England captain Joe Root refused to think about off-field that have constantly dogged the visitors throughout the Ashes series ahead of the all-important third Test at WACA, Perth.The visitors are 2-0 down after defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide and they have to at least the draw at WACA to stay in the series.But, history is not on their side. England have not won or drawn a single Test in Perth for the past 30 years. They have lost their last seven matches.On the eve of the Perth Test, however, the tourists’ hopes of focusing on the cricket continued to be tested with questions about the team’s off-field culture.Former England captain Michael Vaughan criticised the side for behaving like “students” on tour in the wake of the suspension handed to England Lions squad member Ben Duckett for pouring a drink over the head of pace bowler James Anderson.According to reports in the British media, England coach Trevor Bayliss has also threatened players that careers would be on the line if another off-field distraction arose following the Ben Stokes suspension and Jonny Bairstow’s ‘head-butt’ incident.Having already been quizzed repeatedly about team discipline, Root hoped that his players could put the focus back on cricket and away from the bar with a good WACA performance.”You’ve got to take it in your stride, you’ve got to move on and as you’re fully aware from our point of view, it’s very disappointing how things have turned out so far,” he told reporters at the venue.advertisement”It’s about putting that right now, this week. We had an excellent attitude around practice yesterday and it has to be the same today. It’s obviously been a big learner (in terms of captaincy),” Root added.”I think the thing that for me is that we’re so close to getting it right. We’ve shown that we’re in this series, it’s just pulling that all together.”CERTAIN SLEDGINGThe off-field incidents have been used as ammunition on the field by Australia.Captain Steve Smith claimed his team had unsettled Bairstow in the series-opener at the Gabba by sledging him about his head-butt ‘greeting’ of Australia’s opening batsman Cameron Bancroft during a boozy night out in Perth last month.Anderson said Duckett’s gaffe was certain to be raised out on the field at the WACA.”Fine,” he wrote in his column for British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph. “It will probably be funnier than what they have spouted at me so far in this series.”Anderson also took a swipe at England’s coaching staff over their strategy during the second Test defeat, saying he and his fellow pacemen had not bowled full enough at Adelaide Oval.”It was an oversight from the players on the field but also from the coaches who could have had an input too, which is frustrating,” he wrote.Root moved quickly to play down any hint of disharmony, however, and said the team had trained with an “excellent attitude”.”I think the relationship (with the staff) has been really good,” he said.”It’s probably slightly harsh to put the blame onto the coaches…Ultimately, us guys on the field, we’re the ones that are responsible for what we’re doing out there.”England named an unchanged team later on Wednesday, but with a minor change to their batting order. Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow has been promoted to six in place of all-rounder Moeen Ali who drops to seven.Team:Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (captain), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, James Anderson (With inputs from Reuters)
Khaleel Ahmed has made quite splash since bursting onto the international scene. He says he is learning everyday on his maiden tour of Australia and getting the much needed help from senior pro Bhuvneshwar Kumar on how to bowl on the hard and bouncy tracks Down Under.After getting hammered in the opening game at the Gabba, the T20 series so far has been a mixed bag for the 20-year-old, who took two crucial wickets in the abandoned second T20 in Melbourne on Friday.India arrived in Australia less than a week to go for the series opener and adjusting to the hard and bouncy surfaces is a work in progress for Ahmed.”Conditions are different here. Against the West Indies or in Asia Cup, we played in subcontinent and in familiar grounds. When you come to Australia, there weren’t many practice sessions and it isn’t easy to figure out which line/length is the best option here,” said Ahmed, who has played six ODIs and five T20s.India vs Australia, 2nd T20I: HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | REPORT”So it isn’t easy to come and play here. If you don’t have ample practice sessions and then suddenly play T20 matches where batsmen own the game, it is a bit difficult. And you cannot even get relaxed against a team like Australia because they fight until the end as their lower order showed today.”Ahmed opened the bowling with Bhuvneshwar on Friday and impressed by removing the dangerous Chris Lynn and D’Arcy Short.advertisementKhaleel Ahmed is on firePicks up two crucial wickets. Lynn and Darcy Short back in the hut. Australia 35/3 in 5.3 overs.Live – https://t.co/ZHonO1GQJF #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/i3xbfQR8VaBCCI (@BCCI) November 23, 2018″I have learnt a lot in the past few months, especially how to prepare for a game and how seriously you need to take this profession. I have learnt three things – professionalism, maturity and responsibility from the senior bowlers and support staff.”Someone like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, he is a strike bowler at the moment and leads the team with responsibility that he needs to take wickets. He bowls to a particular line and length, and this is something you get to learn from him – how to bowl with so much responsibility as he bowls in all formats.”MATCH ABANDONED. Australia will take a 1-0 series lead into the T20 decider at the SCG on Sunday.The Aussies applaud the dedicated fans who have stayed around to watch in the rain tonight #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/m73AHjbgR8cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 23, 2018Talking about the intermittent rain that led to the game being called off, Ahmed said it was frustrating for the Indian team. The target was revised thrice for the visitors before rain had the last laugh.”Rain disappointed us because it breaks momentum especially when you know what the target is. Because of rain targets can vary from bigger to smaller and it gets frustrating as a team when you go out to bat after a weather break.”The target was low because we bowled well. We could have won the game with a good batting performance. But unfortunately rain didn’t help.”India are staring a rare series defeat in T20s, having won the past six, but Ahmed said the mood in the dressing room remains upbeat.”Dressing room spirits are high because we know we have played well in both games and can do the same in the last game as well. So, in the third game we aim to play even better and try to draw the series on Sunday.”Ideal start for India at the MCG.Watch via Kayo: https://t.co/4RaLpNkrJn #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/IA55tF89f6cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 23, 2018In a change of ploy from Brisbane, Ahmed shared the new ball with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the duo shared four wickets to wreck the Australian top-order. The hosts were reduced to 103-7 at one stage but made a recovery of sorts to reach 132 before the rain came.”The thought was that I can swing the new ball so that would be better if I could take early wickets. So they gave me confidence to take the new ball and in my mind I had the same thing that if I get the new ball, I would try to generate swing and utilize it by taking wickets. I think I used it well and took wickets,” Ahmed added.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)
At 19 years of age, Shubhman Gill has already been through it all – experienced the joy of rewarding IPL contracts and agony of failing in his international debut series.For a man so young though, Shubman Gill speaks with maturity beyond his years. He is keen to learn from every fall.Excerpts from chat with the young man who finished IPL’ 2019’s Emerging player of the year.Q. Quality runs in IPL 2019. Big confidence booster..A. This IPL was a confidence booster. But I would not say that I am satisfied because there were a lot of other opportunities where I should have done better. And as a team we had a chance to win the last game to qualify for playoffs. But the positive is that I got runs at the top of the order and while chasing as well. So learned a lot.Q. You started batting in the middle order for KKR before finding your groove at the top..A. When you are batting down the order, the mind set is completely different. When you are batting at the top you can pace the innings. While batting down, you either have to bat at the same pace that is set or raise the pace. So you can bat your own way and that’s an advantage when you are batting at the top. That’s what I tried to capitalise on and it worked in some innings.Q. It must have been a learning, to learn to play to your strengths.advertisementA. Yes. In a few games it also happened that I was trying to do something extra outside my natural game. So had to realise that it’s not my game. That’s what one wants not to do but in the middle there is so much emotion that you can’t keep control. One tries to hit out and drifts away from one’s natural game. But to keep nerves under control at that stage is the most important.Q. Gets tough to stick to your game when Andre Russel is smacking it at the other end?A. This season, I batted quite a bit with Andre Russel and with him together in fact there is much lesser pressure on you as a batsman. So when everyone is focused on how to bowl to him, you end up getting loose balls as well.Q. One learning that you will take from the great Jacques Kallis…A. When the tournament began, Jacques Kallis told me to trust my strengths and keep doing what I have been doing for all these years. He had told me, ‘you have many cricketing shots that you don’t need to do anything extra.’ And it sounds very simple but to be able to keep doing that is the key.Q. You won the India cap this year. How did that feel?A. Wearing the India cap this year, to do it away from home was a big moment. I was a little disappointed that I could not capitalize on it but I know in future opportunities with come and I will have to keep working hard.Q. We saw your father dance and rejoice after seeing you in action during the IPL. How good did that feel?A. It felt so good. He has made me work so hard, help me get here and to know he is happy and enjoying me game. What better than this for your father from a son..Q. What do you think of India’s prospects in the World Cup..A. India has got bright chances because we are good in all departments of the game. Also our England record in ICC events. And we have openers who have done well and if you have performing openers in England, what else do you want.Also Read | Mixed IPL season, didn’t pay off whenever I tried to do extra: Shubman GillAlso Read | Shubman Gill’s father doing bhangra in Mohali impresses Shah Rukh KhanAlso Read | Shubman Gill is a prodigy and the next big thing in Indian cricket: Robin Uthappa
REVEALED: Valencia made offer to Mourinhoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was approached by Valencia earlier this month.Before the appointment of Albert Celades – after the sacking of Marcelino – Mourinho is being discussed inside the club’s boardroom.Superdeporte says VCF owner Peter Lim would have made an attempt for Mourinho. Before formalising the dismissal of Marcelino on September 11, Lim put in a call to the ex-Real Madrid coach. But no agreement was found, despite the good relations between the two. The Valencians were also interested in Leonardo Jardim, a former VCF coach, who is in trouble at AS Monaco. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
According to Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, CARICOM has the capacity to allow persons easier travel, especially in light of security measures that are already in place at the various ports. Story Highlights Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are proposing that measures be put in place to facilitate easier travel within the community. “Before a single person leaves any port, we know who is there, who is a threat, and how they can be addressed. Therefore, the single domestic space for hassle-free regional travel must be a place where we start if we are serious about the single market and the single economy, and if we want the buy-in of our citizens,” she said. Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are proposing that measures be put in place to facilitate easier travel within the community.Among the suggestions are the establishment of a single domestic space for hassle-free intra-regional travel; and the introduction of a CARICOM multipurpose identification (ID).According to Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, CARICOM has the capacity to allow persons easier travel, especially in light of security measures that are already in place at the various ports.“Before a single person leaves any port, we know who is there, who is a threat, and how they can be addressed. Therefore, the single domestic space for hassle-free regional travel must be a place where we start if we are serious about the single market and the single economy, and if we want the buy-in of our citizens,” she said.Ms. Mottley was addressing the opening ceremony for the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Wednesday (July 4), at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James.In terms of the multipurpose ID, the Barbadian Prime Minister said the cost to put this in place does not need to be borne by governments, “but is a cost that can be borne through partnership across governments, to private sector and individuals in our region”.She also called for action to implement a regional ferry service that can be facilitated by the private sector.In supporting the call for easier travel, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Browne, said this is an issue that must be addressed in the context of regional integration under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).“Even if we solve all the technical issues that permeate establishing the CSME, we will achieve nothing unless we implement the means to transport people and goods across the region. It is an imperative,” he said.He stressed that CARICOM leaders, with the help of the private sector, must work to ensure the availability of reliable and regional air and sea transportation.“If we are to manifest our seriousness about a single market, and if we are to convince the Caribbean people that Caribbean integration is real, we must act to establish effective regional transportation, even at the cost of a subsidy in its early stages,” he argued.For Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell, he pledged to “continue to advocate that our governments work collectively towards more accessible and affordable regional transport for the movement of our people”.The Meeting of the CARICOM Heads is being held from July 4 to 6. Among the key agenda items are crime and violence, disaster management and climate change, and the CSME.The Conference of Heads of Government, which consists of the Heads of Government of the Member States, is the supreme organ of the Caribbean Community and determines and provides its policy direction.
