A herd of tame cheetal at Corbett Park: Easy targets for poachersUttar Pradesh is famous, or rather infamous, for three Cs – crime, corruption and casteism. Last fortnight, it added a fourth “C” to the black list – conservation.The origin of the latest addition was the internationally famous Corbett National,A herd of tame cheetal at Corbett Park: Easy targets for poachersUttar Pradesh is famous, or rather infamous, for three Cs – crime, corruption and casteism. Last fortnight, it added a fourth “C” to the black list – conservation.The origin of the latest addition was the internationally famous Corbett National Park, a wildlife preserve that is rated one of the best in the world, teeming with deer, elephants, tigers and other assorted animals who have been housed in the sprawling parkland to keep them safe from poachers.Till last fortnight, the park’s wardens had succeeded admirably in their task till senior officials of the Uttar Pradesh Government decided to take a hand, or, as it turned out, a collection of hooves. The officials, including the commissioner of adjoining Moradabad, the district magistrate of Bijnor, the sub-divisional magistrate of Nagina and the superintendent of police, Bijnor, arrived at the park by a boat belonging to the state irrigation department for what they described as a “picnic”.The party, however, was unusually equipped for a picnic. Two members were sporting revolvers in shoulder holsters while a third carried a single barrelled shotgun. By law, which these same gentlemen were required to enforce, the carrying of firearms in Corbett Park is forbidden. The officials, as it eventually transpired, were there for one reason only – poaching. Their target, the herds of tame cheetal that populate the park and can be shot with criminal ease by people supposedly immune to the law.According to the sequence of events, the commissioner and his party beached at a place called Leedkhalia, a comparatively remote section of the park bordering the lake where cheetal usually graze in large numbers. Unluckily for the party, however, there was another group of people fishing nearby but out of sight.advertisementAccording to the second group, which comprised well-known conservationist Brijendra Singh, Trevor Fishlock, the New Delhi correspondent of the Times, London and their wives, they had spotted the other boat approaching but had taken little notice since irrigation officials often visited the area in the same boat. Having finished fishing for the day and with dusk approaching, the anglers decided to head for land and have tea before returning to their hired cottage.No sooner had they settled down, than the tranquility of the park was shattered by a shotgun blast followed closely by four more. Grabbing his binoculars, Singh focussed on the other boat and saw the occupants running towards the forest.Immediately, Singh, Fishlock and their wives scrambled into their boat and headed towards the launch moored some 500 metres away. As they approached, Singh could see the other party desperately trying to get back into the launch and start it. Fortunately for them, the launch refused to start and their boat was able to approach and stop in front of the launch.Confrontation: On inquiry, the occupants of the launch put on an air of injured innocence and denied that they had anything to do with the shooting. Since it was fairly obvious who the culprits were, Singh asked Fishlock to stay with the launch and stop them from moving while he along with the boatman, investigated the matter. Having barely entered the forest, they stumbled across a trail of blood, obviously left by a wounded animal. Since it was getting dark, Singh collected the blood-stained grass and returned to the launch where he confronted the party with the evidence. Fishlock then informed him of the bureaucratic pedigree of the party. At first, the officials tried to convince Singh and Fishlock to let them go since, according to them, the commissioner had come out for “a little fun”. When that failed to work, they tried the traditional form of bureaucratic bluster interspersed with thinly veiled hints. Singh and Fishlock, however, refused to give in and demanded that the commissioner accompany them to the field director’s office some distance away.By now, two forest guards had arrived and the entire party was escorted to the field director C.B. Singh of Corbett Park where the statements were recorded and the shotgun confiscated before the commissioner and his party were released. Said Singh: “It was a serious offence and we are determined to see that they pay for it “The next day, the field director and Singh returned to the original spot and following the blood-stains discovered the remains of a cheetal which had been freshly-eaten by a tiger. In an adjoining patch of the forest, the search party stumbled across a wounded cheetal which limped away before they could capture it for treatment. Armed with definite proof that the commissioner’s party had killed one cheetal and wounded another, a case has been lodged for contravention of the Wildlife Preservation Act.advertisementUnder any other circumstances, the commissioner and his party would have got away because of the local clout they wield. But there are two factors that weigh heavily against them. One is that Congress(I) MP and Gandhi family member Arun Nehru was present in the park when the incident occurred and expressed his willingness to brief the prime minister personally about the incident and see that the culprits were brought to book.The other is that Mrs Gandhi also happens to be chairman of the Indian Wildlife Board and also of the steering committee for Project Tiger and her feelings regarding conservation and preservation of wildlife are well-known. If she does decide to take a personal interest in the matter, the “stag party” could prove costly.
Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field first against Hobart HurricanesWelcome to the coverage of Match 2 in the Champions League Twenty20 between Kings XI Punjab and Hobart Hurricanes from the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali.ScorecardKings XI Punjab notched up the moderate total of 144 runs at the loss of five wickets with 14 balls to spare against Hobart Hurricanes at Mohali.Bailey walks up to Thisara and hugs him. He now shakes hands with his mates from Hobart. Eventually, Bailey was the difference between the two teams. It must have been a ‘nerve-wracking’ experience for him. Punjab’s chase was off to a rickety start as Bollinger and Hilfy combined well to reduce the hosts to 51/4. Maxi then teed off briefly to haul them out of trouble. Thereafter, Bailey and Thisara took control of the game with some smart T20 cricket. The rotated the strike well, in addition to putting the ball balls away. Thisara, in particular, was brutal and lends more depth to the team. Bailey’s calmness got them over the line with 14 balls to spare. Bollinger and Hilfy nipped the ball early on to make early inroads. Hobart’s death bowling though needs vast improvement. Not quite a clinical display from the Indian T20 League runner-up, but Bailey’s ice-coolness and Thisara’s brutal power drove them home after a disciplined effort with the ball. As Tim Paine said, he was quite happy with the bowling upfront. However, they must shore up their batting and death bowling to get their CLT20 campaign up and running.advertisementPunjab begin their Champions League campaign with an EMPHATIC WIN over Hobart!!17.4 overs: FOUR!! George Bailey makes room and carves it through sweeper cover for another boundary. Bailey SCORES THE WINNING RUNS for Punjab!!17.3 overs: FOUR!! George Bailey hangs back and hoicks it over sqquare leg for a boundary. With George Bailey(25) and Thisara Perera(34) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 135/5 after 17 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!16.2 overs: FOUR!! Thisara Perera picks it from the middle stump and dispatches it towards deep midwicket for a boundary. With George Bailey(23) and Thisara Perera(27) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 125/5 after 16 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!15.2 overs: FOUR!! Thisara Perera rocks back and clubs it over midwicket for a boundary. With George Bailey(22) and Thisara Perera(22) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 119/5 after 15 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!14.6 overs: FOUR!! George Bailey goes on the backfoot and slashes it past covers for a boundary. With George Bailey(13) and Thisara Perera(18) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 105/5 after 13 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!12.5 overs: FOUR!! Thisara Perera hoicks it high in the air and it falls a touch short of the ropes for a boundary.12.2 overs: FOUR!! Thisara Perera makes room and clips it through square leg for a boundary. With George Bailey(8) and Thisara Perera(13) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 95/5 after 12 overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!11.4 overs: SIX!! Thisara Perera picks the length early and sends it back over the bowler for the maximum. That was TONKED by Perera!!11.3 overs: FOUR!! Thisara Perera goes for the cut and gets an outside edge past the wicket-keeper for a boundary.SIX RUNS off the over!!Thisara Perera comes to the crease for Punjab.10.