Ashes, 5th Test: Steve Smith reveals he batted with flu on Day 2

first_img Reuters LondonSeptember 14, 2019UPDATED: September 14, 2019 12:05 IST Steve Smith was dismissed by Chris Woakes in the final session (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith revealed he was battling a cold and had been loaded up with flu tabletsSmith was dismissed by Chris Woakes on 80, his lowest score in the Ashes so farEngland managed to stretch their lead to 78 runs on Day 2 after Australia got bowled out of 225Such is Steve Smith’s dominance during a stellar Ashes campaign, his dismissal for 80 on day two at The Oval was something of a triumph for England’s dogged pacemen and a cause for celebration in the British media.For Australia, however, the lone half-century of the innings was another reminder of their chronic batting failures and desperate dependence on their former captain.Barring a 48 from Marnus Labuschagne, the only supporting actor behind Smith’s virtuoso series, Australia’s recognised batsmen failed to surpass 19 runs as the tourists crumbled for 225 in reply to England’s first innings 294.Australia safeguarded the urn with victory at Old Trafford and defeat in the final test would not diminish the achievement of retaining the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001.Tim Paine’s team will return home to a hero’s welcome from an Australian public grateful to have moved on from the ball-tampering scandal that engulfed Smith, David Warner and discarded opener Cameron Bancroft.But the series has raised uncomfortable questions for selectors before the home summer against Pakistan and New Zealand, with only Smith and Labuschagne cementing their claims in the batting order.Caught behind for five off Archer, Warner racked up his eighth single digit score of a nightmare series, while his opening partner Marcus Harris managed three.Matthew Wade matched Harris’s top score for the series of 19, with the recalled all-rounder Mitchell Marsh (17) failing to reach his batting average of 25.Smith, likely to regain the captaincy once his leadership ban expires next year, could conjure only a tepid defence of his team mates after they showed scant resistance against the marauding Jofra Archer and a swinging Sam Curran.advertisement”It hasn’t been easy for the batters throughout the series,” he told reporters.”We haven’t seen any huge totals really throughout the whole series … There’s always been something there if you’re bowling good areas for long enough, we’ll see you get rewards.”(It was) unfortunate that we weren’t able to put together, you know, at least one more good partnership to get ourselves up a bit nearer the tally. Wasn’t to be.”For Smith, the 80 was his lowest score in a series that has yielded 751 runs, more than double the output of England’s Ben Stokes, the second highest run-scorer.The uncharacteristic manner of the dismissal, trapped in front by a straight delivery by Chris Woakes, was viewed by British media as a ray of light for England as they push for a face-saving win and a drawn series.Smith later revealed he was battling a cold and had been loaded up with flu tablets.”I felt pretty good at the crease, been struggling a bit today actually, got a bit of a flu,” he said.England, who resume at nine for no loss later on Saturday, will not pray for his speedy recovery.Also Read | He got me, dirtied my clothes: Steve Smith reacts to Jonny Bairstow’s fake run-out attemptAlso Read | Ashes: Steve Smith equals 71-year-old record after 6th successive 80-plus scoreAlso Read | ‘That’s like a small boy diving into a sand pit’: Bairstow fakes Smith run-outFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Ashes 2019Follow England vs Australia 5th Test Next Ashes, 5th Test: Steve Smith reveals he batted with flu on Day 2Steve Smith revealed he was battling a cold and had been loaded up with flu tablets during his knock on Day 2 of the 5th Test in London.advertisementlast_img read more

Essai du système dalerte durgence le mercredi 28 novembre

first_imgUn essai du système d’alerte publique d’urgence aura lieu le mercredi 28 novembre à 13 h 55. Il s’agit du deuxième essai cette année du système En Alerte, qui inclut les appareils mobiles. Le système En Alerte permet aux représentants de la gestion des urgences d’envoyer des alertes publiques en situation d’urgence. Les participants à ce système national incluent les diffuseurs privés et publics, les fournisseurs de service sans fil mobile et les organismes du gouvernement. « Lorsqu’une situation d’urgence se produit, chaque seconde compte. En Alerte est l’un des nombreux outils que nous pouvons utiliser pour aviser les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse en cas d’urgence, souligne Chuck Porter, ministre responsable du Bureau de gestion des urgences. Nous encourageons tous les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse à consulter le site En Alerte ou à communiquer avec leur fournisseur de service sans fil pour vérifier si leur appareil mobile peut recevoir ces alertes. » Le Bureau de gestion des urgences fait régulièrement l’essai des différentes composantes du système d’alerte publique, avant une urgence réelle. Ces essais sensibilisent les gens au système En Alerte, et à son fonctionnement avec la télévision, la radio et les appareils mobiles. Ce ne sont pas tous les appareils mobiles qui ont reçu le message d’essai en mai dernier, pour différentes raisons, notamment la compatibilité de l’appareil, les réglages et la connexion à un réseau. Toutes les personnes qui ne reçoivent pas le message d’essai le 28 novembre devraient communiquer avec leur fournisseur de services. L’essai débute par un bruit d’alerte fort à la télévision, à la radio et sur les appareils mobiles compatibles. Le bruit est suivi d’un message oral à la télévision et à la radio, et d’un message texte à la télévision et sur les appareils mobiles. Si un appareil mobile est réglé en mode silencieux, aucun son ne sera émis, mais un message sera affiché et le téléphone pourrait vibrer. Si le téléphone est éteint, il ne recevra pas l’alerte d’urgence. En plus du système d’alerte, le Bureau de gestion des urgences utilise Twitter et Facebook pour aviser le public. Des renseignements sur la compatibilité des appareils mobiles se trouvent au read more

