Barcelona to resist Stoke interest in attacking prospects

first_img1 Sandro Ramirez in action for Spain Under-21s Barcelona will resist Stoke’s interest in their attacking prospects Sandro Ramirez and Adama Traore this month.Potters chief Mark Hughes struck gold with the signing of Bojan from the Catalan giants in the summer and is hoping to repeat the trick with another two prospects.Hughes has watched both in action this month and has been linked with loan moves for the pair during the January transfer window.Adama, who has also interested Tottenham and Arsenal in the past, is a 19-year-old winger noted for his pace while Spain Under-21 international Sandro is a striker.However, according to Radio RAC1, Barcelona are not planning on allowing either to leave this month but may reconsider in the summer.last_img read more

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal appeals ball-tampering ban

first_imgSri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal has appealed the ball-tampering ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC).Chandimal was suspended for the third and final Test against West Indies after being found guilty of changing the condition of the ball in the second Test.Chandimal was charged during the Test in St Lucia after video evidence indicated that he was taking sweets out from his pocket, putting them in his mouth, before applying saliva to the ball within the space of a few seconds.According to reports, the appeal depends on what exactly Chandimal had in his mouth when he applied saliva to the ball. He does not remember whether it was cough lozenges or almonds at the time.”After reviewing the footage of the incident, it is clear that Dinesh applied an artificial substance to the ball, namely saliva containing the residue of something he had in his mouth, an action which is prohibited under the ICC Code of Conduct, match referee Javagal Srinath said in a statement.Chandimal found guilty of changing the condition of the ball https://t.co/fxrTvPdlrW via @iccICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) June 19, 2018″During the hearing, Dinesh admitted to putting something in his mouth but couldn’t remember what it was, which I found unconvincing as a defence and the fact remains it was an artificial substance.To make matters worse for Sri Lanka, Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha were charged by the ICC for conduct contrary to the spirit of the game.advertisementThe trio were involved in the teams refusal to take the field on the third morning of the test, which caused a two-hour delay in the start of play.”If any of the three plead not guilty, then the ICC, as per Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, will appoint a Judicial Commissioner from its Code of Conduct Commission to determine the matter,” ICC said in a statement.”All Level 3 breaches carry an imposition of between four and eight suspension points.”(With agency inputs)last_img read more

Interview with Montréals Minority Media – creators of the first Canadiandeveloped VR

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook As you walk into Minority Media’s office in the trendy Mile-End neighbourhood of Montréal, you can’t help but feel you’ve landed in a special place, mixing cultures, both corporate and human. The close to 40-employee shop is one of the city’s first indie game studios of its size and a Virtual Reality pioneer, thanks to Time Machine VR, a leader among fully native VR games.“Virtual Reality allows for visceral experiences and to impart presence”, says Patrick Harris, Minority Media’s lead game designer. Minority Media gave him his first taste of VR and he was blown away by the full sensory experience of being “somewhere” rather than just watching.Time Machine VR aims to leverage that into an adventure interacting with dinosaurs in a way not possible before. Set in the future, it turns its player into “a time-travelling cadet tasked with exploring the Jurassic era and the ancient creatures that once ruled its prehistoric oceans.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Vander Caballero, originally from Colombia, co-founded Minority Media in 2012 with CTO Julien Barnoin. Caballero was at Electronic Arts Montréal for 8 years where he worked on their big sellers, including Army of Two, FIFA and Need for Speed. But he wanted to get away from typical first-person shooter offerings and create more meaningful experiences. That pushed him to develop Papo & Yo a game rooted in his family background.Backed by the Canada Media Fund, Papo & Yo was the studio’s first project, an example of “empathy” gaming that won awards when released in August 2012. Papo & Yo is about Caballero’s father. When interviewed by Kotaku, he described his father as “a good man but also an evil one. Like many, he used alcohol and drugs to cope with a challenging life, and I was caught in the middle of it.” Empathy games tend to have staying power, so Papo & Yo continues to gain new fans.Time Machine VR sales are double what was expected in a market that is still small for now. As Sony prepares to launch PlayStation VR, Minority Media is putting a lot of work into adapting the game for that platform. In order to reach a new player base important for the game’s continued success and profit, Time Machine VR will be launched on it later this year.A quarter of Minority Media employees are female, including Time Machine’s lead artist and VR game producer. For his part, Julien Barnoin telecommutes daily from Northern Québec via a Beam tele-robot and drops by in person once a month.Frédéric Guarino’s interview with Julien Barnoin, via his Beam presence.—–We spoke with Vander Caballero (VC) and Julien Barnoin (JB) to learn more about Minority Media’s start and hear their views on Virtual Reality’s future.Q: How did you two get together to start Minority Media?VC: Julien and I worked together in AAA game development for a long time. And we saw that it was almost impossible to innovate in that environment. Any idea, any project, had to be vetted by the marketing department to assess its potential for future revenues. Innovation is unpredictable by nature, and in that environment, 97% of innovative ideas get shelved and are never heard of again. It’s understandable, because the real value of these companies is based on their stock price. So, having a product that doesn’t hit sales forecasts can hurt the stock price and millions of dollars can vanish overnight.Seeing this, we realized that we had no other choice but to start our own company in order to bring our ideas to the market. And that’s exactly what we did. I sat down with Julien and showed him a little prototype of a game I had in mind. I asked him: “Can you help me make a game about my alcoholic father?” And Julien said: “That’s totally nuts. I’m in!”JB: We met at EA, where we both sometimes got into trouble for not following the plan when we saw a chance to do something cool. That kind of spontaneity is frowned upon in corporate settings, as it throws off previous planning. But I really enjoyed working this way with Vander and I wanted to have a place where we could explore our crazy ideas to our heart’s content. So, Minority became our way to make that happen. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Why Are The New York Giants This Good