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Evan Gulbis has got Glenn Maxwell out caught by the wicket-keeper. Maxwell skips down the track to pull but gets a faint edge through to Tim Paine behind the stumps. Glenn Maxwell departs after scoring 43 runs off 25 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. BIG BLOW for Punjab!!10.1 overs: FOUR!! Glenn Maxwell dances down the track and hoicks it over covers for a boundary. Maxi is UNSTOPPABLE here!! With George Bailey(2) and Glenn Maxwell(33) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 66/4 after nine overs.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!8.4 overs: FOUR!! Glenn Maxwell employs the reverse-sweep and sends it racing towards third man for a boundary.8.1 overs: SIX!! Glenn Maxwell stands tall and sends it deep into the stands over extra cover for the maximum. That was SMOKED by Maxi!! With George Bailey(1) and Glenn Maxwell(21) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 53/4 after eight overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!George Bailey comes to the crease for Punjab.Ben Laughlin STRIKES for Hobart!!7.3 overs: OUT!! Ben Laughlin has got Manan Vohra out caught at mid-off. Vohra was looking for the big hit but miscues it towards Ben Hilfenhaus under the circle. Manan Vohra departs after scoring 18 runs off 21 balls with three boundaries. advertisementWith Manan Vohra(17) and Glenn Maxwell(19) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 49/3 after seven overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!! Cameron Boyce comes into the attack for Hobart.With Manan Vohra(15) and Glenn Maxwell(16) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 44/3 after six overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!5.3 overs: FOUR!! Glenn Maxwell goes for it again and gets an inside edge past the stumps for another boundary. Maxi was REALLY LUCKY there!!5.2 overs: FOUR!! Glenn Maxwell gets a big stride forward and whacks it over mid-on for a boundary. With Manan Vohra(14) and Glenn Maxwell(7) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 34/3 after five overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!! 4.3 overs: SIX!! Glenn Maxwell shuffles across and smashes it over midwicket for the maximum. Maxi GETS TO WORK quickly!! With Manan Vohra(14) and Glenn Maxwell(0) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 27/3 after four overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!3.6 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra rocks back and clouts the pull towards square leg for a boundary.Glenn Maxwell comes to the crease for Punjab.3.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Ben Hilfenhaus has got David Miller out caught at mid-on. Miller was looking to go over the in-field but sends it straight down the throat of Cameron Boyce who takes a simple catch. David Miller departs for a duck. Punjab IN A SPOT OF BOTHER here!! With Manan Vohra(9) and David Miller(0) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 21/2 after three overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!David Miller comes to the crease for Punjab.2.5 overs: OUT!! Doug Bollinger has got Wriddhiman Saha out caught at mid-on. Saha was looking to dispatch it into the stands but lobs a simple catch to Shoaib Malik who doesn’t drop those. Wriddhiman Saha departs after scoring 11 runs off nine balls with a boundary. Another BLOW for Punjab!! 2.1 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra gets on top of it and slaps it past backward point for a boundary.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!1.4 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha gets into position quickly and drills it past covers for a boundary.Ben Hilfenhaus will bowl from the other end for Hobart.SIX RUNS off the over!!0.6 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra leans forward and slices it towards third man for the first boundary in the innings.Wriddhiman Saha comes to the crease for Punjab.0.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Doug Bollinger has got Virender Sehwag out caught at third man. Sehwag reaches out and slices it straight down the throat of Cameron Boyce who takes it comfortably. Virender Sehwag departs for a golden duck. BIG BLOW for Punjab!! Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra are out in the middle for Kings XI Punjab while Doug Bollinger will start the proceedings for Hobart Hurricanes. Hobart Hurricanes scored 144 runs at the loss of six wickets after batting first against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali. Impressive bowling effort from Punjab, backed up by an equally impressive fielding effort. The hosts handcuffed the Hobart openers early on, before striking at regular intervals. As many as four Hobart batsmen moved into the 20s. However, they failed to convert it into substantial contributions. Akshar shone brightly with his flat darters, giving the opposition no leeway to free their arms. Anureet’s yorkers at the death, vindicated his selection ahead of Balaji and Dhawan. Barring Karanveer, the other bowlers chipped in too. With plenty of firepower in Maxi, Miller, Viru and Thisara, Punjab are the favourites at the half-way stage. Can Hobart alter the script?advertisementThat’s the END OF INNINGS for Hurricanes!!EIGHT RUNS off the over!!19.6 overs: Evan Gulbis works it towards extra cover and settles for a single.Ben Hilfenhaus comes to the crease for Hobart.19.5 overs: OUT!! Parvinder Awana has got Travis Birt out caught at short fine leg. Birt shuffles across to flay the scoop but sends it straight into the hands of Karanveer Singh for a simple catch. Travis Birt departs after scoring 28 runs off 21 balls with a boundary and two sixes. 19.2 overs: FOUR!! Travis Birt takes it on the full and slices it past backward point for a boundary. Parvinder Awana will bowl the FINAL OVER for Punjab. TWO RUNS off the over!!Evan Gulbis comes to the crease for Hobart.17.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Jonathan Wells has been run-out by Karanveer Singh. Wells dabs it straight towards point and calls for a suicidal run while Singh fires in a quick throw to catch him short at the crease. Jonathan Wells departs after scoring 28 runs off 18 balls with five boundaries. With Travis Birt(20) and Jonathan Wells(27) at the crease, Hobart Hurricanes are currently at 128/4 after 17 overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!! 16.4 overs: FOUR!! Jonathan Wells leans forward and punches it through extra cover for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK BOUNDARIES for Wells!!16.3 overs: FOUR!! Jonathan Wells stands tall and smokes it over mid-on for a blazing boundary. That was HAMMERED by Wells!! With Travis Birt(19) and Jonathan Wells(17) at the crease, Hobart Hurricanes are currently at 117/4 after 16 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!15.4 overs: FOUR!! Jonathan Wells waits for it and crashes the cut past backward point for a boundary. With Travis Birt(17) and Jonathan Wells(11) at the crease, Hobart Hurricanes are currently at 109/4 after 15 overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!14.4 overs: SIX!! Travis Birt picks the length early and sends it sailing into the stands over deep midwicket for another maximum. Birt is TURNING IT ON for Hobart!! 