly, his office said. He is scheduled to visit Beijing from 18-19 February, as well as Jakarta and Singapore. read more

11 foreign nationals found in truck crossing into Windsor Ont

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has charged two commercial truck drivers after 11 foreign nationals were found inside their truck. CBSA says a driver and co-driver from Quebec were returning to Canada at the Ambassador Bridge on September 21 with a load of produce. The pair was referred to another area to verify their declaration. Officials say the men were out of the country for one week and had nothing to declare other than the commercial shipment. During an examination of the truck, border services officers discovered 11 foreign nationals hiding behind a curtain in the sleeper area of the truck. “The foreign nationals were subsequently refused entry to Canada and returned to the United States,” said the CBSA in a press release.Paul Ngoue-Ngameleu, 42, and Henadez Makia Mbeh, 50, were each charged by the CBSA with 23 offences including counseling, misrepresentation and withholding material facts and impeding an officer.They have been released on bail and are scheduled to appear in a Windsor court on October 23. read more

FEATURE Architect of UN slavery memorial explains The Ark of Return

UN Photo/Devra BerkowitzA close-up of details from the permanent memorial in acknowledgement of the tragedy and in consideration of the legacy of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.Looking to the futureThat third element is a triangular waterfall, created by the tears that flow from the face of the ‘trinity statue’ into two triangular reflecting pools. Mr. Leon says this element, located outside of the memorial, looks ahead to the future.“It’s really about dealing with our current conditions of contemporary slavery and how that actually is something we need to be fighting today,” he says. “It’s about acknowledging that condition and thinking about future generations and educating future generations so this tragedy doesn’t happen again in the future. So that’s why it’s pointing the way forward for us after you’ve passed through.”It’s really about dealing with our current conditions of contemporary slavery and how that actually is something we need to be fighting today,Mr. Leon says this final element is a “critical component” of the memorial because of the educational component it contains. And it is that part of the project that excites him most. While acknowledging that he will be “very excited and relieved” when the memorial is revealed to the public, he says he will be most moved by seeing schoolchildren moving through the monument, learning about the history to which it speaks.“Those are the moments that I find that are much more satisfying,” he says. “It’s going to be exciting to actually be there on the day of the unveiling but I think that it’s also the ongoing education moving forward from there that actually brings me ongoing joy as well.” UN Photo/Devra BerkowitzDetails from the permanent memorial in acknowledgement of the tragedy and in consideration of the legacy of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.Pack in as much “human cargo” as possibleOther imagery that struck Mr. Leon and his team during research for the project included drawings of actual slave ships, depicting cross-sections of vessels and showing their systematic organisation in order to pack in as much “human cargo” as possible.“We felt that that experience was very much something that needed to be visually described,” he says, referring to the human forms, stacked horizontally in three levels, barely able to sit-up. “I think they lost at lest 15 per cent or more of the ‘cargo’ on a typical slave journey.”And one of the most important elements of the memorial is that of a deliberately androgynous human sculpture, called ‘the trinity figure,’ representing the human spirit and the spirit of the men, women and children of African descent whose deaths resulted from the Transatlantic Slave Trade.“A lot of people had to suffer in very confined quarters,” he says. “And the reason why it kind of seems like it’s androgynous, it’s sort of meant to represent those three elements – men, women and children. You’re sort of not really supposed to be able to tell.”The figure’s leg, hand and face are made from black Zimbabwean granite.“It has an outreached hand that’s meant to kind of reach out to people that are coming in,” he says, going on to describe one of the key aspects of the entire memorial. “It features a kind of tear that comes out of the face. That tear is supposed to wash down the side of the face and sets up the third element in the project.” UN Photo/Devra BerkowitzDetails from the permanent memorial in acknowledgement of the tragedy and in consideration of the legacy of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Maps that help us acknowledge the impact, the tragedyMr. Leon says the tactile elements are meant to encourage fuller engagement and he hopes the monument can become both a pilgrimage for the public and a totem for dignitaries at the UN, reminding them, as they deal with global issues on a daily basis, of mistakes made in the past. UN Photo/Rick BajornasThe Ark of Return, the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, located at the Visitors’ Plaza of UN Headquarters in New York. A spiritual space of return“It was such an international process, an international project, and that actually makes me feel very good inside,” he says, noting the inclusion of teams of people from the Caribbean, different parts of Africa as well as Europe. “And I think that really speaks about the transcendence of where we have come from in order to be in this place today and how that can become part of like the healing process.”Designed to pay tribute to the courage of slaves, abolitionists and unsung heroes while promoting greater recognition of the contributions made by slaves and their descendants to societies worldwide, the project’s name, ‘Ark of Return,’ was inspired by maps of the triangular slave trade and by the story of a slave castle on Gorée Island in Senegal.I think that really speaks about the transcendence of where we have come from in order to be in this place today and how that can become part of like the healing processIt was at Gorée Island that slaves were held in captivity before being shipped away. A door at the castle was known as the ‘door of no return,’ and Mr. Leon says the image was a “very tragic” one to him.“We were also interested in the idea of the slave ships and these vessels that carried people through tragic conditions to the new world,” he says. “So we felt it would be a good counterpoint to establish a spiritual space of return, an ‘Ark of Return,’ a vessel where we can begin to create a counter-narrative and undo some of that experience.”The aim was not only to document and remember the past but also to look beyond it and move forward into the future, allowing people to experience the tragedy and simultaneously to communicate and heal.Ahead of the memorial’s unveiling this week, the UN News Service got a sneak preview of ‘The Ark of Return’ on a private tour with Mr. Leon. Walking around the memorial, interacting with it and explaining his intentions with the design, he explains that that is also what he expects visitors to the UN to do as well. Designed by Rodney Leon, an American architect of Haitian descent who was chosen in 2013 as the winner of an international competition attracting a total of 310 entries from 83 countries, ‘The Ark of Return’ honours the memories of the estimated 15 million men, women and children who were victims of the largest forced migration in history.“It makes me feel extremely proud that I can play a role and a part in the commemoration of such an important and historic day,” Mr. Leon says in an interview. “I feel really proud that we have a physical marker and a place of remembrance for this annual celebration to take place moving forward.”Having also been chosen to design the African Burial Ground National Monument in lower Manhattan, erected on a spot where 15,000 people of African origin were buried over a period of around 100 years from the 1690s until 1794, Mr. Leon is familiar with art relating to slavery and the African experience in the Americas.My parents were always able to communicate to us as a family in terms of our history and our cultureHe also acknowledges that his own background played a powerful role in drawing him to enter the design competition. As a Haitian-American, he says he feels in touch with Haitian liberation and the people’s struggle to be the first independent African state in the western hemisphere.“My parents were always able to communicate to us as a family in terms of our history and our culture,” he says. “And I think that that plays a role in my being extremely proud of our Haitian and our African heritage. And as a result, when we have these legacies and these opportunities I think I tend to gravitate towards them.”Having won the competition, Mr. Leon assembled a complex team to tackle the project, which included other architects, as well as structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers, sculptors, steel workers, lighting designers and people with expertise in building water features. These three triangular patterns describe the slave routes [it] helps us acknowledge the impact, the tragedyHighlighting some of the features of the monument, he notes the triangular marble panels, which were inspired by the maps of the triangular trade in slaves. The maps are also reflected explicitly in the structure, with three such maps etched into the walls, so visitors are confronted by the uncomfortable truth.“These three triangular patterns describe the slave routes from specific locations in West Africa and throughout Africa to South America, to the Caribbean and Central America, and to North America,” he says. “So this map is supposed to really help us acknowledge the impact, the tragedy, the scale of the impact of the global slave trade and how it really transformed the world.” read more