Grammy Auctions Raise Money For Charity

first_imgGRAMMY Charity Online Auctions — in celebration of the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, will offer more than 100 exclusive items including once-in-a-lifetime VIP experiences, memorabilia from world-renowned celebrities and official GRAMMY merchandise signed by participating stars backstage during rehearsals and the day of the telecast.Items featured in the auction include VIP Concert and meet-and-greet experiences with Celine Dion, Lil Wayne, Miguel and Esperanza Spalding; an outfit worn onstage by GRAMMY nominee Carly Rae Jepsen during her Las Vegas Concert; VIP Tickets for the upcoming Coachella and Stagecoach festivals; official GRAMMY merchandise autographed backstage at the 55th GRAMMY Awards rehearsals and telecast by celebrity participants; guitars autographed by the Black Keys, Maroon 5, Jason Aldean; and music memorabilia autographed by Adele, Mariah Carey, Eminem, fun., Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Sting, and Jack White, among other items.Presented in partnership with Kompolt, The lots are available for bid in two cycles now through Feb. 21 at All proceeds will benefit MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation.last_img read more

It was censored even destroyed but Canadians can now see Multiple Maniacs

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This week the prestigious Criterion Collection unleashed shock comedy director John Waters’ 1970 film Multiple Maniacs on Blu-ray and DVD for its first official release.The underground comedy follows his drag-queen starlet Divine and gang of murderous misfits through a satire of volatile ’60s politics and violence. An assault on good taste and hippie sentiment, the dirty little flick remains one of the filmmaker’s most aggressively outrageous efforts and, for Canadians, the release is particularly special given that Multiple Maniacs is technically still banned from sensitive Canuck eyeballs by our ratings board, as Waters cheerfully recalls.“I submitted it to some sort of Canadian distribution centre for underground movies and then I never heard anything back. Eventually I wrote a letter and got back a receipt from the (Ontario) censor board that said ‘destroyed.’ That’s the best blurb that I’ve ever gotten, but it did infuriate me. That’s real censorship,” the now 70-year-old filmmaker told the Star recently. Advertisement READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Aglukkaq defends health cuts says focus on frontline services

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile one territory ponders how to continue supporting numerous treatment centres, federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq was back in Iqaluit Tuesday, making a new announcement about some old money.The dollars are coming from a group that is facing serious cuts in the federal budget.What does that mean?APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this from Iqaluit.last_img

French PM Meets Yellow Vest Protesters Officials After Weekend of Chaos

Rabat – French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe met with French political officials on Monday to discuss the continuing Yellow Vest protests.Philippe gathered members of the French administration to develop a solution to the current unrest in France. Philippe even cancelled a planned appearance at the COP24 climate change summit in Poland to call the meeting, according to France 24. After returning from the G20 summit in Argentina, President Macron also held a talk with the prime minister, along with the interior minister and security officials. Both branches of the legislative body of France will also address the issue. The National Assembly plans to discuss the protests during its session on Wednesday, and the Senate will do the same on Thursday.Various government officials addressed the public over the weekend, and Macron spoke at the Arc de Triomphe calling for calm. The finance minister also made promises to decrease government spending to end the unrest.Read also: French Officials Respond to Second Weekend Of ‘Yellow Vest’ ProtestsSeveral people were injured during the violent protests over the weekend. Officials reported 263 people were injured due to the rioting, 133 of those injuries happening in Paris. The French police also reported that they took 412 people into custody during the weekend, with 378 still in jail as of today. Three people have died in the protests since they started, , mostly due to traffic accidents as a result of the protests. Protestors burned cars along streets and vandalized buildings, scrawling graffiti on buildings and monuments throughout the capital.At the height of protests on November 17, protest numbers reached 282,000 people, but  have since decreased. However, the government claims protesters continue to damage property and use violence due to people purposely inciting violence.Macron faces a dilemma with the Yellow Vest protests. Originally campaigning as a “Man of the People,” he is being forced to quell a grassroots movement. His approval ratings fell after he introduced several tax cuts for the wealthy and businesses and increased taxes on fuel. The middle and lower class in France interpreted the policies as a betrayal of them for the benefit of the rich.As a result, Macron now faces the largest French civil unrest in 50 years with no clear way out. read more

UN agency calls on Uganda to ensure security of gays after activists

27 January 2011The United Nations today condemned the murder of a prominent gay activist and human rights defender in Uganda and called on the Government to ensure the security of gays in a country where homosexuality is a crime under existing laws. According to media reports, David Kato, a primary school teacher and a leading voice against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, was beaten to death with a hammer yesterday. The bill would prohibit homosexual relations and contains provisions for punishing people alleged to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered. It could also lead to a prison sentence of up to three years for anyone who fails to report within 24 hours the identities of any such people they know, including members of their own family, or who overtly supports their human rights.“I urge the Government of Uganda to conduct a thorough investigation into his death, as well as to ensure adequate security for its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens,” Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director Michel Sidibé said in a statement, voicing deep sadness at Mr. Kato’s death.The UN, including UNAIDS and many development partners, have called on the Ugandan Parliament to drop the bill and to decriminalize same-sex behaviour. Last month Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for the complete and universal decriminalization of homosexuality, still a criminal offence in some 80 countries, stressing that human rights must always trump cultural attitudes and societal strictures.A year ago UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned that the “draconian” bill would bring Uganda into a “direct collision” with established international human rights standards aimed at preventing discrimination.Mr. Kato’s death comes days after the High Court of Uganda ruled that the constitution protects the right to dignity and privacy for all Ugandans regardless of their sexual orientation. Specifically, it ruled that inciting violence against people based on their sexual orientation threatens their right to human dignity.This ruling came from a case against a local publication that had published a photograph of Mr. Kato and others, urging citizens “to hang them because of their sexual orientation.“UNAIDS denounces homophobia and actions that incite violence against individuals and communities… [and] believes that such laws are discriminatory and create obstacles for people accessing HIV services,” today’s statement said. read more