The New York Giants are not a particularly good football team — at least going by most surface-level analysis that goes beyond their win-loss record.Before defeating the Detroit Lions 17-6 on Sunday, the Giants ranked 27th in yardage offense, 14th in yardage defense, average in takeaways and pass rush, and were outscoring opponents by less than a point per game and had a minus-five turnover differential. Quarterback Eli Manning was the NFL’s 22nd-rated passer, and the running game had the third-fewest yards in the league.After their impressive win over the Lions, though, the Giants are 8-1 in their last nine games — including their second of two wins over the Dallas Cowboys, the NFC’s current No. 1 seed. If the Giants aren’t better than average-to-middling at passing the ball, running the ball, stopping other teams from gaining yards or making disruptive plays, how are they winning all these games?The short answer: Their defense is built to stop modern NFL offenses.In today’s NFL, short passes have replaced power runs as a NFL offense’s bread and butter. Per ESPN Stats & Information Group, 66.7 percent of this season’s pass attempts — and 38.8 percent of all offensive snaps — have been throws that traveled less than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.As Neil Paine wrote for FiveThirtyEight back in 2014, the Giants’ offensive coaches were targeting a 70 percent completion rate for Manning in the 2014-15 season. He didn’t come close (63.1 percent), but what seemed like a historically high target in 2014 is today a plain reality: Both Minnesota’s Sam Bradford and New Orleans’ Drew Brees have completed more than 70 percent of their passes on the season so far, and several more are within striking distance.With a leaguewide average completion rate of 63.1 percent, per Pro Football Reference, the coaches’ canard about the three things that can happen when you throw the ball has been upended: Now the one good thing happens nearly two out of three times.The Lions are a useful example: Over the past season and a half, Matthew Stafford has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league, largely on the strength of short passes under new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. On the season, 47.7 percent of the Lions’ passes have been thrown less than five yards beyond the line of scrimmage, which ranks ninth in the NFL. Detroit runs the ball less than any other team but the Cleveland Browns, per Pro Football Reference, and came into Week 15 as the league leader in both average plays per drive and average length of drive. It’s a Woody Hayes-approved three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense, except when Stafford drops back it’s 7.4 yards and the cloud is a vapor trail.But in Week 15 he ran into the New York Giants.Stafford quickly discovered his array of screens to backs, tight ends and receivers weren’t going anywhere, as New York sniffed them out and schemed them away. Though pass rushers Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul have drawn well-deserved attention for their work up front, it’s the back seven’s outstanding coverage that has suffocated pass-happy offenses such as the Lions’. On Sunday, the Giants defensive backs flew to the ball and wrapped up: Safety Landon Collins, corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, corner Eli Apple and safety Andrew Adams each were among the leaders in solo tackles for the day.The Lions abandoned the short pass and tried to establish the run. It didn’t work.Per Tim Twentyman of the team’s official site, nine first-down runs by the Lions gained a total of just 19 yards. And while Stafford has thrown nearly half of his attempts less than five yards beyond the line of scrimmage this season, against the Giants that figure was just 35.9 percent.Forced to throw fewer, deeper passes, Stafford’s effectiveness numbers were down across the board: He completed just 61.5 percent of his passes, per ESPN.com, posted an NFL passer efficiency rating of 71.8 and a QBR of 69.2. These numbers were all down from his season averages to that point of 66.7 percent completion rate, 97.8 rating and 72.5 QBR. His usual method of moving the chains denied, a quarterback under serious MVP consideration led his team to just two field goals.Over the course of the season, the Giants defense has allowed the second-lowest completion rate, and second-lowest passer efficiency rating, of any in the league, per Pro Football Reference.It’s little wonder ball-control teams such as the Lions, the Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles have done so poorly against them. Pass-reliant, hurry-up offenses such as the New Orleans Saints’ haven’t fared well, either; the Saints scored less than half their season average in Week 2.Offenses that go downfield more aggressively and more often, like Washington’s and Pittsburgh’s, have fared better against New York. But it’s impossible to argue with the results: The Giants defense has now allowed an average of just 17.9 points over their first 14 games — and they’re getting trending stingier at the best possible time.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Apprehension of Haitian Sloop with Illegal Migrants

