Belgian award to Mumbai’s Raj Khalid for maritime trade

first_imgThe federal government of Belgium has conferred the “Commandeur of the Order of Leopold II”, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, to Mumbai resident Raj Khalid for his substantial contribution to maritime trade.Previously, the award has been given to fellow Indians, Naresh Goyal, chairman, Jet Airways; and Shashi Kiran Shetty, managing director of All Cargo Logistics. Mr. Khalid started Port of Antwerp’s first international network office in India in 2006 with the objective of positioning Antwerp as Europe’s gateway for maritime cargo flows between the India-Europe corridor.Over the years, he has contributed tremendously towards raising the profile of the Port of Antwerp across India and accelerating trade between India and Belgium through various initiatives such as visits to major cargo hubs in India, and launching an experiential programme for young logistics managers , and formation of the Port of Antwerp Alumni Association.last_img read more

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How Sourav Ganguly stood his ground to take Anil Kumble on Australia tour

first_imgThe national selectors had made up their mind to drop Anil Kumble from the 2003-2004 Australia tour but former India skipper Sourav Ganguly put his foot down and ensured that the legendary spinner make it to the series.”I will give you the example of Anil Kumble, who was probably the biggest match-winner India has ever produced in the last 20-25 years. I remember attending a selection meeting before the tour of Australia in 2003. I was the captain of the side and I knew, selectors were not very keen on having Anil in that tour,” said Ganguly on the sidelines of a promotional event.”As I entered the selection meeting, I could sense the selectors had made up their mind to leave Anil Kumble out. I kept on requesting and insisting that he is such a match winner, he is done so much good for Indian cricket. He must be in Australia and the selectors just didn’t agree,” said Ganguly.Kumble is highest Indian wicket-taker in Tests, having grabbed 619 wickets in 132 matches with his best figures of 10/74 against Pakistan in New Delhi.Kumble, who coached India before the current coach Ravi Shastri, also has 337 ODI wickets in 271 matches.”The selectors wanted to pick a left-hand spinner because Australians don’t play left-hand spin well, and this went on for a good couple of hours. It was getting late and John Wright came up to me and said Saurav let’s finish this and go with what they said and I am sure we will do well,” he said.advertisementGanguly said he told coach John Wright that if Kumble was not picked for that tour, he might not play for India.”I told John that Kumble has been a champion for last 10 years, he is on his way down at the moment, may be because he hasn’t bowled well, but I actually feel it is a temporary thing,” said Ganguly.”I told John if you leave Anil, he may not play for India again. I said I am not going to sign the selection sheet till Anil is in the side. The selectors got fed up with me and said if I don’t play well, if the team does not play well and if Kumble does not play well, I will the first person to to go before anyone goes. I said fine, I am ready to take that risk and we will see what happens,” he added.And after that Kumble was picked for the Australia tour and Ganguly said he came out with flying colours.”Anil had an outstanding series, an outstanding year as well. He went on to pick 80 wickets that year, which was the most by any spinner in a calendar year in history of Test cricket,” said Ganguly.last_img read more

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England chase down huge Pakistan total thanks to Jonny Bairstow’s century

