Break Genre Rules Like a Master Filmmaker

first_imgGenre conventions help film audiences know what to expect, but there’s a fine line between rewarding expectations and making something truly innovative.Cover image via Disney and Warner Bros.Swinging saloon doors, grizzled men drinking whiskey, a lone stranger wandering into town on horseback seeking redemption accompanied by a haunting harmonica solo.Or maybe . . .Galaxies near and far, alien races, floating cities of neon lights, laser gun battles, a cocky ship space pilot, and a hero with self-doubt.Image via LucasFilm.Despite the differences between these two sentences, it’s a safe bet to assume that both of them shaped well-known films — in this instance, a western and a sci-fi movie. But did you picture Star Wars or Guardians of the Galaxy for the second sentence?These descriptions, when combined, represent fundamental generic conventions. These are elements of a film that have been in rotation for decades to help signify to the audience what sort of film they are watching. Further, genre conventions go beyond props and locations. They also include stock characters and plot elements.For example, in a fantasy film, it would be a genre convention to see the hero to initially refuse the call to action, then to later embark on the journey after receiving advice from a mentor. In a romantic comedy, it would be a genre convention for the main female character to have a quirky best friend who is somewhat more stable in her career and love life. In essence, genre conventions are a set of expectations the audience brings to a particular type of movie.Image via Universal.However, does a genre have to include its conventional elements to be accessible? Is a western a western without a gunslinging cowboy? Is a fantasy a fantasy film without the hero embarking on The Hero’s Journey? Conventions offer reassurance, but they can also become predictable and boring; therefore, sometimes, we must get rid of them.Flipping Genre Conventions to Make a Better Genre Film Genre films grew from the early factory-style Hollywood production system that demanded new and exciting films. Using the western genre as an example, with the landmark success of John Ford’s Stagecoach, Hollywood saw the opportunity and seized it: they created more westerns. A lot more. The 1950s alone saw more than 500 western films. With studios that were hungry for a few dollars more, films were largely repetitive but with variants of the tried-and-true conventions.Image via United Artists.Audiences were happy to pay money for a film that they were almost guaranteed to enjoy. The conventions in movie posters and promotional material ensured this. However, there are only so many times one can watch the lone stranger and damsel ride off into the sunset.As noted in this video by NerdWriter1,All big movie genres have life cycles. They are born, they become popular, they exhaust themselves, and then, if they are important enough, they transform.Genres ultimately become victims of their own conventions.So why is it that audiences respond to generic conventions so well? Surely a convention can spoil a film if an element signifies that something is about to happen. Well, actually, one of the smartest ways to use genre conventions is to make the audience think they are going to receive X but instead they get Y.In the video essay below by Lessons From The Screenplay, host Michael explains how Nora Ephron took the genre conventions of a romantic comedy and flipped them to make a film that has lasted.You’ll find that during the height of a genre’s popularity, one film will break the mold to critical success and huge earnings at the box office. But often, that movie has done one of two things. It’s either flipped the conventions like When Harry Met Sally, or it has removed itself from its base genre and become something else.We can see this with Wolverine’s swan song in Logan. The superhero genre is without a doubt at its peak, but earlier this year, fans of the genre saw something different in James Mangold‘s film. It had the core characteristics of a superhero film, but if you analyze the plot and the genre conventions, it’s actually a western. For a wonderful breakdown on Logan and how genre films must adapt or die, watch the following video essay by NerdWriter1.Mangold has the following to say:When Chris Nolan made the Batman movies, they were noir films . . . We’re making kind of a Western . . . For me, the key is not to think about making a comic-book movie but to think about making a movie and just let the fact that your characters are superheroes be a reality. The studio recognized a kind of exhaustion setting in with the formulaic format for quote-unquote superhero movies. While people are coming to see them, there is a sense that people are getting tired. We were very encouraged to try something different.Based on this, you can use conventions to your advantage by creating false images to manipulate the audience. Ed Buscombe notes in his passage “The Idea of Genre in the American Cinema” from Film Genre Reader III a particularly good use of this, in Ride the High Country by Sam Peckinpah:As the film begins, a visibly aging Joel McCrea (star of over a dozen earlier westerns, including the 1946 version of The Virginian), rides into town during a Fourth of July celebration. American civilization has advanced on the frontier, as signified by the brick buildings rather than the conventional clapboard structures of the typical western movie town. A uniformed policeman instead of the singular sheriff with a badge suggests an institutionalized law, while the lampposts and automobiles tell us that historically the period of the Wild West is over.By using conventions that audiences rely on, Peckinpah has manipulated the audience’s expectations, and when they don’t see the convention they expect, it makes them think about how the west has changed. Peckinpah has taken a genre convention and used it as an emotional moment not only in the story but for the genre itself as war films were becoming more popular — it’s incredibly smart.Ultimately, the challenge is to maintain convention but to avoid cliché. A simple idea, to be sure, but a challenge that many filmmakers fail to overcome.last_img read more

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Kharif sowing picks up with monsoon

first_imgWith the monsoon covering most parts of the country, sowing of the summer (kharif) crop has gained momentum. A higher crop output is anticipated following increased sowing of rice and pulses when compared with the last season.The latest Union Agriculture department data showed that across the country, kharif crops have been planted on 563.17 lakh hectares till now, as against 521.80 lakh hectares in the corresponding period last year.Increase in acreageWith the sowing of crops apace during the past few days across the country, paddy (rice) has been sown in 125.77 lakh hectares in the current season till July 14, which is marginally higher than the 120.32 lakh hectares recorded in the 2016-17 season. The acreage under pulses has been recorded at 74.61 lakh hectares till now, as against the 60.28 lakh hectares of the corresponding period for the last season.The sowing of coarse cereals is up as well, at 113.06 lakh hectares against the 98.79 lakh hectares of last year. But the total oilseeds sown has come down to 103.92 lakh hectares, when compared with 115.75 lakh hectares of last year. Cotton acreage is up this season at 90.88 lakh hectares, against 73.93 lakh hectares last year in the corresponding period. Sugarcane, too, continues to see an increase in acreage and has been planted in 47.94 lakh hectares against the 45.22 lakh hectares last year. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), conditions are favourable for further advancement of the monsoon and overall rainfall activity is likely to be above normal over the next two weeks, from July 13 to July 26.Favourable conditions“Sowing of kharif crops has gained momentum during the past few days as the monsoon is progressing well. Paddy transplanting, though, has been a bit sluggish in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, but it is likely to pick up in the coming days. Sowing of pulses is apace in the key growing states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka, which is an encouraging sign,” Anand Sharma, regional co-ordinator of the IMD’s agricultural meteorology told, The Hindu.“Apart from western parts of Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana, the monsoon rains have covered most parts of the country,” he added. The monsoon rain delivers about 70% of India’s annual rainfall and is critical for millions of farmers as nearly half the country’s farmland lacks irrigation and is dependent on rain.last_img read more