Quebec pledges 1billion to Bombardier CSeries buyers

MONTREAL — The Quebec government has agreed to provide $1-billion in financing help to buyers of Bombardier’s new CSeries commercial aircraft, joining a similar practice by the federal government.A decree dated March 7 but published Wednesday in the province’s official gazette said the company “solicited the participation of the Quebec government to finance sales of this plane.”The government noted that final assembly of the aircraft will take place in Quebec and that the CSeries “presents a significant economic interest” for the province.The aid will take the form of interest-bearing loans granted to buyers of CSeries aircraft, said Chantal Corbeil, spokeswoman of Investissement Quebec, the government agency that will manage the funding.Governments in Canada, Britain and China will finance up to 85% of the value of the planes. Quebec loans will represent up to 10% of the value of the planes, Britain will contribute 18 to 20% and China 12 to 15%. Export Development Canada will contribute the remainder.Since 1996, Quebec has provided $2.3-billion in loans to buyers of Bombardier CRJ regional jets with no material losses being recorded, said Corbeil.In 2009, Quebec granted a repayable contribution of $117-million to Bombardier for the CSeries development. read more

Armed men threaten journo Audio

Mandana’s mother who was sleeping, was pushed to a wall and threatened when she awoke and attempted to use the washroom.The gang, who used some clothes in the house to cover their faces, later held knives at her daughter and parents. Abeywickrema said that the five men threatened to kill her and wanted to know what valuables she had in the house.One gang member had said they were carrying out a contract given to them to rob the house and abduct her, she said. They cut the line of the home telephone and removed the battery of her mobile phone which was in her room. “I saw some shadows moving and when I asked who it was they grabbed me,” she said. After several minutes her husband, Romesh Abeywickrema, who had returned home, contacted the police after he felt suspicious near the entrance when he was unable to get through to Mandana on the phone. When the police arrived they made their way in and found the gang still inside and an altercation broke out.One policeman opened fire when the gang assaulted him and attempted to flee.A gang member was killed in police gunfire while four others were eventually arrested with one person serious in hospital from gunshot wounds. A group of men with knives and at least one hand grenade in their possession, threatened journalist Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema at her Bambalapitiya residence early this morning.The men had forced their way into the house through the side door while her husband was out and she was at home with her young daughter and parents. At least three policemen were also injured. Mandana and her family members were not hurt in the incident.The Special Task Force bomb disposal squad later arrived at the scene at defused the grenade. A Magisterial inquiry was also carried out at the house. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran RutnamAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

RIM to debut new BlackBerry 10 in heavilyhyped unveiling

by News Staff Posted Jan 30, 2013 5:21 am MDT RIM to debut new BlackBerry 10 in heavily-hyped unveiling The launch has been hyped for months, after several delays forced RIM to push back the date into 2013, missing the lucrative 2012 holiday season.Once a Canadian tech darling, RIM has seen much of its market share eaten away by increasing competition from the Apple iPhone and Google’s Android platform.Several service outages in past months have also hurt the company, along with the long delay for BB10 and the lack of a new winning product.These issues have all contributed to the price of RIM’s stock dropping to $15.71 from its all-time high of approximately $150 per share.RIM is hoping the release of the BB10 will change the company’s fortunes, however, and renew the “cool” factor that once surrounded Blackberry phones.The company said the new BlackBerry will be released first in a touchscreen version, while a keypad alternative will follow in the weeks or months afterward.The new phone launch is RIM’s attempt to regain its position in the highly competitive North American and European smartphone markets, which are now dominated by iPhone and Android devices.While the first hurdles to overcome are the opinions of tech analysts and investor reaction, the true measure of success — actual sales of the phones — is still weeks away.The BlackBerry has dramatically lost marketshare in recent years after a series of blunders.Several network outages left customers without the use of the smartphones they had come to rely on, while the BlackBerry’s hardware hasn’t received a significant upgrade in years.RIM chief executive Thorsten Heins has already offered a glimpse of some features on the new devices. They include BlackBerry Balance technology, which allows one phone to operate as both a business and personal device entirely separate from each other.The new BlackBerry will also let users seamlessly shift between the phone’s applications like they’re flipping between pages on a desk.In the coming weeks, RIM will launch an advertising blitz to promote the phones, including aggressive social media campaigning, which includes plugs from celebrities on their Twitter accounts, and a 30-second advertisement on the Super Bowl, the most watched television program of the year. It’s being billed as a make-or-break moment for Research in Motion, as the company unveils its latest version of its smartphone — BlackBerry 10 — to the world.Anticipation is high ahead of Wednesday’s unveiling at 10 a.m. ET, where RIM will display its new phone and operating system, hoping to win back some of its once large North American subscriber base.Key launch details are also expected to be announced at the launch. That will likely include its release date, which is expected in the next four to six weeks, the phone’s features and how much it will cost.Follow real-time coverage from CityNews technology specialist Mike Yawney starting at 8:30 a.m. ET. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Researcher investigating business models to help marginalized groups