14.1 overs: SIX!! Travis Birt stands tall and smashes it over the sight-screen for the maximum. That CAME OUT OF NOWHERE!! With Travis Birt(1) and Jonathan Wells(11) at the crease, Hobart Hurricanes are currently at 91/4 after 14 overs.TEN RUNS off the over13.6 overs: FOUR!! Jonathan Wells leans into the drive and sends it racing through extra cover for a boundary. FAB SHOT from Wells!! 13.2 overs: FOUR!! Jonathan Wells gets forward and smokes it over covers for an easy boundary. POOR LINE from Singh!!NINE RUNS off the over!!Jonathan Wells comes to the crease for Hobart.12.3 overs: OUT!! Karanveer Singh has got Shoaib Malik out caught at midwicket. Malik was looking to launch it into the stands but spoons it straight into the hands of George Bailey who takes it comfortably. Shoaib Malik departs after scoring 14 runs off 14 balls with a boundary. Hobart IN A SPOT OF BOTHER now!! 12.2 overs: FOUR!! Shoaib Malik waits for it and flays the late cut towards third man for a boundary. BEAUTIFUL SHOT from Malik!! With Shoaib Malik(8) and Travis Birt(0) at the crease, Hobart Hurricanes are currently at 72/3 after 12 overs.ONE RUN off the over!!Travis Birt comes to the crease for Hobart.Thisara Perera gets his SECOND WICKET for Punjab!!11.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Thisara Perera has got Aiden Blizzard out caught at extra cover. Blizzard was looking to go over the in-field but sends it straight into the hands of Parvinder Awana who doesn’t drop those. Aiden Blizzard departs after scoring 27 runs off 18 balls with two boundaries and a six. With Shoaib Malik(7) and Aiden Blizzard(27) at the crease, Hobart Hurricanes are currently at 71/2 after 11 overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!10.4 overs: SIX!! Aiden Blizzard bends down and smacks it back over the bowler’s head for the maximum. That was MUSCLED by Blizzard!! With Shoaib Malik(6) and Aiden Blizzard(17) at the crease, Hobart Hurricanes are currently at 60/2 after 10 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!9.3 overs: FOUR!! Aiden Blizzard skips down the track and gets a bottom edge past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. That was UNLUCKY for Blizzard!! With Shoaib Malik(3) and Aiden Blizzard(12) at the crease, Hobart Hurricanes are currently at 52/2 after nine overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!8.2 overs: FOUR!! Aiden Blizzard goes for the drive and gets an outside edge towards third man for a boundary.FIVE RUNS off the over!!Shoaib Malik comes to the crease for Hobart.7.6 overs: OUT!! Thisara Perera has got Ben Dunk out caught at deep cover. Dunk was looking for the big shot but mistimes it straight down the throat of Glenn Maxwell who does well to take it cleanly. Ben Dunk departs after scoring 26 runs off 25 balls with four boundaries. Another BLOW for Hobart!! Thisara Perera comes into the attack for Punjab. With Ben Dunk(24) and Aiden Blizzard(1) at the crease, Hobart Hurricanes are currently at 38/1 after seven overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!6.4 overs: FOUR!! Ben Dunk dances down the track and punches it back past the bowler for a boundary. With Ben Dunk(18) and Aiden Blizzard(1) at the crease, Hobart Hurricanes are currently at 30/1 after six overs.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!5.5 overs: FOUR!! Ben Dunk shimmies down the wicket and hammers it past mid-on for the third boundary in the over. Dunk is LOOKING TO BREAK FREE here!!5.4 overs: FOUR!! Ben Dunk rocks back and slaps it through midwicket for another boundary.5.2 overs: FOUR!! Ben Dunk reaches out and sends it racing past point for a boundary. TOO MUCH WIDTH from Awana there!! With Ben Dunk(5) and Aiden Blizzard(1) at the crease, Hobart Hurricanes are currently at 17/1 after five overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!Aiden Blizzard comes to the crease for Hobart.Akshar Patel STRIKES IN HIS 1ST OVER for Punjab!!4.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Akshar Patel has bowled Tim Paine on a quicker delivery. Paine was looking to slice it towards the off-side but misses it as the ball makes an absolute mess of the stumps. Tim Paine departs after scoring 11 runs off 16 balls with a boundary. EARLY BLOW for Hobart!!First sign of spin, Akshar Patel comes into the attack for Punjab. With Ben Dunk(3) and Tim Paine(9) at the crease, Hobart Hurricanes are currently at 12/0 after three overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!! 2.3 overs: FOUR!! Tim Paine goes on the backfoot and hammers it through covers for the first boundary in the innings. CRACKING SHOT from Paine!! EXCELLENT OVER by Awana, just one run off it!! Parvinder Awana will bowl from the other end for Punjab.FOUR RUNS off the over!! Ben Dunk and Tim Paine are out in the middle for Hobart Hurricanes while Anureet Singh will start the proceedings for Kings XI Punjab. Toss: Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field first against Hobart Hurricanes. No Johnson but good to see inform Perera in the team. #KXIPvsHH #CPLT20 Harry Bajracharya (@Binga_Harry) September 18, 2014After their best-ever show at IPL 7, Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their aggressive brand of cricket as they start their campaign against Australia’s Hobart Hurricanes in their debut Champions League Twenty20 game.Quotes:Talking about Mitchell Johnson, who picked up 17 wickets in 14 games during IPL 7, KXIP coach Sanjay Bangar said: “We are still waiting for his clearance. Whether he is available or not, we still have a group of individuals who are capable of executing the role that is being given to them. “It will be good if he is available, but we are ready to cope with the eventuality of his non-availablity,” he added.”It is our first time here as a club and as a team, to be on the world stage and championship like this is wonderful for everybody. We have got some very good experienced players who have been in the IPL and played international cricket. It’s always nice to come to big tournaments and big competitions with experienced players. We have got lot of guys who played the IPL, played for Australia,” HBH coach Damien Wright said.Kings XI Punjab:Riding on their power-packed batting line-up, Kings XI took IPL 7 by storm before finishing runners-up and George Bailey’s men will look to continue their dominating show in their CLT20 debut.Kings XI depends on Australian players with the likes of Bailey, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson forming the core of the team. Coached by former India player Sanjay Banger, the Punjab team has some explosive batsmen such as Virender Sehwag, David Miller, besides Indian players Wriddhiman Saha, Manan Vora and Rishi Dhawan.However, Punjab’s bowling unit seems to lack teeth as there is still uncertainty over the participation of strike bowler Johnson, who is yet to get a clearance from Cricket Australia. Apart from Johnson, Kings XI have some good bowlers in Akshar Patel, Lakshmipathy Balaji and Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera who, in the possible absence of Johnson, will have to step up their performance at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.Hobart Hurricanes:The recently-crowned champions of the Big Bash League this year, Hobart Hurricanes boast a formidable line-up which is capable of sinking giants like KXIP. The team will be lead by Tim Paine following skipper Geroge Bailey’s commitment towards the IPL team.The bowling department of the Hurricanes is definitely their stronger discipline. Australian speedsters with the likes of Doug Bollinger, Ben Hilfenhaus and Ben Laughlin alongside Xavier Doherty – who will be crucial with his spin bowling.Hurricanes’ batting department looks appealing with explosive opener Ben Dunk, Travis Birt and skipper Tim Paine likely to make an impact. With Aiden Blizzard and Shoaib Malik, Hurricanes boast a potent middle-order that is capable of shifting gears whenever required.Kings XI Punjab will also be wary of the Hurricanes’ record run-chase of 209, highest in Big Bash League, against Brisbane Heat last year.Teams(from):Kings XI Punjab: Manan Vohra, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey(c), Thisara Perera, Akshar Patel, Rishi Dhawan, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Parvinder Awana, Mandeep Singh, Karanveer Singh, Anureet SinghHobart Hurricanes: Ben Dunk, Tim Paine(c/wk), Shoaib Malik, Jonathan Wells, Travis Birt, Evan Gulbis, Aiden Blizzard, Ben Hilfenhaus, Doug Bollinger, Xavier Doherty, Ben Laughlin, Cameron Boyce, Dominic Michael, Sam Rainbird, Joe Mennie