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Amazon Is 2nd U.S. Company to Cross $1 Trillion Line, Following Apple

first_imgWhen Apple’s market value crossed $1 trillion last month, the reason was simple: It makes devices that a lot of people are willing to spend a lot of money on.Now Amazon has become the second American company to cross that once-unimaginable line. Its shares rose as high as $2,050.50 on Tuesday morning, pushing it over $1 trillion in value, before immediately falling back and then ending the day at $2,039.51, below the $1 trillion threshold. Amazon’s founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, is worth nearly as much as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett put together.This time, the explanation is more complicated.Amazon captures 49 cents of every e-commerce dollar in the United States. It employs more than 550,000 people and generates $178 billion in annual revenue. It sells everything from computing space to peanut butter to appointments with plumbers.But the thing it has always sold the most — to investors, customers, the media — is excitement.In the beginning, Amazon was an exciting new way to shop for books: online. Then it was an exciting new way to read (Kindle e-books), an exciting new way to publish (CreateSpace), an exciting new way to power the internet (Amazon Web Services), an exciting new way to get deliveries (Amazon Prime), an exciting new way to make your house a high-tech outpost (Alexa).Long before Amazon went to Hollywood and began making movies, it was the star of its own show, generating vast amounts of attention just for being Amazon. No other company had ever managed to turn its lack of profit into such effective drama, or the question of what its next move would be.Amazon’s search for a second headquarters, the company having run out of room and patience in its hometown, Seattle, set off a nationwide frenzy among politicians. Bezos even gamified his philanthropic plans, taking to Twitter to solicit advice about what he should do. (One popular recommendation: Pay your warehouse workers more.) Would Amazon collapse, or would it eat the world? It was the corporation-as-reality series, and it has been a long-running hit.Public companies usually live under the tyranny of Wall Street, which prizes profits to the exclusion of all else. When Facebook and Twitter recently purged their rolls of fake users and began devoting more effort to cleaning up their acts, Wall Street did not applaud this civic-minded move but pummeled their shares.Bezos made clear when Amazon went public in 1997 that he would not work for Wall Street, and the result was a company cast in an entirely different mold. It never feared losing money. In a real sense, there were no consequences for being wrong.Behind the drama is a relentless and sometimes scary ambition. Amazon is the Jay Gatsby of American companies, believing that tomorrow it will run faster, stretch its arms out farther, fulfill the desires of consumers in ways that no other business possibly could. You will live in Amazon’s world, it says, and you will like it.The retailer has retained this futuristic luster even as Facebook, Twitter and Google, which promoted their own versions of technoparadise, have become suspect. It has retained its allure even as many of its ventures have tanked. Remember Kindle Singles? They were electronic articles hailed as the virtual reinvention of nonfiction. No one even noticed when the program fizzled.“We like to go down unexplored alleys and see what’s at the end. Sometimes they’re dead ends,” Bezos said in 2009. “Sometimes they open up into broad avenues and we find something really exciting.”One of the great benefits for Amazon of this approach is that it is impossible to tell where reality ends and hype — or perhaps even madness — begins.Take Amazon’s drone program, which it first announced on “60 Minutes.” “I know this looks like science fiction,” Bezos said, as he showed a film of an unmanned vehicle delivering a package. “It’s not.” He said there were “years of additional work” to be done, but declared himself an optimist. Drone delivery, he predicted, would be a reality in “four, five years.”That was December 2013. Roughly a million features were written about Amazon and its drones, nearly all with the subtext: Isn’t this the coolest thing ever?Over the years, the company kept raising the stakes, as if they were not already high enough. Amazon applied a few years ago for a patent for an “aerial fulfillment center” that would float at 45,000 feet. Drones would fly out of it with your order and then glide down to your backyard.What delivery could possibly be important enough to merit such a crazy system? The patent has a suggestion: “Prepared hot food.” We wanted flying cars, but we got flying burritos instead.The fulfillment center, which looks in drawings like a blimp tugging a warehouse, has other uses besides delivering dinner. It would drift down to 2,000 feet to what the patent calls “the advertising altitude,” where it would present information “about items and/or services.” Perhaps it will be just like the movie “Blade Runner,” and the floating ads will trumpet the joys of working in Amazon’s off-world colonies. The patent was granted this summer.Still not impressed? Earlier this year Amazon got a patent to more or less bomb people with their packages. The drone would drop the burrito or Stephen King blockbuster from a height of as much as 25 feet, in theory cushioning the plunge with an air bag.A subway rider uses an Amazon Kindle reader in New York.  Photo Credit: Jeenah Moon/The New York Times.Haye Kesteloo, senior editor of the news site DroneDJ, noted that there were many hurdles to routine delivery by drone, even if the vehicles are not being launched from airships. The claimed drone attack on President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela will not help soothe nervous citizens.Nevertheless, Kesteloo, like Bezos, proclaims himself an optimist. “Companies like Amazon will make routine drone deliveries to consumers by 2025,” he said — only twice as far away as promised.There are reasons to be skeptical about even this schedule. But that’s the magic of Amazon.Even if the drones do not pan out, they have kept attention focused on the company, fulfilling a different part of the business plan. There is scarcely any oxygen left to discuss the more contentious aspects of Amazon, like its scorn for taxes or its plans to capture much of local government purchasing.“There is no doubt anymore,” said Ron Nussbaum, who runs an investment management fund called Maverick Value in Los Angeles. “The stock always goes up and no one doubts it will keep going up.”Nussbaum, who emphasized that overall his investments were profitable, might be the last Amazon skeptic. “It’s an honor,” he said.And an expensive one. Last year, when Amazon crossed $1,000 a share, he started buying “put” options — bets that the stock would decline. One of his puts has dropped 85 percent; another, 92 percent.Nussbaum is planning to buy more. He thinks people are confusing their impressions of Amazon the company with Amazon as an investment.“If I fill up your gas tank for $1 but it costs me $2, you can say it’s a great product but it doesn’t make any sense as a company,” he said.Apple had profits of $48 billion last year. Amazon’s were less than a tenth of that. If profits were all that mattered, Amazon should be worth about $100 billion, the size of United Technologies or Texas Instruments. That is nothing to sneeze at, but nothing to get people excited either.Even before Amazon hit $1 trillion, the milestone was old news. There was a poll on Facebook run by a group of young Wall Street investors. The question: Would Amazon or Apple be the first to hit $2 trillion?The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of Amazon. Dreams will always triumph over devices.© New York Times 2018 Related Itemslast_img read more