From left: researchers Frances Owen, Anne Reedhead and Gillian MacKinnonA Brock research team hopes to give key insights into the social and economic structures that enhance opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.Frances Owen, an associate professor of Child and Youth Studies, recently received a grant for the project “Social Business and Marginalized Social Groups.” The $30,000, two-year award is part of a larger $1-million grant, received by a coalition of businesses and research institutes around the GTA, under the Community-University Research Alliances (CURA) program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.The overall CURA project involves 14 case studies of social businesses, which are organizations that put as much emphasis on a social need as they do on business. This includes co-operatives, micro-credit programs and the social enterprise movement.Owen’s research group is studying a set of social business enterprises supported through the Common Ground Co-operative Inc. in central Toronto. Anne Readhead, a masters student in Applied Disabilities Study at Brock, will interview partners at the four businesses.“We’re looking for their descriptions and perceptions of the experience,” said Readhead. “We want to hear their attitudes about the program, to see if it is a good work activity, but also what they see as successful, and what they would recommend to others who are considering this model.”The partners are adults with intellectual disabilities who have started businesses as owner-operators. They have done this with the support of Common Ground, which includes job coaches and a diverse range of operational services and educational training. Current businesses include three locations of the Coffee Shed (University of Toronto, Surrey Place and Jewish Vocational Services), and the Lemon & Allspice Cookery, a catering company.Jeannette Campbell, Common Ground’s executive director, said the study will illuminate the empowerment of the partnership model for self-employment in what she called social purpose enterprise.“They are decision makers. They vote other partners in or out of the company. They are the signatories for the business, and they have the pride of ownership and self-determination that does not exist in other employment opportunities,” Campbell said.If not for social purpose enterprise, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities must navigate a competitive employment market or participate in day programs and sheltered workshops that provide a stipend for work completed.“The research is important in that it will illustrate not only the financial benefits but the social benefits for the partners and the community at large.”Brock student Gillian MacKinnon, in her honours year of Child and Youth Studies, is a researcher and transcriber on the research team.“Part of the challenge of this project is the challenge of discourse,” Owen said, who has an extensive background in researching and advocating for the rights of those with intellectual disabilities. “This is not quite work placement and it is not quite a day program. We are developing the language as we go.”The CURA project, which includes 40 co-principal investigators and 22 partner organizations, is led by University of Toronto researcher Jack Quarter. Researchers hope to discover successful models of employment for those who are marginalized, including visible minorities, first-generation immigrants, and people living in poverty. read more

Denvers Defense Used To Make Up For Its Terrible Offense Not This

Entering Denver’s Monday night AFC West showdown with the first-place Kansas City Chiefs, there are few people who hold out much hope for the Broncos’ offense. The unit is perhaps the most beleaguered in the NFL right now. (And there are some really beleaguered units out there — have you watched the 49ers?) After routing the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2, Trevor Siemian and the Broncos have scored just three touchdowns in their past four games — and in their last outing were completely shut out by the Chargers.Now Denver is 3-3, with two more games against divisional leaders looming after tonight. But here’s the interesting thing about the Broncos’ apparent unraveling: The offense may be terrible, but it’s been terrible for three years — including the 2015-16 Super Bowl title run.A closer look at the numbers reveals that the vaunted Denver defense is perhaps not getting enough share of the blame. The Bronco defense is hardly struggling, but Denver’s recent formula for winning allows very little margin for error, and this year there’s been some error.Over the previous two seasons, the Denver defense was truly dominant — No. 1 in Football Outsiders’ DVOA1Defense-adjusted value over average, explained here. for both 2015 and 2016. The Broncos also finished first in passing yards allowed, first in passing net yards allowed per attempt and fourth in total points allowed in both seasons. This despite well-documented struggles at quarterback that limited the offense’s output.While the Broncos’ defense is ranked No. 1 in total yards allowed in 2017, it’s lagging behind the 2016 and 2015 editions in many key metrics. Going into Week 8, the Broncos were ranked fourth in defensive DVOA, and they were allowing a ninth-best average of 5.5 net passing yards per attempt — worsened from league-leading marks of 5.0 in 2016 and 5.1 in 2015. They’re now allowing an average of 19.7 points per game, up from 18.5 in 2015 and 18.6 in 2016.The uptick in points per game might be due to some decline in the unit’s play in high-leverage spots. Per TruMedia, before this weekend’s games, the Broncos were ninth in rate of first downs allowed per pass attempt, down from third in 2016 and first the year before. After two straight years of far surpassing the rest of league in defensive expected points added,2EPA is a metric popularized by ESPN’s Brian Burke, capturing down-to-down effectiveness based on game situation. the Broncos’ 44.84 is a very distant second to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 83.84 — which shows the Broncos are still great at slowing offenses but not quite as great as they’ve recently been.The other culprit is the Broncos’ lack of turnovers. They’ve forced just four turnovers through six games, which currently ranks 30th in the NFL. That’s an average of 0.67 turnovers per game, down from 1.69 in both 2016 and 2015.All these stats paint an almost-complete picture of what’s going on: The Broncos are allowing slightly more yards, first downs and points to come out of the passing game while forcing far fewer turnovers, so they’re less effective at stopping opponent drives.3For the record, the Broncos had the No. 1 per-carry run defense in 2015, fell to No. 18 in 2016 and currently rank No. 2, per Pro Football Reference. But these swings haven’t made much impact on overall defensive effectiveness because of the pass-heavy nature of the NFL — and how dominant the pass defense has been.It’s easy to point to the offense here, too. If you have an offense that can’t win the field-position battle and can’t give the defense time to breathe, it’s hard to dominate on defense. This year, Broncos opponents’ average start position is 32.5 yards out, the furthest-downfield starting position in the NFL.But again, Denver’s defense should be used to this. The previous two iterations of the Broncos’ defense weren’t helped much by the offense and special teams, either; their opponents’ average start positions from their own end zone of 29.5 yards in 2015 and 29.3 yards in 2016 ranked 30th and 23rd, respectively. The field-position woes are also inflating the Broncos’ yardage defense; they’re ranked No. 1 partly because their opponents have the shortest distances to go.Really, the Broncos’ consistency has been remarkable — this year’s dip aside — especially considering the personnel changes. Pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware and safety T.J. Ward were two of Denver’s five Pro Bowl defenders from 2015; the former has since retired, and the latter was released at the beginning of the season. But plenty of superstar talent remains, including All-Pro pass-rusher Von Miller and All-Pro cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aqib Talib — and new arrivals like free-agent DT Domata Peko have made an impact.It’s literally impossible to win when a team’s offense is shut out, as the Broncos’ was in Week 7. But if Denver’s defense can regain the slight edge it had the past two years, the team doesn’t need Siemian to perform like Peyton Manning did in 2014. It just needs Siemian to perform like Manning did in 2015, when taking care of the ball in big games and moving the ball in key spots were enough to win an NFL championship. read more