first_imgShare on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… England, who had omitted Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid from the side in Southampton, were not quite at their sharpest in the field. Woakes, who ended with four wickets, had a better day but this time David Willey yielded runs at a mildly alarming rate – his 10 overs cost 86 runs.In this side, with Mark Wood and Jofra Archer omitted, the bowlers were of uniform pace and, in the absence of Rashid, there was no mystery from the spinners. Joe Denly was given a solitary over again. Unlike at Cardiff in the T20 international there were no long-hops but there were two full-tosses and Morgan did not trust him to continue. He can bat but it is wishful thinking to believe he can have a significant impact with the ball against the best players in the world. They required one favour from Pakistan. On 21 Roy slapped the first delivery from Hasan Ali gently to mid-off. There Shaheen Afridi dropped the simplest of catches and soon Roy was pummelling the boundaries at will with the crack of the ball meeting bat resounding around the ground. Initially Roy played the most eyecatching shots with straight-driven sixes peppering the spectators but Bairstow advanced just as quickly and one of his sixes over midwicket went even further – over the temporary stand towards a burger bar.Once Roy was caught at cover, trying something extravagant, Bairstow took centre stage, tormenting the left-arm spinners in particular. This was brutal, carefree batting, while Joe Root looked on in quiet admiration as the two Yorkshiremen added 75 together. Both departed before the end but even this was convenient for England since it allowed Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali some much-needed time at the crease. Neither were quite so fluent – and Moeen benefited from two dropped catches – but before long they started to middle the ball. Stokes was run out for 37 after a deflection at the non-striker’s end but Moeen finished with a flurry on yet another day when bowlers had to look forlornly at some ugly figures once they returned to the haven of the dressing room. 1. South Africa 438-9 v Australia, 20062. South Africa 372-6 v Australia, 20163. England 364-4 v West Indies, 20194. India 362-1 v Australia, 20135. England 359-4 (44.5ov) v Pakistan, 20196. Australia 359-6 (47.5ov) v India, 2019 Read more Share on Facebook Show Twitter Thank you for your feedback. Pakistan cricket team The Spin: Sign up for our free weekly cricket email. Topics While blasting the ball to every corner of this shrunken ground, Roy and Bairstow – in just their 26th innings together at the top of the order – became England’s most productive opening pair in ODI cricket with considerable scope to add many more runs in the next few years. More immediately the analysts of the world will be searching for frailties. On this type of surface – another belter – they can intimidate the best.Bairstow explained afterwards that the secret was playing “strong shots”. He said: “It’s not like we are slogging and playing ramp shots but genuine cricket shots.” He also feels he benefited from his experiences in the IPL. “I loved it there and learned different things from different coaches and players [including his teammate David Warner].” Pakistan had to recover from the loss of two early wickets to Chris Woakes, who found some movement early on when dismissing two obvious dangermen. In the first over Fakhar Zaman, after his heroics at the Ageas Bowl, edged to Root, who juggled before coolly taking possession of the ball at second slip. Then Woakes nipped a ball between the bat and pad of Babar Azam.Thereafter the bat was seldom beaten; Haris Sohail batted smoothly until he was carelessly run out as Tom Curran’s right boot, not renowned for its accuracy in the pre-match football games, kicked the ball into the stumps. Sarfraz Ahmed consolidated for a while along with Imam and Asif Ali once again provided some muscle. The tail wagged eagerly as Pakistan mustered 94 runs from the final 10 overs. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Hide Facebook Jos Buttler’s 50-ball century takes England past Pakistan in second ODI Share on Pinterest England beat Pakistan by six wickets: third ODI – as it happened Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Was this helpful? Read more Earlier the England bowlers had suffered as well, mostly at the hands of Imam-ul-Haq. He is the nephew of the great Inzamam and he hit the highest score ever for Pakistan in an ODI against England. It was a polished innings by the 23-year-old left-hander and by modern standards it was not particularly violent. His 151 occupied just 131 balls yet for most of the time he was content to stroke the ball away, missing nothing off his legs.Imam bats in glasses, which is unusual, and they never steamed up. There is still scope in this format for a measured player around whom there can be pyrotechnics from the other batsmen. However it is hard to gauge what a good total is at Bristol (or anywhere else, in fact) with the boundaries reduced, the pitch true and the white ball showing very little inclination to swing. Cricket Pinterest match reports Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Jonny Bairstow England’s greatest opening pair in this format made a mockery of what used to be regarded as a monumental target, as they went two up with two to play of this five-match series.Jonny Bairstow, who finished with 128 from 93 balls, and Jason Roy (76 from 55 balls) added a blistering 159 before they were parted in the 18th over, which meant the rest of the chase was no more than a canter. Needing 359 for victory England knocked off the runs with six wickets and 31 balls to spare. This was the second-highest successful run chase by an England side, the highest having taken place just three months ago against West Indies in Barbados. 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Rashford leads England past Costa Rica

first_imgEngland 2 Costa Rica 0: Rashford scores stunner in final World Cup warm-up win Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 04:56 6/8/18 marcus rashford - cropped Getty Images England claimed a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in their final World Cup warm-up match, courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck. A spectacular strike from Marcus Rashford helped England to a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in Thursday’s friendly clash at Elland Road.The Manchester United forward’s effort set the Three Lions on their way to victory in their final warm-up match prior to the World Cup, with Danny Welbeck sealing the result with a second-half header.Manager Gareth Southgate made 10 changes to the team that beat Nigeria 2-1 on Saturday, with John Stones the one player to keep his place, while Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold made his debut at right wing-back. 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 These two teams played out a goalless draw in their final group game at the World Cup in 2014, where Costa Rica went on to reach the quarter-finals, but Rashford made sure there would be no repeat of that result with a stunning goal 13 minutes in – his first for England since last September.It was just reward for a fine first-half performance but England lost some of their rhythm after the break, as Southgate made a number of changes, including handing goalkeeper Nick Pope his first taste of international football.Substitute Welbeck made certain of the win 14 minutes from time, though, diving to head home Dele Alli’s cross, as England earned a vociferous send-off from the Leeds crowd before their opening match in Russia against Tunisia on June 18.3 – All three of Marcus Rashford’s goals for England have come in games he started for the Three Lions (v Australia, Slovakia and Costa Rica). Claim. pic.twitter.com/LqRpVjWVKL— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 7, 2018Phil Jones clipped the crossbar with a header but it was Rashford who looked brightest in a positive early spell for England, and it was fitting for him to break the deadlock.Collecting Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s pass, Rashford turned into space and unleashed an unstoppable strike from 25 yards out that dipped over Keylor Navas and into the left-hand corner.Jamie Vardy was denied by a flying Navas from point-blank range as England pressed their advantage, although Jack Butland made a good save to deny Johan Venegas after a rare Costa Rica break.England’s pressure resumed after half-time, with Navas palming away a fierce Jordan Henderson strike before the resulting corner saw Harry Maguire’s header cleared off the line by Bryan Oviedo.16 – Danny Welbeck has now scored 16 goals in his 39 games for England, three more than any other player in the Three Lions World Cup squad. Option. pic.twitter.com/1bH2PDTfio— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 7, 2018Both sides made a host of alterations around the hour mark, which included a return to international action for the fit-again Christian Bolanos, while Burnley keeper Pope made his senior England bow in place of Butland.The game seemed set to finish at 1-0 until Welbeck made the most of his first clear opportunity since coming on, stretching to nod in Alli’s clever cross from the left for his 16th England goal, potentially giving Southgate more positive selection headaches ahead of the Tunisia clash in Volgograd. read morelast_img read more