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Sixers’ Embiid, Simmons eager to prove doubters wrong

first_imgPhotographers photograph Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid as he dribbles a ball during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Camden, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)CAMDEN, N.J. — The chips on the shoulders of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have not softened over the offseason.Both players are eager to prove doubters wrong.ADVERTISEMENT “I’ve seen what everybody’s said on Twitter,” Embiid said Monday when the Philadelphia 76ers held their media day. “It doesn’t bother me. I love it, I love critics and it just makes me better. I love seeing people say I can’t do this and I’m going to go out there and work on it and come back the next game or whenever I can and show that I can do this.”Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick last year, can’t wait to make his NBA debut after missing an entire season because of a broken right foot. He sounded a bit slighted that people aren’t mentioning him as a potential Rookie of the Year candidate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They’ll remember,” Simmons said. “I came to the States when I was 15 and nobody knew who I was, so I feel like I’m kind of back at the stage and I got to prove myself again, which is fine. I’m looking forward to that part.”Simmons declared himself 100 percent ready to go when training camp starts Tuesday. But Embiid has not been cleared for 5-on-5 drills, and the team will take a cautious approach in his return from his injured left knee. Embiid said scans look “perfect,” and he’s aiming to be ready for the season opener. “He’s a great player, a good friend and our chemistry is getting better every day and that will play a big role in this team’s success,” Simmons said.Sixers coach Brett Brown said Simmons has been dominating in the gym.“Compared to last year, I’m a much better player,” Simmons said. “It’s not even close.”The 19-year-old Fultz is certain he can fit into a lineup that also includes Dario Saric, Robert Covington, J.J. Reddick, Amir Johnson and others. The Sixers also signed free-agent forward Kris Humphries and center Emera Okafor to complete their camp roster.“You can’t think you’re not going to make it,” Fultz said. “You’ve got to believe it in order to do it.”The Sixers were 47-190 between 2013-16 before going 28-54 last season. Expectations are much higher now and fans are talking playoffs. Las Vegas oddsmakers set the over/under for win total at 42½.“We have a lot of potential,” Embiid said. “We have to learn to play together. As long as we stay healthy, the future is bright.” Paul and Harden hope bond translates to success on court Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Still, Embiid has a realistic outlook.“I’ll be honest, I don’t think I’ll play 82 games,” he said. “That’s not happening.”Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last year after missing two full seasons. His career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college days at Kansas. He had surgery onMarch 24 to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.When he played, Embiid looked dominant. He averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.“People still haven’t really seen what I can do,” he said.Simmons will open as the point guard with rookie No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz joining him in the backcourt.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Sushil Kumar’s Olympic dreams over, Narsingh Yadav set for Rio

first_imgThe Delhi High Court today has dismissed wrestler Sushil Kumar’s plea for a trial against Narsingh Yadav to decide on a berth in the 74kg category at the Rio Olympic berth.  Earlier, Sushil had appealed to the court, seeking a trial to participate in the 74 kg weight category at the Rio Games in August.FAIR SELECTION While dismissing Sushil’s plea, Justice Manmohan Singh said: “Though Sushil Kumar is a player with great record, the decision of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) cannot be held perverse.”The judge added that the WFI conducted a transparent process of selection and ruled out any interference from the Court.  “WFI conducted a transparent process of selection. Delhi HC will not interfere in the jurisdiction of the wrestling federation unless arbitrary or unreasonable behaviour is shown. Arguments that the trial was held months ago and hence not tenable, are unsound and not accepted,” the court noted.The High Court had previously refused to intervene in the Sushil-Narsingh selection battle and directed the WFI to consider Sushil’s plea to be included in the national preparatory camp starting June 18. But WFI after meeting Sushil and his coach, strongly hinted that it would prefer sending Narsingh for the Olympics ahead of the double medalist given the former’s consistent performances over the last year.SUSHIL’S GLORIES A MATTER OF PAST  Sushil had won both his Olympic medals in 66kg category but had to move up to 74kg after the International Wrestling body (FILA) rejigged the weight divisions post the London Games.advertisementAfter jumping up the division, Sushil had fought in just a couple of international tournaments. In fact, what has gone against Sushil is that he had last fought in 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, where he had won a gold medal. Since then he has not participated in any major event owing to injuries.Before the World Championship last year, WFI had conducted trials but Sushil opted out of that as well as he sustained a shoulder injury at that time. He also did not take part in the inaugural Pro Wrestling League, once again citing injury, in December last year.However, Sushil kept training in the last one year and also went to Georgia for a training stint in April, although he chose to train alone and not with the rest of his Indian colleagues.last_img read more

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Zalgiris stuns Olympiacos, 75-55, for first win under Saras