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge and improve the squad next season after lifting the Premier League in his first season in English football.With reports in local media saying Italian club Inter Milan wants to bring the former Italy and Juventus coach back home, Conte believes there is more to come from his Chelsea squad that has now adapted to his tactical plans.Asked if he would be at the club next season, Conte told reporters: “Yeah, and we have to improve next season.”We have to improve in the next season, to find the right solution to improve. We are working for only nine months together.”Now they know my idea, I know them, the characteristics of my players.”Conte faces a challenge to hold on to key members of the squad with striker Diego Costa reportedly a potential target for several Chinese Super League clubs, while Real Madrid are linked with winger Eden Hazard.”The club want to fight to win every competition. We have the same ambition,” Conte added. “For this reason, we try to keep the best players.”Chelsea could add another piece of silverware this month when they face Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — John W. Henry broke his six-week Twitter silence to celebrate.“Sweet,” the Liverpool owner wrote. “Four for England!”Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Bayern Munich on Wednesday, which prompted Henry’s celebratory tweet, ensured Premier League clubs filled four of the eight Champions League quarterfinal berths for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham also are in Friday’s draw.Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring during the Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between Manchester City and Schalke 04 at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)England is the only country to have had 50 percent representation in the quarterfinals. It has now happened three times, first in 2007-08 when United went on to lift the trophy.Aside from Chelsea’s against-the-odds triumph in 2012, English clubs have struggled in the past decade to turn overwhelming financial might into superiority in Europe’s top competition.So what is behind this season’s resurgence?MONEY TALKSThe Premier League is the richest league in the world thanks to deals for domestic and international broadcasting rights that far outstrip other top divisions in Europe. Domestic deals for 2013-16 and 2016-19, for example, both produced 70 percent jumps.In Deloitte’s most recent annual report into club revenues, England provided six of the top 10 and 13 of the highest 30.Tottenham forward Harry Kane celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur at the BVB stadium in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)Of course, the money needs to be spent the right way — and maybe that is starting to improve, too. Liverpool’s American ownership last year delivered the signings of center back Virgil van Dijk for $99 million — a record for a defender — and $85 million for Alisson Becker — at the time a record for a goalkeeper. Those two players have transformed the team.Manchester City has been spending heavily under its Abu Dhabi ownership since 2008 but has been more strategic in recent years under Pep Guardiola, giving the squad the kind of strength in depth in all positions — like at full back — it has never previously had.Tottenham is an exception, having failed to buy a single player in the past two transfer windows.English clubs have large, deep squads that can more easily manage the workload of being in the Premier League and Champions League.BETTER COACHESThe Premier League might not have had Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but it has been the home of many of soccer’s “super coaches” in recent years. That might be starting to have an effect.Guardiola is the most sought-after coach around, Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp might not be far behind now and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino is possibly the most highly rated of the younger generation.They are all getting better and better at handling the big, pivotal moments in the Champions League.ManU’s Marcus Rashford, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Tottenham was eliminated by Juventus last season because of a chaotic period when it conceded two goals in three minutes just after the hour mark. This season, Pochettino’s players kept their nerve to earn a draw at Barcelona to get out of the group, then weathered heavy pressure from Borussia Dortmund in both legs of the last 16 before picking off the German team to emerge a 4-0 aggregate winner.Liverpool produced a mature performance in Munich that showed Klopp is getting the balance right between attack and defense.LUCKGames at this high level can hinge on certain moments, and fortune has played a part for one English club in particular.Manchester United was facing elimination at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain when Diogo Dalot sent in a speculative long-range shot that appeared to be heading way over before hitting the arm of PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe. A penalty was somewhat controversially awarded after video review, and Marcus Rashford converted the spot kick.Tottenham, United and Liverpool can even count themselves slightly fortunate to just get out of their groups.United might not have qualified had Marouane Fellaini not scored an injury-time winner against Young Boys that meant the team avoided a winner-take-all final group match at Valencia.Spurs claimed only one point from their first three group games and got an 89th-minute winner against PSV Eindhoven followed by an 85th-minute equalizer against Barcelona. Liverpool required a brilliant late save from Alisson to secure a 1-0 win over Napoli that earned Klopp’s team progress at the expense of the Italians because of goals scored in group play. They finished even on points.Perseverance, or just luck?CYCLICALWith Bayern Munich not the force of old and rather tamely losing to Liverpool, Germany doesn’t have a quarterfinal representative for the first time since 2005-06.Real Madrid, winner of the last three Champions League titles, has struggled in the post-Ronaldo era and was stunned by a resurgent Ajax in the last 16. The return of Zinedine Zidane as coach came too late to save the team’s European hopes.Expect both teams to come back stronger next season.NOT EVERYONE’S HAPPYThe English resurgence hasn’t been welcomed by everyone in the country.Gareth Southgate, the coach of England’s national team, said Wednesday that he is concerned about the potential knock-on effect of an English team — or maybe even two — reaching the Champions League final. That’s because the June 1 title match in Madrid takes place only five days before England plays the Netherlands in the inaugural Nations League final four in Portugal.“It could be a mess,” Southgate said.By: Steve Douglas, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)The #JimHarbaughJerseyWatch satellite camp rolls through Baltimore today, and Harbaugh, a big time baseball fan, went with a pretty strong choice for his jersey today. The Michigan head coach is wearing a Cal Ripken Jr. jersey at today’s camp at Patterson Park.Jim Harbaugh goes with the Cal Ripken jersey at a satellite camp today in Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/GuBd95bDtd— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) June 6, 2016Yesterday, Harbaugh wore an Allen Iverson jersey near the legendary point guard’s hometown in Virginia, Hank Aaron’s jersey in Atlanta, and a Willie Taggart USF jersey during a South Florida camp with his former assistant. We’re pretty excited to see the other jerseys he breaks out on this camp tour.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:Predicting The Next 5 CFP Fields5 Reasons Jim Harbaugh Is Great For College FootballCollege Football’s 8 “Blue Bloods”