The American Grandmaster Who Could Become World Champion

If you ask the people who know Fabiano Caruana what Fabiano Caruana is like, they will tell you that Fabiano Caruana is, you know, just a normal guy.He likes movies. He likes music. He likes to eat. He works out. He goes on dates.Just a normal guy.Just a normal guy who is ranked second in the world in chess. A normal guy who was pulled out of school after seventh grade to do nothing but play the ancient and intricate game. A normal guy who is a hairbreadth away from prying the No. 1 position loose from probably the best player ever to play the game. A normal guy who, beginning Friday, will sit down at a table in London with this probably-the-best-ever player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, in a grueling, weeks-long battle for the world championship of chess. A normal guy who could be the first American to win the title since Bobby Fischer in 1972. Real 99.99999999th percentile stuff.Just a normal guy. Sher told me one more chess story. It was about another Soviet former world champion, Tigran Petrosian. Someone once asked Petrosian which was the happiest day of his life. “The day I became world chess champion,” Petrosian said. That person then asked him which was the unhappiest day of his life.“The day after that,” he said.FiveThirtyEight will be covering the world chess championship match, which begins Friday, here and on Twitter. Caruana himself is a hard person to reach these days. After initially agreeing to provide FiveThirtyEight access to pre-championship training sessions, Caruana’s managers (he has two) declined to make him available for an interview. So instead I turned to his father, Lou.It all started with some squirming Lou told me. Caruana was just a normal kid.“He was fidgeting in school,” Lou explained when I visited him this spring in St. Louis. “So to increase his concentration, we thought it would be a good idea if he started playing chess.”The person who ran Fabiano’s after-school chess program in Brooklyn made what was, in retrospect, perhaps the most important phone call in recent U.S. chess history, informing his parents that Fabiano exhibited a remarkable amount of talent for someone of such a young age.Fabiano’s first tournament was soon after, in May 1998, in Queens. After that, he played every day. He played nights and weekends. He got even better. After six months, his dad stood no chance against him.So they turned to a mentor. I met Miron Sher, a Russian-born grandmaster, in the predominantly Russian neighborhood of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, where he has lived for the past decade. He carried a chess magazine featuring Caruana and Carlsen on its cover, so that I’d recognize him.Sher was Caruana’s chess coach for “four years and 10 months, before he left to Spain.” Those were formative years, which saw Caruana’s U.S. Chess Federation rating climb from 1300 (a player in the dubiously named “fourth category”) to 2305 (a “life master”). Sher remembered those exact numbers correctly. We sat on a bench at the boardwalk, talking over crashing waves, staring at an ocean that stretches to the lands where Caruana came of age.“Fabiano does not think about a life without chess,” he said. 12345678hgfedcba 87654321abcdefgh Something like bishop to f4 seems natural (at least to me) here, since it would attack the black pawn. But Caruana opted for something more subtle: He moved his rook to a2, which gives black a very hard time when white later moves his pawn to b4, exposing an attack on black’s bishop. called the move “unnatural.” Robert Hess, an American grandmaster, told me it was “spectacular” and “an extremely strong and obscure move.”It’s also the move the computer recommends.But Caruana can also play like a human being. “I think Fabiano’s chess is testy,” Sher said. “He is a sharp player. He is an emotional player.”Just a normal guy with quirks and idiosyncratic preferences. A guy, for example, who favors the Petrov defense. “Frankly, the Petrov is what I think about when I think of Fabi, since that’s ‘his’ opening,” Hess said. “He’s found a way to not just try to equalize with it, but also play for more than just equality.” That opening — in which Caruana has the black pieces and mirrors the white pieces’ first two moves — looks like this and was exhibited to great effect in a game from this year’s Candidates Tournament, which sent Caruana to the world championship. Another early appearance was in 2002 in the New York Daily News. That story featured a photo of a 10-year-old Caruana in an oversized T-shirt staring at a chessboard and grasping a bishop. He was taking on 15 opponents simultaneously in Bryant Park in Manhattan. He didn’t lose a single game.When you look at stories like those, Caruana’s championship bid seems preordained, the unavoidable result of an intense, prodigious and celebrated chess upbringing. But another quick search of the archives turns up dozens of other names that have also had their chess picture in the paper, and have also been teased by the press as The Next Bobby Fischer: Josh Waitzkin, Carissa Yip, Hikaru Nakamura, Eric Hicks, Jorge Zamora, Michael Wilder, Steven Zierk, Robert Lau, Gata Kamsky, Vinay Bhat, Ray Robson, Jordy Mont-Reynaud, Alan Tsoi, David Newmuis, Jeff Sarwer, Kayden Troff, Sam Sevian, etc., etc.You almost certainly haven’t heard of most — or any — of these people. None of them has played for the world championship of chess. Caruana will. Caruana makes his move during an event with the Turinese Chess Club in 2008. Caruana became a grandmaster at the age of 14. Pigi Cipelli/Archivio Pigi Cipelli/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images Caruana, left, and Wesley So, the top American grandmasters, play in the Candidates Tournament in Berlin this past March. Caruana won the tournament, which sent him to the world championship. Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for World Chess Indeed, one way to measure the strength of human players these days is to measure how often their moves agreed with the moves a computer would’ve made. has done this with its CAPS system, as did two scientists from Slovenia. Computers are the closest we have to a Platonic ideal of how chess should be played. As a result, top players train with them extensively. The defending world champion Carlsen matched the computer’s moves 85.3 percent of the time — more machine than man. Fischer did it 83.5 percent of the time.Caruana, too, can play like a machine. This summer he faced Wesley So, another top American grandmaster, in a rapid game with hefty pro-chess-circuit implications. After 25 moves, Caruana, with the white pieces, faced this position: Here’s an old Caruana family legend. While traveling in Europe, years ago, Caruana and his parents boarded a plane — one of many planes that he’s boarded in his young life. Once seated, he immediately pulled out a little chess set and began to play the game that has come to define him. The plane taxied and accelerated and took to the sky, cruising high above the earth at hundreds of miles an hour toward their destination. A rapt and oblivious Caruana kept playing, transfixed. Eventually he looked up, turned to his father and asked him a question.“When are we going to take off?” Running on my laptop, Stockfish, the powerful chess engine, assesses black — Caruana, in this case — with about a half-pawn disadvantage after the first two moves. Nevertheless, Caruana won the game. Sher is 66 years old and has taught chess for 47 of those. Caruana was one of his most devoted students. Sher estimates that during Caruana’s years under his tutelage, Caruana solved some 23,500 chess problems. Caruana’s family invested in an early and expensive digital chessboard, imported from the Netherlands, which could be hooked up to a computer. Caruana studied David Bronstein’s classic 1953 volume, 384 pages dense with chessboard diagrams and chess move notation. He studied former world champion Boris Spassky’s collected games. He digested Mark Dvoretsky’s “Endgame Manual.”In 2004, when Fabiano was 12, the Caruana family decamped for Europe. The tournaments were stronger, the competition was tougher, and the top coaches were in greater supply. Caruana flew up the ranks. He became an international master in 2006. He became a grandmaster in 2007. He entered the world’s top 100 in 2008 and has never left. In 2015 he was lured back to the United States. He became No. 2 in the world — one match away from the pinnacle of his game.And now, he’s just a normal guy. I joined Yuanling Yuan, a top Canadian women’s player with a degree in economics from Yale, in a Manhattan cafe. Caruana and Yuan met at (where else?) an international chess tournament in 2016. He’s a normal guy. He’s got friends.I asked Yuan for her best Fabiano Stories — what anecdotes encapsulate this normal guy? “Let me get a moment to collect my thoughts,” she said. Over the next half-hour, a handful of anecdotes, telling or not, emerged.One, he often orders healthy food. Two, he’s ridden on and enjoyed roller coasters. Three, he loves the game Plants vs. Zombies — “It’s his nightly ritual.” Four, he yells and screams when he plays certain strategy card games. And five, if chess doesn’t work out, he’d become a bean farmer. (Or least that’s the running joke, given the purported etymology of his first name.) In other words, he’d be a normal guy. Caruana, age 10, takes on 15 challengers simultaneously in Manhattan. He didn’t lose a single game. Keith Torrie / NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images read more

Matsa MOU with AngloGold Ashanti in WA

first_imgMatsa Resources has executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd (AGAA) which will greatly benefit Matsa’s gold mining and exploration activities throughout the extensive Lake Carey gold project which includes the Fortitude, Red Dog and Red October gold mines. Lake Carey is a salt lake located in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia.Key aspects of the MOU include AGAA to receive first option, and endeavour to treat all gold ore produced by Matsa within the MOU area subject to ore complying with technical requirements.Both parties are to enter a separate technical data sharing agreement under which exploration and other technical information is to be shared and discussed, subject to confidentiality provisions.There will be sharing of infrastructure including airport, roads, medical and other facilities where mutually beneficial.A model access agreement is to be used in all instances of overlapping tenements, in particular miscellaneous licences for haul roads etc. which will streamline the grant process within the MOU area.There is a commitment to work together openly, fairly and in a mutually beneficial way.This non-binding MOU is the outcome of the excellent working relationship established between Matsa and AGAA over the last two years and in particular during the Fortitude trial mine which ultimately underpinned the economic viability of that recently completed operation.The MOU covers a very large area including Matsa’s Lake Carey and Red October gold projects and AGAA’s Lake Carey and Sunrise Dam operations in the Lake Carey district as shown in the figure.Executive Chairman Paul Poli said “This agreement represents a massive increase in potential and boost in credibility to Matsa’s Fortitude, Red October and Red Dog mines within the stated area of interest. Matsa and AngloGold have developed a strong working relationship with each other and this MOU strengthens that relationship to help identify and develop new gold deposits to both party’s benefit. Both companies are winners with this cooperation as it allows Matsa access to facilities and knowledge that has been developed by AngloGold over many years. This access will strengthen and increase the ability of Matsa to grow its gold ore resources which in turn may assist AGAA to gain additional ore feed for the Sunrise Dam treatment plant. It’s a ‘win win’ for both companies. I applaud AGAA for their professional approach to working collegially with a junior partner and working towards a rewarding relationship for both companies.”last_img read more