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Festival of Trees and Crafts this Weekend in Middle Musquodoboit

first_imgThe annual Christmas Festival of Trees and Crafts in Middle Musquodoboit starts Friday, Dec. 2, and continues through the weekend. Held at the Natural Resources Education Centre and the Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre complex, 12046 Highway 224, Middle Musquodoboit, the Festival of Trees starts Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the festival and craft show both run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. “This family-friendly festival is a place to enjoy a room full of beautiful, fully decorated Nova Scotia balsam fir trees, purchase homemade crafts, and meet friends as you begin your holiday preparations,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. The opening ceremony, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, will feature greetings by special guests, the tree lighting, and local musical entertainment. More than 30 Nova Scotian balsam fir trees, donated by the province and the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers’ Association, will be decorated by community groups and businesses. Admission to the Festival of Trees is free. Admission to the craft show is $2. More than 100 crafters will display their wares. For detailed directions go to gov.ns.ca/natr/education/NREC/how-to-get-here.asp.last_img read more

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Almountakhab Magazine Names Hakim Ziyech Golden Lion of 2018

Rabat – Moroccan sports magazine Almountakhab has named Moroccan international football player Hakim Ziyech the “Golden Lion 2018.” Forty journalists, 20 technical executives, and thousands of internet users voted in the magazine’s survey ranking Morocco’s top 10 footballers.The Ajax Amsterdam forward collected 332 points, surpassing Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi, who obtained 190 points. Read Also: Dutch Media Award Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech ‘Best Player’ in NetherlandsAl Nasr’s Nordin Amrabat finished third (80 points), ahead of Girona’s Yassine Bounou (58 points), Raja Athletic Club’s goalkeeper Anas Zniti (51 points), Juventus’ Mehdi Benatia (50 points), the CHAN 2018 top scorer Hebei China’s Ayoub El Kaabi (46 points), Al Ahly’s Walid Azaro (24 points), Wydad Athletic Club’s Mohamed Ounajem (17 points), and Al Raed FC’s Ahmed Hammoudan (10 points).Initiated in 2004, the Almountakhab award has for the first time focused on the best Moroccan player. Its previous awards were dedicated to the best players on the African continent. read more

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UNP to push for elections in 2014

The UNP leader recalled that his party was ready to work with the government before the vote in Geneva and sign an agreement on national issues. “The UNP must get ready for an election in 2014. The government has tarnished the good image of the country and on the other side they have hit the people in their stomach. This regime is not leaving on its own,” he said. However he says the government disregarded the invitation from the UNP and in the process failed to put the country first.He says the government, instead, focused on the Mattala airport and not on more key issues including the implementation of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says his party will push for an election in 2014 to remove the government from power.He says the government has failed to protect the country and so the time has now come to remove the government. Wickremesinghe also noted that while on one had the government was criticizing the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, on the other side they were inviting her to visit Sri Lanka.He says there is no point on criticizing the UN Human Rights Council when the government had failed to do its part.  (Colombo Gazette)CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO read more

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Ultimate Frisbee Is In The Dark Ages Of Analytics — And It