Where This Years Playoff Aces Rank In Franchise History

We’ve already seen some mighty impressive displays of pitching prowess in this year’s postseason, including Chicago Cubs hurler Jake Arrieta’s complete game shutout in the National League wild-card game last week and New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom’s seven-inning, 13-strikeout performance against the L.A. Dodgers on Friday. Not only have these performances been dominating, but a few of them even rank among the best playoff starts in their franchises’ histories.We can measure this using Game Score, a statistic that summarizes a pitcher’s value using his innings pitched, strikeouts, walks, hits and runs allowed. For each active playoff team, here are the best postseason starts since 19511The modern era of Retrosheet’s database files. (as rated by Game Score), with red dots denoting each franchise’s top game score of the time period and blue dots marking the best of this year.2We are considering only game scores greater than 70, in years since 1951, using data from Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index. Teams whose best 2015 starts are below 70 don’t have blue dots in the chart. For a group of franchises all vying for baseball’s greatest prize, there’s been a pretty wide spread in the quality of their postseason pitching over the years. The Cubs are a case in point: Arrieta’s sublime showing in the play-in game rates as the single best game score in franchise history,3Including games outside of the sample we analyzed, going back to 1903. which is why the Cubs’ dot is purple. But that wasn’t exactly a high bar to clear. Chicago, like the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals, hasn’t traditionally benefited from great starting pitching in the postseason.Meanwhile, franchises such as the Texas Rangers, headlined by Cliff Lee’s superb 2010 playoff run, and the Mets, with Tom Seaver dominating in 1969 and 1973, have been buoyed by plenty of masterful postseason starts over the years. And the single best postseason Game Score ever produced for these franchises belongs to the St. Louis Cardinals, in the form of Bob Gibson’s 1968 World Series Game 1 shutout (which featured an absurd 17 strikeouts against only one walk).Every team hopes to get that kind of transcendent pitching in the playoffs, though many of this year’s playoff teams have never seen anything close. But with the array of Cy Young candidates on the remaining teams, we may yet see a performance to rival Gibson’s famous start and rewrite a team’s postseason record book in the process. read more