Nova Scotians share a beautiful province. It is a big part of what makes this a great place to live and work. We are surrounded by natural beauty in our coastlines, our lakes, our woods. Nova Scotians want access to this land, for a variety of reasons. Many have longstanding traditions of hunting, fishing, recreation, tourism and forestry. Last week, the government delivered on a promise to enhance access to our province. It introduced a new legislative tool called the Community Easements Act to empower community groups, municipalities and the Mi’kmaq to preserve access to lands traditionally used for community purposes. By paying landowners for the right to control how the land is used, a community easement can allow groups to preserve things like agricultural land, community access to places of interest, working forests, scenic views, wetlands and woodlots. These easements may also be used to conserve lands with cultural significance, or archaeological or palaeontological sites. An easement lays out specific conditions about land use, and those conditions remain attached to the property in the future, even if the land is sold. We made a commitment to preserve our land when we took office in 2009. Government has delivered on that commitment by dedicating $25 million toward acquiring land from Bowater and $75 million for large land purchases. The province has already secured 40,000 acres in support of wilderness protection, heritage conservation, tourism, recreation, community use, fishing, hunting and potential Mi’kmaq uses. Last week, we extended that commitment, further preserving Nova Scotians’ access to, and enjoyment of, our province’s natural beauty. For generations to come. This is another example of how the province is making life better for Nova Scotia families, in every region of our great province. -30-
A Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship sank off the coast of Sri Lanka, leaving four crew members missing, the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (Vietnam MRCC) announced Tuesday.The Saigon Queen, owned by the Saigon Shipping Joint Stock Company (SSC), was carrying timber from Myanmar to India with 22 crew members onboard when it sank in Sri Lankan waters due to bad weather caused by a storm. After Vietnam MRCC received a mayday call from the ship at around 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, it transmitted an emergency announcement to other ships in the vicinity of the Saigon Queen for help. At 9:20 p.m. the same day, the Cyprus-flagged ship Pacific Skipper rescued three sailors from the Saigon Queen and kept in touch with 16 others who boarded life-rafts after the accident. Three sailors were still missing. Bad weather and darkness hindered rescue efforts.At 10:40 p.m. the Pacific Skipper successfully approached the 16 crew members on the life-rafts. The sailors were reported to be in good health, except for one who was slightly injured. When the Pacific Skipper was bringing the sailors aboard, Saigon Queen’s captain Nguyen Minh Luan, 51, accidently fell into the water. He has been missing ever since.The Vietnam MRCC told newswire VnExpress it was still working with relevant agencies to search for Luan and three other missing sailors named Hoang Van Ban, 58, Tran Van De, 54, and Pham Phu Huu, 27.The Pacific Skipper was heading for Bangladesh with 18 rescued sailors. It is expected that the ship will arrive at the port of Mongla on November 3. (Thanh Nien)
The new UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) military spokesman, Maj. François Ouedraogo, told journalists yesterday that security has been reinforced along the border in the wake of the killing of some 160 Banyamulenge (Congolese Tutsi) refugees at the Burundian transit centre at Gatumba during the night of 13 August.MONUC’s Force Commander, Gen. Iliya Samaila, had toured eastern DRC and visited Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, to talk with UN troops and Congolese officers and to explore, with his counterpart of the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB), further joint activities on the ground.In the framework of the Disarmament, Demobilization, Repatriation, Resettlement and Reintegration process, meanwhile, a high-level Ugandan delegation has arranged for the repatriation of the remaining 100 troops from Kananga Province, according to MONUC spokeswoman Patricia Tomé.The mission had repatriated the majority of them to Entebbe, Uganda, last December, she said.