Ultimate should be fertile ground for analytics. The mostly amateur sport first blossomed at universities and remains popular with engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians and teachers — curious, creative nerds eager to break down the sport and share what they learn. Its profile is growing, too. This summer, the International Olympic Committee made the sport eligible to be included in a future Summer Olympics.When I attended the under-23 world tournament in England this summer, I saw hundreds of the sport’s future stars coached by some of its brightest minds, but I also saw a sport missing something vital: detailed data.It’s easy to take sports data for granted in an age when cameras track and quantify the movement of players and balls in baseball, basketball, tennis and soccer. The biggest challenges for analysts in those sports is how to wrangle and make sense of all that data and to get fans to look past traditional box-score numbers.But in ultimate, there are hardly any traditional box-score numbers. Other sports have digitized stat-keeping even at the college or high-school level. But for ultimate, even at a relatively organized and well-run event like the under-23 worlds, the sport’s best young players checked opponents’ scores on schedules filled in by hand. Coaches — including my FiveThirtyEight colleague Jody Avirgan, an assistant coach for the U.S. men’s team — carried clipboards to log who played each point, with paper flapping in the wind and ink blurring in the rain. Players got a glimpse of what wealth can bring to a sport every time they walked past one of Watford FC’s brand-new 500,000 pound ($750,000) fields, but rope fences made clear that the Premier League team’s training ground was off-limits — as were stats as advanced and sophisticated as the EPL’s.At best, ultimate box scores — such as those posted on the under-23 worlds website — contain just goals, assists and Ds (discs knocked down or intercepted). “That is Stone Age material to work with,” said Sean Childers, an ultimate player and co-author of a study on ultimate presented last year at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, in an email. “Imagine a baseball or basketball box score from 50 years ago, but worse.”Ultimate coaches dream of stats corresponding to some of their favorites from other sports. Several wished hockey assists — the pass that leads to the pass for the score — were tracked. Bob Krier, head coach of the U.S. men’s under-23 team, wants to see a shooting percentage for the most difficult passes into the end zone. Others want stats on “pulls,” ultimate’s version of kickoffs: Coaches suspect pulls matter a lot in helping a team set up its defense, both for how long they hang in the air and for where they land.A catch-all metric for player value such as wins above replacement would be nice, too. But Martin Aguilera, who coached the U.S. mixed team at the under-23 championships this year, said, “We’re so far away from that.”Many coaches said they look to basketball for stats they want to see for ultimate. On the surface, ultimate has more in common with football (passing toward a score in an end zone), soccer (a field sport with fluid positions and no play clock) and tennis (starting a point on offense is like serving, and scoring on a defensive point is called breaking). But ultimate has similar defensive principles to basketball, with players switching suddenly from offense to defense and both teams resetting after each score.Plus, basketball has lots of cool data. Ultimate nerds speak with envy and awe about SportVU, the system of cameras that ring NBA arenas and produce data about where the players and ball are at every moment of each game. And they cite the shooting charts of FiveThirtyEight’s Kirk Goldsberry as models for charts they’d love to see, ones that would map success rates for players’ shots at the end zone by field position.Other sports are also seeking better data than their traditional, limited box scores provide. In volleyball, “the official stat sheet is basically useless,” said Todd Dagenais, coach of the University of Central Florida women’s team. He’s seeking better stats to help his team but says there’s a dividend for spectators, too: A smarter sport is more fun to watch. “When an offense is run well, fans love that, which causes the defense to have to make more spectacular moves and more spectacular plays, which is also very entertaining,” he said.Ultimate’s stats are stuck in the Stone Age in part because it takes a lot of work to get not a lot of insight. To improve on the kind of time-consuming, manual stat-keeping process that some coaches at the world championships were using, ultimate players developed an app to track players moving around the field. The Ultiapps Stat Tracker can generate heat maps showing the best scoring spots. Childers and a fellow researcher used data from the app to figure out where those spots are and which players were best at getting the disc there. What they found mostly reinforced basic tenets of the sport, like the importance of keeping the disc in the middle of the field. The heat map above, which is from the paper by Childers and Jeremy Weiss, shows a team’s likelihood of scoring from different points on the field. As a team moves closer and closer to the end zone (at the top of the chart), its chances of scoring increase (the higher the number, the better). The large dip in the 40-percent zone — shown as 0.4 — suggests that a team is just as likely to score from about 50 yards outside the end zone (marked as 20 on the heat map) in the middle of the field as they are from 35 but stuck on the sideline.But data collected at one level of the sport with, say, little wind may not translate into a different level in windy conditions. Partly because of limitations like that one, teams mostly have stopped using the app to collect data.“Teams liked our analysis but found collecting and inputting the data was too onerous to justify the time investment,” Childers said.Part of would-be ultimate analysts’ challenge is that top ultimate players don’t play that many meaningful points1Each game of ultimate is played to a certain number of points, and each team must keep the same group of players on the field until the next point is scored. in a season. Players might play during only eight or 10 points of a game because top teams are deep, usually with more than twice the number of players on the sideline as are on the field at any time. And the roster is rarely the same from tournament to tournament.2Even in an age when ESPN is airing ultimate, no one makes a living playing the sport. Top players often skip tournaments because of personal or job conflicts.Even if everyone could agree on which new stats are needed in a sport like ultimate, a tough question remains: Whose job should it be to collect the stats? Tournaments are mostly run by volunteers focused on tasks such as ensuring players find the right field, have enough water and uphold the sport’s unique spirit of the game during play. That leaves coaches to keep any extra stats they’d want for analysis. But they’re also busy doing lots of other things during tournaments. It’s often easier to collect advanced stats during tryouts or practices instead.For the under-23 tournament, U.K. mixed coaches had to choose 26 players from 93 who showed up at trials. They divided them into six groups and filmed them, rating them in 24 categories. None was scores, assists or Ds. The categories were more subtle: essential but hard-to-measure ultimate and interpersonal skills. One, for example, was “nicehead,” which gauged how well someone played with others. “What we didn’t want to do is pick very skilled players who couldn’t interact with other human beings,” coach Megan Hurst said. She and her fellow coach Felix Shardlow entered all the stats into a big spreadsheet and looked for players whose low ratings came in categories they could easily improve, like catching. Aguilera thinks that more ultimate should be filmed and that more film should be watched. He filmed games at the under-23 worlds from atop a ladder he’d bought for 30 pounds ($45) just before the tournament. Many top college basketball players have seen hundreds of games by the time they get to campus. Incoming college ultimate players might have watched fewer than 20 ultimate games, Aguilera said.Absent data, coaches have to rely on scouting to get ahead. Film analysis has become a hallmark of the best college and club programs in the country. And it was on display at the tournament in England, too.Take, for example, the women’s final between the U.S. and Japan. Mike Whitaker, the head coach of the U.S. team who’d been scouting that Canada-Colombia game with his assistants near the start of the tournament, said that Japan used “advanced scouting more than any other team at the worlds.” The Japanese team brought personnel dedicated to the practice, which played a big role in the final’s outcome. He noticed Japan made adjustments to its defense after its group-stage game against the Americans (the U.S. won 17-13) and scouting other U.S. games.Eri Hirai, Japan’s head coach, said the team tracked which players on other tournament teams threw the most long passes and which ones ran the most. Harai said this kind of scouting is standard practice in Japan. “It’s very important because we knew nothing about other teams before the tournament,” she said in an email interview conducted through a translator. By the end of the tournament, the Japanese team knew enough about the Americans to win the final in a big upset, 17-15. It was the only game any U.S. team lost in the tournament. ST ALBANS, England — On a field 20 miles north of London, three people were camped on the edge of a field wearing USA Ultimate hoodies, notebooks open in front of them. They were the coaches of the U.S.’s under-23 women’s team, and they were scouting two of their biggest Ultimate Frisbee rivals, Canada and Colombia, who were about to play in a group-stage match of the 2015 world championships. The coaches barely even had any data on their own team — but there they were, scrounging for some on their future opponents. Read more: A Plea For More Frisbee Data From A U.S. Ultimate Coach Riley Erickson records video of future opponents for the U.S. mixed team. Carl Bialik Head coach Mike Whitaker and assistant coaches Carolyn Matthews and Lauren Boyle of the U.S. women’s team. Carl Bialik read more