first_imgKAUNAS (Euroleague). In the Euroleague home debut for Sarunas Jasikevicius as head coach, Zalgiris Kaunas put its defense on parade to down mighty Olympiacos Piraeus 75-55 and seize its first victory in Top 16 Group F. The 20-point margin was Zalgiris’s biggest victory ever against the Reds, who matched their fourth-lowest point total in the Euroleague this century. Zalgiris is now 1-3 in Group F and Olympiacos fell to 2-2 and a five-way tie for second place. Zalgiris gave Olympiacos, the Euroleague’s best defense this season, a taste of its own medicine by limiting the Reds to a single field goal for almost 15 minutes on either side of halftime then holding them scoreless for the first 5 minutes of the fourth quarter. Paulius Jankunas led the winners with 18 points. Ian Vougioukas followed with 13 points, while Renaldas Seibutis and Edgaras Ulanovas had 11 each. Olympiacos had just one double-digit scorer, Darius Johnson-Odom with 11 points in 11 minutes, while being held to 38% two-point and 20% three-point shooting. The Reds struggled at the free throw line through the first three quarters, too, impeding their comeback attempts. Conversely, Zalgiris went 21 for 22 on foul shots.Reds rebound from slow startLukas Lekavicius, making his first start of the season, got fouled on a three-pointer and downed all of his free throws for a 3-0 Zalgiris lead. Ioannis Papapetrou matched that with his team’s first shot. Jankunas rolled in a hook shot before Siebutis, too, got and made 3 free throws for an 8-3 scoreboard. Vassilis Spanoulis threaded the needle to Georgios Printezis for a layup. After Lekavicius made a one-hander in the lane, Printezis was back with a three-pointer, and when Nikola Milutinov put back a miss, Olympiacos had a 10-10 tie. After a timeout, Spanoulis did the honors of giving Olympiacos its first lead with a clean, foul-line jumper. Jankunas evened the score with free throws, but Spanoulis drove strong to take back the lead. Ulanovas hit 1 of 2 at the line, as did Othello Hunter. And when Vougioukas tipped in his own miss, Hunter matched him at the other end with a spectacular dunk off an offensive rebound. Brock Motum’s free throws evened the score again, but 1 of 2 from the line by Spanoulis put the visitors in front, 17-18, after 10 minutes.Zalgiris defense shuts down OlympiacosDaniel Hackett dropped an elbow jumper and Hunter a jump hook from the paint as Olympiacos upped its lead to start the second quarter. Vougioukas restarted the Zalgiris offense with a hook shot, but Hackett matched it with a fall-back jumper at 19-24. A lull then ended with Motum feeding Vougioukas for a dunk and the accompanying free throw to make it 22-24. Next, Martynas Pocius put his head down, drove baseline and tied the score. Then Ulanovas tipped a rebound to Jankunas who put Zalgiris back in front, 26-24. Olympiacos continued missing open shots until a free throw by Spanoulis ended a more than five-minute scoring drought, but Jankunas answered with a runaway dunk. When Printezis did the same, Ulanovas bettered him with a three-point play started by a tough hook shot as Zalgiris’s lead moved to 31-27. Missed free throws by Hunter gave Zalgiris a final chance to extend the lead, and Pocius made that happen by feeding Motum for an easy layup. As such, the hosts stormed into halftime ahead by 33-27 after holding Olympiacos to just 3 free throws over the last 7:25 of the second quarter.Vougioukas, Zalgiris stretch advantageMilutinov tipped in an Olympiacos miss to end his team’s eight-minute stretch without a field goal. But Ulanovas responded from long range and Jankunas backed down for a fadeaway jumper and a 38-29 Zalgiris advantage. Lekavicius drove the lane, pivoted and banked in a layup for the first double-digit lead, 40-29, forcing an Olympiacos timeout. Hunter made 1 of 2 free throws but otherwise Olympiacos couldn’t buy points as Spanoulis missed an open triple, making the visitors 2 for 15 from downtown until then. Hackett missed 1 of 2 free throws, as well, to make it 40-31. Ulanovas downed a pretty hook shot before Hunter flushed another miss. Motum scored on a feed from Vougioukas that turned into a three-point play at 45-33. But after futility for much of the game until then, Olympiacos suddenly got a pair of three-pointers to fall from D.J. Strawberry and Vangelis Mantzaris. Vougioukas kept scoring with a couple inside baskets and Olympiacos kept splitting free throws, but was able to pull within 49-42. Motum made 2 of 2 for Zalgiris before Johnson-Odom kept Olympaicos strong from the arc. Olivier Hanlan then got his first points on free throws to finish the third quarter with Zalgiris holding onto a 53-45 edge.Seibutis makes sure!Two scoreless minutes to open the fourth quarter were broken by Mantas Kalnietis, in his last game with Zalgiris, feeding Jankunas in a crowd for a layup and a new double-digit edge, 55-45. The Zalgiris defense continued to dominate as Jankunas hit from the baseline to make it 57-45, matching the game’s high lead until then. But the hosts were not done. Seibutis took a pass from Jankunas and turned it into an acrobatic reverse-and-free throw at 60-45. Hackett got 2 points back at the foul line, ending his team’s five-minute scoring drought, but Kalnietis hit a fall-down runner in the paint and Vougioukas downed a hook shot as the lead climbed to 64-47 with 3 minutes left. The best was yet to come for the Kaunas crowd, however, as Seibutis struck from the corner with a triple good for a 20-point advantage, 67-47. Seibutis would be back with a final turnaround swish in the final minute to give keep the Zalgiris fans on their feet all the way to the finish of a victory that will be remembered in Kaunas for a long, long time!TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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TCU Debriefing: What Can We Learn from the TCU Loss?