Philippe Coutinho scored a brace as Brazil opened the Copa America with a 3-0 win over Bolivia in Sao Paulo.After an underwhelming first half at Estadio do Morumbi, Coutinho scored twice within eight minutes of the restart to put Brazil in control on Friday.A VAR check and handball led Coutinho to the penalty spot and the Barcelona star made no mistake in the 50th minute before making it 2-0 three minutes later after capping a sweeping move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Everton came off the bench and scored the goal of the night with a blistering effort from outside the area in the 84th minute as the Selecao – who have won the Copa on each of the previous four occasions they have hosted in 1919, 1922, 1949 and 1989 – made a winning start in Group A.GOOOOOOOOOL DO BRASIL! Mais um gol de Philippe Coutinho, agora de cabeça!!2 x 0 | #JogaBola #BRAxBOL pic.twitter.com/sHeGi03rzs— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 15, 2019Playing without superstar Neymar after he was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury, 2018 World Cup quarter-finalists Brazil dominated but struggled to create any real clear-cut chances.Thiago Silva saw a header flash wide of the post and Casemiro came close with an audacious effort for Brazil, who had 77 per cent of the possession in the opening 45 minutes.The half-time whistle was met by a chorus of boos around the stadium amid a subdued atmosphere as Brazil failed to impress against Bolivia – a nation in which they had won nine and drawn two of the past 11 games on home soil, scoring 46 goals and conceding just four times.But a VAR check helped ease some of the tension and pressure with the ground after Adrian Jusino was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area.Coutinho successfully converted the spot-kick before he completed a quick-fire double after latching on to Roberto Firmino’s cross at the back post.The result was never in doubt from that point as Brazil turned the boos into cheers in the south-west of Sao Paulo, where substitute Everton scored a stunning long-range goal with six minutes remaining. What does it mean? Brazil up and running with 100th winSeeking a ninth Copa title and first since 2007, Tite’s Brazil got the job done in Friday’s curtain-raiser. It was not perfect but the Selecao managed to claim their 100th Copa victory.Coutinho takes centre stageThe Barcelona attacker struggled at Camp Nou in 2018-19, leading to speculation of a possible return to the Premier League via Chelsea or Manchester United. Coutinho, however, stepped up when Brazil needed him most with his first international brace since scoring a hat-trick against Haiti at the Copa America Centenario.Improvement needed by BrazilIf the half-time boos were any indication, Brazil did not meet expectations prior to the break. Richarlison and Roberto Firmino were virtually non-existent in the first half, while Coutinho and David Neres struggled to make an impact. The Selecao did beat Bolivia but they will be punished against better opposition if they do not improve.What’s next?Brazil will look to make it two wins from two against Venezuela on Tuesday, while Bolivia face Peru on the same day. read more
zoom Supply of cruise ships with liquefied natural gas (LNG) as marine fuel at the port of Hamburg is set to start as of May, right in time for the beginning of the cruise ship season.Namely, Becker Marine Systems’ Hummel LNG Hybrid Barge is ready for commissioning as it has passed its technical trial with flying colours.“The operation of all five of the Hummel’s generator sets recently took place as part of class acceptance,“ reported Dirk Lehmann and Henning Kuhlmann, both Managing Directors of Becker Marine Systems.In collaboration with Bureau Veritas, the overall LNG Hybrid Barge system was tested and a variety of large load impacts and load spikes were simulated. The overall load transfer of 0 to 7.5megawatts of power was achieved well below the time of two minutes set by the classification society.“There is thus nothing standing in the way of the LNG Hybrid Barge’s first planned supply of power to cruise ships over the course of May,” Hans J. Gätjens, Vice President Marine at Bureau Veritas, responsible for the Central Europe region.The LNG Hybrid Barge was launched in Komárno, Slovakia at the beginning of September 2014 and was christened the Hummel following passage to the Port of Hamburg. It works like a floating power plant and, compared to conventional marine diesel with 0.1% sulphur content, emits no sulphur dioxides or soot.
The increasing trade imbalance into North America undermines the round-trip rates for containers, findings released by SeaIntel Maritime Analysis show.After examining the relationship between head-haul and back-haul contract rates, SeaIntel found out that the development in the rate levels is quite negative on the Transpacific trade. The back-haul rates have over time declined more than the head-haul rates. Consequently, the round-trip rates have also eroded slightly more than indicated purely by the head-haul.Trade imbalance has been steadily growing on the Transpacific over the past 6 years. Consequently, the round-trip rate becomes increasingly dependent on the head-haul, but has seemingly also resulted in undermining the back-haul rate levels, as the deteriorating utilisation has resulted in a negative price pressure, according to SeaIntel.“Overall, this indicates that when trade imbalances are growing, carriers are not quite able to maintain round-trip rates. The lower back-haul rates simply cannot be converted into proper compensatory increases on the head-haul,” Alan Murphy, SeaIntel CEO, said.“On the other hand, in a stable, or slightly improving, environment with respect to trade imbalances, such as in Asia-Europe, this has a significantly positive effect on round-trip rates, and hence carrier profitability,” Murphy added.Image Courtesy: Pixabay; SeaIntel
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says he will not resign if asked to do so by President Donald Trump.Powell also says the central bank intends to be flexible going forward in determining when to hike its key policy rate. He also says that the Fed could alter its approach to trimming its huge balance sheet if it determines such a change is needed.Powell’s comments, made during a panel discussion in Atlanta, were immediately cheered by financial markets, which were already rallying on the basis of a strong unemployment report that showed 312,000 jobs were created in December.The Associated Press
Amethi: Union minister Smriti Irani Thursday filed nomination papers from Amethi, pitting herself against Congress president Rahul Gandhi who has won thrice from the Lok Sabha constituency regarded as Gandhi family pocket borough. Irani filed the nomination after a road show, which followed a similar route taken by the one organised by the Congress when Rahul Gandhi submitted his own papers here on Wednesday. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accompanied her in a show of strength in the constituency, which has been nursed by the Union textiles minister even after she was defeated by Gandhi last time. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details She lost the 2014 election by over a lakh votes, but the shrunken margin of victory for Gandhi boosted the Bharatiya Janata Party’s hopes. The Congress president is also contesting from a second constituency, Wayanad in Kerala, this time, prompting the BJP to claim that he is “scared” to take on Irani. Irani, who has been lashing out at Gandhi for missing from Amethi and for its lack of development, continued to attack him on Thursday, questioning his silence over the Income Tax raids against aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The road show began with prayers at the Gauriganj’s Budhanmaai temple, where her husband Zubin Irani accompanied her. Enthusiastic party workers took part in the road show ahead of the nomination, beating drums and showering rose petals. Many women wore saffron saris and men had angochhas in the same colour flung over their shoulders. They wore ‘Main bhi chowkidar’ (I am also a watchman) caps, in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Irani submitted four sets of nomination papers to district election officer R M Mishra. taking with reporters, Irani targeted her rival over the recent I-T raids. The Income-Tax Department has claimed it has detected a racket in collection of unaccounted cash, running into crores. “Rahul Gandhi is still silent over the fact that details of about Rs 280 crore have emerged from the residence of an aide of Kamal Nath, she charged. Rahul’s silence exposes his reality.” Irani said the people are looking for a vision in these elections for the development of the country, asserting that Modi will again emerge as prime minister.