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Schoolgirl 12 died after inhaling too much of her deodorant which she

first_imgPaige Daughtry a schoolgirl aged 12 who died after she was overcome by fumes from her tin of deodorant Paige Daughtry a schoolgirl aged 12 who died after she was overcome by fumes from her tin of deodorant On Tuesday, a coroner described the death as an “unintentional consequences of a deliberate act.”Paige was found by her mother on a bed in a caravan that they were renting at a holiday park in Fleetwood, near Blackpool, in Lancashire, the court heard.She was rushed to hospital where she died two hours later despite attempts to revive her. Police investigating the tragedy on July 18 last year found Paige’s can of deodorant lying on grass outside the en-suite bathroom, close to where she was found.Doctors said she had inhaled butane and isobutane from the tin but found no evidence of “chronic use”.Paige, a “bright and talented” girl who attended Royton and Crompton School in Oldham, Greater Manchester, had hopes for a career in music or art.She was staying at the Cala Gran holiday park at the start of the summer holidays with her parents Ann and Stuart and older sister Catherine.Mrs Daughtry, 36, told the Heywood hearing: “She would spend hours in the bedroom and would spray and spray as she didn’t want to smell. She used to spray it in small rooms and I used to tell her off. A 12-year-old girl died after being overcome by fumes from her deodorant as she sprayed it on inside her family’s seaside holiday caravan, a coroner heard. Paige Daughtry, had reportedly been so keen on ensuring her personal hygiene that she used the under-arm body spray as if “it was going out of fashion”.But it is feared she overused the deodorant so much that the fumes from the aerosol, which contained “volatile substances”, affected Paige as she inhaled them while listening to music. Cala Gran holiday park where Paige’s family were stayingCredit:Cavendish Press Cala Gran holiday park in Fleetwood, Lancs Paige Daughtry a schoolgirl aged 12 who died after she was overcome by fumes from her tin of deodorantCredit:Cavendish Forensic pathologist Dr Jonathan Metcalfe said Paige’s death had been caused by the “inhalation of volatile substances”.He added: “Analysis of brain samples revealed two substances present in aerosols – they are known as volatile substances. They are known to be present in deodorant which was present at the scene.”Their presence is consistent with inhalation. Death may result from the toxicological effects. The substances are butane and isobutane.”There was no natural disease that has contributed to her death. There was no evidence of heavy use and no direct evidence that there was chronic use.”Det Chief Insp Jason Richardson, from Lancashire Police, said: “A can of deodorant was found located on grass outside the caravan, outside the open window of the en-suite toilet attached to the bedroom Paige had been found – as if dropped out of the window.”It was found to be empty and was seized as evidence. Ann reported that she noticed Paige using a lot of deodorant.”A coroner’s officer said: “It was established Paige had previously used deodorant – a direct quote from Mrs Daughtry herself being ‘like they were going out of fashion’. An empty canister was found outside the caravan window.” Paige Daughtry a schoolgirl aged 12 who died after she was overcome by fumes from her tin of deodorantCredit:Cavendish Press “But there was never a point when we started to think there was an issue – not in the way we would have thought she was doing any sniffing or anything like that. There were no indications whatsoever, I would have noticed.”She was a strong character. My feeling is she was the way she was and there was no changing her no matter what we did she marched to her own beat, that was Paige.”She added: “Paige was looking forward to the holiday – we went every year. We did some swimming and went into Blackpool and came back. We were as a family together all day, she did have a bit of a strop that day – but that was her being a teenager.”Paige went into our bedroom and my husband went off to take some photographs on the beach. “From Paige going in her room and me shouting her, it was about 10 or 15 minutes. That room was a bit cooler and the window was open.”I think that’s why she decided to go in there and all the chargers were in there and she wanted to listen to music.”I shouted, there was no response, I went in and sought assistance. I was screaming at the top of my lungs, trying to pull her off her the bed and phone 999.” “It’s most likely that inhaling those fumes has most probably led to her heart rhythm being affected and led to her death.”It may have been in recent times she got into the habit of inhaling some fumes. I do find she was probably inhaling deodorant fumes for whatever reason during that day. Mr and Mrs Daughtry can I pass on the condolences of everyone here. “In a statement at the time of Paige’s death, her grandfather, John Delaney, described her as a “beautiful” and “happy-go-lucky” child.He said: “We can’t describe how we felt, our hearts have been broken, there is nothing more I can say, except a part of us has been ripped away from us.”Paige, our sweet baby girl, we will never forget you as long as we live and, every day we think of you, you will be alive in our hearts, night and God bless sweet, you will be up there teaching everyone to sing, so till we meet again, sleep tight.”A family statement said: “Paige was a bright and talented girl who still had her whole life ahead of her, she dreamed one day to do something with her singing or art.”Paige is sadly missed by friends and family. We are all still in shock and grieving for a loving, loyal friend, daughter, sister and granddaughter.” Recording a verdict of death by misadventure, coroner Alan Wilson said: “This is the unintentional consequences of a deliberate act. Paige was inhaling the fumes from the deodorant but what she didn’t intent is the consequences. Cala Gran holiday park in Fleetwood, Lancs Two holidaymakers, from neighbouring caravans, came to assist with CPR before paramedics arrived and took Paige to Blackpool Victoria Hospital. “I suppose that’s something every 12-year-old girl would do, spraying deodorant. But she was overusing deodorant – it was more than we would have expected any girl to put on. Cala Gran holiday park in Fleetwood, LancsCredit:Cavendish Press 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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exSony man Phil Harrison replacing Molyneux at Microsoft