first_imgOh, the highs and lows of college football. One week after Oklahoma State whooped up on Pittsburgh in the Steel City, it was at home in front of a sellout crowd of fans in orange with more hope than ever. A couple hours later, the Cowboys’ were handed their first lost and expectations and hype took a hit. There is a lot to dissect from the series of train wrecks that occurred inside Boone Pickens Stadium. Let’s take a look.The Short StoryThis was a trap game for those of us who circled Bedlam as the Cowboys’ first real threat. Whether or not it ensnared the Cowboys is not exactly clear. It’s easy to say yes given the result but costly mistakes and penalties drove the narrative of this game. As well as an inability to slow down Kenny Hill and Co. The good or bad thing about it is that most of these mistakes are correctable. This team didn’t play up to its potential and had far too many errors to expect a win.Who won a Marshal Badge?Offense: OSU’s senior receiversJames Washington and Marcell Ateman combined for 253 yards and a score. Washington caught six of his seven targets for 153 yards, including an 86-yard score. Ateman caught six of his ten including several for key third downs. He seemed like the only option at times with TCU’s coverage and the offensive line’s struggles at keeping a clean pocket.Defense: Chad WhitenerIt’s hard to give out a lot of gold stars when your starting center has an many total and solo tackles as either of your starting defensive ends. In six red-zone trips, the Cowboy defense gave up three touchdowns and three field goals and was not any good on third downs. TCU completed 11 of 19.But regarding Whitener, the senior leader of the defense lead the team in total tackles (nine) and solo tackles (six). He also added a tackle for loss. TCU’s defense put a lot of stress on OSU’s front seven with an obviously improved offensive line and Kenny Hill’s ability to take off with the run. Whitener and Co. did a decent job of containing Hill on the ground. The Frogs rank it for a lot of yards but a lot of that was an attempt to run the clock and (again) OSU facilitated that with a bunch of silly penalties.It was over whenI had about three or four times that I thought it was over. Going down 20 is not great but we’d seen this team orchestrate similar comebacks. The McCleskey interception on the double pass felt like a coffin nail at the time but OSU was able to finally get a stop and score quickly.It was definitely over when OSU allowed touchdown No. 3 to Darius Anderson on a third and 4. A stop there gets them the ball back with around two minutes to play. But the previous kickoff to KaVontae Turpin on that drive after pulling within six and then to allowing him to return it for 42 yards was another fatal error. Matt Ammendola sent three of his six kicks into the end zone. A fourth one there would have been huge.Questions for Week 5O-line depth/healthThis is the most urgent concern moving forward. Mental errors can be corrected. Turnovers can be avoided. But you can’t grow offensive linemen on Mike Gundy’s farm in one week. Junior college transfer Shane Richards, who the coaching staff would like to redshirt this season, still remains an option but his immediate impact is unclear. You’d have to think that if he was that much better than Teven Jenkins, Johnny Wilson or Dylan Galloway that he would have seen the field in such a crucial game. Mike Gundy burned Rudolph’s extra year just to keep his bowl streak alive. Defensive identityAfter allowing 11 of 19 on third downs to TCU, the Cowboys’ defense is ranked 113th in the nation with opponents averaging a 47.1-percent success rate on the money down. And after forcing just one turnover (and committing four), OSU has a negative turnover margin through four games. In order for this team to have a shot at a Big 12 title, some drastic changes are going to have to take place. This team will have to improve on third downs and be able to force turnovers at a higher clip. On top of that you have a young group of corners that Kenny Hill was able to pick on. What is Nic Shimonek going to do to them?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Man Utd team news & likely line-up vs Arsenal

first_imgManchester United Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Arsenal Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:50 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United Oli Scarff Manchester United Premier League Arsenal v Manchester United Arsenal Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Saturday A couple of goals for Ashley Young, another strike for Anthony Martial and a wonderful solo effort to settle it by Jesse Lingard… it is fair to say that it was a good night’s work for Manchester United at Watford on Tuesday. But Saturday brings a test of a very different type for Jose Mourinho’s side as they travel to Arsenal.Manchester City’s last-gasp win over Southampton on Wednesday means United head to the Emirates still eight points adrift of their city rivals, but taking three points from their long-term Premier League adversaries would provide a huge boost just eight days before City visit Old Trafford.United have three successive league wins under their belts going to north London, and now is not the time to let the intensity drop, otherwise their title challenge could quickly be over. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player MAN UTD INJURIES Eric Bailly and Phil Jones missed United’s trip to Watford in midweek, but the Ivorian at least should be back in contention for the trip to Arsenal and there is significant hope that Jones could also return.Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now made four substitute appearances since returning from an ACL injury and ought to be in line for a first start, but Marouane Fellaini is a doubt after missing the 4-2 win in Hertfordshire due to a knee injury.Nemanja Matic limped out of the midweek victory shortly after half-time but it is hoped that he asked to leave the field as a precautionary measure and that he will be fit again in time for Saturday.Michael Carrick has stepped up his training in recent weeks following a procedure to deal with an irregular heart rhythm but is not expected to return to play for the time being at least.Nemanja Matic Manchester UnitedMAN UTD SUSPENSIONS Neither team are missing any players through suspension, nor do they have anyone sitting on the verge of a ban ahead of Saturday’s clash.MAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPJose Mourinho will stick with the three-man defensive shape with which he has taken on every similarly structured team United have come up against since the spring of 2017. Ashley Young’s display as a more attacking wing-back at Watford was one of the huge advantages of playing with such a system, and the Portuguese will send his troops out with a similar approach at Arsenal on Saturday.Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks set to make his first start since injury, having been held back until the dying embers of the midweek victory, presumably in order to keep him fresh for the clash with Arsenal. That could either mean a change of role for Romelu Lukaku on the right-hand side or a first appearance off the bench for Belgian, who has now netted just once in his last 11 games in all competitions.Zlatan 11/10 to score anytimeAnder Herrera is standing by should Nemanja Matic not recover in time, but with Marouane Fellaini a significant doubt there are few other options available to Mourinho in the heart of midfield. Anthony Martial should get the nod once again after turning in an excellent performance in attack on Tuesday, meaning Marcus Rashford will either start from the right of attack or come off the bench if Romelu Lukaku is favoured.In defence, there could be a couple of changes afoot if both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are back to full fitness, with Mourinho now having plenty of alternatives to choose from at the heart of the back line.Man Utd possible XIARSENAL TEAM NEWS Arsene Wenger’s men are arguably in their best vein of form all season thanks to a third straight win in midweek against Huddersfield Town and a run of five victories in six league games, with only Manchester City taking anything off them since the loss at Watford in mid-October.The 5-0 win on Wednesday was by far their biggest victory thus far, and the performance of Mesut Ozil – he was involved in three goals in a four-minute period during the second half – was a timely reminder of why there has been a significant interest in the German credited to United in recent times. The ongoing saga regarding the expiring contracts of Ozil and Alexis Sanchez has undermined the Gunners’ season at times but they have at least seemed to get over those issues in recent weeks.Alexandre Lacazette’s participation or otherwise will be a hot topic going into the game, as he has been overlooked by Wenger for key clashes against Liverpool and Manchester City but was used as a starter in other top-six tussles against Tottenham and Chelsea. While Arsenal went on to lose the trips to Anfield and the Etihad, they were 2-0 winners when Lacazette started against Spurs and also took a point from Stamford Bridge.Mesut Ozil ArsenalBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Arsenal have lost just one of their last five Premier League home games against Manchester United (W2 D2), winning each of the last two without conceding a goal. The Gunners have not won three successive home league games against Manchester United since May 1991. Arsenal have now won their last 12 home league games in a row, last enjoying a longer run between February and November 2005 at Highbury (13). Manchester United won at Watford in the midweek fixture, but haven’t secured back-to-back away wins in the Premier League since a run of four in April. Jose Mourinho hasn’t won any of his last 11 away league games against ‘big six’ opposition, since a 2-1 win at Liverpool in November 2014 (D5 L6), with his sides scoring just one goal in the last 10 such games. This will be the 18th meeting between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese manager losing just two of these (W8 D7 L2). However, those two losses have come over the last four meetings (W1 D1 L2). Mesut Ozil has been directly involved in four goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Manchester United (two goals, two assists). Olivier Giroud has scored 16 goals as a substitute in the Premier League, the fourth highest tally in the competition (Jermain Defoe 23, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Kanu 17). TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match at Emirates Stadium kicks off at 17:30GMT on Saturday, with live coverage in the UK on BT Sport 1 beginning at 17:00.Watch Arsenal vs Man Utd in the US live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Arun Kumar gets extra charge as DGCA chief