US consumer confidence up in December as economy gains steam by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Dec 30, 2014 8:12 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, file photo, shoppers stand in line at Nordstrom Rack, in Schaumburg, Ill. The Conference Board releases its December index on U.S. consumer confidence, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) WASHINGTON – Impressed with an improving economy, American consumers are feeling more confident, a private survey showed.The Conference Board said Tuesday its consumer confidence index climbed to 92.6 this month from a revised 91 in November.Consumers registered a more favourable view of current economic conditions; 17.1 per cent said jobs were plentiful, up from 16.2 per cent in November. Just 19.6 per cent said business conditions were bad, down from 21.8 per cent last month.Expectations for the near future fell slightly. Compared to November, fewer consumers in December said they planned to buy a home or a car in the next six months. But 52.2 per cent said they planned to buy a major appliance, the highest share since 2010, noted Laura Rosner, an economist at BNP Paribas. She predicts “continued strength in consumer spending.” And their outlook is rosier now than it was when 2014 began.Consumers have plenty of reasons to feel better. The economy grew from July through September at a 5 per cent annual rate, fastest clip in 11 years. Employers are adding nearly 241,000 jobs a month this year — on pace to make 2014 the best year for hiring since 1999. The unemployment rate remained at a six-year low 5.8 per cent last month. The missing piece of the economic recovery is pay: Wages are barely keeping up with inflation.Still, tumbling gasoline prices are putting a bit of cash back in consumers’ pockets: According to AAA, the average gallon of gasoline nationwide costs $2.27, down from $2.78 a month ago.Another measure of consumer confidence — the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index — jumped this month to 93.6 from 88 in November. Michigan’s December reading was the highest since January 2007, nearly a year before the Great Recession began.
Rio Tinto is developing a new chemical procedure to process jadarite, a mineral discovered in 2004 with concentrations of lithium and boron, as it looks to unlock the potential at its Jadar asset in Serbia.The company’s Technical Development Centre in Bundoora, Victoria (Australia), in collaboration with the company’s team of global experts, is using ground-breaking methods to reduce jadarite to its component parts, according to a release from the International Mining and Resources Conference.This will see lithium carbonate and boric acid produced from the mined ore.Lithium is increasingly being used to produce batteries for electric vehicles and mobile phones, while borates are essential components for heat-resistant glass, fibreglass and smartphone screens.Rio Tinto’s Group Executive – Growth and Innovation, Stephen McIntosh said Rio’s Bundoora site had an essential role in its global business.“Our Bundoora Technical Development Centre was established more than 25 years ago. It has a proud history of applying innovative thinking to help us to maximise value in our business,” he said.“The centre is actively involved in applying technical expertise to improve how we find, study, build, optimise and close our operations.”Rio Tinto has built a pilot processing plant within a large shipping container to be relocated to the Serbia mine site should the project proceed to production. The company is currently working on a prefeasibility study on Jadar, the only project where there is a known occurrence of jadarite.Rio has invested more than $100 million on the project to date. Significant investment is required to continue technical analysis and planning to move from prefeasibility to feasibility, then to construction and operation, the latter of which could occur in 2023-2024.The resource base at Jadar is currently are 21 Mt of B2O3-equivalent and 2.5 Mt of Li2O-equivalent.The IMARC conference and exhibition, taking place this week in Melbourne, Victoria, is developed in collaboration with its founding partners the Victorian State Government of Australia, Austmine, AusIMM and Mines and Money.