The Burning Question Are TV spoilers ever OK

first_img NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (488) Yes, but only on Twitter when the show is being aired for the first time (1439) Yes, serves you right for not watching it ‘live’ (367) Poll Results:center_img WE KNOW HOW you feel. It’s Monday, you have the whole week looming ahead, and you have a lot on your plate.So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.Possibly.This week: RTÉ’s new television ‘event’ – Amber – kicked off last night with 656,000 people tuning in. Hundreds of those viewers also took to Twitter to give their commentary on what was going on in the ‘missing person’ drama.That’s reasonable, right? Well, one member of staff got in fierce trouble last week for tweeting about the mega-popular Sherlock show. What do you think?Are TV spoilers ever OK? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYes, but only on Twitter when the show is being aired for the first timeYes, serves you right for not watching it ‘live’Votelast_img read more

Donnelly will rejoin banking inquiry if additional Senators step back

first_imgUpdated 9pmINDEPENDENT TD STEPHEN Donnelly has said he would only consider returning to the banking inquiry if the government abandons its attempt to regain a majority.The deputy announced his resignation yesterday after the Taoiseach’s move to add two more Senators – a decision Donnelly said “crossed a line”.The Irish Independent reported today that Enda Kenny appealed to the independent TD to rejoin the inquiry.However in a statement this evening, Donnelly said the inquiry has been critically undermined by the Taoiseach’s move to “force a majority, control the terms of reference and ensure he knows what the inquiry members would do”.The minimum required to restore public trust is for the additional Senators to step back from the inquiry. Were this to happen, together with the whip remaining removed, the Inquiry Committee would be able to act in an independent and unbiased way. In this case, I would be happy to rejoin the inquiry.Donnelly added that restoring public trust is “more important than any Oireachtas member serving on the inquiry”.Party whipsSpeaking to last night, he had stressed that the public needs to have faith in the inquiry, and said that while he had great respect for the rest of the committee, he could not envisage himself ever taking up his seat again, despite the government’s decision not to use party whips:It’s essentially like bringing a gun to the table and saying you’re not going to use it. Everyone is still acutely aware that it’s still there.In light of the recent controversies, Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty wrote to Labour Senator Susan O’Keeffe and Fine Gael’s Michael D’Arcy yesterday urging them to follow Donnelly’s lead and quit.“The unfortunate comments by An Taoiseach last week means the nomination of Senator O’Keeffe and Senator D’Arcy has become associated with the government insisting on its way for the proceedings,” he said in a statement last night.The work of the banking inquiry has already been undermined and it is important for this to be rectified.Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1 yesterday, former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Alan Dukes, also a former finance minister, said Donnelly was “being a bit precious”.Fine Gael’s Leo Varadkar said that “it was always the case the Oireachtas inquiry was intended to reflect the composition of the Oireachtas”.First published 6.15am- Additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: Whips will not be imposed on Fine Gael and Labour members of banking inquiry >More: Boyd-Barrett will not take spare seat on banking inquiry >last_img read more