Ring made from shard of glass that injured WWI tank commander in

first_imgHe had married Rose Loewe two months earlier in July and presented her with the ring after he recovered.Lt Henriques went on to serve with distinction at the Battle of Cambrai and on other fronts.After being demobbed in 1919 he dedicated his life to social work, and particularly the social welfare of children.He set up boys clubs for deprived Jewish children and from 1923 until 1950 the philanthropist sent youngsters to his country home in Buckinghamshire for rest and recuperation.He was also a magistrate and the former Berner Street in Whitechapel, East London, was renamed Henriques Street in his honour.Mr Willey said: “Basil Henriques joined the new tank unit with his old school friend George Macpherson who was killed on the day of the first attack. Lieutenant Sir Basil Henriques had the ring mounted in a gold ring which he then gave to his new bride, RoseCredit:TheTankMuseum/BNPS This is one of our smallest objects on display but certainly one of the most moving and is proving to be one of the most popular.David Willey, curator Lt Henriques, who was knighted in 1955 for his dedicated work for the social welfare of children, died in 1961 aged 71.His widow later donated the treasured ring to the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, where it has been held in their archives ever since.This year marks the centenary of the first use of the tank in action at the Somme and archivists stumbled upon the delicate item while trawling through their collection to research early tank pioneers.The unique ring has now been given a polish and put on display at the museum and will also be on show at Trafalgar Square in London on September 15 when a fully working Mk IV tank will be driven to mark the 100th anniversary.David Willey, the curator at the museum, said: “Our tanks are always going to have a presence and draw but objects like this ring help tell the personal stories of the men and their experiences. “He later wrote movingly about how lonely he was without George who was a ‘marvellous companion’ and he felt ‘blank’ and ’empty’ without him.”Tanks were developed in great secrecy and the first volunteer crews – including Henriques and Macpherson – didn’t know what they were actually volunteering for.”Conditions were awful inside with eight men to operate them in temperatures of 50 degrees C (122F) with a deafening noise, a top speed of three mph at the very best – and drawing German fire.”Carrier pigeons were taken on board to relay messages but often the carbon monoxide in the fumes left them too debilitated to fly.”Two out of every ten tank crew were killed and many others were wounded and it’s important we remember their contribution.”The first tank attack was not a great success, many tanks broke down and others lost their way, but a few made a real difference.”We have researched the lives of these eight early tank pioneers for our exhibition that marks the centenary, and their personal stories can’t help but powerfully bring home the nature of this new type of war.” Lieutenant Sir Basil Henriques had the ring mounted in a gold ring which he then gave to his new bride, Rose The Mark I female C6 ‘Cordon Rouge’ at Albert, 15 September 1916Credit:TheTankMuseum/BNPS The Mark I female C6 'Cordon Rouge' at Albert, 15 September 1916 A poignant ring made from a shard of glass that struck a First World War tank commander when his periscope took a direct hit has been unearthed 100 years later.Lieutenant Sir Basil Henriques was peering into the viewpoint during the first outing of the Mk I tank on the battlefield when artillery fire struck a glass prism that shattered, sending splinters into his face.Medics later removed the pieces and the officer kept the largest part and had it mounted in a gold ring which he then gave to his new bride, Rose. “For us now it seems amazing that after a day of such terror, confusion and loss Henriques was able to think of his new wife and make a present to her out of something that had nearly blinded him.”This is one of our smallest objects on display but certainly one of the most moving and is proving to be one of the most popular.”Lt Henriques came from a prominent Jewish family and was educated at Harrow and Oxford University.He served in the Tank Corps in the First World War and took part in the Battle of Flers on September 15, 1916. The action was part of the greater Battle of the Somme but was known for the first time tanks were used.The British invented the ‘land ships’ a year before as a solution for getting troops across shell holes, trenches and quagmire of No Man’s Land.Military top brass pretended the hulking vehicles were large water carriers and called them tanks as a result to hoodwink German spies as they thought the name land ship was too obvious.When the huge machines first appeared in the battlefield a terrified German soldier is said to have shouted ‘the devil is coming’ upon seeing them for the very first time.One of the men inside the first tanks was Lt Henriques who suffered severe facial wounds when it took a direct hit. Despite his injuries he managed to get the tank back to base. 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.last_img read more

British Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams moved into a bungalow after sport

“I had back pain for my whole career, but only my close team really knew. My physios would be working on it just trying to get me through the next race,” she said. Williams won gold in 2010 Amy Williams took home gold at the 2010 Vancouver winter Olympics in the skeletonCredit:AP Photo/Elise Amendola A British Olympic gold medallist has revealed how sport left her body so broken she moved out of a four-storey townhouse and into a bungalow to avoid having to climb the stairs.In 2010, Amy Williams won Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics gold medal for 30 years with victory in the women’s skeleton at the Vancouver games, but has been “living with pain every single day” since a crash in 2002.Such was the difficulty climbing and descending the stairs in her Bath townhouse, Williams opted to move to a knee-friendly bungalow nearby on the advice of another athlete.“I just brush over the pain, because every single day I am in pain. It’s just a part of my life,” the 36-year-old told The Telegraph.Williams competed in the skeleton, where athletes lie face down on an ultra-light sled, and hurl themselves round an icy, curvy course at speeds of over 90mph.Back in 2002, well before she clinched gold and became a household name, a crash triggered a disk to slip in her back and the effects are still with her today. Her friend Tanya Streeter, a world champion freediver, gave her the idea saying: “It’s the best thing you can do for your body.”“I spotted one for sale near to where I grew up, and I had to at least take a look.“It was hard to swallow, going from an 18th century townhouse which was the love of my life, to a 1970’s granny bungalow, but we have done the best for it, and now it looks great.“Even better, my knees love it.”At the end of a long day looking after one-year-old son Oscar, it still hurts to get up off the sofa, but the ever-positive Williams concedes: “My medal is still worth the pain.” 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. Recently, another slipped disk at the top of her spine has caused her to be “plagued with headaches and migraines,” but the worst problems have been with Williams’ knees.“I have lifted weights since I was 14 or 15, so to a degree it’s wear and tear, but I have had a lot of operations,” she adds.“The first two were keyhole surgeries, then one was to smooth my kneecap, then I had damage under my kneecap so they had to clear it out and then my big injury came the week after I retired in 2012.“I was trying a new cycling machine at Bath university, and I snapped and busted everything from my ACL to my cruciate.“I saw my knee and leg bent back and I passed out. An ambulance came and I was operated on the next day.”Throughout the rehab period Williams describes sliding down stairs on her backside whenever she wanted to leave the house. She laughs about it now, but says she was crying at the time. “I sold my house because I had too many stairs. It simply hurt too much to get back upstairs.”Wanting to start a family, Williams and her husband Craig decided that life would be much easier in a bungalow. Williams won gold in 2010Credit:Andrew Milligan/PA Amy Williams competes in the skeleton at Vancouver 2010 read more