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In a hilarious video, Ant-Man actor Paul Rudd confirmed that he will be joining the cast of the new Ghostbusters movie, which is expected to hit theaters next year.On Thursday, Sony Pictures UK uploaded a Twitter video of Rudd, who made the big announcement in front of the firehouse from the original 1984 Ghostbusters film, Entertainment Weekly reported.Look who accepted the call. #GB20 pic.twitter.com/hs7iqlvRVD— Sony Pictures UK (@SonyPicturesUK) June 27, 2019“When I heard they were gonna call me, well, as you can imagine, I nearly slimed myself,” Rudd said in the video. “I can’t wait to join the cast this fall for Ghostbusters. In fact, I’m sliming myself right now.”The 2020 Ghostbusters movie, which will be directed by Jason Reitman and focus on a single mom and her kids, also stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Sigourney Weaver. Earlier this month, there were rumors that other members of the original Ghostbusters cast, including Bill Murray, would be joining the upcoming flick as well, however, no other casting details have been confirmed yet.More on Geek.com:Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver Might Return for ‘Ghostbusters’ SequelWatch: Teaser Trailer for Jason Reitman’s 2020 ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie‘Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans’ Trailer Doesn’t Anger Me Toy Tuesday: The Best Playmobil SetsToy Tuesday: The Coolest Car Toys Stay on target
WWE returns to the road with live events in Chicago and New York City tonight. Here is a look at the full schedule through next week.* House show in Chicago, Illinois tonight, December 26.* House show in New York City, New York (MSG) tonight, December 26.* House show in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, December 27.* House show in Uniondale, New York on Saturday, December 27.* House show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Sunday, December 28.* House show in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Sunday, December 28.* RAW live in Washington, D.C. on Monday, December 29.* House show in Richmond, Virginia on Monday, December 29.* Smackdown/Main Event tapings in Norfolk, Virginia on Tuesday, December 30.* House show in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, December 30. Google+ WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Reaction to Ronda Rousey story making the rounds, Note on RAW Women’s Championship Twitter 7/27 NXT Live Results: Atlanta, GA (Two Championship matches, Karen Q injured) WWE tag team pulled from live events, Batista and RAW tonight, Former WWE star to retire Pinterest
Facebook WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Kanye West 2/23 WWE Live Results: Vancouver, British Columbia (Roman Reigns vs. Elias headlines) Exclusive Interviews – Oscars buzz is rising at the Toronto Film Fest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Last week’s 2/23 WWE RAW placed within the cable top 25 and saw all three hours of the show rank among the top 10 shows on cable for the week ending 3/1/15.RAW came in at No. 4 (hour three), No. 5 (hour two) and No. 6 (hour one).Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Trade hopes lift Wall Street Videos Articles Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcast Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup Kendall Jenner opens up about her insecurities SPOILERS: 2/23 NXT UK TV tapings in Coventry, Title match set for TakeOver: New York Now Playing Up Next Twitter Google+ Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015
England boss Gareth Southgate has attributed the injury crisis and suspension in his squad to the early kick-off of the Premier League shortly after their World Cup exploits.England are set to confront Spain in Seville but are decimated by suspensions and injuries.An injury crisis coming into this international double-header has been exacerbated by suspensions to John Stones and Jordan Henderson, and Southgate revealed to the Express: “Maybe they were expecting us to be back by the end of June.“Of course it’s always easy to make a comment like that and not know the complex scenario decision-makers had to go through.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But everybody knew when the final was and the semi-final, and that they would be away for a period of time. It’s a bit like our clubs in the Champions League. Some of the rest of the leagues in Europe help them and adjust the fixture list.“And I’m sure our clubs would appreciate that because in the end they’re representing English football and we want them all to do well.”“When you see the league, a lot of teams haven’t started yet at the level when they are at their maximum,” said Southgate.“And there are a lot of injuries across our league. I think it’s psychological rather than physical.”
This week the U.S. Senate is considering S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act(EPMA), a comprehensive energy bill that includes provisions ranging from energy efficiency to modernizing the nation’s electricity transmission grid and funding for energy research. There has also been 231 amendments filed so far, including several aimed at eliminating ethanol from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) or eliminating the RFS entirely. Senate leaders hope to pass the bill this week with a strong bipartisan vote and are trying to fend off any controversial amendments. The RFS related amendments are among the controversial amendments that are not expected to be brought up for a vote. The American Soybean Association (ASA) and our biodiesel industry partners are monitoring the bill and the amendment process.The bill’s provisions to increase energy efficiency, modernize the nation’s electric grid, and increase federal funding for energy research are designed to lower energy costs, improve reliability, and make the U.S. economy more competitive internationally and they enjoy bipartisan support. However, there are some partisan and geographical differences regarding the conflicting interests of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources as well as issues unrelated to energy policy that threaten to derail the bill.The underlying bill includes revisions to the Biomass Research & Development Initiative (BRDI), a program that is authorized under Section 9008 of the Farm Bill Energy Title. The EMPA would amend the BRDI program to provide research assistance and grants for the development of woody biomass heat and biopower projects, as well as a provision specifically including oilseed crops as eligible for the new grant program. The BRDI is jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy.Among the many amendments that have been filed is one from Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) that would establish a federal education program to ensure landowners are given all of the federal conservation options available to them when choosing to put their land into a conservation easement. There is no indication as of yet whether the Rounds amendment will be considered.The ASA will continue to update members on the status of RFS related amendments and any other issues in the EMPA relevant to soybean farmers.