first_imgIt emerged last week that Peter Molyneux is set to step down from his role at Lionhead Studios and leave Microsoft. His destination is a new start-up called 22 Cans where he will join another former Lionhead employee named Tim Rance. Molyneux will be retained by Microsoft as a creative consultant, and won’t formerly leave until Kinect title Fable: The Journey has shipped.The departure has left Microsoft with a hole in its structure as Molyneux was Creative Director of Microsoft Games Studios. However, it hasn’t taken them long to fill that role, although the person stepping into Molyneux’s shoes may surprise a few people.It hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but Gamesindustry.biz have it on good authority from several sources that Phil Harrison is set to become the new Creative Director for Microsoft’s studios. Why may that surprise some? Because Harrison used to be president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios.Harrison left his Sony role in 2008 and has since worked at Infogrames (now Atari) and is currently a part of London Venture Partners, which specializes in investment for the games industry. This latest move, if true, certainly works for Microsoft. Harrison has a lot of experience, certainly knows how the games industry and key rival Sony works, and will no doubt make an impact the moment he arrives at Microsoft.Where as Peter Molyneux was a creative first and foremost, Harrison left game design early in his career to become a management figure within the industry, and has seen great success ever since. The contrasting style is sure to be noticed within Microsoft’s ranks, and I’d say he’s a better fit for Microsoft’s way of doing things.Read more at Gamesindustry.bizlast_img read more

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Teen with autism receives keys to City of Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A teen with autism who is dedicated to helping others through art has received the keys to the city of Miami.Monday afternoon, Bryan Fernandez-Cornejo became the first autistic teen to receive the keys.The 16-year-old was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4, and through his art, he has been able to express himself and inspire others despite his nonverbal condition.His work impressed Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, whose granddaughter is also on the autism spectrum.“Now, we know that Bryan is going to the United Nations, so we go,” said Regalado. “We know that he’s an international figure, and that’s important because he is sending the message to my granddaughter and most autistic [people] that will see in Bryan a person they can look up to and do what he’s doing.”Bryan’s paintings are hanging in city halls across South Florida. He even received a letter in January from then-President Barack Obama thanking him for sending the artwork.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Rescue crews recover body after truck crashes into SW MiamiDade canal

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews have recovered a body after a truck ended up in a Southwest Miami-Dade canal.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the area of Southwest 264th Street and 107th Avenue just after 9 a.m., Wednesday.Rescue divers went into the water to search for victims of the crash and retrieved a body.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where a white pickup truck could be seen at the bottom of the canal.The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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What Exonerations Mean For The Texas Death Penalty Debate