Rabat- Economy minister Benchaaboun has said that government will not privatize ONCF, but may sell stakes in Maroc Telecom.Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun announced on Tuesday that the National Railway Office (ONCF) is not “eligible” for privatization because it is not a “public limited company.” According to Benchaaboun, ONCF is not a separate legal entity with shares to be purchased and sold on the market, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The government may consider selling stakes in Maroc Telecom, the country’s main telecommunication company, to increase state resources, Reuters quoted Benchaaboun.Rumors have that the Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA) may also be privatized.Read Also: #Baraka: Moroccans Call for Boycott of ONCF TrainsBenchaaboun announced Monday, in a parliamentary session to present the 2019 draft budget, that the government seeks to privatize some public companies to improve their governance and help reduce the budget deficit to 3.3 percent of GDP in 2019.Read Also: Court of Auditor: Morocco Must Reduce Deficit and SpendingThe move to increase state resources could generate MAD 8 billion. Increasing taxes on tobacco consumption will generate additional revenue estimated at MAD 1.2 billion in 2019, Benchaaboun asserted.Benchaaboun pointed out that the Moroccan economy requires measures to mobilize resources, control spending, and establish mechanisms to reduce the burden on the investment budget. He also noted the impact which the rising prices of oil and gas, which peaked earlier this month, will have on financial balances.The significant increase of MAD 4.65 billion, 35 percent, in the government’s subsidy fund for cooking gas, flour, and sugar, from the 2018 budget to the 2019 can be explained by the increase of oil prices at the international level.Read Also: Morocco’s Auto, Phosphates Exports to Narrow Account Deficit
4 January 2011Passenger and freight air traffic grew substantially in 2010 as positive economic prospects worldwide overshadowed the depressed levels of 2009 caused by the global financial crisis, according to preliminary United Nations figures. In a report on trends compiled annually for its members, the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said the substantial growth in traffic reflects positive economic prospects worldwide – based on a forecast of a four per cent increase in the world’s real gross domestic product – and that total scheduled passenger traffic, both international and domestic, measured in passenger-kilometres performed, increased by about eight per cent year over year.Created in 1944, the ICAO promotes the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation; setting standards and regulations necessary for safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. The 190 countries that make up the organization’s membership use the report’s findings for planning purposes, in areas such as infrastructure and plane purchases.ICAO said that the number of passengers carried in 2010 was up 6.3 per cent over 2009, at some 2.5 billion passengers, while cargo – measured in freight-tonne kilometres performed – posted a dramatic jump of 18.9 per cent after a sharp decline of 11 per cent the previous year. The jump in cargo traffic was in with a sharp rebound in global trade and its largest increase in three decades.International passenger traffic grew by 8.8 per cent, led by a strong rebound in business and leisure long-haul travel, particularly in emerging markets such as the so-called BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – where outgoing tourism flourished.The largest percentage growth was registered by the airlines of the Middle East with 21 per cent, followed by those of the Asia/Pacific region with 12.9 per cent, Latin America with 11.4 per cent and Africa with 10 per cent. Traffic in the mature markets of North America and Europe grew by 6.2 per cent and 6.7 per cent, respectively. The lower growth figures relate to a larger traffic base and still represent significant increases.Europe is still benefiting from the ability of low cost carriers to expand their point-to-point markets, due in part to the geographical enlargement of the European Union. Demand for travel remained strong and resilient despite the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland, which partially closed European airspace in the spring, disrupting business and leisure travel and paralyzing air cargo movements.ICAO found that more than 100,000 flights were cancelled in 2010, including 80 per cent of the intra-European market, while nine million passengers were affected Domestically, markets overall grew by 6.9 per cent. Rates of 1.5 per cent, 3.6 per cent and 4 per cent in North America, the Middle East and Africa respectively, were offset by rates of 15.1 per cent in the Asia/Pacific region, 15.9 per cent in Latin America and 12.2 per cent in Europe.The recovery in cargo traffic was led by the Asia/Pacific region, with an increase of 24.8 per cent, while all regions posted double-digit growth, the highest being the Middle East at 34.1 per cent.The two major aircraft manufacturers, Boeing of the United States and the European Airbus, are expected to have delivered more than 950 new aircraft in 2010, 40 per cent of them aimed replacing aircraft in mature markets. These energy-efficient planes will help reduce the carbon footprint of aviation on the environment and support efforts towards reversing climate.Looking ahead, ICAO said that based on more than four per cent growth in the world economy for the next three years, it forecasts that passenger traffic will increase by 4.7 per cent and 4.9 per cent in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Oil prices, currently above $80 per barrel, remain a potential impediment to growth, although this could be mitigated by the delivery of new and more fuel efficient aircraft.
COPENHAGEN — Police in Norway believe a missing Dutch cybersecurity expert who had worked for the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks “most likely perished as a result of an accident” in a fjord.Police in northern Norway say Arjen Kamphuis, who was last seen on Aug. 20, 2018, when checking out from a hotel in Bodoe, just north of the Arctic Circle, likely was involved in a kayaking accident that same day “and has disappeared at sea.”Police said in a statement Friday that his body had never been found “and there are reasons to believe he disappeared at sea.” Parts of a kayak and some of his personal belongings were found in a fjord.Kamphuis was vacationing in Bodoe.The Associated Press
December has not been kind to the Columbus Blue Jackets. “December is the big month in the NHL schedule for everybody,” Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “This is an important month. Not off to a very good start.” The Blue Jackets have lost five consecutive games, including all three games in December. Last December, the Blue Jackets went 2-9-5. “I don’t care what happened last season,” Blue Jackets defenseman Mike Commodore said. “Honestly, I don’t give a s—. It’s a new season, we’ve lost a couple games in a row — big deal.” Forward R.J. Umberger said he thinks the team is frustrated but not dead. “I think any team would be a little frustrated when you lose five in a row, when you lose a couple big games,” Umberger said. “How do you respond to it? We still control our own destiny — it’s December.” Commodore and Umberger’s frustrations came after Saturday’s 7-2 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, which was preceded by a 5-0 loss against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday in Buffalo. Arniel managed to find some positives in the game against the Penguins. The team has allowed six goals while on the penalty kill in the last two games. Commodore could not explain the weekend’s penalty-killing woes. “Every once in a while, the pucks are going to go in,” Commodore said. “That’s just how it is, and they’ve gone in the last two nights.” Commodore said he thinks the team might be mentally fragile amid the string of losses, but it is not an excuse to keep losing. “There’s no point in sitting around and sulking about it,” he said. “We have to keep working, and I think we’ll come together.” Arniel said he and the staff need to work with the players to get their minds set on winning. “It’s part of what coaching is,” Arniel said. “I have to try to change the psyche of players and (not) think that just because they gave up a goal the game’s over, or if you lose a game, it’s the end of the year.” Arniel said the losing streak stems from poor play in many facets of the game. “The power play obviously at home (has) been a big one,” Arniel said. “We were one of the best goals-against teams in the league. When you’re losing, you can nitpick like crazy.” But Arniel said he wants to put the poor play behind him and focus on the Dallas Stars, who play in Columbus tonight. “I just want to win Monday night. That’s all I care about,” Arniel said. “I don’t care what’s already happened. I care about Monday night.”