first_imgNew Delhi: Arun Kumar, additional secretary in the ministry of civil aviation, would now be holding the additional charge of the head of Indian aviation regulator DGCA, according to an official order on Friday. Kumar would be heading the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as its Director as an additional charge for a period of three months or till the time a new incumbent is appointed by the central government, whichever is earlier. “Consequent upon superannuation of B S Bhullar from the post of Director General of Civil Aviation, Arun Kumar, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, shall hold the charge of the post of Director General of Civil Aviation in addition to his allocated duties, for a period of three months or till a new incumbent joins, whichever is earlier,” according to the order issued by the civil aviation ministry. Bhullar, an IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, was appointed as full-time DGCA chief in December 2016.last_img read more

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Husbandwife duo held for selling stolen phones

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested a couple who were purchasing stolen mobile phones from snatchers in East Delhi’s Kalyanpuri area. The investigating agency revealed that the accused were selling mobile phone to labourers in less price. According to police several active criminals who have just come out of jail on bail have been questioned and efforts were made to understand the pattern that is how the case property was being disposed off. “An information in this regard received to police personnel that a woman resident of Kalyanpuri, New Delhi was receiving mobile phones from the criminals,” police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (East) Jasmeet Singh said that a trap was laid near Sanjay Jheel, Opposite Kotla village and a 30 years old woman and her husband identified as Dildar Singh (35) were arrested. One of the suppliers identified as Suraj (23) was apprehended and 46 mobiles phones were recovered from their possessions. Investigation revealed that the woman and her husband were in close with intact of many criminals who snatched mobile phones. Dildar had spent many years behind the bar where he came in contact with several criminals who were involved in pick pocketing, snatching and robbery wherein mobile phones were being targeted. DCP Singh added that he along with his wife started purchasing such mobile phones and started selling them to people in their locality such as labourers. It was further disclosed by them that their network is spreading in Delhi and NCR.last_img read more

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UN development agency teams up with Arab foundation to boost knowledge

8 November 2007The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, the largest private foundation in the Arab world, have signed an agreement paving the way for activities aimed at promoting knowledge in the region. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, the largest private foundation in the Arab world, have signed an agreement paving the way for activities aimed at promoting knowledge in the region.The $20 million agreement signed last month will span five years and includes support for “quality assessment of higher education in the Arab World,” UNDP said in a news release. It will also fund publication of the Arab Knowledge Report, which the agency called “a policy and advocacy tool examining the state of knowledge in the Arab Region.”“The Arab world is in dire need to revisit the ‘knowledge’ concept, and to embrace the knowledge economy as the only path to success through the challenges of the third millennium,” said Amat Al Alim Alsoswa, Regional Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States.The Arab Knowledge Report will follow the publication of UNDP’s Arab Human Development Report 2003: Building a Knowledge Society, which stressed the need for Arab governments to “close a growing knowledge gap by enabling innovation and investing heavily in education,” the agency said.The agreement is the first partnership between UNDP and a private foundation in the region. read more

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Algiers attacks spark outrage from Security Council General Assembly President

Echoing the condemnation by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the twin blasts, which struck UN offices and a Government building in Algiers – causing dozens of deaths, including those of at least 11 UN staff, and numerous injuries – the Council underlined the need to bring those responsible to justice. No one has so far claimed responsibility for the bombings, which destroyed the office of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) that also housed staff from a number of other UN agencies, and damaged the building used by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The 15-member body “expresses its deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of this heinous act of terrorism and their families, and to the people and the Government of Algeria,” it said through a statement read out by Ambassador Marcello Spatafora of Italy, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month.Also speaking out, Assembly President Srgjan Kerim expressed his grave concern that UN offices and staff were once again the deliberate targets of terror attacks. A bomb destroyed the world body’s Baghdad headquarters in August 2003, killing 22 people, including top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.Today’s attack “clearly demonstrates that terrorism is a continuous and global challenge that knows no boundaries,” Mr. Kerim said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.He added that the attacks “clearly demonstrate that terrorism is not only a threat to the values and principles of the United Nations, but a very concrete threat to its physical existence and actual work on the ground.”Mr. Ban’s senior advisers have been dispatched to Algiers to investigate the bombing and determine how best to assist those affected. 11 December 2007Today’s deadly bombings in the Algerian capital have been strongly condemned by the Security Council and the President of the General Assembly, who said the bombings showed that terrorism is not only a threat to the values of the United Nations but to the actual work it carries out on the ground. read more

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Liberia UN agencies open registration centres to help with spontaneous returns

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), in cooperation with the Liberia Refugee, Repatriation, and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), have already opened the first centre in Bo Water Side for returnees from Sierra Leone, with six more points soon to follow, all close to the borders with Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire.Once a returnee arrives, the registration process is quite easy: the returnee or head of family presents a Voluntary Repatriation Form or other registration documents from the country of asylum to the UNHCR reception team. The documents are then verified, the returnee is deregistered and receives a new WFP assistance card.Water and dry feeding is provided. After that, food rations for two months and non-food items are provided. Returnees are also provided with transportation or an allowance to continue towards their home.The centres will be operated in conjunction with UNHCR’s national and non-governmental partners. read more

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NY attorney general initiates probe into daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and