first_img X 00:00 /00:00 Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: PexelsTexas is the state with the highest number of privately managed federal prisons that the Department of Justice will reduce and eventually eliminate.There are 242 people on death row in Texas. The crimes they were convicted of are deemed to be the most serious a person can commit. But are all of them guilty?KERA’s Christopher Connelly introduces us to one man who Anthony Graves says no. He spent more than 18 years incarcerated – 12 of them on death row – for a crime he didn’t commit. As part of our look at capital punishment in Texas that we’re calling State of Executions, we have this look at what exonerations mean for the death penalty debate.TSCThese days, Anthony Graves says he has a good life. He lives in a large house on a tree-lined street in a nice neighborhood in Houston, with his dog named Papi.“It is a Chihuahua mixed with a pitt – don’t ask me how that happened. I saw him on Doggy Oodles, and I felt like I needed to rescue him,” Graves explained.A decade ago Graves was on death row.  In 1992, Graves was wrongfully convicted as an accomplice to murder in the tiny town of Somerville. The murderer told police Graves helped him kill six people and burn down their house. The murderer later recanted, but Graves was still convicted, and sentenced to death by the state of Texas. “It was just mind boggling to me that this man was sitting across from me telling me that they’re going to kill me for something I know absolutely nothing about. And how am I supposed to process this and then continue to carry on?” Graves said.    Graves saw his execution postponed twice before his conviction was finally overturned. After 18-and-a-half years behind bars, Graves was exonerated and released in 2010. He now runs a foundation that re-examines questionable convictions and sentences.Mike Ware leads the Innocence Project of Texas and he says Graves is not an isolated case.“What my experience has taught me is that there are many undetected wrongful convictions in Texas prisons. And I know that because I know when we look for them we find them,” Ware said.More than three hundred people have been exonerated in Texas since 1989. Together, they spent more than 1,700 years behind bars. Most exonerees weren’t on death row, but thirteen of them – including Graves – were.Exonerations have skyrocketed in recent years. Part of that is science – more use of DNA evidence and changes in forensics. Many prosecutors’ offices now have units that re-examine possible wrongful convictions. And there are groups like the Innocence ProjectThe exonerations have spurred legislation. Nicole Casarez is the lawyer who helped free Anthony Graves.“Exonerations tell us what the causes of wrongful convictions are. If we study them, they’re like the black boxes on an airplane. They can tell us what goes wrong. And Texas has made some changes to address some of those issues,” she said.More reforms are being proposed in Austin this session. But Casarez says there is a bigger, systemic disparity that the death penalty illuminates.“There aren’t any rich people on death row. If you are poor, if you are unable to hire good counsel, you’re much more likely to end up with the death penalty. And that’s something I think we need to be concerned about,” she said.John Whitmire leads the criminal justice committee in the Texas Senate – and he says there are a number of ways the justice system still needs fixing. Still, he says we shouldn’t look past the vast majority of people on death row who have conclusively committed terrible crimes.“I take it very serious every time someone is executed. I reflect, I pause. Obviously we have a responsibility to do it right. But personally, I support the death penalty,” he said.Like Whitmire, 75 percent of Texans support the death penalty. That’s according to a 2015 poll from the Texas Tribune and UT Austin. That poll found 59 percent said they believe people are occasionally, or often wrongfully convicted in death penalty cases. Graves says exonerations make it clear that the justice system sometimes fails. “We still don’t want to acknowledge that we have a badly flawed justice system, from top to bottom. And it starts with the way we think, and the way we see other people, those who don’t look like us,” he said.So Graves says reform efforts are good – but they will always be too small, too weak, and too late until people are ready to grapple with the reality of capital punishment in Texas.last_img read more

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Journalist withdraws complaint of being kidnapped

first_imgKolkata: The propaganda of an attack on journalists during the nomination process of the Panchayat polls was proved baseless after withdrawal of the complaint of a victim who went missing from Alipore on Monday.Allegations of attack on journalists at Alipore was raised along with allegations of journalists being detained started circulating with some comparing the office at Alipore with the “Bermuda Triangle”. Senior officials and top brass of the city police were informed about it.Interestingly, the journalist was later rescued and taken to Bhowanipore police station. Some colleagues of the journalist had reached the police station and clearly stated in writing that the scribe was missing for some time. But she returned after a few hours and there was no allegation against anyone in this connection.There was also an allegation that a scribe was manhandled at the same place on Monday and some of his valuables taken away. Similar allegations had cropped in a few districts as well. But, the interesting part was that they all returned safely. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Tuesday, came down heavily on Anandabazar Patrika saying that the newspaper has been circulating false news for ages and it is its policy to spread canards. There were also allegations of harassing a photojournalist a few days ago at the same place. The incident had also led to a lot of hue and cry in the city. But people came to know the exact reason behind the incident when a day later the Chief Minister stated that there was an allegation of taking money after assuring jobs against the person which was the main reason.last_img read more

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Indias cultural influences reflect in its cuisine Rocco

first_imgHaving visited India five times in the last three years for a total of 26 weeks, Italian-Canadian chef David Rocco feels that the country is his “second home”. He says it’s interesting how the cultural influences of the country shine through its cuisine.Rocco has explored India as part of a TV show for channel FOX Life. For the second season of the Italian-Indian culinary adventure “David Rocco Dolce India”, he returned to the nation and visited lesser-known locales to uncover some hidden gems. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It was really cool discovering these unique and diverse communities throughout India and seeing how their cultural influences are reflected in the cuisine,” said Rocco in an email interview from Toronto. Through his show, which airs in over 150 countries including India, he introduces viewers to the Portuguese influence in Goa, the Chinese community in Kolkata and the holiest of Punjabi traditions in Amritsar, while sampling plenty of culinary delights along the way. “I was first introduced to Indian food many years ago, but having Indian food in India is a totally different experience than outside of India. And of course making my first Indian dish was a little intimidating, but I’ve learnt a lot since then in terms of ingredients and technique. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“In season two of my show, I’m much more comfortable with the process and I really start to play around with certain dishes, combining flavours that north and south Indians might never have even thought to work with,” said Rocco, whose first attempt at Indian food was a ‘dal’ (lentil) and he found it “pretty straightforward” in making.The author of three cookbooks, Rocco has travelled the world over. But he said: “I’m attracted to India for its diversity and the warmth of its people”. He is also fascinated with the importance given to food and family in the Indian culture, which he finds “so diverse, from region to region”. In his show, he says he fuses his own style of cooking with Indian ingredients as “inspiration”.“You could call it the easy Indian approach. I’m really being an ambassador to the people outside of India, helping them see how accessible Indian cooking can be,” he added, stressing that localisation of global cuisine is “an incredibly common thing around the world”.“For instance, McDonalds is different everywhere you go! If you look at Italian food, you can get it pretty much everywhere in the world: lasagne, pizza and pasta are probably some of the most universally liked dishes that you can get in any major city across the globe. Is it authentic? Most likely not.last_img read more