HandsOn Doom and Skyrim Prove Switch Works Miracles

first_img ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President During a recent Bethesda event in Manhattan, I got some hands-on time with both Doom and Skyrim on Switch. Doom piqued my curiosity most of all, and I wanted to see how it would run on Switch ever since last week’s Nintendo Direct. Of course, I wanted to see Skyrim on Switch as well. Despite some necessary compromises in resolution and frame rates, both games run beautifully on Nintendo’s system. Anyone who wants these games to play on the road won’t have to settle for a gimped experience. Bethesda truly knocked it out of the park with Doom and Skyrim on Switch.DoomDoom is easily one of the best games of this generation. It successfully resurrected old-school FPS mechanics and modernized them. Besides over-the-top action and gore, Doom is best known for its silky smooth gameplay. This aspect worried me the most. Would the game run at 60fps? If not, would a lower frame rate negatively affect gameplay? The answer to both questions is a resounding NO.I played through the very first level of Doom. This was perfect because it allowed me to acclimate to the game. I used a Switch Pro controller, so I had no issues on that end. The only thing I had to adjust to was the frame rate. I’m used to playing Doom at 60fps on console (and even higher FPS on PC). Seeing it run at 30fps was admittedly shocking at first. There was no stuttering, and nothing looked overtly janky. It was just different from what I’m used to.Once I started cracking demon skulls open, I barely realized the game ran at 30fps. It wasn’t as smooth of an experience, but it was still damn fun. Once I got my hands on the shotgun, I legit didn’t care that the game ran at a lower frame rate. This was Doom on Switch and it was fucking awesome.Besides the tight and responsive gameplay, the graphics stunned me. The Switch’s screen perfectly captured every gory detail as I introduced demons to my trusty shotgun. There were less environmental effects, and the colors seemed a tad muted. Despite all of that, everything on screen came across clearly. It looks (bloody) amazing.When it launches later this year, Doom will have both single-player and multiplayer modes along with all of the released multiplayer DLC. The game cartridge has the campaign on it, but the multiplayer is only available via download.SkyrimI didn’t spend much time with Skyrim, but it still impressed me. Skyrim isn’t exactly a new game, and never looked great even when it launched. As such, it was difficult for me to spot any huge difference between Skyrim on Switch and Skyrim on PS3 or Xbox 360. I’m sure differences exist, but I wasn’t able to spot them.As I aimlessly wandered the land, I slayed wolves, found a hidden monument, and stopped to look at a water fall. Like I said, this game was never pretty, but I did appreciate all of the detail put into the Switch port. I eventually found the town of Riverwood and conversed with some of its denizens. I avoided getting involved in what appeared to be a love triangle, and asked about the town’s history. Basically, I was doing typical Skyrim stuff and I loved it.At a later event we got to check out some more Switch-specific Skyrim features: motion controls and new gear inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. By swinging the left and right Joy-Con we could raise our shield and swing our sword, respectively. Small gestures worked fine, and the game could tell the difference between swiping in different directions. We’re not sure if we’d want to play like this for a hundred hours but it’s a neat novelty. However, using motion for precision bow aiming was much more useful.The Zelda gear included the Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Link’s new blue Champion’s Tunic. In the final game these will be hidden in the world or unlocked with any Zelda amiibo figure. Considering we first saw this equipment in the relatively stylized world of Zelda, seeing it plopped into Skyrim’s more realistic aesthetic was pretty jarring, but in a neat way. While the Switch version of Skyrim won’t have mods, these bonuses give Nintendo fans a taste of the weird joyful juxtaposition mods provide.I wasn’t sure what to expect from Doom and Skyrim on Switch, but I’m glad I ended up enjoying both immensely. I already own two copies of Doom (PS4 and PC), and it seems I’ll have to make room for another one. Doom, Skyrim, and the upcoming Wolfenstein II prove Switch has more power than many (including myself) believed possible. This truly is a miracle machine.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Watch MS Dhoni celebrates birthday with family and teammates Whole squad sings

first_imgMS Dhoni cutting his birthday cake with daughter ZivaTwitter/BCCIJuly 7 is Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s birthday and celebrations began early for the former India captain. The victory over Sri Lanka provided the perfect background for the party to start and pictures of MSD with his face covered with cake started appearing in social media quite early on July 7.But now, a more sober and official looking cake-cutting ceremony with MSD’s family – his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva – in attendance has also taken place at the team’s hotel. In the video shared by Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), the man who led the Indian team to 2011 World Cup triumph can be seen cutting a white rectangular cake with his daughter alongside him. Sakshi Dhoni is standing just behind and, Rohit Sharma with his wife Ritika and daughter Samaira in arms, are also present.#HappyBirthdayMSDhoni ??? pic.twitter.com/dWbrQde2cL— BCCI (@BCCI) July 7, 2019Twitter/BCCIIndia captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri are there as well. In a very cute moment, Ziva tells her father “you have to say something and then blow out the candles.” Then, Dhoni presents the big knife to the little girl and she asks: “Are you ready?” and MSD says “I am ready” and the two blow out the candles together. Mahi then cuts a slice of cake which he first shares with his daughter and then, wife.The whole team sings ‘Happy birthday to you’ for their former skipper. The voice of former India opener Krishnamachari Srikanth could be heard in the background egging the players on to put the cake on the birthday boy’s face. However, the team, probably because they have already celebrated hard last night, desist from wild acts such as that.Dhoni has turned 38 and this World Cup is almost certain to be his last. There have been reports circulating in the media that he may hang up his boots from international cricket after the event. Whether that happens or not, we will have to see, but for the moment, he remains a key member of the side.last_img read more