Len Don Diego, marketing manager for content at DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports company, works at his station at the company’s offices in Boston on Sept. 9, 2015. The state’s attorney general on Tuesday sent letters to daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel demanding they turn over details of any investigations into their employees, saying they “may have gained an unfair, financial advantage in a contest known as Daily Fantasy Football. “The letters were prompted by media reports a DraftKings employee may have had access to valuable company data before winning second place in a FanDuel contest. The incident has been likened to insider trading. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Stephan Savoia NEW YORK, N.Y. – The state’s attorney general on Tuesday sent letters to daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel demanding they turn over details of any investigations into their employees, saying they “may have gained an unfair, financial advantage in a contest known as Daily Fantasy Football.”The letters were prompted by media reports a DraftKings employee may have had access to valuable company data before winning second place in a FanDuel contest. The incident has been likened to insider trading.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in opening his investigation, said DraftKings and FanDuel employees may have exploited their access to nonpublic data.“These allegations, and your company’s subsequent statement, raise legal questions relating to the fairness, transparency, and security of FanDuel and the reliability of representations your company has made to customers,” Schneiderman wrote to FanDuel.He sent a nearly identical letter to DraftKings.There’s no evidence that the information led to the DraftKings employee’s win, and a FanDuel spokeswoman said she did not believe there was an attempt to manipulate the contest.Schneiderman wants the companies to explain their policies or practices prohibiting employees from playing daily fantasy sports, whose participants put together virtual teams based on real players and compete for points based on the players’ statistics.In the letters, Schneiderman asked for the names, job titles and descriptions of employees who compile and aggregate data including pricing algorithms and athletes’ ownership percentages for past contests.On Monday, DraftKings and FanDuel posted identical joint statements on their websites saying nothing is more important to them than “the integrity of the games we offer to our customers.”“Both companies have strong policies in place to ensure that employees do not misuse any information at their disposal and strictly limit access to company data to only those employees who require it to do their jobs,” they said.As the controversy reverberated Tuesday, ESPN said it was cutting sponsored DraftKings elements from within its shows. It called the removal a standard procedure when “covering significant news, to avoid any suggestion of influence on our coverage.” It said it was not cutting DraftKings commercials. NY attorney general initiates probe into daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel by Tom McElroy, The Associated Press Posted Oct 6, 2015 11:11 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Orders to US factories declined in November for the third time in

WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories declined in November for the third time in the past four months. A key category that tracks business investment fell as well.Factory orders dipped 0.2 per cent in November after a 1.3 per cent increase in October, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. A closely watched category that serves as a proxy for business investment plans fell 0.3 per cent.American manufacturers have struggled this year with a strong dollar, which has made their products pricier and less competitive overseas. In addition, economic weakness in many major export markets, from Europe to China, has hurt U.S. sales abroad.For November, orders for long-lasting durable goods — everything from airplanes to refrigerators — were flat after a 2.8 per cent increase in October. Demand for nondurable goods, such as paper, chemicals and food, fell 0.4 per cent in November after dropping 0.2 per cent in October.The decline of 0.3 per cent in the investment category followed a 0.6 per cent increase in October.Demand for commercial aircraft, a volatile category, fell 22.2 per cent in November after posting a 78.8 per cent increase in October.Orders for machinery dropped 1.4 per cent in November. Demand for primary metals such as steel fell 2.9 per cent. But orders for computers rose 3.9 per cent.The dollar has appreciated more than 11 per cent in the past 12 months against a basket of foreign currencies, according to the Federal Reserve. As the dollar strengthens, American-made goods become more expensive for foreigners, and sales suffer.The Institute for Supply Management reported that its index of factory activity fell below 50 in December and November. Any reading below 50 signals contraction in the manufacturing index.Still, the broader U.S. economy has withstood the challenges confronting factories. Orders for motor vehicles and electronics have been solid, in large part because of steady demand from domestic consumers. Unemployment has dipped to 5 per cent — a rate associated with normal economies — and Americans have bought more cars and restaurant meals. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2016 8:07 am MDT Last Updated Jan 6, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Orders to US factories declined in November for the third time in the past 4 months read more

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Racing greats Alonso and Johnson drive together in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso drove for fun together around the Abu Dhabi F1 track on a blazing hot Saturday afternoon.Alonso took the wheel of the McLaren 570S car, with Johnson for once in the passenger seat, as they completed a few laps around Yas Marina circuit.“Fernando was very, very upset he couldn’t turn off the (stability) assistance from the car and the traction control,” Johnson joked afterward at the McLaren motorhome. “So we spent two laps trying to figure out how to push the buttons to turn that off. As soon as we got that off, we spun out.”On Monday, they will swap race cars in Bahrain for an event they have been teasing about on their social media accounts in recent weeks.The 43-year-old Johnson arrived in Abu Dhabi from the McLaren headquarters in Woking, England, where he got a seat fitting and time in the McLaren simulator.“It was so impressive, the architecture and the landscaping. I was there on a cool morning with the fog off the lake, the modernism of the building and the cars sitting there in the lobby,” Johnson said. “Simulators are very good for the flow of the race track and (knowing) where the pit lane is. I was able to get that out of the way.”After the last race of Alonso’s long F1 career on Sunday, he will try his hand at what Johnson does so well.A Hendrick Motorsports stock car was shipped last month to Bahrain in a container that included tires and equipment for a full day run. Hendrick Motorsports is also providing a crew to work with Alonso when he drives the Chevrolet.“Our car (is from 2018) yes. Sadly, the restrictions for Formula One (means) it is a five-year-old car, but I hear it’s a V8 (engine),” Johnson said, comparing the two cars being used. “I miss that sound, which I know everybody does. So I’m excited about that.”The race swap idea was formed during a chance January meeting in a waiting area at the Charlotte Convention Center. Johnson was at NASCAR’s preseason media availability, and Alonso was brought to the event by IMSA to promote the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.“His presence in America has a huge effect on American racing, on Formula One racing, and on motorsports in general,” Johnson said of Alonso. “Just the excitement value he brings to racing and the way he’s portrayed in the U.S.”Alonso won F1 in 2005 and ’06, and his 32nd and last GP win was in 2013 while with Ferrari.The 37-year-old Spaniard has grown more interested in pursuing other racing interests and is aiming to win motorsport’s Triple Crown of the 24 Hours Le Mans, the Indianapolis 500, and the Monaco GP.Last year, Alonso skipped the Monaco GP, which he has won twice, to compete at the Indy 500. He led for 27 laps before his engine blew. In June, Alonso won Le Mans at the first attempt.“Anybody in motorsports appreciates other forms of racing. It’s maybe not in your backyard … but we all watch and enjoy it,” Johnson said. “Fernando’s put on many great battles over the years.”Johnson said he would take the opportunity of racing in F1 “in a heartbeat” but knows that’s far from realistic.“The last single-seater I drove was probably in 1996, maybe ’95 even,” he said. “So it would be crazy to think I could come in and just immediately be there.”His more realistic goal is attempting to win an eighth NASCAR title. He is tied for the record with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.“The competitor in me wants to do it. I want to be the best,” Johnson said. “But I can’t believe I’m sitting here with seven as it is. It’s been a pretty crazy ride.”___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJerome Pugmire, The Associated Press read more