Young Avengers Marvel Stars Before They Were Famous

first_imgStay on target Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 When it comes to superhero movies these days, it’s pretty much all Marvel all the time. We’re still basking in the neon afterglow of Thor: Ragnarok. Black Panther seems set to blow white America’s mind in the best possible way, thanks to Ryan Coogler. And next summer it all starts to come to a climax with Avengers: Infinity War.Starring heroes across all of the MCU (despite whatever planet they were last seen on) Infinity War will be the most impressive showcase yet of the sheer amount of talent Marvel has been able to bring onto these movies. It’ll have more celebrities than most award shows. But while we may think of these folks as superstars now, they weren’t always so glamorous. So let’s revisit some of our favorite moments of when these Avengers were still young.Paul Rudd in Super Nintendo CommercialBefore he was Ant-Man, Paul Rudd played this radical little kid totally blown away by the power of the Super Nintendo and its 16 bits. With the SNES Classic now flying off store shelves in preparation for this holiday, perhaps it’s time for Rudd to reprise his best role?Scarlett Johansson in Ghost WorldBefore she was Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson starred alongside Thora Birch in this acclaimed adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ coming-of-age graphic novel. You really trace a straight line from Enid and Rebecca’s teen cynicism to Black Widow’s casual dismissal of the cosmic nonsense she keeps finding herself in.Robert Downey Jr. in Less Than ZeroBefore he was Iron Man, RDJ starred as a “fictional” young drug addict in a film that will remind you of the “Junior” in Robert Downey Jr. For Tony Stark’s de-aged flashback in Captain America: Civil War, the filmmakers actually used his appearance in this film specifically for reference.Chris Evans in Not Another Teen MovieBefore he was Captain America (or the Human Torch), Chris Evans showed off his natural hunkiness in this terrible parody released during the height of the Scary Movie spoof film resurgence. If you want to see silly jock Chris Evans, stick with Scott Pilgrim.Anthony Mackie in 8 MileBefore he was Falcon, Anthony Mackie played gangster and rival rapper Papa Doc in this sorta Eminem biopic. He gets beat so bad he’s literally left speechless. Remember how this movie won Oscars???Elizabeth Olsen in Mary-Kate and Ashley StuffBefore she was Scarlet Witch, little Elizabeth Olsen showed up in numerous kids movies starring her (then) more famous older twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The best Olsen Twins content is still “Gimme Pizza” slowed way the hell down, so here’s hoping there’s an Elizabeth cameo there we all missed.Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Shanghai KnightsBefore he was Quicksilver (or Kick-Ass), Aaron Taylor-Johnson played precious little scamp Charlie in this Britain-based sequel to Shanghai Noon. Having Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson hang out in the past is already weird enough for a martial arts comedy. But for a twist it turns out Aaron Taylor-Johnson is really playing a young Charlie Chaplin for some reason.Jeremy Renner in DahmerBefore he was Hawkeye, creepy real man Jeremy Renner played creepy real boy Jeffrey Dahmer in a film recounting the life of the infamous young cannibal serial killer. There’s actually a new Dahmer movie, My Friend Dahmer, out now in some regions, so you don’t have to ruin your image of Hawk-guy for some good Dahmer content.Michael B. Jordan in The WireBefore he was Killmonger (or the Human Torch), Michael B. Jordan was a standout young performer in what might be the greatest TV show of all time, The Wire. He captures the bravado but heartbreaking naivete and vulnerability the comes from being a kid trapped in the drug game. Years later we’re all still asking, “Where’s Wallace?”Josh Brolin in The GooniesBefore he was Thanos, Josh Brolin of course starred in everyone’s favorite overrated 1980s kids adventure The Goonies. Imaging a Man like Brolin as a child seems crazy these days, and even back then he felt the most adult among the children. But if you want to take the piss out of The Mad Titan before Infinity War just remember his quest for One-Eyed Willy’s treasureLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Lacazette I miss Ligue 1s atmosphere

first_imgArsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette feels that the atmosphere in France is better than England, where there are more “spectators than supporters”The 27-year-old arrived at Arsenal last year in a then-club record deal of £52m from Ligue 1 giants Lyon.After struggling last season, Lacazette has begun his second term at the Emirates Stadium with five goals and three assists in 10 appearances across all competitions.But, while life at North London has improved, there are some aspects of his native France that Lacazette still misses.“I miss Ligue 1’s atmosphere. In England, the fans are more spectators than supporters. There’s a better atmosphere in French stadiums,” Lacazette told Le Progres.The France international scored 129 goals in 275 games for Lyon before joining Arsenal.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.But a lack of form and fitness hampered his debut campaign with the Gunners with the club supporters left frustrated.However, Lacazette is confident he will beat last season’s goal tally of 17 strikes in his new found partnership up front with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The duo boast a combined total of 11 goals between them this season and have developed a close friendship behind the scenes.“It is good, he is like my brother,” Lacazette said. “We talk every day and we love working together.”Arsenal will hope to extend their winning run to 10 games against Leicester City on Monday next week in the Premier League.last_img read more

Quique Sanchez Flores named Shanghai Shenhua coach

first_imgChinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua have appointed Quique Sanchez Flores as their new managerThe Spaniard has been out of work since leaving RCD Espanyol in April and had been in contention for the Egypt managerial role before Javier Aguirre’s appointment.But now Shanghai Shenhua have announced that Flores will take charge, where they hope to improve on last season’s seventh-place finish in the league.Joining the 53-year-old will be assistant coaches Antonio Diaz and Dean Austin as part of his backroom staff.Former head coach Wu Jingui will remain at Shanghai Shenhua as a sporting director.“[We] hope they will get familiar with the team as soon as possible through winter training, instil their football techniques and tactics in the players and help the young players in the team grow faster,” read a statement on the club website.Javi Gracia, WatfordJavi Gracia was shocked that Watford fired him Andrew Smyth – September 8, 2019 Javi Gracia confessed that Watford’s “abrupt” decision to fire him on Saturday was completely unexpected given all that he’d achieved.Flores also coached Watford in the Premier League for the 2015/16 campaign and led them to a 13th place finish and the semi-finals of the FA Cup.The Madrid-native has even had spells in charge of Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Valencia.Quique Sanchez Flores will be the next head coach for Shenhua #shanghaishenhua— Shanghai Shenhua FC (@shanghaishenhua) December 25, 2018last_img read more

Aquilani becomes the President of Montesacro

first_imgFormer Liverpool and Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani has bought Spes Montesacro 1908 the club where he started his career.Aquilani, 34, fondly known as “Il Principino” came through the Giallorossi youth system, but he was first spotted while playing for a local amateur side.Now the former Liverpool star has decided to purchase 100 percent of the shares in Spes Montesacro.“My journey started here, on a dirt pitch in Montesacro, my footballing house is Spes,” Aquilani wrote on Instagram.“From there I started a long journey, one of sacrifice and commitment which led me to wear different glorious shirts in important stadiums.“I achieved a lot of satisfaction, but I never forgot my first time on a football pitch. I return with a wealth of experience to be transmitted to small dreamers.“This will be a new challenge for me, but thanks to the values and teachings of my family I’m sure I can commit to the continuity and excellence of Spes.“A new journey begins here… ours.”last_img read more