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Make running your New Years resolution

first_imgIf you are running out of ideas for your New Year’s resolution, consider running. Researchers have found that runners show greater functional connectivity in brain regions important for tasks such as planning and decision-making.“These activities (such as running) that people consider repetitive actually involve many complex cognitive functions – like planning and decision-making – that may have effects on the brain,” said one of the researchers David Raichlen, Associate Professor at University of Arizona, at Tucson in the United States. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, the researchers compared brain scans of young adults engaged in cross-country running to young adults who do not engage in regular physical activity. Participants were roughly the same age – 18 to 25 – with comparable body mass index and educational levels.The runners, overall, showed greater functional connectivity within several areas of the brain, including the frontal cortex, which is important for cognitive functions such as planning, decision-making and the ability to switch attention between tasks. The findings, suggest that running may affect the structure and function of the brain in ways similar to complex tasks like playing a musical instrument.last_img read more

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Stepup your style game with modern jewellery

first_imgModern jewellery nowadays is not just limited to new or contemporary styles but has also been extended to the next level in the form of light- weight jewellery for parties as celebrations are high in the air. Experts list some options that will help you pick and decide the right kind of modern jewellery with your outfits: -Choker: Choker or choker necklaces are strongly in trend this season. The jewellery goes well with both Indian and western look. People have seen preferring the most for parties and weddings. It looks perfect to wear on off shoulder or deep neck top/dresses. Also, the jewellery is available in vast variety of designs to make a style statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Bracelet : A fancy accessory around the wrist gives very feminine vibe and well goes with gown and dress for parties. Diamond bracelets looks classic with party attire and never go out of fashion. Delicate or dainty Bracelets are ‘go to accessories’ and confortable to wear on daily routine and bring your boring outfit into glamour ensemble. -Stackable rings: One jewellery trend that has never gone out of fashion is Stackable rings. Light-weight and fascinating rings are an ideal choice to set the tone for every occasion. Elegant stackable rings allow the wearer to express their personality or match their mood thanks to the infinite varieties of colours. Rings that can be worn in many different ways become the ultimate dream for woman who loves experimenting their jewellery. It will be perfect accessory for any party occasion. They can be teamed up with both western and ethnic looks. -Ear jackets: The most and all-time favourite is ear jackets. A New Age trendy pair of ear jackets can turn your otherwise boring outfits into an ultra-modern look. Diamond ear jackets add a surreal charm to your look. The jewellery is available in vast variety of designs like Trillion Mountain, Marquise leafy green emerald earjackets to make a style statement.last_img read more

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Track Your Tweets

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free July 9, 2009 Immaturity of business models and metrics and ROI questions surrounding social media are making Twitter cumbersome to use for many small businesses, but change is coming as more startups are building Twitter into their business models; meanwhile, Twitter metrics and tracking have also been rapidly evolving. New metric tools such as Twitoaster and ViralHeat are constantly being released to track Twitter’s effect on sales and marketing.Twitter is the easiest form of social media to track, due to its open interface and data. Any kind of actionable data is worth tracking. For example, business owners can start by tracking how many followers they have at any one time, how many times their posts were shared and how many replies they got. They can also track more complex calculations such as how much their Twitter followers are worth. For example, Hillstrom’s Twitter Quality Score is calculated by dividing the number of followers by the number following, and a score of 1.5 or above demonstrates that a Twitter account is worth following and has quality information and offers for its followers.Next, track your sales or word-of-mouth mentions back to your Twitter account. Use a URL shortener, to track how often your content appears on Twitter, and tie it back to sales. For example, you can establish a shortened link to a specific promotion and track how many times it has been clicked on and shared, which is important in social media.Finally, to demonstrate the value of your Social Media campaigns to investors and the media, a business owner should track, at a minimum, the average number of weekly or monthly mentions of your business in social media of your business, the sentiment of business or brand mentions in social media and the percentage of your business or brand mentions by influentials within your industry. All three metrics work for any business, and are easy to track using buzz monitoring tools such as SM2 Techrigy .During a recession, budgets are slim and purchasing decisions are based on relationships and connections, right along with price. Now is the time to jump in and use Twitter and measure its effectiveness for your business. More Twitter Tips and Trends Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Can Twitter Really Help Your Small Business? Create a Twitter Following Your Twitter Toolbox The news is slowly sinking in that Twitter can help small businesses succeed beyond answering customers’ questions, networking and providing education. Within a fairly short period of time, Twitter could permanently change how small businesses operate to include hyper-local marketing, advertising, financial information, customer service, data mining, product and service alerts and micropayments. 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Take Advantage of Twitter last_img read more

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first_imgMarch 10, 2009 – Swissray International Inc. said today that they have been awarded a new contract by the Department of Veterans Affairs to sell their complete line of digital radiography (DR) systems. This contract allows any branch of the Department of Defense, VA Medical Centers or Government Agencies to purchase directly from Swissray. With exercisable option years the contract could be effective until December 2016.Prior to being awarded this contract Swissray held a contract with the Defense Supply Center of Philadelphia. Swissray has installed their film-less direct DR systems into many Veterans Administration Hospitals and Department of Defense Base Hospitals over the past nine years.For more information: www.swissray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more News | March 10, 2009 Swissray Awarded U.S. Government Contract News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more center_img Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read more Related Content Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more last_img read more

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