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Top 100 world universities 201617 – THE rankings

first_imgPhil Baty, editor of the rankings, said: “It is fantastic news that the University of Oxford has topped the World University Rankings for the first time. It is a great result for the UK higher education sector and cements its position as one of the greatest university nations in the world.  “However, the UK will have to watch out for Asia’s continuing ascent. Although the notion of Asia as the ‘next higher education superpower’ has become something of a cliché in recent years, the continent’s rise in the rankings is real and growing.  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. Rankings have been produced by the Times Higher Education The University of Cambridge and Imperial College London, also feature in the top 10, while University College London (UCL) slipped from 14th place last year, to 15th this year.Overall, the UK takes 91 of the top 980 places in the 13th annual Times Higher Education rankings; 88 of these make the top 800 compared with 78 last year.It is second only to the US for the number of world-class universities featured in the top 800. Within the top 200, the UK has 32 representatives – two less than last year.center_img The University of Oxford has knocked the California Institute of Technology off the top spot in annual league tables, becoming the first UK institution to lead the rankings.The five-time champion, Caltech, dropped to second place, swapping places with the elite UK university, while the rest of the top 10 positions remained unchanged from last year. He continued: “[In the UK, Brexit] is already causing uncertainty for the sector. As well as some top academics reporting they have been frozen out of collaborative research projects with EU colleagues, many are admitting that they might look to relocate to a university outside the country.“The UK must ensure that it limits the damage to academics, students, universities and science during its Brexit negotiations, to ensure that the UK remains one of the world leaders in higher education.”Use our searchable table last_img read more

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Huge rise in sextortion by crime gangs using social media to entrap

first_imgStill from National Crime Agency film warning of sextortion gangs blackmailing social media users Organised criminal gangs are blackmailing growing numbers of young men after using social media to entice them into performing sex acts on screen.Police have revealed an unprecedented rise in the new crime of webcam blackmail – known as ‘sextortion’ – with more than 900 cases reported so far this year.That is already more than double the total for the whole of 2015.But senior officers at the National Crime Agency fear the true scale of the problem is far bigger, with many victims too ashamed to report their involvement to police.Among recent victims were four young men who became so desperate at the thought of being publicly humiliated that they took their own lives.Police are now launching a campaign to raise awareness of the problem, including an hard-hitting film to be shown on Facebook, Youtube and other social media platforms to warn of the dangers of entrapment. The phenomenon has mushroomed alongside the use of social media by growing numbers of people, particularly in their teens and twenties.Some of the victims are as young as 14. While the majority are in the 18 to 24 age bracket, there are also some in their 50s to 80s. More than 90 per cent of victims are male.Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for adult sexual offences, said: “This is a really worrying, emerging new threat. As a result to this crime we’ve already had four young men in the UK kill themselves because they saw no way out of the situation they had got themselves into.”Roy Sinclair, head of operations at the NCA’s anti-kidnap and extortion unit, added: “There is huge under-reporting of these kinds of offences, often because victims feel ashamed or embarrassed, but of course criminals are relying on that reaction in order to succeed. This kind of offence is being perpetrated by organised crime and we will take it seriouslyAssistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, the National Police Chiefs’ Council Still from National Crime Agency film warning of sextortion gangs enticing social media usersCredit:National Crime Agencycenter_img “This is still a relatively new and emerging type of crime. However the trend is clear. Cases of webcam blackmail – or sextortion – are going up dramatically. As recently as 2012 we were only getting a handful of reports, now we’re getting hundreds.”The crime is deceptively simple, typically involving the intended victim being approached through social media by an ostensibly attractive young woman who entices into engaging in explicit conversation culminating in a sex act.As soon as the act has been caught on camera the victim receives a demand for cash, ranging typically from £50 to £500, with the treat the recorded film will be sent to all their friends and contacts – downloaded while the victim was online – and broadcast across the internet.Behind the young woman used to enticing the victim on-screen will lie an organised crime gang, sometimes operating in the UK but frequently based overseas, targeting hundreds of other victims at a time.British police have traced a number of the gangs to Morocco, the Philippines and the Ivory coast, where officers are working with the local authorities to help smash their operations and bring the perpetrators to justice.Forty men were arrested in the Philippines after two raids in June following intelligence supplied to local police by British officers.One of the cases being brought to trial involves one of the four suicide victims, though police would not reveal further details because of the extreme sensitivity of the case.Among the other victims this year was a man in his 20s from Northern Ireland who was blackmailed after being approached on through a dating app by a young woman. After sharing explicit photographs of himself the woman threatened to send them to his family and Facebook friends and demanded payment.The young man, known only as Jimmy to protect his identity, sent her £150 via PayPal  before going to the police.He said: “I was so worried about what my friends and family would think. I’ve spoken to my mum about it, that was tough enough, but I still can’t talk to anyone else. I’m OK now but at the time it was so hard.”The NCA film, featuring a young blackmailer called ‘Jess’, is to be broadcast on Facebook, Youtube and other social media platforms to warn of the dangers of sextortion.Police advice social media users never to do anything compromising online with someone they don’t know or trust; cease all contact immediately if they receive a blackmail demand; never under any circumstance pay the blackmailer; and immediately report the matter to the police.Assistant Commissioner Hewitt said: “This kind of offence is being perpetrated by organised crime and we will take it seriously.” 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

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Smajlagic to coach Zamet Rijeka club taken by Italian billionaire

dzombagabriele volpimatosevicMirza Dzombanacinovicsmajlagicvolpi ← Previous Story Krasnicki re-elected as President of Polish Handball Federation Next Story → Anita Bulat from Podravka moves to Viborg An Italian billionaire, Gabriele Volpi, who already financially helps NK Rijeka and VK Primorje decided to invest in the handball club from these areas, RK Zamet. The first step is engaging Irfan Smajlagic – Pipe to coach the new Zamet, and will be assisted by Valter Matosevic (Goalkeeper’s coach), former Croatian national team player Alvaro Nacinovic (team manager) and Mirza Dzomba (team director).source: sportsport.ba

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