Alcool et nicotine : découverte d’une enzyme impliquée dans la dépendanceDes chercheurs américains de l’Université de Californie à San Francisco ont découvert chez la souris une enzyme spécifique contrôlant les réponses du cerveau à la nicotine et à l’alcool.Une étude menée par des chercheurs de l’Université de Californie sur des souris, révèle le rôle joué par une enzyme, la kinase C (PKC) epsilon, dans le contrôle des réactions du cerveau liées à la nicotine et à l’alcool. La recherche, publiée dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, laisse entrevoir déjà de nombreuses applications comme le traitement de l’accoutumance à la nicotine et de la dépendance à l’alcool par l’usage d’inhibiteurs spécifiques contre la molécule.Les travaux des scientifiques qui se déroulent depuis quatre semaines montrent que les rongeurs génétiquement modifiés et présentant une baisse de l’enzyme, ont tendance à boire moins d’eau contenant de la nicotine. Au contraire, les souris n’ayant subi aucune intervention, augmentent de façon notable leur consommation de la solution nicotinée.Selon les chercheurs, la souris tout comme l’être humain possède un certain groupe de récepteurs neuronaux qui, sous l’effet de la nicotine, synthétise la dopamine. Ce neurotransmetteur crée ainsi une sensation de plaisir assimilable de manière intuitive à un sentiment de récompense. Un effet sur la consommation d’alcool À lire aussiL’étrange maladie qui rend ivre sans boire une goutte d’alcoolLes recherches menées dernièrement suggèrent que les souris dépourvues de l’enzyme en question possèdent également moins de récepteurs nicotiniques. Par ailleurs, d’autres études effectuées auparavant avaient déjà montré que l’inhibition de l’enzyme kinase C (PKC) epsilon chez les souris, provoquait une baisse de leur consommation d’alcool. A présent, les scientifiques cherchent donc à mettre au point une molécule capable d’inhiber l’enzyme. En cas de succès, la trouvaille pourrait permettre de mettre au point un médicament pour traiter la dépendance en inhibant la sensation d’euphorie causée par la dopamine.Le 15 septembre 2011 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambert
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Archangel: Hellfire VR’s Multiplayer Early Access Launches Stay on target Last year’s Archangel VR let players live out their Pacific Rim fantasies by letting them (virtually) control a giant mech. The game was generally well-received, though its on-rails gameplay did turn off some reviewers and gamers. Thankfully, the upcoming update called Archangel: Hellfire will remedy this by introducing off-rails action in a new multiplayer mode.Archangel: Hellfire adds a co-op mode and the often-requested multiplayer mode which includes Team Deathmatch/2v2 PVP. It also includes six new warrior mechs and three distinct classes. All of the mechs have unique abilities and custom weapon systems. Each includes all-new fully functional cockpit controls.This will be a free update for those who own the original Archangel. New players can try Team Deathmatch for free for a limited time. This includes the aforementioned new mechs, abilities, and PVP maps. Current Archangel players can try out Team Deathmatch four weeks ahead of launch when Early Access Battle Training stars on May 25. Archangel will soon be available at a discounted price to celebrate the June 28 launch of Archangel: Hellfire.“Archangel: Hellfire will deliver the most intense and immersive multiplayer mech combat that players have ever experienced,” said Peter Akemann, President of Skydance Interactive. “The team is working hard to bring the player-versus-player off-rails combat that fans have been asking for, and really embody that fantasy of piloting a giant building-sized mech. And with the free team PvP multiplayer experience, all VR gamers will soon have a chance to hop into the cockpit and prove their mettle.”Since Archangel is now introducing PVP, it was a wise decision to make the action off-rails. Truthfully, I can’t fathom how on-rails PVP could even work. I’m sure die-hard fans will appreciate being able to freely pilot their mech. This move could potentially grow the game’s audience. I guess we’ll see how players take to off-rails PVP when Archangel: Hellfire releases for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on June 28.
Group risk benefits are now a core component of the employee benefits package, and include life assurance, income protection, and critical illness. Yet many employees do not understand the value and importance of these benefits, often due to poor communication on the part of their employer.Employees can be grouped into three categories based on their understanding, says Simon Crew, consultant at Xerox HR Services. This includes a select few who understand the benefits, those who think they understand the benefits, but are mistaken, and those that do not know anything about the benefit through lack of knowledge or desire.Crew says: “I don’t think that the basic principles behind risk benefits are that complicated, but most employers do not communicate them in a way that allows employees to make informed decisions. Employers spend a large amount of time, money and effort to communicate pension scheme benefits but very little time on the risk benefits.”Income protection concernsA more worrying aspect of this situation is the lack of awareness among employees about how much money they would need to survive the impact of being unable to work due to long-term illness. In these situations group income protection products can be invaluable in providing some financial security.Martin Noone, managing director at Legal and General Workplace Health and Protection, says: “Our own research [Deadline to the breadline, published in November 2014] shows that the average person in the UK is four weeks away from financial struggle should they be unable to work and not receive their salary or wage income, making protection against such a situation vitally important.”However, an appreciation of the importance of financial protection can depend on the individual employee and what they earn, says Adrian Humphreys, head of group risk and healthcare at JLT Employee Benefits. “At JLT Employee Benefits we still find group income protection has a lower take up rate than private medical insurance [PMI] or life insurance. This is a little strange, as for younger people without a family or mortgage, insuring your income for a few years is probably far more important than getting a lump sum should you die,” he says.Appropriate cover levelsFlexible benefits schemes provide opportunities for staff to flex up and down and tailor cover to their current needs, but many feel unsure about which benefits or level of cover are most appropriate for them.In spite of the choice, most employees retain the default or core level of cover, says Paul White, senior consultant at Punter Southall Health and Protection. He adds: “There are lots of reasons for this, including the fact that the benefits are relatively cheap, so flexing down doesn’t release sufficient funds.“Employees also tend to believe that their employer knows what is right for them. Some simply lack interest. But clearly for the 5 to 10% who might typically elect a different level of cover, consideration would have been given to the impact.”Most benefit platforms offer good guidance in these areas, even though most people still pick the default position, says Humphreys. “Again, age and financial sophistication of the audience plays a major part. Simple questionnaire-based systems can be very helpful in guiding employees to a sensible choice,” he says.Digital channels can also be harnessed to communicate information around group risk benefits to staff, but communication strategies should take into account the particular demographic of the workforce. White says: “Group risk benefits must be communicated in an appropriate way for staff, based on whether or not they are computer savvy. Most [organisations] will communicate their group risk benefits by email or via the intranet as it is the most cost-effective way to reach employees in the most efficient manner, but as with paper communications, documentation should be regularly reviewed to keep it up to date.”The consensus is that employers need to work harder at providing the tools and information to ensure that employees value and truly appreciate the group risk benefits on offer. Crew adds: “Employees need to be given more information so they can make more informed decisions. It is only when employees start to value the benefit that employers will see that investment they make is worthwhile.” Need to knowEmployee benefits communication strategies should focus as much on the value of group risk provision as they do on workplace benefits such as pension schemes.A poor grasp of the financial implications of long-term sickness absence among staff has made income protection cover an increasingly important group risk benefit.Employees with the option of flexing group risk benefits and cover levels are likely to need help and support in making an informed decision.
Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesThe Markle family has been a constant sore spot for the Duchess of Sussex ever since she joined the Royal Family.The Markle family has been relentless in using the media to attack Meghan and the Royal Family, though the primary target of their ire seems to be Meghan, the entire Royal Family is being humiliated in the public drama. Already Meghan’s sister, Samantha, has reportedly made numerous attempts to tarnish her reputation, branding her “Princess Pushy” and publicly calling her a social climber. She even travelled all the way to the UK from the US to take part in television interviews.But it was Meghan’s relationship with her father Thomas Markle that may have truly embarrassed the Royal Family. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesReportedly just days before her wedding, it was revealed Thomas had been hit with a heart problem and was too ill to make the trip. But he went on to admit that he was paid to stage paparazzi photos to sell to news outlets in an effort to improve his image. Meghan and Thomas have reportedly not spoken to each other since then.According to 2019 documentary “Meghan and Harry: the First 100 days”, the Royal Family was caught unawares by this situation. But Royal observers and biographers are trying their best to defend Meghan Markle by pointing out that the Royal Palace could have done more to protect the Duchess from such bad press and in turn, help themselves, which we have to say, is quite an obvious observation. Meghan Markle is on maternity leave and is expected to give birth this month. You can check out the video here:
Mohan Dhanraj in MokshaPR HandoutMohan Dhanraj is making his acting debut with in feature films with Kannada movie Moksha, which is expected to hit the screens in October. The debutante actor is very confident about the success of the film.Mohan Dhanraj is passionate, hardworking, intelligent and has goodlooks. Since his college days, he has been a popular guy due to his long locks and a muscular body. He always dreamt of being actor, but coming from a middle class family of bankers, education was always first priority. After pursuing MBA in finance and marketing from IMI Belgium, he came back to Bangalore and started working with an MNC as an Investment Banker.But soon his passion for acting reignited and there was no turning back for Mohan Dhanraj. After modeling for a year in Bangalore, he moved to mumbai to learn the art of acting from a renowned acting school Kreating Characters which is known alumnies like Anushka Sharma, Rajkumar Rao and Tiger Shroff.Mohan Dhanraj has done many daily soaps, short films made under the production houses like Balaji Telefilms, Contiloe Films, Rashmi Sharma Telefilms and has made a name for himself in the TV industry. He has also featured in some ad films directed by Samarth Naik. Knowing him well, the director decided to rope him for his debut directorial venture Moksha, which is a suspense thriller.After a few meetings, Mohan Dhanraj and Samarth Naik sealed the deal and the rest is history. “The role of Akash is very challenging, has multiple shades and required a lot of vesatility and poise, which Mohan brings to the table as he is very expressive and is an amazing actor. He will a great talent to watch out for in the film industry and he has all the potential to be a big star,” the director told IBTimes India.Talking to IBTimes India, Mohan Dhanraj said, “Shooting is complete and Moksha has come out really well. I’m really excited about it and the whole team is all geared up for promotions and release. All of us have put our heart and soul and the end product is better than what we expected. Hopefully, it’s going to be a October release if everything goes according to plan. I’m sure the audience are going to love Moksha.”Mohan Dhanraj signed off with this message to all the budding actors with big dreams out there, “No matter how hard things get always, have self belief. Nothing is impossible in life. Trust youself, stay focussed and keep working hard, you will reach your goal and dont stop dreaming! cheers!”
Water Softener The global water softener market was valued at $2,051.30 million in 2017 and is projected to reach $3,570.40 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 7.1% from 2018 to 2025. Water is a vital raw material in numerous manufacturing industries such as pulp & paper, food & beverages, metal & mining, and power generation including others. These industries utilize water for production processes such as fabrication, processing, washing, diluting, and cooling. Water is also used for household and drinking purposes. When water contains a significant amount of calcium and magnesium, it is called hard water. Hard water is responsible for clogging pipes and to complicate soap and detergent dissolving in water. Water softening is a technique that removes the ions that cause the water to be hard, in most cases calcium and magnesium ions. Iron ions are also removed during the softening process.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2874576?utm_source=Anil&utm_medium=HTNPresently, rapid urbanization has increased the need for municipal water treatment to cater to the growing demand for drinking water and sanitation services. Increase in demand for water softeners in end-user industries and rise in investment in industrial sector are expected to boost the demand for water softeners in the global market. However, alternate water purifying technologies are restraining the growth of the global water softeners market. Substitute methods for water treatment, such as membrane processes and UV radiation, involves membrane processes, which include microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and reverse osmosis. These methods can remove bacteria, viruses, and a wide range of chemical contaminants with negligible or least chemical usage on a small scale. There is an increase in the adoption of alternate methods to reduce the usage of chemicals and thus filter the water for consumption. This boosts the growth of the water softeners market However, the market is yet to explore its full potential. Nevertheless, growth in opportunities for key players to expand and introduce innovation in the water softener market for the emerging economies such as India and Japan is anticipated to provide lucrative growth opportunities for the growth of the global water softeners market.Based on type, the global water softeners market is segmented into salt-based water softeners and salt-free water softeners. The increase in use of salt-based water softeners in residential application drives the growth of the salt-based water softener market. Based on end use, the market is divided into residential, industrial, and municipal. The rise in requirement of clean and safe drinking water in residential areas also boosts the growth of the water softeners market. Geographically, the market is bifurcated into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.To stay competitive in the global water softener market, key players have adopted strategies such as agreement, acquisition, collaboration, partnership, expansion, and product & technology launch to gain competitive advantage in this market. The key players profiled in this report include Culligan International Company, Kinetico UK Ltd, NuvoH2O, LLC, US Water System, Inc., and Ecowater System, LLC. The other key players include Ion Exchange (India) Limited, Hague Quality Water, Harvey Water Softener, Pelican Water System, and Canature Environment Products Co., Ltd. In an instance, Ion Exchange (India) Limited launches high purity water generation product for the pharma industry. This product launch has strengthened its water treatment product portfolio.Key Benefits for water softener marketPorter’s five forces analysis helps analyze the potential of buyers and suppliers and the competitive scenario of the industry for strategy building.This report outlines the current trends and future scenario of the water softeners market from 2018 to 2025 to understand the prevailing opportunities and potential investment pockets.Major countries in each region are mapped according to their individual revenue contribution to the global/regional market.The key drivers, restraints, and opportunities and their detailed impact analysis are elucidated in the study.The profiles of the key players along with their key strategic developments are enlisted in the report.Get a discount on this research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2874576?utm_source=Anil&utm_medium=HTNTable of Content:CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION1.1. Report description1.2. Key benefits for stakeholders1.3. Key market segments1.3.1. List of key players profiled in the report1.4. Research methodology1.4.1. Secondary research1.4.2. Primary research1.4.3. Analyst tools and modelsCHAPTER 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY2.1. Key findings of the study2.1.1. CXO PerspectiveCHAPTER 3: MARKET OVERVIEW3.1. Market definition and scope3.2. Key findings3.2.1. Top investment pockets3.3. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis3.3.1. Bargaining power of suppliers3.3.2. Bargaining power of buyer3.3.3. Threat of new entrants3.3.4. Threat of substitute3.3.5. Intensity of competitive rivalryAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. 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