R MadhavanInstagramR Madhavan is one actor who appears to be turning more handsome with his age. Many girls, including teenagers, go weak on their knees to see the actor’s salt-and-pepper look.Madhavan recently posted another killer picture on Instagram that got everyone praising the veteran actor’s charm. While many celebs showered their love on his handsome look, one 18-year-old girl was so bowled by his charm that expressed her desire to marry him.The girl commented on his photo, “Is it wrong that I’m 18 and wanna get married to you [sic]”. While it would not be new for Madhavan to receive such messages from random girls, he makes sure to reply to them with utter sweetness. “ha ha ha God bless you.. you will find someone way more worthier. [si],” he replied. The picture shows Madhavan sporting a rough look with beard and messy hair. He captioned the image as, “Editing is so much fun and exhausting:. Enjoying and fearing it..End of long travel day. Definitely getting older [sic]”.Madhavan does not appear on the big screen that often now, but he makes his presence felt on social media quite frequently with such awesome selfies.
Share Jorge Sanhueza Lyon/KUTCody Wilson is the founder of the Austin-based, 3D-printed gun design firm Defense Distributed.Cody Wilson, founder of the Austin-based, 3D-printed gun design firm Defense Distributed, has reportedly been arrested in Taiwan, according to multiple outlets.Austin police issued an arrest warrant for Wilson on Wednesday on charges that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl last month in North Austin.Authorities said he traveled to Taipei shortly after and missed his flight back home.EBC News in Taiwan reports Wilson attempted to lease a home in Taipei this week, but a real estate agent recognized him from news coverage and alerted authorities, leading to his arrest.While Taiwan does not have an extradition agreement with the U.S., police there have said they are cooperating with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force’s investigation and, EBC reports, are planning on returning him to Texas, where he faces a second-degree felony charge of sexual assault.
“The difference with YouTube is there is still revenue-sharing going on,” he says, noting his collective’s organically-built following based on streaming cover songs. “Universal Music is issuing mass takedowns of anything they own. The goal is to force Twitter and other social media sites to come to the bargaining table and work out a system of content ID. … Of course, it’s become clear that Twitter DOES exercise control of what gets circulated on on their platform — to the point of reinterpreting their terms of service on a case by case basis — which should require them to be held to the same standards of other media companies when it comes to copyright and liability. But that’s a deeper conversation. The bottom line that I [saw from] my Twitter jail cell, is that when the music industry fights big tech, artists become pawns to be used in negotiation.”A publishing executive familiar with Bradlee’s situation doesn’t disagree, noting, “Twitter does not have licenses to stream music. If Twitter wants to provide its users with the ability to stream music, they should obtain music licenses like other social platforms have done. Further, one would think that a company with a $30 billion market cap would be willing to do the right thing and pay songwriters for their work.” (Twitter did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The company typically does not comment on DMCA takedowns or account suspensions.) Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The bone of contention remains that Twitter, and tech goliaths like YouTube and Facebook, don’t want to be held responsible for user content, insisting they’re not media sites but user platforms. That disagreement was addressed in the recently passed EU Copyright Directive’s Article 13, which decrees the sites must begin to police themselves, and will be held liable for any copyright infringements. The U.S. Music Modernization Act doesn’t go quite so far, but copyright lawyer Lisa Alter, a managing partner in the New York firm of Alter Kendrick & Baron, insists it’s a step in the right direction with the establishment of a Music Licensing Collective.“There will be a more streamlined approach to licensing,” she says. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t have provisions for these media sites to vet material.” In other words, the political clout wielded by the Googles, Facebooks and Twitters in the U.S. will make that kind of enforcement difficult until the technology to do so is developed, which should happen in Europe now that Article 13 is being enforced. “Along with the NRA and terrestrial radio, big tech is the most powerful lobby in America,” adds Alter. “It’s a real push-pull to come up with systems that work for creators as well as ISPs [Internet Service Providers]. I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon.”Bradlee isn’t the only musician currently receiving Twitter takedown notices. His friend and frequent Postmodern Jukebox collaborator Casey Abrams, an alum of “American Idol” season 10 (2011), also had his share of Twitter beefs, ironically for playing Elton John’s “Rocketman” on sitar, which prompted a similar UMPG takedown. Could the company’s legal eagles be sharpening their talons to protect intellectual property anticipating the imminent release of the high-visibility biopic of the same name?In response to Abrams’ violation, Twitter essentially wiped out his account, removing all his followers, and forced him into a new approach to posting his own daily videos on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. “It’s one less site I have to worry about,” says Abrams, who has a jazz album coming out on May 31st. “It eliminates a lot of stress,” he downplays, noting that, “there’s not a whole lot of love on Twitter.” Musician Scott Bradlee is the leader of Postmodern Jukebox, a collective he formed in 2011 that’s amassed an impressive following by posting YouTube videos featuring vintage jazz, swing and blues covers of pop hits from Lady Gaga and Katy Perry to the Strokes and the White Stripes. With nearly 4 million subscribers, Postmodern Jukebox’s take on songs like Radiohead’s “Creep” (62 million views) and Panic at the Disco’s “High Hopes” have been watched more than a billion times.So when Bradlee received a notice of a copyright violation from Twitter on April 20 for a two-year-old, 20-second-long clip of him improvising the chorus to Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” on piano (without vocals), it hit him where his own music lived – on the Internet. “I received a Twitter suspension for playing the chorus of Elton John’s ‘Crocodile Rock’ on the piano,” Bradlee told Variety on April 24. “It wasn’t a commercial use and I wasn’t selling it. It was me making a fun recording on my iPhone.” Still, Abrams is perplexed at the ban. “People are posting mean and hurtful things, there’s violence, and we get punished for posting a song with love in our heart? That’s just crazy.”Copyright expert Alter says the music business’ ‘whack-a-mole” method of controlling its intellectual property is a leftover from the 1998 DMCA act. “There’s a whole new industry consisting of companies that get hired by publishers to troll the Internet, particularly YouTube, and find unlicensed music. Then the decision becomes whether to try to monetize through a synchronization license or simply take it down.“The tech industry claims that accessibility should trump copyright protection. Accessible does not translate to free. The beauty of the U.S. Constitution is that it protects original works of authorship, implemented by laws, even as it moves forward to alternate means of production and distribution.”Says Bradlee: “I don’t blame the music publishers; my beef is with Twitter. I just don’t think it’s good for society. You’re going to suspend a kid who makes a cover video for a song just as you would someone issuing violent threats? I’ve come to recognize all the ways our society and brains are being programmed by social media. And this is from someone whose band broke on YouTube.”Additional reporting by Michele Amabile Angermiller Citing the now-antiquated 1990s-era Digital Millennial Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown provision, Twitter sent the musician a letter it received from David Benjamin, Head of Content Protection for Universal Music Group Publishing “asking for your immediate assistance in stopping this unauthorized activity.” Shortly after the warning, Scott learned from Twitter his account had been suspended “as the result of multiple copyright infringement notifications.” He then took to Facebook to express his outrage. And while he contacted both UMPG, which has since withdrawn the complaint, and Twitter about his account (which has since been reinstated), Bradlee was none too pleased at the hassle.
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