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, 8 Aug. 15: The Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol vessel, Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Leon Smith apprehended a Haitian sloop west of Ragged Island this evening with an undetermined number of Haitian migrants on board. The migrants will be transported to New Providence where they will be handed over to Immigration authority for further investigation. Last week Wednesday Defence Force Marines apprehended eight Cubans in a makeshift vessel in the Gulf Stream west of West End, Grand Bahama. Altogether, the Defence Force has apprehended or assisted in apprehending almost 1,000 migrants for illegal entry into The Bahamas This year. Related Items:apprehension, bahamas, haitians, illegal migrants, ragged island Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicoslast_img read more

Arun Jaitley responding to treatment says Venkaiah Naidu after meeting AIIMS doctors

first_imgVice President Venkaiah Naidu.Press Information BureauVice President Venkaiah Naidu said former finance minister Arun Jaitley was responding to the treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after he visited him on Saturday morning, August 10.”The doctors informed the Vice President that Shri Jaitley is responding to the treatment and his condition is stable. The Vice President also met Shri Jaitley’s family members who were present,” a statement released by the VP’s office read. Jaitley, 66, was admitted to AIIMS, New Delhi, on Friday morning after he complained of difficulty in breathing.Hospital officials released a statement later in the day that read, “He is currently undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit under the supervision of a multidisciplinary team of doctors.””At present, he is hemodynamically stable,” the statement said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Jaitley on Friday. Other senior Bharatiya Janata Party members, including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, also visited him in the hospital.Jaitley’s health condition deteriorated after he underwent a kidney transplant in May last year. Health issues kept him from presenting the interim budget in February as he was undergoing treatment in a hospital in the United States. The senior Union Minister, ahead of Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony on May 30, wrote to the PM requesting to be allowed to keep away from “any responsibility” citing serious health issues.”I am writing to you to formally request you that I should be allowed a reasonable time for myself, my treatment and my health and therefore, not be a part of any responsibility, for the present, in the new government,” the statement read.last_img read more

Youth detained for raping of 8th grader madrasa girl

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA man was detained for allegedly raping an eighth grader madrasa girl at Durgapur village in Assasuni upazila of Satkhira on Saturday, reports UNB.aaaLocals caught Liton Gazi, 24, son of Asadul Gazi of the village and handed him over to police.Quoting locals, police said Liton used to stalk the victim. He went to her house on Friday night and raped her. Locals rushed in hearing the victim’s screams and caught him.Locals said Liton is a criminal, drug addict and drug peddler.Abdus Salam, officer-in-charge of Assasuni police station, said the victim’s father filed a case in this regard.last_img read more

Political Roundup Turners Budget The Iran Deal And Giulianis Media Blitz

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen From Pres. Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, to Rudy Giuliani’s media blitz, to the details of Mayor Turner’s budget, our political experts weigh in on this week’s big stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Our panel of experts this week includes Jon Taylor, political science professor at the University of St. Thomas, and Nancy Sims from Pierpont Communications and a lecturer at the University of Houston. 00:00 /20:15 Sharelast_img read more